NC Cyclocross

Motivational Monday: ‘Tis Cyclocross Season

The weather is cooler, the days are getting shorter and this means one thing. Cyclocross.

The season in the southeast normally doesn’t start until mid fall but more and more groups are getting on board and we should have a couple series in the area to attend.

‘Cross “Race” Calendar

September 4th - (Tentative) Tuesday Nights Under the Lights in Boone, NC

September 8th – Asheville CX Kick Off in Bent Creek Park

September 29-30 - Tennessee MSG in Kingsport

October 6-7 - Tennessee MSG in Unicoi

October 14th - Asheville CX at Pisgah Brewery

NC CX Race Series: 

Race #1 – Sat. October 20, 2012 – Southern Pines, NC 
Race #2 – Sun. October 21, 2012 – Raleigh, NC 
Race #3 – Sun. October 28, 2012 – Boone, NC 
Race #4 – Sun. November 4, 2012 – Salisbury, NC Not in town
Race #5 – Sun. November 11, 2012 – Wilkesboro, NC
Race #6 –  Sat. November 17, 2012 – Durham, NC

Race #7 – Sun. November 18, 2012 – Statesville, NC
Race #8 – Sun.December 2, 2012 – Charlotte, NC

Race #9 – Sun. December 9, 2012 – Winston Salem, NC 
Race #10 – Sat. December 15, 2012 -UCI NCGP  - Hendersonville, NC
Race  #11 – Sun. December 16, 2012 – UCI NCGP – Hendersonville, NC

NC CX Winter Series:

Race #12 – Sat. January 5, 2013 – Raleigh, NC 
Race #13 – Sun. January 6, 2013 – Fayetteville, NC      
Race #14 – Sat. January 19, 2013 – Winston Salem, NC
Race #15 – Sun. January 20, 2013 – Greensboro, NC

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Friday Shop Profile – Loose Nuts Cycles

As an independent rep for Quality Bicycle Products I travel to bike shops all over the Southeast of the USA. I visit a great amount of killer shops, doing what they love and each one very unique. Next time you’re close, check one of these out! Want to see more? Visit the tag.

Shop name: Loose Nuts Cycles

Location:  452-A Cherokee Ave. Atlanta GA 30312
Number:  (404) 228-5555

Loose Nuts is my largest Surly dealer in most of the state of GA. Running out of a killer store front in the Grant Park area. It has the “urban” feel but you will find beautiful Sachs road bikes, high end wheels being built and a super down to earth guy behind it all – Chris Tavel. (I hear he’s a great mechanic too..)

Housed inside the bike shop is also a custom bag maker, Altrport, making bags of all types and sizes to your liking.

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Another Day, Another Dollar – This One in Knoxville

Traveling between Asheville, NC and Knoxville,TN this week. Hitting up a handful of key dealers to make sure their ordering for 2013 is nailed down, they are excited about new product and to work with shop staff so they feel comfortable selling the new goods. Along with that is bike riding and beer drinking, but only after the job is done.

Yesterday evening was jam packed, first a ride at Bent Creek right outside of Asheville (see route below) and then a fundraiser for Pisgah Area SORBA Chapter.  The ride was beautiful and reminds me how much I need to work on climbing.

The fundraiser event was successful with a great band, a limited edition beer and a great raffle with tons of donations! I did my best to take notes and grab brochures in hopes to put some of their ideas in play with CABA!

Leaving Asheville around 9:30pm I started the drive west on I-40 for Knoxville. Finding a well priced Hampton Inn on the outskirts of my destination city I quickly settled in to wake up and start it all over again today!

Today’s goals are to visit a couple more key shops, hopefully land a new bike brand dealer and end the day with a road group ride out of Cycology Bicycles. Oh yes, then I drive home tonight! What are you doing today??

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Motivational Monday: Ride with the Boys

Lately as I have been traveling I have been doing my best to ride with others. Normally I ride by myself as it is my away time but getting closer to cyclocross season I need to push myself and riding with others does that to you.

Riding with women is one thing, but I can tell you that hanging on to the wheels of some fast boys is very motivating. Especially when they are sweet boys that will wait for you when they drop you.

Thank you Reality Bikes for the rides last week, and I look forward to whatever wheel I can suck this week!

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A Week in Review

These next two months are completely full throttle for me. On one side I have deadlines for pre-season orders on about 7 brands that I represent before Interbike (mid/end September).

This means a ton of driving, this past week around Atlanta and Augusta, the week before around the Triangle and the list keeps going. If you are in the southeast, chances are I’ll be in your hood soon!

On the other hand there is prep work for cyclocross season. 11 hours on the bike this week, and a solid 3 hour ride today. Legs are feeling good and catching back up with my full throttle life. Even had a 30 minute run this morning that wasn’t too painful.

Also…I’m working on my hi-vis accessories on and off the bike!

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Southern Spokes Recap

I’m working on a long recap for SouthernSpokes.com to fill everyone in, thank a whole boatload of folks and get started planning for next year! Here’s some key highlights that I feel sum up things for my readers here.

  • A ton of women’s raffle prizes, and everyone that bought a raffle ticket won something
  • Kids rides, women’s rides, fat bike rides
  • Waffles and Nutella
  • Really good BBQ
  • No hail
  • Campfire stories
  • A guy that rode 140 miles from Columbia, SC just for the festival

 

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Traveling Through Georgia

In Georgia, Cumming Georgia to be exact. Crashed at a friends house, thanks Franklin! Spending a couple days around Atlanta and then headed to Augusta for a couple shop visits. Hope to hit up FATS Mountain bike trail down in Augusta tomorrow too!

Lots to catch you folks up with Southern Spokes this past weekend, a ton of traveling over the next couple weeks, and a lot of great things happening going into Interbike.

 

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Charlotte Cycling Classic: NODA-Freedom Park-NODA

Let’s see if I can convince my GF to do this on Saturday…

From 36th Street Racing:

On Saturday August 18th, at the crack of 11AM Noda-Freedom Park-Noda, the premiere “one day classic” comes to Charlotte and Dolce Vita Wines! Event Starts in the Historic North Charlotte Neighborhood (NoDa). We will race a “tortuous” route through the notorious Charlotte Hinterland to Freedom Park and back.

We ask everyone to read and revere “Rule Five”. This family friendly ride is not for the faint of heart. The organizers have scoured the Charlotte roads and have found multiple “Cols” “Bergs” and “Pave” sections, including the world famous “Greenway”.

Registration opens at 10 am with start at 11am. A $10 entree Fee gets you a feed at the halfway point and lunch at the finish. There will be Music and awards ceremony at the finish.