It was the Ohio boys vs. the state of Fl and the Ohio boys, well mostly the New Albany Yankees, prevailed. Marty Sedluk, Jon Morgan, Dave Chesrown, Billy Campbell, John and Kim Sada and even Farmer Mike, gathered around Clermont to participate
in the Horrible Hundred. Yes, the only rise on the horizon across the entire state, that is not also a freeway over pass, is located in central Florida, one very high and long sand dune that is crisscrossed by roads. This year, a strong wind with gusts over 20mph made for an even tougher course.
That the event is allowed around the small town of Clermont is a surprise because the cyclists descend on the area like a plague of locusts, taking over every restaurant, hotel and strip joint. This year, the organizers did away with the chip timers to try to better control the event but that mattered little to the people who showed up, intent on winning like the NA Yankee clan. Marty S came in 2nd last year and so was a marked man by those who previously finished near the top, including Ken Vida, who came in 2nd in the Florida State Road Race (Pro/1/2 division) in October.
Once the ride began, the group mostly stayed together, hundreds of cyclists in a mile long peloton. At the 30 mile mark, approximately 20 guys got away. The Ohio boys, working together with many Floridians, chased for 30 miles and on a long
section into a strong head wind, caught the front group. Soon thereafter, a small break got away again with the peloton ripped apart by a fierce cross wind that pinned everyone to the gutter seeking shelter. Despite this, Marty was in a small group that caught the break with Dave dropping off, as he describes below. Unbeknownst to this gang, there was still one guy out in front, who was overtaken with 2 miles to go. Additional culling of the group took place until it was down to Ken Vida, Marty and one other guy. Marty got away and won!!!! Jon Morgan came in 2nd, among the Ohio finishers, followed by Dave and Billy. My source tells me with unfettered glee that John Sada came in last among the Ohio boys.