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The JOHNNY RAY CENTURY was yet another first-class event, hosted by the EAST ALABAMA CYCLING CLUB!  Directors were very pleased with the total number of 245 registered, up from 202 last year.  Of those, 103 checked in with over 100 miles for the day.  Proceeds from the ride will go to the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s.

What better way to sum up the day’s ride than hearing from one of our cyclists, Jimmy Lumley who had this to say about his day:

The Johnny Ray Century was another great ride in the Alabama Backroads Series. First of all I would like to express my appreciation to the East Alabama Cycling Club for sponsoring the event and to the Trinity United United Methodist Church for providing the headquarters for registration, meals, showers, and restroom facilities. The registration process was well organized and very smooth. On the ride, there were numerous sag stops that were well stocked with a variety of treats and there was plenty of Gatorade and water. The support staff was friendly and most helpful. The ride itself was Alabama Backroads in its “purest” sense. The ride was routed through the farm lands and some of the small historic towns of East Central Alabama. The rider had the opportunity to view some beautiful old homes as well as some gorgeous farm land. There was much on the ride that caught my attention. A few items that stood out, the variety of bridges (to include concrete, steel, and wood) and most certainly the statue of Joe Lewis in LaFayette. The terrain was hilly and held the rider’s attention. I have ridden many centuries and the Johnny Ray was one of the “best” marked I have ever ridden. The ride was routed through low traffic areas and I felt comfortable riding my bike at all times. I am a 76 year old (77 in 4 days, this was my birthday ride). I found the ride challenging, but in the end was very pleased that I had completed the ride. I highly recommend this ride for any centurion. Also, I would like to express my appreciation to my two riding partners, Ross Daniel and Joe Pate. We all had a great day.

Ross Daniel, Jimmy Lumley, Joseph Pate:text

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7  bicyclists were added to the CHAMPION LIST with 10 centuries done!

Alton Abrams:text Bonnie & Robert Traphan:text  David Moseley:text  Max Britton:text  Mike Boyd:text Ramona Bryant:text


A HUGE THANK YOU to Marsha Burt, Jennifer Moore, and Nancy Melkerson for helping with sign-in and getting your photos.

JRC Centurions are listed to the right.  Corrections?  Please send to

 Can you believe?!?!!  All of our FABULOUS FOURTEEN pedaled their 12th century…a perfect record of ALL CENTURIES DONE!

Deana Acklin:text Fred Twilley & Pixie:text  Gabby Moody & Tim Benefield:text Gary Berg:text Keith Burt:text Ken Moore:text Larry Murphy:text Rick Swagler:text Mike McCrocklin:text Stan Muse:text Ted Goode:text Tony Robbins:text  Vic Camp:text

 We congratulate 4 Centurions who have an amazing 11 centuries DONE!

Allen Yates:text Kathryn Thornton:text Brian Smith:text Dana Hornady:text


With 900+ miles pedaled so far, these 8 cyclists are still in the running for the free CHAMPION jersey!  See you at the Glassner Autumn Challenge! 

Daniel Earnest
Greg Caldwell
Kathy Welch
Mike Metasavage
Paul Laborde
Ray Harrison
Terry Hornady
Walter Kennedy


We have 3 men who have 8 of the 12 centuries accomplished! That’s 800+ miles in our Series alone!

Dale Robertson
Edwin Martin
Glenn Baird

These cyclists have 7 centuries out of the 12 so far!  Nice job and hope to see you at the Glassner!

Christopher Grund
John Halsey
Taylor Dawson
Terri Sullivan

Here is the long list of men who have pedaled 6 centuries in the Series!

Barry Cato
Blake Owen
Cecil Kwong
David Smith
Don Polk
Emeterio Hernandez
Greg Brinkman
Jim Cockrell
Jimmy Lumley
John Passwater
Norman Harrison
Paul Holsinger
Russell Fulmer
Thomas Fluker

And, we have 16 century riders who’ve ridden five 100-milers so far! Great accomplishments from everyone!

Alan Beasley
Bill Stockton
Brian Moran
Brian Toone
Chris Puckett
David Wanhatalo
Eric Murray
Jeff Schrimscher
John Melkerson
John Zupancich
Joseph Pate
Michael Staley
Roger Larsen
Steve Perkins
Terry Reidy
Thomas Kennedy

 And with 4 centuries pedaled are 48 men and women, many of whom took home their patch at the JOHNNY RAY CENTURY!  CONGRATULATIONS!

Amy Richardson
Bob Grubbs
Brett Stark
Craig Snell
Craig VanValkenburg
Dale Stinson
Dave Crocker
David Adams
Donald Crabtree
Donald Norwood
Edward Shipman
Elizabeth Turnipseed
Fred Keith
Greg Hartley
Greg New
Greg Sweeney
Gregg Bray
James Johnson
Jan Bell
Jason Hallmark
Jim Carter
Jim Cogar
Jody Coombs
John Chaucer
Julio Driggs
Keith Hatley
Kelsey Puckett
Kim Woodberry
Kyle Hudgins
Matt Butler
Mike Apple
Neil Harris
Paul Haanschoten
Paul Pitts
Randal Crow
Randy Jensen
Ross Daniel
Stephen Prout
Stewart Wright
Susi Bowermaster
Taylor Kitchens
Terry Grizzard
Thomas Quinn
Thomas Schwerin
Tommy Gaillard
Tommy Watkins
Wayne Spooner
Wendy Davis


We’re looking forward to awarding the final patches of the 2015 season to these 61 bicyclists who now have 3 of our century routes completed!  See you October 10th! 

Amos Mitchim
Archie Slaton
Bill Mayo
Brad Vinz
Brandon Ponds
Brian DeGaetano
Bryan Chace
Chad Briggs
Chad Hathorne
Chrissy Metcalf
David Adams
David Blunier
David Stankard
Donnette Putman
Earnest Daniel
Geoff Humber
George Barckley
Gerald Muench
Jack Barrow
Jason Hallmark
Jason Perez
Jeff Brooks
Jeffrey Wilson
John Carr
John Dishuck
Joseph Creel
Kat Sweatt
Kenneth McDaniel
Kenneth Swanson
Lance Classen
Lori Helms
Malcolm Byrd
Mark Beresford
Mark Davis
Mark Judah
Mark Rutledge
Matt Butler
Michael Miller
Mike Gautreau
Nick Kirby
Patrick Donnelly
Paulette Coan
Phillip Metcalf
Phillip Townsend
Richard Akers
Richard Kirkland
Robert Johnson
Ronald Oliver
Shelly Dunaway
Stephanie Ashworth
Stephen Browne
Steve Boukedes
Steve Patterson
Susan Chandler
Susan Muench
Todd Whytock
Tracy Fulmer
Travis Self
Travis Sherman
Will Jones
William Ritch


After the JRC, we have an impressive list of 135 century riders who’ve accomplished 2 of our ABCS 100-mile rides! Congratulations to 135 of you and hope to see you at our finale event, the GLASSNER AUTUMN CHALLENGE!

Alan Sanders
Alfonso Ahuja
Andrew Parks
Angela Lakwete
Angelean Bibb
Anne Smith
Ashley Folkes
Ashton Varner
Bill Christenberry
Bill Dennis
Bobby Nebhut
Bradley Garrett
Brenda Robbins
Brett Hulgan
Brian Esmonde
Brian Heaton
Brian Hvid
Bruce Petitt
Candace Akerson
Carol Dorn
Chad Conley
Charles Catterall
Chris Astle
Chris Cole
Chris Hill
Clay Maddox
Clint Lauderdale
Curtis Grace
Cynthia Harris
Daniel Kothlow
Darrell O’Quinn
David Casebeer
David Covington
David Hartman
David Holmes
David Stout
Dean Leader
Dean Phillips
Demetrious White
Dennis Bulgatz
Diane Krouse
Don Mullinax
Doug Sizemore
Dwayne Conley
Dwight Ward
Eric Keith
Eric Kramer
Erik Moore
Evan Koch
Frank Lopez
Gil Kracke
Glenn Shealey
Glenn Terry
Gordon Ladner
Greg Byrne
Haby Ramirez
James Underwood
Jason Hohensee
Jason Robins
Jeanne Davis
Jeff Brooks
Jeff Mroz
Jeff Thomas
Jennifer Skjellum
Jennifer Wagner
Jessica Hulgan
Jim Shoemaker
Joe Varner
John Hanna
John Ortiz
John Waits
Jon Davidson
Jonathan McGee
Jorge Vazquez
Juan Negron
Junaid Memon
Justin Bynum
Justin Pociask
Ken Fitzgerald
Ken McOmber
Kimberly Cox
Kingsley Paquette
Kristen Riley
Larry Gunter
Louis Schwarzman
Mark Davis
Mark Johnson
Mary Kreel
Michael Maier
Michael Mayo
Nathaniel Cleveland
Pablo Mayo
Patricia Stephens
Patti Puckett
Peter Gray
Peter Sartino
Prince Whatley
Rachel Blackwell
Randy Howell
Randy Kerr
Ray Stinson
Reginald J Ray Jr.
Ricky Pounders
Robert Broomfield
Robert Powers
Rodger Acklin
Ronald Austin
Said Assali
Scott Eason
Scott McGlaun
Scott Medders
Scott Mozingo
Sean Benjamin
Seyed Emadian
Shelly Dunaway
Silas Blackstock
Stephen Walton
Steve Fisher
Steve Harrington
Steve Justice
Steven Haskins
Terry Edwards
Tim Klausutis
Timothy McOmber
Timothy Toney
Tom Nelson
Tom Watson
Victor Russell
Vince Aliffi
Vincenzo Quevedo
Wade Jones
Wayne Manord
William Cox
William Sparks
William Strous

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Awards Table Banner

Watch for this banner as you return from each century ride.  It’s where you sign in, claim your medal, and “smile for the birdie!” Please come with your bib number and bike for a photo.

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.
  • 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 each event website and on this DISCOVER ALABAMA BACKROADS  website.
  • Ride 10 of our centuries and receive our free CHAMPION jersey!

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Peddlin’ for a Cure 2015

Peddlin’ for a Cure 2015 from karen Hicks on Vimeo.





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2 Responses to

  1. Barry Holmes says:

    I think the jersey’s are an excellent idea. Thanks for all the hard workk. Had a great time this year.

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