Serenbe Race Report

PICTURES AND WORDS BY Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com

PHOTO CAPTIONS BY Mark Babuck… or Bacock… or Bobcat. I’m pretty sure it’s Bobcat.

Michael Schmid (DEEDS PUBLIHSHING) throws his hands in the air and waves them like he just doesn't care.

A gorgeous December day greeted a large turn out at the Serenbe Community in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. With temperatures in the 60s there was not a thermal fleece skinsuit in sight. Faster Mustache transformed the cow pasture into a great cross course. There was a little bit of wooded area, a fast gravel road downhill, and three dismounts including the Rutted Hill. The Marlay House Food Truck provided yummy Irish fare for hungry racers and spectators.

The Masters 35+ had a small group off of the front within the first two laps. In the end Bob Kuhn (HUP United) took the wheel throw from Chris Wyatt (Peachtree Bikes). Brady Rogers (Litespeed-BMW) was third. In the 45+ Michael Schmid (Deeds Publishing) reminded everyone why he is the series leader by gaining a gap on the first trip through the twisty woods after the start that would never be closed. He would have time to do a long victory salute. Lamar Mauney (FFCC) initially led the chase to close the gap with Jeff Clayton (Georgia Neurosurgical Institute) taking over pace making duties as the gravel road entered the woods. Jeff and Alan Burton (FFCC) gained a small gap on Lamar as the first lap continued, but Lamar never let off the gas. He reeled them in by the second trip through the run-up. Finding a time advantage in running vs. riding, Lamar took full advantage after remounting, maintaining the pressure and putting a gap on Jeff and Alan. With Alan having no intention of chasing his teammate, chasing duties fell on Jeff while Lamar and Alan took advantage of team tactics. Lamar increased his gap over the remaining five laps taking a comfortable second while Alan, having been relieved of chasing duties, started the sprint for third approaching the barriers, gaining a gap that would hold to the line.

In the Juniors 15-18, two riders took off and would battle it out for the win. Fletcher Lydick (Frazier Cycling) came out on top with Elliot Barring (Cycle Youth) in second. The Juniors 14 and under saw a good group on the start line. Davis Branyon (Frazier Cycling) took first, Keegan Schimmelman was second, and series leader Leon Waine (Junior Flyers) was third. The Women’s B field was very competitive. Jean Miller (Sorella Cycling) took the holeshot into the woods. She was followed by Kim Pounders (Smyrna Bicycles), Lori Ballestri (ATLX), and Zoe Frazier (Frazier Cycling). They three were close the entire race. Jean held on for the win with Zoe and Kim rounding out the podium in 2nd and 3rd.

Unfortunately, the Men’s Cat. 3 field started with a crash going into the woods in the first lap. Mikey Waine (Junior Flyers) hit a wooden post very hard and ended up on the group. Dr. Muse “Bumblebee” Davis (ALTX), displayed a great example of sportsmanship and immediately dismounted and rushed to assist the the fallen rider, forgetting about his own race. Luckily, Mikey’s injuries were minor, and both of them were able to go on and finish the race. In the Men’s Cat. 3 race, Amos Harvey (Round Here Racing) won; Fletcher Lydick took another podium spot for the day with second place. Charles Lessing (RHR) was third. In the Women’s 1/2/3 Shannon Greenhill (Peachtree Bikes), Paula Burks (Team Mystique), and Lisa Randalll (Sorella Cycling) broke away on the first lap. Shannon would take her first victory in over a month with Paula in second. Lisa was third.

The Cat. 4 fields have been close all year. In the Cat. 4 race, Kinzer Hewitt (Atomic Cycles) took the top step of the podium. Scott Morris was second. In the Masters Cat. 4 Brian Murphy came out on top with Scott Morris in second.

This is the face of a man who is about to cat up.

 

The Cat. 1/2/3 race was, once again, the Thomas Turner (Team Jamis) show. Thomas took off early and never looked back. He is on track to better his silver medal from the 2012 Masters World Championship. Newcomer Frank Travieso (Miami Chasis) was second, and Artur Sagat (Litespeed-BMW) was third.

The Singlespeed start was pandemonium. Everyone was trying to reach the woods first. Dust was flying everywhere as the large field swept by the spectators. It finally strung out, and riders were able to settle into their rhythm. Many beer hand ups were taken throughout the race. Spectators marveled at how smooth riders stayed and kept their speed when grabbing the adult beverages. Meanwhile at the front, there was a battle brewing. Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles) took off early. He was followed by several riders. Slowly, Mclean pulled away and was victorious by over a minute. Rob Simpson (ATH CX) was second, and Kelly Edwards (ACC) took a well deserved third place after being just off the podium several times this year.

Poor Mclean Harris had to ride all by himself.

Douglasville Race Report

WORDS AND PICTURE BY Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com
PICTURE CAPTIONS BY Mark “OMG-I-FINALLY-HOPPED-THE-BARRIERS” Babcock

The weather for Georgia Cross this fall has been very uncross like with highs near 60 and sun. Not many riders are complaining, although one muddy race may be nice. Another perfect day provided the backdrop for racing at Boundry Waters Park in Douglasville, a new venue for the series. The course was reminiscent of Marietta and Savannah. It had the flat profile of Savannah and the woods section of Marietta. Two barriers and a steep run up provided off the bike efforts. The rest of the course was supersonic and saw some of the fastest speeds of the year.

Once again the Elite Masters races provided excitement for the crowd. In the 35+, a group of three broke away early–Brady Rogers (Litespeed-BMW), Chris Wyatt (Peachtree Bikes), and Daryl Sawyer (Fulton Flyers). They would stay together until the final lap. Around the baseball field, Chris put a small gap on the other two. While Brady and Daryl looked at each other, Chris gained a few seconds. Brady responded on the pavement, and they sprinted for the finish. Chris took the win by a nose with Brady in second and Daryl in third. In the 45+, a typical brisk starting pace had whittled the lead group down to Michael Schmid (Deeds), Alan Burton (Futlon Flyers), and Lamar Mauney (Fulton Flyers) when the race reached the steep climb/run-up the first time. The trio set about consolidating their lead on the chasers with Mike and Lamar setting the pace on lap two. The second trip through the steep climb proved to be pivotal with Mike and Alan gaining a gap on Lamar that he was unable to close. Mike continued his pace making with Alan in tow for the next three laps. On the final lap, Alan left the protection of Mike’s rear wheel before the steep climb with hopes of gaining a gap, but Mike stuck like glue, biding his time until the final corner claiming victory in a sprint. Lamar held his position taking third with Dub Smith (Futlon Flyers) coming through in fourth.

Pretty soon, Fletcher Lydick (Frazier Cycling) will be dropping the grown ups.

took off solo at the gun in the Juniors 15-18 race. He held on for the win followed by Justin Bache (Fraizer Cycling) and Blake Johnson (Cycle Therapy). In the 14 and under, Keegan Schimmelman won with series leader Leon Waine (Junior Flyers) in second. The Women Cat. 4 fields have been large at every race. They have also seen quite a few different winners. This week newcomer Eliane Sipoc won with Jean Miller (Sorella Cycling) and Selma Huque (Junior Flyers) in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

The Cat. 3 race saw Jake Andrews of Georgia Cycling leave everyone else in the dust and win by over 30 seconds. Charles Lessing (RHG) took the podium’s second step, and Fletcher Lydick was third. In the Women’s 1/2/3, the entire peloton took off on en mass for the first straightaway. Shannon Greenhill (Peachtree Bikes) was no where to be seen, having gotten a slow start. She would have to work her way through traffic if she was going for the win. Paula Burk (Team Mystique) lead into the barriers with the rest of the field hot on her heels. In the end, Paula won followed very closely by a teammates on the Louis Garneau Factory Team Elizabeth Lee in second, and Cheryl Fuller-Muller in third. Series leader Shannon was sick and had to settle for fourth.

In the Men’s Cat. 4, Erik Kirk (Georgia State University) won followed by Stephen Lavoie (ATH CX) and Kinzer Hewett (Atomic Cycles). In the Masters 35+ Cat. 4, Clay Benoit (Smyrna Bicycles) took the top step of the podium. Scott Morris took the second step, and Harry Boxler rounded out the podium in third.

You know what the difference is between you and Eric Nicoletti? He makes this ish look good.

In the Cat. 1/2/3 race Thomas Turner decided to put the rest of the field out of its misery early. On the third lap, he put on the after burners leaving Artur Sagat and Doug Ollerenshaw of Litespeed-BMW to battle each other for second and third. Arthur took second over Doug.

Josh Frank slays the barriers. (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?! IT'S BECAUSE HE WAS LISTENING TO SLAYER BEFORE THE RACE.)

The Singlespeed field has seen consistent numbers all year. Aaron Pyle had something to prove after last weekend’s race. He and Jon Wienandt (Team Fond Du Lac) broke away on the first lap followed closely by Daryl Sawyer. On the third lap, Aaron had a small lead and held it until the finish. Daryl got his second podium spot of the day with Jon in third.

Centennial Race Report

WORDS AND PICTURES: Trish Albert/southeasterncycling.com
PICTURE CAPTIONS: Mark (ruining cyclocross one disc brake at a time)

When asked the secret to his success, Bob Kuhn (HUP United/race promotor/teacher at Centennial/recent Fango convert) said, "Ladies' skinsuits."

The weather could not have been better for the Centennial Cross Crusade. With rain earlier in the week, the course was in perfect condition. There was no dust, but there was no mud. It was tacky and fast. Promoter Bob Kuhn designed a true cross course. Riders raved that it was the “best course to date, hands down” and that it was “sweet, awesome.” The course was similar to last years CCC race. The start was moved to by the tennis courts, and the barriers were moved from the flat field to a hill just after the field. There were several curbs that provided a different challenge to riders than they are used to seeing, and the punchy hills favored the roleurs. The hill on the far side of the course forced some to walk, but good those with good technical skills were able to ride it. The student volunteers were appreciated by everyone.

Many races would see the top racers stay together the first few laps. The high speed would eventually shell those that did not have the legs to hang. The Masters 35+ saw a large group together for the first 3 laps. Eventually, Bob Kuhn (HUP United) pulled away for the win. Chris Wyatt (Peachtree Bikes) got second, and Eric Neely got third. In the Masters 45+, series leader Michael Schmid (Deeds Publishing) took the early lead and hung on to win. The podium was rounded out by Fulton Flyer teammates Lamar Mauney and Dub Smith.

The fields for the Juniors and Women’s 4 were some of the largest of the year. In the Juniors 15-18 Brody Hartley (Florida Velo) went off the front on the first lap and never looked back. He won by a wide margin. Adam Christopher (Cycle Youth) came in second. In the Juniors 10-14, Davis Branyon (Frazier Cycling) won, and Ethan Brown got second. The lead in the Women’s 4 changed several times. Selma Huque (Junior Flyers) took the lead early but faded on the technical course. Zoe Frazier (Frazier Cycling) eventually took the lead and won. Jean Miller (Sorella Cycling) took the podium’s second step, and Lori Ballestri (ALTX) took third.

With several riders upgrading to Cat. 2, the Cat. 3 field was wide open. The Juniors were on fire at the CCC. Fletcher Lydick (Frazier Cycling) had a bike problem in the Juniors race, but he put on the after burners to take his first win in the Cat. 3 division. Aaron Pyle (ACC) was second, and Brody Hartley came in for third. The Women’s 1/2/3 unfolded in a familiar fashion. Paula Burks (Team Mystique) and series leader Shannon Greenhill (Peachtree Bikes) went away together early. Lisa Randall (Sorella Cycling) and Elizabeth Lee (Louis Garneau Factory Team) chased but could not quite catch them. Paula won by a small margin over Shannon. Lisa held on for third, and Elizabeth was fourth.

Huge Men’s 4 fields took to the starting line. There was some confusion as a few of the guys forgot which division they registered for. Once things were settled, the race got under way. The podium in the Cat. 4 was Nick Ray on the top step with Austin Sholly in second and Kinzer Hewitt (Atomic Cycles) in third. In the Masters Cat. 4, Scott Morris won and Brian Murphy (CTown Bikes) took second.

Thomas Turner (Team Jamis/fastest 'cross racer in Dixie) is resplendent in the GACX leader's jersey and pink socks.

The Cat. 1/2/3 this year is the Thomas Turner (Jamis) show. Doug Ollerenshaw (Litespeed-BMW) stayed with Thomas for almost half of the race. Thomas eventually took off, and Doug was unable to catch him. Thomas won, and Doug got second. Arthur Sagat was in third.

In the Singlespeed race, the field stayed compacted the first lap. Soon the punchy climbs took their toll on the legs, and several riders fell off. Tim Barrett (Roswell Bicycles) took command and got his second win of the season. Rob Simpson (ATH CX) rode into second, and perennial podium finisher Dave Marbut (Fulton Flyers) hung on for third.

Tim Barrett (Roswell Bicycles/new dad) on his way to a win in both the single speed race and the brightest-bicycle-and-helmet competition.

Elks Day 1 – Backwoods Course

By Kim Sawyer

Chilly weather greeted the first ones arriving at Saturday’s Elks Backwoods course, but, by mid-day, winter temperatures would be replaced by a warm afternoon that many weren’t expecting. Though the hot weather was a bit of a surprise, the course was not. Having been a part of the Georgia Cyclocross Series for some years now, veteran racers knew what to expect: a hilly, twisty, woodsy course with a run-up and a set of barriers near the finish line.

Temperatures during the Masters Elite races may have been cool, but the racing was hot. In the 35+ race, Shey Lidner (C Town Bikes) almost immediately charged away from the field, leaving Bob Kuhn (Hup United) and Daryl Sawyer (Toyota Forklift) to chase him down. Bob and Daryl couldn’t match Shey’s speed and had to settle for 2nd and 3rd, respectively. In the Masters 45+ race, it was each man for himself. Jeff Clayton established and kept an early lead, while Michael Schmid (Deeds Publishing) and series leader John Phelan (ACC) each chased solo to finish 2nd and 3rd.

As the chilly morning gave way to spring-like weather, the Juniors and Women 4′s took to the line. Annalise Oestreich (Junior Flyers) became the queen of the Junior 10-14 race, and brothers Leon and Troy Waine (Junior Flyers) duked it out to take 2nd and 3rd. In the Junior 15 – 18 race, Blake Johnson crossed the line first with Fletcher Lydick (Frazier Cycling) and Justin Bashe (Frazier Cycling) finishing 2nd and 3rd. Kim Pounders (Smyrna Bicycles) took a convincing win in the Women’s 4 race, while Lori Balisteri (ATLX) and Jennifer Undutch (Sorella Cycling) cranked out a 2nd and 3rd place finish.

By the time the Men’s 3 and Women’s 1/2/3 racers reached the staging area, conditions were hot and dusty. Ryan Murray (Nouveau Velo Cycling Team) left no question who the strongest Men’s 3 rider was and finished first. Hutch Zimmerman (Roswell Bikes) and Broderick Hartley (Florida Velo) rounded out the podium. When the dust settled in the Women’s 1/2/3 race, it was Paula Burks zooming solo across the finish line ahead of a chasing Shannon Greenhill (Peachtree Bikes). Lisa Randall (Sorella Cycling) was 3rd.

The Men’s 4 and Men’s 4 35+ field were the next to battle each other in the heat. Matthew Reeves (Loose Nuts Cycling) put in a great ride for 1st, with Stephen LaVoie (ATHCX) and Thomas Russell (C Town Bikes) taking the honor of 2nd and 3rd in the Men’s 4 race. Kenneth Fischer’s (Reality Bikes) ride landed him on the top step of the Men’s 4 35+ podium. Brian Murphy (C Town Bikes) and Harry Boxler finished 2nd and 3rd.

With the smell of sizzling hamburgers and hotdogs in the air, the Elite Men took their turn. After an hour of negotiating the backwoods course, Thomas Turner (Team Jams) again bested the rest of the field. Brandon Pruett (Rome Velo) finished 2nd, and David Sagat (Fuji Bikes) was 3rd.

Singlespeed racers were next to discover who brought both the legs and the right gear to this hilly course. As the afternoon wound down, Aaron Pyle (ACC) and Mark Babcock (Deeds Publishing) circled the course together, while David Marbut (Toyota Forklift) chased. Aaron crossed the finish line first, with Mark coming in 2nd after going down in the last seconds of the race. David held on for 3rd.

Though the day’s races were finished, the weekend’s racing was far from over. Jim Behning and crew set out to put the finishing touches on the next day’s course, and racers headed home to try and coax their bodies into being ready to do it all again the next day cause Honey Badger don’t care if your legs hurt.


Elks Day 2 – Honey Badger

WORDS AND PHOTOS BY Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com

Cyclocross racers in Georgia are confused. The weather is telling everyone that it is summer, but the calendar says that it is fall. Either way, competition this weekend was HOT at Elks Aidmore, and Honey Badger don’t care what the weather is! Cross must go on. After smaller fields in Savannah last weekend, racers came back out in droves to support the Children’s Home. Unlike Saturday, there is was pavement on the Honey Badger course. The course starts on the asphalt climb, goes through the grass the residential cottages, and makes a sweeping left hand turn by the tennis courts. It then screams downhill into the creek, a semi-rideable muddy, soggy mess. If riders did not slow down and either dismount or ride through it, they went keister over handlebars into the mud. After a short climb, there was a nice flat section to recover. A gravel hill was the next challenge. With enough speed, it could be ridden. After a short jaunt through the grass, racers either ran or rode up two stone walls. It was then back to the start/finish area, over 2 barriers, and onto the next lap.

The Masters races continue to give the spectators some of the best action of the year. In the Masters 35+, series leader Daryl Sawyer (Fulton Flyers), Shey Lindner (C Town Bikes), and Bob Kuhn (HUP United) broke away early in the race. Several riders would try to chase, but their lead kept growing. With 2 to go, the three were still together. On the final lap, Daryl and Bob dropped Shey. Daryl won the sprint for the finish by 2 bike lengths over Bob. Shey held on for third. In the Men’s 45+, Michael Schmid (Deeds Publishing) took the win over Dub Smith (Fulton Flyers).

The Juniors 15-18 saw Brody Hartley (Florida Velo) take the top step of the podium followed by Nick Ray and Fletcher Lydick (Frazier Cycling). In Juniors 14 and under, Davis Branyon (Fraizer Cycling) won with Keegan Schimmelman in second. The Women’s 4 field once again saw a large number of entries Selma Huque (Junior Flyers) won on by a wide margin. First year racer Jenn Undutch (Sorella Cycling) continues to climb the podium with a 2nd place. Anna Pickerel was third.

The Men’s Cat. 3 field saw some deep competition. Hutch Zimmerman emerged victorious with Aaron Pyle (ACC) in second. The Women’s 1/2/3 was once again a battle between Paula Burks (Mystique Cycling) and Shannon Greenhill (Peachtree Bikes). They dropped the rest of the pack early in the race.  Paula had the advantage in the technical sections, but Shannon clung to her wheel. Paula took the win, Shannon was second, and Elizabeth Lee (Louis Garneau Factory Team) was third.

The Cat. 4 fields were once again large. Nick Ray came out on top in the Cat. 4 race. Michael Weigand (Stomach of Anger) took second. In the Masters 35+ Cat. 4, Eric VanName (L5Flyers) won, and Scott Morris got second.

Expecting carnage, a large crowd watched the Men’s Cat. 1/2/3 race by the creek. While most racers chose to cyclocross the creek, Thomas Turner (Jamis) and Andy Johnson (Cycle Yought) bunny hopped it in style. They got a lot of height with the front wheel and the powered through the soft dirt. Several others that tried to ride it endoed and wound up in the muck. Thomas teased the rest of the field and did not pull away until after the second lap.The battle was on for second. Doug Ollerenshaw (Litespeed-BMW) and South Carolina resident Noah Metzler (Global Bike) duked it out. In the end, Doug got second with Noah in third.

Singlespeeds and beer go hand in hand. Someone brought out a keg late in the day, and beer handups were begun.  At the front of the field, Aaron Pyle (ACC) rode away early and never looked back. Rob Simpson (ATH CX) finished in second, and David Marbut (Fulton Flyers) was third.

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Savannah Race Report – Day Two

by Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com.

Oglethorpe Speedway Park (OSP) in Pooler, Georgia was host to the 5th annual Savannah Superprestige Cyclocross Race weekend. The course for Sunday was the classic Savannah course, flat and fast. The start was on the track. It went into the Death Spiral followed by a set of 2 fast barriers and then back to the track through the finish line. The course went outside of the concrete barriers into a wooded section. Past the first pit was a long sandy straight away. Every race has a signature feature. OSP’s is the TFFO. The Two Fingers Flyover was destroyed earlier in the year by a storm, and the OSP crew worked overtime to rebuild and widen it. Riders negotiated the TFFO and then a three step dismount. The course went around the pond although there were no alligator sightings this year. It then came back under the TFFO and towards the Death Spiral. In addition to racing, Sunday had a few special events. “MJ” cooked up Belgian Waffles Sunday morning to benefit the Savannah Wheelmen Juniors Fund. More than one racer was seen holding their stomach from eating too many waffles. A SSP tshirt was given for the best costume for racers and spectators. Mitch Askew worked the microphone for all of the races, providing color commentary to entertain everyone. Sunday’s weather challenge was a strong northwest wind kicked up by Hurricane Sandy. Dust and sand clouds could be seen as some fields rolled by.

The Elite Masters started off the day’s racing. A small group got off the front of the 35+. Soon it was down to 3 and then 2 as Nate Sibley (Scott Bicycles) rode off the front solo. In the final lap, Daryl Sawyer (Fulton Flyers) and Brady Rogers (Litespeed-BMW) were together. Brady hit the barrier without unclipping and went down. Daryl was able to pull away for 2nd place. Brady held on for third. In the Masters 45+, series leader John Phelan (ACC) took the lead early and never looked back. Ken Jones (Velo Brew) was second, and Michael Schmid (Deeds Publishing) was third.

A small but fast field of Juniors and Cat. 4 women toed the line next. Anne Moore (Moody/Evergreen) took the win for the second time this weekend in the Cat. 4 women. Jen Undutch (Sorella Cycling) was second. In the Juniors 15-18, Thomas Petit won with Haegan Altizer (Junior Flyers) in 2nd, and Willem Kaiser (Junior Flyers) in 3rd. Brothers Troy and Leon Waine (Junior Flyers) battled it out in the Juniors 14 and under. Leon was able to hang onto the wheel of the older Juniors for part of the first, distancing himself a bit from Leon. He would hold on to take the win.

In the Men’s Cat. 3, Ryan Murray (Nouveau Velo) won with Hutch Zimmerman on the second step of the podium. The Women’s 1/2/3 provided spectators with good action. There was some question as to whether one rider would be able to race. “She” rolled up to the line with a very hairy mustache. After officials determined it was Amy Frank (ALTX) in a Halloween costume, the ladies were allowed to go. While Shannon Greenhill (Peachtree Bikes) took the early lead, she was not able to shake Paula Burkes (Vantaggio) and Elizabeth Lee (Garneau Factory Team). Finally with two laps to go, Shannon pulled away and soloed to the win. Paula and Elizabeth chased but could not catch her. Paula made it through the barriers before Elizabeth, and she held on for 2nd place. Elizabeth got third. From the back of the Women’s 1/2/3, Trish Albert (Sorella Cycling) was estatic not to get lapped by Shannon for the first time this year.

The Men’s Cat. 4 field was dominated by Austin Sholly (Macon Cyclocross). He took an early lead and kept pulling further in front of the rest of the field. Charlite Putnal (Big Ring Racing) fought hard for second place. In the Masters. Cat. 4, Floridian Todd Leedy (352 Racing) won with Johnny Mayero (Frazier Cycling) in second place. Unfortunately, there were also several crashes.

The course in Savannah is the fastest that Georgia Cross visits. Average speeds for the Cat. 1/2/3 race approached 18 mph. Thomas Turner (Team Jamis) won by a wide margin, and Doug Ollerenshaw (Litespeed-BWM) got second.

The Singlespeed racers were able to run huge gears not normally run in Georgia. It paid to choose wisely, so that they were not spinning out. Series leader Aaron Pyle (ACC). David Marbut (Fulton Flyers) and Jon Wienandt (Team Fond Du Lac / Oshkosh Cyclery) rounded out the podium.

Savannah Race Report – Day One

With Hurricane Sandy swirling just offshore, Saturday’s racers weren’t sure what the weather would bring. A deluge? Winds knocking riders off bikes and into crocodile-infested waters? Fortunately (or unfortunately for those hoping for epic conditions), the weather stayed at bay and racers lined up in breezy, overcast conditions to test their skills through sandy turns, over a flyover run-up, and through the Spiral of Death.

Masters Elite racers started the day’s racing with a furious pace. In the Master’s 35+ race, Eric Neely (Hincapie Sports) and Daryl Sawyer (Toyota Forklift/FFCC) established a gap early on, with Nate Sibley (Scott Bikes) being the last racer left to give chase. With two to go, Eric pulled away from Daryl and stayed away for the win. Daryl finished 2nd, and Nate’s lone chasing efforts earned him a 3rd. In the 45+ race, John Phelan (ACC) took an early lead and held off Michael Schmid (Deeds Publishing) for the win. Dub Smith (Toyota Forklift/FFCC) was 3rd.

The action continued in the Junior and Women’s 4 races. In the Junior 15 – 18 race, Haegan Altizer (Junior Flyers) took off for 1st, while teammate Willem Kaiser finished 2nd. In the Junior 14 and Under category, dynamic duo Leon and Troy Waine (Junior Flyers) duked it out for 1st and 2nd place, with Leon emerging victorious. In the Women’s 4, Florida rider Anne Moore (Moody/Evergreen) escaped early on and crossed the line first. Kim Pounders (Smyrna Bikes) and Jennifer Undutch (Sorella Cycling) were 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

In Men’s 3 race, Ryan Murray (Noauveau Velo) got a gap and held it to take first. Aaron Pyle (ACC) and Hutch Zimmerman (Roswell Bikes) could not match his efforts and finished in 2nd and 3rd with good rides. In the Women’s Elite race, Shannon Greenhill (Peachtree Bikes) eventually pulled away, with Elizabeth Lee (Louis Garneau Factory Team) and Paula Burks (USSC-Trek p/b Vantaggio) chasing together. Kim Sawyer (Toyota Forklift/FFCC) finally crossed the gap and joined in the chase. After Paula crashed into a barrier, Kim and Elizabeth pulled away from Paula and closer to Shannon. Shannon stayed away for 1st, with Elizabeth taking 2nd and Kim 3rd.

The Men’s 4 and Men’s 4 35+ categories were next to toe the line. When the dust had settled, David Lavenhagen (352 Racing) pulled off a convincing 1st, with Austin Sholly and Charlie Putnal (Big Ring Racing) taking 2nd and 3rd in the Men’s 4 race. In the 35+ race, Todd Leedy (352 Racing) showed his domination by taking 1st, with Chip Larkby (Team GB) and William Bartley (Cyclocrossworld.com) rounding out the podium.

With dusk falling, the Men’s Elite race took the stage. Thomas Turner (Team Jamis) again stamped his authority on the race, finishing 1st. David Sagat (Fuji Bikes) and Doug Ollershsaw (Litespeed-BMW) battled it out for 2nd and 3rd.

In the last race of the day, Singlespeed action under lights (combined with relentless heckling by the Florida racing contingent) provided entertainment for all. Amidst the taunts, Aaron Pyle (ACC) and David Marbut (Toyota Forklift/FFCC) pulled away early to eventually finish 1-2 in an exciting sprint. Christian Ahrens (352 Racing) was third.

After a long day of hard racing, riders headed out in search of food (or beer–or both) and sleep in an effort to recover enough to do it all again on day two of the Savannah Superprestige Cyclocross Race.

David Sagat puts the hammer down on his way to both 2nd place and the complete ruination of the sport of cyclocross.

Augusta Race Report

WORDS AND PHOTOS BY Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com

Another gorgeous fall day was on tap for Augusta Cross presented by the Augusta Sports Council. Lake Olmstead Park provided a lovely venue with fall colors just beginning to show. Ross Douglas put together a great course. The start was moved to the field. It then went to a series of 180 degree turns; the barriers were the next challenge. The field was followed by a short paved section, up a curb, to a long, fast off camber straight away. Next up was a little more pavement before beginning the climb to the run up. This year the run up was very steep. Only one or two riders were able to make it to the top without dismounting.

The Masters 1/2/3 riders were first as always. In the 35+, it was a battle between “Shady” Brady Rogers (Litespeed-BMW) and Eric Neely. They swapped out the lead several times, but ultimately Eric won with Brady in second. Daryl Sawyer (Fulton Flyers) edged out series leader Bob Kuhn (HUP United) for third in an exciting sprint. In the Masters 45+, Alan Burton (Fulton Flyers) took the holeshot with John Phelan (ACC) taking control two turns later. John set a pace that soon separated himself, Alan, and Mike Schmid (Deeds Publishing) from the others. As the trio approached the run up for the first time, Mike and Alan both went to the ground in separate incidents allowing John to get a gap. Mike and Alan then rode together with John maintaining a steady pace a short distance ahead. A last lap effort brought Mike and Alan to the base of the run up as John was approaching the top, but contact remained elusive. The three soloed across the line; John with the win, Mike in second and Alan third.

Although the Junior fields were small, the competition was tough. In the 15-18, the three entries stayed together for the majority of the race. Fletcher Lydick (Frasier Cycling) won, Elliot Barring (Cycle Yough) got second, and Willem Kaiser (Junior Flyers). Twin brothers Leon and Troy Waine (Junior Flyers) have stolen everyone’s hearts this year. At 9 years old, they are the youngest cross racers in the series and fierce competitors. Leon took his first win today in the 14 & under with Troy in second. They could be found ringing their new cowbells at everyone later in the day.

 

The Cat. 3 race was fast. Clouds of dust were stirred up as riders took off from the line. Hutch Zimmerman stood on the top podium step with series leader Ryan Murray (Nouveau Velo) in second. In the Women’s 1/2/3, Lisa Randall (Sorella Cycling), Elizabeth Lee (Garneau Factory Team), and Kim Sawyer (Fulton Flyers) got off the front and rode together until 2 to go when Kim got popped. She kept chasing while Lida and Elizabeth battled for first. Elizabeth gapped Lisa but went down in the 180 near the finish, allowing Lisa to take the win. Elizabeth got second with Kim not far behind in third.

Large fields turned out in Augusta for the Men’s Cat. 4 and Masters 4 race. Both races stayed tightly bunched for the first lap until the run up. Several riders had problems with the sharp left turn and took a tumble in the dirt. Matthew Reeves (Loose Nuts Cycles) emerged with the Cat. 4 win, and Donald Hoefer was second. In the Masters Cat. 4, local ACC rider Laddie Williams won, and Brian Murphy (C Town Bikes) took second.

In a replay of the previous two races, Thomas Turner (Jamis) took the win in the Men’s 1/2/3. David Sagat (Fuji Bikes) gave a good chase and came in 2nd. Eric Nicoletti (Faster Moustache) grabbed his first podium of the year with a third place finish.Thomas is looking on form to defend his medal at the Masters World Cyclocross Championships in January. (Mark Babcock rode the first two laps with a can of NOS in his bottle cage like an idiot. -Ed.)

Single speeders were the race finale. Series leader Aaron Pyle (ACC) took an early lead along with Daryl Sawyer and Rob Simpson (ATHCX). Aaron and Daryl worked together off the front for much of the race, but Daryl took Aaron in the sprint.

IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT AUGUSTA

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the course WILL NOT BE OPEN TO PRE-RIDE ON SATURDAY as there is an outdoor event (wedding) going on. It is STRONGLY requested there be no riding ’til 6:00 pm when the event is over. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

-Ross Douglas, Race Promoter

Jim Miller Park Race Report

WORDS AND PICTURES BY Trish Albert/Souteastercycling.com

Typical early Georgia cross season weather greeted riders for the Jim R. Miller Park Cyclocross Race in Marietta. Mostly cloudy skies gave way to sun in the afternoon, which drove temperatures above 75 degrees. With a lack of rain the last few weeks, the course was dry and dusty. The course was run the traditional counterclockwise direction. Three dismounts provided a challege for the riders–barriers on the backside, the Infamous Red Clay Runup, and barriers in the field. Riders also enjoyed Dutch Letters on the far side. Comments about the course after the race included “best course ever” and “fantastic course.”

While final numbers are not in, there were 261 race finishers, which may be a Georgia Cross attendance record.

First up were the Elite Masters. In the 35+, the battle for first was between Brian “Sven” DeLoughy (Bikeman) and Brady Rogers (Litespeed-BMW). Midway through the race, it looked like Brady would win as Brian fell back several places. He rallied, though, and was able to make his way back to the front to finish first. In the Masters 45+, John Phelan (ACC) took his first win of the year. Series leader Michael Schmid (Deeds Publishing) finished second and retained the series lead.

The second race of the day was the Juniors and Cat. 4 Women. In the Juniors 15-18, Adam Christopher (Cycle Youth) won with Luke Broadwell (Junior Flyers) in second. In the Juniors 10-14, Davis Branyon (Frazier Cycling) was first, and Michael Garrison (Junior Flyers) was second. The huge Cat. 4 Women’s field saw a three way battle for first place. Amanda Green (US Stove-Vantaggio), Crystal Henry (Mystique Cycling Team), and 14 year old Salma Huque (Junior Flyers) took off within the first quarter lap. They quickly gained almost a minute on a small chase group. Amanda and Crystal would pull away from Salma after dismounts, and experienced track racer Salma would pull them back on the flat sections.  Amanda took the win and retained her series leader’s jersey. Crystal was second, and Salma finished a few seconds behind to take third.

The Men’s Cat. 3 race was exciting as always. Ryan Murray (Nouveau Velo) won, and David Hicks (Homesmart/L5 Flyers) got second. In the Women’s 1/2/3, a group of 5 got off the front on the first lap: Shannon Greenhill (Peachtree Bikes), Elizabeth Lee (Garneau Factory Team), Paula Burks (US Stove-Vantaggio), Cheryl Fuller-Muller (Louis Garneau Factory Team), and Kim Sawyer (Fulton Flyers). Shannon and Elizabeth soon broke away from the group and were being chased by Kim and Paula. Shannon won for the second weekend in a row, and Elizabeth finished right behind her. Paula got third.

Combined, the Cat. 4 race had almost 100 entries between Cat. 4 and Masters 35+ Cat. 4. The Cat. 4s took off first, leaving a huge dust cloud in their wake. When the haze cleared, Austin Sholly was on the top step of the podium, and Donald Hoefer was second. In a very competitive Masters Cat. 4 field, Kenneth Fischer (Reality Bikes) took the win with Riveria Chanel in second.

The Men’s 1/2/3 race saw over 20 riders. As usual, Thomas Turner (Jamis) took the early lead, which he never relenquished. The battle for the rest of the podium was on. A group formed that would number between 3 and 5 for the duration of the race. Midway through the race, Brandon Pruett (Rome Velo) broke away and went solo. Spencer Whittier (HUB Endurance), Mclean Harris (Smyrna Bicycles), David Sagat (Fuji Bikes), and Dave Gearhart (Litespeed-BMW) pulled him back.

With 3 to go, Mclean crashed, and with 2 to go, Spencer and David S. fell off pace. Dave sprinted past Brandon on the backside rode going into the entry area of county services parking lot prior to the hard right hand before the dirt road.  Dave got a gap, but he threw of the chain after the runup. After a struggle to put it back on, Dave watched Brandon pass him and ride away for 2nd place. Dave hung on for 3rd.

The Singlespeed field continues to grow as well. Singlespeed gearing can be a challenge. Racers want to run a large enough gear not to spin out too much on the flats but small enough to be able to ride up the climbs. A small group formed on the front during the first lap. By the third lap, Tim Barrett (Roswell Bicycles) was by himself. He held on for the win. Aaron Pyle (ACC) took second.