PINTLALA (Montgomery), ALABAMA OCTOBER 14, 2017
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
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!
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!
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:
The themed rest stops were a HUGE hit, providing great energy snacks and the usual fare but spiced up with awesome home-baked goodies!
Meanwhile, back at headquarters, great fun was had cheering in finishers and dealing with the wind…and the tutu’s!!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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