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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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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

Haycraft & Johnson take wins at XTERRA Clemson

2014 XTERRA Clemson - Issaqueena Forest - Clemson, SC 6-21-14.  Another great race in the books as athletes from all over the South East converged on this scenic and challenging race course.  The 1K swim was held on the calm but warm lake Hartwell and James Haycraft was the first out of the water and never looked back on the way to the overall win but first he and the others would have to face the 11 mile mountain bike course which handed out a healthy dose of climbing and fun single track and finished up with one of the toughest run courses you will find that threw nearly an extra 500 feet of climbing at the racers in only 4 miles.  Jesse Johnson started strong as well and took a comfortable win ifor the overall female title.  Brad Hecker was the winner of the XTERRA wetsuit in the special dog toy toss competition, congrats!  Many thanks to the volunteers, the Perkins County Rescue Squad and especially to Scott Snape and Jamie Cathy for doing so much behind the scenes to make the event weekend a success also thanks to local legend Ian Davidson for the course design.

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Help Bob get to Norway

From Bob McCarty...

August 25, 2014, Lillehammer Norway, Master Worlds!

In 1986 when I started Mountain Biking after racing BMX since the early 80’s I never though my life would take the turns it has to lead me to that date in late August. Well it has!
One year ago Master Worlds was just a joking conversation among my team members, now its reality!
November 1995 I attempted to race a Mountain Bike for the first time and almost hurled after the first few miles, “this sport is horrible” I muttered to myself. Now 19 year later, at 42, I am stronger than ever. With nearly 275 races under my belt and numerous titles I feel I’m up for the challenge of bringing a World MTB Title to Florida.
With your help I promise to train harder and longer, more than I do now, to make this happen.
I am so fortunate to be surrounded by an incredible family, friends, cycling community, and sponsors that with everyone’s help I can attempt to fulfill my dream.
If I have impacted your life in a positive way throughout my cycling career please donate to help impact mine.
My friends at First Place Racing have set up a way to help contribute to my cause, please go to www.firstplaceracing.com and donate.
Every $50 donation and above will receive a commemorative T-shirt, and entry into weekly giveaways.

 

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