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February 2014 News

2-28-2014 Carter’s Lake Break Ins Several cars have been broken into around Carter’s Lake in Ellijay recently, including a cyclist’s car. Use common sense. Take your wallet, hide your stuff, or don’t bring it. Always carry your cell phone and any important things with you when you ride.

 2-27-2014 Gone Riding News From Gone Riding: – The first round of the Georgia State Championship series has been moved to the Thomson Trails near Macon, GA due to the harsh winter effects on the Arrowhead trail system.
– The fourth round of the SERC series on 4-27-2014 in Winder, GA will be a USAC sanctioned national qualifier (a top 15 will automatically qualify a rider to the nationals in PA in July and an AMBC (double ranking points).  If you plan to make it to the nationals this is your chance.
– New this year Gone Riding is now offering a membership for $30 and includes a t-shirt, sticker and a $5 discount off regular entry prices. This membership can be purchased at any Gone Riding event or online at First Place Also USAC licenses will also be honored at all cross country events (sanctioned or not) and receive the same $5 discount.

In-Town Classic Rides Daylight Saving Time resumes again on Sunday 03/09/14 at 02:00 AM.  Therein, we are approaching the advent of the In-Town Classics.

Effective the week of 03/10/14, the Sandy Springs (Tuesday), “Peachtree Battle (Wednesday)” and Chastain (Thursday) rides will commence at 06:00 PM EDT.  Please note – these rides will be Winter Pace until the week of 03/31/14.  The Italians call riders who violate this rule “testa di cazzo”.  The Sandy Springs ride will be Short Option.

Effective the week of 03/31/14, the Sandy Springs, “Peachtree Battle”, and Chastain rides will start at 06:30 PM EDT.  This is the week that restrictor plates will be removed from all bikes.  Therein, “Show Me What You’ve Got Night” on the Sandy Springs Ride will be 04/01/14.  The Sandy Springs ride will remain Short Option.

Effective 04/29/14, the Sandy Springs ride will initiate Long Option until Labor Day.  Testa di cazzo status will be awarded to those who attempt to go Long Option prior to this date.  This distinction will also readily be awarded to the usual suspect(s) who persist to screw-up the Chastain ride.

2-25-2014 Gainesville Grand Prix The Gainesville Gran Prix is back for 2014 on March 28-30. There will be Street Sprints on Friday night for prizes and bragging rights! Saturday is the GGC Time Trial and Circuit Races. Sunday is the Clermont Highlands RR on a new 10 mile loop with 910 feet of climbing per lap. There will also be a KOM/QOM on Clermont Heights Rd.

2-24-2014 Eastside Spring Rides Update 

Airport Ride– Sundays- 10:00AM through – end of March 30. Airport Ride Start- meet at Trinity Ave SW, Atlanta, just west of Forsyth St SW.  Approximate address- Trinity Lofts- 249 Trinity Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

The Sunday Ride– Starts- First Sunday in April, this is a 9:00AM roving Sunday Ride- approximately 65-75 miles, often at a steady 22-23.5 mph.  Want more details? Subscribe to

Tucker– goes back to 9:00AM the first Saturday in April (April 5) // B Tucker Group (AKA Baby Tucker) goes to 8:30AM April 5. Tucker Ride Start- meet at the intersection Lynburn Drive and Main St, Tucker, GA, Approximately 46 miles (shortcut options available).

Tuesday Northlake Ride – Kicks off March 11 @ 6:15PM. Northlake Ride Start- meet at the back of the parking lot of the Indian Restaurant located at: 3900 Lavista Road, Tucker, GA.  If you look at a map- meeting location is between Montreal Rd and Harobi Drive, East of Wendy’s across the street from McDonald’s. Distance- Approximately 30 miles round trip in Summer- then moves to 23 miles as ride gets shorter (shorter options available in the park).

Pizza Ride – Daylight Schedule Kicks off March 13 @ 6:15PM. Pizza Ride Start- meet in the old location (which is now closed and a deserted building) Avondale Pizza Cafe parking lot: 70 North Avondale Road, Avondale Estates, GA 30002 Distance- Approximately 33 miles round trip in Summer- then moves to 26 miles as ride gets shorter (shorter options available in the park).

6:15PM for all March Rides (1 loop in park); 6:30PM for all April Rides (1 loop in park); 6:30PM for May – late summer rides (2 loops in park)

Up The Creek Century From CVCA:  Route options of 28,50,68,101, and 105 miles Come enjoy one of Northwest Georgia’s “must do” rides on May 1Oth in Rome, GA. The ride offers 28, 50, 68, 101 & 105 mile route options, all on scenic rural roads with very little traffic. All routes, except the 28 mile, will take riders through the “Pocket area” on one of the “best cycling roads in Georgia.” The 28 mile route is revised this year and will have less hills. The 50 and 68 mile routes are mostly flat to gently rolling with a few moderate hills.
The 101 and 105 mile options have also been revised this year, resulting in fewer hills(faster). The 105 mile option includes a short climb over Little Sand Mt. The 101 mile option will NOT include the climb. All routes will OFFICIALLY end behind the State Mutual Stadium. Riders will be offered drinks/snacks before following the park trail system approximately 3 miles back to Citizens First Bank. These last 3 miles will be a “cool down” ride. Riders must exercise extreme caution on this section and defer to joggers/walkers on the path. Please ride single file on this section! The trail will take you around “The Town Green” and fountains. Take advantage of the fountains to cool off, if it is a hot day.

All routes are fully sagged with well-stocked rest stops approximately every 15-18 miles. Tech support, Ham radio operators, medical, and police support will provide a safe ride for all participants. TIMING CHIPS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR A $5 FEE. UTC has a NEW downtown Rome start/finish at Citizens First Bank/Synovus on Broad St. Dri-balance T-shirts are an OPTION this year for pre-registered participants and WHILE AVAILABLE after the 4/15 deadline.

The post-ride meal will be your choice of a pre-determined “cyclist’s special” meal at various restaurants on Broad St. and the surrounding area. Tax and gratuity will be included in your voucher. More information will be posted here as it becomes available. After ride activities include, the “Roman Roast on the River,” with BBQ tasting, arts & crafts, music, food and beer, and a Rome Braves baseball game that evening. Bring the family for a fun day in Rome. Families can ride on the park trails for free. Local charities such as Boy Scouts, Community Kitchen, Humane Society, and TRED(trails)will be the beneficiaries of the event. Participants may register by downloading a form from or by registering on Cycling Clubs with 20 or more participants are eligible for a rate of $30/rider before 4/15. This does not include a T-shirt.

2-23-2014 Tony Serrano Century From the promoter: The Tony Serrano Century is April 12th!  Routes are 10, 37, 62 and 100 miles. The terrain is gently rolling through low traffic, rural, scenic back roads. Rest stops by the “Rest Stop Queen,” Joyce Jones. Most items are home made with a wide variety of dishes, changing at each stop. Full sag support and well marked routes. Cue sheets will be available at the start. Maps, cue sheets and GPS files are available for download at, Special offer!!! When you register online, you have the opportunity to become a member of Georgia Bikes! for half price. That is $15 for an individual, $25 for a family. Nobody is looking out for cyclists in the state of Georgia like Georgia Bikes! Registration is $35 through March 31, $45 afterwards and at the event. There is no added on “convenience” fee when you register on line. Registration includes the ride, rest stops, light lunch afterwards and either an event T shirt or a Specialized Purist water bottle and a Jersey Bin.

Trish’s Note: If you have not had Joyce’s cooking at rest stops, you don’t know what you are missing! It’s hard to control yourself with so many yummy things! PEANUT.BUTTER.BALLS–that’s my final thought.

2-22-2014 Atlanta Cycling Rides From Atlanta Cycling: DST returns March 9th The weekday rides begin at 6:15 in March
Mondays – Recovery Ride
Tuesdays – Women’s Only (splits; ride lead with not drop)
– Conversation Ride (Men’s/Mixed – a different route)
Wednesdays – Silver Lake (fast)
Thursdays – Vinings Loop – moderate
Saturdays – Six Flags, fast 40-60 (Feb,Mar 10:00; Apr 9:00)
– Vinings Loop – 23, moderate- year round 10:00 am

Silver Comet Bridges Update From Cobb DOT: “Five Silver Comet Trail Pedestrian Bridges will be closed for repair from January to April 2014. Cobb DOT contractors will construct new bridge ends at the Silver Comet Trail bridges over: Powder Springs Creek, Lucille Creek, Noses Creek, Olley Creek and Cooper Lake Road. Beginning February 21, 2014, Cobb County Police will be at all active construction sites.  Tickets will be given to those who enter any construction site that has been indicated as closed.   Do not enter construction sites.” There is also an updated schedule on their website.

2-21-2014 DLV News From the DLV: Latest DLV News Womens Training Program
Back for 2014 the Dick Lane Velodrome will be running a 5 week Womens Training Program on Tuesday nights starting on the 26th of February and running through the first Tuesday race night on the 1st of April. This program is aimed at any woman of any track cycling level. We will have specific skills, drills and workouts that will suit everyone from beginners, through advanced track cyclists. The 5 week class will also serve as a beginners certification for those women who are new to the track. We are expecting to split each session into 3 groups, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced with each group working on ability -specific skills during each of the sessions.

We Need Donations For Track Repair As mentioned in an earlier post on our website, we are planning a major track repair to get the jump/bump fixed in turn 2. As with all major repairs, this repair will need a lot of things in order to happen, and get our track back to it’s riding best. In addition to volunteers time to complete the repair, the costs for this repair are fairly significant, and expected to cost the velodrome association around $1,300 to complete. We are seeking donations from folks who wish to contribute to this repair. The result of the work will allow us to have a properly functioning and smooth(er)/ish track to ride and race on.

Spring Work Day, March 8th We are planning out our next workday, which will be happening on Saturday March 8th from 9am till around 3pm. Important note: We are planning a MAJOR track repair session(see above!) of the hiccup in turn 2. We will need all hands on deck for the day to get done what we need to get done. As mentioned the repair is major, and will take several days to complete, even after the workday. During this time the track will be closed for riding, until at least Thursday March 13th, barring any major complications with the repair. We will also be doing a fundraising drive through till the repair to try to cover some of those costs. We are working on figuring out the exact cost of the repair so that we can take a shot at raising some funds for it, so keep an eye out for that info in the next couple of days. We will also publish the full repair job list once we’ve gotten it fully nailed down. This day will be your last chance to get workdays done before the season begins to receive a $50 discount on your season pass.

Spring Weekend Beginners Class Dates We’ve set the dates for our Spring weekend beginner classes to be held in March. Those dates are:
Class #1 – March 1st and 2nd, 2pm-5pm both days
Class #2 – March 29th and 30th, 2pm-5pm both days

2-20-2014 Louis Garneau Factory Team Roster Released   International squad to lead the GARNEAU Factory Team, GARNEAU and Fuji Bikes return as key sponsors
Atlanta, GA, February 17, 2013: The GARNEAU Factory Team, a USA Cycling Domestic Elite team, is led by its first international squad of women for the 2014 season. The team is comprised of four returning US-based riders with new signings from Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Switzerland. The team will be looking at the diverse experience of the riders to expand upon the successes of the 2013 season in which the team earned numerous state championships, two masters national track championships, a masters world track championship, and 14th place in the Parx Casino Philadelphia Cycling Classic.

Riders Cheryl Fuller-Muller, Joanie Caron, and Vanessa Drigo will be using their criterium experience to lead the team through the USAC National Criterium Calendar. Jenny Rios and Amy Bradley will use their experience from the North American and European road race circuits to lead the team in the UCI events in North America. Returning riders Gina Voci, Nancy Jones, and Lee Farabaugh complete the roster to provide support in the expanded racing calendar. “Based in the Southeastern United States, our team has always been focused on criteriums,“ said Tim Gallagher, Garneau Factory team manager. “Last year we got our feet wet with UCI racing in Gatineau and Philly and had great success with a 14th place in Philly. We’re looking to expand on that success and land on the podium in these great races while lighting it up in the crits.” The GARNEAU Factory Team is in its fourth year as a US Domestic Elite women’s team based in Georgia. Owned and operated by a non-profit whose mission is to educate about and promote women cycling at all levels
Roster: Amy Bradley (AUS), Joanie Caron (CAN), Vanessa Drigo (SUI), Lee Farabaugh (USA), Cheryl Fuller-Muller (USA), Nancy Jones (USA), Jenny Rios (MEX), Gina Voci (USA)

Coldwater Mountain Grant The Coldwater Mountain trail system in Anniston, AL was awarded a $350,000 grant by the state of Alabama. “The king of Alabama mountain biking trails will be adding a new jewel to its crown thanks to a $350,000 grant awarded by Gov. Robert Bentley. The grant will enable construction of 11 additional miles of trail and renovation of five existing miles at Coldwater Mountain near Anniston. The 4,083-acre complex, part of the state’s Forever Wild program, currently includes more than 25 miles of biking trails.” Full press release.

2-19-2014 DST Daylight Saving Time begins in 20 days! March 9th!!

Georgia Rides to the Capitol Georgia Rides to the Capitol is only one month away! Register for the ride. From GRTTC:

W H O Metro Atlanta Mayors Association (MAMA), Georgia Bikes!, and event sponsors will host over 1,000 cyclists from the metro Atlanta region. Police-escorted rides will depart from Decatur and Roswell led respectively by City Commissioner Fred Boykin and Mayor Jere Wood as well as other mayors and public officials from the region.
W H A T During the ninth annual “Georgia Rides to the Capitol” event, cyclists will embark on rides to the Capitol in order to raise support for improved conditions for cycling, including the development of regional systems of both on-road bicycling facilities and multi-use-trails.
W H E N Tuesday, March 18, 2014, during the state legislative session. Estimated time of arrival at the Capitol is 11:40 a.m. Your starting time will depend on which city or auxiliary location you choose to start at or which route you choose to join along the way. These auxiliary rides are a great way to join in and show your local community your support of cycling in Georgia. These rides are confirmed as of 01/31/2014. Check back closer to the event to confirm exact auxiliary ride details! Please note that only the Decatur and Roswell routes are police escorted – and they are NOT escorted on the return trip.
W H Y Riding to raise support for the development of a regional-scale bicycle network of both on-road facilities and multi-use-trails, and cycling connections to major transit facilities, activity centers, and schools. MAMA also intends to raise awareness of the benefits of bicycling as an important form of transportation; a beneficial economic development and tourism tool; an excellent way to maintain health and fitness; and a great sport and family activity.

2-18-2014 Coach Cheryl Fuller-Muller Cheryl Fuller-Muller lives in Cumming, GA. She started as a triathlete and competed at the Lake Placid Ironman in 2001. She switched to road racing in 2006. Since then she has picked up track racing at an international level and cyclocross racing during the off-season to stay in shape and have fun. Cheryl said that “Cycling is not only my passion but also my life.  My husband has owned our bicycle shop, Reality Bikes, since 1998.  I have owned and operated a women’s cycling team for 5 years which has become a professional team the last 2 seasons competing in local, national, and international events. ” Cheryl knows a thing or two about winning. She is the 2013 Masters Track World Champion 40-44 in the Scratch Race, and she has 3 other Masters World Championship medals. Continue reading…..

Atlanta WBL The next Atlanta WBL ride is this Saturday. The ride time is 3 hours, 40 minutes.

US Pro CX Calendar The 2014-2015 US Pro CX Calendar has been released. Stops in the Southeast are the NC Grand Prix in Hendersonville, N.C., on Dec. 13-14 and the Kingsport Cyclocross Cup in Kingsport, TN on Jan. 3, 2015.

Arrowhead Race It looks like the Gone Riding GCS Race March 15-16 may be moving to the Thomson Trails.

Georgia Rides to the Capitol It’s only 1 month until Georgia Rides to the Capitol! Come out and tell your law makers that you support cycling issues! It is March 18th!

Roswell Cycling Festival   ROSWELL, Ga. (February 17, 2014) – Plans are underway for the Roswell Cycling Festival featuring the Roswell Criterium to return this spring, scheduled for Sunday, April 27, 2014. In conjunction with the full day of family-friendly activities and events along Canton Street, the Roswell Criterium will return for a 13th consecutive year. The Roswell Cycling Festival is managed by Bike Roswell!, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization promoting safe cycling in the city. For 2014, Athens, Ga.-based Swagger LLC has been contracted to operate the event logistics and sponsorships. The bicycle races in Roswell, contested by elite and nationally-ranked men, women and juniors, have been among the Top 15 one-day criterium-style events in the country sanctioned by USA Cycling. This year’s Roswell Criterium part of the USA CRITS Speed Week Series, seven races in seven southeastern cities offering the biggest prize purse in American Criterium racing of $125,000.

“It’s great that Bike Roswell! will continue the positive legacy of the Roswell Cycling Festival. The Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Roswell and the Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell have been key partners since the beginning and we appreciate their support. Historic Roswell has become a dining and shopping destination for so many people who discovered the area because of this cycling celebration,” said Tom Erdmanczyk, President of Bike Roswell.

The Roswell Cycling Festival featuring the Roswell Criterium has entertained more than 60,000 spectators since it began in 2002.  The races have attracted more than 8,000 junior and adult cyclists. In those 12 years, the popular Kids Bicycle Safety Rodeo, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell, has positively impacted 1,400 children. These children have been given an opportunity to complete a free bike skills and safety event, followed by participation in age-specific races on the same course as the pros.  The popular Roswell Mayor’s Ride will kick off the Festival on April 28 for a 10th year. More details about this and all festival activities and sponsorships will be announced in the coming weeks at

2-17-2014 Southeast Regional Series News Greenville, S.C. (February 15, 2014) – After a solid inaugural year in 2013, the Southeast Regional Series (SRS) presented by Stan’s NoTubes will return in 2014 with 10 road cycling races on five different weekends in five states. Last year SRS showcased 1,800 elite athletes in road racing and criterium disciplines, providing more than $50,000 in cash and prizes. All five events in the Series will be managed and produced again by Start Smart Cycling based in Greenville, S.C.

The 2014 Southeast Regional Series presented by Stan’s NoTubes will begin in Albany, Ga., May 17-18, and conclude with the series championships in Greenville, S.C. September 13-14. Four of the southeast cities on the schedule were part of the inaugural series last year, with Huntsville, Ala. added as a new host venue in June. Each series stop offers a unique Saturday downtown criterium paired with a Sunday road race.

The series is the only elite and amateur road series of events to offer points competitions spanning multiple states in one region. As a USA Cycling, Regional Road Championship Series, SRS aims to attract elite level riders and teams throughout the Southeast.  Series Director Marilyn Cullinane noted that the series showcases the most classic terrain in the Southeast and provides a family-friendly entertainment platform for each local community.

“The Southeast offers some of the most diverse racing in the country…historic, charming downtown streets on crit days, and scenic, challenging road races at high elevations for the Sunday road races,” said Cullinane, a former elite cyclist (Cat 2) who founded SRS in 2013.  “We have some exciting improvements planned for both racers and spectators this year, thanks to our host cities and corporate support by Stan’s NoTubes.  We pride ourselves with providing a memorable experience for the competitive athletes, and look to increase participation from across the country.”

In 2013, more than $50,000 in cash and prizes was awarded to men and women in a dozen cycling categories. Special award jerseys, created by Hincapie Sportswear, will be awarded each weekend for best sprinters, climbers and overall winners (male and female).  Taking home the 2013 Stan’s NoTubes King of the Mountain jersey for professional men was Andy Scarano (Locust Grove, Ga.) of UnitedHealthcare of Georgia-706 Project.  His teammate, Winston David (Greenville, S.C.) captured the green- and- white-striped PEZ Cycling News Pro Men Sprinters Jersey and the SRS Overall Points jersey. For the pro women, Stephanie Cucaz (Lawrenceville, Ga.) of PCP Racing swept all three award jerseys as best sprinter, Queen of the Mountain, and SRS Overall.

Teams and individuals can register for the full series or single races. The fees begin at $125 for juniors who register for all five criterium events in the series.  For adults, full series registration is $350 for each category – three Master’s divisions, four regular men’s divisions (Pro 1/ 2 to Cat 5) and two regular women’s division (Pro 1/2/3 and Cat 4).  Registration information, the complete SRS schedule and event updates are available online at

About Start Smart Cycling
Start Smart Cycling, LLC (SSC) is a professional event management and consultation company for the cycling industry. SSC provides planning expertise and on-site event implementation for cycling competitions and related activities across the U.S.  In 2010 SSC was founded by President Marilyn Cullinane, who has over 14 years of experience in the cycling industry.  Her company has been involved for four years with successful Florida-based events such as the Miami Dolphins Cycling Challenge ( and The Orange Blossom Special. Cullinane founded the Southeast Regional Series in 2013, the first-ever regional road cycling championship series in the U.S., sanctioned by USA Cycling.

2-14-2014 WBL Route Change There has been a slight change to the WBL for Saturday. The new Interactive Directions are posted.

Racing is ON for This Weekend Despite the Weather! The Greenville Spring Training Series races are ON for this weekend. The Tundra Time Trial IS happening on Saturday! Start times have been posted.

 2-13-2014 Atlanta Snow Atlanta and much of the southeast has been under a blanket of snow and ice since Tuesday night. It has been icy near my house, so I’ve stuck to the trainer. With today’s melting, I hope to get out for a walk around my neighborhood after working from home today. I got out this morning before it started to melt and got a few photos.

USA Crits New Events for the 2014 USA CRITS Season Athens, GA — Eleven high-speed cycling events in some of North America’s most compelling communities will make up the 2014 USA CRITS Series, which will include new stops in Tampa, Florida at the Gasparilla Criterium, Winston-Salem, North Carolina for the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, and Vancouver, British Columbia for the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix.  Beloved races in 2013 that will return to the Series include the kick-off race at the Delray Beach Twilight Criterium, Novant Health Invitational Criterium (formerly Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium), Athens Twilight Criterium, Glencoe Grand Prix, Iron Hill Twilight Criterium, Andersen/Banducci Twilight Criterium and the Chris Thater Memorial Races, which will all boil down to the 2014 USA CRITS Finals in St. Louis at the 23rd Annual Gateway Cup! In addition to separate cash purses awarded at each event, men and women riders in the USA CRITS Series accrue points toward individual and team classifications. The Series’ points leaders will wear the Orange Jersey of the overall leader following each race, with the final winners crowned in St. Louis.

Now in its eighth year, the USA CRITS Championship Series has brought the thrill of bike racing to some of North America’s most flourishing downtown districts. It’s a unique opportunity to get a close look at both world and national champion-level athletes, while they navigate the intricacies of a closed circuit course at high speeds right in the heart of a vital urban setting. Stay tuned to for all the latest information regarding the 2014 Series throughout the season.
2014 USA CRITS Championship Series
March 22: Delray Beach Twilight, Delray Beach, Florida
March 29: Gasparilla Criterium, Tampa, Florida
April 12: Novant Health Invitational Criterium, Charlotte, North Carolina
April 19: Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
April 26: Athens Twilight Criterium, Athens, Georgia
May 31: Glencoe Grand Prix, Glencoe, Illinois
July 9: Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, Vancouver, BC, Canada
July 12: Andersen/Banducci Twilight Criterium, Boise, Idaho
August 12: Iron Hill Twilight Criterium, West Chester, Pennsylvania
August 23: Chris Thater Memorial, Binghamton, New York
August 31: USA CRITS FINALS, Gateway Cup, St. Louis, Missouri

2-12-2014 Tundra TT From Jim Burt, one of the promoters of the Tundra TT: “We are watching the weather closely. Currently it looks as though the weather tomorrow and Friday in the Calhoun area will warm adequately to allow for safe roads and safe racing conditions on the route. We will also be following up with the locals to monitor the road conditions over the next several days. At this point, we don’t expect to postpone the event.”

2-11-2014 Coach Tim Gallagher Tim Gallagher is originally from Pennsylvania but now calls Atlanta home. He started racing in 2000 “with an abysmal cyclocross season in the snow on a women’s comfort bike from a garage sale to prove I was actually interested enough to get a road bike!” He came to Georgia Tech in 2004 to study Aerospace Engineering and graduated in 2008, but was crazy enough to stick around for a PhD that he is still working towards. Tim manages the LG Factory Women’s professional cycling team. He also races and officiates at the Dick Lane Velodrome. Tim’s specialties are in road and track racing, specifically criteriums, time trials, and endurance events on the track. He has worked with athletes who use cyclocross in the off-season. He does not coach mountain bikers. He prefers the more technical and skilled types of racing and really works to understand the science behind it all. He tries to shield the athlete from the science unless they ask questions because not everybody likes to geek out on data analysis and equations of motion, but he always structure coaching (workouts, techniques, and race strategy) on the sciences behind it and his14 years of experience in all levels and roles in the sport. Continue Reading….

DLV YCL Fundraiser Come find your inner Metalhead at the Highlander! Goldsprints will be held! Get there at 8PM to register for the race. $10 lets you participate and win some SERIOUSLY awesome prizes. Metal Music starts @ 10PM. Raise money for the Dick Lane Velodrome Youth Cycling League. If you have never seen a Goldsprint competition here’s the deal: 2 Fixed Gear bikes on rollers. Two riders do 250 &500 meter sprints. One on One eliminations. Guy & Girl categories. Expect to be physically destroyed and have crowds scream in your face as you pedal thru the most grueling minute of your life! There will also likely be some track stand and skid comps outside. Details: Friday, Feb. 28th starting at 7:00 pm at the Highlander, 931 Monroe Dr. in Atlanta.

WBL: The Grand Finale: The Sunshine Cycles-Team SmartStop Gratis Classic
WBL Creature Comforts Overall Prize List:
1st: $250 plus da box, 2nd: $200 plus da big bag, 3rd: $150 plus a bag, 4th: $100 plus a little bag, 5th: $50 plus a little bag
15 February: The Final Event! The Team SmartStop-Sunshine Cycles Gratis Classic
Special Thanks to our sponsors: Team SmartStop (Pat Raines), Sunshine Cycles (Jimmy Marbut), Cappy’s Custom Cabinets (Big Cappy), Team Type 1 (Phil Southerland), Independent Baking Company (Thom Leonard), Cappy’s Custom Cabinets (Cappy) and Lexus South (Tom Palmer).

When: 15 February / SATURDAY!, Where: SUNSHINE CYCLES – downtown Athens,Time: 10 a.m. (window open), Length: 80 miles/4 hours, Interactive directions

2-7-2014 Women’s Track Program at the DLV
What: 5 Week Women’s Track Cycling Program
When: Tuesdays nights 7:00 pm to 8:30pm beginning Feb. 25th
Who: Women of any riding level: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced
Equipment: Track bikes are available, just bring your cycling clothes, helmet and pedals
Cost: $60 for new riders, $5 per session for certified track riders
Contact: Jeff Hopkins, 404 769 0012

Again for 2014 the Dick Lane Velodrome will be running a 5 week Women’s Training Program on Tuesday nights starting on the 25th of February and running through March 25th. This program is aimed at any woman of any track cycling level. We will have specific skills, drills and workouts that will suit everyone from beginners, through advanced track cyclists. The 5 week class will also serve as a beginner’s certification for those women who are new to the track. We are expecting to split each session into 3 groups, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced with each group working on ability-specific skills during each of the sessions.

Ride With the Kenda 5 Hour Energy Team The Kenda 5 Hour Energy Cycling Team will be at the Duluth Cycleworks on Sunday, Feb. 23. They will be giving autographs starting at 1:00 pm. Ride with the team at 2 pm.

2-6-2014 WAJO Race Weekend From CCA: The Carolinas Cycling Association (CCA) is excited to announce an upcoming weekend event that will focus on promoting the sport of bike racing for Juniors and Women.  Known as WAJO-14 or

January 2014 News

2-1-2014 Latest GBRA News From GBRA:  Junior Championships Categories Resolution
On Monday, January 27th, 2014 the entire Georgia Bicycle Racing Association (GBRA) Board along with USA Cycling (USAC) representative Stuart Lamp, in a specially convened meeting, gathered to reconsider the issue of how and for what classes state championships will be awarded for junior competitor classifications.  As a matter of providing some contextual background, the Board had voted the previous June to change the award of junior state championships due to participation and competition concerns.  Prior to taking this vote, the Board requested proposals from GBRA constituents to address these concerns.  No proposals were submitted that adequately addressed the concerns raised, and a majority of the Board then voted on a different approach for awarding junior state championships. During this past Monday’s meeting, the majority of the GBRA Board voted to re-institute the USAC approved junior state championship categories.   In conjunction with this vote, the Board also approved providing state championship promoters the authority to combine and promote junior classifications, with no minimum participation requirements, as they deem practical for their individual events so long as state championships are awarded in accordance with the guidelines provided by USAC. Finally, the Board voted to establish a junior committee chair position to serve as a liaison between the GBRA Board and the junior cycling community.

In the next several days the Board will set-up online voting for USAC licensed juniors, through their parents, to nominate a junior committee chairperson based upon a majority vote.  The Board respectfully requests that any individual who is nominated for this position meet reasonable standards for working with GBRA and children who are 18 years of age and younger.  The Board will promptly approve the nominated individual so long as there is no impediment to that person holding the chairperson’s position.  The Board anticipates involving the elected chairperson directly through communication with the Club / Team Board member, Kent Wheeler, and the Rider Representative Board member, Betty Hodges.  The junior committee chairperson, like other special interest chairpersons will be invited to participate directly in select GBRA Board meetings.

1-31-2014 Gone Riding-No USAC Press Release from Gone Riding

Gone Riding was founded in 1993 and has held over 500 off road cycling events all over the Southeastern United States, we are very proud of what we have been able to accomplish in that period. Our primary focus has always been on the sport of off road cycling or mountain biking and for over 20 years one of Gone Riding’s goals has been to keep off road cycling as affordable as possible to the end user,  the racer/participant. Gone Riding has also been associated with USAC (USA cycling, formerly NORBA) for most of its history and in fact still is; however, due to some new USAC policies starting in 2014 Gone Riding will only be sanctioning a limited number of events with USAC. The most concerning of these new policies are the pricing and fee structures being passed down from USAC that significantly affect both the participant and the promoter and make it currently unfeasible for Gone Riding to continue as we have in the past with USAC. While trying to keep the prices as reasonable as possible and our product a value to the participant, we also understand the desire for some to earn advancement points within the USAC organization and therefore we will offer a limited number of USAC sanctioned events and or series for that purpose in 2014. We have not at this time made any decisions on which events, series or designations will be USAC sanctioned but we will make those known soon. Unfortunately the entry fees may be higher at these USAC events in order to cover the added costs incurred. Because of these changes some opportunities have arisen, first we will be able to keep entry fees reasonable. Second, the rules can be adjusted to better address the sport of off road bicycle racing in our region. Third, an annual USAC license or membership will not be required for any level racer including category 1’s plus any racer with a current USAC license can save an additional $5 off the price. We believe this strategy will enable Gone Riding to maintain is high standards of race promotion and continue to grow the sport of off road cycling in the region. We welcome your feedback as always. Sincerely, David Berger – President Gone Riding, Corp.

Share you thoughts about Gone Riding and other promoters going non-USAC this year on the Southeastern Cycling Facebook page.

Atlanta WBL The Atlanta WBL will ride on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 9:30 from Castleberry Hills. The ride time will be 3 hours and 20 minutes. SAG support will be available.

WBL Ride # 9: 1 February: The Team Mission Source Classic
1 February: The Team Mission Source Bowman Classic Alto to be pushed back another week)
Special Thanks to this week’s sponsors: Team Mission Source, Phil Southerland (Team Type 1), Thom Leonard (Independent Baking Company), Tom Palmer (Lexus South) and Ted’s Most Best.  When: 1 February,  Where: SUNSHINE CYCLES – downtown Athens, Time: 10 a.m. (window open), Length: 95 miles / 5 hours, Interactive directions

1-29-2014 Snowpacalypse 2014 I hope everyone is safe! I left work at 4:30 Tuesday and had only gone about 8 miles in 2 hours. I was thankful that some cycling friends took me in for the night. Cyclists truly are the best! I got home at 6:30 am this morning. Then I slept for a few hours (and then worked for a few hours). The Silver Comet was in perfect shape for getting in some snow riding.

Pro Wheel Builder Sale Starting January 27th you will be able to purchase any of the wheel packages from  Pro Wheel Builder listed for 10% off, receive free shipping (for domestic orders only) and free Stans rim tape . No Coupon Code is needed with this promotion. This promotion will end February 13th,  2014. The wheel packages are: Power Tap Road Wheel Set Package, Power Tap Road Disc Wheel Set Package, Power Tap Track Wheel Set Package, Power Tap MTB 26in Wheel Set Package, Power Tap MTB 29in / 650b Wheel Set Package.

Beginner Mountain Bike Classes I get asked all the time for referrals for beginner mountain bike classes or seminars. Here are some that are free: REI offers classes. Go to and search for your local store. Atlanta class schedule.

1-27-2014 Coach Profile-MyCycleCoach This is the first of the coach’s profiles.  Robert ‘Coach’ Wilhite lives in Lawrenceville, GA with his lovely wife Kelly.  His motto is “I’m going to live LONG, and die SHORT.”  Roberts run He has been physically active all his life including playing almost every sport in high school , racing motor cycles, and being a PGA Golf Professional competing on the Nationwide Tour. As a golf pro, he studied and learned the principles of biomechanics, which help him as a cycling coach. Robert got into coaching  while working at Free-Flite Bicycles in Buckhead in 2005. A  new cyclist asked if He knew anyone who could help him train for his first century, and he was the first client.

I asked Robert to describe the cycling athletes he works with. “I focus on road cycling.  I specialize in bio-mechanics.” He likes working with riders of all levels from “ from someone who just bought their 1st road bike to pro1 level. In the past he has been the coach for Aaron Rents and Clinica Union. He currently coaches several riders of the Auburn University Cycling Team. Robert is big believer in sports psychology. He says that “My natural instinct since has always been seeing the positive in everyone, no matter at what level they ride.  Knowing and truly understanding the power of encouragement, I have been able to help clients for 10 years begin to believe in their potential…Give me someone who may lack a bit in overall strength and/or skill but with a total commitment to embracing sports psychology and I would almost bet that I can help them perform incredibly close (and in some cases, better) to someone who may be a little stronger but who blows off the whole approach of how the mind directly impacts what their bodies are capable of doing.”

I asked how Robert motivates his athletes for success and failure. “Humility (for success).  There will always be someone faster and stronger, so when success comes, helping them understand how to appreciate it is a really big deal.  If in a team environment that is even more critical.  As the old saying goes, there is no “I” in TEAM.  How quick you are at focusing the spotlight on our teammates, is a clear signal (at least to me) of where one’s humility meter is.  Also, taking the time to review their success is key, as there are always ways to still improve.  Being open to this component tells me they are not thinking that they have ‘arrived’, which seems to only set the majority up for short-lived success and even faster falls…For the failures, I walk clients thru their races, local group rides or whatever event, etc. they are participating in, and first off focus on what they did right and why.  This solidifies that they did well and can actually do well in other areas, too.  We then, look at the remaining areas and openly discuss their perspectives at the time, what and how they were thinking and then formulate a game plan of how to attack each one, so that it turns into a positive.  I always look at these areas as what I call, ‘areas of improvement’.  Even these selective words, are in the positive form. “

MyCycleCoach training plans start at $125 including the initial consultation. Remote Coaching has three options:  Level #1- $100 mo/3 hrs, Level #2- $160 mo/6 hrs, and Level #3- $250 mo/unlimited time.  You can find out more information about Robert and his coaching at
Photo courtesy of MyCycleCoach.

IMBA Trail Care Crew From SORBA: “IMBA is coming to Georgia! Jesse and Lori of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be in Gainesville/Dahlonega Feb. 6-9 and Albany Feb. 15-16. You are invited to join the crew as well as the local clubs for the weekend. The visits feature IMBA’s Trail Building School on Saturday. This is your opportunity hang out with like-minded trail lovers while learning about building and maintaining sweet, sustainable singletrack. Plus there are more events and presentations. Click on the town listed above for more information and to register.

1-25-2014 Atlanta WBL Cancelled The Atlanta WBL on Jan. 25th is cancelled because of foretasted high winds.

Reality Bikes Ambassador Team Reality Bikes Ambassador Team News Release Reality Bikes Ambassador Team (RBAT) announces their roster for the 2014 season! RBAT began as Reality Bikes Grassroots Racing Team in 2012 and was comprised of a good hearted group of riders who shared the joy of riding/racing together. Today, 2014 has come to know a full blown team which has accumulated an impressive list of results including more than 70 podium finishes in during their 2013 season! The Reality Bikes Ambassador Team will actively participate in a full 12­month calendar of local and regional race events as well as organized club and charity rides including Road Racing, Cyclocross, Mountain Bike and Ultra Endurance events. As advocates of Reality Bikes, their sponsors and their sport, the team is motivated to compound its impact in the local and regional cycling communities. Follow them on social media to see what bikes we’re riding now and where we’ll be next: Facebook & Instagram.

Elliott Baring – Cat 1 MTB, Cat 2 CX, Cat 4 Road
Franklin Paine – Cat 1 XC, Cat 3 CX
Isaac Brown – Cat 2 XC, Cat 4 Road
Robert Conatser – Cat 3 Road, Cat 4 CX
Kyle Emerson – Cat 4 Road
Kenny Fischer – Cat 4 Road, Cat 3 CX
Steve Harker – Cat 4 Road
Tony Hergert – Cat 3 Road, Endurance MTB
Richard Hubbard – Cat 2 XC Mike Kehoe – Cat 4 Road
Chris Knepper – Cat 2 XC
Russ Lundstrum – Cat 3 XC
Duncan McGuire – Cat 4 Road, Cat 3 CX, Cat 2 XC (Team Co-Captain)
Max Perethian – Cat 4 Road, Cat 4 CX
Mike Schmidt – Cat 3 CX, Cat 3 Road
Tony Sciarini – Cat 4 Road, Cat 4 CX (Team Co-Captain)

1-24-2014 Silver Comet Closure Updates There have been a few minor date changes to individual bridge closures on the Silver Comet. Updated information can be found on Cobb County’s website. There will be 2 bridges closed at certain times. The Cooper Lake Road Bridge is now scheduled to reopen on 2-24-2014. It is currently closed.

1-23-2014 WBL From the WBL: 25 January: (Alto to be pushed back 1 week) The Gruber Images Madison Classic with the Team Type 1 Ladies Finish / 85 miles / 4.5 hours / $200 winner purse plus da box-5 deep! / $675 CASH PURSE PLUS DA BOX! Special Thanks to this week’s sponsors: Ashley and Jered Gruber (Gruber Images), Phil Southerland (Team Type 1), Thom Leonard (Independent Baking Company), Tom Palmer (Lexus South) and Ted’s Most Best.

When: 25 January, Where: SUNSHINE CYCLES – downtown Athens,  Time: 10 a.m. (window open), Length: 85 miles / 4.5 hours, Exit Route: S Milledge > Whitehall > Watkinsville,
Store Stops: Madison (Mile 40),  Points: 4 points to all (1 point per hour) must sign in!, Interactive directions,

1-21-2014 GBRA on Junior Cycling, Call for Special Meeting From GBRA: “Junior Championships Categories Request for Proposals
The Georgia Bicycle Racing Association (GBRA) does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color,religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, athletic ability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities. These activities include, but are not limited to: participation in, promotion of, or production of GBRA events; the selection of volunteers and vendors; and provision of services. In light of recent events regarding the implementation of some adjustments to state championship categories for 2014, we are requesting proposals to consider for implementation in 2014. Go here to read all about it, and submit your proposals.

SORBA Chattanooga Race News Other than the Pick Your Poison XC event, all of their other races will be non-USA Cycling sanctioned in order to better compete price-wise with other events in the region. They have posted a press release regarding their decision.

1-18-2014 Atlanta WBL The next Atlanta WBL will be on Sat., Jan. 25th. There are groups for 17+ mph, 14+ mph, and 12+ mph.  Every Group has a Ride Leader and Series has SAG support for every ride. Next Ride:   Jan 25th, 9:30am.  3hr 20min ride time.

Latest DLV News From the DLV: Spring Weekend Beginners Class Dates We’ve set the dates for our Spring weekend beginner classes to be held in March. Those dates are:
Class #1 – March 1st and 2nd, 2pm-5pm both days, Class #2 – March 29th and 30th, 2pm-5pm both days. Read more about the certification over here. If these dates don’t work for you, we will be kicking off our regular season Thursday night classes on the 3rd pf April. Those classes can also be signed up for online.

2014 Winter Training
Winter training will be kicking off early in January, with January 8th being the first session. Session will go on wednesday evenigns from 7pm till 8:30pm. The details:
1. Sessions run each Wednesday from 7pm till 8:30pm
2. Session are open for all, and open for whatever training you’d like to partake in
3. Sessions will only happen if the temperature is above 40deg at 6pm on the velodrome thermometer: (we hope to have it working correctly by then!)
4. Everyone will need to sign a new waiver for 2014:
5. Everyone will be required to sign in, and the daily training fee will be $5 unless you have a season pass.

Spring Work Days We haven’t quite set the dates for our Spring workdays yet, but ae are tentatively planning for there to be two more workdays. We will have mroe details, but we are planning a big day for our March workday, and we will also have one more day right around the first weekend of April to make sure that we’ve gotten all of our loose ends tied up as the season gets going. Keep an eye on the website for those details once we get those dates figured out.

1-17-2014 Junior Women’s Racing There has been a petition circulating the last few days regarding the lack of Georgia State Champion jerseys and categories for Junior Women. I don’t have an opinion on it (aka I’m staying out of the debate). Both sides have presented their story on Southeastern Cycling’s Facebook page. It’s been a lively but very courteous debate. I recommend that everyone head over there and read what has been said. Both sides have been invited to write an op-ed piece and have it published here.

From KenBikeLaw Ken Rosskopf recently responded to an inquiry about wearing earphones and helmets and their impact on cycling and the law. I’m sharing his expertise here. Disclaimer: This is provided only as general information. If you need personalized legal advice, please contact an attorney in your community.

“Earphones:  As to the earphone issue.  Unfortunately, wearing, even “open air” earphones can cost you and your family dearly, even when there is no evidence that the earphones contributed to the collision.  Difficult liability cases are decided by juries.  Some Jurors have a motor vehicle bias.  Many jurors think that riding on the roads is much too dangerous for bicyclists.  Accordingly, they demand a higher degree of alertness to the hazards surrounding them.  Wearing earphones allows an insurance defense attorney to argue that had the cyclist not been wearing earphones, he/she would have heard the motorist approaching and passing and would not have turned left into the path of the passing motorist (from an actual case denying compensation to cyclist).  You would fare better with a Bluetooth speaker in your bottle cage or attached to your handlebars and linked to your smartphone.

Helmets:  I agree with you regarding the over emphasis on helmet safety.  But, until we develop the infrastructure to separate bikes from motor vehicles, and fully integrate bicycles into our transportation culture, wearing a helmet on U.S. roads is a good idea.  I personally know of several riders whose head injuries were minimized due to helmet wear.  The most frequent collision I see is a left turning motorist colliding with an oncoming bicyclist.  The cyclist is then thrown head first into the motor vehicle or over the hood of the motor vehicle.  Wearing a helmet is not such a burden compared to the fact that it might reduce the risk of serious head injury.”

Chattanooga Race Series For 2014, Lynskey Performance Designs and SORBA Chattanooga are proud to announce the Lynskey/SORBA Chattanooga Race Series. Our race series is comprised of 4 different mountain bike races spread throughout 2014 in the greater Chattanooga vicinity. Each race is unique and presents to different challenge to the racers. Eligible classes for each race include Men’s Open, Women’s Open, and Singlespeed. Lynskey Performance Designs will be giving away a frame at each race during the season. Included races are below:

Pick Your Poison XC – March 9th Booker T Washington State Park
Night Shift (6 Hour of TNT) – April 12th Enterprise South Nature Park (Night Race)
Raccoon Mountain Endurance TT – July 13th Raccoon Mountain
Lula Lake Land Trust 5-Points 50 – October 11th Lula Lake Land Trust/5-Points

Bonus points awarded at the Raccoon Mountain Super-D on July 12th
More info available at:

1-15-2014 WBL 18 January: The Hub//Hamilton-Ryker Hooooshton Classic
When: 18 January, Where: SUNSHINE CYCLES – downtown Athens, Time: 10 a.m. (window open), Length: 85 miles / 4 hours and 15 minutes
Interactive directions:

1-14-2014 SORBA Job Opening SORBA is looking for a full time Associate Director. This is a paid position with benefits.

1-12-2014 Georgia High School Cycling League 2014 Outreach Tour Kicks off Monday, January 13 Learn how to form a high school mountain bike club Contact: Dan Brooks,, 678-662-1869,

Atlanta – Want to learn more about the Georgia High School Cycling League and the progression of youth mountain biking in Georgia? Come to one of the stops on the 2014 Outreach Tour. The Georgia High School Cycling League is an official Project of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). “People have heard of the League and want to start or be involved with a high school club but they just don’t know where to begin,” said Georgia League Director Dan Brooks. “Outreach events are designed to give people a brief overview of the League to allow them to confidently head down the path toward participation as a team founder, coach, or student-athlete. Learning how to get the ball rolling before school is out for summer will allow folks to get a head start on forming clubs for the fall 2014 season.” There is no charge to attend and no RSVP is required. If you want to let us know you’re coming, please respond to the Facebook event created for the date you will attend. Events are targeted at prospective club founders, prospective coaches, teachers, school administrators, parents, riders, and supporters. All stops are held at local bike shops that support the Georgia League and the clubs in the League!
Currently scheduled Atlanta Cycling dates and locations are: – Monday, January 13, 6:00 p.m. – Atlanta Cycling – Ansley – 1860 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 340324 and Wednesday, January 15, 6:00 p.m. – Atlanta Cycling – Vinings – 4335 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339

The full schedule of the Outreach Tour is in their Facebook Page.

1-10-2014 Chainbuster Race Cancelled From Chainbuster: “Due to inclement weather conditions Chain Buster Productions and Gwinnett Parks & Recreation have cancelled the 3 Hours of Flatrock Challenge. We apologize for any inconveniences, but Chain Buster takes pride in preserving the trails systems and minimizing damage to the trails. All pre-registered participants of the race who are competing in the entire RecreationAle Series, here is a direct link to details regarding the cancellation and how you will still receive your dry fit t-shirt and points. We appreciate your understanding and support, and are looking forward to the next race.”

WBL Will Ride Sunday! The WBL will ride on Sunday since Saturday is a rain out! 12 January (SUNDAY!): The Ken Bike Law-Classic City Bread Greensboro Classic / 4.5 hours / 90 miles: (Pro Sprint) $200 winner plus da box / $675 in total prize money with the Ladies Team Type 1 Finish.
When: SUNDAY! / 12 January, Where: SUNSHINE CYCLES – downtown Athens, Time: 10 a.m. (window open),  Interactive directions

IMBA Trail Care Crew The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew (Jessie and Lori) are coming to Bull/Jake Mountain on February 7th and 8th! Friday the 7th is training for land managers, and Saturday the 8th is training for volunteers. If you live near or ride at Bull Mountain, PLEASE sign up and come for a day of learning on this IMBA Epic Trail. You will have a great time, and learn almost all you need to know about sustainable trail building.

Friday, Feb. 7 Land Manager Training, 9 a.m @ the Chattahoochee Oconee National Forest Supervisor’s office, 1755 Cleveland Hwy, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Saturday, Feb. 8  IMBA Trail Building School Classroom 9 a.m. – noon @ TBD location Lunch provided Trail work 1 p.m. – 4/5 p.m. @ Jake/Bull Mountain Trails

1-9-2014 Silver Comet Bridge Closure Schedule Cobb County has released the Silver Comet Bridge Closure Schedule. The closures start with the Cooper Lake Road Bridge on January 20th and finish when the Powder Springs Creek Bridge reopens on April 25.

Welcome Van Michael! Welcome to Southeastern Cycling’s newest advertiser, Van Michael Salons! Brothers Van and Michael Council are long time supporters of the mountain bike community in Atlanta. Surely all mountain bikers have heard of the VMT (Van Michael Trail) at Blanket’s Creek! It is fun, flowy, and offers plenty of challenges! I have been a client of the salon’s Sandy Springs location for nearly 10 years. Cycling ladies love their Van Michael stylists! Thank you Van and Michael for all of your support!

1-8-2014 Latest GBRA News From GBRA 2014 Schedule and State Championships
With the 2014 racing season fast approaching, the GBRA board has been hard at work getting things set for a great 2014 of racing. The schedule is loaded up to the website here right now. We’ve also got several of the state championship races set, with the Georgia Neurosurgical Institute Cycling team once again hosting the Macon Cycling Classic as the state championship criterium for all categories. New for this year, we will be splitting the junior road race championships away from the rest of the categories, with Rome Velo once again hosting the road race for adults (on a brand new course) and the Junior Flyers and Frazier cyclings teams teaming up to host the juniors road races. The Dick Lane Velodrome and the East Point Track Club will once again host championships for all track divisions. You can see all of the championships listed over here:

1-6-2014 2014 Calendar Updated The 2014 Racing Calendar has been updated. GBRA will be releasing their schedule soon. I’m waiting on TBRA as well. I plan to update the individual road, mtb, and cx pages once I get that info. Bear with me for a bit longer. I’m also really sick, which isn’t making life any easier. I am behind on a lot of things. The couch and tv remote control have been my best friends the last few days.

1-5-2014 GA Rides to the Capitol Georgia Bikes has announced that the 2014 Georgia Rides to the Capitol will be on March 18th. Details will be released soon.

1-3-2014 WBL Shortened The WBL Board has spoken! The WBL will be shortened to 60 miles/3 hours because of the forecast high of 69 degrees. No need to suffer needlessly!

Atlanta WBL Start Delayed The Atlanta WBL will start tomorrow at 11:30 am with a rider’s meeting at 11:20 because of the predicted cold temperatures.

Harbins Park Accident There is more information on the mountain biker’s death at Harbins Park this week. It was accidental.

Tsali Left Loop Closed The Left Loop at Tsali in NC is closed because of a slide. The Forest Service is working to repair the damage and will issue an alert when the trail is opened again. The other 3 loops remain open for mountain bikers and equestrians to use.

Allatonna Work Party From SORBA: There will be a work party at the Allatoona Trails on Sat., Jan. 11 from 10 am til 1 pm. This is the first workday to add a 4 mile extension of new trail. Lunch will be provided.

Greenville Spring Training Series The Greenville Spring Training Series has announced this year’s dates: Feb. 8-9, Feb. 15-15, Feb. 22-23, and March 1-2.

WBL #5 From the WBL: Ride # 5: 4 January: Patton-Brown Classic 4 January (Saturday): The WBL, Inc is proud to present Round 5, The Morgan Patton-Thomas Brown Wedding Day Extravaganza, a 4 hour, 15 minutes / 85 mile trek with a NON, PRO, 1, 2 ONLY SPRINT AT THE END! Points, prizes and cash for the Non, pros. You are eligible to sprint if: (1) you are not a Pro, 1 or 2; or (2) you are 35 or older or 19 and younger.
When: Saturday / 4 January
Where: SUNSHINE CYCLES – downtown Athens
Time: 10 a.m. (window open)
Length: 85 miles / 4 hours, 15 minutes
Exit Route: Peter Street > Olympic Drive (by the Post Office)
Store Stops: Mile 43
Pee Break: 1 hour in (Mile 21)
Sprints: no intermediate sprints
Final Attack Zone (7 miles): Group will come in Hwy. 334 and turn left on Seagraves Mill Road. Final Attack Zone will open once the group turns left on Seagraves Mill Road.  Ride 4 miles to stop sign and turn right on Nowhere Road. Ride 3 miles to the finish line (Jackson County sign / WBL line in road).
Interactive directions
Text directions: Click Here / Now posted / print and put in pocket

1-2-2014 Rider Dies at Harbins Park A 60 year old mountain biker died Wednesday of apparent injuries he sustained while riding at Harbins Park in Gwinnett County. His identity has not been released. Reports said he went down on the Rim Bender trail. AJC Story.

LeDuc Admits to Doping Just go read the article. Unbelievable! Here is the original Raleigh (NC) News-Observer Article.

1-1-2014 Happy New Year!!! Resolve to ride your bike more in 2014!

Atlanta WBL NEXT Atlanta WBL ride is this Sat, Jan 4th. Come join the Atlanta Winter Bike League this Saturday for an organized group ride, where you don’t have to worry about getting dropped. A ‘true’ winter paced ride where the emphasis is NOT about speed, but how to properly ride 2-abreast, riding a straight line and safe rotations from the front. Professional coaching provided to help anyone who lacks skill/confidence, etc. Every Ride comes with SAG support vehicle and real Ride Leaders. Come see what an organized ride really looks like. Sat, Jan 4th. 9:30am roll time 3hr 20min Ride Time

12-31-2013 Masters Racer Doping David LeDuc of Willow Springs, NC has been suspended for doping per USADA. He tested positive for a steroid, rhEPO and, an amphetamine at the Masters National Championships on Sept. 6, 2013. He has accepted a 2 year suspension.

12-29-2013 Rome Winter Cross Photos Photos from Rome Winter Cross will be up at by Monday morning.

It was a little muddy at Rome Winter Cross.

Tundra TT Yes, the Tundra TT will be back on Sat., Feb. 15, 2014. Registration is open!

WBL News  Ride # 4: 1 January: Ladies Day 1 January (Wednesday): The WBL, Inc is proud to present Round 4, The Tommy Mulkey Ladies Day Jefferson Classic, a 3 hour / 60 mile trek with a LADIES ONLY SPRINT AT THE END! Points, prizes and cash for the femmes fatales. Winner also awarded date with Tommy Mulkey whether married, single, divorced, widowed or what have you! When: Saturday / 1 January Where: SUNSHINE CYCLES – downtown Athens, Time: 10 a.m. (window open), Length: 60 miles / 3 hours, Exit Route: Prince Avenue > Whitehead Road > Roberts Road > Lavender > Tallahassee, Store Stops: Jefferson (Mile 38), Pee Break: 1 hour in (Mile 20), Sprints: no intermediate sprints, Final Attack Zone (1.2 miles): Group will come in via the Jeferson River Road. Final Attack Zone will open on J River Road just below Alligator Pond. Ladies will ride uphill 400 meters and turn right on Archer Grove Road at Alligator Pond. Final sprint line is 1 mile ahead at the Pink Church (line in road). Interactive directions

4 January (Saturday): The WBL, Inc is proud to present Round 5, The Morgan Patton-Thomas Brown Wedding Day Extravaganza, a 4 hour, 15 minutes / 85 mile trek with a NON, PRO, 1, 2 ONLY SPRINT AT THE END! Points, prizes and cash for the Non, pros. You are eligible to sprint if: (1) you are not a Pro, 1 or 2; or (2) you are 35 or older or 19 and younger.
When: Saturday / 4 January, Where: SUNSHINE CYCLES – downtown Athens, Time: 10 a.m. (window open), Length: 85 miles / 4 hours, 15 minutes,  Exit Route: Peter Street > Olympic Drive (by the Post Office), Store Stops: Mile 43, Pee Break: 1 hour in (Mile 21),  Sprints: no intermediate sprints, Final Attack Zone (7 miles): Group will come in Hwy. 334 and turn left on Seagraves Mill Road. Final Attack Zone will open once the group turns left on Seagraves Mill Road.  Ride 4 miles to stop sign and turn right on Nowhere Road. Ride 3 miles to the finish line (Jackson County sign / WBL line in road). Interactive directions

The family that races cyclocross together has fun and gets dirty! Mike, Leon, and Troy Waine at Rome Winter Cross.