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Greg Junge rides the Tiger at Clemson

2014 Specialized Bicycles South Eastern Regional Championship series #7 - Tiger Rag - Issaqueena Trails - Clemson, SC 6-22-14.  Beautiful summer day by the lake with a little mountain biking thrown in.  The Issaqueena trails have great single track and some meaningful climbing making this stop on the SERC circuit one of the best.   Thomas Turner won a tough fight in the men's pro class over a stacked field while in the women's expert pro class it was Jennifer Nielson taking the win on her home turf.  Many thanks to the volunteers and to the round sponsor Bike Street USA for providing all of the great prizes.   The $50 Quibble Fast Lap award went to Dwyane Allgire in the 30-39 cat 1 class and the Torque Group $50 fast lap went to the Men's 40-49 cat 3 class and Frank Fulco took home the loot despite a mechanical problem.  Next race is Helen, Ga on June 29th!

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*Also new is the Gone Riding Store including our new Gone Riding Jersey

 

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Carey Lowery top woman at Helen

2014 Specialized Bicycles South Eastern Regional Championship series #8 / Georgia State Championship Final - Alpine Assault - Unicoi Trails - Helen, GA 6-29-14.  The beautiful alpine town of Helen was the host to the combined SERC / GSC round and GSC banquet.  This classic mountain trail and former national championship course is always a tough one due to the climbing (about 1200 ft per lap) but this year the slickness of a previous nights rain made it a bit more of a challenge.  Thomas Turner came out swinging in another stacked pro men's class and walked away the winner and Carey Lowery rose to the top of the podium in the women's expert / pro category in a equally strong field of racers.  Many thanks to the volunteers and to the Unicoi Lodge for hosting the GSC banquet.   At the GSC banquet nearly 130 folks packed the hall to celebrate the seasons champions, besides all of the swag and plaques that were handed out there were special honors for the most improved rider (Scott Elkins) and Sportsmanship award (Wesley Ennis), congrats to all.  The $50 Quibble Fast Lap award went to Richard Pyle in the 40-49 cat 1 class and the Torque Group $50 fast lap went to the Men's 30-39 cat 3 class and Javier Valderrama.  Next race is Ft Payne, AL on July 13th!

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   SERC SERIES BANQUET Menu:

    TOSSED GARDEN SALAD

LEMON HERB ROASTED CHICKEN

         MASHED POTATOES

            GREEN BEANS

        VEGETARIAN PASTA

                  ROLLS

         COOKIE/BROWNIES

                ICED TEA

 

ADULT TICKET PRICE: $18.00

KIDS TICKET PRICE:    $10.00  (Ages 6-10)

KIDS 5 and Under FREE

DOORS OPEN AT 3:00PM

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* New this year 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 new is the Gone Riding Store including our new Gone Riding Jersey

 

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Mountain bike racing

Bradford Perley won a hammerfest at Ft Payne SERC

2014 Specialized Bicycles South Eastern Regional Championship series #9 - Ft Payne, AL 7-13-14.  Awesome day to race in the Alabama mountains, considered one of the toughest courses on the circuit as it challenges both a riders technical skills through the rock sections and physical fitness.  Bradford Perley took a hard fought win over Thomas Turner and the rest of the pro men's field while Jennifer Nielson captured another win in the women's expert/pro category over series leader Sarah Hill.  The race was also a 15 point bonus round as well an Alabama state championship series race so a lot was on the line for both of the series contenters.  Many thanks to the volunteers, the Fort Payne Cycling Club and to the park management for again making the event a success.  The $50 Quibble Fast Lap award went to Kyle Morgan in the 19-29 cat 1 class and the Torque Group $50 fast lap went to the Junior 10-14 group with Bryce Kovi taking home the dough.  Next race is the Fontana Dam Jam & SERC Final!

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   SERC SERIES BANQUET Menu:

(tickets available online @ TICKETS)

    TOSSED GARDEN SALAD

LEMON HERB ROASTED CHICKEN

         MASHED POTATOES

            GREEN BEANS

        VEGETARIAN PASTA

                  ROLLS

         COOKIE/BROWNIES

                ICED TEA

 

ADULT TICKET PRICE: $18.00

KIDS TICKET PRICE:    $10.00  (Ages 6-10)

KIDS 5 and Under FREE

DOORS OPEN AT 3:00PM

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* New this year 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 new is the Gone Riding Store including our new Gone Riding Jersey

 

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Mountain bike racing

Lewis Gafney digging deep at the Dam Jam

2014 Specialized Bicycles South Eastern Regional Championship series #10 / Fontana Dam Jam - Fontana, NC 8-2&3-14.  Despite the weather predictions it was a great weekend of racing at this years Fontana Dam Jam / SERC final.  The forecasted rains only fell briefly early on Saturday morning which made the Super D race at noon a little on the sketchy side for much of the event but eventually the trail shaped up and in fact the old course record of 3 minutes 27 seconds was shattered during the race with five racers breaking that mark and the new record now stands at an incredable 3:14 set by former motocross pro Ezra Lusk of Georgia.   Later that night the wheels began to spin again for the annual night short track and this years finals were some of the closest in recent history, ultimately it was Luke Vrowenvelder taking a close win over Thomas Turner and Jennifer Nielson winning the women's event.  Luke Vrowenvelder would back up that impressive performance the next day with a win in the Cross Country while Sarah Hill took the win and the championship in the women's expert class.  There were many close points races to watch with many championships decided by one or two points on Sunday, one of which was the battle for the pro men's title as Robert Marion barely edged out Thomas Turner (last years champ).   Many thanks to the volunteers and to Fontana Village management for again making the event a success.  The $50 Quibble Fast Lap award went to Chris St Peter in the 50+ cat 1 class and the Torque Group $50 fast lap went to the Junior 15-18 group with Marco Newman taking home the stash.  Following the events the SERC banquet was held at the main hall at the village as thousands of dollars of prizes and cash was handed out to the top riders in the series, there were also numerous Super-Sport clothing door prizes and also a Rock Shox fork set won by Ezra Lusk and two American Classic wheel sets won by David Marbut and Jason Swain, many thanks to all of the sponsors especially Specialized bicycles our title sponsor.  Special awards were also given to Mark Gillam (sportsmanship), Carter Anderson (most improved rider) and Bryce Kovi (most improved Junior rider), congrats to all!

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* New this year 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 new is the Gone Riding Store including our new Gone Riding Jersey

 

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Mountain bike racing

The Women Cat 3's charge towards the first turn at FSC #1

2014 8 Specialized Bicycles Florida State Championship series #1 Tom Brown Park - Tallahassee, FL 9-13&14-14.  Sunshine and good times at the opening round of the FSC series as hundreds of eager MTB racers hit the popular trail system in Florida's capital city.  A rainy Friday night made for super conditions on the trail although the heat of the summer was still around so riders had to make sure they stayed hydrated to get their maximum performance.  Saturday 160 racers lined up for the Individual Time Trial with those all important bonus points and it was Bob McCarty taking the overall win (with a time of 14:08): and Shelly Allen taking the top women's spot.  Sunday the day kicked off with the Torque Group kids series and the racing was close in all the classes, even the 3-5 racers were in a 4 way battle for the win at the line, good stuff!  At 9:30 the yellow wave hit the trails and it was a first for the new "Elite" format where all the Cat 1's 19-49 started together (althought scored separately) and they did an extended parade lap through the BMX track with was exciting to say the least.  In the end it was Ricardo Giraldo taking the XC win but it was Bob McCarty taking the Leaders Jersey and the Elite points lead virtue of his Time Trial points, this class is going to be fun to watch this season.  Multi time champ Shelly Allen swept the weekend with a win in the cross country as well.  The First Place Racing Fast Lap Fifty went to Shawn Smith in the 30-39 class with a smoking 25:79 lap time.  Many thanks to the round sponsor Higher Ground Bicycles as they handed out over $2,000 worth of prizes to the racers and to the City of Tallahassee and the SORBA club of Tallahassee for having the trail in such good shape!  Congratulations to all the racers and a special thanks to all of the sponsors that helped make this happen.

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* New this year 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 new is the Gone Riding Store including our new Gone Riding Jersey

 

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