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The Women Cat 3's charge towards the first turn at FSC #1

2014 8 Specialized Bicycles Florida State Championship series #1 Tom Brown Park - Tallahassee, FL 9-13&14-14.  Sunshine and good times at the opening round of the FSC series as hundreds of eager MTB racers hit the popular trail system in Florida's capital city.  A rainy Friday night made for super conditions on the trail although the heat of the summer was still around so riders had to make sure they stayed hydrated to get their maximum performance.  Saturday 160 racers lined up for the Individual Time Trial with those all important bonus points and it was Bob McCarty taking the overall win (with a time of 14:08): and Shelly Allen taking the top women's spot.  Sunday the day kicked off with the Torque Group kids series and the racing was close in all the classes, even the 3-5 racers were in a 4 way battle for the win at the line, good stuff!  At 9:30 the yellow wave hit the trails and it was a first for the new "Elite" format where all the Cat 1's 19-49 started together (althought scored separately) and they did an extended parade lap through the BMX track with was exciting to say the least.  In the end it was Ricardo Giraldo taking the XC win but it was Bob McCarty taking the Leaders Jersey and the Elite points lead virtue of his Time Trial points, this class is going to be fun to watch this season.  Multi time champ Shelly Allen swept the weekend with a win in the cross country as well.  The First Place Racing Fast Lap Fifty went to Shawn Smith in the 30-39 class with a smoking 25:79 lap time.  Many thanks to the round sponsor Higher Ground Bicycles as they handed out over $2,000 worth of prizes to the racers and to the City of Tallahassee and the SORBA club of Tallahassee for having the trail in such good shape!  Congratulations to all the racers and a special thanks to all of the sponsors that helped make this happen.

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* New this year Gone Riding is now offering an optional membership for $30 and includes a t-shirt, sticker and a $5 discount off regular entry prices. This membership can be purchased at any Gone Riding event, the Gone Riding store or online at First Place Racing.com. Also USAC licenses will also be honored at all cross country events and receive the same $5 discount.

*Also new is the Gone Riding Store including our new Gone Riding Jersey

 

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Smith & Horner sweep San Felasco again

2014 8 Hours of Labor - San Felasco Trails - Alachua, FL 8-31-14.  Ablsolutely perfect conditions as long as you don't mind heat and humidity that is!  Ok yes it was hot and humid (it is August in Florida by the way) but it didn't rain and the trail was in great condtion thanks to the Friends of San Felasco CSO Club who not only build and maintian the trails but work the event and make things smooth.   New this year was a fast single track and double track section that added a new feel to the course near the end of the 8.7 mile lap which seemed to be popular with the riders, many thanks again to club members Martin Cox and Kevin Mayer for the layout.  The days racing started off with an 8 minutes of Labor kids race and then the mass Lemans style running start hit the fields at just a little after 9am.  As always the racing was close in many of the classes, in the 4 hour single speed class it was Mike Unkelsbay taking a strong win.  The two person team classes was won by Martin Cox and Brent Hall, while the Co-Ed class winners were Amy Horstmeyer and Ben Talbot.  In the Three person class, Ryan Woodall, Darrin Dewey and Blake Idziak.  The solo class winners were Kyle Fedler (men's amatuer), Holly Horner (women) and Shawn Smith (men open money), for Shawn and Holly it was a repeat of last years wins.  Congratulations to all the racers and a special thanks to all of the sponsors that helped make this happen.

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* New this year Gone Riding is now offering an optional membership for $30 and includes a t-shirt, sticker and a $5 discount off regular entry prices. This membership can be purchased at any Gone Riding event, the Gone Riding store or online at First Place Racing.com. Also USAC licenses will also be honored at all cross country events and receive the same $5 discount.

*Also new is the Gone Riding Store including our new Gone Riding Jersey

 

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