The Wetsocks team once again presents the list of events that should be on everyone’s training schedule. Pick a few that interest you, train hard, don’t bail, and let us know your results.
January 30, 2011 6 Hours of El Lagarto in Lakeland where one can ride the famous Loyce Harpe (Carter Road) single track as either a solo or in relay teams on either a “red” or a “corporate” course. Another “don’t miss” event. www.redtrailracing.com
January 30, 2011 Florida Challenge Half-Marathon at Alafia State Park. This year there is a conflict with El Lagarto so pick your poison. This is a great trail run as the course covers all the fun single track bike trails including Roller Coaster, Gatorback, and Moonscape. www.tamparaces.com/challenge
February 19, 2011 12 Hours of SANTOS Vortex 2011 Can you image riding the Vortex for 12 straight hours! I think the organizer threw in a few flat sections to let you rest. They have a 6 hour and team classes. www.goneriding.com
February 26-27, 2011 Five Finger Frenzy 5k trail run and Livestrong bike race. Run the fingers at Loyce Harpe Park you will never forget it and never understand why you did it. www.redtrailracing.com
March 5, 2011 BOAR 3 or 6 hour Adventure race. Seminole Ranch WMA & Orlando Wetland Park, Christmas, FL www.pangeaadventureracing.com
March 13, 2011 Squiqqy Classic 6 hour mountain bike race www.swampclub.org
March 19, 2011 FLO Orienteering at Wekiva Springs! This is an excellent event that should not be missed. www.floridaorienteering.org
April 2, 2011 The First Annual Alafia Classic 6 hour mountain bike race. Two race course options: Easy – Riverloop, Rockgarden, Sandpine Advanced – Northcreek, Riverloop, Rockgarden, Rollercoaster. www.friendsofalafia.org
April 9, 2011 Croom Fool’s Run 50M/50K/15M in Croom of course. This is a wonderful course that is mostly a great single track running trail that winds through outstanding Florida terrain and most of the trail even has tree canopy to keep off the sun (Don’t believe it!). This is a race course you don’t want to miss. www.fools50.com
April 16-17, 2011 Classic TOSRV South is back! For 2010 Capital City Cyclists have the same rural vistas, same great road food, and new and improved venues for start/finish in Havana and overnight in Albany. Mark your calendar. www.cccyclists.org
April 30, 2011 Talon Adventure Race at Alafia State Park. Our old nemesis is back and after beating everyone at Talon09, I might like to do it again at the Talon11. I don’t see a website for the 2011 event so maybe they are going to cancel. www.talonrace.com
May 7, 2011 Fort Yargo, Georgia 9/6 hour mountain bike race – Endurance Point Series. Ft. Yargo State Park, Winder, Georgia. www.chainbuster.com
May 7, 2011 HammerHead 100 Solo only. 25 mile, 50 mile and 100 Mile options. Ocala, FL (Santos Trails – Land bridge Trailhead) www.goneriding.com
May 14, 2011 Myakka Mud Slide 3 or 6 hour AR. Myakka River State Park?? www.pangeaadventureracing.com
May 14, 2011 Atomic 24 hour AR, Dawsonville, GA. 110 miles, mountains, mud, rain. I’ve even heard rumors that some team actually finish. www.atomicar.com
May ??, 2011 The Urban Mountain Bike Criterium and 2x Speed Trials. When: 6:00pm Where: Downtown Lakeland, FL (East Iowa & Lemon) www.redtrailracing.com
May 28, 2011 Florida Sunshine 5 or 30 hour AR This is to be Pangea’s signature race. In a yet to be disclosed location. www.pangeaadventureracing.com
June 4, 2011 Ken’s Birthday Party Century This century ride is by invitation only. Be nice to Ken if you wish to join this group rage against the age. www.riskypassage.com
June 12, 2011 “The Intimidator” Florida Challenge Triathlon IronMan 70.3 and Olympic distance triathlons in the hills of Clermont. Sommer always puts on a great race! Gazelle and Ken are already committed to this race! www.floridachallenge.com
June 19, 2011 The SCAR Adventure Race This is a father’s day event so bring your Dad and your cooler. It will be hot! www.pangeaadventureracing.com
July 16, 2011 Santos to Rainbow River Mountain Bike Picnic What could be better than a red hot ride in the blazing sun? Maybe a cool dip in Florida spring. Come suffer in the heat and then revel in the cool waters of the Rainbow River. Bring your lunch and we will have a picnic in the shade.
August 20, 2011 Fool’s Gold 100/50 Mile Mountain Bike Race & Festival. The 2009 event was a treat and the 2010 was a rained out mud fest so don’t miss this edition www.55nineperformance.com
September 4, 2011 8 Hours of Labor- Team & Solo MTB competition Alachua, FL San Felasco Trails www.goneriding.com
September 11, 2011 Inaugural Lake O Bike Tour Take a quick spin around the Lake Okeechobee (125 miles) Clewiston, Florida
September 25, 2011 Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty The Six Gap Century’s ultra challenging route takes you up and down six of the steepest climbs in the North Georgia Mountains. Test your stamina with more than 11,200 feet of vertical climbing over the 104 mile course. Elevations for the six gaps in this ride range from 1,400 feet to 3,460 feet. The toughest climb, Hogpen Gap, will test even the strongest riders, averaging a 7% grade for seven miles, with sections as steep as 15%. The Three Gap Fifty’s alternative route offers half the gaps and half the distance, but is nevertheless a demanding and challenging course at 58 miles www.cyclenorthgeorgia.com
October 15-17, 2011 Florida Off Road Challenge (FORC) III Three days of riding the bike of your choice through the last remaining fragments of undeveloped land between Flagler Beach and YankeeTown. Traveling through state parks, wildlife management areas, the Carr Greenway, and possibly jumping fences onto private land. Each night will be spent in the best room available at the nearest Super8 motel. In room alcoholic beverages are provided. No support, bring your headlamp, you rain jacket, your sense of humor, and your appetite for adventure.
November 2-5, 2011 La Ruta de los Conquistadores in San Jose, Costa Rica.