NORTH JEFFERSON CENTURY

GARDENDALE   AUGUST 25, 2018




NORTH JEFFERSON CENTURY RIDE REPORT

We think you’re already seeing the rave reviews through social media on this year’s North Jefferson Century. Since moving headquarters to the Gardendale First Baptist Church with so many wonderful perks, the NJC has also received high marks on road signage, rest stop locations, volunteers (thanks to the North Jefferson Women’s Center!), on-road support, and so much more!

Send-off went smoothly thanks to the support of Gardendale PD and you can see some photos (maybe of yourselves!) below:

Click the pic for GFBC and Start photos.

As you know, Buffalo Rock is a major sponsor of the Series and we were happy to see several representatives join us for this well-presented event:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organizers Clark Raymond, Mike Coffey, and Allen Folse said that your response from their 2017 ride survey gave them great info on what you wanted to see on course markings, rest stops, and lunch and they sure delivered! They’d love to hear about your 2018 experience, so here you go with that survey.

Surely we’ll catch a break soon from the heat! Riders were obviously warm and definitely tired after climbing nearly 6,000 feet, but 131 Centurions managed a smile for their finishers’ photos. These guys, some of the first back in, had a fun time cooling down in the shade and going over the day’s ride:

You can click below to see some of those wonderful smiles as Centurions rolled back in:

Huntsville Cycle Club…click on ’em to see more photos!

Special thanks to our ABCS Volunteers and NJC Staff who made the Finish so special!

Congrats to Travis Sherman, Bruce Petitt, Thomas Wallace, Andrew Bailey, Brian Shipp, Michael Staley, and Randall Hunt who took home their PATCH-4 DONE!


A HUGE SHOUT OUT to Joe Patrick, back in the saddle again after a long & serious illness! YOU ARE A CENTURION!

Joe with his support man, Ted Goode


North Jefferson Centurions are listed to the right. Let us know if you see any mistakes at bamabackroads@gmail.com


 

 

 

 

 

Help support the North Jefferson Women’s center and come ride the 5th annual Century ride in North Jefferson County. Beautiful rolling hills and great scenery, along with a few challenging climbs make this a great event. There are options for everyone, 33, 66, and 100. Great rest stops will be positioned throughout the ride. A post ride meal will once again be provided by Hamburger Heaven of Gardendale.  

The North Jefferson Century is a beautiful ride through North Jefferson County located in Central Alabama. The 5th annual ride is set for August 25, 2018. All registration fees will go to support the North Jefferson Women’s Center. The Gardendale Women’s Center has stepped up to coordinate and guarantee well-stocked rest stops and friendly volunteers…and more aid stations too!  Funds given through the North Jefferson Century Ride go directly to assist needy and hurting men, women and children from the entire metro Birmingham area and beyond.

An all new start and finish location at Gardendale First Baptist Church will offer an air conditioned registration location along with men and women locker rooms that include showers.  Hamburger Heaven will once again be providing the excellent post ride meal. Fully stocked rest stops will be located throughout all three routes. All levels of riders are welcome.


ROUTES

RSVP to the North Jefferson Century Ride with GPS event to enable premium features such as spoken turn-by-turn directions and offline download capabilities.

EVENT –  https://ridewithgps.com/events/62232-2018-north-jefferson-century

RSVP –  https://ridewithgps.com/auto_approve/Event/62232/AltfTroqCPd5jcyK

100 –  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28227084

66 –  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28227361

33 –  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28227296

There are new stops on the Century route which include a rest station coming off of Smokerise! This stop is directly on the route so riders do not have to leave the route. There are also a few more added fluid stops.


Gardendale Baptist Church – 940 Main Street, Gardendale, AL 35071

 

 

 

 

 

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2017 NORTH JEFFERSON CENTURY RIDE REPORT

Our North Jefferson Century riders enjoyed a nice cool start with temps only climbing into the upper 80’s in the later afternoon. Friday evening’s pre-registration at Hoover Academy Sports saw a good number of cyclists grab their packets and register and even more signed up on Saturday morning with over 220 as their final number. All throughly enjoyed the new headquarters at Gardendale Baptist Church with plenty of rest rooms, showers & dressing areas, and AIR CONDITIONING! A few of our area cycle clubs got together for some cool group photos before taking off:

Tuscaloosa Cycle Club

 

Birmingham Bicycle Club

The new controlled send-off, with the help of Gardendale Police went smoothly with faster, long-distance riders leading out.

Teams with the NJC and ABCS got busy setting up for lunch and sign-in and took the time for a photo op and to wish Marsha & Amy a Happy Birthday!

 

 

 

 

 

As early riders began rolling back in, we were hearing great reports of awesome rest stops and volunteers with the North Jefferson Women’s Center plus beautiful views after the “long climb.”  Even though our events are “rides” not “races,” we always enjoy seeing the excitement in and listening to the riders who work together and are the first back in from their century ride.

Tony Robbins, Travis Sherman, David Wanhatalo

Brad Poindexter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many more had exceptional finish times for a 100-mile route with nearly 5,500 miles of climbing!  All were happy to see our little mascot, Parker who hadn’t been around lately.

The huge Hamburger Heaven burgers, baked beans, and slaw were enjoyed by everyone including volunteers and our final riders rolling in!  Oh yes…and the never-ending soft-serve ice cream!

Back out on the road was Jennifer Moore shooting some terrific photos of cyclists.

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You can see more at our BamaBackroads Photo Facebook page.

Marsha Burt, ABCS Photographer snagged a bunch of super Awards photos as riders rolled in and you can view and save to print here.

But, we sure don’t want you to miss infamous Steve Justice who obviously spent a good deal of time planning his post-ride photo op pose!


As always, Century finishers are listed to the right on this page. If you have any corrections, please let us know: bamabackroads@gmail.com


 

 


ROUTES

EVENT – https://ridewithgps.com/events/39752-2017-north-jefferson-century

RSVP – https://ridewithgps.com/auto_approve?code=kFe6Jmx4Jv5TSbkT&id=39752&type=Event

100 – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23554611

66 – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23554618

33 – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23554622


 

QUESTIONS?

Contact North Jefferson Century here.


 


NORTH JEFFERSON CENTURY – AUGUST  27,2016

 

Another fantastic event went into the books with our North Jefferson Century! From the Friday evening pre-registration at the Hoover Academy Sports + Outdoors to ride day registration, the process couldn’t have gone more smoothly. Organizers Clark Raymond, Russell & Tracy Fulmer, and Allen Folse as well as support teams at rest stops and on the road were super supportive. Bike Link’s Cameron rescued a bunch of cyclists both at headquarters and on the roadside. The North Jefferson’s Women Center and Wilson Family Dentistry hosted rest stops with the ride supporting CDKL5 Research.

Quite a change from last year’s cold and rainy NJC with less than 60 participants, the date change and becoming part of the ABCS helped to increase their numbers to nearly 240 riders with 141 completing the century route!