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Hammer Head 25 milers winding up

2017 Hammer Head 100 - 4-23-17- Greenway Trails - Ocala, Fl

Near perfect weekend for the annual endurance race, mild weather a great turnout and although the trail has been dry we did get a fair amount of rain overnight that made the trail much more tolerable.  The race features a 25 mile loop that goes West of I-75 and includes trails like "Nales" and "Ern N Burn" with a few sections of limestone double track to either rest on or go faster, your choice. 

The fifty and one hundred mile riders hit the trail first at 8am followed by the 25 mile group that started at 8:30am both with a 1.5 mile moto paced run up the limestone road to the Landbridge.  First in the woods was the lead group that included eventual winners Doug Deweese (100 mile solo), Julio Gomez (50 mile solo) and John Murray (45+ solo) along with Mose Howard who with his wife Jennifer Howard won the Co-Ed team and also in the group was the 100 mile 2 person team winners Dwayne and Michelle Algire.  Amy Horstmeyer took the top honors in the female 50 class.  In the 25 mile group Matt Nalesnik took the win while Madison McDaniel was named top female of the 25 milers.  Many thanks to all of the sponsors and volunteers!

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Woodall and Horstmeyer strike first at SERC opener

2017 South Eastern Regional Championship series #1 / Florida Cup - Haile's Trails - Newberry, Fl

The opening shots were fired in the 18th annual SERC series in it's traditional first round location of Haile's trails and It was Ryan Woodall and Amy Horstmeyer taking the wins in the men's and women's pro fields respectively.  With the weather and the trails treating the riders well there was only one thing left to determine and that was the finishing order as the many competitive races unfolded.  The 6 mile course featured a number of steep climbs (no suprise for this course) and some fast downhills as a reward as many consider this to be the most demanding trail in Florida and a perfect host for a regional and Florida Cup state level mountain bike race.

Many thanks to all of the series sponsors and especially to Goodbike bike shop of Gainesville for providing thousands of dollars worth of prizes for the athletes. In each of the classes the top Florida rider was presented with a special Florida Cup trophy and claim to the one day state title for that particular class, congrats to all!  The next round of the SERC series is in Bryson City, NC at the famous Tsali Trails.

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

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Cat 2 30-39 winners celebrate in Hialeah CC3

2016 Coconut Cup #3 - 12-4-16 - Amelia Earheart Trails - Hialeah, Fl

The series has been on a roll lately with great weather, sunshine, low humidity and great course condtions have been the rule.  This weekend the Amelia Trail crew again worked their magic with the trail prep and design and put together a 6.8 mile mountain bike wonder land.  The race had added importance since it was also a make up race for the FSC series which wraps up next weekend in Ocala and that meant there would be a lot of FSC racers making the trip down to gain valuable points toward their championship quests.

The race action in the men's elite class was close most of the day but in the end multi time champ Bob McCarty took the overall and in a close points race in both the FSC and the CC series the women's top class was claimed by Simone Berger who also won the holeshot prize. 

The Protano Law Holeshot $50 award went to Simone Berger in the women's expert class.

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Marcus Barton takes the overall at Xterra Ft Yargo

2017 Xterra Ft Yargo - 4-29-17- Ft Yargo Trails - Winder, Ga

Perhaps the most perfect weekend for a Triathlon, mild temperatures, lot's of traction on the trails and the water temperature was right at 76 degrees.  The Athletes hit the water at 8am sharp and first out of the water was Michael Loutzenheiser but unfortunately his lead didn't last long as he suffered a fall on the bike leg and damaged his bike.  Next to take over the lead was Marcus Barton and he never let up from there on to the finish line for the overall win.  Christina Grant was the top female and 17th overall.  Many thanks to the Yargo Trail Crew for setting up the course and managing the volunteers and to all of the fine sponsors.  Our next Xterra is in Bryson City, NC on June 25th at the famous Tsali Trails.  For more on this race: Xterra news

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

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Daniel Hidalgo takes his first FSC #1 plate

2017 Specialized Florida State Championship series #8 - Santos Trails - Ocala, Fl

Well the series finished on a cold crisp day as the first real cold snap of the season hit the central Florida area, temperatures were hovering just above freezing as the kids raced at 8:30am and it didn't get much warmer until most of the races were done for the day. The trails were in great shape as usual at this popular trail system, many thanks to the Ocala Mountain Bike Association for their efforts especially since hurricane Irma hit back in September. This years layout was a little milder than in the past due to heavy rains that were predicted for Friday night, so the trail known as "John Brown" was taken off the table as a measure of caution but was replaced with a longer course that included the new sections of the trail known as "sink hole", in all the riders were faced with a 7.2 mile off road challenge.

There were great race battles all day with a few championships won only by one point which included Caroyln Maddox taking the women's category 1 championship by one point over Alania Casioppo. In the men's elite class it went down to the wire between Bob McCarty (the defending champ) and Daniel Hidalgo with Daniel getting the nod and his first FSC #1 plate. Santos Bike Shop was again the round sponsor of the event and supplied thousands of dollars worth of prizes to the medalists. The bike shop also put on the Merry Cranksxmas 25 mile ride on Saturday to benifit St Judes Childerens Hospital, many thanks to the Santos Bike Shop crew! Jim Macpherson took home the Protano Law $50 holeshot award this week in the expert 50+ category.

Later that afternoon the Ocala Hilton was the site of the annual FSC awards banquet which was once again met with a packed house. Along with all of the champions and top five acknowledgements there were special awards given to the following...

Rider of the Year Male: Daniel Hidalgo

Rider of the Year Female: Caroyln Maddox

Most Improved Rider: Humberto Toledo

Most Improved Female: Alaina Casioppo

Most Improved Junior: Ethan Reyes

ESPO award (Sportsmanship): Carlos Galvis

Best Supporting Cast: Mosies Inoa

Legacy Award: Shelly Allen

Congrats to all and hope to see eveyone on the trails again soon!

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

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