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Battle at the beach

Florida State Championship series #2 – Hanna park – Jacksonville, Fl Rain, rain went-away, in a favorable turn of what looked like a very wet day (the local weather forecast was for rain on and off all day), the sun came out and the racers were greeted with a very nice race course with only a few puddles to navigate. The SORBA JAX club once again provided a bunch of great volunteers to help with parking and trail duties, many thanks! A good turnout for the Shimano Youth / kids race which features a one mile long lap that jaunts …

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FSC tallahassee kick off

Florida State Championship series #1 + TT + E MTB #1 – Tom Brown park – Tallahassee, Fl It seemed like everyone was bracing for a wet start to the season but that was not the case as the opening round of the FSC dodged the nasty clouds and the trails were in great shape for the racers. Many thanks to TMBA (Tallahassee area Mountain Bike Association) for prepping the trails and for cheering on the racers during the event, it is always a treat to come up and race in Tally. Saturday was the traditional series time trial bonus …

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FLE final at Haile

Florida Endurance series #7 – Haile’s Trails – Newberry, Fl What was feared to be a washout weekend turned out pretty nice with the rains holding off on Saturday making the Sunday course near perfect for the final FLE race of the ’22 season. It was warm, maybe a little hot but not the normal sweltering heat for the middle of June in Florida, so all in all good conditions for the race. The course was one of the shortest on the season at just a little over 5 miles per lap but this place always packs a punch with …

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Stairway to Helen

Georgia State Championship series #7 – Unicoi State Park – Helen, Ga Perfect is one way to describe the weather and conditions at the series final at Unicoi state park this past weekend. This former NORBA national course is notorious for tough climbing and for the wet stuff and well the climbs are still there but at least it was dry and nearly zero humidity, just an awesome way to finish off the GSC. Did we mention this course is tough, 6.7 miles, a creek crossing, lot’s of steep climbs and one climb in particular called three sisters will absolutely …

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GSC rolls on at Chattanooga

Georgia State Championship series #6 – Enterprise South Nature Park – Chattanooga, Tn Another awesome weather day in the South as high 80’s and low humidity and super fun course greeted the GSC racers in Chattanooga for the second to last round of the series. There were lots of new faces at this one as riders from the surrounding area stepped in to make the racing a little more spicy for the series veterans. We would like to thank the SORBA Chattanooga club for all of their outstanding work on the area trails as well and this was in super …

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Playing jax with gravel

Florida Gravel Grinder series #4 – Cary Forest Grind – Bryceville, Fl The second annual Florida Gravel Grinder series wrapped up at a new venue near Jacksonville and although it was a hot one and tough one (even without elevation) it was well received. The 14.7 mile loop set up by the SORBA Jacksonville club had a one mile sand section thrown that played an important role in many of the finishes with some racers just rolling through and some struggling. The race was co hosted by Sorba Jax and they played an important part with volunteers and keeping the …

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Attack at Allatoona

Georgia State Championship series #5 – Allatoona Creek trails – Acworth, Ga Saturday was bright and dry as the first wave of the short track racers hit the 1.5 mile mix of single track and open trail, the yellow wave were scheduled for 4 laps and it was Jeremy Brock who took the top men’s spot and Tina Morris ruled the women’s overall. In the 3 lap white wave it was Tyler Ebbert taking a close win while Tanya Sullivan was the top female. Sunday started out with a quick hard rain but then the sun came out and turned …

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Dodging trees at dauset

Georgia State Championship series #4 – Dauset trails – Jackson, Ga Middle of May now and the weather has been awesome, after a cold start to the series it is nice to feel the warmth but we have the feeling it is going to get really hot for the next few rounds. The trails were awesome also as the trail crew at Dauset have been working extra hard at some major reroutes and expansion with the “Pine mtn” trail as an excellent example, it nearly doubled in length and is much more flowy and smooth now. The race course was …

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Hot in hialeah

Florida Endurance series #6 – Amelia Earhart park – Hialeah, Fl Some heat but low humidity for the most part, so can’t complain about the weather on this weekend as the series took a turn South for the sixth round at Amelia park. The Amelia Trail Builder’s club had the course rolling fast with some recent work to fix some of the erosion issues and packed in some new berms. The 6.3 mile course fast and flowing but it took it’s toll as the lap count got higher, the sprint classes did 5 laps and the marathon ten. Coming out …

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