July 2023 News

News for 7-27-2023

Georgia State Cyclocross Championships
Georgia Cyclocross announced today that the State Cyclocross Championships will be at Elks Aidmore on Nov. 12. Elks is a challenging course with a lot of elevation gain per lap. There is nothing flat. The standard daily races will be run. Some categories may have separate jerseys for state championships, including the Junior races.

Judge hands down guilty verdict in fatal Cedartown hit-and-run trial

From the Polk County Standard Journal
“An Aragon man’s decisions in the minutes after he hit a Cedartown man on a bicycle with his vehicle nearly four years ago led a judge to find him guilty on hit and run and reckless conduct charges Tuesday.

Ralph “Ryan” Dover III was driving south on North Main Street in Cedartown the evening of Sept. 11, 2019, when he struck Eric Keais, who was traveling in the same direction. Prosecutors said because Dover didn’t immediately report the incident to proper authorities it stretched out the time before Keais got medical care, leading to his death.

Testimony indicated that Dover drove more than half of a mile down the road after the collision to a convenience store instead of stopping sooner. He didn’t call police or 911, instead calling a friend, State Rep. Trey Kelley.” Read the full article (turn off your ad blocker).

News for 7-26-2023
Chainbuster Racing News

From Chainbuster Racing
Chainbuster Racing is pleased to announce our newest race….The Bear 6/3 at Yonah Preserve Trail on August 19! The Bear 6/3 at YPT will be race #1 of our 2023-2024 Southeastern Endurance Series! Moving forward, our endurance season will become a fall-spring series. This change will allow more continuity with a shorter break in between races, allow for a progression in race difficulty, AND hopefully create less scheduling conflicts with other MTB events. (We like racing too!)

If you are competing for series awards for 2023 season, have no fear. You will not be affected by this change. Registration is now open and our Endurance Series Sale will begin on August 1, 2023!

Big Creek Work Party
Typhoon Trail – Finish Work Party, Monday, July 31, 5:30-7:15 pm Big Creek Freeride. Our friends at Jarrod’s Place are going to lend a hand and stack the dirt to finish the creek gap and rebuild the berm on Typhoon. Please come help us with the finish work to get the trail reopened! Who is going to test ride the creek gap first??!

News for 7-24-2023
Cyclist Hit on Tommy Lee Cook Road on Silk Sheets

From the Newnan Times-Herald

Atlanta Streets Alive is Back!
From Urbanize Altnata
UPDATE: 11 Atlanta Streets Alive dates officially set
“The city’s signature open-streets program has been dormant for four long years
UPDATE: 10:34 a.m., July 20: Following Wednesday’s report that Atlanta Streets Alive will be resurrected soon after a four-year hiatus, District 2 city councilmember Amir Farokhi sends details Atlantans have long been waiting for: According to Atlanta Department of Transportation officials, Atlanta Streets Alive will officially return Sunday, September 24, opening a roughly three-mile stretch of Peachtree Street in downtown and Midtown to people and closing it to vehicle traffic. Later this year, Streets Alive will also be staged on that same Peachtree route on the third Sundays in October and November. But wait, there’s more! According to ATLDOT, Streets Alive will return to the three-mile Peachtree route in April next year—and then continue there on the third Sundays of every month through November 2024. No other routes have been announced. In other words, Atlanta’s signature open-streets program is officially back, rooted in a designated place with the city’s densest neighborhoods, and now more frequent than ever.” Read the full article.

News for 7-24-2023
Georgia Cyclocross 2023 Schedule
Georgia Cyclocross announces the 2023 preliminary schedule. There are a couple of new venues and some returning favorites! More information will be coming soon! (Trish’s Note: I’ll be updating the cyclocross calendar this week.)

Covington Century
Time is running out to register for the Covington Century! Use code SEC15 for a 15% discount valid until online registration closes. Onsite registration will also be available (discount code not valid for onsite registration.)

Fools Gold
From Mountain Goat Adventures
Early Registration Pricing through 7/31 – Register by then for lowest entry fee! The 2023 Maxxis Tires Fools Gold will be held on September 9, 2023 at the beautiful Montaluce Winery, in Dahlonega, GA. The Fool’s Gold Mountain Bike Races will offer riders a 38 mile or 54 mile course. Free primitive camping is available at Montaluce Winery for Friday and Saturday nights. Register early, as this event has sold out the past three years.

TONS of good stuff included: ▪Challenging course that features hard climbs, fast descents and sweet flowy singletrack that you will feel good about finishing. ▪Cash payout for the Open Men/Open Women’s classes in both the 38 and 54 mile race. ▪Cash prizes for all first place finishers in the non-open categories in the 54 mile race. Full details on payouts/prizes can be found HERE. ▪Free Primitive Camping at Montaluce Winery Friday and Saturday night! ▪Terrapin Beer and Moe’s for post-race calorie replenishment! ▪Highly visible Course Markings and Course Marshals ▪Finisher awards for all finishers in both races ▪Custom awards for all podium finishers in both races ▪Soft and comfy race shirt – size guaranteed if you register by the size deadline of August 18th. ▪Aid stations with plenty of calories, fluids, mechanical support and first aid supplies.

Join the Fool’s Gold Crew and earn a race entry! We are looking for folks who’d like to volunteer for this year’s Fool’s Gold Mountain Bike Race! We take good care of our crew and offer a Fool’s Gold or Southern Cross entry for adults who commit to a 6 hour shift (for yourself or you can earn an entry for a spouse/friend). We need helpers for registration, aid stations, course marshals, as well as at the start/finish to keep an eye on the beer. We also have a limited number of positions available for Friday night/Saturday morning registration and post-race help, for folks who want to volunteer AND still race. If you are interested in helping out, please contact lisa atmountaingoatadventures.com and let her know your shirt size, availability and any task preference. Course Marshals and Aid Station helpers will need to have transportation out to their location. Thanks in advance!

Six Gap Century
Registration for the Six Gap 2022 is now open. Be sure to register early to receive the biggest discount. Six Gap Century September 24, 2023 10% OFF Registration Code: CELEBRATE23 Offer ends July 28, 2023

News for 7-19-2023
Tucker Ride Troubles

From the Atlanta Peloton (and passed on with their request)
TUK Troubles This past Saturday’s TUK A will go down in PTN history as one of the biggest sh**show’s in our checkered past. Which is really saying something. Three separate crashes for totally different reasons. Awful. Hoping all those injured heal quickly and heal well. But “thoughts and prayers” ain’t enough. We are going to make a small change to mitigate a big risk.

The descent of Stewart Mill Road will be neutralized going forward.

This descent is not just fast but also hazard-filled, festooned with potholes, cracked pavement, and fast oncoming traffic in the other lane. And it was on this descent last week where a terrible accident occurred that could have been avoided if we were not racing like we were going down the Poggio. Henceforth, once we hit the stop sign on Bermuda Road, where we turn right onto Stewart Mill, the ride will be neutralized until we hit the dead-end stoplight at Rockbridge Road. This occurs just shy of 10 miles into the ride, from the downtown Tucker start.

What does neutralized mean??? We won’t have a red Audi coupe in front of the peloton with Christian Prudhomme popping out the sunroof to order calm ahead of the descent. Rather, once we turn off Bermuda, the pace should basically be freewheeling/coffee ride pace. And we will let the group fully reassemble before turning left through the light at Rockbridge Road.

The agreement that it will regroup at the light will allow everyone to be generously spaced and casually paced on this descent. Relax, Speed Racer. You ain’t chasing Pog or Vingygoo. And there will still be ample opportunities to smash on the ride after this neutralization. Ultimately, enforcement of this will rely on the veterans of the PTN. It’s an issue of collective action. Get to the front and do the right thing. This is the way.

NCL Community Ride (Trish’s note: The ride is free, but you must register.)
From Bearings Bike Works
This Saturday: NCL Community Ride at Bearings!
The National Cycling League (NCL) and Bearings Bike Works are thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership to promote cycling as a powerful tool for community-building in Atlanta and beyond.
Come out to Bearings this Saturday for a meet and greet with professional cyclists including Miami Nights’ Jonny Clarke and Gabriel Mendez, as well as Denver Disruptors athlete Serghei Tvetcov. The day’s festivities will include a 1-hour community ride, followed by a 3-hour ride for those who wish to participate. We hope to see you there! The community ride serves as a precursor to the NCL Cup Qualifying event hosted at Bearings Bike Works on August 19 and the highly anticipated NCL Cup Atlanta on August 20. For more details on upcoming events, visit nclracing.com. Register here.

News for 7-18-2023
Dick Lane Velodrome MidSummer Certification Class

From the DLV
The midsummer 2023 track certification session will take place the weekend of July 22-23 (1pm to 4pm each day). This two-day session is designed to certify new riders for track training and racing. We’ll cover all of the basics. No previous track or fixed gear experience is needed. Bikes are provided.
The class is designed for cyclists interesting in giving track racing a try. Or, for those who are just curious and want to experience the velodrome’s banking on a real track bike.
Riders that have taken the class in the past are welcome to sit in for a refresher. If you’ve previously completed the class and want to join us, email: brian at dicklanevelodrome.com.

Gears and Guitars
From the Promoter
Gears and Guitars is back in 2023 for its tenth year! One of the country’s most prestigious cycling events combined with live music for a weekend of exciting racing, local riding, and a full weekend of FREE live music from big name bands.

Friday, August 4, 2023 2023 GEARS AND GUITARS STREETS OF FIRE Street Sprint Racing
Start Location: 500 Block of 4th Street (Corner of Poplar and 4th), Finish Location: 200 Block of 4th Street (Corner of Trade and 4th) First Heat: 7:00 PM Total Purse: $1,500 The sprint course is 200 meters in length. Riders will sprint the distance, side-by-side. Heats will be elimination-style with groups of 4-6 riders per heat. Heats will be assigned by category (male/female, age, race category) based on pre-registrations. Your first heat will be provided at the racer sign-in area located near the start line at the corner of Poplar and 4th. Registration: Registration for all racer categories for Friday night is $20 in advance. An annual or one-day USA Cycling race license is required for the event. You MUST pre-register online to race. Online registration will close at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, August 2. VISIT BIKEREG TO VIEW SCHEDULE AND REGISTER. There will be no onsite registration.
Saturday, August 5, 2023 2023 WINSTON-SALEM CYCLING CLASSIC CRITERIUM Amateur and Professional Road Racing The Winston-Salem Classic course has become known for its challenging route that loops up and around Bailey Park, offering some of the most exciting bike racing in the country. This year we will start and end again on the Vine Street hill! Watch pros and amateurs compete all day and take in the extra entertainment at the festival in Bailey Park. We’ll have plenty of food trucks and a beer garden too so plan to spend the day. Then, stick around for our FREE (yes, FREE) concert into the night! Amateur Criterium Racing: 9:10 AM – 5:00 PM, Professional Criterium Racing: 5:30 PM – 8:15 PM An annual or one-day USA Cycling race license is required for the event. Schedule subject to

PARTICIPATION EVENTS Saturday, August 5, 2023 023 GEARS AND GUITARS FONDO PRESENTED BY FLOW AUTO – $65.00 Location: 445 Patterson Avenue, Winston-Salem Onsite Registration Opens: 6:30 AM | Includes a free Gears & Guitars 2023 t-shirt (while supplies last), one drink/beer coupon (21+), and a lunch voucher for Jimmy John’s. 68-Mile Fondo Departure: 7:30 AM | 40-Mile Fondo Departure: 8:00 AM 42 Mile Fondo Departure (1 rest stop)

Saturday, August 6, 2023 2023 GEARS AND GUITARS GRAVEL RIDES – $65.00
Location: 445 Patterson Avenue, Downtown Winston-Salem Onsite Registration Opens: 9:00 AM | Includes a free Gears & Guitars 2023 t-shirt (while supplies last), one drink/beer coupon (21+), and a lunch voucher for Jimmy John’s. Greenway/Gravel Departure: 10:00 AM Early Packet Pickup: Friday, August 4th; 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at 500 West 5th Street The journey along the Long Branch Trail and Salem Creek Greenway allows participants to turn around at any point along the route or travel all the out and around, along the Salem Lake trail, one of Winston Salem’s most enjoyable rides. Two options for this ride include: Long Branch Trail to Salem Creek Greenway to Salem Lake or water crossing and return (7 miles, 1 rest stop) Long Branch Trail to Salem Creek Greenway and around Salem Lake and return (15 miles, 1 rest stop)

News for 7-14-2023
Allatoona Work Party

From MTB Atlnata.
Toona Work Party, Saturday, July 15 9am-1pm, Join us this Saturday for our monthly work party at Toona. We’ll be showing Mason’s Bridge and Rusty Bucket a lil love. Bring work gloves, water, and a friend.


News for 7-11-2023
Charleston Park Work Party

Charleston Park Work Party Saturday, July 15 9am-1pmetta Mountain Bike Organization (RAMBO) Join us for the first of two work parties scheduled for July to provide some TLC for the high erosion areas at Charleston Park. Wear closed toe shoes and bring water. We look forward to seeing you there.

Blanket’s Creek Work Party
From SORBA Woodstock
Blanket’s Creek Trail Maintenance Party Saturday, July 15, 2023 9am-1pm Blankets Creek Bike Park 2261 Sixes Road Canton, GA, 30114 United States

News for 7-9-2023
All for One Century

ALL FOR ONE 100 – Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023 Registration is now open for the 5th annual AFO 100. As in past years, three options are available: 29 miles, 64 miles, and 100 miles. And new for this year, we offer an exclusive challenge to a small group of the fittest riders in our area: the “5 for 5” century, which includes (not all listed): Pace will be managed to complete the century in 5 hours (20 MPH rolling average) · Grupetto size will be limited to 25 fit riders
· Dedicated ride leaders to manage the pacing · Dedicated Domestique support to manage etiquette and support individual rider needs · Concierge service will provide SAG support with Wahoo mechanic · Dedicated moto support will assist in navigating intersections and other course management tasks · VIP parking and registration table will be available on the morning of the ride

The All for One Century benefits the Van Purser Foundation. Van dedicated his life to service, and the Van Purser Foundation helps cyclists in their times of need. Please register, today: https://www.bikereg.com/all-for-one-100

News for 4-6-2023
Beautiful Backroads Century
From the BBC
On September 16th, the 23nd Beautiful Backroads Century Bicycle Ride (BBC) returns to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery with an even larger after ride party! For the Clubs and Bike Shops north of Atlanta, “the Budplant” provides free parking 51 weeks of the year to Georgia Cyclists often filling the parking lot. How about 1-time a year we give back to the community by riding this event for a local cause important to them. Hickory Log a local, personal care home for men with special needs, is the primary recipient of money raised for this event.

Distances include 14, 31, 48, 66, and 100 miles. Sag stops will be on every route with hydration and food.

The ride starts and finishes at the Anheuser-Busch plant in Cartersville complete with a food, beverage, and music after party. www.BBCbikeride.com

12 Bike Friendly Georgia Communities

The League of American Bicyclists has designated 12 cities in Georgia as Bicycle Friendly Cities. Decatur was listed as a Silver designee. Bronzes were Alpharetta GA, Athens-Clarke County, Atlanta, Carrollton, Columbus, Milledgeville, Peachtree City, Roswell Savannah, and Tybee Island.

Happy 4th of July! Go ride your bike and enjoy the freedoms we have! I’m taking a few days off of updating Southeastern Cycling to do some things “under the hood” on the site.

News for 6-26-2023
Rosskopf Third in US Pro TT
Former US Professional TT National Champion and Georgia resident Joey Rosskopf was 3rd in this year’s National TT Championship in Knoxville, TN on Thursday.


News for 6-22-2023
GIHP Land on the Field Side are Sold-to Become a Soccer Complex
From the Rockdale Citizen
“CONYERS — The city of Conyers has agreed to sell nearly 300 acres of land that was purchased more than 30 years ago as part of the Georgia International Horse Park.

The City Council unanimously approved the sale at its June 7 meeting, agreeing to enter into a contract with Sportiff Real Estate LLC to sell the land for $7,165,250.

The council voted in April to declare the approximately 286 acres surplus so that it could be sold. City Attorney Carrie Bootcheck said the city advertised for public bids for sale of the property and received one bid from Sportiff. The company, which was formed Feb. 16, is based in Covington.”

Article about soccer complex Interesting note at the end: “But don’t fret, cycling and equestrian enthusiasts of Atlanta: Vierhout has vowed that mountain biking and horseback riding trails established as part of the Conyers Olympic venue will remain.”

News for 6-21-2023
Blanket’s creek 3/6 Hour Race

From Mountain Goat Adentures
2023 BLANKETS CREEK 3 AND 6 HOUR RACE PRESENTED BY FREE-FLITE BICYLES! SEPTEMBER 30, 2023!! Make plans to join us for the Blankets Creek 3 and 6 Hour Race presented by Free-Flite Bicycles on September 30th!bSolo, 2 and 3 person team categories are available in the 6 Hour Race.bGet your teams together now! The 3 Hour Option has a TON of categories for those who wish to ride 3 hours solo, as well as a one and two lap option for junior riders who aren’t ready for a full 3 hour event. Medals and sponsor prizes 3 deep in all categories, podium shirts for all first place finisherss The 2023 race course will be ridden CLOCKWISE on both Dwelling and VMT. This is a very fast and flowy course that maximizes the fun factor while still offering enough climbing and technical challenges to separate the pack! This event is one of four major yearly fundrasisers for SORBA Woodstock. Thanks to generous support we receive from Free-Flite Bicycles, Northside Hospital-Cherokee and YOUR PARTICIPATION, this event raises roughly $4000 for the chapter! Thank you for supporting this event and your local trails!

Rope Mill Dirty Duathlon and Trail Run presented by Northside Hospital – Cherokee – November 11, 2023 at Rope Mill Park in Woodstock, GA! This is everyone’s favorite event where you can race as a solo or on a team. Pair up with your spouse or kids! The opening bike loop will be 5.5 miles on the Mill Trails, followed by a 3.3 mile trail run on Explorer, and finally a 5.5 mile bike on the Avalanche Trails. The course covers all the trails at Rope Mill Park! Solo, 2 and 3 person beginner/family team categories are available in the duathlon. We will be using traditional mountain bike race categories, as we have done in the past, to help alleviate congestion on the opening bike loop. The run is short enough that those who do not typically run still have plenty of time to start training! All participants receive a super comfy t-shirt and those that register by October 20th also receive a commemorative swag item. Prizes and awards presented to the top 3 in each duathlon category. Post race snacks and drinks available.
HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO ONLY WANT TO RUN? We are also offering a separate 3.3 mile trail run on the Explorer Trails at this event for those who would prefer to just participate in a run.

Volunteer Opportunities and Trail Work Parties!
We are partnering with SORBA Woodstock to bring you these events. SORBA Woodstock has built and maintains the trails at both Blankets Creek and Rope Mill Park. These events serve as major fundraisersfor the Chapter – please come out and show your support by either racing or volunteering! Want to volunteer at these events for SORBA Woodstock? We need you! Please send an email directly to lisa at mountaingoatadventures.com with your shirt size and availability. Volunteers are needed for registration, parking, course marshaling and bike patrol. Want to help work on your local trails? Visit the SORBA Woodstock Website and view the calendar for work party dates and locations. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, and bring your own water. SORBA Woodstock provides the rest. This is a chance to help give back to the trails. SORBA Woodstock could not maintain our wonderful trails without the help of a small army of generous volunteers like you!