2015 SERIES FINALE by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling
The 2015 Georgia Cyclocross Series Finale was Sunday, December 20 at Elks Aidmore in Conyers. Racers came out to see who would come out on top for the Series Awards and to close out another successful cyclocross season. GACX would like thank Christoper’s Party Center and The Mobile Marly Marlay for their help with the food and beverages for the Finale. Our wonderful sponsors for providing prizes for the raffle: Smyrna Bicycles, Outback Bikes, Southeastern Cycling, CTown Bikes, Peachtree Bikes, and Loose Nuts Cycles. A special thank you to Elks Aidmore and USAC for quickly allowing us to move the venue. The Series awards would not be complete without the talented Rhys May, who made the custom awards for the second year in a row. Also thank you to all of the racers and friends that help with the course break down!
Zach Lutz cheers on the racers.
Work has already begun on 2016 series. Keep an eye out on Facebook for a survey soon! We’ll see everyone at #CXNats in Asheville, NC in January!
Congratulations to our Series Overall Winners!
Women Cat. 1/2/3
1. Kim Blodgett (Atlanta Beltline Bicycles)
2. Rhys May (LNC Racing)
3. Jean Miller (Sorella Cycling)
Women CX 4
1. Amy Ross (Peachtree Bikes)
2. Mae Gurene (Sorella Cycling)
3. Molly Russell (Spindle)
1. David Marbut (Toyota Forklifts)
2. Murphy Davis (Toyota Forklifts)
3. Michael Manthey (Faster Mustache)
1. Frank Travis (UHC-706)
2. Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW)
3. Artur Sagst (Ms. Roses)
1. Brian Field
2. Tim Mondor (Alpha Bikes)
3. Michael Packard (LNC Racing)
Elite Masters 50+
1. Alan Burton (Toyota Forklifts)
2. Dub Smith (Toyota Forklifts)
3. Bobby Thrash (Adventure Cycles)
Elite Masters 40+
1. Wesley Garland (Peachtree Bikes)
2. Ian Prunier (Smyrna Bicycles)
3. Charles Rossigno (Litespeed-BMW)
1. Chris Bullock (Faster Mustache)
2. Adam Newsmen
3. Zachary Holmes
Masters 35+ Cat. 4/5
1. Robert Conaster (Reality Bikes)
2. Bill Hansen (Peachtree Bikes)
3. Nick Harmer (Faster Mustache)
1. Eric Garlinghouse (L5 Flyers)
2. Matt Hutchinson (William St.)
3. Benjamin Spangler (L5 Flyers)
1. Reece Latham (NCGA)
2. Troy Waine (EPTC)
3. Leon Waine (EPTC)
1. Blake Wilson (Frazier Cycling)
2. Max Lenk (Frazier Cycling)
3. Isabella Nguy (Frazier Cycling)
1. L5 Flyers
2. LNC Racing
The Team Competition podium.
VENUE CHANGE FOR THE DECEMBER 20, 2015 RACE!! The race on December 20th will be held at Elks Aidmore in Conyers. A new flyer is up! The day of race times and categories are normal. NOTHING has changed except the venue! The Series Awards will be presented after the day’s last race. There will also be a raffle for all racers!
Race Report and Photos by Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com
Blue skies and sunshine smiled upon the Grant Park CX Cup presented by Van Michael Salon on Saturday. Nearly 300 racers made this the biggest Georgia Cross race of 2015. Some of the draw was that Grant Park was part of the National CX Calendar, which is the first step before holding a UCI race.s The course was challenging for everyone with plenty of turns, fast straightaways, and off camber. The first dismount was a double barrier at the bottom of Heckle Hill. Spectators and fellow racers congregated there to heckle, give handups, and sit on the Loose Nuts couch. The second dismount was a short set of stairs on the backside of the course. They claimed several victims that tried to ride them with flat tires.
The Elite Masters on the start line.
In the Women’s Cat. 4, two duos got away on the first lap. Amy Ross (Peacthree Bikes) took an early lead before wiping out on a turn during the second lap. Several riders including Kathryn Kadous (L5 Flyers) passed her, but she eventually made her way back up to second. Kathryn held on for the wind. Mae Gurene (Sorella Cycling) put in a hard effort on the bell lap to pass several riders and take third. The Men’s C at. 5 podium was Brad Jacobs, Matt Fisher (Red Kite Bicycles), and Eric Garlinghouse (L5 Flyers). Eighteen juniors lined up. In the 10-14, Eli Hoppenfield took an early lead that he never relinquished. Reece Latham (NCGA-Mission Source) put up a good fight and got second. Leon Waine (EPTC) was third. In the 15-18, Frazier Cycling teammates Max Lenk and Isabella Nguy stood on top.
In the Elite Masters 40+, the race started out with what felt like a comfortable tempo for the front riders. After the first lap a group separated themselves from the rest of the field. On the second lap, 4 of the 7 pulled away-Peachtree Bikes riders Wes Garland and Connell Patterson along with Litespeed-BWM teammates Darren Comer and Chris Chotas. On the final lap Connell said that he “was feeling good and decided to give it a go just as we entered the end of the pavement after passing the start finish. That created a little (just a second or two) separation between each of the remaining 4 riders. Darren rode up to me and there was a small gap between the two of us and Wes and Chris. Going into the last downhill wooded section I was able to get around Darren and elected to bunny hop the stairs creating a gap between the two of us. Thankfully I was able to maintain the gap for my first elite masters win!” Darren was second with Chris in third. In the Elite Masters 50+, Bobby Thrash (Adventure Cycles) took the holeshot followed closely by Jeff Clayton (Georgia Neuro), Dub Smith and Alan Burton (both Toyota Forklifts). The four jockeyed for position with Bobby eventually dropping back from the others and Jeff sliding out on a greasy off camber section. Jeff was able to quickly rejoin Dub and Alan. The lead trio took turns on the front trying to distance themselves from the other two until Dub gained about 15 seconds on them. Alan sat of Jeff’swheel into the fourth lap until Dub’s lead was firmly established. Alan then passed Jeff and began a solo pursuit of his teammate. Alan reduced the gap to Dub, but Dub was determined to not be caught, burying himself in the final minutes to stay clear and take the win with Alan four seconds behind. Jeff was third.
The Elite Women’s field saw 16 strong ladies vying for the $1500 purse. Continuing a GACX tradition, payouts were equal for the Elite Women and Elite Men. Very quickly Lisa Randall (SuperSport) and Kim Blodgett (Atlanta Beltline Bicycles) distanced themselves from the cx peloton. Brittany “BHop” Montgomery (Sorella Cycling), Rhy May (LNC Racing), Jean Miller (Sorella Cycling), and Susie Farmer (Privateer CX) gave chase but could not catch them. An untimely flat mid-race took out Jean. Lisa, who is more known for her climbing abilities, outsprinted Kim for the win. In the post-race interview a smiling Lisa said,” That is the first sprint I’ve ever won!” BHop turned herself inside out to claim the final podium spot. In the Men’s Cat. 4 race, Junior Jack Rexter (Frazier Cycling) topped the nearly 50 rider strong field. Kenneth Ingersoll took second with Chris Bulloch (Faster Mustache) in third.
Frank Trevieso (UHN-706) and Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW) leading the Elite Men in the middle of the race.
With fast course conditions, the Elite Men stayed together much of the first two laps. Eventually, a group containing Frank Trevieso (UHC-706), Tristan Cowie (Mock Orange Bikes), Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW), and Arthur Sagat (Ms. Roses). Everyone took the lead at some point during the race. At one point a mechanical took out Tristan, but he was able to bridge to the group on the final lap. Frank pipped Tristan at the line for the win. Nick was third. In the Cat. 3 race, Darren Comer took his second podium of the day with the win. Brian Field was second, and Tim Mondor (Alpha Bikes) took third.
Serious prizes were on the line in the Singlespeed race—rubber shakes and frosty beverages. Brendan Cornett (Litespeed-BMW) wanted to make sure that he got some. He pulled away at the start and left everyone in his wake. Toyota Forklift teammates Murphy David and Dave Marbut worked together but could not reel Brendan in. Further back in the pack, a racer was seen on his city bike complete with basket and cute bell. Eric Nicolette (Fast Mustache) put in a valiant effort for a midpack finish on his tandem cargo bike without a stoker. Brendan crossed the line first. Murphy and Dave were second and third respectively. All three Singlespeeders were delighted with their rubber snakes. The Masters 35+ Cat. 4/5 riders had a huge field. Tim Marshall (Incycle Bike) took the win followed by Robert Conaster (Reality Bikes) and Jeph Burgoon (Smyrna Bicycles).
Let’s get to know Cat. 4/5 Masters 35+ Racer Richard Patterson.
GACX: Tell us 3 non-cycling things about you.
Richard: I live in Grant Park with my wife and our 2 tuxedo cats Penelope and Ramona. I am in sales for a company that builds machines to test all your electronic gadgets when they are being designed or manufactured. Other hobbies are eurogames (like Catan) and music. I used to play trumpet, guitar, and composed electronic music for a while but biking has pretty well replaced those.
GACX: How did you get into cyclocross?
Richard: I have always enjoyed biking, mostly as transport/exercise until a friend encouraged me to go mountain biking in college. Then more recently I think I was looking at a bike manufacturer’s website, and they were advertising cyclocross bikes. I had never heard of this before so I started watching videos online and was quickly hooked on the idea. It just looked like fun.
GACX: Have you raced bikes before you did your first cyclocross race? What is your cycling/athletic background?
Richard: Unless you count racing around my suburban neighborhood when I was in elementary school! I have never worn a number until I decided to try cyclocross. I have done gym workouts, which I got really bored with, and switched to cardio kickboxing (with 180 lb. bags) last year. That’s rough on your hands/wrists so biking is my main thing for now. In high school, I tried to do pole vault one season. I guess I am attracted to the weirdest sports!
GACX: What are your goals for this year at GACX?
Richard: Because it’s only my second season of racing ever, my only goals are having fun, meeting cool people, and learning something from each race.
GACX: Any advice for someone that is consider racing CX?
Richard: It’s going to be so much fun. When people tell you it’s the hardest type of bike racing, believe it. You’re going to learn mind over body because your legs will be burning in the first lap and you’ll need to persevere. At least, if you are new to racing/group rides like me! Lastly, start in the spring/summer with road bike group rides. I need to do this next year!
Elks Sunday Race Report by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling
Stephan Hicks practices his Superman in his first Cat. 5 race.
The Elks Aidmore Cyclocross Festival always has some of the more challenging courses that Georgia Cross races on. This weekend did not disappoint. Saturday was the Backwoods Course that many prefer to race on a mountain bike. Sunday was Shades of Honey Badger. Weeks of rain took their toll on Sunday’s track with several wet places and two wheel sucking mud holes. The biggest feature on the course is The Ditch, which is just as it sounds-a muddy, slippery ditch that riders have to navigate. A few brave souls try to ride it, but most riders opt to dismount and hop over it on their feet. The course then wound through the woods before a short stretch of pavement. A long grass section was broken up by two stairs. The final dismount is a set of barriers just before the finish.
With Carol Baldwin upgrading to Cat. 3, the Women’s 4 race was wide open. On the first lap, Cambrie Epperson went to the front. Amy Ross (Peachtree Bikes) was close on her heels, only a few seconds back. Cambrie used her mountain bike skills to keep the gap open and take the win over Amy. Kathryn Brown finished third. The ditch took its toll on the Cat. 5 racers. One crashed dismounting before the ditch and a few crashed trying to ride or hop the ditch, much to the amusement to the hecklers. Other spectators could tell when someone fell because of the noise and cheers coming from the direction of the ditch. Tim Spackman (Globalbike) won. Eric Garlinghouse (L5 Flyers) broke his shifter on the last lap and managed to run his way to second. Matt Hutchinson was third. Blake Wilson (Frazier Cycling) passed much of the Cat. 5 field on his way to winning the Juniors 15-18. In the Under 14 Juniors, Reece Latham (Mission Source-NCGA) took the victory over Troy and Leon Waine (EPTC). The Waine twins would later be seen in between races putting their BMX skills to use by riding the ditch and clearing it with a foot to spare.
Seven year old Josh Hills (Frazier Cycling) fearlessly attacked the Ditch on the first lap, but he didn’t quite make it-instead doing his best frog impression. (Josh was fine and went on to have a strong finish in the Juniors 14 & Under!)
On the start line of the Elite Masters 40+, Wes Garland (Peachtree Bikes) looked around and saw a sea Litespeed BWM kits. The Litespeed boys were not going to let Wes run away with the win Sunday! They put up a good charge with Charles Rossignol firing the first volley. Then they sent Daren Comer to the front. Wes kept his cool and fought off their attacks one by one. Chris Chotas was the last to give it a go against Wes. He couldn’t quite catch the man in orange but got second place for his efforts. Ian Prunier (Smyrna Bicycles) moved up through traffic to claim third. In the 50+ Elite Masters Chris Isenberg (Mission Source-NCGA) took the holeshot with Hardwick Gregg (Infinity Racing p/b Tom Williams BMW/Mini) hot on his heels. Alan Burton (Toyota Forklifts) passed both in the twisty tree section -leading the others down the hill to the ditch and continued to set the pace into lap two. Midway into the second lap Jeff Clayton (Georgia Neurosurgical Institute), now recovered from a first lap mishap, took the lead on the junk shed climb. Hardwick passed Alan early in the third lap as Jeff continued to steadily pull away. Keeping one another in sight the final three laps, positions remain unchanged with Jeff taking victory followed by Hardwick, Alan and Chris.
Armed with her new orange Fuji, Kim Blodgett (Atlanta Beltline Bicycles) laughed at the mud and roots. They were no match for her on Sunday! Kim went to the front on the first lap and immediately put a small gap on Leigh Hopkins (Service Course Auto Works) and Maria Carelli (UHC-706 Project). An ill-timed broken derailleur left Leigh in the pits borrowing a bike. Maria solidified her second place. Behind them Loose Nuts teammates Rhys May and Emily Cox were battling for third. Emily squeaked by for the final podium spot. The Men’s Cat. 4 podium was Rubin Jacobo-Rubio, Chris Bulloch (Faster Mustache), and Tim Marshall.
The course did not seem to favor any rider in the Men’s Elite race. Frank Trevieso (UHC-706 Project) and Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW) traded being on the front for the first half an hour. Frank finally put a few seconds onto Nick with 3 laps to go. He held on for the win with Nick in second. Spencer Whittier (Privateer CX) used his form from the big Ohio and Louisville races to capture third. In the Cat. 3, Ian Garrison (Hincapie) took the win over Andy Leuttgen (EPTC) and Tim Mondor (Alpha Bikes).
The Single Speeders were heard cursing a few of the hills as they raced. The course had several hills that were grades of 11-12%. Gearing was an important choice when you had only one. Looking to solidify their domination of the Single Speed overall standings, Toyota Forklifts used teamwork to isolate Michael Manthey (Faster Mustache). While Murphy Davis took to the front, Dave Marbut sat on Michael’s wheel. Murphy soloed for the win. Dave passed Michael on the last lap to take second. Michael was third. In the Masters 35+ Cat. 4/5, Nick Harmer (Faster Mustache) won. Robert Conaster (Reality Bikes) and Corny Pogi (Atlanta Beltline Bicycles) rounded out the podium.
Amy Ross (Peachtree Bikes) captured her first win of the year in the Women’s Cat. 4
The Savannah Superprestige Cyclocross Weekend was held at Oglethorpe Speedway in Pooler. Sunday’s race was part of the National Cyclocross Calendar for the Elite Men and Women. This drew larger than usual fields with some of the best riders in the region. The course was Classic Savannah, flat and fast, around the Speedway grounds. There were three dismounts-a barrier set, triple stairs, and a set of railroad ties on the backside of the pond. The Flyover made its annual appearance and did not give riders any trouble this year. The threat of rain held off for most of Sunday, much to the delight of racers, who are tired of getting pummeled every weekend.
Sunday’s action started with the Women’s Cat. 4. Carol Baldwin went to the front with her usual quick start. Behind her, Amy Ross (Peachtree Bikes) and Cambrie Epperson were hot on her wheels. With 2 to go, Carol dropped her chain on the backside of the course and had problems fixing it. Amy seized the opportunity to take the lead. Carol chased for a lap and a half but could only come to within 10 seconds of first. Amy took the win with Carol in second and Molly Russell (Spindle) in third. In the Cat. 5, AJ Jessee claimed the top step of the podium followed by Brad Beadles and Jose Rojas. The Waine twin and Reese Latham (Mission Source-NCGA) battled it out for supremacy in the Juniors 10-14. Using his crit skills, Reese roared through the flat sections like he was on a road bike. He held on for the win. Troy beat out Leon in the sprint for second.
In the Elite Masters 40+, a large group stayed together until the half way mark. Wesley Garland (Peachtree Bikes) pulled a little bit ahead for the win. Ian Prunier (Smyrna Bicycles) was second, and Daren Comer (Litespeed-BMW) was third. In the Elite Masters 50+, Chris Isenberg (Mission Source-NCGA) took charge from the start, maintaining the lead through most of the first lap. As the mostly intact group exited the trees along the edge of the track Alan Burton (Toyota Forklifts) moved to the front, staying on the gas. The group began separating through the infield section with Alan and Steve Noble (Sarasota Cycling Club p/b SeaSucker) opening a lead on the chasing field. While Steve and Alan took turns setting pace in front, Chris was never far behind and eventually bridged to make it a lead threesome by midpoint of the race. While each made attempts to split the group, they stayed together into the last lap. While leading the group, Steve accelerated heading into the pond loop, which caused Chris to lose contact. Alan hung on until the flyover when Steve’s continued fast pace became too much. Steve soloed in for the win followed by Alan and Chris.
The largest field this year lined up for the Elite Women. With a holeshot prime on the line, Rhys May (Loose Nuts) took off to try to claim the tires. She wasn’t quite able to hold on and was over taken by the field. Things quickly spaced out with Peachtree Bikes teammates Shannon Greenhill and Paula Burkes along with Kristin Apotsos going to the front. They put a gap on Kim Blodgett (Atlanta Beltline Bicycles) and Sorella teammates Jean Miller and Brittnay Hopson. Paula took the win with Krisitin in second and Shannon in third. In the Men’s Cat. 4, Kenneth Ingersoll claimed the top step of the podium and was joined by Chris Bulloch (Faster Mustache) and Ruben Jacobo-Rubio.
The rain would not hold out any longer, and it began falling just as the Elite Men and Cat. 3 took the start. Saturday Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW) and Artur Sagat (Mrs. Roses) worked together to take 1-2. Not wanting a repeat, Frank Treveiso (UHC-706) took an early flyer off the front. He would never let go. Behind him, Nick, Artur, and a small group gave chase but to no avail. Nick was second, and Hank Beaver (Litespeed-BWM) won the sprint for third. In the Men’s Cat. 3, Andy Luettgen (EPTC) took home the first prize followed by Eric Palacio and Michael Packard.
Frank Treveiso (UHC-706 Project) won the Elite Men’s race on Sunday.
The Single Speeders and Master Cat. 4/5 35+ got to race in the heaviest rain of the day. Parts of the course started to get slick and caused a few minor wrecks. In the SS, Dave Marbut (Toyota Forklifts) took an early lead. He held on for the win with Mike Manthey (Faster Mustache) taking second and Murphy Davis (Toyota Forklifts) in third. In a small but competitive Masters 4/5 race, Jose Rojas won with Tony Blansit (GA Neuro) and Bill Hansen (Peacthree Bikes) rounding out the podium.
Fresh Faces Georgia Cross will be getting to know some of our newer racers throughout the season–Why did they get into cross? What motivates them? and why this crazy Sport? This week we talked to Carol Baldwin, who has already been picked up by Sorella Cycling for 2016!
Carol hops over the barriers at Boundary Waters on her way to the Women’s CX 4 State Championship.
GACX: Tell us a little about yourself.
Carol: My name is Carol Baldwin, I am 27 years old, and I have been living in Atlanta for 6 years. When I’m not riding bikes I like to hang out with my boyfriend Jeffrey Che and our two dogs, Oscar and Luna. I have other hobbies that occasionally see the light of day when they’re not buried under piles of bike stuff in our living room: camping, hiking, skiing, and doodling.
GACX: How did you get into cyclocross?
Carol: I’ve been riding mountain and road for the last five or so years, so it’s safe to say I’m a fan of anything involving pedaling and two wheels (sorry unicycles). I’ve heard nothing but good things about how fun and challenging cross is, so I decided I had to give it the ol’ college try. This summer I built up a bike and waited for the season to arrive.
GACX: Have you raced bikes before you did your first cyclocross race? What is your cycling/athletic background?
Carol: This is my first year of doing any sort of races. My first race was a mountain bike Enduro/time trial affair (Big Creek Quick Six) where I came in 4th. After that I participated in the Brownwood Bike Rally Crit Cross B Race and didn’t do so great (10th out of 11 in the men’s/women’s open category), but I got my first taste of cross. I don’t think I had ever worked so hard on a bike before that race, it was a thrill! I was so tired by the last lap that I couldn’t dismount properly and wound up running to the finish line on the wrong side of my bike.
GACX: What are your goals for this year at GACX?
Carol: My goals for the season are to ride bikes, have fun, heckle and be heckled. Oh, and I want to master donut handups. I learned about handups after Dingo Cross and I was super bummed I missed out on that!
GACX: Any advice for someone that is consider racing CX?
Carol: Cyclocross is fun! Get a bike and get on out there for some good, silly fun! Also, don’t be afraid of a little bit of mud – it washes off (for the most part).
Boundary Waters Georgia State Cyclocross Championship
Report and photos by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling
Chris Wyatt (Peachtree Bikes) was the only one to bunny hop the barriers at Boundary Waters.
Finally! The sun and beautiful weather came to the Georgia Cross State Championships. Racers were treated to an exciting, balanced course that favored a cross racer that had power, technical skills, and quick dismounts. There was a single barrier, a double set of fast barriers, and a “bunny hop” set of rail road ties. The rest of the course featured many turns, some fast straights, and a gravel corner that took its share of victims throughout the day.
The first State Championship jerseys would be awarded to the Cat. 4 Women and Juniors. In the Cat. 4 women, the first lap was a tight grouping with Carol Baldwin, Cambrie Epperson, and roadie Christine Grant (Mission Source-NCGA) establishing a small lead over Kat Kadous (L5 Flyers) and Molly Russell (Spindle). By the second lap, Carol gapped Christine, who fell back with a mechanical problem and lost several places. Christine passed most of the riders that went around her but could not catch Carol, who took home her first State Championship jersey. Christine was second, and Cambrie was third. In the Juniors 15-18, Frazier Cycling swept the podium with Davis Branyon, William Nguy, and Blake Wilson taking the honors. In the Juniors 14 and Under, Reece Latham (Mission Source-NCGA) continued his domination and raced his way to the jersey. Troy Waine and Leon Waine of EPTC rounded out the podium. The biggest Cat. 5 field of the year toed the line. Shane Sullivan (Fika Coffee) won followed by Tim Marshall (Incycle) and Jeff Moore (L5 Flyers).
Elite Masters always come out to have their chance at a State Championship medal. In the 40+, Wesley Garland put his stamp on the division the first few races. He would be challenged by his Peachtree Bikes teammate Chris Wyatt. Connell Patterson and Grayson Tudor were hoping to make it a Peachtree Bikes podium sweep. From the gun, Wes and Wyatt pulled away from the pack. Wes got the best of Wyatt on the flatter sections, but Wyatt made up time with his entertaining bunny hopping of the barriers. The crowd went wild every time he did so. In a virtual sprint, Wes took first with Wyatt in second. Nate Sibley (Atlanta Cycling) foiled Peachtree Bikes’ efforts and got third. The Masters 50+ race is usually a pretty close race with quite a few riders capable of taking the victory. At no point this year has anyone made a dominating win. That was about to change. From the go whistle, Dub Smith (Toyota Forklifts) went to the front, politely told everyone to eat his dust, and rode away from the pack. Behind him, Chris Isenburg (Mission Source-NCGA), and Toyota Forklift teammates Alan Burton and Lamar Mauney were in a battle for the remaining two podium spots. After trading jabs back and forth for a few laps, Chris got a gap for second. Alan grabbed the final podium step. Dub took a very well deserved win and the jersey. He was seen with it on the rest of the day, and rumor had it Dub’s coworkers were going to make him wear the jersey to work on Monday.
Dub Smith (Toyota Forklifts) won the State Championship Jersey in the Elite Masters 50+
With a field of 15, the Elite Women took off in a cloud of dust. The flat start kept the racers together through the first set of grassy turns on the hillside. Eventually, Leigh Hopkins (Service Course Auto Works), Lisa Randall (Super Sport), Kim Blodgett (Atlanta Beltline Bicycles), and Peachtree Bikes teammates Shannon Greenhill and Paula Burkes got a small gap on the rest of the field. This group stayed together most of the first two laps. Leigh Hopkins went to the front on lap 3 with Shannon and Paula behind. Paula pulled to the front, Shannon would take the lead, and Leigh would chase for most of the next 2 laps until Leigh fell in the gravel corner after the railroad ties. This was all Paula and Shannon needed to put about 10 second into Leigh. Despite a valiant chase, Leigh could not catch the Peachtree Bikes duo. Shannon to the win with Paula in second. Leigh was third. In the Cat. 4s Michael Garisson (Mission Source –NCGA) took the holeshot but wiped out just before the off-camber switchbacks. Dan Podratsky (Prima Tappa) then came to the front. Murphy Davis (Toyota Forklifts) then put in an early, unshakable lead around the lake after his own wipeout. Given the course profile several of the Cat. 4s chose to race their Single Speeds, including Murphy. He nabbed his first State Championship. Chad Conley (EPTC) came in with a strong second place, and Michael Garrison (Mission Source-NCGA) was third.
The anticipation for the Elite Men’s race could be felt through the crowd. Frank Treveiso (UHC-706 Project), Nick Van Winkle (Litepseed-BMW), and Arthur Sagat (Mrs. Roses) had been on each other heels the first two race weekends. The three quickly got away from the field and stayed together until two laps to go. Arthur took a tumble and fell off the pace. Frank put in a big effort with two to go and gapped Nick. Frank held on for the win by about 20 seconds. Nick rolled in for second, and Arthur was third. In the Cat. 3 Brian Feld took home the jersey. Connor Ardrey (Outspokin Augusta) and Tim Mondor (Alpha Bikes) rounded out the podium.
With Jeff Hopkins getting the boot up to Cat. 3, the Masters 4/5 race was wide open. Tim Marshall (Incycle) came out on top with Robert Conster (Reality Bikes Ambassador Team) in second with Jeff Moore (L5 Flyers) capturing another third place. All bets were on Dave Marbut (Toyota Forklifts) and Troy Dunton (DePaula Racing) to battle it out for supremacy in the Single Speed race. Early on they were joined off the front by Matthew Reeves (Loose Nuts). Matthew always does well on power courses, using his riding style to his advantage. The three swapped leads a few times. Further back in the pack, Mikey Waine came out to entertain the crowd with wheelies and other bike tricks. Other Single Speeders were slightly less serious about the race and enjoyed the pumpkin spice donut hole hand ups on the gravel climb. Back at the front, Matthew rode away from Dave and Troy on the final lap, cinching the coveted State Championship jersey.