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2020 SEER schedule

Updated schedule!

We are very excited to announce that we are having a 8 race series.

2/15 The Grizzly Run
3-5 Mile lap Extreme hare scrambles
Winchester, TN

3/15 The Groundhog
3-7 Mile lap Extreme hare scrambles
Young Harris, GA

4/25 The Spring Chicken
5-7 Mile lap Extreme hare scrambles
Gardendale, AL

NEW DATE! 6/20 The Sasquatch
40-50 Mile lap. Extreme GPS guided event Winchester, TN

8/1-2 Battle of the Goats
5-15 Mile lap. Extreme hare scrambles
Brushy Mountain, NC

9/5 Saddleback Extreme
10-15 Mile lap. Extreme hare scrambles
Bedford, KY

9/19 The Nite Squatch
35 Mile GPS guided loop. Event at night
Winchester, TN

10/17 The Cliffhanger at Hollytree
3-5 Mile lap Extreme hare scrambles. Event at night
Hollytree, AL

10/17-18 Series Ending Awards Party/ after the Cliffhanger, plan to stay up late!

Each of these events we believe will offer something unique and challenging and the combination will be a series that will test the skills, stamina and determination of the most hard core extreme enduro enthusiasts.

We are very happy to be partnering with some established events and some new venues. Details on each event will be posted soon, in the mean time get off the couch and get ready!

Gary and Derek
SEER Board of directors

Recap Ladies Skills Clinic

How do you get female dirt bike enthusiasts to ride hard enduro? Put on a hard enduro skills clinic for women!

Together with SEER Series Racer Ashlie Peterson we spread the word and over 30 eagerly motivated riders showed up!

Experienced SEER hard enduro racers offered quality technique tips and provided a welcoming and safe environment to practice. And in case anybody fell, no worries. We had them covered. They simply got up and tried it again!

Tire Service

Thanks to sponsors Kenda and Shinko, the weekend started Friday evening with a tire changing service.

Many of the participants chose to try out one of the soft nobby tires. With the hand-on assistance of several helpers, the SEER team worked late into the night to take care of all riders. It turned into a relaxed joint tire-changing and socializing session ;o)

Meet’n’Greet

Those who didn’t already happen to be there on Friday showed up Saturday morning to meet the other participants.

Each rider got a HUGE goodie bag filled with stuff from SRT, Wooly’s, MotoVateRacing, KLIM, Task Racing, RevDesigns, 100%, BPD, Enduro Engineering and Fly Racing. A name tag with a letter made it easier to recognize each other’s name and their designated group.

Warm-Up Field Drills

After a short intro group session all riders started with field drills. Each small group made of 7-8 females practiced various basic drills like figure-8, lifting the front wheel, riding over small obstacles and proper body position.

The SEER instructors made sure everybody got their heart rate up and ready to take on the more advanced sections in the woods.

Station Rotation

The previous day the team laid out four different hard enduro sections – an easy and hard creek bed, an uphill loop, and a downhill loop.

Each group got multiple attempts to practice each segment, before rotating to the next one. Getting a variety of input based on their current skills got them various ideas how to manage the trail obstacles in the woods.

All instructors were advanced and accomplished hard enduro racers themselves. Two were SEER’s race directors Gary Barr and Derek Bratcher.

Some drills were pretty doable for everyone, some were more demanding. All partakers worked on pushing themselves to their limits and maybe try something what they have never done before.

Since the morning training was not split by skill level the attendants got the chance to learn from more advanced riders and help each other with tips.

Proper Nutrition & Fitness Off-The-Bike

During the lunch break SEER team member and coach Lisi Bratcher talked how to fuel hard enduro training sessions. Choosing quality carbs, lean protein and proper hydration can help all riders to delay fatigue.

She also addressed fitness training off-the-bike. Implementing short weight- and cardio training sessions into your daily routine is an effective way to make you are stronger rider!

Trail Riding

In the afternoon the riders were split into groups based on riding experience. This ensured they tackled trails which were challenging, but still doable to them.

All SEER instructors were super impressed by the overall riding skills. Most riders felt really comfortable on their bikes and were eager to improve their skills.

Would YOU Benefit From A Skills Clinic?

Working on your technique is something no rider ever does often enough. You might have learned some riding technique before, but those tips are not not always specific for hard enduro riding.

A safe environment might provide the opportunity to practice obstacles you might not have tried on your own. You might realize that you have the ability to ride over a large log in an uphill section or manage a slick downhill turn without crashing.

This was the best day!!

All the girls I talked with were saying how sweet and encouraging the SEER trainers were. All the guys I talked to were blown away by the progress the ladies made throughout the day! Love it!

SEER Racer Ashlie Peterson

Besides improving your technique – networking and having fun with a large group of like-minded female riders is hard to beat!

So in case you missed this one, join us next year! We will be back!

Written by Lisi Bratcher

Photo Courtesy of Hunter Williams and Kristina Zmuda

Video Chat Episode 3

10/20/2020. Catch up with us when host and SEER social media boss Hunter Williams lays out the details for the upcoming Ladies Skills Clinic on Saturday 10/24/2020.

Our drop-in guest is SEER team member Lisi Bratcher who sees networking with other female riders a big chance to grow the sport.

Hunter and Lisi are going to talk you through the program of the training day. The day will be packed with plenty of opportunities to learn, watch, push yourself to your limits and enjoy the company of other like-minded riders.

It will also be mentioned that we have tons of sponsors who contributed to make this event a success! All participants will receive t-shirts, full goodie bags, a tire service and can join us at our raffle at the end of the day. A big shout out thank you to our partners!

Lisi points out that you will be able to meet the entire SEER team. Instead of a typical Saturday spent cutting trails, all of us hard enduro fans will be at Hollytree Offroad to instruct the 31 motivated participants!

Don’t miss it!

SEER Video Chat Episode 3

Video Chat Episode 2

Join us as we recap out last event “The Nightmare Extreme on Hale Mountain!”

This was SEER Racing’s night time Extreme Hare Scramble on October 10th, 2020. Not only was it held in the dark, but a by-passing hurrican dumped tons of rain on the race course.

We hear from the man Gary Barr himself (SEER’s race director) as well as our special guest Nick Fahringer (Sherco Pro Rider).

Nick was able to take the overall win at the Nightmare race and secure the 2020 SEER overall Championship. Enjoy!

EPISODE 2 – The Nightmare

The Nightmare Recap

For most riders it is a challenge to ride a hard enduro at night in dry conditions. But a by-passing hurricane led to a very gloomy and wet weekend at Hale Mountain in Alabama.

Nightmare at Hale Mountain was one for the books! The hurricane rain was no joke!!‘ – Hannah Williams, SEER

A summary of the race course would be ‘steep, rocky, super slick and dark‘.

The grim weather forecast for Alabama kept many racers away. Who would blame them. But those brave 35 racers who showed up got an ultimately hard extreme enduro delivered! They collected memorable dirt bike moments in the dark :o)

During the rainy day leading up to the race, the SEER team put a lot of effort into re-routing and adjusting the course to the upcoming hard rain.

At 6 pm the race was kicked-off with a Le Mans start. The rain slowed down at the beginning of the race, but came back in full force in the second hour.

Video Recap

SRT SEER series overall leaders Nick Fahringer and Quinn Wentzel delivered a spectacular battle! 

Watch them on the video racing through the night – put together by SEER’ social media manager Hunter Williams.

Results

After 2:45 hours the white flag came out – Nick Fahringer secured his overall series win of 2020 with a finish at the top of the podium! Congrats Nick!

The results of the Gold class duplicate the current SRT SEER series standing: Nick Fahringer 1st, Quinn Wentzel 2nd and Chuck DeLullo 3rd.

In the Silver class, Gavin Smith finished 1st, followed by Brad Caraway 2nd and Will Byrd 3rd.

The Bronze class winners were Chris Evans in 1st, James Disney in 2nd and Joe Anderson in 3rd.

Great job everybody, what a performance!

All racers did a fabulous job navigating through the rain in the dark – nobody got lost and no major injuries happened!

Final Race at TTC

The SRT SEER series will finish the season at the race location of the famous Tennessee Knock-Out race at the Trails Training Center.

Sign up for the Cliffhanger at TTC on November 14th is open:

Thank you!

We would like to thank those who helped us to make this race happen: Our precious volunteers, who worked the event bravely – despite being soaked for hours!

Not only did their hands-on work keep the riders going, they also made sure nobody stayed behind in the black woods!!

See you at the TTC!

Written by Lisi Bratcher

Photo courtesy of Hunter Williams and Photoman386.

SEER Launches Hard Enduro Video Chat Series

Join us for our little offroad-party on your couch!

We are super excited to release our new series of chats broadcasting extreme hard enduro racing-related topics.

The informal chat sessions are meant to motivate, inform and entertain hard enduro riders of various levels.

Drop-In Drop-Out Video Chats

SEER’s Social Media Manager Hunter Williams is the new host of our new series. He will be moderating informative episodes covering details of our SEER events.

In each session he will have guests joining him. No formal interviews, but casual conversations.

What the episodes are for:

  • Get tips and tricks
  • Know how to be prepared
  • Sneak a preview of races
  • Hear about challenging race sections
  • Familiarize with the race format
  • Intro to SEER riders
  • Meet the SEER team

Besides delivering tons of useful tips, he will also chat with SEER racers. How do they get ready for race day? Which is their favorite course? How did they get introduced to hard enduro racing?

Episode 1 – Race Preview ‘The Nightmare on Hale Mountain Extreme’ features SEER team member Timo Stark and his take on some of the hard-core sections. Don’t miss it!

Timo riding in Colorado

Stay tuned – the inaugural episode launched on Thursday, October 2nd, and we will continue with episode 2 soon!

Find all video chats listed HERE

Simple but Reliable Helmet Lights

In case you are still on the fence if you should tackle our upcoming night race – we promise you do not need to invest in expensive helmet lights!

We asked SEER’s race director Derek Bratcher what he has to say about his helmet light set-up:

Here’s my cheap helmet light setup. I’ve ran this for the last five years or so with out issues.

Would More Lights Be Better and Brighter?

I’ve tried different combos up to four leds in one housing and went back to the single style led. Light output wasn’t much better but battery life went down considerably.

How Long Will The Battery Last?

I get 2-3 hours with a new battery.

How Do You Mount The Lamp?

The mount is a combination of go pro stick on mount and the head lamp mount modded to fit the go pro mount. I used tin snips to cut the light mount out and a cut off wheel to put a couple groves on the side and one underneath for the cable and rubber band.

How Much Does It Cost?

The total cost is under 30 bucks and around $40.00 with an extra battery.

Where Do I Get It?

If you order online be sure it’s shipping from the US and not China AMAZON

Don’t miss SEER’s round number 6 – the Nightmare on Hale Mountain on October 10, 2020. Registration is still open. See you there!

SEER Ladies Skills Clinic

Want to train with like-minded females and improve your enduro riding technique? Come to SEER’s 1st Women’s Only 1-day Training on October 24th at Hollytree Offroad in Alabama!

You do not have to be an extreme hard enduro rider to attend. But you might be surprised how much you like it and get inspired to become one :o)

Registration

As of right now we have 31 motivated female riders out of 8 (!) states registered. Join us and be number #32!

Costs: $20 registration fee – includes day pass, lunch, tire service, goodie bag and t-shirt. This deal is hard to beat!

SEER invites female enduro riders of all levels to join them for a fun day out in the woods, filled with lots of skills training and educational content.

Schedule

Various topics will be covered – specifically addressing Females:

  • Body position going over obstacles
  • Balance training on rocky course
  • Bike set-up for hard enduros
  • Traction on up- and downhills
  • Picking up your bike
  • Off-bike-fitness training
  • Sports Nutrition for enduro riding & racing

SEER will provide experienced instructors who help you to become a better, more confident, and safer rider. Learn how to improve your off-bike fitness and fine-tune your nutrition, so you’ll have the energy to ride longer.

Sponsors

Sponsored Tire Service: Shinko and Kenda are offering various offroad tires to try out! Our team members will assist you Friday evening/ Saturday morning to put them on.

Come and enjoy the company of other female offroad fans! 

Light Up Your Ride!

Our next round is a night race – the Nightmare on Hale Mountain Extreme on October 10th. EVENT INFO

SEER’s trail boss Derek Bratcher recommends to use bright headlights AND powerful helmet lights to finish strong. It might also be a good idea to carry an extra headlamp. A back-up light is a good idea for any night ride.

Check out SEER’s race director Gary Barr pointers on what light set ups he has used over the years. No excuses he says!!

Test Your Equipment

To make sure everything is working properly, better start early and test your set up. You don’t have to ride at night to figure out if everything is staying in place and not falling off. Any riding time with your head- and helmet lights should point out which mount(s) might need a fix.

Dial In Your Set-Up

Once the lights are secured, they need to have the proper adjustment. This has to be done in the dark. Shoot for a distance of 10-15 feet out. Simply ride around in your backyard or driveway to make sure the lights are pointing where you want to go.

Most lights are set-up for faster riding. Since the overall riding pace will be slow, there is no point of shining that far ahead.

Stay tuned, we will post more detailled light-related videos in the next days!

Written by SEER team member Lisi Bratcher

Saddleback Recap

SEER’s fifth race of the season took place on Labor Day weekend in Bedford, Kentucky. More than 120 hard-core participants showed up to give the ultimately cool and epic trails a try!

RACE RESULTS 2020

Lots of rain a few days before the event made the course pretty slick, especially in the first go-around. Each rider had 5 hours to complete a lap. This turned out to be an ambitious task for many participants.

Various demanding uphills, rocky creek beds and technical transit trails made it hard to return to the scoring tent within the time limit.

Check out SEER’s race director Gary Barr conquering one of his favorite sections.

Most riders were not disappointed that they were cut off at 5 hrs and could not go out for another lap. They were already spent at that time…

Current SEER’s points lead Nick Fahringer showed his skills by landing another spot at the top of the podium! Number 2 in SEER’s overall ranking is Quinn Wentzel, who finished 3rd overall at the SBX. Both finished three laps. A huge accomplishment since only one other rider was able to pull this off… Completing the SEER overall podium was Drew Dobbs, who finished 5th OA at the event. Nice job SEER series riders!

Thanks to Chris Collier and his SBX team for a great race! It would not be possible without the help of all the motivated volunteers dedicating their time and efforts!

Thank you and see you at our next round, the Nightmare on Hale Mountain Extreme on October 10th in Alabama. Registration is open!

Photo courtesy of Jess Hamner and Patsy Davis

Written by SEER team member Lisi Bratcher

SEER’s Fall Races

Great coverage of our September race happening this weekend – 9/5/2020 – the Saddleback Extreme in Bedford, Kentucky!

Pretty cool, AHE American Hard Enduro did a podcast featuring Drew Kirby and Chris Collier previewing the 2020 Saddleback Xtreme.

If you missed the episode last Friday, check it out here AHE podcast

You can still register for the race – Registration Saddleback Xtreme

AND, we are super happy to announce two new races for Fall!

There are 2 epic race venues waiting for you. Mark your calendar for the following:

10/10/2020 The Nightmare at Hale Mountain OHV park in Alabama – have fun at our extreme hare scramble at night!

11/14/2020 The Cliffhanger – this race is SRT/ SEER’s final race including the awards party. Guess what – the race venue is the famous Trials Training Center (!!) in Tennessee! Come and celebrate the end of the season with us.

Here is a preview from SEER’s race director Gary Barr on YOUTUBE

Help us burn in the new trails!

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