October 2022 News

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News for 10-23-2022
Big Sugar Gravel Race

Georgians Michael Garrison (Hagens Berman Axeon) and Lauren de Crescenzo (Cinch Rise) competed at the Big Sugar Gravel race on Saturday in Bentonville, AR. Lauren finished a strong 5th in the Pro Women. Michael finished 52nd in the Pro Men. He finished about 30 minutes down on Lauren. Read some prerace interviews on cyclingnews.com and at Girls Gone Gravel on Instagram. GGG also has coverage of the women’s pro race.

News for 10-20-2022
SBI Three Bridge Tour

From The South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club
The South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club (NC) is hosting the Three Bridge Tour on Saturday, November 5th in Sunset Beach NC. This bike tour offers a unique opportunity to traverse our county and cruise across the three featured bridges of Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, and Holden Beach. Riders have the option of three routes, 10 miles, 34 miles or 67 miles. Each route is fully supported and promises to be memorable. Proceeds from the event will be used for local and international Rotary projects with many providing experiences and learning opportunities that will enrich the lives of the children and youth in Brunswick County. More info and registration: https://www.raceentry.com/sbi-three-bridge-tour/race-information

News for 10-17-2022
Boundary Waters Cycloross Photos Up!

My photos from the Boundary Waters CX Race are up at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com. Lots from the whole day except when I was racing! Did I get your smiling face or pain face? Please support your local photographers and purchase a photo or two!

News for 10-13-2022
Big Creek Quick Six Enduro

The Big Creek Quick Six Enduro was held by RAMBO at the Big Creek trails in Roswell, GA on Saturday, Oct. 8. 200 racers competed in 6 stages in the freeride/enduro park. Pinkbike has the recap of the entire event.

Allatoona Creek Work Party
From MTB Atlanta
Join us this Saturday for our monthly work party at Allatoona Creek Park. We’ll break up into a couple small groups and tackle a few projects. Meet at 9AM in the main parking lot on Old Stilesboro and bring a friend. We’ll supply the tools and lunch.

  1. Turtleback reroute
  2. Voodoo connector work
  3. Kiosk build
  4. Tool maintenance and Pod organizing

News for 10-11-2022
Gravel World Championships

Georgian Michael Garrison competed at the Gravel World Championships in Italy this past weekend. He finished 27.44 minutes down on the winner, Gianni Vermeersch of Belgium. Lauren de Crescenzo also raced. She finished 11:44 down on winner Pauline Ferrand-Prévot of France. Congratulations to both of you!

News for 10-10-2022
Grant Park Photos Up!

My photos from the Grant Park CX Race are up at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com. Lots from the whole day except when I was racing! Did I get your smiling face or pain face? Please support your local photographers and purchase a photo or two!

News for 10-9-2022
Rope Mill 3.3 Mile Trail Run and Dirty Duathlon presented by Northside Hospital – Cherokee

From Mountain Goat Adventures
Join us for our SORBA Woodstock Season Finale at Rope Mill Park November 12, 2022! This is everyone’s favorite event where you can race as a solo or on a team. Pair up with your spouse or kids! The opening bike loop will be 5.5 miles on the Mill Trails, followed by a 3.3 mile trail run on Explorer, and finally a 5.5 mile bike on the Avalanche Trails. The course covers all the trails at Rope Mill Park! Solo, 2 and 3 person beginner/family team categories are available in the duathlon. We will be using traditional mountain bike race categories, as we have done in the past, to help alleviate congestion on the opening bike loop. The run is short enough that those who do not typically run still have plenty of time to start training!

All participants receive a super comfy t-shirt and those that register by October 21st also receive a commemorative coffee mug. Prizes and awards presented to the top 3 in each duathlon category. Post race snacks and drinks available. IMPORTANT DATES: October 12th – Last day for early event pricing, October 21st – Guaranteed shirt size deadline HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO ONLY WANT TO RUN? We are also offering a separate 3.3 mile trail run on the Explorer Trails at this event for those who would prefer to just participate in a run.

We are partnering with SORBA Woodstock to bring you this event. SORBA Woodstock has built and maintains the trails at both Blankets Creek and Rope Mill Park. These events serve as major fundraisersfor the Chapter – please come out and show your support by either racing or volunteering!

Want to volunteer at this event for SORBA Woodstock? We need you! Please send an email directly to lisa@mountaingoatadventures.com with your shirt size and availability. Volunteers are needed for registration, parking, course marshaling and bike patrol. Want to help work on your local trails?

News for 10-6-2022
All for One Century!

From the Promoter Trish’s Note: This is for an amazing cause! The Van Purser Foundation helps cyclists in time of need with financial grants. It could be from a health issue, bike collision, etc.

All for One Century! For a great cause-helping your fellow cyclists in time of need. ALL proceeds from our ride go to the Van Purser Foundation which supports cyclists in times of genuine need. It’s the only organization like it in the country. More information can be found at vanpurserfoundation.org. The ride was originally scheduled for October 1st, but due to Ian we have rescheduled it for October 15th. The ride leaves from North Point Church @ 4350 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30022 on 10/15 @7:30am. The routes are on the roads that have made the Webb Bridge group ride a favorite for years. Our ride is THE ride by cyclists for cyclists and benefitting cyclists. The routes include distances of 29, 64, and 100 miles and each registration includes a t-shirt and an award winning BBQ lunch. We also have a great raffle to support the foundation. A link to register is here.

News for 10-5-2022
Terri Palmeri Retires from SORBA

From SORBA and Terri Palmeri
I will retire as Executive Director of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association at the end of 2022. It’s been a long and inspiring journey for the past 18 years with my love of mountain biking. It all started when I accepted an invitation from my future husband, Mike Palmeri on a mountain bike trip to Wales, UK in 2004. I was already an avid road cyclist and I thought “what the heck” how hard can it be to ride a bike in the woods? Three months later, with many cuts, scrapes, and bruises, we joined a group of fellow mountain bikers on a guided mountain bike tour of Wales. I had a wonderful time and was inspired by the local trail systems that our guide commented had changed the fabric of communities and local economies for the better. Read her full retirement statement.

News for 9-30-2022
Hellhole Gravel New Dates

From the Promoter
New Dates Oct. 14-16, 2022 We’ve landed on new dates and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding regarding the postponement of the Hellhole Gravel Grind Stage Race! OPTIONS FOR REGISTERED RIDERS (1) Keep your registration (no action is required) or (2) Reach out to us an request a race credit. Credits are valid for one year and can be used at any of our future events. We cannot credit for merchandise. We have also re-opened registration. New registration will be waitlisted pending openings. Due to the proximity to the make-up dates, we cannot guarantee t-shirt sizes. Be advised that we may change the route pending damages from Hurricane Ian. Stay tuned and thanks again for your patience!

News for 9-29-2022
Blanket’s Creek 3 and 6 Hour Race is ON!

From Mountain Goat Adventures
Last Chance for the Blankets Creek 3 and 6 Hour Mountain Bike Race presented by Free-Flite Bicycles – Registration Closes Friday Sept. 30 at 5 pm!
We have been watching models for Hurricane Ian and the latest models predict the storm continuing to move east, which means minimal rain and no dangerous wind for Northwest Georgia. Current rain predictions for Saturday are down to 0.18 inches and given that the trails are exceptionally dry and in need of some moisture, we are moving forward with the 3 and 6 Hour Race on Saturday, October 1st as scheduled. https://mountaingoatadventures.com/blankets6hour

Pecan Shaker Cancelled
From the Promoter
We’ll cut straight to the chase. Faced with many non-optimal, and even downright terrible scenarios, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Pecan Shaker for 2022. We are transferring everyone’s registration forward to Bird Dog 100 on November 5th or, if you’d like, to any of our rides in 2023. Please reach out to Ally at info@cyclingquests.com if Bird Dog doesn’t work for you. If you ordered a t-shirt, we will be mailing those starting next week.

Please see their Facebook page for all of the information and the full post. https://www.facebook.com/stuckeysgravelroll

Cotton Country Century Postponed
From EC Velo
Unfortunately, due to Hurricane Ian, the 2022 Cotton Country Century ride is being postponed in order to ensure participant safety, which is of paramount importance. We are looking at potential dates for a reschedule, more information to come. Please stay tuned and thank you for your understanding and continued support! https://www.ecvelo.org/ccc

Bike for Boys & Girls Clubs Ride Cancelled
From the Promoter
We are saddened to announce the cancellation of the 2022 Bike for Boys & Girls Clubs Ride scheduled for this Saturday, October 1st. After several discussions with the Washington County Emergency Management Agency and local officials, we believe canceling this year’s ride is the safest and most prudent thing to do due to expected winds and our heavy reliance on local emergency responders to carry out this event safely. This is with much regret, as much planning, time, and resources have gone into this event to make it both a success for our Washington County Boys & Girls Club and a memorable experience for our riders! We hope you will join us at the 2023 Bike for Boys & Girls Clubs Ride.

King & Queen of the Watershed Postponed
From the Promoter
The Piedmont Fat Tire Socity has postponed the Kin & Queen of the watershed until Oct. 9.

News for 9-28-2022
Semper Fi Century Date Change

From the Promoter
The safety of our riders and volunteers is of the utmost importance to us. Due to the effects of Hurricane Ian, and the potential for heavy rainfall in our area this Saturday, we regretfully must postpone the date of this year’s event to Saturday October 15th at 9:00 AM. Printer’s Ale is changing their Oktoberfest Celebration to October 15th also, so the same fun Oktoberfest themed atmosphere will still be in place! If you haven’t yet registered, you can still get in on the action by visiting us at www.semperficentury.com.

Van Purser Foundation Ride Postponed
From the Promoter
Dear AFO Participants – In the interests of safety and participant enjoyment, and given the severity of the expected weather conditions this weekend, the Board of the Van Purser Foundation has decided to postpone the AFO 29/64/100 to Saturday, October 15. We hope that the revised date will fit everyone’s schedule, and that Mother Nature will bless us with pleasant weather as she has in prior years. Planning and conducting this large event requires a considerable volunteer effort, and we hope our volunteers will be able to shift to the 15th. If you’re a volunteer and cannot make it, then please let us know ASAP. Also, for the sake of goodwill and participant relations, the Board will offer a refund to any registrant that cannot participate on the 15th. Given the mission of the foundation, we respectfully request you to consider your unused registration fee a donation to the foundation. Refund requests should be submitted to info@vanpurserfoundation.org. We hope to see you on the 15th, under clear skies! Sincerely, Board, Van Purser Foundation

Hellhole Gravel Grind Stage Race Postponed
From the promoter
The Hurricane Ian track has shifted a bit for the worse and we are now expecting 6-10” of rain and heavy winds. Potential for flooding and wind damage are expected through Saturday evening. We have made the decision to postpone this weekend’s race and will have a new date announced by week’s end. Registered participants will have the option of keeping their registration or be credited for any of our events for the next year. No action is needed at this time. Stay tuned for further updates and thanks for the continued support!

Pisgah 111/555 Postponed
The Pisgah 111/555 off road races have been postponed until Oct. 22.

News for 9-27-2022
Hurricane Ian

If you were planning to do any races or events this weekend in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, or the Carolinas please keep an eye on the weather. Many promoters have already put out word that they are watching the hurricane. Keep tuned to their social media channels for the latest on the event you are trying to find information on.

News for 9-23-2022
Break-Ins at MTB Trails

From MTB Gwinnett
Do not leave anything valuable in plain sight in your cars at the park. Harbins Park had 2 cars with windows broken out last Saturday in the middle of the day. This has been going on for years at Yellow River Park for years in playground, bike and equestrian lots. Your best defense is to park away from other cars, leaving a minimum of 2 spots between. These thieves get in between two cars acting like they are getting in or lost their keys, then use a towel to soften the blow. Keep an eye out for your fellow Mountain Biker‘s cars. Trish’s reminder: Always take or hide your purse, laptop, bag, wallet, etc. Always always always take your keys, driver’s license, and phone with you.

News for 9-21-2022
Shmidt Places 6th at the UCI World Time Trial Championships

Artem Shmidt, a Mission Devo Alumnus, placed 6th at the UCI Junior World Time Trial Championships in Wollongong, NSW Australia this week. Artem was on the developent team 2016-2020. Next year he will race U23 with Hagens Berman Axeon. Congratulations Artem!

About Mission Devo (from their website) Mission Devo Cycling is a 501(c)(3) designated junior cycling team dedicated to providing the support, skills, and coaching necessary for our team members to reach their highest potential. We embrace diversity and provide the support necessary for our team members to participate in all aspects of training and racing.

News for 9-19-2022
National Public Lands Day – Lakeside Trails, West Point Lake

From MTB Atlanta
National Public Lands Day – Lakeside Trails, West Point Lake, Sat., Sept. 24 8:30 am-1:00pm
Join MTB Atlanta and the US Army Corps of Engineers, West Point Lake for National Public Lands Day. This year we will focus on much needed corridor clearing, mowing and sight line maintenance along the Turkey Run and Mayors Mile sections of the Lakeside Trail system. Limb lopping, weed eating and mowing are in the scope of work. We will have DR Brush mowers, loppers, and ground tools. Please RSVP to this event so that we can notify the Corps regarding a headcount for lunch (provided 11-1) by Wed. Note, the address listed is the corps office, but we will actually meet just past the office at the Eagle View Parking lot just below Resource Mgmt headquarters and visitors center.