We were favored with sunny skies, comfortable temperatures and light to moderate winds for the first race in our Central Florida Holiday Monday Time Trial Series on January 19th, Martin Luther King Day.
Approximately 40 riders were present for the mixed distance event. We’re still adding up the results and registrations but right now it looks like 30 completed the 40K event, 7 for the 15K and 3 juniors did the 10K distance.
The results are posted on USA Cycling’s website and we would ask that you check your results to make sure everything is accurate. Please contact us if there is an error. Here is an image of the event results page as well:
Deer Park Road is in a remote location, which is conducive to low vehicular traffic. Combining that with the volunteer support from Osceola County Sheriff’s department produces a very safe venue to do such long distances.
Our special thanks go to the Sheriff Deputies who joined us on their day off to support this event.
Other volunteers who made it happen:
“Best 40K time trial course yet!” Peter Telep, of Winter Springs Cycling team.
“This is a great course, and if used for the State TT Championship in May as proposed, should lead to some record times.” Debbie Phelps of Rockledge, FL
“A big shout out to the ORR team for organizing a fantastic Time Trial race. Great job.” Pat Jennings of St. Petersburg, FL
This series is put on by a joint effort between Orlando Runners and Riders and Team Kyle’s Bike Shop, who merged and became one USA Cycling team effective January 2015.
The series is intended to promote safe cycling and safe racing. “A lot of people think Time Trials are just about expensive, aero bikes and fancy helmets.” says Kyle Markel, owner of Kyle’s Bike Shop, “We have divisions in this series for anyone with a road bike. The ‘Eddy Merckx division is open to road bike riders without all the expensive aero equipment.”
The Road Ahead
Florida Bicycle Racing Association (FBRA) has selected our Labor Day Fourth Annual Cowbell Classic Event to be part of the Best All-around Rider / Best All-around Team competition (BAR/BAT), which is a state-wide racing series which only features select events. To be chosen as one of the points events is quite an honor. The event has been scheduled for the individual time trials and we will also put on a team time trial the same day, same location.
“This works out great for all involved,” race director John Tenney tells us, “because it is also the day of our Fourth Annual Cowbell Classic event, which combined with the BAR/BAT series should draw a significant number of riders, perhaps as many as a hundred or more.”