January 27, 2016 -- Gone Riding race promotions has announced that its four cross-country mountain bike series, which consist of 32 events across the southeast, will again sanction with USA Cycling in 2016.
The South Eastern Regional Mountain Bike Championship Series, Georgia State Mountain Bike Championship Series, Florida State Mountain Bike Championship Series, and South Florida Coconut Cup Mountain Bike Series offer ample off-road racing opportunities to cycling enthusiasts across the southeast. Now, as USA Cycling-sanctioned events, these 32 races will also offer riders the added benefits of being included in the nation’s only bike racing results and rankings program, as well as accident medical insurance for incidents that may occur during an athlete’s involvement in the sanctioned event.
“Gone Riding has a long history with USA Cycling that goes back to the early 1990’s,” said Gone Riding President and Race Director David Berger. “Due to positive changes at USA Cycling, we’re happy to announce that for no additional cost, we’ll once again provide our racers with the benefits of USA Cycling.”
Some of USA Cycling’s goals in 2016 are to lower the barriers of entry to the sport of cycling, and to increase its support of amateur and grassroots racing. For mountain bike races, this means a $5 rebate on one-day licenses to the race director, the elimination of permitting fees, and the elimination of one-day licenses for practice days.
Learn more about Gone Riding and its many racing opportunities at on its website.
2016 Amelia 369 endurance -Amelia Earhart Trails- Hialeah, Fl 1-23-16.
Despite an all day rain on Friday the sun came out and the trail was magically dry on Saturday morning for the annual endurance race at the popular trail system. Racers hit the trail in a series of staggered starts with the longer distances (9 hour) going first. It was Bob McCarty taking control early as he cruised to an easy win in the 9 hour solo men's class while Simone Berger did the same in the women's solo class. The six hour solo class was won by Allison Anjos while in the three hour class was topped by Daminan Sarrania. It was close finish in the women's class between Lauren Roswell and Beata Wronska. The top team was "A team of three".
Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to the Amelia Trail Crew for the support and making the event possible.
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*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, the Gone Riding store 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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2015-2016 Coconut Cup #4 - Virginia Key Park - Miami, Fl 1-17-16.
The El Nino effect has been tough on the series this season and Virginia Key was no exception. Although the conditions were perfect on Saturday an early morning front blew through South Florida and brought rain and high winds but then just as soon as it came it stopped and the race was on. Fortunatley the trail system can handle rain much better than most and besides a few puddles the course was in great shape.
The kids race had to be delayed 30 minutes but once the storm passed the racers took off and hit the challenging youth layout which was right around the 2.5 mile mark per lap. By the first wave the schedule was back on track and the racers faced a wet but fast course which only got better as the day went on. It was Bala Almeida winning the top male spot and Simone Berger was the top female on the day. Lot's of down to the wire races in many of the classes like the xc-2 19-29 group which saw a three way sprint to the finish and Carlos Bigas getting the nod.
Many thanks to the great folks at the Virginia Key Bicycle Club for prepping the trails, designing the race loop and assisting with safety during the event!
The Miami Bike shop was the again the round sponsor (they sponsored the CC#3 as well) and they braved the bad weather and brought out thousands in gift certificates, free hotdogs and hamburgers for the fans, many thanks!