Heart of Virginia Century Training Team


RABA is proud to announce the return of the Heart of Virginia Century Training Team!

Founded last year to support the Martin’s Tour of Richmond, RABA adopted the program when the Tour of Richmond was cancelled. Designed now to help RABA riders achieve their cycling goals, we will once again provide training advice, support, and camaraderie gearing up for the Heart of Virginia Century.

Registered riders will be provided a 12 week training plan developed by League of American Bicyclist Certified Instructor Gregg Hillmar and professional cyclist and coach Julie Hunter. The goal of the plan is to transition a rider comfortable with a 30 mile ride into a rider ready to complete the Heart of Virginia Century or the Metric Century. Part of the plan is a weekly road ride with other Training Team members. Each Training Team Road Ride will be accompanied by experienced ride leaders. So whether you like to ride at 14-16mph, 16-18, or 18+, you can learn from an experienced rider who rides at your speed!  Rides over 40 miles will include RABA-provided rest stops and on-course vehicular SAG support. Training Team rides will start at 8am on Saturday June 17th, and will ride each following Saturday until the Heart of Virginia Century on September 16th. Many of the rides will use roads that are part of the HoVA routes so riders become familiar with the actual terrain of the ride. The plan also includes suggestions for other rides and/or workouts to complete between the supported rides.

Additional events might include road safety and skills clinics, bike fit demonstrations, nutrition information for the century rider, and after-ride socials.

Note that the weekly rides and events will be open ONLY to riders registered in the Training Team. Communication will not be through the RABA members email list. All notifications of rides, events and/or cancellations will be separate from normal RABA email traffic.

Registration for the Training Team includes an automatic registration for the Heart of Virginia Century for one low price of $55 before June 17 or $60 between June 17 and June 30. Follow the link below to register before the start of the Training Team rides on June 17th for the best deal!


Feel free to contact Gregg Hillmar at bike@hillmardesign.com with any questions.

Note that you have to be a RABA member if you want to be part of the Heart of Virginia Century Training Team. Find out more about about RABA and join HERE.