The Spandex Rodeo + Savannah’s Racing History

Being a racing driver means you are racing with other people. And if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver because we are competing, we are competing to win.
— Ayrton Senna, Three-Time Formula 1 World Champion and Fifth in All-Time Victories

This episode is a mid-season check-up, a glance into our local racing scene, and some ridiculously cool facts about racing in my hometown of Savannah, Georgia.

Savannah is home to a great community of cycling and two amazing bicycle race series events, the Nestor Cup presented by the Savannah Wheelmen and the Rumble at Roebling presented by Hilton Head Cycling.

Both race events take place on two automobile race courses, the Grand Prize of America Road Circuit and Roebling Road Raceway, courses that have hosted open wheel legends and Indianapolis 500 winners like Helio Castroneves, GT touring car series teams preparing for endurance races like the Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta or the Rolex 24 at Daytona, as well as our typical weekender SCCA Spec Miata or Spec E46 Racing series, open track days for our local tuner car gear-heads, and the Savannah Speed Classic, which is like our own tiny version of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Savannah was the birth place of Grand Prix automobile racing in the United States of America, hosting the country’s first Grand Prix as well as being the national center of automobile racing from 1908 through 1911.

Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas? The Long Beach Grand Prix Circuit? The infield circuits at Daytona International Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway? Our Grand Prix days are long gone, but never forgotten. Daytona may call itself The World Center of Racing, and they’ve earned it; however, we had it first here in Savannah, and we almost unknowingly pay homage to it with our bicycles.

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This episode was sponsored by, the easiest way to build a podcast! Additionally, I was hopped up on a 1:15 ratio of a wicked Colombian micro lot coffee from Radio Roasters in Decatur, Georgia. Check them out if coffee is a part of your daily ritual! I brew my coffee using a Hario V60 01, an Acaia Pearl S scale, a Baratza Encore coffee grinder, a Fellow Stagg EKG variable temperature kettle, and of course, freshly roasted specialty coffee. Sure, it’s an investment, but like bicycles and accessories, you get what you pay for. Pro tip: the best part of waking up actually isn’t Folgers in your cup. Trust!

Scroll down for some neat videos on bicycle racing, such as a clip from our most recent Nestor Cup event, the short film titled American Crit, and GCN! Also check out our absolutely rad, non-profit junior development team, WELLAND RACING as well as the Savannah Wheelmen and Hilton Head Cycling!

Attack from the gun!
— Shane Cooper, Founder, President, and Chief Sockologist at DeFeet

American Crit is a loud, visceral look at the sport of criterium racing as seen through the eyes of ButcherBox Cycling!

Nestor Cup Race 3 in Savannah! July 21, 2019! 

An overview of criterium racing by GCN!

Ayrton Senna’s top 10 moments! RIP!

It never gets easier, you just get faster.
— Greg LeMond, Two-Time UCI Road Race World Champion and Three-Time Winner of Le Tour de France