The Parks-Law.com Georgia Cyclocross Series presented by Terrapin makes its annual journey to the low country this weekend. Returning for another year at Oglethorpe Speedway Park, the Savannah Superprestige Cyclocross weekend is going to up the ante, hosting the 2017 Georgia State Championship on Sunday, October 29th.
Old Grey Barn CX
Photos and report by Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com
The Old Grey Barn venue in Rocky Face was back in the Parks-Law.com Georgia Cross Series p/b Terrapin after several years away. Privateer Cyclocross put on a top notch event and blew away most of the racers with a challenging yet fair course. Racers started on the gravel road before turning into the grass. The course went up and down the big hill on the backside several times before coming down and into the flyover. The steep stairs challenged shorter riders, but the ride down the backside was easier than it looked when standing on the top of the flyover. The course then let racers go full gas before going through the race’s namesake, the Old Grey Barn, and over the barriers. HandUp Gloves and Privateer had a great heckle and handup zone around the barn. Beautiful and breezy weather kept things pleasant throughout the day.
The Elite Women’s top podium spot was an open race with series leader Mackenzie Myatt in Montana winning the varsity Collegiate National Championship. Her SCAD teammate Judah Secenbaugh, Molly Russell (LNC Racing Team p/b Slim Wonder Wears Socks) and the Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportswear duo of Brittany Montgomery and Cambrie Epperson were among the favorites for the win. With the official’s start whistle they were off! The group stayed bunched up as they turned right onto the grass. It was not until the first climb that things started to stretch out. Judah took the early lead with Molly, Brittany, and Cambrie close back. Eventually Molly pulled away from the Sorella racers. She earned a well deserved second place. Brittany and Cambrie would go 3-4 with GACX Series director Elizabeth Lee (Team Zoom) rounding out the podium.
Nine Elite Men toed the line for the start of a competitive race. Elliot Barring took the lead with former Master National Champion Spencer Whittier (Privateer Cyclocross), series leader Nick VanWInkle (Litespeed-BMW), and Wesley Garland (Team Mission Source/NCGA) right behind. Half way into the race Nick dropped back with a mechanical. Having to pit, he lost time. Spencer and Wes took advantage to pull a little closer to Elliot, who was having none of that. He strung his lead out so far by the end that he had time on the final lap to take a beverage handup and an Oreo handup as well as wave to his adoring fans in the heckle zone. Spencer and Wes were all business going into the final lap. They would finish in that order with Nick rebounding to take 4th and Cooper Hammarlund (Primma Tappa Cycling p/b Mansfield Oil) in 5th.
Kenny Oladapo (Bike Law Georgia) bunny hops the first barrier in the Single Speed at Old Grey Barn CX. Then Not a Hop over the second barrier. Kenny’s OK!!!. Kenny got up & finished with a a strong Top 10 placing after hopping the barriers every other lap!
Old Grey Barn returns to Parks-Law.com Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin on Sunday, October 22. The pastures will be back! They have changed from years past, but the challenges are much more fun after a wet year and some bedding in of new trails. Practice your leaning off the back of the saddle because it goes downhill fast. Other portions of the course this year include a long gravel start/finish, some wooded sections of trail, a trip around the upper pond, a little zigzag of One Tree Hill, maybe getting your feet wet, a traditional trip through the Old Grey Barn, Heckler Hut, and possibly another surprise obstacle. We’ll have some more of that Seriously Great BBQ from Dalton, GA. There will be a $1 contribution for parking this year which goes directly back into Georgia NICA MTB. 100% of the proceeds go into supporting high school MTB in Northwest Georgia. If you want a partial preview of the course, then we’re running Old Grey Barn, the TBRA edition, on Saturday October 21st. Note there will be slight changes between the Saturday and Sunday courses. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone out on Sunday, October 22nd at 1565 Old Ringgold Road, Rocky Face, GA and Old Grey Barn 2017.
A cloudy sky and heavy dew greeted riders both mornings At Elks Aidmore for the Parks-Law.com Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin. The dew burned off by mid-morning and left the course in perfect condition. Saturday’s course was said by many to be the most fun Elks course to date. There was some climbing, some descending, roots (it’s not Elks without roots!), a whole lot of fun, and a huge party at the barriers! Sunday’s course was a reverse of the previous day. It included Turner Hill, which challenged all riders. The bottom is a steep section about 10 meters long. Most riders have to dismount and run it. A few were able to ride it with the help of low gearing or advanced skill. The climb keeps on going and going and going before finally breaking with a short downhill. Elks Aidmore marked the first races that the category leaders would wear the lovely Parks-Law.com leaders jerseys, making them easy to spot.Thanks go out to the round sponsors including Elks Aidmore for hosting the race, The Point in Old Town Conyers, Ctown Bikes of Conyers, Tifossi Sunglasses, and Andy Johnson of Truckerco for his prize donations. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Elks Aidmore mission of supporting families in crisis in the Conyers area. Promoter Jim Behning would also like to thank his Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta teammates, East Point Track Club for providing race day support, Privateer Cyclocross Chattanooga, Mikey McIntire for being the crossing guard Sunday, and Eddie Shirey for manning the grill.
The Elite Women had 16 racers on the line Sunday including visitors from Tennessee and North Carolina. Mountain biker Mackenzie Myatt (Rescue Racing) went to the front from the gun. She never looked back to see the field getting strung out behind her. Each lap Mackenzie powered up Turner Hill with only one bobble on the third lap. The crowds on Tuner Hill cheered on all of the Elite Women as they went by. Molly Russell held second place going into the fourth lap and an untimely flat on a root took her out of the race. Judah Senechbaugh (SCAD) took over the chase, but Mackenzie was already more than 60 seconds ahead. Brittaney Montgomery (Sorella Cycling) could see Judah at every turn but could not quite catch her in the second half of the race. Rounding out the podium were Emily Cowie and Elizabeth Lee (Team Zoom).
Sunday’s competitive Men’s CX1/2 tackled the Elks course with abandon. Roots don’t faze them, and several were able to ride Turner Hill with no slow down in pace! Elliot Barring took an early lead that he did not relinquish. Behind him several riders chased. Half way through the race, they were still close to one another, but Elliot kept pulling away. Artur Sagat (Pioneer Mortgage p/b Yourkey.com) was able to come around for second place. Series Leader Nicholas VanWinkle (Litespeed-BMW) was third, Wesley Garland (Team Mission Source/NCGA) was fourth, and Andrew Sarcano came in fifth.
Terrapin generously donated beer for racers over 21 on Sunday. With temperatures above 80 degrees in the afternoon, the cold beverages were quickly welcomed by racers looking to cool off. Several Single Speed riders may or may not have enjoyed their beverages during the race as well.
Elks Aidmore Benefit CX is coming back for it’s 11th year in the Parks-Law.com Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin on October 14th-15th. Come race a unique course full of varying terrain. Will the infamous ditch be making a comeback? Come race to find out!
Proceeds from the race go to benefit the Elks Aidmore Children’s home who graciously let us race on their property. Free camping in the main parking area by the race start (up the hill on the other side of the trees) will be available Friday and Saturday night as well as bathrooms and showers.
Save yourself $10 and time in line by pre-registering at https://www.usacycling.org/register/2017-2903 pre-registration will close at midnight Thursday. Rumor has it that there might be podium cookies, but you better pre-register to insure you receive them. Remember to bring you’re bib number if you already raced at Boundary Waters or pay $5 for a
replacement. Check out www.georgiacx.com for more information about the
Due to the cancellation of Grant Park and the addition of Ellenwood CX, the Parks-Law.com Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin has decided to add a drop race to the series for 2017. The individual final series standings will be the best 10 out of 11 races, the lowest points race will count as the drop race. Drop races will not be factored into the individual series standings until the series finale. There will be no drop points for the team competition.
Due to forecasted thunderstorms and lightning Grant Park CX Cup is CANCELED this Sunday. We will be adding Ellenwood CX Ranch to the GACX schedule for Saturday November 4th. All pre-registered riders entries will be transferred. If you pre-registered and will be unable to attend please contact Clay Parks.
Grant Park CX
This Sunday, October 8th is the second race of the Parks-Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin – Grant Park CX! Join us for the only series race in the city of Atlanta. GPCX is brought to you by the Litespeed-BMW and L5Flyers Cycling teams and presented by Loose Nuts Cycles. This Nick Van Winkle-designed course will be fast, twisty, turny, technical, and will of course include the famous heckle hill.
We’d like to thank our race sponsors including Clif Bar, Loose Nuts Cycles, Rudy Project, The Spindle ATL, Maxxis, My Friend’s Growler Shop, Skull Candy, Wicked Girl Jersey Company, and The Gear Attic.
Racing starts at 9:20 am and will feature all ages from a kids race to 60+ masters. For a detailed race schedule please visit the GACX website. Registration is open at USA Cycling and pre-registration is highly recommended, as it will not only help us be better organized, but will save you money as well. If you already have a number from Boundary Waters make sure to bring it, otherwise you’ll be charged a $5 fee for a new one.
Grant Park CX is located at 537 Park Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312. Race parking is at the Zoo Atlanta Cherokee Ave lot (the Boulevard lot is currently closed). Please remember that we are guests at the park and all park rules apply. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
A glorious early fall day greeted racers for the first Parks-Law.com Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin race. Boundary Waters provided a challenging course. There were a couple of changes from previous years including some of the turns in the upper field and the addition of a short hill and whoop de doo on the lake side. Grayson Tudor State Farm provided the Jekyll Heckle Pit with lots of good natured fun and food. Rob Evans was on the mike calling all of the races. Almost 300 racers came close to a Georgia Cyclocross Series for record attendance. Fast, fast, fast was the name of the day! Several of the fields stayed together until well past their half way points.
In the Elite Women, Mackenzie Myatt (Rescue Project/Stratton Interiors) took an early lead and did not look back. Judah Sencenbaugh was 2nd with Molly Russell (LNC Race Team p/b Slim Wonder Wears Socks) rounding out the podium. With new blood in the Elite Women, the long time racers have their work cut out for them!
In the Pro/1/2 Men, Nicholas Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW) got to work early with his winning ways. Artur Sagat (Pioneer Mortgage p/b Yourkey.com) was second. Wesley Garland (Team Mission Source/NCGA) was not content to only win the Masters 1/2/3 35+, he came back for third in the Elite Men.
Sunday, October 1st the Parks Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin kicks off at Boundary Waters park in Douglasville Ga. Smyrna Bicycles, Equipe Sports Productions and Grayson Tudor State Farm have teamed up to bring a great day of racing to Douglasville! Boundary Waters Park has become a regular stop on the series and for good reason. The race course is fast and fairly flat-resulting in close racing that requires tactics as well as technical skills. For spectators, the entire course can be viewed from one vantage point allowing you to see all the action as it unfolds. The park also has plenty of parking, indoor restrooms, hiking trails, and a paved cycling path.
New for this year Grayson Tudor State Farm presents the “Jekyll Heckle Pit”. Located at the main junction in the center of the course, they’ll be serving up food, drinks, music and live play by play announcing.
Racing starts at 9:20 am and will feature all ages from a kids race to 60+ masters. For a detailed race schedule please visit the GACX website. Registration is openhttps://www.usacycling.org/register/2017-2827 at USA Cycling and pre-registration is highly recommended, as it will not only help us be better organized, but will save you money as well. Boundary Waters Park is located at 500 Ga-92, Douglasville Ga 30135. Please remember that we are guests at the park and all park rules apply. For further information contact Equipe Sports Productions at email@example.com or 404-953-5251. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!