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USA Cycling & Gone Riding sanction again!

January 27, 2016 -- Gone Riding race promotions has announced that its four cross-country mountain bike series, which consist of 32 events across the southeast, will again sanction with USA Cycling in 2016.

The South Eastern Regional Mountain Bike Championship Series, Georgia State Mountain Bike Championship Series, Florida State Mountain Bike Championship Series, and South Florida Coconut Cup Mountain Bike Series offer ample off-road racing opportunities to cycling enthusiasts across the southeast. Now, as USA Cycling-sanctioned events, these 32 races will also offer riders the added benefits of being included in the nation’s only bike racing results and rankings program, as well as accident medical insurance for incidents that may occur during an athlete’s involvement in the sanctioned event.

“Gone Riding has a long history with USA Cycling that goes back to the early 1990’s,” said Gone Riding President and Race Director David Berger. “Due to positive changes at USA Cycling, we’re happy to announce that for no additional cost, we’ll once again provide our racers with the benefits of USA Cycling.”

Some of USA Cycling’s goals in 2016 are to lower the barriers of entry to the sport of cycling, and to increase its support of amateur and grassroots racing. For mountain bike races, this means a $5 rebate on one-day licenses to the race director, the elimination of permitting fees, and the elimination of one-day licenses for practice days.

Learn more about Gone Riding and its many racing opportunities at on its website.

 

 

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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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Ed Lis took home a championship & the Sportsmanship award at Coconut cup final

2016 Coconut Cup South Florida Series #7 - Halpatiokee Trails- Stuart,  Fl 3-13-16. 

What a perfect ending to this years series, it was a tough start with the wet weather that seemed to be following the first half of the Coconut cup but the last 4 races were dry and the courses were awesome thanks to all of the many volunteers.that keep our precious trails in great shape.

The racing action took place on the 7.5 mile relatively flat course but does have a few short climbs and technical sections that feature palmetto roots that demand the utmost attention from the rider especially at speed.  It was Tim Zimmerman again claiming the top spot amongst the men racers and Simone Berger topped the women's field as well.  The season ending awards presentation took place at the park imediately following the event as the champions were served up some great prizes along with plaques and jerseys.  The big suspense was who was going to win the Samson Bicycles titanium frame set (a $2000 value) and in the end it was David Gillis walking home with the prize.  Special awards were handed out to Ed Lis (sportsmanship) and Justin Barton (most improved rider).  Congrats to all!

Many thanks again to all of the sponsors and to the Airborne Trail  Crew and special thanks to Phil Pacini for the support and making the event possible.

 

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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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Mauricio Andino banked a solid 2nd place at Markham

2016 Coconut Cup South Florida Series #6 - Markham Park Trails- Sunrise,  Fl 3-6-16

This one was worth the wait, orginially scheduled for February the rain delayed Markham park round was held under sunny skies and dry trails.  Also the race was an afternoon program due to the fact that when the reschedule was made there was already another event on the books for the morning so the bike race couldn't start until afternoon, which was a first for Gone Riding events.  Things worked out well however as the kids got started at 12 noon and faced a 2.6 mile long fast loop.  At 1pm the yellow wave hit the 6.25 mile long race loop and trail wizard Carlos Galvis had the even the locals wondering where they were as he connected many sections in a very creative fashion.

The elite class was a hammer fest early on but as the laps drew by it came down to two riders battling for the lead, Adam Cohen and Tim Zimmerman but in the end it was Zimmerman with the oveall win.  Simone Berger continued her winning ways as she took the win in the women's expert class.  City Bicycles was the round sponsor (second round in a row) as they handed out thousands in gift certificates to the medalists, many thanks!

Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to the Markham Park Trail Crew for the support and making the event possible.

 

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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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Awesome in Amelia!

2016 Coconut Cup South Florida Series #5 - Amelia Earhart Trails- Hialeah,  Fl 2-28-16

What a difference a couple of months can do for race conditions in South Florida, while the end of 2015 was all about wetness, 2016 has so far been great for mountain bike racing.  The temperatures were touching on the seventies by mid day and the Amelia Trail Crew had the trail in the best shape possible for the challenging 7 mile loop that started off with a series of technical sections including the famous "Little Razorback" hills.  On Saturday there was a bonus Individual Time Trial for the series and the Cat 1 racers hit the 3 mile short course at 3pm.  The TT loop although short was certainly not easy as it also included most technical parts of the park and didn't leave much room for rest.

It was Marcos Rodriguez taking the fastest time in the Time Trial with a 14:52 (the only rider to break the 15min mark) and Simone Berger was the top female with a 16:42.  Sunday had the youngsters taking on one the longest kids courses in the series at 3 miles, Angel Rodriguez was the fastest in that event.  The elite racers hit the trails at 9:30am and after four laps it was Tim Zimmerman taking the top male spot while Simone Berger again was the fastest of the females.  City Bicycles was the round sponsor as they handed out thousands in gift certificates to the medalists, many thanks!

Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to the Amelia Trail Crew for the support and making the event possible.

 

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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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Jeff Lenosky lofts a nice one at the 12 Hours of Santos

2016 12 Hours of Santos - Vortex Trails- Ocala,  Fl 2-20-16. 

After months of wet racing weather it finally turned absolutely perfect for this annual race and all around get-together.  Nearly 400 racers hit the 9 mile course literally running at the 10am start, it featured about a quarter mile run followed by a three quarter mile parade lap around the Vortex pit area before finally taking on the single track, all of which certainly spread the field out considerably.  The course layout changes every year and this year it featured several newly built wood features including the pictured "Big Dip" that capped off a thrilling drop with a fun but safe step up jump for the more aggressive riders.  At night the popular feature was lite with Christmas lights for a special "runway" feeling, cool stuff.  Many commented that this was the best layout ever so special thanks go to Ron Henion for the layout and to Ray Petro for wild and wooly wood features.

Many thanks to the OMBA club (Ocala Mountain Bike Association) for trail building and maintenance and of course to all of the great sponsors that made the event another success!  Also thanks to the racers and families that donated over $2000 to club OMBA over the weekend to continue the trail magic here in Ocala.

In the racing action the competition was stiff all across classes and distances and first to claim a win was Mike Mace taking the 3 Hour men's class and also the fastest lap of the day with a 37:30 while Carolyn Maddox topped the women's 3 Hour class.  In the 6 Hour men's class it was a knock down drag out race between Bob McCarty and Alex Muecci win Alex getting the nod in the end.  Beata Wronska took the 6 Hour women's title.  Other six hour winners were Ivar Kozeja (45+) and Layne Michael (amateur men).  "Brick City Bicycles" won the 4 person team sport competition, "Thrill Billies" took the under 140 year base class, "Mad Outfitters" was the best of the over 140 year base class and "Hunter, Dowling, Davis & Anderson" were the Co-Ed champs.  In the 2 person team class it was "Bent Roys" taking the win, Mark Pentengill was the amateur 12 solo winner and the top solo rider of the day was Jimmy Tourel with a strong come from behind win.

Winner of the "Best Pit" competition was Brick City Bicycles, honorable mention goes to SORBA Jacksonville which featured their fire pit jump that only the brave dared.

 Can't wait for next year already!

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

 

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