Welcome to the ABCS website where we share information on each ride in the Series…just click on the ride you’re interested in on our menu for details…check back often for updates!


And another hugely successful ABCS event is in the books with over 400 registered riders. We’ve heard nothing but positive comments about every aspect of the ride including the well-organized Friday night pre-reg at Singin’ River Brewery to the beautiful ride day headquarters at McFarland Park along the banks of the Tennessee River. The wave send-off went very well and you will soon see photos on the Handy page on this site.

Marsha snagged some super group photos before the send-off!

Four of our ABCS Support Staff enjoyed the beautiful scenery as they pedaled the 21-mile route before returning to help with sign in and photos. Some of the Handy 100 Support Staff stopped by for a photo too!






Ricky Pounders was on the road with his camera and captured nearly 300 wonderful photos of cyclists as they pedaled. They’ve been shared on our Facebook page and are also on this site’s Handy page.

As you can see, we love our photos and hope you do too. Marsha Burt and Terrie Hinton took turns in the day’s sun and heat to take over 200 Finishers’ Photos.  Want to have a look? Click the pic!

These are a few of our favorites with Steve Justice who prepares at the mirror for days in advance and Allen & Pam O’Neal…Pam had a little trouble hoisting that bike and Allen came to her rescue! And thirdly, a family that bikes together is a happy family…Joshua, Juliana, & John Ballew.

It’s always a pleasure to send compliments to our Ride Directors and Support Staff after their event. As many of you know, a rider passed away as he was about to finish his 61-mile ride during the Handy 100. Nickey Cardin, 53 years old and from Pulaski, TN was an avid cyclist and loved an adventure. He was mentoring and riding with his nephew; however, with a history of serious heart issues he was prevented from finishing this ride. High tribute goes out to Ride Director David Cumbie and his staff including Timothy Wakefield and others, who immediately went to the hospital to attend to his family’s needs. As you can imagine, a very difficult task and handled with much care and sympathy.

As always, Century finishers are listed to the right on this page. If you have any corrections, please let us know: bamabackroads@gmail.com


We’ve posted hundreds of photos on our BamaBackroads Facebook Photo page. No worries if you aren’t on Facebook, they’re also on the Handy page of this site.



Next up on the 2017 schedule is the August 26th NORTH JEFFERSON CENTURY in Gardendale to benefit the Gardendale Women’s Center. Supporting distances of 33, 66, & 100 miles, the NJC has a brand new and very fine headquarters at the Gardendale First Baptist Church with plenty of parking space, air-conditioned facilities for registration and lunch, plus rest rooms galore, showers, and dressing rooms! Yes, Hamburger Heaven will be serving up a fantastic lunch including soft-serve ice cream or shakes…your choice! Gardendale Women’s Center Staff will be providing excellent support and the goodies you’ll need at rest stops.  Even more info at www.northjeffersoncentury.com

Visit their page on this site for details and watch for their upcoming newsletter.

And now onto the updated lists of CENTURIES DONE!

With 8 of our 13 events completed, here are the results showing who has done anywhere from all eight century routes to two of them.  If you see any errors, please write!  We are all about recognizing you correctly!!!  bamabackroads@gmail.com














Our Purpose:

  • 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.

The Challenge:

  • Complete at least four of the Alabama Centuries (100-mile options)  in the Series.

The Rewards:

  • Receive a collectible “Centurion” Finisher’s Medal for each (100-mile) century you complete.  bbc-medal
  • Upon completion of four century rides in the Series, receive an embroidered patch in the shape of Alabama, indicating each event location.  2017map_v1-copy
  • 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!






Pedal all 13 century options and be in the drawing for a TREK Emonda ALR 5, valued at $1679.99!screen-shot-2016-12-18-at-6-17-05-pm

Ride with the best!  Thomas Waters is one of us and wants to look out for you!  Going for all 13 centuries?  Thomas has a shiny new 35-quart YETI cooler to add to the drawing at year’s end.   


Four Corners Gallery is delighted to partner with Alabama Backroads Century Ride Series. There will be five lucky winners selected at random from those who complete their ride. They will receive a custom-designed and framed, premium shadowbox with an actual bike chain commemorating their accomplishment. One winner will be selected from each of the following centuries:

Cheaha Challenge & Ultra  5/21/17

Tri-States 100  6/3/17

W.C. Handy 100  7/22/17

Birmingham Bicycle Club’s  44th Annual Century  9/30/17 

Glassner Autumn Challenge  10/14/17


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We’re very happy to have BUFFALO ROCK/PEPSI back as our PRESENTING SPONSOR, providing soft drinks, bottled water, banners, and Gatorade for each event and those big 10-gallon barrel coolers too!

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PRIMAL WEAR is our supporting apparel sponsor, assisting many of our rides in the design of their unique jerseys. PRIMAL WEAR sponsorship allows us to offer awesome CHAMPION jerseys to those pedaling 1,000 or more of our Series miles!


We welcome ACADEMY SPORTS, offering several of our events a super Pre-Registration venue with plentiful parking and opportunity for you to pick up those last-minute supplies.  Pre-registering at Academy also makes you eligible for gift cards for a last-minute shopping spree…watch for news on which events will offer this opportunity!

BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF ALABAMA, sends best wishes for safe rides in support of health and wellness.  Please visit our SPONSOR page for more information from BCBS and our other supporting sponsors.


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