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Hot Hundred 2024

July 27

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Updated July 3, 2024 --

For 22 years, the Hot Hundred has held its reputation as one of the best rides in the country, attracting road cycling enthusiasts from all corners. Established in 2003 and organized by Druid City Bicycle Club, this century ride has become a standout event in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and one that the team at Strambecco considers to be one of the Best Road Cycling Events in the Southeast. What sets it apart is the diverse range of routes it offers, catering to cyclists of all ability levels. With six different distance options, ranging from 30 to 116 miles, participants can choose a route that suits their preferences and challenges their cycling prowess. The event goes beyond the thrill of the ride; it also makes a meaningful impact by supporting the Tuscaloosa Mental Health Alliance through raised funds from sponsorships and registration fees. As a cyclist eagerly looking forward to next year's Hot Hundred, let's dive into what makes this ride so special and why Tuscaloosa should be the next destination on your road cycling adventure list.

Event & Course Info

The Hot Hundred promises a truly rewarding cycling experience, no matter your level of expertise. With six well-designed route options, cyclists can choose the one that aligns with their fitness and endurance goals. The Brian Smith Memorial Ultra, covering 116 miles, stands as the ultimate challenge for seasoned riders seeking an extraordinary test of skill and determination. Meanwhile, the Hot Hundred, encompassing 99.9 miles, presents an equally thrilling journey for those aspiring to conquer a century ride. For riders looking for a slightly shorter distance, four other routes, ranging from 30 to 75 miles, offer equally picturesque scenery and ample support at well-organized rest stops. As you pedal through Tuscaloosa's charming landscapes, you'll be captivated by the beauty of Alabama's countryside and rewarded with a sense of accomplishment at each milestone. In one participant's opinion, they remarked, "The Hot Hundred continues to be one of the best rides in the country. I look forward to next year!" Check out the official 2023 Rider Guide for all of the details. 

Area Accommodations & Things to Do

The event proudly partners with Hampton Inn Tuscaloosa University which is situated closest to the start/finish line, this hotel allows for a convenient and quick bike ride to the heart of the action. However, Tuscaloosa offers a range of accommodations to suit different preferences and budgets for those that are looking for something different.

After a day of cycling, exploring Tuscaloosa's culinary scene is a must. From charming cafes to vibrant restaurants, the town boasts a diverse array of eateries serving up delicious Southern cuisine and international delights. Whether you crave a hearty barbecue, delectable seafood, or vegetarian delights, Tuscaloosa's dining options will surely satisfy your palate. Some favorites include The River, Five, and DePalma's Italian Cafe.

Beyond the Hot Hundred, Tuscaloosa offers a playground of outdoor activities for athletes seeking more adventures. If you're up for a change of pace, consider exploring the region's natural wonders. Take a stroll through the scenic Riverwalk, a picturesque trail along the Black Warrior River, or venture into nearby Lake Lurleen State Park, offering trail running and hiking opportunities surrounded by serene landscapes. For water sports enthusiasts, the Lake Nicol Recreation Area is a great spot for kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing.

Related Events

While Hot Hundred is the only event produced by its organizer, there are many other top road cycling events in Alabama and the broader region, including the Cheaha Challenge, held annually in May, which is a Gran Fondo National Series event, as well as Hincapie Greenville, and Hincapie Chattanooga which are both part of the Hincapie Gran Fondo Series,

For multi-sport athletes, check out other Strambecco best-rated events taking place in Alabama, such as the XTERRA Oak Mountain trail running race.



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