Flurry of flying bikes, mud and hurdles
LAKE ASBURY – A gorgeous sunny, cool Sunday greeted the best cyclocross cyclists in Florida with the first-ever Florida State Cyclocross Championships being staged at Ronnie Van Zant Park in Lake Asbury and the action was just as energetic.
“We wanted to build on the momentum of the Great American Road Race that was staged here in Clay County in October and this is going to be the first of many championship events in Clay County,” said Velobrew Cycling Teams’ Jackie Morrison, who orchestrated the multiple race event with the aid of Airstream Ventures’ Joel Lamp. “I would say about three quarters of the racers here today were from out of county which is exciting for the sport. The interest in this particular kind of cross country bike racing is exploding.”
With a handful of race lengths that featured two sand mounds, a mud pit, lots of twists and turns, a fly-over manmade bridge, a sand pit and a few wooden obstacles that forced weary legs to hop off bikes, hurdle and run, the racing for the day was dramatic and exciting for fans of shoulder-to-shoulder action.
“I traveled up from Vero Beach to compete in this race, my first one like this,” said Dan Clemente, 38. “I do a lot of road bike racing, but this is challenging because of the up and downs, the soft turf and the quick turns. “With the COVID, our racing has been limited so to travel up here […]