“Bump and Grind” XC Race at Jackson, GA

Mark Perri (50) left, Mark Gilliam (51) middle, and yours truly (58) right.

This week’s race was the 2013 US Cup East / South Eastern Regional Championship series (SERC) race #6, the  American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC) race #6, and the  Georgia State Championship series race #4.  The intersection of these three races, coupled with double USA Cycling ranking points made for a very well attended event with many top competitors bringing their “A-game”. I dubbed this race the “bump and grind” because the course was probably the bumpiest course I’ve ever ridden.  There were lots of roots and rocks sufficient to kill any momentum you developed and forcing you to grind along the trail under power most of the time.  In other words, there was not a lot of opportunity to rest. Just how bumpy was it?  Riding this course...

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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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“Stump Jump” XC Race

2013 Cat 1 Podium

The fourth race in the Southern Classic Series was held this weekend at Spartanburg, South Carolina. It was the second of three races that comprise the South Carolina State Championship: Sumter (race 1), Spartanburg (race 4), and Columbia (race 5 next week).  A good finish at Stump Jump would mean I have a good shot at the SC State Title, having already placed 4th at Sumter prior to being mandatory upgraded to Cat 1. Last year as a new Cat 3 rider I had won the race and I really liked the course.  There was nothing overly technical and there was plenty of climbing, which favors my small size and relative power.  As a fairly new rider I tend to lack the technical ability of some of the more experienced riders, but fortunately, I’ve always been able to...

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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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