OFFICIAL FLCX POWER RANKINGS™ – Wicked Hahdah CX
This coming weekend is the first of the two Dade City FLCX weekends. This weekend’s race promoter Josh Thornton is from Rhode Island, originally, and they talk funny up there, thus we get the name of the race, Wicked Hahdah, which is New Englandese for “Pretty Difficult,” which if the videos of the run up that Josh has constructed are any clue, the rest of the race course will be revealed to be tough. Look for off camber straightaways and tricky hairpins and ups and downs. In other words, the good stuff.
Swamp CX in Alachua gave us a whole lot of climbing and in true 352 tradition a surprising lack of descending. I’m still not sure how they do that up there, but they do it well. We had a great battle in the South East Cyclocross Single Speed Championship between Josh Thornton and two time winner Eric Stubbs, who skipped the Pro 12 race earlier in the day to try to get a third free tattoo, but fell victim once again to the mechanical gremlins which have so plagued his 2013-14 campaign thus far, leaving Josh the winner by quite a large margin. Tim Hayes (Swift Cycle) was triumphant in the completely unofficial and mostly made up Owner’s Cup Clash, leaving Rich Dybdahl (Pure Cycles) crying in his beer. The huge boosty ramp claimed a victim and was immediately removed from the field of play during the cat 4 race. The sand pit became a sand box for several over enthusiastic spectators both adult and kids. This was probably fun for them, but it wasn’t fun to race through, please leave the race course alone in the future.
It’s getting late in the FLCX season, with only two weekends to go, as well as a Bandit CX race in Mt. Dora separating the two official weekends. This week’s Power Rankings™ are mostly based on the FLCX Point Standings. Enjoy!
As always, these rankings are 100% officially unofficial, infallible, unquestionably questionable, and obviously 1000% accurate. If you disagree, you’re probably wrong. As always, please, no wagering.
2013/14 OFFICIAL FLCX Power Rankings™: Wicked Hahdah CX
1. Ed Dunne (Cycle Logic) | M35 | Last Rank: 2
Ed rises a spot this week due to winning his hometown race and leading the M35 FLCX points series. Plain and simple. I think it’s mathematically impossible for him to lose out on the M35 FLCX Series title at this point, and anyone who has that big of a lead with two points series races to go is worthy of the top step of the Power Rankings™ by almost any metric you can fudge together. Ed can afford to mail in the rest of the races, but I doubt that he will, he has too much fun crushing fools who think they can hang with him.
2. Laura Parsons (Rose Bandits) | W123 | Last Rank: 1
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The hubris of believing all of the nice things people write about you has felled many a bike racer in the past, but never did I anticipate it happening to Ms. Parsons. Clearly, her guard was down on day one in Gainesville, and on a rainy, cold afternoon, Laura had to stand on a box with a “2” written on it. Teeth were gnashed, plans were drawn up, and when the flag dropped on Sunday, FURIOUS ANGER was unleashed upon the rest of the rather large W123 field. Victory was achieved, the top step regained, ice baths and celebratory bottle of wine were drunk, and all was right in the Parsons/Plotkin household.
3. Josh Thornton (Pioneer Mortgage pb Yourkey) | P12 | Last Rank: 4
Josh had a pretty good Sunday in Alachua, winning both the P12 as well as the coveted South East Single Speed Cyclocross Championship. I’d place him higher on the list if he wasn’t promoting the race this weekend, as anyone who has ever promoted a race can tell you, it takes a lot out of your legs running around making a race happen all day. If anyone can pull off a win in a 60 minute race on promoter legs, however, my money is on Josh, but of course, there’s no telling who else is going to show up to potentially ruin his party. Josh is trailing only Ryan Woodall in the points series, but something tells me that Josh will prevail in the end in that, so he gets on the list first.
4. Vitor Alexandre (Colavita) | M45 | Last Rank: 3
Vitor drops a spot since he skipped Swamp CX, and allowed Steve Noble (Infinity) to get within 10 points of him in the points series. I don’t have the brain power to figure out all the possible ways this can play out, so I’m going to say that Vitor has to show up to continue to make points to stay ahead, or else the original FLCX vagabond will catch him.
5. Ryan Woodall (Biemme/Top Gear Cycles/Felt) | P12 | Last Rank: 5
Ryan missed out on Alachua, so he drops a bit in spite of his slim lead in the FLCX Points. He’s going to need to show up to Dade City both weekends if he intends to defend it, otherwise Josh will snatch it away from him. Ryan’s been posting cutesy pics of himself and his lady doing cutesy things on the book of faces, so maybe he hasn’t been training? Who can say what happens in the wild wild world of Ocala.
6. John Torrey | M55 | Last Rank: NR
We’ve somewhat ignored the Masters 55 guys on the Power Rankings™, and that is obviously because we’re ageist punk kids with no respect for our elders. But there is actually a very tight three way battle going on, with Mr. Torrey currently sitting in the catbird seat. He’s only three points ahead of Brad Scott (Village Idiots) and 14 ahead of current State Champion Dan Sullivan (West Coast) so the category is still completely up for grabs. Don’t be late and miss out on this battle, it ought to be a dandy.
7. Jackson Mehr (Swift Cycle) | Juniors 10-14 | Last Rank: NR
Jackson is THROTTLING the competition in the point series in his category. It’s not even close. I’m not sure, but I don’t think he even needs to show up, his lead is so large, but then again, I don’t think anyone loves cross as much as Jackson (and his dad Jim) do- they never miss a weekend.
8. (tie) Kristin Apotsos (Infinity) and Duffy Danish (Rose Bandits) | W123 | Last Rank: NR
After skipping a race or two, Kristin got a proper bike fit for the first time in her life and showed up in Alachua and rode away from Laura Parsons on day one. Yes, Laura had her revenge on day two, but Kristin was second on day two, so the Saturday result wasn’t a complete fluke. Duffy was third both days last weekend, and is tied on FLCX points with Kristin. Also, I managed to beat Duffy on Sunday, so obviously, I should be on the Power Rankings™ myself. YEAH! Duffy is also fairly evil, which I appreciate.
10. Taylor Norton (Orange State) | M3 | Last Rank: NR
Taylor is absolutely SMOKING the FLCX Series points, and is also leading the FRS-CX points, which means that in spite of the relatively small numbers in the 3’s this year, he still gets a mention here on the Power Rankings™. Also, every time he gets a mention, he gets really nervous, and then I can take advantage of it in the race, and make up the deficit that separates us in the points. Hey, don’t like my abuse of Power Rankings™ power? You could write them yourselves, you selfish jerks.
Michael Danish (Rose Bandits)
Dustin White (UF)
Brad Scott (Village Idiots)
Steve Noble (Infinity)
Scott Atkins (Gear Link)
Erica Richards (Orange State)
Nicole Carson (Pinnacle Wheelworks)
John Kingham (SWIFT RACING)
Cliff Kugler (Colavita Racing)
Justin Deleo (352 Racing p/b Bikes and More)
Make sure you renew your licenses, and we’ll see you in Dade City this weekend!