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! 2019 events should be posted by mid-December and we look forward to seeing you all at the rides!
GEARS & BEERS RIDE REPORT
Throughout the year, we’ve called our Gears & Beers the “Finale Event” of the Series, but I think the better term would be “Grand Finale!” ….as the dictionary defines, “the last part of a piece of music, a performance, or a public event, especially when particularly dramatic or exciting.” With the Ride Start venue having moved to Fort Conde, a huge space was available to offer an unbelievable spread of breakfast items including continental plus warm breakfast sandwiches from Bob’s Downtown Diner!
Impressive too was the staff of volunteers including Delta Bike Project personnel, Mobile Community volunteers, and Mobile Police Department.
By 7 am start time, the flag was hoisted and century riders were sent out with a beautiful trumpet rendition of our National Anthem. Little did we know that by 8:30, gale force winds would increase to the point that riders were notified they would not be crossing the Dauphin Island Bridge…good news was that despite shortening the ride a bit, all still were awarded Centurion medals!
Because of the cold and windy conditions, a good number of people opted for a shorter distance than planned, but through the wave sendoff of riders doing the Mystic Metric, Swamp Romp 30, and Beignet Buster Run Ride 8, the start for everyone went smoothly.
Soon after, the breakfast area was transformed into the lunch area with riders soon rolling in to enjoy the afterglow of pedaling their routes…and what an offering it was including big band music by the Mobile Symphony Orchestra!
Yes, our shivering ABCS Staff struggled in the gusty conditions with setting up the backdrop for photos, but managed to get it done!
Marsha Burt braved the frigid air and captured these on-road photos:
Speaking of on the road, G&B Rest Stops were stocked to the hilt with awesome goodies!
Some of our early finishers included Triple Crown winners…those who took on the challenge of pedaling our 3 double metrics: Cheaha Challenge ULTRA, BBC 100 Mountain Goat Challenge, and Glassner Autumn Challenge River Region 200K:
Special high-fives going out to our G&B Centurions, finishing under very tough conditions!
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GEARS & BEERS CENTURION Finishers are listed to the right. Let us know if you see any mistakes at firstname.lastname@example.org
And, now on to the LISTS!
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!