In the aftermath of the tornadoes last year, the IWC was delayed from April to October, but for 2012 it’s back as a spring event.
Saturday April 14 brings the 3rd Annual Ironworks Century to Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, this year offering distance options of 44, 66, 78 & 100 miles. Riders loved the quiet (but not the sections of rough road) passing through the Cahaba Wildlife Management Area to get back to Tannehill, so BUMP changed things up for 2012. Instead of returning via the WMA and the Cahaba River bridge near West Blocton, the 2012 IWC will make a smoother & faster return trip back past Helena.
The long routes have about 10% less climbing this year, but more of it occurs early in the ride, so the shorter options will be more challenging. Sag vehicles will patrol the routes and rest stops (4 for the 100) will offer drinks, snacks and restrooms. Enjoy a hot meal and relax after the ride – or bring your mtn bike and after you eat go take a ride on the new trails at Tannehill (event proceeds support more trail construction).
Ride starts at 8 a.m. And has aid stations along the way. See BUMP.org for more info.