Racing the Tony Serrano Charity Bike Century – April 11, 2015 TriCoachGeorgia

Last weekend, the team had a very active weekend. Several of the athletes rode in the Tony Serrano charity bike century in Northeast Georgia. This temperature was chilly to start but soon warmed up. This course is described as gently rolling, scenic back roads of Walton, Morgan and Oconee counties for routes of 10, 37, 62 and 100 miles. The “Best Rest Stops Ever” are included in this ride and provided by the Rest Stop Queen, Joyce Jones.

Tri Coach Georgia 2015 Early Bird Triathlon Video

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Several athletes, including Speedy Gonzalez in from Virginia for the weekend, did the full century. We had athletes in from Atlanta and Athens as well.

Sadly there was a pile up in the front group and Coach Slayer went down in a ditch after an armadillo scurried out from the side of the road. This led to his fractured pelvis and ribs, as well as a concussion. The outpouring of support from our team and others in the triathlon, cycling, and running communities has been amazing and we are all glad that his prognosis is optimistic after a period of convalescence.

Saturday night was brilliant time to get together. The team had a night out at Buffalo’s in Athens and had plenty of good food and drink, but, more importantly, laughs. Early to bed then early to rise.

Sunday morning, the team further descended upon Coach BigBad and Slayer’s hometown of Athens Ga for the Early Bird Sprint Triathlon at the University of Georgia (UGA), This is one of the Georgia Triathlon series from Go Race productions who we are closely affiliated with. Crisp MacDonald is the race director and he welcomes us all, youth and adult members.

The youth team provided some on course excitement with relays, mixed relays and several of the older group racing the full sprint triathlon. Results were uniformly strong and they worked out some early season bugs and cleaned up the younger podiums for the race.

Likewise, the adults from the team, who had come in from Augusta, Virginia, Atlanta, and Watkinsville, showed up very well as the video from Viper indicates. Judas Priest volunteered and the youth parents were all over the course along with a visit from the recovering Coach Slayer. Coach BigBad was on course as well. All told, it was a great reminder of how strong the team has become, how well trained they are, even during the early part of the season, and how good sportsman the team is from the youngest athletes to our most senior!

Now we move onto another huge weekend of racing in the Southeast and Northeast. #DoYourJob #ReapWhatYouSow