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Renold Yip, formerly a bike mechanic in the Mid-Atlantic,

won several awards at the Handmade Bike Show in

Richmond. Photo by Erik Lokensgard

ever since my bike club stopped hosting

an annual cycling weekend in Frederick County,

Maryland, I’ve lamented the loss. Wonderfully

entitled the Frederick Fall Foliage Frolic (FFFF) this

weekend was something I looked forward to every

year, and that was at a time when I did not even live

in Frederick. The FFFF experience was one of many

reasons I used in deciding to move from the DC

metro area to Frederick County. It gave me a chance

to experience this wonderful part of America as a

cyclist. Clearly, I fell in love with what I saw.

For at least the past 10 years, I’ve been trying to convince

various bicycling event promoters to create a

replacement weekend event for Frederick, without

any luck.

So this year, this is my “ah ha” moment.

SPOKES Magazine along with Fairchild Controls of

Frederick is proud to announce the inaugural Tour

de Frederick bicycling weekend, August 13-15.

My wife thinks I’m nuts, inviting a couple hundred

cycling friends for a weekend. But what else is new? If an

important aspect of life isn’t about creating new adventures

for your family and friends, what else is there?

I see this as an opportunity to show off the place I love

and call home. I’ve already lined up a bunch of fun

things to do when we’re not riding our bikes, such as

an evening at one of America’s finest minor league

ball parks (with fireworks and we get to throw out the

first pitch), an evening out on the town (in historic

downtown Frederick), various tours (including a Civil

War museum) and product samplings from locally

made apple products, to Frederick beers and wines.

Oh yes, then there’s the biking. One day, we’ll visit

Frederick’s famed covered bridges, and on another

we’ll have the option of climbing Sugarloaf Mountain.

I see the Tour de Frederick as a chance to host a

weekend long cycling party for cycling friends. Yes, we

will also be making a significant charitable contribution

as a portion of our proceeds, so a worthy cause is

also involved.

I hope you can make it. We are limiting registration

to keep it, shall we say “intimate.” I want participants

to have ample opportunities to get to know one


Check it out at www.tourdefrederick.com

Happy trails,

Neil Sandler

Editor & Publisher

Touring • Racing • Off-Road

Recreation • Triathlon • Commuting

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Tour Frederick


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Richmond’s Handmade

Bike Show

Draws Thousands

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show, sponsored by Shimano, was held on the East Coast for

the first time, Feb. 26-28 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Event organizers were not sure

what kind of turnout to expect, but with nearly 7,000 paying visitors they left very satisfied, vowing to

return to the mid-Atlantic again soon.

Visitors got to see the handicrafts of 130 exhibitors. A few local builders won top honors in their divisions.

Renold Yip, who several years ago worked as a mechanic and bike fitter at All American Bicycles in

Damascus, Md., won the top honors for “The Best City Bike” and “People’s Choice” Award. See the

adjacent feature story on Yip.

Aaron Dykstra, owner of Six Eleven Bicycles in Roanoke, Va., won “Rookie of the Year.” (We’ll be doing

a feature of Dykstra later this year.) Six Eleven Bicycles is named after a famous steam engine built in

Roanoke, Va. Dykstra said “this bicycle is inspired by the aesthetics of the 611 steam engine, which is

the pride of Roanoke. It seemed fitting that I should make it a track bike, and I’ve added a small grill

to the top of the head tube, and the serial number plate is derived from the train, too.”

Bilenky Cycle Works of Philadelphia, owned by Stephen Bilenky, won “Best Road Frame.” In business

for 30 years, Bilenky is renowned for his custom tandem bikes. His award winning bike is an old

French style tandem, using modern geometry and updated components.

For more on the winners log onto www.handmadebicycleshow.com

Photos by Doug Graham

Photo by Neil Sandler

6 April 2010


“People’s Choice”

Renold Yip

by brenda ruby bruby@verizon.net

A few of the nearly 7,000 area cyclists who attended the North American Handmade

Bicycle Show in Richmond, Va., the last weekend in February may have recognized

Renold Yip from his years as a mechanic and bike fitter at a Maryland bike store.

but clearly today most were totally mesmerized

by the bikes he now handcrafts one by one from his

workshop in Colorado.

There’s no doubt that when you’re looking at a handmade

bike, you’re looking at a work of art, but for

Renold Yip the functionality of his bikes is the art.

Fit, ride quality, and design for application are at the

heart of YiPsan Bicycles.

Winner of the “Best City Bike” and “People’s Choice”

awards for his Sunflower Bike presented at the 2010

North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Yip’s creations

stand out as moving masterpieces.

Building frames since 2005, YiPsan Bicycles was conceived

as a way to continue the craft of frame building

in a single-person workshop. Started in 2007 on

his philosophy of “modern fitting concepts, modern

materials, traditional techniques,” he builds with

mostly hand tools; his only power tool is the hand

drill. As he says, “It’s not the most efficient way, not

the quickest way, but it’s the best way to put your

ideas and details into a hand-built bike.”

Trained as an engineer, not an artist, Yip received

a degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the

University of West of England in Bristol, England.

He returned to his native Hong Kong and pursued

a career in this field, then as a quality management

system consultant until moving to Seattle in 2002 for

his wife’s job.

Not just her “arm candy” as he jokes, this is where he

first delved into working with bikes as a career, forming

a home-based bike repair service. Yip saw it as a

service to the community and says he “learned a lot

about American cycling habits.”

Though it might seem like a complete departure

from his previous life, Yip says he first started to play

with bikes when he was a teenager taking apart and

putting together his BMX bike.

Another move in 2003 brought Yip to Maryland

where he worked at All American Bikes in Damascus.

Yip worked there through 2006, honing his skills as

a mechanic and fitter. During this time Yip began to

tinker with building frames and eventually went to

the United Bicycle Institute’s (UBI) frame building

school in 2005. He then upped his skill set by training

with Serotta Bicycles at their New York factory

and became a certified bike fitter.

In June 2006 Yip and his wife moved again, this time

to Fort Collins, Colorado where he started offering

his YiPsan Bicycles in 2007. Yip notes, “While I started

building frames in 2005, the practice of two years was

very important to me and my customers.”

Working alone, creating about 15 custom bikes a

year, Yip explains that his process really starts with the

non-artistic stuff (i.e., fit). As he says, “A custom bike

that does not fit is simply a piece of metal decoration.

Having the fit right is crucial.”

This information, along with other important factors

such as riding purpose, terrain it will be used on, and

desired handling traits are used for designing the

bike. Working with steel exclusively using traditional

lug or fillet brazed construction, Yip makes all styles

of bikes (road, cross, randonneur, touring, commuting,

and off road) as well as custom stems, forks,

racks, and seat posts. Yip notes, “Only after these

functional aspects are taken care of can we look into

the more artistic side.”

Take, as example, the award-winning Sunflower bike.

Created for Tom and Danielle Rinker, owners of

Bicycle Escape in Frederick, Md., Yip worked closely

with Tom Rinker to achieve not just a bike that fit, but

one built on Rinker’s artistic vision.

Rinker knew Yip from working with him at All

American and already owned a few of his bikes saying,

“I knew him when he was making frames on the

side and when he started selling them commercially I

had confidence in them because I knew Renold and

I know he’s meticulous and comes to it from an engineering

background.” Rinker adds, “His bikes have a

nice balance. We’ve talked about this often. He gets

the functional art aspect of it. Some bikes are more

art than function, but that’s not what he’s about—he’s

100% about what the bikes supposed to do.”

What Rinker needed he says was a “mommy bike.”

“My wife just had a baby about eight months ago

and we didn’t have in ideal ‘mommy’ bike for biking

around town.”

Danielle Rinker had suggested a stock hybrid, but for

Tom who considers bikes to be “a beautiful artistic

expression of something I love,” that just wouldn’t do.

The only desire Danielle Rinker had was for the bike

to be inspired by a sunflower; Tom notes that it’s

meaningful to them and made perfect sense. Rinker

contacted Yip and got the process going.

Both being bike fitters, Yip and Rinker speak the same

technical language and with those specifications taken

care of, they could explore the bike’s artistic features.

Yip notes that those generally come across in “mostly

the paint scheme, but also on the metal work I would

consider adding features—a one-off cable hanger, the

seat stay cap finishing, or lug shapes and cut outs.”

Rinker says that designing bikes is something he

enjoys and used the sunflower as inspiration for the

bike’s yellow and cream palette noting, “If you look

at the bike you’ll see that the center of the wheels are

black, like a sunflower.”

Beyond the paint job, Rinker wanted a unique bike

basket which he needed to convey to Yip.

“In these areas I usually ask for a free-hand drawing,”

Yip says. With Yip’s craftsmanship and Tom’s vision,

the end result is a flower-patterned wood mosaic and

the Rinkers couldn’t be happier.

To Rinker, “The Sunflower bike is a functional piece

of art—the crank is customized, the chain guard looks

classic with modern influences. We picked colors and

components that flow together.”

To his wife, Danielle, who was kept mostly in the

dark until the final unveiling, “It’s perfect.” To Yip,

it’s what custom hand built frames are all about saying,

“The artistic features can transform a seemingly

common looking bicycle into a one-off, a personal,

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special, and in many occasions, the talking point in

the future. Since my bikes are all built with a specific

rider in mind, these one-off features also create a special

connection with the owner of the bike.”

Yip believes that a custom bike is the ultimate choice

for fit and function. “While a production bike is very

rideable and may fit most riders relatively well, a custom

bike will fit 100%. Plus the tubing size is also chosen

individually for each customer so it is optimized

for its design, not just geometrically allow the rider

to position well, but also allow the bike to respond as

desired with the input from the rider.”

Drive train response and handling are two of the key

areas where customers can express their desires.

Yip also notes that being a certified fitter allows him

to communicate on the same level with other fitters

and the results obtained from a fitting session. Rinker

believes that this is one thing which sets Yip apart

saying, “We do a lot of custom bike fits [at Bicycle

Escape] and Renold is very meticulous when it comes

to the fit and that’s important to us. He understands

the language of the fit and can make the bike to very

specific specifications.”

While the process generally takes a few months and

a few thousand dollars (Rinker estimates $3,500

and up), Yip says “his customers are cyclists who can

appreciate the finer details and subtle differences.

They appreciate the connection with the one person

who has built the bike from start to finish and they

value the fact that the bike is made with heart and

designed with them in mind.” He adds, “They’re passionate

about cycling and appreciate the technical

expertise required to make a bike and have it function

as desired.”

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Yip also believes that “in supporting custom bike builders,

clients are supporting a small crafts person operating

a small business which, in many ways, can hopefully

revive what is left of manufacturing in the U.S.”

Yip is passionate and marks each of his creations with

his distinctive logos, a circle and a square design.

Yip explains, “The circular one is a stylized version

of my last name, in simplified Chinese. It’s tradition

to put ones last name on items that they are proud

of; it’s quite similar to the use of the coat of arms.

The square one simulates an approval stamp used by

ancient kings to signify their approval of policies and

legislature. The meaning of the four Chinese words is

‘hand made in steel.’”

On the subject of meaning, Yip’s father named him

Renold after a famous motorcycle chain maker (oh

yeah, Renold made bicycle chains, too!). Yip explains,

“He believed that a motorcycle chain is small in size,

but very efficient and important to the operation

of a motorbike.” So yes, this bike maker was, oddly

enough, named after a famous chain.

“People’s Choice”


“Best City Bike”

Stop by our shop to see

the winning YiPsan bike!

Danielle Rinker (and son, Geoffrey) and her sunflower bike

Of the future, Yip believes growing and improving is

a never-ending process. “Just because one customer is

happy doesn’t mean the next one will be.”

You can see Yip’s creations in person at the Bicycle

Escape in Frederick, and maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ll

catch a glimpse of the distinctive Sunflower bike

around town.


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Family Bikes at

Handbuilt Bike Show

by kevin brugman kbrugman@cox.net

As one of the SPOKES writers who went to the North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show,

(NAHBS) in Richmond, Va., the last week of February, I was amazed at the wide range

of bikes at the show. For a while I thought that I might have to send a cleaning crew

after me to clean up all the drool I was leaving.

i went there fully expecting to see a

bunch of high end, superlight racing bikes, and I was

not disappointed. But I also saw a lot of other bikes

as well. There were a lot of city bikes and touring

style bikes. What I did not expect to see at the show

were very many families wandering through the aisles.

Fortunately I was mistaken and saw a good number of

children and none of them looked bored silly or like

they were being forced to attend by a bicycling parent.

One of the families that I talked to was Jim nd Shelley

Burns and their two children from Midlothian, Va.

Jim and his son Brennan are both big into bike

racing. Brennan started racing this year and has been

hooked. One of his biggest supporters is his sister who

is not into racing, but along with her mother cheers

her dad and brother along.

I also ran into Dave Wolcott who was there with

his wife and triplets. They had come down from

Leesburg, Va., to see the show. I asked the kids if they

had been dragged along or if they wanted to come.

The kids assured me that they had wanted to come

and were having fun. In contrast to the Burns, the

Wolcotts did more riding as a family along the W&OD

rail trail, which is near their home.

enjoying the sport. Dave has found that riding along

the W&OD trail is a good opportunity to ride with his

family while he prefers longer roads.

I thought it was great to see both families exposing

their children to such a wide variety of biking options

and the high quality of bikes available.

I also had the opportunity to talk to Dwan Shepard,

one of the founders of Co-Motion Bicycles. A few

years ago Co-Motion brought out the Perisocope

model in both a tandem and triple option. The

beauty of the Periscope is that the stock model will fit

stokers down to 3’ 6” while the captain can be over 6’

tall. When I asked Dwan what inspired him to design

such a bike, he shared that between himself and his

partner, Dan Vrijmoet, they have three children that

they want to bicycle with.

Dwan has been riding with his daughter since she was

3 ½ years old. Since the Periscope did not require any

modifications, he simply slowed down the cadence to

accommodate her. Another option is to put on crank

arm shorteners to accommodate their shorter legs.

His daughter is now nine and this past year they

participated in two tandem races together.

One of the things that Dwan acknowledged was that

while they try to keep the Periscope a reasonable

priced bike, they know that the cost of the Perisocope

can be daunting to some families. But by keeping the

quality of the bike high and fully capable of supporting

stokers of a wide variety of sizes the Periscope can

grow with the family and be a life

time investment.

Speaking of Family Cycling

By the time this issue of SPOKES hits the streets, the

weather will be much more conducive to biking. But

when I was working on this article, there were still



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Of the many things that both the Burns and the

Wolcott’s shared was their interest in good quality

bikes. Dave said that the kid’s bikes from Spokes,

Etc or any of the quality bike shops in the area had

proved to be good for kids at each progressive stage

of riding. His son recently did a Cub Scout requirement

for bike safety which was a big success and

helped kids learn about bike maintenance, safety, and

patches of ice out and then lots of rain. So if I cannot

be out biking and want to be more productive than

just dreaming about biking, it is fun to read about

biking. (Yeah, I know, I should be down cleaning up

the bikes getting them ready for spring.) One of my

favorite authors about biking is Joe Kurmski, and

he has just released his latest book, Mud Sweat and

Gears, about riding with his wife and three boys across

Canada the summer of 2008.

10 April 2010

Joe had big plans of co-writing this with his wife as

they took off on their triplet, pulling a Burley Tag-along

and a child trailer behind that, an 18 foot long

contraption of rubber and steel. The first trip out with

that train quickly changed his mind of everyone riding

as one big happy team. While they were one big

team, happy was not in the description.

Joe described his first outing with the rig as being

“terrified at the molecular level” and while he initially

thought the soundtrack would be along the lines of

“Bicycle Built for Two” he instead envisioned “Crazy

Train” by Ozzie Osbourne.

But this first try had been their maiden attempt and

maybe it would be better with the bikes fully loaded

with touring gear. Joe soon explains that wishful

thinking does not make things so and he soon found

himself white knuckled fishtailing down the trail. He

soon confesses to his wife that they will not be able

to ride like this and to her great relief, she will not

have to get back on the triplet and will have to ride

the single alone. Still Joe will be captaining a tandem,

pulling the Tagalong, pulling the trailer.

The other thought of co-writing the book is soon

dashed as well. Instead of reading a chapter of Joe’s

thoughts followed by a chapter of Beth’s thoughts,

the entire book is written with a plentiful number of

footnotes by Beth. I can easily imagine a conversation

going on where Joe is telling a story while Beth

frequently interrupts to give her interpretation. But

it works; I just wish we could have gotten some foot

notes from the children.

Speaking of children, for anyone that has read Joe’s earlier

account of riding across the U.S. with his two boys,

Quinn and Enzo in “Momentum is your Friend,” there

is now a third boy Matteo riding along in the trailer.

The book covers the start of their trip on Vancouver

Island and then their journey north along the Pacific

coast half way to Alaska and then head east. One of the

things that happens along the ride is how Beth turns

from a casual biker into a fully fledged touring cyclist.

Anyone who has done cycling touring soon finds out

that their appetites become almost insatiable. Riding

day after day for 80 to 100 miles expends a huge number

of calories. Soon Beth is learning how to eat like a

cyclist to keep up her strength much to the entertainment

of those around.

At one truck stop where they stop for supper, there

is one of those gastronomic monstrosities that if you

can eat by yourself in one sitting you get a prize–here

it is the “Trucker’s Dream”. When Beth goes off to

clean up, she tells him to order the same thing as he

gets for himself, so Joe orders two Trucker’s Delights.

When it comes, Joe describes it as: “Three thick slabs

of meat—roast beef, Salisbury steak maybe and something

else unidentifiable—formed the foundation

of the Trucker’s Dream. Gravy formed an adhesive

layer between each course. Sitting atop the meat slabs

were three over-easy eggs, gravy, three cuts of breakfast

ham, gravy, three massive mounds of mashed

potatoes, each with its own pool of butter but—in a

delicate artistic decision— no gravy. Instead cheese

formed the adhesive. In the same dollop shape as the

potatoes there were scoops of canned veggies.

Then those crazy bastards behind the grill went for

broke: Gravy secured a hamburger to the center of

the veggie mountain and lettuce, tomato and pickles

reached for the heavens from the patty. In a whitecapped

peak of mashed potatoes on either side of this

spire stood toothpick flags of the Canadian maple leaf

and Old Glory.”

Both Joe and Beth finish off their plates to applause

from the entire restaurant and earn the prize, truck

mud flaps adorned with naked ladies. While Beth may

have become a cyclist, she still keeps her dignity and

tells Joe to get rid of them. But Quinn gets it right

when he exclaims: “I kinda like this dump.”

To be fair, the family never quite makes it all the way

across Canada on the bicycle. In Saskatoon they catch

a ride to Nova Scotia and the Cape Breton Cabot trail.

This book is a good read for both cyclists and non

cyclists alike. While most of the stories use cycling as a

background, the heart of the stories is Joe’s ability to

make the reader sympathize with the characters that

they meet on the road, whether it is how they help

bring hope back to a lady that is just trying to hold

on by running a small restaurant in the middle of

no-where or a performance artist that sets up his

bike stand in galleries and does bike repairs as art in

Nova Scotia.

They purposely left the cell phone behind. Like

Alexander Graham Bell who built a home in Cape

Breton to get away from everything, Joe and Beth

document how they went on this trip to leave behind

the hustle and bustle of everyday life and a family

trying to get away from the intrusions into their lives

and spend time with each other.

At the very end of the book, the very last foot note

in the book shares that Joe and Beth are expecting

baby boy number four! I just found out from Joe that

Sawyer Ray Kurmaskie was born on March 7, 2010.

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A Legendary Stretch

of Beach Cycling

by jeff evans

Bikes, Bands & the Bay Festival

To u r d e C h e s a p e a k e

all new for 2010

m a y 1 4 - 1 6

Don't miss this fun-filled weekend of pleasurable bike riding, great music, and water activities that

embrace the scenic beauty and precious ecology of the bay. It's the perfect springtime weekend getaway.

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The eyes of cycling enthusiasts all over

country were turned when Delaware was

named one of the top ten bicycle friendly

states by the League of American

Bicyclists in 2009. This honor makes it

the highest ranked bicycle friendly state

in the Mid-Atlantic.

while many mid-Atlantic cycling enthusiasts

already know about the wonderful cycling to be had

in Delaware, with the state’s ascension into the top ten

ranking, Delaware is becoming a new destination for

cyclists nationwide.

At any glance of the second smallest state in the

Union, you will quickly find the beaches of Delaware

that boast 28 miles of scenic coastline. Delaware is only

a few hours’ drive from the urban corridors in and

around Washington and Baltimore.

Along the Delaware coastline between Dewey Beach

and Fenwick Island there is a stretch of road that summarizes

the experience of cycling at the beach. Used

by recreational cyclists, families, triathletes and racing

clubs, these miles boast historic monuments and beautiful

landscapes from ocean to bay. It can be fast and

furious, but always stunning especially at sunrise or set.

This section of Coastal Highway is flat, fast and straight

and will make any cyclist, regardless of their skill level,

drool. With much of the land undeveloped, you will

likely get a glance at native wildlife and the beautiful

natural habitat that the area offers.

From spring to fall, cyclists from all over can be seen

trying to keep the pace with friends or tracking down

the pack ahead. You will see riders of all skill levels but

if you are looking for some fun competition you better

get out there early.

“Nothing is more rewarding than driving to the beach

late on a Friday night so you can get the early morning

ride. The sun is rising, seagulls are out and the ocean

air gets you going,” says Mark Evans, a lifelong visitor

to Bethany Beach.

Friendly and serious competitors alike, most riders

love to hit this stretch early in the morning as they try

to beat their personal best.

For longer distance rides, most cyclists start at the

beach but head inland. Coastal Highway is a beautiful

stretch but there are so many hidden gems as you

head inland. There are several state parks and wildlife

refuge areas that enable you to see the beauty on the

back bays and miles of open farm land.

Rick Hundley, a local cyclist, told SPOKES: “What

makes the beach such a great place to ride is not only

its beauty but it’s awesome roads. You can ride Coastal

Highway with its’ wide shoulder or you can take it to

the curvy back roads which tend to have little traffic.

By heading inland you can rack up the mileage while

seeing a different side of the area often missed by the

average visitors.”

In the past, the majority of riders along the coast

were visitors visiting during the popular summer

months. With the growth of cycling across the nation,

Delaware’s local cycle community has expanded as

well. Hundley recently launched his own cycling

group, Baja Beach Cycling, named after his restaurant

in downtown Bethany Beach. With the growth of local

groups, cycling has grown to a year round activity at

the beach.

While the new distinction from the League of

American Bicyclists has garnered Delaware some new

found attention, it has always been a great oasis for

cyclists. Whether a novice or an old pro, the Delaware

beaches offers unique terrain and scenery that will satisfy

every rider.

12 April 2010

Track Day at Summit Point

Want to ride the track on which local race car drivers hit

200 mph? Here’s your one and only chance to do with

without a car in sight.

The Panhandle Pedalers Cycling Club (PPCC) has teamed

up with Summit Point Motorsports Park in the eastern

panhandle of West Virginia, near Harpers Ferry, W. Va., and

Winchester, Va., to present the first-ever Track Day, where

anyone in the community is welcome to bring their bike

and ride on the Jefferson Circuit, one of three race tracks

in the sprawling facility.

The event will be held Saturday, April 17, (rain date is

Sunday, April 18), from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is free to

the public. Local bike shops will provide on-site mechanics,

demonstrations and items for sale, and everyone can

enjoy the bike show where vintage through modern bikes

will be on display.

The Jefferson Circuit is a seven-turn, 1.12-mile (1.80 km)

road course that was designed and built by Bill Scott,

owner of the Summit Point Motorsports Park. There are

straights, turns and switchbacks, along with elevation

changes, and best of all, the track will be open to cyclists

only so they can experience the safety of open road biking

without the threat of automobiles.

Mountain bikers are also welcome to explore the off-road

trails that begin next to the Jefferson Circuit parking area.

For those interested in a different challenge, two extra-curricular,

scenic rides that begin and end at the park entrance

are being tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

“Anyone who wants to ride their bike but has concerns

about car traffic on the roads needs to come experience

Track Day at Summit Point,” Josh Hughes of PPCC told

SPOKES. “This will be a great event for the whole family.

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Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Selbyville

and surrounding areas.

It's not a race, so participants can ride as fast or as slow

as they please and never be more than a half-mile behind.

It’s a great place to learn about cycling or just have a lot

of fun.

“There are no worries about knowing the route, missing

turns or being left behind, because no will can get lost,”

say Hughes. “And if you don't have a road bike, there are

several off-road dirt trails right beside the Jefferson Circuit

we'll be riding on.”

“This is an opportunity that could redefine cycling in our

area,” adds Hughes. “The possibilities are numerous for

future cycling events at Summit Point Motorsports Park.

It’s the perfect facility for cycling races, clinics to teach

cycling fundamentals, bicycle rodeos for the kids, and

mountain-biking events on the off-road trails. With the

other racing activities, karts and amenities at the track,

it’s a venue many people could enjoy.”

Jens Scott, general manager at Summit Point Motorsports

Park, is equally pleased about the opportunity. “It opens

up the possibilities of our facility to other concepts. Racing

is not all that we do. We do firearms training and extensive

driver training...why not bikes?" he says.

“It’s also the first green event that we’ve ever had here,”

says Scott, “since it will be emissions-free.”

“I'm looking forward to watching the mountain-bikers

jump down the crater. We have something we call Mars

2, which is a big hole in the ground, if they want to try it

out,” he adds.

A meet and greet begins at 8 a.m., with riding beginning

at 10 a.m. until dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring

along a picnic lunch, and grills will be available during

lunch hours.

PPCC is a local cycling club that was formally organized

in 2009 by a group of cycling enthusiasts. The goal of the

club is to promote and encourage bicycling in the community

for all levels and types of cyclists. The club is involved

in a wide range of cycling activities including weekly rides

to scheduled events. Visit panhandlepedalers.com for

more information or to become a member.

Print out the flier at panhandlepedalers.com/TrackDay and

receive $10 off a round of karting at Summit Point Kart. To

be eligible, persons must be 16 years or older and provide

valid ID.

Summit Point Motorsports Park is a road racing and driver

training facility located in Jefferson County, W.Va., approximately

75 minutes west of Washington, D.C. Owned and

operated by Summit Point Automotive Research Center

(SPARC), the facility features three road racing circuits that

are currently used for amateur automobile, kart, and motorcycle

racing, high performance driver education and security

driver training. Bill Scott, 1970 Formula Vee World Champion,

purchased the fledgling racetrack in the 1970s and has

since turned it into a premier racing and training venue.

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Biking is fashionable, we all know that. It’s in, it’s cool,

it’s green. That’s, of course, not why we ride, but since

we’re suddenly so hip we may as well, look it, right? If

your idea of bike riding and fashion involves occasionally

matching your socks to your jersey, read on.

On my visit to NAHBs (the North American

Handmade Bicycle Show) in Richmond this February,

there was one person in particular stealing the

show—Sheila Moon.

As one of the few female vendors, she was attentiongetting

to begin with, but her self-titled line of bicycle

apparel clearly resonated with attendees who constantly

packed her booth—the clothes were literally

flying off the racks.

While she showed fun and colorful arm warmers,

cycling basics, and more traditional bike wear, it was

the bike clothing that looked like it could do doubleduty

in the boardroom (lined jackets with articulated

elbows and tweed cycling britches, really?!) that got

everyone’s attention.

Even the less fashion aware, myself included, couldn’t

walk by without noticing and thinking, “ohmygodthatissocute!”

This couldn’t please Moon more whose mission to

bring fashion to the world of cycling apparel is being

met with open arms. An Oakland, Calif., resident,

Moon began her business in 2003 and hasn’t looked

back. With over 100% growth in the first three years,

even Moon is shocked that her first fashion line is

bike wear.

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fashion design.

“I’ve always loved high fashion and beautiful tailored

clothing.” But it’s a tough business and Moon became

disgruntled with the industry and her work as a high

fashion and pattern designer.

She decided to take time off to race and train. That’s

right, Moon’s other passion is biking.

Athletic through high school, Moon began racing

bikes 15 years ago. Today she sponsors her own teams

(road, mountain, and cyclocross) and, these days,

loves cyclocross. Noting that women in cycling was skyrocketing,

putting two and two together, Moon saw

that she could fill a need saying, “I started seeing people

on bikes wanting to look normal and I thought

‘Why be normal when you can be extraordinary?”

It was a tough sell at first—bike shop owners doubted

her clothing idea and said it wouldn’t work. As Moon

says, “Most of the shops are owned by bike-loving men

and they don’t understand women; they don’t see

what I see; they weren’t out there.”

But with her initial stunning success, starting out

with just hats and arm warmers and a few commuter

pieces, she says, “It didn’t take long for them to catch

on and realize it was important.”

As Moon was finding her niche, her reputation was

spreading. Moon’s experience as both a clothing

designer and biker sets her apart from other companies

that make women’s clothing. While most companies will

“make something a little shorter and a little smaller”

and label it ‘women’s,’ Moon is keenly aware of her two

advantages: “I’m a trained pattern maker designing it

all myself and I’m a woman who rides bikes, so I understand

what needs to happen—how women are shaped

and how the clothing needs to work.”

With the popularity of the Tweedy rides increasing

(it started off in London a few years ago and the D.C.

area just had their first one this past fall) in which

people dressed to the nines casually cycle through

town, one wonders if Moon’s line is inspired by this

movement. But Moon sees those rides more as an

evolution to what had already been started. Since, as

she says “high fashion tends to be a few years ahead of

society,” she was a bit ahead of the curve.

Drawing her inspiration from high fashion she says

she spends much of her time perusing fashion magazines

“seeing what’s out there” adding, “I have always

loved a tailored look. That’s why I wanted to do commuter


She believes that bicycles are hot and bicycle fashion

is cool and that “utilitarian” clothing is not nearly sexy

enough when people from Tokyo to Copenhagen and

London to New York are sporting their bicycle like

the latest fashion accessory. While the high fashion

maven in Moon absolutely sees this as the future saying,

“I would love to break out and be in Barneys. I

could absolutely see it,” she knows that the idea of

fashionable bicycle wear will take time.

As more and more people “go green” she believes

that bicycle fashion is the next logical progression.

She doesn’t mind being on the cutting edge of cycling

attire and believes she’s uniquely situated for the job.

Moon says that, “Bicycle clothing is evolving and selling

the clothing is an education process.”

Moon creates two lines a year and is involved in a few

fashion shows, including Portland Fashion week. She

says, “In the winter my retro-grouchy cyclocross roots

come out and I do really great wool/fleece blend garments—base

layers, hats—one of my favorites is the

Euro cycling cap with a brim and earflaps so it keeps

you nice and warm.” Not just a favorite of hers, but

different blogs have sung the praises of that best-selling

cap (one of the very few unisex items in her line)

and her clothing in general noting it’s “Euro-punk

flavor” and “kicky designs.”

One of those “kicky” things? Lace. As Moon says, “Of

course you have to have matching base layers and just

because I like women, we have to put a little feminine

touch on things.”

The men don’t get left behind either. Offering the

same base layers “without the lace, of course,” she

says, “Our most popular men’s garments are the riding

britches with the ultra-suede butt seat so you don’t

destroy your pants, big pockets for U-locks, pockets

for cell phones and other items, and they’re made of

a cotton/lycra fabric so they stretch nicely and they

have articulated knees to make for easier pedaling.”

While her “boardroom” clothing of twill and wool

jackets with features like reflective zippers, britches

with reinforced butts, and skirts are all built for ease

of cycling and fashionable fit, she says it’s her active

wear that’s her bread and butter. Again, she covers

the basics, but in her own unique way with a spring

line showing a retro-mod look that could literally go

from the bike to a swinging dance. Funky patterned

pieces are balanced out by the clean, pared down

designs of others—a little something for everyone.

For Moon it’s not just about looking cute or even selling

clothes. Her life, her work, her clothing, are not a

reflection of a trend but rather the forefront of them.

She’s cutting edge in her approach—“always made in

America,” every item is created in artisan sewing factories

right next door to her studio in San Francisco—

and her attitude—she wants to show people that you

can integrate biking into your life, in whatever form

you want, be you a racer or commuter.

She’s inspired and inspiring when she talks about the

possibilities saying, “It’s exciting to be on the edge of

evolution; trying to get people out of their cars is as

green as you can be.”

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Martinsburg WV Opens Indoor Park

The Berkley County, West Virginia Parks and

Recreation board recently cut the ribbon on a new

indoor BMX/ Skatepark in Martinsburg, W. Va.

The Skatepark is easy to find, located just off of Route 9

about two miles East of I-81. The park is open to skateboarders,

in-line skaters, and BMX riders of all ages.

The park had been in the planning and development

stages for over a year. It came together as a

cooperative effort between The Parks and Recreation

Board, Roach Energy (who owns the building),

and a substantial private donation from the Beth

Jacob Congregation, a former Jewish Community

Organization whose assets, totaling over $130,000,

were distributed specifically to recreational and educational

facilities in the Martinsburg area. The generous

contribution will help defray the startup cost

which included purchasing the ramps and making

improvements to the building.

"We have about $100,000 invested into this project,"

said R. Stephen Catlett, who is the Executive Director

of the Berkley County Parks and Recreation Board.

"We've needed a facility like this in our community for

a long time," he told SPOKES.

The park officially opened on December 2, 2009,

through a cooperative effort of the local community

and several volunteers who helped with designing

and construction of the park. The estimated budget

for the park is approximately $3000 per month, and

with admission and membership fees it should be selfsufficient

for the year-long lease agreement between

the county and Roach Energy.


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Jamie Hess, owner of Groove Merchants Bike Shop

located on North Queen Street in Martinsburg, is very

excited to have this facility right in his own back yard.

He's not only a local bike shop owner but an accomplished

rider as well. He organized a group of local

enthusiasts to help with design and construction of

the park.

"I'm super excited," Hess said about the local park's

opening, adding that the closest indoor park is nearly

80 miles away in Baltimore.

This author was able to check out the park first hand

between the many snow storms we experienced this

winter. Despite the frigid temperatures and impending

sleet and snow that Thursday evening in January,

there were about 30 riders ranging in age from 8-38

years old. Of course, I had the privilege of being the

oldest rider in attendance, which is not unusual, since

the average age of local riders is about 20.


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The well-lit, heated building is a welcome change

in that most low-budget parks are lacking in these

departments. The ramps were well- constructed, prefab

units for the most part, and the layout made it

possible for several people to ride without being in

each others way. Most riders favored the wall ride and

spine ramps, but also regularly launched over the 8 ft

Jump box as well. Plans are already in the works for a

bigger quarter pipe and vert wall, adding even more

lines and variety to the park's existing layout.

Hopefully, with a little luck and enthusiastic word- ofmouth

the park will attract riders from all over the

area and continue to improve and expand. Everyone

involved in the project is confident that it will prove

successful enough to grow into the adjoining warehouse

and provide even more square footage of

extreme obstacles.

Business hours typically will be from 5-9 pm on weekdays

and noon-6pm on the weekends. In the future,

designated times will be arranged for each discipline.

Daily fees are $5, rental helmets are $2/day or

patrons can purchase monthly memberships for $50

for unlimited use. By the way, the park is adjacent to a

convenience store and Subway restaurant so pre- and

post -ride nourishment are not far away.

Drop in and check it out next time you're in

Martinsburg; who knows, maybe a local rider will

use this park as their launching pad into the next

X-Games or Dew Sports Tour. And you can say you

knew them when!

For more info or directions to the park, check them

out on the web: http://www.mbcparks-rec.org/

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The Columbia BMX Rematch

It's not unusual these days to see a full gate of 40+

year olds lined up racing BMX at a local BMX track.

The sport has been around since the late 1970's and

some BMX families have second (and even third)

generation BMX racers. Of course the dads can't just

cheer from the sidelines, and it's usually not too long

before they're dusting off their old bikes, if they had

the foresight to save them, or looking into getting

themselves a new BMX bike.

On the other hand, there may not be children

involved at all. It may just be a former BMX'er reliving

his youth and rekindling the spirit of competition

when they happen upon a local BMX track. Being

involved in BMX racing directly for the past 10 years

as a track director, and a "bike guy" all of my life, I've

had the opportunity to see more than few racers reliving

their BMX racing roots through their kids or

even seeking out tracks specifically for themselves to

see first hand, how the sport has evolved.

Walter Holda was one of those dads who had raced

back in the day and was curious about the current

BMX scene was like a few years ago. Walter started

racing when a friend of his talked him into taking his

tricked out moto-cross style Schwinn Sting-Ray to a

local BMX track in 1979.

Although he didn't do as well as he would have liked

that first day out, he was hooked! He became a regular

at his local track for the next three or four years,

rising through the ranks and eventually getting a factory

sponsorship from Hutch Bicycles in 1981.

Fast forward to 2007 when he not only introduced the

sport to his five year old twin boys, but began racing

again himself. It has since become a family affair for

Walter and his twin boys, Brady and Brandon who

race on a regular basis at both local and National

events. Walter's wife Debbie and their daughter

Elizabeth share in the excitement attending races with

the "Holda Boys" and cheering them all on.

Walter has built up a retro-style GHP cruiser that

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style of the 80's.

Enter Wayne Racine, a 40-something year-old who

appeared out of nowhere at a local BMX practice session

late in the summer of 2009. It was obvious it was

not his first time around a BMX track but I didn't

recall ever seeing him at our track. I caught up with

him later that night and got acquainted after striking

up conversation about his Campy Hub Equipped BMX

cruiser. As it turns out Wayne had recently moved to

the area and found our track on the internet.

Wayne's BMX roots were pretty deep as he gave a

brief summary of his BMX and MTB racing career

that led him around the entire country. As it turned

out his racing career began in 1977 at Columbia

BMX, the first BMX track in Maryland. That was just

a springboard for a racing career that netted him several

titles throughout the years. He placed fifth at the

Team Murray World Cup held at the World's Fair in

1982. Won an A Pro National in San Diego in 1985.

He returned to the East Coast in the late 80's and

raced at Columbia BMX after almost 10 years.

Racine's racing interest crossed over into mountain

bikes and downhill racing for a few years in the mid

90's netting him some impressive finishes at both

cross-country and downhill events. Over the years

Wayne has had the opportunity to rub elbows with

not only world class BMX riders on and off the track.

He became friends with Gary Fisher, who lived in his

neighborhood during the late 1990's. Gary set him up

with a new Fisher BMX cruiser and uniform, adding

to his growing collection of bikes and gear. Wayne

worked in the bicycle industry during this time which

gave him the opportunity to meet Tour De France

winner Greg Lemond, who shared a few beers as well

as a few of his many crazy cycling stories. Wayne made

a BMX comeback in 2006 winning a National race in

Abbotsford Canada after recovering some near-career

ending injuries!

The interesting twist to these stories is that you may

notice both of these riders began riding about the

same time period in the same area. In fact, they both

began racing at the same BMX track in Columbia,

Md., where they raced each other on a few occasions.

Obviously their lives led them in different directions

over the years but in September of 2009 these two riders

lined up in the gate together in the 40-45 cruiser

class some 27 years later! They raced as hard and fast

as they had when they were teenagers, sharing highfives

at the finish line this time.

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Walter Holda with his daughter, Elizabeth

Since then they have continued to race each other

in the 40+ cruiser class, still feeding off each other's

energy and enthusiasm for the sport. I was glad to

have the privilege of being a part of this Columbia

BMX rematch and it's good to know the sport of BMX

continues to entertain and bring people together in

ways other sports can't!

2010 BMX Season Preview

Needless to say, this winter took its toll on local BMX

venues. It's always nice to have some snowfall to put

some moisture in the ground for spring track overhauls

but there is a point where too much of a good

thing can hinder things a bit. Most tracks were struggling

to organize and hold meetings concerning

the 2010 season amidst all of the excessive snow

storms that continually hit the area during January

and February.

Most tracks will be looking forward to the spring thaw

so they can get the snow cleared off of the tracks and

get down to business.

One of the big changes in the area for 2010 is

Virginia's Hampton Supertrack has switched national

affiliations over to ABA, thus downsizing the NBL's

Virginia State Series for 2010 to include just four

tracks, Woodbridge, Richmond, Petersburg, and

Winchester. At the same time this makes them the

only ABA affiliated track in Virginia.

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Wayne Racine

With two organizing bodies in the sport of BMX,

there's often a bit of a rivalry between tracks based

on their national affiliation. I guess that all a part of

healthy competition. Most dedicated BMX'ers will join

both leagues and race at all of the tracks, sometimes

making it difficult to pick a state to represent when

it comes to Regional and National events. All of the

other tracks in the area are maintaining their current

affiliations and locations. They're just hoping to have

spring show up soon so they can get underway.

As we head into April, Delaware's First State BMX is

slated to get things underway on Saturday April 3rd.

Heading west Maryland's Hagerstown BMX is on target

for a Sunday, April 25th opener. A lot of tracks are

not only hosting their own websites but have added

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your local track.

All of the tracks in the area are hoping to not only

welcome back their regulars from last year but recruit

some new riders as well. Make it your season to shake

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Do you support any of the teams specifically (i.e.

Annie’s friends, etc.)?

No, but each year we attend as a family and this year we

plan to have a competition with my 5th grader and her

friends to see who can raise the most money for ROAR.

Does any member of your family also participate in

ride or walk?

My wife Karen and my kids have attended in the past

and since I usually do the 50 mile ride, we usually

reconnect after the ride for family fun at the event.

My kids will ride in the 5 or 10 miler this year.

How long have you been a cyclist?

I am relatively new to cycling and have been riding

for five years. I became interested in 2004 when the

company I work for began a collaboration with the

Lance Armstrong Foundation. I was a long distance

runner previously and have always been interested

in cycling. Through cycling I've met so many great

people on the road and in bike clubs.

How did you get involved in routing the biking

course(s) for ROAR? Did you volunteer for the job?

When Pam invited me to join the committee there

was a need to create longer routes in an effort to genworthy


ROAR Set for April 25

Held during national Autism Awareness Month, the

Kennedy Krieger Institute’s ROAR for Autism will

feature events and activities for all family members,

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

cyclists and a five miler designed for beginner

cyclists and a youth fun ride. Oregon Ridge Nature

Center will also lead nature walks. The popular

Wegmans Wellness Village will provide healthy food

for all families including those with children on special

autism diets. A festival will also provide entertainment

for all participants. For details or registration

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


Why Rick Luchinsky ROARS!

When and how did you get involved with ROAR

for Autism?

This is my 3rd year. I was invited to join the leadership

committee by co-chair Pam Gillin.

How many years have you participated in the event?

I have mapped the rides and participated for the last

2 years.

Do you know anyone personally affected by autism?

Yes, my wife Karen and I know several families with

children affected by autism. I think everyone knows

someone who is affected by autism, and that makes

this an important cause.

Editor’s Note:

Cyclists in the mid-Atlantic are very fortunate to have a large

variety of cycling events that raise money for worthwhile

causes. These events are almost always well supported,

meaning in most cases a riders just shows up and rides. The

rest, like a safe route, stocked rest stops, plenty of goodies,

and a guaranteed good time, are taken of by the sponsoring

organization and its many volunteers.

SPOKES is offering some of these organizations the opportunity

to tell our readers about themselves and what they do.

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• Bike Ride - Sunday, April 25, 2010 at Oregon Ridge Park (Baltimore County)

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erate interest from the cycling community. So, yes I


How do you go about mapping out the bike routes

and changing them each year? Do people provide suggestions

that you try to carry out? Do you use any specific

computer program to do the mapping?

Last year we changed the 25 mile and 50 mile route

to offer some flatter, gently rolling riding early in an

effort to warm up the riders. Since we received good

feedback, we plan to keep the 50 miler and 25 miler

the same for this year. As for the 10 mile ride we are

looking at adjusting it to offer a combination of scenery

and flat to gentle hills. The family ride is typically

half of the 10 miler. In the past I have used bikely.com

for the long rides.

Do you map out each of the different rides yourself

(the five, 10, 25 and 50 milers)?

Yes for the longer rides, however, for the five and 10

there are others from the committee that help to make

sure we have the best possible option for the families.

I heard that you test out the courses beforehand. Is

that true? How far in advance do you do this? Why is

this important?

Yes, we test the routes and the first year we had a

short stretch of road with gravel on the 50 mile route,

we have since changed this route. As for riding the

courses beforehand, I try to ride three or four days

a week and when the weather begins to warm up

(40s or better), I will ride. So, it depends, but well in

advance so we can make changes if we need too. Last

year, a small bridge on the route was under construction

right up to the week before. So, you also have to

map plan B. We want to provide a safe riding experience

for everyone but also offer more experienced

riders a challenging route.

What things do you consider when mapping out the

different courses?

First and foremost safety. We want to make sure riders

have a great experience and families are comfortable

riding together in the shorter route. As for the 25

and 50 mile routes, certainly safety is a focus in trying

to avoid high traffic roads but we also have four rest

stops and try to find the right balance of rolling hills

and flats. Riding in northern Baltimore County offers

a lot of opportunity to climb and test your ability, so,

when mapping the routes, I take into consideration

the total amount of climbing involved.

Is there a certain difficultly level that accompanies

any of the courses other than distance?

Yes, the 50 miler includes nearly 4,000 feet of climbing

throughout the 50 miles, so it is geared to the

more experienced riders.

What kind of bike do you ride for the ROAR event?

I have a 2005 Orbea road bike.

What would you say to encourage other bikers to

attend the event and help raise money?

If you enjoy riding, nature hikes, or simply meeting

people, this is a great event. Combine your enthusiasm

for biking or hiking with fund raising and

you benefit a very special local organization like the

Kennedy Krieger Institute and families with autism.

What do you personally like, find special or unique

about ROAR?

The ROAR event is both a family friendly event

and offers experienced riders a challenging 50 mile

tour through some of the most scenic farms in the

Baltimore County area.

Is there any other information you'd like to share

about cycling, the ROAR event or anything else you

think I should know?

ROAR has grown each year with great sponsors and

great prizes. Check us out on line at http://www.roar.

kennedykrieger.org and register and get ready to ROAR!



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Big Bear Hibernates

For the first time in 19 years Granny Gear Productions

will not be organizing a 24 hour race in West Virginia,

the birthplace of 24 hour mountain bike racing.

Granny Gear’s Laird Knight has decided not to hold

the 2010 edition of the 24 Hours of Big Bear but

hopes to hold the event again in 2011. Knight has also

decided to idle the 24 Hours of 9-Mile for this year.

Granny Gear’s 24 Hours of Moab however, will go on

and will take over as USA Cycling’s 24 Hour National

Championships from Big Bear.

“These races still have huge potential and I'm still

game for making these events successful,” Knight

told SPOKES.

He said he sees this as an opportunity to “hit the

reset button and start now to build a marketing plan

now for 2011.” The race, which had previously been

known as the 24 hours of Canaan and the 24 Hours of

Snowshoe moved to Big Bear in 2005 but hadn't been

able to reach the number of teams that it needed to

make it sustainable since the move. The decision was

"extremely painful,” said Knight, but “the finances

won't allow” the race to happen this year.

In addition to lower than needed participation, the

economic slump has made finding sponsors for this

year's race very difficult.

The race has faced increasing competition in recent

years as the number of endurance mountain bike

races has grown, but changing demographics have

also hurt attendance. The mountain bike race community

is aging and potential racers are more likely to

have families and now need to juggle racing with little

league and soccer games.

Knight has also decided to start looking for someone

to buy Granny Gear.

“It’s been a fun ride,” Knight told SPOKES, but added

that “I need a break. I've been doing this professionally

for 18 years, and 10 years before that as an amateur.”

Looking back at those years Knight said “...being able

to produce fun experiences, that's meaningful.”

In the meantime Knight will be hosting informal

pow-wows at each of the venues on the original race

weekends as a part of his plan to restart the races next

year. Theses will be an opportunity to ride, camp, and

talk about what the race community is looking for in

the events.

by joe foley jfoley441@gmail.com

The 24 Hours of Big Bear had been set to occur on

June 12-13 at Big Bear Camplands in Hazelton, W. Va.

Promoters Work to Fill the Gap

With a weekend now open in the June endurance racing

calendar several race promoters are looking to fill

the gap. Shenandoah Mountain Touring's “Stoopid

50" was already scheduled for June 13th. The 50-mile

race through the forests of Pennsylvania is based in

State College and held in association with the Nittany

Mountain Bike Association.

Mark Schooley will be organizing a race at Big Bear

on the Saturday of the originally scheduled weekend.

The race will consist of four laps of a 24 (or 25) mile

course and will have solo and duo categories.

EX2Adventures Inaugurates the 9 Hours

of Rocky Gap

EX2Adventures will be kicking off their 2010 mountain

bike calendar with a new race on May 15th. After

the success of the 12 Hours of Cranky Monkey at

Quantico EX2Adventures have decided to host another

endurance event, this one at Rocky Gap State Park

in Flintstone, Maryland.

EX2 has hosted a variety of adventure races and off

road triathlons and duathalons at the park, which is

about 2 ½ hours from the Baltimore/DC metro area.

The race will start at 11a.m. and run through 8 p.m.

and will run on the nine-mile singletrack trail network

in the park. The trails are twisty and semi-technical.

Racers will be able to compete solo and in teams of

2 and 3. Camping is available in the race pit area in

the park for $10 per night per team on Friday and

Saturday nights for racers and the lake in the park

allows swimming.

It's Trailwork Season

This winter has been especially hard on the trails and

once again it's time to get out and give back. With the

unusual amount of snow we had this winter, plus what

looks to be shaping up to be a very wet spring the

trails are going to need in extra need of help.

Late winter and early spring can be especially hard on

the trails. Damp weather combined with above freezing

days and below freezing nights create a freezethaw

cycle that softens the ground and creates the

ideal conditions for trail damage. This winters' storms

have also left a lot of deadfall down on the trails that

needs to be cleared to open the trails.

The Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE), who

a huge amount of volunteer work to maintain many

area trails, has set trailwork days for many of the trails

it maintains each spring and fall so there are plenty

of opportunities to help the trails that you ride all

year long.

The calendar isn't finalized yet, but here are the

current MORE trailwork days for April & May:

April 10th - Loch Raven Reservoir, Maryland

April 10th - Schaeffer Farms, Germantown, Maryland

April 11th - Greenbrier State Park, Boonsboro,


April 17th - Rosaryville State Park, Maryland

April 17th - Conway Robinson State Forest, Virginia

April 18th - Cabin John Park, Maryland

May 1st - Lake Fairfax Park, Virginia

May 8th - Upper Rock Creek, Maryland

May 16th - Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland

May 22nd - Loch Raven Reservoir, Maryland

May 23rd - Gambrill State Park, Maryland

Trailwork days usually start at 9 a.m. but check the

calendar on the MORE website for details at www.


Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) hosts

trailwork throughout the year. Thursday evening trailwork

on the Massanutten western slope runs through

June from 5 p.m. until dark. Check the SVBC website

at www.svbcoalition.org

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Piranha Sports celebrates 10th Anniversary

For the 10th year, Neil Semmel’s Piranha Sports, will

be managing some of the mid-Atlantic region’s most

popular multi-sport events, including the Diamond in

the Rough Triathlon in Perryville, Md., in mid-July, and

the Lums Pond Triathlon and Duathlon in Bear, Del.

Their overall line-up includes organizing 20 races

overall, from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, Delaware

and Maryland, including the growing Pittsburgh

Triathlon and Adventure Race and three all-women

Diamond Girl events.

Piranha also works with a growing number of partners,

providing timing at five other events and online

registration for another half-dozen races.

After a decade in the business, Semmel continues to

expand Piranha’s operation, adding the new beginner,

mini “Tri-it” Triathlon in Bear this June, as well as a

four-event, “Escape from School” youth series this year.

“Well, people tell me there is a lot money in race

directing,” Semmel said, laughing in a recent interview.

“I’m still waiting to see it. My advice is don’t quit

your day job.”

The good-natured Semmel may be laughing, but he’s

not joking. He still teaches vision-impaired and blind

children at a Delaware school part-time.

Originally from Coopersburg, Pa., where he ran

cross country and track at Southern Lehigh High

School and did the steeple chase at nearby Kutztown

University, the 46-year-old Semmel competed in triathlons

for 10 years before focusing on directing races.

But in fact, his race-directing career began while he

was still in high school.

While a teenager, Semmel began directing his own

running race in his native Coopersburg, eventually

handing the reigns over after graduation.

Mark Smith, owner Bonzai Sports,

and Neil Semmel, owner Piranha Sports

Married with two kids, Jesse, a high schooler, and Lexi,

in elementary school, Semmel is adding both familyoriented

events – such as the youth series – and adding

prize money to attract a strong field to the annual

Piranha Greater Atlantic Multisport Series, Greater

Atlantic Club Challenge and DiamondGirl Series.

This season, Piranha will be offering $30,000 in total

prize money, with the top three male and female

finishers earning cash at races, as well as the

clubs with members finishing on the leader board.

Individual triathletes that compete in a minimum of

four Piranha events are eligible for the end-of-theseason

points championship.

Over 1600 athletes completed in the minimum number

of events, with awards of $150, $100 and $50 typically

going top three finishers, and qualified for $500

end-of-the-season bonus, captured by Kent Buckson, of

Rehoboth, Del. and Leslie Randall, of Royersford, Pa.

The top club this year can win $3,000 in the end-ofthe-season

points championship, with the second and

third-place clubs in the points series earning $1,500

and $1,000 respectively.

Piranha Sports triathlon season starts May 8, with the

New Jersey Devilman Triathlon, May 8, and concludes

with the late-season Cape Henelopen Triathlon and

Dualthlon, Oct. 10.

Last year, Piranha added a new event in Shawnee

State Park in Schellsburg, Pa., the Cannonman Sprint

and half-Ironman Triathlon, which attracted 200 firstyear

entrants, a number expected to quadruple this


“It’s the only half-Ironman we do and it’s a strong

course,” Semmel said. “It’s one of the best venues I’ve

ever seen anywhere.”

The DiamondGirl series, with June events in Bear,

Del. and Quakertown, Pa., and a race in Harriman

State Park, N.Y, in August, plus Pittsburgh and

Triathlon and Adventure keep growing as well.

In partnership with Friends of the Riverfront, the

Pittsburgh event attracted 900 last year, including 100

athletes who took part in the 2-mile paddle, 20K bike

and 5K run option.

“That’s really one of the few city triathlons in the

country, the other being Chicago possibly, where you

can really see the skyline when you’re in the water,”

Semmel said, adding the Allegheny River has been

tested each year for the past seven years and has

always been deemed safe by city officials for swimming.

“It’s a true city race.”

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He’s hoping to attract 500 competitors this year and

1,000 in the near future. He called the venue, spectator-friendly,

with both the swim and bike sections

consisting of two loops visible by fans. Racine added

that while there is some nice elevation on the bike

part, the run portion of the event is on a flat, trafficfree


With all the race directing, Racine hasn’t forgotten

about trying to make the sport a family activity. The

Hagerstown duathlon and sprint events, as well as the

Health Unlimited Triathlon, all include youth races.

He hasn’t left competing behind either, despite the

added responsibilities. His favorite events (other

than his own, in which he doesn’t compete) are the

Columbia Triathlon and the Nations Triathlon. He’s

also competed in the Timberman half-Ironman

several times.

Locally, he’s taken home first place trophies from the

Cannonman and a Mt. Airy sprint.

Meanwhile, he’s open to continuing to let the race

organizing business unfold.

“The motivation isn’t to grow as big as we can,”

Racine said. “It’s promoting a ‘Fitness for Life’ message

for both kids and adults. ‘Fitness for Life’ is our

tagline. I can’t tell what a joy it is to watch people

cross the finish line of a race you’ve organized.

“I know how good they feel.”

For more information, visit www.raceinemultisports.com

Ken Racine

Finally, Semmel might not be done adding new races

this year.

“Look on our website, we’ll be adding a triathlon in

Easton, Pa. this summer,” he said. “We’re in the process

of working out the details.”

For more information visit www.piranha-sports.com

Budding Racine Multisports adds Two Races

Ken Racine didn’t play football, basketball or baseball

at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia - his passion

was racing bicycles. Later, at Towson University, he

took up triathlon, competing “very seriously” from the

time he was 19 to 24-years-old, including the former

Bud Light Series in the Baltimore-area.

“My favorite race was a point-to-point race that started

in Gunpowder State Park,” Racine recalled recently.

Eventually, he said, it was time to build a career, and

he gave up triathlon. Racine went into the warehouse

distribution business.

He married and started a family.

Now 44, Racine, who lives in Williamsport, Md., said

he returned to the sport after an epiphany of sorts as

he turned 35.

“I was out of shape and I missed how it felt being in

shape,” he said. “And I wanted to be in shape for my

kids. I wanted to shed a few pounds and be able do

things with them.”

At first, he started cycling again. Even competing

again. Later, a friend, Mark Neubauer, invited him –

on short notice - to participate in a small sprint tri in

Mt. Airy, Md.

“I had three weeks to run and swim in preparation,

but I wound up doing it comfortably,” Racine said.

“By the time, I hit the finish line, I was hooked again.”

In comparison, competitive cycling, Racine realized,

was not as family friendly as triathlon, where families

could spend the day at a state park while cheering for

dad or mom.

Within a year, Racine was organizing races himself.

This season, Racine MultiSports’ fourth, Racine has

added two new races to the annual Hagerstown duathlon

events on April 17, the Hagerstown triathlon

events on July 25, and the Health Unlimited triathlons

in Mt. Airy and Women’s Only in September

in Frederick.

And now, on the scenic property of the closed

Fort Ritchie military base in Cascade, Md., Racine

Multisports will host a 5K run, 40K bike, 10K duathlon

on May 15, and its first Olympic-distance triathlon,

Aug. 8.

The Hagerstown triathlon sold out last year at 350 competitors,

but Racine expects the Fort Ritchie Triathlon

to become Racine MultiSports’ “flagship” event.

April 20010


Behind Bars

2010 National Bike Summit

According to a recent 192-page report by the Alliance

The beginning of March finally brought a thaw out in

the mid Atlantic. Perfect for getting out on the bike,

and also coinciding nicely with the annual National

Bike Summit in Washington D.C. This is an extremely

important event for the bike transportation movement

in the United States, and this year brought 725

bicycle advocates, educators, enthusiasts, and industry

leaders together – by far the most ever in the summit’s

ten year history.

The Bike Summit is hosted by the League of

American Bicyclists, who do a fantastic job of organizing

cyclist from around the country into a collective

force that can meet with legislators on Capitol Hill

and voice our concerns, requests and interests.

Issues for cycling on road and off road are both

addressed. As well as the lobbying activities, there are

lots of opportunities to network and learn about what

is going on all over the country with regards to bike

transportation and bike access.

by chris eatough info@bikearlington.com


Author Eatough and Gary Fisher, "father of mountain biking"

Personally, this was my first Bike Summit, and it was

incredibly motivating to attend. I devoured information,

talked to as many people as possible, and allowed

myself to be engulfed in the wave of enthusiasm.

It was an interesting convergence of friends and associates

from my previous career, professional mountain

bike racing, and my current position as program

manager for BikeArlington. I ran into friends and

colleagues from both worlds, including the father of

mountain biking himself, Gary Fisher.

Some more of the Summit highlights include:

1.Google announces bicycle routing for Google Maps.

The most used routing system now includes a

nationwide bike network, and can select your bike

trip to prioritize bike paths and bike lanes. Google

proudly demonstrated this function at the Summit

for the first time.

2. Bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue, possibly

America’s most famous street, were announced.

3. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood stood on

a table and gave a rousing speech declaring that,

“This is the end of favoring motorized transportation

at the expense of non-motorized.”

4. I even met up with some old friends, such as the

father of mountain biking himself, Gary Fisher.

As the “Summiters” disperse back around the country,

I hope that the momentum is maintained in their

respective communities, and that the surge of bicycle

love has the desired affect on Capital Hill. The current

climate of budget, health, and sustainablilty

awareness is a good one for pushing bike policy to a

new level.

The blue skies and snow free bike paths don’t hurt either.


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 last fall 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.



26 April 2010

The Bike House –

Bringing Cycling to the Petworth Community

A small group of young bike enthusiasts, who have

established D.C.’s first ever bike co-op, the Bike

House, is out to change the way we attract young

people to the bicycling movement. Now, in its second

year of hosting free bike workshops, the Bike House is

attracting young people in droves.

The co-op, which consists of a tent and a tool table in

back of Qualia Coffee on Georgia Avenue, was put on

hold due to the snowy winter season but is resuming

their weekend workshops every Saturday from 12-3

p.m. where anyone can come and learn how to fix

their bike for free.

Tommaso Boggia, who helped establish the Bike

House last year and is currently a volunteer, came on

board when his house mate approached him about

an effort to create a physical place where people from

all over D.C. could come and learn about and enjoy

bikes – a bike co-op.

Boggia, whose background is in national organizing

and works as an advisor to college students who are

running campaigns on their campuses, was tired of

always advising people and wanted to actually start

doing. So, he took this project head on, putting an ad

on Craigslist to find experienced bike shop mechanics

to volunteer at workshops.

After seeing old and run down bikes with gears

that don’t properly shift parked all around the city,

Tommaso and the Bike House crew decided their first

project would be to help people fix their bikes.

“When you have a bike that’s run down, you’re really

less likely to use it. When you push the shifter and it

actually shifts the right way, there’s an exhilarating

feeling to that that keeps you on a bike,” Tommaso

told SPOKES.

heels on wheels

Their goal was to increase the number of bikers in

the city by empowering people with the knowledge of

how to fix their own bikes. With the Bike House’s free

workshops, cyclists can learn step by step how to do

repairs. Often times, workshops bring in up to about

40 guests at a time. It’s a very relaxed environment

where everybody can come and work together, talk

about bicycling, and enjoy the fresh air while getting

their hands dirty.

Not all the volunteers at the Bike House are pros

either. Many are just cycling enthusiasts who want to

help and learn. Does this make the process any less

enjoyable for workshop attendees? Not at all, says

Boggia “One of the exciting things about volunteering

for the bike shop is that a lot of us started out

knowing basically nothing about [fixing] bikes.”

The first couple of workshops were spent experimenting

on the volunteer’s own bikes with the few experienced

mechanics they had on board. Once workshops

became increasingly busy and more mechanics were

needed on hand, the volunteers had gained enough

experience to start helping people fix their bikes.

While most cycling groups and clubs find their membership

aging, the Bike House is run by young cyclists

and workshops usually attract young crowds especially

from the young urban professional community. But

with the original intent of the Bike House as a place to

democratize biking and make it more accessible to the

original Petworth community, a lot of planning for this

year’s upcoming programs is going into how to reach

out to people from within Petworth as well as reach

out to cyclists outside of the 30 and younger crowd.

The great thing about the Bike House, besides its

by ebony payne ebonypayne187@gmail.com

wonderful free workshops, is that it proves that there

is a sizable young population of cyclists who don’t

just ride for sport, but who have a genuine interest in

making cycling a mainstream activity in the city and

empowering the community.

Make no mistake, with the combination of the bicycle

lane initiatives going on in DC; the Bike House is pioneering

the way to bringing the age old past time to

the next generation.

Editor’s Note:

Author Ebony Payne, 18, of Washington, D.C., has become

a cyclist. Not a racer, not a recreational rider, but someone

who loves the activity because it enables her to go where

she wants in style and without hurting the environment.

She was recently given a scholarship by the Potomac Pedalers

Touring Club to attend the global warming summit in

Copenhagen. She will write occasional columns for SPOKES.

WABA Director Gilliland

Moves On by Ron Cassie

In a letter e-mailed to Washington Area Bicyclists Association

members, executive director Eric Gilliland announced

his resignation March 17, accepting the position of executive

director of the National Association of City Transportation

Officials (NACTO).

Gilliland wrote, “it is with a heavy heart,” that he announced

his resignation.

“This was a very difficult decision for me to make,” Gilliland

continued. “I have poured blood, sweat and tears into

WABA for over a decade, and am extremely proud of what

we have been able to accomplish together.”

He noted that since its founding in 1972, WABA has been a

strong and influential voice for cyclists in the Washington,

D.C. area. Gilliland added that he strongly believes that

with WABA’s dedicated board of directors and hardworking

staff, and the support of its membership, the organization

will continue to thrive and continue to make the D.C. area

a better place to bike.

Gilliland will begin his new role on April 1.

WABA's education coordinator, Dorcas Adkins, has been

named interim executive director to help assist the organization

during this transition.

“While I have been very happy with my role at WABA, and

with the successes we have enjoyed over the years, the

position at NACTO is an amazing opportunity that I could

not refuse,” Gilliland added. “Not only will I be working with

some of the most innovative thinkers in urban transportation

from around the country, but I will have the opportunity

to build the organization into an effective advocate for

bicycling, walking and transit in cities around the U.S.”

WABA is conducting a nation-wide search for a new executive

director. A job description can be found at www.waba.org.

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All cyclists and their families are invited to join this

16th annual weekend ride held in Madison, Ga.,

hosted by BRAG (Bicycle Ride Across Georgia). Flat

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

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

Various ride options available daily as well as daily

rates for those who cannot ride all weekend. Plenty

of food, music and entertainment. For more info visit

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



Pedal along coastal Delaware’s beaches and bays on

the 21th annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour, beginning

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

and the boardwalk in Bethany Beach, Del. Cyclists

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

50-mile circuits. Rest stops along the way provide

light snacks and refreshments. Visit the Bethany-

Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce web site at www.

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

for more information or a registration brochure.


This is the 10th anniversary of this powerful cycling

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

Athlete Matters) uses the powerful platform of sports

to bring together participants with and without disabilities.

There are an increasing number of servicemen

and women returning from the wars with severe

injuries. This ride will honor them and thank these

young men and women for their service. We will also

be honoring active duty and retired military who

will be riding with us. The ride begins Saturday in

Washington with a 55+ mile ride to Frederick, Md.

The ride continues Sunday from Frederick another

45+ miles to Gettysburg, PA. Our dramatic arrival into

Gettysburg will thru the battlefield and end at Marine

Barrack Gettysburg for our famous ‘Steaks and Beers’

celebration.There is NO charge for injured servicemen

and women. There is a $50 registration fee for

active duty and fully retired military and a $200 minimum

fundraising goal. For all other participants, the

registration fee is $100 and a $400 minimum fundraising

goal. All registration can be done on-line at



Join 750 other cyclists in checking out the scenery of

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

shape for the summer. Ride the 6th Annual Tour de

Carroll and enjoy the beauty and great rides that the

county has to offer. All proceeds benefit West End

Adult Day Care Services, Carroll County’s only private,

non-profit service for low income seniors. There are

four rides for all skill levels ranging from a full metric

(63 miles) 36 miles spring classic, 25 mile recreational

ride, and 8 mile family fun ride. Check out this event

and register at active.com. Call (410) 840-8381 for



A day of biking along the scenic western shore of the

Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County, Md. . Pedal along

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

knowing that your registration fee will help feed a

hungry family. This is a fully supported event with

routes ranging from 15 miles to a full metric century.

Check out our new beginner ride which includes

safety orientation, road rules and a ride leader to

make sure even our newest riders have a great day.

For details log onto endhungercalvert.org


Held during national Autism Awareness Month, the

Kennedy Krieger Institute’s ROAR for Autism will

feature events and activities for all family members,

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

cyclists and a five miler designed for beginner

cyclists and a youth fun ride. Oregon Ridge Nature

Center will also lead nature walks. The popular

Wegmans Wellness Village will provide healthy food

for all families including those with children on special

autism diets. A festival will also provide entertainment

for all participants. For details or registration

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



This seventh annual USA Cycling-affiliated event is

the largest mountain bike race in the Mid-Atlantic

Region, with several opportunities for all levels of racers,

from beginners to pros. It includes the Maryland

State Championships, a Junior Olympic race for 18

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

is one of three races in the Mid Atlantic Regional

Championship (MARC) series, and is a qualifier

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

potomacvelo.com for details. Potomac Velo Club puts

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

for Kids Charity, but added volunteer workers are

needed to make it all happen. If interested in volunteering

or needing more info, contact Jim Carlson,

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

Join The Bike Lane

For a Day to Celebrate Cycling!

Paul’s Ride for Life, Road and Mountain Bike Demo Rides

Kids Safety Rodeo and BMX Stunt Shows throughout the day!

Expo Area, Local Clubs and Groups, Cycling Fashion Show, and More!


Character Counts Mid-Shore is sponsoring this fundraiser

at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near

Cambridge, MD. The event includes four ride choices,

including a 12-mile family ride, a 30-mile fun & fitness

ride, a 56 miler, and a full century. The event will

support Character Counts Mid-Shore, Inc., an agency

which provides the Winners Walk Tall Program in the

public schools in Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester

counties free of charge. The lessons, provided by over

200 character coaches, are based on the six pillars of

character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility,

Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. For details visit www.

charactercountsmidshore.org or call (410) 819-0386.


Annie’s Playground in Fallston, Md., will be the

site of the first Fallston Duathlon. In support of the

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Contes Bikes of

Bel Air, Md., will host this event. Registration is limited

to the first 350 entries. Event begins at 7 a.m.

For details call the store at (410) 838-0866 or email


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28 April 2010

I’m one rider,

inspired by one little boy with diabetes,

to join thousands of other riders across

the nation, supported by contributions

from thousands more. I ride for the 24

million people living with diabetes, and

the 57 million more Americans currently

at risk. I ride for one little boy.

Who will you ride for?



Sunday, June 20, 2010

Reston Town Center

100 Mile - Century Ride

63 Mile - Metric Century

33 Mile - Metric Half Century

20 Mile - Fitness Test

17 Mile - Mountain Bike Ride

12 Mile - Family Fun Ride



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The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club (PPTC) is sponsoring

a multi-class Nokesville Picnic Ride Sunday at

the Nokesville Community Park in Nokesville, VA.

As always, it’s open to everyone, new, old and nonmembers.

This is a multi-class ride with something for

everyone. There will be rides from 10-51 miles, covering

classes from A to D. After the ride everyone gathers

at the pavilion for free hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie

burgers, etc. PPTC provides drinks, plates, napkins,

cups, utensils, and condiments but anyone should feel

free to bring their own reusable plates or utensils (to

keep the trash down.) As always, everyone is encouraged

to bring a dish – salad, chips, other side dishes

or desserts - to share. Contact Catherine Kitchell at

ckitchell@comcast.net or check out the club’s website

at www.bikepptc.org for more information.


The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation is hosting the

Capital to Capital bike ride. Riders can choose to

start from either Richmond or Williamsburg, ride

100, 50 or 25 miles through Henrico and Charles City

Counties. The Williamsburg side will offer a 15-mile

family ride on the completed portion of the Virginia

Capital Trail. For more information and online registration,

visit: www.virginiacapitaltrail.org


All new this year, Tour de Chesapeake is now the

“Bikes, Bands, and the Bay Festival.” BikeWalk

Virginia, Mathews County and the Chesapeake Bay

Foundation are partnering for a full weekend of

cycling, water sports, music. Celebrate the arrival

of spring with a bike tour through the wonderful,

scenic and flat Mathews County backroads along

the Chesapeake Bay. Perfect as a family’s first biking

adventure, or maybe the intermediate rider’s,

and even the experienced veteran’s, season warmup.

Choose tours of 17, 40, 60, or 80 miles. Families

especially will enjoy the abundant quiet, scenic lanes

winding down to forgotten coves on the Chesapeake

Bay, the East River and the North River. Pedal in and

out of the beautiful salt marshes instead of traffic.

Visit www.bikechesapeake.org for details and to register

online. For inquiries, call (757) 229-0507 or email



Join the Maryland Chapter of the National MS

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

Eastern Shore. Routes range from 30 -100 miles on

Saturday and 30 & 50 mile on Sunday. Overnight at

Chestertown, Md. Route is fully supported with rest

stops, bike techs and support vehicles. To Register or

find out more, visit www.marylandmsbikeride.org or

call (443) 641-1200.


Join the Baltimore Bicycling Club and Washington

College as they host this 27th annual weekend event

along Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Rides range from

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

Washington College’s dorm and enjoy great food, an

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

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

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

email KCSF@verizon.net


Come discover Georgia by bicycle on the 31st annual

Bicycle Ride Across Georgia. This year’s loop ride will

begin and end in Fayetteville, with overnight stops

in Griffin, Thomaston, Columbus, LaGrange, and

12th Annual

Celebrating Vintage Lightweight Racing and

Touring Bicycles, and the Artists & Craft

Persons Carrying on the Traditions

Vendor Registration at:

Search “June 6th”

June 6th, 2010

A Circus of Cycling at the

Loudoun County Fairgrounds

Leesburg, Virginia

Vintage Bike Show

Custom Frame Builders

Special Vendors

Swap Meet

Vendor Spaces Available!!

General Admission Just $5!









Save the date: APRIL 24, 2010

Get those bikes and

cycling legs in shape

& enjoy the beautiful

Carroll County countryside!!

Show and Go – 8am to 11am

Lunch (included) – 11:30am to 1:30pm

Bike Route Options:

Bike Route Options:

63 mile High Tech Metric Century

36 mile Spring Classic

25 mile Recreational Ride

8 mile Family Fun Ride

Radio sag and sweep on all routes until 12 noon.

Rest stops, maps, cue sheets.

Plenty of free parking and nearby motels.

Easy location at Dutterer’s Park in Westminster, MD

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

$35.00 Registration includes:



30 day pass to Westminster

Family Center, full service

gym. ($55 value)




Entry into drawing for door

prizes (totaling $1,000.00).

Winners posted at Noon.

Raffle for $250 cash prize.

Drawing at Noon.

To register and for further

information go to or call:

www.active.com or


Call 410-840-8381

Newnan. 1500 riders, street dances, ice cream social,

end-of-the-road meal 60 miles average per day, hammerhead

options. For more information, visit www.brag.org,

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


Registration for participation in the Air Force Cycling

Classic, now spread over an entire weekend has

opened. The Cycling Classic, positioned at the center

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

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

events, will now allow more opportunities for cycling

enthusiasts of all abilities to participate. The weekend's

events in Arlington begin on Saturday with amateur

and professional criterium races in Clarendon.

On Sunday cycling enthusiasts of all abilities can

challenge themselves on the U.S. Air Force Cycling

Classic's circuit in Crystal City during the Crystal Ride,

a non-competitive ride with an option to raise money

for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Following this

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

the same course. Registration for the amateur participatory

ride is now open through the event's website:



Join 1000 participants from across the mid-Atlantic

region for the National MS Society, National Capital

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

Choose from several mileage options along our challenging

new routes ranging from a 30-mile one day

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

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

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

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

30 April 2010

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