• 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

1-22-2021  North Cooper Lake Work Party From MTB Atlanta North Cooper Lake Work Party and Clean Up, Saturday, January 23, 2021 9 am-Noon Join us at North Cooper Lake Park as we clean up the park and do trail work on the cross country trails. We will be working on clearing a significant amount of trash out of the old dump site. Have a mask, gloves, wear long pants and closed toed shoes and bring water, snacks and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees.

MTB Atlanta awarded IMBA and Shimano’s Dig In Grant for Chattahoochee Bend State Park Press Release After years of planning with Georgia State Parks, IMBA Trail Solutions, the Friends of Chattahoochee Bend State Park, Blue Ridge Geographics and MTB Atlanta Pro Trails, Georgia State Parks has approved a concept plan for 15-20 miles of new mountain bike trails at the park. This conceptual trail design is configured in four distinct loops each with a different character of trail and progression.bIn 2017, IMBA Trail Solutions was hired by the Friends of Chattahoochee Bend State Park and MTB Atlanta to conduct a high level assessment of the park and concluded 20- 40 miles of quality recreational trails could be established and that the system could be a regional mountain bike trail destination in the Southeastern United States. In 2018, Brett Davidson of MTB Atlanta Pro Trails and Keith McFadden of Blue Ridge Geographic flagged the ” Campground” and “Intermediate” loops to be approved through the GEPA process with Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The planning process was financially supported by the Friends of Chattahoochee Bend State Park and an REI Community Grant. Chattahoochee Bend State Park is Georgia’s fifth largest state park, within the Metro-Atlanta area, and a short drive to other Southeastern trail systems. The park offers great campgrounds, newly constructed adventure cabins with hiking and blue water trails along the Chattahoochee River. The Chattahoochee Bend project has the potential to be a regionally significant trail system within the Southeast with 20-40 miles of trail developed.

The funds form the Dig In campaign will assist MTB Atlanta with equipment rentals and paid operators for trail construction of the “Campground Loop.” The trails will provide an opportunity for local NICA Students to train as well as provide a gateway (beginner) trail for users new to mountain biking. The trail is to built around one of the park’s campgrounds in order to provide easy access to families and users of all abilities to access the trail from their campsite. MTB Atlanta Pro Trails officially broke ground on the “Campground Loop” the second week of January thanks to an initial donation of five thousand dollars from Bike Coweta and construction is underway.

1-21-2021 Chattahoochee Bend State Park News From a Facebook post: The Black Racer Trail is currently closed until further notice due to new mountain bike trail construction in the area. All other mountain bike trails remain open for now. Please respect the closure and stay off the trails to ensure your safety. If you have any questions, please call the office at 770-254-7271. We are looking forward to the continual progress of adding new mountain biking trails to our system.

1-20-2021 Hincapie Spring Series Moving to….Spring From the Promoter: For more than 20 years, Rich Hincapie has kicked off the cycling season with the Hincapie Spring Series. The weekend of races, usually occurring February and March, provide benchmark training for competitive riders through road races, time trials, and criteriums. We’re moving to April this year for some warmer weather, so it will be a lot more fun to hang around for the podium ceremonies each day. Earn Your Bragging Rights The Hincapie Spring Series honors the top three performers in 6 categories for the overall omnium awards. All races follow USA Cycling rules and regulations. Weekends are April 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25.

Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race Press Release Pisgah Stage Race 76% Singletrack, 19% dirt road, 5% asphalt, April 12-17, 2-21, Brevard, NC. Pisgah has earned a growing reputation for having some of the best MTB trails in the USA, and this five-day, fully supported mountain bike endurance event delivers an unmatched sampler platter of some of the best singletrack in the country. The stage race course includes the Eastern United States’ most rugged trails. Come sample spring MTB riding in Pisgah National Forest with rhododendron tunnels, picturesque creek crossings, incredible leaf colors, and rooty, rocky singletrack. Race individually or as a duo team. All five days will count for an overall time to crown the top riders. Custom crafted awards to top 3 in every category. Leader’s jersey awarded to every category. The final top 3 in the open men and women categories win $750/$500/$250 cash! Cash purse to enduro top three men/ women $150, $130, $120!

The weeks’ events include 5 days of racing, a recovery zone with snacks and recovery drinks at the race finish, Leaders’ Awards Ceremony and Happy Hour following each evening with adult beverages, exquisite local catered dinner 6 nights, and a Closing Ceremony Celebration Party including a vendor expo, kids race, silent auction and live music. This is designed as a true race, not a test of survival. We have fully stocked rest stops, including Medical staff and mechanical assistance, however if you want to send anything extra to the rest stops we will shuttle your items each day. Timed Enduro Sections each day!

1-19-2021 UTC and Tony Serrano Rides Postponed The Tony Serrano Ride and Up the Creek promoters posted tonight that their rides will be postponed for 2021. Hopefully both of these great rides will happen next year! Trish Note: I enjoy both rides and hope to see them back!

Local Bike Shop Hours I’ve gotten a few private inquires about the hours for a couple of local bike shops. The reality is I have no idea. It’s best to check with your favorite shop to see if they have changed their hours. Quite a few shops close earlier in the winter or may be closed an extra day of the week when it’s cold out. Check Google, their Facebook/Instagram page, and their website. When in doubt, pick up the phone and call.  One good thing I’ve heard from the bike shop folx I’ve talked to in the last week is that they are either caught up on or nearly caught up on the backlog of repairs. Parts still seem to be in short supply with no end in sight. Some shops are also getting in some of the bikes they have ordered.

Dauset Trails The mtb trails at Dauset Nature Center in Jackson, GA will be closed this Saturday for a running race and will reopen around noon.

1-15-2021 GIHP Trails I have heard through the grapevine that the Georgia International Horse Park mtb trails are closed until Jan. 21 for an event. You may want to check if you plan to go out there to ride.

Mt. Berry Trails The Mt. Berry trails at Berry College in Rome, GA are currently closed through Jan. 27 for a gas pipeline project. Keep up to date on the TRED of Rome/Floyd County Facebook page.

1-14-2021 Calendars Updated I have updated the Mountain/Gravel and Road Calendars with the latest races I’ve been able to find. There are a couple of road events in Alabama that are part of a new series. USA Cycling’s website is void of most races so far, which means the promoter has not applied for a permit (applies to most road and some off road events). YES GRAVEL EVENTS ARE UPDATED! including a new event or two. If the date doesn’t have a tilda which is this ~ ~ ~, it isn’t a 2021 date. I’ll continue to update the calendars as I find event dates.

Maxxis Tires Southern Cross Gravel Grind From Mountain Goat Adventures: Just a quick heads up regarding our upcoming Southern Cross Gravel Grind! Spring of 2021 looks like it may be a challenging one for events so we are moving slow and cautiously as we plan for the coming year. As of right now, our plan is to open registration for the 2021 Southern Cross Bike race on January 20th. Our goal is to ensure we have a high probability of the race happening before getting 300 riders signed up. The USFS in Georgia is on a 10 day “stand down” due to COVID, so pushing registration back a few days allows them to get back to work and let us know of any potential changes to our event permit.

The 2021 Maxxis Tires Southern Cross Ultra Gravel Grind course is 50 miles with a bit over 6,000 ft of elevation gain (two major climbs), and consists of pavement, gravel roads and a short grass section at the end of the race up to the finish line. The course is gravel bike or mountain bike friendly, so pick your poison! Riders will pass by an aid station twice during the ride, and be treated to Terrapin Beer and Moe’s Burritos for a hearty post-race meal. Registration opens January 20th! For 2021, we have added a shorter 30 mile option for Junior riders with categories for 10-14 and 15-18 male and female riders. Juniors will ride the infamous “Winding Stair Loop” and are allowed to have a non-participant adult accompany them for safety, but are not allowed to draft or have the adult carry any of their food or water

2021 Race Highlights! -Killer course that features some of the toughest and most scenic forest roads in North Georgia that will give you bragging rights for finishing! We are only using the gravel loops – no singletrack trail this year. -Cash payout for Top 5 Open Men and Open Women’s classes. You can find payout details HERE. -Free Primitive Camping at Montaluce for Friday and Saturday night! -Super comfy cotton blend race shirt with race logo (register by Feb 20 shirt size deadline to guarantee your size) -COFFEE MUGS FOR ALL FINISHERS! -Post race burritos from Moes with Terrapin Beer! -Well stocked aid station with hot soup, plenty of calories, fluids, mechanical support, first aid supplies and more. -Transport of up to 2 drop bags to aid station -Custom awards for all podium finishers -Staggered starts in small groups by categories – no mass start for 2021.

1-13-2021 Blankets Creek Dirty 15/30 Mile MTB Race presented by Van Michael Men From Mountain Goat Adventures So it looks like the Spring of 2021 is shaping up to be another chaotic one in terms of events, however we wanted to let you know what we have coming up at our local trails. Our plan is to open registration for the Blankets Creek Dirty 15/30 on February 1st. If we start seeing more COVID restrictions between now and then, the registration opening date could be pushed back as we want to ensure that the event has a high probablity of happening before we get 250 people signed up. We will send out another email once registration is open as well as if we have any other updates. Until then, keep on pedaling and hope you can join us!

Blankets Creek Dirty 15/30 Mile MTB Race presented by Van Michael Men – April 3, 2021 at Blankets Creek Trails in Canton, GA! The course includes most of the trails at Blankets Creek in a counter – clockwise direction for a total distance of 15 miles per lap. Each lap has 1400′ of elevation gain, so this will be a challenging course. COURSE DETAILS AND MAP HERE! We have restructured the categories for 2021, so that all riders can choose between the 15 mile course (1 lap) and 30 mile course (2 laps). You can see full details and a list of categories on the BLANKETS CREEK DIRTY 15/30 WEBSITE. IMPORTANT DATES: February 1st – Blankets Creek Dirty 15/30 Mile MTB Race Registation Opens March 20th – Register by this date to guarantee shirt size All riders who register before March 20 will receive one of our super soft and comfy tri-blend event shirts and a commemorative pint glass for your post-race recovery drink. Medals and sponsor prizes 3 deep in all categories, podium shirts for all first place finishers. Access to drop bags will be available at the half way point for riders participating in the 30 mile race. Small group staggered starts and social distancing measures in place for rider/volunteer safety. This event is a major fundraiser for SORBA Woodstock, so please come out and support your local trails!

1-10-2021 Dirty Sheets If you are at Dirty Sheets in Chatt Hills, GA in the next couple of weeks riding gravel the city has put some new gravel both directions on Rico Tatum and Atlanta Newnan Roads. The gravel is a little deep until it’s had a chance to be compacted by motor vehicles. It was in good shape after the rain Friday but may be loose or deep if we get some dry weather. The Chatt Hills police have also been really active in pulling over speeders lately, especially on South Fulton Parkway. It is always a good idea to obey posted speed limits-beware that the speed limit may change on S. Fulton Parkway before you get to Chatt Hills.

1-9-2021 Calendars Updated I have updated the Mountain/Gravel and Road Calendars with the latest races I’ve been able to find. There are a couple of road events now in Georgia thanks to TopView Sports–and a new gravel event! I still have no updates at all for TN, NC, and SC. Alabama has a couple of road races listed. USA Cycling’s website is void of most races so far, which means the promoter has not applied for a permit (applies to most road and some off road events).  I’ll continue to update the calendars as I find event dates.

Lake Russell Work Day From Bike Lake Russell Saturday, January 30 9:45 am-2:00 pm Lake Russell Rec Area, Old Group Camp Area We got lots of good work done prior to Covid-19 outbreak last year. Let’s continue that good work this year. The January 2 work day was great! We will be working on the trail reroute at the beginning of the Ladyslipper Trail during this January 30 workday. We began corridor clearing on this section at the January 2 work day. All tools will be provided. We will NOT be providing lunch at this work day. Hopefully once the virus is no longer in play we can resume providing lunch. Trish’s Note: Directions to the meeting location are in the Facebook event link.

1-7-2021 Castle Playground Trail Build Party From MTB Atlanta Castle Playground Build Party Saturday, Jan. 9 9 am-Noon Join us for our first build party ever in Carrollton, GA on our brand new “Castle Playground ” trail build. We’re building a “pump track in the woods” and some greenway adjacent single track as a gateway project we will develop all along Carrollton’s incredible Greenbelt in the future. Meet up at the Castle Playground parking lot at 117 Carrollton Greenbelt Carrollton, GA 30117 at 9. We will be doing corridor clearing for new trail construction. Have a mask, gloves, wear long pants and closed toed shoes and bring water, snacks and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees.

1-6-2021 Aska Trail System Workday From NGMBA NGMBA WORKDAY Aska Trail System (Blue Ridge, GA) Flat Creek needs some love. We will be cleaning drains and trimming back overgrowth close to the trail head. We will be meeting in the Deep Gap parking lot Saturday morning January 9th at 8:30 AM. From Blue Ridge head East approximately 5 miles on Aska Rd, parking lot will be on your right. We will work rain or shine. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather, including: helmets (hard hats will be available), work gloves, long pants, boots (preferred) or sturdy shoes. No open toe shoes allowed. Volunteers are also encouraged to wear sunscreen, insect repellent, and carry any personal medical supplies (ie. epi-pen, insulin, inhalers). Volunteers can bring water and snacks for the duration of the work.

1-3-2021 Tannehill XC Postponed Go Nuts has postponed the XC race January 10 at Tannelhill because of COVID exposure. The Facebook post said they were exposed over the holidays and are being very cautious. They hope to be able to reschedule for early March.

Allatoona Freeride Work Day From SORBA West Georgia Who wants a Knuckle Sammich? Workday Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 9 am at Allatoona Creek Park We’ll be reworking everything on Knuckle Sandwich and fixing up some of Mumbo Jumbo. Come pitch in an hour or two for your favorite trail.

1-2-2021 Brett Davidson named Executive Director of MTB Atlanta and MTB Atlanta Pro Trails Press Release (edited for length and clarity) After serving as volunteer Board President since SORBA Atlanta’s reorganization in 2012, the MTB Atlanta Board has named Brett Davidson as Exectuive Director of both MTB Atlanta and MTB Atlanta Pro Trails. Under Brett’s leadership MTB Atlanta has gone from a SORBA Chapter with no trail to steward to one of Georgia’s largest SORBA Chapters in mileage and largest in membership with over 50 miles of new trail and close to 500 members, all while serving the most populous mountain biking ridership in the Southeast in Metro Atlanta. Brett has led a Board of diverse volunteers that since 2012 have Built 50 miles of new trails in seven new counties and cities and eight new parks in Metro Atlanta with previously no access for mountain biking or outdoor recreation. Launched the professional trail building crew of MTB Atlanta, MTB Atlanta Pro Trails. This will be a new role for the Chapter and as Executive Director Brett will lead MTB Atlanta and MTB Atlanta Pro Trails into the future as a more sustainable non profit focused on fundraising, staffing and strategic planning to serve the volunteer Board, members and ridership of Metro Atlanta.

12-31-2020 Silver Comet Closure Cobb County has said that the Silver Comet Trail will be closed at the bridge over the East-West Connector from January 5-February 4 for board replacement. To get around it, start at either the Concord Road or Floyd Road trailheads and go west. This Silver Comet website has good information on how to get to different trailheads. The detour is to take the sidewalk on the right just past Fontaine Road up to North Cooper Lake Road (home of the North Cooper Lake MTB Park!). Go all the way to Concord. Turn left onto Concord and take the road or multiuse trail back to the Comet. Turn right on the Comet to keep going west. Warning: There is a BIG hill going up N. Cooper Lake. Concord isn’t flat, either.

12-27-2020 CANCELLED Sykes Work Party From MTB Atlanta Sykes Work Party Saturday, Jan. 2 9 am-Noon We got so much done at the December work party, that we’re doing it again in January. We’ve been busy since the last work day – we hired MTB Atlanta Pro Trails to cut the new trail, we’re moving giant boulders into staging areas to create epic garden, and we’re ready to rough cut a new beginner downhilll line. We will be following local regulations and CDC guidelines to conduct these events. We will adhere to mask requirements and social distancing at these events. We are excited to get back at it! Meet at the main parking lot at Sykes Park and we will get started at 9. Have a mask, gloves, wear long pants and closed toed shoes and bring water, snacks and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees. Tasks for the day: 1. Finishing work for the new Ridgeline Trail 2. Corridor clearing for the new Beginner Downhill line
3. Fix the drain at the Pump Track 4. Rock Anchoring and cleaning drains 5. Work on new Rock Gardens We will have coffee and a morning snack while we run down how we will be socially distancing and the goals for the day.

12-27-2020 Sykes Work Party From MTB Atlanta Sykes Work Party Saturday, Jan. 2 9 am-Noon We got so much done at the December work party, that we’re doing it again in January. We’ve been busy since the last work day – we hired MTB Atlanta Pro Trails to cut the new trail, we’re moving giant boulders into staging areas to create epic garden, and we’re ready to rough cut a new beginner downhilll line. We will be following local regulations and CDC guidelines to conduct these events. We will adhere to mask requirements and social distancing at these events. We are excited to get back at it! Meet at the main parking lot at Sykes Park and we will get started at 9. Have a mask, gloves, wear long pants and closed toed shoes and bring water, snacks and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees. Tasks for the day: 1. Finishing work for the new Ridgeline Trail 2. Corridor clearing for the new Beginner Downhill line
3. Fix the drain at the Pump Track 4. Rock Anchoring and cleaning drains 5. Work on new Rock Gardens We will have coffee and a morning snack while we run down how we will be socially distancing and the goals for the day.

12-23-2020 North Cooper Lake Work Party From MTB Atlanta North Cooper Lake Work Party and Clean Up, Saturday, January 23, 2021 9 am-Noon Join us at North Cooper Lake Park as we clean up the park and do trail work on the cross country trails. We will be working on clearing a significant amount of trash out of the old dump site. Have a mask, gloves, wear long pants and closed toed shoes and bring water, snacks and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees.

12-21-2020 NCCX Winter Cup Cancelled From NCCX The Winter Cup has been CANCELLED. It was scheduled for January and February, a revival of what use to be a two-part CX season. Thank you for everyone’s understanding and continued support. The good news is a vaccine is here, 2021 will be the 25th season of the NCCX series and there will be other exciting news released in January. So for now Happy Holidays!

12-19-2020 Chainbuster Racing is USAC for 2021 (edited for length and clarity) From Chainbuster Racing As we head into 2021, we are pleased to announce that Chain Buster Racing and the Southeastern Endurance Series is now a USA Cycling affiliated series! The biggest question many of you will have is… what will be different? The answer for most of you is…not much! Our races will still be the same 3 Hour or 6 Hour format that you are accustomed to! Same length on courses! Same vibe! Same emphasis on “Fast! Family! Fun!” The heart of this change is a basic business decision! We are able to get comparable insurance at a much better rate than from our previous insurance company. That’s a pretty boring business reality, but it carries tremendous upside! So, do I have to have a USAC annual license or One Day license? Nope! Chain Buster Racing will absorb the cost of the one day license so you will not incur any additional expense associated with this change.

If I have a USAC annual license, do my results count towards USAC ranking points?
Yep! The Southeastern Endurance Series 3 Hour categories are points eligible races for ranking points in Cross Country standings. The Southeastern Endurance Series 6 Hour Solo categories are points eligible races for ranking points in Cross Country Marathon standings. But…let me take a moment here to say that if you have been enjoying the great races put on by our friends at GoneRiding.com, GoNuts Biking, or the Cane Creek Cup, please continue to enjoy those races! They are all put on by great families who are passionate about cycling!

What if I don’t care about ranking points?
Then there will literally be no difference to you. The races will look the same. They will feel the same, and chances are you had no idea who our prior insurance broker was, so it won’t make a difference there either! We have had multiple lengthy discussions with USA Cycling, dating back to 2018. In 2020, we definitely had many more questions and, truthfully, a bit of skepticism. But every question we had received an appropriate answer, and any skepticism that we had quickly melted as we got to know the people that we will be working with and even more when we got to meet face to face. We heard their heart as they talked about the future of cycling, how to keep the racing culture healthy in America, and as they shared their personal experiences in front of a room full of adults and kids at the 706P Dirt Devo hosted Q&A on December 6. We LOVE the direction that USA Cycling is headed, and we look forward to working with them to continue building a solid foundation for the future of cycling!

12-18-2020 Moore’s Bridge Work Party From MTB Atlanta Moore’s Bridge Work Day, Saturday,Dec. 19 at 9 am. Join us at we continue to clear the corridor for several miles of new trail at Moore’s Bridge Park. Tools provided. Meet at the boat ramp parking lot at Moore’s Bridge Park at 615 Black Dirt Road Whitesburg, GA 30185, and we will get started at 9. We will be working on privet removal and corridor clearing the new trail. Have a mask, gloves, wear long pants and closed toed shoes and bring water, snacks and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees. MTB Atlanta is resuming work parties in limited capacity this season and is using local regulations and CDC guidelines to conduct these events. We will adhere to mask requirements and social distancing at these events.

12-17-2020 Florida State CX Championship Press Release GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – The Florida Bicycle Racing Association has awarded its 2021 Cyclocross Championship to VeloBrew, with the race being hosted at Ronnie Van Zant Park on Jan. 10. The event features a demanding course that tests the participants on trails, grass, steep hills, and obstacles – forcing the racers to dismount at several points to run while carrying their bikes.

“We are ecstatic to host the state cyclocross championship and excited to bring it to a new venue in Clay County,” said Jackie Morrison, board member of VeloBrew. “Thanks to the partnership with everyone involved, we’re able to create a great course that will offer one of the top cyclocross experiences in the Southeast.”

The cyclocross season runs from October to February, with each race being contested on a 1.5-2 mile course requiring multiple laps during the 30 minute to one hour race. “Cyclocross is a unique discipline in cycling and with a wide selection of venues, it is a great opportunity to invite racers to Clay County for a new experience,” said Mike Cella, Clay County Board of County Commissioners and chairman of the Tourist Development Council. “Clay County is excited to be opening our doors to host this unique event that will make an economic impact on our community.”

Mt. Tabor Work Party From SORBA West Georgia Tabor Love (work party) will be Saturday, Dec. 19 9 am – Noon. Tabor needs a little love, Need 3 folks to help blow the trail and possible trail reroute if time allows.

12-16-2020 Silver Comet Extension Update PATH has released drone footage of the Silver Comet extension. The Cobb County Courier reports “While the 2021 construction of this 2.4-mile extension will be very exciting, it is just one of two extension segments required to get the trail to the Chattahoochee River,” Wendell said via email. “We are asking leadership in Cobb County to allocate initial funding from the 2022 T-SPLOST for the Silver Comet extension from Plant Atkinson to the Chattahoochee River. If the trail from Plant Atkinson Road along Atlanta Road to the Chattahoochee River is allocated in initial 2022 SPLOST funding, acquisition could begin in January 2022 and construction of that segment could begin before the end of 2022.”

12-15-2020 USA Crits News Press Release (edited for length) Nine cities across the United States have been selected to play host to America’s national criterium series, USA CRITS. The pandemic pushed several events back including the pre-season Birmingham Hammerfest which will join for 2021 as a regular season points race. Other events, including Sun City Crit in El Paso and Athens Twilight in Athens, have also departed from traditional dates in what will provide a recovery window from the pandemic. Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Criterium Partners for Active Living is prepared with a date the Friday before Athens should there be a need to move that event on the calendar as well.

2021 will see 19 days of live streaming free to viewers. “We want the world to see our #D1 teams race and expand promotion of the venues and partners helping grow the sport. This represents a $250k investment made possible by our partners and comprises nearly 80% of all road events streamed in America. We have been in discussions with a couple of international media partners. This year is the bridge to pulling those agreements together,” said Scott Morris, Managing Director.

Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, previously announcing a move to the fall, will have an exciting new format with three days of criterium racing. Friday will play host to the USA CRITS Finals with the season jerseys and #D1 HelloFresh Team Competitions on the line. Winston-Salem continues their investment in the sport by also hosting the International Crit Challenge on Saturday. Select international teams from around the world will be invited to join in racing against America’s best.

USA CRITS will continue to monitor the impacts of the pandemic and make changes that are in the health and safety interest of the athletes and communities. Twenty-two #D1 teams have so far committed to compete in the Series and will be announced later in January 2021. Confirmed to be returning are both of last year’s team winners, ButcherBox Cycling (men) and Colavita HelloFresh Pro Women’s Cycling Team (women).

Southeastern Dates
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Criterium April 23 Spartanburg, SC
Birmingham Hammerfest Fueled by BOLT24 Aug. 14 Birmingham, AL
Athens Orthopedic Twilight Criterium Aug. 21 Athens GA
Winston-Salem Cycling Classic-Finals Sept. 24 Winston-Salem, NC
Winston-Salem Cycling Classic-Internationals Sept 25 Winston-Salem, NC

12-13-2020 Blanket’s Creek Work Party From SORBA Woodstock Join us for the final work party of 2020, Saturday, December 19th at Blankets Creek. The plan is to knock out 3 big projects on Gnaria getting us much closer to opening. Meet in front of the metal building at 9:30. Lunch will be provided. Please pre-register so we can get a head count and thanks in advance.

12-12-2020 Silver Comet Closure Cobb County has said that the Silver Comet Trail will be closed at the bridge over the East-West Connector from January 5-February 4 for board replacement. To get around it, start at either the Concord Road or Floyd Road trailheads and go west. This Silver Comet website has good information on how to get to different trailheads.

12-10-2020 Moore’s Bridge Park Work Party From MTB Atlanta Join MTB Atlanta, the Trust for Public Land, the Georgia Audubon Society and Carroll County Parks at Moore’s Bridge Park this Saturday 9-12 as we kick off a new trail build at the park called the River Bluff Trail and do some invasive species removal in the corridor. Meet at the boat ramp parking lot at Moore’s Bridge Park at 615 Black Dirt Road Whitesburg, GA 30185, and we will get started at 9. We will be working on privet removal and corridor clearing the new trail. Have a mask, gloves, wear long pants and closed toed shoes and bring water, snacks and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees. MTB Atlanta is resuming work parties in limited capacity this season and is using local regulations and CDC guidelines to conduct these events. We will adhere to mask requirements and social distancing at these events. We are excited to get back at it and hope to see you there!

12-4-2020 Sykes Park Work Party From MTB Atlanta Work party this Saturday at Sykes Park from 9-12. Meet at the main parking lot at Sykes Park and we will get started at 9. Have a mask, gloves, wear long pants and close toed shoes and bring water, and snacks. Tasks for the day: 1. Paint Pump Track, dependent on temperature 2. Fix clogged drain at the Pump Track 3. Start to rough clear Phase Two trails (Cutting away limbs & brush, raking, moving fallen branches, and potentially cutting fallen trees. 4. General clean-up- Trash, clearing the trails. 5. Potential moving of rock into positions for further trail development and rock armoring. We will have coffee and a morning snack while we run down how we will be socially distancing and the goals for the day. We are resuming work parties in limited capacity this season and are using local regulations and CDC guidelines to conduct these events. We will adhere to mask requirements and social distancing. We are excited to get back at it. See you there!

Para Cycling to Hold National Calendar Events in Huntsville, AL From the City of Huntsville U.S. Paralympics Cycling will visit the Rocket City next year, as it begins its national calendar in preparation for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo this coming summer. Huntsville will host one of four domestic cycling events, the U.S. Paralympics Cycling Open, on Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18, 2021, in Cummings Research Park. Watch the live stream 👉 https://bit.ly/3mIzvyg More info ➡ https://bit.ly/33GdXuM

12-1-2020 Article on Ian Garrison Velonews has a great article on Ian Garrison, a Georgian who races for Deceuninck-Quick-Step. He competed in his first Grand Tour this fall, the Vuelta. At 6’4″ and an excellent time trialist, Ian is looking to make his mark on the Cobbled Classics. Trish’s Note: Lots of good stuff on Velonews lately!

Ian Garrison resetting limits after debut WorldTour season

 

11-30-2020 Allatoona is Open! Beginning December 1 All-A-Toona (all of Toona) Allatoona Creek Park is open to everyone again at 11:00 am. Not a minute before!

John Murphy Retires John Murphy, a sprinter on Rally Cycling, has retired. John grew up in Marietta, GA racing the GAP series mountain bike races and local road races. I’ve known him since he was about 14-15 years old. Even then everyone knew he was a special talent. John rode for many teams including the World Tour in Europe. He competed at Paris Roubaix, Tour De Langkawi, and most major races in the US. He said that is best win was Athens Twilight in 2017. John-I wish you the best in retirement and good luck with your new ventures in digital marketing!

Q&A: What John Murphy learned from 17 seasons in pro cycling

 

11-28-2020 Currahee’s Rvenge Gravel Race From Chainbuster: Revenge? Yep! In March, the iconic Currahee Mountain climb had to be removed due to adverse conditions on the mountain due to treacherous Spring rains. For this rendition, the Currahee is ready for your return. AND for the first time EVER, you are racing the full “THREE MILES UP!” This familiar course will be raced backwards this go round! NOTHING will be familiar, but, fortunately, you’ll get to hit Currahee Mountain on fresh legs. The second half of the course? Yeah…not so much! Tee shirt and early registration deadlines are TOMORROW NIGHT, Sunday, November 29 at 11:59PM. After that, the prices increase and the shirts decrease!

CURRAHEE’S REVENGE

11-25-2020 Rally Cycling Signs Olivia Ray Atlantan Olivia Ray has been signed by the Rally Pro Women’s cycling team for 2021. Olivia also recently won the New Zealand National Crit Championship. As for racing in Europe, she said ““I think my biggest downfall so far is lack of racing experience, so the big goal for next year is to go to as many races as I can, learn as much as I can and, fingers crossed, go to Europe because that’s the make or break of cycling.” Congratulations Olivia!!!

Rally Cycling shores up women’s squad with Olivia Ray, Madeline Bemis, and Holly Breck

11-23-2020 Light on News It’s a slow week as far as news goes. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and is able to get some riding or exercise in to work off all that yummy food!

11-18-2020 2021 Races The calendars are being slowly updated as the dates for early 2021 races trickle in. I haven’t seen quite as many as in normal year, but I am updating the calendars as the dates come out. I wouldn’t expect to see anything for road until at least February 2021. They are always behind off road (gravel & mtb).

VMT Closed During the Week From SORBA Woodstock Starting 11/18/2020 VMT will be closed for maintenance during weekdays. We will make every attempt to reopen on the weekends if possible. Trish’s Note: They are revitalizing 36 berms.