Team Florida is pleased to announce that we are now recognized as an emerging varsity program by USA Cycling (USAC). What this means is that we are working hard to become a varsity level club and USAC has recognized our efforts.
The requirements for being a USAC Varsity program(Meet 3 out of 4):
- Recognized by school as varsity program
- Awards at least $10,000 in athlete scholarships per year
- Team pays entry for most collegiate races
- Attends at least two USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships each year
We have completed requirements 3 and 4 completed already. Our budget is very stable for the next three years. Over this time we will award $10,000 in rider scholarships for this time, establishing Team Florida as a fully recognized USAC varsity program.
For more information, check out this link:
SECCC collegiate road season will kick off this year on February 22nd and 23rd hosted by Team Florida Cycling. Team Florida is very excited to bring the famous downtown criterium back to Gainesville! There is a great weekend of racing ahead for both collegiate and open categories with lots of prizes to offer. Events include an ITT, TTT, Road Race, and Criterium. Registration is now open!! Check out the flyer below for start times and mileage:
Onsite registration will be open until an hour before the first race of each day, with an additional $5 fee. If you would only like to race for the day, one day USAC licenses will be available for $15.
- Saturday (road race & TTs): 11020 NW Highway 320-Micanopy, Fl
- Sunday (criterium): 25 SE 2nd Pl-Gainesville,Fl
4155 SW 40 Blvd, Gainesville
Americas Best Value Inn
1900 SW 13th St, Gainesville
Check out these videos below, and come ready for a great weekend of racing!
Team Florida Alumni are organizing a memorial ride for Paul Corey who passed away last year. Paul was the founder of Bike Route in the early 70’s. He was a great supporter of Team Florida Cycling for many years, and helped promote cycling throughout the Gainesville community.
Team Florida alumni will be hosting two memorial rides on February 1st and 2nd, along with an auction (Feb 1st) of some great bike gear donated by Niner Bikes, Interbike, Six-Speed, fi:zi’k, and more. The proceeds of the auction will help support Team Florida Cycling, and the Fisher House of Gainesville.
Come and join the auction and rides! Team Florida Alumni from all over the US will be participating!
See flyer for details on the auction/reception’s time and location.
Maps of the rides are:
Saturday Ride (8:45 am departing from Turlington_UF campus): http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3974897
Sunday Ride (8:45 am departing from Bike Works, 2300 SW 34th Street, Gainesville FL): http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3976282
Rides are under 70 miles long, with a rest stop half way through the ride.
If you need more information, don’t hesitate to contact me at 352-672-3046 or email@example.com
Come out and join Team Florida Cycling on the most fun ride of the year! 100 miles of pure enjoyment! Show your support, and come ride with us!
This is the time of the year to reunite Alumni and Team Florida followers. Bring back and share those great memories that you spent with the team, whether racing, volunteering, or simply enjoying great rides and company. AND if you would like to share more than memories, please go to our DONATE page to help the team with racing EXPEN$E$. We greatly appreciate your generous financial support!
Departure time and location (9:00 AM @ University of Florida Turlington Plaza)
There will be shorter rides as well ranging from 30 to 60 miles.
Click on MAP to check the route.
Tomorrow October 10th (11:45 PM) is the last day for online registration! We have lots of prizes, food and great music!
Team Florida will be hosting a SECCC mountain bike race on October 12-13th at super awesome Santos mountain bike park in Ocala, FL.
The event is open to all racers, as well as collegiate racers.
Check out the flyer! PRE-REGISTER online as soon as possible. Great awesome prizes!
Click HERE for more details, and online registration!
On August 31st- September 1st Team Florida Cycling made the 8 hour trip to The University of Alabama for the first SouthEastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (SECCC) race! The Crimson Classic hosted various SECCC schools with individual time trial (ITT), short track cross country (STXC) and cross country (XC) courses.
Team Florida raced hard to obtain 13 podium victories during the ITT and STXC on day 1. The Men’s A team took the top 3 places for the STXC. On day 2, Team Florida added another 6 podiums (3 of which were first places).
Currently the Team Florida podium count stands at 19 (10 first places)!!!
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.