April 2022 News

News for 4-23-2022
Speedweek is This Week!
As the entire world knows, this week is Speedweek! Today is Hapeville, and tomorrow is Lagrange. I won’t be at either of the races taking photos this weekend although I may stop by. I’m still dealing with a 4 week sinus infection that came roaring back a few days ago, so I’ll be taking it easy. Next Saturday is the ATHENS ORTHOPEDIC CRITERIUMS, THE original evening criterium. It’s always so much fun to go and cheer on the racers with 10,000 other people in downtown Athens. Sunday will be the finale in College Park, which also has an artist market, a block party, and other events! They have a full week of events that started last night–bike rides, brews, racing at the Dick Lane Velodrome, and parties in the ATL Airport District! Tuesday is the new Soul City Criterium in Augusta, and Wednesday is the returning race in Walterboro, SC. Don’t forget that many of these crits–especially the weekend races–have a full slate of amateur, masters, and women’s category cycling as well! Good luck to all of the racers!

News for 4-22-2022
Hincapie Series Cancelled This Weekend
From Hincapie Sports Facebook Page:
We know that you’ve been looking forward to racing this weekend but we regret to inform you that we have made the hard decision to cancel the races on Saturday and Sunday in Rock Hill, SC.
A weekend of racing is made enjoyable by the friends and competitors that you race with and against. Sunshine and a safe venue are wonderful to have, but a great race weekend requires a sizable group of participants to race with. The age old saying “the more the merrier” reigns true in our sport and we feel that having a smaller number of participants for the races this weekend does not make for the best racing experience. Ultimately, our goal is to give participants the best experience possible during our races and we don’t feel that we can deliver what a true race experience should be this weekend. We are sorry to end the Spring Series early but we hope that you’ve found some great moments of training and racing that will help you as you head into your races and events for the rest of the year. We’ve already begun working on Spring Series for 2023 and we’ve got some exciting changes coming your way that will make for some great weekends of racing next Spring. Thank you to everyone who has participated and supported our series this year. We hope you have a safe and fun year of racing and riding bikes. We will see you soon! 

News for 4-21-2022
Sustainable Trails Workshop
From Recreate Smyrna
Presented by MTB Atlanta, the Sustainable Trails Workshop will teach you about natural surface trail care. This workshop will cover the best practices for building, maintaining and improving recreational trails for non-motorized use. The goal is better sustainability that can reduce overall maintenance needs and user impacts.This workshop will be a one hour presentation, followed by hands-on outdoor maintenance exercises. This workshop is a free workshop; however, space is limited.
May 7 workshop https://secure.rec1.com/GA/smyrna-ga/catalog?filter=c2VhcmNoPTIwMzAxNjc=
June 4 workshop https://secure.rec1.com/GA/smyrna-ga/catalog?filter=c2VhcmNoPTIwMzAxNzY=

News for 4-19-2022
FOX Raceface MTB Course Open to the Public
The private FOX Raceface MTB Trails will be open to the public on Sat., April 23. There is a minimum $5 per rider donation that goes to the Prima Tappa Youth Cycling Club (mtb high school & middle school race team). No riders entering the trail after 12 noon. There are 7.5 miles worth of really nice singletrack to ride. The event takes place in the field out front of the trails not inside the track.

News 4-17-2022
The Road Atlanta PM 6/3 Hour MTB NIGHT Race
From Chainbuster Racing
The Road Atlanta PM 6/3 Hour MTB NIGHT Race, Saturday, May 21 6PM, benefiting the Prima Tappa youth mountain bike teams. Nestled beside the roar of race engines and the sweet perfume of burnt racing fuel, the Fox RaceFace XC Course at Road Atlanta are some of the sweetest single track in the Atlanta area. From hand-cut single track to machine cut flow, these trails offer a little of everything! Just like paved raceway next door, the only speed limit is your comfort level! And to make things a little more interesting, a 6 PM start time means 3 hour racers will tackle at least 1 lap at twilight and 6 hour racers will have the thrill of night fall! Bottom line…this might be the best race you tackle all year! Trish’s Note: These are private trails that are normally closed to the public! It’s a great opportunity to race on singletrack designed for racing!

Allatoona Maintenance Madness
From MTB Atlanta
Help us get our trails ready for the Spring riding season at Allatoona. The plan is to touch up Mumbo Jumbo and Rusty Bucket. Bring work gloves and a smile. We’ll supply tools and lunch. Sat., April 23 at 9 am. Meet at Allatoona Creek Park, Old Stilesboro Rd NW, Acworth, GA 30101.

News for 4-13-2022
New Website Format!
You may have noticed a few changes around here! Southeastern Cycling has gotten a refresh thanks to Ethic Inc. Over the next week or so I’ll be finishing getting some housekeeping done. You’ll also see some NEW ad locations. I’ll have new ad rates for them soon! I’m really excited to share these changes with you!

The new website format is also Mobile Friendly and has its SSL certificate, so you know it’s secure. The site does not use cookies and never has.

News for 4-9-2022
Something Good is Coming!!!
Just a head’s up. Southeastern Cycling will not be having any news posted or updates Sunday-Wednesday of next week April 10-13. Something exciting that we’ve been working on (Yes, we! Not just me) all winter is happening! We need time to work on it and get things taken care of in the background….so pumped! I can’t wait to share it with everyone!

News 4-8-2022

Ride the Private Trails at the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta!
From Primma Tappa
Here’s your chance to ride the private trails at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta! For a donation to our local middle & high school mountain bike teams you can ride the normally private trails they practice on. Minimum $5.00 donation. All riders must wear a helmet. All riders must sign a Prima Tappa waiver. All riders must stay on the trail. (No exploring) All trails will be open. Course must be ridden in counter clockwise direction, arrow signs will point the way. Course entrance will close promptly at 12noon. Can people cook out on grills? Yes. But they cannot make a fire on the ground and must take any debris created with them when they leave. Can people operate a drone? No. Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta has a strict “NO DRONE” policy on their property. Can riders stay and ride after we’re gone? No. Our agreement with Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta allows only Prima Tappa to open and close the trail under certain conditions. Any individuals caught on the property outside of our events will be deemed by security as trespassing and they will call the police.

News for 4-5-2022
Big Creek Free Ride Temporary Trail Closure
From RAMBO Temporary Trail Closure: This Thursday from 7am-6pm, we are closing all Freeride Area trails and Pine Hill XC, as we will have a contractor on site to fell trees approved by the City for safety. Pine Hill XC may be closed through the weekend until we can get the felled trees cleared from the trail. We appreciate your patience! Trails will be taped off, so please do not cross any closed trails. The remaining Big Creek XC trails will be open and unaffected by this closure.

Spin for Special Ops
Spin For Special Ops (SFSO), When: Sat, May 28th, Where: Budplant, 100 Busch Dr NE, Cartersville, GA, Register for the ride here: , GA 400 friends discount code for $10 off (for the first 50 people to register): SFSO$10offGA400. Details: The inaugural “Spin for Special OPS” charity ride is hosted by Operation One Voice (O1V). O1V is a volunteer based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support to wounded or fallen Special Operations Forces and their families. All proceeds from the event will benefit O1V and the O1V Bike Rehabilitation Program. To learn more about O1V and the ride, please visit our website: https://spinforspecialops.com This is a wonderful opportunity to honor, support, and ride along those that have sacrificed so much. The ride will include: SAG Support, Anthem & Color Guard, Free T-shirt with early entry, Moment of Silence, Post Ride Festivities including music and free lunch + beer.

Mountaintown Creek Trail Workday
From Mulberry Gap We are super stoked to share that the North Georgia Mountain Bike Association has scheduled a TRAIL WORK DAY to start reopening MOUNTAINTOWN CREEK TRAIL after all the significant weather damage that happened last year. NGMBA has confirmed that they have sawyers ready to roll on FRIDAY APRIL 8th meeting at 8:30am and working thru the day. The sawyers will work on chainsawing their way thru the large downed trees and limbs, but we are in need of 3-9 volunteers to join them and assist with moving debris, using a handsaw and/or loppers to trim smaller branches, and generally help keep the crew moving swiftly thru the trail. We know this is quite last minute, but the stars have just aligned to get everything finalized, so now it’s a sprint to gather additional volunteers. 🙂 We’ll be meeting at Gates Chapel Road (near the bottom of Bear Creek) and shuttling up to the top of Mountaintown, then working our way down the trail (and mostly downhill) back to our vehicles. If you have availability and are willing to join the crew for the day, please drop us a message at reservations@mulberrygap.com! What you’ll need for the day: ,Your Bike, A helmet (bike helmet is okay) {Trish’s note: A helmet of some kind is a USFS rule. You can also do a constuction helmet.), Protective gloves, Long pants and sleeves, Backpack for carrying gear, Camelback/hydration for several hours, Food/Snacks, Bike light recommended, Eye protection, Bug spray / sunscreen, If you have a foldable hand saw and or set of loppers, bring them along as well. Let us know if you can join the crew and help get Mountaintown Creek back open to enjoy for 2022! Thanks so much, everyone!

News for 4-4-2022
Pic Recovering from COVID-19

Tina Pic is still recovering from side effects of COVID-19 and will miss Sunny King. She is looking forward to racing at Speed Week with her Colavia/Factor teammates including former Sorella pro mtb racer Ali Lecraw. See the full article on Cyclingnews.com.

Springtime Wilson 100
From the Promoter
Register now for our springtime Wilson 100 2022. We felt it necessary to postpone our customary September 2021 date due to the Delta Variant. We feel it is safe to reschedule in the spring. The new date is April 30, 2022! So mark those calendars for a new spring ride… And, as a special for our loyal supporters and avid riders, we are going for 2 in ’22! Not only the spring Wilson 100, but also our usual annual fall Wilson 100 on September 10th, So take a ride on the wild side and do the double. Join us for both at a special rate of $83.22, for both Wilson rides and receive something special to remember yet another most memorable year in our history. Looking forward to seeing you on the road. Your Wilson 100 Ride Crew

DLV Certification Class
The next certification class for the Dick Lane Velodrome will be April 16-17. Learn to ride and race at the track! Once certified, you can race in the “D” category on Tuesday nights the first and third weeks of the month! No need to have your own bike; rental of a track bike is included in the class fee. You can bring your own pedals. Classes are 1-4 pm both Saturday and Sunday, and you must attend both sessions to be certified. Other upcomign dates include May 21-22 and June 25-26.

Track Certification

News for 3-31-2022
Marietta TNC Sponsored by MACC Racing
On April 12, MACC Racing will be sponsoring the Marietta Tuesday Night Crit. There will be no $5 donation that night courtesy of them! Truespeedphoto.com will also be taking photos of the crit!

Blanket’s Creek Closed Saturday
From SORBA Woodstock
Blankets Creek will be CLOSED this Saturday for the Mountain Goat Adventures Dirty 15/30 MTB Race and Trail Run. Mountain Goat is a huge partner and supporter of SORBA Woodstock and has given back to our trails in time and dollars for many years! Good luck to anyone racing!

Willeo Road Bridge Open
From Cobb County
TRAFFIC UPDATE! We’re proud to announce that the Willeo Road bridge… linking Cobb County to Roswell near the Chattahoochee River… is NOW OPEN FOR TRAFFIC. The bridge has been closed since last June for a complete replacement. Traffic, bicycles, and pedestrians are now flowing freely again. Watch https://youtu.be/xnrYwMmDMqo for an idea of the big improvements.

News for 3-22-2022
Velocity Atlanta
Press Release VeloCity Atlanta is returning on May 7, 2022 at the scenic Bouckaert Farm in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. The Ride, Run, and Walk event will kick off at 7:00 a.m. and continue through the day until 4:00 p.m. Participants can register for one of four cycling routes (10-, 25-, 50-, or 65-miles) or for one of two run/walk routes (5K or 9-mile trail run). All routes are fully supported by rest stops and SAG vehicles. The event serves as a fundraiser for Grady Health System, raising critical funding to support the system’s mission of providing world-class, compassionate care to all of the community – regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

Registrants can expect breakfast and coffee before taking off on their routes. As participants return to the finish line, they will be greeted with a celebration including lunch, refreshments, live music by Electric Avenue – The 80s MTV Experience, and lawn games. This year, VeloCity is bringing in an all-new REI Adventure Zone which will include a rock climbing wall, pump track, and kids’ dash. Rest assured, there’s something for everyone and the whole family at this year’s event.

News for 3-20-2022
American Criterium Cup
From Velonews – This is a quote of the article Trish’s Note: The only race in the Southeast is the Sunny King Criterium in Anniston, AL on April 9.

The 10-race criterium series announced by American teams, race directors and USA Cycling back in January now has a name, and a promise for livestreaming of the races.

The American Criterium Cup is the series title, with unity being a central theme in the branding.

“The series, and all the race directors associated with it, are excited to announce the name for the series, American Criterium Cup,” said Mike Weiss, race director of the Bommarito Audi Gateway Cup. “For 2022, the series will focus on the theme of unity, with events, teams, and USA Cycling having a common goal of elevating the stature of criterium racing in the United States.”

The American Criterium Cup was created in the wake of USA CRITS dissolving last year. USA CRITS was a 10-race series that offered livestream coverage of each event, plus multiple season-long points competitions within the series. Read the full article here.