Alabama Backroads Cyclign is very pleased and proud to announce our 2017 events including our “Out-Of-State Invitational” Fenner Ride in Milton, Florida. We hope to inspire surrounding states to start up their own Series, to introduce our Alabama Rides to our Florida neighbors, and to ramp up numbers for this established event which benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. Success will mean we’ll be looking at a new out-of-state ride to feature from now on as a one-time invitation. And, yes, Centurion medals will be awarded!
We love introducing new rides and roads to you and are so happy to have invited Mobile’s Gears & Beers: Bayou 100! Support the Delta Bike Project by pedaling 10, 30, 63 or 101 miles (draft route with just over 1300′ of climbing!). Headquarters at Loda Bier Garten and yes, there will be beer, food, support, mechanics, fantastic rest stops (including one we’ll tell you about later)!
The Montgomery Glassner Autumn Challenge, will now be referred to as the penultimate of the Alabama Series rides…this, according to Ride Director, Robert Traphan. He hates giving up that “finale” title but you can bet it will still be the same wonderful day that you’ve had in the past! He, his wife and Co-Director Bonnie, and the Montgomery Bike Club come together to produce one of the most professionally-staged events you’ll ever take part in! Known for their “radical hospitality,” you’ll start your day with a full sit-down breakfast, be educated and entertained via professional background recordings, entertained by theshenanigans of MBC members, pedal some of the prettiest countryside you’ll ever see, and be pampered by awesome volunteers along the way. The Autumn Challenge supports these five routes: Nutty Nifty Nines (18 miles), Smell the Roses (30 miles), the Fabulous Fives (55.5 miles), the Mad Metric Century (64 miles), or the Courageous Century (103 miles).
This October our annual Second Sunday Weekend will be October 6–8 at Pensacola Beach and Santa Rosa Island.
The Second Sunday Ride Headquarters will be on the beach at the fabulous Days Inn Pensacola Beachfront.
Check our web site’s Pensacola Beach Weekend page for more information about the weekend, the riding, and instructions for making hotel reservations at our group rate.
Please plan to join us in October. It should be a lot of fun.
The Second Sunday Ride
Not a Ride … an Adventure!
Birmingham Bicycle Club’s 44th Annual Century in Ashville deserves kudos for not only an extremely long-running ride, but an extremely long title!
Routes for everyone from the challenging 100 mile Century to optional shorter flatter routes of 25, 50, and 75 miles let you just enjoy the scenery and company of fellow cyclists. Headquarters are at the Ashville High School.
Come join us for our 2nd Annual Dam Century Bike Ride on Saturday, September 23, 2017. This event will take bicyclists through five counties, where they can participate in one of three rides ( 18+ mile, 60+ mile of 100+ mile). Register today to ride through beautiful Elmore, Tallapoosa, Montgomery, Bullock and Macon counties.
Bring clean stuff you don’t want; find stuff you’ll love!
@ Chappy's Deli - Back Room
There'll be jerseys (AU and Flyers), bike parts (including a 105 rear derailleur); wheels, an mtb frame or two, tools, and accessories.
RECYCLE: Bring your 700c tubes (no sealant) for recycling with Alchemy Goods.
REMEMBER: OBAC & EACC’s Johnny Ray Century, Sept 23, 2017.
This month’s ride is hosted by Matt and Frances. Start and finish a loop ride from their cabin on Lake Martin, then lunch and swimming/enjoying the Lake.
The ride is about 25 miles total. Beverage stop about 3/4 of the way at Bezlo's Cafe. Flat to rolling before Bezlo's. Hilly after. A sag car from Bezlo's to the lake will be available for those who don't like hills or who really like the food/drink at Bezlo's Cafe.
ring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the lake. Bring swimware and dry clothes. Water shoes (optional) if you have them.
More information is on our web site.
Date: Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.
Time: 9:00 at Auburn Jr. High School to carpool to the Lake. Or 10:00 at the cabin.
Road Conditions: All paved. Any bikes/tires will be fine. First 3/4 of ride is flat to rolling. Last 1/4 is hillier. Sag car will be available.
Bring: Water. Lunch. Swim gear. Treasure for a snack at Bezlo's Cafe mid-ride.
Lake Martin address:
145 Tuckers Point
Eclectic, AL 36024
Get ready for the October Pensacola Beach Weekend.
Check our Pensacola Weekend page for more information.
Reserve a room by September 9 (this Saturday!) to get the group rate at the Days Inn Pensacola Beachfront.
See you this Sunday,
Kirk – 334-332-7667
The Second Sunday Ride
Not a Ride … an Adventure!
Gardendale’s North Jefferson Century has made some changes after tremendous growth in their inaugural year in the Series. Hamburger Heaven will still be providing a fantastic lunch, but you’ll enjoy spacious, air-conditioned facilities before and after your ride at the Gardendale First Baptist Church. Perks include plentiful parking, use of men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers, and cool conditions for your post-ride lunch. The Gardendale Women’s Center has stepped up to coordinate and guarantee well-stocked rest stops and friendly volunteers…and more aid stations too!
The Southern Bicycle League, The City of Covington and Oxford College have once again partnered to bring you the 2016 Covington Century
With ride lengths of 32, 67 or 100 miles available the Covington Century has something for everybody
Come ride your fastest century or just pedal S L O W L Y in the morning mist. Meander past green and gold vistas that please the sunlit eye. You'll glide through but surely you'll stop to smell the roses of the historical towns of Covington, Oxford, Jersey, Rutledge then continue through Social Circle, Newborn and Mansfield. Lots of great rest stops, stocked full of homemade goodies and New Belgium Beer will be part of the post ride celebration.
In the opposite corner of the state is our W.C. Handy 100 in Florence. In its inaugural year in the Series, numbers jumped from 200 to 475 cyclists with 237 century riders. Offering 6 routes for all ability levels, including miles on the Natchez Trace, the Handy 100 is part of theW.C. Handy Festival. Plan to spend the entire weekend to enjoy some awesome “Shoals” music.
The Hot Doggett 100 event includes 3 great rides. The title event is a 100 mile tour through the mountains of Madison County North Carolina with 10,100 feet of climbing. For a little less challenging ride there is the Devil's Fork Metric Century with 6,500 feet of climbing. Again this year, The Big Laurel Grind is a 60 kilometer ride for those who prefer a shorter ride. See our website for more information.
Cycling for Sight Ride Director Zack Camerio has supported our rides, worked our rides, and pedaled them too! This Lion’s Club event is hosted by Wind Creek Casino & Hotel, Ability Sport Network at Huntingdon College, and the Montgomery Bicycle Club, so you know it’s going to be first class in venue and support! Come enjoy the camaraderie of Team Novo Nordisk as they ride alongside the kids from ASN. This ride supports distances of 22, 43, 62, and 102 miles. Yes, registration is open!
Date: June 8 - 11, 2017
Location: The start line for the ride is at the Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge in Birmingham, AL. The route will take us through Tuscaloosa, AL, Starkville, MS, and Oxford, MS. We will finish on Sunday afternoon at the Harrah's Hope Lodge in Memphis, TN.
Route: The Cycle the South Hope Ride will take cyclists from Birmingham to Memphis in a four-day tour through three beautiful SEC campuses from June 8 - 11, 2017. Whether you’re a casual rider or an avid cyclist, this ride is for you: Birmingham, AL to Tuscaloosa, AL (University of Alabama), Tuscaloosa to Starkville, MS (Mississippi State), Starkville to Oxford, MS (Ole Miss), and Oxford to Memphis, TN.
Athlete Amenities: This unique ride is fully-supported all along the way. With full mechanic and medical support, SAG wagons, three meals each day, fully stocked water/nutrition stops every 18-20 miles, repair & first aid patrols, transportation back to the start line and overnight stays on beautiful SEC college campuses with dorm lodging!
Registration Fees: The registration fee per rider is a non-refundable $250 which includes food and lodging. This fee does not count toward your fundraising goal. Space is limited. Sign Up Today!
What to Expect: This four day ride travels along a beautiful southern route and stops at three of the most historic SEC campuses. Riders can expect top security and care along the route, clean accommodations with showers and fresh towels and lots of fun along the way!
Fundraising Commitment: We challenge each participant to set a goal of $1,000. We have many tools to help you succeed and will be here to support you along the way. However, we do require that you commit to raising $1,000 in order to ride. We will charge your credit card if you do not meet your fundraising minimum prior to the event.
Fundraising Deadline: All fundraising money, including matching gifts, must be postmarked on or before June 7, 2017 to qualify for awards, prizes and team/individual rankings.
Have questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (256) 301-3627.
On Big BRAG we cover about 55 miles per day. It sounds like a lot but there are well stocked rest stops with food and drink every 12 - 18 miles. We'll stop in some of the most welcoming towns. When you pull in each day you'll have access to the BRAG Bar where you can grab your favorite drink. Each day after the ride there are brag-tivities like bike jousting, bike toss, one legged fixie races, bike trivia, etc. Each night there is tomfoolery in the town's where we stay, like concerts, DJ's, and festivals. Come along for the journey in 2017 and see what there is to BRAG about.
Our TriStates 100 in Dothan benefits the Dawn Pitchford Fund of Children’s of Alabama and is known for its flat routes through Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. This is a great opportunity for those who’ve worked up to a first century during our April-May rides, supporting distances of 30, 41, 69, & 101 miles…also a great chance to pedal your fastest century! TriStates always receives kudos on their fantastic routes, rest stops and volunteers! You don’t want to miss this one!
We’re gearing up for a special ride through Gettysburg National Military Park this May on Memorial Day weekend.
We’ll be arriving in the Gettysburg area Friday, May 26, and riding Saturday and Sunday. Some folks are planning to return home after that, others will be continuing on their own adventurous trips.
We’ve found a reasonably priced motel, Super 8, in Hanover, PA, about 15 miles from Gettysburg.
More information is on our web site’s Gettysburg page.
Please consider joining us. Should be a good trip. If you decide to come, please let me know.
The Second Sunday Ride
Not a Ride … an Adventure!
Jacksonville’s Cheaha Challenge & ULTRA ! Director Brooke Nelson has definitely made a name for herself as an organizer, supporter, and athlete in her own right! Months ago she began the bid process to make the Cheaha Century the only qualifier in the United States for the 2017 Union Cycliste International (UCI) Gran Fondo World Championship …and SHE SUCCEEDED! This is very exciting news and we look forward to pulling riders in from all over Europe! For details, visit www.cheahachallenge.com and while you’re there,registration is open!
The Ride of Love starts in Tuscaloosa and winds 150 miles through the back roads of Alabama's beautiful countryside. There are scheduled stops along the way that provide food and hydration to refuel for the journey. There is now a shorter 75 mile route option for cyclists who cannot commit to the full 150 miles. Cyclists' destination will be Lake Martin in Alexander City where they will be greeted by the smiling faces of campers and their families at On-Therapy Family Camp. The cyclists then have the opportunity to have dinner with the children and see first hand the impact their endeavor has on so many lives. For more information, please contact Savannah Lanier at email@example.com.
This May 14, it’s our Mothers Day ride.
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park is the site of the 1814 battle between General Andrew Jackson and Indian allies against Chief Menawa and the Red Stick Creek Indians. The Park has a nice Visitors Center with a museum and short movie and a nice, 3-mile route through the battlefield.
We'll start at the Visitors Center, then ride through the Park, stopping at several points of interest. After the park loop, choose from two additional ride options on quiet county roads:
After that, lunch at Niffer's at Lake Martin.
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017.
Time: 9:00 am at Auburn High School to carpool or 10:00 am at the Park.
Road Conditions: All paved. Any bikes/tires will be fine.
Bring: Water. Snacks. Treasure for lunch afterwards.
Also coming up:
April 29 – Bo Bikes Bama – Ride with over a thousand of your best friends for a good cause.May 5 – Cinco de Biko in Opelika.
ay 6–12 – Alabama's Magnificent Bicycle Adventure (AMBA) – Ride a day or 6 on great routes in Alabama’s Tennessee River Valley.
May 27–28 – Gettysburg National Military Park – A weekend adventure in a special national park.
See you on May 14,
The Second Sunday Ride
Not a Ride … an Adventure!
Up north, we introduce the Spring Krusher in Elkmont. The ride benefits the counseling program of the Family Services Center, Inc. and supports distances of 31, 64, and 100 miles in scenic Limestone County. 3 STRAVA segments will be identified with awards offered to an overall male and female rider. To make it more fun for everyone, one segment will offer an award to the fastest, one “middle man/woman” which will be the rider that has the middle time on a segment and one “Lantern Rouge” which will be the rider that brings up the rear!
T-shirts and lunch provided but be sure to register early and while you’re at it check out the striking jersey they will be offering at https://tourdeblue.com. The Urology Health Foundation is devoted to promoting public awareness about prostate cancer and to providing free cancer screenings across our state, especially in underserved areas that are at highest risk. Ride your bike and support UHF!
Bo Bikes Bama is an annual charity bike ride led by two-sport legend and Alabama native Bo Jackson. Every year, Bo Bikes Bama raises money for the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund, which provides crucial disaster preparedness and emergency management resources for the state of Alabama.