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First ever Battle of Snow Hill a hit

2016 Battle of Snow Hill - Snow Hill Trails- Geneva,  Fl 2-7-16

Well the deck seemed to be stacked against the first ever endurance race near Orlando, a crowded race calendar, super bowl Sunday and then there was the weather.  An all day rain on Saturday and a cold and windy Sunday made some parts of the trail a little more challenging than normal but the morning of the race the rain stopped and 99% of the trail was in great shape.  The event started with a running start at 9am under a cold cloudy sky but by the half way point the sun started to come out and all in all it turned out to be another beautiful day in Central Florida.  

The newly formed Sorba Orlando club had laid out a nice 9 mile loop that featured fast and flowing single track spiced up with some rooty cypress sections and plenty of passing lanes in between.   The club also provided the racers with the course marshal crew on the course to keep things  running smoothly.  

The action heated up fast on the trail as Trent Maddox took control of the overall lead and was never headed as he raced toward the 3 Hour solo win, Trent also claimed the fastest lap of the day with a 39:23 time.  Caroyln Maddox and wife of Trent also won her class (the 3 Hour female solo).  In the six hour solo class Ben Smith held claim to the top postion while Joan Weaver was the female 6 hour solo champ.  The Mad Outfitters team of Robert Duncanson and John Ayers Jr beat a tightly contested field in the Two Person relay class while the Velo Creek Bike & Brew team of Sean Mather and Erin VanWinkle were the Co-Ed winners.

Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to the SORBA Orland Club for the support and making the event possible.

 

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Andrew Slocombe leads a group of around Amelia's circuit

2016 Amelia 369 endurance -Amelia Earhart Trails- Hialeah,  Fl 1-23-16

Despite an all day rain on Friday the sun came out and the trail was magically dry on Saturday morning for the annual endurance race at the popular trail system.  Racers hit the trail in a series of staggered starts with the longer distances (9 hour) going first.  It was Bob McCarty taking control early as he cruised to an easy win in the 9 hour solo men's class while Simone Berger did the same in the women's solo class.  The six hour solo class was won by Allison Anjos while in the three hour class was topped by Daminan Sarrania.  It was close finish in the women's class between Lauren Roswell and Beata Wronska.  The top team was "A team of three".

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

 

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El Nino continues at Virginia Key Coconut Cup

2015-2016 Coconut Cup #4 - Virginia Key Park - Miami,  Fl 1-17-16

The El Nino effect has been tough on the series this season and Virginia Key was no exception.  Although the conditions were perfect on Saturday an early morning front blew through South Florida and brought rain and high winds but then just as soon as it came it stopped and the race was on.  Fortunatley the trail system can handle rain much better than most and besides a few puddles the course was in great shape.

The kids race had to be delayed 30 minutes but once the storm passed the racers took off and hit the challenging youth layout which was right around the 2.5 mile mark per lap.  By the first wave the schedule was back on track and the racers faced a wet but fast course which only got better as the day went on.  It was Bala Almeida winning the top male spot and Simone Berger was the top female on the day.  Lot's of down to the wire races in many of the classes like the xc-2 19-29 group which saw a three way sprint to the finish and Carlos Bigas getting the nod.

Many thanks to the great folks at the Virginia Key Bicycle Club for prepping the trails, designing the race loop and assisting with safety during the event!

The Miami Bike shop was the again the round sponsor (they sponsored the CC#3 as well) and they braved the bad weather and brought out thousands in gift certificates, free hotdogs and hamburgers for the fans, many thanks!

 

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

 

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FSC final in Ocala a hit!

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

 

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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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