Florida senior athletes jumped into early-season competition during the Goodlife Games cycling events March 10 in St. Petersburg.
The new, more technical course near downtown Mirror Lake provided riders 50-and-over with a challenge.
Winning both 5-kilometer and 10K women's events were Carol Jean Vosburgh (55-59) of Treasure Island and St. Petersburg's Katie Knight-Perry (65-69). Both are members of the St. Pete Mad Dogs Triathlon Club.
University of South Florida professor Vanessa "Van" Hilliard, a former champion cyclist who hadn't raced in a decade, won the (60-64) 10-kilometer and beat many of the male competitors.
Hilliard, 61, is staging a comeback, taking time between physiology projects to train on group morning rides.
On the men's side, the best cyclists also came from Pinellas County.
St. Petersburg's Jack Eads (55-59) won the 10-kilometer with the fastest time of the day _ 17 minutes, 24 seconds. Seminole's Tony McCoy (60-64) posted victories in the 5K and 10K, beating Tony Handler of Tampa and Bert Valery of Indian Rocks Beach.
Brian McGrath recorded two victories in the 85-plus age group, and USA Triathlon coach Roger Burke (65-69) of Seminole earned two silver medals.
FESTIVAL OF SPEED: One of the most elite fields in Florida bicycle racing this year will assemble April 13-14 for Orlando's Festival Of Speed.
Double Florida Series Points and thousands in cash will be on the line in the Lake Eola Criterium and Lake Nona Circuit Race. Competition in all USA Cycling categories begins at 8 a.m.
Danny Pate, the 2001 time trial world champion, and his Prime Alliance teammates will ride in the Pro 1-2 event.
Team Saturn has registered Cuban champion Ivan Dominguez. Other top professionals will include Olympic and national champs Chris Horner, Jonas Carney and Dave McCook.
For information, contact Pete Sherrard at (407) 648-4900, ext. 13, or psherrardorlandosports.org.
FLORIDA POINTS: Riders from both sides of the bay have been scoring valuable series points.
Topping the list are Tampa's Chris Scott (Team American Classic), Sherri Stedje (BBC/Jetworks) of Lutz, Brian Jones (Red Hills), Brooksville; and Tampa's Mark Stein, Winston Edwards and Dave Stedje.
Sharing in the wins are Masters 50-plus champions Mike McCollum (Team MAJIC), Largo; and Earl Henry (West Coast Wheelmen), Pinellas Park.