April 18 Bike Ride Offers Special Selma Route

Published on March 19, 2015 by Sean Flynt  
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Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences will host its 11th annual Old Howard 100 charity bike ride April 18.

Starting on the campus of Judson College in Marion, the Old Howard 100 offers various routes up to 101 miles through three counties in Alabama’s historic Black Belt, where Samford was founded as Howard College in 1841. Proceeds from the ride benefit health-care initiatives of the Sowing Seeds of Hope organization in Perry County, Alabama. The ride has raised almost $37,000 to date.

In this anniversary year of the Selma-to-Montgomery march, organizers have arranged for all participants to have the option of riding only the 57-mile Selma loop, a route usually reserved for riders of the full century.* The Main Street Selma organization will host a rest stop in view of Selma’s historic Edmund Pettus Bridge.

As always, the ride will be patrolled and supported by vehicles from Cahaba Cycles and the Pell City HAM Radio Club. SAG stops on all routes will provide breaks for riders at historic sites in Perry, Hale and Dallas counties.

8 a.m. On-site registration begins
8:30 a.m. Century riders start
9 a.m. Mass start
10 a.m. Selma riders start*
12 p.m. Hot dog lunch
2-5 p.m. Full dinner

Early Registration $40
Late Registration (after April 10) $50
Student Rate $20
Perry, Hale and Dallas County Resident Rate $20

Since 2013 the Old Howard 100 has been part of the Alabama Backroads Cycling Century Series, 10 rides that seek to promote the growth and development of long-distance cycling in Alabama, encourage participation in established Alabama century rides, recognize and reward individuals for their accomplishments, and benefit the charities and advocacy efforts supported by each of the events.

*Riders of the late-start Selma route must contact organizers in advance at rmfisk@samford.edu.

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