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July 2024 News

News for 7-18-2024
Sorella Cycling

From Georgia Commute Options
Trish’s Note: This is a great article about Sorella Cycling, an all women cycling club in Atlanta, GA. Full disclosure: I’ve been racing for Sorella for over a dozen years. Despite me not really being able to race much anymore b/c of medical issues, I’m still on the team giving back in other ways.

“There are dozens of cycling clubs in metro Atlanta, but only a handful are women-only. Back in 2006, the first women’s-only club was started after a group of women saw a lack of space for them within the cycling community. Eighteen years later, the cycling group is still around and stronger than ever.

Sorella Cycling has had the same mission since it started 18 years ago: to foster a supportive environment for women of all ages and abilities to bike for fitness, recreation, and racing. Sorella, which means sister in Italian, is a concept the group truly embraces. Lea Rolfes, who is part of Sorella’s board, says this group is a safe space for women of all ages. “We’re all about sisterhood, camaraderie, and mentorship. It’s really an opportunity to ride in a judgment-free zone.”

Unlike a unisex group, this group provides the opportunity for women of all ages to discuss issues specific to women. “We can talk about and ask questions specific to women and bikes, like saddle fit, riding in different life stages, pregnancy, and menopause,” Rolfes said. Having a women-only club allows women to discuss these issues without feeling judged or discouraged from riding.” Read the full article below.

Hi-Lo Trail Ground Breaking
From Georgia Hi-Lo Trail, Inc.
GROUNDBREAKING SCHEDULED FOR GEORGIA HI-LO TRAIL
211-Mile Trail from Athens to Savannah Breaks Ground This Month When Construction Begins on Phase 1 of the Washington County Model Project
Sandersville, GA, July 16, 2024 – The nonprofit Georgia Hi-Lo Trail, Inc. announces the official groundbreaking for the 211-mile trail from Athens to Savannah, Georgia. The public ceremony is scheduled for 11 AM on July 27th at 1200 Bartow Road in Sandersville. The celebration will take place following the annual Sandersville Sizzler 5K Trail Run and MTB Race. It kicks off construction of the longest paved trail in the United States and marks the beginning of Phase 1 of the Washington County Model Project. This initial 2.2-mile segment is in Forest Grove Preserve, a registered Georgia Centennial Farm that is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Along the trail will also be the longest arboretum in the U.S. The initial segment will begin at Ridge Road Elementary, located north of Forest Grove Preserve and continue to the southern end of the property. Details outlining the Washington County Model Project along with planning for Greene, Hancock, Johnson, Emanuel, Bulloch, Effingham, and Chatham Counties are detailed in the Georgia Hi-Lo Plan created in collaboration with the nonprofit Path Foundation. The full plan is available for review on GeorgiaHiLo.org.

“Getting to this day has been a big lift,” said Mitch Sheppard, Board President for Georgia Hi-Lo Trail, Inc. “We have been fortunate to earn support from amazing partners that have helped move this ambitious project forward. None have done more to promote progress than PATH Foundation. Greta deMayo and her team have helped us realize the dreams of Hi-Lo Founder, Mary Charles Howard.” “PATH is proud to work with Georgia Hi-Lo Trail to help implement the vision to connect and empower rural Georgia,” says Greta deMayo, Executive Director of PATH Foundation. “We see how trails promote community prosperity and wellness – from spurring economic development and offering alternative transportation options to creating safe, peaceful greenspaces that nurture physical and emotional health. We’re excited to join Georgia Hi-Lo and are with them for the long haul as they embark on this this ambitious journey over the next three decades. We look forward to the day we celebrate the first ribbon cutting!”

ABOUT GEORGIA HI-LO TRAIL, INC. Georgia Hi-Lo Trail, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to connecting and empowering rural Georgia through the development of the 211-mile Georgia Hi-Lo Trail. The trail will join communities across an 8-county area, and when complete will connect to the 38-mile Firefly Trail to create the longest paved trail in the U.S. Georgia Hi-Lo Trail programming includes the following initiatives to promote its values and raise awareness for its mission. Kids Bike League serves children within the eight-county region to deliver equal access to bikes, opportunities to ride, and empowerment for growth. Learn more on KidsBikeLeague.org. Athens to Savannah Ride, scheduled for October 17-20, 2024, offers cyclists the choice between a 3-day road ride or a 4-day gravel ride, both covering 285 miles and finishing in Historic Downtown Savannah. Learn more on AthensToSavannah.com.

News for 7-16-2024
Blanket’s Creek 3/6 Hour Race

From Mountain Goat Adventures
BLANKETS CREEK 3 AND 6 HOUR ON SEPTEMBER 28, 2024! Make plans to join us for the Blankets Creek 3 and 6 Hour Race presented by Free-Flite Bicycles on September 28th! Solo, 2 and 3 person team categories are available in the 6 Hour Race. Get your teams together now! Discounted rate for 3 person Junior Teams! The 3 Hour Option has a TON of categories for those who wish to ride 3 hours solo, as well as a one and two lap option for junior riders who aren’t ready for a full 3 hour event. You can check out the available Categories and full event details on the website. Medals and sponsor prizes 3 deep in all categories, podium shirts for all first place finishers in the 6 Hour Event. The 2024 race course will be ridden CLOCKWISE on both Dwelling and VMT. This is a very fast and flowy course that maximizes the fun factor while still offering enough climbing and technical challenges to separate the pack! This event is one of four major yearly fundrasisers for SORBA Woodstock. Thanks to generous support we receive from Free-Flite Bicycles, Northside Hospital-Cherokee and YOUR PARTICIPATION, this event raises roughly $4000 for the chapter! Thank you for supporting this event and your local trails!

We are partnering with SORBA Woodstock to bring you these events. SORBA Woodstock has built and maintains the trails at both Blankets Creek and Rope Mill Park. These events serve as major fundraisersfor the Chapter – please come out and show your support by either racing or volunteering! Want to volunteer on race day for SORBA Woodstock? We need you! Please send an email directly to lisa@mountaingoatadventures.com with your shirt size and availability. Volunteers are needed for registration, parking, course marshaling and bike patrol.

News for 7-12-2024
Big Creek Work Party

From RAMBO
XC Work Party
Saturday, Aug. 24 9am. Here’s a chance to get the inside scoop on potential XC stages for the Big Creek Quick Six at this XC stage prep party! Come help us get the XC side of the trails race ready as we start laying down new, original lines. Meet at the Skills Kitchen Pump Tracks at 9am. Bring water, work gloves, and wear close toed shoes. We’ll provide the rest! Sign up at https://bit.ly/464N2YC

Pump Track Work Party
Sat., July 13 at 8:30 am Come out and join us this Saturday, July 13th to give some TLC to our Pump Tracks. We’re starting a little earlier than usual at 8:30AM to beat the heat. Bring close toed shoes, work gloves, and water. Meet at the pump tracks.

News for 7-11-2024
From Topview Sports
The Dalton Grand Prix will now be the Georgia State Road Race Championships. More information to come.

News for 7-10-2024
Son of Atlanta Cyclist Heading to the Paris Olympics!

Article from Axios Atlanta. Trish’s Note: Chris Wiley used to be a semi-pro mountain bike racer. Not only did he have a lot of success locally and regionally but at the old NORBA National series as well.
“Homegrown Atlanta United wunderkind Caleb Wiley is heading to Paris to compete in the 2024 Olympics.

Why it matters: The 19-year-old defender, who attended Morningside Elementary School, rose through the Five Stripes ranks to become one of the teams’ most closely watched stars.

Fun fact: Caleb’s dad, Chris, cofounded metro Atlanta’s Oz Pizza chain.

State of play: Wiley is the only Five Stripes player to make the cut. He and his teammates compete against host country France on July 24.

But first: Atlanta United plays Indy Eleven on July 9 in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.

The away game could possibly be Wiley’s last for Atlanta, writes Sydney Hunte for Scarves and Stripes, citing Wiley’s busy play schedule and trading rumors linking the player to Chelsea and Strasbourg.”

https://www.axios.com/local/atlanta/2024/07/09/atlanta-united-caleb-wiley-soccer-olympic-team?stream=top

News for 7-9-2024
Fools Gold Sign Up!

From Mountain Goat Adventures
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!

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 7-3-2024
Georgia Bike-Walk-Live Summit

From Georgia Bikes
Georgia Bikes’ annual conference, the Georgia Bike-Walk-Live Summit, returns to the metro area this fall. Coming to Decatur October 3-5, the Bike-Walk-Live Summit brings together all types of road and trail users and practitioners for informative educational sessions and new opportunities to work together to make Georgia’s roads, paths, and trails as safe and accessible as possible. Celebrate with us as we highlight and improve on what makes Georgia bikeable, walkable, and livable, from complete streets to trails and greenways! The Georgia Bike-Walk-Live Summit folds in the Georgia Outdoor Recreation and Trails Summit in 2024 – this year represents the first official summit partnership between Georgia Bikes and the Georgia Outdoor Recreation Coalition.

Previous summit sessions have included:
Bike-Walk Law 101: How to Deal with Aggressive Drivers
Want To Take an Ambitious Leap for a Regional Trail Concept? You’ve Come to the Right Place.
Design Collaboration on Urban Trails
The Accessible Trail Marking Project
Water Trails Planning and Programming
Youth Partners in Creating Change to Our Streets
Be Safe, Be Seen: How to Run (Or Not Hit a Runner) At Any Time of Day!

What: Georgia Bikes’ 2024 Georgia Bike-Walk-Live Summit
Where: Courtyard by Marriott, Decatur, GA
When: October 3rd-5th, 2024
For more information on Georgia Bikes, please visit www.georgiabikes.org

News for 6-29-2024
Cyclology Bike Shop Group Rides

From Cycology Bikes
Trish’s Note: I get asked where bike rides are at a specific location. If I get a short press release or social media post, I’ll share it here. Cyclology is in Hiram (Paulding County), GA
Hello everyone…we’ve been asked a lot recently about group rides, so we thought that a quick post here might help spread the word. Cycology Bike Shop offers two rides each week (all rides begin and end at the shop):
Wednesday – 34 mile road route at a 20+ mph average…yeah, this is a fast one. This is mostly a road ride with some SCT at the beginning and the end.
Thursday – 23 mile out and back ride on the SCT at a 17 mph average. There is a faster group if your legs feel good.
Please note: All rides begin and end at the shop. Rides roll out at 6:30p., Road bikes are required. Helmets are required. No ear buds allowed. All riders accept the risks and responsibilities associated with group rides.

https://www.facebook.com/CycologyBikeShop

News for 6-27-2024
Kennesaw Mountain User Meeting NEXT WEEK

From Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Facebook post
Public Comment Open House – Monday, July 1st, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Park Visitor Center. Parking and entrance fees for this meeting are not required.

The Park is seeking feedback on the time of day, days of the week, and seasonality of bicycle use for Kennesaw Mountain Drive. Bicycle access is proposed to be permitted from 8:00AM to 9:00AM and 4:30PM-5:30PM.

This Open House Meeting is being hosted to provide an opportunity for public feedback in lieu of the virtual public meeting.Comments can still be submitted until July 12, 2024, at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/documentsOpenForReview.cfm…

Address for Open House meeting: 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, NW Kennesaw, GA. 30152 We value and encourage visitor participation in shaping this project and we are looking forward to hearing from you!

News for 6-26-2024
TN State Crit Championship

From Music City Crits
This coming Sunday June 30th we are thrilled to host the 2024 TN State Championship Crit on our weekly race course. We get to showcase our venue to many out of town folks for the first time.
We will be running our normal kidney bean course. Since we have all day we will have many more categories and lots of races. We hope that everyone can make it out and come enjoy a full day of racing at the track.
Below is the single day Stage Championship Crit flyer it is also attached to the registration page at the bottom.
We can’t wait to see the great hard racing and fight for all these State Championship Jerseys and medals.
Reminder we will have a little kids race at 2pm which will be one lap around the course and we have an option for a shorter lap than that for the really little ones that aren’t ready for a full lap.
As we have gotten questions. The men’s Cat 3 championship race is in the 3/4 race at 1:10pm, The men’s Cat 4 championships race will be in the 4/5 race at 3:35pm. The men’s Cat 5 championship race will be in the separate Cat 5 race at 2:30pm. Anyone can come out and race and we encourage that and want as many folks out racing as we can get. Special note that to be eligible for TN State Championship Crit jerseys and state medals you must have a valid USA Cycling annual license as well as be a TN resident. Any questions please let us know. https://www.bikereg.com/65838