Georgia Rider Finds Success—and Fun—in Cyclocross

Travieso leads the front group in the Grant Park CX race.
Travieso leads the front group in the Grant Park CX race. Alexa Lampasona
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With the cyclocross season winding to a close, Frank Travieso will be one of the few Georgia riders to compete in the elite category at USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross Nationals on January 10 in Asheville, North Carolina

Travieso’s first showing at cyclocross nationals was in January 2015, and he claimed it was the most challenging race he had ever done. His 2015 season was especially strong: He earned nine first place wins out of 14 races—and Travieso feels ready for a stronger showing this year.

A native of Cuba, Travieso moved to Miami in 1998, but he has been racing road and track cycling since 1992. But it wasn’t until 2006 when Travieso moved to Athens, Georgia, that he even heard about cyclocross.

A good friend gave me a cross bike in 2010, so at first I just signed up for a few cyclocross races for fun and to add a different element to my training. By 2013 I began taking cyclocross more seriously to race a full season competitively.

What was your most memorable win?

The most exciting cyclocross race that I won was Grant Park CX Cup. It’s not many times that I can win by a photo finish. The course itself is incredible because you are racing on a course around Grant Park—one of Atlanta’s popular urban parks. We always get a huge turnout of locals and the crowd is full of energy.

How do you think Georgia’s cyclocross races compare to other states?

Compared to other states, I think Georgia has a really good series of racing through the Georgia Cyclocross Series. The courses are challenging and you never know how the weather will be on race day. One race we could be sloshing through mud in freezing rain, the next it could be sunny and 80 degrees.

Frank Travieso follows Nicholas VanWinkle on the run-up at the Grant Park CX race.
Frank Travieso follows Nicholas VanWinkle on the run-up at the Grant Park CX race. Alexa Lampasona

What is your favorite cyclocross race in the Georgia series?

Elks Aidmore. The backwoods course has rolling hills and one tough climb nicknamed Turner’s Hill with a blacktop finish. The past two years, I finished first in the Men’s Pro category.

Travieso lives and trains primarily in Athens, Georgia. Here is his pick for his favorite trails for cyclocross training.**  **

Fort Yargo State Park, Winder:  By far the best trails in a Georgia State Park, Fort Yargo features 18 miles of trails that are great for both beginner and intermediate riders. Travieso’s favorite trail is the 12 mile blue singletrack trail that circles the park’s lake. The trail doesn’t feature much uphill or downhill, so instead riders are challenged with fast, flowing terrain perfect for cyclocross training.

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