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Cross Copter

On October 7, 2012 by Super Rookie

We have all seen Graham Partain’s videos of our Florida Cyclocross races.

He has a new tool for the upcoming season.

Florida Cyclocross Chatter Vol. 6

On October 4, 2012 by Super Rookie

Jacksonville Training Series

The Jacksonville Training Series continues this evening at Boone Park with a 6:40pm start time. The course features lots of technical turns and quite a few dismounts every lap. With daylight getting shorter every day you will want to bring lights to the races. The series continues through the end of October on Thursday nights. The first week of racing had 45 competitors and promoters are expecting more this week.

Spaghetti 100 Dirt Ride

The Spaghetti 100 in Tallahassee offers a great opportunity to get some miles in on your cyclocross rig before the start of the season on October 13th in Lakeland. The winner gets a jersey and the losers have to listen to Jack Attack Tomassetti wax poetic about the good use of your entry fees to get kids on bikes in the Capital City.

Flyover Spy Pic

Another fly-over spy pic from Miami has appeared via the fabricators of the behemoth, Elito Sculptures. Our favorite part? The planters on the sides of the steps:

Sweet workshop, bro. (Photo: Elito Sculptures)

Officials Needed

We could use a few more people to help officiate races this year. We are looking for individuals to help with scoring of races, and the Men’s 1/2 and 35+ race in particular since our normal officials plan on putting on the kit and racing this year. If you have some spare time and want to become a certified USA Cycling official let us know!

Update: Thanks to Mike Weimar (Orange State Cycling) and Todd Frobish (Brick City Bicycles) for answering the call. We could still use more!

We have all been there before. (H/T Rick Buning)

We Want Race Promoters!

There is nothing better than hearing from individuals that want to put on a cyclocross races. How can you get on the calendar? Well, we want you! Currently, we have the FLCX series already set for the 2012/13 season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still put on a race. Just take a look at what Lakeland is doing on October 13th. They have a race and a venue all set-up, it just isn’t part of the point series.

The more cyclocross races we have the more racers are going to take our sport seriously in the Sunshine State. If you are interested in promoting a cyclocross race email us at info@flcx.org and we will tell you what you need to do. All we ask is that you don’t put on a race on a date that already has a cross race! We are working on making the cycling pie bigger, not trying to cannibalize one another.

We have already heard from promoters expressing interest in hosting races in Jacksonville, Ocala and Deland for next season and we are hearing through the grapevine of a weekly series being hosted in Orlando and Gainesville in the coming year as well. Cyclocross is blowing up and you are going to want to get in on the ground level!

Cyclocrossers: A Bande à Part

On October 2, 2012 by Super Rookie

We are a bande à part. 

We enjoy racing bicycles as much as the next person, but we are also very different from the roadies that focus on results, gear and prize-money. We want to do well at our races, but we also know that it isn’t the end of the world when we have a mishap, or we get out sprinted by the enemy. We strive to make fun of our peers in ways that many are uncomfortable with at first. In short, we have fun.

We also have a sense of humor and a sense of humbleness about what we do on weekends every Fall and Winter.

Our current National Champion is Jeremy Powers (Rapha/Focus) is no different. He is one of the top ranked racers in the world and has a great shot at a top five placing at the World Championships in Louisville this February. This past weekend he won the first day of the GP Gloucester in Massachusetts, considered by many to be the biggest and best race of them all.

Along the way he had a date with the ground:

J-Pow Hits The Deck At Gloucester (Photo: Eric Silverberg)

When the picture began to float around the internet Powers was quick to chime in and point out that this wasn’t the best crash photo of his that he has seen. He directed the world to this:

J-Pow Crash Sequence (Photo: Steve Z)

The best cyclocross racer in the country is still willing to poke fun at himself. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think we would see many roadies willing to do the same. This is because cyclocross is different from every kind of bicycle racing out there and it is taking the country over.

We exist outside of the realm of the usual.

In case you were wondering what CX is about

On October 1, 2012 by Christian

Here’s yet another example.

Tweet by @cosmocatalano: What you missed Sunday at GP Gloucester. (@davechiu photo, @ryantkelly to @resultsboy on the feed) Image source

Of course, from the mighty Gloucester CX.

Closer to home, a small group of us rode Picnic Island last night. They’ve got a frisbee golf course out there now, so there’s some new trails cut into the grass that add a little climbing. Fun stuff. We also got the chance to use local celebrity Mike Barry as a course marker.

There was an MTB race in Gainesville this weekend, apparently lots of people crashed and or mechanicaled.

Jason Guillen won the 50 mile 3 Gap in Georgia by recording the fastest time, the Strava KOM, and all of the attendant accolades. He averaged 19+mph for the adventure, including the 7 mile Hogpen gap climb. SICK WATTS.

Florida Cyclocross Chatter Vol. 5

On September 27, 2012 by Super Rookie

The Chatter is our most popular page.

Every week we give you all you need to know in digestible chunks. You just need to consume it and wait thirty minutes before jumping in the pool.

Jax Cyclocross Series Tonight

The Jacksonville Training Series kicks off tonight at 630pm at Boone Park. Last year these events routinely had 30+ participants and there were all kinds of great prizes to the victors. The events are sanctioned by USA Cycling and cost only $10.

The aftermath of last year’s mud fest at Jacksonville CX Training (Photo: Tim Hayes)

FLCX.ORG will be there to report the action!  Join us!

For more information see the race flyer linked on our “CX Training Races” tab.

Winter Garden/Clermont Training 

Promoting extraordinaire, Jason Guillen, invites cyclocrossers of all skill levels to a new weekly Thursday night training series this Fall in Winter Garden and Clermont. The free events will focus on cyclocross technique and strategy. Each week there will be a training race to cap off the evening. The events alternate between the two venues.

Officials Needed

Did you know that Jason and Courtney Guillen (Gearlink) were responsible for officiating half of the races last year in the FLCX Series? We could always use a few more to help out at the start line. We have gotten word from Keith Creeden of the FRCA (our governing body) that there is a new computer based training program for officials. No longer do you need to drive across the state for a clinic!

Thumbs up from one “official” to another. (Photo: Chicago Tribune)

This could be a great way to involve your friends or family that come to the races anyway. You can get paid, or better yet, a free race entry! How easy is it? Let’s just say that I got my licence five years ago and have officiated quite a few races in that time.

Email us at info@flcx.org to get more information.

We could use you.

Tropical Cyclocross Flyover and Training Race!

We don’t know what Dario and John Voss are feeding the gang in Miami, but they seem to be going crazy for cyclocross! Take a look at the newest picture of the flyover that will appear at this year’s Tropical Cyclocross:

One of a kind flyover in the South East as it features stairs, and not a ramp!

In addition to the new flyover Miami the folks at Tropical Cyclocross are also hosting a training race on October 27th. The race has a Halloween theme and is free to all racers. Better yet? It takes place at the old zoo.

Junior Road Cycling World Champioships = Cyclocross Pit Change

Watch closely, or you might miss it:

Boston Globe Covers Cyclocross

It isn’t everyday that one of the largest papers in the country dedicates a pullout section to cyclocross. Gotta think that the word is starting to get out. Just wait till all of the roadies and mountain bikers of Florida figure out how much fun we are having. See the story here.

St. Pete CX Practice
In much less sodden conditions than last week, Orange State Cycling held their weekly Tuesday Nite CX practice at Puryear Park. We had a great turnout this week, including women and mountain bikers. Next Tuesday will see the introduction of barriers to the party, so start practicing your dismounts/remounts. We’ll do some starts and some barrier drills, in addition to the hot laps you love so much. Most of the course layouts we use at Puryear feature a lot of tight turns to test your cornering skills, as well as your memory (did I go around this tree or that tree last lap?), so bring some tires with traction!

Picnic Island CX Practice
Sunday, September 30 will see our first adventure at Picnic Island Park in Tampa. Forty minutes of hot laps will begin at about 5.45pm. Be there.


On September 26, 2012 by Super Rookie

We don’t know how they are going to move it, but take a look at what the gang in Miami has made for you at Tropical Cyclocross this November:

It is our understanding that this is the first flyover of its kind in the Southeastern United States. Other flyovers in the region (Savannah, GA and Melbourne, FL) are of the ramp-to-ramp variety and do not feature a stair run-up. We have been told that the flyover is 9ft high which allows for more than enough room to travel under and it appears to be more than wide enough.

Major kudos to the folks at Tropical Cyclocross for stepping up their game and helping to take cyclocross in Florida to the next level!

P.S. Who wants a quarter pipe on the backside and not the planned 16 foot ramp?

Training Series: Winter Garden and Clermont

On September 24, 2012 by Super Rookie

Cyclocross in Florida is blowing up and Jason Guillen doesn’t want you to be left behind (well, maybe on race day). Guillen is organizing a new weekly training series in the Winter Garden / Clermont area. The Thursday night events are free and will focus on a variety of cyclocross skills. Each week they will be capped off with a training race.

What better way to try out cyclocross than a little bit of fun on the best courses around?

Race Recap: Tampa Rou-Bay

On September 24, 2012 by Christian

About 25 people showed up for the first running of the Tampa Rou-Bay Gentleman’s Race/Ride yesterday in San Antonio. The ground rules were few: the course is open to traffic, the first 38 miles are neutral, don’t be a dick, these rules aren’t written in stone, so use your best judgment. The weather was as good as it could be, not too hot, not too humid, no rain, low winds. We had the Velo Champ crew and Allison Tiberius providing us with bottles along the course, they would prove to be a vital part of the proceedings. I’d guess there were more road bikes than CX bikes, and while Chris Slack and Scotty Graham went as far as CX bikes with knobbies, most of the CX bikes had wider road slicks on them. Personally, I went with my road bike with 23’s with my CX pedals, so I could walk/run any dirt I couldn’t ride.

After the usual pre-ride dicking about, we rolled out at 9.06 or so. The first road section was uneventful. The first dirt section (~2mi) came at 9 miles in, and the field split by the end of it. The leaders didn’t press their advantage, and there was a general regrouping at about mile 13.5.

The turn onto Bayhead road at mile 14.5 was the beginning of the end for the a lot of people, as several riders began to press the pace. The speed on the climbs on Bayhead was higher than a lot of people were willing to go so early in the ride, and the pack was thinned significantly by mile 18. Kelby Roberts, Dave Horst, Scotty, Bob Croslin, and Chris were among the perpetrators of the Bayhead Massacre, while Taylor Norton completed a huge bridge to join the leaders just as Bayhead came to an end. So, it was actually more like 14.5 miles of neutral, rather than 38, but whatever.

A longish climb at mile 20 seperated me from the lead group for the rest of the day, so much of the rest of my report was gathered after the fact, so feel free to add your recollections in the comments. The next dirt section (~4mi) began at the top of the climb, and this one was trickier than the first. There was a lot more loose sand to get sideways in, and judging by all the fishtails, many of the riders in the lead pack were not having the best luck selecting lines. Mike Weimar and Shaun Drees came to grief and nearly took each other down, but recovered and pressed on, a tantalizing 20 seconds up the road from me. A 20 seconds that refused to fall, and indeed increased until he was a brightly colored dot in the distance. Weimar was clearly on a great day, as he rode quite strongly all day.

I collected Michael Davis around this point, and we proceded on together. We came across Tim Hessenger and Bob on the side of the road, fixing Tim’s flat. We would see them again, later. Michael and I were surprised by the pace that the front group had been setting so early in the adventure- we were shelled and feeling kind of shattered at mile 25, after all. We pressed on, chasing Weimar and Shaun on the flats and watching them ride away further on the climbs. Mile 29 to 38 was all up and down on pavement. Michael told me to leave him behind if I wanted to go faster, so I accellerated on Ice Cream Hill and kept it up on the downhill run into the SR50 intersection/rest stop 1.

Weimar and Shaun were leaving the stop as I came up to it, and we had a green light across 50, so I sprinted to catch up to them and beat the light. I still had to chase a bit to get on the wheels, and of course as soon as the road pointed up again I was falling off the back, but I managed to stay within 10 seconds or so of them almost all the way to Croom Road. There was a short, uneventful dirt section (~1mi) between mile 42-43, as well.

Croom road started at about 45 miles in, and it was simply brutal. It was dirt, it was very rough in a few sections, and it was hilly. Bob and Tim finally caught me on the first dirt climb on Croom, and Bob nicely pushed me up the hill, but then he and Tim were gone. They picked up Weimar, dropped Shaun, who began falling apart, and Bob, Tim, and Weimar continued to bridge back to the leaders. I guess Marty flatted at some point in here, and he and Scotty chased for about 12 miles somewhere in front of me to catch back on to the leaders right around the same time as Bob, Tim, and Weimer.

The best I can figure is the lead group at the end of Croom Road rest stop consisted of Marty, Kelby, Scotty, Taylor, Horst, Jason Guillen, Chris Slack, Bob, Tim, and Weimar. Slack took a wrong turn and missed the entrance to the Withlacoochee trail, and had to chase hard as Tim and Bob worked the front of the race over down the smooth, wide trail.

For me, I was less than 10 seconds behind Shaun, and I stopped and exchanged my three empty bottles for three full bottles of ice water with Jordan from Velo Champ, and got back after chasing Shaun. I finally caught him. His legs were cramping, and he wasn’t happy. We picked up Clinton, who was waiting at the final rest stop with Allison, and was also not in a good way.

Shaun’s legs were locking up on him on the uphills, he was in agony, so we weren’t setting any speed records anyway. Then my Garmin freaked out and told me to take a right turn into a bunch of bushes a mile from Trilby Road. Shaun and I went to the Trilby convenience store while Clinton argued with his Garmin. Shaun was no longer having fun, so I decided we would take the most direct route back to the ball field as we could, skipping the last dirt section and cutting 4 miles or so out of the route. I don’t feel too terrible about missing it.

The last dirt section, after the rolling hills on the Trilby road, contained an insanely steep, insanely loose climb, that forced most riders on road tires to walk. Chris Slack, riding knobbies, and knowing he couldn’t do much against the roadies on road, attacked as hard as he could, got a huge gap, and soloed in for the Victory. Tim and Marty came in together to complete the podium, in a stunning display of OLD MAN POWER.

Here’s some post race quotes, from the book of Faces.

Taylor: Personally, favorite Part of the day is halfway up the big dirt hill after the rollers at mile 65: Jason dismounts and says “I’m done”. But then he passes me two miles later.

Jason: My hamstrings were cramping in the steep hills with only a 46t chainring…. Will definitely run a cable so I can use my front derailleur next time. After I walked up that hill it stretched my hamstrings out a little and was able to pedal again, so away I went again, lol.

Bob: Tim and Marty rolled in together behind Chris and I rolled in a minute or so behind them. Just so everyone knows, Tim Hessinger got a flat in the first [second] dirt section and I stopped with him and then we clawed our way back to the group and finished in front of all of you jerks. 20 miles of chasing and we never gave up.

Horst: It’s worth noting that I wasn’t in that picture because I was at racetrack shaking and taking small sips of water and gatorade. I’m incredibly impressed by the guys that flatted and bridged back up. I was also really upset that Jason wasn’t serious about quitting. He took a break then road past me with a couple miles to go.

Kelby: Horst wore out that granny gear. Best line of the day, me and scotty and horst crawling up college hill. I say ‘Im DYING’ and Scotty replys, Do it in front of me! (meaningless draft at 6mph)

Possibly the funniest sight all day was Taylor stopping on the side of the road with a few miles to go to lie down and take a nap with this Donkey.

Florida Cyclocross Chatter Vol. 4

On September 22, 2012 by Super Rookie

I am blatantly, brazenly stealing this picture from Prolly’s blog.Pic by John Watson

Tampa Rou-Bay This Sunday

This Sunday is the big Gentlemen’s Race down near Tampa. The event is free and is on open roads. Think of it as a jerk-free group ride over some of the best roads and craziest hills the state has to offer. The best part? It is free and you are surrounded by friends. These type of races are popular in other parts of the country where upwards of 600 people attend to get a chance to hit the gravel.

This is a drop ride. There is some support from Jordan at Velo Champ (water bottles and spare tubes) but you should bring a spare or two just in case. Rules of the road are expected to be followed.

Be a gentlemen.

For more information check out the Facebook Event Page

Jacksonville Training Series

The Jacksonville Cyclocross Training Series starts up on September 27th at Boone Park. The flyer is posted on our CX Training Races tab above. Check it out!

Tampa Bay CX Practices

The first Orange State Cycling St. Pete Tuesday Nite practice was held last Tuesday at Puryear Park in St. Pete. It was disgustingly muddy. They will be back there next Tuesday night, and most every Tuesday night until the end of the CX season, usually rolling by 7.30pm. Bring lights if you want to be able to see in the dark parts of the park. They will have some skills training as well as hot laps.

Sunday evenings at Picnic Island in Tampa are planned to start a week from Sunday, keep an eye on the Orange State Cycling Facebook for details.

FLYOVER for Miami

Dario is building a flyover for Tropical Cross. It’s getting legit. November 3 & 4 2012.

UCI Cyclocross World Championships

Reports are coming in that the World Championships in Louisville are a go and were not affected by the last minute sponsorship shortfall that hit the USGP of Cyclocross (both events are promoted by the same company). The Master’s World Championships are the days immediately preceding the Elite World Championships and there are several Florida racers hoping to attend the festivities this year. The hotel of choice for Florida racers is the Hyatt Regency Downtown.

Interbike 2012

This past week was Interbike, the cycling industry’s annual trade show/fashion show/drunken stumble in Las Vegas. Several of the 352 racing kids attended. The cycling industry really wants you to sell your CX bike with cantilever brakes and all your wheels and convert to disc brakes. Judging by Wednesday night’s CrossVegas CX race, many of the Pro men, and most of the Pro women have not yet bought into the idea of more powerful stoppers.

2012/13 FLCX Season Preview Video

On September 18, 2012 by Super Rookie

Graham Partain (352 Racing) checks in with his latest masterpiece previewing the upcoming FLCX season.

Someone call up Spielberg. This man is a genius!