2016 Specialized Florida State Championship series #1 - 9-17/18-16 - Tom Brown Park - Tallahassee, Fl
The weather still feels like summer although it is officially fall but at least it felt like a "good" summer day with the humidity a little down and the sun shinning on the FSC racers. The 6.7 mile challenging race course was in great shape thanks to the Swamp Club volunteers and a timely rain on Saturday evening that really tightened up the course. There was a new section added this year called "spitfire" and it seemed to be a hit with the racers and had the feel of a amusement park ride as it dipped and rolled through the woods surrounding "North Creek".
On race day the Shimano youth racers took to the trails first with some exciting race action and then at 9:30 the yellow wave hit the first turn and the Protano Law $50 holeshot went to Shawn Smith this week as the riders quickly filed into a fast pace line for the rest of the four lap race. It was one year ago that Bob McCarty was suffered a hard fall on this trail and was hospitalized for multiple injuries while racing for the lead and on this day Bob returned with true determination and won a hard fought battle with his competitors and the course to take the Elite class win. In the women's top class it was Maddison McDaniel taking her second in a row win on what she considers her home course. In the team championship it was Team Bent's Galactus with a perfect score which will protect their lead going into round three in Newberry.
Many thanks to all of the sponsors and especially to AJ's Bikes and Boards for their hugh support of the race and for their support of so many racers, there were lot's of AJ's jerseys seen riding around and many of them were on the podium!
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Mountain bike racing
The excitement was high and so were the temperatures but the FSC racers pushed on and made the opener a big success. Although the area was hit with a hurricane only two weeks ago the Sorba Tallahassee club and many other volunteers put their efforts together and got the trails in great shape in record time, many thanks to all involved! Ok back to the action, the weekend kicked off with the annual FSC Time Trials on Saturday at 3pm and this year the course was the first 4.5 miles of the cross country course which included most of the Cadillac trail and was considered a little faster average speed than last years Magnolia loop. After all was said and done it was Doug Deweese pulling out the fastest time with a 15:07, while Madison McDaniel topped the very competitive women's field.
On Sunday the first racers to hit the popular trail system were the Shimano kids racers and true to form the racing was close and exciting, the kids showed lot's of heart and lot's of potential as future bike racers, congrats to all! At 9:30am the yellow wave hit the 7.5 mile course (that included the famous "Wall" turn, a favorite for the fans) and as the elite racers powered their way through the first lap, a real battle began to form between Doug Deweese and Mike Mace for the lead with Doug unfortunately flatting on the lap and allowing Mike a comfortable win in the end. In the women's cat 1 class Madison McDaniel showed everyone why came in favored to win the series after a strong showing last year in her rookie year.
As it has been for many many years, HIgher Ground Bicycles was the round sponsor for the event and as always they play the role of a great host for the event plus they provided over $2400 in prizes to the medalists, many thanks to them and to all of the sponsors!