CHILDERSBURG, ALABAMA               MARCH 16, 2019

This final year the Restoration Ride will be capping entries at 450 riders, so be sure to register early and take advantage of saving a few dollars prior to price increase. 


Online registration closes on March 10th, 11:59 pm cst

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!!



JERSEYS: Sorry, the jersey order deadline has passed; however, your can check out the Restoration Ride registration page store! to see what else is available.

COOL COFFEE CUPS!   Pre-registered riders  will have these awaiting them when they check in for the Finale event! Secure yours now by signing up here.

T-SHIRTS: The Restoration Ride has other great products like these tech tees available for purchase here!  No extra shirts will be available on Ride Day, but ask about orders to be mailed.


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Those wishing to book rooms for our March 16th Restoration Ride ’19, The Finale MUST call the Host Hotel, Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Sylacauga and specifically mention RESTORATION RIDE in order to receive special rate of 99.00 for standard rooms and 109.00 for suites. Here is the link:
and phone: (256) 207-1511


Camping is available on site at the Kymulga Grist Mill.

Primitive camping, just need to show up since there are plenty of those sites. For RV sites (30 amp) call Ron Smith, mill care taker, at 256-249-7769 and reserve. Both 50 amp spaces are already reserved.

The championship disk golf course is completed for those wishing to play before or after the ride. There is also canoe rentals, 5 miles of hiking trails, and mill tours.




Family Out & Back 8 –    Red road markings

33 Mile Route –      Blue road markings

70 Mile Route –      Yellow road markings

Century Course –       White road markings

Once again, HAM radio operators will be stationed at each rest stop as well as a driver, assisting you to quickly return to headquarters if needed.

Both Alabama State Troopers and County Sheriffs Officers will be on site.



As always, a pre ride breakfast will be available starting at 6:00 am and including eggs, sausage, biscuits, gravy and assorted fruits. Once you have returned to the mill a post ride lunch of slow smoked pulled pork, smoked chicken, homemade deviled eggs, cole slaw, green beans, bread and home made banana pudding will be available. A vegan dish will also be provided.
SAG support as well as HAM radio operators will be on course monitoring the riders and helping out if needed. Rest stops will be on course, with different snacks, drinks , etc to help riders complete their chosen route!


6:00 AM – 7:15 AM   Breakfast served
8:00 AM                     Century and 70 Mile riders depart Mill
8:10 AM                     33 and 8 Mile riders depart
10:30 AM                  Lunch Served
6:00 PM                    Restoration Ride Course Closes


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!

Breakfast at Kymulga Grist Mill Pavilion

And did you know it was St. Patrick’s Day?

Stephen Peters and Jeffrey White in the spirit of green.

Ryan Morrison bagpipe Send-Off









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.

Click above pic for Ride Start photos.




 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!

Birmingham Bicycle Club

Montgomery Bike Club

BBC members escorted the last riders in and looks like a good time was had by all!

Chris Baldwin, Sam Kessler, Carla Randolph, Donna LaBresh, Leslie Ledbetter, Karen Clanton, Chris Cole, and Bo Bozeman

 We were so proud to see so many of our 2017 Champions in their jerseys!

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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 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!



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