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 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.
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.
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!