September 2013 News

10-1-2013 Team News Wanted! Do you have any team news that you want to share? Email me at to get it posted on Southeastern Cycling!

SORBA Woodstock Fall Festival From SORBA Woodtock: Join us on Saturday, October 5, 2013 for our annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day and Fall Festival at Blankets Creek Mountain Bike Trails!  We will have demos from local bike shops, group rides, kid’s games, rides and a race,  a Time Trial race on VMT and a bike parts swap meet. Tables for the swap meet are $10 each.

Alpha Bikes News From Alpha Bikes: Michael’s Safety Sale. He took his eyes off the trail for a few seconds. Next thing, separated AC and broken clavicle. Next thing, surgery. Poor, poor Michael. Lest his tale of woe become nothing more than a cautionary one, Michael is taking this opportunity to focus on safety. Your safety.  All through October, come on in and enjoy up to 20% savings on in-stock safety gear including helmet, lights, vests, frame pumps, multitooks, and cleaning supplies.

Michael’s Pity Party – Oct. 13 Poor poor Michael. The surgeon says no bike riding until after the new year. His 2013 season is over, done, kaput. Nothing to do but … PARTY!!!
Save Sunday afternoon, October 13. Invites are on their way! Teaser alert: Red Bull Rampage finals air at 4p ET.

Park Tool School Time! Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in November and January we are offering our Park Tool School Classes. You will work on your bike.
Drivetrain I: 11/05/13; 1/07/14
Brakes: 11/06/13; 1/08/14
Drivetrain II: 11/12/13; 1/14/14
Suspension: 11/13/13; 1/15/14
Wheels: 11/19/13; 1/21/14

LG Factory Team Applications The all women’s LG Factory Team is accepting applications for 2014 for Pro/1/2 riders. See their blog for details.

9-30-2013 Racing This Week There is a lot of racing next weekend–mainly cross: Oct. 5 Wilson’s Revenge CX, Oct. 5 Sprocktoberfest, Oct. 5 Five County Cross, Oct. 5-6 MSG CX Farmhouse,  Oct. 6 Grant Park CX, Oct. 6 Spartan Cross, Oct. 6 Bamacross Brookside CX, Oct. 6 Durham Cycles Cross, Oct. 6 Cadence Cycling Center CX #1. For the mountain bikers there are a few races: Oct. 6 AMBS Dead Dog, Oct. 6 ATR Race #10, Oct. 5 Sprocktoberfest.

Of course the first ever ITP cyclocross race in Atlanta will be on Sunday at Grant Park. Yes, THE Grant Park! I’m sure it will be huge!!

9-29-2013 Labor Day Century in October!  The Atlanta Cycling Labor Day Century has moved to the rain date of Saturday, October 5th at 10:00 am. The Labor Day Century preregistration is open. “Please join us Oct. 5th for a metric century through the rolling, rural countryside of South Fulton County in support of the church (Campbellton United Methodist Church) that is so supportive of cycling in the community. Routes of 24, 40, 50 and 62 miles will be painted and supported. An ‘ole fashion fall picnic will greet the riders upon their return.” Day of registration for the Labor Day Century opens at 9 am.

9-26-2013 Beyond Allatoona Ride The NCGA Beyond Allatoona ride will move to a 9:00 am start time on Oct. 5th.

9-25-2013 2014 National Championships  From “USA Cycling on Tuesday confirmed the dates and locations of 14 national championship events to take place in 2014. The national championship calendar opens Jan. 8-12 in Boulder, Colorado, with the cyclocross national championships and concludes Oct. 24-26 with the collegiate track championships, one of three events still with undetermined locations. The professional road championships will return to Chattanooga, Tennessee, May 24-26, three weeks after the collegiate road championships serve as a test event for the 2015 world championships in Richmond, Virginia. The professional criterium championships will return to High Point, North Carolina, on Sept. 6.  Bear Creek Resort in Macungie, Pennsylvania, will again host the cross-country nationals July 17-20. According to USA Cycling, dates and locations for the junior and masters track national championships, as well as the location for the collegiate mountain bike nationals will be determined soon.”

2014 U.S. national championship events-Southeastern Events
May 2-4 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships Richmond, Va.
May 24-26 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships Chattanooga, Tenn.
Aug. 12-17 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships Rock Hill, S.C.
Sept. 6 USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships High Point, N.C.

Pedal for Your Palate Take a two-wheeled tour through downtown Douglasville during Pedal for your Palate, a charity bike ride October 19 supporting The Pantry, a Douglasville based ministry providing canned goods and other food items to local families and individuals in need. Cyclists of all levels choose from three different routes including a five-, 25- and 62-mile option, providing a family-friendly opportunity to “pedal” at your own pace while touring downtown Douglasville’s scenic historic district. $5 of each Pedal for your Palate entry fee goes toward our event goal donation of $5,000. A food drive will also be held the day of the event to support The Pantry. Spin Your Wheels in Douglasville, October 19 Register by October 16 online at The event begins at 6695 Church Street in Douglasville, with a 7 a.m. check-in and 8 a.m. start. For more information visit or call 770-947-5920. From golfing to exploring the City’s five parks spanning nearly 400 acres to Georgia’s largest shopping complex west of Atlanta, plan to stay the weekend to cycle through all Douglasville has to offer. Choose from the City’s more than 1,800 sleeping rooms accented with Southern hospitality at its finest so you’ll feel right at home.

Cross Clinic THIS THURSDAY!! Nate Sibly and Mark Babcock are hosting an introduction to cyclocross at Atlanta Cycling (Ansley location). Come learn the basics and talk ‘cross! Where: Atlanta Cycling Ansley location When: Thursday at 6:00

Racing This Weekend  There is a lot of racing this weekend! The three day  Hell Hole Gravel Stage Race is Friday-Sunday. Saturday is the BHB CX Series, Six Gap Criterium Jack Rabbit Big Ring Challenge, Grind on the Greenway Beech Mtn Downhill, MSG CX Dotmar, and SECCA CX Training Series. Sunday is the first Georgia Cross race at the Old Grey Barn, in Rocky Face, GA, which is just outside of Dalton. Come join in the CX fun!!

Masters World Champion Congratulations to Brendan Sullivan (Team Lupus) on his two Masters World Championships last weekend. He swept his age group with the Time Trial and Road Race Win. Brendan is a multiple US National and Welsh National Champion. Congratulations!!!

Brendan Sullivan on the top step of the Masters World Championships Podium. Photo Courtesy of Brendan.

Up the Creek Rescheduled The Up the Creek 6 Hour race will be noon to 6 pm on Oct. 6th at Allatoona Creek Park in Cobb County.

Latest GBRA News From GBRA: GCS Finale: Six Gap Criterium in Dahlonega The Georgia Championship Series will be coming to a close this Saturday(Sept. 28th) with the series finale Six Gap Criterium in Dahlonega. This will be your last chance to score points for the series and move onto the podium if you’re close enough, so be sure to get out there and into the action. Details are here.  We will be doing Series podums throughout the day, so if you are a podium contender and want to get your photo taken and collect your trophy, make sure you’re there and ready to get up on the podium. We’ll do the series podiums at the same time as the race podium for each category. Please be sure that all of your series poitns are correct and up to date, you can check on those over here.

2014 GBRA Board Voting is Open Voting is now open for the 2014 GBRA Board. You can see the online voting form and all of the rules on the website here. Please note the eligibility of voting, per the GBRA By-Laws. Online voting will be open until the 27th of September, at which point it will close until the Annual meeting, which will be held on the 13th of October. The annual meeting will be held at Our Way Cafe, 2831 East College Ave, Decatur GA 30030 on the 13th at 5pm.
Current GCS Standings After Maxxis Grant Park Criterium Things are moving along here in the GBRA headquarters, and the point standings are being progressively updated. Be sure to check through the results, and let us know if your results need adjusting, or if you have any quesitons about how things are looking there, email Here’s the link to the standings. 

Annual Big Creek Park Mountain Bike Family Festival The Annual RAMBO Big Creek Park Mountain Bike Family Festival will be Saturday, October 5, 2013. There will be games, a kids skills clinic, timed events, scavenger hunts, & more! It’s free, but donations will be accepted.

Dixie Cream Donut Dash and Century Bike Ride The Dixie Cream Donut Dash and Century Bike ride will be Oct. 5th at 8:15 am. VLPRA’s Dixie Cream Donut Dash and Century Bike Ride has four “flavors” to choose from: the Century Ride (100 miles), the Metric Century Ride (100km), the Unfrosted Dash (30 miles with no donuts) and the Dixie Cream Donut Dash (a 30-mile ride where eating donuts at rest stops takes minutes off your time). All rides are solo except the Donut Dash, which can be solo or a relay with two team members splitting up the distance and the donuts! Every donut you eat takes five minutes off your time, plus donut-themed obstacles add to the fun! Race begins and ends at North Lowndes Park in Hahira (GA), with the route taking riders through beautiful rural areas of South Georgia. VLPRA will provide lunch, SAG support, and a t-shirt for each paid participant. Advanced registration is $25 for all solo rides; $15 for the Dixie Cream Dash Relay. Price goes up by $5 on the event day.
9-24-2014 AMP Cycling Series Finale From the AMP Cycling Series: The Grand Finale is fitting, and on the first course we ran here at the Northstar Bicycle AMP Cycling Series, The Formula 1 Loop, Counter-Clockwise! Ah yes! The good old Formula 1! Pin those numbers on the left and come race with us for the last time this season!

9-20-2013 Allatoona MTB Race Postponed From SORBA: Please see release from Cobb County Parks below:
From: Cobb County Parks Department
The National Weather Service has now predicted 100% percent chance of rain up to 2 inches from mid morning to early evening. Based upon these new predictions, Cobb County Parks has decided to postpone the Up The Creek bike race scheduled for September 21st. This decision was based on safety concerns and maintaining the integrity of the trail system. Cobb County felt this is the appropriate action to take based upon current weather predictions. The race will be rescheduled for a later date yet to be decided. For more information call 770-529-0285.

Dunwoody 20ish Ride From Dunwoody Cycling: Bring Head & tail lights!! What: Dunwoody Cycling presents the “Thursday Night 20-ish”. Ride approximately 20 miles. Ride is for riders with a base cycling fitness level. We regroup at points along the way & “sweep” for newer riders. Afterwards, we’ll socialize at the Food Trucks at Brook Run Park. The start will be moving back to Village Burger on 9/26.

9-19-2013 Beginner Cycling Classes I mostly post info. for experienced cyclists, but I know there are some newbies out there wanting to learn. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition has released their fall class schedule. Classes include Bike Basics Class, Commuting 101 Class, and Confident Cycling.

9-18-2013 The Mayhem at Monte Sano mountain bike race on Saturday in Alabama has been cancelled by the promoter.

Group Ride Reminder Just a reminder that many group rides are staring earlier since sunset in Atlanta is now around 7:50 pm. Check out the rides page for the updates I have. If you don’t see your favorite ride listed, contact the shop, ride leader, or sponsoring group. Be safe out there! Don’t forget that having front and rear lights is essential for safety (and part of GA State Law)! Add a powerful light on your helmet or handlebars if you need to see the road. If you are riding alone, consider adding a reflective band or piece of clothing. Wear light colors. Carry your cell phone, and wear an ID in a visible (like a Road ID) in case something happens.

 9-17-2013 Racing This Week Sept. 16-21 is the Pisgah MTB Stage Race in NC. Tuesday is the  AMP Cycling Series. There are only 2 more weeks left! This week is the Formula One Loop Clockwise, and numbers go on the right. There are some CX races for one of the first times this year. On Wed. is the SECCA CX Training Series., Saturday is the BHB CX Series, Carrier Park Night CX, and the  Hub Endurance Chattanooga CX #1. with Team Magic CX on Sunday. There is a new endurance mountain bike race in Cobb County in Georgia: Up the Creek 6 Hour-Allatoona. Coming to the Paynes Creek Trail System near Hartwell, GA is the Southern Single Speed Championships Sat. and Sunday. Other races this weekend include the AMBS Monte Sano  XC and Three Peaks UltraCross.

WBL News The First WBL will be December 7th. The Board has spoken! The SFS series is in full swing if you want to get your ride on this fall.

9-12-2013 Allatoona Trails From West Georgia SORBA:  “It’s that time of year again folks. Fall is in the air and hunting season begins Saturday Sept 14th. Because of this Allatoona Creek trails will be closed until 10am daily starting Saturday Sept 14th through the last day of October. November and December the trails are completely closed. Just remember, we don’t share the trails with the hunters, it’s more like the hunters share the woods with us. They were there first. So please let any ill feelings go. There are other places to ride during this time.”

9-11-2013 Dick Lane Velodrome’s Swap til You Drop From The DLV: October 26th 2013, 2pm till 6pm Dick Lane Velodrome’s Swap Till You Drop Bicycle Swap Meet and Super Fun Day! We’re bringing swapping back to the Dick Lane Velodrome!! It’s been a number of years since we’ve swapped it up at the velodrome, but coming up soon we’ll be bringing it back for Swap Till You Drop!! Swapping will be the main theme of the day, but we’ll also be having some super fun events to help keep folks entertained. Here’s the details: Swap Meet Selling is open to any individual, shop, rep, team or any other person or group who has cycling stuff they want to be able to find new homes for. Buying of course is open to anyone with cash in their pocket.
Individual Sellers: $5, we’ll have drive-in spots(drive your car in, sell from your trunk), and haul in spots available
Shops and Teams: $10, will also have drive-in and haul in spots available
Tables and Chairs: We have a limited number of tables and chairs available for rent if you need it, they will be $5 each piece for the day, and must be reserved in advance.
Reservations must be made, contact Jeff Hopkins to reserve your spot

Super Fun Day The days activities will also include some awesomely fun events, including grass track racing, bike jousting and gold sprints. We will be running a “Swap Meet Triathlon” across those events, with prizes for the highest accumulated points total. $5 entry fee gets you into as many events as you like, as many times as you like! Info:

GBRA News From GBRA: 2014 GBRA Board Voting is Open Voting is now open for the 2014 GBRA Board. You can see the online voting form and all of the rules on the website here: . Please note the eligibility of voting, per the GBRA By-Laws. Online voting will be open until the 27th of September, at which point it will close until the Annual meeting, which will be held on the 13th of October. The annual meeting will be held at Our Way Cafe, 2831 East College Ave, Decatur GA 30030 on the 13th at 5pm.

Next GCS Event: Six Gap Criterium, Dahlonega The last GCS event of the will be happening at the end of September at the Six Gap Criterium in Dahlonega. We will also be doing podiums and awards for the series results, so if you’re in the running, you should definitely head there to secure your position and get your photo taken with your award.

Current GCS Standings After Maxxis Grant Park Criterium Things are moving along here in the GBRA headquarters, and the point standings are being progressively updated. Be sure to check through the results, and let us know if your results need adjusting, or if you have any quesitons about how things are looking there, email

GBRA Annual Meeting The 2013 GBRA Annual meeting will be held on the 13th of October at 5pm at Our Way Cafe, 2831 East College Ave Decatur GA 30030. The meeting agenda will include final voting for the 2014 GBRA board, selection of officers for the board and planning for the 2014 racing season. All GA promoters should either plan to be present for the meeting to present your wanted dates in person, or submit those wanted dates to the board prior to the meeting so they can be included on the schedule. You can email with those dates.

9-10-2013 Sorella Ride Time The Wed. night women’s only Sorella Ride from Peachtree Bikes in Buckhead will start at 6:00 beginning Sept. 18.

9-9-2013 Racing This Week Cross racing kicks off in NC this week with the Abby Construction CX Series on Tuesday. There are only 3 weeks (Tuesdays) left in the AMP Cycling Series in Dawsonville, GA. This week’s race will be the Victory Loop run counter clockwise. ing SeriesMemphis Velo is hosting a road race on Saturday in Memphis, TN.  The Southeast Regional Series #5 takes place in Greenville, SC. Ultra Cross in NC is on Saturday with the  Pisgah Monster Cross.

SORBA Athens Work Parties From SORBA Athens Hard Labor Creek Mega Work Party! (Lunch Provided), When: Saturday, September 14th,  10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Where: Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge, GA (Driving Directions- at the Green Arrow) We need your help. Hard Labor Creek will be a big part of our 30/30 Project. It’s only 28 miles from Athens. Bill Pflueger has done a great job spearheading the effort so far. We want to give him a hand and spread the word about this fun trail system. There’s around 10 miles of trail built already with enough land to build more. We’ll be working on the Blue Trail, which will eventually become a 7 mile loop. After we finish working lunch will be provided for our volunteers courtesy of the Friends of Hard Labor Creek. For every volunteer hour logged the Friends of Hard Labor organization will donate $2 to the trail building efforts at the park. With a good turnout we can get a lot of work done and raise money for future trail building. If you want to support our 30/30 Project, this is an important workday to attend (join our Facebook Event). Please bring gloves, long pants, a water bottle/camelbak, and your bike. We will ride after we finish working and have lunch.

Paynes Creek Work Party When: Saturday, September 14th,  9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Where: Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge, GA Due to scheduling issues and the upcoming Southern Single Speed Championships at Paynes Creek, we had to schedule two work parties on the same day. Hard Labor Creek is a priority and needs a lot of work, but Paynes Creek is important too. Jud Turpin has done a great job at Paynes Creek and could use some help getting ready for the Single Speed Championships. Paynes Creek volunteers will meet at the Campground Gate and will work until about 3pm. The plan is to repair the damage to the new trail caused by all of the rain and to cut back the overgrowth on both trails. Camping is available Friday and Saturday night for volunteers. Please email Jud Turpin if you are interested in camping.  Please bring gloves, long pants, eye protection, a water bottle/camelbak, your bike, and a lunch as we will eat on the trail. If you have a leaf blower or weed trimmer, please bring it as well.

9-7-2013 Knee Surgery I’m having knee surgery next week. Please pardon me if it takes me a day or two to get back to anyone that emails me or to put updates on Southeastern Cycling. I appreciate your understanding!

Perpetual Motion Ride The Tuesday Perpetual Motion ride will start at 6:00 pm beginning Sept. 10. The pre-ride warm up will begin at 5:00.

GATR Work Party From GATR: Where: Tribble Mill Park When: Sunday, October 6th @ 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. We will be working on re-routing the switch backs at bottom of “Chuck”.  The plan is to park along the road, just after the bridge and the cross walk area (before the first stop sign). Work parties count as community service, if you know someone that unfortunately needs the hours.  Lunch will be provided.

9-4-2013 Southeastern CX Super Series The Southeast Cyclocross Super Series (SECX) is bringing together four great races into a series designed to give cyclists in our part of the country an opportunity to compete in big fields, at fun events, with great competition:

Savannah (GA) Superprestige Oct 24-25
Wilkesboro (NC) Cyclocross Festival Nov 23-24
Charleston (SC) State Champs Dec 7-8
Kingsport (TN) Cup, Jan 4-5

Each of the races are part of their local series (GACX, MSG, NCCX, TBRA) and SECX has the endorsement of each of the local series that do so much for the growth of the sport. SECX will offer overall prizes for 10 adult and eight junior categories, as well as team competitions for both Juniors and Adults. The breath of categories and the team competitions are designed to encourage experienced racers to get more kids, women, and novices on the start line.

Roswell Thursday Ride From ROswell Bikes:  We start at 6PM this Thursday.  We all start together (except D) and separate by pain. Come join us in Roswell, the first bicycle friendly community in Georgia. eautiful flats along the Chattahoochee coupled with spectacular homes along climbs that can challenge the best rider.  Three groups to choose from; 6:00 PM from Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075 We start  at 6:00PM now that the sun is lower faster. A Group 20-23 mph average – 25 miles  6:00, B Group 18-21 mph average – 20 or 25 miles  6:00 departure  Separation happens on the climb, C Group 16-18 mph average – 20 or 25 miles no drop 6:00 – There will be a sweeper, D Group 12  mph average – 12 miles 6:05 partial paved trail, partial road – come ride the casual ride! Average means that is what your computer will say is average when you return.  If you average 18 then you spent 50% over 18 and 50% below 18 mph.  Be ready to go hard that’s why you are coming to ride with the group is to get motivation and someone to share your pain with.  Then you live longer and are happier the rest of the week and weekend. Our goal is to have a safe, friendly and challenging ride for all.

9-2-2013 Georgia Cross Series  The 2013 Georgia Cross series starts September 29th with the Old Grey Barn CX race in Rocky Face, GA. Known for its pastoral views and rocks, the OGB has kicked off the series for the last several years. Georgia racers have been clamoring for a race “Inside the Perimeter” in the city of Atlanta for years. The Litespeed-BWM team grants their wish with the inaugural Grant Park Cross  on October 6th. Grant Park is a popular intown park that is also home to one of the area’s largest criteriums. A large turnout is expected for the first ITP race. Another new venue is the Hayes Chrysler, Jeep, Cherolet CX in Baldwin, GA. The Octoberfest in Macon will offered added prize money for the Elite Men’s and Women’s fields. The State Championships will be held at the Serenbe Community in Chattahoochee Hills. The course features a fast start and quite a bit of elevation change. Favorite returning races include the Savannah Superprestige, Jim Miller Park, GA CXand Elks Aidmore. For complete

 The Georgia Cross Series offers equal payout to the Elite Men’s and Women’s fields based on the number of riders. Other fields will compete for medals or swag. Riders in all races except for Cat. 5 Men compete for overall series awards. The free Kid’s race is always popular and makes a return for 2013. Kids race over a short course. The youngsters will receive a participation ribbon.

 The Georgia Cyclocross Series is one of the premiere cyclocross series in the Southeast. It caters to all levels of racers, from first timers to elites. For full series information, visit GA CX on the web at or on Facebook at

September 29 Old Grey Barn CX, Rocky Face
October 6 Grant Park Cross, Atlanta
October 13 Boundary Waters, Douglasville
October 20 Oktoberfest CX, Macon
October 26 & 27 Savannah Superprestige, Pooler
November 9 & 10 Hayes Chrysler, Jeep, Chevrolet, Baldwin
November 17 Serenbe Farms, Chattahoochee Hills
November 24 Jim Miller Park, Marietta
December 7 & 8 Elks Aidmore, Covington

Chainbuster Racing The 2014 Chainbuster Series has been announced. (Trish’s note: No, the 2014 road racing calendars are not out. Ask me in Feb. 2014.)
Jan. 11 3 Hours of Flat Rock Challenge, Harbins Park, Dacula, GA
Jan. 25 3 Hours of Dream Catcher, Mcintosh Reserve, Carrolton, GA
Feb. 8 6 hours SEC Taco Stand, Tribble Mill Park, Lawrenceville, GA
Feb. 22 3 Hours of Mt. Tabor, Mt. Tabor Park, Dallas, GA
March 15 6 Hours SEC Green Gobbler, GIHP, Conyers, GA
March 15 The Dirty Leprechaun Dirt Crit, GIHP, Conyers, GA
March 29 24 Hours of Iron Maiden, Tannehill State Park, Mccalla, AL
April 19 3 Hours of Payne, Paynes Creek Park, Hartwell, GA
May 3 6 Hours SEC Dirty Spokes Race, Ft. Yargo State Park, Winder, GA
May 17 3 Hours of RecreationAle, Heritage Park, Athens, GA
June 7 3 Hours of Raisin Woods, Raisin Woods Park, Dalton, GA
June 21 12 Hours of Zombie Apocalypse, GIHP, Conyers, GA
July 26 3 Hours of Tacos, Tribble Mill Park, Lawrenceville, GA
Aug. 23 12 Hours of Insomnia, Jack Rabbit, Hayesville, NC
Sept. 13 3 Hours of Camp Thunder, Thomaston, GA
Sept. 27 6 Hour SEC Big Ring Challenge, Jack Rabbit, Hayesville, NC
Oct. 18 6 Hours SEC Battle for Oat Mountain, Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham, AL
Oct. 25 12 Hours of Nite Nationals, Cold Water Trail System, Anniston, AL
Nov. 8 6 Hour SEC Dry Creek Championships, Dry Creek Trail, Dalton, GA
Nov. 22 Oak Ass 50/100, Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham, AL

8-30-2013 NCGA Rides The NCGA Rides start their fall times in the next few weeks: Sunday Roswell Ride: 9:00 AM from Roswell Bikes
Monday Roswell Ride: 6:30 PM from Roswell Bikes, Moving to 6:00 PM on Sept. 9
Tuesday Nancy G’s Ride: 6:30 PM. Moving to 6:15 on Sep 10 and 6:00 PM on Sept. 24
Thursday Mission Source Ride: 6:30 PM. Moving to 6:00 PM on Sept. 9
Saturday Kennesaw Ride: 8:00 AM from Pacesetter Steel parking lot

Latest DLV News From the DLV: Batdorf & Bronson Velodrome Cup, Sept 7th Batdorf & Bronson brings National Championship Series racing to the Dick Lane Velodrome for the Velodrome Cup. National Championship hopefuls will take to the track and search of glory as they battle on the banking in a variety of Olympic style events. The best all-round riders will shine in this event, and they’ll be scoring points in the American Track Racing Associations National Championship Series. The only time where cycling with NO BRAKES is considered fun! Racing starts at 3pm for racers, Main Events kick off from 6pm for spectators. $5 Spectator Entry $10 for Families; Friday Sept. 6th, 7pm – Peachtree Bikes Need for speed Sprints

We Need Volunteers and Host Housing! We are looking for a few more folks to round out our volunteer crew for the upcoming Pro Race Series event, Batdorf & Bronson Velodrome Cup. If you think you can help us out at any time during the day on Saturday please drop us a line: . We have shifts available for set-up between 11am and 1pm and afternoon shifts from 2:30pm till 6pm and evening shifts from 5:30pm to 9pm. We are also looking for a host house for one rider who is visiting from the Penrose Park velodrome in St Louis, please drop us a line if you would be interested in hosting.

Fall Activities: Swap Till You Drop We’re bringing the swap meet back to the velodrome and we’re calling it Swap Till You Drop! We are finalizing the date and details, but we’ll have spots for individuals to hock their stuff, shops to move some stock, and a bunch of cool and fun activities that will definitely keep everyone otherwise amused throughout the event. We hope to have details posted to the website soon. The velodrome will also be selling off a whole bunch of equipment that has been donated to us, but is unusable for our youth program, so if you have old stuff that you aren’t inclined to sell yourself, all of that can be donated to the velodrome to be sold off to raise money for our Youth Cycling League program. If you are interested in donating, we will be taking donations early in october, so you’ll have time to go through all of your cupboards, drawers and wardrobes to find your old gear that is taking up space. The East Point Velodrome Association, Inc. (EPVA), is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, care and growth of the Dick Lane Velodrome, located in East Point, Georgia.

8-29-2013 Trek Demo at Blanket’s Creek From Free Flite: Come join the crew from Free-Flite Bicycles and the Trek Factory Demo Tour for a fun filled day at Blankets Creek Park! We will have some of the latest 2014 bikes from Trek for you to check out including the all-NEW Fuel EX 29, Remedy 29 and 650b, Slash 650b, Superfly and much more!! 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Labor Day Centuries Since there isn’t much racing this weekend, it’s a good time to take advantage of training opportunities. Saturday is the annual MACC One Love Century. Ride options are from 16 to 100 miles in the Silk Sheets area of Fulton and Coweta Counties. One Love benefits the BRAG Dream Team, DLV Youth Cycling League, and the East Atlanta Kids Club. On Labor Day, Atlanta Cycling is hosting the Labor Day Century. “Please join us Labor Day morning for a metric century through the rolling, rural countryside of South Fulton County in support of the church (Campbellton United Methodist Church) that is so supportive of cycling in the community. Routes of 24, 40, 50 and 62 miles will be painted and supported. An ‘ole fashion summer picnic will greet the riders upon their return.” Day of registration for the Labor Day Century opens at 8 am. The Savannah Century is coming up Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Saturday’s ride has option of 31 and 53 miles. The main ride, the Big Bridge Ride, is on Sunday! There are options of 25, 37, 56, 69, and 103 miles. All routes except the 25 miler go out the Talmadge Bridge! The terrain is gently rolling with minimal elevation gain and views of marshland and farm views.

Conyers CX Clinic There will be a cylcocross skills clinic with Shey Linder Saturday at 11 am at the Georgia International Horse Park Steeplechase Field. The regular Saturday practice will be at 9 am with a warm up at 8:00. See the Ctown Bikes website for more information and locations of upcoming practices.

InTown Classics From Todd Fryburger: With the advent of the college football season this weekend, it is time to set forth the Fall schedule for the “In-Town Classics”.
The following changes will take effect starting the week of 09/02/13 (next week):
TUE 09/03/13 – 06:30 PM – Sandy Springs Short Option
WED 09/04/13 – 06:30 PM – Peachtree Battle
THU 09/05/13 – 06:30 PM – Chastain Park

TUE 09/10/13 – 06:15 PM – Sandy Springs Short Option
WED 09/11/13 – 06:15 PM – Peachtree Battle
THU 09/12/13 – 06:15 PM – Chastain Park

TUE 09/17/13 – 06:15 PM – Sandy Springs Short Option
WED 09/18/13 – 06:15 PM – Peachtree Battle
THU 09/19/13 – 06:15 PM – Chastain Park

TUE 09/24/13 – 06:00 PM – Sandy Springs Short Option
WED 09/25/13 – 06:00 PM – Peachtree Battle
THU 09/26/13 – 06:00 PM – Chastain Park

TUE 10/01/13 – 06:00 PM – Sandy Springs Short Option
WED 10/02/13 – 06:00 PM – Peachtree Battle
THU 10/03/13 – 06:00 PM – Chastain Park

TUE 10/08/13 – 05:45 PM – Sandy Springs Short Option
WED 10/09/13 – 05:45 PM – Peachtree Battle
THU 10/10/13 – 05:45 PM – Chastain Park

TUE 10/15/13 – 05:45 PM – Sandy Springs Short Option
WED 10/16/13 – 05:45 PM – Peachtree Battle
THU 10/17/13 – 05:45 PM – Chastain Park

TUE 10/22/13 – 05:30 PM – Sandy Springs Short Option
WED 10/23/13 – 05:30 PM – Peachtree Battle
THU 10/24/13 – 05:30 PM – Chastain Park

TUE 10/29/13 – 05:30 PM – Sandy Springs Short Option
WED 10/30/13 – 05:30 PM – Peachtree Battle
THU 10/31/13 – 05:30 PM – Chastain Park

Daylight Saving Time (DST) will end Sunday 11/03/13. DST will return again in the Spring on Sunday 03/09/14.
Effective SUN 11/03/13, the Airport Ride will begin at 10:00 AM.
Effective SAT 11/09/13, the Tucker Ride will move to its Winter start time of 10:00 AM, and will change back to its Summer start time of 9:00 AM again on SAT 04/05/14.

Tour de Tugaloo 2013 The Tour de Tugaloo will be held Nov. 2 at Yonah Dam Park, Toccoa, GA. Start Time: 9AM-Century /10AM-all other routes Less traveled roads – scenic water views. Ride along the historic Tugaloo River Corridor, Lake Hartwell and on up through the foothills of South Carolina. Century, Metric Century, 42, 22 & 5 mile routes Gentle to challenging terrain Great SAG stops and support.

8-28-2013 Savannah Cross Clinic Bryan Schoeffler will teach a cyclocross clinic in Savannah Sept. 14th. “Also a great time to get familiarized with Savannah’s best CX practice trail, at Whitemarsh Preserve. We’ve got a little mud, a little sand, a few log barriers, and some fast flowy trail on this short loop. The only thing missing is you, (and hills, we don’t have hills.). More details here.

Fall Group Rides Daylight Saving Time (DST) will end Sunday 11/03/13. DST will return again in the Spring on Sunday 03/09/14

Week of 9/2/2013 Start times for Northlake (Tuesday) and Pizza (Thursday) will be 6:15 PM. The Northlake ride will be normal summer- 2 loops- Belgium Finish. The Pizza loop will be will be normal summer- 2 loops.

Week of 09/16 Start times for Northlake (Tuesday) and Pizza (Thursday) will move to 6:00 PM. The Northlake ride- we will do one intermediate loop and one small counterclockwise 4.75 mile loop. The Pizza loop will be two large clockwise 8.75 mile loops.

Week of 10/01 until time change- Start times for Northlake (Tuesday) and Pizza (Thursday) will be 6:00 PM. The Northlake ride- we will do one counterclockwise intermediate loop- Belgium Finish. The Pizza loop will be one large clockwise 8.75 mile loop.

Week of 11/04/13 through 3/6/14- Every Thursday Winter Pizza Starts- 6:00PM- winter pace to the park, two small counterclockwise loops (approx 9.75 miles) at approximately 22-23.5 mph (winter pace to/from the park- in the park- no attacking, steady paceline, but final sprint allowed.)

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 from McDonald’s. Distance- Approximately 30 miles round trip- then moves to 23 miles as ride gets shorter (shorter options available in the park).

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- then moves to 26 miles as ride gets shorter (shorter options available in the park).

Swagger Race News From Swagger: “Labor Day Omnium Events include cycling and festival activities for all plus great bicycle racing It’s back, folks! The Tour de La France & Labor Day Omnium returns this weekend, and we are gearing up for it! Some changes have happened since last year and this year. The event will be held over a 2-day period–Saturday, August 31 & Sunday, September 1.

Saturday, August 31 is the 5th Annual Tour de La France 7-mile & Family Fun Rides (29 & 66-mile rides). Cash prizes will be given to the top three placements in the 66-mile ride. Rides begin at the Center of Anderson/East-West Connector & County.

We have a new circuit course debuting on Saturday, the Beltline Circuit. It’s a 1.95-mile neutral start rolling course, with each lap being 5 miles. Sunday’s course, the Civic Center Circuit, is the same 2.81 mile rolling circuit around the Civic Center and Amphitheater fairgrounds. Sunday after the races, there is a hospitality tent for all the riders and an outdoor family-friendly concert at the amphitheater, featuring our “Homegrown Divas” show and culminating with a 18 minute Zambelli fireworks extravaganza! Bring your chairs, blankets, food and beverages and enjoy the special evening! We would love to have you and your family join us this Labor Day! And for those UGA & Clemson fans, you’ll be done racing in plenty of time to catch the last hours of tailgating and kick-off (scheduled at 8PM).

Check out the complete schedule and more information HERE. You can also register for any of the events at Bikereg.

SRS Greenville Did you know the City of Greenville is designated a Bicycle Friendly Community and is actively pursuing several more bicycling and Greenway Trail projects? These are massive and lengthy projects. Those who love the serenity of no traffic trails should come on over and enjoy! Greenville has a deep rooted history among cycling enthusiasts and racers alike. It is known as being one of the best places to ride and race in the Southeastern U.S. We are positive you will enjoy both the downtown course and the rolling hills road race just west of Greenvillle County.

Six Gap Criterium To Host GCS Finals Saturday, September 28
During the last weekend of September, two days of two-wheeled action will take center stage in Dahlonega, Georgia for Six Gap Century weekend. Hundreds of competitive adult and youth cyclists are expected to compete in 11 races on Saturday, September 28 for the 3rd Annual Six Gap Criterium. The following day, 3,000 cyclists are expected to make the annual uphill pilgrimage in three non-competitive rides for the Six Gap Century and Three Gap Fifty. The Six Gap Criterium will be the final event of 11-race Georgia Championship Series for 2013. The Six Gap Criterium provides a one-kilometer, closed circuit for bicycle racers in the heart of downtown Dahlonega, a great spectator-friendly event to watch the cyclists pass multiple times at top speeds of 40 miles per hour. The start/finish line will be located on West Main Street across from the famous Historic Holly Theatre. For more information, check out the Six Gap Criterium website.

8-27-2013 Trans North Georgia The two leaders for Trans North Georgia shattered previous course records. Eddie O’Dea (Topeak-Ergon) beat his own 48 hour record with a time of 39 hours and some change. Lisa Randall (Sorella Cycling) killed the old women’s record with a time of 45:08 hours, which was also about 3 hours faster than Eddie’s 2012 record. Congratulations to both of you!

8-26-2013 Racing This Week With it being Labor Day Weekend coming up, there are is only one big race on the calendar, Aug. 30-Sept. 1 Labor Day Omnium, During the week, roadies can check out the Charleston Tuesday Crit. The Hendersonville STXC series wraps up in NC on Wed.

Fall Rides-Atlanta Cycling Unfortunately, it’s that time of year when daylight starts to wane in the evenings after work. Atlanta Cycling has sent out notice that all of their group rides will move to 6:15 in Sept. and 6:00 in October. The Saturday Six Flags Ride will move to 10 am in October. I’ll post more updates as I get them.