This past weekend South East Regional Championship #2 took place in Bryson City, North Carolina. While most Florida racers do not make the almost 14 hour drive (from Miami and it is much longer in an RV) to Bryson City, dedicated Scoot Skate and Bike Co. Junior Racer John Michael Koch loaded up his Niner Bike, jumped in the family RV, and headed to the races.
John has been racing for Scoot and Skate for about a year, and it has been amazing to watch him as his skills have progressed. John is definitely a talented racer and amazingly dedicated to training for only being teen aged. His drive to be the best is clear–he has been known to get home from school and complete a workout on a trainer while doing homework–this guy is dedicated!
To prepare for the race, JM did many specific workouts including grass training on a road bike, intervals, and hill repeats on the “Powerline” climb aka the long-ish hill at the Virginia Key Mountain Bike Trails. He also worked with his coach, Bob McCarty of McCarty Training regularly-including a pre-race lesson on Friday before the race at Markham Park (a local park featuring very technical elements as well as a lot of elevation change).
The race course, located in the Tsali Mountains in NC, was 13.5 miles with 2300 feet of elevation change. JM races in Cat3 11-14 and is currently the points leader after 2 races, winning both races this year and earning max Time Trial points. This is what JM had to say about the race:
“I liked the TT course after the few big climbs it was fast and flowing. I warmed up right till the start on a friend’s advice. I did a 17:56 (top cat3 and beat a few experts and seconds off one pro) the top time was 15:06. The actual race on Sunday was dryer than I expected as it rained heavily before. I was number 2 off the start and another kid passed us both from early on but blew out fast. As we were finishing the double track, I attacked up hill before the single track and kept the lead from that point. I liked all the climbing, I seem to do all my pulling away on climbs. The one thing that really stinks is that my start, the JR 11-14 start, is second to last in our wave. I lost count of how many riders I passed and in every race you just get riders that will not get out of your way. I was 2nd to pass one rider and we actually bumped, I dont think he knew there was a second rider coming thru. I don’t think people expect Florida riders to do so well in mountains. The second place rider and my toughest competition is my friend Michael Mace from Ocala, his times were so fast he could have won the 15-18 category.”
JM finished with the fastest CAT3 time regardless of age group and was the only CAT 3 to come in under 60 minutes!!! It is certain that all his training and hard work has definitely been paying off as JM has taken the top spot on the podium at BOTH SERC races this Spring 2012 and there is definitely more where that came from in store!
Watch out for Scoot, Skate and Bike Co. Team Rider John Michael Koch–he is the kid in blue that just whizzed by you on the trails!
Thursday, December 22nd
Meet at The Scoot Skate & Bike Co (1800 Biscayne Plaza)
Bring fireworks & Prosecco. All are welcomed.
Friday, November 18 – Saturday, November 19
The Southern Most AIDS/HIV Ride Twenty-Eleven (SMART) Ride
Register today and join hundreds of others in the fight against AIDS.
2 days, 165 miles, from Miami to Key West. 100% to Charity.
Help our friend and fellow cyclist Larry Mailloux raise money for AIDs/HIV services in Florida by donating under his rider number 267. Larry is riding for the second year in SMART Ride, the southern most charity bike ride that raises money for HIV/AIDs. Unlike many charity rides 100% of the proceeds go directly to a select number of local charities. Last year he kicked ass for 165 miles, from Miami to Key West, on a mountain bike but this year he has graduated to his newly recovered fixie (it was stolen and then found on Craig’s list by a loyal friend). Thanks in advance for supported a fellow Miami rider!
To pledge go to this link and enter his last name and rider number (267)SHARE
Thursday, November 3rd
10pm (arrive by 9:45pm)
3444 Main Hwy Ste 16
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
31 NW 36th Street
Miami, FL 33128
The race / ride is about 8-9 miles.
1st Fixed Gear wins $25 bar tab
1st Road bike wins $25 bar tab
1st girl wins 2 drink tickets
1st fat tire gets a beer
Last person gets a beer
Lights & helmets strongly encouraged.
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Come to The Scoot, Skate and Bike Co. for the social Pre-Lubrication start up party.
Drink some Mexican Gatorade and get loud before we start the ride. B.Y.O.B. and sandwiches.
Miami Critical Mass will be hosting a Halloween themed ride on Friday, October 28th!SHARE
“Mack Cycle’s MTB Rad Race is very similar to a type of mountain bike racing called 4x or mountain cross. 4 or more racers start the race together and compete on a wide, short and fast track. The race track more closely resembles moto-cross or BMX. The kickass track is designed for speed with jumps, banked turns and big drops! Winners of each heat qualify for the finals, held on the same day.
Racers must compete in all three races to qualify for the cash prize championship! The point based system will be explained by “Frenchie” at the Ocober 30 Rad Race! Riders must compete on mountain bikes. No BMX or hybrids allowed.
First heat starts at 8AM sharp. Top finishers of each heat advance to the next round. Spectators are welcomed. Riders are welcomed to bring 10×10 pop-up tents. There are no bathrooms, water or food at the location, so come prepared!”
More information available here.SHARE
Please be advised that all riders must attend a short safety class at the main office and have in their possession a “Mountain Bike Trail Access Pass” in order to ride or race the trails at Markham park. This is a one time process and there is no cost but please factor in time in your schedule to take the class and get your card.
The 1st round of the Coconut Cup comes back to this popular South Florida trail, always different layout from the trail crew. Course is approximately 6 miles in length. Saturday the 5th at 4pm there will be a short track event for series bonus points.SHARE
For a lot of people, Friday means pay-day, which means a weekend full of extravagant spending: a little boutique shopping, perhaps a night at da club, etc. If you’re like us though, and the majority of your pay checks are followed by staying in rather than going out, fear not. Huge weekend sales mean you can still feel like a big spender without having to blow an entire check. The sale ends Sunday.SHARE
Jose Marti Park
(Basketball courts under I-95 on SW 5th Street, between 3rd & 4th Ave)
Miami Bike Polo is hosting a special BBQ this Sunday! Bring beverages and food to grill, most importantly bring your bike and some friends. They’ll be playing pick up games all afternoon, beginners and spectators welcomed.
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Thursday, June 2nd 2011
10pm (arrive by 9:45pm)
3444 Main Hwy
Miami, FL 33133
28 NE 14th Street
Miami, FL 33128
The race / ride is approximately 6.1 miles.
Winner receives Stones Throw package!
1st Fixed Gear wins $25 bar tab
1st Road bike wins $25 bar tab
1st girl wins a drink ticket
Last person gets a drink ticket
Listening party for new J Rocc album “Some Cold Rock Stuf”
Lights & helmets strongly encouraged.SHARE
RIDE THE DIVIDE,
AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY FILM,
COMING TO MIAMI APRIL 27
Ride The Divide, the award-winning feature-length documentary about the world’s toughest mountain bike race, will descend on South Florida for two shows at the O-Cinema in Miami on the night of Wednesday, April 27. The event will be a fundraiser for the Virginia Key Bicycle Club.
The film chronicles the story of several mountain bikers who attempt the 2,711-mile race named the Tour Divide along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The movie was named the best adventure film at the 2010 Vail Film Festival.
This film has become an instant cycling classic, and made its television premiere in September on the Documentary Channel. But the Adventure Cycling Association said the film should be seen on the big screen: “The cinematography is stunning!” Added UpaDowna, “Ride The Divide is one of the most inspiring real cycling movies … in a long time.” Epic Riding summed the movie up as follows: “In a word? Fantastic. In more words? Moving, funny, inspiring.”
Ride The Divide embraces the inspiring stories of three of the racers who experience the immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada, to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border. There’s Mike, a 40-year-old family man who uses this challenge to chart a new course in life; Matthew, a leader in extreme endurance racing who’s competing for his fifth time; and Mary, the ﬁrst female rider to race this route. As they set out, they will attempt to accomplish what very few have been able to. Over the course of a few weeks, they’ll attempt to climb over 200,000 vertical feet along the backbone of the Rocky Mountains.
They’ll experience mental breakdowns, treacherous snow, hellacious blisters, and total fatigue. Above all, they’ll race with no support – at times in total isolation. The tests of endurance and the accomplished moments throughout Ride the Divide prompt us to reﬂect on our inner desires to live life to the fullest.
Ride The Divide made its debut at the Vail Film Festival and was named the best adventure film at the event. Outside Magazine proclaimed that “(t)he toughest bike race in the world is not in France,” after reviewing the film.
Ride The Divide will be shown at 7 and 9 p.m. at the O-Cinema, located at 90 NW 29th St. in Miami. Tickets are $15 at the door, and $10 in advance at www.IMAthlete.com/Events/RideTheDividemovie. Macy Cycles of Miami is the presenting sponsor of this event.
Media contact: Garry Harrington 603-209-5010 email@example.comSHARE