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RESTORATION RIDE – RIDE REPORT
The long-awaited kick-off event of the 2018 season was one to make the Series proud! Weather forecasts went back & forth with predictions of rain, but we feel sure everyone who came was sure glad they did. Numbers increased from 260 to nearly 400 with 168 Centurions!
As you can imagine, organizing all of our rides is really a year-long process for our Ride Directors. Once the event is over, planning begins again for the following year. But, the real pressure hits them the few days just before you arrive. Our RR Directors, Billy and Stephanie Ritch were hit with the news of Steph’s Mother going in for emergency surgery. By Friday they both were called to the hospital and had to leave final preparation in the hands of our friend, Jeffrey White and the Kymulga Mill and other volunteers and WOW! What an amazing job they did!
Breakfast was all that was promised with a mouthwatering spread of delicious food!
And did you know it was St. Patrick’s Day?
Awesome Community Support from Verizen setting up wifi, Alabama State Troopers, Childersburg Rescue Squad, and even more!
The send-off went smoothly and the rain stayed at mist level with comfortable temps.
We heard great things about the rest stops offering plenty of goodies and friendly, helpful volunteers! And the Buffalo Rock signage and beverages were plentiful!
BBC members even escorted the last riders in and looks like a good time was had by all!
We were so proud to see so many of our 2017 Champions in their jerseys!
We’ll be adding the Awards Photos and the Restoration Ride Centurion list soon, so be sure to check back. Congratulations to everyone on your super accomplishments whether it was a century or shorter route. And, most of all, we send huge compliments to organizers and support crew who put on such a fantastic first event of the season!
UP NEXT – CYCLEPATHS CHALLENGE – Monroeville – April 7th
You won’t want to miss this ride which supports Smile-a-Mile and has the experience to provide a safe and fun ride with excellent support, great roads, superb rest stops, and organized by Champions, Dana & Terry Hornady. Visit their page on this site for more info and don’t forget to sign up at https://www.bikereg.com/cyclepaths-challenge
2018 ALABAMA BACKROADS CENTURY SERIES OF EVENTS
We are very proud of our 2018 lineup of rides for this year…most seasoned Series events with a few new ones sprinkled in! Visit their pages in our site menu for updates on jerseys and registration. And, watch for some fun and interesting challenges we’ll have for you this year!
Your Ride Directors for this Smile-a-Mile fundraiser are Dana & Terry Hornady, active cyclists and Champions. This event is known for its smooth ride and excellent support for distances of 31, 67, and 103 miles. Registration is opening today!
This will be the second year for the Krusher to be part of the Series. Ride Director Liz Howell, an avid cyclist, puts together this as well as many other awesome fundraisers for Huntsville’s Family Services Center This tour of Limestone County and the surrounding areas offers some of the best cycling in the Southeast! Pick from 3 different distances: 31, ~64 and ~100 miles and enjoy overall support by the Huntsville Cycle Club.
With the leadership of Director, Brooke Nelson and support from the NEABA, the Cheaha Challenge & ULTRA will again be the only UCI Qualifier in the United States! This Gran Fondo event is known for its party atmosphere and professional presentation…one you won’t want to miss with distances for everyone from the Chief Ladiga Cruise to the 124-mile ULTRA! Registration and jersey purchase is open.
Supporting the Dawn Pitchford Fund at Children’s of Alabama, the 16th Annual TriStates 100 is directed by Joe Varner, also known across the state and as a leader in his own cycling community in Dothan.Because of the heartfelt dedication of so many of this event’s volunteers, you’ll be impressed with the organization and support you’ll enjoy. The 2017 event raised $40,000 in honor of Dawn!
One of the new rides this year, Highway 2 Hale is directed by 3-time Series CHAMPION, Fred Twilley and supported by the Tuscaloosa Cycle Club. The event is a fundraiser for the American Advertising Federation of Tuscaloosa, providing University of Alabama student scholarships for advertising and marketing majors. The ride begins at the Moundville Archaeological Park and includes distances of 25, 38, 69, and 100 miles.
The Shoals Cycling Club’s Handy 100 with the directorship of David Cumbie came into the Series in 2016 with numbers increasing from 200 to nearly 500! Popular for its miles pedaled on the Natchez Trace Parkway and scenic routes of 21, 40, 61, 70/75, 100/107-miles, this event is scheduled as part of the W.C.Handy Music Festival with plenty of musical celebration to be enjoyed during your stay in Shoals area.
Also new to the Series in 2016, the NJC enjoyed such huge growth that Ride Director, Clark Raymond saw the need to upgrade headquarters and moved to the Gardendale First Baptist Church. With increased parking space and the ability to offer shower facilities plus an awesome dining space…AND offer a superb lunch by Hamburger Heaven of Gardendale….AND, bring in the support of their new charity, the North Jefferson Women’s Center, we expect this event to have another growth spurt in 2018!
The AYCE made some big changes last year with new Ride Director, Jamie Miernik taking the reigns and coming up with totally new routes starting from the Bob Harrison Wellness and Advocacy Center in Huntsville. Courses supported are the Coldwater Metric, Half-Century and Century, plus a 34-mile loop, with the 3 longer routes entering the Coldwater Creek, TN watershed. All you can eat catered by Cyn Shea’s Cafe and Catering a division of Serving Hope Inc.
Cyclists across the State will come together once again in support of their Ride Director, Wayne Spooner and his battle with melanoma skin cancer. The event supports the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Melanoma and Skin Cancer Charity. Birmingham Bicycle Club members will be stepping up to assist you on the road and at rest stops and will be waiting for you as you finish with their impressive cowbell Reception Line.
Our GAC will once again WOW you with their Radical Southern Hospitality and FUN! From the excitement at Headquarters with recorded announcements keeping you apprized of sponsors, route updates, and especially SAFETY, the professional presentation of this event is going to amaze you! Directors Robert & Bonnie Traphan have raised the bar of excellence when it comes to all facets of this event including rest stop and on-road support by the Montgomery Bike Club This event will have some exciting news for you soon so keep an eye out! Registration and jersey purchase is open at www.MgmBike-Club.org/GACRegister
CHILDREN’S HOME CHALLENGE Talladega, October 27th
Another new event for 2018, the Children’s Home Challenge, is directed by Jacque Cordle and benefits the ministries provided to homeless children & families at the Presbyterian Home for Children. Come enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Talladega County countryside, tree-lined roads, and just enough rollers to keep it fun.
GEARS & BEERS: BAYOU 100 Mobile, November 10th
G&B Ride Director, Jeff DeQuattro would love to tell you any time about the Delta Bike Project! Since the first Gears & Beers in 2015, the Delta Bike Project has purchased and installed 15 bicycle repair stations and pumps, and enough bike parking to accommodate 56 bicycles…and Jeff and company are behind it all… plus assist commuting cyclists with bike maintenance to keep them on the road to school and work! New in the Series in 2017, Mobile hosted a weekend of fun and an event that supported distances of 8 to 100 miles. This one needs to go on your calendar!
We can’t wait to share photos like these from our 2015 and 2016 Champion Banquets and Awards Ceremony, this year at Joe Wheeler State Park at the end of January! CHAMPIONS are those who complete 10 or more of our event century routes.
- 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.
- Complete at least four of the Alabama Centuries (100-mile options) in the Series.
- 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!