MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA OCTOBER 24, 2020
GLASSNER AUTUMN CHALLENGE RIDE REPORT
OCTOBER 12, 2019
After Saturday’s Glassner Autumn Challenge, I think everyone there would agree that we were absolutely blown away with this “penultimate” event! Directors Robert & Bonnie Traphan certainly listened to what you had to say following last year’s event and did an awesome job with combining all facets including registration, breakfast & lunch, send-off, and reception at the impressive ASU Stadium!
Montgomery Bike Club members as well as so many community volunteers provided that Radical Hospitality you’d heard about at Headquarters, Rest Stops, and on the road!
It was great fun to see many of our future Champions and so many familiar faces chatting and excited to be lining up inside the Stadium, ready to roll out.
The Glassner and MBC are known for promoting cycling safety. Their grid-style send-off was an example of starting large group rides out safely with brief stops between small groups rolling out.
HEADQUARTER, START, REST STOP & ON-ROAD PHOTOS:
Once everyone had pedaled out on distances of 5 to 124 miles, the reception line was set up to welcome them back. Backdrops were established for posing of hundreds of delightful finishers’ photos both for the Glassner and Alabama Backroads Centurions. Visit the Glassner Autumn Challenge Facebook page for great videos and pics.
OUR FIRST 2019 CHAMPIONS!
TRIPLE CROWN CHALLENGE!
Congrats for accomplishing all 3 of our Double Metric Challenges! CHEAHA ULTRA, BBC MOUNTAIN GOAT, GLASSNER CAPITAL CITY 200K
GLASSNER AUTUMN CHALLENGE CENTURIONS!!!
GAC Centurions are listed to the right on this page. See any errors? Write us at email@example.com. Congratulations to all who took part in the ride!
The winner of this event’s Four Corners Gallery $100 gift certificate was Egla Vinson Richey!
2019 GLASSNER ROUTES
Ride With GPS Event – https://ridewithgps.com/events/68411-2019-glassner-autumn-challenge
RSVP to Ride With GPS Event – https://ridewithgps.com/auto_approve/Event/68411/G8e68vNwl3ZuuFhr
2019 Glassner Capital City 200K (124.3) – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30614460
2019 Glassner Capital City 100 (100.8) – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30616462
2019 Glassner Mad Metric (64.6) – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30616343
2019 Glassner Fabulous Fifties (52.8) – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30616306
2019 Glassner Smell the Roses (32.7) – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29189493
2019 Glassner Cruisin’ in the City (15.4) – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30615567
2019 Glassner Historic Neighborhood Ramble (5.5) – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30616530
2018 GLASSNER AUTUMN CHALLENGE RIDE REPORT
Our Glassner Autumn Challenge organizers,Robert and Bonnie Traphan and members of the Montgomery Bike Club took on a lot this year! They stepped up their event with brand new headquarters at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome, added a Double-Metric route, plus followed the day up with a Sunday Gravel Grind. The time and physical work in planning and providing support for a weekend like this is overwhelming and efforts have paid off with very positive comments about both events.
The Montgomery Academy Sports provided packet-pickup and registration space on Thursday evening and the Acadome an area for Friday. MBC members stayed busy!
The Banquet Hall provided a beautiful location for breakfast with Billy Ritch and Jeffrey White flipping over 500 pancakes for nearly 400 eager-to-go cyclists.
ASU and the Montgomery Community went all out in supporting and promoting the GAC! PA announcements kept things on schedule and by 7 am, riders were lined up and ready to roll.
Meanwhile, back on the course, MBC members were setting up Rest Stops to welcome riders in for a break.
By mid-morning all cyclists were out of sight at headquarters and MBC and ABCS volunteers began setup at the Start/Finish location to be ready to welcome them back.
Kudos to Marsha Burt and Nancy Melkerson for the wonderful photos!
GLASSNER AUTUMN CHALLENGE DOUBLE METRIC AND CENTURION Finishers are listed to the right. Let us know if you see any mistakes at firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 Glassner Gravel Grind (GGG) 10/14/18
Basic Stats: The inaugural Glassner Gravel Grind hosted 70 riders, offering 4 total rest stops and supporting 3 courses: 67, 48, and 26 miles. Many beginners enjoyed the backroads pedaling gravel bikes for the first time! With a cool start and warm finish, all post ride comments regarding the courses were positive….so positive there may be a century option next year. No crashes, lots of hils, and tons of fun for riders and volunteers.
The routes ranged from hard packed red clay to washboard to loose recent gravel overfill, which gave riders a changing challenge to negotiate using different techniques. Some sections were separated by short runs of paved road, but the predominant surface was unpaved. Rest stops were hosted by local churches in some places and set up by GGG volunteer staff at opportune locations in other cases. Marbury H.S. was the venue for the start/finish.
The unpaved roads were marked with a lime spreader in white where routes were combined and over sprayed with paint color where individual routes diverged. Paved sections were marked by paint spray. Marking was done the day before to prevent rain from washing the lime away. Marking gravel roads is much slower going than marking paved roads but had good results.
The riders said the marking was good and the big arrows were appreciated for visibility while jouncing around at speed. All the riders spoken with were very complimentary on the route and the support. We did SAG out a couple of riders who requested it. No problems getting to them. No injuries, just got fatigued.
Rest stops were a smaller scale version of the GAC ride and used left over items where possible. Local pizza was purchased for the ride end and was appreciated by finishers. Beer was requested by some, but will not be served. Sufficient supplies were on hand of pizza and soft drinks.
Overall, a great first attempt for a new event!
Photos by Dawn McCrocklin
The 2018 Glassner Autumn Challenge has a brand-new headquarters at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on Alabama State University. Our 6 routes are completely new for 2018.
Glassner 2018 Maps & Cue Sheets – www.MgmBikeClub.org/GlasnserMaps
7 mile route – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27984481
13 mile route – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27983603
31 mile route – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26663395
66 mile route – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27367540
106 mile route – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27367542
129 mile route – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27508371
GLASSNER AUTUMN CHALLENGE RIDE REPORT – October 2017
For all of you who were looking forward to our Penultimate GLASSNER AUTUMN CHALLENGE, we know you were not disappointed! With an impressive and professional atmosphere at headquarters, we were engulfed by the sound of safety announcements, welcomes, and music to get in the cycling spirit. Montgomery Bike Club volunteers, County Sheriff deputies, medical personnel, Montgomery Multisport and TREK bike mechanics were in abundance. A breakfast spread including hot-off-the-griddle pancakes by Billy Ritch and Jeffrey White and hosted by the Pintlala Baptist Church was enjoyed by all.
The grid send-off provided a safe exit for riders of all distances and abilities. With support from law enforcement, fantastic rest stops, and on-the-spot SAG drivers, all riders returned steadily during the day….all of this due to the leadership and organization of Ride Directors, Robert & Bonnie Traphan and the Montgomery Bike Club!
The MBC and Series Support Staff put in a long but fun day welcoming riders in with cheers, cowbells, and antics.
RIDE START PHOTOS BY MARSHA BURT
FINISHERS’ PHOTOS BY MARSHA
Congratulations to new CHAMPIONS Cecil Kwong, Emmett Hernandez, Fred Twilley, Greg Caldwell, Leslie Ledbetter, Mark Jacobs, Mark La Canne, Michael Alexander, Mickey Turner, Nick Kirby, Renae Dorroh, Steve Justice, and Ty Rochester!
We also awarded many patches to riders who accomplished their 4th century!
Surely Dr. Glassner was smiling down on David and Nell Orange as they were drawn as winners of the Four Corners Gallery shadow box…can’t wait to see this one!
As always, Century finishers are listed to the right on this page. If you have any corrections, please let us know: email@example.com
This is the RSVP link to the Glassner Autumn Challenge event on the Ride with GPS Club Account. This event has all five revised 2017 Glassner Autumn Challenge routes. When you RSVP to the event, you’ll get premium TCX/GPX exports, advanced PDF printing, and spoken turn-by-turn cues and warnings with the Ride With GPS smart phone app.
Maps & Routes Page – www.MgmBikeClub.org/GlassnerMaps
GLASSNER AUTUMN CHALLENGE APP
The Glassner Autumn Challenge app for 2017 is now live in your App Stores!
Visit the Glassner Autumn Challenge INFORMATION PAGE for help with your travel plans.
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