1-26-2018 Paralympics National Team U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, named 27 athletes, including two tandem pilots, to the 2018 U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Team. The U.S. roster boasts 17 Paralympians and eight reigning world champions returning to the team.
“We’re incredibly excited about the highly-decorated team that we have this year,” said Ian Lawless, director of U.S. Paralympics Cycling. “With Paralympic and world champions helping lead Team USA this upcoming season, we expect to have very successful world championships and a world cup circuit as we begin to gear up for Tokyo 2020.” Congratulations to Alabama resident Jennifer Schuble for making this years team! You can see Jennifer in action at the Dick Lane Velodrome occasionally! Jason Kimball from Charlotte, NC was also named to the team.
1-25-2018 South Rockdale Trail Build Day From SORBA South Rockdale Trail Build Day, Saturday, Jan. 27 9 am – Noon, Join us to work on our new trail project at South Rockdale Community Park. We will be clearing the corridor for Phase One of the project. Meet at the main parking lot at 3909 East Fairview Road, Stockbridge, GA 30281 at 9. Wear weather appropriate clothes, long pants, closed toed shoes sturdy enough for hiking, bring gloves, water, snacks. We will be cutting back brush and removing deadfall to get ready for construction. We will see you there!
1-24-2018 Decatur Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community Decaturish reports that Decatur has obtained Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists. Tonio Andrade and Joseph Hurley praised the city’s efforts. “Decatur is becoming an excellent place to commute by bike, even as Atlanta surges ahead in bike friendliness, thanks to the Beltline and other infrastructure projects,” Andrade said.”The key to a healthy bike commuting culture is simple in theory but difficult to achieve in practice: protected and connected bike lanes. Decatur’s leadership is aware of this and is building such a network. This will be good for everyone — not just bike riders. Studies show that good bike infrastructure actually decreases motor vehicle congestion, and bike lanes are five times more efficient at moving people than car lanes. We believe that if its current trajectory keeps up, the next time Decatur gets certified it may be silver or gold!”
WBL #10 From the WBL: WBL # 10 THE REEVES AND YOUNG BOWMAN CLASSIC, When: January 27, Where: The Hub / Independent Baking Company (5 Points / Athens), Time: 10 AM (window open), Length: 95 miles / 5 hours, Points: 5 Points pts (1 per hour), Interactive map
1-23-2018 Saluda Roubaix 68 The Saluda Roubaix 68 Remote All Road Race will be April 29, 2018. SR68 and 28AVG nonprofit donate 100 percent of all proceeds to US Military Endurance Sports. USMES Elite Team, USMES Cycling Club, US Military Veterans and Service Members are invited to start Saluda Roubaix as our honored guests; please contact us for details.
1-22-2018 Chief Ladiga Trail Extension ALDOT has approved a plan to extend the Chief Ladiga Trail into downtown Anniston. The Chief Ladiga trail is currently 33 miles long, and the Silver Comet is 62 miles. If I remember the numbers correctly, this approval would extend the Ladiga 7-8 miles.
1-18-2018 More Atlanta Bike Shares Bikeshare in the Cumberland Community Improvement District is getting real! The CID, National Park Service, and Zagster will move forward with #bikeshare stations at the Paces Mill/Palisades unit and at the Cochran Shoals unit. Look for the stations when the weather warms up!
This Week’s WBL WBL # 9: The Independent Baking Company Greensboro World Cup, When: January 20 (Saturday), Where: The Hub / Independent Baking Company (5 Points / Athens), Time: 10 AM (window open), Length: 105 miles / 5 hours, Points: 5 Points pts (1 per hour), Interactive map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26719999
Atlanta Cycling Festival Dates From ACF: The 2018 Atlanta Cycling Festival will be Saturday, May 19 – Friday, May 25.
That’s right – We’re headed in the 5th year of the festival. The idea for the Atlanta Cycling Festival was born in 2013 after visiting a cycling festival in Cork, Ireland. Since then, we’ve been exploring and reveling in all the wonders that Atlanta has to offer via two wheels. So many parts of the city can only be fully appreciated when you jump on a bike and experience it with those in the Atlanta bicycle community. This year, we plan on doing even more exploring, going places that we’ve never been and connecting with both old and new friends. We cannot wait.
For the past 4 years, the ACF has been in the second or third week of June. There are pros/cons to this but, after much deliberation, we decided to move the festival to May. Why? Two big reasons: The weather is markedly cooler (June is hot hot hot hot) and there is a lot less going on in May (Festival season kicks off in June). The above reasons will really help us focus the festival and create an even better riding experience. That’s right – We’ve got 4 years under our bike jerseys. That means 4 years of feedback, experiences and moments. This year, we’re pairing down our event calendar to primarily include the best of the best events. Look for The Doughnut Ride, The One Ride, Infrastructure Tours, Queer Ride, Pecha Kucha, The Intercontinental Cocktail Ride, Yuba Bike Demos and many more crowd favorites.
1-17-2018 USA CX Worlds Team USA Cycling announced the team that would be representing the US at the cyclocross World Championships. Congratulations to NC resident Tristan Cowie (Triple Oaks Racing), who will race in the Elite Men. Hannah Arensman (JA King p/b BR’C) will race in the U23 Women. Do us proud! (Trish’s Note: Yeah, pretty much everyone else is from the Northeast or Colorado).
NICA Seeking Riders Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League – Youth Development through Mountain Biking – Grades 6th – 12th Where: Races in North Georgia When: Practice starts in July 2018 Races begin September 2018 What is the Georgia High School Cycling League? Georgia is one of 20 states to have a High School Mountain biking program organized under the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). Prima Tappa Cycling Club in Hall County created an initial “Composite” team from students in Hall County to compete in races in the Georgia High School Cycling League. There are no try outs and the kids don’t have to have any developed skills on the mountain bike. The league exists to provide every student a chance to ride and compete on a bike. Our primary reason for doing this is to help young people grow, mature and develop into successful, well rounded and respected adults. NICA provides the Georgia League and every team within the league with a coach training and certification program, which includes background checks for any adults, as well as a robust insurance package that covers practices and races. As with any new sport in Georgia the goal is for every school to have it’s own mountain bike team. If you want that for your school please contact League Director Kenny Griffith 678-758-7206 or firstname.lastname@example.org
January Trail Build and Maintenance From SORBA Woodstock January Trail Build and Maintenance Day Saturday, Jan. 20 9 am-12:30 pm “We have a ton of great things planned for 2018. There are build projects planned for every trail at Blankets Creek and most at Rope Mill. We need your help to execute on these awesome build projects while continuing to maintain the existing network.”
1-16-2018 GBRA Schedule is In! The Georgia Bicycle Racing Association preliminary schedule has been released and is on the Road Calendar. Please note some of the dates may be tentative. A couple of races that I’ve heard of may be added in the next few weeks–and the schedule should start to firm up by the middle of Feb. Check with the promoter if you have a question about a specific race. While I try to always keep the calendars updated, sometimes changes happen before I can do so.
How do you spend the cold weather riding? Or do you do something else? Join the discussion on the Southeastern Cycling Facebook page!
1-14-2018 WBL MLK Ride ANNOUNCING THE SUPER SECRET MLK DAY (MONDAY) RIDE AT NOON FROM THE HUB (WINDOW OPEN). 3 HOURS / 60 MILES / COME ONE AND ALL / NO WBL POINTS /
Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is Hiring! The ABC is hiring a Communications Coordinator and a Community Engagement Coordinator. Both are part time positions. To see more, visit the ABC website.
1-12-2018 WBL # 8: 13 January: The Ken Bike Law Hoscton Classic / 95 miles 4.5 hours When: January 13 (Saturday), Where: The Hub / Independent Baking Company (5 Points / Athens), Time: 10 AM (window open), Points: 5 pts (1 per hour),
DLV Workday There will be a workday at the Dick Lane Velodrome on January 23 from 9 am to 3 pm. They will work on: Finish Board repair, Leaf bagging, Finish Pressure washing turn 4, Pressure spray wood crossing turn one, Oil change on pressure sprayer, Finish fixing gutters add Gutter Guards, Ant control/killer, Continue Bike repairs, Spray for bugs, Fence repair turn one/two, Repair apron, Pizza eating
Up the Creek Century ride is back for the 28th year in a row on Saturday, April 28. As in year’s past, the ride will leave from the Forum River Center in downtown Rome and will be comprised of four routes, 32, 53, 71, and 104 miles and each route promises beautiful scenery, rolling hills, hearty SAG stops and homemade strawberry ice cream that keep riders coming back year after year. Up the Creek is presented by TRED Rome Floyd trail advocacy group and all proceeds go to support Rome’s trail system and expansion. Online registration can be found at www.itsyourrace.com and if riders register by April 21 there is a savings of $10. For more information, contact Julie Smith at julie at cycletherapy dot us.
1-8-2018 Two More Months! Just a quick reminder that Group Ride Season (aka Daylight Saving Time) is only 2 months away as we all sit on our trainers and freeze this week.
1-5-2018 GATR Night Rides GATR has released their winter night ride schedule for Harbins, Yellow River, and Tribble Mill. See their calendar for all upcoming rides.
Up The Creek From UTC There’s no place like Rome for the 28th Annual Up the Don’t miss the 28th Annual UTC Bike Ride in lovely Rome, GA. Routes are 32, 53, 71 and 104 miles along the most beautiful roads in the state. Use UTC as a tune up for Big BRAG that start in Rome on June 2! Where? The rides start at The Forum River Center in downtown Rome, (301 Tribune Street, Rome, GA) When? Saturday, April 28, 2018 Registration opens at 6:30am Rides roll at 8am WHY? strawberry ice cream for a SAG stop, softstyle unisex UTC shirts, Southern hospitality, beautiful riding, the best marked routes, homemade peanut butter balls, discount on food at local Rome restaurants, a photo finish, and the proceeds benefit TRED working to enhance, educate, and expand the trails in Rome and Floyd County. Trish’s Note: I can say that the strawberry ice cream is yummy!
1-4-2018 NCCX Series Finale Weekend From NCCX We are headed back to the Triad to wrap up the series with an exciting double race weekend. Saturday we will be in Gibsonville, NC, and Sunday we will be in Winston Salem, NC. ALL RIDERS PLEASE ENSURE TO RENEW YOUR USA CYCLING LICENSE, license fees increase by $5 as of Thursday, 1/4/2018. ALSO EVERYONE NEEDS TO CHECK IN AT REGISTRATION – DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO CHECK-IN as on-site registration and check-in close 30 minutes prior to race start times.
Reminder early price registration closes at 8:00 pm on Friday prior to the event. Register via WebScorer site and simply show up at registration and check-in with us so we can let the officials know you’re out there. If you happen to miss out on registering online, please make sure to bring your bib number, chip ID and USAC License with you to on-site registration. Please note the series finale will once again be DOUBLE POINTS, this could make a big impact for some of the categories. Additionally the Elite Men Pro/CX1,2 and Elite Women Pro/CX 12,3, categories will be the best 11 results of 13 races (as the NCGP races did not count towards the series) however, the remaining categories will be the best 11 of 15. There will be having a food vendor on-site and series awards will be handed out, must be present to receive your awards.
1-3-2018 Cartersville Century Changing Locations From the Cartersville Century: The 20th Annual Cartersville Century, June 16, 2018, This year the Cartersville Century will celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Over the years the Cartersville Century has been presented by, and has exclusively benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County. This Ride conducted by over 200 volunteers, dozens of sponsors, and the sport’s best riders, has provided the Boys & Girls Clubs over $500,000 in “NET” proceeds to serve thousands of deserving Club Members. For 2018 we are proud to announce that the Cartersville Century will be hosted by the Barnsley Resort! his “World Class” Resort will afford our riders, sponsors, and the cycling community, an unprecedented experience. Come enjoy the Post Ride Meal, Beer Garden, Rider Amenities, Luxury Lodging, and the “World’s Best Event T-Shirt” all to support a great cause. Please make sure you follow & share the Facebook page for updates, information, and registration links.
Decatur Bikes Closing From Decaturish “Decatur Bikes on Jan. 2 announced it is closing its West Ponce de Leon store.
“We have had a 10 great years but unfortunately the retail environment that we are in today doesn’t allow for us to continue,” the company said in an email to customers. “Thanks so much for all of your support over the years and we hope to continue to see you around the neighborhood.” The company says all accessories are 30 percent off and all bikes are “at must go prices.” The article does not mention what their final day will be. Silver Comet Cycles recently closed on Floyd Rd. in Mableton. The bathrooms and water fountains will remain open as the building is owned and maintained by Cobb County.
1-2-8 Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great new year and enjoyed a ride (or nursing a hangover)–probably inside since the windchill was 19 degrees. I have had a couple of people ask me about when road calendars/schedules will be up. I usually do not get them from the Carolinas Cycling Association or Georgia until late January or early February. It’s on my personal calendar to check weekly. As of today I only have the TBRA races. The Mountain/Gravel calendar is updated as of 12-25-2017. I will update that every 2-3 weeks from here on out. The major series have all announced their dates. Please note that I try to keep the calendars as updated as possible, but promoters may make changes that I am not aware of. Always check with the promoter regarding any questions about a specific race or series.
Winter Bike League WBL # 7: 6 January: 6 January: The Parks Law Firm Danielsville Rally / 4 hours / 80 miles (Pro Sprint), When: January 6 (Saturday),
Where: The Hub / Independent Baking Company (5 Points / Athens), Time: 10 AM (window open) (*start may be delayed 1 hour – stay tuned), Length: 80 miles / 4 hours, Points: 4 pts (1 per hour), Interactive map
12-31-2017 Trish’s Year End Thanks 2017 was a really fun year. I have so many people to thank! First and foremost my coach, John Cheetham! Thank you for listening to me whine about how tired I am & reminding me to suck it up but still listen to my body…and for all of your invaluable help at the Masters National Track Championships! It’s been a learning year, and I have come out stronger because of it! My Sorella Cycling sisters and our race team! You ladies make cyclocross so much fun; I love the energy of our team! Now is only I can get a few of you down to the track! The guys at Smyrna Bicycles – Tom, Brown, and Andrew! I can’t thank you enough for keeping my bikes going throughout the year even if what I wanted sounded crazy & for the last minute fixes before a race! All of my friends for putting up with cycling! Who am I kidding? Many of your ride! I know I’m forgetting someone–so thank you to everyone that helped me this year! Here’s to 2018!
12-27-2017 WBL News There will be TWO WBLs this weekend! WBL # 5: The City Bakery Madison Classique / 4 hours (Non Pro Sprint) When: December 30, Where: The Hub / Independent Baking Company (5 Points / Athens), Time: 10 AM (window open), Length: 83 miles / 4 hours, Points: 4 pts (1 per hour), Interactive map
WBL # 6: 1 January (Monday): The Cappy’s Custom Cabinets New Year’s Day Ladies Classic / 3 hours (Ladies Only Final Sprint) Where: The Hub / Independent Baking Company (5 Points / Athens) (https://hubbikes.com), Time: 10 AM (window open), Length: 62 miles / 3 hours, Points: 3 pts (1 per hour),
Merry Christmas! May you have a great holiday season!
12-22-2017 WBL Postponed until Sunday WBL #4 will be on SUNDAY because of Saturday’s forecast.
Smyrna Bicycles is Moving From Smyrna Bicycles: Smyrna Bicycles is excited to announce that we are moving! Before you say “WTH…no way!”, please know that we are going to be only 1.5 miles from our present location. Our new address is 3988 ATLANTA ROAD. (Between Paces Ferry and Cumberland Blvd) We have had 10+ great years where we are, but the opportunity to upgrade our facilities, be in a more convenient location for most of our customers, and move closer to Smyrna/Vinings was too good to pass up. What does this mean for you? Nothing but good things!
We will be open at our present location until Dec.27th, and re-open at our new location on Dec 30th. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call or stop by. We look forward to seeing all of our valued customers/ friends at the new shop!
Chainbuster Racing News Press Release: It is with mixed emotions that we announce a change in leadership/ownership of Chain Buster Racing effective on January 1, 2018. Over the past few years, I’ve enjoyed getting to know many of you at our events throughout the southeast. As often happens in life, changes take us in different directions. My family and I have made the decision to move to Idaho, where I have taken on the role of League Director for the Idaho NICA league. While this is an exciting new chapter in our lives, we are going to miss our extended Chain Buster family.
Thankfully we have found a great team to pass the Chain Buster torch to. I am excited to introduce you to the Chandler and Rothermel families. They are passionate mountain biking families and very active in the Georgia NICA league with their kids. They have raced with Chain Buster over the years and bring a very high level of enthusiasm, professionalism and new ideas to the table. Under their leadership, I expect the races and events will only get better. I will be involved extensively with the transition throughout the spring racing season, and I hope to see you at our events to personally say thank you for your support over the past few years.
Please feel free to reach out to the new CBR team with any questions or comments: Jason Chandler – Scott Rothermel – Dawn Chandler – Leila Rothermel
12-21-2017 Hincapie Spring Series The dates have been announced for the for the 2018 Hincapie Spring Series! Registration will open in late January.
Sat., Feb. 17 Road Race (Donaldson)
Sun., Feb. 18 Criterium (Conestee Park)
Sat., Feb. 24 Road Race (Fork Shoals)
Sun., Feb. 25 Road Race (Donaldson)
Sat., Mar. 10 Road Race (Donaldson)
Sun., Mar. 11 Criterium (Downtown Hendersonville)
WBL #4 WBL # 4: Cruise to Colbert, When: December 23, Where: The Hub / Independent Baking Company (5 Points / Athens), Time: 10 AM (window open),
Length: 63 miles / 3 hours, Points: 3 pts (1 per hour), Interactive map