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Women Cat 1's celebrate at Amelia

2017 Coconut Cup South Florida Championship series #3 - Amelia Earheart Trails - Hialeah, Fl

The Coconut Cup series returned to South Florida for round three under a perfect Florida weekend, mild weather and sunny skies and the mid week rain just made the trails even more perfect. The trail system was hit hard by hurricane Irma and the Amelia Trail Crew was faced with an enormous job just to get enough of the trail opened in time for the race and they did so with a minimum of resourses, many, many thanks for their effort from the racing community! The trail used for the event turned out to be 6.2 miles in length and the fastest lap of the day was in the 22 minute range (that's a 16+ mph average for you mathheads), which is blazing fast considering all of the turns and obsticales.

Bob McCarty put on his race face and took the overall win on the day in men's elite class while Caroyln Maddox topped the females with her win, both riders have put in many a laps at Amelia and it showed. Erica Stehouwer took the $50 Protano Law holeshot award in the women's cat 1 class. Sun Cycling of Hialeah was the round sponsor providing thousands in gift certificates to the awardies, many thanks to them and to all of the fine series sponors. This event was a make up race for the FSC series which wraps up next weekend in Ocala and that race in return is a make up race for the Coconut Cup series, hope to see you all there!

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McCarty & Hidalgo battle continues at Lakeland FSC

2017 Specialized Florida State Championship series #7 - Loyce Harpe Park Trails - Lakeland, Fl

This was a weekend that makes all Florida resisdents proud, here we are in the middle of November and the temps were in the low 70's and sun was shinning bright. Weather aside the trails were in great shape and the competition was heavy in all classes, a long half mile sprint before the first single track and then another half mile run on the road to the finish that gave the riders plenty of chances to execute there race plans on the 6.4 mile course. This year the 2nd finger was added to the loop and it provided an added technical challenge to the course and an opportunity for some to take an unintented dip in the lake as the trail is known for it's narrow lanes right next to the water.

There a number of new winners this week and the most notable was Luis Lopez (Honduran National champion) who took a strong win over series Elite rivals Daniel Hidalgo and Bob McCarty. Daniel did hold on to the leaders jersey and now has a six point lead heading into the final in Ocala. Alaina Casioppo continued her hot streak and took the win (now three in a row) over a competitive women's cat 1 field but we will have to wait for the outcome of the make up race at Hialeah to see who will wear the women's leaders jersey going into the final.

Anthony Swilley drove home with the Protano Law $50 holeshot award in the cat 1 50+ B class and the team championship is a close points race with only two points separating the top two teams, PFN Speedlab 1 has the lead.

Many thanks to Bent's Cycling and fitness for providing the prizes for the event and congratulations to all of the racers.

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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.

*Also don't forget to check out the Gone Riding Store including our Gone Riding Jersey.

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