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Juniors battle for the holeshot at Ocala final

2016 Specialized Florida State Championship series #9 - 12-11-16 - Santos Trails - Ocala, Fl

What a perfect way to wrap up a perfect season, great weather, no mudders and a great turnout!  It had rained a few days prior and it ended a drought that had been effecting the area for two months and it really made the trail system a pleasure, that along with a new layout made the course a challenge for the FSC warriors.  The course was only 6.6 miles but it included the famous or infamous technical "John Brown" trail and the tricky and momentumless "Sink Hole" trail but inbetween was fast and flowy single track that the racers could get their speed averages back up.  Santos Trailhead bike shop was the round sponsor again this year and as always they took care of filling the medalists with lots of cool awards at the podium presentations and they also this year put on the "Merry Crankxmas" ride on Saturday that took the riders out for a 25 mile tour of some of the best trails on the Greenway, many thanks!

Ok now to the race action in the men's elite class the pace seemed pretty high right away as a 3 man lead group was being chased by a small and determined chase group.  It was local Mike Mace in control most of the way until the last lap when mulit champ Ryan Woodall making his first appearance in the series this year took over and put a new winners name on the 2016 season.  In the women's top class there was a four way battle for the lead for most of the race and it came down to Caroyln Maddox taking the win over Simone Berger who rapped up the championship with her second place finish.  One of the closest points races of the day was between the top three racers in the men's 50+ expert class and with only one point separating them it would come down to who beat the other two to determine the champion, Jim McPherson was the champ at the end of the race by taking a convincing win.

The Protano Law Holeshot $50 award went to Daniel Hidalgo in the men's 19-39 expert class.

The annual FSC banquet was held that afternoon at the Ocala Hilton to a packed house of over 250 racers and families along with special guest speaker Tour De France veteran and Olymipian Frankie Andreu

Team Galactus (Bent's Cycling) was the winning team and other special awards went to the following..

ROY (rider of the year) Male: Bob McCarty

ROY Female: Simone Berger

MIR (most improved rider): Alecio Goncalves

MIR Junior: Tyler Junkins

MIR Female: Simone Berger

ESPO (sportsmanship): Salvador Gonzalez

Best Supporting Cast: Mosies Inoa

Legacy: RJ White

 

Atomic wheel set winner: Corey Lukosavich

Kuat Bike race winner: Julian Duque

Congrats to all of the champ's, finalists, racers, sponsors and families!

 

 

 

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Robert Smith took the Solo Class at San Felasco

2016 8 Hours of Labor - San Felasco Trails - Alachua, Fl

After an amazing recovery following the Hurricane that passed through the area on Thursday, thanks to the efforts of the park management, the Friends of San Felasco and various other volunteers the 8.5 mile race route was open and ready for action.  There were about a dozen trees that had fallen and much of the trail was hard to find due to the tree debri that had fallen on the course.  By race time it was overcast but dry and the race started without a hitch but then with about 2 hours to go they skies had their way and let loose the rain was to end the race and turn an 8 Hour event into a 6 Hour.  Everyone seemed to be in agreement and the champs were celebrated and low and behold the rain did stop just in time for the awards and happiness was restored. 

Robert Smith took the top male solo spot and Cynthia Morales was the top female on the day.  The 3 person team of AJ's Grumpy pickles was the fastest of the teams and finished with 9 laps in the books.

Many thanks to all of the fine sponsors, to the riders that braved the weather reports and to all of the volunteers that really did make the event possible.

 

 

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Tim Zimmerman flying low at Alva FSC

2016 Specialized Florida State Championship series #8 / Coconut Cup #2 - 11-20-16 - Caloosahatche Trails - Alva, Fl

Awesome weather again for the combined FSC / CC race series, last year was of course a mudder but not this year if anything it was a little on the dry side and that is ok by us!  This course is normally the longest trail on the circuit and this year it was even longer as the local club the Mudcutters added an extra half mile of technical trail to the loop making it a total of 10.5 miles.  Many would think this trail would be flat and uneventful since it is located in a relatively flat part of a flat state but those many would be wrong, this course does have it's share of flat sections but they are layed out in a way that makes them fun and fast and then there is other half of the trails that are nothing hills and ridges and very demanding.

Well the race action has been close all year and race eight was right on track with some new and old winners on the day.  In the men's elite class the normal train of riders got busted up early for some reason and a three rider group lead by Mike Mace took it all the way to the finish giving Mace his second overall win of the season, meanwhile in the women's group it was Erica Zeboor with a close win over series leader Carolyn Maddox.

The Protano Law Holeshot $50 award went to Troy Zimmerman in the 50+ expert class.

Many thanks to all of the fine sponsors! 

Team Bent's Galacticus is the leader in the team championship standings.

 

 

 

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Andre Wedderburn gives it a thumbs up at Lakeland FSC

2016 Specialized Florida State Championship series #7 - 11-12/13-16 - Loyce Harpe Park Trails - Lakeland, Fl

Another great weekend of weather for the Lakeland round of the FSC series sponsored by Bent's Cycling & Fitness!  It was also another double header as the short track bonus race on Saturday saw 100 racers hit the special 1 mile short loop for valuable bonus points in the series.  The yellow wave short track race was the biggest of the day with right around 60 riders doing 15 minutes plus one lap on the fast course that included a short bit of paved road as well, in a very close finish it was Allison Anjos taking the win.  The white wave short track start saw about 35 racers hit the same course but this time for only 10 minutes plus one lap and this time it was Carlos Pacheco with the claim to the wave win and maximum bonus points.

Sundays cross country race started off with of course the kids race at 8:30am and they ran the same course as the previous days short track then at 9:30am the yellow wave advanced riders hit the big course which measured 6.5 miles and featured some tricky sections including one called "Sneaky Snake" a trail we had never used before in an FSC race.  The course produced some close racing as we have come to expect in this years series and it was Allison Anjos taking his second overall Elite win in the Men's class while Madison McDaniel returned to the series and chalked up another.  Bob McCarty has a strong lead in the chase for the men's Elite jersey while on the women's side we have a new jersey holder in Simone Berger.

The Protano Law Holeshot $50 award went to Tim Zimmerman in the 40-49 expert class.

Many thanks to all of the fine sponsors especially Bent's Cycling & Fitness of Lakeland and by the way Team Bent's Galacticus is still leading the team championship standings!

 

 

 

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Vinny Silva logs another lap at Markham

2016 Specialized Florida State Championship series #6 / Coconut cup #1 - 11-6-16 - Markham Park Trails - Sunrise, Fl

A super weekend for racing in South Florida, the mild temperatures and of course just enough rain to pack the trails in plus a ton of competitors made it so.  This also marked the first time this season that the two series came together on the same weekend and the next time will be Alva later this month. The Markham park trail crew always does a great job with the preparation of course and the layout and this event was no exception as they creatively combined a number of different trails to end up with a 6.8 mile challenging loop.  Even the kids course is unique at this park as it has a lot of distance and variety.  About 85 racers lined up on Saturday for the Coconut cup short track bonus and it was Bob McCarty taking a close win over Bala Alamedia in the yellow wave group while Andrew Slocombe won in the white wave heat. 

This course is one of the most demanding and technial on the circuit and it was no suprise that racers that ride the Markham course a lot did very well.  Bob McCarty pulled away early in the race to take another win and now holds a commanding lead in the Men's Elite points standings.  Carolyn Maddox was back on top of the standings as well as she won the Women's expert class.

The Protano Law Holeshot $50 award went to Bala Alamedia.

Many thanks to all of the fine sponsors!

 

 

 

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