2017 Elks Aidmore Race Report

A cloudy sky and heavy dew greeted riders both mornings At Elks Aidmore for the Parks-Law.com Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin. The dew burned off by mid-morning and left the course in perfect condition. Saturday’s course was said by many to be the most fun Elks course to date. There was some climbing, some descending, roots (it’s not Elks without roots!), a whole lot of fun, and a huge party at the barriers! Sunday’s course was a reverse of the previous day. It included Turner Hill, which challenged all riders. The bottom is a steep section about 10 meters long. Most riders have to dismount and run it. A few were able to ride it with the help of low gearing or advanced skill. The climb keeps on going and going and going before finally breaking with a short downhill. Elks Aidmore marked the first races that the category leaders would wear the lovely Parks-Law.com leaders jerseys, making them easy to spot.Thanks go out to the round sponsors including Elks Aidmore for hosting the race, The Point in Old Town Conyers, Ctown Bikes of Conyers, Tifossi Sunglasses, and Andy Johnson of Truckerco for his prize donations. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Elks Aidmore mission of supporting families in crisis in the Conyers area. Promoter Jim Behning would also like to thank his Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta teammates, East Point Track Club for providing race day support, Privateer Cyclocross Chattanooga, Mikey McIntire for being the crossing guard Sunday, and Eddie Shirey for manning the grill.

Jillian Horn demonstrates proper Terrapin hand-up enjoyment during the Single Speed race. Photo by Trish Albert

The Elite Women had 16 racers on the line Sunday including visitors from Tennessee and North Carolina. Mountain biker Mackenzie Myatt (Rescue Racing) went to the front from the gun. She never looked back to see the field getting strung out behind her. Each lap Mackenzie powered up Turner Hill with only one bobble on the third lap. The crowds on Tuner Hill cheered on all of the Elite Women as they went by. Molly Russell held second place going into the fourth lap and an untimely flat on a root took her out of the race. Judah Senechbaugh (SCAD) took over the chase, but Mackenzie was already more than 60 seconds ahead. Brittaney Montgomery (Sorella Cycling) could see Judah at every turn but could not quite catch her in the second half of the race. Rounding out the podium were Emily Cowie and Elizabeth Lee (Team Zoom).

Sunday’s competitive Men’s CX1/2 tackled the Elks course with abandon. Roots don’t faze them, and several were able to ride Turner Hill with no slow down in pace! Elliot Barring took an early lead that he did not relinquish. Behind him several riders chased. Half way through the race, they were still close to one another, but Elliot kept pulling away. Artur Sagat (Pioneer Mortgage p/b Yourkey.com) was able to come around for second place. Series Leader Nicholas VanWinkle (Litespeed-BMW) was third, Wesley Garland (Team Mission Source/NCGA) was fourth, and Andrew Sarcano came in fifth.

Terrapin generously donated beer for racers over 21 on Sunday. With temperatures above 80 degrees in the afternoon, the cold beverages were quickly welcomed by racers looking to cool off. Several Single Speed riders may or may not have enjoyed their beverages during the race as well.

Kinzer Hewtt (Loose Nuts) gets some air over one of the bumps on the Elks Aidmore course. Photo by Travis Neumuller.