Cass hosts Georgia Games cycling event Saturday
by David Royal
Jul 09, 2014 | 786 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An 18-mile course that starts and finishes at Cass High School will kick off four cycling events that are part of the Georgia Games being held Saturday and Sunday.

Shona Guerrero, event coordinator for the Georgia Games cycling road race, said the actual number of miles that will be raced vary in the different divisions of the road race hosted by Cass.

“Right now, we have 68 participants who have signed up for the road race and criterium,” Guerrero said. “I have 20 signed up for the time trials. We are expecting 250 to 300 participants for the road race.”

She said a majority of the participants are from Georgia with a few from Tennessee.

“We have a lot who signed up that are from Atlanta,” she added. “We have a few from Bartow County, too.”

The four cycling events are being held throughout metro Atlanta and each caters to a different audience that lets racers showcase their skills.

On Saturday the cycling road race will start at Cass High — 1000 Colonel Way N.E. in White — with the start/finish line at the high school. Registration starts at 6 p.m.

Coordinators say the course features 18 miles of rolling terrain on open country roads, low traffic and no major hills. There are 11 divisions.

Other events are on Sunday and include criterium, mountain biking and time trials.

The criterium race is at 1841 West Oak Parkway in Marietta with race day registration kicking off at 6:30 a.m. The event offers eight divisions. The course is 6.84 miles long with rolling terrain and two 90-degree turns and a slight uphill finish.

Time trials will be at West Oak Business Park in Marietta with registration starting at 6:30 a.m. and time trials starting at 8 a.m. The course is 6 miles in length and consists of rolling terrain.

Mountain biking is at Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. for the event, which will include 20 divisions. The trail is 7.75 miles long and the bikers division determines how many laps they take.

Guerrero said individuals wishing to participate may register at www.GeorgiaGames.org.

“Once on the site,” she said, “they should click on sporting list where they will find about 50 icons. Then click on the cycling event they wish to sign up for.”

She said master and pro competitors in the 24th annual road race can expect to run anywhere from 45 to 90 miles.

The official expects results to be posted by about 6 p.m.

The top three cyclists from each division may represent Georgia in the 2015 National State Games of America, an Olympic-style festival featuring competition between State Games medal winners from across the nation in Lincoln, Neb.

— Information was furnished by Georgia State Games for this article.