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March 2022 News

News for 3-22-2022
Velocity Atlanta
Press Release VeloCity Atlanta is returning on May 7, 2022 at the scenic Bouckaert Farm in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. The Ride, Run, and Walk event will kick off at 7:00 a.m. and continue through the day until 4:00 p.m. Participants can register for one of four cycling routes (10-, 25-, 50-, or 65-miles) or for one of two run/walk routes (5K or 9-mile trail run). All routes are fully supported by rest stops and SAG vehicles. The event serves as a fundraiser for Grady Health System, raising critical funding to support the system’s mission of providing world-class, compassionate care to all of the community – regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

Registrants can expect breakfast and coffee before taking off on their routes. As participants return to the finish line, they will be greeted with a celebration including lunch, refreshments, live music by Electric Avenue – The 80s MTV Experience, and lawn games. This year, VeloCity is bringing in an all-new REI Adventure Zone which will include a rock climbing wall, pump track, and kids’ dash. Rest assured, there’s something for everyone and the whole family at this year’s event.

News for 3-20-2022
American Criterium Cup
From Velonews – This is a quote of the article Trish’s Note: The only race in the Southeast is the Sunny King Criterium in Anniston, AL on April 9.

The 10-race criterium series announced by American teams, race directors and USA Cycling back in January now has a name, and a promise for livestreaming of the races.

The American Criterium Cup is the series title, with unity being a central theme in the branding.

“The series, and all the race directors associated with it, are excited to announce the name for the series, American Criterium Cup,” said Mike Weiss, race director of the Bommarito Audi Gateway Cup. “For 2022, the series will focus on the theme of unity, with events, teams, and USA Cycling having a common goal of elevating the stature of criterium racing in the United States.”

The American Criterium Cup was created in the wake of USA CRITS dissolving last year. USA CRITS was a 10-race series that offered livestream coverage of each event, plus multiple season-long points competitions within the series. Read the full article here.

New for 3-16-2022
Mega Build Trail Days at Campbellton Creek Nature Park
From MTB Atlanta MEGA BUILD DAYS Campbellton Creek Nature Park- Saturday 3/19, Sunday 3/27 and Saturday 4/2
Join MTB Atlanta and the Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land to do finishing work on the Phase One 3 mile “Sourwood Trail” under construction at the brand new Campbellton Creek Nature Park in the City of South Fulton on Saturday 3/19, Sunday 3/27 and Saturday 4/2 from 10 AM- 1 PM each day.We will be clipping roots and doing finishing work on the new trail which is under construction. Meet at the brand new parking lot at these coordinates : 33°42’14.8″N 84°34’55.9″W on Plummer Road 30331. Wear long pants, closed toed shoes, bring gloves and a pack and be prepared to hike for a bit. Tools, snacks, water and STOKE provided !!

MEGA BUILD DAYS Campbellton Creek Nature Park- Saturday 3/19, Sunday 3/27 and Saturday 4/2

News for 3-15-2022
Blanket’s Creek Dirty 15/30 MTB Race – From the Promoter
Blankets Creek Dirty 15/30 Mile MTB Race presented by Van Michael Men – April 2, 2022 at Blankets Creek Trails in Canton, GA! ONLY 60 SPOTS REMAINING!! The course includes most of the trails at Blankets Creek in a counter – clockwise direction for a total distance of 15 miles per lap. Each lap has 1400’+ of elevation gain, so this will be a challenging course. The categories for 2022 are age based, so that all riders can choose between the 15 mile course (1 lap) and 30 mile course (2 laps). Junior categories available in both race distances. You can see full details and a list of categories on the BLANKETS CREEK DIRTY 15/30 WEBSITE. Limit of 300 riders – please register early as all of our 2021 events sold out. All riders who register before March 19 will receive one of our super soft and comfy tri-blend event shirts and a commemorative campfire mug. Medals and sponsor prizes 3 deep in all categories, podium shirts for all first place finishers. Access to drop bags will be available at the half way point for riders participating in the 30 mile race. Staggered starts by category for rider/volunteer safety.

The Victory Ride – Press Release
The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, is excited to announce the fifth annual Victory Ride to Cure Cancer, presented by Braswell Family Farms, will take place on May 21, 2022. Since its inception, the Victory Ride has raised over $1 million for cancer research, making it the largest, active Triangle-based ride funding cancer research. The 2022 Victory Ride will begin and end at NC State University’s Centennial Campus and will offer 10, 30, 60 and 100-mile distances on green ways and roads, as well as on-site spin classes to accommodate cyclists at any level. Additionally, riders can take part in MyVictory Month, a virtual experience preceding the event giving participants the flexibility to choose how and when they ride while joining cycling and non-cycling competitions leading up to May 21. For more information about the Victory Ride to Cure Cancer, please visit thevictoryride.org. Follow the Victory Ride on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @TheVictoryRide. *In-person riding DOES require a fundraising minimum of $250. Virtual does not.

News for 3-14-2022
Bearings Bike-Along Trish’s note: This is a very family friendly event! Each year, Bearings hosts an opportunity to get out and ride, walk, or run to support Bearings programming in southwest Atlanta. The Bearings Bike-Along is a family-friendly community event that gives friends of Bearings an opportunity to come out and experience the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail while raising critical funds for Bearings programming. Riders, walkers, or runners of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate! Afterwards, join us for food and festivities to celebrate all things Bearings on a beautiful spring morning. The 2022 Bearings Bike-Along will be held on April 16. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Lee + White and the ride/walk/run waves begin at 9 a.m. The course will begin at Lee + White, following the Atlanta BeltLine Westside trail toward Washington Park and back. The course is approximately 6 miles overall with the option for early turn-around at certain mile-markers.

Volunteers are needed for various roles, including set-up, registration, course attendants, and more. Each volunteer will receive a Bike-Along 2022 T-shirt, a drink ticket, and lunch. Plus, you’ll get to spend a fun morning with Bearings serving the southwest Atlanta community!

News for 3-11-2022
Today is St. Paddy O’Pedal Ride to Conquer Childhood Cancer on Sunday, April 3. It benefits the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This event is a fun opportunity for cycling enthusiasts, families, friends, and the community to make a difference. There will be 80/metric/45/20 mile options. The routes are hilly through some very pretty road in North Fulton and Cherokee Counties. Entry before March 31 includes a tshirt, and lunch (and a beer fo 21+) after the ride.

News for 3-10-2022
Thursday’s ride is the Rescue 1 Century. This is one I’ve heard good things about. The Rescue 1 Century (R1C) is an annual charity ride conducted by the Rescue 1 Century Non-Profit Organization to raise funds for victims of human and sexual trafficking. Atlanta Georgia — known as the home of the Atlanta Falcons, Coca-Cola, CNN, and now one of the biggest hubs of sex trafficking nationwide. Sex trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world next to the drug trade. Sex trafficking is defined as the illegal business of recruiting, harboring, transporting, obtaining, or providing a person, especially a minor, for the purpose of sex. Sex trafficking and exploitation is happening in all communities and diverse in cultures. The Rescue 1 Century’s 8th annual fundraising charity bicycle ride is scheduled for Saturday May 28th, 2022 starting in Social Circle, GA. The Rescue 1 Century will have five routes: 20, 35, 47, 66 and 101 miles. This well-marked ride is fully supported with parking, registration, cue sheets, SAG, on-site mechanical services.

News for 3-9-2022
Rock and Road Festival Today’s ride is the Rock and Road Festival in Coweta County. The Tour of Coweta is on Saturday offering a ride with rest stops throughout the county. Options are 30/45-66/100. You’ll go through several small town. I used to ride through them years ago. The roads were wonderful! There will also be a GoNuts Ebike Race and Short Track XC Race. Music will take place in downtown Newnan from Noon-8 pm. Sunday is the GoNuts XC race at Brown’s Mill Park.

Cohutta Clean Up From Mulberry Gap What: Spring Cleaning- Wilderness-style! The goal is to sweep through the local area and leave miles of our beautiful mountain gravel rides, trail access roads, and trailheads better than we found them. This is a great opportunity to rid the roadsides of unsightly trash. (Before the leaves fill back in, and the poison ivy branches out again!) Who: Everyone is welcome to volunteer! We’ll have options for bicycle riders, hikers/walkers, and even trail runners who want to get in on the plogging* action. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
When: Sunday March 26, 2022. 9am Meet-Up and Coffee, 10am-2pm Clean Up, Where: Meet at Mulberry Gap (400 Mulberry Gap Road, Ellijay, GA 30105.) From there we’ll divide up into crews and head out to take care of areas possibly including: CCC Rd towards Eton * FS 68 * FS 90/90B * FS 64 * Shakerag * Bear Creek Overlook / Parking Lot * Cohutta Overlook towards Pinhoti 3 * Tatum Lead Rd towards Pinhoti 4 * Dennis Mill, Cost: FREE! There’s no cost to volunteer and CHILI LUNCH IS INCLUDED along with BEER (or soda) PROVIDED BY TERRAPIN!, What should I bring?: We’ll provide basic items like trash bags and safety vests. Plan to bring your bike and gear (if you’d like to be part of a rolling team) or the things you need for walking/hiking/jogging if you’ll be part of a team on foot. An empty backpack or rucksack that you can wear while walking/cycling would be a good idea so you don’t have to carry your trash and recycling bags by hand. Bring all the normal things you’d need to be out on the trails/roads like hydration, sunscreen, insect repellent, etc. Work gloves might come in handy. Plan to bring a lunch (unless you just plan to hold out until 2pm) There will be a potluck centered around Mulberry Gap’s Chili when we return! How Do I Get Involved: Sign up below to let us know you’re coming, and if you’re staying for chili. You can also book housing and meals if you’d like to stay for the weekend at MulberryGap.com. If you’d just like to order meals on the day, give us a call or drop an email to reservations@mulberrygap.com. Please give us at least 72 hours’ notice.

News for 3-8-2022
Century/Charity Rides Coming Up! There are quite a few century and charity rides coming up in the next 8 weeks. I thought I’d list a few in the next couple of days. Today is the Tony Serrano Ride April 9. I’ve done this ride a number of times, and it’s one that I really love. If you enjoy good rest stops, get ready for Joyce and her friends’ homemade treats! I know ya’ll love them on this ride! The final rest stop has a spread not seen at many rides.

Tony was an avid triathlete training for an Iron-man competition when he was struck by a motorist and killed in August 2004. Join us to honor Tony’s spirit and his passion for life as we continue to raise awareness of the laws and rights as they pertain to bicyclist on the road! Proceeds will benefit Georgia Bikes, Walton Wellness in Monroe, GA, Safe Kids Walton County, the Marrow Man.org, the Pass Them Like You Love Them organization and cycling safety, health and wellness programs and various other Georgia bicycle advocacy efforts.
Scenic routes. The “Best Rest Stops Ever’ with homemade goodies prepared by the Rest Stop Queen Team! SAG Vehicles for your support. Your choice of either our commemorative ride t-shirt or 2 of our ‘New’ Jersey Bins (guaranteed to early registrants). Your choice of route either: 10, 39, 62 or 100 mile. A great overall ride experience supported by our wonderful volunteers to start your year. Lastly our ‘thanks’ and a refuel meal at the finish! Registration is $40.00 through March 13th, $50 through March 31, last minute on-line registrations from April 1-7 will be $60 and ‘day of’ registration will be $60 as well. he ride will be limited to 800 riders. If the ride sells out online, there may not be on-site registration in order that we can continue to bring everyone the safest and most enjoyable ride possible. We will post an update at the top of this info if there is NO Day-of Registration if/when we reach 800 pre-registered riders. Sign-in will open at 7:00am day of the ride, the ride will start at 8:30am from Athens Technical College – Monroe Campus, 212 Bryant Rd., Monroe, GA 30655. Thanks to the continued growth in ridership and our devoted support from volunteers and sponsors we continue in honor of Tony Serrano as a 501(c)(3) organization: Cyclist for Change, Inc. D/B/A Tony Serrano Century Ride.

News for 3-7-2022
Well, there hasn’t been much news! That’s the news!

News 2-28-2022
Atlanta Cycling Rides to Resume
After a 2 year absence, the popular Atlanta Cycling rides from all locations will officially resume April 1! Their website along with Southeastern Cycling will be updated as soon as possible.

News for 2-24-2024
Trish is exhausted. Hey All! I’m taking several days off of updating Southeastern Cycling. Many doctors appointments (yeah! The blood clot in the porcine mitral valve in my heart is gone!), dealing with a broken pipe that leaked into my basement (boo! dealing with insurance and having part of the house torn up), actual paying day job, and exhaustion are all present. I need a few days off. Thanks for your understanding! If I owe you an email, I promise a response–just not now.

News 2-21-2022
Waucheesi Bike Race
Press Release
When: Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 8am, Where: All routes start in Tellico Plains at Tellico Grains Bakery with a police escort neutral roll-out., Tellico Grains Bakery, 105 Depot Street, Tellico Plains, TN 37385 The Waucheesi Bike Race is wickedly sweet and includes two racing distances: the Wily 88 and the Wondrous 63, crafted by Chris Joice. Make no mistake, this race is just as challenging as it is beautiful. Cherohala Skyway, Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests provide all the goods—long climbs, fast descents, great forest roads, rowdy gravel, and amazing vistas. If you dare to try the 88-mile option, you’re looking at a stout 11,500+ feet of climbing, while the 63-mile course is no joke, with 8,800+ feet. Both routes include the Basin Gap and North River Road climbs, while the 88-mile course adds a spectacular climb to Farr Gap. Prizes will be given to the top three in each category for each distance. For those not interested in racing or biting off the longer distances, we have a 45-mile ride option. The 45-mile course offers a great tour of Cherokee National Forest and Bald River, while climbing 4,100 feet. Please note that this category is a ride only; prizes will not be given out for this distance.

Cost: $90 (includes post-race meal and t-shirt if registered by March 4, 2022) Registration: Register on BikeReg starting October 1, 2021 at 10am. Drop Bags: You are welcome to leave drop bags. Clearly write out your name and which rest stop the bag should be left (there are a total of 4 rest stops along the course). End the day at Tellico Grains Bakery with wood-fired pizzas and craft beverage.

HARDford Gravel Grinder
Press Release
Expect a lot of climbing and a whole lot of fun at our annual bike race in the Smoky Mountains—The HARDford 50 Gravel Grinder!Registration opens March 1, 2022 at 10am on bikereg.com. The fully-supported course is 50+ miles and 6,500 ft. of climbing through Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests. CX and MTB are both appropriate. The ride is 75% gravel, 10% dirt, and the remainder on pavement. Three fully stocked aid stops along the course. Prizes to top three in each category! A portion of the proceeds to benefit Grassy Fork Rural Medical Services Clinic and Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC). Start/Finish: Rapid Expeditions, 3605 Hartford Rd, Hartford, TN 37753 When: Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 8am Race Categories: Women’s and Men’s Open, Single Speed, Women’s and Men’s Masters (age 40-49), Women’s and Men’s Grand Masters (age 50+) Awards: Top three in each category will receive awards. Knoxville Realtor Vick Dyer is sponsoring a special award category: An award will go to the woman and man who finish closest to 6 hours. Registration & Pricing: Registration includes t-shirt, post-race meal, and beverage.
—Registration is $80 —Registration July 12 – August 7 remains $80, but does not include a t-shirt. The U.S. Forest Service limits participation to 500 racers. A portion of the proceeds to benefit Grassy Fork Rural Medical Services Clinic and Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC).

February 2022 News

News for 2-24-2024
Trish is exhausted. Hey All! I’m taking several days off of updating Southeastern Cycling. Many doctors appointments (yeah! The blood clot in the porcine mitral valve in my heart is gone!), dealing with a broken pipe that leaked into my basement (boo! dealing with insurance and having part of the house torn up), actual paying day job, and exhaustion are all present. I need a few days off. Thanks for your understanding! If I owe you an email, I promise a response–just not now.

News 2-21-2022
Waucheesi Bike Race
Press Release
When: Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 8am, Where: All routes start in Tellico Plains at Tellico Grains Bakery with a police escort neutral roll-out., Tellico Grains Bakery, 105 Depot Street, Tellico Plains, TN 37385 The Waucheesi Bike Race is wickedly sweet and includes two racing distances: the Wily 88 and the Wondrous 63, crafted by Chris Joice. Make no mistake, this race is just as challenging as it is beautiful. Cherohala Skyway, Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests provide all the goods—long climbs, fast descents, great forest roads, rowdy gravel, and amazing vistas. If you dare to try the 88-mile option, you’re looking at a stout 11,500+ feet of climbing, while the 63-mile course is no joke, with 8,800+ feet. Both routes include the Basin Gap and North River Road climbs, while the 88-mile course adds a spectacular climb to Farr Gap. Prizes will be given to the top three in each category for each distance. For those not interested in racing or biting off the longer distances, we have a 45-mile ride option. The 45-mile course offers a great tour of Cherokee National Forest and Bald River, while climbing 4,100 feet. Please note that this category is a ride only; prizes will not be given out for this distance.

Cost: $90 (includes post-race meal and t-shirt if registered by March 4, 2022) Registration: Register on BikeReg starting October 1, 2021 at 10am. Drop Bags: You are welcome to leave drop bags. Clearly write out your name and which rest stop the bag should be left (there are a total of 4 rest stops along the course). End the day at Tellico Grains Bakery with wood-fired pizzas and craft beverage.

HARDford Gravel Grinder
Press Release
Expect a lot of climbing and a whole lot of fun at our annual bike race in the Smoky Mountains—The HARDford 50 Gravel Grinder!Registration opens March 1, 2022 at 10am on bikereg.com. The fully-supported course is 50+ miles and 6,500 ft. of climbing through Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests. CX and MTB are both appropriate. The ride is 75% gravel, 10% dirt, and the remainder on pavement. Three fully stocked aid stops along the course. Prizes to top three in each category! A portion of the proceeds to benefit Grassy Fork Rural Medical Services Clinic and Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC). Start/Finish: Rapid Expeditions, 3605 Hartford Rd, Hartford, TN 37753 When: Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 8am Race Categories: Women’s and Men’s Open, Single Speed, Women’s and Men’s Masters (age 40-49), Women’s and Men’s Grand Masters (age 50+)  Awards: Top three in each category will receive awards. Knoxville Realtor Vick Dyer is sponsoring a special award category: An award will go to the woman and man who finish closest to 6 hours. Registration & Pricing: Registration includes t-shirt, post-race meal, and beverage.
—Registration is $80 —Registration July 12 – August 7 remains $80, but does not include a t-shirt.  The U.S. Forest Service limits participation to 500 racers. A portion of the proceeds to benefit Grassy Fork Rural Medical Services Clinic and Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC).

News for 2-18-2022
Outback Bicycles Hapeville Hub Grand Opening

Outback Bikes “Hapeville Hub” is open for business! M, W, F 10-4 & weekends by appointment. Rental bikes, E bikes, bicycle sales & service plus a lot of clearance merchandise. The official grand opening ribbon cutting is Feb 28th at 3pm! Everyone is welcome!


Outback Bicycles Hapeville Hub

News for 2-16-2022
Big Creek XC Work Party
From MTB Atlanta
Big Creek XC Trail Workday Sat. Feb. 19, 2022 at 9:00 am. Join us for trail work on our XC trails at Big Creek Park. Meet at the lower lot Pumptracks with closed-toe shoes. We’ll have the tools and water. Lunch is provided by Classic Subaru of Atlanta!

News for 2-15-2022
NC Grand Prix Back for 2022
The NC Grand Prix is back as a UCI race for 2022 on Nov. 19-20. Mark you calendars now for the biggest CX race in the Southeast! It looks like the National Championships will be in Hartford, CT.

2022-2023 USA UCI Cyclocross Race Calendar and Schedule

Hincapie Spring Series
The Tiger Town Omnium is now part of the Hincapie Spring Series. Races this weekend move to around Clemson & Central, SC. Trish’s Note: Head to the ’55 Exchange in the Hendrix Student Center on the Clemson University Campus for the best ice cream you will ever have! I used to help make it back in college!

News 2-11-2021
Race Calendars Updated
I’ve spent the last few nights working on updating the race calendars. Use the handy link at the top of this page to access all of them! You’re welcome!

The Atlanta Cycling Festival Happens May 15th – May 22nd!
From ACF
It seems like just yesterday that we saw all of you during the 2021 Atlanta Cycling Festival! We’re excited to announce this year’s festival dates, and we’re hoping to create more memories and have an even bigger and better festival, but we need YOUR help to make it a success! We’re bringing back some festival favorites like The Donut Ride, Queer Ride, and Intercontinental Cocktail Ride, to name a few! The festival is May 15-22.

Allatoona Work Party
From MTB Atlanta
Trail Work Party– Allatoona Creek Park 5690 Old Stilesboro Rd NW, Acworth, GA 30101, Sat. Feb 19 9 am-Noon Each month we get together to give back to the trails at Allatoona Creek Park by hosting a work party to perform trail maintenance work to keep the trails at the park in top shape! Meet at the main parking lot at Stilesboro Rd. and be ready to go at 9. Wear long pants, closed toed shoes, bring gloves, a pack, water and snacks and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees. We provide lunch, tools, trail knowledge and a ton of STOKE!

News 2-10-2022
DLV Workdays
From the Dick Lane Velodrome
The DLV’s first workdays of 2022 are scheduled for 10AM both Saturday February 19 and Sunday February 20. Yes, we are doing two days in a row. Please come out for both days, one day or even a partial day. We need volunteers to help clean up the velodrome grounds in preparation for the 2022 season. The primary task will be: leaf removal, debris cleanup, general cleaning, etc. These are a few of the things that need done so that we can take the next steps in opening the velodrome for the full 2022 season. Come join us if you can, we appreciate your help!!!!

News for 2-8-2-2022
WBL The Finale
From the Winter Bike League
WBL # 11: THE FINALE: THE BIG DADDY BILL BOONEN ALTO WORLD CUP, When: Saturday, 12 February, Where: The Hub (5 Points / Athens), Time: 10 a.m. (15 minute window open), Length: 115 miles / 6 hours (ride time) Points: 6 (1 per hour)
Exit Route: Milledge > Hill > MLK > Boley
Store Stop: Mile 54 (Alto)
GPS MAP: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18536165
Final Attack Zone (YELLOW LINE RULE!): Mile 100: Alto Final Attack Zone (9 miles): Attack Zone opens when group turns left on AC Smith Road (Steep Dog Road). Ride 1.5 miles and scream down corkscrew descent (CAREFUL!) and climb Steep Dog Hill and turn right at stop sign on Erastus Church Road. Ride 1.5 miles and turn left at stop sign on Seagraves. Ride 4 miles and turn right at stop sign on Nowhere Road. Ride 3 miles to Jackson County sign (finish) [ride in and regroup at the Hub]
[OVERALL PRIZES: AWARDED AFTER RIDE: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN MONEY. TOP 5 PRESENT WIN BOXES AND BAGS]

News 2-7-2022
Bearings Bike Works youth nonprofit hosting charity bike ride this spring
Press Release
Atlanta, GA — Bearings Bike Works is hosting a family-friendly ride/run/walk on April 16 to raise critical funds for youth skills development programming in southwest Atlanta. Bearings Bike Works invites kids to earn a bike of their own while developing the skills necessary to successfully transition into adulthood and the workforce.

The 2022 Bearings Bike-Along will begin at Lee + White, following the Atlanta BeltLine Westside trail toward Washington Park and back. Riders, walkers, or runners of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate! Afterwards, join Bearings for post-ride celebrations at Lee + White. For more details and tickets, visit bikealong.givesmart.com. Use code “EARLY” for $5 off your ticket now through March 1. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Email hello@bearingsbikeworks.org.

New Silver Comet Trailhead in Paulding County
From the PATH Foundation Facebook Post
A new trailhead has opened in Paulding County where the Silver Comet crosses McPherson Church Road.
Here’s what you need to know: 2545-2523 McPherson Church Rd, Dallas, GA 30132, Mile marker 26, 14 space paved parking lot, 4.5 miles north of the Rambo Trailhead, 4 miles south of Brushy Mountain Tunnel, Fun fact! The SCT @ Willow Springs Road is only .25 miles from Three Strands Vineyard and Winery. (Currently there is no path from the trail up to the road but I am sure wine enthusiasts can figure out a way there!)

News 2-4-2022
The King of All Crits Weekend Returns April 9-10
From the Promoter
Alabama’s annual premier professional cycling event weekend, the Alabama Cycling Classic, returns to the City of Anniston and Main Street Anniston’s, Noble Street corridor on April 9-10, 2022. The day one event, the Sunny King Criterium is the first venue stop on the 2022 Professional Criterium Calendar managed between the ten event organization and USA Cycling. More details come out weekly on this new series. The Alabama Cycling Classic courses are said to be a ‘must try’ race courseS by many professionals! Beginning at 10 a.m., there will be twenty races on a closed course throughout the day, including kids, juniors, men’s and women’s amateur races, a new men’s masters 45+ category, and our professional men’s and women’s races will close out the day. Read More

News for 2-3-2022
Anniston (AL) Closes Deal on the Final Ladiga Trail Property
Press Release
In December of 2021, the Anniston City Council unanimously approved the acquisition of the final 1.4 miles of the Chief Ladiga Trail from Norfolk Southern Railway. City leadership is now proud to announce that on February 1, 2022, the closing of this final piece of the trail was completed; thereby, giving the City of Anniston ownership over all of the land necessary for the Chief Ladiga Trail. “This is a tremendous deal and opportunity for the City of Anniston, and our whole region. Cycling is such an important component of our ecotourism here and it’s been a long time coming but I am so excited about this. This is a big deal for us — we should all be excited about this,” stated Anniston Mayor Jack Draper.

“This is a dream over 30 years in the making, and this achievement should not be taken lightly,” said City Manager Steven Folks. For background, the Ladiga Trail traces its beginnings back to 1996; wherein the initial 8.9 miles of trail was first opened in Piedmont, Alabama. In 1999, the City of Anniston finished its first section of the trail that now leads to Mike Tucker Park. Once the trail is fully constructed, it will connect to Georgia’s Silver Comet Trail that stretches an additional 62 miles. The combined Chief Ladiga/Silver Comet Trail will be one of the longest paved pedestrian paths in the entire United States of America. “We can finally get to work on the dream,” said City Economic Development Director Toby Bennington. “With ownership of all the necessary properties, city leadership may now move into the engineering and design phases of the trail. After the design, engineering, and surveying is complete, we will be able to give a time table on when citizens should expect the trail to be fully realized.” A 2021 study performed by Jacksonville State University’s (JSU) Center for Business and Economic Research found how the trail’s construction alone will result in: 35 new jobs, $1,448,309 in Labor Income for workers, $1,958,396 added to our region’s gross state product (GSP), and a total $4,500,000 of economic output for the City of Anniston, Alabama.

Trish’s Notes: I think the press release makes it sound like the Comet and Chief Ladiga are not complete. They are in their original form. Both have had a few miles added on the end since opening. This piece of property will help extend the CL from where it ends now into Anniston.

Pumpkinvine Nature Park Trails Closed
From a Facebook post
Pumpkinvine Creek Nature Park is closed for the next few weeks. The freeze / thaws and heavy rains have not been kind to the new trails. MTB Atlanta is waiting for better weather to get the repairs done. The park is still under construction with full opening in the spring. Watch for volunteer work days. There are many potential Eagle and Gold Award projects including some particularly interesting ones involving wildlife habitat. The park also needs picnic tables and benches. The signage package should be installed by March 1. Contact for more information: info@stpal.org.

News for 2-2-2022
Cohutta 100/Big Frog 65/Old Copper 30 – April 23, 2022 at Ocoee Whitewater Center
From Mountain Goat Adventures
Registration is open for the Cohutta 100, Big Frog 65, and Old Copper 30 MTB Races in 2022! These amazing events will continue to be hosted out of the beautiful Ocoee Whitewater Center and the 2022 event will be held on April 23, 2022! The 100 Mile and 65 Mile Races are part of the 2022 NUE Epic and Marathon Series! 2022 Race Highlights! ▪Pair of custom Handup Gloves included with all registrations!▪Super comfy tri-blend shirt included with all registrations! ▪Finisher mug for all finishers! ▪Hearty post-race meal ▪Two new men’s age group classes in all distances – Male 30-39 and Male 40-49, as well as non-open women in the Big Frog 65 ▪Cash payout to top 5 finishers in Male Open and Female Open in the the 65 and 100 Mile Races ▪Cash Payout to Top 3 in Ooen Singlespeed and Masters 50+ in the 65 and 100 mile races ▪Handmade awards for all Podium Finishers ▪Well stocked aid stations with plenty of calories, fluids, mechanical support, first aid supplies, and moral support from our rockstar volunteer crew ▪Well marked course with highly visible signage and course marshals

2022 Course Layout – GPS IS REQUIRED FOR 65 AND 100 MILE RIDERS For the 65 and 100 mile races, riders will complete nearly all available singletrack before heading out on their respective gravel road loops. 65 mile riders will ride the usual “Big Frog” Loop, while 100 mile riders will complete a 65 mile gravel loop around the Cohutta and Big Frog Wilderness. Once riders return from their gravel loops, they will bomb down Chestnut Mtn (the short way) to Thunder Rock for a nearly all downhill or flat run into the finish. Old Copper 30 riders will complete the same trail loop as 65 and 100 mile riders, however they get the pleasure of just skipping the gravel loops and heading straight to the downhill finish. We are requiring GPS to be used by our 65 and 100 mile riders this year. This is for your safety to ensure your race isn’t ruined by a jerk who moves a course sign. No, we’re not going to check if you have one. Yes, there will be a TON of course signage, but signs can disappear. If you choose not to use a GPS, don’t get mad at us if you go off course. 500 RIder Limit for 2022 – Please register early so you do not miss out. Early registration pricing through 2/15/22!

WBL # 10 THE REEVES YOUNG ROYSTON WORLD CUP
From the WBL
When: Saturday, 5 February, Where: The Hub (5 Points / Athens), Time: 10 a.m., Length: 93 miles / 5 hours (ride time), Points: 5 (1 per hour-must sign in), Store Stop: Mile 40 (Royston), Pee Break: Mile 21 (P)
GPS MAP: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/10863505
Final Attack Zone (YELLOW LINE RULE!): Mile 72: Hargrove Lake-Gene Dixon Final Attack Zone (9 miles): Attack Zone opens when group turns right on Hargrove Lake Road. Ride 6 miles (intermediate sprint on 3rd hill) and turn right on Beaverdamn. Ride 1/2 mile and turn lef on Smithonia. Ride 1 mile and turn right on Melton Road. Ride 1.5 miles to finish line / line in road. [Regroup at stop sign after sprint.]

News for 1-29-2022
Lake Hickory Short Track Series From NCCX Join the City of Hickory Parks, Recreation, and Sports Tourism Department and North Carolina Cyclo-Cross for the Lake Hickory Short Track Series! FUN, FRIENDLY, COMPETITIVE RACING!!! The Hickory Lake Short Track Mountain Bike Series is comprised of 5 races held at Hickory City Park on the Lake Hickory Trails. The courses are comprised of dirt single track and portions of paved Greenway. The courses are 1.3 to 1.5 miles in length and races will be based on time switching to laps. To be included in the final series overall standings racers must compete in 3 of the 5 series races. These races are USA Cycling sanctioned and require a racing license. One-day licenses are available for Novice and Cat 2 races. Junior (youth) racers should apply for a FREE USA Cycling racing license. The TEAM RELAY is a fun team event comprising of teams of 2-4 racers, we encourage 4 person teams with mixed ability, male, female and junior racers! Team members will each complete one lap (at a time).
PLEASE SAVE your race number plate for the series. There is a $5 fee for replacement/lost number plates.

News for 1-28-2022
Mavell Road Car Break-Ins It’s been reported on one of the Silver Comet Facebook groups that a car was broken into earlier this week with items taken at the Mavell Road Trailhead in Smyrna. Usually if there is one there is more. As a reminder, take your wallet or at least your Driver’s License with you. Take, Lock, and HIDE items. Don’t leave things on the seats in plain view.

News for 1-27-2022
WBL Ride # 9 THE AINT MIS-B-HAVEN FARM FLATROCK CLASSIC From the WBL START DELAYED 1 HOUR, When: Saturday, 29 January, Where: The Hub (5 Points / Athens), Time: ***11 a.m.***, Length: 60 miles / 3 hours (ride time), Points: 4 (1 per hour-must sign in / PLUS 1 cause it’s damn cold!, Exit Route: Lumpkin > over stadium > Olympic, Store Stop: None, Pee Break: @ Mile 20
GPS MAP: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38435382
Intermediate Sprints: None
Final Attack Zone (YELLOW LINE RULE!): Mile 40: Flatrock Road Loop Attack Zone (6 miles): Attack Zone opens when group turns left on Flatrock Road. Ride 2 miles and turm right on Oliver Road. Ride 1.5 miles (cross finish line) and turn right on Flatrock Road. Ride 2 miles and turn right on Oliver. Ride 1,5 miles to finish line / line in road. [Regroup after sprint in front of B-Haven Farm where refreshments will be served]

USA Cycling Announces 10 Races for the 2022 National Criterium Series Press Release Trish’s Note It looks like only the Sunny King Crit in Anniston, AL for a southern stop on the series. On Thursday, a core group of cycling stakeholders announced the full calendar of 10 events for a new national criterium series after announcing the founding events in December. The new events in the series are the Sunny King Criterium in Anniston, Ala., the MVP Health Care Rochester Twilight Criterium in Rochester, N.Y., The Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic in Harlem, N.Y., and part of Intelligentsia Cup in Lake Bluff, Ill. “We’re excited to be back to racing and to be included in the inaugural year for this series,” said Richard Cox, the Race Director for the Harlem Skyscraper Classic. “Our event has been around since 1973, the second oldest bike race in the U.S., and to be recognized as one of the top criteriums in America is a great honor. We’re looking forward to welcoming teams, racers, and spectators from across the country to Harlem in June.” As mentioned previously, the new series will offer $100,000 in overall prize money, equally split between the men and women in addition to individual event prize purses. All events in the series are committed to awarding equal prize money for the pro men’s and women’s fields in their prospective races. The additional information, including the official series name, is being finalized and will be announced in the coming weeks. Read the full press release.

USA Triathlon Announces USA Triathlon Gravel Series Press Release Trish’s Note Southeastern Cycling doesn’t cover tris, but I thought this might have a broader appeal. Of course, none of the races are near GA. I know of a few off road triathlon in the Southeast, but I am not aware of any in GA.

The USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series spans the multisport season from May through October and features events across the U.S., with races in New Jersey, Michigan, Texas, Colorado, Idaho and California. Race series participants will receive special USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series stickers and awards, as well as recognition on usatriathlon.org and USA Triathlon’s social channels. Qualification is not required to participate in the USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series or the inaugural USA Triathlon Gravel National Championships. WHAT IS GRAVEL TRIATHLON? Gravel riding is an increasingly popular form of cycling that combines elements of road- and mountain-biking, and consisting mostly of riding over unpaved, non-technical roads. Unlike traditional triathlons where participants race their bikes on paved roads or highways, and unlike off-road triathlons where racers ride mountain bikes on technical, single-track mountain bike trails, gravel triathlons take place on unpaved, dirt roads such as Forest Service roads or canal paths that are non-technical. With fewer vehicles on these dirt and rural roads, gravel riding can offer a safer alternative to road cycling. Because of the varied terrain, riders can use a bike designed specifically for gravel riding, but mountain bikes and road bikes are often used for gravel riding, too

RACE FORMATS The Gravel Triathlon Series features a variety of different race distances and formats. These include Sprint & Olympic distance gravel triathlons, gravel aquabike, gravel duathlon, gravel paddle tri, relay categories and more! Read the full press release and rules here. Aerobars, fixies, and TT bikes are not allowed.

News for 1-23-2022
Blankets Creek Dirty 15/30 Mile MTB Race presented by Van Michael Men – April 2, 2022 at Blankets Creek Trails in Canton, GA! From Mountain Goat Adventures:
2022 COURSE AND CATEGORIES: The course includes most of the trails at Blankets Creek in a counter – clockwise direction for a total distance of 15 miles per lap. Each lap has 1400’+ of elevation gain, so this will be a challenging course. The categories for 2022 are age based, so that all riders can choose between the 15 mile course (1 lap) and 30 mile course (2 laps). Junior categories available in both race distances. You can see full details and a list of categories on the BLANKETS CREEK DIRTY 15/30 WEBSITE. Limit of 250 riders – please register early as all of our 2021 events sold out. GUARANTEED SHIRT SIZE DEADLINE March 19th. All riders who register before March 19 will receive one of our super soft and comfy tri-blend event shirts and a commemorative surprise swag item. Medals and sponsor prizes 3 deep in all categories, podium shirts for all first place finishers. Access to drop bags will be available at the half way point for riders participating in the 30 mile race. Staggered starts by category for rider/volunteer safety. Have family members that like to run? We also have a 5 and 8 mile trail run before the bike race starts! This event is a major fundraiser for SORBA Woodstock, so please come out and support your local trails!