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.

Dr. 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.


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.


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.



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
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.


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.


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

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  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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