May 2022 News

News for 5-26-2022
Shhhh….It’s been quiet!
It’s been a really quiet news week! There are so many races this summer! Please support your local promoters and clubs that put the races on. Sign up even if you are a first time! There are races for everyone-mtb, road, gravel. Also, #crossiscoming

Maysville Gravel Grind
From Topview Sports
We would LOVE to have you join us in Maysville Georgia for the Maysville Gravel Mayhem p/b Panaracer on June 18th. Your parking is pre-paid for the event. We are hanging out eating burgers sitting by the water relaxing after the ride. Please join us for the fun! Save the date for the Georgia Gravel Grinduro on October 29th in Helen, GA.
Trish’s Note: I’d love to see the women’s divisions filled out! Bring your friends, your SigO’s, relatives, coworkers, bestie, neighbors! There is a distance for everyone!

News for 5-18-2022
Don’t Fight The Fuzz


Here are a set of facts:
We are extremely fortunate to have Stone Mountain for our weeknight rides of NNL (Nasty Northlake) and PZA (Pizza Ride)
Stone Mountain is not a closed race course for us
We must abide by traffic regulations in the park
We do not always abide by traffic regulations in the park
The Stone Mountain Police (SMP) are keen to enforce the traffic regulations on our group

Nobody likes to be a nag, least of all me. But the SMP recently made it clear to a number of PTN’ers that we must change our ways…or else. And it would be a damn shame to lose these rides. So let’s start with the following, specifically for the Pizza ride:

Neutral Start: Once we enter the park, this is a neutral zone. No attacking, surging or general douche-baggery.
The neutral zone lasts until and through the first stop sign at the three-way intersection
Stay in the right lane from park entry until we need to shift left at the stop sign intersection
Stop at the Stop Sign Let’s all put a foot down before proceeding left out of the intersection. Once clear of the intersection, the ride is “on”.
Stay in One Lane Don’t go into the second lane (when there is one on course) or over the double yellow. We’ve all done it. But, it’s not worth the risk. They aren’t handing out a rainbow jersey at the end of these rides.
Stay Behind Cars It should go without saying but…don’t go around cars that we catch??? Yeah let’s go with that.
This is the way.

News for 5-17-2022
Intro to Road Cycling Rides Beginner Ride Series
From OBDCC and Bike Alpharetta
Announcing: “INTRO TO ROAD CYCLING RIDES” – Each Tuesday in June.
Bike Alpharetta and Olde Blind Dog Cycle Club (OBDCC) are teaming up to offer ‘Intro to Road Cycling’ rides on Tuesday nights in June in conjunction with OBDCC rides. These rides are geared for people who know how to ride a bicycle but have not had much experience riding in groups or on roads. Each week we will talk about bike riding skills, preview the route and then go out for a ride. Riders should be able to control their bicycle — stop quickly, maneuver safely to avoid objects, look all around (including behind with some control), and signal turning right and left. Helmets are mandatory and it is recommended to have front and rear lights. Riders may want to familiarize themselves with the Bike Alpharetta Beginner Road Riding Guide. Interested? The rides start on June 7, 2022 and last about one hour. Meet at Milton City Hall ready to ride at 6:20 PM. OBDCC may have between 4-8 different riding groups leaving that night and we will be the last group to go out. The rides are free but online waivers, OBDCC Waiver, must be signed before riders can join. The “Intro to Road Cycling Rides” will be led by Jim and Lora Woodward, who are very accomplished long-distance cyclists and have ridden all over America on their bicycles.

Why Atlanta Streets Alive is So Important
If you haven’t been to an Atlanta Streets Alive, you need to go! Roads are closed on a major thorough-fair in the city of Atlanta. People walk, skate, bike, roll, stroll, and get out into the community. Business (generally) love it. This is an article on why Atlanta Streets alive is so important.

Fools Gold
From Mountain Goat Adventures
The 2022 Maxxis Tires Fools Gold will be held on September 10, 2022 at the beautiful Montaluce Winery, in Dahlonega, GA. The Fool’s Gold Mountain Bike Races will again offer riders a 38 mile or 60 mile course. Primitive camping is available at Montaluce Winery for Friday and Saturday nights. Register by 7/31 to avoid the registration price increase! Register early, as this event sold out quickly in 2020 and 2021!

Both courses begin at Montaluce Winery and will have approximately 3 miles on pavement, then transition to gravel roads. The 60 mile course begins with a stout 3 mile gravel road climb and takes riders to some great “backcountry style” trails and lesser known roads. The 38 mile course heads directly to the Jones Creek Ridge Singletrack Trail along gravel roads, giving riders the opportunity to space out before hitting nearly 30 miles of fast singletrack.

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 60 mile race.
▪ Cash prizes for all first place finishers in the non-open categories in the 60 mile race. Full details on payouts/prizes can be found HERE.
▪ Free Camping at Montaluce Winery!
▪ Terrapin Beer and Moe’s for post-race calorie replenishment!
▪ Highly visible Course Markings and Course Marshals
▪ Finisher awards for all finishers in both races
▪ Custom awards for all podium finishers in both races
▪ Soft and comfy race shirt – size guaranteed if you register by the size deadline of August 18th.
▪ Aid stations with plenty of calories, fluids, mechanical support and first aid supplies.

Quiet Tent Camping along the Etowah River!
Free Camping for Racers at Montaluce Winery Friday/Saturday Night! We will have a dedicated tent/van camping area along the Etowah River as well as separate areas for RVs and travel trailers. Join us for the race and hang out in Dahlonga, GA for the weekend.

News for 5-12-2022
Dick Lane Velodrome Certification Class

From the DLV
Learn to ride and race on the Dick Lane Velodrome!
Between March and August, we offer track certification classes for all riders 17 years old and over to learn the fundamentals of track riding. Riders younger than 17 will begin in Youth Cycling League. Classes are scheduled intermittently according to demand and the instructor’s schedule. Once certified, you will be ready to race in the “D” category on Tuesday nights! You do not need your own track bike to do the class.The next class is May 21-22. See the Dick Lane Velodrome website for all of the information.

News for 5-10-2022
From Spin for Special Ops:
May 28th is around the corner and the new Spin for Special Ops charity event volunteers are looking forward to hosting cyclists for a great ride and post-ride lunch and festivities. The event will start at 8:00 am at 100 Busch Drive, NE (the Budweiser Plant)in Cartersville, GA, and offers 30, 63 and 100 mile options with SAG support and rest stops. Ride with GPS routes are being finalized, so please check back on the website for details. Proceeds will benefit Operation One Voice which helps wounded Special Ops soldiers and the families of fallen soldiers.

News for 5-9-2022
Hurricane Shoals/Maysville Gravel Parking Pass

Starting April 1, there is a $5/day fee for parking on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays at Hurricane Shoals Park in Maysville, GA. This is a popular starting point for gravel riding in the area. Even if you park in the lot that is outside the main park by the disc golf course, you will still need to pay. Currently, payment is made to the attendant at the gate. It is CASH ONLY!!! They cannot take credit cards or digital payments CASH ONLY! They will turn you away if you don’t have CASH.. $5 is valid for the entire day if you wanted to swim in the river afterwards–it’s great on a really hot day! I can tell you that they are collecting the fee. A number of us rode from there this weekend and had to pay. I have no problem with that because they have several buildings with clean real bathrooms!

Press Release
Cobb County P.A.R.K.S. and MTB Atlanta (SORBA Atlanta) invite you to the Annual VOODOO ALL-A-Toona 40 Mile Mountain Bike Race at Allatoona Creek Park! This one lap event will feature every trail the park has to offer. The race will be held Saturday, June 25th, 2022 and start at 8:00 am. 100% of proceeds will be used to build and maintain trails at the park.

We have a NEW course for this year and all trails will be raced counter-clockwise and will be ridden in the following order: Start/finish in field to Turtle Back, Turtle Back to Red Barron, Red Baron back to Turtle Back, Turtle Back to Mumbo Jumbo, Mumbo Jumbo to Voodoo, Voodoo to Hocus Pocus, Back to Voodoo, back to Mumbo Jumbo. Mumbo Jumbo to Love Shack, through the Pit Zone and then on to Rusty Bucket. Rusty Bucket to Mason’s connector, Masons Connector to Masons Bridge, Masons Bridge to Masons Bluff, back to Masons Bridge, then we’ll cross County Line Road and onto the old hunting access. This double track will take you to Fern Gully, then to Wildcat, Driftwood, and Little Badger. Then back to start/finish in field. *The HALF-a Toona follows the same course but skips Mumbo Jumbo, Voodoo, and Hocus Pocus and totals about 25 miles. The trails are generally fast, flowy and relatively flat. Red Barron, Voodoo, Hocus Pocus and Fern Gully offer more challenging sections including steep rocky/rooty climbs and man-made features. Participants are strongly encouraged to pre-ride the course and to ride within their limits – dismounting when necessary. Pre-ride days are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Deadlines: $50.00 (plus fees) using online registration by midnight on June 23rd, 2022 Race day registration $75. In order to guarantee a race t-shirt, you must register by 11:59 pm on Sunday, June 8th, 2022. All proceeds from this race will be used to build and maintain trails at Allatoona Creek Park.

$100,000 in Grants For Southside Trail Improvement
From MTB Atlanta
MTB Atlanta has been awarded $110,000 in grant awards for the “Southside Improvement Project” at Southside Park in the City of Atlanta. This award was gifted from three donors and based around improving the trails at Southside Park to increase diversity in the sport of mountain biking and developing more progressive urban trails to grow mountain biking and passive outdoor recreation in communities of color. MTB Atlanta partnered with the Georgia Cycling Association and was awarded a $30,000 Fox Trail Trust Grant for the project. Georgia Cycling Association then added to that award by donating another $20,000. Bearings Bike Works partnered with MTB Atlanta and was awarded a $60,000 grant from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to build a skills loop and new trails at the park.

“We are beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to improve the trails at Southside Park by bringing more progression and accessibility to mountain biking in the City of Atlanta Parks system inside of I 285. With the recent addition of the Trust for Public Land funded Thrive Outside stable of bikes housed at the park and the corresponding programming and with three different Georgia Cycling Association teams including the Bearings Bike Works SWAT Composite Team using the trails for practice, we have the perfect place to grow diversity in our sport at Southside by expanding the opportunity to ride in communities of color,” says Brett Davidson Executive Director of MTB Atlanta.” We thank our great partners and grantees for the gift and our MTB Atlanta Pro Trails team is on the ground getting this project started.” The Southside Improvement Project was approved by City of Atlanta Parks Design in January and work is underway at the park.

News for 5-6-2022
Piedmont College looking for an Assistant Cycling Coach for Men’s and Women’s Cycling

Piedmont College in Demorest, GA (north of Gainesville) is looking for an Assistant Cycling Coach to help Head Coach Jame Carney. You can find the full job description, desired qualifications, and application here. You can also apply at that link. “Founded in 1897, Piedmont University is a private, comprehensive liberal arts college with an enrollment of approximately 2,500 students at campuses in Demorest and Athens, Georgia. The Assistant Coach for men’s and women’s cycling is a member of the Piedmont University Athletic Department reports to the Head Cycling Coach. This position encompasses assisting with all aspects of the cycling team (coaching, racing, training, recruiting, driving vehicles with trailers, maintenance/organization of bikes, facility and vehicles, fundraising, etc.) and with all the cycling disciplines (road, track, mountain biking, gravel and cyclocross). It involves a certain degree of flexibility and travel. Most events are on weekends and can require overnight stays.”

News for 5-4-2022
Tucker Main Street Closed on Saturday!

From the Tucker Day Organizers: Main Street Tucker will be CLOSED to ALL traffic (bikes & cars) this coming Saturday, May 7th from 6am – 7pm for the Tucker Day festival. If you ride from Tucker on Saturday mornings, please make alternate plans for this Saturday as there will be no/limited parking available and you will not be able to ride down Main Street. Police will be issuing tickets for non-compliance to the street closure.

Beltline Funding
From an article on Reporter Newspapers

The James M. Cox Foundation has donated $30 million to the Atlanta BeltLine. Combined with the $80 million secured late last year from The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, BeltLine officials say they now have the philanthropic funding needed to finish the 22-mile trail corridor by 2030. “I’m so excited that this gift will let us finish constructing that big, beautiful circle around Atlanta,” Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said in an announcement.

According to a BeltLine spokesperson, the donation from the Cox Foundation will specifically fund the construction of the BeltLine’s Northwest Trail, which is currently in design in partnership with the PATH Foundation. The roughly 4.5-mile trail will run from the Huff Road and Marietta Boulevard area (in West Midtown) to the existing Northside Trail (at Tanyard Creek and Atlanta Memorial parks), extending east to the future Northeast Trail (near the Armour/Ottley district).

News for 5-3-2022
Twilight Results
The Red and Black, an Athens website, has a nice article on the results from Athens Twilight. Bryan Gomez (Best Buddies Racing) won the men’s crit while Kendall Ryan (L39ION) on the women’s crit.

News for 5-1-2022
Rides Page Updated

The Southeastern Cycling Atlanta Group Rides page has been updated for 2022! It was a monumental effort given how many rides are no longer happening, new rides added, and not being able to find information on some rides. Rides are included if they are open to all, weekly, have readily available information to find online (aka the information isn’t behind a paywall or so obscure that I had to spend an hour trying to find it), free (except the 2 crits that require police for the corner), require helmets, and so forth. There are some rides that I know are happening that I could not find information on. Check out the Rides page for all of the fun this summer!

News for 4-27-2022
Speedweek Continues

Speedweek wraps up this weekend with races in Athens on Friday and Saturday night. Friday night’s races are “On the Stage” on stationary bikes/trainers. Riders will be competing for start positions in the Pro Men and Women’s races for Saturday night. Saturday night is the main event in Athens, the Athens Orthopedic Criterium. It is the oldest Twilight Crit in the country. Sunday moves to College Park, which is near the Atlanta airport. I hear the course is brutal including a huge climb. There are tons of other events surrounding both crits. Click on these links for information: Athens, College Park/Spin the District.

News for 4-26-2022
Maysville Gravel Mayhem Date Change

From Topview Sports There has been a change to the TopView Sports Gravel Calendar. Due to a schedule conflict with another gravel series on May 7th combined with an underwhelming response to our Clayton Gravel launch we have moved the Maysville Gravel Mayhem to Saturday, June 18th and have removed Clayton from our gravel calendar. We hate moving dates and changing events but we also want to bring you the best events possible and when a second event came onto Mothers Day weekend and was only 60 miles away it hurt us both so we made the move. The Courses in Maysville are GREAT and we will still offer 3 distance options. There will be SAG stops on all routes and 2 stops on the long route. There will be a meal served after the event so plan to stick around and eat and enjoy one of the most beautiful parks in the area. There are real restrooms and nice pavilions for the after event fun. Please plan to join us on Saturday June 18th in Maysville.

Van Purser Foundation Domestique Leadership Class
From the Van Purser Foundation To see cyclists positively impact those we ride with and the communities we ride in.
Our Mission To equip and deploy effective leaders, into the cycling community by providing, training opportunities and a community of supporting leaders.
“Transforming The Cycling Experience Through Domestique Leadership”
WHEN: Sunday, May 15, 3-5:30PM
WHERE: Alpharetta City Hall Community Room
WHAT: Domestique Leadership Training
Several ride leaders from our community will be sharing the Domestique Leadership values and principles upon which Van Purser based this training. After each talk, discussion at each table will be encouraged; this will be a time to share and learn from the experiences of others and to discuss specific skills and ride leader best practices. Whether you are an experienced, new, or aspiring ride leader, you will find this event beneficial for you and for those you lead. Register here. Trish’s Note: The ride leader training is free, but you must register.

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!

March 2022 News

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.

New for 3-16-2022
Mega Build Trail Days at Campbellton Creek Nature Park
From MTB Atlanta MEGA BUILD DAYS Campbellton Creek Nature Park- Saturday 3/19, Sunday 3/27 and Saturday 4/2
Join MTB Atlanta and the Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land to do finishing work on the Phase One 3 mile “Sourwood Trail” under construction at the brand new Campbellton Creek Nature Park in the City of South Fulton on Saturday 3/19, Sunday 3/27 and Saturday 4/2 from 10 AM- 1 PM each day.We will be clipping roots and doing finishing work on the new trail which is under construction. Meet at the brand new parking lot at these coordinates : 33°42’14.8″N 84°34’55.9″W on Plummer Road 30331. Wear long pants, closed toed shoes, bring gloves and a pack and be prepared to hike for a bit. Tools, snacks, water and STOKE provided !!

MEGA BUILD DAYS Campbellton Creek Nature Park- Saturday 3/19, Sunday 3/27 and Saturday 4/2

News for 3-15-2022
Blanket’s Creek Dirty 15/30 MTB Race – From the Promoter
Blankets Creek Dirty 15/30 Mile MTB Race presented by Van Michael Men – April 2, 2022 at Blankets Creek Trails in Canton, GA! ONLY 60 SPOTS REMAINING!! The course includes most of the trails at Blankets Creek in a counter – clockwise direction for a total distance of 15 miles per lap. Each lap has 1400’+ of elevation gain, so this will be a challenging course. The categories for 2022 are age based, so that all riders can choose between the 15 mile course (1 lap) and 30 mile course (2 laps). Junior categories available in both race distances. You can see full details and a list of categories on the BLANKETS CREEK DIRTY 15/30 WEBSITE. Limit of 300 riders – please register early as all of our 2021 events sold out. All riders who register before March 19 will receive one of our super soft and comfy tri-blend event shirts and a commemorative campfire mug. Medals and sponsor prizes 3 deep in all categories, podium shirts for all first place finishers. Access to drop bags will be available at the half way point for riders participating in the 30 mile race. Staggered starts by category for rider/volunteer safety.

The Victory Ride – Press Release
The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, is excited to announce the fifth annual Victory Ride to Cure Cancer, presented by Braswell Family Farms, will take place on May 21, 2022. Since its inception, the Victory Ride has raised over $1 million for cancer research, making it the largest, active Triangle-based ride funding cancer research. The 2022 Victory Ride will begin and end at NC State University’s Centennial Campus and will offer 10, 30, 60 and 100-mile distances on green ways and roads, as well as on-site spin classes to accommodate cyclists at any level. Additionally, riders can take part in MyVictory Month, a virtual experience preceding the event giving participants the flexibility to choose how and when they ride while joining cycling and non-cycling competitions leading up to May 21. For more information about the Victory Ride to Cure Cancer, please visit Follow the Victory Ride on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @TheVictoryRide. *In-person riding DOES require a fundraising minimum of $250. Virtual does not.

News for 3-14-2022
Bearings Bike-Along Trish’s note: This is a very family friendly event! Each year, Bearings hosts an opportunity to get out and ride, walk, or run to support Bearings programming in southwest Atlanta. The Bearings Bike-Along is a family-friendly community event that gives friends of Bearings an opportunity to come out and experience the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail while raising critical funds for Bearings programming. Riders, walkers, or runners of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate! Afterwards, join us for food and festivities to celebrate all things Bearings on a beautiful spring morning. The 2022 Bearings Bike-Along will be held on April 16. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Lee + White and the ride/walk/run waves begin at 9 a.m. The course will begin at Lee + White, following the Atlanta BeltLine Westside trail toward Washington Park and back. The course is approximately 6 miles overall with the option for early turn-around at certain mile-markers.

Volunteers are needed for various roles, including set-up, registration, course attendants, and more. Each volunteer will receive a Bike-Along 2022 T-shirt, a drink ticket, and lunch. Plus, you’ll get to spend a fun morning with Bearings serving the southwest Atlanta community!

News for 3-11-2022
Today is St. Paddy O’Pedal Ride to Conquer Childhood Cancer on Sunday, April 3. It benefits the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This event is a fun opportunity for cycling enthusiasts, families, friends, and the community to make a difference. There will be 80/metric/45/20 mile options. The routes are hilly through some very pretty road in North Fulton and Cherokee Counties. Entry before March 31 includes a tshirt, and lunch (and a beer fo 21+) after the ride.

News for 3-10-2022
Thursday’s ride is the Rescue 1 Century. This is one I’ve heard good things about. The Rescue 1 Century (R1C) is an annual charity ride conducted by the Rescue 1 Century Non-Profit Organization to raise funds for victims of human and sexual trafficking. Atlanta Georgia — known as the home of the Atlanta Falcons, Coca-Cola, CNN, and now one of the biggest hubs of sex trafficking nationwide. Sex trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world next to the drug trade. Sex trafficking is defined as the illegal business of recruiting, harboring, transporting, obtaining, or providing a person, especially a minor, for the purpose of sex. Sex trafficking and exploitation is happening in all communities and diverse in cultures. The Rescue 1 Century’s 8th annual fundraising charity bicycle ride is scheduled for Saturday May 28th, 2022 starting in Social Circle, GA. The Rescue 1 Century will have five routes: 20, 35, 47, 66 and 101 miles. This well-marked ride is fully supported with parking, registration, cue sheets, SAG, on-site mechanical services.

News for 3-9-2022
Rock and Road Festival Today’s ride is the Rock and Road Festival in Coweta County. The Tour of Coweta is on Saturday offering a ride with rest stops throughout the county. Options are 30/45-66/100. You’ll go through several small town. I used to ride through them years ago. The roads were wonderful! There will also be a GoNuts Ebike Race and Short Track XC Race. Music will take place in downtown Newnan from Noon-8 pm. Sunday is the GoNuts XC race at Brown’s Mill Park.

Cohutta Clean Up From Mulberry Gap What: Spring Cleaning- Wilderness-style! The goal is to sweep through the local area and leave miles of our beautiful mountain gravel rides, trail access roads, and trailheads better than we found them. This is a great opportunity to rid the roadsides of unsightly trash. (Before the leaves fill back in, and the poison ivy branches out again!) Who: Everyone is welcome to volunteer! We’ll have options for bicycle riders, hikers/walkers, and even trail runners who want to get in on the plogging* action. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
When: Sunday March 26, 2022. 9am Meet-Up and Coffee, 10am-2pm Clean Up, Where: Meet at Mulberry Gap (400 Mulberry Gap Road, Ellijay, GA 30105.) From there we’ll divide up into crews and head out to take care of areas possibly including: CCC Rd towards Eton * FS 68 * FS 90/90B * FS 64 * Shakerag * Bear Creek Overlook / Parking Lot * Cohutta Overlook towards Pinhoti 3 * Tatum Lead Rd towards Pinhoti 4 * Dennis Mill, Cost: FREE! There’s no cost to volunteer and CHILI LUNCH IS INCLUDED along with BEER (or soda) PROVIDED BY TERRAPIN!, What should I bring?: We’ll provide basic items like trash bags and safety vests. Plan to bring your bike and gear (if you’d like to be part of a rolling team) or the things you need for walking/hiking/jogging if you’ll be part of a team on foot. An empty backpack or rucksack that you can wear while walking/cycling would be a good idea so you don’t have to carry your trash and recycling bags by hand. Bring all the normal things you’d need to be out on the trails/roads like hydration, sunscreen, insect repellent, etc. Work gloves might come in handy. Plan to bring a lunch (unless you just plan to hold out until 2pm) There will be a potluck centered around Mulberry Gap’s Chili when we return! How Do I Get Involved: Sign up below to let us know you’re coming, and if you’re staying for chili. You can also book housing and meals if you’d like to stay for the weekend at If you’d just like to order meals on the day, give us a call or drop an email to Please give us at least 72 hours’ notice.

News for 3-8-2022
Century/Charity Rides Coming Up! There are quite a few century and charity rides coming up in the next 8 weeks. I thought I’d list a few in the next couple of days. Today is the Tony Serrano Ride April 9. I’ve done this ride a number of times, and it’s one that I really love. If you enjoy good rest stops, get ready for Joyce and her friends’ homemade treats! I know ya’ll love them on this ride! The final rest stop has a spread not seen at many rides.

Tony was an avid triathlete training for an Iron-man competition when he was struck by a motorist and killed in August 2004. Join us to honor Tony’s spirit and his passion for life as we continue to raise awareness of the laws and rights as they pertain to bicyclist on the road! Proceeds will benefit Georgia Bikes, Walton Wellness in Monroe, GA, Safe Kids Walton County, the Marrow, the Pass Them Like You Love Them organization and cycling safety, health and wellness programs and various other Georgia bicycle advocacy efforts.
Scenic routes. The “Best Rest Stops Ever’ with homemade goodies prepared by the Rest Stop Queen Team! SAG Vehicles for your support. Your choice of either our commemorative ride t-shirt or 2 of our ‘New’ Jersey Bins (guaranteed to early registrants). Your choice of route either: 10, 39, 62 or 100 mile. A great overall ride experience supported by our wonderful volunteers to start your year. Lastly our ‘thanks’ and a refuel meal at the finish! Registration is $40.00 through March 13th, $50 through March 31, last minute on-line registrations from April 1-7 will be $60 and ‘day of’ registration will be $60 as well. he ride will be limited to 800 riders. If the ride sells out online, there may not be on-site registration in order that we can continue to bring everyone the safest and most enjoyable ride possible. We will post an update at the top of this info if there is NO Day-of Registration if/when we reach 800 pre-registered riders. Sign-in will open at 7:00am day of the ride, the ride will start at 8:30am from Athens Technical College – Monroe Campus, 212 Bryant Rd., Monroe, GA 30655. Thanks to the continued growth in ridership and our devoted support from volunteers and sponsors we continue in honor of Tony Serrano as a 501(c)(3) organization: Cyclist for Change, Inc. D/B/A Tony Serrano Century Ride.

News for 3-7-2022
Well, there hasn’t been much news! That’s the news!

News 2-28-2022
Atlanta Cycling Rides to Resume
After a 2 year absence, the popular Atlanta Cycling rides from all locations will officially resume April 1! Their website along with Southeastern Cycling will be updated as soon as possible.

News for 2-24-2024
Trish is exhausted. Hey All! I’m taking several days off of updating Southeastern Cycling. Many doctors appointments (yeah! The blood clot in the porcine mitral valve in my heart is gone!), dealing with a broken pipe that leaked into my basement (boo! dealing with insurance and having part of the house torn up), actual paying day job, and exhaustion are all present. I need a few days off. Thanks for your understanding! If I owe you an email, I promise a response–just not now.

News 2-21-2022
Waucheesi Bike Race
Press Release
When: Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 8am, Where: All routes start in Tellico Plains at Tellico Grains Bakery with a police escort neutral roll-out., Tellico Grains Bakery, 105 Depot Street, Tellico Plains, TN 37385 The Waucheesi Bike Race is wickedly sweet and includes two racing distances: the Wily 88 and the Wondrous 63, crafted by Chris Joice. Make no mistake, this race is just as challenging as it is beautiful. Cherohala Skyway, Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests provide all the goods—long climbs, fast descents, great forest roads, rowdy gravel, and amazing vistas. If you dare to try the 88-mile option, you’re looking at a stout 11,500+ feet of climbing, while the 63-mile course is no joke, with 8,800+ feet. Both routes include the Basin Gap and North River Road climbs, while the 88-mile course adds a spectacular climb to Farr Gap. Prizes will be given to the top three in each category for each distance. For those not interested in racing or biting off the longer distances, we have a 45-mile ride option. The 45-mile course offers a great tour of Cherokee National Forest and Bald River, while climbing 4,100 feet. Please note that this category is a ride only; prizes will not be given out for this distance.

Cost: $90 (includes post-race meal and t-shirt if registered by March 4, 2022) Registration: Register on BikeReg starting October 1, 2021 at 10am. Drop Bags: You are welcome to leave drop bags. Clearly write out your name and which rest stop the bag should be left (there are a total of 4 rest stops along the course). End the day at Tellico Grains Bakery with wood-fired pizzas and craft beverage.

HARDford Gravel Grinder
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Expect a lot of climbing and a whole lot of fun at our annual bike race in the Smoky Mountains—The HARDford 50 Gravel Grinder!Registration opens March 1, 2022 at 10am on The fully-supported course is 50+ miles and 6,500 ft. of climbing through Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests. CX and MTB are both appropriate. The ride is 75% gravel, 10% dirt, and the remainder on pavement. Three fully stocked aid stops along the course. Prizes to top three in each category! A portion of the proceeds to benefit Grassy Fork Rural Medical Services Clinic and Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC). Start/Finish: Rapid Expeditions, 3605 Hartford Rd, Hartford, TN 37753 When: Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 8am Race Categories: Women’s and Men’s Open, Single Speed, Women’s and Men’s Masters (age 40-49), Women’s and Men’s Grand Masters (age 50+) Awards: Top three in each category will receive awards. Knoxville Realtor Vick Dyer is sponsoring a special award category: An award will go to the woman and man who finish closest to 6 hours. Registration & Pricing: Registration includes t-shirt, post-race meal, and beverage.
—Registration is $80 —Registration July 12 – August 7 remains $80, but does not include a t-shirt. The U.S. Forest Service limits participation to 500 racers. A portion of the proceeds to benefit Grassy Fork Rural Medical Services Clinic and Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC).