1. Where is registration? Where is packet pickup? Where is the NEABA booth?
Inside Pete Mathews Coliseum, in the lobby, and the NEABA booth will relocate to the main tent after the ride starts.
2. Where are the bathrooms? Porto-potties? Showers?
Bathrooms – Women's on the left of the gym. Men's on the right. Portopotties are located outside near the start/finish chute. Bathrooms and showers are located inside Pete Mathews Coliseum, on the east side by the swimming pool.
3. Where is the pre-ride party this year?
The pre-ride party is held at the main tent at Pete Mathews Coliseum on Saturday, May 19 from 5 – 8 p.m. Buffet is catered by Effina’s of Jacksonville/Anniston. There will be vegetarian and gluten-free options. Cost for riders and non-riders is $10/each.
4. Where is the START? FINISH?
The Start/Finish is located at the main entrance (northside) of Pete Mathews Coliseum. There are huge towers and banner marking the Start/Finish.
5. What time is the start of the Challenge/ULTRA?
6. What time is the start of the Cruise?
7. Do riders have to line up a certain way?
Yes. Here is how our waves will work this year:
7:30 a.m. 0-44 Century Racers
7:33 a.m. 45-49 and 50-54 Century Racers
7:36 a.m. 55-59 , 60-64, 65-69 and 70+ Century Racers
7:39 a.m. ULTRA
7:42 a.m. Non-Racer Century, 84, 62, 44, 24 milers
8:00 a.m. Cruise Family Ride
8. What time/where is breakfast?
Breakfast is from 5:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. under the main tent, the great big white one, on the northside of Pete Mathews Coliseum. Included in your event fee. Free for all!
9. What time/where is the post-ride party?
Lunch/Dinner is served buffet-style from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., catered by Cooter’s Rib Shack. Cost is free for riders, $10/each for non-riders. Vendors can purchase meal tickets when they register. Volunteers eat free at the Volunteer Tent on Sunday.
10. Can non-riders eat lunch/dinner?
Yes, for a $10 fee.
11. Can Volunteers eat the buffet on Sunday?
No sorry, it’s only for the riders or paying customers. BUT on Sunday, we have a wonderful Volunteer Hospitality Tent located just east of the start/finish by the Coliseum. Every volunteer is encouraged to come by to get some eats!
12. Where/when is the pre-ride devotional service?
The brief pre-ride prayer service is at 7 a.m. inside Pete Mathews Coliseum.
13. Are there any cutoffs?
12 noon - There is a cutoff for Century/ULTRA riders at Cheaha State Park (Rest Stop #4). Riders will not be allowed to go on to Adam’s Gap (Rest Stop #5) past 12 noon. Riders will be directed to leave Rest Stop #4 and head back to Jacksonville.
3 p.m. – There is a cutoff for ULTRA riders at HWY 9 for the turn to begin the ULTRA course. Riders will be directed to continue straight/north on HWY 9 back to Jacksonville.
14. Where do I pick up my Alabama Backroads Century Series medal (and other finisher gifts/awards)?
There will be a tent directly past the Finish Line in the middle of the chute. Just pedal up and get your awards!
For Additional Information Contact Us:
Brooke Nelson, Ride Director
P.O. Box 2414
Anniston, AL 36202
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