MOBILE, ALABAMA NOVEMBER 11, 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 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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