The Gears and Beers Ride is a collection of four bicycle rides and a street party that raises money to purchase and install bicycle amenities around Mobile, and it helps funds the various community-based programs for the Delta Bike Project. Since the first Gears & Beers in 2015, the Delta Bike Project has purchased and installed 15 bicycle repair stations and pumps, and enough bike parking to accommodate 56 bicycles.
Riders can choose from four different distances – 8.2 miles, 30 miles, 63 miles and 100 miles.
The Delta Bike Project believes that cycling and its benefits should be made equally accessible to people from all walks of life. We seek to minimize economic and educational barriers by providing the tools and knowledge for do- it-yourself bicycle repair and low-cost access to, or the ability to earn donated and recycled bicycles through sweat-equity.
Visit www.deltabikeproject.org to learn more about our programs!
Riders in 2016
featuring the Bayou 100 Century
Gears and Beers 2018 has FOUR distinct rides, 8.2 miles, 30 miles, 63 miles and 100 miles! There’s a ride for everyone!
Bring your cruiser or hybrid and grab your family and friends for this ride. This FUN ride heads out to Arlington Park in the Brookley Aeroplex for a rest stop at mile 4.1 for coffee and beignets! It's a great ride for anyone looking to have a fun, social ride with 100 of your closest friends.View on Ride with GPS
If you are looking for a ride to get your legs spinning for a few hours, this is the one. Riders will travel south down to the neighborhoods around the Dog River and the Peninsula of Mobile Community. Be sure to bring your camera for pictures along the beautiful Bay Front Road.View on Ride with GPS
This Metric Century will take you on a speedy jaunt down south along Mobile Bay. Along the way, Mystic Riders will go over the Dog River Bridge, head west toward Theodore, and then south to a loop through Bellingrath Gardens. This is a flat and fast route! This ride should only be attempted by experienced riders, who have some long-distance rides under their belt.View on Ride with GPS
The Bayou 100 is the newest edition to the Alabama Backroads Century Series, and the first Series ride in the Mobile area! Bayou 100 riders won’t be disappointed with the view, as the route begins in Historic Downtown Mobile before it heads south, hugging the western shore of Mobile Bay. Riders will enjoy a well-supported and well-marked route that takes them through Bellingrath Gardens and further south to Bayou la Batre and Coden, where one of several possible rest stops allows riders to see life in a working bayou, complete with dozens of shrimp boats, giant white pelicans and a towering 50-foot pile of oyster shells. Riders that stop in the Bayou at Rolston Park will get a special culinary treat as well! This ride should only be attempted by experienced riders who have a significant amount of long distance rides under their bibs.View on Ride with GPS
All routes are subject to change, helmets are required for all riders, and people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and those that are under 16 will only be allowed to participate in the rides upon review by the ride committee (contact mailto:email@example.com to see about approval).
What You need to know.
Registered riders will be treated to a continental breakfast before the rides, high quality snacks and beverages (and water) at the start/finish and at rest stops, entrance to the after-party, a custom event t-shirt (for people who register online before November 4th only), a free tasty bowl for authentic, Gulf Coast seafood GUMBO (vegetarian gumbo also available), vegetarian and vegan Riders will have options provided by Whole Foods, and a free pint of beer, plus other swag and chances to win prizes. Food will also be available to order from the Bier Garten, or other nearby restaurants.
Online registration will end on Friday, November 3rd at 11:59 pm Central Time, 2017. Late registration can only be done in-person at any-one of the Packet Pickup Locations, including the Friday night Bayou Shindig on November 10 th (details below). Day-of registration begins at 5:30 am on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the LoDa Bier Garten (ride start/finish). Swag bags and event t-shirts will not be available for riders that register after November 3rd, so register early!
There are several ways to pay and register now through November 3rd:
Online at https://racesonline.com/events/gearsandbeers
Debit/Credit Card/Check/Cash at the Delta Bike Project during open hours
Or by check make payable to Delta Bike Project and mailed to 1260 Texas Street, Mobile, AL 36604 – follow prompts on RacesOnline for mail-in details.
Riders can pick-up their packets (if they registered by November 3rd at any of the times and locations listed below. Pre-Ordered jerseys will also be inside the rider’s packets if they ordered one.
Un-registered riders can also register and pay at any of the packet pickup locations below, however they are not guaranteed a t-shirt or swag bag. We will give out swag bags and t-shirts to late-registered riders at packet pickups, while supplies last, but will not order more or reserve them.
Hotel and Lodging Information
15 N. Conception St., Mobile, AL 36602
Group Name: Gears & Beers Group
Group Code: GBB
0.1 miles from Ride Start/Finish
Standard King $129/night
21 rooms available until October 20th, 2017
121 North Royal Street, Mobile, AL 36602
Group Name: Gears and Beers 2017
Group Code: GAB
0.4 miles from Ride Start/Finish
Queen Studio $99/night
Double Queen Studio $109/night
One Bedroom Suite $129/night
21 rooms available until October 10th, 2017
Don’t like the weather? Wait 5 minutes. That’s our slogan regarding Mobile’s weather. Typically, here’s what you can expect:
The average high for Mobile, AL on Nov 11 is 71°
The average low for Mobile, AL on Nov 11 is 52°
The party starts at 10:30 am and goes until 5:00 pm. We’ll have some free gumbo (meat/seafood and a vegetarian option) for the riders returning from the rides. Riders get one free beer with their registration, which is only available after the ride. As riders return from the ride, we’ll have volunteers ready to fit you with a wrist band, medals, and information. Riders are encouraged to order food from the Bier Garten as well.
The route will continue to be supported until the very last rider makes it back. If that’s after 3 pm? No worries – you’ll still be greeted with a smaller party at the Bier Garten by our volunteer staff who will provide you with food options, and get you all hydrated and rested. We’ll still have volunteers and riders hanging out in a reduced-sized party on the sidewalk. The restaurant (LoDa Bier Garten) will be open and there are many other options to look forward to, and we’ll make sure you get a tasty meal after your ride.
YES! You don’t want to miss the Bayou Shindig!
Hours: 6 pm – 9 pm, Friday, November 10th.
Location: The Steeple, at the corner of Joachim and Saint Francis. The address is 251 Saint Francis Street, Mobile, AL 36602, however the street party is on the Joachim side, directly behind the Hilton Garden Inn. The proximity of Friday’s party and Saturday’s street party are about 100 feet from each other, on the same street – Joachim Street!
By the way, we say (Joe-Ack-um) down here – not (Wa-keem), like most people.
Friday, November 10th is also Mobile’s downtown Artwalk, and there are a TON of things to do in downtown Mobile. We’ll have Big People vs. Little Bikes Races and the most exciting Slow Bicycle Race you’ll ever see. Prizes and trophies will be awarded to winners! Sign up from 6-7 pm during the first hour of the Bayou Shindig to get your spot on the starting line. This is also another opportunity for folks to get their ride packets, purchase merchandise, grab a beer, and listen to some live music from Mobile’s own Harrison McGinnis!
Yes! There will be at least 2 vehicles on the Bayou 100 course and another couple on the Mystic Metric the entire time that will closely monitor the progress of the riders and helping with any breakdowns, injuries, etc… They will also have the equivalent of a mobile-rest stop in their vehicle – food/water/Gatorade/tubes/tools...
Each of the rest stops will also have a bike mechanic from one of our amazing bike shops – Trek Bicycle Store, Cadence120, Eastern Shore Cycles and ProCycle and Triathlon. If you breakdown on the course and our SAG driver can’t help, we’ll give you a ride to the nearest rest stop to have a professional help you out. If you want a ride back to the spot that you broke down, we’ll take you there!
No, the roads will not be closed to vehicular traffic, but we have officers with the Mobile Police Department, Bayou la Batre Police Department, and deputies from the Mobile County Sheriff's Department who will be out, in force, along the entire course. They will be calming traffic and occasionally corking a few intersections for groups of riders when it safe and smart to do so. These law enforcement agencies are well seasoned and excited to provide this support.
We think that there will be a few different average paces, for the ABCS riders this will be flatert and faster compared to all other series rides:
4:57 pm. That’s 10 hours after the ride starts. If you *think* you might be on the course after 4:00 pm, please make sure you have the appropriate lights on your bikes.
Nope! There is about 1,100 feet of elevation gain during the entire ride. This is going to be a breeze for all you folks coming from anywhere north of Mobile! Hopefully the breeze isn’t bad either.
No, the route will not close, however, please keep in mind that Daylight Savings Time will be over and dusk will start at 4:30 pm. If you think you’ll be on the course by then, make sure your lights are charged. All riders should be past the second visit to Bellingrath Gardens by 2:00 pm, which is at the 70-mile mark. That rest stop will close at 2:00 pm. The McNally Park rest stop will stay open until the last rider passes through. Riders will pass McNally Park for the second time at mile 88. At that point, you’re almost there!
Ride with GPS maps have been updated and are downloadable on the website and here:Bayou 100 Mystic Metric Swamp Romp Beignet Buster
Each rider will receive a hard-copy crib sheet with their packets. There will also be extra crib sheets at the Registration/Sign-in, and at the rest stops in case you lose or destroy yours during the shuffle.
The routes will be marked with posted directional signage, bikes on the road signs, and ALDOT trailer signs.
The routes will also have gigantic chalk arrows on the road and will be color coded for the different routes. Since there is a lot of overlap on the routes, most of the chalk arrows will be white. Where the routes diverge from each other, we’ll use designated colors for specific turns for the Bayou 100, Mystic Metric and Swamp Romp.
Bayou 100 – Pink
Mystic Metric – Blue
Swamp Romp – Green
Beignet Buster – Yellow
Note: Must go through race process on all new registrations and jersey additions to current registrations.
Jersey orders will be available for pickup at any of the packet pickup locations and times.
We will have some jerseys for sale during the Gears & Beers event, but sizes are limited and we will not re-order until we have 5 confirmations for that product (men’s or women’s).
1. You can pre-order a jersey if you have already registered for Gears and Beers! Click the above link and hit "Register Now" link on the RacesOnline page. The next screen will ask you how you will pay: "Credit/Debit" or "Cash/Check". Once you choose your method of payment, follow the instructions and chose "Purchase a Gears & Beers Jersey Only."
2. To register for a Gears and Beers ride AND pre-order a jersey, click the above link and hit "Register Now" link on the RacesOnline page. The next screen will ask you how you will pay: "Credit/Debit" or "Cash/Check". Once you choose your method of payment, choose your ride and follow the instructions to register. Select your Gears and Beers jersey type in the ride registration page and it will be added to your total.
The fabric for this year’s jersey has been upgraded based on feedback from 2016 riders. The SpeedPro is a plaited double knit fabric with a micro yard on the face that is simultaneously comprised of higher denier filament materials. This lightweight, industry-leading construction is the result of relentless research and testing within a variety of high-crucible elements and coin-operated horsey rides. The double knit fabric draws moisture from your back and pushes it right off of the face of the material, as well as being excellent for sublimation and printing. 2-way mechanical stretch.
100% Polyester – 180 gsm – SPF 35 • Tagless Label System • Sport Fit • SpeedPro Technical Fabric • Full Length Hidden YKK Zipper • 3 Rear Cargo Pockets
A relaxed fit, designed to provide plenty of room in the ride position. Raglan sleeves are less restrictive in lower positions on the bike and reflective accents keep you safer in low light. With the lightweight, double knit-performance polyester fabric, riders stay comfortable and dry no matter their chosen route.
Primal Sport Cut Jerseys are crafted with elite fabrics and advanced fit technology to provide the most comfortable riding experience. Utilizing industry leading SpeedPro fabric, these jerseys are designed to wick moisture from the surface of the skin and push it to the face of the jersey to evaporate. This push-pull moisture management system allows the body to maintain a consistent, comfortable body temperature.
With an ergonomic fit and unsurpassed, moisture-wicking, lightweight Q3 fabric, Primal Race Cut jerseys provide flawless aerodynamics for a more sustained cycling performance. Silicone grippers keep the jersey in place and angled pockets allow for easy access to gadgets, gizmos, and goos.
Gears & Beers will require a significant force of volunteers to ensure that riders have the BEST ride along the Gulf Coast. This volunteer work does not require any ability to turn wrenches! Your hospitality is what we need to make our ride successful. There are many different jobs available, some you can do with friends, some you can do with a whole new group of people, some on the ride day (11/11), and some you can help with several weeks before! There's a job for everyone, and we are very thankful for your consideration. Check out the positions available and sign up for whatever you can offer. All volunteers that sign up (and attend their duty) by November 3 will be guaranteed a free event t-shirt, free volunteer t-shirt, and the same swag bag offered to all paid riders. There is no charge to sign up as a volunteer, however you will be required to complete a liability release form when you report to duty.
*Register by Nov. 3, 2017 to guarantee T-shirt.
*You must register by 11/3 to be guaranteed a free t-shirt, swag bag, participation medal and other goodies?
**Late registration (after 11/3 can be done at any of the packet pickup locations. Riders MUST BE PRESENT to sign the liability release form.
***Late registration and on-site registration does NOT include a free t-shirt.
Don't miss out on the ride of the year.