2016 Specialized Florida State Championship series #4 - 10-16-16 - San Felasco Trails - Alachua, Fl
After last years "high tide" ride it was refreshing to see dry trails and also refreshing that only two weeks after a major hurricane the park and trail system was up and operational again. The local Volunteers along with the park management did a heroic job getting it back together with as many as a couple of dozen trees down on the seven mile loop. Almost forgot to mention the weather was awesome, the first real cold front of the year rolled in and had temperatures in the 50's overnight and a comfortable mid sixties by race time, this really is the best time of year for Florida!
The elite men's class was again a barn burner and the series produced another new winner with Allison Anjos this time on top. In the women's top class it was Simone Berger taking her third in a row on what many consider to be the most "roadie like" course on the circuit, Simone has proven so far to be able to handle the hilly courses, the technical courses and now the fastest courses. The team championship top postion is again the same this week with Team Bent's Galaticus at the halfway point of the series.
The Protano Law Holeshot $50 award went to Gary Chambers.
Many thanks to all of the fine sponsors!
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A touch of fall was in the air for the fourth round of the series in Alachua even though this was supposed to be the fifth round but of course Hurricane Matthew changed all of that. The new fifth round will be at Fernandina Beach and we have confirmation the trails are in good shape thanks to volunteers from the area. The kids race course was lengthened this year and included a good climb in the middle and it provided for some added challenges for the young racers. The adult course was just a shade over 7 miles and was in great shape due to the volunteer base and the fact that there was just the right amount of rain on Saturday afternoon to really tighten up the trail.
In the men's elite class there was an epic battle in the lead group for most of the race and in a very close finish it was Bob McCarty coming out with the win and extending his points lead. In the women's top class Simone Berger made it two in a row as she won her very competitive class. The team championship top postions stay the same this week with Team Bent's Galaticus holding a slim 3 point lead nearing the halfway point of the series.
The Protano Law Holeshot $50 award went to Simone Berger.
Many thanks to all of the sponsors and the the friends of San Felasco CSO club!