USADA Police Report At Florida MTB Race

On September 11, 2012 by Super Rookie

It isn’t everyday that the United States Anti-Doping Administration shows up to a mountain bike race in Florida. It also isn’t everyday that the police are called after some major confusion on how to proceed with the situation. However, it happened this past weekend in Tallahassee.

The race was the first event of the 2012-13 Florida State Championship Series. Many Florida CXers were in Tally taking part in the festivities. During the end of the first race a little disturbance occurred when the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) was called to the scene due to a disagreement between the promoter/official and representatives of USADA.

The promoter of the event, Dave Berger, is very well respected in the South East region and has been in the business for years. His company is responsible for over 30 weekends of racing all across the area. He is responsible for putting on many series, including, the South East Regional Championship Series (SERC) which has the USA Cycling designation as USA Cup East Series.

What follows is the police report filed by the Tallahassee Police Department after their call to the event. We have removed the contact information of those involved, but kept their names as they appear in the police report.

Editorial Opinion:

As a participant at this event myself, I’m of two minds. While I fully and completely support USADA’s stated mission of Anti-Doping, I found this particular control to be extremely haphazard and unprofessional. We have checked with others who were directly familiar with the incident and all share a similar story; the representatives from USADA were not willing to identify themselves in a clear manner to the promoter/official and to race participants.

I am of the opinion that if USADA wants to be taken seriously they must behave professionally, and follow a standard for in-competition controls. I am not talking about the standards of “chain of command,” but event standards with the promoter, officials and riders. Do it right, or don’t do it at all. Doing it this way justĀ makes Lance Armstrong’s nonsense arguments against USADA look like they might have merit, and why on earth would someone want to do that?

In conclusion, it was a game of telephone that got wildly out of control with confusion all around and resulted in perhaps the strangest police report we have ever come across.

Update 9/12/12 @ 3:09pm:

We have shut down the comment section to this thread as we felt it was getting beyond a reasonable debate on the issue and into personal attacks on a situation that many were not familiar with. If you have concerns about this you can feel free to email us as info@flcx.org and we will communicate with you via that method.

Florida Cyclocross Series Announces 2012/13 Schedule; Debuts New Website

On August 30, 2012 by Super Rookie

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Florida Cyclocross Series (FLCX) Announces 2012/13 Schedule; Debuts New Website

GAINESVILLE, FL – The Florida Cyclocross Series (FLCX) is proud to announce the official 13 race schedule for the upcoming 2012/13 season and the creation of a new series website focused on keeping participants, fans and sponsors up-to-date on the happenings of the growing sport of cyclocross in the Sunshine State. This season promises to be the best FLCX yet, as the series visits all the corners of the state for seven weekends of racing.

FLCX action in Tallahassee. (Photo: Pete Young)

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New For 2012: FLCX Team Trophy Challenge

On August 27, 2012 by Super Rookie

We are proud to announce an all new competition for the 2012 Florida Cyclocross Series (FLCX). After many hours locked away in his parents’ basement, Ryan Fisher (352 Racing p/b Bikes and More) has come up with a formula that will help determine the best cross team in Florida. The top three teams get super-mega-awesome trophies to put in their team shop.

The FLCX Team Trophy promises to be at least this big. (Photo: Tim Hayes)

Although Fisher is a doctor and much smarter than many of us here at flcx.org we went over the system with a fine tooth comb and have decided that it makes a lot of sense. A few of the highlights of the scoring system include:

  • Everyone scores points for their team.
  • Points are weighted based on category.
  • Small teams are not at a complete disadvantage.

Don’t take our word for it. Read the rules, or just make sure that you have your official USA Cycling team designation printed legibly on your entry form at the races and do your best to score points. (more…)

Josh Thornton Cross Season Kickoff Party

On August 27, 2012 by Super Rookie

The Little Everglades Ranch on Sunday, Sepetember 9th promises to be the center of the Florida Cyclocross universe when Josh Thornton hosts a cyclocross clinic in advance of his return to the national cyclocross scene. Thornton, a former pro with both Toyota-United and Kodak/Sierra Nevada, raced a limited schedule in cyclocross in 2011, but has big plans for his return to a full UCI Cyclocross calendar in 2012.

Thornton at the 2011 GP Gloucester. (Photo: Josh Thornton)

The clinic starts at 2pm at a location synonymous with Florida Cyclocross, The Little Everglades Ranch. Thornton knows the ranch well as he won the 2011 State Championship at the venue and he will be sharing his knowledge with racers of all abilities – mountain bikers and first timers are highly encouraged to attend. Thornton will lead a clinic that will cover a variety of disciplines important to cyclocross such as barriers, starts and technical riding. (more…)

Gainesville: Cyclocross Training Clinics Start Wednesday Evening

On August 21, 2012 by Super Rookie

GAINESVILLE, FL – This Wednesday eveningĀ 352 Racing will hold its first cyclocross training session of the year at Green Acres Park at 6pm. (more…)

Category Preview: Single Speed Up For Grabs

On August 21, 2012 by Super Rookie

Who will be the king of the one cog in 2012/13?

This is a question on a lot of people’s minds as the 2012/13 FLCX season kicks off later this fall. A new race day schedule ensures even more racers will toe the line, and more importantly, two departures of top racers have thrown the category into the great unknown. (more…)

How To: Heckle with the best of them.

On August 20, 2012 by Christian

Heckling is a CX tradition. Heckling adds the cherry on top of the banana split that is a CX race- (more…)

FL CX

On August 16, 2012 by Christian

FL CX stands before you all, like a newborn gazelle on wobbly knees, dazed by the bright tropical sunlight, but ready for whatever the lions have to throw at it. Well, in a few days, anyway.


I stole this pic from here: Burrard – Lucas. Please don’t sue us.

We plan on being the most updated, most knowledgeable, most informative, and most fun CX website in the southeast. We will welcome everyone’s contributions. We will post flyers for every promoter’s races.