After spending five cool and refreshing days (temps in the 50s and 60s!) in San Francisco and Oakland, I was glad to get back for a sultry, hot Georgia 28-mile ride yesterday afternoon. (I've always been a summertime boy).
Summer also means it's time to get back to the mountains. Come join Nitty Gritty this Saturday for one of our favorite and most beautiful rides, the Lake Rabun Loop. See the details below.
Summertime is also prep time for the 5th Annual Teardrop Century, and I'm excited to tell you that our Teardrop kits look fabulous - it's time to order yours! Online ordering from Castelli is easy - just click on the Castelli Team link and set up your user name (email address) and password as a New User.
Then, simply order the items you want:
Men's and Women's Jerseys - $80
Bib Shorts - $100
Women's Shorts - $90
Make sure you enter your order by July 12th to ensure delivery in time for the Teardrop Century.
Finally, note that I've added the 8/22 Red Clay Ramble to the upcoming calendar. Check it out!
NG Rabun Lakes Loop
Saturday, June 27th (depart from Athens by carpool 6 a.m.)
Carpool from Oconee Heights Baptist Church, 4180 Jefferson Road
Note 1: If you're carpooling/caravanning, be ready to depart from OHBC by 6am. If leaving your car, please park in the grassy field to the left of the church.
Note 2: Please print a map from:
We'll drive up 441, just past Tallulah Falls, turn left onto Old 441, and then make another left onto Lake Rabun Rd. Park across from the marina. We will bike through Tiger, Clayton, and Germany Mountain. After a store stop, the finale is very pretty -- a smaller road that winds along the edge of Lake Rabun for about 10 miles. Afterwards we'll eat lunch in Clayton at the Universal Joint.
Bring a change of clothes and money.
Rik Oswalt, 706-546-1639
Georgia Judson, 706-461-0195
Diane Montevideo, 304-532-4418.
Continue to follow Carol Myers' amazing cross-country bike adventure via her blog, Cycling Into the Future.
Teardrop Century News and Updates
Saturday, September 12th, 9 a.m.
Morgan County High School, 1231 College Drive, Madison, GA 30650
- Registration: $40 through 8/15, $50 afterwards
- Register online at active.com
- Or download this Teardrop registration form and mail it in
- Sign up by June 30th and receive a special bonus: a free pair of AthSav socks ($10 value)
- Proceeds benefit the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens - help IHNA continue to provide emergency shelter and vital services for homeless families with children in the Athens area and throughout Northeast Georgia
- Four beautiful route options: 102, 63, 35, and 21 miles
- See the IHNA web site and Ken's Bike List for up to date ride details and info about our great sponsors: PRESENTING SPONSORS, The Hub Bicycles, Jittery Joe's Coffee, and Virginia McKenna, Licensed Professional Counselor; MAJOR SPONSORS: The Hamilton Agency and Zaxby's; SPONSORS: Allergy Partners, Escape the Space, Morris Law Group, The Schramski Family, Southern Landscaping Irrigation and Construction LLC, and WalMart - Eastside Athens.
- Post-ride food and music!
- It's time to order your beautiful Castelli Teardrop jerseys and bibs - online ordering has begun - click on the team order link and order yours by July 12th - don't miss out!
Coming Soon, Mark Your Calendars
Saturday, August 22, 2015: Registrations @ 7 a.m.; Race Starts @ 9 a.m.
Cedar Creek Wildlife Management Area Check Station, 0.5 miles at Check Station off Hwy 212, Eatonton, GA
The beloved Red Clay Ramble event offers a 56 mile race, as well as 15, 21, 35, and 56 mile ride options along some of middle Georgia's most beautiful back roads. The race will run the 56 mile route and will begin at 9AM with a mass start. Prizes and custom medallions will be awarded to the top male and female racers in each category. The recreational (non-competitive ride) starts at 9:30AM and will feature 15, 21, 35, and 56 mile options. All routes feature a mix of paved and unpaved surfaces with a variety of gentle climbs, making an enjoyable experience for riders of all skill levels.
Routes and other details: http://mvillebikes.com/red-clay-ramble/
Sunday, August 23rd @ 7 a.m.
Sandy Creek Park, Athens, Georgia
400 Meter Lake Swim, 14 Mile Bike, 5K Run
Proceeds from this event will help the Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia (www.cfnega.org) provide immediate financial assistance to local cancer patients struggling financially due to their cancer diagnosis and treatment. Your participation in this event will certainly change a life, starting with your own! The Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia's goal is to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families who need help.
Registration and details: http://gamultisports.com/tri2beatcancertriathlon/
Saturday, September 5th @ 8 a.m.
Presented by the Metro Atlanta Cycling Club, Metro Atlanta's best charity bike ride is only a few summer months away, and we can't wait for you to join us. Great roads. Better food. Not much traffic. And 700 of your best friends riding through the isolated roads of South Fulton County. If you've done it before - welcome back! If you have never been part of the One Love Century, come join us in 2015 and experience our new expanded weekend format!
Route options: 16, 27, 43, 61 & 101 miles
Registration and details: http://www.maccattack.com/one-love-century-2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Taking place in Georgia's Premier Cycling Venue, the Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty boasts many of the same roads and mountain climbs as the elite Tour de Georgia. Come ride the Ride of the Pros! The Six Gap Century's ultra challenging route takes you up and down six of the steepest climbs in the North Georgia Mountains. Test your stamina with more than 11,200 feet of vertical climbing over the 104 mile course. Elevations for the six gaps in this ride range from 1,400 feet to 3,460 feet. The toughest climb, Hogpen Gap, will test even the strongest riders, averaging a 7% grade for seven miles, with sections as steep as 15%
Details and Registration: http://www.6gap.com/index.php/the-rides/six-gap-century
Lovin' that Georgia summer heat - see you out there!