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June 2024 News

News for 6-18-2024
Covington Century Coming Up!

From the promoter:
We are happy to continue with this legendary event! It’s not to early to register for our annual Covington Century bike ride and remember, if you feel you haven’t properly trained, you can still be a part of the ride by volunteering!! The ride is set for July 27, 2024! Early packet pick up will be available at C-Town Bikes from 11am-4pm, located at 9190 US-278, Covington, GA 30014 Ride morning packet pick-up and registration is from 6:30am to 8:00am onsite at Legion Field, 3173 Mill Street NE, Covington 30014 We are reviewing the routes to make sure there will be no construction on ride day. Stay hydrated! TRISH’S TIP: Register with code SEC24 for 15% off!

News for 6-12-2024
Atlanta Streets Alive

From PropelATL
Atlanta Streets Alive: Back this Sunday 1PM-5PM ☀️
Trish’s Note: I have been to these many times! Take a bike you don’t mind leaning up against something + lock. Bring a card and a few dollars cash for food & drinks. Most of all, have fun!
​SUNDAY, JUNE 16 | 1PM-5PM | PEACHTREE ST A monthly Open Street presented by the Atlanta Department of Transportation with support by Propel ATL & the Atlanta community. Bring your bicycle or just your feet and get ready to explore your community streets in a safer, healthier, more livable way.

Underground Activities:
🎶 Rock the Disco Sound system playing smooth jams to dance to with some of ATL’s favorite DJs
🚚🍕A diverse group of Food Trucks
🛼 Roller Slay will be set up getting all of our skating friends moving for ASA
-Summer ground Indie Craft Market will feature local artisans and entrepreneurs

🎉 All activities are family friendly and guests are welcome to lock up their bicycles/wheel in designated areas to take part in the fun
Midtown Activites
🛍️ Artisan market curated by GVG Events at the 12th Street Lot
🍔 Punk Foodie pop-up chefs at 10th Street Park: Gourmet Street Food, Smokey Mango, YOM Ice Cream
🍺 Beverages for sale at 10th Street Park

But wait, there’s more!
🎧 Tune into ASA Radio and stream the station (listen for remarks at 3pm or watch them live at the E-Bike Expo!)📻
🎨 View the Rolling Down Peachtree Murals from May ASA 🖌️
🎤 Join Atlanta Downtown’s Community Karaoke on the Peachtree Street Bridge 🎶

News for 6-11-2024
Toona Thursday Trail Love

From MTB Atlanta
Come out to Allatoona Creek Park on Thursday, June 13 to help get the trails ready for the All-A-Toona races. 5-7 pm See the flyer to register.

June Blanket’s Creek Work Party
From SORBA Woodstock
The June Work Party will be at Blanket’s Creek June 15 9 am-1 pm. Among the activities planned, we will be doing finishing and maintenance on VMT and tackling a host of other problem spots at Blankets. Bring water and appropriate clothing. Lunch will be served at 1.

News for 6-7-2024
Save the Date for BBQ & Brew on Sept. 26!🍻

From Bearings Bike Works

Save the Date! Our 9th annual BBQ & Brew will be Thursday, September 26, 2024 from 6 – 9 p.m.! Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Georgia Natural Gas, and our annual sponsors, Jackson Healthcare and Southtree Commercial. Join us on September 26 to celebrate and support the incredible growth our students are achieving this year. Enjoy live music, an assortment of light bites, slow-cooked southern barbecue, and a selection of craft beer, wine and cocktails. Plus, hear inspirational stories of impact happening at Bearings Bike Works and help raise critical funds for programming in the year ahead. Purchase your tickets before July 1st to receive a free T-shirt!

Fools Gold News
From Mountain Goat Adventures
FINISHER MEDALS AND SHIRT DESIGN RELEASED!! 2024 Fool’s Gold 38 and 54 Mile Mountain Bike Race presented by Maxxis Tires – September 14, 2024! The 2024 Maxxis Tires Fools Gold will be held on September 14, 2024 at the beautiful Montaluce Winery, in Dahlonega, GA. The Fool’s Gold Mountain Bike Races will offer riders a 38 mile or 54 mile course. Free primitive camping is available at Montaluce Winery for Friday and Saturday nights. It helps us plan for the event immensely if you sign up early, so we are offerig BLOCK PRICING FOR 2024. THE FIRST 200 RIDERS TO SIGN UP WILL RECEIVE THE LOWEST REGISTRATION PRICE! After the first 200 register, the price goes up $10 for each additional 100 riders. Full pricing details are on the EVENT WEBSITE.

Both courses begin at Montaluce Winery and will have approximately 3 miles on pavement, then transition to gravel roads. The 54 mile course begins with a stout 3 mile gravel road climb. The long course will remain on the ridgeline gravel road for 6 miles all the way to Winding Stair Gap and Aid 1. A fast gravel descent then takes riders onto the singletrack of the Turner Creek Trail. From here, riders will descend back to FS 28-1, and join the 38 mile course for the remainder of the race, which includes the Jones Creek Dam Trail, Bull Mountain Trail and Loop, Jake Mountain Trail and Black Branch Trail. The 38 mile course heads directly to the Jones Creek Dam Trail along gravel roads, giving riders the opportunity to space out. Essentially, the shorter course just cuts off the first section of gravel road climbing and ridge riding, and heads directly to the singletrack loop.
Finisher Medals for all 38 and 54 Mile Finishers!!
TONS of good stuff included:
▪ Challenging course that features hard climbs, fast descents and sweet flowy singletrack that you will feel good about finishing.
▪ Cash payout for the Open Men/Open Women’s classes in both the 38 and 54 mile race.
▪ Cash prizes for all first place finishers in the non-open categories in the 54 mile race. Full details on payouts/prizes can be found HERE.
▪ Podium shirt for all first place finishers in both races
▪ Mesh race logo gear bag for all participants
▪ Free Primitive Camping at Montaluce Winery Friday and Saturday night!
▪ Terrapin Beer and Moe’s for post-race calorie replenishment!
▪ Finisher Medals for all finishers in both races
▪ Custom awards and prizes for all podium finishers in both races
▪ Soft and comfy race shirt – size guaranteed if you register by the size deadline of August 16th.
▪ Highly visible Course Markings and Course Marshals
▪ Aid stations with plenty of calories, fluids, mechanical support and first aid supplies.
8 Miles to Tacos
BONUS SWAG FOR OUR JUNIOR RIDERS!

As coaches for the Georgia Cycling Association, we are excited that this year’s race is on a “Non-GCA” weekend and hope to have a strong showing of junior riders. All riders 18 and under will receive a bonus swag item! Juniors can register in the Open or age group divisions. If we have at least 10 juniors in a gender/distance category, we will create separate junior categories.

Join the Fool’s Gold Crew and earn a race entry! We are looking for folks who’d like to volunteer for this year’s Fool’s Gold Mountain Bike Race! We take good care of our crew and offer a Fool’s Gold or Southern Cross entry for adults who commit to a 6 hour shift (for yourself or you can earn an entry for a spouse/friend). We need helpers for registration, aid stations, course marshals, as well as at the start/finish to keep an eye on the beer. We also have a limited number of positions available for Friday night/Saturday morning registration and post-race help, for folks who want to volunteer AND still race. If you are interested in helping out, please contact lisa@mountaingoatadventures.com and let me know your shirt size, availability and any task preference. Course Marshals and Aid Station helpers will need to have transportation out to their location. Thanks in advance!

News for 6-5-2024 Updated
Bump N Grind Registration Closes TONIGHT

Registration closes for Bump N Grind XXX TONIGHT! The southeast’s oldest continuous MTB race at beautiful Oak Mt State Park. 2 days of XC and gravity racing — short track, enduro, xc and omnium categories. Details here: https://www.bikereg.com/bumpngrindraces There is no day of registration!

News for 6-5-2024
Silver Comet Bridge Closure

The Silver Comet Bridge over Cooper Lake Rd. about .6-7 miles from Mavell Rd. will be closed June 24-28 according to a sign I saw today out there. You can park at Fontaine, Concord, or Floyd. Fontaine is just off the East-West Connector and closest to Smyrna & Atlanta.

Slow News
News has been slow, which is why I haven’t been posting much. I’m still here. Contact me with your latest ride, event, race, news!

News for 5-31-2024
Covington Century Discount!

Exclusive Discount for Southeastern Cycling friends for the Covington Century! Register with code SEC24 for 15% off! https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Covington/CovingtonCentury

News for 5-29-2024
Georgia State Championships Postponed

From Topview Sports
We regret to inform you that due to lack of registrations, Georgia State Championships has been postponed. There were 34 registrations over all 3 events (roughly 10 registrations per event). Keep in mind, this was a Georgia Bicycle Racing Association event and NOT TopView Sports so the board will determine a rescheduled date or plan going forward. In the meantime, we will refund all registrations via bikereg. This will take a few days before you see your refund. We do apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you at the upcoming races!
Georgia Bicycle Racing Association, TopView Sports, SWAGGER, & The East Point Track Club

Jackson County Brevet Cancelled for 2024
From Robert Wilhite
As in life, we all experience growing pains, and the Jackson Brevet has been no different. There was no ride during Covid and changes personally, it looked inevitable that we would have to permanently cancel. That changed when we were able to identify new leadership to step in and take the reins. However, not hosting our ride for a couple years now, has presented significant challenges in re-establishing critical connections that are fundamental to hosting our ride. Though we were hopeful in this leadership transition that we could pick up where we left off from our last event, has turned out to not be the case.

We don’t want to take shortcuts just for the sake of hosting a ride because that would directly affect your experience, as well as the reputation of being the best organized ride in our area. Though it’s an extremely tough decision to make, the best (and right) decision is to postpone the Brevet till 2025. This will provide adequate time to forge new connections with Jackson County that will allow the Brevet to continue at the same level of organizational prowess that we’ve been know for over that last 15 years.

If you know my story of creating this event, you know it’s incredibly personal to me…and my bride Kelly. That makes it even better when good things happen with the Brevet, but it also makes it exponentially more difficult when tough decisions need to be made. I want to personally thank you for supporting the Brevet by registering and my hope is in the absence of the ride this year, that will only motivate you to continue to support us. I look forward to seeing and riding with you at the 2025 Jackson County Brevet….

News for 5-28-2024
Van Purser My First Century-My First Century

From Van Purser Foundation
Are you ready to conquer the challenge of your first 100-mile ride? Or, perhaps you’ve done this before, but time and fitness have passed you by, and now you’re ready to climb this mountain again. The My First Century (MFC) event in this year’s ALL FOR ONE 100 charity ride on October 5th is the perfect opportunity.

AFO My First Century MFC reflects the mission of the Van Purser Foundation and its sister organization, Domestique Leadership, which is to support cyclists. This fully-supported event is designed to help participants like you achieve the amazing milestone of a 100-mile ride. With experienced ride leaders from the area’s largest cycling groups to guide you through the journey and a support vehicle to help with any mechanical issues or other challenges, you can feel confident that you’ll be in great hands.

Training Rides You’re not diving into the deep end without a life jacket! In the coming weeks, on the schedule below, ride leaders will conduct a series of four training rides designed to help build fitness and riding skills. These rides will begin at 40 miles and increase in distance across the series. While not mandatory, the training rides are highly encouraged for anyone who plans to participate in MFC on October 5th. They’re not just a way to prepare for the big day, but also a fantastic opportunity to bond with fellow cyclists and have a blast!

Training Ride Schedule-All training rides will begin at Halcyon as part of Cycle Alpharetta’s weekly ride schedule.
Saturday, June 15th – 8:00 AM
Saturday, July 13th – 8:00 AM
Saturday, August 17th – 8:00 AM
Saturday, September 14th – 8:00 AM

News for 5-23-2024
Georgia Free Ride Gravel Rally!
Press Release

In advance of World Cycling Day, come join us for the Georgia Free Ride gravel rally, a fun fun, free event! Celebrate the cycling community, meet new people and enjoy a beautiful ride.  Starting from the quaint Fitzgerald Fruit Farm in Woodbury, GA, we’ll embark on a 37 mile gravel route equipped with an aid station near the halfway point. Gravel Riders of all abilities are welcome! After the ride we’ll have some “eats and treats” and plenty of time to hang out. We also have lots of awesome raffle prizes.  Fitzgerald Fruit Farm has pick your own fruit and a lovely farm stand, too!