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April 2024 News

News for 4-12-2024
Sunny King and USA Crits Live Broadcast

From Cyclingnews
“The six-race USA Crits series launches Saturday at the Sunny King Criterium in Alabama and will provide free live broadcasts for both pro races and the majority of the amateur events.

Now in its 22nd edition for criterium racing in downtown Anniston, the Sunny King Crit pro women will compete on the four-corner circuit for 60 minutes, followed by the pro men for 75 minutes, with live streaming scheduled from 5:10 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. CDT.

Streaming for amateur racing begins at 12:00 p.m. CDT, marking the first time a live broadcast will be provided for USA Cycling’s category A races in the South Eastern Collegiat Cycling Conference (SECCC) Championships. High-speed internet service provider Sparklight provides all broadcasts free on the race website, annistoncycling.com, and USACRITS.com.

Streaming coverage is planned for all six races in USA Crits: Sunny King Criterium on April 13, Rock&Road Criterium in Georgia on April 20, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Criterium in South Carolina on April 26, Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight Criterium in Georgia on April 27, LaGrange Cycling Classic in Georgia on May 4 and Winston-Salem Cycling Classic in North Carolina on May 25.” Read the full article.

Trish’s Note: Go here for the broadcast https://www.annistoncycling.com/sunny-king-criterium/

News for 4-10-2024
Joey Rosskopf at Paris Roubaix

Joey Rosskopf (Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team) and Georgia resident was an official finisher at Paris Roubaix on Sunday in France. He came in 109th place at +22:27 from winner and World Champion Matthieu Van Der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck). Way to go Joey!!

News for 4-8-2024
Chainbuster News

From Chainbuster Racing
That’s (Almost) a Wrap on the 23-24 Southeastern Endurance Series! We have wrapped up the Chainbuster-hosted Southeastern Endurance Series races and have been planning the 24-25 races for the last several months.
The finale of this race season will be Dirty Spokes Fort Yargo on May 4, 2024. Plans are also underway for our 24-25 Southeastern Endurance Series. We are waiting on the last few details and then we will share the schedule (or at the very least some save the dates!!!) A special announcement on our Annual Awards Celebration is coming next week! Watch our socials and your email!

We need a little help from our friends….On Saturday, April 20, we will be hosting the Cohutta Races event in Copperhill, TN. This is a big race and folks are coming from all over the country, and even from PANAMA!
Once again this year, in exchange for your help at this event, we are offering your choice of entry into next year’s event OR three future Chainbuster-hosted endurance races.

News for 4-4-2024
City of Anniston Chief Ladiga Trail Extension Groundbreaking

Press Release
The City of Anniston, Alabama, warmly extends an invitation for you to join us in making history on Friday, April 12, 2024, at 5:00 PM CT, as we commemorate the groundbreaking ceremony for the Chief Ladiga Trail Extension at Michael Tucker Park, situated at 6514 Weaver Road in Anniston, Alabama. Anniston’s trail extension will stretch an additional 6.5 miles, bringing the Chief Ladiga Trail’s total length to approximately 39.5 miles. The Chief Ladiga will then seamlessly connect Anniston’s Multimodal Amtrak Station to the state of Georgia’s Silver Comet Trail, forming the longest paved pedestrian pathway in the United States by becoming an expansive 105+/- mile paved trail. This visionary initiative opens up exciting prospects for trail bike enthusiasts and commuters, providing seamless access to convenient train services.

At this time, city leadership would like the public to know that access to the trail will be restricted until the project is completed. It is estimated that the trail extension will take 14 months to complete, with a projected completion date in Summer 2025. Periodic construction updates will be provided to the public as the project progresses.

About the Project: The Chief Ladiga Trail stands as Alabama’s inaugural extended rails-to-trails endeavor, interlinking the cities of Anniston, Weaver, Jacksonville, and Piedmont as it traverses Calhoun and Cleburne Counties. Offering a safe, motor-free avenue for travel, exercise, and leisure amidst the great outdoors, this trail showcases a scenic journey through streams, wetlands, forests, and mountains, catering to families and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Research from Jacksonville State University’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research anticipates that the trail’s construction will stimulate an economic output of $11.9 million. Upon completion, the center estimates an annual economic impact exceeding $1.3 million, based on the trail’s substantial visitation rate of over 34,000 visitors in 2023.

History of the Chief Ladiga Trail: The Ladiga Trail came into being in 1990 with the approval of a grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT). The trail is named after a Creek Indian leader who signed the Cusseta Treaty in 1832. In 1994, additional grants to the cities of Jacksonville and Piedmont, and the Cleburne County Commission, continued the project. In 1997, Jacksonville and Anniston were awarded National Recreational Trails Fund (NRTF) grants to build their connecting trailways. In 1998, the City of Weaver built their 2.5-mile section of the trail through grant funding as well. A decade later, in 2008, the Chief Ladiga Trail and the Silver Comet Trail were connected, with a new gateway marking the connecting point at the Alabama-Georgia state line. In 2022 Anniston purchased the final 1.4 miles needed from Norfolk Southern Railway for the trail’s final extension. On February 20, 2024, the Anniston City Council awarded the construction bid for the Chief Ladiga Trail to B&B Developers in the amount of $7,267,263.39.

Ladiga Media: Ladiga Webpage: www.annistonal.gov/chief-ladiga
Groundbreaking Event: https://tinyurl.com/kdbtuwmz
Drone Tour: https://tinyurl.com/yn395ztx
Tourism Video: https://tinyurl.com/4chu8rss

News for 4-2-2024
Ride of Silence-Decatur

From Bike Friendly ATL
Ride of Silence, Decatur, GA Wed., May 15 7:00 pm This will be about a 8 mile ride at speeds of 8-12 mph, in SILENCE to honor all our injured and fallen cyclists from the past year in Georgia. Announcements will begin at 6:45 pm with the ride starting at 7 pm. The ride will end with a celebration of cycling get together on the lawn of Bikelaw on McDonough St. Map link coming soon. There will be police escort for this ride. Make sure to wear a helmet and have front and rear bike lights! Further event updates will be posted here ASAP!

Columns Drive Parking Lot to Closer; Interstate North Lot to Reopen
From The MDJ:
“As the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area continues a repaving project, two of the park’s car lots are soon set to close as another reopens.

The parking lot at Columns Drive will close Tuesday, the Powers Island parking lot will close for the day on April 8 and the parking lot at Interstate North will reopen Tuesday.

Visitors can still access the park at the Columns Drive entrance on foot or via bike near the gate, east of the lot, according to a press release from Ann Honious, the park’s superintendent.”

Dirty Spokes 6/3 Hour Mtb Bike Race (5 Weeks Away)!
From Dirty Spokes
Dirty Spokes 6/3 Hour Mountain Bike Race May 4th, 2024 Fort Yargo State Park, Winder, Ga! The Dirty Spokes 6/3 Hour Mountain Bike Race is Only 5 Weeks Away! This is the Series Finale for the Chainbuster Mountain Bike Race Series (7th Race of the Series)! Giant Thanks to Brandon Mitchell and the Yargo Trail Crew for the Work They’ve Put into the Yargo Trail System! Super Stoked to Showcase One of the Best Trail Systems in the Southeastern US!
We are Thrilled to Have Roswell Bicycles, Tifosi Optics and ESI Grips Jump on Board for 2024! They have donated Some Awesome Product to the Race for Our Top Finishers!Please Note: We have a Participant Cap of 325 Racers on this Year’s Race!

Tiger Town Classic
From Topview Sports
Are you ready for Tiger Town Classic this weekend, April 6-7 in Central, SC? Check out all of the details below: https://www.topviewsports.com/tigertown Downtown Crit, TT and Road Race! The Crit will be one of your favorites!
Pre-registration closes at Noon on Thursday. You may register on-site each day if you miss it! See you this weekend!

News for 4-1-2024
NC and SC State RR Championships

Press Release
Cumberland County to host the 2024 North Carolina and South Carolina Regional Road Cycling Championship Wade, NC (January 1, 2024) The Carolinas Cycling Association (CCA) is proud to announce that the town of Wade, Cumberland County, has been selected as the site for the 2024 North Carolina and South Carolina Road Cycling Championship, April 27-28, 2024. “Hosting the Regional Road Cycling Championship in Cumberland County truly indicates the strong grass roots base that cycling has in southeastern N.C.,” said Mike Thomas, Race Director. “On behalf of the Cross Creek Cycling Club, we are thrilled to host these two exciting days of amateur bike racing.”

The Regional Road Cycling Championship is scheduled to take place April 27-28, 2024 and will feature masters, elite, and juniors, in men’s and women’s race fields. Racers will compete for up to $1,400 in cash prizes, as well as for State Championship Medals. The 17 mile racecourse begins at the Wade Community Fire Depart, at 7130 Powell Street, Wade, NC 28306. “We are so very appreciative of the support from the Wade Fire Department. They have been very generous to provide the race staging area, parking and free camping” said Thomas. Race distances will vary from 34 miles, or two loops, to up to 85 miles, or five loops for the more advanced race fields.

“We are pleased to welcome this premier cycling event to Cumberland County. The Fayetteville area is filled with distinct, exciting activities, businesses, and people, and we encourage participants and spectators to explore the region during their visit,” said Devin Heath, president and CEO of DistiNCtly Fayetteville. “We look forward to collaborating with our community partners to bring similar events to the region in the future.”

The public is invited to attend as either free of charge spectators, or as competitors. There are race fields for the general public, men, and women, on Saturday, April 27, as well as on Sunday, April 28. For more information go to the CCA Regional Road Race Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/CCA-Regional-Road-Race. This event is permitted and sanctioned by USA Cycling (the governing body for national and Olympic Cycling in the USA) as well as permitted by the NC State Department of Transportation. Go to Carolinas Cycling Association Road Race & Time Trial Championships Online Registration (bikereg.com) for online registration details. To learn more about the Creek Cycling Club, go to www.crosscreekcyclingclub.org, Please contact Mike Thomas, Race Director at 910-723-4052 for more info.

DLV Beginner Certification Class
From the Dick Lane Velodrome
Register for our certification class on April 13/14 Riding at the velodrome is not as scary as you probably are thinking. Once you get over your initial fear of feeling like you’re going to slide off the 36° banking – which you won’t – it turns into an immediate rush of pure joy. Many of us have been riding in the same circles for 30+ years and still enjoy every second of being on the track. Whether you plan to race in the future or just want to try it out, there’s no pressure from our experience coach, Brian Sullivan, to push you beyond what you feel comfortable with.
Riding the velodrome requires being certified, and this is your early spring opportunity to get it. Visit our website, navigate to ‘Learn ‘, and click on ‘Track Certification’ to sign up. But remember, spots are filling up fast, so take your time. Oh and don’t worry, we supply the bikes and all the fun. You just need to show up with your helmet, shoes and a willingness to have a blast. Trish’s Note: I’ve been riding and racing at the DLV off an on for a couple of decades now. It’s a lot of fun, and Brian is a great instructor! Don’t be intimidated!

News for 3-29-2024
More DLV Racing News

From the Dick Lane Velodrome
Racing starts Tuesday, April 2 with Masters – Women – Beginners racing. Get your One Pass and race all season without any worries and for less cheese – cheddar – bacon – dough – cake – cabbage – clams – bread – gouda – cream (why is money so delicious sounding?) – anyway, save a lot of bucks – benjamins – stacks – smackers
$280 for a season of fun. ($230 if you volunteer – hint a clean-up day this Saturday) Trish’s Note: You can also pay for races one week at a time online.

News for 3-28-2023
Dick Lane Velodrome Youth Program
From the DLV
The best youth program is back! Starting April 1st. This year, we have a new coach! Sophie Zents, a Youth Cycling League grad and pro cyclist, will take over the reins this season. We are excited to have her, yet we will miss Annalise, who is off to pursue her career. The Youth Cycling League is FREE for all Tri-Cities kids and a simple donation to anyone else. We’ll be teaching them ropes and getting anyone ready and willing to compete in our first pro-event on Wednesday, May 1st. (not with the pros Beginner (ages 8-16): Every Monday and Thursday 5:30 -6:30 pm, Intermediate (ages 12-16): Every Monday and Thursday 6:30 -7:30 pm, Parents/Authorized Guardian must fill out a waiver for their children on the first day.

News for 3-24-2024
Bearings Bike Works News

From Bearings Bike Work
Win a pair of e-bikes! Picture this: spring in Atlanta has arrived, the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and you’re leisurely rolling down the BeltLine on your new e-bike with a friend. Grab a raffle ticket for this pair of Momentum e-bikes and this could be your future! Tickets are on sale now for $25 each or 6 for $125. One lucky winner will be drawn at our upcoming Speed Week Cycle & Supper event on May 2 – more details below! All proceeds from this raffle will support Bearings’ youth skills development programs for youth in 2024. Thanks to our friends at Outback Bikes for sponsoring this raffle!

Tickets are on sale now for this fun new spring event at Bearings! Join us along with the Paceline Project pro race team for an evening of cycling, socializing, and supper at Bearings’ southwest Atlanta campus. We’re celebrating the excitement of Speed Week and Spin the District’s cycling events while raising funds and awareness for important skills development programming for youth. We hope to see you there!
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Fox Race Face Trails Openings
From Prima Tappa Athletic Club
Saturday Fox Race Face Trail Openings – Team Fundraisers Minimum $5.00 Donation per rider. (Suggested Donation $10.00) Students and Coaches registered in the Georgia Cycling Association CCN in 2023 may ride for free. Course Opening Dates: Saturdays, April 13th & 27th and May 11th & 25th. Time: 8AM – 12PM (No entry after 12pm) Full course will be opened = Performance + Turbine + Factory Trails. Helmet required. All riders must stay on trail (No Exploring). Course is counter clockwise. This event takes place from the field out front and not inside the track. Ride within your ability. No riders entering trail after 12 noon. 100% proceeds go to your local middle & high school mountain bike teams! Trish’s Note: These trails are in Braselton, GA and normally closed to the public. Great opportunity to ride them and support Georgia MS and HS MTB teams!

News for 3-20-2024
Sope Creek Parking Lot Closed
From the CNRA
The entrance to Interstate North is CLOSED until further notice, due to an ongoing paving project moving from Powers Island to Interstate North. There will be NO access at this entrance during the project’s duration. Please visit Cochran Shoals at Sope Creek or Columns Drive as alternatives. Please note that there will be NO pedestrian or bicycle entrance to this unit from Interstate North Parkway or connection to the trail system in Cumberland Community Improvement District.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience as we work towards improving our parking lots. Trish’s Note: The workers said it would take about 2 week or longer if there is bad weather. It is closed, closed. You can park at Paper Mill Rd. or Columns Dr. to access the trails at Sope Creek.

Dick Lane Velodrome Workday
From the DLV
Hello DLV enthusiasts! We have our first DLV work day scheduled for Sat March 30th at 10am to 4pm. We have 3 projects to undertake:1)Concession and Bathroom Cleanout 2)Concrete track repair Two 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 at œgmail if you have an area of expertise in these assignments and feel comfortable leading a group of volunteers. https://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/2024/03/18/work-day-saturday-march-30th-10am

News for 3-19-2024
Georgia Cycling Association Adds Elementary School MTB Program

Press Release

BLUE RIDGE, GA – March 8, 2024 – The Georgia Cycling Association announced today the creation of the ‘Trail Rangers’, a youth mountain bike program for students in grades 3 through 5. This program will be open to all public, private, and home school students and will be activated by community volunteers across the state. “We changed the face of youth mountain biking in Georgia over ten years ago when we announced the creation of our mountain bike league. Today, we do it again as we introduce the Trail Rangers program. Through this program, we aim to introduce kids to the thrills of mountain biking in an environment tailored specifically to elementary-aged children. The result will be a community of young riders who will carry their love for cycling forward in life,” stated Kenny Griffin, Executive Director of the Georgia Cycling Association.

The new elementary school program is designed to provide a mindful and fun environment for children to learn, play, and connect with others through the joys of mountain biking. With a focus on skill development through gameplay, making new friends, and fostering a love of the outdoors, the Trail Rangers emphasizes “play and connect” as its core theme.

The Trail Rangers launch is being made possible through grants from the Chestnut Family Foundation and Atlanta Falcons Youth Fund (AFYF), an associate-led fund of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Griffin added, “Without the support of these two amazing community-minded organizations, we would not be able to launch this program next year. Georgia is fortunate to have these two foundations that lead with compassion and are dedicated to improving the lives of families across our state.” Ben Chestnut, Trustee of the Chestnut Family Foundation said, “We believe that all children should have access to resources that enable them to be healthy, build self-confidence, and enjoy life. The Trail Rangers program will become exactly that resource in communities throughout Georgia. We are thrilled to support this statewide program which aims to help children develop healthy habits at a young age that can last a lifetime.”

“I had the pleasure of attending a Georgia Cycling Association event and was struck by the remarkable dedication displayed by both youth and parents, despite the promise of little to no lucrative rewards. This dedication speaks volumes about the importance of such events to those involved. The high-energy level activities required at these events align perfectly with AFYF’s guiding theme, ensuring that children remain active for the betterment of their future. Organizations like Georgia Cycling not only promote physical health but also instill invaluable character qualities from an early age,” said Atlanta Falcons Youth Fund Committee Member, Obi Cheyney.

Additional details including the locations of Trail Rangers programs and registration information are expected to be released in the second half of 2024. The inaugural Trail Rangers season is scheduled to begin March 3, 2025. Those who are interested in receiving updates regarding the Trail Rangers launch can sign up at trailrangers.georgiacycling.org

About Georgia Cycling Association The Georgia Cycling Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of people across the state of Georgia through the active and healthy lifestyle of cycling. With a mission to inspire Georgians to get outside and ride a mountain bike, the Georgia Cycling Association activates inclusive programs that champion the interests of everyone who rides or wants to ride a bicycle in Georgia. A “no tryout” philosophy ensures programs are open to all Georgia students. For more information, visit georgiacycling.org.

Bull Mountain Work Party
From Northeast Georgia SORBA
Bull Mountain MTB trails, Sat., March 30 9:30 am-1:30 pm Meet at the parking area on Winding Stair Road (FS77) just north of FS 28-1. This is the old Gamecheck location. Here are the coordinates for the meeting parking lot(34.5860330, -84.1247250) We will carpool over to Lance Creek area. Sign-in at 9:30. We will bring the tools. Lunch will be provided to those that RSVP. Send email to negasorba@gmail.com no later than March 27 if you want lunch. Stick around for social time afterwards. We are planning to work on Bare Hare trail. Check back here for updates/changes due to weather. USFS requires you wear a hard hat or bike helmet. Bring gloves, wear long pants, closed toed shoes, personal items (water, snacks, etc). We really need some help to fix some problem spots here. No experience necessary. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please RSVP so we can have enough tools on hand for the work day.