2016 Georgia State Championship #2 - Thomson Trails - Macon, GA 4-23/24-16.
The weather was picture perfect for the annual double header at the LH Thomson factory trails in Macon. Saturday the all important time trial lifted off at 3pm with Mose Howard posting a 19:04 min lap on the shortened 4.5 mile course while Stephanie Wilmert topped the women's side. Sunday the temps started at around sixty and ended up around 75 degrees with lots of sunshine plus a Friday rain had the trail conditions just right.
The cross country action kicked off with the kids at 8:30am and the racing was close in nearly all the classes. In the yellow wave it was Mose Howard again battling for the overall with Chris Lessing and Mose put the hammer down on the last lap and pulled away for the 40-49 cat 1 win while Lessing won the 19-39 cat 1's. Kayley Burdine was once again victorious in the Women's cat 1 field and she remains unbeaten so far in the SERC and GSC series, it is time for a bounty?
Many thanks to all of the sponsors especially LH Thomson, also thanks to the OMBA club for all of their hard work with the trails and setting up the event and thanks to Monty Marshal for bringing out the backwards bicycle for a club fund raiser, that was entertaining!
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2016 Hammer Head 100 - Landbridge Trailhead - Ocala, FL 4-17-16.
It could not have been more perfect weather or conditions for the annual central Florida endurance race on the Greenway. Roughly 250 racers hit the 25 loop that covers a wide variety of trail types and runs mainly West of the I-75 corridor of the trail system. The race starts slowly with a moto paced start that grandually inches up to speed over about a mile of limestone double track and ends with a super fast sprint over the I-75 bridge and then into single track. From there it gets interesting as about 3 miles in the trail gets tight and slow but then opens up through the "Nayles Trails" section and then on to maybe the toughest section called "Ern & Burn". The way back is much faster with a 2 mile open limestone road section (although hilly) followed by 4 miles of single track and then more open limestone with a little singletrack sprinkled in along the way to the finish.
The 50/100 mile folks started at 8am and the 25 milers started an hour later, the route features two sag stops that are accessed from both directions so the riders are never more than 6 miles from food or water and did we mention that Santos Trailhead Bike Shop was the host of the sag stop at the critical SR 484 road crossing, as they have been every year since it's inception and what a great job they did as always, many thanks!
The race action saw John Murray repeat as the overall 25 mile winner, while a super close battle in the junior 25 mile class came down to the wire with Josiah House taking the win. Brook Pace was the 25 mile female winner. In the 50 mile categories it was Dwayne Algire taking a the overall win by a nose over Mose Howard and Jim Mcpherson took the 45+ male top spot. Denise Fulco and John Hopkins teamed up for the Co-Ed title and Josselyn Guiterrez won the female 50 mile solo race. The 100 mile relay team class was won by Leo Coleman and Robert Smith while Amy Hostmeyer took the female 100 mile trophy and Colorado's Ryan Petry topped the men's class as well as the 100 mile overall.
Congrats to all that raced, thanks to all the sponsors and to club OMBA, can't wait til next year!