The Georgia Cycling Association has announced that the fourth race in its Northside Hospital Race Series will be held at Yonah Preserve. The 1,000-acre property is located in northern White County near Cleveland.
Dubbing it the “Clash in Cleveland,” organizers say they expect thousands of student-athletes, volunteer mountain bike coaches, and spectators to head to Cleveland for the event on October 19 and 20.
The new venue is the result of a significant investment made by the Georgia Cycling Association and its partners. The Association and its volunteers constructed two new bridges spanning 26 and 20 feet. Georgia Cycling also created an additional emergency access route.
“We are thrilled to add Yonah Preserve to our 2024 lineup. It truly is a herculean effort to prepare a new site for one of our races, and such an effort would not have been possible without the generosity of our amazing collaborators. So many people donated their knowledge, time, and materials to make this happen,” stated Kenny Griffin, Executive Director of the Georgia Cycling Association.
The trail modifications were made with an eye toward the future, with plans to make Yonah Preserve a multi-use venue for the Georgia Cycling Association.
“It is our goal to continue a long-lasting relationship with the community of Cleveland and White County,” said Griffin.
The Northside Hospital Race Series is a slate of five mountain bike races held at various locations across Georgia each autumn. Student-athletes in grades 6 through 12 from over 80 different youth mountain bike teams are expected to compete in the 2024 Race Series. Teams are located across the state and are open to all students, regardless of ability.Student-athlete registration for the upcoming season will open on Monday, April 1, 2024.