Photo Gallery: Mountain Bike Racing in Florida—Part III

November 19, 2013 7:19 pm Last Updated: July 18, 2015 5:18 pm

LAKELAND, Fla.—Winter sports, Florida style.

While most of the country is thinking of sledding and skiing, Floridians take to the trails on their mountain bikes.

Race Seven of’s nine-race 2013 Specialized Florida State Championship Series took place Sunday morning, Nov. 17 at Loyce E. Harpe Trails in Lakeland, Florida.

229 riders competed, divided into 23 classes, ranging in skill levels from novice to expert and in age from six to the Grand Masters class for riders over 50.

Competitors have to pay a small registration fee but spectators get in free. Check out the rest of the season’s schedule at