CHILDERSBURG, ALABAMA MARCH 16, 2019
Restoration Ride would like to thank everyone for your continuing support of our event over the last 4 yrs. Thanks to cyclist attending the Restoration Ride we have been able to donate almost $ 18,000.00 to the Childersburg Kymulga Grist Mill and Park to help with ongoing restoration and day to day maintenance. We are proud to support this historical landmark and look forward to seeing all the additions coming in the future to this park, including the world class disc golf course, extended mountain bike and hiking trails, improved camping areas and much more. Cyclist attending our 2018 Event made it possible to provide $ 8000.00 to the mill and even though there were a few challenges prior to the event, everyone worked together in an amazing way and made the event a success. For that effort, Steph and I are very appreciative.
All of that being said, the final Restoration Ride will take place on March 16th, 2019. Stephanie Smith Ritch and I have enjoyed putting this event on but feel its time to make a change and see what challenges awaits us. Restoration Ride 5, The Finale, will be the best yet so look for some changes from the last few yrs. We are welcoming back sponsors Ride with GPS and Agile (Tom Seest) and new partner Maxlg Designs and I Am Athlete. Keep an eye out for updates and news and we look forward to seeing each of you in March, 2019!!
2018 RESTORATION RIDE – RIDE REPORT
The long-awaited kick-off event of the 2018 season was one to make the Series proud! Weather forecasts went back & forth with predictions of rain, but we feel sure everyone who came was sure glad they did. Numbers increased from 260 to nearly 400 with 168 Centurions!
As you can imagine, organizing all of our rides is really a year-long process for our Ride Directors. Once the event is over, planning begins again for the following year. But, the real pressure hits them the few days just before you arrive. Our RR Directors, Billy and Stephanie Ritch were hit with the news of Steph’s Mother going in for emergency surgery. By Friday they both were called to the hospital and had to leave final preparation in the hands of our friend, Jeffrey White and the Kymulga Mill and other volunteers and WOW! What an amazing job they did!
Breakfast was all that was promised with a mouthwatering spread of delicious food!
And did you know it was St. Patrick’s Day?
Awesome Community Support from Verizen setting up wifi, Alabama State Troopers, Childersburg Rescue Squad, and even more!
The send-off went smoothly and the rain stayed at mist level with comfortable temps.
We heard great things about the rest stops offering plenty of goodies and friendly, helpful volunteers! And the Buffalo Rock signage and beverages were plentiful!
BBC members escorted the last riders in and looks like a good time was had by all!
We were so proud to see so many of our 2017 Champions in their jerseys!
Congratulations to everyone on your super accomplishments whether it was a century or shorter route. And, most of all, we send huge compliments to organizers and support crew who put on such a fantastic first event of the season!
Restoration Ride Centurions are listed to the right. Please write firstname.lastname@example.org with corrections.
Restoration Ride is a non-competitive cycling event, being held in order to raise money for the restoration and daily operation of the Kymulga Grist Mill and Park. This is one of the oldest historical landmarks in Talladega County and sits on the Talladega Creek in Alpine, Alabama, just outside of Childersburg. Built in 1864, the Mill was damaged by flood water a few years ago and while many improvements and repairs have been completed, there is still much more required in order to have the mill fully operational as was back in its day. Currently, visitors can enter the mill and see where mill was ground and packaged, view the equipment and hear mill volunteers provide a history of the mill and how it operates. Visit the store and purchase home made honey butter, hand made crafts as well as Mill tee shirts. After your ride and tour of the mill, check out the 5+ miles of walking trails, canoeing and camping areas!
On event day, 6-7:15 am CST, a home cooked breakfast consisting of hot and fresh scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, homestyle potatoes and biscuits are served to ensure you are fueled up before beginning your day of cycling! After completing your route of choice, return to the mill for a post ride lunch of smoked pulled pork, smoked chicken, green beans, deviled eggs, coleslaw and bread, as well as some great home made desserts. For our vegan friends, there will be a couple of vegan options as well.
All proceeds, after expenses, go directly to the mill. Please visit our Facebook page and make plans to join us for our 4th Annual Restoration Ride!
8 Mile Family Fun Ride – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26878388
32 Mile Option – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26878386
74 Mile Option – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26878383
101 Mile Option – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26878382