2014 Grant Park State Championships Race Report

WORDS AND PHOTOS BY Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com

The Waine twins have been tearing it up all year. Here, Leon sets up to shred a corner.

For years riders clamored for an intown Atlanta Georgia Cyclocross venue. Bring cyclocross racing closer to The People! Last year, the wish was granted. For 2015 Litespeed-BMW and L5 Flyers teamed up to host the Grant Park CX race, which doubled as the Georgia State Cyclocross Championships. Mother Nature provided a stunningly beautiful day with nothing but sunshine and warm temperatures. No mud was to be found, but there was plenty of dust on the twisty, turny course. A set of barriers on a hill on the backside and the infamous Green Monster Run-Up provided the day’s obstacles. The GMRU was the scene of the party of the year! Hundreds of spectators lined the hill with handups consisting of adult beverages, pickled herring, Fireballs, and donuts. Rumor has it the white wine handups were the biggest hit. Cowbells could be heard clanging all over the park as the adoring public cheered on the racers. Attendance records were broken by many divisions. A final total isn’t available yet, but the GPCX had the largest turn out ever for a Georgia Cross Race!

The Single Speeders and Masters 4/5 racers showed up en. Among the racers were Dan McCarthy (Smyrna Bicycles) as Wonder Woman, Erik Nicoletti (Faster Mustache) as Walter White from Breaking Bad complete in his tighty whiteys and riding a tandem, and several riders braving jorts. The Single Speeders went off first. The course lent itself to keeping groups together, and the front group formed quickly. It included David Marbut (Toyota Forklifts), Matthew Reeves (LNC), and McLean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles). The three played leapfrog until the final lap. Matthew was able to put a small gap on David and take the coveted red, white, and blue jersey. McLean came in for third. A fast start to the 4/5 Masters race had Mike Albaneso (Outback Bikes), Conor McNally (L5 Flyers), and Jeff Hopkins riding to the front, chased by Mark Baldwin (Faster Mustache) and Corny Delasalas (SoPo Bikes). As Conor rode off, Mike faded, and Jeff slipped on a sandy hairpin. Mark, Conry, and a surging Mathew Sexton (Reality Bikes) took advantage of the bobble and sailed past. Conor would take the win followed by Mark and Corny.

The Elite Masters were fighting for three jerseys: 35+, 45+, and 55+.. The Masters 35+ wasted no time getting racing started. Chris Lessing (Round Here Racing) took off like a rocket. He was chased by Tim Barrett (Toyota Forklifts) , Nate Sibly (Atlanta Cycling), and Chris Wyatt (Peachtree Bikes). They couldn’t catch Chris, who held on for the victory. Tim was second, and Nate was third. The Masters 45+ and 55+ started together. Charles Rossignol (Litespeed-BMW) took the early lead followed closely by Dub Smith (Toyota Forklifts) and Brady Rogers (Litespeed-BMW) with the rest of the field strung out behind. By the second lap Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes) had worked his way through the field to join the leaders while close behind was Grayson Tudor (Peachtree Bikes) looking for a piece of the action for himself. A battle ensued amongst this lead group for several laps. Brady was eventually purged with a mechanical, and Charles falling victim to the relentless pace. With the finish near, the remaining trio had to determine who would stand on which box. Concluding that a solo victory would work for him, Grayson rode clear leaving Dub and Michael to fight it out for second. With the finish line just ahead, Dub fell victim to a mis-shift opening the door for Michael to take second place at the line. Charles hung on for fourth holding off the charging duo of Scott Staubach (Peachtree Bikes) and Kirk Corsello (THL Automotive) who had overtaken Brady. The 55+ Elder Statesman of GACX put in a hard fought battle. Lamar Mauney (Toyota Forklifts) took the jersey. Joining him on the podium were Jim Behning (CTown Bikes) and Michael Johnson (Mission Source).

The Women’s Cat. 4 saw over 25 racers. Jenna Downey (Peachtree Bikes) took the win followed by Ana Baile (L5 Flyers), and Ali Whittier (HUB Endurance Chattanooga). The Juniors came out in force this weekend! In the Juniors 10-14, Michael Garrison (Mission Source) won. Harrison Nguy (Frazier Cycling) was second with Leon and Troy Waine (Junior Flyers) in third and fourth. Not to be outdone by his younger brothers, Mikey Waine (EPTC) won the sprint for the jersey in the Juniors 15-18, adding to his impressive palmares for the year. Blake Johnson came across for second. Willem Kaiser (Mission Source) took third. The Men’s Cat. 5 race was won by Zach Holmes. Andrew Rytlewski followed with Tim Mondor in third.

The Women’s 1/2/3 race awarded two State Championship jerseys—Cat. 1-2 and Cat. 3. The race within the race was what Cat. 3 would cross the line first and take it? The ladies wasted no time and strung the field out on the road. By the first run up, Paula Burks (Peachtree Bikes) and Lisa Randall (Super Sport) broke away. The chase was on! Rhys May (LNC), Elizabeth Lee (Loganville Ford), Leigh Hopkins, Kim Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts), and Kim Blodgett were trying to get them. Eventually, Paula and Lisa pulled away, never to be seen again. On the final lap, they were still together. Paula got a slight edge over Lisa on the Green Monster and took the win by 3 seconds. Kim Blodgett was third. Coming in a strong 6th, Rhys took the Cat. 3 jersey. In the Men’s Cat. 4 Blake Zorn (Peachtree Bikes) stepped up to receive the State Championship jersey. Joining him on the podium were Jason Wolfe (Outspokin-Woodstock) and Andrew Luettgen (Wrenched Bicycles).

The Pro/1/2 race was exciting to watch! Four riders took off at the beginning-Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW), Spencer Whittier (HUB Endurance Chattanooga), Frank Trevieso (UHC/706 Project), and last week’s winner Artur Sagat (Round Here Racing). Nick moved to the front with 4 laps to go; however, Spencer was hot on his tail. Riders got jumbled the next lap. Frank moved into second with Artur and Spencer chasing. Nick continued to increase his lead. In the end he had plenty of time to celebrate his win. He fell off of his bike into the arms of his teammates in victory. Artur had passed Frank out on the course, and he rolled in for second. Frank followed shortly thereafter. In the Men’s Cat. 3, Eric Kirk (LNC) didn’t want to be outdone by his girlfriend, Rhys. He won a jersey, too. Trevor Harding and Zach Lutz (ALTX) rounding out the podium.

Dan McCarthy of Smyrna Bicycles makes a lovely Wonder Woman.

Macon 2014 Race Report

WORDS AND PHOTOS (except where noted) BY Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com

Chris Wyatt has hopz for dayz. (Photo courtesy Dave Marbut)

Central City Park in Macon, GA was the site for the 5th round of the Georgia Cross Series. Blue skies and cool temperatures greeted riders. The course is pancake flat with lots of twists and turns. A set of double barriers, a semi-rideable sand pit, and a run up the levee provided the day’s obstacles.

The Single Speeders and Masters 4/5 divisions started the day as they always do. The SS riders were seen spinning at 120 rpm down the road on the first lap as things sorted out. They looked a bit like track racers on knobby tires. Troy Dunton (GS Tenzig) took an early lead and never looked back. Eric Kirk (LNC), David Marbut (Toyota Forklifts), and Matthew Reeves (LNC) chased, but Troy kept the gap open. Eric took second, and David was third. In the Masters 4/5, it was a close battle for the front of the pack. Robin Blake (ACC) narrowly edged out Corny Delasalas (Sopo Bikes) to win. Sergei Grigorian (Bike Raising) got third.

The Elite Masters 35+ racers are known for their technical skills and for being fast. Many of them also race their category and podium. Chris Wyatt (Peachtree Bikes) went over the top when he was the only rider during the day that bunny hopped the barrier at the bottom of the levee run up. This allowed him to put a second or two into his rivals each lap. He was followed by Eric Smith (RHCX) and Nate Sibley (Atlanta Cycling). The Elite Masters 45+ saw the return of John Phelan (ACC) after several years of not racing. He got right down to business and went to the front group with Scott Staubach (Peachtree Bikes) and Brady Rogers (Litespeed-BMW). After some cat and mouse games, Scott won with Brady and John right behind.

The Women’s Cat. 4 race saw a fast start. The pack stayed together through most of the first lap until the levee runup. Jenna Downey (Peachtree Bikes) took the top step of the podium. Ali Whittier (HUB Chattanooga) was second, and Brittany Hopson (Sorella) rounded out the podium. In the Men’s Cat. 5, David Kemp came out on top. Federico Holgado (Faster Mustache) and Jackson Gilbert (GA Tech) were second and third. The Waine brothers are keeping their podium streaks alive this year. Oldest brother Mikey Waine (EPTC) was not even tired after his 5th place finish in the Single Speed race. He took an early lead in the Juniors 15-18. Blake Wilson (Frazier Cycling) was able to stay ahead of first time racer Derek Gilbert. In the Juniors 10-14, the Troy and Leon Waine (Junior Flyers) took first and second. Not far behind for third was Ragan Locaran.

Ali Whittier (HUB Chattanooga) was 2nd in the Women's Cat. 4

With the absence of several ladies, the Women’s 1/2/3 was wide open. Sometimes everyone needs to be reminded that cyclocross should be fun. Junior racer Salma Huque (Junior Flyers) reminded us of that Sunday by racing in a pink tutu. When the fun and games were over, Kim Blodgett took the win. Elizabeth Lee (Lifetime Bikes) chased hard but could not catch her. Rhys May (LNC) took a hard fought and well deserved third place. Kim Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts) took 4th. Salma and her tutu came in fifth. In the Men’s Cat. 4, Tyler Asdit (Georgia Neurosurgery) took the holeshot off the starting line. Todd Steigerwalt won. Christian DeCenso (Prima Tappa) got second, and Robin Blake (ACC) was third.

Artur Sagat placed First Moustache. (He also won the less prestigious Open Facial Hair category.) But seriously, it was great to see Mr. Sagat finally get a well-deserved GACX win. Photo courtesy Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com

The 1-2 Men provided a great race to watch as usual. A small group broke away on the first couple of laps: Artur Sagat (Round Here Racing), Spencer Whittier (Hub-Chattanooga), Frank Travieso (UHC/706 Project), and Nick VanWinkle (Litespeed-BMW). These four were going back and forth the entire race. One would lead for a lap and then another would. Right behind them was Mr. Bunny Hop, Chris Wyatt. His efforts drew the largest group of spectators of the day to the levee run up. In the end, Artur took a the win by 2 seconds over Spencer. Frank was third. In the Men’s Cat. 3, David Vargas (Atlanta Cycling) sashayed his way to the top. LNC teammates Matthew Reeves and Erik Kirk joined him on the podium.

Jim Miller Park 2014 Race Report

WORDS AND PHOTOS BY Trish Albert, Southeasterncycling.com

Josh. The boss. Of Georgia 'Cross.

Jim Miller Park in Marietta is the oldest continuously raced venue in the Georgia Cross Series. The course is also the site of Atlanta’s Wednesday Night CX Worlds. It is well known to those that have been racing-fast, hilly, and a big run up. The start is in the field with the first obstacle-a quadruple barrier set. The major change from years past was the looping of the far side of the course around the outside of the ball fields because of construction. A few technical turns brought the course to an off camber section and usually rideable ditch–then bit of flatland to the climb that leads to the big run up. Only a few have ever attempted riding it. A screaming downhill brings the course back into the field. Rain in the days leading up to the race left the ground a bit wet. Rain during the first two races turned it into a muddy mess, much to the delight of racers.

The first race of the day was greeted with a light rain. The Single Speeders were not deterred by the mud since they have no gears to get gunked up. They hustled out of the gate towards the barriers. A small group quickly broke away from the pack. Troy Dunton (GS Tenzig) spun home for the win followed by McLean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles) and Matthew Reeves (LNC). More than 50 Masters 4/5 braved the weather. Early in the race a break of 5 riders separated from the main field. Connor McNally (L5 Flyers) eventually rode away from Robin Blake (ACC), Jeff Hopkins, Matt Sexton (Reality Bikes), and Corny Delasalas (Sopo). Robin and Jeff faded leaving Matt and Corny. Connor got his second win in as many weeks while Corny out-sprinted Matt for second.

The Elite Masters 35+ race was a rainy showdown between Chris Wyatt (Peachtree Bikes) and Tim Barrett (Toyota Forklifts). They distanced themselves from the pack in the first couple of laps. Riders chased, but none could catch them. They came barreling down the finishing straight like two Indy cars. Chris won the sprint over Tim. Nate Sibly (Atlanta Cycling) was third. The distinguished gentlemen of the Elite Masters 45+ were again led out by Dub Smith (Toyota Forklifts) with pairs of Litespeed BMW (Charles Rossignol, Brady Rogers) and Peachtree Bikes (Grayson Tudor, Scott Staubach) teammates and the rest of the strong field in tow. After some first lap jockeying in the twists, turns and mud hole, the rain slicked run-up forced the first separation at the front of the race–Brady, Charles, Grayson and Scott pulling clear of a group including Travis Neumuller (MissionSource) and teammates Alan Burton and Dub (Toyota Forklifts). While these two groups largely held position over the second lap, charging through the field from behind was Tim Gotsick (THL Automotive). As Tim worked his way through the chase group on the third lap, the leaders split. Brady and Grayson pulled away, leaving Scott and Charles to fight it out for the final podium spot. Tim had other plans, however, overtaking both chasers as he continued his charge to the front. On the final lap Brady got a gap on Grayson, but it proved to be too little, too early as Grayson played his cards to perfection. He unleashed the sprint at just the right time to take the win. Unable to catch the leaders, Tim rolled in for a well earned third.

Ali Whittier (HUB Endurance Chattanooga) took the highest step on the podium in the Women’s Cat. 4 race. Holly Harris (Peachtree Bikes) and Ana Baille (L5 Flyers) stood with her. The Cat. 5 racers got their first taste of what cross racing is really like after the rain stopped. Spare bikes were needed by several riders as the thick slop took its toll. Zach Holmes won, Daniel Podratsky (Faster Mustache) got second, and Sean Taylor (ALTX) was third. The Juniors 10-14 was won by Michael Garrison (Mission Source/NCGA). Harrison Nguy (Frazier Cycling) was 2nd, and Leon Wayne (Junior Flyers) took third. Blake Johnson (AYC Junior Dev) took the win in the Juniors 15-18 with Mikey Waine (EPTC) and Blake Wilson (Frazier Cycling) following.

Did you say more or less cowbell?

The sun came out and baked the 1:00 race. Lisa Randall (Super Sport) bypassed the orange sprinkled donut handups and overcame the heat and peanut butter mud to handily win the Women’s 1/2/3 race. Elizabeth Lee (Lifetime Bikes) came in a minute later for second, and Kim Blodgett was third. In the Men’s Cat. 4 Trevor Harding won over Todd Steigarwalt and Christian DiCenso (Prima Tappa).

The Men’s 1-2 race started out fast. A small group broke away on the first two laps. Unfortunately, a rider crashed hard during the previous race on the downhill near the runup. EMS had to be called after it was discovered her injuries were worse than first thought. The 1/2/3 race was suspended after 20 minutes, so that EMS could extract the injured racer. Officials decided to run a 30 minute “Crit-Cross” race using the part of the course in the field. The 1-2 and 3 categories were staged with time gaps between groups as they were when the race was suspended. The sun had dried up most of the field, making racing conditions very fast. In the 1-2 A group of 5-6 racers had a slight gap on the chase group. They stayed together until the end. Crit specialist Frank Travieso (UHC-706 Project) outkicked Nick VanWinkele (Litespeed-BMW) and Arthur Sagat (Round Here Racing). The Men Cat. 3 race was taken by David Vargas (Atlanta Cycling). Matthew Reeves (LNC) grabbed second with Wesley Burrus (Toyota Forklifts) in third.

2014 Boundary Waters Race Report

Photos and words by Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com
Theme of the week: Best “Philisms”

You think Frank's fast? You should see his son!

Smyrna Bicycles and the Toyota Forklift team ordered perfect southern fall weather for the third round of the Georgia Cross Series. It rained heavily on Friday, so riders were unsure what kind of conditions to expect on the course. Boundary Waters Park has a mix of terrain and soil types. Except for two big mud holes on the climb, the rest of the course was in perfect shape. The course was similar to past years with a fast, flat section in the field punctuated by a set of barriers. There was a fast downhill to a sharp left turn in the woods and then a bit more flat. The climb is the biggest obstacle during the race. About half of the racers could ride it; everyone else was forced to run it. Pavement, grass, and move pavement brought riders back to the finish line.
The Singlespeeders had 21 racers sprinting around the course and jumping over things with one gear. A lead group of Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles), Mikey Waine (EPTC), Matthew Reeves (LNC), and David Marbut (Toyota Forklifts) got off the front early in the race. The lead jockeyed back and forth several times. A bit further back in the field, there were races within the race. Josh Frank (ATLX) said that “I scorched a kitten trying to hold Shannon Greenhill’s wheel but ran out of fur to burn before crossing the finish line.”* Shannon dropped Josh and many of the guys. Kyle Schultz (ATLX) also dazzled the crowd on the run up with his very Miley Cyrus like dance moves.  Mikey reached into his suitcase of courage to win the three up sprint. He was followed by Mclean and Matthew. The Master 4/5 Category is proving very popular with nearly 45 entries. Conor McNally (L5 Flyers) had a great start and took the holeshot into the barriers. He never gave up being on the pointy end of the race and led it home for the win. Jeff Richards (HomeSmart) continues to improve each week. He and Tom Hoppe (Bikeman.com) picked their way through the field and battled it out for the last 2 podium spots. Jeff came in second with Tom in third.

Fast older gentlemen

In the 35+ Elite Masters, a pack took off from the starting gun. For the first 3 laps, they settled into a rotation, taking turns pulling. No one was able to get a gap. With 3 to go, Tim Barrett (Toyota Forklifts) made a move and gained 7-8 seconds on the chasers. Nate Sibley (Atlanta Cycling) got a slow start. At one point he was nearly 10 riders back, but he slowly picked his way to the front. Working with Chris Wyatt (Peachtree Bikes), they reeled Tim back in. Going into the final lap, Chris and Nate were side by side. Chris took the sprint for the victory. Nate followed closely behind,  and Tim hung on for third. The 45+ Senior Gentlemen got off to a fast start. Dub Smith (Toyota Forklifts) took the early lead followed by Brady Rogers, Charles Rossignol (both Litespeed BMW), Grayson Tudor, Scott Staubach (both Peachtree Bikes), and Alan Burton (Toyota Forklifts). The first trip through the ride/run-up hill split the group with Brady, Charles, and Grayson riding over unscathed and the others forced to dismount. The second lap was one of re-grouping and re-sorting into pairs that would continue for most of the remainder with Brady and Grayson in the lead followed closely by Charles and Scott, who in turn were followed by Alan and Dub. Aiming to hit the run-up in the lead on the final lap, Grayson gained a gap on Brady before entering the woods that he held until the finish for his first 45+ win. Just behind, Charles had separated himself from Scott taking third for his first trip to the 45+ podium.
The Cat. 5 kicked up a lot of dust as they started. When it settled Todd Steigerwalt came out on top with Blake Zorn (Peachtree Bikes) and Zach Holmes rounding out the podium. Eight Juniors 10-14 toed the line. Michael Garrison (NCGA/Mission Source) took the victory. William Sietz (GSMR) was second, and Sean Branyon (Frazier Cycling) was third. In the 15-18, Mikey Waine (EPTC) wasn’t content with just one victory for the day. He soloed to take this older Juniors race, too. Davis Branyon (Frazier Cycling) came in for second, and Gabriela Lantinga got third. The Cat. 4 Women’s race was open for anyone to win. First time cyclocross racer Jenna Downey (Peachtree Bikes) took the honors. Julia Bryant (Sorella Cycling) and Ali Whittier (Hub Endurance Chattanooga) were on the other two podium steps.
The Women’s 1/2/3 battle is between Lisa Randall (Super Sport) and Paula Burks (Peachtree Bikes) this year. So far, they have each won a race. With a course that did not favor either rider, it was anyone’s to win. Lisa and Paula dropped everyone early and stayed with each other throughout the race. Paula got Lisa at the line by 1 second. Leigh Hopkins was third. A little further back in the peloton, riders were more concerned with the quality of the hand ups. Lisa Bongiorno said that “the bacon was freshly cooked but a little dry, causing the back end of the field to nearly choke to death.” Others noted the serious lack of donuts. In the Men’s Cat. 4, Connor Ardery (Outspokin Augusta) took the flower. Eric Palacio (L5 Flyers) and Robbin Rahman (The Forge) rounded out the podium.
Last week at Elks Aidmore, Zach Lutz (Grindstone Cycling) won Saturday’s Cat. 4 race and immediately moved up to Cat. 3. This week, he won the Cat. 3 race. David Vargus (Atlanta Cycling) took second, and Joshua Jackson (Outspokin Augusta) was third. With course conditions so fast, the 1/2 Men’s race looked like a road race the first few laps. A large lead group and two smaller chase groups were within eyesight of one another. Half way into the race, slower riders had been shed with only the best up front. The usual suspects were there including Frank Travieso (UHC/706 Project), Nick VanWinkle (Litespeed-BMW), and Artur Sagat (Round Here Racing). The fast course favored crit racer Frank, but he could not shed Nick, Artur, and the others. He finally put in the winning move with 2 laps to go. Frank came down that finish straightaway like a Grand Prix Motor Car to win. Nick got second, and Artur hung on for third despite flatting on the last lap.
*No actual felines were harmed in the writing of this race report.

2014 Elks Aidmore Race Report

Words and photos by Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com

Elks Aidmore in Conyers hosted the Georgia Cross opening weekend! After a dry Saturday race on the traditional woodsy Elks course, Sunday’s course was “Shades of Honey Badger.” The infamous muddy ditch was back after a year’s absence. Mother Nature graced Sunday morning with a little bit of drizzle, making roots nice and slick and adding moisture to the already muddy ditch. Other parts of the course that were covered by trees remained dry.

New for 2014 is the Masters 35+ Cat. 4/5 race at 10:00. Along side them are the fun loving Singlespeeders. The SS took of first followed about 30 seconds later by the Masters. Eric Nicoletti (Faster mustache) took off early with a Trevor Harding following behind. Mountain bike wielding Dave Marbut (Toyota Forklifts) tried to make up time by riding the ditch every lap. Those three held their places for the podium. In the Masters 4/5, Chris Isenberg took the win. Matt Harris (C-Town Bikes) was second, and Corny Pogi (Sopo Bikes) was third.

Then Corni showing how it should be done in the Masters 4/5.

Elite Masters were lucky as it started raining hard about 10 minutes before their race. The course quickly turned wet and slick. The Master 35+ looks to be hotly contested this year as “Little Timmy” Barrett (Toyota Forklifts) is finally eligible to race Masters and several riders are moving up to the 45+ age group. Tim didn’t disappoint. He took the lead early and held on for the win on Sunday. Chris Wyatt (Peachtree Bikes) finished behind him after taking Saturday’s win. Nate Sibley (Atlanta Cycling) was third. In the 45+ field, the front of the race stayed compact in the tricky conditions until the second half of the first lap. A trio containing Litespeed/BWM teammates Brady Rogers and Charles Rossignol and Peachtree Bike’s Grayson Tudor began to pull away. Dub Smith (Toyota Forklifts) led the chase with Scott Staubach, Men’s 60-64 National Champion Hardwick Gregg (Infinity Cycling), and a couple others in tow. By the third lap the lead trio had become a duo of Brady and Grayson, which stopped when both tumbled end over end into the ditch, taking Grayson out with a mechanical. The following lap Brady lost the lead as a whittled down chase group of Dub and Scott came through with their eyes on the top step. After repeated attacks by Dub, Scott was gapped on the final climb with Dub taking the well-earned win. Brady held on for third.

Ten Cat. 4 women lined up. Trudy Franzel (Alderman) of Savannah captured first on Saturday. Once again she got the holeshot into the tape and didn’t look back. Behind her it was a battle for second place. Brittnay Hopson (Sorella Cycling) took the honors followed by Ana Bailie (L5 Flyers). A little further back in the Cat. 4 pack, Brittnay Mixon (Sorella Cycling) wowed the crowd on every lap by using her gravity racing skills to get air over the ditch.  The Juniors 15-18 saw Blake Johnson (AYC Junior Devo) come out on top followed by Davis Branyon (Frazier Cycling) and Keegan Schimmelman. The Under 14 Juniors had a good showing with riders as young as 7! Spectators could be heard across the venue cheering these youngsters on. The top 3 were Sean Branyon (Frazier Cycling), Owen Braunecker (Mission Source/NCGA), and Makena Gates. Trevor Harding won the Cat. 5 race. He was followed by Josh Lothspeigh (Northstar Racing) and Zach Holmes.

The Elite Women have a 30 second headstart on the Cat. 4 Men. The fastest ladies made it known they have no intention of getting caught by any of the men. They put an exclamation mark on that Sunday. Saturday saw Paula Burks (Peachtree Bike) beat Lisa Randall (Super Sport) on a dry, fast course. With parts of the Shades of Honey Badger course wet and muddy, it favored Lisa’s mountain bike skills. She did not disappoint. On the first ditch crossing, Lisa put a few seconds on Paula, but Paula came back until she slid out in a corner. Lisa put a few more seconds on Paula with each dismount and held on for the win. Paula finished second. Elizabeth Lee (Loganville Ford) rounded out the podium. After Saturday’s dramatic win in the Cat. 4 race, Zach Lutz (Grindstone Cycling) could be called an upgrader after immediately moving up to Cat. 3. In his absence, Cat. 4 Men’s race was open. Connor Ardrey (Outspokin’ Augusta) won with Devin Vernick (L5 Flyers) in second and Chris Bulloch in third.

A little birdie said that Frank Trevieso (United Healthcare/706) had been training in secret for the Elks Aidmore cross races and was determined to take the win both days. Even with his victory on Saturday, there was speculation that he couldn’t handle the wetter conditions on Sunday. The 1/2 race got off to a fast start. With 6 laps to go, Frank had a 10 second lead over Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed/BMW). That lead never wavered until just over 1 lap to go. Frank overcooked a corner that had taken out several riders during the day. His bike bucked him off, and he lost a few precious seconds retrieving it. Nick nearly caught him. Frank remounted and put a few seconds between them again. Frank won with Nick in second. Artur Sagat (Round Here Racing) rounded out the podium. After crashing out in the Masters 45+ race, Grayson Tudor (Peachtree Bikes) came back to win the Cat. 3 race. Blake Bridges (Northstar Racing) was 2nd, and Matthew Reeves (LNC) was 3rd.   The 1/2/3 Men kept the crowd entertained on the backside of the course. Rumor has it there were cookie hand ups and even a bacon wrapped donut hand up. Loud music could be heard from the ALTX speakers to get the riders and crowd pumped up.

Trish’s Annual Cyclocross Clinic

Get Your Cyclocross On! Join Trish Albert for a cyclocross clinic to learn what CX is and develop race skills!

When:  Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, 6:15-7:15-ish PM
Where: Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta, GA 30008. Park in the big field across from the Fairground.
Who: Everyone is welcome!
Cost: Free
What To Bring: Cyclocross bike or mountain bike. If you bring a mountain bike, remove your bottle cages and bar ends. Bring water. HELMETS ARE MANDATORY!
Skills to Be Covered: Cyclocross mounts and dismounts, lifting the bike over barriers, race tips and tricks. We’ll do a practice race on the end on one of Georgia’s classic cyclcocross courses.

Notes: All riders must sign a waiver. HELMETS ARE MANADTORY. No helmet, no ride. Trish Albert is not responsible if you get injured. You ride at your own risk and assume all responsibility for yourself and your equipment.

Trish Albert
Southeastern Cycling
http://www.southeasterncycling.com

 

Elks Aidmore – Race Report

WORDS AND PHOTOS: Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com

Salma Hugue (Junior Flyers) does the "Breakfast Club" over the barriers on her way to 2nd place. Also, she is way too young to get that reference.

Elks Aidmore in Conyers hosted the Georgia Cross finale weekend! Fall is the dry season in Georgia, but racers were treated to a week of rain and falling temperatures preceding the series finale. Mud, cold, wet, more mud! Sunday’s weather did not disappoint. Heavy overnight rains turned Saturday’s tacky course into a peanut buttery mess for Sunday’s races. Turns were slick, uphills were slidy, and there was carnage everywhere. Riders came to defend their series leads or simply to try to survive the epic conditions.

In the Masters 35+, Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes) took a solo victory. Daryl Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts) rode into second despite having been sick for a week. Series leader Ian Pruiner (Smyrna Bicycles) was third. The Masters 45+ started with a four-way battle for the holeshot between Dub Smith (Toyota Forklifts), Alan Burton (Toyota Forklifts), Greg Schisla (GTC), and Bobby Thrash (Adventure Cycles). As the group slid their way through the downhill after the cabins, Smith remained steady on the front while Burton moved past Schisla only to be pushed aside by a surging Thrash. The four remained together through the lake, pool, and asphalt sections with Smith at the helm and the others continuing their jostling behind. The peanut butter conditions through the rollers and bridges eventually broke up the group with Smith and Burton pulling away from Schisla and Thrash. With rain now falling, Smith continued on with teammate Burton in tow over the next two laps as course conditions deteriorated. On the third and final trip through the rollers and bridges Smith opened a gap on Burton, pulling away through the muck to take victory. Schisla came in third.

In the Juniors 15-18 Keegan Schimmelman was the sole entrant and took the win. The Women’s Cat. 4 race has been hot contest all season between Lisa Bongiorno (Frazier Cycling) and Rhys Mays (ATH CX). The buzz was that Mays would take today’s win because of her running skills on the parts of the course that were not rideable. Bongiorno was having none of that. She took the early lead and never looked back. Mays worked her way from the middle of the pack to take second. Shannon Kimato was third in her first ever cyclocross race. Series Leader Bongiorno and State Champion Mays were upgraded to Cat. 3 on the spot and are looking forward to racing with the Women’s 1/2/3 next year. In the Juniors 10-14, Hunter Murray battled the mud to come out on top. Owen Braunecker (Mission Source Juniors) and Makena Gates rounded out the podium.

Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes)

In the Men’s Cat. 3 Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes) was not too tired from his earlier victory in the Masters 35+ to give Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles) a run for his money. Schmid stayed with him until the last lap when Harris put a few seconds between them. James Hundershott (Georgia College) was third. In the Women’s race, mountain biker Lisa Randall (Sorella Cycling) loves the mud and it showed. She flew to the front and never looked back. Randall would put several minutes on the next rider before the end of the race. In the chase pack, Kim Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts) had a bobble in the mud. She was passed by Salma Hugue (Junior Flyers) and Elizabeth Lee (LG Factory). Roadie Hugue becoming known for riding very well in the rain this year. She pushed passed her older competition to take second place. Lee rolled in for third.

With several of the Cat. 4 Men moving up to the 3’s and series leader Scott Morris (Village Volkswagon) sitting out , the field was wide open. Zach Lutz has not had the best mechanical luck this year in his previous races. He had no bike problems today and came away with the win and an upgrade to Cat. 3. Junior racer Davis Branyon (Frazier Cycling) was second, and Blake Bridges (Northstar) was third.

The mud did little to separate the top riders in the Men’s Cat. 1/2/3 race the first three laps. Masters World Champion Thomas Turner (Team Jamis), Nicholas VanWinkle (Litespeed-BMW), Artur Sagat, Elliot Baring (Cycle Youth) and Frank Trevieso (Smart Stop) stayed together despite the challenging course conditions. On the third lap, Turner and VanWinkle put a small gap on the others. Turner would win by about 15 seconds. VanWinkle was second, and Baring came in third.

Single Speeders love the mud as they have no shifters or derailleurs to get gunked up. One gear, no fuss! SS was the David Marbut (Toyota Forklifts) show. He jumped to the front from the start line. His teammate Dub Smith began the Twinkie hand ups on the second lap. Series Leader Marbut increased the gap as many of his competitors stopped to take a Twinkie or a cupcake after the Twinkies ran out. The biggest cheer of the day came for Salma Hugue (Junior Flyers), the lone women’s SS entrant. She was the last rider off of the course for the 2013 Georgia Cross Season and the one with the biggest smile. Marbut took the win. Michael James (Prima Tapps) was on the second step of the podium with Matthew Reeves (LNC) in third.

 

Congratulations to the Georgia Cross 2013 Series Award Winners!

Single Speed

1. David Marbut (Toyota Forklifts)
2. Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles/BMW)
3. Josh Frank (ATLX)

Juniors 10-14

1. Leon Waine (Junior Flyers)
2. Troy Waine (Junior Flyers)
3. Davis Branyon (Frazier Cycling)

Juniors 15-18

1. Thomas Pettit (Frazier Cycling)
2. Kyle Ellis
3. Blake Wilson (Frazier Cycling)

Men CX 4

1. Scott Morris (Village Volkswagen)
2. Aaron Chamberlin (Faster Mustache)
3. Harry Boxler

Women CX 1/2/3

1. Kim Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts)
2. Elizabeth Lee (LG Factory Team p/b Fuji)
3. Lisa Randall (Sorella Cycling)
4. Amy Frank (ATLX)
5. Salma Hugue (Junior Flyers)

Women CX 4

1. Lisa Bongiorno (Frazier Cycling)
2. Rhys May (ATHCX)
3. Lori Balistreri (ATLX)

Men CX 1/2/3

1. Thomas Turner (Team Jamis)
2. Nicholas VanWinkle (Litespeed-BMW)
3. Artur Sagat
4. Frank Travieso (Smart Stop)
5. Tim Barrett (EPTC)

Men CX 3

1. Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles/BMW)
2. Calvin Cheung (College Park Bicycles
3. Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes)

Masters 45+

1. Alan Burton (Toyota Forklifts)
2. Dub Smith (Toyota Forklifts)
3. Tom Butler (Smyrna Bicycles/BMW)

Masters 35+

1. Ian Prunier (Smyrna Bicycles/BMW)
2. Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes)
3. Daryl Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts)

Peachtree Bikes Buckhead location burned down. Let’s help them out.

(Photo from the Peachtree Bikes Facebook page)

UPDATE from Mike and Elexa Wagaman: We are so thankful for the outpouring of support from the community—especially from the Georgia Cyclocross Family. Peachtree Bikes first priority is that of their employees. Peachtree Bikes is fortunate to have excellent insurance coverage. They are currently working with their insurance company to open a temporary Buckhead store-front. In the meantime, we are asking the friends and supporters of Peachtree Bikes to patronize the store in Sandy Springs. All staff have been relocated there—so you are sure to get extra attention and a world of expertise when shopping for those holiday gifts!

So in lieu of donations, support Peachtree Bikes by visiting the Sandy Springs location!

As most of you know, the Buckhead location of Peachtree Bikes burned down this week. We will be accepting donations for the employees at registration this weekend. Please donate if you can. There is no good time to find yourself without work, but right before the holidays is an especially tough time. There are a lot of Georgia ‘Crossers, so if everyone donates a little bit, we can make a big impact.

For those who will not be attending this weekend’s races, we are also accepting donations via PayPal on the home page. Please note that there are two “donate” buttons. Use the top button for donations to Peachtree Bikes employees.

Jim Miller – Race Report

WORDS AND PHOTOS: Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com

Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta is the longest running venue in the Georgia Cross series. Racers rejoiced as cross-appropriate temperatures finally hit the state. With a low of 27 degrees Fahrenheit and a high of 43, this was cold for Georgia Cross. Riders bundled up as they pre-rode what is the favorite course for many. They were not disappointed! With two sets of barriers, the classic run up, a long fast section, and a set of whoop de doos the course was one of the best yet.

Dave Gearhart (Litespeed-BMW) came into the Masters 35+ race fresh after having taken several weekends off from racing. Ian Prunier (Smyrna Bicycles) took the lead at the first barrier with Dave on his wheel. Dave counterattacked on the back side of the course on the second set of barriers. Dave continued to build his lead in subsequent laps. A group of 6 took up the chase; however, they could not reel him in. Dave held on for the win. Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes) nipped Ian Prunier (Smyrna Bicycles) at the line for second place. In the Masters 45+ Timothy Gotsick got a gap early and held it to the finish. Dub Smith (Toyota Forklifts) put in a good chase but could not catch him. Lamar Mauney (Toyotoa Forklifts) was third.

Two Juniors 15-18 battled one another. Thomas Petitt (Frazier Cycling) came out on top followed by Keegan Schimmelman. The Cat. 4 Women’s fields have been consistently big this year. Jim Miller was no exception. Fifteen women were on the line. Emeline Renz (ALTX) took the holeshot into the barriers with everyone else close behind. Soon Cathi Swanson took the lead and never looked back. State Champion Rhys Mays (ATHCX) took second, and Amy Ross was third. Everyone loves watching the Juniors 10-14 race. They were not disappointed today. Leon Waine (Junior Flyers) took a commanding lead early and kept it until the end. Hunter Murray followed in second with Troy Waine (Junior Flyers) in third.

Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles) put the hammer down on the first lap and took the win in the Cat. 3 Men’s race. Matthew Reeves (LNC) was second, and Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes) rounded out the podium. In the Women’s Cat. 1/2/3 race, Lisa Randall (Sorella Cycling) was back after several weeks of racing mountain bikes. She took off at the start while Kim Sawyer (Toyota Forklifts) and Elizabeth Lee (LG Factor) formed a chase group with the others far behind. Kim gapped Elizabeth a few times during the first couple of laps, but Elizabeth closed it each time. Finally, with 2 laps to go, Kim attacked hard after the first set of barriers. She got a gap that she was able to hold until the finish to take second over Elizabeth.

A large Cat 4 Men’s field lined up. After they stretched out in the field, the line seemed to go on for a mile. Alex Newton (Faster Mustache) took the holeshot with Ben Braxley and Scott Morris (Village Volkswagon) close behind. For three laps, Ben and Alex took turns out front with Scott hanging on. On the last lap, Alex attacked on the small dirt climb. In a post race interview, he said “I knew with my MTB gearing I wouldn’t have a chance in the sprint, so my plan was to try and exit the woods with a gap. The small dirt climb before the short and steep downhill was my attack spot and rode/ran the run up as hard as I could until I was out of the woods.” Scott had time to adjust his jersey and throw his arms up in victory. Ben out sprinted Scott for second place.

In the Men’s Cat. 1/2/3, the first lap created a group of 6 including Thomas Turner (Team Jamis), Nick VanWinkle (Litespeed-BMW), Frank Trevieso (Start Stop), Tim Barrett (EPVA) and two others. The group stayed together for several laps before the first rider came off. The remaining 5 bided their time. With a lap and a half to go, Thomas stopped toying with them and took off. He put 30 seconds on Nick within the last lap of the race. Arthr Sagat followed for second with Nick in third.

Nick VanWinkle (Litespeed-BMW) leads Thomas Turner (Jamis) over the barriers at Jim Miller Park in Marietta.

After not winning the Single Speed at Serenbe, Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles) was out for revenge. As he did in the Cat. 3 race, he wasted no time leaving everyone else in his dust. Dave Marbut (Toyota Forklifts) was the first rider to give chase, but it proved fruitless. Dave fell back several places. Next up Tim Barrett tried to bring Mclean back. Mclean won with Matthew Reeves in second and Dave in third.