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Dwyane Algire floats on rocks at SERC 1

2016 Specialized South Eastern Regional Championship series #1 - Haile's Trails - Newberry,  Fl 3-20-16

The trails could not have been in better shape and the temperatures were great as well but that is not what the weather folks kept saying as dire forecasts from the all knowing internet and TV kept many away from what turned out to be a perfect mountain bike race weekend.

The course was orginially planned to be 6.5 miles with a couple of new climbs added in but the heavy rains on Thurday had the course cut down to 5.1 miles to anticipate even more rain in the forecast (which didn't happen) but what was left was still a major challenge to the racers as there is no such thing as an easy layout at this trail system.  The direction was clockwise which meant the steep hills came early in the lap and had the heart rates soaring by the first mile.  The racing action was highlighted by Florida's Ryan Woodall winning the men's pro / elite class while Alabama's Kayley Burdine won the women's top category both will be featured at round two with the newly minted Leaders jerseys as they will be the series points leaders respectively.  Tsali North Carlolina will be the next stop on the series and will include a Individual Time Trial on Saturday with the Cross country race on Sunday April 2nd & 3rd.

Many thanks again to all of the sponsors and to the brave racers that came out despite the poor weather predicitions.


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