2018 Kentucky Century Challenge and
Kentucky Cycling Challenge

Presented by Ale-8-One

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Registration is now open!!!!

2018 will be the 6th year for the Kentucky Century Challenge and the 2nd year for the Kentucky Cycling Challenge. We welcome Ale-8-One as our presenting sponsor, Capitol Bicycle Company from London Kentucky as our new Platinum Sponsor, and the Mason County/Maysville Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and the Mason County Fiscal Court as new Silver Sponsors. In addition, we’re pleased to welcome back our continuing sponsors: Morehead Tourism, the Owensboro/Daviess County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Georgetown/Scott County Tourism, London Downtown, and the Cumberland Valley Cycling Club.

We are also thrilled to announce the Ale-8-One Cycling Ambassador Program for 2018 - 20 lucky cyclists will be selected to serve as our 2018 Ale-8-One Cycling Ambassadors!!! Scroll to the bottom of the page to learn more about it, and to submit your application if you love Ale-8 and want to be an Ambassador. Note that the registration deadline for this program is February 10th so if you’re interested, get your submission in before the deadline!!

Registration for both the Challenges and the Ale-8-One Ambassador Program is free, but to be a part of our Challenges for 2018 you MUST register in advance on-line. See below for more details and for the link to register.

NOTE: You must still register and pay for each of the participating rides separately.

The Details


There are 5 participating rides - A brief description and dates for each ride are listed below.

We will offer three challenges and jerseys in 2018:

The 500 mile challenge - Ride all 5 centuries and earn a free jersey, bibs or shorts, and a pair of socks from our jersey vendor, Primal

The 400 mile challenge - Log over 400 miles in any combination over the course of our five rides and earn the free 400 mile jersey.

The 250 mile challenge - Log over 250 miles in any combination over the course of our five rides, and participate in at least 4 of the rides to earn a free 250 mile jersey.

If you do at least 250 miles but only participate in 3 rides, you may by the jersey at the discounted price of $30.

Participants earning a 400 or 250 mile jersey will have the opportunity to purchase matching bibs or shorts at our cost - the bibs and shorts are the same for all jerseys.

Beyond these requirements, it’s up to you how much you ride at each event, and whether you go the distance over 3, 4 or 5 rides, so long as you achieve the total required mileage by the last ride.

Registration for the free jerseys, or the ability to buy a jersey at the discounted price of $30 is limited to the first 650 registrants. Registration will remain open if we hit 650 registrants, however everyone who registers and earns a jersey after that date will have to pay cost for the jersey to receive one.

The ONLY way to get one of these jerseys is to earn one!

Our Sponsors


The Kentucky Century Challenge and the Kentucky Cycling Challenge would not be possible without the generous support from our sponsors.

Please take time to read the information below about our sponsors, and be sure to thank them by visiting their communities, 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!

 

Presenting Sponsor

 

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.

 

Platinum Sponsor

 

Capitol Bicycle Company

Our home is in London, KY, the official home of cycling in Kentucky. Let us charm you with our Southern hospitality as you become part of the Capitol family. We could bore you with details about how we use the best materials, how we have the technical backing of a team of qualified engineers and enough machinery to build a space shuttle, but why would we? What we really want is for you to hold your frame and feel that exceptional creation. To look at the meticulous welds, the beautiful custom paint and know that you have made the perfect choice.

We want you to be part of the Capitol family for life.

Visit us at www.capitolbicycles.com

Follow us on Facebook - https://business.facebook.com/CapitolBicycles/

 

Gold Sponsor

 

Morehead Tourism

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

 

Silver Sponsors

 

Maysville-Mason County Tourism

Maysville-Mason County Tourism is proud to be a sponsor for the 2018 Kentucky Century Challenge in Maysville, KY.

When the option was presented to us, we knew right away we wanted to assist in any way possible.

The ride hasn’t even started yet, and already this event is projecting a great economic impact on our community.

Hotel rooms have already been booked!

Many of the ride participants might not have ever considered Maysville as a place to visit, well now that is changing.

Riders near and far will get to experience Maysville at its best, after all, there is no better way to see Maysville-Mason County than on a bike ride.
For more information: http://www.cityofmaysville.com/city-government-2/city-clerk/boards-and-commissions/maysville-convention-and-visitors-bureau/

Maysville-Mason County CVB
Tourism Director
Suzie Pratt

 

The Mason County Fiscal Court

Mason County Fiscal Court members are excited and proud for Limestone Cycling League's success in becoming a participant in the Kentucky Century Challenge. As a Silver level sponsor we anticipate your visit to Mason County and will make every effort for a very enjoyable and memorable event.What a great opportunity to showcase our wonderful area.
Thank you Kentucky Century Challenge and Limestone Cycling League!
For more information: http://www.masoncountykentucky.us/

Warmest Regards,
Joe Pfeffer
Mason County Judge Executive

 

Sustaining Sponsor

 

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.

 

Daviess County Fiscal Court

Conveniently located in the Tri-State Area where Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois abut, Daviess County is in western Kentucky on the Ohio River. Beautifully adorned with rolling hills, farmlands, and breathtaking sunsets, Daviess County boasts award-winning bourbon distilleries, top rated restaurants, and a variety of shopping venues. There is an abundance of happenings both inside and out, including concerts, trails, and museums in which to partake.

 

Supporting Sponsors

 

Downtown London - Downtown London

Cumberland Valley Cycling Club - CVCC

Georgetown/Scott County Tourism - Georgetown/Scott County Tourism

 

Our Partner Rides


All participating rides are fundraisers for the sponsoring organizations. Each event features multiple route distances, making the events suitable for a wide variety of riders.

The Redbud Ride – Presented by London Downtown, London, KY – April 20-22, 2018. The first event of the 2018 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 about 1,400 cyclists from across the country. The routes for the Redbud Ride pass through some of the most beautiful scenery in Kentucky. The routes are filled with blooming redbud and dogwood 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 four route options ranging from 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 and a post-ride meal.

Those that register before March 1 will also receive the always special Redbud Ride t-shirt - Register Here!.

The Horsey Hundred – Presented by the Bluegrass Cycling Club and hosted by Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY – May 26-28, 2018. The second “leg” of the 2018 Kentucky Century Challenge and Kentucky Cycling Challenge is 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 - Register Here!

Bike Morehead - Presented by Switchback Cycling and Morehead Tourism, Morehead KY, June 16, 2018. 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. Website

The Bourbon & Bluegrass Ride - The Bourbon & Bluegrass Century – Presented by Bicycle Owensboro, Owensboro, KY - August 4, 2018. Celebrating their third year, the ride benefits Dream Riders of Kentucky, Inc. (http://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 also available a 33-mile 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. On Friday evening, join us for a mixer/packet pickup as well as distillery tours and bourbon tastings, if you wish, at O. Z. Tyler Distillery where the ride will begin and end on Saturday. O. Z. Tyler (https://oztylerdistillery.com/) is continuing the tradition of distilling in Owensboro that began in 1885 and are proud members of the Kentucky Distiller’s Association and a Heritage member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. After the mixer, Owensboro has lots of entertainment on the waterfront which include Friday After 5 (a free, fun, family-friendly concert and street fair festival). Website

Limestone Cycling Tour - Presented by Limestone Cycling League, Maysville, KY – September 15, 2018. The Limestone Cycling Tour is a new addition to the Kentucky Century Challenge for 2018 and will be the final ride in the lineup. Although a new partner to the Kentucky Century Challenge, this will mark their 10th year for the annual charity ride. Cyclists will enjoy the beautiful rolling hills surrounding Maysville and Mason County on their curvy little traveled back roads. Four routes are offered including a challenging century, metric century and 40 and 22-mile loops. Routes are fully supported with surprise themes at the SAG stops staffed by community volunteers. After a fun and challenging day on the road, cyclists can expect to listen to some local music talent or take advantage of special offers at a few local eateries. It is some of the best cycling in Northern Kentucky not to be missed! Register Here!

Challenge Registration Information


One Registration for Both Challenges - Registration for all challenges 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, 2018 through midnight on April 15, 2018.

Free Jersey Registration Cap - The first 650 people to register for the Challenges will have the opportunity to earn one of the free or discounted jerseys.

Registrants beginning with number 650 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.

 

REGISTER FOR THE CHALLENGES HERE!

Announcing the 2018

 

Ale 8 Cycling Ambassador Team


 

The first team of Ale-8-One cycling Ambassadors has been selected and they will soon be hitting the roads in their Ale 8 One cycling jerseys, so be sure to look for them and maybe even share an Ale 8 with them!

Thanks to everyone who applied for the program. There were a lot of you, and the applications were incredibly creative, making it very difficult for our friends at Ale 8 to make the final selections. We hope that this is the first year of many that Ale 8 Cycling Ambassadors will be out there on the road!

Here’s a list of the team, including where they are from:

Jamie Bagley Lexington KY
Julie Bowers-Pryor Lexington KY
Joseph Braun Cold Spring KY
April Clark Lancaster KY
Joey Daniel Liberty KY
Kris Davis Irvine KY
Chad Dudley Elizabethtown KY
Jennifer Fights Lexington KY
Howard Florence Lexington KY
John Franklin Science Hill KY
Mary Ann Getty Lexington KY
Bill Hobstetter Cincinnati OH
Seth King Bowling Green KY
Omar Meer Somerset KY
John Otte Winchester KY
Kevin Pearl Frankfort KY
Kathy Rogers Burlington KY
Roger Sands Morehead KY
Ryan Smith Maysville KY
Gayle Tomkinson Lexington KY
Patrick Wesolosky Lexington KY

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