8-3-2015 Beginner Women’s MTB Clinic From Sorella: Come to a Beginner and Intermediate Mountain Bike Clinic, Saturday August 29th led by Sorella race team members Alexandra Martinez and Stefanie Gore Blankets Creek . It will be from 9 am -12pm. Topics covered will be bike maintenance, fixing a flat, bike handling, and nutrition. There will also be a no drop mountain bike ride. Please RSVP to alexandramartinez1 at hotmail.com.
Rescue 1 Century Velo Atlanta Cycling Club is pleased to partner with Atlanta Dream Center, a 501 ©(3) organization in their mission to reach, rescue, and restore victims of human trafficking, homelessness, and at-risk youth in the metro Atlanta area to put on the Rescue 1 Century. Join us in supporting a worthy cause while enjoying the scenery of some of Georgia’s historical communities and pastoral rolling hills of Walton and Morgan county. The Rescue 1 Century will provide – cue sheets, marked routes, SAG Support and Rest Stops. Route options will be 16, 32, 63, and 100 miles. A light lunch will be provided after the ride. Early Bird: $35.00 until July 31st, Regular Registration: $45 August 1-September 25th.
MTB Race News Six Hour Race to Sunset at Blankets Creek THIS SATURDAY!! From Mountain Goat Adventures: 6 Hour Race to Sunset presented by OUTSPOKIN’ BICYCLES – Register by July 18th for early registration pricing! We hope you will join us for the 6 Hour Race to Sunset at Blankets Creek, presented by OutSpokin’ Bicycles on August 8th. Located in Canton, GA, Blankets Creek is home to 15 miles of flowy, rolling singletrack. This is one of our largest bike events of the year with last year’s race seeing over 300 riders! Tackle the event solo or bring your riding buddies and form a team. Tell me about the good stuff! All riders receive a wicking tech tee, perfect for these hot summer days! First 250 to register will also receive a commemorative beverage glass, compliments of Traxxion Dynamics! 100% cash payback to Solo Expert Classes! Sponsor prizes a minimum of 3 deep in all other categories, with large categories going up to 10 deep! Podium shirts for all 1st place finishers! Instant lap times and standings viewable on your smartphone – You don’t even need to leave your pit to check results! Special prizes for fastest laps, best crash, and best hecklers!
7-31-2015 Beginner MTB Clinic From SORBA West Georgia There will be a beginner mtb clinic on Tuesday, August 4at 6:15pm at Allatoona Creek MTB Trailhead, 5690 Old Stileboro Road, Acworth, Georgia 30101, If you are a beginner or just want to brush up on some of your skills we will try to cover basic bike knowledge such as shifting gears and proper tire pressures to more advanced skills such as line choices, braking, and even bunny hops and jumps (if Parker is at the clinic), Come out and give it a try!! One on one help. We will meet at AC at 6:15 pm in front of the Restrooms.
Sometimes a city cyclocross ride is gorgeous. The Downtown Atlanta Skyline from the Jackson Street Bridge.
7-30-2015 GACX Race Day Schedule There have been some changes to the GACX Race Day schedule!
10:00a Women CX4, Men CX 5, Junior 15-18/10-14 30 minutes
10:45a Elite Masters (CX1/2/3) 40+/50+ 45 minutes
11:45a Kids race short laps
12:15p Elite Women CX 1/2/3, Men CX4 45 minutes
1:15p Men Pro, CX1/2 , Men CX3 60 minutes
2:30p Single Speed, Masters 35+ (CX 4/5) 30 minutes
Crossroads Classic The 2015 Giordana Crossroads Classic is set to kick-off THIS Thursday, July 30 and will visit four different NC cities over four days. All races will be held in exciting downtown venues. We will be awarding a Giordana leaders jersey to each race leader throughout the four-day series.
2015 Schedule July 30 – Mocksville Criterium in Mocksville, NC, July 31 – Downtown Statesville Criterium in Statesville, NC, August 1 – Pigs and Pedals Criterium, Asheboro, NC, August 2 – City Park Circuit Race in Salisbury, NC , Registration is OPEN but will close Wednesday at midnight for both the individual and series registration! Pre-registering helps us get you in and out of registration as quickly as possible. Plus, you’ll save time and money by registering for all four days of the Crossroads Classic. Race day registration opens at 5:00pm
Trish’s Annual Cyclocross Clinic Get Your Cyclocross On!
Join Trish Albert of Sorella Cycling for an evening of exciting cyclocross! Learn what CX is and develop race skills!
When: Monday, Sept. 14, 2015
Time: 6:30-7:30-ish PM
Where: Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta, GA 30008. Park in the big field across from the Fairground.
Who: Everyone is welcome!
What To Bring: Cyclocross bike or mountain bike. If you bring a mountain bike, remove your bottle cages and bar ends. Bring water. HELMETS ARE MANDATORY! Please do not wear baggy clothing like mountain bike baggy shorts or cycling skirts.
Skills to Be Covered: Cyclocross mounts and dismounts, lifting the bike over barriers, race tips and tricks. We’ll do a practice race on the end on one of Georgia’s classic cyclocross courses.
Etc: You are coming to this clinic at your own risk. Trish Albert, Southeastern Cycling, the Georgia Cross Series, and Sorella Cycling are not responsible if you get hurt or break any bike or equipment. The bathrooms may or may not be open.
7-29-2015 Krog Street Tunnel Oh, how we all love the Krog Street Tunnel and its funky art, potholes, and shortcuts to the other side of town. Wait, not the potholes! They eat bicycle wheels. Good news! The City of Atlanta filled them on Tuesday! Plans for a complete repaving are in the works.
Have a Bike Business and Want to Run a Kiosk? From the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition: “Downtown Atlanta has released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking ideas for bicycle-related businesses interested in occupying a vending kiosk at Woodruff Park. Submissions are due on Friday, August 14th.”
BamaCross Schedule BamaCross has released their 2015 schedule.
Sept. 6 Bamacross Dirt Crit
Sept. 20 Bamacross Fear the Bull. Oxford, AL
Oct. 17 Bamacross Cross After Dark, Gadsden, AL
Oct. 24-25 Bamacross Rumble at the Creek, Brookside, AL
Nov. 8 Bamacross Ironworks Cross
Dec. 6 Bamacross Sloss Cross, Birmingham, AL Sloss Furnaces
Racing This Week in Georgia From Dingo: Georgia State Championship Time Trial: Enjoy a beautiful time trial course in Northwestern Hall County. This course, tested last year, is a favorite among the time trialists. A challenging and rolling course that calls for your best. A true state championship time trial course. Saturday Individual Time Trial event, and a Sunday Team Time Trial event for 2 & 4 person teams, NO ONSITE REGISTRATION
Registration closes at 11:59pm, Thursday. Event Location: Tadmore Elementary, 3278 Gillsville Hwy, Gainesville, GA 30507
AMP Cycling Series: Weeknight SPEED at the Atlanta Motorsports Park! A 4-Race Series. July 16, 30 & August 13, 27 USAC Sanctioned, closed course racing on an awesome F1 race track. Courses are challenging, fun, beautifully paved and safe. No other series like this in Georgia. Juniors, Womens, Masters and Category racing, from 5p-8p for more information. No late fees for onsite registration!
7-28-2015 Dawsonville Shine Pedalers Metric Century Ride Review On Saturday, July 25th, I was invited to ride the Shine Pedaler’s Metric Century in Dawsonville, GA put on by the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce. The ride is billed as “ a challenging ride through the scenic North Georgia mountains beginning in the “Moonshine Capital of the World”!
This ride offers a Half-Metric and Metric route that runs through the gorgeous mountains and valleys of Dawson County.” With nearly 6200 feet of climbing, the Metric has the same ratio per mile as Six Gap. I was in for some suffering as I’m not known as a climber! Routes were posted on RideWithGPS beforehand, so they could be downloaded to Garmins riders could see what they were in for. The first 20 miles of the route is rolling, about what you would expect at Silk Sheet or similar areas. The climbs began in earnest after that. Cove Road after Jasper was especially hard with several climbs that pitched up above 14% and were more than a mile long. The climb up Burnt Mountain was 5-8 miles long if you included the approach road. With most of it in the open sun and temperatures near 90, it was challenging. A rest stop was located a mile from the top. Extras included Coke, donuts, and cooling towels, which were appreciated. The descent was really fun! The last 15 miles were rolling with no major climbs.
Registration was quick and smooth. I looked over a couple of times and never saw more than 2-3 people in line as they were moving everyone along. The Metric route was a mix of slightly busy state roads and quiet back roads, which is normal for any ride in North Georgia. There was more traffic in Dawsonville and Jasper, as would be expected. Most of the cars were courteous and shared the road. The roads were well marked with two arrows before the turn and one confirmation arrow after the turn. I had no problems making the turn as I was by myself or with a small group for half of the ride. A larger group might have problems with the short distance from the first arrow to the turn. I’d like to see the first arrow about 100-150 feet before the turn to allow the bigger groups to make it safely. One other suggestion would be to put occasional “straight” arrows at intersections on several roads we were on for a long time, so that riders know they are going the correct way. I saw a couple of straight arrows but would go for miles without seeing another. The rest stops were basic with cold water, drink mix you could add, fruit, and granola bars. I appreciated the bowls of bite sized Hershey bars as chocolate is quick, tasty fuel that agrees with my stomach on long rides. The organizers had nearly 50 riders more than they planned for. This lead to two of the rest stops running out of water with nearly a quarter of the riders still to come through. The organizers scrambled to get water to those rest stops. Food also ran low at all but the Burnt Mountain stop. With the growth of the ride, there should also be a wider variety of food—premade PBJ sandwiches on plates or in baggies, packaged cookies, and bananas are easy to have on hand. All rest stops had clean porta-johns with plenty of TP. As with any ride, I recommend carrying a few extra Gels and $5 for an emergency store stop and refilling water any time you stop. The after ride meal was BBQ from a local restaurant, tea, water, and some sides that people seemed to be enjoying. Unfortunately, I had to run to get to a team obligation an hour away and could not stay to enjoy it. The ride tshirt is a poly-cotton blend and is so soft, and who can resist a Shine logo?! I think this is one of the top 3 ride tshirts I have ever received. It will immediately go into my rotation to wear.
I really enjoyed the route and the ride! The volunteers were great! With a little tweaking and more advertising, I think this could become a destination ride and a great training route for Six Gap. I plan to be back next year!
My ride was complimentary, but all pedaling, suffering, and opinions are my own.
US Track Masters Nationals In the Team Sprints Women 35+ Cheryl Fuller-Muller teamed up with Camie Kornley to win the Gold. This Masters Track Nats will be known as “Gold is Cheryl’s Color” year. Congratulations!! In addition, Chris Annuziata (EPTC) set a PR in the Kilo! I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that there were also numerous podiums by riders from the Carolinas!
Little Bellas MTB Program Little Bellas, a mountain biking program for girls, selected Rebecca Loose in Atlanta, Georgia out of a stack of applications from around the country to start its newest Little Bellas chapter. This all-girls mountain bikes program will run on Sunday afternoons at Blankets Creek Trail and Olde Rope Mill Park in Woodstock, from 4pm-6pm for girls ages 7-14 years old. Little Bellas is a mountain bike organization whose goal is to help young women realize their potential through cycling. Little Bellas brings together girls, ages 7 to 16, and female mentors in our programs across the country. The Sunday Program offers recurring sessions throughout the summer to allow each girl to make new friends and learn to love the sport of mountain biking. Girls and mentors will ride once a week and work on a skills mountain bike progression. These girls will be given healthy challenges in a friendly, fun environment. This program is not focused on competition. The Atlanta Sunday Program includes an end of season party, a Primal jersey, goodie bag, and snacks. Ages 7-14, Blankets Creek Trail and Olde Rope Mill Park, Woodstock, GA, 4-6 p.m., 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, Cost is $199.