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Lakeland USAC Racing
USA Cycling racing action starts this weekend in Lakeland. Racing starts at 8:30am and registration begins at 7:30am. This will be a great opportunity to remove those cobwebs and get ready for the racing season. Plus, we want to see your smiling faces.
Here is the schedule as detailed in the above linked flyer (note the wave structure is different from other FLCX races):
- 7:30am Registration Opens
- 8:30am Junior 10-14 / 20min
- 9:00am Men/Women Cat4/5 and Junior 15-18 / 30min
- 9:45am Men/Women Cat1/2/3 / 45min
The third week of racing in Jacksonville continues this evening (Thursday) at Boone Park at 6:40pm. This is a USA Cycling sanctioned training event. The first two weeks of racing have seen fields of 45 and 35 racers. The course also features a fair amount of mud and a turnout of various skill levels. A great race for beginners and experts to hone their skills for the upcoming season.
Winter Garden Training
Jason Guillen (GearLink) is hosting another training race/evening at the Winter Garden venue this evening (Thursday). More information can be found here.
Permits In The Pipeline
A quick perusal of the USA Cycling page for cyclocross events in Florida shows that Swamp Cross and Tally Cross have filed for their permits and started the process to have their flyers posted. They will soon join Tropical Cyclocross in Miami as permitted USA Cycling events on the FLCX calendar. We have spoken to many promoters across the state and the process is moving along to getting the information for races up as soon as possible. Keep checking our schedule page, or our friends over at myfrca.org for the latest info on race permitting!
UCI Cyclocross World Championships
Several Floridians plan on making the trip to Louisville and the Downtown Hyatt Regency is the hotel of choice.
Graham Partain (352 Racing) isn’t just busy getting on the podium in 35+ races. He is also learning how to fly a model helicopter. Why does this matter to Florida Cyclocross fans? Because it is mounted with a GoPro camera. This is the first time in national cyclocross that someone has taken filming to such an absurd level. See his new video below:
Cross Bike Sales Rising
We have been hearing from shop owners across the state that cyclocross bikes are moving out the door. This is great news as the more people with cyclocross bike the less we have to hear, “I can’t race because I don’t own a cross bike.” We are hoping for a large increase in racers this year across the state in cyclocross and the rising bike sales seem to suggest we are getting there.
An example of the increase in sales comes from Velo Champ down in Tampa. They posted on their Twitter account the following message:
— Vélo Champ (@Velo_Champ) October 7, 2012
If you, or your shop, has seen an increase in sales hit us up on email firstname.lastname@example.org or copy us on twitter at @flcxorg to let us know!
Little Everglades = Wonderland
Dan Millstead, promoter of the Florida State Cyclocross Championships, has been hard at work creating a new flyover for us in January.* Here is a picture:
What? That can’t be real! (Photo: Dan Millstead)
*Just kidding. This is a new obstacle for the Savage Run held on the grounds of the Little Everglades Ranch on October 20th!