Welcome to the ABCS website where we share information on each ride in the Series…just click on the ride you’re interested in on our menu for details…check back often for updates!


Our North Jefferson Century riders enjoyed a nice cool start with temps only climbing into the upper 80’s in the later afternoon. Friday evening’s pre-registration at Hoover Academy Sports saw a good number of cyclists grab their packets and register and even more signed up on Saturday morning with over 220 as their final number. All throughly enjoyed the new headquarters at Gardendale Baptist Church with plenty of rest rooms, showers & dressing areas, and AIR CONDITIONING! A few of our area cycle clubs got together for some cool group photos before taking off:

Tuscaloosa Cycle Club


Birmingham Bicycle Club

The new controlled send-off, with the help of Gardendale Police went smoothly with faster, long-distance riders leading out.

Teams with the NJC and ABCS got busy setting up for lunch and sign-in and took the time for a photo op and to wish Marsha & Amy a Happy Birthday!






As early riders began rolling back in, we were hearing great reports of awesome rest stops and volunteers with the North Jefferson Women’s Center plus beautiful views after the “long climb.”  Even though our events are “rides” not “races,” we always enjoy seeing the excitement in and listening to the riders who work together and are the first back in from their century ride.

Tony Robbins, Travis Sherman, David Wanhatalo

Brad Poindexter








Many more had exceptional finish times for a 100-mile route with nearly 5,500 miles of climbing!  All were happy to see our little mascot, Parker who hadn’t been around lately.

The huge Hamburger Heaven burgers, baked beans, and slaw were enjoyed by everyone including volunteers and our final riders rolling in!  Oh yes…and the never-ending soft-serve ice cream!

Back out on the road was Jennifer Moore shooting some terrific photos of cyclists.

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You can see more at our BamaBackroads Photo Facebook page.

Marsha Burt, ABCS Photographer snagged a bunch of super Awards photos as riders rolled in and you can view and save to print here.

But, we sure don’t want you to miss infamous Steve Justice who obviously spent a good deal of time planning his post-ride photo op pose!


As always, Century finishers are listed to the right on this page. If you have any corrections, please let us know: bamabackroads@gmail.com


The Birmingham Bicycle Club is hosting their annual century and it turns 44 this year! This event supports distances of 14,27,44,68, and 105 miles (road construction may cause slight changes so be sure to check their page on this site). Bacon & tomato sandwiches on the century route! This year’s event proceeds will be directed to the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center to help funding for melanoma research and awareness. We have been inspired by Ride Director, Wayne Spooner as he has faces his diagnosis and treatment with humor, humility, and determination. More info on the ride can be found here.    Ready to sign up? https://www.bikereg.com/birmingham-bicycle-club-44th-annual-century  Visit their page on this site for details and watch for their upcoming newsletter. This will be #10 in the Series-first CHAMPIONS to be recognized for 2017!

And now onto the updated lists of CENTURIES DONE!

With 9 of our 13 events completed, here are the results showing who has done anywhere from all nine century routes to two of them.  If you see any errors, please write!  We are all about recognizing you correctly!!!  bamabackroads@gmail.com


















Our Purpose:

  • 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.

The Challenge:

  • Complete at least four of the Alabama Centuries (100-mile options)  in the Series.

The Rewards:

  • Receive a collectible “Centurion” Finisher’s Medal for each (100-mile) century you complete.  bbc-medal
  • Upon completion of four century rides in the Series, receive an embroidered patch in the shape of Alabama, indicating each event location.  2017map_v1-copy
  • 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!






Pedal all 13 century options and be in the drawing for a TREK Emonda ALR 5, valued at $1679.99!screen-shot-2016-12-18-at-6-17-05-pm

Ride with the best!  Thomas Waters is one of us and wants to look out for you!  Going for all 13 centuries?  Thomas has a shiny new 35-quart YETI cooler to add to the drawing at year’s end.   


Four Corners Gallery is delighted to partner with Alabama Backroads Century Ride Series. There will be five lucky winners selected at random from those who complete their ride. They will receive a custom-designed and framed, premium shadowbox with an actual bike chain commemorating their accomplishment. One winner will be selected from each of the following centuries:

Cheaha Challenge & Ultra  5/21/17

Tri-States 100  6/3/17

W.C. Handy 100  7/22/17

Birmingham Bicycle Club’s  44th Annual Century  9/30/17 

Glassner Autumn Challenge  10/14/17


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We’re very happy to have BUFFALO ROCK/PEPSI back as our PRESENTING SPONSOR, providing soft drinks, bottled water, banners, and Gatorade for each event and those big 10-gallon barrel coolers too!

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PRIMAL WEAR is our supporting apparel sponsor, assisting many of our rides in the design of their unique jerseys. PRIMAL WEAR sponsorship allows us to offer awesome CHAMPION jerseys to those pedaling 1,000 or more of our Series miles!


We welcome ACADEMY SPORTS, offering several of our events a super Pre-Registration venue with plentiful parking and opportunity for you to pick up those last-minute supplies.  Pre-registering at Academy also makes you eligible for gift cards for a last-minute shopping spree…watch for news on which events will offer this opportunity!

BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF ALABAMA, sends best wishes for safe rides in support of health and wellness.  Please visit our SPONSOR page for more information from BCBS and our other supporting sponsors.


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