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Shelly Allen rolled on to another win at San Felasco FSC

2014 Specialized Bicycles Florida State Championship series #4 San Felasco Park - Alachua, FL 10-19-14. 

Awesome weather and race conditions as the series is nearing the half way point at this popular trail system near the Gainesville area.   The 7 mile loop started with a fast, wide and slightly uphill half mile run then hit the flowing single track and ended with a blazing fast downhill run to the finish area.  Can't say enough about the hard working volunteers from the Friends of San Felasco club, they do an amazing job with the trails and also work the event to keep things running smooth for everyone, many thanks!  Many thanks as well to Super Cool Bike shop of Gainesville as they handed out over $2000 in prizes to the medalists.

Shelly Allen (pictured) has been on a roll this season with four wins and counting so far.  The multi time state champion looks like she has finally shook off the back pain issues that has plagued her in recent years and looks to be tough to beat in the Women's cat 1 class in '14.  The elite class was again a great race with the lead pack staying together for the majority of race and was packed with state champs and national contenders, this time it was Shawn Smith taking the overall win over the field for his first Elite class win of the series so far but it is still Bob McCarty in the "Elite Leaders Jersey" as we head to Bob's turf next week (South Florida).

Mark Kovi took the $50  First Place Racing Fast Lap Fifty award on his home trail.  KMC chains also had two fast lap awards for the top Women's cat 3 lap time (Denise Fulco) and the GM1 B class saw Marshall Reeves nab a nice gold chain as well.  The team championship points has the "Brick City Bombers"  5 points ahead of the "Super Cool Bike shop" team.

 

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Luiz Oliverira leads early at San Felasco

2014 Specialized Bicycles Florida State Championship series #4 San Felasco Park - Alachua, FL 10-19-14. 

Story by Tom Pike...

The 2014 Specialized Florida State Championship race series takes us to
many race courses around the state of Florida. And we all have our
favorites and and we all have some that are not so favorite... I must
admit that the San Felasco race has always been one that I don't
necessarily look forward to.
Whoa, whoa, whoa... hold on there San Felasco lovers hear me out. It
has nothing to do with the trail system it's more my mountain biking
weakness on long spinning grassy climbs... And the only times I've ever
ridden here it's either been wet and slippery or very dry. Plus the
gators had a home football game.
So this is the story about how this became one of my favorite race
weekends without even coming close to making the podium. To start off
because all of the motels had jacked up prices and most of them were
full we found a very clean, with waffle machine, Days Inn Friday night
in a little country town called Chiefland west of Gainesville.
The only thing that concerned me about Chiefland though was the number
of people I saw wearing camouflage... male, female, young , old even
camouflage boots. Must've been some sort of hunting season hopefully
not deer because we were going to be riding at San Felasco, if you know
what I mean.
So because we had the luxury of coming in Friday night we decided to
get up early Saturday morning and do a pre-pre-ride out at Manatee
State Park. The weather was beautiful, and this was a great easy way
to start the morning with a scenic ride in a great local park area.
From here we moved onto San Felasco. The weather was still gorgeous,
we were in a great mood but I was already hearing that it was a tough
start uphill, OY.
Expecting the worst Mickey and I started out on our pre-ride. The spin
up the start hill grassy road wasn't that bad and it leveled off
halfway ... For our hard work we were rewarded to a great downhill run
and the smiles never stopped.
I apologize for not knowing the trail names more but I know I kept
seeing a sign for Tung Nut , I think, all over the place. Anyway from
here the trail just got better and better. The uphills seemed to be
disguised pretty well in between flying downhills and some really fun
twisty single-track.
The final grassy mile out felt like it had hard pack underneath so the
bike rolled easier then in past years on this section. The real bugger
was the right hander leading to a climb with about five switch backs.
Everyone I spoke to after the race agreed this was the toughest part of
the course. From pros to "middle of the pack-ers" to first timers this
was the "Heartbreak Hill" of the race.
The payoff for your hard work was a screaming downhill double track
with a slight rise to the finish line! For me ,the infrequent visitor

to the San Felasco trails, this was a great layout. Which I heard many
riders complement on after the pre-ride and after the race.
I think another thing that added to the success of this race course
with the condition that the trails were in. As I mentioned the grassy
parts were hard packed which made it easy to roll. The single-track
were sticky trails with naturally formed berms which made high-speed
cornering feel like you were doing a slalom. All made for fast times
and big smiles.
As a side note another thing it makes for big smiles is the rolls of
hay that are in the field. Besides adding to the scenic charm of the
field, it's a natural playground for the kids after the kids race. And
I must confess that the inner kid in Mickey and I was too strong and we
had to jump up on them too.
Next up is Markham park... Yay home-field advantage, LOL.
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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McCarty maintains a solid grip on the Elite jersey

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

The sun was out, the humidity was low and temperatures and trails were perfect for this annual South Florida stop on the FSC curcuit.  The Markham park trail building club once again had everyone guessing what the layout would be and and always they suprised and delighted with a 6.7 mile fun and safe route of trails for this double header.

Many thanks as to Florida Pro Cycle for being the round sponsor (and on short notice) and providing gift certificates to the ahtletes..

Saturday was the Cconcut Cup short track as the white wave hit the 1.2 mile half dirt road half single track course, Whtie wave winner Vinny Silva jumped out to a big lead early but was challenged at the line by Alejandro Franchi for an exciting finish.  In the Yellow wave heat it was Bob McCarty and Doug Deweese in a super close finish with McCarty getting the nod from the scorers.

Sunday's cross country race was full of some great racing as well as in the women's expert class we saw the successful return of Carolyn Van Vurst after knee surgury who took the win over Kathy Russell.  The elite class was closely contested as a stacked field watched a rerun of the  Bob and Doug show from yesterday's short track and again Bob McCarty took the win which keeps the Elite jersey where it has been all season.

Bob McCarty took the $50  First Place Racing Fast Lap Fifty award this time around.  KMC chains fast lap award went to Conner Murray in the Jnior 15-18 group.  In the team championship points there is a new leader as the "Super Cool Bike shop" team just edged out the Brick City Bombers by one point this weekend.  Next race is in Newberry, Fl as we return to Haile's Trails after a two year hiatis, weather should be cool and don't forget the time changes this weekend.

 

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Greg Junge rides the Tiger at Clemson

2014 Specialized Bicycles South Eastern Regional Championship series #7 - Tiger Rag - Issaqueena Trails - Clemson, SC 6-22-14.  Beautiful summer day by the lake with a little mountain biking thrown in.  The Issaqueena trails have great single track and some meaningful climbing making this stop on the SERC circuit one of the best.   Thomas Turner won a tough fight in the men's pro class over a stacked field while in the women's expert pro class it was Jennifer Nielson taking the win on her home turf.  Many thanks to the volunteers and to the round sponsor Bike Street USA for providing all of the great prizes.   The $50 Quibble Fast Lap award went to Dwyane Allgire in the 30-39 cat 1 class and the Torque Group $50 fast lap went to the Men's 40-49 cat 3 class and Frank Fulco took home the loot despite a mechanical problem.  Next race is Helen, Ga on June 29th!

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* New this year 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.

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Carey Lowery top woman at Helen

2014 Specialized Bicycles South Eastern Regional Championship series #8 / Georgia State Championship Final - Alpine Assault - Unicoi Trails - Helen, GA 6-29-14.  The beautiful alpine town of Helen was the host to the combined SERC / GSC round and GSC banquet.  This classic mountain trail and former national championship course is always a tough one due to the climbing (about 1200 ft per lap) but this year the slickness of a previous nights rain made it a bit more of a challenge.  Thomas Turner came out swinging in another stacked pro men's class and walked away the winner and Carey Lowery rose to the top of the podium in the women's expert / pro category in a equally strong field of racers.  Many thanks to the volunteers and to the Unicoi Lodge for hosting the GSC banquet.   At the GSC banquet nearly 130 folks packed the hall to celebrate the seasons champions, besides all of the swag and plaques that were handed out there were special honors for the most improved rider (Scott Elkins) and Sportsmanship award (Wesley Ennis), congrats to all.  The $50 Quibble Fast Lap award went to Richard Pyle in the 40-49 cat 1 class and the Torque Group $50 fast lap went to the Men's 30-39 cat 3 class and Javier Valderrama.  Next race is Ft Payne, AL on July 13th!

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   SERC SERIES BANQUET Menu:

    TOSSED GARDEN SALAD

LEMON HERB ROASTED CHICKEN

         MASHED POTATOES

            GREEN BEANS

        VEGETARIAN PASTA

                  ROLLS

         COOKIE/BROWNIES

                ICED TEA

 

ADULT TICKET PRICE: $18.00

KIDS TICKET PRICE:    $10.00  (Ages 6-10)

KIDS 5 and Under FREE

DOORS OPEN AT 3:00PM

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* New this year 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 new is the Gone Riding Store including our new Gone Riding Jersey

 

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