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not about to let a little thing like cancer get in the way of

his miles. Photo by Neil Sandler

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the stock market. Expect to get in a couple of rounds

of golf in warm sunny December, and plan on getting

in some quality biking miles in January and February.

The bubble has burst in more ways than one.

Several years ago, a riding buddy and I needed 500

miles in December to reach our annual cycling goals.

We scheduled a tough riding schedule and managed

to hit our marks with a cold but manageable 30 miles

on December 30th. Last year, my wife Sonja and I

began our training for our first marathon in January,

getting in a few short runs during the week and eight

milers every Sunday. This year, zip.

I think we all got lulled into unrealities. This is the

way it was when I was a kid. We shoveled, and watched

TV a lot. My dad owned a gas station, and he made a

lot of his money plowing parking lots. Not so fondly,

I remember lots of 5 a.m. wake up calls, when school

was snowed out and other kids got to play. Dad and

I went plowing. Well he plowed, and I stood at the

ready with shovel in hand for those spots the plow

couldn’t get to.

Anyway, a call today from our art director Eryn put

the ramifications of this real winter into perspective.

She and her husband live near the popular mountain

biking parks in Frederick, Maryland. She said they

were figuring it might not be until late April or early

May until the trails dry out. “There are at least two

feet of snow on those trails,” Eryn told me. “Once all

the snow and ice melts, it’ll take awhile until the trails

are dry enough to ride.”

Okay, maybe it’s time to get serious and back to the

old reality. Before this day is over, I intend to pull out

the old wind trainer and mount my bike on board.

The cool news is that at yesterday’s huge bike swap

meet in Westminster, Md., I bought something I’d

always wanted: the four part DVD series of Greg

LeMond’s triumphs in the Tour de France and World

Championships, some 20 years ago. Lots of good riding

footage to help me while away the time.

Off to the basement I go, just like in the good ole


Happy trails,

Neil Sandler

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To the Moon & Back

300,000 Miles and Counting

by neil sandler

Being totally reliant on his bikes, not owning a car, and then coming down with cancer

just was such an inconvenience for legendary long distance cyclist Dave Berning,

58, of Potomac, Maryland.

his annual mileage suffered that year, he

rode only 6,669 miles, the fewest in the 30 years Dave

has been counting. But whose counting?

The tall, bearded legend of mid-Atlantic cycling is

credited by many in the mid-Atlantic with popularizing

long distance touring and creating the popular

series of documented long distance tours in the mid-

Atlantic called brevets.

But looks can be very deceiving. If a guy about 6 foot

1, riding a rusty old tank of a bike, with a well worn

Brooks leather saddle, wearing hiking shorts (yes, he

wears plain ole cotton underwear and t-shirts underneath)

and nary a high tech product in sight shows up

for your ride be cautious. He often even lugs an old

fashioned video camera to record his jaunts. He’s carried

the camera on over 18,000 miles of bike touring.

Dave’s not fast (at least he doesn’t show his speed,

generally averaging 15+ mph), but he’ll sit there very

upright and talk your ears off while going up the steepest

slopes, never once wondering why you are panting

to reply. It’s not the first 40 miles of his rides that will

wear you out, it’s the remaining 100 miles or more.

This year, if all goes as planned, Dave will officially

pass the 300,000 mile lifetime achievement. “I tell

people I’m on my way back from the moon (which

is about 250,000 miles from Earth),” Berning tells

SPOKES laughing.

For a kid who didn’t learn to ride a bike until he was thirteen

years old, (“I learned in one minute. Friends took

me out on my sister’s 24 inch J.C. Higgins coaster brake

bike, told me they were holding on to me so I wouldn’t

fall but when I looked back they were long gone and I

was riding on my own.”) Berning has become legendary

among folks who know serious cyclists.

Growing up in Aberdeen, Berning gravitated towards

solo non-ball oriented sports, like hiking and fishing,

because he had bad eye sight. But he was quickly

hooked on biking, riding everywhere, from the local

swimming club, to the local fishing holes, and everywhere

the bike could take him. During his final years

at Churchill High School in Montgomery County,

Md., and two years at Montgomery Community

College, followed by two years at the University of

Maryland’s College Park campus, he figures he rode

the three-speed Schwinn his folks bought him about

9,000 miles “just going places.”

Even though he was presented upon graduation with

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a 1948 Plymouth from his uncle, it was his bike that

gave him the most pleasure. In 1972 he graduated

to a 10-speed Schwinn Super Sport, with a Brooks

leather saddle. “I still ride that bike. It’s got well over

100,000 miles on it,” Berning adds.

Shortly after buying this bike, Berning decided to do

something he’d never done before...ride all day long.

Though his longest ride up until then was around 40

miles, Berning set off from the D.C. suburbs to Ocean

City, Md. Departing before sunrise, he pedaled the

homestretch of the 150 miles as the sun set. After a

couple of days on the beach he pedaled home. He

was hooked.

The next few years, Berning took to riding to the

bicycle rallies of the League of American Wheelmen

(now the League of American Bicyclists) in places

like Millersville, Pa., and Harrisonburg, Va., and then

600 miles over four days to the 1982 World’s Fair in

Knoxville, Tenn., and 700 miles (including 400 miles

on the Blue Ridge Parkway) to do the Assault on Mt.

Mitchell (a century famous for it final 30 mile long

mountain climb). He videotaped his experience over

this 7.5 hour century.

Out for more challenges, Berning set his sights on the

legendary 750 mile Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) in 1987.

But 750 miles over three days wasn’t enough to satiate

his quest for miles. He added a 1,100 mile tour of

France’s Loire Valley and parts of Switzerland on that

three week foray overseas. That year Berning rode the

most miles he’s ever ridden in one year: 13,102 miles.

Americans up to that point had not done very well in

completing this legendary test of endurance, and that

year was no different. So Berning worked with members

of his home club, the Potomac Pedalers Touring

Club (PPTC) to introduce a series of brevets (long

distance single day rides) ranging from 200 to 600

kilometers in length. These are highly regimented

tours, with regular documented control stops. Cyclists

often begin and finish riding at night. As a result

of the development of these well respected rides,

the PPTC now boasts the second highest number of

entries of any U.S. cycling club in the PBP. In 1991

nearly all of the 30 PPTC entries completed the 750

mile (1200 kilometers) event under the 90 hour finishing

deadline. Nearly 4,000 riders participated.

Four years later, in 1995, Berning lead a large successful

contingent of PPTC entries at the PBP and added

his “extra thousand mile tour of Europe, including

Low Tech Dave

Long distance cycling legend Dave Berning rides a bike

that weighs 45 pounds. Nothing on it is made of titanium

or carbon fiber.

“Most people I ride with ride bikes less than half that

weight. It doesn’t matter. I also ride with people who are

faster than me in the short haul. But in the long run it

doesn’t matter,” he told SPOKES.

Berning’s main ride is a steel Raleigh he bought used in

1973. He’s ridden it about 160,000 miles. In 1996, when he

gave away his last car, a 1965 Dodge Dart, Berning bought

a mountain bike to ride in snow and ice and often to the

grocery. He still rides his original Schwinn 10-speed which

now has over 100,000 miles on it. The Schwinn and mountain

bike are equipped with wooden carry boxes on the

back, which can be easily removed with quick releases.

His favorite bike saddles are well broken in leather Brooks.

No lycra for Dave. He typically wears cargo hiking shorts

bought from Campmor because they last forever. Yes, he

wears cotton underwear and t-shirts. No, he doesn’t get

saddle sores, and does not use any creams or lotions.

Berning avoids any of the newer (last 20 year) technologies

like click shifting or break/shifting systems. Friction

shifting, which was commonplace until the early 1990s is

his favorite. “The new stuff doesn’t seem to stay in tune

for very long (meaning hundreds or thousands of good

and bad weather riding). I want stuff that is very simple,

doesn’t break, and doesn’t need to be repaired or adjusted

very often. It really is so much easier to be low tech.”

Berning says his biggest problem is locating the low tech

stuff. Most of it is no longer manufactured. He recently

discovered some old German made chains to use on his

five (yes, we said FIVE) speed freewheels. Berning bought

all six of the chains and five speed freewheels. Berning

says he gets two years out of a chain (about 16,000

miles). Berning recommends Phil Wood grease on bike

chains. The grease resists moisture and lasts forever.

many of the famous alpine cols done in the Tour de

France. He tallied 10,459 miles that year.

By the mid-1990s, Berning had pretty much finished

using his 1965 Dodge Dart (bought in 1978 after the

1948 Plymouth rolled in a car accident in which he

was not hurt) and donated it to charity in 1996. Over

the 18 years he owned the Dodge, he drove it a total

Same philosophy goes for tires and wheels. “My bike has

a 48-spoke rear wheel. Most people are in trouble when

one spoke breaks. I could break six spokes and keep riding.

He opts for high profile rubber tires rather than the

low profile, thinner tires, which flat more often.

It should not be surprising then that Berning, who retired

from his work as a scientist for the government, is internationally

renown for building some of the finest, highfidelity

stereo amplifiers using vacuum tubes. See www.

of 10,000 miles (averaging just over 500 miles a year!).

He commuted the 20 mile round trip to work at the

federal government’s National Institute of Standards

and Technology in Gaithersburg, where he conducted

research on electronic devices (he earned a B.S.

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degree in physics from Maryland).

Shopping at the local grocery five miles from home is

no big deal with the large wooden box he crafted for

the back of his bike. It comes off easily with a quick

release mechanism.

Weekends were social rides, his favorite weekends had

him pedaling 70 miles or so to Heritage Lake near

Gettysburg, going water skiing with a friend who kept

a speed boat up there for a few hours, before pedaling

home by sunset.

This past summer he biked the 100 or so miles to

his high school reunion at Aberdeen High School

(northeast of Baltimore), biked 20 miles to the school

picnic, then pedaled the 80 miles home. (Berning

actually transferred to Churchill High School in

Montgomery County in 1967, and graduated from

there, but most of his childhood friends graduated

from Aberdeen.) Berning tallied over 31 century rides

in 2009.

If this story is inspiration up until this point, the most

amazing part is just ahead.

In the fall of 2002, Berning rode his bike from his

home in Potomac 240 miles each way to an engineering

conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. When he returned

home he noticed a lump on his neck. Largely hidden

by his beard, he ignored it until January, when a doctor’s

biopsy determined it to be lymphoma, cancer of

his lymph nodes. The treatment would include chemo

and radiation over a several month period. His oncologist

told him the four cycles of chemo drug treatment

would be tough on his heart, but his heart was

in excellent condition, and the doctor encouraged

him to continue his physical activities. For Berning

that meant biking.

“It never dawned on me to get to the doctor visits

any other way than by bike. I worked to continue my

normal work cycle and that meant getting around by

bike,” Berning told SPOKES.

Berning’s daily diary of the treatment went something

like: “Starting the chemo cycle I’d be in pretty good

shape, but by the second day I’d be nauseated. Then

I’d vomit. The steroids (prednisone) made me feel

better but that lead to a rough couple of days and

really bad stomach cramps and constipation. By day

10 or 11 I’d begin to feel better.”

“I found that I always felt better if I could get out and

ride,” Berning told SPOKES. “The first 20 miles or so

were pretty bad, but the second 20 were better and by

the end of the ride I’d almost feel normal. My longest

ride through the treatment was 51 miles.”

Next came the daily radiation treatments, every day

for one month.

“I’d ride about seven miles to work, then I’d ride five

miles to get the radiation treatment, five miles back to

work, and then seven miles home. There was a lot of

rain that month. That was tough.

“Most people come out of the month of radiation

treatment in a very weakened state. I wasn’t weakened

at all,” he recalls. “Because of everything I’d read

about the treatment before I started I’d cancelled a

ten-day bike tour of Pennsylvania with the White Clay

Bicycle Club, because it was about a week after my

final treatment. Everything I read online or in articles

brought me down, talking about all the limitations,

and the 30 percent survival rate and how you won’t

feel anywhere near normal for at least a full year.

But the day after I finished the radiation, I went out

and did a test ride of about 100 miles. I felt fine. So

I signed up for the tour and did ten days, about 100

miles a day, through the mountains of Pennsylvania

without any problems.

“I think the difference is that I did not give up and I

did not listen to what everyone else said. I didn’t give

up my bike, my routine, and didn’t get into my car.

(His dad, who passed away in December 2009, did

give him two rides to treatments mostly because of the

weather.) I know I’m in good shape because I use my

bike all the time. A regular exercise routine is important,

and I always kept a positive will to live.”

For the past three years, Berning has been a ride marshal

for the Montgomery County, Md., Leukemia &

Lymphoma ride.

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Scouts to Celebrate 100 th Anniversary with 2000 Mile Ride

Every summer Scoutmaster Bruce White of Troop 165 in

Fredericksburg, Va., has trained and led a group of eager

young Scouts on a week long cycling adventure. During

the last 12 years, they have ridden over 150,000 miles

together. As the 100th anniversary of Scouting approaches

this summer, he knew they had to do something that was

special. Together with his youngest son Cory, they have

created a 2000 mile cycling adventure that will lead them

to the opening ceremony of the National Jamboree in

Bowling Green, Va., at Fort AP Hill.

The funny thing is their troop is located only 20 miles

away in Fredericksburg.

While the invitations were being sent to all the Scout

Council Executives, White mapped out the route. After

hours of working on MapMyRide and multiple road trips

by car, Bruce and Cory had the route designed and the cue

sheets created.

“For each daily route we focused on low traffic roads,

beautiful scenery, evening entertainment and an ice cream

stop !” Bruce told SPOKES.

Along the way, the Scouts will stay at 14 different Scout

Council Summer Camps where they will speak to younger

Scouts about Personal Fitness, Nutrition and the values of

becoming an Eagle Scout. They will see a couple thousand

Scouts along their journey.

“We hope that we can make a difference in some young

Scout’s life. Hopefully, we can show them that no dream is

too big to chase “ Bruce said.

Troop 165 is currently inviting other Eagle Scouts to be a

part of this adventure. Participants can ride individual segments,

or the entire 2000 mile route.

The trek, called “Cycling the Loop for Scouting,” will start

at the Knights of Columbus Hall, where they gather every

Monday for their troop meeting. The group will head

towards the Alleghany Passageway to Pittsburgh, Pa. They

will then travel North towards Cleveland, Ohio, and up the

shoreline of Lake Erie into downtown, Erie, Pa.

The Scouts will continue north to Buffalo, N.Y., where they

plan to join the Erie Canal Bike Ride that will take them

into Albany. From there they will pedal through the Catskill

Mountains and down the Hudson River towards New York

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Jersey on their way to Atlantic City before taking the Lewes

/Cape May Ferry and pedal to Ocean City, Md.

After a trip across the Bay Bridge they will stop at Annapolis

and bike into our nation’s capital. Here they will make

time to participate in the traditional National Jamboree


The final leg of the journey will take them south back

through Fredericksburg, and then to Fort AP Hill, where

they will pedal into the opening ceremony of the National

Jamboree in front of over 35,000 Scouts and Scouters.

Only Eagle Scouts, the highest rank in Scouting attained

by only 3% of all Scouts, may participate. Though Eagle

Scouts from his own troop will participate, White has also

invited Eagle Scouts from all 299 Scout Councils in the

United States.

Volunteers to serve as SAG support, to design a creative

finish line and begin a six month training program, are

still needed. In addition, in order to raise money to help

fund the ride, White’s Troop is hosting a 24 Hour Bike-A-

Thon over Memorial Day weekend, May 29-30, in downtown

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The Cycling the Loop Eagle Scout group will host 300 riders

to raise money for their event. The proceeds will be

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Behind Bars

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Even though I recently retired from professional mountain bike racing, I am still

spending a lot of time behind bars – handlebars that is. I took a new job as the

program manager for BikeArlington, an initiative of Arlington County Commuter

Services to encourage and educate on bicycle transportation as part of an ongoing

effort to make Arlington County, Virginia a better place to live work and play.

partly due to horrendous traffic in the DC area, and

partly due to the fact that the car route is less direct,

traveling around I495 and then into Rosslyn n I66 or

the George Washington Parkway, a total of 25 miles.

So commuting by bike saves me around 30 minutes

a day, but what I love even more than that is that my

exercise for the day is done! No need to go to the

gym after work. I already got a solid 90 minute of

cardio, and burned 1000 calories on my commute to

and from work! It’s a good thing, because having two

young children to get home to leaves zero time for

the gym.

Of course, there are other benefits to bike commuting,

all of which add to my motivation to get “behind

bars” every day;

• Stress relief. I’ll take the wind in my hair over

pulling my hair out in traffic any day.

• Saving money. Biking is almost free, while the cost

of owning and running a car is around 50 cents

per mile.

• No emissions. It feels good to be helping improve

air quality.

Even during the snowiest winter on record, I still

looked forward to my commute every day (how

many D.C. area drivers do you hear saying that!)

Unfortunately, the CCT does not get plowed, so there

have been some interesting conditions to deal with.

Most days have been rideable on a mountain bike, but

some days were marginal. On days after a recent snow

fall, I do have an alternative route down through

Rock State Park on roads that do get plowed. I ride

a little slower and take extra care when it’s snowy

or icy out, but it only adds five minutes to the commute

time. Plus the views of the snow covered trees

and iced over Potomac River keep me thoroughly

entertained, and many days I am greeting to the D.C.

area with a spectacular sunrise over the Washington

Monument. Well worth the pedaling!

I have to admit, I am looking forward to the spring

with less snow, warmer temperatures and longer days.

I enjoy the challenge of the winter bike commute,

and I think I will actually miss it sometimes…but only

a little bit. Until then, dress warm, be safe, and enjoy

your time “behind bars.”

since i live in maryland and I consider it

important to “walk the talk,” I ride my bike to work

in Arlington almost every day. This makes for some

interesting experiences, some of which I would like

to share with you in this regular column. In the next

edition, I will share the details of my daily bike commute,

and also some of the reasons I love it so much.

I would also like to keep you informed on what is

happening in the world of bike transportation and

advocacy in D.C. and Northern Virginia. There is a

lot going on in these areas, as local residents, governments,

and businesses are starting to realize the benefits

of less auto use and more bike use, using Portland

Oregon as the leading example. Some of the current

activities are:

• New bike lanes, cycle tracks, and other infrastructure

facilities for bikes.

• A new state of the art public bike-sharing program

for DC and Arlington County.

• New bicycle parking options, such as the impressive

new bike station at Union Station in D.C.

• Current and future legislation with regards to bicycles

as road users.

• Current and future legislation to enable employers

to provide benefits and incentives to employees

who bike to work.

• A Bicycle Friendly Business Program to encourage

and reward workplaces, retailers, hotels and

universities that are accessible and accommodating

to cyclists.

• Events and group rides, such as Bike to Work

Day, to educate and get people excited to ride

their bikes.

Testing the waters

Before I accepted the position as BikeArlington

Program Manager, I tested the bike to work options

and was thrilled to discover the Capital Crescent Trail

(CCT). This is a multi use path from Silver Spring,

MD to Georgetown, D.C., which is near my new job

is in Rosslyn. The path is wide and eight out of the

ten miles are paved (the first two miles coming out

of Silver Spring are crushed gravel). There is a good

amount of walking, jogging, rollerblading, and biking

traffic on the CCT, especially on fair weather days,

but the basic rules of the trail seem to be followed,

and for the most part everyone coexists happily.

The best part is, the CCT is car free, and uses bridges

and tunnels for most road, rail, and river. Only a few

times in the entire 10 mile length is it necessary to

stop at a road crossing. This makes for a very efficient

commute. It takes me 40 minutes to travel the entire

10 miles of the CCT by bike at a brisk but not racing

pace, and then another 5 minutes to cover the last

1.5 miles to my office, for a total travel time of 45

minutes for the 11.5 mile bike trip. Try doing that

in a car at rush hour! It would take at least an hour,

Editor’s Note:

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

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

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

solo National Cup champion Chris Eatough has been a

professional mountain bike racer since 1998. The Baltimore

area resident dominated 24-hour mountain bike racing for

over half a decade, revolutionizing the sport by combining

cross country race speed with meticulously choreographed

pit stop strategies. Eatough gained considerable world wide

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

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

24-hour Solo World Championship.

In addition to his World and National solo titles, Eatough

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

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

victories in 100-mile mountain bike races.

The married father of two young children has joined the

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

in engineering was hired 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 For more information

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It is no mystery that getting young people on bikes in this country is like pulling

teeth. Or at least if they aren’t vegetarian or an environmentalist it is. And many of

us ask ourselves why when it’s something that you grow to love so much and which

saves you time and money. Well I can tell you from my own personal experience exactly

the reason why and make it all make perfect sense.

growing up i hated bicycling and cyclists.

I hated the ugly lycra spandex body suits with the

ugly padding attached to the butt. I hated wearing a

helmet, and I didn’t care if a Hummer came by to hit

me. And I hated the crouched over position all the

cyclists were in as they peddled down the street on

their mountain bikes.

If you were me, a teenage girl who wanted to look

cute for school every day, a bike was the last thing you

wanted to be seen on. I went through much of my

years refusing to ride a bike. And when I was 16, my

father died from a bicycle accident, flying down a hill

and hitting a slab of concrete raised by a tree branch.

This only further fueling my distaste for bicycles.

It wasn’t until I became environmentally aware that

I even began to consider a bicycle. But even then it

was last on my list of things to do to become green. I

live in D.C. where the public transportation system,

albeit very aggravating at times, is pretty reliable and

can take you from one end of the city to the other in

twenty five minutes. I used to love walking through

my city while listening to music so I always considered

myself getting exercise. At that time, a bike just wasn’t

convenient. And thus, I never rode one unless you

count the one time I rode around an empty parking

lot one summer’s day.

It wasn’t until I stumbled upon a blog about

Copenhagen’s bicycle culture, that my perception of

cycling was revolutionized. The blog, Copenhagen

Cycle Chic, featured picture after picture of Danish

girls on old vintage style bikes, riding with no helmets

with the wind in their hair (just like the models in the

magazines that most women want to be). They wore

stiletto high heels and short skirts with leather jackets

and they even listened to their iPods. They were

fashionable, beautiful, normal, and I loved it. I immediately

wanted a bike and not just any old mountain

bike. I wanted a vintage style bike and I wanted to

look like the girls I saw in those pictures.

It was the beginning of summer during my senior year

of high school when I was walking through Eastern

Market on a Sunday morning. I was waiting for my

favorite store to open when I turned the corner and

saw a beautiful baby blue Huffy with white fenders and

wide stainless steel handle bars (and vintage style of

course). I walked over, examined the bike, took it for a

ride around the block, and was sold on it. It was $200

and as my first bike, I had no idea if that was a good

deal or not. But I didn’t care, and bought it anyway.

Then when I got home, much to my dismay I discovered

Wal-Mart was selling the same bike for $89. It

was disappointing, but I was very much pleased with

my new ride.

I rode my first day to school and arrived in style but

it also became apparent quickly that I was at a sharp

disadvantage with the cars. While they had two lanes,

I had none, and while they pressed on the gas pedal

to accelerate, I had to sweat to get up all the hills.

But it didn’t matter because I had gotten to school in

fifteen minutes instead of thirty (which meant more

time to sleep in), I felt proud and even healthier, and

of course, I loved hearing “Oh my God, your bike is

so cute! Can I ride it?”

In December, I was given the chance to go to

Copenhagen for the UNFCCC COP15 climate conference

with a youth delegation. I was excited to be in

the city that inspired me to ride my bicycle and see

the culture first hand.

In Copenhagen, 30 percent of the population commutes

around town by bike. Every street has a separated

lane, and at intersections the lanes are painted

with bright and bold blue paint. Bicycles even have

their own traffic light separate from the pedestrian

walk signal. The trains are made wider with seats that

flip up to provide space for bicycles and women’s

strollers. And the bikes are the ultimate city commuter

bike equipped with fenders, a skirt guard, a bell,

a basket, and even a built-in lock. Some even have

pedal powered lights for night time riders.

It’s a bicycle culture of convenience. It’s not about

special rides for different causes, or wearing the most

expensive brand of cycling gear. It’s just about getting

from point A to point B whether it is from home

to school, to work, to the grocery store, to a party, to

wherever. The infrastructure is all in place with plenty

of lanes and places to park.

If America hopes to raise the amount of cyclists on

the roads, then we have a long way to go.

Most importantly, the need for bike lanes is dire. The

most common complaint I hear from cyclists and

non cyclists alike is the fact that they do not feel safe

riding next to speeding cars and for good reason!

Ironically, it has been shown that with the increase of

bicyclists, the incidents of bicycle related car accidents

drop significantly. Essentially, if a bike lane can fit on

the street, there should be one in both directions.

Second, there is a huge need for free parking. It’s a

very simple fix; just a few racks on each block would

make a world of difference.

It’s time to think about cycling not as a sport or an

exclusive club. Bicycles are an excellent way to save

money in this time of economic stress. If I don’t have

the money to pay for the metro or gas, I don’t have

to. I personally have saved hundreds of dollars by riding

my bike to work rather than taking public transit.

Bicycles also save time. As I stated before, it cut my

commute to school in half and even if I don’t ride all

the way to work, I can ride to a closer metro station

and transit the rest of the way.

Cycling is a great way to exercise. And above all, it’s

fun. Every time I ride my bike, I notice something

different about my city in a way that driving in a car

deprives you of. I have a new relationship with my

neighbors and they know me as the girl who rides the

baby blue bike every day. I notice when flowers have

been planted, or when someone adds a fresh coat

of paint to their house. And I have even noticed an

uptick in cyclists dressed in their every day attire riding

around town as if I were still in Copenhagen.

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.

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LeGrand (middle) with former teammate, Julie Barca, and current teammate, Andy Mathes,

after winning the Navy Crit in February 2009, her first women's A race.

Photo taken by USNA/Navy personnel

Meet Midshipman LeGrand, captain of the Naval

Academy Cycling Team

Need motivation this time of the year? Look no further

than Peggy LeGrand, a senior at the U.S. Naval

Academy (USNA), and captain of the 2009/2010

USNA Cycling Team.

More impressive is the fact that Midshipman

LeGrand’s first foray into biking wasn’t until 2007

when she decided to try an MS-150 ride.

A runner first, she ran cross country for four years,

track for two, and competed in and finished third

in the 20K Palo Duro Trail Run in 2004, but a stress

fracture in her foot and ankle pain led her to decide

a break was necessary. That, along with a push from

a brother-in-law who cycled, led her to find the sport

that she says is one of the best things that’s ever happened

to her. But at the time LeGrand says her brother-in-law

thought she’d never finish.

Up to that point “the only thing I had trained on was

a 30 pound mountain bike I had bought at Toys-R-

Us,” she recently told SPOKES. But “I don’t like other

people telling me what I can and can’t do. For better

or worse, I sort of have this ‘I think I can conquer the

world’ attitude so I never really doubted myself.”

In completing the Texas MS-150 ride, LeGrand says

she found a lifestyle which was solidified when she

made the USNA Cycling Team in the Fall of 2008 as a

women’s B rider.

Navy Capt. Dan Schindler, officer representative

for the team, recalls “doing the Seagull Century in

October of 2008 and seeing Peggy power through the

100 miles with the rest of the train in less than five

hours” saying it “was foretelling of her racing season

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In joining the USNA cycling team, LeGrand was coming

onto an already successful team. Since coming

in first in the Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference

(ACCC) 2004/2005 season, they have dominated the

scene, placing 2nd and 3rd in the following years and

again winning in the 2008/2009 season which saw

LeGrand come on strong, winning her first women’s

A race, the Navy Crit that February. Schindler continues,

LeGrand “put in a tremendous base season and

within three races of the 2009 season she cat’d up to

the elite Women’s A division and was leading the conference

in points.”

That is, until the accident.

Out on a normal Tuesday criterium-style practice with

teammates, there was “a bad pileup” as LeGrand puts

it. She broke her pelvis in three places and the season

was over, but within months she was back on the bike.

LeGrand talks about it matter-of-factly as something

that taught her patience and humility, saying “sometimes

bad things happen when you don’t want them

to. It taught me to come back and work hard to be

even better than I was pre-accident.” But while she

was learning this lesson, she was teaching a lot about

perseverance to her teammates and those around her.

Schindler says he’s “been impressed with Peggy’s

infectious competitiveness and truly inspired” by her

return to cycling after her horrific accident. He adds,

“The outpouring of well wishes from the conference

females and conference in general is telling of her

impact and endearment to others.”

Team coach, Lt. Cmdr.Michelle Whisenhant, adds

“Peggy is the poster child of a cyclist overcoming

adversity to realize her true potential.” Even before

the crash, before her amazing season, she was dealing

with the limitations of anemia. Whisenhant continues,

“Once that was diagnosed and treated she showed the




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her crash and broken hip proved she had the motivation

and toughness of both a top athlete and future

great leader in our military.”

Whether reacting to this leadership quality, her belief

that she can do anything, her positive attitude, or a

combination of factors, LeGrand’s teammates elected

her to be this year’s team captain. Of it she says, “I feel

really great that my teammates thought that much of

me because the election happened right after I broke

my pelvis and I couldn’t even ride at the time.”

Having the faith in someone to elect them to be your

captain when they can’t even ride is a powerful statement

not lost on LeGrand.

“Being chosen was amazing and it really means a lot to

me to be trusted with that. Being team captain is about

your dedication to the sport and the team.” It’s obvious,

that even while incapacitated LeGrand’s spirit and

dedication shone through. Even though she says she

always knew she’d come back after the crash because

her life revolves around biking LeGrand says it’s her

teammates that are the best inspiration. “They always

get back up and are always there to support you.”

After healing, LeGrand didn’t just go on leisurely

rides to ease herself back, she took up cyclocross

which she says has aided her return. It seems counterintuitive

that someone recovering from a crash would

take up a sport that seems prone to them, but she

says, “You have less control over your bike so it actually

helps with bike handling skills. I’ve become more

reactive to my bike and that’s transferred to my road

cycling.” In typical modesty she says, “I’m not really

good at it,” but adds, “it’s fun, different, and another

reason to get on the bike and enjoy yourself.”

Even though cycling goes by the wayside in summer

with teammates going off to fleet training and various

internships (a mechanical engineering major,

LeGrand interned at Northrop Grumman last summer),

the team comes back to train together in the

Fall, with some trips to the mountains for hill work, if

possible, and trainers when the weather is bad.

Now, with the season beginning in earnest, what does

she see for the USNA cycling?

“My goal for us as a team is to win the conference. We

have a lot of talent.” This year’s team of 25 includes

eight women, the most ever and LeGrand admits,

“I’m looking forward to watching them race.”

Coach Whisenhant notes, “We consistently have the

strongest and largest women’s contingent in the conference,

which is typically the key factor in a team

placing well in collegiate cycling events because of the

way they are scored.” The expectations are high since,

in addition to placing first in the division, Whisenhant

notes that while she’s been coach, “We’ve had several

men and women racers take top spots for season

individual conference champions, as well as last year’s

team captain being invited to the All-Armed Forces

cycling team which competes internationally.”

Making the All-Armed Forces team is a goal LeGrand

has post-graduation, but before that, she’s got to bike

across the country as part of an eight-person team

entered in Race Across America (RAAM). On June

12, as part of Team 4Mil, the first all-military entrant

with representation from each branch of the US

Armed forces, she’ll race relay-style with her teammates

from Oceanside, Calif., to Annapolis, Md., in 12

days or less.

LeGrand first became aware of the event while out

on a recovery ride with Schindler and she threw her

name in the hat. “It’s for a good cause and a chance

to ride with people I admire.”

The cause Team 4Mil races for is the Wounded

Warrior Project (WWP), whose goal is to raise awareness

of and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of

severely injured service men and women. The program

helps severely injured service members aid and

assist each other in adjusting to normal life while

providing programs and services to help meet their

needs. LeGrand sums up the importance of participating

this way: “That could be me one day. They

are members of my family and you always help your

family when you are able.” Having cited her personal

heroes as her own family, it’s perfectly clear she holds

her extended military family in the same regard.

As part of Team 4Mil, she hopes not just to raise a considerable

amount for WWP, but since it’s a race, she

and her teammates “want to compete, not just finish.”

She says, “As a teammate, you’ve got a responsibility

to bring yourself to the race in shape and to not bring

the team down.” Roy Collins, assistant coach for the

USNA cycling team and Team 4Mil member, has every

confidence in her abilities saying, “Peggy is a motivated

competitor who is passionate about cycling. Her

commitment to training, a positive attitude, and strong

drive to win quietly set a standard for others to aspire.”

What does the future hold for Midshipman

LeGrand? Upon graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical

Engineering, she’ll be commissioned as a Navy officer—an

ensign—on May 28. After RAAM, her plans

include post-graduate studies in nuclear surface warfare,

thereby completing a cycle started when she first

enlisted after high school to study nuclear electronic

technology for a year prior to entering the academy.

Her dream is to one day serve on a submarine. While

Navy leadership considers changing its policy about

female assignments on submarines, Schindler notes

that “she is in the running to be one of the first

female submariners.”

Whether inspiration comes from a doubting brotherin-law

spurring you to complete an MS-150 with little

training, or a woman like LeGrand who took that

achievement and turned it into a bucket of successes,

trouncing setbacks along the way, inspiration lets you

see possibilities and doors that you didn’t see before.

18 March 2010

Meeting the Challenges of Winter Riding

As this edition hits the racks the unusually large snowfalls

we saw in December and February will hopefully

be nothing more than a memory. But the weather

in March is fickle, and the way this season has been

going -- and with Punxsutawney Phil predicting a long

winter -- a late snow doesn't seem unlikely so here are

some tips for getting out onto the trails in the snow.

While a good snow ride is a total pleasure and a completely

different way to experience the trails it does

present some challenges unique to this time of year.

One of the main concerns with winter riding is traction.

As anyone who's put tires to snow knows it isn't

always easy to stay upright and moving forwards. Joe

Whitehair from Frederick, Md suggests "big tires" and

lowering your tire pressure.

"I use half of my normal pressure", says Whitehair.

Studded tires can help on ice, but don't help on snow.

You can buy studded tires or you can find instructions

online for making your own. On packed snow

the riding can be relatively easy going, but according

to Ricky DeLeyos of Berwyn, Md., "if the snow is over

1/3 the height of the wheel, I find that I'll be walking

most of the time."

There are many winter riders who swear by rigid

singlespeeds for winter riding, since they've got less

moving parts and moving parts are parts that can

freeze and malfunction in the cold. If you are riding

singlespeed, you may want to lower your gearing. No

matter the bike, watch out for creek crossings. Once

water gets on your bike it can easily freeze up hubs,

freewheels, and derailleurs.

Dressing in layers is a key to staying comfortable. The

tendency in cold weather is to overdress, but you

should remember that once you're riding you'll be

exerting yourself and will warm up a lot. If you're a

little cold while getting for the ride, then you'll probably

be fine.

while you may not feel like you're sweating or getting

thirsty you need hydrate just as much during the

winter. Dry winter air can pull water from your body.

Sports drinks will keep from freezing at lower temperatures

than straight water. A hydration pack can be

worn under a jacket and some feature insulated drinking

tubes. Blowing air back into the drinking tube of

a hydration pack can also help keep it unfrozen, as

the tube itself is often the first part to freeze.

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Hands, feet, and head are a special challenge as you

lose a lot of heat through your extremities and they

can become cold or even become susceptible to frostbite.

Chemical toe and hand warmer packets can help

keep your extremities warm when it's cold out.

There are plenty of very warm gloves out there, but

they tend to be thick and bulky and interfere with

using your brakes and shifters. For those who want

really warm hands but don't want the bulk of thick

gloves, DeLeyos suggests looking for bar mitts: "they

can make riding a lot more comfortable when it's

really cold because they create a warm pocket of air,

allowing you to use less thick gloves." To save some

money, look for mitts sold to ATV riders.

Most insulated shoe covers are made primarily for

road riding and can't always deal with snowy mountain

bike rides. The cleat holes in the bottom are

small and can clog up with snow and they don't always

hold up to the abuse they see. I have some personal

experience with this, having lost a shoe cover on a

snowy night ride at Rosaryville and very quickly having

my feet get so cold that I had to cut my ride short

and head back on the road. Several companies make

insulated winter mountain bike boot, but they can be

expensive for an piece of equipment that is only used

a couple of times a year. DeLeyos suggests switching

to flat pedals for cold winter rides. This allows you

to use "bigger, more insulated shoes [or] boots" and

clipless pedals "can get packed with snow and ice, rendering

them useless.

"Pay extra attention to your water supply while riding

in the winter if it's close to or below freezing. A frozen

water bottle or hydration pack is next to useless, and

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Racing Comes to Schaeffer Farms for the First Time

Racing is finally coming to the popular Schaeffer

Farms trail system in upper Montgomery County, Md.,

when it hosts the 2nd round of the Cranky Monkey

MTB Race Series on August 8th. EX2Adventures'

owner Jim Harman was forced to look for a new location

for one of the Cranky Monkey series races after

the original venue fell through.

"I'm really excited and I feel privileged" to host the

first race ever held at the trail system, Harman recently

told SPOKES.

He thinks racers are "itching for a new venue", especially

those in Maryland, as much of the mountain bike racing

in the DC area is Virginia centric. Harman expects

the race course to take advantage of most of the terrain

in the trail system, but final design of the course is waiting

for the trail system to re-open for the year.

The genesis of the race at Schaeffer Farms started

with a running race. In 2009 EX2Adventures held the

first round of the Blue Crab Bolt trail running race

series at Seneca Creek State Park and Harman got to

know the management staff. Schaeffer Farms is managed

as a part of Seneca Creek, so when he needed

another venue he was able to talk to the staff about

the race.

One challenge EX2Adventures faced in planning

the race is the limited parking at the trailhead parking

lot. To solve that problem Harman worked with

the staff of the Maryland Soccer Foundation, who

run the SoccerPlex just up the road from Schaeffer

Farms. The timing of the race worked well with the

SoccerPlex which has it's parking lots stressed by

Photo by Joe Foley

Schaeffer Farms to welcome racing

Soccer traffic all year, except for the month of August.

As a result, parking will be at the SoccerPlex and the

race finish area will be located in the trailhead parking

lot. The start area is yet to be determined, but

Harman believes that they will be able to find a location

that will allow for 1/4 - ½ a mile of road width

riding before riders enter the singletrack.

Harman and EX2Adventures are committed to keeping

the trails in Schaeffer in good shape and already

have a rain date planned for August 15th in case the

race has to be postponed due to inclement weather.

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More Dirt on the Dirt Rag Dirt Fest

In the last column I mentioned that Dirt Rag would

be hosting Dirt Fest at the new Allegripis trail system

at Raystown Lake in Pennsylvania in May. In the time

since the event details have been released about the

event, which will be held May 21st to May 23rd. The

event, billed as a mountain bike advocacy weekend,

will feature camping, demos from the IMBA trail

care crew, industry demos, a Pennsylvania beer tasting,

plenty of riding, and a "Points Challenge" of the

sort that only Dirt Rag could organize. Details can be

found at

MORE Winter Party

MORE held its' annual winter party on February

20th at The Grange in Great Falls. The annual party

is a chance for the club to celebrate victories of the

past year, build excitement for the year ahead, and

of course to give members an excuse to get together

and have fun. Highlights of the evening included the

announcement of the MORE Trail Fund, a fund that

the Board of Directors of MORE have established that

will be earmarked for trailbuilding projects. MORE

kicked off the fund with a raffle & silent auction that

raised over $1500 for the fund. MORE president

Jason Stoner reminded the audience of successes in

2009, such as the opening of the rerouted blue trail in

the Frederick watershed, but also reminded them that

challenges lay ahead in 2010 including the increased

enforcement actions at Loch Raven, a major riding

destination north of Baltimore.

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Slew of New Multisport Events for 2010

In 2010, the mid-Atlantic will host several new triathlons

that fit all abilities including sprint- to irondistances.

If you prefer not to swim, Richmond

Multisports added duathlon races (run/bike/run)

to Rocketts Triathlon on July 25 and Naylor’s Beach

Triathlon on September 26.

The Columbia Triathlon Association is hosting the

Inaugural Celebration Sprint Triathlon at Centennial

Lake. The Celebration Sprint Triathlon is on June 27,

which is the same day as the sold out Philadelphia

Insurance Triathlon. This is also the perfect opportunity

to race a short course in hilly Columbia,

Maryland if you missed registration for the sold out

Columbia and Iron Girl triathlons.

The Inaugural Half Full Triathlon to benefit the

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and Lance

Armstrong’s Livestrong Foundation is hosting a halfiron

distance race on October 3 also in Columbia,

Md. The mission of the Half Full Tri is to raise funds

and awareness for young adults with cancer while

keeping a positive outlook.

Many cancer survivors are participating including

elite triathlete Laurel Wassner and her twin sister

Rebeccah who hail from Gaithersburg, Md. Using

twitter, the organizers of the Half Full Triathlon will

invite participants for a Tweetup ride to preview the

course. First-time triathletes will welcome the race’s

relay option and matchmaking program for relay

teams. As a bonus, the swim distance is shortened to

0.9 miles instead of the standard 1.2 miles.

On June 20, the organizers of the Nation’s Triathlon

are holding the first annual Washington D.C.

Triathlon in the Nation’s Capital. The race will have

sprint- and Olympic-distances. Besides having a redundant

name, the June course barely deviates from the

Nation’s Triathlon course in September. The main

distinction is that the finish line for the Washington,

D.C. Triathlon is on Pennsylvania Avenue, which is

over 1.5 miles from the start.

Ironically in 2009, the Nation’s Triathlon moved the

finish to East Potomac Park because many triathletes

complained about the Pennsylvania Avenue finish line

and the resulting logistical nightmare. Unfortunately,

racers will have to return to East Potomac Park to

fetch their bike and belongings in the transition area

after they finish at the June race.

Technically, the ‘new’ triathlon in June is replacing

2009’s Dextro Energy Triathlon, which was part of the

International Triathlon Union’s World Championship

Series. The International Triathlon Union (ITU) did

not choose any city in the Americas to host a triathlon

in the World Championship Series. In Europe,

enthusiastic crowds of over 150,000 are commonplace

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at ITU races. Also, European triathletes dominate the

ITU. Thus, it is no surprise that the ITU awarded five

out of seven races to European cities.

Laurie Mehler, race director for Richmond

Multisports, told SPOKES that Naylor’s Beach

Triathlon added a sprint triathlon, duathlon, aquabike,

and aquathlon to the race. The aquabike and

aquathlon are Olympic distance races but are swim/

bike or swim/run format, respectively. The original

Olympic distance triathlon will be held at the same

time. Oh my! Naylor’s Beach is held on September 26

in Warsaw, Va., which is a 1.5 hour drive away.

This year, Richmond Multisports is hosting seven triathlons,

including a children’s race. If an ambitious participant

happens to finish four Richmond Multisports

events in 2010, Richmond Multisports will give him or

her a commemorative pint glass and certificate.

At the end of our 2010 season, White Lake, North

Carolina is hosting the inaugural North Carolina

Triple-T Triathlon. White Lake may be a 6-hour drive

from Washington, DC, but there are only a handful

long distance triathlons in the triathlon crazy mid-

Atlantic. The other local race is ChesapeakeMan Ultra

in Cambridge, Maryland on September 25.

If you prefer to go the distance, ChesapeakeMan

Ultra is an iron-distance race. A new half-iron distance

triathlon called the Skipjack Triathlon will be held

in conjunction with the ChesapeakeMan Festival.

The Skipjack Triathlon is a 1.2 Mile swim, 64 Mile

Bike, and 10 Mile Run. ChesapeakeMan also hosts an

AquaVelo and 2.4 mile swim races. Cambridge, Md., is

approximately two hours from D.C.

The Triple-T Triathlon is not an iron-distance race,

but it is not for the faint-hearted. Over three days

of racing, participants (solo or two-person teams)

will finish four triathlons and rack up over 140 miles

of racing. The North Carolina Triple-T Triathlon is

modeled after the very popular and tough American

Triple-T Triathlon held each spring in Ohio. If the

challenging format does not scare you away, most

participants camp at the race site during the race


On day 1, the participants will compete in a supersprint

triathlon to rank competitors based on their

finish time. Some competitors may receive time

bonuses to lower their overall three-day time. On day

2, there are two Olympic triathlons. All competitors

must complete all races. The races are in time trial

format with the fastest competitor going off last. The

first Olympic race is the traditional 1500 meter swim,

40k bike, and 10k run. A few hours later, the second

race shakes up the Olympic format with a 40k bike,

1500 m swim, and 10k run. Day 3 finishes with a half-

Ironman. Have a great transition to the 2010 season!

Multisport World Set for March 27

The new multisport season kicks off with the

Multisport World Conference and Expo www. on March 27th at Georgetown

Prep in North Bethesda, Md. A production of Sun

Multisport Events and developed in partnership with

the Mid-Atlantic region of USA Triathlon, Multisport

World will be home to the annual USAT Mid-Atlantic

membership meeting and offer athletes a terrific lineup

of expert-led seminars, hands-on clinics, competitive

events, a vendor expo and much more.

Headlining a great list of speakers will be 11x

Ironman champion Lisa Bentley. Lisa is not only one

of the most accomplished triathletes in the sport, but

also a great role model for her determination to succeed

despite being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

Other speakers include David Glover of

EnduranceWorks, Ken Mierke of Fitness Concepts, Dr.

Kathy Coutinho of Positively Chiropractic and many

others. Topics covered will include training, injury

prevention, nutrition, performance testing and more.

Athletes looking to refine their technique will have

the opportunity to participate in Total Immersion

swim clinics and ChiRunning clinics. There will also

be classroom-style workshops on the topics of training

for Ironman, mental conditioning for peak performance

and a woman’s guide to completing her first


For an early season test of endurance, Multisport

World offers the Amaiza Fitness Indoor Bike Time

Trial where individuals and teams will race their bikes

hooked up to CompuTrainers over a 10k course.

There will also be the Bonzai Sports Relay Team Swim

Challenge featuring ten four-person teams swimming

a 1600 yard relay to win some great prizes.

The vendor expo will feature clubs, coaches, race

directors, health & wellness professionals and retailers

and manufacturers of bikes, nutritional products, wet

suits, running shoes, training aids and more.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with the USAT

Mid Atlantic Regional Council to bring Multisport

World to the region“, says Mark Walter of Sun

Multisport Events. “Our goal is to gather the tri community

together for an informative and entertaining

day dedicated to multisport. Attendees can get training

advice, learn about new races, find a coach, join a

club and with vendors for everything from apparel to

ZIPP wheels, it’s offers a great way to stock up on any

of the gear you’ll need to start the season.”

Volunteer support for Multisport World will be provided

by the DC Triathlon Club and more than 1,000

athletes are expected to attend. Admission to the

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According to a recent 192-page report by the Alliance

for Biking & Walking, the solution to some of the biggest

problems in the United States is lying against our

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Alex Obriecht of Race Pace Bicycles and

John Brunow of Bikes@Vienna

For example, they found that since 1960, while bicycling

and walking levels in the U.S. have fallen 67 percent,

obesity rates have increased 241 percent.

Or take childhood obesity specifically. In 1964, 50 percent

of kids rode to school and the obesity rate was

12 percent. By 2004, only 3 percent rode to school

and The Department of Health and Human Services

estimates today that nearly 20 percent of children and

youth in the United States are obese. Since 1960, the

average weight of an elementary school age kids has

increased 11 pounds.

Or how about reducing gas consumption? The U.S.

could save 462 million gallons of gasoline a year by

increasing cycling from 1 percent to 1.5 percent

of all trips. How about reducing stress from time

stuck in traffic? How about reducing greenhouse gas

emissions? Or simply saving money? The American

Automobile Association estimates it costs the average

driver $6,500 to maintain a car for a year.

How about mental health issues? A 2000 study on

depression, the American Psychological Association

reported, found that patients who had been in the

exercise group were more likely to be partially or fully

recovered six months later than those who were in the

medication or medication plus exercise group.

Did you know the average person loses 13 pounds

their first year commuting to work by bike and just

three hours a week of bicycling per week can reduce

the risk of heart disease or stroke by 50 percent?

With these issues in mind – and others – bicycle

and pedestrian advocates, transportation experts,

state planners and legislators met to discuss the

current network of Maryland roads and bike paths

in February at the 13th Smart Transportation and

Bicycling Symposium in Annapolis, sponsored by the

Maryland nonprofit, One Less Car.

The event tends to be a bit of a wonky affair as bicycle

maps and comprehensive plans are examined in great

detail, as our studies highlighting the financial – and

commuting time – benefits of reducing traffic congestion

are discussed

But Race Pace bike store owner Alex Obriecht didn’t

focus on that stuff. Obriecht owns Race Pace shops in

Westminster, where he lives, Ellicott City, Columbia

and Owings Mills, and he served as a keynote speaker

this year. Instead, he talked about fun, pure recreation.

(And a little bit about commuting.)

He talked about developing Maryland into bicycle destination

state – and the economic benefits of tourism.

Flipping through of a copy of SPOKES Magazine,

Obreicht read off the states with paid ads promoting

bicycle tourism.

“Vermont, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Ohio,

Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York,” Obreicht called out.

“What about Maryland? People leave Maryland to go

to Central Florida and ride bikes? That’s ridiculous.”

The economic impact of the just one Maryland bicycling

event, the annual, early fall Sea Gull Century in

Salisbury, attracted 8,300 bicyclists last year, generating

some $3.25 million in related business activity,

Obriecht said. Obviously, there are others events, he

noted, but Maryland is barely scratching its potential

as bike tourist destination.

Obreicht noted the bicycle industry in Maryland is

already significant, with 70-75 bike shops in the state,

currently generating, he estimated, $38-$42 million

in gross sales. But he stressed all the room to grow.

Maryland, Obriecht said, given its prime mid-Atlantic

location, and wide-ranging terrain, is perfectly-suited

to become a prime bicycle tourism destination in

the U.S. – a reputation, usually reserved to states like

Vermont and Colorado, and certain regions like the

Napa Valley.

“I’ve always had this idea,” said Obriecht, mentioning

the C & O Canal trail which runs from Washington,

D.C., through Frederick to the western Maryland

and the North Central Trail, which stretches from

Baltimore County to York, Pa., “of connecting the

population centers in the state with a series of wellmarked

bike paths and trails.”

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Md. Del. Adrienne Jones of Baltimore County, Moderator Bill

Kelly, and Md. Del. William Bronrott of Montgomery County

For example, he said, a genuine bike route linking

Westminster to Hampstead, Hampstead to

Manchester, to Taneytown, down through Thurmont,

Frederick, Mt. Airy and Sykesville, would be practical

for recreational cyclists and commuters – relatively

easy to accomplish – and a great ride.

“Anybody who lives in that corridor could use it,”

Obriecht said. “And it would attract the recreational

weekend bicyclist who wants to stay at a ‘Bed and

Breakfast’ and go antiquing in Frederick. There are

all kinds of opportunities.”

Obriecht’s proposal – just an idea at this point –

would link a western bike “loop” extending from

Cumberland to Frederick and then, from Frederick,

a link to an eastern bike loop with Baltimore County

that further linked to the Eastern Shore.

Having traveled around the world on bicycle trips,

he has an upcoming bike trip planned for Nicaragua.

Obriecht said some of his favorite bicycling anywhere

is located right outside his door in Carroll and

Frederick counties, along the very route listed above.

One of the keys to building a functioning bicycle

network of routes and trails, Obriecht noted, might

not be as obvious as painting new bike paths on road

shoulders or extending existing trails into population

centers. Buses need to be outfitted with bike racks and

trains need to be outfitted with dedicated bike cars.

“Every train in Europe has a bike car, period,”

Obriecht said. “I get on a train with my bike in

Genoa, Italy, and get off in Germany, and it’s no problem.

Going anywhere on Amtrak with a bike, it’s a


Obriecht compared the accessible and highly-popular

biking in Portand with tough, much more impractical

Baltimore, a city of the same size, pointing to

the both the work that needs to be done – as well as

the possibility.

In Barcelona, he said, many streets are now one-way

only, which helps bicyclists and pedestrians. He also

mentioned Barcelona’s downtown car-free streets have

become the most popular streets for retail businesses

and homeowners.

“We need to make bicycling a real part of transportation

planning,” Obriecht urged symposium guests,

noting that in many European cities, bicycling and

pedestrian trips account for as much 30 percent of all

human transportation. “This is crucial for both the

recreational and the commuter bicyclist, that’s why

were here today as far as I’m concerned.

“Every road, within reason, should have bicycle access,”

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Dreaming of Warmer Days Ahead

I confess, I am now a fair weather biker. I used to be

a diehard biker, biking in all types of weather. I truly

believed that there was no bad weather, just the wrong

clothes for the ride. Well this winter has been especially

hard on us fair weather riders this year. Record

breaking snows and then plenty of ice from melting

snow has caused me to renew my membership at the

county rec center and find the exercise bikes. Now

I sit by the window with a hot cup of coffee in hand,

watching the snow come down and engage in one of

my favorite winter past times: planning, or maybe I

should say dreaming of our summer rides.

My father is a gardener who receives a number of gardening

and seed catalogs and starts imagining what

the purple potatoes or heirloom tomatoes would taste

or look like. (Take it from me that mashed potatoes

from purple potatoes looks strange, tastes good, but

looks strange.) Just before the February storms hit,

I received a bike touring catalog for European bike

tours. I sat at the kitchen table watching the snow

fall and started dreaming of a sunny bike trip along

the Danube River. I would satisfy my hunger that had

been generated by many miles of biking with some

freshly made strudel or maybe a dinner of goulash

and potatoes. Maybe instead I would join one of the

bike tours through Spain and sate my thirst along the

“Ruta del Vino” or the Wine Road. Then in the evenings

I would fall asleep in a historic villa and dream

of the people that had first built and lived there.

After dreaming of these locations, I ventured onto the

web to see what other opportunities were beckoning.

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all skill levels. I was happy to find a number of tours

that were specifically focused on families as well as

tour companies that while not focusing on families,

were conducive to families. These tours included Italy,

France, Spain as well as the rest of Europe, parts of

Africa, the Pacific Rim, Central and South America,

Australia, New Zealand, and throughout the United

States and Canada. In addition to having route

lengths that were conducive to families, they also had

stops at child friendly locations such as beaches, geysers,

places to make pizzas or cookies and horseback

riding during breaks in the riding.

Most of these guided tours included fully supported

SAG support, with all luggage being carried from

destination to destination. While most included

breakfast, lunch was generally the responsibility of the

participant as well as about half of the evening meals.

In some cases, bicycles and overseas transportation

costs are included. The cost for these tours is listed as

about $200 to $850 per day. A good listing of many of

the different touring companies can be found at www.

This just covers the commercial tours part of my mid

winter dreaming/planning. Another of my dreams is

to ride all of the 50 states local bike rides. Locally we

have Bike Virginia. But there are lots of others, BRAG

(Bike Ride Across Georgia), BRAN (Bike Ride Across

Nebraska), Cycle North Carolina and then there is

my home state ride, the Argus Leader Tour de’ Kota

in South Dakota. Almost every state has jumped on

the bandwagon, recognizing that these are low impact

activities that can bring in large amounts of money

into small towns and lots of good publicity.

The Grand Daddy of these state rides is the Des

Moines Register’s Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa, better

known as RAGBRAI. This ride started in 1973.

What most folks do not know is that the genesis of the

ride involved Washington, D.C.

In 1973, John Karras, an editor of the Register and

avid bicyclist suggested that Don Kaul, who lived

in D.C. and wrote his column from The Register’s

Washington Bureau, ride his bicycle across Iowa and

write columns about what he saw from that perspective.

Kaul agreed, but challenged Karras to ride with

him. Karras quickly agreed, then he and Kaul invited

readers to ride along.

That first year they visited a number of larger towns

in Iowa such as Des Moines, Fort Dodge, and Ames.

However from that point on the RAGBRAI focused on

smaller towns as overnight stops. Because the readers

were only given six weeks’ notice, there were only 300

riders that first year. In 2009 they limited the ridership

to 8,500 participants and there is a lottery held

each year to designate those spots.

One of the other popular state rides is the Great

Ohio Bicycling Adventure or GOBA for short. GOBA

advertises their event as the largest family oriented

bicycle tour in the states. In 2009 they lived up to that

claim when nearly 20% of the 2,700 participants were

children riding with their parents. GOBA encourages

family participation through a number of enticements.

First they provide family oriented evening

entertainment every night, second they include stops

that are fun for children, third they provide riding

options of about 60 miles or less every day and finally

they control costs so that adult rates are $200 and

children 6 through 15 are only $85 for the 8 day/7

night tour. Granted this does not include any meals,

but does cover the entertainment, camping sites,

and daily transportation of your gear between sites.

Evening meals and breakfasts can be purchased at the

campgrounds and local churches often offer excellent

options as well.

As I look up from the catalogs, I see the snow coming

down again and I am jolted back to reality. I am not

going to be riding out to Mt. Saint Michael in France

and I will not be riding the Ring of Kerry in Ireland

this year. But if any families do, let me know. Still,

summer is coming and planning needs to happen if

we are going to have a cycling vacation.

For years I have heard about how wonderful the

bicycling is on Prince Edward Island (PEI). To drive

to PEI you have to either take a ferry or cross the

Confederation Bridge, which at 13-kilometers long

the longest continuous bridge in the North America.

PEI claims to be is the most popular cycling destination

in the Eastern Maritimes – perhaps in all of


One of the most popular attractions is the

Confederation Trail. A 270 KM (170 M) rails to trails

conversion with another 60 KM (40 M) of spurs to

popular locations and major cities. Although the trail

hugs the center of the island, there are many chances

to slip off to the coast. Due to the shallow waters and

the waters of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the waters

along the north coast boast the warmest waters north

of the Carolinas. And who can miss visiting the areas

where Anne of Green Gables took place and possibly

take in a theatrical version of the best selling book?

Unfortunately there is no public transportation from

one end of the Island to the other. Another option is

to drive to different points along the island and do

loops from a home base. With hundreds of miles of

back roads crisscrossing the Island, there seems to be

numerous loop trips that will take us to destinations

that will keep the boy’s interest. If anyone has ridden

PEI with or without their family I would be interested

to hear their opinions on the Island.

If any of you have been on any of the commercial

tours I would like to hear from you and tell of your

adventures in this column.



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Westminster, Md., will be held in Chesterfield, Va.,

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The League of American Bicyclists and leaders of the

nation’s cycling community will meet with members

of the Congressional Bike Caucus, host workshops

and speeches, and honor several member of Congress

for their efforts to make America more bicycle friendly.

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The East Coast's biggest triathlon show of the year

returns to Bonzai Sports, 2822 Fallfax Drive, Falls

Church, Va., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This 14th anniversary

event offers an opportunity to speak directly with

numerous manufacturers and representatives, as well

as learn from a variety of seminars. Representatives

from local triathlon clubs will also be on hand. For

more information contact Bonzai Sports,; (703) 280-2248.


The White Clay Bicycle Club of Delaware hosts this

annual season opener. Choose either 25,50 or 100

kilometers covering moderate hilly terrain in the area

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

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

Start: Hollingsworth Parking Lot, North College Ave.,

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

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Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, Md., will host

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Events and developed in partnership with the Mid-

Atlantic region of USA Triathlon.A full line-up of

seminars, hands-on clinics, competitive events, a

vendor expo and much more. Headlining will be

11x Ironman champion Lisa Bentley. Other speakers

include David Glover of EnduranceWorks, Ken

Mierke of Fitness Concepts, Dr. Kathy Coutinho of

Positively Chiropractic and many others. Topics covered

will include training, injury prevention, nutrition,

performance testing and more.

There will also be swim, bike and run clinics. The vendor

expo will feature clubs, coaches, race directors,

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ufacturers of bikes, nutritional products, wet suits,

running shoes, training aids and more. Admission is

free and registered attendees are eligible to win valuable

prizes. Visit to register.


Members of the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club

and tandemists who attend the Eastern Tandem

Rally will join forces for this Eastern Shore weekend.

Lodging will be both at the Best Western Motor Inn

and nearby camping facilities. Four days of riding: no

hills, sparse traffic, wide shoulders, many roads near

the water. If you would like to rent a tandem, you can

contact Mt Airy Bicycles (Maryland) at 301-831-5151

or Tandems East (New Jersey) at 856-451-5104. To

register for the event contact Ed and Cindy Brandt (301) 657-4657 or Bob and

Willa Friedman at or (703) 978-7937.


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 or email or call

(770) 498-5153.


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. 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 www.


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 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


Following a record-setting biking and hiking event in

2009 that saw over 1,000 participants, the Kennedy

Krieger Institute’s Ride on for Autism Research

(ROAR) will grow again this year. In addition to

the 25, 10, and 5-mile recreational bike rides, from

Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Md.., serious

cyclists will have now the opportunity to tackle the

challenging 50-mile route, while families will enjoy

the low-mileage, youth fun ride and one of the area’s

best playgrounds. Registration begins at 7 a.m.;

50-mile and 25-mile routes begin at 7:30 a.m.; 10-mile,

kids ride, and hiking trails begin by 8:30 a.m. For

details or registration log onto

or call (443) 923-7300.


Season opening mountain bike races at Greenbrier

State Park in Washington County, Md., with over

$10,000 in cash and prizes to 53 classes. MD State

Championship Medals/Titles to riders from any

state, and Quals to top 15 in each 5 yr age group for

the National Championships. 9 Junior age groups

in Junior Olympic Series race. Regional level mountain

bike race in beautiful state park with a lake. Five

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Pump up your tires and join us for the adrenalin-laced camaraderie of ROAR for Autism, a biking event to benefit the

autism research and treatment programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

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

• Check-in begins 7:00 a.m. for 5, 10, 25 or 50-mile courses

• Rest stops and bike repair services provided

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

Presented by:

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

and track donations, visit or call 443-923-7300.

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separate races during the day for Marathon (9:30),

Beginner (10:00), Sport (11:30), Kids (12:45), and

Expert/Pro (2pm). Fund raiser for Trips-For-Kids

charity for inner city youth. Pre-register at www. Info at, Jim

Carlson,, 703-569-9875.


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. 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


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,



Celebrate the arrival of spring with a bike tour

through the wonderful, scenic and flat Mathews

County backroads along the Chesapeake Bay. Join

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

first biking adventure, or maybe the intermediate

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

warm-up. Choose tours of 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 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 or

call (443) 641-1200.


Celebrating its 27th year, the Columbia Triathlon is

famous for its outstanding race organization and its

fun and extremely challenging race course. Held in

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

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

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

info call (410) 964-1246 or visit



Save the date: APRIL 24, 2010

Get those bikes and

cycling legs in shape

& enjoy the beautiful

Carroll County countryside!!


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



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

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

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

hammerhead options. For more information, visit,

Or email, 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

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: or

Call 410-840-8381

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

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


Coming up on its 19th year, the 24 Hours of Big

Bear, Hazelton, W. Va. (formerly the 24 Hours of

Snowshoe and 24 Hours of Canaan) is rolling out

the bike trail for as many as 200 teams, 50 solo riders

and more than 1,000 spectators. The race will take

place at Big Bear Lake Campland. While the racing

is a blast, you can also have fun as a spectator, volunteer,

or as support crew for one of the teams. In the

shadow of the legendary 24 Hours of Canaan, THE

original 24 hour mountain bike race, and then the 24

Hours of Snowshoe, this Laird Knight, Granny Gear

Productions event returns to the roots of the original

event, with great all around riding, fun camping venues

and a festival atmosphere. The location is about

three hours from Washington/Baltimore. For details

or to register visit

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The seventh annual Tour dem Parks, Hon! Bike Ride

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

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

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

miles). Routes wind through cool Baltimore neighborhoods

and parks. A barbecue with live music follows

the ride. Proceeds benefit bike and park groups in

the city. Register online at

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

Anne at (410) 926-4195.


GOBA is a week-long bicycle-camping tour which visits

a different part of Ohio each year. Bicycling the daily

50-mile route at a relaxing pace leaves plenty of time

for sightseeing and other tourist activities. See Ohio

while on two wheels with 2,999 of your closest friends!

Advance registration is required. For registration

materials and fees visit or call (614)

273-0811 ext. 1.


The American Diabetes Association again hosts this

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

series of bike rides, ranging from a 12 mile family

fun ride, to more challenging 32 and 64 mile fitness

challenges, and a full century. Starting and finishing

at the Reston Town Center Pavilion the longer rides

head through scenic Northern Virginia countryside

including the W&OD Trail and western Loudoun

County. Register online at or

call 1 (888) DIABETES.


Explore Frederick as only the locals can show you.

Ride the legendary covered bridge route, tackle tackle

Sugarloaf if you dare, see many of Frederick County,

Maryland’s finest sights including wine tastings, a

brewery tour, a special evening at the local minor

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

at the local arts center. Lots more. Space is limited

on this first annual SPOKES Magazine weekend.

Call 301-371-5309 or log onto www.spokesmagazine.

com for details.


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

Park, every Sunday morning (beginning at 8:30

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

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

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

left behind. No rainy day rides. The Bicycle Place

is located in the Rock Creek Shopping Center, 8313

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

588-6160 for details.

BIKES FOR THE WORLD - Collection Schedule

Bikes for the World collects repairable bicycles in the

United States, for donation to charities overseas, for

productive use by those in need of affordable transport.

Note: $10/bike donation suggested to defray

shipping to overseas charity partners. Receipt provided

for all material and cash donations. Bikes for

the World is a sponsored project of the Washington

Area Bicyclist Association, a 501 c 3 non-profit charity.

Collections will take place rain or shine. For further

info, visit or call

(703) 525-0931.

Bicycles may also be dropped off for Bikes for the

World during store hours at selected bicycle retailers:

Bikes of Vienna, 128-A Church Street, Vienna VA;

Bob’s Bike Shop, 19961 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville


Race Pace, 8450 Baltimore Natl Pike, Normandy

Shopping Center, Ellicott City MD;

Pedal Pushers, 546 Baltimore & Annapolis Road,

Severna Park MD.

Please remember to leave a $10 donation (check

preferred, payable to “BfW”) with each bike; BfW will

mail you a receipt good for tax purposes.

The New Season STARTS HERE


TRIRI will travel over hard-surfaced roads to take in

the sights of southeastern Indiana, using back roads

to travel to Brown County, Spring Mill, and Clifty Falls

State Parks. Terrain ranges from rolling to hilly with

the occasional challenging hill. Two new loop routes

(medium and long) from Spring Mill State Park this

year. Average 65 miles/day on the days we travel to a

new state park. Three layover days offer short, medium

or long loop rides. Or, take a day off the bike to

explore the park instead. We anticipate 300-400 participants.

Enjoy camping or lodging in hotels or state

park inns and catered, sit-down meals under the state

park awnings. For more information, see www.triri.

org, email, or call (812) 333-8176.


Join 1,000+ athletes and 50+ exhibiting sponsors for a day

dedicated to help you gear up, plan out and study up for the

new multisport season. The Multisport World Conference

and Expo offers you:



Twenty one years ago, 117 men, women and children

embarked on an adventure crossing Virginia on bicycles.

They rode from Charlottesville to our nation's

colonial capital in Williamsburg, establishing what

has become the largest, multi-day, recreational bicycle

event in the Commonwealth. In 2010, Bike Virginia

will visit Staunton, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg and

the surrounding area. The Shenandoah Valley will

be our host as we explore and enjoy the history, culture,

and scenery. Cyclists will need to be able to ride

up to 50-60 miles each day. For inquiries, call (757)

229.0507 or email


• Expert-led Seminars

• Indoor Bike Time Trial

• Total Immersion Swim Clinics

• The Relay Team Swim Challenge

• ChiRunning Clinics

• Kids’ Fun Run

• Great Bargains

• Valuable Giveaways

PLUS! The first 500 registered attendees receive a FREE

swag bag which includes a Spinervals DVD ($30 value),

product samples, money-saving coupons and more!

Register today (its free) at

Participating Sponsors include:

CoMpetitive events!


245th annual ride from Betterton, Md., beachfront.

Start 7 - 9 a.m., tandems at 8 a.m. Ride 50, 78, 86

or 104 flat miles or a 27 mile loop to Chestertown.

$25. Six food stops, fully supported, swimming in the

Chesapeake Bay at ride’s end. Proceeds benefit Lions

Club Leader Dog Program for the Blind. Blind riders

ride free. For details email:

or log onto

Developed in

partnership with:

Multisport World Conference and Expo

Saturday, March 27, 2010, 10:00pm 10:00am – 4:00pm

Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence at Georgetown Prep

in North Bethesda, MD

FREE Admission to the Seminars and Expo Floor.

Volunteer support provided by the DC Triathlon Club.

Visit for more information and to register.

Email Mark at for details on becoming a sponsor.

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SEPTEMBER 11 - 12, 2010

184 miles: Tackles the entire length of the C&O Canal over two days

beginning in Cumberland, MD and ending in Washington, D.C.

100 miles: Takes in the most scenic stretches of the C&O Canal over two days.

20 mile Memory Ride: An afternoon excursion that allows less experienced

riders to participate in the fun and join all of the Tour riders at the fi nish line

victory party. If you are looking for a ride you and your family can enjoy

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