GLASSNER AUTUMN CHALLENGE

PINTLALA (Montgomery), ALABAMA    OCTOBER 14, 2017


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The 2017 Glassner Autumn Challenge presented by Max Credit Union is held in memory of Dr. Jim Glassner, a longtime friend and supporter of cycling in central Alabama. A member of the Montgomery Bicycle Club, Jim was killed in a cycling accident on December 16, 2001. We renamed our century event (which we have been running since the 80’s) in his honor. He was an avid cyclist and the Autumn Challenge is dedicated to his love of cycling.

GlassnerDr. Jim Glassner 1955-2001


Get ready for a first-class event, this year referred to as the Alabama Backroads Century Series Penultimate Ride in Pintlala, Alabama!  Giving up their “finale” status, the fun and excitement you’ve always expected from the Montgomery Bicycle Club will still be widespread throughout the course with their usual RADICAL SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY!

The 2017 Glassner Autumn Challenge presented by Max Credit Union will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017. The ride supports Montgomery Bike Club Cycling Safety Classes, Cycling Awareness Activities, and Bike Month. Pick from your choice of five routes: Nutty Nifty Nines (18 miles), Smell the Roses (30 miles), the Fabulous Fives (55.5 miles), the Mad Metric Century (64 miles), or the Courageous Century (103 miles). We have updated the routes again for 2017 taking out the 3 miles of chipseal that was so disliked and rerouting the 55, 64, and 103 mile routes onto regular pavement.

GLASSNER GEAR

Our first 600 registered Glassner Autumn Challenge riders and all of our Glassner volunteers this year will receive a free Primal Wear Custom Embroided Cycling Socks presented by Max Credit Union. Your embroidered Glassner/Max socks are available in 2 sizes: Small/Medium or Large/X-Large.


Order your jersey ($64.99), shorts ($99.99), and bibs ($109.99) when you register.


ROUTES/RSVP LINK

This is the RSVP link to the Glassner Autumn Challenge event on the Ride with GPS Club Account. This event has all five revised 2017 Glassner Autumn Challenge routes. When you RSVP to the event, you’ll get premium TCX/GPX exports, advanced PDF printing, and spoken turn-by-turn cues and warnings with the Ride With GPS smart phone app.

https://RidewithGPS.com/events/23689-2016-glassner-autumn-challenge?rsvp_code=7uIwmV9efUvk6i


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

 

THURSDAY, October 12th – 4:30-7:30 pm  –  Packet Pickup                                      Academy Sports, 8610 Eastchase Pkwy, Montgomery, Al.  36117

KICK-OFF PARTY – Blackfinn Ameripub, The Shoppes at Eastchase, 6854 Eastchase Pkwy, Montgomery, Al. 36117


FRIDAY, October 13th – 4:30-8:00 pm Packet Pickup   –    Hampton Inn, 60 Wasden Rd., Hope Hull, Al. 36043


SATURDAY, October 14th – RIDE DAY!
Pintlala Baptist Church – 73 Federal Road – Pintlala (Hope Hull), AL 36043

6:00 am – Breakfast is served in the Fellowship Hall
6:30 am – Registration & Check-in opens at the Information Tent
ALL RIDERS MUST HAVE BIB NUMBERS VISIBLE ON CLOTHING FOR SAFETY PURPOSES
8:00 am – Course opens for Challenging Century
(white road markings, 103 miles)
8:15 am – Course opens for Mad Metric
(green road markings, 64 miles)
8:30 am – Course opens for Fabulous Fives Riders
(orange road markings, 55.5 miles)
8:40 am – Course opens for Smell the Roses Riders
(yellow road markings, 30 miles)
8:30 am – Check-in Closes
8:50 am – Course opens for Nifty Nines Riders
(blue road markings, 18 miles)
9:00 am – All riders must be on course & Pancake Breakfast closes
10:00 am – Check-out opens
5:30 pm – Course closes & Check-out closes (This is a tentative time)
5:45 pm – Emergency contact notifications start for anyone not checked-out.
BE SURE TO CHECK-OUT!!!


GLASSNER AUTUMN CHALLENGE APP

The Glassner Autumn Challenge app for 2017 is now live in your App Stores!

Get it from the Apple iPhone App Store  Apple App Store

or Google Play for Android   Icon_Android-app-on-google-play     simply by clicking the link for iPhones or Android smart phones.


TRAVEL INFORMATION

Visit the Glassner Autumn Challenge INFORMATION PAGE for help with your travel plans.


2016 Report & Photos

I think we can all agree we saved the best til last!  The Glassner Autumn Challenge definitely knows how to put on a first-class event, from their Workers’ Ride where they had all rest stops open for those who wanted to enjoy the ride and still be available to help on ride day. Congratulation to volunteers and CENTURIONS: Ed Hamilton, Joe McNair, Louis Schwarzman, David Orange, David Stankard, Greg Hartley, Alton Abrams, Kathryn Thornton, Mike McCrocklin, Max Britton, Walter & Pam Kennedy, Rita Smitherman, Glenn Baird, Holly Shoemaker, and Robert & Bonnie Traphan!  Note that Alton, Mike, Max, Walter, and Pam also achieved CHAMPION status this year!

Ride Directors, Robert & Bonnie Traphan and the Montgomery Bike Club….you made an outstanding team, working together to host an absolutely impressive finale event for the Alabama Backroads Century Series and we thank you!

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With two pre-registration sites (Academy Sports and Hampton Inn), plus a get-together at Blackfinn Ameripub, the lines on Ride Day morning at Pintlala Baptist Church were short and ran smoothly.

Professional recordings ran all morning advising riders on Start procedures, safety, and recognizing both Dr. Glassner and Brian Guerrero, lost to bicycling accidents and honored by the presence of friends:

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The themed rest stops were a HUGE hit, providing great energy snacks and the usual fare but spiced up with awesome home-baked goodies!

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Meanwhile, back at headquarters, great fun was had cheering in finishers and dealing with the wind…and the tutu’s!!!

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Heard the final number was a record-breaking 525 and Marsha signed in 186 Centurions! Rose has posted hundred of photos on our Facebook page. Centurions are listed on the right side of this page. If we missed you or if you have any corrections, please write bamabackroads@gmail.com .


Comments or questions?  Write us at bamabackroads@gmail.com

 

4 Responses to GLASSNER AUTUMN CHALLENGE

  1. Jimmy Lumley says:

    The Glassner Autumn Challenge was a fantastic century and a great ride to end the Alabama Backroads Series for 2015. All of the routes (18, 55, 62, and 102.9 miles) took riders through rural central Alabama near Montgomery and offered gorgeous scenic views on tree-lined rolling hills of pastures, farmland, small communities and a variety of ponds, lakes, streams, and marshes. The ride organizers cleverly and thoughtfully designed routes that looped and criss-crossed in a manner that a biker was never on a stretch of road where other bikers were not present. This additional safety feature for the rider was appreciated and allowed the rider to get a second look at some of the surroundings. The roads were well marked and the maps of the routes were precise and riders were cautioned about current road conditions. The themed rest stops (we stopped at the Halloween, Tropical Paradise, and Road Kill rest stops) were strategically located and well spaced and staffed by enthusiastic volunteers who offered to valet park the bikes and help the riders fuel up for the next segment. The grilled items at the Road Kill rest stop (sausage and hamburgers, I think…) were a big hit with the riders. All routes were patrolled by police officers and sag wagons offering mechanical support and pick-up, and there was constant communication with other support personnel. The Montgomery Bicycle Club put on an excellent and very successful production – the result of many hours of hard work by passionate and involved cyclists. I would like to give a special thank you to Pixie and her staff for their thorough efforts in coordinating a very successful Backroads program. These opportunities for safe and supported rides are greatly appreciated and I enjoyed meeting cyclists from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, and Maryland this summer. I had the opportunity this year to ride in seven of the Backroads centuries – all were great rides and all were designed to show the diversity of the backroads in Alabama. I had a blast and have special memories of each ride. I would also like to thank my riding partners Ross Daniel, Joe Pate and Dale Robertson for helping me through some of the rides and adding to a memorable and enjoyable summer. On a final note, my wife Kitt and daughter Sarah became bonafide centurions on the Glassner Challenge with 102.9 miles and 3,429 feet of elevation. Kudos to them.

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