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take a good look at the faces of the guys on

the cover of this issue. You may have already ridden

your bike along side them on one of your bike rides

in and around the mid-Atlantic. They are among the

most influential people in the nation when it comes

to making our world more bike friendly.

Ray LaHood, who is in charge of the U.S. Department

of Transportation, and Andy Clarke, who heads up

the League of American Bicyclists, can do more to

improve bicycling in this country than just about anyone

else. Yet, they ride inconspicuously among us.

In our interviews with them, they told us that the

C&O Canal, the hills of Montgomery and Frederick

Counties, Maryland, and the bike paths of Northern

Virginia are where you’ll likely find them riding.

Next month we’re featuring an interview with a

famous Washingtonian who rides with the Potomac

Pedalers Touring Club, even though most riders in

his group don’t have any idea who he is.

When I started this rag 25 years ago, I quickly realized

what a treasure trove of stories we’d have to choose

from. Nonetheless, if someone told me 25 years ago

that 200 issues later I’d still have a file full of great

story ideas and interesting people to interview for

SPOKES, I’d have thought them crazy.

Sure, we get the occasional Lance Armstrong interview,

but important cyclists aren’t just the racers you

see when you watch the Tour on TV. More often than

not, they’re the folks riding hybrids next to you on

your way to work.

On rides here in the mid-Atlantic over the years, you

could have just as easily run into a Supreme Court justice

(yes, several are cycling enthusiasts), head of one

of the armed forces, a Nobel Prize winner, numerous

members of Congress and yes, even a President (okay,

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you probably wouldn’t have been able to get close

enough to say hello).

The point is, among our fellow enthusiasts are some

of the most influential people in our nation, and

this can work to our advantage. Look how having a

bicycle crazed mayor of DC for the past four years has

made such a difference in improved amenities for us.

Thank you Mayor Fenty!

By introducing them to you, and you to them, I feel

that we at SPOKES have done our regional cycling

community and the nation of cyclists a service. And

those who know me well, understand why I frequently

boast that SPOKES is the finest and most important

regional bicycling publication in the country. Am I

proud of what we do? You betcha!

Anyway, when the moment arrives, as it undoubtedly

will, when you find yourself cruising alongside someone

whose face you’ve seen on the evening news or

some blogosphere, don’t be shy. Greet them as you

would any fellow cyclist. “Great day for a ride,” tell

them. Or perhaps: “Makes you sort of feel sorry for

those suckers stuck in a car today,” is another line I

use. And if you are lucky enough to open up a conversation

with them, be sure to thank them for all

they do, or could do, to make our biking world a better

place.

Don’t be surprised if they thank you for your kind

words. These are challenging times and the folks who

really make things happen for us need all the encouragement

we can give them.

Happy trails.

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Neil Sandler

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Cycling’s Ultimate Power Broker

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

by larry lipman

About a dozen Capital Bikeshare bicycles

are parked near the entrance to the U.S.

Department of Transportation, across the

street from the Navy Yard Metro station.

their presence says a lot about what has been

happening to cycling in cities across the country,

and much of that has to do with the man who occupies

a suite of offices on the building’s ninth floor,

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

More than anyone in the federal government,

LaHood not only champions bicycling, but he also

has the power to make policies that affect cyclingrelated

transportation projects around the country.

Like when he decreed in March 2010 that “pedestrian

and bicycle facilities be integrated into (federally supported)

transportation systems.”

LaHood made it clear from the beginning of his term

that he was a strong supporter of cycling, both for recreation

and as an environmentally friendly means of

transportation.

In a blog he wrote after the 2009 Bike Summit,

LaHood said, “Bicycles are a critical part of a cleaner,

greener future in American transportation, so keep

those wheels spinning.”

Like most kids in America in the 1950s, LaHood, 65,

grew up riding a bicycle. In an interview with SPOKES

magazine, he recalled riding around his native Peoria.

”We lived in a neighborhood were you could go just

about anywhere you wanted to go (on a bike). You

could go to the grocery store, drug store, school.

“I grew up riding a bike. I‘ll never forget when my

father and mother bought my first new bike, it was

a Schwinn. It was like buying my first new car; it was

bright and shiny and ready to go.” It was blue and had

10-speeds and LaHood called it “state of the art.”

“And I can still remember the day I bought my oldest

son his first bike, it’s called a Scrambler, that’s what

he wanted, and when I opened the trunk and showed

it to him, I’ll never forget the look on his face.”

But like most kids of that era, the bike was put away

when LaHood got his driver’s license and began staying

after school for basketball practice. Then, for

most of his adult life, LaHood was an active jogger.

It was only in the past six or seven years, as he and

a group of friends he jogged with began developing

knee problems, that he turned to cycling. Another

reason was that it was an outdoor activity he could

share with his wife, Kathy.

“I was big into jogging, and I could never get my wife

interested in that, but one thing I was able to get her

interested in is riding a bike,” he confided. “So we

bought two what I guess are commonly referred to as

comfort bikes. We have a great rails-to-trails (path) in

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our hometown of Peoria, and it was the one way my

wife and I could exercise together, and take long, very

enjoyable bike rides, and really get her into a mode

of exercising. So when I took this job (as secretary of

Transportation) and knew we were going to spend a

lot more time in Washington, we actually brought our

bikes out here.”

Most Saturdays, when the weather is pleasant,

LaHood and his wife ride north along the C&O Canal

from their apartment near the Watergate complex, to

Bethesda and ride back—a distance of about 20 miles.

Occasionally, LaHood said he and his wife ride south

through Alexandria along the Mount Vernon Trail

toward the home of George Washington.

“I just think biking brings families together,” he said.

“It gives families an opportunity to exercise together,

to spend time together. I’m always struck when I go

up on the C&O Canal and see all the families that are

together, on their bikes and having a lot of fun. And I

think what great exercise it is.”

LaHood participated in the two previous Bike

Summits during his term, famously standing on a

table at last year’s conference to deliver a pep talk

on the importance of cycling. He plans to attend this

year’s summit, but said he probably won’t stand on

the table this time. But his message will be the same,

to encourage cycling as a healthy activity and an

important mode of transportation.

“I think if we’ve done anything, we’ve not only

encouraged individuals and families to bike, but we’ve

encouraged communities to develop bike sharing

programs, which they have here in Washington, (and)

encouraged communities to put bike lanes on city

streets.” LaHood notes that he helped inaugurate the

bike share programs in Washington, D.C. and Denver,

Colo. “Just the fact that we go to the Bike Summits,

we encourage cycling at the national level.”

LaHood served in Congress for seven terms, serving

on the House Transportation and Infrastructure

Committee the entire time. He became a familiar face

to C-SPAN viewers because he frequently served as

the presiding officer when the House was in session,

including during much of the floor debate during the

Clinton impeachment.

As a veteran lawmaker, LaHood, one of two

Republicans in the Obama Cabinet, is well aware of

the mood in Washington to restrain federal spending.

Secretary LaHood taking bicycling with his boss.

“I think there’s going to be an effort to curb back

on everything. We’re anticipating that some of the

things we’ve been able to do over the last two years

will either be inhibited or curtailed or eliminated,

because the funding will either be reduced or eliminated

under the umbrella of cost-cutting and deficit

reduction and debt reduction,” LaHood said.

“Our feeling is that’s coming, and we should anticipate

that some of the things we have done over the

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last two years may not be possible because the funding

won’t be there for it—at least at our level. That

doesn’t mean communities can’t do it on their own.”

Which brings LaHood to what he said is his role as

the nation’s transportation leader and chief advocate

for cycling.

“I think we need to be part of the leadership that promotes

(cycling). If we can promote it, it sends a signal

to communities in America, and groups in America

that really want to promote the idea of cycling:

Promote it through bike share programs; promote it

through bike lanes on streets; promote it through the

ability of communities—which we have enabled—to

make more rails-to-trails and develop more walking

and biking paths, which is a part of our livable and

sustainable community program.

“I do think that we can send a pretty loud message

and use a pretty loud bullhorn to articulate that we

think these are important and it should be a part

of our transportation. And not only be a part of

transportation, but be a part of healthy living,”

LaHood said.

“This is something that I feel passionate about. That’s

the reason I’ve gone to every Bike Summit since I’ve

been here, and I’ve visited cyclists and promoted this.

I just think it’s important that we do it, and whether

the money is cut back or eliminated, I’m going to

continue to do it. I’m going to continue to promote

cycling because I think it’s healthy, I think it’s familyfriendly,

I think it’s a good form of transportation,

and I think it’s part of my role here as the leader

of DOT.”

Richmond Bids for Cycling’s World Championship

by kim perry Executive Director, Bike Walk Virginia

Over the Winter, Richmond’s Mayor Dwight Jones

announced a bid to participate in the international cycling

arena. The city has set sights on hosting the 2015 UCI

International Road Championships.

Mayor Jones recanted a rich history of cycling in Richmond

and Virginia. His commitment to cycling continues

as he pushes Richmond forward toward international

participation by bidding to be the hosting city for the

championship race in 2015.

Over 25 years have passed since the event was held in

the U.S. and the cycling community thinks it is time that

cycling returned. “Richmond would be the first U.S. city

to host the event in the new media era,” Jones said. The

event could infuse US cycling with new energy as well as

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In a League of

his Own

by larry lipman

Andy Clarke hangs his steel grey Trek 520 from a hook in the reception area of the

League of American Bicyclists. On any day, even in the coldest weather, there are

usually a half-dozen bikes hanging along the wall. And rightly so. This office, near

the corner of 16th and K streets in Washington, D.C., is the center of bicycle advocacy

in America.

clarke, who turns 49 on march 6, is president

of the league, which has roughly 20,000 members and

is affiliated with about 600 cycling clubs nationwide

with 300,000 members. Those numbers are important

when dealing with the country’s lawmakers and transportation

policy makers.

Mindful of the new realities in Washington, where

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the case that this is a good investment; that spending

money on cycling and walking, as part of an overall

transportation program, is a really good use of

money.”

That’s easier said than done. “For some members,

we just have to pass the laugh test,” Clarke says. “We

have to get past the sort of snickering sensation you

get with some of them when you talk about cycling

because they don’t get why it’s a federal issue, they

don’t get why it’s a transportation issue, they just are

not quite sure if we’re serious or not. Even after 25

years of doing this, that’s still a major hurdle to overcome.

“We’re going to make the economic case, we’re going

to make the political case, why we should still be part

of the transportation program and why this makes a

difference. I think we can do it, and we’ve got more

and more examples around the country where we

can document what impact investing in bicycling and

walking has had.”

Clarke may seem an unlikely person to head

America’s number one cycling advocacy organization.

After all, he’s British. The son of a still-practicing

Methodist minister and a now-retired biology teacher,

Clarke was born in Bletchley, England, the youngest

of three brothers.

When he was about 9 or 10, his oldest brother, David,

six years his senior, bought Clarke his first bike for

Christmas: a blue 10-speed with a wonderful leather

saddle. With that bike, Clarke found he could discover

the world and go places he’d never been. But,

like many kids, he eventually put the bike away. While

in college, however, he was offered the opportunity to

go on a two-week cycling trip to France with a group

from his father’s church.

At the beginning of the summer, Clarke and his

middle brother, Peter, each purchased a two-wheel

vehicle. Clarke bought a bicycle, his brother bought

a motorbike. By the end of the summer, Clarke had

put more miles on his bike, and traded it in for more

money, than his brother had on his motorbike. With

the trade in, Clarke bought a Coventry Eagle. By then,

he was hooked on cycling.

“To be able to hop on a bike and get into the countryside

in half and hour and be able to go places...it just

Clarke speaks at the 2010 National Bike Summit

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opened my eyes to how practical it was to get around.”

Each year, at the beginning of the semester, he’d cycle

from his home in Bristol to Birmingham, where he

attended law school, a distance of about 100 miles.

He used his bike for transportation and enjoyment,

exploring the countryside and completing a crosscountry

trek from Land’s End, England to John

O’Groats, Scotland, a distance of about 1,000 miles.

Right out of law school, Clarke volunteered with a

local cycling advocacy group, the Cheltenham Cycling

Action Group. His first project: promoting safe bike

routes to schools, the same type of activity the LAB

now promotes.

The Cheltenham experience led Clarke to a parttime

bicycle campaign with Friends of the Earth in

London. Clarke remembers spending his first week on

the job stuffing envelopes with fact sheets and maps

about cycling. A few months later, Clarke was sent to

a meeting of the European Cyclists Federation in the

Netherlands. “I felt like I’d died and gone to heaven,”

because of the extent of cycling in the Netherlands.

At a bar during the meeting Clarke met with other

cyclists and eventually was offered a job with the grandiose

title secretary-general of the European Cyclists

decided to come to the United States to explore

America by bike. A year later, Clarke was offered

the job of government relations director for the

Wheelmen, then based in Baltimore.

Over the next decade and a half, Clarke worked

for several organizations promoting bicycling: the

Bicycle Federation of America from 1990 to 1996;

Rails to Trails from 1996 to 1998; as a consultant to

the Federal Highway Administration from 1998 to

2003 and back to the League in 2003. A year later, he

became its executive director, a title later changed

to president.

The jobs put Clarke in the midst of lobbying efforts

to promote and enhance cycling in the two major

transportation bills of the time—the Intermodal

Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, commonly

known as ISTEA (pronounced ice tea)—and the

Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, commonly

called TEA-21. During that period, Clarke saw

a huge increase in cycling advocacy. Where he was the

only full-time paid staffer lobbying for cycling in 1988,

now there are about 150 cycling advocacy organizations

around the country, many of them trained by

the League.

Clarke and Kristen married and now live in the Dunn

Loring, Va., area. Clarke cycles to work most days--

unless huge snowfalls and frozen trails make riding

prohibitive. Even then, he’ll try to get in through on

the roads. They have two children, Ashton, 14 and

Jacqueline, 11. Both, of course, are cyclists.

Clarke owns three bikes: the Trek he uses for commuting,

and two bikes he brought from England, a

league continued on p.12

Clarke and his crew

Federation. The federation’s mission was to get more

money devoted to cycling activities, to establish a bike

caucus, and to get on the agenda of the European

ministers meetings. Clarke says they were successful in

getting a grant for more research about cycling and

formed a cycling group among the parliamentarians

of the European countries.

The job gave Clarke the opportunity to cycle all over

Europe, including a tour from Italy to England. “Bike

touring is really the roots of my cycling passion,” he

recently told SPOKES.

Through the federation, Clarke learned of the

cycling associations elsewhere in the world and met

John Cornelison, executive director of the League of

American Wheelmen, which would later become the

League of American Bicyclists.

In 1987, Clarke’s parents were living in Herndon, Va.,

where his father was an exchange minister. His girlfriend,

Kristin, whom he’d met while she was doing

post-graduate work and interning at Friends of the

Earth in England, was from North Carolina. Clarke

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11


15-speed Raleigh Royal and an Orbit, (with Reynolds

531 tubing) both of which he uses for touring. He’s

never been a racer, and scoffs at his mountain biking

activities. His cycling is primarily his daily commute

and long road trips, preferably in places like the

Shenandoah Valley, Gambrill State Park and Garrett

County in Western Maryland.

During the winter months this year, Clarke and the

14 staffers in Washington (and one in Austin, Texas)

have been gearing up for the annual Bike Summit.

Since it began in 2001, with about 120 attendees, the

summit has grown in attendance and importance.

This year close to 800 are expected. In addition to the

hundreds of cycling enthusiasts and advocates who

attend from around the country—and a few other

countries—the annual meeting has also drawn memleague

continued from p.11

bers of Congress and the administrations of George

W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has attended

both years he’s been in office, famously delivering a

cross between a policy speech and a pro-cycling pep

talk last year while standing on a table. LaHood is

scheduled to attend again this year.

Mindful of the budget constraints on Washington,

Clarke says the focus of this year’s summit will be to

convince policy makers and lawmakers of the value

of transportation projects that include a cycling (and

walking) component.

“The number one focus of the meeting is going to be

to ask the members, in their districts ... to see what

the (cycling) enhancement program is, what the

safe-routes-to-school program is .... to see what that

means in terms of a real change in the communities

these guys represent,” Clarke says. “We want to invite

them to go for a ride or do a ribbon cutting or walk

to school or ride to school with kids so they really see,

first hand, the value of the programs that we’re going

to be asking them to support and continue to fund.”

Last year the summit asked for $2 billion to be put

into bike transportation projects. “This is not the year

to be asking for that,” Clarke says. “It’s a different

Congress, it’s a different feel.”

One thing the summit hopes to achieve is getting the

94 new members of Congress to take cycling seriously,

and to remind them that cyclists are their constituents,

too.

The summit is the pinnacle of the League’s advocacy.

But advocacy is only part of the League’s mission,

which is to encourage and enhance bicycling in

America. It does that in three ways: education, promotion

and advocacy.

The League trains certified cycling instructors who

teach riding skills and responsibilities to children

and adults. Many of the classes are provided by local

cycling organizations such as the Washington Area

Bicycling Association (WABA), at community recreation

centers and community classes. Classes last eight

or nine hours and involve both on-bike and classroom

instruction. Riding a bike may be a simple matter of

balance and pedaling, but Clarke says even longtime

riders say they learn something from the class—like

where to ride in a lane of traffic. (Answer: usually

along cars’ right tire line.)

To promote cycling, the league sponsors National Bike

Month in May and with its affiliated clubs sponsors

the annual Bike to Work Day in May. The League also

helps its affiliated clubs sponsor rides such as the popular

Seagull Century and the Back Roads Century. The

League gets a small portion of each rider’s entry fee.

Increasingly, the League’s main activity is advocacy,

not only in the nation’s capital, but in cities, counties

and state houses around the country. It helps train

cycling lobbyists around the country and encourages

communities to become more bike friendly by

designating those that have taken significant steps to

improving the infrastructure for cycling.

So far, 158 communities have been designated one of

four levels of being bike friendly: bronze, silver, gold

and platinum. Only three have achieved the platinum

rank: Portland, Ore., Davis, Calif., and Boulder, Colo.

More than 400 communities have applied for a bike

friendly rating, but Clarke says the League has tried to

maintain high standards.

In the mid-Atlantic area, Washington D.C.,

Charlottesville, Va., and Baltimore, Md., have been

awarded bronze status while Arlington, Va., is

rated silver.

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Behind Bars

Bikeshare Update - Bringing Bikes to the Masses

If you have been in D.C. or the Crystal City area of

Arlington, Va. over the winter, you could not miss

the ubiquitous red Capital Bikeshare bikes and

stations. The program started in September of last

year with around 1,100 bikes at 110 stations, and yes,

lots of people are riding them even in the cold

winter months.

by chris eatough info@bikearlington.com

The success of Capital Bikeshare seems to be spurring

interest elsewhere around the region. Neighboring

jurisdictions to D.C. and Arlington are inquiring

about adding stations and joining in with the program,

and Baltimore is underway with a “request for

proposals” procedure to help them find a vendor that

would bring bikeshare to Charm City.

If the first five months of Capital Bikeshare operations

are an indicator, then the rest of the region can get

excited about their Bikeshare prospects. Here

are some Capital Bikeshare stats from those first

five months:

• Annual membership is already over 5,000 people.

• Over 180,000 total trips taken since launch on

September 20th.

• Ridership in winter months has remained high with

around 1,500 trips a day (even on bitter cold days).

The early adopters include both new cyclists and folks

that already appreciated the joy of two wheels. Many

people, such as Arlington resident Michael Hong, are

finding that Bikeshare is a great convenience, even if

they already own their own bike.

“I own a couple bikes but I've still found Capital

Bikeshare to be very useful,” he recently told SPOKES.

“Since I don't have to worry about locking up my own

bike when using Capital Bikeshare, I'm more relaxed

while riding the bike for errands. I also have more

flexibility with Capital Bikeshare. If the weather turns

bad, I can walk for the return trip. When I ride my

own bike, I can't do that.”

Hong also finds other benefits to include no storage

stress and the flexibility to switch modes and plans on

a whim.

“Capital Bikeshare has also increased my bike commuting.

It's not always easy to store my own bike at

work. With the Bikeshare bikes, I don't have to worry

about bike parking. I just dock the bike at a nearby

location and go to work. No worries. If I end up

working late, I have the option to take Metro for the

return trip home.”

When we finally thaw out from the winter freeze, ridership

is expected to blossom with the spring flowers.

Capital Bikeshare expansion plans in Arlington (stations

in Rosslyn, Courthouse, Clarendon and Ballston

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gaps and increase density later in the year) will bring

more people and destinations into the Bikeshare

geography.

After the first full year of operations, we will really

have a feel for the impact that the program is having

on the way people travel around D.C. and Arlington.

Capital Bikeshare success is good for all of us regional

cyclists. Studies show that more bikes on the roads

increases awareness and visibility and reduces the

number of accidents. Safety in numbers is definitely

true in this case.

Bringing cycling away from the fringe and into the

mainstream also helps the public image of cycling as a

legitimate transportation option, which can only help

with the rights of cyclists on the political and legislative

front.

Hopefully the plans in Baltimore and other local

areas continue to develop and move forward, and the

region will continue to emerge as a national leader in

Bikeshare and bikes for transportation.

Editor’s Note:

SPOKES is excited to welcome one of the world’s legendary

bicycle racers to our group of featured columnists. Six-time

24-hour solo World Cup champion and five-time 24-hour

solo National Cup champion Chris Eatough has been a

professional mountain bike racer since 1998. The Baltimore

area resident dominated 24-hour mountain bike racing for

over half a decade, revolutionizing the sport by combining

cross country race speed with meticulously choreographed

pit stop strategies. Eatough gained considerable world wide

fame as the subject of the full-length motion picture 24

Solo, which told the gripping story of his bid for a seventhconsecutive

24-hour Solo World Championship.

In addition to his World and National solo titles, Eatough

won the 2007 24 Hours of Moab; 2007 National Ultra Endurance

Champion; 2007 “BC Bike Race” Champion; and ten

victories in 100-mile mountain bike races.

The married father of two young children has joined the

ranks of the non-pro bicycle workers. Chris, who has a degree

in engineering was hired in 2009 as program manager

for BikeArlington.

Chris would like to know what topics

you would like him to cover in upcoming

columns. If you have a particular

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Set Up Events Launches Maryland Series

Maryland and Virginia share a border, the

Chesapeake Bay and a mid-Atlantic culture that is neither

Northeast corridor nor Deep South.

They are among the most interesting states in the

country in terms of geography, stretching from the

water on their eastern shores to mountains in the

west. Both are among the wealthiest and best-educated

states in the country, with a mix of big metropolitan

areas and large suburban populations, as well as

traditional rural communities. Both states also attract

– and grow – dedicated endurance athletes, drawn to

the diverse, healthy outdoors lifestyle afforded by

the region.

Now, they each have their own triathlon series.

Set Up Events, a North Carolina-based company,

has been organizing the annual Virginia Triathlon

Series since 2005, more than doubling the number of

events, now at 25, over the past half-dozen years.

This year, Set Up Events officially launches the

Maryland Triathlon Series.

The Maryland series starts with two events at General

Smallwood State Park, sprint and international distance

tri’s, in Charles County – just across from the

Occoquan Bay from Virginia in Charles County over

June 4 and June 5. The series concludes with two

more races at General Smallwood State Park, the

Waterman’s Half and Waterman’s Sprint, over the

weekend of Oct. 8 and Oct. 9.

In between, there are races in Baltimore City, at

Cunningham Falls in Frederick County, Laurel, and a

pair of late June weekend events at Rock Hall, Md. in

Kent County. The new triathlon locale at scenic Rock

Hall could become a popular “destination” triathlon

for regional athletes. All Maryland Triathlon events

are sanctioned by USA Triathlon.

The Maryland Triathlon Series effort is overseen by

Greg Hawkins, who also runs the Virginia Triathlon

Series. Both series are franchised through Set

Up events.

“I wouldn’t say it was any one thing, why we decided

to start this year, but several things,” Hawkins told

SPOKES. “I felt like there was kind of a vacuum and

the timing was good. Of course, there’s several big

events, like Columbia, Eagleman and Nation’s, but

not a whole lot in between.”

Hawkins, 34, lives in Durham, N.C., with his wife and

their three kids. He started competing in triathlon in

1995, racing regularly over the next decade until the

business and family life squeezed his training time.

Today, he still manages to bike and run to stay fit.

“I don’t want to be the out-of-shape race director,”

he joked.

Among the benefits of producing a series of Maryland

triathlons, Hawkins said, is that it offers triathletes

a variety of means of competing. For example, the

Maryland Triathlon Series event scheduled in Druid

Hill park, offers a pool swim and run near the

Baltimore Zoo and a potentially short commute for

Baltimoreans – looking to dip their toes into the sport

for the first time.

It also offers sprint and international distance weekend

combos, offering opportunities for friends,

spouses or family members of different abilities to

tackle triathlons together on successive Saturday and

Sundays. It offers the opportunity to rack up point

totals for those who want to compete for rankings and

prize money – and all of this under one website.

The Cunningham Falls Sprint Triathlon offers a challenging

sprint event while the Rock Hall races provide

flat, fast courses. Something for everyone from the

novice to athletes ready to tackle a half-Ironman.

Series awards will go five deep for the overall men

and women titles, as well as the overall “Masters” men

and women. They’ll go three deep for the top three

men and top three women in each age division and

category. This includes Clydesdales, Masters, Athenas,

and all age-groupers. Those racing in the novice division

are not eligible for series awards. Each athlete

must do at least four races to qualify for these awards.

Hawkins also adds that this series offers an opportunity

to compete in triathlons organized by a company

and team with which they’re familiar. No small thing

for anyone who has ever been disappointed after

training, traveling and paying for a poorly laid out

course or inept management.

“A lot of Maryland triathletes have been competing at

Set Up events in Virginia, and they’ve been asking us

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for years to bring something like this to Maryland,”

Hawkins said.

Triathlon can be an expensive sport, Hawkins also

acknowledged, and said Set Up is intent on keeping

entry fees within reason. For 2011, sprint tri entry fees

are $60 and international distance events, $70.

Hawkins also told SPOKES that as many as three new

Maryland Triathlon Series events are already in the

planning stages, and could possibly be added to the

existing 2011 season calendar.

On the ground, John Langford, 46, a retired U.S.

Marine Lt. Colonel, will be directing the Maryland

Triathlon Series races.

Langford, who lives in Montclair, Va., has been working

with Hawkins and Set Up events in the Virginia

Triathlon Series for several years, but this will be

his first year working fulltime through the triathlon

season. His wife, Janie, has served as the volunteer

coordinator at many of the Virginia events and will be

taking on the role in Maryland.

Langford described himself as a fair to middling agegroup

triathlete, noting that his wife – who has completed

several Boston Marathons and placed in her

age-group at the national triathlon competitions – is

the better endurance athlete.

While it’s been a struggle at times, working with new

venues, overall the response has been very positive

from local officials.

“Sometimes people haven’t seen a triathlon before

and they don’t get what a transition area looks like,”

Langford said. “Greg does a great job painting that

picture. And as we say, we ‘talk early and talk often,’

to everyone involved.”

He noted that the Rock Hall community has been

particularly enthusiastic in embracing the new races.

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“The biggest thing for us, is coming in and making a

community feel like it is their event,” said Langford,

adding that he’s been in regular contact with various

tourism offices to help them promote the events. “We

work hard to get that tie-in. We want to have fun, safe

events and Janie does an unbelievable job with the

volunteers.”

Here is an outline of the Maryland Triathlon

Series events:

General Smallwood International Triathlon

Time: 8 a.m.

Date: Saturday, June 4

Place: General Smallwood State Park, Indianhead, Md.

Distance: 1500-meter swim; 24-mile bike; 10K run

General Smallwood Sprint Triathlon

Time: 9 a.m.

Date: Sunday, June 5

Place: General Smallwood State Park

Distance: 750-meter swim; 16-mile bike; 5K run

Rock Hall International Triathlon

Time: 8 a.m.

Date: Saturday, June 25

Place: Rock Hall, Md.

Distance: 1500-meter swim; 24.65-mile bike; 10K run

Rock Hall Sprint Triathlon

Time: 9 a.m.

Date: Sunday, June 26

Place: Rock Hall, Md.

Distance: 750-meter swim; 15-mile bike; 5K run

Fairland Aquatic Center Sprint

Time: 7 a.m.

Date: Sunday, July 17

Place: Fairland Aquatic Center, Laurel, Md.

Distance: 400-meter swim; 20K bike; 5Kun

Druid Hill Park Sprint Triathlon

Time: 7 a.m.

Date: Sunday, August 7

Place: Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, Md.

Distance: 300-yard swim; 20K bike, 5K run

Cunningham Falls Sprint Triathlon

Time: 9 a.m.

Date: Sunday, September 25

Place: Cunningham Falls State Park, Thurmont, Md.

Distance: 750-meter swim, 9-mile bike; 5K run

Waterman’s Half

Time: 8 a.m.

Date: Saturday, October 8

Place: General Smallwood State Park, Indianhead, Md.

Distance: 1.2-mile swim; 56-mile bike; 13.1-mile run

Waterman’s Sprint Triathlon

Time: 9 a.m.

Date: Sunday, October 9

Place: General Smallwood State Park, Indianhead, Md.

Distance: 750-meter swim; 16-mile bike; 5K run

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Exceeding Expectations

A good friend of mine, who was a 4th grade school

teacher, died this past winter. At the funeral there

were several folks who got up to share their memories

of him. One of the mourners had a daughter in his

class and shared how Mike had a meeting with all the

parents at the beginning of the year to go over the

year’s objectives. Upon hearing the large number of

objectives and the degree of difficulty in achieving

those objectives, this parent shared how she had raised

concerns that she did not believe that her child could

meet the requirements. Mike replied “Please don’t

ever underestimate your child. They can do far more

than we realize.”

Unfortunately youth sometimes have leaders who try to

dampen their interest and abilities; to often under the

guise of claiming to manage expectations. Allen Simcoe

ran into this when he was in 7th Grade. His gym

teacher, Mr. Freeman, brought Allen and one of his

classmates to the front of the class and pointed out how

the other student was ectomorphic, lean and muscular.

He went on to explain that the classmate would be fast

and athletic. He then pointed out Allen and described

him as endomorphic, pear shaped and heavier. He

explained how Allen would never be able to run fast or

have the endurance to complete a marathon.

Fortunately for Allen, he did not believe the teacher

for long, because Allen did get involved in various athletic

endeavors.

Starting in 7th grade he got on the Little League

Football team and continued to play football throughout

high school. Then in 9th grade he discovered wrestling

and that is what he really enjoyed. He started that

year at the 148 lb. class, then bulked up to 190 lbs. to

play football in the fall and then lose weight to wrestle

at 148 lbs. in the winter. This was a cycle he would

repeat through high school. In his senior year he was

wrestling at the 158 lb. class and was offered a full

scholarship to the University of Oregon. Unfortunately

he got injured his senior year and the scholarship was

revoked and he joined the Navy instead.

Early on, when Allen was 10, he found a Schwinn 10

speed that he really wanted but it cost $100, money the

family did not have. But his dad said that if he earned

the money, he could have it. That summer he mowed

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the neighbor down the street needed a hole dug for

the new septic tank. The hole needed to be 12’ wide, 8’

long and 10 ‘ deep so Allen offered to dig it for the $25

that he still needed and the neighbor quickly agreed.

Even in 1970 this was a fantastic bargain for the neighbor

which Allen quickly learned, but Allen’s dad had

taught him that a deal is a deal. So Allen dug the entire

hole for $25 and then went and bought his bike.

With his bike, Allen had freedom, and he rode that

bike all over. He could now ride the 7 miles from his

home in the country to town and play with his friends.

The bike allowed him to ride to and from football

practice or to other special events. He kept that bike

all the way through high school until he went into the

Navy. While he did not consider himself a bicyclist,

he used that bike to transport himself where ever he

needed to go.

When Allen was in high school, he bought a used bike

and fixed it up for his dad. His dad then started riding

it back and forth to work every day and all shifts: days,

swings and mids.

During the summer before Allen started his last year

of high school, Allen and his dad did a 10 day bike

tour. Although Allen and his dad had done a lot of car

camping, this was their first tour on bikes. They caught

ferries between the different San Juan Islands and then

headed up to British Colombia and rode around there

for a few days. The pinnacle of the trip was an arduous

climb to the top of Mount Constitution on Orcas

Island. Memories of that trip have stayed with Allen

for his whole life.

Allen was not able to get his sisters to ride with him

when he was a child or teach his own daughter how

to ride a bike. But later on his sister did learn how to

ride and when Allen was training for the Marine Corp

Marathon in 1990, she would ride with him and provide

water and company while he was out running.

In 1992, Allen and his dad tried to recapture the fun of

their 1978 ride by riding Virginia’s Skyline Drive. This

time it was cut short when Allen had some major bike

problems and they ended up having a father and son

walk along Skyline Drive.

Flash forward to 2010, Allen was looking at the things

in his “Bucket List” to do before he turned 50 and

asked his dad if he would pull SAG while he rode the

Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive; 600 miles in

6 days. To make it more challenging, he started it by

riding to the top of Mt Mitchell in North Carolina, the

tallest peak east of the Mississippi.

On the way up it started out as a nice 85 degree day,

but by the time he got to the top he was in the middle

of a thunderstorm and the temperature had dropped

by 40 degrees. On the way down Allen could hardly see

through the downpour and his back wheel would skid

every time he braked. After watching a few miles of

this, his father pulled him over and told him to get in

the car or else!

Luckily the rest of the trip had better weather and he

averaged almost 100 miles a day for the next 5 days.

So what is this endomorphic kid going to do as an

encore now that he has turned 50? He is still battling

his weight problem, before doing the 600 mile ride last

September; he had brought his weight down from 290

pounds to 247 pounds when he did the ride. In May he

is doing a sprint triathlon encompassing an 800 meter

swim, 17 mile bike ride and ending with a 5 kilometer

run. Then in July he is doing an Olympic triathlon

consisting of a 1500 meter swim, 50 kilometer bike ride

and ending with a 10 kilometer run. In September he

will finish the season with a half Ironman consisting of

a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run.

Take that Mr. Freeman, these kids can do far more

than we realize.

Note from the author:

I am working on several articles for the upcoming year

about some people who are doing fantastic things

through biking.

If you have any stories of how bicycles have helped kids

through adversity or they are exceeding expectations,

please drop me a line. I would love to share their stories.

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singletrack

MORE Volunteers Break Records

Volunteers for the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts

(MORE) trailwork days contributed almost 6,000

hours of labor in 2010 across 26 parks in Maryland and

Virginia. These are the folks who make most of our

mountain biking trails among the best in the country.

The volunteer hours were logged at 83 trail work

events throughout 2010 by 820 individual volunteers.

MORE had 35 volunteers contribute at least 20 hours

of volunteer time. MORE has trail maintenance agreements

with 34 parks in the area with volunteer trail liaisons

coordinating much needed trail maintenance and

construction projects. 2011 is already shaping up to be

another great year with many projects in progress.

Stay tuned to www.more-mtb.org for the 2011 spring

trail work schedule for plenty of opportunities to help

build and maintain the mountain bike trails that you

use all year long.

Loch Raven Access Update

Loch Raven trail users are continuing to fight the

recent changes in enforcement of trail use restrictions

on the trails around the reservoir. Bob Compton

from MORE and Gary Nusinov of SaveTheRaven.com

recently held a meeting with Maryland State Senator

James Brochain to discuss the situation. Maryland

Department of Public Works (DPW) staff also attended

the meeting, as did several other parties, including

representatives from the Baltimore-based sports

apparel company Under Armour who spoke in favor

of recreational use at Loch Raven.

Compton and Nusinov presented to Senator Brochain

evidence of the wide public support for mountain bike

access on singletrack trails in Loch Raven, and lots of

scientific evidence that supports the limited impact of

mountain biking on erosion and sedimentation.

Skills Area in Development for Rockburn

Branch Park

MORE is working with Howard County, Md., Parks

and Recreation on a project to develop a skills area

and pump track at Rockburn Branch Park. MORE

and the county have identified an almost one acre

parcel within the park for the skills area and pump

track and there is a possibility to expand if sucessful.

The skills area will include features for beginner to

advanced riders and with the design phase about to

start with assistance from IMBA trail solutions MORE

is soliciting ideas from the public about what they’d

like to see in the park. If you would like to contribute

your ideas you can email rockburn@more-mtb.

org. Rockburn Branch Park is located right next to

Patapsco Valley State Park, one of the most popular

parks for mountain biking in the state of Maryland.

Cranky Monkey Race Schedule

EX2Adventure’s Cranky Monkey races return once

again in 2011 with a three race cross country race

series and two endurance races. The Cranky Monkey

Mountain Bike Race Series starts with a stops at

Wakefield Park in Annandale, Va., on July 24th. The

series then continues in August with its second visit to

Schaeffer Farms in Germantown, Md., on the 6th and

finishes with a stop at Fountainhead Regional Park in

Fairfax Station, Va., on August 28..

Along with the cross country race series

EX2Adventures will host two endurance races, the

12 Hours of Cranky Monkey at the Quantico Marine

Corps Base in Quantico, Va., on June 25th, and the 9

hours of Cranky Monkey at Rocky Gap State Park in

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Flintstone, Md., on May 11th. Both of the endurance

race venues have been popular in the past.

Cranky Monkey Race Schedule:

May 5 – 9 Hours of Cranky Monkey - Rocky Gap State

Park - Flintsone, MD

June 25 – 12 Hours of Cranky Monkey - Quantico

Marine Corps Base - Quantico, VA

July 24 – Cranky Monkey Mountain Bike Race Series

#1 - Wakefield Park - Annandale, VA

August 6 – Cranky Monkey Mountain Bike Race Series

#2 -Schaeffer Farms, Germantown, MD

August 28 – Cranky Monkey Mountain Bike Race

Series #3 - Fountainhead, Fairfax Station, VA

For more information, visit the EX2Adventures website

at http://www.ex2adventures.com

The $100,000 Fountainhead Project

MORE and NVRPA have been awarded a $100,000

Virginia RTP grant for their project to rehabilitate the

trail system at Fountainhead Regional Park in Clifton,

Va., and create a sustainable stacked loop system.

The grant will be used to hire professional trail builders

to design and help construct the blue and green

loops from the Fountainhead Conceptual Plan.

These loops, the beginner and intermediate loops,

are the most important sections of trail to NVRPA to

implement the stacked loop concept. Portions of the

advanced black loop may also built using the grant.

Prior to the RTP grant, MORE had already raised over

$66,000 for the projects from member donations and

other grants, and had already finished construction of

the first demonstration trail projects.

NUE Series Expands to 11 Races; Adds Three

New Venues

Fans of ultra endurance racing and the National Ultra

Endurance Series will have three new venues to race

(or cheer along their favorite riders) in 2011. The

Syllamo’s Revenge 100 in Mountain View, Arkansas,

the Pierre’s Hole 100 in Alta, Wyoming, and the Park

City Point to Point 80 in Park City, Utah join eight

existing venues. The series finale and tiebreaker will

remain at the ever popular Shenandoah Mountain

100 in Harrisonburg, Va.

NUE SERIES:

April 30 – Cohutta 100 Ducktown, TN

May 14 – Syllamo's Revenge 100, Mountain View, AR

June 4 – Mohican 100, Loudonville, OH

June 18 – Lumberjack 100, Wellston, MI

July 16 – Breckenridge 100, Breckenridge, CO

July 23 – High Cascades 100, Bend, OR

July 30 – Wilderness 101, State College, PA

August 6 -- Pierre’s hole 100, Alta, WY

August 20 – Fool’s Gold 100, Dahlonega, GA

September 3 - Park City Point to Point 80, Park City, UT

September 4 – Shenandoah Mountain100, Harrisonburg, VA

A Quick Closing Not…Watch Out for Muddy Trails

While it’s hard to resist the temptation some times,

please use good judgement when heading out for

early spring mountain bike rides. Spring rain and

melting snow can leave trails saturated with water and

mountain biking on wet trails is a recipe for damaging

your favorite trails.

March 2011

21


COMMUTER CONNECTION

14th Annual Bike Symposium Attracts Biggest

Crowd To Date

Neither rain nor sleet – nor snow, which always seems

to fall on the exact day when bicycle advocates from

across the state meet for their annual symposium in

Annapolis– prevented the 14th event from becoming

its biggest gathering to date.

More than 250 people registered for the Feb. 22 symposium,

according to Carol Silldorff, the executive

director of Bike Maryland, which organizes the event.

It’s part forum, part bicycle celebration, part networking

affair and part lobbying day.

Bike Maryland is the new name of the longtime

statewide bicycling advocacy organization previously

known as One Less Car.

Presenters included Andy Clarke, president of the

League of American Bicyclists, who discussed the

Bicycle Friendly Maryland Program; Jack Guarneri,

of the Bicycling Advocates of Howard County; Stu

Sirota, founding principal of TND Planning Group,

a consulting practice focused on sustainable community

design; Chris Eatough, BikeArlington Program

Manager (and SPOKES Magazine columnist); Howard

County Police Chief William J. McMahon; Adiva R

Sotzsk, whose husband was killed by driver while bicycling;

and Kevin Hardman, executive director, Bicycle

Federation of Wisconsin.

Clarke discussed Maryland’s Bicycle Friendly State

program, a project of League of American Bicyclists,

noting the state’s 11th placed ranking in 2010.

Maryland spent nearly $58 million on bike-friendly

projects in the last decade with federal assistance.

As part of Governor O’Malley’s Smart, Green and

Growing Initiative, Maryland has taken a number of

steps to improve access and to provide safe bicycling

for residents and visitors. These efforts range from

implementing a 20-year Bicycle and Pedestrian Access

Master Plan and adding bicycle racks to buses to producing

comprehensive bicycle safety materials.

The state is also working to develop the Maryland

Trails Strategic Implementation Plan, a project linking

800 miles of existing transportation trails in Maryland.

Maryland, with a strong push from Bike Maryland and

bicycling advocates, also passed several bike-friendly

pieces of legislation last year, including a three-foot

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Delegate Jon Cardin, chairman of the state bicycle caucus,

with Carol Silldorff, executive director of Bike Maryland.

passing law. More safety-oriented legislation is in the

works this session as well (see further down in the

story) and was one of the focuses of this year’s event.

Numerous state legislators, at least a dozen, either

made brief appearances or spoke at the event.

Clarke fielded several questions from the audience –

cycling advocates came from not just from Maryland,

but Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C.,

Delaware and even Wisconsin – about the current status

of biking across the United States and said he was

proud to relate that bicycling in the U.S. was improving

and growing. He expect the hard-won progress to

continue with more federal and state funds likely to

becoming available in the near future.

Clarke, and the presenters, asked bicycle advocates

to maintain pressure on elected officials to keep bike

planning at the forefront of local, county and state

transportation planning.

Jack Guarneri, president and a founding member of

the Bicycling Advocates of Howard County, a coalition

of Howard County bicycle and triathlon clubs

chartered in 2008, spoke about their challenges and

successes He offered encouragement and suggesting

patience and persistence for local advocates hoping to

make a difference in their community.

Guarneri is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy

and a retired Naval officer. He currently works as an

Operations Research Analyst at The Johns Hopkins

University Applied Physics Laboratory, which hosts an

annual fall bicycling symposium, in Laurel. He’s been

an avid recreational road cyclist and occasional bike

commuter for the past 13 years and is also a former

President of the APL Cycling Club.

He said a rash of accidents on Howard County roads

and car drivers taking their negative opinions about

bicycling to local newspapers, motivated his efforts as

a founding member of BAHC.

“The increasing density on rural roads, and the

design of the roads, the lack of shoulders, the indifference

of local officials,” Guarneri said, inspired him

to become active in promoting safe cycling in

the county.

Guarneri noted there were already a number of

significant bicycling groups in Howard County,

mentioning the APL cycling club, the Mid-Maryland

Triathlon Club, the Howard County Cycling Club, and

the Baltimore Bicycling Club, which sponsors rides

out of Glenelg High School. However, they were not

organized in an effective way on a political level to

improve safety conditions or push for infrastructure

improvements from signage to bike lanes.

BAHC has made numerous strides, including bike

lane striping, Bike to Work Day in Howard County,

and communication regarding needed road repairs

and planning. Most importantly, perhaps, BHAC was

instrumental in getting Howard County to adopt the

idea of a bicycle master plan.

“It took three years to get that,” said Guarneri, adding

consistency, persistence and reasonableness is the key

to long-term success.

“Never attribute to malice what can more easily be

explained by fiscal, legal constraints – and can be

countered by education and ideas,” Guarneri suggested,

playing on a famous quote.

Guarneri also discussed the ways new media technology,

social media tools and web applications can help

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YOUR

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ed to bring her children with her to the symposium,

adding that since her husband’s tragedy she’s become

a bicycle safety advocate and has been working closely

with Bike Maryland.

“I wish I had all the time in the world to devote to

cycling safety issues,” said Bensky, a CPA who actually

spends quite a bit of time dedicated to bicycling

issues. She recently launched an athletic apparel

company, from which she plans to donate half of all

proceeds to Bike Maryland, and she helped organize

Larry’s Ride last year, which attracted 450 cyclists.

Delegate Jon S. Cardin (D) of Baltimore County, and

chairman of the state bicycle caucus, told SPOKES

he’s seen a paradigm shift in just the last year in

Annapolis over biking issues. He’s a former bicycle

commuter who used to ride from Mount Washington

to law school in downtown Baltimore at the University

of Maryland.

“I’ve been down here nine years (in Annapolis), and

I’ve seen more progress this past year than the previous

eight combined,” Cardin said. “I don’t mean

there’s been a slow shift, things kind of happened all

at once, and I think, with the new secretary of transportation

in Maryland, Beverley Swaim-Staley, you’re

going to see more positive change.”

Bike commuter heading to Annapolis for the

14th Annual Maryland Bike Symposium.

House Bill 363 would establish a misdemeanor option

for those who cause fatalities by driving in a criminally

negligent manner. The legislation would bring

Maryland in line with the penal code approach used

in more than 20 states.

“It’s been a difficult 10 months,” Tammi Bensky,

Larry’s wife said in an interview with SPOKES outside

the symposium. “I have to keep busy.” She said that

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Negligence since 2005. Her husband, Harry, was

killed on a Montgomery County highway in July 2004.

Sotzsky’s professional career was as a clinical social

worker and, as the librarian at the Alcohol, Tobacco

and Firearms laboratories, and at the Tax and Trade

Bureau. In addition to her advocacy work, Adiva

teaches basic computer skills to senior citizens and

spends time with her granddaughters.

As Sotzsky spoke of her own loss and the minor penalties

drivers receive who kill bicyclists through negligent

and aggressive driving, Gabriella Bensky, 8, and

Katelyn Bensky, 4, whose father, Larry Bensky, was

killed last year on a Baltimore County road, passed

out petition information on House Bill 363, this year’s

version of the Manslaughter by Vehicle or Vessel –

Criminal Negligence legislation.

“The bill means that lives matter,” said Stotzky. “And

that there are consequences and that you have to

show up and face a judge.”

According to the Maryland Department of

Transportation, more than 547 people lost their lives

on Maryland roads, 70 percent of which were not

alcohol related. Strangely enough, unless drivers are

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Calcium Concerns: Boning up nutrition

“I'm 44. Should I start taking calcium pills?”

“A bone density test indicated I have the bones of a 70 year

old—and I'm only 34. I guess I should have had more milk

and less soda as a kid…?”

“Will drinking more milk help my stress fracture heal faster?”

Questions and confusion abound about the role of

calcium in athletes' diets. If you are like most active

people, you may think, “Milk is for kids” and quench

your thirst at lunch and dinner with (diet) soda or

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water. As a result, you can easily end up consuming

a calcium-deficient diet (that is, unless you consume

yogurt and cheese instead of milk).

Weight-conscious women, in particular, are known to

have calcium-deficient diets out of (the unjustified)

fear that milk's calories will add to undesired weight

gain (1). Many men also have calcium-poor diets. If

they are not milk drinkers, means’ main sources of

calcium are from the cheese on cheeseburgers and

pizza. Not very health enhancing...

Given the average American lives for 77.7 years, maintaining

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continuing as master's athletes. A calcium-rich diet,

weight-bearing exercise (such as running, as opposed

to biking and swimming) and strength-training to

have strong muscles tugging on bones are all important

factors for optimizing the bone density of both

growing children and active adults.

Bones are alive and require a life-long calcium intake.

If your family has a history of osteoporosis, your risk

for “shrinking” (losing height) as you get older is high

and you should pay special attention to maintaining

your bone density. Female athletes with a history of

amenorrhea also have a high risk for weak bones and

should get their bone density tested so they know

where they stand and if they need to take extra steps

to try to enhance bone density. Here's some information

about calcium and bone health to help you enjoy

lifelong health, no bones about it.

Q. Can I take a calcium supplement instead of

drink milk?

A. While any calcium is better than none, taking a

calcium pill does not compensate for a calcium-poor

diet. A supplement offers calcium, but it does not

offer the high-quality protein found in milk or soymilk,

nor the myriad of other health-enhancing nutrients.

Little babies thrive on milk, not calcium pills. Do

you really think a pill can replace a whole food?

Q. I like to save calories by taking a calcium pill

instead of drinking milk. Is that OK?

A. Not really. Although a calcium pill offers a low calorie

alternative to consuming the recommended three

(8-ounce) glasses of milk or yogurt each day, research

indicates milk drinkers tend to be leaner than milk

avoiders (1). I encourage my clients to embrace milk

as a “liquid food” that is satiating and curbs one appetite.

That is, milk can be more filling than the same

number of calories from soda or juice.

Most of my active female clients reduce weight on

1,800 calories; men on 2,100+ calories. That breaks

down to 500 to 600 calories per meal (breakfast,

lunch, dinner) and 300 calories for a snack. Enjoying

low-fat (soy) milk on cereal, a mid-morning latte and

a yogurt for a snack seems a powerful way to spend

300 of those calories and approach the recommended

intake of 1,000 milligrams of calcium per for adults

19-50 years; 1,200 mg for adults older than 50 years,

and 1,300 mg for kids 9-18 years. If you are a parent,

be a role model and drink milk at dinner to encourage

a calcium-rich intake for your kids. Building

strong bones during the ages of 10 to 18 is a wise

investment for the future.

Q. I’m lactose intolerant. Can I get enough calcium

from non-dairy foods like soymilk, spinach, broccoli

and almonds?

A. For certain, you can get calcium from non-dairy

sources. Soy milk is calcium-fortified and offers ~300

mg calcium in 8 ounces—similar to cows’ milk. Other

convenient non-dairy calcium sources include fortified

orange juice (350 mg/8 oz.) and fortified breakfast

cereal, such as Total Cereal (1,000 mg/3/4 cup).

If you are do not consume dairy products or fortified

soy products, you will have to work hard to consume

adequate calcium. For example, to get the recommended

intake from plant sources, you’d need to eat

10 cups of spinach salad, 3.5 cups of broccoli, and 4

ounces almonds (about 88 almonds @ 675 calories).

That’s a lot of eating…

What you do NOT get from those plant sources

of calcium is Vitamin D. Vitamin D enhances the

absorption of calcium and is needed to not only protect

bone health but also to reduce the risk of high

blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease; enhance

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24 March 2011


Patapsco Bike and Sport

5 North Main Street

Mt. Airy, MD

Phone: 301-829-5604.

Website: www.patapscobikeandsport.com

Hours: Monday-Wednesday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday:

10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Patapsco Bike and Sport has the feel of a neighborhood

general store, with a focus on all things bike.

On chilly days, there's a crackling fire in the pellet

stove. Next to the stove is a coffee pot with freshly

ground brew that shop owner Tim Carbis specialorders

from California.

“I want this place to be friendly, approachable,”

Carbis recently told SPOKES. “Like the old days when

service was key.”

Carbis opened the shop in March 2010 with partners

John Piorkowski and Les Kirkegard. All are avid

cyclists who wanted their shop to be an accessible

gathering place for cyclists of all stripes.

Named after the Patapsco River which runs just east

of Mount Airy, Patapsco Bike and Sport features bikes

from Specialized, Jamis, Ellsworth and Blue. “We're

the only Ellsworth demo location in the Mid-Atlantic

area,” Carbis said. For a small fee, which is subtracted

from the cost of the bike purchase, customers are welcome

to take one of Ellsworth's full-suspension mountain

bikes on the trails for a day, to get a real feel for

the bike's performance.

“That helps you decide on the bike for you,” Carbis said.

“It's hard to tell in a parking lot.” Customers are also

welcome to test ride a road bike. Bring helmet, bike

shoes and pedals and go for a ride, all at no charge.

If you're not in the market for a new bike, but are

looking for bike service or parts, Carbis has a full

range of supplies to make home repairs. Around the

corner, in a spacious garage off the store's showroom,

is a well-stocked bike workshop. It's here that the pellet

stove fire beckons. Facing the workshop are dozens

of road, mountain, cruiser and kid bikes.

Carbis encourages cyclists to wander back there, and

watch him work on bikes or chat with him about cycling.

Carbis, 42, is as comfortable fixing a bike as riding it.

He grew up in California riding BMX-style, and transitioned

to mountain biking in his teens. He moved to

Gaithersburg in 1988 after having worked as the manager

of a ski shop in California.

His friend Dan Greene helped him get a job at the

old Gaithersburg Schwinn. He's still good friends with

Greene, who now lives in North Carolina. For Carbis,

fixing and tuning up bikes was and still is a passion.

Carbis needed to make a living, however. He left

Gaithersburg Schwinn and worked as an arborist and

a BMW auto mechanic.

Mountain biking remained his hobby, and he raced

the Michaux Series, the Cranky Monkey Series and

the Mid-Atlantic Super Series.

Ten years ago, Carbis and his wife, Becky, sold their

house, quit their jobs, stored their furniture and took

off in an RV for Mexico, California and Utah. They

spent 18 months mountain biking and surfing.

“It's something you gotta do in your life, I think,” he said.

When they got the vagabond existence out of their

blood, the couple bought a house in Mount Airy.

A couple of years ago, the Carbises, along with

Piorkowski and Kirkegard and their wives decided the

time was right to go into the bike shop business. They

looked for a location in downtown Mount Airy. They

found the perfect spot at 5 N. Main St. The shop is

in a converted train storage garage. Part of the old

garage remains, making it ideal for a workshop, bike

storage area and meeting place. On the carpeted

showroom side are bike clothes, helmets, repair gear

and tools.

Carbis left his job as a BMW mechanic to staff the

shop. His partners kept their day jobs, but are at the

shop when time allows.

Mount Airy appealed to Carbis not only because it's

close to home, but because the town plans to convert

the old railroad line into a bike and pedestrian

trail. The store, located adjacent to the old rail line,

is tucked behind Main Street. It can be a bit hard to

find, but it has a large paved parking lot. That, Carbis

said, gives the shop room to set up a welcome tent

during organized rides that pass through Mount Airy.

There's also plenty of indoor and outdoor space for

cyclists to hang out during the shop's regular rides.

“I love it when people come and hang out here,”

Carbis said. The shop features road rides Wednesdays,

Thursdays and Saturdays spring through fall.

Wednesday rides are fast-paced, Thursday rides are

leisurely and Saturday rides aim to accommodate all

levels of riders.

No appointment is needed for service.

“We strive for fast turnaround,” Carbis said. “For

drop-off and pickup, we'll work with their schedule.

People's schedules are busy.” Bikes can be dropped

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immune function and reduce inflammation. Vitamin

D is added to milk and some brands of yogurt, but is

hard to find naturally in foods other than oily fish.

Hence, non-milk drinkers have a high risk for not

only calcium but also vitamin D deficiency.

Q. I live near the bay in Annapolis and spend lots of

time outdoors in the sun. Should I take additional D

even though I drink milk?

A. Yes, especially between Thanksgiving and Easter.

Vitamin D deficiency is surprisingly common in people

who live in northern latitudes (north of Atlanta

GA), where the sun’s ultraviolet rays do not effectively

convert the body's inactive form of D (just under the

skin) into an active form. And even Southerners need

to be mindful. A study of southern distance runners

indicates 40% of them were D-deficient (2). Indoor

athletes (dancers, swimmers, hockey players, figure

skaters, basketball players, gym rats, etc.) should

ask their doctors about getting their blood tested to

determine their level of vitamin D, and if it is low,

take steps to correct the problem.

my bike shop

by karen gardiner

off at the shop one week, and picked up a week later

for no storage charge.

Service is more and more important for cyclists these

days, Carbis said. “Bikes are getting sophisticated,

with suspension components and hydraulics and

disc brakes,” he said. “A road bike is a fine piece of

machinery, and it needs to be tuned right.”

On weekends when the store is most crowded, Becky

Carbis, Piorkowski, Kirkegard and sometimes their

wives are in the store, helping customers and keeping

wait times to a minimum.

“There might be four of us here, and all of us are

knowledgeable,” he said. On weekdays, Carbis is at

the shop full-time, and one of the others may be in

to help.

Editor’s Note:

A good independent bicycle shop still remains one of the

treasured resources of bicycling–among the best places to

learn about places to ride, meet locals to ride with, and learn

about new products. Oh, and they also do a super job fixing

the bike stuff you break.“My Bike Shop” is a regular feature

of SPOKES in which we give you a look into a local shop and

the folks behind it.

Q. Does the fat in milk contribute to heart disease?

A. Controversial. A study that tracked the health and

dairy intake of 4,374 children for 56 years (between

1948 and 2006) reports there was no increased risk of

heart disease or stroke among the 34% who died during

that time—even though, as kids, the subjects in

the study drank whole milk. In fact, the children who

consumed the most milk and cheese lived longer. (3)

This study conflicts with the prevalent message to

reduce the risk of heart disease by limiting the intake

of milk’s saturated fat. Until more research clarifies

this confusion, I recommend you enjoy low fat dairy/

calcium-rich foods to help reduce excessive fat and

calorie intake while maintaining a strong calcium

intake.

Q. Will drinking extra milk help a broken bone

heal faster?

A. Doubtful. Bones need time to heal ... about 6 to 8

weeks. But perhaps you can reduce the risk of breaking

a bone by building it stronger in the first place?

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MARCH 8-10 – NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT

The League of American Bicyclists and leaders of the

nation’s cycling community will meet with members

of the Congressional Bike Caucus, host workshops

and speeches, and honor several member of Congress

for their efforts to make America more bicycle friendly.

For details log onto www.bikeleague.org or call

(202) 822-1333.

MARCH 19 – TRIATHLON ROAD SHOW

The East Coast's biggest triathlon show of the year

returns to Bonzai Sports, 2822 Fallfax Drive, Falls

Church, Va., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This 15th anniversary

event offers an opportunity to speak directly with

numerous manufacturers and representatives, as well

as learn from a variety of seminars. Representatives

from local triathlon clubs will also be on hand. For

more information contact Bonzai Sports, www.tribonzai.com;

(703) 280-2248.

MARCH 26 – ICICLE METRIC

The White Clay Bicycle Club of Delaware hosts this

annual season opener. Choose either 25,50 or 100

kilometers covering moderate hilly terrain in the area

west and north of Newark, Delaware. You don’t need

to decide to do the full 100 until you are into the ride.

Start: Hollingsworth Parking Lot, North College Ave.,

University of Delaware, Newark. For details call (610)

388-6832 or email icicle@whiteclaybicycleclub.org

MARCH 27 – MULTISPORT CONFERENCE

Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, Md., will host

this event hosted by Sun Multisport Events and developed

in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic region of

USA Triathlon.A full line-up of seminars, hands-on

clinics, competitive events, a vendor expo and much

more. There will also be swim, bike and run clinics.

The vendor expo will feature clubs, coaches, race

directors, health & wellness professionals and retailers

and manufacturers of bikes, nutritional products,

wet suits, running shoes, training aids and more.

Admission is free and registered attendees are eligible

to win valuable prizes. Visit www.MultisportWorld.com

to register.

APRIL 14-17 – ST. MICHAELS SINGLE & TANDEMS WEEKEND

Members of the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club and

tandemists who attend the Eastern Tandem Rally will

join forces for this Eastern Shore weekend. Lodging

will be both at the Best Western Motor Inn and

nearby camping facilities. Four days of riding: no hills,

sparse traffic, wide shoulders, many roads near the

water. To register for the event contact Ed and Cindy

Brandt ed.b.brandt@gmail.com (301) 657-4657 or

Bob and Willa Friedman at bob-f@cox.net or (703)

978-7937.

APRIL 15-17 – FACE OF AMERICA

This is the 11th anniversary of this powerful cycling

event. World T.E.A.M. Sports (The Exceptional Athlete

Matters) uses the powerful platform of sports to bring

together participants with and without disabilities.

There are an increasing number of servicemen and

women returning from the wars with severe injuries.

Help Us Get

50 Miles Closer To

Understanding

Autism.

Pump up your tires and join us for the adrenalin-laced camaraderie of ROAR for Autism,

a biking event to benefit autism research at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

• Bike Ride - Sunday, May 1, 2011

• 5, 10, 25 or 50-mile courses through scenic Baltimore County

• Check-in/Registration: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Oregon Ridge Park

• Rest stops and bike repair services provided

• Plenty of food, fanfare, and good cheer in the Wegmans Wellness Village

• Advance Registration: Adults - $25, Children 12 to 5 - $5, Children 4 & under - FREE

Presented by:

Help us break the silence that surrounds autism. Come together to ROAR for the millions of children who can’t!

To register or create an online fundraising page where you can build a team, post

pictures and track donations, visit www.ROAR.kennedykrieger.org or call 443-923-7300.

www.facebook.com/ROARforAutism

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This ride will honor them and thank these young men

and women for their service. We will also be honoring

active duty and retired military who will be riding with

us. The ride begins Saturday in Washington with a 55+

mile ride to Frederick, Md. The ride continues Sunday

from Frederick another 45+ miles to Gettysburg, PA.

Our dramatic arrival into Gettysburg will go through

the battlefield and end at Marine Barrack Gettysburg

for our famous ‘Steaks and Beers’ celebration. There

is NO charge for injured service men and women.

There is a $50 registration fee for active duty and fully

retired military and a minimum fund raising goal. For

all other participants, the registration fee is $100 and

a suggested fund raising goal. For details or to register

go to www.worldteamsports.org

APRIL 15-17 -- SPRING TUNE-UP

All cyclists and their families are invited to join this

17th annual weekend ride held in Madison, Ga.,

hosted by BRAG (Bicycle Ride Across Georgia). Flat

to gently rolling hills. This is a fun time for the whole

family and a great time to get in shape for BRAG!

Various ride options available daily as well as daily

rates for those who cannot ride all weekend. Plenty

of food, music and entertainment. For more info visit

www.brag.org or email info@brag.org or call (770)

498-5153.

APRIL 16 – OCEAN TO BAY TOUR

Pedal along coastal Delaware’s beaches and bays on

the 22th annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour, beginning

at 8 a.m.. Routes begin and end at Garfield Parkway

and the boardwalk in Bethany Beach, Del. Cyclists

will tour coastal and inland bay areas on 25-, 35- and

50-mile circuits. Rest stops along the way provide

light snacks and refreshments. Visit the Bethany-

Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce web site at www.

TheQuietResorts.com or call 800-962-SURF toll-free

for more information or a registration brochure.

7th ANNUAL

TOUR DE CARROLL

Save the date: APRIL 23, 2011

Get those bikes and

cycling legs in shape

& enjoy the beautiful

Carroll County countryside!!

Show and Go – 7am to 10am

Lunch (included) – until 3pm

4 New Sensational Bike Routes:

High Tech Metric Century, 63 miles

Spring Classic, 39 miles

Recreational, 25 miles

Family Fun, 8 miles

Radio sag and sweep on all routes until 3pm.

Rest stops, maps, cue sheets.

Plenty of free parking and nearby motels.

Easy location at Dutterer’s Park in Westminster, MD

(just off Rt.140; 25 miles W of Baltimore, 20 miles E of Frederick).

$40.00 Registration includes:

Lunch

T-shirt

Brownies and Ice Cream

50/50 Raffle Drawing at Noon

Rain

or

Shine!

30 day pass to Westminster

Family Center, full service

gym. ($55 value) Sponsored

by the City of Westminster Parks

and Recreation Department

To register and for further information go to or call:

www.active.com or www.tourdecarroll.com

Call 410-840-8381

100% of the funds raised directly benefit our partners, West End

Place (Carroll County’s only private, non-profit service for low

income seniors) and the Humane Society of Carroll County.

APRIL 23 – TOUR DE CARROLL

Join 750 other cyclists in checking out the scenery of

Carroll County, Md., and get those winter-lazy legs in

shape for the summer. Ride the 7th Annual Tour de

Carroll and enjoy the beauty and great rides that the

county has to offer. All proceeds benefit local charities.

There are four rides for all skill levels ranging

from a full metric (63 miles) 39 mile spring classic,

25 mile recreational ride, and 8 mile family fun ride.

Check out this event at www.tourdecarroll, register at

active.com, or call (410) 840-8381 for details.

APRIL 30 – END HUNGER RIDE

A day of biking along the scenic western shore of the

Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County, Md. . Pedal along

the bay front, marinas, farmland and a local winery,

knowing that your registration fee will help feed a

hungry family. This is a fully supported event with

routes ranging from 15 miles to a full metric century.

Check out our new beginner ride which includes

safety orientation, road rules and a ride leader to

make sure even our newest riders have a great day.

For details log onto endhungercalvert.org

MAY 1 – ROAR

The Kennedy Krieger Institute’s ROAR for Autism will

feature events and activities for all family members,

including a 50 and 25 mile ride, a 10 miler for recreational

cyclists and a five miler designed for beginner

cyclists and a youth fun ride. Oregon Ridge Nature

Center will also lead nature walks. The popular

Wegmans Wellness Village will provide healthy food

for all families including those with children on special

autism diets. A festival will also provide entertain-

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ment for all participants. For details or registration

log onto www.ROAR.kennedykrieger.org or call (443)

923-7300.

MAY 7 – SIX PILLARS CENTURY

Character Counts Mid-Shore is sponsoring this fundraiser

at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near

Cambridge, MD. The event includes four ride choices,

including an 11-mile family ride, a 37-mile fun &

fitness ride, a 56 miler Eagleman Ironman course,

and a full century. The event will support Character

Counts Mid-Shore, Inc., an agency which provides

the Winners Walk Tall Program in the public schools

in Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester counties free of

charge. The lessons, provided by over 200 character

coaches, are based on the six pillars of character:

Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness,

Caring and Citizenship. For details visit www.charactercountsmidshore.org

or call (410) 819-0386.

MAY 7 – CAPITAL TO CAPITAL RIDE

The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation is hosting the

Capital to Capital bike ride. Riders can choose to

start from either Richmond or Williamsburg, ride

100, 50 or 25 miles through Henrico and Charles City

Counties. The Williamsburg side will offer a 15-mile

family ride on the completed portion of the Virginia

Capital Trail. For more information and online registration,

visit: www.virginiacapitaltrail.org

MAY 13-15 – BIKES, BANDS & THE BAY

Celebrate the arrival of spring with a bike tour

through the wonderful, scenic and flat Mathews

County backroads along the Chesapeake Bay. Join

800 cycling enthusiasts on this tour, perfect as a family’s

first biking adventure, or maybe the intermediate

rider’s, and even the experienced veteran’s, season

warm-up. Choose tours of 18, 40, 60, 80 miles and

new this year a full century. Families especially will

enjoy the abundant quiet, scenic lanes winding down

to forgotten coves on the Chesapeake Bay, the East

River and the North River. Pedal in and out of the

beautiful salt marshes instead of traffic. Visit www.

bikechesapeake.org for details and to register online.

For inquiries, call (757) 645-1861 log onto www.bikewalkvirginia.org

or email info@bikechesapeake.org.

MAY 22 – COLUMBIA TRIATHLON

Celebrating its 28th year, the Columbia Triathlon is

famous for its outstanding race organization and its

fun and extremely challenging race course. Held in

Centennial Park, Ellicott City, Md. Consists of a 1.5k

swim, 41k bike, and 10k run. Even though the event

is full, it’s a great spectacle for on-lookers. For more

info call (410) 964-1246 or visit www.tricolumbia.org

MAY 22 – GREENBRIER CHALLENGE

This eighth annual USA Cycling-affiliated event is

the largest mountain bike race in the Mid-Atlantic

Region, with several opportunities for all levels of racers,

from beginners to pros. It includes the Maryland

State Championships, a Junior Olympic race for 18

yr olds and under, a Marathon race, a Kids race, it

is one of three races in the Mid Atlantic Regional

Championship (MARC) series, and is a qualifier

for the U.S. National Championships. See www.

potomacvelo.com for details. Potomac Velo Club puts

on the race for the benefit of the racers and for Trips

for Kids Charity, but added volunteer workers are

needed to make it all happen. If interested in volunteering

or needing more info, contact Jim Carlson,

jcarlsonida@yahoo.com or (703) 569-9875.

MAY 27-30 – KENT COUNTY SPRING FLING

Join the Baltimore Bicycling Club and Washington

College as they host this 28th annual weekend event

along Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Rides range from

11 to 100 miles on flat to rolling terrain. Stay at

Washington College’s dorm and enjoy great food, an

ice cream social, live music, blue grass on the square,

contra dancing, sock hop, and much more. For details

contact Frank and Kathy Anders at (410) 628-4018 or

email KCSF@verizon.net

MAY 28 – BIKE JAM

One of the area’s biggest cycling festivals, the 13th

annual Bike Jam and the Kelly Cup, sponsored by

Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Racing Team and Bicycle

Club and Corrigan Sports Enterprises (CSE) will be

held at Baltimore’s Patterson Park. This full day of

high caliber pro-am cycling, featuring the marquee

race, the Kelly Cup Pro Race, and includes bike safety

presentations, live music, and other family friendly

activities, is free and open to the public. More than

8,000 spectators and 1,200 participants are expected

this year. For information visit www.bikejam.org.

JUNE 4-11 – BICYCLE RIDE ACROSS GEORGIA

Come discover Georgia by bicycle on the 32st annual

Bicycle Ride Across Georgia. This year’s loop ride

will begin in Atlanta, with overnights in Oxford,

Milledgeville, Dublin, Metter, and Hinesville, before

ending in lovely Savannah. Join over 1,500 riders for

street dances, ice cream social, end-of-the-road meal

60 miles average per day, hammerhead options. For

more information, visit www.brag.org, or email info@

brag.org, or call (770) 498-5153.

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JUNE 5 – RESTON TOUR DE CURE

The American Diabetes Association again hosts this

very popular (last year over 1,200 cyclists participated)

series of bike rides, ranging from a 12 mile family

fun ride, to more challenging 32 and 64 mile fitness

challenges, and a full century. Starting and finishing

at the Reston Town Center Pavilion the longer rides

head through scenic Northern Virginia countryside

including the W&OD Trail and western Loudoun

County. Register online at www.diabetes.org/tour or

call 1 (888) DIABETES.

JUNE 11-12 – AIR FORCE CYCLING CLASSIC

Registration for participation in the Air Force Cycling

Classic, now spread over an entire weekend has

opened. The Cycling Classic, positioned at the center

of the U.S. national road racing calendar and expected

to attract some of the nation’s top racers to its pro

events, will now allow more opportunities for cycling

enthusiasts of all abilities to participate. The weekend's

events in Arlington begin on Saturday with amateur

and professional criterium races in Clarendon.

On Sunday cycling enthusiasts of all abilities can challenge

themselves on the Air Force Cycling Classic's

circuit in Crystal City during the Crystal Ride, a noncompetitive

ride with an option to raise money for the

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Following this amateur

ride, the men's pro race will take place on the same

course. Registration for the amateur participatory ride

is now open through the event's website: www.usairforcecyclingclassic.com.

JUNE 11-12 – BIKE MS: BEYOND THE BELTWAY

Join 1000 participants from across the mid-Atlantic

region for the National MS Society, National Capital

Chapter’s annual Bike MS event in Middleburg, Va.

Choose from several mileage options along our challenging

new routes ranging from a 30-mile one day

ride to 150 miles over two days, and enjoy great food,

beverages, and live music at the finish line. Ride for

one day or two. For details, visit www.MSandYOU.org/

bike, or call (202) 296-5363, option 2.

JUNE 24-29 - BIKE VIRGINIA

Twenty four years ago, 117 men, women and children

embarked on an adventure crossing Virginia on bicycles.

They rode from Charlottesville to our nation's

colonial capital in Williamsburg, establishing what

has become the largest, multi-day, recreational bicycle

event in the Commonwealth. In 2011, Bike Virginia

will “roll through time” exploring the prehistoric

New River valley, which was a popular portion of the

legendary 1976 inaugural Bike 76 cross country tour.

Cyclists will need to be able to ride up to 50-60 miles

each day. For inquiries, call (757) 229.0507 or email

info@bikevirginia.org.

JUNE 25-JULY 2 – PENN CENTRAL

The Penn Central bicycle tour traverses the heartland

of Pennsylvania, characterized by lightly traveled

roads, small towns and villages with charm and

personality. Eat and sleep well at state universities and

colleges. Along the 475 mile trip the terrain is varied.

Ride leaders seek out river valleys and ridges that

present the most desired route across the state. The

Allegheny and Blue Mountains are for real. They're

part of the appeal. The Penn Central is for riders who

enjoy a challenge. Log onto www.pedalpa.com

for details.

AUGUST 12-14 – TOUR DE FREDERICK

Riders proclaimed it one of the best cycling weekends

of their season last year. Everything is first class from

the food to the riding. Explore Frederick County,

Maryland, as only the locals can show you. Ride the

legendary covered bridge route, tackle Sugarloaf if

you dare, see many of Frederick County’s finest sights

including wine tastings, a special evening at the local

minor league baseball set up just for us, and a gourmet

dinner at the local arts center. All proceeds go to

the Boys and Girls Club of Frederick County. Space is

limited on this second annual Spokes Magazine weekend.

Call 301-371-5309 or log onto www.tourdefrederick.com

for details.

SPIRITED SUNDAY ROAD RIDES

Join the folks of the Bicycle Place, just off Rock Creek

Park, every Sunday morning (beginning at 8:30

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JUNE 11-12– CHESAPEAKE CHALLENGE

Join the Maryland Chapter of the National MS

Society for a one or two day ride on Maryland's

Eastern Shore. Routes range from 30 -100 miles on

Saturday and 30 & 50 mile on Sunday. Overnight

at Chestertown, Md.’s Washington College campus.

Route is fully supported with rest stops, bike techs and

support vehicles. To Register or find out more, visit

www.marylandmsbikeride.org or call (443) 641-1200.

JUNE 12 – TOUR DEM PARKS HON!

The eighth annual Tour dem Parks, Hon! Bike Ride

begins at 8 a.m. at the Carriage House in Carroll

Park in southwest Baltimore. Choose from 12, 20, 30

mile rides and – new this year-- a metric century (60

miles). Routes wind through cool Baltimore neighborhoods

and parks. A barbecue with live music follows

the ride. Proceeds benefit bike and park groups in

the city. Register online at www.tourdemparks.org.

For more information, call Gary at (410) 396-4369 or

Anne at (410) 926-4195.

JUNE 18-25 – GREAT OHIO BICYCLE ADVENTURE

See Ohio while on two wheels with 2,999 of your closest

friends! GOBA, now in its 23rd year, is a week-long

bicycle-camping tour which visits a different part of

Ohio each year. Bicycling the daily 50-mile route at

a relaxing pace leaves plenty of time for sightseeing

and other tourist activities. This year’s GOBA begins

and ends in Kenton, travels to overnights in Marion,

Delaware, London, and Bellefontaine. Advance registration

is required. For registration materials and fees

visit www.goba.com or call (614) 273-0811 ext. 1.

pack your imagination

and hold on.

bike virginia tour

june 24-29, 2011

In 2011 the tour will visit the New River Valley. We will camp in two host towns and visit several others on the

tour. An area rich in history, geology, culture and scenery, the valley is home to portions of both the New River

(one of the oldest rivers in the world) and Bike Route 76 (stretches from Oregon to Virginia). The Wilderness

Road, Virginia’s heritage migration route, also passes through many of the communities we will visit!

Bike Raffle!

Win a custom painted Breezer

commuting bike painted in

2011 BVT colors!

Register at www.bikevirginia.org

Each adult registering for the full tour by 4/1/11

will receive a FREE Jersey!

Children under 18, Non Riders, and Day Riders

registered by 4/1/11 will receive a FREE T-Shirt!

Brought to you by:

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a.m.) for a “spirited” 36-40 mile jaunt up to Potomac

and back. This is a true classic road ride that runs

year round. While the pace is kept up, no one is

left behind. No rainy day rides. The Bicycle Place

is located in the Rock Creek Shopping Center, 8313

Grubb Road (just off East-West Highway). Call (301)

588-6160 for details.

BIKES FOR THE WORLD - Collection Schedule

Bikes for the World collects repairable bicycles in the

United States, for donation to charities overseas, for

productive use by those in need of affordable transport.

Note: $10/bike donation suggested to defray

shipping to overseas charity partners. Receipt provided

for all material and cash donations. Bikes for the World

is a sponsored project of the Washington Area Bicyclist

Association, a 501 c 3 non-profit charity. Collections

will take place rain or shine. For further info, visit www.

bikesfortheworld.org or call (703) 525-0931.

Reach Over

30,000

Bicycling Enthusiasts

Call 301-371-5309

The Will Group

Foundation, Inc.

presents the 2 nd annual

Tour Frederick

de

August 12-14, 2011

the best of

Frederick County,

Maryland

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Proceeds will benefit:

Visit us on the web at www.tourdefrederick.com for more information!

Also sponsored by:


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