Montgomery – Capital of Dreams

$50 until May 6, $60 May 7-August 26, $70 August 27-October 11, $80 October 11, 12, 13 On-Site Registration


2018 Glassner Autumn Challenge Halo II Headbands

Our first 500 registered Glassner Autumn Challenge riders and all of our Glassner volunteers this year will receive a free Halo II pullover headband presented by Max Credit Union. The Halo II Headband retails for $14.95 and are Halo’s best-selling headband. Featuring a classic elastic pullover design, the Halo II will fit any head comfortably to redirect sweat and moisture from your eyes and face. Featuring Halo’s patented SweatBlock Technology and Dryline® Fabric, these athletic sweatbands will keep up with your high performance training. The Halo II’s are great sweatbands for running, cycling, or virtually any other activity that will work up a sweat. They fit comfortably under helmets and are great headbands for men or women.

So, register EARLY to ensure you receive your FREE Halo II pullover headband. This year’s 2018 Glassner Autumn Challenge Halo II pullover headband will be fully sublimated with this colorful design.

2018 Glassner Autumn Challenge Gear

2018 Glassner Autumn Challenge Jerseys ($64.99 for Sports Cut, Sleeveless, or Women’s Gemini Tank Top), Thermal Arm Warmers ($25.99 for a pair), Shorts ($99.99), and Bib Shorts ($109.99) are available to order when you regisiter for your ride or from the Glassner Gear Store at Order any individual piece or get an entire kit now! Any Glassner Gear ordered after August 26 will NOT be available on Ride Day. Orders placed after August 26 will be produced by Primal Wear after the Glassner Autumn Challenge and mailed to you by late November!

Are you ready to join us for the fun and excitement you have come to expect from the Montgomery Bicycle Club’s 16th 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.


The 2018 Glassner Autumn Challenge has a brand-new headquarters at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on Alabama State University. Our 6 routes are completely new for 2018.

Glassner 2018 Maps & Cue Sheets –

Event –


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


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.








Click the pic to view photos!


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:


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.



Maps & Routes Page –


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.

  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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