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February 2023 News

News for 1-27-2023
Atlantan Aisha McGowen Back To Racing in the Women’s World Tour

Velonews.com
Ayesha McGowan finally achieved her dream last year by earning a WorldTour contract with Liv Racing Xstra, but it came to an abrupt stop less than two months in.

McGowan suffered from digestion issues for more than five years, but it came to a head early last year when she was struggling to eat what she needed to sustain herself.

Just six races, five of which had ended with DNFs, into her season, the 35-year-old had to pull the plug on her program.

After undergoing medical tests, McGowan was diagnosed with uterine fibroids, and underwent surgery in June. Now fully recovered and with another yearlong contract on the table with the team, which is now called Liv Racing TeqFind, she is raring to go.

“I’m really excited. I just want to get going. I feel like the past few years, I’ve had these huge training blocks to prepare for things, and then something happened. And so I really want to have a full season this year and finally show myself what I can do,” McGowan told VeloNews.

Read the full article:
https://www.velonews.com/news/road/back-from-the-brink-ayesha-mcgowan-ready-to-race-illness-ruined-her-full-worldtour-debut/

News for 1-26-2023
WBL #9

From the Winter Bike League
WBL # 9: The Parks Law Godfrey Classic in Memory of Alan Thompson
When: Saturday, 28th January, Where: The Hub / Jittery Joes (5 Points), Time: 10 a.m. (window open), Length: 105 mules. 5 hours.
Interactive directions: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41862882
Points 5: 1 per hour (must sign in), Store Stop: Mile 59 Buckhead Grocery, Pee Break: mile 22, 83
Intermediate Sprints: Jackie Crowell Women’s Sprint (mile 29), Non Pro: Buckhead City Limit Sign Mile 58.5, PRO: “Flat” Rock Hill Grind (mile 92) inside the final attack zone.

News 1-25-2023
National Cycling League Races Announced

From Cyclingnews.com:
“Organisers of the newly-launched National Cycling League (NCL) disclosed the calendar dates of their four-city criterium racing series, opening at Miami Beach, Florida on Saturday, April 8. Atlanta, Georgia will host the second stop in its downtown corridor on May 14, with the final two stops in late summer, August 13 in Denver, Colorado and September 10 in Washington, D.C.

A field of 10 invitation-only teams, each with six men and six women, are expected to compete across the series to determine the winner of the 2023 NCL Cup in September, where a $1 million prize purse will be divided among the top five teams. Two teams, both owned by the NCL, have been confirmed for the series – Miami Nights and Denver Disruptors. Eight additional teams are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.”

Read the full article:
https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/miami-beach-opens-national-cycling-league-series-april-8/

News for 1-24-2023
Silver Comet Connector

This tidbit was found by someone in a Silver Comet Facebook group. It looks like the Silver Comet Connector is scheduled to have construction bids start this spring and finished trail in the fall of 2024.

https://splost.cobbcounty.org/SPLOST_M_2016/mobile_Dot_FactSheet.aspx

Atlanta Business Journal Article
I can across this great article about Smyrna Bicycles (Tom Butler) and why they opened near the Silver Comet in the Atlanta Business Journal. The general article is about how bike trails attract businesses and homes along their paths. There are also some good quotes from Jeph Brugoon, who owns Comet Trail Cycles in Mableton.

News for 1-23-2023
Lauren De Crescenzo Column

Georgia Cyclocross Women’s Cat. 1/2 State Champion has a new column in Velonews about her decision to do the Lifetime Grand Prix in 2023. She and fellow gravel pro Ian Boswell will be at the Chainbuster Racing Gobbler 6/3 MTB race at the Georgia International Horse Park on Jan. 29.