Kentucky Cycling Challenges
Kentucky Century Challenge and Kentucky Cycling Challenge
Registration is now open!
2017 will be the 5th year of the Kentucky Century Challenge and we have some exciting new additions that we think you will really like, including a fifth ride, and a new challenge! Registration is free, but to be a part of our Challenges for 2017 you MUST register in advance on-line. See below for more details and for the link to register.
New for 2017:
• We are adding a 5th ride to our line-up so you will have 5 rides rather than 4 to earn your free jerseys! See below for detailed information about our partner rides.
• We are adding a new challenge - The Kentucky Cycling Challenge joins the Kentucky Century Challenge for 2017. To earn a free Kentucky Cycling Challenge jersey, you must register for and participate in at least 4 of our 5 events, and you must log at least 250 miles. How you log those miles is completely up to you so long as you ride an approved route as a registered rider during the event. More details are provided below.
• For our Century Challenge riders - We continue with our traditional Kentucky Century Challenge - If you complete 4 of the 5 centuries, you’ll earn your free 400 mile jersey. If you complete all 5, you’ll also earn free matching bibs or shorts!
• If you ride at least 250 miles but only participate in 3 of our 5 events, you may purchase the Kentucky Cycling Challenge jersey at a below cost price of $30.
• Registration for the free jerseys, or the ability to buy a jersey at the discounted price of $30 is limited to the first 700 registrants. Registration will continue beyond 700, and those riders will be able to earn a jersey, however those riders will be required to pay our cost to get their jersey.
The Kentucky Century Challenge
You can earn your free 2017 Kentucky Century Challenge jersey by completing the century distance at 4 of our 5 partner rides. The Kentucky Century Challenge jersey, from Pearl Izumi, features the strategically placed neon to make you more visible on the road, and includes the Century Challenge logo and the “400 mile” designation.
As an added incentive, if you complete the century distance at all 5 of our partner rides, you will also earn a free pair of matching shorts or bibs! Bibs and shorts will be available for purchase at our cost by anyone who does not earn a pair.
The Kentucky Cycling Challenge
Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, we we’ve added The Kentucky Cycling Challenge to the lineup for 2017. The Kentucky Cycling Challenge offers cyclists who aren’t interested in riding centuries the opportunity to earn a free jersey by riding shorter distances offered by our partner rides.
The requirements to earn a free Kentucky Cycling Challenge jersey are as follows:
• You must register for and participate in at least 4 of our partner rides; and
• you must log at least 250 miles during those rides.
Beyond these requirements, it’s up to you how much you ride at each event, and whether you get the distance over 4 or 5 rides, so long as you achieve the total required mileage by the last ride. If you participate in only 3 of the rides but hit the 250 mile mark, you can buy the 250 mile jersey at the below cost price of $30. You will be able to purchase matching bibs and shorts at our cost to complete your Kentucky Cycling Challenge kit if you so desire.
The Kentucky Century Challenge and the Kentucky Cycling Challenge would not be possible without the generous support from our sponsors. We are very excited to welcome several new sponsors for 2017, including our Platinum Sponsor Ale-8-One! Please take time to read the information below about our sponsors, and be sure to thank them by patronizing their businesses and using their products when you can. They support the Challenges because they believe in cycling and cyclists and we truly appreciate their support!
Ale-8 - One
We don't cater to the common. We don't run on a beaten path. Confident that being made from scratch is the only way. Loyal, steady, and proudly unconventional since 1926, our history is inspiration for the future. We have our own crisp, clean taste. For those who share our independent, pioneering spirit and our discontent with the common can, we raise an Ale-8, the drink for those who find their own flavor. Find out more.
Graviss McDonald’s Restaurants is a principal-centered organization committed to our customers and to the standards that have allowed us to serve and give back to our communities for decades. We offer great quality, service, cleanliness and value to our guests, which, in turn, allows us to support individuals and organizations who contribute so much in helping Central Kentucky be such a wonderful, friendly and caring place to call home. We also strive to promote healthy, active lifestyles by offering our guests more options in the food we serve, while also remaining an affordable solution for those we are fortunate enough to serve. Special thanks from the Challenge Planning Team to Graviss McDonalds for supporting us all 5 years we’ve offered the challenge - your commitment to the Challenge is greatly appreciated!!!
Morehead Tourism is proud to host Bike Morehead. We aren’t your typical ride, we feature tall hills and unforgettable scenery. We welcome bikers from across the state and nation. It’s not every day that you can take a ride on roads that parallel trails hiked by Daniel Boone himself. Morehead is the third designated Kentucky Trail Town. We are the only town in Kentucky with the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail running down Main Street. To find out more visit us online at www.moreheadtourism.com
, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, or visit us in person and find out why there is definitely #more2morehead.
Advanced Cardiology of Owensboro
Advanced Cardiology of Owensboro was established in October 2016 by Dr Roshan Mathew to improve the heart health of patients in this region by providing expert cardiac care in a compassionate, affordable and understanding manner. At the practice, you will be treated with dignity and compassion.
Dr. Mathew started his cardiology journey back in 2002 and is an experienced board certified cardiologist, specializing in general and interventional cardiology including high risk coronary, peripheral and structural heart interventions. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Fellow of the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions and Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He has served on various national and local committees as an expert in the field of Cardiology. His passion is to provide expert cardiac care to all of his patients with compassion.
OZ Tyler Distillery
Bourbon has been produced on the grounds of the O.Z. Tyler Distillery in Owensboro since 1885. Site of the former Medley Distillery, the O.Z. Tyler Distillery opened in September 2016 after extensive renovations. It was named for the co-inventor of TerrePURE®, a patented all-natural process utilized at the O.Z. Tyler Distillery to further refine whiskey after traditional barrel-aging. With an annual capacity exceeding 30,000 barrels, a tour of the Distillery offers a behind-the-scenes look at every aspect of whiskey production from grain to mash to barrel. Tours with tastings ($10) are available at 11am and 2pm (CST) Monday through Friday. The gift shop is open 10am - 3pm Monday through Friday.
Owensboro/Daviess County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
Owensboro is Kentucky’s home for barbecue, bourbon and bluegrass music. Owensboro’s barbecue is a magnet for lovers of smoky pork, chicken and a distinctive regional favorite, mutton. Kentucky bourbon is produced in Owensboro at The O.Z. Tyler distillery, a facility built in 1885 offering daily tours and tastings. Owensboro is famous for ties to bluegrass music and is home to the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Set in a sweeping bend of the mighty Ohio River, the centerpiece of Owensboro’s downtown is the six-block-long Smothers Park, with multiple performance venues, a riverside promenade, benches and swings for watching the river traffic, multiple fountains, a cascading waterfall and one of the largest fully handicapped-accessible playgrounds in the US. For more information, go to www.visitowensboro.com
Zombie Zone Cycling Team
Born on the hills of the 3 State/3 Mountain Challenge, Zombie Zone Cycling is named after that particular point in time, in any rider’s ride, when you “bonk,” are thoroughly depleted, emotionally spent, and desperately needing to grab another wheel to help you along to the finish. When that happens, you’ve truly entered into the “zombie zone!” And riding zombie is never pleasant, but when you’re riding “dead” with other zombies, you know you’re gonna make it! Our motto is “We Pull Our Own Dead” and we never, ever leave any zombies behind! So with that thought in mind, Zombie Zone Cycling is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the 2017 Kentucky Century Challenge, in tribute to, and in memory of, our zombie brothers, Mark Hinkel and David Cassidy. Ride on Zombies! Ride on!
Our Partner Rides
All of our participating rides are fundraisers for the sponsoring organizations. Each event features multiple route distances, making the events suitable for a wide variety of riders.
1. The Redbud Ride
– Presented by London Downtown, London, KY – April 20-22, 2017. The first event of the 2016 Kentucky Century Challenge is the Redbud Ride. The Redbud Ride starts in beautiful downtown London, KY and stretches throughout the surrounding areas. The Redbud Ride attracts between 1,200 and 1,400 cyclists from across the country. The routes for the Redbud Ride pass through some of the most beautiful scenery in Kentucky, filled with blooming redbud trees! This ride is a must- do for cycling enthusiasts. Our rest-stops are always a party, thanks to our wonderful volunteers & host locations! The Redbud Ride offers five route options ranging from an almost flat 23 miles to the challenging 100-mile route. Our 100-mile route was chosen by Active.com as “The Best Century Ride in America.” Riders receive a complementary pancake breakfast, live music after the ride, pre-ride and post-ride parties, a post-ride meal and the always special Redbud Ride t-shirt. For more information and to register, go here: Redbud Registration
2. The Horsey Hundred – Presented by the Bluegrass Cycling Club and hosted by Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY – May 26-28, 2017. The second “leg” of the 2017 Kentucky Cycling Challenge/Kentucky Century Challenge is the Horsey Hundred. 2017 will be the 40th year for the Horsey Hundred. The event features a large vendor expo, live music and local food trucks on Friday evening. The rides on Saturday and Sunday feature multiple marked routes ranging in distance from 26 miles to the signature 100-mile century on Saturday. Both days, riders will be provided with maps, SAG support and lunch after the ride. Last year, the ride had participants from 27 different states, including large groups from Michigan and the Chicago area, as well as a large group from Ontario, Canada. To register and for more information go here:
Horsey Hundred Information and Registration
3. Bike Morehead - Presented by Morehead Tourism, Morehead KY, June 17, 2017. Bike Morehead is set in the heart of Eastern Kentucky. The century ride will challenge even the most experienced cyclists as the route twists and turns through the scenic hills and ridges. As you pass by Cave Run Lake the sites will remind everyone what road biking is all about. A full variety of routes will be available for all levels of riders. Friendly volunteers and great sag stops with keep you motivated and energized along the way.
4. The Bourbon & Bluegrass Ride
- The Bourbon & Bluegrass Century – Presented by Bicycle Owensboro, Owensboro, KY, August 5, 2017. The Bourbon & Bluegrass Century is a new addition to the Kentucky Century Challenge/Kentucky Cycling Challenge for 2017. This will be the second year for this ride which benefits Dream Riders of Kentucky, Inc. (dreamridersofky.org
), a non-profit organization founded in 2003 that offers equine assisted activities and therapies to individuals of all ages who have special needs. Along with the full and metric centuries, there is available a 33-mile ride and a 15-mile family friendly ride. Our rides offer a few rolling hills and many miles of flat, rural roads through scenic western Kentucky including spectacular views of the Ohio and Green Rivers. For more information, check out the facebook page
On Friday evening, join us for distillery tours and bourbon tastings at a reception at the O. Z. Tyler Distillery where the ride will begin and end. O. Z. Tyler (oztylerdistillery.com/
) is continuing the tradition of distilling in Owensboro that began in 1885 and are proud members of the Kentucky Distiller’s Association. Transportation will be provided among downtown hotels, O.Z Tyler and Friday After 5 (one of the Top 10 Summer Festivals in Kentucky—visit fridayafter5.com
for more information).
5. The Hub City Tour - Presented by the Central Kentucky Wheelmen, Elizabethtown, KY September 9, 2017. The final ride for the 2017 Kentucky Century Challenge is once again the Hub City Tour. Cycle through the lightly travelled and scenic rural roads of central Kentucky during the Hub City Tour. Sag stops will be staffed by friendly community members and stocked with energy-filled goodies. Our CKW Racing Team members, wearing their easy-to-see team jerseys, will be available for on-route assistance. At the end of the ride there will be ice cream, and you can use your post-ride meal coupon at the Via Colori Kentucky Street Art Festival where you will find a variety of entertainment and food vendors. Please stick around and enjoy the community that makes South Central Kentucky one of the best areas for cycling. Registration is expected to open around May 1.
• One Registration for Both Challenges - Registration for the Kentucky Century Challenge and Kentucky Cycling Challenge is combined so you don’t have to decide at the time of registration which challenge you’re accepting. The jersey you earn will be determined after all of the rides, based on the mileage you log at each ride when you check in.
• Registration Window - Registration is open from January 15, 2017 through midnight on April 15, 2017.
• Free Jersey Registration Cap - The first 700 people to register for the Challenges will have the opportunity to earn one of the free jerseys. Registrants beginning with number 701 and beyond can still earn a jersey (remember the only way to get a jersey is to earn one!) however the jersey must be purchased at our cost.