GA Tech USAC Race Weekend

This was the second weekend of racing on the GA calendar this year (third if you include the Tundra Time Trial), and despite forecasts for thunderstorms the weather was great and the competition steep. It was the second year that GA Tech collegiate races also included open amateur races.

The GA Tech Tent and van.

The GA Tech Tent and van.

The race was put on by Topview Sports, and I gotta say they were on the ball. The races started on time, the results came out quickly, and the podiums were held soon after the races finished.

Topview did a bang up job IMO.

Topview did a bang up job IMO.

Because it's also a collegiate race, it has a different vibe than many other races. It's more, well, collegiate - the crowds are younger, there are teams from the local universities (UGA, Georgia State, GA Tech, Auburn, etc), and the bikes are a bit different. A lot more alu. Many races can feel tense, serious and almost stressful, but this had a more relaxed, though still serious, feel to it.

The Auburn Flyers collegiate team.

The Auburn Flyers collegiate team.

I love the Road Race course. I love uphill finishes. There weren't really any attacks in the Cat 4/5 race, but everything blew up on the last time up the hill to the finish (as expected). The time trial was one lap on the Road Race course. It was right after the RR, so I basically had time to change, get on the TT bike for a 5min trainer spin, and then rolled up to the line ... about 5sec after my start time.

I didn't race the crit but rode out to it with some teammates. From what I could see it looked like a pretty nice course. I was really impressed by what a nice venue downtown Tucker is for a crit. It reminded me of Athens Twilight, but without the crazy crowds.

All in all the GA Tech cycling team and Topview Sports did a great job, and I hope they'll keep opening their races to the amateur bike racers in Georgia!

3s ladies in staging.

3s ladies in staging.

Masters in staging - it was combined field but 35+/50+ placed separately.

Masters in staging - it was combined field but 35+/50+ placed separately.

Peloton rolling up the climb.

Peloton rolling up the climb.

Peloton rolling through the climb.

Peloton rolling through the climb.

P/1/2/3s in staging. Brutal race for the Cat 3s.

P/1/2/3s in staging. Brutal race for the Cat 3s.

P/1/2/3s staging.

P/1/2/3s staging.

Downtown Tucker - usually where the Tucker ride meets Saturday morning, it also turns out to be a great spot for a crit.

Downtown Tucker - usually where the Tucker ride meets Saturday morning, it also turns out to be a great spot for a crit.

The break.

The break.

The peloton.

The peloton.

"Bro, why is your hand all pale but your arms are all sunburned?"

"Bro, why is your hand all pale but your arms are all sunburned?"

Check out this CAAD10 - it has a mix of old SRAM Force and Dura Ace. Pretty put together for a frankenbike.

Check out this CAAD10 - it has a mix of old SRAM Force and Dura Ace. Pretty put together for a frankenbike.

The photo doesn't quite do justice to the fluo qualities of this steed.

The photo doesn't quite do justice to the fluo qualities of this steed.

MATTE.

MATTE.

Bontrager brakes, I'm assuming this has gotta be a Trek.

Bontrager brakes, I'm assuming this has gotta be a Trek.

"Want to race me on my bicycle?"

"Want to race me on my bicycle?"

CAAD12 is starting to make appearances here and there.

CAAD12 is starting to make appearances here and there.

YESSSS this bike says SPEED.

YESSSS this bike says SPEED.

The winner of the Cat 5s was racing with a standard crankset and an 11-23 cassette. Nuff said.

The winner of the Cat 5s was racing with a standard crankset and an 11-23 cassette. Nuff said.