Nine FLCX Series Races Highlight Expanded Florida Cyclocross Calendar For 2013/14 Season!
GAINESVILLE, FL – The 2013/14 Florida CX season promises to be the biggest and best in the history of Florida cycling. The season calendar features the return of eight races held in 2012/13 and the addition of an all new race in Dunedin and the highly anticipated return of racing in Winter Garden. In all, the ten weekends of racing make for many opportunities for cyclists of all skill levels to try their hand at the fastest growing discipline of cycling.
With an expanded calendar starting earlier than ever means that there are some exciting changes in the race for the FLCX Series Overall title. The biggest change is that only one race per weekend will count for the FLCX. Eight of the FLCX point races fall on Sundays with the season finale on Saturday January 18th before the State Championships the next day at the legendary Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City.
The 2013/14 Florida CX season kicks with the all new Edinburgh CX Challenge in Dunedin on September 22nd. The new course will be a great warm-up prior to the start of the FLCX Point Series that begins just two weeks later at the newly expanded Tampa Riverfront CX on October 12th and 13th. The all new course at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park promises to be one of the best venues in the series as racing is just steps from Downtown Tampa. Highlighting the Tampa Riverfront CX race is equal prize money for both the Women and Men’s Category ½ fields. The start of the FLCX Series in Tampa also means the return of neutral support of VeloChamp. Every FLCX Series race will have VeloChamp’s neutral service to help keep you on a bike and in the race regardless of what kind of luck you have.
Anticipation for the first Halloween cyclocross race in Florida history is building as the FLCX Series returns to Winter Garden for the first time in two years on October 27th. The races promises to feature the twisty turns and treacherous sand pits that the race was known for before taking a brief hiatus. This race will surely be known for both the quality of racing and the costumes of the racers.
Miami returns to the Florida Cyclocross series with Tropical Cyclocross for the sixth time in as many years on November 2nd and 3rd. The course at Virginia Key features one of the best run-ups in all of Florida and the local Miami racers will surely bring their best heckles. Make sure you bring the sunscreen as this course brings you to the beach and will leave you shouting, “ooooOOOOOOOooooooOOOOOO,” on every lap.
The gang at Infinity Racing have decided to go all in with two days of racing at the BMX track in Melbourne on November 9th and 10th. This race is well known for having the first flyover in Florida CX and the BMX track features some of the best opportunities to show off your bike handling skills. With five race weekends completed and four FLCX events in the books the newly expanded two-day Ocala CX weekend on November 23rd and 24th provides a great half-way mark for the 2013/14 season. The promoters are promising an all new course and an even bigger event as they make their first appearance on the FLCX Series Calendar.
Change is in store for the next two race weekends in Tallahasse and Gainesville. The December 7th and 8th weekend of Tally CX promises to be the coldest race on the calendar and the new course will feature some amazing run-ups and lots of the off-camber switchbacks that course designer, Jim Smart is known. The next weekend the racing shifts to Gainesville for the fourth edition of Swamp Cross with an all-new course on tap for December 14th and 15th.
With just one race weekend to go before the season finale at the Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City on January 18th and 19th racing once again descends upon the National Training Center in Clermont on January 4th and 5th. The Clermont course is easily the most difficult course on the calendar with an amazing amount of climbing and a run-up that will have you asking for help just a few laps in. With only one more day left to score FLCX Series points the racing will be fast and furious.
As cyclocross continues to grow in Florida the promoters of FLCX and the Florida Bike Racing Association (FBRA) have been working hard to ensure a great racing experience and a clearinghouse of information. In addition, the FBRA has created an all-new ranking system for the 2013/14 season dubbed the FRS-CX. This ranking series is another way to see how you compare to other cyclocross racers in Florida.
For up to the date information about Florida Cyclocross or the FLCX please visit: www.flcx.org
For up to the date information about Florida Bike Racing and the FBRA please visit: www.myfbra.org