MONROEVILLE APRIL 7, 2018
2018 CYCLEPATHS CHALLENGE RIDE REPORT
Our 2nd Series event enjoyed some great improvements including the new registration site at the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce, offering a comfortable setting for folks to sign up, pick up goodies, and appreciate the friendship of fellow cyclists.
Ride Day morning kicked off with pleasant temps although a bit damp, with no sign of the cold and windy conditions that were to develop as the day wore on. Ride Director, Dana Hornady did an awesome job with announcements and introductions, thanking riders for their support of Smile-a-Mile and this year’s memorial of Team Hudson.
She warned cyclists of recent ALDOT road work just begun a few days before and told of the many rest stops they would be able to take advantage of…9 in all for our centurions!
Dana asked Tim Benefield to speak a bit about the meaning the Ride of Love had for him and he certainly did a wonderful job of that, saying that he had pedaled the ride 7 times over the years and is going for his eighth this month. And then, changing to a very happy subject, this happened and Gabby said YES!
Haley Bagget performed a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem and the cyclists were off!
As the day progressed, weather conditions took a nosedive but thankfully heavy rains kept their distance! Temps plummeted and winds made “feels like” temps feel almost brutal, but our tough riders hung in there and produced these happy, smiling faces. Thank you Marsha Burt for the great photos!
Nearly 100 Centurions signed in (listed to the right), with 61 cyclists already logging in with 2 centuries DONE and on their way to becoming 2018 CHAMPIONS!
2 CENTURIES DONE!
CYCLEPATHS BIKE CLUB
Cyclepaths is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) bicycle club and all proceeds from their annual CYCLEPATHS CHALLENGE go to charitable organizations. The ride winds through the back roads of Monroe and Conecuh Counties and this year will benefit the children and families of Smile A Mile Our motto is “Until there is a Cure, We will Ride”. Come join us and lets roll. Cyclepaths of Monroe County; Blood, Sweat, and Gears.
Start line address: Monroe County courthouse 65 N Alabama Ave, Monroeville, Alabama 36460
2018 Cyclepaths Challenge Event – https://ridewithgps.com/events/51298-cyclepaths-challenge-2018
2018 Cyclepaths Challenge RSVP – https://ridewithgps.com/auto_approve?code=D2DHF9UfeBv0oPjH&id=51298&type=Event
2018 Cyclepaths Challenge Century 108.3 –https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27055787
2018 Evergreen Metric 62.5 – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27055816
2018 Peterman Loop 31.2 – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27055993
2017 CYCLEPATHS CHALLENGE RIDE REPORT
Our first Series event kicked off the season in style with support from Monroeville Fire & Rescue, J.T. Johnston Ham Radio Club, and stellar community support at headquarters, on the road, and at rest stops! The Challenge champions Smile-a-Mile in its efforts to provide support to families with children fighting cancer. Each rest stops reminds riders of how they are assisting in these endeavors. Smile-a-Mile’s Savannah Lanier DeRieux spoke to the group before ride start and thanked them for coming.
We were honored to be blessed in a pre-ride prayer by Tommy Gaillard who lost his daughter, Jamie to cancer several years back. Tommy pedaled his century in memory of Jamie yesterday.
Congratulations to Ride Directors Dana & Terry Hornady as well as Planning Committee members Morgan Valvano, Dan Lieber, Jacky Hornady, James Allen Hornady (medic on course) and so many volunteers who made the day possible! The lunch was superb as was the great layout of food during the day!
Photos are already being shared through our Facebook page and more will be added and also posted on Cyclepaths Challenge page of this site. Here’s a starter slideshow of on-the-road photos by Marsha Burt:
And, here are some of Marsha’s Finish photos:
Photos by Gabby Moody:
Awards photos by Terrie Hinton:
Centurions will always be listed on the right side of each page on this site within a day or two of each event. Let us know of any errors at firstname.lastname@example.org …yes, even spelling errors!