2015 Specialized South Eastern Regional Championship series #8 / Georgia State Championship series #6 - Unicoi State Park Trails - Helen, Ga 8-1/2-15.
It was a perfect weekend to wrap up the two strongest series in the South East and a perfect location to do it at. The trails at Helen of course were the host for the pro nationals back in the 1990's and the legendary course features tough climbs, decents and of course the infamous creek crossing. On Saturday the SERC racers lined up for the bonus short track race which basically was the start loop and the final section of the cross country loop that included the finish line grass climb. It was Bobby Donofrio taking the white wave win and Bradford Perley won the yellow wave in a hotly contested race. On Sunday the sun came out and the trail was in great shape thanks to the local trail volunteers and park staff.
As the kids were setting the pace for the day with some great racing in the kids wave the adult racers were prepping for challenge that is the course at Unicoi. The course starts with about a half mile of gravel road and then it heads up hill and the ups and downs just keep coming at you for the next 8.5 miles. Oh yes there is a creek crossing at about the 2.5 mile mark that some insist is a river crossing, it was a feature back in the day at the nationals and it is still a challenge as some riders attempt to ride across it and some prefer to run across but either way you are going to get your feet wet and maybe your feelings hurt if you fall into the chilly water. At the end of the competition it was Bradford Perley taking the top men's class and Jennifer Nielson winning the women's premier class.
Later that same day the racers moved indoors to the Unicoi lodge banquet facility for the two series final awards, it was a packed house with about 150 in attendance, aside from all of the champions that were crowned special awards were presented to the Riders of the Year - Bradford Perley and Trudy Franzel in the SERC series. Also in the SERC series it was Jacob Smith with the most improved Junior, Kurt Dorshimer most improved overall and Steve Jackson sportsmanship. The GSC series saw Tristan Chaffer with the most improved and Bart Minter took home the sportsmanship award. Congrats to all!
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2015 Specialized South Eastern Regional Championship series #7 - Desoto State Park Trails - Ft Payne, AL 7-12-15.
It was a typical July day in Alabama, in other words hot! The 6.6 mile race course was changed up a little this year to make it a little faster but you can't avoid the fact that it is one of the toughest and funnest routes on the circuit due to the climbing and technical rock sections. The race was bonus round as well as each rider that started the race received 15 points just for starting the event. The men's expert and pro's started together and it was a showdown between Ezra Lusk and Bradford Perley with Perley taking the overall win with a strong last lap charge. In the women's top level it was Jennifer Neilson topping Trudy Franzel for the win. Many thanks to the park management, the Ft Payne Cycling Club and the DeKalb Co. Amateur Ham radio club for the support and help with the event.
The next stop is the combined GSC / SERC final in Helen, GA, see you there!