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2014-2015 Coconut Cup South Florida series #4 - Amelia Earhart Park - Hialiah, FL 1-3/4-15.

Awesome start to the new year of racing in South Florida as over 200 racers hit the trails at this very popular park.  Saturday kicked off with an XTERRA trail run followed by the series Time Trial event for bonus points,  Jonathan Perkinson won the 5k run while Rodolfo Burges took the top spot in the 10k men's classes and Adriana Neves was the top female overall.  The 4.5 mile individual time trial course was basically set up using the East side of the trail system while the next days 6.3 mile cross country layout utilized the West side but on either course it was Bob McCarty taking the overall male spot with a time of 16:44 in the TT  while Lauren Roswell topped all the women in TT and then won her class in Sunday's XC race.  It was however Simone Berger taking the top female XC overall spot with her win in the women's cat 2 race.   

Thanks to the Amelida Trail Crew who as always have the trails in super shape never fail to amaze with creative features and race layouts.  The race will be at Virginia Key trails in Miami and will also feature a trail run on Saturday morning followed by the cross country Coconut cup race on Sunday.

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Keith Legg pulls a holeshot at Ocala final

2014 Specialized Bicycles Florida State Championship series #9 - Santos Trails - Ocala, FL 12-14-14

Another picture perfect weekend for the final FSC race in Ocala at the famous Santos Trails.  The series started in the heat of Tallahassee and ended in the cool (some would say cold) of Ocala.  When the sun came up the thermometer read a chilling 29 degrees but by the time the sun warmed things up it was comfortable 63 and great for racing.  The 7.7 mile course was on the long side and full of technical challenges with sections like John Brown, Rattle Snake and Sink hole included in the loop, always a popular trail but for some reason this day proved to be hard on tires as many riders suffered flats throughout.

Many thanks to Ocala Mountain Bike Association club who as always have the trails in great shape and continue to build and maintain the largest trail system in the state.  The round sponsor was Santos Trailhead Bike shop and they pumped out over $2,000 in prizes and also hosted the Jeff Lenosky stunt / freestyle show at there shop on Saturday drawing thier biggest crowds yet.

In the Elite series leaders jersey race we saw a new face take the win as Allison Anjos won a narrow one over Tim Zimmerman.  Shelly Allen won the women's expert class and also took home another FSC title.  In the team championships battle the two top teams Super Cool Bike shop and the Brick City Bombers came in tied but it would be Brick City's day and championship as they not only performed strongly on their home course but Super Cool had no less than three mechanical failures during the race.

Tim Zimmerman claimed the $50  First Place Racing Fast Lap Fifty award in the 40-49 expert class.

At the FSC banquet which was held at the Ocala Hilton later that night a packed house of over 200 racers and supporters dined and celebrated the acomplishments of the racers and were presented with thousands of dollars of prizes and cash.  Special awards were given to the following...

MIR (Most Improved Rider): Doug Deweese

ESPO (Sportsmanship award named after the late Jeff Esposito): Emily House

MIJ (Most Improved Junior): Nicholas Tabares

MIF (Most Improved Female): Madison Mcdaniel

BSC (Best Supporting Cast): Elizabeth Rodrigez

ROY male (Rider of the Year): Robert McCarty

ROY female (Rider of the Year): Shelly Allen

EC (Elite Champion #1 plate holder): Robert McCarty

Congratulations to all!

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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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