NGCA News and Updates – September 2019

Beautiful Backroads Century Wrap Up 

The NGCA team was out in force at the BBC last week.  We had over 70 riders in the event.  And it was impressive!  Harold and David got us away safely and we settled down into a pretty tight two by two paceline for the majority of the ride.  At one of the rest stops, I had someone come over and mention to me how respectful our group was when passing as opposed to the early peloton who buzzed too close for comfort.  Well done all…and here is a link to Kumpol’s video and photo for you to enjoy.×1536.jpg

Upcoming Events

All For One Century, Saturday, Oct 5, 7:30 AM

Just about everyone enjoyed our BBC ride so we are going to do it again.  This time at the upcoming All For One Century.  This will be even more relevant and poignant than ever as Van has just passed away.

As we mentioned in the July notes, NGCA will be providing support for the All for One Century (Van Purser).   See the details below if you or someone you know can help out.  But if you prefer to show your support by participating in the ride, we have that option for you as well.  

In return for a contribution from the club, our members are eligible for a 50% discount code that can be applied to any distance you would like to do.

For more information about the ride, the Van Purser Foundation or to register, click on the link below:

All For One Century Support:  Message from Richard JonesIt is with a heavy heart I have to inform you that after being diagnosed with ALS two years ago, on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, Van Purser’s long battle with ALS quietly ended.  In his final moments, he was lovingly surrounded by his family and several close friends, and gently he was released into the arms of his Creator. Please send your thoughts and prayers to Van’s family.

To honor Van we would like to make the inaugural “All For One 100 Bike Ride” (AFO) a great success and we need your help. There are a number of ways to participate. First of all click on the link below to let us know if you can volunteer to help at the AFO we need at least 12 more people to help with the rest stops and logistics with getting everything to each site.

Secondly you can give money directly to the Van Purser Foundation. The money can be used to purchase food, beverages and other necessary supplies for the rest stops.

For more information about and/or to donate to the foundation visit:  The ALL For One (AFO) Century is a fund raiser for the Van Purser Foundation (VPF) a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Recognizing that Van’s earthly life would end before his work was finished, the VPF was created by a group of cyclists to honor Van who was instrumental in creating much of the cycling culture in the greater Atlanta area.  Van helped start the “Tucker” ride which continues today as one of the best attended weekly training and social rides inside the perimeter as well as the ride enthusiast steering the direction of the Webb Bridge Ride which many consider the best ride outside the perimeter.  Van also created the Domestique Leadership training program to help teach cyclists how to be safe ride leaders working to help make cycling safer for all involved.   Outside of the cycling community Van Purser touched many lives throughout north Georgia and beyond.  Devoted family man, spiritual counselor, and business leader, his impact is broadly and deeply felt. 

Our mission, simply, is to pull together to assist other cyclists in times of need.  The VPF is the only foundation of its kind created for the purpose of supporting cyclists and their families in time of need such as after an accident, fall or worse.  Please join with us in prayerfully supporting his family, and in taking part in foundation activities that might accomplish Van’s ideals and purposes, now that he is gone.

For more information about and/or to donate to the foundation visit:
Please help support this great cause by volunteering, donating or coming to enjoy the ride at: .

Thank you for your support, please reach out to me directly if you have questions.

Richard Jones

NGCA 2020 Registration

Registration for the 2020 Club and Race team will be opening up in the next week or so.

Social Media

NGCA is continuing to push our presence on-line at various social media sites to better communicate to you and to our other various stakeholders like our sponsors.  Here is how you can participate and to help:

If you’ve not done so already, Like us on Facebook at:

Our webpage has been recently redesigned and looks rather stunning.  There is tons of great content on our webpage.  Be sure to check our webpage frequently for updates at

On Strava?  Link to our Strava Club at

We post information about our rides, impromptu rides and late changes to ride times on Strava and Facebook

Prefer to tweet?  We also are on Twitter at

Group Ride Summary & Current Ride Times

Sunday Roswell Bikes Ride:  8:00 AM, 43/52 miles.  17-18 mph pace, regroup after the hills. Park in Andretti parking lot adjacent to RBI.  ​

Tuesday Cycle Alpharetta:  6:00 PM  Location: Downtown Alpharetta Public Library.  Five groups so everyone can find a suitable level.  Depending on your level ride distance is between 25, 28, and 34 mile routes.

Saturday Kennesaw Ride:  8:00 AM until further notice from Pacesetter Steel parking lot, 55 & 72 mile options with a focus on group riding skills.  Regroups at strategic points throughout.

Saturday Alpharetta Ride:  8:00 AM from the Starbuck Terrances at Windward.  Keep up to date on that ride by linking to the FB page: