Photos from 2016

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About the Ride

Find details about the route here.

This event is an initiative of the American Advertising Federation of Tuscaloosa. AAF Tuscaloosa supports professional development for its members through continued training and educational opportunities. They also encourage community involvement, service and fundraising. This ride represents and supports these objectives. Visit our Facebook page.

AAF Tuscaloosa provides funding for two specific scholarships in marketing and advertising at The University of Alabama. Proceeds from this ride go to support their commitments to these endeavors.

The venue offers many amenities exclusive to this part of Alabama.

Taste the mineral waters from a continual, free-flowing artesian well. Enjoy the open prairie lands of Alabama’s Black Belt. Witness great examples of Greek Revival architecture. Or challenge the hills of the Talladega National Forest.

A post ride meal will be available for participants, as well as t-shirts and other “swag.” In Hale County, you will likely pass more cattle than cars. Therefore, we hope you enjoy the scenery and rural environment the routes have to offer. And it is our desire you return next year, or visit with others before next time, now that you know your way around.

Je vous remercie et profiter de la balade.

Route Details

General Details

Times and locations below are subject to change.  Much of the information below reflects the ride details from the past three years.  We’ll update the site when we know of any changes prior to the 2018 ride.  Regardless of changes, the following will give you a good idea of what to expect.

  • Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • Registration available at 6:00 a.m.
  • Mass start at 7:00 a.m.
  • Moundville, Alabama (click for location)
  • Rides begin and end at the Moundville Archaeological Park.
  • Participating riders receive access to the amenities at the archaeological park including the museum.

Four distances

  • 25 miles: an out and back to the Stewart Community Center
  • 38 miles: a loop from Moundville to Akron and back
  • 69 miles: from Moundville to Greensboro and back through the Talladega National Forest
  • 100+ miles: Moundville to Greensboro with a loop through the southern part of Hale County then back through the Talladega National Forest

Route map and elevation

Rest areas for 25 and 38 routes

The first rest area is about 14.4 miles out at the Stewart Community Center pavilion. Participants in the 25 mile ride will return to Moundville from the community center. Participants in the 38 mile route have the option to stop at this rest area a second time on their way back from Akron around mile 26.

Both the 25 mile and 38 mile routes pass an artesian well about 9 miles out from Moundville. Stop and cool off on your way back. Enjoy the “healing” minerals from the cold waters of this continual free-flowing well.

Rest areas for 69 mile route

  • Mile 14.4
  • Mile 31.3
  • Mile 48.2
  • Mile 61.3

The first rest stop is at the Stewart Community Center pavilion. The second rest area is Magnolia Grove, an antebellum home in Greensboro. The next stop for participants on the 69 mile route will be at Payne Lake in the Talladega National Forest. The last rest stop is at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, about 8 miles from from the finish.

All rest areas will have Gatorade, water, snacks and small food supplements.  All routes will be patrolled and have sag support.

Rest areas for century route

  • Mile 14.4
  • Mile 31.3
  • Mile 48.2
  • Mile 62.5
  • Mile 79.4
  • Mile 92.5

The first rest stop is at the Stewart Community Center pavilion. The second rest area is Magnolia Grove, an antebellum home in Greensboro. The next stop will be at Mars Hill Missionary Baptist Church on County Road 16. Century riders pass Magnolia Grove a second time at mile 62.5. The next rest area is at Payne Lake, mile 79.4. At mile 92.5, there is one last rest area at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Remember, you have to ride into the park at Payne Lake to reach this rest stop.  The pavilion is on the lake.  This adds about 1.75 miles to your total distance.

Registration

Registration for the 2018 ride will begin around March 2018.

Rider check-in starts at 6:00 a.m.  The ride starts at 7:00 a.m.

Got questions about registration or Highway 2 Hale? Contact us.