May 2018 News

5-24-2018 Mountain Sports Fest Cross race CANCELED From a post on Facebook on Asheville Cyclocross’s page: “The city has advised that we avoid the wet areas at Carrier. Between that caution, the forecast, and the construction, AVLCX cannot put on the quality race y’all have come to expect. Look for more info from MSF if you’ve already registered. We are disappointed we won’t see everyone on Friday. The real season will be here before you can say “pedal to metal”.

5-21-2018 2018 Georgia Cross Race Dates Make your plans for CX now! Georgia Cross has released the dates for the 2018 races. Venues are coming soon. Expect to see some of your favorites return! Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 27-28, Nov. 3-4, Nov. 11, Nov. 18, and Dec. 1-2. #crossicoming

5-18-2018 PedalPalooza Postponed From SORBA Woodstock: PedalPalooza festival postponement announcement: Based of the weather forecast and trail conditions, the SORBA Woodstock BOD has decided to postpone this year’s Pedalpalooza festival from this weekend to Saturday, Oct 13th. We were all looking forward to this spring event but mother nature had other plans. Thanks to all our sponsors for understanding and standing behind us in this decision. You’re the best! Thanks and looks forward to adding this to our list of fun events this fall.

6th Annual ‘Shine Pedalers Metric! Press Release Join us for the 6th Annual ‘Shine Pedalers Metric! Metric Century and Half Century offers a challenging ride through the rolling hills of Dawson County. This ride starts and finishes a the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. The ride includes light breakfast, themed SAG stops, rolling support, and lunch at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. Goody bags and t-shirts are guaranteed for riders that register before July 16, 2018. T-shirts are designed by Stand and Hammer, be sure to register by July 16th to guarantee your shirt.  Metric riders will climb Burnt Mountain, Half Metric is for all experience levels, Plenty of rolling hills and beautiful scenery to keep riders interested, Complimentary continental breakfast, coffee and snacks, Well placed SAG stops with snacks, drinks and support, Complimentary lunch at the GRHOF (indoors), Complimentary cooling towels at end of ride, Friendly and helpful SAG support.

5-17-2018 Alpharetta Roads Closed From “Motorists (and cyclists) traveling through Alpharetta will have two fewer roads to use to reach their destination this summer. That’s because the city will close Rucker Road and a large section of Mayfield Road so that bridges and culverts can be replaced. The closures will begin May 29 and are expected to remain in place until Aug. 5, the city said. Motorists should note that only residents who live within the closure area will be able to access the impacted sections of the road. Rucker Road will be closed from the Alpharetta city limits near Houze Road/S.R. 140 to Wills Road.” Trish’s Note: For cyclists the alternate is Mid-Broadwell Road. This link has a map with the detours. I know some of the Alpharetta groups rides have to reroute their weeknights rides.

5-16-2018 AMP Postponed From Topview Sports: Twilights @AMP for Wednesday May 16th has been postponed. There is just too much rain in the forecast and we know how most cyclists are so we are going to move it back a week or two for this month. We are waiting to hear back from the track on the reschedule date and will post that ASAP. Please pass the word to your non FB friends that you know come out to this event. Update: The reschedule date is May 30.

5-15-2018 Riverview Road Closed If you are doing the Six Flags route from Atlanta Cycling-Vinings this weekend or planning to ride Riverview Road between S. Cobb Drive and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway, it will be closed May 18-20. You will need to find an alternate route. One possibility is to make a right on S. Cobb Drive. Go up a couple of lights. Make a left onto Highlands then an immediate left onto Oakdale. Oakdale turns into Discovery Blvd. AC-V is aware of the road closure and will advise the ride ahead of time.

Nestor Cup Prologue Cancelled From the Savannah Wheelmen Due to approaching weather, the Wheelmen have cancelled Tuesday’s Nestor Cup Prologue, to those who have pre-registered, the Wheelmen will credit toward the first race of the season’s entry fees. Thank you for your interest, we’ll see you Sunday June 3rd for the first Nestor Cup race of the season!

5-12-2018 Charlotte Motor Speedway Cycling Time Trial Series Cancelled Form Start 2 Finish: After long consideration and deep regret, Start 2 Finish will be canceling the remaining four races in the 2018 Charlotte Motor Speedway Time Trial Series. First and foremost we want to thank each and every dedicated participant who attended this fun series for so many years. We also want to thank all our volunteers and support staff who have worked extremely hard to make this event happen year after year. Many different individuals and cycling clubs have worked long hours over the years to keep this series rolling. Unfortunately the CMS Time Trial Series participation can no longer support the cost of the series. Everyone who registered for the series will be receiving a pro-rated refund based on the two races in the series. The refund will be the same for all series participants. Thanks so much for your understanding and keep pedaling!!

5-10-2018 Big Creek Trails Closed Sat. From Friends of Big Creek Park This Saturday, May 12, RAMBO will be hosting the Quick Six Enduro. The park will be closed to mountain biking for the day until approximately 4:30 PM. The gravel walking trail will be open and no Enduro run crosses it this year so you can walk unhindered. The action starts at 9 AM so come out for a walk and watch some fun racing!

Jackson County Brevet From the Promoter: June 16th is fast approaching for the Jackson County Brevet. Have a cycling friend who has never ridden the Brevet? We hope you share our event with them and invite them to join you on Saturday, June 16th in Braselton. Can’t make the event? NO problem. You can still support our cause by purchasing Raffle Tickets for over $5000 worth of prizes, including a 2018 Cannondale CAAD12 Ultegra road bike. Your support allows us to donate proceeds to THE KELLY WILHITE APLASTIC ANEMIA RESEARCH FUND at Emory University, to help change a 30-yr old, out-dated treatment for Aplastic Anemia. This is the heartbeat of why we work so hard for 9 months every year planning our event. You get a fantastic ride experience. Your participation directly supports life-changing research.

Trish’s Note: I love this ride! I’ve done it quite a few times, and it’s always great! I wish I was able to make it this year….

5-9-2018 SouthSide Cycling Century Ride benefiting Piedmont Cancer Wellness From the SSC: Mark your calendar and invite your friends to join the SouthSide Cycling Club’s Ride for Piedmont Cancer Wellness. Spin through the quiet country roads of beautiful Coweta, Pike, and Meriwether Counties. Well-marked routes include 8-mile family ride, 31, 66 and 103 mile distance options. Gently rolling terrain makes the 31 and 66 mile routes as fast as you like. The century becomes more challenging as the hills and the temperature rise. This ride is fully supported with well-stocked specialty rest stops and SAG vehicles, plus post-ride refreshments. Proceeds from this ride provide support to Piedmont Newnan Cancer Wellness. When: Saturday, July 7, 2018 Start/Finish: Senoia United Methodist Church 229 Bridge St, Senoia, GA 30276 Check-In & On-site Registration Begins: 6:30 am​ 103 Mile Route Opens: 7am Official Mass Start: 8 am​ 8 Mile Family Fun Ride: 8:30am PFree pair of cycling socks to all paid riders if registered by June 7th.

Ride of Silence From SouthSide Cycling  All Atlanta area cyclists are invited to participate in the Ride of Silence in Peachtree City, sponsored by the SouthSide Cycling Club. SCC has sponsored the local ROS for several years and has enjoyed strong participation, but would like to continue to grow this free event intended to honor the fallen cyclists, raise awareness that bicycles also use the streets, and ask that we all “Share the Road.”  Several experienced Safety Riders will accompany the ride to ensure the safety of participants. The 2018 Ride Of Silence event details are: • Date and Time: May 16 at 7:00pm (Participants should arrive by 6:30 for pre-ride announcements and safety instructions.) • Start and End location: Parking area in front of the Bicycles Unlimited bike shop, 266 South Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City, GA 30269. (Free parking) Approximate length of ride: 10 miles. Ride will last approximately 1 hour. • Route: Low traffic streets through south Peachtree City. Safety Riders will control traffic at all intersections to ensure participant safety. • Completely free to all participants. All cyclists are invited.

5-8-2018 Dirty Spokes 6/3 Hour Mountain Bike Race From Dirty Spokes: We are only 5 Days Away from the Dirty Spokes 6/3 Hour Mountain Bike Race Fort Yargo State Park, Winder, Ga., May 12th, 2018!. Race Registration Includes..,Free Clif Bar Product, Free Swiftwick Socks ($20 Value Plus Free Shipping), Free High Road Ice Cream Product, Chip Timing and an Awesome Off Road Experience (For All Participants)! The Start / Finish Area will be at Picnic Shelter Number 5 (the main mountain bike parking lot / area is undergoing some major renovations so we had to move it this year)! Race Pit Areas will be around Picnic Shelter Number 5 (First Come / First Serve Basis)… as well as across the street (in the big pine tree area)!  Race Course is Dialed In! It will be set and Ready to Pre-Ride on Friday (All Day)! Giant Props to the Yargo Trail Crew for the Time and Energy they put into Building and Maintaining these Trails! A portion of your race proceeds will be donated back to them!

5-4-2018 Connect the Comet News From the Cobb County Courier: “Connect the Comet leaders didn’t have any hard news to report during their most recent quarterly meeting, but all evidence points toward growing momentum for the group.

Perhaps the most obvious positive is that Cobb County’s government has listed a 3.4-mile Silver Comet Trail extension as part of a list of trail initiatives at The extension would bring the trail inside I-285 and nearly to Moore’s Mill Road in Atlanta.” Read the rest of the article on the CCC site.

Monte Sano Enduro Cancelled The Monte Sano Enduro scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled by 3rd Coast Productions. Contact them for further information.

5-3-2018 Tour De Bay Postponed The Tour De Bay Crit in Mobile, Alabama has been postponed until Aug. 4. Contact Stuart Lamp slamp at usacycling dot org if you want a refund.

SORBA May Work Parties Local SORBA Chapters have monthly work parties at many local trails. Once/month I am posting the ones I know about for that month. Please join in if you can and give back to the trails!

MTB Atlanta (formerly SORBA Atlanta)
Sykes Park Super Work Weekend Day 1, Saturday, May 5
Sykes Park Super Work Weekend Day 2, Sunday, May 6
Cochran Mill May 12
Sope Creek May 19

SORBA Woodstock
Rope Mill May 12

SORBA West Georgia
Check their Facebook group. There is nothing currently posted. I’m sure there will be something for Allatoona.

Tour De Pig From the Promoter: The Tour de Pig and is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. The Tour de Pig is an official event of the Barbecue Festival in Lexington, NC. It is a day of fun for the entire family. In addition to the choice of 4 rides (100K, 50K, 35K & 20K), participants enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch along with a chance to win door prizes. All routes start and end at the Davidson Co. Community College campus. Pre-registered riders receive a Tour de Pig shirt, a collectible patch, and the barbecue lunch. The ride is furnished with rest stops and ride support.

5-2-2018 Double Down Criterium The Rock Hill Double Down Criterium will feature a day of fast racing on the criterium course at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center in the Riverwalk Development. The course is a 1.1 mile wide paved cycling only road that is closed to vehicle traffic. The morning session will race in the counter-clockwise direction and the afternoon will be held in a clockwise manner. Win your category race for the morning AND afternoon session and we will double your take home! Come Out and Join the Fun and Excitement In Celebration of the Bicycle at the Rock Hill BikeFest! Events include: Mayor’s Bike Parade, Vintage Bicycle/Motorcycle Show, Mountain Bike Tours & Skills Course, Expo, Swap Meet & Bike Demos, BMX Freestyle Stunt Show, Music, Food, and More! 11AM – 5PM FREE General Admission & Parking Rock Hill BMX Supercross Track, 1307 Riverwalk Pkwy, Rock Hill, SC 29730

TopView Sports News Come race this weekend at USAC Masters/Juniors Regional Championships! May 5-6th Master & Juniors…Here is your chance to shine. The Regional Champs offer you a chance to showcase your talents and to fine tune your fitness before nationals. The course are challenging and winners jersey will be awarded based on the omnium of the 3 events. Twilights @ AMP Dawsonville, GA There is finally a weekday training race just outside of Atlanta! Come join the fun at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville. There will be two races per night. The course is amazing and the surface is perfect. Don’t miss the 2nd race of the season on May 16th.

5-1-2018 Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo This Weekend! The Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo is this weekend in Helen, GA!- Time Trial on May 5 (optional). Gran Fondo on May 6. – Four scenic and challenging routes (103, 86, 64, 25 miles) – Incredible food and beer at the finish line! – 10,000 feet of climbing in the 103-mile HC route – Fully stocked aid stations to keep you going!- Timed segment format: Age group and overall competitions based on best combined time through timed sections.

This Saturday! DLV Keirin New for this years Dick Lane Velodrome Keirin is the addition of a Pro Women’s Keirin field of twelve that will compliment our Pro Men’s Keirin field. What’s a Keirin you ask – It’s a fast paced Olympic event (popular in Japan) where riders are paced up to maximum speed behind a Derny (motorized bicycle) until the final lap-and-half and then get dropped off to tear up the track to the finish. Exciting is an understatement! The DLV is a quick 10 miles from downtown Atlanta and is easy to get to via bike, car or MARTA. Gates Open @ 2 p.m., Racing Starts @ 3 p.m., Main Events Start @ 6 p.m., $5 entry or $10 for family of 5, Please note: City ordinances do not allow pets during event., We’ll be serving up our world famous DLV Chicken Nachos as well as other standard concession fare like chips and hot dogs and desserts from Cake Hag. Don’t forget about the Need for Speed Sprints presented by Bike Law Friday Night May 4th starting at 7 p.m. Friday night spectating is free! We will again be live-streaming our Friday and Saturday events.

As always our Youth Cycling League racers will be out at the Pro Races showing off their skills learned during the Monday and Thursday sessions. If you’re interested in the Youth Cycling League you can find more info here. Beginner’s Classes include use of a bike! check off an item on your bucket list and learn to ride the velodrome For details on beginner class dates and now to sign up click me!

4-30-2018 Atlanta Cycling Festival Schedule & a Women’s CX Clinic The Atlanta Cycling Festival has announced the 2018 schedule. Favorites are back including the Big Opening Bash, The Donut Ride (aka tour of donut shops ITP. Yes, with stops to eat the donuts!), One Ride, and the Big Closing Bash. New events include such things as the Ten Arena Tour where riders will see 10 sports arenas ITP.

I highly encourage all ladies interested in cyclocross to attend the GRITS (Girls Riding in the South) Women’s CX Clinic on May 22 at Brownwood Park. BP is the venue for the yearly Brownwood Bicycle Rally and the scene of CritCross that supports the Bicycle Rally. The GRITS ladies are passionate about cross, and it’s sure to be a good time. “Join GRITS – Girls Racing in the South – for an interactive clinic, covering the basic skills of cyclocross. You’ll learn how to dismount/remount for barriers, shouldering your bike, cornering skills, and more! All levels welcome for those who are learning for the first time or are in need of a refresher! You’ll need your bike with knobby tires, water bottles, and whatever you feel comfortable riding in (kits are recommended). Helmets required!!
We’ll meet at Brownwood Park Recreation Center at 6pm and conclude around 8pm. We’ll then head to Holy Taco – The ACF Host Bar for the night – for some awesome tacos!”

4-26-2018 Jackie Crowell It is with great sadness that I pass along Jackie Crowell lost her brave 5 year battle with brain cancer on Wednesday. Jackie was a former professional cyclist with Team Type 1, Exergy-Twenty16, and United Health Care. She spent the last several years in Atlanta as one of the coaches for the Dick Lane Velodrome’s Youth Cycling League and as the coach for the Mission Source Devo Juniors. Jackie was an amazing, positive person that lived every day to its fullest. I had the privilege of knowing her; she will be missed by everyone.

My thoughts and love go out to her family during this time. No public services have been announced. Velonews reports that her husband and family have requested donations to the Dick Lane Velodrome Youth Cycling Program in lieu of flowers.

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4-25-2018 Velo Girl Rides Announces Registration for the 2018 Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo is now open Asheville, NC – April 25, 2018 – Event Director, Velo Girl Rides®, announced today that registration for the Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo is now open. Brent Bookwalter of BMC Racing Team will host the Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo on October 27, 2018 at Warren Wilson College in Asheville NC.

The Bookwalter Binge is a relaxed Gran Fondo ride, studded with racing on timed segments of tough climbs that provide an epic challenge to all. Three routes of varying length traverse some of the most beautiful roads in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina: 7,000 ft of climbing in 87 miles, 5,800 ft in 72 miles, or 2,850 ft in 39 miles. This is a unique opportunity to ride alongside female and male pro cyclists as they celebrate the end of their season racing all over the world and the country. The accessible pros ride all three routes, and along with Brent, they are inspired by cyclists of all backgrounds and abilities.

Registration for the Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo is limited to 300 riders. Register at For more information, visit or call 828-412-4242.