10-29-2015 The Twin Rivers Challenge hosted by Tallulah Falls School, is an autumn ride through some of Northeast Georgia’s most spectacular scenery and follows routes carefully planned by an avid local cyclist. Three route options range from a 115K ride through the Tallulah River and Soque River watersheds which explores a portion of the Lake Burton shoreline; a 72K intermediate ride that takes in scenery along Seed Lake and Lake Rabun; and a 37K ride for novice cyclists from Tallulah Falls to Tiger and back. All rides begin and end on the Tallulah Falls School upper school campus, and no matter which route you choose you will be challenged by the final climb on the TFS campus to the finish line. “We are excited about this new adventure which we believe will bring riders from across the region to participate in this fundraising opportunity for our school,” said TFS President and Head of School Larry A. Peevy. “Most importantly it will bring, over the years, hundreds of people from Georgia and surrounding states to our community and introduce them to the most beautiful vacation and recreation opportunities in the entire country.  I hope this event will continue to grow and provide scholarships for deserving students at TFS. I also believe it will enhance the economy of both Rabun and Habersham.”

All rides will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2015. Parking is directly in front of the Tallulah Falls School upper school classroom. Registration on the day of the event will be in the TFS upper school classroom lobby. SAG stops will be available at regular intervals along the selected route. A post-ride meal will be provided for all riders. For route details go to: www.ridewithgps.com (key words: Twin Rivers Challenge). Ride shirts are guaranteed to all participants who register before October 10, 2015. The Twin Rivers Challenge is operated by the trustees, faculty, staff, and students of Tallulah Falls School. Proceeds from the ride provide student scholarships at TFS. Registration.

Serenbe Haunted CX Georgia Cross heads to Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, GA on Sunday for Haunted CX. In Elexa’s words:  Alright boys and girls…it’s time to put your big boy panties on and get ready for another weekend of hucking up hills, mucking through mud and trucking your happy self around yet another cross course! Only, this ain’t no regular cross! We’re looking to make the Serenbe race a rip roarin’ good time for racers and spectators alike with a pot-stirring mc to keep the crowd hooting and hollering, spots to heckle your favorite riders, a post-ride keg for all the racers and The Mobile Marlay for munching on before, during and after (https://www.facebook.com/The-Mobile-Marlay-Food-Truck-147223932014435/). Nothing like a little dublin grub to put a little pep in your step! So, grab your cowbell and a friend or two and join us for the races! November 1, 2015 from 10am-3pm-ish, 9119 Selborne Lane, Palmetto, GA 30268
Register at USAC. Trish’s note: I hear the promoters may have two kegs due to popular demand. The first keg will not be opened until the races have started…so…yeah…10 am or so.

Part of Big Creek Greenway Closed A section of the Alpharetta Big Creek Greenway will be closed for two weeks starting November 2nd. The closure is due to drainage repairs and a new bridge that will be put in place to remedy a segment of the greenway that is frequently unusable due to standing water. The segment that will be closed is from Web Bridge Road to a half mile south of Marconi Drive trailhead. This section will not be available for use. The rest of the trail will remain open.

GHSCL Final Race Over 200 middle and high school students from the Georgia High School Cycling League (GHSCL) will celebrate their 2nd season with the 2015 Georgia Peach State Championship Race this Saturday, October 31st at The University of North Georgia Gainesville Campus, located at 3820 Mundy Mill Rd, Oakwood, GA 30566. The High School Boys will kick off race day at 11AM, with Middle School Boys and Girls following at 1PM. The High School Girls will take off at 2:00PM. The Championship Series awards ceremony will take place immediately following the Individual and Team Race awards.

10-28-2015 Sac O Suds and Fried Green 50 From OMBA: Sac O Suds will be held on Sat., Oct. 31. Held on the day before the yearly Fried Green 50, this event will serve as a fundraiser for OMBA’s continuing efforts to build and maintain trails in the Middle Ga area. 20 on race day. We will accept farm animals. & bagged aluminum cans if cash is tight. The event will start from the boat ramp in Juliette, GA and head North up the river road 25 miles to the Sac O Suds store featured  the movie “My Cousin Vinny” and then return via the same dirt roads. Bring a little $ to buy lunch 1/2 way or. @ the end in Juliette. OMBA will take care of the rest stops, maps, rescue wagons.

This Sunday, Nov. 1 is the Fried Green 50–50 mile gravel & refuge road grinder in the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge with rest stops & shorter ride options. Ride begins & ends in the small river town Juliette, GA, made famous in the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes. Come & join the OMBA gang for this annual event!
This is a OMBA Club ride. & costs zip..nada…nothing! Covered dish Sags ( bring all that almost outdated bike food to send out to our rest stops….keeps things interesting). Trish’s Note: I have done the Fried Green 50 twice. It is a really fun event! Bring your CX bike or MTB–anything with knobbies!

10-27-2015 Time Change and Airport Ride The Fall Back time change to Standard Time is Sunday morning at 2:00 am. Set your clocks back before bed Saturday night! What does this mean for riding? The Airport Ride starts on Sunday. Only 5 more weeks til the WBL. Most of the after work rides are stopping or moving to their winter times with lights required. Check the Rides page for current listings. When in doubt, contact the ride organizer to find out if the ride is still going on through the winter.

Privateer CX Privateer Cyclocross Chattanooga invites you to its annual cyclocross race at the Bradley County Park in Cleveland, Tennessee. You can pre-register for $25 at usacyling.org until Friday, Nov. 29 with a free “Lil’ Belgians” kid’s race. Race day registration is $35 and opens at 10 a.m. (EST).
There are equal payouts for the men’s and women’s pro categories. See the race flyer for the complete schedule and prize list. Keep an eye on Privateer’s Facebook page and website for updates.  Sunday, Nov. 29, Bradley County Park, 234 Urbane Rd, Cleveland, TN, Race day registration opens at 10 a.m.

10-21-2015 Brevet The Little White House 200k brevet starts in Griffin, GA, which is located about 40 miles south of downtown Atlanta.  Despite the southern location, this route can be fairly hilly.  My Garmin Edge records about 6,700 feet of climbing.  Highlights of the brevet include scenic roads around Pine Mountain and Franklin D Roosevelt State Park. If your not familiar with Audax Atlanta, all you need to know is that we’re Georgia’s home for marathon cycling and we’d love to have you ride with us. Date: Nov. 21, 7:15 am.

Turkey Cross Turkey Cross From the promoter: On Saturday, November 28, 2015, Southern Cycling Operations presents the 4th annual Turkey Cross cyclocross race. This year, all proceeds will benefit the Loudon County Boys and Girls Club. Also, we are having a food drive for the Loudon County Animal Shelter (any dry or canned dog and cat food will be collected). We are proud to present an overall purse of $2500 across all categories. The women’s Cat 1/2/3 has a purse of $550 and is a featured race, no other categories will race in the same wave. At noon, we will feature a FREE youth race on a modified course, come out and cheer for the future crossers. The largest purse, $850, will be up for grabs in the Pro 1/2 race at 1:45 pm. Lots of fun for all, food available from a local vendor.

10-20-2015 UPDATED: Harrill to Accept Plea Deal  According to Decaturish: “A man accused of intentionally running over a cyclist Greg Germani with a SUV is expected to plead guilty to some of the charges.  Beth Harrill, Germani’s girlfriend and chief advocate, confirmed over social media that defendant Joseph Lewis will receive a 15-year sentence in exchange for the guilty plea. She did not know which charges Lewis intends to plead guilty to.” Read the rest here. UPDATE: Harrill was sentenced to 15 years today. Given that this is Georgia, it’s a really stiff sentence.

GACX Race Rescheduled As a reminder the Foryth Georgia Cyclocross Series race has been rescheduled to Dec. 20th! There is no GACX race this weekend!

10-20-2015 GACX State Championships Photos Boundary Waters GACX Photos will be up at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com by lunchtime on Monday. I took more than I have the last few weeks, so I appreciate your patience!

Chris Wyatt (Peachtree Bikes) was the only one to bunny hop the barriers at Boundary Waters.

Dub Smith (Toyota Forklifts) won the State Championship Jersey in the Elite Masters 50+

10-19-2015 City of Smyrna-Action Needed! The City of Smyrna just installed the 4th bike share station directly in front of Smyrna Bicycles, which is a locally owned shop. Both owners live in the City of Smyrna. Please send an email to Steve Ciaccio sciaccio@smyrnaga.gov with the city and ask them to move the station, so that it doesn’t take away business from this locally owned shop. I love the Bike Share program, but this is a bad location for the station!

10-15-2015 Chicopee Night Rides From NEGA SORBA:  2015-2016 Northeast Georgia SORBA-Chicopee Night Ride Dates Charge those lights and join us for this season’s night rides! Rides start at 6:30 pm and end 8:30pm. Night riding at Chicopee is not permitted except at these NE GA SORBA sponsored rides.
If the trails are closed at 4 pm on ride day, there will be no night ride that night. All riders must sign-in on the SORBA waiver and be out of the park by 9:30 pm. There will be no night rides on Nov 26, Dec 24, and Dec 31. Check our FB page for current trail status. For more information, email us at negasorba@gmail.com
Nov 5, 12, 19, Dec 3, 10, 17, Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10

Rope Mill Work Party From SORBA Woodstock: Trail Party this Saturday morning, 9am at Rope Mill. We will be building a new bridge on Avalanche Loop 3 and some other small projects to get ready for the Dirty Duathlon. Lunch provided.

Allatoona Creek Work Party From SORBA West Georgia: Allatoona Creek Park Trail Work Day Oct. 17 9:30-1:00. Installing signage, improving trail flow, and possibly building some new trail. It all depends on how many volunteers show up.

Carolina Century Ride’n’Roll 8th Annual Carolina Ride N Roll Century  Saturday October 24 2015, Greensboro NC 27455 Bike Ride’n’Roll to Benefit People with Multiple Sclerosis and to Fight Hunger Where We Ride. Voted Best Triad Century Ride by Endurance Magazine readers in 2012, 2013 & 2014. Distances of 102/82/72/64/51/31/21 Miles. 10 Hour+ Support for Your Epic Ride. Full & Half Imperial and Metric Centuries & Supported Bail-Out Routes. Decide on any distance (21 to 102) at mile 12 • Reconsider the 102 at mile 63, choosing 72 or 82 miles. Abundant Fire Station Rest Stops Hot Chili Lunch • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

10-14-2015 Grant Park CX Cup Exciting News! The Georgia Cross race the Grant Park CX Cup has been added to the USA Cycling CX National calendar! This makes two races for GACX in the National Calendar! The Sunday race at the Savannah SuperPrestige is also part of it! This is the first step in becoming a UCI race the following year! Stay tuned for more details about Grant Park as we get closer to the December 6 date.

Across the Beeries The Southern Brewing Company hosted Across the Beeriers weekend in Athens, GA. Swagger pulled out all of the stops for a great venue! Racers and spectators enjoyed SBC’s frosty beverage offerings all weekend, which were free with the race entry. First place prizes for those over 21 included a growler with the winner’s choice of beer. Unfortunately, El Nino decided that Georgia needed one more wet, sloppy weekend. Frank Trevieso laid out what would have been a fast, fairly flat course broken up by a set of steps and 2 barriers. A weather front dumped several inches of rain on Athens Friday night, turning it into a quagmire. Racers once again had to break out their mud bikes or at least mud tires. Despite the challenges, smiles were seen all around both days. Sunday was sunny and mild, making the course thick and goopy.

The beginners started out the day. In the Men’s Cat. 5, L5 Flyers rider Jeff Moore took off after the first lap barriers and held a 20 second lead for the remainder of the race. Jeph Burgoon (Smyrna Bicycles) chased but could not latch onto Jeff’s wheel. Blake Cowling rolled across the line for third. The Women’s Cat. 4 race saw Mae Gurene (Sorella Cycling) take an early lead over Cambrie Epperson. Cambrie chased hard but could not match Mae’s speed on the rideable sections of the course. Kathryn Brown took third. In the Juniors Under 14, several riders got tangled at the start in Lake GACX when one rider went down. The chaos quickly abated, and everyone got up unharmed. Troy Waine took an early lead. Reece Latham (Mission Source-NCGA) was on his wheels in hot pursuit. Reece eventually passed Troy and held on for the win. Troy was second with Leon Waine in third. In the Juniors 15-18 Blake Wilson took the top step of the podium followed by William Nguy (Frazier Cycling) and William Seitz (GSMR).

As usual, the Elite Masters races provided some of the best rides of the day.  Wes Garland (Peachtree Bikes) powered away from the start line to take a commanding lead in the 40+. He never looked back and won by 2 minutes over Ian Prunier (Smyrna Bicycles). Charles Rossignol  (Litespeed-BMW) kept his team’s streak of podium finishes alive with third place. The 50+ Masters all had problems staying upright.  Alan Burton (Toyota Forklifts)  took the holeshot while Saturday’s winner Dub Smith (Toyota Forklifts), Chris Isenberg (Mission Source-NCGA), Brian Davis (Compass Cycling), Bobby Thrash (Adventure Cycles), and Torre Smitherman fought for position behind. While passing the pits Alan put himself on the ground after tangling with the course tape. Dub passed him and took over the lead. Dub’s lead was short lived as he encountered chain suck and shifting issues, which handed the lead to Chris. Chris held the lead for most of the first lap until he found himself tangling with the shrubs in the muddy decent through the woods. Having worked his way into second by this point, Alan took over the lead with Chris and Brian chasing close behind. Dub battled through his drive train issues, working his way through the field until on the fourth, and final, lap he caught and passed Brian, thus claiming the final podium step. Alan, Chris, and Dub took home the days’ spoils.

The Cat. 4 Men saw Jeff Hopkins (Service Course Auto) jump to an early lead over Juro Sunde (Mugshots). Robin Blake (Andy Jordan’s Bicycle Warehouse) took third. In a repeat of Saturday’s race Kim Blodgett (Atlanta Beltline Bicycles) took the win. A smiling Jean Miller (Sorella Cycling) took the second step on the podium, and mountain bike racer Maria Carrelli (UCH-706 Project) used her mud handling skills to come in third in her first weekend of racing cyclocross.

The Pro/1/2 Men had to deal with drying course conditions, which made much of the terrain thick and peanut buttery. They didn’t seem to have any issues riding what others walked earlier. Frank Trevieso (UHC-706 Project) and Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed-BWM) took off together from the gun as they have done at most of the races this year. Frank had a few seconds on Nick until Nick got tangled in the course tape about 40 minutes into the race. Frank opened up a cushion of 20 seconds that he would hold until the finish. Artur Sagat (J. Brown p/b Mrs. Roses) and Eric Murphy (UHC-706 Project) battled it out for third. Arthur held third for most of the race but was nearly caught by Eric at the end.  In the Cat. 3 race, Tim Mondor (Alpha Bikes) took a commanding win over Chris Butler (Smartstop) and Brian Field.

Masters 4/5 35+ saw another epic battle. For the first two laps, Jeph Burgoon and Jeff Hopkins were neck and neck. On the third lap Hoppy powered out in the wooded climb to solidify the lead. Nick Harmer snuck through on the last lap to claim second after Burgoon fell in a ditch. He would recover to get third. Once again, rumors were spread about the Singlespeeders choice of equipment. Would they keep their normal gear, choose an easier gear, or just laugh at those that had shifting issues and chain suck because of the mud?  The gear that Troy Duton was running is not known, but he  claimed the final beer growler of the weekend with a flawless ride. David Marbut (Toyota Forklifts) was second with Michael Manthey in third.

10-13-2015 WBL News From the WBL Breaking News: The WBL is headed your way: Home Opener is 5 December. Schedule Now Posted! Go to Heaven – be a sponsor (money back guarantee!) Until then, join the crowd as the Saturday rides pick back up with the Official Unoffcial rides at 9 a.m. from the Hub in 5 Points. Each week will be a 3-4 hour, single-file adventure at 19-20 mph clip (overall). These are not your grandma’s rides. Saturday / Oct 17 at a.m. (window open): Homer (3.5 hours w/ store stop) For the 2015-2016 season we will again be starting our rides at the Hub at 5 Points in Athens on Saturdays at 10 a.m. (window open). Parking will be available on the side streets in the neighborhood behind the Hub. A limited amount of public parking is available at the fire station in 5 Points. Specific information on parking will be posted on site. More announcements coming for the spectacular upcoming other season!

2015-16 Calendar
(*subject to tweaking due to despicable conditions):
5 December: HOME OPENER: Gallop to Good Hope / 4 hours / 80 miles (no sprint) (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/10799755)
12 December: Homer the Hard Way / 4 hours / 80 miles (no sprint) (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/10800090)
19 December: Paoli Junction / 4 hours / 75 miles (no sprint)
26 December: Hoschton / 3 hours (no sprint)
1 January (Friday): Commerce / 3 hours (Ladies Only Sprint) / $200: 5 deep $100 – $75 – $50 – $25 – $10 // Pts: 10-8-6-4-2)
3 January: Commerce Classic / 3.5 hours (Non Pro, 1, 2 Sprint) / $200: 3 deep
10 January: The Ken Bike Law-Classic City Bread Madison Classic / 4.5 hours / 85 miles (Pro Sprint) $200 winner take all!
17 January: The Hamilton Ryker-IT Bowman Classic / 4 hours / $200: 3 deep
24 January: Porterfield Tire Alto World Cup / 5.5 hours $$$ Galore
31 January: The Atlantis Hydroponics Hard Labor Creek World Cup / 5 hours: Mucho $$$
7 February: Royston Classic / 4 hours
14 February: Ultima Thule / 3 hours
THE HOME OPENER: Gallop to Good Hope,  When: Saturday, 6 December, Where: The Hub / Jittery Joes (5 Points), Time: 8 a.m. (window open), Length: 75 miles / 4 hours, Exit Route: S Milledge > hang a right and into wild blue yonder (see map), Store Stop: Mile 40 (Good Hope), Pee Break: approx. 1 hour in, Mid-ride Sprints: none, Final Attack Zone: none

10-12-2015 Georgia State CX Championships The Georgia State Cyclocross Championships are this Sunday at Boundary Waters Park in Douglasville–just outside of Silk Sheets for those wanting to come watch! Over 300 riders are expected to vie for the Titles and Jerseys! Racers and spectators will be able to park all along the upper field in the grass (but not near the start/finish)! Bring your Pop-up tents and chairs! There will also be two sets of bleachers for those that don’t want to drag all of their stuff! Please note that this is a county park. Please do not bring alcohol. Also, Douglas County has a leash law. If you cannot keep your dog on a leash, leave it at home. The last few weeks one dog has been off leash, gotten onto the course during races, and nearly caused crashes. The park will be open to other users. While Park Security will be onsite, please lock your valuables up and lock your car doors! Someone had some items stolen during last year’s race from an unlocked car.

10-11-2015 All Across the Beeriers Photos All Across the Beeriers photos will be up by Monday morning at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com.

Mae Gurene (Sorella Cycling) took the win in the Women’s Cat. 4 at Across the Beeriers #2 on Sunday.

Troy Dunton in the Singlespeed on Sunday at Across the Beeriers.

10-10-2015 Athens GACX Photos The Athens photos from day 1 of Across the Beeriers will be up by Sunday morning. It was a little muddy out there. The Masters Cat. 4/5 decided to have their podiums in Lake GACX after taking a slightly-mud-rinse-off-bath. By the Men’s 1/2 the course was under 12″ of water from all of the rain. Sunday we will have to see what the course is like!

Master Cat. 4/5 podium: Corny Pogo (Atlanta Beltline Bikes), Jeff Hopkins (Service Course Auto), and an L5 Flyer rider.

10-9-2015 Magner to UHC Georgia Pro Cyclist Ty Magner has signed for the United Healthcare team for 2016. Magner rode for Hincapie Sportswear this year. He is a sprinter and won the Sunny King Crit and stage 4 of the Cascade Cycling Classic. Velonews reports Magner saying: “Signing with Team UnitedHealthcare for the 2016-2017 seasons could not have come at a better time in my career. After talking with the UnitedHealthcare team management, our goals aligned perfectly. At 24, I’m feeling reinvigorated like never before, and I’m excited to take the confidence I have in criteriums to more of the stateside and international stage races with the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.” Congratulations, Ty!

10-8-2015  Atlanta Winter Bike League The 3rd Annual Atlanta Winter Bike League Starts Nov 21st It’s that time of year again; time to start slowing down, giving your body a rest and then gradually building back up for the 2016 riding season.  Yep, I’m talking about the Atlanta WBL.  Hard to believe this is year 3.  We went from averaging 50 riders for every ride in year one (and that’s when there was a fee) to almost 80 riders per ride last year.  BTW, this is a FREE ride; we only charged our 1st year since we had a SAG vehicle for every ride. WHAT TO EXPECT—If you are new to the Atlanta WBL, expect to ride in the most organized group ride ever.  Expect consistency from Ride #1 to Ride #10. Our groups ride in a double pace line 100% of the time, while riding in a straight line.  The incredibly flat terrain is the perfect environment to practice this. We start on time.  Each ride starts at 9:30am from 300 Peters Street, Atlanta (next to U-Haul)  We have access to bathrooms inside U-Haul.  PLEASE leave them cleaner that you started.  This is a courtesy they extend to us, so please be mindful of this. Tide meetings-  each ride starts with a ride meeting at 9:20am sharp.  Steady pace (effort)-  you won’t have to worry about someone blowing off the front, which usually breaks up a group almost immediately.  Surges, etc. are NOT allowed in our Series, The format for each ride is based on ride time, NOT distance.  All groups leave at the same time and return the same time.  This Series is based on winter pace, which means if you want to join our rides and decide not to ride in your group, then there are plenty of other group rides for you.  For example, our ‘A’ Group will average approx. 16mph for the first few rides but for the final ride, that average is 20mph; this happens gradually over 10 rides.  The ‘B’ Group will start out averaging approx. 14mph and end up closer to 17mph+.  The ‘C’ Group will start out approx. 11mph and end up closer to 14mph.

RIDE DATES— The rides are every other Saturday, so this way you don’t have to choose between your club or favorite group rides and ours; just alternate and ride both.  Win-Win. Nov 21st, Dec 5th, Dec 19th, Jan 2nd, Jan 16th, Jan 30th, Feb 13th, Feb 27th,
Mar 12th, Mar 26th

10-7-2015 #Asheville2016 Details are coming out about the National Cyclocross Championships 2016, which will be held at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. The schedule was released. Nats has been expanded by another day. There are more classes than ever…and there is a DONUT race on Saturday for charity! Good stuff! Southeastern Cycling will be covering the entire week.

10-6-2015 Across the Beeriers The next double weekend of Georgia Cross is this weekend in Athens! Join us at the Southern Brewing Company for 2 days of racing! A brewery tour is included with any race entry Saturday and Sunday for those over 21! Please do not bring outside beer–this is state law! ALL pets including dogs, cats, pigs, goats, miniature ponies, chickens, and any other pets MUST be on a leash! The full schedule of races will be run both days! Come on out and jump some Beeriers!

Atlanta’s CBO Atlanta is poised to get a new Chief Bicycle Officer hired by the city. According to the Saporta Report: “The Atlanta City Council is slated to approve legislation Monday that accepts funding to hire a chief bicycle officer, who is to oversee the city’s comprehensive efforts to promote cycling. The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation provided a challenge grant in the amount of $250,000 via the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, according to the legislation. The city’s Department of Planning and Community Development has agreed to match the challenge with $250,000. The challenge grant is to cover program costs for five years. At the end of the period, Atlanta intends shoulder the full cost of the program, Atlanta Planning Director Charletta Wilson Jacks said at the Sept. 29 meeting of the city council’s Community Development Committee.” Update: The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition reports that ABC Board Member Becky Katz is the first CBO!

10-5-2015 Dingo CX Photos A late evening means that Dingo CX photos won’t be up until Monday night. Day 1 I only shot the Women’s 4/Men’s Cat. 5/Juniors race as the rain was too hard. It is up. All photos will be at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com.

Liz Hardy (Sorella Cycling) heads back towards the finish line at Dingo CX during Saturday’s Women’s Cat. 4 race.

Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW) won the Men’s Pro/1/2 race at Sunday’s Dingo CX by over 2 minutes.

10-3-2015 GACX Delayed Start! The Georgia Cross race on Sunday will have a delayed start for TWO HOURS! Races begin at NOON!

10-2-2015 Save the Date! Save the Date! The Up the Creek Without a Pedal ride in Rome, GA will be on April 30, 2016!

Dingo CX TOMORROW!! CROSS IS ON! The 2015 Georgia Cyclocross Series Season OPENER Dingo Race Productions #‎DINGO_CX @L.L.O.V.!!!
For those who are RACING!! and don’t care what the course is, BRING IT! For those that are simply curious, Course Description:
Front 1/2 Asphalt, Grass, Sand & Gravel & the back 1/2 single/double track trail & gravelly/sandy beach with a few obstacles for your enjoyment.
EPIC! EPIC Opening Weekend! BRING ON THE CROSS! Trish’s Note: We got more rain at last year’s GACX finale than is predicted for Gainesville tomorrow. The course should hold up well. Racing is ON!

Carolina CX Omnium Reschedule From the promoter We have made the call to RESCHEDULE our Carolina CX-Omnium. There were key factors that went into this decision. First factor here was if Greenville County would be canceling the festival because of the hurricane rain/winds moving in on us. We just got word that the County has cancelled the GetOut! Greenville Festival for 2015. They will come back and produce the Festival in 2016. We were holding out hope for this rain to pass us, but it is relentless. We thought about splitting the race days up and having just the Tryon Ultra Cross event, but the second factor was a major concern for flash flooding and trees blocking our racers way. It is best that we have a clear rescheduling with all events moving to the new date. All of our efforts will not be wasted. The new date for the Carolina Cyclocross Omnium is and has already been added to our USAC permit as NOVEMBER 14-15th.

9-30-2015 Sosebee Bike Park #2 The Sosebees are making progress on Bike Park #2! I know, I normally don’t post solicitations for money, but the Sosebees pay for most of the bike park improvements out of pocket. Help them with some drainage improvements at the park at their house and the new park at Kirk and Bowman Rds. Many, many of us use these facilities in the Cartersville Budweiser Plant area! Sosebee Bike Park provides a safe place to park you car, change, and use the bathroom as well as a pavilion to hang out in!

DLV Fall Workday From the DLV (Trish’s note: It’s never too early to plan ahead!) As the season winds down it’s that time to think about showing some TLC to the DLV so that we can keep making left turns for years to come. Our first workday for the 2016 season will be Saturday November 21st starting at 10a.m. There are numerous tasks that need to be accomplished. 5 or 6 people can’t get this done on their own we can’t stress this enough. So if you’ve ever wondered why someone doesn’t pressure wash the track? Wonder no more, it takes a village!

9-28-2015 Rides Remember that many after work rides are moving to 5:45 or 6:00 for October with the waning daylight. Check out the rides page for updated information that I have. Is your favorite ride not listed? Check with the hosting bike shop or club.

9-26-2015 GA CX is Here!! New Venues! Beer Tours! Cross! Georgia Cyclocross starts with a double race weekend NEXT Saturday and Sunday Oct. 3-4 with Dingo CX at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue in Gainesville, GA! I’ve heard there will be homemade BAKED GOODS for prizes! Registration is open. As always, there will be race day registration with NO late fees for any GACX race! That doesn’t happen much anymore! Oct. 10-11 brings Across the Beeriers in Athens, GA at Southern Brewery. There will be brewery tours for those over 21 on Saturday. Swagger will be using their transponder system for electronic timing. Rent a transponder for $5 for the weekend of bring your own. This is in addition to the regular entry fee. Register for Across the Beeriers.

Snake Creek Gap News from NWGA SORBA:  The Snake Creek Gap 6 Mountain Time Trial Series began in 2005 with less than 50 participants.  The Snake is constantly evolving and continues to grow in popularity.  In 2015, we had over 500 participants.  It’s now one of the highest attended endurance mountain bike events in the South.  In 2016, the series will consist of two race dates to be held on January 9 and the Grand Finale on February 13.
It’s insane!  We are adding a 50 Miler to the 2016 Snake series.  50 Miles in the cold of winter! It’s going to hurt, but you’re gonna love the triumph of conquering this challenge.
These are the three distances that you can attempt:
Snake 50 Mile – Money Class, Age Categories, Clydesdale, SingleSpeed
Snake 34 Mile – Age Categories, Clydesdale, SingleSpeed
Snake 17 Mile – Men’s Open Class, Women’s Open Class

For completing the 50 Miler for both races, you will earn the coveted 2×50 Belt Buckle.  For riders completing both the 34 Miler races, they will earn the 2×34 Belt Buckle. The Money Class will now be offered only for the 50 mile distance. Money Class awards include 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place fastest time for the entire series. 1st will receive $750, 2nd will receive $500, 3rd Place will receive $250, 4th and 5th Place will each receive $50.

Carolina CX Omnium  Saturday, October 3rd the Carolina Cyclocross Omnium kicks off at 8:00 AM in Conestee Park for a One-Lap Time Trial. Prepare yourself for a hard solo effort to ring in the weekend.  Course distance is 2.2 miles with a mild climbing profile. Cool down and grab a snack before getting back out there and racing the 2nd Annual GetOut! Greenville CX-Cup.  This CX course is premier and staged at the heart of the local Greenville Community Festival, GetOut! Greenville.  Plan for an exciting atmosphere and bring your spiffiest race socks.  Points from each racers Greenville CX- Cup finish will count towards their Carolina Cyclocross Omnium total. Overall Omnium Winners receive FREE entry into the Hincapie Fondo! The Fondo is the creme-de-la-creme of Fondo’s. Race hard for this ultimate prize! The races continue on through Sunday for the 1st Annual Tryon Difficile Ultra Cross. The community, volunteers and local vendors are especially excited for this new event!  A challenging 62 mile mixed surface dirt race event will offer a great effort to racers, jump starting early Fall fitness.  Gravel and Fire Roads will be primary on the route, ride either a cyclocross bike or a mountain bike and bring a couple extra tubes to keep yourself rolling!

9-25-2015 SBL Rides From the Southern Bicycle League: “Do the double…The Halloween Ride is right around the corner…Appropriately so, on October 31st and the second annual Holiday Ride is November 21st. The Halloween Ride is a new ride for SBL and we are very excited to share a most beautiful and fun part of Georgia.  You will enjoy some rolling hills, awesome Athens, a most fun rest stop at Terrapin Brewery, the precious town of Winterville that will remind you of Specter, from the Big Fish Film:-) and many more exciting stops and scenery!   Packet pick-up will be Thursday, October 29th from 5pm-8pm at REI, 1600 Mall of Georgia Blvd,Buford, GA 30519.  Ride will start at 8am, Saturday, October 31st at the YMCA, 50 Brad Akins Drive, Winder, GA 30680. Our second annual Holiday Ride in Stone Mountain will be November 21st. Roll into the Holiday Spirit with a ride starting at Aztec Bikes in Stone Mountain Village. Experience a great time before the hustle and bustle of the season takes over. Bring an unwrapped toy to help the less fortunate girls and boys in the metro area this year. Southern Bicycle League Members, with early registration and dressing as your favorite holiday character, will get a discount to the event. Turkey, Pilgrim, Elf, Santa, Mrs. Clause, Reindeer or even the GRINCH will get a discount. Once again Santa will lead us out for the start of the Season Ride at 10:00 AM.

Dunwoody Cycling Rides The Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday Dunwoody Cycling Evening Rides will start at 6:00 until the time change.

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