November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

11-25-2013 Marietta CX Photos My photos from the Jim Miller Park (Marietta) CX are up at There are plenty from all categories!

Ronnie Bratcher rings a cowbell at Marietta CX.

Marietta CX Race Report Read it also on! Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta is the longest running venue in the Georgia Cross series. Racers rejoiced as cross-appropriate temperatures finally hit the state. With a low of 27 degrees Fahrenheit and a high of 43, this was cold for Georgia Cross. Riders bundled up as they pre-rode what is the favorite course for many. They were not disappointed! With two sets of barriers, the classic run up, a long fast section, and a set of whoop de doos the course was one of the best yet.

Dave Gearhart (Litespeed-BMW) came into the Masters 35+ race fresh after having taken several weekends off from racing. Ian Prunier (Smyrna Bicycles) took the lead at the first barrier with Dave on his wheel. Dave counterattacked on the back side of the course on the second set of barriers. Dave continued to build his lead in subsequent laps. A group of 6 took up the chase; however, they could not reel him in.  Dave held on for the win. Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes) nipped Ian Prunier (Smyrna Bicycles) at the line for second place. In the Masters 45+ Timothy Gotsick got a gap early and held it to the finish. Dub Smith (Toyota Forklifts) put in a good chase but could not catch him. Lamar Mauney (Toyotoa Forklifts) was third.

Two Juniors 15-18 battled one another. Thomas Petitt (Frazier Cycling) came out on top followed by Keegan Schimmelman. The Cat. 4 Women’s fields have been consistently big this year. Jim Miller was no exception. Fifteen women were on the line. Emeline Renz (ALTX) took the holeshot into the barriers with everyone else close behind. Soon Cathi Swanson took the lead and never looked back. State Champion Rhys Mays (ATHCX) took second, and Amy Ross was third. Everyone loves watching the Juniors 10-14 race. They were not disappointed today. Leon Waine (Junior Flyers) took a commanding lead early and kept it until the end. Hunter Murray followed in second with Troy Waine (Junior Flyers) in third.

Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles) put the hammer down on the first lap and took the win in the Cat. 3 Men’s race. Matthew Reeves (LNC) was second, and Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes) rounded out the podium. In the Women’s Cat. 1/2/3 race, Lisa Randall (Sorella Cycling) was back after several weeks of racing mountain bikes. She took off at the start while Kim Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts) and Elizabeth Lee (LG Factor) formed a chase group with the others far behind. Kim gapped Elizabeth a few times during the first couple of laps, but Elizabeth closed it each time. Finally, with 2 laps to go, Kim attacked hard after the first set of barriers. She got a gap that she was able to hold until the finish to take second over Elizabeth.

A large Cat 4 Men’s field lined up. After they stretched out in the field, the line seemed to go on for a mile. Alex Newton (Faster Mustache) took the holeshot with Ben Braxley and Scott Morris (Village Volkswagon) close behind. For three laps, Ben and Alex took turns out front with Scott hanging on.  On the last lap, Alex attacked on the small dirt climb. In a post race interview, he said “I knew with my MTB gearing I wouldn’t have a chance in the sprint, so my plan was to try and exit the woods with a gap. The small dirt climb before the short and steep downhill was my attack spot and rode/ran the run up as hard as I could until I was out of the woods.” Scott had time to adjust his jersey and throw his arms up in victory. Ben out sprinted Scott for second place.

In the Men’s Cat. 1/2/3, the first lap created a group of 6 including Thomas Turner (Team Jamis), Nick VanWinkle (Litespeed-BMW), Frank Trevieso (Start Stop), Tim Barrett (EPVA) and two others. The group stayed together for several laps before the first rider came off. The remaining 5 bided their time. With a lap and a half to go, Thomas stopped toying with them and took off. He put 30 seconds on Nick within the last lap of the race.  Arthr Sagat followed for second with Nick in third.

After not winning the Single Speed at Serenbe, Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles) was out for revenge. As he did in the Cat. 3 race, he wasted no time leaving everyone else in his dust. Dave Marbut (Toyota Forklifts) was the first rider to give chase, but it proved fruitless. Dave fell back several places. Next up Tim Barrett tried to bring Mclean back. Mclean won with Matthew Reeves in second and Dave in third.

Atlanta Cycling Black Friday Sale  Black Friday at Atlanta Cycling – Ansley and Vinings Stores
All 2013 In-Stock Bikes – 20% off
All Garmin Products – 10% off
All Continental Tires – 20% off  …  Stock Up
Selected Summer Clothes – up to 50% 0ff
Additional Items on Sale
Friday Hours 10-7

Go eat some turkey, and then ride your bike to work it off!

Nate VanWinkle (Litespeed-BMW) leads the Men’s Cat. 1/2/3 through the barriers at Marietta CX.

DLV Explore Georgia has a nice article about the Dick Lane Velodrome on their website.

2014 GA State Championships From GBRA: Applications are now open for 2014 State Championships. Bids are currently being accepted for Road Race, Time Trial, Criterium and Track. Bid application forms are due to be submitted by November 30th, and discussion will take place for selection of those championships at the December 2nd GBRA Board meeting.

11-23-2013 Free Flite Sale Free Flite is having a Black Friday Sale–Friday, Nov. 29th only! In-Stock Clothing, Parts, and Accessories will be 20% off from 10 am-noon and 10% off from noon-7 pm. It’s a great way to start your Christmas and holiday shopping!

11-22-2013 Big Creek Park From RAMBO: “Rumors of the fire station being built on Big Creek property seem to be true. The city administrator and fire chief have approached the park & rec comission to ask them for their approval. RAMBO is not in favor of cutting down the many trees that would be required to build a fire station on Big Creek property. Jeff Pruitt is Roswell’s Administrator of Park Services, and is on the park & rec comission. He has told me that folks can e-mail him, and he will print out your e-mails and deliver them to the comission. His e-mail address is If you are against the building of a fire station on Big Creek property, please send an e-mail to Mr Pruitt.”

WBL News From the WBL: “Winter Bike League 2014 Coming in 2 weeks: The Turkey Days Trifecta: Come on out and ride away the tryptophan blues. 3 ridies, 3 days, 3 hours: 10 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the 3 days following Turkey Day. Don’t let a bellyful of turkey sink your ship. Come pound your pedals into oblivion.”

“Other WBLs” There are several other WBL’s in South.

11-20-2013 2014 Race Schedules Slowly but surely the 2014 race schedules are coming out. I have posted the calendar for 2014 as it stands today. Only a couple of mountain bike promoters have their 2014 schedules out. I haven’t seen anything from road racing associations. Those usually start coming out in December. All dates and races are preliminary. I’ll update the calendar as more promoters and associations publish their 2014 schedules.

11-18-2013 Bike Shop Owner Hit by Truck Todd Muller, owner of Reality Bikes in Cumming (GA), was hit by a truck Tuesday morning while out training. I don’t have any details of the accident. His wife, Cheryl Fuller-Muller, posted on Facebook that his injuries include several broken bones and lots and stitches. He is in the hospital and will have surgery on his shoulder this week. Other injuries will heal in time, but he is “ok.” Todd is well known in the Atlanta cycling community as a racer, shop owner, and all around great guy. Please go to the Reality Bikes Facebook page and leave Todd some good vibes and keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

11-16-2013 Serenbe CX Photos My photos from the Serenbe CX will be up by Monday night at There are plenty from all races (except the 12:15 race).

Rhys Mays (ATH CX) on her way to winning the Cat. 4 Women’s State Championship at Serenbe.

Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes) emerges from the fog for the win at Serenbe in the 45+ Masters race.

11-15-2013 Atlanta WBL for Recreational Riders From MyCycleCoach: 1st Season for the Atlanta Winter Bike League…(Trish’s Note: There is a small fee for the sag wagon.)
START DATE:  Saturday, November 30th and then continuing every other Saturday, with the last ride on April 5th, 2014
START TIME:  9:30am (roll time).  Arrive early enough so that you are ready to ride at 9:30am.
START LOCATION:  253 Peters St SW, Atlanta, Ga 30313 (MAP LINK).
DISTANCE:  Our first ride will be 35 miles and each following ride will increase by (approximately) 5 miles, with our last ride being 75 miles…More Details.

11-14-2013 RAMBO Work Parties *CANCELLED PER RAMBO because of rain!* From RAMBO Details for Big Creek MTB Park: Saturday (11/16) at *Big Creek Park* on Old Alabama Road in Roswell from 10a-1p. Please dress accordingly; Closed toe sturdy shoes. All tools are provided, but please bring your own gloves and lunch will be provided by RAMBO afterwards.

Details for Haw Creek MTB Park: Saturday (11/16) at *Haw Creek Park* on Echols Road in Cumming, GA 30041 from 9a-1p. We will be blowing off the trails and taking care of any erosion issues before the winter sets in. Please dress accordingly; Closed toe sturdy shoes. All tools are provided but please bring your own gloves and lunch will be provided by RAMBO afterwards. If you have a backpack blower please bring it to help clear the trail. Meet at the Trailhead Kiosk.
Blanket’s Creek Work Party The Nov. work party will be at Blanket’s Creek this weekend. They will be tackling several projects on VMT such as the creek crossing needs some shoring up, finishing work on reroute and maybe the ramp going across the bridge. Start at 9:00 am.

21st Annual Gaston County Cyclists Polar Bear Metric Century benefiting  Holy Angels of Belmont, NC a 501c3 organization
Jan 4th, 2014, registration 9am, mass start 10am, non-timed charity ride
Details at: A perfect way to start the new season, burn off some holiday calories, and start making good on that New Years resolution!  Gaston County has fantastic roads, low traffic, and great elevation, making the ride a great initiation into the new season!

NC CX State Championships From Charlotte Sports Cycling: SNCCX State Championships
Race #6 –  Sat. November 16, 2013 – Southern Pines, NC – State Champ.
Race #7 – Sun. November 17, 2013 – Southern Pines, NC
The NCCX State Championships will be timed by Charlotte Sports Timing using MyLaps Pro Chips.  We will be implementing live scoring at the race. If you want to follow the race live via your smartphone, download the app at We will be using this same live scoring at the NCCX races in Hendersonville and Asheville. The direct link to the NCCX race on Race Monitor is Results and Lap Times will be posted at
11-13-2013 Georgia State CX Chamionships The Georgia State Cyclocross Championships are this Sunday at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, GA! Come ride with the cows (and cow patties)! Faster Mustache has promised loud music, cold beer, and the Marlay House Truck serving yummy Irish food. There may or may not be cow patties on the course, and there is a chance of thunderstorms! (Give it up guys, we don’t get snow in GA during cross season. We get thunderstorms.)

If you want a warm up to Serenbe, check out the Cyclocross Under the Lights in Anniston, AL. This is always a fun, unique race!

The Fourth Annual Wilkesboro Cyclocross Festival returns the weekend before Thanksgiving for two days of incredible racing! Wilkesboro offers a Euro-style course, great spectating, awesome prizes from GOSOAP Sports Detergent, Panaracer and Velocity, and and all the bells and whistles you expect from a national caliber event. Every year, racers tell me that the Wilkesboro Cyclocross Festival is their favorite event thanks to a rolling, wooded course that features a unique combination of fast flat sections, swooping descents, tough climbs, and lots of technical challenges. From the Blowing Rock Brewing Co Expo next to the finish line, spectators can see all of the most exciting parts of the course while enjoying a cold brew or something to eat from one of the local food vendors. There are plenty of hoses for the wheel pit, a huge bathhouse with hot showers and comfortable space to change, as well as tons of convenient parking right on the course.

11-12-2013 Dingo Cross Photos My photos from both days of Dingo Cross in Baldwin, GA are up at There are plenty from all races except the 12:15 race since I haven’t mastered racing with my camera yet.

11-11-2013 Subjects Needed for Cycling Study at GSU Subjects for a cycling study are needed at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Subjects need to be experienced cyclists or triathletes age 18-39. The study being done by Physical Therapy doctoral students and is about a proposed cycling ergometer. See the document for full information.

11-9-2013 Silver Comet Closures I contacted the Cobb DOT to get more information on the Silver Comet closures coming this winter. This is the full press release:

“WWW.COBBDOT.ORG BRIDGE REPAIR WILL CLOSE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES Six pedestrian bridges along the Silver Comet Trail will be closed to the public this winter while Cobb DOT contractors construct new bridge ends at the Silver Comet Trail bridges over: Powder Springs Creek, Lucille Creek, Noses Creek, Olley Creek, Nickajack Creek and Cooper Lake Road. Built more than a century ago, between 1890 and 1904, failing bridge ends no longer provide safe support to the crossing public. Two bridge ends must be replaced, three bridge ends must have approach work repairs and one bridge requires deck repairs.

CONSTRUCTION ZONE SAFETY Repair of these bridges will occur in CONSECUTIVE CLOSURES of each pedestrian bridge between January and April, 2014. There will be NO ACCESS across these bridges during construction. There will be no detours around each bridge. It is imperative trail users follow all warning signs and stay out of these construction zones as there will be drop offs,
some as deep as ten feet, that could cause serious injury or death for anyone ignoring warning signs and crossing through a construction zone.

Concurrent with the bridge repairs, there will be other contractors working along the entire trail repairing fences, drainage systems and completing minor grading. It is imperative that all trail users obey all construction signs, slow down when approaching construction zones, dismount and walk thru any construction site where the trail is not completely closed. If the trail is closed, DO NOT ENTER.
In addition, beginning Spring 2014 there will be a rolling trail closure as the entire trail in Cobb County is resurfaced. More information regarding the resurfacing will be forthcoming.”

Additional info. exclusive to Southeastern Cycling: The timeline will be up to the contractor. They will most likely work east to west since most trail users start on the eastern portion of the trail. They are trying to impact as few users as possible. There will be no official detours around the bridges. I know several of the bridges have ride-arounds if you go on nearby roads. There may be multiple bridge closures at one time in order to get the work done quicker. Once the bridges are repaired and the concurrent grading, drainage and fencing repairs completed, it is the plan to resurface the entire trail in Cobb County from the Mavel Road trail head to the Paulding County line. This will be a rolling trail closure similar to paving a road except unlike a road,  there won’t be another lane or space to detour trail users; the entire trail width is paved and will be full of paving equipment with no room for someone to pass.  The start time for the repaving has not been determined but wills tart in the spring.

11-8-2013 Winter Riding-Indoors Style Years ago there were a ton of shops, gyms, and independent coaches that offered windtrainer classes in the darkness of Standard Time (what non-cyclists call Winter). It doesn’t seem like there are as many these days with the advent of indoor cycling classes that many gyms offer. If you are like me, you prefer windtrainer classes on your own bike to the spin bike. I’ve gathered a small list of shops in Georgia that offer windtrainer classes. Unless noted, all are BYOT (bring your own trainer). Most are free. I have also listed a few facilities that offer Spinning or Compu-trainer type indoor riding. ATS and the Sports Factory are more cycling/tri oriented than “spinning fitness” classes. If you know of any other windtrainer classes, email me at I have not listed gyms because most offer some type of indoor riding. I have not tried any of these classes, so YMMV. Of course, if you prefer to ride outside, check out the Rides page for some weeknight rides that continue into the winter.

Trainer Classes
Cycle Therapy, Rome, GA: Tuesday and Thursday 6 pm. Free
Outspokin Bikes, Augusta, GA Wednesdays 6-7:30. Free.
Alpha Bikes, Alpharetta, GA Thursday 7 pm. Free, Rent to own a trainer for $10/night.
C-Town Bikes, Conyers, Monday 6:30 pm. Free
Reality Bikes, Cumming, Wednesday, 6:15-7:15, Free. Limited numbers of trainer to rent for $5/week.
Ultimate Cycling at Peachtree Bikes in Sandy Springs. Tuesday and Thursday 7-8:30 pm. Cost is on the flyer.

Spinning/Indoor Riding
Energy Lab
The Sports Factory

Silver Comet Closures This was on the Marietta Daily Journal’s Website yesterday. “Portions of the 12.8-mile Silver Comet Trail will be closed this winter while the Cobb County Department of Transportation repairs or replaces six pedestrian bridges. The bridges affected are over Powder Springs Creek, Lucille Creek, Noses Creek, Olley Creek, Nickajack Creek and Cooper Lake Road. The work will be funded by the 2011 special purpose local option sales tax and will cause the closures of the bridges from January until April. No access or detours will be available during construction. Additional crews will also work on other areas repairing fences, drainage systems and grading.” This article on the Patch suggests that the entire portion of the Comet will be repaved. If you’ve ridden it in the last year, you know how bad the asphalt surface in some areas is.


I’ve reached out to Cobb County to try to get further information like dates of closures. I’ll post updates when I have them.

11-7-2013 SRAM/Zip Demo The SRAM van will be at the Peachtree Bikes Sandy Springs store this Sunday from 1-5pm! Come check out all the new gear SRAM has to offer along with the latest and greatest from ZIPP.

Cannondale Demo Day Join Atlanta Cycling at Blanket’s Creek for a Cannondale Demo Day. It will be on Saturday, Nov. 16th at 10:00 am. Cannondale will have their 2014 bikes to try.

11-6-2013 Charlotte WBL The Charlotte Winter Bike League starts this week! Where: TotalCyclist 601 South Kings Drive, Suite DD: here
Parking in the back and the front!
When: November 9th, 2013(Weekly)
When: Saturdays @ 930am
TWO GROUPS: Total Group: 19-20mph. Cyclist Group: 16-17mph
Distance: Starts with just under 3 hours and grows to 4.0 hours in February

Sorella Race Team Accepting Applications! From Sorella Cycling: Reminder! Sorella Cycling is accepting applications for the 2014 Race Team. Deadline is Nov 10. If you are a current club member you should have a copy of the application in your e-mail. You do not have to be a current member to apply, so if you would like more info and/or a copy of the application please contact us at sorellacycling at gmail dog com.

11-5-2013 New GA Jersey GBRA has unveiled the new Georgia State Championship jerseys. The first opportunity to win one will be at the Georgia State Cyclocross Championships Nov. 24th at Serenbe. Otherwise, you will have to wait til 2014!

Dingo CX and Swap p/b Hayes Chevrolet Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Baldwin NOVEMBER 9th & 10th!! Georgia Cyclocross Series Double header! Two days of racing and swapping!
Register for the races here.

11-4-2013 Daylight Saving Time Ends DST has ended for 2013 and as such most of the after work rides are done. See the Rides page for a few that are still going on.

Winter Rides Daylight Saving Time (DST) will end Sunday 11/03/13. DST will return again in the Spring on Sunday 03/09/14

Tucker Saturdays at 10:00AM- I’ve heard from people on both sides of the coin regarding Tucker and winter time start- elder statesman of both sides (early vs later) think that Tucker should remain at 10:00AM, as it traditionally has for many eons. Tucker will resume its traditional 9AM time the first Saturday of April. Tucker Ride Start- meet at the intersection Lynburn Drive and Main St, Tucker, GA.

Airport Sundays at 10:00AM

Winter Pizza Thursdays at 6:00PM- Week of 11/04/13 through 3/6/1 – winter pace to the park, two small counterclockwise loops (approx 9.75 miles) at approximately 22-23.5 mph (winter pace to/from the park- in the park- no attacking, steady paceline, but final sprint allowed.)

11-2-2013 Airport Ride The Airport Ride starts on Sunday. Be there!

10-31-2013 GATR Family Day GATR will host family day on Saturday at Harbins Park from 9 am to 3:30 pm. There will be time trials and group rides.

IMBA Trail Care Crew The IMBA Trail Care Crew will be in Columbus, GA Nov. 14-17. It is hosted by: Chattahoochee Valley Area SORBA. Thursday there will be a presentation. Saturday will be the IMBA Trail Building School and then trail work at Flat Rock Trail.

Bull Mountain Work Party There will be trail maintenance work party this Saturday at Bull Mountain. Further details are here.

10-29-2013 Atlanta Cycling Weekday Rides The Atlanta Cycling weekday rides are on Tuesday and Thursday at 4:30 starting next week. Both rides start at the Vinings location.

October 2013 News

11-2-2013 Airport Ride The Airport Ride starts on Sunday. Be there!

10-31-2013 GATR Family Day GATR will host family day on Saturday at Harbins Park from 9 am to 3:30 pm. There will be time trials and group rides.

IMBA Trail Care Crew The IMBA Trail Care Crew will be in Columbus, GA Nov. 14-17. It is hosted by: Chattahoochee Valley Area SORBA. Thursday there will be a presentation. Saturday will be the IMBA Trail Building School and then trail work at Flat Rock Trail.

Bull Mountain Work Party There will be trail maintenance work party this Saturday at Bull Mountain. Further details are here.

10-29-2013 Atlanta Cycling Weekday Rides The Atlanta Cycling weekday rides are on Tuesday and Thursday at 4:30 starting next week. Both rides start at the Vinings location.

10-28-2013 Savannah CX Photos I have about 700 photos from the Savannah CX race that I’m working on processing. They should be up by midweek at

A grape was spotted Saturday night in the Single Speed race in Savannah, GA.

Athens Skills Clinic Frazier Cycling is hosting an Advanced Skills Clinic in Athens Saturday 9-3 Nov 2.  Open to junior/adult cyclists/triathletes.  Climbing/descending at speed, cornering, sprinting out of corner, lead-out/sprinting out of a slipstream, and more.  Cost is $50. Contact Cathy Frazier,, 770-513-8640 for more info or to register.

NCGA Road Clinics

Advanced Cycling Skills Clinic Series
When:  10/27, 11/17, 12/8
Where: Andretti’s parking lot next to Roswell Bicycles
Team Mission Source (NGCA) is conducting a series of advanced riding and group riding skills clinics led by cycling coach and pro Rob Evans.  The focus of these clinics is to make you a better rider, a safer group rider and a someone who is welcome in the pack. These clinics are highly recommended for every rider, whether you are in your first season or 20th.  Each clinic will include approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours of skills practice followed by our normal Sunday Shop Ride.

Clinic #2: Paceline Riding
When:  November 17th – 8:30am
Primary Focus: Riding in a group
This paceline clinic builds on Clinic # 1 (above) and covers the essentials of riding in a group, how to properly and effectively manage in a rotating or non-rotating paceline under various wind conditions and the etiquette of riding with a group.  Attendance at Clinic #1 is not required to register for this clinic. Click here to view event description and register for the event

Clinic #3: Cornering
When:  December 8th – 8:30am
Primary Focus: Maneuvering your bike
This cornering clinic builds on the first two clinics and introduces Cornering which covers the various techniques for quick, safe and efficient maneuvers on both wet and dry pavement.
Click here to view event description and register for the event. Slots are limited and assigned on a first come, first serve basis based on registration, so register early.

10-24-2013 Anniston Night Race The annual Anniston, AL CX Night Race is coming up on Nov. 16th! Race under the lights! Racing starts at 3:30 CST. Registration is open. Then on Nov. 17th come out and race the Georgia State Cyclocross Championships at Serenbe! There will be special activities including the Marlay House Food Truck!

Sorella Race Team Applications Sorella Cycling is accepting applications for the 2014 Women’s Race Team. Deadline is Nov 10. You do not have to be a current member to apply, so if you would like more info and/or a copy of the application please contact us at

Silver Comet Wooden Bridge Repair From PATH: “The Cobb County DOT maintenance crews will soon begin replacement of the wooden boards on the Silver Comet Trail Bridge (Mile 2.1) over the East-West Connector. Pedestrian traffic will have access through the construction site during the deck replacement. Warning signage will be clearly posted on each approach to the bridge advising of construction activity. Bikers should expect to stop and dismount when approaching the bridge for their own safety, as well as that of the construction workers. Since pedestrians and bikers will have access during the replacement work it will take from 45 to 60 days, weather permitting.” A Cobb County email said the exact date of the replacement is not known and depends on when the specially ordered boards come in.

10-22-2013 Macon CX Photos My Macon CX photos are up at!

Reece Latham (Junior Flyers) tackles the barriers, which are as tall as he is, in Macon.

Thomas Turner (Team Jamis) leads in the Men Cat. 1/2/3 into a turn.

DLV News From the DLV Swap Till You Drop and Super Fun Day!! This Coming Saturday, October 26th from 2-6pm
We’re bringing swapping back to the Dick Lane Velodrome!! It’s been a number of years since we’ve swapped it up at the velodrome, but coming up soon we’ll be bringing it back for Swap Till You Drop!! Swapping will be the main theme of the day, but we’ll also be having some super fun events to help keep folks entertained.

Fall Workdays We’ve got some dates set-up for fall workdays, we will be having two workdays to get things cleaned up and a few projects done to improve operations and maintain the velodrome. Dates will be: Saturday November 16th, 9am-3pm and  Saturday December 14th, 9am-3pm As always, attending two workdays will get you a $50 discount on your 2014 One Pass, so get in early to make sure you can get those days completed before the next season. Closer to the first date, we’ll post a task list so if you have specific skills and tools for some of those jobs, we’d love to see you!

10-19-2013 RAMBO Night Rides From RAMBO:  It’s time to register for another season of night time rides lead by RAMBO volunteers on the mtb trails of Roswell Big Creek Park. Rides begin at 7 p.m. sharp; supervised Night Riding by RAMBO. Helmets, lights and cell phones are mandatory and MUST register by noon the day of the ride. For Mountain Bike Riders who possess extensive experience with all aspects of night riding, bike maintenance and rules of the trail. Limited to the natural bike trails at Big Creek Park. Children Must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 5 & up. You must first go to to register online. You can buy different ride packages,  any 1, any 4, any 10 or all rides. (18 rides in total). There is NO registration  at the trail for any of the night rides. If you’re not on the list provided by the  city, you will not be allowed to ride the trails at Big Creek that night. Big Creek Park trails are normally closed at sunset. The night rides enable trail riders to experience trail riding like never before – in a dimension of darkness! Starting November 6th, ready to ride at 7 pm sharp at the Big Creek trailhead (rain dates will be added at season’s end). Rides usually end between 8:30 – 9:00 PM.

Chicopee Night Rides From SORBA Gainesville:  Night Ride Schedule 2013-2014 at Chicopee Woods Mountain Bike Trails

Ready to roll in the dark? Get out those lights and charge those batteries. It is night riding season again! Join the Gainesville group for a season of riding in the dark. Night riding at Chicopee is not allowed except on the dates below. You must be a member of SORBA/IMBA to participate. Please join before the ride by visiting All rides start at 6:30pm. We will break up into faster/slower groups as necessary. All riders are welcome. Be prepared. Check your lights at home before joining the ride. Rain dates will be posted when necessary. Check or on Facebook at Gainesville Sorba for updates. Notices will be posted on those sites if the weather is questionable. Park rules prohibit night riding except at these Chapter rides, so now is your chance to experience Chicopee after sundown! (Trish’s Note: Rides are Free, but drop a few bucks in the donation kiosk.)
11/5, 11/19, 2013
12/4, 12/19, 2013
1/1, 1/16, 1/28, 2014
2/12, 2/27, 2014

10-17-2013 Jens Voigt  I can’t wait to meet Jens on Sunday!

Jens Voigt has a recovery beer at the top of Brasstown Bald at the Tour De Georgia 2004.

Free Flite 35th Anniversary Party Jens Voigt? I’m there!! Shut up, legs! From Free Flite:
Join us for a full day of fun on October 20th at our Canton Road location
-Special guests Gary Fisher and Jens Voigt
-Project One Mobile Experience
-Thousands of dollars in giveaways
-Raffle for a Trek Travel cycling vacation with all proceeds benefiting Georgia Bikes! and Sorba Woodstock
Event location: 2949 Canton Road, Suite 1000, Marietta, Georgia 30066

10-16-2013 2014 GBRA Board The GBRA 2014 Board is:

Rider Rep: Betty Hodges
At Large: Clay Parks
Club/Team: Kent Wheeler
Coaches/Officials: John Patterson
Promoters: Jeff Clayton
Velodrome: Jeff Hopkins

Charleston Work Party From RAMBO: Trail work party at Central Park this Saturday 10/19, 9am-1pm. We will be finishing main trail improvements and then getting back to work on the back hill. Central is getting fast and flowing again thanks to the County Team and a few RAMBO Volunteers that have made it out. We need to get Central done so that we can concentrate on Charleston this winter for the grand opening in the spring. Please dress accordingly; Closed toe sturdy shoes. All tools are provided but please bring your own gloves and lunch will be provided by RAMBO afterwards.
Directions: 400 N to exit 17 – 306 Keith’s Bridge Rd., Take left at top of the ramp, Less than 1 mile down on the left is the park entrance., Head straight to the very back of the park. You will see the kiosk on the left. Meet at the trailhead kiosk.

10-15-2013 Baker’s Dozen Race Cancelled From SORBA CSRA: On behalf of the SORBA CSRA Board of Directors, I regret to inform you that the 2013 Baker’s Dozen endurance mountain bike race has been canceled for both the race date of October 19th and the rain date of October 26th. Several factors affected this carefully considered decision, including, but not limited to: low registration (only 22 riders registered), uncertainty of when the government will resume normal operations, uncertainty of how soon Lick Fork Recreation Area would reopen after the U.S. Forest Service resumed normal operations, and limiting our projected financial loss. Participants already registered for the Baker’s Dozen will receive a full refund of their entry fee, including processing fees, and we ask that the volunteer who won the free BD entry at Hickory Knob/National Trails Day on June 1st contact us so we can discuss alternate arrangements.”

10-14-2013 Boundary Waters Photos I’m uploading my Boundary Waters photos of all divisions at If your race isn’t up yet, check back later Monday!

Salma Huque (Junior Flyers) on her way to winning the Cat. 4 Women at Boundary Waters CX>

The Toyota Forklift team swept the podium in the Masters 45+

Racing This Week If you want to do an endurance mountain bike race, head to the Battle for Oak Mountain on Saturday.  NCCX heads to Charlotte on Saturday and Raleigh on Sunday. Bamacross Gasden Night Race is always fun and is on Saturday. Not to be missed is the Ocktoberfest CX in Macon, GA on Sunday. It will be part of the Macon Oktoberfest celebration. All racers registered for Sunday’s race will receive a ticket to the Festival!

10-11-2013 National Calendars USA Cycling Released the 2014 National Criterium Calendar (NCC) and National Racing Calnedar (NRC). There are very few events in the Southeast.
March 22 Delray Beach Twilight Festival Delray Beach, FL
April 5 Sunny King Criterium  Anniston, AL
April 12-13 Charlotte-Belmont Omnium Charlotte/Belmont, NC
April 18 Winston-Salem Classic Criterium               Winston-Salem, NC
Apr. 17 Winston-Salem Cycling Classic     Winston-Salem, NC

Beginner Track Class From the DLV: “We’ve set the schedule for our Fall Weekend Beginners Class, it will be happening on the Saturday 19th and Sunday the 20th of October from 2pm till 5pm both days. If you are interested in joining us for the class, you can sign-up online. if you have questions about the class, read our beginners page here. and if you don’t find answers there, feel free to drop us an email,”
Inaugural Southeast Cyclocross Super Series SECX offering national caliber racing at four race weekends in four states
Savannah Superprestige October 26-27, Georgia
Wilkesboro Cyclocross Festival November 23-24, North Carolina
Charleston CX Doubleheader December 7-8, South Carolina
MSG Final Series Championship, January 4, Tennessee

The Southeast Cyclocross Super Series (SECX) is bringing together four incredible race weekends in four states for the region’s first national caliber race series. The promoters of the four events: the Savannah Superprestige, the Wilkesboro Cyclocross Festival, the Charleston CX Doubleheader, and the MSG Final (Kingsport, TN) — have joined to give cyclists in this part of the country an opportunity to compete in big fields, at fun events, with great competition. Complete series details are available at

“Until now, racers in our part of the country have had travel to events like Charm City, Cinci3, and Louisville to get a taste of big-time racing are really cool events.” Says series co-founder Andrew Stackhouse of Pirate Race Productions, “now ‘cross racers can come down here for both top-flight competition and some really fun parties.” However, SECX is not usurping the local series like GACX, MSG, and NCCX, “The state series have been instrumental in getting people excited about ‘cross and developing some incredible talent, and each of the SECX races remains part of its local series.”

In addition to attracting national attention to the outstanding individuals and teams in the region, the other goal of SECX is to increase participation among juniors, women, and novices. To accomplish this, SECX is partnering with GOSOAP Sports Detergent to offer team competitions for both Juniors and Adults. The GOSOAP Team Cups will score each team’s five best-placed finishers each day, irrespective of which category they compete in. “Cyclocross is special because of the camaraderie,” says Steve Teeples, founder of GOSOAP, “there are so few sports that entire families can take part, or where a group of friends of varying ages and abilities can race and cheer for each other all day. The GOSOAP Team Cups should encourage our outstanding elite programs, shop teams, and local clubs to get more people out racing bikes, and spending all day in the mud screaming for each other.” GOSOAP will also be offering washing stations at the events so racers can get their technical clothes cleaned and the wicking restored so they look and function like new for the next day’s racing.

In addition to the GOSOAP Team Cups, SECX will award top series finishers in 10 adult categories. Prizes include $1,750 in prize money for Masters and Elite racers, as well as great prizes like gift certificates and the A23 wheelset from Velocity USA for the lower categories. The prize pool continues to grow as more sponsors sign on, and as part of the SECX commitment to women’s racing, the top five male and female elite racers will receive equal payouts. SECX is also the first series in the region that will score boys and girls separately in four age groups: 10 to 12, 13 to 14, 15 to 16, and 17 to 18. “After talking to lots of parents and coaches, we realized that there is a ton of demand to create more opportunities for junior racing.” Stackhouse adds, “Cyclocross is by far the best cycling discipline for kids, and probably the only sport where kids and parents can watch each other play on the same field on the same day. Plus, who doesn’t love cheering on the litter rippers as they slip and slide around the course.” Stackhouse concludes, “With nationals coming to Asheville in 2016, and SECX underway, we hope that people start talking about cyclocross in the Southeast in the same breath as the Northwest and New England.”

For more information about the series, including information on the individual events, or how your company can become part the excitement, go to or join the Facebook group to stay up to date on series announcements, form your team, or just to talk trash to other ‘cross racers in the Southeast.

10-10-2013 Assail the Trails From Cycle Therapy in Rome: The Assail the Trails mountain bike race will be on Sat., Nov. 16 on the campus of Berry College in Rome, GA. There are two routes: 14 and 35 miles.  There will also be a free kids ride at 9:30 for those under 12 years. Note to Berry faculty:  All Berry students with valid ID can race for only $20! Volunteers needed for this race so if you or anyone you know would like to help, please direct them to me. All proceeds go to benefit Summit Quest. Registration is now open at

10-8-2013 Grant Park CX Photos My Grant Park photos are up at Lots from most divisions!

Georgia Anti-Cycling Bill From Georgia Bikes: “At conclusion of public forum in Gainesville, HB689 sponsors agree to drop the bill! Sincere thanks to the hundreds who showed up to oppose the bill.” This is great news!!

Allatoona Night Rides From SORBA Atlanta: “We are pleased to announce that Cobb County P&R has approved two night rides for Allatoona Creek Park this month. The first will be Tuesday 10/15. The second will be our annual Halloween Haunt Ride, with costumes highly recommended, on Tuesday 10/29. Both rides will start from the Old Stilesboro bathrooms at 6:30 and end no later than 9. Rider sign-in will be required and we will ride in pace groups. NO NIGHT RIDING IS ALLOWED AT ACP OUTSIDE OF THESE APPROVED RIDES. FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL RESULT IN CANCELLATION OF ALL NIGHT RIDING! Note Mt. Tabor IS open for night riding until 11PM.”

10-7-2013 Grant Park CX Photos My Grant Park photos will be up by Monday Night at Lots from most divisions!
Grant Park CX Lisa Randall
Lisa Randall (Sorella Cycling) on her way to winning the Women’s Cat. 1/2/3 at the Grant Park CX Race.

Grant Park CX Willem Kaiser
Willem Kaiser (Mission Source Juniors) beat the senior riders to take the Cat. 4 race at Grant Park CX.

Airport Ride From the Airport Ride: “Dear Suckers, You are hereby invited to ride the Airport Ride: 2013- 2014 edition. Airport Ride will begin on Sunday, November 3rd 2013 at 10am EST on Trinity near the Castleberry Lofts. As always, there will be a long/short split after the railroad tracks around mile 20. No need to RSVP or bring a gift. Simply see the details below. I look forward to suffering with all you nut jobs.  What to bring: common sense and a banana. (banana optional) What to leave at home: poor decision making while on the front, whining, bad attitudes, snot rockets that hit me. See ya at the start, –The Airport Ride

Smyrna Bicycles Ride The Smyrna Bicycles Monday Night Ride time changes this week. The A Group rolls at 5:50 with the B group at 6:00.

Racing This Week There are lots of racing going on this week! Saturday is the  Lula Lake Land Trust 50 Mile near Chattanooga. Also for mountain bikers is the  12 Hours of Dauset. Lots of cyclocross as well. Saturday is the MSG CX Elizabethton and Barkley Bootlegger CX.  Dupont Forest CX is hosting a weekend of Cross in NC. Sunday is Pisgah Brewery CX Heardmount Speedway Cyclocross, and Hub Endurance Chattanooga CX #2. The Georgia Cross Series heads to Boundary Waters CX, Smynra Bikes has promised a great course!

10-5-2013 Allatoona Race Time Change From the promoter: “The movement of Tropical Storm Karen has slowed and the weather picture for Sunday, particularly early in the day, has improved. Cobb County Parks and Recreation has decided to go with an earlier than planned race start to maximize the chance of completing the full 6 hour race duration under dry conditions. WE WILL SHOOT FOR A 10:30 START TIME – PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY.  Race day registration will be available from 8 until 9:30 Sunday morning. The course has been marked and manicured and it is in great shape.”

GATR News From GATR: Work Party this Sunday Where: Tribble Mill Park When: Sunday, October 6th @ 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. We will be working on re-routing the switch backs at bottom of “Chuck”.  The plan is to park along the road, just after the bridge and the cross walk area (before the first stop sign). Work parties count as community service, if you know someone that unfortunately needs the hours.  Lunch will be provided.   Meet between 8:30 and 9 to get signed in and get tools, etc. Let us know you are coming.

Family Day Where: Harbins Park When: Saturday, November 2nd @ 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  We will have our annual GATR day at Harbins this year for the first time.  We will have the usual rides, cookout, games, etc.  If you have any specific activities or games you would like to help with or participate in, please let us know. Let us know you are coming.


Deep Roots Charity Ride From BCM: On October 19th the Bicycling Club of Milledgeville and Central State Redevelopment Authority will host the 2nd Annual Deep Roots Charity ride at the Pecan Grove on the Central State Hospital campus.  100% of the proceeds from this year’s ride will benefit Georgia Cancer Support and the Oconee River Greenway Foundation.  We have added a full Century route this year in addition to the half and full metric century routes.  This year’s routes take riders on some roads that we haven’t used for any other rides, so you will see some beautiful new scenery.  The ride starts at 9AM with onsite registration starting at 8AM.  We will also have a ­FREE 5 mile family fun ride which will start at 9:30AM after the main riders have gone.  We encourage riders to bring their family members to enjoy the fun ride and the festival. As with all the rides that BCM hosts, riders will be fed well and entertained with the day’s events.  Breakfast will be served before the ride starts by Chic-fil-A with coffee provided by Starbucks.  Georgia Cancer Support and the Oconee River Greenway will be hosting the 5 rest stops located throughout the ride.  During registration and after the ride, the Central State Hospital Redevelopment Authority will be hosting a fall festival with bands, arts and crafts and booths for many of our local charities and civic organizations.  We will also be service BBQ chicken with sides and Quinoa BBQ sliders as our vegetarian option.  You will not go away from this ride hungry!  And if all of this isn’t enough, all riders can get a free pass to enjoy the award winning Deep Roots Festival downtown Milledgeville after the ride.  Early registration will be open online until 12:00PM on October 9th with a discounted ride price of $30 which includes a ride t-shirt.  After the 9th, the price goes up to $40 and you will NOT get a t-shirt.  So hurry up and register early.

Trek’s Project One rolls into Atlanta Cycling Oct. 19 From Atlanta Cycling:  Trek’s long-running Project One Custom Program allows customers to choose from a wide variety of paint schemes, colors and build kits, but only through the online portal, unless you happen to be located near the company’s headquarters in Waterloo, Wisconsin. That’s set to change Oct. 19 when the Project One Mobile Experience — a massive rolling showcase that will provide potential customers with the chance to see, touch and feel the possibilties firsthand — rolls into Atlanta Cycling’s Vinings location. Housed in an enormous custom trailer and towed by a similarly gargantuan Freightliner truck, the entire side of the Project One Mobile Experience opens via hydraulic cylinders to reveal an inviting showroom. Visitors are first greeted with frames-in-white to introduce the starting points of your Project One bicycles. Afterward, you can see nearly three dozen paint scheme and color combinations firsthand along with your dream and fully customized build kit options, and then finalize their selections and place their orders at the on-board computer workstations.

10-3-2013 Reality Bikes Ride The last Wed. Reality Bikes ride will be Oct. 9th.  The ride will go on hiatus until next Spring.

Trails Closed Many trails on federal lands are closed. Confirmed in Atlanta is that Sope Creek is closed. Follow this thread on the SORBA forum for the latest details.

Bull Mountain Work Party Cancelled Because of the government shut down, all volunteer activities in the USFS lands have been cancelled. This includes the Bull Mountain work party scheduled for Oct. 5th. The next work party will be Nov. 2. See the Bull Mountain Facebook page for more details.

10-2-2013 Ride Reminder Where did the summer and the daylight go? It’s fall again. The days are shorter, and it’s not 99 degrees anymore. Just a reminder that a lot of rides move to 6:00 this week. Check the Rides page for updates. If your favorite ride is not listed, contact the organizer to confirm the start time.

Anticycling Bill in Georgia Georgia House Representatives from Hall County (Gainesville) have introduced an anticycling bill into the Georgia State Legislature. Georgia Bikes has the latest information on their blog. Please attend the meeting Oct. 7th in Hall County to show your support for cycling in Georgia! You can also follow the discussion on the Southeastern Cycling Facebook Page.

10-1-2013 Team News Wanted! Do you have any team news that you want to share? Email me at to get it posted on Southeastern Cycling!

SORBA Woodstock Fall Festival From SORBA Woodtock: Join us on Saturday, October 5, 2013 for our annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day and Fall Festival at Blankets Creek Mountain Bike Trails!  We will have demos from local bike shops, group rides, kid’s games, rides and a race,  a Time Trial race on VMT and a bike parts swap meet. Tables for the swap meet are $10 each.

Alpha Bikes News From Alpha Bikes: Michael’s Safety Sale. He took his eyes off the trail for a few seconds. Next thing, separated AC and broken clavicle. Next thing, surgery. Poor, poor Michael. Lest his tale of woe become nothing more than a cautionary one, Michael is taking this opportunity to focus on safety. Your safety.  All through October, come on in and enjoy up to 20% savings on in-stock safety gear including helmet, lights, vests, frame pumps, multitooks, and cleaning supplies.

Michael’s Pity Party – Oct. 13 Poor poor Michael. The surgeon says no bike riding until after the new year. His 2013 season is over, done, kaput. Nothing to do but … PARTY!!!
Save Sunday afternoon, October 13. Invites are on their way! Teaser alert: Red Bull Rampage finals air at 4p ET.

Park Tool School Time! Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in November and January we are offering our Park Tool School Classes. You will work on your bike.
Drivetrain I: 11/05/13; 1/07/14
Brakes: 11/06/13; 1/08/14
Drivetrain II: 11/12/13; 1/14/14
Suspension: 11/13/13; 1/15/14
Wheels: 11/19/13; 1/21/14

LG Factory Team Applications The all women’s LG Factory Team is accepting applications for 2014 for Pro/1/2 riders. See their blog for details.

9-30-2013 Racing This Week There is a lot of racing next weekend–mainly cross: Oct. 5 Wilson’s Revenge CX, Oct. 5 Sprocktoberfest, Oct. 5 Five County Cross, Oct. 5-6 MSG CX Farmhouse,  Oct. 6 Grant Park CX, Oct. 6 Spartan Cross, Oct. 6 Bamacross Brookside CX, Oct. 6 Durham Cycles Cross, Oct. 6 Cadence Cycling Center CX #1. For the mountain bikers there are a few races: Oct. 6 AMBS Dead Dog, Oct. 6 ATR Race #10, Oct. 5 Sprocktoberfest.

Of course the first ever ITP cyclocross race in Atlanta will be on Sunday at Grant Park. Yes, THE Grant Park! I’m sure it will be huge!!

9-29-2013 Labor Day Century in October!  The Atlanta Cycling Labor Day Century has moved to the rain date of Saturday, October 5th at 10:00 am. The Labor Day Century preregistration is open. “Please join us Oct. 5th for a metric century through the rolling, rural countryside of South Fulton County in support of the church (Campbellton United Methodist Church) that is so supportive of cycling in the community. Routes of 24, 40, 50 and 62 miles will be painted and supported. An ‘ole fashion fall picnic will greet the riders upon their return.” Day of registration for the Labor Day Century opens at 9 am.

9-26-2013 Beyond Allatoona Ride The NCGA Beyond Allatoona ride will move to a 9:00 am start time on Oct. 5th.

9-25-2013 2014 National Championships  From “USA Cycling on Tuesday confirmed the dates and locations of 14 national championship events to take place in 2014. The national championship calendar opens Jan. 8-12 in Boulder, Colorado, with the cyclocross national championships and concludes Oct. 24-26 with the collegiate track championships, one of three events still with undetermined locations. The professional road championships will return to Chattanooga, Tennessee, May 24-26, three weeks after the collegiate road championships serve as a test event for the 2015 world championships in Richmond, Virginia. The professional criterium championships will return to High Point, North Carolina, on Sept. 6.  Bear Creek Resort in Macungie, Pennsylvania, will again host the cross-country nationals July 17-20. According to USA Cycling, dates and locations for the junior and masters track national championships, as well as the location for the collegiate mountain bike nationals will be determined soon.”

2014 U.S. national championship events-Southeastern Events
May 2-4 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships Richmond, Va.
May 24-26 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships Chattanooga, Tenn.
Aug. 12-17 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships Rock Hill, S.C.
Sept. 6 USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships High Point, N.C.

Pedal for Your Palate Take a two-wheeled tour through downtown Douglasville during Pedal for your Palate, a charity bike ride October 19 supporting The Pantry, a Douglasville based ministry providing canned goods and other food items to local families and individuals in need. Cyclists of all levels choose from three different routes including a five-, 25- and 62-mile option, providing a family-friendly opportunity to “pedal” at your own pace while touring downtown Douglasville’s scenic historic district. $5 of each Pedal for your Palate entry fee goes toward our event goal donation of $5,000. A food drive will also be held the day of the event to support The Pantry. Spin Your Wheels in Douglasville, October 19 Register by October 16 online at The event begins at 6695 Church Street in Douglasville, with a 7 a.m. check-in and 8 a.m. start. For more information visit or call 770-947-5920. From golfing to exploring the City’s five parks spanning nearly 400 acres to Georgia’s largest shopping complex west of Atlanta, plan to stay the weekend to cycle through all Douglasville has to offer. Choose from the City’s more than 1,800 sleeping rooms accented with Southern hospitality at its finest so you’ll feel right at home.

Cross Clinic THIS THURSDAY!! Nate Sibly and Mark Babcock are hosting an introduction to cyclocross at Atlanta Cycling (Ansley location). Come learn the basics and talk ‘cross! Where: Atlanta Cycling Ansley location When: Thursday at 6:00

Racing This Weekend  There is a lot of racing this weekend! The three day  Hell Hole Gravel Stage Race is Friday-Sunday. Saturday is the BHB CX Series, Six Gap Criterium Jack Rabbit Big Ring Challenge, Grind on the Greenway Beech Mtn Downhill, MSG CX Dotmar, and SECCA CX Training Series. Sunday is the first Georgia Cross race at the Old Grey Barn, in Rocky Face, GA, which is just outside of Dalton. Come join in the CX fun!!

Masters World Champion Congratulations to Brendan Sullivan (Team Lupus) on his two Masters World Championships last weekend. He swept his age group with the Time Trial and Road Race Win. Brendan is a multiple US National and Welsh National Champion. Congratulations!!!

Brendan Sullivan on the top step of the Masters World Championships Podium. Photo Courtesy of Brendan.

Up the Creek Rescheduled The Up the Creek 6 Hour race will be noon to 6 pm on Oct. 6th at Allatoona Creek Park in Cobb County.

Latest GBRA News From GBRA: GCS Finale: Six Gap Criterium in Dahlonega The Georgia Championship Series will be coming to a close this Saturday(Sept. 28th) with the series finale Six Gap Criterium in Dahlonega. This will be your last chance to score points for the series and move onto the podium if you’re close enough, so be sure to get out there and into the action. Details are here.  We will be doing Series podums throughout the day, so if you are a podium contender and want to get your photo taken and collect your trophy, make sure you’re there and ready to get up on the podium. We’ll do the series podiums at the same time as the race podium for each category. Please be sure that all of your series poitns are correct and up to date, you can check on those over here.

2014 GBRA Board Voting is Open Voting is now open for the 2014 GBRA Board. You can see the online voting form and all of the rules on the website here. Please note the eligibility of voting, per the GBRA By-Laws. Online voting will be open until the 27th of September, at which point it will close until the Annual meeting, which will be held on the 13th of October. The annual meeting will be held at Our Way Cafe, 2831 East College Ave, Decatur GA 30030 on the 13th at 5pm.
Current GCS Standings After Maxxis Grant Park Criterium Things are moving along here in the GBRA headquarters, and the point standings are being progressively updated. Be sure to check through the results, and let us know if your results need adjusting, or if you have any quesitons about how things are looking there, email Here’s the link to the standings. 

Annual Big Creek Park Mountain Bike Family Festival The Annual RAMBO Big Creek Park Mountain Bike Family Festival will be Saturday, October 5, 2013. There will be games, a kids skills clinic, timed events, scavenger hunts, & more! It’s free, but donations will be accepted.

Dixie Cream Donut Dash and Century Bike Ride The Dixie Cream Donut Dash and Century Bike ride will be Oct. 5th at 8:15 am. VLPRA’s Dixie Cream Donut Dash and Century Bike Ride has four “flavors” to choose from: the Century Ride (100 miles), the Metric Century Ride (100km), the Unfrosted Dash (30 miles with no donuts) and the Dixie Cream Donut Dash (a 30-mile ride where eating donuts at rest stops takes minutes off your time). All rides are solo except the Donut Dash, which can be solo or a relay with two team members splitting up the distance and the donuts! Every donut you eat takes five minutes off your time, plus donut-themed obstacles add to the fun! Race begins and ends at North Lowndes Park in Hahira (GA), with the route taking riders through beautiful rural areas of South Georgia. VLPRA will provide lunch, SAG support, and a t-shirt for each paid participant. Advanced registration is $25 for all solo rides; $15 for the Dixie Cream Dash Relay. Price goes up by $5 on the event day.