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McCarty maintains a solid grip on the Elite jersey

2014 Specialized Bicycles Florida State Championship series #5 / Coconut Cup #1 Markham Park - Sunrise, FL 10-26-14

The sun was out, the humidity was low and temperatures and trails were perfect for this annual South Florida stop on the FSC curcuit.  The Markham park trail building club once again had everyone guessing what the layout would be and and always they suprised and delighted with a 6.7 mile fun and safe route of trails for this double header.

Many thanks as to Florida Pro Cycle for being the round sponsor (and on short notice) and providing gift certificates to the ahtletes..

Saturday was the Cconcut Cup short track as the white wave hit the 1.2 mile half dirt road half single track course, Whtie wave winner Vinny Silva jumped out to a big lead early but was challenged at the line by Alejandro Franchi for an exciting finish.  In the Yellow wave heat it was Bob McCarty and Doug Deweese in a super close finish with McCarty getting the nod from the scorers.

Sunday's cross country race was full of some great racing as well as in the women's expert class we saw the successful return of Carolyn Van Vurst after knee surgury who took the win over Kathy Russell.  The elite class was closely contested as a stacked field watched a rerun of the  Bob and Doug show from yesterday's short track and again Bob McCarty took the win which keeps the Elite jersey where it has been all season.

Bob McCarty took the $50  First Place Racing Fast Lap Fifty award this time around.  KMC chains fast lap award went to Conner Murray in the Jnior 15-18 group.  In the team championship points there is a new leader as the "Super Cool Bike shop" team just edged out the Brick City Bombers by one point this weekend.  Next race is in Newberry, Fl as we return to Haile's Trails after a two year hiatis, weather should be cool and don't forget the time changes this weekend.

 

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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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Luiz Oliverira leads early at San Felasco

2014 Specialized Bicycles Florida State Championship series #4 San Felasco Park - Alachua, FL 10-19-14. 

Story by Tom Pike...

The 2014 Specialized Florida State Championship race series takes us to
many race courses around the state of Florida. And we all have our
favorites and and we all have some that are not so favorite... I must
admit that the San Felasco race has always been one that I don't
necessarily look forward to.
Whoa, whoa, whoa... hold on there San Felasco lovers hear me out. It
has nothing to do with the trail system it's more my mountain biking
weakness on long spinning grassy climbs... And the only times I've ever
ridden here it's either been wet and slippery or very dry. Plus the
gators had a home football game.
So this is the story about how this became one of my favorite race
weekends without even coming close to making the podium. To start off
because all of the motels had jacked up prices and most of them were
full we found a very clean, with waffle machine, Days Inn Friday night
in a little country town called Chiefland west of Gainesville.
The only thing that concerned me about Chiefland though was the number
of people I saw wearing camouflage... male, female, young , old even
camouflage boots. Must've been some sort of hunting season hopefully
not deer because we were going to be riding at San Felasco, if you know
what I mean.
So because we had the luxury of coming in Friday night we decided to
get up early Saturday morning and do a pre-pre-ride out at Manatee
State Park. The weather was beautiful, and this was a great easy way
to start the morning with a scenic ride in a great local park area.
From here we moved onto San Felasco. The weather was still gorgeous,
we were in a great mood but I was already hearing that it was a tough
start uphill, OY.
Expecting the worst Mickey and I started out on our pre-ride. The spin
up the start hill grassy road wasn't that bad and it leveled off
halfway ... For our hard work we were rewarded to a great downhill run
and the smiles never stopped.
I apologize for not knowing the trail names more but I know I kept
seeing a sign for Tung Nut , I think, all over the place. Anyway from
here the trail just got better and better. The uphills seemed to be
disguised pretty well in between flying downhills and some really fun
twisty single-track.
The final grassy mile out felt like it had hard pack underneath so the
bike rolled easier then in past years on this section. The real bugger
was the right hander leading to a climb with about five switch backs.
Everyone I spoke to after the race agreed this was the toughest part of
the course. From pros to "middle of the pack-ers" to first timers this
was the "Heartbreak Hill" of the race.
The payoff for your hard work was a screaming downhill double track
with a slight rise to the finish line! For me ,the infrequent visitor

to the San Felasco trails, this was a great layout. Which I heard many
riders complement on after the pre-ride and after the race.
I think another thing that added to the success of this race course
with the condition that the trails were in. As I mentioned the grassy
parts were hard packed which made it easy to roll. The single-track
were sticky trails with naturally formed berms which made high-speed
cornering feel like you were doing a slalom. All made for fast times
and big smiles.
As a side note another thing it makes for big smiles is the rolls of
hay that are in the field. Besides adding to the scenic charm of the
field, it's a natural playground for the kids after the kids race. And
I must confess that the inner kid in Mickey and I was too strong and we
had to jump up on them too.
Next up is Markham park... Yay home-field advantage, LOL.
Ride hard! Ride safe!
Peace, pike!
Tom Pike is an Ellsworth Team Rider. Tom has won a Silver Medal at the
USAC National Mountain Bike Championships and is a two time Florida
State Mountain Bike Champion. In his “spare time” he works teaching
Film Production at Design and Architecture Senior High in Miami,
Florida.

 

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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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