The news is out! Jonathan Page himself is coming down to Georgia to lead a cyclocross clinic October 12-14th.
Jonathan Page is arguably the most decorated cyclocross racer America has ever seen. He won two U.S. Junior Cyclocross Championships and a U-23 Cyclocross Championship. In 2002, Jonathan moved to Belgium, the birthplace of cyclocross, to compete with the best in the world. He then went on to win four U.S. National Cyclocross Championships (2003-2004, 2007,2013) and a silver medal in the 2007 UCI World Cyclocross Championships. From 2002-2015, he podiumed every year of the U.S. National Cyclocross Championships. After an injuryplagued 2014 season, Jonathan proved he still had plenty of fight left—winning a silver medal at the 2015 U.S. National Cyclocross Championships (a flat tire holding him back from gold), followed by a number of podiums the following season.
Check out all the details on the clinic here.
Register for the clinic here.
We can barely contain our excitement! Cross is just around the corner and the unofficial opening of cross season with Brownwood Bike Rally in Atlanta has already happened. We can’t wait to see our cross family again next weekend and hope to see lots of new faces out there. A few things to note before the first race:
– We have a revised schedule with some new categories. Make sure to check the flyers!
– Just a little tease but we have shirts and hats coming this year! More details to come.
– There will be a drop race this year since there are less off weekends.
– Make sure your USA Cycling licenses are up to date before the first race and they reflect the category you want to race.
Photo by: Garey Gomez
#crossishere #milesofsmiles #crossbikesarethebestbikes
We can’t help but love all of our local GACX peeps! As cross is approaching we thought we’d share some wisdom from one of our own.
“Meet yourself where you are today without judgement” … And remember to fight like hell for a better day tomorrow”
– Brianna Goral
Check out her post here.
We can’t wait to see the whole GRITS team out this fall!
Are you interested in hosting a GACX race? If so shoot Elizabeth Lee an email (email@example.com) by Friday February 9th 2018 to get on the list. If you have been on the email list in the past no need to contact her again. But, if you are proposing a new course/venue please contact her. Let the 2018 planning commence! #crossiscoming #okayitskindafaraway #butwerestillexcited #crossisboss #gacx
This is our “we take planning seriously look”
Photo by: Trish Albert
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!
We are super, super stoked to be raffling off a set of Boyd Altamont Disc wheels at the series finale this weekend. You can buy tickets on site only, Saturday and Sunday, for $20/5 or $5/1 (cash preferred).
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.