GLASSNER AUTUMN CHALLENGE

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA    OCTOBER 13, 2018


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Are you ready to join us for the fun and excitement you have come to expect from the Montgomery Bicycle Club’s 17th annual century ride held in memory of Dr. Jim Glassner, a longtime friend and supporter of cycling in central Alabama. An MBC Member, 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.

Dr. Jim Glassner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ride supports Montgomery Bike Club Cycling Safety Classes, Cycling Awareness Activities, and Bike Month.

If you want to experience RADICAL SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY and FUN, this is the ride for you! The club members of the Montgomery Bicycle Club understand that no one understands the need of a cyclist better than your fellow cyclists. Club members proudly serve as your volunteers for the day to ensure your needs are met!  No matter what distance you choose, you will be biking the beautiful, tree-lined, low-traffic rural roads of central Alabama with mechanical support, sag wagons, and themed rest stops supplied with plenty of fruit, light snacks, water, and sports drinks. The short routes offer gently rolling hills, while the longer routes offer moderately rolling hills. The routes will be clearly marked and will keep you on beautiful rural roads.


ROUTES

Keep an eye out for some exciting NEWS on the 2018 routes for the Glassner Autumn Challenge! Follow on Facebook and Twitter and check out the website often!


SCHEDULE

There are some big changes in store for the 2018 GAC…watch for news!


GLASSNER AUTUMN CHALLENGE RIDE REPORT – October 2017

For all of you who were looking forward to our Penultimate GLASSNER AUTUMN CHALLENGE, we know you were not disappointed!  With an impressive and professional atmosphere at headquarters, we were engulfed by the sound of safety announcements, welcomes, and music to get in the cycling spirit. Montgomery Bike Club volunteers, County Sheriff deputies, medical personnel, Montgomery Multisport and TREK bike mechanics were in abundance. A breakfast spread including hot-off-the-griddle pancakes by Billy Ritch and Jeffrey White and hosted by the Pintlala Baptist Church was enjoyed by all.



The grid send-off provided a safe exit for riders of all distances and abilities. With support from law enforcement, fantastic rest stops, and on-the-spot SAG drivers, all riders returned steadily during the day….all of this due to the leadership and organization of Ride Directors, Robert & Bonnie Traphan and the Montgomery Bike Club!

One of our favorite photos is this family!  Check out the kids hoisting their bikes!

One of the GAC fabulous rest stops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MBC and Series Support Staff put in a long but fun day welcoming riders in with cheers, cowbells, and antics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RIDE START PHOTOS BY MARSHA BURT

Click the pic to view photos!


FINISHERS’ PHOTOS BY MARSHA

Click the pic for great Awards photos from the Glassner Autumn Challenge!  You can “hover” over many of them to see rider names.


Congratulations to new CHAMPIONS Cecil Kwong, Emmett Hernandez, Fred Twilley, Greg Caldwell, Leslie Ledbetter, Mark Jacobs, Mark La Canne, Michael Alexander, Mickey Turner, Nick Kirby, Renae Dorroh, Steve Justice, and Ty Rochester!

We also awarded many patches to riders who accomplished their 4th century!

David Landry & Christine McBride with their ABCS patches!

Surely Dr. Glassner was smiling down on David and Nell Orange as they were drawn as  winners of the Four Corners Gallery shadow box…can’t wait to see this one!

As always, Century finishers are listed to the right on this page. If you have any corrections, please let us know: bamabackroads@gmail.com


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.

EVENT – https://ridewithgps.com/events/30929-2017-glassner-autumn-challenge

RSVP – https://ridewithgps.com/auto_approve?code=TawoBS5xGwOvFaMR&id=30929&type=Event

Maps & Routes Page – www.MgmBikeClub.org/GlassnerMaps


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  

or Google Play for Android  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.


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.

  2. Brigid White says:

    Had a great time. Was trying to find my finish pic . Is there a way to reach out to Marshall Burt

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