Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones/file
Day One: Saturday, June 18
When Albuquerque, NM-based Duke City took the track against Marietta's Peach State at 10 a.m. Saturday to kick off the 2016 Classic City Crush, they were confident the most stressful and frightening events of the weekend were already behind them. Their flight to Georgia was rerouted to Chattanooga due to severe weather. They taxied the runway in Tennessee until conditions improved in Atlanta, where they eventually commandeered ground transportation for Athens. Arriving eight hours late, they did not benefit from a good night’s sleep, nor did they have time for sightseeing. (The Tree That Owns Itself will be there until we replace it again.)
Photo Credit: David Barnes/UGA Athletics
ESPN.com published a profile today of Georgia’s new football coach, Kirby Smart. The takeaway is Smart knows the Dawg Nation is antsy, and he’s gonna get fired if he doesn’t win an SEC championship in the next couple of years.
Ryan Aitchison (Astellas Cycling Team), Oscar Clark (Holowesko Citadel Cycling Team) and Bobby Lea (Maloja Pushbikes) lapped the field twice at the Athens Twilight Criterium Saturday night on their way to first-, second- and third-place finishes, respectively.
Daniel Holloway (Giant Racing), who won Twilight the past two years, finished 51st.
For the Athens-based United Healthcare team, Tom Gibbons finished 11th, Frank Travieso 23th, Willem Kaiser 33rd, Andy Scarano 48th, Dylan Cantrell 66th and Emile Abraham 76th. (Fun fact: Kaiser is Athens Mayor Nancy Denson’s grandson.)
Marie-Soleil Blais of Fearless Femme Racing won the women’s criterium, outsprinting Sara Tussey of Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling and foiling Tina Pic’s bid for a fourth Twilight win. Pic, the 2014 and 2015 winner, and her Happy Tooth team raced conservatively to preserve her overall Speed Week lead. She finished fifth.
Check out more photos by Flagpole staff photographer Joshua L. Jones below.
We didn't learn much from the No. 148 Classic City Rollergirls' recent 226-54 demolition of the visiting No. 137 Tragic City Rollers in the Akins Arena at the Classic Center on Apr. 16. The 007-themed high school prom being held in the facilities atrium provided more tension and drama.
The Classic City Rollergirls opened the 2016 season with the Green vs. Black intrasquad bout Saturday at the Classic Center. Team Green won 176-156. Below, check out a selection of photos from the event.
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