Annnnd – we’re off and running for our next event! On Sunday, March 9th, we will hold our first 2014 Silver Lake Time Trials and road event, open to Florida Masters members (and non-members by personal invitation by a member).
This is a fabulous course – a flat-as-can-be three mile loop around Silver Lake. No hills, no turns – just put your head down and go!
The FLM will be hosting a 5k and 10K time trial (3 and 6 miles), followed by a 24 mile Australian Pursuit (AP) – all on that same flat, fabulous course.
As in the past, the AP will allow cyclists of varying levels of speed and fitness the ability to compete against others who are faster or slower – through the magic of handicapping.
The two time trials will be fast and flat and very safe – no u-turns, no hills, very non-technical. These will be awesome time trials for the very fast and experienced, those working their way up, and those who may be trying a time trial for the first time.
In addition, these will be great tune-up events for the upcoming Pinellas County Good Life Games senior events (Road Races and Time Trials, Thursday and Friday, March 20 and 21 at Ft. DeSoto Park in St. Pete, details to follow).
As always, these are training events – not official races. The course will be open to traffic (but it is very lightly traveled), so everyone participating needs to be aware of their surroundings just as on any other ride.
Details attached; let us know asap if you’re in by either chiming in on this FB post, or email Dave Viney, John Matthews or John Sinibaldi directly.
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Let’s have a great turnout on March 9th!
OK, our first 2014 event is in the books! We had a fabulous turnout, with athletes from all over coming to participate in our Pine Island Australian Pursuit.
The weather was nothing short of spectacular; not a cloud in the sky, low humidity, very low wind, and the temperature at the 10 am start was about 60 degrees. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Special thanks to Kevin Koth and the UCF team for coming out and riding; they were great young folks and took second andthird overall.
As usual, our own Dave Viney dominated the event, breaking away on the fourth lap and finishing solo about a minute up on a chase group that was furiously trying to reel him back in.
Wendy Menne was the first female finisher, and Becca Whitsitt rode very strong from the UCF team to take second.
Here are the “official” results (and thanks to Tammy, Lenore, John Sharp and others who helped time everyone and get the results tabulated):
1 Dave V
2 Tyler Hunter
3 Tyler Aquino
4 Scott Erker
5 Byron Becker
6 John Matthews
8 John Millns
9 Mike Braden
10 John Sinibaldi
11 Russ Drevitson
12 Arthur Weaver
13 Wendy Menne
14 Adam Alexander
15 Paul Graus
16 Jerry Devlin
17 Gary Ware
18 Becca Whitsitt
19 Jonathon Perez
20 Dalton Jewett
21 Dale Showell
22 Hal Litchford
23 Rob Blount
24 Dan Siebert
25 Steve Carr
We had several others who also participated but had to pull out for one reason or another: Jeff Brooks, Janna, Anthony, and Tim Robinson.
Special kudos to Steve Carr from UCF; he’s a relatively new rider who wound up gutting it out solo for most of the ride but did his entire allotment of laps. Well done!
Charity Ride in Clermont on Feb 23rd
Starts same place as Horrible 100.
WHAT: “Australian Pursuit” (Handicap) road event on 10.16 mile circuit. Fast, fun informal training ride hosted by the Florida Masters
WHEN: Sunday, February 16, 2014, 10:00 am start (sign in no later than 9:30 am)
To use your GPS to find the start, use this address: 7700 Florida Boys Ranch Rd, Groveland, Fl , 34736.
The start is in middle of nowhere (deliberately) about 6/10mile from Highway 33. 5 miles south of Highway 50 (Groveland) on 33 turn left on to Boys Ranch Rd. Look for the mailbox with 7700 on it, or Dave V’s tan RV. The course is lightly traveled in rural areas, and is not very technical (lots of long straights, easy curves and only one real climb each lap). Everyone please plan on being early enough to find the location and get signed in before 9:30, so we can start preparing the groups for departure. The first group goes off at 10am.
FORMAT: Cyclists will be split up into teams of 3, 4 or 5 members, with groupings based on ability. There will be 3, 4 or 5 groups, depending on how many people sign up. Groups will leave in staggered starts, with the faster groups chasing the slower groups. The event does laps clockwise around a 10.2 mile circuit. The loop will take you 35-45 minutes to ride around for warmup, so if that is your plan make sure you are signed in by 9:30 at the latest, and back in the start area by no later than 9:45.
The distances will be either 4 laps or 5 (approximately 42 or 52 miles), depending on your group. The fastest groups will do 5 laps, and slower groups will do 4 or even 3 laps. Because of the difference in number of laps, the fastest groups may leave before the slower groups (so that everyone has a chance at arriving at the finish line approximately the same time) – so it is imperative to sign in prior to 9:30 so that you know which group you’re in, and what time you’ll be leaving. The number of groups (and each group’s total laps) will be dependent on the final count of all participants.
TACTICS: While you start with a small group and will go fastest if you all share the load and work as a team it is still first rider to the finish who wins regardless of which group they started in. Typically, you work with your group until they are caught and then you try to jump in with the now larger, faster combined group or you work with your group until you feel they are holding you back or no longer doing their share and then you go for it on your own (so far, only Dave V. has actually done this last part, as far as I know).
RULES: This is a road event, so no aero bars permitted. Everyone must wear an approved helmet whenever you are on your bike. This is not a sanctioned event. The roads will not be closed to normal local traffic, so you’ll need to be careful and treat this like any other ride. (No police closures, no ride marshals, and everyone must obey all traffic laws and practices).
There are 4 right hand turns. On two of them (onto Pine Island off of Highway 33, and onto Boys Ranch Rd off Rt 561) we have right of way, but at the other two (Pine Island onto Rt 561 and Boys Ranch Rd onto Highway 33) we have a STOP sign – so you MUST be very careful here. Don’t get so involved in your pace line that you automatically trust the other riders. You should slow down and check for yourself that it is safe to merge into traffic. It is your responsibility to know the course and to ride it safely.
We will try to have the road marked, but the course is pretty easy to follow. The only questionable turns are the one onto Boys Ranch off 561, and the one onto Pine Island off of Highway 33. The other two turns are at STOP signs; just look carefully and then turn right.
The yellow line rule is in effect for the entire course, and this is especially true on the corners. The final straight is probably over 1000 yards, so for the last 200 yards on the final lap, the yellow line rule will be waived AS LONG AS THERE ISN”T ANY ONCOMING TRAFFIC. (It’s pretty wide open, so you’ll know if there are any cars coming).
This is just a fun training event designed to help everyone learn pace line tactics, pushing hard for longer distances, and start getting fit in the spring. It is NOT the Olympics and there are no medals or cash rewards. Nothing is worth jeopardizing your health and welfare.
MISCELLANEOUS: This is a Florida Masters Club ride, but will be open to non- members on an INVITATION ONLY basis. Membership forms will be available for any non-member who decides to join our fine club. There will be a $5.00 food donation from each rider, to cover the costs of post-ride nutrition (lots of goodies!)
So, if you’re up for a fun, safe, fast and exciting event at which you can compete at a level that is commensurate with your abilities, let us know asap if you’re “in” (or have any friends who might wish to join us). Ideally, we need to have a count no later than Friday, February 7th, so that Dave V. can set up preliminary groups for review and comment.
For questions, please contact John Matthews (firstname.lastname@example.org) or John Sinibaldi (email@example.com)
All the best to our FLM athletes and cyclists who are heading north to the National Senior Games in OH! Time Trials and Road Race events! We hope each of you achieve all your goals, conquer the competition and bring home the bling! Go get em Dave Viney, Dan OHara, Steve Agronick, Rosie Ray and Robert Burns and any others heading that way! Masters Rule!
Congratulations to the FL Masters team members who rode the Frank Polack Memorial Charity Ride yesterday and won the Traveling Trophy for the most club members present. Some of the group rode 80, 62 or 30 mile options! Beautiful scenery, well managed/supported ride and lots of fun! Next year we will aim for even more folks to participate. Great cause – Hospice of Marion County!
Hey all, just a reminder that our June event is the Frank Polack Memorial Ride this Saturday, June 1 in Ocala to benefit Hospice of Marion County. The ride starts at 8 AM but registration is open at 7 and there will be a light breakfast served as well as lunch after your finish. 30, 62 and 80 mile options. Wear your FLM jersey and come out and support this ride! Hope to see you all there. Visit www.hospiceofmarion.com for additional details.
For questions, please contact John Sinibaldi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It takes place on Sunday, April 14, 2013, and starts at the Clamhouse at 304 7th Street West, Palmetto, FL.
There are three distances, so something for everyone in the club (20 mile, 36 mile, and 60 mile). The roads are very nice, with much of the ride along beautiful waterfront in Manatee county. The sag stops are wonderful, there is a post-ride lunch included with the entry fee, and the overall event is one of the better ones around.
We (the board) were thinking that it would be good once in a while to do a scheduled event that isn’t training-oriented. I know about 20 of you were able to attend the charity event at the Villages, and that’s pretty special. I’m hoping we can eclipse that for this event in April.
The club works hard to make this our one big event of the year, and I’d love to have a huge turnout of Florida Masters riders!