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SRS Concludes with Championship Cycling Weekend in Greenville

Five-State Southeast Regional Series Concludes with Championship Cycling Weekend in Greenville, S.C. September 13-14.

Partnership Added with Meals on Wheels for Upstate Bicycle Races.

Hundreds of amateur and elite cyclists are targeting the Upstate of South Carolina from September 13-14 for the culmination of a five-month, five-state racing competition, the 2014 Southeast Regional Series presented by Stan’s NoTubes (SRS). For a second year, Greenville will host the championships for SRS, with a downtown criterium on Saturday, September 13, and a road race on Sunday, September 14.

The Downtown Greenville Criterium Championship on Saturday will be held in the popular West End Historic District. A one-kilometer course will begin and end at Main and River streets, incorporating Wardlaw St, Rhett St. and Camperdown Way for the racing circuit. Crowds will be close to local restaurants and shops, as well as the scenic Falls Park on the Reedy River. The Criterium features 11 categorized races, from two junior events to nine races for Masters and professional men and women riders. Racing begins at 8 a.m. and is expected to finish at 4:45 p.m.

On Sunday the Greenville Road Race Championship will utilize a beautiful 10-mile section of rolling roads near the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Parkway between Travelers Rest and Tigerville. The King of the Mountain (for men) and Queen of the Mountain (for women) climb for awarded points will be on Trammel Road, a commonly known attack zone to local Greenville racers and riders alike. This offers a stair-step section of climbing that will make for some selective racing. The Road Race will begin at 8 a.m. with the longest event of the day, a 74-mile Men’s Pro 1 /2 contest. The final race is expected to conclude at approximately 3:30 p.m., followed by awards at Tigerville Elementary School with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a scenic back drop.

Southeast Racing Series presented by Stan’s NoTubes is the only road racing series for amateur and elite cycling teams which offers points and prize money spanning multiple states in one region. SRS has completed eight of 10 days of racing since it began in May in Albany, Georgia. Each host city held two days of racing for men, women and juniors. Several of the venues this summer had as many as 325 registered riders each day, and this number is expected to double for the championship events in Greenville.

“It is great to see amateur teams racing together from so many Southern states. SRS is unique in that the series gets a great mix of riders, men and women, from all levels. We not only pride ourselves in delivering great venues for the competitors, but also provide memorable experiences for the racers, their families and friends, and spectators,” said Cullinane, who also owns Start Smart Cycling which is based in Greenville.

New for the 2014 SRS Championships is the partnership with Meals on Wheels. This Greenville-based non-profit, which began in 1968, will recruit volunteers needed to host two days of road races and collaborate on event publicity. Meals on Wheels has embraced other cycling events to promote wellness in the Greenville community, including holding its own charity cycling ride, Wheels for Meals, each spring. This event has become one of the agency’s three signature events, raising enough money to deliver 30,000 meals this past April.

“Meals on Wheels is proud to partner with the Southeast Regional Series this year. We have a great relationship with Greenville’s cycling community and the many organizations that support cycling. Thanks to a great group of dedicated cyclists, the Wheels for Meals Charity Ride each April has become one of our signature, annual events,” said Lorain Crowl, Director of Development for Meals on Wheels of Greenville. “For 46 years, we have been delivering a hot meal and a personal visit to homebound individuals across our community who simply cannot prepare meals for themselves. We certainly could not carry out our mission without the support of the hundreds of individuals and businesses who help us deliver 1,500 meals every day during the week. We also depend on special events like the Southeast Regional Series championship to create visibility for our mission and generate support.”

Two Upstate cyclists are in contention for points competitions in the SRS Championships. Ben Renkema of Greenville, S.C., who rides for Stan’s NoTubes powered by Proferrin, is the points leader in the Men’s Pro 1/ 2 category for the Hicanpie Overall Leader. Susan Jones-Morgan of Simpsonville, S.C., riding for Team Zoom, is in second place as the women’s Pro 1/2/3 Hincapie Overall Leader.

Schedule of Events:
Saturday, Aug. 13 – Downtown Greenville Criterium Championship

Race Distance/Time Start Entry Prizes
Juniors (10-14) 20 minutes 8:00 AM $20 Medals (top 3)
Juniors (15-18) 30 minutes 8:25 AM $20 Medals (top 3)
Women’s Cat 4 30 minutes 9:00 AM $35 Merchandise (top 3)
Men’s Cat 5 35 minutes 9:35 AM $35 Merchandise (top 3)
Master’s 50+ Open 40 minutes 10:15 AM $35 $300 (5)
Men’s Cat 4 40 minutes 11:00 AM $35 Merchandise (3)
Master’s 35+ (1-3) 50 minutes 11:45 AM $35 $600 (5)
Master’s 35+ (4-5) 40 minutes 12:40 PM $35 $100 (3)
Men’s Cat 3 50 minutes 1:25 PM $35 $500 (8)
Women’s Pro 1/2/3 50 minutes 2:20 PM $35 $500 (10)
Men’s Pro 1/2 75 minutes 3:30 PM $40 $1999 (20)

Sunday, Aug. 14 – Greenville Road Race Championship, (10-mile loop)
Race Distance Start Entry Prizes
Sun: Men’s Pro 1/2 74 miles 8:00 AM $40 $1999 (20)
Sun: Master’s 35+ (1-3) 54 miles 8:05 AM $35 $600 (8)
Sun: Men’s Cat 3 54 miles 8:10 AM $35 $500 (8)
Sun: Women’s Pro 1/2/3 44 miles 11:30 AM $35 $500 (10)
Sun: Men’s Cat 4 34 miles 11:35 AM $35 Merchandise (top 3)
Sun: Master’s 50+ Open 44 miles 11:40 AM $35 $300 (5)
Sun: Master’s 35+ (4-5) 34 miles 1:30 PM $35 $100 (3)
Sun: Men’s Cat 5 34 miles 1:35 PM $35 Merchandise (top 3)
Sun: Women’s Cat 4 34 miles 1:40 PM $35 Merchandise (top 3)

Admission is free for spectators for all races. The Southeast Regional Series presented by Stan’s NoTubes offers over $50,000 in cash and prizes this summer, across five weekends of racing in five states. SRS is managed by Start Smart Cycling and offers points and prizes at each weekend series. Once the points competitions conclude in Greenville, the top men and women in each category will be presented with overall award jerseys, based on points earned at all five races: SRS Overall Champion’s jersey, the green- and- white-striped PEZ Cycling News Sprinter’s Jersey, and the Stan’s NoTubes King of the Mountain/Queen of the Mountain jersey. Each overall points leader will also receive a custom Schmitt Jewelers watch, valued at $750. Additional support for the Series is provided by Earth Fare, Hincapie Sportswear and Mountain Khakis®. A list of the current leaders is provided below.

Individuals and teams are encouraged to register early before fields close at midnight on Friday, September 12. Registration information, the complete SRS schedule and event updates are available online at www.srs-racing.com/. Follow the event on Facebook (SoutheastRegionalSeries) and Twitter (SRSChampions).

OVERALL POINTS LEADERS FOR SRS – note: S.C. athletes noted in bold type
Southeast Regional Series – Hincapie Overall Points Leaders
Men Pro 1/ 2 – Ben Renkema of Stan’s NoTubes powered by Proferrin (Greenville, S.C.)
Men Cat 3 – Franklin Deese of Cyclus Sports
Men Cat 4 – Nathan Hatfield of PCP Racing
Masters Men 35+ – Chris Emory of Crosstown Velo
Masters Men 35+ 4/5 – Kelly Edwards of Outspokin’ Augusta (N. Augusta, S.C.)
Masters Men 50+ – Greg Morgan of Freewheelers of Spartanburg (Simpsonville, S.C.)
Men Cat 5 – Jake Beck of Mojo Cycles Racing
Women Pro 1/2/3 – Amy Floyd of ST3 Cycling
Women Cat 4 – Amanda Calvird (unattached)

Southeast Regional Series – PEZ Cycling News Sprint Leaders
Men Pro 1/ 2 – Benjamin Renkema of Stan’s NoTubes p/b Proferrin (Greenville, S.C.)
Men Cat 3 – Franklin Deese of Cyclus Sports
Masters Men 35+ – Chris Emory of Crosstown Velo
Masters Men 35+ 4/5 – Jim Palmer of Outspokin’ Augusta (N. Augusta, S.C.)
Masters Men 50+ – Darrell Farlow of NGCA – Team Mission Source
Men Cat 5 – Jake Beck of Mojo Cycles Racing
Women Pro 1/2/3 – Amy Floyd of ST3 Cycling
Women Cat 4 – Amanda Calvird (unattached)

Southeast Regional Series – Stan’s NoTubes King/Queen of the Mountain Leaders
Men Pro 1/ 2 – Daniel Zmolik of Stan’s NoTubes p/b Proferrin
Men Cat 3 – Forrest Howard of High Country Development
Men Cat 4 – Nathan Hatfield of PCP Racing
Masters Men 35+ – Chris Emory of Crosstown Velo
Masters Men 35+ 4/5 – Kelly Edwards of Outspokin’ Augusta (N. Augusta, S.C.)
Masters Men 50+ – Greg Morgan of Freewheelers of Spartanburg (Simpsonville, S.C.)
Men Cat 5 – Wilson Snell (unattached)
Women Pro 1/2/3 – Amy Floyd of ST3 Cycling
Women Cat 4 – Trevy Ramos of Tri-Cities Road Club

About Start Smart Cycling
Start Smart Cycling, LLC (SSC) is a professional event management and consultation company for the cycling industry. SSC provides planning expertise and on-site event implementation for cycling competitions and related activities across the U.S. In 2010 SSC was founded by President Marilyn Cullinane, who has over 14 years of experience in the cycling industry. Her company has been involved for four years with successful Florida-based events such as the Miami Dolphins Cycling Challenge (ridedcc.com) and The Orange Blossom Special. Cullinane founded the Southeast Regional Series in 2013, the first-ever regional road cycling championship series in the U.S., sanctioned by USA Cycling.

About Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels enhances the quality of life of homebound individuals by providing nutritious meals, personal contact and related services. Each day, caring volunteers serve nearly 1,500 hot, nutritious meals to homebound individuals throughout Greenville County. Started in 1968, Meals on Wheels has delivered more than 10 million meals in its 45 years. But it’s more than a meal….volunteers provide the human touch that means so much. For more information call 864.233.6565 or go to www.MealsonWheelsGreenville.org.

Web Site – https://srs-racing.com/register/
Twitter – @SRSChampions
Facebook – southeast-regional-series

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