Serving Hope All-You-Can-Eat Century Ride 2017
September 16, 2017
The 33rd Annual Serving Hope - All You Can Eat Century returns for 2017 on its usual 3rd Saturday of September, but with an all new Route and Partner! It would not be the “All You Can Eat” Century without an epic post-ride meal which will be catered by Cyn Shea’s Cafe and Catering a division of Serving Hope Inc. This top-notch cafe is a fixture in Huntsville and the Spring City Cycling Club (SCCC) is proud to partner with them.
For 2017, we have designed an entirely new route from Huntsville, straight north into middle Tennessee. Huntsville is so close to Tennessee that the three longer routes, even the half century, can reach the Coldwater Creek, TN watershed for some truly wonderful cycling!
A good portion of the event proceeds will go to Serving Hope Inc. to help the underserved of Huntsville obtain culinary skills training, certification and work experience to achieve employment in the restaurant trade.
New Routes for Cyclists of All Abilities! The Serving Hope - All You Can Eat Century is redesigned for 2017.
- Coldwater Century
- Coldwater Metric
- Coldwater Half Century and 35-mile routes – TBD
- The Century Visits the famous and rustic Old Delina Country Store near Cornersville, TN. Built in 1892, the store features wooden floors, a pot-bellied stove and famous Amish homemade fried pies. Half a pie and you should have enough calories to fuel you the 40 miles back to the finish. Who needs a Clif bar? This place is the real deal.
- Location:Robert ‘Bob’ Harrison Wellness Center, 6156 Pulaski Pike NW, Huntsville, AL 35810.
- Please, no headphones.Helmets must be worn.
- Field limited to 600 riders.
- After the ride, enjoy a delicious meal catered by Cyn Shae's Café and Catering at the Bob Harrison Wellness Center Pavilion.
- Showers available after noon at the Bob Harrison Wellness Center.
Registration & Packet Pickup
Pre-register by September 1, 2017 for the most discounted rates.
Friday Night Packet Pickup, September 15, 5-8 PM at Bicycles Etc., 611 Meridian Street, Huntsville, AL
Beat the Saturday morning rush and get some pre-ride snacks premium BEER at the Friday Packet Pickup and Mixer! – FREE beer provided by Yellowhammer Brewery. Enjoy a relaxing evening socializing with your fellow riders and avoid waiting in line on Saturday morning.
Saturday Morning Registration, Opens September 16th, 6:30 AM @ Robert ‘Bob’ Harrison Wellness Center, 6156 Pulaski Pike NW, Huntsville, AL 35810.
Route Maps for Downloading and Printing
The 2017 All You Can Eat Century offers four all new routes with challenges suitable for riders of all abilities.
Old Country Store Century – 102 Miles – This year’s century starts in north Huntsville on Pulaski Pike. It heads directly north on mostly flat roads, but once you get to Tennessee, the character of the route changes dramatically as it heads into the Coldwater Creek watershed area. The next 55 miles are peppered with frequent short hills and diversions into deep woods. The highlight is the 50 and 61 mile-rest stop at the Old Delina Country Store. It's so cool, we loop you by it twice! This is a genuine general store, opened in 1892, a very significant year for the area. It is famous for its burgers and homemade Amish Fried Pies. One of these and the calorie count is sufficient to fuel you all the way to the finish. The Coldwater segment ends with a stiff climb back into Taft, TN. The final 20 miles are mercifully flat with a series of scenic rolling hills as you return to Huntsville along Carter’s Gin Road.
Coldwater Metric Century - 61 miles - This year’s Coldwater Metric Century departs from the 100-mile route at mile 31 on Molino Road. Like the Century, the Metric returns to Taft, TN up the narrow and shaded Henry Thompson Road, for a surprisingly stiff 1.5-mile climb following the same roads back to the finish, allowing you to spin the junk from your legs after a bit of climbing. The metric as well as the full and half century follow an interesting profile, dipping down into the Coldwater TN watershed.
Coldwater Half Century - 52 miles – The 52-mile Coldwater Half Century departs the main route at 27 miles at the second rest stop in Kirkland, TN. It quickly descends onto Coldwater Creek Road for a very pleasant spin through the valley. The Half-Century rejoins the main loop at Pepper Road at mile 36.
30-Mile Route – In-Work! Stay tuned.