The idea started here in Florida.
We will now take it to the World Championships and share with all our friends.
For more information head to the official #louisville2013foamparty website.
Yes, we are a bunch of nerds, but we love looking at cool stuff.
This past weekend 124 total racers showed up to the Florida State Cyclocross Championships. This got us thinking about how the largest race of the year in the Sunshine State compares to those across the country. We then decided to scour the internet and seek out the total number of racers at the other State Championships across the country.
Naturally, some parts of the country take their State Championships very seriously and these races are among the best attended in their respective series. Minnesota is an example of this as the participation at their event is head and shoulders above the rest in their series. Florida is also an example of this. We then have some states in which the State Championships don’t seem to be a very big deal. An example of this is the New England Regional Championships of Mass., NH, ME and RI. The combined total for that race is far below what you see at some of the larger regional races, such as, The Gran Prix of Gloucester.
Super Rookie took time away from his calculations to pose for a picture. (Photo: Google Search)
These numbers were mostly pulled from USA Cycling Sanctioned events, but we did have to venture to the “dark side” and get the numbers for the Oregon race from the OBRA website (we assure USA Cycling that we have since washed our hands multiple times). There’s also that weird situation in California of two championships and one being combined with Nevada.
There were a few states that didn’t host State Championships and that is reflected below. There were also a few states that don’t have the results from their State Championships anywhere remotely rational for someone to look on the internet. How hard is it people? Seriously.
In addition, these numbers are calculated using the ‘Total Racers’ method. This is not ‘unique racers’ so these numbers include racers that doubled up. This was due to the fact that we didn’t want to look at results for riders that doubled up. It should also be noted that we decided to combine the totals of a few races that had age-group and category racing on the same weekend, but on different days.
We are fairly confident in the numbers provided below as we pulled it from crossresults.com because that site is amazing. For those states that refuse to get with the 90s and submit their results to crossresults we went to USA Cycling to get it (this required a calculator, uggh).
The numbers out of Wisconsin seemed a little fishy using the USA Cycling website as they seem to have multiple championships for the same category–both a Wisconsin and a Regional championship. For this we went with the Wisconsin Cycling Association championships held on Saturday and not the “Midwest Regional Championships” held on
Finally, the best flyer for a State Championship goes to the folks from Montana that provided this gem: HOT CHEETOS AND TAKIS CYCLOCROSS
State Championships Total Racers:
South Carolina: 69 (two days combined)
New Mexico: 75
West Virginia: 126
Southern California District: 162
Northern California District: 229
New Jersey: 233
Oregon (OBRA): 233
Ohio: 244 (two days combined – age/category)
New York: 280
Maryland/Delaware/DC: 299 (MABRA Championships)
Wisconsin: 315* (See notes above)
North Carolina: 382
Minnesota: 400 (two days combined – age/category)
Wisconsin: 563* (two days combined)
State Championship Unknown:
No State Championship Held:
Nevada (Held in conjuntion with Northern California)
Ed: The addition of Velo Champ and their sponsorship of the FLCX Series was one of the most successful additions of the 2012/13 season. They helped out countless racers and even provided quite a few heckles to all of the racers involved. Makes sure to stop by their shop the next time you are in the Tampa area and say hello!
View from the Pits – Clermont CX Gran Prix
If I am to judge how much fun was had at last weekends race, only by the mechanicals that came into the pit, I would say Clermont Cyclocross Gran Prix 2013 was one hell of race..!
Considering the location of the race, I suspected the normal combination of flats, punctures, and other dry/sandy course issues I have seen all season. With some confirmation of this from our fearless race promoter earlier Saturday morning, I expected a trouble-free, fast course. I am still amazed with how quickly this expectation was blown out of the water!
The Velo Champ wheel pit was in a perfect location to view the racing in Clermont. (Photo: Jordan Miller)
Day 1 of the Clermont CX Gran Prix started of mostly trouble-free. The cold weather, massive run-ups and overall rad course design seemed to keep speeds low, and riders spent plenty of time off their bikes. The day was spent addressing mostly minor issues including some wheel swaps, brake cable re-routing and general cable-stretch related shifting work. To my amazement, the number of tire/tube punctures were quite low and not a single rolled tubular tire. I truly expected the more technical features of the course to help roll at least a few tubulars. Oh, does separated shoulder/clavicle/AC separating count as a mechanical..?
The off-camber turns made for fun spectating at the pit. (Photo: Jordan Miller)
Day 2 proved to be be strikingly different from the previous days race. Before lunchtime (beer time) we were alarmed by the how many catastrophic mechanicals/crash-related failures came into the pit. Punctures and pinch flats were far more prevalent. This seemed in line with the course changes that took place for Day 2 that took the riders into the rough, ridge areas surrounding the previous days course. Only two rolled tubulars made their way into the pit. Wheel swaps came into pit throughout the day. Among the flats and failed cassette bodies was a Lightweight Meilenstein rear wheel with broken spokes. This wheel damage came along with one of many broken derailleur hangers. It seems crash-related, rear derailleur issues were one of two trends we noticed on Sunday’s race. The other being a surprising number of similar, front derailleur shifting issues. These came in the form of stretched cable/compressed housing, derailleur impact and even a loose, drive-side crank arm. We certainly noticed a number riders having issues with dropped chains throughout the weekend. In our opinion, chain-guides/chain-keepers are a worthy upgrade for any cross bike. In addition, improperly adjusted rear derailleurs proved to be the death of more than one bike.
Keeping watch. (Photo: Jordan Miller)
Our constant presence with pit/spare bikes proved useful again last weekend. A few riders from several categories hopped on our pit bikes to finish their race(s).
All in all, Clermont Cyclocross Gran Prix proved to be one of the most challenging races all year and we were ecstatic to be able to support such great race. We are excited for this year’s State Championships. See you in Dade City!
The Florida Cyclocross (FLCX) series ended on a high note this past weekend in Clermont after a long twelve race season that saw a record number of participants in the fastest growing segment of Florida racing. The final point totals have come in for the 2012/13 FLCX series and heading into the State Championships this weekend in Dade City we would like to congratulate the following series winners:
The full point series results can be found here.
It has been a busy time in cyclocross land with the upcoming State Championships in Dade City.
We have uploaded all results to usacycling.org and crossresults.com and you can view them on our results page.
We should have the final points tallied for the FLCX Series this evening.
It has been a great year and we could not of have done it with out every single one of you!
The brutal run-up at Clermont CX Gran Prix. (Photo: Kristin Apotsos)
P.S. There are two missing names in the cat3 results on Sunday. If you know who these people are please email us at email@example.com!
The Florida Cyclocross Points Series closed out yesterday in Clermont, leaving just one final chance, one final race for glory: The 2013 Florida State Championships at beautiful Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City, Florida. You can register online here on Bike Reg and save yourself the headache on race day.
State Championship jerseys will be awarded to the winners of the days races, and the awards ceremony for the entire FLCX Points series as well as the FLCX.ORG Team competition will also be held. The first race is at 9am.
Stay tuned for all sorts of great content this week as we close out the season. The final power rankings, race recaps from Ocala and both days of Clermont, and hopefully some course previews from Dade City!
Our good friend, @crosscopter, has taken a spy photo of the Clermont CX course at the National Training Center in Central Florida.
Off-Camber (Photo: @crosscopter)
Take a look at that elevation and the off-camber goodness that awaits us this weekend.
We are having more fun than anyone on bicycles in Florida.
Tell your friends.
We have added the Ocala results to our results page and to USA Cycling and Cross Results.
Thanks to John and the Brick City Bicycles folks for an awesome race.
We look forward to going back there next year.