January 2023 News

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News for 1-26-2023
WBL #9

From the Winter Bike League
WBL # 9: The Parks Law Godfrey Classic in Memory of Alan Thompson
When: Saturday, 28th January, Where: The Hub / Jittery Joes (5 Points), Time: 10 a.m. (window open), Length: 105 mules. 5 hours.
Interactive directions: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41862882
Points 5: 1 per hour (must sign in), Store Stop: Mile 59 Buckhead Grocery, Pee Break: mile 22, 83
Intermediate Sprints: Jackie Crowell Women’s Sprint (mile 29), Non Pro: Buckhead City Limit Sign Mile 58.5, PRO: “Flat” Rock Hill Grind (mile 92) inside the final attack zone.

News 1-25-2023
National Cycling League Races Announced

From Cyclingnews.com:
“Organisers of the newly-launched National Cycling League (NCL) disclosed the calendar dates of their four-city criterium racing series, opening at Miami Beach, Florida on Saturday, April 8. Atlanta, Georgia will host the second stop in its downtown corridor on May 14, with the final two stops in late summer, August 13 in Denver, Colorado and September 10 in Washington, D.C.

A field of 10 invitation-only teams, each with six men and six women, are expected to compete across the series to determine the winner of the 2023 NCL Cup in September, where a $1 million prize purse will be divided among the top five teams. Two teams, both owned by the NCL, have been confirmed for the series – Miami Nights and Denver Disruptors. Eight additional teams are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.”

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News for 1-24-2023
Silver Comet Connector

This tidbit was found by someone in a Silver Comet Facebook group. It looks like the Silver Comet Connector is scheduled to have construction bids start this spring and finished trail in the fall of 2024.


Atlanta Business Journal Article
I can across this great article about Smyrna Bicycles (Tom Butler) and why they opened near the Silver Comet in the Atlanta Business Journal. The general article is about how bike trails attract businesses and homes along their paths. There are also some good quotes from Jeph Brugoon, who owns Comet Trail Cycles in Mableton.

News for 1-23-2023
Lauren De Crescenzo Column

Georgia Cyclocross Women’s Cat. 1/2 State Champion has a new column in Velonews about her decision to do the Lifetime Grand Prix in 2023. She and fellow gravel pro Ian Boswell will be at the Chainbuster Racing Gobbler 6/3 MTB race at the Georgia International Horse Park on Jan. 29.

News for 1-19-2023
Dick Lane Velodrome Workday

From the DLV
Hello DLV enthusiasts! We have our first DLV workday scheduled for Sat Feb 11th at 10am to 4pm. We have 4 projects to undertake:
1)Secure Mural to concessions and put rain awning back on
2)Leaves moved to curb
3)Replace boards broken coming out turn 4
4)Bike Room bike issues identification

Please signup for a task you would enjoy: volunteersignup.org/BLHLJ 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!

WBL #8
From the WBL
WBL Ride # 8: Saturday 21st January: Bill Riecke’s Alto World Cup
When: Saturday, 21st January
Where: The Hub / Jittery Joes (5 Points)
Time: 10 a.m. (window open)
Length: 6 hours, 123 miles
Points 6: 1 per hour (must sign in)
Store Stop: Alto (Mile 52), Quick Stop: (Mile 82)
Pee Break: approx. Mile 24,
Pro Alto City Limit Line:
Women’s Jackie Crowell Alto City Limit Line
Non-Pro Alto City Limit Line
Final Attack Zone (YELLOW LINE RULE!)

News for 1-18-2023
Cochran Mill Trail Day

From MTB Atlanta
Cochran Mill Trail Day at Cochran Mill Park Sunday, Jan. 29 2-5 pm. Meet at the main parking lot at 2 and we’ll head out on the trails to do some Winter Maintenance. Please wear weather appropriate clothing, bring gloves, water, snacks and a pack and/or epic pen if you are allergic to bees.vWe’ll have the tools and the know how- all we need is you!

News for 1-16-2023
Tony Serrano Cancelled for 2023

From Paul Jones (Facebook Post)
Joyce and I are very disappointed to have to announce that our plans to introduce a new century based on the Tony Serrano Century have fallen through. This was a very late development. We will continue to try and find someone to partner within the future, but it is too late to try and pull this together for this year. So sorry to for this news.
Paul Jones

Quarry’s Edge Park Trails Closed
From MTB Atlanta
Our hearts go out to the good people of Griffin (GA) who took the brunt of the F3 tornado that touched down last Thursday afternoon. Also cannot say enough about the good volunteers at Quarry’s Edge who just two weeks ago won Volunteers of the Year for their work at Quarry’s Edge from the Georgia Parks and Recreation Association. Their work has been destroyed and despite this their spirits are high and hopeful about the park. @mtbatlprotrails was mobilizing to work at the park for Phase One implementation of the $1 million Chestnut Family Foundation award (and was to start work today) but needless to say we will have to regroup with the County due to the scope of the devastation and safety concerns.

News for 1-12-2023
2023 GA400 Century City Tour

From the promoter
To All, We are happy to announce the 2023 GA400 Century City Tour is open for registration. The discounted registration rate is available until March 5. This is the best deal for a near town ride with live music and food and beer. Ride distance options are 27, 36, 63, and 100. We hope to see you June 25!

News for 1-11-2023
North Cooper Lake Park Work Party

From MTB Atlanta
Join MTB Atlanta and Smyrna Parks and Recreation for a trail work day at North Cooper Lake Bike Park this Saturday, January 14th from 9-12. Meet up at the main parking lot at the main parking lot at North Cooper Lake Park at 9 AM. We will be doing maintenance on the flow and cross country trails at the park. Please wear warm clothes, boots, bring gloves, snacks, water and a pack.

WBL Ride # 7: First American Bank Wiggly Way to Royston
From the WBL
When: Saturday, 14th January
Where: The Hub / Jittery Joes (5 Points)
Time: 10 a.m. (window open)
Length: 90 miles / 4.5 hours
Interactive directions: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41743324
Points 5: 1 per hour (must sign in)
Exit Route: Milledge-Hill-Pulaski-Boley-Nowhere
Store Stop: Vanna (Mile 40)
Pee Break: approx. Mile 19 / Mile 64
Intermediate Sprints: Jackie Crowell Women’s Sprint (Mile 13), Non Pro: Royston City Limit (Mile 35): 3.3 miles long, and PRO Final Attack Zone: (10 Miles / Gene Dixon’s)

News for 1-9-2023
Bearings Bike Works Swap Meet

From Bearings Bike Works
Join Bearings Bike Works for a cycling Swap Meet to shop amazing deals on new and used gear, apparel, bikes and more from Bearings as well as other local cyclists and vendors!
Bearings’ first-ever Swap Meet will take place on Saturday, February 25th from 9 AM – 12 PM at our southwest Atlanta campus. This event is your one-stop shop to find all of your pre-season cycling needs at great prices, all while supporting important skills development programs in Atlanta that help prepare youth for future success. Every year, Bearings receives hundreds of items donated to support its work in the community. For the past two years, Bearings has sold this gear at annual Gear Sales. This year, we’re inviting others to join in on the fun and sell even more to the Atlanta cycling community. Imagine a neighborhood yard sale just for cyclists. If you’re new to the sport, a DIY bike mechanic or just looking to grab some new gear at great prices, this event is for you! Highlights will include high quality new and used kits, shoes, helmets, bike racks for vehicles, trainers, travel cases, and every type of part you can imagine. Bearings will also have a great selection of bikes available for sale, in a full range of styles and sizes.

Are you a local cyclist who is interested in selling your own gear, parts or bikes to a large customer base? Are you part of a cycling group or bike shop that would like to share information and connect with attendees at this event? Tables are available to rent at this year’s event! For the last two years, Bearings has hosted Gear Sales annually hosting 250+ attendees with an average sale of $80! Average bike sale was $600. This is a great place to sell niche cycling items to a targeted audience looking for these items. As always, you can also donate your unwanted gear, parts and bikes to Bearings! Donations are accepted Monday – Friday 9am-5pm. https://bearingsbikeworks.org/swap-meet
Note: The Rain Date for this event is Saturday, March 4th, 2023.

News for 1-6-2023
MLK Day of Service -Southside Park

From MTB Atlanta
Join us for a day of service and volunteer TRAIL BUILD DAY to celebrate the life of Dr. King on the holiday at Southside Park. Monday, Jan. 16 10 am-1 pm. We will be doing finishing work on the brand new “field connector trail, ” part of the Southside Improvement Project brought to you by Fox Trail Trust, the Georgia Cycling Association, Bearings Bike Works and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. We also do some general trail maintenance and trash pick up depending how many folks show. Please wear closed toed shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Bring your bike if you want to ride the new trail and trails after! See less

News for 1-5-2023
Maxxis Tires Southern Cross Bike Race
From Mountain Goat Adventures
Coming March 4, 2023 – Registration is open! Ride into the New Year by registering for the 2023 Maxxis Tires Southern Cross Bike Race! The course is 50 miles with a bit over 6,000 ft of elevation gain (two major climbs), and consists of pavement, gravel roads and a short (but hard) grass section at the end of the race up to the finish line. The course is gravel bike or mountain bike friendly, so pick your poison! Riders will pass by an aid station twice during the ride, and be treated to Terrapin Beer and Moe’s Burritos for a hearty post-race meal.
2023 Registration opens at 8 pm on December 31st! Register early – this race sold out by January 15th in 2022.
We have a shorter 30 mile option for Junior riders with categories for 10-14 and 15-18 male and female riders. 30 mile Juniors will ride the infamous “Winding Stair Loop” and are allowed to have a non-participant adult accompany them for safety, but are not allowed to draft or have the adult carry any of their food or water.
2023 Race Highlights!
▪ Killer course that features some of the toughest and most scenic forest roads in North Georgia that will give you bragging rights for finishing!
▪ Cash payout for Top 5 Open Men and Open Women’s classes. Free Primitive Camping at Montaluce for Friday and Saturday night!
▪ Super comfy cotton blend race shirt with race logo (register by Feb 17 shirt size deadline to guarantee your size)
▪ Surprise race swag item (past items have been hats, stainless beer cups, pint glasses, and coffee mugs!)
▪ Post race burritos from Moes with Terrapin Beer!
▪ Well stocked aid station with plenty of calories, fluids, mechanical support, first aid supplies and more.
▪ Transport of up to 2 drop bags to aid station
▪ Custom awards for all podium finishers

WBL Ride #6
From the Winter Bike League
WBL Ride # 6: Saturday, 7 January: The Classic City Bakeries Super Homer Classico
When: Saturday, 7th January
Where: The Hub / Jittery Joes (5 Points)
Time: 10 a.m. (window open)
Length: 81 miles
Points 4: 1 per hour (must sign in)
Exit Route: Prince- Access Road
Store Stop: Mile 48: Irvin’s Grocery
Pee Break: Mile 23
Intermediate Sprints:
Maysville City Limit (Mile 28): Jackie Crowell Ladies Sprint: 1.5 miles to Maysville City Limit sign.
Homer City Limit: Non Pro (Mile 35) (Sponsored by WBL Canadian Mafia) Opens at mile 34. 2 miles long to the Homer City limit sign.
Yo Steep Arse Hill Jam (Mile 39): (Pro) Webb Creek Wall (Yo Hill Jam sponsored by Rob Simpson) 1/4 mile uphill wall. Sprint to yellow stop light sign.
Final Attack Zone: SUPER Nowhere-Freeman (12 miles). Opens at mile 64 when the group turns right on to Erastus Church Road. Continue straight for 2 miles. Turn left on Seagraves Mill Road. Continue straight for 3 miles. Turn right on Nowhere Road. Continue straight for 6 miles. Slight right on Freeman. WBL line just before the top of the hill (where Hawkins drive intersects from the right side).

News for 12-30-2022
WBL Rain Delay!
From the WBL
RAIN DELAY UPDATE: we’re combining both rides this weekend into one super ride on Sunday January 1st!
WBL Ride # 4/5: Sunday, 1 January: The Nabo Realty Don’t Fall in Love at the Jersey Store Special with Reeves and Young Ladies ClassiquecWhen: Sunday January 1st. Where: The Hub / Jittery Joes (5 Points) Time: 10 a.m. (window open)Length: 86 miles Interactive directions: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41350531 Points 4: 1 per hour (must sign in here https://forms.gle/RRyvpgsU4qVLpk5H9) Exit Route: South Milledge > Watkinsville Store Stop: Jersey (Mile 41) Pee Break: approx. Mile 18 Women’s only Attack Zone Sponsored by Reeves and Young: Opens at mile 38.8. Continue straight for 2 miles. Finish line is the Jersey City Limit sign.cFinal Attack Zone Non Pro Only Sponsored by Nabo Realty (To be eligible you must be over 40 years old, not cat 1 or 2, under 18 years old, or a woman): (5.5 Miles / Bear Creek Reservoir) Attack Zone opens at Mile 69.5 when the pack turns right on Broad St / Glenn Jackson Rd. Ride straight for 5 miles. WBL line on the road at the top of the Bear Creek Reservoir hill at mile 75.
Parking: Ride your bike down, park on a side street nearby.


News for 12-28-2022 Let’s start the year off with January MTB Trail Work Parties.

North Cooper Lake Park Trail Day
From MTB Atlanta
North Cooper Lake Park, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023 9 am-Noon Join MTB Atlanta and Smyrna Parks and Recreation for a trail work day at North Cooper Lake Bike Park. Meet up at the main parking lot at the main parking lot at North Cooper Lake Park at 9 AM. We will be doing maintenance on the flow and cross country trails at the park.
Please wear warm clothes, boots, bring gloves, snacks, water and a pack. We’ll have snacks, water and tools!


Sope Creek Trail Day
From MTB Atlanta
Sope Creek Trail Day. Sat., Jan. 21, 2022 9 am-Noon Join us, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, and the Chattahoochee National Parks Conservancy for our monthly volunteer trail day at Sope Creek. Meet at the Columns Drive parking lot at 8:45. Have a mask, gloves, wear long pants and closed toed shoes and bring a pack, water, snacks, bug spray and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees. Tools and stoke provided!


Allatoona Creek Park Trail Party
From MTB Atlanta
Allatoona Creek Park Trail Party Sat., Jan. 21, 2022 9 am-Noon Join us every 3rd Saturday for our monthly work party at Allatoona Creek Park. Each month we get together to give back to the trails at Allatoona Creek Park by hosting a work party to perform trail maintenance work to keep the trails at the park in top shape! Meet at the main parking lot at Stilesboro Rd. and be ready to go at 9. Wear warm clothes, closed toed shoes, bring gloves, a pack, water and snacks. We provide lunch, tools, trail knowledge and a ton of STOKE!


Lake Russell Work Day
From Biking Lake Russell
Lake Russell Workday, Sat., Jan. 7 8:45 am-1:00 pm, Lake Russell WMA, Sourwood Trail,
We will be working on a new reroute on the Sourwood Trail from Nancytown Road down to the new bridge just completed by the Forest Service. The reroute will improve the trail sustainability and should create an improved user experience. We will be scheduling more work days for the winter/spring to continue working on this reroute of the Sourwood Trail. Hopefully one or two of these dates will fit your schedule. I also know we will probably lose a couple of dates to the weather. My hope is that everyone that sees this could come to at least one work day. If that happens, we can accomplish a lot. Please share this with your friends and other Lake Russell Trail users. All tools will be provided. We will be providing lunch at this work day, so let me know if you are coming. GPS coordinates Location: 34.511813, -83.480013. See Facebook event for auto driving directions.


News for 12-20-2022
Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season. The next week or two will be slow with news, and I’ll be taking a few days off working on Southeastern Cycling to enjoy some down time. What I will be doing are some updates to the calendars. I have a few major series to update, so be on the lookout for that! Happy Holidays!

December 2022 News

News for 12-20-2022
Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season. The next week or two will be slow with news, and I’ll be taking a few days off working on Southeastern Cycling to enjoy some down time. What I will be doing are some updates to the calendars. I have a few major series to update, so be on the lookout for that! Happy Holidays!

News for 12-16-2022
Sope Creek Work Party

From MTB Atlanta
Join us, the @chattahoocheerivernps and the @chattahoocheeparks for our monthly volunteer trail day at Sope Creek tomorrow this Saturday December 17th 8:45-12. Meet at the Columns Drive parking lot at 8:45.
Have gloves and bring a pack, water, snacks, bug spray and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees.
We’ll be clearing drains and de berming tread on the shared use trails and general winter maintenance.
Tools, knowledge, good times and stoke provided!

Allatoona Work Party
From MTB Atlanta Toona Folks
For those brave enough to come out in below freezing temps, we will have a workday at Allatoona Creek Park this Saturday at 9AM- Noon. The heavy rain has really taken a toll on the trail surface over the last 2 weeks, so the plan is to blow a few select trails, and rake corners and clear drains on a couple other trails. Bring gloves and a smile. We’ll provide everything else.

Calendar Updates I’m behind on calendar updates. I know I have several large ones to make. I’ll try to do them all before mid-week next week. Please bear with me as I have a LOT of personal stuff going on right now. Thanks!

News for 12-14-2022
From the WBL
WBL Ride # 3: The Crowe Law Sailing to Bowman
When: Saturday, 17 December
Where: The Hub / Jittery Joes (5 Points)
Time: 10 a.m. (window open)
Length: 80 miles / 4 hours
Points 4: 1 per hour (must sign in)
Link: https://forms.gle/GqAXKDooUikgT2jY7
Exit Route: Lumpkin -> Over Sanford Stadium
Store Stop: Bowman Mile 40
Pee Break: approx. Mile 22.5
Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41595250
Sprints: None
Parking: Ride your bike down, park on a side street nearby. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE CAR IN HUB PARKING LOT DURING RIDE.

News for 12-11-2022
Crabbe Defends National Cyclocross Championship

Georgia Cyclocross racer Matthew Crabbe (Mission Devo Cycling p/b Tyler Perry Studios) has defended his Junio 13-14 National Cyclocross Championships in Hartford, CT on Satruday. Crabbe is well known at GACX for placing in the Top 3 of the Cat. 3 races throughout the season. USA Cycling’s website said this of the race “Crabbe rode a stellar race to finish over a minute ahead of second place finisher Tucker Platte (Littleton, Colo.; Avout Racing). Rounding out the podium in third was Project Echelon rider Lukas Young (APO).” Way to go Matthew! Your GACX Family is so proud of you!

News for 12-7-2022
Blanket’s Creek Trails Closed for Deer Hunt

From SORBA Woodstock
Cherokee Parks and Rec have worked out an agreement with DNR, SORBA and the Corp of Engineers to actively bow hunt for deer at Blankets Creek park when the trail is CLOSED for Dec 2022 and Jan 2023. Signage is coming to place at the gate and church cut through. Please refrain from poaching the trails when the gates are shut. You could put yourselves in danger from active deer hunting. Please respect the trail gate closures to remain safe.
The park will also be closed on Jan 8th and 22nd for an all day hunt.

News for 12-5-2022
Dirty Sheets Detour

Rico Tatum Road from Cochran Mill to Atlanta Newnan will be closed to all traffic until January 18, 2023 due to construction. If you are planning on riding the dirty sheets in Chatt Hills, please plan a detour around Rico Tatum Road. There is a detour here: https://www.strava.com/routes/3032694815123956492 From the park, keep going on Cochran Mill Road and turn right onto Hutchinson Ferry. Turn right onto Atlanta Newnan Road and left onto the gravel at Old Rico Road.

From the WBL
WBL Ride # 2: Cappy’s Custom Cabinets Phunky time to Philomath
When: Saturday, 10 December
Where: The Hub / Jittery Joes (5 Points)
Time: 10 a.m. (window open)
Length: 88 miles / 4.π hours
Points 4: (Must sign in here: https://forms.gle/FkcDqWsMWD6t2qr26 )
Exit Route: College Station
Store Stop: Rayle (Mile 48)
Pee Break: approx. Mile 20
Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41350549
Sprints: None
Parking: Ride your bike down, park on a side street nearby.

News for 11-30-2022
Night Ride Season for Mountain Biking
From RAMBO-Big Creek
Welcome to night ride season! We wanted to share some important reminders for night riding at our local trails. If you’ve never joined us for a ride, this is a great time to buy a light from our local shops, and try something new!
Big Creek Park: Trails are open dawn to dusk. Night riding is ONLY permitted during City of Roswell sanctioned night rides operated by RAMBO. Starting Wednesday, November 16, RAMBO will host night rides every other Wednesday from 7pm-9pm through March. Weather and trail conditions permitting. Riders wishing to join a night ride must register in advance at roswellgov.com/register. RAMBO will be hosting special night rides with pizza and installing temporary lights at the pump tracks and Freeride area jumps several times this year! IMPORTANT! Night riding outside sanctioned events may be subject to a fine from the City. Please follow these guidelines, so we can continue our night ride program.
Charleston Park, Haw Creek and Matt Park: Trails are open 7am-10pm, and night riding is permitted any time of the year. No registration is required. We do recommend you ride with someone for safety in case of emergency. See you on the trails!

Trish’s Notes: Other trails open for night riding: Ft. Yargo State Park til the park’s official closing time. Check with the park. Blanket’s Creek never closes unless the gate is closed; don’t ride wet trails. Rope Mill in Woodstock is open until 10:00 pm. Allatoona Creek Park has official night rides (no other night riding peritted). Mt Tabor is open 7 am-11 pm, so you can night ride til the park closes. The group ride “Wednesday Night Wabbit Hunt” is at 7 pm on Wednesdays. Rumor has it Lake Russell is open at night. Clinton Nature Preserve is open.

News for 11-27-2022

From the WBL
WBL Ride # 1: The HUB HOME OPENER: MARCH TO MADISON (https://www.hubbikes.com/)
When: Saturday, 3 December
Where: The Hub / Jittery Joes (5 Points)
Time: 10 a.m. (window open)
Length: 83 miles / 4.123 hours
4 pts: 1 per hour (digital sign in)
Exit Route: South Milledge > Watkinsville
Store Stop: Apalachee (Mile 45)
Pee Break: approx. Mile 21
Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41350340
Sprints: None
Parking: Ride your bike down, park on a side street nearby. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE CAR IN HUB PARKING LOT DURING RIDE.

News for 11-24-2022
Across the Beeriers Weekend

The AOC Twilight isn’t the only bike race in town! Get your gravel or mountain bike ready for a little off-road racing at Across the Beeriers, two days of cyclocross racing held in Athens, GA at Southern Brewing Company (Dec. 3) and Terrapin Beer Co. (Dec. 4) on Dec. 3 & 4 as part of the Georgia Cyclocross Series.

Categories from beginner to expert, along with kids races, highlight the two days of outdoor fun at these beloved Classic City breweries. Cyclocross racing is a unique, non-Olympic discipline of cycling that can best described as a cross between road cycling, mountain biking, and steeplechase. Watching cyclists dismount their bikes to run up stairs and steep embankments often arouses questions about the origin of the sport. Although it is difficult to find the exact reason, many legends have it that cyclists would race from town to town off-road to bring a new element to road racing. These off-road adventures could have often required dismounting to hop fences and impossible terrain.

Come race and enjoy delicious local brews Saturday AND Sunday!

The Chestnut Family Foundation Awards MTB Atlanta $1 Million for New Trail Construction in Metro Atlanta
From MTB Atlanta
Press ReleaseMTB Atlanta to utilize award to construct 24 Miles of new Multi-use Trail and new Hard Surface Pump Track

(ATLANTA, Georgia, November 23, 2022) — The Chestnut Family Foundation has awarded the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association, Atlanta Chapter (MTB Atlanta) $1,008,535 to be utilized for the construction of 24 new miles of multi-use trails and the development of a new hard surface pump track. Eight parks across Metro Atlanta will benefit from the award. The award is one of the largest gifts awarded by a single donor in the history of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association for new trail construction.

“This award will assist MTB Atlanta in our mission to meet the demand for building new multi-use soft surface trails for mountain biking and passive outdoor recreation in the Metro Atlanta region,” Brett Davidson, Executive Director of MTB Atlanta said. “We are so thankful to the Chestnut Family Foundation for this award. Their support of our mission is greatly appreciated and will benefit mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners across Metro Atlanta. The demand for multi-use trails in Atlanta is at an all-time high in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic and the commitment made by the Chestnut Family Foundation has moved every shovel ready project we have in development into construction. All of these shovel ready projects have been brought to existence and are “half-way there” because of the sweat equity of MTB Atlanta volunteers and public grant awards. This single donation will move all of these projects to completion and the award will make a huge impact on the landscape of mountain biking and outdoor recreation in Metro Atlanta for generations to come.”

The Chestnut Family Foundation Award will fund MTB Atlanta’s professional trail building program and crew, MTB Atlanta Pro Trails, who will manage projects and construct new trails in Cobb, Coweta, Carroll, Troup, Fulton, Spalding and Rockdale Counties.

Philip Darden, Executive Director of the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) noted, “This generous donation from The Chestnut Family Foundation to MTB Atlanta will be a game changer for natural surface trails in the Metro-Atlanta area. With improvements spanning multiple locations across the city, more and more residents will be able to get outside and enjoy trails right in the neighborhoods where they live. And as one of the largest gifts in SORBA history, it shows the value that MTB Atlanta, as well as our other 46 chapters across the southeast, bring to their communities. My hope is that the trend continues, and we see similar strong investments in our chapters, both in Atlanta and beyond. Thank you to the Chestnut Family Foundation for your support to help change the landscape of natural surface trails in Atlanta!”

See the article for all of the trails that will benefit!

News for 11-23-2022
Joey Rosskopf to team Q36.5

Joey Rosskopf of Decatur, Georgia moves from Human Powered Health to the new team Q36.5. The team will compete at the ProTeam level (level below the WorldTour) in Europe in 2023. Joey said “”Looking at the roster I feel very fortunate to be included in this new cycling project, surrounded by so many other talented riders, and I look forward to tackling the challenges that arise and building @q36.5_procycling team together.”

The calendars (see the menu at the top of the page) are up to date with any 2023 dates I have. As usual, mountain bike and gravel have way more dates than road. Road dates don’t start coming out til about late January. I’ll keep updating as I usually do. If you know of a date or are a promoter and have your 2023 date, please contact me!