JOHNNY RAY CENTURY

OPELIKA, ALABAMA    September 7, 2019



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



1st-EVER JRC JERSEY!

 

 

 

Purchase this unique Primal Wear jersey when you register.


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 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.

Dri-Fit tee-shirts only to those registered on or before September 1st.

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.


ROUTES:

Here’s a sneak peak at the new & improved JRC routes! We’ll shortly be updating to show rest stops so hang on before downloading.  Check it out! A simultaneous gravel ride will take place with 3 rest stops in common with our road riders. More info on that will be posted soon too.

RIDE WITH GPS LINKS

20 Mile Cusseta Commuter:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/9198562

34 Mile Twin Silos Shuttle:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/9198589

60 Mile/ Metric Lafayette Short Line:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24578093

104 Mile Johnny Ray Century:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24578072

“Dirty 66” Simultaneous Gravel Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29509349

Bike mechanics at each Rest Stop!

Unique goodies at Rest Stops like tomato/brie sandwiches

Road rides will be marked as usual with painted arrows on the road. Gravel routes will be marked with “paper-plate” sized signs to show the way!


GRAVEL ROUTE – a little more information

The gravel roads will range from glorious hard clay to some sandy, some pea gravel, and a couple sections of the chunky stuff where the county’s trying to address construction/erosion issues.  Recommend  are  38mm or larger, fast rolling tire. East Alabama is secretly known for all the climbing so expect a lot of rolling terrain (3600’ of climbing on the gravel course).

Recommended bikes would be cyclocross, gravel, cruiser, mountain bike, touring bike. Just be prepared for 66 miles at whatever speed you go. The majority of gravel riders will most likely average 10-12mph. There will be rest stops approximately every 15-18 miles plus SAG but bring a bike you’re comfortable fixing a flat on and that can carry food, drink and tools. Expect cell service to be spotty. See more suggestions on Gravel riding on this James Bros Facebook Event page.


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

  • FRIDAY, Sept. 6th -hosting packet pickup at James Brothers Bike Shop in Opelika (113 S 9th St, Opelika AL 36801) from 4:30-7:00pm. …more info below. Parking also available nearby at the Methodist Church.
  • SATURDAY, RIDE DAY – 6:00am-  Red Clay Brewing, 704 N Railroad Ave, Opelika –  Breakfast/pastries at HQ. Coffee available next door coffee shop/roasted on site-Mama Mocha’s.
  • 7:00 – Century Riders Start with staggered starts of the other 4 distances every 10 minutes  (7:10 Gravel Ride Start; 7:20 Metric; 7:30 34/20 Milers) – The street at Red Clay Brewing will be closed for the day with official start line around the corner.
  • 10:00a – Drawing for the Grand Door Prize!
  • 11:00a – Post-ride meal available to riders.  Meat or Veggie Lasagna, salad, rolls, and dessert…and, of course Buffalo Rock beverages!
  • 5:00p – Course swept and closed.

HEADQUARTERS

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


PACKET PICKUP

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.


SAG AND REST STOPS

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


LODGING

Find lodging through Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau: http://www.aotourism.com/

 



2018 COMMENTS

  • 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.