VeloSports Racing’s Dave Nolletti, along with Joel Kostelac, comprised Team Seifert as a Duo Team. Stephen Kincaid and Gunnar Bergey also represented Team Seifert in the Enduro and U25 competitions respectively. Team Seifert joined together to raise scholarship money for Benjamin Seifert, son of Captain Chris Seifert’s, United States Army, ’97; through the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation. Nolletti was one of Chris and Joel’s mentors in the Army, and a veteran infantryman from the 101st Airborne Division. Team Seifert will be competing in honor of Chris, and others lost, and raising money for Benjamin’s scholarship fund. The Trans-Sylvania Epic organization was incredibly supportive as were several other outstanding riders, generous enough to join the team and help them through the week.
To read more about Captain Chris Seifert, the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation, and to make a donation, of any size, please click on the links below.
Benjamin Seifert Scholarship Fund
Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation
About Captain Chris Seifert
Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic, Stage #1: Individual Time Trial from the Transylvania Mountain Bike Epic. Little over 14 miles and ~1,650 feet of gain over a mix of every conceivable type of terrain- tight rocky singletrack, gravel road, paved road, flowy single track, newly cut trails, and some technical descents. Good fun!
Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic, Stage #2: We are riding this race to honor the memory of our friend and brother-in-arms Captain Chris Seifert. Today’s stage was tough- long, very technical, with lots of climbing. Food kept the body going, but thinking about Chris and others like him kept my spirit strong. Remember our lost veterans. Keep them in your thoughts and hearts. Honor their memory with words and deeds. Rest in peace Chris- we’ve got the watch.
Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic, Stage #3: Rode stage three of the Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic today… Starting to feel my age and the cumulative affect of racing three days in a row. Four more days of racing! What a great experience!
Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic, Stage #4: Today’s stage was an Enduro Stage at a local ski area so the only portions that were timed were 5 mostly down hill segments characterized by steep, rocky, technical descents. For those familiar with Pisgah think Farlow Gap only narrower. Went down very hard on #3 and busted myself up a little bit, but was able to finish the stage. Stage #5 tomorrow is a tough one- 5,000 feet on climbing in 26 miles with a lot of rocky single track. Time to rest up and ice-up and prepare for tomorrow.
[Joel]: David Nolletti, Gunnar Bergey and I made it through Stage 4 of Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic – the Enduro Stage, a series of 5 rocky, rooty, cruddy, steep, slow, painful and fun? descents interspersed with 3-4K of climbing. A few bumps and bruises but we will ride again! Gunnar and Dave are keeping Team Seifert solidly in the hunt! Way to go guys!
Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic, Stage #5: Stage 5 of the Transylvania Mountain Bike Epic complete! Tough course with lots of climbing and tight singletrack plus 87 degree weather. Queen Stage tomorrow- 40 miles. Then one more and it’s done. Looking forward to seeing my family and sitting on my butt for a few days!
Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic, Stage #6: Stage 6 of the Trans-Sylvania MTB Epic lived up to its billing… 45 miles in 90 degree heat with a good mix of singletrack and gravel including one truly epic ridge line single track trail that went of for ever and ever… 4:40 minutes later I was done. One more stage tomorrow!
Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic, Stage #7: Stage #7 of the Trans-Sylvania MTB Epic is in the books and the race is done! Almost 22 hours of racing over 7 days and my legs are cooked. Given the calibre of the athletes ahead of me I am pretty pleased with 11th overall in today’s enduro competition in the Trans-Sylvania MTB Epic! It was a lot of fun and we raised a lot of money for Benjamin Seifert’s college fund. Thank you to all who contributed whether it was with money or moral support. Please remember that there are thousands of families like the Seifert’s who lost a parent/spouse in the Global War on Terror… Please support them, they gave everything for us and our way of life. Now off to Tyler Place for a week with family and friends!