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On

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Bike racing season is in full stride. Action at the Poolesville

Road Race on May 12 was captured beautifully by renown

Virginia photographer Douglas Graham.

page 24

would you borrow a garbage truck to use as

your getaway vehicle if you were a bank robber?

That’s the first thing I thought when I heard that a

man in DC used a heavy, sluggish Bikeshare rent-abike

as his escape vehicle after assaulting a woman

and robbing her of her iphone in broad daylight on a

busy Capitol Hill street. Onlookers were shocked.

I was shocked as well. But I guess, as bicycling continues

to skyrocket in popularity in our area, we should

be prepared for more stupid and even in some cases

shocking incidents like this to occur.

But as a longtime editor & publisher, I can assure you

that for all the hundreds of thousands of safe uses

of the bicycle, mainstream journalists (myself not

included) would rather report on the rare and horrific

incidents like the one above. Riding a bike safely

and healthfully is just not enough of a news story.

Unfortunately, after any incident like this one involving

a bike, what happens next is folks begin thinking

and believing that riding a bike is either dangerous,

frightening, or just an activity that they’d be better off

staying away from. But don’t be dissuaded from riding

and using your bike. (Sadly, we as a nation have over

the years bought into the idea that riding or walking

to school isn’t safe. Now we have a nation of obese

kids, facing lifetimes full of illnesses resulting from

their inactivity. Quality of life and health care costs

suffer, as a result.)

The point is we must not allow mainstream media to

dissuade us from doing what we know to be the right

things. The more of us who take to riding as transportation

and for health, the closer we can get to the

tipping point where officials in government and the

private sector pay attention and include us in things

like planning for improvements in their infrastructure.

And it is already happening.

This month we proudly report that Maryland, Virginia

and Delaware continued their respective climbs up

the League of American Bicyclists’ annual list of states

deemed as being bicycle friendly. Maryland jumped

from 10th in 2011 to eighth this year, Virginia moved

up one spot to 13th, and Delaware catapulted from

18th to 10th. See our Commuter Connection column

on pages 26-27 for more details.

Happy trails!

Neil Sandler

Editor & Publisher

june 2012

Touring • Racing • Off-Road

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Correction

In an article entitled Homegrown Bicycles in our

April 2012 issue, author Michael Lucibella wrote that

College Park, Md., frame builder Philip Ankney was

the first dedicated frame builder in the DC metro

area and one of a few in the US to make bikes out

of bamboo. Well, turns out we’ve discovered another

such builder in our midst.

Threepenny Bikes (www.threepennybikes.com), a

one-man operation run by David Wendt based in an

art studio coop on O Street, opened its doors a few

months before Ankney in early 2011.

SPOKES regrets the mistake.

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Baltimore’s

Marla Streb

Downhill Racer & Bike Commuter

by ron cassie

Baltimore-born and raised Marla Streb didn’t get into serious mountain biking until

the age of 28, but her timing proved just right.

SPOKES: What was your athletic background?

STREB: I did skateboard for about 10 years and

played every kind of team sport. But what I decided

when I was 25 was that I was going to make myself

good. I wanted to try something and be the best in

the world. I loved the exercise from bike commuting.

I was this very rebellious person at the time.

SPOKES: C’mon, you must have had some innate ability?

STREB: Well, I’ve never looked at it this way — but

what I did have was little regard for my body. I don’t

know if you can call that a “talent.”

SPOKES: You went to Loch Raven High School and

the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, both

near great mountain biking at Loch Raven Reservoir

and Patapsco State Park.

STREB: Well, there were probably only a few trails

back then. I didn’t start until 1991 or 1992. Really

what happened was I thought I was HIV positive — I

had an incorrect positive when I was working at Duke

University. I quit my job and Mark, my husband, who

was just a friend then — we both quit our jobs and

took a year off. We bought a 1971 Volkswagen bus

and drove across country. I thought it was a death sentence.

But it was a mistake. [Later] At Scripps, I was

actually doing AIDS research when I started mountain

biking.

SPOKES: What do you remember from your first race?

STREB: I was kind of clueless. But there was a lot

more money in mountain biking then and I liked it.

I thought I’d become a cross-country champ. But you

need a really good VO2 max, which is genetic. So I

thought I’d go to downhill. I always liked to go fast.

although she’d earned a masters degree

in molecular biology, become a cytogeneticist, and

was researching the AIDS virus, she decided to switch

careers in the early-1990s after a move to California.

Bicycling to work everyday and witnessing the explosion

of mountain biking in the Golden State, she

ultimately decided she wanted out of the lab and into

the action.

A late bloomer perhaps, Streb nonetheless embarked

on one of the great mountain biking careers of all

time. Among her accomplishments: she won nine

National Off-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA)

National Downhill titles, three Sea Otter Classic titles,

a Winter X-Games championship, two U.S. National

Downhill Championships and one U.S. National

Super Downhill Championship.

In 2003, after winning the U.S. National Downhill

championship, and the World Cup in Austria, Streb

published her first book, Downhill: The Life Story of

a Gravity Goddess, and starred in the IMAX movie:

Top Speed. She’s been on the cover of Outside magazine

and has been profiled on NBC's Dateline and

Today shows.

At 46, Streb again is living in Baltimore. She and

her husband, Mark, and their two young girls make

their home in Fells Point. The Loch Raven High

School and University of Maryland-Baltimore County

(UMBC) grad works for Luna Women’s Professional

Mountain Biking Team and also for Bike Maryland,

where she serves as a coordinator of the state bicycling

advocacy organization’s “Bike-Minded” program,

educating students and adults about bicycling and

bike commuting.

Streb recently spoke with SPOKES about her career

and her transition from downhill racing to bicycle

commuter education and advocacy.

SPOKES: When did you start mountain biking?

STREB: I didn’t discover mountain biking until I

was 25. I was a scientist at [San Diego-based} Scripps

Laboratories, getting to work by bike, and I just kept

taking a longer and longer route to work. This was

around the time when mountain biking was exploding.

SPOKES: And you discovered a latent talent for

the sport?

STREB: I wasn’t ever a talented athlete. I did have a

kind of ability — but that was being persistent and

stubborn. And I had a strong desire to get out of the

lab. I needed an outlet.

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It was the 90s and everything was “extreme.” That’s

where the X Games comes from. First, it was the

Extreme Games.

SPOKES: Do you mind if we ask how much you made

in your heyday?

STREB: I made six figures. My best year was $130,000,

but I was also doing TV commercials. And the

Internet was taking off and people would pay you

$1,000 for a 200-word story. It was fun. We thought we

were rock stars.

SPOKES: You work for Bike Maryland now, which

is an interesting transition. Mountain bikers aren’t

necessarily bike commuters, city bike riders or bicycle

infrastructure and legislation wonks, but you are.

STREB: I never liked to drive. Still don’t. Part of it is

I’m cheap (laughter) and don’t like spending money

on gas. Bicycling should be a solution to not driving.

That’s how I started [my career] really. I was going to

school at UMBC in Catonsville and bike riding there

from Federal Hill in Baltimore.

SPOKES: And you were a bike messenger?

STREB: For Magic Messenger in Baltimore. But I got

hit too much and they fired me.

SPOKES: Baltimore is at least a little friendlier today

for bicyclists, right?

STREB: Oh, there’s sharrows and signage and bike

lanes. I love the signage and [North-South] Guilford

Avenue is being made into a bike boulevard. It’s really

a pretty flat city; even the climb up the hill to Johns

Hopkins isn’t too bad.

SPOKES: How is Bike Maryland’s ‘Bike-Minded’

program going?

STREB: I’m the coordinator, along with Katie Gore,

of Joe’s Bike Shop in Mount Washington, and it’s

been very successful. It’s been going for eight months

and the State Highway Administration already doumarla

continued on p.8

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marla continued from p.7

bled our grant. It’s basically education and bike safety

stuff. We organize kid’s rodeos and teach adults who

want to start bicycle commuting. So far, we’ve taught

over 1,000 people. We had 420 kids at one elementary

school recently. And we give away free bikes helmets.

The kids love it. It’s a wonderful experience for me —

I get so much out of it.

SPOKES: It’s incredible — almost sad — we have to

teach a lot kids to ride a bike.

STREB: It used to be that 70 percent of kids walked

or biked to school and 5 percent of the kids were

overweight. Now those numbers are reversed. In the

city schools, too, we have some kids who are 10 years

old and have never been on a bicycle.

SPOKES: So what’s next for you? What do you want to

be doing down the road?

STREB: My husband and I want to open a bicycle café

— Baltimore’s first one — a bicycle-themed place with

food and liquor license and a bike corral. Organized

bike rides, lots of plans. They’re all over. My favorite

probably is the Mojo Bicycle Café in San Francisco.

Half is retail; half is food. You can eat outdoors.

There’s green space. Really cool. Not me, but Mark

would be a great restaurant owner. We tried once

already but it fell through. Hopefully it will work out.

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Getting Loopy

in Arlington

by chris eatough

Imagine how great it would be if there was a 17-mile-long car-free loop that was open

and available at all times for biking, walking, jogging, rollerblading and other healthy,

non-motorized transportation.

well, there is, and it’s called the Arlington Loop!

Consisting of the Mount Vernon Trail, the Four Mile

Run Trail, the W&OD Trail, and the Custis Trail, the

Arlington Loop is a continuous paved path that serves

a crucial need for both transportation and recreation

in the region. The loop takes in many sights and flavors

of with some of the highlights being:

• The weeping willows and views of D.C.

monuments along the Potomac River on the

Mount Vernon Trail

• The bustling urban villages and high rises of

Ballston and Rosslyn adjacent to the Custis Trail

• The restaurants, shopping and welcoming nature

of the newly developed town center of Shirlington,

right next to the Four Mile Run Trail

• The rolling hills and parks of West Arlington along

the W&OD Trail

• The dramatic views of airplanes taking off and landing

at National Airport, so close it feels like you

could reach up and touch them, right from Gravelly

Point on the Mount Vernon Trail

The Custis Trail takes a direct path along a busy Arlington corridor

The Arlington Loop certainly provides a prime route

for a recreational or fitness ride, but even more significant

is the use of segments of “The Loop” for

commuting and transportation purposes throughout

the year.

• Work in D.C. and live in Falls Church or Fairfax

County? Roll right in, car-free on the W&OD and

Custis Trail.

• Riding from Alexandria to Ballston to meet a friend

for lunch? Get almost all of the way there on the

Mount Vernon Trail and the Custis Trail.

• Need to hit the Mall for some shopping and heading

there from Southwest D.C.? Use the bike and

pedestrian path on the 14th Street Bridge to get

onto the Mount Vernon Trail, and then head down

into Pentagon City to Fashion Centre Mall.

loopy continued on p.12

The scenic Mount Vernon Trail

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loopy continued from p.10

The trails on the Arlington Loop are direct, efficient,

and connect nicely to other bike infrastructure and

routes, such as bridges, bike lanes, and transit stations.

Almost like superhighways for bikes! (But

keep speed in check, since the trails are shared

with pedestrians).

Thousands of people make these kinds of bike trips

ever day on the Loop. Arlington County actually has

electronic counters set up on the trails to measure

usage, and the data is eye opening. On many days, the

trails carry more cyclists than most of the neighborhood

roads in Arlington!

Automated counter data for March 2012 shows:

• 53,832 bike trips on the Mount Vernon Trail

• 37,465 bike trips on the Custis Trail

• 24,710 bike trips on the W&OD Trail

The majority of these are during the morning and

afternoon commute hours. Imagine if all those people

were making those trips in their cars! The huge

health, air quality and congestion benefits of the

Arlington Loop are clearly illustrated by this data.

If you are looking for more information on the

Arlington loop, pull out your Arlington bike map (or

order one for free here: http://bit.ly/x67ahB), or follow

this link for a tour by pdf: http://bit.ly/HY4n5h.

Enjoy exploring one of the premier biking loops in

the nation, and be sure to say hi if you see me out

there. There’s a good chance you will!

Lots of people enjoy the Four Mile Run Trail

Tuesday night is bike night in Arlington! Join us on Tuesdays from

7:00pm to 8:30pm for informative and interactive sessions on

everything you need to know about biking in Arlington.

Each session will address one of the following topics:

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ride in traffic with confidence

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expert advice on bike fitting and equipment selection and learn

how to stay comfortable with the right clothing and gear

Routes & Directions: Figure out how to get where you want to

go by bike with experienced rider recommendations on route

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trispokes by ron cassie ron_cassie@yahoo.com

Course Record Set at Columbia Tri

More than 40 professionals and 2,300 amateur athletes

from ages 14 to 71 and from 28 states and five

countries participated in the 28th Columbia Triathlon

May 20th, with Cameron Dye of Boulder, Colorado

winning the men’s division while setting a new course

record.

The 28-year-old Dye beat Andrew Yoder, of Columbia,

Pa., who took second — and Yoder’s 2011 record time

by 10 seconds — posting at time of 1:49:41. Yoder

Annabel Luxford

came in this year at 1:52:18 on a morning with the

some of the best racing conditions ever at the popular

Centennial Lake event.

Australian Annabel Luxford was the top female finisher

with a time of 2:06:18. Both winners took home

a cash prize of $6,000. Luxford delivered a winning

time of 2:06:18, besting second-place finisher Leanda

Cav, 34, of Great Britain, and former Columbia

champs Laurel Wassner, 33, a Montgomery Countynative,

and Margaret Shapiro, 36, of Herndon. Debbie

Tanner, 30, of New Zealand took fifth on the women’s

side and Sara McCarty, 29, of Florida, came in sixth.

Rounding out the top six men were Ben Collins, 29,

of Seattle; Australian James Seear, 26; Matt Chrabot,

29, and Clark Ellice, 30, of New Zealand.

“The course is one of the most beautiful, and also one

of the most challenging, I have ever competed on,”

Dye told SPOKES. “The TriColumbia staff and volunteers

put on a great race and I am excited to add this

event to my resume.”

Dye, who was has a swimming background, was third

out of the water and felt he’d had an excellent swim

to get started. “I found some good feet,” he said

later. But it’s on the bike, which he now considers

his strong suit, where he won the race, posting the

best overall time on the race’s second leg — the hilly

25-mile jaunt through hilly Howard County. “I’m a

much bigger fan of hilly courses than flat rides,” said

Dye, who didn’t move to Colorado after becoming a

professional triathlete but actually grew up there. “I’m

from Boulder.”

Dye said he wasn’t really aware that he was on course

record pace — until near the end of the run. “The

people lined up were yelling, ‘Run it in! Run it in!,’

Dye recounted. “Then eventually I could see the clock."

“Maybe I should wear a watch,” he smiled, lifting up

his bare wrists.

Luxford, who grew up swimming and running crosscountry,

in Australia, said Columbia’s reputation as a

Cameron Dye

tough, but beautiful and well-run event is long established

in the triathlon community.

“It’s a really challenging, hilly, bicycle course and I’d

been looking forward to coming to Maryland for the

race,” said Luxford, who was in first place coming off

the bike. She added: “The run is brutal.

“Triathlon is a great sport and this race was a lot of

trispokes continued on p.19

14 June 2012


OFFICIAL 2012 PIRANHA SPORTS RACE GUIDE

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New Jersey Devilman® Triathlon

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Cascade Lake Triathlon & Duathlon

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

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

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Independence Triathlon

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

Lake Nockamixon State Park, Quakertown, PA - June 3, 2012

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

Bear, DE - June 9, 2012

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Tri: 1/4 Mile Swim~13 Mile Bike~3.1 Mile Run

Du: 1.35 Mile Run~13 Mile Bike~3.1 Mile Run

Aquabike: 1/2 Mile Run~13 Mile Bike~200 Yard Run

Lake Como, Smyrna, DE - June 30, 2012

Diamond in the Rough® Triathlon

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

Sprint: 1/4 Mile Swim~7.8 Mile Bike~2.4 Mile Run

Perryville, MD - July 7, 2012

Julie’s Race Aquathlon

1/4 Mile Swim~3.1 Mile Run~1/8 Mile Swim

Lake Como, Smyrna, DE - FRIDAY, July 13, 2012

Cape Henlopen Triathlon & Duathlon

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

Lewes, DE - October 14, 2012

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Harleysville, PA - April 29, 2012

Escape from School® Youth Triathlon

100 Yard Swim~2.4 Mile Bike~0.4 Mile Run

Bear, DE - June 9, 2012

Bring your Moms and Dads to the Tri-It Triathlon

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KAY Good Kids Triathlon

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

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Dragonflyy Heart Youth Triathlon

100 Yard Swim~2.4 Mile Bike~0.4 Mile Run

Chestertown, MD - July 22, 2012

Bring your Moms and Dads to the Dragonfly Heart Triathlon

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Bear, DE - August 18, 2012

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Dragonfly Heart Triathlon

1/4 Mile Swim~12 Mile Bike~2.4 Mile Run

Chestertown, MD - July 21, 2012

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GNC Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adv Race

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

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

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

Pittsburgh, PA - July 28 & 29, 2012

North East Triathlon

Intnl Tri: 1500 Meter Swim~23.2 Mile Bike~10K Run

Sprint Tri: 750 Meter Swim~15.6 Mile Bike~5K Run

North East Community Park, North East, MD - August 12, 2012

Lums Pond Triathlon & Duathlon

Tri: 0.5 Mile Swim~19.5 Mile Bike~3.3 Mile Run

Du: 2 Mile Run~19.5 Mile Bike~3.3 Mile run

Bear, DE - August 19, 2012

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

Delaware Diamondman® Triathlon

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

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

Bear, DE - September 9, 2012

Marshman® Triathlon

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

Marsh Creek State Park, Downingtown, PA - Sept. 16, 2012

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3rd Place

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Half Lite 50

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1 st Age Group/Division 5 5 5 5

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

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

Challenge. Relays or non-conventional events (i.e.—Adventure Race) do not count towards rankings. USAT and non-USAT

members welcomed to compete. Important: Piranha Sports uses a data driven reporting tool to calculate points. Therefore, it is

important for your data to be consistent from race to race in order for the points to be calculated properly for you. For instance,

Michael Smith, Mike Smith and Michael “Triathlete” Smith are distinctly different names to a data system and the points will be

calculated separately for each distinct name. As well, if you do some races as a Clyde and some as an Age Group, your points will be

generated accounting to the division for each race. You may have a total of 20 points, but 12 may be as a Clyde and 8 as an Age

Group. As well, using different ID’s will create separate rankings and we will not be able to combine these once created.

Piranha Sports has the right to modify rules and prizes as necessary.

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

(GACC) winners will be announced at the last series races, respectfully. Awards are given to the Top 5 overall in each gender and

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

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

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

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

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

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Youth


Chrissy Wellington: A Life Without Limits by ron cassie

More than 800 people turned out to meet Chrissy Wellington

in Howard County in mid-May, where the four-time

Ironman world champion decided to kick off her tour

promoting her first book, “A Life Without Limits.”

The event, which included a talk and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

book signings by Wellington, was co-hosted by Princeton

Sports and the Columbia Triathlon Association, wildly surpassed

expectations. Ed Berlin, owner of the Ivy Bookshop

in Baltimore, said about 400 people purchased hard copy

editions of Wellington’s book, published by the Hachette

Book Group, and including a foreword by Lance Armstrong.

Columbia Triathlon Association founder and president Rob

Vigorito first met Wellington several years ago at the Ironman

World Championships in Kona, Hawaii and the two

formed a bond through their shared friendship with John

Blais, a triathlete who died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

(ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and a motor

neuron disease. Despite his diagnosis Blais completed

the 2005 Hawaii Ironman, saying he would finish even he

had to be “rolled across the finish line,” which a number

of triathletes, including Wellington honor by often “log

rolling” across the finish line of races to this day. After his

death in May of 2007, friends and family of Blais founded

the Blazeman Foundation, non-profit that raises money

internationally to foster awareness of and research on ALS.

Wellington serves on the organization’s board.

Vigorito, formerly a neuroscientist at the University of

Maryland’s Brain and Tissue Bank for Developmental Disorders,

had convinced Blais before he passed to donate his

brain to science for research.

“The way it (the book signing in Columbia) came about

was I saw her at Kona in 2011,” Vigorito said. “I was

working the finish line and it was just really great to see

her there (Wellington won) and after all the adulation she

came over and said she was working on a book and when

she was ready she wanted to come to Columbia. She told

me how much she appreciated our mission of wellness

and our focus on children and women — things like Iron-

Girl. She wanted Columbia to be the first stop.”

chrissy continued on p.22

trispokes continued from p.14

fun,” said Luxford. “The course was one of the toughest

I have run, but the support throughout was amazing.”

Top amateur finishers on the men’s side from No.

1 to No. 5, respectively: Brian Duffy, Jr., 24, of West

Chester, Pa.; Adam Webber, 31, of Denver, Pa.; Kyle

Hooker, 25, of Orange Park, Fla.; David Morris, 31, of

Plymouth Meeting, Pa.; and Lucas McCollum, 32, of

Frederick, Md.

Top amateur finishers on the women’s side from

No. 1 to No. 5 were: Peggy Yetman, 44, of Leesburg;

Kenna Moran, 35, of Philadelphia; Jocelyn Cornman,

35, of Leetsburg, Pa.; Stephanie Ewert, 30, of

Washington, D.C., and Carly Johann, 29, of

Los Angeles.

The Columbia Triathlon this year also served

as a qualifying race for the 51.50 Hy-Vee U.S.

Championship, Sept. 2 in Des Moines, Iowa. The top

15 in each age group were invited to the event, with

those who finished in the top 5 in each age group

offered complimentary entries into the 2012 5150

Hy-Vee U.S. Championship as well. (“51.50” represents

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Trekking on

the Tuckahoe

by john ohler

Only a few miles from one of the main routes to the ocean resorts of Maryland and

Delaware the casual adventurer will find one of Maryland’s hidden Eastern Shore

gems. Tuckahoe State Park offers a quiet lake and streams for paddling, fishing and

a trail system that provides plenty of solitude and some surprisingly invigorating

mountain biking.

located just off of route 404 between the

quaint towns of Hillsboro, Queen Anne and Ridgely,

the 3,800 acres of Tuckahoe can provide visitors with

a weekend full of options for hiking, biking, paddling,

fishing, and excellent night sky observation.

The concept of a large state park on the Upper

Eastern Shore became a reality when the Maryland

State Park Service began purchasing land to protect

the Tuckahoe Creek stream valley in the 1960s.

Development began a few years later with the creation

of a 60-acre lake on the site of an old mill pond, picnicking

areas and a campground. The park was lightly

used outside of local residents in these early years and

in the early 1990s, portions of the developed areas

were closed due to tight fiscal times in the state budget.

Fortunately, with the support of local residents and a

reduced park staff who wouldn’t give up, Tuckahoe

began to reopen and with it came a surprising

increase in visitation. Visitors from the Baltimore and

Annapolis area began to join in with the local population

as “regulars” in the campground and with the

increased popularity in paddling, Tuckahoe became a

destination all its own.

Today, the park offers 53 campsites, 6 camper cabins

and 4 youth group camping areas for overnight

guests. Paddlers can explore the lake and flooded

woodlands and over 7 miles of water trails that can

take them away from the busy areas and on to quiet

streams where it isn’t unusual to cross paths with

beaver, muskrat, otter, and a surprisingly varied collection

of song birds and waterfowl. Bald eagles and

osprey are regular visitors to the lake as they routinely

“out fish” the human anglers on shore. Probably one

of the most talked about and enjoyed residents of the

lake are the multitudes of painted turtles that bask

in the sun on partially submerged branches, finally

dropping into the water at the last second as paddlers

try and get just close enough to touch them. Canoes

and kayaks are available for rent from April through

October for a very reasonable rental charge.

If staying on land is more your idea of fun, the park

offers an 18-hole disc golf course (or Frisbee golf for

those who prefer to honor the original flying disc),

playgrounds, (including a community built recycled

tire playground near the lake), a high ropes challenge

course and over 16 miles of trails for visitors to explore

on foot, hoof and fat tire bikes. Tuckahoe is also noted

by many stargazers for its night sky observation. The

park is located far enough away from most major cities

and towns that the night sky is not washed out from

the glow of city lights, allowing for some of the best

stargazing in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The trail system offers a wide variety of terrain and

technical mountain bike skill levels from novice to

expert on some of the steep bumpy terrain. Most of

the trails are located in the southern section of park,

downstream from the dam and berm. To enjoy this

section of trail, pick up the 4.5-mile Valley Trail (blue

blazed) at the trailhead of the Crouse Mill Road parking

area near the picnic area. The trail is relatively

flat with some surprising patches of sand to power

through as it heads south. Riders of all ages and skill

levels will enjoy the reprieve from the bumps and

sand as they reach the Adkins Arboretum trail system.

Several miles of loop trails spur off the Valley Trail,

most of which are graded, stone dust double track.

Continuing on the Valley Trail, riders will experience

some of the more rugged terrain found at Tuckahoe

as they travel through forested stands with short steep

climbs and drops with varied tread surfaces from soft

pine needles to a few zones for serious mudders. The

Valley Trail ends near the south end of the park near

Rt. 404 at an old rail grade, which is part of a future,

planned rail trail project that will connect from the

Town of Easton, through Tuckahoe to other local

towns before finally reaching into the state

of Delaware.

The riding continues on a companion trail (Creek

Side Cliff Trail) marked in yellow that heads back

north. This trail (one of the favorites in the park)

offers challenging hills, sand banks and great views

along the way of old home sites, mature forest stands

and beautiful views of the creek valley below. This 1.5-

mile trail eventually reconnects with the Valley Trail

and for approximately 3/4- mile; you retrace your

journey in reverse.

Once you reach the steel bridge over the Tuckahoe,

cross over and continue heading back to the center

of the park on the 1.6 mile orange blazed Pee Wee’s

Trail (named after a park volunteer who helped with

trail layout and maintenance), which travels through

some gorgeous landscape with, once again, a few

20 June 2012


short steep sections that get the rider out of the

saddle and on the pedals. Riders will continue on

this until it ends at the Tuckahoe Equestrian Center.

For the next mile riders will travel along Crouse Mill

Road, crossing over Tuckahoe Creek just below the

dam and within site of the trailhead. During the summer

months on weekends you can reward yourself

afterward with a paddle on the lake or with ice cream

from the boathouse concession.

Other trails in the northern section of the park can

be accessed from the Lake Picnic area. The Lake trail

leads ¾ mile to the campground where other short

trails, including a self-guided nature trail, are located.

For riders who aren’t quite as adventurous (or perhaps

want to stay a little cleaner) Caroline County

offers a bike riding map that highlights varying length

circuit rides on quiet county roads, several of which

are located near Tuckahoe State Park, Cyclists can

travel through local towns such as Ridgely, where you

can stop for leisurely strolls through antique and gift

stores or stop for coffee or for a meal at one of the

local diners.

If you are planning your trip with a start on the

western shore, a stop for a pleasant ride along the

Cross Island Trail on Kent Island is a must. This

5-mile paved rail trail travels from the shores of the

Chesapeake Bay at Terrapin Beach (with 2 miles

of unpaved trails) to Kent Narrows on the eastern

side of the Island. The trail is flat with views of the

Bay Bridge to the west to salt marshes from the trail

bridges near the eastern end. At the eastern end of

the trail, a stop at the Chesapeake Exploration Center

is highly recommended for a break and to check out

the interesting exhibits on the history and culture of

the Eastern Shore.

There are many other places to ride and explore

while in the mid-shore area. Wye Island Natural

Resources Management Area is located approximately

20 minutes away and offers several miles of dirt road

and trails for biking. Riders may also find the scenic

towns of Easton (approximately 20 minutes away)

and St. Michaels (approximately 40 minutes) relaxing

places to spend an afternoon visiting shops and museums.

Both towns have paved trails for riding and bike

paths along many of the major roads.

Tuckahoe Triathlon

Tuckahoe hosts an annual family-oriented triathlon

each June. This year, the event will be held on June

10th. Decidedly different than most triathlons, this

event features a one-mile paddle as the water event

instead of a swim. The event begins with a 2-mile trail

run followed by a 10-mile circuit road bike course

along fairly quiet country roads before returning to

the transition point once again. Competitors then

head to the lake for the final leg, where only single

bladed paddles can be used. Categories for the event

are based on age, sex, family pairings, and adults-only

pairs. Canoes are available for rent during the event

if competitors don’t have their own. In 2011 over 100

people took part in the Tuckahoe Triathlon, many

who have entered the event nearly every year.

Tuckahoe State Park’s campground has 53 sites (35

with electric) and 6 camper cabins. The cabins and

campground are serviced by two bathhouses. Four

tuckahoe continued on p.22

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groups sites are available for youth groups. Two pavilions

are available for family reunions and other gathtuckahoe

continued from p.21

erings. The disc golf course is open daily. For more

information on Tuckahoe State Park, special events,

open challenge course dates or to make reservations,

information is available via the web at www.dnr.state.

md.us/publiclands/eastern/tuckahoe or by calling

the park at 410-820-1668.

Other places of interest in the local area include

Martinak State Park www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/martinak,

which is approximately

12 miles away near the town of Denton; Wye Island

Natural Resources Management Area www.dnr.state.

md.us/publiclands/eastern/wyeisland; and the towns

of Easton, Denton, Ridgely and St. Michaels.

Camping and cabin reservations at Tuckahoe or

Martinak State Parks can be made via the park websites

or by calling the Maryland Park Service reservation

system at 888-432-2267.

chrissy continued from p.19

After Columbia, Wellington had 10 book signings scheduled

for May, including Boston, New York City, Austin, Chicago

and Toronto before an end of the month swim, bike and

run event in Hawaii with Armstrong.

“I wanted to support ‘Vigo’ and all the amazing things

they (the Columbia Triathlon Association) do here,” Wellington

said. “I wanted this to be my first book signing.”

The 35-year-old Wellington, a native of Suffolk, England,

told the crowd at Princeton Sports that she loved the

Howard County area and the rolling hills reminded her of

home. Ironically, Wellington raced the Columbia Triathlon

in 2009, finished sixth — one or her worst performances

ever. Today, however, she counts the experience among

her biggest learning experiences in the sport.

“I feel very fortunate to be in Maryland and to be in Columbia,

it’s a pretty special place for me,” Wellington said,

smiling. “Read the book and you’ll find out why.”

“She wasn’t prepared for the Columbia Triathlon in 2009,

it’s a quarter of the race she usually does and she thought

she’d just swing into it,” Vigorito said, explaining Wellington’s

uncharacteristic less than compelling finish in

Columbia. “After that there’s never been another race she

wasn’t ready for — mentally, physically and spiritually.”

Wellington, who has degrees from the University of Manchester

and the University of Binghampton, had a career

in international development, advising the United Kingdom’s

government, before turning pro just five years ago.

The 5-foot-7 inch Wellington described herself as a "sporty

kid,” swimming, playing field hockey, running, but never

excelling at any one sport and always focused more on

her schoolwork. “I was always more interested in the

social side of the sports and being around my friends,”

she said.

Wellington said it was actually after taking a sabbatical

from her government position, and accepting a position

with an NGO in Nepal, that she began serious biking for

the first time, eventually completing a ride from Lhasa,

the capital of Tibet to Katmandu, the capital of Nepal. High

altitude morning rides became a part of Wellington’s daily

ritual in Nepal and “I learned I had an aptitude for endurance

sports,” she said. “And I learned that I really enjoyed

pushing my body and mind to the limit.”

Competing as an amateur while still working in international

development — which remains a great passion —

Wellington quit her job and put her career aside in 2007 to

turn pro after winning the world amateur triathlon.

Wellington’s tri career didn’t start off great — she told an

embarrassing story of borrowing a wetsuit that was too

big and sinking during her first face — but, of course, she

went on to win at Kona in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. She

also has never lost an official Ironman race, going 13 for

13 before deciding to take this upcoming season off.

“I never wanted to look back say, ‘What if,’ Wellington

said, explaining her decision to give up a job in international

development that she liked and did well. “I’m

thankful that I wasn’t immobilized by fear of failure or

fear of the unknown.

“I gave up my job and I just have to pinch myself, I never

imagined that I’d be a four-time world champion,” Wellington

continued. “Every time I approached a hurdle, they

just seemed to dissolve.”

Triathlete Christine Matzo with

4-time Ironman champion Wellington

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cyclists' kitchen

by nancy clark, ms, rd

Dieting—Not Allowed!!!

It’s bathing suit season. Are you starting to panic

because you’ll soon be shedding layers of clothing

and exposing your body? Eeek!!!

When you have more flab than you want, fretting

about excess body fat easily leads to plans to go on

a diet. You have many options: Atkins, Paleo, Jenny

Craig, the Cabbage Soup Diet, the Banana Diet.

Unfortunately, none of these diets work in the long

run. After all, if diets did work, then everyone who

has ever been on a diet would be lean. Not the case.

We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic.

Not only do fad diets not work, diets commonly backfire

and contribute to weight gain in the long run.

A study with teens that were followed from middle

school into high school indicates the students who

were dieting at the time of the initial survey were

worse off five years later. They had a higher BMI,

struggled with disordered eating or had an outright

eating disorder, and achieved no benefits from their

attempts to lose undesired body fat. Futile efforts.

Overweight teens commonly become adults who

continue to struggle with food for the rest of their

lives. That’s why, starting at an early age, we need to

discourage dieting and instead focus on eating healthfully

and appropriately. If you don’t go on a diet,

you won’t “blow your diet,” gorge on cookies, and

gain weight. Eating normally —enjoying appropriate

amounts of wholesome foods when your body needs

fuel during the day—leads to an appropriate weight.

Normal eating includes enjoying a good balance of

whole- some foods, but not limiting yourself to only

“healthy foods.” That is, you don’t have to have a

perfect diet to have a good diet. A healthy food plan

can include 85% to 90% “quality calories” and 10%

to 15% “whatever.” Some days “whatever” is an apple;

other days “whatever” is a cookie.

Striving to eat a perfect diet commonly results in

deprivation of foods you truly like to eat. You will

inevitably end up bingeing on those foods, sooner

or later.

Think about it this way: If you put a little boy in a

roomful of toys and tell him he can play with all the

toys except for the green truck, what is the first toy

he’ll reach for? Yup, the green truck. Hence, if you

like cake, but tell yourself you shouldn’t eat it, what

will you relentlessly hanker for? Yup. Cake.

The way to take power away from a “binge food” is to

eat it more often, not stay away from it. For example,

if you like chocolate cake, you should eat it every

day until you get sick of it. Don’t believe me? Do this

experiment: For one week, eat your binge food every

day instead of your normal breakfast, lunch, snack,

and/or dinner. (You will not die of malnutrition in a

week.) Observe what happens. The chances are that

after three days of chocolate cake, you’ll hanker for

shredded wheat again. And even if you want to continue

to eat cake, a recent study indicates you can still

lose weight on the Chocolate Cake Diet. In this study,

the subjects who enjoyed chocolate cake for breakfast

had better dietary compliance and ended up losing

more weight than the people who were instructed to

eat “diet foods.”

Ideally, you want to learn to enjoy a daily food plan

that includes a variety of mostly wholesome foods that

are satiating, health promoting, and tasty. You want to

eat heartily at breakfast and lunch, to prevent energy

lags and cravings for sweets. You want to plan an

enjoyable afternoon “second lunch” that helps energize

the end of your workday and curbs your appetite

for dinner. Then, at night, you want to eat a little bit

less—and lose undesired body fat when you are sleeping.

The goal: To wake up ready for breakfast, and

perpetuate the cycle of fueling by day, dieting

by night.

While these suggestions to eat “normally” are seemingly

simple, many dieters find the advice is hard to

implement. They are afraid that once they start eating,

they won’t stop. This over-compensation is “diet

backlash,” strengthened by years of “last chance to eat

cake so I’d better eat it all now before the diet starts

again tomorrow.” There is a more peaceful way to

manage weight

The following information offers tips for how to eat

appropriately. Please trust that appropriate eating will

lead you to an appropriate weight. Eating specialist

Ellyn Satter RD, (www.EllynSatter.com), author of

“Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family” offers the following

definition of normal eating.

• Normal eating is going to the table hungry and eating

until you are satisfied. It is being able to choose

food you like and eat it and truly get enough of it--

not just stop eating because you think you should.

• Normal eating is being able to give some thought to

your food selection so you get nutritious food, but

not being so wary and restrictive that you miss out

on enjoyable food.

• Normal eating is giving yourself permission to eat

sometimes because you are happy, sad, or bored--or

just because it feels good. Normal eating is three

meals a day, or four or five--or it can be choosing to

munch along the way.

• Normal eating is leaving some cookies on the plate

now because you know you can have some again

tomorrow--or it is eating more now because they

taste so wonderful.

• Normal eating is overeating at times; feeling stuffed

and uncomfortable--or it can be under eating at

times and wishing you had more. Normal eating is

trusting your body to make up for your mistakes in

eating.

• Normal eating takes up some of your time and

attention, but keeps its place as only one important

area of your life.

• In short, normal eating is flexible. It varies in

response to your hunger, your schedule, your proximity

to food and your feelings.

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COMMUTER CONNECTION

Maryland & Delaware Friendlier

The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) recently

released its 2012 Bicycle Friendly State rankings,

with Maryland and Delaware both climbing into the

top 10. Virginia posted at No. 17 while the District

of Columbia was not included in the rankings. West

Virginia moved up, but only from No. 50 to No. 48.

Maryland and Delaware both received high marks in

the “education and encouragement” and “legislation

and enforcement” categories. Maryland and Virginia

also scored well in the “policies and programs” category

and “evaluation and planning” category.

All three states earned lower marks for their bicycle

infrastructure and bicycle funding levels.

Washington State, Minnesota, Massachusetts,

Colorado, Oregon, Wisconsin and New Jersey were

ranked No. 1 through No. 8, respectively.

Maryland jumped two places less than a year after

Gov. Martin O’Malley kicked off the Cycle Maryland

Initiative, an effort noted specifically by the American

League of Bicyclists in their report card on the state.

Earlier this spring, O’Malley announced $5 million in

Cycle Maryland grants for 27 projects to create new

bikeway connections and to bring Bikeshare stations

to Maryland. The League of American Bicyclists also

highlighted BikeMaryland, the statewide nonprofit

advocacy organization, for its work.

“We are honored that people recognize Maryland as

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beautiful state and to support our local economy. The

end result is a cleaner environment and a healthier

lifestyle for all Marylanders.”

Delaware jumped from No. 18 to No. 10 in the rankings

with the League specifically praising Gov. Jack

Markell and Delaware Department of Transportation

Secretary Shailen Bhatt for prioritizing resources for

bicycling.

Last fall, the Delaware governor launched the First

State Trails and Pathways Initiative, designed to bring

state agencies together to create an interconnected

network of shared-use trails and pathways that will

support non-motorized travel and recreation opportunities

for Delawareans and visitors.

The First State Trails and Pathways Initiative also

focused on bicycling and pedestrian commuting concerns

— aiming to develop safe ways to reach work

and shopping destinations, as well as schools, recreational

sites and mass transit points.

"We welcome our rise in the ranking as recognition

of what we are doing to make walkable, bikeable

communities a priority in Delaware," Markell said in

a statement. "Trails and bike routes are a part of a

vision for a state with interconnected communities.

We will continue working to make Delaware an attractive

place not only to bike, but to live and work."

The state of Virginia received praise on its report

card for its adoption of a Complete Streets policy, its

state bicycle plan and the presence of two active bike

advocacy groups, the Virginia Bicycle Federation and

BikeWalk Virginia.

Maryland Bike Legislation Report

The Maryland General Assembly didn’t quite finish

its work by its traditional mid-April closing session

and began meeting again in a special session in May

to address outstanding tax and budgetary issues. A

second special session to deal with further legalized

gambling questions was also being considered at press

time, but as far as bicycling and commuter legislation

— the state legislature is done for the year.

The verdict for Maryland bicycle and pedestrians? A

mixed bag of wins, losses and “Wait ‘til next years.”

Overall, however, progress was made on several fronts.

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Develop a Police Officer Standards and Training

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interactions between motorists and

bicyclists, and bicycle collision investigation.

Adopt federal funding project rating criteria

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funding on bicyclists and pedestrians, particularly

on transportation enhancements.

Bicycle ridership, while good, must continue

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The recently established Cycle Maryland program is an excellent

step to promote bicycle commuting and tourism.

Top Tip for Improvement

Revise Maryland’s safe passing law to remove the four exemptions

that are only confusing motorists, cyclists, and law enforcement.

Top 10 Signs of Success

People Commuting by Bike (More than 1%)

Safe Passing/Vulnerable Road User Law

Complete Streets Policy

Dedicated State Funding

Active State Advocacy Group

State Bicycle Plan (Adopted 2002 or later)

Share the Road Campaign

Bicycle Education for Police

Bicycle Safety Emphasis in Strategic Highway Safety Plan

Top 10 State for Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Spending

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tion in front of the General Assembly this year with

Bike Maryland Executive Director Carol Silldorf.

One of the disappointments for Maryland bicyclists

this year was the unfavorable vote by the Maryland

House Environmental Matters Committee on safe

passing legislation. House Bill 1397, sponsored by

Delegates Jon S. Cardin, Elizabeth Bobo, Alfred C.

Carr, Jr., Barbara Frush, Eric G. Luedtke and Dana

Stein, would’ve created an exception to prohibitions

against driving a vehicle on the left side of the

roadway in a no-passing zone for a driver making the

minimum adjustment necessary — under specified

circumstances — to facilitate the provision of the

3-foot clearance for overtaking and passing a bicycle

or motor scooter going in the same direction.

“Right now it’s illegal to cross the double line, for

example, to avoid a bicyclist and allow a 3-foot clearance,”

said Silldorf. Bike Maryland, supported the legislation

along with numerous environmental and bicycling

organizations, including Baltimore Bicycle Club,

Bicycle Advocates of Howard County, Cumberland

Valley Cycling, Club Elk Neck Trail Association,

Frederick Pedalers Bicycle Club, League of American

Bicyclists,
Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory

Committee,
Montgomery County Bicycling Advocates,

Rockville Bicycle Advisory Group,
the Maryland

Governor:

DOT Commissioner:

Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator:

Feedback

State Advocacy Group:

Robert McDonnell

Gregory Whirley

John Bolecek

Virginia Bicycle Federation,

BikeWalk Viginia

• Adopt a vulnerable road user law with a

minimum safe passing distance to address

bicyclist safety.

• Remove the disincentives that reduce funding

for communities who narrow street

widths through lane reductions.

• Focus Complete Streets training and accountability

to ensure consistent application

throughout the state.

• Adopt federal funding project rating criteria

that incentivize bicycle projects and

accommodations. The state is spending a

low amount, less than .68 percent, of federal

funding on bicyclists and pedestrians.

• Conduct a share the road campaign creatively

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“This is a very important law that exists in other

places, maybe 20 states,” Silldorf told SPOKES, adding

that Pennsylvania has a four-foot passing law. Cars

need to give cyclists 3-feet no matter what. If it’s safe

to cross a double yellow line, they should be able to

do that — as long as it’s not in a blind area.”

On a positive note, Senate Bill 942 did not pass. That

legislation, introduced by Sen. Norman R. Stone, Jr.,

would’ve repealed the recent Maryland law relating to

criminally negligent manslaughter by vehicle; making

it a misdemeanor for a person to cause the death of

another as a result of the person's driving, operating

or controlling a motor vehicle in a criminally negligent

manner.

“No one has even been prosecuted under the new

law,” Silldorf said referring to SB 942. “It made no

sense to undo it.”

In terms of passing new bicycle-friendly legislation,

Senate Bill 977 passed, supported by Bike Maryland

and the above-mentioned environmental and probicycle

groups, will require each public institution of

higher education —when it revises its facility master

Virginia

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Category Scores Scoring: 5 = High 1 = Low

2 Legislation and Enforcement

5 Policies and Programs

2 Infrastructure and Funding

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Top 10 Signs of Success

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3 Education and Encouragement

3 Evaluation and Planning

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Existing and developing US Bike Routes will provide hundreds of

miles of routes for bicyclists.

Comply with VDOT’s existing policy to set aside 10 percent of HSIP

funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects.

People Commuting by Bike (More than 1%)

Safe Passing/Vulnerable Road User Law

Complete Streets Policy

Dedicated State Funding

Active State Advocacy Group

State Bicycle Plan (Adopted 2002 or later)

Share the Road Campaign

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Bicycle Safety Emphasis in Strategic Highway Safety Plan

Top 10 State for Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Spending

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plan —to address bicycle and pedestrian circulation

on the institution's campus. It will also require the

institution to include in the facility master plan measures

to incorporate bikeways and pedestrian facilities

and to promote biking and walking on the campus.

“Some colleges are already doing this; some not,”

Silldorf said. “Now the next time they update their

facility management plans, they’ll have to consider

bicycles and promote bicycling on campus.”

In legislation that will perhaps have better luck next

year, no action was taken on House Bill 946, legislation

that would have repealed a restriction, under

specified circumstances, of riding a bicycle, play vehicle

or unicycle on a sidewalk or sidewalk area.

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neighborhoods and teaching them to ride a bike,”

Silldorf said. “If a parent thinks the safest place to be

to teach their child to ride a bike is on the sidewalk,

that should be okay. We’re not promoting that children

ride bikes on sidewalks, but if that’s the safest

place we want that option to exist. Right now it’s illegal

unless a municipality specifically decides it’s okay

— which some have done — but not many.”

Legislation designed to reduce distracted driving,

specifically, making the use of a hand-held mobile

phone a primary offense, received a mixed reaction

in Annapolis this year with a favorable reading in the

House and unfavorable report in the Senate. Primary

offense status means allowing law enforcement officers

to stop and cite offenders for that reason alone (and

not because of another violation, such as failure to stop

at a red light). “Right now it’s a secondary offense, a

police officer can’t pull you over if your using a (handheld)

cell phone but obeying every other law,” Silldorf

said. “That’s the case in many states.”

A proposed increase in the Maryland state gas

tax increase, Senate Bill 971, titled the Maryland

Transportation Financing and Infrastructure

Investment Act of 2012, also did pass this past

General Assembly.

Baltimore Mayor Joins Bike to Work Day

The turnout for Friday morning’s Bike to Work Day in

Baltimore City broke all previous turnouts, with more

than 500 Charm City bicycle commuters registering

for the day and many more stopping at one of the

eleven “pit stops” around the city for coffee, bagels

and camaraderie. Free T-shirts, too.

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the volunteers at the first-year East Baltimore stop at

Bank Street and Highland Avenue.

“It’s about a healthy way of life and making transit

part of an enjoyable life—that’s important,” Troutner,

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“You become a more active member of the community

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other Bike to Work Day events in the Baltimore metro

area included stops at City Dock in Annapolis, the

Main Street Shopping Center in Bel Air, the Mall

in Columbia, the Towson Courthouse, the Carroll

County Office Building in Westminster, and IKEA in

White Marsh.

Patrick McMahon, a bicycle and pedestrian planner

with the Baltimore Department of Transportation, hit

numerous bicycle stops around the city, including the

busy set-up in Harbor East at President and Aliceanna

Streets.

“We broke all of our own records in the city (for registration

and turnout),” McMahon said. “It’s great to

see so many people getting out.”

Heather Strassberger, bicycle and pedestrian planner

at Baltimore Metropolitan Council, normally commutes

from her Upper Fells Point home to her job

in Locust Point, but also swung by the stop at Harbor

East Friday morning.

Even Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake got into the

action, riding to the pit stop at Baltimore Bicycle

Works on Falls Road—a popular commuter route in

the city.

“It’s my new thing,” said Rawlings-Blake of bicycling.

Decked out in black exercise clothes, a silver helmet,

and sunglasses, the mayor greeted and posed for photographs

with local bike commuters while also shopping

for some new gear. The mayor also noted several

bike events coming up in the city—the annual Bike

Jam this weekend at Patterson Park, Baltimore’s first

Tweed Ride & Garden Party on May 26, and the annual

Tour Dem Parks, Hon! ride in early June. “Making

the city more pedestrian friendly and bicycle friendly

is what today is all about,” Rawlings-Blake said. “That’s

what keeps a city alive.”

The mayor and Baltimore bike czar Nate Evans, who

also made a stop at Baltimore Bicycle Works, each

noted that Baltimore City just put out a new bike map

two weeks ago.

“This is the second edition and it includes all the bike

routes added over the past two years,” Evans said. “We

also marked the roads, like Northern Parkway and

parts of Bel Air Road, that shouldn’t be used—which

is something that people new to bicycling would want

to know.”

Bike to Work isn’t limited to the morning commute,

either. Mother’s Federal Hill Grille served as the official,

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Happy Hour spot this year—one free

beverage guaranteed for all Bike to Work participants.

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Potomac Velo Club will be putting on the popular

WaW 4-race series on Wednesday evenings at

Wakefield Park in Annandale, VA on June 20, 27

and July 11, 18, with rain dates the following two

Wednesdays. Short 45 min races, great for beginners,

and separate races for Juniors, Beginners, Sport,

Masters, Experts, Single Speed, and Clydesdale. Class

for Women 35+ again this year! 21 classes, including

10 classes for male and female Junior racers in 2-year

age groups. Fun, fast, rolling single-track. Fund-raiser

for Trails for Youth charity. Volunteers to help run

the race also needed. Two hours volunteer work earns

a race for the racer of your choice. Series registration

on www.bikereg.com and info at www.potomacvelo.

com or Jim Carlson, jcarlsonida@yahoo.com, (703)

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JUNE 2 – SMECO 75 RIDE

Take a 75-mile ride through the beautiful byways of

Southern Maryland to Colton’s Point on the shores of

the Potomac River. June 2 is National Trails Day, a perfect

opportunity to join your neighbors for a 29, 47 or

75-mile ride, including portions of scenic Three Notch

Trail. Pre-register by May 1 to receive a SMECO 75

shirt. Rides begin and end at SMECO Headquarters.

15035 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville, MD. Rest stops

will provide light snacks and refreshments. Lunch

after the ride. Participation is limited to the first 400

(no rain date). Fort more information visit www.

smeco.coop/75years/bikeride.aspx, or contact Jeff

Lagana, (301) 274-8011; jeff.lagana@smeco.coop

JUNE 2-9 -- BICYCLE RIDE ACROSS GEORGIA

Come discover Georgia by bicycle on the 33st annual

Bicycle Ride Across Georgia. This year’s loop ride

will begin in Chattanooga, with overnights in Dalton,

Cartersville, Roswell, Winder, and Cornelia, before

ending in Clayton. Join over 1,200 riders for street

dances, ice cream socials, end-of-the-road meal 60

miles average per day, hammerhead options. For

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

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

JUNE 3 - TOUR DE CURE

The American Diabetes Association hosts this very

popular (over 1,200 Cyclists rode last year) series of

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 Reston Town

Center Pavilion, the longer rides head through scenic

northern Virginia including the W&OD Trail and

western Loudoun County. Register online at www.diabetes.org/decspokes

or call 1 (888) DIABETES.

JUNE 3 – SHENANDOAH VALLEY HERITAGE RIDE

This annual spring ride brings family, friends, coworkers

and neighbors together for a fun-filled

ride through the countryside around picturesque

Winchester, Va. Rides include 10, 30, 50 and 70-mile

routes. Pledges raised support the on-going mission of

the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Shenandoah Valley

to provide programs that inspire and enable youth to

realize their full potential. Ride begins in Winchester

and rolls through Frederick County, Va. Ride is selfpaced.

Log onto www.bcride.org or call (703) 350-

1849 for details.

JUNE 9-10 – US AIR FORCE CYCLING CLASSIC

Registration for participation in the Air Force Cycling

Classic, now spread over an entire weekend has

opened. Sponsored by Boeing, the Cycling Classic,

positioned at the center of the U.S. national roadracing

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

Laurel

Bicycle

Center

14805 Baltimore Ave.

Laurel, MD 20707

301 953-1223

301 490-7744

Monday–Friday: 10-7

Saturday: 9-6

Sunday: closed

www.bicyclefun.com

City during the Crystal Ride, a non-competitive

ride with an option to raise money for the Intrepid

Fallen Heroes Fund. Following this amateur ride, the

men's pro race will take place on the same course.

Registration for the amateur participatory ride is now

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

JUNE 9-10 – BIKE MS: CHESAPEAKE CHALLENGE

Join the Maryland Chapter of the National MS

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

Eastern Shore. Routes range from 30 -100 miles on

Saturday and 30 & 50 mile on Sunday. Overnight

at Chestertown, Md.’s Washington College campus.

Route is fully supported with rest stops, bike techs and

support vehicles. To Register or find out more, visit

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

JUNE 9-10 – BIKE MS: RIDE THE RIVERSIDE

Join the National Capital Chapter of the National MS

Society on this new two-day event starting and ending

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at the National Harbor in Maryland, just 15 minutes

from DC, directly across from Alexandria, Va. There

will be a variety of routes ranging from 30 to 150

(over the two days). This is definitely a family oriented

event with lots of fun things for the kids to join in.

To find out more or to register email information@

msandyou.org

JUNE 10 – TOUR DEM PARKS, HON!

The 10th 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 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 16 – PATUXENT RIVER RURAL LEGACY BICYCLE RIDE

The Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club presents scenic

routes of 13, 26, 49 and 64 miles in Prince George's

County's Rural Legacy Area. Tour this beautiful countryside

from Jug Bay to Eagle Harbor. Three rest stops with

food and drink are located along the Patuxent River.

After the ride, enjoy a picnic at the Merkle Wildlife

Sanctuary. Registration is from 7- 9 am at the Merkle

Wildlife Sanctuary in Croom, MD. For more information,

visit www.ohbike.org or call (301) 567-0089.

JUNE 16-23 – GREAT OHIO BICYCLE ADVENTURE

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

friends! GOBA, now in its 23rd year, is a weeklong

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. Advance registration is

required. For registration materials and fees visit www.

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

JUNE 22-27 – BIKE VIRGINIA

Twenty-five 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 2012, Bike Virginia

will explore our state’s historic northwest corner and

neighboring West Virginia, beginning and ending in

Berryville. Charles Town, Shepherdstown, W. Va., and

Winchester, Va., will serve as stopping points for this

year’s adventure. Cyclists will need to be able to ride

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

229.0507 or email info@bikevirginia.org.

Pikesville

1st Annual Firefighter 50 Bike Ride

www.FireFighter50.com

Sunday July 29, 2012

Home of the Dirty 30

3 Fully Supported Rides for 2012

JUNE 23 – FRANKLIN COUNTY METRIC

The Franklin County, Pa., Cyclists are hosting this

metric century (four routes: 12,18,40 and 62 miles)

beginning and ending at the Chambersburg First

Church of God beginning at 8 a.m. Ride benefits

the Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women’s Center and

Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance. For details

log onto www.franklincountycyclists.com

JUNE 24 – BAY TO BAY RIDE

The Chestertown, Md., Lion’s Club is hosting this

popular 27th annual series of rides (27, 50, 78,86

or 100 miles) in and around historic Chestertown.

Proceeds benefit the Lions Club Leader Dog Program

for the Blind. All blind riders ride free. Swim in

the bay following the ride. Hosted by the Betterton

Volunteer Fire Company. Go to www.chestertownlionsclub.org

for details or registration or email bay-

2bay04@hotmail.com

JULY 16-21 – RAINSTORM

Challenge yourself with five century rides over five

days. On day six, join the Ride Across Indiana to

ride 160 miles back to your point of departure in

Richmond. Stay in Indiana State Park inns along

the way, with catered meals designed for athletes. If

you’re a recreational rider hoping to reach new fitness

goals, a triathlete in search of intensive time on

the bike, or an ultra marathon cyclist, this tour is for

you. For more information, see www.triri.org , email

triri@triri.org, or call (812) 333-8176.

JULY 22 – BOY SCOUT CENTURY

Join the Zekiah District of the National Capital Area

Council, Boy Scouts of America for this tour of southern

Maryland. Spot wildlife while enjoying beautiful

views of the Potomac and Breton Bay. Routes for all

skill levels and ages from 14 to 100 miles. Longer

Presented by the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company

2030 S Pleasant Valley Rd Westminster, MD

Five Alarm Ride- 50 Miles • Brush Fire Ride-30 Miles • Dirty 30 Ride-30 Miles

Registration begins at 630 AM • Show and Go 7AM-9 AM • Firefighter Lunch 10 AM- 3 PM • $25 Registration Fee

Event Details: You will cycle the low traffic volume roads of Northern Carroll and Eastern Frederick County, MD.

We have three great routes for 2012: Our Five Alarm 50 mile ride, our 30 mile Brush Fire loop and finally our Dirty

30 On this 30 mile loop you will cycle both paved and dirt/gravel roads. You can cycle as many of the routes as you

wish for a possible total of 110 miles of cycling.

Need more data call 410-751-6476. All proceed directly benefit the Firefighters.

1/2-mile Inside the Beltway

Bicycles

Featuring Fuji, Louis Garneau and Breezer

410-602-BIKE www.pikesvillebikes.com

1416 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville MD 21208

Now Open 7 Days • Free Parking Behind the Shop

3 ways to register:

Active.com

Mail in registration

Day of event

rides begin at 7 a.m., the shorter 14 miler at 9 a.m.

Full SAG support. Proceeds benefit Charles County

Boy Scout programs. Log onto www.BSAcentury.com

or call (301) 943-8376.

JULY 22-28 – FANY RIDE

The Great Big FANY Ride will spin five hundred

miles Across New York – for it’s 12th annual ride.

Explore Niagara Falls, visit farm stands near the Erie

Canal, sample wines at Finger Lake region vineyards,

ride over 100 miles without a traffic light in

the Adirondack Mountains, and arrive in Saratoga

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

transfer to overnight campsites, optional bus

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

the FANY Ride makes a donation to the Double H

Ranch – a camp for children with chronic illnesses.

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

461-7646

JULY 29 – FIREFIGHTER 50

Scenic western Carroll County and eastern Frederick

County, Md., routes will be offered this year.

Beginning at the Pleasant Valley Fire Department,

fully supported road rides of 30 and 50 miles are

planned plus a "Dirty 30" loop that is 30 miles long

and includes 12 miles of dirt and gravel roads. Great

loop for hybrid bikes and mountain type bikes.

Routes were selected by local cyclists with low volume

roads with great views of the Catoctin Mountains The

firefighters will prepare you lunch and door prizes

are planned. For more info contact David Yonkoski at

(410) 751-6476 or dfyonko@hughes.net

AUGUST 17-19 – TOUR DE FREDERICK

This cycling weekend is unlike any cycling event in

the country. Where else can you ride with and later

hang out with three-time Tour de France champion

Greg LeMond, watch the only high wheeled bicycle

race in the country, join fellow cyclists for an evening

of baseball where Greg throws out the first pitch and

the high wheelers get to ride around the ball field?

And then there’s the biking. Frederick County, Md., is

renowned for its great riding. Space is limited on this

third annual Spokes Magazine weekend. Call 301-418-

1039 or log onto www.tourdefrederick.com for details.

SEPTEMBER 8 – SKIPJACK BIKE TOUR

The Deal Island/Chance Volunteer Fire Company

presents this fifth annual tour beginning at 7 a.m.

with rides ranging from 15 to a full century, past harbors,

marshlands on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Full

support plus our incredible brownies. Come for the

weekend and bring your kayaks. For details visit www.

dealislandchancevfd.com

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