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Headline News: January 12, 2019 (# 8):Big Frank the Cuban Missile Travieso steamrolled his way to a superb victory Saturday on the Ken Bike Law Bostwick Classic on a raw, blustery day that saw the high temperature never top a savage 39 degrees. It was yet “another one to remember” as only 60 of the grittiest, most hardcore, and just plain mean, disagreeable sumbitches showed up ready to wage war in such inhospitable conditions. And the freezing air was trapped below by thick clouds streaked with different hues of gray that carpeted the sky the entire day; and to borrow a phrase from Dylan, a cold, hard rain was gonna fall, but exactly when was hard to say. Needless to say, to get soaked on such a cold day would spell disaster, purple prose be damned. So the Zealots decided to play the part of riverboat gambler and clicked their heels twice and pushed all their chips in and headed out into the cold, bitter maw for a 4-hour, 75 mile misadventure through Bostwick and beyond. Whether they rolled lucky sevens or whether the bottom dropped out looked like about even odds. Some of those risk takers on hand throwing caution to wind was the high-roller Joe Whalley, the masterful Michael Sencenboss, the speculator Willy Saunders, the one-eyed jack Jake Holt, the wildcard Paul Harkins, the Artful Dodger Dan Hall, the senatorial Wes Crane, and the straight-up gambler Cyril Deseveux. After shouting, “Hallelujah”, the grupetto spun the wheel and fled down South Milledge like a 60 person jailbreak who’s sworn they’re never going back. .

The Zealots had a couple of heart-scares along the way as the rain spat down in brief spurts on two occasions, leading the observant in the group to quietly ask for forgiveness, for surely these drops portended death, while the secularists simply cried, knowing the party was coming to an end, but raising one last glass to Lucretius and the sensual life. But on both occasions, the mizzle slowed to a fine mist and eventually dissipated all together—bullet dodged, lives spared. But though the wet stuff held off all day, the Siberian cold cut through our clothes and turned our bones to ice; by the Final Attack Zone on Flatrock Road, my hands, even though encased in two layers of gloves, were frozen and useless; it was no problem as long as I didn’t need to shift. I attempted to curse but my words turned to ice and feel from my mouth onto the ground.

When the remaining pack of 50 frozen souls first hit the 6-mile Flatrock Final Attack Zone, John Boy Butler once again leapt away from the field and quickly opened a sizable gap. The reaction behind was slow and dumb-witted and within 1-mile John Boy’s lead had ballooned to 28 seconds, a dangerous distance! Oliver Quinn and Eric Voight both jumped and shot clear and began to close on John Boy but they couldn’t make contact. Approaching the Oliver Bridge Road turn 2 miles into the Attack Zone, T Brown, Gruber, T Morrison, Travieso, J Gilbert, J Cornelius, I Garrison, D Ogle, B Cornett and others rocketed up the left side and split the group. Though it took nearly 2 miles, the group stormed across the gap and made contact on Flatrock with 2 miles to go.

The large group of 16 kept the pedal pressed to the floor down the arduous Flatrock Road, keeping the pace high enough to prevent attacks, and to keep the chasers at bay. But with a kilometer to go, Casey Magner launched a brilliant bid for glory just as the pack momentarily lulled. But Ian Garrison suddenly hit out from the chase, causing pandemonium to strike behind, and creating gashes in the line with 500 meters to go. Magner succumbed to the intense pressure as six separated themselves from the herd on the final stampede to the line and Travieso and Cornett both blasted down the middle with 200 meters to go and were neck-and-neck, side-by-side but Big Frank pulled clear by a breath to take the win. T Brown held on for 3rd, while Gruber, Nash and Garrison rounded out the podium. Kudos to Dylan Ogle as he won both the final and the intermediate sprint for the Non Pros. Sommers Creed and Judah Sencenebaugh split the sprints for the Ladies and each one soared up the leaderboard. Is it possible to continue to have epic rides week after week? – apparently not! Kudos, Brothers and Sisters, for another epic day.

In the hunt for the HUB Overall Jackson Gilbert continued to show consistency and held on to the top spot, further confirming his status as a legitimate danger man. Creed made a huge jump in the standings and she and T Brown are now tied for 2nd, 3 points behind the lead dog. Gutcheck Gruber, J Sencenbaugh, J Cornelius, Ansley Long, Cole Rasser, Dylan Ogle and others all remain solidly in the hunt. With four to go, the throne is up for grabs.

Finis (Flatrock Road Attack Zone) (Sponsored by Ken Bike Law / (http://www.kenbikelaw.com):

  1. Frank Travieso: 10 pts
  2. Brendan Cornett: 8 pts
  3. Thomas Brown: 6 pts.
  4. Jered Gruber: 4 pts.
  5. Vitor Zucco 2 pts.
  6. Ian Garrrison 1 pt
  7. Attack Point: John Butler, Eric Voight, Oliver Quinn, Casey Magner: 1 pt.
  8. All: 5 pts.  (4 plus 1 Foul Weather Point)

Ladies Finish (Flatrock Road / Sponsored Team Type 1 Foundation (http://teamtype1.org/) 

  1. Sommers Creed: 5 pts
  2. Judah Sencenbaugh: 4 pts
  3. Emily Cameron: 3 pts.
  4. Ansley Long: 2 pts
  5. Deborah Potsma: 1 pt.

Non-Pro Finish Sprint (Oglethorpe County):

  1. Dylan Ogle: 5 pts.
  2. Jake Holt: 4 pts
  3. Jackson Gilbert: 3 pts
  4. Johnathon Cornelius: 2 pts.
  5. Joe Whalley: 1 pt

Pro Sprint (Antioch Hill):

  1. Ian Garrison: 3 pts
  2. Huntley Nash: 2 pts.
  3. Cole Rasser: 1 pt.

Ladies Sprint (Bishop) Jackie Crowell Sprint # 1 / sponsored by Eurotruck Importers / (http://www.eurotruck-importers.com) :

  1. Judah Sencenbaugh: 3 pts
  2. Sommers Creed: 2 pts.
  3. Kae Takeshita: 1 pt.

Non Pro Sprint (Price Mill Hill):

  1. Dylan Ogle: 3 pts
  2. Jackson Gilbert: 2 pts.
  3. Jonathon Cornelius: 1 pt.

{For complete Overall see "read more" link below]

2019 Overall:

  1. Jackson Gilbert: 53 pts.
  2. Sommers Creed: 50 pts
  3. Thomas Brown: 50 pts.
  4. Gutcheck Gruber: 43 pts.
  5. Judah Sencenbaugh: 42 pts.
  6. Jonathon Cornelius: 39 pts
  7. Ansley Long: 38 pts.
  8. Cole Rasser: 36 pts.
  9. Ian Garrison: 36 pts.
  10. Dylan Ogle: 35 pts.
  11. Frank Crumley: 35 pts
  12. Tommy Morrison: 35 pts.
  13. Paul Harkins: 35 pts
  14. David Crowe: 35 pts.
  15. Reece Latham: 32 pts.
  16. Cyril Deseveux: 31 pts
  17. Michael Sencenbaugh: 31 pts.
  18. Brock Mason: 31 pts.
  19. John Butler: 31 pts
  20. Carlie Cooper: 31 pts.
  21. Elliot Caldwell: 31 pts.
  22. Frank Pfeiffer: 31 pts
  23. Thomas Duke: 30 pts.
  24. Tom Fortune: 30 pts
  25. Frank Travieso: 29 pts
  • Total Rides: 8
  • Total Miles: 630

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WBL 2018-19 Calendar

20 January (Sunday): # 9: The Parks Law Bowman Classic (http:owman//parks-law.com)

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

Time: 10 AM (window open) 

Length: 90 miles / 4.5 hours

Points: 5 pts. (1 per hour)

Interactive map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29180037

Exit Route: S Lumpkin > Over Stadium > Mam's Boy > Olympic Drive
 
Store Stop: Bowman (Mile 46)
 
Pee Break: Mile 20 
 
Intermediate sprints:
 
--Colbert City Limits / Jackie Crowell Ladies sprint  # 2 (Mile 13):
  • 1st: 3 pts / $25 
  • 2nd: 2 pts 
  • 1st: 1 pt
--Seagraves Mill Hill Jam / Non Pro sprint (Mile 80 /): 
  • 1st: 3 pts / $25 
  • 2nd: 2 pts
  • 1st: 1 pt
--Seagraves Mill Hill Jam / Pro sprint - inside Final Attack Zone / Non Pros scored seperately (Mile 80)
  • 1st: 3 pts / $25 cash
  • 2nd: 2 pts
  • 1st: 1 pt
Final Attack Zone (Mile 74): Erastus > Seagraves > Nowhere Road (9 miles): Final Attack Zone opens when group turns left on Erastus Church Road. Ride 2.5 miles to stop sign and turn left on Seagraves. Ride 4 miles (intermediate sprint at top of last hill) and turn right on Nowhere Road. Finish is 3 miles ahead. Jackson County sign / line in road. 
 
Finis (Nowhere Road) / sponsored by Parks Law (http:owman//parks-law.com)
  • 1st: 10 pts / $100 plus da Box!
  • 2nd: 8 pts / $75
  • 3rd: 6 pts / $25
  • 4th: 4 pts 
  • 5th: 2 pts 
  • 6th: 1 pt 
Finis / Ladies ( / sponsored by Team Type 1 Foundation ( http://teamtype1.org/)
  • 1st: 5 pts / $75
  • 2nd: 4 pts / $50
  • 3rd: 3 pts / $25
  • 4th: 2 pts 
  • 5th: 1 pts 
Finis / Non Pro () 
  • 1st: 5 pts / $25
  • 2nd: 4 pts / $25
  • 3rd: 3 pts / $25
  • 4th: 2 pts 
  • 5th: 1 pts 

26 January (Sunday): # 10: The 22nd Annual Porterfield Tire Alto World Cup (https://www.porterfieldtireinc.com featuring the ALTO Haute Tour Asheville Sprint (Men) and a Jackie Crowell Series Sprint (Ladies)

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

Time: 10 AM (window open) 

Length: 115 miles / 6 hours

Points: 6 pts. (1 per hour)

Interactive map: coming

Exit Route: Milledge > Hill > Pulaski > MLK > Boley > Nowhere
 
Store Stop: (1) Alto / Mile 52 ; (2) brief regorup at stop sign after Crackback Hill (Mile
 
Pee Break: Mile 25 
 
Intermediate sprints:
 
--Madison County (Seagraves Road) / Jackie Crowell Ladies sprint  # 3 (Mile 13) Jackie Crowell Ladies Sprint Series sponsored by Euro Truck Importers (http://www.eurotruck-importers.com) 
  • 1st: 5 pts / $25 
  • 2nd: 4 pts / $25
  • 3rd: 3 pts / $25
  • 4th: 4 pts
  • 5th: 1 pt
--Alto City Limits /  Pro sprint (Mile 45-52): Ride 3.5 miles up Triple Starirstep, turn right and ride 3.5 miles to Alto City Limit sign / sponsored by Haute Route Asheville 
  • 1st: 5 pts / Free Entry to Haute Route Asheville ($900 value - this prize can be sold)
  • 2nd: 4 pts
  • 3rd: 3 pts
  • 4th: 2 pts
  • 5th: 1 pt
--Crackback Hill Jam / Non Pro Sprint (Mile 70): 1/4 mile hill climb
  • 1st: 5 pts / $25 cash
  • 2nd: 4 pts / $25
  • 3rd: 3 pts / $25
  • 4th: 2 pts
  • 5th: 1 pt
Final Attack Zone (Mile 74): AC Smith Road > Erastus > Seagraves > Nowhere Road (9 miles): Final Attack Zone opens when group turns left on AC Smith Road / Steep Dog Road. Ride 1.5 miles to dead end / stop sign and turn right on Erastus Church Road. Ride  1.5 miles to stop sign and turn left on Seagraves. Ride 4 miles (intermediate sprint at top of last hill) and turn right on Nowhere Road. Finish is 3 miles ahead. Jackson County sign / line in road. 
 
Finis (Nowhere Road) / sponsored by Parks Law (http:owman//parks-law.com)
  • 1st: 15 pts / $200 plus da Box!
  • 2nd: 12 pts / $100
  • 3rd: 9 pts / $75
  • 4th: 6 pts / $50
  • 5th: 3 pts / $25
  • 6th: 2 pts
  • 7th: 1 pt 
Finis / Ladies ( / sponsored by Team Type 1 Foundation ( http://teamtype1.org/)
  • 1st: 10 pts / $75
  • 2nd: 8 pts / $50
  • 3rd: 6 pts / $25
  • 4th: 4 pts 
  • 5th: 2 pts
  • 6th: 1 pt
Finis / Non Pro 
  • 1st: 10 pts / $75
  • 2nd: 8 pts / $50
  • 3rd: 6 pts / $25
  • 4th: 4 pts 
  • 5th: 2 pts
  • 6th: 1 pt
  • Former Winners:
  • 2018 - Thomas Brown (3)
  • 2017 - Thomas Gibbons
  • 2016 - Dillon Swaim
  • 2015 - Ty Magner
  • 2014 - Frank Travieso (3)
  • 2013 - Frank Travieso
  • 2012 - Frank Travieso
  • 2011 - Thomas Brown
  • 2010 - Thomas Brown
  • 2009 - Slim Henry
  • 2008 - Don Giannini
  • 2007 - Cleve Blackwell
  • 2006 - John Murphy (2)
  • 2005 - Tim Johnson
  • 2004 - John Murphy
  • 2003 - Big Jon Atkins (2)
  • 2002 - Crowe
  • 2001 - Big John Atkins
  • 2000 - Tommy Mulkey
  • 1999 - Eric Lemaire
  • 1998 - Chris Pic

2018-19 Calendar (*subject to tweaking due to despicable conditions / if Saturday is ever a washout the ride may take place on Sunday):

Our Mantra: Cruise the flats, kick back on the climbs, push the downhills. 

  • 16 February (Saturday): Potential make-up Ride 

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OUR 2019 SPONSORS (so far):

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

Ladies Finish Sprint Series sponsored by Team Type 1 Foundation ( http://teamtype1.org/)

Haute Route Asheville (https://www.hauteroute.org/events/overview/asheville-2018)

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