Little Everglades State CX Flyer

On November 16, 2012 by Super Rookie

We got an email from promoter extraordinaire, Dan Millstead alerting us that the folks at USA Cycling said their flyer was good to go!

So, without further ado we give you the State Championship Race Flyer!

We can’t wait.

Better head up to Tallahassee so you can practice for the January showdown!

Florida Cyclocross Chatter: Vol. 11

On November 15, 2012 by Super Rookie

ZOMG!

There is a king-size portion of news about Florida Cyclocross that needs to be thoroughly digested before this weekend in Tallahassee.

Pull up a chair and enjoy.

Tally Cross

The FLCX Series returns to Tallahassee for another round of racing action this weekend. The race is being hosted by Florida State University and the Capital City Cyclists. The gang is led by Greg Buker (Team Sandbuker) and Jimbo Smart (Legend). They always put together a great course and there are lots of racers discussing their racing plans for the weekend. Rumor has it that there will be a cyclocross shindig on Saturday evening at about 9pm  at the legendary Waterworks Pub.

The course description from Jimbo Smart:

The course will vary between the two days, but here’s the first day description. Reverse it and you pretty much have the second day. You’ll start on a fairly long limerock stretch (3-400 yards) with a u-turn into a grassy/wooded straight, and then another, so three parallel sections. Then it’s a fast left turn onto an old paved section which is a shallow climb. A right turn takes you into the patented Tallahassee tree twisties. A fence barrier takes you a grassy twisty section. This is followed by a grassy loop around a dammed pond with a drop to the bottom of the dam and climb back up in two places, one definitely a run-up and the other TBD. After looping the pond it’s a gradual grassy/doubletrack climb back to the limerock road. The finish will be at the end of the limerock stretch.

Final course layout doesn’t happen until Friday afternoon so some of this may vary, but only slightly.

There’s no rain in the forecast which will make the course pretty fast, though some of the grass will be a slog, but that’s probably 15%  of the course. If rain does mysteriously make an appearance there will be a mud bog in one part of the course.

Tally CX Race Flyer

VeloChamp

This weekend marks the first race in which VeloChamp will be showing up for neutral support with wheels, bikes and all kinds of goodies to keep your race going at full speed!

Points Up For Grabs

We have updated the FLCX Point Series after the Miami weekend.

The team competition is currently a battle between Infinity and 352 Racing, but there is an expected influx of the Tampa crew from Orange State Cycling and GearLink as these squads hope to climb up the standings. Currently the point system worked out by Dr. Ryan Fisher of 352 Racing does not seem to favor one team based on size, but rather quality. Can his system continue to work?

The individual point competition opened up in Miami with only a few surprises as Calixto Manuel (Team Velocity) is tied for 1st in the 1/2s with Chris Slack (Infinity). The other surprise is that Christian Ahrens (352 Racing) has opened up a lead in the Single Speed category over his 352 teammates.

Men Cat4 FLCX Series Reminder

Just a quick reminder from the FLCX promoters. We are not offering a cat4 overall prize this year. We are keeping track of points, but only for upgrade purposes (50% carry over to cat3s after upgrade). This is in an effort to increase field sizes (at higher levels) and to keep fields fair and fun. If you have upgraded to category three and would like for your partial points to be carried over please let us know and we will take care of that for you!

Tampa CX Weekend

The excitement is building for the Tampa CX Weekend organized by Orange State Cycling and KelbyCX. The Orange State gang has gotten permission to use the Rivercrest Park on the banks of the mighty Hillsborough River outside of Downtown Tampa. The course looks ideal for some classic American style racing action with 180s, off-camber, surprising elevation and awesome fun.

Picturesque location for the Tampa Riverfront CX race (Photo: VeloChamp).

The Sunday race is a return to Picnic Island where Kelby is in charge and once again will be putting together a course that capitalizes on the ideal location next to the bay. This course has a ton of hard elevation changes and is a real challenge for all racers. Last year the race was one of the most popular on the calendar and with the addition of the Riverfront CX race this weekend promises to be one of the biggest on the calendar this year. Kelby recently announced that Fulcrum has stepped up and donated a pair of wheels to be raffled off for the Tampa Bike Co-Op at the event. Don’t miss this chance to get a new set of racing wheels for cheap, while supporting an awesome cause.

Tampa Riverfront CX Race Flyer

Tampa Cyclocross Classic Race Flyer

Tampa Saturday Night

Make sure to set some time aside for a get together at VeloChamp on the Saturday night of Tampa weekend. Make sure to wear your skinniest jeans and polish off those black horned rimmed glasses and come out to the shop to drink a beverage of choice and talk cyclocross with the rest of your friends in the FLCX community. Check back for more details about this get together.

Ocala Cross!

We are proud to announce that the good folks down in Ocala have applied for a permit with USA Cycling to promoter a cyclocross race on the last Sunday of December. This will be the first time they have done the race, but a few of us here at FLCX.ORG have gone to Ocala to inspect the course and we were very impressed with the terrain and facilities they have at their disposal. The course should feature a nice road section, off-camber hills, a shallow run-up and some traditional cyclocross terrain. We have the feeling that they have the makings of a truly special course.

Keep an eye out for the official race flyer once it gets approved by USA Cycling for the race on December 30th.

Infinity CX

We have been getting a lot of emails about Infinity CX down in Melbourne. They have submitted most of their paperwork and have gotten city approval for a brand new course on Sebastian Inlet. We look forward to seeing everyone down there in a few weeks time.

Little Everglades Ranch State Championships

We spoke with promoter extraordinaire, Dan Millstead the other day and he is stoked to have everyone come to the ranch in the middle of January. He is once again pulling out all the stops this year and is expecting a record turnout. The flyer has been submitted to USA Cycling.

The race flyer from Dan Millstead!

2012/13 FLCX Power Rankings: Weekend #2

On November 14, 2012 by Super Rookie

The FLCX season started in earnest two weeks ago in Miami with two days of racing. The two very different courses allowed for a few people to shine and for the power ranking editors to go bonkers adding news names into the mix. This week we bid a fond farewell to longtime top spot resident, Josh Thornton (Dunedin Cyclery), and welcome a new name to the top three. There was also a bit of stagnation and a few surprises.

Without further ado, here are your current and official FLCX Power Rankings heading into the second weekend of racing in Tallahassee!

2012/13 FLCX Power Rankings: Weekend #2

1. Jack Rich (Infinity Bike Shop) | 35+ | Last Week: #2

  • Dominated the 35+ field in Miami.
  • Closest competitor was minutes down on both days.
  • Second place both days as he pushed the eventual winners non-stop.

2. Ryan Fisher (352 Racing) | Cat3, SS | Last Week #6

  • Wins twice on Saturday in dominating fashion in both the Cat3s and Single Speed.
  • Had a two minute gap on Sunday in the cat3s with one lap to go before a flat tire ruined his chances for a three-peat.
  • Goes much faster in the SingleSpeed class since he isn’t carrying the giant bags of sand that he has strapped on in the cat3s.

3. Chris Slack (Infinity Bike Shop) | Cat1/2 | Last Week #3

  • Won on Saturday.
  • Lost horribly on Sunday.
  • Can he put together a good weekend, or is this going to be the norm for the Slackmeister?

4. Calixto Manuel (Team Velocity) | Cat1/2 | Last Week #UR

  • Who is this guy?
  • Shows up to the start line 10minutes before the start and looks pro.
  • Delivered a powerful performance on Sunday and a strong third place on Saturday.
  • If he shows up to more races than there could be a new king of cross in Florida.
  • Rumor has it that he is a doorman at the swankiest club on South Beach. Could this affect his training?
5. Rich Weinstock (Van Dessel Factory) | 45+ | Last Week #UR
  • Easy wins both days in the 45+
  • Looks pro, but is actually pretty nice.

6. Laura Parsons (Rose Bandits) | W1/2/3 | Last Week #UR

  • Top performing lady in Miami over two days.
  • Had a strong support network of mustachioed teammates, but they seemed too hesitant to race.
  • If she shows to other races she should give Brooke Rich a run for the money on the overall.

7. Christian Ahrens (352 Racing) | Cat1/2, SS | Last Week #10

  • Locked in on going for the Single Speed overall title in 2012/13.
  • A win and a strong second place make him well on the way.
  • Can he keep it up?
  • #TWSS
8. Todd Frobish (Brick City Bicycles) | Cat4 | Last Week #8
  • He didn’t race in Miami.
  • BUT HE JUST PULLED A PERMIT FOR A CYCLOCROSS RACE IN OCALA ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 30TH!
  • Plans on crushing souls in the cat4s this weekend in Tallahassee.
9. Keith Lawler (Miami Velo) |35+ | Last Week #UR
  • The only competitor to Jack Rich in the 35+ field.
  • We use the term “competitor” liberally.
  • Can’t get enough Lawler? Follow his explosive twitter account: @yeslawler

10. Jason Guillen (Gearlink) | Cat 1/2 & SS | Last Week #5

  • Falls from fifth in last week’s rankings.
  • Was in a battle for 3rd on Saturday and Sunday
  • Dusted off the single speed on Sunday for a strong second place.

Falling Off: David Lavenhagen (352 Racing), Josh Thornton (Dunedin Cyclery), Zach Fout (Gearlink), Chase Tennyson (352 Racing).

Series Points Updated

On November 13, 2012 by Super Rookie

Thanks for being patient.

We have updated the Series Points for the Miami weekend.

 

Ryan Fisher’s Hat (Photo: Internet Search)

 

Get our your calculators and magnifying glass.

Write down the name of your nearest competitor and plan accordingly.

Tropical Cyclocross Results / Photos

On November 8, 2012 by Super Rookie

We have posted the official results to USA Cycling and Cross-Results.com. There is a link to the results on the “Race Results” page listed above.

We will have the “Series Standings” updated by the middle of next week as a few of us are heading off to Louisville for the USGP!

There are also a boat load of photos of the race. Here is the official gallery.

See everyone in Tallahassee!

Tropical Cyclocross: Sweeps and Rocks

On November 5, 2012 by Super Rookie

MIAMI, FL-  The first weekend of racing in Miami had two distinct themes over the two days of racing. On a brand new course on the southern tip of Key Biscayne the theme was “sweeps” as Jack Rich and Chris Slack of Infinity Cycles put on a clinic in the 1/2, 35+ going first and second in dominating fashion and the 352 Racing juggernaut of Ryan Fisher, Keith Richards and Christian Ahrens going first, second and third in the single speed race. Both teams took advantage of the opportunity presented to gobble up as many points as possible before heading into the Sunday race at the traditional Virginia Key MTB Park.

The custom made trophies for all the winners at Tropical Cyclocross. (Photo: The Group Ride)

If Saturday was all about sweeping the top spots then Sunday was all about avoiding the rocks that littered the course. Flats were the name of the game for many, but they did not stop FLCX newcomer, Calixto Manuel (Team Velocity), from running away from the field early on to take the victory over Jack Rich and Chris Slack. Over 40% of the field was affected with mechanicals as bad luck seemed to strike in droves for the 60 minute race, but the biggest of all casualties was Ryan Fisher (352 Racing) who was leading the cat3 race by a clear minute before falling victim to an ill-timed pinch flat just two laps from completion.

Calixto Manuel on his way to victory on Sunday. (Photo: Ryan Fisher)

The two courses couldn’t be more different as the Saturday course populated a flat field with small elevation gains coming from well used sand dunes that provided a technical off-camber challenge that brought many racers to a stand still, or utilizing different tactics. For example, while many were riding the tricky 180s, Chris Slack opted to run them early in order to get away from the traffic that was quickly piling up behind him. A pinwheel and long straights also provided ample opportunities for passing. Many racers were positive about the racing conditions on Saturday and hope the course will be used again in future seasons.

 

Christian Ahrens and Graham Partain ride under the flyover on Saturday. (Photo: The Group Ride)

Sunday featured the same course that was used during the 2011/12 season. A classic run-up along the beach and up a steep hill greeted the racers from the beginning after the all important holeshot. This then led into one of the few passing sections before winding back to the brutal climb that featured the large grapefruit sized rocks that claimed victim to several racers. While most racers opted to run this section, but a few brave souls were able to finesse their way up the road before returning to the start finish.

Rocks on the climb! (Photo: Ryan Fisher)

Despite the fast racing and the explosive abilities of Manuel, whom finished 3rd and 1st on the weekend, the biggest stars were the gang from Crank Life that put together the best flyover in the South East. This obstacle provided a nice challenge and disruption for the racers as they had to climb the stairs before a quick descent back onto the course.

Jack Rich and Chris Slack were the first over the flyover. (Photo: Ryan Fisher)

Results:

We will update this post and the results page as soon as we receive them from the promoter!

Vélo Champ Partners With Select Florida Cyclocross Races To Provide Neutral Support

On October 31, 2012 by Super Rookie

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-

TAMPA, FL- In an effort to further the colorful cyclocross community here in Florida, Vélo Champ Cycle Sport is pulling out all the stops for the 2012-13 CX season. Vélo Champ will be the official neutral race support sponsor for the Florida Cyclocross series, offering its program at select races throughout the season: Tally Cross, Tampa Riverfront CX, Tampa CX Classic, Swamp Cross, Winter Garden Cross and Clermont Cross.

As the Florida cyclocross community continues to grow, it is clear that the added benefit of neutral race support throughout the season would provide an ideal venue for amateurs, pros and spectators alike to have an enjoyable and engaging race experience. This will include a selection of demo cyclocross bikes, a sponsored loaner/pit wheel and inner-tube inventory, a comprehensive CX tire inventory, CX/mountain pedals and spare parts to address most race-specific issues.

In addition to neutral race support, Vélo Champ will continue its tradition of hosting killer parties as it joins forces with the Florida Cyclocross Series this year: The Trash Crit & CX Party will take place Saturday, Nov. 24, at Vélo Champ (6112 N Central Ave., Tampa, FL, 33604). Along with a midseason CX party at the shop (think beer and wafels), the evening will include the Trash Crit circuit race through the back alleys of Old Seminole Heights — a 1.25-mile circuit course of unpaved alleys, trash, bum huddles, old tires, downed trees, cobbles and puddles. This evening of beer, food and racing takes place between Tampa’s Riverfront CX race and the Tampa CX Classic at Picnic Island.

Vélo Champ was born out of a love for fringe cycling disciplines just like cyclocross, and it has quickly grown in the past three years to embrace the sport unlike any other shop in the Florida market. Vélo Champ is proud to partner with the Florida Cyclocross Series as excitement for the sport continues to spread.

Florida Cyclocross Chatter Vol. 9

On October 25, 2012 by Super Rookie

Savannah Super-Prestige

A bunch of Floridians are heading up to Savannah this weekend for their annual Savannah Super Prestige Weekend. This is the largest race in our region with fields routinely over the average in Florida. It is a great tuneup for the FLCX season that starts the following weekend in Miami.

Read our preview!

Staches For Cross Awareness

Yes, cyclocross is all the rage. Mustaches are also all the rage. How about we combine the two? Well, some folks in Florida have decided to grow some mustaches for cyclocross season. This allows you to tell the world all about your love of the greatest sport on two wheels. Get on it, folks. Show off the lip rug.

Upgrades. Upgrades. Upgrades.

You are only allowed to race in the category/age listed on your USA Cycling licence. So, if you want to upgrade you need to submit it via your USA Cycling account. When submitting the upgrade make sure to list the date, field, field size and result in your request. To figure out your points, or to learn more about the upgrade process read the USA Cycling upgrade guide.

Last week of JAX.

The last week of cyclocross racing in Jacksonville is this Thursday evening at Boone Park at 6:40. Fields have been hovering around 40 racers and the promoters are hoping to have an FLCX race next season in the Jacksonville area. If you have haven’t gotten to a race make notes to visit next season.

NO PINWHEELS!

Seems like a few people are banding together to keep the scourge of pinwheels in cyclocross out of Florida. You know those stupid things that are the sign of a lazy course designer. Takes up a lot of space and are really confusing? Well, now there is a Facebook page for you if you share those feelings.

Powers World Cup

If you live outside of Miami you already know about Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) getting a seventh at the first round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup. This has moved him into 10th place in the world in UCI points. His stated goal is a front row start position and this appears in reach as one rider (Stybar) ranked above him has already stated that they will not be in Louisville this February. If you live in Miami you are just finding out about this news now and we have a video for you:

Savannah Super-Prestige Preview

On October 24, 2012 by Super Rookie

Yes, we know that Savannah isn’t in Florida.

However, it is really close and a lot of Floridians are heading north to get in two days of racing action prior to the FLCX season opener in Miami on the 2nd and 3rd of November. So, if you plan on racing study up. If you plan on staying home and hanging out with your hobby shop friends at a Helicopter Fly-In than you can read this and try to live vicariously through us.

This is a top notch race. You don’t want to miss it.

GeorgiaCX: A Primer

The Georgia Cyclocross scene is a little further along than ours. The series has a functioning website at georgiacx.com that is full information. The series also has a lot more racers than ours with attendance averaging above 175 racers per event. The races are structured a little bit differently with more category options to help facilitate the larger number of participants.

The folks in Georgia also have a set payout structure for the cat1/2 race with payout on a sliding scale dependent on participants. It should also be noted that the Single Speed race in Georgia is specific in stating that racers can not have a deraileur on their bike!

They claim to be the “premier series” in the Southeast, so we have now set the goal to prove them wrong here in the Sunshine State.

GeorgiaCX: Racers

The racers in Georgia seem to have a lot in common with those in Florida. A quick venture over to crossresults.com shows a bunch of racers of different quality, just a lot more of them. The fastest of them all is Thomas Turner (Jamis). He was able to get second at Masters Worlds last season in Louisville and he seems to be on track this season with three wins in three tries. So, yeah, get on that guys wheel.

Savannah Super-Prestige Saturday Preview

The race takes place at the Oglethorpe Speedway on the outskirts of Savannah. The course is centered around the dirt racing track and it features a long start onto the backstretch which leads into a spiral. We here in Florida feel this is lame, but we are guests and we keep our mouths shut when in a guests house. After the exit from the spiral you hit some barriers and then a bunch of off camber stuff before leading into a long stretch into the main feature of the Savannah race, THE FLYOVER!

Not the Savannah Flyover. (Photo: Brady Prenzlow via MNCX.org)

The flyover is basically some scaffolding with plywood. It is cool, but have you seen this? Yeah, Florida 1, Georgia 0. After the flyover you hit up the coolest section of the course which features a cool little run-up of three steps prior to hitting up the last section that leads into the pinwheel. It is a great course and the size of the fields ensure some great racing action, regardless of your skill level.

Savannah Super-Prestige Sunday Preview

It is pretty much the same as Saturday, but they add a woods section which is a little bit more technical. Ah, just take a look at the drawing below!

Race map. Featuring spiral of lameness. (Photo: Savannah Super Prestige)

Advice:

Get there early. Pre-ride the course. Take advantage of the beer stand in the grandstand. Have a lot of fun. Repeat on Sunday. This is the biggest race within driving distance of Florida. Why would you miss this? Unless it is to improve your #crosscopter skills you should make your way up Interstate 95.

Tally and Gainesville Flyers Posted!

On October 17, 2012 by Super Rookie

We have gotten the go ahead from USA Cycling to post the flyers for Tally CX and Swamp Cross.

Here is the Tally CX Flyer:

Here is the Swamp Cross Flyer: