2016 Specialized Florida State Championship series #1 - 9-17/18-16 - Tom Brown Park - Tallahassee, Fl
The excitement was high and so were the temperatures but the FSC racers pushed on and made the opener a big success. Although the area was hit with a hurricane only two weeks ago the Sorba Tallahassee club and many other volunteers put their efforts together and got the trails in great shape in record time, many thanks to all involved! Ok back to the action, the weekend kicked off with the annual FSC Time Trials on Saturday at 3pm and this year the course was the first 4.5 miles of the cross country course which included most of the Cadillac trail and was considered a little faster average speed than last years Magnolia loop. After all was said and done it was Doug Deweese pulling out the fastest time with a 15:07, while Madison McDaniel topped the very competitive women's field.
On Sunday the first racers to hit the popular trail system were the Shimano kids racers and true to form the racing was close and exciting, the kids showed lot's of heart and lot's of potential as future bike racers, congrats to all! At 9:30am the yellow wave hit the 7.5 mile course (that included the famous "Wall" turn, a favorite for the fans) and as the elite racers powered their way through the first lap, a real battle began to form between Doug Deweese and Mike Mace for the lead with Doug unfortunately flatting on the lap and allowing Mike a comfortable win in the end. In the women's cat 1 class Madison McDaniel showed everyone why came in favored to win the series after a strong showing last year in her rookie year.
As it has been for many many years, HIgher Ground Bicycles was the round sponsor for the event and as always they play the role of a great host for the event plus they provided over $2400 in prizes to the medalists, many thanks to them and to all of the sponsors!
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2016 Santos Cyclocross - Santos Trails - Ocala, Fl
The opening round of the Florida Cyclocross season hit the popular Santos trailhead this past weekend with racing action on both Saturday and Sunday. The event was a double header, meaning two full and separate days of racing, the only differance being the course was reversed on Sunday. A total of 177 entries filled the Ryan Woodall designed course over the weekend and the layout was met with rave reviews which included two hop over obsticles and two dismount obsticles and miles of blue shimano tape and fence posts.
The top male rider on the weekend was no suprise Ryan Woodall with a win in the Cat 1/2 open men's class and Amy Horstmeyer was the top female both claiming the podium on both days. Many thanks to all of the sponsors especially Top Gear Bicycles for providing the purse money and volunteers!
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