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Alabama Backroads - 2014 Century Rides Series

Presented by Wells Fargo Advisors and Alabama Outdoors the 2014 Alabama Backroads Century Series is a series of 10 great centuries located throughout the State of Alabama used to promote the growth and development of long distance cycling in the state of Alabama, encourage participation in established Alabama century (100 mile) rides, recognize and reward individual cyclists for their accomplishments, and benefit the charities and advocacy efforts supported by each of these events.  

The series also provides a great opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors Alabama and the scenic and unique backdrops that each ride calls it’s own.  As a participant you are encouraged to ride and complete as many of the series centuries as possible.  Each century will have their own unique medal designed and awarded to each participant that meets the challenge of riding 100 miles.  If you can complete at least 4 of the 10 centuries in the series you will be awarded a special patch by the Alabama Backroads Century Ride Series.  Some may make it a goal to complete 1,000 miles of the best centuries the state has to offer. 

Come join the challenge and see what the backroads of Alabama have to offer!

Next year sees a new event - the Tour de Blue on April 26th in Birmingham (Moody).

The Challenge

Complete four of the Alabama Centuries (100-mile options)  in the Series.

The Rewards

Receive a collectible “Centurion” Finisher’s Medal for each (100-mile) century you complete.

Upon completion of four century rides in the Series, receive an embroidered patch in the shape of Alabama, indicating each event location.

Plus, your name will be listed as Centurion on each event website and on this DISCOVER ALABAMA BACKROADS  website.


Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo
April 06 2014 - Jacksonville, Alabama, USA


This year's  ride begins and ends in Jacksonville, AL. The challenge of this ride is that the participants encounter over 7,400 feet of cumulative climbing, which is concentrated in 45 miles of the ride. Shorter route options have much less climbing. The CCC+ is famous for being extremely well organized and supported by local volunteers and businesses.

The course is out-and-back and takes cyclists over Cheaha Mountain, Alabama's highest point at 2,407 feet, and home of Cheaha State Park. Given that the route is out-and-back, cyclists also have 7,400 feet of FAST downhill! Most of the 102 mile route takes riders through the Talladega National Forest by way of the Talladega Scenic Drive, affording breathtaking vistas of the beautiful mountains and valleys in this foothills region.The Northeast Alabama Bicycle Club has donated more than $22,000 to this wonderful project.

Old Howard 100
April 12 2014 - Marion, Alabama, USA


The Old Howard 100 is a ride through three counties in Alabama’s Black Belt sponsored by Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences. This year’s route will include Selma, with the final rest stop at the Selma Public Library just a few blocks from the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge. Proceeds from the ride will benefit Sowing Seeds of Hope, a partnership between Perry County and Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship that seeks to improve the quality of life and work in Perry County through improved educational opportunities, health care, tourism, transportation and economic development.

The Old Howard 100 is the 2nd event in the Alabama Backroads Century Series.

Tour de Blue
April 26 2014 - Birmingham, Alabama, USA


The Tour de Blue offers cyclists a well-supported springtime riding experience through the scenic countryside of St. Clair and nearby counties. The ride starts and finishes at the gorgeous 65-acre corporate campus of Red Diamond. There are several exciting cycling routes, including a Century, 75 & 50- mile option.


TriStates 100
June 07 2014 - Dothan, Alabama, USA


The TriStates 100 is the only ride in the area that expands three states (Alabama, Georgia, and Florida) in one exciting ride.  The course is challenging without being
difficult.  We are again offering the TriStates Century route which is 100 miles and encompasses all three states.  Our 25 and 62 mile courses loop through scenic SE Alabama.

The TriStates 100 is the 4th event in the Alabama Backroads Century Series.


Hot Hundred
July 26 2014 - Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA


The July 26th Hot Hundred will begin with a cruise through the beautiful University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa… Pedal by famous Denny Chimes. At the base of the tower are hand and foot impressions of Crimson Tide Captains dating back to the 1940’s. Bryant-Denny Stadium is the home of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team, winners of 15 national championships. Next, downtown Tuscaloosa, past historic Capitol Park, and out Sanders Ferry Rd. These first dozen miles offer a flat warm-up for a century ride…or a scenic out-and-back 29 miles, followed by an afternoon at the University Rec Center pool. Longer-distance cyclists will travel through the rolling hills of rural West Central Alabama, enjoying lightly traveled back-roads and riding through the small communities of Romulus, Jena, Mantua, Lewiston, Snoddy, and Ralph. No matter what distance you’ve chosen, the return brings you down Jack Warner Parkway with beautiful views of Tuscaloosa’s Riverwalk park and the Black Warrior River. Choose 29, 36, 52, 71, or 103 miles 7 well-stocked Rest Stops and 7 SAG vehicles. Join us at VeloCity Pro Cycle Friday night for packet pick-up and Pre-Ride Party. 


Tannehill Ironworks Century
August 09 2014 - Tannehill Historic Ironworks, McCalla, Alabama, USA


Linking Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park with the pretty little college town of Montevallo, riders of the Ironworks Century will take a journey through history on seldom-cycled scenic back roads, while helping fund trail construction and maintenance at Tannehill. Route Distances of 44, 66, 78 & 100 Miles, Event proceeds will benefit construction of new hiking & biking trails at Tannehill The Ironworks Century is the 2nd of 10 events in the new Alabama Backroads Century Series!

The Tannehill Ironworks Century is the 6th event in the Alabama Backroads Century Series.

Birmingham Byicycle Club 41st Annual Century
September 06 2014 - Ashville, Alabama, USA


The Birmingham Bicycle Club’s 41st  Annual Century. Join us in beautiful Ashville, Alabama for one of the most beautiful centuries in the Southeast! All new routes for everyone from the challenging 100 mile Century to optional shorter flatter routes that let you just enjoy the scenery and company of fellow cyclists.

The BBC Century is the 7th event in the Alabama Backroads Century Series.



All-You-Can-Eat Century
September 20 2014 - Gurley, Alabama, USA


Join us September 20th for the 30th annual edition of the All-You-Can-Eat Century. We’ll be traveling the same great roads of northern Alabama and southern Tennessee since establishing our five new routes in 2011. We have some exciting changes in the works for 2014. The All-You-Can-Eat Century is No. 8 in the Alabama Backroads Century Series. ABCS is a collective of the top century rides in Alabama that challenges riders to complete any four full 100-mile rides throughout the season, and to promote recreational riding throughout the state. Alabama is a well-kept secret of good roads and great riding.

Johnny Ray Century
September 27 2014 - Opelika, Alabama, USA


The Johnny Ray Century benefits the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease. The 100 (105), 63, 34, and 20 mile route options take riders over the rolling hills of the Alabama piedmont with either the historic town of Roanoke (105) or the historic site of Horseshoe Bend (101) as the 100-mile destination. Riders enjoy a continental breakfast, full lunch, and well-stocked rest stops. It’s a perfect warm-up for 6 Gap on Sunday and a great cause!

Glassner Autumn Challenge
October 11 2014 - Pintlala, Alabama, USA


The 2014 Glassner Autumn Challenge will be held Saturday, October 11, 2014. This is the 11th annual century ride held in memory of Dr. Jim Glassner, a longtime friend and supporter of cycling in central Alabama. A member of the Montgomery Bicycle Club, Jim was killed in a cycling accident on December 16, 2001. We renamed our century event (which we have been running since the 80′s) in his honor. He was an avid cyclist and the Autumn Challenge is dedicated to his love of cycling.


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