12th Annual

Johnny Ray Century for Parkinson's Disease



The Century:

A USAC sanctioned non-competitive event.  Registration opens 7:00 a.m. Ride starts 8:00 a.m. CDT. Early Registration never closes!

2014 recap

It was yet another record breaking year! We raised $7,719.52 for the Davis Phinney Foundation. Thank you all who participated. Please thank our sponsors below, otherwise remember the memories here: photos.


Please visit and thank all our sponsors.


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Helmets are required on all four ride options. No refunds: Ride goes rain or shine.


Time Schedule:

  • 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.

Alabama Backroads Century:

EACC is proud to participate in the Alabama Backroads Century, 2015 Rides Series. If you're riding the Johnny Ray, consider these other fabulous Alabama centuries.


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!

The Charity:

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. In 2014 we set a new record of $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.

Century Headquarters:

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).

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The Food:

Expect delicious Panera pasteries 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.

Event Photographer:

Check out the 2013 year's photos from Bill & Judy Felkey.


Be sure to make your reservations early. Football fans will be reserving rooms for Saturday’s game between the Auburn University Tigers and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.  Also let the hotel know you're here for the JRC!

Comfort Inn, Auburn
811 Fox Run Pkwy
Opelika, AL 36801

Studio 6, Opelika
2100 Gateway Dr
Opelika, AL 36801

Best Western Auburn/Opelika
205 N 21st St
Opelika AL 36831