5-27-2019 Riding Gravel Tips GirlsGoneGravel and I did a video on IGTV about riding downhill on gravel. Check it out for some helpful tips on technique and tire pressure! More videos will be coming soon from myself, Kathryn, and Laura!

Campellton UMC Church Closing – Silk Sheets Parking The Silk Sheets Church, Campbellton United Methodist, is closing after 189 years. June 2 is their last church service. The property will be listed for sale and closed to parking for liability reasons effective early June. Please park across the road along the side street. Park fully in the grass and make sure your wheels are not on the pavement. Do not park in the “other” church’s parking lot.

5-26-2019 Riding Gravel Tips GirlsGoneGravel and I did a video on IGTV about riding downhill on gravel. Check it out for some helpful tips on technique and tire pressure!

5-23-2019 Soles for Cole From the Promoter Soles for Cole with the Southside Cycling Club The event starts and finishes in historic Senoia. Cyclists have distance options of 35, 59, 75, or 100 miles. 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 at the center of the new “cloverleaf” route design with no route overlaps! There are four unique loops of 17 – 25 miles. Each loop returns to the central rest stop. Soles For Cole volunteers are promising some surprises at the rest stop throughout the day! All cyclists finish in Senoia for a post-ride meal in the air-conditioned church hall.

5-21-2019 Dick Lane Velodrome Video The City of East Point (GA) produced a video about the DLV and its programs last week. Check it out!

Jackson County Brevet From the Promoter Mark your calendars for June 8th to attend our 10th Anniversary Jackson County Charity ride, new & faster routes, new venue, Come help us celebrate an incredible 10 years; it’s a BIG deal. A HUGE Thanks to everyone who has ridden the Brevet over the last 9 years. We could not have made it to 10 years without YOU!!!

5-18-2019 Woodward Way in Atlanta Woodward Way around Memorial Park in Buckhead (City of Atlanta) is a popular road for cyclists and is part of the Vinings Loop. It’s off of Howell Mill/Peachtree Battle. I haven’t been down there in about a month. The City appears to be doing a huge sewer replacement project. The street – and part of Peachtree Battle – is torn up with huge-not-road-tire-friendly gravel in the middle of it. You can pass, but be careful as the passable pavement is very narrow in a couple of spots. It looks like it will be this way for quite a while.

5-17-2019 Cruisin in the Country Century The 24th Annual Cruisin’ in the Country Cycling Weekend will be held November 9-10, 2019, in Claxton, Georgia, offering 5 route options and new this year, a 5k run/ride combo. Routes include an 18- mile, 31- mile trail/adventure ride, 50- mile, 65 -mile, and century. Cruisin’ boasts the best SAG and rest stops with enthusiastic hosts offering everything from hot grits and eggs, homemade sweets, award winning dips and pasta salad, gluten free and vegetarian options, Claxton Fruitcake and more! Make your Cruisin’ weekend an outdoor adventure. Bring your canoe, kayak, or paddleboard and enjoy the Canoochee River or one of the 3 beautiful lakes at the Georgia DNR Evans County Public Fishing Area. For details and registration information, please visit www.claxtonevanschamber.com or call the Claxton-Evans County Chamber of Commerce, (912) 739-1391, info@claxtonevanschamber.com. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to Evans County C.A.R.E.S., Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to cancer patients and their families and supporting regional and national cancer research programs including St.Joseph’s/Candler Health System (Nancy and J.C. Lewis Cancer Research Pavilion) Savannah, GA; Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA; Georgia Health Science Foundation Cancer Center, Augusta, GA; and the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA.

Farm to Fork Fondo From the Promoter Farm to Fork Fondo is an organized bicycle ride where you get to choose the distance best for you and stop for chef-prepared bites at farms along the way and we would love to be added to your calendar. There are four rides routes, Gran (78 miles), Medio (57 miles), Piccolo (25 miles), and Ramble Ride (9 miles), Asheville farmlands, featuring aid station stops at local farms. This is a moderate difficulty ride with rolling hills and some sustained climbing over moderate grades. We offer optional age-graded timed segments in the Stages Segment Challenge where riders can compete for the famed Polka Chicken Jersey, and one lucky participant in the Stages Segment will go home with a brand new Stages power meter worth $800. Plus, all registered 2019 Farm to Fork Fondo participants are eligible to win a brand spankin’ new Bianchi bike. One lucky winner will be selected at the end of the Farm to Fork Fondo season. Tons more Bianchi swag for you to take home! Discount Code: 15% with CLUBFONDO

5-13-2019 DLV Photos Photos from The Keirin presented by Outback Bikes at the Dick Lane Velodrome are up! It was a lot of fun to be able to shoot at the track again!

The Women’s Keiren at the Dick Lave Velodrome

Ayesha McGowen (LIV Cycling) powers down the back side of the course at the Hapeville Crit.

5-10-2019 Collegiate Road Nats Congratulations to the SCAD-Atlanta men’s team for capturing the Bronze in the Varsity Team Time Trial at the Collegiate Road National Championship! SCAD-Atlanta is coached by Tina Pic. Milligan College won the Women’s TTT Varsity bronze. In the Varsity ITT, SCAD-Savannah swept the women’s podium. Andy Scarano from SCAD-Atlanta won the Silver in the Men’s Varsity TT.

5-9-2019 Rain Sucks To say the weather is going to suck this weekend in the Southeast would be an understatement. The only thing that I have heard that is happening no matter what is the Cheaha Challenge. It’s a UCI qualifier for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, so there it would be more complicated to reschedule. I’ve talked to the DLV, and Friday Night Sprints & The Keirin are on if the weather cooperates. If not, they will not be rescheduled. Racing will resume next Tuesday as regularly scheduled. Unless it’s still raining.

Carolinas Track Championships to Be Rescheduled From the Giordana Velodrome Due to weather forecast CCA Track Championships this weekend are cancelled and will be rescheduled in the Fall.

Clip in for Epilepsy Rescheduled From Facebook: DATE RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY, JUNE 1st FOR SAFETY. After much deliberation, we have decided to change the date of the ride, the weather report for May 11th looks less than desirable and we want everyone to be safe and enjoy the day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and please feel free to DM the foundation with any questions or concerns.Thank you for your understanding and continued support! We would also like to start the day a little earlier on June 1st, since we will have more sunlight, and get everyone back for the party earlier! Here is the new schedule: Century Ride: 7am 60 Mile: 8am 30 Mile 8:30am

5-8-2019 GA State RR Postponed From Topview Sports: We regret to inform you that the Georgia State Road Race slated for this Saturday has been postponed to Saturday May 25th. (two weeks later) The forecast for the southeast looks quite bleak this whole weekend so instead of having a sub par State Championship rain fest we will delay it two weeks and pray for better weather. This is not a normal thing for TopView Sports to delay for rain but this time we can due to the importance of the event. Of course, any time a date is switched it doesn’t work for some and we understand that. We just hope that with better weather it will work for more. We could tell that racers were watching the weather as online registration was super low. We will keep online reg open for the new date but if you can’t attend that day please let us know.

Registration Discount for Six Gap! Press Release. Early registration is underway for one of the most popular bicycle rides in the country, the Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty. Participants can save $10-20 by completing the online registration by May 31. The Six Gap Century’s challenging 104-mile route has become a bucket-list ride for cyclists from all across the U.S., which features 11,200 vertical feet of elevation gain across six of the steepest climbs in the North Georgia mountains. The toughest climb on the century, Hogpen Gap, averages a gradient of seven percent for 7 miles, with sections as steep as 15 percent. The Three Gap Fifty offers a 58-mile course with 6,385 vertical feet of climbing. The 35-mile Valley Ride will return for a ninth year and offer a scenic mountainside route with rolling hills to Turner’s Corner and back.

There is one standard fee for all three ride options. The Early Bird fee is $66 and the standard fee of $76 will take effect from June 1 to Sept. 22. Each registration includes a custom T-shirt, snacks and beverages at rest stops, showers, and a post-ride spaghetti dinner (from 11am-6pm). Online registration will end Sept. 22, or when the 2,500 rider limit is reached, whichever occurs first. If spots are available, on-site registration will take place Sept. 28-29 and the fee will be $86. Fees are nonrefundable and the rides will take place rain or shine. Visit the web site for details.

Returning in 2019 will be King of the Mountain and Queen of the Mountain designations for the top male and female climbers on the two longer courses. For the Three Gap Fifty, the KOM and QOM honors will be awarded based on lowest climb times on Wolfpen Gap. For the Six Gap Century, honors will be recognized for the lowest combined climb times on Hogpen Gap and Wolfpen Gap. Both will recognize three age categories – 34 & under, 35 to 54, and 55 & over. Winners receive custom KOM kits (jersey and bib shorts). Among sponsors to join the weekend of festivities, Sept. 28-29, 2019, are Northside Hospital Sports Medicine, SunTrust and Chestatee Ford. This is the first year for Northside Hospital to sponsor Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty, noting that mobility is one of the most important aspects to living a longer and healthier life. The Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty will continue to support Georgia Bikes, a non-profit organization working to improve bicycling conditions and to promote bicycling throughout the state of Georgia. One dollar of every registration will be donated to Georgia Bikes to increase bicyclist safety through education, outreach, and better streets and trails.

The 2019 Bike Expo will be held on the Historic Square of Dahlonega on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 am to 6 pm. Vendor booths from leading industry companies and Six Gap Century sponsors will offer interactive displays, special merchandise, and product samples. Pre-registered Six Gap participants can also check-in for Sunday’s ride on the Visitors Center plaza during the Expo. The Six Gap Criterium will return on Saturday, and plans will be announced later this summer. The Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber & Visitors Bureau owns and operates the Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty, as well as the Bike Expo. The Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty boasts many of the same roads and mountain climbs that were conquered during the Tour de Georgia professional stage race. The Six Gap Century’s ultra-challenging route features six of the steepest climbs in the North Georgia mountains. It is the largest participant event of the year for the organization, which grows the economy, attracts visitors, advocates for all businesses, and develops leaders to promote the welfare of the community.

5-7-2019 It’s the Keirin at the Dick Lane Velodrome From the DLV: This Saturday is Dick Lane Velodrome’s ‘The Keirin’ p/b Outback Bikes
Saturday May 11th @ 6pm. Returning for this year is our Pro Women’s Keirin field of twelve that will compliment our Pro Men’s Keirin field. What’s a Keirin you ask – It’s a fast paced Olympic event (popular in Japan) where riders are paced up to maximum speed behind a Derny (motorized bicycle) until the final lap-and-half and then get dropped off to tear up the track to the finish. Exciting is an understatement! The DLV is a quick 10 miles from downtown Atlanta and is easy to get to via bike, car or MARTA. Gates Open @ 2 p.m. Racing Starts @ 3 p.m. Main Events Start @ 6 p.m. $5 entry or $10 for family of 5

Please note: City ordinances do not allow pets during events We’ll be serving up standard concession fare like chips and hot dogs and desserts from Cake Hag.
Don’t forget about the Need for Speed Sprints presented by Bike Law Friday Night May 10th starting at 7 p.m. Friday night spectating is free!

Rope Mill Work Party From SORBA Woodstock Work Party Date Change to 5/11/19 at Rope Mill Park, 9 AM. On deck: General Maintenance and a few reroutes. Click on the link to pre-register. We will provide lunch and thanks in advance.

Charleston Park Work Party From RAMBO Saturday, May 11 9 am, Tired of getting slapped in the face or knocked off your bike by a limb or vine at Charleston Park? Are you putting on calamine lotion before the ride? Join us Saturday for a pruning work party. Bring whatever tools (pruners, loppers, trimmers) you have that can help cut back limbs, weeds, tall grass and other vegetation that is putting a squeeze on the trail. Please bring hydration and wear closed toe shoes and gloves for your protection and comfort. I would also suggest wearing long pants and shirt for this work party. RAMBO will also provide tools and instruction. We will have lunch at Charleston Park and a group ride after lunch for anyone who can stay. So bring your bike too.

Sope Creek Work Party From MTB Atlanta Sope Creek Work Party Sat., May 18, 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.

Cochran Mill Work Party From MTB Atlanta Cochran Mill Work Party Sat., May 11, 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. We will see you there!

5-6-2019 Hapeville Photos and Spin the District If you didn’t go to the crits at Spin the District to watch or race this weekend you missed out on a fun time! I raced and photographed the Hapeville Crit on Saturday and had a blast! Photos are here for your viewing (and purchasing) pleasure.

Planes and the Pro Men’s Field at the Hapeville Crit

5-3-2019 TN State Crit Championship From TBRA: With the unfortunate cancellation of the Rockabilly Gran Prix Criterium the 2019 Tennessee State Championship Criterium will be in Rockwood, TN on July 20 as part of the Three Rivers Rumble. This is a proven course that has hosted the State Championship Crit twice in the past. We look forward to seeing you there.

5-1-2019 Tucker Day – Tucker Ride From the Tucker Day organizing committee: May 11, 2019 Main Street Tucker, GA will be CLOSED to Bikes and Cars from 6am to 7pm. Tickets for cars and riders will be issued if present on Main Street during this time. Please make alternative route plans if you are riding in Tucker on May 11th.

Haute Route Asheville Press Release: The Haute Route is returning to Asheville May 17-19. The Haute Route selects its host sites based on their significance to world cycling heritage. Host sites, such as the Alpe d’Huez and Mont Ventoux in France, cover some of the most famed and cherished landscapes in all of cycling. Haute Route courses trace the paths of the sport’s most legendary riders, and the famed grounds where they trained and competed. According to Matt Holden, CEO of Haute Route, Asheville was a natural choice for the acclaimed event. “Asheville has a storied cycling history, including hosting major cycling races, being home to several champions, and developing into a renowned training hub for road cyclists and mountain bikers,” he says.

The 2019 course features a number of sites famous both in- and outside of the world of cycling. Starting and ending downtown at Pack Square on Friday and Saturday, the course traverses Town Mountain Road, the grounds of the Biltmore Estate, and Elk Mountain Scenic Highway, among others. Haute Route even secured a permit to hold a portion of the event on the Blue Ridge Parkway. In addition to world-class cycling terrain and history, Asheville also offers a unique and vibrant downtown scene to visiting participants — who come from at least 30 States and 7 countries.

4-29-2019 10th Annual Summer Solstice Races From SORBA West Georgia We are excited to present the 10th Annual Summer Solstice Races at the Allatoona Creek Trails in Acworth Georgia. This year’s big event is brought to you by Cobb County Parks and Atlanta Cycling. There will be a 4.5 mile & 7 mile trail run and a 3 hour mountain bike race. Racers who want to test their mettle won’t come away disappointed. This year’s course will feature lots of great singletrack out on Driftwood along the banks of Lake Allatoona and will also include some of the soon to be opened Flaming Wildcat trail. For those of you who have never paritcipated in this great event, this is our main fundraiser and 100% of the event’s proceeds goes right back into building and maintaining trails at the park. So hit the link below to register now and make sure you get a spot for what will be a great race. If you’re not interested in racing but want to help support the event just reply to this email for more information on other ways you can help. See you there!

Flaming Wildcat Every Tuesday The all new Flaming Wildcat trail is under construction now and we need your help building the fun. This trail travels through pine and old growth forests and includes some of the best elevation changes at Allatoona Creek. It promises to run the gambit from fast and flowy to tight and challenging singletrack. We’ll have a BIG workday on Saturday May 18th and need another great showing from all our volunteer trail crew. We’ll also start meeting some weekday afternoons to do some finishing work, beginning Tuesday April 30th at 5pm. Come help out and then stay for the Wacky Tuesday Group Ride at 7pm.

4-26-2019 Twilight Weekend! It’s Twilight weekend and the beginning of Speedweek! Twilight turns 40, so be there to help them celebrate! There are a ton of events planned! Commerce is on Sunday; Walterboro the middle of the week. The Spin the District Crits are next weekend to close out Speedweek–Hapeville (GA) Saturday and College Park on Sunday. Most races have other activities planned as well! Check out one or as many of the races as you can! I plan to be at–and race & take photos–Hapeville. Come find me and say hi!

4-24-2019 Resurrect the Historic Roswell Criterium The Georgia Bicycle Racing Association (GBRA) is in the process of resurrecting the Historic Roswell Criterium for Sunday June 2, 2019 as the Georgia State Criterium Championships. For 14 years the race was a mainstay for the Canton St. Roswell community and criterium bicycle racers in the southeast. Unfortunately, the relationship between the city and the criterium stakeholders broke down. GBRA is now trying to resurrect the race in a new format that everyone will enjoy. The City of Roswell department heads have come to the table with many great ideas plus reducing costs from previous races. Bike Roswell has also been a great assistance negotiating how to proceed with an excellent event. After careful budgeting we are in need of a title sponsor or two or three presenting sponsors to make the race happen.

Title Sponsorship $10,000 * Naming rights to the Event * Finish Line Overhead Banner Placement * Podium Backdrop Placement * All day announcer calls

Presenting Sponsorship: $3,000 – $5,000 * Finish Line Overhead Banner Placement \* Podium Backdrop Placement: * All day announcer calls :

Contact Mike Barman GBRA: Secretary (678)575-4684 Barmancoach2013@gmail.com

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