Florida Cyclocross racing moved to Tallahassee this past weekend and the team points standings reflect the change in locale/$3+ a gallon gas prices. The south Florida/Miami based teams were noticeably absent, while a flood of panhandle-based teams took their place in filling out the fields. Both the neon pink of 352 Racing p/b Bikes and More and the Orange of Infinity Bike Shop made strong showings, with 352 edging out the boys from Infinity for the most team points earned on both Saturday and Sunday. This despite almost the entire Infinity team being in bed before 8pm Saturday, while the 352 crew contributed to the local economy at the world famous(?) Waterworks tiki bar. Carbo loading works, kiddos. Tallahassee’s self proclaimed ‘premier racing team,’ Gulf Coast Velo, lived up to the billing and slotted into 3rd place overall on both Saturday and Sunday. FLCX newcomers Top Gear Bicycles out of Ocala and Super Cool Bike Shop out of Gainesville duked it out for the rest of the (nonexistent) team podium spots, with Top Gear taking 4th on Saturday, and Super Cool taking 4th on Sunday.
For the overall points tally for the season, Infinity Bike Shop remains in the lead, with 352 in 2 nd place chipping away at their lead. Gulf Coast Velo jumps into 3rd place after their strong hometown showing, with GearLink just a few points behind in 4th. The orange and blue polka dots of Super Cool rounds out the top 5 after two weeks of racing. Honorable mentions go out to the VeloBrew (7 th) and Orlando Road Club (10th) teams for being the only teams not in the top 5 that have sent riders to every event so far.
So far, 47 separate teams have scored points in the series. Remember to check the final results at the races to make sure everything is correct and you are properly identified with your team. Also feel free to check the individual team points results to make sure our number crunchers didn’t miss something. Let us know if you notice any errors. Remember that the top 4 points scorers from a team for a given race day count towards that day’s total, with an additional point given to every other team rider that finishes a race. Every rider counts, and the so far low turnout women’s categories are especially ripe for teams to snag big points. With racing moving to the central part of the state for the remainder of the series, expect things to heat up in the FLCX team points competition.