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The Co-Ed Relay 50 mile teams celebrate at the Hammer Head

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!

 

 

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

 

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Bart Minter sails through the finish at Macon GSC

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

 

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Anthony Hutton pulls a Florida Cup holeshot

2016 Florida Cup - Haile's Trails - Newberry, FL 5-7-16

A late spring cool front blew through the state just in time for the annual Florida Cup one day USAC state championship race in Newberry.  The race was orginially scheduled for Lakeland but was moved to the popular yet rarely open private trail system.  The course had 6.4 miles of grueling climbs and decents and had one option with a steep downhill that was removed for the white wave racers making their course a little shorter at 6 miles per lap.  The conditions were dry fast and perfect for a mountain bike weekend.

The classes were chocked full of very competitive racers and races as Ryan Woodall took the top men's class over Alex Meucci and Madison McDaniel took a strong win over unbeaten SERC series leader Kayley Burdine in the women's cat 1 class.  All the chapions received a special Florida cup trophy and all the prizes were handed out thanks to Goodbike bike shop of Gainesville who did a awesome job with awards and entertainment for the weekend.  Thanks to all of the sponsors and congrats to all the champs!

 

 

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

 

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Invasion of the Juniors at Ft Yargo SERC / GSC

2016 Specialized South Eastern Regional Championship series #4 / KHS Georgia State Championship series #3 - Ft Yargo Trails - Winder, GA 5-1-16

Despite the threat of rain, the sun came out and the trails were in good shape although a little slick early in the day due to the overnight rains.  The combined series of the SERC & GSC bring out the best in competition and this event was no different as many classes saw some very close finishes.

Bradford Perley finished ahead of all of the pro/elite men and Kayley Burdine continued to dominate in the women's top class and continues to hold the yellow leaders jersey while a new men's leader was placed on Dustin Greer.   Many thanks to all of the sponsors including Specialized, KHS and Samson bikes (sponsor of the junior GSC classes). 

Next SERC event is in Clemson on 5-15-16 and it is also a GSC makeup race.

 

 

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

 

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Dwyane Algire floats on rocks at SERC 1

2016 Specialized South Eastern Regional Championship series #1 - Haile's Trails - Newberry,  Fl 3-20-16

The trails could not have been in better shape and the temperatures were great as well but that is not what the weather folks kept saying as dire forecasts from the all knowing internet and TV kept many away from what turned out to be a perfect mountain bike race weekend.

The course was orginially planned to be 6.5 miles with a couple of new climbs added in but the heavy rains on Thurday had the course cut down to 5.1 miles to anticipate even more rain in the forecast (which didn't happen) but what was left was still a major challenge to the racers as there is no such thing as an easy layout at this trail system.  The direction was clockwise which meant the steep hills came early in the lap and had the heart rates soaring by the first mile.  The racing action was highlighted by Florida's Ryan Woodall winning the men's pro / elite class while Alabama's Kayley Burdine won the women's top category both will be featured at round two with the newly minted Leaders jerseys as they will be the series points leaders respectively.  Tsali North Carlolina will be the next stop on the series and will include a Individual Time Trial on Saturday with the Cross country race on Sunday April 2nd & 3rd.

Many thanks again to all of the sponsors and to the brave racers that came out despite the poor weather predicitions.

 

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