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Robert Smith took the Solo Class at San Felasco

2016 8 Hours of Labor - San Felasco Trails - Alachua, Fl

After an amazing recovery following the Hurricane that passed through the area on Thursday, thanks to the efforts of the park management, the Friends of San Felasco and various other volunteers the 8.5 mile race route was open and ready for action.  There were about a dozen trees that had fallen and much of the trail was hard to find due to the tree debri that had fallen on the course.  By race time it was overcast but dry and the race started without a hitch but then with about 2 hours to go they skies had their way and let loose the rain was to end the race and turn an 8 Hour event into a 6 Hour.  Everyone seemed to be in agreement and the champs were celebrated and low and behold the rain did stop just in time for the awards and happiness was restored. 

Robert Smith took the top male solo spot and Cynthia Morales was the top female on the day.  The 3 person team of AJ's Grumpy pickles was the fastest of the teams and finished with 9 laps in the books.

Many thanks to all of the fine sponsors, to the riders that braved the weather reports and to all of the volunteers that really did make the event possible.

 

 

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Dustin Greer leads early in the Short Track at Helen

2016 Specialized South Eastern Regional Championship series #9 / GSC #6 - Unicoi State Park Trails - Helen, GA 7-23/24-16

A perfect ending for both series as the SERC and the GSC finals were held in Helen, Ga at on of the most famous trails in the country (site of the NORBA nationals back in the mid ninties).  The very demanding course features 8.5 miles of climbs and decents and has very little flat ground to speak of and of course the cold creek crossing.  A rain on Saturday afternoon had the riders wondering about the trail condtions but by race on Sunday the course was in good shape and only had a few wet spots in the low lying areas.

On Saturday the SERC bonus short track took place featured some fast action with several different lead changes in both the white and yellow waves but in the end it was Sean Hulse winning the 10min plus one lap white wave and Chris Lessing taking the win in the 15 min plus one lap yellow wave.

Sunday the race day kicked off with the kids races on the same course as the previous days short track and includes a tough grassy climb each lap and then at 9:30 am the yellow wave hit the legendary XC course and the top riders faced 3 laps and around 1000 ft of climbing per lap.  In the end the top male racer was Diego Vasquez Vargas and the top female with a perfect sweep of both the SERC and GSC series was Kayley Burdine.

The Protano Law $50 holeshot belonged to Jason Bewley for his fast start in the 40-49 cat 1 class.  After the racing on Sunday the attention turned to the series Banquet hall as nearly 150 attendies filled the Unicoi State Park lodge for a delicious buffet and plenty of bench racing about the season.  Besides the champions crowned and all of the prizes and awards to the top three in each class there were special awards for the most improved rider (MIR), most improved Junior, rider of the year (ROY) male and female and sportsmanship.  Dustin Greer and Kayley Burdine took the honors as riders of the year male and female respectively, Garrison Minter won MIR as the GSC Junior, Alex Esteban was MIR Junior in the SERC while Pete Edminson and Chris Lessing were the MIR for the SERC and GSC respectively.  JJ Swain (SERC) and Bobby Fishbough (GSC) were given the sportsmanship awards, congrats to all!

 

 

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Andy Mills kicked off the CX season with the first win of the weekend

2016 Santos Cyclocross - Santos Trails - Ocala, Fl

The opening round of the Florida Cyclocross season hit the popular Santos trailhead this past weekend with racing action on both Saturday and Sunday.  The event was a double header, meaning two full and separate days of racing, the only differance being the course was reversed on Sunday.  A total of 177 entries filled the Ryan Woodall designed course over the weekend and the layout was met with rave reviews which included two hop over obsticles and two dismount obsticles and miles of blue shimano tape and fence posts.

The top male rider on the weekend was no suprise Ryan Woodall with a win in the Cat 1/2 open men's class and Amy Horstmeyer was the top female both claiming the podium on both days.  Many thanks to all of the sponsors especially Top Gear Bicycles for providing the purse money and volunteers!

 

 

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Madison McDaniel kicks off the FSC series with a win in Tally

2016 Specialized Florida State Championship series #1 - 9-17/18-16 - Tom Brown Park - Tallahassee, Fl

 The excitement was high and so were the temperatures but the FSC racers pushed on and made the opener a big success.  Although the area was hit with a hurricane only two weeks ago the Sorba Tallahassee club and many other volunteers put their efforts together and got the trails in great shape in record time, many thanks to all involved!  Ok back to the action, the weekend kicked off with the annual FSC Time Trials on Saturday at 3pm and this year the course was the first 4.5 miles of the cross country course which included most of the Cadillac trail and was considered a little faster average speed than last years Magnolia loop.  After all was said and done it was Doug Deweese pulling out the fastest time with a 15:07, while Madison McDaniel topped the very competitive women's field. 

On Sunday the first racers to hit the popular trail system were the Shimano kids racers and true to form the racing was close and exciting, the kids showed lot's of heart and lot's of potential as future bike racers, congrats to all!  At 9:30am the yellow wave hit the 7.5 mile course (that included the famous "Wall" turn, a favorite for the fans) and as the elite racers powered their way through the first lap, a real battle began to form between Doug Deweese and Mike Mace for the lead with Doug unfortunately flatting on the lap and allowing Mike a comfortable win in the end.  In the women's cat 1 class Madison McDaniel showed everyone why came in favored to win the series after a strong showing last year in her rookie year.

As it has been for many many years, HIgher Ground Bicycles was the round sponsor for the event and as always they play the role of a great host for the event plus they provided over $2400 in prizes to the medalists, many thanks to them and to all of the sponsors!

 

 

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Kayley Burdine powers on to another SERC win

2016 Specialized South Eastern Regional Championship series #8 - Desoto State Park Trails - Ft Payne, Al 7-10-16

 Even after a torrential downpour on Saturday night, the course at Desoto park was ready to race the next morning, a little slick but not the mud fest one would expect.  The rocky terrain make for some very challenging racing and was perhaps the most techical course so far this season. 

Kyle Ellis took the win the men's pro class while Kayley Burdine again showed dominated the women's cat 1 category.   Dustin Greer and Kayley Burdine continue to hold the yellow leaders jersey for each of their classes.  Many thanks to all of the sponsors like Protano Law that supports the $50 holeshot awards which was won by Pete Edmonson in the Cat 1 19-39 group.  Also thanks to the Ft Payne Cycling Club trail crew and to the park management for making us feel at home

 

 

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