The 2014 Fouche Gap Road Race has been postponed. But that doesn’t mean we can’t ride!

Join the RomeVelo Race team Saturday 4/19/14 for a Group Ride on the Fouche Gap race course!

This is not a race or sanctioned event. Just like minded cyclists getting out for a little training time. We will meet @ State Mutual Insurance Parking lot and depart @ 9:00 am.

Meeting Location: 65 Technology Parkway NW, Rome, GA 30165 — at 65 Technology Parkway NW, Rome, GA 30165.



Please join Rome Velo Cycling Team for a group ride and then hang out with us for an open house at our newest sponsor The Burnt Hickory Brewery

The ride will begin @ 9:30 am from the brewery parking lot. Exact route to be determined but it will be in the 40-50 mile range. Winter training pace will average 18-20 but it will be a no drop ride with regroup loctations.   You can download the route to your Garmin here: http://www.strava.com/routes/84201

The open house at the brewery starts at noon. Commemorative beer glass is $10 and includes tickets for the beer tasting. Food vendors are available so bring a little extra cash.If you have not had a BHB brew, you are missing out! This week’s introduction is Noggin Knocker a 13.5% ABV Rum Barrel aged Egg Nog Milk Stout. TWO KEGS ONLY!

Brewery event will go rain or shine. Ride will be determined according to the weather.

Full details of the event are on the RomeVelo Facebook page.



The second annual Fouche Gap Road Race was a huge hit.  With perfect weather comes large crowds.  We had 395 registered racers this year versus 230 last year.  I was at the finish line all day, but I was told the feed zone with the neutral water supplied by Go Smarter Coaching was packed.   Indeed I looked through some pictures and wow!  See for yourself:


Pro teams taking advantage of the neutral water.  Those orange Specialized water bottle tops stand out.


The 2 mistakes, only in the results posted on GBRA, have been fixed.  (2 DQ’s  that were enforced at the podium did not make it back into the timing system before the results were sent to GBRA.)  New results have been posted at RomeVelo.net, GBRA and official results have been uploaded to USA Cycling.

Rome Velo’s own Lenae Ahearn takes 3rd place in the Women’s CAT 4 Race.


We have been receiving really good feedback all week and would like to share some of it with you:

First want to say I had an amazing time and it was an incredibly well run race. Thank you!
...All the best,  Cody Elder
"The Fouche Gaps Road Race was one of the best organized races RHR has raced, and hats off to the race organizers and Rome Velo.  Registration was smooth, the race was well marshalled, plenty of volunteers were present with neutral water in the feed zone, the roads were great, and the weather was perfect. Fouche Gaps was one of those events that reminds us why we ride, why we race, and why we are part of RHR..." Round Here Racing
"First, let me say great job on putting on an outstanding event.  This was my first time racing Fouche Gap but it won't be my last.  Great event, beautiful course, friendly volunteers." Dave Purinton
"Outstanding event today! Well done guys!"  Louis Leclerc
"What a stellar event... Great job! Organization was (from a Riders standpoint.......Flawless)"
Brad Parkerson
"You guys put on a great event. Really enjoyed the race this morning. Thanks for actually having payout for a women's RR. Nicely done."  Kim Campione
"Thank you so much for doing and Awesome job today. Such a great course. Not sure it gets much better than that." David Schnakenberg

There is currently only 1 spot open in the CAT  5 race.  We opened up about 10 spots from gracious Masters that switched races to the Masters 4/5 race to allow more CAT 5 spots.  All but one of these have already filled.

The women’s race already has 19 preregistered racers.  Going to be a great turnout for the women.

We are working on freeing up some CAT 5 slots today since all 50 slots are currently full.  If you are under 35 and want to register for the CAT 5 race, please check back daily as we will be freeing up some slots.

If you are already registered for the CAT 5 race and are 35 or older, please consider moving to the New Masters 4/5 Race.  This will consist of only races that are 35 or older and only CAT 4 and CAT 5 riders.  This is a great race since there are no ex-pros or CAT 1/2 or 3′s in your race.  Also we are scoring this race based on the 3 age divisions.  Medals to the first 3 finishers in each of the following 3 age groups: 35+, 45+ and 55+.  That is a total of 9 medals given out in this one race.

If you are interested in changing from the CAT 5 to the Masters CAT 4/5 race, please send an email to [email protected] with your USA Cycling License number and a subject saying: Change me to the Masters Race.


Chris, Todd and Matt

1st and 2nd Place! Rome Velo Endurance Team members, Stephanie Sordelet and John Stanton competed in the Paradise 5k late Saturday night at Towne Center Mall. The race is run in the middle of the night to co-ordinate with the Spring Time Change. John is pictured below wearing his undies for the race due to a last minute Masters moment of forgetfulness. (likely story…) Apparently it helped! John won 1st overall masters with a new PR of a sub 21 minute 5K. Stephanie came in second in her age group with a 24 min finish. Congrats John and Stephanie!