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President Randy Faul (863)244-3709



AA/A Don Chriss (407)694-5614

Specialty A/B Peter Magee (352)-472-6932

Vice President James Hill (941) 812-1247 Secretary Kelsey Salter Treasurer Allen Pearce (352)339-5644

Hare Scrambles Randy Rash (954)931-5709 Enduros George Tolson (863)698-3837 Enduros Glenn Hunt (678)-231-4100 Hare Scrambles Dan Aitken (407)461-8595 Associate HS Ref Pete Rose (941)270-1189

Magazine Editor Dave Dekmar (941) 356-7796





Specialty C/Women Jimmy Pitts (321)632-3456


Hare Scrambles B/C Ryan McCarthy (941)234-5086


Timothy Campbell


Specialty A/B Danny Kittell (727)244-7299 cell (727)786-8922 home

Specialty C/Women Kerri Chambers (863)956-9140

Saturday Classes Kurt Lucas (786)385-7771

Quads Pete Rose (941)270-1189


Hare Scramble Brandon St. John (912)729-1089 hsscore@floridatrailriders. org

Enduro CBob House (770)778-9343

Electronic Scoring Maintenance Tim Nordle

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FLORIDA TRAIL RIDERS IN THIS ISSUE Page 4 Page 4 Page 6 Page 7 Page 12 Page 15 Page 18

Executive Committee Contacts Riders Reps Area Reps and Club Contacts The Prez Says Coach Robb Getting to know Ben Lamanski Hare Scramble Photo Recap


AA rider Shawn Clark leads the pack into the first turn of the OSDR Hare Scamble. PC Morgan Hill


Area #1: Don St.John Counties: Out-of-State, Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Lafayette, Dixie Area #2: Larry Roberts Counties: Hamilton, Suwannee, Columbia, Baker, Union, Bradford, Nassau, Duval, Clay, Putnam, St. Johns Area #3: William Toreki (352)372-1135 Counties: Gilchrist, Alachua, Levy, Marion, Citrus, Sumter, Lake Area #4: Joe Carrasquillo (386)295-8428 Counties: Flagler, Volusia

CLUB Area #10: Luis M Rodriguez (772)871-6385 Counties: Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin Area #11 Peter Rose (941)270-1189 Counties: Charlotte, Glades, Lee, Hendry, Collier Area #12: Kyle McAfee Counties: Palm Beach Area #13: Paul Lucas Counties: Broward, Dade, Monroe

1 Apollo Motorcycle Club Mark Bordelon (321)794-0993 voice and text 2 Azalea City Motorcycle Club Gary Wyatt-Interlachan,Fl (386)684-2698 3 Big Scrub Trail Riders John Hawkins-Tavares,Fl (352) 516-6903 4 Central Florida Trail Riders Dave Nagle (407) 222-0050 5 Columbia Enduro Riders Ricky Dennis-Columbia,SC (803)786-0051 6 Daytona Dirt Riders Shaun Foutch (386)214-4878

Area #5: Troy Stainbrook

7 Family Riders, Inc. Johnny Thomas-Hanahan,SC (843)553-1463

Counties: Hernando, Pasco. Pinellas, West Hillsborough

8Greenville Enduro Riders Chris Poole-Laurens,SC

Area #6: Mike Belle Counties: East Hillsborough, Polk Area #7: Bill Jenkins, Jr. (407)282-6056 Counties: Seminole, Orange, Osceola Area #8: Mark Bordelon (321)794-0993 Counties: Brevard, Indian River Area #9: Ron Thomas (941)232-9562 Counties: Manatee, Sarasota, Hardee, DeSoto, Highlands


Joe Strickland- PR Chair (904)652-5761 14 Sarasota Area Dirt Riders Scott Bryant (941)223-9014 15 Sarasota Area Quad Riders Amanda Fronckowiak-Venice,Fl (941) 223-6974 16 Southeast Florida Trail Riders Fra n k Ca m p b e l l -We s t p a l m Beach,Fl (561) 951-3732 17 Sumter Enduro Riders Johnny McCoy-Sumter,SC (803) 481-5169 18 Suncoast Trail Blazers Brian Coughlin-President Shane Hitz- Vice President 19 Sunrunners M/C Dale Ellis-Auburndale,Fl (407)467-1196 20 Tallahassee Trail Riders Mikey Rainey (850)591-5386

9 Old School Dirt Riders Ben Kelly-Sarasota,Fl (941)650-1473/(941)650-1474 10 Palm Beach Track & Trail Jim Agate-Hollywood,Fl (954)562-2500 11 Perry Mountain M/C Glenn Hollingshead-Selma.AL (334)872-0619 12 Nature Coast Trail Blazers Rob Swann (813)731-5552 13 River City Dirt Riders Woody Westbrook-President (850)320-4088

21 Treasure Coast Trail Riders Luis Rodriguez (772)801-9777




The Prez Say’s


ast month I mentioned how much of a great time I had at the TCTR event and now another good time with the Nature Coast club. One reason was the fact that I wasn’t late to the starting line as I found a few short cuts on getting dressed while mainly keeping focused on what I’m doing and stop wondering off talking to people. Another great course that brought a big smile to everyone’s face as the club out did themselves this year with some new property and obstacles’. It also seems that the few later events in our season are just as good as or even better than any of our events earlier in the season, including my own clubs event. I missed the Gatorback event as I was out west (story on that later) but I heard it was an awesome event also. All in all our clubs have really put the work in as it shows with the turn outs and the great comments from the membership. This also has led FTR into a well recognized series that is known even out west as my visit out to the Nevada 200 was greeted by many that recognized the FTR name and the many positive comments about our organization. It makes

you proud to know that the off road world is watching us and some very big names knows who we are and what kind of events we promote. Although we have some growing pains and different opinions as we continue to expand and grow, we continually look to improve our organization as you the membership have many opportunities to contribute and have a say. Our area directors are there to take your ideas, opinions and decisions on issues to the Board so they will be heard. Without your input they are forced to vote with their opinion or idea, which isn’t fair to them as they look to and depend on input from their area members to convey what the membership wants or doesn’t want. We have a new topic section on our forum now, FTR Proposals where any member can use the proposal form and present it on line for discussion and fine tuning before it gets to the committee. This will help us all in making informative decisions, fine tuning our rules and making FTR more efficient. Thanks for listening, Randy Faul

the chaplain's corner



TR ended another excellent racing season with a great weekend at the Astronaut Trail Hare Scramble. Thank you Apollo MC for a fantastic event!

A second thought as he watches over us. “The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. He knows are every need and takes care that we are protected and sheltered.

As we all kick back a little bit for the summer, here is a couple of things to keep in mind and celebrate.

Lastly, He loves us so much that “(He) will keep you

As we take time off, there is peace in knowing God never sleeps. In Psalm 121 the writer states, “He will not let your foot slip, He who watches over you will not slumber, indeed He who watches over Israel (and us!) will neither slumber or sleep.” Take that in… the One who literally spoke the entire universe into existence loves and cares for us individually so much, that He remains vigilant, watching over are daily lives without the need or desire to sleep. His love is limitless, boundless, endless!

Jim and Betty Edleston CMA

Starting Line to Checkered Flag… “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

We want to hear from you . send your letters and race reports to Its a great way to share your excitement and appreciation for the sport you love. 7




by Randy Faul

s in some of my past stories I spoke of how long it takes me to get dressed to ride, this time I am on cue as the consequences would result in being left behind. April 10 was the evening I was supposed to make the trip to Boise, Idaho to meet up with my partners in crime to ride the Nevada 200. The day before I left I got an e-mail stating my flight has been cancelled, so I reschedule for the next morning and left out at 6:05 am. So I was on the road at 3:00am and checked in by 5:15 at TPA. I’m ready to make the boring flight with three Racer-X’s, two MXA’s and a couple FTR magazines which I’ve already read but this time I will start from the front of the magazines instead of the back. LOL I was picked up from the Boise airport and getting our bellies full was the first order of business. Our 8 hour drive to a small town in Nevada called Caliente brought on rain and snow which turned into hail. Four bikes, gas, gear bags and tools had the sprinter packed with not much room to stretch out but the heater worked awesome so I was good. Being up for over 24 hours was not the ideal way to start out on the next day’s ride but I figured with the excitement of the unknown riding for the next few days would keep me going. This particular event was organized and promoted by the one and only Scot Harden. From being a multi time Baja 1000 overall champion, three time Baja 500 overall champ, multi Parker 400 overall champ and many other championships including a three time ISDE medalist from 1980 -82 Gold, Silver and Bronze winner with topping off his career as the 1994 AMA National Enduro Vet class champion. Yeah he may be an old guy now, but Google him up and the list of accomplishments are astounding. Being from the sunshine state, my only concern was staying warm. There was a small thought of what I was getting myself into as I was the oldest guy in my group by 20 years or so and the only guy from Florida among some 150 -200 riders. I’m thinking this might not be the ideal situation but I’m here and there isn’t no backing out now. First day out was the test of all tests as the weather turned to, well you know. Mid way through the ride it started to rain, then turned to snow and then to hail. I’m thinking, it isn’t supposed to be doing this as we are in the desert, well being called the high desert it has a different meaning than the regular desert. I also thought I had this covered as I was dry and warm with all the layers I had on, except my hands! Underall gloves and my riding gloves was lacking and next thing you know my fingers are about to fall off. Clutch and brake lever feel was nonexistent as the numbness settled into a throbbing nightmare. Those hand warmers my wife packed for me would have been the ticket, but guess where they were? I will say the trail was excellent as we only did some 50 miles the first day, which I was glad to see us head back. Back to camp and headed right to the cold water for the hands to thaw out, yes cold water does the trick. The afternoon was supported by vendors like Motion Pro, Rocky Mountain M/C, Klim, Beta and Seat Concepts; it was nice to have these companies supporting the event along with an evening dinner. The next day brought on the 100 mile ride with

portions designed for the A group as there were some nice technical climbs and some major rock climbs which tested your balance. We stopped at the half way point and a huge spread of food was displayed along with some hot wash towels that just hit the spot and was super refreshing. We finished up eating and on to the last 50 miles to wind up the days ride. There were a couple major hill climbs that got your attention and some really fast dried up sand rivers that you could click up a gear or two if you felt you wanted to go fast, of course everyone felt the need. I did have one moment as the trail crossed a small road and there was a ditch on the other side which I guess it was made to ride down in and climb out, but I ended up casing the other side as it was too late to slow down, just grabbed a hand full on the XC 450 and keep the power on and act like nothing ever happened! Last but not least was this section of billy goat, rock infested, trials bike trail that absolutely got everyone’s attention as one slip and you’re stuck. There was neither room to turn around nor anywhere to stand and the only one way out was to follow the trail that was only about a foot wide! As this was probably the most intense section I have ever done, it was an awesome feeling knowing that the Florida boy got through it clean. The day ended with a gathering for the awards? I’m thinking, what awards as this wasn’t a race but apparently is was special types of awards for mishaps, miscues and stupidity. They actually had a name for it but ask me later what they called them. Of course I’m thinking here we go, it’s pick on the flat lander time, but I guess no one saw my road jump. With time to settle in for the night, a decision had to be made as whether we stay for the third day or drive back to be home for an adventure ride on Monday. Being that I have never ridden an 1190 adventure bike, we decided to make the 8 hr. drive back and get a good night’s sleep. The ride on Monday is another story as things happen real quick on the 150 hp 1190 on dirt roads so I will leave that for your imagination. I did have a chance to ride one of those Alta E bikes and that would have qualified for one of those awards I spoke of earlier as all I can say is, there’s no clutch to save you. All in all it was an awesome adventure as I was glad to capture the experience of riding somewhere out of my comfort zone. I have committed to next year and if anything comes up before then, I’m doing that also. Thanks for listening, Randy 9

Around The Pits Florida Trail Rider C200 racer Scotty Tacinelli is on his to prom at Gainesville High School in style. Scotty graduated this year and is preparing for boot camp in the United States Marine Corp this fall. Make sure you send Scotty well wishes as he starts the next phase of his life. Congratulations Scotty!

CONTACT RANDY FAUL (863)244-3709

FLORIDA TRAIL RIDERS Top Three Mistakes When Recovering from an Injury and How to Avoid Them – Part 2


hen you become injured there are stages of emotion just like any major issue in life: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

example: If I don’t go to bed early, I will get fat. Ironically, the brain much prefers pleasure over pain. However, our society has glamorized the “no pain, no gain” mindset that has literally hurt us.

Denial Unless the injury is obvious: broken bone, concussion, etc., our brain wants to “ignore” the fact that something is wrong and needs to be addressed. Whether this mind set is due to “we don’t want to be considered weak and injury prone” or ”if I ignore it, it will go away”, either way, we as humans fight the idea that we are injured and we have to pull back in our training and become more creative to get your workouts in. Anger Once we acknowledge and accept the fact that we are hurt, anger inevitably sneaks in. No one clearly understands the sacrifice of time, energy and resources you have invested in your current level of speed, endurance and strength. You feel that all these performance elements will quickly slip through your fingers and your fitness levels will regress back to where you were a year ago. The anger and frustration levels escalate to completely new levels when the source of your injury isn’t truly your fault: car accident, dirty move by one of your competitors, equipment failure, etc... Bargaining We begin to bargain with ourselves that instead of training eight hours a week, we will pull back to six hours and this will be enough for us to heal while minimizing our fitness loses. Many times, we will continue with the same sport specific activities, but rationalize our behavior by “going slower”. Depression One of the huge benefits of consistent training is the hormonal release of endorphins commonly referred to as the “athlete high”. When your body doesn’t get to experience the releasing of these feel good moments on a regular basis, the mental capacity to deal with relationships, professional obligations, financial situations, etc., becomes less resilient and even intolerant. Little issues that used to roll off your back now set you off in a verbal tantrum adding to the frustrations of not being able to exercise and sport specific train like you used to. Acceptance Once you recognize that ignoring your injury won’t help heal the injury (chemically, mentally or physically) and staying angry isn’t going to solve your situation, it is time to move into a state of acceptance. Facing accountability for why the injury happened is one of the hardest things for an athlete to do. Over my last 35 years of coaching, I have found that the catalyst of injuries typically falls into three categories:

2. Not listening to the body. The human body is an incredible machine and has a multitude of ways to let you know when something is not correct. It is our responsibility to look for, recognize and respect when things do feel right. This is where there is a slight overlap with number one above, working in a mode of fear.

1. Working in a mode of fear. Instead of working in a mode of fear, successful individuals work in a mode of pleasure. They are motivated by enjoyment of success and look at each decision as a building block to moving them closer to the desirable outcome verses looking at decision and behavior as a punishment for poor choices. Pro-active example: If I go to bed early, I will get more sleep and wake up leaner and fully recovered. Mode of fear

3. Following uneducated trainers and self-serving agendas. When someone presents themselves to our office, we always strive to uncover the source of the injury. Ninety-nine percent of the time it is associated with some so-called expert or coach that has recommended some ridiculous training program that has no justification behind the volume, intensity or exercises.


In the exercise realm, I refer to using exercise for punishment because of the bad food choices that were made. Individuals that work in a mode of pleasure take the time to understand “why” they are drawn towards bad food choices. For example, if someone is craving simple sugar, it is a sign of adrenal fatigue that needs to be offset with high quality fats, not simple sugars as the brains wants to tell you. When a sign of an ailment begins to reveal itself (virus: an elevated heart rate; muscle strain: hurts to walk; bone situation: pain throbs at night while sleeping; stress: becoming more intolerant and even short tempered or get physically weaker with more effort, etc.), if you are working in a mode of fear, you will take the necessary steps to turn the situation around immediately because you are motivated by the enjoyment of success. You recognize that if you acknowledge and respect the messages your body is giving you, you may miss a day or two from training to address the situation (virus: sleep and avoid simple sugars; muscle strain: foam roll or get a massage; bone situation: let it rest; stress: avoid negative people) but it will get you back onto the path of health, wellness and associated performance in a shorter period of time. It will also reduce the amount of residual damage that is done. The accumulation of residual damage (not sleeping enough, not getting massage or foam rolling, not eating fruits and vegetables, etc.) creates a hole that can take a long time to dig out of. For example, when it comes to adrenal fatigue, I get asked frequently “how long will it take to turn my symptoms around?”. The answer is two-fold. First, how long have you been ignoring the body’s indicators – we need to determine the depth of the hole you have dug yourself into. Second, how committed are you to proactively addressing each element necessary to recovery: food, sleep, soft tissue maintenance, balancing volume and intensity of training, managing the overall levels of stress you are placing on your body professionally, personally, athletically, etc.

Thanks to the proliferation of online coaches and weekend certification courses, everyone has become an expert and as a result, has led to epidemic levels of injury and burnout.

Life is all about balance, and if you over-extend yourself, you will find something will start to break down. Unfortunately, it usually is your body – mentally and/or physically!

The most imperative question to ask is any program or trainer is “Why am I doing this workout and how does it contribute to eliminating my biggest frustrations that are keeping me from achieving my fullest potential”. Anything that you are doing that doesn’t move you towards YOUR personal achievement goals, puts you on the path of your program or trainer’s agenda.

In the next article, we will do a deep dive on nutrition’s role as it relates to an injury.

This agenda doesn’t have any regards to your health, wellness and ultimately performance, it is simply an agenda. We have picked up clients that are on a collegiate athletic scholarship and the injuries that they are presenting are nothing more than too much, too hard, too often and the athletes are told “if you don’t want to do what we tell you, we will replace you with someone who will” – no matter what the physical sacrifice.

Coach Robb has been working with riders and racers since 1987 and is the founder of the Complete Racing Solutions Performance System, the Mental Blueprint of Success, the MotoE Amateur Development Program, the MotoE Educational Series and Nutritionally Green Supplements based out of Orlando Florida.

Every minute of every day needs to be spent moving you closer and closer to your desirable goals in a healthy and sustainable manner. You should know why you are training a specific number of hours and what percentage of them are going to be aerobic and anaerobic. The volume and overall intensity need to be in line with the amount of stress your body can absorb in the area of physical activity. Contrary to what many are saying, you can’t handle more than 100% of anything. If you are extremely busy at work and it is commandeering more and more of your hours in a day, where are you going to pull those hours from: personal, athletic, sleep, eating, etc.?

Instructional videos with Coach Robb can be found on the Coach Robb’s Youtube Channel addressing rider’s questions about speed, endurance, strength, nutrition, biomechanics, stretching, and soft tissue maintenance. Please visit to subscribe to his bi-newsletter and learn more about various resources for riders. You can follow him socially on Twitter: @ MotoCoachRobb & Facebook: Coach Robb.

Until next time, Train Smart-Not Hard! -Coach Robb 13



Ben Lamanski

ow old are you and where are you from? I am 12 years old and I am from Central Florida.

Tell us how you started riding dirt bikes. My stepfather introduced me to dirt bikes and riding in 2014

Who would you like to thank? My father and mother, Tom and Ellen Fleming, Jesse Ansley, Alex Lugar, Randy Faul, Dave Wagner and especially my stepfather Fred Horton who introduced me to dirt bikes, FTR and who supports me with all the needs that racing requires .

When did you first start racing in FTR? I started racing FTR in the 2015/2016 season

Thanks Ben and for taking the time to do this. I’ll see you at the banquet.

Congratulations on winning the 65A class this year. You dominated the field winning every race with a perfect score. Give us a quick recap of your season. We worked on what we didn’t do well with our first two seasons with FTR, worked on those issues , trained and practiced a lot during season. I paid close attention to the very first 65A class competition to come up with what we thought would be a winning combination . What bike were you racing? 2018 KTM 65sx Did you learn any valuable lessons that will help as you move up? Yes, during and off season I had the privilege of training with Jesse Ansley and Alex Lugar on the 85sx which I am confident will help me on my move up. Are you ready to move up or do you have more time on the 65? I have to move to 85 mini B and look forward to it. I’m sure you do well in school as well. Is it challenging for you to balance school work and racing? Honestly, I did okay in school, I can’t race unless I do. Once I started racing school was lower on my priority list. Due to the time requirements for training, practice and travel. Next year I will be in a private school more suitable to athletes which will help obtain a more acceptable grade average thanks to my parents. Do you have a favorite racer in FTR that you look up to as a role model and why? Jesse Ansley, I admire his determination to win. Who’s your favorite racer outside of FTR and why? Ken Roczen, his attitude. What other things do you like to do other than racing dirt bikes? I enjoy wake boarding, golf and fishing.

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The dust was flying at the Astronaut Trail Hare Scramble sponsored by the Apollo Motorcycle Club. This was the last hare scramble of the season before a well deserved summer break. Next stop...Daytona Beach and the Awards Banquet.

Hare Scramble # 11


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Hare Scramble # 13

FLORIDA TRAIL RIDERS River City Dirt Riders Proudly Presents

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Big Scrub Trail Riders Cancelled Lochloosa


Enduro # 2

Little Brown Jug (Sat Only)


HS #1

Central Florida Trail Riders

• Scott Gawler Jr OA


Enduro #3

Suncoast Trailriders

•Garrett Edmisten HP


HS #2

Daytona Dirt Riders

•Garrett Edmisten OA


HS #3

Azaela City Dirt Riders

•Garrett Edmisten OA


HS #4

Sarasota Area Dirt Riders

•Garrett Edmisten OA


Enduro #4

Perry Mountain

•Jesse Ansley HP

River City Dirt Riders


11/17-11/18 12/01-12/02

HS #5

Old School Dirt Riders

•Garrett Edmisten OA


HS #6

Suncoast Trail Riders

•Trevor Bollinger OA


HS #7


•Garrett Edmisten OA


HS #8

Big O

•Garrett Edmisten OA

River City Dirt Riders




•Steward Baylor HP


HS #9

Palm Beach Tracks and Trails

•Scott Gawler Jr OA


Enduro #5

Central Florida Trail Riders



HS #10

Big Scrub Trail Riders

•Austin Lee OA


Enduro #7


•Zack Hayes HP


HS #11

Treasure Coast Trail Riders

•Garrett Edmisten OA


Enduro #8

DDR Alligator Enduro

•Steward Baylor HP


HS #12

Nature Coast Trail Riders

•Scott Gawler Jr OA


Enduro #9

Apollo Motorcycle Club

•Scott Gawler Jr HP


HS #13

River City Dirt Riders

•Shawn Clark OA


HS #14


•Hunter Neuwirth OA



RCDR Rescheduled

•Scott GawlerJr HP


Enduro #8

CFTR Richloam rescheduled

•Ron Commo III HP


Awards Banquet Daytone Beach, Florida Ocean Center


Profile for Florida Trail Riders Magazine

FTR Magazine May 2019  

FTR Magazine May 2019