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!
This page will steadily be updated with news on our 2019 Events.
RESTORATION RIDE-CHILDERSBURG-MARCH 16
Meet organizers Billy & Stephanie Ritch, the absolute best at anything they take on, including the planning of theFinale Restoration Ride . This event benefits the restoration of the historic Kymulga Grist Mill in Childersburg. Past RR’s have made possible many wonderful upgrades at the Grist Mill Park, so plan to come enjoy this laid-back ride, enjoy the views on your choice of routes: 8, 32, 70, or 103 miles, and maybe even pull out that tent and join us around the campfire!
Pre-ride breakfast of eggs, sausage, biscuits, gravy and assorted fruits and post-ride lunch by Pork N Pedals with slow-smoked pulled pork, smoked chicken, homemade deviled eggs, cole slaw, green beans, bread and home-made banana pudding! A vegan dish will also be provided.
SAG support and HAM radio operators will be on course plus well-supported Rest Stops offering the snacks, Gatorade, ice, and water you’ll need.
Primal Wear RR jerseys available to order through Dec. 22nd. Sign up and order here . Everyone pre-registered gets one of these! Check their page on this site often for updates.
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 & 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!
TRISTATES 100 – DOTHAN – JUNE 1
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!
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!