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 "Pick-Up" Rides
Remember to check this website or the Facebook page on the day of the ride in case of weather related or other changes to the weekend schedule.  All rides are 'ride at your own risk'.

Saturday, December 29th. 8:30 am. Bethlehem--Fairplay Leaves from Bethlehem city hall. One store stop. All welcome. Expected pace is 17-18 mph depending upon number of riders.  Looks warm so rain or shine.  https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/20699818

Tuesday, January 1st. 10:00 am. Gratis loops Leaves from Bethlehem city hall. Broken into three different loops so you can do anywhere from 40 km, 70 km or 92 km.  One store stop. All welcome. Expected pace is 17-18 mph depending upon number of riders.  Looks warm so rain or shine. https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/19179494

Saturday, January 5th.  8:30 am.  Harbins Winter Ride   LEAVES FROM HARBINS PARK (where the mountain bike trails are).  84 km. One store stop. All welcome. Expected pace is 16.5-17.5 mph depending upon number of riders.  https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/21322025

Saturday, January 12th. 8:30 am. Lower Apalachee without dirt  Leaves from the old Walker Park ES on the corner of hwy 11 and Walker Park Drive at 8:30 am.   One store stop in Bostwick.  All welcome.  86 km.  https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/20745966

Saturday, January 19th.  9:00 am.  Harbins Winter Ride   LEAVES FROM HARBINS PARK (where the mountain bike trails are).  84 km. One store stop. All welcome. Expected pace is 16.5-17.5 mph depending upon number of riders.  https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/21322025

Saturday, February 2nd.  8:30 am.  Walker Park - Bostwick short (84 km)  Leaves from the old Walker Park ES on the corner of hwy 11 and Walker Park Drive at 8:30. One store stop. All welcome. Expected pace is 17-18 mph depending upon number of riders.    https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/16360800

Saturday, February 9th.  8:30 am.  Harbins Winter Ride   LEAVES FROM HARBINS PARK (where the mountain bike trails are).  84 km. One store stop. All welcome. Expected pace is 16.5-17.5 mph depending upon number of riders.  https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/21322025

Saturday, February 16th.  8:30 am.  Harbins Winter Ride   LEAVES FROM HARBINS PARK (where the mountain bike trails are).  84 km. One store stop. All welcome. Expected pace is 16.5-17.5 mph depending upon number of riders.  https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/21322025



TBA.  Long Flat Ride #3   Leaves from the old Walker Park ES on the corner of hwy 11 and Walker Park Drive at 8:30 am. One store stop. All welcome. Expected pace is 17-18 mph depending upon number of riders.  Will probably cut to 50 miles instead of 60.   https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/686536



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#


GTC Ride Calendar

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Our Club

The Gwinnett Touring Club (GTC) was established in 1982 and was an active member of the USCF and USA Cycling.  GTC no longer formally exists as an active USA Cycling club, however this site is still used to notify individuals of "pick up" rides that are not officially sanctioned by the GTC or its former members.  All are welcome to attend these pick up rides but you ride at your own risk.  In the space below, a brief description of the club's past members, rides, and rider mentality are summarized.

The GTC was comprised of upwards of 50 members. 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