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Red Clay Brewing Company704 N Railroad Avenue Opelika, AL 36801
The Opelika Bicycle Advisory Committee brings you its 17th annual Johnny Ray Century benefitting the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's Disease. An initiative of the East Alabama Cycling Club, the century travels the quiet but often rough backroads of Lee, Chambers, and Randolph counties, following the famous 19th-century Central of Georgia spur. Riders cross the old railroad bed in Lafayette. The 105-mile century option takes riders into downtown Roanoke where Johnny Ray himself, its famed conductor, is believed buried. The 2019 event is back on the Alabama Backroads Series and features a new gravel route!
Changes to the route decrease exposure to the most rugged road conditions and busy highways. All 4 courses return past beloved Opelika landmarks as riders cruise down the city's new "Destination Downtown" Bike Path all the way back to our new Ride Headquarters at Red Clay Brewing Company.
The Century is OBAC/EACC's fundraiser for the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's Disease. 100% of all donations and registration fees - minus expenses for food and supplies are donated to our charity partner. You may donate to the DPF through your Active.com registration or directly on the website here: http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1138966. Davis Phinney, an olympic and professional bike racer, manages the disease himself and directs the foundation.
Riders receive excellent support on the routes. Reststops feature a variety of foods and fluids. Expect special treats at select stops. Enjoy locally roasted Mama Mocha's coffee and delectables for breakfast. A catered lunch awaits you back at Red Clay!
There's plenty of parking at nearby PNC Bank at 605 2nd Avenue. Hotel/motels are nearby and accommodating. Let them know you're doing the Johnny Ray Century!
Funky T-shirts only to those registered on or before September 1.
Helmets required. Ride goes rain or shine!
Event details and schedule
The Packet Pickup Party is Friday night, from 4:30 to 7 at JamesBros Bikes in downtown Opelika. Pickup your funky tee-shirt, number, 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.
This year we're partnering with Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau to enhance your stay in the area. See their website for host hotels and dining suggestions: http://www.aotourism.com.
Day of Schedule
6 am: Registration Opens
7 am: Century Riders Start with staggered starts of the other 4 distances every 10 minutes
11 am: Lunch Begins
4 pm: Course Swept and Closed.
See: http://www.eastalabamacyclingclub.com for more information.