The annual Sandy Springs Cycling Challenge zipped through the city on Sunday, May 6, an event combining hot weather, hip cars, good food and a display of world-class cycling.
The race is part of USA Crits Speed Week, seven races in Southern cities that end in Sandy Springs’ back yard, bringing Olympic athletes and other nationally recognized competitors. Spectators were also able to purchase tickets to the adjoining Food and Wine Classic, featuring around two dozen local vendors.
Tisha Rosamond, owner of Nothing Bundt Cakes, said she jumped at the chance to show off her shop’s tiny frosted cakes at the event.
“Sandy Springs has been a fantastic community to us since we opened,” she said. “We thought this would be a great opportunity.”
Robert Evans, a coach and rider with Mission Source, an Alpharetta store selling outdoor gear, said the challenge course lives up to its name. The race course takes riders on a loop that includes Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs Place and Blue Stone Road.
“It’s a much more technical course,” Evans said. “It’s a course of attrition because of the hill. There’s no place to rest. It’s corner, corner and repeat the hill.”
Dan Coltharp, a Sandy Springs resident and cycling enthusiast who attended the event for the first time, said he was enjoying himself.
“It’s great energy here,” he said. “I hope they expand it next year.”