MOBILE, ALABAMA NOVEMBER 10, 2018
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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 email@example.com.
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.
- 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.
- 2018 Bayou 100 https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28625256
- 2018 Metric Century https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28220725
- 2018 Swamp Romp (30) https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28221101
- 2018 Beignet Buster (8) https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28221263
2017 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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