Preparations are underway for the Georgia State Single Speed Mountain Bike Championships to be held on March 19th. The race builds upon a growing movement in mountain bike racing. “With an increasing number of riders switching to single speeds, a state championship event seemed natural,” said race director Shey Lindner.
The event is part of a single speed festival being promoted by Shey Lindner, a racer on the Cannondale MTB team, and Scott Hodge and Grant Lockwood, owners of Addictive Cycles in Braselton, Georgia. “This event is the brainchild of Craig Henderson, one of the shop's good customers,” Hodge said in a press release.
The event is permitted and sanctioned by USA Cycling as an official State Championship event. Only racers from Georgia are eligible for the GA State Champion title and jersey, but all riders are welcome and are eligible for prizes. Mr. Lindner is encouraging anyone with a bike to try out single speed racing, “Anyone can race as long as they only use one speed. Their regular bike can be locked into one gear, a single speed, and the shifter cables removed making them eligible to race.” Other contests over the weekend include: a track stand competition, longest skid, longest wheelie, drag race, foot down and bike toss. Also, the racers and spectators will get a chance to check out some of the nicest single speed bikes in the country, at the bike show, throughout the weekend.
“This will be a one of a kind festival with sponsor booths, a band, a tattoo artist or two, massage chairs, food, and more,” said Addictive Cycles Owner Scott Hodge. “With sponsors like Maxxis, Thomson, Surly, PZ Racing, Cannondale, Park Tools, Mtbcast.com, Braselton Grill, Badlasses.com and Dirtrag.com, this event is sure to be a success that centers on fun competition…like it should be.”
For more information go to www.addictivecycles.com