MOBILE, ALABAMA NOVEMBER 7, 2020
GEARS & BEERS RIDE REPORT
NOVEMBER 9, 2019
The term Grand Finale certainly applies to our Gears & Beers: Bayou 100 as it was not only professional in so many ways, but also a perfect conclusion of the 2019 Alabama Backroads Century Series!
The Fort of Colonial Mobile offered a location very close to the event’s host hotels but with plentiful parking and a lovely site for registration, breakfast, and a social lunch.
Since our Glassner Autumn Challenge, many cyclists hadn’t seen each other for a month and the excited chatter in gathering together again was much fun to hear with plenty of photos and videos being shot. By 7:00, century riders were lined up and greeted by Director Jenn Greene, treated to an awesome trumpet rendition of the National Anthem, and sent off for the Bayou 100.
With all riders going out in waves for the Mystic Metric (63), Swamp Romp (30), and Beignet Buster Fun Ride (8) by 9:00, setup began for their return. Tables were unfolded and draped with cloths, a fabulous lunch laid out, medals displayed, entertainment tuned up, and Series tents up and ready for greeting and photos of the returning riders.
Little did cyclists know that ABCS Photographer Marsha Burt was headed out to grab hundreds of photos of them as they pedaled their beautiful routes.
With over 900 riders, event and Series volunteers saw to riders’ needs and later made time to pose for photos. BIG THANKS to all Volunteers!
A post-ride comment pretty much tells us how participants felt about all aspects of the day: “In nearly every event I’ve ever participated in there are always things that could be improved upon, sometimes small and sometimes large issues, UNTIL TODAY.
Jenn and her crew knocked this one outta the park. I cannot name one part of it that could’ve been better, including the weather.
I have no idea of all the work that goes into an event like this but I know it’s immense and is a year round project. THANK YOU to everyone who played a part in putting this on, you guys are incredible!”
By day’s end, 329 centurions were signed in and you can see them decked out in medals and smiling faces here.
If you completed the century route, you’ll see your name on the right of this page. If you see mistakes, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank our Series sponsors for their support and love that this final event saw 4 Buffalo Rock members step up for medals and photos:
And we were especially happy to see so many past Champions sporting their Champion jerseys and medals!
Check out the combo jersey modeled by 2-time Champion, Ron Hoeper!
CHAMPIONS NAMED AT GEARS & BEERS!
ALL 2019 CHAMPIONS!
Thank you all for supporting Gears & Beers: Bayou 100 and the Delta Bike Project! As always, we so appreciate ALL VOLUNTEERS including our very dedicated ABCS Staff: Faith Stockton, Sue Rowe, Marsha Burt, Nancy Melkerson, Carol Solorzano, Susan Hill, and Terrie Hinton!
The Gears and Beers Ride is a collection of four bicycle rides and a street party that raises money to support the various community-based programs at the Delta Bike Project. We support every community member in Mobile, from people that ride bicycles as their primary form of transportation to families looking to repair a broken bicycle to women that want that to learn a critical roadside repair technique. Our programs include: 1) the Time is Money Program, where people in need can volunteer time in exchange for earning a recycled bicycle, 2) hosting open shop hours where visitors can learn to repair their own bicycles under the direction of volunteer mechanics, and 3) providing recycled bicycles and helmets free of charge to children and families.
Riders can choose from four different distances – 8.2 miles, 30 miles, 63 miles and 100 miles. If you’re up for the challenge, sign up for the Bayou 100. This ride goes over the Dog River Bridge and the Dauphin Island Bridge, but is otherwise a flat and fast course. If you’re not quite up for the century, plan on a shorter route of 8, 30, or the metric century. Go to the Gears & Beers website and click Routes for detailed info.
Please note that due to our increased ride participation of nearly 800 riders in 2018, our 2019 start, finish, and after-party will again be at the Fort of Colonial Mobile (Fort Conde) at 150 South Royal Street. This is only 0.4 miles from our original street party location, and the same distance from our host hotels. It will provide a safer and more enjoyable ride experience, and one that includes a little history (and great access to free parking).
Our rest stops are fully supported and packed with nutritious and FUN food to make your breaks worth it! Our rest stop sponsors – like Alabama Power, Hargrove Engineers, and the Bayou Chamber of Commerce – trot out their very best food like fresh fruit, PB&J sandwiches, salty snacks like chips and crackers, cookies, protein bars, pickle juice, and special treats that represent our sponsors like Shrimp Po’Boys in the Bayou! Our sponsor Buffalo Rock provides water, Pepsi products, muscle milk, and Gatorade. Everyone has a smile on their face, which is the most important part of the day!
2018 GEARS & BEERS RIDE REPORT
Throughout the year, we’ve called our Gears & Beers the “Finale Event” of the Series, but I think the better term would be “Grand Finale!” ….as the dictionary defines, “the last part of a piece of music, a performance, or a public event, especially when particularly dramatic or exciting.” With the Ride Start venue having moved to Fort Conde, a huge space was available to offer an unbelievable spread of breakfast items including continental plus warm breakfast sandwiches from Bob’s Downtown Diner!
Impressive too was the staff of volunteers including Delta Bike Project personnel, Mobile Community volunteers, and Mobile Police Department.
By 7 am start time, the flag was hoisted and century riders were sent out with a beautiful trumpet rendition of our National Anthem. Little did we know that by 8:30, gale force winds would increase to the point that riders were notified they would not be crossing the Dauphin Island Bridge…good news was that despite shortening the ride a bit, all still were awarded Centurion medals!
Because of the cold and windy conditions, a good number of people opted for a shorter distance than planned, but through the wave sendoff of riders doing the Mystic Metric, Swamp Romp 30, and Beignet Buster Run Ride 8, the start for everyone went smoothly.
Soon after, the breakfast area was transformed into the lunch area with riders soon rolling in to enjoy the afterglow of pedaling their routes…and what an offering it was including big band music by the Mobile Symphony Orchestra!
Marsha Burt braved the frigid air and captured these on-road photos:
Speaking of on the road, G&B Rest Stops were stocked to the hilt with awesome goodies!
Some of our early finishers included Triple Crown winners…those who took on the challenge of pedaling our 3 double metrics: BBC 100 Mountain Goat Challenge, Cheaha Challenge ULTRA, and Glassner Autumn Challenge Double:
Special high-fives going out to our G&B Centurions, finishing under very tough conditions!
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GEARS & BEERS CENTURION Finishers are listed to the right. Let us know if you see any mistakes at email@example.com
About the Event
The Gears and Beers Ride is a collection of four bicycle rides and a street party that raises money to purchase and install bicycle amenities around Mobile, and it helps funds the various community-based programs for the Delta Bike Project. Since the first Gears & Beers in 2015, the Delta Bike Project has purchased and installed 15 bicycle repair stations and pumps, and enough bike parking to accommodate 56 bicycles.
Riders can choose from four different distances – 8.2 miles, 30 miles, 63 miles and 100 miles. Scroll down for Ride With GPS maps.
The Delta Bike Project believes that cycling and its benefits should be made equally accessible to people from all walks of life. We seek to minimize economic and educational barriers by providing the tools and knowledge for do- it-yourself bicycle repair and low-cost access to, or the ability to earn donated and recycled bicycles through sweat-equity.
Visit www.deltabikeproject.org to learn more about our programs!
NEW START LOCATION
Please note that due to our increased ride participation, our 2018 start, finish, and after-party is moving to the Fort of Colonial Mobile (Fort Conde) at 150 South Royal Street. This is only 0.4 miles from our original street party location, and the same distance from our host hotels. It will provide a safer and more enjoyable ride experience, and one that includes a little history (and great access to free parking). If you have questions about this change, please contact your Ride Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Fort Conde
Nestled in the middle of downtown Mobile, Fort Conde guarded Mobile and its citizens for almost 100 years, from 1723-1820. The Fort had been built by the French to defend against British or Spanish attack on the strategic location of Mobile and its Bay as a port to the Gulf of Mexico, on the easternmost part of the French Louisiana colony. The strategic importance of Mobile and Fort Conde was significant, as the Fort protected access into the strategic region between the Mississippi River and the Atlantic colonies along the Alabama River and Tombigbee River. Today, it’s a historic tourist destination and event location, so history buffs of all ages will enjoy this location.
Registered riders will be treated to a continental breakfast before the rides, high quality snacks and beverages (and water) at the start/finish and at rest stops, entrance to the after-party, a custom event t-shirt (for people who register early online), a free tasty bowl for authentic, Gulf Coast seafood GUMBO (vegetarian gumbo also available), vegetarian and vegan Riders will have options provided by Whole Foods, and a free pint of beer, plus other swag and chances to win prizes. Food will also be available to order from the Bier Garten, or other nearby restaurants.
- Start/Finish: The start and finish for all four rides with be at The Colonial Fort of Mobile. The address is 150 South Royal Street, Mobile AL 36602, and is 0.4 miles from our previous start location, and between 0.1 and 0.4 miles from our room block hotels.
- Start Time, promptly at 7 am
- After Party: The after party will be inside the fort and in the surrounding streets (road closures). Get ready for great music, food, and atmosphere to enjoy with your friends and family.
- Parking: Parking is at a premium in an urban setting, but this location has plentiful free parking, as well as fee-based lots and garages nearby for your parking needs. If you are staying the weekend in one of our host hotels (which we recommend for out-of-towners, you can park for free in their convenient lots.
- Map: Need a visual of locations of the Fort, room block hotels (with links), or parking? We have a map for you! Click here to check it out!
Routes are similar to last year, with minor adjustments for the change in start and finish.
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Beignet Buster Fun Ride 8 – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28869909
Stay and sleep in places with air conditioning or window and door screens.
GEARS & BEERS:BAYOU 100-RIDE REPORT
We are so pleased that the new rides offered this year have been so popular, and especially of our Gears & Beers: Bayou 100! Apparently a flat course, beautiful scenery, and BEER appeal to many. Any time numbers jump from 225 to over 700, there are bound to be glitches; but because we feel any shortcomings are easily fixed and were well outnumbered by outstanding entertainment, food, volunteers, police support, gorgeous routes, rest stops, and so much more that we are bringing the event back for 2018!
As a fundraising effort to benefit the Delta Bike Project, Gears & Beers is supported by many groups and volunteers in the Mobile community. The Bike Project has purchased and installed 15 bicycle repair stations and pumps, and enough bike parking to accommodate 56 bicycles. Bike repair clinics and an earned-bike program helps low-income cyclists with a means to commute to and from work.
SIGHTS, SOUNDS, & TASTES OF GEARS & BEERS
CENTURY KIDS OF GEARS & BEERS
So proud of these youngsters and their Dads and Grandads for pedaling the G&B century!
We saw many different types of bikes from recumbent trikes & bikes to cruisers and fat tires. What an impressive team of tandem cyclists we had from the Montgomery Bike Club!
GEARS & BEERS START PHOTOS
GEARS & BEERS AWARD PHOTOS
Gears and Beers 2017 has FOUR distinct rides, 8.2 miles, 30 miles, 63 miles and 100 miles! There’s a ride for everyone!
BEIGNET BUSTER FUN RIDE
Bring your cruiser or hybrid and grab your family and friends for this ride. This FUN ride heads out to Arlington Park in the Brookley Aeroplex for a rest stop at mile 4.1 for coffee and beignets! It’s a great ride for anyone looking to have a fun, social ride with 100 of your closest friends.
If you are looking for a ride to get your legs spinning for a few hours, this is the one. Riders will travel south down to the neighborhoods around the Dog River and the Peninsula of Mobile Community. Be sure to bring your camera for pictures along the beautiful Bay Front Road.
This Metric Century will take you on a speedy jaunt down south along Mobile Bay. Along the way, Mystic Riders will go over the Dog River Bridge, head west toward Theodore, and then south to a loop through Bellingrath Gardens. This is a flat and fast route! This ride should only be attempted by experienced riders, who have some long-distance rides under their belt.
The Bayou 100 is the newest edition to the Alabama Backroads Century Series, and the first Series ride in the Mobile area! Bayou 100 riders won’t be disappointed with the view, as the route begins in Historic Downtown Mobile before it heads south, hugging the western shore of Mobile Bay. Riders will enjoy a well-supported and well-marked route that takes them through Bellingrath Gardens and further south to Bayou la Batre and Coden, where one of several possible rest stops allows riders to see life in a working bayou, complete with dozens of shrimp boats, giant white pelicans and a towering 50-foot pile of oyster shells. Riders that stop in the Bayou at Rolston Park will get a special culinary treat as well! This ride should only be attempted by experienced riders who have a significant amount of long distance rides under their bibs.
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