• 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

12-29-2016 Atlanta WBL  Atlanta WBL  for Saturday Date: Saturday, Dec 31st, 2016, Time:  9:30AM  (Ride Mtg 9:15am), 300 Peters St, Atlanta, GA 30317 (U-Haul location), Ride Time:  2-hr 20-min,  OVERALL AVERAGE FOR RIDE #4: This Series is based on ride time, not distance.  The overall average is controlled by our Ride Leaders.  For Ride #4, the averages will be: A group:  16.5 mph avg, B group:  14.5 mph avg, C group:  12.5 mph avg lease leave cleaner than you found them; we don’t want to wear out our welcome.  Indoor (warm) bathrooms are a huge plus!!! IMPORTANT:  Which group do you ride in?  All Groups are based on what your typical overall average speed is on any given ride in Atlanta: Group A: 19 mph avg and higher, Group B1: 17-18 mph avg,  Group B2: 15-16 mph avg, Group C:  12.5-14 mph avg

12-28-2016 Two WBL Rides There are two WBL rides for your pleasure/torture this weekend.  WBL # 5: THE ANGELA BEWLEY DENTAL PRACTICE COACHING ROOT CANAL CLASSIC When: 31 December / Saturday, Time: 10 a.m (Window Open) Where: The Hub (5 Points-Athens),  Length: 80 miles / 4 hours, Pee break: Mile 20, Store Stop: Paoli Junction ( Mile 40), Points: 4 ( 1 per hour) Intermezzo Sprints: None:  Final Attack Zone (NON PRO SPRINT): Gene Dixon Attack Zone / Hargrove Lake (9 miles): Attack Zone will open when pack turns right on Hargrove Lake Road. Ride 6 miles and turn right on Beaverdam. Ride 1 mile and turn left on Smithonia (must yield to cars). Ride 1 mile and turn right on Billy Melton Road. Sprint line is 1.5 miles away / line in road (Madison County sign). *You are eligible to sprint if you are: (1) 35 or above regardless of category, OR (2) 19 or below regardless of category, OR (3) not at Male Cat 1 or 2 racer. *NEW: THIS YEAR, THE PROS, 1s and 2s SHOULD NOT HELP CHASE OR GIVE LEADOUTS IN FINAL ATTACK ZONE. INSTEAD, STAY IN PACK AND HOOT AND HOLLER.  Interactive map

WBL # 6: THE The Independent Baking Company Ladies Day Classic When: 1 January / Sunday, Time: 10 a.m (Window Open), Where: The Hub (5 Points-Athens), Length: 65 miles / 3 hours, 15 minutes, Pee break: Mile 22, Store Stop: Hoschton ( Mile 31), Points: 4 ( 1 per hour plus 1 New Year’s Day Point!),
Intermezzo Sprints: None:  Final Attack Zone (LADIES ONLY SPRINT): Final Attack Zone will open when the pack turns right at Alligator Pond (Mile 57). Ride 1 mile uphill to Pink Church line. Interactive map

12-26-2016 Small Calendar Updates I made a few small updates to the 2017 Race Calendar. Last week I was in contact with Stuart Lamp, the regional USAC rep. (Stuart is great if you ever need anything or have questions about USAC!!) He said that GBRA is working to nail down a few dates before releasing the full calendar. I already have a some dates up. I know & have confirmed that the East Atlanta/Litespeed-BMW crit is not returning. Grant Park will be coming back. Twilight and Roswell have moved back to their regular race weekend where they should be. TBRA should have their calendars ready in a couple of weeks. Alabama’s races are updated with the known dates. I expect NC/SC to have their race calendar ready in Feb. They are usually a bit behind the rest of them because of the extensive calendar. I updated mtb races last week. A lot of the smaller promoters–mostly mtb and gravel–have not made updates to their race websites. I check about every other week for those.If you know of any dates, please email me at sttarlite at hotmail.com or use the contact page.


Happy Winter Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, & Happy Holidays for whatever you celebrate this time of year!

12-21-2016 WBL WBL # 4: The Johnny Mercury Series Christmas Eve Day Celebration! When: 24 December / Saturday  Time: 10 a.m (Window Open), Where: The Hub (5 Points, Athens, GA):. Length: 47 miles / 2 hours, 20 minutes, Exit Route: Milledge > University > College Station > Barnett Shoals, Pee break: Mile 21, Store Stop: None, Points: 3 ( 1 per hour plus 1 Christmas Bonus Point), Attack Zone: Soon!, Interactive map

12-20-2016 Macon CX Photos Macon CX photos are up at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com. There are plenty from each race and the overall series awards.


This is what the CX spirit is all about! Sorellas Chloe Murock & Brittany Montgomery and the Spindle’s Molly Russell finish Macon’s single speed race with big smiles.


Masters racer or Gazelle at Macon CX?

12-19-2016 Holiday Airport Rides Airport Ride bonanza A year end ! Monday, December 26th- Airport- 10AM., Monday, January 2 – Airport- 10AM The above Airport rides are in addition to those folks that want to / are able to / ride on Sunday December 25th  (probably a smaller turn out)and Sunday January 1 (most likely a solid turnout #workoutthehangover).  As always, short and long options will be available. Some people have suggested that a later Airport ride start on Dec 25 might allow more people to ride.  The suggestion has been for a 1pm start time. Check the Airport Ride Facebook page later this week to see if anything has been posted.

12-16-2016 Charlotte Motor Speedway TT Series News  From the Carolina Cycling Time Trial Association (CCTTA), organizer of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Cycling Time Trial Series: We (the CCTTA) have been in discussions with Start2Finish and they have agreed to put on events for 2017. Look for future communications from Neal Boyd and the S2F team on the events for next year. Neal has done a tremendous job with the Timing and Registration of the Time Trial Series the past few years and is very familiar with what is required. We feel sure the TT events will more than meet rider expectations with the S2F team handling the events. End of the CCTTA: Unfortunately the CCTTA cannot continue to put on the events in the future mainly due to ongoing financial challenges. For the past several years the CCTTA has been subsidizing the cost of the events from funds that were set aside to keep the Series going. Consequently, the CCTTA Board members have decided to disband the organization.

Series History: The Time Trial Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway has a long history that dates back well over 20 years. From what we know, it is the only Cycling series of its kind where cyclists can participate in ongoing events like a Series at a Major Speedway. The Series was started by local cyclists with the assistance of Humpy Wheeler in the early 90s and was later formalized by the Tar Heel Cyclists in Charlotte. In 2004 the Carolina Cycling Time Trial Association (CCTTA) was formed to organize and operate the events. The CCTTA is a 501c4 Not for Profit organization and its membership is made up primarily of representatives from Area Bicycle Clubs (ABCs). The CCTTA has been putting on the events since 2004. One of the main principles of the events is they have been open to riders of all abilities above a minimum age. If you’ve ever ridden or attended an event you saw a great diversity of cyclists and equipment. The CCTTA is very thankful for the success we enjoyed for twelve years of putting on the events. We were able to give back over $100,000 to the local community with a lot of those dollars going back to our supporting Area Bicycle Clubs. We would also like to thank the many volunteers and organizations that made the events possible. The Charlotte Motor Speedway has been extremely cooperative and hospitable throughout the 20+ years of hosting the events. We were able to partner with the Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society that played a vital role in monitoring the safety of the entire Speedway and provided instant communications if there was an incident. Lastly, the support and the involvement of the Area Bicycle Club (ABCs) and hours of volunteering was tremendous. While there were individual unaffiliated volunteers and bicycle clubs that would participate from time to time, in 2016, the active ABCs were the Cannonballs Cycling Team, Spirited Cyclist Cycling Club, Race City Cycling and Gaston County Cyclists. Farewell from the CCTTA: Thanks to those of you who attended or participated in one of the past events. It was our pleasure to have served you and we look forward to seeing you out on the road.

12-14-2016 Blanket’s Creek Trail Party From SORBA Woodstock: Come join us this Saturday for our last trail party in 2016. Bring gloves, water and all your friends, we will provide the rest. Lunch will follow. 9 am-1 pm at Blanket’s Creek.

Sope Creek Work Party From SORBA Atlanta: Saturday at 9 AM-Noon We will be working on the upper loop (Sope Creek Loop) doing tread work on the section just above the Sope Creek Gorge. We will also be doing some closures. Please wear closed toed shoes, long pants, bring gloves, water and snacks. Bring your epi pen if you are allergice to bees. Be perpared to hike in and wear some warm clothes, it’s gonna be cold. We will see you there!

Atlanta WBL: **CANCELLED** WEATHER REPORT:  Forecast shows rain Friday night and Saturday morning.  NO RIDE if raining.  Final Call if Ride is a ‘Go’ or ‘No-Go” will be Friday night, 10 pm.  It will be posted Atlanta WBL’s page. Date:  Saturday, Dec 17th, 2016, 9:30AM (Ride Mtg 9:15am), 300 Peters St, Atlanta, GA 30317 (U-Haul location), RIDE TIME:  2-hr OVERALL AVERAGE FOR RIDE #3: This Series is based on ride time, not distance.  The overall average is controlled by our Ride Leaders.  For Ride #1, the averages will be: A group:  16.0 mph avg, B group:  14.0 mph avg, C group:  11.0 mph avg IMPORTANT:  Which group do you ride in?  All Groups are based on what your typical overall average speed is on any given ride in Atlanta:~  Group A:  19 mph avg and higher, ~  Group B1:  17-18 mph avg, ~  Group B2:  15-16 mph avg, ~  Group C:  12.5-14 mph avg

12-13-2016 Fools Gold News From Mountain Goat Adventures: The 2017 Fools Gold 60 Mile Mountain Bike Race is scheduled for Sept 16, 2017. We have decided to only offer a 60 mile course since 75% of past race participants have chosen the shorter distance and we have been seeing fewer and fewer takers on the long course. Rest assured that if you rode the 90 or 100 mile before, the 60 is still hard…just ask someone who rode it last year. The Fool’s Gold race is a stand-alone event for 2017 and is not part of the NUE Series due to some exciting title sponsor news that we will announce soon. These changes, in my opinion, will only help us improve the race and focus all of our resources on the 60 mile course which will allow us to keep making it better. I hope you all will join us at the beautiful Anderson Creek Retreat for 2017!

WBL #3  THE LEN SLOTE MEMORIAL DANIELSVILLE DOO-WHOP DROP,  A ride in honor of our fallen compatriot, Leonard Slote, When: 17 December / Saturday, Time: 10 a.m (Window Open), Where: The Hub (5 Points): (http://hubbikes.com/, Length: 77 miles/4 hours, Pee break: Mile 21, tore Stop: Danielsville (Mile 42), Points: 4 (1 per hour), Attack Zone: Not yet, Interactive map  Trish’s Notes: THE WBL is the real deal! If you can’t average 21-22+ mph for 4 hours, this ride is not for you! World Tour Riders have been known to show up (I’m looking at you Joey Rosskopf and John Murphy!) as well as national level pros and all of the regional fast guys and gals. They are serious about riding 2 abreast, taking your pull, maintaining a steady pace, and not riding like an idiot (and obeying traffic laws). Can’t hang? You will be dropped! This is NOT a ride for recreational riders!! You have been warned. Even if you can hang, it is in your best interest to have the map loaded on your Garmin!

Biking Bleckley Metric The Biking Bleckley Metric 100 is an annual family-oriented easy/moderate bicycle ride through the Southern Country Roads of Bleckley and surrounding counties. The Metric 100 is a big loop, with other routes branching off and returning to the start. The Ride begins at 8:30am at Third and Dykes Streets with check-in beginning at 7:30am, behind the Chamber of Commerce and Cochran Police Department. 7:30 a.m. Check in, Ride begins at 8:30 a.m. Choose from (4) routes: 15 Mile ~ 30 Mile ~ 50 Mile ~ 62.5 Mile Metric Ride

12-9-2016 AHG Picks Up Garrison Atlanta Ian Garrison (formerly NCGA-Mission Source) will join professional development team Aexon Hagens Berman for 2017. AHG is managed by Axel Merckx. Congratulations, Ian!


Because sometimes podiums happen more than once/season. I got 4th in the Women’s CX1/2/3 at Old Grey Barn CX and 2nd in the Women’s CX3/4.

2017 Calendars I am updating the 2017 Calendar(s) as I get information. I expect to have GBRA/Georgia Road Races in early January. John Patterson, USAC’s GA Chief Official, was waiting for a few last minute changes. TBRA had their yearly meeting within the last 2 weeks. They tend to get the calendar out first. I have absolutely no clue when the Carolinas Cycling Association will have their road calendar out. Alabama I tend to update as I see races. They typically don’t release a full calendar early in the year. There are quite a few mtb series, gravel events, and off road races updated. Cross–let’s wait til Summer 2017 for that. Many series are just wrapping up for this year.

12-6-2016 WBL # 2 *WBL # 2: THE TEAM MISSION SOURCE JUNIORS MARCH ON MAYSVILLE / http://www.missionsourcejuniors.com/), When: 10 December / Saturday, Time: 10 a.m (Window Open), Where: The Hub (5 Points): (http://hubbikes.com/), Length: 77 miles / 4 hours, Exit Route: Milledge > Prince > Access Road, Pee break: Mile 17, Store Stop: Maysville (Mile 38), Points: 4 ( 1 per hour), Attack Zone: Not yet, Interactive map: (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17185655) *Parking: Please do not park in the Hub parking lot. Park on a side street or ride down. (More info coming.)

Cochran Mill Work Party From SORBA Atlanta Cochran Mill Work Party – This Saturday 9 am-noon,  Cochran Mill Park, 6875 Cochran Mill Rd, Palmetto, Georgia 30268 Come out this Saturday to give back to the trails you love to ride at Cochran Mill Park. This Saturday will be Ride in/Ride out. We will be working on the Yellow Trail widening the bench on the hand built section on the top loop above Henry Mill Falls. Please wear long pants, closed toed shoes, bring a helmet, gloves, water and snacks and an epi pen if you are allergic to bees. Remember if you volunteer 10 hours in the Park you get a free yearly parking pass to the Park.

12-3-2016 Holowesko-Citadel 2017 Roster Several southeastern riders will race for Holowesko-Citadel in 2017. Oscar Clark (Atlanta, GA) will return to the team. John Murphy (Asheville, NC) and Ty Magner (Athens, GA) join the team.

12-2-2016 Atlanta WBL Atlanta WBL This Series is designed to create a vehicle (pun intended) where cyclists can ride all winter in a very controlled environment.  NO surprises.  NO hammerhead surges, sprints, so there’s NO surprises.  If this will be your first time with us, please familiarize yourself with the Ride Rules, as these are what has made us incredibly successful AND cyclists know exactly what to expect…on every ride in every group. DATE:  Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016 START TIME:  9:30AM (Ride Mtg 9:15am) PLACE:  300 Peters St, Atlanta, GA 30317 (U-Haul location)  RIDE TIME:  1-hr 40-min
OVERALL AVERAGE FOR RIDE #2: This Series is based on ride time, not distance.  The overall average is controlled by our Ride Leaders.  For Ride #1, the averages will be: A group:  15.5 mph avg, B group:  13.5 mph avg, C group:  10.5 mph avg~  Group A:  19 mph avg and higher,  Group B1:  17-18 mph avg, Group B2: 15-16 mph avg, Group C:  12.5-14 mph avg,  These are “NOT” the actual speeds we will be riding for the first few rides; these are to determine which group you need to ride in.  Like the ride time, ride averages will slowly increase over the Series, ending with the averages above.

11-30-2016 Allatoona Creek Work Party From SORBA West Georgia: There will be a trail work party at Allatoona Creek Park on  Saturday, December 17 at 9 AM – 1 Although the park is mostly closed there is a lot to work on! New down hill trails, and trail maintenance will be our focus.

11-29-2016 StuffedCross A photo of me (a rarity that I post one! And yes, that is a smaller me this CX season! 20 pounds gone!):


Trish racing at StuffedCross on Sunday in Chattanooga, TN. I got 2nd in the WCX3/4 race. Photo by Ali Whittier.

Up the Creek 2017 Press Release: Harbin Clinic and TRED present the 27th Annual Up the Creek Without a Pedal Bike Ride, one of Northwest Georgia’s favorite cycling events. on Saturday, April 29, 2017. New this year, a family trail ride along Rome’s scenic Heritage Trails sponsored by Harbin Clinic and back by popular demand, the ride start and finish will be at the Forum in Downtown Rome.  Online registration will open Thursday, December 15 with early bird pricing. Ride distances: Trail Ride (any distance you like) 32, 53, 71, 104, 109 miles.

Tour of the Southern Highlands Press Release:  Woodstock, Georgia (November 28, 2016) – Tour of the Southern Highlands Stage Race, the only Pro/Am stage race in the Southeast since the Tour de Georgia, announces new host cities for 2017!

Over the past five years, former professional cyclist, Nathan O’Neill and his partner, Betty Hodges, have grown the Tour of the Southern Highlands into a major stage race on the cycling calendar for the Southeast. The multi-day, Pro/Am race outgrew its previous 5-year location in 2016, and as the last wheel crossed the finish line in March 2016 the search was on. It took nearly 7 months to locate the ideal partnerships and locations to move forward and continue to grow. Woodstock & Ball Ground, GA expressed an interest in the partnership, capitalizing on existing road rider terrain, as well as the potential for event growth and regional economic impact for years to come. “We have an active built-in cycling community in Woodstock and surrounding areas, and bringing a National cycling race to our community is a natural fit for locals and visitors,” stated Jeff Moon, Woodstock City Manager. “The City of Ball Ground is known for superior road cycling by many advocates and we look forward to being part of this exciting event in 2017 along with Woodstock and Cherokee County,” added Eric Wilmarth, Ball Ground City Manager.

The event begins on Friday, March 3, 2017 with an exciting Professional Criterium for both Men & Women, in downtown Woodstock. Frequently described as “NASCAR on bicycles,” the criterium will feature vendors, live music, kid’s bicycle races, a fat tire criterium and more!   Saturday, March 4, 2017, the amateurs join the action alongside the pros for a Merckx Time Trial and a Circuit Race. Then, an epic road race, with over 1600 feet of climbing for each 16 mile lap, around the Ball Ground Community concludes the racing on Sunday, March 5. The three-day event is already attracting attention from many top race teams and has been circled on the U.S. Junior National Team calendar as a “Selection Race”. “We are excited to have new partners in Woodstock & Ball Ground, to continue to build a legendary stage race in Georgia, offering challenging courses and amazing fields, while continuing our tradition of promoting growth in racing, especially junior’s and women’s racing. These two cities are active and progressive cities, and they absolutely exhibit the qualities we know are important to the growth and accessibility of cycling,” said race director, Nathan

11-28-2016 Winter Bike League Southeastern Cycling is once again proud to sponsor a Sprint at the Winter Bike League-_where the Big Boys and Girls to for winter training*! Rides start this Saturday, Dec. 3!! (*Not Me! CX isn’t over for another month….)

WINTER BIKE LEAGUE
*THE 2016-17 WBL HOME OPENER: THE HUB BIKES GOOD HOPE GAMBOL*
When: 3 December / Saturday, Time: 10 a.m (Window Open) , Where: The Hub-Athens, GA (5 Points), Length: 80 miles / 4 hours, Exit Route: South Milledge > Whitehall / Simonton Bridge, Pee break: Mile 22, Store Stop: Good Hope (Mile 44), Points: 4 ( 1 per hour), Attack Zone: Not yet
Interactive map  Parking: Please do not park in the Hub parking lot. Park on a side street or ride down. (More info coming.)

11-25-2016 The 2017 Race Calendar is updated as of 11-24-2016. I’ll keep checking and updating as things come in, I don’t anticipate having many more updates until the major road calendars (NC/SC, GA, AL, TN) start coming out in late Jan. 2017. 2017 races are either marked with an asterisk (*) or the heading says “2017.”

11-29-2016 StuffedCross A photo of me (a rarity that I post one! And yes, that is a smaller me this CX season! 20 pounds gone!):


Trish racing at StuffedCross on Sunday in Chattanooga, TN. I got 2nd in the WCX3/4 race. Photo by Ali Whittier.

Up the Creek 2017 Press Release: Harbin Clinic and TRED present the 27th Annual Up the Creek Without a Pedal Bike Ride, one of Northwest Georgia’s favorite cycling events. on Saturday, April 29, 2017. New this year, a family trail ride along Rome’s scenic Heritage Trails sponsored by Harbin Clinic and back by popular demand, the ride start and finish will be at the Forum in Downtown Rome.  Online registration will open Thursday, December 15 with early bird pricing. Ride distances: Trail Ride (any distance you like) 32, 53, 71, 104, 109 miles.

Tour of the Southern Highlands Press Release:  Woodstock, Georgia (November 28, 2016) – Tour of the Southern Highlands Stage Race, the only Pro/Am stage race in the Southeast since the Tour de Georgia, announces new host cities for 2017!

Over the past five years, former professional cyclist, Nathan O’Neill and his partner, Betty Hodges, have grown the Tour of the Southern Highlands into a major stage race on the cycling calendar for the Southeast. The multi-day, Pro/Am race outgrew its previous 5-year location in 2016, and as the last wheel crossed the finish line in March 2016 the search was on. It took nearly 7 months to locate the ideal partnerships and locations to move forward and continue to grow. Woodstock & Ball Ground, GA expressed an interest in the partnership, capitalizing on existing road rider terrain, as well as the potential for event growth and regional economic impact for years to come. “We have an active built-in cycling community in Woodstock and surrounding areas, and bringing a National cycling race to our community is a natural fit for locals and visitors,” stated Jeff Moon, Woodstock City Manager. “The City of Ball Ground is known for superior road cycling by many advocates and we look forward to being part of this exciting event in 2017 along with Woodstock and Cherokee County,” added Eric Wilmarth, Ball Ground City Manager.

The event begins on Friday, March 3, 2017 with an exciting Professional Criterium for both Men & Women, in downtown Woodstock. Frequently described as “NASCAR on bicycles,” the criterium will feature vendors, live music, kid’s bicycle races, a fat tire criterium and more!   Saturday, March 4, 2017, the amateurs join the action alongside the pros for a Merckx Time Trial and a Circuit Race. Then, an epic road race, with over 1600 feet of climbing for each 16 mile lap, around the Ball Ground Community concludes the racing on Sunday, March 5. The three-day event is already attracting attention from many top race teams and has been circled on the U.S. Junior National Team calendar as a “Selection Race”. “We are excited to have new partners in Woodstock & Ball Ground, to continue to build a legendary stage race in Georgia, offering challenging courses and amazing fields, while continuing our tradition of promoting growth in racing, especially junior’s and women’s racing. These two cities are active and progressive cities, and they absolutely exhibit the qualities we know are important to the growth and accessibility of cycling,” said race director, Nathan

11-28-2016 Winter Bike League Southeastern Cycling is once again proud to sponsor a Sprint at the Winter Bike League-_where the Big Boys and Girls to for winter training*! Rides start this Saturday, Dec. 3!! (*Not Me! CX isn’t over for another month….)

WINTER BIKE LEAGUE
*THE 2016-17 WBL HOME OPENER: THE HUB BIKES GOOD HOPE GAMBOL*
When: 3 December / Saturday, Time: 10 a.m (Window Open) , Where: The Hub-Athens, GA (5 Points), Length: 80 miles / 4 hours, Exit Route: South Milledge > Whitehall / Simonton Bridge, Pee break: Mile 22, Store Stop: Good Hope (Mile 44), Points: 4 ( 1 per hour), Attack Zone: Not yet
Interactive map  Parking: Please do not park in the Hub parking lot. Park on a side street or ride down. (More info coming.)

11-25-2016 The 2017 Race Calendar is updated as of 11-24-2016. I’ll keep checking and updating as things come in, I don’t anticipate having many more updates until the major road calendars (NC/SC, GA, AL, TN) start coming out in late Jan. 2017. 2017 races are either marked with an asterisk (*) or the heading says “2017.”

11-23-2016 Thanksgiving Rides I normally don’t post many one off rides, but I’ve had a few people ask about Thanksgiving day road rides. Here are two I know of: Brookhaven Thankful Ride: What are you thankful for? The 19th annual Thankful Ride happens again this year on—guess what?—Thanksgiving Day morning! What better time to gather with fellow bike riders, enjoy quiet residential roads of Brookhaven and Chamblee, and work up an appetite for that turkey/tofurkey dinner? The ride is 26 miles (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6510377) and leaves at 9 AM from the parking lot of the Brookhaven MARTA Station (Apple Valley side). The route is painted on the road so you can ride at your own pace. This year we’ve also pre-marked a 13 mile route for those looking for something shorter (
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11227682 ). Also The Airport Ride will be meeting at the usual place & time for a hammerfest.

11-22-2016 Slow Week It’s a slow week. I think everyone is eating turkey. The only two events I know of going on are Turkey Cross and Stuffed Cross in the Chattanooga area. Georgia Cross takes a week off before preparing for the State Championships at Elks on December 4.


Frank Treveiso (706 Project) on his way to winning the CX1/2 at the EPTC CX Classic.

11-21-2016 EPTC CX Classic Photos EPTC CX Classic/GACX photos are ready at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com. Please support your photographers that stand out there for hours taking pictures, so that you can enjoy them!

11-19-2016 Rally Cycling Picks up Georgia Racer Congratulations to Frazier Cycling rider and 2016 UCI Road Worlds Cup racer Megan Heath on being picked up by the US based women’s pro team Rally Cycling for 2017!

11-18-2016 Info. on EPTC CX Race From Michael Barman (EPTC): A few notes on the EPTC CX Classic p/b Ronnie Bratcher, a part of the Georgia Cross Series:
-We are looking forward to a great day of racing.
-Proceeds from the race will be used to fund the East Point Track Club’s 2017’s Elite National Championships in Carson, CA.
-There are no bathroom  facilities so it will be Porta/Potties within the course.
-There will be Paramedics on site. To help offset this additional expense we are asking for $5 to park in the VIP area and $20 to set up tents within the VIP area on the inside of the course. Any amount is appreciated. Free parking will be outside the VIP area.
-We do have options through the day on course design. All areas will be open for ride inspection before 9:50am and after the kids race. PLEASE listen for announcements at the start area about the course! You can decide on dinner plans after your race.
-Please bring your series numbers.
-Do to contractual obligations we can not invite an outside concession company. Coolers are welcome.
-We will be able to take credit cards or paypal onsite. Pre-registration is open through Friday evening.

Sope Creek Work Party from SORBA Atlanta Sope Creek Work Party, Sat., Nov. 19, 9 am to noon,  Work Party this Saturday at Sope Creek. Meet at 9 at the Columns Drive Parking lot at the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area and we will do some armoring, closures and tread work. Wear long pants, closed toed shoes, bring gloves, water, snacks, and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees. See you Saturday!

11-17-2015 Wildfire Updates I would encourage to check the status of your favorite trails in Western NC, Chattanooga, East TN, and N. GA. As everyone knows, the wildfire smoke has drifted over much of TN, SC, and GA as the fires continue to burn. I can’t keep up with the fire status timely enough to post on SE Cycling.It might be a good weekend to stick to trails close to urban/metro areas. SORBA Chattanooga reports that the TVA has closed Raccoon Mountain.


Michael Barman (EPTC) gets rad in the sand at Serenbe CX.

11-15-2016 Serenbe CX Pics I chose two different photos at opposite ends of the spectrum this week because I liked them. No other reason.


Reece Latham (NCGA) on his way to winning the Juniors 10-14 Serenbe CX race.


Kenneth Oldapo demonstrates proper beverage consumption technique at Serenbe CX during the Single Speed Race. #becauseSingleSpeed

11-14-2016 Serenbe CX Photos Peachtree Bikes knows how to throw a party! They hit a new high with the Serenbe CX race on Sunday in Chattahoochee Hills, GA! Photos from all of the races are ready! http://sadlebred.smugmug.com. By purchasing a race photo, you allow Southeastern Cycling to be able to continue taking photos at races and to provide the website for all–for FREE!

11-11-2016 Take the Poll on Facebook! There is a fun poll on the Southeastern Cycling Facebook Page! How do you train in the winter?

2017 Calendar The very, very preliminary 2017 Race Calendar is up. Most of the dates I have so far are for mountain bike and gravel races. The labels are pretty clear as to what is a 2017 date (hint, look for the asterisk * or the word 2017). Road racing calendars typically don’t start coming out until late January or even late Feb. I get them up as soon as I have them. Of course, don’t even think about 2017 CX calendars until next summer; let’s get through this CX season first!

Foot Revolution Review Foot Revolution is a new sock subscription service aimed at cyclists and triathletes. Every month they send out a different pair of socks. One month the focus is more on fun with bright colors; the other month the socks are more performance oriented with calmer colors. Subscriptions are available in 1, 3, and 12 month blocks. You can skip a month or change sizes if you plan to gift them to a friend. Currently Foot Revolution partners with certain brands such as Base Cartel to bring a variety of socks to its subscribers.


The Foot Revolution packaging reveals this month’s socks.

I received the Foot Revolution package just a few days after it was sent. The socks were Base Cartel with cute hearts and stripes on them. I thought they might be more appropriate for Valentine’s Day than fall, but they are cute. I was told by Foot Revolution that the hearts are the Base Cartel logo. FR also sent out another color for November, which was a black and neon color scheme. The socks felt nice and soft right out of the package. I usually wear Defeet Aireators, and these socks reminded me of them although a little thicker. I wore them a couple of times. Unfortunately, even the size small was too big for my tiny feet, which caused slippage in my Sidi shoes. They were comfortable otherwise. They held up well through a few washings in cold water and tumble dry on low.

If you like different socks and enjoy a surprise each month, Foot Revolution would make a fun subscription for you. Who doesn’t like to receive packages with a surprise? (I love subscription boxes and have tried a few over the last couple of years when the budget has allowed.)

Foot Revolution provided a one month subscription to Southeastern Cycling to review the service at no cost. Check them out on Instagram!


Base Cartel logo socks from Foot Revolution.

11-9-2016 Serenbe CX Serenbe CX is this Sunday at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, GA! Racers: Be sure to take a look at the Serenbe CX flyer! There are two collegiate races scheduled for 8:00 and 8:50 am. These are not GACX categories. ALL GACX RACES WILL BE AT THEIR NORMAL TIMES! We will be in the same part of the Serenbe property as last year sort of near the Farmhouse Inn down by the lake pavilion. Don’t forget that you can visit & pet the goats, which are just north of the pavilion! The goats had fun watching the races last year….The Mobile Marlay will have fish and chips available for purchase. Pre-registration is open through Friday night.

11-8-2016 Blanket’s Creek Trail Party From SORBA Woodstock: There will be Trail Party at Blankets Creek Sat., Nov. 19 9 am-1 pm. With good turnout we will work on several projects on the trail. You will need to bring water, gloves and wear closed toe shoes. Lunch will be provided following the fun!

Allatoona News From SORBA West Georgia: Beginning November 1st, most of Allatoona Creek Park’s trails will be closed for hunting season. Turtle Back, Red Barron and Whipper Snapper will be open, but can only be accessed from the Pitner Road Dog Park (2450 Pitner Road, Acworth, GA 30101). All of Allatoona’s trails will reopen January 1, 2017, at 10:00 am.

Maylyn Oswald took a short break after a bottle during the Women’s CX4.

11-7-2016 Boundary Waters CX Photos Boundary Waters CX photos will be uploaded by noon Monday at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com. My apologies to the Single Speeders and Masters 35+ 4/5. I had to leave for a team party and was unable to get pics. I promise I’ll get a full set at Serenbe!


Howard Buckley (Bike Law) on his way to winning the Elite Masters 50+ at Boundary Waters CX on Sunday.

11-6-2016 Cohutta Wilderness Closed There are several wildfires in North Georgia. The US Forest Service has closed the Cohutta Wilderness to all traffic and use–including hiking and mountain biking. Here are a couple of pages you can check for updates:  Gilmer Co. Road Conditions, US Forest Service (Chatt./Oconee NF)

11-5-2016 Fall-Winter 2016-2017 Rides There are quite a few rides going through the winter during the week. Full front and rear lights are required for all rides for safety and viability. These are the ones I am aware of (a few big weekend rides are noted, too). Check the Rides page for some year round weekday morning rides.

Atlanta Cycling Weekday Ride Times: Winter Weekdays, Road – After the time changes on November 6, ride from the Vinings store at 4:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays until DST returns on March 12. Leaves from Atlanta Cycling-Vinings. Winter Wednesdays, MTB from Atlanta Cycling-Vinings continues on Wednesdays ….November 9 – March 8, mtb ride begins at 4:30. We’ll ride the Callen/Rottenwood Creek Trail to Cochran Shoals. Be sure to check the trail status on ride days.
Winter Pizza Week of 11/6 through 3/09- Every Thursday Winter Pizza Starts- 6:00PM- winter pace to the park, two small counterclockwise loops (approx 9.75 miles in the park) at approximately 22-23.5 mph in the park (winter pace to/from the park- in the park- no attacking, steady paceline, but final sprint allowed.) Pizza Ride Start- meet in the old location (which is now closed and a deserted building) Avondale Pizza Cafe parking lot: 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).
Airport Ride– rolls out 10AM Sunday, 11/06 – through the last Sunday in March. Airport Ride Start- meet at Trinity Ave SW, Atlanta, just west of Forsyth St SW.  Approximate address- Trinity Lofts- 249 Trinity Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
“Big” Tucker Ride– rolls out 10AM Saturday, 11/12, until it goes back to 9AM- the first Saturday in April. Tucker Ride Start- meet at the intersection Lynburn Drive and Main St, Tucker, GA- right by Snyder Cycles, Approximately 46 miles (shortcut options available).
Baby” Tucker Ride– rolls out 9:30AM Saturday, 11/12, until it goes back to 8:30AM the first Saturday in April.
NCGA Training Ride/Nancy G’s, Tuesday, 6:30 Year Round (lights required for riding in fall/winter), Training, 24 miles. Map. The ride leaves from the Fountain Oaks/Nancy G’s parking lot on Roswell Rd. Parking has been worked out by Nancy with the management group so that we can park behind the Kroger on the Nancy G’s side. GPS File
Mission Source/NGCA Thursday 6pm loops at Mission Source ….off McFarland in Blue Grass business park. Lights mandatory.
Olde Blind Dog, 6:30 year round on Thursdays, Meets at the Olde Blind Dog Pub in Crabapple. 20 miles, Average 14 – 16 mph through mostly linking neighborhoods. 2-3 different groups with a ride leader. Slowest group is no drop. Lights and reflective gear required during the winter. Recovery beverages at the pub afterwards. Latest info. on the Facebook page.
Apalachee Cycle Thursday Night Ride. Leaves the shop at 6:30 Thursdays for 25-30 mile route -pace 17-20+mph. This is a drop ride Let someone know if you are new and don’t the route. Post ride refreshment back at the shop!

11-6-2016 2017 Calendar I am starting to work on the 2017 Race Schedule Calendars. Promoters, please email me your 2017 race dates as soon as possible sttarlite at hotmail.com or Contact Me. Everyone else: Ya’ll know most of the road calendars won’t be released until January or February. I’ll get them up as soon as I can. Some MTB/Enduro/Gravel races are posted, and I’m working on gathering those. Of course, CX schedules won’t be published til Summer 2017 as we are still in the middle of this CX season! Check back in a week or so for the preliminary calendars.

11-4-2016 Sara Babb Trail Work Party From SORBA West Georgia: Work Party at the Sara Babb Trail, Saturday, November 12 8 AM – 12 PM, We will be working on a the new section at Sara Babb, primarily the rocky climb on the back slope. With a good turnout of volunteers we could get very close to completing the entire addition. Bring gloves and wear closed toe shoes, long pants recommended as there are lots of briars. Tools and drinks will be provided.

11-1-2016 Airport ride! It is that time of year! The Airport Ride commences this Sunday, Nov. 6 at 10:00 am in Castleberry Hills at Trinity Avenue/Peters Street in Atlanta! New riders and recreational riders: Probably not the best ride for you. You need to be very comfortable in a group that is going really fast. The average speed is 21 mph+. This is a DROP ride for advanced riders only. No sag stops, no hand holding, one nature break. You are on your own (sorta like Tucker).
Short Option Map (40-ish miles), Long Option Map (60ish Miles) For those that want a slower option that is more organized, check out the Atlanta Winter Bike League on Saturdays put on by MyCycleCoach. It’s a great option and offers groups from 12-19+ mph.


The Elite Masters 40+ coming into the barriers Sunday at Savannah.

Sixth Annual Underwear Ride Hosted by Ridley Masters Team, Sunday, December 11 9 am at Dutch Monkey Doughnuts, 3075 Ronald Reagan Blvd, Ste 502, Cumming, Georgia 30041, Join us Sunday, December 11th 2016 for a social bicycle ride benefiting Forsyth County’s homeless children. Please bring an unopened package of underwear and/or socks for middle school or high school age children in lieu of registration fee. Social begins at 8:00am, ride begins at 9:00am., 25mi or 50mi options. Helmets are mandatory- road bikes strongly encouraged.

The Single Speeders had fun in Savannah dressing up for Halloween!

Chicopee Night Rides From SORBA: Night Ride Policy for Chicopee Woods 2016-2017. The park closes at dark, no night riding except for scheduled rides.
As the days grow shorter please finish your visit by sunset. The Chicopee Woods Area Park Commission (Land Manager) does not allow visitation here after dark unless it is a permitted event. This includes trail running. Being on the trails after sunset could jeopardize our ability to host night rides. NORTHEAST GEORGIA SORBA-CHICOPEE has permission to offer night rides during the period November 2016 – March 2017. This year’s schedule is listed below. Rides begin at 6:30 and end at 8:30. Make sure your lights can run for 2 hours. You will need to meet the ride leader and sign-in. We will ride as a group. This is a no drop ride.
To check current trail conditions, visit our website at negasorb.org or on Facebook. If the trails are closed at 4pm on the afternoon of a scheduled ride, the night ride is cancelled.
Chicopee Night Ride Schedule 2016-2017
11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30
12/6, 12/14, 12/21
1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25
2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22
3/1, 3/8, 3/15

10-31-2016 Savannah Photos Photos from both days of the Savannah Superprestige Cyclocross Weekend are ready! http://sadlebred.smugmug.com.There are plenty from all races!


Happy Halloween! Safe riding and Trick-Or-Treating!

Alltoona Trails Closed From SORBA West Georgia:  Beginning November 1st, most of Allatoona Creek’s trails will be closed for hunting season. Turtle Back, Red Barron and Whipper Snapper will be open, but can only be accessed from the Pitner Road Dog Park (2450 Pitner Rd. Acworth, GA 30101). All of Allatoona’s trails will reopen January 1, 2017, at 10:00 am.

10-27-2016  Savannah Super Prestige CX Race The Savannah SuperPrestige CX Race Weekend is upon us! Registration closes Thursday (Tonight) at Midnight! Avoid the $10 late fee and prereg! Awesome things to look forward to: The Spiral of Death, the Flyover, The Ditch, and the Gator lurking in the pond–although the myth is much like Big Foot the last few years. Free tent camping onsite is available for Saturday. The Track Bar (Beer–for those over 21) will be open on Saturday. They will also be serving food. Cash payouts for the Elite Masters, Single Speed, and Cat. 3 Men as well as the usual payouts for Elite Men & Elite Women! GACX Double Series Points on Saturday as well! The race flyer has lots of info!

Bear Creek Work Day There will be a Mega Work Day at Bear Creek on Nov. 19 from 9 am to 1 pm. Park at the Pinhoti 2 Parking Area at the top of FS Rad 90B.

10-26-2016 Turkey CX Press Release: Southern Cycling Operations and KnoxVelo announce the 5th Annual Turkey CX race on Saturday November 26, 2016. SCO and KnoxVelo announce the 5th Annual Turkey CX Race at Loudon Municipal Park on Saturday, November 26, 2016. Loudon Municipal Park offers an excellent venue with plenty of parking, covered pavilion, and 2 restroom buildings. The park is located less than 1 mile from the interstate. The park also provides many options to present a challenging but fair course to test the abilities of all riders.  SCO and KnoxVelo are proud to offer a purse of $2545 across all categories. Equal payout for the top 5 places in the Pro 1/2/3 men and women. Cash is paid in every category except youth and juniors. Race a second race for only $5. All benefits from this event will be donated to the Loudon County Boys and Girls Club. This donation will assist the club to continue their work with the community youth.

GATR Night Rides The GATR Night Ride schedule is available on Facebook. 27-Oct Thursday @ Harbins Park, 10-Nov Thursday @ Tribbble Mill Park, 16-Nov Wednesday @ Harbins Park, 29-Nov Tuesday @ Yellow River Park, 1-Dec Thursday @ Harbins Park, 7-Dec Wednesday @ Tribble Mill Park. Meet in the Mountain Bike Parking lot (Harbins and Yellow River and Playground at Tribble Mill Park) at 6 and be ready to roll by 6:30 p.m. with the group.   For best results…Charge up the lights and put them on before arriving at the park.   Must stay with the groups and be out of the park by 9 p.m. Please donate at http://www.sorbagatr.org/donate-to-gatr/ to help cover the cost of renting the park for night rides.

10-25-2016 James C. Parks, Jr. Attorneys At Law I am so excited to welcome back Attorney Clay Parks as a Southeastern Cycling advertiser! James C. Parks, Jr. Attorneys at Law is a full service Decatur, Georgia based litigation firm.  The principle, Clay Parks, has been riding bicycles since the age of five and racing bicycles of some type since 1989. During college at the University of Georgia, he was the team captain and a 6-time southeastern collegiate cycling conference champion.  He has won multiple Elite and Masters level Georgia State Championships.  Clay is married to 2000 Olympian and former professional cyclist Iona Wynter-Parks.  They have a son named Ethan, who just turned three and is already riding a little bit. Clay has practiced law for more than 15 years, representing clients in a variety of contexts, in multiple jurisdictions both in the United States and abroad. Immediately following law school, he spent two years working for the Fulton County Office of the Public Defender, where he represented indigent criminal defendants for a variety of crimes. As a member of the public defender’s office he represented clients not only at the trial level, but also on appeal before the Georgia State Supreme Court. After leaving the Public Defender’s Office, Clay litigated civil matters at one of the largest pure litigation law firms in the southeast. As a senior litigation associate, he defended firm clients in both civil and criminal matters.

After he left the Atlanta-based firm and spent a brief amount of time in Seattle, Washington, representing hospitals and physicians, he took a position with Island Jamaica Limited in Kingston, Jamaica as the Director of Legal Affairs. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Chris Blackwell, who is best known for discovery the musical talents of Bob Marley and U2, founded Island Jamaica as a global tourism entity based in his native Jamaica.  During his time with Island, he advised the company related to the development of GoldenEye Villas & Spa on the grounds of James Bond writer Ian Fleming’s Jamaican estate. In this capacity, he was responsible for reviewing contracts and insurance matters for the in-country hotels and the New York based marketing entity that represents all of the Island Outpost properties worldwide. Since returning from Jamaica in 2011, the firm founded by Clay has focused on representing parties on both sides of personal injury matters involving automobile and cyclist collisions in everything from cases involving relatively minor injuries to wrongful death claims.  He has also represented major industry manufacturers in many aspects of their business within the cycling industry.   Clay has also represented numerous professional teams and riders in everything from sponsor contract and prize money disputes to USADA / WADA issues.  When it comes to cycling and the law, he has probably seen just about every possible legal dispute. This press release is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice. No recipients of this content should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any content included in this handout without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from an attorney.

10-22-2016 Dirty Sheets Info From Pete Edmonson: “The time will be changing soon and many of you will be looking to the gravel roads to fill you cycling time. This is the Dirty Sheets Loop Route as it leaves from the park. There has been an important update to the route!!!!! The South Fulton Parkway crossing has moved slightly. No longer go around the black gate, the crossing is in front of gate now. This location is better for cyclist and the local land owner. Volunteers have spent many hours cleaning out the culverts on Upper Wooten Road in the past month. Hopefully the road will not hold water this winter. We will be fixing wet spots as soon as we can find them after the next rain. Remember the land past the park gate on Upper Wooten Road is private, Stay on the road!”