8-30-2021 DLV Temporarily Closed The Dick Lane Velodrome is temporarily closed. One of the big lights fell on the home straight sometime Thursday night-Sunday morning. No one was hurt. The track will be closed until repairs can be made. Stay tuned to the DLV Facebook page for updates.
Big Light Fell at the DLV
Atlanta resident Olivia Ray (Rally Cycling) wins the Grant Park Crit on Sunday. Olivia is the New Zealand Crit National Champion proving, indeed, that Kiwis can fly!!
The Women’s field climbs towards the start/finish at the Grant Park Crit.
8-27-2021 All for One 100 From the Van Purser Foundation The Van Purser Foundation All For One 100 is Saturday, October 2, 2021 We are excited for this years All For One 100 Ride and we are counting on you joining us again! The Van Purser Foundation is a non-profit charitable corporation (501(c)3), created by a group of caring cyclists, so that we might pour out into others just as Van has poured out into us. Our mission, simply, is to pull together to assist other cyclists in times of need. 100% of the proceeds of this event go towards helping fellow cyclists in our area who are in need of assistance. A lot of the needs that we meet are financial assistance following a cycling related incident. We are honored as a foundation to have helped many cyclists in the last couple of years with a multitude of needs. Registration is open! Trish’s Note: There are distances of 32, 64, and 100 miles.
8-25-2021 Wilson 100 Cancelled I heard from the promoter today that the Wilson 100 has been cancelled for the year because of the COVID Delta variant. My note: Registration still appears to be open. Please contact the organizer if you registered and have concerns/want a refund/etc. Thanks!
8-24-2021 ATL Airport District Gears Up for First Spin the District Races in Hapeville & College Park Criterium races start off the initial Spin weekend ATLANTA (August 23, 2021) – ATL Airport District kicks off its third annual Spin the District cycling series in Hapeville and College Park, providing an immersive experience for cyclists and spectators alike and transforming the area’s streets into a premier cycling destination. Following last year’s cancelation due to COVID-19, Spin the District is returning in full swing this year – offering food, entertainment and festivities for all to enjoy. The first events include the Hapeville Crit on Saturday, August 28, followed by the College Park Crit on Sunday, August 29. This year’s roster of cyclists boasts riders from 19 different states and 11 countries from across the world. “After this past year, we’re excited to bring Spin the District back to the ATL Airport District this fall in a safe, fun and inclusive environment,” said Cookie Smoak, President of the ATL Airport District. “We’re looking forward to bringing our communities together to welcome the best riders in the country to our corner of the world. This year, we’re coming back as part of USA CRITS Speed Week Finals, further showcasing the District as a premier cycling destination.”
Kicking-off this eventful weekend, spectators and cyclists alike are invited to the “HandleBar Crawl” at Beer Girl from 6 – 9 p.m. Guests will indulge in beer, slushies, food, music, and Spin the District merchandise. To receive a coveted wristband, guests need to say the secret word which is “CRIT”. If a spectator rides to the event on their bike they will receive a free Spin the District cowbell. The races begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Spin the District launches during USA CRITS Speed Week Finals with the Hapeville Crit – a fast-paced, 1.4-kilometer route in the heart of the city. Hapeville’s course will feature the first and fastest cycling adventure for participants – including a seven-corner course and 150-meter straight finish. To end the day, spectators can watch the crowd favorite kid’s tricycle race and the best pro men and women racers from across the country. Friends, family and cycling enthusiasts can gather for a Saturday Block Party at the parking lot across the street from Hapeville First Baptist Church to commemorate the weekend with frothy drinks, food and festivities throughout the afternoon.
Wrapping up the initial Spin weekend and USA CRITS Speed Week, the College Park CRITS will last from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with an artist market scheduled from noon to close. The College Park course will feature a five-corner circuit, tight turns and an uphill finish, all located in the historic streets of downtown College Park. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., spectators are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, tents and sunscreen – and can indulge in local food trucks throughout the afternoon, alongside family-friendly games and kid’s races. For more information on ATL Airport District and its Spin the District events, click here. CRIT registration is available here.
8-23-2021 Grant Park Photos are Up! Photos from Grant Park are up. I appreciate everyone’s patience as I learn my new camera! Support your local photographers! Photos are on my photography site: http://sadlebred.smugmug.com
8-22-2021 GRANT PARK CRIT LIVE CAST Corsacast will be live streaming the Grant Park Crit on Sunday, Aug. 22. I don’t know what time it will start, so keep checking back! http://corsacast.com/
8-17-2021 Atlanta Resident Wins SBT Gravel From Cyclingnews: “Lauren De Crescenzo (Cinch Cycling) took a solo victory at the SBT GRVL race in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. on Sunday. De Crescenzo crossed the line alone taking the win in just under seven hours ahead of US road champion Lauren Stephens (TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) in second place, Flavia Oliveira (Abus Pro Cycling) in third, and Crystal Anthony (Liv Racing) in fourth, all crossing the line separately. The SBT GRVL route was 144 miles and included roughly 9,400 feet of climbing more than 100 miles of gravel sectors, making it one of the more challenging gravel races on the calendar.” Read the entire article.
Tucker Ride – Roads Closed From the Tucker Day organizers “We are hosting Tucker Day this year on Saturday, 9/4. I’m wanting to let the cyclist who ride from Main St in Tucker on Saturday mornings about the roads being closed to bikes and cars from 6am-7pm.” So, the roads near Tucker High School will be closed on Sept. 4. You may want to plan an alternate route and/or starting location on that date.
8-16-2021 The Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight 2021 Is Back Press Release from Twilight (Trish’s Note: Good news! You can drink!) With New Festival Ordinance in Place for Open Containers
Athens, GA— August 13, 2021 — The 2021 edition of the Twilight is back scheduled for Friday and Saturday August 20 and 21 as the 8th race of USA CRITS, America’s premiere cycling series. The main events Saturday night will feature the worlds best criterium races in Downtown Athens. Athens criterium racing superstar Ty Magner will be among the favorites as he participates with one of Americas new superstar in cycling, Justin Williams, recently profiled in the New York Times. With 20 plus teams in attendance the action will be intense. In addition, participation favorites will return which include the Sparc Twilight 5k run and the Specialty Paint and Body Gambler, a 50 or 100K bike ride through Athens-Clarke and Oglethorpe County plus the opportunity to be in the Southern Sol VIP area on the finish line.
Athens Clarke County passes revamped open container ordinance The new pilot ordinance passed August 10th allows for open containers of beer and wine within a Festival Zone provided attendees have an approved wristband and utilize an identifiable container provided by the event. For the Twilight this area will encompass Washington Street from Pulaski Street to Lumpkin Avenue and Hull Street from Washington Street to Hancock Avenue. “We are excited to be a part of this new program and hope to make this a positive working solution for all downtown events” says Ashley Travieso, event director of The Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight. The introduction of Festival Zones will allow for sales of beverages not only from the event but will also allow for sales from bars and restaurants within this area. The Festival Zones are building to building where the previous ordinance only allowed for fenced areas in a curb to curb placement. “It has been a long time coming to fruition, but I really appreciate the commissioners’ efforts to learn about and implement this change,” said event founder Gene Dixon. “as the first event in this pilot program, we hope everyone will work together help make it a safe and enjoyable event for all involved.” The event will also feature a VaxNation Zone on Hancock with an area reserved for vaccinated fans and space to be socially distant.
More Info: The 2021 Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight, Run, Race, Ride, Rock! A 2-day festival for wellness enthusiast, party-goers, kids, families and folks featuring superstar cyclists, athletes and family-friendly fun. For complete info on events, activities, athletes, VIP tickets, schedules and covid protocols visit www.AthensTwilight.com. Founded in 1980, The Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight has earned the reputation as being America’s premiere criterium and this years event looks to build on that reputation. Proceeds benefit the Firefly Trail and the efforts to build trails to provide a safe, off-road path for walking, running, biking, skating and other non-motorized uses, the Firefly Trail will connect three counties and eight communities. Other non-profit community partners include Nuci’s Space, BreastFest Athens and Community Rocks.
8-15-2021 Southeastern Cycling will be at the Grant Park Crit! I’m so excited to get my camera back out again. I got a new camera in Dec. 2019. Between COVID, my own health problems, and general lack of desire to be around a lot of people during the pandemic I’ve only had it out a few times. I’m so excited to say that I’ll be at the Grant Park Crit! I hope to be there for the Women’s 3/4/5 race or shortly thereafter. Find me and say hi! Please be respectful that I am not hugging, handshaking, or fist bumping right now because of my health issues. A wave and a smile are appreciated! Of course I’ll have all of the photos posted on my photography site!
Quick Rminder As a reminder, Southeastern Cycling does not host any special events or weekly rides. I list the rides on the Rides Page! The rides list was updated in the spring and continually as I get information about group rides. You and you alone are responsible for yourself on any group ride. Bring food, water, the route loaded onto your GPS, and a fully charged cell phone. Let someone know where you are going and what time you will be back. Only YOU are responsible if you have an accident, fall, get hurt, or break equipment/bike/bike parts/frame.
8-10-2021 Masters Road National Championships Congratulations to all of the Southeast racers that were on the podium at the US Masters National Road Championships last week in Albuquerque, NM! (Trish’s Note: I know I don’t do this for all Championships; it depends on how much time I have after the races. I pull these results manually from USAC’s website.)
Masters Road Championships
TT Men 45-49 Michael Olheiser, Huntsville, AL 1st
TT Men 75-79 Durward Higgins, Chattanooga, TN 1st
RR Women 65-69 Kim Nelson, Decatur, GA 2nd
RR Men 35-39 Brendan Housler, Somerville, TN 1st
RR Women 50-54 Debbie Milne, Greenville, SC, 1st
RR Men 75-79 Michael Olheiser, Huntsville, AL 1st
TT Men 75-79 Durward Higgins, Chattanooga, TN, 2nd
RR Men 45-49 Michael Olheiser, Huntsville, AL 3rd
RR Men 55-59 Brendan Sullivan, Atlanta, GA 1st
Crit Women 50-54 Debbie Milne, Greenville, SC, 1st
Crit Women 65-69 Kim Nelson, Decatur, GA 1st
Crit Men 65-69 Kent Bostick, Knoxville, TN 1st
Crit Men 70-74 David Hixton, Knoxville, TN 2nd
Crit Men 75-79 Durward Higgins, Chattanooga, TN 3rd
Crit Men 50-54 Scott Edge, Greenville, SC 3rd
Dirty Duathlon From Mountain Goat Adventures Rope Mill Dirty Duathlon and 3.3 Mile Trail Run presented by Northside Hospital – Cherokee – November 13, 2021 at Rope Mill Park in Woodstock, GA! Join us for our SORBA Woodstock Season Finale at Rope Mill Park! This is everyone’s favorite event where you can race as a solo or on a team. Pair up with your spouse or kids! The opening bike loop will be 5.5 miles on the Mill Trails, followed by a 3.3 mile trail run on Explorer, and finally a 5.5 mile bike on the Avalanche Trails. Solo, 2 and 3 person team categories are available in the duathlon. We will be using traditional mountain bike race categories, as we have done in the past, to help alleviate congestion on the opening bike loop. The run is short enough that those who do not typically run still have plenty of time to start training! All participants receive a super comfy t-shirt and those that register by October 13th also receive a commemorative coffee mug. Prizes and awards presented to the top 3 in each duathlon category. Post race snacks and water available. We are also offering a separate 3.3 mile trail run on the Explorer Trails at this event for those who would prefer to just participate in a run.
Allatoona Work Party From SORBA West Georgia Allatoona Work Party Sat., Aug. 21 at 9:00 am Join us as we prepare Rusty Bucket and Mason’s Bridge for the upcoming Georgia Cycling Association race.
Build Party #7 Chattahoochee Bend From MTB Atlanta Join us for Build Party #6 at Chattahoochee Bend State Park! Saturday, Aug. 14 9:00 am. MTB Atlanta is building the new “Campground Loop”, a 3.5 mile beginner trail. This trail is Phase One of what will be 15-20 mile four loop system at the park. Come help us do finishing work on the new trail build. Have a mask, gloves, wear long pants and closed toed shoes and bring a pack, water, snacks, bug spray and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees. We will bring extra water, drinks and snacks. Tools and stoke provided!
Build Party #5- Canongate Nature Preserve From MTB Atlanta Join us to do trail work on our brand new trail build at the newly established Cannongate Nature Preserve in Coweta County with the Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land. Saturday, Aug. 14 9 am We will be doing finishing work on the new tread and general trash clean up around the Park. We are also looking for a few volunteers in Coweta or South Fulton to help put in a rail fence and clear some scrub around the parking area at Canongate Nature Park. The trails are pretty much done but need some dry weather to get the last steps finished. Once we get the parking area straight we can open. Refreshments will be enjoyed at Cochran Mill Brewery afterwards.
8-4-2021 Southeast Adaptive Mountain Bike Tour Catalyst Sports has partnered with a number of our SORBA chapters to create the Southeast Adaptive Mountain Bike Tour. This tour will run from September 11th to November 14th 2021, with a new location every weekend. Each of the 9 stops will have a weekend filled with aMTB rides lead by Catalyst Sports staff and local volunteers. The tour sets out to give people with disabilities the chance to go mountain biking as well as showing everyone that people with disabilities are people with ability! They will be at Blanket’s Creek Sept. 18-19 olunteers Needed! At each location volunteers will be required to assist with the rides. “Volunteers will be riding along side our athletes assisting with creating a fun and safe environment. Therefore, we do ask that the volunteer to have experience mountain biking. Also, Catalyst is unable to provide standard mountain bikes so each volunteer will need to bring their own bike.” There will be a mandatory training on the evening of Thursday or Friday prior to the event at each location.
8-3-2021 New USAC Officials Wanted From Scott Patton People in the Southeast … we have a region wide shortage of officials. We were short, then along came covid. People decided to not renew, ride their bikes, retire, move on – it has put the *REGION* in a very tight spot. Pulling officials from Atlanta to Savannah (or beyond) to work grass roots races is not practical. I am asking not only for Georgia, but Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Alabama – if you know somebody that might be interested in officiating, have them contact me! I want to help them become a thriving member of the cycling community! Scott Patton Georgia Bicycle Racing Association Board Member & Officiating Coordinator Scott at scott patton dot com.
Fools Gold News From Mountain Goat Aventures We are down to 85 spots remaining in the 2021 Fool’s Gold Bike Race – Register by 8/15 to beat the late registration price increase. The 2021 Maxxis Tires Fools Gold will be held on September 11, 2021 at the beautiful Montaluce Winery, in Dahlonega, GA. The Fool’s Gold Mountain Bike Races will again offer riders a 38 mile or 60 mile course. Primitive camping is available at Montaluce Winery for Friday and Saturday nights. 10 spots will be held back for “Donation Entries” for those who would like to make a donation to CTHA or NE GA SORBA. (You pay the regular race registration fee + a $100 donation to one of our trail groups). Please reach out directly if you would like one of those spots. Both courses begin at Montaluce Winery and will have approximately 3 miles on pavement, then transition to gravel roads. The 60 mile course begins with a stout 3 mile gravel road climb and takes riders to some great “backcountry style” trails and lesser known roads. The 38 mile course heads directly to the Jones Creek Ridge Singletrack Trail along gravel roads, giving riders the opportunity to space out before hitting nearly 30 miles of fast singletrack. TONS of good stuff included: ▪ Challenging course that features hard climbs, fast descents and sweet flowy singletrack that you will feel good about finishing. ▪ Cash payout for the Open Men/Open Women’s classes in both the 38 and 60 mile race. ▪ Cash prizes for all first place finishers in the non-open categories in the 60 mile race. ▪ Free Camping at Montaluce Winery! ▪ Terrapin Beer and Moe’s for post-race calorie replenishment! ▪ Highly visible Course Markings and Course Marshals
▪ Finisher awards for all finishers in both races ▪ Custom awards for all podium finishers in both races ▪ Soft and comfy race shirt – size guaranteed if you register by the size deadline of August 28th. ▪ Aid stations with plenty of calories, fluids, mechanical support and first aid supplies.
Volunteers Wanted! Join the Fool’s Gold Crew and earn a race entry! We are looking for folks who’d like to volunteer for this year’s Fool’s Gold Mountain Bike Race! We take good care of our crew and offer a Fool’s Gold or Southern Cross entry for adults who commit to a 6 hour shift (for yourself or you can earn an entry for a spouse/friend). We need helpers for registration, aid stations, course marshals, as well as at Montaluce Winery and Restaurant to keep an eye on the beer. We also have a limited number of positions available for Friday night registration and post-race help, for folks who want to volunteer AND still race. If you are interested in helping out, please contact email@example.com and let me know your shirt size, availability and any task preference. Course Marshals and Aid Station helpers will need to have transportation out to their location. Thanks in advance!
8-1-2021 Ride To Rescue 10th Annual 100K Metric Century, 50k Half Metric Century, and 8 mile youth ride. October 2, 2021 This ride is along scenic back roads in White GA. The fully supported routes have some climbing, great downhills and scenic views. The RTR event has live music, vendors, raffle, the half time dog derby competition, and great local food from The Marietta Local and Basecamp. RTR 10 also has its own special brew from RedTop Brewhouse! You don’t want to miss this one! Register now at: ridetorescue.us
#CROSSISCOMING GEORGIA CROSS IS BACK BABY!!!
Here it is! You’ve been asking for it! The 2021 Georgia Cyclocross Series schedule! We’ll have more information about individual races as the season gets closer!
Oct. 3 Grant Park CX, Atlanta, GA
Oct. 10 Boundary Waters, Douglasville, GA
Oct. 17 Elks Aidmore CX, Conyers, GA
Oct. 24 Nash Farm CX, Hampton, GA
Oct. 31 Hawkes Creek, Winterville, GA
Nov. 7 Middle Georgia State University, Macon, GA
Nov. 14 Old Grey Barn – State Championships, Rocky Face, GA
Nov. 21 OFF
Nov. 28 OFF
Dec. 4-5 Southern Brewing & Terrapin, Athens, GA GACX Finale
New Division at GACX! We are announcing a new division for 2021. Women 40+ Masters 1/2/3/4, which will be run at the same time as the others Masters races. As we get more women racing and as we try to get MORE female racers we want to offer them as many opportunities to race as possible. Encourage all of your female friends to come out and race this year!
7-26-2021 *****Women’s 1-2-3 $20,000 PURSE AT GRANT PARK!!!!!!!******* We are excited to announce that this year we are celebrating the Women in cycling and are stoked to share news of our Women’s Pro Cup. We believe women have an important and significant place in this sport we all love. With this we will be running the Women’s Pro race as the finale race of the day, and are raising a $20,000 purse for the ladies! We invite you to join us in honoring all the fast ladies, moms, daughters, sisters and even grandmothers who dedicate themselves to sports, pushing their limits to achieve great things. They are strong and beautiful and we believe they deserve to be recognized! We are 80% to our initial goal of $20k. Come out, race, cheer and contribute to the growing purse! All contributions go towards race payouts, let’s make this the biggest ladies single race payout ever! DM to support the mission! #speedweek #ladiesnight #womenathletes #womeninsports #grantparkcrit
Trish’s Note: I’m speechless! This is amazing! I will be there! My schedule is now cleared to take photos that day. The Grant Park Crit would like me to let everyone know that there are sponsorship opportunities available. You can sponsor the whole race, one race (ex. the Women’s 3/4/5 or Juniors), as a general sponsor for the day, or a prime for a particular race. I know you have $25 or 50 you want to support the Women’s 3/4/5 or Women’s 1/2/3! Southeastern Cycling has will be sponsoring a prime for the Women’s 3/4/5 field. If you are interested, contact me, and I’ll put you in touch with their sponsorship coordinator.
7-23-2021 Youth Cycling League at the DLV From the DLV It’s back! The long-awaited start of Youth Cycling League 2021 is this Monday, July 26. We will have YCL every Monday and Thursday from 5:30-6:30 for beginners and 6:30-7:30 for intermediate riders through October 14th. As in years past, we will provide bikes, helmets, water, and lots of fun, but you can also bring your own helmet and water bottle from home. We recommend all riders wear athletic clothing and sneakers with short laces. Other frequently asked questions are answered on the DLV website. Please bring a signed waiver on the first day.