Seminole Cycling Classic 2013 – Race Report

The local weather man predicted monsoon-like rain storms for FSU Cycling’s Seminole Cycling Classic in Monticello, Florida.  That didn’t stop team from all over the southeast to make the trip to Florida for the second collegiate race of the season and the first year that the Seminole Cycling Classic opened up to category as part of the Florida Ranking Series.  Even Solymar Riveria-Torres flew in to represent the new University of Puerto Rico team in their first collegiate race.

As usual, the weather man got it wrong and the road races took off relatively dry.  In the Men’s A race, a breakaway group rode away with the race and Clemson’s Alex Kellum won the sprint for the win.  Current conference leader and owner of the JAKROO leader’s jersey Rebecca Whitsitt worked over a large women’s field to win from a 8 woman breakaway late in the Women’s A race.


The Category races saw a lot of Tallahasse racers on the top spot of the podium.  In the 50+ Category, Randall Smith attempted to do a solo breakaway, however Tallahassee’s Tom Gillis from Gulf Coast Velo unleashed his mighty sprint to win the 50+ category in another late race breakaway.  John Brizzard, Bikes Plus Racing, won the Men’s 1-2 race ahead of Roly Hernandez and Kent Lofton.  Gulf Coast Velo swept the podium in the Masters 35+ race with Donny Authore taking the win over Aaron Guyer and Geoff Schaefer.  Another Tallahassee racer, Trevor Marshall out sprinted Jamey Thompson in the Cat 3/4 race.  And Brent Scarbin took an easy win the Cat 5 race.   Spaghetti 100 dirt Champion, Danielle Marrero won the Women’s race ahead of Whitsitt.


Chris Mojock & Graham Gillis driving the pace in the Mens 3-4 Crit


Rain finally started to come in during the time trials.  The University of Florida won the Men’s Team Time-Trial by 11 seconds over Cumberland University, while the King College Women edged out the Lees-McRae Women by a close 9 seconds on the 7 mile course.  Men’s conference leader and JAKROO jersey holder Spencer Oswald of Lees-McRae won an incredible ITT with the fastest time of the day (even among the teams) after racing in the Lees-McRae Team Time Trial 30 minutes earlier.  Kira Miacke of the University of Georgia won the Women’s ITT.


Sunny weather resumed for the Monticello Downtown crit.  Lees-McRae, University of Florida and Cumberland pushed the pace in the Men’s A crit to form a good size breakaway.  Zac Felpel won the final sprint and took home another win for Lees-McRae.  Kate Ross of King College won the bunch sprint in the Women’s A crit.


“Big Rig” Randall Smith succeed on his solo breakaway in the 50+ crit with Gillis taking the bunch sprint for second.  Jimmy Page rocked the Men’s 1-2 Crit in a late race breakaway.  Velobrew’s Drew Miller took the win in a 2 man breakaway with Authore in the Masters 35+ race.  Daniel Vu won the Men’s 3-4 race.  And Jason Wolfe got 1st place in the Men’s 5 race ahead of Scarbin.  15 year old Abigail Aldridge from PCP Race team took the win in the women’s race.


 Tallahassee’s new RedEye Junior Cycling Team participated in their first race with Brian Sciba, Conner Everett and Eric McNees.

Spectator’s Guide to the Seminole Cycling Classic

Not everyone has the top end fitness needed to race their bikes at high speeds, close quarters and then duke it out for the final sprint.  However, it is always fun to watch bike racing and others duke it out for glory and fame.  Here is a quick guide on the best way to watch the racing this weekend at the Seminole Cycling Classic

Saturday – Road Race & Time Trial
2488 Bassett Dairy Road, Monticello, Fl

Road Races are difficult to watch because you are typically standing in one part of the 13 mile race course.  My recommendation is to drive out and park at the start/finish area and ride your bicycle opposite the race.  This allows you to see the racers more frequently and also give you a good workout and idea of the difficulty of the race course.

When you get done with your ride, hangout at the finish line and watch ones of the sprint finishes while enjoying a burrito or rice bowl from the Mobi Food Truck (Tallahassee’s #1 Ranked Food Truck)  or coffee from Redeye Coffee.

There is only one way to watch the time trial, and that is at the turn around point.  This will be the slowest part of the race for the racers and will give you optimum time to heckle and cheer the racers.


Saturday – Dinner Party & Awards 6pm – 10pm
925 E. Washington Street, Monticello, FL

After the races on Saturday, you are welcome to join the racers for a buffet dinner at the beautiful Mays House B&B.  For $12 you will get to eat the amazing dinner that includes Salad, Yellow Rice Chicken Perlau, Smothered Fried Pork Loin with White Rice and Gravy, Green Beans, Assorted Breads and Butter, and Sour Cream Pound Cake for Dessert!  We will do podium awards at 8pm!

Sunday – Downtown Monticello Crit
Park Here at the School: 575 South Water Street, Monticello, FL

This is the most spectator friendly of the races going on this weekend, and definitely not one to miss out on!  Criterium races are a timed race around a 0.5 mile city block, which means you will get to see the racers just about every minute!

I recommend joining one of the following group rides out to the race:

  • City Starters with Bob Carruthers  – Meet at 9am at the Panera Bread at Blairstone/Park.  Get there in time to watch the Men’s A, and will stay for the Pro12 race.  Head back on TS Green.
  • Tri Group Ride –  (I saw this post but can’t find anymore, share it with me and I’ll post it here –

And when you get out to Monticello, enjoy a nice lunch at one of the local restaurants such as Brickyard Eatery or Monticello Pizza Kitchen.

Don’t forget to print out the race schedule so you know what is going on: Click Here

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C850X:  A 12 minute documentary about what is cyclocross, the history of cyclocross and Tally Cross 2012 race.  It features commentary from local cyclocross riders Jim Smart, Jamey Thompson, Scot Benton and Greg Buker.  This short documentary was filmed and directed by Florida State Cycling’s Kevin Neidorf as part of a class project.

Hang Tough Hayley Hart team

Dear Cyclists,
I recently had the opportunity to join many of you on the TOSRV South event as your medic for the ride.  What an event and props to those in charge of putting it together.  I thought the event was a blast and hope each of you did as well.  Fortunately, for all parties involved, my services were minimally required.  In meeting and chatting with a few of you I made mention of my affiliation with Team HTHH, a four man relay team competing in the Race Across America otherwise known as RAAM.  Two years ago, our team competed in the Race Across the West, the first 866 miles of RAAM.  We attacked this challenge in honor of Hayley Hart, a young Tallahassee girl who has been successful in her battle with Leukemia.  In this race, our first major competition, we not only completed the ride successfully, but we also set the record for a four man team in this race.  To view more information about the race itself please
This year we will be competing in the entire 3000 mile Race Across America.  With Hayley’s success we have been inspired to work towards the bigger picture.  Thus, we have teamed up with CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and are working hard to raise funds for childhood cancer awareness.  Below is a little bit of information about us and about our cause that I hope you will peruse and consider.  We are hosting a charity dinner, exclusively for CureSearch this coming Saturday, April 21.  While I know this is a very last minute invitation, prior to being around so many wonderful cyclists who can share the passion to work hard and raise money for a great cause, I had not considered sending this invitation to this group.  My sincerest apologies for the last minute notice.  If you are not able to attend, perhaps you may consider a donation to the cause or even an item that we may be able to use in the silent auction at the event.
Thank you all for the opportunity to be involved with such a great group of folks this past weekend.  I hope you will take the time to read some additional information I have included below and view the links for more information about us and our cause.  Also, there is an invitation attached for your quick reference.
Please view the video invitation to our charity dinner for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer by clicking here.



In 2010, the Hang Tough Hayley Hart team completed (and WON!) Race Across the West in efforts to raise funds and support for Hayley Hart as she was battling Leukemia.  Apparently, the boys didn’t quite get their “fill” of cycling in….so, here we are gearing up for Race Across America 2012 and praise the Lord, Hayley Hart has finished her chemo treatments and is doing extremely well!!  So, what exactly is the Hang Tough Hayley Hart team riding for this year?!?   This year, we find it appropriate that since our HTHH team is shooting for gold and winning RAAM, we are riding with the mission of raising awareness for Childhood Cancer.  Gold: The New Pink.   (  You’ve seen breast cancer pink ribbons everywhere…how often do you see gold ribbons?  Gold is the color of Childhood Cancer.

We are excited this year to step up to a bigger race and a bigger platform.  As we celebrate Hayley’s victory over cancer, we want to take it to the next level.  Non-profits in this area are focused primarily on AWARENESS.  “Increasing awareness is the first step to raising more advocacy and support for childhood cancer programs and research.”  Our goal as a team is to use this opportunity to spread the word about childhood cancers.  What a better way to spread the word than to pedal across the whole country, right?!    With awareness, usually comes support financially.  Donations and monetary gifts will simply be the added bonus to what is already a great cause!

  • American Cancer Society is the biggest money making machine for cancer research.  Not a penny of that has ever gone to researching pediatric cancers.
  • The National Cancer Institute’s annual budget is $4.6 billion.  Less than 3% of that goes to childhood cancer research.
  • Approximately 12,500 children and adolescents in the US are diagnosed with cancer every year.
  • 46/7–In the United States 46 children and adolescents will be diagnosed and 7 will die from a form of childhood cancer every single school day.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by sending the names (first & last) of your attendees and enclose a check payable to Team HTHH at $75.00 for each reserved seat OR contact Janelle Irwin directly to reserve your seat as the date is fast approaching.  I have also attached an RSVP card that you may print.  If you are not able to attend the event but would like to donate to the cause please feel free to mail a check for your chosen amount to the address below.  All proceeds and donations from this event will go directly to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer.
Gritz and Glitz
Team Hang Tough Hayley Hart
c/o Janelle Irwin
2220 Cedarbrook Ct
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Thank you so much for your support in helping to find a cure for childhood cancer!
To learn more about Team HTHH, our story, and our cause or to make a donation, please visit our website at  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Janelle Irwin at (719)440-9858.
Kindest Regards,
Caldwell McCord

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