2016 Tour of the Towns – Tour of Prince William
Supplemental Route Information and Instructions
Thank you for participating in the 4th Annual Tour of the Towns – Tour of Prince William. Rider safety and enjoyment are of paramount importance to the event organizers. Accordingly, we have put together this supplemental route information and instructions sheet to help keep riders safe and their experience enjoyable.
1. We believe this event to be the only one of its kind in Prince William County, and have attempted to give riders a taste of the wide variety of environments that exist here. Although conditions for cyclists have improved in recent years, those who have ridden in other locations may find that Prince William County is a more challenging environment for cyclists both in terms of route quality and traffic patterns. Consequently, we ask you to be alert at all times to your surroundings and to emphasize safety over speed.
2. For the second year we are once again using road chalk in almost all locations. With a few exceptions routes are designated as green (25-mile), blue (45-mile), and yellow (62-mile). Again, with some exceptions, at each turn you will find road chalk of that color to direct you. Except where the turns come quickly, a turn will be identified first by a turn arrow before the turn, a turn arrow at or close to the turn, and then a straight arrow after the turn notifying you that you are going in the correct direction. Please note that there are generally not arrows to direct you to go straight through an intersection; the arrows generally only designate turns. In addition, please note that there is no route chalk or route signage on Marine Corps Base Quantico, the Town of Quantico, and in Prince William Forest Park. You will need to mind your cue sheet or the route information you downloaed from this site.
3. There are several somewhat complicated sequences of turns on the route. A number of them are highlighted below to help assist you.
4. Please note that although all distance measurements have been checked, variations in GPS devices, directness of route taken, etc. make them approximations. On the day of the event, you will receive a document with phone numbers in case you get lost or need assistance. Support and Gear (SAG) Cars will also be patrolling the route, and pit stops should be easily identifiable by large Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition flags.
5. Traffic patterns differ widely in Prince William County, and riders are especially encouraged to exercise caution around curves with limited lines of sight.
6. Although most residents of Prince William County are respectful of cyclists, to ensure that you are seen by motorists and others, we encourage you to wear brightly colored and/or reflective clothing or material during the event and to please have an ID on you at all times. Helmets are required.
7. We encourage you to the extent you are able, to recognize and patronize the sponsors of the event, who have contributed significantly to its development.
Finally, please accept our thanks for participating in the 4th of what we hope will be continue to be an annual, and always improving, cycling event in Prince William County. By participating, you are not only supporting the local economy, but helping the 501(c)(3) Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition and our sponsors highlight and promote better conditions for cyclists in our area.
Copyright 2016, Prince William Trails and Streams Coaltion. All rights reserved.
This event is not an official Government event, nor is it endorsed or sponsored by the United States Marine Corps, Marine Corps Base Quantico, or Marine Corps Community Services, Quantico.