2019 Kentucky Century Challenge and
Kentucky Cycling Challenge

Presented by Ale-8-One

2019 will be the 7th year for the Kentucky Cycling Challenge. We welcome back Ale-8-Oneョ as our Presenting Sponsor, Capitol Bicycle Company from London, Kentucky will be our Platinum Sponsor. Our Gold Level Sponsor is now the Owensboro/Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Our Silver Sponsors are: the Mason County/Maysville Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Mason County Fiscal Court, London Downtown and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. In addition, we’re pleased to welcome back our Kentucky Century Challenge Supporter: the Cumberland Valley Cycling Club.

For the second year twenty cyclists have been selected as Ale-8 Ambassadors Scroll down to see who they are. They will be sporting the unique 2019 Ale-8 jerseys so please look for them and congratulate them!

Registration is now closed for the Challenge, but to learn more about what it’s all about, and about our partner rides, scroll down.

The Details


The Kentucky Century Challenge and Metric Century Challenge will provide an opportunity for cyclists completing all four of the century rides or metric century rides sponsored by the collaborating organizations to obtain a free Kentucky Century Challenge or Kentucky Metric Century Challenge jersey. Cyclists completing all four centuries or metric centuries will also receive a free pair of matching shorts or bibs.

The Kentucky Cycling Challenge will provide a free jersey to cyclists completing at least 185 miles, and participating in at least 3 of the 4 partner events.

We also have a new jersey vendor this year - Artletic Apparel. To learn more about them, visit their website. Since they are a new vendor, we will have fit kits at the last two rides so that participants can determine the appropriate size to order.

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

We will offer three challenges and jerseys in 2019:

The Century Challenge (400 mile challenge): Register and ride all 4 centuries and earn a free jersey and bibs or shorts.

The Metric Century Challenge (250 mile challenge): Register and ride all four participating rides and accumulate at least 250 miles and earn a free jersey and bibs or shorts Note: Although we thought of this as cyclists completing the metric centuries at all four rides, and the jersey logo says “metric century challenge” you may also decide to accrue your 250 miles in a different way, starting with shorter mileage in the early rides and finishing with longer mileage in the later rides.

The Cycling Challenge (185 mile challenge): Register and ride over 185 miles in any combination of at least three out of our four rides, and earn a free Cycling Challenge jersey. Cyclists earning the Challenge jersey will have the opportunity to purchase matching bibs or shorts at our cost.

Registration for the free jerseys and possibly bibs or shorts is limited to the first 600 registrants. Registration will remain open if we reach the 600 registrant limit (until the closing date) and anyone who registers after we hit 600 registrants and earns a jersey will have the opportunity to purchase any jersey they earn at our cost.

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

 

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.

 

Silver Sponsors

 

Maysville-Mason County Tourism

Maysville-Mason County Convention & Visitor's Bureau is proud to continue to sponsor the KY Century Challenge, hosted by the Limestone Cycling League in Maysville, KY.

This event allots participant a unique way to discover our scenic town, rural roads and charming river valley. From the persepective of a bike you can experience our rich history, inspiring landscape and hospitatliy.

We take pride in having a healthy and vibrant community and events like this have a huge impact on not only our economy, but the participants, volunteers and visitors as well.

Maysville-Mason County CVB
Lacey Holleran
Tourism Director

 

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

 

London Downtown

London Downtown, Inc. is a nonprofit organization established to enhance downtown London economic environment as a center of commerce while maintaining the character and integrity of the city central business district as an attractive place to live, work, and visit. London Downtown, Inc. is an accredited member of the Kentucky Main Street Program. The Kentucky Heritage Council developed the Kentucky Main Street Program to assist Kentucky communities with revitalization efforts in their downtown areas.

For more information: http://londonkydowntown.com/

 

Georgetown/Scott County Tourism

ABOUT GEORGETOWN, KY | Harness the fun in Georgetown , Kentucky’s Horse Headquarters. Sitting in the midst of Kentucky Horse Country, Georgetown is the (disputed) birthplace of bourbon and hometown of numerous horse-centric attractions – Kentucky Horse Park, Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm, Whispering Woods Riding Stables, the Three Hill Farm Horsemanship Training Experience, the Steve Hockensmith Fine Art Gallery and Robert Clark Gallery – and events, including the Kentucky Three Day Event, Horsey Hundred, Festival of the Horse and the National Horse Show. A small town bursting with charm thanks to a Victorian-era downtown filled with locally-owned shops, restaurants, craft breweries and distilleries, Georgetown is also Kentucky’s fastest-growing community. It is home to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Tour; the official Kentucky-Japan Friendship Garden – Yuko-En; Elkhorn Creek; Greek Revival antebellum mansion Ward Hall; a circa 1917 Rosenwald School; Heirlooms; Gretchen’s authentic stained glass shop; and Kentucky Proud farms that play like agricultural theme parks. Accommodations include unique stays, campgrounds and 15 brand name chain hotels. Accolades: USA Today 10 Best named Old Friends #2 and The Kentucky Horse Park #6 among “Best Kentucky Attractions-2017”; Money magazine chose Georgetown as the “Best Place to Live in Kentucky”; U.S. News and World Report declared Georgetown one of “8 Small Southern Towns to Visit in 2018.”
For more information: https://www.georgetownky.com/

 

Fraternal Order of Eagles

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, founded in 1898, is an international nonprofit organization that donates 10 million dollars annually to local communities and charities. The F.O.E. is focused on people helping people.

 

Kentucky Century Challenge Supporter

 

Cumberland Valley Cycling Club - CVCC

 

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 13, 2019

The first event of the 2019 Kentucky Cycling 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 five 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, a post-ride meal and the always special Redbud Ride t-shirt.

The Horsey Hundred
Presented by the Bluegrass Cycling Club and hosted by Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY
Georgetown, KY
May 24-25, 2019

The second “leg” of the 2019 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. 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.

Challenge participants can combine mileage for both days of the Horsey Hundred provided that the combined total that a rider may receive credit for cannot exceed 100 miles. Register Now!!!

The Bourbon & Bluegrass Ride
Presented by Bicycle Owensboro,
Owensboro, KY
August 3, 2019

Celebrating their fourth 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, there will be an early packet pick up with a mixer at O. Z. Tyler Kentucky Bourbon Distillery of Owensboro.

Friday nights in Owensboro have lots of entertainment on the waterfront which includes Friday After 5 (a free, fun, family friendly concert and street fair festival). Register Now!!!

Limestone Cycling Tour
Presented by Limestone Cycling Tour, Inc.
Maysville, KY
September 7, 2019

The Limestone Cycling Tour will be the final ride in the lineup which will mark the 11th year for the annual charity ride. In 2018 organizers reported hosting over 400 cyclists from 13 states and 2 countries. Participants will enjoy the beautiful rolling hills surrounding Maysville, Mason County and many other communities in the area on the little-traveled back roads. Four routes are offered including a challenging century, metric century or the 40- and 25-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 Now!!!

Challenge Registration Information


All registered participants are in the running to earn a free jersey and possibly free bibs or shorts! Participants are reminded that they must check in at the Challenge check in booth after each ride so that we can record and compile total miles ridden.

 

We Will Be Contacting You – Please Make Sure We Can!

 

All registrants will receive an e-mail the Wednesday or Thursday before each ride with instructions about where to check in and what information must be provided.

  • If you change your e-mail address, please let us know or you may not receive communications from us.
  • Please configure your inbox so e-mails from kycyclingchallenges.com will not go to your junk mail (since we send to a large list when we send out our pre-ride e-mails, the messages often get diverted to junk).

 

Thanks to all who registered for joining us in 2019 - May you all earn a jersey!

Ale-8 Ambassadors Selected


 

 

The competition was stiff for the 20 lucky folks selected as the 2019 Ale-8 Ambassadors, and the decision-making process was very difficult! Some of the entries were creative, some were funny, some and shared great stories about Ale-8 and family and they were all great fun to read. Please look for these folks out on the road during the 2019 Challenge events, and share an Ale-8 with a few of them if you can!

Congratulations to:

Hayden Bennett  
Chris Bricking Versailles, KY
Scott Chapman Plainfield, IN
Brian Dangelmaier Liberty, KY
Don Fields Prestonsburg, KY
Bena Halecky Lexington, KY
Matt Owensboro, KY
Troy Hearn Frankfort, KY
Jason Hill Flemingsburg, KY
Korey Johnson Somerset, KY
David Land Beattyville, KY
Hallie Land Beattyville, KY
Megan Malear Winchester, KY
Jen Patterson Lexington, KY
Kyle Pitakis Maysville, KY
Jarrod Simpson Somerset, KY
Jay Soper Mason, OH
Sharon Walker Winchester, KY
Marshall Ware Lexington, KY
James Wilson Richmond, KY

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