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


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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.

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!

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


pic from the google/ucf cycling

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.

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