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FLCX Series: 2014 and Beyond

On January 21, 2014 by Super Rookie

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Gainesville, FL- The 2013/14 FLCX Season was the most successful year in the history of Florida cyclocross. Overall attendance was up 15% over the previous season and the racing was better than ever with numerous categories featuring several riders battling it out for the top step on race day. As the Florida cyclocross community has continued to grow the Florida Bike Racing Association (FBRA) has developed a keen interest in helping to take the sport further utilizing their own resources and expertise. Therefore, it has been decided that that FLCX Points Series will be discontinued for 2014 and beyond.

The FLCX Series started in earnest in 2007 when cyclocross aficionados and promoters decided to band together to help grow the sport in the state of Florida. The early days of Florida cyclocross are a distant memory to some and unknown to most. State Championships races were held at Camp Murphy and Tallahassee. Promoters would be thrilled if 60 racers took to the road for race day and the series was a footnote to the Florida Road Cycling Association (FRCA). Times have changed considerably and with the introduction of the FBRA-CX Series this past season the FLCX Series became a redundancy and is no longer needed.

From this point forward the FLCX website, facebook page/group and Twitter account will feature news and information about Florida Cyclocross, but the FLCX Promoters and member races will no longer be an organized series under the FLCX banner.

The FLCX organizers, member races and promoters would like to thank all of the racers, officials, and past promoters that helped raise the level of cyclocross in Florida to the point that the FBRA is willing to shepherd it into the future utilizing their own resources and know-how.

States Photos 2

On January 21, 2014 by Christian

Timothy Hunt published a ton of great photos on his website. Additionally, there’s some great photos from Michelle Blake on her website.

Saturday Pics


Rich and Dino, pic by Karyn Dybdahl


W123 Podium – Parsons, Apotsos, Plotkin pic by Karyn Dybdahl


John Hovius in a sea of red tape. pic by Karyn Dybdahl


Harrison and Clayton Knight sandwich Jackson Mehr. pic by Karyn Dybdahl


Women’s 4 podium, Rebecca Laborde, Erica Richards, Nicole Carson pic by Karyn Dybdahl


Obvious camper joke. Sorry for so much Dybdahl coverage, but there are very few people who love FLCX as much as he and his family do, and they makes me smile. Pic by Apotsos.


The elusive Michael Davis on the steps pic by Karyn Dybdahl


Robert Marion and Ryan Woodall on the horse track pic by Karyn Dybdahl


Addison Zawada on the pavement pic by Karyn Dybdahl


Master’s 35 podium Darien Angelier (1st), Tim Shank (2nd) and Graham Partain 3rd) pic by Karyn Dybdahl


Master’s 45 podium Vitor Alexandre (1st) Scott Atkins (2nd) and Kelby Roberts (3rd) pic by Karyn Dybdahl


Masters 55 podium Brian Davis (1st) Mike Szabo (2nd) Dan Sullivan (3rd) pic by Karyn Dybdahl


My “daughter” and the Kung Fu Panda pic by Karyn Dybdahl


Pete Hill and Jordan Miller from Velo Champ worked the pit all weekend. On behalf of every single person who raced, THANK YOU GUYS. pic by Karyn Dybdahl


Robert Marion takes the win in P12. pic by Karyn Dybdahl


Kelby Rogers charges out at the front of the combined MTB/Men’s 4-5/Women’s 4 start pic by Karyn Dybdahl


Robert Marion made a bunch of new fans this weekend. He even brought his mom up on the podium with him! Thornton and Woodall round out the lower steps. pic by Karyn Dybdahl

Sunday Pics


pic by Kristin Apotsos


pic by Dan Milstead


pic by Steve Sykes


pic by Kristin Apotsos


Graham Partain pic by Michael Toth.


Kristin Apotsos takes the bacon by Timothy J Hunt


Tent Village pic by Kristin Apotsos


Rolly Weaver takes the bacon from Michael Ploch while Jody Alexander shows the way. Pic by Timothy J Hunt

States Photos

On January 20, 2014 by Christian

There will be several posts recapping all the action this weekend at states, but to start with here’s what I’ve managed to pull off of facebook. All images belong to the respective photographer, please do not re-use them without permission.


Unicorn Sass by Erica Richards.


Marion duels with Thornton on the steps by Adam Wiggall.


Diane Blake takes the bacon by Timothy J Hunt.


Josh THornton’s haul for the weekend by Josh Thornton.


Sunday Morning at Little Everglades Ranch by Zach Fout.


WUT. Robert Marion rides the tallest barriers in Florida by Jay Fratello.


Cat 4 Women overall FLCX Points series by Nicole Carson.


Cat 4 Women State Champion by Rebecca Laborde.


Keith Richards on the steps by Jo An Weaver.


Masters Race Start on Sunday by Karen Dybdahl.


Tic Bowen and Andy Mills two man pain train in M35. Andy would prevail after a late final lap attack. Pic by https://www.facebook.com/karyn.dybdahl”> Karen Dybdahl.


Thornton, Marion, and Eric Stubbs hit the steps off the horse track early in the Pro 1-2 race. Pic by Karen Dybdahl.


lil kids race podium by Karen Dybdahl.


Men’s 4/5 race start by Karen Dybdahl.


by Karen Dybdahl.


Justin Deleo and John Kingham battle on the steps. by Karen Dybdahl.


Nicole Carson and Michael Ploch on the steps by Karen Dybdahl.


Masters 45 State Champion Vitor Alexandre by Karen Dybdahl.


Masters 55 State Champion podium by Karen Dybdahl.


The mis-spelled Dirk Hofmann banner lives on by Karen Dybdahl.


I had to have at least one pic of me in here. by Karen Dybdahl.


Laura Parsons on the steps by Karen Dybdahl.


These guys. Rich Dybdahl and Greg Politz by Karen Dybdahl.


These ladies. Melissa Isenmen and Kristin Apotsos by Karen Dybdahl.


Men’s Pro123 FLCX Points Podium with Addison Zawada (2nd), Josh Thornton (1st) and Ryan Woodall (3rd) by Karen Dybdahl.


Orange State sweeps the Men’s 3 Podium FLCX Points Series by Karen Dybdahl.


Juniors FLCX Points Series by Karen Dybdahl.


Men’s cat 3 State Championship by

OFFICIAL FLCX POWER RANKINGS™ – Florida State CX Championships

On January 17, 2014 by Christian

The final weekend of the Florida Cyclocross season is upon us, and it promises to be a fitting ending to what has been our best season of racing CX bikes in the sun and warmth of Florida yet. Saturday is the final event in the FLCX points series, where there are multiple battles to be fought for the final podiums. Sunday is the the actual Florida State Cyclocross Championships, where you win the right to wear the flag on your jersey for the following year. The races will be held at the beautiful Little Everglades Ranch, which is just a bit north of Dade City on 301, which has hosted the last 5 editions of States, and the course has gotten better and better every year. This year promises even more excitement with food trucks and the same announcer that worked the US CX Nationals out in Boulder last week, Dave Towle. Promoter Dan Milstead has been hard at work on the course, enlisting Josh Thornton and John Hovius to add some technical challenges, and judging by the picture Dan posted a couple hours ago, there will be mud.

Well, then again, there’s still one day of dry air and no precipitation chance, so the mud could very well be dry come Saturday. We also know there’s a longish run up with some railroad tie barriers, some soul-sucking slow grass, and we can assume we’ll go through the horse barn because riding through the barn is something of an awesome LER tradition.

As we have done over the past few years the OFFICIAL FLCX POWER RANKINGS™ for the Florida State Cyclocross Championships are divided up by category and who we, the experts, know is going to win the coveted jersey. As usual, we are never wrong and none of this can be contended.

Men 1/2:

Winner: Josh Thornton (Pioneer Mortgage)
We See You: Robert Marion (American Classic), Ryan Woodall (Top Gear Bicycles), Andy Mills (Backdraft)

This race is Josh’s to lose, much like the rest of the series has been. Woodall’s form is only known to the Ocala locals, and indeed, we aren’t even certain of his attendance. Andy Mills has been filming in an episode of Rehab Addict on the DIY network (check your local listings for air date) so who knows how he’s riding, but he has been faster than a lot of people, plus mentioning him gives us the chance to work in cabinetry jokes. Addison Zawada should be in the thick of things as well, but with one to go, it should be Josh off the front with a good minute back to his nearest competitor.

In light of new information, need to revise things. Robert Marion is a legitimate threat to Josh, as he has been racing the national caliber events all season. While he isn’t a Florida resident, he and Josh are going to have a battle royale, and this race just became a can’t miss instant classic.

There’s virtually no chance (2%) There is now a 25% chance of an un-named rider registering on the day of the race and upsetting Josh’s applecart.

Women 1/2/3:

Winner: Laura Parsons (Rose Bandits)
We See You: Kristin Apostsosososos (Infinity)

Laura was last year’s state champ, and there’s almost nothing that will stop her from repeating, except for a super-motivated Kristin Apotsos. Maybe. Good thing we have one of those. Kristin will have to ride out of her damn mind to make it happen, but she’s done it once already on Saturday at Swamp CX, so there is a chance.

Again, there’s virtually no chance of someone registering day of who can beat these two, however- I’ll rate it at 4%, in case Laura Van Gilder shows up. You never know.

Men 3:

Winner: Michael Cedeno (AG – Guttenplan)
We See You: Robert Croslin (Orange State), Taylor Norton (Orange State), Joel Gorman (Flying Fish Bicycles), Vitor Alexandre (Colavita)

Cedeno is fully capable of absolutely riding away with this race, as long as he can clip into his pedals consistently. An elite rider on the road and the track, his only weakness may be the running, of which there is rumoured to be a lot more of this year. Norton and Croslin will have their hands full, and must get off to a good start so Cedeno doesn’t disappear. Gorman is a super fast starter with some elite skills, and we all know about Vitor.

Of course, there’s no telling who will sign up to race day of, so I’ll predict a 43% chance of someone coming out of nowhere to win it.

Men 4/5:

Winner: Rolly Weaver (Pioneer Mortgage)
We See You: Justin DeLeo (352 Racing), John Kingham (Swift Racing), Michael Hernandez (Hot Tubes)

Rolly is (as best we can figure) a cat 3 on the road who has only entered two CX races, the Cat 4 Saturday race and the Cat 3 Sunday race in Lacoochee two weeks ago. He won both of them. I’m not sure how that works, but it does mean he a pretty strong favourite to win this Sunday. Hernandez is ludicrously fast on the road but hasn’t touched a CX bike all season, and has never been noted for his off-pavement technical ability. That being said, he will probably challenge and could possibly beat Rolly. DeLeo and Kingham have dueled all season, and are legit cat 4 riders, so they will contest the non-sandbagger Cat 4 crown.

Of all the races, this one has the highest chance of day-of registration dood showing up and dominating- I’ll rate it at 84% that a mystery sandbagger happens.

Women 4:

Winner: Nicole Carson (Pinnacle Wheelworks)
We See You: Emily Richards (Orange State), Rebecca Laborde (UA)

Erica and Nicole have dueled at the front of the race all year, but Rebecca won both days in Lacoochee, so this race is really a toss up.

Then again there is a 73.8% chance of a day-of-race-registration ringer showing up and throwing this entire category’s prediction into chaos, so it’s pretty hard to hazard a guess here. I mean a lead pipe lock prediction. Whatever.

Single Speed:

Winner: Keith Richards (Swift Racing)
We See You: Taylor Norton (Orange State), Zach Fout (Gear Link), Josh Thornton (Pioneer Mortgage), Ryan Woodall (Top Gear Bicycles)

This one is a real crap-shoot. It comes down to what is accepted at the start line. Will the officials allow for the status-quo of racers being able to line up with zip-ties and removed batteries, or are they going to be “the man” and look down at the little community we have built and tell you that you must rock a one-cog because the suits in Colorado Springs wrote a rule that applies to Portland, Chicago, New England and places that have 50+ fields of single speed cross rigs.

Because of that we are thinking there’s a 67% chance that “the man” is going to show up and take away all the fun. There’s a 71% chance of an as yet un-named mystery day-of rider taking the jersey as well.

Masters 35+:

Winner: Tic Bowen (The Fit Lab/Winter Park Bikes)
We See You: Ed Dunne (Cycle Logic), Andy Mills (Firefighters Union)

You have to feel bad for Ed Dunne. He barnstorms the state looking for victory in all the right places and puts the hammer down day in and day out to get the credit he deserves and then Tic Bowen and Andy Mills show up to ruin the party. If we were Ed Dunne (and clearly we are not because we are not International Playboys) we would request a hard copy of Bowen and Mills’ birth certificates.

Another category that could easily be taken by someone we haven’t even mentioned- we’ll give it a 52% chance of that happening.

Masters 45+:

Winner: Tim Shank (U/A)
We See You: Vitor Alexandre (Colavita), Joel Rierson (Garneau Florida)

The 45+ race is going to be the best on the day. Vitor Alexandre has been throwing down all year and is not going to give up easily and hopes to own that jersey, but the likes of Shank, who has been racing 35+ during the season, and Rierson, who’s been doing the 60 minute race, are going to be tough to beat. One thinks Vitor is going to go all out for the title, but Tim and Joel have the youth in the age group on their side.

I don’t think there’s many mystery 45 plus day of reg guys, so I’ll rate the likelihood of a mystery winner at only 33%

Masters 55+:

Winner: Dan Sullivan (West Coast Cycling)
We See You: Biron Keefer (Infinity) Brian Davis (Treasure Coast) Ted Hollander (Florida Masters)

Dan Sullivan won the jersey last year, and he’s rounding into form quite nicely to win it again this year. This will be Keefer’s first time contesting the 55 plus crown, so he will have youth on his side. Ted is lightning fast when he’s on form. It should be a pretty great race.

Pretty much every heavy hitter in the category is pre-reged, so the likelyhood of someone other than these guys winning is pretty low- 27%

Juniors 9-14:

Winner: Michael Mace (Whole Athlete)
We See You: Harrison Knight (First Place Racing), all the Hovius kids (AAA)

The Junior 10-14 category has been a mixed bag over the past year with lots of different riders showing up and the consistency of Jackson Mehr in the FLCX Series would show that this field is up for grabs, but 14 year old Michael Mace is still in the category, to no fault of his own, ya know, since he’s 14, and should be able to run away with the victory. However, it should be noted that Harrison Knight is quickly becoming a force out on the bike and he should show very well on the weekend.

There’s a 1% chance that someone other than the riders mentioned wins this thing.

Juniors 15-18:

Winner: Michael Hernandez (Hot Tubes)
We See You: Eric Meucci (u/a)

Eric Meucci has been showing up to a lot of races over the year and we love his enthusiasm and know that he has a future in the sport. Like his brother he is a beast in the Junior categories and will be a force on the mountain bike for a long time to come. Sadly, he isn’t on the older age of the category like road super-star Michael Hernandez who is making his first cyclocross appearance of the season at the State Championships.

Again, there’s almost no chance of anyone beating these guys. 2%.

And that’s it, the final pre-race Power Rankings of the 2013-14 Florida Cyclocross season. We hope to see you out there tomorrow- bring all your friends!

OFFICIAL FLCX POWER RANKINGS™ – FLCX Points Series Roundup

On January 17, 2014 by Christian

We’re going to give you two sets of Power Rankings this week, one for Saturday’s Point Series Finale, and another for Sunday’s Championship Showdown. I’ve listed the categories from the least dramatic to the most dramatic, in my opinion. 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™: FLCX Points Series Final

MASTERS 35


Pic by Jo An Weaver

Ed Dunne (Cycle Logic) has a lock on the FLCX points series in Masters 35. It’s not even close at this point. Three wins and a second and a third and a fourth are nearly twice as many points as the next nearest competitor (Graham Partain, Swift Cycle/Crosscopter.com). Chris Kyle (Team Top Gear) is a surprising third, with nearly a 20 point lead over Tim Shank in fourth. I don’t foresee much movement here.

Junior 10-14


Pic by Cathy Bester

Jackson Mehr (Swift Cycles) has a similar grip on the points series in the Junior fields, a lead so large that he doesn’t even have to race if he doesn’t want to, but he probably will because he’s a fierce little mongoose of a competitor. Don’t bring your pet cobra to the race, if the cold weather doesn’t get it, then Jackson will. Scott Atkins (Gear Link) and Harrison Knight round out the podium.

Men’s Category 3


Pic by Emily “Erica” Gerrity / hatingonbikepolo.com/

Maybe this should be called the Orange State Cycling Podium Party. Taylor Norton (Orange State) is leading the series by a lot of points over me, Christian Carlqvist (Orange State). A mere 6 points back is Graham Gillis, who has but two race starts (Tally CX and Swamp CX) but has two wins. He’s not pre-reged, meaning that if Drew Smith shows up for the rare Saturday race and scores 9 points, he could take over third. As far as dark horses go, a win by Bob Croslin (Orange State) would propel him into second place for the series, and complete the Orange State sweep. I think. I’m not certain, math is hard.

Masters 45


Pic by Rotiv Xela

One of the more dramatic categories of the season week to week has been Masters 45. Vitor Alexandre (Colavita) moved to South Florida from Chicago and has quite simply raised the stakes in M45, often finishing in the top 5 in the entire master’s wave, beating a huge swath of M35 youngsters. He holds a 15 point lead over Steve Noble (Infinity), who was second to Vitor in pretty much every race except Tampa Riverfront CX, where they swapped positions. Noble will pounce if Vitor makes the slightest mistake, but Vitor’s going to have to make a big mistake for Steve to overtake him in the overall. Scott Atkins (Gearlink) sits solidly in third, in no danger of losing his position.

Single Speed

Pic by Karyn Dybdahl

Now we get into the races that are still in doubt. Ryan Woodall (Team Top Gear/Biemme/Felt) is still leading in spite of not racing since November 24th AND getting married. Keith Richards (Swift Cycles) is in second position, and is actually pre-registered for Saturday, so he will certainly take over the lead if Woodall’s honeymoon continues. Josh Thornton (Pioneer Mortgage/Yourkey.com/Giant) is sitting in third, but is only 20 points back from Keith, so he is in striking distance as well. Taylor Norton is sitting in fourth, a point ahead of Michael Toth, but I don’t beleive that Taylor is racing on Saturday, enabling Toth to enter the discussion concerning who came in fourth for the season.

Pro 1, 2, Open


Pic by Giant Regional On-Road Team

The Pro 1,2 Open race this year has pretty much been the Josh Thornton Show. He’s been simply untouchable over the course of a 60 minute event in Florida. Ryan Woodall kept the points series exciting by racking up a bunch of points early in the season, but we haven’t seen him since Ocala. Addison Zawada (FWD->Set), with the assistance of the points he gathered in the 3’s is leading Woodall in the overall by a slight margin, and actually has a pretty good chance of maintaining his second place in the overall, as he is wicked fast in his own right. Imagine how fast he will be after a few more seasons of elite CX racing. (HINT: REALLY FRIGGIN FAST.)

Women 123


Pic by Karyn Dybdahl

Our elite ladies races have been pretty spectacular this season, with the dominating Laura Parsons (Rose Bandits/The Breakfast Club) winning all of the FLCX races she’s attended. Coming into the last race, however, she finds herself trailing Kristin Apotsos (Infinity) by a slim 5 point margin. Kristin hasn’t beaten Laura on a Sunday FLCX event, although Kristin was the winner on Saturday at Swamp CX, so there is precedent for an upset. The spoiler to all of this is the delightfully witty Jennifer Kraatz, who accumulated a bunch of points in the Cat 4’s before she was kicked upstairs to the big girls race. She trails Kristin by only two points by my math, which isn’t official but hey, you can trust me, right?

Masters 55

Pic by Ted Hollander

The race to watch on Saturday? It’s probably the closest race in all the categories, and it will certainly contain the loudest heavy breathing. We have a 5 old man pig pile on the top of the standings in M55. 19 points separate Dan Sullivan (West Coast Cycling) at the top from Mark McBroom (352 Racing) at the bottom, and both of them are pre-reged for Saturday. John Torrey trails Dan by only two points, with Brad Scott (RND Racing presented by VICC) a further 5 points back. Brian Davis (Treasure Coast Racing) sits in 4th position. Brad is the only rider of the four who is not pre-registered, but he’s generally been pretty good attendence wise, so we’ll just make the obvious old guys is skurred of the internet joke and leave it at that. Oh look, I already did.

Pure Cross This Sunday!

On January 9, 2014 by Super Rookie

We all need more cyclocross in our lives and grassroots 100% payout cyclocross is some of the best stuff ever!

We will be seeing you in Mt. Dora!

OFFICIAL FLCX POWER RANKINGS™ – Wicked Hahdah CX

On January 3, 2014 by Christian

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.

Coming Up

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!

Swamp Cross!

On December 20, 2013 by Super Rookie

We had a wonderful weekend of racing in Gainesville. We have posted results on the results page and all series standings have been updated.

While we could write you a recap, we have the best in the business covering our little corner of cycling in the form of a helicopter. So, take it away CROSSCOPTER!

SOUTHEAST SINGLESPEED CHAMPIONSHIPS!:

Day One:

OFFICIAL FLCX POWER RANKINGS™ – Swamp CX

On December 13, 2013 by Christian

I missed last weekend’s races in Tallahassee, so I have no idea what’s going to happen in Alachua this weekend for Swamp CX. Yes, this year’s Swamp Cross is happening in Alachua, FL, rather than Gainesville proper, because we lost the usage of our previous venue at The Rock because people who run can’t park their cars in assigned parking areas or something. So we have a new venue, change is good, I don’t fear change, I love lamp.

There is a whole bunch of fast dudes who inhabit the greater Gainesville area who don’t really travel to many of the rest of the events in the FLCX events who show up at Swamp CX and dominate. Dudes like Pete “The Volume” Jones and Dito and Dave Lavenhagen. (We keep hoping on the last one. #LAVENHAGEN2014). So this makes predicting race winners extremely difficult. So I’ve enlisted the assistance of a growler of Ross Glass-Vega’s home-brewed Black IPA as well as a great deal of wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’ and plannin’ and dreamin’ to make this week’s edition of the OFFICIAL FLCX POWER RANKINGS™ a reality.

Swamp Cross is a pretty big deal as far as race weekends go. If you haven’t gone before, and weren’t sure about going, allow me to tell you that you need to get to Alachua/Gainesville this weekend for the festivities, because the course will be great, the nightlife will be hoppin’, and the South East Cyclocross Single Speed Championships on Sunday are not to be missed under any circumstances. Yes, they are 45 minutes in length. It will totally be worth it to you to do the race. I promise.

As always, these rankings are 100% officially unofficial, infallible, unquestionably questionable, and obviously 1000% accurate. If you disagree, you’re probably wrong.

2013/14 OFFICIAL FLCX Power Rankings™: Tally CX

1. Laura Parsons (Rose Bandits) | W123 | Last Rank: 1

Laura is such a badass that she retains the top spot even tho she didn’t make the ten hour drive (each way) from Miami to Tallahassee last weekend. She’s been that dominant this year. Seriously, who’s gonna show up to challenge her at this point? There are some strong lady MTB racers in Gainesville, but I’m pretty sure that Laura’s diabolical drive to win will be more than enough to overcome all challengers. Plus, it’s Laura’s charming gal pal Amy Plotkin’s birthday on Sunday so Laura should go extra fast. Amy enjoys good beer and toys for her vast collection of kittens if you wanted to get her a present, AND WHY WOULDN’T YOU GET AMY A PRESENT?

2. Ed Dunne (CycleLogic) | M35 | Last Rank: 4

Ed continues his domination of the youngest class of old farts with another strong weekend in Tallahassee. As Andy Mills (Saving Lives/Love It or List It) fades further and further into our collective memories, Ed gets stronger and stronger, and his brogue is still cooler than your southern twang all week long and twice on Sundays. As a Gainesville local, he’s certain to show up this weekend, and thoat ought to just about sew up the title in M35 for the season. Unless it doesn’t, in which case all bets are off.

3. Vitor Alexandre (Colavita) | M45 | Last Rank: 3

To paraphrase the above old Nike commercial with Spike Lee as the legendary Mars Blackmon, almost nobody has been as dominant as Vitor has this year. If he was a younger man, he’d be ranked even higher, but let’s face it, youth sells, so 3rd will have to do for the guy who is running away with the 45 plus points. Yes, Steve Noble (Infinity) is still in dogged pursuit, but he’s gonna need to pull a rhino out of his hat to catch Vitor at this point of the season. And everyone knows that rhino’s are way more difficult than rabbits to remove from headwear.

4. Josh Thornton (Giant/Pioneer Mortgage) | p12, SS | Last Rank: 5

This might seem like a controversial pick, considering that Josh was beaten in his last SS race in Ocala by a handsome rapscallion with a debonaire mustache, but we’re picking Josh for the South Eastern Cyclocross Single Speed Championships this year, and we’re basing it on two things, and two things only. Josh is pretty damn fast, one, and he has no problem whatsoever with getting another tattoo. Yes, he got beat by the aforementioned rapscallion in the SS race in Ocala, but the rapscallion is notably reluctant when it comes to the body modification department. Josh is a mortal lock to win the Pro 12 races, as well, which is reason enough to place him this high in the rankings.

5. Ryan Woodall (Team Top Gear/Biemme) | P12, SS | Last Week: 2

As Ryan, the aforementioned mustachioed rapscallion, gets closer to his money-(sort of)-making season of professional Mountain Bike Racing (This is no knock on Ryan’s ability, rather on the meagre pay-outs at the top levels of domestic US MTB circuit,) he is getting stronger and stronger, meaning that by January we should be in for a whale of a race between Ryan and Josh, which is really pretty much all we’ve wanted to see all season. Josh was still able to ride away from Ryan in Ocala at their last meeting, but a lot can change in three weeks, particularly three weeks that have Thanksgiving dinner and the beginning of the Christmas Cookie season.

6. Tony Sigrist (UCF) | M3 | Last Week: We See You


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Tony showed up basically out of nowhere in Ocala and made the rest of the pitifully few Men’s Cat 3 field look like tree stumps as he rode away from us. I like his chances in Gainesville, unless the usual bunch of Gainesville sandbaggers show up, which will almost certainly happen, because college students are lazy and only make road trips for spring break. Right?

7. Josh Lehmann (NECX) | P12 | Last Week: Freezing his ass off in New Hampshire

Total Long Shot pick of the week. Josh is back down here to show us how they do in NECX by saying “Wicked Pissah” and “Holdjya line, ya friggin tool!” He is fast, young, and under the evil influence and tutelage of the greatest finder of talent in FLCX, Rich Dybdahl (Broken Ritte, Pure Cycle). He had to take root beer handups last year at the SECXSSC, and he probably will have to do the same this year, but his northern form will take him far, look for him near the top of the field.

8. Jennifer Kraatz-Hoyle (Garneau FL) | W123 | Last Week: 9

Jennifer moved up to play with the elite women and showed that she was completely at home racing for 15 extra minutes, duelling with the very fast Jennifer Talley of Dustin in Tallahassee. We’ll see how she fares against the South Florida Rose Bandit onslaught, as well as the assumed return of Ms. Consistant Apotsos.

9/10 Cliff Kugler/Kyle Casteline/Joey Gilman/John Kingham | M4 | Last Week: All over the place

This has by far been one of the fairest seasons of Men’s category 4/5 racing that I can remember, with no one rider truly dominating, no one obviously sandbagging, so I’ve decided to add some pressure to these four guys to finally step up and seize the title of biggest 30 minute sandbagger for the 2013/2014 FLCX Season. Enough screwing around, you guys, you’ve all been on or near the podium, all of you are fast enough to be there, we just need for you to put together one friggin hour (over two days) of dominant racing without crashing, breaking your bike, or having a mental meltdown and throwing your bike into the weeds. Is it too much to ask of one of you? Get it together, be the champion sandbagger you were destined to be, and crush your competition as badly as you possibly can this weekend. I believe in you. You can do this.

The racing this weekend will almost certainly have tall barriers, a set of stairs, and the return of the dumptruck loads of sand. There is also a pretty good chance of rain showers, particularly on Sunday, so bring an umbrella. And some xmas decorations. And handups. Lots of handups. This is the weekend to get creative with the handups, so do us all proud.

OFFICIAL FLCX POWER RANKINGS™ – Tally CX

On December 6, 2013 by Super Rookie

It isn’t very often that the editors of the OFFICIAL FLCX POWER RANKINGS™ get to meet face to face and discuss the standings for the upcoming week, but the moons aligned and we were able to write the rankings high in the cheap seats in section 303 of the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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Taken immediately before GOB cheap shotted Rookie. (Picture: Emily)

There were some disagreement at first, but with the gloves off we were able to hash out the differences and produce the infallible and 100% accurate OFFICIAL FLCX POWER RANKINGS™.

BTW, if you disagree, you are wrong.

2013/14 OFFICIAL FLCX Power Rankings™: Tally CX

1. Laura Parsons (Rose Bandits) | W123 | Last Rank: 1

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Hmmmm, that isn’t Laura! IMPOSTER! (Photo: Google Image Vanity Search)

When you show up and win two races in dominant fashion against top quality competition you must be doing something right. The only downside to the Laura Parsons cyclocross game is that she lives in Miami, which is as far away from the cycling world as you can get. It makes us wonder how Parsons would do if she lived in a cyclocross hotbed, but who are we kidding? They race in 15degrees on the reg. We know how Miami folk react to the “cold” and that is when it is just 65 degrees.

Well done Laura, you deserve the top spot…again.

2. Ryan Woodall (Team Top Gear/Biemme) | P12, SS | Last Week: 4

Four races. Three wins. It was a little tough trying to figure out where to slot Woodall after Ocala. He won three races in dominating fashion, but lost to Josh Thornton (Pioneer Mortgage) when it counted for the FLCX Points. That said, the OFFICIAL FLCX POWER RANKINGS™ are all about ‘what have you done for me lately’ and Woodall has been showing up week after week and winning at a higher percentage than anyone else in the series.

How good has Woodall been this year? We don’t even have anything snarky to say.

3. Vitor Alexandre (Colavita) | M45 | Last Week: 2

It may look like Vitor has dropped a spot since the last ranking, but in reality it is all an illusion. Vitor continues to win in the stacked 45+ field and has been instrumental in getting more South Florida racers interested in cyclocross. If it wasn’t for the performance of Woodall over the weekend Vitor would be a lock for the #2 spot.

A few weeks back Vitor told me he used to race in the Chicago Cyclocross Cup Series. I felt the need to check up on the mysterious juggernaut and I contacted a few of my friends from the Windy City and they confirmed that Vitor was the real deal and should be a marked man on race day. We then started to talk about Olive Oil. It was captivating.

4. Ed Dunne (CycleLogic) | M35 | Last Week: We See You

Ed Dunne is the real deal. He won the Cat3 FLCX Series last year and has since moved over to the 35+ field where he is currently leading the FLCX Standings. He may not be the fastest racer in the 35+ field, but he is by far the most consistent. Dunne may be able to lock up the FLCX overall with a win in Tally and the absence of Andy Mills (Saving Lives). That said, the 35+ field has really come alive this year and a lot of that has to do with the attendance of Dunne at a vast majority of the races. If a few people skip out on Tally and Dunne does what is expected we may have a new Power Rankings leader heading into Swamp Cross

5. Joshua Thornton (Pioneer Mortgage) | P12 | Last Week: NR

Wheelie Awesome, Josh. (Photo: Internetz)

Uh-oh. He’s back. Took some time off from racing and is back to stake claim to his rightful place at the top of the FLCX Series podium. He showed up on Sunday in Ocala and won when it counted over Ryan Woodall, but he may have left too many points on the table to win the FLCX overall. That is the bike racing side of Josh Thornton, but let’s get to the real stuff, Thornton and his wife Keleigh are entering into the promotion game bringing the Wicked Hardah CX race to Dade City in January!

This is great news and we all owe a big thanks to the fastest man in the state of Florida. The Thornton family stepped up when we needed it most (the NTC in Clermont has changed ownership) and now we get to have an amazing race at a sweet venue thanks to our friends. That is worthy of making the power rankings alone.

6. Duffy Danish (Rose Bandits) | W123 | Last Week: NR

Reason Duffy Made The OFFICIAL FLCX POWER RANKINGS™:

  1. Amazing Name.
  2. Quality bike racing skills.
  3. Quality husband.
  4. Not Laura Parsons.

Reason Duffy Isn’t Higher On The OFFICIAL FLCX POWER RANKINGS™:

  1. Not Laura Parsons.

7. Steve Noble (Infinity Racing) | M45 | Last Week: We See You

Poor Steve Noble. The legend of Florida Cyclocross. The original Cyclocross Carnie that traveled around the state when there were only six races and five racers in the masters field. Now, after all his loyalty and dedication to the cyclocross promoters in the state he has to deal with Vitor. That said, we are starting to notice a slight change in the way the 45+ field has been turning out and Noble is slowly making up ground on Vitor and he is only 10points down for the FLCX Series overall heading into Tally.

8. Harrison Knight (First Place Racing) | Juniors 10-14 | Last Week: 9

We are not going to lie. We are a little afraid of young Harrison. He is a beast on the bike and can probably beat quite a few folks in the Cat4s. The good news? We still have a few years of respite before he is old enough to bring the pain to those twice his age. Our favorite part about young Harrison is that he is like the rest of the Juniors 10-14 field at FLCX Races, awesome. Think about it, we are pretty lucky to have the likes of Lachlan, Jackson, Brandon, Scott, Caleb, and Jacob racing in our fields. We have a bright future!

9. Jennifer Kraatz (Garneau Florida) | W4 | Last Week: We See You

A few weeks back we mentioned that Jennifer Kraatz was the first ever female recipient of the FLCX Sandbagger Of The Week­­™ Award in OFFICIAL FLCX POWER RANKINGS™ history. It was almost as if the pressure got to Jennifer and she was only able to manage two second places at Infinity CX, but the truth is that was all just a flash in the pan and she won two races in Ocala to take back her place on the top step in the ever growing Womens Cat4 field.

10. Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning) | Pro | Last Week: NR

Even pros bobble from time to time. (GIF: INTERNET)

In college Martin was a force for the Vermont Catamounts, twice a finalist for the coveted Hobey Baker Award, but his small 5’8″ frame left him undrafted in 1997. After toiling in the lower categories St. Louis upgraded to the pro ranks in 1999 and hasn’t looked back. A six time All-Star, two time Ross Trophy winner, one time Hart Trophy winner and three time Lady Byng Trophy winner the man has played in over 1,000 NHL games and is a legend in the eyes of his peers and an institution in Florida. It should be noted that St. Louis netted two goals under the watchful eyes of the OFFICIAL FLCX POWER RANKINGS™ editors, thus deserving mention.

FLCX Sandbagger Of The Week­­™: Jennifer Kraatz (Garneau Florida)

Pretty sure that Jennifer likes being a trailblazer. Because not only is she the only female winner of the FLCX Sandbagger Of The Week™ award she is also the only person to win it twice in one year!

It is time to move up and throw down with the top ladies in the state. We have been around cyclocross for a while and we assure you that you will do an amazing job. Plus, look at the track record of past Sandbagger Of The Week­­™ winners moving up to the next category; Tim Hayes (Swift Cycle) and Rich Dybdahl (Pure Cycles) both have performed ridiculously well in the higher ranks.

We see you: Michael Danish, Beardo, Ryan Fisher, Taylor Norton, Tony Sigrist

Falling off: Addison Zawada, Dustin White, Melissa Isenman, Tic Bowen, Kristin Apotsos, Andy Mills

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