Johnny Ray Century

Johnny Ray Century

September 30 2023
Opelika, Alabama, USA
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Distances: 20, 34, 63, 105 miles, 66 gravel
Difficulty: Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
Limited to: 400 Participants

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. 

Johnny Ray Century


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


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!

Start Located At: Red Clay Brewing Company Railroad Avenue Opelika, Alabama, 36801
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6 am: Registration Opens

7 am: Staggered Start 

11 am: Lunch Begins

4 pm: Course Swept and Closed.

Registration Fees

Online registration will open soon! T-shirts to all signed up by September 22, 2020.


Expect catered continental breakfast and Mama Mocha's locally roasted coffee. Starting around 11-12, lunch will be catered by our friends at Red Clay Brewing Company accompanied by your choice of Opelika's finest frosty beverages. Lunch will be available to all riders whether you ride short or long.  All costs included in your registration!

Packet Pickups

The Packet Pickup Party is Friday night, from 4:30 to 7 at JamesBros Bikes in downtown Opelika- 113 S 9th St, Opelika, AL 36801  Pick up your tee-shirt, bib, cue sheet, and map, and stay awhile for a local craft libation from the wall o'beer. Pick up last minute gear, energy supplements or clothing as you shift into a mellow "Life in a Railroad Town" cadence.

Prize / Race Categories

All century riders will receive a unique Centurion's medal.

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Changing Rooms
Registration On the Day
Pre-Packet Pickups
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Roving Mechanical Support
Finishing Medals
Downloadable GPS files
Post Ride Shower
Finish Line Chute
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry