January 27, 2016 -- Gone Riding race promotions has announced that its four cross-country mountain bike series, which consist of 32 events across the southeast, will again sanction with USA Cycling in 2016.
The South Eastern Regional Mountain Bike Championship Series, Georgia State Mountain Bike Championship Series, Florida State Mountain Bike Championship Series, and South Florida Coconut Cup Mountain Bike Series offer ample off-road racing opportunities to cycling enthusiasts across the southeast. Now, as USA Cycling-sanctioned events, these 32 races will also offer riders the added benefits of being included in the nation’s only bike racing results and rankings program, as well as accident medical insurance for incidents that may occur during an athlete’s involvement in the sanctioned event.
“Gone Riding has a long history with USA Cycling that goes back to the early 1990’s,” said Gone Riding President and Race Director David Berger. “Due to positive changes at USA Cycling, we’re happy to announce that for no additional cost, we’ll once again provide our racers with the benefits of USA Cycling.”
Some of USA Cycling’s goals in 2016 are to lower the barriers of entry to the sport of cycling, and to increase its support of amateur and grassroots racing. For mountain bike races, this means a $5 rebate on one-day licenses to the race director, the elimination of permitting fees, and the elimination of one-day licenses for practice days.
Learn more about Gone Riding and its many racing opportunities at on its website.
2016 Battle of Snow Hill - Snow Hill Trails- Geneva, Fl 2-7-16.
Well the deck seemed to be stacked against the first ever endurance race near Orlando, a crowded race calendar, super bowl Sunday and then there was the weather. An all day rain on Saturday and a cold and windy Sunday made some parts of the trail a little more challenging than normal but the morning of the race the rain stopped and 99% of the trail was in great shape. The event started with a running start at 9am under a cold cloudy sky but by the half way point the sun started to come out and all in all it turned out to be another beautiful day in Central Florida.
The newly formed Sorba Orlando club had laid out a nice 9 mile loop that featured fast and flowing single track spiced up with some rooty cypress sections and plenty of passing lanes in between. The club also provided the racers with the course marshal crew on the course to keep things running smoothly.
The action heated up fast on the trail as Trent Maddox took control of the overall lead and was never headed as he raced toward the 3 Hour solo win, Trent also claimed the fastest lap of the day with a 39:23 time. Caroyln Maddox and wife of Trent also won her class (the 3 Hour female solo). In the six hour solo class Ben Smith held claim to the top postion while Joan Weaver was the female 6 hour solo champ. The Mad Outfitters team of Robert Duncanson and John Ayers Jr beat a tightly contested field in the Two Person relay class while the Velo Creek Bike & Brew team of Sean Mather and Erin VanWinkle were the Co-Ed winners.
Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to the SORBA Orland Club for the support and making the event possible.
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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.
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2016 Amelia 369 endurance -Amelia Earhart Trails- Hialeah, Fl 1-23-16.
Despite an all day rain on Friday the sun came out and the trail was magically dry on Saturday morning for the annual endurance race at the popular trail system. Racers hit the trail in a series of staggered starts with the longer distances (9 hour) going first. It was Bob McCarty taking control early as he cruised to an easy win in the 9 hour solo men's class while Simone Berger did the same in the women's solo class. The six hour solo class was won by Allison Anjos while in the three hour class was topped by Daminan Sarrania. It was close finish in the women's class between Lauren Roswell and Beata Wronska. The top team was "A team of three".
Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to the Amelia Trail Crew for the support and making the event possible.
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