The 53 year-old Branch completed the 14 mile course in 1:11.40.
The top overall female rider in the rally was 27-year-old Josie Miller of Jonesborough, who clocked a 1:32.37.
Steven Jones, 26, of Johnson City logged an impressive 1:12.16 to take the Male 1-29 age group trophy. Jessee Hayes, 34, of Asheville won the Male 30-39 age group, logging a 1:16.16.
Mark Harless, 48, of Abingdon, took the Male 40-49 trophy with 1:13.56 while Dave Jones, 53, of Kingsport took the Male 50-99 trophy with 1:22.53.