2016 Dingo CX

Dingo CX
Written by and photos by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling

Camp Frank D. Merrill, home of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion, hosted this year’s Dingo CX in Dahlonega, GA. We were lucky enough to have the entire airfield for the race. What a cool and usual venue! The course wound around the airfield and through a few short sections of woods. A double set of barriers broke up the first quarter of the race. Two main dismounts were a run up in the woods followed by a short downhill and a wide mudhole that may have been a creek in wetter years. Speaking of water, what is Dingo CX without some rain? Mother Nature threw North Georgia a small curve ball with some showers overnight Saturday. With how dry the last few weeks have been it was just enough to knock the dust down and make course conditions really nice.

Brittnay Hopson cheers on the racers.

Good fields took the starting line all day. Thirteen women lined up for the Women’s 1/2/3 race. The start was a flurry of the blue and grey kits of Sorella Cycling and the purple kits of The 706 Project Ladies as they scrambled for the pointy end of the field. Several riders came into the barriers together, and it would be another quarter of a lap until things began to break apart. Maria Carrelli (706 Project) and Brittany Montgomery (Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportswear) put a little distance over the other racers. They traded the lead several times throughout the race-once when Maria went through the tape and on the final lap when she sprinted past Brittany just before the finish for the win. Jean Miller (Sorella) rounded out the podium.

The Men’s Pro/1/2 race had XXX entries. Not wasting any time Sean Fincham (SCAD Cycling) went straight to the front. He may not have realized he was racing with other people. This was a one-man show from the whistle. Be the second lap he had nearly a 2-minute lead over Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW) and his SCAD teammate Artur Sagat. Spectators that were on the backside of the course near the single barrier were treated to a show in how to fly over a barrier and clear with with about 6 inches to spare. This was no bunny hop—more like a horse jumping over a fence! Nick did all he could to bring Sean back, but it was not enough. Artur passed Nick about half way into the race and hung in for second. Nick grabbed third.

Sean Fincham (SCAD Atlanta) jumps over the barriers in the Men’s Pro/1/2 race

Women Cat. 4
1 Iris Levin
2 Chloe Murdock-Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportwear
3 Molly Russell- Spindle X Westside Bikes

Men Cat. 5
1 Chase Key (Chase-We need your info.! Email results@georgiacx.com #568)
2 River Key #N/A one day
3 570 Aaron Thistle

Juniors 15-18
1 Blake Wilson- Frazier Cycling
2 W. Harrison Nguy- Frazier Cycling
3 Henrik Klessmann- North Georgia Cycling Association, Inc.

Juniors 10-14 Overall
1 Reece Latham -North Georgia Cycling Association, Inc.
2 Stephen Heath- Frazier Cycling
3 Johnny Rhodes Delbridge -North Georgia Cycling Association, Inc.

The youngest racer, Jack Johnson (Frazier Cycling) shows grit and determination.

Top Junior Girls 10-14
1 266 Elizabeth May- Frazier Cycling
2 271 Sophie Zents -North Georgia Cycling Association, Inc.
3 275 Amelia Hicks- L5Flyers Cycling Team

Masters 40+ Cat. 1/2/3
1 Kirk Corsello- Next Moto Champion Cycling p/b Roswell Bicycles
2 David Marbut -Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta
3 Brady Rogers -Litespeed-BMW

Masters 50+ Cat. 1/2/3
1 Tim Marshall -Stonehaus Factory Trek
2 Chris Isenberg- North Georgia Cycling Association, Inc.
3 William (Dub) Smith Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta

Women Cat. 1/2/3
1 Maria Carrelli The 706 Project
2 Brittany Montgomery- Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportwear
3 Jean Miller- Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportwear

Cat. 4 Men
1 Cooper Hammarlund- Prima Tappa Cycling
2 Noah Williams
3 Davis Branyon -Prima Tappa Cycling

Men’s Pro/1/2
1 Sean Fincham- SCAD Atlanta
2 Artur Sagat- SCAD Atlanta
3 Nicholas VanWinkle- Litespeed-BMW

Men Cat. 3
1 Mike Flowers
2 Jeff Hopkins- Service Course Auto Works
3 Clay Adair

Single Speed
1 David Marbut-Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta
2 Zachary Holmes Atlanta- Bicycle Barn
3 Shannon Blanton

Masters 35+ Cat. 4/5
1 Jeffrey Burgoon- Smyrna Bicycles
2 Eric Burke
3 Bill Hansen- Peachtree Bikes

2016 Across the Beeriers

Across the Beeriers
Report by David O’Rear, Photos by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling

Day One
As the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas were being battered by the fury of Hurricane Matthew, Northeast Georgia was fortunately blessed with sunny skies and warm temperatures for the 2016 edition of Swagger.us Across the Beeriers Cyclocross Race Weekend in Athens, Georgia.

Southern Brewery once again hosted Day One of racing with a course that was similar to last year’s but with a few twists on the Frank Travieso designed track.  The unique feature this year of routing the course through the brewery gave beer drinking spectators an up close, bar side view of cyclocross racing, as racers powered through the building.  Also unlike last year where the Southern Brewery grounds wewe a quagmire after drenching rains of Day One saturated the course, this year racers were provided a course which dry and fast despite the monsoon rains and flooding our southern neighbors were experiencing. Day Two of racing brought another change from last year’s race as Terrapin Brewery hosted it with an interesting course that was both technical, dry, and fast!

Molly Russell (The Spindle) concentrates over the barriers on her way to winning Day 1 in the Women’s Cat. 4.

Day One of racing started with a substantial field of racers with some incredibly fast lap times for the technical course. The most interesting and closely contested races of the day is a toss-up between the Men Pro CX1/CX2/CX3 and the Women CX1/CX2/CX3. In the Men Pro, Course Designer and 706 Project Racer Frank Travieso battled it out on every lap with Dahlonega’s Elliott Baring, and Litespeed-BMW Racer Nick Van Winkle. The race came down to a sprint finish with Travieso edging out Van Winkle for the win and Baring in a close third. In the Womens CX1/CX2/CX3 Race Sorella’s Brittany Montgomery traded Laps with 706 Project racers Emily Cox and Maria Carelli for most of the race until Montgomery opened up the gap in the final two laps. Carelli crashed at the barriers and was overtaken by Sorella’s Jean Miller. The final finish was Montgomery followed by Cox, and Miller finishing third. Carelli stayed in the fight and finished strong for fourth place.

The largest field of the day was in the Mens CX4 with 31 racers at the starting line. Christian DeCenso of of Snyder Factory Racing finishing first, Sabotage Cycles Daniel Podratsky in second and Prima Tappa’s Cooper Hammerlund finishing third.

Especially notable for the day is Ga Neurosurgical Institute Racer Jeff Clayton winning both the Men’s CX3 and Elite Masters 50+ CX1/CX2/CX3. Best wishes to CX3 Men’s and Single speed racer Tom Butler who went down in a nasty crash on the backside of the course during the Singlespeed race. A special thanks goes out to Velocity Racing’s Bret Burlson who stopped mid race to help Tom and divert racers away from the crash. Congratulations to all Day One podium finishers.

Junior 10-14
1.    Eli Hoppenfield (Fraziers)
2.    Stephen Heath
3.    Aiden Landrum

Juniors 15-18
1.    Blake Wilson

Mens CX3
1.    Jeff Clayton (Ga Neurosurgical Inst)
2.    Jeff Hopkins (Service Course Auto Works)
3.    Chris Bullock

Mens Elite Masters 40+ CX1/CX2/CX3
1.    Kirk Corsello
2.    William Lanzilotta
3.    Darren Coomer (Litespeed-BMW)

Mens Elite Masters 50+ CX1/CX2/CX3
1.    Jeff Clayton (Ga Neurosurgical Inst)
2.    Hardwick Greg (Infinity Racing)
3.    Tim Marshall

Mens 35+ CX4/CX5
1.    Chris Robinson (L5 Flyers)
2.    Eddie Donnely (The Spindle)
3.    Mike Albaneso (Outback Bikes)

Mens CX5
1.    Chris Robinson (L5 Flyers)
2.    Ben Hobbs
3.    Michael Pajewski (Clemson)

1.    Zach Holmes (Atlanta Cycle Barn)
2.    Travis Tindle
3.    Chase Blanton (PCP Racing)

Womens CX4
1.    Molly Russell (Spindle)
2.    Iris Levin
3.    Terri Watt

Day Two
Terrapin Brewery provided an excellent venue for Day Two and was a great backdrop for the Georgia Cyclocross series. This was a rare treat to race on two separate courses in two days, not to mention, racing at two of Georgia’s finest Micro-brewery’s. Day Two’s course was slightly more technical with a couple Interesting features added in. The first challenge was a shallow turn into a short wheel grabbing pea gravel bed. This lead to an immediate sharp uphill left hand turn only to be followed to a sharp off camber drop and right hand turn. Riders who failed to maintain momentum through the gravel would stall and have to dismount. The second feature was a short steep run up with a barrier at the top. Both of these were spots where riders could showcase technical skills; however, they were also the site of several spills and mishaps. They were also located very close together which was very convenient for spectators, hecklers, and hand-ups.

The Men’s Pro CX1/CX2/CX3 Race was once again one the most hotly contested races of the day. It looked like a repeat of the previous day’s race with the usual suspects fighting it out. Midway through the race Travieso suffered what appeared to be a flat and had to pit. This opened the door for another battle between Elliott Barin, and Litespeed-BMW’s Van Winkle. United Healthcare rider Tyler Magner challenged the leaders, but at the finish Barring outpaced Nick Van Winkle for the win with Magner finishing third. Travieso was able to make up enough ground to a remarkable seventh place finish. Frank’s no quit attitude perfectly illustrating why Bicycling Magazine named him as one of cycling’s hero’s for 2016.

Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW) leads Ty Magner (UHC) over the run up barrier on Sunday.

Another hard fought race was again in the Elite Masters 50+ Race. On his mountain bike, Jeff Clayton looked to be on the way for another win only to be edged at the finish line by Hardwick Gregg. Chris Isenberg finished a strong third.

Thanks to Swagger.us for putting on a fantastic race weekend which will no doubt be one of the highlights of the 2016 race season.

Junior 10-14
1.    Eli Hoppenfield (Fraziers)
2.    Reece Latham (Team Mission Source)
3.    Aiden Landrum Fraziers)

Juniors 15-18
1.    Blake Wilson (Fraziers)
2.    Drew Hockstein

Mens CX3
1.    Jeff Hopkins (Service Course Auto Works)
2.    Ryan Collins
3.    Michael Mantley (Vegan Athlete Racing)

Mens Elite Masters 40+ CX1/CX2/CX3
1.    Nate Zukas
2.    Kirk Corsello
3.    Eric Murphy (706 Project)

Mens 35+ CX4/CX5
1.    Chris Robinson (L5 Flyers)
2.    Mike Albaneso (Outback Bikes)
3.    Jeff Burgoon (Smyrna Bicycles)

Mens CX5
1.    Chris Robinson (L5 Flyers)
2.    Chris Ostlund
3.    Clint Williams

1.    Clay Adair
2.    Chase Blanton (PCP Racing)
3.    Matt Harris (Faster Mustache)

Womens CX1/CX2/CX3
1.    Leigh Hopkins (706 Project)
2.    Brittany Montgomery (Sorella)
3.    Maria Carelli (706 Project)

Womens CX4
1.    Iris Levin
2.    Chloe Murdock
3.    Candance Kimbell (Andy Jordan’s Bicycle Warehouse)

2016 Grant Park CX


Mother Nature smiled upon the Georgia Cyclcross opening race at Grant Park in Atlanta on Sunday. With over 300 racers, it ranked as one of the largest GACX races of all time. Everyone loves the park and the intown Atlanta location. Heckle Hill was the center of the action as usual. There may or may not have been frosty beverage hand ups during the later races. One spectator had bacon on a fishing pole trying to get riders to grab it. It was wonderful seeing so many families, friends, and random people watching the race. The atmosphere was electric as the first race of the day toed the line! The action continued throughout the morning and early afternoon.

In the Women’s 1/2/3 newcomer Mackenzie Myatt (SCAD Cycling) took an early lead and never looked back. Mackenzie represented Canada at the UCI World Mountain Bike Championships this summer, so her speed did not surprise anyone. Behind her the battle for second was on! After trading places several times, Jenna Downey (Sorella Cycling) held off Maria Carrelli (706 Project) for second.

Collegiate riders continued the podium domination in the Men’s 1-2. A group of 4 riders separated themselves from the pack by midway through the race: SCAD Cycling teammates Sean Fincham and Artur Sagat, Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW), and Frank Travieso (706 Project). Elliot Barring (UNG) soon joined them. With one lap remaining, Sean put in a massive effort, and the group dropped Nick. As Artur nearly collided with a lapped rider, Sean pulled away. Sean held on for the win with Artur in second and Elliot in third.

Kinzer Hewitt (Loose Nuts) forgot how to bunny hop the barrier at the bottom of Heckle Hill on the last lap. No CX racers or bikes (only egos) were harmed in the taking of these photos.

Next up is two days in Athens at Across the Beeriers October 8-9! Be sure to check the flyer for important information about the venues. NO OUTSIDE BEER EITHER DAY! This race requires transponders: $5 rental for the weekend or bring your own MyLaps chip! Tour at Southern Brewing & Terrapin are included with full price entry. Must be 21 to drink, and ID will be required.

2016 Racer Reminders

A few reminders as we head into the 2016 CX season:

  • New for 2016: There will be a $10 late fee for day of registration.  So make sure to pre-register to avoid this!
  • As always racers will keep the same bib number for the entire season.  There is a $5 replacement charge.
  • Make sure your USAC license is current and bring it to the races.  Yes, I know they went paperless…so either print off your registration to ride or download the app!
  • Racing age is based off of your age on December 31, 2017.
  • Savannah’s Saturday race will be double points for the series!!!

Be sure to check the “rules” and “beginner info” pages if you have any other questions.

2016 Race Schedule

The 2016 Race Schedule is ready! Flyers are being added as we get them. Please check back often for any updates! Racing starts Sunday, October 2 at Grant Park. What a great intown Atlanta venue! Racers can expect some of the classic course with a couple of new twists (or maybe that’s turns?)!

If you have questions about some of the Rules, we have that covered, too! Questions about which category you should race or what your license says? Please contact USA Cycling or one of our local USAC officials. They will be happy to help!

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2016 Georgia Cross Series Sponsors

What do Terrapin Beer Company, Outback Bikes, Peachtree Bikes, Loose Nuts Cycles, Smyrna Bicycles, Clif Bar, and State Farm Insurance-Grayson Tudor Agency have in common? You guessed it (or not…), they’re sponsoring the 2017 Georgia Cyclocross Series!
If you’re still on the fence about sponsoring, it’s not too late. Reach out to Jim Bilotto at jimbilotto@gmail.com to get more details about our different sponsorship packages.

Calling All Promoters

We are diligently working to get the 2016 Schedule sorted out.  If you are interested in promoting a race please send an email to Jim Behning (jimbehning@gmail.com) by Friday 5/20.  He will be sending out an email with additional information to all interested promoters.  If you know anyone interested in promoting make sure to remind them to send an email to Jim as well.

RACE REPORT – 2015 Series Finale

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 BikesPeachtree 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)

Single Speed
1. David Marbut (Toyota Forklifts)
2. Murphy Davis (Toyota Forklifts)
3. Michael Manthey (Faster Mustache)

Men Pro/1/2
1. Frank Travis (UHC-706)
2. Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW)
3. Artur Sagst (Ms. Roses)

Cat. 3
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)

Cat. 4
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)

Cat. 5
1. Eric Garlinghouse (L5 Flyers)
2. Matt Hutchinson (William St.)
3. Benjamin Spangler (L5 Flyers)

Juniors 10-14
1. Reece Latham (NCGA)
2. Troy Waine (EPTC)
3. Leon Waine (EPTC)

Juniors 15-18
1. Blake Wilson  (Frazier Cycling)
2. Max Lenk  (Frazier Cycling)
3. Isabella Nguy  (Frazier Cycling)

Team Competition
1. L5 Flyers
2. LNC Racing
3. Litespeed-BMW

The Team Competition podium.