Cycling in Northeast Atlanta - Gwinnett, Walton, Barrow, Oconee and Morgan Counties

2008 State TT Championship

2008 State TTT Championship ride


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Upcoming Rides
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Wednesday Evening Harbins Park Ride - 6:30 pm.  Leaves from Harbins Park (where the mountain bike trails are).  Standard course is 25 miles.  Pace is 17.5-19 mph overall depending upon the number of riders.  https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/17958253

Saturday, June 2nd.  8:25 am.  Oconee Forest   Leaves from the old Walker Park ES on the corner of hwy 11 and Walker Park Drive at 8:25 am. Two store stops.  All welcome. Expected pace is 17.5-18 mph depending upon number of riders.  Ming will be leading a century ride from Loganville onto our course and we will ride with them down and back from the forest.  https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/1524093

Saturday, June 9th.  8:00 am.  Bethlehem-Fairplay Leaves from Bethlehem city hall. One store stop. All welcome. Expected pace is 17-18 mph depending upon number of riders. https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/403275

Saturday, June 16th.  8:00 am.  Bethlehem-North High Shoals Leaves from Bethlehem city hall. One store stop. All welcome. Expected pace is 17-18 mph depending upon number of riders. https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14918441

Saturday, June 30th.  8:00 am.  Long Flat Ride #3   Leaves from the old Walker Park ES on the corner of hwy 11 and Walker Park Drive at 8:00 am. One store stop. All welcome. Expected pace is 17-18 mph depending upon number of riders. https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/686536

Saturday, July 7th. 8:00 am. Gratis triple loops. Possible storms in the morning so we'll stick closer to home in case. Leaves from Bethlehem city hall. One store stop. All welcome. Expected pace is 17-18 mph depending upon number of riders. Will add a few miles (57 total) using Cooper Gin and Jack Glass. 

Saturday, July 14th. 8:00 am. Lower Apalachee  Celebrating the next day's long stage over many of the Paris-Roubaix cobbles (although Mons-en-Pevele is cut by 2/3rds and the carrefour de l'abre is being skipped) we will ride down to the hamlet of Apalachee GA.  22 miles without any turns.  Leaves from the old Walker Park ES on the corner of hwy 11 and Walker Park Drive at 8:00 am.   One store stop in Bostwick.  All welcome.  95 km.      https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/1800642

Saturday, July 21st.  8:00 am.  Bethlehem-Athens CANCELLED DUE TO STORMS.  Leaves from Bethlehem city hall. One store stop. All welcome. Remember the little ring for Finley.  Expected pace is 17-18 mph depending upon number of riders. https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/1408029#

Saturday, July 28th. 8:00 am. Walker Park - Madison #3  Leaves from the old Walker Park ES on the corner of hwy 11 and Walker Park Drive (1820 State Hwy 11, Monroe, GA 30656) at 8:00 am.   1-2 store stops in Madison and Good Hope.  All welcome.  105 km.  Shortcuts if need be.  https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/19795506

Saturday, August 4th. 8:00 am. Bethlehem--Statham-Attica  Leaves from Bethlehem city hall. One store stop. All welcome. Expected pace is 17-18 mph depending upon number of riders.  https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/1256206

Saturday, August 11th.  8:00 am.  Bethlehem-Good Hope extended Leaves from Bethlehem city hall. One store stop. All welcome. Expected pace is 17-18 mph depending upon number of riders. https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/282493

Saturday, August 18th.  8:00 am.  Walker Park - Bostwick   Leaves from the old Walker Park ES on the corner of hwy 11 and Walker Park Drive at 8:00. One store stop. All welcome. Expected pace is 17-18 mph depending upon number of riders.  Might change it a bit to ride on Wagon Mill behind Heritage Park on way back.  https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/15430704


GTC Good Hope 35.7 km Time Trial  Warm up ride (~40 minutes) leaves from the old Walker Park ES on the corner of hwy 11 and Walker Park Drive at 8:00 am.   Expect TT to start around 8:45-8:50.  Riders can also park at the recreation area at the end of Queens Cemetery Road at hwy 83 and warm up from there.  The TT is self timed (also a Strava segment so it will time it for you) and all are welcome.  Extend the ride afterwards as you choose.  The course is a counterclockwise lollipop with almost all right turns at stop signs.  Fastest time to date is 56:20 on a TT bike and 56:40 on a standard road bike.  Many purely recreational riders come out to just have fun.    https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/1502285#


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Our Club

The Gwinnett Touring Club (GTC) is a member of USA Cycling and was established in 1982.  The GTC has comprised upwards of 50 members but has ~20 members currently. Members have included beginners, enthusiasts, randonneurs, and many former and current road and cyclocross racers, including several national and state champions. Most members just enjoy riding together on quiet country roads in Gwinnett, Jackson, Barrow, Oconee, Walton and Morgan counties. All are welcome to attend our rides but you are expected to be able to maintain the listed pace and everyone rides at their own risk.

GTC rides – Our rides focus on steady effort, smaller, traffic-free roads and include over 20 different rides leaving from 5 different locations including: Harbins ES near Dacula, Auburn, Bethlehem, Apalachee HS or the old Walker Park ES on hwy. 11 north of Monroe. The various routes, typically 50-70 miles, cover ~900 square miles of semi-rural Georgia from Harbins elementary school in the west, east to Athens, and from southern Hall county in the north, south to Madison.  Our weekend rides are designed for steady 2 abreast riding at a conversational pace with average speeds of 16.5-19 mph depending upon the route and time of year.  Nearly every route has multiple shorter options and short cuts along the main route so that all can ride along. The rides, including links to Garmin maps, average speed, how often they are typically scheduled and other information can be found on the Google Drive section of our discussion forum at gtcbike in Google Groups. https://groups.google.com/group/gtcbike?pli=1. There are two versions of most maps available under the Routes & Maps links to the left. The Garmin maps are recorded from recent rides of the route and can be downloaded into a compatible GPS. The PDF maps can be printed for a paper based map of the route.  GTC club championship rides and previous TT times can be found here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EfCB2u2VOMEbAc00_3DOvAVzquidmdQlYC2PrpJbldM/edit#gid=16

We are an affiliate member of the Southern Bicycle League http://bikesbl.org/ .  All are welcome to attend our rides but members get the opportunity to purchase club clothing, receive discounts from our sponsors, and participate in the informal club championship and time trials.