2015 Specialized Bicycles Florida State Championship series #2 - Ft Clinch State Park - Fernandina Beach, Fl 9-27-15.
Although it was a beautiful weekend weather wise for this time of year, overcast, cooler than normal and dry (oops I meant to say the parking lot was dry), the trail was another story as month long rains had the trail system saturated and then came an unusually high tide that rose right into parts of the trail right about the time the first race was started which was a whole other challenge to the racers. About 90 % of the trail was in perfect shape but the 10% that was wet, was really wet.
The Elite class was another great race this weekend and it came down to Bob McCarty and teamate Doug Deweese battling to the end with Bob getting the nod on the overall for the day but Doug still wearing the FSC leaders jersey and a 5 point lead so far in the series.
In the women's cat 1 class last weeks suprise winner did it again as Madison McDaniel out dueled defending champ Shelly Allen for the top female award, yes Maddy is for real folks!
In the Team Championship standings there is a new leader as Leroy's Cookie Monsters holds on to slim 1 point lead over Team Bent's Sweet Heat.
Thanks again to all of the sponsors, volunteers, park staff and racers for making this possible.
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2015 Specialized Bicycles Florida State Championship series #1 - Tom Brown Park - Tallahassee, Fl 9-19/20-15.
A slight cool front blew into Tallahassee during the week and gave a much needed break in the rain and heat and just in time for the series kick off. The Tallahassee Mountain Bike Association had the trails in great shape and the racers were ready to find out how their fitness training was going to pay off. On Saturday the Individual Time Trial bonus kicked off the action with Bob McCarty trowing down a 12:32 minute lap on the shortened TT course but not far off were Doug Deweese 12:33 and Tim Zimmerman 12:35. In the womens TT results it was Shelly Allen 13:55 taking the win and then a tie for second with Josselyn Guiterrez and Caryolyn Maddox.
On Sunday the Torque Group kids series got started at 8:30am and the high energy shown by the racers was rubbing off on everyone by the end as there were some great races in all of the classes. Angel Rodriguez was the top male rider and Monroe Swain was the top female kids racer.
The Elite class was stacked with talent at the start and then the drama began as defending champ Bob McCarty broke a chain fifty feet from the start and had to spend several minutes getting the bike repaired, this set the stage for one of the biggest comebacks we have seen in a while. As Bob was busy shaving time off of the lead group each lap there was a great battle going on up front with a new leader every lap but in the end it was Doug Deweese taking the win and the FSC leaders jersey to the next round in Fernandina Beach. McCarty did manage to salvage a 5th overall and 3rd in his class by the end.
In the women's cat 1 class the story was the rookies vs the veterans as mulit champ Shelly Allen took the early lead and seemed comfortable until somewhere on the last lap young rookie Madison McDaniel slipped by for the win and a big upset, so the rookies won this round, can't wait to see what next week shapes up like in this very competitive class.
In the Team Championship standings we are off to a very close points race with a tie for first between Bent's Cycling #1 & #2 and only 7 points separating 5th through first.
Thanks again to all of the sponsors especially Specialzied bicycles and Higher Ground bicycle shop for providing all of the great prizes to the riders!
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