New venue, new classes & new date for the Bootlegger Extreme!
After having to postpone the race due to severe weather conditions in the area, the 2021 SEER series presented by Pandora’s continued with the Bootlegger Extreme on the Easter weekend (4/3/2021) in Sequatchie, Tennessee.
Official Highlights Video
What Was The Course Format?
The new course at the Cove Farms offered 3.5 hrs race time with multiple checks: 3 splits where Gold/ Silver stayed on the main course and Bronze/ Iron continued with scaled down sections.
NEW classes: With an increasing number of participants in each class, especially in Silver and Bronze, SEER decided after round #1 to split them up. Riders were divided by age: Silver (Bronze) 16-34y/ Silver (Bronze) 35+. This round, the younger age groups started first, next round it will be the other way round, 35+ goes first.
How Was The Weather?
After severe conditions in the weeks leading up to the race, the elements showed themselves from their best side on the Easter weekend: sunny, chilly in the morning, but warm during the race. We couldn’t have asked for a better weather for racers, spectators and volunteers alike!
Was The Course Spectator Friendly?
NEW venue: Cove Farms in Tennessee is located right next to the famous Trials Training Center, host of Tennessee’s Knock-Out race. A huge rock within the start area made for an interesting spot to watch. Not only spectating kids loved it, watching racers jump over it and cheering for them 🙂 One of the Gold/ Silver vs. Bronze/ Iron splits was within a few minutes walking distance and gave a chance to watch racers making their way up the rocks.
What Did The Course Look Like?
The track was about perfect: mostly dry but not dusty – just right for lots of steep drops, rocky ravines and various obstacles along the course. Challenging, but not impossible. Many racers were able to do multiple laps due to the great conditions.
Who Came To Race?
Another enormous turn-out at our 2nd hard enduro of the year: With 185 starters we tied our record from the 2021 Covid Crusher. It continues to be a well-traveled group, riders from 20+ states were finding their way to Tennessee.
Who Were The Winners?
Overall winners: Once again, 19 year old Ryder LeBlond showed his talent, skills and fitness, followed by 11x National Trials Champ Pat Smage and another young shooting star, Jordan Ashburn. Defending champ Nick Fahringer was hot on their heels but got a hole in his gas tank and ended in 4th.
The images are photo courtesy of Patsy Davis. Check out her race pictures on Smugmug
Thank You and See You At Round #3
The next round is our premiere race at night, SEER’s Nightmare Extreme on Hale Mountain in Alabama on May 15, 2021. Get your lights out and let’s have some fun in the dark!
Written by SEER team member Lisi Bratcher – Contact Us with questions and comments!