The East Alabama Cycling Club is again doing the 105-mile Johnny Ray Century bike ride from Trinity United Methodist Church in Opelika to Roanoke and back on Saturday.
Last year was the first time the club did the ride to Roanoke, and Clarence Brown, a club member and the greeter at the rest stop next to the Randolph County Historical Museum, said it was so well received by the riders it was decided to do it again this year.
Once again the Roanoke Rotary Club is sponsoring the rest stop said member David Denton. Siri and Bill Wilkinson, owners of Gerson's Garden, are allowing them to set up a tent with welcoming high-energy goodies, drinks, water and other snacks in their parking lot.
The riders will pedal up Louina Road, over the Louina Street bridge to Main Street, to the rest stop and back to Chestnut Street and out of town. The riders will follow the yellow paint markings put down days beforehand.
Brown said the riders enjoyed visiting the museum and seeing some of the Johnny Ray memorabilia. The Rotary Club is putting out some chairs this year, and the group is looking forward to the brownies and baked goods the club is providing. Brown will be there around 9:30 to set up the location. Roanoke is the 60-mile mark.
The money raised by this event will go to the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's Disease, Brown said. Last year the group gave $6,000 to the charity raised from the ride. Pre-registration is $35 and the day of the ride it is $40. Anyone with any questions can call Brown at 334-826-3015.