BIRMINGHAM BICYCLE CLUB’S 45th ANNUAL CENTURY

ASHVILLE (BIRMINGHAM)     SEPTEMBER 28, 2019

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BBC 100 RIDE REPORT

Gotta say the Birmingham Bike Club knows how to put on a great shindig, starting with a cool Packet Pickup location at Back Forty Beer Company.  Members were there in force handing out goodies and making lots of introductions to new faces.

Kat Sweatt with her delicious FASTKAT bars, BBC Members hard at work, Back Forty Beer Company.

 

Ride morning was perfect with comfortable temps and smooth-running registration with the great headquarter setup at Ashville High School.

Organizers Gene Wallace & Karen Clanton plus BBC members running ride day registration.

Taylor Dawson grabbing some java before heading out on the course. Great coffee by Canoe Creek!

Many Photos courtesy of Tracey White Photography!

Chris Cole took over with pre-ride announcements and then introduced Natalie Brasher who blew the crowd away with her rendition of our National Anthem!

Natalie Brasher & Chris Cole


 

 

 

 

Respect!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, these two were out & about greeting cyclists while lunch was being prepared in the Pork N’ Pedals smokers! Thank you Billy & Stephanie Ritch for your dedication to the Birmingham Bike Club and Alabama Backroads Century Series! Awesome lunch!!!


New this year was the 127-mile Mountain Goat Challenge and this pair put in a little Meet & Greet time as the riders were lining up for the Start.

Demetrious White & Michael Staley, ready to welcome you at the Goat Rest Stop!


Also ready were Ashville PD and SAG support by Jeffrey White!

 

 

 


And over 380 cyclists were rolling out to the cheers of Ride Organizer Karen Clanton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In honor and support of Ride Director Wayne Spooner and the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Melanoma and Skin Cancer Charity…

Pam and Wayne Spooner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of kudos going out to the many volunteers who made this event a HUGE success!

BBC and ABCS Volunteers

Montgomery Bike Club/Glassner Autumn Challenge Rest Stop


Thanks to Terrie Hinton, we have these great Finishers’ photos to share!

Click the pic to see the album.


BBC 100 Centurions and Mountain Goats are listed to the right. Let us know if you see any mistakes at bamabackroads@gmail.com


 


 

 

 

 


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

RSVP to the BBC 100 Ride with GPS event to enable premium features such as spoken turn-by-turn directions and offline download capabilities.
14mi BBC 100 2018 Slow Roll Course –  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28647646
25mi BBC 100 2018 Slow Roll Plus –  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28647655
45mi BBC 100 2018 Anniversary Route –  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28647658
64mi BBC 100 2018 Metric Route –  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28647662
103mi BBC 100 2018 Century Route –  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28647676
127mi BBC 100 2018 Mountain Goat –  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28647684

NEW OPTION

For 2018, The BBC 100 will offer a new route, the Mountain Goat, a double metric, with routing similar to the BBC Century. The Mountain Goat Route adds another loop in after Ashville, that takes in Walkers Gap, and the ridge along Straight Mountain. Cutoff Times will be designated for this new route. (TIMES WILL BE POSTED CLOSER TO DATE). The Mountain Goat passes through Ashville a second time, so if you cannot complete the double metric, you will still get your century miles

With Road Construction completed, we are making changes to parts of the 45, Metric, Century and Mountain Goat routes a bit from previous years but the course will be well marked to get you to all the places you are meant to be on this beautiful ride.

All routes available with turn by turn instructions on our Ride with GPS page.

(All mileages are approximate but pretty darn close.)

♣ 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

♣ Beginner Friendly – 27 miles – Orange Road Markings

For 2018, we have taken out the climb on this route, and made the course an out and back to the first rest stop of the other rides. This is a scenic and friendly route which has less than 1000ft of climbing. It will take you through farmlands and out to Neely Henry Lake. Tie in with friends doing our 14-mile route. Yes, and pass an elephant! – One pop-up and one full rest stop

♣ Anniversary Route – 45 miles – Yellow Road Markings

Honoring the 45 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

♣ 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

♣ 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

♣ Mountain Goat Challenge 127 miles – White/Pink Road Markings

NOTE: There will be time limits for this option.

The Mountain Goat Challenge is our double metric (127 miles) century.  It follows the same route as our century with a twist at mile 70. You’ll enjoy a scenic ride through Riddles Bend along the Coosa River up to Rainbow City, in to Steele, around the base of Chandler Mountain, out to Camp Sumatanga, back to Steele, and in to Ashville. This is where your challenge begins. Make it to Ashville by 1:00 and you’ll make the first cut-off. From here you’ll proceed to Pinedale Road and pick up the pink markings that will direct you to scenic Crawfords Cove.  At mile 80, the base of Walkers Gap, you’ll begin a climb with multiple switchbacks and some steep gradients. The reward… a spectacular view from Straight Mountain. Stop for a moment, take in the view, enjoy the rest stop, snap some photos, and then enjoy a fast descent back to Ashville. Make it to Ashville by 3:00 and you’ll make the second cut-off and you can pick up the white century markings from Ashville and finish the last 27 miles knowing you’re a Mountain Goat! Those that arrive past 3:00 will be directed back to the school via the 45 mile route and have you back to the school to complete the BBC 100.


SCHEDULE

Early Packet Pick Up:

♣  Thursday, September 27, 2018 – 4:30-7:30 – Academy Sports + Outdoors, 1612 Gadsden Hwy., Trussville, AL 35173

Friday, September 28, 2018 – 4:00-8:00 – Back Forty Birmingham, 3201 1st Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35222  They have great food and beer so come and sit on the rockers for a bit.


SATURDAY, RIDE DAY – 7:00 a.m. Onsite registration, coffee and light snacks will be available.

Staggered start begins at:

  • 8:00 a.m. – 45, 64, 103, & 127 mile routes
  • 8:30 a.m. – 14 & 25 mile route
  • 10:30 a.m – Post-ride meal by Pork-n-Pedal (Billy Ritch!) and his incredible, mouthwatering BBQ. Vegan option available upon request.
  • Showers available after your ride.

Starting location:  Ashville High School – 33215 US 231, Ashville, AL 35953

SAG and Rest Stops:  SAG vehicles will be on patrol to assist cyclists in need. There are rest stops throughout the route fully stocked and each includes restroom facilities.

*Bike helmets are required to participate, all ages and all distances.

 


LODGING

Hampton Inn & Suites
1940 Edwards Lake Road B’ham, Al. 35235
(205) 655-9777

Camping & Lodging available @
Camp Sumatanga
3616 Sumatanga Road, Gallant, AL 35972
(256) 538-9860


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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