by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling
Boundary Waters Park in Douglasville was the third stop for the Bike Law Georgia GA Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin. Although the course got six inches of rain a few days before the race thanks to Hurricane Michael, course conditions were perfect—just tacky enough and no dust. The Smyrna Bicycles team laid out a fun, fast, and slightly technical course that challenged all riders.
The mostly flat course kept races tight for the first few laps. It was no different with the Elite Women. Mackenzie Myatt (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P) took the holeshot, but teammate Judah Sencenbaugh came around during the initial lap. Judah would lead the first half of the race. Molly Russell (Loose Nuts) chased and dug deep into her pain cave but could never quite catch the leading duo. Eventually, Mackenzie took the lead from Judah and won with a 15 second gap. Molly came in for a strong third
One of the youngest racers, Gigi Nguy (FC Juniors) concentrates during the Juniors race.
“THE” Jonathan Page was in Atlanta to conduct a clinic for some of the Junior teams. He was talked into racing the Elite Men for Team GACX. Unfortunately for Jonathan, Nick Van Winkle (Specialized-BMW) decided to put on his own speed clinic during the race. Flying through turns–check. Flying over the barriers–check, flying down the straightaways–check. It was a lesson in how to handle a cyclocross course going fast. While he may not have won, Jonathan put on a barrier demonstration* showing how smooth and fast his technique is. Behind Nick Artur Sagat (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P) and Jacob Morales (Az Devo’s) were locked in a battle for third. Artur could not seem to shake Jacob until 2 laps to go; he was able to put 10 seconds between them to take second place. Jacob rounded out the podium in third.
Jonathan Page (GACX) brought World Cup experience to the Cat. 1/2 Men.
*See the video on the Georgia Cross Facebook page.
by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling
Grant Park—we are so glad any hurricanes decided to wait til the middle of this week to hit. We missed you last year! Grant Park is one of the most popular and beloved Georgia Cross venues. It is our only race ITP (Inside the Perimeter in Atlanta). Racers and spectators come out in droves to enjoy the great course, amazing atmosphere, and hot racing. Was it ever! The temperature soared above 90 degrees F for the afternoon races. The racing was also on fire with exciting break-aways, chases, and finish line sprints. While we didn’t set a record or attendance* there were over 320 racers registered.
Brianna Goral (GRITS) demonstrates perfect beverage hand-up technique during the Women’s 3/4 race.
Nine Elite women took on the #GrantParkCX course. With the starter’s whistle they were off. Judah Sencenbaugh (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P), Brittany Montgomery (Dirty Peaches), and Molly Russell (Loose Nuts) took to the front right away. By the second lap, Judah suffered the first of two flats and slipped back to fifth. Brittany had taken the lead with Molly setting into second. They would hold the gaps through the entire race. Cambrie Epperson (Dirty Peaches) would take the third podium step
Ross Monckton getting a little height in the bunny hop during the day’s final rce.
The Elite Men’s field was huge; Grant Park has some of the largest fields of the year. A small group of several riders settled on the front in the first couple of laps including Nick Van Winkle (BMW-Specialized), Andy Scarano (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P), Tyler Clark (Brevard College), and Elliot Baring (Baring Performance Management). About half way through the race, Nick dropped the rest of the group. A small gap hovered for the rest of the race that he held until the finish. Andy finished second with Tyler in third.
*The record belongs to Grant Park a couple of years ago with about 350 entries.
by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling
Elks Aidmore is always a favorite stop in the Georgia Cross Series. The course always has a good elevation change, a few roots, a great hilltop heckling spot, and other challenges. Rain several days before the race left the course with hero dirt—that perfect set of conditions. Race day was mostly cloudy but dry.
Ten Elite Women lined up for the first race of the year. Mackenzie Myatt (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P), Judah Sencenbaugh (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P), and Molly Russell (Loose Nuts) took off with Judah getting the holeshot. Judah sat in the lead for the first lap. Going over the barriers, Mackenzie took the lead from Judah. Her lead would hover between 5 and 10 seconds for the rest of the race. Mackenzie took the win with Judah in second and Molly coming in a very strong third.
Dawn Hill (L5 Flyers) on her way to winning the Women’s Cat. 3/4.
A field of 21 Elite Men kicked off the season at Elks. For the first few laps the men were acting like it was the Tucker Ride instead of a race. About 7 were together until about 3 laps into the race. Nick VanWinkle (Specialized-BMW), Artur Sagat (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P), Elliot Baring (Baring Performance Management) broke away. The small group behind them chased to no avail. Nick took the win over Artur with a bike throw at the finish line. Elliot rolled in for third a few seconds behind them.
Lamar Mauney (Toyota Forklifts) in the pain cave in the Elite Masters.
Eeeek! We are stoked to have Stand & Hammer Cycling Co. working with us to create these awesome hats. Check out their website to pre-order. There are different style options and limited quantities available, so hurry over!
Hat’s should be ready mid to late October and can be shipped or picked up at a race.
The news is out! Jonathan Page himself is coming down to Georgia to lead a cyclocross clinic October 12-14th.
Jonathan Page is arguably the most decorated cyclocross racer America has ever seen. He won two U.S. Junior Cyclocross Championships and a U-23 Cyclocross Championship. In 2002, Jonathan moved to Belgium, the birthplace of cyclocross, to compete with the best in the world. He then went on to win four U.S. National Cyclocross Championships (2003-2004, 2007,2013) and a silver medal in the 2007 UCI World Cyclocross Championships. From 2002-2015, he podiumed every year of the U.S. National Cyclocross Championships. After an injuryplagued 2014 season, Jonathan proved he still had plenty of fight left—winning a silver medal at the 2015 U.S. National Cyclocross Championships (a flat tire holding him back from gold), followed by a number of podiums the following season.
Check out all the details on the clinic here.
Register for the clinic here.
We can barely contain our excitement! Cross is just around the corner and the unofficial opening of cross season with Brownwood Bike Rally in Atlanta has already happened. We can’t wait to see our cross family again next weekend and hope to see lots of new faces out there. A few things to note before the first race:
– We have a revised schedule with some new categories. Make sure to check the flyers!
– Just a little tease but we have shirts and hats coming this year! More details to come.
– There will be a drop race this year since there are less off weekends.
– Make sure your USA Cycling licenses are up to date before the first race and they reflect the category you want to race.
Photo by: Garey Gomez
#crossishere #milesofsmiles #crossbikesarethebestbikes
We can’t help but love all of our local GACX peeps! As cross is approaching we thought we’d share some wisdom from one of our own.
“Meet yourself where you are today without judgement” … And remember to fight like hell for a better day tomorrow”
– Brianna Goral
Check out her post here.
We can’t wait to see the whole GRITS team out this fall!
Are you interested in hosting a GACX race? If so shoot Elizabeth Lee an email (email@example.com) by Friday February 9th 2018 to get on the list. If you have been on the email list in the past no need to contact her again. But, if you are proposing a new course/venue please contact her. Let the 2018 planning commence! #crossiscoming #okayitskindafaraway #butwerestillexcited #crossisboss #gacx
This is our “we take planning seriously look”
Photo by: Trish Albert
Congratulations to the Parks-Law.com Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin overall winners for 2017! Many races were very close with only a couple of points separating the top three.
Thank you to our promoters, volunteers, and Board members that make racing possible! They all put in hundreds of hours of work over the summer and fall to pull off GACX! Please say thank you the next time you see one of them.
The overall team award: 1st place-L5 Flyers, 2nd-Litespeed-BMW, 3rd-Peachtree Bikes.
A survey will be going out via social media in the next couple of weeks. The Board of Directors would like your feedback on this year’s series and any ideas you have for next season. We are always looking for new Board members. There will be a spot on the survey to indicate your interest. We need assistance with all aspects of the series from setting the schedule, race reports, helping with logistics, the website & social media, and more!
We hope everyone enjoys their off season!
We are super, super stoked to be raffling off a set of Boyd Altamont Disc wheels at the series finale this weekend. You can buy tickets on site only, Saturday and Sunday, for $20/5 or $5/1 (cash preferred).