October 2014 News

10-31-2014 Big Creek Trail Closure Big Creek in Roswell, GA will be closed to mountain bikers on Sat., Nov. 1 for the Xterra Battle at Big Creek. Money raised goes back to RAMBO for trail upkeep!

Allatoona Closure A reminder that all trails at Allatoona Creek Park in Cobb County are closed for hunting Nov. 1-Jan. 1! Closed is really closed 24 hours/day–no mountain biking, running, etc. The hunters were there long before everyone else, and it’s what happens.

10-30-2014 Atlanta Airport Ride News From the Airport Ride: Attention Atlanta Airport Peloton, Thanks to Charles Seward for bringing to our attention the partial closure of Buffington Road in Union City. I rode the course on Sunday and can confirm we will have to alter the route. There is a slight climb on Buffington up to the intersection with Flat Shoals Road. (There is a church on the right at the intersection). At the light we will make a left turn onto Flat Shoals and stay on this road briefly before making the first right turn onto Connell Road. This road contains several speed humps and stop signs on a slight downhill through a residential area. This entire detour is a neutral area. There are no attacks, no jockeying for position, etc. Connell eventually intersects with Bethesda onto which we will turn right. We will then take Bethesda to where it dead ends into Jonesboro Rd 138 and take a right. This is a busy road so make this turn with caution. From there we stay on Jonesboro until it intersects with Buffington (where the Dodge Jeep dealership will be on the left) and a left turn onto Buffington puts us back on course. This detour is the best of some not-so-great options but thanks in advance for keeping this portion of the ride neutral. Please spread the word to any riders not yet on the interwebs or The Facebook.

10-29-2014 Southeastern Cycling on Social Media! Southeastern Cycling has a very active page on Facebook with breaking news, ride info, and more. You can also follow us on Twitter at @Sadlebred.

10-28-2014 NCGA Winter Ride.Thursdays, 6:00 pm. The ride leaves from Mission Source in Alpharetta. It ends around 7:30. It is a 3 mile loop. Riders can join in any time and do as many loops as they’d like. Front and rear lights are required. The average speed for the main group will be about 18.5 mph.

10-27-2014 Grant Park CX Sunday was the Georgia State Cyclocross Championships. L5 Flyers and Litespeed-BMW put on a spectacular race! The Green Monster, White Wine handups, Fireballs, We can’t wait for 2015! Photos are being uploaded and should be finished by Tuesday morning. Over 800 take forever to get up. I have photos from every race! As always, they at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com.

Dan McCarthy (Smyrna Bicycles) looked rather good as Wonder Woman at the Grant Park CX Race.

The Waine Twins Leon and Troy (Junior Flyers) are tearing up the Juniors 10-14 this year. Grant Park CX.

10-25-2014 Women’s Only Mountain Bike Clinic From Sorella Cycling: Basic Mountain Biking Skills Clinic *WOMEN ONLY*
INSTRUCTORS: Alexandra Martinez (Ali) and Stefanie Gore (Stef)
WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 2014 9:00 AM
Where: Blankets Creek MTB Trails
Who for: This clinic is for beginner women mountain bikers as well as those who are interested in refreshing some of their basic skills such as position on the bike and cornering. Description: Take advantage of the years of experience that Ali and Stef have to offer. Both are Cat 1 mountain bike racers and love teaching others how to ride better. At this clinic you will learn the basic skills needed to have a successful mountain bike ride. All aspects of riding will be covered. You will also learn basic bike maintenance and how to effectively handle trailside emergencies. The instructors will go over your body position on the bike, how to ride your bike smoothly through corners, and learn skills to feel confident riding over obstacles on your mountain bike. At the end of the clinic Ali and Stef will take you on a fun ride on the 4.5 mile Dwelling loop after learning new mountain bike skills. RSVP to sorellacycling at gmail.com.

10-22-2014 Outback Bikes Sale Outback Bikes is having their annual anniversary sale through Oct. 28. Everything is on sale!

10-21-2014 Grant Park CX The Grant Park CX race is this weekend!! The race will serve as the Georgia State Cyclcross Championships! There will be vendors including the Mobile Marlay food truck for lunch and Rhys May jewelry.
Here are the divisions you can win a state championship jersey in: Single Speed, Master’s 35+ (CX1/CX2/CX3), Master’s 45+ (CX1/CX2/CX3), Master’s 55+ (CX1/CX2/CX3) *, Women’s CX4, Junior A 15-18**, Junior B 10-14**, Junior Girls***, Women’s CX3, Men CX4, Women’s CX1/2, Men Pro/1/2, Men CX3
* 5 racer minimum field to be included.
** Additional jersey for 2 year age groups with 3 or more racers.
*** 3 racer minimum field to be included
In order to be considered for a state championship jersey you must have an annual USAC license and it must state that you reside in Georgia!!! Racing age is based off of your 2015 racing age.

Atlanta Cycling Winter Rides The time change is almost on us! Remember that most evening group rides will end next week. Check out the Rides page for winter rides. Atlanta Cycling’s Saturday Six Flags ride will move to 10:00 am in October. The Winter Rides begin the first week of Nov. on Tuesday and Thursday at 4:30.

SORBA West Georgia News From SORBA West Georgia: “New Trails at Allatoona Creek Cobb County Parks and SORBA West Georgia have openend two new trails at Allatoona Creek. The two new trails: Mumbo Jumbo and Voodoo total 5 miles of additional trail bringing the total amount of trails to 19 miles. Mumbo Jumbo is 2 miles of intermediate level terrain. It flows really well and has a few good jumps/dips built in, it serves as a connector to Voodoo. Voodoo phase 1 is just over 2 miles and is rated as advanced. This trail has a lot of naturalish features to ride over. It has a few good climbs and will really test your skills with all the extra features. The 2nd phase of Voodoo will open in 2015 and will contain the most elevation the park has to offer.
The park will be closing down for hunting November 1st so get out and ride the new stuff while you can. SORBA West Georgia and Cycology Bike Shop has planned a time trial series at 3 differnt venues this fall. The first one will be at Allatoona Creek Sunday October 26 from 2:00-4:00. Points will be given at each race and prizes will be given out at the end of the season For more info on the series and new trails follow this link.”

10-19-2014 Macon CX Photos Macon CX Photos are up at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com. Plenty from all races! It was a fun race and a great day to take photos!

Ali Whittier (HUB-Chattanooga) took the win in the Women’s Cat. 4 race at GACX in Macon, GA.

Airport Ride News The Airport Ride Speaketh! On Sunday, November 2nd 2014 at 2am EST, daylight savings time ends and clocks move back one hour. On Sunday, November 2nd 2014 at 10am EST, another immutable rite of fall occurs: the hallowed Atlanta Airport Ride commences its 784th season on Trinity Street in downtown Atlanta near the Castleberry Hill lofts.
For longtime Airport veterans, let’s build on the relatively safe season we had last year. For Airport rookies, this ride ain’t for beginners. There are long and short options (around mile 19 just after the train tracks) as well as myriad levels of skills and fitness on this ride. No shame in going short or orderly moving to the back if you can’t hang just yet. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep. You’re gonna need it. See ya in two weeks….(Trish’s Note: This is a race pace ride. Expect average speeds greater than 20 mph! There are no sag stops, this ride is for racers and experienced riders! This is not a ride if you have never ridden in a group before! They will call you out if you do something stupid. No one will hold your hand. You will get dropped!)

10-16-2014 Beyond Allatoona Ride From NCGA: Kennesaw/Beyond Allatoona Saturday ride moves to 9:00 AM starting this Saturday. 55 and 72 mile options. Regroups after the sprint zones. Ride leaves from Pacesetter Steel parking lot 1045 Big Shanty Rd NW Kennesaw, GA 30144.

10-15-2014 Driver Indicted From Decaturish: “A man accused of intentionally running over a cyclist with his SUV was formally indicted by a grand jury on Friday, Oct. 10.Joseph Alan Lewis faces numerous charges stemming from the June 9 incident. Police allege that Lewis used his red Dodge Nitro to critically injure cyclist Greg Germani as he was riding on Flagler Avenue in Atlanta’s Piedmont Heights community. The alleged attack followed a verbal argument between the two men, police said.Germani suffered a serious brain injury. The charges against Lewis include criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, serious injury by vehicle, criminal damage to property and tampering with evidence. Lewis’ girlfriend, Shanelle Woodard, is accused of helping him cover up the crime. She’s charged with tampering with evidence and hindering apprehension of a criminal, but the Fulton County District Attorney’s office said she hasn’t been formally indicted. Attempts to reach her attorney have been unsuccessful.” Read the rest of the article at Decaturish.

10-13-2014 Photos from Jim Miller Park CX Photos from the GA CX Jim Miller Park race are up at http://www.sadlebred.smugmug.com. There are plenty from the Singlespeed/Masters 4-5, Men 1/2/3, and the Elite Masters. I was unable to get many of the Women 4/Men 5/JR because I had to get ready to race myself.

2015 GBRA Board Welcome the 2015 GBRA BOARD, Congratulations to Ryan Collins, the new Rider’s Rep!
The 2015 GBRA Board
Ryan Collins, Rider’s Representative
Kent Wheeler, Club & Team’s Representative
Jeff Clayton, Promoter’s Representative
Betty Hodges, At-Large Representative
Jeff Hopkins, Velodrome Representatve
John Patterson, Official’s & Coaches Representative

10-11-2014 From the DLV: Bicycle Swap Meet and Super Fun Day! 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. Here’s the details: October 25th 2014, 2pm till 6pm, Dick Lane Velodrome’s Swap Till You Drop
Swap Meet Selling is open to any individual, shop, rep, team or any other person or group who has cycling stuff they want to be able to find new homes for. Buying of course is open to anyone with cash in their pocket.
Individual Sellers: $5, we’ll have drive-in spots(drive your car in, sell from your trunk), and haul in spots available
Shops and Teams: $10, will also have drive-in and haul in spots available
Tables and Chairs: We have a limited number of tables and chairs available for rent if you need it, they will be $5 each piece for the day, and must be reserved in advance.
Super Fun Day The days activities will also include some awesomely fun events, including grass track racing, bike jousting and gold sprints. We will be running a “Swap Meet Triathlon” across those events, with prizes for the highest accumulated points total. $5 entry fee gets you into as many events as you like, as many times as you like.

Mt. Tabor Work Party From SORBA West Georgia- Mt. Tabor Work Party October 18 9:00 am to 1:00 pm “Come out to Mt. Tabor Oct. 18 at 9:00 am. Meet in the mtb parking lot. They will be fixing 2 reroutes and general maintenance. Water, snacks, and lunch will be provided.” Tools are provided. There will be a collection for the local animal shelter. Items needed include: canned & dry dog and cat food, blankets, and towels.

10-10-2014 2015 Southeast NCC and NRC Races USA Cycling on Wednesday announced its 2015 USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) and 2015 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) . The premier domestic road cycling calendars sanctioned by USA Cycling, the sport’s national governing body, begin in March and continue through September with races across the United States.
Riders will compete for standings points tabulated for individual riders as well as teams. Following each week of racing, USA Cycling will post updated standings on each respective calendar page as well as distribute to media.
2015 National Criterium Calendar (NCC)
Mar. 21 Gasparilla Criterium and Action Sports Festival Tampa, FL
Mar. 28 Sunny King Criterium Anniston, AL
April 11 Novant Health Invitational Criterium Charlotte, NC
May 30 Winston-Salem Classic Criterium Winston-Salem, NC
June 13-14 Air Force Association Cycling Classic Arlington, VA
2015 National Racing Calendar (NRC)
May 31 Winston-Salem Cycling Classic (UCI 1.2) Winston-Salem, NC

10-8-2014 Valley Road I have a first hand account that Valley Rd. in Buckhead has FINALLY been re-paved after being torn up since the spring. All cyclists can rejoice!

Allatoona Night Riding From IMBA-SORBA West Georgia: “(We are) pleased to announce that Cobb County has once again approved limited group night rides at Allatoona Creek Park. It is important to note that NO night riding is allowed outside of the approved group rides. Riding outside of the approved dates and times will jeopardize the scheduled rides as well as the Chain Buster Racing 12 hour night race slated for August 2015.
Now that the warnings are out of the way here is the plan for October:
1) Tuesday October 14 6:30 PM from the Old Stilesboro Bathrooms
2) Tuesday October 28 Halloween Ride – Costumes encouraged 6:30 start with post ride cookout, all festivities originate from the OS Bathroom Building.
We will also do rides the second Tuesday of each month in January through March. The fourth Tuesday of the month will be the weather make up date. Since it is the “off season” and in the dark the pace will be fairly easy. Hope to see everyone next Tuesday.”

10-7-2014 Dunwoody Winter Ride Update The Thursday Night Dunwoody ride will leave Village Burger in Dunwoody at 6:30 on Thursdays through the winter.

10-6-2014 Georgia CX Photos Photos from GACX #3 at Boundary Waters Park will be up by Monday at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com. It was a really fast, fun course! Thank you to Smyrna Bicycles and the Toyota Forklift team for putting on a great race!

The Elite Masters 35+ lead group stayed together for a large part of the race at Boundary Waters GACX.

10-5-2014 2015 USA Cycling National Championships It looks to be a busy year with several USA Cycling National Championship events in the Southeast!
Apr 18-19 Professional Criterium and Team Time Trial National Championships Greenville, S.C.
May 2-3 Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships Columbia County, Ga.
May 8-10 Collegiate Road National Championships Asheville, N.C.
May 23-25 Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships Chattanooga, Tenn.
Jul 21-26 Masters Track National Championships Rock Hill, S.C.

10-2-2014 Rides Ended for Season The Reality Bikes and Roswell Bikes rides have ended for the season.

SRS Finale From a press release from SRS: Champions Crowned in September for 5-month, 5-state Southeast Regional Series
More than 450 men, women and juniors participated September 13-14 in Greenville, S.C. in 20 categorized races for the fifth and final weekend for the 2014 Southeast Regional Series presented by Stan’s NoTubes (SRS). Champions were crowned in the summer-long series that spanned five states in five months. A total of 26 SRS titles were awarded after the conclusion of the Subaru Road Race on Sunday. Greenville resident Ben Renkema of Stan’s NoTubes powered by Proferrin captured the Hincapie Overall Leaders title in the Men’s Pro 1/2 category. Daniel Zmolik (New York, N.Y.) was second in the season-long overall points competition, 70 points behind his teammate. Third overall was secured by Zach Kratche (Charleston, S.C.) of Ms. Roses p/b J.Brown-Champion System. “It’s really nice to finish in Greenville. My wife and I moved here from Michigan because it’s a cycling town,” said 2014 SRS Men’s Pro1/ 2 champion Renkema, who has led the Hincapie Overall points competition all year since finishing on the podium in the first two races of the year in Albany, Ga. “The Southeast Regional Series is a lot more laid back than other events, like the NCC or NRC series. The events are close enough to home that you can leave Friday after work to race. It’s really good competition all year, for pros and for beginners.”
In the Women’s Pro 1/2/3 category, Amy Floyd (Mobile, Ala.) of Empowerment: Women’s Elite Cycling took home the title as Hincapie Overall Leader and the pink jersey. She scored 94 more points over the five-week series than runner-up Susan Jones-Morgan (Simpsonville, S.C.) of Team Zoom. Grace Chappell (Chapel Hill, N.C.) of Happy Tooth Women’s Racing was third overall. “Albany was really fun, and all the races have been well organized. It has become a very positive experience for me. One thing they do very well is put the women’s (category) fours in their own race. It can be intimidating to start racing with all categories together,” said Floyd, who started racing seriously this winter at age 29 and moved from Cat 4 to Cat 1. She took over the overall lead for both the Hincapie Overall Points and PEZ Cycling News Sprint jerseys after Top 10 finishes at SRS events in both Albany, Ga. and Huntsville, Ala.
Southeast Regional Series – Hincapie Overall Points Champions
Men Pro 1/ 2 – Ben Renkema of Stan’s NoTubes powered by Proferrin
Men Cat 3- Franklin Deese of Cyclus Sports
Men Cat 4 – Zach Lutz of RS Tech p/b Grindstone Performance Cycling
Masters Men 35+ – Chris Emory of Crosstown Velo
Masters Men 35+ 4/5 – Kelly Edwards of Outspokin’ Augusta
Masters Men 50+ – Greg Morgan of Spinx Bike Team
Men Cat 5 – Jake Beck of Mojo Cycles Racing
Women Pro 1/2/3 – Amy Floyd of Empowerment: Women’s Elite Cycling
Women Cat 4 – Amanda Calvird (unattached)

10-1-2014 Georgia Cross Georgia Cross goes to Boundary Waters Park this Sunday! Smyrna Bicycles and the Toyota Forklifts team have promised the “Classic” BWP course including fast barriers on the flats and the big hill on the backside. Come out for one of the fastest cross races in the Southeast! The second race on Nov. 16th will have a course in a different part of the park.

Jittery Joes Fall Classic Ride Jittery Joe’s Fall Classic Century Bike Ride and 5K+ Benefiting Athens Area Habitat for Humanity,
October 11, 2014
The 7th Annual Jittery Joe’s Fall Classic Century Bike Ride and 5K+ to benefit Athens Area Habitat for Humanity will be held at the new Jittery Joe’s Roaster (425 Barber Street) on Saturday, October 11th, 2014!! Cyclists can register for the Century or Half Century rides. There will be a kids ride as well as a family fun festival with food, entertainment and more! Come join us on Barber Street for a day of outdoor fun and adventure!e
Where: The ride starts and finishes at the new Jittery Joe’s Roaster at 425 Barber Street, Athens, GA 30601.
Course: This is a metric century ride that winds through scenic Clarke County with two course options, 62 miles and 31 miles. Poker cards will be collected at 5 checkpoints, and the top 5 hands get prizes!
Family Festival: Bring everyone out for a FREE family-friendly event including children’s activities, food, and music. The fun starts at 10am and ends at 3pm.
Registration: $30 per person, $35 on event day. Registration and packet pickup begins at 8:30 am on 10/11. Registration includes a T-shirt and a pint glass for riders over 21 or a T-shirt and water bottle for those under 21.