Cycling Scene in Georgia
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Aug 15, 2012 2:51 AM Last Post By: jivazd
Aug 13, 2012 12:58 PM
Cycling Scene in GeorgiaHi There
I will be moving to Georgia shortly and am interested in finding out about the domestic cycling scene.
Are there any cycling clubs in the country (road or XC off road). Are there any proper bike shops? There does not seem to be any up to date resources on line for Georgian cycling.
There must be something,as Georgia must have some of the best off road in the world.
I see there was a Georgian in the Olympic Road Race (DNF) and the D.S.of Team Type 1 the pro road team is a Georgian so there must be some kind of domestic road scene.
Is the Velodrome in Vake still used? I can't find anything up to date on this.
Any general info greatly received.
Thanks in advance.
I am not interested in renting a bike or a guide, so no commercial replies please.
I am also aware of the stray dog problem / bad road conditions / general road carnage that Georgia seems to have.
I am not a tourist so am not really interested in touring across the country / home stays or your hotel
Aug 13, 2012 11:42 PM
1There are some clubs of friends or like-minded people that go out of Tbilisi and do some rides. But this is more of informal nature and can not qualify as "clubs" of western standard.
Bike shop - Magelani has a decent shop, there were couple more nearby Dinamo stadium.
Vake velodrome - not sure if it is still operational, seemed quite defunct couple years ago.
I hope it helps a bit...
Aug 14, 2012 3:43 AM
2Unfortunately the Georgian in the olympic road race was not a great success. He failed to complete the race as he got lapped. I was watching as the race was within walking distance of my house. Here's Giorgi Nadiradze followed by the "end of race" van: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smithfamily1/7717557794.
As others have said, the main hazards cycling in Georgia are lack of consideration from motorists and aggressive svan sheepdogs. Main roads have largely been repaired since the bad days of the 1990s but many roads in rural areas are little more than rutted tracks that turn to mud in wet weather.
Aug 15, 2012 2:51 AM
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