Welcome to the Annual Soft Shell Metric Century!
Waterfront views, scenic woodlands and some of Maryland’s most historic locales set the backdrop for the Salisbury Jaycees’ annual Soft Shell Metric Century bike ride in lower Somerset County on
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Following a show-and-go start at the Crisfield American Legion Hall (116 Brick Kiln Rd.) from 8-9 a.m., riders have the option of following a 62.1-mile (100-kilometer) or 23.1-mile route. Both routes pass some of Crisfield’s most picturesque and historic areas, including the rustic crab shanties of Jenkins Creek. Riders also will have the chance to see a working watermen’s community in action at the Small Boat Harbor. The Crisfield Heritage Foundation offers free tours of the restored workshop of famed decoy carvers Lem and Steve Ward for this year’s participants.
Cyclists on the 23-mile route will tour the wooded areas of Crisfield and Marion Station, while those braving the full 62-mile route will have the opportunity to see some of the county’s most historic churches as they travel north to Rehobeth before returning to Crisfield, the southernmost point in Maryland. SAG service will be available.
The Jaycees provide rest stops along the way, featuring drinks, snacks and opportunities for riders to relax and socialize. After the ride, cyclists may visit popular local attractions such as Janes Island State Park or enjoy traditional Chesapeake Bay seafood dishes at one of several Crisfield restaurants.
Those spending the night will have the opportunity to mingle with the locals at the annual Soft Shell Spring Fair which includes kid’s activities, arts and crafts, demonstrations, fresh crab cakes and soft shell crabs, and the Watermen’s Hall of Fame induction at the Crisfield City Dock on Sunday from 12 - 5, sponsored by the Crisfield Lioness/Lions Club and Crisfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
All participants receive T-shirts and assigned numbers. Registration is $45 before May 18, & $60 after. Registration for children 12 and under is $25 before May 18, & $35 after. Day-of registration is accepted. Pre-registration is encouraged.