Don’t pack up your bike yet! The Alabama Backroads Century season maybe over, but there is still at least one more good century ride this year coming up in Alabama. I’m excited to be the guest speaker at a fundraiser for New Water Ministries, which is hosting a century ride (with 30, 60, and 100 mile route options). I’ll also be riding the century the next day. Come join me for a fun weekend of riding Friday and Saturday November 6th and 7th. Here are the details:
The pre-ride dinner event, and the century ride both start at the New Water Ministries property on Lake Martin. Free lodging is available Friday night, but you must make a reservation. See details at the link above.
Address: 460 Civitan Road, Dadevile Alabama, 36853
Nov 6 – Friday night dinner: 7 PM
Nov 7 – Saturday morning ride: 8 AM
There are route maps available at the event website. I will be riding down to the dinner on Friday (115ish miles) and then riding back after the century (150ish miles). Let me know if you want to join me on the ride down there or ride back. Also, I have created a topocreator map of the 100 mile century route. Check it out below, and hope to see you there on Friday (and/or Saturday)!
Hi-res topographic map of the New Water Ministries Century Ride (November 7th, 2015)
Every fall for the past 10 years, we have traveled to Clemson, South Carolina for fall break. Football game on Saturday (sometimes), long ride for me on either Sunday or Monday (or both), and drive back home on Tuesday usually after visiting local apple orchards in the mountains. My bike rides over fall break have all been epics with a mix of sentimental old routes from college with a few new roads and climbs thrown in each year. This year we had so much going on here in Alabama that we weren’t able to make it up to South Carolina, so I planned out an epic with the idea of exploring someplace new to me … and I found it – Cherokee Rock Village on Shinbone Ridge on Lookout Mountain.
Cherokee Rock Village bouldering near the Weiss Lake drop-off.
I set off on a 250+ mile adventure riding from my house northeast past Gadsden to Weiss Lake at the foot of what I would hope would be a new Cat 2 climb from lake level up to the top of Cherokee Rock Village. Even though the climb meets the minimum requirements for a Strava Cat 2 climb of more than 320 meters vertical difference from bottom to top, at only 2.98% average gradient it just barely misses the 3% cut-off.