2018 Races I am making the transition on the Mountain/Gravel  page to 2018 races. Anything labeled with an asterisk * or “2018” is 2018. Anything unlabeled is 2017. All Cyclocross will remain 2017 until spring/summer of 2018 when series start announcing their dates. Plus, we are still in the middle of CX season. I do not expect to see any road racing calendars until the early part of 2018. Most of what I am updating now are mountain, road, and endurance mtb dates. There are a couple of series including Nuts and Gone Riding that have released their 2018 schedule. Most of the races and race series have NOT set 2018 dates yet. I’ll be checking early season races every other week or so.

PROMOTERS: SEND ME YOUR 2018 DATES! sttarlite at hotmail.com

10-26-2017 Allatoona Park Closure Don’t forget, as the sun sets on the majority of the Allatoona Creek Park for 2017, most of the land will only be open to hunters with permits from November 1 – December 31. The Turtle Back, Red Baron and Whipper Snapper trails will remain open but must be accessed from the Pitner Road Dog Park.

10-25-2017 Dick Lane Velodrome Workday #1 DLV’s first workday is scheduled for 9AM, November 4th. Start getting those 2018 Rider of the Year points EARLY. Come join us if you can, we appreciate your help! Workday Chores: Repair bathroom lock cover, Motion light above the bike room needs replacing, Repair apron, Ventilation fan in men’s room, Pressure wash turn 4, Any tree limbs need to come down, Video Crossing wire into turn one redone, Ice machine.

10-24-2017 Savannah Superprestige Weekend The Parks-Law.com Georgia Cyclocross Series presented by Terrapin makes its annual journey to the low country this weekend. Returning for another year at Oglethorpe Speedway Park, the Savannah Superprestige Cyclocross weekend is going to up the ante, hosting the 2017 Georgia State Championship on Sunday, October 29th.  “We’re excited to welcome the series back to the flyover,” said Savannah Wheelmen race director Justin Bristol. “It’s a real pleasure hosting the race this year, and I can’t wait to give out the stars and bars jerseys on Sunday. We know it’s a long drive for a lot of our racers, so we’re expanding the prize list to include cash payouts for additional categories. Plus, we’ve got some great prizes from local bike shops and restaurants.” The course promises to be as fast and exciting as always, but with a few new tricks up its sleeve. Of course, the flyover will be back, but what other course features can we expect? Savannah may be flat, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some drops this year.

 Free tent camping is available on site, and RV hookups can be reserved in advance. The OSP concession stand will be open for hungry racers and pit crews, and drinks will be flowing for attendees over 21. Join GACX in Savannah for another weekend of racing October 28-29 at Oglethorpe Speedway Park, 200 Jesup Rd., Pooler, GA 31322.

10-23-2017 Old Grey Barn Photos My photos from Old Grey Barn are up at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com. There are plenty from all races (Except Elite Women & CX 4 since I have yet to master the art of using my DSLR while racing 😉

Kenny Oladapo (Bike Law Georgia) bunny hops the first barrier in the Single Speed at Old Grey Barn CX.

Then Not a Hop over the second barrier. Kenny’s OK!!!. Kenny got up & finished with a a strong Top 10 placing after hopping the barriers every other lap!

10-22-2017 Silver Comet Head’s Up Saturday, 10/28/2017, will be the Silver Comet Half and full marathons. According to their web site http://silvercometraces.com the full marathon route will go all the way to just east of the Paulding County Waste Treatment Plant. There will be a water/aid station at the Florence Road trailhead. The race starts at Mable House Amphitheater which is just under 2 miles south of the Floyd road trailhead. The trail is not closed for this event, but using it east of the treatment plant (Silver Comet Cycles to the Treatment plant)could be quite dicey. The marathoners have a 5.5 hour time limit.

10-19-2017 Ride & Fly Trails Monthly Workday From SORBA Atlanta Ride & Fly Trails Monthly Workday Sat., Nov. 4 9 am-Noon, Address: 3224 Dodson Drive Connector East Point, GA 30344 From here on out, mark the first Saturday of the month as a great opportunity to come and build and maintain our trail system.  SORBA Atlanta and the City of East Point have partnered to develop what we hope will eventually become a series of connecting trails throughout the ATL Airport District by starting with beautiful Skyes Park in East Point. SORBA Atlanta is proud and excited to partner with the City of East Point to bring these trails to you next spring with the help of volunteers like you. SORBA will be providing some coffee and morning snacks (Donuts, bagels, biscuits or similar)
1. Long Sleeve Shirt, Pants, a Hat or Headcover (Don’t come in shorts please) 2. Work boots or shoes you don’t mind getting dirty 3. Gloves (we will have some to borrow, but yours are better) 4. At least one water bottle 5. Your friends and family here will be something to do for everyone, as we have a LOT to get done. On the agenda: 1. Continued Trash pickup 2. Privet and English Ivy Removal 3. New Trail Building 4. Cleanup and modification of existing walking trails. We will have a waiver for you to sign for you and any minors attending.

10-17-2017 Old Grey Barn CX Old Grey Barn returns to Parks-Law.com Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin on Sunday, October 22. The pastures will be back! They have changed from years past, but the challenges are much more fun after a wet year and some bedding in of new trails. Practice your leaning off the back of the saddle because it goes downhill fast. Other portions of the course this year include a long gravel start/finish, some wooded sections of trail, a trip around the upper pond, a little zigzag of One Tree Hill, maybe getting your feet wet, a traditional trip through the Old Grey Barn, Heckler Hut, and possibly another surprise obstacle. We’ll have some more of that Seriously Great BBQ from Dalton, GA. There will be a $1 contribution for parking this year which goes directly back into Georgia NICA MTB. 100% of the proceeds go into supporting high school MTB in Northwest Georgia. If you want a partial preview of the course, then we’re running Old Grey Barn, the TBRA edition, on Saturday October 21st. Note there will be slight changes between the Saturday and Sunday courses. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone out on Sunday, October 22nd at 1565 Old Ringgold Road, Rocky Face, GA and Old Grey Barn 2017.

The true meaning of Single Speed. Enjoy your Terrapin on a bike during a race! Elks Aidmore CX Day 1.

10-16-2017 Elks Aidmore CX Photos My photos from Day 1 & Day 2 of Elks are up at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com.

Jim Bilotto of L5 Flyers soars over the barriers at Elks Aidmore CX Day 2.

Woody Gap Paving Closure If you are heading to the Gaps during the week, listen up! From GDOT What: Weather permitting, Georgia DOT maintenance crews will close a section of State Route 60 (aka Woody Gap) to preform routine and preventative maintenance tasks to the roadway. Where: State Route 60 between Stone Pile Gap and the Union County Line (approximately 5 miles). When: Work hours will be Mondays through Thursdays 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. beginning Monday October 16, 2017.

10-13-2017 Turkey Cross Press Release Southern Cycling Operations and KnoxVelo announce the 6th Annual Turkey CX race on Saturday November 25, 2017 at Loudon Municipal Park, 1470 Roberson Springs Rd, Loudon, TN 37774. Loudon Municipal Park offers an excellent venue with plenty of parking, covered pavilion, and 2 restroom buildings. The park is located less than 1 mile from Interstate 75. The park also provides many options to present a challenging but fair course to test the abilities of all riders. Food will be available for a minimal fee. SCO and KnoxVelo are proud to offer a purse of $2600 across all categories. Equal payout for the top 5 places in the Pro 1/2/3 men and women. Cash is paid in every category except youth and juniors. Race a second race for only $5. Youth races are FREE. All benefits from this event will be donated to the Loudon County Boys and Girls Club. This donation will assist the club to continue their work with the community youth. .

Blanket’s Creek Trail Party From SORBA Woodstock Love our trails? Join the trail party at Blanket’s Creek, 9:00am, October 14th. 9 am -1 pm. Projects include hand cutting a new approach to the South Loop, rock armoring, wooden structure maintenace, sign work but NO DRAIN CLEANING. Bring gloves, water, and wear closed toe shoes. We will provide the tools and lunch. See you at 9:00 am.

10-12-2017 Cochran Mill Work Party From SORBA Atlanta We have our monthly work party at Cochran Mill Park this Saturday. We will be doing tread work on “Tasty Grub,” off the Red trail. This is a ride in/ride out work party, so bring your bike, a helmet, wear long pants and shoes you can ride and work in. Also bring water, snacks, gloves and your Epi pen if you are allergic to bees. We’ll meet at the main parking lot at 9 am. See you there!

10-11-2017 Elks Aidmore CX This Weekend! Elks Aidmore Benefit CX is coming back for it’s 11th year in the Parks-Law.com Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin on October 14th-15th. Come race a unique course full of varying terrain. Will the infamous ditch be making a comeback? Come race to find out!

Proceeds from the race go to benefit the Elks Aidmore Children’s home who graciously let us race on their property. Free camping in the main parking area by the race start (up the hill on the other side of the trees) will be available Friday and Saturday night as well as bathrooms and showers. Save yourself $10 and time in line by pre-registering at https://www.usacycling.org/register/2017-2903 pre-registration will close at midnight Thursday. Rumor has it that there might be podium cookies, but you better pre-register to insure you receive them. Remember to bring you’re bib number if you already raced at Boundary Waters or pay $5 for a replacement. Check out www.georgiacx.com for more information about the series.

Blankets and Rope Mill Trail Closures  From SORBA Woodstock Blankets Creek will be closed until Thursday 10-12. Rope Mill will be open Wednesday 10-11. Hollywood is coming to Blankets Creek to film on the trails and they are making a generous donation to the SORBA Woodstock trail fund.

10-10-2017 Beginner and Intermediate Women’s MTB Clinic Calling all beginner and intermediate mountain bike ladies (Sorella and non-Sorella)!!! Plan on joining Alexandra Martinez and Stefanie Wilmert both cat 1 MTB racers in xc and endurance racing with 15+ years of racing experience as they host a clinic for Sorellas and lady friends! November 12th 10 am at Allatoona Trails Beginner/Intermediate Clinic It will start at 10 am and last till approx 1pm including ride time. This is a beginner and intermediate clinic. We will go over basic mountain bike maintenance, how to change a flat..etc., bike fit, and nutrition tips. We will then go over bike handling techniques such as cornering, braking and riding over obstacles comfortably. After the instruction we will do a no drop ride around the trails at Allatoona. A mountain bike and helmet are required. Please RSVP on facebook or email Alexandra if you are not on Facebook at alexandramartinez1@hotmail.co

10-9-2017 Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo Brent & Jamie Bookwalter invite you to ride in the Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo on Saturday October 28, 2017. Join us for a relaxed Gran Fondo ride, studded with racing on timed segments of tough climbs that provide an epic challenge to all.

Three routes of varying length traverse some of the most beautiful roads in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina:
• 7,400 ft of climbing in 83 miles
• 5,500 ft in 62 miles
• 2,500 ft in 29 miles.

This is an unusual opportunity to ride alongside female and male pro cyclists as they celebrate the end of their season racing all over the world and the country. Our accessible pros ride all three routes, and along with Brent Bookwalter, they are inspired by cyclists of all backgrounds and abilities. The ride begins and ends at Pisgah Brewing, one of the oldest craft breweries in the Asheville area. Bikes, beers, autumn colors, Asheville…you know you want to do it! Learn more about the ride! Registration is open! Volunteers are needed to help–click here to volunteer! Goodies for volunteers include a tshirt and meal at the Binge!

10-6-2017 GRANT PARK CX CANCELLED Due to forecasted thunderstorms and lightning Grant Park CX Cup is CANCELED this Sunday. We will be adding Ellenwood CX Ranch to the GACX schedule for Saturday November 4th. All pre-registered riders entries will be transferred. If you pre-registered and will be unable to attend please contact Clay Parks.

10-5-2017 Mostly Mutts Ride to Rescue Press Release – Ride to Rescue is a bike ride for charity with 100% of the proceeds being donated to Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue. The event began six years ago, created by a small group of avid, weekend and novice cyclists coming together once a year to raise money and awareness to help rescue animals from the area’s overcrowded shelters.The sixth annual Ride to Rescue, formerly called “Operation for the Love of Dog,” will be in a beautiful new location in White, Bartow County, near Sosebee Bike Park. There will be three different rides to choose from – a Full Metric Century (62 miles); a Half Metric Century (31 miles); and an 8-mile Fun Ride. There will be activities for the whole family including food, music, vendors, and a petting zoo. “We are very fortunate to be a part of this event which raised over $18,000 last year. This is becoming one of our biggest annual fundraisers and we are hoping for a great turnout”, said Tammy Turley, Executive Director. Registration is open.

10-4-2017 Grant Park CX This Sunday, October 8th is the second race of the Parks-Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin – Grant Park CX! Join us for the only series race in the city of Atlanta. GPCX is brought to you by the Litespeed-BMW and L5Flyers Cycling teams and presented by Loose Nuts Cycles. This Nick Van Winkle-designed course will be fast, twisty, turny, technical, and will of course include the famous heckle hill. Racing starts at 9:20 am and will feature all ages from a kids race to 60+ masters.  For a detailed race schedule please visit the GACX website.  Registration is open at USA Cycling and pre-registration is highly recommended, as it will not only help us be better organized, but will save you money as well. If you already have a number from Boundary Waters make sure to bring it, otherwise you’ll be charged a $5 fee for a new one. Grant Park CX is located at 537 Park Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312. Race parking is at the Zoo Atlanta Cherokee Ave lot (the Boulevard lot is currently closed). Please remember that we are guests at the park and all park rules apply. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

9-28-2017 Ride and Fly Trails Work Party Ride & Fly Trails – Kick-off clean up day! Saturday, October 14 9 am-Noon, 3224 Dodson Drive Connector East Point, GA 30344, It’s officially time to get started on the Ride & Fly Trails. SORBA Atlanta and the City of East Point have partnered to develop what we hope will eventually become a series of connecting trails throughout the ATL Airport District by starting with beautiful Skyes Park in East Point. SORBA Atlanta is proud and excited to partner with the City of East Point to bring these trails to you next spring with the help of volunteers like you and with the help of Keep East Point Beautiful. We have a lot of work to do to make that happen, starting off with a park clean-up day. So gets some rest, fill up on your spinach and bring you and your friends to Sykes Park Saturday, Oct. 14th for our first work day.

9-26-2017 Women’s Bike Maintenance Clinic Monday, October 16 at 6 PM – 7 PM. Come out to the FREE women’s bike maintenance clinic sponsored by Sorella and Atlanta Cycling (ANSLEY LOCATION–1860 Piedmont Ave, ATL, 30324) on Monday October 16 from 6 to 7p. Then join us afterward for a burger next door! It’s hands on, and whatever level you are is just fine. If you’re an old hand, come help out! 1) ON ROAD: Tire changing, CO2 cartridge, ‘boot’, other on road fixes we could do w/tire or shifting or chain or brakes rubbing 2) AT HOME MAINTENANCE: Good bike cleaning including derailleurs, how/where to lube afterwards. Avoiding squeaks. Knowing what to look for in shifters, cables, rings, derailleurs, tires, that signal something is wrong

9-25-2017 Sunday, October 1st the Parks Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin kicks off at Boundary Waters park in Douglasville Ga. Smyrna Bicycles, Equipe Sports Productions and Grayson Tudor State Farm have teamed up to bring a great day of racing to Douglasville!  Boundary Waters Park has become a regular stop on the series and for good reason. The race course is fast and fairly flat-resulting in close racing that requires tactics as well as technical skills. For spectators, the entire course can be viewed from one vantage point allowing you to see all the action as it unfolds.  The park also has plenty of parking, indoor restrooms, hiking trails, and a paved cycling path.

New for this year Grayson Tudor State Farm presents the “Jekyll Heckle Pit”.  Located at the main junction in the center of the course, they’ll be serving up food, drinks, music and live play by play announcing.

Racing starts at 9:20 am and will feature all ages from a kids race to 60+ masters.  For a detailed race schedule please visit the GACX website.  Registration is openhttps://www.usacycling.org/register/2017-2827 at USA Cycling and pre-registration is highly recommended, as it will not only help us be better organized, but will save you money as well. Boundary Waters Park is located at 500 Ga-92, Douglasville Ga 30135.  Please remember that we are guests at the park and all park rules apply.  For further information contact Equipe Sports Productions at equipesportsproductions@gmail.com or 404-953-5251.  We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

9-23-2017 GBRA Nominations for The 2018 Georgia Bicycle Racing Association (GBRA) Board of Directors Are Now Open Please Submit Nominations for: Rider’s Representative, Club Representative, Promoter’s Representative, Official’s & Coaches Representative, At-large Representative. Send nominations to: GBRA2018@gmail.com. Voting for the 2018 GBRA Board of Directors begins October 5th. Online Voting will close October 31st. Voting may also take place in-person at the GBRA Annual Meeting, November 5th. GBRA Annual Meeting is scheduled for November 5th. More details to follow. The 2018 Schedule Planning and Promoter’s Meeting will take place on Nov 5th, immediately following the Annual Meeting.

Big Creek Fall Family MTB Festival From RAMBO: October 7 at Big Creek Park – join RAMBO and local bike shops as we celebrate Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day with a festival full of Mountain Biking fun events and food. It’s RAMBO’s time to give back to the great biking community in Roswell, Alpharetta and Forsyth County. We hold a number of fun events during the festival like a Kid’s Skills Clinic, Pump Track time trials, kid’s MTB time trial and much more. We start the event at 9:00 AM and finish up by 3:00 PM. RAMBO provides lunch for all (supplied by RAMBO expert chefs using our party grill). The event takes place in the lower lot of Big Creek Park and starts at 10:00 AM.


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