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.
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!
Nash Farm CX
By Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com
The beautiful Nash Farm in Hampton was this past weekend’s stop of the 2017 Parks-Law.com Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin. Cold, almost CX like temperatures finally came along with sustained winds that would play a part in some of the day’s races. With some rain the night before racers were not sure what to expect from the course, but there was hardly a puddle to be seen. The East Point Track Club (EPTC) set up a course with a mix of gravel, lots of grass, and some dirt roads. The downhills were fast, and the uphills were long.
Judah Sencenbaugh concentrates during the Elite Women’s Race. Photo by Travis Nuemuller.
A small but competitive field of seven toed the line for the Elite Women. The smoother course favored series leader Judah Sencenbaugh (SCAD Atlanta) over her mountain biker teammate Mackenzie Myatt (Rescue Project/Stratton Exteriors). With the start whistle, they women were off. With a fast start they were together up the hill and down through the first few turns. The long downhill going to the bottom of the battlefield broke things up a bit. Judah went to the front followed by Molly Russell (LNC Race Team p/b Slim Wonder Wears Socks) and Mackenzie. A mechanical problem forced Mackenzie to DNF a couple of laps into the race. Iris Levin (Bike Law Cycling Club) was behind the leaders in third although Amy Ross (Peachtree Bikes) was chasing hard. Judah held on for the lead with Molly in second and Iris in third.
The CX1/2 Peloton tries to hide from the wind. Photo by Trish Albert
The CX1/2 race looked like a crit at times. Even with a fast start and the climbs in the first few laps, nothing broke up the peloton. The men kept riding at a hard but steady tempo. Forty Five minutes into the race, seven CX1/2 racers were together with a couple rotating pulls on the front. No one wanted to stay out in the wind for too long and burn energy. Finally, Nick Van Winkle got a 30 meter gap on the pack going over the barriers in the last lap. Despite a hard charging peloton, he held on for the win. Andy Scarano (Rescue Project/Stratton Exteriors) took the sprint for second over teammate Artur Sagat. Nick retains the blue Parks-Law.com leaders jersey going into the finale weekend in Athens.
Rome CX Race Report
by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling
Lock and Dam Park was the host for the Rome round of the Parks-Law.com Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin. With no access to the far side of the park—home to the old hills and run ups–, Rome found a hit with the new course! There were turns with mud, turns without mud, straights with some mud, more straights without mud, some rocks, and a sweet downhill to a steep uphill. The hill sent more than a few riders slamming into the ground; others were able to find the line and clear it every lap. Tina Locklear is the winner by getting through the hill 3 ways: tumbling down, running around it on the switchback, and riding.
Racers had to navigate some muddy sections.
The Women’s Elite race saw Judah Sencenbaugh (SCAD Cycling) fly off the front with Molly Russell (LNC Race Team p/b Slim Wonder Wears Socks) and Cambrie Epperson (Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportswear) in tow. Judah used her old triathlon running skills to put time on Molly and Cambrie in the muddy sections. There were several turns that were faster to run than ride. The podium would be Judah with the win, Molly in second, and Cambrie in third. Sorella Brittany Montgomery and Elizabeth Lee (Team Zoom) were not far behind.
The Nick and Artur show continued in the Men’s CX 1/2 in Rome. They got away early and never left each other’s wheel. Spencer Whittier (Privateer Cyclocross Chattanooga), Andrew Scarano (Rescue Project/Stratton Exteriors), Jon Okenfuss (L5Flyers Cycling Team) chased but could not catch the Dynamic Duo. In an exciting sprint finish, Artur Sagat (Rescue Project/Stratton Exteriors) nipped Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW) by an inch for the win. A handshake after the race showed what good sportsman and rivals they are! Spencer hung on for third.
Elite Masters 40+ Series Leader Nate Sibly took the win on Sunday at Rome CX.
Atlanta area cyclocross racers enjoy several practice venues to hone their skills. The Ellenwood CX Ranch is one of the most popular. A local racer has created a semi-permanent course on family property. Over the last few years additions have been made to the course, giving it a unique flavor. The course is built on a gentle slope in an old pasture with woods that at the back. Perhaps one of the crowd’s favorite places to watch was on the steep climb in the woods or at the bottom of the descent where many riders were catching air. Be sure to check out some of the video on the Parks-Law.com Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin Facebook page. Racers legs burned after going up and down the slope 3 times in succession on the race course. Much of the rest of the course weaved in and out and back on itself with technical turns and barriers breaking up one of the short straights. It made for an exciting sight as spectators tried to figure out which way racers were going. The L5 Flyers and Litespeed-BMW teams put on a really fun race!
Kinzer Hewitt (LNC Race Team p/b Slim Wonder Wears Socks) gets some serious air coming down the hill at Ellenwood CX.
Seven Elite women lined up to try to upset Mackenzie Myatt (Rescue Project/Stratton Exteriors) and Judah Sencenbaugh (SCAD Atlanta) and their dominance this year’s racing. Mackenzie went to the front and never looked back. She made easy work of the hill in the woods and the technical turns in the field. Molly Russell (LNC Race Team p/b Slim Wonder Wears Socks) gave chase and came within 30 seconds of first. Judah was third.
In the Elite Men, three riders broke away early. Nick VanWinkle (Litespeed-BMW), Artur Sagat (Rescue Project/Stratton Exteriors), and his teammate Andrew Sarcano put 30 seconds on the field within the first 2 laps. Eventually Nick and Artur dropped Andrew, who would drift back into the chase group. With a couple of short power sections, Artur made his way past Nick, and held on for the win. Cooper Hammarlund (Prima Tappa Cycling p/b Mansfield Oil) rounded out the podium.
Gabriel Ceniza (Keenz Racing p/b Mission Source/NGCA) always knows how to have fun at a cyclocross race.
The Ellenwood CX Rumble at the Ranch is on for this Saturday!
Parking Notes For Saturday’s Race: Parking will be 2 rows starting at the road and continuing down the dirt road. Same thing down the lower part of the driveway. 4 rows across the front yard and another row down the upper drive. Overflow will be available next door. Parking areas will be marked. Please do not park outside of the designated areas! Parking is in yellow on the graphic. The course is in red.
2017 Savannah Superprestige Weekend Race Report
Photos and report by Trish Albert
Ah, Savannah Superprestige how we love you! You are an iconic stop every year for the Parks-Law.com Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin. A night race, no hills, it’s flat, there is a flyover, an onsite bar open on Saturday with $3 beer, and wind. OK, maybe we don’t like the wind. Saturday was an amazing day to have a race that went from the afternoon into the night. Collegiate riders joined the GACX racers with 2 divisions before GACX kicked off. Racers opened up their legs with some night racing. Helmet lights were the norm in the races that started after dark, which made it easy to see where riders were. Sunday was epic! People will be talking about the race weather for years to come! A nice 10-12 mph breeze became 20 mph sustained winds with gusts over 30 after 11:00 am. Volunteers could barely stay ahead of the wind as they feverishly repaired course tape. Later in the afternoon wayward course tape caused several riders to have to run to the finish. Sunday was also the Georgia State Championships! Georgia residents vied for the stars and stripes jersey and USA Cycling medals. It made for exciting racing as there was often a race within a race between GA residents and out of state racers or for more than one jersey within a race!
Michael Montgomery’s bicycle decided to take home a souvenir during the CX3 race. The bicycle received minor injuries but is expected to recover.
Congratulations to all of the new Georgia State Champions!
Juniors 9-14 Boys: Gabriel Ceniza
Juniors 9-14 Girls: Elizabeth May
Juniors 15-18 Boys: Eli Hoppenfeld
Juniors 15-18 Girls: Ava Sykes
Men 4: Dylan Cantrell
Men 3: Jeremy Spafard
Men 1/2: Elliot Baring
Women 4/5: Stacy Robinson
Women 3: Judah Sencenbaugh
Women 1/2: Maria Carrelli
Masters 40+ 1/2/3/4: Nate Sibly
Masters 50+ 1/2/3/4: Kirk Corsello
Masters 60+ 1/2/3/4: Lamar Mauney
Masters 35+ 4/5: Joseph Chapman
Singlespeed: David Kemp
The Elite Men 40+ start off in a cloud of dust on Sunday.