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!


TriStates 100 Organizers & ABCS Support Staff

TriStates 100 Organizers & ABCS Support Staff

In the year before our Series was introduced, the Dothan TriStates 100 hosted 280 participants. This year’s event made evident the success of the idea by drawing over 400 cyclists, including 232 centurions! Occasional rain showers kept temps reasonable for the cyclists as our ABCS support staff worked to keep things dry at headquarters.

Rose Gacula Marsha Burt

Rose Gacula and Marsha Burt


Comments have been pouring in, lavishing compliments about the ride organization. Tour de Blue’s John Halsey said it was one of the best organized events he’d been a part of with very well-marked routes, plenty of rest stops, eager volunteers, tons of food, and a well set-up packet pickup!

Registration at Bethel Baptist Church

Registration at Bethel Baptist Church

Record turnout of over 400 bicyclists!

Record turnout of over 400 bicyclists!


Many riders took advantage of our “flattest” century course, capturing their best times.


We saw several clubs and groups well-represented.

Little Caesars

Little Caesars

Team RWB

Team RWB






Ride Director Joe Varner, family, and Children’s Hospital support staff were seemingly everywhere watching out for and encouraging guests.  Joe’s daughter Ashton flew in from Oregon to taunt, torment, and give comic relief when most needed by tiring cyclists.

Ashton Varner

Ashton Varner

As always, hundreds of photos were taken by our ABCS Photographer Rose Gacula and we send HUGE thanks out to her as well as Marsha Burt who single-handedly signed in and awarded over 230 centurion medals.  On-road photos are shared through our Facebook page and Awards pics on the TriStates page of this site. Centurions are listed to the right. Any corrections on spelling or omissions? Please send to bamabackroads@gmail.com 


W.C. Handy 100 – Florence, AL. – July 23rd

After our first 6 events:

  • 26 cyclists have pedaled all 6 century routes as compared to 19 in 2015.
  • 19 athletes have completed 5 centuries with 14 having accomplished this last year.
  • An impressive number of 38 men and women have ridden 4 of our centuries so far!  Last year, only 13 had pedaled 4.
  • With 300 miles pedaled in the 2016 Series are another 38 bicyclists with 35 last year.
  • And with 2 centuries done are 85 bicyclists compared to 59 in 2015!

We’re on course to have a record number of CHAMPIONS this year!!!  At this point, all of who have done 3 or more are eligible with 7 more opportunities to finish with 10 centuries DONE. If you’re aiming to claim this awesome CHAMPION jersey, keep pedaling!

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Don’t forget…we are serious about recognizing you for your accomplishments but as numbers increase, errors are apt to happen.  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 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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The Champions:cropped


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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.


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

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

HOT HUNDRED                                                                                      7/30       TUSCALOOSA

NORTH JEFFERSON CENTURY                                                         8/27      GARDENDALE


ALL YOU CAN EAT CENTURY                                                              9/17      HUNTSVILLE

JOHNNY RAY CENTURY                                                                       9/24     OPELIKA

GLASSNER AUTUMN CHALLENGE                                                  10/8      MONTGOMERY


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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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