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!


The Girls

Bonnie Traphan, Shelley Cooper, Director Brook Nelson, Marsha Burt, Kathryn Thornton, Karrie Schwerin, Pixie Hicks, Rhonda Jensen.  *Photo by Rose Gacula


Our one and only GRAN FONDO was a huge success over this past weekend beginning with Friday night’s party at the Harley Davidson Center with live music by Little Know Letter, Mellow Mushroom pizza and beverage! It was great fun to see our Cheaha Ride Director, Brooke Nelson in action with occasional stage updates on plans for the weekend! Cyclists were excited to get their event t-shirts and jerseys and generally enjoy the camaraderie of friends. The spinning wheel of fortune also added excitement with lots of great prizes being awarded!


Pulling into JSU on Saturday morning, everyone was happy to see plentiful parking and were greeted with the tantalizing smell of Waffle House hash browns…smothered, covered, or whatever your whim might be. Volunteers were eager to assist in any way as riders claimed their goody bags, pinned on bib numbers, and lined up for the start. Again, Brooke was on the scene, greeting cyclists and seemingly being everywhere at once! After a brief greeting and devotional, our Challenge riders were off!  Temps were a bit chilly but the promised climbing ahead was sure to warm them up.


Numbers were considerably up with 652 registered (483 last year)!  As always, riders could change their minds on distances and those who didn’t reach checkpoints by an appointed hour were asked to alter their plans. In the end, 194 cyclists succeeded in completing the grueling century route and an amazing 134 took on and conquered the mountainous 124-mile ULTRA. Names for each are posted to the right.  (As always, there can be glitches in result accuracy and for any corrections, please contact us at bamabackroads@gmail.com)

Rose and Gerome Gacula downloaded over 1,500 photos taken on the road or at headquarters and many will be posted on the Cheaha page in the next day or two…check back for updates.  We thank Rose, Marsha Burt, Karrie Schwerin, Kathryn Thornton, Rhonda Jensen, Shelley Cooper, Robert & Bonnie Traphan for putting in a very long day…checking you in, taking photos, handing out finishers’ prizes, and watching for any problems.

The one thing we’ve heard for the past two years is what amazing support is provided for this event. There is no way to mention everyone but having the City of Anniston, ham radio operators, dedicated SAG support, Rest Stop volunteers, Sheriffs and State Troopers and so many more on these challenging routes certainly tell the riders that they are being watched out for!

Was history made at the Cheaha Challenge this year?  YES IT WAS!  Kudos go out to our very first Cheaha Century Finisher, Kat Sweatt!  Finish Time: 5;15:33.0

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First Male Century Finisher, Jimmy Railey with time of 5:16:15.6

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Cheaha ULTRA First Finishers were Mark Fisher with a time of 6:46:53.4 and Jenna Downey with a time of 7:46:37.1   Photos coming soon!



After our first 5 events, 31 cyclists have pedaled all 5 century routes (or ULTRA!) as compared to 21 in 2015.  And 30 athletes have completed 4 centuries with 15 having accomplished this last year.  An impressive number of 38 men and women have ridden 3 of our centuries so far!  Last year, 25 had pedaled 3.  And with 2 centuries done are 67 bicyclists compared to 43 in 2015!  We’re on course to have a record number of CHAMPIONS this year!!!



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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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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:

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


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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