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.