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Distance cycling legend Dave Berning of Potomac, Md. was
not about to let a little thing like cancer get in the way of
his miles. Photo by Neil Sandler
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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
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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
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
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
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
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 &
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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
“For each daily route we focused on low traffic roads,
beautiful scenery, evening entertainment and an ice cream
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Along the way, the Scouts will stay at 14 different Scout
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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
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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
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/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
Volunteers to serve as SAG support, to design a creative
finish line and begin a six month training program, are
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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
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
• No emissions. It feels good to be helping improve
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!)
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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
• 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
• Events and group rides, such as Bike to Work
Day, to educate and get people excited to ride
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,
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
Chris would like to know what topics you would like him
to cover in upcoming columns. If you have a particular
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to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
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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world she was truly capable on a bike. Overcoming
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
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
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
"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
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
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.
Details can be found at www.ex2adventure.com
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In the last column I mentioned that Dirt Rag would
be hosting Dirt Fest at the new Allegripis trail system
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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,
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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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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.
MultisportWorld.com) 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
Multisport World seminars and expo is free and registered
attendees are eligible to win valuable prizes.
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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
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
“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
“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
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
“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,”
he continued. “That’s the only way things will change.”
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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.
I found bike tours to just about everywhere and for
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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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This second annual Virginia event from the folks
who for the past 12 years have put on the swap in
Westminster, Md., will be held in Chesterfield, Va.,
from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Vendors will sell road, mountain,
BMX, tri or vintage, there is something for everyone.
Admission is $5. All buildings are heated and breakfast
and lunch are available. For details visit www.stopswapandsave.com
MARCH 9-11 – NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT
The League of American Bicyclists and leaders of the
nation’s cycling community will meet with members
of the Congressional Bike Caucus, host workshops
and speeches, and honor several member of Congress
for their efforts to make America more bicycle friendly.
For details log onto www.bikeleague.org or call
MARCH 20 – TRIATHLON ROAD SHOW
The East Coast's biggest triathlon show of the year
returns to Bonzai Sports, 2822 Fallfax Drive, Falls
Church, Va., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This 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,
www.tribonzai.com; (703) 280-2248.
MARCH 27 – ICICLE METRIC
The White Clay Bicycle Club of Delaware hosts this
annual season opener. Choose either 25,50 or 100
kilometers covering moderate hilly terrain in the area
west and north of Newark, Delaware. You don’t need
to decide to do the full 100 until you are into the ride.
Start: Hollingsworth Parking Lot, North College Ave.,
University of Delaware, Newark. For details call (610)
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MARCH 27 – MULTISPORT CONFERENCE
Each adult registering for the full tour
by 4/1/10 will receive a free Jersey!
Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, Md., will host
this first annual event hosted by Sun Multisport
Events and developed in partnership with the Mid-
Atlantic region of USA Triathlon.A full line-up of
seminars, hands-on clinics, competitive events, a
vendor expo and much more. 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.
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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 www.MultisportWorld.com to register.
APRIL 16-19 – ST. MICHAELS SINGLE & TANDEMS WEEKEND
Members of the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club
and tandemists who attend the Eastern Tandem
Rally will join forces for this Eastern Shore weekend.
Lodging will be both at the Best Western Motor Inn
and nearby camping facilities. Four days of riding: no
hills, sparse traffic, wide shoulders, many roads near
the water. 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
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APRIL 16-18 – SPRING TUNE-UP
All cyclists and their families are invited to join this
16th annual weekend ride held in Madison, Ga.,
hosted by BRAG (Bicycle Ride Across Georgia). Flat
to gently rolling hills. This is a fun time for the whole
family and a great time to get in shape for BRAG!
Various ride options available daily as well as daily
rates for those who cannot ride all weekend. Plenty
of food, music and entertainment. For more info visit
www.brag.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
APRIL 17 – OCEAN TO BAY TOUR
Pedal along coastal Delaware’s beaches and bays on
the 21th annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour, beginning
at 8 a.m. Routes begin and end at Garfield Parkway
and the boardwalk in Bethany Beach, Del. Cyclists
will tour coastal and inland bay areas on 25-, 35- and
50-mile circuits. Rest stops along the way provide
light snacks and refreshments. Visit the Bethany-
Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce web site at www.
TheQuietResorts.com or call 800-962-SURF toll-free
for more information or a registration brochure.
APRIL 23-25 – FACE OF AMERICA
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.
APRIL 24 – TOUR DE CARROLL
Join 750 other cyclists in checking out the scenery of
Carroll County, Md., and get those winter-lazy legs in
shape for the summer. Ride the 6th Annual Tour de
Carroll and enjoy the beauty and great rides that the
county has to offer. All proceeds benefit West End
Adult Day Care Services, Carroll County’s only private,
non-profit service for low income seniors. There are
four rides for all skill levels ranging from a full metric
(63 miles) 36 miles spring classic, 25 mile recreational
ride, and 8 mile family fun ride. Check out this event
and register at active.com. Call (410) 840-8381 for
APRIL 24 – END HUNGER RIDE
A day of biking along the scenic western shore of the
Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County, Md. . Pedal along
the bay front, marinas, farmland and a local winery,
knowing that your registration fee will help feed a
hungry family. This is a fully supported event with
routes ranging from 15 miles to a full metric century.
Check out our new beginner ride which includes
safety orientation, road rules and a ride leader to
make sure even our newest riders have a great day.
For details log onto endhungercalvert.org
APRIL 25 – ROAR
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 www.ROAR.kennedykrieger.org
or call (443) 923-7300.
APRIL 25 – GREENBRIER CHALLENGE
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
Help Us Get
50 Miles Closer To
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
To register or to create an online fundraising page where you can build a team, post pictures
and track donations, visit www.ROAR.kennedykrieger.org or call 443-923-7300.
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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.
BikeReg.com. Info at www.potomacvelo.com, Jim
Carlson, email@example.com, 703-569-9875.
MAY 1 – SIX PILLARS CENTURY
Character Counts Mid-Shore is sponsoring this fundraiser
at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near
Cambridge, MD. The event includes four ride choices,
including a 12-mile family ride, a 30-mile fun & fitness
ride, a 56 miler, and a full century. The event will
support Character Counts Mid-Shore, Inc., an agency
which provides the Winners Walk Tall Program in the
public schools in Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester
counties free of charge. The lessons, provided by over
200 character coaches, are based on the six pillars of
character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility,
Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. For details visit www.
charactercountsmidshore.org or call (410) 819-0386.
MAY 2 – FALLSTON DUATHON
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
MAY 8 – CAPITAL TO CAPITAL RIDE
The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation is hosting the
Capital to Capital bike ride. Riders can choose to
start from either Richmond or Williamsburg, ride
100, 50 or 25 miles through Henrico and Charles City
Counties. The Williamsburg side will offer a 15-mile
family ride on the completed portion of the Virginia
Capital Trail. For more information and online registration,
MAY 14-16 – TOUR DE CHESAPEAKE
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 www.bikechesapeake.org for details and
to register online. For inquiries, call (757) 229-0507
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAY 22-23 – CHESAPEAKE CHALLENGE
Join the Maryland Chapter of the National MS
Society for a one or two day ride on Maryland's
Eastern Shore. Routes range from 30 -100 miles on
Saturday and 30 & 50 mile on Sunday. Overnight at
Chestertown, Md. Route is fully supported with rest
stops, bike techs and support vehicles. To Register or
find out more, visit www.marylandmsbikeride.org or
call (443) 641-1200.
MAY 23 – COLUMBIA TRIATHLON
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 www.tricolumbia.org
TOUR DE CARROLL
Save the date: APRIL 24, 2010
Get those bikes and
cycling legs in shape
& enjoy the beautiful
Carroll County countryside!!
MAY 28-31 – KENT COUNTY SPRING FLING
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
JUNE 5-12 -- BICYCLE RIDE ACROSS GEORGIA
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 email@example.com, or call (770) 498-5153.
JUNE 12-13 – US AIR FORCE CYCLING CLASSIC
Registration for participation in the Air Force Cycling
Classic, now spread over an entire weekend has
opened. The Cycling Classic, positioned at the center
of the U.S. national road racing calendar and expected
to attract some of the nation’s top racers to its pro
events, will now allow more opportunities for cycling
enthusiasts of all abilities to participate. The weekend's
events in Arlington begin on Saturday with amateur
and professional criterium races in Clarendon.
On Sunday cycling enthusiasts of all abilities can
challenge themselves on the 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:
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:
JUNE 12-13 – BIKE MS: BEYOND THE BELTWAY
Join 1000 participants from across the mid-Atlantic
region for the National MS Society, National Capital
Chapter’s annual Bike MS event in Middleburg, Va.
Choose from several mileage options along our challenging
new routes ranging from a 30-mile one day
ride to 150 miles over two days, and enjoy great food,
beverages, and live music at the finish line. Ride for
one day or two. For details, visit www.MSandYOU.org/
bike, or call (202) 296-5363, option 2.
JUNE 12-13 – 24 HOURS OF BIG BEAR
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 www.grannygear.com
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JUNE 13 – TOUR DEM PARKS HON!
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 www.tourdemparks.org.
For more information, call Gary at (410) 396-4369 or
Anne at (410) 926-4195.
JUNE 19-26 – GREAT OHIO ADVENTURE
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 www.goba.com or call (614)
273-0811 ext. 1.
JUNE 20 – RESTON TOUR DE CURE
The American Diabetes Association again hosts this
very popular (last year over 1,200 cyclists participated)
series of bike rides, ranging from a 12 mile family
fun ride, to more challenging 32 and 64 mile fitness
challenges, and a full century. Starting and finishing
at the Reston Town Center Pavilion the longer rides
head through scenic Northern Virginia countryside
including the W&OD Trail and western Loudoun
County. Register online at www.diabetes.org/tour or
call 1 (888) DIABETES.
AUGUST 13-15 – TOUR DE FREDERICK
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.
SPIRITED SUNDAY ROAD RIDES
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 www.bikesfortheworld.org or call
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
JUNE 20-26 – TOURING RIDE IN RURAL INDIANA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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:
JUNE 26-30 - BIKE VIRGINIA
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 email@example.com.
• 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 www.MultisportWorld.com.
Participating Sponsors include:
JUNE 27 – BAY TO BAY RIDE
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
or log onto www.chestertownlionsclub.org
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 www.MultisportWorld.com for more information and to register.
Email Mark at info@MultisportWorld.com for details on becoming a sponsor.
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