DOTHAN, ALABAMA JUNE 2, 2018
TRISTATES 100 RIDE REPORT
Beyond expectations, our TriStates 100 put on their best event ever and broke attendance records despite a slightly gloomy weather forecast. Registered riders numbered 425 from 10 states and nearly 70% completed the century route!
DETAILS was the word of the day with an early morning sack breakfast supplied by host hotel, Courtyard by Marriott (they also included a body wash sample for a post-ride shower!) As with the two pre-registration sites, Academy Sports and Courtyard, ride day registration went smoothly and cyclists enjoyed a hot breakfast of pancakes and sausage prepared by headquarter host Bethel Baptist Church members.
The new wave start saw slightly foggy conditions and despite a small glitch with the first group, all went very well and added a super element of safety to the day’s start and ride. As always, the leadership and popularity of Director Joe Varner was evident as volunteers were abundant and riders called him by name. Reports from cyclists as they rolled back in during the morning were that volunteers were oh so friendly and helpful and rest stops stocked with just what they needed! Rest station volunteers were mainly from Oncology Supply and Children’s Hospital of Alabama.
Our ABCS Support Staff members Marsha Burt and Terrie Hinton enjoyed the 27-mile route before heading back in to welcome riders.
We send a huge THANK YOU to Robert & Bonnie Traphan for their behind-the-scenes support in getting our sign-in app ready to go, sending newsletters & surveys and sharing the spirit of the Series by pedaling that tandem 100 miles at our rides! And we can’t thank our other volunteers enough, Faith Stockton and Anita Patel, for putting in a long day… checking in folks, and awarding medals and patches! Congrats to those who accomplished their 4th century in the Series:
On the lookout for Bib #41 after the drawing for the Four Corners Gallery unique and personal framed remembrance, we had the pleasure of taking these photos, one of which will be included in the beautiful framed piece.
It certainly held true that TriStates is one of our flatter and faster rides in the Series! These were some of the first returning cyclists with a time of just over 4 hours 20 minutes:
Again back to the details provided at this event! Chocolate milk for everyone! Home made spaghetti lunch by Bethel Baptist Church members! Moe’s Southwest Grill Burritos and pizza by Marco’s Pizza!
We love these great “Spirit Pics” taken as riders came in!
MORE TRISTATES PHOTOS!
As always, Century finishers are listed to the right on this page. If you have any corrections, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Started in 2002, on what was a spur of the moment idea, the TriStates 100 has become a first class event and fund raiser for the Children’s Hospital of Alabama. In 2014, we donated more than $30,000 to the Pediatric Cancer unit (Dawn Pitchford Account) of the Children’s Hospital.The TriStates 100 is the only ride in the area that expands three states (Alabama, Florida, and Georgia) in one exciting ride. The course is challenging without being difficult. The TriStates Century route is 102 miles and encompasses all three states. Our 69 mile course takes you through a tour of eastern Houston county. The newest route is 41 miles long and is a hybrid of the short route and the metric. The 30 mile course is a shorter tour through Houston county.
All proceeds go to the Dawn Pitchford Fund, which helps with the non-medical needs of the children with cancer. Dawn Pitchford was an amazing girl diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia when she was 14. She noticed the other patients without simple comforts like stuffed animals, balloons, flowers, normal pajamas, bedroom shoes, and headwraps. Dawn spent the money that people sent her to help other people. Even after she’s gone, her selflessness continues and the Tri-States 100 is thrilled to help such a great cause.
To read Dawn’s story through her mother’s eyes, follow this link :http://www.tristates100.com/AboutTriStates.html
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