ASHVILLE (BIRMINGHAM) SEPTEMBER 30, 2017
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.
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!
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!
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!
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:
PHOTOS BY TRACEY WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOS BY SARA WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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!
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.