Hottest Ride in the South Returns: Hot Hundred Features a New, Smoother Route Featured

Wounded Warriors participate in the Hot Hundred every year. Wounded Warriors participate in the Hot Hundred every year. Hot Hundred Tuscaloosa

Discussion around mental health has taken to the national stage in recent weeks, and the Tuscaloosa Mental Health Alliance says one in four Alabama residents are affected by mental illness. That’s why the local cycling enthusiasts of the Druid City Bicycle Club come together every year to host the Hot Hundred Bike Ride.

The Tuscaloosa Mental Health Alliance seeks to give members of the Tuscaloosa community more mental health support and access to better quality care. The Hot Hundred plays a major role to that end, according to Tuscaloosa Mental Health Alliance President Joseph Abrams.

“The Hot Hundred is critical to the TMHA’s mission of providing awareness and advocacy for mental-related issues within our community,” Abrams said. “With funds raised, the Alliance reinvests back into the community, where we hold annual conferences, provide monetary grants, and create awareness pieces.”

This year’s Hot Hundred routes have been redesigned to produce smoother rides and improve the event for people of all experience levels. There will be several routes for the ride and participants can opt for several preferred rides in terms of distance. Before race day on Saturday, July 28, participants are encouraged to evaluate and choose from the Sanders Ferry 30, Fosters 40, Fire Station 50, Chick-fil-a 70, and Hot Hundred routes. 

All routes begin at the University of Alabama’s Outdoor Pool Complex and are clearly marked with easily seen signs. Safe designated rest stops will be available to riders at predetermined intervals of every route. Midway through the longest rides, the Hot Hundred riders will be provided with a meal donated by Northport Chick-fil-a.

Members of Druid City Bike Club volunteer to work one of many rest stops provided for the Hot Hundred riders.

Safety is a top concern for organizers who have put plans in place to protect riders. Participants can find resources on the event’s website to brush up on their group biking etiquette and the proper safety signals to use. As long as participants follow these guidelines and stay alert, organizers say, the event will be safe and enjoyable for everyone involved.

After completing their ride, participants are welcomed back to the UA Outdoor Pool Complex for a pool party with dinner, swag bags, and finishing medals for those who complete the ride. Guests of Hot Hundred riders can attend the festivities for $5. 

Packet pick-up begins on Friday, July 27, during the pre-ride party at Black Warrior Brewing. In addition to a chance to mingle with other participants, guests will be treated to a spaghetti dinner and a free beer. Participants can also pick up their materials on the day of the race.

Through donations from sponsors, the Hot Hundred annually hosts Wounded Warriors from Ft. Benning, Ft. Gordon, and Ft. Stewart. Not only do they ride for free, but they also stay at Hampton Inn both Friday and Saturday night at no cost.

To learn more about the Hot Hundred or to sign up to ride, visit bikehothundred.com.

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