BIRMINGHAM BICYCLE CLUB’S 45th ANNUAL CENTURY

ASHVILLE (BIRMINGHAM)     SEPTEMBER 29, 2018

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Come join the Birmingham Bicycle Club for our 45th Annual Century, one of the most beautiful centuries in the Southeast. We are very pleased the proceeds from the 2018 ride will benefit the Birmingham Bicycle Club’s very own UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Melanoma and Skin Cancer Charity. It is our desire to bring awareness of the necessity to be diligent in protecting our exposed skin when out on our bicycles. If you would like to make a donation, please visit our donation page.

BBC 100 Ride Start 2017


ROUTES

♣ Slow Roll – 14 miles – Red Road Markings

This lovely route is along pretty roads with one small hill. Be sure you don’t miss the elephant! – One pop-up stop      https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23187724

♣ Beginner Friendly – 27 miles – Orange Road Markings

This is a scenic and friendly route which includes 1200 ft of climbing. It will take you through farmlands and out to Neely Henry Lake. Pass roads called Lickskillet. Take your time and visit the historic John Looney cabin. Tie in with friends doing our 14-mile route. Yes, and pass an elephant! – Two pop-up stops and one full rest stop  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23188208

♣ Anniversary Route – 44 miles – Yellow Road Markings

Honoring the 44 years this century has been held this is a pretty and manageable distance to tackle on a bicycle. Only 1500 ft of climbing and takes you to Riddles Bend and over to Steele back to Ashville. Follows the same route as the metric until Ashville. – Two pop-up stops and three full rest stops    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23189812

♣ Metric Century – 68 miles – Green Road Markings

You can claim you’ve ridden a 100! Our pretty metric has a northern loop that takes you to Riddles Bend and then over to Steele and the southern loop takes you to St. Clair Springs, through the Shoal Creek Valley and back to Ashville. The pretty hills will have you climb about 2,300 ft. – Two pop-up stops and four full rest stops  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23189141

♣ Full Century – 105 miles – White Road Markings

Our full century is similar to the metric but splits off to follow a scenic ride through Riddles Bend along the Coosa River up to Rainbow City. After the Steele rest stop it breaks off to ride the base of Chandler Mountain and head out to Camp Sumatanga.  Elevation for this route is just under 4,300 ft. Most important feature of this route is that it includes our Famous Bacon & Tomato Sandwiches. – Two pop-up stops and 6 full rest stops  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23189985


 

SCHEDULE

Watch for upcoming news on the BBC 100 weekend schedule.

Start location is Ashville High School located on U.S. 231 just south of downtown Ashville, AL. Routes of 14, 27, 44, 68 and 105 will be offered- all recreational friendly and scenic.


2017 BBC-100 RIDE REPORT

As you know, each of our events supports its own charity or cause. When the purpose  touches close to the heart of its organizers, it’s bound to be a success! We salute that person, Wayne Spooner and the Birmingham Bicycle Club members who were inspired by him. Co-Director Gene Wallace was joined by many BBC members to host this year’s ride…Karen Clanton, Chris Cole, Bo Bozeman, Mandy Nichols and so many others who stepped up to raise funds for the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

They kicked off fund-raising efforts with the Paul Revere Ride pedaling from Ardmore, TN to the Alabama Gulf Coast with stops along the way to give warning of the dangers of Melanoma Cancer.

The spirit continued with a huge turnout at their Volunteer/BBC-100 Make-Up Ride, offered to encourage members to volunteer on Ride Day but still receive their medals.

Pre-registration at Cahaba Brewing and Trussville Academy Sports saw a good number of people picking up packets and getting signed up, with even more registering Ride Day morning at the Ashville High School.  Members from the Tuscaloosa Cycle Club got together for this great group photo. By day’s end, 5 of them had become CHAMPIONS!

Tuscaloosa Cycle Club

Meanwhile, something scrumptious was smoking out back!  Yes, our own Billy and Stephanie Ritch were out smoking pork and chicken for lunch! They not only worked all night, but then joined the fun to grab some great photos (and this great selfie!), and then spent the next day on clean-up!

Photos courtesy of Billy Ritch

Pre-Ride announcements by Karen Clanton were made before riders were sent out, trying a wave send-off for all distances according to expected speed. All were happy to see Wayne & Pam Spooner out to greet the cyclists!

Not sure who’s idea it was, but the BBC had a fine group of volunteers staged at their “Reception Area” to make sure ALL riders were welcomed back with cowbells & cheers!

We had a hard-working group of ABCS volunteers ready to award patches, CHAMPION awards, and medals! BIG thanks to Bonnie Traphan for Pixie’s ABCS CHAMPION Award, to Kathy Thornton & Marsha Burt as well as Terrie Hinton & Faith Stockton for putting in a long but fun day!

We thought you’d like these of Jeffery Pratt, CHAMPION!

We also wanted you to know that Bill Mayo took the reserved bib #131 in memory of Brian Guerrero’s last ride. Another good friend of Brian’s traveled from Chattanooga to honor Brian….Scott Thomas.

And here are several beautiful shots of Cherie Dortch, winner of the Four Corners Galleryshadow box with presenter, Karen Clanton.


 

RIDE DAY PHOTOS BY MARSHA BURT:

Click the pic for BBC-100 Start Photos

Click the pic for BBC-100 Award Photos


PHOTOS BY TRACEY WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY

Click the pic for Tracey White Photos!


PHOTOS BY SARA WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY

Click the pic to view photos!


PHOTOS BY ANDREW GARZA PHOTOS


As always, Century finishers are listed to the right on this page. If you have any corrections, please let us know: bamabackroads@gmail.com


 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 ROUTE OPTIONS:

All routes available with turn by turn instructions on our Ride With GPS  Club Page. 

♣ Slow Roll – 14 miles – Red Road Markings

This lovely route is along pretty roads with one small hill. Be sure you don’t miss the elephant! – One pop-up stop      https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23187724

♣ Beginner Friendly – 27 miles – Orange Road Markings

This is a scenic and friendly route which includes 1200 ft of climbing. It will take you through farmlands and out to Neely Henry Lake. Pass roads called Lickskillet. Take your time and visit the historic John Looney cabin. Tie in with friends doing our 14-mile route. Yes, and pass an elephant! – Two pop-up stops and one full rest stop  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23188208

♣ Anniversary Route – 44 miles – Yellow Road Markings

Honoring the 44 years this century has been held this is a pretty and manageable distance to tackle on a bicycle. Only 1500 ft of climbing and takes you to Riddles Bend and over to Steele back to Ashville. Follows the same route as the metric until Ashville. – Two pop-up stops and three full rest stops    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23189812

♣ Metric Century – 68 miles – Green Road Markings

You can claim you’ve ridden a 100! Our pretty metric has a northern loop that takes you to Riddles Bend and then over to Steele and the southern loop takes you to St. Clair Springs, through the Shoal Creek Valley and back to Ashville. The pretty hills will have you climb about 2,300 ft. – Two pop-up stops and four full rest stops  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23189141

♣ Full Century – 105 miles – White Road Markings

Our full century is similar to the metric but splits off to follow a scenic ride through Riddles Bend along the Coosa River up to Rainbow City. After the Steele rest stop it breaks off to ride the base of Chandler Mountain and head out to Camp Sumatanga.  Elevation for this route is just under 4,300 ft. Most important feature of this route is that it includes our Famous Bacon & Tomato Sandwiches. – Two pop-up stops and 6 full rest stops  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23189985

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BBC-100 VOLUNTEER RIDE   9/23/2017    Our Series events offer the opportunity to their Ride Day volunteers to earn their medals at a scheduled Volunteer Ride. The BBC-1oo recognized several Centurions and 3 Champions with 10 of our century rides DONE!

Click the pic to see Volunteer Ride photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 



BBC Century 2016 Ride Report & Photos

Why would we be surprised that in its 43rd year, the BBC Century was a HUGE success! From Packet Pick Up at Cahaba Brewery to day of registration at the Ashville High School, all went very smoothly. Ashville Police controlled traffic at the start and onto CR 26 and then trailed the group out of town! Ride Directors Gene Wallace and Wayne Spooner, put on an extremely well-run and organized ride along one of the prettiest routes in the Series. Kudos to Birmingham Bike Club members who supported our bicyclists at rest stops and on the road. A shout out goes to Mike Flowers with Cahaba Cycles who made some great saves for a good number of cyclists during the day.  Their mini rest stops went over very well as the temps again shot up into the mid-90’s.

As the 10th event in the Series, we were able to recognize 21 CHAMPIONS who’ve already pedaled all 10 of the centuries in the Series!  Will they be going for 13?  Congratulations to  20 men and ONE WOMAN who will be awarded the limited edition CHAMPION jersey by Primal.

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5 Responses to BIRMINGHAM BICYCLE CLUB’S 45th ANNUAL CENTURY

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  2. Tracey says:

    what is the elevation for the metric

  3. Larry Murphy says:

    Perfect Century on a Perfect Day…from check-in to finish, Perfect….The Course itself with scenic views atop Killer Hill at mile 24, Perfect…Course Marking, Perfect… Rest Stop Volunteers, Perfect
    Bacon & tomato sandwiches… Way Perfect… Sag Support, Perfect…Getting stopped by 2 trains,Perfect ( I needed a break)….Riding with new friends I have been able to meet and get to know during the ABCS, Perfect and Priceless… Buffalo Rock products at Rest Stops, Perfect ( the two ice cold Diet Mt Dews with Bacon & Mater Sandwich , way-way Perfect…and Pixie Hicks ,Marsha Burt celebration welcome at the finish, Perfect… Gotta love those Cow Bells !!!!
    Thanks for a great experience BBC !!!!!!!!!!
    Larry Murphy
    Tuscaloosa

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