A gorgeous day greeted racers at Nash Farm for the EPTC CX Classic, the 9th round of the Bike Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Perimeter Roofing. Nash Farm is a historical venue with wide open fields and a great view of much of the course from the top of the hill. This part of the course also offered a great place for handups that included socks, coffee, and energy gels. Much of the course is grass, which either delighted racers or made them grumble.
Elizabeth Lee (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P) is all smiles during the Women’s Elite Race.
The Elite Women’s race saw the absence of series leader Molly Russell-Holmes (Loose Nuts Cycles) as well as several of the top 8, which left the race wide open. Mackenzie Myatt (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P) took off at the start and was not seen again by the Women’s field. The rest of the racers quickly separated and held their positions for much of the race. Allison Mrugal (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P) was second with new Cat. 3 Trisha VanDusseldorp (Bike Law) in third.
A large group of racers stayed together for the first several laps in the Elite Men. On the fourth lap, Simon Lewis (Tennessee Bicycle Racing Association) put in a good dig that really started the racing. Artur Sagat (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P) accelerated on lap 5, which gapped Jacob Morales (JM Racing p/b Scott) and Simon. Artur’s teammate Andy Scarano took over pace making on the next lap; they tag teamed to try to keep Nick Van Winkle (Specialized-BMW) from attacking. Artur started to lead Andy out for the finish, but Andy had a mechanical in the last 50 meters. Nick passed Andy to take the win. Andy was second with Artur in third.
The Bike Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Perimeter Roofing hosted the Georgia Cyclocross State Championships on a glorious Sunday. A crisp morning gave way to a warm afternoon as racing heated up. Road Atlanta provided a great venue and a challenging course. It was a bit twistier than last year, and the fast downhill and soul sucking climb at 9-11% grade were as tough as racers remembered them. At stake were overall wins in every race as well as State Championship jerseys and medals in many categories.
Trisha Vandusseldorp (Bike Law) is all smiles on her way to the win in the Cat. 3/4 Women’s Race. She also took second in the Women’s Single Speed.
The Elite Women’s race was one of the most exciting with jerseys for both the Cat.1-2 and Cat. 3 Women up for grabs as well as cash for the overall winners. It was a sprint off the line to get to the first left turn. Teammates Mackenzie Myatt and Judah Sencenbaugh (United Health Care/706P) took off in the first quarter of a lap with Molly Russell-Holmes (Loose Nuts Cycles) and Abby Hobbs (Bike Fetish Devo) in hot pursuit. Half way into the race, Mackenzie used her world class mountain bike skills through the downhill in the woods to drop Judah. She soloed in for the win with Judah in second. Molly and Abby were on each other’s wheels the entire race. Molly held the advantage in the fast cyclocross sectionswith Abby’s enduro experience a benefit to her in the woods. Coming into the final corner, Abby had a bike lengths’ slight advantage until a minor bobble took her out. Molly sprinted past for third.
Lamar Mauney has been racing Georgia Cyclocross since the beginning! He took the Elite Masters 60+ State Championship to add to his jersey collection.
In the Elite Men, it was a mano-a-mano battle against this year’s two strongest riders, Jacob Morales (JM Racing p/b Scott) and Nick Van Winkle (Specialized-BMW). Several riders took up the chase, but Nick and Jacob only their sights set on the target on the other’s jersey. Back and forth the went for the entire 60 minutes. The final corner had loose gravel and would prove to be the deciding factor in yet another race. Nick’s wheel slipped out, which allowed Jacob to gain a meter on him. Both men were out of the saddle sprinting down the straight away like a Grand Prix Motor Car! Jacob clipped Nick by half a wheel for first. Artur Sagat (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P) came in for third.
This Sunday is the 2019 Georgia State Cyclocross Championships at Road Atlanta!
State Championships will be awarded in the following races. It may be a race you don’t normally do!
Junior Girl 9-14
Junior Girl 15-18
Junior Boy 9-14
Junior Boy 15-18
Elite Masters 40+
Elite Masters 50+
Elite Masters 60+
Women 3 (awarded in W1/2/3 race)
Women 4 (awarded in W3/4 race)
Who doesn’t love a cyclocross race at a Brewery? The Bike Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Perimeter Roofing had two in one weekend at Across the Beeriers in Athens. Saturday saw great racing at Southern Brewing including the course going straight through the brewery. Sunday was at series’ sponsor Terrapin Beer Company, who always welcomes GACX with a fun and technical course. With lows in the upper 30s and highs around 60, perfect racing weather was served along with frosty beverages for the adult racers both days. Swagger put on a great weekend of racing!
The Men’s and Women’s Single Speed races rounded out the weekend on Sunday at Terrapin Beer Company. In the Women’s race, three crazy single speeders lined up to vie for GACX medal. As she has in every Single Speed race, she’s entered this year, Molly Russell-Holmes (Loose Nuts Cycling) rode away from the competition. Lindsey Cochran (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P) was chasing valiantly until an untimely crash broke her chain. Lindsey also offered a blood sacrifice to the CX goddess with a knee injury that needed stitches. Cassidy Thornton took the party pace option and captured the second spot on the podium.
Caroline Palacio (L5 Flyers) won the Women’s 4/5 race at Terrapin.
The podium in the Men’s Single Speed was hotly contested as David Kemp (CX Mafia) and Matthew Reeves traded blows throughout the race. David took the early lead, but Matthew soon caught up and stuck to David’s wheel the rest of the race. On the last lap, David put in an acceleration with a super high cadence rarely seen outside of a velodrome to put an 8 second gap on Matthew. David held on for the win with Matthew in second. Chris Robinson (L5 Flyers) came in for third. David said the “course was fun, but demanding. My pre-hydration was on point.”
David Kemp (CX Mafia) leads Matthew Reeves in the Men’s Single Speed at Terrapin.
Mother Nature finally smiled upon racers at the Bike Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Perimeter Roofing round at Boundary Waters Park. Not only did it rain for 2 days prior to the race (mud!), the day was gorgeous with lows around 55 and a high of 69 with nothing but sun. The course was nice and wet with a side of boggy for the morning races. The sunshine would play a role in the later races as some parts of the course turned to peanut butter as they began to dry. Overall the course was in good condition for some fast racing.
Rosie Levy (FeraFox Racing) took her first win in the Women’s 4/5 race.
In the Elite Women’s race, a hardcore group of seven women lined up. The pack took off together and stayed that way for the first half lap when Mackenzie Myatt (United Health Care/706P) took off. Molly Russell-Holmes (Loose Nuts Cycles), coming off of 2 muddy UCI races last weekend, chased and even closed the gap a bit towards the end of the race. Mackenzie was able to hold her off for the win. Abby Hobbs (Bike Fettish Devo) was third.
The Elite Men’s race was a similar story as the last couple of weeks. Jacob Morales (JM Racing p/b Scott) , Nick Van Winkle (Specialized-BMW), Artur Sagat (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P), and another rider went off the front from the first lap. The 4th rider was soon dropped leaving Nick, Jacob, and Artur to battle it out. It seemed as though no one held an advantage as the lead swapped several times. On the last lap, Artur said “Nick got a gap on us in that mud pit before the barriers and gassed it. Jacob Couldn’t follow, so I tried to chase down Nick, but we were going to same speed.” Nick too the win with Artur in second be a couple of seconds and Jacob another 20 seconds back.
Kenny Oladapo loves to entertain the spectators with jumping the barriers. Most of the time he makes it, but some of the time bloopers are caught on video or in photos.
Elks Aidmore in Conyers was the first double race weekend for Bike Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Perimeter Roofing. Saturday dawned sunny and eventually wound up sunny and hot. The Honey Badger course was run counter-clockwise. The bog was mainly ridable although many chose to run it. Rumors of some broken bike parts by the bog bunny hoppers were whispered throughout the crowd. Sunday was cool and cloudy with scattered rain everywhere except over the course. Light rain finally appeared during the Masters 4/5 35+/Women’s 3 /4 but did little except make the pavement slick. The course reversed direction for slightly less but steeper climbing. The bog took a few victims including a pair of handlebars but left most riders and bikes wet and muddy. Spectators gathered around the bog to see both the victory of getting over it via bunny hop, riding straight through, or running it….or defeat and carnage.
On Sunday in the Elite Women Molly Russell-Holmes (Loose Nuts Cycles) took an early lead, but she was shadowed closely by Emily Cameron (United Healthcare Georgia/706P). Emily could not close the few second gap, which gave Molly the win for both days. Brittnay Montgomery (Peachtree Bikes) was third.
Trisha Van Dusseldorp (Bike Law Cycling Club) on her way to winning the Women’s 3/4 on Sunday.
In the Elite Men, a trio surprisingly stayed together until 2 laps to go—Jacob Morales (JM Racing p/b Scott), Nick Van Winkle (Specialized-BMW), and Andy Scarano (United Healthcare/706P). Andy was the first to be dropped. Nick was still glued to Jacob’s wheels. Somewhere on the backside of the course, Jacob put 15 seconds into Nick to the surprise of the crowd. Jacob increased the lead a bit more by the time he finished. Nick came in for 2nd with Andy in third.
Max Erwin (Loose Nuts Cycles) does a wheelie up the paved hill in the Single Speed Sunday.
On Saturday one of the most talked about incidents at the bog was in the Elite Masters 60+. The full sequence is in the Elite Masters gallery at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com (along with plenty of other races and photos). Lamar Mauney (Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta) had a wee wobble over the bog in the Elite Masters 60+. Michael Johnson decided to try to bunny hop Lamar. No Masters or bikes were injured.
Lamar Mauney and Michael Johnson getting tangled up in the Elite Masters 60+ on Saturday.
Someone summed up Grant Park saying “That was some epic stuff.” Indeed, it was! Grant Park is always one of the largest Bike Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Perimeter Roofing races. Local shops and teams set up tents and spend the day partying, cheering, and racing. The weather guessers were correct with the forecast with cloudy skies and temperatures in the 70s with a nice breeze. Racers enjoyed a fast course with a long climb at the end. Spectators in the party zone were able to see the racers run or try to bunny hop the barriers and zig zag their way across the hill. Racers often had the choice to keep racing to stop for some frosty refreshment or (donut holes for the Juniors) during the day’s later races.
In the Women’s 1/2/3 several regular Georgia Cyclocross racers returned after their absence at the series opener at Old Grey Barn. Within the first lap United Health Care/706P teammates Mackenzie Myatt and Judah Sencenbaugh put the hurt on last week’s winner Molly Russell-Holmes (Loose Nuts) and Abby Hobbs (Bike Fetish Devo). Makenzie pulled away from the main group on lap two and held the gap for the win. Judah kept the chasers in check with a second place for her efforts. Molly rounded out the podium in third.
Ayesha McGowan (Liv Racing) shows how much fun cyclocross can be in the Women’s 3/4 race. Check out Ayesha’s blog, A Quick Brown Fox!
With a fast course, the Men’s 1/2 kept the front half of the field together for the first couple of laps. Eventually a small group got away with Jacob Morales (JM Racing p/b Scott) holding a small advantage over Nick Van Winkle (Specialized-BMW) Bradford Perley (Brevard College), Artur Sagat (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P), and Simon Lewis (Tennessee Bicycle Racing Association). Despite several challenges for the lead, Jacob went on to win the race. Nick was 2nd, and Bradford was 3rd.
Lindsey Cochran (United Healthcare Georgia/706P) shows how to properly enjoy the Single Speed race.
Old Grey Barn CX in Rocky Face kicked off the 2019 Bike Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Perimeter Roofing. Racers love the technical challenge of this course, including the revamped fly over. Mother Nature has put CX weather in the corner for now. Temperatures were over 91 degrees with a heat index of 106+. Racers took advantage of the cooling station, cold towels, and frosty beverages after their efforts. Racing was hot as well with both newcomers and veterans taking podium spots!
In the Women’s 1/2/3, Molly Russell-Holmes (Loose Nuts) took the win over Cambrie Epperson (Peachtree Bikes). Molly established and early gap. Cambrie tried to close and even gained time on one of the laps, but she could not catch Molly. Ali LeCraw (Peachtree Bikes) was third.
Molly Russell-Holmes won the Women’s 1/2/3 and Women’s Single Speed.
In the Men’s 1/2 race, the peloton stayed together for the first few laps. Eventually Jacob Morales (JM Racing p/b Scott) pulled away. He would put a bit of time into Nick Van Winkle (BMW-Specialized) and Spencer Whitter (Privateer CX). Artur Sagat and Andy Sarcano chased but wound up just off the podium.
Jacob Morales on his way to winning the Men’s 1/2.
The Bike Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Perimeter Roofing heads to the iconic Grant Park in Atlanta this coming weekend.
Privateer Cyclocross is proud to host the 2019 Georgia Cyclocross opener. We’ve listened to your suggestions from last year and, as dutiful CX enthusiasts, we have complied. The flyover steps have been “de-steepened”. We’ve added three sections of “A-line or B-line”. Take the A-line if you dare. HandUp Gloves will be hosting the party pit once again and we’ll have free beer and free food and free fun, as always. So bring the friends and family and get the season started off right at Old Gray Barn.