1-27-2017 CCA CalendarRoad CalendarRoad Calendar I have some of the preliminary Carolinas Cycling Association road race dates up on the Road Calendar. I’m in contact with them and will post more dates as I get them.
Southern Cross From Mountain Goat Adventures Register by 1/31 for Early Registration Pricing! Looking for an Epic Adventure? Check out the Maxxis Tires Southern Cross Ultra Gravel Grind. The course is 55 miles with a bit over 7,000 ft of elevation gain (two major climbs), and consists of pavement, gravel roads and some short sections of singletrack trail. The course is cross bike or mountain bike friendly, so pick your poison!2017 Race Highlights! ▪ Cash payout for Top 5 Open Men/Top 3 Open Women’s classes. ▪ $100 cash to first place finisher in each of the solo non-open classes
▪ 2017 Southern Cross is part of the Southeastern Gravel Series! We are teaming up with Chainbuster Racing to make the Southern Cross the second stop on the SGS tour. ▪ Super comfy cotton blend race shirt with new race logo (register by Feb 18 shirt size deadline to guarantee your size)▪ Improved course to help eliminate some of the early race bottlenecks, as well as provide an even better variety of terrain.▪ Finisher awards for all finishers!▪ Generous post race HOT meal (Moe’s Fajita Bar)▪ Well stocked aid station with hot soup, plenty of calories, fluids, mechanical support, first aid supplies and possibly a warm fire.
▪ Custom awards for all podium finishers▪ Post race water, soda and of course Terrapin Beer!▪ Loads of sponsor prizes to find good homes for!
1-26-2017 Atlanta WBL Ride #6 From the AWBL: Date: Saturday, Jan 28th, 2017, Time: 9:30AM (Ride Mtg 9:15am), Place: 300 Peters St, Atlanta, GA 30317 (U-Haul location), Ride Time: 3 Hours, OVERALL AVERAGE FOR RIDE #6: This Series is based on ride time, not distance. The overall average is controlled by our Ride Leaders. For Ride #5, the averages will be: A group: 17.5 mph avg, B group: 15.5 mph avg, C group: 12.5 mph avg
New January Allatoona Creek Park Trail Work Day From SORBA West Georgia Allatoona Trail Party, This Saturday at 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Allatoona Creek Park 5690 Old Stilesboro Rd NW, Acworth, Georgia 30101, Rescheduled from the 21st. Looks like great weather Saturday! Help us build new trail at the park! Great work out and sense of accomplishment guaranteed! All tools and lunch provided. Wear long pants and sturdy, closed toed shoes. Winter is the best time to build trail.
1-25-2017 Nonesuch Cycle Tours Press Release Are you tired of riding in the heat in July and need a summer vacation idea? There is a new tour company, Nonesuch Cycle Tours, leading 3 one week tours this July in Nova Scotia, Canada. The tours are unique in that each day can be done either on road or gravel, so if you are looking for one more way to justify the CX or gravel grinder bike this may be it. The tours are being led by Peter Henry, a cyclist from Richmond, VA who has been helping lead European tours for years. These tours are fully supported and sagged so simply drop your bags each day and go ride. With and average high temps of 72 degrees, it will be way more comfortable than the southeast for sure. (Trish’s note! I’m in to avoid some of the heat in July!)
1-24-2017 For IT IS ALTO WEEK!WBL WBL # 9: THE 20th ANNUAL GREAT PORTERFIELD TIRE ALTO WORLD CUP http://www.porterfieldtireinc.com/hen: 21 January / Saturday, Time: 10 a.m (Window Open), Where: The Hub (5 Points-Athens), Length: 115 miles / 6 hours, Interactive map, Pee break: Mile 29, Store Stop: Alto ( Mile 52), Points: 6 ( 1 per hour)
1-22-2017 Beginner Women’s Clinic THIS Monday! Join Amy Wooland and me for a Sorella Cycling beginner women’s clinic Monday at Cycleworks in Roswell from 6-7 pm.We will be covering some basic topis like:
1. Operating their road bikes including shifting, braking, correct position on their bike and the advantages of being properly fitted on their bikes.
2. Discuss maintenance on road and mountain bikes. Fixing a flat and lubrication will be covered.
3. Talk about organized road as well as mountain bike group rides that are planned in 2017 and how this can benefit their group.
A. Amy’s ride clinics for beginners.
B. Sorella/Cycleworks Gap rides.
C. Mountain bike rides lead by Angelica and Jessica.
4. If new members join Sorella on 1/23 they get a $20 “Wow card” that night.
1-21-2017 The Alto WBL is POSTPONED until Next Sat. because of the weather!
1-20-2017 Coldwater XC Rescheduled From Local Bike Racing: Coldwater XC has been rescheduled to February 19th due to the weather this weekend. The trails will be wet and could cause damage if we raced this Sunday, therefore we have decided to push it back to our second date on the series calendar. All pre-registered riders can either get a full refund, or have their entry rolled over to the next date. Please email us at email@example.com
1-19-2017 Calendar Updates I’m still waiting on the calendar releases from CCA and GBRA. Still waiting. I have a few dates that are confirmed marked as such on the Road Race calendar. The is MTB Race calendar updated as of yesterday. There are two XC MTB series in Georgia this year-the GoNuts series and the Georgia Championship Series (GCS). Both schedules are updated. It’s also a bit of a slow news month. I’m posting press releases and info. as I get them.
GATR Night Rides From GATR: All rides begin at 6:30 p.m. Please come early to sign in, get your lights setup and get into groups.
Thursday, January 26th @ Tribble Mill Park
Friday, February 3rd @ Harbins Park
Wednesday, February 9th @ Tribble Mill Park
Thursday, February 15th @ Yellow River Park
Thursday, February 23rd @ Harbins Park
Friday, March 3 @ Tibble Mill Park
Sope Creek Work PartySope Creek Work From SORBA Atlanta party Saturday 9 am-noon, First Work Party of the year for Sope Creek this Saturday. We will be working on winter tread damage and meeting at the Columns Drive parking lot at 9 AM. Please wear closed toed shoes, long pants, bring water, snacks and gloves. We’ll bring the Goldberg’s Bagels.
1-16-2017 Blanket’s Creek Trail Party From SORBA Woodstock Blankets Trail Party Saturday, January 21 at 9 AM – 1 PM The January trail party will be at Blankets Creek Saturday the 21st. Due to rain, we had a very small turnout for December and that has us a little behind on our maintenance. We need a good turn out so we can ensure the trails remain top notch. We will provide the tools, leadership, lunch and a great time giving back to the trails you love. You need to bring gloves, water and wear sturdy closed toe shoes.
Sara Babb Work Party From SORBA West Georgia Sara Babb Trail Work Party Saturday, January 21 at 9 AM We will be starting on the new beginner loop at Sara Babb Park located directly behind the parking lot. With a good turnout we should be able to make considerable progress. There is not much undergrowth and little elevation change.
Chainbuster Racing Press Release Mark your calendars for another great season of Chain Buster racing. We are back with the same Southeastern Endurance Cup (SEC) and Southeastern Gravel Cup (SGC) series that will provide racers with opportunities to race and explore some of the best venues and courses the South has to offer. We have also partnered with Mountain Goat Adventures to include Southern Cross in the SGC series for 2017.
Jan 28. The Green Gobbler, SEC Series #1
Feb. 25 Assault on Currahhee Mountain
March 11 Battle for Paynes Creek SEC Series #2
March 25 12 Hours of Iron Maiden
April 22 Shake ‘N Brake, SGC Series #3
Aug. 19 Red Clay Ramble
Sept. 30 Big Ring Challenge, SEC Series #4
Oct. 14 Chewacla Challenge,SEC #5
Oct. 28 Taco Stand Classic, SEC Series #6, Series Championship
1-11-2017 Cross Country Racing Returns to Coldwater Mountain January 22nd Press Release: Cross Country Racing Returns to Coldwater Mountain January 22nd The First Race of the new Alabama XC Series by Local Bike Racing Coldwater XC is the first of several new races coming to Alabama in 2017 in Local Bike Racing’s expansion into the Southeast. Coldwater Mountain, located a short drive from Anniston, AL is conveniently located between Birmingham and Atlanta. Racers will get to enjoy the beautiful trails in a fun and competitive format that welcomes all skill levels.
Races include Elite, Sport, Beginners, Juniors, Clydesdale and more, with route options ranging from 8.5 to 24 miles. There will also be a free kid’s mountain bike event on the simple 2 mile loop near the start/finish area at the end of the day. Events are sanctioned by USA Cycling, and a portion of the proceeds goes towards supporting the local mountain bike association and the Alabama High School Cycling League. Registration can be found on USA Cycling, maps and more information are available on the website localbikeracing.com. Please contact Alex Montoya, the race organizer, for more information or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WBL Two rides this weekend! #7 on Saturday and #8 as a make up on Sunday! WBL # 7: 14 January: The Ken Bike Law-Classic City Bakery Bowman Classic/ 5 hours, 93 miles, When: 14 January / Saturday, Time: 10 a.m (Window Open), Where: The Hub (5 Points-Athens), Length: 93 miles / 5 hours, Interactive map, Pee break: Mile 22, Store Stop: Bowman ( Mile 44), Points: 5 ( 1 per hour)
WBL # 8: The Atlantis Hydroponics Madison Classic When: 15 January / Sunday, Time: 10 a.m (Window Open), Where: The Hub (5 Points-Athens), Length: 83 miles / 4 hours, 15 minutes, Interactive map, Pee break: Mile 22, Store Stop: Appalachee ( Mile 47), Points: 4 ( 1 per hour)
Atlanta WBL Looking for something more your pace? Try the Atlanta WBL! DATE: Saturday, Jan 14th, 2017, START TIME: 9:30AM (Ride Mtg 9:15am), PLACE: 300 Peters St, Atlanta, GA 30317 (U-Haul location), RIDE TIME: 2-hr 40-min, OVERALL AVERAGE FOR RIDE #5: This Series is based on ride time, not distance. The overall average is controlled by our Ride Leaders. For Ride #5, the averages will be: A group: 17.0 mph avg, B group: 15.0 mph avg, C group: 12.5 mph avg
1-10-2017 Dick Lane Velodrome News From the DLV: Next Workday Saturday February 18th at 9:00a.m. We’ll have some painting and concrete repairs to knock out and picking up any left over leaves still on the ground. You can support the DLV by doing what you already do! Buy groceries! If you signed up before, you have to renew each year!
Beginner’s Class Dates for 2017! March Weekend: 11th and 12th, April Thursdays: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, April Weekend: 15th and 16th, May Thursdays: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, June Thursdays: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, June Weekend: 3rd and 4th, September Thursdays: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, September Weekend: 16th and 17th
Youth Cycling League Starts Up March 13th! This Year We’ll Be Offering Three Classes: Beginner and Intermediate stay on Monday’s and Thursday 5:30 and 6:30 respectively and Advanced Will Meet on Thursdays at 5:30! Look for more details and contact from coaches soon about which session your children should attend.
Tour of the Southern Highlands The 2017 Tour of the Southern Highlands Stage Race March 3-5, 2017, Woodstock-Ballground. Registration is open for this year’s most EPIC PRO/AM STAGE RACE IN THE SOUTHEAST Register NOW to reserve your spot to compete for the Sprinter’s, Climber’s and Leader’s Jerseys in every category & class Declare your team of 3 or more for the team competitions in Men’s & Women’s P1/2, Men’s 2/3 & Masters 35+.
Up the Creek There’s no place like Rome for the 27th Annual Up the Creek Bike and Trail Ride Registration is Open! Don’t miss the 27th Annual UTC bike and trail ride in lovely Rome, GA. Choose from the Harbin Clinic trail ride along the Heritage Trails or a 32, 53, 71, 104 and 109 bike rides along the most beautiful roads in the state. Where: The rides start at The Forum in downtown Rome, (301 Tribune Street, Rome, GA) When: Saturday, April 29, Road Rides Roll out at 8am, Trail Rides Roll out at 9am WHY: strawberry ice cream for a SAG stop, dri-fit shirts (men’s and women’s styles), Southern hospitality, beautiful riding, the best marked route, homemade peanut butter balls, discount on food at local Rome restaurants, a photo finish, and the proceeds benefit TRED working to enhance, educate, and expand the trails in Rome and Floyd County.
1-6-2017 Advertise on Southeastern Cycling Do you want to support the south’s largest resource for racing and Atlanta’s Go To website for group rides and cycling information? Advertise on Southeastern Cycling! Rates are very reasonable, and discounts are offered for multi-month ads. Contact me for more information!
SE Cycling Press Release Guidelines: When submitting a press release to Southeastern Cycling, please include What (Event Name), Who (Promoter/Sponsoring Entity), When (Date and Time), Where (Location w/Street address), How (other details), Contact (Website to get more information). Keep is short. 1-2 paragraphs is fine. I reserve the right to edit all submissions for clarity and length. Submit in Word or Text (ex. email) form. I am not able to publish photos or flyers at this time.
WBL NewsDetails on the WBL website! The Saturday WBL has been moved to NEXT Sunday. This Sunday’s Ladies Classic will start at 11 am!
Hincapie Spring Training Series Details on Hincapie Spring Training Series are finalized and registration is live!
1-5-2017 Allatoona Creek Park Workday From SORBA West Georgia Allatoona Creek Park Workday, Saturday, January 21 at 9:30 PM – 1:30 PM Help us build new trail at the park! Great work out and sense of accomplishment guaranteed! All tools and lunch provided. Wear long pants and sturdy, closed toed shoes. Winter is the best time to build trail. Hope to see a large turnout.
C4 Base Rides Conyers Covington Cycle Club The will have the annual C4 Base Rides starting this Saturday (weather pending) at C-town Bikes at 8:00 am. (Trish’s Note: These are not beginner rides. Come prepared to average at least 17 mph. Download the Garmin files in case you get dropped. I’ve been told there may be a “B” group at 14-15 mph depending on who shows up and that it may be “no drop.”)
Sharon’s Ride EFGA is excited to bring Sharon’s Ride back to Georgia for its second year! Sharon’s Ride is held within several states throughout the county and is a widely known epilepsy fundraiser nationwide. The ride will feature 30 and 60 mile courses for cyclists of all levels and ages. When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 Where: Sosebee Cylcing Park | 465 Simpson Rd NE | White, GA 30184 Time: Day Of Registration – 7:00AM | 60 Mile – 8:00AM | 30 Mile – 9:00AM Fees: $30 in advance | $40 after 4/18 The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia (EFGA) is the only health agency in Georgia dedicated to serving more than 150,000 Georgians who have epilepsy and seizure disorders statewide. The foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy and their families through community education activities for all age levels and comprehensive set of client service programs. The foundation also reaches out to the community at large to reduce the stigma that is often attached to epilepsy and educate the public on seizure recognition and first aid.
1-4-2017 Allatoona Creek Park Open Allatoona Creek Park is back open! In January trails on the main side of the road including VooDoo, Hocus Pocus, Mason’s etc. are open after 10:00 for mountain bikers, runners, etc. Only hunters are allowed before 10:00 am. Trails on the dog park (Turtleback, Red Baron, Whippersnapper) side are open during regular park hours and need to be accessed from the Pitner Road Dog Park. Check the SORBA West Georgia website to see if the trails are open because of weather conditions–important with a ll the rain we’ve had lately. Toona will be open again fully in February.
Two WBL Rides This Weekend! From the WBL WBL # 6: The Atlantis Hydroponics Madison Classic / (Pro sprints begin) / A Memorial Ride in honor of our friend Len Slote, When: 7 January / Saturday, Time: 10 a.m (Window Open), Where: The Hub (5 Points-Athens), Length: 83 miles / 4 hours, 15 minutes, Pee break: Mile 22, Store Stop: Appalachee ( Mile 47) Points: 4 ( 1 per hour) 2 Intermezzo Sprints, Final Attack Zone (PRO SPRINT): Flat Rock Road Attack Zone Interactive map
(Rescheduled from Jan. 1) WBL # 7: WBL # 6: THE The Independent Baking Company Ladies Day Classic When: 1 January / Sunday, Time: 10 a.m (Window Open), Where: The Hub (5 Points-Athens), Length: 65 miles / 3 hours, 15 minutes, Pee break: Mile 22, Store Stop: Hoschton ( Mile 31), Points: 4 ( 1 per hour plus 1 New Year’s Day Point!), Intermezzo Sprints: None: Final Attack Zone (LADIES ONLY SPRINT): Final Attack Zone will open when the pack turns right at Alligator Pond (Mile 57). Ride 1 mile uphill to Pink Church line. Interactive map
1-2-2017 Southern Cross News From Mountain Goat Adventures: Looking for an Epic Adventure? Check out the Maxxis Tires Southern Cross Ultra Gravel Grind. The course is 55 miles with a bit over 7,000 ft of elevation gain (two major climbs), and consists of pavement, gravel roads and some short sections of singletrack trail. The course is cross bike or mountain bike friendly, so pick your poison! 350 rider field limit for 2017 ▪ Cash payout for Top 5 Open Men/Top 3 Open Women’s classes. ▪ $100 cash to first place finisher in each of the solo non-open classes ▪ 2017 Southern Cross is part of the Southeastern Gravel Series! We are teaming up with Chainbuster Racing to make the Southern Cross the second stop on the SGS tour. More details on the can be found HERE. ▪ Super comfy cotton blend race shirt with new race logo (register by Feb 18 shirt size deadline to guarantee your size) ▪ Improved course to help eliminate some of the early race bottlenecks, as well as provide an even better variety of terrain. ▪ Finisher awards for all finishers! ▪ Generous post race HOT meal (Moe’s Fajita Bar) ▪ Well stocked aid station with hot soup, plenty of calories, fluids, mechanical support, first aid supplies and possibly a warm fire. ▪ Custom awards for all podium finishers ▪ Post race water, soda and of course Terrapin Beer!
▪ Loads of sponsor prizes to find good homes for!
The 2017 Southeastern Gravel Series features four Ultra-X gravel races in Georgia and Alabama. Each race has a different style course with unique character and challenges that will require a well rounded racer to take home the series title and Chain Buster hardware. To compete for series prizes, racers must enter all 4 races in a single season. Points-series results are calculated based on a racer’s 3 best finishes from all Ultra-X races. The SGS Series ends with prizes and raffles at a banquet hosted by Terrapin Brewery.
Fools Gold 60 Mile MTB Race – September 16, 2017 We are excited to announce that registration for the 2017 Maxxis Tires Fools Gold 60 Mile Mountain Bike Race is now open. The Maxxis Tires Fools Gold is scheduled for September 16, 2017 at the beautiful Anderson Creek Retreat, in Ellijay, GA. We received great positive feedback in 2016 about Anderson Creek Retreat and we are looking forward to building upon that momentum and continuing to raise the bar on this event. The 2017 Maxxis Tires Fool’s Gold will offer only a 60 Mile option. The decision to drop the 90 mile course was made after seeing a steady drop in numbers so that we could allocate those resources to making the 60 mile event better, as historically the shorter course has comprised over 75% of event participants. Those who normally race the longer distance will still be challenged by our 60 mile course, and you will arrive at the beer and fajitas several hours sooner! 400 rider field limit for 60 mile race.
12-30-2016 Trish’s Year End Thanks I have to thank the many people and businesses that have supported me and Southeastern Cycling this year!
-To my awesome Sorella Cycling sisters-thank you for supporting my crazy notion of getting back into racing track. Cross season! All I’ll say is #DoItfortheHandups!!
-Smyrna Bicycles What would I do without Tom, Brown, and Andrew at Smyrna Bicycles keeping my wheels in top condition!?
-Hincapie Sportswear has kept Sorella Cycling looking stylin’ with their amazing cycling clothing for years now. I always get compliments on my kits!
-My DLV Track Family-Ya’ll are awesome! I’m so lucky to count you as friends, training partners, and rivals!
-Coach C-Thanks for taking me to Masters TrackNats and helping me get my first National Championships Medals! I feel like I came a long way in a short time!
-Atlanta Cycling-You don’t know how many nutrition products I bought last year. Thank you for your support of Sorella and Southeastern Cycling. Plus, host to some of the area’s best group rides!
-Free Elite – There is not a shop in Atlanta that does more for mountain biking causes! My dirty mountain bike thanks you! I still love my Kuat rack!
-Outback Bikes – Pete, all I can say is thank you for your years of support! Ride What You Dig!
-Grayson Tudor State Farm – Thanks for keeping cyclists insured just in case the worst happens and for your awesome support of SE Cycling and GACX!!
-Cycle Therapy-Best bike shop in Rome! The new digs are gorgeous! I can’t wait for Winter Cross!
-Bike Law Georgia – Ken and Bruce–Thanks! You two have helped me both personally and as supporters of Southeastern Cycling! Best cycling litigators in the city!
-Parks Law – Clay is a huge supporter of cycling and SE Cycling! Please see Parks Law for your general law needs!
-NetCom Payment Systems & Amy Plummer-You are very dear to me, friend! Thank you for your support throughout the year! We are going to rock 2017!
-Van Michael Salon – Van I know of no other trail named after a hair salon. Ya’ll keep me looking great throughout the year, and SO many other cycling ladies as well! Gotta look amazing while riding!
I’m looking forward to am amazing 2017!
12-29-2016 Atlanta WBL Atlanta WBL for Saturday Date: Saturday, Dec 31st, 2016, Time: 9:30AM (Ride Mtg 9:15am), 300 Peters St, Atlanta, GA 30317 (U-Haul location), Ride Time: 2-hr 20-min, OVERALL AVERAGE FOR RIDE #4: This Series is based on ride time, not distance. The overall average is controlled by our Ride Leaders. For Ride #4, the averages will be: A group: 16.5 mph avg, B group: 14.5 mph avg, C group: 12.5 mph avg lease leave cleaner than you found them; we don’t want to wear out our welcome. Indoor (warm) bathrooms are a huge plus!!! IMPORTANT: Which group do you ride in? All Groups are based on what your typical overall average speed is on any given ride in Atlanta: Group A: 19 mph avg and higher, Group B1: 17-18 mph avg, Group B2: 15-16 mph avg, Group C: 12.5-14 mph avg
12-28-2016 Two WBL Rides There are two WBL rides for your pleasure/torture this weekend. WBL # 5: THE ANGELA BEWLEY DENTAL PRACTICE COACHING ROOT CANAL CLASSIC When: 31 December / Saturday, Time: 10 a.m (Window Open) Where: The Hub (5 Points-Athens), Length: 80 miles / 4 hours, Pee break: Mile 20, Store Stop: Paoli Junction ( Mile 40), Points: 4 ( 1 per hour) Intermezzo Sprints: None: Final Attack Zone (NON PRO SPRINT): Gene Dixon Attack Zone / Hargrove Lake (9 miles): Attack Zone will open when pack turns right on Hargrove Lake Road. Ride 6 miles and turn right on Beaverdam. Ride 1 mile and turn left on Smithonia (must yield to cars). Ride 1 mile and turn right on Billy Melton Road. Sprint line is 1.5 miles away / line in road (Madison County sign). *You are eligible to sprint if you are: (1) 35 or above regardless of category, OR (2) 19 or below regardless of category, OR (3) not at Male Cat 1 or 2 racer. *NEW: THIS YEAR, THE PROS, 1s and 2s SHOULD NOT HELP CHASE OR GIVE LEADOUTS IN FINAL ATTACK ZONE. INSTEAD, STAY IN PACK AND HOOT AND HOLLER. Interactive map
12-26-2016 Small Calendar Updates I made a few small updates to the 2017 Race Calendar. Last week I was in contact with Stuart Lamp, the regional USAC rep. (Stuart is great if you ever need anything or have questions about USAC!!) He said that GBRA is working to nail down a few dates before releasing the full calendar. I already have a some dates up. I know & have confirmed that the East Atlanta/Litespeed-BMW crit is not returning. Grant Park will be coming back. Twilight and Roswell have moved back to their regular race weekend where they should be. TBRA should have their calendars ready in a couple of weeks. Alabama’s races are updated with the known dates. I expect NC/SC to have their race calendar ready in Feb. They are usually a bit behind the rest of them because of the extensive calendar. I updated mtb races last week. A lot of the smaller promoters–mostly mtb and gravel–have not made updates to their race websites. I check about every other week for those.If you know of any dates, please email me at sttarlite at hotmail.com or use the contact page.