Collegiate nationals went well for the team this season. Neal Shepherd and I flew out to Ogden, UT after our final exams Friday afternoon. We got in a bit late, but we got to sleep in, since the Division 1 crit was in the afternoon the following day. Because Neal won the SECCC omnium, he got a call up to start on the front row of the downtown Ogden crit. The D1 crit was 75 minutes and was full throttle the whole time, but we held our positions well. We went with a few moves, but nothing stuck and the race ended up coming down to a field sprint. Neal made a gutsy move with two laps to go to move into the top fifteen or so positions. He held his position throughout the last lap and finished a solid sixteenth. This is a good result for Neal’s freshman season with the team.
Sunday was the day of the D1 road race. This was the event that I had been looking forward to all season, mainly because the race finished with a beyond category climb. We made it to the race on time after taking an interesting detour around the canyon, because the road that lead directly to the start was closed. Neal again got the call up in the road race, because of his SECCC omnium success. The race started out more animated than expected, and a break of ten riders got up the road in the first ten miles of the race. At the beginning of the second lap, a chase group of eight got up the road. Neal and I missed both of these moves, but they were only holding a two minute gap on us in the filed. We went with a few chase groups, but nothing stuck until I got away with three other riders in the second chase group on the final lap. We eventually crossed the gap to the first chase group, and then a few riders and I bridged to the lead group. Our group of about twelve at the time began the climb and eventually the group whittled down to two riders and myself. The first rider from Colorado went over the climb twenty seconds ahead of me and the other rider went over just ten seconds ahead. Due to the strong tailwind, none of us were able to gain on one the others and we finished in the same order as we crested the climb in. This was a great result for me and the team.
Back in the field, Neal was looking to make up spots on the climb. Unfortunately, half way up it his crank arm came loose, which made his bike unrideable. Neal actually ran for a mile or two until he got serviced and his cranks were tightened. This setback took him out of contention, but being a trooper he still finished the race. We had great showings at both races this year and a I was able to land a spot on the podium. I’m glad we were able to represent Team Florida, the University of Florida, and all of our sponsors so well.
One of our teammates and fellow University of Florida students, Michael R. Edmonds Jr., passed away on April 15, 2012. To celebrate his memory we are planning an easy ride lasting approximately an hour (following the Lakeshore Route). We will meet Monday, April 23 at Turlington Plaza at 5:30 pm and roll out at 5:45 pm. We will return to campus in time to attend his memorial service at Reitz Union Ampitheater, which begins at 7 pm. His family will be in attendance so please come out and help show them how much this community cared about Mike.
If you wish you can RSVP for the event on the event’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/311118795627441/
Check out Dustin White, our Secretary, talk about the team and see race footage from this year’s Swamp Classic.
We are pleased to announce The Swamp Classic Presented by Super Cool Bike Shop & Exceptional Dentistry
Information for Collegiate Races
You may pre-register for collegiate races here. Online pre-registration ends Thursday, February 2nd at Noon EST. Collegiate cyclists not pre-registered registered by Thursday February 2nd at Noon EST will be charged an additional $2 per race.
Information for Non-Collegiate Races
You may pre-register here for non-collegiate races. Online pre-registration ends Thursday, February 2 at Noon EST. USCF racers will be charged an additional $5 per race for race day registration.
Packet pickup will be available from 6 pm – 8 pm Friday, February 3rd in the conference room at the race hotel: Residence Inn (3275 Southwest 40 Boulevard, Gainesville, (352) 264-0000).
Limited race support will be provided by Super Cool Bike Shop all weekend.
Saturday: Gainesville Raceway,11211 N. County Road 225 Gainesville, Florida 32609 (map)
Sunday: Downtown Gainesville, 25 Southeast 2nd Place Gainesville, FL 32601 (map)
Downtown Parking Info: www.downtownparkinggarage.com
You can find the race flyer at http://www.floridacycling.com/flyers/swampclassic12.pdf.
Saturday: A variety of lunch and breakfast items will be provided by Centerplate throughout the day at the Gainesville Raceway.
Sunday: Delicious treats will be provided by the Grilled Cheese Wagon near the start finish area all day. The Grilled Cheese Wagon offers quality healthy food items including grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas, egg wraps, fresh baked treats. Other vendors will also be onsite.
Residence Inn, 3275 Southwest 40 Boulevard Gainesville (352) 264-0000
$89 per room
Packet Pick Up
Get excited and mark your calendars! The 2012 Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference Road Race calendar has been posted at http://www.seccc.net/p/calendar.html. You can check back at their website periodically for updates to the flyers and the results. Team Florida Cycling is hosting the first race of the season and many other races are nearby!
University of Florida
Our first ever cyclocross race, organized in conjunction with 352 Racing p/b Bikes and More, is this weekend, Saturday (12/3) and Sunday (12/4). Check out the flier below (or at http://www.usacycling.org/events/getflyer.php?permit=2011-3401). Collegiate races start at 10AM on Saturday and 9AM on Sunday. Cyclocross specific bikes or mountain bikes can be used. If you don’t have either and would like to race, we have loaners – just contact me.
Cyclocross is by far the most fun you can have while riding a bike. If you are new to idea of racing or cyclocross please don’t hesitate, as cross race is more about having fun then anything else.
We are going to have music, the Grilled Cheese Wagon (mmm grilled cheese), Hoggetowne Ale Works, and other surprises. It really is a great time, so bring out your friends and family, come out and race, volunteer, spectate and eat grilled cheese.
We, the TF officers work hard to plan and promote the races for our own team, UF students, and the Gainesville cycling community.
If you have any questions or concerns please let me know,
Check out the flier for Team Florida’s Super Coolest Mountain Bike Race, October 8th & 9th, 2011.
New to this year, a non-collegiate open category for all events and a redesigned 2-Cross course.
Also, if you are interested in volunteering please contact us.
Starting Monday, rides times are moved to 5pm.
Rides are at a mellow, “no-drop” pace and less than 2 hours long. Contact me or the ride leader if you’ve got any questions.
Monday (Labor Dave)
Skills clinic + knockdown with Dave Lavenhagen. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with close quarters riding in a fun and safe setting. We will practice bumping shoulders, etc.
Team dinner immediately following at Big Lou’s Pizza downtown, near the Hippodrome (map). Make sure to bring lights as it will probably be getting dark by the time we leave.
Leave together at 5pm from Turlington. No team ride Monday – instead, you get to ride through cones and play knockdown on a grass field!!
Ride Leader – David Lavenhagen
5pm from Turlington
Ride Leader – Phillip Bailey <philbailey2003 AT gmail DOT com>
Lakeshore route (same as last Friday)
5pm from Turlington
Ride Leader – Derek Schanze
See you out there!
Vice President, Road
<wziewitz AT gmail DOT com>
Hello, and welcome back to all of the returning members, and welcome
to Gainesville for all of the new faces. I will be your team coach
for this year’s adventure and look forward to a great season.
Hopefully almost everyone is up and running with the listserv by now.
As you have probably experienced already, this list gets plenty of
traffic. If you are new and want to send a message, feel free, just
remember to clearly state what the subject of your message is so folks
can quickly scan and filter for unwanted messages. This has worked
fine in the past and eliminated the need to censor frequent
The most useful messages you will see will contain information about
three main topics: team meetings, team training, race coordination.
Expect them from the following senders.
-I will post the weekly team training.
-Derek will post any meeting information and presidential addresses.
-Dustin White will regularly post the meeting notes.
-and Travel coordinator Rick Bunning(MTB) will post race travel messages.
The best way to get involved with the team is to go to the weekly
meetings, and come on the team rides.
Rest: Off or 1 hr easy ride
Tuesday: Self organized or Hipp Ride
If you do come to the Hipp ride, try to participate in the rotation as
much as you are capable and comfortable with. If in doubt though,
don’t do the rotation.
2 hrs moderate ride. No intervals
Thursday: Self organized or Hipp Ride
Short Hippodrome ride. Same as Tuesday
1.5 hrs easy
2.5 hrs moderate w/ 3-4 sprints (20-30 sec.)
3.5-4 hrs moderate w/ 20 minutes tempo rotation
MWF 6pm from Turlington Plaza
T,R 6pm from Hippodrome
Sat, Sun 8am from Turlington Plaza