11-26-2018 Airport Ride “Activities” I received this email about the start of the Airport ride Sunday. Please note that there has been some concern from the residents near the start of the Airport ride on Sundays. The police have been called. Please respect the neighborhood. I am not sure what the “activities,” are but I’ll include no public nudity, don’t use the bathroom in public, be polite to residents, business customers, and others, don’t be rowdy/noisy, etc. “The residents that live near the airport ride start have been video recording cyclist activities before the start of the ride. They also had the Atlanta police arrive just after the ride start this past Sunday 11/25. They stopped a cyclist, who was running late to the ride, and the residents voiced their lengthy and documented concerns to the police and the cyclist. Please RESPECT the ride start area, and assume your ‘activities’ will be on high resolution film and reported, per the discussion this morning.”

11-25-2018 Tania Castleberry Memorial Underwear Ride Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 9:30 AM Dutch Monkey Doughnuts, 3075 Ronald Reagan Boulevard #502, Cumming, Georgia 30041 Come join us for coffee and donuts Sunday December 9th as we remember our Dear Friend Tania Castleberry. This ride and it’s mission were very dear to Tania’s heart. Please join us with a new package of underwear and or socks to support underprivileged families and children in Forsyth county. For more information, contact 770-886-1175

Neighborhood Advocacy IssuesHi Everyone! I regret that I am not able to get involved in more advocacy issues, especially when they are “neighborhood” issues and not the cycling community at large in the ATL. I recommend you contact the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition if you live in the city of Atlanta, Bike Cobb, Bike Walk Dunwoody, Brookhaven Bike Alliance, Georgia Bikes, Savannah Bicycle Campaign, or your local advocacy organization as well as your county/city council members, county/city mayor/administrator, county/city public works, etc.

11-21-2018 Serenbe CX The Georgia Cyclocross p/b Bike Law and Terrapin Brewing series finale is on December 2 at the gorgeous Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. Join GACX and Peachtree Bikes for a super fun day! There will be something for everyone! Register here and save yourself the $10 onsite late fee. Hang around after racing because the series overall awards will be handed out! Highlights for Serenbe include:

-Cowbells for racing participants
-Tshirts for kids race participants. The GACX kids race is always FREE for our future CX racers. Everyone gets a ribbon.
-Tex’s Tacos for awesome food
-Heckle and Handup Zones
-Cozy Fire in the pavilion
-Beer for racers 21+ (sorry, Juniors!)
-MC Tim Huff on the mic calling all of the races
-Did we mention beer?

11-20-2018 WBL Ride #1
1 December (Saturday): THE HUB HOMER HOME OPENER
Where: The Hub / Independent Baking Company (5 Points / Athens)
Time: 10 (window open)
Length: 82 miles / 4 hours
Points: 4 pts. (1 per hour)
Interactive map: https:
Store Stop: Homer (Mile 45)
Finis: No Sprint

Mississippi Gravel Cup Press Release The Mississippi Gravel Cup (MGC), a gravel race series created by the Ordinary Epics Team in conjunction with race directors in each location, is contributing to this gravel growth movement by adding a fourth race to its already successful series. Last year the races included routes in Ackerman and Hattiesburg, with the series finale held in Bentonia. This year will see an additional race held at a new location. “The OMG race is an exciting addition to our series,” said Jason Shearer of Ordinary Epics. “Our vision is to create a unique gravel experience with each race, and Oxford does not disappoint. One thing I will recommend – bring your climbing legs!”

The MGC offers a premier gravel experience with each race in the series, offering 100 and 50 mile competitive distances as well as a 25 mile fun ride. The races are held in four parts of the state so riders can enjoy different terrains for each race. Between the varying grades of gravel and the ever-changing course conditions, they provide just about anything a rider could ask for in a gravel series. Add to that the unique culture and personality that comes with those who love this type of course and format, and you’ll find yourself in the perfect place for an exciting and inspiring ride!

11-19-2018 Georgia State CX Championships Photos Photos from The EPTC Classic Georgia State CX Championships are ready! Please support your local photographer!

The Men 1/2 stayed together for much of the race, which resulted in a sprint finish.

11-16-2018 GA Trails Closed-Metro Atlanta Hey Everyone! Metro Atlanta and much of the state got 4-6″ of rain this week. Many if not most of the local trails will be closed until the weekend or maybe even a bit later. Please respect the trails and stay off of them until the land manager or local SORBA Chapter says they are open again. Jay Wilkes or SORBA Woodstock posted this on Facebook about Rope Mill: “We will be evaluating trail conditions at Blankets Creek and Rope Mill on Sat morning. Stay tuned to our website for status change if we open them. Be aware that Woodstock Police Dept will be monitoring the trail system for illegal trail poachers on Friday and Saturday. There is a new ordinance for fines if you don’t comply. Below is the ordinance language. Please support us by complying with the law. Penalties for Violations of posted signage. Any person found in violation 0f Section 62—2 shall pay a fine of not more than
$100.00 for the first offense, $150.00 for the second offense, $200.00 for the third offense and not more than $1,000.00 for any subsequent offense, as determined by the Municipal Court Judge.”

11-13-2018 GA State CX Championships The Georgia State Cyclocross Championships are this Sunday at Nash Farm, EPTC CX Classic! Be sure to look at the schedule on the GACX website to see what TIME the race that the jerseys will be awarded in is and what divisions will receive jerseys. The normal GACX schedule will be followed, but jerseys will only be awarded during certain races.

11-12-2018 Photos from Road Atlanta CX are ready! Please support your local photographer! This was a nice venue and has so much potential. I can’t wait to see what they do with it next year.

David Kemp (CX Mafia) goofing off on his way to the win at Road Atlanta in Single Speed.

Iris Levin (Bike Law Cycling Club) on her way to the win in the Women’s 3/4 at Across the Beeriers-Terrapin against a cloudy backdrop.

11-9-2018 GBRA Annual Meeting Reminder Georgia Bicycle Racing Association Annual Meeting When: Saturday November 10, 2018 2pm: Vote for 2019 Board of Directors: All USAC members welcome, 2:15pm: Election of Officers: 2019 Board of Directors Only, 2:30pm: GBRA Annual Meeting: All USAC members welcome, 4pm: 2019 Pre-Season Coordination Meeting and GA State Championships will be set: All member clubs, race directors, and USAC members interested in directing a race in 2019 are welcome to attend. 5pm: adjourn, Where: Old Blind Dog Irish Pub, 12650 Crabapple Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30004  Please attend the Georgia Bicycle Racing Association’s annual meeting November 10th at the Old Blind Dog in Alpharetta, GA. Due to issues developing a new website for GBRA we will have an election of the board in person at 2pm. The current board members have been nominated for 2019 and are willing to serve in their current capacities. Per the by-laws any current member of the United States Cycling Association is welcome to run for a directorship of their constituency with voting for the position occurring at the annual meeting.

GBRA Board:
President: representing Member Clubs: Greg Latham
Vice President: representing officials and coaches: John Patterson
Secretary: representing the Dick Lane Velodrome: Mike Barman
Director-at-Large: Tim Molyneaux
Director: representing race directors: Betty Hodges
Director: representing riders: John Wilkes
Treasurer: Chip Davis
Here are a few GBRA information links: GBRA Monthly Call Minutes and GBRA By-Laws. If you have any questions, concerns, or information you would like to share with the board at the annual meeting please email: barmancoach2013@gmail.com Thank you for a great 2018! Mike Barman GBRA Board Member representing the Dick Lane Velodrome, GBRA: Secretary

Ride With Joey Press Release The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and Mission Devo Junior Cycling Team are excited to present the 5th Annual Ride with Joey fundraiser! Hosted by and featuring Three Taverns Craft Beer Food provided by Osteria 832 25 Mile Bike Ride (Rain or Shine), 3:00-5:00, with Decatur native and BMC ProTour cyclist Joey Rosskopf and Gathering & Reception, 5:00-7:00 Q&A with Joey, Raffle, Silent Auction

About Joey Rosskopf Joey is the current and two-time USA Time Trial Champion, a Decatur native and a ProTour rider with BMC since 2015. He races extensively in Europe, including the 2015 and 2018 Vuelta de Espana and 2016 and 2017 Giro d’Italia. His palmares include Overall Winner of Tour du Limousin (2016), winner of the 2015 Vuelta de Espana Stage 1 (team time trial), and 2nd place winner in the 2018 Vuelta Stage 16 individual time trial. Joey recently signed a two-year contract to race the UCI World Tour for CCC, the successor team to BMC, beginning in 2019.

11-8-2018 Southeast Regional USAC Officials Clinic Become a USA Cycling Race Official! It’s fun, you can do it part time, and you get paid! As a USAC Official, you will learn to assist with the sporting management of road races, criterium, time trials, cyclocross, track, and mountain bike races. There are may roles an official can take including referee, judge, or motoref. It all starts with an officials clinic! The Southeast Regional Officials Clinic is in Atlanta on Jan. 19-0-2018. Email Scott at scott at scottpatton.com for more information.

1-6-2018 Lost Mountain Work Parties From SORBA West Georgia Lost Mountain Park Work Parties Saturday November 10th 8am to 11am, Wednesday November 14th 5pm to 7pm These days will be used for maintenance and cleaning of the Lake, Hawthorne, and Backwoods trails of debris and any repairs. We will also be working on the new Big Foot trail. The Big Foot trail needs work with hand tools before it can be opened up to the public and the creation of the new trail hub, Bring gloves, protective glasses and good work boots or shoes. Also bring water to drink. 4845 Dallas Hwy, Powder Springs, GA 30127

Cochran Mill Work Party From MTB Atlanta: Cochran Mill Work Party, Sat., Nov. 10, 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., Nov. 17 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.

11-5-2018 Across the Beeriers Photos Photos from Day 2 of Across the Beeriers at Terrapin are up! Please support you local photographers!

Michael Montgomery (L5 Flyers) concentrates during the Single Speed race at Across the Beeriers on Sunday.

Chicopee Night Rides 2018-2019 Chicopee Night Ride Policy and Schedule From NE GA SORBA Northeast Georgia SORBA has permission to offer night rides during the period November 2018 – March 2019. The 2018-2019 schedule is listed below. Rides begin at 6:30pm and finish at 8:30pm. Please arrive in time to be ready to ride at 6:30pm. You will need to meet the ride leader and sign-in. We will ride as a group. This is a no drop ride. Make sure your lights will run for two hours. A Chicopee Woods Conservation Area Parking Pass (daily or annual) is required. Participants must park and meet at the bike trails parking lot.
To check current trail conditions, visit our website or Facebook. If the trails are closed at 4pm on the afternoon of a scheduled ride, the night ride is cancelled.

Chicopee Night Ride Schedule 2018-2019
Nov 7-Wed, Nov 14-Wed, Nov 20-Tues, Nov 28-Wed
Dec 4-Tues, Dec 12-Wed, Dec 18-Tues, Dec 26-Wed
Jan 3-Thurs, Jan 9-Wed, Jan 15-Tues, Jan 24-Thurs, Jan 30-Wed
Feb 5-Tues, Feb 13-Wed, Feb 21-Thurs, Feb 26-Tues
March 6-Wed

Please join Northeast Georgia SORBA by visiting negasorba.org, click on “JOIN” and select us during checkout. Your membership and donations help us maintain and build great trails.

11-1-2018 Allatoona MTB Trails Closed It’s that time of year, the Allatoona Creek Park Trails are closed for hunting season to all users except hunters (must have a hunting license + permit). Only Turtle Back, Red Baron, and Whipper Snapper are open. Cyclists, runners, and hikers must park at the Pitner Road Dog Park to access them.

Rope Bill Dirty Duathlon From MGA: Our 2018 Season Finale will be the Rope Mill Dirty Duathlon and 3.3 mile Trail Run, presented by Northside Hospital – Cherokee. Race date is November 10th at Olde Rope Mill Park in Woodstock, GA. This is THE duathlon for mountain bikers! This year’s duathlon will feature the same fast course as last year. The opening bike loop will be 5.5 miles on the Mill Trails, followed by a 3.3 mile trail run on Explorer, and finally a 5.5 mile bike on the newly improved Avalanche Trails. All participants receive a short sleeve cotton/poly/rayon shirt – super soft and comfy! All participants will also receive one of our new Mountain Goat Adventures Buffs! Solo, 2 and 3 person team categories are available in the duathlon. We will be using traditional mountain bike race categories, as we have done in the past, to help alleviate congestion on the opening bike loop. Medals and prizes to the top 3 in each category in the Duathlon! Free Sampling of Reformation Brewery beverages at the Woodstock Mobile Visitor’s Center (on site!!) Post race snacks and fluids for all participants!

10-31-2018 End of DST Sigh, this is mostly the end of Group Ride season. Many of the after work group rides stop with the time change. This means too many hours on the Wahoo KICKR with Zwift and hiding that you are listening to Taylor Swift while you ride. Some of the day time rides keep going year round. Be sure to check with the organizer or shop. I have a list of some of the Winter rides on the Rides page. Don’t forget to Fall Back on Saturday before bed, so that you don’t show up late for the Airport Ride. I hope to get a list of rides that go year round up in the next week or so.

2018-2019 Winter Bike League Calendar The WBL has announced their winter schedule for this year. Our Mantra: Cruise the flats, kick back on the climbs, push the downhills. Highlights include:
1 December: THE HUB HOME OPENER: HOMER / 4 hours / 80 miles (no sprint) 1 January (Tuesday): Commerce Classic / 3.5 hours (Ladies Only Sprint)
19 January: Porterfield Tire Alto World Cup / 6 hours / 115 miles
26 January: The Parks Law Rollin to Rayle / 4.5 hours
9 February: The Gruber Images Lula World Cup / 5 hours / 100 miles 16

Trish’s Note: One of the fastest rides around. WorldTour Riders come here to train in the winter. Maintains a steady pace of 23-25 mph. Expect to get dropped, no sag, no rest stops, etc.

10-29-2018 DLV New Rider Class There is a new rider class scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 3-4 at the Dick Lane Velodrome. Get certified, participate in our winter training program and you’ll be in fine form for the spring events. Curious about the track but not ready sign up for a certification class? Come out on Sat., Nov. 3 @ 11am for a short hour long test session to see what it’s like. (Trish’s Note: The Try the Track will NOT certify you to ride & race. You must take the New Rider Clinic). This is the last New Rider Clinic until 2019!

Big Creek Night Rides Challenge yourself to an evening ride at Big Creek. Sign up now for the 2018/2019 Night Ride Series. This year there are 18 weekly rides that begin November 7th. Rides begin at 7:00 p.m. sharp. Helmets, lights, and cell phones are mandatory. These group rides are for mountain bikers who possess extensive experience with all aspects of night riding, bike maintenance, and rules of the trail. Limited to the natural bike trails at Big Creek Park. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register now for the entire series, select dates or single nights. Note: You must register by 12:00p.m. the day of the ride. This year there are 18, 10, 4 and single ride registration options available. These rides are a great way to show our continued support for Big Creek Park. Trish’s Note: To ride, you must register and pay a nominal fee (less than $5/ride) through the Roswell Parks Dept. You may not ride without registering. The is an official Roswell Parks Dept. activity. If you want to ride at night without a fee, Blanket’s Creek is open 24 hours unless it’s closed because of an event or trail conditions.

The Men’s Cat. 1/2 Leaders at Cole CX.

10-28-2018 Photos from Cole CX Photos from Cole (Savannah) CX are up! Please support your local photographers!

Georgia Cross Director Elizabeth Lee (706P-UHC) has an “oh crap” moment coming off a small hill at Cole Cross. Photo by Jim Behning.

10-27-2018 RSM Bike Ride ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA – October 24, 2018 – As part of a weeklong schedule of events designed to raise funds for charity, the Davis Love Foundation will host an inaugural bike ride at Great Dunes Park on Jekyll Island. The ride, held on Saturday, November 17 in conjunction with The RSM Classic, an Official PGA TOUR FedEx Cup, offers an extra activity for locals and tournament patrons. The ride is presented by Chick-fil-A in partnership with Jekyll Island, The Westin – Jekyll Island, Coca-Cola, the Davis Love Foundation, Peak Racing and The RSM Classic. Riders can choose from a 14.5 or 29 mile journey around beautiful Jekyll Island.

“Almost 100 riders of all ages have already registered for the Ride,” said RSM Classic Tournament Director Todd Thompson. “We are excited to add this unique event to our tournament schedule and to showcase another area of our beautiful Golden Isles.” Registration on the website is $45 until November 1 and $50 through November 16. It is $60 onsite Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17. The package includes breakfast options from Chick-fil-A, beverages from Coca-Cola, commemorative tee shirt and two Good Any Day Tickets to The RSM Classic. For more information, visit RSMClassic.com.

10-26-2018 DLV Work Day The Dick Lane Velodrome will have a workday on Sat., Nov. 10 from 9 am to 3 pm. Come for all or part of the day. DLV racers can earn hours towards a discount for purchasing a One-Pass (8 hours of volunteer day work required–does not have to be in one day). Tasks include: Fix Speaker wheels, fill cracks around track, water seal officials stand, install posts for scoreboard extension, paint bike racks, bike room light, and a ton more. The day will end with the task of pizza eating.

10-25-2018 Tucker-Airport-Winter Pizza Ride Info. I highly recommend reading this if you do Tucker, the Airport Ride, and Winter Pizza. Trish’s Note: These are training rides and are NOT beginner friendly. Expect to get dropped and be on your own if you can’t keep up. You are expected to have group riding and bike handling skills. If you are looking for a steadier yet slower paced ride, I recommend the AWBL. (Trish’s Note: I am not affiliated with the WBL & can provide no more information. Please contact the organizer via their website.)

Tucker “A” and “B” etiquette- for November and December

The “A” Tucker Ride- moves to 10AM on Saturday Nov 10th, and Tucker “B” moves to 9:30AM.  In the past several years the “A” Tucker Ride has become very small during the winter months.

  • November and December Etiquette for Tucker “A”
    • Steady Pace
    • No attacks
    • Sprint zone remains along Interstate 20 and Final Sprint before McDonalds’s
    • Expected Average Speed 22 mph to 23 mph (this is a moving average speed from NTB Tires to Final Sprint).  This is NOT a Strava average speed.  Normal Summer Pace- FYI- 23 mph to 25 mph.
    • If you are feeling strong- pull at the front longer / do more work in the paceline rotation / sit a little off to the side or back and in the wind, etc.
    • You won’t be setting your Strava KOMs
    • If you can’t abide by the above, enjoy another rider option
    • Tucker “A” had about 30 riders a week and a half ago and pretty much rode following the above etiquette.
  • November and December Etiquette for Tucker “B”
    • Too many Summer Tucker “A” migrate to Tucker “B” and lift the speed to their preferred pace- this is not acceptable.
    • Tucker “A” riders need to respect the pace of Tucker “B” or choose a different ride.
    • Steady Pace
    • No attacks- if you are strong enough to attack, consider Tucker “A”.
    • Sprint zones remain along Interstate 20 and Final Sprint into Stone Mountain, however, the group leaders should soft pedal after Interstate 20 sprint until the next traffic light, to make sure everyone is back on the group.
    • Expected Average Speed 20 mph to under 21 mph (this is a moving average speed from NTB to Final Sprint).  This is NOT a Strava average speed.
    • If you can’t abide by the above, enjoy another rider option.

Airport Ride

  • First Ride Sunday Nov 4
  • Rolls out 10AM Sunday, (the day Daylight Saving Time Ends) – through the last Sunday in March.
  • Short and Long Options available
  • Pace- whatever you want to do

Winter Pizza

  • The First Thursday after Daylight Saving Time Ends- Every Thursday Winter Pizza until the time changes in the spring
  • Starts- 6:00PM– winter pace to the park, two small counterclockwise loops (approx 9.75 miles) at approximately 22-23.5 mph (winter pace to/from the park- in the park- no attacking, steady paceline, but final sprint allowed.) If you want to show how much power you can produce, please consider riding off the back of the group or choose a more suitable ride.  Climbing segments, when leading the group, should be kept under 5.2 watts/Kg.

Tucker Ride Start– meet at the intersection Lynburn Drive and Main St, Tucker, GA- right by Snyder Cycles, Approximately 46 miles (shortcut options available). Airport Ride Start– meet at Trinity Ave SW, Atlanta, just west of Forsyth St SW.  Approximate address- Trinity Lofts- 249 Trinity Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 Pizza Ride Start– meet at 70 North Avondale Road, Avondale Estates, GA 30002

10-24-2018 Rope Mill Work Party From SORBA Woodstock Rope Mill Work Party, Sat., Oct. 27 9 am-Noon This month, we will be doing some dressing of Avalanche as part of the new entrance project. Please wear boots and bring gloves for this one. Thank you in advance and see you there.

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