WINTER BIKE LEAGUE 2017-18

Breaking News: 1-13-18: The Ken Bike Law Hoschton Classic: 

First time WBL rider, the 21-year-old Aussie wunderkind and fast twitch phenom Lachlan Holliday, rode a brilliant Final Attack Zone, the savage Pink Church Loop, infiltrating a final powerful group of six assassins, and unleashed a rapid-fire sprint and won his first WBL ride on an epic, albeit cruel, 95-mile, wind-battered day. Thomas Hit Man Brown moved into the HUB Overall Lead with another consistent day, placing 3rd in the finale, and is in position to make record setting 5th run at the crown, but the impressive Sommers Freestyle Creed is nipping at his heels, only 1 point in arrears. After 8 WBL rides this season, the fire is hot in the kitchen and those vying for the throne have begun to surge, but there is still a juggernaut at the top, and the Top 5 are still wide open. As the WBL heads into the heart of the other season, the pretenders are falling away and the contenders are rising to the top—only those hardcore, gritty and black hearted Zealots need apply for the pinnacle position.

After a midweek warming trend, the mercury plummeted for Saturday as the Zealots once again headed out into a hyperborean cold. The temp was hovering around a bitter 30 degrees at takeoff and never rose past a glacial 37. Not only did an Arctic chill grip the pack all day, the wind was racing across the frozen tundra like gangbusters from the northwest, gusting at times up to 25 miles-per-hour, sweeping across the frozen landscape, bending the tops of trees into a horizontal position, biting through one’s clothes like icy daggers, and making forward movement a laborious, toilsome task. There were very few stretches all day where one could relax and this day would surely imprint itself on those Zealots present, like a branding iron burning a WBL moniker into one’s back. And the malicious helmsmen—Gruber, Rosskopf, Brown, Garrison, Brock Mason among others—were taking no prisoners on this blustery day, showing no pity for the poor, desperate souls in the pack. Rosskopf merely said, “I want to go hard.” The buffeting winds, the torrid tempo, and the Siberian cold caused a few riders to come unhinged, lost at sea, presumably drown when they fell overboard into an icy oblivion. Death came quickly and was a welcome relief.  

After 4 hours of circle-stomping, the group turned right at Alligator Pond and the Whistler warbled his merry tune—the Final Attack Zone, the dastardly 8-mile Pink Church Loop, was at hand. Several riders crossed themselves and your Humble Inkslinger began to quietly cry. Up the first 1-mile incline approaching the intermediate sprint (the first time across the Pink Church line), the group spread thin and the young Aussie showed he would be a threat for the win as he sped across the line first, put his head down, and kept going. But not knowing the course he missed the turn, but quickly u-turned and rejoined this moving missile. Speeding down the next gyring hill the group was single file heading to the crux of the biscuit, the punishing serpentine wall on the backside of the loop that typically launches the winning move and breaks the spirit of all the others. Over the top six heavyweight pedal-pounders broke clear—Gruber. Holliday, Rosskopf, T Brown, Ryan Knapp and Ian Garrison—and never looked back. They rotated down the 3 mile stretch on J Riviera Road, working as one unit, and moving quickly away from those behind. Heading up the final 1-mile pitch to the Pink Church line, no single rider could claw free from this fearless group: After almost 5 hours in the saddle, these six freaks of the big ring would battle it out for the win. With 300 meters to go, the stealthy T Brown jumped but was quickly followed by Ian Lover Boy Garrison. Lover Boy exploded from the group and put a bike length on the others and appeared to be heading for an astonishing win when suddenly Holliday blasted up the right side of the road with a ferocious turn of speed and nipped Garrison at the line. The young Aussie put both hands over his head and cried a river—what a way to start the year! Admiration and respect for all six in the front group—there were no pretenders sprinting for this win.

19-year-old Megan Heath rode as strong and impressive as always, winning both the intermediate and the final sprint for the ladies, and was followed closely by the irrepressible Sommers Creed, who has shown remarkable strength and skill for a new WBL rider. Creed now sits 2nd in the HUB Overall and trails Brown by only 1 point. For the Ladies, congrats for tremendous rides also for Sarah Hoots, Anna Sykes and Madeline Pearce. For the Non Pros, 16 year old Michael Garrison came with his Big Guns locked and loaded and like Heath, won both the intermediate hill jam and the final sprint. With his points, the young Holowesko tyro has surged into 3rd place in the Overall and reportedly has a bullseye on T Brown’s back. Great rides also from Seth Callahan, Cole Rasser, Huntley Nash, Robert Conaster, Jason K Jones, Gatewood Baynes, Charlie Putnal, Frank Crumley, Cyril Desevaux and Bob Heath. 

Finis (Diabolical Pink Church Loop) (Sponsored by Ken Bike Law):

  1. Lachlan Holliday: 10 pts
  2. Ian Garrison: 8 pts
  3. Thomas Brown: 6 pts.
  4. Joey Rosskopf: 4 pts.
  5. Ryan Knapp: 2 pts.
  6. Jered Gruber: 1 pt
  7. Brock Mason: 1 pt
  8. All: 5 pts.
  9. Inclement Weather Point (whipping winds): All: 1 pt
  10. Roadside Assist Point: Ashley Gruber: 1 pt

Ladies Finis (Sponsored by Team (Sponsored by Team Novo Nordisk (https://www.teamnovonordisk.com):

  1. Megan Heath: 5 pts
  2. Sommers Creed: 3 pts
  3. Sarah Hoots: 2 pts.
  4. Madeline Pearce: 1 pts.

Non-Pro Finis:

  1. Michael Garrison: 5 pts
  2. Seth Callahan: 3 pts.
  3. Cole Rasser: 2 pts.

Ladies Sprint (Hoschton City Limit):

  1. Megan Heath: 3 pts
  2. Tie: Sommers Creed / Madeline Pearce: 2 pts
  3.  --

Non Pro Sprint (South Apple Valley Hill Jam):

  1. Michael Garrison: 3 pts
  2. Robert Conaster: 2 pts
  3. Charlie Putnal: 1 pts.

Pro Sprint (Pink Church):

  1. Lauchlan Holliday: 3 pts
  2. Thomas Brown: 2 pts
  3. Huntley Nash: 1 pts.

Overall (1-13-18):

  1. Thomas Brown: 50 pts.
  2. Sommers Creed: 49 pts.
  3. Michael Garrison: 43 pts
  4. Megan Heath: 42 pts.
  5. Judah Sencenbaugh: 42 pts.
  6. Cole Rasser: 38 pts
  7. Ian Garrison: 38 pts
  8. D Crowe: 36 pts.
  9. Jason K Jones: 35 pts.
  10. Seth Callahan: 35 pts
  11. Harrison Nguy: 35 pts
  12. Michael Sencenbaugh: 34 pts.
  13. Cyril Desevaux: 34 pts.
  14. Madeline Pearce: 34 pts.
  15. Elizabeth May: 31 pts
  16. Jim Baynes: 31 pts
  17. Frank Crumley: 30 pts
  18. Bob Heath: 30 pts.
  19. Gutcheck Gruber: 30 pts
  20. Frank Travieso: 30 pts
  21. Caleigh Rasser: 30 pts
  22. Nathan Goodman: 30 pts.
  23. Erik Gruenwedel: 28 pts
  24. Deborah Potsma: 28 pts
  25. Natty Dunn: 28 pts.
  26. Thomas Duke: 27 pts.
  27. Robert Conaster: 26 pts.
  28. Josh Smith: 26 pts.
  29. Paul Harkins: 26 pts.
  30. Stephen Heath: 26 pts.
  31. Mike Buechel: 26 pts

Total Rides: 8 // Total Miles: 610

WBL # 9: The Independent Baking Company Greensboro World Cup (https://www.facebook.com/IndependentBakingCo)

When: January 20 (Saturday)

Where: The Hub / Independent Baking Company (5 Points / Athens) (https://hubbikes.com)

Time: 10 AM (window open) 

Length: 105 miles / 5 hours

Points: 5 Points pts (1 per hour)

Interactive map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26719999

Exit Route: College Station Road

Store Stop:  Greensboro (Mile 56)

Pee Break: Mile 20 

Intermediate Sprints:

-Ladies Sprint: Athens-Clarke County sign / Double Bridges Road (Mile 14): 

  • 1st: 5 pts / $25
  • 2nd: 3 pts
  • 3rd: 1 pt

-Non Pro Sprint: Woodville City Limit sign (Mile 44): 

  • 1st: 5 pts / $25
  • 2nd: 3 pts
  • 3rd: 1 pt

-Pro Sprint: Antioch Hill Jam (Mile 81) - 400 meter uphill sprint / line in road (beside yellow sign)

  • 1st: 5 pts / $25
  • 2nd: 3 pts
  • 3rd: 1 pt

Final Attack Zone: Flatrock Road (Mile 82) - 6 miles: Final Attack Zone opens when pack turns right on Wire Bridge Road. Ride 2 miles to stop sign and turn right on Oliver Bridge (LOOK LEFT!). Ride 1.5 miles and turn right on Flatrock Road. Ride 2 miles to finish / line in road. (Regroup after sprint) 

Points / Prizes (Pro) (Sponsored by Independent Baking Company / (https://www.facebook.com/IndependentBakingCo)

  • 1st: 12 pts / $100 plus da Box!
  • 2nd: 10 pts / $75
  • 3rd: 8 pts / $25
  • 4th: 6 pts. / 
  • 5th:  4 pts / 
  • 6th: 3 pt. 
  • 7th: 2 pt
  • 8th: 1 pt

Points / Prizes (Ladies Finish) (Sponsored by Team Novo Nordisk (https://www.teamnovonordisk.com) :

  • 1st: 8 pts / $75
  • 2nd: 6 pts / $50
  • 3rd: 4 pts / $25
  • 4th: 2 pts.
  • 5th: 1 pts. 

Points / Prizes (Non Pro Finish)

  • 1st: 8 pts / $25 
  • 2nd: 6 pts / $25
  • 3rd: 4 pts / $25
  • 4th: 2 pts.
  • 5th: 1 pt.

WBL 2017-18 Calendar

Overall Leader sponsored by the HUB Bikes  (https://hubbikes.com)

Ladies Sprint Series sponsored by Team Novo Nordisk (https://www.teamnovonordisk.com)

Sprint Series sponsored by Euro Truck Importers (http://www.eurotruck-importers.com)

2017-18 Calendar

(*subject to tweaking due to despicable conditions):

20 January:: The Independent Baking Company Greensboro World Cup / 105 miles miles / 5 hours (https://www.facebook.com/IndependentBakingCo)

27 January: Porterfield Tire Alto World Cup / 5.5 hours / 115 miles / $$$$ (https://www.porterfieldtireinc.com)

3 February: The Gruber Images Hoschton Hale Raisin Rodeo Ride / 80 miles / 4 hours (https://www.facebook.com/pg/Gruber-Images-85583855247/posts/)

10 February: The Atlantis Hydroponics Classic tba ((https://www.atlantishydroponics.com)

17 February: Tba

24 February: Potential make up day