2016 Series Finale Race Report

2016 Series Finale Race Report
by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling

The Georgia Cyclocross Series finale was held at the LH Thomson factory in Macon, GA and put on by the Pecan City Pedalers. Many racers had dreams of a muddy, rainy course after dire weather predictions from local news channels all week. Mother Nature threw everyone a curve ball, laughed, and only provided a few light showers throughout the day. The rain packed the sandy course down, making it very fast. The course was relatively flat, only punctuated by two short hills and a lot of turns. The main feature was a wide creek only a couple of people on were able to jump over. Everyone else was forced to dismount and to try not to fall in the creek. Some were more successful than others with that.

Masters 34+ 4/5 racer or Gazelle jumping the creek? You decide.

The Women’s CX1/2/3 has provided some of the most exciting racing all season for spectators and hecklers. Macon was no exception. Several riders went to the front immediately. Eventually a small group got away. As they have been all year, the final battle went down between Maria Carrelli (706 Project) and Jenna Downey (Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportswear). They were together until the final half lap. Jenna put a 5 second gap on Maria that could not be closed. With that, Jenna took the win, but Maria secured the Series Overall. Sorellas Brittany Montgomery, Jean Miller, and Cambrie Epperson rounded out the podium.

In the CX1/2 the usual battle between SCAD Atlanta and the 706 Project got started from the go. Throwing a wrench into either team’s plans for world domination was Andy Scarano, who rides for SCAD collegiately and 706P otherwise. Sunday he donned the blue and black of 706P. Who would come out on top? The usual suspects went to the front early. The lead was switched a few times as the flat course kept everyone together longer than usual. Half way through the race heavy rains started; it would have no impact on the outcome because it soon ended. Eventually, Andy and Artur Sagat (SCAD Atlanta) pulled away from the chasers. Andy beat Artur in a two up sprint for first. Frank Trevieso (706 Project) was third with Wesley Garland (Litespeed-BMW) and Jeff Hopkins (Service Course Auto Works) following. Frank had an insurmountable lead in the Overall Series going into this final race, and he took his bows as the series winner.

Sorellas Chloe Murdock & Brittany Montgomery and the Spindle’s Molly Russell show what the CX spirit is all about as they finish the single speed race.

Thank you to everyone that made this a successful season for Georgia Cyclocross!—the Board, the Race Promoters, out Awesome Officials, and all of the Race Volunteers! We would like to give a special thanks to Series Director/Results Wrangler/SuperFast Racer Elizabeth Lee and Technical Director/Hauler of the Trailer/All Around Nice Guy Jim Behning! Without them the series would not be what it is! Please tell them thank you the next time you see them!

Team of the Year L5 Flyers. Frazier Cycling was 2nd.

Congratulations to all of the Series Winners!

Women CX4

Brianna Isbell LNC Racing p/b Octane
Isabella Nguy Frazier Cycling
Anna Frey Peachtree Bikes

Women CX1/2/3
Maria Carrelli The 706 Project
Brittany Montgomery Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportwear
Jenna Downey Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportwear

Single Speed
Shannon Blanton
David Kemp The Bike Shop of Columbus
Travis Tindle Southwest Cycling Club Racing

Frank Travieso The 706 Project
Nicholas VanWinkle Litespeed-BMW
Artur Sagat SCAD Atlanta

Patrick Goral Outback Bikes Racing
Staten Putnal Peachtree Bikes
Christopher Hale Spindle X Westside Bikes

Travis Tindle Southwest Cycling Club Racing
Blake Cowing LNC Racing p/b Octane
Mike Horton Peachtree Bikes

Clay Adair Sabotage
Daniel Podratsky Sabotage
Ryan Collins L5Flyers Cycling Team

Elite Masters 50+
Chris Isenberg North Georgia Cycling Association, Inc.
William (Dub) Smith Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta
Sergei Grigorian Bike Law Cycling Club

Elite Masters 40+
Kirk Corsello Next Moto Champion Cycling p/b Roswell Bicycles
Nathan Sibly Atlanta Cycling
Chris Chotas Litespeed-BMW

Masters 35+ 4/5
Michael Albaneso Outback Bikes Racing
Bill Hansen Peachtree Bikes
Chris Robinson L5Flyers Cycling Team

Juniors 15-18
Blake Wilson Frazier Cycling
Harrison Nguy Frazier Cycling
David Heath Frazier Cycling

Juniors 10-14
Reece Latham North Georgia Cycling Association, Inc.
Stephen Heath Frazier Cycling
Eli Hoppenfeld Frazier Cycling

2016 Elks Aidmore Race Report

Elks Aidmore 2016 Race Report
by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling

Elks Aidmore was the host to the 2016 Georgia State Cyclocross Championships. The state has been in a drought since summer. Mother Nature laughed and poured several inches of rain on the course early in the week. She laughed again and decided that rain and 45 degrees were the perfect race conditions for the State Championships. Everyone will agree that Elks was epic! We’ll be talking about it for years!

This about sums up the day. Photo by Travis Neumuller.

In the Women’s Elite, the usual suspects got a gap on the rest of the competition. At the front were Sorellas Brittany Montgomery, Jean Miller, and Jenna Downey with 706 Project’s Maria Carrelli. Maria soon dropped off when her handlebars broke. She made a couple of bike switches in the pit after another mechanical. This left the Sorella trio at the front to figure out who was going to take the win. Jenna made an early move and hung on for first. Brittany was in second until two laps to go when Jean made a pass. Rounding out the podium was Cambrie Epperson (Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportswear) and Maria. Brittany took the WCX1/2 State Championship while Jenna got the WCX3 jersey.

The Sorella Cycling team celebrating bringing home 2 Georgia State Championship Jerseys. Photo by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling

In the Mens CX1/2 Elliot Baring (North Georgia University) took the early lead. He was chased by Frank Trevieso (706 Project), Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW), and Artur Sagat (SCAD Atlanta). Half way through the race Frank worked his way up to second place while Elliot had a problem and retired from the course. Frank held on for the win with Nick in second and Artur in third. Frank took home the CX1/2 State Championship Jersey

Congratulations to all of the State Champions!

The Coveted Jeresey. Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling

2016 EPTC CX Classic Race Report

2016 EPTC CX Classic
by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling.

Racers woke up rejoicing on Sunday—finally, some cold and windy cyclocross weather! Break out the long sleeve skinsuits! The East Point Track Club put together a fast course at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA for the first ever cx race held at this venue. The track started off with a bit of blacktop (an elusive thing in GACX) to a sweeping right hand turn across a field and into a short woods section. It briefly popped back out onto the field before introducing riders to the Death Drop, a really fun drop off that added some excitement to a few of the races. The course weaved in and out of the woods a couple of times ending with a downhill that did a 180 and turned straight up a short hill. Riders were split on whether to it was faster to ride or run it. A fast section preceded a short climb with a series of turns coming down the hill. The course then came out onto a gravel road and popped riders over the barriers before going back on the blacktop to the finish line.

Eleven Elite Women were on hand to contest for the win. Jean Miller (Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportswear) took off like a rocket from the start line and got the holeshot into the woods. Shortly thereafter Sorellas Brittany Hopson and Jenna Downey came to the pointy end of the CX peloton along with 706 Project’s Maria Carrelli. The four hung at the front for next couple of laps, and eventually Jean dropped off of the lead group. With 2 to go, Jenna put in a surge on that gravel section before going into the barriers. Maria and Brittany did not follow. Jenna dug in and got a good gap over the chasers despite battling the headwinds by herself. She took the well-earned win with Maria and Brittany rounding out the podium.

Jenny Downey (Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportswear) emerges from the woods in the Women’s CX1/2/3. Photo by Travis Neumuller.

A sizable field of Elite Men took to the starting line. The wind died down for the start of their race, but it would come back about half way in. For the first 3-4 laps Frank Trevieso (706 Project), Ty Magner (United HealthCare), Artur Sagat (SCAD Cycling), and Andy Scarano (706 Project) hung together with 1-2 others rejoining and falling back off here and there. Less than half way into the race Frank used his crit skills on a flat section to accelerate and put his rivals behind him. He never had to look back. By the 45-minute mark, Frank had over 60 seconds on the chasers. The headwind coming down the pavement did not see to be bothering him. He rolled in with time for a victory salute to the crowd. Back in the woods, Artur attacked Ty, but Ty was able to hang on and beat Artur by a bike length in a sprint for second.

Frank Treveiso (706 Project) rounds a corner in the CX1/2. Photo by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling.

2016 Serenbe CX Race Report

Serenbe CX Race Report
By David O’Rear. Photos by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling

Georgia CXer’s were finally introduced to cool fall weather this past Sunday during the sixth race weekend of the 2016 Georgia Cyclocross season. Peachtree Bikes hosted this weekend’s party with a CX race thrown in at the picturesque community of Serenbe located in Palmetto, a few miles south of the city limits of Atlanta. Serenbe is one of the most progressive and unique communities in the country. The Serenbe community focuses the well-being of its visitors and residents by combining business, neighborhoods, recreation and nature in a near perfect harmony. The community is surrounded by the rolling wooded landscape of the Chattahoochee Hill Country that the New York Times aptly called, “a utopian experiment in New Urbanism being molded out of Georgia red clay.” It has arguably become one of the favorite venues of the GACX series.

Reece Latham (NCGA) on his way to winning the Juniors 10-14 Serenbe CX race.

Weather and race conditions could not have been better with beautiful fall colors and cool morning temperatures greeting the racers, which warmed slightly as the afternoon progressed. This was long awaited respite from the dry blistering heat that GACXer’s have been exposed to all season. Rained threatened early however the Georgia drought continued and GACXer’ raced on a Serenbe race course was dry for the first time in three years! Dust! Dust has become the new mud at GACX!

Michael Barman (EPTC) gets rad in the sand at Serenbe CX.

This year’s course, as in previous years, utilized the unique hilly landscape creating a challenging race course complete with tight technical turns, leg blistering climbs, sand, gravel, and a speedy descent to the tricky 90 degree turn on to the Yellow Brick Road. Over 160 racers were present with an abundant group of spectators and hecklers, which always add to the fun. The Sand pit was a favorite spot for spectators, hand-ups, and hecklers as it was the site of many a spill! The combination of the awesome venue and race course, beer, great food, and good ole CX camaraderie resulted in another successful CX weekend. Thanks to Peachtree Bikes!

Kenneth Oldapo demonstrates proper Red Solo Cup hydration technique at Serenbe CX during the Single Speed Race. #becauseSingleSpeed

2016 Boundary Waters CX

Boundary Waters CX
Report and photos by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling

A gorgeous fall day greeted racers at Boundary Waters Park in Douglasville, GA. Now an iconic stop on the Georgia Cross Series, BW provides a beautiful venue for a cyclocross race. The Aquatic Center side-course remained mostly unchanged from the previous year. It started out in the field, made a couple of turns before going down a hill with several switchbacks. Riders went from full gas to half speed sharply. The course opened up again around the lake except for a single barrier to a short hill that interrupted things. Some slick pine straw turns led to the gravel hill. With no rain in weeks, at some points it looked like riders were coming out of dust devils as they emerged at the top of the hill. After turning right onto the grass, a short spiral slowed things down before another jaunt up the gravel to the final set of barriers. A nice, long finishing straight allowed racers to finish at full speed. Many called the BW track a “roadie course” and “darn fun” in the same breath.

A large combined field of Men’s CX 5, Women’s CX 4, and Juniors swarmed the start area. Categories had a 1 minute between them. Blake Wilson (Frazier Cycling) was overheard saying to teammate Harrison Nguy that they want to win Cat. 5 but may not be able to because of too much traffic.  Blake fought valiantly and finished inside the top 10 in the Cat. 5 Men and standing on the first step of the Juniors podium in the Juniors 15-18. He was followed by Harrison and Henrik Klessmann (NCGA).

Blake Wilson (Frazier Cycling) won the Juniors 15-18.

Seventeen Elite women took the line. It was noted by several of the fast ladies that this year has had the biggest women’s fields in quite a number of years. We love it! Jean Miller (Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportswear) took off the start line quickly followed by UCI Road Championship Junio Women’s racer Megan Heath (Frazier Cycling) and Sorella teammate Trish Albert. In the switchbacks, 706 Project teammates Leigh Hopkins and Maria Carrelli and Sorellas Brittany Hopson and Jenna Downey (Sorella) came around to the front of the field. Megan took a tumble, which allowed the five riders to pull away. Jenna Downey took the lead, but she did not want to stay there. Jean eventually faded, and the other four stayed together. The lead swapped a couple of times as racers played team tactics. On the fourth lap, Leigh and Brittany took the front over the barriers. Going into the fifth lap, Jenna got a small gap on Leigh and Maria. They would hold those positions until the finish. Brittany came across the line about 20 seconds back for fourth.

Howard Buckley (Bike Law) on his way to winning the Elite 50+ Masters

Three riders quickly broke away in the Men’s Elite race-Artur Sagat (SCAD), Frank Trevieso (706 Project), and Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW). A group of three chasers was never able to make contact. Artur, Frank, and Nick swapped the lead several times as they worked together on the flatter sections of the course. With two laps to go, Artur attacked and was able to get around Nick, who stuck to Artur’s wheel like glue. Frank was a few seconds back. About a third of the way into the lap, Artur gapped Nick out of a corner down by the lake. Frank passed Nick half way through the last lap and took second.

Maylyn Oswald decided to take a little break in the Women’s CX4 after a little bobble.

1 Kevin Maxey Litespeed-BMW
2 Drew Rosedale L5Flyers Cycling Team
3 Aaron Thistle
Women CX4
1 Brianna Isbell LNC Racing p/b Octane
2 Ali LeCraw Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportswear on
3 Anna Frey Peachtree Bikes

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
1 Eli Hoppenfeld Frazier Cycling
2 Stephen Heath Frazier Cycling
3 Reece Latham North Georgia Cycling Association, Inc.

Elite Masters 40+
1 Kirk Corsello Next Moto Champion Cycling p/b Roswell Bicycles
2 Chris Chotas Litespeed-BMW
3 Michael Manthey

Elite Masters 50+
1 Howard Buckley Bike Law Cycling Club
2 Chris Isenberg North Georgia Cycling Association, Inc.
3 220 Robert Conatser Reality Bikes

1 Jeff Moore L5Flyers Cycling Team
2 422 Robin Blake
3 418 Griffin Jones

Elite Women
1 Jenna Downey Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportwear
2 Leigh Hopkins The 706 Project
3  Maria Carrelli The 706 Project

Elite Men
1 Artur Sagat SCAD Atlanta
2 Frank Travieso The 706 Project
3 Nicholas VanWinkle Litespeed-BMW

1 Michael Garrison North Georgia Cycling Association, Inc.
2 Jeff Hopkins Service Course Auto Works
3 Mike Flowers Team Mugshots

Single Speed
1 David Kemp The Bike Shop of Columbus
2 David Marbut Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta
3 Kinzer Hewitt LNC Racing p/b Octane

Masters 35+ CX 4/5
1 Jeff Moore
2 Bill Hansen Peachtree Bikes
3 Jason Spruill LNC Racing p/b Octane

2016 Savannah SuperPrestige Weekend

2016 Savannah SuperPrestige Weekend
by David O’Rear

This past weekend cyclocross racers from across the state converged on the town of Pooler, Georgia for the 2016 The Savannah Superprestige Cyclocross Weekend. The SSPCX 16 races were held once again at the Oglethorpe Speedway Park, just north of Savannah. Despite the damage inflicted throughout the Georgia cost by Hurricane Matthew just two weeks prior, OSP appeared to come out of the ordeal unscathed. On closer inspection of the area however, it was obvious the damage had taken its toll on the venue as well the surround communities as piles of debris from the storm littered sidewalks and streets. Thanks to the OSP staf, and some hard work by Bryan Schoeffler and Justin Bristol the race course was ready and the weekend was executed without a hitch on a dry, fast, and exceptionally well laid out race course complete with the stairs and Corona Corner Fly-Over! Free camping, showers, and even a pub on site made for great venue!

Kinzer Hewitt (LNC) gets air over the flyover on Saturday. Photo by Ross Monckton.

Since it was Halloween weekend, CXer’s also had the opportunity between races to attend one of the many Halloween celebrations around the area. From the Pirate Weekend on Tybee Island, to the down town concerts and costume parties, to the popular Savannah Riverfront Crawl-O-Ween pub crawl, celebration opportunities were abundant. Not to be outdone, the SSPCX 16 added a bit Halloween flavor of its own with costume contests and a bit of eerie night racing for double points!

The Single Speeders had fun in Savannah dressing up for Halloween! Photo by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling

Despite the festive atmosphere and celebrations, when the racing began it was all business. The course although flat and fast, wasn’t without technical elements. Deep pockets of sand positioned randomly throughout the course meant strict attention had to be paid to race lines or precious seconds were lost or at worse complete wheel washouts and spills. Saturday night’s course was remained mostly on the flat portions of the race track and grass with only a short technical loop through the woods which was fortunately lit at night. Sunday temperatures climbed into the mid to high 80’s which added a level of suffering to races. Sunday’s course was slightly longer with a loops through the woods on either end of the course around where shade provided racers with a brief reprieve from the sweltering temperatures of mid-day. Most races on both days drew larger than normal fields and came down to the final lap with sprint finishes.

The Elite Masters 40+ coming into the barriers Sunday at Savannah. Photo by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling

Once again this year The Savannah Superprestige Cyclocross Weekend proved to be a great race experience and series favorite.

Saturday, Oct. 29 October Results:

Master 40+ CX 1/2/3
1 Kirk Corsello Next Moto Cycling p/b Roswell Bicycles
2 Brady Rodgers Litespeed-BMW
3 Nathan Sibley Atlanta Cycling

Master 50+ CX 1/2/3
1 Tim Marshall Stinhaus Factory Trek
2 Chris Isenberg North Georgia Cycling Association
3 Dub Smith Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta

Women CX 4
1 Molly Russell Spindle X Westside Bikes
2 Candace Kimbrell Andy Jordan’s Bicycle Warehouse
3 Brianna Isbell LNC Racing

Junior 15-18
1 Blake Wilson Frazier Cycling
2 Harrison Nguy Frazier Cycling

Junior 10-14
1 Reece Latham North Georgia Cycle Association
2 Owen Braunecker North Georgia Cycle Association
3 Elizabeth May Frazier Cycling

Men CX5
1 Christopher Ostlund
2 Ross Mockton Sixes Pit
3 Patrick Goral Outback Bikes Racing

Men CX4
1 Blake Wilson Frazier Cycling
2 Brad Beadles Cycle Haus Racing
3 Rudy Szymanski Cycle Sport Concepts Tampa

Woman CX1/2/3
1 Jenna Downey Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportswear
2 Brittnay Montgomery Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportswear
3 Maria Carelli Team 706 Project

Men Pro CX1/2
1 Frank Travieso The 706 Project
2 Arthur Sagat SCAD Atlanta
3 Nicholas VanWinkle Litespeed-BMW

Men CX3
1 Cooper Hammarlund Prima Tappa Cycling
2 Daniel Podratsky Prima Tappa Cycling
3 Ryan Collins L5 Flyers Cycling Team

Masters 35+ CX4/5
1 Jason Spruill LNC Racing p/b Octane
2 Bill Hansen Peachtree Bikes
3 Michael Albaneso Outback Bikes Racing

Single Speed
1 David Marbut Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta
2 Shannon Blanton
3 David Kemp The Bike Shop of Columbus

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.