April News

Roswell Photos are up at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com!

4-28-2013 Roswell Photos I’m uploading my photos from the Historic Roswell Crit. They will be up by Tuesday morning. In the meantime, you can see a selection of my photos on cyclingnews:

A Junior Flyers rider is all business during the Juniors 10-14 race in Roswell.


Andy Lougher (Lupus Racing Team) wins the Roswell Masters Race.

4-27-2013 Georgia Crit Series Beginning May 18, there is an 18 week, Tues night criterium in Dawsonville at the Atlanta Motorsport Park. It will be permitted with USAC and offer opportunity for upgrade points. The website for the series is www.AMPCyclingSeries.com.

4-25-2013 GBRA News From GBRA:

Next GCS Event: Athens Terrapin Twilight As the GCS rolls on through Georgia after it’s stop in Macon, next up on the schedule is not only one of the highlights of the Georgia racing calendar, but that of the entire country, as we head to Athens for the Terrapin Twilight races. This coming Saturday April 27th the premier criterium in the nation will be held right on our doorstep here in Georgia, and it presents the opportunity for all categories of racer to compete during the morning races on the Oconee River Greenway Circuit. Men will earn the opportunity to compete in the evening amateur finals and experience the atmosphere of the pro races that happen later in the evening on the Athens downtown circuit. All the info can be found at athenstwilight.com/  with all of the cycling specific info found here: athenstwilight.com/cycling.php and race flier over here: http://www.athenstwilight.com/user_files/1366640844_TwilghtFlier2013.pdf

Current GCS Standings After Macon Classic Criterium We’ve got things moving faster here in the GBRA headquarters, and the point standings have been updated after the Macon Classic Criterium. 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 info@gacycling.org Here’s the link to the standings: http://gacycling.org/gcsstandings.

Sandy Springs Challenge, May 5th 2013 Athens Terrapin Twilight will have been run and won by this point and the Georgia Championship Series will head over to Sandy Springs on May 5th for the Sandy Springs Chalenge. The tight technical course will suit those with great bike handling skills, and spectators will be able to enjoy the Taste of Sandy Springs presented by Gas South. Local participating restaurants will be showing of their wares during the days activities. Details can be seen on the event website: http://sandyspringschallenge.org/?page_id=3

SB&T Albany Bike Race Weekend, May 25th and 26th 2013 After the speedweek races conclude with the Sandy Springs Challenge, everyone will be able to take a nice breather before we ramp up again for the next stop on the GSC series when we head to Albany for the SB&T Albany Biek Race Weekend. The wekeend will feature a full round of Criteriums on Saturday and Road Races on Sunday. Info for the race can be found over here: http://swagger.gobike1.com/site/events/albanyrace/
2013 Georgia Championship Series

It’s been a little bit of a wait, but we have finalized the 2013 Georgia Championship Series events and details. The evnts for this coming season that will participate in the series are displayed with a red star on the website here, http://gacycling.org/schedule/list  and are:

Sat 03/30 Fouche Gap Road Race Rome Rome Velo
Sat 04/13 Macon State Criterium Champs Macon Georgia Neuro. Institute
Sat 04/27 Terrapin Twilight Criterium Athens Twilight Foundation
Sun 05/05 Sandy Springs Cycling Challenge Sandy Springs
Sat 05/25-26 SB&T Bike Race Weekend Albany
Sat 06/08-09 Healthy Newton Omnium Covington
Sat 06/15 State Championship Road Race Rome Rome Velo
Sat 07/06-07 Georgia Games Fairmont Georgia Sports Foundation
Sat 07/27-28 Georgia Cycling Gran Prix Gwinnett County
Sun 08/04 Peachtree Bikes State TT Champs Palmetto Peachtree Bikes
Sat 08/17 Litespeed BMW Criterium Atlanta Litespeed-BMW
Sun 08/18 Grant Park Criterium Atlanta L5 Flyers pb Quantum Mechanics
Sat 09/28 Six Gap Criterium Dahlonega

Series prizes and all other info can now be found on the GBRA website over here: http://gacycling.org/gcsinfo.  About GBRA The Georgia Bicycle Racing Association (GBRA) is an organization of Georgia bicycling racing clubs and their members. GBRA exists to help promote, develop, and grow the sport of bicycle racing in the state by helping race directors promote events, helping riders access the sport, and generating enthusiasm in the cycling community at-large.

4-24-2013 Brownwood Bicycle Rally  From EAKC: Get your bikes in gear for the East Atlanta Kids Club’s 10th-annual Brownwood Bike Rally! Join us on May 4, 2013 at beautiful Brownwood Park in East Atlanta for another great day of bike racing & other fun festival activities! The Brownwood Bike Rally is a festive event celebrating cycling, fitness and health, for kids and adults. This year’s festival includes street bike races and a bike safety rodeo for kids, cyclocross races for adults, a health fair, a food court and a festival area featuring family-friendly activities. Prizes are awarded for all races. Proceeds will benefit the East Atlanta Kids Club, a nonprofit after-school tutoring and mentoring program for promising youth. Register and learn more about the 2013 Brownwood Bike Rally Classic.

Jackson Brevet From Robert Wilhite, the promoter: 4th Annual Jackson Co. Brevet, June 15, 2013 (Braselton, GA) LIMITED to 1,500 riders. www.jacksonbrevet.com  info@jacksonbrevet.com
22/39/64/100 mile options w/full SAG support. Rolling and super fast flats (w/a few climbs) on smooth roads thru Jackson Co. Rest Stop Contest: you vote the ‘Best Decorated’. Winning Volunteers get Dave & Buster’s Night Out. BEST marked routes. Faster century route vs last year means more Sub-4hr century finishers and faster times for everyone.
“Aplastic Anemia can take my bride Kelly at any time. Your support/participation helps us to literally force a change to a 27-yr old, outdated treatment, giving Kelly and all others w/AA a fighting chance.” Robert Wilhite, Founder
– Huge raffle w/over $6000 in items, including 2013 Cannondale CAAD 10 3 road bike
– Event t-shirt (guaranteed if registered by May 23rd)
– Incredible After-Ride meal
– Special Surprise Presentation at Ride Start, hosted by Lt Gov Casey Cagle.
– NEW 2013 Event Cycling Apparel by Hincapie Sportwear
– WIN a Zipp 404 Carbon Clincher wheelset (3 sets available)

Silver Comet News From PATH: Paulding DOT is planning to build a trail tunnel underneath Cleburne Parkway and has completed a temporary detour for that portion of the Silver Comet Trail. The detour was relocated away from the trail and the pedestrian crossing signal is no longer working. Trail users will need to stop at the road and look both ways before crossing. We will update you on the construction progress in future postings. Trish’s note: This is at about

4-23-2013 Blankets Creek XC Mountain Bike Challenge presented by Free Flite Bicycles – May 11, 2013
Join us for the first ever true Cross Country Mountain Bike Race at Blankets Creek Trails in Canton, GA! We will offer first timer, beginner, sport and expert categories. We will have a beginner/sport lap as well as a slightly longer expert lap. Course descriptions, distances, and lap counts can be found here on the event website. We are working to raise the bar on XC mountain bike racing. Register before April 29th and you’ll receive one of our sweet wicking tech shirts with your entry – one you’ll actually want to wear, as well as chip timing with instant results, great prizes and sponsor swag, enthusiastic SORBA volunteers, and post race snacks. To keep with tradition, we’ll be paying cash to the Top 5 expert men and Top 3 expert women. No special racing license is required to enter, so please make plans to join us. In-store registration is also available at the Canton Road (Marietta) Free-Flite location. The first 20 racers that register in-store will receive a bonus pair of socks, courtesy of Swiftwick! Available while supplies last. Those that register in Store will also be entered in a raffle for a Free-Flite gift card and Mountain Goat Logo item prize pack. Help us make this event a success as we help SORBA Woodstock chip away at the $80,000 needed to build the new trail at Rope Mill Park. If you haven’t heard, our major effort with SORBA Woodstock this year is to help fund nearly $80,000 that is needed to build an additional 5.5 miles of trail at Rope Mill Park. In 2012, our events raised over $15,000 for SORBA Woodstock to continue their fine work. Please consider joining us so that we can continue to provide this level of support in 2013 and get us all some more dirt to play on!

Appalachia Gravel Grinder Series The 4 race Appalachia Gravel Grinder series continues on May 19th with the Powerhouse GG in Tellico Plains, TN. The long option is 65 miles, and the short option is 34 miles. Check out the AGG series website for more information!

March News

Reality Bikes Classic Bike Ride and Brunch
Classic Bike Ride, Bike Show, and Brunch On the morning of Saturday the first of June 2013, join us for a leisurely ride through the Forsyth countryside on classic bicycles followed by a classic bike show and Brunch here at the shop. All bicycles older than 1999 are welcome, though the older the better. Classic wool jerseys and team attire strongly encouraged! The ride will commence at 9am from in front of Reality Bikes and consist of a 25ish mile conversational paced ride averaging 15-17mph. When we return, stands will be provided to display your classic steed in front of the shop for your fellow riders and casual bystanders to admire. While perusing the collection of classics and sharing stories of rides past, we will provide a brunch of wine and cheese. répondez s’il vous plaît by sending an email to duncan@realitybikes.com if you plan to attend so that we may plan accordingly!

Central Park Work Party
From RAMBO: It’s work party time at Central Park this Saturday April 20. We will be working on the new back hill trail and the new power line reroute. Please wear close toed shoes. RAMBO will provide lunch after the work party.
· 400 N to exit 17
· Take left at the top of the ramp
· Go about 1mile turn left into the park
· Go straight to the back near the ball fields and the bike kiosk http://ow.ly/k3Bmr

Racing This Weekend
This weekend has a bit of everything. The Boone-Roubaix: The Hell of the High Country takes place in NC. Some of the best crit action comes to Anniston, AL on Saturday at the Sunny King Crit! (See the press release below). Sunday is the Foothills RR in Piedmont, AL.

Past Sunny King Champions Return To Anniston
Among the wealth of talent lining up at the 2013 Sunny King Criterium, are several of the race’s past champions. The event, which is set once again to take place at the center of Anniston, Alabama’s Noble Street Festival on the 20th of April, will be revisited not only by 2012 winners Issac Howe (Team Smartstop presented by Mountain Khakis) and Erica Allar (CARE4Cycling powered by Solomon Corp), but by a host of previous victors including Hilton Clarke and Karl Menzies (UnitedHealthcare), Howe’s teammate Frank Travieso and veteran women riders Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom Racing) and Tina Pic (Colavita-Fine Cooking). “Sunny King has that gradual uphill to the finish, which is a cool aspect of that course,” says 2008 winner Hilton Clarke. “It’s really a tough sprint out of the last corner. (But) our team has a lot of experience together at this point, so I think right now it’s playing to our advantage a bit. The team has a really good system going, and we’ve just hit the ground running this year.” Teammate Karl Menzies, who’s been a key part of Clarke’s unbroken string of victories this year, stood atop the Sunny King podium back in 2009, and fondly remembers the ambience on the night of his victory. “It’s a great atmosphere (there),” says Menzies recalling that evening four year ago. “I love that race. The people there are awesome. You never know what can happen at that race. I won out of a two-man breakaway with Kyle Wamsley, but people have won it from sprints, people have lapped the field, and people have won it from breakaways. It’s one of the courses where you have to be ready for anything.” That’s a sentiment echoed by 2007 winner Frank Travieso. “The year that I won my team controlled the race with one lap to go,” remembers the former Sunny King champion who has joined the Team Smartstop presented by Mountain Khakis team for this season. “Colavita was working during the last lap for Alejandro Borrajo, but I passed him right on the line. It was a big moment for me and my team.”

That same year Laura Van Gilder took the women’s title, and is returning to Anniston in 2013 virtually as solid as she has ever been. “My form is strong heading into Sunny King,” says Van Gilder, who’s had a number of top 5 finishes already this year. “I’m happy to remain competitive and enjoy mixing it up with all the women who are pedaling on the racing circuit. My sponsor, Mellow Mushroom, is in Anniston and I am very loyal to those roots and their support of me.” One of the women who she’ll be facing is Sunny King’s sole two-time winner Tina Pic, who has returned from retirement to reinvigorate the Colavita-Fine Cooking squad. “(The race) always has fantastic crowd support,” says Pic. “The course is great because of the uphill (rise) at the end, and the wins are always hard fought.”

Many of the same riders racing on Saturday night will also be participating in the annual Foothills Classic Road Race on Sunday the 21st and features over 3000 feet of climbing throughout the day’s effort. Heralded as a Top 10 event in Alabama by the state’s tourism bureau, those fans in attendance are treated to views from all around the course via a large full-color monitor.“I love the big screen (on the course) where you can see all the spectators screaming to the riders,” says Frank Travieso. For those not able to get to Anniston in person, the race will once again be seen can once again be seen online at a number of locations including:

Tune in live from 12-9:30PM Central to catch all of the excitement from one of the most cherished and exciting cycling events on the U.S. professional calendar.

Mt. Tabor Work Party From Paulding SORBA
There will be a Mt Tabor work party 8:30-12 on Saturday to open a new corridor for the trail race in May. They will also do general trail work. Meet at the mountain bike parking lot on the right as you first enter the park. They will also be taking donations of dog and cat food as well as blankets and towels for the local animal shelter. http://www.pauldingsorba.org