For those that read and enjoyed the profile on the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, the Cycling Examiner wanted to cover another great organization that is helpful to bikers not only in Atlanta, but throughout the region.
Southeastern Cycling is a website that provides a variety of information for any sort of riding you might want to check out. What follows is an interview with Trish Albert who started and still runs SE Cycling.
How did SE Cycling begin?
Southeastern Cycling started in 1996 when I lived in Charlotte, NC. Internet resources for local mountain biking were non-existent back then, and I had a hard time finding places to ride my mountain bike. I figured others had a similar problem. I started with a list of local trails and grew that to trail listing in several cities in the Carolinas. When I came to Atlanta in 1998, the website name was changed to Southeastern Cycling to reflect the regional information.
What sort of resources can one expect from the site?
Southeastern Cycling covers many aspects of cycling in the Southeast, including Atlanta and the rest of Georgia. Southeastern Cycling maintains a regional road and mountain bike race calendar. We also have over 100 maps of rides in Georgia and a list of weekly group rides in Atlanta.
In what other areas are you involved in the cycling scene throughout the city and state?
Southeastern Cycling covers events throughout the region with a special emphasis on Atlanta and Georgia. I attend several national level road and cyclocross races each year as a contributing photographer to Velonews.com and Cyclingnews.com.
What can the Atlanta cyclist expect in terms of information about cycling in the city? Southeastern Cycling has a list of weekly group rides around the metro Atlanta area for all level of riders from beginners to race pace. Shops and individuals are welcome to submit weekly recurring rides for inclusion in the list. Southeastern Cycling also covers Atlanta news daily.
How can people get involved with SE Cycling?
Southeastern Cycling is always looking for writers and photographers. If someone is going to an event such as a race, rally, or charity ride and would like to submit a write up and photos, both solicited and unsolicited contributions are welcome. There is also a Facebook page that anyone can post news about cycling in Atlanta including ride or race notices, mountain bike trail work parties, group rides, etc. Also, you can follow SE Cycling on Twitter @Sadlebred.
What is your favorite ride / route (either in the city or outside)?
My favorite weekly in town road ride is one I have been doing for nearly 10 years, the Buckhead Bellyache. Outside the city, the riding does not get much better than north of Cartersville at the Budweiser Brewery. Ft. Yargo State Park is my favorite metro Atlanta mountain bike trail. It is has a good combination of technical, fast and flowy, and climbing.
Thanks to Trish for the great information and do check out Southeastern Cycling before your next ride for the low-down. Otherwise, email me with any questions or comments, follow me @tmoore712 or check out my sometimes cycling related blog, The Ultimate Penultimate.