OPELIKA, ALABAMA October 3, 2020
2019 Post-Ride Report
OK, so we are patting ourselves on the back for bringing back the Johnny Ray! We loved their Friday night registration site at James Bros Bikes and many of us were introduced to downtown Opelika and its lively entertainment district that evening. And just as fine was the Red Clay Brewing Headquarter location on Saturday with registration going smoothly and pre-registered riders already sporting their new event shirts. Among others, Ride Director Shirley Lazenby introduced Davis Phinney representatives who were riding for the pleasure of promoting the event charity.
Once cyclists smoothly rolled out in organized waves, a re-set began to get ready for their return. JRC and ABCS Volunteers set in motion to roll out as SAG, grab on-road photos, begin lunch prep, and arrange check-in for riders. We even took a moment for a photo op!
We were very happy to spend time with our first Metric rider, Astrid Snäll from Finland!
Not long after that our first century riders began to roll in…it’s always such a pleasure to watch groups come in who’ve possibly just met and work together to enjoy a safe ride!
Meanwhile, out on the road, Marsha & Terrie snagged some great photos:
At headquarters, we drew from century rider names for the winner of the $100 gift certificate from 4 Corners Gallery…past CHAMPION, Jorge Garcia took home the prize!
JRC Centurions are listed to the right on this page. See any errors? Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Congratulations to all who took part in the ride…it was a tough one with extreme heat and lots of climbing! And, here are the photos of many of them!
The Opelika Bicycle Advisory Committee brings you its 16th annual Johnny Ray Century benefitting the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease. An initiative of the East Alabama Cycling Club, the century travels the quiet but often rough backroads of Lee, Chambers, and Randolph counties, following the famous 19th-century Central of Georgia spur. Riders cross the old railroad bed in Lafayette. The 105-mile century option takes riders into downtown Roanoke where Johnny Ray himself, its famed conductor, is believed buried.
Changes to the route decrease exposure to the most rugged road conditions and busy highways. All 4 courses return past beloved Opelika landmarks as riders cruise down the city’s new “Destination Downtown” Bike Path all the way back to Ride Headquarters at Red Clay Brewing Company.
The century is OBAC/EACC’s fundraiser for the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease. It donates 100% of all donations and registration fees – minus expenses for food and supplies. You may donate to the Foundation through active.com registration or directly on their site here: http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1138966. Davis Phinney, an olympic and professional bike racer, manages the disease himself and directs the foundation.
Riders receive excellent support on the routes. Rest Stops feature a variety of foods and fluids. Expect special treats at select stops.
Helmets required. Ride goes rain or shine!
Each year the East Alabama Cycling Club sponsors a bicycle tour (the Johnny Ray Century) to benefit a designated charity. The club is again excited to work with the Davis Phinney Foundation, to support their mission with Parkinson’s. 2017 was a rebuilding year for the JRC with the Opelika Bicycling Advisory Committee picking up the reigns. While focus was on the transition we still managed to raise $1095 for DPF.