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Madison McDaniel kicks off the FSC series with a win in Tally

2016 Specialized Florida State Championship series #1 - 9-17/18-16 - Tom Brown Park - Tallahassee, Fl

 The excitement was high and so were the temperatures but the FSC racers pushed on and made the opener a big success.  Although the area was hit with a hurricane only two weeks ago the Sorba Tallahassee club and many other volunteers put their efforts together and got the trails in great shape in record time, many thanks to all involved!  Ok back to the action, the weekend kicked off with the annual FSC Time Trials on Saturday at 3pm and this year the course was the first 4.5 miles of the cross country course which included most of the Cadillac trail and was considered a little faster average speed than last years Magnolia loop.  After all was said and done it was Doug Deweese pulling out the fastest time with a 15:07, while Madison McDaniel topped the very competitive women's field. 

On Sunday the first racers to hit the popular trail system were the Shimano kids racers and true to form the racing was close and exciting, the kids showed lot's of heart and lot's of potential as future bike racers, congrats to all!  At 9:30am the yellow wave hit the 7.5 mile course (that included the famous "Wall" turn, a favorite for the fans) and as the elite racers powered their way through the first lap, a real battle began to form between Doug Deweese and Mike Mace for the lead with Doug unfortunately flatting on the lap and allowing Mike a comfortable win in the end.  In the women's cat 1 class Madison McDaniel showed everyone why came in favored to win the series after a strong showing last year in her rookie year.

As it has been for many many years, HIgher Ground Bicycles was the round sponsor for the event and as always they play the role of a great host for the event plus they provided over $2400 in prizes to the medalists, many thanks to them and to all of the sponsors!

 

 

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Dustin Greer nailed the pro men's holeshot at Tsali

2017 Specialized South Eastern Regional Championship series #2 / Knobscorcher- Tsali Trails - Bryson City, NC

Tsali was in perfect shape for the weekend's second round of the SERC series, the trail was smoking fast and the dry crisp air made for an athletes dream.The kids races started off the day with temperatures still in the 40's but the kids put on a good show and set the tone for the rest of the day.By the time of the yellow wave start the sun was warming up the land and the pro men's class blasted off up the county line road on their way to a 26 mile hammer fest with Tristen Cowie taking the win.In the women's pro / expert class it was Annie Pharr topping the field.The attendance was up this year partly due to the fact that it was a 15 point bonus round and the new women's and men's leaders jerseys were placed on Josselynn Guiteirrez and Charlie Mullins shoulders as they are now the new points leaders in their respective classes.

Many thanks to all of the sponsors and special thanks to Smoky Mountain Bicycles of Franklin, Nc as they provided the swag for the medalists and also to Truckerco.com, Connex chains and Creative Concepts for providing the holeshot awards.

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*Also don't forget to check out the Gone Riding Store including our Gone Riding Jersey.

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The 19-39 Cat 2's battle for the holeshot at Conyers

2017 Specialized South Eastern Regional Championship series #3 / Georgia State Championship series #2 / GHIP Trails - Conyers, GA

Hard to believe but the weather was awesome at Conyers, there seems to be something about this location everytime the series comes to this famous trail system, normally it is cold and windy and many times wet but not this time!  Temps were cool in the morning then warmed up to a very nice 70 degress by middle of the day and despite a nasty storm that blew through the area earlier in the week the trails were in great shape.  The course was 7 miles in length and included a new single track section along with the big dip section at the end of the loop.

Racing has been competitve this season and this round was no exception, the top pro male racer on the day was the same as last year's winner, Alex Meucci and Madison McDaniel walked away with the win in the women's expert/ pro class.

Many thanks to all of the sponsors and special thanks to C-Town Bicycles of Conyers as they provided the swag for the medalists and also to Truckerco.com, Connex chains and Creative Concepts for providing the holeshot awards. 

The next SERC / GSC race will be in Winder, Ga on April 29 & 30th.

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*Also don't forget to check out the Gone Riding Store including our Gone Riding Jersey.

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GM 50+ experts baved the cold and wet of Macon

2017 Georgia State Championship series #1 - LH Thomson Trails, Macon, Ga

The opening round of the GSC started out as a great weekend, the sun was out the temps were in the 70's and the trail was in super shape but that was on Saturday and although the time trial was held in those optimum conditions the race on Sunday was another story.

A cold wet day faced the racers on Sunday morning the temperatures never made it out of the 40's all day and with the rain and wind it was a show of bravery just to line up but the trail however was in good shape, in fact local knowledge says it may be the best rain course in the central Georgia area and I believe it.  Many thanks to the OMBA club (Olkmulgee Mountain Bike Association) for all of their efforts in not only prepping the race course and marking it but marshaling the event as well, oh yes and thanks very much for the fire pit, wow what a life saver!

Dustin White won the very competitive 19-39 expert class while Mose Howard from the 40-49 class was the overall winner.  Mary Gilmer took home the top women's honors.  Saturdays time trial was won by Mose Howard as well and Stephanie Wilmert was the top female.  Next GSC will be in Conyers on April 9th.

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*Also don't forget to check out the Gone Riding Store including our Gone Riding Jersey.

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The Base 30-39 guys celebrate at Quiet Waters CC

2017 Coconut Cup #5 - 1-29-17 - Quiet Water Park Trails - Deerfield Bch, Fl

Well Saturday was great weather, unfortunately the race was Sunday and the series return to the park after more than a decade (due to hurricane damage in 2005) was dampened a little by an unusual cold front that brought cold wet conditions to the racers that braved the elements.  On the bright side it was proably the best course to ride in the rain and the turnout was suprisingly good considering the weather.

The 6.9 mile course was a challenge as the route twists and turns through ancient coral beds and has a number of man made features to spice things up a bit as well.  Many thanks to Bike America for sponsoring the event and to all of the dedicated volunteers that not only preped the course but worked all day in the rain to help keep the riders safe and on track.  Bala Almeida took a strong win in the expert 19-39 class while Erica Zaboor was the women's winner.

 

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