October 2023 News

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.

Smyrna Mountain Bike Trails Meeting-North Cooper Lake Park
From the City of Smyrna, GA Parks and Rec:
Calling all mountain bike enthusiasts! We will be having a meeting in the Oak Room at the Smyrna Community Center on Wednesday, October 25th at 6:30pm. The meeting will be to discuss future trails plans and advanced trail development. The meeting is open to any interested Mountain Bike Enthusiast that rides the trails at North Cooper Lake Park.

News for 10-20-2023
US Center for SafeSport Permenantly Bans Kevin ‘Scott’ Morris-former USA Crits Director

From Cyclingnews.com

The US Center for Sa”feSport has permanently banned Kevin ‘Scott’ Morris, a former contractor and director for the USA CRITS series, from participation in activities and competitions with USA Cycling.

SafeSport lists the ruling of ‘permanent ineligibility’, dated September 27, 2023, for “criminal disposition – involving a minor” and “criminal disposition – sexual misconduct”, obtained from the nonprofit’s Centralized Disciplinary Database on their website. The criminal disposition items listed pertain to cases from 2007 and before, for which charges were later not pursued, and Morris accepted a “no contest plea to a computer services crime”.” Read the full article.

SORBA Woodstock Trail Mainteiane Party
From SORBA Woodstock
October- Trail Maintenance work party Saturday, October 28, 9:00 AM 1:00 PM Rope Mill 690 Olde Rope Mill Park Road Woodstock, GA, 30188 United States

News 10-14-2023
SBI Three Bridge Tour

From the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club
The South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club is hosting their fifth annual Three Bridge Tour on Saturday, November 4th in Ocean Isle 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 with SAG, Rest stops and over marked for riders of all experience levels 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.3bridgetour.com/

News for 10-11-2023
Bird Dog 100

From Gravel Roll
Are you Ready to Roll? Let’s Get this Gravel! Hello Gravel gang! Bird Dog 100 is less than a month away and it’s about doggone time! Due to feedback we’ve gotten recently we will be starting all the groups together at 8 am on race day! Packet pickup will be at 5:30 pm on the patio at the Good Day Cafe (630 N Liberty St) in Waynesboro! With a 10-12 mile social ride following shortly after packet pickup. Lodging: We haven’t been able to secure any camping spots in city limits yet but we will continue the search and notify you as soon as we find out anything new. However we have locked down a special rate of $169 per night at the Waynesboro, GA Hampton Inn, just give them a call at (706) 558-4190 and tell them you’re riding in the Bird Dog 100 race. Price increases coming up soon! As we close in on Bird Dog 100, registration costs will increase. Sign up soon to secure the $60 pricing.$70 – register by October 21 $80 – register by October 28 $100 – day of registration

News for 10-9-2023
Allatoona Trail Closures
From MTB Atlanta
At Allatoona Creek Park, the following trails will be closed to all trail users except permitted bow hunters from Oct. 15-Nov. 31: Hocus Pocus, Voodoo, Fern Gully, and Free Candy. Please stay off of the trails! All other trails will remain open.

News for 10-3-2023
Allatoona Creek Trail Closures

From MTB Atlanta
Please share with your non-Facebook friends and kids that both Free Candy and Fern Gully at Allatoona Creek Park are CLOSED for bow hunting until February 1, 2024. Even with all the signs, we know riders are still using them.

Rope Mill Dirty Duathlon
From Mountain Goat Adventures
2023 Rope Mill DIrty Duathlon p/b Northside Cherokee Hospiatl Nov. 11, 2023 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! IMPORTANT DEADLINES: October 12 – Early Registration Price Deadline, October 20 – Guaranteed Shirt Size Deadline. Please register by this date if you want a shirt with the race design on it.

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 20th also receive a commemorative swag item. Prizes and awards presented to the top 3 in each duathlon category. Post race snacks and drinks available.
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.

This event is one of four major yearly fundraisers for SORBA Woodstock. Thanks to generous support we receive from Northside Hospital-Cherokee and YOUR PARTICIPATION, this event raises roughly $2500 for the chapter! Thank you for supporting this event and your local trails!

We are partnering with SORBA Woodstock to bring you these events. 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 at mountaingoatadventures.com with your shirt size and availability. Volunteers are needed for registration, parking, course marshaling and bike patrol.

News for 9-28-2023
Mount Vernon Road Bridge Closed
UPDATE GDOT says the bridge will not reopen as it is not structurally sound. The earlier replacement timeline is Summer 2024. In Georgia this means around 2050.

The bridge over 285 on Mount Vernon Road is closed for the long term. A truck carrying a large piece of equipment struck the bridge on 285. GDOT has said the bridge will remain closed for the forseeable future. This is a popular cycling route through Sandy Springs. Trish’s Note: In the long run I guess it’s ok. They are replacing the whole bridge anyway. It will be quite an inconvenience for those in the area.

News for 9-26-2023
Mackenzie Myatt New Book

Georgia Cyclocross’s own Mackenzie Myatt has written a new book. She says: “I wrote In Defense of Big Dreams because I wanted to share what makes me tick and how to harness it. I want to inspire not just girls and women through sport, but everyone to act on their potential. It’s amazing what can happen when you consistently show up for yourself and take risks. This book came at a time in my life when I decided to stop taking the path of least resistance and trust myself. Something had to change and in that, I tried to change as many things as possible. I didn’t want to tweak the rules, I wanted to chuck them out the window. I hope this book inspires readers to do the same.”

About Mackenzie: I am an elite cyclist from Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia. I write about the idiosyncrasies of chasing excellence in sport and in life. For as long as I can remember, I have been writing poetry to process the world around me. I was a pretty shy, anxious kid and writing was the best way I knew to express myself. In my teenage years, poetry became a lifeline for all of the things I couldn’t say out loud. Now, it is the best way I know how to share all of the things that inspire me.

I have been active and competitive for as long as I can remember. I was a gymnast for 10 years before I decided to commit to cycling. My U23 years saw several invitations to National Team projects, World Cup projects, World Championships, Top-20 performances in Europe and National Championship podiums in Canada and the US. Collegiate racing gave me the perfect environment to practice racing to win, an education and many cherished memories. I currently race whatever events excite me, no matter the discipline.

I have a BFA in Writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design – Atlanta and currently split my time between Nova Scotia and Georgia.

Pre-orders are being taken now for delivery around the first of November. It will also eventually be availalbe on Amazon For now, for pre-order people can PayPal or Venmo editor Molly Hurford $25USD. Venmo: mjhurford@gmail.com or Paypal: mollyjhurford@gmail.com

News for 9-22-2023
Silver Comet Closure

Today the Silver Comet was closed at Anderson FARM Road. Unconfirmed rumor has repairs to the gas line taking up to FOUR WEEKS. Do NOT attempt to go around the closures. Natural gas can be very dangerous! It goes “BOOM!” That means you probably won’t be around to ride your bike again. Don’t chance it.

Detour going WEST on the Silver Comet. Left onto Anderson Farm Road, Right onto Flint Hill, Left onto Anderson Mill Rd. Pass the Comet. At the next stop sign, make a very careful left onto Ewing. Cars coming from Ewing onto Anderson Mill DO NOT LIKE TO STOP at their stop sign! **Use extreme caution!!!** Right back onto the SCT going west. Reverse for going East. Use at your own risk. Only you are responsible for you and your equipment. Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling are not responsible if you get hurt/injured!

Atlanta Streets Alive
From PropelATLJoin Atlanta on Peachtree Street this Sunday, September 24th, at Atlanta Streets Alive, a monthly open streets initiative presented by ATLDOT with support from Propel ATL and the Atlanta community! 

Where/When: Peachtree Street between 15th Street and Mitchell Street from 1-5 p.m.

Find the Propel ATL tents in front of Peachtree Center near Portman Blvd!

Can’t make it? No worries! After a groundswell of demand, Streets Alive will take place monthly this fall. The next dates are Sunday, October 22nd and Sunday, November 12th. Or, check out Westside Stride on Sunday, October 29th from 12-6 p.m. Bike, walk, scoot, or stroll down Howell Mill Road!