Old Grey Barn returns to Parks-Law.com Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin on Sunday, October 22. The pastures will be back! They have changed from years past, but the challenges are much more fun after a wet year and some bedding in of new trails. Practice your leaning off the back of the saddle because it goes downhill fast. Other portions of the course this year include a long gravel start/finish, some wooded sections of trail, a trip around the upper pond, a little zigzag of One Tree Hill, maybe getting your feet wet, a traditional trip through the Old Grey Barn, Heckler Hut, and possibly another surprise obstacle. We’ll have some more of that Seriously Great BBQ from Dalton, GA. There will be a $1 contribution for parking this year which goes directly back into Georgia NICA MTB. 100% of the proceeds go into supporting high school MTB in Northwest Georgia. If you want a partial preview of the course, then we’re running Old Grey Barn, the TBRA edition, on Saturday October 21st. Note there will be slight changes between the Saturday and Sunday courses. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone out on Sunday, October 22nd at 1565 Old Ringgold Road, Rocky Face, GA and Old Grey Barn 2017.
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.
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.
Elks Aidmore Benefit CX is coming back for it’s 11th year in the Parks-Law.com Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin on October 14th-15th. Come race a unique course full of varying terrain. Will the infamous ditch be making a comeback? Come race to find out!
Proceeds from the race go to benefit the Elks Aidmore Children’s home who graciously let us race on their property. Free camping in the main parking area by the race start (up the hill on the other side of the trees) will be available Friday and Saturday night as well as bathrooms and showers.
Save yourself $10 and time in line by pre-registering at https://www.usacycling.org/register/2017-2903 pre-registration will close at midnight Thursday. Rumor has it that there might be podium cookies, but you better pre-register to insure you receive them. Remember to bring you’re bib number if you already raced at Boundary Waters or pay $5 for a
replacement. Check out www.georgiacx.com for more information about the
Grant Park CX
This Sunday, October 8th is the second race of the Parks-Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin – Grant Park CX! Join us for the only series race in the city of Atlanta. GPCX is brought to you by the Litespeed-BMW and L5Flyers Cycling teams and presented by Loose Nuts Cycles. This Nick Van Winkle-designed course will be fast, twisty, turny, technical, and will of course include the famous heckle hill.
We’d like to thank our race sponsors including Clif Bar, Loose Nuts Cycles, Rudy Project, The Spindle ATL, Maxxis, My Friend’s Growler Shop, Skull Candy, Wicked Girl Jersey Company, and The Gear Attic.
Racing starts at 9:20 am and will feature all ages from a kids race to 60+ masters. For a detailed race schedule please visit the GACX website. Registration is open at USA Cycling and pre-registration is highly recommended, as it will not only help us be better organized, but will save you money as well. If you already have a number from Boundary Waters make sure to bring it, otherwise you’ll be charged a $5 fee for a new one.
Grant Park CX is located at 537 Park Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312. Race parking is at the Zoo Atlanta Cherokee Ave lot (the Boulevard lot is currently closed). Please remember that we are guests at the park and all park rules apply. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
A glorious early fall day greeted racers for the first Parks-Law.com Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin race. Boundary Waters provided a challenging course. There were a couple of changes from previous years including some of the turns in the upper field and the addition of a short hill and whoop de doo on the lake side. Grayson Tudor State Farm provided the Jekyll Heckle Pit with lots of good natured fun and food. Rob Evans was on the mike calling all of the races. Almost 300 racers came close to a Georgia Cyclocross Series for record attendance. Fast, fast, fast was the name of the day! Several of the fields stayed together until well past their half way points.
In the Elite Women, Mackenzie Myatt (Rescue Project/Stratton Interiors) took an early lead and did not look back. Judah Sencenbaugh was 2nd with Molly Russell (LNC Race Team p/b Slim Wonder Wears Socks) rounding out the podium. With new blood in the Elite Women, the long time racers have their work cut out for them!
In the Pro/1/2 Men, Nicholas Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW) got to work early with his winning ways. Artur Sagat (Pioneer Mortgage p/b Yourkey.com) was second. Wesley Garland (Team Mission Source/NCGA) was not content to only win the Masters 1/2/3 35+, he came back for third in the Elite Men.
Sunday, October 1st the Parks Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin kicks off at Boundary Waters park in Douglasville Ga. Smyrna Bicycles, Equipe Sports Productions and Grayson Tudor State Farm have teamed up to bring a great day of racing to Douglasville! Boundary Waters Park has become a regular stop on the series and for good reason. The race course is fast and fairly flat-resulting in close racing that requires tactics as well as technical skills. For spectators, the entire course can be viewed from one vantage point allowing you to see all the action as it unfolds. The park also has plenty of parking, indoor restrooms, hiking trails, and a paved cycling path.
New for this year Grayson Tudor State Farm presents the “Jekyll Heckle Pit”. Located at the main junction in the center of the course, they’ll be serving up food, drinks, music and live play by play announcing.
Racing starts at 9:20 am and will feature all ages from a kids race to 60+ masters. For a detailed race schedule please visit the GACX website. Registration is openhttps://www.usacycling.org/register/2017-2827 at USA Cycling and pre-registration is highly recommended, as it will not only help us be better organized, but will save you money as well. Boundary Waters Park is located at 500 Ga-92, Douglasville Ga 30135. Please remember that we are guests at the park and all park rules apply. For further information contact Equipe Sports Productions at email@example.com or 404-953-5251. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
2016 Series Finale Race Report
by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling
The Georgia Cyclocross Series finale was held at the LH Thomson factory in Macon, GA and put on by the Pecan City Pedalers. Many racers had dreams of a muddy, rainy course after dire weather predictions from local news channels all week. Mother Nature threw everyone a curve ball, laughed, and only provided a few light showers throughout the day. The rain packed the sandy course down, making it very fast. The course was relatively flat, only punctuated by two short hills and a lot of turns. The main feature was a wide creek only a couple of people on were able to jump over. Everyone else was forced to dismount and to try not to fall in the creek. Some were more successful than others with that.
Masters 34+ 4/5 racer or Gazelle jumping the creek? You decide.
The Women’s CX1/2/3 has provided some of the most exciting racing all season for spectators and hecklers. Macon was no exception. Several riders went to the front immediately. Eventually a small group got away. As they have been all year, the final battle went down between Maria Carrelli (706 Project) and Jenna Downey (Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportswear). They were together until the final half lap. Jenna put a 5 second gap on Maria that could not be closed. With that, Jenna took the win, but Maria secured the Series Overall. Sorellas Brittany Montgomery, Jean Miller, and Cambrie Epperson rounded out the podium.
In the CX1/2 the usual battle between SCAD Atlanta and the 706 Project got started from the go. Throwing a wrench into either team’s plans for world domination was Andy Scarano, who rides for SCAD collegiately and 706P otherwise. Sunday he donned the blue and black of 706P. Who would come out on top? The usual suspects went to the front early. The lead was switched a few times as the flat course kept everyone together longer than usual. Half way through the race heavy rains started; it would have no impact on the outcome because it soon ended. Eventually, Andy and Artur Sagat (SCAD Atlanta) pulled away from the chasers. Andy beat Artur in a two up sprint for first. Frank Trevieso (706 Project) was third with Wesley Garland (Litespeed-BMW) and Jeff Hopkins (Service Course Auto Works) following. Frank had an insurmountable lead in the Overall Series going into this final race, and he took his bows as the series winner.
Sorellas Chloe Murdock & Brittany Montgomery and the Spindle’s Molly Russell show what the CX spirit is all about as they finish the single speed race.
Thank you to everyone that made this a successful season for Georgia Cyclocross!—the Board, the Race Promoters, out Awesome Officials, and all of the Race Volunteers! We would like to give a special thanks to Series Director/Results Wrangler/SuperFast Racer Elizabeth Lee and Technical Director/Hauler of the Trailer/All Around Nice Guy Jim Behning! Without them the series would not be what it is! Please tell them thank you the next time you see them!
Team of the Year L5 Flyers. Frazier Cycling was 2nd.
Congratulations to all of the Series Winners!
Brianna Isbell LNC Racing p/b Octane
Isabella Nguy Frazier Cycling
Anna Frey Peachtree Bikes
Maria Carrelli The 706 Project
Brittany Montgomery Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportwear
Jenna Downey Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportwear
David Kemp The Bike Shop of Columbus
Travis Tindle Southwest Cycling Club Racing
Frank Travieso The 706 Project
Nicholas VanWinkle Litespeed-BMW
Artur Sagat SCAD Atlanta
Patrick Goral Outback Bikes Racing
Staten Putnal Peachtree Bikes
Christopher Hale Spindle X Westside Bikes
Travis Tindle Southwest Cycling Club Racing
Blake Cowing LNC Racing p/b Octane
Mike Horton Peachtree Bikes
Clay Adair Sabotage
Daniel Podratsky Sabotage
Ryan Collins L5Flyers Cycling Team
Elite Masters 50+
Chris Isenberg North Georgia Cycling Association, Inc.
William (Dub) Smith Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta
Sergei Grigorian Bike Law Cycling Club
Elite Masters 40+
Kirk Corsello Next Moto Champion Cycling p/b Roswell Bicycles
Nathan Sibly Atlanta Cycling
Chris Chotas Litespeed-BMW
Masters 35+ 4/5
Michael Albaneso Outback Bikes Racing
Bill Hansen Peachtree Bikes
Chris Robinson L5Flyers Cycling Team
Blake Wilson Frazier Cycling
Harrison Nguy Frazier Cycling
David Heath Frazier Cycling
Reece Latham North Georgia Cycling Association, Inc.
Stephen Heath Frazier Cycling
Eli Hoppenfeld Frazier Cycling
Elks Aidmore 2016 Race Report
by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling
Elks Aidmore was the host to the 2016 Georgia State Cyclocross Championships. The state has been in a drought since summer. Mother Nature laughed and poured several inches of rain on the course early in the week. She laughed again and decided that rain and 45 degrees were the perfect race conditions for the State Championships. Everyone will agree that Elks was epic! We’ll be talking about it for years!
This about sums up the day. Photo by Travis Neumuller.
In the Women’s Elite, the usual suspects got a gap on the rest of the competition. At the front were Sorellas Brittany Montgomery, Jean Miller, and Jenna Downey with 706 Project’s Maria Carrelli. Maria soon dropped off when her handlebars broke. She made a couple of bike switches in the pit after another mechanical. This left the Sorella trio at the front to figure out who was going to take the win. Jenna made an early move and hung on for first. Brittany was in second until two laps to go when Jean made a pass. Rounding out the podium was Cambrie Epperson (Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportswear) and Maria. Brittany took the WCX1/2 State Championship while Jenna got the WCX3 jersey.
The Sorella Cycling team celebrating bringing home 2 Georgia State Championship Jerseys. Photo by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling
In the Mens CX1/2 Elliot Baring (North Georgia University) took the early lead. He was chased by Frank Trevieso (706 Project), Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW), and Artur Sagat (SCAD Atlanta). Half way through the race Frank worked his way up to second place while Elliot had a problem and retired from the course. Frank held on for the win with Nick in second and Artur in third. Frank took home the CX1/2 State Championship Jersey
Congratulations to all of the State Champions!
The Coveted Jeresey. Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling
2016 EPTC CX Classic
by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling.
Racers woke up rejoicing on Sunday—finally, some cold and windy cyclocross weather! Break out the long sleeve skinsuits! The East Point Track Club put together a fast course at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA for the first ever cx race held at this venue. The track started off with a bit of blacktop (an elusive thing in GACX) to a sweeping right hand turn across a field and into a short woods section. It briefly popped back out onto the field before introducing riders to the Death Drop, a really fun drop off that added some excitement to a few of the races. The course weaved in and out of the woods a couple of times ending with a downhill that did a 180 and turned straight up a short hill. Riders were split on whether to it was faster to ride or run it. A fast section preceded a short climb with a series of turns coming down the hill. The course then came out onto a gravel road and popped riders over the barriers before going back on the blacktop to the finish line.
Eleven Elite Women were on hand to contest for the win. Jean Miller (Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportswear) took off like a rocket from the start line and got the holeshot into the woods. Shortly thereafter Sorellas Brittany Hopson and Jenna Downey came to the pointy end of the CX peloton along with 706 Project’s Maria Carrelli. The four hung at the front for next couple of laps, and eventually Jean dropped off of the lead group. With 2 to go, Jenna put in a surge on that gravel section before going into the barriers. Maria and Brittany did not follow. Jenna dug in and got a good gap over the chasers despite battling the headwinds by herself. She took the well-earned win with Maria and Brittany rounding out the podium.
Jenny Downey (Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportswear) emerges from the woods in the Women’s CX1/2/3. Photo by Travis Neumuller.
A sizable field of Elite Men took to the starting line. The wind died down for the start of their race, but it would come back about half way in. For the first 3-4 laps Frank Trevieso (706 Project), Ty Magner (United HealthCare), Artur Sagat (SCAD Cycling), and Andy Scarano (706 Project) hung together with 1-2 others rejoining and falling back off here and there. Less than half way into the race Frank used his crit skills on a flat section to accelerate and put his rivals behind him. He never had to look back. By the 45-minute mark, Frank had over 60 seconds on the chasers. The headwind coming down the pavement did not see to be bothering him. He rolled in with time for a victory salute to the crowd. Back in the woods, Artur attacked Ty, but Ty was able to hang on and beat Artur by a bike length in a sprint for second.
Frank Treveiso (706 Project) rounds a corner in the CX1/2. Photo by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling.
Serenbe CX Race Report
By David O’Rear. Photos by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling
Georgia CXer’s were finally introduced to cool fall weather this past Sunday during the sixth race weekend of the 2016 Georgia Cyclocross season. Peachtree Bikes hosted this weekend’s party with a CX race thrown in at the picturesque community of Serenbe located in Palmetto, a few miles south of the city limits of Atlanta. Serenbe is one of the most progressive and unique communities in the country. The Serenbe community focuses the well-being of its visitors and residents by combining business, neighborhoods, recreation and nature in a near perfect harmony. The community is surrounded by the rolling wooded landscape of the Chattahoochee Hill Country that the New York Times aptly called, “a utopian experiment in New Urbanism being molded out of Georgia red clay.” It has arguably become one of the favorite venues of the GACX series.
Reece Latham (NCGA) on his way to winning the Juniors 10-14 Serenbe CX race.
Weather and race conditions could not have been better with beautiful fall colors and cool morning temperatures greeting the racers, which warmed slightly as the afternoon progressed. This was long awaited respite from the dry blistering heat that GACXer’s have been exposed to all season. Rained threatened early however the Georgia drought continued and GACXer’ raced on a Serenbe race course was dry for the first time in three years! Dust! Dust has become the new mud at GACX!
Michael Barman (EPTC) gets rad in the sand at Serenbe CX.
This year’s course, as in previous years, utilized the unique hilly landscape creating a challenging race course complete with tight technical turns, leg blistering climbs, sand, gravel, and a speedy descent to the tricky 90 degree turn on to the Yellow Brick Road. Over 160 racers were present with an abundant group of spectators and hecklers, which always add to the fun. The Sand pit was a favorite spot for spectators, hand-ups, and hecklers as it was the site of many a spill! The combination of the awesome venue and race course, beer, great food, and good ole CX camaraderie resulted in another successful CX weekend. Thanks to Peachtree Bikes!
Kenneth Oldapo demonstrates proper Red Solo Cup hydration technique at Serenbe CX during the Single Speed Race. #becauseSingleSpeed