TallyCX: Stubbs Fires Shots
GAINESVILLE,FL- The second weekend of racing is in the books and a new player has arrived on the scene in the hunt for the FLCX Overall Championships. Eric Stubbs (352 Racing p/b Bikes and More) put together two dominating performances against quality fields on a brand new and picturesque course just outside of Tallahassee that required a mix of power and technical skills. The two victories propelled Stubbs into second place overall behind Chris Slack (Infinity Bike Shop) who has a 38point lead due to his attendance at the Tropical Cyclocross Weekend in Miami two weeks prior. One would have to think that Stubbs is in the driver’s seat as he has two races in hand in his quest for the overall.
Eric Stubbs rides the mud on Saturday. (Photo: Ryan Fisher)
The brand new course marked the third course in as many years for the Florida State University Cycling Club led promoter group. The new course was notably different than those used in the past and had many racers requesting a return to the same location for next year’s race weekend. The 1.2 mile course had a mix of features including: loose gravel roads, steep sharp climbs, a large mud-pit that required some to dismount, and the infamous “Tallahassee Turns” – a set of 180 turns that have been featured on many courses designed by course designer, Jim Smart. Despite the numerous technical features the long power sections allowed for the top racers to complete the course in a little over 5 minutes.
William Sheftall threw a wrench in the mix for those hunting points. (Photo: Ryan Fisher)
With Stubbs taking the top step of the podium on both days the race for second place in the top field came down to an interesting mix of familiar names and a few new racers that made the trip to Tallahassee. One of the surprises over the weekend was the appearance of William Sheftall (Raising Canes Racing) of St. Francisville, Louisiana. He took a strong second place on Saturday over series regulars Jack Rich (Infinity Bike Shop) and Chris Slack (Infinity Bike Shop) and a third place on Sunday behind Stubbs and Slack. The field quality was also greatly improved, making Stubbs’ performance all the more impressive, with the appearances by mountain bike extraordinaires Martin Cox (Super Cool Bike Shop) and Reagan Woodall (Top Gear Bicycles).
Reagan Woodall grabbed a win in the Single Speed race on Saturday. (Photo: Ryan Fisher)
The racing was fast and furious across all the categories and some notable performances included victories in the Single Speed category by Woodall and Cox over the ever-present 352 Racing trio of Keith Richards, Christian Ahrens and Ryan Fisher. The cat3 field seemed to return to the status-quo as Graham Gillis (Gulfcoast Velo) took his third straight victory in as many races in Tallahassee, but with his entry on Sunday to the cat1/2 field allowed for a new name, Chase Tennyson (352 Racing), to take the top step on the podium.
The FLCX calendar continues this weekend in Tampa with two races that are sure to attract some of the finest talent the state over. Expected to show in the top fields are: Eric Stubbs (352 Racing), Drew Edsall (Team Kenda Tire), Ryan Woodall (Top Gear Bicycles), Jack Rich (Infinity), Chris Slack (Infinity), and Jarrod Shoemaker (2008 Olympian). The fireworks will be out this weekend and we will see if Stubbs can continue on his two-race streak.