Savage Century

The Savage is Saturday, October 02, 2021


Savage Century rideThe White Clay Bicycle Club invites you to come out and take the challenge as it once again hosts the 43rd annual Savage Century ride, one of the most scenic and challenging rides in our area (especially if you choose one of the longer routes). Select a route – approximately 40, 65, or 100 miles – and enjoy one of the premier rides in the mid-Atlantic region hosted by the White Clay Bicycle Club.

The 40-mile (approx 2300 ft of climb) and 65-mile loops (approx 5150 ft of climb) have a few shorter climbs, while the major hills are on the 100-mile loop!  The 100 mile loop is 7500 feet of climb for 2021.

15savage-qrMany have enjoyed the challenge of the Savage as a “ride of passage”, while others return year after year to simply enjoy  the rural beauty of Chester and Lancaster Counties – from the simple  charm of Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish farmlands to the scenic vistas from the hills along the Susquehanna River. Warm up on the rolling hills heading west out of Newark, DE toward Nottingham, PA. Then head for the hills and put your training to the test, on the infamous Slate Hill, Bradys Hill, Pilgrims Pathway, and Furniss Road!

For those new to the Savage Century, it is recommended for the longer routes that bikes be equipped with a low gear of about 40 gear-inches (e.g. 28 tooth rear sprocket and 42-tooth chain ring on a typical road bike with a 27 inch tire) or lower to prevent undue straining of your knees on the major hills. Come for the ride, ride for the challenge!


  • Date: Saturday, October 02, 2021
  • Time: Riders can start after passing thru Registrant Check-In (No Mass Start)
  • Check-in: Registration Check-in open between 7:00 am to 9:30 am
  • Riders must pass thru check-in to get wristband and cue sheet
  • Route closes at 5 pm


  • NO Walk-up, Ride-up, or Day-Of Registration for this event. 
  • Participation in this event will be by ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY – No Exceptions
  • Register for the event at –
  • Online Registration Closing Date: September 26, 2021 at 11:59 pm (EDT)
  • No mail-in registration will be accepted

Savage Century Event


  • All routes are marked
  • Cue sheets
  • SAG support and Rest Stops until 5 pm
  • Multiple WCBC rest stops
  • WCBC souvenir of your choice
  • Savage Century patch for completing the century route! (at Drumore rest stop)
  • Various convenience stores along or near routes
  • Sandwiches at the finish

Address & Directions

Location: W.L. Gore Facility – 1901 Barksdale Rd, Newark, DE 19711


If you are carrying a bike on the roof of an SUV or car, see Alternate Route below…

From I-95:

  • Exit RT 896 North (In Delaware)
  • Left onto Christina Pkwy
  • Right onto Elkton Rd.
  • Left onto Casho Mill Rd. (NOTE: If you have a roof rack, you might NOT be able to take this route! There is a railroad overpass that is only 8’9” high. Proceed with caution, OR, use the alternate route below.
  • Left onto Barksdale Road
  • Continue ~ 1 mile to the Gore facility on the left

Alternate Route – to avoid tunnel with height restriction (bikes on the roof of vehicles may not fit):

From I-95

  • Exit RT 896 North (in Delaware)
  • Left onto Christina Pkwy
  • Right onto Elkton Rd.
  • Turn left at the traffic signal onto Apple Road (before you turn, 7-11 store is on the far left corner)
  • Left onto Barksdale Road
  • Continue ~ 1 ½ miles to the Gore facility on the left


Cue Sheets and GPS-type files

  • Cue sheets – will be provided at check-in.
  • GPS-type files – A few days prior to the event, WCBC will email a link to the GPS files to those who have registered  



THE HILLS (2020):

Major Hills of the Savage Total Climb(ft) Total Distance (mi) Avg. Grade Max Grade
Slate Hill 283 .9 6.6% 9.1%
Brady’s Hill 323 .9 6.5% 10.5%
Pilgrims Pthwy 193 1.1 5.2% 8.9%
Furniss 257 1 4.6% 8.2%


No refunds are offered for this event.