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2015 Specialized Bicycles Florida State Championship series #9 - Santos Trails - Ocala,  Fl 12-13-15

 Great weather fell on central Florida this past weekend as racers from all over the state converged on the popular Santos trail system for the last round of the FSC series.  It was a cool morning followed by temperatures in the 70's and low 80's for the rest of the day and guess what, it was dry!  The Santos Trailhead bike shop had the weekend covered as well with a couple of stunt shows on Saturday with Jeff Lenosky and then pulling out the stops with over $2000 in prizes for the medalists on Sunday.

Many thanks to the Ocala Mountain Bike Association for having the trail in great shape as usual.  Racing and championships were in the air and there were many titles that would be decided on one or two points after a hard fought season that started way back in September.  Mike Mace took his first win of the series on his home turf but it was Doug Deweese taking the championship in the Elite men's class.  The nail biter points race was in the women's category 1 class with it coming down to who ever won the day would win the championship and it was long time champ Shelly Allen taking the title over a strong first year effort by Madison McDaniel. 

The FSC banquet was held at the Ocala Hilton later that day and along with all of the prizes and awards for the top five riders in each class there were many special awards for certain categories as well.  Below is a short list of the special awards...

Team Bent's Sweet Heat took the team championship for the series after leading most of the season.

Most Improved Junior: Emily House

Most Improved Female: Madison McDaniel

Most Improved Male: Vinny Silva

Best Supporting Cast: Moises Inoa

Sportsmanship ESPO: Ron Mucci

Rider of Year Male: Doug Deweese

Rider of Year Female: Shelly Allen

Winner of the SRAM wheelset drawing: Troy Zimmerman

Winner of the Rock Shox drawing: Christi Crisci

Congrats to all!


 

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W1 winner Simone Berger pulling some "G's" at Amelia

2015-2016 Coconut Cup #3 - Amelia Earheart Park - Hialeah,  Fl 12-6-15

Record rain could not stop the Coconut Cup series, the amazing folks at the Amelia trail crew were anticipating the conditions and put together a nearly rain proof course, it was a little shorter than normal but was still fast and fun.  The rain did hold up on Sunday and actually the sun did come out finally and made for a pretty nice day overall.

The kids race was actually the driest of the day, as they navigated a 2 mile loop for two laps and the competition was close in all classes.  In the first adult start of the day (the yellow wave) it was a four way battle in the men's elite class for most of the race until Allison Anjos finally pulled away for the win.  In the women's top class it was Simone Berger taking her first win in the category 1 level over Lauren Roswell.

The Miami Bike shop was the round sponsor and they did a great job as usual and pumped out not only thousands in gift certificates but a bunch of free hotdogs and hamburgers for the fans, many thanks!

Don't forget the Coconut Cup make up race in Ocala is this weekend.

 

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Mike Mace whipping off a wheelie and a top three finish

2015 Specialized Bicycles Florida State Championship series #8 / Coconut Cup #2 - Caloosahatchee Park - Alva,  Fl 11-22-15. 

Ok El Nino finally caught up with the series, we have had pretty good luck dodging the wet weather for the most part (sans the white wave) but there was no way around this one.  Fortunately the trail conditions were awesome on Saturday for those that pre-rode the course but then overnight the heavy stuff came and turned the course into a quagmire.  The trail was even shortened to make it easier to navigate but the slick clay proved to be a tough challenge for everyone involved.  Nice thing was the sun came out for the awards and the drive home, this one was a true mudder!

Many thanks to the Mud cutters club for having the trail in super shape despite the very wet summer.  In the racing action there were a lot of shake ups as is usually the case with mud races but Doug Deweese proved why he still deserves the FSC leaders jersey as he logged another win in the men's elite class.  Shelly Allen came back strong and won the women's field and holds a slim lead in the women's cat 1 class after the weekend.

Team Bent's Sweet Heat holds a 4 point lead with only the make up race and the final at Santos hanging in the balance.

Don't forget the make up race at Hialeah can count towards valuable points and the last race in Ocala can't be dropped.

 

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Josselyn Gutierrez railing the curl at Lakeland FSC

2015 Specialized Bicycles Florida State Championship series #7 - Loyce Harpe Trails - Lakeland,  Fl 11-13/14-15

Another awesome day in Florida for the seventh round of the series, the weather backed off a few degrees for the weekend and trail conditions were in great shape as well for the double header.  On Saturday a bigger than expected turnout in the Short Track bonus round had over fifty racers in each white and yellow wave start and the competition was heavy as well with a number of sprint finishes all through the fields.  Allison Anjos came out on top of the yellow wave in a close race with Doug Deweese and Alex Meucci, while Shelly Allen was the top female.

On Sunday the action started with the Torque Group kids series as the kids hammered out laps on the same course as previous days short track race, then at 9:30 the yellow wave started as the Elite racers hit the 7 mile trail first.  At the end it was Alex Meucci taking a very close win in his appearance of the series over Doug Deweese.  In the women's top class it was Madison McDaniel taking the win.

Bent's Cycling & Fitness of Lakeland was the round sponsor of the event and had thousands of dollars worth of prizes for the athletes plus every top five racer in all classes recieved a special FSC podium T-shirt, many thanks to BENT'S.

Team Bent's Sweet Heat holds a slim 2 point lead in the Team championship points race with 857 points.

 

 

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Markham FSC by Tom Pike

2014 Specialized Bicycles Florida State Championship series #5 / Coconut Cup #1 Markham Park - Sunrise, FL 10-26-14

The 2014 Specialized Florida State Championship headed to South Florida for a packed weekend of racing at Markham Park in Sunrise, FL. Besides being the 5th round of the FSC series, this weekend also kicked off the first race of the South Florida Coconut Cup Series. Plus the always exciting Short Track race on Saturday.

It's always the best when you're racing at a home park. Obviously local trail knowledge is great for your confidence. It also can give you a psychological advantage. A "home game" also means a short car ride to the park and sleeping in your own bed.

As a South Florida rider I enjoy the combined format of the FSC series with the first three CC races. It gives me a chance to race with friends who may only be doing the Coconut Cup. It also adds a new challenge to the state racers as they have to go up against new faces.

Now it's no secret that Markham has a rep for munching on bodies and bikes. The pits are full of war stories about cuts, bruises, stitches, bones and busted bikes... and this weekend was no exception. What's intriguing to me is that Markham is a 90% technical park, not unlike Oleta, Alafia or Carter Road. Those parks also collect their share of bodies and bikes, but for some reason those parks don't seem to have the same mythology Markham has. Go figure. I'll just chalk it up to a home court advantage no matter how they lay out the course.

Speaking of which, for those of us that ride Markham all the time it was nice to have the course laid out in the direction that we always ride. Turtle Slide and Semper Fi, which are part of the AMTB(adaptive mountain bike) loop, where nice additions and new way to go around Crime Scene. The redesign of the end of Outback Extension matched low gear switchback climbing with a steep downhill feeding you into tall banked corners for a corkscrew exit that I know had some people doing the death grip on their handlebars.

As for the condition of the tails the Markham Park trail maintenance volunteers continue to do a fantastic job building and maintaining the trail system here. These guys and gals do a lot of fund-raising and invest hundreds of hours to support the trails and it shows. If you only come to Markham for the races you've noticed a lot of building and improvements.

Of special note is the AMTB(adaptive mountain bike) loop which this crew recently completed. It runs about 4 miles and was used for the kids course. They also provide the bike patrol for the races and weekends. You guys rock!

So now it's onto Haile's Trails. Rumor has it that there's two new miles of trail and that Dave Berger is spicing them up by invoking the spirits of the original Razorback trails. I hope the rumors are true.

Ride Hard! Ride Safe!
Peace, Pike!

Tom Pike is an Ellsworth Team Rider. Tom has won a Silver Medal at the USAC National Mountain Bike Championships and is a two time Florida State Mountain Bike Champion. In his “spare time” he works teaching Film Production at Design and Architecture Senior High in Miami, Florida.

 

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