2014 Hammer Head 100 Weekend - Greenway "Landbridge" Trails - Ocala, FL 4-12/13-14. Just another perfect spring weekend in Florida, mild temperatures and great trail conditions were the rule for the three events held at the Landbridge trailhead. The weekend started off Saturday morning with a first ever "Bridge Too Far" off road run on the beautifull hiking trails which turned out to be a perfect 5 K and 10 K course for the competitors, it was Huakane Maderios winning the 5k and Tom Allard topping the 10K group. Then at 10am the annual Single Speed Intergalactic Championships took place on a 9.5 mile course that utilized the beginning and end of the Hammer Head loop, Mose Howard won the "Big Ring" award as the winner of the expert class and Aida Arik was the fastest female on a single speed. Sunday the attention turned to the big loop as the 50/100 mile class left the gate at 8am for the 25 mile flowing loop and the 25 milers had a 9am start time. About 275 riders hit the trail that day and it was Shawn Smith taking the win in the 100 mile solo while Monica Castillo won the women's 100 miler. Other winners included the 100 team relay of John Murray and Roger Sutton, Mike Uklesbay winner of the 50 mile race (overall and on a single speed), Zach Fout 50 mile open male winner, Pauline Hazen open female 50 mile winner, the Co-ed 50 mile fop finisher was Raymond Wells / Katie Molin while in the 25 mile group it was Blake Idziak (male and overall) and young Madison Mcdaniel (an impressive 15th overall with 93 starters) top female. Congrats to all who faced the challenge! Many thanks to club OMBA and to all of the sponsors and especially to Santos Trail Head Bike shop that provided the Sag stops.
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2014 Specialized Bicycles South Eastern Regional Championship series #3 - Tsali Trails - Bryson City, NC Awesome conditions at Tsali this year, the cold wet winder was no where to be found as sunshine and mild temperatures ruled the weekend. Saturday riders lined up for the series Individual Time Trial and it was Robert Marion taking the top spot with a time of 15:05 on the 4 mile course, Duffy Danish was the fastest of the women. Sunday saw a slighly cooler day but as close to perfect as you can get for a mountain bike race as racers were faced with either a 13 mile or a15 mile loop depending on thier categories. Smoky Mountain Bicycles was the round sponsor and they handed out a ton of great prizes to the racers plus cooked up some awesome hot dogs for everyone for free! Many thanks to the Nantahala Area Sorba for providing the volunteers and for keeping the trails in great shape. Thomas Turner got back on the top of the podium this week after another hard fought battle, while Kimberly Flynn also returned to her favorite spot at the top of the Women’s expert pro class. The $50 Quibble Fast Lap award went to Mose Howard in the 40-49 expert class.
* Announcing a new cross country race in Florida, the first ever USAC one day state championship race on 5-4-14 at Loyce Harpe Park in Lakeland. If some racers remember this was the same site as the old "North vs South" race about 10 years ago. A top 15 in any championship class will qualify a rider to go to the USAC nationals in PA in July.
* Also annoucing a USAC Regional championship one day race on 10-19-14 in Alachua, Fl, it too is a USAC national qualifier.
* The fourth round of the SERC series on 4-27-2014 in Winder, GA will be a USAC sanctioned national qualifier (a top 15 will automatically qualify a rider to the nationals in PA in July and an AMBC (double ranking points). If you plan to make it to the nationals this is your chance.
* New this year Gone Riding is now offering an optional membership for $30 and includes a t-shirt, sticker and a $5 discount off regular entry prices. This membership can be purchased at any Gone Riding event or online at First Place Racing.com. Also USAC licenses will also be honored at all cross country events and receive the same $5 discount.
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