Updated: January 1, 2019
What is the Firefighter 50 bike ride? The Firefighter 50 bicycle ride is a cycling event to raise funds for the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Department in Westminster, Maryland. Our goal is for you to have a FUN day of cycling and enjoy the great riding in Northern Carroll County, MD, and Eastern Frederick County, MD and Adams County PA. The Firefighter 50 cycling event is NOT a bicycle race. 2019 will be our 8th event and we hope you enjoy the ride.
Where is the event located? The Firefighter 50 bike ride starts and ends in a small village called Pleasant Valley, MD that is about 6 miles West of Westminster, MD, about 35 miles NW of Baltimore, MD and about 20 miles from Frederick, MD. Easy to get to from Baltimore via Interstate 795 and US RT 140 or US 15 and MD RT 140 from Frederick MD. Our address for your GPS or MapQuest is 2030 South Pleasant Valley Rd Westminster, MD
Do you have a website? Our web site is www.firefighter50.com.
What about parking: We have hundreds of paved parking spots located on the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company property. On the morning of the event, we will have parking personnel to direct you. We will also have a six-acre overflow parking area within 1/4 mile of the Pleasant Valley Fire Station. YOU will NOT have a parking problem. Por to pots will be available at our overflow lot.
What about bad weather? We ride rain or shine. Typical morning temperatures on July 28 are a morning low of about 70 degrees and afternoon high temp of about 85 degrees. In the unlikely event, we had to cancel the event, say for a formally declared state of emergency or other
a major item we will carry your registration to the following year but will not be providing refunds.
Why no rain date for the event? As stated above we will ride rain or shine. When you organize an event like the Firefighter 50 you have to get date specific formal written approval from the Carroll County MD Public Works Engineering Department; the Maryland State Police in both Westminster MD and Frederick MD; the State of Maryland Highways Administration District 7; the Sheriff Departments in both Carroll County, MD and Frederick County, MD. To request a new ride date from these agencies can take up to four months. We have food vendors and 50-75 volunteers dedicated for a specific date and facilities reserved. It is very, very difficult to change the date!
Will the route cue sheets be posted online? We will post the final route cue sheets and GPS data on our web site when the routes have been formally approved by local and state agencies. All routes are subject to last minute changes based on emergency situations. In the case of any last minute detours, they will be posted at the start of the event and road signs will direct riders on the course.
Are any roads being closed for this event? NO roads will be closed for the
Firefighter 50 bike ride.
What is the cost to register: It cost $35 to ride in the Firefighter 50. We charge $40 per rider to register the day of the event. The registration fee is for each rider.
Where does the money go that is generated by this event? All money raised (100%) by this event goes directly to the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Department. All fees are fully tax deductible.
How do I register for the Firefighter 50?: You can register for the Firefighter 50 online via Active.com or by mailing in a registration form to the fire company or you can register the day of the event from 630 AM- 9 AM. The Firefighter 50 cycling event does NOT sell our rider lists or share ANY rider information with anyone. ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES ON FRIDAY JULY 19 AT 11:30 PM.
What about SAG and food? We will have five SAG vehicles constantly on the routes with a SAG coordinator directing the support. Each SAG vehicle will have plenty of COLD drinks and snacks for the riders, just give them the thumbs down sign and they will stop and serve you. Our SAG support will be from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Our SAG vehicles will have a large Red/Yellow SAG sign on each side of the vehicles so they can be immediately identified. We provide either a water stop or full rest stop approximately every 15 miles on all of our routes. Back at the Pleasant Valley Fire Hall, we are planning a Firefighter lunch for you after you ride. You will dine in air-conditioned comfort in our dining hall. We currently plan to serve all you
can eat pit beef and ham, veggie burgers, spinach salad, pasta salads, assorted summer fruits, a full ice cream sundae bar (all you can eat of course) plus other items are being added.
What about Tech Support? Race Pace Bicycles of Westminster, MD will be providing technical support at the Fire Station. They will be located in the front of the fire station. Bicycle Escape from Frederick MD will be providing technical support at our Loy’s Station Park rest stop.
What do you plan to provide to the riders at the Loy’s Station Park rest
stop? Of course, we will provide plenty of assorted ice cold drinks; Gels in assorted flavors; Honey Stinger products, power bars, pretzels, seasonal fruits, fig bars and much more.
What if I have a medical problem during the ride? If you have a medical
emergencies during the event please call 911 to get immediate professional help.
Tell me about t-shirts: You can purchase a Firefighter 50 t-shirt in two ways. When you register online or on the mail-in form just specify the size you need and we will reserve you one. The cost for each shirt is $15 If you register on the day of the event we will have a LIMITED number of t-shirts for sale. If you sign up the day of the event we can’t assure your size will be
available. We have strived to design our Firefighter 50 t-shirt to be unique and represent not only this cycling event but also our Firefighters in general. If you are unable to attend the event and have ordered a t-shirt we will be unable to mail the t-shirt to you. If for some unseen reason you
have ordered a t-shirt and we are unable to provide on event day, we will gladly refund your money.
Tell me about the Firefighter 50 cycling jerseys: We will have a limited number of 2019 Firefighter 50 jerseys for sale the day of the event. The
cost is $55 per jersey These outstanding jerseys are produced by Hill Killer from Baltimore and are excellent quality.
What about the 2019 Cycling Routes: For 2019 we have routes for riders of all abilities. All routes were designed and tested by local cyclist and utilize low traffic roads in Carroll and Frederick County MD and Adams County PA. Our routes for 2019 are:
- Firefighter Century- 100 plus miles
- Metric Century- 63 Miles ( new for 2019)
- Half Century- 50 miles
- Road Loop-35 miles
- Dirty 30- 30 plus miles with primitive road shortcut
Tell me more about the Dirty 30: The Dirty 30 is a 30 plus mile route that will cover both paved and gravel/dirt roads in Northern Carroll County, MD. This is a great loop for cross bikes or mountain bikes. We do NOT
recommend this loop for road bikes with smaller 700×20, 700×23 tires.
Rider Safety: Your safety is our NUMBER 1 concern. With this in mind, we require you to wear a helmet during the ride. NO helmet, NO ride, NO exceptions. We will also make available cycling safety sheets for all riders.
I need more information: Please call 240-357-0593 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
2019 Firefighter 50 Working Group