Elite Cycling Team - Atlanta - GA

SPECIALIZED-BMW CYCLING TEAM

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About The Team

The Specialized-BMW Cycling Team is the current incarnation of a seventeen year Elite level cycling program based out of Atlanta, Georgia.

This is the first year the team will race under the Specialized-BMW banner, and has chalked up countless wins and podium finishes locally, regionally, and nationally; including State and Series Championships at both the Elite and Masters levels. The core of the team is represented by twelve podium finishing riders competing in Pro 1/2 events in the disciplines of road, criterium, track, and cyclocross. The team’s competitive calendar is comprised of races throughout the Southeastern United States, and select events nationally.

Additionally, the team is proud to give back through various charitable avenues; including Spin for Kids to raise money for the variously challenged children of Camp Twin Lakes, and Tour de Pink to support breast cancer awareness. We are equally honored to have raced against some of the most successful professionals in the sport as we are to have ridden alongside some of the most inspiring and enthusiastic philanthropists we’ve ever encountered.

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are. 

Ernest Hemingway

Rider Profiles & Roster

Click on a rider's name to view their bio and results

Hank Beaver

Racing Age: 37
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 165 lbs
Hometown: Statesboro, GA
Residence: Atlanta, GA
Discipline: Road & CX
Rider Type: Sprinter
MTB Category: 1
Road Category: 1

Most embarrassing moment on a bike?
There are too many to talk about. The most recent must have been the other morning commuting to work. I hit some black ice and washed out in front of hundreds of people in Midtown Atlanta.

Recent Results

2018 Blue Goose, P/1/2 – 2nd
2017 GA Cycling Gran Prix – 3rd
2017 USAC Masters Regional Championships Time Trial – 1st
2017 USAC Masters Regional Championships Crit – 1st
2017 Georgia Masters State Crit Champion
2016 Tundra Time Trial, P/1/2 – 2nd
2015 Savannah Superprestige CX, P/1/2 – 3rd
2015 Georgia State Time Trial Cat 1 Champion
2015 Georgia Games Criterium, P/1/2 – 1st
2014 Athens Twilight 1/2 Crit – 5th
2013 Georgia Games Time Trial, P/1/2 – 1st
2013 Georgia State Championship Road Race, P/1/ 2, – 2nd
2013 Georgia State Championship Time Trial, P/1/ 2 – 2nd
2013 Healthy Newton Omnium, P/1/2 – 2nd
2013 Georgia Games Criterium, P/1/2 – 3rd
*2013 & 2015 Georgia Bicycling Racing Association Championship Series, P/1 – 1st

Thomas Brown

Age: 31
Height: 5’8″
Hometown: Decatur, GA
Residence: Athens, GA
Discipline: Road
Rider Type: All-rounder
MTB Category: 1
Road Category: 1

Fun Fact
Thomas favorite race, a local crit. Athens Twilight which is infamously known as the fastest crit in America.

Recent Results

1st SECC Championships Road Race
1st SECC Championships Crit
1st SECC Championships TT
1st Joe Martin Stage Race – General Classification
2nd Joe Martin Stage Race – Stage 4
2nd Joe Martin Stage Race – Stage 2
3rd Fouche Gap Road Race
1st Rouge Roubaix
2nd Snake Alley Crit
3rd Georgia Cycling Gran Prix – Atlanta Motorsports Park
2nd Georgia Cycling Gran Prix – Rock Springs TT

Chris Chotas

Age: 45
Height: 5’10”
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Residence: Atlanta, GA
Discipline: Road and Cross
Rider Type: Climber
MTB Category: 1
Road Category: 1
First Road bike?
An old used bike with an aluminum frame and fork. Naturally, it was about 4 sizes too small and had the ride quality of a jackhammer. Fairly certain it was meant to give me a greater appreciation for the amazing Specialized Allez Sprint I ride today.

Recent Results

2nd Georgia Games Cycling Championships – Road Race
3rd GACX @ Boundary Waters Park P/B Smyrna Bicycles
2nd Get Out! Greenville CX-Cup
2nd Elks Aidmore Benefit Race Day 1
1st Old Grey Barn p/b Privateer Chattanooga
2nd Savannah Superprestige CX Weekend Day 1
3rd Savannah Superprestige CX Weekend Day 2
2nd Ellenwood CX Ranch presents the Rumble at the Ranch
2nd GACX Rome p/b Cycle Therapy
2nd EPTC CX Classic p/b Twain’s
3rd Across the Beeriers Day 1
2nd Across the Beeriers Day 2
2nd Georgia Cyclocross Series Overall

George Ciordas

Age: 46
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 150
Hometown: Decatur, GA
Residence: Decatur, GA
Discipline: Road
Rider Type: Climber
MTB Category: 3
Road Category: 3
First Road bike?
Huffy and it was heavy. Unlike my Specialized Allez Sprint!

Recent Results

2nd Georgia Cycling Gran Prix – Cricuit Race

Brendan Cornett

Age: 32
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 160
Hometown: Lewiston, ME
Residence: Athens, GA
Road Category: 1
Discipline: Road
Rider Type: All Rounder

Recent Results

2016 Union city Mayor’s Race – 3rd
2016 Blue Goose Road Race – 3rd
2016 Athens Twilight Fat Tire Crit – 2nd
2015 Grant Park CX Singlespeed, 1st
2015 SECCC Championships, P/1/2 – 3rd
2015 Union City Mayor’s Road Race, P/1/2 – 2nd
2015 Union City Mayor’s Crit Race, P/1/2 – 3rd
2014 Litespeed BMW Twilight Criterium, P/1/2 – 3rd

Tyrone Edwards

Hometown: Kingsport, JA
Residence: Riverdale, GA
Road Category: 1
Discipline: Road and Cross
Rider Type: Domestique

What do you love about cycling?
I enjoy the process of training and setting goals in training to help fills gaps that I need to compete in races. For me, the training is equally enjoyable to the racing, and I enjoy the entire training and goal setting process.

Recent Results:

2013 Gainesville Dingo Circuit Race – Pro/1/2 – 1st
2013 Georgia Cycling Gran Prix Stage 6 – Pro/1/2 – 3rd
2018 Blue Goose Road Race – 11th
*2017 Portmore Criterium, -1st

Garey Gomez

Age: 37
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 175
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Residence: Decatur, GA
MTB Category: 1
Road Category: 2

Career Highlights:
1ST – GA Games Championships Road Race – PRO/1/2, 2013
3RD – GA State Criterium Championships, Cat 2, 2013
92ND – Leadville Trail 100 MTB 2012 – Sub-9 finish time 8:10:46
1ST – Fort Yargo 6 Hour MTB 2012
9TH – Roswell Criterium, Cat 2/3, 2012
6TH – GA State Crit, Cat 2, 2012
1ST – Union City Crit, Cat 3, 2012
1ST – Union City RR, Cat 3, 2012
1ST – Dalton RR, Cat 3, 2012
1ST – Grant Park Crit, Cat 3, 2011

Recent Results:

2013 Georgia Games Road Race. P/1/2,– 1st
2013 Georgia State Championships Mountain bike series #3, 1/2 – 1st
2013 Georgia State Criterium Championships, Cat 2 -3rd

Jordan Heimer

2014 GA State Criterium Championships, 1/2 – 1st

2013 Georgia Cycling Gran Prix, P/1/2 – 4th

2013 Boise Twilight Criterium, P/1/2 – 4th

2011 – Dahlonega Criterium, P/1/2 – 3rd

*2011 Georgia Bicycling Racing Association Championship Series, P/1 – 1st

Jeff Hopkins

Hometown: Bankstown, AU
Residence: Decatur, GA
Road Category: 1
Cross Category: 1
Track Category: 1

Career Highlights:
1997 World Junior 1000m Time Trial Champion
2007 National Track Racing Calender Sprint Champion
2000 Rider of the Year, Lehigh Valley Velodrome, Trexlertown PA
2003 26th US National Race Calender(NRC) Points Series
2006 1st Atlanta 10k Classic, Atlanta GA (NRC)
2005 / 2003 1st Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium, Boise ID (NRC)
2003 1st Tour le Fleur Criterium, Jackson MS (NRC)
2003 1st Southport Circuit Race, Orlando FL (NRC)
2002 1st Stage 3 Cyclefest, West Palm Beach FL (NRC)
2003 2nd Tour of Somerville, Somerville NJ (NRC)
2005 2nd Tour de Gastown, Vancouver CANADA
2006 3rd Historic Roswell Criterium, Roswell GA (NRC)
2006 3rd Sunny King Criterium, Anniston AL (NRC)
2008 5th Athens Twilight Criterium
2003 9th Stage 2 Dodge Tour de Georgia
*Former Track World Champion

Kevin Maxey

Racing Age: 46
Hometown: Small Town, East Tx
Residence: Decatur, GA
MTB Category: 3
Road Category: 3
Cross Category: 3

Career Highlights:
2nd Georgia State Championship Road Race

Casey Magner

Age: 32
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 160
Hometown: Griffin, GA
Residence: Athens, GA
MTB Category: 1
Road Category: 1

Wes Parrish

Age: 40
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 175
Hometown: Statesboro, GA
Residence: Atlanta, GA
MTB Category: 1
Road Category: 2

Career Highlights:
Tucker
3RD – Georgia Cross #5, 2010
5TH – Athens Twilight Masters, 2008
4TH – Sunny King Criterium, Anniston, AL, 2005
1ST – Knobscorcher, Tsali, NC
1ST – TT And Overall, Cactus Cup, Atlanta, GA
3 Time Winner Of River Street Ramble, Savannah, GA
2 Time Overall Winner Of Killer 3 MTB Series (6 individual race wins), Sumter, SC

Chris Mojock

Age: 39
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 200
Hometown: Port Orange, FL
Residence: Athens, GA
Road Category: 2

Recent Results:

2nd Auburn University Collegiate Cycling Road Race
2nd Auburn University Collegiate Cycling Crit
*2016 National Time Trial Champion

Brady Rogers

Racing Age: 48
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 175 lbs
Hometown: Ellenwood, GA
Residence: Atlanta, GA
Discipline: Road & CX
Rider Type: Domestique
MTB Category: 2
Road Category: 2
Cross Category: 2

Recent Results

2015 Grant Park Criterium, Masters – 5th

Jim Snitzer

Age: 25
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 145
Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL
Residence: Atlanta, GA
MTB Category: 1
Road Category: 1

Recent Results:

1st Tour of the Gila Stage 1
3rd Tour of the Gila Stage 1
3rd Oz Road Race
2nd Guanella Pass Hill Climb
*Tour of the Gila General Classification – 3rd

Matt Whatley

Age: 32
Height: 6’7″
Weight: 235
Residence: Athens, GA
Road Category: 2

Recent Results:

1st Auburn University Collegiate Cycling RR
2nd Union City Mayor’s Race

Nick Van Winkle

Age: 37
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 145
Hometown: Peachtree City, GA
Residence: Atlanta, GA
Rider Type: Climber
Road Category: 1
Cross Category: 1

Recent Results:

1st GACX @ Boundary Waters Park P/B Smyrna Bicycles
2nd Elks Aidmore Benefit Race Day 1
3rd Elks Aidmore Benefit Race Day 2
2nd Savannah Superprestige CX Weekend Day 1
2nd Ellenwood CX Ranch presents the Rumble at the Ranch
2nd GACX Rome p/b Cycle Therapy
1st EPTC CX Classic p/b Twain’s
1st Across the Beeriers Day 1
2nd Across the Beeriers Day 2
2nd Georgia Cycling Gran Prix – Soquee River Road Race
Mutli-time Georgia Cyclocross Series Champion

Auxiliary Riders: Jeff Blau, Darren Comer, Nick Gastley, Calvin O’Keeffe, Clay Parks

Team Schedule

Below is a list of GBRA, TBRA and USA Crit Race Schedules for 2018. Click on one of the white boxes below to see the full race list.

GBRA Schedule

Feb. 18 Cumming Tundra TT
Mar. 2-4 Tour of the Southern Highlands
March 10-11 Georgia Tech Brooks RR/Tucker Crit
April 15 Blue Goose RR
April 18 Twilights at AMP
April 28 Athens Twilight
April 29 Commerce Speedweek Crit
May 4 DLV Pro Series Friday Night Sprints
May 5 DLV Pro Series “The Keirin” p/b Outback Bikes
May 5-6 USAC Masters/Juniors Regional Championships
May 16 Twilights at AMP
June 2 GA State Criterium Championships
June 9-10 Healthy Newton Omnium
June 13 Twilights at AMP
June 15-16 DLV State Track Championships
June 23-24 GA State Championship Road Race
July 7-8 Georgia Games
July 14 GA State Championship TT
July 18-22 Georgia Cycling Gran Prix
Aug. 17 Hapeville Criterium
Aug. 15 Twilights at AMP
Aug. 18 Grant Park Crit
Aug. 19 EAV Crit
Aug. 31 DLV Pro Series Friday Night Sprints
Sept. 1 DLV Velodrome Cup
Sept. 12 Twilights at AMP
Sept. 22 Tri-Cities and DLV Race Weekend

TBRA Race Schedule

COMING!

USA Crits

April 28 Athens, GA
May 26 Winston-Salem, NC
June 17 Harlem, NY

Sponsors

Below is a list of our major sponsors:

Specialized
BMW
Superica
Rudy Project
Wahoo

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