Welcome to the Alabama Backroads Century Series site where you can find information on each event by clicking the menu choices above.
CHEAHA CHALLENGE & ULTRA RIDE REPORT
With our 4th ride again having an early questionable weather forecast, Saturday’s EXPO was great fun with no rain showers touching us. Riders began pouring in though for the fantastic spread of salad, pasta with a delectable choice of sauces, bread, and tasty desserts by Effina’s Tuscan Grill. First item on the program agenda by Director Brooke Nelson was the Mark Wiltshire Spirit of a Champion Award, recognizing a cyclist who inspires us by cycling despite physical limitations or illness…this year’s award going to BBC 100 Ride Director, Wayne Spooner.
By Sunday morning’s start time, 879 cyclists were signed up for the 100-mile Challenge, 124-mile ULTRA, or one of the four other supported routes, plus the Ladiga Cruise! Friday’s registration at Wig’s Wheels and sign-up at JSU had gone smoothly with Sunday’s first wave roll-out beginning promptly at 7:30 am.
Temps began climbing early in the day and news back at headquarters told us that dehydration and heat exhaustion were taking tolls. Plans can change quickly with 90 degree temps and high humidity and this was the case with many riders having to opt for shorter distances or simply to drop out for their own safety. Others managed to hang in there when attacking the KOM/QOM climbs and in their attempts to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship. Check out RIDE RESULTS here.
On-course support included fun and well-stocked rest stops and staff volunteers from area Fire, Sheriffs, State Troopers, Police departments, EMA as well as multiple ham radio operators.
HUGE congratulations and thanks go out to Director Brooke Nelson, Family, and hundreds of volunteers, the City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville State University, and so many individuals and organizations who came together to provide this awesome, safe, and successful event!
And kudos to our Cheaha Challenge and ULTRA Finishers, listed to the right. You succeeded in accomplishing the TOUGHEST RIDE IN THE SOUTH! As always, we are all about recognizing YOU! If you have ANY corrections, please let us know at email@example.com.
And, now on to the LISTS! We have 18 cyclists on their way to becoming SUPER CHAMPIONS and who have earned their patch for having done the first four centuries!
And with three of our first four Centuries pedaled….
And with at least 200 miles….
TriStates is held dearly in the hearts of many as a fundraiser for the Dawn Pitchford Fund of Children’s of Alabama. Diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia when she was 14, Dawn spent much time at Children’s and selflessly donated gifts (slippers, robes, pj’s) to patients she came to know. The funds established in her memory help patient families with expenses and needs as the children receive treatment.
Ride Director, Joe Varner is known across the State as a thorough, organized, and detail-oriented organizer and puts on this established 16th annual event with a crew of dedicated volunteers. Because Joe is a cyclist himself, he knows your needs. You won’t be disappointed! The 70, 41 and 27 mile rides stay in Houston Co, Alabama and roll through beautiful farm country. Century riders will have bragging rights to pedaling 3 states in one day (Alabama, Florida, Georgia).
With headquarters at Bethel Baptist Church, 3257 E. Cottonwood Rd. in Dothan, you’ll have plenty of parking space, a cool Finish Line, air-conditioned space for post-ride lunch, and showers! Complimentary Breakfast for RIDERS and STAFF will begin at 5:30 a.m. serving hotcakes, sausage, bacon, eggs and fruit. All riders will depart in waves starting at approximately 7:00 am. See more details on their page in above MENU.
2018 ALABAMA BACKROADS CENTURY SERIES OF EVENTS
We are very proud of our 2018 lineup of rides for this year…most seasoned Series events with a few new ones sprinkled in! Visit their pages in our site menu for updates on jerseys and registration. And, watch for some fun and interesting challenges we’ll have for you this year!
Supporting the Dawn Pitchford Fund at Children’s of Alabama, the 16th Annual TriStates 100 is directed by Joe Varner, also known across the state and as a leader in his own cycling community in Dothan.Because of the heartfelt dedication of so many of this event’s volunteers, you’ll be impressed with the organization and support you’ll enjoy. The 2017 event raised $40,000 in honor of Dawn!
One of the new rides this year, Highway 2 Hale is directed by 3-time Series CHAMPION, Fred Twilley and supported by the Tuscaloosa Cycle Club. The event is a fundraiser for the American Advertising Federation of Tuscaloosa, providing University of Alabama student scholarships for advertising and marketing majors. The ride begins at the Moundville Archaeological Park and includes distances of 25, 38, 69, and 100 miles.
The Shoals Cycling Club’s Handy 100 with the directorship of David Cumbie came into the Series in 2016 with numbers increasing from 200 to nearly 500! Popular for its miles pedaled on the Natchez Trace Parkway and scenic routes of 21, 40, 61, 70/75, 100/107-miles, this event is scheduled as part of the W.C.Handy Music Festival with plenty of musical celebration to be enjoyed during your stay in Shoals area.
Also new to the Series in 2016, the NJC enjoyed such huge growth that Ride Director, Clark Raymond saw the need to upgrade headquarters and moved to the Gardendale First Baptist Church. With increased parking space and the ability to offer shower facilities plus an awesome dining space…AND offer a superb lunch by Hamburger Heaven of Gardendale….AND, bring in the support of their new charity, the North Jefferson Women’s Center, we expect this event to have another growth spurt in 2018!
The AYCE made some big changes last year with new Ride Director, Jamie Miernik taking the reigns and coming up with totally new routes starting from the Bob Harrison Wellness and Advocacy Center in Huntsville. Courses supported are the Coldwater Metric, Half-Century and Century, plus a 34-mile loop, with the 3 longer routes entering the Coldwater Creek, TN watershed. All you can eat catered by Cyn Shea’s Cafe and Catering a division of Serving Hope Inc.
Cyclists across the State will come together once again in support of their Ride Director, Wayne Spooner and his battle with melanoma skin cancer. The event supports the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Melanoma and Skin Cancer Charity. Birmingham Bicycle Club members will be stepping up to assist you on the road and at rest stops and will be waiting for you as you finish with their impressive cowbell Reception Line.
Our GAC will once again WOW you with their Radical Southern Hospitality and FUN! From the excitement at Headquarters with recorded announcements keeping you apprized of sponsors, route updates, and especially SAFETY, the professional presentation of this event is going to amaze you! Directors Robert & Bonnie Traphan have raised the bar of excellence when it comes to all facets of this event including rest stop and on-road support by the Montgomery Bike Club This event will have some exciting news for you soon so keep an eye out! Registration and jersey purchase is open at www.MgmBike-Club.org/GACRegister
CHILDREN’S HOME CHALLENGE Talladega, October 27th
Another new event for 2018, the Children’s Home Challenge, is directed by Jacque Cordle and benefits the ministries provided to homeless children & families at the Presbyterian Home for Children. Come enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Talladega County countryside, tree-lined roads, and just enough rollers to keep it fun.
GEARS & BEERS: BAYOU 100 Mobile, November 10th
G&B Ride Director, Jeff DeQuattro would love to tell you any time about the Delta Bike Project! Since the first Gears & Beers in 2015, the Delta Bike Project has purchased and installed 15 bicycle repair stations and pumps, and enough bike parking to accommodate 56 bicycles…and Jeff and company are behind it all… plus assist commuting cyclists with bike maintenance to keep them on the road to school and work! New in the Series in 2017, Mobile hosted a weekend of fun and an event that supported distances of 8 to 100 miles. This one needs to go on your calendar!
We can’t wait to share photos like these from our 2015 and 2016 Champion Banquets and Awards Ceremony, this year at Joe Wheeler State Park at the end of January! CHAMPIONS are those who complete 10 or more of our event century routes.
- To promote the growth and development of long-distance cycling in the state of Alabama, encourage participation in established Alabama century (100-mile) rides, recognize and reward individuals for their accomplishments, and benefit the charities and advocacy efforts supported by each of these events.
- Complete at least four of the Alabama Centuries (100-mile options) in the Series.
- Receive a collectible “Centurion” Finisher’s Medal for each (100-mile) century you complete.
- Upon completion of four century rides in the Series, receive an embroidered patch in the shape of Alabama, indicating each event location.
- Plus, your name will be listed as Centurion on this website as you complete each century route.
- Ride 10 of our centuries and receive our free Primal Wear CHAMPION jersey!