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Race at Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City features bicycles, not horses

It just came to Dan Millstead one day.

Millstead is the racetrack manager at Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City, where he oversees the horse races. Looking around at the 2,200-acre ranch, it just hit him.

He could have a bicycle race on the grounds.

"I just thought it would be gorgeous to have it on the ranch," Millstead said. "Hopefully, now, it will grow each year."

The ranch is hosting the Cyclocross, the fifth of eight races in the Florida State Cyclocross Series, which is a points series with a point leader being crowned in January. The event is Sunday with races starting at 9 a.m. There will be age categories ranging from 10 and up to men's and women's at 45 and up. Fees range from $20 to $25.

Millstead is hoping for at least 100 racers Sunday, the first time the race has been held at the ranch. The course will be about 2 miles long, and will include a section through the barn that houses horses that run in the annual Little Everglades Steeplechase each March.

"I thought having the course go through middle of the barn would add a little flair," Millstead said. "I tried (to) incorporate the horse race venue aspect just to add something a little unique. I wanted to set ours apart from other races in the series."

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BASEBALL: The Pasco-Hernando Area Senior Baseball League is seeking players and teams for its winter season, specifically players 35 years or older.

The league hopes to field at least four teams in the adult division, with a nine-game schedule beginning Sunday.

Games will be Sundays, but the league will also have a weeknight "Game of the Week" and will play on high school and park fields throughout western Pasco County as well as the Spring Hill and Brooksville areas in Hernando County.

To register or to get more information, call (352) 683-1692.

HOCKEY: The Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring an Open Floor Hockey night from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road in Hudson. Play is free and the games are designed for ages 16 and older. The games will be similar to street hockey.

For information, call (727) 861-3033.

AIRSOFT: Games take place starting at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, or occasionally at 5:30 p.m. Fridays, at 7839 Leota Lane in New Port Richey. The cost is $10 per player per day.

Gun rentals are available.

For information, call Ben Bush at (727) 534-8833.

SKYDIVING: Skydive City in Zephyrhills is hosting its annual Christmas Skydiving Boogie and Competition from Dec. 19 to Jan. 4, with hundreds of divers competing for prizes.

For information, call (813) 783-9399.

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