Sponsored by Opelika Bicycle Advisory Committee

Date: September 7th, 2019
Time: 7:00 AM until 4:00 PM

The Opelika Bicycle Advisory Committee 's Johnny Ray Century Ride for Parkinson's Disease is presented by the East Alabama Cycling Club and benefits the Davis Phinney Foundation. The Ride will be on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

20 miles Cusseta Commuter    
34 miles Twin Silos Shuttle    
60 miles Lafayette Short Line    
104 miles Johnny Ray Century    
66 miles Dirty 66 (gravel)    



  • 6:00a- Registration opens at Trinity United Methodist Church.

  • 7:00a - Staggered starts for all ride distances (10min between routes).

  • 10:00a - Drawing for the Grand Door Prize!

  • 11:00a - Post-ride meal available to riders.

  • 4:00p - Course swept and closed.


The Johnny Ray Century returns as a member of the Alabama Backroads Century series for 2019. The Johnny Ray Century began amid a push for a rail-to-trail between Opelika and Roanoke, a rail line heavily used by the train engineer Johnny Ray.

JRC riders will tour the true backroads of rural Lee, Chambers, and Randolph Counties of East Alabama. Adventurous gravel cyclists will be treated to some beautiful world-class gravel Chambers County dirt roads. Otherwise road surfaces vary from asphalt to chipseal.


Every year the Johnny Ray Century selects a designated charity to sponsor. The club is again excited to work with the Davis Phinney Foundation, to support their mission with Parkinson's. 2017 was a rebuilding year for the JRC with the Opelika Bicycling Advisory Committee picking up the reigns. While focus was on the transition we still managed to raise $1095 for DPF. In 2016 we raised $7,286. In 2015 we set a record raising $9000 for the Davis Phinney Foundation. In 2014 we rasied $7,719.52. In 2013 we raised $6,682.02.  In 2012 it was $5,500.  In 2010 and 2011 our beneficiary was been Parkinson Association of Alabama. In 2011 the club rasied $5,900 and in 2010 raised $5,700 for Parkinson Association of Alabama. From 2007 to 2009, the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation was the club's charity. In 2009 the club donated $4,000, in 2008 we donated $3,000, and in 2007 we donated $2,400. In 2006 & earlier we used century profits to buy bicycles from The Bike Shop in Auburn for children at Christmas through the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program administered by the City of Auburn Fire Division.


2019 moves ride headquarters to a hot new location. Does a brewery work for you? Okay then. Welcome Red Clay Brewing Company as our century headquarters. Located at 704 N Railroad Ave, Opelika, Ala. 36831, Red Clay adds some spice and the location further strengthens the railroad theme. Registration, meals, showers and bathroom facilities are available at Red Clay. The Brewery is easily accessible from any direction via Interstate 85. Take Exit 60 and follow S. 10th St. to Second Avenue. Turn North (Right) and see the Church on the Left (west).


Friday we'll be hosting packet pickup at James Brothers Bike Shop in Opelika (113 S 9th St, Opelika AL 36801) from 4:30-8:00p. Preregistered riders are invited to come pick up their ride packets and stay a while in beautiful, historic, downtown Opelika. Once signed in Friday you're ready to roll Saturday morning!


Did we mention Red Clay Brewery serves awesome food? stay tuned for details.


SAG vehicles circle all routes. There are six, well-stocked rest stops, approximately 10-15 miles apart, with port-a-potties or restrooms.


Stay tuned as we’re arranging the best deals for you.

If its a home football weekend rooms will go quick. To check for additional accommodations, check Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau.