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2014 Specialized Bicycles Florida State Championship series #8 / Coconut Cup series #2 - Caloosahatchee Park - Alva, FL 11-23-14.
The weather was a bit concerning but all in all the racers dodged a bullet as only a small amount of rain fell on Saturday night which was enough however to make the first wave a little on the slick side for the first part of the race. There were quotes like ice rink and slipperly but fortunately no major problems.
Many thanks to Mudcutters bike club who had the trails flowing nicely and they had done a ton of work recently to make sure everything was cleared back and smooth. The club also served up lunch and marshalled the event with a ton of volunteers. The round sponsor was the newly opened bike shop in Ft Myers JRA or (Just Riding Along) and they handed out lot's of great prizes (over $2000 worth).
The course is the longest of the FSC and CC circuits at a little over 10 miles and many of the classes were set to run "full loops" plus "half loops" to get the milage in order. The trail also has a reputation of being fast and fun with some of the more technical trails in the middle section called the "Far East".
The Elite series race for the jersey got a little more interesting as Shawn Smith took the overall win over Dwayne Allgire and series leader Bob McCarty. Shelly Allen cruised to another win in the Womens cat 1 class and In the team championship team Super Cool bike shop extened it's lead to 6 points.
Charlie Haimes took home the $50 First Place Racing Fast Lap Fifty award in the 50+ expert class. Next event is a Coconut Cup series race and an FSC make up race 11-30-14 in Hialeah.
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2014 Specialized Bicycles Florida State Championship series #7 - Loyce Harpe Park - Lakeland, FL 11-16-14.
It was a busy cycling weekend at Lakeland (technically Mulberry) Florida as Saturday morning saw a cyclocross, Saturday afternoon an FSC short track and Sunday the FSC cross country race. The trail system at this park has deep roots with Gone Riding as we held our first race at this park (then known as Carter Road Park) back in the early 90's, at the time it only had about 1 mile of single track and we literally had to create and build an additional 5 miles to have a race, it took about a month of hard work but in the end it happened and that was the beginning of the mountain bike trail system that is so popular today. The Ridge Riders club (named after the mine overburden ridges that make the trails so much fun) began soon after that and expanded and developed that crude early trail system into a work of art and one of the most demanding yet fun trails on the circuit.
Many thanks to Ridge Riders club who had the trails in excellent shape and helped work the event and thanks to the round sponsor Bent's Cycling & Fitness one of the oldest if not the oldest bike shops in town and a long time mountain bike sponsor.
Saturday the FSC short track had a new layout that was longer and faster than years past and an impressive turnout helped to amp up the competition. It was Level Strahan with a close win in the white wave ST and Bob McCarty performed his magic again and as he burst out to a win at the last moment to take the yellow wave top spot.
Sunday's 6.7 mile cross country race course was ran the normal direction but this year a section called the "first finger" along with a couple of other technical sections were added which spiced things up a bit. The start and finish area were also kind of a new / old setup as it was set up in a more open area and away from most of the park traffic, it was an area that the FSC hasn't seen for over ten years and featured a ride through the old concrete blocks that reminded me of Mayan ruins for some reason.
Elite series jersey leader Bob McCarty had a hard fought battle with Dwyane Allgire and Mose Howard but in the end it was McCarty on top again. Shelly Allen won on what is considered her home field as Kathy Russell kept her honest in second place. In the team championship the points gap has now narrowed to 2 points with Super Cool bike shop still in the lead.
Doug Deweese claimed the $50 First Place Racing Fast Lap Fifty award this week. KMC chains fast lap award went to Gary Chambers in the GM1 B class. Next event is 11-23-14 at Alva.
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