Elite Cycling Team - Atlanta - GA

LITESPEED-BMW CYCLING TEAM

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About The Team

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

The last five years, the team has raced under the Litespeed-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 Pro1/2 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: 32
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 165 lbs
Hometown: Statesboro, GA
Residence: Atlanta, GA
Discipline: Road & Cross
Rider Type: All Rounder
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 hundreds of people in Midtown Atlanta.

Recent Results

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

Chris Brown

Age: 39
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 163 lb
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Residence: Chattanooga, TN
Discipline: Road
Rider Type: All-rounder
Road Category: 1

Most embarrassing moment on a bike?
Getting a plastic grocery bag wrapped all around my hand and arm after getting a feed at the Dahlonega road race years ago. It was so entangled that Chris Chotas and I both dropped off the back of the pack and about crashed trying to get it off my arm.

2013 Results

2013 Litespeed BMW Criterium, Masters 40+ – 1st
2013 Litespeed BMW Criterium, Pro/1/2 – 3rd
2013 Grant Park Georgia Criterium, Masters 40+ – 2nd
2013 Cookeville, TN Criterium, Masters 40+ – 1st
2013 Tennessee State Championship Criterium, Masters- 1st
2013 I AM Criterium – Battle for Nashville, Masters – 1st
*Former TBRA BAR (Tennessee Best Area Rider) Series Champion
*Former Elite and Masters Tennessee State Champion
*Former USA Cycling Masters National Championship Medalist

Chris Chotas

Age: 40
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 Litespeed L1R I ride today.

Recent Results

2014 Gainesville Gran Prix, Masters 35+, 1st
2013 TN State CX Championships, 4th
2013 GA Cross Conyers Race 1, 4th
2013 GA Cross Conyers Race 2, 4th
2012 Georgia  Games Criterium, Masters 35+, -3rd
2012 Honey Badger Cross, 35+ – 3rd
2011 Georgia Cross, Serenbe, Masters – 4th
2010 Georgia Cross #5, 35+ -4th

Career Highlights:

3rd Overall, Tour of Jamaica
1st, Raccoon Mountain Road Race
1st, Pine Mountain MTB Race
1st, Helen Dirt Crit
1st, Barnsley Gardens MTB Race
1st, Brownwood Bike Rally

David Gearhart

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
Residence: Smyrna, GA
Road Category: 1
Discipline: Road and Cross
Rider Type: All Rounder

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.

Career Highlights:
2014 Athens Twilight 1/2 Crit, 3rd
1ST – Dingo Days of Summer Circuit Race, P/1/2, 2013
2012 GA State Criterium Champion, Masters
2011 GA State Criterium Champion, Masters
5TH – Georgia Cycling Gran Prix RR – Pro/1/2, Oxford, GA, 2012
2ND – West Oak Business Park Crit – Pro/1/2/3, Marietta, GA, 2012
2ND – Dingo Days Crit – Pro/1/2, Gainesville, GA, 2012
1ST – Fouche Gap RR – Masters, Rome, GA, 2012
1ST – Macon Criterium – Masters, Macon, GA 2012
2ND – Foothills RR – Masters, Piedmont, AL, 2012
6TH – Senoia Road Race – Pro/1/2, Senoia, GA, 2011
1ST – Gainesville Road Race – Masters, Gainesville, GA, 2011

Recent Results:

2013 Gainesville Dingo Circuit Race – Pro/1/2 – 1st
2013 Georgia Cycling Gran Prix Stage 6 – Pro/1/2 – 3rd
2013 Georgia Cycling Gran Prix – Pro/1/2 Stage Race – 5th
*2013 Georgia Championship Series, Category 2 -1st
*Former Masters Georgia State Champion

Garey Gomez

Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Residence: Atlanta, 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

Tim Henry

Hometown: Roswell, GA
Residence: Atlanta, GA
Road Category: 1
Track Category: 1

Career Highlights:
1ST – GA State Criterium Championships, PRO 1/2, 2013
1ST – GA Games Championships Criterium, PRO/1/2, 2013
1ST – Brooks Road Race, 2002
1ST – GA State Criterium Championship, 2002
1ST – GA State Road Race Championship, 2002
5TH – US 100K Classic, 2002
1ST – Brooks Road Race, 2003
13TH – Univest Grand Prix, 2004
2ND – Raleigh Criterium (NRC), 2007
9TH – Tour de Leelenau (USA Pro Tour), 2007
1ST – Overall Chattanooga Grand Prix, 2009
10TH – Stage 4 Tour de Beauce, 2009
1ST – Stage 3 Tour of Jamaica, 2009
2ND – Overall Tour of Jamaica, 2009
10TH – Overall Speed Week, 2010
1ST – Working Man’s Madison, 2010
2ND – Overall Dick Lane Velodrome Madison Championship, 2010
2013 Georgia State Criterium, P/1/2- 1st

Recent Results:

2013 Georgia Games Criterium, P/1/2 – 1st
2013 Nashville Cyclist Criterium, 30+ -1st
2013 Nashville Cyclist Criterium,P/1/2 -1st
2013 Tennessee State Criterium, P/1/2- 2nd
*Current and Former Elite Georgia State Champion

Colby Millen

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Residence: Atlanta, GA
MTB Category: 1
Road Category: 2

Career Highlights:
Category 2 Upgrade
2ND – Category 2 Georgia State Criterium 2009
2ND – Brownwood Derby Criterium, 2008
3RD – Tour Of Atlanta Road Race, 2008
5TH – Georgia Cup Rome Criterium, 2008
2ND – GA State Criterium, 2008
3RD – Edgar Soto Criterium, 2008
3RD – GA Games Marietta Criterium, 2008
5TH – GA Games Circuit Race, 2008

Wes Parish

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

Clay Parks

Hometown: Dahlonega, GA
Residence: Atlanta, GA
Road Category: 2
Track Category: 1

Career Highlights:
1ST – Ochio Rios to Montego Bay, 2010
1ST – Jake’s Off Road Triathlon, 2010
Six Time SECC Collegiate Champion
1ST – MS/AL Elite State RR Championships, 1996
4TH – GA Elite State RR Championships, 2001
3RD – GA GAmes Elite Criterium Championships, 2001
1ST – Southeastern Region Elite Points Race Champion, 2001
1ST – GA Masters (30/35+)State RR Champion, 2002
1ST – Southeastern Region Elite Team Pursuit Champion, 2002
3RD – Southeastern Region Elite Points Race Championship, 2002
4TH – Athens Twilight Criterium Amateur Finals, 2003
1ST – Southeastern Region Elite Team Pursuit Champion, 2003
3RD – GA GAmes Elite Criterium Championships, 2004
1ST – Southeastern Region Elite Team Pursuit Champion, 2004
1ST – GA Masters (35+) State Criterium Champion, 2006

Recent Results:

2013 Georgia State and Southeast Region Championships (Track), 40+ 3k Pursuit – 1st
2013 Georgia State and Southeast Region Championships (Track) Points Race, 40+ – 1st
2013 Georgia State and Southeast Region Championships (Track) Omnium, 40+ – 3rd
2013 Ethic Velodrome Points Race (Track), P/1/2  – 4th
2013 USA Crits Tybee Island Criterium, 40+– 4th
*Former Elite and Masters Georgia State Champion

Brady Rogers

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Residence: Atlanta, GA
Road Category: 1
CX Category: 1

Career Highlights:
2nd – GA State Road Race Championships – Masters 40-44 Age Group
3RD – Dingo Days of Summer Circuit Race, P/1/2, 2013
2012 Masters CX Worlds Finisher
2nd – Jim Miller CX, Masters, 2012
2nd – Augusta CX, Masters, 2012
3rd – Savannah Superprestige CX, Masters, 2012
2nd – Boundary Waters Park CX, Masters, 2012
3rd – GA CX #10, Masters, 2012
1st – Savannah Superprestige CX, Masters, 2011
1st – Rome Winter CX #2, Masters, 2011
1st – Psycho Cross, DLV, 2009 & 2010
2013 Dingo Days (Cyclocross) (day 2), 40+  -1st

Recent Results:

2013 Rome Georgia (Cyclocross), 40+  -2nd
2013 Georgia State Championships TT, Cat 1 – 3rd
2013 Georgia State Championships RR, 40+ – 3rd
2013 USA Crits Tybee Island, 40+  - 3rd
* Former Masters Georgia State Champion

Charles Rossignol

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Residence: Atlanta, GA
MTB Category: 1
Road Category: 2

Career Highlights:
2014 Historic Roswell Criterium, Masters 35+, 5th
2012 – State Champion, Track Omnium, Masters
1ST – 2011 Southeast Region Track Championship, Scratch Race
3RD – 2011 Southeast Region Track Championship, Match Sprint
3RD – Nalley Historic Roswell Criterium, GA 2008
1ST – Georgia Cup Macon Criterium, GA 2004
2ND – Southeast Regional Track Championship SCratch Race, GA 2006
3RD – Griffin Greenbelt Parkway Criterium, GA 2004
4TH – Festival Of Speed Dick Lane Velodrome, GA 2006

Recent Results:

2013 Georgia State and Southeast Region Championships (Track) Omnium – , 40+ – 1st
*Current and Former Georgia Master’s State Champion

O’Neil Samuels

2013 Columbia, S.A. Stage Race, Stage 7, P/1/2 -1st

2013 Columbia, S.A. Stage Race, Stage 2, P/1/2 – 3rd

2013 Columbia, S.A.  Stage Race Stage 5, P/1/2 – 3rd

2013 Ethic Kerin Omnium (Track), P/1/2 -3rd

2013 Batdorf and Bronson Omnium (Track), P/1/2 -6th

*Former Jamaican National Champion

*Former Central American and Caribbean Games Champion

Nick Van Winkle            

Recent Results:

2014 Southern Cross, 2nd
2013 GA Cross Series, 2nd Overall
2013 GA Cross, Conyers, 2nd
2013 GA Cross, Serenbe, 2nd
2013 HUB Endurance CX #1 (Cyclocross), P/1/2 – 1st
2013 BAMA CX2 (Cyclocross), P/1/2 – 1st
2013 Savannah Superprestige #1 (Cyclocross), P/1/2 – 1st
2013 Grant Park Cyclo-Cross Gran Prix (Cyclocross), P/1/2 – 2nd
2013 Dingo Cross p/b Hayes Automotive #1 (Cyclocross), P/1/2- 2nd

Auxiliary Riders: Benjy Coil, Darren Comer, Tres Courdin, Nick Gastley, Neil Kopitsky, Calvin O’Keeffe, Jason Spruill.

Team Schedule

Below is a list of GBRA, TBRA and SRS Race Schedules for 2014. Click on one of the white boxes below to see the full race list.

GBRA Schedule

Feb. 15 Tundra Time Trial
Mar. 8 Brooks Road Race Brooks
Mar. 15-16 Union City Mayors Race
Mar. 22 Perry Roubaix
Mar. 29-30 Gran Prix of Gainesville
April 12 Macon Criterium
April 19 Fouche Gap Road Race
April 26 Terrapin Twilight Criterium
April 27 Historic Roswell Criterium
May 4 Sandy Springs Criterium
May 9 Maxxis Need For Speed Sprints DLV
May 10 The Keirin East Point DLV
May 17-18 SB&T Bike Race Weekend
May 25 Junior State Road Race Championships
May 31 Junior Track Championships DLV
June 7-8 Healthy Newton Omnium
June 21-22 Rome Velo Racing
June 28-29 Dingo Days of Summer
July 11 Parks Law Need for Speed Sprints DLV
July 12 Outback Bikes presents ‘The Omnium’ DLV
July 12 Georgia Games Road Race
July 13 Georgia Games Criterium
July 23-27 Georgia Cycling Gran Prix Gwinnett County
Aug. 9 State Track Championships DLV
Aug. 10 Georgia State Road Championships Road Race Rome
Aug. 16 Litespeed BMW Criterium Atlanta
Aug. 17 Grant Park Criterium Atlanta
Sept. 5 Need for Speed Sprints DLV
Sept. 6 Velodrome Cup DLV

TBRA Race List

Mar. 29 Hell of the South
March 30 Cedar Hill Crit
Apr. 2 Tiger Lane Crit #1
Apr. 5-6 Milligan College Cycling Classic Crit & RR
Apr. 9 Tiger Lane Crit #2
Apr. 12-13 Roane County Omnium
Apr. 19 Aaron Shafer Memorial RR & TT
Apr. 23 Knoxie Crits Spring Series #1
Apr. 23 Tiger Lane Crit Series #3
Apr. 30 Knoxie Crits Spring Series #2
Apr. 30 Tiger Lane Crit Series #4
May 4 TN State TT Championship
May 7 Knoxie Crits Spring Series #3
May 10 Berry Peddler RR & TT
May 17 Espinazo Del Diablo
May 31-June 1 Rockabilly Gran Prix
June 7 Liz LaVelle Memorial Series RR
June 7-8 Johnson City Omnium
June 18 Knoxie Crit Summer Series Week #1
June 25 Knoxie Crit Summer Series Week #2
June 28-29 Cookeville RR & Crit
July 2 Knoxie Crit Summer Series Week #3
July 12 Liz Levelle Memorial Series-Circuit
July 12-13 Cobra-Tornado Classic (Juniors)
July 19 NashvilleCyclist.com Criterium
July 20 TN State Crit Championship/MOAB Crit
July 24 NashvilleCyclist.com Criterium #8
July 26-27 Oak Ridge Velo Classic
Aug. 2 I AM Criterium
Aug. 9-10 SRS Knoxville Crit & RR
Aug. 16 Liz Levelle Memorial Crit
Aug. 23-24 River Gorge Omnium
Sept. 13 Memphis Velo Road Race
Sept. 12-13 Rhea County Race Weekend

2014 SRS Racing Series

May 17- 18 Albany, GA
June 14-15 Huntsville, AL
July 19-20 Asheville, NC
Aug. 9-10 Knoxville, TN
Sept. 13-14 Greenville, SC

Sponsors

Below is a list of our major sponsors:

LiteSpeed
BMW
Guiness
Georgia Natural Gas
Marlay House

Gallery

Images of the team from our latest races and rides

Spin For Kids

The LITESPEED-BMW Cycling Team is attempting to cycle around the world twice this year to to raise money and awareness for Camp Twin Lakes; a camp for children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges. Chart our progress here:

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 % Completion Of Mile Goal

46.9%

Team Progress

49804

Mile Goal: 2x Round Earth

56297

Miles Ridden To Date

10000

Fund Raising Goal

5875

Funds Raised To Date

 

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