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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!


TOUR DE BLUE – APRIL 30th

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Pixie Hicks, Curtis Spraitzer, Dr. Thomas Moody, John Halsey, Sherry Wilson, Rose Gacula, Marsha Burt

What a busy month of April we’ve had finishing up with our 4th ride, the Tour de Blue! With several other events on the same day, TdB had a great turnout of over 200 cyclists, with 44 people earning their patch having done all four rides so far…see list below.

The new location of Moody High School offered plenty of parking space and shade for the post-ride lunch by Jim ‘N Nick’s. Everyone enjoyed the Barber’s chocolate milk, Mayfield Dairy ice cream sandwiches, and scrumptious chocolate chip cookies too. And the ice cold Pepsi products definitely hit the spot on the surprisingly warm day!

We new Hincapie TdB jersey was everywhere and turned out to be a striking design and we also saw the first 2016 Series jerseys by PrimalWear.

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Rose Gacula, our Series Photographer, took off early to intercept many for some fantastic on-road photos…then spent hours at headquarters getting shots of our Centurions. We thank Rose, Marsha Burt, and Kathryn Thornton for their long hours of setting up and checking everyone in!

Organizer John Halsey, with his usual level of energy, played a large part in welcoming everyone in after their ride. We send kudos to him as well as the entire Tour de Blue planning team in presenting a fun and well-supported event.  Special thanks go out to the TdB on-road support crew including CK Nichols, Jeffrey White, and all SAG TEAM volunteers.

We especially recognize all riders who pedaled the 2nd most challenging century course in the ABCS with over 5,000′ of climbing!

 

First Men In: Jeff McCord, Travis Sherman, Will Hibberts, Jim Brock, Tony Robbins, Scott Staubach, David Wanhatalo, Scott Staubach

First Men In: Jeff McCord, Travis Sherman, Will Hibberts, Jim Brock, Tony Robbins, Scott Staubach, David Wanhatalo.

1st Woman In: Terri Sullivan

1st Woman In: Terri Sullivan

Finishers’ photos are posted so just click on the Tour de Blue in the Menu above for your viewing pleasure and to share with friends.


NEXT UP!

CHEAHA CHALLENGE & ULTRA – SUNDAY, MAY 15TH


After our first 4 events, 44 cyclists have pedaled all 4 century routes so far as compared to 31 in 2015.  And 30 athletes have completed 3 centuries with 15 having accomplished this last year.  An impressive number of 63 men and women have ridden 2 of our centuries so far!  Last year, 35 had pedaled 2.  We’re on course to have a record number of CHAMPIONS this year!!!

4 CENTURIES DONE!

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3 CENTURIES DONE!

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2 CENTURIES DONE!

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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 this website as you complete each century route.
  • Ride 10 of our centuries and receive our free Primal Wear CHAMPION jersey!

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OUR 2015 CHAMPIONS

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OUR SPONSORS

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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!

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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!

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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.


2016 REGISTRATION

 These events have open online registration and some already have their jersey designs ready:

 

CHEAHA CHALLENGE & ULTRA                                                      5/15        JACKSONVILLE

TRISTATES 100                                                                                        6/4        DOTHAN

W.C. HANDY 3 STATE BIKE RIDE                                                     7/23        FLORENCE

HOT HUNDRED                                                                                      7/30       TUSCALOOSA

NORTH JEFFERSON CENTURY                                                         8/27      GARDENDALE

BIRMINGHAM BICYCLE CLUB’S 43rd ANNUAL CENTURY       9/10      ASHVILLE

ALL YOU CAN EAT CENTURY                                                              9/17      HUNTSVILLE

JOHNNY RAY CENTURY                                                                       9/24     OPELIKA

GLASSNER AUTUMN CHALLENGE                                                  10/8      MONTGOMERY


 

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Finding mistakes or omissions?  Please let us know at 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.
  • 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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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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