June 2022 News

News for 6-23-2022
Chicopee Fire Damage Trail Repair

From Northeast GA SORBA
Trail Fire Work Party at Chicopee Woods, Saturday, June 25 8:45 am-1 pm. We need your help! A brush fire happened last Sunday 6/19 on White Tail Trail along the power lines. White Tail was damaged during the response. We need 10-15 folks to help fix the trail. Remember, you can earn an annual parking pass once you volunteer for a total of 16 hours. Lunch will be provided for those that either register to this Event or email us by noon on Friday (negasorba@gmail.com . We may have some swag to raffle too. Meet at the toolshed in the upper parking lot at 8:45 for sign-in. Bring plenty of water. Gloves and eye protection are recommended.

News for 6-21-2022
Silver Comet Carter Road Parking Lot

From a Facebook post
The Cobb DOT and Cobb Water will be working on the sink hole at the Carter Road Silver Comet Parking lot. They believe it goes under Carter Road, so there may be some closures. This parking lot is at mile marker 8.6 before Powder Springs. Update Trish’s Note: I rode by there on 6-22, and it looked like most of the work was done.

News for 6-21-2022
John Lewis Memorial Freedom Ride

From a Facebook post
Registration is free. Register here. Go get into some Good Trouble.

News for 6-20-2022
Hollywood Trail Dig Day Powered by Maxxis, Saturday, June 25 9 am-2 pm, at Big Creek, 10200 Wooten Rd, Roswell, GA 30076-2256, Our first official dig day for the new Hollywood jump trail will be hosted by our friends at Maxxis! Join Maxxis employees and RAMBO volunteers, as we pack and shape the first section of the new trail, plus tend to other needs in our Freeride Area. Every participant will leave with Maxxis swag, plus they’ll be giving away new tires and more. Lunch will be provided thanks to the Maxxis crew!

News for 5-17-2022
Sykes Park Workday and Cookout

From MTB Atlanta
Monday, June 20, 2022 9 am-1 pm Sykes Park – Work Day Join us at Sykes Park on Monday, June 20th for a Work Day and Picnic in observance of Juneteenth with a little community service to help better the park. We will doing a general clean-up of the trails, along with some specific detailed work to a few sections.
Meet in the parking lot next to the playgrounds at 8:45. Have a mask, gloves, wear long pants, closed toed shoes and bring, water, bug spray and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees. Tools will be be provided!
We will be cooking out after as a thank you, with burgers, chips and drinks. (If you want us to throw a veggie or dietary restriction option on the grill for you, please bring it along.)

News for 6-7-2022
Blankets Creek 3 and 6 Hour Mountain Bike Race presented by Free-Flite Bicycles

From Mountain Goat Adventures
Make plans to join us for the Blankets Creek 3 and 6 Hour Race presented by Free-Flite Bicycles on October 1st! Solo, 2 and 3 person team categories are available in the 6 Hour Race. 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 6 Hour categories, podium shirts for all first place finishers in 6 Hour Categories.
-Medals 3 deep in all 3 Hour categories. Prizes 3 deep for 3 Hour Expert Classes.
-The 2022 race course will be ridden CLOCKWISE on both Dwelling and VMT.

Georgia Bikes is Hiring
From Georgia Bikes
The Bike-Walk Planning Manager (BWPM) is a senior-level planning professional who works to transform the future of transportation decision-making and funding in Georgia. The BWPM oversees local and state-level planning projects, stakeholder involvement, and analysis; provides an expert voice, educates, and shares information; and assists the Executive Director by supporting the growth of both Georgia Bikes and statewide bike-walk communities. The BWPM is a highly responsible self-starter, has advanced technical skills, writes flawlessly, and has experience incorporating equity into planning projects. Funded through 2/25/2025; carryover is likely. See the full job description here.

Georgia Bikes improves bicycling and walking conditions and promotes bicycling and walking statewide. We interact with all levels of government, support local advocates, work toward common goals with partners, provide safety education, host an annual summit, act as a clearinghouse, and speak on behalf of safe, equitable, and accessible biking and walking.

GA400 Century City Tour
From the Promoter
Saturday June 25, 2022
Take $5 off with coupon code 5offtour expires this Sunday June 12. This is the best valued ride “near town” you can participate in. We are riding to help raise money for Emory Heart and Vascular Center. As cyclists we use our heart A LOT and Emory is the best place for your heart if you ever need it. We are working hard to make the ride the best it can be. Please help us raise money for Emory to help all those facing heart and vascular challenges. Donate here https://www.pledgereg.com/ga400-ride-emory-heart-center

Updates and routes for the GA400 Century City Tour can be found on the website http://www.ga400century.com.
We will ride through city centers (hence the name city tour) on your journey though Fulton, Cherokee and Forsyth counties past beautiful country side filled with horses and grand homes.

News for 6-3-2022
Intro to Road Cycling Each Tuesday in June in Milton, GA

From OBDCC and Bike Alpharetta
Olde Blind Dog Cycling Club 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton, GA 30004
Bike Alpharetta and Olde Blind Dog Cycle Club (OBDCC) are teaming up to offer ‘Intro to Road Cycling’ rides on Tuesday nights in June in conjunction with OBDCC rides. These rides are geared for people who know how to ride a bicycle but have not had much experience riding in groups or on roads. Each week we will talk about bike riding skills, preview the route and then go out for a ride. Riders should be able to control their bicycle — stop quickly, maneuver safely to avoid objects, look all around (including behind with some control), and signal turning right and left. Helmets are mandatory and it is recommended to have front and rear lights. Riders may want to familiarize themselves with the Bike Alpharetta Beginner Road Riding Guide. https://bikealpharetta.files.wordpress.com/…/ba…
Interested? The rides start on June 7, 2022 and last about one hour. Meet at Milton City Hall ready to ride at 6:20 PM. OBDCC may have between 4-8 different riding groups leaving that night and we will be the last group to go out. The rides are free but online waivers, OBDCC Waiver, must be signed before riders can join.

News for 6-2-2022
Teresa Rose Killed in Collision

Chainbuster-Eliel team member Teresa Rose was killed in a bicycle-auto collision on Tuesday, May 31. The Eatonton Messenger reports that “Teresa Rose, age 56, of Milledgeville, was struck by a 2006 Chevrolet van driven by Josafat Gonzalez-Villagrana, age 32, of Hull.

“Witnesses told deputies that Gonzalez-Villagrana was turning west onto Glades Road and struck Ms. Rose on her bicycle as she was traveling toward Eatonton at the intersection,” Sills said. “Ms. Rose was dead at scene when emergency personnel arrived.”

The sheriff reported that Gonzalez-Villagrana was taken into custody on charges of misdemeanor homicide by vehicle, failure to give right of way and failure to give a turn signal. He is presently lodged in the Putnam County Jail, and the investigation of this accident continues.

Chainbuster Racing posted a lovely tribute to Teresa. She was very involved in the local cycling community and was loved by many. “To Teresa, you made our lives better with your presence. Your friendship was a treasure. You always served with a smile on your face. You laughed easily. You always smiled. You were always encouraging. You loved well. You were a huge inspiration to us. We just thought we would have more time to tell you those things. And doing it this way doesn’t seem real. We are much emptier today.”

Please keep Teresa’s friends and family in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

News for 6-1-2022
RAMBO Skills Area at Big Creek

Thanks to generous support from the Santa Cruz Bicycles #PayDirt program, Maxxis Tires, and Bike Roswell, we’re excited to announce our MTB Skills Area at Big Creek Park coming this Fall! The Skills Area will be located near our two pumptracks, and provide kids of all ages with a variety of boulders, ladders, skinnies, and rollers to build those essential riding skills. #morekidsonbikes #mtb We continue to be so humbled by the support and investment in our local community by our volunteers, members, businesses and industry partners. THANK YOU to Santa Cruz Bicycles, Maxxis and BikeRoswell for helping to bring this to fruition!

News for 5-31-2022
9th Annual Twice Baked Ride

From the the Promoter
The 9th annual Twice Baked Ride will be on on Sunday July 10, 2022. If you think life is hard, try living with mental illness (thus why on like the hottest day of the year!) And this way we can ride not only for our own mental health, but others’ too! Start: Villa Rica Middle School, 614 Tumlin Lake Rd Temple, GA 30179, Twice Baked is a grass-roots effort to raise awareness about mental health and the role that exercise can take in the treatment of mental illness, while raising funds to support local mental health programs. Just 38 miles west of Atlanta, Twice Baked may very well be the most well-marked course ever, with over 500 markings for the various ride options. All this with limited traffic and drivers who actually seem to like having cyclists sharing their roads!!! Ride options include 14, 28, 50, 64 and 100 miles. Rest stops are numerous and will be fully stocked with goodies in order to beat the heat. Skaters are welcome!! Skate, Skate Skate! Skaters welcome! Bonuses: REAL INDOOR BATHROOMS, PICKLE JUICE, CHOCOLATE MILK, COLD WATERMELON, and after the ride-pizza…All the extras riders want!

News for 5-30-2022
Sope Creek Trail Day

From MTB Atlanta
Sope Creek Trail Day, Sat., June 18, 9 am-Noon 150 Columns Drive, Marietta, GA. Join us and the Chattahoochee River national Recreation Area for our monthly volunteer trail day at Sope Creek. Meet at the Columns Drive parking lot at 8:45. Have a mask, gloves, wear long pants and closed toed shoes and bring a pack, water, snacks, bug spray and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees.
Tools and stoke provided!

iCan Bike Volunteers Needed
From the City of Alpharetta
Volunteers are wanted for iCan Bike, a five day mini-camp designed to teach individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional, two-wheeled bicycle. Campers are required to participate in one 75-minute instruction period per day of the camp. Sessions will be held June 20 through 24 at The Cooler, which is located at 10800 Davis Drive in Alpharetta. Those interested in volunteering to assist with the program are encouraged to complete an online application form available at https://www.icanbikealpharetta.org/sign-up.html. Those who would like to support the iCan Bike Program may also make a donation that will help make this year’s Alpharetta camp, as well as future camps, possible. To make a donation, simply visit https://icanshine.org/make-donation/ and select the “Alpharetta Camp” when prompted.

The iCan Bike Program is coordinated by iCan Shine, an international nonprofit organization that partners with local hosts to offer more than 100 of the iCan Bike Camps each year. Using a combination of adapted equipment, trained professionals, and volunteers, the organization has taught over 20,000 people with disabilities how to ride a conventional bicycle. Over 80% of camp participants learn to ride independently by the end of the five-day program. The Alpharetta sessions are hosted by the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety’s Bike Patrol Unit in partnership with the Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation and the Alpharetta Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Services. This will be the tenth year that The Cooler and the City’s Bike Unit host the iCan Bike Program, with many Alpharetta police officers participating as volunteers.
For more information on the iCan Bike Alpharetta Program, please contact Officer Amanda Clay of the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety at aclay@alpharetta.ga.us.

News for 5-26-2022
Shhhh….It’s been quiet!
It’s been a really quiet news week! There are so many races this summer! Please support your local promoters and clubs that put the races on. Sign up even if you are a first time! There are races for everyone-mtb, road, gravel. Also, #crossiscoming

Maysville Gravel Grind
From Topview Sports
We would LOVE to have you join us in Maysville Georgia for the Maysville Gravel Mayhem p/b Panaracer on June 18th. Your parking is pre-paid for the event. We are hanging out eating burgers sitting by the water relaxing after the ride. Please join us for the fun! Save the date for the Georgia Gravel Grinduro on October 29th in Helen, GA. https://www.topviewsports.com/gravel-series
Trish’s Note: I’d love to see the women’s divisions filled out! Bring your friends, your SigO’s, relatives, coworkers, bestie, neighbors! There is a distance for everyone!

News for 5-18-2022
Don’t Fight The Fuzz


Here are a set of facts:
We are extremely fortunate to have Stone Mountain for our weeknight rides of NNL (Nasty Northlake) and PZA (Pizza Ride)
Stone Mountain is not a closed race course for us
We must abide by traffic regulations in the park
We do not always abide by traffic regulations in the park
The Stone Mountain Police (SMP) are keen to enforce the traffic regulations on our group

Nobody likes to be a nag, least of all me. But the SMP recently made it clear to a number of PTN’ers that we must change our ways…or else. And it would be a damn shame to lose these rides. So let’s start with the following, specifically for the Pizza ride:

Neutral Start: Once we enter the park, this is a neutral zone. No attacking, surging or general douche-baggery.
The neutral zone lasts until and through the first stop sign at the three-way intersection
Stay in the right lane from park entry until we need to shift left at the stop sign intersection
Stop at the Stop Sign Let’s all put a foot down before proceeding left out of the intersection. Once clear of the intersection, the ride is “on”.
Stay in One Lane Don’t go into the second lane (when there is one on course) or over the double yellow. We’ve all done it. But, it’s not worth the risk. They aren’t handing out a rainbow jersey at the end of these rides.
Stay Behind Cars It should go without saying but…don’t go around cars that we catch??? Yeah let’s go with that.
This is the way.