October 2013 News

11-2-2013 Airport Ride The Airport Ride starts on Sunday. Be there!

10-31-2013 GATR Family Day GATR will host family day on Saturday at Harbins Park from 9 am to 3:30 pm. There will be time trials and group rides.

IMBA Trail Care Crew The IMBA Trail Care Crew will be in Columbus, GA Nov. 14-17. It is hosted by: Chattahoochee Valley Area SORBA. Thursday there will be a presentation. Saturday will be the IMBA Trail Building School and then trail work at Flat Rock Trail.

Bull Mountain Work Party There will be trail maintenance work party this Saturday at Bull Mountain. Further details are here.

10-29-2013 Atlanta Cycling Weekday Rides The Atlanta Cycling weekday rides are on Tuesday and Thursday at 4:30 starting next week. Both rides start at the Vinings location.

10-28-2013 Savannah CX Photos I have about 700 photos from the Savannah CX race that I’m working on processing. They should be up by midweek at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com.

A grape was spotted Saturday night in the Single Speed race in Savannah, GA.

Athens Skills Clinic Frazier Cycling is hosting an Advanced Skills Clinic in Athens Saturday 9-3 Nov 2.  Open to junior/adult cyclists/triathletes.  Climbing/descending at speed, cornering, sprinting out of corner, lead-out/sprinting out of a slipstream, and more.  Cost is $50. Contact Cathy Frazier, cfrazier@fraziercycling.com, 770-513-8640 for more info or to register.

NCGA Road Clinics

Advanced Cycling Skills Clinic Series
When:  10/27, 11/17, 12/8
Where: Andretti’s parking lot next to Roswell Bicycles
Team Mission Source (NGCA) is conducting a series of advanced riding and group riding skills clinics led by cycling coach and pro Rob Evans.  The focus of these clinics is to make you a better rider, a safer group rider and a someone who is welcome in the pack. These clinics are highly recommended for every rider, whether you are in your first season or 20th.  Each clinic will include approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours of skills practice followed by our normal Sunday Shop Ride.

Clinic #2: Paceline Riding
When:  November 17th – 8:30am
Primary Focus: Riding in a group
This paceline clinic builds on Clinic # 1 (above) and covers the essentials of riding in a group, how to properly and effectively manage in a rotating or non-rotating paceline under various wind conditions and the etiquette of riding with a group.  Attendance at Clinic #1 is not required to register for this clinic. Click here to view event description and register for the event

Clinic #3: Cornering
When:  December 8th – 8:30am
Primary Focus: Maneuvering your bike
This cornering clinic builds on the first two clinics and introduces Cornering which covers the various techniques for quick, safe and efficient maneuvers on both wet and dry pavement.
Click here to view event description and register for the event. Slots are limited and assigned on a first come, first serve basis based on registration, so register early.

10-24-2013 Anniston Night Race The annual Anniston, AL CX Night Race is coming up on Nov. 16th! Race under the lights! Racing starts at 3:30 CST. Registration is open. Then on Nov. 17th come out and race the Georgia State Cyclocross Championships at Serenbe! There will be special activities including the Marlay House Food Truck!

Sorella Race Team Applications Sorella Cycling is accepting applications for the 2014 Women’s Race Team. Deadline is Nov 10. You do not have to be a current member to apply, so if you would like more info and/or a copy of the application please contact us at sorellacycling@gmail.com.

Silver Comet Wooden Bridge Repair From PATH: “The Cobb County DOT maintenance crews will soon begin replacement of the wooden boards on the Silver Comet Trail Bridge (Mile 2.1) over the East-West Connector. Pedestrian traffic will have access through the construction site during the deck replacement. Warning signage will be clearly posted on each approach to the bridge advising of construction activity. Bikers should expect to stop and dismount when approaching the bridge for their own safety, as well as that of the construction workers. Since pedestrians and bikers will have access during the replacement work it will take from 45 to 60 days, weather permitting.” A Cobb County email said the exact date of the replacement is not known and depends on when the specially ordered boards come in.

10-22-2013 Macon CX Photos My Macon CX photos are up at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com!

Reece Latham (Junior Flyers) tackles the barriers, which are as tall as he is, in Macon.

Thomas Turner (Team Jamis) leads in the Men Cat. 1/2/3 into a turn.

DLV News From the DLV Swap Till You Drop and Super Fun Day!! This Coming Saturday, October 26th from 2-6pm
We’re bringing swapping back to the Dick Lane Velodrome!! It’s been a number of years since we’ve swapped it up at the velodrome, but coming up soon we’ll be bringing it back for Swap Till You Drop!! Swapping will be the main theme of the day, but we’ll also be having some super fun events to help keep folks entertained.

Fall Workdays We’ve got some dates set-up for fall workdays, we will be having two workdays to get things cleaned up and a few projects done to improve operations and maintain the velodrome. Dates will be: Saturday November 16th, 9am-3pm and  Saturday December 14th, 9am-3pm As always, attending two workdays will get you a $50 discount on your 2014 One Pass, so get in early to make sure you can get those days completed before the next season. Closer to the first date, we’ll post a task list so if you have specific skills and tools for some of those jobs, we’d love to see you!

10-19-2013 RAMBO Night Rides From RAMBO:  It’s time to register for another season of night time rides lead by RAMBO volunteers on the mtb trails of Roswell Big Creek Park. Rides begin at 7 p.m. sharp; supervised Night Riding by RAMBO. Helmets, lights and cell phones are mandatory and MUST register by noon the day of the ride. For Mountain Bike Riders who possess extensive experience with all aspects of night riding, bike maintenance and rules of the trail. Limited to the natural bike trails at Big Creek Park. Children Must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 5 & up. You must first go to www.roswellgov.com to register online. You can buy different ride packages,  any 1, any 4, any 10 or all rides. (18 rides in total). There is NO registration  at the trail for any of the night rides. If you’re not on the list provided by the  city, you will not be allowed to ride the trails at Big Creek that night. Big Creek Park trails are normally closed at sunset. The night rides enable trail riders to experience trail riding like never before – in a dimension of darkness! Starting November 6th, ready to ride at 7 pm sharp at the Big Creek trailhead (rain dates will be added at season’s end). Rides usually end between 8:30 – 9:00 PM.

Chicopee Night Rides From SORBA Gainesville:  Night Ride Schedule 2013-2014 at Chicopee Woods Mountain Bike Trails

Ready to roll in the dark? Get out those lights and charge those batteries. It is night riding season again! Join the Gainesville group for a season of riding in the dark. Night riding at Chicopee is not allowed except on the dates below. You must be a member of SORBA/IMBA to participate. Please join before the ride by visiting IMBA.com. All rides start at 6:30pm. We will break up into faster/slower groups as necessary. All riders are welcome. Be prepared. Check your lights at home before joining the ride. Rain dates will be posted when necessary. Check GainesvilleSorba.org or on Facebook at Gainesville Sorba for updates. Notices will be posted on those sites if the weather is questionable. Park rules prohibit night riding except at these Chapter rides, so now is your chance to experience Chicopee after sundown! (Trish’s Note: Rides are Free, but drop a few bucks in the donation kiosk.)
11/5, 11/19, 2013
12/4, 12/19, 2013
1/1, 1/16, 1/28, 2014
2/12, 2/27, 2014

10-17-2013 Jens Voigt  I can’t wait to meet Jens on Sunday!

Jens Voigt has a recovery beer at the top of Brasstown Bald at the Tour De Georgia 2004.

Free Flite 35th Anniversary Party Jens Voigt? I’m there!! Shut up, legs! From Free Flite:
Join us for a full day of fun on October 20th at our Canton Road location
-Special guests Gary Fisher and Jens Voigt
-Project One Mobile Experience
-Thousands of dollars in giveaways
-Raffle for a Trek Travel cycling vacation with all proceeds benefiting Georgia Bikes! and Sorba Woodstock
Event location: 2949 Canton Road, Suite 1000, Marietta, Georgia 30066

10-16-2013 2014 GBRA Board The GBRA 2014 Board is:

Rider Rep: Betty Hodges
At Large: Clay Parks
Club/Team: Kent Wheeler
Coaches/Officials: John Patterson
Promoters: Jeff Clayton
Velodrome: Jeff Hopkins

Charleston Work Party From RAMBO: Trail work party at Central Park this Saturday 10/19, 9am-1pm. We will be finishing main trail improvements and then getting back to work on the back hill. Central is getting fast and flowing again thanks to the County Team and a few RAMBO Volunteers that have made it out. We need to get Central done so that we can concentrate on Charleston this winter for the grand opening in the spring. Please dress accordingly; Closed toe sturdy shoes. All tools are provided but please bring your own gloves and lunch will be provided by RAMBO afterwards.
Directions: 400 N to exit 17 – 306 Keith’s Bridge Rd., Take left at top of the ramp, Less than 1 mile down on the left is the park entrance., Head straight to the very back of the park. You will see the kiosk on the left. Meet at the trailhead kiosk.

10-15-2013 Baker’s Dozen Race Cancelled From SORBA CSRA: On behalf of the SORBA CSRA Board of Directors, I regret to inform you that the 2013 Baker’s Dozen endurance mountain bike race has been canceled for both the race date of October 19th and the rain date of October 26th. Several factors affected this carefully considered decision, including, but not limited to: low registration (only 22 riders registered), uncertainty of when the government will resume normal operations, uncertainty of how soon Lick Fork Recreation Area would reopen after the U.S. Forest Service resumed normal operations, and limiting our projected financial loss. Participants already registered for the Baker’s Dozen will receive a full refund of their entry fee, including active.com processing fees, and we ask that the volunteer who won the free BD entry at Hickory Knob/National Trails Day on June 1st contact us so we can discuss alternate arrangements.”

10-14-2013 Boundary Waters Photos I’m uploading my Boundary Waters photos of all divisions at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com. If your race isn’t up yet, check back later Monday!

Salma Huque (Junior Flyers) on her way to winning the Cat. 4 Women at Boundary Waters CX>

The Toyota Forklift team swept the podium in the Masters 45+

Racing This Week If you want to do an endurance mountain bike race, head to the Battle for Oak Mountain on Saturday.  NCCX heads to Charlotte on Saturday and Raleigh on Sunday. Bamacross Gasden Night Race is always fun and is on Saturday. Not to be missed is the Ocktoberfest CX in Macon, GA on Sunday. It will be part of the Macon Oktoberfest celebration. All racers registered for Sunday’s race will receive a ticket to the Festival!

10-11-2013 National Calendars USA Cycling Released the 2014 National Criterium Calendar (NCC) and National Racing Calnedar (NRC). There are very few events in the Southeast.
March 22 Delray Beach Twilight Festival Delray Beach, FL
April 5 Sunny King Criterium  Anniston, AL
April 12-13 Charlotte-Belmont Omnium Charlotte/Belmont, NC
April 18 Winston-Salem Classic Criterium               Winston-Salem, NC
Apr. 17 Winston-Salem Cycling Classic     Winston-Salem, NC

Beginner Track Class From the DLV: “We’ve set the schedule for our Fall Weekend Beginners Class, it will be happening on the Saturday 19th and Sunday the 20th of October from 2pm till 5pm both days. If you are interested in joining us for the class, you can sign-up online. if you have questions about the class, read our beginners page here. and if you don’t find answers there, feel free to drop us an email, jeff@dicklanevelodrome.com.”
Inaugural Southeast Cyclocross Super Series SECX offering national caliber racing at four race weekends in four states
Savannah Superprestige October 26-27, Georgia
Wilkesboro Cyclocross Festival November 23-24, North Carolina
Charleston CX Doubleheader December 7-8, South Carolina
MSG Final Series Championship, January 4, Tennessee

The Southeast Cyclocross Super Series (SECX) is bringing together four incredible race weekends in four states for the region’s first national caliber race series. The promoters of the four events: the Savannah Superprestige, the Wilkesboro Cyclocross Festival, the Charleston CX Doubleheader, and the MSG Final (Kingsport, TN) — have joined to give cyclists in this part of the country an opportunity to compete in big fields, at fun events, with great competition. Complete series details are available at http://www.secyclocross.com.

“Until now, racers in our part of the country have had travel to events like Charm City, Cinci3, and Louisville to get a taste of big-time racing are really cool events.” Says series co-founder Andrew Stackhouse of Pirate Race Productions, “now ‘cross racers can come down here for both top-flight competition and some really fun parties.” However, SECX is not usurping the local series like GACX, MSG, and NCCX, “The state series have been instrumental in getting people excited about ‘cross and developing some incredible talent, and each of the SECX races remains part of its local series.”

In addition to attracting national attention to the outstanding individuals and teams in the region, the other goal of SECX is to increase participation among juniors, women, and novices. To accomplish this, SECX is partnering with GOSOAP Sports Detergent to offer team competitions for both Juniors and Adults. The GOSOAP Team Cups will score each team’s five best-placed finishers each day, irrespective of which category they compete in. “Cyclocross is special because of the camaraderie,” says Steve Teeples, founder of GOSOAP, “there are so few sports that entire families can take part, or where a group of friends of varying ages and abilities can race and cheer for each other all day. The GOSOAP Team Cups should encourage our outstanding elite programs, shop teams, and local clubs to get more people out racing bikes, and spending all day in the mud screaming for each other.” GOSOAP will also be offering washing stations at the events so racers can get their technical clothes cleaned and the wicking restored so they look and function like new for the next day’s racing.

In addition to the GOSOAP Team Cups, SECX will award top series finishers in 10 adult categories. Prizes include $1,750 in prize money for Masters and Elite racers, as well as great prizes like gift certificates and the A23 wheelset from Velocity USA for the lower categories. The prize pool continues to grow as more sponsors sign on, and as part of the SECX commitment to women’s racing, the top five male and female elite racers will receive equal payouts. SECX is also the first series in the region that will score boys and girls separately in four age groups: 10 to 12, 13 to 14, 15 to 16, and 17 to 18. “After talking to lots of parents and coaches, we realized that there is a ton of demand to create more opportunities for junior racing.” Stackhouse adds, “Cyclocross is by far the best cycling discipline for kids, and probably the only sport where kids and parents can watch each other play on the same field on the same day. Plus, who doesn’t love cheering on the litter rippers as they slip and slide around the course.” Stackhouse concludes, “With nationals coming to Asheville in 2016, and SECX underway, we hope that people start talking about cyclocross in the Southeast in the same breath as the Northwest and New England.”

For more information about the series, including information on the individual events, or how your company can become part the excitement, go to www.SECyclocross.com or join the Facebook group to stay up to date on series announcements, form your team, or just to talk trash to other ‘cross racers in the Southeast.

10-10-2013 Assail the Trails From Cycle Therapy in Rome: The Assail the Trails mountain bike race will be on Sat., Nov. 16 on the campus of Berry College in Rome, GA. There are two routes: 14 and 35 miles.  There will also be a free kids ride at 9:30 for those under 12 years. Note to Berry faculty:  All Berry students with valid ID can race for only $20! Volunteers needed for this race so if you or anyone you know would like to help, please direct them to me. All proceeds go to benefit Summit Quest. Registration is now open at www.usacycling.org.

10-8-2013 Grant Park CX Photos My Grant Park photos are up at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com. Lots from most divisions!

Georgia Anti-Cycling Bill From Georgia Bikes: “At conclusion of public forum in Gainesville, HB689 sponsors agree to drop the bill! Sincere thanks to the hundreds who showed up to oppose the bill.” This is great news!!

Allatoona Night Rides From SORBA Atlanta: “We are pleased to announce that Cobb County P&R has approved two night rides for Allatoona Creek Park this month. The first will be Tuesday 10/15. The second will be our annual Halloween Haunt Ride, with costumes highly recommended, on Tuesday 10/29. Both rides will start from the Old Stilesboro bathrooms at 6:30 and end no later than 9. Rider sign-in will be required and we will ride in pace groups. NO NIGHT RIDING IS ALLOWED AT ACP OUTSIDE OF THESE APPROVED RIDES. FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL RESULT IN CANCELLATION OF ALL NIGHT RIDING! Note Mt. Tabor IS open for night riding until 11PM.”

10-7-2013 Grant Park CX Photos My Grant Park photos will be up by Monday Night at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com. Lots from most divisions!
Grant Park CX Lisa Randall
Lisa Randall (Sorella Cycling) on her way to winning the Women’s Cat. 1/2/3 at the Grant Park CX Race.

Grant Park CX Willem Kaiser
Willem Kaiser (Mission Source Juniors) beat the senior riders to take the Cat. 4 race at Grant Park CX.

Airport Ride From the Airport Ride: “Dear Suckers, You are hereby invited to ride the Airport Ride: 2013- 2014 edition. Airport Ride will begin on Sunday, November 3rd 2013 at 10am EST on Trinity near the Castleberry Lofts. As always, there will be a long/short split after the railroad tracks around mile 20. No need to RSVP or bring a gift. Simply see the details below. I look forward to suffering with all you nut jobs.  What to bring: common sense and a banana. (banana optional) What to leave at home: poor decision making while on the front, whining, bad attitudes, snot rockets that hit me. See ya at the start, –The Airport Ride

Smyrna Bicycles Ride The Smyrna Bicycles Monday Night Ride time changes this week. The A Group rolls at 5:50 with the B group at 6:00.

Racing This Week There are lots of racing going on this week! Saturday is the  Lula Lake Land Trust 50 Mile near Chattanooga. Also for mountain bikers is the  12 Hours of Dauset. Lots of cyclocross as well. Saturday is the MSG CX Elizabethton and Barkley Bootlegger CX.  Dupont Forest CX is hosting a weekend of Cross in NC. Sunday is Pisgah Brewery CX Heardmount Speedway Cyclocross, and Hub Endurance Chattanooga CX #2. The Georgia Cross Series heads to Boundary Waters CX, Smynra Bikes has promised a great course!

10-5-2013 Allatoona Race Time Change From the promoter: “The movement of Tropical Storm Karen has slowed and the weather picture for Sunday, particularly early in the day, has improved. Cobb County Parks and Recreation has decided to go with an earlier than planned race start to maximize the chance of completing the full 6 hour race duration under dry conditions. WE WILL SHOOT FOR A 10:30 START TIME – PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY.  Race day registration will be available from 8 until 9:30 Sunday morning. The course has been marked and manicured and it is in great shape.”

GATR News From GATR: Work Party this Sunday Where: Tribble Mill Park When: Sunday, October 6th @ 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. We will be working on re-routing the switch backs at bottom of “Chuck”.  The plan is to park along the road, just after the bridge and the cross walk area (before the first stop sign). Work parties count as community service, if you know someone that unfortunately needs the hours.  Lunch will be provided.   Meet between 8:30 and 9 to get signed in and get tools, etc. Let us know you are coming.

Family Day Where: Harbins Park When: Saturday, November 2nd @ 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  We will have our annual GATR day at Harbins this year for the first time.  We will have the usual rides, cookout, games, etc.  If you have any specific activities or games you would like to help with or participate in, please let us know. Let us know you are coming.


Deep Roots Charity Ride From BCM: On October 19th the Bicycling Club of Milledgeville and Central State Redevelopment Authority will host the 2nd Annual Deep Roots Charity ride at the Pecan Grove on the Central State Hospital campus.  100% of the proceeds from this year’s ride will benefit Georgia Cancer Support and the Oconee River Greenway Foundation.  We have added a full Century route this year in addition to the half and full metric century routes.  This year’s routes take riders on some roads that we haven’t used for any other rides, so you will see some beautiful new scenery.  The ride starts at 9AM with onsite registration starting at 8AM.  We will also have a ­FREE 5 mile family fun ride which will start at 9:30AM after the main riders have gone.  We encourage riders to bring their family members to enjoy the fun ride and the festival. As with all the rides that BCM hosts, riders will be fed well and entertained with the day’s events.  Breakfast will be served before the ride starts by Chic-fil-A with coffee provided by Starbucks.  Georgia Cancer Support and the Oconee River Greenway will be hosting the 5 rest stops located throughout the ride.  During registration and after the ride, the Central State Hospital Redevelopment Authority will be hosting a fall festival with bands, arts and crafts and booths for many of our local charities and civic organizations.  We will also be service BBQ chicken with sides and Quinoa BBQ sliders as our vegetarian option.  You will not go away from this ride hungry!  And if all of this isn’t enough, all riders can get a free pass to enjoy the award winning Deep Roots Festival downtown Milledgeville after the ride.  Early registration will be open online until 12:00PM on October 9th with a discounted ride price of $30 which includes a ride t-shirt.  After the 9th, the price goes up to $40 and you will NOT get a t-shirt.  So hurry up and register early.

Trek’s Project One rolls into Atlanta Cycling Oct. 19 From Atlanta Cycling:  Trek’s long-running Project One Custom Program allows customers to choose from a wide variety of paint schemes, colors and build kits, but only through the online portal, unless you happen to be located near the company’s headquarters in Waterloo, Wisconsin. That’s set to change Oct. 19 when the Project One Mobile Experience — a massive rolling showcase that will provide potential customers with the chance to see, touch and feel the possibilties firsthand — rolls into Atlanta Cycling’s Vinings location. Housed in an enormous custom trailer and towed by a similarly gargantuan Freightliner truck, the entire side of the Project One Mobile Experience opens via hydraulic cylinders to reveal an inviting showroom. Visitors are first greeted with frames-in-white to introduce the starting points of your Project One bicycles. Afterward, you can see nearly three dozen paint scheme and color combinations firsthand along with your dream and fully customized build kit options, and then finalize their selections and place their orders at the on-board computer workstations.

10-3-2013 Reality Bikes Ride The last Wed. Reality Bikes ride will be Oct. 9th.  The ride will go on hiatus until next Spring.

Trails Closed Many trails on federal lands are closed. Confirmed in Atlanta is that Sope Creek is closed. Follow this thread on the SORBA forum for the latest details.

Bull Mountain Work Party Cancelled Because of the government shut down, all volunteer activities in the USFS lands have been cancelled. This includes the Bull Mountain work party scheduled for Oct. 5th. The next work party will be Nov. 2. See the Bull Mountain Facebook page for more details.

10-2-2013 Ride Reminder Where did the summer and the daylight go? It’s fall again. The days are shorter, and it’s not 99 degrees anymore. Just a reminder that a lot of rides move to 6:00 this week. Check the Rides page for updates. If your favorite ride is not listed, contact the organizer to confirm the start time.

Anticycling Bill in Georgia Georgia House Representatives from Hall County (Gainesville) have introduced an anticycling bill into the Georgia State Legislature. Georgia Bikes has the latest information on their blog. Please attend the meeting Oct. 7th in Hall County to show your support for cycling in Georgia! You can also follow the discussion on the Southeastern Cycling Facebook Page.

10-1-2013 Team News Wanted! Do you have any team news that you want to share? Email me at sttarlite@hotmail.com to get it posted on Southeastern Cycling!

SORBA Woodstock Fall Festival From SORBA Woodtock: Join us on Saturday, October 5, 2013 for our annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day and Fall Festival at Blankets Creek Mountain Bike Trails!  We will have demos from local bike shops, group rides, kid’s games, rides and a race,  a Time Trial race on VMT and a bike parts swap meet. Tables for the swap meet are $10 each.

Alpha Bikes News From Alpha Bikes: Michael’s Safety Sale. He took his eyes off the trail for a few seconds. Next thing, separated AC and broken clavicle. Next thing, surgery. Poor, poor Michael. Lest his tale of woe become nothing more than a cautionary one, Michael is taking this opportunity to focus on safety. Your safety.  All through October, come on in and enjoy up to 20% savings on in-stock safety gear including helmet, lights, vests, frame pumps, multitooks, and cleaning supplies.

Michael’s Pity Party – Oct. 13 Poor poor Michael. The surgeon says no bike riding until after the new year. His 2013 season is over, done, kaput. Nothing to do but … PARTY!!!
Save Sunday afternoon, October 13. Invites are on their way! Teaser alert: Red Bull Rampage finals air at 4p ET.

Park Tool School Time! Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in November and January we are offering our Park Tool School Classes. You will work on your bike.
Drivetrain I: 11/05/13; 1/07/14
Brakes: 11/06/13; 1/08/14
Drivetrain II: 11/12/13; 1/14/14
Suspension: 11/13/13; 1/15/14
Wheels: 11/19/13; 1/21/14

LG Factory Team Applications The all women’s LG Factory Team is accepting applications for 2014 for Pro/1/2 riders. See their blog for details.

9-30-2013 Racing This Week There is a lot of racing next weekend–mainly cross: Oct. 5 Wilson’s Revenge CX, Oct. 5 Sprocktoberfest, Oct. 5 Five County Cross, Oct. 5-6 MSG CX Farmhouse,  Oct. 6 Grant Park CX, Oct. 6 Spartan Cross, Oct. 6 Bamacross Brookside CX, Oct. 6 Durham Cycles Cross, Oct. 6 Cadence Cycling Center CX #1. For the mountain bikers there are a few races: Oct. 6 AMBS Dead Dog, Oct. 6 ATR Race #10, Oct. 5 Sprocktoberfest.

Of course the first ever ITP cyclocross race in Atlanta will be on Sunday at Grant Park. Yes, THE Grant Park! I’m sure it will be huge!!

9-29-2013 Labor Day Century in October!  The Atlanta Cycling Labor Day Century has moved to the rain date of Saturday, October 5th at 10:00 am. The Labor Day Century preregistration is open. “Please join us Oct. 5th 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 fall picnic will greet the riders upon their return.” Day of registration for the Labor Day Century opens at 9 am.

9-26-2013 Beyond Allatoona Ride The NCGA Beyond Allatoona ride will move to a 9:00 am start time on Oct. 5th.

9-25-2013 2014 National Championships  From Velonews.com: “USA Cycling on Tuesday confirmed the dates and locations of 14 national championship events to take place in 2014. The national championship calendar opens Jan. 8-12 in Boulder, Colorado, with the cyclocross national championships and concludes Oct. 24-26 with the collegiate track championships, one of three events still with undetermined locations. The professional road championships will return to Chattanooga, Tennessee, May 24-26, three weeks after the collegiate road championships serve as a test event for the 2015 world championships in Richmond, Virginia. The professional criterium championships will return to High Point, North Carolina, on Sept. 6.  Bear Creek Resort in Macungie, Pennsylvania, will again host the cross-country nationals July 17-20. According to USA Cycling, dates and locations for the junior and masters track national championships, as well as the location for the collegiate mountain bike nationals will be determined soon.”

2014 U.S. national championship events-Southeastern Events
May 2-4 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships Richmond, Va.
May 24-26 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships Chattanooga, Tenn.
Aug. 12-17 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships Rock Hill, S.C.
Sept. 6 USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships High Point, N.C.

Pedal for Your Palate Take a two-wheeled tour through downtown Douglasville during Pedal for your Palate, a charity bike ride October 19 supporting The Pantry, a Douglasville based ministry providing canned goods and other food items to local families and individuals in need. Cyclists of all levels choose from three different routes including a five-, 25- and 62-mile option, providing a family-friendly opportunity to “pedal” at your own pace while touring downtown Douglasville’s scenic historic district. $5 of each Pedal for your Palate entry fee goes toward our event goal donation of $5,000. A food drive will also be held the day of the event to support The Pantry. Spin Your Wheels in Douglasville, October 19 Register by October 16 online at www.PedalDouglasville.com. The event begins at 6695 Church Street in Douglasville, with a 7 a.m. check-in and 8 a.m. start. For more information visit www.PedalDouglasville.com or call 770-947-5920. From golfing to exploring the City’s five parks spanning nearly 400 acres to Georgia’s largest shopping complex west of Atlanta, plan to stay the weekend to cycle through all Douglasville has to offer. Choose from the City’s more than 1,800 sleeping rooms accented with Southern hospitality at its finest so you’ll feel right at home.

Cross Clinic THIS THURSDAY!! Nate Sibly and Mark Babcock are hosting an introduction to cyclocross at Atlanta Cycling (Ansley location). Come learn the basics and talk ‘cross! Where: Atlanta Cycling Ansley location When: Thursday at 6:00

Racing This Weekend  There is a lot of racing this weekend! The three day  Hell Hole Gravel Stage Race is Friday-Sunday. Saturday is the BHB CX Series, Six Gap Criterium Jack Rabbit Big Ring Challenge, Grind on the Greenway Beech Mtn Downhill, MSG CX Dotmar, and SECCA CX Training Series. Sunday is the first Georgia Cross race at the Old Grey Barn, in Rocky Face, GA, which is just outside of Dalton. Come join in the CX fun!!

Masters World Champion Congratulations to Brendan Sullivan (Team Lupus) on his two Masters World Championships last weekend. He swept his age group with the Time Trial and Road Race Win. Brendan is a multiple US National and Welsh National Champion. Congratulations!!!

Brendan Sullivan on the top step of the Masters World Championships Podium. Photo Courtesy of Brendan.

Up the Creek Rescheduled The Up the Creek 6 Hour race will be noon to 6 pm on Oct. 6th at Allatoona Creek Park in Cobb County.

Latest GBRA News From GBRA: GCS Finale: Six Gap Criterium in Dahlonega The Georgia Championship Series will be coming to a close this Saturday(Sept. 28th) with the series finale Six Gap Criterium in Dahlonega. This will be your last chance to score points for the series and move onto the podium if you’re close enough, so be sure to get out there and into the action. Details are here.  We will be doing Series podums throughout the day, so if you are a podium contender and want to get your photo taken and collect your trophy, make sure you’re there and ready to get up on the podium. We’ll do the series podiums at the same time as the race podium for each category. Please be sure that all of your series poitns are correct and up to date, you can check on those over here.

2014 GBRA Board Voting is Open Voting is now open for the 2014 GBRA Board. You can see the online voting form and all of the rules on the website here. Please note the eligibility of voting, per the GBRA By-Laws. Online voting will be open until the 27th of September, at which point it will close until the Annual meeting, which will be held on the 13th of October. The annual meeting will be held at Our Way Cafe, 2831 East College Ave, Decatur GA 30030 on the 13th at 5pm.
Current GCS Standings After Maxxis Grant Park Criterium Things are moving along here in the GBRA headquarters, and the point standings are being progressively updated. Be sure to check through the results, and let us know if your results need adjusting, or if you have any quesitons about how things are looking there, email info@gacycling.org Here’s the link to the standings. 

Annual Big Creek Park Mountain Bike Family Festival The Annual RAMBO Big Creek Park Mountain Bike Family Festival will be Saturday, October 5, 2013. There will be games, a kids skills clinic, timed events, scavenger hunts, & more! It’s free, but donations will be accepted.

Dixie Cream Donut Dash and Century Bike Ride The Dixie Cream Donut Dash and Century Bike ride will be Oct. 5th at 8:15 am. VLPRA’s Dixie Cream Donut Dash and Century Bike Ride has four “flavors” to choose from: the Century Ride (100 miles), the Metric Century Ride (100km), the Unfrosted Dash (30 miles with no donuts) and the Dixie Cream Donut Dash (a 30-mile ride where eating donuts at rest stops takes minutes off your time). All rides are solo except the Donut Dash, which can be solo or a relay with two team members splitting up the distance and the donuts! Every donut you eat takes five minutes off your time, plus donut-themed obstacles add to the fun! Race begins and ends at North Lowndes Park in Hahira (GA), with the route taking riders through beautiful rural areas of South Georgia. VLPRA will provide lunch, SAG support, and a t-shirt for each paid participant. Advanced registration is $25 for all solo rides; $15 for the Dixie Cream Dash Relay. Price goes up by $5 on the event day.