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 2018 Series events and the charities and causes they support!
RESTORATION RIDE “FINALE” RIDE REPORT
MARCH 16, 2019
There’s nothing like kicking off the ABCS season with a flawless event! Sure, the day was chilly AND windy, but over 300 cyclists rolled out with smiling faces and by day’s end, those smiles were even broader! Support Staff hit the road to offer SAG and Rest Stop assistance and still others were on hand to grab an amazing numbers of photos. Back at Grist Mill Headquarters, our ABCS Staff set up to greet finishers and RR folks converted the Breakfast setting to Lunch set-up. Ride Directors Billy and Stephanie Ritch had been on site since mid-week hauling equipment, Pork & Pedal catering supplies & food , finishing route markings, and smoking the awesome pork & chicken they are known for.
Some of our 2018 CHAMPIONS made an appearance as well as those from previous years. CHAMPIONS are those who pedal at least 10 of our Series century routes during a season.
Get to know our ABCS Volunteers!
We love to see our Alabama Bicycle Clubs supporting our events!
High Fives to BBC members who escorted in our final riders!
HEADQUARTER AND ON-ROAD PHOTOS
By Marsha Burt, Nancy Melkerson, and Terrie Hinton
CENTURY RIDERS AWARD PHOTOS
By Marsha Burt and Nancy Melkerson
Restoration Ride Centurions are listed to the right. Accuracy is very important to us! Please let us know of anyone missing or any spelling corrections. BamaBackroads@gmail.com
OUR UPCOMING 2019 EVENTS!
CYCLEPATHS CHALLENGE “PICK YOUR POISON” WEEKEND – MONROEVILLE – APRIL6-7
Our Cyclepaths Challenge Ride Directors, Dana & Terry Hornady, are dedicated to the support of Smile-a-Mile , providing hope for families affected by childhood cancer. They are also bicyclists and understand your needs! As a matter of fact they are ABCS CHAMPIONS, having pedaled 10 of our 2018 century routes! They also love gravel-riding and have added what sounds like a super fun event on Sunday, April 7th and have named the weekend “Pick Your Poison.” For taking part in either ride, you’ll be awarded the Cyclepaths “UNTIL THERE IS A CURE, WE WILL RIDE” embroidered patch to add to your Primal Wear jersey. Registration and jersey purchases available here . Above models: Tim Benefield & Gabby Moody…will there be a date announced at the 2019 Cyclepaths Challenge? Be there and find out!
SPRING KRUSHER – ELKMONT – MAY 4
And, here we have Spring Krusher organizers, Liz Howell & Rusty DeShazo, also outdoors people….and see what it led to! They are awesome partners working together and with our other Series Directors! The Krusher raises funds for Huntsville Family Services, offering counseling services for any aspect of life. Comments on the 2018 event: “The volunteers were excellent. Road markings we’re very clear. The selection and quantity of snacks available at the rest stops is among the best. The rolling rest stops are a brilliant idea!” Other survey comments have nudged Liz and Rusty to do some re-routing on the century course which will put riders on better pavement…so plan to sign up for the 2019 Spring Krusher for an even better experience and lovely Spring weather to ‘krush’ it in!
Here’s the link to sign up and get it on your calendar.
CHEAHA CHALLENGE & ULTRA – WEEKEND EVENT – MAY 19-20
If you’ve ever taken on the planning of an event, you know it becomes a “family affair!” Tackling the re-building of the Cheaha Challenge has brought the entire Brooke Nelson Family into the fold, and what a talented group it is! Every year, Brooke, family, and the NEABA manages to add to this world-known event, first by making it a UCI-Qualifier and now by giving you the opportunity to qualify for the UCI World Time Trial Championship! Brooke has a way of looking at her event through the eyes of cyclists at any skill level and provides supported distances from the Chief Ladiga Cruise (12, 25, 50 miles) to the grueling ULTRA (126 miles/13,492′ climbing!) We are so proud to include the Cheaha Challenge and all it provides you in the 2019 Series and hope you challenge yourself to ride and enjoy the weekend festivities of this Gran Fondo event. Visit their website for details and dates on Training Rides and register here !
* The ULTRA 129-miler is the 1st event in the 2019 TRIPLE CROWN Double Metric Challenge! Keep scrolling to view prize information included with our BBC 100 and Glassner Autumn Challenge!
Meet our TriStates 100 Ride Director, Joe Varner and some of his Children’s Hospital Support Crew. This ride benefits The Dawn Pitchford Fund of Children’s of Alabama and has HUGE support by friends affected by childhood illness as well as backing by his Dothan Area Cyclists. TriStates is one that can give you some real bragging rights since the century route takes you into Florida, Georgia, and of course Alabama. It is known for it’s mild elevation feature, friendly volunteers, great rest stops, excellent road markings and wonderful hosts at Bethel Baptist Church. Watch the TriStates website for registration opening soon and be sure to follow their Facebook page for the latest news! TRISTATES registration is OPEN!
Next, meet David Cumbie, Director of our W.C.Handy 100. David has been an awesome partner with boundless enthusiasm for his event and the Series! Plan to set aside at least this full weekend to not only enjoy the supported courses of 21 to 107 miles, but to take in the festivities of the ” W.C.Handy Music Festival .” Undertake that 107 miles and you’ll have bragging rights to pedaling 3 States in one day (AL, MS.,TN), and enjoy a good number of miles on the Natchez Trace Parkway . Last year with 15 States represented, we expect record-breaking numbers in 2019 and hope you’ll share the news about this wonderful event with your friends back home. Follow the Handy on Facebook and visit any of our ride’s pages atwww.alabama-backroads-cycling.com for updates. HANDY 100 registration is OPEN!
Welcome back Johnny Ray Century! 2017 was a rebuilding year for the JRC with the Opelika Bicycling Advisory Committee picking up the reigns. Reports from 2018 riders said “Bring back the JRC!” Shirley Lazenby is the Ride Director and as you can see, has abundant enthusiasm for life and instills that into her love of the outdoors and cycling. A few comments from 2018: “Rest Stops were perfectly spaced…helpful & motivating volunteers…great high-energy snacks…excellent road markings!” If you had any concerns over the busy SR77 section, a re-route is in the works! Follow JRC news here and watch their page on the Series site for updates. Great news—online registration is open here!
The AYCE re-entered the Series with a bang in 2018, showing off their new headquarters at the Bob Harrison Wellness Center and treating riders with amazing eats at their Rest Stops. Director Jamie Miernik is known for her dedication to AlaBike in making our State more bicycle friendly and has been a huge support to the Series in posting those big “CAUTION BIKES ON ROAD” signs you see on many of our Series routes.
Comments from 2018:
*Of all the ABCS rides I have done over the past 3 or 4 years, this is my FAVORITE ROUTE!
*I felt safe, was able to refuel, and the scenery was fantasticEvent was well organized; street markings were very good, stations well attended (friendly people) and stocked.
Your survey suggestions were very helpful and as always thanks for your time…yes, road marking will be larger in 2019 and an earlier start time! Visit the AYCE website for updates.
In 2017, Birmingham Bicycle Club members were inspired by Ride Director Wayne Spooner in his fight with cancer to benefit the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center through the BBC 100. Their message to you is to be diligent in protecting exposed skin when out on your bicycles.These folks do an excellent job of supporting you as you ride distances of 14, 25, 45, 64, 102, or 127 miles, all with beautiful views along the way! Yes, last year they added the Mountain Goat Challenge Double Metric , the 2nd event in our Triple Crown Challenge and if you accomplish all 3, you’ll be sporting this cool polo shirt at season’s end:
*Excellent ride, excellent volunteers at aid stations, excellent bike techs, excellent positive reinforcement at points and finish!
*I love this event. I’ve only done it twice but it’s been great. The start location. The route. The volunteers. The post ride food. All excellent!!
BBC 100 Registration is open HERE!
Our 2018 Glassner Autumn Challenge saw many changes with all new headquarters at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome located at Alabama State University plus completely re-designed routes. As the GAC is known for, Montgomery Bicycle Club members provided outstanding “radical Southern hospitality!”
Comments from the survey you were so kind to take:
- The organization, people and volunteers were amazing and probably one of the best event rides I have completed.
- The REST stops were amazing, I really appreciated all the volunteers and the food and snacks were excellent!
Your suggestions were well-accepted and appreciated too! For 2019, Directors Robert & Bonnie Traphan have consolidated ride headquarters, including breakfast, registration, lunch, and showers into one convenient facility with routes still starting from the Capital City of Montgomery. Back by popular demand, the routes will be streamlined and optimized to take riders back South to the beautiful and quiet country roads of Pintlala and Hope Hull of Southern Montgomery County. Check out updated route maps and be sure to follow GAC on Facebook , on Twitter , and on their website for updates. Yes, registration is OPEN!
You guessed it! The Glassner Capital City 200K is the 3rd event in our Triple Crown Challenge. With finishing this final double metric route, you’ll be sporting the elite TCC polo shirt and smart-looking cap at season’s end.
GEARS & BEERS – MOBILE – NOV. 9
Meet Ride Director Jenn Greene. Yes, she loves dogs and fosters many in the Mobile area including Charlie, ‘Shop Manager’ at Delta Bike Project . G&B is a major fundraiser for the DBP and a non-profit, volunteer run organization dedicated to promoting and improving access to bicycle transportation. The DBP offers access to a free community workspace to learn repair skills, programs that allow people in need to earn a bicycle, and low cost used bicycle and part sales.
This year with the Ride Start venue having moved to Fort Conde, a huge space was available to offer an unbelievable breakfast spread followed by lunch setup including cloth table coverings and riders being entertained by the Mobile Symphony Orchestra!
Riders can choose from four distances – 8.2 miles, 30 miles, 63 miles and 100 miles and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Mobile gulf area. Be sure to follow G&B on Facebook and on the Series website for updates.
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!