After a hard fought battle during the 2013 GACX season, Team Smyrna Bicycles p/b BMW finishes the season strong with top step on the podium and multiple overall awards.  The double header at Conyers this year was an epic, mud fest and even one of our top riders, Mclean Harris, said that was the “craziest stuff he’d ever ridden in.”  The weather was cold with periods of rain, to which we were again reminded, “this is cross weather.”  The muddy conditions also entertained spectators as anyone without 4 wheel drive tried to leave the hilly grass parking lot.  Here are the results:

Day 1:

Mclean Harris 1st CX3
Mclean Harris 1st SS

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Mclean winning Conyers CX Day 1 CX3

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Conyers CX Day 1 SS podium

Day 2:

Ian Prunier 2nd M35+
Mclean Harris 1st CX3

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Conyers CX Day 2 podium

After fighting for spots during the individual events throughout the season, we quickly turned our attention to cumulative points and the overall awards.  Ian, Mclean and Tom had their eyes on their respective classes from the beginning, and we as team were determined to take a stand for the team competition.  Hard work does truly pay off, as we brought home 4 podiums in the individual categories with Tom Butler 3rd M45+, Ian Prunier 1st M35+, and Mclean Harris 1st CX3 and 2nd SS.

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Tom 3rd in M45+ Overall

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Ian takes the top step in the M35+ Overall

And after battling it out in the team competition with Toyota Forklift and Litespeed / BMW all season, we placed 2nd!

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2013 GACX Team Competition podium (1st Toyota Forklift, 2nd Smyrna Bicycles/BMW, 3rd Litespeed/BMW)

It was an incredibly successful and exciting CX season for the team.  We all learned a ton, suffered a lot, stood on the podium and, most importantly, had fun.  We have now turned our attention to base miles and are ready to enjoy the holidays with friends, family and, of course, our bikes.  See you in 2014!

9/28 Tour de Pink

November 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Director Sportif in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Team Smyrna Bicycles rides 40+ miles in the Tour de Pink and raises $680 benefiting the Young Survivors Coalition!

Tour de Cure update

May 19th, 2013 | Posted by Director Sportif in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
Smyrna Bicycles co-sponsors the 2013 edition of the Tour de Cure (tour.diabetes.org).  The team raises $2081 and has a great ride despite the severe thunderstorms.  We even got some air time on CBS Atlanta News (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbsatlanta.com%2Fstory%2F22293523%2Fsevere-weather-cuts-tour-de-cure-short&h=FAQE5_Szy)

A win for Clay in CAT V and a 2nd place finish for Tom in Masters 45+ at the Perry Roubaix Time Trial.  Way to represent!

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Tom says, “I got second”

Congratulations to Tom Butler for stepping on the Masters 45+ podium at the Serenbe TT (3/24).  The weather threatened to cancel the event, and with start times pushed an hour, the event carried on in less than ideal conditions – misty rain, wet roads and colder than normal temps.  Tom conquered the 15.5 mile course in 38m 50s which included a long 3 mile drag to the finish.  Solid ride by Tom!

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Masters 45+ TT podium

Smyrna Bicycles also had 3 top 10 finishes in the Cat 4/5 TT yesterday  This is the first of three time trials at Serenbe, the last of which is the GA State Championship.  Smyrna Bicycles plans to represent at all three with the next one coming up on April, 21st.  Stay tuned for updates.

After a relatively flat course at the Historic Brooks TT, Union City greeted us with the rolling hills of GA.  This is an area commonly referred to in the cycling community as “Silk Sheets,” but don’t let the name fool you.  The course was 13 miles of pure pain where racers followed an out-and-back route including a steady 1 mile drag up hill.  Doug Mclaughlin averaged 340w and secured 3rd place on the podium.  Clay Benoit put the hammer down and finished on the top step of the podium.  Another successful weekend for Team Smyrna Bicycles p/b BMW.  Let’s keep this rolling!

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Cat 5 podium

 

Union City TT finish

Clay hauling to the finish

We are excited to announce that BMW North America (www.bmwusa.com) has signed on as a title sponsor for the 2013 season!

 

2013 Team Smyrna Bicycles jersey

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March 2nd, 2013 | Posted by Director Sportif in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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