Selma 50

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The Montgomery Bicycle Club invites you to join us as we commemorate the historic 50th Anniversary Selma to Montgomery March with a Bicycle Ride on Saturday, February 21, 2015.

Come enjoy our commemorative ride!

Come pedal the Historic Selma-to-Montgomery Voters Rights March Route on Saturday, February 21, 2015. While riding the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, we encourage you to stop and see the sights, envision the march, feel the tension, cross the bridge, follow the paths of the foot soldiers, and end in triumph...

The  journey will begin in Montgomery at the Capitol for a photo op. We will load buses and bikes to head over to Selma's Riverfront Park on Water Avenue. We will travel as a group to the Edmund Pettus Bridge for a picture and group start. You will then follow U.S. Hwy. 80 to the Lowndes Interpretive Center that is strategically placed near the site of historic "Tent City" approximately midway between Selma and Montgomery, in White Hall. The Interpretive Center will be the site of a rest stop. We invite you to take time and tour the Interpretive Center before you head to the next stop.

Afterward, ride along U.S. Hwy. 80 to Montgomery and stop along the way to visit each Trail marker that interprets another tidbit of the march. When you enter Montgomery continue to follow the Trail signs throughout the city to visit other historic civil rights sites. Your adventure concludes at the steps of the Alabama State Capitol where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a host of others addressed a crowd of 25,000 people in support of voting rights for all.

A great resource for information on the trail and the original march can be found here. We encourage you to check out the information so you can envision the original events as you ride.

The ride will begin and end in Montgomery. Please keep in mind your registration includes a transportation fee for a bus for riders and truck for their bicycles from Montgomery to Selma. Riders who sign up on or before January 31 will receive a free commemorative t-shirt and a Selma to Montgomery Historic Route Lapel Pin.

The ride is a fully supported event. You will be biking on the clearly marked Selma to Montgomery Historic Trail with mechanical support, sag wagons, and rest stops supplied with plenty of fruit, light snacks, water, and sports drinks. There will be chili including a vegan option and more at the finish line. The Montgomery Bike Club has been holding organized bicycle rides for over 20 years.

This is not a beginner ride. While US Hwy 80 is lightly traveled, the speed limit is 65mph, there is very little shoulder and there are rumble strips for much of the route. Also, there will not be a police escort for this ride, and traffic lanes will not be closed for cyclists. Cyclists will ride this roadway in accordance with Alabama State Law. Typical Alabama weather for February is 40-60 degrees and raining.


Registration includes transportation for you and your bike to Selma from Montgomery.
Cost: $95 Late Registration Fee if paid after January 31, 2015
(includes a FREE Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail Lapel Pin)
Selma Pin

We are limiting registrations to the first 355 registered riders due to limited bus space! So, register TODAY!

We appreciate the overwhelming response to the Selma ride. However, once we reach the 330 rider limit there will not be a wait list and there will not be on-site day of registration.  Due to logistics, time constraints, and rider safety we feel this is the most we can accommodate.  We appreciate your understanding and support.

SPECIAL PRICING FOR YOUNG RIDERS when registering with an adult rider

There are several ways to pay: PayPal, Debit/Credit Card, or by check.

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Proceeds from the ride will benefit the Dexter Avenue Parsonage Museum.

Friday Evening Packet Pick-up (Friday, February 20, 2015 from 4 pm - 7 pm)

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Legacy Center - 455 Washington Avenue - Montgomery, AL 36104

Packet Pickup is an opportunity to pick-up your T-shirt, bib number, and Goody Bag the evening before the ride on Friday, 2/20 from 4 pm - 7 pm. This will be held at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Legacy Center located at the Northwest corner of Decatur Street and Washington Avenue at 455 Washington Ave, Montgomery AL 36104 (see or use Google Maps). We also want to load as many bicycles as possible on Friday evening to save time with loading bicycles on Saturday morning. So, please plan to bring your bicycle(s) to the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Legacy Center on Friday evening, February 20 from 4-7 pm.

In any case, we are looking forward to see you on Friday evening, 2/20 from 4-7 for Packet Pick-up and then again on Saturday, 2/21. More information about Packet Pick-up and ride day will be E-mailed out in the next few days. Thanks!

Ride-Day Schedule (more Rider Information)

Montgomery State Capitol - 600 Dexter Avenue - Montgomery, AL 36104

6:00 am - Check-in opens in Montgomery at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Legacy Center (455 Washington Avenue, Montgomery)
6:00 am - Turn in your bike for transportation to Selma on Dexter Avenue near the Alabama State Capitol steps
6:00 am - Enjoy bagel bites and coffee from Chappy's Deli
7:30 am - Check-in closes
7:40 am - Group Picture at the Alabama State Capitol steps
7:50 am - Begin loading buses for Selma.  Pick-up Breakfast box from Chappy's Deli and bottled water or bottled Gatorade for ride to Selma.
8:00 am - Leave for Selma
9:00 am - Arrive at Selma Interpretive Center in Selma - Tour Selma Interpretive Center
9:30 am - Pick-up your bike from transport
9:45 am - Leave Water Street for Edmund Pettus Bridge
9:55 am - Group Picture on Edmund Pettus Bridge
10:00 am - Course opens for cyclists riding 51.4 miles from Selma to Montgomery on the Alabama Civil Rights Trail
10:20 am - Rest Stop #1 opens (7.9 miles from start)
11:00 am - Rest Stop #2 opens (13.6 miles from Rest Stop #1 and 21.5 miles from start)
11:30 am - Rest Stop #1 closes
11:45 am - Rest Stop #3 opens (20.2 miles from Rest Stop #2 and 41.7 miles from start)
12:15 pm - Check-Out opens in Montgomery at the Alabama State Capitol steps (9.7 miles from Stop #3 and 51.4 miles from start)
12:15 pm - Finishing Rest Stop opens in Montgomery at the Civil Rights Memorial Center (9.7 miles from Stop #3 and 51.4 miles from start)
1:30 pm - Rest Stop #2 closes
3:45 pm - Rest Stop #3 closes
5:00 pm - Course & Check-out closes (This is a tentative time)
5:30 pm - Emergency contact notifications start for anyone not checked-out

Commemorative Ride Jerseys, Thermal Arm Warmers, and Cotton T-Shirts
Selma 50 Ride Jersey

Commemorative Ride Jerseys (men's & women's cuts) will be available for purchase at the time of your registration.  This is a sports cut raglan sleeve jersey, full length YKK hidden zipper, 3 rear pockets, elastic at the sleeve and waist. Made of Speedpro fabric - plaited double knit fabric with micro yarn on face and higher denier filament yarn on back. Double knit fabric has push-pull effect, pulling moisture from the inside of the jersey & pushing it off the outside. SPF35. Fit Guide is The jerseys order will be placed the day after the ride and will be mailed to you by May 8. We also have matching thermal arm warmers and cotton long-sleeve shirts. You may order the Commemorative Ride Jerseys, Thermal Arm Warmers, and/or T-shirts through registration even if you don't participate in the bicycle ride.

Selma 50 Ride Arm Warmers

Selma 50 Ride Cotton T-shirts