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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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Executive Committee Contacts Riders Reps Area Reps and Club Contacts The Prez Says Product Review Garrett Edmisten Coach Rob OSDR Melon Hare Scramble


The Sandman Garrett Edmisten is flying high at the 2019 Coyote Hare Scramble at Mondon Hill. Photo by Jonny Simpkins


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

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 #4: Joe Carrasquillo (386)295-8428 Counties: Flagler, Volusia 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


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

Area #9: Ron Thomas Counties: Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Highlands

Joe Strickland- PR Chair (904)652-5761


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





had a different type article ready to go for this month but decided to go another route which takes front stage. First and foremost, Congrats to Suncoast Trailblazers for having a superb event at the Mondon Hill location. With over 900 entries consisting of some talent from the GNCC series to an adventure bike and a FZ1 with a knobby tire, things got real interesting especially off the start when all we saw was a 50ft roaster tail. Speaking of race day, this situation would have been real tragic if there wasn’t some luck thrown our way. I hope everyone gets to see the video that was captured of the two side by sides crossing the active track and actually pulling out in front of the pre-modern race. As I looked at that I could not believe what could have almost happened as a couple of our fastest premodern riders was alert enough to see the oncoming vehicle crossing his path. Then to add salt to the wound, a young man falls out the back of one of the vehicles at the edge or on the course! I know the club had marker tape, signs and personnel along the starting area and asked that vehicles be parked there. I also know that these were adults driving these things and apparently not paying attention, don’t have a clue where they were or were not FTR members as they were so close to causing a fatality it was scary. As more and more people visit our events it makes me wonder if they just come in and unload

their miniature tanks (that’s about what they are) and ride around or what. I know they are used to haul our gas to and from the gas stop but it is starting to look more and more like a Redneck Yacht Club as they appear at our gates with just the side by side in an open trailer with no dirt bikes. I do get it about folks like to ride around with the family, but when something like this happens it has got my attention and FTR’s attention. We will be exercising more awareness, barriers and control of where we allow any vehicle to commute as this was a major wake up call. Oh, and the adventure bike with side luggage and the FZ1 street bike, I think they know each other. Thanks for listening, Randy

Brianna Avirett photo

the chaplain's corner

The Prez Say’s


Armbands must be worn by all participants and spectators at all times.


tarting Line to Checkered Flag… “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 Happy New Year!!! Welcome to 2019. Are you making any New Year’s resolutions? Things you wish to do or do better? I heard an interesting statistic recently. The biggest resolution made is to lose weight and get in better shape. Nationally, gyms see an increase of 50% in memberships in early January. By the end of March, almost all of the new members are gone. How about instead of making a resolution, we each make a revolution? A change in our lives that literally can change everything. For you who have accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, I challenge you to go from a convert to a disciple. A disciple is one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another. t’s great that we know Jesus and that His grace has saved us for eternity, now let’s go about sharing that great news (Gospel) with others. Jesus said it Himself in Luke 11:33, “No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house.” Let that beautiful light of Christ that’s in you shine out. That revolution should include spending more time with Jesus on a daily basis. Remember, He is your friend and loves to spend time with you. He is thrilled when you talk to Him. Prayer doesn’t need to be a formal thing. Your talking with your best friend. Let Him know your thoughts, your dreams, your challenges and even your heartbreaks. He loves you so much and wants to help and guide.

That revolution also includes reading your Bible daily. Give Him a chance to show and direct you through His word. There is always a special verse that fits just when you need it but you won’t know that unless you read it! Finally, if you have not met Jesus, this is a great chance for your personal revolution! He loves you so much He paid the price of your sins for you on the cross. He is alive and wants to call you His own. His love will literally change your life forever! Take that next step. Confess your sins to Him and ask for His forgiveness. Ask Him into your heart and your life. You will find a peace beyond your understanding and joy you cannot contain. Now that’s a real revolution! “The Good Race” joy service is every Saturday night from 7:30 to 7:45 pm at the CMA tent on vendor’s row. We hope to see you there! Blessings on and off the road, 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 EDITORS NOTE: Please keep Jim's wife Betty in your thoughts and prayers as she is recovery from a serious back surgery. 7




n a market that has been come oversaturated, to say the least, picking a new helmet to protect your noggin can become quite a daunting task. A general rule of thumb still stands the test of time; Ten Dollar Head Ten Dollar Helmet. Well most of us value our head more than ten bucks! I had the opportunity to give the Klim F3 Off-Road helmet a go and I have to say I'm pretty impressed. The F3 is a mid-level helmet with high-level craftsmanship. The first thing I noticed is the fit. I normally wear a 2xl so that's what I ordered. The 2xl in the F3 world is a little bigger than what I expected. I thought I was in a jam but the folks Klim hooked me up with a L/XL liner that did the trick perfectly. The F3 comes in three different size shells that are adjustable with the liner. The fiberglass/carbon composite helmet feels very solid but pretty light weight weighing in at around 3lbs. That's the same as the 6D ATR-1 that is twice the price. One of the great things about this helmet are the 13 intake vents and 6 exhaust vents which provides abundant airflow that you can actually feel even at low speeds. The intake vents are large and located at the chin, brow, chimney and the top. The drawback to the airflow is a bit of a noisier helmet than I'm used to but in the hot Florida climate that's something I can forgive.

PRODUCT REVIEW The eyeport is really large which I like. The field of view is excellent and can easily fit your favorite brand of goggles and the large visor does the job deflecting whatever comes your way and keeping the glare of the sun out of your eyes. The Klim F3 is a solid helmet at a affordable mid -level price coming in at $239-$299. It's ECE and DOT approved, has aggressive styling and some great color ways to choose from. It doesn't have some of the bells and whistles that a top of the line lid but if you want, or need, to pay less without compromising safety and style this helmet will not let you down. Contact your local shop or check out for more info. 9

Around The Pits DEAR FTR

FTR=Fun,Family, and Motorcycles

A few weeks ago, I got a call from Old School Dirt Riders member Brian Dinkel asking if I knew anyone that would like to work the gate at their race in Punta Gorda the first weekend in December. (Brian knows I belong to several nonprofit organizations helping military, youths and the community. I pondered for a day or so and asked my parents if they’d like to take the 5th wheel out for the weekend and make a few bucks (we were helping 5 military families in need with Christmas along with some other groups and the money would help). They thought for a quick minute and said..YES! None of us knew what we were getting ourselves in to as we’ve never worked the gate at a race. We packed up Friday and headed south excited to see FTR family that we haven’t seen in a while. I was involved in FTR way back in the day (1970’s) baby sitting for, the then President, David Bixler. I would watch the boys while he set up the race, calculated the scores and handed out trophies. Back then the races were quite different…they had scorers in different sections of the track and they wrote down each rider number that came by them on a sheet of paper. The races back then were on Sunday only and lasted just a few hours. We would get up at 2 or 3 in the morning and pack his van and head out for the day after a quick stop at a Waffle House somewhere along the way (yes, Bix stopped at one before every race!). I swear that when he had me score it was always near a water or mud hole and I ended up dirtier than most of the riders! In the late 1970's I was dating a racer and continued to help at the races, became a member of SADRA (Sarasota Area Dirt Riders Association) in which I was secretary and treasurer, ended up marrying a racer in the 1988, had three boys and as soon as they were able to ride they started racing also. My mom and dad soon purchased their first camper and we piled all 7 of us in the camper, packed the small pull behind trailer we had and headed off to a hare scramble. I helped in scoring and registration for many years and later started to help with the year banquets getting donations from

manufacturers and businesses of goodies to hand out at the banquet. Ten to twelve weekends a year where spent with our FTR family. After years of racing, volunteering, and 5 or 6 different camper/toy hauler upgrades, my boys grew older and we slowly went to less races. Two joined the military, one became a fireman/EMT and they started their own families. We made loads of friends over the years that have continued to the present and being at the OSDR race this past month brought back so many memories of fun times! People pulling up and jumping out of their vehicles to hug us was absolutely amazing! Though there were new faces, new rules, paperwork and fees the FTR family is still them same….. AMAZING! We had only one person that was upset over the time spent in line at the gate and he just so happened to be one the parents that didn’t have their minor release forms filled out. We reminded everyone if your minor release forms are filled out prior to entering the gate it makes the line move faster. They’re available online on the FTR website. A huge shout out to the honest folks out there!!! I had the 2 -6 am shift Saturday night and I guess I whimped out and fell asleep in the lawn chair. One gentleman played his music loud because he didn’t want to give me a heart attack by beeping his horn and two other young men came up Sunday morning and told me that I was sleeping so well they didn’t want to wake me and came up later to pay and get their stickers! I’m hoping that I didn’t have my mouth wide open snoring away and that they didn’t post a video of me on You Tube! Although we didn’t get to see any of the races we truly enjoyed seeing everyone and having so many come back to the gate to chat with us! I felt so old when some of the pee wee riders I’ve watched grow up pulled through the gate with their families. Thank you Brian Dinkel and Old School Dirt Riders for having us! Kelly Dietz

CONTACT RANDY FAUL (863)244-3709




Let’s get started for all the new members of FTR.. who you are and where you are from? I’m Garrett Edmisten, 33 years of age and I reside in Fellsmere, Florida. When and where did it start and how old you were when you first started riding? 1988/89, I was 3 years old riding at the house, same time frame I had my first race at Bithlo. How long have you been racing? Were there ever any years off? It's been 30 years. I took some time off in 2009 and 2010, then again recently after the end of 15/16 season till now. I raced Loretta’s only since 15. I stopped pursuing racing as a full-time job in 2012, that was my last full season racing GNCC’S. Who were your idols on an off the track? MX and HS. Mx: Rick Johnson, Bradshaw, Stanton, etc. I liked them all Hs: Fred Andrews, Jason Raines, Scott Summers. I liked them all in both sides. I knew from a young age I wanted to be like those guys. I knew dirt bikes is what I wanted to do, so I’ve always had respect for the dude who finishes last. To be a pro is tough, they all inspired me. What is your preference, MX or HS? Do you switch back and forth to keep it fresh? I prefer MX, only because it is easier on your bikes. I mostly only ride/ practice moto and race woods. I can never replicate my race woods speed while practicing hare scrambles..race day I’ll take bigger risks. If I practice hare scrambles it’s to hone my skills in rock riding or something technical in that area. How did you get to where you are now? Good question. I would say believing in myself, of course my parents and others from friends and sponsors who helped along the way. I just knew I wanted to race as a young boy. My dad never got down on me, never yelled at me, he knew that once I made it to a certain level, I had it figured out and it was up to me to do what I needed to do. I don’t buckle under pressure, so I’m good at staying calm. Win or lose I give it my all, I’ve never took losing at defeat. Yeah, I get bummed, but I learn so much from losing and what to do for the next time. All that has gotten me to where I am now. I have lost a bit over the last few years from not riding often. I know how is what keeps me going now. Who gave you the name Sandman? I am not sure, I believe it came from GNCC’S. My first afternoon GNCC was the 2000 Okeechobee GNCC when I was 15. I placed 30th overall. Then next year I placed 19th overall,

from 01-08 I earned 46 top 20 overalls, 07-08 I was in XC1 with 20 top 20’s, the rest all came while racing A classes. In 03 I was 4th overall from A250 line, Sandman has kinda stuck ever since. The older I get the more I realize how lucky I am to be able to have a nickname given to me. What is crazy is my best ever result in a GNCC overall is 2nd, never took the honors of winning one overall. I find it funny that my 2nd place came in the Clay of Georgia. From my first afternoon race (2000) till current year. I have raced 98 afternoon GNCC races. 61 one of those are top 20’s, 25 are top 10’s, 8 are top 5’s, and I have 5 podium finishes. Four 3rds and one 2nd. It took my 4th afternoon race to crack top 10 overall and on my 54th afternoon GNCC I earned my first podium. Who has been with you from the beginning? My parents and friends. My two longest, sponsor wise, are Dunlop since 2002 and Pro Circuit since 2006. You took some time off from FTR? Where did you go and what were you up to? After the 15-16 season I needed a break. I never really had a real fulltime job up until that point. Bikes had always been it. I went and got a real job, and just became a normal person. I’m a motorcycle mechanic in everyday life. Bikes are really all I know, so that’s what I went with. It has been easy to find you on the track since you are usually the green blur for so many years. This 2018-2019 season you are on Suzuki. Why the change? 17 years on my Kawasaki. I was given a chance to represent Suzuki and the RM Army program. I ended up on a Team Suzuki and raced the 24 hour race this past year. From there we put a deal together to come back to FTR and other select races during the year. HS one you came in third behind Scott Gawler Jr. and Landon Lynn. Tell us a little bit about that race. I just came into the day looking to be top 3. First time riding my new RM ARMY Suzuki in the woods, so I was getting a better feel for adjustments. I knew I’d have my work cut out for me. Kind of just fell into a pace and stayed there. Scott and Landon both rode well. Race two, three and four has you back on top winning them all. What keeps you out front? Honestly, I just love to race for wins. Those two hours I’m out there racing I’m free from everything but what’s at task. I happen to be lucky enough to still have some speed to be able to win. I’ve been considered pro for 18 years now, I have a pretty good memory on remembering all my lines, and marks for turns, hills and what not. Adding that with the speed I do have makes for a consistent race pace. That’s helps a lot for my endurance and I’m able to charge hard to be out front. 13

HS four your pit chief Rock Gavin was signaling you into the pits on the last lap, but you sped on by. How were you feeling at the point? Did you know how far your lead was? I was feeling good. I had taken my first sip of water that lap. I knew I had a few more laps left at the pace I was at. Actually, I kinda did know, I set up timing points during the race. If it’s an open section, I’ll time it. So, in the race if I can’t see anyone in that zone when I get done with it I know my time it no less the x amount. On the 3rd lap Scott was in a timed zone I had. So, going on the last lap I choose not stop for a splash of gas. I just stayed out and focused to maintain that gap or open it up if I could. I was able to open it up. What is your daily life like? Do you practice every day? A tight nutrition and training schedule? What do people need to do have a strong race history like yourself? What is that key piece of advice? Just wake up, go to work, come home, sleep, wake up and repeat. I tend to eat on the healthy side, I mean I eat anything, but I like to eat clean. Drink lots of water. I pick up a few Pedialyte’s before each race. I like to try and ride once a week, I try to stay pretty active off the bike. I Mountain Bike and run and add other cardio things. The key piece is figuring out your body, everyone is different. Definitely eating clean and staying hydrated is the start of it all. We can only imagine your trophy room from an ongoing incredible career. Do you have a clue of how many titles you have? Not sure how many titles, 25 is a good number though. I haven’t finished my trophy wall yet only half done. I have one side that has all my mini bikes, off-road stuff, and A class stuff from GNCC's. Rumor has it after every race you give your first place and overall trophies to someone? For the fans out there who want to know how to get on this list, how do you choose who gets it? I try to. My dad always had me hand my trophy out, so I’ve just always done it. I do keep some from time to time. I don’t really have a set person I give it to, if I see a kid standing there I will give it to them, or if someone asks. I must say after talking with you after the SADRA race and your plans on going to visit your buddies Josh Hickey's grave, gave me a new appreciation for the person you are. The video (Garret Reved his Bike) showed your level of passion towards your friendship. Had you planned that for a while? It’s about respecting that person, Josh respected me, so I respected him back. His funeral was the day before my birthday, so it’s a day I won’t forget. I knew his home town wasn’t far from the race, so I went. Josh really looked up to me. He bought a 2002 KX 125 from me at the end of 2002. This was my first ever Kawasaki Team Green bike I had been issued. Josh’s parents bought it for him. Years go by, like 10. I see Josh again, we have


mutual friends, just in my late teens and 20’s I traveled the country racing. Anyways, he is now racing FTR, we always talked about that 125, he thought I was the best racer. I’d always tell him, man I’m just like you. A normal person that just happens to go little faster on his dirt bike. He loved that I could be the oldest in the class and win. So, after coming back this year I wanted to stop by to see him, tell him I was still capable of winning. You can call me weird, but Josh’s presence was with me on Sunday for that race. I had been thinking about seeing him for months, I was able to win, and some one finds a go pro I lost 3 years prior at the race??? What are your plans for the rest of the season? I’ll be racing the remaining FTR HS rounds. I’ll be racing Loretta’s again in the Vet class, I am also thinking about maybe trying for A class this year. I will also be racing the Florida GNCC in the XC1 class. Do you think you will ever do any riding schools? I just recently did one at Croom. I will be having more throughout the year. I am open to clinics at any time or for a private group. Who would you like to thank? My parents for getting me into this sport. Big thanks to Suzuki, RM Army, FXR Racing, HBD Moto Grafx, Oakley, Bell, Dunlop, Pro Circuit, DSI MX, Central Florida Powersports, Ecstar Oils, and Ricky Graley.


FTR racers Logan Shannon #614, Cole Notary #9, Rylan Turner #115, Raif Brewer #484 and Austin McAfee #379 battle for the lead at the start of the 2018 Melon Bash Hare Scramble. Rylan would go ahead for the win ahead of Cole and Logan. Photo by Morgan Hill


Dealing With A Illness And How To Avoid Getting Sick. Coach Rob


he body provides you many indicators that it is fatigued and susceptible to illness: elevated heart rate, high body temperature, suppressed appetite, declines in athletic performance, poor sleeping patterns and more. Though these indicators may seem obvious as you read them, most athletes will not acknowledge that if the body doesn’t get the elements necessary to recover and overcome fatigue, sleep and food, it is inevitable that an illness is right around the corner. Here are 7 Rules for a speedy recovery from an illness: RULE #1: LISTEN TO YOUR BODY The body is an efficient machine. A fever or elevated heart rate are clear signs that you should back off on both your intensity and duration of riding and cross training. Please email me if you would like a free copy of my Body Analysis Spreadsheet to easily track this data on a weekly basis. RULE #2: GET MORE REST Resting does not mean working out “easy” for an hour thinking it will make you feel better, it will only make you more fatigued. Your only have one tank of energy, let all of that energy be directed towards getting healthy. Let your goal is to get 8-10 hours of deep, high quality sleep each day. RULE #3: PAY ATTENTION TO DIET AND PROPER HYDRATION Make it easy on your body to go about its job of fighting off the infection or virus. Regarding hydration, every day consume half of your body weight in ounces of water (160 pounds/2=80 ounces of water per day). Proper nutrition would involve eating every two hours and eating fruits, vegetables and lean protein at every meal or snack. Please email me if you would like a free copy of my Body Analysis Spreadsheet to easily track this data on a weekly basis. Rule #4: Return to training gently As you start to feel a little better, resist the urge to jump back into training full-throttle. As a general rule of thumb, if your resting heart rate is up by more than 5 beats over your weekly average, then don’t train at all for that day. If your heart rate is within 3 beats of your weekly average, then exercise at a very easy effort level for 45 minutes or less. RULE #5: DON’T IGNORE THE OBVIOUS SIGNS FROM YOUR BODY If your heart rate spikes straight up getting out of your car, then following your training program does not make sense. This physical experience will correlate with your resting heart rate (see #4 above). RULE #6: DON’T EXPECT SOMEONE ELSE TO BE ABLE TO TELL YOU WHAT YOU SHOULD AND SHOULDN’T DO Unfortunately you’re training partner, riding coach or family member doesn’t actually know how you are feeling, so it’s up to you to make that judgment in the end. RULE #7: DON’T BECOME AN INTERNET DOCTOR Eat for Recovery Google can be a wonderful tool, but even the most rational among us can turn into raging hypochondriacs if let loose on the Internet when feeling unwell. Before you know it, your bout of strep throat has escalated to some rare form of infectious disease. So make an appointment with a legit medical doctor. Training is intended to improve your strength and endurance; however, this improvement only happens when you eat correctly immediately after your workouts and races. Immediately after a hard day of racing, your immune system is suppressed and your overall body is fatigued, this makes you vulnerable to an airborne virus. To improve your immunity, eat green fruits and vegetables at every meal. The main ingredient found in fruits and vegetables are phytonutrients. These are substances that plants produce naturally to protect themselves. Additionally, they provide the plant’s color, aroma, texture, and flavor.


Oxidative stress and inflammation, a byproduct of high intensity or long bouts of prolonged exercise, increase the production of free radicals, which can cause further cell damage. Antioxidants act to combat these free radicals. Therefore, recovery nutrition must entail much more than simply consuming postworkout carbohydrates and protein. Consuming foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids also speed the recovery process. While it’s necessary to supplement your diet with over-the-counter multivitamins and fish oils, consuming whole foods that are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids need to be the foundation of your nutrition. Food is intended to provide macro- and micronutrients, including fiber that you just can’t get in a pill. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the top 50-antioxidant rich foods included 13 spices, eight fruits and vegetables, five types of berries, and four different nuts and seeds. So why not include some of the following antioxidant-rich foods in your daily diet? Ginger, cloves, cinnamon, curry, and garlic – Each of these boast antiinflammatory properties and bold flavors to go with any type of meal, be it sweet or savory. Saute your favorite vegetables with a bit of garlic and curry powder, or add a dash of cinnamon to your oatmeal. Blackberries, strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, and red raspberries – These berries are packed with vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene. They’re also rich in the minerals potassium and magnesium. They can be tossed into salads for a taste of something sweet, or as a topping for your favorite yogurt. Got berries? Snack away! Artichokes, sweet potatoes, spinach, red bell peppers, asparagus, and red cabbage – These veggies are jam packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and flavor. Cooking them only enhances their antioxidant properties. In fact, researchers found that a cooked sweet potato has 413 percent more antioxidant properties than when raw. Quinoa – Though considered a grain, quinoa is actually a relative of green leafy vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. Its low glycemic, and the only “grain” that contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein (7 grams per half-cup cooked). It’s also rich in manganese and copper, two minerals required as cofactors for the production of antioxidants. What’s more? It’s ready to eat in just 10 minutes. Walnuts – Are an excellent source of micro- and macronutrients like protein, fiber, and omega-3 fat. In fact, just one ounce of walnuts (that’s a shot glass or small handful) contains the recommended daily value, or 2.5 grams, of the essential amino acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). As if that wasn’t enough, once ingested, ALA is metabolized and converted to EPA and DHA (the kind of omega-3’s found in fish). The walnut is a rock star in the world of antioxidants. Add it to salads, yogurt, and protein/vegetable dishes. Training and racing is demanding and places the body under a great deal of metabolic stress. A daily diet rooted (no pun intended) in nutrient dense foods will play an integral role in both your recovery and enhanced immunity. While a post-workout recovery drink is vitally important in replenishing muscle glycogen and aiding in muscle repair, a diet that focuses on antioxidants will help to minimize the cellular damage that can be caused by the oxidative stress of free radicals. Allowed to roam freely, free radicals can very subtly damage muscle tissue and negatively affect your speed & endurance. Until next time, Train Smart Not Hard! -Coach Robb

Hare Scramble # 5


All photo by Morgan Hill


he racing was hot at the Farm in Punta Gorda as the Old School Dirt Riders hosted the 4th Annual Watermelon Bash Hare Scramble. The Old School crew put together a challenging and fast track that made for a great day of competition in the above average December temperatures. Garrett Edmisten put together another win to take his 4th straight overall of the 2018-2019 season by just over 7 minutes. Hunter Neuwirth put his #747 Yamaha into second overall ahead of #56 Shawn Clark in third and #60 Cash Jacobs in fourth. On four wheels, it was a all Yamaha battle in the AA class as Brandon Frazier took a hard fought win over Michael Relyea in second and Jimmy Tyson, right on his heels, in third. 2018 has shown why the Florida Trail Rider Hare Scramble series has earned itself recognition and a lot of praise as a premier racing series in the South. Here's to 2019 and another great year of racing!

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Big Scrub Trail Riders Cancelled Lochloosa


Enduro # 1

Little Brown Jug (Sat Only)


HS #1

Central Florida Trail Riders


Enduro #2

Suncoast Trailriders


HS #2

Daytona Dirt Riders

•Garrett Edmisten OA


HS #3

Azaela City Dirt Riders

•Garrett Edmisten OA

11/03-11/04 11/04

HS #4 Enduro #3

Sarasota Area Dirt Riders Perry Mountain

•Garrett Edmisten OA Out of State


HS #5

River City Dirt Riders



HS #6

Old School Dirt Riders

•Garrett Edmisten OA


HS #7

Suncoast Trail Riders

•Trevor Bollinger OA


HS #8


Bartow, Fl


HS #9

Big O



Enduro #4

River City Dirt Riders

Seville, Fl


HS #10

Palm Beach Tracks and Trails

Okeechobee, Fl


Enduro #5

Central Florida Trail Riders

Richloam, Fl


HS #11

Big Scrub Trail Riders



Enduro #6


Out of State


Enduro #7

DDR Alligator Enduro

Daytona, Fl


HS #12

Treasure Coast Trail Riders

Indian Town, Fl


HS #13

Nature Coast Trail Riders

Dade City, Fl


Enduro #8

Apollo Motorcycle Club

Samsula, Fl


HS Rain Date


HS #14

Apollo Motorcycle Club

Samsula, Fl


HS Rain Date


HS Rain Date


Out of State • Scott Gawler Jr OA Croom, Fl

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