Thursday, April 2, 2009

FW: SERC #1 - Gainesville, FL

Smoky Mountain Bicycles is proud to announce the sponsorship of Charlie Ledford for the 2008 South Eastern Regional Championship Series (SERC) which is put on by Gone Riding (Terri & Dave Berger).  The first race of the series was in Gainesville, FL on Sunday, March 8th at Haile's Trails.  Charlie was ready to start his first year of mountain bike racing.  His motivation and desire to race is easily seen by his dedication to training with the help of John Hood. 
It was very warm day and the trail was in great shape.  During test ride on Saturday, Charlie's bike was acting up and not working properly.  At the last minute, Charlie and Dave decided to let him race on Dave's Fisher X-Caliber 29er... a bike Charlie never rode before.  Charlie was 3rd coming around the first corner, by the end of the 1st mile, Charlie was in the lead.  He continued to lead for 3 laps passing riders in the expert class.  Charlie finished 1st by 4 1/2 minutes. 

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