MTB Trails Status AFAIK these metro Atlanta trails are open. Please confirm before you go.
Blanket’s Creek
Rope Mill
Allatoona Creek Park – CLOSED 3-23 as all Cobb County Parks are closed.
Mt. Tabor – CLOSED Paulding Parks closed 3-25
Sara Babb- CLOSED Paulding Parks closed 3-25
Lost Mountain – CLOSED 3-23 as all Cobb County Parks are closed.
Southside Park Trails
North Cooper Lake MTB Park
Ft. Yargo State Park
Cochran Mill – CLOSED 3-25
Chicopee Woods
South Rockdale Community Park – CLOSED
Skyes Park (City of East Point)- CLOSED
Soutside Park
Rollercoaster Trail (City of Newnan)
Brown’s Mill Beginner Trail (Coweta County)
Gwinnett County Parks (Harbins, Tribble Mill, Yellow River) – facilties closed, trails are open
Silver Comet rail trail – CLOSED IN COBB (3-25 police are asking people not to use it, will be blocked off on 3-26), CLOSED in Paulding, Open in Polk
Arabia Mountain rail trail
Dauset MTB Trails-facilities are closed but trails are open
Big Creek Greenway – Greenway open, facilities closed in Roswell & Alpharetta
Big Creek MTB Trails-trails are open but facilities & parking lot are closed.
Carrollton Greenbelt – paved trail is open but facilities are closed
Anything in North Georgia For closures in the Chattahoochee/Oconee National Forest click here
Bull/Jake Mountain – Facilities closed, trails are open
Sope Creek-The entire CNRA is closed including the trails.
Clinton-Closed per Douglas County
Dirty Sheets is open but do not park at Cochran Mill. You can park at Serenbe for now or maybe one of the churches in the area (call the church for permission).
Yonah Preserve Trails – Closed 3-29

3-29-2020 Rescheduled Events A lot of events and rides are being rescheduled. I’m not maintaining a list any longer. Instead I am updating the calendars as I find out the rescheduled dates.

Olde Blind Dog COVID-19 Medical Town Hall From OBBCC Who’s interesting in attending? OBDCC member, Dr. Mike Lipscomb M.D. runs the Emergency Department of a local hospital, has volunteered to do a virtual “Town Hall” meeting with our members on Monday night, March 30th at 7:00 PM. Dr. Lipscomb plans to give us an overview of the Coronavirus pandemic from his perspective at our local level and will give us his suggestions, plus he will take our questions.In addition to our club members, others are welcome to join. Edit: He is going to do the town hall meeting through FB live. Keep an eye on the OBDCC Facebook page for details.

3-27-2020 Atlanta Cycling Festival Rescheduled The Atlanta Cycling Festival has been exploring Atlanta by bike, now 7 years in a row. This free, week-long bicycle Festival scheduled for May 9th-15th will now take place in Fall 2020 (TBD), due to needed precautionary measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. The safety of our attendees remains our top priority. There will be over 25 bicycle events throughout the week of the festival, that aims to connect bicyclists of all ages and experience levels and to support local bike-friendly businesses and organizations. We encourage our attendees to deepen their exploration of the great city of Atlanta by bike!

SouthSide Century Ride For the second year, we are thrilled to announce our partner charity is Soles for Cole. S4C is a charity created by Cole Croteau and Christian Cullen to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis and support families of victims of this terrible disease.
Spin through the quiet country roads of beautiful Coweta, Spalding and Meriwether Counties. The event starts and finishes in historic Senoia. Ride is fully supported with a central well-stocked rest stop/party zone including nutrition, hydration, ice, bike mechanics and entertainment. SAG vehicles will be on the course. The cloverleaf route pattern allows cyclists riding different distances to stay together longer. Decisions on your ride distance, 35, 59, 75, or 100 miles, can be made as you go. Plenty of parking at the start! Triathletes welcome. Route Description: All routes begin with a short “stem” ride out to the spacious covered pavilion in Haralson. This is the location of the fully-supported rest stop “party zone” at the center of the “cloverleaf” route design. There are four unique loops of 17 – 25 miles with no overlaps. Each loop returns to the central rest stop. High energy Soles for Cole volunteers are promising some surprises at the rest stop throughout the day! All cyclists finish in Senoia for a delicious post-ride meal in the air-conditioned hall. Registration, additional ride details and route maps

3-25-2020 Local Bike Shops Open! Local bike shops are open and ready to help you with your cycling needs! Please contact them for their current hours and policies. Please suppose those shops that support Southeastern Cycling!

Outback Bikes – Go on their Facebook page to sign up for an appointment time!
Smyrna Bicycles – Currently open regular hours and ready to help! Please practice social distancing and do not crowd other customers.
Cycology – Open regular hours and ready to help! All group rides are temporarily suspended.

Road and Para-cycling National Championships Cancelled Form USA Cycling USA Cycling announced on Tuesday that the 2020 USA Cycling Collegiate and Para-cycling Road Championships scheduled for May 6-10 in Augusta, Georgia will be cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. “Given the uncertainty with regard to extended school closures, travel restrictions, and the cancellations impacting the collegiate road season, we made the difficult decision to cancel the event for this year,” said Chuck Hodge, USA Cycling Chief of Racing and Events. After communicating with the collegiate community, the 2021 USA Cycling Collegiate Road championships will be scheduled for May 7-9 in Augusta, Georgia. “After considering alternatives, including a postponement, it was decided that a cancellation would be necessary,” stated Liz Kollar, Director of Youth and Collegiate Development. USA Cycling will work with the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee on 2021 dates for the Para-cycling Championships. In addition, opportunities for those graduating seniors who were planning on participating in the 2020 Collegiate Road Nationals are being explored for the 2021 race.

3-24-2020 Assault on Mt. Mitchell Cancelled From the Spartanburg Freewheelers Due to the CDC and government recommendations and the recommendation from USA Cycling, we have carefully decided to CANCEL the 2020 Assaults. We understand and are truly sorry for the disappointment of this news, but we want to assure you the health and safety of everyone involved is our top priority. This is a large event with international and national travel and many individuals involved, so we want to be sure we are taking every precaution we can for the safety of you and everyone involved.

3-21-2020 Smyrna Bicycles Offering Bicycle Tune Up Service with Pickup and Delivery-Unique Service for Smyrna-Vinings Area Smyrna Bicycles has begun offering a complete Bicycle Tune Up service with pickup and delivery on the customer’s schedule. They will work with customers to pick up the bicycle and drop it off when completed. The service is offered in Smyrna zip codes 30080 and 30082 as well as select areas of Vinings. Tune Ups start at $69. Smyrna Bicycles offers other mobile mechanic services including flat repair starting at $30.00. That’s right! They will come to you!

Locally owned Smyrna Bicycles has been serving Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, and Cobb County since 2007. They carry all types of bikes from road bikes to mountain bikes, hybrids, cruisers, and everything in between from Giant, Litespeed, and Electra. They also carry Liv, which offers a full line of women’s bicycles. Full mechanic services for all varieties of bikes will keep riders on the road or trail. Rental bikes are available on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis. Hybrid rentals are great for riding on the Silver Comet Trail, which is an easy quarter mile ride from the shop’s front door. Road bike rentals are available for riding on the Trail, in a triathlon, or for a century or charity ride. Call the shop at 770-436-3252 with questions about the Tune Up pickup and delivery service. Information can also be found on their website

Sope Creek Closed From Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area: For visitor and employee safety, all park units and parking areas are closed beginning March 21, 2020. Park closures will be reassessed in two weeks. Visitors are encouraged to follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines for public spaces related to COVID-19. Updates will be posted to the park website and social media channels. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and continued support during this time.

Big Creek Closed From Roswell Parks: Please be advised that as of Saturday, March 21, all playgrounds, fields, and parking lots in all Roswell Parks will be closed until further notice.

3-19-2020 Athens Twilight Rescheduled From Swagger: Athens, GA – The Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight Criterium presented by Terrapin, an annual springtime tradition, will now be a fall tradition, if only for a year. Local organizers have decided to postpone the 41st edition of the AOC Twilight to September 18-19, 2020.

Coupled with the CDC ‘s eight week recommendation for gatherings, USA Cycling’s (cycling’s national governing body) suspension of event permits through May 3, and the aggressive measures Athens Clarke-County have taken in the last 36 hours to curb the spread of COVID-19, the AOC Twilight ran out of time. “We felt we had no path forward to continue with an April date,” says Event Director, Ashley Travieso. “We had hoped to continue with a spring date, knowing how important this event is to both the local community and to the national and international cycling community. We were optimistically hoping circumstances might change prior to our target announcement date of April 6, but it is evident this will not happen.” The AOC Twilight weekend provides a lifestyle-defining event for Athens, offering something for everyone – the largest 5k run in Athens, competitive and non-competitive cycling events, kids events, a free music stage, and, of course, beer gardens – and at the same time provides an economic boost for restaurants, bars, and hotels. “Cycling, running, and walking are all great individual activities, and we hope everyone stays active, healthy, and safe,” adds Travieso. “Our hope is to create this amazing atmosphere the race is known for in the Fall of 2020 and return to the Spring in 2021.” There are national implications with the current situation, as well. “Events were the first to go, including professional cycling races. The early season of racing has been decimated, yet we are working closely with USA CRITS to revive a late season series of criteriums,” says Travieso.

3-18-2020 Cobb County Parks Cobb County has said outdoor parks will remain open, and restrooms will be cleaned at regular intervals. Trish’s Note: My guess this is subject to change.

3-17-2020 MTB Trails Clinton Nature Park is closed for 14 days starting March 15 by Douglas County.

Columns Drive Parking If you park at Columns Drive to road ride or mtb this is from the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area: Visitors accessing the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Columns Drive parking lot will notice a change in the coming weeks. A section of the gravel area has always been privately owned property and is utilized by the gas utility contractor for accessing the utility right-of-way. This area has been blocked off by the property owner Riverview Condominiums. Riverview Condominiums owns a section of the gravel area and has installed yellow bollard posts along their boundary. These bollards delineate their property line from the National Park Service property. As a result, the CRNRA will be making adjustments to the gravel area adjacent to the bollards to resolve anticipated issues and is researching parking solutions that fit within the park mission and compliance. Visitors may utilize parking areas located at Johnson Ferry South, Johnson Ferry North, Sope Creek, and Interstate North for access to Cochran Shoals.

Blanket’s Creek News Some good news from SORBA Woodstock! Trish’s Note: There is no timeline on this project. Who’s ready for great news! We need some right? The USA Corp of Engineers has finally approved our expert trail we are calling Gnarnia. We have been waiting almost a year for this approval news and it’s finally here! This expert trail will begin at the South Loop trail head and be comprised of narrow puncheons, steep cliff exposure, rock line crawls and much more. This trail by far has some of the rockiest terrain in all of Blankets Creek. It’s been on the list of dreams since the park was created 20 years ago and it’s finally approved to build!

We anticipate it’s going to cost $50K – $75K to build out via a combination of volunteer work and a professional trail building company. There will be some machine cut work and hand cut sections. Stay tuned for details of an upcoming fundraiser with sponsorship levels that we are putting together. We’ll have to pull together as a community to fund this one, but finally after years of building progression for all users, it’s going to be awesome to add a expert tech trail to the top of it all! Stay tuned for more details! Congrats to all those that worked to make this happen!

Mountain Goat Adventures Reschedules Events From Mountain Goat Adventures: The CDC has just issued a recommendation that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. Several states have already issued bans on gatherings above a certain size. While we may be being overly cautious and I’d love to be able to move forward with these events, we feel that it is in the best interest of the safety of our participants, volunteers, and society in general to reschedule these events when the risk is lower and gathering bans have been lifted.

The following events are POSTPONED and will be rescheduled with dates still TBD:
March 28 – Rope Mill Spring Thaw Trail Run
April 18 – Blankets Creek Dirty 15/30 MTB Race
April 18 – Blankets Creek Trail Run
April 25 – Cohutta 100/Big Frog 65/Old Copper 30 MTB race
April 26 – Big Frog 50k/13.1/7 mile trail run
While we do not have any reschedule dates confirmed yet, all potential dates are after June 27th.

Rescheduling all these events is a huge undertaking for us so PLEASE PLEASE give us time to speak with land managers to schedule new dates so that we can handle these event reschedules in a somewhat organized manner. This could take a couple of weeks to get in order. All entries will transfer to the new dates and if you are unable to attend we will take care of you – we don’t want to just take your money but PLEASE do not email us individually asking about refunds or new dates. We will email you with all new information pertinent to your event and and details about refunds or deferrals once we have it and will be handling one event at a time. WE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU, but please give us time to get it all sorted out.

3-12-2020 Mountaintown & P3/P4 Trail Maintenance Day Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 9 AM Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way, 400 Mulberry Gap Rd, Ellijay, Georgia 30540 Mulberry Gap is excited to be organizing a spring cleaning trail maintenance day to help Mountaintown and P3/P4 recover from winter storms. When- Saturday March 21st, 9:00am to mid/late afternoon. What- Tree clearing, branch moving, and other basic maintenance to get Mountaintown and P3/P4 ready for the spring rush. Who do we need- Two crews (8-10 folks per crew). All skills levels are welcome! A couple Forest Service certified Sawyers needed so we can safely clear downed trees where needed.

3-11-2020 SORBA Woodstock Trail Party From SORBA Woodstock Our March trail party will be at Blanket’s Creek. We will continue to work on recovering from the tornadoes, flood damage and general maintenance. Wear long pants, closed toe shoes and bring water. We will provide the tools and lunch following. Sat. March 21 9 am.

3-10-2020 Silver Comet Trail Open! The bridge over Noses Creek in Powder Springs is back open! No more detour!

Tony Serrano Century The grass is turning green and the air is beginning to warm and the young at heart are planning their rides. Here are some things you get when you ride the Tony Serrano Century. 1. Low traffic, scenic, well marked, rural routes with radio dispatched SAG support on the course. 2. “Best Rest Stops” The Rest Stop Queen is busy making all sorts of hand crafted, home made treats and real, nutritional food to fuel your ride. 3. Hot lunch. We are firing up the big grille again with hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs for a satisfying post bride meal. Your early entry guarantees your choice of our event T shirt designed by Tony’s daughters, Isa and Zohe or two Jersey Bins embossed with the ride logo. Jersey Bins are a heavy duty clear plastic carrying pouch that fits perfectly in your jersey pocket. Ditch those sandwich baggies! The Covington-Conyers Cycling Club is bringing you the opportunity to try out the RideWithGPS voice navigation app for free! Registrants will be sent a password that will enable your smartphone to give you turn by turn voice navigation (just like in your car) plus it will display maps, cue sheets and ride data. Myself and many of my fellow club members have adopted this app in place of other dedicated ride devices.

Cochran Mill Work Party From MTB Atlanta Saturday March 14 9 am-Noon. Join us for our monthly work party at Cochran Mill Park. Meet at the main parking lot at 9 AM. Please wear long pants, closed toed shoes, bring a helmet, gloves, water, snacks and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees. We will see you there!

Some Creek Work Party From MTB Atlanta Sope Creek Work Party Sat., March 21 9 am-Noon. Join us for our monthly Work Party at Sope Creek and give back to the trails that you love to ride. We meet at the Columns Drive parking lot at 9 AM at the gate by the Fitness loop. Wear long pants, closed toed shoes, bring gloves, water, snacks and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees. We will see you there.

3-9-2020 Group Ride Season is here! Go forth and enjoy the sun! Ok, rain. But it will be sunny and warm at some point from July-November. The Rides page is constantly being updated as 2020 ride information is available! Find an Atlanta group ride!

ATLPTN Rides The clocks spring forward this Sunday and the Atlanta Peloton returns to serving up suffering during the week. See below for times and details. In April, NNL, SVL, and PZA will move to 6:30pm. Of note, Tucker times will not roll back until the first weekend in April. And Airport continues through the end of March, after which The Sunday Ride series commences.

Nasty Northlake Tuesday 6:15pm in March, 6:30 April-Summer One small counterclockwise loop, One large counterclockwise loop, Belgian Finish

Pizza Ride Thursday Pizza 6:15pm in March, 6:30 April-Summer, 1 large clockwise loop, Sprint finish

Tucker A/Full Grown Saturday @ 9:25am, B/Baby @ 9:30am, Leaves from downtown Tucker

Airport Ride Sunday 10:00am Leaves from Peters Street

Cycology Bike Shop Supports Southeastern Cycling I am very excited to have Cycology Bike Shop in Hiram, GA join Southeastern Cycling’s advertisers! They are conveniently located near the Silver Comet trailhead at Seaboard Ave. Drop in for nutrition, repairs, or that new bike! At Cycology Bike Shop, we are passionate about the bicycle in all its forms. We believe that relationships matter and we will do everything in our power to help you feel at home in our little corner of the world. Cycology Bike Shop was founded by people who have grown up in bicycle shops both here in Georgia and also across the country. Bicycles are our life. We have come to the conclusion that there is the perfect bicycle out there for everyone…some people just need a little help finding it. We are committed to helping you find whatever you are looking for. No question is too basic or too advanced. Everyone is welcome. We look forward to meeting you!

3-5-2020 State of Gravel From the Promoter: TopView Sports is proud to OFFICIALLY Announce the Georgia “State of Gravel” Call it an unofficial State Champs, call it grass roots gravel racing, call it whatever you like but DON’T call in sick! Located just south of Athens this race is in the heart of some great dirt road riding. There will be two course options.  Both Rides Start and Finish on DIRT! One of very few gravel events to do so. The long will be 60 miles and has ONLY 5 MILES of Paved Roads! The Adventure ride is 29 miles with less than 2 miles of paved roads. Almost unheard of in Gravel racing/riding to have such a high percentage of dirt. The event will be on Saturday Apr. 11th at 9AM (the day before Easter) More details and info below.   Both rides will start at the same time. The adventure distance is for fun only and will not have podiums or awards. Results for the 55 will be based on the following age groups: Men Under 30 -Men 30-39, Men 40-49, Men 50-59, Men 60+ Women Under 35, Women 35-49, Women 50+ 60 Mile COURSE MAP
29 Mile Adventure Ride,  REGISTER

Olivia Lord wins the Women’s 1/2/3 Criterium at the Tour of the Southern Highlands last Friday night.

3-4-2020 Gran Fondo Florida Releases New Details As Gran Fondo Florida swiftly approaches, the Gran Fondo National Series has released updated information on a Saturday Happy Hour, Sunday’s Finish line Party, entry pricing, and USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championship qualification details. The annual cycling event in San Antonio, FL will be held March 22, 2020.

Happy Hour, Hosted by Flint Creek Outfitters A great cycling event is more than a bike ride, and Gran Fondo Florida features a Saturday evening Happy Hour hosted by Flint Creek Outfitters in Dade City, FL. Cyclists can meet new and old friends over drinks and appetizers at Flint Creek Outfitters from 6:30-7:30 PM on Saturday, March 21. Sunday Morning Coffee Before the start on Sunday morning, head over to our friends from NRS & Events, powered by VOLVO for a cup of coffee. Once we start, look for the Volvos out on course if you need mechanical assistance. Finish Line Party, Hosted by VO2 Max Cycles There’s nothing like a hot meal and cold beer after a great day on the bike. The Finish Line Party will be hosted by VO2 Max Cycles and feature great food, cold beer, and live music. Riders are encouraged to stick around for a chance to win valuable raffle prizes from GFNS sponsors.

Qualify for 2020 USA Cycling National Championship Event Riders can qualify for the 2020 USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championship event at Gran Fondo Asheville (July 19, 2020) based on results from the 2019 and 2020 Gran Fondo Florida, along with results from other select 2019 and 2020 gran fondos. Review complete qualification details here.

Entry Fees Increase March 11 Registration prices for all three routes will increase by $20-$25 on March 11, 2020. Cyclists are urged to register early to take advantage of lower registration prices. Register here. The current fees are: • Gran Route (100 miles): $140 • Medio Route (55 miles): $120 • Piccolo Route (35 miles): $85 Services and amenities for all riders include pro-level support and fully stocked and staffed aid stations on course, timed segments, prize raffles, finish line party, and more.

3-3-2020 Cycology Women’s Ride From Cycology:  The votes are in and have been counted. Our women’s only group ride will be Thursday evenings starting March 12. Please note the following: We will be wheels down from Cycology Bike Shop at 6p (time will move to 6:30p in May) The group will be led by Carla Bates. This will initially be a be a 16 mile ride* on the Silver Comet Trail at a 14-16 mph average. Road bike required. Helmets are required. No ear buds allowed. All riders accept the risks and responsibilities associated with group rides. Distance and speed might be revised based on group needs.

Dick Lane Velodrome Beginner’s Class is THIS weekend! Saturday and Sunday March 7-8 1-4 pm $60 All Beginner’s Class Graduates Receive 10% off New Track Bikes by showing their certificate at Outback Bikes. Learn to ride and race on the Dick Lane Velodrome! This adult beginner program teaches the fundamentals of riding on the track, safely and progressing to more advanced handling. After the program, all riders are ready to race!

Cost: $60.00 (includes loaner bike if you don’t have a track bike)
Bring: shoes, pedals and helmet You’ll also need a signed waiver. For current class schedules dates please check the current calendar. During Weekly Season classes you must pick one session and attend all 4 session in order to get certified.

Bike Charlotte Charlotte wants you to ‘Enjoy the Ride’ as it kicks off the 20th Anniversary Bike Charlotte celebration, April 17 – May 3. We want to hear about your bike event as we celebrate all things cycling around Charlotte. If you’re planning one, tell us! You can submit your event to our calendar. And make sure to mark YOUR calendar for our Signature Events: – Bike to Breakfast – Open Streets 704 – Uptown Cycle Link – #IRideXCLT Want to join the celebration? Find out more at Go pump up your tires and get ready to roll, as we all Enjoy the Ride together!

3-2-2020 Daylight Saving Time It’s almost Daylight Saving Time! One more week til GROUP RIDE SEASON STARTS! Check out the Rides Page for all of the group ride goodness you crave! It will be updated over the next month or so as shops, clubs, and such release their 2020 schedule.

Londonderry Speed Bumps -A warning from Don Dutson about the new speedbumps on Londonberry in Buckhead. No  more 40 mph on this downhill. Bummer! Londonberry is a very popular road to ride down. Please be careful! “Don’t let these new rubber speed bumps catch you by surprise while riding your bike at speed. Fortunately, they have now been painted so they are more easily recognized. It appears that more will be added along the full length of the street. They may be ridden over at 20 mph with a significant jolt. It might be best not to try to ride over them at significantly higher speeds on this steep downhill.”

2-26-2020 MTNC Marietta Tuesday Night Crit Season 2020 starts two weeks on March 10 from tonight. 6:30 / 45 minutes + 3 laps. $5 donation. Check in with Detective Auld at turn 1. Season 2020 starts two weeks from tonight. 6:30 / 45 minutes + 3 laps. $5 donation. Check in with Detective Auld at turn 1.

Alabama Cycling Classic From the Promoter The 18th Annual Alabama Cycling Classic is upon us! Join us on April 18-19th in Anniston Alabama for an action packed weekend of racing. The King of All Crits, The Sunny King Criterium on Saturday and the Piedmont Criterium on Sunday. The Sunny King Criterium returns for an 18th year bringing a kaleidoscope of colors and whirl of action to Anniston with 21 exciting bicycle races charging through the downtown streets. The Sunny King Criterium is the second stop on the 2020 Professional Road Tour and also offers a full slate of amateur races! Day two of the Alabama Cycling Classic continues in Piedmont Alabama for a 7th year. Located just twenty five minutes from Anniston, the City of Piedmont welcomes all racers to compete in the Piedmont Criterium also hosted in its downtown district. The race course offers spacious and wide turns with new tarmac!

In 2020, the online broadcast will be provided again by sponsor Alabama Power from Noon to 9 p.m. CDT. Racing action will be called by professional sports commentators Brad Sohner and Frankie Andreu. It’s one of the best days of racing to watch in person, or online, providing valuable exposure for the hundreds of competitors and their teams as well as area tourism.

2-25-2020 WBL History Ever wonder how THE WBL came into existence? There is a great write up on the WBL Facebook page this week. Reading it is like peeking back at how long I’ve been racing in Georgia (1998 is the answer). I know some of them and recognize all of the names. Those were the early years of my racing as well. I got to know a lot of the Athens crew through mountain bike racing at the old GAP series and the roadies back in my road and (first go around) track day. Who remembers the Zaxby’s pro team? You can still walk into some older Zaxbys and see a team photo on the wall. Go learn you some history and see why it is THE WBL. (For the record, I am not a Zealot. I’ve never done a WBL. It’s a bit out of my league.)

Van Michael Supports Southeastern Cycling I am excited to announce that Van Michael Salon is back for 2020 as an advertiser on Southeastern Cycling! Van is a long time mountain biker and supporter of cycling in the area. I’m sure you’ve heard of the Van Michael Trail at Blanket’s Creek in Woodstock, GA. Yeah, that VMT is named after a hair salon! Womxn--I can recommend a couple of great stylists at Virginia-Highland and East Cobb! One of them is a cyclist and understands you need to look good after a ride! Guys–Van Michael Men at the Battery in Cobb County at Truist Park offers cuts and shaves for you!

2-20-2020 Want to be a USAC Official? There is an upcoming clinic in Greenville, SC. Contact Scott Patton for more information (see flyer).

2-19-2020 US Amateur National Road Championships Press Release The best amateur cyclists in the country will descend upon Clay County for the USA Cycling Road Amateur National Championships on June 25-28, 2020. The two-year agreement brings the event to Northeast Florida in 2021 as well. The championship will feature 800 competitors combined between the various rider divisions, with athletes as young as 10 years old competing for National Titles. There will be a group of elite amateur racers aiming for the professional ranks that will be competing as well.

Three different disciplines will be featured in the weekend of racing – time trial, road race, and criterium. The time trial course on Thursday, June 25 will start and finish at the Keystone Airport, with the course running through Camp Blanding. The road races begin on Friday, June 26, with the younger age groups on a short course that starts and finishes at Penney Farms. The road races conclude with a longer race for the older age groups on Saturday, June 27, at Penney Farms. The racing concludes on Sunday, June 28, with the criterium – a NASCAR-like short and fast cycling race near Fleming Island High School.

8th Annual Bike Luck Presented by the Charlotte Knights Press Release Date/Time: Saturday, April 25, 2020 8:00 am – 2:00 pm at Grinnell Water in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 8th Annual Bike LUCK (Lucky Unlimited Cardiac Kids) Presented by Charlotte Knights is the annual charity bicycle ride for Camp LUCK. All donations are tax deductible and 100% of proceeds raised support Camp LUCK! Back by popular demand, we will have the 45-mile bike route to our 60-mile and 25-mile routes!! Camp LUCK provides medically supervised camp experiences for kids with significant heart disease. Camp LUCK transforms our heart kids into Lucky Unlimited Cardiac Kids with programs designed to nurture, educate and support the kids and their families. It’s more than a camp; it’s an attitude … and changing attitudes changes lives. Donations will help sponsor kids who attend at Camp LUCK at located at Kings Mountain State Park.

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