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Little Everglades Ranch to host cyclocross Dec. 4

Technical areas with tight turns on steep hills challenge riders at last year’s cyclocross race at Little Everglades Ranch. Here riders endure wind at the top of a hill, one of the toughest parts of the race.

Photo by DAVID RICE (2009)

Technical areas with tight turns on steep hills challenge riders at last year’s cyclocross race at Little Everglades Ranch. Here riders endure wind at the top of a hill, one of the toughest parts of the race.

DADE CITY — Little Everglades Ranch will once again host cyclocross, a form of bicycle racing requiring the rider to quickly dismount and carry the bicycle through an obstruction or obstacle. The Florida Cyclocross State Championship event will be held at the ranch Dec. 4 and 5.

"We have two different courses for the two different days so that riders aren't racing on the same course over and over," race organizer Dan Millstead said. "We're going to have campers and a band on Saturday night. This time it's the state championship so the event is going to be a lot bigger than in previous years."

The cyclocross races are open to anybody.

Adult categories are $30 per race, while juniors pay $15 per race. There is a $10 discount for racers who ride both days. For information, visit www.little evergladesranchcx.com. Interested participants can also contact Dan Millstead at (813) 713-1462 or e-mail him at dmillstead@tampabay.rr.com.

GOLF: The Healthy Start Coalition of Pasco County will hold a golf tournament on Dec. 2 at Seven Springs Golf Club in New Port Richey. Each player will receive a $25 Callaway gift card, lunch, dinner and prizes. Registration for the tournament will be at noon with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The cost is $75 per person. Contests include longest drive, closest to the pin and a closest to the line putting contest at $5 per play. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For information, call Linda Hawkins at (727) 364-4273.

MORE GOLF: David Reutimann, driver of the No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Michael Waltrip Racing, will host his sixth annual charity golf tournament, cookout and auction Dec. 3 and 4 at Silverado Golf and Country Club in Zephyrhills. The cookout starts at 6 p.m. Dec. 3, followed by a live auction of sports memorabilia. The golf tournament starts at 9 a.m. Dec. 4. For information, call (813) 788-1225.

BASKETBALL: The Wesley Chapel Athletic Association is holding registration for its basketball season through Jan. 30. The season begins with a mandatory player evaluation in February to be followed by team practices before the 10-game season begins in March. Registration fees range from $120 to $130 depending on the player's age group. Age groups range from U9 to U16 and a U7 coed division. There is also a mandatory $10 county fee. For information or to register, visit www.wcaafla.org/index.html or call (813) 994-6633.

BASEBALL: The Pasco-Hernando Area Senior Baseball League is holding open registrations for its spring season scheduled to begin on Jan. 23. The league was founded in 2008 as an inexpensive, laid-back local alternative to more intensely competitive leagues in the Tampa Bay area. For information or to sign up, call league commissioner Dave Conrad at (352) 683-1692 or e-mail him at conradbaseball@bellsouth.net.

I9: Noncompetitive youth sports league i9 sports is holding registration for its winter flag football, soccer and spring basketball programs. Fees vary by when they are paid. The league's philosophy caters to the working parent, requiring no fundraisers or weekday practices. Every child plays, gets a trophy and has fun. Coaches are screened and certified to coach the seven-week programs. For information on i9's age divisions, pricing or to sign up, visit www.i9sports.com or call Jimmy Barbarise at (813) 532-1507.

David Rice can be reached at davidrice83@gmail.com.

Little Everglades Ranch to host cyclocross Dec. 4 11/24/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 5:56pm]

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