2014 Specialized Bicycles South Eastern Regional Championship series #3 - Tsali Trails - Bryson City, NC Awesome conditions at Tsali this year, the cold wet winder was no where to be found as sunshine and mild temperatures ruled the weekend. Saturday riders lined up for the series Individual Time Trial and it was Robert Marion taking the top spot with a time of 15:05 on the 4 mile course, Duffy Danish was the fastest of the women. Sunday saw a slighly cooler day but as close to perfect as you can get for a mountain bike race as racers were faced with either a 13 mile or a15 mile loop depending on thier categories. Smoky Mountain Bicycles was the round sponsor and they handed out a ton of great prizes to the racers plus cooked up some awesome hot dogs for everyone for free! Many thanks to the Nantahala Area Sorba for providing the volunteers and for keeping the trails in great shape. Thomas Turner got back on the top of the podium this week after another hard fought battle, while Kimberly Flynn also returned to her favorite spot at the top of the Women’s expert pro class. The $50 Quibble Fast Lap award went to Mose Howard in the 40-49 expert class.
* Announcing a new cross country race in Florida, the first ever USAC one day state championship race on 5-4-14 at Loyce Harpe Park in Lakeland. If some racers remember this was the same site as the old "North vs South" race about 10 years ago. A top 15 in any championship class will qualify a rider to go to the USAC nationals in PA in July.
* Also annoucing a USAC Regional championship one day race on 10-19-14 in Alachua, Fl, it too is a USAC national qualifier.
* The fourth round of the SERC series on 4-27-2014 in Winder, GA will be a USAC sanctioned national qualifier (a top 15 will automatically qualify a rider to the nationals in PA in July and an AMBC (double ranking points). If you plan to make it to the nationals this is your chance.
* New this year Gone Riding is now offering an optional membership for $30 and includes a t-shirt, sticker and a $5 discount off regular entry prices. This membership can be purchased at any Gone Riding event or online at First Place Racing.com. Also USAC licenses will also be honored at all cross country events and receive the same $5 discount.
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