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Andre Wedderburn gives it a thumbs up at Lakeland FSC

2016 Specialized Florida State Championship series #7 - 11-12/13-16 - Loyce Harpe Park Trails - Lakeland, Fl

Another great weekend of weather for the Lakeland round of the FSC series sponsored by Bent's Cycling & Fitness!  It was also another double header as the short track bonus race on Saturday saw 100 racers hit the special 1 mile short loop for valuable bonus points in the series.  The yellow wave short track race was the biggest of the day with right around 60 riders doing 15 minutes plus one lap on the fast course that included a short bit of paved road as well, in a very close finish it was Allison Anjos taking the win.  The white wave short track start saw about 35 racers hit the same course but this time for only 10 minutes plus one lap and this time it was Carlos Pacheco with the claim to the wave win and maximum bonus points.

Sundays cross country race started off with of course the kids race at 8:30am and they ran the same course as the previous days short track then at 9:30am the yellow wave advanced riders hit the big course which measured 6.5 miles and featured some tricky sections including one called "Sneaky Snake" a trail we had never used before in an FSC race.  The course produced some close racing as we have come to expect in this years series and it was Allison Anjos taking his second overall Elite win in the Men's class while Madison McDaniel returned to the series and chalked up another.  Bob McCarty has a strong lead in the chase for the men's Elite jersey while on the women's side we have a new jersey holder in Simone Berger.

The Protano Law Holeshot $50 award went to Tim Zimmerman in the 40-49 expert class.

Many thanks to all of the fine sponsors especially Bent's Cycling & Fitness of Lakeland and by the way Team Bent's Galacticus is still leading the team championship standings!

 

 

 

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15 year old Reed Legg takes the overall at Tsali

2017 Xterra Tsali - 6-25-17- Tsali Trails - Bryson City, NC

There was a jump in attendance this year no thanks to the weather forecast as triathletes from all over the South East came to take on Fontana lake and the surrounding trails at Tsali.The weather it turns out was near perfect for the event, no rain, 70 degrees at the start of the event and water temperature was a mild 79 degrees. The Tsali Xterra has always run a slightly different format due to the trail layout on the property, so instead of swim, bike, run, the athletes swim the 1/2 mile swim then hit the trails running immediately afterward taking on a steep uphill quarter mile climb to the top of the right loop for 4.5 miles, then they jump on the mountain bikes and pump out 11 miles of rolling and scenic terrain all the way to the finish.

This year the overall race was won by Tampa Bay Florida's up and comer 15 year old Reed Legg (his brother Braxton finished 7th and is only 12 years old). Marcus Barton (the winner of the Ft Yargo Xterra) fought hard but had to settle for second on this day. Amy Carver out of Charlotte, NC was the top female and 12th overall.

Also of note, it was multi-time XTERRA racer Charlotte Mahan's (72 years old) last XTERRA as she announced her retirement at the event, she was the last one off the course but a nice size crowd hung out to greet her as she finished and congratulate her on a long and successful racing career, there were lots of hugs and emotions on display, she is a special lady!

Many thanks to all of the sponsors and all of the support that was given by the Nantahala Area Sorba club and the Swain County Rescue Squad.

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Junior 15-18 group hits the highway

2017 Specialized South Eastern Regional Championship series #5 / Enterprise South Trails - Chattanooga, TN

We don't even want to comment on the weather forecast but let's just say it was wrong.The trails did get some overnight rain but it only helped, when the day broke over the park and all throughout the rest of the afternoon it was mild and dry and conditions could not have been better. The 8.25 mile Sorba Chattanoonga club maintained trail was routed a little different for the race and started out on about a mile of uphill pavement and then finshed on about a half mile of paved decending to the finish and all of the single track trail inbetween was fast and furious, the most common heard term was "it feels like it is all downhill", followed by a grin.

The race action was super close in most classes with many finishes coming down to a wheels length at the end. One of the closest was in the 19-39 cat 1 men's class as Harrison Klapheke and Justin McMurrrer diced it out with Harrison pulling out the win. The women's cat 1 winner was Kayla Hammel.  Many thanks to the park staff and to the round sponsor the Trek Store Chattanoonga.

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Juniors take on Oak Mountain

2017 Specialized South Eastern Regional Championship series #6 / Bump N Grind 23 / Oak Mountain State Park Trails - Birmingham, Al

For the second year in a row the Bump N Grind classic has combined with the SERC series and the partenership is proving to be a success with big turnouts in the junior and kids races especially. This year the weather was a factor for many of the racers but luckly not the first wave of racers that hit the 9 and 5 mile loops that were used during the 9am wave, their conditions were perfect, no mud and overcast. The 11am wave was another story as these racers faced either a 21 mile or a 29 mile option and the rain started just as the riders were leaving the line, needless to say they didn't look the same when they returned from the trail as the skies opened up and made for wet but not muddy conditions.

Taking the men's pro class win was Ryan Woodall and Joseyln Guiterrez was the winner of the women's top spot. Many thanks to the Bump organization and to all of the fine sponsors of the event and series.

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The 12 Hours of Tsali train leaves the station

2017 12 Hours of Tsali - Tsali Trails, Bryson City, NC

This years race was a story of two trails, one a good one and well let's just say one a little wet, ok really wet! The weekend started out with a lot of concern for the weather but as day broke over the hills of Western NC it looked like we may get a break, the trails were typical Tsali, good shape with the occational puddle and new this year was the use of the Thomson Trails. Thats the way it was until about noon when the skies opened up and laid down a healthy amount of h2o on the 7.9 mile course and then of course the sun came out like nothing had happened. The result was the 3 hour racers had a pretty good race and everyone else was facing the dreaded "M-word", mud, but hey at least it wasn't cold!

Jered Kelly was the top 12 hour solo male and Rebecca Hicks won the female 12 hour solo and an impressive 5th overall. The fastest team of the day was the two person team of Nick Bragg and Scott Rusinko as they logged 18 laps. The top four person Sport team was Rapid Thigh Movement, while Dirt Digglers won the Base level competition and team 2 fast for you came out on top of the Junior category. In the 3 hour class it was Caleb Baity and Grace Ragland who were declaired the winners and Chad Brandon topped the 6 hour solo class.

All in all there were lot's of smiles under the mud, many thanks to the Nantahala Area Sorba club and the Swain County Rescue Squad that helped with the event and also thanks to all of the fine sponsors of the event and especially to Bryson City Bicycles who provided the bulk of the prizes for the awardees.

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