All-You-Can-Eat Century Ride 2018
September 15, 2018
Tour Rural North Alabama and the Elk River Valley in Tennessee!
34th Annual All You Can Eat Century
September 15, 2018
New Route Marks for 2018
The 34th Annual All You Can Eat Century returns for 2018!
Now Part of the Alabama Backroads Century Series!
Enjoy the rustic scenery of northern Madison County, AL and south central Tennessee. The AYCE ride part of the Alabama Backroads Century Series (ABCS). Check the website for other exciting rides all around Alabama!
All people registering or checking in at Thursday night packet pick up at Academy Sports will be eligible for the $50 Academy gift card give-away!!!!
The All You Can Eat Century is part of the Alabama Backroads Century Series, which is dedicated to promoting the growth and development of long-distance cycling in the state of Alabama, encouraging participation in established Alabama century (100-mile) rides, recognizing individual cyclists for their accomplishments and benefiting the charities and advocacy efforts supported by each of these events.
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AYCE Event proceeds benefit Serving Hope Inc., The Alabama Bicycle Coalition, Huntsville area NICA mountain bike teams, the SCCC Community Grant program, and future SCCC AYCE events.
The 34th All You Can Eat Century in Huntsville, AL is one of the premier rides in Alabama, as well as one of the longest-standing cycling events in the state. It is as famous for its post-ride meal as it is for the selection of roads and hills featured on the route. The start location and route were redesigned in 2017 to move the ride start to Huntsville and to feature the intensely hilly roads of lower-middle Tennessee. The ride crosses the state line into the Coldwater Creek and Elk River watershed area. This warren of small roads and hills occupies 55 miles of the 103-Mile Old Country Store Century The bulk of the 4200 feet of climbing takes place between the second rest stops between mile 26 and While there are not many sustained climbs, the sawtooth profile throws one hill after another between Rest Stops 2 and 5. The full century route bookends the hilly Tennessee section with a flat 25-mile warm-up across the cotton fields of northern Madison County and a flat run-in over the last 20 miles to the finish.
The 2018 Route features many of the roads and stops favored by Spring City Cycling Club riders on the frequent weekend border raids staged from northern Madison County. Specifically, the Century Riders get to pass by the genuinely rustic Old Delina Country Store, founded and continuously operated since 1892. The store is a real deal general store that features burgers and famous fried fruit pies. It is a favorite stop for cyclists, sports car enthusiasts and motorcyclists out enjoying the shaded, curvy county roads on the weekends.
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Reason No. 6 to ride the 2018 All-You-Can-Eat Century on September 15 in Huntsville, AL: Wildlife
The All You Can Eat Century crosses some fairly remote territory. Where else can you pet the potbellied pig?... or a woolly-bear caterpillar?... or a snapping turtle*?... or the miniature ponies?
*SCCC/AYCE Century will not be responsible for injuries sustained from petting snapping turtle.
Reason No. 7 to ride the 2018 All-You-Can-Eat Century on September 15 in Huntsville, AL: Roads
The All You Can Eat Century is routed on roads in northern Madison County and Southern Middle Tennessee that is very popular with Huntsville cyclists. The area north of the state line enters the Coldwater Creek and Elk River watershed regions. This is an area of short, frequent hills and numerous small shaded lanes perfect for road biking. The area is akin to a mountain bike park for roadies. The variety of terrain and pavement make for extremely scenic, occasionally challenging and always interesting road biking. (Keep in mind that road quality is separate from pavement quality. Actual pavement quality ranges from freshly paved to 'interesting'. Tire choice should be biased towards durable over light weight.) After a 25-mile flat warm-up through the cotton fields of Madison County, AL, the route crosses TN-110 and descends into the Coldwater Creek valley. The next 55 miles is a grab bag of hills, shade and scenery unrivaled on any ride in Alabama. By hills, we mean 4500 feet of climbing, crammed mostly between miles 30 and 80. Yes, much of this is in Tennessee, but Huntsville riders claim it as local turf. Many local Spring City Cycling Club Rides start north of Huntsville to stage a border raid on some excellent cycling roads. Just look at this! What cyclist wound not want a crack at these roads?
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As this is the All You Can Eat Century, we feature a different food or treat based more on delicious awesomeness more than any performance enhancing calories. Fair warning: You can gain weight on this ride.
The AYCE provides five rest stops supporting the four routes on course. Like most events, we depend upon churches and stores located at strategic points on the route to give riders a stop at optimal distance into the ride. We work to make each stop unique apart from the basic Peanut Butter/Fig Newton/Gatorade fare that is considered standard for all event SAG stations. The five AYCE stops are staffed by the local National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) High School Mountain Bike Teams. You will find no more enthusiastic support groups than the parents, coaches and students involved in these programs.
Rest Stops - What to expect:
Rest Stop 2 - 26 Miles: Ham, Egg or Sausage Biscuits from Kirkland Grocery
Rest Stop 3 - 51 Miles: Mennonite Handmade Fried Fruit Pies the rustic 1892 Old Delina Country Store
Rest Stop 3 - 62 Miles: More Fried Fruit Pies (Yes, you pass this stop twice, if you can handle it.)
Rest Stop 4 - 77 Miles: Homemade Baked Goods courtesy of Coldwater United Methodist Church
Rest Stop 5 - 89 Miles: Tomatoes and Basil Sandwiches
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After all that, don't forget the four-star post ride meal prepared by Cyn Shea's Cafe and Catering. Certainly, you could eat all you can on the All You Can Eat Century. Keep in mind, the AYCE features over 4200 feet of climbing. Most of it is packed between the mile 26 (Rest Stop 2) and mile 83 (Rest Stop 5). Pick and choose your indulgences carefully if you wish to finish well.
We have the roads, we have the food, some snazzy hotels ride hotels and great rest stops. Join us Saturday, September 15, 2018 for the scenic, challenging and delicious 2018 All You Can Eat Century.
Bike not working? Bike in the shop? No ride? Injured? Don't feel like riding this year? Maybe you want to help out AND ride the AYCE as well. Then help us put on a great ride! Click the link below to go to our volunteering page and sign up.
2018 AYCE Volunteer Opportunities
Online Registration: February 2018 through September 13, 2018
Packet Pickup & Walk-up Registration:
Thursday, September 13, Academy Sports, 5-8 pm, 2900 Memorial Parkway S.W. Huntsville, Alabama 35801
All registrants who check-in Thursday are eligible to win a $50 Academy Sports gift card!
And Top Golf will have discount coupons!
Friday, September 14, Bicycles Etc, 4-8 pm, 611 Meridian St., Huntsville, AL 35801
Featuring FREE chicken wings Friday, hosted by EarthFare and the Alabama Bicycle Coalition!
Marathon Pest Control will be on hand to sign you up for a free chance to win FREE Pest Control For An Entire Year!
Top Golf will have MORE discount coupons!
AYCE RIDE DAY: September 15, 2018
- Morning Registration Opens: 6:30 am
- Century Mass Start: 8:00 am
- Metric & Half Century Start: 8:15 am
- Half Metric Start: 8:30 am
- Start: 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 Shea's Café and Catering at the Bob Harrison Wellness Center Pavilion.
- Showers available after noon at the Bob Harrison Wellness Center.
We have two Host Hotels with discounts for 2018 AYCE Participants. Both are convenient to the event start on Pulaski Pike and the Friday Packet Pickup. Book now while these deals last!
Drury Inn - New Hotel! Open August 2018. Within Sight of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center
93 Wynn Drive NW
Huntsville, AL 35805
12 Minute Drive to Bob Harrison Wellness Center!
$115 Double Rooms
Book by August 15!
The Drury Inn is so new, it is not even on Google Maps!
Clarion Inn - Recently Remodeled!
4815 University Drive
Huntsville, AL 35816
12 Minute Drive to Bob Harrison Wellness Center!
$79 Double Rooms
Book by September 1!
Attention Members! Please remember to log into this web site before registering in order for the discount to be automatically applied. Forgot your password? No problem, just click the Forgot password link and enter your email for instant reset.
Not a member yet? Visit our Benefits page to review all the great amenities offered by SCCC and follow the link at the bottom of that page to join!
Until Sunday, July 15 Friday, July 20
July 21 thru Sunday, Sept. 2
Sept. 3 thru Thursday, Sept. 13
(online registration closes at midnight)
Friday Sept. 14 Packet Pickup
Saturday, Sept 15 Walk-Up
Pre-Register by Sunday, September 2 for the most discounted rates!
The 2018 All You Can Eat Century offers five routes with challenges suitable for riders of all abilities.
Old Country Store Century – 103 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 route profile shows approximately 4500 feet of elevation gain. Almost all of it happens between miles 30 and 81. 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 - 64.5 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.
Taste of Tennessee Half Century - 52 miles – Shorter Route. Steeper Hill. 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. The Half Century is distinct from the Metric and Full Centuries in that it ascends Robertson Hollow Road instead of Henry Thompson Road. Robertson Hollow Road is a short, shade-free climb that exceeds 20 percent grade in one section. Routing it to go up the other climb would have lengthened the route too much to call it a half-century.
New Route! Introducing the Henry Thompson Road Bonus Half Century - 57 Miles - This 5-mile extension of the Taste of Tennessee Half Century directs riders over to the Metric and Century return routes and up the very shady, scenic and less steep Henry Thompson Road. While adding some distance, it takes the sting out of the climb. It's a nice hill with some photo opportunities on the way up.
The 34-Mile Loop is a quick spin around the quiet roads northern Madison county.
Queue Sheets and Maps can be found here... Century Routes
Janie Miernik - Ride Director
Buffalo Rock Company