August 2013 News

8-30-2013 NCGA Rides The NCGA Rides start their fall times in the next few weeks: Sunday Roswell Ride: 9:00 AM from Roswell Bikes
Monday Roswell Ride: 6:30 PM from Roswell Bikes, Moving to 6:00 PM on Sept. 9
Tuesday Nancy G’s Ride: 6:30 PM. Moving to 6:15 on Sep 10 and 6:00 PM on Sept. 24
Thursday Mission Source Ride: 6:30 PM. Moving to 6:00 PM on Sept. 9
Saturday Kennesaw Ride: 8:00 AM from Pacesetter Steel parking lot

Latest DLV News From the DLV: Batdorf & Bronson Velodrome Cup, Sept 7th Batdorf & Bronson brings National Championship Series racing to the Dick Lane Velodrome for the Velodrome Cup. National Championship hopefuls will take to the track and search of glory as they battle on the banking in a variety of Olympic style events. The best all-round riders will shine in this event, and they’ll be scoring points in the American Track Racing Associations National Championship Series. 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; Friday Sept. 6th, 7pm – Peachtree Bikes Need for speed Sprints

We Need Volunteers and Host Housing! We are looking for a few more folks to round out our volunteer crew for the upcoming Pro Race Series event, Batdorf & Bronson Velodrome Cup. If you think you can help us out at any time during the day on Saturday please drop us a line: . We have shifts available for set-up between 11am and 1pm and afternoon shifts from 2:30pm till 6pm and evening shifts from 5:30pm to 9pm. We are also looking for a host house for one rider who is visiting from the Penrose Park velodrome in St Louis, please drop us a line if you would be interested in hosting.

Fall Activities: Swap Till You Drop We’re bringing the swap meet back to the velodrome and we’re calling it Swap Till You Drop! We are finalizing the date and details, but we’ll have spots for individuals to hock their stuff, shops to move some stock, and a bunch of cool and fun activities that will definitely keep everyone otherwise amused throughout the event. We hope to have details posted to the website soon. The velodrome will also be selling off a whole bunch of equipment that has been donated to us, but is unusable for our youth program, so if you have old stuff that you aren’t inclined to sell yourself, all of that can be donated to the velodrome to be sold off to raise money for our Youth Cycling League program. If you are interested in donating, we will be taking donations early in october, so you’ll have time to go through all of your cupboards, drawers and wardrobes to find your old gear that is taking up space. The East Point Velodrome Association, Inc. (EPVA), is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, care and growth of the Dick Lane Velodrome, located in East Point, Georgia.

8-29-2013 Trek Demo at Blanket’s Creek From Free Flite: Come join the crew from Free-Flite Bicycles and the Trek Factory Demo Tour for a fun filled day at Blankets Creek Park!  We will have some of the latest 2014 bikes from Trek for you to check out including the all-NEW Fuel EX 29, Remedy 29 and 650b, Slash 650b, Superfly and much more!! 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Labor Day Centuries Since there isn’t much racing this weekend, it’s a good time to take advantage of training opportunities. Saturday is the annual MACC One Love Century. Ride options are from 16 to 100 miles in the Silk Sheets area of Fulton and Coweta Counties. One Love benefits the BRAG Dream Team, DLV Youth Cycling League, and the East Atlanta Kids Club. On Labor Day, Atlanta Cycling is hosting the Labor Day Century.  “Please join us Labor Day morning 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 summer picnic will greet the riders upon their return.” Day of registration for the Labor Day Century opens at 8 am. The Savannah Century is coming up Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Saturday’s ride has option of 31 and 53 miles. The main ride, the Big Bridge Ride, is on Sunday! There are options of 25, 37, 56, 69, and 103 miles. All routes except the 25 miler go out the Talmadge Bridge! The terrain is gently rolling with minimal elevation gain and views of marshland and farm views.

Conyers CX Clinic There will be a cylcocross skills clinic with Shey Linder Saturday at 11 am at the Georgia International Horse Park Steeplechase Field. The regular Saturday practice will be at 9 am with a warm up at 8:00. See the Ctown Bikes website for more information and locations of upcoming practices.

InTown Classics From Todd Fryburger: With the advent of the college football season this weekend, it is time to set forth the Fall schedule for the “In-Town Classics”.
The following changes will take effect starting the week of 09/02/13 (next week):
TUE 09/03/13 – 06:30 PM – Sandy Springs Short Option
WED 09/04/13 – 06:30 PM – Peachtree Battle
THU 09/05/13 – 06:30 PM – Chastain Park

TUE 09/10/13 – 06:15 PM – Sandy Springs Short Option
WED 09/11/13 – 06:15 PM – Peachtree Battle
THU 09/12/13 – 06:15 PM – Chastain Park

TUE 09/17/13 – 06:15 PM – Sandy Springs Short Option
WED 09/18/13 – 06:15 PM – Peachtree Battle
THU 09/19/13 – 06:15 PM – Chastain Park

TUE 09/24/13 – 06:00 PM – Sandy Springs Short Option
WED 09/25/13 – 06:00 PM – Peachtree Battle
THU 09/26/13 – 06:00 PM – Chastain Park

TUE 10/01/13 – 06:00 PM – Sandy Springs Short Option
WED 10/02/13 – 06:00 PM – Peachtree Battle
THU 10/03/13 – 06:00 PM – Chastain Park

TUE 10/08/13 – 05:45 PM – Sandy Springs Short Option
WED 10/09/13 – 05:45 PM – Peachtree Battle
THU 10/10/13 – 05:45 PM – Chastain Park

TUE 10/15/13 – 05:45 PM – Sandy Springs Short Option
WED 10/16/13 – 05:45 PM – Peachtree Battle
THU 10/17/13 – 05:45 PM – Chastain Park

TUE 10/22/13 – 05:30 PM – Sandy Springs Short Option
WED 10/23/13 – 05:30 PM – Peachtree Battle
THU 10/24/13 – 05:30 PM – Chastain Park

TUE 10/29/13 – 05:30 PM – Sandy Springs Short Option
WED 10/30/13 – 05:30 PM – Peachtree Battle
THU 10/31/13 – 05:30 PM – Chastain Park

Daylight Saving Time (DST) will end Sunday 11/03/13.  DST will return again in the Spring on Sunday 03/09/14.
Effective SUN 11/03/13, the Airport Ride will begin at 10:00 AM.
Effective SAT 11/09/13, the Tucker Ride will move to its Winter start time of 10:00 AM, and will change back to its Summer start time of 9:00 AM again on SAT 04/05/14.

Tour de Tugaloo 2013 The Tour de Tugaloo will be held Nov. 2 at Yonah Dam Park, Toccoa, GA. Start Time: 9AM-Century /10AM-all other routes Less traveled roads – scenic water views. Ride along the historic Tugaloo River Corridor, Lake Hartwell and on up through the foothills of South Carolina. Century, Metric Century, 42, 22 & 5 mile routes Gentle to challenging terrain Great SAG stops and support.

8-28-2013 Savannah Cross Clinic Bryan Schoeffler will teach a cyclocross clinic in Savannah Sept. 14th. “Also a great time to get familiarized with Savannah’s best CX practice trail, at Whitemarsh Preserve. We’ve got a little mud, a little sand, a few log barriers, and some fast flowy trail on this short loop. The only thing missing is you, (and hills, we don’t have hills.). More details here.

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

Week of 9/2/2013 Start times for Northlake (Tuesday) and Pizza (Thursday) will be 6:15 PM.  The Northlake ride will be normal summer- 2 loops- Belgium Finish.  The Pizza loop will be will be normal summer- 2 loops.

Week of 09/16  Start times for Northlake (Tuesday) and Pizza (Thursday) will move to 6:00 PM.  The Northlake ride- we will do one intermediate loop  and one small counterclockwise 4.75 mile loop.  The Pizza loop will be two large clockwise 8.75 mile loops.

Week of 10/01 until time change- Start times for Northlake (Tuesday) and Pizza (Thursday) will be 6:00 PM.  The Northlake ride- we will do one counterclockwise intermediate loop- Belgium Finish.  The Pizza loop will be one large clockwise 8.75 mile loop.

Week of 11/04/13 through 3/6/14- Every Thursday Winter Pizza Starts- 6:00PM- 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.)

Northlake Ride Start- meet at the back of the parking lot of the Indian Restaurant located at: 3900 Lavista Road, Tucker, GA.  If you look at a map- meeting location is between Montreal Rd and Harobi Drive, East of Wendy’s across from McDonald’s. Distance- Approximately 30 miles round trip- then moves to 23 miles as ride gets shorter (shorter options available in the park).

Pizza Ride Start- meet in the old location (which is now closed and a deserted building) Avondale Pizza Cafe parking lot: 70 North Avondale Road, Avondale Estates, GA 30002 Distance- Approximately 33 miles round trip- then moves to 26 miles as ride gets shorter (shorter options available in the park).

Swagger Race News From Swagger: “Labor Day Omnium Events include cycling and festival activities for all plus great bicycle racing It’s back, folks! The Tour de La France & Labor Day Omnium returns this weekend, and we are gearing up for it! Some changes have happened since last year and this year. The event will be held over a 2-day period–Saturday, August 31 & Sunday, September 1.

Saturday, August 31 is the 5th Annual Tour de La France 7-mile & Family Fun Rides (29 & 66-mile rides). Cash prizes will be given to the top three placements in the 66-mile ride. Rides begin at the Center of Anderson/East-West Connector & County.

We have a new circuit course debuting on Saturday, the Beltline Circuit. It’s a 1.95-mile neutral start rolling course, with each lap being 5 miles. Sunday’s course, the Civic Center Circuit,  is the same 2.81 mile rolling circuit around the Civic Center and Amphitheater fairgrounds. Sunday after the races, there is a hospitality tent for all the riders and an outdoor family-friendly concert at the amphitheater, featuring our “Homegrown Divas” show and culminating with a 18 minute Zambelli fireworks extravaganza! Bring your chairs, blankets, food and beverages and enjoy the special evening! We would love to have you and your family join us this Labor Day! And for those UGA & Clemson fans, you’ll be done racing in plenty of time to catch the last hours of tailgating and kick-off (scheduled at 8PM).

Check out the complete schedule and more information HERE. You can also register for any of the events at Bikereg.

SRS Greenville  Did you know the City of Greenville is designated a Bicycle Friendly Community and is actively pursuing several more bicycling and Greenway Trail projects? These are massive and lengthy projects. Those who love the serenity of no traffic trails should come on over and enjoy! Greenville has a deep rooted history among cycling enthusiasts and racers alike. It is known as being one of the best places to ride and race in the Southeastern U.S. We are positive you will enjoy both the downtown course and the rolling hills road race just west of Greenvillle County.

Six Gap Criterium To Host GCS Finals Saturday, September 28
During the last weekend of September, two days of two-wheeled action will take center stage in Dahlonega, Georgia for Six Gap Century weekend. Hundreds of competitive adult and youth cyclists are expected to compete in 11 races on Saturday, September 28 for the 3rd Annual Six Gap Criterium. The following day, 3,000 cyclists are expected to make the annual uphill pilgrimage in three non-competitive rides for the Six Gap Century and Three Gap Fifty. The Six Gap Criterium will be the final event of 11-race Georgia Championship Series for 2013. The Six Gap Criterium provides a one-kilometer, closed circuit for bicycle racers in the heart of downtown Dahlonega, a great spectator-friendly event to watch the cyclists pass multiple times at top speeds of 40 miles per hour. The start/finish line will be located on West Main Street across from the famous Historic Holly Theatre. For more information, check out the Six Gap Criterium website.

8-27-2013 Trans North Georgia The two leaders for Trans North Georgia shattered previous course records. Eddie O’Dea (Topeak-Ergon) beat his own 48 hour record with a time of 39 hours and some change. Lisa Randall (Sorella Cycling) killed the old women’s record with a time of 45:08 hours, which was also about 3 hours faster than Eddie’s 2012 record. Congratulations to both of you!

8-26-2013 Racing This Week  With it being Labor Day Weekend coming up, there are is only one big race on the calendar, Aug. 30-Sept. 1 Labor Day Omnium, During the week, roadies can check out the Charleston Tuesday Crit.  The Hendersonville STXC series wraps up in NC on Wed.

Fall Rides-Atlanta Cycling Unfortunately, it’s that time of year when daylight starts to wane in the evenings after work. Atlanta Cycling has sent out notice that all of their group rides will move to 6:15 in Sept. and 6:00 in October. The Saturday Six Flags Ride will move to 10 am in October. I’ll post more updates as I get them.

8-24-2013 AMP Cycling Series News  From Dingo Race Promotions: “The best day of the week TUESDAY!! Northstar Bicycle AMP Cycling Series began the 3rd & final 6-Week Mini-Series of 2013
with a fantastic turn-out & great racing. For Tuesday, August 27 We are racing the Victory Loop, Clockwise. Pin your numbers on the right! And be ready to RACE!!”

Trans North Georgia Race The Trans North Georgia starts this Saturday at 8:00 AM. You can follow all of the live updates from the TNGA page: MTBCast (rider call ins), Bikepacking forum (useless banter) and of course Trackleaders….live GPS transponder tracking for each rider.

8-23-2013 Road Holland Welcome to our new advertiser, Road Holland Cycling Apparel! They make serious and stylish cycling wear. Serious because cycling demands clothes that fit well, perform well, and last. Through the end of the day today, take $20 off any order AND receive a free tshirt!

So if you’re looking for skin-tight, dye-sublimated cheap polyester with lightning bolts, cereal box characters, and team sponsor logos, you won’t find them here. You also won’t find any pretentious attitude here about what and who constitutes cycling. What you will find are friendly down-to-earth people with a love for top-notch materials, always in style designs with fun accents, and flattering cuts that make you look good on and off the bike, whether you are a male, a female, a whip thin racer, or a Clydesdale.

Alliance Ride  Alliance Ride This Sunday for Our Heroes The Jackson Healthcare Alliance Ride is in honor of U.S. veteran and active-duty Warriors from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF). Join us for the 25-mile or 50-mile ride  through the gentle roads of Alpharetta and Milton.  This is a great ride and your registration will help send Warriors and their Families to the Family Warrior Weekend Retreats operated by Camp Twin Lakes! And, participants will enjoy a free lunch from Taco Mac. Register Now. Use code AC2013 for 25% discount.

8-22-2013 Win a Free Race Entry From Stuart Lamp: Racers will have a shot to earn a free race entry to the Race for Grace Criterium by winning a KOM this weekend at the Village Volkswagen River Gorge RR. You can register for this great event @

8-20-2013 Weekly Ride Review-Red Clay Ramble The weekly ride reviews have taken a hiatus the last month. Work got really busy-you know, my real “day job.” Then at the end of July I spent 9 days in Ireland riding horses and eating good food (Photos on my personal Facebook page for those that like to look at such things). August came upon me, cyclocross started filling my mind, and I lost track of time.

This week’s ride review is a little different. The Red Clay Ramble is a gravel grinder and a metric century ride in one or a metric century gravel grinder. Put on by the Bicycle Club of Milledgeville, the RCR traversed 60 miles of gravel backroads of east Georgia. They also offered options of 14, 29, and 43 miles. The 60 and 43 mile courses consisted of two loops connected by a middle out and back section. 120 riders lined up for the start. It quickly broke up, and I found myself at the front with some other racer-types including the Childres from Milledgeville, a couple of the Augusta Cross Coalition guys, and some other mountain bike racers. Don’t worry, that did not last long. Soon enough I settled in with the B group as the course hit the gravel around mile 3. Most of the course consisted of gentle rollers, some long grades, and one or two good climbs to keep things interesting. My hatred of climbing is well known, and there was only one hill that I thought I was going to die on.  There were a couple sections of short pavement to break up the gravel, but they were kept to a minimum. The first 33-34 miles went by very quickly. The gravel roads were hard packed and in good condition despite rain in the preceding days. Unfortunately, the sky opened up with about 9 miles left for me to ride. The hard pack turned into “mud with a solid base underneath,” making going much slower. I was glad to see pavement with 2 miles to go. I finished the 43 mile option in exactly 3 hours. The first riders in on the 60 mile option were at about 3 hours 30 minutes, which shows how fast this course would be when it’s dry.

There was one rest stop that riders passed by twice on the 43 and 65 mile courses and once on the 29 mile course. On the 43 mile course, the rest stop was at miles 15 and 29 or so. It had water, Gatorade, pbj sandwiches, homemade oatmeal-PB balls, Clif Shots, and other munchies. With a high of 70, another rest stop was not needed. If the temps are typical of August next year, I could easily see at least one more rest stop needed as there are no stores on the gravel roads, and riders would be likely to run out of water. I’d also like to see a couple of other food options that are more salty than sweet at the rest stop. The after ride meal was good. There was a choice of pulled pork sandwiches, Brunswick stew, or both. Barbarritos veggie wraps provided 2 options for those that did not want meat. The sweet tea hit the spot. The volunteers were all very friendly and helpful.

One suggestion I already passed onto the organizers is to put directional signs about 50 feet before an intersection and then again at the intersection. There were a few times I was hunting for the signs and once when I thought I missed a turn. Thankfully, the detailed cue sheet told me I hadn’t. Plans are already in the works for the Red Clay Ramble to return for next year. They are thinking of adding a race and a 100 mile option. I highly recommend that everyone come check out this ride next year. It’s absolutely perfect for a cyclocross bike, but there were riders on every kind of mountain bike from 29ner race bike to “it’s been sitting in my garage for years”, hybrids, and touring bikes with wide tires.

FATS is Closed From SORBA-CSRA: The Forks Area Trail System is Temporarily CLOSED FATS has been officially CLOSED by the USFS – Long Cane Ranger District. Due to wet trail conditions the USFS – Long Cane Ranger District has temporarily closed FATS until further notice. Violators are subject to monetary fines (36 CFR 261.58(b) Order #081200-09-02). This temporary closure will help protect the resources that we all enjoy. In conjunction with SORBAcsra. Watch the SORBAcsra Website (, Twitter (@fatsupdate), or Forum ( or this FB page for trail open/closure updates. Questions or need more information? Please contact: Long Cane Ranger District 810 Buncombe Street Edgefield, SC 29824
(803) 637-5396 Thank you for your support.

Trish’s Note: MANY if not MOST of the trails in Georgia are closed right now because of the rain we’ve had over the last several days. Check with your local trail group or SORBA chapter to see if your favorite trails are open. If not, hit the road or the paved greenway!

EMBA Work Party From EMBA: EMBA Trail Work Day: The plan is for this Saturday 8/24 @ 9:00am weather permitting. We will be working on Pinhote 3 cleaning the trail tread drains and possibly a special project depending on the turn out. We will meet on the corner of Conasauga Rd & 52 due to limited parking @ both ends of the trail and split up from there. Bring your bike for accessing the trail due to how long of a hike it may be to the work locations. Remember to bring water, any food or snacks for your self. You will need to dress appropriately, long pants, boots or full coverage shoes, long sleeve shirt, work gloves. The poison ivy is in full bloom. Also bring insect repellent, sun screen and if your allergic to stings bring your counter med’s. We will have Hard hats on hand if they are needed.

8-19-2013 Grant Park Photos I took photos at the Grant Park Crit on Sunday of the Men’s Pro/1/2, Men’s Cat. 3, and Women’s 1/2/3. I’ll be uploading them; they should be done Monday night. In the meantime, here are some sneak peeks.

Cheryl Fuller Muller of the LG Factory team was having fun at the Grant Park Crit. Morgan Patton (Novo Nordisk) took the sprint for second over Cheryl.

Joey Rosskopf (Hincapie Development Team) won the Grant Park Crit in front of his hometown crowd.

8-18-2013 Racing This Week The race schedule is a little light this week. Tuesday the AMP Cycling Series takes place in Dawsonville, GA. The AMP Cycling Series is starting the 3rd mini series this week! For the final 6 week mini-series, the Masters 35/45+ will be at 6:35, and the Cat. 4/5 and W 3,4 race will be at 7:15 pm. Tuesday the  Knoxie Crits series continues in Knoxville, NT. Saturday the Trans North Georgia mountain bike race begins. Riders will cross north Georgia from the South Carolina border to Alabama. While it’s hard to get on the course to watch riders, you can track them online as each rider will have a SPOT GPS unit.  Savage CX  takes place in Western NC.  The River Gorge RR and TT is in Saturday in Chattanooga; the Time Trial is pre-registration only.

Elizabeth Lee (LG Factory) leads the chase in the Women’s 1/2/3 at the EAV Crit on Saturday evening.

NC Cyclocross NC Cyclocross has released the 2013 schedule.

2013 NC Cyclocross
Oct. 19 Charlotte
Oct. 20 Raleigh
Oct. 27 Winston Salem
Nov. 3  Boone
Nov. 10 Durham
Nov. 16 Southern Pines (State Championship)
Nov. 17 Fayetteville
Nov. 24  Wilkesboro
Dec. 8 Salisbury
Dec. 14-15  Hendersonville UCI
Jan. 4, 2014  Winston Salem
Jan. 5, 2014 Greensboro
Jan. 18-19, 2014  Asheville-Biltmore

8-17-2013 2014 GBRA Board Nominations From GBRA: Nominations for the 2014 GBRA board are now underway, if you would like to join the board for the coming season, you can submit your nomination to us at . You can read more about it over here:

8-16-2013 BMW Litespeed Crit Pre-registration closes Friday at 5pm. Racing for all categories! Don’t miss the EAV Bartender Race at 7:50! Sunday is the Grant Park Crit!

Chicopee Work Party From Gainesville OSRBA: Next work party is scheduled for Sunday August 25, 2013 @ 9a.m. 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. We will have a raffle for swag after lunch. We plan to fix some muddy spots and work on a reroute around some others. If you enjoy these trails please consider helping maintain them. Help with our planning by signing up for this event on Facebook at Gainesville Sorba.

2014 Southeast Bike Expo The Southeast Bike Expo announced today that its 2014 event will be held Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16 9:00am to 5:00pm both days. Tickets are $10 for pre-registered attendees and $15 at the gate. The Expo will again be held at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA. This annual event is open to retailers AND the general public, allowing everyone to not only see, but to test ride the newest equipment from industry leaders like Niner, Trek, Specialized, Giant, Felt, Shimano, Scott, SRAM and 70 other companies. The Expo will be open to verified dealers on Friday, March 14 at no cost from 9:00am to 4:00pm. In an effort to provide the ultimate experience for bicycle enthusiasts, Southeast Bike Expo has teamed with Chain Buster Productions to offer two bike races this year. The 6 Hour Southern Endurance Cup Series’ Green Gobbler is an exciting mountain bike endurance race that will be run on the steeple chase side. The second race will be the first annual Short Track Dirt Crit. This race will start at 6:30 pm and consist of a 1 mile course around the steeple chase field. The course will have a few steep hills and present some challenges for all racers. Both races promise to deliver thrills for both racers and spectators. Both races will be held on Saturday. The 6 hour race begins at 10:00am and the dirt crit will start at 6:00pm. To learn more about the expo or to purchase advance tickets, visit us at or like us on facebook at:


8-13-2013  Elite Track Nationals From Rock Hill: “The City of Rock Hill and the Giordana Velodrome are proud to host the 2013 USA Cycling Elite Mass Start Track National Championships on August 22-24, 2013 at the Giordana Velodrome. These National Championship events at the velodrome will offer 3 evenings of high action racing by the country’s top men and women track cyclists.  Rider warm ups begin each day at 4 PM. Races start each evening at 6 PM.”

Labor Day Century Are you staying in town for Labor Day? Head on over to Silk Sheet and ride the Labor Day Century sponsored by Atlanta Cycling! Multiple distances available and even a picnic at the end!

Big Creek Parking Lot Paving From RAMBO: “Big Creek parking lot paving Tuesday 8/13. The city of Roswell has informed us that Roswell Park Police will close the parking lots at Big Creek Monday night (tonight). The lots will be paved during the day on Tuesday, and should be ready to reopen early Wednesday (4/14). We do not expect this to impact the final Big Creek Time Trial, HOWEVER, please keep an eye on our Facebook Page for Time Trial updates.”

Big Creek TT Finale From RAMBO:  The third and final race of the 2013 Big Creek Summer Time Trial Series sponsored by Alpha Bikes is coming up on August 14. We had a great turn-out of 62 riders for the June edition and in July 42 riders showed up, trusting that the Big Creek umbrella would hold strong and keep the rain away (it did). Everyone has had a lot of fun and we really appreciate the support! An Award Ceremony (like RAMBO ever does anything ceremoniously :lol:) will be as soon after the final racer comes in as Power of Cheese can get the times compiled for the series.
To recap the details: Dates Race 3: August 14. (Rain date will be scheduled if necessary.)
Course One lap around the outer loop, approx. 4.75 miles.
Scoring You have to do at least two races to score in the overall standings as scoring is based on your best two of the three.
Classes Men, prizes to 1st, 2nd & 3rd: 1) 34 and under, 2) 35 and Older
Women, prizes to 1st, 2nd & 3rd: 1) 34 and under, 2) 35 and older
Singlespeed, prizes to 1st only: 1) All men, 2) All women
Clydesdale, prizes to 1st, 2nd & 3rd: 1) All 200# and over
Juniors, prizes to 1st, 2nd & 3rd: 1) 17 and under
(Racing age is your age on December 31, 2013.)

Registration Registration onsite. Suggested donation $10 per TT or all 3 for $25. Donation is waived for those folks that join or renew their expired memberships to IMBA/SORBA. Due to IMBA/SORBA insurance guidelines, participants must be a member of IMBA/SORBA. Last month, some folks renewed online ahead of time and brought the receipt with them; this works, too.
Time Registration opens at 5PM. First rider starts at 6PM, last rider leaves at 8PM. Great fun and great prizes provided by Alpha Bikes. We hope to see you on August 14th.

SORBA Chapter Reorganization Local SORBA Chapters in Atlanta are doing some reorganization. Paulding SORBA and the Allatoona Trails are joining to become SORBA West Georgia. The Hard Labor Creek Park trails have joined SORBA Athens. SORBA Atlanta will now focus on trails within 30 minutes of the city.

Paulding SORBA Work Party From Paulding SORBA: Work party Sat., Aug. 17 at 8:30 am at Paulding Meadows Park. An Eagle Scout has designed a trail at the park. He has had work parties all summer with local scount troops to start building the first loop. SORBA Paulding will provide water and tools. Bring work gloves and a snack. The work party will last approximately 4 hours.

Honor Ride Asheville  The Ride 2 Recovery is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to improve the health and wellness of vets and those in the military by using cycling as a form of both mental and physical rehabilitation.  On October 13th, we will be having a ride called Honor Asheville. This is a ride open to the public where we will honor the local fallen heroes of the military. Participants can choose from a 25, 50 or 100 mile non-competitive route. Visit the Honor Ride Asheville Facebook page for event details and updates.

8-12-2013 There is a plethora of racing around the Southeast this week! As usual the  AMP Cycling Series kicks things off on Tuesday in Dawsonville, GA. If you are in the Low Country of SC, check out the  Charleston Tuesday Crit, Mountain ikers have several mid-week options all on Wednesday: Hendersonville STXC RAMBO TT, and the Country Park Triad MTB, There are also several time trials. On Wed. is the Carolina TT.  Thursday has two time trials:  Greenville Spinners TT  and Lungbuster TT Series. Next weekend is the final big Crit Weekend in Atlanta. It kicks off Saturday with the ug. 17 Litespeed Twilight Criterium in the East Atlanta Village. Come hang out at a restaurant (or bar) and watch the racing well into the evening. Sunday is the Grant Park Crit. Southeastern Cycling has heard that there may be Beer Truck at the race selling cold adult beverages. This weekend is also the NC State Road Race Championship and the Southeast Regional Series Knoxville.

8-10-2013 LG Factory Team Accepting Applications The Louis Garneau Factory Team p/b Fuji is seeking national and international riders eligible to race in the US and Canada. Pro/1/2 riders only; exceptions may be made for category 3 riders who are capable of results in NCC/NRC/national level events. Riders must be able and willing to travel to races. To be considered for our 2014 roster, please fill out an application found below. Any questions about the team, roster, or application may be sent to the team manager, Tim Gallagher, at Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and riders will be notified of application status.

8-9-2013 There are so many good sales this weekend! Georgia is having its annual back to school tax holiday, and some of the local bike shops are celebrating by paying the taxes on your purchases this weekend. Free Flite is paying the tax on all instock bikes, clothing, and accessories Aug. 9-11! Free Flite is also hosting two sessions of Park Took School Oct. 20-21. There is a fee. Contact Free Flite for full details. Alpha Bikes is also having a tax free weekend Aug. 10-11 on all instock bikes, car racks, and clothing. They also have some awesome deals on 2013 closeout bikes from Cannondale, Kona and Scott.

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Southeastern Bike Expo It looks like the Southeastern Bike Expo will be back for 2014 with dates of March 15-16.

White Country SORBA Ride  Blackberries, Bears & Bigfoot Ride – Sunday 8/25 10 am White County SORBA invites you to ride with them, Sunday August 25th at 10 am From Woody’s Mountain Bikes., 457 Georgia 356, Helen, GA They will ride the gravel roads of the Chattahoochee National Forest and enjoy the green and lush forest. This will be a no-drop ride, with as much riding as you like. Afterwards, enjoy a covered dish lunch and talk about the different trail opportunities that are presenting themselves here in White County. Free! Come join them!

8-8-2013 Peachtree Bikes Sale Peachtree Bikes is having a huge sale Aug. 9, 10, and 11 because the “Kids are Back to School!” Up to 75% off!

8-7-2013 Ride with George Hincapie George Hincapie will be at Roswell Bicycles on Aug. 17th for a group ride, clinic, and autographs at 10:00 am.  The ride will be about 2 hours at B group pace. George will be at the shop for a meet and greet including autograph signings from noon to 2 pm.

Lula Lake Land Trust 50 Mile Race From the promoter: (Trish’s Note: The race is Oct. 12th.) The Lula Lake Land Trust 5 Points 50 is not a race; it’s a test of your will and determination. This course was designed to challenge you like no other; made up of fire service roads, multi-use trail, purpose built mountain bike singletrack, backwoods hiking trails, and even some tarmac. The bulk of the course is made up of the 5-Points Trail System, Lula Lake Land Trust property, and various sections of the Cloudland Canyon Connector Trail, including the 6.5 mile Long Branch/Nickajack section. The remainder of the course is on private property; as such there is no map of the course available.
Additional Info
-$4050 Purse split between 4 classes
-Post race meal and beer provided with entry
-Entry capped at 250 participants
-Overflowing swag bag given to all entrants

Big Creek Group Rides The Big Creek Group Ride Series from Alpha Bikes continues into late summer and fall. Contact Alpha Bikes for the times. “Here’s what you can look forward to:Monday A/B Group Rides – For advanced and intermediate mountain bike riders.  We will ride at a moderate to brisk pace and do one to three laps of Big Creek as well as climb and session the freeride area and pump tracks.  We’ll also visit a few other trail systems as well as do a ramble now and again. Meet up at main trailhead kiosk. These are drop rides.Thursday Skills Rides – For later-stage beginner to intermediate riders.  Each session we will concentrate on one or more key skills areas: picking lines and cornering; cleaning technical trail features (TTFs); jumps; pump track; some racing techniques.  We will practice as a group in several areas of the park and then you can choose to hit the XC trails or keep sessioning an area.  Meet up by restrooms in North parking lot.Saturday Beginner Rides – For those brand new to the sport.  Basic skills, drills and short loops.  Pre-teens with geared 20” and 24” mountain bikes are very welcome.  Meet up by restrooms in North parking lot. These are no drop rides.All rides start to finish will be about 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Mountain bike riding is not without its dangers. All riders ride at their own risk. There are no fees for these rides and all are welcome. Be nice if you could throw a buck or two in the donation pipe. Whiners old and young will be sent home to their parents.”

8-6-2013 Cyclocross Clinic

What: Cyclocross Clinic
When: Monday, Aug. 26th at 6-7 pm
Where: Jim Miller Park, Marietta, GA
Join Trish Albert (Sorella Cycling) for a low key Cyclocross Clinic! We will work on skills such as dismounts, remounts, and cornering. After working on skills, we will ride a few laps of the race course. Everyone is welcome! The clinic is free. Please note that loaner bikes and equipment are not available. Cyclocross bikes and mountain bikes are recommended. Remove bar ends from mountain bikes and bottle cages from all bikes. HELMETS ARE MANDATORY.
RSVP to the clinic.

Allatoona Creek Park Work Parties From SORBA Atlanta: “Friday and Saturday 8-9/10 – Work days. Morning and afternoon sessions on Friday and 9 until 1 on Saturday. Post if interested in helping on Friday and we will provide details. Saturday meet at Old Stilesboro bathrooms. Focus on both days will be to make repairs and “weather proof” trails as best as possible to avoid weather related closings. The two sessions on Friday and Saturday’s single session are all qualifiers for the volunteer awards program and a shot at winning a FS Giant 29er. “ Post on their Facebook Page to RSVP or with any questions.
8-5-2013 Racing This Week The summer keeps getting hotter, and there is plenty of hot racing action, too! Racing starts in Dawsonville, GA on Tuesday with the AMP Cycling Series.  Wed. the Charlotte Mountain Bike series heads to USNWC  Roadies in Tennessee have two mid-week racing choices:  Ring of Fire Crit Series and Knoxie Crits #1. The RAMBO Time Trial Series concludes at the Big Creek Mountain Bike trail on Wed. Saturday is the DLV State/Regional Championships.

Savannah Century Now that everyone has done the Covington Century, what’s next? The Savannah Century is coming up Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Saturday’s ride has option of 31 and 53 miles. The main ride, the Big Bridge Ride, is on Sunday! There are options of 25, 37, 56, 69, and 103 miles. All routes except the 25 miler go out the Talmadge Bridge! The terrain is gently rolling with minimal elevation gain and views of marshland and farm. Online registration is open through August 25th, and there is a discount if you sign up for both rides.

8-3-2013 Masters Track National Championships Several Southeastern riders are racing at the Masters Track National Championships this week. Congratulations to everyone!

Master Men 65-69 Pursuit 1st: Steve Lehman (TriState Velo), Rock Hill, SC
Master Women 4-44 Pursuit 3rd: Cheryl Fuller-Muller (LG Factory Team), Cumming, GA
Master Men 35-39 Points Race 1st: Andrew Crater (Finish Strong), Asheville, NC
Master Men 65-69 Scratch Race 3rd: Fran Rudy (Scenic City Velo), Ooltewah, TN
Master Women 40-44 Scratch Race 2nd: Cheryl Fuller-Muller
Master Women 40-44 Points Race 1st: Cheryl Fuller-Muller

8-2-2013 Roswell PD The Roswell PD posted on their Facebook page that 55 bikes were pulled over and cited for running stop signs in Roswell on Thursday night along with some cars at several locations in Roswell. Remember…stop!

Asheville Cross Clinics From Asheville Cross:  “Hey cross racers, new cross racers, people who like to hangout with cross racers, and…. I would like to try cross person we have what you’re looking for. Starting this Wednesday at the Bent Creek Community Park Asheville Cyclocross will be hosting a FREE Skills Clinic. We will continue the FREE clinics every Wednesday in August at the Bent Creek Community Park!! You do not need a cross bike. Any bike will work. We love new riders so beginners, come on out! This is a perfect way to be introduced to the greatest cycling discipline on earth.” The clinics will start about 6:30 pm.

 8-1-2013 Harbins Work Parties From GATR:     With all of the rain, we have many spots to fix at Harbins Park.   Come out show your favorite trail some love!  We have scheduled a Work Party for Saturday and Sunday, so more folks can help.  Lunch will be served at the end of the work party.  Sunday, August 4th from 9 a.m. – noon (please show about 8:45 a.m. to sign in and break into work teams) and Saturday, August 10th from 9 a.m. – noon.

7-30-2013 GA State TT Championship This Sunday, Aug. 4, is the final of the Peachtree Bikes Time Trial Series. The race also serves as the Georgia State Time Trial Championship. Juniors 10-14 will race a 6 mile course, Juniors 15-18 will race a 12 mile course, and all other divisions will race the full 24 mile course. Parking is at Serenbe with the start nearby. See the flyer for full details.

Riders in action at the Georgia Grand Prix last week. Photo courtesy of Harvey Blanco (Team Lifetime Bicycles).

Covington Century What’s the perfect warm up for the State TT Championships? The Covington Century! Fully Sagged • Signature Rest Stops • Helmets Required • Rain or Shine Ride, Mileage Options of 17, 32, 67 or 100 will take you through Covington, Oxford, Jersey, Rutledge, Social Circle, Mansfield and Newborn. Trish’s note: This is one of my favorite centuries of the year!! Don’t miss it! The routes have been changed to reflect some of the roads of the old Century route, so I’ve been told.

MSG Cross Series The MSG Cross Series has released their 2013-2014 schedule.
Sept. 28 MSG CX Dotmar
Oct. 5-6 MSG CX Farmhouse
Oct. 12 MSG CX Elizabethton
Nov. 2 MSG CX Boone
Nov. 23-24 MSG CX King Campus
Dec. 7 MSG CX Mars Hill
Jan. 4 MSG CX Final Domtar
Jan. 5 MSG CX UCI Domtar

Alliance Ride The Alliance Ride has been rescheduled for Aug. 25th. From the promoter: “Welcome to the 2013 Jackson Healthcare/Scott Rigsby Foundation Alliance Ride, supporting Warriors from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom! All donations from this event support Warrior Family Retreats and Warrior counseling services. On August 25, the Alliance Ride’s 25 and 50 mile ride will launch from the Jackson Healthcare offices at 2655 Northwinds Pkwy., Alpharetta, GA 30009.  The ride will begin at 7:45am for both rides. With plenty of snacks, beverages, and nutrition items, as well as special exhibits from our sponsors and local military, the event makes for a very memorable day for all who attend. Register Now and help our Warriors and their families transition back into their communities

7-29-2013 Racing This Week There is a lot of racing this weekend. Summer is in full swing! On Tuesday the  AMP Cycling Series rolls into Dawsonville, GA!  On Wed.  the Criterium #9 takes place. July 31-Aug. 4i s the Crossroads Cycling Classic. Scroll down about 1/4 page for plenty of information on the Crossroads Cycling Classic! Mountain bikes have a few mid week races: Fisher Farm XC, July 31 Hendersonville STXC, July 31 Tanglewood Park Triad MTB, Aug. 1 Gainesville SORBA TNT. Come by the Sorella Tent to say hi to Southeastern Cycling on Saturday at the annual Race to Sunset at Blanket’s Creek in Woodstock, GA. The SERC Series wraps up Aug. 3-4 with SERC #10 Fontana.

7-27-2013 Ride with the Pros I was doing a bit of web surfing today. I came across the Ride for C5 with Tyler Farrar Nov. 4th at Barnsley Gardens. I thought it was a neat idea for a fundraiser until I saw the price. $1250 for an individual cyclist. That is not a misprint. I verified it on their website. *CHOKE* That’s half of the new cross bike I want. (Really, it’s ok. I’ll be racing cyclocross that weekend anyway.) Don’t want to pay that and want to ride with a pro? Check out the Gran Fondo Hincapie north of Greenville, SC on Oct. 26th. Registration starts at $100, which includes a jersey.

7-26-2013 Beltine Police Patrol The Atlanta Police Dept. officially has their Beltine Patrol in Action on bikes and horses. They patrol the 12 mile Beltline stretch that is in use.

Atlanta Cycle Track The first two way Cycle Track in Atlanta is underway on 10th St. in Midtown. It will connect the BeltLine Eastside Trail to the bike route on Charles Allen. There is also a Cycle Track and a road diet planned for part of Peachtree Center Ave. in downtown Atlanta.