Welcome to the Alabama Backroads Century Series site where you can find information on each event by clicking the menu choices above. We thank everyone for supporting the 2019 Series events and the charities and causes they support!
After pursuing avenues to continue the series for 2020, the ABCS Board of Directors have come to the conclusion that to offer the type of quality, from the series perspective, that everyone expects and deserves, it is best to look forward to 2021.
We will work during the 2020 calendar year to evaluate what the future holds for the series and how to make it an attractive, multiple event cycling adventure with attractive rewards for your participation.
We strongly encourage your continued support all of the rides in the state. Your continued participation and the growth of the events, is what the series is all about.
It is very important that you all know, that most of the rides that have been in the series are still on for 2020. It is only the series that is on hiatus.
Also, please know that the Champions Banquet is still scheduled for March 2020.
The event is Saturday, March 14, 2020 (St. Patrick’s Day Weekend) in the Pepper Place district of downtown Birmingham. This race is the preseason event on the USA CRITS schedule and features D1 professional teams from across the country and Canada. See the day’s schedule HERE. We will also have a kid’s ride, kid’s zone, dog zone, expos, food trucks, and pet parade. Registration is open!
HAMMERFEST SUNDAY RIDE
We have a 60 mile fully supported training ride on Sunday, March 15, 2020. This ride will be attended by the pros and can be used as a training ride or a recovery ride. The Hammer Ride will depart from Avondale Brewery on Sunday at 9:00AM and there will be food and drink waiting on the cyclists when they return. HAMMER RIDE Registration is open here!
HAMMERFEST 2019 PHOTOS
BEERS RIDE REPORT
NOVEMBER 9, 2019
The term Grand Finale certainly applies to our Gears & Beers: Bayou 100 as it was not only professional in so many ways, but also a perfect conclusion of the 2019 Alabama Backroads Century Series!
The Fort of Colonial Mobile offered a location very close to the event’s host hotels but with plentiful parking and a lovely site for registration, breakfast, and a social lunch.
Since our Glassner Autumn Challenge, many cyclists hadn’t seen each other for a month and the excited chatter in gathering together again was much fun to hear with plenty of photos and videos being shot. By 7:00, century riders were lined up and greeted by Director Jenn Greene, treated to an awesome trumpet rendition of the National Anthem, and sent off for the Bayou 100.
With all riders going out in waves for the Mystic Metric (63), Swamp Romp (30), and Beignet Buster Fun Ride (8) by 9:00, setup began for their return. Tables were unfolded and draped with cloths, a fabulous lunch laid out, medals displayed, entertainment tuned up, and Series tents up and ready for greeting and photos of the returning riders.
Little did cyclists know that ABCS Photographer Marsha Burt was headed out to grab hundreds of photos of them as they pedaled their beautiful routes.
With over 900 riders, event and Series volunteers saw to riders’ needs and later made time to pose for photos. BIG THANKS to all Volunteers!
A post-ride comment pretty much tells us how participants felt about all aspects of the day: “In nearly every event I’ve ever participated in there are always things that could be improved upon, sometimes small and sometimes large issues, UNTIL TODAY.
Jenn and her crew knocked this one outta the park. I cannot name one part of it that could’ve been better, including the weather.
I have no idea of all the work that goes into an event like this but I know it’s immense and is a year round project. THANK YOU to everyone who played a part in putting this on, you guys are incredible!”
By day’s end, 329 centurions were signed in and you can see them decked out in medals and smiling faces here:
If you completed the century route, you’ll see your name on the right of this page. If you see mistakes, let us know at email@example.com
We thank our Series sponsors for their support and love that this final event saw 4 Buffalo Rock members step up for medals and photos:
And we were especially happy to see so many past Champions sporting their Champion jerseys and medals!
Check out the combo jersey modeled by 2-time Champion, Ron Hoeper!
TRIPLE CROWN – 3 Double Metrics DONE!
CHAMPIONS NAMED AT GEARS & BEERS!
The winner of this event’s Four Corners Gallery $100 gift certificate was Jeffery Pratt!
Thank you all for supporting Gears & Beers: Bayou 100 and the Delta Bike Project! As always, we so appreciate ALL VOLUNTEERS including our very dedicated ABCS Staff: Faith Stockton, Sue Rowe, Marsha Burt, Nancy Melkerson, Carol Solorzano, Susan Hill, and Terrie Hinton!
SUPPORT OUR SERIES SPONSORS!
With all 11 events in the books, here are the updated lists.
SUPER CHAMPIONS with ALL 11 DONE!
CHAMPIONS with 10 DONE!
9 CENTURIES DONE!
4 DONE…Patched at GEARS & BEERS!
3oo+ Series Miles DONE!
SUPER CHAMPIONS! All 13 DONE!
MORE 2018 CHAMPIONS…WITH 12 DONE!
11 DONE CHAMPIONS!
CHAMPIONS with 10 DONE after GEARS & BEERS!
Congratulations to Cecil Kwong and Jason Hallmark with 900 miles pedaled!
And with at least 800 miles….
Congratulations to these Century riders, finishing with 7 of our 100-mile routes completed!
And, with six of our 100-mile routes done….
With five centuries pedaled!
We have a long list of athletes with 4 centuries accomplished!
Here’s the list of cyclists who pedaled 300 of our century miles.
And finally, this extreme list of 149 athletes completed 2 century routes, up from last year’s 142 by the end of the year!
We thank everyone for supporting the 2018 Series events and the charities and causes they support! 2019 events should be posted by mid-December and we look forward to seeing you all at the rides!
UP FIRST IN 2019 – RESTORATION RIDE – CHILDERSBURG – MARCH 16th
The Restoration Ride started in 2015 as a way to raise funds for a pre civil war historical landmark, the Kymulga Grist Mill and Park. This Grist Mill was built in 1864 and survived the civil war and harsh weather but rising flood waters from the Talladega Creek almost took out the main section of the mill. Funds raised from cyclist attending the Restoration Ride, have allowed the volunteers that manage the mill, to complete much needed repairs, as well as daily maintenance to insure this landmark is around for future generations to see. Pictures of the mill, covered bridge and park can be seen on the events Facebook page.
Restoration Ride has taken place each year since 2015, however, 2019 will be the Finale. Our biggest and best event yet! Sign up and order commemorative gear here.
2019 List of Events…coming soon!
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!
GEARS & BEERS: BAYOU 100 Mobile, November 10th
G&B Ride Director, Jenn Greene 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 Jenn 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!