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Markham FSC by Tom Pike

2014 Specialized Bicycles Florida State Championship series #5 / Coconut Cup #1 Markham Park - Sunrise, FL 10-26-14

The 2014 Specialized Florida State Championship headed to South Florida for a packed weekend of racing at Markham Park in Sunrise, FL. Besides being the 5th round of the FSC series, this weekend also kicked off the first race of the South Florida Coconut Cup Series. Plus the always exciting Short Track race on Saturday.

It's always the best when you're racing at a home park. Obviously local trail knowledge is great for your confidence. It also can give you a psychological advantage. A "home game" also means a short car ride to the park and sleeping in your own bed.

As a South Florida rider I enjoy the combined format of the FSC series with the first three CC races. It gives me a chance to race with friends who may only be doing the Coconut Cup. It also adds a new challenge to the state racers as they have to go up against new faces.

Now it's no secret that Markham has a rep for munching on bodies and bikes. The pits are full of war stories about cuts, bruises, stitches, bones and busted bikes... and this weekend was no exception. What's intriguing to me is that Markham is a 90% technical park, not unlike Oleta, Alafia or Carter Road. Those parks also collect their share of bodies and bikes, but for some reason those parks don't seem to have the same mythology Markham has. Go figure. I'll just chalk it up to a home court advantage no matter how they lay out the course.

Speaking of which, for those of us that ride Markham all the time it was nice to have the course laid out in the direction that we always ride. Turtle Slide and Semper Fi, which are part of the AMTB(adaptive mountain bike) loop, where nice additions and new way to go around Crime Scene. The redesign of the end of Outback Extension matched low gear switchback climbing with a steep downhill feeding you into tall banked corners for a corkscrew exit that I know had some people doing the death grip on their handlebars.

As for the condition of the tails the Markham Park trail maintenance volunteers continue to do a fantastic job building and maintaining the trail system here. These guys and gals do a lot of fund-raising and invest hundreds of hours to support the trails and it shows. If you only come to Markham for the races you've noticed a lot of building and improvements.

Of special note is the AMTB(adaptive mountain bike) loop which this crew recently completed. It runs about 4 miles and was used for the kids course. They also provide the bike patrol for the races and weekends. You guys rock!

So now it's onto Haile's Trails. Rumor has it that there's two new miles of trail and that Dave Berger is spicing them up by invoking the spirits of the original Razorback trails. I hope the rumors are true.

Ride Hard! Ride Safe!
Peace, Pike!

Tom Pike is an Ellsworth Team Rider. Tom has won a Silver Medal at the USAC National Mountain Bike Championships and is a two time Florida State Mountain Bike Champion. In his “spare time” he works teaching Film Production at Design and Architecture Senior High in Miami, Florida.

 

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Kurt Dorshimer took the holeshot and the win at Dauset

2015 South Eastern Regional Championship series #5 / Georgia State Championship #4 - Dauset Trails - Jackson, GA 5-24-15

Absolutely perfect weather and trail conditions on this Memorial Day weekend race in Middle Georgia.  Dauset is one of the funnest and best maintained trails in the state and always fun to layout as it has so many different options and combinations of trails from easy to hard and from slow and technical to fast and flowing.  This year the 6.7 mile course was set up with a relatively fast flow to it but had a few sprinkles of technical rock sections thrown in to make it interesting, most of the climbs were short but steep.  Many thanks to the OMBA club out of Macon for supporting the event and maintaining the trails along with the Dauset trails crew who are always on top of things at the park.

The top Male rider was again Bradford Perley in the men's pro claas while Maria Carrelli took the win in the women's top class.  Carter Anderson was the winner of the First Place Racing $50 holeshot award and Oscar Coleman won the KMC holeshot chain in his category.

 

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Lady Cat2's celebrate at USAC FL one day championships

2015 USAC Florida one day State Championship - Loyce Harpe Trails - Lakeland, FL 5-9-15.

Located smack dab in the middle of Florida lies Lakeland and fortunately it is also home to one of the of the best mountain bike trail systems in the state and a perfect place to hold the annual one day state USAC championship race.  The trails are technical in many places and fast and flowing in others and offers many different options with it's set up.  This time it was a 6.5 mile course that featured a long start road and long finish road had lot's of cool trails like "rattle snake, "the beast", "rollercoaster" and many more in the middle.  The summer is not far away and the riders definately got a hint of what is to come with temp's in the low nineties but fortunately the humidity was low so it did not seem as hot as it could have.

Top Riders on the day were Ryan Woodall in the 30-39 cat 1 men's class and Shelly Allen in the Women's Cat 1 class, no suprises there are both are multi-time state champions with many national credentials to boast as well.


Many thanks to Ray Wells and the Ridge Riders club for getting the course ready and to Bent's Cycling for providing the bulk of the prizes to the athletes.

 

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12 Hours of Tsali's always crazy start!

 2015 12 Hours of Tsali - Tsali Trails - Bryson City, NC 5-2-15.

The weather was perfect as perfect can get, with a chilly morning and mild and sunny day in the 70's this famous trail system saw many happy racers hit the trails at 10am for the start of this annual MTB endurance event.  Bryson City Bicycles had tons of prizes on hand for the awards presentation plus lot's more for door prizes that were handed out throughout the day.  Many thanks to the Nantahala Area Sorba club for working the event and having the trails in great shape.

Winners included Greg Schisla and Lydia Vandenburgh of the new 3 hour classes, Pisgha Cycling winning the 4 person team relay, David Forkner and Kat Welling winners of the 6 hour solo race and in the 12 hour solo it was Jonathan Womack and Wendy Coin top male and female while the winners of the 2 person 12 hour team was Beach Hensley and Luiz Leonetti, congrats to all!

 

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The 40-49 cat 2's start their journey at Ft Yargo

2015 South Eastern Regional Championship series #4 / Georgia State Championship #3 - Ft Yargo Trails - Winder, GA 4-26-15

Sunday morning was a glorious start to a great day of racing at Ft Yargo, much different than the previous day of rain and gloom.  Although the trails were a bit on the slick side the weather and racing was awesome.  The 10.5 mile trail was toned down a bit to account for the tricky conditions with the exclusion of the "monster mile" section.  The YABA (Yargo Area Bicycle Association) once again did a great job with the trails and the helping with the event, many thanks.

State Street Bicycles, a newly opened shop in Commerce, Ga was the round sponsor which means they handed out over $2000 in prizes by the end of the day to the medalists.  Bradford Perley took a strong win in the men's pro/elite class and Amy Horstmeyer was the big winner in the women's top field.  This event was again a double header as well as racers racked up points in both the SERC and GSC at the same time.

 

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