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David Marbut hammers the final climb at Tsali

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.

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* 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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Mountain bike racing

Marion conquers Conyers at SERC #2

2014 Specialized Bicycles South Eastern Regional Championship series #2 / Georgia State Championship series #2 - Georgia International Horse 

Park - Conyers, GA 3-30-14“Gone with the wind”, a cold front blew in on Saturday and stayed around all weekend, the temperature was right, the course conditions were right, the wind was just wrong. The racers started off with a half mile run straight into a 25 mile an hour headwind and then got some relief when they hit the single track, at least the trail was super fast and the sun was shining. Unfortunately because of all of the recent rain the course did not cross under the road and go to the “granite” side of the trail system but the 5.9 mile “steeplechase” side was in awesome shape and provided for some great duels in many of the classes. A number of finishes came down to the wire and one the most watched was the pro men’s face off between Thomas Turner and Robert Marion with Marion taking it in the final sprint. The Women’s expert pro class was won by Marion's teammate Sarah Hill. Many thanks to the volunteers and to C-Town bikes of Conyers for providing over $2000 in prizes to the racers.  The $50 Quibble Fast Lap award went to Ezra Lusk in the 30-39 expert class.

Don’t forget next weekend is the third round of the SERC series as it travels to Bryson City, NC and also the series Individual Time Trial with bonus points will take place on Saturday at 4pm.

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* 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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Mountain bike racing

Tim Zimmerman rises to the top at Macon!

2014 Georgia State Championship series #1 - Thomson Trails - Macon, GA 3-15&16-14. From a beautiful day on Saturday for the time trial to a cold, wet day on Sunday, it started raining in the morning and never stopped not even for the awards ceremony.  Fortunately the course is one of the best in the area to deal with rain but even the creek crossings proved to be a challenge as some were reported to be 2 1/2 feet deep in places (that is 2 1/2 feet above the bridges).  The course when dry was a blast to ride as it rolled up and down the terrain behind the famous LH Thomson factory and included a "Spiral" 3/4 mile loop that began each 6.2 mile lap.  Many thanks to the Macon SORBA club OMBA for building and maintaining the five different trail systems in the area and for putting up such a great effort  behind the scenes also lots of thanks to the LH Thomson company for alowing us to use the trails for the race.  Mose Howard topped the Time trial on Saturday with a time of 13:38 on the shorter TT course while his wife Jennifer Howard was the top female.  On Sunday after a hard fought battle with Mose Howard, Tim Zimmerman took the cross country win in the 40-49 expert men's class, while Jennifer Howard was again top female.  Congrats to all that raced the waterworld classic!

Next Gone Riding race will be in Conyers, GA for the SERC / GSC opener on 3-30-14.

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* 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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Mountain bike racing

Shelly Allen takes the holeshot and the win at SERC 1

2014 Specialized Bicycles South Eastern Regional Championship series #1 - Santos "Vortex" Trails - Ocala, FL 3-9-14. This is why they call it the Sunshine State!  Sunny skies and temperatures in the 70's while most of the rest of the country is freezing, another perfectly timed rain on Thursday had the course as good as it can be.  The 5.5 mile course was a sort of Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde as the first half was fast and flowing and the second half was on the famous Red Trails of the Vortex and yes it was all of the red trails including the "rock garden".  This year was also the first year that the race conicided with the popular Santos Fat Tire Festival which made for hundreds of extra riders in the area along with demo's and dirt jump expo's.  Many thanks to the Club OMBA for building and maintaining the nearly 80 miles of trails on the Greenway system and for hosting the Festival.  The top male Pro racer was Ryan Woodall who had a close battle with defending SERC champ Thonas Turner and it was Shelly Allen returing to winning form in the Women's expert / pro class.  Many thanks to the round sponsor Santos Trailhead Bike shop which handed out over $2000 in prizes to the medalists.   Congrats to all and many thanks to all of the sponsors and riders for getting the series off to a great start!

Next Gone Riding race will be in Macon, GA for the GSC opener on 3-15&16-14.

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* 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 first round of the Georgia State Championship series has been moved to the Thomson Trails near Macon, GA due to the harsh winter effects on the Arrowhead trail system.

* 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.

 

mountain bike racing

Mountain bike racing

Tyler Mayer driving the train at Halpatiokee

2013 -14 Cannondale Coconut Cup #7 - Halpatiokee Park - Stuart, FL 2-23-14. Well we got away with great trail conditions all season and almost got through the weekend with another until an untimely rain storm came on Saturday night and turned many of the trails into a mess.  Thanks to the Airbourne Bike club and other volunteers the course was adjusted and made as bearable as possible and the bottom line was there were lots of smiles at the end of the race.  The race course was set at 7.5 miles and many of the classes elected to cut their laps due to the conditions.  The top male racer was Ricardo Giraldo and Kathy Russell won the women's expert class.  Many thanks to the round sponsor Bike Street USA which handed out over $2000 in gift certificates to the medalists.   The series awards were held immediately following the race and in addition to all of the champions and top three places there were special awards given to the MIR (Most Improved Rider) which went to Victor Nelson and the Sportsmanship award was honored to Tania Johnson.  Congrats to all and many thanks to all of the sponsors, volunteers, and racer families for making the series a sucess!

Next Gone Riding race will be in Ocala for the SERC opener on 3-9-14.

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* The first round of the Georgia State Championship series has been moved to the Thomson Trails near Macon, GA due to the harsh winter effects on the Arrowhead trail system.

* 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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Mountain bike racing

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