• 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

5-24-2018 Mountain Sports Fest Cross race CANCELED From a post on Facebook on Asheville Cyclocross’s page: “The city has advised that we avoid the wet areas at Carrier. Between that caution, the forecast, and the construction, AVLCX cannot put on the quality race y’all have come to expect. Look for more info from MSF if you’ve already registered. We are disappointed we won’t see everyone on Friday. The real season will be here before you can say “pedal to metal”.

5-21-2018 2018 Georgia Cross Race Dates Make your plans for CX now! Georgia Cross has released the dates for the 2018 races. Venues are coming soon. Expect to see some of your favorites return! Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 27-28, Nov. 3-4, Nov. 11, Nov. 18, and Dec. 1-2. #crossicoming

5-18-2018 PedalPalooza Postponed From SORBA Woodstock: PedalPalooza festival postponement announcement: Based of the weather forecast and trail conditions, the SORBA Woodstock BOD has decided to postpone this year’s Pedalpalooza festival from this weekend to Saturday, Oct 13th. We were all looking forward to this spring event but mother nature had other plans. Thanks to all our sponsors for understanding and standing behind us in this decision. You’re the best! Thanks and looks forward to adding this to our list of fun events this fall.

6th Annual ‘Shine Pedalers Metric! Press Release Join us for the 6th Annual ‘Shine Pedalers Metric! Metric Century and Half Century offers a challenging ride through the rolling hills of Dawson County. This ride starts and finishes a the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. The ride includes light breakfast, themed SAG stops, rolling support, and lunch at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. Goody bags and t-shirts are guaranteed for riders that register before July 16, 2018. T-shirts are designed by Stand and Hammer, be sure to register by July 16th to guarantee your shirt.  Metric riders will climb Burnt Mountain, Half Metric is for all experience levels, Plenty of rolling hills and beautiful scenery to keep riders interested, Complimentary continental breakfast, coffee and snacks, Well placed SAG stops with snacks, drinks and support, Complimentary lunch at the GRHOF (indoors), Complimentary cooling towels at end of ride, Friendly and helpful SAG support.

5-17-2018 Alpharetta Roads Closed From Patch.com: “Motorists (and cyclists) traveling through Alpharetta will have two fewer roads to use to reach their destination this summer. That’s because the city will close Rucker Road and a large section of Mayfield Road so that bridges and culverts can be replaced. The closures will begin May 29 and are expected to remain in place until Aug. 5, the city said. Motorists should note that only residents who live within the closure area will be able to access the impacted sections of the road. Rucker Road will be closed from the Alpharetta city limits near Houze Road/S.R. 140 to Wills Road.” Trish’s Note: For cyclists the alternate is Mid-Broadwell Road. This link has a map with the detours. I know some of the Alpharetta groups rides have to reroute their weeknights rides.

5-16-2018 AMP Postponed From Topview Sports: Twilights @AMP for Wednesday May 16th has been postponed. There is just too much rain in the forecast and we know how most cyclists are so we are going to move it back a week or two for this month. We are waiting to hear back from the track on the reschedule date and will post that ASAP. Please pass the word to your non FB friends that you know come out to this event. Update: The reschedule date is May 30.

5-15-2018 Riverview Road Closed If you are doing the Six Flags route from Atlanta Cycling-Vinings this weekend or planning to ride Riverview Road between S. Cobb Drive and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway, it will be closed May 18-20. You will need to find an alternate route. One possibility is to make a right on S. Cobb Drive. Go up a couple of lights. Make a left onto Highlands then an immediate left onto Oakdale. Oakdale turns into Discovery Blvd. AC-V is aware of the road closure and will advise the ride ahead of time.

Nestor Cup Prologue Cancelled From the Savannah Wheelmen Due to approaching weather, the Wheelmen have cancelled Tuesday’s Nestor Cup Prologue, to those who have pre-registered, the Wheelmen will credit toward the first race of the season’s entry fees. Thank you for your interest, we’ll see you Sunday June 3rd for the first Nestor Cup race of the season!

5-12-2018 Charlotte Motor Speedway Cycling Time Trial Series Cancelled Form Start 2 Finish: After long consideration and deep regret, Start 2 Finish will be canceling the remaining four races in the 2018 Charlotte Motor Speedway Time Trial Series. First and foremost we want to thank each and every dedicated participant who attended this fun series for so many years. We also want to thank all our volunteers and support staff who have worked extremely hard to make this event happen year after year. Many different individuals and cycling clubs have worked long hours over the years to keep this series rolling. Unfortunately the CMS Time Trial Series participation can no longer support the cost of the series. Everyone who registered for the series will be receiving a pro-rated refund based on the two races in the series. The refund will be the same for all series participants. Thanks so much for your understanding and keep pedaling!!

5-10-2018 Big Creek Trails Closed Sat. From Friends of Big Creek Park This Saturday, May 12, RAMBO will be hosting the Quick Six Enduro. The park will be closed to mountain biking for the day until approximately 4:30 PM. The gravel walking trail will be open and no Enduro run crosses it this year so you can walk unhindered. The action starts at 9 AM so come out for a walk and watch some fun racing!

Jackson County Brevet From the Promoter: June 16th is fast approaching for the Jackson County Brevet. Have a cycling friend who has never ridden the Brevet? We hope you share our event with them and invite them to join you on Saturday, June 16th in Braselton. Can’t make the event? NO problem. You can still support our cause by purchasing Raffle Tickets for over $5000 worth of prizes, including a 2018 Cannondale CAAD12 Ultegra road bike. Your support allows us to donate proceeds to THE KELLY WILHITE APLASTIC ANEMIA RESEARCH FUND at Emory University, to help change a 30-yr old, out-dated treatment for Aplastic Anemia. This is the heartbeat of why we work so hard for 9 months every year planning our event. You get a fantastic ride experience. Your participation directly supports life-changing research.

Trish’s Note: I love this ride! I’ve done it quite a few times, and it’s always great! I wish I was able to make it this year….

5-9-2018 SouthSide Cycling Century Ride benefiting Piedmont Cancer Wellness From the SSC: Mark your calendar and invite your friends to join the SouthSide Cycling Club’s Ride for Piedmont Cancer Wellness. Spin through the quiet country roads of beautiful Coweta, Pike, and Meriwether Counties. Well-marked routes include 8-mile family ride, 31, 66 and 103 mile distance options. Gently rolling terrain makes the 31 and 66 mile routes as fast as you like. The century becomes more challenging as the hills and the temperature rise. This ride is fully supported with well-stocked specialty rest stops and SAG vehicles, plus post-ride refreshments. Proceeds from this ride provide support to Piedmont Newnan Cancer Wellness. When: Saturday, July 7, 2018 Start/Finish: Senoia United Methodist Church 229 Bridge St, Senoia, GA 30276 Check-In & On-site Registration Begins: 6:30 am​ 103 Mile Route Opens: 7am Official Mass Start: 8 am​ 8 Mile Family Fun Ride: 8:30am PFree pair of cycling socks to all paid riders if registered by June 7th.

Ride of Silence From SouthSide Cycling  All Atlanta area cyclists are invited to participate in the Ride of Silence in Peachtree City, sponsored by the SouthSide Cycling Club. SCC has sponsored the local ROS for several years and has enjoyed strong participation, but would like to continue to grow this free event intended to honor the fallen cyclists, raise awareness that bicycles also use the streets, and ask that we all “Share the Road.”  Several experienced Safety Riders will accompany the ride to ensure the safety of participants. The 2018 Ride Of Silence event details are: • Date and Time: May 16 at 7:00pm (Participants should arrive by 6:30 for pre-ride announcements and safety instructions.) • Start and End location: Parking area in front of the Bicycles Unlimited bike shop, 266 South Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City, GA 30269. (Free parking) Approximate length of ride: 10 miles. Ride will last approximately 1 hour. • Route: Low traffic streets through south Peachtree City. Safety Riders will control traffic at all intersections to ensure participant safety. • Completely free to all participants. All cyclists are invited.

5-8-2018 Dirty Spokes 6/3 Hour Mountain Bike Race From Dirty Spokes: We are only 5 Days Away from the Dirty Spokes 6/3 Hour Mountain Bike Race Fort Yargo State Park, Winder, Ga., May 12th, 2018!. Race Registration Includes..,Free Clif Bar Product, Free Swiftwick Socks ($20 Value Plus Free Shipping), Free High Road Ice Cream Product, Chip Timing and an Awesome Off Road Experience (For All Participants)! The Start / Finish Area will be at Picnic Shelter Number 5 (the main mountain bike parking lot / area is undergoing some major renovations so we had to move it this year)! Race Pit Areas will be around Picnic Shelter Number 5 (First Come / First Serve Basis)… as well as across the street (in the big pine tree area)!  Race Course is Dialed In! It will be set and Ready to Pre-Ride on Friday (All Day)! Giant Props to the Yargo Trail Crew for the Time and Energy they put into Building and Maintaining these Trails! A portion of your race proceeds will be donated back to them!

5-4-2018 Connect the Comet News From the Cobb County Courier: “Connect the Comet leaders didn’t have any hard news to report during their most recent quarterly meeting, but all evidence points toward growing momentum for the group.

Perhaps the most obvious positive is that Cobb County’s government has listed a 3.4-mile Silver Comet Trail extension as part of a list of trail initiatives at CobbTrailPlan.com. The extension would bring the trail inside I-285 and nearly to Moore’s Mill Road in Atlanta.” Read the rest of the article on the CCC site.

Monte Sano Enduro Cancelled The Monte Sano Enduro scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled by 3rd Coast Productions. Contact them for further information.

5-3-2018 Tour De Bay Postponed The Tour De Bay Crit in Mobile, Alabama has been postponed until Aug. 4. Contact Stuart Lamp slamp at usacycling dot org if you want a refund.

SORBA May Work Parties Local SORBA Chapters have monthly work parties at many local trails. Once/month I am posting the ones I know about for that month. Please join in if you can and give back to the trails!

MTB Atlanta (formerly SORBA Atlanta)
Sykes Park Super Work Weekend Day 1, Saturday, May 5
Sykes Park Super Work Weekend Day 2, Sunday, May 6
Cochran Mill May 12
Sope Creek May 19

SORBA Woodstock
Rope Mill May 12

SORBA West Georgia
Check their Facebook group. There is nothing currently posted. I’m sure there will be something for Allatoona.

Tour De Pig From the Promoter: The Tour de Pig and is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. The Tour de Pig is an official event of the Barbecue Festival in Lexington, NC. It is a day of fun for the entire family. In addition to the choice of 4 rides (100K, 50K, 35K & 20K), participants enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch along with a chance to win door prizes. All routes start and end at the Davidson Co. Community College campus. Pre-registered riders receive a Tour de Pig shirt, a collectible patch, and the barbecue lunch. The ride is furnished with rest stops and ride support.

5-2-2018 Double Down Criterium The Rock Hill Double Down Criterium will feature a day of fast racing on the criterium course at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center in the Riverwalk Development. The course is a 1.1 mile wide paved cycling only road that is closed to vehicle traffic. The morning session will race in the counter-clockwise direction and the afternoon will be held in a clockwise manner. Win your category race for the morning AND afternoon session and we will double your take home! Come Out and Join the Fun and Excitement In Celebration of the Bicycle at the Rock Hill BikeFest! Events include: Mayor’s Bike Parade, Vintage Bicycle/Motorcycle Show, Mountain Bike Tours & Skills Course, Expo, Swap Meet & Bike Demos, BMX Freestyle Stunt Show, Music, Food, and More! 11AM – 5PM FREE General Admission & Parking Rock Hill BMX Supercross Track, 1307 Riverwalk Pkwy, Rock Hill, SC 29730

TopView Sports News Come race this weekend at USAC Masters/Juniors Regional Championships! May 5-6th Master & Juniors…Here is your chance to shine. The Regional Champs offer you a chance to showcase your talents and to fine tune your fitness before nationals. The course are challenging and winners jersey will be awarded based on the omnium of the 3 events. Twilights @ AMP Dawsonville, GA There is finally a weekday training race just outside of Atlanta! Come join the fun at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville. There will be two races per night. The course is amazing and the surface is perfect. Don’t miss the 2nd race of the season on May 16th.

5-1-2018 Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo This Weekend! The Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo is this weekend in Helen, GA!- Time Trial on May 5 (optional). Gran Fondo on May 6. – Four scenic and challenging routes (103, 86, 64, 25 miles) – Incredible food and beer at the finish line! – 10,000 feet of climbing in the 103-mile HC route – Fully stocked aid stations to keep you going!- Timed segment format: Age group and overall competitions based on best combined time through timed sections.

This Saturday! DLV Keirin New for this years Dick Lane Velodrome Keirin is the addition of a Pro Women’s Keirin field of twelve that will compliment our Pro Men’s Keirin field. What’s a Keirin you ask – It’s a fast paced Olympic event (popular in Japan) where riders are paced up to maximum speed behind a Derny (motorized bicycle) until the final lap-and-half and then get dropped off to tear up the track to the finish. Exciting is an understatement! The DLV is a quick 10 miles from downtown Atlanta and is easy to get to via bike, car or MARTA. Gates Open @ 2 p.m., Racing Starts @ 3 p.m., Main Events Start @ 6 p.m., $5 entry or $10 for family of 5, Please note: City ordinances do not allow pets during event., We’ll be serving up our world famous DLV Chicken Nachos as well as other standard concession fare like chips and hot dogs and desserts from Cake Hag. Don’t forget about the Need for Speed Sprints presented by Bike Law Friday Night May 4th starting at 7 p.m. Friday night spectating is free! We will again be live-streaming our Friday and Saturday events.

As always our Youth Cycling League racers will be out at the Pro Races showing off their skills learned during the Monday and Thursday sessions. If you’re interested in the Youth Cycling League you can find more info here. Beginner’s Classes include use of a bike! check off an item on your bucket list and learn to ride the velodrome For details on beginner class dates and now to sign up click me!

4-30-2018 Atlanta Cycling Festival Schedule & a Women’s CX Clinic The Atlanta Cycling Festival has announced the 2018 schedule. Favorites are back including the Big Opening Bash, The Donut Ride (aka tour of donut shops ITP. Yes, with stops to eat the donuts!), One Ride, and the Big Closing Bash. New events include such things as the Ten Arena Tour where riders will see 10 sports arenas ITP.

I highly encourage all ladies interested in cyclocross to attend the GRITS (Girls Riding in the South) Women’s CX Clinic on May 22 at Brownwood Park. BP is the venue for the yearly Brownwood Bicycle Rally and the scene of CritCross that supports the Bicycle Rally. The GRITS ladies are passionate about cross, and it’s sure to be a good time. “Join GRITS – Girls Racing in the South – for an interactive clinic, covering the basic skills of cyclocross. You’ll learn how to dismount/remount for barriers, shouldering your bike, cornering skills, and more! All levels welcome for those who are learning for the first time or are in need of a refresher! You’ll need your bike with knobby tires, water bottles, and whatever you feel comfortable riding in (kits are recommended). Helmets required!!
We’ll meet at Brownwood Park Recreation Center at 6pm and conclude around 8pm. We’ll then head to Holy Taco – The ACF Host Bar for the night – for some awesome tacos!”

4-26-2018 Jackie Crowell It is with great sadness that I pass along Jackie Crowell lost her brave 5 year battle with brain cancer on Wednesday. Jackie was a former professional cyclist with Team Type 1, Exergy-Twenty16, and United Health Care. She spent the last several years in Atlanta as one of the coaches for the Dick Lane Velodrome’s Youth Cycling League and as the coach for the Mission Source Devo Juniors. Jackie was an amazing, positive person that lived every day to its fullest. I had the privilege of knowing her; she will be missed by everyone.

My thoughts and love go out to her family during this time. No public services have been announced. Velonews reports that her husband and family have requested donations to the Dick Lane Velodrome Youth Cycling Program in lieu of flowers.

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4-25-2018 Velo Girl Rides Announces Registration for the 2018 Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo is now open Asheville, NC – April 25, 2018 – Event Director, Velo Girl Rides®, announced today that registration for the Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo is now open. Brent Bookwalter of BMC Racing Team will host the Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo on October 27, 2018 at Warren Wilson College in Asheville NC.

The Bookwalter Binge is 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: 7,000 ft of climbing in 87 miles, 5,800 ft in 72 miles, or 2,850 ft in 39 miles. This is a unique 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. The accessible pros ride all three routes, and along with Brent, they are inspired by cyclists of all backgrounds and abilities.

Registration for the Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo is limited to 300 riders. Register at Active.com. For more information, visit BookwalterBinge.com or call 828-412-4242.

4-26-2018 Jackie Crowell It is with great sadness that I pass along Jackie Crowell lost her brave 5 year battle with brain cancer on Wednesday. Jackie was a former professional cyclist with Team Type 1, Exergy-Twenty16, and United Health Care. She spent the last several years in Atlanta as one of the coaches for the Dick Lane Velodrome’s Youth Cycling League and as the coach for the Mission Source Devo Juniors. Jackie was an amazing, positive person that lived every day to its fullest. I had the privilege of knowing her; she will be missed by everyone.

My thoughts and love go out to her family during this time. No public services have been announced. Velonews reports that her husband and family have requested donations to the Dick Lane Velodrome Youth Cycling Program in lieu of flowers.

Make a Donation

4-25-2018 Velo Girl Rides Announces Registration for the 2018 Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo is now open Asheville, NC – April 25, 2018 – Event Director, Velo Girl Rides®, announced today that registration for the Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo is now open. Brent Bookwalter of BMC Racing Team will host the Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo on October 27, 2018 at Warren Wilson College in Asheville NC.

The Bookwalter Binge is 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: 7,000 ft of climbing in 87 miles, 5,800 ft in 72 miles, or 2,850 ft in 39 miles. This is a unique 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. The accessible pros ride all three routes, and along with Brent, they are inspired by cyclists of all backgrounds and abilities.

Registration for the Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo is limited to 300 riders. Register at Active.com. For more information, visit BookwalterBinge.com or call 828-412-4242.

4-24-2018 Speedweek It’s Speedweek here in the Southeast! – a series of 4 cries that will end with Athens Twilight on Saturday and in Commerce (GA) on Sunday. If you have never been to Twilight to spectate, I highly recommend going! The atmosphere with thousands of cycling fans and UGA students is electric and unlike anything you have ever experienced during a bike race! My only regret is that I can’t attend this year.

Speedweek schedule:
WALTERBORO, SC – Wednesday, April 25
SPARTANBURG, SC – Friday, April 27
ATHENS, GA – Saturday, April 28
COMMERCE, GA- Sunday, April 29

iCan Bike iCanShine and the Alpharetta (GA) Police Department will host iCan Bike in Alpharetta July 30-August 3. This camp teaches children 8 years and older with special needs how to ride a two wheeled bicycle. The Bike Patrol Unit in Alpharetta has been involved with this program for the past eight years, and has had the pleasure of hosting it for the past three years. The camp fills up every year (with a maximum of 40 children) and usually has a waiting list around the same size. The participants that come to the camp often travel from many states away just to get the chance to learn to ride; riding is not guaranteed when a rider attends our camp, but the success rate has historically been around 95%. In order to make this program a success, it takes a small army of volunteers usually numbering the hundreds. The way the camp works is by breaking every day of the week into five time slots or sessions. The session times are listed below: 8:30am-9:45am, 10:05am-11:20am, 11:40am-12:55pm, 2:00pm-3:15pm, 3:35pm-4:50pm

Riders and volunteer’s alike sign up for the time slot (or multiple slots if you are a volunteer) and only attend those time sessions Monday through Friday July 30th-August 3rd. If you are a first time, volunteer then we ask that you attend a brief training session on July 29th at Alpharetta City Hall at 5:00pm. All volunteers have to do is “spot” the riders as they learn to ride, it is extremely easy and very rewarding as our volunteers get to be a part of teaching a child to do something that they never thought was possible. Flyers and more information about the camp and volunteering are available by emailing Officer Clay aclay at alpharetta.ga.us.

4-23-2018 All For One Movie May 2 there will be a screening of the movie All for One at several theaters in GA. All For One is the story of GreenEdge, Australia’s first ProTour cycling team. My understanding is they have to pre-sell tickets, but that you are not charged if the movie is not shown. I’ve seen a few things like this the last couple of months for cycling movies. If you want me to post info. like this, LMK.

4-18-2018 Donate! I was on a road ride Saturday at a parking spot that asks for donations from cyclists. They graciously let us use their parking lot. There must have been 40 other cars there and not one person dropped $1 into the donation box. I hope they did when they got back. Remember that private properties that allow cyclists often use the donations to put back into the parking, or the trail, or their facility. It is through their generosity that we have a safe place to park when we ride. Put $2 or two in the donation box next time you see one!

Campbellton United Methodist Church– Silk Sheets
Sosebee Cycling Park – White, GA. The routes known as “the Bud Plant” or “Sosebee”.
Any SORBA maintained trail will usually have a donation kiosk! Remember that if parking is charged like at Chicopee, Ft. Yargo, or Cochran Mill Park, none of that money goes to the trails. Give an extra dollar to the SORBA donation bin!

Sosebee Closed Sosebee will be hosting the Clip in for Epilepsy Ride on Saturday and will not be open for public parking. You can park at the Bud Plant instead or support this good cause.

Big Creek Work Party From RAMBO Enduro Prep Work Party-Two Days!- April 28 &29 at 9 am. Join us for a large work party to prep the trails for the upcoming Big Creek Quick Six Enduro. Lots of hands are needed, so bring closed-toe shoes, water, sunscreen, and a smile. We’ll have the tools and serve lunch. Saturday – Meet in the lower lot by pumptracks Sunday – Meet in Freeride Area
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4-17-2018 Mt. Tabor Work Party From SORBA West Georgia Mt. Tabor Spring Cleaning, Saturday, April 21 at 8:00 am Meet at the metal gate near the tennis courts. Priorities for the day will be: Cut back any overgrowth. We have a low hanger on the trail above the pond and a few areas in the meadow that grow fast! If anyone has a mower they don’t like, please bring it! Blow and clear pine needles from sections of Booger. Clean any drainage areas on Booger. Bring gloves and wear closed toe shoes, long pants. Tools and drinks will be provided.

4-16-2018 Open Streets Roswell – Bike Roswell! and the City of Roswell will launch the first “open streets” program in the city on Sunday, April 29 with Roswell Moves!. A five-block section of Canton Street in historic downtown Roswell will be used for complimentary fun, games, and demonstrations to promote healthy lifestyles. The popular tree-lined, commercial section of Canton Street between Woodstock Road and Elizabeth Way will be closed to motorized vehicles on Sunday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting at the south end of Canton Street to North Canton Street. Activities will take place from 11 a. m. to 3 p.m., using Canton Street, and sections of cross streets such as Webb Street, Elizabeth Way, Norcross Street, the New East Alley, Plum Street. Listed below is the schedule of events, with activities for all ages, and all abilities. There will be a bike parade, Mayor’s Ride (18, 42, and 64 mile options), and other activities.

4-14-2018 Blue Goose Race Postponed! BLUE GOOSE POSTPONED TO April 22nd If you have questions, please contact the race organizer: bristol.justin@gmail.com.

Pizza Ride Update Thursday Pizza Ride – The park loops for the remaining April Rides- two traditional large Pizza loops. Head into the park and turn LEFT. 6:30PM for all April Rides (2 loops in park); 6:30PM for May – late summer rides (2 loops in park) except for the: Summer Solstice Trifecta 6:30PM 3 loops in the park the week before, the week of (June 21), and the week after. Pizza Ride Start- meet in the old location Avondale Pizza Cafe parking lot-(which is now an outdoor Artist Park). 70 North Avondale Road, Avondale Estates, GA 30002 Distance- Approximately 33 miles+ round trip in Summer- then moves to 26 miles as ride gets shorter (shorter options available in the park).

Atlanta Hiring New Chief Bicycle Officer The first City of Atlanta CBO-Chief Bicycle Officer-Becky Katz is moving on. The city is looking to hire someone new! See the job description and Atlanta Bike blog entry for more information.

4-13-2018 Blanket’s Creek Closed Blanket’s Creek will be closed until mid afternoon on Saturday for the Dirty 15/30 race. Why not race and support the SORBA Woodstock organization that builds and maintains the trails!?

Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo The Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo has released the Athlete Itinerary for the events on May 5-6. Saturday there will be a time trial starting at Unicoi State Park. Registered riders can “show and go” from 2-4 pm. Awards and a social hour will happen that evening. Sunday is the main event-The Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo! Several segments on each route (1 on Piccolo) will be timed. This will be an awesome event and a great way to stretch your climbing legs

4-12-2018 24 Hours of Iron Maiden Postponed From the Promoter: With the rainfall predicted for Alabama, the 24 Hours of Iron Maiden is postponed. “The weather is expected to deteriorate beginning at near 3PM and worsen significantly until 3AM. Rainfall is expected to be in the range 2.5 inches. We understand that some of you have ridden in all types of conditions, but as stated on Monday, we hold rider safety and trail conservation as determinate factors in decisions like this….We have been working with Tannehill Historic State Park since Monday to schedule a new date. The earliest date that we can get is June 9, 2018. All current registrations will automatically transfer to that date. However, we are also willing to transfer those registrations to other (Chainbuster) races should the June 9th date conflict with your existing schedule. Thank you for your understanding in this! We look forward to seeing you soon!

4-10-2018  Fire Mountain Inferno MTB Race Weekend The inaugural weekend of mountain bike racing on the new Fire Mountain Trails in Cherokee, North Carolina will be held June 16-17, 2018 and hosted by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The weekend will feature Enduro racing on Saturday and Cross Country racing on Sunday. The Fire Mountain Trails is a 10.5-mile system of mountain bike and hiking trails that was opened in 2017 to rave reviews. The trails have best been described as “flowy”, but riders will find stream crossings, long wooden bridges, burmed turns and plenty of places to let it loose before hitting that next climb. All of the Fire Mountain Inferno events will be based at the Fairgrounds in the heart of Cherokee. Events on both days will include music, great food, local beer, and both local and national vendors, including Cane Creek Cycling and Fox Factory. Both styles of racing will have categories for Expert, Sport, Beginner and Junior with a Single-Speed category added for Sunday’s cross-country race. Awards will go three deep for men and women and include Club Ride shirts and cash for the expert category. All participants receive an event shirt and gift. Of the event, Principal Chief Richard Sneed offered, “Inferno weekend will provide the perfect showcase celebration for this unique and exciting family attraction. We are eager to share our newest asset with the larger cycling community.”

Upcoming TopView Sports Races From TopView Sports: Upstate Cycling Classic April 14-15, 2018 Carolina bike racing at its finest. Racing for all USAC categories. Nice rolling Road Race and a super flat and easy Criterium, the stuff bike racers dream of.

Twilights @ AMP Dawsonville, GA There is finally a weekday training race just outside of Atlanta! Come join the fun at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville. There will be two races per night. The course is amazing and the surface is perfect. Don’t miss the first one of the season on Apr 18th. Register

USAC Masters/Juniors Regional Championships- May 5-6 Master & Juniors… Here is your chance to shine. The Regional Champs offer you a chance to showcase your talents and to fine tune your fitness before nationals. The course are challenging and winners jersey will be awarded based on the omnium of the 3 events.

4-6-2018 CMS TT Series From the Promoter: The Charlotte Motor Speedway Time Trial Series is one of the most unique cycling events in the area! This event is held on the track of the Charlotte Motor Speedway and is open to anyone and everyone. The series includes one event per month for 6 months and is a great way to test your fitness throughout the season! Each series event begins at 5:45 PM with kids races. Following the kids waves, participants will ride in three different waves in order to be on the track with riders of similar ability levels. The Charlotte Motor Speedway is building a brand new road course oval for the first ever road course in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. We have the exciting opportunity to race the course BEFORE the pro’s! The second race in the CMS TTS will be raced on the outdoor road course. The Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL is a daunting, new 13-turn, 2.26-mile road course incorporating part of the infield and all but 400 feet of Charlotte’s iconic 1.5-mile oval on which drivers will race 500 kilometers over 130 laps. You don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

4-3-2018 Women’s Racing at the Dick Lane Velodrome The Dick Lane Velodrome will host women’s racing the first and third Tuesday of every month! A full slate of races, which means about 3 on a weeknight, for just women! Please come out and support it by racing or cheering! Spectator entry is free on weeknights. To race you must have taken the DLV track certification class or be certified at another track like the Giordana Velodrome to race for safety reasons. We’d LOVE to have some ladies from other tracks come race with us! We have several women that have offered host housing. There is a sample schedule up. Gates open around 5:30. Racing begins at 7 pm. The DLV will also be offering equal payout for the men and women at the Pro Races and Sprint Nights!

4-2-2018 April SORBA Work Parties I’m going to try something new since my “real life” stuff is going to be keeping me busy the next couple of months. I’m going to list all of the Atlanta area SORBA Trail Work Parties that I know of at the beginning of the month. If I can find a Facebook event, I’ll post a link to it. If not, I’ll link it back to the SORBA Chapter’s website. Let me know if you like this format.

SORBA Woodstock Trail Work Party–Blankets Creek, Saturday, April 7, 2018 9 am -noon, Join us for our monthly trail work party. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, and bring your own water. We provide the rest. This is a chance to help give back to the trails. We could not maintain these trails without generous volunteers like you. We are getting the trails ready for the race next weekend.

SORBA West Georgia
Sara Babb Work Party April 21 8:00 am
Allatoona Creek Work Party April 21 9:00 am

MTB Atlanta (Formerly SORBA Atlanta)
Sykes Park, Ride, and Fly Trails Build Day 9:00 am – Noon Work includes continued trash pickup, new trail building, and cleanup of the existing walking trails.

Cochran Mill Work Party April 14 9:00 am-Noon 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!

Sope Creek April 21 9:00 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 and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees. We will see you there.

3-28-2018 US Pro Road Nats Press Release Knoxville, Tenn., March 27, 2018 – – For the very first time, all U.S. national champions in professional road cycling will be crowned the same week under the organizational umbrella of one host community. The 2018 USA Cycling Professional Road, Individual Time Trial and Criterium National Championships will be held in Knoxville, Tenn. from June 21-24. This is the second year for Knoxville to host the U.S. Pro Road and Individual Time Trial (ITT) championships. The U.S. Pro Criterium championships, held in Louisville, Ky., in 2017, were staged in conjunction with the U.S. Amateur Road National Championships in previous years.

3-26-2018 Road Racing Decline? Is it me or there is there no weekend road racing in the Carolinas this year? Did I miss something? I am trying to update the Road Calendar and can find very few weekend road races in NC/SC. AL, GA, and TN seem to have about as much road racing as the last 2 years. MTB, Gravel, and Cross are flourishing across the region. Join the discussion on the Southeastern Cycling Facebook page .

3-23-2018 Hincapie Finale Cancelled The Hincapie Spring Series finale in Hendersonville this weekend has been cancelled because of anticipated severe weather. (This is the second cancellation for the event).

3-22-2018 TYMBR MTB Series TYMBR Series (pronounced timber) Tennessee Youth Mountain Bike Racing Series. Offers discrete age grouping for youth categories with fun race course and low entry fees. The TYMBR Series also offers adult categories with very competitive races for cash and prizes. The next race 4/22/18 at Enterprise South Nature Park on the TNT loop. Follow Cohutta Adventures on Facebook.

Twilights at AMP Press Release The Atlanta Motorsports Park has invited TopView Sports and our bike racers back to race again. We are racing 6 different dates (April 18th, May 16th , June 13th, July 20th – Friday of GCGP, August 15th, September 12th). There are two waves of race times. The “B” race will begin at 6pm and the “A” race will begin at 6:45pm. The exception is on Friday, July 20th. The race will be part of the Georgia Cycling Gran Prix. Please come join the fun! We love spectators at our events.

3-21-2018 Cartersville Century “The 20th Annual Cartersville Century at Barnsley Resort will be held on June 16, 2018. This year’s ride begins and finishes at this world class resort, providing our Riders, guests, friends, and families an enhanced experience for 2018. This is the ultimate cycling and resort experience, whether just participating in the ride or making it a weekend-long getaway! After the Cartersville Century, riders and their guests enjoy lunch prepared by the resort’s talented chefs, a pop up beer garden featuring the Reformation Brewery Airstream, music and more in a relaxed outdoor setting.”