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Sunday, November 19, 2017

So what happened?

So last I posted we were all set for a fun filled 2017 with tons of gravel and a return to XC. So what happened? Well a few weeks after that, a simple slip and fall pretty much derailed this year. What should have been a simple trip and fall getting out of my car, instead I found myself writhing in pain on the floor with a dislocated shoulder. I was fortunate enough to have it pop in to place on it's own in less than a minute, but the damage was done. Fast forward to a Dr's visit and it was confirmed, I had a 180 degree tear of the labrum (top to bottom) and would be going in for surgery.


Surgery was successful and then came the hard part. First four weeks were no active mobility and absolutely ridiculous pain. I pretty much had to let my arm dangle or leave it in the sling no matter what I was doing. Only movement I had was at the hands of my Physical Therapist. After that was more active PT, again with more pain. You know, the kind that's so bad you actually start to laugh at how absurd you feel from the pain. A few months of that and there was progress, but scar tissue was limiting me. Jump to July for a follow up simple procedure where they knocked me under and essentially moved my arm in all directions to break though he scar tissue. Sounds painful but it really wasn't and totally had me down the home stretch in my recovery. 



Finally jump to today, for about 6 weeks I've been back on the bike trying to get some form of fitness and skill back. Alex has found his passion for the dirt again and the Boyco is ready for our latest big goal. So what's in store for 2018? Final details and schedule still in the works, but it all is preparation for one word, ORAMM! We'll be posting long rides, long races and lots of photos as we get ready for our most challenging event to date. It's been a rough year but looking forward to getting back in action! Stay tuned!



Friday, December 9, 2016

Gravel.....

Well it happened, we finally have something to post about! While 2016 was pretty much a down year, 2017 has lots of fun in store and it starts with Gravel!

That's right, the Gravel Bike bug has officially hit us. New bikes have been assembled (Stay tuned on details from our Twinsix Standard Rando & Niner RLT9 builds) and the fun and adventure aspect of cycling has been rekindled for us. Something about the simplicity of these heavy, fat tire, go anywhere road bikes, has brought back the joy of just hopping on a bike and seeing where you can go.

There's quite possibly hundreds of newly discovered, to us, miles of dirt roads and bike trails throughout South Florida that don't stand out unless you look for them. Half the fun is mapping, the other half is venturing into the uncharted and hoping for the best!

XC is still in our sights too, with Endurance events being the likely focus for 2017, but for the upcoming winter months, expect to see more, Gravel Grinders, dirt and randomness. Here's just some of what we've dubbed, the #UnnecessaryRide. Happy riding!

Homestead Air Force Base
Somewhere...
"CX" practice
Trippy Tunnels
Trail Blazing
Fun with Friends

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Annnnd we're back!

Well we're a bit late, so HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Racing slowed down a bit last year for some real life events but things are coming back around now. Plenty of early year action coming soon.

In the meantime, check out our good friend Adam shredding it!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Race Report & Pics: FSC #1 2015 Tallahassee

It's finally here! Been a long, hot Summer of hard work, training and a little fun to boot, but ready or not, the 2015 FSC is here!

Lots of changes went down over the Summer. We added some friends to the group, some guys still race, others just love cycling, but we're all friends so we still ride together as Eclipse Racing no matter what colors we wear on race day. Which leads me to yours truly, Eric G, and Boyco joining up with some of our old friends on Mack Cycle's new MTB team.
The old gang, and a few more, all together
The toughest part of the kickoff weekend is the long drive from South Florida to the State Capital in Tallahassee. We changed it up from our usual routine and actually left on Friday afternoon and it really paid off. Instead of arriving tired on Saturday mid day, we had a relaxing morning and hit the trails for some comfortable shakedown laps. This course is a nice mix of climbing and descents. After an opening double track climb, racers are kicked down the Cadillac section that's pretty much wide open bench cut single track, with some bumps and roots to keep your brakes from getting too bored. Throw in a few A & B lines and it's definitely a section to make some passes. Later on Walley World kicks the racers over a perfectly groomed double to hit a nice wooden wall that usually draws a crowd, encouraging the racers to "Get some wood!!"
Walley World
Race day weather was perfect and the races went off quickly. With so many of us in attendance, we'll pick a few random results to talk about. Vic started in his Elite class, a combined class of all Expert 19-49 races. While they'd also be scored in their respective classes, this is where you can find the fastest racers in Florida. After lap one he was mixed in with about the Top 11 riders which then started separating out. After three laps he was battling with another racer between 7th and 8th place. He managed to pull away from his chaser to end up in 7th on the day, and 4th in class, landing him in the always impressive 40-49 podium! The story of the day was Bob McCarty, who popped his chain coming out of the gate, Fixed it in a few minutes, and chased back to finish 5th on the day in the Elite division. No less impressive was Bob's teammate, Doug DeWeese, who took his first overall Elite victory on this day!

Boyco set off in the XC2 19-29, 18 deep which includes contains some of the fastest junior racers in the state. Looks can certainly be deceiving with these kids! After the shuffle of the start, Boyco had just missed the lead group escape and was part of the a chase group. By lap two it was down to a trio and it became a strategy game. Evenly matched through most of the trail, Boyco snuck away with a small gap on the last twisty section to charge to the finish line ahead of the others for 8th place.

As for me, well it started well at least. My XC2 30-39 class was a bit smaller than usual with only 9 racers. I stuck to the group early and tried not to do anything silly. I made a move to get into the Cadillac section first from the group I was with and it worked, so that was fun, but after that I got swarmed on a climb and got sent to the rear. I held everyone close for the better part of 2 laps until my old back issues kicked in and I fell off the pace. Kept it upright the rest of the way, didn't finish last and well, had some fun. The form isn't bad, but I can't shake this injury.

As of this writing, FSC #2 in Jacksonville already passed and was a muddy mess! Elite winner on the day was Bob McCarty with our Vic Nelson grabbing 7th overall again in Elite and 3rd in class! FSC #3 is coming THIS weekend and we'll be at the always awesome Alafia River State Park for that one! Stay tuned for more pics and reports! Enjoy some of the pics below and thanks for following along!

 

Great kickoff to the 2015 FSC. Mostly ITT, Kids, and White wave pics here. Don't forget to like our page on the way out!
Posted by Mack Cycle Mountain Bike Team on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer Adventures, New Friends and New Kits!

Not a lot of writing this Summer because of, well, a lot of riding! It's a long one so I'll get right to it!

Last update I had Sea Otter coming up and it wound up being such an amazing adventure. Monster Energy hooked it up with 4 days accommodations in Monterrey, Ca just minutes from the Laguna Seca event location. The even itself is bigger than anything I could have imagined, estimating over 65,000 people in attendance over four days. Hundreds of Industry brands were on site bringing the latest & greatest of cycling products. Racing action was on for four days in everything from Road racing, 'Cross, Downhill and XC. The Pro races were absolutely amazing to see up close. The event has become big enough to bring the best of the UCI Professionals and we were treated with top international racers like Nino Schurter in action! I was provided with a sweet S-Works Epic to use for the trip which was perfect for the race course. I spent the better part of two days with a Monster Energy film crew and MotoCross/MTB Legend Johnny O'Mara exploring the filming, exploring the race loop and learning some skills from Johnny. Having never ridden out West, the terrain was quite different and Johnny definitely provided some useful tips. When race day came I managed to suffer like a dog for the early parts as the weather took an unexpected drop in temperature. Half way through I found my legs and had a better time out of it. Ultimately I kept it upright and had a blast in the beautiful race loop. Check out some pics below from my trip.


Had an amazing trip to Sea Otter 2015! Thanks to Muscle Monster & Greg Sellers for the amazing experience!
Posted by Eclipse Racing Team on Saturday, May 2, 2015

The muddy result of Big Frog
Before the night sets on the Renegade Run
Boyco has had his own busy Summer as well. When XC season ends, he likes to take his rides the endurance and Adventure route. His search of Epic rides has taken him to the muddy mess of the Big Frog 65, a 65 mile XC race in the mountains of Tennessee, to the more spiritually pure Renegade Run, a 90 mile NIGHT ride through the Ocala National Forest back in Florida. More of a Gravel Grinder than an XC event. The Summer isn't done yet as next up he continues to the leg ripping Oraam! With over 10k feet of climbing in the mountains of North Carolina, the ride has become a yearly challenge for him. The war stories when he returns are always special so looking forward to his report.

This Summer brought some changes to the team as well. Our good friend Norris has left us for the great state of North Carolina. He'll always be a part of the team, but we'll miss him and his constant shenanigans on the bike. We continue with great support from F2 Performance Labs, ESI Grips, Cytomax, Magura, & Rudy Project., but after three great seasons with Bike Tech, we've stepped away as we've taken a bit of a change in direction with the team. We can't thank them enough for all their support along the way. Happy to report that Alex has reignited his passion for riding after a tough personal year, and we've included some new (old) friends from other teams to join us as well. While they'll fly their sponsor colors on race weekend, they're Eclipse Racing when it comes to race day fun and support.

Speaking of the team, new kits arrived just in time for our new member Victor to take it out to the famous BC Bike Race, a 7 day stage race in the wilderness of BC! He's sponsored by Mack Cycles in Miami, Florida, but you need a lot of kits for 7 days so he managed to fly Eclipse colors a few times. He rode consistent the whole event, faced a bit of a challenge with a crash mid way through, but charged back to finish 19th in class!

As the Summer ends, the focus will turn to the FSC/CC season which begins in September. We'll write up more of our new members as the season kicks off. Keep coming back for more pics and stories from the season!

Thanks for reading!