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Andre Wedderburn gives it a thumbs up at Lakeland FSC

2016 Specialized Florida State Championship series #7 - 11-12/13-16 - Loyce Harpe Park Trails - Lakeland, Fl

Another great weekend of weather for the Lakeland round of the FSC series sponsored by Bent's Cycling & Fitness!  It was also another double header as the short track bonus race on Saturday saw 100 racers hit the special 1 mile short loop for valuable bonus points in the series.  The yellow wave short track race was the biggest of the day with right around 60 riders doing 15 minutes plus one lap on the fast course that included a short bit of paved road as well, in a very close finish it was Allison Anjos taking the win.  The white wave short track start saw about 35 racers hit the same course but this time for only 10 minutes plus one lap and this time it was Carlos Pacheco with the claim to the wave win and maximum bonus points.

Sundays cross country race started off with of course the kids race at 8:30am and they ran the same course as the previous days short track then at 9:30am the yellow wave advanced riders hit the big course which measured 6.5 miles and featured some tricky sections including one called "Sneaky Snake" a trail we had never used before in an FSC race.  The course produced some close racing as we have come to expect in this years series and it was Allison Anjos taking his second overall Elite win in the Men's class while Madison McDaniel returned to the series and chalked up another.  Bob McCarty has a strong lead in the chase for the men's Elite jersey while on the women's side we have a new jersey holder in Simone Berger.

The Protano Law Holeshot $50 award went to Tim Zimmerman in the 40-49 expert class.

Many thanks to all of the fine sponsors especially Bent's Cycling & Fitness of Lakeland and by the way Team Bent's Galacticus is still leading the team championship standings!

 

 

 

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Junior 15-18 group hits the highway

2017 Specialized South Eastern Regional Championship series #5 / Enterprise South Trails - Chattanooga, TN

We don't even want to comment on the weather forecast but let's just say it was wrong.The trails did get some overnight rain but it only helped, when the day broke over the park and all throughout the rest of the afternoon it was mild and dry and conditions could not have been better. The 8.25 mile Sorba Chattanoonga club maintained trail was routed a little different for the race and started out on about a mile of uphill pavement and then finshed on about a half mile of paved decending to the finish and all of the single track trail inbetween was fast and furious, the most common heard term was "it feels like it is all downhill", followed by a grin.

The race action was super close in most classes with many finishes coming down to a wheels length at the end. One of the closest was in the 19-39 cat 1 men's class as Harrison Klapheke and Justin McMurrrer diced it out with Harrison pulling out the win. The women's cat 1 winner was Kayla Hammel.  Many thanks to the park staff and to the round sponsor the Trek Store Chattanoonga.

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

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Vinny Silva logs another lap at Markham

2016 Specialized Florida State Championship series #6 / Coconut cup #1 - 11-6-16 - Markham Park Trails - Sunrise, Fl

A super weekend for racing in South Florida, the mild temperatures and of course just enough rain to pack the trails in plus a ton of competitors made it so.  This also marked the first time this season that the two series came together on the same weekend and the next time will be Alva later this month. The Markham park trail crew always does a great job with the preparation of course and the layout and this event was no exception as they creatively combined a number of different trails to end up with a 6.8 mile challenging loop.  Even the kids course is unique at this park as it has a lot of distance and variety.  About 85 racers lined up on Saturday for the Coconut cup short track bonus and it was Bob McCarty taking a close win over Bala Alamedia in the yellow wave group while Andrew Slocombe won in the white wave heat. 

This course is one of the most demanding and technial on the circuit and it was no suprise that racers that ride the Markham course a lot did very well.  Bob McCarty pulled away early in the race to take another win and now holds a commanding lead in the Men's Elite points standings.  Carolyn Maddox was back on top of the standings as well as she won the Women's expert class.

The Protano Law Holeshot $50 award went to Bala Alamedia.

Many thanks to all of the fine sponsors!

 

 

 

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Dustin Greer leads early in the Short Track at Helen

2016 Specialized South Eastern Regional Championship series #9 / GSC #6 - Unicoi State Park Trails - Helen, GA 7-23/24-16

A perfect ending for both series as the SERC and the GSC finals were held in Helen, Ga at on of the most famous trails in the country (site of the NORBA nationals back in the mid ninties).  The very demanding course features 8.5 miles of climbs and decents and has very little flat ground to speak of and of course the cold creek crossing.  A rain on Saturday afternoon had the riders wondering about the trail condtions but by race on Sunday the course was in good shape and only had a few wet spots in the low lying areas.

On Saturday the SERC bonus short track took place featured some fast action with several different lead changes in both the white and yellow waves but in the end it was Sean Hulse winning the 10min plus one lap white wave and Chris Lessing taking the win in the 15 min plus one lap yellow wave.

Sunday the race day kicked off with the kids races on the same course as the previous days short track and includes a tough grassy climb each lap and then at 9:30 am the yellow wave hit the legendary XC course and the top riders faced 3 laps and around 1000 ft of climbing per lap.  In the end the top male racer was Diego Vasquez Vargas and the top female with a perfect sweep of both the SERC and GSC series was Kayley Burdine.

The Protano Law $50 holeshot belonged to Jason Bewley for his fast start in the 40-49 cat 1 class.  After the racing on Sunday the attention turned to the series Banquet hall as nearly 150 attendies filled the Unicoi State Park lodge for a delicious buffet and plenty of bench racing about the season.  Besides the champions crowned and all of the prizes and awards to the top three in each class there were special awards for the most improved rider (MIR), most improved Junior, rider of the year (ROY) male and female and sportsmanship.  Dustin Greer and Kayley Burdine took the honors as riders of the year male and female respectively, Garrison Minter won MIR as the GSC Junior, Alex Esteban was MIR Junior in the SERC while Pete Edminson and Chris Lessing were the MIR for the SERC and GSC respectively.  JJ Swain (SERC) and Bobby Fishbough (GSC) were given the sportsmanship awards, congrats to all!

 

 

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Andy Mills kicked off the CX season with the first win of the weekend

2016 Santos Cyclocross - Santos Trails - Ocala, Fl

The opening round of the Florida Cyclocross season hit the popular Santos trailhead this past weekend with racing action on both Saturday and Sunday.  The event was a double header, meaning two full and separate days of racing, the only differance being the course was reversed on Sunday.  A total of 177 entries filled the Ryan Woodall designed course over the weekend and the layout was met with rave reviews which included two hop over obsticles and two dismount obsticles and miles of blue shimano tape and fence posts.

The top male rider on the weekend was no suprise Ryan Woodall with a win in the Cat 1/2 open men's class and Amy Horstmeyer was the top female both claiming the podium on both days.  Many thanks to all of the sponsors especially Top Gear Bicycles for providing the purse money and volunteers!

 

 

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