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Tally CX Results Posted!

On November 19, 2012 by Super Rookie

We have posted the results for Tally CX!

Thanks to Greg Buker, Jim Smart and the rest of the Florida State University Cycling Team for promoting a great race and getting the results to us!

Results Page

Race report and team points soon!

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 CX Day 2 Video

On November 9, 2012 by Christian

Tropical Cyclocross Day 2 from Graham Partain on Vimeo.

Thanks to Graham Partain and crosscopter.com (coming soon!) for the footy.

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: Day 1 Video

On November 6, 2012 by Christian

We’re still waiting on the results, but #CrossCopter triumphantly survived the entire first day of racing in Miami.

Tropical Cyclocross Day 1 from Graham Partain on Vimeo.

Another @GrahamPartain joint. So good.

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!

2012/13 FLCX Power Rankings: Final Pre-Season Rankings

On November 2, 2012 by Super Rookie

The FLCX season is finally here with this weekends racing in Miami at Tropical Cyclocross. With only a handful of racers heading north to Savannah over the past weekend we have not seen much movement on the Power Rankings heading into the first race of the year. In fact, the only changes are the re-emergence of Jason Guillen (Gear Link) and the appearance of Ryan Fisher, David Lavenhagen and Christian Ahrens, both of 352 Racing.

Falling off the list this week are Taylor Norton (Orange State Cycling), Ben Smith (352 Racing) Zoe Mullins (Colavita) and Tony Timonere (Top Gear Cycles). Norton struggled to get a quality holeshot both days in Savannah and wallowed in the pack of the category 3s, despite putting together a quality performance in the Single Speed race it wasn’t enough to save the bearded one from falling off the list. Smith is a victim of circumstance. A medical issue is keeping Smith from racing in the coming weeks and off the bike for the time being, but be assured that when the issues clears up he will be near the top of the rankings in less than a week. Timonere and Mullins did not race this past weekend in Savannah.

Once again Miami fails to make the list as their cyclocross readiness has not been viewed by the editors of FLCX.

2012/13 FLCX Power Rankings: Final Pre-Season

1. Josh Thornton (Dunedin Cyclery) | Cat1/2 | Last Week: #1

  • The top spot for one more week. However, without racing in Florida a catastrophic free fall is expected.
  • Making Felix Baumgartner Proud.

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

  • The top place on the rankings is getting awfully close with the expected absence of Thornton in Miami.

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

  • Pros: No longer sick. Really fast. Nice guy.
  • Cons: Not Jack Rich. Not Josh Thornton.

4. Zach Fout (Gearlink) | Cat1/2 | Last Week #4

  • Will he show up to Miami?
  • We doubt it since he has a newborn at home, but he still is a racer to watch!
5. Jason Guillen (Gear Link) | Cat 1/2 | Last Week #UR
  • The performance at Lakeland must have been a fluke as Guillen pulled the best Florida performance in Savannah in the 1/2s.
  • Apparently if the course doesn’t feature a giant pit of mud Guillen is among the fastest in the state on a cross bike.

6. Ryan Fisher (352 Racing) | Cat3 | Last Week #UR

  • The bearded one is looking good for a strong run to the cat3 title this season.
  • Strong performances both days, and a quality teammate move to bring the toothless Lavenhagen to the dentist gained extra points.

7. Dave Lavenhagen (352 Racing) | Cat4 | Last Week #UR

  • Convincing solo win in Savannah in spite of the 50 pound sacks of sand in his pocket on Saturday
  • Diabolical Hater
  • Crashed into the barriers and lost teeth while leading on Sunday. NTSB ruled crash not due dangerous overloading of sand sacks.
  • Will win and hopefully upgrade once he can eat solid food again
8. Todd Frobish (Brick City Bicycles) | Cat4 | Last Week #8
  • While you were busy training, Frobish was investigating the possibility of putting on a cyclocross race in Ocala this December.
  • Still the resident #CAPTAINSANDBAG
9. Chase Tennyson (352 Racing) |Cat3 | Last Week #9
  • Took a strong second place to Zach Fout in the cat3s at Lakeland.
  • A podium in the cat3 FLCX Series seems to be in the making for Tennyson in 2012/13.

10. Christian Ahrens (352 Racing) | Cat 3 & SS | Last Week #UR

  • His performance in the Cat3s was forgettable and reinforces his idea to not upgrade to cat2.
  • The single speed race however is easily his domain and Ahrens will stop nothing short of victory.

Falling Off: Ben Smith (352 Racing), Taylor Norton (Orange State Cycling), Tony Timonere (Top Gear Cycles) Zoe Mullins (Colavita, CuteBassetHounds.com)