July 2014 News

7-31-2014 Attack on the Silver Comet  A pedestrian was attacked Tuesday on the Silver Comet in Paulding County. The attack was near the Tara Drummond Trailhead and Academy Rd. If you saw anything suspicious yesterday afternoon, call the Paulding County Sheriff’s office at 770-443-3015.

7-29-2014 Southeast Regional Series Cycling Event Heads to Knoxville Press Release:  Greenville, S.C. (July 28, 2014) – Amateur and elite cyclists have their sights set on Knoxville, Tenn. for the weekend of August 9-10. This will be the fourth stop of the five-state competition for the Southeast Regional Series presented by Stan’s NoTubes (SRS). More than 450 cyclists, including members from local team KnoxVelo-Harper Auto, are expected to participate in the Knoxville Criterium and Road Race, a two-day event that offers prize money and points competitions. Currently, Dustin Antrican of Knoxvelo-Harper Auto leads the sprint competition in the Men’s Cat 5 division after three months of racing. The Knoxville Criterium begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, featuring a one-mile circuit through downtown Knoxville. There are 11 categorized races, from two junior events to races for Masters and professional men and women riders.

Sunday features nine categorized events among the beautiful terrain of Corryton, Tenn. for the Knoxville Road Race. Racers will navigate an 11-mile loop starting at Corryton School Road near House Mountain State Park. The route includes an uphill climb on Hogskin Road for The King of the Mountain/Queen of the Mountain points competition, a prize for the best climbers in the peloton. “We’re excited to return to Knoxville,” said SRS Director Marilyn Cullinane, who also owns Start Smart Cycling in Greenville, S.C. “The city has a lot of rich history and charm. Its natural beauty and scenic roads make it the perfect landscape for this competition. Spectators can see adrenaline-fueled racing from some of the best cyclists across the Southeast.”

Admission is free for spectators both days. The start/finish for Saturday events for the Knoxville Criterium is located on Howard Baker Jr. Boulevard, adjacent to the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum. Racing starts at 8 a.m. and events are expected to finish at 4:45 p.m., with the awards ceremony to follow. The Knoxville Road Race on Sunday will begin at 8 a.m. with the 80-mile Men’s Pro 1 /2 event. The final race is expected to conclude at approximately 3 p.m. Local natural foods supermarket Earth Fare will provide lunches both days for all staff and volunteers, as well as snacks for racers and spectators to sample on Saturday.

The Southeast Regional Series presented by Stan’s NoTubes is the only road racing series for amateur and elite cycling teams which offers points competitions spanning multiple states in one region. The series offers over $50,000 in cash and prizes this summer, across five weekends of racing in five states. SRS is managed by Start Smart Cycling and offers points and prizes at each weekend series. The series concludes in September in Greenville, S.C. when the top men and women will be presented with the overall award jerseys, based on points earned at all five races: SRS Overall Champion’s jersey, the green- and- white-striped PEZ Cycling News Sprinter’s Jersey, and the Stan’s NoTubes King of the Mountain/Queen of the Mountain jersey. Additional sponsors include Knoxville-based auto dealership Harper Auto Square and bicycle shop Cedar Bluff Cycles, Earth Fare, Hincapie Sportswear and Mountain Khakis®. As the official jersey sponsor, Hincapie Sportswear will provide custom jerseys for the category leaders. Mountain-inspired lifestyle apparel brand Mountain Khakis® will provide more than $5,000 in merchandise and prizes as the official apparel sponsor for the race.

7-28-2014 Mountain Biker Attacked at FATS Trail This was brought to my attention by a friend from Augusta, GA. From the Edgefield Daily: “MCCORMICK – A mountain biker riding on the FATS trails in the Merriwether area on Saturday decided to end his ride by going down to Stevens Creek. On the trip back to his car three men in “full camouflage” reportedly stretched a rope across the trail causing the rider to be thrown from his bike around 9 pm. The three men then attacked the downed rider and attempted a sexual assault before the man was able to fight them off and run from the scene. At least one of the men is said to have then fired a shot at the victim as he ran away.” Read the rest of the article on the Edgefield Daily website.

7-27-2014 General Reminder-Lock Your Cars! There have been several break ins lately at places where cyclists park to ride. Always remember-Take, Hide, and Lock! Take you wallet or anything that is of value with you or out of your car. Hide everything else. Lock your car! If you leave your purse, wallet, or laptop bag on the front seat of your car, it’s like asking a crook to break into your car! “Oh, hai, Mr. Crook! I’m here on the front seat, just waitin’ fur you!” If your car does get broken into, report it to the local police.

Greenville, SC News From the Greenville Spinners: “MAJOR REPAVING STARTS ON PERIMETER ROAD ON OR BEFORE JULY 27. IT WILL TAKE 3 MONTHS TO COMPLETE. IF IT RAINS AT ALL, IT WILL TAKE LONGER. The paving will be on 4.2 miles of the total 7.2 miles. The remaining last 3 miles owned by SCDOT has not yet been scheduled. Racing and riding on Perimeter Road will be SUSPENDED until further notice from the Greenville Spinners board. This will be in effect for at least the next three months. The country C rides will continue as planned.IF you have questions, please post them here on the FB page for all to see. Be happy because after its completion, we will have a WIDER, SAFER AND SMOOTHER RIDE THAN EVER BEFORE!” Trish’s note: This is great news if you have raced at Donaldson Center as part of the Greenville Spring Training Series. The roads have gotten really bad over the last few years.

7-24-2014 Weekday Alltoona Work Parties  From SORBA West Georgia: “We are making a big push to get the new Allatoona Creek Park trail open by the end of summer and we need your help!  Starting tomorrow, we will be hosting weekly Thursday evening work parties from 5:45 to approximately 8:00.  Tools will be provided.  Just bring long pants, sturdy shoes, gloves, bug spray and a friend or two.  We will meet at the Cheatham Road parking lot.  Thom Cerny will be leading the Thursday work days,”

7-23-2014 Paces Ferry Rd. Closed Cobb County tweeted that Paces Ferry Road will be closed at the CSX tracks for maintenance July 29-31. It was originally scheduled for  this week. It will affect several group rides next week.

7-22-2014  Georgia Cycling Gran Prix The Georgia Cycling Gran Prix begins Wed. “TopView Sports is bringing you the 8th Annual Georgia Cycling Gran Prix, from July 23-27, 2014. This  yearly tradition has racers across the Southeast targeting these 5 days at the end of July with extreme anticipation. This year’s event will consist of six exhilarating and challenging races over 5 days. Building off the success of the past six years, averaging over 500 racers from 11 states each year, the 2014 edition is showing signs of dramatic increases in participation and excitement.  Sanctioned by the United States Cycling Federation, the Georgia Cycling Gran Prix will attract both amateur and professional cyclists of all ages from around the Southeast, definitely determining the best in the region when the dust settles on the 27th.”

Wednesday, July 23 Road Atlanta Circuit Race
Thursday, July 24 Oxford Hills Road Race
Friday, July 25 Crossroads Road Race
Sat., July 26 Crossroads Time Trial & Downtown Covington Crit
Sunday, July 27 Newton County Circuit Race

7-21-2014 Georgia Cross Schedule Update With the unfortunate cancellation of the Savannah Superprestige in the Georgia Cross Series, Smynra Bicycles has stepped up to promote a second race at Boundry Waters Park on Nov. 16. The promoter has promised a course that is much different than the first race. He has not, however, promised that the course will not frustrate Kyle. Rumor has it that the Bama Cross Anniston Night Race will be Nov. 15th. Go ahead and plan the double header!

7-19-2014 Mountain Bike Nationals Several Southeastern riders are racing at the US Mountain Bike National Championships this weekend. Saturday was XC. Congratulations to Greg Turner, who was 3rd in the Cat. 1 Men 50-54. Don’t worry young guns, he’ll be back in GA soon to be you up at the races! In the Cat. 1 Women 35-39, Lisa Randall of Canton, GA (Super Sport) was 2nd. Her teammate Carey Lowry of TN was 3rd in Women’s Single Speed. Zdenka Worsham (Constellation Cycling) of Raleigh, NC took 2nd. In Master Men 70-74 Charles Goodrich of Southport, NC was 2nd. In Men Junior Ages 6-8 Andrew Menlo of Woodstock, GA got 5th place. In short track, Elliot Barring (Reality Bikes) won 3rd in Men 19-29.

Andrew Menlo on the podium in 5th place at the Mountain Bike National Championships Photo courtesy of proud mom Shiona Eisenhauer.

7-18-2014 Labor Day Century From Atlanta Cycling: The Atlanta Cycling Stores-Ansley and Vinings, are proud to sponsor this event. Please join us Labor Day morning for a metric century through the rolling, rural countryside of South Fulton County in support of the 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 summer picnic will greet the riders upon their return. Ride this event to see why these roads are called Silk Sheets.

On-line registration closes at midnight August 30th. Registration is $27. Day of registration opens at 8:00 am. Please register early. Riders may pick up their wrist bands and registration info on the morning of the event. All routes are supported and clearly marked. The terrain is gently rolling using very low traffic roads, and riders are never more than 20 miles from the start. The picnic following the ride uses the church’s covered pavilion. So, please register early; bring your riding friends; and expect to enjoy yourselves.From I-20W exit onto Fulton Ind. Blvd; drive south for 12 miles to the intersection of GA 70 (Fulton Ind) and GA 92. Church on right next to Texaco.

Silver Comet Resurfacing Cobb County DOT says that the Silver Comet resurfacing is running ahead of schedule. “The resurfacing of the Silver Comet Trail is AHEAD of schedule. Three of the four sections of the popular 12.8 mile trail in Cobb County will be completed by the end of today. The last section will be closed for resurfacing and shoulder rehabilitation. Go to www.cobbdot.org site, click on Transportation, for weekly updates and other important information including definition of the 4 sections referenced above. Safe and happy travels!”

7-17-2014 Arrest Made! UPDATE: The 6:00 am Fox 5 News reports that Joseph Lewis, the driver of the car that hit Greg Germani, has been arrested. More to come….UPDATE: Joseph Lewis was denied bond on Thursday.

From Decaturish: “Atlanta Police on July 16 announced the arrest of a woman accused of helping her boyfriend cover up a crime that landed a local cyclist in the hospital.

Police issued an alert asking people to be on the look out for Joseph Alan Lewis, 19. Police accuse Lewis of using a red Dodge Nitro to run down Germani. The incident happened on June 9 on Flagler Avenue in Atlanta’s Morningside community. Germani remains in the hospital. On July 16, Atlanta Police arrested Shanelle Woodard, 22 and charged her with evidence tampering, a felony.

Lewis faces charges of criminal attempt to commit murder, serious injury by vehicle and other charges, police said. The Germani case outraged the cycling community, who rallied to raise nearly $30,000 to donate to Crime Stoppers as a reward for information about this case. Those efforts appear to have worked….” Read the full article at Decaturish.

Alabama Racing Clinics There will be a series of road racing clinics in Alabama this summer. From Stuart Lamp: “USA Cycling Beginner Racer Program: You are invited to join the Beginning Racer Program. You can pre- register for the series at USA Cycling What: Racing Skil ls Clinics, whether you are racing or not on the day, For Whom: Any cyclist who is interested in racing, or already racing at the Cat 5 and 4 level, but would like to improve skills related to racing. We strongly encourage riders of all ages to participate, and learn the
skills to become a better rider and racer. Why: To learn bike racing skills, allowing a safer and more enjoyable racing experience. Riders who complete both the clinic and race portion will earn upgrade points, or have the events count as mass finishes. For a Cat 5 rider, one full day counts as two mass starts. By Whom: USA Cycling Licensed Coaches, Cat 1 Racers and Mentors
ready to support your development.”

Dates of the Series:
Saturday, July 26, Point Mallard Park, Decatur, AL
Topic: Protecting your Front Wheel
Sunday, July 27, Point Mallard Park, Decatur, AL
Topic: Cornering Skills
Sunday, August 3, Point Mallard Park, Decatur, AL
Topic: Formation and Anticipation
Sunday, August 10, Point Mallard Park, Decatur, AL
Topic: Sprinting
Sunday, August 17, Huntsville, AL at AL State Crit Championship
Topic: Putting it All Together

7-16-2014 Crossroads Classic From the promoter: “The 2014 Giordana Crossroads Classic presented by Salisbury-Rowan County Convention and Visitors Bureau will be a six-race, six-day individual omnium that will visit five different NC cities. All races will be held in exciting downtown venues. We will be awarding a Giordana leaders jersey to each race leader throughout the five day series. We are also once again bringing back the super exciting 2014Sprint Competition. The 2014 Giordana Crossroads Classic p/b Salisbury-Rowan County CVB will be be held the first week of August and will kick in Mocksville, NC with the Mocksville Criterium.  The weekend will be highlighted by two great events as we have added the ever popular Asheboro in Motion Criterium on Saturday and City Park Circuit Race in Salisbury on Sunday.

2014 Schedule
July 29 – Mocksville Criterium in Mocksville, NC
*July 30- Cabarrus Creamery Classic Criterium in Kannapolis, NC
July 31 – Downtown Salisbury Criterium in Salisbury, NC
August 1 – Downtown Statesville Criterium in Statesville, NC
August 2 – Asheboro in Motion Criterium, Asheboro, NC
August 3 – City Park Circuit Race in Salisbury, NC

For 2014 – In order to product fast and accurate results, the event will be chip timed using the MyLaps Pro Chip System. For more info or to register for this super exciting event, visit:

7-15-2014 Woodland Brook Closed Woodland Brook at the CSX tracks in Cobb County-Vinings (near Log Cabin Rd.) is closed July 14-17 for maintenance. This is a popular road for cyclists and part of several routes.

SCT Rockmart Trailhead The Silver Comet Rockmart Trailhead will be closed Friday and Sat., July 18-19. The Rockmart Homespun Festival is being held there.

French Broad/SRS From the promoter: The Southeastern Regional Series is in Asheville, NC this weekend for racing the French Broad Classic! “Race the Time Trial, Mellowdrome Criterium and the Road Race this upcoming weekend! This is the third stop of the Southeast Regional Series events!”

7-11-2014 Silver Comet Side Trail Work Party From SORBA West Georgia: SSSST Work Party, Saturday, July 19 9:00am – 1:00pm,Rambo Nursery Trailhead, 279 Tucker Blvd, Dallas, Georgia Meet at the rambo trailhead to work on the extension of the sidetrail. Rambo is mile 22 off the silvercomet trail. Water snacks n lunch provided, wear the right clothes and bring what you may need, tools will be provided.Bike or walk to the work area mile 23.5. Just under the hwy 278 bridge.

7-9-2014 Savannah Century From the Savannah Century: Come join 1000 other cyclists for one of the longest-standing cycling events in Georgia- the Ledesma Sports Medicine Savannah Century Aug. 30-31!! Come visit this most celebrated city and enjoy two days of ride options ranging in distance from 25-101 miles! Join the “100 mile club” and receive a custom event glass by pre-registering for and completing the 101 mile ride on Sunday! For more info visit www.savannahcentury.info. Register online at www.active.com or www.BikeReg.com!

Yellow River Work Party From GATR: Yellow River Work Party Satruday, July 12, 9:00 am “The primary goal will be corridor widening. Come out this Saturday to help GATR and our partners for the day, Grace Fellowship Bike Club, for a couple hours of trail work and a shoulder to shoulder social with the people who care most about our local mountain biking offerings.
Lunch to be provided.”

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RAMBO Big Creek TT From RAMBO: “Well the forecast is great for the Big Creek Time Trial this Wednesday July 9th. You need to get out and test your speed and skills against your riding friends. Here are the details: The 2nd Big Creek Summer TT [Sponsored by Alpha Bikes and Care More Chiropractic] is this Wednesday in Roswell. Come on out and race the clock with all of your friends. This series is a ton of fun and helps us raise the needed funds to build exciting new MTB and FR trails. If you are not racing please let us know if you can volunteer to
help out. For Info check out our website.”

Junior National Championships From Frazier Cycling Press Release (Trish’s Note: Way to go!!!)  “The 2014 Frazier Cycling Junior Nationals Team returns from the Junior National Championships in Madison WI with 16 medals and a new National Champion.  Stephen “Toaster” Heath wins Gold in the 9-10 men criterium.
Stephen “Toaster” Heath, 9-10 men – 1st crit, 2nd road race, 3rd time trial
Ryan Hoppenfeld, 9-10 men – 5th crit, 3rd road race, 5th time trial
Alexa Hoppenfeld, 9 -10 women – 3rd crit, 3rd road race, 3rd time trial
Jane Tullis, 13-14 women – 5th crit, 5th road race, 5th time trial
Davis Branyon 13-14 men – 5th time trial
Megan Heath 15-16 women – 4th crit, 2nd road race, 5th time trial”

Junior Track National Championships Several Georgia Riders went to the US National Junior Track Championships in California 2 weeks ago. Congratulations to these riders:
Nick Oestreich (Junior Flyers) 3rd 15-16 Omnium, 3rd Spring 15-16, 2nd Individual Pursuit 15-16, 3rd Scratch Race 15-16, Flying TT 15-16
Also raced: Brody Hartley (Predator Cycling) and Salma Huque (EPTC)

Jake Mountain Work Party Press Release: Jake & Bull Mountain trails The Chattahoochee Trail Horse Assoc. (CTHA) and Southern Off Road Bicycle Assoc. (SORBA) meet monthly to work on the trails. Please e-mail Debbie Crowe at georgiacrowes22@bellsouth.net with questions or to RSVP.
Below are the 2014 scheduled work days: 9:00 a.m. arrival time / 9:30 a.m. start time. The next work party is July 12.

Volunteer help is the only way these trails are maintained or created. You do not have to be a CTHA or SORBA member to participate. Everyone is welcome – young or old, hiker, biker or equestrian. Work at your own pace – every little bit helps. We need your help and would appreciate your coming to just one workday a year. We’ll provide lunch to those who RSVP, water and tools. We usually stop work by 1:00 then eat lunch. Let’s get the Jake/Bull Mountain System trails into great shape and show the Forest Service that you support the trails here. You’ll have fun, make new friends and have a sense of accomplishment that you’ve done your part to keep these trails open. Together we’ll have the best place to ride in north Georgia!”

DLV News From the DLV: Outback Bikes presents The Omnium Saturday July 12th, 2014
Join us for our second of three Pro Race Series events, when Outback Bikes presents ‘The Omnium’. You can expect to see a great battle out on the track. The best sprinters will do battle against the best endurance riders throughout the evening to see who is the best all-rounder at the Dick Lane Velodrome. It’s a speed the whole family will enjoy, eat from our great concession stand and enjoy the home of track cycling in Atlanta. The only time where cycling with NO BRAKES is considered fun! Racing starts at 3pm for racers, Main Events kick off from 6pm for spectators. $5 Spectator Entry, $10 for Families Spectator Information, This year Outback Bikes will once again be offering free tickets, go here to see details.
Friday July 11th, 7pm – Parks Law Need for speed Sprints, Free for spectators

July Certification Class Start July 17th Thinking that trakc cycling might be for you, or at least want to give it a whirl? Certification is the first step for everyone that rides at the velodrome, and this is your chance to get certified and begin your track cycling career. Certification classes run over 4 consecutive Thursday evenings, from 7:30pm till 9pm each evening. You can see all of those dates and details over here.

Elite Men, Elite Women and Masters State Championships, Saturday August 9th, 2014
Coming back for 2014 and the fifth time that we’ve ever done it, we’ll be hosting a Junior Track Championships. This race day will follow a format with some similarities to the Junior National Championship events for each division of Juniors. State Championships will be awarded for Georgia Omnium Champions, although the event will be open to all riders from any state.

7-4-2014 Chicopee Work Party From SORBA:  Sunday, July 6 @ 9a.m. “Join us for a morning of trail maintenance and fellowship at Chicopee Woods. We will be working on Coyote Loop to get it ready for the first Thursday Night Time Trials (TNT) beginning on July 10. Please arrive by 8:45a.m. for sign-in. Meet at the Sorba trailer in the bike parking lot. We will work from 9-1pm. Lunch will be provided. No experience is necessary. Bring closed toed shoes, water, snacks, gloves, etc. Stinging insects are active at this time of year, so if you have a severe allergic reaction to stings please bring your Epi-Pen or other device.”

Allatoona Work Party From SORBA West Georgia: “Allatoona Work Party Sat., July 12, 2014 9 am to 1:00 pm. “John Purcell and Thom C will be putting in a push with the trail cutting machine on July 10 and 11 and we will be in position to do a substantial amount of finish work on the new trail on at this workday. A good turnout and a productive day at this workday is critical to getting the new trail finished this year! Lunch will be provided. Wear closed toe shoes and long pants are suggested. Bring water, bug spray, and snacks. All tools will be provided.”

7-3-2014 APD Mum Decaturish reports the Atlanta Police Dept. has not said anything about the search for the driver of the car that hit Greg Germani nearly a month ago. There will be a benefit for Germani Aug. 2nd at the Star Bar.

7-2-2014 Oh, Hai! I haven’t forgotten about updates! It’s been a really slow, ok no, news week. Plus, I’ve been sick & in bed and haven’t been trolling for anything. Contact me if you have some news! Race news, team news, gossip, etc. I’ll also take emails of sympathy for being sick during the summer. I just want to ride my bike!

June 2014 News

7-3-2014 APD Mum Decaturish reports the Atlanta Police Dept. has not said anything about the search for the driver of the car that hit Greg Germani nearly a month ago. There will be a benefit for Germani Aug. 2nd at the Star Bar.

7-2-2014 Oh, Hai! I haven’t forgotten about updates! It’s been a really slow, ok no, news week. Plus, I’ve been sick & in bed and haven’t been trolling for anything. Contact me if you have some news! Race news, team news, gossip, etc. I’ll also take emails of sympathy for being sick during the summer. I just want to ride my bike!

6-25-2014 Chicopee Work Party From SORBA Gainesville “Workparty this Saturday, June 28, 2014 NEW TRAIL Construction Join us for a morning of trail maintenance and fellowship at Chicopee Woods. Please arrive by 8:45a.m. for sign-in. Meet at the Sorba trailer in the bike parking lot. We will work from 9-1pm. Lunch will be provided. No experience is necessary. Bring closed toed shoes, water, snacks, gloves, etc. Stinging insects are active at this time of year, so if you have a severe allergic reaction to stings please bring your Epi-Pen or other device. Once you have logged 20 volunteer hours you will qualify for access to Promotive.com. This is an industry discount site. We will have a raffle for swag after lunch.
If you enjoy these trails please consider helping maintain them. We will be working on the new Village Trail. Come check it out.”

6-24-2014 Vehicle Located The Atlanta Police Dept. believes they have located the vehicle used to assault Greg Germani on June 9. They are looking for the owner.

Frazier Cycling State Championships Results Press Release: Frazier Cycling congratulates junior members racing Rome Velo’s Georgia State Road Race Weekend June 21, 22 in Calhoun GA:
Megan Heath, 15, as the 2014 Women’s 1-2-3 Georgia State Road Race Champion
“Amazing”Jane Tullis, 13, as the 2014 Women’s Cat 4 Georgia State Road Race Champion
Team Leader, James Todd, 16, as the Cat 4 Time Trial winner

6 Hour Race to Sunset at Blankets Creek From MGA: 6 Hour Race to Sunset: August 9th – 375 Rider Limit
Summer has officially begun and that means its time to start training for the 6 Hour Race to Sunset at Blankets Creek, presented by OutSpokin’ Bicycles, on August 9th. This year’s event is limited to 375 riders to keep traffic to a reasonable level on the trails. Please register early – race day registration will only be available if event is not full by then. Register by July 19th to get early registration price. This is our largest bike event of the year with last year’s race seeing over 300 riders! Tackle the event solo or bring your riding buddies and form a team.
Tell me about the good stuff! All riders receive a wicking tech tee, perfect for these hot summer days! First 250 to register will receive a commemorative Belgian beverage glass, which will soon become your favorite! 100% cash payback to Solo Expert Classes! Sponsor prizes a minimum of 3 deep in all other categories, with large categories going up to 10 deep! Podium shirts for all 1st place finishers! Instant lap times and standings viewable on your smartphone – You don’t even need to leave your pit to check results! Special prizes for fastest laps, best pit area, best crash, and best heckler costumes! Solo, 2 and 3 person team categories are available.

Course descriptions and map link can be found here on the event website. We offer a beginner friendly course that is both challenging and doable for beginner racers, as well as challenging enough at high speed to keep our pro/expert riders working hard. No special racing license or membership is required to participate in this event. Please help us help SORBA Woodstock by making plans to attend this event. Your participation ensures that we are able to keep attracting high level sponsors and to keep monetary donations high to support trail maintenance and construction at Blankets ,

Fool’s Gold 50 and 100 Mile MTB Races National Ultra Endurance (NUE) Series Finale – September 20th, 2014!
Registration for the 2014 Fools Gold 50 and 100 Mile Mountain Bike Race is now open. The Fools Gold is once again the NUE Series Finale, and is scheduled for September 20, 2014 at the beautiful Montaluce Winery and Estates, in Dahlonega, GA. 50 and 100 mile courses are available. The course includes most of the singletrack and fireroads of the Bull/Jake Mountain area and offers a great mix of riding terrain with a high percentage of singletrack, challenging climbs, rippin’ fast descents and just enough forest road to cover some miles quickly.
▪ Finisher awards for all 50 and 100 mile finishers!
▪ Custom awards for all podium finishers!
▪ Hearty post race meal!
▪ Post race beverages, including water, soda, and yes, BEER!
▪ Super comfy event shirt with size guaranteed if you register by the size deadline of September 1st.
▪ Cash awards for open men and open women
▪ Sponsor prizes awarded 10-15 deep in large categories
▪ Beautiful vinyard venue complete with a POOL for post-race cooling off and socializing
▪ Stocked aid stations throughout the course staffed with enthusiastic volunteers and possibly a few hecklers as well
▪ EMS on course during event, as well as first aid supplies at each aid station

6-22-2014 Covington Century The latest advertiser needs no introduction…THE COVINGTON CENTURY! It’s back, and you know you want to ride it! I plan to be there this year! “The Southern Bicycle League and the Georgia Piedmont Technical College have partnered to bring you the 2014 Covington Century With ride lengths of 17, 32, 67 or 100 miles available the Covington Century has something for everybody. Come ride your fastest century or just pedal S L O W L Y in the morning mist. Meander past green and gold vistas that please the sunlit eye. You’ll glide through but surely you’ll stop to smell the roses of the historical towns of Covington, Oxford, Jersey, Rutledge then continue through Social Circle, Newborn and Mansfield. Lots of great rest stops, stocked full of homemade goodies and New Belgium Beer will be part of the post ride celebration. Befitting Charities for 2014: Newton Trails in Georgia, Hometown Animal Rescue,Pound Puppies ‘N Kittens.

WeCycle Paulding Press Releaese: The mission of WeCycle Paulding is to promote cycling as an effective and sustainable form of transportation along with promoting a healthier, more active lifestyle. WeCycle Paulding promotes building courage, character and confidence though Random Acts of Kindness and giving back to the community. WeCycle Paulding provides a way for children from a lower income household, who are in grades K-12 to earn their own refurbished bicycle though our “Earn.Ride.Share” program. WeCycle Paulding also provides educational programs and information to the community through bicycle rallies and group rides.

6-21-2014 “Nature Breaks” and the Tucker Start Location The Tucker Ride was reminded by the Dekalb PD last Saturday not to take public “Nature Breaks” near the businesses and private property in downtown Tucker. They asked that the ride start from the High School. The East Side Ride Gurus have declared that the Tucker Ride will start at 9:00 at Tucker High School! Please remember no matter where you ride not to take your “nature break” on private property. If you really, really have to go, make sure no one can see you! Preferably, try to find an open business, fast food place, or somewhere that has a real bathroom.

6-20-2014 DLV Work Party The DLV is hosting a work party on Saturday to repair boards that were damaged a few weeks ago.

I AM A LOOKOUT Welcome to our new advertiser, I AM A LOOKOUT! Press Release: “In August of 2010, my husband was hit by a car while biking. Fortunately, he sustained minor injuries. Four months later in January of 2011, a dear friend of my family was struck and killed by a car while jogging. I AM A LOOKOUT began after years of processing injury and death to those exercising on or near roads. I live in Birmingham, Alabama. I am starting to see more and more of my neighbors, family, and friends making a commitment to fitness. The running community has a strong presence and the cycling community is growing daily. I am frequently in my car toting kids around town. There is a palatable nervousness that these communities are feeling as they wonder whether or not I will give 3 feet. I always do. I wanted a way to signal that safety is more important to me as a motorist than making it to the next red light at record speed. I am wanted a way to show my support to those improving their health, my environment and the value of my neighborhood. I made the iLook car magnets. There is one for cycling and one for runners. There is a small five points above one of the runners head in honor of the friend I lost. The magnet are for sale on our website www.iamalookout.com for $10. I can offer volume discounts and would love to partner with resellers.

We will be dedicating 10% of our gross profits to rehabilitate an injured cyclist or runner who has been involved in an accident. This year we will be working with a physical therapist in Birmingham. As the company grows, the goal is to work with physical therapists across the US. Dividing the profits according to sales. My hope is that we have LOOKOUTS in every car, so that more people are encouraged to enjoy the the benefits of cycling and running. -Leslie Kelly, Founder & CEO facebook.com/iamalookout & twitter.com/IAMALOOKOUT

6-19-2014 Blanket’s Creek Work Party From SORBA Woodstock Saturday, Blanket’s Creek Work Party,  9:00am – 1:00pm “Come on out this Saturday, June 21st at 9am to Blankets Creek for the June Trail Work Party. We will be concentrating on repairing the trails from the Spring rains and cutting back Spring growth from the trail corridor. This is simple work that will make a big difference in how the trails handle the summer downpours and will the lessen the need for trail closures. We’ll supply the tools and the lunch, you just need gloves, closed-toe shoes and water for several hours.”

SCT Paving Update Some paving closure dates for the Silver Comet have changed according to the Cobb DOT:
Section 1 between Mavell Road Trail Head and Floyd Road is scheduled to be closed through Monday June 23, 2014.
Section 2 between Floyd Road and Anderson Farm Road is scheduled to be closed starting on Tuesday June 24 through Friday July 11, 2014.
Section 3 between Anderson Farm Road and Old Lost Mountain Road is scheduled to be closed starting on May July 14 through Friday August 1, 2014.
Section 4 between Old Lost Mountain Road and Paulding County Line is scheduled to be closed starting on Monday August 4 through Friday August 22, 2014.
*All closure dates shown are subject to change and will be adjusted accordingly.

6-18-2014  Silver Comet Ride to AL and Back My friend David “Trini” Magloire is putting together a Silver Comet Ride to the Alabama State Line and back on June 21st. The start will be at the Mavel Rd. trailhead at 7 am. All riders are welcome! Email Trini at david dot magloire at comcast.net for more information.

Alabama Man Pleads Guilty in Anti-Cycling Viral Video Case From the Anniston Star: “A judge on Tuesday ordered a Piedmont man to undergo anger management for charges of reckless endangerment stemming from videos the defendant made speeding past local cyclists. Keith Maddox, 48, was arrested on the misdemeanor charges May 22 after he posted videos on his Facebook page of himself speeding past cyclists on the road. The videos show Maddox driving along DeArmanville Road, complaining that cyclists are holding up morning traffic, and in one, it appears he drives close to a cyclist before speeding away. “I oughta run him in the ditch is what I should have done,” he says in the video. The videos spread across the Internet, setting off outrage among cyclists across the country.”” Read the full article at the Anniston Star.

Greg Germani Update Decaturish has an update on the hit and run of cyclist Greg Germani. Nearly $15,000 has been raised that will be added to the Crime Stoppers reward of $2000.

6-17-2014 Georgia State RR Championship The Georgia State Road Race Championship is this weekend near Calhoun, GA. There will also be a TT and Crit on Saturday. Prizes for Sunday’s RR include cash and the coveted Georgia State Championship jersey.

Ladies MTB Ride From Sorella: Ladies Social MTB Ride “Every Wednesday night through the end of September. Social (no drop) mountain bike ride. Friends and Fellas are welcome, but we’ll ride the pace of those who show up. Rotates between GIHP, Tribble Mill, Yellow River, and Harbins. Join ride leader, Jean Miller, this Wednesday in Conyers at GIHP starting at 6:30 PM” The ride will be led by a Sorella Team member. Details weekly on the Sorella Facebook page.

Twice Baked Century   Twice Baked Century Ride-Supporting Mental Illness “Please come support our ride, and in doing so help support some very important and progressive local nonprofit mental health programs! Seriously amazing route with drivers who actually wave and freely and courteously share the road! Only 40 minutes outside of Atlanta with virtually no traffic!”  Enjoy a gorgeous route on country roads just west of metro Atlanta – who knew? Distance options from 12 to 100 miles. Our “Twice Baked” 50 mile loop will provide participants with more ride options than a typical century ride. Rest stops at 6, 17, 32, 42, 50, 56, 67, 82, and 92 miles. Registration opens at 6:30 am. Ride starts at 8:00 am. Relax and stick around after the ride for pizza. Start Location: Villa Rica Middle School, Villa Rica, GA. More information can be found here.  All proceeds go directly to provide Psychletherapy & Housing Scholarships for persons with mental illness.

6-16-2014 Dingo Race News  Press Release:  3rd Annual Dingo Days of Summer, 1 night of street sprints & 2 days of GCS Crit Racing!, FRIDAY NIGHT June 27th!! wahoo Kickr Races & Street Sprints right in front of Wrenched Bicycles in Downtown Gainesville. Saturday & Sunday June 28 & 29th, 2 days of GCS Crit Racing in Downtown Flowery Branch. Saturday is a 4-corner Crit
including a Youth 6-8 age race, a Fat Tire Crit, Plus, a free & fun kid’s race. Sunday is a 6 corner Crit.

Georgia State Time Trial August 23, 2014 Location: Holly Springs Road @Gillsville Highway in Gainesville. There will be: Individual Time Trial, 2 person Team Time Trial, 4 person Team Time Trial, Merckx Time Trial, Tandem Time Trial. More details coming soon!

“Nature Breaks” The Tucker Ride was reminded by the Dekalb PD on Saturday not to take public “Nature Breaks” near the businesses and private property in downtown Tucker. They asked that the ride start from the High School. Please remember no matter where you ride not to take your “nature break” on private property. If you really, really have to go, make sure no one can see you! Preferably, try to find an open business, fast food place, or somewhere that has a real bathroom.

6-15-2014 A Bullied Cyclist Get the Last Punch in Dunwoody Just read the article.

6-14-2014 APD Releases Video The APD has released the video of the assault that severely injured Greg Germani. The assault itself is not seen, but you can clearly see the vehicle chasing Greg. If you have any information, contact Crime Stoppers 404-577-TIPS or the APD.

A fund to help increase the reward in the case of the Flagger St. Auto-on-Bike-Assault has been set up. Crime Stoppers has the reward at $2000, but it is hoped that $5000 will be raised to help bring in a tip that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator. Anyone can donate any amount.  Trish’s Note: This fund is for the Crime Stoppers Reward. The money goes to Crime Stoppers to entice people to call in tips about the crime. This is NOT a fund set up to help the victim or his expenses directly.

6-13-2014 Website Woes My website hosting provider is having intermittent problems this week. Please bear with me. It’s been frustrating. I know some of this news is a few days old, but I want to post it for those that haven’t seen it.

CX Camp I just got word that Adam Myerson “Mr. Cross Coach” will be doing a CX clinic in SC Aug. 15-17. If only I didn’t have a prior obligation I could go. GO!

Atlanta Cycling Festival The Atlanta Cycling Festival continues throughout the city until Saturday. Come out for a group ride or for the Bike In Movie on Saturday night!

DLV Update Well, that was fast! Thanks to a bunch of awesome volunteers, the DLV is back open! All events are on as scheduled from here out this week.

Cyclist Hit Cyclist Greg Germani was intentionally struck on his bicycle Monday evening on Flagler Ave. in Northeast Atlanta. According to friends, Mr. Germani suffered serious head trauma and is at Grady. The APD is asking citizens to call with any information. Contact Detective Robert Jackson, APD Zone 2, (404) 816-7067.
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6-11-2014 IT’S HERE! Georgia Cross 2014 Schedule! More information on individual race will be coming as the season gets closer!

9/27/2014 Elks Aidmore I
9/28/2014 Elks Aidmore II
10/5/2014 Boundary Waters Park
10/12/2014 Jim Miller Park
10/19/2014 Macon Octoberfest
10/26/2014 Grant Park, State Championship Race
11/9/2014 Columbia County
11/23/2014 Serenbe
11/30/2014 Thanksgiving Break
12/6/2014 Baldwin, Dingo Cross I
12/7/2014 Baldwin, Dingo Cross II

Mt. Paran Road Hole The Mt. Paran Road Cyclist Eating Hole made 11 Alive’s Commuter Dude.

DLV Update & Workday From the DLV “We are planning a couple of work sessions to get the track back to a ridable state so we can continue with our programming as soon as possible. We will be at the velodrome to get started tonight from 6pm, and then we’ll be at it again tomorrow from 9am until work is completed. In general, tasks will include clearing debris from the area, setting fence posts and building a set of boards to act as replacements for a week or so until we can get the real boards rebuilt. We are expecting to have another workday potentially this coming weekend to get the real boards finished up and in place, so we’ll have those details posted in the next couple of days.” Trish’s Note: They hope to get everything ready to race on Wed. night.

Chain Buster Announces Huge Payout for Its 12 Hour Mountain Bike Night Race Series Finale Chain Buster Productions has announced its payout schedule for the Nite Nationals (the final race in the 12 Hour Dark Nite Series). The race, to be held at Chewacla State Park in Auburn Alabama on October 25, 2014, will begin at 9:00pm in the CCC Camp area of the park and proceed quickly to the Chewacla trail system. The new payout schedule is the biggest in night racing and is larger than Chain Buster has ever offered. Maximum payouts of $1,500 in Expert categories (both male and female) lead the way, followed by cash payouts in almost every other category

The race course will be approx. 10 miles of hand built flowy single track. The trail is entirely single track with the exception of the infield and was all hand built. The trail includes a historical bike path that was built in the 1900s by Dean Petrie of Auburn University and has rocks, roots and a few wooden bridges. The trail is moderately technical due to its hand built features and a number of natural features.

The race also serves as a fundraiser for Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers (CAMP), which is one of the premiere IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) chapters in the Southeast region, serving the Auburn/Opelika area of East Central Alabama. This hardworking and motivated group is dedicated to improving the lives of the people living and visiting East Alabama. CAMP’s goal is to promote trail advocacy, health, wellness, and education by developing, maintaining, and riding sustainable multi-use trails in our locality.

The 12 Hours of Nite Nationals is the final race in the Dark Nite Series, sponsored by Title Sponsor Nite Rider Technical Lighting Systems, Maxxis Tires and Terrapin Beer Company. The Dark Nite Series is the first and only 12 hour night mountain bike series in the US and each race tests a racer’s stamina, mental acuity and ability to focus on trails with nothing but the beam of light emitted from their headlight. Races in the series feature zombies, monsters, Terrapin beer and food trucks to keep the racers and their crews awake and involved in the action.

Chain Buster Productions LLC combines great trails with great people in exciting 3-hour, 6-hour and 12-hour races around the Southeast. Combine these individual races together and you’ve got an exciting series with great prizes for the series winners. Our events are designed for mountain bikers to have fun, be competitive and to create a challenge for each and every racer.  For more information about the 12 Hours of Nite Nationals, the Dark Nite Series, Chain Buster Racing or any of our other mountain bike races, go to www.chainbusterracing.com.

6-10-2014 DLV Closed From the DLV: “Due to a car accident that resulted in some damage to the fencing at the velodrome, the track will be closed until further notice. We are working to assess the damage and determine a course of action that will get the track back into a safely ridable state. We’ll post an updated status as we have it, but until further notice, the track will be closed and all programs will remain suspended.”

Tour De Pig   Tour de Pig Saturday, October 11, 2014 Davidson Co. Community College Thomasville, NC The Tour De Pig is an Official Event of the Barbecue Festival and a fund raiser that benefits the Davidson Co. Mental Health Assn. There are routes for all levels of riders from 20K to 100K. Participants are treated to a delicious barbecue lunch after the ride.

 6-7-2014 Mt. Paran Pothole Update The pothole on Mt. Paran Rd. has been plated, but the plating job is horrible. There is a gap between the pavement and the plate. There are also several holes in the plate that could eat a front wheel. Be VERY careful going over these plates. I rode them myself tonight, and I went very, very slowly. They are on a turn, so you don’t want to cross the yellow line because a car cannot see you.

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is hiring! From ABC: “The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is a member-based organization, and our wonderful membership coordinator is moving to Chicago this summer! So we’re looking for a new addition to our staff. If you’re interested in working to advance our mission of making Atlanta happier, healthier, and more livable by bike, AND you are personable, detail-oriented, and passion about growing our membership & donor base, please read the job description and get in touch.” To read the full job description and to apply, go to the ABC’s website.

6-5-2014 POTHOLE WARNING! There is a HUGE hole on Mt. Paran Road. It is going west towards Cobb Pky. a little past the small store (maybe 1/4 mile) at Northside Dr. It’s on a blind turn. It is easily 2 feet deep and 2 feet wide. Please be careful! It took out three riders on a group ride last night. One if ok, one will need shoulder surgery, and the third has several broke bones and a concussion.  The city has NOT put a plate on it as of 9:00 pm 6-4-2014 although a work order has been placed with the city.

The pothole is large. Photo courtesy of C. Hoffman via Beth Gearhart.

Summer Solstice 6 Hour Race Press Release: On June 28th 2014, Atlanta Cycling proudly presents the Summer Solstice 6 Hour Mountain Bike Race on the fast, flowy trails of Allatoona Creek! This event is sure to pose challenge to both novice & expert alike. It’s fast, and it’s fun! Are you a Solstice Superman? Try both the 5K and the 6 Hour in the same day!

Race Course Description: The race will start in the large field & head toward the Rusty Bucket Trail. Participants will then travel counter clockwise to Mason’s Express then on to Mason’s Bridge & the Mason’s Bluff Trail. The loop length is 8 miles.

Race Details: Allatoona Creek Trails, 5690 Old Stilesboro Rd., Acworth, GA 30101, 6 Hour Start Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

DLV The Omnium Tickets Outback Bikes presents The Omnium Free Tickets ! You have to fill out the form, so go here and follow the directions.

6-3-2014 SRS Huntsville Race Press Release: Huntsville, Alabama is renowned for the high-velocity missiles and space orbiters that are part of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center®, the official NASA Visitor Information Center for the Marshall Space Flight Center. The weekend of June 14-15, the Rocket City will be the showcase for high-velocity, two-wheeled vehicles on the ground.  The Southeast Regional Series presented by Stan’s NoTubes (SRS) bring some of the best amateur and elite cyclists to Huntsville for the second of five stops this summer.

The Jerry Damson Honda/Acura Criterium begins at 8am on Saturday, offering an eight-turn circuit on the University of Alabama-Huntsville campus. There are 11 categorized races on Saturday, from two junior events to races for Masters and pro riders. Following the race from 6-9 p.m., Bicycles Etc. (611 Meridian Street) will host a post-criterium mixer with food and beverages. This is catered by Tellini’s Pasta Market and New Belgium Beer.

Sunday features nine categorized events in the Ronde van Grant Road Race presented by New Belgium Beer. Adult racers will navigate a 19-mile loop across the top of Grant Mountain and along the Paint Rock River in Grant, Ala. The loop, known as the Ronde van Grant by local cyclists, is a tribute to the hilly terrains of the classic races in Belgium. The finishing straightaway includes a challenging 1.4-mile climb on Gunter Mountain, known as ‘Grunt’ Mountain by local riders, with the finish line at historic Kate Duncan Smith DAR School on Main Street  in Grant (6077 Main Street).  This area features some of the best cycling roads in North Alabama and is on many roads popular with local cyclists.

Fans will enjoy listening to live commentary of both races at the start/finish areas.  The special guest announcer for SRS will be Jackie Crowell, a member of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.  She will be handling the race announcing for the remaining four city stops for SRS the rest of the summer. Crowell, who turned professional in 2009 after attending University of Florida, was diagnosed with a grade 4 brain tumor last fall. She had surgery to remove a tumor and has undergone successful chemotherapy near her residence in Atlanta, Ga. Crowell is a six-time U.S. amateur road national champion, as well as 2012 Elite National Points Race Champion and the Elite National Team Pursuit Champion. She raced much of her career in Europe, including the two years at La Route de France International Féminin (Tour de France for women). “It’s a great opportunity for me to give back to the sport of cycling. I do have a lot of experience racing, and coaching. It is especially rewarding to work with an event like Southeast Regional Series that includes women’s criterium and road racing events,” said Crowell, who gained some experience as a race announcer earlier this year with events in Charlotte, N.C. and Athens, Ga.

Admission is free for all spectators both days. Spectators can see the start/finish of Saturday events for the Jerry Damson Honda/Acura Criterium on Ben Graves Drive adjacent to Frank Franz Hall on the campus of UA-Huntsville. Racing starts at 8am and events are expected to finish at 4:45 p.m., with the awards ceremony to follow. The Ronde van Grant Road Race presented by New Belgium Beer will begin at 8 a.m. with the 75-mile Men’s Pro 1 /2 event. The final race is expected to conclude at approximately 3 p.m. Local food truck Earth and Stone will be at the finish line Sunday for racers and spectators. “Spectators will enjoy exciting racing on Saturday at the Jerry Damson Honda/Acura Criterium. It is a technical seven-tenths of a mile course with eight turns on the campus of the UAH.  Winners on this course are true criterium aces and master bike handlers.  We hope that all the racers, volunteers, friends and families will enjoy a post-race mixer at Bicycles Etc. Saturday night, with complimentary pizza and liquid carbohydrates provided by Tellini’s Pasta Market and New Belgium Beer.  This is a good way to decompress after a big day of hard racing,” said Morgan Andriulli, board member of the Alabama Bicycle Coalition.

As a USA Cycling Regional Road Championship series, the SRS is the only elite and amateur road series of events to offer points competitions spanning multiple states in one region. SRS is managed by Start Smart Cycling and offers points and prizes at each weekend series. The series will conclude in September in Greenville, S.C. when the top men and women will be presented with the overall award jerseys, based on points earned at all five races:  SRS Overall Champion’s jersey, the green- and- white-striped PEZ Cycling News Sprinter’s Jersey, and the Stan’s NoTubes King of the Mountain/Queen of the Mountain jersey. More than 450 cyclists competed at the first SRS event in Albany, Georgia in May. Racers are encouraged to register early before fields close at midnight on Friday, June 13 for the Jerry Damson Honda/Acura Criterium and the Ronde van Grant Road Race. On June 13 from 7-9 p.m. race packets will be available for pick up at the Tellini’s Pasta Market. Registration information, the complete SRS schedule and event updates are available online at www.srs-racing.com. Follow the event on Facebook (SoutheastRegionalSeries) and Twitter (SRSChampions).”

Haw Creek Work Party From RAMBO: “We have a great opportunity to rebuild large sections of Haw Creek Park between 6/7 and 6/15. On 6/7 we will have a trail building day from 8 to 1 pm. We will clear the new trail that will replace ALL of the road sections with single track. During the week 6/9 through 6/13 we could use some volunteers to help the trail builder. Please let us know your availability and we’ll get you connected directly with Stephen. On Saturday 6/14 we will have a trail building day 8 to 1 pm to hopefully finish the tread on the new sections built. These 2 trail building days will replace our usual one on 6/21. Thanks to everyone that can come help us make great improvements to this wonderful park.

Allatoona Creek Workday From SORBA-West Georgia, There will be a workparty at Allatoona from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, June 14. 5690 Old Stilesboro Road, in Acworth – Meet at Bathroom Building. “Work will continue on the new 4 mile intermediate to advanced trail. This  a really cool project so come on out and help so you can say you were part of the build. We may also be doing some repairs to Mason’s Bridge to prepare for the Summer Solstice Race. We strongly suggest you wear long pants and sturdy shoes and bring bug repellent. Please also bring water and snacks to consume while working. Lunch will be provided at 1 PM.”

6-2-2014 Atlanta Cycling Festival The Atlanta Cycling Festival starts this weekend! The ACF is a week long festival of biking in Atlanta. There are parties, road rides for all levels including a few fast training rides for the racer types, clinics, bike trivia, and a SOPO Intown Cyclocross Ride! Southeastern Cycling is proud to sponsor the ACF! We hope to be at several of the events.

5-31-2014 DLV News From the DLV: “June Certification Classes Start on the 12th If you didn’t make it to one of our weekend certification classes in the spring, you’ll still be able to get certified in one of our regular season classes Those classes run over 4 consecutive Thursday evenings.”

Saturday July 12th, 2014 Join us for our second of three Pro Race Series events, when Outback Bikes presents ‘The Omnium’. You can expect to see a great battle out on the track. The best sprinters will do battle against the best endurance riders throughout the evening to see who is the best all-rounder at the Dick Lane Velodrome. It’s a speed the whole family will enjoy, eat from our great concession stand and enjoy the home of track cycling in Atlanta. The only time where cycling with NO BRAKES is considered fun! Racing starts at 3pm for racers, Main Events kick off from 6pm for spectators. $5 Spectator Entry 10 for Families, This year Outback Bikes will once again be offering free tickets, which will require sign-up on our website for, so keep an eye on our website for the sign-up form for those.

Friday July 11th, 7pm – Parks Law Need for speed Sprints, Free for spectators

5-30-2014 Group Ride Etiquette This is a great read from Reality Bikes about how to behave on a group ride.

Georgia Games MTB Race Press Release: The Georgia Games would like to formally invite you to our 2014 Mountain Biking Championships. This year’s meet will be held at Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville, GA on Sunday July 13, 2014.  We are having a professional timing company. All athletes who medal will have the opportunity to represent the state of Georgia at the 2015 State Games of America held in Lincoln, Nebraska. You don’t want to miss out on this exciting opportunity for you to improve your riding skills and have some fun! For information and to register, visit www.georgiagames.org.

5-29-2014 Racing This Weekend There are only a few things going on this weekend: May 31 All that Jazz Crit, May 31 Junior Track Championships DLV, May 31 Canal Crown MTB TT, May 31-June 1 Rockabilly Gran Prix, June 1 Bicycle Post Crit Saturday and Sunday is the long running mountain bike race Bump N Grind at Oak Mountain State Park in AL. DH and STXC is on Saturday, and XC is on Sunday.

5-28-2014 Silver Comet Paving Paving on the Silver Comet will begin June 2. From the PATH: “The Silver Comet Bridge Repairs are now complete and soon the Cobb DOT will be repaving the Cobb County portion of the Silver Comet Trail starting June 2nd. This will affect the entire stretch of the Silver Comet Trail within Cobb County. Resurfacing will begin in early June and is scheduled for completion before the Labor Day weekend.

The 12.8 mile trail will be repaired and resurfaced in 4 or 5 sections. Each 2 to 3 mile long section will be closed to all traffic for 2 to 3 weeks. Work will include pavement repair, resurfacing, restriping and shoulder restoration making the entire trail look like a brand new trail. Each section will be completely finished and opened before the next 2 to 3 mile section is started and closed. While the Silver Comet will be closed at these construction sites during this time frame, the entire Trail will be completely open on all weekends and Holidays.”

5-26-2014 US Pro Road Race Photos US Pro is done! It was a great weekend of getting to photograph from the Photo Moto! Thanks to everyone for following on Twitter and Facebook! I’m looking forward to 2015! Photos from the road race will be up on my photo site when I have a chance to go through them and to sleep.

With her win in the Road Race, Alison Powers (UHC Pro Cycling) is the first rider ever to hold the crit, TT, and RR National Championships at the same time.

The Men’s break crossing the bridge at the US Pro RR.

5-24-2014 US Pro TT Photos I’m working on getting photos from the US Pro Time Trial up at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com. In the meantime, enjoy these….

Alison Powers (UHC) on her way to winning the US Pro Women’s TT.

Carmen Small (Specialized-lululemon) was unable to defend her 2013 TT win and was 2nd.

Taylor Phinney (BMC) won the Men’s TT National Championship.