10-9-2019 MTB Gwinnett Night Ride Schedule From MTB Gwinnett MTB Gwinnett Night Ride Schedule 2019 has been approved. We will be putting in Events soon.We are paying a bit more per ride, but were able to schedule more rides. We will be charging $10 for IMBA/MTB Gwinnett members and $20 for non-members to cover the fall night ride season. Pay online at: https://www.mtbgwinnett.org/donate-to-gatr/ Join IMBA Here.  All Rides will meet at 6 pm to sign waiver and be ready to ride at 6:30 pm Harbins Park Trails, Wednesday, October 16th 2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Harbins Park Trails, Thursday, October 24th 2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Tribble Mill Park Trails, Tuesday, October 29th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Harbins Park Trails, Thursday, November 7th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Tribble Mill Park Trails, Thursday, November 14th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Yellow River Park Trails, Thursday, November 21st 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Tribble Mill Park Trails, Wednesday, December 4th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Yellow River Park Trails, Tuesday, December 10th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Harbins Park Trails, Tuesday, December 17th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

10-8-2019 Silver Comet Extension from the Marietta Daily Journal: “Work is set to begin Nov. 1 to connect the Silver Comet Trail with the Atlanta BeltLine, a distance of 10.6 miles at a cost of more than $18 million. When it’s done, visitors will be able to start from the Chief Ladiga Trail in northeast Alabama and walk or bike all the way to the Silver Comet’s trail head at the Georgia state line, down past the current end of the trail near Nickajack Elementary in Smyrna and on to Atlanta, all without ever leaving a paved surface.

“When we’re done, we think we’ll be the longest paved trail in the U.S.,” said Ed McBrayer, executive director of the PATH Foundation, a nonprofit with the goal of building a network of trails in Georgia. “The Silver Comet coupled with the trail in Alabama is about 93.5 miles, and we’ll be adding about 11 miles to that.” McBrayer said the goal is to finish that work by the fall of 2022. The extension will go from Plant Atkinson Road near the current end of the trail to Atlanta Road and on to the Chattahoochee River. On the Atlanta side, the trail will connect hikers and bikers to the BeltLine and Centennial Olympic Park.”

10-7-2019 Grant Park CX Cup Photos Photos from the Grant Park CX Cup are up at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com. Plenty from all races!

Ayesha Mcgowan (Liv Cycling) shows style over the barriers in the Women’s 3/4 race at the Grant Park Cup.

10-6-2019 Cruisin in the Country Century Press Release 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. Come ride with us to honor and support those who are battling cancer!

10-3-2019 Magic City CX Cancelled Magic City CX has cancelled the rest of their remaining races in Alabama this fall. Alabama CX racers–we would love to see  you at the Georgia Cyclocross Series! Join our Facebook page for weekly updates.

Sope Creek Info. From the National Park Service: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area You can expect to see heavy equipment in the Cochran Shoals Unit near the Columns Drive entrance beginning October 3, 2019. Colonial Pipeline Company will be working in the area for approximately two weeks. For your safety trails in the area will be closed and rerouted if necessary. Please use the posted detours to stay safe.

10-2-2019 Sope Creek Work Party From MTB Atlanta Sope Creek Work Party Sat., Oct. 19 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 Trail Care Evening From MTB Atlanta From 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!

9-30-2019 Ride Times As a reminder many of the Atlanta group rides shift to a 6:00 pm start time for October. Including All Atlanta Cycling rides, Northlake, Pizza, and others. Check with your favorite ride to see when it starts or if it is over for the year.

Funding for the Silver Comet This is great news for finishing the Silver Comet after nearly 20 years! Form Curbed Atlanta: “The PATH Foundation has operated in metro Atlanta for about 27 years, completing more than 280 miles of trails (along with some 80 bridges) to boost recreational and commuting options and position Atlanta as a leader, officials say, among America’s bike-trail cities. But to reach a goal of finishing 300 miles of trails by PATH’s 30th anniversary in 2021, the nonprofit needed help. That’s come by way of PATH’s largest private donor since its inception, the James M. Cox Foundation, which announced today a $6 million grant that will go toward the “Mile 300” campaign.

A main focus of the campaign is to link the Silver Comet Trail—one of PATH’s most used and well-known greenways—directly to downtown Atlanta and its growing system of paths and protected bike lanes. An extension of the Silver Comet into the city, officials say, would also be a crucial link from downtown to Beltline segments on the Westside and the future Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry.” Read the full article.

9-29-2019 Old Grey Barn CX Photos Photos from Old Grey Barn are up at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com. Plenty from all of the races!

Molly Russell-Holmes (Loose Nuts) leads the women’s single speed. She also won the Elite Women at Old Grey Barn CX.

9-26-2019 Cheaha Challenge TT News From the Cheaha Challenge: It’s YOU against the clock! Join us for the 2nd Annual Cheaha Challenge Time Trial on Saturday, May 16, held in conjunction with the weekend events of the 28th Annual Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA on Sunday, May 17. Experience the thrill of exiting a time trial podium down a ramp onto a closed 12-mile straight shot course (only three turns, all near the finish), and test what you’re made of as you barrel along the flat, fast, fun path. Our TT is a qualifier for the UCI World Time Trial Championship to be held in conjunction with the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship in September in Vancouver, Canada. However, our TT has multiple another option besides just the UCI qualifier – if you’re a resident of Alabama or Georgia, you can race for the AL/GA TT State Championsihp (Age group, Junior Division, or Handcyle). Age groups are determined by racer’s age on 12/31/20. UCI World Time Trial Championship qualifier – Finish top three of your age group or in the top 20%, and you’re going to Canada to race in September! (Note: UCI recognizes only age groups of 19 years old and above.)

Alabama & Georgia State TT Championships – If you’re a resident of either state, you can race to place in your respective state’s championship. Age Groups include ages 9 and up. Junior Divisions are ages 9-14 and ages 15-18. Junior Division fees are ½ the adult division fees. Besides Age Groups, we have two other AL/GA TT Championship Categories: 1. Eddy Merckx Division – Don’t have a TT bike or all the gear? No problem, this TT Division is for you. Merckx racers must be 19 or older, and will not qualify for the UCI World TT Championship but will be counted as AL/GA State Champions. In order to race as “Merckx” you may not use any of the following (even one will switch you to “Aero”): disc wheels, wheels deeper than 50MM, aero helmets, shoe covers, aero bars. Allowed items are: Aero road helmet (no teardrop shape, ears cannot be covered) and skinsuits. 2. Handcycle Division – H1-H5 Male & Female scored separately.

9-25-2019 Ian Garrison of the US captured silver at the Under 23 World’s Championship time trial! Ian lives in metro Atlanta and is the reigning US U23 and Men’s Pro TT Champion. Congratulations, Ian! We are all so proud of you! Also, if you haven’t seen how Chloe Dygert-Owen SMASHED the women’s field, check out your favorite cycling news sites!

9-23-2019 Backyard CX Photos Photos from Backyard Brawl CX at the Ellenwood CX Ranch on Sunday are ready! Support your local photographers!

9-21-2019 Spin the District Photos The photos from Spin the District on Friday night at the Dick Lane Velodrome are ready! Support your local photographers!

The Women’s field at Spin the District at the Dick Lane Velodrome

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