All-You-Can-Eat Century Ride 2016
September 17, 2016
Come to Huntsville, Alabama on September 17 to experience the 32nd Annual All You Can Eat Century. We offer Alabama’s best secret stash of lightly traveled, rural and scenic asphalt. This year we offer five route options, including two Metric Centuries, the challenging Fishtrap Road metric and the Mostly Flat Metric for riders looking for their first 100-km Challenge. Highlighted by a shaded 17-mile stretch along an official Alabama Scenic Byway, the AYCE is Alabama’s most beautiful and diverse century ride. Don’t miss it.
Of course, it would not be the All You Can Eat Century without an epic post-ride all-you-can-eat meal catered by Nothing But Noodles. Meat, vegetarian and gluten-free pasta options with salad, dessert, drinks all available in unlimited quantities to fill that calorie hole you dug on Skyline Mountain.
Alabama Backroads Century Series
The All-You-Can-Eat Century is part of the 13-event 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.
Riders will receive a custom 'Centurion' medal for each event completed, a commemorative embroidered patch showing each ride location and recognition as a Centurion on the website on completion of the four rides. It's a great incentive to get out and ride the roads around the state. Check out the ABCS website and plan your season now!
Riders will receive a custom 'Centurion' medal for each event completed, a commemorative embroidered patch showing each ride location and recognition as a Centurion on the website on completion of the four rides. It's a great incentive to get out and ride the roads around the state. Check out the website and plan your season now!
Packet Pickup Date, Time, and Location to be announced.
- Routes for Cyclists of All Abilities! Chose one of five scenic routes, from a moderate 34-mile loop to the challenging 102-mile Century. Two Metric Century Options.
- Registration/Check-in opens 6:30am
- Course open from 8:00am to 4:30pm
- Full Century, Metric and 50-mile rides begins at 8:00am
- 34 mile ride starts at 9:00am
- Location: Madison County High School, 174 Brock Road, Gurley, AL 35748 On Hwy. 72, 10 miles east of Huntsville. View the online map.
- Please, no headphones. Helmets must be worn.
- Field limited to 600 riders.
- Ride Swag – Pint Glasses (Also good for holding beer.) are back this year. You can now contemplate your cycling accomplishment every time you pour a beverage into your stylish AYCE logo pint glass.
- After the ride, enjoy a delicious pasta meal professionally catered by “Nothing But Noodles”. Vegetarian and Gluten Free options are available.
Registration & Packet Pickup
Pre-register by September 4, 2016 for the most discounted rates.
Friday Night Packet Pickup, September 16, 5-8 PM @ Bicycles Etc, 611 Meridian St, Huntsville, AL
Beat the Saturday morning rush and get some BEER! Friday Packet Pickup and Mixer! – Beer by Yellowhammer Brewery: September 16, Bicycles Etc., 611 Meridian Street, Huntsville, AL. 5-8 PM. Come down to pick up your event pack and some last minute bike needs from Bicycles Etc, enjoy a killer beer from a top local brewer, and check out some great local food at the Food Truck Gathering right around the corner on Cleveland Avenue. You’ll meet some fellow riders in the event and soak in some local ambiance in Huntsville’s revitalizing downtown!
Saturday Morning Registration, Opens September 17th, 6:30 AM @ Madison County High School, 174 Brock Road, Gurley, AL 35748 On Hwy. 72, 10 miles east of Huntsville, AL
Route Maps for Downloading and Printing
The 2016 All You Can Eat Century again offers five routes with challenges suitable for riders of all abilities.
Skyline Century – 101 Miles - We have shortened the Skyline Century route by about a mile this year, but it still travels the stunning 17-mile stretch of TN-97/AL-65/CR-146 that is a designated Alabama Scenic Byway through the shaded Paint Rock Valley. The road is so lightly traveled that moss grows in the pavement cracks. This is after ascending a tough 2.1 miles from Woodville and riding 20 miles along the ridgeline of Skyline Mountain. An extra stop has been added to the Skyline Century, bringing the total to seven rest stops over 101 miles. Total elevation gain is 4500 feet.
Metric Century Routes:
We offer TWO metric century options for 2016. The Fishtrap Road Metric (65 Miles) introduced in 2016 features a 3-mile climb with a 17-percent short finishing ramp, before plunging down Cathedral Caverns highway back into scenic Kennamer Cove. This hill may be tougher than the climb to Skyline Mountain on the full century. Total elevation gain is 2300 feet.
Since the Fishtrap Road Metric proved to be a bit much for first-time metric century riders, we offer the Mostly Flat Metric
(63 Miles) for 2016. The route goes out to the second rest stop at the classic Bishop’s Gulf Station on Butler Mill Road
, where it doubles back and then follows quiet and shady Paint Rock River Road through New Hope. It returns to Cherry Tree Road and Rest Stop 1 before returning to the finish through Gurley. Be sure to check out the Tomatoes and Cheese Sandwich Rest Stop on the way back to the finish. Total elevation gain is a leisurely 1664 feet over 64 miles.
50 and 34-Mile Routes:
The 50-mile and 34-mile routes follow locally popular cycling routes in eastern Madison County with plenty of shade and gently rolling roads. There are some gentle climbs and a couple of fast descents, and the popular Tomato and Cheese Sandwich Rest Stop 10 miles from the finish.