Welcome to the Alabama Backroads Century Series site where you can find information on each event by clicking the menu choices above.
W.C. HANDY RIDE REPORT
When you have a Ride Director as dedicated to an event as David Cumbie and backed up by members of an outstanding club like Shoals Cycling, it is no wonder that the W.C. Handy Ride was presented in such a professional way. Details and coordination seemed flawless beginning with pre-registration and packet pickup at their new Academy Sports store and at Florence/Lauderdale Tourism.
Friday morning saw the arrival of many coolers, Buffalo Rock products, a large party tent, and ICE at McFarland Park Headquarters.
A tornado watch was issued late Friday evening but most of us didn’t even see a drop of rain and Ride Day greeted us with a nice breeze off the Tennessee River. 15 states were represented with a final count of 380 cyclists rolling out. A main organizer, Shawn McDowell shared these great photos at headquarters and on the road and Rest Stops:
There were a few surprises awaiting cyclists at the rest stops including huge industrial fans and bike racks as well as a generous supply of energy snacks, water, Gatorade, and ICE! SAG vehicles were well marked and drivers ready to assist.
We noticed many of you sporting your Primal Wear jerseys from past rides plus quite a few wearing CHAMPION jerseys.
As promised, lunch by Jill Larkin’s Sweet Memories was superb with monster baked potatoes and all the fixin’s, pulled pork & chicken, salad and dessert. ABCS volunteers put in a long day and had a fun time welcoming back nearly 200 Centurions.
If you’ve done quite a few of our Series rides, you know that after taking your photo, we ask you to turn around so we can get another of your bib number. We figure these guys had planned and chuckled about their hind-side pose all the way back in on their ride!
A FEW GROUP PHOTOS AT MCFARLAND PARK:
W.C. Handy Centurions are listed to the right. Let us know if you see any mistakes at firstname.lastname@example.org
7 Centurions earned a spot on the ABCS Map of Fame by completing their 4th century and getting PATCHED, bringing the total number to 64, all still in the running to become 2018 CHAMPIONS!
And, now on to the LISTS! We have 13 cyclists on their way to becoming SUPER CHAMPIONS with all 7 century routes accomplished!
ALL 7 DONE!
And with SIX of our first six Centuries pedaled….
And with at least 500 miles….
Congratulation to these Century riders who have 4 of our 100-mile routes completed!
And, with three of our 100-mile routes done….
And finally, with two centuries done and time to earn their patch at one of our remaining 6 events….
UP NEXT – NORTH JEFFERSON CENTURY – GARDENDALE – AUGUST 25TH
Help support the North Jefferson Women’s center and come ride the 5th annual Century ride in North Jefferson County. Beautiful rolling hills and great scenery, along with a few challenging climbs make this a great event. There are options for everyone, 33, 66, and 100. Great rest stops will be positioned throughout the ride. A post ride meal will once again be provided by Hamburger Heaven of Gardendale.
Online registration is open at https://www.bikereg.com/north-jefferson-century Pre-registered riders will receive event t-shirts.
An all new start and finish location at Gardendale First Baptist Church will offer an air conditioned registration location along with men and women locker rooms that include showers.
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!
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!