OPELIKA, ALABAMA    September 7, 2019


T-shirts to all signed up by September 1st.

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 Trinity Methodist Church.

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 registration or directly on their site here: 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. Enjoy a continental breakfast including breads from Panera. A catered lunch awaits you!

There’s plenty of parking at and near the church. Hotel/motels are nearby and accommodating. Please see the list on the website. Let them know you’re doing the Johnny Ray Century!

Dri-Fit tee-shirts only to those registered on or before September 15.

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.


Updated routes coming soon!


  • FRIDAY, Sept. 6th -hosting packet pickup at James Brothers Bike Shop in Opelika (113 S 9th St, Opelika AL 36801) from 4:30-7:00p. …more info below.
  • SATURDAY, RIDE DAY – 7:00a- Century & Metric riders roll out.
  • 10:00a – Drawing for the Grand Door Prize!
  • 11:00a – Post-ride meal available to riders.
  • 5:00p – Course swept and closed.


Red Clay Brewing Company located at 704 N Railroad Ave, Opelika, is the Century Headquarters.


Friday we’ll be hosting packet pickup at James Brothers Bike Shop in Opelika (113 S 9th St, Opelika AL 36801) from 4:30-7:00p. Preregistered riders are invited to come pick up their ride packets and stay a while in beautiful, historic, downtown Opelika. Once signed in Friday you’re ready to roll Saturday morning! Pickup your Dri-Fit tee-shirt, bib number, cue sheet, and map, and stay awhile for a local craft libation from the wall o’beer. Pick up last minute gear, energy supplements or clothing as you shift into a mellow “Life in a Railroad Town” cadence.

If you missed preregistration, you’re welcome to come Friday and get help registering. Note: we are not taking money Friday. We’ll help get your forms and waiver completed, answer any questions and have a beer with you. Saturday, we’ll need you to drop into ride headquarters to submit paperwork and pickup that ride number.


Expect delicious Panera pastries and hot coffee (provided by Church of the Highlands). Starting around 11-12, lunch will be catered & delivered by Chappy’s Deli. Lunch will be available to all riders whether you ride short or long.  All costs included in your registration!


SAG vehicles circle all routes. There are six, well-stocked rest stops, approximately 10-15 miles apart, with port-a-potties or restrooms.


Stay tuned as we seek the best deals for you. Below are recommendations from previous years.

Quality Inn
1212 Mall Pkwy
Auburn, AL 36831

If its a home football weekend rooms will go quick. To check for additional accommodations, check Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau:


  • I was pre-registered and check-in went smoothly and quick.
  • There was a variety of high energy snacks, water, Gatorade, and ice at all rest stops. I was very pleased with what was available.
  • The ride was well planned and supported by OPD at busy intersections.
  • The ride out 10th Street/Oak Bowery and the section to Gold Hill on 147 is on extremely good pavement with plenty of fast descents and long climbs. The traffic was light, and I don’t think we were passed by more than 8 cars on this section!
  • This is mostly forest and farmland with great views and almost no traffic (referring to the the Twin Silos-Andrews Rd…still chipseal last year)
  • The last section is a change from previous years and is on great pavement and again, almost no traffic.
  • The last mile or so was on Samford Ave. on the new bike path.
  • I think the rest stops were perfectly spaced, offering great snacks and supported by very nice, helpful and motivating volunteers.
  • The JR road marks for directions were good.