“SERC #10” Season Finale at Fontana Dam, NC

Jim Frith - 1st, Tom Willis - 2nd, Mark Gilliam - 3rd, and Troy Zimmerman - 4th.

Fontana Village Resort in Fontana, NC hosted the final race of the US Cup East / South East Regional Cup (SERC) series.  Besides being race #10 of the SERC series, it was also the American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC) race #10 and the Southern Classic series race #12. As if the convergence of three series was not enough, it was a “mandatory” race for the SERC series.  In other words, if you wanted to compete for ranking in the series, you had to race at Fontana.  Needless to say, that brought out a big crowd.  For many of the classes, mine included, the leaders were within a point or two of each other, so everyone brought their “A-game”. A little interesting background on the venue — Fontana Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Little...

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“The Flood” XC Race at Ducktown, TN

The new "makeshift" start line was at the end of this bridge.

The fourth race in the US Cup East also known as the South East Regional Classic (SERC) Series was held this weekend at Ocoee Whitewater Center near Ducktown, Tennessee.  Having never heard of Ducktown, I didn’t know what to expect.  All I knew was it was a tiny town right across the Tennessee state line. As it turned out, this was possibly the most scenic venue I have ever raced.  The Ocoee Whitewater Center was built specifically for the 1996 Summer Olympics and was the site for the whitewater slalom competition.  The natural Ocoee riverbed was narrowed and many of the large rocks were cemented into place to make the course.  It is clear that no expense was spared. Picture Jurassic Park in the Appalachian mountains, minus the dinosaurs.  Pristine....

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Tsali “Knobscorcher” XC Race

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The US Cup East, South East Regional Cup (or SERC) Series intersected with the Southern Classic Series and the American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC) Series for what was to be a huge mountain bike race — huge in both attendance and in terms of being physically challenging. The Tsali trail system is located near Bryson City, in western North Carolina and is named for a Cherokee man who hid in this area in 1838. When the government ordered the Cherokees to move to Oklahoma (think “Trail of Tears”), Tsali and others escaped to these mountains. Later, Tsali voluntarily surrendered after receiving a promise to allow the others to remain in the area. As a result, he, his brother, and two older sons were shot and killed. Today the eastern band of...

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2013 – 2014 Race Calendar

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The following is my racing schedule for the 2103 and 2104 cross country mountain bike and cyclocross seasons:   Date Location Series / Event 1/5/2013 Raleigh, NC NCCX Series #15 1/5/2013 Raleigh, NC NCCX Series #15 1/6/2013 Fayetteville, NC NCCX Series #15 1/6/2013 Fayetteville, NC NCCX Series #15 1/20/2013 Greensboro, NC NCCX Series #15 1/20/2013 Greensboro, NC NCCX Series #15 1/27/2013 Sanford JMM Charlie Storm’s January Mountain Bike Marathon 2/2/2013 Greensboro, NC Winter Short Track Series #1 2/2/2013 Greensboro, NC Winter Short Track Series #1 2/9/2013 Greensboro, NC Winter Short Track Series #2 2/9/2013 Greensboro, NC Winter Short Track Series #2 2/16/2013 Okala, FL 6-Hours of Santos 3/31/2013 OFF WEEK 3/3/2013 Sumpter,...

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