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February 2024 News

News for 2-26-2024
Magnet Man

From Georgia Public Broadcasting Television
“If you’ve ever gotten a flat tire from a rusty nail, you know roads are full of unseen hazards. One Atlanta man has taken it upon himself to do something about those hazards: Alex Benigno, also known on Instagram as Atlanta Magnet Man. Using a bike trailer equipped with magnets, he canvases Atlanta roads, picking up all manner of debris.” Read the full article. Trish’s Note: Alex has been in the news all over Atlanta the last few weeks be sure to check out his Instagram for some cool stuff!

News for 2-23-2024
Road to Unbound for Lauren DeCrescenzo Begins at Border Wars

From Cyclingnews.com:

Lauren De Crescenzo hits the reset button in a big way this weekend to begin a fourth season dedicated to gravel. She’s raced for 13 years, most recently with a multiple-discipline programme with Cinch Rise, but the 2021 Unbound Gravel 200 champion now proudly declares herself as a professional gravel cyclist with ‘a side of road’.

De Crescenzo left Cinch over the winter to pursue a solo privateer career. It’s not unfamiliar territory for the 33-year-old, who excels in time trials and hits the gas for solo efforts in just about any type of race.

“Starting a new phase of my career as an independent athlete has brought a whole new set of challenges as well as a new excitement and freedom to racing my bike,” she told Cyclingnews. Read the full article. Trish’s Note: Border Wars is this Saturday in Franklin, GA.

Spin for Special Ops
Press release
The 3rd Annual SPIN FOR SPECIAL OPS (SFSO) charity ride will be on Saturday, May 25, 2024. SFSO volunteers look forward to hosting cyclists for a great day on the bike with post-ride lunch and festivities. The event will start at 8:15 am at 100 Busch Drive, NE (the Budweiser Plant) in Cartersville, GA. There will be 30, 63 and 100 mile options with SAG, mechanical support, rest stops, and T-shirts. Participants can also buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a Wahoo ELMNT ROAM bike computer and Wahoo POWRLINK pedals. Proceeds from the event will benefit the 501c3 nonprofit “Operation One Voice” (O1V). O1V supports the needs of critically wounded or fallen Special Operations Forces and their families. Early registration discounts are available through Friday, March 31st. Sign up now.

News for 2-21-2024
Marietta Tuesday Night Crit

Oepning Day is March 12
Tuesday nights are for the Marietta Tuesday Night Crit.
6:30PM | $5 Donation | 45 Minutes + 3 Laps.
As daylight increases we’ll move to 60 Minutes + 5 Laps.
Visit www.mariettatnc.com for more information.

News for 2-20-2023
Pedal Hilton Head

Press Release
Ride with us at Pedal Hilton Head Island on May 5, 2024 and visit the #1 Island in the US (according to readers of Conde Nast!) Pedal Hilton Head Island 2024 features
🚴‍♀️Your choice of ride: 62-miles (2-paces), 40-miles, 30-miles, 20-miles, or 10-miles with starting times staged beginning at 7:30 AM from Lowcountry Celebration Park (90 Pope Avenue)
🚴‍♀️ Included T-Shirt
🚴‍♀️ Included donation to Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island
🚴‍♀️ Included post-ride meal
🚴‍♀️ Access to our Grill & Chill BBQ on Saturday, May 4 with free food & beverage
Register today for just $80 or choose a $300 Ride for a Kid option to get a commemorative cycling jersey + ride with a Club members photo on your back to give greater purpose to your ride! Register now at https://www.pedalhhi.org.

News for 2-18-2024
Cyclology 10 Year Anniversary

From Cycology Bike Shop in Hiram, GA
Saturday, March 16 All Day!
Since we never had a Grand Opening Party, and cycling season is officially upon us, Cycology has decided to celebrate both. Obviously we are proud of our new store and hope you, and your friends, will stop by to say hello, grab a bite to eat and enter a free raffle for some yet to be determined items (drawings hourly with a main prize at 4p). This is our THANK YOU to everyone for helping this small business reach its 10 year milestone. 45 Enterprise Path, Hiram, GA, United States, Georgia 30141 Trish’s Note: The new store is really nice! Bigger than the old store, bright, and with a ton of inventory! If you are a size medium and in search of an e-mtb, they have several bikes in stock that are on deep discount!

News for 2-16-2024
All for One Ride

Press Release
Get ready to join the 6th annual All for One 100 Ride on October 5, 2024. Mark your calendar for a spectacular ride that honors the life and legacy of Van Purser and benefits the Van Purser Foundation’s mission—to pull together and support other cyclists in need. Through financial assistance, care, and compassion, our cyclists-for-cyclists foundation is able to help those in the local community who experience an unexpected hardship. The AFO 100 is more than a fundraising event; it’s an opportunity to connect with fellow riders, ride with purpose, and make a difference. All cycling levels are welcome. Whether you’re aiming for the (NEW) 40, challenging yourself with the 64, or committing to your first 100-mile century course, this ride is for you!We’ll deliver more details to your inbox soon, but for now, SAVE THE DATE and get ready to ride!

Carrollton GreenBelt Off Road MTB Trails Grand Opening
From MTB Atlanta
Come join us for the grand opening of Carrollton’s new GreenBelt Offroad Mountain Bike Trails. Sat., March 2 11 am-3 pm Situated in East Carrollton and Lakeshore Parks are nearly three miles of professionally built mtb trails with berms and curves and rolling hills. Try out the pump track in the woods at Castle Playground. Or ride the Downhill area at Lakeshore park behind Barry Carroll field- here you will encounter 4 downhill paths made for railing around the corners and catching air on the jumps. There are also a couple of long sections of cross country trail that can be ridden in conjunction with sections of the Carrollton GreenBelt to create a multi-mile ride for all skill levels. You will need to bring your own bike and a helmet. Riders under 16 should have a parent attend with them. We will have a cook out, a jump jam and group rides with leaders to show you around the new trails!!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1360732974627530/

News for 2-13-2024
Pitner Bike Park Pump Track Opening

From MTB Atlanta
Join us for the much anticipated grand opening of the first Velosolutions pumptrack in Georgia at Pitner Bike Park. We’ll have contests, giveaways, food and more all to celebrate our awesome community. Saturday, Feb. 24 at Noon.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1128927135131895

Dick Lane Velodrome Workday
From the DLV
Hello DLV enthusiasts! We have our first DLV work day scheduled for Sat Feb 17th at 10am to 4pm. (Rain date Sunday, Feb. 18th) We have 2 projects to undertake: 1)Replace walkway behind turns 1 and 2; repair fence; remove kudzu from fence area 2)Landscaping; remove privet from embankment; remove leaves and debris at bottom of hill Please signup for a task you would enjoy: https://volunteersignup.org/WC4TL wo workdays equals $50 off a DLV season pass! Please feel free to join us any part of the day! We can use the help! Also we are looking for 2 crew leaders! Please email barmancoach2013@gmail if you have an area of expertise in these assignments and feel comfortable leading a group of volunteers.

Southern Cross – Nearly Sold Out! Last Chance!
From Mountain Goat Adventures
Last Call for Maxxis Tires Southern Cross Bike Race – March 2, 2024 – Registration Closes February 26th! 50 Spots Remain! Time is running out to register for the 2024 Maxxis Tires Southern Cross Bike Race and the event is almost full! The 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 (but hard) 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. 30 Mile Junior Course Avallable! We have a shorter 30 mile option for Junior riders with categories for 10-14 and 15-18 male and female riders. 30 mile 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.

2024 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! ▪ Cash payout for Top 5 Open Men and Open Women’s classes. ▪ Free Primitive Camping at Montaluce for Friday and Saturday night! ▪ Super comfy cotton blend shirt ▪ Southern Cross Beanie Hat
▪ Finisher Medal for all Finishers ▪ Post race burritos from Moes with Terrapin Beer! ▪ Well stocked aid station with plenty of calories, fluids, mechanical support, first aid supplies and more. ▪ Transport of up to 2 drop bags to aid station ▪ Custom awards and prizes for all podium finishers REGISTER BY 2/15 FOR LOWER ENTRY FEE – LATE REGISTRATION BEGINS 2/16!

News for 2-12-2024
St Paddy O’Pedal Ride To Conquer Childhood Cancer 2024

From St. Paddy O’Pedal
“Hills, Thrills, and North Georgia Go Bragh – Your Celtic Cycling Escape Awaits!” Top of the mornin’ to ya, fellow riders! The St Paddy O’Pedal Ride to Conquer Children’s Cancer is bringing the luck of the Irish to the stunning landscapes of North Georgia, and it’s going to be more craic than a leprechaun’s pot of gold! Shine up your bike and mark your calendar, spring will be here before you know it. This year’s event will take place on April 14, 2024 at 2006 Heritage Trace Milton, GA 3000 Benefit The Kiersten Dickson Memorial Cancer Research Endowment, supporting pediatric cancer research at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta & Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Your participation makes a difference in the lives of young warriors fighting for their health.

It’s winter. It’s cold. It’s bleak outside. Forget all that and let your mind wander to amazing North Georgia scenery. Prepare to be dazzled by the breathtaking vistas around every turn. The St Paddy O’Pedal Ride to Conquer Children’s Cancer isn’t just a cycling event; it’s a visual feast fit for a feastin’! Picture yourself cruising past emerald-green meadows, babbling brooks, horse farms and maybe even a few grazing goats – because, why not?

Barry Collier Memorial Ride
From Frog Cycling
PRESS RELEASE:Cycling Community to Honor Fallen Cyclist Barry Collier with Ghost Bike Placement and Tribute Ride Stonecrest, GA – The local cycling community mourns the tragic loss of Barry Collier, who was fatally injured in a hit-and-run accident while on a Thanksgiving Day ride. In remembrance of Barry, a dedicated Ghost Bike placement and Tribute Ride, themed “Barry’s Final Ride,” are scheduled for February 10th, 2024, to honor his memory and complete the ride he could not finish. The events will commence at 9:00 AM in the Miller Grove Missionary Baptist Church parking lot located at 3800 Miles E. Fowler Way, Stonecrest, GA 30038. Participants will gather for a brief staging process, where they will get a safety briefing, sign a QR code waiver, and receive a BC sticker to be placed on the left rear side of their helmets. The ride will start promptly at 10:00 AM, covering a 1.1-mile journey to the Memorial Site across from 3721 Crossvale Road, where the formal Ghost Bike placement activities will begin at 10:20 AM. Following the placement ceremony, a 10-mile Tribute Ride will trace Barry’s intended route at a pace of 12-15 mph. This ride seeks to pay tribute to Barry, as well as, raise awareness for the perils cyclists face daily. The route can be reviewed at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45176368.

All activities are expected to conclude by 1:00 PM. The procession will be escorted from the Church to the Memorial Site, along the route and back by the DeKalb County Police and Fire Rescue Services to ensure the safety of all participants. Those wishing to make contributions may do so in advance via the frogcyclingclub.org website or on the day of the event through cash, Zelle (FROG), Cash App ($FROGCycling), or credit card to FROG Cycling Club in memory of Barry Collier.

The cycling community invites everyone to come together to honor Barry Collier’s memory, support his family, and stand united for cycling safety. Please save the date and join us as we pay tribute to a beloved member of our community and highlight the importance of vigilance and respect on the roads.

Sponsored by the FROG Cycling Club: The FROG Cycling Club is dedicated to promoting cycling safety, community events, and advocacy for safely sharing public trails and roadways. Through events, education, and outreach, we seek to create a safer environment for motorists and cyclists at all levels.

News for 2-9-2024
Spring Rolling! Pecan Shaker and Opelika Okey Dokey Deets!

From Gravel Roll
Pecan Shaker celebrates the timeless tradition of pecan shaking. Except this time, you’re the pecan tree and the shaker is miles of gravel roads. In 2024 we are moving this ride to the spring, so it’s more like Pecan Blossom, than shaker. Either way, you’ll Speed past pecan groves and through fish hatcheries, private timberlands, watermelon, sunflower and peanut fields and over a wide variety of surface conditions. Similar to the terrain on our Bird Dog 100 course, you’ll encounter Georgia red clay, red dirt, white kaolin, loam, dust over crust, and of course….the loose stuff! This is one of our favorite courses and it definitely shows! We’ll have you covered with multiple aid stations at various intervals and flushing toilets with a smorgasbord of tasty treats and real food as well as our favorite; pickle-back shots! We’re keeping the Carver’s Store in the courses this year as that proved to be a hit with both riders and with the store owners. Everyone loved it, especially the milkshakes, burgers, BLT’s and everything else you all ate!

Say Hello to The Opelika Okey Dokey! Our newest event in the Gravel Roll world is the Opelika Okey Dokey (say Ohkee-Dohkee). Opelika means “Big Swamp” in the Creek language, and you’ll ride past dozens of creeks and over bridges seemingly lost to time and space. But don’t worry, there’s none of the loose stuff here, just hard red dirt interspersed with a sprinkling of gravel across miles and miles of twisting and rolling terrain. You’ll ride through endless timberland and spooky hollows and be rewarded with occasional views of the Fall Line as it stretches across the landscape. Look closely and you may even discover another Appalachiosaurus hiding in plain sight in the road berms. If you are looking to put some finishing touches on your Unbound training this is the perfect course. While Unbound will lack the curving roads, the short and recurring undulations of the Okey Dokey mimic much of what you will experience at Unbound.

News for 2-8-2024
Allatoona Pitner Work Party
From MTB Atlanta
Allatoona Pitner Work Party, Sat., Feb. 17 9 am at the Pitner Road Bike Park (Park at the Pitner Road Dog Park) “We need all hands on deck for our monthly workday at Pitner Bike Park to help prep the pumptrack and freeride area for the ribbon cutting. We’ll be freshening up all the jump olines, finishing the new skinnies, painting the shipping container and any other last minute chores. Bring your bike and a friend. We’ll supply lunch.”

News for 2-1-20214
It’s ALTO World Cup time!

From the WBL
It’s time. The big show: THE BILL BOONEN ALTO WORLD CUP! WBL Ride # 10: Saturday February 3rd: Bill Riecke’s Alto World Cup When: Saturday, February 3rd
Where: The Hub / Jittery Joes (5 Points) Time: 10 a.m. (window open) Length: 5.5 hours, 109 miles
Interactive directions: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45472038 Points 6: 1 per hour (must sign in)
Sign in Link: https://forms.gle/MwEzStPYrk9hu2PBA
Store Stop: Alto (Mile 53), Quick Stop (Mile 76) Pee Break: approx. Mile 21

News for 1-31-2024
Cobb County Breaks Ground on Final Section of Bob Callan Trail

From the MDJ
“CUMBERLAND — With shovels in hand and dirt flying through the air, local leaders broke ground on the fourth and final phase of the Bob Callan Trail on Monday.

The ceremony was hosted by the Cumberland Community Improvement District and saw representatives from the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Cobb County Government.

The $7.4 million expansion project is expected to be completed in January 2025, and will wrap up over 20 years of trail planning and construction. Read the full article.

Calendar Updates
Speedweek and USA Crits Dates and Venues are posted! The Road Calendar has the latest dates that I can find. I’ll be updating the Mountain Bike/Gravel calendar later this week.

2024 Speedweek Crits
April 25 Greenville Speedweek Crit 
April 26 Spartanburg Speedweek Crit (USA Crits)
April 26-27 Athens Twilight (USA Crits)
April 28 Speed Lab Peachtree Corners Speedweek Crit
April 30 Union City Speedweek Crit
May 3 Hapeville Speedweek Crit
May 4 LaGrange Speedweek Crit (USA Crits)

Dirty Sheets Bridge Update
Confirmed rumor has it that the Garretts Ferry Bridge may be fully replaced in 4-6 weeks if the weather holds (longer if it keeps raining).

News for 1-28-2024
Hey everyone–I had surgery last week, and recovery has been rough. I’m backed up with Southeastern Cycling including the USA Crits and Speedweek schedules and other races I have dates for. Please give me another week or so to get caught up. I’m still resting a lot. Thanks!

News for 1-20-2024
AIRPORT RIDE TIME CHANGE FOR SUNDAY JAN. 21!!

The elder statesmen have declared that Airport Ride will start this Sunday 1/21 at 12PM, when the sun is high, the winds are calm, and the temperatures are warm.

Big Creek Greenway Closure
From the City of Roswell-Facebook Post
Closure Alert! The Roswell section of the Big Creek Greenway will be under renovation beginning on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024. This Bond-funded improvement project will be completed in two phases. Phase I will involve the closure of bike paths and is expected to be completed by late spring 2024.

News for 1-19-2024
Southern Cross is 65% Full!
From Mountain Goat Adventures
Maxxis Tires Southern Cross Bike Race – Coming March 2, 2024 – Race is 65% Full – Register Soon!
The 2024 Maxxis Tires Southern Cross Bike Race is 65% full! The 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 (but hard) 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. Lowest Registration Price through January 31st! Guaranteed Shirt Size Deadline February 9th! Register Online! For full race information, click here.

WBL #8 11 am start!
NOTE THE 11AM START.
WBL Ride # 8: Suburban Cycles Frozen Commerce Classic When: Saturday, 20th January Where: The Hub / Jittery Joes (5 Points)
Time: 11 a.m. (window open) Length: 52 miles / 2.5 hours MAP: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45358072
Points 5: 1 per hour SIGN IN LINK: https://forms.gle/m4MDPLR5kWVCNSpf9
Store Stop: None- too damn cold, but there is a PHOTO Stop at Suburban Cycles in Commerce
Pee Break: approx. Mile 18

News for 1-17-2024
Blankets Creek Dirty 15/30 Mile MTB Race presented by Van Michael Men – March 30, 2024 at Blankets Creek Trails in Canton, GA!

From Mountain Goat Adventures
Are you ready to get shreddy? 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. The categories for 2024 are age based, so that all riders can choose between the 15 mile course (1 lap) and 30 mile course (2 laps). Junior categories available in both race distances. You can see full details and a list of categories on the BLANKETS CREEK DIRTY 15/30 WEBSITE. Limit of 250 riders – please register early so you do not miss out. No racing license required for any of our events!

GUARANTEED SHIRT SIZE DEADLINE March 8th – Register by this date to guarantee shirt size All riders who register before March 8 will receive one of our super soft and comfy tri-blend event shirts and a commemorative surprise swag item. 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. Staggered starts by category for rider/volunteer safety. Have family members that like to run? We also have a 5 and 10 mile trail run before the bike race starts! This event is a major fundraiser for SORBA Woodstock, so please come out and support your local trails!

Rope Mill Fast+Furious 15 Mile Mountain Bike Race presented by Northside Hospital – Cherokee – May 25, 2024 at Rope Mill Park in Woodstock, GA!
Make plans to join us for our newest event! This Fast+Furious 15 course features nearly all the trails at Rope Mill Park and will begin along the concrete path to allow riders to space out before entering the singletrack portion of the course. Riders will turn right at the bridge and complete Moore’s Pass, Power House, Raceway and Turbine all in a clockwise direction. These trails are farily wide and allow for passing. Riders will then return across the bridge and complete Explorer Loops 1, 2, and 3 counter-clockwise. The course returns to the start/finish via singletrack trail that links Explorer to the parking lot, crosses the parking lot, then heads onto the Avalanche Trail where riders will proceed counter-clockwise on the Avalanche Trail Loops 1, 2, and 3 and then head back to the start/finish to complete the course.

The categories for 2024 are age based and the same as we are using for the Blankets Creek Dirty 15 Mile Race. You can see full details and a list of categories on the ROPE MILL FAST+FURIOUS 15 WEBSITE. All riders who register before May 3 will receive one of our super soft and comfy tri-blend event shirts and a commemorative surprise swag item. Medals and sponsor prizes 3 deep in all categories, podium shirts for all first place finishers. HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO RUN? We are also offering a separate 10k or half marathon trail run on a similar course in the morning before the bike race!

News for 1-13-2024
St. Paddy O’Pedal Ride
From CHOA and OBDCC
Gear up for an exhilarating ride and join us for the St. Paddy O’Pedal Charity Bike Ride, the best ride in Georgia, dedicated to conquering childhood cancer. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or just beginning, there’s a route tailored for you: challenge yourself with the Shamrock metric century ride, opt for the scenic Fly-by 45 mile journey, or enjoy a leisurely spin with the Jammy 17 mile ride. As you cross the finish line, reward yourself with a complimentary lunch and refreshing beverages. By pedaling with purpose, you’ll be supporting the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, making a meaningful impact alongside fellow enthusiasts, families, and friends. Join the movement, ride for a cause, and experience the joy of giving back while enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery in Georgia.