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October 2022 News

News for 9-29-2022
Blanket’s Creek 3 and 6 Hour Race is ON!

From Mountain Goat Adventures
Last Chance for the Blankets Creek 3 and 6 Hour Mountain Bike Race presented by Free-Flite Bicycles – Registration Closes Friday Sept. 30 at 5 pm!
We have been watching models for Hurricane Ian and the latest models predict the storm continuing to move east, which means minimal rain and no dangerous wind for Northwest Georgia. Current rain predictions for Saturday are down to 0.18 inches and given that the trails are exceptionally dry and in need of some moisture, we are moving forward with the 3 and 6 Hour Race on Saturday, October 1st as scheduled.

Pecan Shaker Cancelled
From the Promoter
We’ll cut straight to the chase. Faced with many non-optimal, and even downright terrible scenarios, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Pecan Shaker for 2022. We are transferring everyone’s registration forward to Bird Dog 100 on November 5th or, if you’d like, to any of our rides in 2023. Please reach out to Ally at if Bird Dog doesn’t work for you. If you ordered a t-shirt, we will be mailing those starting next week.

Please see their Facebook page for all of the information and the full post.

Cotton Country Century Postponed
From EC Velo
Unfortunately, due to Hurricane Ian, the 2022 Cotton Country Century ride is being postponed in order to ensure participant safety, which is of paramount importance. We are looking at potential dates for a reschedule, more information to come. Please stay tuned and thank you for your understanding and continued support!

News for 9-28-2022
Semper Fi Century Date Change

From the Promoter
The safety of our riders and volunteers is of the utmost importance to us. Due to the effects of Hurricane Ian, and the potential for heavy rainfall in our area this Saturday, we regretfully must postpone the date of this year’s event to Saturday October 15th at 9:00 AM. Printer’s Ale is changing their Oktoberfest Celebration to October 15th also, so the same fun Oktoberfest themed atmosphere will still be in place! If you haven’t yet registered, you can still get in on the action by visiting us at

Van Purser Foundation Ride Postponed
From the Promoter
Dear AFO Participants – In the interests of safety and participant enjoyment, and given the severity of the expected weather conditions this weekend, the Board of the Van Purser Foundation has decided to postpone the AFO 29/64/100 to Saturday, October 15. We hope that the revised date will fit everyone’s schedule, and that Mother Nature will bless us with pleasant weather as she has in prior years. Planning and conducting this large event requires a considerable volunteer effort, and we hope our volunteers will be able to shift to the 15th. If you’re a volunteer and cannot make it, then please let us know ASAP. Also, for the sake of goodwill and participant relations, the Board will offer a refund to any registrant that cannot participate on the 15th. Given the mission of the foundation, we respectfully request you to consider your unused registration fee a donation to the foundation. Refund requests should be submitted to We hope to see you on the 15th, under clear skies! Sincerely, Board, Van Purser Foundation

Hellhole Gravel Grind Stage Race Postponed
From the promoter
The Hurricane Ian track has shifted a bit for the worse and we are now expecting 6-10” of rain and heavy winds. Potential for flooding and wind damage are expected through Saturday evening. We have made the decision to postpone this weekend’s race and will have a new date announced by week’s end. Registered participants will have the option of keeping their registration or be credited for any of our events for the next year. No action is needed at this time. Stay tuned for further updates and thanks for the continued support!

Pisgah 111/555 Postponed
The Pisgah 111/555 off road races have been postponed until Oct. 22.

News for 9-27-2022
Hurricane Ian

If you were planning to do any races or events this weekend in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, or the Carolinas please keep an eye on the weather. Many promoters have already put out word that they are watching the hurricane. Keep tuned to their social media channels for the latest on the event you are trying to find information on.

News for 9-23-2022
Break-Ins at MTB Trails

From MTB Gwinnett
Do not leave anything valuable in plain sight in your cars at the park. Harbins Park had 2 cars with windows broken out last Saturday in the middle of the day. This has been going on for years at Yellow River Park for years in playground, bike and equestrian lots. Your best defense is to park away from other cars, leaving a minimum of 2 spots between. These thieves get in between two cars acting like they are getting in or lost their keys, then use a towel to soften the blow. Keep an eye out for your fellow Mountain Biker‘s cars. Trish’s reminder: Always take or hide your purse, laptop, bag, wallet, etc. Always always always take your keys, driver’s license, and phone with you.

News for 9-21-2022
Shmidt Places 6th at the UCI World Time Trial Championships

Artem Shmidt, a Mission Devo Alumnus, placed 6th at the UCI Junior World Time Trial Championships in Wollongong, NSW Australia this week. Artem was on the developent team 2016-2020. Next year he will race U23 with Hagens Berman Axeon. Congratulations Artem!

About Mission Devo (from their website) Mission Devo Cycling is a 501(c)(3) designated junior cycling team dedicated to providing the support, skills, and coaching necessary for our team members to reach their highest potential. We embrace diversity and provide the support necessary for our team members to participate in all aspects of training and racing.

News for 9-19-2022
National Public Lands Day – Lakeside Trails, West Point Lake

From MTB Atlanta
National Public Lands Day – Lakeside Trails, West Point Lake, Sat., Sept. 24 8:30 am-1:00pm
Join MTB Atlanta and the US Army Corps of Engineers, West Point Lake for National Public Lands Day. This year we will focus on much needed corridor clearing, mowing and sight line maintenance along the Turkey Run and Mayors Mile sections of the Lakeside Trail system. Limb lopping, weed eating and mowing are in the scope of work. We will have DR Brush mowers, loppers, and ground tools. Please RSVP to this event so that we can notify the Corps regarding a headcount for lunch (provided 11-1) by Wed. Note, the address listed is the corps office, but we will actually meet just past the office at the Eagle View Parking lot just below Resource Mgmt headquarters and visitors center.