Big Weekend for Rome Velo Riders

Georgia State Criterium Champion!


This has been another big weekend for Rome Velo team riders. Rome Velo now has two Georgia State Criterium Championship jerseys thanks to the efforts of Brandon Pruett. Brandon took first place in both the Junior 15-16 category as well as the Men’s Category 3 races.

20120415-115844.jpg Other team riders performed extremely well at the State Championships in Macon. Tina Locklear took 5th and Victoria Noyes took 12th in the Women’s Cat 4 Group.

In the Men’s races, Chris McGee and Matt Stahl took 7th and 19th in the Masters Category as well as taking 8th and 26th in the Category 3 race. Cat 5 development rider, Scott May improved his performance with a strong finish at 31 of 60 riders.

Cartersville Duathlon

In other race news, three Rome Velo team riders participated in the PTS Sports Cartersville Duathalon. Lenae Ahearn taking 2nd Place in her age group. Todd Gould and Chris Wegner also placed well, each taking 5th place in their respective age groups.20120415-120018.jpg

Race Photos Now Available for Purchase!

Waiting for the Start


Thank you again for coming out and joining us at the inaugural Fouche Gap Road Race last weekend. The race has been a resounding success with both riders and the local community.

We were fortunate enough to have Brett May from BrettMayPhotography present to document the races. The link below will give you access to from the race. We think you will agree, these are some of the cycling event photos around. Please support his time and effort by purchasing a print today. Feel free to share the link below with those you think might be interested.
Again, thank you for your participation in the race. We are looking forward to having you join us again next year!

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Fouche Gap Road Race Photos


HUGE thank you to all the racers who came out to make the inaugural Fouche Gap Road Race a resounding success! We truly appreciate the fact you were willing to come out on a Holiday weekend to ride with us. Plans are already in the works to make next years race even more exciting for you.

Just a couple of quick notes:


2. PICTURES! We were very fortunate to have Brett May from come out to take pictures along the race course. You can get a quick preview of some of the photos that will be available on his flickr site HERE.

Photos will be available for purchase within the next couple of weeks. Brett is off on another location shoot for the next several days so there will be a delay before all available photos can be edited an posted for purchase. We will send each of you an email letting you know when the photos are available.

This was a test run for Rome Velo and therefore Brett was only able to provide one shooter for the day. As a result we cannot guarantee that photos will be available for every rider.

Tour de Tuscaloosa 2012

Rome Velo’s Tina Locklear continued her podium streak for the 6th consecutive week. Locklear was the only Rome Velo squad member to attend the 6th Annual Tour de Tuscaloosa over the weekend.

Saturday’s Criterium was run in downtown Tuscaloosa. The womens Cat 3 and Cat 4 riders rode as a combined group. Locklear placed 4th overall and 1st in her Cat 4. Placing 4th overall earned her $125 as well as an additional $50 bonus for placing 1st in her category.

Sunday’s Lake Lurleen Road Race was run with all women Categories 1, 2, 3 & 4 combined. Once again an early crash separated the field along with several challenging uphill sections for 40 miles. Locklear was able to hang on with main group, but tired legs left her unable to sprint for the last 500 meter uphill finish. Locklear finished 4th in her category but was still in the money with a $125 payout.

Locklear said she is very pleased with her results and is looking forward to a non-race weekend for rest and recovery. .

The entire team is preparing for the upcoming Fouche Gap Road Race to be held on Saturday April, 7th in Rome, GA. Please come out and join us on the road. A link to the online registration can be found here:

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Online registration open for Fouche GAP Road Race

Online registration is being hosted through USA Cycling for the Fouche GAP Road Race hosted by Rome Velo on April 7th 2012.

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Save money and time by registering online!

For more information please visit the Race page in the menu bar above or by clicking on the Race Page Link

Please note, the race will now finish atop Fouche Gap as per the race page posted on this (Rome Velo) website.

Pre-registration is only $30 for adults and $15 for juniors! We are offering seperate feild s for juniors, masters, women, and USA Cycling Categories. This is an independent race, not affiliated with GA Cup or GBRA, but fully sanctioned by USA Cycling.

Awesome Changes to Fouche Gap Road Race April 7th

Our team race will be held in Rome April 7th, the Fouche Gap Road Race. Our original plan for this event was to race over Fouche Gap, a favorite local climb. Fouche is a great classic climb. Several switchbacks, steep pitches, and narrow ‘euro mountain roads. Of course we sanction our race through USA Cycling as we are an active USA Cycling Club. In the process, the local USA Cycling officials decided the descent of Fouche was not safe for racing unless the road was completely closed to traffic. This would be a big undertaking, especially as there are a number of residences who would be directly affected by total road closure all day!

However, we recently got approval to just race the climb of Fouche. There are no residences on the ascent coming from the Texas Valley side, so closing the road turns out to be not a big deal.

So “THE GAP IS BACK!!!!!” All classes will finish on TOP of the Fouche Gap. However, you will only go up the mountain one time, to finish the race. This is very different from the Horn Mountain race our club usually puts on with GA Cup. This will make the race open to more than just the pure climbers. The climbers will have to control any breakaways out on the course before the climb. The climb is about 1 mile, we will put up full GPS data soon. Over the weekend our site will be fully updated to reflect the course change and mileage difference.

We are also changing the start which will now be at Alto Baptist Church. They are very excited to host us, and will be allowing us use of restrooms. They are also hosting a fundraiser lunch that day, $5 gets you a full plate of homemade food!

Thanks for your patience, we are very excited about this event and want to make it a permanent addition to the GA racing calender. If you have any questions about the event, please contact me.

Chris McGee

Race Director

Felt AR from Cherokee Cycles

Even the rear brake area gets aero treatment!

So I recently broughrt home our first team bike from Cherokee Cycles, our new shop sponsor. Smokin hot Felt AR Frameset built up with a mix of Shimano Ultegra and SRAM Rival. Ultimately the Ultegra will get taken out of the mix, it is just brakes and crankset, rest of the drivetrain is SRAM. I have a sweet set of Zero Gravity brakes I’ll be putting on, but I am undecided about what crank option to go with. As built, with the above plus stem and h-bars from Ritchey (WCS alu), Selle Italia SLR saddle, Speedplay Zero peds, Ritchey WCS front wheel, HED powertap SL rear, & Kenda Tires, bike is right at 17.5 lbs. When I throw on the racing wheels, tubular Boyd 58’s with Kendas, drops down to 16.5 lbs!!

After two weeks, I love this bike. It really does feel a bit faster than a traditional round tube bike. I got a 56cm frame and it fits perfect. I am still dialing in the geometry a little, but should be settled soon. The bike feels fast in all situations I have thrown at it. I have done several races so far and it has been very responsive. I have not had a chance to race a crit on it yet, the true test of handling, but I will update my review in a few more weeks. With the aero frame, and aero wheels for racing, it really just feels like a rocket.

If you are in NW GA and looking into Felt’s, give Marcus at Cherokee Cycles a call.


Felt Ar Custom build from Cherokee CyclesCheck out how aero the tubing is! Huge bottom bracked keeps it stiff and fast.

Dalton Grand Prix

Team Rome Velo was well represented this weekend at the Dalton Grand Prix, presented by Bear Creek Bicycles and Spincycle Sports.

Once again, the women’s team dominated the event with an outstanding effort. In Saturday’s time trial, Locklear, Ahearn and Noyes took positions 2, 3, 4. In Sunday’s road race, Locklear and Ahearn worked as a team to push the pace on the open road. A small group rounded the last corner together and the final sprint put both women on the podium again. Locklear took first and Ahearn took third place.

This was Ahearn’s first open road team event and a stellar result. Locklear has now found herself on the podium in every event of the 2012.


The men’s team put in a hard effort in all events but struggled to finish at the top of the leader board this weekend.

Full results and photos below.

Time Trial

Tina Locklear, 2nd
Lenae Ahearn, 3rd
Victoria Noyes, 4th

Men’s Cat 4
Todd Gould, 9th

Men’s Cat 5
Chris Wegner, 6th

Circuit Race:

Tina Locklear, 7th
Victoria Noyes,11th

Men’s Cat 3
Ethan Zehr, 17th
Julian Zehr, 25th
Matt Stahl, 27th

Men’s Cat 4
Nolan Wehr, 11th
Todd Gould, 18th

Men’s Cat 5
Scott May, 17th

Road Race:

Tina Locklear, 1st
Lenae Ahearn, 3rd

Men’s Cat 3
Matt Stahl 38th
Julian Zehr 42nd
Ethan Zehr 49th
Chris McGee DNMC

Men’s Cat 4
Nolan Wehr 14th
Todd Gould 22nd

Men’s Cat 5
Scott May 25th
Chris Wegner 26th