2015 Specialized Bicycles Florida State Championship series #3 - Alfia River State Park - Lithia, Fl 10-4-15.
With hurricane Joaquin peeling off and headed out to sea, Florida was left with a very nice weekend in the early fall season, rain was only 50 % and it looked like we might get lucky and have a fully dry race, well we almost made it (it rained a bit right after the start of the White wave). The 6.5 mile course was in super shape thanks to the Swamp Club volunteers and the break in weather and featured a mix of fast and technical sections with the Yellow wave having a slightly longer lap thanks to one of the more tricky sections.
There were some great races throughout the day but two of the most dramatic were in the top classes as defending champ Bob McCarty took a nasty fall just a few hundred yards from the finish of first lap as he was leading the Elite class. Bob was taken to the hosptial and suffered some undisclosed injuries, our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Meanwhile the battle continued and it was Mose Howard taking a very close win over Doug Deweese at the finish, his first of the series so far. In the women's top class it was two time winner Madison McDaniel taking the holeshot and she appeared to be on to another win when her seat post broke off and he was forced to end the race, taking full advantage of the mishap was Shelly Allen as she took the Cat 1 women's class win on her home turf.
In the Team Championship standings week three saw a change in the leader board for the third time as Team Bent's Sweet Heat took back the lead this time .
Thanks again to all of the sponsors, volunteers, park staff and racers for making the event a success.
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2015 Specialized Bicycles Florida State Championship series #2 - Ft Clinch State Park - Fernandina Beach, Fl 9-27-15.
Although it was a beautiful weekend weather wise for this time of year, overcast, cooler than normal and dry (oops I meant to say the parking lot was dry), the trail was another story as month long rains had the trail system saturated and then came an unusually high tide that rose right into parts of the trail right about the time the first race was started which was a whole other challenge to the racers. About 90 % of the trail was in perfect shape but the 10% that was wet, was really wet.
The Elite class was another great race this weekend and it came down to Bob McCarty and teamate Doug Deweese battling to the end with Bob getting the nod on the overall for the day but Doug still wearing the FSC leaders jersey and a 5 point lead so far in the series.
In the women's cat 1 class last weeks suprise winner did it again as Madison McDaniel out dueled defending champ Shelly Allen for the top female award, yes Maddy is for real folks!
In the Team Championship standings there is a new leader as Leroy's Cookie Monsters holds on to slim 1 point lead over Team Bent's Sweet Heat.
Thanks again to all of the sponsors, volunteers, park staff and racers for making this possible.