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Just another day at the beach for Mike Sauerwine

2018 Coconut Cup South Florida Championship series #4 - Virginia Key Trails - Miami, Fl

The first race back at Virginia Key since hurricane Irma was a pleasent suprise as rumors of the devistation were everywhere but the silver lining was that due to the work of hundreds of volunteers the trails were recovered for the most part and back up and running (or is that riding). The Virginiia Key Mountain Bke Club did an amazing job and put together a 6.2 mile challenging loop for the Coconut Cup racers at fourth round of the series and although the trails were in good shape the weather was another story with temperatures starting in the 40's and eventually warming up to the mid sixties by midday (yes that is very cold for Miami).

The race action was hot however with a very close battle between Bob McCarty and Jordan Swingle for the overall Elite win with McCarty taking it by just a couple of bike lengths at the end. Kelly Lalima was the top female on the day taking the women's cat 2 class win. Many thanks again to the VKMBC and to all of the series sponsors, next CC race is in Deerfield Beach on 1-28-18.

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mountain bike racing

Mountain bike racing

Russell Peelman holeshots El Lagarto

1-7-2018 - FLE #1 - El Lagarto, Loyce Harpe Park - Lakeland, Fl

It was a chilly start to the new racing season (although the warmest day of the year so far) as the first round of the Florida Endurance series kicked off in Lakeland with temperatures hovering in the 40's at start time but eventually making it up to 60 by the end of the race. Conditions were perfect however on the 8.4 mile loop around one of Central Florida's most popular trail systems and the fastest laps were in the low 30 minute mark. Many thanks to all of the racers that braved the cold weather and thanks as well to all of the fine sponsors that made the event and series possible.

The racing action was close for most of the race for the overall with a battle developing between Mose Howard, Shawn Smith and Matthew Dockins but in the middle of the race Mose broke away to a several minute lead and it looked like that was going to be the story however a strong push by Shawn and a fading Mose made the finish exciting as Shawn Smith took the win in the 3 hour class by a handfull of seconds. The six hour class however continued on and what turned out to be the closest race of the day between John Vega (winner) and Mike Adams as they crossed the line less than a second apart from each other after all that time racing.  In the women's field Beata Wronska (the defending champ) took the win win the 6 hour solo and Sarah Zaki was the 3 hour solo winner. Top team on day was the Co-Ed duo of Matthew Dockins and Pauline Hazen.

Next FLE race is January 21st in Geneva, Fl.

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*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 don't forget to check out the Gone Riding Store including our Gone Riding Jersey.

mountain bike racing

Mountain bike racing

Places to Ride

FLORIDA

Alafia (Tampa, Fl)

Amelia Earheart Park (Hialeah, Fl)

Boyette

Caloosahatche Regional Park (Alva, Fl)

Loyce E Harpe (Carter Road Park) (Lakeland, Fl)

Croom (Brooksville, Fl)

Fort Clinch Trails (Fernandina Beach, Fl)

Ft. Pierce Cross Roads

Hanna Park (Jacksonville, Fl)

Jonathan Dickenson Park (Hobe Sound, Fl)

Markham Park (Sunrise, Fl)

Morris Bridge (Tampa, Fl)

North Port (Port Charlotte)

Oleta River State Park

Quiet Waters Park (Deerfield Beach, Fl)

Red Bug (Tallahassee, Fl)

Sand Hill (Orlando, Fl)

San Felasco (Gainesville, Fl)

Santos Trail (Belleview, Fl)

Tom Brown Park (Tallahassee, Fl)