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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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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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The two person teams champs at 12 Hours of Santos

2017 12 Hours of Santos - Vortex Trails - Ocala, Fl

The weather was the subject on the minds of most at this years event as the forcast had not been good for about a week out but fortunately luck was on our side as mild temperatures and at least two near misses with heavy rain.  It did manage to rain during the awards but everyone seemed not to care at that point, we had dodged a bullet.  The 9 mile course was in great shape for most of the day with a little slickness later on.  The layout was certainly creative, many thanks to Ron Henion for putting together a fun and challenging trail!

The turnout was amazing despite the weather forcasts with just over 400 racers hitting the popular trail system at 10am sharp with a running start and a mad dash to be the first into the single track.  At the end of the day the top 12 hour solo racers were Andrew Hilling and Kristy Cole while the top team was WCC Avengers.  Charlie Mullins was the top 3 hour male winner and Madison McDaniel took the female honors, top 6 hour racers were Ryan Woodall and Beata Wronska.  Many thanks to all of the sponsors and the OMBA club for building and maintaining the trails!

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Andre Wedderburn all smiles at Markham

2017 Coconut Cup #7 - Markham Park Trails - Sunrise, Fl

The final round of the series was met with great conditions except for the wind, with gusts up to 35 mph everyone was holding on to their hats (and tents) but once out on the trail things seemed pretty normal. The Markham park trail crew once again had the trails in ripping good shape and also provided the course marshaling during the event.

Bob McCarty took the overall win in the men's elite class and Jennifer Moos was the women's top rider on the day.

Since the last race can't be dropped there was some added pressure on some of the classes and things like mechanical problems can be costly but despite breaking a chain on the opening lap Eric Santana still came out the champ in the xc-2 40-49 class and also was awarded MIR (most improved rider) for the series. Another close race was the Clydesdale sport class with Robert Duncanson and Todd Guinn ending up in a tie on points with Todd getting the nod due the "best last" finish. The sportsmanship award was given to Tonya Johnson. Congrats to all!

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Madison McDaniel lead early at Helen.

2017 Specialized South Eastern Regional Championship series #7 / Georgia State Championship series #5 / Unicoi Trails - Helen, GA

Great finish to two great series! The epic former national course in Helen, Ga was the place it happened, the trail is one of the toughest in the region with it's 8.5 mile loop that is filled with steep and long climbs, it is a test of who is ready for the championship. The course was perhaps in the best shape it has been in years as recent rains gave the area a break for the weekend and traction was at it's highest.

Race action started on Saturday as the SERC short track took place and racers from both waves hit the short but very demanding loop which included the dreaded finish line hill, the yellow wave racers hit the loop 9 times and saw many lead changes before Harrison Klapheke finally took the win in the 15 minutes plus one lap. The white wave ST was won by local Elliot Caldwell and was 10 minutes plus on lap and a total of 6 laps.

The cross country on Sunday was filled with some close racing in many of the categories and two series titles were up for grabs in this non drop race. Dustin White came out on top in the men's fastest class and Madison McDaniel took the win in a competitive field.

The series banquet was held that afternoon at the Unicoi lodge just above the race site as thousands of dollars worth of prizes and awards were handed out the racers along with special awards which included...

SERC:

Most Improved Rider (MIR): Chris Lessing

Most Improved Junior: Joshua Dumford

Sportsmanship: Arron Pitts

GSC:

Most Improved Rider: James Farr

Sportsmanship: Mark Singleton

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