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Ryan Woodall handles the hills of Hailes

2017 Hailes Cyclocross 10-14/15-17 - Hailes Trails - Newberry, Fl

This is October isn't it? What is with the weather, it was a hot and muggy one at the second annual Hailes CX but the racers got treated to a super course and great competition. The Ryan Woodall designed layout was even better than the first year as it seems Ryan was able to find some more hills and had the route groomed to perfection by race time. There was plenty of excitement during the races like Kelly Edwards dropping his chain and taking a considerable amount of time to get going again but still coming back for the win in the Masters class and Bryce Kovi clearing the wooden carry overs without dismounting but at the end of the day it was Ryan Woodall taking the top spot in the men's Cat 1/2 while Darla Woodall had the women's field covered in the W 1/2/3. Many thanks to all of the sponsors that made the event a success!

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Alafia Classic Red vs Blue

2017 Alafia Classic - FLE #6 - 5-13-17- Alafia River State Park Trails - Lithia, Fl

Although the trails were on the dry side the overall conditions were very good for the annual 6 hour race at Alafia, there were two courses used, a "blue" easy course and a "red" more difficulty course, the former was 6 miles in length and the latter was 7 miles.  Thanks to the Swamp Club and the Friends of Alafia the trails were clear and as fast as they could be considering and looks like they have some new trails coming in the near future.

In the race action it was Julio Gomez and Melinda Mosser taking the 3 hour class wins which ran on the blue course.  Mike Foxwell and Sara Zaki won the 6 hour solo red course classes while Mike Brennan and Ashlee Applewhite were the blue course winners.  J. Da valle was the 45+ winner and Robert Duncanson was the fastest Clydesdale of the day.  In the team competition Spark Fitness / AJ's were the open class winners and LeRoy's bike works won the Co-Ed class.  In the amateur class Team Boris won the red course challenge and "just a little dirty offroad" was the blue course champs.  Many thanks to all of the sponsors and park support.

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Tim Zimmerman topped the solo's at Amelia

2017 Amelia 30/60 mile trail fund raiser - Amelia Earheart Park - Hialeah, Fl

The conditions were prime for this annual endurance race at Amelia Earhart park, a rain the night before always seems to make the course better and that it did as the course got faster and faster with each passing wheel on the trail.  The Amelia Trail Crew set up a 6 mile relatively tame course for the endurance racers and worked perfectly with fast lap times in the low twenties there was always a lot of action on the trail and in the pits.

Action on the track left Tim Zimmerman standing on top of the podium for the 60 mile male open class and Beata Wronska was the top female in the 60 mile class and now has a commanding lead in the Florida Endurance series as a result.  The winners of the 3 Hour solo classes were Carolyn Maddox and Samuel Meja, in the two person open class it was Damian Serrania and Jose Luis Garcel, the 2 person co-ed team winners were Adam Cohen and Lauren Roswell.  Many thanks to all of the sponsors for supporting the event and to all of the riders that helped with keep the trails at Amelia moving forward.

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Gillermo Rosaly digs deep at VK Coconut Cup

2017 Coconut Cup #4 - 1-15-17 - Virginia Key Trails - Miami, Fl

What a better place to hold a bike race in the middle of January, right off the port of Miami and Key Biscane! The weather, the trails, the atmosphere was simply awesome and thanks to the Virginia Key Bicycle Club for all of their efforts with trail building and support. The round sponsor was the Miami Bike shop.com which meant they handed out several thousand dollars worth of prizes to the medalists as they have every year since we have been there, many thanks!

The 6.5 mile course had a couple new twists and a new section that featured some challenging drops and steep climbs and the fastest lap of the day was 25:25 set by elite winner Daniel Hidalgo in the expert 19-39 class. Simone Berger rose to the top in the women's field despite some new competition.

The Protano Law $50 holeshot went to Bob McCarty in the 40-49 expert class. It looks like the new is off to a great start, next race is at Quiet Waters park in Deerfield Beach.

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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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