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.

RACE REPORT – 2015 Grant Park Cup

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).

Fresh Faces – Richard Patterson

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!

RACE REPORT – Elks 2015

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.