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WORDS AND PHOTOS: Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com
Elks Aidmore in Conyers hosted the Georgia Cross finale weekend! Fall is the dry season in Georgia, but racers were treated to a week of rain and falling temperatures preceding the series finale. Mud, cold, wet, more mud! Sunday’s weather did not disappoint. Heavy overnight rains turned Saturday’s tacky course into a peanut buttery mess for Sunday’s races. Turns were slick, uphills were slidy, and there was carnage everywhere. Riders came to defend their series leads or simply to try to survive the epic conditions.
In the Masters 35+, Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes) took a solo victory. Daryl Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts) rode into second despite having been sick for a week. Series leader Ian Pruiner (Smyrna Bicycles) was third. The Masters 45+ started with a four-way battle for the holeshot between Dub Smith (Toyota Forklifts), Alan Burton (Toyota Forklifts), Greg Schisla (GTC), and Bobby Thrash (Adventure Cycles). As the group slid their way through the downhill after the cabins, Smith remained steady on the front while Burton moved past Schisla only to be pushed aside by a surging Thrash. The four remained together through the lake, pool, and asphalt sections with Smith at the helm and the others continuing their jostling behind. The peanut butter conditions through the rollers and bridges eventually broke up the group with Smith and Burton pulling away from Schisla and Thrash. With rain now falling, Smith continued on with teammate Burton in tow over the next two laps as course conditions deteriorated. On the third and final trip through the rollers and bridges Smith opened a gap on Burton, pulling away through the muck to take victory. Schisla came in third.
In the Juniors 15-18 Keegan Schimmelman was the sole entrant and took the win. The Women’s Cat. 4 race has been hot contest all season between Lisa Bongiorno (Frazier Cycling) and Rhys Mays (ATH CX). The buzz was that Mays would take today’s win because of her running skills on the parts of the course that were not rideable. Bongiorno was having none of that. She took the early lead and never looked back. Mays worked her way from the middle of the pack to take second. Shannon Kimato was third in her first ever cyclocross race. Series Leader Bongiorno and State Champion Mays were upgraded to Cat. 3 on the spot and are looking forward to racing with the Women’s 1/2/3 next year. In the Juniors 10-14, Hunter Murray battled the mud to come out on top. Owen Braunecker (Mission Source Juniors) and Makena Gates rounded out the podium.
In the Men’s Cat. 3 Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes) was not too tired from his earlier victory in the Masters 35+ to give Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles) a run for his money. Schmid stayed with him until the last lap when Harris put a few seconds between them. James Hundershott (Georgia College) was third. In the Women’s race, mountain biker Lisa Randall (Sorella Cycling) loves the mud and it showed. She flew to the front and never looked back. Randall would put several minutes on the next rider before the end of the race. In the chase pack, Kim Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts) had a bobble in the mud. She was passed by Salma Hugue (Junior Flyers) and Elizabeth Lee (LG Factory). Roadie Hugue becoming known for riding very well in the rain this year. She pushed passed her older competition to take second place. Lee rolled in for third.
With several of the Cat. 4 Men moving up to the 3’s and series leader Scott Morris (Village Volkswagon) sitting out , the field was wide open. Zach Lutz has not had the best mechanical luck this year in his previous races. He had no bike problems today and came away with the win and an upgrade to Cat. 3. Junior racer Davis Branyon (Frazier Cycling) was second, and Blake Bridges (Northstar) was third.
The mud did little to separate the top riders in the Men’s Cat. 1/2/3 race the first three laps. Masters World Champion Thomas Turner (Team Jamis), Nicholas VanWinkle (Litespeed-BMW), Artur Sagat, Elliot Baring (Cycle Youth) and Frank Trevieso (Smart Stop) stayed together despite the challenging course conditions. On the third lap, Turner and VanWinkle put a small gap on the others. Turner would win by about 15 seconds. VanWinkle was second, and Baring came in third.
Single Speeders love the mud as they have no shifters or derailleurs to get gunked up. One gear, no fuss! SS was the David Marbut (Toyota Forklifts) show. He jumped to the front from the start line. His teammate Dub Smith began the Twinkie hand ups on the second lap. Series Leader Marbut increased the gap as many of his competitors stopped to take a Twinkie or a cupcake after the Twinkies ran out. The biggest cheer of the day came for Salma Hugue (Junior Flyers), the lone women’s SS entrant. She was the last rider off of the course for the 2013 Georgia Cross Season and the one with the biggest smile. Marbut took the win. Michael James (Prima Tapps) was on the second step of the podium with Matthew Reeves (LNC) in third.
Congratulations to the Georgia Cross 2013 Series Award Winners!
1. David Marbut (Toyota Forklifts)
2. Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles/BMW)
3. Josh Frank (ATLX)
1. Leon Waine (Junior Flyers)
2. Troy Waine (Junior Flyers)
3. Davis Branyon (Frazier Cycling)
1. Thomas Pettit (Frazier Cycling)
2. Kyle Ellis
3. Blake Wilson (Frazier Cycling)
Men CX 4
1. Scott Morris (Village Volkswagen)
2. Aaron Chamberlin (Faster Mustache)
3. Harry Boxler
Women CX 1/2/3
1. Kim Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts)
2. Elizabeth Lee (LG Factory Team p/b Fuji)
3. Lisa Randall (Sorella Cycling)
4. Amy Frank (ATLX)
5. Salma Hugue (Junior Flyers)
Women CX 4
1. Lisa Bongiorno (Frazier Cycling)
2. Rhys May (ATHCX)
3. Lori Balistreri (ATLX)
Men CX 1/2/3
1. Thomas Turner (Team Jamis)
2. Nicholas VanWinkle (Litespeed-BMW)
3. Artur Sagat
4. Frank Travieso (Smart Stop)
5. Tim Barrett (EPTC)
Men CX 3
1. Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles/BMW)
2. Calvin Cheung (College Park Bicycles
3. Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes)
1. Alan Burton (Toyota Forklifts)
2. Dub Smith (Toyota Forklifts)
3. Tom Butler (Smyrna Bicycles/BMW)
1. Ian Prunier (Smyrna Bicycles/BMW)
2. Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes)
3. Daryl Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts)
UPDATE from Mike and Elexa Wagaman: We are so thankful for the outpouring of support from the community—especially from the Georgia Cyclocross Family. Peachtree Bikes first priority is that of their employees. Peachtree Bikes is fortunate to have excellent insurance coverage. They are currently working with their insurance company to open a temporary Buckhead store-front. In the meantime, we are asking the friends and supporters of Peachtree Bikes to patronize the store in Sandy Springs. All staff have been relocated there—so you are sure to get extra attention and a world of expertise when shopping for those holiday gifts!
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As most of you know, the Buckhead location of Peachtree Bikes burned down this week. We will be accepting donations for the employees at registration this weekend. Please donate if you can. There is no good time to find yourself without work, but right before the holidays is an especially tough time. There are a lot of Georgia ‘Crossers, so if everyone donates a little bit, we can make a big impact. For those who will not be attending this weekend’s races, we are also accepting donations via PayPal on the home page. Please note that there are two “donate” buttons. Use the top button for donations to Peachtree Bikes employees.
WORDS AND PHOTOS: Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com
Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta is the longest running venue in the Georgia Cross series. Racers rejoiced as cross-appropriate temperatures finally hit the state. With a low of 27 degrees Fahrenheit and a high of 43, this was cold for Georgia Cross. Riders bundled up as they pre-rode what is the favorite course for many. They were not disappointed! With two sets of barriers, the classic run up, a long fast section, and a set of whoop de doos the course was one of the best yet.
Dave Gearhart (Litespeed-BMW) came into the Masters 35+ race fresh after having taken several weekends off from racing. Ian Prunier (Smyrna Bicycles) took the lead at the first barrier with Dave on his wheel. Dave counterattacked on the back side of the course on the second set of barriers. Dave continued to build his lead in subsequent laps. A group of 6 took up the chase; however, they could not reel him in. Dave held on for the win. Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes) nipped Ian Prunier (Smyrna Bicycles) at the line for second place. In the Masters 45+ Timothy Gotsick got a gap early and held it to the finish. Dub Smith (Toyota Forklifts) put in a good chase but could not catch him. Lamar Mauney (Toyotoa Forklifts) was third.
Two Juniors 15-18 battled one another. Thomas Petitt (Frazier Cycling) came out on top followed by Keegan Schimmelman. The Cat. 4 Women’s fields have been consistently big this year. Jim Miller was no exception. Fifteen women were on the line. Emeline Renz (ALTX) took the holeshot into the barriers with everyone else close behind. Soon Cathi Swanson took the lead and never looked back. State Champion Rhys Mays (ATHCX) took second, and Amy Ross was third. Everyone loves watching the Juniors 10-14 race. They were not disappointed today. Leon Waine (Junior Flyers) took a commanding lead early and kept it until the end. Hunter Murray followed in second with Troy Waine (Junior Flyers) in third.
Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles) put the hammer down on the first lap and took the win in the Cat. 3 Men’s race. Matthew Reeves (LNC) was second, and Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes) rounded out the podium. In the Women’s Cat. 1/2/3 race, Lisa Randall (Sorella Cycling) was back after several weeks of racing mountain bikes. She took off at the start while Kim Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts) and Elizabeth Lee (LG Factor) formed a chase group with the others far behind. Kim gapped Elizabeth a few times during the first couple of laps, but Elizabeth closed it each time. Finally, with 2 laps to go, Kim attacked hard after the first set of barriers. She got a gap that she was able to hold until the finish to take second over Elizabeth.
A large Cat 4 Men’s field lined up. After they stretched out in the field, the line seemed to go on for a mile. Alex Newton (Faster Mustache) took the holeshot with Ben Braxley and Scott Morris (Village Volkswagon) close behind. For three laps, Ben and Alex took turns out front with Scott hanging on. On the last lap, Alex attacked on the small dirt climb. In a post race interview, he said “I knew with my MTB gearing I wouldn’t have a chance in the sprint, so my plan was to try and exit the woods with a gap. The small dirt climb before the short and steep downhill was my attack spot and rode/ran the run up as hard as I could until I was out of the woods.” Scott had time to adjust his jersey and throw his arms up in victory. Ben out sprinted Scott for second place.
In the Men’s Cat. 1/2/3, the first lap created a group of 6 including Thomas Turner (Team Jamis), Nick VanWinkle (Litespeed-BMW), Frank Trevieso (Start Stop), Tim Barrett (EPVA) and two others. The group stayed together for several laps before the first rider came off. The remaining 5 bided their time. With a lap and a half to go, Thomas stopped toying with them and took off. He put 30 seconds on Nick within the last lap of the race. Arthr Sagat followed for second with Nick in third.
After not winning the Single Speed at Serenbe, Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles) was out for revenge. As he did in the Cat. 3 race, he wasted no time leaving everyone else in his dust. Dave Marbut (Toyota Forklifts) was the first rider to give chase, but it proved fruitless. Dave fell back several places. Next up Tim Barrett tried to bring Mclean back. Mclean won with Matthew Reeves in second and Dave in third.
WORDS AND PHOTOS: Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com
Many Georgia Cross racers went to bed Saturday night with dreams of mud tires, puddles, and pouring rain. Instead, a light foggy mist settled on Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills for the Georgia Cyclocross State Championships presented by Faster Mustache. It wasn’t epic cross weather, but at least the course was wet. Mud was even spotted on the downhills during the last few races. Fall is Georgia’s dry season, so any precipitation at a cross race is welcome.
The Masters races had their largest fields of the season. In the Masters 35+, Chris Lessing (Round Here Racing) went to the front early and never looked back. Shey Linder (CTown Bikes) and Connell Patterson put in a good chase but could not catch him. He won with Shey in second and Connell in third. The 45+ Masters racing was as hot as it has been all year. With a twisty woods section coming immediately after the 300 meter opening stretch and a state championship on the line, start line nerves were tight. As the group exited the woods the usual suspects were immediately away, with Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes) and Alan Burton (Toyota Forklifts) holding point with a small gap. On the dirt road a trio of Fulton Flyers (Dub Smith, Bobby Thrash and Lamar Mauney) reduced the gap, only to see it stretch again in the second wooded section. As the leaders hit the grassy climb, Michael turned the screws to solidify the gap. Over the next two laps, Dub and Lamar, along with a surging Tom Butler (Smyrna Bikes), continued to press behind the leading duo as the field splintered. Soon a solitary figure was seen behind them-Timothy Gotsick (Team Lupus), who is a cross newbie and the Georgia Elite Men’s TT Champ. By mid-race Timothy caught Dub and Lamar. After a short respite, he left them in his jet wash and joined Alan, who had been dropped as Michael motored out to a solo lead that put him into his first Georgia CX State Championship jersey. Timothy and Alan rolled in for 2nd and 3rd respectively, with Dub 4th. Being the “Fastest of the Most Experienced Masters,” Lamar took 5th and the 55+ State Championship jersey.
Three racers in the Juniors 15-18 vied for the State Championship. Kyle Ellis (Frazier Cycling) and Luke Broadwell (Junior Flyers) formed the front duo. Luke took the win with Kyle in second. Blake Wilson (Frazier Cycling) was third. In the Juniors 14 and Under, Davis Branyon (Frazier Cycling) won with the Waine twins (Junior Flyers) following. Leon was second, and Troy was third. The Women’s Cat. 4 was a fight for the jersey. On the first lap there was a traffic jam in the woods. Sophia Broadwell (Junior Flyers) went down, and mayhem ensued behind. Emeline Renz (ATLX) and newcomer Amy Ross took advantage of the situation and high-tailed it out of there. Sophia attempted to remount but then very smartly picked up her bike and ran with it out of the woods; she ran by everyone who was riding and didn’t lose any time. Emeline was off the front and had a good lead until the top of the run-up. She was followed by Miriam Vos (Sorella Cycling) and Lori Balistieri (ATLX). After the run-up on the first lap Lisa Bongiorno (Frazier Cycling) and Sophia passed the 4 leaders to take point. On the second lap Rhys May (ATHCX) worked her way to the front. Drawing on her track speed, Sophia passed Rhys on the gravel road going into the third lap; Lisa stuck to Sophia’s wheel. Rhys “The Runner” took the lead back on the run up and kept it to take her first well deserved Cat. 4 win. Series Leader Lisa was second with Sophia in third.
The Men’s Cat. 3 race was the Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles) show. He went to the front early without nary a glance back at the competition. Amos Harvey (Round Here Racing) and Calvin Cheung (College Park Bicycles) chased hard but could not catch Mclean. Amos hung on for second. Calvin got third. With the State Championship jersey on the line, the big guns came out for the Women’s 1/2/3 race. The women got off to a fast start with the pack staying together coming out of the woods. Lisa Randall (Sorella Cycling) and Paula Burks (Peachtree Bikes) put a small gap on the rest of the field on the first lap. Lisa said that they “rode around in circles with Paula chasing me until 1.5 to go. Paula attacked and got a few second gap thanks to her strong legs and an ungraceful bobble on a remount by me.” Lisa started closing it back down a second at a time, just to make the same mistake again. She lost the 2-3 seconds that she had gained back. In the end, Paula took the win by 5 seconds. Shannon Greenhill (Peachtree Bikes) won third to keep it an all Peachtree Bikes sponsored podium.
A large Men’s Cat. 4 field was looking for a jersey. The beginning was chaos as everyone was looking for the holeshot. The technical woods section slowed everyone in the main pack down, and a group of 10 or so was allowed to escape. Eventually, they would become separated. James Hendershott (Georgia College) finished first and won the jersey. Faster Mustache rounded out the podium with with Paul Harris in second and Alex Newton in third.
With most of the Cat. 3 racers opting to race in their Category this week, in the Battle of the Beards aka the Men’s Cat. 1/2/3, a small field lined up. It’s as if they are reading from a script this year. The Beards–Thomas Turner (Team Jamis) and Nick VanWinkle (Litespeed-BMW)—quickly jumped off the front. Tim Barrett (EPTC) and Artur Sagat valiantly began the chase. Alas, they were never able to rein in the beards. A minor mechanical half way through the race cost Nick several seconds. Thomas took the opportunity to show why he is the Masters World Champion when he kicked it into another gear. He held on for the win. Nick got second, and Artur was third.
Some Single Speeders take the race seriously while some consume a few beverages beforehand. Some wanted to race for the State Champiomship, and others simply wanted to get back to their beverages quickly. Having just raced the Cat. 1/2/3 Tim Barrett (EPTC) took early control of the race along with Matthew Reeves (LNC). Behind them, Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles) and Dave Marbut (Toyota Forklifts) took up the chase. After several laps, Matthew dropped out with a mechanical. The race was Tim’s. Mclean put a small gap on Dave, which he could not close. They finished in that order.
WORDS AND PHOTOS: Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com
While it was not rainy, the first day of Dingo Cross was cool, overcast, and breezy. The race was held at Hayes Chevrolet, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge in Baldwin, GA. The auto dealership provided the backdrop for a twisty, off camber course. Much of the course weaved through a freshly mowed open field. There was a small spiral and a set of barriers to break things up. The one run up was on the back side of the course and was so steep that only a few could ride it.
The Masters 35+ saw a small group form in the first 2 laps. Brady Rogers (Litespeed/BMW), Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes), and Daryl Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts) battled it out for the win. Michael, who sometimes races the 45+, showed the two young guys how to really ride on the last lap when he put a small gap on them. Brady was second with Daryl in third.
In the 45+ Masters Tom Butler (Smyrna Bicycles) took the holeshot and held the lead until Greg Casteel (Harper Auto) took the reins leading into the spiral. Greg C. remained on the front with Alan Burton and Dub Smith (Toyota Forklifts) in tow as the three opened a small gap on the field over the next lap and a half. Heading into the third lap Greg C. turned over pacing duties to Alan. Behind Tom, Timothy Gotsick (Lupus Racing Team) and Greg “Farmer G” Schisla (GTC) worked to close the gap to the leading trio. Realizing the threat from behind, Alan increased the pace, eventually leaving everyone else in the dust as he exited the run-up. While Alan continued his solo effort, Timothy reeled in Dub and Greg Casteel, leaving Farmer G and Tom behind. Greg C. was the next to succumb to Timothy’s power. Dub initially held station ahead of Timothy to protect teammate Alan but eventually lost it as Timothy took control in his continued pursuit of the front of the race. Alan held off a quickly closing Timothy for the win with Dub taking a comfortable third.
The Juniors 15-18 had 5 fast entries. Fletcher Lydick (Frazier Cycling) used the race as his warm up for the Pro/1/2/3. He flew around the course and came out for the win. Ellis Kyle got second, and Luke Broadwell (L5 Flyers) was third. Three 10-14 year old Juniors toed the line. Davis Branyon (Frazier Cycling), one of the tallest Juniors at age 14, towers over the 10 year old Waine twins. He rode away for the win on Saturday. Troy Waine (Junior Flyers) put in a good fight for second, staying close to David on the first lap. His brother Leon (Junior Flyers) rounded out the podium. The Cat. 4 Women started out the first lap with the top riders staying together. Eventually Sophia Broadwell (Junior Flyers) won with Lisa Bongiorno (Frazier Cycling) in second. Last year’s Cat. 4 Women’s Series Winner Lori Ballistreri (ATLX) got her first podium of the year with third.
The Men’s Cat. 3 race was fast on the twisty course. Mclean Harris (Smyran Bicycles) took what would be his first of four wins for the weekend. Calvin Cheung (College Park Bicycles) was second. Michael Schmid took third. The Women’s 1/2/3 competition was hot. Recent New Hampshire transplant Karen Tripp (Blue Steel Cyclery) took off at the start. Kim Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts) and Elizabeth Lee (LG Factory) put in a valiant chase. Elizabeth beat Kim to take second.
The Men’s Cat. 4 racers decided to start crashing in the third turn. No one seemed immune, with even a couple crashes reported from the podium finishers. Blake Bridges (Northstar) took the lead within the first half lap. A pack of about 6 riders avoided the more chaotic midfield, but before long, the tight turns separated them. No one seemed to work together, and a nasty sounding ankle sprain took one rider out of contention on the third lap. Alex Newton (Faster Mustache) took the win on a mountain bike by stealthily passing by Blake on the final laps. Twenty seconds later, Ben Braxley and Shane Collins (OCRC) were neck and neck coming to the line with Braxley sliding past by inches to round out the podium.
The Men’s Cat. 1/2/3 was the Red Beard show. Thomas Turner (Team Jamis) took control of the race early and decisively. Nick VanWinkle (Litespeed/BMW) tried valiantly to stay with him, but a bobble on one of the early laps cost him several valuable seconds. He was never able to recover them. Unlike the roadie friendly Savannah courses, the Dingo course was lumpy and twisty, favoring those with good bike handling skills-often a mountain biker. Thomas won followed by Nick and Artur Sagat.
The Single Speed race had a large number of entries on Saturday. As they have for the last few weeks, Masters racer Dave Marbut (Toyota Forklifts) and young Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles) traded blows throughout the race. Dave stayed glued to Mclean’s wheel the first two laps. Mclean eventually pulled away for the win with Dave in second. Matthew Reeves (LNC) rounded out the podium.
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SATURDAY words and pictures by Trish Albert/southeasterncycling.com
The Savannah Superprestige is the double race weekend that all Georgia Cyclocross racers look forward to. This year it was also part of the Southeastern Cyclocross Superseries, which is a 7 race series across 4 states. Saturday’s course is the shorter of two day’s courses as it eliminates going around the pond and through the woods. Riders are kept closer to the race track to avoid being in complete darkness after sunset. Lights are set up on the back of the course, illuminating the steps and a small hill. As always, riders loved the flat terrain, and the Halloween decorated Flyover was included. Racing Saturday started at 1:15 pm with the Cat. 5 and ended under the lights with Single Speed at 7:00.
The Masters 35+ saw a strong field. Ian Prunier (Smryna Bicycles) took the win over Brady Rogers (Litespeed-BMW). Daryl Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts) came in just behind them for third. In the Masters 45+, Sonni Dyer (ABRC) took off early in the race. Alan Burton and Dub Smith, Toyota Forklift teammates, worked together but could not catch him. They sprinted each other for second with Alan pipping Dub at the line.
A small field of Women Cat. 4 and Juniors lined up for the start. Jennifer Rossignol (Sorella Cycling) opened up an early gap, which she would hold until the end. Lisa Bongiorno (Fraizer Cycling) was second, and Rhys Mays (ATH CX) was third. In the Juniors, North Carolina rider Anthony Bailey caught the entire Women’s field except for Jennifer on his way to the win. Leon Waine (Junior Flyers) was in second and his teammate and brother Troy in third.
In the Men’s Cat. 3, Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles) took his first win of the weekend. Jake Andrews (Macon CX Team) and Wesley Burruss (Outspokin Bicycles) rounded out the podium. In the Women’s 1/2/3, series leader Lisa Randall (Sorella Cycling) was not absent. This opened the race for another rider to win. On the first lap, Kim Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts) and Elizabeth Lee (LG Factory) opened a large gap on the rest of the field. They played cat and mouse for the next 35 minutes. It came down to a sprint with Elizabeth beating Kim at the line. Floridian Katherine Adams (GearLink Racing) was third.
The Men’s Cat. 4 race Ben Braxley took the hole shot and pulled away on the first lap. A group of 2 and then 4-5 riders worked together to try to reel him back in, coming within about 4 bike lengths. He was able to stay off the front and finished with a 10 second gap. There was a close contest for 2nd and 3rd with Scott Morris (Village Volkswagon) and Yoni Pollack (Bikeways) taking the other two spots on the podium.
The Pro/1/2 Men’s race looked more like a crit than a cyclocross race with a large group staying together for the first several laps. On the dismounts, the roadies would fall off slightly but catch back up on the flats. Eventually, Thomas Turner (Team Jamis) and Nick VanWinkle (Litespeed-BWM) pulled away as they worked together. Neither had an advantage on the other one. They came into the final turn with even wheels. Nick proved the cunning roadie and waited until just the right second to unleash his sprint. The official’s camera and two photographers got the shot of Nick winning by one inch. Spectators erupted in applause and cowbells at such an exciting finish. Thomas got second, and Frank Trevieso (Smart Stop) took third.
The Single Speed race, always fun to watch, was even better with several riders in costume. Seen were a green grape, Josh Frank (ATLX) as a a rockin redneck (complete with mullet and his wife Amy’s bike shorts), Tim Barrett (EPTC) as a Christmas tree, and Dan Mccarthy (Smyrna Bicylces) in a sombrero helmet. Even with the fun, there was a race to ride. Mcclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles) won his second race of the day. 14 year old Mikey Waine (Junior Flyers) beat up on the old guys to take second, and Michael James (Prima Tapps) was third.
Cat. 4 Men by Ben Braxley
Sunday: The Cat 4 group started Sunday’s race as a much tighter group than that seen on Saturday. There were a few additions to the field with fresh legs but no one seemed eager to set the pace in the first half lap. The field was very tight coming through the spiral of death and it didn’t start to spread out a bit until the whoop de doos on the back side of the pond. Coming over the fly-over 6 riders were together and gaining slight separation from the field. Ben Braxley and Scott Morris were towards the front but as the breakaway rounded the 180 away from the pits, a Sunday only rider went down and carried Braxley’s wheel with him. By the time he had his chain back on the field was gone. The front five held together with Scott Morris pulling away with two about two to go. Ethan Sealy and Alex Newton (currently 4th and 5th in the point series respectively) battled onto the podium to round on the day.
Masters 45+ by Alan Burton
A chess match broke out in the Sunday Masters 45+ race. Having been schooled the previous day as Sonni Dyer rode away for an unchallenged win, the GACX regulars planned a conservative strategy relying on Sonni to animate the Sunday proceedings. Bobby Thrash and Tom Butler initially took the reins with strong pulls around the oval and into the infield. Sonni made his first acceleration following the flyover with only Dub Smith and Alan Burton able to follow. The trio continued on for a few laps alternating between covered accelerations by Sonni and steady tempo pulls by Alan and Dub. By lap four Tom and Bobby rejoined the front group adding to the cat and mouse games that were playing out. On the final lap Alan took the lead with a fast tempo through the pond terrain in an attempt to lure Sonni into a mistake. The group was stretched but reformed exiting the flyover and entering the track when Tom made the next move accelerating off the front. Sonni took chase with Alan and Dub in tow catching Tom at the barriers. Alan accelerated over the barriers and through the trees pulling away from Sonni and Dub but the gap proved to be too small as Sonni chased and passed Alan in a drag race to the line. Dub followed in for third with Tom taking a strong fourth ahead of Bobby.
Georgia Cross continues to experience typical fall weather-sunny and a high in the lower 70s. Rain earlier in the week did not touch Central City Park in Macon, GA. It was flat, fast, dry, and little dusty. The course was made up of a number of technical turns to break up the flats. There were 4 possible dismounts although most rode at least two of them-a sand pit, a set of telephone poles, 2 barriers, and the river levee. A beer garden was set up on the side of the course allowing those attending to buy an adult beverage to benefit charity as part of Macon Octoberfest. There was also a trolley running to Octoberfest for those that wanted to check out the rest of the festivities.
In the Masters 35+, the dismounts proved a key to the win according to Eric Smith (Guardian Auto). Riders who bunny hopped the telephone poles were going faster than those who ran them. On the first lap Daryl Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts) and Eric bunny hopped the poles and went from 7-8th to the front of the pack. It also created a small gap. Eric said “We rode together for a couple of laps until Daryl faded a bit. I was a little worried about going it alone on such a flat, fast, windy track with long drafting sections but I think the 3 skill features on the track helped me to maintain the gap…by adding 3 skill features and some fast corners it made for a great test of fitness and finesse.” Eric held on for the win with Grayson Tudor (Round Here Racing) in second and David Hicks (L5 Flyers) in third.
In the Masters 45+, Alan Burton (Toyota Forklifts) led the group from the pavement to grass. He remained on the front until the start of lap two when Tim Shank took the lead. At that point Alan, Tim, and Dub Smith (Toyota Forklifts) formed a small gap to Lamar Mauney (Toyota Forklifts), who had pulled away from rest of the field. Lamar was unable to close the gap, and lead trio continued on with teammates Alan and Dub collaborating to try to dispatch “Tallahassee” Tim. After tenaciously neutralizing previous attacks and initiating a few of hisown, Tim made a small mistake exiting the sand on lap five. Alan took advantage of it and accelerated. Only Dub was able to stay with him. For the next two laps the duo continued distancing themselves from Tim with Dub taking victory. Tim and Lamar took third and fourth, respectively.
The Junior fields were very small. Many of our youngsters that also race road and track decided to rest this weekend in anticipation of the double weekends coming up. Three Frazier Cycling riders lined up for the Junior 15-18 race. The trio crossed the finish line in the following order: Parker Haney, Madeline Haney, and Blake Wilson. Only 2 riders contested the Juniors Under 14. In this race, there is a large difference in ability between the 14 years olds and the youngest riders. Davis Branyon (Frazier Cycling) was twice as tall as Reece Latham (Junior Flyers). Davis caught many of the Cat. 4 Women and held on for the win. Reece held his own and took second. In the Women’s Cat. 4, Sophia Broadwell (Junior Flyers) won. Victoria Haney was second, and Lisa Bongiorno (Frazier Cycling) was third.
The Men’s Cat. 3 saw a nice field of entries. Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bikes) took his second win in as many weeks. He was followed by Calvin Cheung (College Park Bicycles) and Grayson Tudor (Round Here Racing). The Women’s 1/2/3 had 8 riders vying for the $500 first place prize money. Having raced a 6 hour solo mountain bike race before, the pack hoped Lisa Randall (Sorella Cycling) was tired. Lisa went off the front from the gun and was never seen again. By the third lap, Kim Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts) and Elizabeth Lee (LG Factory) were working together to chase. Lisa caught half the men’s field and held on for the big payday. Elizabeth and Kim rounded out the podium.
The Cat. 4 Men’s field was fast from the start. Blake Bridges (Northstar) and Ethan Sealy (The Bike Store) established an early gap. James Hendershott (Georgia Collate) and Alex Newton (Faster Mustache) began to chase. Cat. 4 is about getting experience and learning race tactics. Alex said in a post race interview “Had I of known (3rd place was in front of him), I would of tried to go with the eventual 3rd place winner when he attacked on the last lap for a possible spot on the podium but just didn’t have it in me. I countered soon after the only hill, which most were riding, coming around Scott Morris (Village Volkswagen) to secure 4th place by putting in little digs where I could on the last sections of tape. “
The large cash purse brought out local big guns in the Pro/1/2/3 Men’s race, The flat course kept the top 5 including Tim Barrett (EPVA), Thomas Turner (Team Jamis), and Nate Sibley (Atlanta Cycling) together for the first two and a half laps. Unfortunately, Nate Sibley flatted out of the front group on the third lap. (Nate’s bad luck didn’t end there—he took a nasty fall on the last lap and cracked his fibula. Get well soon, Nate!) At this point front group began to break apart. Thomas Turner and Nicholas VanWinkle (Litespeed-BMW) were pretty close for a few laps until Red Beard shifted into a harder gear and pulled away. He held on for the win. Frank Travieso (Smart Stop) took second, and Nick was third.
In the Single Speed, it was a pretty even start, and everyone seemed to have similar gears. The field went through the first corner 10 wide then McLean “Crash” Harris (Smyrna Bicycles) punched it going into the ball field. Tim “Mustache” Barrett (EPVA) and David “Gluten” Marbut (Toyata Forklifts) gave chase. McLean held and hit the gas. David caught Tim Barrett with one lap to go, finishing second. Tim was 3rd.
WORDS & PHOTOS: Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com
Boundary Waters Park CX in Douglasville was another fall race day in Georgia with bright, sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s. The Smyrna Bicycles and Toyota Forklift teams put together a very fast course. It course started with a flat section though a field and a set of barriers. After a downhill into the woods, riders climbed up a steep hill and came behind the baseball fields in the grass.
In the Masters 35, a group formed in the first lap with a number of riders including Ian Prunier (Smyrna Bicycles), Daryl Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts), Grayson Tudor (Round Here Racing), Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes), and an unattached rider. With one and a half laps to go, the accelerations went on the run up. The leaders stayed together until the grass when Ian broke free. Grayson Tudor put some distance on Connell Patterson for second. Conner got third.
Even while the government shutdown continued, elderly gentlemen (Masters 45+) awaited the signal to throw themselves into a battle of physical ability, skill and mental fortitude. The “go” was given, and lightning responses from the old legs of Toyota Forklifts team mates Alan Burton and Dub Smith. Young Tom Butler covered wheels, and Bobby Thrash tears to the lead. The threat covered and the reply swift, Dub and Alan charge the quad-killing-low-gear-ride-it-if-you-can hill, leaving the pack adrift. Onto grass and off the gas was just enough for their teammate Lamar Mauney to join. Then the trio rode off into the sunset-somewhat. Albeit temporarily, dreams of individual glory, podium girls, and bragging rights lay aside as the lead steadily built. The bell tolls, “let’s race!”, edict agreed upon. It was trio compacto for the final hill sprint, the day’s efforts take Lamar off the pace, and Dub digs deep for the win. Alan, he who lets no wheel escape, tacks on, deftly inserts the knife before hitting the final paved chicane, and victory is his. Toyota Forklifts swept the podium.
Five Frazier Cycling Juniors rolled up for the 15-18 race. Thomas Pettit crossed the line first followed by teammates Parker Haney and Blake Wilson. In the younger Juniors race, David Banyon (Frazier Cycling) won with the Waine twins (Junior Flyers) also standing on the podium with Troy in second and Leon in third. The Women’s Cat. 4 saw another large field. Several riders started so quickly, that the pack was strung out before the barriers. On the second lap, Junior Flyers teammates Salma Haque and Sophia Broadwell went off the front. Salma held on for the win with Sophia in second. Lisa Bongiorno (Frazier Cycling) rounded out the podium. Salma is looking forward to moving up to Cat. 3 for the next race.
The Elite Women sprinted off the line, kicked up plenty of dust, and stayed together until the barriers. By the end of the first lap, Lisa Randall (Sorella Cycling) began to establish a gap and catch the Cat. 3 Men. Kim Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts) and Lori Palmer (MACC Racing) began the fight for third. They traded places throughout the race, but Kim was a little stronger and got second. Lori was third. In the Men’s Cat. 3, Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles) went off the front immediately. No one followed since it was too early; there was plenty of time to catch him. Little did they know how strong he was on his home course. A chase group formed with Jim Biletto (L5 Flyers), Grayson Tudor (Round Here Racing) Calvin Cheung (College Park Bicycles), and two Reality Bikes Riders. The group started attacking each other early and began to splinter. Calvin went clear for second. Grayson held on for the final podium step.
The Cat 4 Men’s race drew a very large field with more than 45 entries. By the start of the race, the cool temperatures had vanished and the course was dusty and hot. The mud holes had firmed up to a bubble gum consistency, and the wind had kicked up in the open areas. After the start, the initial chicanes and barriers stretched the field, but the rubber band did not break until the group hit the run-up on the first lap. The crowd and steep grade worked together to shatter the field, and the head of the spear, made up of about seven strong riders, sailed free. The race came down to a battle between a handful of fairly evenly matched riders. Scott Morris (Village Volkswagen) showed superior strength in the end, taking the win, with Ben Braxley and Greg Bryant (Cherry St. Cycles) taking second and third respectively.
The small Men’s Cat. 1/2/3 was competitive with the battles coming for second through seventh. Thomas Turner (Jamis Bicycles) left everyone in the dust from the start. Crit specialist Frank Trevieso (Smart Stop) was on the second step of the podium, and Nick VanWinkle (Litespeed-BMW) took the third step.
Boundary Waters Park was a great single speed course with its flat profile and one big hill. Fresh off of his win in the Cat. 3, Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles) and Series Leader Dave Marbut (Toyota Forklift) separated themselves from everyone else early in the race. Bike mechanic McLean was, ironically, taken out with a mechanical. Clay Benoit (Smyrna Bicycles) and Mikey “Dick Lane Velodrome Track Rider of the Year” Waine (Junior Flyers) were battling for the remainder of the prizes. When they reached the grass behind the baseball fields on the final lap, Mikey waved good-bye to the more senior rider and and turned loose those track legs to lock up the second podium step. Clay was third.