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Some of the finest places to ride a bike in the mid-Atlantic

are the many Civil War battlefields. This year marks the war's

150 anniversary, and many celebrations are being held.

Thank goodness Father’s Day 2011 is over. No, don’t

get me wrong, I love being a dad, best thing I’ve ever

done besides marrying Sonja. But as it was for a lot

of athletic dads in our area, the weeks and weekends

leading up to this year’s Father’s Day, were not spent

thinking about bicycling, swimming, or running, but

rather golf. For the first time since 1997, the U.S.

Open was coming to our neighborhood.

During the months leading up to Father’s Day weekend,

my early morning bike rides were supplanted

by 7 a.m. tee times. My Father’s Day weekend was

highlighted on Friday when I wandered the grounds

of Congressional Country Club following the eventual

winner Rory McIlroy. What joy to watch him play,

pure unbridled enthusiasm, something only possible

in someone 22 years young.

On Father’s Day itself, I bypassed the traditional bike

outing. My foursome was the first to tee off at 6:40.

Despite being infused with so much knowledge by

watching the world’s best golfers two days earlier, my

first couple of holes didn’t go so well But I figured

since I hadn’t had the chance to warm up with some

range balls it would take me a couple of holes to

get into my grove. Boy was I mistaken. In spite of a

few good holes, the round was awful. There were no

“Rory” moments of genius. Who was I kidding? You

want to be good at golf, you can’t just go out and play,

it takes practice.

As I drove home, shoulders slumped behind the steering

wheel my only consolation was that it was only

10:30 a.m. and I hadn’t wasted the whole morning.

What did Mark Twain call golf, a “good walk spoiled?”

Next year on Father’s Day, the U.S. Open is blissfully

on the West Coast, so I’ll have a much better chance

of making sure Father’s Day gets off to a great start.

Sure, I’ll watch it on TV in the afternoon, but that

morning I will be out something that always leaves the

best of spirits in my soul, a nice long bike ride.

Happy trails.

Neil Sandler

Editor & Publisher

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iking battlefields

by bill hall

2011 commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. This four-year long bloodbath

involving over three million soldiers, broke the nation in two for four years, and

resulted in more than 620,000 deaths– more than any other war fought on this continent.

The ten major battles of the Civil War averaged over 18,000 casualties per battle.

now for some good news.

First, America became the great nation, a light of liberty

for the entire world because this war ended the

way it did, establishing freedom for all Americans.

But for us, cyclists in the mid-Atlantic, the benefits go

even further.

Battlefields, of which there are a great number in the

mid-Atlantic region, present some of the finest places

to ride a bicycle. Generally little and well-behaved

traffic (battlefields are solemn places to be treated

with respect, virtually like a cemetery, which they are),

rolling to flat terrain, and within a short driving distance

from anywhere SPOKES Magazine readers likely

live. And with gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon,

that’s all to our advantage. Keep in mind when you

visit these battlefields that most of the tourists around

you have spent a good portion of their annual savings

to travel long distances to get here and visit these hallowed

grounds that are virtually in your own backyard.

Now, aren’t we lucky?

Biking through some of the sites of American history

is a great way to learn about the epic struggle between

the Union and the Confederacy.

Are you prepared for a totally visceral experience of

American history combined with a relaxing bike vacation?

Biking the battlefields gets you up close and

personal, a vantage point and feeling you cannot get

riding in a car, stopping and reading signs.

standing of the era as our inn and many nearby structures

were present for the battle. The Brafferton Inn

is the oldest continual residence in Gettysburg. One

of the rooms in the in still has a pumpkin ball (a projectile

fired from a rifle) lodged in the mantle.

After a delicious breakfast prepared us for the second

day, we cycled back through the park and exited

Gettysburg by the same route as the Confederate

army by way of the Sach’s covered bridge. Legend

has it that the bridge was used as a gallows for three

deserting Confederate soldiers on July 3rd and today

it is a favorite spot for the ghost hunters that frequent

Gettysburg.

Riding south into the Monocacy Valley, nearly deserted

farm roads can be navigated into a gently rolling

ride over the Mason Dixon line. You would be hard

pressed to make a turn on any of the back roads in

Adams or Carroll Counties without being confronted

with a pastoral postcard setting.

We passed stone barns of the 1700’s, and beautiful

brick homes that have witnessed the birth and struggles

of a young nation.

After the second day’s 35-mile ride, our lodging for

the evening was the Antrim 1844 Inn in Taneytown,

Md. We were a bit late to see General Meade, who

used the Antrim Inn as his headquarters, but we were

right on time for an opulent five course meal served

in the largest wine cellar in Md.

War Correspondents Arch

The Antrim 1844 is one of the few hotels on the

National Register for Historic places. After a wellneeded

rest in the mansion and a hearty breakfast,

we were fueled up for our assault on South Mountain.

Our support van hauled our luggage and bikes to our

starting point in Burkittsville, Md.

Burkittsville, Md., just north of Harpers Ferry, West

Virginia, was the start of day three. Burkittsville, pop.

171, is a historic village that very much resembles

how it looked in the 1800s. This sleepy town not only

was the location for a hospital during the battle of

Cramptons Gap, but the dark woods and graveyard

to the west of town were also the setting for the 1999

cult movie classic The Blair Witch Project.

After the South’s first invasion of the north in 1862,

Confederates defended three gaps to slow a major

Army of Union troops advancing on split Confederate

troops. After a winding uphill grind, we were rewarded

by the sight of the War Correspondents Arch in

Gathland State Park.

On to our tour

After a safety talk from our tour leader, Gary Smith,

we cycled into Gettysburg to meet our licensed battlefield

guide Jim Miller. Miller’s energy and vast knowledge

of the Battle of Gettysburg made the bike tour

very special.

As Miller described the three-day battle in July 1863

that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most

ambitious invasion of the North, we were taken back

in time to visualize the war's bloodiest battle with

51,000 casualties. He described how double loads of

canister shot at close range turned the enemy into a

red mist.

We visited the seminary grounds, Devils Den, the

Wheatfield, the Peach Orchard, Little Round Top,

Picketts Charge and the National Cemetery. At every

stop Miller’s descriptions told what happened and

how hard each side fought. I had biked the battlefield

several times before, but this guided tour really connected

with me.

After the 12 mile bike tour of the battlefield, we pedaled

over to the historic Braffertown Inn near the

Gettysburg town square, which would serve as our

lodging for the first night. It continued our under-

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Biking this area really helped to understand the value

of holding the upper ground! Days after this battle

McClellan advanced the Union troops to meet Lee’s

reunited forces at Antietam.

We rode down off South Mountain to Antietam where

we met Steve Recker, another certified battlefield

guide to learn of the bloodiest day of the Civil War

with 23,000 casualties over 12 hours. The Civil War

was the first war that was thoroughly documented by

camera.

Both Gettysburg and Antietam battlefields have been

meticulously restored to their appearance of the

1860’s except for one thing, perfect rolling velvety

smooth blacktop. The tour brought Bloody Lane,

Burnside Bridge and the Cornfield to life. The vast

knowledge and animated delivery of our history

lesson by the park’s licensed battlefield guides was

enough to make the hair on the back of your neck

stand up.

The day ended with a ride into Shepherdstown, West

Virginia. Back then it was Shepherdstown, Virginia,

but West Virginia became its own state because of the

Civil War. In 1862, Shepherdstown was where General

Lee’s troops placed the Potomac River between them

and the Union forces.

On day 4, we rode 12 miles of rolling hills through

heavily wooded forest along the Potomac River on our

way to Harpers Ferry, where several historic events

occurred ranging from John Brown’s raid to the

Battle of Harpers Ferry to where this transportation

hub exchanged hands 12 times during the war.

Harpers Ferry is a town that can absorb a lover of history

or of architecture. The National Park Service has

numerous displays and local shops provide everything

from bike parts to antique books and a few places to

grab a beer.

After lunch, it was onto the Chesapeake and Ohio

(C&O) Canal towpath to Brunswick and a van shuttle

back to our vehicle storage area in Gettysburg.

So in four days, we got to see the locations of two

great battles of the South’s northern invasion. Battles

that inspired Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the

Emancipation Proclamation. Battles so great in importance,

that both vie for recognition as the most important

battle of the war.

But in addition to the history lesson, this tour provided

us with a chance to stay in some amazing and

equally historic lodging, visit four national parks visit,

consumed gourmet lunches prepared for us on the

trail and meet some pretty interesting people who

were visiting from all four corners of the world to see

and learn about one of the most historic and pivotal

moments in American history.

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Flying Terrapin

by neil sandler

If you didn’t get to witness the world’s first woman powered flight of a helicopter

May 12 on the College Park Campus of the University of Maryland, no worries.

December 2011

judy wexler, the 24-year-old category 2 racer

for the local Artemis women’s racing team, and some

50 engineering students and staff at Maryland’s Clark

School of Engineering, will be at it again July 11-13

at Ritchie Coliseum just off Route 1. And this time,

they’re out to smash the world record.

Applying some of the lessons and knowledge they

gained from their admittedly brief 4.2 second flight

in May and modifying the massive but amazingly light

four rotor helicopter, they hope to stay aloft 20 to 30

seconds, this time, and eventually by the end of the

year for a full minute, earning a quarter of a million

dollars in the process.

The current record of 19.46 seconds was set by a team

of students at Japan’s Nihon University in 1994. The

only other such flight of a human powered helicopter

was in 1989, when students at Cal Poly San Luis

Obispo built a helicopter that hovered for 7.1 seconds.

The U of M team is after the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

that was established 30 years ago by the National

Helicopter Association to inspire teams and advance

the knowledge of helicopter flight in honor of

helicopter pioneer Igor Sikorsky. The prize will be

awarded to the team that flies a man powered helicopter

for 60 seconds, reaching the height at least for

a moment of 3 meters, and maintaining enough control

to remain within a box 10 meters square.

Unlike the Gossamer Condor, which became the first

human powered airplane in 1977 by completing a

one-mile long figure eight, and which now hangs in

the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum off the Mall

in D.C., and the Gossamer Albatross, the human powered

fixed winged aircraft that crossed the 20-mile

English Channel in 1979, powering a helicopter with

human power is far more difficult.

A fixed wing plane enables the pilot to propel the

craft forward thus taking advantage of the lift properties

of a wing. A helicopter has no such advantage.

The rotors must lift the dead weight of the machine

and pilot straight up, with no lift advantage.

“I am confident we can exceed what we accomplished

in May,” Wexler, who answered an advertisement looking

for an athletic individual to pilot a man made

flying machine, told SPOKES. “Sure, to get off the

ground was such a huge relief, but we all know we can

and will do better. I’ve been on three different cycling

teams but none were anywhere near as passionate,

committed and competent as the group I worked with

on this project. These were people beyond my realm,

mostly engineering students,” confided Wexler, who

graduated from Tufts University in 2008, and plans to

leave Maryland later this summer to pursue a Ph.D. in

evolutionary genetics at the University of California in

Davis.

“Oh yes,” she adds. “I’m excited to being going to a

place where bicycling is so popular. (Davis is always

listed as one of the top three cities in the U.S. in

which to ride a bicycle.)

Looking back at the two days in May, the first

attempts to fly did not go very smoothly.

An over enthusiastic university public relations

department excited dozens of members of the local

and national media with hopes that before their very

eyes the students could win the Sikorsky Prize.

The way it was supposed to work was that after a few

tests in powering the four huge rotors up to 14 then

16 revolutions per minute, Wexler would have one

final rest then power the aircraft up to 18 rpms and it

would lift off.

On first day of the May attempt, the 107 pound

Maryland student spent most of her time in the corner

of a gymnasium warming up on her road bike

positioned on a trainer. The traditional riding position

gave her little idea of what it would really be like

in the recumbent cockpit of Gamera. Gamera is the

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name team members gave their craft in honor of a

huge flying turtle in Japanese science fiction movies.

In front of Wexler a team of engineering students

worked feverishly to strengthen the cockpit.

Even though the goal was to make the pedaling action

as similar to riding a bike as possible, due to weight

restrictions only a few parts actually were off the shelf

bike parts: an $800 Zipp bottom bracket and AeroLite

titanium pedals. Over 80 percent of the 100 pound

copter was carbon fiber and epoxy, the majority of the

rest being mylar, foam, and lightweight balsa wood.

Scott Wilson of Hyattsville, a member of the board

of directors of the International Human Powered

Vehicles Association, was on hand to certify the event

for IHPVA.

“I’ve been attending meetings of the Gamera project

team and keeping an eye on their progress,” he told

SPOKES. “They’ve been so thorough. Every helicopter

is built of parts that will eventually fail. And here

we have one built to be as light as possible and very

little of it has failed. It’s an impressive example of

extreme engineering. “

Despite numerous efforts on day one Gamera failed

to so much as lift off one inch. A variety of problems

halted the day’s efforts.

First the chain that Wexler powered continued to fall

off (don’t we cyclists all too well know of that irritating

problem). Then the engineers and their instructors

explained that the suspended cockpit in which

Wexler pedaled both her legs and arms independently,

had too much flex. As she built up the speed to

move the four 20 foot-long, yet incredibly light (seven

pound each) blades or rotors, the bottom bracket of

the bike-like cockpit would flex three to four inches.

The engineers worked to stiffen up the cockpit. But

terrapin continued on p.10

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then some components broke and had to be repaired.

The second day, things began coming together, and

Wexler was getting a better feel for synchronizing her

leg and arms pedal strokes. Finally the gangly contraption

lifted.

“I could definitely tell that I was airborne because I

was drifting, moving laterally, no longer stuck to the

ground,” Wexler told SPOKES.

“Truthfully, the most difficult part was getting accustomed

to switching from an upright bicycle to a

recumbent one and turn high RPMs in a recumbent

position. You’ve got to accelerate very gently under

some very uneven resistance throughout the course of

the pedal stroke,” she explained. “Imagine pedaling

your bike and you encounter huge resistance from 10

o’clock to 1 o’clock in the pedal stroke, but almost no

resistance from 4 o’clock to 6 o’clock. I felt that I was

doing the best that I could in spite of the machine.

They made some improvements to the drive train and

improved overall (pedaling) efficiency.”

Since May the engineers have been making additional

improvements to the copter and have helped Wexler

by creating an actual working cockpit for her to train

on. For her, this should make a huge difference. One

of the biggest challenges for Wexler, who ran competitive

track and cross country in high school, is delivering

power but not too aggressively. Even the copter’s

rotors are customized to accommodate the weight of

the pilot. Any overexertion on her part could easily

overstress components and cause the machine to fail.

Darryll Pines, dean of the school of engineering, said

the Gamera team “has now developed a plan for a

prize attempt in the fall of 2011. First, based on the

May 12 flight, we believe that Gamera may already be

sufficiently stable so as to achieve the prize require-

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during flight. Second, in the next several weeks we

will make improvements to Gamera’s transmission

and weight, and attempt a second flight to achieve

the required 60-second hover. Finally, in the fall we

will put it all together – a flight that lasts 60 seconds,

achieves a 3-meter height at some point, and remains

within the required area.”

Wexler has no illusions about what will eventually

result from these experiments in flight. “I’m no engineer,

but I don’t believe human powered helicopters

will be popular any time soon. Unlike birds, humans

have a really low power to weight ratio. Humans were

not meant to fly. I see the most scientific benefits of

this project being more in the material sciences area

not in flight aerodynamics. But don’t take my word on

it, what do I know, I’m a biologist!”

Impetus for the project began in 2008, when Pines,

who was then just an engineering professor in the

department, announced that students in his

program would take on the Sikorsky challenge. Over

50 students spent the next two years studying previous

attempts, drawing various designs and testing

small-scale models. They eventually settled on a larger

and modified version of the Japanese copter, with an

x-frame and cockpit suspended from the center.

The highly publicized two-day launch window earlier

this year, was admittedly rushed in order to attempt a

flight before many of the students involved with the

project graduated and moved away.

Now, with their first trial attempts out of the way, the

remaining members of team can refine their hardware,

and give their most experienced pilot another

shot at the record.

“I’ve been doing a lot of high cadence work and a

little bit of racing,” she told SPOKES.

The first weekend of June, Wexler completed the

long-running Philadelphia Pro Classic. Although she

finished a disappointing eight minutes behind the

winner, she felt good about finishing the very tough

race and succeeding in climbing Philly’s legendary

Manayunk Wall four times.

Wexler says because of work, studies and the cost of

competing, she has only entered about 10 races this

year. But she’s up to the challenge of Gamera.

Would she consider returning to College Park again

this fall when the team will hopefully contest for the

$250,000 Sikorsky prize?

“No, they’ve got two other very capable pilots they can

break in, and the truth is I’m actually afraid of flying

in a plane. Not terrified, but afraid. The idea of flying

across the country when I don’t have to… ugh, I don’t

really like the experience.

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Air Force Classic Heats Up Summer Racing Season

Hot humid weather welcomed the 14th edition of northern

Virginia’s closest rendition of the Tour de France, June

11-12, with top area amateurs and many top professionals

competing in the U.S. Air Force Cycling Classic, which now

includes the Clarendon Cup.

Okay there weren’t any mountain climbs or time trials,

but the weekend is a mix of pro and amateur races, kids

races, and challenge rides for athletic area cyclists on

the streets of Clarendon on Saturday and Crystal City

on Sunday.

Created by long-time race promoter Rob Laybourn, the

weekend began early Saturday morning as racing fans

and curious neighborhood folks secured prime outdoor

seating spots at area restaurants and coffee shops lining

the route. Some brought the day’s Washington Post, other

I-pad readers settled in for a long morning brunch and a

full morning and early afternoon of non-stop bike racing.

It’s very much a social scene.

Saturday’s main event was the 100 kilometer U.S. Air

Force Clarendon Cup, 100 laps of a tightly turned 1

kilometer course.

A three man breakaway, consisting of eventual winner Hilton

Clarke of UnitedHealthcare, teammate Adrian Hegyvary

and Carlos Alzate of Team Exergy, quickly left the field in

its wake.

Once the three riders lapped the field the strong United-

Healthcare squad dominated the action. Clarks eventually

won on a leadout from his teammate, and four of the top

five finishers were teammates.

On the woman’s side, Canadian National Road Champion

Joelle Numainville, riding for TIBCO-To the Top, won a field

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sprint, followed closely by Canadian National Criterium

Champion Leah Kirchmann, riding for team Colavita Forno

d’Asolo. The 50 kilometer women’s event featured a number

of early breakaways, which were quickly swallowed by

the field.

Sunday’s events were kicked off with inspirational words

from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and

a military flyover by the First Helicopter Squadron from

Andrews Air Force Base.

Before the pro race, the Air Force Cycling Classic Crystal

Ride challenged hundreds of riders of all abilities over the

12.5 mile loop starting in Crystal City, and passing the Air

Force Memorial and the Pentagon.

Teams also competed in fundraising for their favorite

charities. One team, Team Sabre raised $20,000 for the Air

Force Aid Society.

In the women’s event, Leah Kirchmann, who finished

second a day earlier, took top honors. Jake Keough of

UnitedHealthcare completed his team’s perfect weekend

performance, by taking top honors of the 12 pro and five international

teams that competed in Sunday’s 60 mile event.

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trispokes by ron cassie ron_cassie@yahoo.com

Tollakson and Carfrae tops at Eagleman

Over 2,000 endurance athletes participated in the 16th

Ironman 70.3 Eagleman triathlon in Cambridge, Md.,

June 12, won by 31-year-old professional triathlete,

T.J. Tollakson from Des Moines, Iowa, and Australiannative

Mirinda Carfrae on the women’s side.

Tollakson, who also won the race in 2007, broke the

tape with a time of 3:54:39.

Carfrae, now residing in Boulder, Colo., completed

the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run

that starts and finishes in Cambridge’s Great Marsh

Park in a time of 4:15:31. Carfrae is the defending

full Kona Ironman World Champion, completing the

Hawaii course last October in a remarkable 8:58:36.

The top eight professional triathletes competed for a

$50,000 total prize purse for both the men and women’s

divisions. The winners each took home a cash

prize of $8,500.

After Tollakson, rounding out the top eight men were:

2) Richie Cunningham (Austin, Texas) – time: 3:57:43,

prize: $5,500. 3) Stanislav Krylov (Clermont, Fla) –

time: 3:58:13, prize: $3,500. 4) Matty Reed (Boulder,

Colo.) – time: 3:59:42, prize: $2,500. 5) James

Bowstead (Auckland, New Zealand) – time: 4:00:27,

prize: $2,000. 6) Mike Caiazzo (Westbrook, Maine) -

time: 4:00:30, prize: $1,500. 7) James Cotter (Austin,

Texas) – time: 4:02:19, prize: $1,000 8) Kyle Pawlaczyk

(Orchard Park, NY) – time: 4:06:13, prize: $500.

“It's great to be back and winning,” Tollakson told

SPOKES. “Hot as can be...the volunteers are great.

Eagleman will always be special to me since this is

where I had the first big win of my career.”

After Carfrae, the top female professional finishers

taking home cash prizes were: 2) Tyler Stewart

(Novato, Calif.) – time: 4:21:28, prize: $$5,500 3)

Samantha Warriner (Whangarei, New Zealand) –

time: 4:23:02, prize: $3,500 4) Tenille Hoogland

(Austin, Texas) – time: 4:23:38, prize: $2,500 5)

Amanda Stevens (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – time:

4:23:56, prize: $2,000 6) Kristin Andrews (Chevy

Chase, Md.) – time: 4:32:10, prize: $1,500. 7) Desiree

Ficker (Austin, Texas) – time: 4:33:33, prize: $1,000.

8) Annie Gervais (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada) –

time: 4:33:43, prize: $500.

Tollakson

“I’m excited to win,” Carfrae said post-race, according

to a TriColumbia Association press release. “This is

always a first class event that I enjoy coming back to.”

The Subaru Ironman 70.3 Eagleman Triathlon is the

largest 70.3 event in the Mid-Atlantic region, and

one of the most popular Ironman 70.3 triathlons in

the country. Almost every state was represented in

the race, as well as 11 countries including Australia,

Russia and New Zealand.

Twenty-eight participants qualified for the Ford

Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii on

Oct. 8. Fifty participants qualified for the Ironman

70.3 Championship in Lake Las Vegas on Sept. 11.

In addition to the Eagleman 70.3, the Eagleman

USATMA Championship AquaVelo ran concurrently

and consisted of a 1.2-mile swim and 56-mile bike.

Carfrae

Forty-one year-old Frank Fisher from Greenville, N.C.

was the men’s champion finishing with at time of

2:52:33.

Lisa Shaffer, 47, from Wexford, Pa. won the female

championship with at time of 3:19:17.

Matthews and Kaye victorious at D.C. Tri

Twenty-seven-year-old Australian triathlete Paul

Matthews and Alicia Kaye, 28, a British Columbianative,

were the top pros in the 2nd Annual

Washington, D.C. Triathlon on June 19, which featured

a field of more than 3,000 competitors from

433 cities, 43 states and 11 countries.

The International distance course included a 1.5k

swim in the Potomac River, a 40k bike course along

D.C.’s scenic parkways and a 10k run through

Washington’s monumental corridor.

The competitive field included 41 professional triathletes.

Matthews crossed the finish line first with a time

trispokes continued on p.19

14 July 2011


Official 2011

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Triathlon was recently voted

“3rd Best Urban Triathlon

on Earth” by Competitor

Magazine. Pittsburgh features

an international distance,

sprint distance and the unique

paddle-bike-run adventure race.

Pittsburgh’s race promises to fill

up early once again and continues

to be a favorite in America’s Most

Livable City.

At all events, race organizers

also offer free digital photos

of participants that don’t say

“proof ” across the image. The

pictures are free for you to use.

Finishers can also get technical

t-shirts, running hats, and

finishers medals at every event.

Races in the 2011 series will sell

out- They’re already filling up

quickly. Athletes can register for

any Piranha Sports event, as well as the Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race at

www.piranha-sports.com.

Piranha Sports provides an online profile for each athlete,

along with their photos and results at all Piranha Sports

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2011 Greater Atlantic Multisport Series ® Events

2011 New Greater Jersey Atlantic Devilman® Multisport Triathlon Series ® Events

Half Lite 50: 0.8 Mile Swim~40.3 Mile Bike~8.8 Mile Run

Sprint:

New Jersey

0.4 Mile

Devilman®

Swim~20.5

Triathlon

Mile Bike~4 Mile Run

Half Lite 50:

Cumberland County,

0.8 Mile

NJ -

Swim~40.3

May 7, 2011

Mile Bike~8.8 Mile Run

Sprint: 0.4 Mile Swim~20.5 Mile Bike~4 Mile Run

Cascade Cumberland Lake County, Triathlon NJ - May & 7, Duathlon

2011

Tri:

Cascade

0.31 Mile

Lake

Swim~15

Triathlon

Mile

&

Bike~3.1

Duathlon

Mile Run

Du: Tri: 1.86 0.31 Mile Mile Run~15 Swim~15 Mile Mile Bike~3.1 Bike~3.1 Mile Mile Run

Cascade

Du: 1.86 Lake Mile Park Run~15 in Hampstead, Mile Bike~3.1 MD - May Mile 15, Run 2011

Cascade Lake Park in Hampstead, MD - May 15, 2011

Escape from Fort Delaware® Triathlon

1500 Escape Meter~40K from Fort Bike~10K Delaware® Run Triathlon

Delaware 1500 Meter~40K City, DE - May Bike~10K 22, 2011 Run

Delaware City, DE - May 22, 2011

Independence Triathlon

1/4

Independence

Mile Swim~10

Triathlon

Mile Bike~2 Mile Run

Lake

1/4

Nockamixon

Mile Swim~10

State

Mile

Park—Quakertown,

Bike~2 Mile Run

PA - June 5, 2011

Lake Nockamixon State Park—Quakertown, PA - June 5, 2011

Tri-It Tri-It Triathlon Triathlon

1/4 1/4 Mile Mile Swim~10 Mile Bike~2 Mile Run Run

Bear, Bear, DE DE - - June June 12, 12, 2011

A A Triathlon for for First Timers. Open to all levels including

“regular” triathletes. Bring your kids to Escape from

School Youth Tri the day before.

Diamond in in the Rough® Triathlon

1 Mile 1 Mile Swim~27 Mile Bike~5 Mile Run

Perryville,

Perryville,

MD

MD

-

-

July

July

9,

9,

2011

2011

2011 Escape from School ® Youth Series

For Kids Only-Aged 7-14

2011 Escape from School ® Youth Series

Indian For Valley Kids Y Only-Aged Youth Triathlon

7-14

Age 7-10: 75 Yd Pool Swim~1 Mile Bike~0.5 Mile Run

Indian Valley Y Youth Triathlon

Age 11-14: 175 Yd Pool Swim~3 Mile Bike~1 Mile Run

Age 7-10: 75 Yd Pool Swim~1 Mile Bike~0.5 Mile Run

Harleysville, PA - May 1, 2011

Age 11-14: 175 Yd Pool Swim~3 Mile Bike~1 Mile Run

Harleysville, PA - May 1, 2011

Escape from School® Youth Triathlon

Escape 100 Yard from Swim~2.4 School® Youth Mile Bike~0.4 Triathlon Mile Run

100 Bear, Yard DE Swim~2.4 - June 11, Mile 2011 Bike~0.4 Mile Run

Bear, Bring DE - your June 11, Moms 2011 and Dads to the Tri-It Triathlon the next

Bring day. your Moms and Dads to the Tri-It Triathlon the next

day.

KAY Good Kids Triathlon

KAY 125 Good Yard Kids Pool Triathlon Swim~2.2 Mile Bike~0.4 Mile Run

125 Kennett Yard Pool Square, Swim~2.2 PA - TDB—July Mile Bike~0.4 24, 2011 Mile Run

Kennett Square, PA - TDB—July 24, 2011

Lums Pond Youth Triathlon

Lums Pond Youth Triathlon

100 Yard Swim~2.4 Mile Bike~0.4 Mile Run

100

Bear,

Yard

DE

Swim~2.4

- August 13,

Mile

2011

Bike~0.4 Mile Run

Bear, DE - August 13, 2011

Bring your Moms and Dads to the Lums Pond Tri and Du the

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next day

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Other Other 2011 2011 Piranha Piranha Events Events

Tri Tri for for Our Our Veterans Veterans IV—In IV—In Memory Memory of Matt of McCulley Matt McCulley

Tri: Tri: 1/4 1/4 Mile Mile Swim~8.3 Swim~8.3 Mile Mile Bike~3.1 Bike~3.1 Mile Run Mile Run

Du: Du: 2 Mile 2 Mile Run~8.3 Run~8.3 Mile Mile Bike~3.1 Bike~3.1 Mile Run Mile Run

Sea Sea Isle Isle City, City, NJ - NJ May - May 28, 2011 28, 2011

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Patriot’s Triathlon

Patriot’s Triathlon

Half Lite 50: 1300 Meter Swim~38 Mile Bike~7 Mile Run

Half Lite 50: 1300 Meter Swim~38 Mile Bike~7 Mile Run

Sprint: 650 Meter Swim~13.5 Mile Bike~3 Mile Run

Sprint: Bath, PA 650 - July Meter 17, 2011 Swim~13.5 Mile Bike~3 Mile Run

Bath, PA - July 17, 2011

Lums Pond Triathlon & Duathlon

Lums Tri: 0.5 Pond Mile Triathlon Swim~19.5 & Mile Duathlon Bike~3 Mile Run

Tri: Du: 0.5 2 Mile Run~19.5 Swim~19.5 Mile Mile Bike~3 Bike~3 Mile Mile run Run

Du: Bear, 2 Mile DE - August Run~19.5 14, 2011 Mile Bike~3 Mile run

Bear, Bring DE your - August kids 14, to 2011 the Lums Pond Youth Tri the day

Bring before your kids to the Lums Pond Youth Tri the day

before Cannonman® Triathlon

Half: 1.2 Mile Swim~54 Mile Bike~13.1 Mile Run

Cannonman® Triathlon

Sprint: 0.31 Mile Swim~10.5 Mile Bike~3.1 Mile Run

Half: 1.2 Mile Swim~54 Mile Bike~13.1 Mile Run

Shawnee State Park, Bedford County, PA - August 21, 2011

Sprint: 0.31 Mile Swim~10.5 Mile Bike~3.1 Mile Run

Shawnee State Park, Bedford County, PA - August 21, 2011

Delaware Diamondman® Triathlon

Half: 1.2 Mile Swim~56 Mile Bike~13.1 Mile Run

Delaware

Sprint: 0.6

Diamondman®

Mile Swim~16 Mile

Triathlon

Bike~2 Mile Run

Half: Bear, 1.2 DE - Mile September Swim~56 11, 2011 Mile Bike~13.1 Mile Run

Sprint: 0.6 Mile Swim~16 Mile Bike~2 Mile Run

Bear, DE - September 11, 2011

Marshman Triathlon

1/4 Mile Swim~12.5 Mile Bike~2 Mile Run

Marshman Creek State Triathlon Park, Downingtown, PA - Sept. 18, 2011

1/4 Mile Swim~12.5 Mile Bike~2 Mile Run

Marsh

Cape

Creek

Henlopen

State Park,

Triathlon

Downingtown,

& Duathlon

PA - Sept. 18, 2011

Tri: 1/4 Mile Swim~14 Mile Bike~3.1 Mile Run

Cape

Du:

Henlopen

1.5 Mile Run~14

Triathlon

Mile Bike~3.1

& Duathlon

Mile Run

Lewes, DE - October 9, 2011

Tri: 1/4 Mile Swim~14 Mile Bike~3.1 Mile Run

Du: 1.5 Mile Run~14 Mile Bike~3.1 Mile Run

Lewes, DE - October 9, 2011

Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adv Race

Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adv Race

Tri: 1500 Meter Swim~40K Bike~10K Run

Sprint Tri: 600 Meter Swim~20K Bike~5K Run

Adv: 2 Mile Paddle~20K Bike~5K Mile Run

Pittsburgh, PA - July 31, 2011

Pittsburgh, PA - July 31, 2011

Tri: 1500 Meter Swim~40K Bike~10K Run

Sprint Tri: 600 Meter Swim~20K Bike~5K Run

Adv: 2 Mile Paddle~20K Bike~5K Mile Run

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Official 2011

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Cash and Prizes for 2011

2011 Greater Atlantic Multisport Series®, Escape from School® Youth Series,

Greater Atlantic Club Challenge® Events

Total Cash and Prizes valued at over $10,000

At each Greater Atlantic Multisport Series Event (adults only), there will be a Greater Atlantic Club Speed Challenge

in which the 1st place Overall Club wins $100. The scoring consists of the top 2 men and top 2 women (representing

their respective club) overall individual place. The overall individual place overall is the point index. The lowest

combined overall point index determines the winner.

Total Cash and Prizes valued at over $10,000

Series

1st Overall

Male and

Female

2nd Overall

Male and

Female

3rd Overall

Male and

Female

1st Place

Overall Club

2nd Place

Overall Club

3rd Place

Overall Club

4th Place

Overall

Club

5th Place

Overall Club

End of Series Cash and Prizes

$500 cash

each

$300 cash

each

$150 cash

each

Top Winner in each Division wins 1 free comp entry at a Series

Race for 2012—valued at $100+ each

New this year—top 5 clubs win cash. $2,500

cash

$1,500

cash

$1,000

cash

$750 cash $500 cash

Top Winner in each Division wins Series Medal. No cash prizes for youth events. To be awarded after last

Series Race (Lums Pond Youth Triathlon on 8/13/11).

Total Cash and Prizes valued at over $10,000

Ranking Point System

2011 Greater Atlantic Multisport Series®, Escape from School® Youth Series,

Greater Atlantic Club Challenge® Events

Race Distance (Triathlon and Duathlon are considered separate races.)

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Sprint

International

(Olympic)

Half Lite 50

& Half Iron

1 st Overall 10 10 12—new in 2011 n/a

2 nd Overall 9 9 11—new in 2011 n/a

3 rd Overall 8 8 10 n/a

4 th Overall n/a n/a 9 n/a

5 th Overall n/a n/a 8 n/a

1 st Age Group/Division 5 5 5 5

2 nd Age Group/Division 4 4 4 4

3 rd Age Group/Division 3 3 3 3

Finishing Point 1 1 1 1

Each individual’s point value to be assigned from each Greater Atlantic Multisport Series, Escape from School Youth Series,

and applied to the Greater Atlantic Club Challenge. All individual points apply towards their respective clubs in the Greater Atlantic

Club Challenge. Relays do not count towards rankings. USAT and non-USAT members welcomed to compete.

The Greater Atlantic Multisport Series (GAMS), Escape from School Youth Series (EFSYS), and Greater Atlantic Club

Challenge (GACC) winners will be announced at the last series races, respectfully. Top 3 overall in each gender and first

overall in each division win awards with the exception of EFSYS where only the first overall in each age group/division wins.

Awards are given to the Top 3 overall in each gender and first overall in each division with the exception of EFSYS where only

the first overall in each age group/division wins. Two requirements for awarding the winners of GAMS are as follows: Winning

the division AND having finished in 4+ GAMS events. Two requirements for awarding the winners of EFSYS are as follows:

Winning the division AND having finished in 2+ EFSYS Events.

Need not be present to accept awards. Winner for any of the prizes mentioned on this page are responsible for any taxes,

delivery, and installations that may occur. In addition, Piranha Sports, LLC and their participating sponsors are not responsible

for any misprints or additional expenses related to these prizes. They also reserve the right to change rules and packages as

deemed necessary. Duplication of prizes allowed in the series where applicable.

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Piranha sports will be celebrating its tenth anniversary this season by increasing the cash prizes in the

12-race Greater Atlantic Multisport Series and Greater Atlantic Club Challenge to over $10,000. Along

with the full adult race schedule, Piranha will be hosting the four-race Escape From School Youth Series.

2011 Greater Atlantic Multisport Series ® Events

New Jersey Devilman® Triathlon

Half Lite 50: 0.8 Mile Swim~40.3 Mile Bike~8.8 Mile Run

Sprint: 0.4 Mile Swim~20.5 Mile Bike~4 Mile Run

Cumberland County, NJ - May 7, 2011

Cascade Lake Triathlon & Duathlon

Tri: 0.31 Mile Swim~15 Mile Bike~3.1 Mile Run

Du: 1.86 Mile Run~15 Mile Bike~3.1 Mile Run

Cascade Lake Park in Hampstead, MD - May 15, 2011

Escape from Fort Delaware® Triathlon

1500 Meter~40K Bike~10K Run

Delaware City, DE - May 22, 2011

Independence Triathlon

1/4 Mile Swim~10 Mile Bike~2 Mile Run

Lake Nockamixon State Park—Quakertown, PA - June 5, 2011

Tri-It Triathlon

1/4 Mile Swim~10 Mile Bike~2 Mile Run

Bear, DE - June 12, 2011

A Triathlon for First Timers. Open to all levels including

“regular” triathletes. Bring your kids to Escape from

School Youth Tri the day before.

Diamond in the Rough® Triathlon

1 Mile Swim~27 Mile Bike~5 Mile Run

Perryville, MD - July 9, 2011

2011 Escape from School ® Youth Series

For Kids Only-Aged 7-14

Indian Valley Y Youth Triathlon

Age 7-10: 75 Yd Pool Swim~1 Mile Bike~0.5 Mile Run

Age 11-14: 175 Yd Pool Swim~3 Mile Bike~1 Mile Run

Harleysville, PA - May 1, 2011

Thanks to Piranha’s unique scoring system, every finisher in every event is part of the greater series.

Every finisher gets at least one point, and individual and club series champions will be crowned at the

end of the season.

Escape from School® Youth Triathlon

100 Yard Swim~2.4 Mile Bike~0.4 Mile Run

Bear, DE - June 11, 2011

Bring your Moms and Dads to the Tri-It Triathlon the next

day.

There’s a lot about the Piranha series that is unique. The scoring system gives racers a sense of being

a part of something greater, it creates the healthy rivalries that make us want to go faster. The club

competition also creates camaraderie through competition, and the youth series exposes children to

healthy activity and sportsmanship. The prize money is excellent- $500 to the winner and money for

the top three with an equal payout to men and women. While most of us aren’t schlepping our carloads

of equipment to races for money, it does draw better competition, which makes for a more entertaining

race. Thanks to the point system, those of us who do not finish in the money still have a reason to care.

KAY Good Kids Triathlon

125 Yard Pool Swim~2.2 Mile Bike~0.4 Mile Run

Kennett Square, PA - TDB—July 24, 2011

Lums Pond Youth Triathlon

100 Yard Swim~2.4 Mile Bike~0.4 Mile Run

Bear, DE - August 13, 2011

Bring your Moms and Dads to the Lums Pond Tri and Du the

next day

Piranha has plenty of seasoned athletes show up on race day, but the series is designed to be friendly and

easy for first-timers and beginners.

In 2011, the long awaited “Escape from Fort Delaware” is back, scheduled for May 22. This international

distance triathlon is one of the Mid-Atlantic Region’s most prestigious and unique events around with

the swim “escape” from Fort Delaware situated on Pea Patch Island in the middle of the Delaware River.

Swimmers make their way from the island back to the mainland, where they continue to finish their race

to freedom.

Other 2011 Piranha Events

Tri for Our Veterans IV—In Memory of Matt McCulley

Tri: 1/4 Mile Swim~8.3 Mile Bike~3.1 Mile Run

Du: 2 Mile Run~8.3 Mile Bike~3.1 Mile Run

Sea Isle City, NJ - May 28, 2011

The Pittsburgh Triathlon, which is not a points series event, will be held on July 31, 2011. The Pittsburgh

Patriot’s Triathlon

Half Lite 50: 1300 Meter Swim~38 Mile Bike~7 Mile Run

Sprint: 650 Meter Swim~13.5 Mile Bike~3 Mile Run

Bath, PA - July 17, 2011

Lums Pond Triathlon & Duathlon

Tri: 0.5 Mile Swim~19.5 Mile Bike~3 Mile Run

Du: 2 Mile Run~19.5 Mile Bike~3 Mile run

Bear, DE - August 14, 2011

Bring your kids to the Lums Pond Youth Tri the day

before

Cannonman® Triathlon

Half: 1.2 Mile Swim~54 Mile Bike~13.1 Mile Run

Sprint: 0.31 Mile Swim~10.5 Mile Bike~3.1 Mile Run

Shawnee State Park, Bedford County, PA - August 21, 2011

Delaware Diamondman® Triathlon

Half: 1.2 Mile Swim~56 Mile Bike~13.1 Mile Run

Sprint: 0.6 Mile Swim~16 Mile Bike~2 Mile Run

Bear, DE - September 11, 2011

Marshman Triathlon

1/4 Mile Swim~12.5 Mile Bike~2 Mile Run

Marsh Creek State Park, Downingtown, PA - Sept. 18, 2011

Cape Henlopen Triathlon & Duathlon

Tri: 1/4 Mile Swim~14 Mile Bike~3.1 Mile Run

Du: 1.5 Mile Run~14 Mile Bike~3.1 Mile Run

Lewes, DE - October 9, 2011

Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adv Race

Tri: 1500 Meter Swim~40K Bike~10K Run

Sprint Tri: 600 Meter Swim~20K Bike~5K Run

Adv: 2 Mile Paddle~20K Bike~5K Mile Run

Pittsburgh, PA - July 31, 2011

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trispokes continued from p.14

of 1:49:58, besting Tim Reed, 26, another Australian,

who posted a time of 1:51:03, and third-place finisher

David Thompson, who came in with a time of 1:51:24.

Among the professional women, Kaye took top

honors with a time of 2:02:22, besting runner-up

Nicole Kelleher, who posted a time of 2:02:52, and

third-place finisher Becky Lavelle, who had a time of

2:03:23.

The top six pros in both the male and female category

split a prize purse of $25,000.

In the age group category, the top age-group competitors

were Brian Duffy with a time of 1:54:50 and

Meghan Newcomer with a time of 2:12:05, earning

the right to compete at the Hy-Vee 5150 U.S.

Championships in Des Moines later this year.

Former Washington, D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty, a veteran

triathlete, competed in the international distance race,

finishing in 2:25:34, placing 37th among elite males.

Piranha Sports Moves into 2nd Decade

Delaware-based Piranha Sports moved into its second

decade producing and timing triathlon, duathlon and

road races this season. Led by Neil Semmel, Piranha

has put together or helped put together some 200

races over the last 10 years.

Piranha, which sponsors the New Jersey Devilman

Triathlon – a sell out again this year, along with

the popular Diamond in the Rough Triathlon in

Perryville, Md. in July and the Lums Pond tri and

duathlon events in Bear, Delaware in August each

year, among other races, also helped time the Boston

Marathon this year.

“They needed timers and called us,” Semmel told

SPOKES. “We were at the 35K mark. We saw the world

record set from front row seats.”

Among Piranha’s growing events are the four, “Escape

from School” youth series triathlons. After May and

June events in Harleysville, Pa., and June, respectively,

two more Piranha youth races remain. The Kay Good

Kids Tri is scheduled for July 24 in Kennett Square,

Pa., and the Lums Pond Youth Triathlon & Fun Run

is slated for Bear, Del., Aug. 13.

“For the kids it’s a lot of fun,” Semmel said. “The parents

absolutely love it.”

Among Piranha’s other growing events is the

Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race, July 31,

with over 800 participants already registered.

Semmel, who grew up in the Lehigh Valley area of

Pennsylvania, also has two challenging and scenic

races worth the drive just north of Allentown, Pa.

on the Piranha calendar. The Patriot’s Triathlon, a

1300-meter swim, 38K bike and 7-mile run, and sprint

distance race on the same are scheduled for July 17 in

Bath, Pa.

Some have used the race in the past to prepare for the

Ironman Lake Placid race, which follows a week later.

“We’ve been doing the Patriot’s Triathlon about seven

years,” Semmel said. “It’s a beautiful setting and an

awesome race.

Piranha’s Cannonman Triathlon in Shawnee State

Park in Schellsburg, Pa., scheduled for Aug. 24, offers

both a half-Ironman distance event and sprint tri, in

another scenic location.

“It’s a stunning course, about a 40-minute drive north

of the Blue Knob ski area,” Semmel said. “The bike

includes a ride through a covered bridge. I definitely

think it could become a destination race, it’s so nice.

And really, not that far away, a three-hour drive.”

Set Up Halfway Through Inaugural Maryland Series

The first year of Set Up Event’s Maryland Triathlon

series began in June at General Smallwood State Park

in Indianhead, Md., with sprint and international distance

races.

Following similar late June sprint and international

distance events in Rock Hall, Md. June 25 and June

26, Set Up’s Maryland Triathlon Series will ultimately

return to General Smallwood State Park, Oct. 8 and

Oct. 9, for the Waterman’s half-Ironman distance and

sprint triathlons.

In between the two weekend events at General

Smallwood, Set Up is putting on two new unique

races, the Cunningham Falls Sprint Triathlon, Sept.

25, at Cunningham Falls State Park in Thurmont,

Md., in Frederick County.

The Cunningham Falls events, race director John

Langford told SPOKES, will be a “Formula One,” style

race – also sometimes referred to as a double sprint.

The race will be 750-meter swim, followed by a 6-mile

bike, then 1.5-mile run, followed by another 6-mile

bike and a 1.5 mile to the finish line.

“Even with that, the bike is going to be a thigh burner,”

Langford said, adding that without closing down roads

outside the state park – safety was an issue for a longer

bike leg. Depending on a survey of athletes after this

year’s event, Langford said he will consider repeating

the Formula One-style race or look into a longer bike

leg into nearby Thurmont outside the state park.

Set Up also returns a triathlon to Baltimore City this

year with the Druid Hill Park Sprint Triathlon, August

7. That event starts with a 300-yard pool swim, followed

by an 8-mile bike and 5K run.

“The Baltimore City Parks and Rec is really excited,”

Langford said. “We’re getting a lot of first-timers

for that event, which is great.” Langford added that

he’s also been looking into venues in and around

Baltimore City for an open water swim triathlon for

the future, possibly at Gunpowder State Park.

On the cusp of the Rock Hall triathlons, a scenic

harbor location in a quaint Eastern Shore small

town, Langford said he expected the first year of the

Maryland Triathlon to be “a learning curve.” Overall,

he expects about 3,000 triathletes to participate in the

eight Maryland Set Up events on the board this year. He

noted that the Set Up Virginia Triathlon Series, started

in 2003 with roughly 3,000 triathletes in nine events.

“Now, the Virginia series runs 27 events and last

year had more than 15,000 athletes participating,”

Langford said. Both the Virginia and Maryland

Triathlon Series are owned by Greg Hawkins, who also

owns the North Carolina Set Up franchise.

“We think there an untapped market for races in

Maryland,” Langford said. “We think triathletes want

more races.”

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So you’ve just bought yourself a new mountain bike,

or maybe you’ve had one gathering dust in the

garage from your college days, but you’re not sure

how to take that plunge and get it out onto the trails.

Heading out on your own the first time can be a little

intimidating, so here are a few bits of helpful advice

to help get those tires on dirt.

While many mountain bikers get started at the urging

of friends who already ride, If you don’t have friends

that already mountain bike, one of the best ways to

get started is to find a mountain biking club to ride

with. Local clubs are usually a great way to find other

people who are just starting out and people with the

knowledge that you don’t have. The clubs will often

organize beginner focused rides and even clinics and

classes for beginners and rides looking to improve

their skills.

In the DC area, MORE is a great resource, organizing

beginner rides and clinics, as is the Richmond

MORE chapter for riders in the Richmond area.

In northern Maryland and Delaware, the Delaware

Trail Spinners organize a series of mountain biking

101 events throughout the year at a variety of locations.

Philadelphia Mountain Bike association holds

Laurel

Bicycle

Center

14805 Baltimore Ave.

Laurel, MD 20707

301 953-1223

301 490-7744

Monday–Friday: 10-7

Saturday: 9-6

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monthly skills clinics that vary between the 2nd and

3rd Saturdays of the month and beginner rides the

following Tuesday in Wissahickon.

Clubs

MORE - http://www.more-mtb.org

Richmond MORE - http://www.richmond-more.org

SVBC - http://www.svbcoalition.org

Delaware Trail Spinners - http://www.trailspinners.org

Philadelphia Mountain Bike Association - http://www.

phillymtb.org

The Bike

If you’ve already got a mountain bike and you bought

it from a good bike shop, then you should be pretty

much ready to ride. If it’s been sitting around for a

while or came from a big box retailer, then a quick

trip by your local bike shop to get it checked out

would probably be a good idea. Bog box stores are

notorious for doing a poor job on bike assembly and

worn brakes or poorly adjusted derailleurs will not

help make your first ride a pleasant experience.

If you don’t have a bike and you’ve got friends who

mountain bike, see if they have a bike that you can

borrow for a while to give it a try. If you’re looking

for a new bike, then make sure to go to a good local

bike shop. They’ll be able to help you pick a bike and

make sure it fits correctly and will fit the kind of riding

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the trails if you want to do it safely. A helmet is a necessity

and most (if not all) clubs will require a helmet for

participation in any club group rides or clinics.

Since you’ll be outside and exercising, you’ll need to

carry water and for any ride longer than an hour, you

should carry some form of food. A water bottle or two

carried on your bike will do the job for short rides but

pretty soon you’re going to be looking for a hydration

pack, like a Camelbak, that will let you carry water,

food, and other supplies. A couple of packets of “Gu”

or a Clif bar are always a good idea to carry on a ride,

but when you’re starting out a granola bar will do just

as well. For longer rides, sports drinks can be a good

idea, but when you’re starting out and doing fairly

short rides, plain water is fine.

It’s always a good idea when riding anywhere to carry

at least a spare tube, tire levers, and a pump so that

you can fix a flat tire. A small multi tool with a variety

of allen keys can also make the difference between a

slight delay and a long walk back to the trailhead, but

neither a tool nor a pump and tube can save the day

if you don’t know how to use them. Your local bike

shop can be a great resource for learning basic trail

or roadside repairs. Family Bike Shop in Crofton, Md

holds fix-a-flat workshops on the first Saturday of each

month at 9am. Check their website at http://familybikeshop.com

for more details.

On top of that a good pair of sunglasses will help

keep branches and dirt out of your eyes and a pair of

cycling gloves will keep your hands happy on rough

trails. Clipless pedals will help you progress as a rider,

but if you’re just starting out (and aren’t already used

to them) it’s best to start out on flat pedals.

If you’ve got a wicking t-shirt, that would be a great

choice to help keep you cool on hot days by letting your

sweat evaporate away and use common sense with sunblock

if you’d normally use it on a day out in the sun.

It’s a good idea to carry a cellphone on rides, in case you

or a riding companion is injured and you need additional

help. Most trails in urban and suburban areas have

fairly good cell reception these days, but don’t count on

being able to use a phone in all conditions.

Where

Local clubs are, once again, a great source for good

locations for beginner rides. In the DC area, there are

a lot of great trails for beginner riders. The two most

popular parks are Wakefield Park in Virginia - just off

the beltway at Braddock Road - and Schaeffer Farms

in Germantown, Maryland. They both offer a network

of trails that allow you to start with short rides in relatively

easy terrain and progress to longer and harder

rides as your skills and fitness improve. They’re also

very popular locations, so if you’re on the trails and

find yourself lost, you shouldn’t have to wait too long

before seeing another rider. Both are popular locations

for MORE beginner rides.

On the southeastern side of Washington, DC, Rosaryville

State Park near Upper Marlboro is a great step up trail

since it’s got a single loop that can be ridden in either

direction with little worry about navigating.

Generally, It’ll be best to stay away from the trails

in the Shenandoah Valley and Frederick area for a

little while as you’re getting started. While the riding

there is great and you’re likely to head out there once

you’re hooked on the sport, the trails are significantly

more challenging, the rides bigger, and the environment

more remote and isolated.

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Bikeshare Expansion on

National Mall in Stalemate

by katherine rodriguez krod92@gwmail.gwu.edu

Capital Bikeshare, a growing regional bikeshare program, is expanding its markets

with new locations and several different promotions over the spring and summer.

Everywhere except the National Mall.

With these new promotions and expansions, Capital

Bikeshare has not touched the National Mall, an area

where tourists and bike-assisted transportation could

be used most. Capital Bikeshare currently has stations

around the Mall, but none on the National Mall itself.

It has attempted for the past few months to obtain

rights from the National Park Service to put stations

on the Mall, but no agreement has been reached.

The National Park Service currently prohibits Capital

Bikeshare stations from being placed on the Mall

because of federal laws passed by Congress that preserve

the nature of national parks, said Bill Line, a

spokesman for the National Park service.

“Congress passed laws so they cannot be sidestepped,”

Line said. “The National Park Service, under federal

law, has to comply with NEPA (the National

Environmental Policy Act) and the National Historic

Preservation Act.”

The National Environmental Policy Act, enforced

by the Environmental Protection Agency, requires

federal agencies to make environmentally conscious

decisions by thinking about how their decisions

impact the environment and come up with suitable

alternatives if those decisions impact the environment

negatively.

The National Historic Preservation Act requires federal

agencies to historically preserve federal property

as close as possible to the way it was found.

In order for Bikeshare to operate on the Mall, the

EPA would have to do an environmental assessment

under the National Environmental Policy Act to determine

whether the bike service would harm the park,

Line said.

However, even if the environmental study concluded

that the bikes would not damage the Mall’s environment,

the park service would still have to follow the

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ules of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Line said the Mall is covered by the same laws as

other national parks such as the Grand Canyon,

Yellowstone, and Yosemite. Putting a bike station

on the Mall would violate the National Historic

Preservation Act because a station would be seen as

going against the historical purpose of the Mall and

its monuments.

“The National Park Service reflects an American heritage

and what a particular park means to American

citizens, not (necessarily) at (the) convenience of

select individuals,” Line said.

Although a Bikeshare station would be convenient, it

would destroy the nature of what makes the National

Mall an American institution in the first place, he said.

“The National Park Service is an organization that

strongly encourages (the) use of mass transit, but

Capital Bikeshare wants to place a structure on the

National Mall, which (the park service) does not allow

under current regulations,” Line said.

The one vendor that is allowed to put structures on

the Mall is Guest Services Inc., which provides food

services for the national parks and the Smithsonian

museums in the greater Washington area, Line said.

Guest Services, Inc., a food service and hospitality

management company in Northern Virginia, works

with government and private industry to provide food

service in public and private venues. GSI has been

able to do business on the Mall because it has held

contracts with the park service since 1926, said Kris

Rohr, communications director for Guest Services

Inc. GSI is not only responsible for the National Mall

and its parks but it also manages President’s Park,

parks within the National Capital Region, C&O Canal

National Historic Park, George Washington Memorial

Parkway, Rock Creek Park, and National Capital

Parks-East.

By law, the park service must determine that a commercial

visitor service is “necessary and appropriate”

for the enjoyment of the park in which it is located,

in order to provide that service to its visitors through

concessioners, according to the six-page background

report of the 2008 National Mall Plan.

This means the park service must try to locate facilities

as far away from the park as possible so they do

not interfere with the nature of the park.

“It is our understanding that NPS regulations prohibit

business on National Park Service land unless there

is a concession agreement in place,” Rohr said, “That

explains why you can enjoy the Lincoln Memorial

without being approached by a t-shirt vendor who has

set up shop on the steps.”

Because Capital Bikeshare is an organization that is in

a public-private ownership with the D. C. Department

of Transportation and private company Alta Bike

Share Inc., it is difficult to tell whether or not the

park service’s decision to keep bikes off the Mall was

fair or not, said Chris Holben, a DC Department of

Transportation spokesman.

Capital Bikeshare has plans to install 25 stations in the

District of Columbia and 20 in Arlington over summer

2011, Holben said.

“At this time, we have no further plans to place any

stations on the National Mall,” Holben said, “The

(park service) will be the ones who will approve the

stations and we are currently discussing how that

might happen.”

Bikeshare has recently rolled out two promotions that

cater not only to local area residents, but to tourists

visiting the area for short periods of time.

This spring, Capital Bikeshare offered riders the

option to purchase a five-day pass for $15 to attract

tourists as well as residents to the program in time for

the beginning of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

and peak tourism season for visitors to the District.

Previously, this option was offered as a three-day pass

for $15.

Capital Bikeshare also launched a Livingsocial deal

that offered monthly and yearly memberships at a 51

percent discount. Memberships normally cost $25 for

a month and $75 for a year. Under the deal, monthly

memberships would cost $12 and annual memberships

would cost $37. Capital Bikeshare also has

options where riders can obtain one-day passes for $5.

For daily and weekly memberships, members can use

their credit cards at a Capital Bikeshare station to

pay for an access code to retrieve bikes. Monthly and

annual members receive a key card that allows them

access to the bikes at one of over 114 stations in D.C.

and Arlington, Va.

Since the program began in 2010, more than 1,000

bikes have been available for use. Riders can take out

a bike as many times as they want during the period

of their memberships, and can return it to any Capital

Bikeshare station regardless of what station they originally

took the bike from.

The first 30 minutes of any trip are free and fees

increase the longer a rider keeps the bike, in addition

to membership fees that do not include extended use

of the bike.

Holben, transportation spokesperson, said Capital

Bikeshare is trying to compete for the tourist market,

but only focuses on a portion of the tourist market.

“Our bikes are meant to be used for short 30-minute

trips around town,” he said. “We tell visitors on our

website and at our stations to go to a bike rental shop

if they want a bike for the whole day, (are) under 16

years old, or want a tour.”

The nearest Capital Bikeshare stations to the

National Mall are located at 10th Street and

Constitution Avenue NW with 39 bikes; 19th Street

and Constitution Avenue NW, with 23 bikes; and 12th

Street and Independence Avenue, SW with 39 bikes.

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COMMUTER CONNECTION

by ron cassie ron_cassie@yahoo.com

health research all indicate that the best places to

bike are the best places to live,” Silldorff said. “We

know that bike friendly places allow people of all ages,

races and economic backgrounds to enjoy healthy recreational

opportunities and to travel via bicycle to and

from destinations in their communities.”

At the Kent Island event, the Governor announced

a photo contest sponsored by the Maryland Office

of Tourism and the Maryland State Highway

Administration that invites participants to post pictures

of themselves at events on Facebook to be eligible

for a $250 Visa gift card. Prize winners will be

randomly drawn from all eligible entries. The winners

will be notified on or about October 31.

“Cycle Maryland” also involves a social media campaign.

Bicyclists can check on Cycle Maryland on

Facebook and follow Cycle Maryland on Twitter

through the hashtag #CycleMD.

O’Malley also encouraged Marylanders to attend other

Cycle Maryland events scheduled through Oct. 9.

Upcoming Cycle Maryland Events include:

The Greatest Bicycle Tour of the Historic C&O

Canal,
July 9-12, 2011,
Cumberland to Washington,

D.C.
No hills, no headwinds and no cars. Plenty of

food, lots of support, ride at your own pace, well organized.

For more information visit: www.tgbt.org

Ride to See - A Tour of Kent County, Aug.

13,
Galena
Kent County
15, 30, 40, 62 and 100 miles

take in the scenery of the heartland of Kent County,

Maryland, historic towns, and great country stores.

For more information visit www.ridetosee.org.

Saint Mary's Century (Formerly the Amish 100), Sept.

17,
Leonardtown
35, 62 and 100 miles through some

of the most beautiful scenery in Southern Maryland.

For more information visit www.paxvelo.com.

Anacostia River Trail Opening,
Oct.

1,
Bladensburg
Prince George's County
Ribbon

Cutting and trail ride.
More info coming soon.

Tour du Port,
Oct. 9, 
”Baltimore
Tour du Port is a

superb way to intimately tour Baltimore. It is one of

the coolest bike events around - and it certainly supports

a cause that we support - bicycle safety! What

more could a bicyclist or commuter tired of congestion

ask for from a bicycle event!" – Baltimore Bicycle

Club. For more information visit bikemd.org.

Governor O’Malley Launches “Cycle Maryland”

At Queen Anne’s Kent Island last month, Gov.

Martin O’Malley, joined by Queen Anne’s County

Commission president Steven J. Arentz, Bike

Maryland executive director Carol Silldorff and

members of the Maryland cycling community officially

kicked off the “Cycle Maryland” initiative at the

Chesapeake Exploration Center in Chester.

“I am pleased to announce a new interactive initiative

to encourage Marylanders to enjoy cycling,” said

O’Malley. “By getting out and taking a bike ride, we

can learn to enjoy more of Maryland’s natural treasures,

help reduce the impact on the land, improve our

fitness and well-being, and enhance our quality of life.”

Before biking along the Cross Island Trail, the

Governor, a well-known fitness buff, also announced

a new interactive map that allows users to view the

many bike trails and routes in Maryland and plan their

cycling trips. By visiting the website at visitmaryland.

org, cyclists now have one central location to find places

to bike using the various layers of the map, including

the BLOC rating feature (Bike Level of Comfort)

on state-owned roadways and points of interest.

Information on the Maryland Trails Plan latest

updates can be found at http://www.mdot.maryland.

gov/Planning/Trails/About.html.

Additionally, there will be an online survey of

Maryland’s bike community to improve upon the

existing map to make it more user-friendly for cyclists.

The survey can be found at http://surveymonkey.

com/s/CycleMaryland.

“The selected events for ‘Cycle Maryland’ showcase

Maryland’s cycling diversity,” said Margot Amelia,

executive director of the Maryland Office of Tourism.

“From family-friendly recreational rides on newly

opened rail trails to highly competitive long-distance

road races, these routes take visitors on an up-close

and personal journey through some of the most scenic

landscapes in Maryland.”

Bike Maryland executive director Carol Silldorff

joined the Governor in supporting the Cycle

Maryland initiative.

“We promote bicycling because planning and public

Rockville to Participate in Bike Sharing Program

Rockville, in partnership with Montgomery County,

will establish a bike-sharing program that will offer

200 bicycles at 20 bike stations in Rockville and the

Shady Grove area. The National Capital Region

Transportation Planning Board approved a $1.3 million

grant to establish the pilot program June 13.

“We are thrilled about partnering with Montgomery

County on this project,” said Rockville City Manager

Scott Ullery. “Our growing network of biking infrastructure

and access to three Metro stations makes

Rockville the perfect place for a pilot.”

The pilot bike-sharing program will determine whether

bike-sharing programs are feasible in suburban centers

and test its success in providing an alternate transportation

option for low-income residents and employees.

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“Bike sharing can be a cost effective way to provide

better transportation connections to low income

residents, many of whom hold multiple jobs and

try to participate in job training programs,” said

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett. “By

providing low cost, efficient and readily available

transportation linkages to home and employment and

education sites, the bike share program should significantly

expand opportunities and improve the quality

of life for all our residents. We hope this bike sharing

pilot project will prove to be a great success.”

The bike-sharing program is one of eight regional

projects to receive funds under the Job Access Reverse

Commute (JARC) program of the Federal Transit

Administration. These funds must be used to improve

mobility options for low-income commuter.

Low-income workers who meet program guidelines

will receive a free, one-year bike share membership;

coverage for a certain level of user fees; a bike helmet;

bicycle use and safety training classes; and assistance

with finding safe bicycle routes.

The JARC grant will provide $1.288 million, and the

matching portion is $688,000, of which the City of

Rockville will contribute up to $200,000 for both capital

costs and operation costs. Costs associated with the

program include streetscape improvements or bike

path links. Capital costs associated with the program

include streetscape improvements or bike path links.

Some of the proposed locations for the bike share

stations are the Rockville and Shady Grove Metro

stations, Rockville Town Center, employment centers

along Route 355/Rockville Pike, Montgomery

College-Rockville Campus, Universities at Shady

Grove and Johns Hopkins-Montgomery County

Campus, and the City of Rockville.

The study found that designing and building this

infrastructure can also address the problem of unemployment,

by creating jobs for engineers, construction

workers, and workers who produce the asphalt, signs

and other construction materials.

Researchers collected data from departments of transportation

and public works departments in 11 cities,

evaluating 58 separate projects. These projects ranged

from road construction and rehabilitation, to building

new multi-use trails and widening roads to include

bike lanes and sidewalks. Using an input-output

model with state-specific data, researchers estimated

the employment impacts of each project and presented

the results by project, by city, and by type.

On average, these various transportation infrastructure

projects create nine in-state jobs for each $1

million of spending and an additional three jobs if

out-of-state effects are included. In addition, researchers

found that the highest level of job creation was for

bicycle-only infrastructure such as building or refurbishing

bike lanes.

These projects created up to 11.4 jobs per $1 million

when only in-state effects were considered. This was

followed by pedestrian-only infra- structure (such as

sidewalks and pedestrian crossings) and multi-use

trails, which created close to 10 jobs for each $1 million

spent on the project.

“These findings suggest that when confronted with a

decision of whether or not to include pedestrian and/

or bicycle facilities in transportation infrastructure

projects, planning officials should do so, not only because

of the environmental, safety, and health benefits

but also because these projects can create local jobs,”

the report concluded.

Study Finds Bicycling and Walking Infrastructure

Projects Create More Jobs than Road-Only Projects

A new study from the Political Economy Research

Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts

Amherst examined the job creation benefits of building

bicycling and walking infrastructure projects, nationwide.

The report builds upon PERI's previous study of

Baltimore by examining transportation infrastructure

projects from 10 additional U.S. cities, Anchorage,

Austin, Bloomington, Ind., Concord, N.H., Eugene,

Houston, Lexington, Madison and Seattle.

Overall this latest study reinforces the finding that

bicycling and walking projects such as bicycle lanes

and sidewalks create more jobs than road construction

or repair.

The reports conclusion noted that the U.S. is currently

experiencing high unemployment, unsustainable use

of carbon-based energy, and a national obesity epidemic

– and that three of these problems can be partly

addressed through increased walking and cycling.

View Trail 100 offers cyclists a scenic tour of over 100 miles of

Worcester’s unspoiled countryside. From Berlin to Pocomoke City, with

four shorter loops including Assateague Island and Snow Hill, the trail

takes a circular route, traveling along small country roads, through

farmlands and forest, along coastal bays, rivers and creeks.

A predominantly flat landscape, moderate winters, summers seldom too

hot for riding and the days of spring and fall all make for perfect cycling

in Maryland’s beach and beyond. For more detailed directions and

GPS coordinates for the Viewtrail 100 and short loops visit:

www.visitworcester.org

For a more extensive cycling tour of Delmarva, check out the

“Great Delmarva Bicycling Trail” @ www.delmarvalite.org

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Family Cycling 101

by kevin brugman kbrugman@cox.net

Get Your Kids Playing

Years ago, before I got married, before I had much

of anything, it was Christmas time and I did not

have any money for Christmas presents, so I gave my

friend’s son a shoebox full of used racquetballs. I

hoped that he would not be too disappointed because

the present would not measure up to some of the

other more elaborate gifts he would get from others.

To make a long story short, it turned out to be his

favorite gift. When he took it over to the extended

family holiday celebration, it was the hit of the party

among the kids and they spent all day long playing

with that box full of used racquetballs.

There were no instructions or rules, just an opportunity

to play, while they made up their own rules and

then change them at will. I learned an important lesson

that Christmas, one that I forget and constantly

have to relearn. Kids just want to play.

I learned that lesson again this past year at the

Baltimore Bike Club’s Kent County Spring Fling.

There were several activities going on and all of a

sudden I noticed that my boys were missing. They

were not at the dance and they were not in the game

room. Looking around I found them along with a

bunch of other kids from 8 to 16 years old playing a

board game. They were all having a good time and

the parents felt really guilty breaking them up, but

the parents were getting tired and we needed to go to

bed. Once again I relearned that the best way to have

a bunch of kids behave, is to get the adults out of the

way and let them play.

Unfortunately, there seem to be many parents who

are very uncomfortable with their kids out of sight

and want to organize all their children’s activities.

Summer becomes one camp after another or the parents

are ferrying them from one activity to another.

Unfortunately, this leaves little time for kids to have

unstructured play. One of the causes of this is the

perceived fear that something bad will happen to our

children. All we need to do is turn on the TV and we

seem to see daily stories about children being abducted

or injured in horrific accidents. Yet when we actually

look at the numbers behind the stories, we find

that child abductions by strangers are extremely rare,

something in the range greater than 1 in a 1,000,000.

There has been an informal alternative move afoot

called “Free Range Kids.” These parents believe that

kids need to have less structure and more free time

to organize their own play. Lenore Skenazy who may

have coined the term “Free Range Kids” and blogs

about the same says: “At Free Range Kids we believe

in safe kids. We believe in helmets, car seats and safety

belts. We do not believe that every time school age

children go outside, they need a security escort.”

This is how I grew up as a child. We had our bikes

and baskets on our bikes which allowed us to go

everywhere from sun up to sun down carrying everything

from fishing tackle to baseball equipment. We

used our bikes to get wherever we wanted to go. It

didn’t matter what kind of bike you had, you just got

on the bike and rode.

Little did we know that we were meeting the 3 “A”s of

child well being: Attention, Affiliation and Affect as

defined by Drs. Burdette and Whitaker. All we knew

was that we were having fun on our bikes. That free

play using our bikes was setting up a lot of skills for

later in life.

I was at the Little League ball park the other night

and one of the coaches was lamenting that the kids

never got a chance to just go out and play ball. It was

always at a formal game or practice. The kids did not

know how to have fun playing ball anymore. This concerns

me a bit with some of the kids I see out biking

on organized efforts. They are working towards a Boy

Scout Merit Badge or raising money for some charity.

All good things, but what happened to just having fun.

One of the things that we have been doing is mixing

up the riding a bit. At the Spring Fling, we were swapping

out partners. My oldest son is now tall enough

and strong enough to captain the tandem, so on one

day he captained with my wife stoking and another

day he captained and my other son was on back.

Putting two strong young men on a tandem is a great

way to go fast and have fun. They would pull forward

and loose me in the dust, then drift back to mock me

for awhile and then speed away making me look slow.

Next time I am bringing the bungee cord to hook

onto their seatpost to pull me along. I figure that will

be good pay back for all the miles I pulled them in

the child trailer.

We are also bringing the boy’s friends on the rides

and letting them ride by themselves while Kim and I

keep at our own pace. Two things come out of this;

first our sons have fun and second, our son’s friends

think we are cool for doing things like this. That was a

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BIKE SHOP

A follow up on the Self-Professed Video Addict

Back in May I wrote about 15-year-old Jerry and how

he was coming off his self-professed video addiction

and preparing for riding the Tour de Cure in June.

There were a few more blips in his training before he

finally got ready for the big ride. One of the big ones

was getting used to clipless pedals. As with many of

us, they pulled several “Arties” before they got comfortable

with the new pedals. (For those of you that

do not know what an Artie is. Back about 1970, the

comedian Artie Johnson had a skit on the “Martin

and Rowan Laugh In” TV show where he would pedal

across the stage on a child’s tricycle and the fall over

with his hands still on the handlebars and his feet on

the pedals. Hence an “Artie”.)

The most exhilarating experience on the clipless pedals

was when an oncoming rider was going too fast on

the trail and Jerry had to bail off the trail and fall into

the grass. Fortunately he was not hurt but learned a

lot about paying attention while cycling.

When they finally got down to Raleigh, N.C., they

found out that the century ride had been shortened

from 100 to 80 miles due to a serious vehicle accident

requiring a detour on the course. This may have

been a blessing in disguise as one of the boys, they

won’t tell me which, was exhausted when they finished.

However they assure me that they would have

both finished the whole 100 miles if they had to.

Perhaps adding to the exhaustion was a teenager’s

need to go FAST. Jerry and Hunter took off at a faster

pace straight than Jerry’s Aunt from the beginning.

Fortunately there were other groups going fast that

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pace. However Jerry did drift back and spend time

riding with his Aunt.

Nancy was advised the two boys were the only teenagers

doing the century portion of the ride. They were able to

raise over $1000 for the American Diabetes association.

Now that they have finished their first big ride, they have

marked next year’s Tour de Cure to ride. Jerry’s friend

decides that he really likes road riding and is looking

for his next century ride while Jerry is looking at having

more fun riding the trails on his mountain bike.

To quote an old friend: “Please don’t ever underestimate

your child. They can do far more than we realize.”

July 2011

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cyclists' kitchen

by nancy clark, ms, rd

experiment with different food and exercise patterns

to find a solution that brings peacefulness to your

exercise program.

Dreaded Diarrhea: A Stinky Topic

Some athletes call it runners' trots; others call it diarrhea.

Whatever the name, few athletes openly discuss

the topic yet many secretly suffer. Here’s some information

about this stinky topic that might help you

bring peace to your workouts.

Q. I’ve heard milk causes diarrhea?

Some athletes have trouble digesting lactose, the

sugar that naturally occurs in milk. If you are lactose

intolerant, you may experience gas, bloating, and

diarrhea. Try switching to lactose-free milk (such as

LactAid Milk or soy milk).

Q. Does anyone (besides me) worry about undesired

pit stops while exercising?

Yes! Diarrhea is a major concern for many athletes,

particularly those in running sports, of whom an estimate

20 to 50% suffer from “urgency to defecate.”

Running and to a lesser extent bicycling jostles the

intestines, reduces blood flow to the intestines as the

body sends more blood to the exercising muscles,

stimulates changes in intestinal hormones that hasten

transit time, and alters absorption rate. Becoming

dehydrated exacerbates the problem. Add a pre-existing

bowel problem, and you are even more likely to

be bothered by pit stops as your exercise ramps up.

Q. How often do most athletes have a bowel movement?

Some athletes poop once a day, others twice a day,

and some once every 2 or 3 days. “Normal” is what is

normal for your body. You can learn your personal

transit time by eating sesame seeds, corn, or beets—

foods you can see in feces. Pay attention to how much

time passes between intake and output.

Exercise (even weight-lifting) speeds up transit time,

especially if you do more exercise than usual. A study

with healthy, untrained 60-year old men indicates

their transit time accelerated from an average of 44

hours to 20 hours after they started lifting weights.

Q. Is my diet causing the problem?

Your diet can create the problem, but medical issues

such as celiac or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can

cause chronic loose stools. Just being female increases

the risk of experiencing loose stools, particularly at

the time of the menstrual period. Add stress, preevent

jitters, high intensity effort and it's no wonder

many athletes become plagued by urgency to defecate,

particularly novices whose bodies are yet unaccustomed

to the stress of hard exercise.

To figure out if the problem is connected to your

diet, keep a food and poop chart. For at least a week,

eliminate a suspicious food. Observe any changes in

bowel movements. Next, eat a hefty dose of the suspected

food; observe changes. For example, if you

stop having diarrhea when you cut out popcorn, but

have trouble during a long run after having eaten a

tub of the stuff, the answer becomes obvious: eat less

popcorn.

Q. What are the common dietary triggers?

1) Fiber. Triathletes with a high fiber intake reported

more GI complaints than those with less fiber. Cut

back on high fiber cereals, and if needed, fruits,

veggies, whole grains. Reduce your fiber intake for

1 to 3 days prior to competition.

2) Sorbitol. If you enjoy sugar-free gum, candies,

and breath mints that contain sorbitol (a type

of sugar), take note: sorbitol triggers diarrhea in

some people.

3) Coffee, tea. Hot fluids can stimulate gastric movement.

4) Fatty foods, spicy foods, alcohol, high does of

Vitamin C.

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Q. Should I go on a gluten-free diet?

Gluten, a protein found in wheat, is known to cause

diarrhea in people with celiac disease. About 1 in

125 people has celiac (gluten intolerance). First get a

medical diagnosis before embarking on this difficult

diet. Even if diagnostic tests are negative, some people

feel better avoiding gluten. For more information, see

www.celiac.org and www.GlutenFreeDiet.ca.

Q. I'm afraid to eat or drink anything during exercise.

If I succumb, I inevitably get diarrhea. Suggestions?

I suggest you start drinking earlier and stay well

hydrated. Intestinal complaints are common in

athletes who have lost more than 4% of their body

weight in sweat. (That's 6 pounds for a 150-pound

athlete.) Becoming dehydrated may have triggered

the diarrhea, not the water or sports drink.

Your best bet is to train your body to tolerate fluids.

Start with small amounts of water during exercise for

a week or two, then transition to diluted sports drinks,

and then eventually to full-strength sports drinks. Or

have plain water + mints or hard candies.

Q. Can I take some sort of anti-diarrhea medication?

When all else fails, consult with your doctor about

taking anti-diarrhea medicine, such as Imodium, one

hour pre-event. Perhaps that will be your saving grace

for special events, but not on a daily basis. Caution:

Taking Imodium without diarrhea can leave you constipated.

Q. Any other tips to help manage dreaded diarrhea?

• If you are a morning runner, drink a warm beverage

(tea, coffee, hot water) to stimulate a bowel movement.

Allow time to sit on the toilet to do your business

prior to exercise.

• Before you embark on a hard workout, exercise

lightly to help stimulate a bowel movement, poop,

and then exercise hard.

• Experiment with training at different times of the

day. Perhaps morning exercise, after having had

a bowel movement, is preferable to an afternoon

workout, at which time the intestinal tract has accumulated

daytime food and fluids.

• Choose more foods that tend to be naturally constipating,

such as bananas, white bread/bagels, white

rice, and pasta.

• Exercise with a bathroom near by, such as at a gym.

• Design your running route to include a bathroom,

such as a gas station, fast food restaurant, or a

friend's house.

• Before and during exercise, visualize yourself having

no intestinal problems. A positive mindset (as

opposed to useless fretting) may help control the

problem.

As your body adjusts to exercise, your intestines may

resume standard bowel patterns. But not always, as

witnessed by the number of experienced runners who

carry toilet paper with them while running.

The bottom line: You are not alone with your concerns.

Yet, your body is unique and you need to

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To Platoon or Not to Platoon?

There is no doubt that cycling is on the rise in our

region. More people are discovering the convenience

and fun of getting around by bike, and bike lanes

and other helpful infrastructure are popping up

everywhere. I notice this everyday as I travel around

Arlington, D.C., and Maryland by bike and it’s great

to see. As I find myself sharing space on the road with

fellow cyclists, I have been experimenting with different

riding styles to see what is more comfortable and

efficient. In particular, riding alone or forming spontaneous

bike platoons. Each style has its own merits.

Here is what I have found:

The Merits of Bike Platoons

Forming a spontaneous bike platoon involves joining

up and riding with another cyclist, or cyclists and riding

as a group that flows down the road and through

intersections like a single unit. Of course, this should

not be too close for comfort. Leaving breathing room

of at least four feet on all sides is advised.

Riding as a platoon increases the visibility of cyclists to

drivers, creates more order and predictability in their

actions, and simplifies the interactions between bikes

and vehicles. Bike platoons generally behave more like

vehicles than individual cyclists, which is a good thing.

I find the ideal size of platoons to be two to five bikes.

More than that becomes unwieldy. Five cyclists riding

as a platoon takes up about the same amount of space

on the road as a car, and it’s easier for a car to make

one pass of a five bike platoon than it is to pass five

bikes riding individually.

These platoons often form at intersections as several

cyclists find themselves waiting together for their turn

at a traffic light or stop sign. If the group forms here

Behind Bars

and stays together, they will often find that passing

through upcoming intersections as a platoon is more

controlled and less random.

Additional benefits include making new friends,

increasing the camaraderie among cyclists and the

opportunity to pick up new skills and safe riding habits

from others. Riding with experienced cyclists with

good skills and safe habits is the absolute best way to

learn for a less skilled cyclist. Even those of us that

have been riding for a long time still have something

to learn.

Merits of Riding as Individuals

There are certainly some advantages to riding alone

as well. Primarily, staying away from other cyclists

reduces the chances of crashing with another cyclist.

Any touching of wheels can cause a crash.

Riding alone also makes the individual cyclist the sole

decision maker. This includes choosing the pace and

not being slowed down or rushed by other cyclists,

deciding whether to go through the intersection as

the light turns from green to yellow, and what position

in the travel lane to take.

My Preference

Like many aspects of my bike riding, I like variety.

Some days I want to ride at my own speed with less

interaction with other cyclists, but more and more

recently, I enjoy the unity of the bike platoon. This is

especially the case on roads with lots of intersections

and interactions with vehicles. Thankfully, more cyclists

on the roads means more platoon opportunities.

Reach Over 30,000

Bicycling Enthusiasts

Call 301-418-1039

or email

neil@spokesmagazine.com

by chris eatough info@bikearlington.com

Tips for forming spontaneous bike platoons:

Waiting at intersections is often the best time to form

platoons.

The best platoon size is two to five riders.

Ask other riders if they mind if you ride with them in a

platoon.

Don’t ride too close to other cyclists.

Be predictable so that motorists and other cyclists are not

taken by surprise.

Ride as a unit and be “car like”.

Be alert.

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

interest or questions you’d like to ask Chris, email them

to him at info@bikearlington.com. For more information

about Bike Arlington, log onto www.BikeArlington.com.

July 2011

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JULY 16 – MS MASON-DIXON CHALLENGE

Start and finish at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg,

PA and enjoy the rolling routes through scenic

Northern Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania.

Participants can expect great route support, wellstocked

rest-stops, finish line festivities and plenty of

historic treasures along the way. All proceeds raised

will drive research and provide support for people

affected by MS. For details log on to www.MDCride.

org, or call 443-641-1200.

JULY 24-30 – FANY RIDE

The Great Big FANY Ride will spin five hundred

miles Across New York – for it’s 11th annual ride.

Explore Niagara Falls, visit farm stands near the Erie

Canal, sample wines at Finger Lake region vineyards,

ride over 100 miles without a traffic light in

the Adirondack Mountains, and arrive in Saratoga

Springs. SAG support, marked roads, cue sheets, luggage

transfer to overnight campsites, optional bus

to parking at start/finish. In honor of each biker

the FANY Ride makes a donation to the Double H

Ranch – a camp for children with chronic illnesses.

No pledges are required. www.FANYride.com (518)

461-7646

JULY 30-31 – CATOCTIN CHALLENGE

Three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond

returns this year to again challenge the hills of

Frederick County, Md. and southern Pa. Choose

from a 50, 65 or 100 mile ride north, overnight party

complete with an Outback Steakhouse dinner, live

music and entertainment, followed by a 30 or 42 mile

ride home Sunday. Camping at The Lodge at Blue

Ridge Summit. This is a fund raiser event for Catoctin

Charities (www.catoctincharities.org). Call Phil for

details at (301) 662-5518.

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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.

SEPTEMBER 9-11 – TOUR DE CANAL

Since its inception in 1997, this event has raised more

than $1.5 million to fund promising research and

services for those who suffer from Alzheimers. This

series of very popular rides, ranges from a challenging

but fully supported two day tour of the entire 184

mile C&O Canal beginning in Cumberland, Md., and

ending in Washington, D.C., to a 100 mile route over

the same two days, to a one day 20 mile memory ride.

Here’s your chance to do the canal with support. For

details log onto www.alz.org/nca or call (800) 728-9255, or (703) 359-4440.

SEPTEMBER 10 – AMISH COUNTRY TOURS

Five tours ranging from 15-100 miles in and around

the legendary Amish farm country near Dover,

Delaware, four food stops, catered BBQ. 25th anniversary

of this popular event. Call 800-233-5368 or log

onto www.amishcountrybiketour.com

SEPTEMBER 17 – ST MARY’S CENTURY

Previously known as the Amish Hundred, each year

hundreds of cyclists enjoy the quiet rural charm of

St. Mary's County. Steeped in history and culture,

Southern Maryland is laced with quiet country roads

perfect for cycling. Pass farms being worked today,

as they were 200 years ago. Take time to stop at

local stores, roadside stands, or the farmer's market

to sample the produce, baked goods and crafts of

the community. Visit the archaeological exhibits at

the St. Clement's Island Museum and the experience

the history of the early settlers at St. Clement's

Island. Choose a traditional full century (100 miles),

a 65-mile or 35-mile course. Routes are flat to rolling,

with an occasional hill. At the end of the ride

enjoy a shower at College of Southern Maryland and

grab a bite at the free picnic. All rides start from the

College of Southern MD located in Leonardtown,

MD. For more information: e-mail stmaryscentury@paxvelo.com

or contact the ride coordinator, Fred

Parker, at 757-395-9305

SEPTEMBER 23-25 – RIVER, RHYTHM & RIDE

Virginia's Northern Neck, "the Garden of Virginia,"

serves as the host for the sixth annual River, Rhythm

& Ride (formerly the Northern Neck RiverRide).

Tour this special and unique peninsula, located

between the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers, with

800 cycling enthusiasts and experience the heritage,

culture and incomparable scenery that this region has

to offer. It will include routes of 100, 60, 50, 25 miles

on Saturday and unsupported group rides on Sunday.

Registration has been reduced to $35, with camping,

meals, and other options priced separately. Those

who wish to make a weekend of it may camp or rent

cabins on beautiful Indian Creek near Kilmarnock.

The Northern Neck is on the western shores of the

Chesapeake Bay and the ride includes rural routes

and scenic water views of the Bay. The ride is based in

Kilmarnock, VA. Registration information and other

facts about the ride are available at www.riverride.org


OCTOBER 1-2 – PA RIVER RAMBLE

On this Pedal Pa bicycle tour meet on Saturday for

breakfast at the historic Yardley Inn. Then cycle up

the PA side of the Delaware River from Yardley, Bucks

County to Easton, home of Lafayette College and a

fun destination with lots to do. Stay at the Comfort

Inn, with an indoor heated pool. You will be riding

on the recently restored Canal Towpath. Cyclists may

depart our river route to explore some scenic and

historic villages for lunch and some shopping. On

Sunday, cyclists cross the River to Philipsburg and ride

some narrow back roads to Milford and Frenchtown

where a well maintained 21 mile Canal path begins

following the River and the Delaware & Raritan Canal

from Frenchtown to Washington Crossing, where

we will cross the river, and return to Yardley. Cyclists

may depart the Towpath at many locations to explore

some scenic and historic villages for lunch and some

shopping. The 105 mile round-trip is mostly flat. Log

onto www.pedalpa.com for details.

OCTOBER 15 — SEA GULL CENTURY

Acclaimed as one of the best run and flattest century

rides in the country, the Sea Gull has become a full weekend

of Eastern Shore riding fun with rides and events

offered on Friday and Sunday. Expect a lot of company,

as in over 7000 riders. For details or registration call

(410) 548-2772, or log onto www.seagullcentury.org

OCTOBER 21-23 – SHENANDOAH FALL FOLIAGE FESTIVAL

Enjoy spectacular cycling in Virginia’s beautiful

Shenandoah Valley in this 21th annual event. All new

routes on Saturday with rides each day for all skill levels

from easy family cycling to a challenging century.

Sag support and excellent rest stops on every route.

Visit Grand Caverns (with discount) and other scenic

and historic attractions in Staunton and the valley.

Check out www.shenandoahbike.org; email:

fallbikefestival@comcast.net or call (540) 416-0267

for details.

30 July 2011


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ASHBURN

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BELLEVIEW

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(703) 765-8005

FAIRFAX

SPOKES, ETC.

10937 Fairfax Boulevard

(703) 591-2200

FREDERICKSBURG

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1907 Plank Road

(540) 371-6383

HERNDON

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2451 I-3 Centerville Road

(703) 793-0400

MANASSAS

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7705 Sudley Road

(703) 361-6101

VIENNA

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224 Maple Avenue East

(703) 281-2004

WOODBRIDGE

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14477 Potomac Mills Road

(703) 491-5700

MARYLAND

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Rt. 26 & Monocacy Boulevard

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