• Sandy Springs Pro Women
  • Sandy Springs Cat. 2/3 Men
  • Sandy Springs Pro Men
  • DLV Keirin
  • 2014 Roswell Crit Masters
  • 2014 Taylor Phinney US Pro TT Champion
  • 2014 US Pro Women RR
  • 2015 US Pro RR Men

5-23-2020 AP Challenge Bike Ride From the promoter: Join us for the upcoming AP Challenge Bike Ride on Saturday, August 15th! Bike Ride Registration begins at 6:45 AM & Bike Ride starts promptly at 8 AM. The meeting place is Assembly of Praise @ Lula. The scenic route will take cyclists through the wondrous landscapes including Apple Pie Ridge. The route options include the 20 mile, 50 mile, and the metric century. All routes are well marked with SAG vehicle support and have well stocked rest stops. Registrants also receive a delicious post-ride meal.   Early registrants receive a free T-shirt and discounted registration fee of $35 if registration is completed by August 1st! (Registration/Event Waiver forms along with payment are needed for application process to be complete.) We look forward to meeting you at the AP Challenge Bike Ride and we are thankful in advance for your help with this most worthwhile cause. If you have questions about registration or would like to make a non-taxable donation to the AP Challenge Bike Ride, ple]

MTB Time Trial Series at Road Atlanta Come support our local middle and high school Georgia League mountain bike teams every Tuesday evening in June. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to ride the private Fox RaceFace XC Course at Road Atlanta which is only open to the public a few times a year. This is a 4 race series in June with an overall championship on June 30. See more information here.

Posted by Prima Tappa Athletic Club on Friday, January 24, 2020

5-22-2020 Calendar Updates  I’m putting the races back up at the top of the page. PLEASE CHECK WITH THE PROMOTER TO MAKE SURE THE RACE IS STILL HAPPENING. I’m trying to keep everything updated, but things change daily. All calendars are updated for the June races as of today. I’ll start updating July in a few days.

5-21-2020 Marietta Crit Returns The Marietta Crit will return Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30 pm. $5 donation to pay for the police officer to watch the corner as required by the business park. 60 minutes. Fast.

Connect the Comet Update From Connect the Comet The first on-site steps toward extending the Silver Comet Trail into Atlanta have begun! Rails and ties are being removed by CSX from the 2.3 mile section of right of way donated by CSX to GDOT. Work started at Plant Atkinson Rd, which will be the southern end point of the trail on the former railroad right-of-way. Machines are working north and the clearing project will soon be visible at Oakdale Rd. GDOT and the PATH Foundation are in the process of executing an agreement that will allow for completion of the abandonment. Cobb County will then survey the corridor and PATH design work is scheduled for the fall of 2020 with trail construction in 2021. This segment will bring the trail on a safe and level route under the East West Connector, South Cobb Drive and I-285. This will be the first of two segments to get the trail to the Chattahoochee River. From Plant Atkinson Rd south, Cobb County plans to facilitate the construction of the trail to the Chattahoochee River within the Atlanta Rd right-of-way. Funding has not been approved by Cobb County for the Atlanta Rd segment but the Cobb Board of Commissioners will decide on whether it is part of the next SPLOST in early 2021. Once across the river via the Atlanta Rd bridge, the latest plan is to connect to the Whetstone Creek Trail and from there to the Atlanta BeltLine near Marietta Boulevard via a route TBD. While the State of GA has first right of refusal on the remaining 4.2 miles of track from Plant Atkinson Rd to Collier Rd, CSX currently has no plans to sell it and is actively using the line south of the Chattahoochee River for switching Howell yard. CSX just repaired its railroad bridge over Defoors Ferry Rd.

As previously announced on Sept 30th 2019, the PATH Foundation received its largest private donation yet; $6 million from the Atlanta based James M. Cox Foundation. The grant will go toward PATH’s “Mile 300” campaign, which aims to complete the organization’s 300th mile of trail by its 30th anniversary in 2021. Please consider a donation to the PATH Foundation. Rails have been on this right of way since the Seaboard Airline Railroad built its line from Atlanta to Birmingham in 1903. In 1988 much of it was abandoned and ultimately repurposed to the trail we have today. This remnant had rails for 117 years and was once the route of the “Silver Comet” passenger train.

5-19-2020 CRNRA Parking Update All parking lots for the CRNRA (including Sope Creek) area open including Columns Drive. I was out there last week, and there were bit boulders placed across the Columns lot. I assume they had to get a bulldozier in there to remove them.

Silver Comet Bathrooms Starting Thursday the bathrooms at Tara Drummond in Paulding County will be open. No word on the rest of the trailheads in Paulding. Cobb facilities remain closed.

5-14-2020 Six Gap News Press Release May is recognized across the U.S. as National Bike Month and organizers for the Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty bicycle ride want to motivate cyclists to register and train for the fall event. A new “no risk” refund policy has been adopted for 2020, and a $20 discount is in place to recognize Bike Month. As one of the most challenging “bucket list” rides in the U.S., the 32nd annual event continues as scheduled on Sunday, September 27. The featured 104-mile bicycle route offers 11,200 feet of elevation gain. During Bike Month, a $20 discount is being offered to encourage early registrations. The regular fee for each individual is $86. A new refund policy has been adopted to provide flexible options for participants. Should the event be cancelled later in the summer due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, participants can defer payments to 2021, request a refund, or donate the registration fee to the beneficiary partner, ConnectAbility.

The Six Gap Century’s challenging 104-mile route traverses six of the steepest climbs in the North Georgia Mountains. The toughest climb on the century, Hogpen Gap, averages a gradient of seven percent for 7 miles. Part of this segment along the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway reaches gradients of 15 percent. The Six Gap route also hugs the base of Brasstown Bald Mountain, the highest point in Georgia, using Jack’s Gap and crosses the Appalachian Trail three times. The Three Gap Fifty offers a 58-mile course with 6,385 vertical feet of climbing. This route includes Neels Gap, Wolf Pen Gap and Woody Gap. Wolf Pen Gap road is 11.8 miles long and has been called the most twisting road in the state. The 35-mile Valley Ride was added in 2010. This route provides undulating country roads to Turner’s Corner and back. One flat price applies for any of the three ride options. The Bike Month discounted registration is $66 – click here. Each registration includes a custom T-shirt, snacks and beverages at multiple rest stops, changing rooms and showers, and a post-ride spaghetti dinner (from 11am-6pm). One dollar from each registration will be donated to ConnectAbility, a Dahlonega-based community not for profit organization which encourages and enriches children and adults with disabilities. The Race for a Reason program empowers and equips individuals with disabilities to participate in sporting events, giving them the chance to train and compete in athletic events using racing wheelchairs, handcycles and a supportive group of teammates.

5-13-2020 Giordana Velodrome is Open From Facebook Starting today, Tuesday, May 12, 2020; the Giordana Velodrome will re-open, with new guidelines and safety measures. Programming is suspended until further notice. Only 5 riders/hour.

Fox Trail Days Support local NICA teams by riding the FOX Raceface XC Course at Road Atlanta! A $5 minimum donation is suggested. Trish’s Note: This trail is closed to the public except for a few days/year. It’s a lot of fun and worth the drive and donation!

5-11-2020 Sope Creek Opens Sope Creek MTB Trails open back up Monday according to the CRNRA. Warning: The bathrooms are closed. Parking fees are waived. As of today, I do not know of any metro area trails that will not be open starting 5-11-2020 unless they are closed because of rain or weather conditions. Most bathrooms & facilities are still closed. As always, check to see if you favorite trails are open before you ride.

Silver Comet Bathrooms As with mtb trails, bathrooms in Cobb and Paulding Counties remain closed as of 5-11-2020. I expect this to remain the situation for time to come. Bathrooms in Polk County are open, and all along the Chief Ladigra Trail are reported open. The Depot in Cedartown is closed.

5-8-2020 Mountain Bike Trail Update Most mtb trails in metro Atlanta and north Georgia have reopened. Facilities/bathrooms may be closed. Trails I know of that are still closed: Lost Mountain (Cobb County will open it May 11) and Sope Creek. All of the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area remains closed. Random PortaPotties include Wild Horse Creek Trail (look left over the Noses Creek Bridge going west, and you’ll see it just beyond the parking lot), RAMBO parking lot, & Paulding County Chamber of Commerce. Trees are abundant off of the Silver Comet. Watch out for poison ivy.

St. Paddy O’Pedal Cancelled From OBDCC: (sad face-this is a great ride) The St Paddy O’Pedal Ride to Conquer Childhood Cancer benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has become a tradition on the early spring Atlanta cycling calendar. Noted for its great course, friendly and attractive volunteers, great food and beer, and for raising over $200,000 to help children and families affected by cancer. So, it is with great regret that we are announcing that the 2020 St Paddy O’Pedal, which had been postponed until June 14, 2020, is officially cancelled. We do not feel comfortable that we can put on a safe event during these uncertain times, given our past participants have exceeded 1,000 riders and supporters. See their Facebook page for information on picking up packets. Packets will be mailed to out of town riders.

5-7-2020 Truett McConnell University Hiring for Cycling Coach Truett McConnell University is looking for a for Cycling Coach for their intercollegiate mountain bike team. This is a part time position for the 2020-2021 school year with the potential to go full time. If you are interested, contact me, and I’ll send you a full job description and the university’s contact. See the job posting here.

5-6-2020 Atlanta Cycling Festival Virtual Press Release As the coronavirus continues to reshape daily life, we’re encouraged to focus on what we can control. Let’s take a moment to congratulate ourselves on keeping it together and maintaining positive mindsets, despite circumstances that, at times, seemed confusing and even impossible. From Saturday, May 9th –15th, we will release a few routes each day that we encourage everyone to ride solo, socially-distanced, and safely!

We have put together rides for every type of rider, from fast, hilly rides, to fun family scavenger hunts, rides are exploring the beautiful art of Atlanta, to exploring the beauty of Atlanta’s streets after dark! How this works: each day we will post different routes in the EVENTS section of our website, or you can stay updated through email or our social media platforms. After enjoying your ride, consider stopping by for some to-go orders from our partners! So you know, we are still planning #ACF2020 for the Fall of this year, but we thought a little safe and responsible fun in the interim wouldn’t hurt! There might even be some prizes in it for some lucky participants! Visit atlantacyclingfestival.com for event details.

5-4-2020 Race Updates Slowly new race dates are coming out while others have been cancelled entirely. I’m not updating the races at the top of the page until USAC reinstates permits since most races are held under their banner, and I only know of a couple of promoters that are not using USAC insurance. Plus, many states still have either Shelter-in-Place orders or states of emergency. I am updating the race calendars Road, MTB/Gravel, and Cyclocross as I come across races that have been rescheduled.

5-2-2020 Woodland Brook Closed The Cobb DOT says Woodland Brook in Vinings (Cobb County, GA) will be closed for road construction May 4-July 15, 2020. Woodland Brook is a popular cut through for road riders. Cyclists will need to either go up through Vinings (Paces Ferry to Cumberland) or use Moore’s Mill or Ridgewood to Moore’s Mill to go over to Atlanta Road. There are not many East-West routes in this area.

4-29-2020 Dunwoody (GA) Vulnerable Users Law From the AJC:  Heads up, drivers. A new law protecting pedestrians — believed to be the first of its kind in Georgia — is set to go into effect this week in Dunwoody. The “vulnerable road users” ordinance goes further than state law in giving additional protections to walkers, runners, bicyclists, road workers and others. It also stiffens the fine against drivers who threaten their safety: Penalties for violating the law include up to six months in jail or probation, and up to a $1,000 fine. The ordinance — which goes into effect Friday, May 1 — mandates that vehicles must be at least 3 feet away from a bicycle when passing one. It also bans drivers from throwing things at vulnerable road users, making an unsafe turn in front of them or maneuvering a car in a way that could cause “intimidation or harassment.” Read the full article.

4-27-2020 Cherokee County Bridge Closure I’ve been told that Cherokee County, GA closed Union Hill Road at Mill Creek, in order to replace the bridge. This is a popular route in the area. It is not expected to re-open until mid-December 2020. The location of this bridge is midway between the intersection of East Cherokee Road (to the northwest) and Lower Union Hill Road (to the southeast). A possible detour is to turn right onto East Cherokee Road, at the Union Hill Road intersection, and then left onto Thomas Road, retracing the route back to Lower Union Hill (continuing to Union Hill).

4-26-2020 When Will Group Rides Resume? Most group rides in the Southeast have been put on indefinite hold. USAC has pulled all event permits until May 31 and has encouraged its clubs and race teams to cancel all group rides and gatherings until then. I’ve heard some rumblings by bike shops in Atlanta that they are going to evaluate the situation in mid-May after the Georgia Emergency Declaration ends May 13. I don’t think we’ll see huge group rides through the summer given most states seem to still not allowing “gatherings” of over 50 people. I’d encourage everyone to solo ride (let someone know where you are going & carry your phone!), ride with your #quarantinemate or household members, or grab a buddy or two and ride at a proper social distance. When group rides begin again, I’ll post the information!

Sasquatch Scrambler and Woods Mountain Press Release The Sasquatch Scrambler is a MTB race with a short enough course to make it a great first race in Pisgah. Rolling over rugged mining roads, classic Pisgah single track, cursing climbs and giggling descents, this course will test your skills and desire as you explore the intoxicating terrain of the Pisgah National Forest. Good food and brew will be at the finish to comfort you after a great ride! Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020 (Rain or Shine), Fee: $40 Until 5/17/20. $50 5/18/20 to 6/7/20. $60 on Race Day

Woods Mountain is an annual MTB race that puts you in the backcountry of the Pisgah National Forest. Rolling over rugged mining roads, classic Pisgah single track, cursing climbs and giggling descents, this course will test your skills and desire as you explore the intoxicating terrain of the Pisgah National Forest. Date: Sunday, June 14, 2020 (Rain or Shine) Fee: $80 Until 5/17/20. $90 5/18/20 to 6/7/20. $100 on Race Day

Amenities: Chip timing with instant results, categories, awesome rest stops, beer at finish with Feast (Meat or Vegetarian), well-marked route, restrooms, wicked NC singlet rack, t-shirt, and so much more. Both races are limited by the US Forest Service to 200 participants.

4-23-2020 Silver Comet and Allatoona Reopen Saturday The Silver Comet Trail in Cobb and Allatoona Creek Park MTB trails reopen on Saturday! Park users must practice social distancing and wear a mask. The Noonday Creek and Bob Callan trails will also reopen. Mt. Tabor and Sara Babb will reopen as will the Paulding County Silver Comet. Both counties will be keeping bathrooms and facilities closed for now.

MTB Trails Status AFAIK these metro Atlanta trails are open. Please confirm before you go. Updated 4-26-2020.
Blanket’s Creek – Open except for weather related closures
Rope Mill- Open except for weather related closures
Chicopee Woods
Southside Park Trails
Ft. Yargo State Park
Rollercoaster Trail (City of Newnan)
Brown’s Mill Beginner Trail (Coweta County)
North Cooper Lake MTB Park-Trails are open. Facilities closed.
Gwinnett County Parks (Harbins, Tribble Mill, Yellow River) – faculties closed, trails are open
Big Creek MTB Trails-trails are open but facilities & parking lot are closed.
Bull/Jake Mountain – Facilities closed, trails are open
Dirty Sheets is open but do not park at Cochran Mill. You can park at Serenbe for now or maybe one of the churches in the area (call the church for permission).
Dauset MTB Trails-facilities are closed but trails are open
Allatoona Creek Park
Mt. Tabor
Sara Babb
Lost Mountain – CLOSED
Cochran Mill – CLOSED
South Rockdale Community Park – CLOSED
Skyes Park (City of East Point)- CLOSED
Yonah Preserve Trails – CLOSED
Sope Creek-The entire CNRA is CLOSED including the trails.
Clinton – CLOSED
Many of the trails near Blue Ridge are closed by the Forest Service including Aska and Stanley Gap.
Anything in North Georgia For closures in the Chattahoochee/Oconee National Forest click here
Silver Comet rail trail – Opening on 4-258 in both Cobb and Paulding! Bathrooms and facilities will remain closed. This also includes the Bob Callan and Noonday Trails in Cobb.
Big Creek Greenway – Greenway open, facilities closed in Roswell & Alpharetta
Carrollton Greenbelt – paved trail is open but facilities are closed

4-26-2020 When Will Group Rides Resume? Most group rides in the Southeast have been put on indefinitely hold. USAC has pulled all event permits until May 31 and has encouraged its clubs and race teams to cancel all group rides and gatherings until then. I’ve heard some rumblings by bike shops in Atlanta that they are going to evaluate the situation in mid-May after the Georgia Emergency Declaration ends May 13. I don’t think we’ll see huge group rides through the summer given most states seem to still not allowing “gatherings” of over 50 people. I’d encourage everyone to solo ride (let someone know where you are going & carry your phone!), ride with your #quarantinemate or household members, or grab a buddy or two and ride at a proper social distance. When group rides begin again, I’ll post the information!

Sasquatch Scrambler and Woods Mountain Press Release The Sasquatch Scrambler is a MTB race with a short enough course to make it a great first race in Pisgah. Rolling over rugged mining roads, classic Pisgah single track, cursing climbs and giggling descents, this course will test your skills and desire as you explore the intoxicating terrain of the Pisgah National Forest. Good food and brew will be at the finish to comfort you after a great ride! Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020 (Rain or Shine), Fee: $40 Until 5/17/20. $50 5/18/20 to 6/7/20. $60 on Race Day

Woods Mountain is an annual MTB race that puts you in the backcountry of the Pisgah National Forest. Rolling over rugged mining roads, classic Pisgah single track, cursing climbs and giggling descents, this course will test your skills and desire as you explore the intoxicating terrain of the Pisgah National Forest. Date: Sunday, June 14, 2020 (Rain or Shine) Fee: $80 Until 5/17/20. $90 5/18/20 to 6/7/20. $100 on Race Day

Amenities: Chip timing with instant results, categories, awesome rest stops, beer at finish with Feast (Meat or Vegetarian), well-marked route, restrooms, wicked NC singlet rack, t-shirt, and so much more. Both races are limited by the US Forest Service to 200 participants.

4-23-2020 Silver Comet and Allatoona Reopen Saturday The Silver Comet Trail in Cobb and Allatoona Creek Park MTB trails reopen on Saturday! Park users must practice social distancing and wear a mask. The Noonday Creek and Bob Callan trails will also reopen. Mt. Tabor and Sara Babb will reopen as will the Paulding County Silver Comet. Both counties will be keeping bathrooms and facilities closed for now.

4-16-2020 Trail Grants From Georgia Trails Alliance From a Facebook post RTP grants awarded to: 5 trails in public parks, 2 water trail projects for canoeing and kayaking, 3 greenway paths through communities, 1 rails-to-trails project, and 6 off-road motorized trail systems.  Congrats all and thanks Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Georgia DNR! (Trish’s Note: I’m pretty sure t his doesn’t include the off-road motorized trails.)
City of Albany – Flint River Trails, D/T Connector – $200,000
City of Cairo – Southern Terrace Park Trail – $200,000
City of Covington – Central Park Red Trail – $200,000
City of Cumming – City Center Trail – $200,000
City of Guyton – Main Street Rail Trail – $66,126
City of Young Harris – Cupid Falls Trails – $155,440
Bartow County – Etowah River Water Trail – $82,518
Rockdale County – South River Water Trail Launch – $200,000
Troup County – Thread Trail, Ph. 7 at Panther Park – $200,000
Fort Yargo State Park – Lake Loop Trail Bridge- $200,000
GCSU – Campus Connector Trail, Phase II – $200,000

4-15-2020 USAC Zwift Racing League Tired of not being able to race your bike? Ready to get some use out of the USAC license you paid for? USAC now has a race league on Zwift! It’s 10 weeks on Wednesdays. You’ll need a USAC license to race. A-D categories based on watts/kg with male and female categories. Get your race on! Some races will be broadcast. Keep an eye on Zwift Community Live for details.

4-14-2020 Georgia Cyclocross 2020 Schedule

Georgia Cross Announces 2020 Schedule

Atlanta, GA – April 13, 2020 – The Georgia Cyclocross Series has announced the 2019 race schedule. The 10 race series will have racers competing for thousands of dollars in overall cash and prizes.

The 2020 series will be comprised of 10 races throughout the state. The 2020 Georgia Cyclocross Series kicks off September 27 at Boundary Waters, which is always fast and fun. Elks Aidmore in Conyers is the oldest venue in the series and gives racers a challenging course. The venue at Hawks Creek Farm returns with long climbs and descents. Grant Park CX will surely be one of the biggest races of the year as CX comes to the heart of the city of Atlanta in the historic park. The State Championships will take place at Old Grey Barn in Rocky Face, GA. Expect the infamous flyover and some more surprises. Oglethorpe Speedway Park is back for a 2 day race weekend! This is the flattest and fastest course of the series. EPTC CX returns to Nash Farm on November 17 with some fun course changes. Athens hosts the finale at Across the Beeriers at Southern Brewing and Terrapin Brewing, two favorite venues.

In addition to prizes at each event, racers will compete for overall awards at the end of the series. The overall series winners for the Men 1/2 and Women 1/2/3 will receive a cash prize while other divisions will vie for prizes.

The Georgia Cyclocross Series was started in the late 1990s and has grown into one of the largest cyclocross series in the Southeast. Categories are offered from Cat. 5 Beginner to Pro Cat. 1 and everywhere in between for all racers. More information on the Georgia Cross Series can be found online at http://www.georgiacx.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GeorgiaCyclocrossSeries/

9-27-2020 Boundary Waters, Douglasville, GA
10-4-2020 Elks Aidmore, Conyers, GA
10-11-2020 Hawkes Creek CX, Colbert, GA
10-18-2020 Grant Park, Atlanta, GA
10-25-2020 Old Grey Barn, Rocky Face, GA
10-31-11-1-2020 Olgethorpe Speedway, Pooler, GA
11-8-2020 Macon CX, Macon, GA
11-15-2020 Nash Farm CX, Hampton, GA
12-5-6-2020 Across the Beeriers, Athens, GA

4-12-2020 New Women’s Gravel Podcast Trish’s Note: I am so excited as I am one of the contributors to Girls Gone Gravel! If you are a womxn and want to talk gravel, check out the Women Gravel Cyclist Facebook page. Girls Gone Gravel – A community of women who are empowered to chase their big adventures.

​Live Feisty Media​ is pleased to announce the release of the first-ever women’s gravel podcast, ​Girls Gone Gravel​. The podcast, released today, will interview female gravel cyclists with the aim of highlighting their stories and motivating other women to join the gravel world. The new podcast is hosted by Kristi Mohn and Kathryn Taylor. Mohn has been closely involved with the Dirty Kanza gravel race for many years and also spearheaded the “200 women 200 miles” campaign aimed at raising women’s participation in the race to at least 20%. As a veteran of the gravel scene, Mohn said: “My aim is to get more women on bikes and I hope the podcast serves as an additional resource for all of us to answer questions, find company, and grow community. “Co-host Kathryn Taylor created the ​Girls Gone Gravel​​ Instagram account​ in 2018, which quickly turned into an active online community: “As I started building a blog and social media presence, I would find women reaching out to me asking me to consider a podcast. They really wanted to hear things from a woman’s perspective. It all came together when we were able to solidify the partnership with Live Feisty Media and Kristi Mohn decided to join me as the cohost.”

The first episode centers on an interview with cyclist Alison Tetrick, known as the “Queen of Gravel” and winner of the 2017 Dirty Kanza race. The podcast will feature an all-star list from the gravel world, including founder of the Rooted Vermont race, Laura King. Episodes will air weekly beginning April 7, 2020 and will be available on the ​Live Feisty website as well as on iTunes, Spotify, and other podcast channels.

4-11-2020 Pezcycling Interview with Ian Garrison Pez Cycling has a recent interview with Ian Garrison. It’s some light reading for your weekend.

4-10-2020 USAC Extends Permit Suspensions Press Release from USA Cycling With the continuing national emergency, USA Cycling will extend its suspension of all issued permits for sanctioned events – including USA Cycling races, rides, camps, and clinics – through May 31, 2020. USA Cycling is currently working with our stakeholders, event organizers, and medical experts to develop guidelines and best practices to assist in keeping participants, event staff, volunteers, and the communities where we hold our events as safe as possible once riding and racing resumes.

We continue to call on all event directors, clubs, coaches, athletes, and members to follow the guidelines and regulations issued by national, state, and local authorities on social distancing and prohibited activities. This includes forgoing gatherings such as group rides and any other group or team activities where people assemble.

4-8-2020 Up the Creek Cancelled From the promoter: We are very sorry to announce that out of an abundance of caution and the uncertainty surrounding COVID 19, UTC is canceled. We have been evaluating options but do not have specific answers at this time regarding a future date of UTC. If you have already registered you may get a refund by contacting Julie at julieblantonsmith at gmail com or you may donate your registration to TRED if you desire. TRED is a 501c3 organization. Thanks for your understanding.

4-7-2020 Looking Glass Tour From the promoter: On June 20th, 2020, we’re offering up the goods on some of Transylvania County’s finest roads in The Looking Glass Tour! This road ride is the ultimate cycling sampler showcasing the diversity in the terrain found in Western North Carolina. We’ll have chip-timed results and plenty of rider support with awesome rest stops and SAG Wagons! This is going to be THE road ride of the spring and you won’t want to miss this 7th annual event. Sign up now to ensure your spot in the 50, 85 or 105 mile ride. This road bike ride is open to the public and a food truck will be on-site for riders & spectators. Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020 (Rain or Shine), Time: Mandatory ride meeting at start line at 8:50 am. Ride starts at 9:00am., Amenities: Time clock, awesome rest stops with medical assistance available (if needed), SAG wagon, police assistance at 70% of the intersections for your safety, a well marked route, restrooms and so much more. Rest Stops: There are 2 rest stops on the 50 mile course, 3 rest stops on the 85 mile course, and 4 rest stops on the 105 mile course. Finish Party: A food truck will be on hand for riders and the general public. Each rider will receive a ticket for beverages. The Tasty Weasel (Oskar Blues Brewery) will be open to riders/spectators.
T Shirts: Tshirts are optional to all participants preregistered by midnight May 31st, 2020. Directions: Ride start/finish is in front of the Tasty Weasel tasting room at Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard, NC.. It’s located at 342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard, NC 28712

4-6-2020 Cheaha Challenge Cancelled From the Cheaha Challenge: BAD NEWS: Please understand, we put off making the call for as long as we could. Canceling is the right decision for us to make at this time. What does that mean for your 2020 registration? I like options, so I think you will, too. There are no extra fees associated with any of these options, and you have two weeks to choose an option (Deadline to choose: April 17, 2020.). (Trish’s note: Go here for options including a refund and a deferral t0 2021.)

4-3-2020 Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests temporarily shuts down additional recreation areas in Lumpkin, Fannin, Union and Towns counties The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests is temporarily shutting down all dispersed camping corridors, day-use areas, trailhead facilities and other recreation sites on the Blue Ridge Ranger District to protect public health and safety. The decision aligns with state and local measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Effective immediately, the following recreation sites are temporarily shutdown:
Fannin County, Georgia – www.fannincountyga.com
Aska Trail System, Shady Falls Trailhead, Long Branch Loop Trail, Green Mtn. Connector Trail, Deep Gap Trailhead, Green Mtn. Trail, Stanley Gap Trailhead, Stanley Gap Trail, Fruitkoff Trail Access, Deep Hole Day Use Area, Sandy Bottoms Day Use Area, Old Dial Rd. and Padena Dispersed Camping, Rock Creek Rd. Dispersed Camping, Noontootla Dispersed Camping (FS 58), Sea Creek Falls Trail

Union County, Georgia Government – www.unioncountyga.gov
Helton Creek Falls Trail

Lumpkin County Government – www.lumpkincounty.gov
Dicks Creek Dispersed Camping Corridor, Forest Service Road 42 Dispersed Camping Corridor (runs through Gilmer, Fannin, Lumpkin), Nimblewill Dispersed Camping Corridor, Jake and Bull Dispersed Campsites (trail use allowed)

Towns County – www.townscountyga.org
High Shoals Falls Trail

Previously announced shutdowns include:
– Appalachian Trail trailheads including Dicks Creek Gap, Hogpen Gap, Neels Gap, Springer Mountain, Tesnatee Gap, Unicoi Gap and Woody Gap.- Trails and associated trailheads including Andrews Cove Trail, segments of the Benton MacKaye Trail (from Fall Branch Falls to Springer Mountain), Byron Herbert Reece Memorial Trail, Dukes Creek Falls Trails, Duncan Ridge Trail, Dockery Lake Trail, Freeman Trail, Jacks Knob Trail, Jarrard Gap Trail, Logan Turnpike Trail, Long Creek Falls Trail, Panther Creek Falls Trail, Slaughter Creek Trail, Springer Mountain Trail, Raven Cliffs Falls Trail and Yonah Mountain Trail.- All national forest developed campgrounds, group recreation sites, picnic pavilions and all restrooms.

4-2-2020 Ian Garrison Update Good reading-an update from QuickStep rider Ian Garrison.

Garrison ‘just grateful’ for being able to train outdoors

3-29-2020 Rescheduled Events A lot of events and rides are being rescheduled. I’m not maintaining a list any longer. Instead I am updating the calendars as I find out the rescheduled dates.

Olde Blind Dog COVID-19 Medical Town Hall From OBBCC Who’s interesting in attending? OBDCC member, Dr. Mike Lipscomb M.D. runs the Emergency Department of a local hospital, has volunteered to do a virtual “Town Hall” meeting with our members on Monday night, March 30th at 7:00 PM. Dr. Lipscomb plans to give us an overview of the Coronavirus pandemic from his perspective at our local level and will give us his suggestions, plus he will take our questions.In addition to our club members, others are welcome to join. Edit: He is going to do the town hall meeting through FB live. Keep an eye on the OBDCC Facebook page for details.

3-27-2020 Atlanta Cycling Festival Rescheduled The Atlanta Cycling Festival has been exploring Atlanta by bike, now 7 years in a row. This free, week-long bicycle Festival scheduled for May 9th-15th will now take place in Fall 2020 (TBD), due to needed precautionary measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. The safety of our attendees remains our top priority. There will be over 25 bicycle events throughout the week of the festival, that aims to connect bicyclists of all ages and experience levels and to support local bike-friendly businesses and organizations. We encourage our attendees to deepen their exploration of the great city of Atlanta by bike!

SouthSide Century Ride For the second year, we are thrilled to announce our partner charity is Soles for Cole. S4C is a charity created by Cole Croteau and Christian Cullen to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis and support families of victims of this terrible disease.
Spin through the quiet country roads of beautiful Coweta, Spalding and Meriwether Counties. The event starts and finishes in historic Senoia. Ride is fully supported with a central well-stocked rest stop/party zone including nutrition, hydration, ice, bike mechanics and entertainment. SAG vehicles will be on the course. The cloverleaf route pattern allows cyclists riding different distances to stay together longer. Decisions on your ride distance, 35, 59, 75, or 100 miles, can be made as you go. Plenty of parking at the start! Triathletes welcome. Route Description: All routes begin with a short “stem” ride out to the spacious covered pavilion in Haralson. This is the location of the fully-supported rest stop “party zone” at the center of the “cloverleaf” route design. There are four unique loops of 17 – 25 miles with no overlaps. Each loop returns to the central rest stop. High energy Soles for Cole volunteers are promising some surprises at the rest stop throughout the day! All cyclists finish in Senoia for a delicious post-ride meal in the air-conditioned hall. Registration, additional ride details and route maps

3-25-2020 Local Bike Shops Open! Local bike shops are open and ready to help you with your cycling needs! Please contact them for their current hours and policies. Please suppose those shops that support Southeastern Cycling!

Outback Bikes – Go on their Facebook page to sign up for an appointment time!
Smyrna Bicycles – Currently open regular hours and ready to help! Please practice social distancing and do not crowd other customers.
Cycology – Open regular hours and ready to help! All group rides are temporarily suspended.

Road and Para-cycling National Championships Cancelled Form USA Cycling USA Cycling announced on Tuesday that the 2020 USA Cycling Collegiate and Para-cycling Road Championships scheduled for May 6-10 in Augusta, Georgia will be cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. “Given the uncertainty with regard to extended school closures, travel restrictions, and the cancellations impacting the collegiate road season, we made the difficult decision to cancel the event for this year,” said Chuck Hodge, USA Cycling Chief of Racing and Events. After communicating with the collegiate community, the 2021 USA Cycling Collegiate Road championships will be scheduled for May 7-9 in Augusta, Georgia. “After considering alternatives, including a postponement, it was decided that a cancellation would be necessary,” stated Liz Kollar, Director of Youth and Collegiate Development. USA Cycling will work with the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee on 2021 dates for the Para-cycling Championships. In addition, opportunities for those graduating seniors who were planning on participating in the 2020 Collegiate Road Nationals are being explored for the 2021 race.

3-24-2020 Assault on Mt. Mitchell Cancelled From the Spartanburg Freewheelers Due to the CDC and government recommendations and the recommendation from USA Cycling, we have carefully decided to CANCEL the 2020 Assaults. We understand and are truly sorry for the disappointment of this news, but we want to assure you the health and safety of everyone involved is our top priority. This is a large event with international and national travel and many individuals involved, so we want to be sure we are taking every precaution we can for the safety of you and everyone involved.

3-21-2020 Smyrna Bicycles Offering Bicycle Tune Up Service with Pickup and Delivery-Unique Service for Smyrna-Vinings Area Smyrna Bicycles has begun offering a complete Bicycle Tune Up service with pickup and delivery on the customer’s schedule. They will work with customers to pick up the bicycle and drop it off when completed. The service is offered in Smyrna zip codes 30080 and 30082 as well as select areas of Vinings. Tune Ups start at $69. Smyrna Bicycles offers other mobile mechanic services including flat repair starting at $30.00. That’s right! They will come to you!

Locally owned Smyrna Bicycles has been serving Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, and Cobb County since 2007. They carry all types of bikes from road bikes to mountain bikes, hybrids, cruisers, and everything in between from Giant, Litespeed, and Electra. They also carry Liv, which offers a full line of women’s bicycles. Full mechanic services for all varieties of bikes will keep riders on the road or trail. Rental bikes are available on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis. Hybrid rentals are great for riding on the Silver Comet Trail, which is an easy quarter mile ride from the shop’s front door. Road bike rentals are available for riding on the Trail, in a triathlon, or for a century or charity ride. Call the shop at 770-436-3252 with questions about the Tune Up pickup and delivery service. Information can also be found on their website http://www.smyrnabicycles.com/

Sope Creek Closed From Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area: For visitor and employee safety, all park units and parking areas are closed beginning March 21, 2020. Park closures will be reassessed in two weeks. Visitors are encouraged to follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines for public spaces related to COVID-19. Updates will be posted to the park website and social media channels. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and continued support during this time.

Big Creek Closed From Roswell Parks: Please be advised that as of Saturday, March 21, all playgrounds, fields, and parking lots in all Roswell Parks will be closed until further notice.