The Tour de Blue offers cyclists a well-supported springtime riding experience through the scenic countryside of St. Clair and nearby counties in Alabama. The ride starts and finishes in Moody, Alabama (just outside Birmingham). There are several exciting cycling routes, including a 106, 76 & 50-mile option. The terrain is rolling, and there are several challenging climbs.
Cyclists start out at the 2013 Tour de Blue.
On the century route, riders will be in for a real treat. After ascending Blount Mountain and passing McClendon Gap, they will enjoy a magnificent view of nearby mountains and the valley below while cycling along a twelve-mile stretch of ridge top. Heading further, they will circle around Chandler Mountain, an unusual mesa-like formation of pre-Cambrian origins which is renowned for the Horse Pens 40 nature park on top. The longer rides then wind through the historic town of Ashville, home to the John Looney House. Built around 1820, the Looney House is a rare example of pioneer architecture in Alabama.
Cyclists Chris Sultis and John Halsey take a moment to enjoy the view after climbing Blount Mountain on the 2013 Tour de Blue.
All routes offer rolling SAG support and well-stocked rest stops. The cost includes a post-ride meal and an event t-shirt. A cool-looking Tour de Blue jersey is also available for purchase. Early bird discounts are available on Active.com.
The Tour de Blue benefits the Urology Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Birmingham, Alabama. Since 2007, the Urology Health Foundation has screened thousands of men for prostate cancer for free in many Alabama counties. If an abnormality is found and the patient is unable to afford treatment, the Urology Health Foundation will assist in helping to find treatment at no cost to the patient.
Max Jenkins, Matt Green & Justin Williams from the Astellas Professional Cycling Team at the 2015 Tour de Blue. Great to have you!
- The 2017 Edition of the Tour de Blue will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
- The start/stop venue will be Moody High School – Middle School Complex, 714 High School Drive, Moody, AL 35004
- The 50, 76, and 106-mile riders will start at 8:00 a.m.
- Packet pickup will be available on Friday, April 28, 2017, 12-6 pm, at Academy Sports + Outdoors, 1612 Gadsden Highway, Trussville, AL 35235.
- For Centurions, there will be a mandatory check-in at the Ashville rest stop. For finishers on all routes, there will be a check-in at the finish.
Comments from our riders:
“Using the Red Diamond Campus as the Ride Headquarters for the Tour de Blue set the stage for a great century. The volunteer support group were friendly and helpful. The sag wagons patrolled the course on a regular basis to provide mechanical assistance to bikers and to offer bottles of water (which were much needed in the heat of the day). The course was routed over the rolling hills in and around Moody, Alabama, located North-East of Birmingham. The roads passed through patches of shaded areas which proved to be refreshing in the heat of the day. Some of the ridges offered astounding views of the valley. The elevation was well over 5000 feet and the grades of some of the hills ranged from 8% to 15% (according to Garman), which made the course challenging to an average biker. Overall this was a great, well-planned course. I recommend to centurions that it be included in centuries to ride in 2016.” — Jimmy Lumley
“Even writing this nearly a year later, what impressed me about last year’s 2014 Tour de Blue was the impressive grounds at which the ride started. Wow! Red Diamond’s Corporate campus was gorgeous! And the layout with their signature red/blue colored canopies and drink coolers was so striking. The roll out with nearly 300 cyclists through this beautiful setting was one to be remembered. And the shorter ride I did was along safe roads with very well-supported rest stops. Back at headquarters, great fun was had as centurions received their medals and had the opportunity to be photographed at the TdB podium. I’ll be back for sure!”— Pixie Hicks, Director of the Alabama Backroads Century Series
“Put this ride on your calendar. There’s not a better ride in town, don’t miss this year’s Tour de Blue. Fine folks, excellent route & rest stops and some good food to finish her off. I’ll be there for sure pulling up the rear as always :)” — Dan (“Dirtdog”) Watson, Creator of Dirtdogs Birmingham Cycling Google Group
“My buddy and I did 7 centuries last year and the Tour de Blue was my favorite. Great start/finish line, awesome course and friendly aid stations. This is a ‘must do’ ride in Alabama.” — Doug Tinkham, SwimBikeRunAlabama.com
“As a beginner rider and new to the cycling community, I knew the tour de blue was a great way to get involved for a meaningful cause while enjoying the springtime of Alabama on my bike. The event was so organized and well-planned with kind-hearted volunteers from start to finish (and stops along the way). Red Diamond as a sponsor and host was so generous and a recovery meal post-ride was a great opportunity to meet fellow cyclists. The friendly groups of riders that came out to support the cause for urology health were supportive and kind and all there for a bigger purpose. I will ride the tour de blue each year for the cause of course, but for me it was the volunteers and staff that made this ride the most rewarding.”— Megan Thomas
“Awesome route. One of the most scenic centuries I’ve ridden. I look forward to next year.” — John Halsey