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!
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.
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!
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).
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 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The 24th annual Iron Mountain Challenge (previously the Woodland-Calhoun Century Challenge), is a variable-length, non-competitive bike ride along Northeast Alabama’s historic Ladiga Trail with challenging climbs through the Talladega National Forest and Long Leaf National Wildlife Refuge.
Ride lengths range from 25 to 100 miles depending on rider preference, with snack and water stations along the path to make the experience fun for adults, kids and riders of any skill level.
The ride starts April 22, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. at the Anniston Aquatics & Fitness Center, 130 Summerall Gate Road on McClellan. Registration is available online or day-of at 6:30 a.m. on April 22 at the race site.
Join Sumter Cycling, the River Valley Regional Commission, Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, and Andersonville National Historic Site for the Prison to Peanuts Bicycle Adventure.
We encourage riders of all levels and skills to join us on this amazing opportunity to visit beautiful sites in Sumter County, Georgia, and visit Americus, Andersonville and Plains by bicycle. No need for horse-power, just your-power!
he ride will begin at Rees Park (409 Elm Avenue) in Americus. The annual Arts in the Park will be taking place that day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. so you will have the opportunity to see local artists at work and enjoy live entertainment. Food will be available at the event and you will receive a meal voucher as part of your bicycle ride registration.
Route Information: Four route options are available: 12, 34, 65 and 105 miles. Jimmy Carter National Historic Site will be a rest stop on all the routes except the 12-mile Americus loop. Andersonville National Historic Site will be on the 65- and 105-mile routes.
The 23nd annual BRAG Spring Tune-Up Ride will be April 21-23, 2017. Last year we had 828 registered riders join us for the weekend and for 2017 we're expecting over 1,000! Join us in 2017 and see what makes the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia so special.
or Spring TuneUp , riders travel at their own pace along a set route which includes rest stops with refreshments. You may choose to ride as many or as few miles as you like ranging from 20 - 100 miles. The start/finish will be at the same location all weekend. At the end of each day's ride, we camp at Sunflower Farm in Rutledge, Georgia where there will be food & drinks, hot showers, live music, and games. Some riders will choose to stay at local hotels.
3 Days, 3 States, 300 Miles- Bike Across ‘Bama
Date: April 21-23, 2017 From West Alabama to East Alabama- Registration begins December 15th, 2016.
Do you love Cycling?
Are you concerned for families living in poverty housing in Alabama?
Do you want to make a difference for Alabama families?
Then come cycle with a purpose!
What is Cycle of Service? It is an intense, fun 3 day bike ride across the state to raise awareness about poverty housing in Alabama. The funds gained from cyclists’ sponsorships provide home repair assistance to families in Lee, Macon, and Sumter counties. It is also helping renovate a historic church in Tuskegee being converted into a community outreach center. If you are not able to participate in the cross state trip, you can log miles through a spin class or in your neighborhood.
What does it cost me? A $65 registration covers your meals, basic nutrition during the ride, and lodging. We also throw in some ARM items to include a t-shirt and water bottle. Participating in the spin class or neighborhood ride costs $25 and includes a Cycle of Service t-shirt and other ARM cycling items.
Sponsorships? We have an easy, painless (you’ll get that while riding) way to get sponsors. You can register through Active.com and have a fundraising platform. You can also use Facebook to keep your contacts updated. Upon registering you’ll receive more detailed information our you can review all of it in the registration information page. We are asking each rider cycling all three days to set a a $1200 fundraising goal or $400/day.
Sign me up! You can click here to register online today through Active.com. You’ll receive more instructions to help you prepare once registered. Registration opens December 15, 2016.
To Contact us: email@example.com (334) 501-4276
Also check out the Facebook page for Cycle of Service www.facebook.com/Bikebama
As part of the ride, there will be a work day in Tuskegee. The Cycle of Service (COS) Work Day in Tuskegee is April 22 8:00-4:00. See the ARM FB page for event details.
Our next Second Sunday Ride is the Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail in Valley, AL.
The Trail is a 7.5–mile biking, jogging, and walking trail from the Shawmut Mill Village to the Riverdale Mill Village, near the Chattahoochee River. The trail lies directly on top of what was once the Chattahoochee Valley Railroad that serviced the four textile mills of the area. An interesting trail going through friendly neighborhoods and historic mill villages.
We'll carpool from Auburn to Valley, AL, ride the trail and drop down to the River, then return to the cars. Lunch afterwards at a restaurant to be named later.
Date: Sunday, April 9.
Time: 9:00 am at Auburn High School to carpool or 9:30 at the parking lot.
Road Conditions: All paved. Any bikes/tires will be fine. The route is about 13 miles total.
Bring: Water. Snacks. Treasure for lunch afterwards.
Directions to the trailhead:
Historic Langdale Farmers Market
010 59th St., Valley, AL 36854
GPS coordinates: 32.815634, -85.170694
I-85 North to Exit 77
Right on Fob James Rd. about 1.5 miles to AL 29
Right 0.1 mile to 59th St.
Left into parking lot.
See you at the Bash and on April 9,
The Second Sunday Ride
Not a Ride … an Adventure!
Prattville’s Tour Autauga will celebrate its 12th annual event and 3rd year in the Series, increasing numbers from 40 to 255 in that time! The Tour of Hope (19.6 Miles), The Tour for a Cure (37.4 Miles), Tour of Life (62.7 Miles), or the Tour for a Cause (101.7 Miles) are well supported with rest stops stocked with some super goodies such as ice cream sandwiches! Keep an eye on their great website for updates and why not just go ahead and sign up? Registration is open!
Monroeville’s Cyclepaths Challenge, known for great rest stops and super smooth road surfaces. For many years, the Cyclepaths Bike Club has supportedCamp Smile-a-Mile by raising funds to donate at the Ride of Love. Now, all proceeds from their own event go directly to this beautiful camp for children fighting cancer. For the past two ABCS seasons, Ride Directors Dana & Terry Hornady have been Series CHAMPIONS, so they know the needs of cyclists on both long and short distances and put on a great ride! Registration opening soon.
The City of Auburn and the Auburn Bicycle Committee will host Auburn Bike Bash on Saturday, April 1 from Ogletree Elementary School (Map). Auburn Bike Bash is an event to encourage biking activities, endorse bicycle safety, promote the health benefits of this great leisure sport and emphasize local bike-friendly trails and areas. The 2017 routes will provide great rides for cyclists of all abilities. Route distances of 3, 9 and 17 miles will take riders through a variety of Auburn neighborhoods and beyond.
The Annual Tour de Pike is the premier cycling event for the Atlanta Metro cycling communities.
The Pike County Kiwanis Club is dedicated to providing you smooth well marked roads, superior safety measures, the world famous Concord Cafe fresh food buffet, and the country beauty of Pike County.
100% of all money raised during this event is reinvested in programs benefiting children. Our Kiwanis programs include activities and financial contributions supporting math and reading merit awards, Gordon State, Southern Crescent, FFA, and 4H Club scholarships, FERST Foundation, foster parenting, Back to School Bash, REACH After School Program, and the Eliminate Program.