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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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*Gone Riding is now offering an optional membership for $30 and includes a t-shirt, sticker and a $5 discount off regular entry prices. This membership can be purchased at any Gone Riding event, the Gone Riding store or online at First Place Racing.com. Also USAC licenses will also be honored at all cross country events and receive the same $5 discount.

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

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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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*Gone Riding is now offering an optional membership for $30 and includes a t-shirt, sticker and a $5 discount off regular entry prices. This membership can be purchased at any Gone Riding event, the Gone Riding store or online at First Place Racing.com. Also USAC licenses will also be honored at all cross country events and receive the same $5 discount.

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

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