Opelika Bicycle Advisory Committee's
JOHNNY RAY CENTURY FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Presented by East Alabama Cycling Club
BENEFITING THE DAVIS PHINNEY FOUNDATION
SATURDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 2019
A USAC sanctioned non-competitive event (permit pending). Registration opens 7:00 a.m. Ride starts 8:00 a.m. CDT. Early Registration never closes
Please visit and thank all our sponsors from over the years.
2018 PDF cue sheets & maps are available as well as GPS files via links below.
7:00a- Registration opens at Trinity United Methodist Church.
8:00a - Mass start for all ride distances.
10:00a - Drawing for the Grand Door Prize!
11:00a - Post-ride meal available to riders.
4:00p - Course swept and closed.
All riders will tour the lightly trafficked rural roads of Lee, Chambers, and Randolph Counties of East Alabama. Riders on the Johnny Ray Metric and Roanoke Express will ride over a World War II-era steel Bailey Bridge and a rare wood truss bridge. Riders on the Roanoke Express have the option to race the historic Johnny Ray train; check out the time tables. Here's a brief history of the Johnny Ray Train by Winston Smith T.
Road surfaces vary from asphalt to chipseal. The chipseal on Chambers County Road 389 - that five-mile stretch of road from Opelika to Cussetta - is smoother than it was in 2007!
Each year the East Alabama Cycling Club sponsors a bicycle tour (the Johnny Ray Century) to benefit a designated charity. The club is again excited to work with the Davis Phinney Foundation, to support their mission with Parkinson's. 2017 was a rebuilding year for the JRC with the Opelika Bicycling Advisory Committee picking up the reigns. While focus was on the transition we still managed to raise $1095 for DPF. In 2016 we raised $7,286. In 2015 we set a record raising $9000 for the Davis Phinney Foundation. In 2014 we rasied $7,719.52. In 2013 we raised $6,682.02. In 2012 it was $5,500. In 2010 and 2011 our beneficiary was been Parkinson Association of Alabama. In 2011 the club rasied $5,900 and in 2010 raised $5,700 for Parkinson Association of Alabama. From 2007 to 2009, the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation was the club's charity. In 2009 the club donated $4,000, in 2008 we donated $3,000, and in 2007 we donated $2,400. In 2006 & earlier we used century profits to buy bicycles from The Bike Shop in Auburn for children at Christmas through the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program administered by the City of Auburn Fire Division.
Trinity United Methodist Church located at 800 2nd Ave., Opelika, Ala. 36801, is the Century Headquarters. The Club is indebted to member William P. Fuller who made the arrangements. We wholeheartedly thank Rev. Ken Himes and the Church for their graciousness. Registration, meals, showers and bathroom facilities are available at the Church. The Church is easily accessible from any direction via Interstate 85. Take Exit 60 and follow S. 10th St. to Second Avenue. Turn North (Right) and see the Church on the Left (west).
Friday we'll be hosting packet pickup at James Brothers Bike Shop in Opelika (113 S 9th St, Opelika AL 36801) from 4:30-8:00p. Preregistered riders are invited to come pick up their ride packets and stay a while in beautiful, historic, downtown Opelika. Once signed in Friday you're ready to roll Saturday morning!
If you missed preregistration, you're welcome to come Friday and get help registering. Note: we are not taking money Friday. We'll help get your forms and waiver completed, answer any questions and have a beer with you. Saturday, we'll need you to drop into ride headquarters to submit paperwork and pickup that ride number.
Expect delicious Panera pastries and hot coffee (provided by Church of the Highlands). Starting around 11-12, lunch will be catered & delivered by Chappy's Deli. Lunch will be available to all riders whether you ride short or long. All costs included in your registration!
SAG and Rest Stops:
SAG vehicles circle all routes. There are six, well-stocked rest stops, approximately 10-15 miles apart, with port-a-potties or restrooms.
Stay tuned as we seek the best deals for you. Below are recommendations from previous years.
1212 Mall Pkwy
Auburn, AL 36831
If its a home football weekend rooms will go quick. To check for additional accommodations, check Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau: http://www.aotourism.com/