November 2023 News

Happy Thanksgiving! I am grateful to everyone for supporting Southeastern Cycling. I expect news light over the next week. I have several dates to add to the 2024 calendars. Head’s up exclusive tidbit: Southern Cross registration opens Jan. 1!

News for 11-15-2023
Border Wars

Gran Fondo Guide has a great article on the local gravel ride/race Border Wars. I’ve done it the last 2 years and had a lot of fun! ” Border Wars Gravel Adventure returns to the Alabama / Georgia state line
Gear up, gravel cyclists! Saturday, February 24, 2024 will see Border Wars return for its 3rd annual AL/GA race, now starting in Franklin, Georgia. Gran Fondo Guide fans and followers SAVE 10% with our exclusive discount code!

Border Wars Gravel Adventure returns to the Alabama and Georgia state line

This event shows riders the best of both Southern gravel worlds: Georgia’s neat, meandering farmland roads and the shady, forested routes that dive across ‘Bama’s steep hollers. It’s an exhilarating day of friendly and competitive rides, a bike expo, and a festive after-party where riders will enjoy great food and drinks for all ages, plus live music from the Spring Street Bluegrass Band….”

News for 11-13-2023
Photos from Elks Aidmore State Championship CX Race
My photos from the Georgia Cyclocross State Championships at Elks Aidmore are up!

Interview with Artem Shmidt

“Ask anyone connected to cycling around Atlanta, Georgia if they are familiar with Artem Shmidt and you’ll get a resounding ‘yes’. He’s been a staple of the junior criterium and road scene since he was barely a teenager.

In 2016 as a 12-year-old, he won US amateur road titles on the road, time trial and criterium, as well as Southern spotlight races for juniors at the Sunny King Criterium and Georgia Cycling Grand Prix. By the time he was 15, he was competing in 50 or more races each year for Mission Devo Cycling/NGCA p/b Tyler Perry Studios, and even found 30 local events to race during the summer of COVID-19.” Read the full article on Cyclingnews.

News For 11-11-2023
Trails at Toona Closed

From MTB Atlanta
The Voodoo and Hocus Pocus area of the park will be closed to everyone except permitted bow hunters until Jan 1, 2024 at Allatoona Creek Park MTB Trails

2024 Races
I am looking weekly for information about 2024 races. There has not been much put out yet. Chainbuster Racing announced they moved from a calendar yearly series to more of a fall-summer schedule. A few of their dates up on the mountain bike calendar. Road I never expect to see much until Feb. I’ll keep checking and updating the calendars as I get more information. Have a tip or know something? Contact me!

News For 11-9-2023
Dirty Sheets Night Ride

From MTB Atlanta
Join us on Tuesday nights during Daylight Savings Time through Christmas for a group ride at night on the Dirty Sheets brought to you by MTB Atlanta, Pro Bike Repair of Serenbe and Senoia Cycles. It’s our 7th Season running and we ride the Dirty Sheets at night!! This year we will be starting at MTB Atlanta HQ “Goode’s Camp.” Goode’s Camp is on Atlanta Newnan Road at 33.529617, -84.730463. Look for the MTB Atlanta flags at the end of the driveway and turn into the field to park. We will have lights, bathrooms and a fire pit so bring a camp chair if you want to hang out after! Be ready to ride at 6:30 PM and expect a 10-12 mph average over 20ish miles. 12/15/20 mile options. Please choose the appropriate route that you can finish in 1:30 hours or less.

You are required to have a handle bar light, a helmet light and a rear light. Wear appropriate hi vis clothing, be self sufficient and be able to handle a flat or a mechanical in the dark and be able to navigate back to your car on your own. You must sign a waiver to be on the ride. This ride has a great following and is an excellent way to stay in shape and enjoy some winter riding. If you like the Dirty Sheets in the day, you’re gonna love it at night. Hope to see you there!

News for 11-6-2022
Hincapie Gran Fondo-Deer Jumps Over Riders!

Velonews has some incredible footage of the Greenville Hincapie Gran Fondo in October. A deer jumped over the pack and grazed a cyclist! Be sure to watch the whole thing for the SloMo. The rider was ok other than a small
injury to his neck.

Blankets Creek Work Party
From SORBA Woodstock
The Monthly Trail Maintenance work party at Blanket’s Creek will be Sat., Nov. 18 9 am-1 pm.

Blankets Creek Closed to Hunting
On Sunday, Nov. 19 Blankets Creek will be closed to hunting all day. Other closures include Sunday, Dec. 17 and in 2024 Jan. 18, Jan. 28.

News for 11-3-2023
Hot Springs Gravel Gauntlet

From Southeast Gravel

Get ready for the ultimate gravel cycling challenge in the Southeast! Southeast Gravel proudly presents the first-ever “Hot Springs Gravel Gauntlet.” This thrilling race is set to become an epic adventure for cyclists seeking an unforgettable experience on two wheels. Race Details:, Date: April 6th, 2024, Location: Hot Springs, North Carolina, Race Distances: Long, short and fun courses, Post-Event Celebration: Join us for a lively post-event celebration with food, music, and camaraderie in the heart of downtown Hot Springs.

What Makes the Hot Springs Gravel Gauntlet Special? Scenic Routes: Traverse the stunning landscapes of the Pisgah region, including lush forests, rolling hills, and winding rivers. Experience the beauty of the Southeast like never before. Challenging Terrain: Test your skills on diverse terrain, from gravel roads to challenging climbs, 2-track roads, and thrilling descents. The Hot Springs Gravel Gauntlet promises a challenging and rewarding ride.
Community and Camaraderie: Connect with fellow gravel cyclists who share your passion for the sport. This event fosters a sense of community and the opportunity to make new friends. Push Your Limits: Whether you’re a seasoned racer or a newcomer to gravel cycling, this event is open to all levels. Push your limits and challenge yourself in a supportive and encouraging environment. Registration: Mark your calendars for the opening of registration on November 10th. Stay tuned for updates on registration fees and details on our website. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this extraordinary event that celebrates the beauty, diversity, and challenges of gravel cycling in the Southeast. Follow us on social media, sign up for our newsletter, and prepare to conquer the Hot Springs Gravel Gauntlet with Southeast Gravel!

News for 11-1-2023
USA Cycling National Championships for 2024

From USA Cycling
“Riders will see some modifications to the 2024 event schedule, specifically with the road events. As previously announced, the Pro Road National Championships will now host the Junior 17-18 and Under-23 events, in addition to the Elite categories. The remaining Junior events and the entirety of the Masters events (ages 11-16 and 35+) will combine in Augusta, Ga. in late July.

Historically, there has been crossover with Category 1 Men competing at both Amateur Road and Pro Road Nationals. To address this, the Cat 1 Men’s Road Race, Criterium, and Time Trial have been eliminated. Cat 1 racers will still be eligible to compete in Pro Road as part of a Domestic Elite Team or through a petition process for Cat 1 riders.”

The southern locations for the 2024 National Championship schedule is as follows:

March 17 Elite BMX Rock Hill, S.C.
May 14-19 Pro Road Charleston, W.Va.
June 15 Marathon Mountain Bike Auburn, Ala.
July 22-28 Masters and Junior Road Augusta, Ga.
July 31 – August 4 Gravity Mountain Bike Henderson County, N.C.
August 6-11 Masters Track Rock Hill, S.C.
October 10-13 Collegiate Mountain Bike Henderson County, N.C.
December 9-15 Cyclocross Louisville, Ky.

News for 10-31-2023
WBL Calendar Released

From the original Winter Bike League
Breaking News: 2023-24 WBL Calendar Announced. Details of Home Opener Released! Brang the kids inside, thangs is about to get stirred up!
[SFS ride every Saturday in Nov @ 9 AM. Details posted on WBL Facebook page]
WBL 2023-24
*{always subject to tweaks and changes due to inclement weather. Last minute changes posted on social media)
Ride # 1: Saturday 2 December 2023: The HUB Home Opener: The Ila, The Dog, Lover’s Loop (4 hours / 80 miles)
Ride # 2: Saturday 9 December 2023: [sponsor open] Rayle-Philomath (4 hours)
Ride # 3: Saturday 16 December 2023: Choco Pronto Now Here Nowhere Road Ride to Nowhere (4 hours / 80 miles)
Ride # 4: Saturday 23 Dec 2023: Crowe Law Greensboro Classic / Non Pro Sprint (4.5 hours / 90 miles)
Ride # 5: Saturday 30 Dec 2023: Team Type 1 Foundation Ladies Launch (Ladies only sprint!) (80 miles / 4 hours)
Ride # 6: Jan 1 Jan 2024: The Reeves Young Cure the Hangover Classic (Non Pro only sprint) (3 hours)
Ride # 7: Saturday 6 January 2024: Pro Sprint # 1: Classic City Bread Madison Mosh (4.5 hours / 90 miles)
Ride # 8: Saturday 13 January 2024: Pro Sprint # 2: First American Bank Bowman Ball Buster (100 miles / 5 Hours)
Ride # 9: Saturday 20 January 2024: Pro Sprint # 3: Homer World Cup [sponsor open] (100 miles / 5 hours)
Ride # 10: Saturday 27 January 2024: Pro Sprint # 4: Bill Boonen Alto World Cup (6 hours / 120 miles) [MONUMENT]
Ride # 11: Saturday 3 February 2024: Pro Sprint # 5: Parks Law Elberton Granite Festival World Cup (5 Hours / 100 miles)
Ride # 12: Saturday 10 February 2024Pro Sprint # 6: Gruber Images Lula World Cup (5 hours / 100 miles)

News for 10-30-2023
Big Creek XC Work Party

Sat., Nov. 4, 2023 9 am-1 pm, Big Creek XC Work Party, Grab a friend and come chip in some time to give our XC trails a little time up. Meet at the Greenway restrooms and we will divide and conquer from there. Bring gloves and closed toe shoes and a hip pack with water. Thank you in advance for your support.

News for 10-26-2023
The Airport Ride Returns

A Circus On Wheels

It’s almost here, the ride you love to hate….

…or do you hate that you love it?

Either way, this show is rolling into town on Sunday, November 5th at 10:00am.

Not 9:59am Not 10:04am

Long and short options. Nature break about 12 miles in from the start.

All clowns are asked to stay at home.

Airport Opening Day
Sunday, November 5th
Roll Time: 10:00am
Details: ATLPTN – Airport

News for 10-25-2023
Bearings Bike Works Sidewalk Sale Saturday

From Bearings Bike Works

Shop at Bearings this Saturday!
This Saturday, stop by Bearings‘ retail shop from 11-4 to shop new & used apparel, components, racks, tires, wheels, trainers, and much more. Everything is priced to sell, so now’s your chance to score some great deals!

Your purchases will help support our youth programs and allow us to serve even more kids and teens in the coming year through important skills development programs. We hope to see you there!

News for 10-24-2023
MACC Donates over $53,000 to Local Youth Organizations

From the Metro Atlanta Cycling Club

On October 21, 2023 the Metro Atlanta Cycling Club proudly donated over $53,000 to local organizations that support the MACC mission “to promote cycling in the Black community and build camaraderie among all cyclist”. We celebrated the work of the BRAG Dream Team , East Atlanta Kids Club , Bearings Bike Shop , Urban Creek Conservation and Recreation Corps , DLV Youth Cycling League, Free Bikes for Kids and Major Taylor Youth Chapter of Georgia

From the proceeds of the Annual One Love Century and generous ‘in-kind’ donations MACC helps our community partners and supports their mission.

Trish’s Note: Thank you MACC for all you do for the underserved youth in the metro Atlanta area! Showing them what it means to be kind and live healthy lives through cycling is something that is amazing! Organizations benefiting from One Love include Major Taylor Youth of Macon, Bearings Bike Works, and the Dream Team.