9-26-2019 Cheaha Challenge TT News From the Cheaha Challenge: It’s YOU against the clock! Join us for the 2nd Annual Cheaha Challenge Time Trial on Saturday, May 16, held in conjunction with the weekend events of the 28th Annual Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA on Sunday, May 17. Experience the thrill of exiting a time trial podium down a ramp onto a closed 12-mile straight shot course (only three turns, all near the finish), and test what you’re made of as you barrel along the flat, fast, fun path. Our TT is a qualifier for the UCI World Time Trial Championship to be held in conjunction with the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship in September in Vancouver, Canada. However, our TT has multiple another option besides just the UCI qualifier – if you’re a resident of Alabama or Georgia, you can race for the AL/GA TT State Championsihp (Age group, Junior Division, or Handcyle). Age groups are determined by racer’s age on 12/31/20. UCI World Time Trial Championship qualifier – Finish top three of your age group or in the top 20%, and you’re going to Canada to race in September! (Note: UCI recognizes only age groups of 19 years old and above.)
Alabama & Georgia State TT Championships – If you’re a resident of either state, you can race to place in your respective state’s championship. Age Groups include ages 9 and up. Junior Divisions are ages 9-14 and ages 15-18. Junior Division fees are ½ the adult division fees. Besides Age Groups, we have two other AL/GA TT Championship Categories: 1. Eddy Merckx Division – Don’t have a TT bike or all the gear? No problem, this TT Division is for you. Merckx racers must be 19 or older, and will not qualify for the UCI World TT Championship but will be counted as AL/GA State Champions. In order to race as “Merckx” you may not use any of the following (even one will switch you to “Aero”): disc wheels, wheels deeper than 50MM, aero helmets, shoe covers, aero bars. Allowed items are: Aero road helmet (no teardrop shape, ears cannot be covered) and skinsuits. 2. Handcycle Division – H1-H5 Male & Female scored separately.
9-25-2019 Ian Garrison of the US captured silver at the Under 23 World’s Championship time trial! Ian lives in metro Atlanta and is the reigning US U23 and Men’s Pro TT Champion. Congratulations, Ian! We are all so proud of you! Also, if you haven’t seen how Chloe Dygert-Owen SMASHED the women’s field, check out your favorite cycling news sites!
9-23-2019 Backyard CX Photos Photos from Backyard Brawl CX at the Ellenwood CX Ranch on Sunday are ready! Support your local photographers!
9-21-2019 Spin the District Photos The photos from Spin the District on Friday night at the Dick Lane Velodrome are ready! Support your local photographers!
The Women’s field at Spin the District at the Dick Lane Velodrome
9-20-2019 Six Gap Press Release The countdown is underway for cyclists to take advantage of the Summer Signup Specials for Six Gap Century events in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains. Online registration and a discount of $10 will conclude at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 22 for the 31st edition of the Six Gap Century and Three Gap Fifty. Close to 2,500 individuals are expected to participate in the three ride options offered on Sept. 29.
The Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty is an annual recreational bicycle ride that offers three routes, including the epic 104-mile ride across the six mountain passes made famous by the Tour de Georgia professional stage race. The Six Gap Century features 11,200 vertical feet of elevation gain. The toughest climb, Hogpen Gap, averages a gradient of seven percent for 7 miles and includes sections as steep as 15 percent. Other ride options include the Three Gap Fifty, a 58-mile course with 6,385 vertical feet of climbing, and a 35-mile Valley Ride. All individuals who complete online registration by Sept. 22 will receive a 15% discount on pre-orders of commemorative Six Gap jerseys. Activities begin Saturday, Sept. 28 with the Bike Expo and Dahlonega Gold Criterium in downtown Dahlonega. A series of eight bicycle races will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with all races starting and finishing in front of the Holly Theatre on fresh pavement. A $5 discount with online registration is available through Sept. 27. Part of the race loop will take cyclists around the Old Lumpkin County Courthouse, where the new Tantrum Brewing Beer Garden will be located next to the first turns of the course.
There is one flat price for any of the three ride options. The Summer Signup Special is $76 through Sept. 22 – click here to access the online form. 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 11 a.m.-6 p.m.). After 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 23, online registration will be closed for all rides. Walk-up registrations will be $86 and will be taken on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., if the limit of 2,500 riders has not been met. Fees are nonrefundable and the rides will take place rain or shine.
9-18-2019 ALL For One Century The ALL For One Century is a fund raiser for the Van Purser Foundation which was created by a group of cyclists to honor Van Purser who has been instrumental in creating much of the cycling culture in the greater Atlanta area. Van helped start the “Tucker”ride which continues today as one of the best attended weekly training and social rides inside the perimeter as well as the ride enthusiast for the Webb Bridge Ride which many consider the best weekly ride outside the perimeter. Van created the Domestique Leadership training program to help teach cyclists how to be safe ride leaders working to help make cycling safer for all involved. Unfortunately, Van was diagnosed with ALS and the disease has been progressing very quickly since his diagnosis two years ago. Outside of the cycling community Van Purser touched many lives throughout north Georgia and beyond. Devoted family man, spiritual counselor, and business leader, his impact is broadly and deeply felt. Van’s physical reach is now waning as he suffers the ravages of ALS. The Van Purser Foundation is a non-profit charitable corporation (501(c)3), created so that we might pour out into others just as Van has poured out into us. The mission, simply, is to pull together to assist other cyclists in times of need. The foundation is the only one of its kind created for the purpose of supporting cyclists and their families in time of need such as after an accident, fall or worse. Please help support this great cause by volunteering, donating or coming to enjoy the ride at: https://www.bikereg.com/all-for-one-100 and to find out more about this great cause please visit our site at: https://vanpurserfoundation.org/ and learn more about our mission and Van Purser.
9-17-2019 Tucker Ride Time Changes Don’t forget that Tucker A starts this week at 8:25 and Tucker B starts at 8:30! New ride times for both starts! Details on the Rides page.
9-16-2019 Buckhead Cyclists Rejoice! Buckhead Cyclists rejoice! The bridge on Power Ferry by Chastain Park is FINALLY open again!
9-13-2019 Georgia Cross Announces 2019 Schedule
Atlanta, GA – September 15, 2019 – The Bike Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Perimeter Roofing has announced the 2019 race schedule. The 10 race series will have racers competing for thousands of dollars in overall cash and prizes.
The 2019 series will be comprised of 10 races throughout the state. The 2019 The Bike Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Perimeter Roofing kicks off September 29 at Old Grey Barn in Rocky Face, GA where the infamous flyover will be back. 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. Elks Aidmore in Conyers is the oldest venue in the series and gives racers a challenging course. Boundary Waters CX will be fast and fun! Athens hosts Across the Beeriers at Southern Brewing and Terrapin Brewing. The Georgia State Cyclocross Championships will be at Road Atlanta in Commerce and will benefit local NICA mountain bike teams. EPTC CX returns to Nash Farm on November 17. The series finale will be December 8 in Winterville, GA.
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 Bike Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Perimeter Roofing 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/
About Bike Law If you need legal help for injuries from a Georgia bicycle accident, turn to Bike Law Georgia attorneys Bruce Hagen and Ken Rosskopf. Bruce and Ken are avid bicyclists themselves and are dedicated advocates for Georgia bikers. They have handled hundreds of bike accident cases and actively help bicyclists understand Georgia’s bike laws. Bike Law is also available to speak to community groups regarding bicycle law in Georgia. Visit https://www.bikelaw.com/ for more information.
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2019 Race Schedule
9/29/2019 Old Grey Barn, Rocky Face, GA
10/6/2019 Grant Park CX, Atlanta, GA
10/12-13/2019 Elks Aidmore, Conyers, GA
10/27/2019 Boundary Waters, Douglasville, GA
11/2-3/2019 Across the Beeriers, Athens, GA
11/10/2019 Road Atlanta CX, Braselton, GA
11/17/2019 EPTC CX, Hampton, GA
12/8/2019 Series Finale, Winterville, GA
9-12-2019 Atlanta Streets Alive From Atlanta Bicycle Coalition On Sunday, September 29, 2019, from 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition activates the southwest route connecting seven neighborhoods along Cascade Avenue, Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, and Georgia Avenue. The Atlanta Streets Alive: Southwest program will open 3.4 miles of streets to people on foot, bicycle, or other human-powered wheels by creating a car-free zone for the community to play, exercise, and socialize. This route was chosen through extensive community engagement, working with a steering committee of locals and residents. Our southwest program also aims to call attention to the existing safety hazards on Cascade Avenue due to its proximity to two of the most dangerous streets in Atlanta’s High-Injury Network—Cascade Road and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard.
9-11-2019 USA Cycling Names 2019 UCI Road World Championships Teams From USA Cycling: The U.S. National Team will start the eight-day competition with a strong group of time trialists. Among the competitors in the women’s elite individual time trial are Amber Neben (Lake Forest, Calif.; Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling Team) who won the UCI World Championship Time Trial in both 2008 and 2016, 2019 Pan American Road Championships ITT winner Leah Thomas (Boulder Creek, Calif.; Bigla Pro Cycling) and 2016 Olympic and seven-time World Champion Chloe Dygert (Brownsburg, IN.; Sho-Air TWENTY20) who recently won all four stages of the Colorado Classic. For the men’s elite individual time trial: five-time Road World Championship U.S. National Team member Lawson Craddock (Houston, TX., EF Education First) and 2018 UCI Road Team Time Trials World Championships Silver Medalist Chad Haga (McKinney, TX; Team Sunweb) will represent Team USA.
Congratulations to ALL of our Southeastern Riders competing in the UCI World Championships (Road)! The Garrison brothers are alumni of Atlanta’s NCGA Junior Devo program! Ian earned AUTOMATIC nominations for both races!
Junior Men TT:
Michael Garrison (Decatur, Ga.; LUX Cycling Development Team)
U23 Men TT:
Ian Garrison (Decatur, Ga, Hagens Berman Axeon)
Junior Women RR:
Ava Sykes (Athens, GA.; LUX Cycling Development Team)
Junior Men RR:
Michael Garrison (Decatur, Ga.; LUX Cycling Development Team)
U23 Men RR:
Ian Garrison (Decatur, Ga, Hagens Berman Axeon)
9-9-2019 Backyard Brawl CX From the Promoter Come One! Come All to the Ellenwood CX Ranch for Backyard Brawl CX on Sunday, Sept. 22! Races for Juniors and all women’s and men’s categories! Cash Money Payout for Men’s and Women’s 1/2/3. Prizes and rubber snakes for other divisions. Feel free to bring your favorite beverages. The venue is dog & pet friendly (on a leash, of course).
Make it a double race weekend! The Brownwood Bicycle Rally Crit-Cross is on Saturday, Sept. 21 with three races-Beginners, Women A, and Open A. Proceeds benefit the Brownwood Kids Club. Come early and cheer on the kids as they compete in morning road races! All kids welcome!
9-6-2019 TN State CX Championship From TBRA: : We are pleased to announce that Cross the Harpeth will be TBRA’s 2019 State Championship Cyclocross event. We hope to see everyone on Sun Nov 10th in Kingston Springs for this event. ‘Just over three weeks away from the kickoff event at Tri-Star CX in Memphis. Can’t wait! #CrossIsComing
9-5-2019 Tuesday Night Marietta Crit The final Tuesday Night Marietta Crit for 2019 will be Sept. 17.
9-2-2019 Ride Time Changes Eastside Rides From ATL PTN: Nasty Northlake, Pizza and Silverlake shift to 6:15pm start times this week. Still two laps for both NNL and PZA. In October, start times move to 6:00pm and laps decrease. Sad!
This Saturday, September 7th, marks the dawn of a new era for Tucker
TUK A (Full Grown) rolls at 8:30am and is a no-holds barred affair
TUK B (Baby) rolls at 8:40am and is a challenging but steady ride free of attacks and surging Rides will keep the same 10 minute split when we move one hour later in November after DST ends (i.e. 9:30am & 9:40am)
Clinton Weedeater Party From SORBA West Georgia Clinton Weedeater Party September 4, 2019 at 6 PM Just an hour can make a huge difference and it won’t interfere with your weekend plans. We got Squirrel last week so let’s try to knock out a couple more trails. I’ll have 2 loaded up weed eaters plus my lawn mower. If you have a favorite weedeater feel free to bring it. Hope to see you there.
South Rockdale Work Party From MTB Atlanta South Rockdale Work Party Saturday, September 28, 2019, 9 AM – 12 PM Join us for our first work party at the new South Rock Trails since our Grand Opening in May. We will be doing rock armoring, corridor clearing and tread work. We will meet up at the main parking lot at 9 and will work until 12. Please wear long pants, closed toed shoes, bring water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, and your epic pen if you are allergic to bees. See you there!
Sope Creek Work Party From MTB Atlanta Sope Creek Work Party Sat., Sept. 12 9 am-Noon. Join us for our monthly Work Party at Sope Creek and give back to the trails that you love to ride. We meet at the Columns Drive parking lot at 9 AM at the gate by the Fitness loop. Wear long pants, closed to
ed shoes, bring gloves, water, snacks.
Cochran Mill Trail Care Evening From MTB Atlanta Cochran Mill Work Party Wed. Sept. 12 6-8 PM J us for our monthly work party at Cochran Mill Park. Meet at the main parking lot at 6 PM Please wear long pants, closed toed shoes, bring a helmet, gloves, water, snacks. We will see you there!
8-29-2019 Woodland Brook Travel Lane Changes This affects Woodland Brook in Vinings, Cobb County, GA. It’s a popular cut through from West Paces Ferry to Log Cabin-Atlanta Rd. From Cobb County: Travel lanes on Woodland Brook Drive over Gilmore Creek Bridge are scheduled to be modified to reduce traffic flow from two lanes to one lane. The one-lane traffic will begin on Friday, August 30 and stay in place until the bridge is closed for construction in summer 2020. There will be a temporary traffic signal to assist cars crossing the bridge.
8-28-2019 Spin the District ATL Airport District Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) welcomes cycling enthusiasts and spectators alike to the second round of this year’s Spin the District, the area’s multi-faceted entertainment and cycling experience that transforms the city streets into a premier, family-friendly destination. After a successful first round in College Park and Hapeville in May, Spin the District will continue with the East Point Velodrome on Friday, September 20, followed by the Union City Gran Fondo on Sunday, September 22. In addition to high-speed racing, spectators are invited to come out, cheer on the cyclists and enjoy good food, live entertainment and fun to close out this year’s event series.
East Point Velodrome Race | Friday, September 20, 7 to 10 p.m.
Spin the District will kick off its fall weekend of cycling events with an all-out party at the Dick Lane Velodrome in East Point – Georgia’s only concrete cycling track. Attendees are invited to gather and cheer on cyclists as they conquer the high-speed, no-brakes East Point Velodrome race. Located in historic Sumner Park, the Velodrome will be buzzing with food trucks from Dominic’s Brick Oven Pizza and Tex Tacos, local craft beer, and live entertainment courtesy of DJ Yvonne Monet, in addition to the fast-paced race. This family-friendly event is free to the public, will offer free bike valet and is located a short walk or rideshare from the East Point MARTA Station.
Union City Gran Fondo | Sunday, September 22, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Spin the District will come to a close with the Union City Gran Fondo, Italian for “big ride,” the Gran Fondo includes a 10-mile family fun ride, plus 30, 60 and 100-mile road options. Cyclists can also choose mixed-gravel including a 60, 100 and ultra-tough 150-mile route. Both road and gravel travel through South Fulton, Coweta and Carroll Counties and will be reminiscent of the Gran Fondo’s Italian roots, celebrating the beginning of autumn with views of Georgia’s rolling hills. Spin the District has expanded its range of routes this year, including three paved rides – a fully-synthetic Polyester100, a smooth-as-silk Rayon60 and a comfy Velour30, as well as a hard-wearing gravel-blend ToughSkin150, a plus-size mixed-gravel Husky100 and a resilient but relaxed Denim60. Outside of the race, participants can enjoy the all-new rider lounge, complete with comfortable seating and TVs. Food will be available for purchase from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. courtesy of Triple Jay’s food truck. Rider registration and event details can be found here.
8-27-2019 Allatoona Hunting Hours SORBA West Georgia has announced the Allatoona Creek Park hunting hours for 2019-2020 (hours are set by Cobb County). In September, October, December, and January the park is closed sunrise until 11:00 am. This is a change for the months and time from previous years. In November the park will be closed to users other than hunters from sunrise until sunset. The following trails are open year round: Turtleback, Red Baron, and Whippersnapper. Park at the Pitner Road Dog Park in November.
8-23-2019 Wilson 100 From the Southern Bicycle League Register now for the Wilson 100 at the beautiful Senoia City Park Marimac Park on September 7th! The Wilson 100 is a most enjoyable day in the country, with some rolling hills and a lot of flat roads, passing through farmlands, quaint towns such as Luthersville, Greenville and Gay. New this year, Line Creek Brewery. You will be able to enjoy a cold one after your ride with your most delicious meal from our very own Katie Lou’s BBQ. Our good friends at Southside Cycling will be there to greet you and direct you to easy parking bright and early.
8-21-2019 Smyrna Bicycles Offering Bicycle Tune Up Service with Pickup and Delivery-Unique Service for Smyrna-Vinings Area
SMYRNA, GA, AUGUST 21, 2019 Smyrna Bicycles announces a new tune up service for bicycles with pickup and delivery.
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.
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/.