3-23-2017 USAC Announces American Road Calendar From a Press Release USA Cycling announced its 2017 American Road Calendar (ARC) which recognizes strong domestic road cycling events and provides these events a clear pathway to future Pro Road Tour inclusion. In its first year, the 12-event calendar spans 11 states from March through September. Racing kicks off this month with the three-day San Dimas Stage Race in California and concludes in September with the Subway Pensacola Cycling Classic in Florida. “The purpose of the American Road Calendar is to provide strong domestic road events with the opportunity to achieve UCI recognition,” said Tara McCarthy, National Events Manager. “Domestic races that are part of the ARC for at least one year will be well positioned for future UCI inscription and inclusion on the Pro Road Tour (PRT).” Two events in the South are included the River Gorge Omnium in Chattanooga, TN August 26-27 and the Subway Pensacola Cycling Classic Sept. 16-17.
3-22-2017 Columbiana Road Race Columbiana Road Race – April 9th, Columbiana, ALThere is a new road race for the amateurs just south of Birmingham in Shelby County on April 9! This race provides a valuable opportunity for racers to get a second day of racing after the NRC Crit in Anniston. Located just over an hour from Anniston, Columbiana provides a safe and challenging venue for all skill levels. Registration is open!!
Atlanta WBL #10 From MyCycleCoach Atlanta WBL #10 This Series is designed to create a vehicle (pun intended) where cyclists can ride all winter in a very controlled environment. NO surprises. NO hammerhead surges, sprints, so there’s NO surprises. If this will be your first time with us, please familiarize yourself with the Ride Rules, as these are what has made us incredibly successful AND cyclists know exactly what to expect…on every ride in every group. DATE: Saturday, Mar 25th, 2016 START TIME: 9:30AM (Ride Mtg 9:15am), PLACE: 300 Peters St, Atlanta, GA 30317, RIDE TIME: 4 hrs 20min, OVERALL AVERAGE FOR RIDE #10: 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: 19 mph avg, B group:17 mph avg, C group: 10-13.0 mph avg
3-21-2017 Women’s Clinic at the Dick Lane Velodrome Ladies- come out to our Women’s Clinic on Tues March 28! (Trish’s Note: You must have taken the beginner class at the Dick Lane Velodrome and be certified to ride/race already. The next beginner certification class is in April and is open to everyone!) Jackie Crowell, USA National Points Race Champion and Team Pursuit Champion, leads this clinic for any interested ladies.
What you’ll cover:
– tips on how to draft safely
– review of how to exchange
– review of how to enter and exit the track
– review and ride the “standard” warm up
– do a flying 200
– do a scratch race
– do a skills drill
– gear choices for women
– learn how women produce power vs. men
– learn how to win a race in a men’s field
– 2nd mass start race (if time allows)
– standing starts
Sign up link
Cost is $15, plus $5 for a bike if you need to rent one. It is preferred that you are track certified to do this. So if you haven’t been out in a while or just took the beginner’s class, this is a great way to strengthen your skills. A minimum of seven women must sign up in advance for the clinic to take place.
From this Irish Lass to Everyone–Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
3-17-2017 Kids Learn to Ride the Track! Did you know that the Dick Lane Velodrome has a FREE Youth Cycling League where kids of all ages can learn to ride the track? That’s right! Twice a week kids can learn to ride at the track–no riding or racing experience necessary. Bikes are provided. The YCL also has races on Pro Nights featured during the evening program! Check it out at the DLV!
Mayor’s Ride Press Release William Shakespeare once said, “April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” Bike Roswell! looks to inspire a rolling youth movement for people of all ages on Sunday, April 30. This will be the 14th annual Bike Roswell! Mayor’s Ride. The Mayor’s Ride is one of the signature, family-friendly events in Historic Roswell for the Roswell Cycling Festival presented by Roswell Bicycles, held April 22-30. Four bicycle ride routes from six to 64 miles are offered throughout the city of Roswell on April 30, which start and finish in the back section of Roswell Area Park. Riders of all abilities using road bikes, hybrid bikes, unicycles, tricycles, are welcome to line up at 7:15 a.m. and roll at 7:30 a.m. Beginners (no training wheels please) and families are encouraged to participate in the Six-mile Tour, which offers flat terrain. Roswell Mayor Jere Wood will lead the procession of recreational cyclists from Roswell Area Park.
New this year is a flat route for the 18-mile Challenge Ride, which eliminates the hills in Martin’s Landing. The 42-mile Workout Ride offers more challenging sections in the city, and will include a police escort at the front at intersections. The 64-mile Metric Century is for the serious road cyclist who wants to see all the beauty, and hills, of Roswell.
Bike Roswell!, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization promoting safe cycling, is the beneficiary of the Mayor’s Ride. “This has become the largest fundraiser of the year for our community organization. We use the money for our bicycle advocacy projects in our neighborhoods. And we rely quite a bit on the generous time of our members to volunteer, which makes events like the Mayor’s Ride great for everyone,” said Jonathan Skupin, executive director of Bike Roswell!. “Many of our members ride with the Olde Blind Dog Cycling Club, and we appreciate their additional support this year, from recruiting volunteers to managing sponsorships.” This is a fully-supported event with multiple rest stops stocked with drinks and snacks. Early registration is available through March 31 and ranges from $10 to $35. The standard registration fee for 18, 42 and 64-mile routes will be $45 through April 29, and $55 day-of rides. Online registration is available at www.bikeroswell.com/rides-maps/mayorsride.
Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty Bike Ride Press Release Coming on September 24, 2017 the Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty boasts many of the same roads and mountain climbs as the elite Tour de Georgia. The Six Gap Century’s ultra challenging route takes you up and down six of the steepest climbs in the North Georgia Mountains. Test your stamina with more than 11,200 feet of vertical climbing over the 104 mile course. Elevations for the six gaps in this ride range from 1,400 feet to 3,460 feet. The toughest climb, Hogpen Gap, will test even the strongest riders, averaging a 7% grade for seven miles, with sections as steep as 15%. The Three Gap Fifty’s alternative route offers half the gaps and half the distance, but is nevertheless a demanding and challenging course at 58 miles. Elevations range from 1,400 feet to 3,364 feet. We are also pleased to announce the 8th Annual “Valley Route” Bike Ride. This 35-mile valley option is a great introduction to the infamous Six Gap Century and boasts some of the most scenic mountainside in the Southeast. This new route will cast a special spotlight onto Yahoola Valley, Turner’s Corner, and R-Ranch in the Mountains. 100 miles. 11,200 vertical feet. 3,000 friends.
3-14-2017 Sope Creek Work Party From SORBA Atlanta: Sope Creek Monthly Work Party, Saturday, March 18 9 am -Noon, We will be meeting at the Columns Drive Parking Lot of the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area at 9 AM. At this month’s work party, we will be clearing drains on the Lower Loop (Cochran Shoals Loop.) We will be also be doing some closures. Wear long pants, closed toed shoes, bring gloves, water, snacks and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees.
Blanket’s Creek Trail Party From SORBA Woodstock Blanket’s Creek Trail Party, Sat. March 18, 9 am-1pm, The March Trail Party will be at Blankets Creek, Saturday March 28th. We will have several maintenance and construction projects. We will provide the tools, leadership and lunch, you just need to bring gloves, water and wear closed toe shoes. Come be a part of what makes the trails great!
3-12-2017 Georgia Bikes Looking for Executive Director From Georgia Bikes: Georgia Bikes is now accepting applications from qualified individuals who would like to serve as the full-time Executive Director. This is a salaried, FLSA-exempt position based in Georgia. Georgia Bikes is the statewide bicycle advocacy organization in Georgia with a mission to unite people and organizations to improve bicycling conditions and promote equitable bicycling throughout the state. The Executive Director of Georgia Bikes is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization. Preferred candidates will be experienced with a wide range of leadership skills. See full details and how to apply at Georgia Bikes.
3-10-2017 Group Ride Season! Don’t forget to SPRING FORWARD before you go to bed Saturday night! Many group rides start next week or the first week of April. Check out the Rides page for the latest information about your favorite ride!
Cochran Mill Work Party From SORBA Atlanta Cochran Mill Work Party, This Saturday, March 11 9 am-noon. This is ride in/ride out so bring your bike and shoes you can work in. We will be doing finishing work on the new loop off the Red. RSVP here and we will meet at the main parking lot at 9 RTR. Wear long pants, closed toed, bring your bike, water, snacks, gloves and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees.
East Side Rides Spring/Summer 2017
Saturday Tucker- goes back to 9:00AM the first Saturday in April (April 1) // B Tucker Group goes to 8:30AM April 1. Tucker Ride Start- meet at the intersection Lynburn Drive and Main St, Tucker, GA- right by Snyder Cycles, Approximately 46 miles (shortcut options available). (Trish’s note: This is Tucker. 22+ mph. Be prepared to get dropped!)
Tuesday Northlake Ride – Kicks off March 14 @ 6:15PM. 6:15PM for all March Rides (1 Belgium loop in park); 6:30PM for all April Rides (1 small five mile counterclockwise and 1 eight mile Belgium loop in park); 6:30PM for May – late summer rides (2 loops in park) Summer Solstice Trifecta- 3 loops in the park the week before, the week that includes June 21, and the week after.
Thursday Pizza Ride – Daylight Schedule Kicks off March 16 @ 6:15PM 6:15PM for all March Rides (1 loop in park); 6:30PM for all April Rides (1 small counterclockwise loop until top of carving hill- continue onto a full pizza loop in park); 6:30PM for May – late summer rides (2 large loops in park) Summer Solstice Trifecta- 3 loops in the park the week before, the week of (June 21), and the week after.
Northlake Ride Start- meet at the back of the parking lot of the Restaurants located at: 3900 Lavista Road, Tucker, GA. If you look at a map- meeting location is between Montreal Rd and Harobi Drive, East of Wendy’s across the street from Chevron Gas Station / McDonald’s. Distance- Approximately 30 miles round trip in Summer- then moves to 23 miles as ride gets shorter (shorter options available in the park).
Pizza Ride Start- meet in the old location Avondale Pizza Cafe parking lot-(which is now an outdoor Artist Park). 70 North Avondale Road, Avondale Estates, GA 30002 Distance- Approximately 33 miles round trip in Summer- then moves to 26 miles as ride gets shorter (shorter options available in the park).
3-8-2017 Atlanta WBL #9 Ride #9 of the Atlanta WBL will be on Saturday, Start Time: 9:30AM (Ride Mtg 9:15am), Place: 300 Peters St, Atlanta, GA 30317 (U-Haul location) Ride Time: 4 Hours. For Ride #9, the averages will be: A group-19 mph avg, B Group-17 mph avg, C Group-10-13.0 mph avg
3-7-2017 Airport Ride The last Airport ride will be March 26th. Even with DST, roll at 10:00 am.
3-6-2017 Group Ride Season It’s that time of year! I am beginning to update the rides on Southeastern Cycling for Group Ride Season! If you are a ride leader, team ride designee, shop owner, etc. Contact me with your ride information for 2017! Check out the Rides page for the latest information about your favorite ride!
3-5-2017 Free Women’s Beginner Clinic! Are you a beginner and want to get more comfortable on the road? Join Sorellas Mary Jo Falvey and Amy Woolard Plummer for a 3 week ride series and clinic starting March 14 in Atlanta, GA. Come to one or all of the sessions! Road bikes and helmets are required. The rides and clinics are free.
Tour of the Southern Highlands Crit Photoshttp://sadlebred.smugmug.com Photos from the Tour of the Southern Highlands Crit are up at . Night crits are not my forte, but I managed a few decent photos.
Sorella Cycling had several riders in Friday night’s Tour of the Southern Highlands Crit in Woodstock.
3-2-2017 Cave Spring Ride From the Southern Bicycle League: Join us for a festival of fitness in Cave Spring on April 1st! A great way to start the cycling year with a choice of 30 miles, 60 miles or a 100 mile bicycle ride The century ride will start at 9am Registration for the 30 & 60 will be 8am-10am at Rolater Park. Hike the Pinhoti Trail, a shuttle will be running from Rolater Park to Jackson Chapel Trail Head where you will hike back to Rolater Park along the Pinhoti Trail. If you prefer to keep it on the water, there is canoe and kayaking available. Hiking and Bicycle vendors will be set-up around the park for you to enjoy.
Driver Sentenced Henry Herald From The : McDONOUGH — The driver responsible for the April 2016 collision that resulted in the death of a well-known area doctor and cyclist pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide Tuesday. Cleven Gerald Ingram, 43, of McDonough pleaded guilty in Henry County State Court to misdemeanor homicide by vehicle and improper passing of a bicycle in the April 6 death of 59-year-old Hampton resident John Harsch. Ingram was driving in the Hampton area along Lower Woolsey Road on April 6, approaching Ga. Highway 19, when he came upon Harsch and his bicycling training group. Ingram attempted to negotiate a curve and struck Harsch from behind.
3-1-2017 2017 GAPs Ride Series Sponsored by Atlanta Cycling / Cycleworks Have you ever wanted to ride the gaps but were afraid of those big climbs? Atlanta Cycling / Cycleworks is offering a 10-session series to get you familiar with the terrain. At the end of the series you’ll be ready to participate in the 3Gap50 or the 6Gap100, held in the fall. Join Mark Gernazian from Cycleworks as he leads riders of ALL LEVELS. These GAP rides are NO-DROP. Riders will regroup at the top of each climb throughout the year. The typical front gap 34 mile ride takes 2.5 to 3.0 hours to complete. That includes two to three stops along the way. Rides become longer as the series progresses. The first five months are spent riding the front three Gaps. Then riders will begin riding the back three Gaps and all 6 Gap rides during the last three months, leading up to the 3/6 Gap event at the end of September. Expect your pace to be 3-4 mph slower than your local ride pace. Rides begin at 8 am now, and move to 7:00 or 7:30 when the weather warms up. March 11, April 22, May 20, June 24, July 8, July 22, Aug 5, Aug 19, Sept 16 Contact Mark@cycleworksinc.com for more information. All rides begin at the Rock Pile located at the intersection of Hwy 60 and Hwy 19 about 10 miles north of Dahlonega, Ga. (Trish’s Note: These rides are in traffic, so you need to be comfortable riding with cars, there are no sag stops, the rides are free. Come prepared with at least 2 bottles of water and food. These are road rides, not mountain bike rides.)
Tour De Pig Press Release: The Tour de Pig is a fundraiser for the Mental Health Assoc. in Davidson Co. and is an official event of the Barbecue Festival in Lexington, NC. Routes are available for all levels of ability. There are 100K, 50K, 35K, and 20K routes all starting and ending at the Davidson Co. Community College campus. Pre-registered riders receive a Tour de Pig shirt, a collectible patch, and a barbecue lunch. The ride is furnished with rest stops and ride support. This year’s event is set for Saturday, October 14, 2017 and the begins at 8AM.
Dave Krache Bike Ride The Dave Krache Foundation is a 501(c)3 geared to helping local kids in need play sports when their families can’t afford the fee. They have teamed up with Cycology Bike Shop (Hiram, Georgia) to host an overnight ride event offering three different group rides (differing in speed and distance), with SAG support staffed by volunteers along the way over Memorial Day Weekend. More information and the registration link is here:
2-28-2017 Blanket’s Creek Dirty 15/30 From Mountain Goat Adventures Are you looking for something longer than an XC race but not quite ready for a 50 miler? Then check out the Blankets Creek Dirty Thirty Endurance MTB Race. The course includes all of the trails at Blankets Creek in a counter-clockwise direction for a total distance of 15 miles per lap. Intermediate and advanced riders will complete two laps, for a total of 30 miles. A shorter one lap, 15 mile course will be offered for beginner categories. Each lap has just under 1400′ of elevation gain, so this will be a challenging course. An aid station and access to drop bags will be available at the half way point for riders participating in the 30 mile race. This event is a major fundraiser for SORBA Woodstock, so please come out and support your local trails. Prizes and medals awarded to the top 3 in each category! Podium shirts for all first place category winners! All entries include a shirt, event pint glass, chip timing, well-marked courses, and post race fluids and snacks! JUNIOR RACERS! We have added two new Junior Categories in our 15 mile race, for both beginner and advanced junior riders. Join Mountain Goat Adventures and SORBA Woodstock as we kick off our mountain bike season opener!
Blankets Creek 6 Hour MTB Race Make plans to join us for the Blankets Creek 6 Hour Race on June 3rd. We have moved up the race date a few weeks to bring us slightly cooler temperatures on race day. We have also changed the timeframe to a 10 am – 4 pm race to allow riders to get in a few laps before the temperatures peak. This is one of our largest bike events of the year! Tackle the event solo or bring your riding buddies and form a team. Tell me about the good stuff! All riders receive a super comfy and lightweight cotton/poly blend tee, perfect for those hot summer days! First 250 to register will also receive a commemorative beverage glass! 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! Solo, 2 and 3 person team categories are available. See Category List HERE. New for 2017 we have added additional JUNIOR team categories for our NICA racers! We offer a 7 mile beginner friendly course that is both challenging and doable for beginner racers, as well as challenging enough at high speed to keep our pro/expert riders working hard. No special racing license or membership is required to participate in this event.
2-23-2017 AWBL Atlanta WBL Ride #7 (Feb 11th), Date: Saturday, Feb 11th, 2016, Start Time: 9:30AM (Ride Mtg 9:15am), Place: 300 Peters St, Atlanta, GA 30317 (U-Haul location), Ride Time: 3 hrs 20 min, OVERALL AVERAGE FOR RIDE #7: 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: 18.0 mph avg, B group: 16.5 mph avg, C group: 10-12.0 mph avg
2-21-2017 Southside Park Grant From SORBA Atlanta: We’ve received a $70,000 Legacy Grant from Park Pride to fund the expansion of a network of natural surface multi-use trails, including a bridge spanning Poole Creek and its surrounding wetlands. Park Pride and members of the local mountain bike community recognize that professionally-designed natural surface trails promote public health and well-being through activities such as bicycling, hiking and running. At 211 acres, Southside is the third-largest park in the City of Atlanta and also one of the least-familiar parks to its residents. Brett Davidson, President, SORBA Atlanta: “This project builds upon the 1.25-mile Evergreen Trail we completed in 2016 and is another step forward in our plans for a trail network at Southside Park totalling almost 7 miles.” “We’re so excited to be able to support the expansion of this project with a Park Pride Legacy Grant, supported by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation,” said Allison Barnett, Park Pride’s Associate Director. “Our hope is that these new trails will help transform Southside Park into a destination park for the City’s broader constituents, particularly those on Atlanta’s south side.
The announcement of the grant coincided with the kick-off of SORBA Atlanta’s first capital campaign, designed to raise an additional $21,000 for this project. Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) has pledged $8,000, and Atlanta Cycling has offered to match all individual donations up to the first $3,000 raised through SORBA Atlanta’s web site.
2-20-2017 Tony Serrano Century Registration is now open for the 2017 Tony Serrano Century on Sat. April 8. Join us and ride 10, 39, 62 or 100 miles through the gently rolling, scenic roads of Walton, Morgan and Oconee Counties. Enjoy the hospitality of the “Rest Stop Queen” at the best sag stops. The ride is fully supported and your fee includes your choice of the event tee shirt or a water bottle & Jersey Bin. The ride starts from Athens Tech in Monroe. Sign in opens at 7:00am, ride rolls out at 8:30. Registration is still only $35 til March 20, $50 March 21 til 31, $75 thereafter.There are no added on fees when you register on line.
The ride is limited to 700 riders this year, so registration may not be available the day of the ride. Don’t miss out and sign up soon! Trish’s Note: This is one of the best rides in GA! Don’t miss it!!!..and YES the rest stops and food are as amazing as you have heard!