Serving Cyclists in the Mid-Atlantic States AUGUST 2008


Highwheel 'Ro und






Joff Sommerfield, who rode through the Mid-Atlantic this

summer, could become the second person to ride a penny

farthing 'round the world.. Photos by Neil Sandler.

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Like most things in life, sometimes it’s just a bunch of

work. But having published this rag for over 21 years,

I know there is always something waaay cool just

around the next corner.

Every now and then, a Joff comes into my life.

This month’s cover story about Joff Sommerfield is

just another of those cool stories which gives me an

opportunity to vicariously escape into an incredible

world of adventure, through another’s dreams.

Undoubtedly, I’m fortunate to serve a part of the

planet that is home to the capital of the greatest

country in the world. Anyone, who is anyone, in any

sport or manner of existence, seems to find their way

to Washington, D.C., at one point or another.

Over the years, people who have set the record for

one thing or another bicycle related, or traveled the

country one way or another, or traversed the world,

come through the nation’s capital.

A number of years back, I recall three adventurers

who “did the world” specifically searching out the

most difficult terrain, jungles, deserts, rain forests.

Their presentation in an auditorium at the D.C.

offices of The National Geographic magazine drew a

standing ovation. I specially recall their creativeness.

For example, when faced with crossing a 600 mile

stretch of sand in the Sahara Desert, they devised

outriggers for their bikes and rode atop the railroad

tracks through the desert. The outrigger wheel rolled

on one rail, and they and their bikes rode on the second

rail. If they felt any vibration they had moments

to haul their contraptions off the tracks before the

train flew through!

But Joff Sommerfield’s round the world high wheel

adventure holds a particularly high level of passion

for me. When he first walked into my home, he quickly

noticed a hardback copy of Thomas Stevens’ 1887

book “Around the World on a Bicycle,” an account of

his three year adventure around the world on a high

wheeler from 1884-87, sitting prominently on the top

of our coffee table. I promise you I did not put that

book there for Sommerfield’s benefit. It’s been sitting

there ever since I obtained it over 15 years ago.

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bicycling as much as I do. It’s a reminder that the

bicycle is the perfect magic carpet. It can take you

almost anywhere. The only limitation seems to be the

motivation of its owner. Trust me when I tell you I

regularly pick that book up and read a passage or two

in quiet moments.

Before Joff, soon to be the second person to round

the world on a high wheeler, left, I asked him if he’d

mind autographing this book. I explained that since

Thomas Stevens has been gone for over a century,

having Joff sign it would be the next best thing.

Joff humored me and wrote:

“Splendid meeting you Neil, and thanks to

Spokes for the interview. Thomas will always be

the first, but I’ll be the second...

Joff Sommerfield

Thanks Joff, and happy trails.

Neil Sandler

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folks ride bikes around the world, most take years to

do so. But what sets Sommerfield’s ride above the rest

is the uniqueness of it.

The last and only known person to do this is the legendary

Thomas Stevens who did so from 1884-1887.

Ironically, Stevens is also from London and is buried

less than 10 miles from Sommerfield’s home.

(Sommerfield visited Stevens’ grave on the second

day of his ride and carries a small “green nugget” with

him from the grave site, which he intends to return

when he completes his ride. You can see photos of

Sommerfield at the grave along with over 2,000 photos

of his adventure on his website:

Shortly after Stevens completed his ride in 1887, the

safety bike (bikes with a chain connecting the pedals

to the rear wheel) was invented and the high

wheeler became obsolete. No one would have thought

of reverting to old technology for such an arduous

adventure. No one but Sommerfield.

“I chose to do it on a penny farthing because the bike

itself is just so silly,” he told SPOKES.

As the builder of Formula 1 race car engines, raised

in a family of race car builders, Sommerfield decided

to build his own bike. “The antique ones are too valuable

and they wouldn’t hold up as well as one I could

build.” So he went to a local museum with a tape measure,

measured a penny farthing and came home and

built one.

He admits his first attempt at building a penny farthing

incorporated too much technology (including a

three speed hub). He managed his first ride to Paris

(crossing the Channel by boat) for the millennium,

but resigned himself to the fact that the beauty of the

penny farthing is its simplicity.

His second model, dubbed the Mark 2, came closer

to hitting the mark. And he prepared for the first

of three attempts to ride around the world. Selling

everything he owned (this made turning back, not an

option) Sommerfield enjoyed a huge party hosted by

friends and set off from his home 10 miles outside of


This first attempt ended after only 24 miles!

Tendons in one of his knees began to spasm and he

couldn’t bend his knee. Returning home with his tail

between his legs, he vowed to try again. In 2003, he

set off again (this time with a smaller send off party)

HAVING ENJOYED HIS 40 YEARS on this planet

with perfect teeth, and nary a cavity or filling, Joff

Sommerfield, was fully 17,000 miles into his attempt

to be the second human in history to ride a high

wheeled bicycle (or “penny farthing” as he prefers to

call his steed) around the world. Yet, he now found

himself on the edge of California’s Death Valley with

one killer toothache.

A visit to a local dentist confirmed the worst. A cavity

in his wisdom tooth would require complete

extraction of that tooth. The dentist could do it the

next day for $300. Some two years into his 22,000

mile around the world adventure, the 40-year-old

Sommerfield was living on a daily budget of $10

(almost entirely for food, since he slept in the woods

or whatever open space was nearby when he tired).

“Would you mind telling me exactly what you’d do to

get it out, when I come in tomorrow?” Sommerfield

queried the dentist. “He provided all the details,”

Sommerfield told SPOKES, during a stop in the mid-

Atlantic, where he pedaled his bike the last week of

June into early July.

After applying some anesthesia, the dentist said he’d

clamp the tooth with surgical plyers, wiggle it one

way, then the other, then as it loosened go around in

circles until it was ripe for the plucking.

Sommerfield headed back to the campground, and

worked out a plan with his temporary riding buddy

from Germany. “He had a hip flask of whiskey, so I

drank that. Then we clamped a pair of Leathermans

(plyers, which he bought that morning) to the tooth

and began wiggling it one way then the other.” Finally,

when the tooth was “ripe” the German put a foot on

Sommerfield’s shoulder and yanked. Success! Roots

and all.

“It had a hole in it so I knew I’d gotten the right one.

I mailed it back to England.”

By time this article is printed Sommerfield will be well

into New England. After he rides to Toronto, Canada

to spend a couple of weeks with relatives, he’ll fly with

his home made penny farthing to southern Europe

(“where it’s warmer that time of year”) and complete

a tour of Europe before heading home by Christmas.

If and when he completes this ride, and he’s 90 percent

there already, he will become the second human

being to ride a high wheeler around the world. Many

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On the plus side of things, first timer Stevens had the

advantages of an era before the advent of motorcars.

Back then, villages were generally situated a day’s

horseback ride apart, about 30 to 40 miles, perfect for

a day’s bike ride. So, Stevens had better luck obtainand

rode 2,500 miles all the way to Budapest before

an abscess beneath his kneecap sent him packing.

Fast forward to May 1, 2006. By now, Sommerfield

had cast off his career as an engine builder, and

gained some fame by building custom order penny

farthings. He’d handcrafted 15 bikes, and his most

recent model the Mark 4, was now loaded and ready

to head around the world.

Between attempts, Sommerfield had fine tuned his

riding style with an American style high tech bike fitting

that adjusted his body’s riding and foot position.

He added rubber straps to keep his knees in place.

This time, there was no party. He just headed down a

quiet path along the Thames River and off into whatever

adventure lay ahead.

“If I had problems with my knees or anything else

I’d decided I’d go to Barcelona (Spain) for a year. I

couldn’t deal with the pressure of returning home

again after all the build up.”

Six weeks earlier, he’d broken his elbows by falling

off the bike, and he wasn’t in top riding shape at the

start. But he figured the first week in flat Holland

would tune up his body. Flat riding, but strong headwinds

every day – but his body strengthened over

time, his knees held up, and off he went.

Today, 18,900 miles, and more than two years and two

months later, his bike’s front fork displays badges of

the flags of countries he’s ridden through: Holland,

Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary,

Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Australia, China,

Tibet, Nepal, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Thailand

(again), Malaysia, and the United States.

Everywhere he goes he is a celebrity. He’s stopped by

motorists who slam on their brakes, and back up or

u-turn to hear his stories. He’s interviewed by TV and

local print media. Some interviews occur while he’s

riding. And the stories, the stories, never end.

Here at the SPOKES office, we begged him to stay

a third day so we could hear more stories, but alas,

we’re certainly not the first to beg him to stay.

The stories about food could alone be the subject of

this entire piece. At one road side stop in Cambodia,

Sommerfield asked the shop owner what type of meat

was being sold. Since neither spoke the other’s language,

Sommerfield asked “moo?” or “oink?” to determine

whether he would be eating meat from either

a cattle or pig. The shop owner reached behind the

counter, pulled up the roasted head of a dog with

snarling teeth while the shop owner barked “woof.”

At another stop in a roadside restaurant he noticed

a flat two-inch long frog floating in the bottom of

his bowl of soup. The woman shop owner came over,

nonchalantly plucked the frog from his bowl with

a pair of chop sticks and flipped it to a nearby dog,

which devoured it.

After eating a meal at a Nepalese restaurant, the

waiter removed Sommerfield’s empty plate, bowl

and utensils and placed them on the floor. One of

the country’s revered sacred cows wandered over

and licked everything clean, after which the waiter

returned everything directly back on the shelves to be

used for the next customer. “The sacred cow was their

dishwasher,” Sommerfield laughs.

In China, Sommerfield found a roadside building

with a bunch of folks inside and a woman cooking

in the kitchen. He pushed open the hanging blind

door, parked his bike along a wall and sat down. He

pointed to noodles the woman was making, patted his

stomach and said “chai” for tea. After eating his meal,

he pulled out his money and asked how much. The

woman and others looked confused. After looking

around for a few moments, Sommerfield embarrassingly

realized he wasn’t in a restaurant.

“I’d barged into someone’s home, demanded food,

and then asked to pay. Imagine if someone had done

this in your home. They didn’t want money and sent

me off with a very warm farewell. Of course, I left

them more than double what I would have paid in a


Sommerfield prides himself on the fact that he is

doing his round the world adventure as a very bare

bones ride (for example, he’s only used a telephone

once in the past six months, and that was last April

to call his mother on her birthday). Sommerfield

does not accept rides even when the weather or terrain

is daunting or dangerous. He tries to image what

Thomas Stevens’ ride nearly 125 years ago must have

been like and acknowledges it must have been ten

times harder. No paved roads, no quality maps, no

international communication, very dangerous food


“When Thomas Stevens set off he very well could

never have returned home. I’ve got a pretty good idea

of where I’m going and can fly over the oceans. If I

get sick, I go to a doctor. When he got sick he pretty

much had to weather it out. Once a week I get a hotel

room to clean up and relax.”

HIGHWHEEL continued on p.6


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HIGHWHEEL continued from p.5

ing accommodations and not having to camp out as

much as Sommerfield does today.

Sommerfield wears a very unusual pith helmet like

the helmets worn by English soldiers a century ago in

foreign lands. Next to the bike, it’s his most valued

possession. One large chunk is taken out of it when a

truck ran over him, another large ding was the result

of a landslide/rock fall he got caught up in Tibet, on

perhaps his worst day of the trip.

“I was camped on a Tibetan plateau around 13,000

feet up, and it had been raining and sleeting all day

and all night. In the morning I started off with gloves,

but within 10 minutes couldn’t feel my hands. In a bit,

there was a small building. I went in and it was smoke

filled from the burning dung they were using to heat.

Their faces were black from the smoke, but they were

so friendly even though we couldn’t communicate.

They pulled off my gloves, sat me in front of the stove

and gave me jam jars full of hot water. After about an

hour, they dried me up and I was able to get back on

my bike. I rode all day on a semi-flooded road. At one

point the bike dropped into a puddle that must have

had no bottom. I grabbed the handlebars and the

entire bike sank up to the bars.”

At another point that day, Sommerfield went over the

handlebars and landed on his back which was protected

by a backpack.

A bit further down that road, he sensed rocks and

mud beginning to unsettle on the hills along the path.

“I quickly realized I was in the midst of a mud slide.

My adrenaline was pumping, but I grabbed the bike

and ran through a section. That’s when an apple-sized

rock flew into my helmet taking a chunk out of it.”




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The very next day, Sommerfield had a better day,

his only major incident involved being bitten on the

toe by a dog. It was the only day Sommerfield did

not keep his whip handy. Because a high wheeler sits

several feet above where a normal cyclist would sit,

he cannot reach down to shoo a dog chasing him (a

common occurrence). This day he’d forgotten, and

tucked the whip away out of reach. Fortunately, the

dog’s teeth did not break through to his skin and the

bite was superficial.

Riding in Nepal has been Sommerfield’s favorite part

of the trip. “The people are so friendly, inquisitive,

and many speak English. After you ride in the mountains

of the Himalayas you feel so strong that you can

ride anywhere.

Sommerfield also recounts a number of “being

attacked by bugs” stories, ants, mosquitos, you name it.

But one of his favorite tales is being attacked by a

water sprinkler.

It was the end of the day in Australia’s outback. He

stopped at a BP gas station in the middle of nowhere.

The station’s owner said Sommerfield could camp

out back, but he should be aware of the sprinkler

system there. Sommerfield looked around but didn’t

notice any sprinkler heads when he set up his tent.

In the early pre-dawn hours, a sprinkler head popped

up, breaking though his tent’s thread bare floor and

sprayed high-powered water everywhere.

“If anyone would have been around to see me they

would have really had a laugh. I jumped up and went

crazy, screaming and thrashing the walls of the tent. I

didn’t know what was going on! Everything got soaked.”

Sommerfield reminds folks there is still no guarantee

he’ll succeed at becoming the second person to ride

around the world on a high wheeler. But his chances

are looking much better each day he gets closer to


So not to jinx his effort, Sommerfield tries not to

think about the final days. But he will talk about

how he’d like it to end. “I’m going to return home

on my favorite path which runs along the Thames

(River). I know every bump along the final five mile

long stretch. After I get home, I’m looking forward

to sitting in my favorite pub ‘Coach and Horses’

in Greenwich and really enjoying a pint or two of

Guinness. Up until now, people at home know me as

the guy who keeps talking about riding around the

world on a penny farthing. But from that time on,

they’ll point me out as the guy who rode his penny

farthing around the world. That will be sweet!”

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AS MUCH AS WE LOVE TO BIKE, riding can be a hassle

sometimes...what with the traffic and occasional (and

decidedly unfriendly) honking, and even hollering.

Give yourself a break and forget the headache of trying

to redefine the edge of suburban sprawl. On just

about a third of a tank of gas you can find relief in

Caroline County, Maryland. Riding there can simply

be described as bliss.

In Caroline County, traffic isn’t an issue because there

isn’t any, at least any as suburbanites know it. As Rick

Barton, director of public works and acting county

administrator put it, “the entire county is a bike path.”

He’s not kidding. The roads we traveled on a recent

visit were virtually car and debris free. And the drivers

we did encounter were courteous and helpful.

So sure of their hidden gem, the county has created

eleven routes, ranging from 14 to 48 miles, and a

“Cycling in Caroline County” brochure to promote

them. I had picked up that brochure at the D.C. travel

show and decided that planning a weekend getaway

couldn’t get any simpler.

But where is Caroline County, you’re asking? Situated

between Talbot County and Delaware, you probably

don’t realize you’ve passed through it every time on

your way to Rehoboth Beach.

“We’d like to see people drive to it, rather than

through it,” says Natalie Chabot, former director of

tourism for the county.

The only Eastern Shore county not to border the

Chesapeake Bay or the Atlantic Ocean, Caroline is

known as the Green Garden County for its lush scenery.

And with a population of only 30,000 (that’s just

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20,000 more than when the first federal census was

taken in 1790), small-town hospitality is a way of life

here and one of the main reasons you should consider

a visit.

Denton resident and tourism coordinator Kathleen

Mackel told SPOKES, “I think of our town as kind of

like a “Mayberry.” Other residents

echo this same sentiment and what

comes across most is an intense

pride in their community and traditions.

While “small-town” can mean tranquil

and friendly, it doesn’t have

to mean boring. Predominantly an

agricultural area, the riding scenery

isn’t just farmland. Forests, woodlands,

and marshes abound, giving

more than just riding opportunities.

With a little planning, you can be

busy from sun up to sun down doing

anything from visiting museums

and taking in a weekend festival to

canoeing, bird-watching, and hanggliding.

Denton, the county seat and largest

of Caroline’s ten incorporated towns, is a good place

to begin or base your visit. The Best Western located

right off the highway offers easy accommodations

(and a swimming pool), but staying at a local bed &

breakfast like The Bryant-Todd House puts you in the

heart of this town’s historic district and within easy

walking distance to quaint Market Street. Situated on

the shores of the Choptank River, this Victorian home

was built in 1880 and is pristinely cared for by innkeepers

Mary and Ray Claytor.

“We treat everyone like family,” says Mary who invites

guests to enjoy all of their waterfront property.

In addition to two guestrooms, the Carriage House

behind the home has been elegantly

restored. It can comfortably

sleep six and includes a kitchenette

(stocked with goodies!) which

would be perfect for a family or

group of riding friends.

Armed with the cycling brochure,

we chose one of the 30ish mile

rides from Denton. One perhaps

obvious tip about the brochure is

that even though different routes

give other towns as starting points,

it’s easy to modify rides to start at

any town the route passes through.

For instance, while Denton is listed

as the starting point for only two of

the rides, you could easily do three

others. The brochure, available

online and at the Denton information

booth in town, not only contains the actual cued

rides, but also includes a handy detailed map with the

routes clearly marked. Because of this, combining different

routes, as well as changing the start locations, is

simple; you could easily create much longer rides with

all the information provided.

Fortified by lunch at The Lily Pad Café (www.lily-, which is lodged in a historic 1883

Schoolhouse, we set out for our first ride. Though

in the afternoon and blazingly hot, the mostly flat

terrain, gentle breeze, and sporadic shading from

woodsy areas made the ride delightful. That and the

fact that practically the only motorized vehicle we saw

outside of Denton was a crop-dusting plane. At first

catching our attention by looking like a stunt plane

with its dramatic rising and curving route, we realized

our error when we came upon its target field. Funny

how something so simple was entertaining to us,

never actually having seen that before. We watched a

few times as the load was expertly dropped and timed

our beeline path in between swoops.

Of course you could easily chug through the routes

without stopping since you’ll have little interruption,

but you’ll be missing out on some of the area’s charm.

Stop by one of the country stores you come across, like

we did as our route passed through Harmony. Stay for

a few minutes at Mary’s Country Store and you’ll find

pleasant conversation and cold ice cream treats a tasty

diversion; stay a little longer and you’ll probably get

all the town information you need from the stream of

regulars dropping by. Taking time for a little conversation

and to “smell the roses,” or pet the horses, as the

case may be, will yield a richer experience. On one

such stop we were greeted by the young caretaker (of

said horses) who eagerly showed off her friends.

We started our next day’s ride in Ridgely and its treelined

streetscape of Victorian homes. The day’s ride

took us from a morning triathlon at Tuckahoe State

Park, past an arboretum, on to a hang-gliding competition

in the afternoon, and ended with a stop to

an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. After taking in the

triathlon’s final phase, canoeing—a twist on the typical

swimming portion, we next rode by Adkins arboretum

(, a 400-acre preserve

located on the Tuckahoe Creek. A stop there gives

you over four miles of winding paths through woods,

meadows, streams, wetlands, and gardens to explore.

We stayed on course for the day with our riding partner,

Rick, who also happens to be the former superintendent

of Maryland state parks. A cyclist himself, he

noted that when riding, you “can see as far ahead for

safety as needed and still look at the scenery. I can go

as fast or slow as I want and not be bothered by cars.”

Though our day just had a gentle breeze, he did note

that sometimes the wind determines his route, adding

“it can be a good training device.”

Next up, a tractor pull, taking place at a firehouse

mid-route, offered a much-appreciated break on this

very hot and sunny day. In fact, stopping at any local

firehouse is a fine alternative if you need a water stop

and a country store is nowhere in sight.

Refreshed, we finished our ride with a visit to Ridgely

Airpark, home this day to the East Coast Hang-

Gliding competition. We joined hang-gliders who

were lined up with their craft, to watch as support

planes escorted competitors, one by one, into flight.

Had we been so inclined (and a competition not

going on), we could have easily ditched our bikes for

a hang-glider. Depending on how high you want to fly,

Highland Aerosports ( offers trips

to the sky costing between $130 and $550.

No trip to Ridgely is complete without a stop at the

Ridgely Pharmacy, home to an old-fashioned ice

cream parlor. Blame it on the heat, but a milkshake

never tasted so good!

Back in Denton, you can take in a bit of Caroline

County’s agricultural history with a visit to the

Museum of Rural Life which offers visitors a glimpse

into the county’s past through a few key historic dwellings.

Caroline is only one of four or five counties in

the United States that has existed for more than 300

years exclusively on its agriculture economy and many

small museums throughout the county emphasize this.

But not only rich in agricultural history, Caroline happens

also to have been important to the Underground

Railroad. In Preston you can visit historic Linchester

Mill, its grounds thought to be where Harriet Tubman

helped her parents pass to freedom. We were fortunate

to visit during the annual Linchester Mill Arts &

Music festival which supports restoration work of the

historical society.

The rest of our trip took us to another Bed &

Breakfast, Schrader’s Bridgetown Manor, a spacious

lodge where we could have tried out our marksmanship

skills on the clay range had we the time. Opting

for a bike loop in the northern part of the county

instead, we made a few wrong turns but several friendly

drivers we flagged down pointed us back; having

gone several miles off course on yet another hot day,

I was never so glad to hear gunshots in my life! That

sound could only mean that the lodge was just down

the road.

There’s so much more...dinner at Harry’s in

Greensboro (

Restaurant.htm) where you’ll often see Harry himself

behind the 1930s style bar where you can ask

him about all those photos in the entryway showing

his past biking trips; a late-night visit to the Irish

pub in Denton to drink a Guinness and listen to the

live music; and a morning pre-ride trip to Denton’s

Firehouse Coffee (,

recently opened by two firefighters and billed as having

the best coffee and espresso on the Eastern Shore.

“Slowing down” to small-town life sure can keep

you busy!

Caroline County is small now, but just like our familiar

and former country roads, it’s not immune to

development. In fact there are ongoing plans in

Denton to develop a program which would help small

local business grow and make Denton an art-lovers

destination in years to come. You can be assured,

however, whatever plans take shape, you’ll be able to

revisit Caroline’s charm for years to come; the county

commissioner holds as a top priority keeping Caroline

as a “quintessential rural place on the Eastern Shore”

and that plan trumps all. A visit to this overlooked

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founded the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults in

1998 because he learned first hand that there is not

an adequate support network for young people affected

by cancer. Ulman also serves as head of the Lance

Armstrong Foundation (LAF).

The Ulman Cancer Fund is the primary beneficiary of

the 24 Hours of Booty, a bicycling event and fund raiser,

which has raised millions of dollars in Charlotte,

North Carolina where it began seven years ago. This

September 6-7, the 24 Hours of Booty, unveils its 2nd

event, welcoming cyclists to Columbia, Maryland.

Q. Can you tell us a little about your ties to the mid-

Atlantic region?

A. I was born and raised in Columbia, Maryland at

Howard County General Hospital. My mom and dad

still reside in Howard County, Md., in the house I

grew up in. My brother, Ken, lives in Howard County

with his wife, Jaki, and my two nieces Madeline and

Lilly. My brother has dedicated himself to public service

and is actually the County Executive for Howard

County. I love to get back to the area to visit family

and friends and participate in as many of the Ulman

Cancer Fund events as I can.

Q. You are a three-time cancer survivor, so you know

first-hand the challenges affected young people face.

Why did you ally yourself with Lance Armstrong and

his fund?

A. When I was first diagnosed with cancer in college

I read an article in the Brown University Alumni

Magazine about a cyclist who was going through

a similar cancer experience – his name was Lance

Armstrong. While Lance was a professional cyclist at

the time of his diagnosis, I was a Division I soccer player

and cancer interrupted much of what was normal

for me. Many of the things mentioned in the article

about Lance’s cancer experience resonated with the

challenges I was dealing with as a young adult facing

the disease. After reading the article I contacted Lance

and several years later we are now close friends and

we work together tirelessly to help men and women

affected by cancer. Lance and I are both very passionate

about fighting this disease and we both have a similar

competitive quality that pushes us towards improving

the cancer situation in our country.

Q. Your passion has always been soccer. We see you

were most valuable player of the Brown University

soccer team that won the Ivy League championship.

Why has bicycling become such an important role in

your life, and not soccer?

A. Since graduating from Brown and decreasing my

time on the soccer field, I have the opportunity to

broaden my athletic activities and cycling has been

one of those sports. I live in Austin, Texas which has

a huge cycling community and working for an organization

(the Lance Armstrong Foundation) that has

much of its early beginnings tied to cycling doesn’t

hurt my time on the bike.

Q. Are you a cyclist?A. Yes. As many of us would probably

say, I wish I got more time on the bike but work

and a busy travel schedule get in the way. I try to get

on the bike as much as possible both in Austin and

back home in Maryland when I visit. I keep a bike at

my parent’s house for when I visit. I run quite a bit

too so my cycling shares time with that hobby. I ran

the New York Marathon in 2006 and 2007 and Boston

Marathon in 2008 and raised money to support both

the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the Ulman

Cancer Fund for Young Adults. In 2006, my New York

Marathon participation was in honor of my 10 year

anniversary of being a cancer survivor. I raised over

$100,000 to benefit the services and programs of the

LAF and UCF.

Q. How does the 24 Hours of Booty work, and is it

a race?

A. As the official 24-hour cycling event of the Lance

Armstrong Foundation and the only 24-hour road

cycling charity event in the country, 24 Hours of

Booty is a one-of-a-kind event to help fight cancer.

It is not a race, but a fun non-competitive event

geared for people of all ages and cycling ability levels.

Participants can ride as far as their inspiration takes

them, in teams or solo. Riders can cover three miles

to 300 miles or more. Because the course is situated

on a 2- to 3-mile loop, cyclists are never far from the

finish line. The event features round-the-clock road

closure with police support, fully catered meals and

beverages, free camping, free bike support, great

fund-raising awards, and many free products and

samples. The fun and energizing atmosphere is also

perfect for spectators, friends, families, survivors and


Q. Will Lance be on hand for the 24 Hours of

Booty when it comes to Columbia, Maryland this


A. Too early to tell. As most can imagine, between

work and family, Lance has a very busy schedule

and unfortunately cannot attend every event the

Foundation participates in. He is excited to see the

growth of 24 Hours of Booty and the support they

have provided to the LAF and other organizations

fighting cancer. He is also energized to see it expansion

include Columbia, Md., and support the organization

I started in college.

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10th Annual Shenandoah Mountain 100

On August 31st Labor Day Weekend Chris Scott

and his cast of characters at Shenandoah Mountain

Touring will be hosting the 10th annual Shenandoah

Mountain 100. This event is the Lollapalooza of

Mountain Biking! This is not because it is a circus side

show but rather because of the energy of the experience.

The energy is a composite; the time at the campground

in Stokesville, Virginia the night before and

the night after the race is as much a part of the

weekend experience as the hundred miles of off road

racing itself. This mountain bike race weekend is a

highlight of the year for many people; volunteers, racers,

and friends and family of racers look forward to

this event each and every year as if it is some sort of

mountain biker’s family reunion. The energy of the

weekend which is heightened by the support of volunteers

aids in making a 100 mile off road race that

seems impossible possible.

The top racers achieve something that does not seem

impossible. These elite athletes push the limits of

the human potential. In the short life span of the

mountain bike both the athlete and the machine

have shown that we have do not know the limits of

the sport of mountain biking. The top athletes on

the cross country mountain bike scene have proved

that the human potential for speed and duration is

far greater than had ever been expected. Twenty-four

hour solo mountain bike races and 100 mile off road

races were not envisioned possible 20 years ago.

While today there are 24 hour races with solo classes

and 100 mile off road events occurring throughout

the year all over the country. At these endurance

events elite athletes push the limits of the sport at the

front of the pack while so many others work for personal

best or even to simply finish.

The Shenandoah Mountain 100 is a mountain bike

race of so many dimensions and this 100 mile off road

race is just one race in a series of eight.

The National Ultra Endurance Series

The Shenandoah Mountain 100 is race number

seven of eight in the National Ultra Endurance

Series (NUE.) This is one of two races that Chris

Scott and company promote in this nation wide

event. Shenandoah Mountain Touring hosted the

Wilderness 101 earlier this summer in Rothrock

and Bald Eagle State Forest just outside of State

College, Pa., as race number five in the National Ultra

Endurance series.

In eight different parts of the country very similar

experiences happen for a wide array of people. While

the common humans fight for their place in the pack

the elite athletes ride like gods in the front fighting to

finish first by moving their bikes at an unimaginable

super human pace.

One fantastic thing about this series is that it inspires

the athletes to challenge themselves and each other

multiple times each year. The energy and the drama

of the cumulative races make for an exciting set of

events to follow. The combination of these independent

races as a multi-stage series gives each individual

race increased meaning. Each individual event acts as

a chapter in an eight chapter book where the reader

can look on and further understand the racers and

their potential. Looking at the times and places of

one year then the times and placing of each in the

events earlier in the year can make the current event

that much more exciting to follow.

There may not be television coverage like the Tour

de France, but routine checks to or can give an exciting synopsis.

Last year at the Shenandoah Mountain 100 Chris

Eatough, the six time 24 Hour Solo World Champion

hailing originally from Baltimore, was forced to drop

out of the race early due to a mechanical failure on

his bike, while Jeff Schalk of Washington, D.C., and

Sue Haywood of Davis, W. Va., each set new course

records. All that happened with Harrisonburg,

Va., local hero and previous course record holder

Jeremiah Bishop not in attendance while the suspended

professional road racer Floyd Landis finished


This year, Chris Eatough has shown his strength

nationally in the NUE series and internationally in the

Cape Epic in South America and the BC Stage Race

in British Columbia, Canada.

Jeremiah Bishop did not earn an Olympic spot but he

did win the National Marathon Championship. While

at the time of the writing of this article Jeff Schalk is

not only the course record holder at the SM100 but

is also the current series leader in The National Ultra

Endurance Series. The presence of these names along

with a few others should make for an exciting race at

the front of the pack.

This is definitely an exciting series and this will

definitely be an exciting weekend. The Shenandoah

Mountain 100 is a weekend that will certainly present

the energy, the excitement, and the drama that

cyclists seek as participants and as fans. The volunteers

qualify as participants. The race could not happen

without them and their contribution really con-

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SINGLETRACK continued from p.14

tributes to the level of intensity. The top racers may fly

through the check points to cheers and cowbells only

to swap out a water bottle, but the rest of the racers

pull into the check points passing off their bikes for

a glance that may involve adjustment of the brakes or

lubing the chain while grazing at the feed tables.

Mark your calendar and register early! The

Shenandoah Mountain 100 is a race that will definitely




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Start Polishing those Cowbells…Cyclocross is

approaching fast!

More than likely this article is being read during the

hot humid mosquito filled bliss which is August in the

Mid-Atlantic. Even if the sport of cyclocross is usually

correlated with cold wet winter air you can not wait

for the pumpkins to be ripe to start thinking about

cyclocross. The cross season starts in September and

to be ready to race cyclocross you may want to start

thinking cyclocross now because cross races start fast

and you will want to approach the barriers running.

When you are done polishing those cowbells you

will want to blow the dust off your cyclocross bike

because it is time to test out the bike and the body.

Getting ready for cyclocross may require a trip to the

local bike shop to replace those slightly worn 700c

knobbies that are well work from commuting or to

upgrade your brakes by special ordering some cross

specific brakes by Spooky, Empella, or maybe even

KCNC . On the fitness side of things many people like

to take off the cycling shoes and lace up some running

shoes to get comfortable with running so that

they can attack the barriers at speed, but the most

important preparation of all will be the need to participate

in some sort of cyclocross practice.

Cyclocross is about racing!

Any athlete knows, if you want to be able to do it in

the game... you need to be able to do it in practice.

All over the Mid-Atlantic in city parks and at neighborhood

elementary schools there will be small convergences

of people orchestrating mock cyclocross

races. Courses will be laid out and barriers will be set

in place. Clinics will involve drills prepping racers for

techniques that are specific to cyclocross. Cyclocross

racers old and new will need to work on making their

barrier dismount/remounts fast and fluid. Riders will

come to understand why they have cleats on their

cycling shoes as they suck wind trying to run up short

steep hills with their bicycles resting on their shoulders.

Both mountain bikers and road bikers will have

to develop confidence cornering on tight grass hair

pin turns and staying upright on off camber hills realizing

that the skills of the cyclocross are quite different

than the skills on their native mountain bike or

road bike. Tips will be shared on the subtleties of tire

pressure and proper bike fit, but the most important

thing that will be shared with the passion of the sport.

Cyclocross is about pain. The feeling is amazing.

Hurting never felt so good!

Get practicing now... you will not hurt any less on race

day because cyclocross is about going above threshold...

which means being in shape and being well

practiced will only allow you to finish closer to the

front. The smiles start and the pain stops after you

cross the finish line.

Contact your local bike shop or check with one of

your cycling clubs to see if any cyclocross clinics are

being hosted in your area. If no one is hosting a clinic

in your area than you may want to either host something

yourself or just get together with your riding

buddies and make it happen. Start practicing now

because the racing starts before September ends.

2008 MAC Cyclocross Series Schedule as borrowed

from the MidAtlantic Cyclocross information page at

9/20: Nittany Lion Cyclocross, Lehigh Valley,

Pennsylvania (UCI C2)

9/21: Charm City Cyclocross, Baltimore, Maryland

10/18: Cyclocross at Granogue, Granogue Estate

(Wilmington) Delaware (UCI C1)

10/19: Wissahickon Cyclocross, Ludwig’s Corner

(Philadelphia), Pennsylvania (UCI C2)

11/1: Fair Hill Cyclocross, Fair Hill Maryland

(Newark Delaware)

11/8: Beacon Cross, Bridgeton, New Jersey

11/9: HPCX, Jamesburg, New Jersey

11/22: Whitmore’s Landscaping Super Cross Cup #1

Southampton “the Hamptons” New York Day (UCI C1)

11/23: Whitmore’s Landscaping Super Cross Cup #2

Southampton “the Hamptons” New York Day (UCI C1)

12/7: Capital Cross Classic, Reston, Virginia

(Washington DC) (UCI C2)

16 August 2008




I skipped writing last month

when I told SPOKES’ editor that

I had nothing to say. I think I was

feeling a bit unmotivated and

disappointed that I wasn’t racing

more than I was. Things came

to a head when I, along with two

other guys, were taken off the

Nature Valley Grand Prix team.

Even though this race is full of crits, something I’m

not a fan of, I was really looking forward to it. There

are two days that end with super hard and hilly circuits

and I wanted to go just for those.

After being ticked off for about five hours I decided

to find some racing on my own rather than hang

around in Boulder and train for a month and half,

which would have been boring as sin.

I planned a really good road trip that went off without

any problems. First I flew to Oakland and then drove

to Nevada City where I did the Nevada City Classic,

9th place.

Then I met up with my teammates Roman and Corey

for the Tour de Nez in Reno, 2nd in the uphill TT,

6th overall, and Roman won two stages and the sprinters


We won pretty good prize money, ate for free every

night, stayed at a casino and then at a wedding/honeymoon

ranch place that had ducks and swans. All

that prize money split between only three guys was a

very nice pay day.

Tour de Nez was a smaller field than races like Tour

of Georgia and Redlands so it was fun to be one of

the stronger guys there rather than just one of many

strong guys. I highly recommend doing this race at

least once in your time as a racer. Oh and I nearly

forgot, I had the King of the Mountains jersey for two

days which for as much of a climber as I am I’ve never

done before and I have to say I really liked it. I think I

may have to try for it again in the future.

I wanted to come back to DC and see my folks and

hopefully do a local race. So after Tour de Nez I flew

from California to DC and was riding on MacArthur

Boulevard the next day.

I actually met Jose from the Battley Harley-Davidson

team and did the Goon Ride on Tuesday night in

Rock Creek. That Sunday I did the Reston Town

Center GP which was a super fun and safe course that

I had a blast doing.

Next I flew to Massachusetts for Fitchuburg where I

got 7th, which was good but the real excitement started

one week later across the country at the Cascade

Cycling Classic in Bend, Oregon.

After not being invited to the Tour de France, Levi

Leipheimer and his Astana teammate Chris Horner

decided to race in Cascade just for “fun” and “training.”

Maybe those guys had fun but for me, it was

just a bad week all around. Rather than telling you

why my week was so bad, I just want to say that Levi is

pretty much on a motorcycle. There was one stage in

particular that really taught me a lesson. On the final

climb of the one mountain top finish the field had

already blown to bits but the real fireworks were still

to come. Cesar from Rock Racing was setting tempo

with Levi behind him, then my teammate Phil, then

me, Chris Baldwin from Toyota, and then Santiago

Botero from Rock.

Levi attacked hard and no one did anything. I think

guys were a bit scared of his speed (and they are right

to be) but I thought to myself “No one else is doing

anything. I’ll go with him.” So I do. I ride around Phil

and right up to Levi. I’m there for about 10 seconds

until Botero, Baldwin and Jeff Louder from BMC

come right up and push me off Levi’s wheel!

I immediately blow up and stop pedaling. If any of

you ever get in the position where you have to try and

beat Levi, I recommend not trying to ride his race but

instead ride your own which is what I did not do and

you can see the result of that now, not so good.


Matt Cooke, 28, of Washington, D.C., upset the nation’s elite

road racing hierarchy, July 8, 2006, by winning the 176-mile

national championship road race in Seven Springs, Pa.

He rode as an amateur member of the LSV/Kelly Benefit

Strategies team in Baltimore, but last year he became

a pro racer. After his team Navigators Pro Cycling Team

folded, Matt signed on to race for Health Net-Maxxis in

2008. Matt will continue to educate and entertain SPOKES

readers each month with his description of life on the

road. Matt would love to hear from you, email him at

August 2008




AST Dew Tour hits Charm City

The first stop on this year’s Action Sports Tour,

dubbed the AST Dew Tour was none other than The

Charm City of Baltimore, Md.

The AST Dew tour is a national series of competitions

that visit several cities around the country and build

dirt and ramp courses at each venue. The events

encompass skateboards, freestyle moto-cross, and

bicycle stunt. 2008 marks the second consecutive year

that the Panasonic Open was hosted in Baltimore and

served as the kick-off event for the year.

The property that normally houses screaming Ravens

fans, and the parking lots where they tailgate during

the fall and winter was transformed into an extreme

sports mecca. It’s quite a sight to see, as you peer over

an overpass on Russell Street and see the monstrous

50 foot wide halfpipe standing between 12 and 15

feet tall, not to mention the additional colossal rollin

standing over 25 feet from the ground. Above and

around there were grandstands to hold thousands

of extreme sports fans. Near the halfpipe, which is

used for both BMX and skateboard vert contests and

throughout the M & T Stadium complex, were the

dozens of games and vendor areas including video

game cafés and even the Chill Zone mist tent to make

the 90 degree temps feel cooler.

If you had a sharp eye, several action sports heroes

could be spotted around Baltimore throughout the

entire week, in fact, hometown skateboard hero

Bucky Lasek threw out the first pitch over at Camden

Yards on Thursday night and sported his Orioles jersey

during his runs on the Skateboard Vert contest on

Saturday night.

The event goes on Thursday through Sunday and I

was able to attend on Friday June 20, which had the

most bicycle events in one day. On the agenda for

the day was Park Prelims and Open qualifiers, Bike

Vert Finals, and Dirt Finals. Skateboard and motocross

events are run concurrently on separate courses

throughout the day. By lunch time both the temperature

and the riding action began to heat up on the

BMX park course in the open qualifiers, where nonqualified

riders and some locals have a shot at making

it to the finals. Every year there are new trends

and styles that are prominent, this year seems to be

inverted and spinning tricks as there were more than

a few front flip variations, along with 720s, 1080s, and

tailwhip backflips. Most of these tricks don’t even look

real and are hard to fathom while watching it live in

real time, but there’s nothing like seeing it in person

as opposed to trying to catch the highlights and edits

that make it to TV coverage.

The crew to watch in BMX park were, Ryan Guettler,

Mike Spinner and Venezuela transplant Daniel Dhers.

The surprise entry was Seth Klinger who hails from

Kansas City, Missouri. Seth placed 8th in the Open

Qualifier with some BIG tricks like massive front-flips

up the huge step-up jump. This gave him a spot for

Sunday’s finals and a chance at competing with some

big names in the sport. He ended up finishing 7th

overall later in the weekend, not bad for coming to

the contest as an unseeded rider!

Daniel Dehrs took top honors at the finals with some

amazing tricks that included a no-handed flatspin

720, which has to be seen to be believed.

The real show started at 4:30 p.m. with the Bike

Vert finals on the massive halfpipe. Jamie Bestwick

always comes to the table with huge airs and flawless

trick combinations that he hones at nearby Camp

Woodward in Pennsylvania where he lives and trains.

John Parker has always been known for his huge airs

as well and made a great showing in Baltimore also.

James Foster amidst a triple tailwhip during dirt finals

All of the riders usually try to unveil new tricks at the

first events to set the stage for the season and up the

ante on what it takes to make the finals.

Chad Kagy was on hand and pulling out all the stops

during warm-ups with huge airs in both directions,

and crazy flair variations much to the approval of the

fans in Baltimore. Once the music came on and the

cameras started rolling during the finals, the excitement

level went up a few notches, and the intensity

among the crowd at the M & T complex really

peaked. There was even a Maryland Crab mascot that

was working the crowd into a frenzy during the vert


The riding was intense throughout the finals and only

two riders fell during their runs. The first was the oldest

rider in the contest, Dennis McCoy who slammed

after a botched 540 barspin, the other was Austin

Coleman whose bike almost hit me after sliding across

the ramp and into the crowd. I ended up gathering

his bike up for him and getting it back under him so

he could finish his second run, in doing so I felt like I

played a small but active role for the day’s event.

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lowed by Chad Kagy with some flatspin tricks. Simon

Tabron rounded out the top three with back to back

540 variation airs and a 900. Kevin Robinson, who just

one week prior set a world-record highest air at nearly

27 feet over a 25 foot ramp in New York City, ended

up in fourth place for the day. Fifth went to previously

mentioned Austin Coleman.

It was quite a who’s who of BMX/Freestyle within the

crowd throughout the day but after the vert awards

were presented I spotted a few East Coast legends,

including Jeremy and Joe Alder. These brothers set

the scene for flatland and ramp riding during the

1980’s and hailed from the Annapolis area. In fact

Jeremy Alder was one of the first ramp riders to perform

barspin airs. Joe was the innovator as far as flatland

freestyle during the same time period.

Other East Coast lifers were a few members of York,

Pa.’s Plywood Hoods, including Large Ray and Mark

Eaton who was doing film and production work for

NBC Sports for the tour. Some of these riders were

even featured in the very first issue of SPOKES magazine

that had contest coverage from an indoor event

at the Hagerstown Speedway back in 1987.

Dirt Jumping finals were scheduled to start about an

hour after the vert contest. This barely gave me time

to grab a bite to eat/drink and hustle over to the dirt

course. The dirt jumps were adjacent to the FMX

course, just under Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard,

giving some passing motorist a great show if they

timed it right. There were more than a few cars that

stopped to watch after the contest got underway. It’s

very similar to the vert competition in that you have to

be there to even conceive how big the jumps are and

how technical and crazy these tricks have gotten over

the years. The riders roll in from a 25 foot tall scaffolding

tower and launch off a series of four huge jumps.

Before the riders took to the dirt a special tribute

video was played for Stephen Murray who was in

attendance with friends and family. The video that was

put together by some fellow riders promotes the Stay

Strong campaign, which is designed to raise money

for Stephen’s rehabilitation following his accident just

one year ago at the same venue that left him paralyzed

and confined to a wheelchair. It was a very emotional

time and there was dead silence for the four

minutes that the video played on the big screen, portraying

the ups and downs of Stephen’s riding career

prior to his accident. Some of the riders in the contest

switched to special Yellow front wheels as a tribute

to Stephen who used one during his fateful run at last

years Panasonic Open.

Riders were scored on three runs and the best two

run’s scores were added to decide the winner. It came

down to the defending champion Ryan Nyquist’s final

run following a spectacular run by James Foster who’s

runs included a tailwhip backflip, a triple tailwhip,

and a windshield wiper (a tailwhip in both directions

on the same air). Ryan’s first run included a 720

double barspin which was a jaw-dropper to say the

least but he had to reach into his bag of tricks again

to beat Foster’s run. He answered the call by pulling

off a Powerball (double barspin cannonball) over the

last jump in his final run. Pandemonium ensued after

his final run’s scores were announced. The day wasn’t

over yet as A Freudian Slip, and Good Charlotte both

put on a live concert beginning at 9 p.m. What a day!

Hopefully the AST Dew tour will continue to choose

a Mid-Atlantic City close by or even give Baltimore a

nod for a third year in a row in ‘09. They always say

“The third time is the Charm- city!”

Area Happenings

The early season at most tracks in the Mid-Atlantic

region was plagued by rainouts and cancellations.

Once the July heat chased away the rain and mud,

most tracks were able to get “back on track” with consistent

racing programs.

Chesapeake BMX an ABA affiliate located in Severn,

Md., is pulling out all of the stops for their upcoming

Star Spangled Banner National week scheduled

for August 11-17! The week’s events include; Monday

evening- Guys Race Clinic, Tues-Girls Race Clinic,

Wednesday and Thursday with both be single point

local races, then on Friday through Sunday they will

host the Star-Spangled National race. Wow, what a

week for BMX fans! That will be a great end of summer

BMX mania week.

Chesapeake BMX holds weekly free practices on

Wednesday evenings and race both Friday evenings

and Sunday afternoons. Check them out on the web

for more details on the week’s worth of fun: www.

Winchester BMX an NBL track in Winchester, Va., has

been chugging along for the ‘08 season and recently

held one of the Virginia State Qualifiers (July 25-

27). They are among a great cast of BMX tracks that

host the Virginia Qualifiers including, NOVA BMX,

and Hampton BMX, and Richmond BMX. Although

they’ve had good turn-outs for the big races, they are

looking to strengthen their local racing program.

They hold local races on Saturday evenings in a beautiful

shady location in Jim Barnett Park, check them

out sometime!

Larry Camp, a member of the MBM (Mountain

Bikers of Michaux) sent word that they’ve received

approval to build a BMX style pump track in the

Chambersburg area near a current Rails-To-Trails

location. This style of track is much smaller than an

actual full BMX track but teaches rhythm and jumping

skills that tend to help mountain bikers and BMX

riders hone their skills, and if it’s done correctly

there’s very little pedaling involved! The construction

is scheduled for mid-August and they are seeking

both volunteer help and donations. Check out their

website and a video sample at:


Old school BMX rider Craig Stang has taken over

the reigns at Germantown Cycles recently. With his

recent purchase of the business he hopes to maintain

a similar inventory that the store has had in the past,

as well as grow his customer base and offer great service

on all makes and model bicycles, but I’m sure

with Craig’s background there will be a little more

BMX sprinkled in. Stop in and say “Hi” when you get

a chance.

Riverside BMX in Cumberland, Maryland has

changed their weekly race schedule to include

Thursday evening races, in order to escape the hot

temperatures and allow their riders to travel to other

tracks on the weekend. They’ve reported an initial

success with almost 50 riders for their first evening

race! Check them out at

Hagerstown BMX, another Maryland NBL track,

has an event scheduled for Saturday August 23 that

includes an Open House at the track, along with a

Custom, Classic and Vintage BMX show. They are

hosting an Air-cooled Volkswagen Car show at the

Hagerstown Fairgrounds as a fund raiser for the track

on the same day. If there’s enough interest, there may

be a vintage only BMX race the following day at their

local races on Sunday August 24. Check the website

for updates and details:

BMX Bike Shop Spotlight

The Bicycle Escape

Owner? Tom and Danielle Rinker

When did the shop open? 2005

What prompted the shop to begin selling BMX related

bikes, parts and apparel? Our stock is dictated by our

commitment to all facets of cycling and a demand for

BMX products.

Tom Rinker, owner of The Bicycle Escape in Frederick, MD

Do you have specific staff members in charge of BMX

related merchandising, sales, and service? Several

members of our staff ride BMX bikes and they offer

input on the product mix.

What type of bikes and equipment sells best in your

area (BMX Racing or Freestyle/Street)?


What brands of complete bicycles and frames do you

sell? Haro, Fit, Specialized

Do you sell BMX parts and accessories? What items

are the best sellers? We sell a wide range of BMX

products. Handlebars, pedals, and sprockets sell

the best.

Do you sell lifestyle accessories like T-Shirts, pants,

Shoes, Backpacks, wallets, belts etc? We do have some

lifestyle accessories but it is not our focus.

Do you have a local BMX Track or Skatepark in your

area that helps create a market, add to clientele, and

boost sales? We do not have a BMX park in Frederick

but are currently working to promote the construction

of one.

How do you market or promote your BMX related

products? We promote our BMX products on our

website, in print media, and through word of mouth.

List any additional comments you have about your

involvement in the BMX industry and how you see its

future. We are eager to see BMX grow in Frederick

and willing to help make it happen.

Your Turn

Maybe you know of a local shop, BMX track, or BMX

enthusiast that helps promote some facet of the sport

of BMX in the Mid-Atlantic region. I’m always looking

for suggestions and ideas for future articles that

include people, places and personalities that make up

or help promote BMX in our area, that includes all

disciplines of riding whether it racing or freestyle and

the person is 3 or 53. Email to coolbmx2c4me@aol.

com or call 301-582-1452 if you have ideas or suggestions

for future articles.

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The second annual SavageMan Triathlon, which

includes a half-Ironman distance race, called The

World’s Most Savage and Beautiful Triathlon by organizers

and benefitting the Joanna Nicolay Melanoma

Foundation, will be staged at Deep Creek Lake State

Park in western Maryland on September 21.

Okay, why the name SavageMan?

Three reasons: 1) The course takes athletes along

Maryland’s Savage River and through the Savage

River State Forest. 2) The course crosses the Eastern

Continental Divide over Big Savage Mountain, and 3)

because the course requires a “savage” mentality to


Two different race events are offered and feature

a notable field of pro, elite and amateur triathletes

from as far distant as Australia, Canada, Belgium, the

U.S. Virgin Islands and 13 states throughout the U.S.

In 2008, the event expanded to become a triathlon

festival with the addition of the SavageMan

International race to compliment race offerings and

fundraising activity.

Australian Chris McDonald, who was the men’s overall

winner at both the inaugural SavageMan Half and several

weeks earlier at the inaugural Ironman Louisville

described the course last year as challenging, emphasizing

that there are a lot of flat and fast events, but

that he “loved a challenge.”

The SavageMan Half features a 1.2-mile swim in

Deep Creek Lake, Maryland’s largest lake at 2,000

feet in the Allegheny Mountains; followed by a bike

stage featuring a 5,500 foot vertical climb and the

so-called “most savage” ascent in all of triathlon, the

Westernport Wall and the Big Savage Mountain summit

over the Eastern Continental Divide. It culminates

by twice tackling the 550 foot ascent from the

shores of Deep Creek Lake to the fire-tower perched

atop Meadow Mountain, and finally back to the panoramic,

lakeside finish. The Westernport Wall, at just

four street blocks, is not particularly long, but at an

average grade of 25 percent and a max pitch of 31

percent, successfully getting up the final block of the

Wall takes both skill and determination.

Each competitor clearing the Westernport Wall without

unclipping earns a personally engraved Brick

in the Wall, to be set permanently in the roadway

as a tribute and inspiration for all future aspiring

SavageMan triathletes.

Deep Creek Lake is less than three hours from

Baltimore and the Washington, D.C. area. As of

mid-July 150 slots remain for the “World’s Most

Savage Half” and 250 slots remain for the inaugural

SavageMan International Triathlon.

Swedish triathlete and biking phenom Bjorn

Andersson is the event’s featured athlete. He holds

the bike course record at numerous full and half

Ironman events, including a world record 1:59 bike

split for 56 miles at the 70.3 World Championships.

Andersson is aiming to better the current bike course

record and Big Savage Mountain Challenge record,

both currently held by pro duathlete Josh Beck.

For more information contact Greg Safko, Race

Producer, at or phone

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Vince Coates: The triathlete turns artist

An open-water inspired painting by Coates

Vince Coates, 47, has been a recreational triathlete,

cyclist and for a long time now, a dedicated long

distance swimmer. He works with adults with developmental

disabilities for the Frederick County government

and actually is getting close to qualifying for

retirement, albeit it a few years down the line.

He’s considering becoming a middle school or high

school teacher eventually, but doesn’t think he wants to

teach gym class. He’s got art pumping in his blood now.

His creative avocation, which began 10 years ago when

he took his first sculpting class at Frederick Community

College, in large part, is connected to two of his favorite

long-time pursuits—swimming and cycling.

Coates started doing triathlons back in the 1980s with

the advent of events like the old Bud Light Triathlon

series in Baltimore before later gravitating toward the

short sprint races as he got older. He not only does

a lot of sports photography—which might be expected—he

often incorporates cycling and bicycles into

his sculptures and open water swimming and blue

themes into his paintings and collage.

In 2003 and 2005 he had his first solo art exhibitions

at the Frederick Coffee Company and Café. In

June 2007, Coates had a solo exhibition at Frederick

Community College called “Early Mornings and Late

Nights,” which included a large body of work displaying

work in acrylics, watercolor and sculpture.

A month later, in July 2007, his exhibition entitled,

“Moet Jevot e Voda,”which means, “My Life is Water”

in Bulgarian, opened at The Emittsburg Branch

Library in Frederick County. This solo show featured

acrylics, watercolor, digital collage photography and

sculpture and really brought Coates’ current loves of

open water swimming and making art together.

In October of last year Coates built upon the “Moet

Jevot e Voda” theme at Studio 11 Photography and

Framing in downtown Frederick in a collaboration

with Tanya Belcheva from Schumen, Bulgaria. The

show featured Coate’s work in acrylics, watercolor, collage

and Belcheva’s colorful sport photography.

The artistic link to Bulgaria, Belcheva and water

was initially established through Coates’ regular

pool workouts at the Clover Hill Swim Club near

Ft. Detrick. Coates said he became friendly with the

Bulgarian-natives over the past half-dozen years who

came to the U.S. to help life guard and manage the

pool there.

Last year, as much of the summer crew was staying on

later than usual through the early fall, he convinced

several of his Bulgarian pals to accompany him on the

annual Seagull (Metric) Century in Salisbury, Md. It’s

an event he’s done for the last six years.

“There is a camaraderie among the people who do

those long rides and I wanted to put an informal

team together,” Coates explained. “There are some

formal teams but this was just for fun. I put one of

the Bulgarians on a road bike, two on a tandem and

I was on my mountain bike. It was crazy. The ones on

the tandem bike and road bike switched up and took

turns. So, everybody got to experience everything.”

In fact, the relationship with the Bulgarians, who also

helped him organize an open water swim on Lake

Linganore, continues. He’s planning to visit the former

Soviet-bloc country next year. Naturally, he’s looking

for an open water swim while overseas and also

planning on collaborating on an art exhibit as well.

Bulgaria does have a swimming and water sport tradition,

but it is a swimmer from another Eastern European

country that serves as Coates biggest role model.

“Originally the attraction to open water swimming

came from a man from Slovenia named Martin Strel,”

Coates said. He’s an international swimmer who has

swum the largest rivers in the world, the Amazon,

Danube, Mississippi and the Yangtze in China. Coates

explained that Strel, a legendary Guinness record

marathon swimmer who completed an epic 3,274 mile

Amazon river swim all the way from Peru to Brazil’s

Atlantic coast last Spring, swims not just for sport or

recreation, but also to promote peace, friendship and

environmental causes.

“I’m a local guy and I don’t have the ability or the

resources that he does, but I take what he does as inspiration,”

Coates said. “I always try to raise a little money

before one my open water swims and donate it too a

local charity that promotes environmental causes.”

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In Maryland, Coates has been active with Community

Commons ( , a conservation

organization supporting community-based

conservation for the common good that specifically

serves the Monocacy River and Catoctin Creek watershed-area.

When on vacation with his wife Patricia, their daughter

Eliane, 15, and son, Liam, 10, Coates often will

seek out a local kayaker to assist him on his swims,

typically in the two-mile range.

Before Kerri Robbins stumbled into triathlon, she

stumbled into a chiropractor’s office.

She’d entered numerous local 5 and 10K races after

graduating from Penn State in 1992 while logging up

to 70 and 80 miles of running a week, but the distances

and roads were beginning to take their toll.

“I ran a lot in my 20s, pretty competitively,” said

Robbins, who won the 36-39 age group at the

Eagleman Triathlon in Cambridge, Md., last month to

start just her fourth triathlon season.

“I kept getting injured however and my chiropractor

told me to stop pounding my body and get off the

pavement.” Robbins, who lives in Davidsonville, Md.,

near Annapolis, substituted biking for some of her

running workouts initially and eventually attempted

her first duathlon in Hanover, Pa., in late September

2004 — which she won.

“I was on a heavy tank of a bike, didn’t know anything,”

Robbins recounted. “I didn’t know I was winning

until the final run and I was like, ‘Huh?’

“Then I thought, ‘Maybe, I’ll do this again’.” The next

year, in 2005, she took on bigger duathlon challenges,

entering at Cape Henlopen, N.J., Lums Pond in

Delaware and in the Virginia Duathlon — where she

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“Then I was hooked,” she told SPOKES. “And I just

kept going and going and going.” And getting faster

and faster and bringing home medals and more

medals. In 2006, she won a silver medal at the World

Championships in Newfoundland in 2007 she won

her age group at the Duathlon World Championships

in Hungary. The World Championships were in May

that year which meant she didn’t stop training all

winter for the 10K Run, 40K Bike, 10K run event.

Afterwards, upon reaching her goal of capturing the

age group championship, it was almost natural that

she suffered a little letdown.

“Postpartum race syndrome I call it,” said Robbins,

who also noted that, like for a number of moms, her

multi-sport training was made a little easier when her

nine-year old daughter Brooke got to school age. “I

accomplished that goal and then, it was, ‘Now, what

do I do?’ “So what do you do when you’re lost?,” she

continued. “You look for something new.”

It’s hard to believe but her first triathlon was last June.

She said she did well, after, as expected, a “horrible”

swim. She caught up on the bike and run portions

of the race. She was excited and encouraged enough

by the race and her performance to sign up next for

half-Iron man distance Whirlpool Steelhead in southwest

Michigan in August. There she took ninth in her

age group.

From Michigan, she went to the 70.3 Ironman

Cancun race in late September and improved to a second-place

finish in her age group. Swimming remains

a challenge, however, largely because she is still simply

so new to it. Robbins, who finished 14th overall on

the women’s side of Eagleman’s 1.2 mile swim, 56

mile bike and 13.1 mile run event, came out of the

water in 129th place. She did put up the 11th best

split over the bike course and also the 11th best split

on the run to the finish line, but admitted to some

impatience with the time it’s taking to develop a consistent

and fast freestyle stroke.

Robbins completed the race in just under five hours,

4:58: 18, on an incredibly hot day where temperatures

spiked well into the 90s.

Pro’s Joanna Zeiger, 38, of Boulder, Colo., and Dede

Griesbauer, 37, of Boston, finished first and second,

respectively, on the women’s side. Megan Knepper, 25,

from Fairfax, Va., took 9th and Shandra Richardson,

of Gainesville, took 13th overall on the women’s side

and were the top area female finishers along with

Robbins. All of the above mentioned women finished

the swim leg of the race in the top 13 spots, highlighting

further Robbin’s need/desire to improve her


On the men’s side, Paul Amey, 34, of Cardiff by

the Sea, Calif., won in 3:53:333. He was followed by

Terenzo Bozzone, 23, of Auckland, New Zealand

in the second-place. Matias Palevencino, 26, of

Washington, D.C., was the top male local finisher, taking

the 9th spot in 4:14:26.

Vinnie Monseau, 39, of Morgantown, W. Va., was the

next top local athlete, coming in 14th, and Karl Kahsar,

19, of Richmond, grabbed 17th on the men’s side.

An Ellicott City-based Du2R team member and a

member of the Annapolis Triathlon Club and member,

Robbins credits joining the Annapolis Bike

Racing Team (ABRT Latitude) for her great strides

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The Accidental Commuter

David Schapiro lives in the Northwest section of

Baltimore, in the leafy neighborhood of Roland Park.

He works in the bustling Hunt Valley business and

industrial center in Baltimore County.

Schapiro, a director of underwriting for an insurance

company, is a big guy and drives a big Land Rover,

which he loves. But lately the Land Rover has been

sitting idle. So much so, neighbors are starting to ask


Three years ago, Schapiro weighed 375 pounds and

had a waist that measured 49 inches. Dedicating himself

to get fit at 50 , he started going to the local gym

and over two years lost 80 pounds while also - occasionally

- beginning to ride the bicycle that had been

sitting in his garage for eight years around the block.

Last summer, however, he started biking in earnest,

and bought a new ride and gear at Joe’s Bike Shop in

Mt. Washington.

“Two years into my program of trying to lose weight,

I was getting tired of being in the gym,” Schapiro

recently told SPOKES. “I needed to do something to

further my motivation.”

He began by pedaling a regular, comfortable 10-mile

route he laid out near his home in the evenings after

work and eventually got strong enough to knock it

out twice a night. He lost an additional 30 pounds

over the past year. With saddle bags, he also began

running weekend errands on his bike, like grocery

shopping, and enjoying the brief conversations with

neighbors along the way.

Last October, he signed up for the popular Tour du Port

jaunt, sponsored by One Less Car. It was his first “ride.”

His waist today is down more than10 inches. And if

that was whole story, a 53 year-old man learning to

exercise for the first time in his life really, shedding

110 pounds in three years, adding the joy of bicycling

to his routine - that would be a great story. But there’s

more to it.

Schapiro’s Land Rover stays parked at home Monday

through Friday. He’s riding to work everyday. His outlook

has changed and he’s thinking he might not ever

buy another car.

It’s such a stunning change of events that one neighbor

grew concerned, assuming he’d fallen ill when

she saw his beloved four-wheel drive vehicle left in

front of his home, unmoved for an entire week. Over

the course of this transformation, Schapiro has also

become a serious bicycling activist in Baltimore, making

the informal, weekly Friday morning “Mayor’s

rides”organized by Mayor Sheila Dixon’s office and

recently joining One Less Car’s advisory board.

The big turning point for Schapiro came last

November. He’d been riding more seriously for several

months and knew he needed a better bike to increase

his mileage. Owner Joe Traill at Joe’s Bike Shop, whom

Schapiro had gotten to know a little bit, had something

in mind for him: a Trek cyclecross bike.

“It’s a good hybrid, something I could use road riding,”

Schapiro said. “I got the bike, it was amazing,

but pretty soon I realized, ‘It’s November and here I

am starting to ride.’ What do I have to do?”

Schapiro headed back to Joe’s Bike Shop and they

explained the gear he needed to wear so he could

continue to ride through the winter. He said through

the cold months he kept a simple rule - if it was dry

and not below 35 degrees he would ride after work -

and kept going all season.

“The guys at the bike shop were telling me, ‘Oh, wait

until Spring comes.’” But Schapiro didn’t even wait

until the warm weather arrived to set new goals and

by February this year put his mind to completing the

annual 140-mile, two-day Moveable Feast ride from

Rehoboth Beach to Baltimore.

“I support the charity and I knew they had a ride,”

Schapiro said. “They have training rides that start in

March, varying from 15-80 miles and I did a lot of those.”

Ironically, the one 80-mile training ride that Schapiro

planned to do, fell on the same weekend as the New

York City’s famous five-borough ride. A huge theater

fan who himself has performed on stage and received

strong reviews a few years back for a portrayal of

Divine on a Baltimore stage, he’d often traveled to the

Big Apple for shows on Broadway, but never to bicycle.

He’d already started making rides around Lake

Montebello, Druid Hill Park and down to Fort

McHenry, part of his Charm City riding map and

when the time finally came for the mid-May Moveable

Feast event, Schapiro was on his way back to Joe’s

Bike Shop. He credits the staff there for all he’s

accomplished thus far and went looking for more

clothes for the two-day trip. Once, there he bought a

second-bike, a Trek Soho, single-speed ride made with

the urban rider in mind. It wasn’t for the Moveable

Feast ride, but designed for bopping around town on

his city errands.

He began riding the Soho to the Meadow Mill gym

where he was still exercising, which also happened

to be very close to the Light Rail station that carried

thousands of commuters daily from the city to Hunt

Valley. He’d already been walking to the gym and biking

seemed like a natural progression. He didn’t need

bike shoes for his newest bike and another idea suddenly


“I realized I could ride to work - I don’t even have to

change shoes.”

He remembered hearing from someone that you

could take your bike on the Light Rail if you used the

last car. Why not? He rode to the Light Rail that first

work day and then rode to the job and then reversed

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the process in the afternoon. Schapiro did that for

maybe two weeks and then another light bulb went

off. Impulsively, he skipped the Light Rail trip home

one day and just rode the bike all the way back to

Roland Park. It was only about eight miles, yet, it

proved another life-altering journey.

“I got home and began calling friends, ‘Do you believe

that I just rode my bike all the way home from work?”

Schapiro recalled laughing. “I said, ‘Isn’t that amazing.’”

Remember, this is from a 53 year-old insurance underwriter

who two and a half years previous had been 375

pounds and never had exercised regularly in his life.

He started lengthening his ride home to 10 and 12

and 13 miles.

“If I can do it, anybody can,” he said.

Along the way, he met Barry Childress of the

Baltimore Bicycling Club at a traffic light. Later, they

reconnected as Schapiro also began to take an active

role in the local bicycling advocacy community and

they’ve become friends.

Schapiro also did the Tour dem Parks ride in

Baltimore this summer and in July did the Baltimore

Bicycling Club’s Moonlight Madness Ride. In fact,

after that ride, which ended at about 11 p.m.,

Schapiro and Childress rode up to the Senator

Theater on York Road for the special midnight preview

of the Dark Knight and when they left there at

about 3 a.m., they went out for breakfast and then

headed downtown for the Mayor’s ride at 6:15 a.m.

“Then I went home and took a three-hour nap and went

to work,” Schapiro said. “Believe it or not, I felt great.”

As far as the Land Rover goes, Schapiro is happy to let

it sit. He jokes that “it doesn’t get miles to the gallon,

it get ‘feet’ to the gallon. At the same time, he still

absolutely loves it.

“It says he’s barely driven 2,000 miles over the last 3-4

months and that includes, the trip to New York and

several trips to the beach. The more he rides his bike

(now his goal is to ride to Rehoboth) the longer his

fun vehicle will last.

“I filled it two weeks ago and I still have a half of

tank of gas left,” he said toward the end of July. He

said he’s also come to see that the bike riding is

important, not just for the personal health benefits

of losing weight and saving money at the pump. He’s

always been into nature, animals (he’s got a couple

of large dogs) and gardening and he’s pleased that

he can make a positive impact on the environment by

bicycling and driving so much less. He also believes

that it’s important for the U.S. to get rid of it’s addiction

to Middle East oil and now sees through his own

experience that alternatives to single-occupancy driving,

bicycling and mass transit can genuinely work for

most everyone.

He even said that from a psychological standpoint,

he’s seen a significant improvement and feel like a

much more relaxed person.

“There are so many issues out there that are connected

to this that bicycling becomes a metaphor for

change,” Schapiro said. He mentions that he’s done

some bicycling with his sister Susan and her husband

Isaac Rosenberg, who like his friends can’t quite

believe his transformation, that he’d like to attempt

a cyclocross race soon and that he really wants to

see and help events like Tour du Port and Tour dem

Parks in Baltimore grow.

Then, he gives one last example of how important the

role of bicycling has become in his life.

“There was a time I went to New York so often for theater

and shows, that I’d seen 80 percent of everything

that was on Broadway,” Schapiro said. “Now before I

think about going to New York for a play, I look at the

weather report. If it’s going to be a nice weekend, I

stay here because I want to ride.”

Bond and Bikes

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)

and the NoMA business improvement district (Capital

Hill North) have been teaming up all summer to present

“Bike-in movies” starring the iconic James Bond.

Running through August and starting dusk ( 8

p.m.ish), the films are being screened in an open

lot near the corner of New York Avenue and Florida

Avenue NE. The bike-in movie nights include free

bike valet service so rides are secure during the film.

Blankets and picnic baskets are welcome. The events

include appearances by The James Bond Dancers and

are ‘odd job” and “James Bond”challenges before

each film. The movies and bike valet service are both

free. More information is available at the NoMA business

line at 202-289-0111 or at

Here is the remaining 2008 schedule: A View to a Kill

on Thursday, Aug. 7; Goldeneye on Thursday, Aug.

14; Tomorrow Never Dies on Thursday, Aug. 21; and

Die Another Day on Thursday, Aug. 28.

Safe Bicycling Video Online

One Less Car, the Maryland state bicycling and pedestrian

organization, has posted a safe bicycling video

produced by the State of Maryland, online by chapter.

“Competence & Confidence: A Bicycling Guide for

Adults” is designed to encourage everyone on how to

be a safer cyclist and bicycle commuter in Maryland.

The chapters include: An introduction: Riding in

Maryland; Equipping the Bicycle and Rider; Roadway

Riding; Trail Riding and Night Riding; and Special

Considerations (bike parking, bikes on transit, etc.).

They are available at through links

to Adobe Flash video files.



The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is calling for

an investigation into an accident on the streets of the nation’s

capital that resulted in a bike commuter’s death.

WABA held a press briefing on July 9 to highlight the need for better

bicycle safety and driver education efforts in the DC region.

Using a “ghost bike” as part of their news conference, WABA called

on the Metropolitan Police Department to conduct a full investigation

into the death of Alice Swanson while riding her bike.

On the morning of July 8, the 22-year-old Swanson was riding

to work when she was struck and killed by a trash truck at

the intersection of 20th and R Streets, NW. According to police

reports, Swanson was riding west on R Street when she was

struck at the intersection by a trash truck making a right turn

onto 20th. The police have not filed charges against the driver.

“All too often drivers are let off the hook when their negligence

leads to serious injury or death of a cyclist or pedestrian”, said

Eric Gilliland, WABA’s executive director. “’I didn’t see them’ is

too often accepted as an excuse that results in a small fine or

no punishment at all. While we cannot comment on the particulars

of this case, we expect the Metropolitan Police Department

to conduct a thorough examination of this crash and hold the

driver fully responsible if he was at fault.”

More and more people are turning to bicycling for transportation

in the wake of high gas prices. That makes safety improvements

for cyclists and improved education of drivers all the

more necessary. Among the most important needs cited by

WABA are the need for improved law enforcement training and

greater enforcement of traffic laws, increased fines or prosecution

when drivers strike cyclists or pedestrians, improved

driver and cyclist education efforts, and more public service

announcement campaigns aimed at drivers and cyclists.

“We can only hope that everyone will learn to slow down, be

aware and share the road”, Gilliland said.



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I recently listened to a presentation where the speaker

was talking about the youth of the organization.

Her point was that the youth were not the future of

the organization; they were the present of the organization.

I got to thinking about that and bicycling,

our children are not our future cyclists, they are the

cyclists of today and we better keep them involved.

Before I got married and subsequently had children,

I would go off on bike trips for a week or so and had

a great time. With all the activities that my boys are

involved in and their abilities, I had generally put

bike touring on hold. The days of the epic bike tour

were over for me. Sure there are the folks like Joe

Kurmaskie, aka the Metal Cowboy, who crossed the

country with his 5 and 7 year old sons in tow. But he

is an exception to the rule.

I continue to be amazed and encouraged with the

touring available in the congested local area for

families who want to go out and see the country in

slow motion. Here are the stories of two families that

continue to bike tour and have gotten their children

actively involved.

Neil, Ronney and Shoshana Braunstein have ridden

together since Shoshana was two and in the trailer. In

2006, when Shoshana was 3, they got the triplet and

started riding 10 to 12 mile trips. Then in 2007, they

moved to Rockville from California and started riding

20 – 25 mile trips and decided to try a short beginning

bike tour.

Being new to the metropolitan DC area, they wanted

a trip that would allow them to see some of the local



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Ronney, Shoshana & Neil Braunstein

sites. To keep it simple and realistic for a first time

tour with a stoker, Neil and Ronney planned a trip

starting and returning to their home in Rockville

and keeping the daily trips short. The first day was

one of their hottest with temperatures hitting 100F+

and unfortunately one of their longest at 29 miles.

They took several stops as they rode from Rockville to

Whites Ferry.

For those not familiar with Whites Ferry, there has

been a ferry in this location since at least 1828 and

some references go back to 1817. It is the only operational

ferry remaining of the 100 ferries that once

spanned the Potomac River. It was originally used by

Virginia farmers and merchants needing to get things

to Washington DC via the C&O Canal. It is still frequently

used by commuters to avoid the Cabin John

Monday-Friday 11am - 7pm

Saturday 9am - 6pm

Sunday 10am - 5pm


Bridge on the Washington Beltway. Bicyclists pedaling

the C&O Canal use the Ferry to get to Leesburg

and the W&OD trail.

After getting to Leesburg, the Braunsteins took advantage

of the air conditioning in their hotel room to

escape the 100+ degree heat. After things cooled

down a bit they were able to experience the charm of

old town Leesburg and enjoy dinner.

Day two was a nice short 15 miles to a friend’s house

in Sterling where Shoshana was able to play all day.

This was a day that had been anticipated by Shoshana

for some time and was a highlight of the trip.

Days 3 and 4 were spent in Arlington. While the

W&OD is a great trail for long bikes (tandems, triplets

and quads) for the most part, once it gets down into

Arlington and you get over on the Custis Trail, the

ups, downs, tight turns and increased bike traffic can

make riding rather tricky.

It is important to remember that touring is for seeing

things and that stopping to see things is what the

journey is all about. Neil, Ronney and Shoshana took

advantage of their time downtown to see things without

the concerns of having to get home to finish some

chore or meet some deadline. Children and most

adults do not want to just ride and ride. They want to

get off the bike and see things and take advantage of

the journey, not just the end points.

Day 5 was a pleasant ride back home. Even after a

short 5 day trip, home is always welcoming.

Family touring is not the time to scrimp on packing.

Dan Amundson from the other family in this article

refers to family touring as “An Ultralight Fantasy”.

For little children, it is important to pack those little

things to comfort a child, while a 3 foot teddy bear

is probably excessive, a stuffed animal can make the

a hotel room home for the night. Keeping people

fed is paramount. Little and big children get grumpy

when they are riding and hungry. When you are

alone, you can be grumpy at yourself, but when riding

with the rest of the family, everyone needs to be

kept as happy as possible. Finally stop and smell the

roses. The Braunsteins experienced a number of man

made objects from White’s Ferry to the monuments

in Washington DC, but they also saw fish, caterpillars,

hawks, geese, ducks and green snakes.

Shoshana’s friends are really impressed with her triplet.

One day when her folks picked her up on the bike

at school, she was like some kind of super star. Neil

has taken some of her friends on short rides around

the block and one of them for a longer five mile ride.

Most thought it was really fun, one or two hung on

for dear life and didn’t say a word the whole time.

After the successful tour around DC last year, they

decided to try a new route this year. In August they will

be riding for a week in a loop starting in Salisbury, then

up to Rehoboth Beach, down the coast to Ocean City,

then inland and south a bit to Crisfield, and then back

to Salisbury. This time, Shoshana wants her own map

so that she can keep track with where they are going.

Dan, Beth and Kris Amundson have done some credit

card touring in the area, most notably the North

Central Railroad Trail and York Heritage Trail from

Ashland, Maryland to York, Pennsylvania. But they

have also done the full fledged camping trips along

the C&O Canal.

The Amundsons tried doing the C&O Canal a couple

of times earlier, but were rained out each time. The

third time proved to be the charm. They started

off on Saturday after Kris’s soccer game, taking the

Washington DC Capital Crescent Trail to the C&O

and then heading north planning on camping at the

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Chisel Branch campground at mile post 30 for a total

ride of 32 miles. This was the first time that they had

left the house fully loaded. The trailer was fully loaded

and weighed between 50 and 60 pounds. The high

center of gravity caused the trailer to be unstable.

After some repacking and moving the tent to the bike

rack, the load was more stable and after a few miles

Dan got his trailer legs causing things to smooth out.

Even though it was a fall day, the C&O canal was rather

crowded. Once they passed the Great Falls Visitor

Center, the path cleared out. A pleasant stop is Riley’s

Lock to view the ruins of the Seneca Aqueduct and fill

up with water from the tap that is fed from the county

water system.

After having started out a little late, it was now getting

dark and Beth and Kris were getting tired so Dan

went ahead to set up camp. That evening for supper

they had some freeze dried dinners that they had

made up at home. All they had to do was pour boiling

water into the prepared freezer bags. While the first

night’s dinner was good, they did decide that they

should test all the recipes prior to touring.

While staying in a hotel allows for wake-up calls,

nature provides its own alarm clock, unfortunately

they are not as adjustable as the wake-up call. This

morning was no different, the loud honking outside

at 5:30 woke everyone else, however just as at home,

they were able to go back to sleep until later in the


The rain that they had over night made the trail

muddy in the morning. The geology of the terrain

north of Riley’s lock causes the trail to drain slowly.

The trailer fishtailing in the mud made for some

interesting riding but after a couple of miles Dan

started to get the hang of it.

Keeping children occupied during a ride is always

challenging, fortunately Kris is a budding history buff.

Kris, Beth & Dan Amundson

The first stop of the day was at Edward’s Ferry during

the Civil War, there was a store, warehouses and one

of the 99 ferries that are no longer operating. Today

it is a rather unremarkable location and only by studying

the history was Kris able to enjoy the stop.

Once in Brunswick, they quickly looked for some

place to eat. As they walked down the quiet streets,

the first two restaurants were closed. Fortunately they

were directed to “Beans in the Belfry”, probably the

only place to eat in Brunswick on a Sunday afternoon.

The third day of the trip started out cool. Going

home had the psychological benefit of going down

hill. Once home, Kris’s fatigue quickly disappeared as

he was invited out to play with his friends.

When I go cycling with my boys, we have to have a

reason to go out. Just to go out and get some exercise

does not work for my boys. Kris’s interest in history

is an excellent diversion on their trips on the C&O

canal. In the case of the above trip, Kris and his Dad

used the trip for research to do a diorama of Riley’s

Lock and the Seneca Aqueduct. They have also taken

trips up to Antietam and explored Killiansburg Cave

where many of the Sharpsburg citizens sought shelter

from the war during the Battle of Antietam (or the

Battle at Sharpsburg depending on your history book).

Dan has found that many non-cyclist friends are

generally impressed with their trips and some even

express an interest, but that is about as far as it goes.

I think that we may start to see a change in that attitude.

As gas prices are going up, there appears to

be an increase in bicycle commuting and vacations

that do not require lots of travel. We may see more

people trying short bike tours on the C&O, riding out

to Leesburg or Purcellville on the W&OD and either

camping or staying at local lodgings.

When I asked Dan if they had invited any of Kris’s

friends along he replied: “So far I have not heard any

of his friends express an interest in going. We have

talked about inviting some of his friends, but in each

case we were not sure if they were up to it or how they

might work out during several days of living in close

proximity. As when searching for any touring partner

it is not easy to find someone who seems like a good

fit. And when its a kid you have other issues of discipline,


Dan and I have discovered a lot of the same things

about keeping our sons interested in biking. Keep

the mileage short, bring lots of snacks, and ride to

destinations, even if they are not big places. Making

milestones are always great ego builders. Don’t be

afraid of taking breaks. A 10 - 15 minute break can be

all the difference between a friendly riding partner

and a grumpy riding partner that does not want to do

more trips.

Frequently we do not appreciate the things that are

convenient. What a great way to discover the local

area than to take local bike tours to nearby sites and

rediscover your local history.

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I am, therefore I race.

Bike racing is a part of my being because I’ve been

doing it for so long. I can’t imagine not racing.

Where would I go? What would I eat? What would I

do? Who would I be? I have been racing for 10 years.

I’m beyond wanting to race. I need to race. It’s who

I am. Although I don’t want my racing to define me,

it’s definitely a part of who I am.

Always the competitive kid, I sought out cycling in

high school and started racing in college. I thought

I’d be a natural at it, but after 10 years I’m still working

at it and still have so much to learn - maybe I’m a

slow learner, but the lure of the sport keeps me coming

back for more.

I’m not the fastest girl out there, I’m not getting my

fix on winning, but there is something exhilarating

about being exhausted. The lure of racing for me is

in the whole adventure: the planning, the training,

the race, the socializing, the exploring. It’s really a lot

of fun.

Oh, the places I’ve seen.

Racing has allowed me to visit quaint towns and pretty

park and recreation areas all over the Mid-Atlantic. I

have seen most of PA, MD, NJ, and the DC suburbs

because of passing through on the way or to do a

race. I’ve been to several local parks to ride my bike.

My mental map is full of directions based on where

races are and good places to ride and where the best

local diner or restaurant is in relation. I’ve been to the

Eastern Shore, the mountains of MD and VA, suburbia

of DC because of races. I’ve visited historic sites in

Antietam and Gettysburg, enjoyed pretzels in Amish

country, enjoyed vistas of rolling farm lands, and the

cool shade of the MD parks. I’ve explored the cities of

Baltimore, Wilmington, DC, Richmond, Charlottesville,

and Philadelphia because of bike races.

If it wasn’t for racing, would I know the name and

recognize the layout of every rest stop along the I-95

Corridor and NJ Turnpike? Would I ever go out and

visit some of the small towns in MD and PA, and parts of

the DC metro area and eat in their local pizza parlor or

diner and stop at their gas station for soda and twizzlers?

If I didn’t race, what would I do on the weekends?

Part of my weekend ritual is calculating how to get to

the race, what time to leave, laying out my race gear,

setting aside food for before/during/post race, filling

water bottles, and packing the car.

Thinking about the race, looking forward to who I’ll

see, wondering where to eat and what to do afterwards,

these are all part of the adventure of racing as well.

Don’t be mistaken though, racing doesn’t consume

my every thought or entire weekend, but it’s a pleasant

diversion from the regular ordinary hustle bustle

of life. It’s a sort of rejuvenation that I need at the

end of the week.


Racing the local circuit, it’s hard not to feel the camaraderie

among racers. We all have jobs, family, or kids

and deal with the challenge of juggling life and making

time to ride the bike during the week and race on

the weekends.

I race with women who are lawyers, teachers, scientists,

moms, you name it. Some are only able to train

a few days a week, some over 12 hours a week. They

are all sort of ages and experience level. The average

age of women that race the local DC scene is probably

mid-30s, but vary from teens to 50+. Most of

these women have only been racing a few years, some

just started out, and some have been racing for more

years than I’m old.

We are all working women in one way or another and

training and racing is just how we spend a quarter of

our life. Most of my friends are women I’ve met by

racing against them. These women with the varied

experiences and backgrounds and how we all came to

cycling is a source of inspiration in and of itself.

My motto is “Be your own role model” but I do draw

inspiration from others especially women such as

Tracey Lea, Evelyn Egizi, and Sue Hefler who have

had a huge impact on the local women’s road racing

scene with the nurturing and development of women’s

race series and developmental and elite teams.

Road cycling isn’t exclusively a team sport, but team

tactics do add an interesting dynamic to racing.

There are a handful of clubs and teams in the DC

region that have a women’s contingent and the number

of women finding camaraderie and support with

teams is growing with the work of teams like Artemis,

CycleLife, C3-Sollay, HPC, Hub, Kenda, NCVC, and

Squadra Coppi to name a few that regularly field

women for the local races. The women on these

teams are racers and advocates. They promote the

sport through clinics, supporting events like bike to

work day, promoting races, and activism to make the

roads safer for all cyclists.

The numbers of women racers in the DC metro area

have doubled in the past few years in large part due

to the work of Evelyn Egizi coordinating the MABRA

women’s development series.

I started road racing in the DC region because of

Evelyn’s work with facilitating the MABRA women’s

road race series “dedicated to the development of

women of all skill levels to come out and experience

bike racing where they can achieve success. And success

is not necessarily about winning!” The success of

the series is evident by the growth in the number of

type of races offered and number of participants. The

number of women racing in the DC region has doubled

in the past few years and new women are coming

out every race.

New faces showing up at races all the times and it’s

exciting to hear the stories of how they decided to

race. The new racers share the enthusiasm and appreciation

for cycling and racing. Some come to cycling

by accident, by inspiration or encouragement from

others, and some from other sporting disciplines

looking for a new challenge. Many of these women

are taking to competitive cycling as their first sport

long after their peers have given up participating in

sports for good.

How to get started?

If you feel you are ready for a challenge and are

interested in racing, whether it be road, mountain,

or cyclocross, seek out support from one of the local

clubs or teams. Make sure your equipment works and

is safe. Make sure you are comfortable and fit enough

for the endeavor by training with a local club or team

and participating in various group rides and practice

races that take place throughout the metro DC area.

Check out the local race series published online and

in local sport magazines. Go watch a few races. Then

when you have identified your first race, go do it. For

some events, to participate, you will need a racing

license which can be purchased at the race.

What are you going to do this weekend?

The days are long and warm. The weekends should

be full of adventure. What new challenges and goals

are you undertaking this year? Here’s one, try a race.

There are plenty of races to choose from and are within

an hour of the DC-Baltimore corridor. Whether you

like to bicycle offroad, onroad, or even a triathlon,

choose the adventure, and enjoy the new feelings of

empowerment that a good challenge can bring. And

bring the kids too, many of the races offer a juniors

race as well. So you have decided you want to see what

racing is all about? Come out and watch one.

If the racing bug hasn’t bitten you yet, then come out

and have fun watching some of the action. Local race

info online at,,


Melanie Swartz has been racing various cycling disciplines

of road, mountain, and cyclocross for the past 10 years and

is a member of Team CycleLife local women’s elite team.

26 August 2008





and you’ll hear concern about alcohol and athletes.

Rightfully so. Alcohol and athletics is a dangerous

duo, associated with negative consequences including

hangovers, nausea and vomiting, poor grades in

school, fights, arguments, memory loss, driving under

the influence, and trouble with the law—to say nothing

of injuries. Yet, tailgating before football games,

quenching thirst at the pub after a team workout, and

celebrating victories with champaign is perceived as

the norm.

College athletes are more likely to drink than nonathletes.

Serious recreational runners drink more

than their sedentary counterparts. Unfortunately,

alcohol is a highly addictive substance and is the most

abused drug in the United States, more so than steroids.

Prolonged drinking can damage the liver, heart,

and brain, and result in cirrhosis, pancreatitis, irregular

heart beats, stroke, and malnutrition. More oral

cancer is seen among those who are just moderate

drinkers as compared to abstainers.

What can be done about this problem?

To address the problem of alcohol abuse among student-athletes,

many college campuses are educating

students about social norms—the beliefs about what

is normal and expected in social situations. For example,

despite popular belief, “everyone” does not drink

nor do “most students” get drunk all the time.

A 1999 survey at Southern Methodist University asked

these four questions to students on a Friday about

alcohol use on the previous night:

Did you drink last night?

Did you get drunk last night?

What percentage of SMU students do you think

drank last night?

What percentage of SMU students do you think

got drunk last night?

The answers showed major misconceptions about

alcohol norms:

• Only 20% of students surveyed reported drinking

the previous night, yet they believed that over half


• Only 8% reported getting drunk, yet they believed

at least one-third got drunk.

• Of students who drank, most reported consuming

only a few drinks per week. Yet they believed most

students were drinking 10 to 15 drinks per week.

• 35% reported abstaining from alcohol, but very few

believed that many of their peers were non-drinkers.



With ongoing social norm education, students will

actually change their drinking practices. For example,

a three-year social-norm education program targeted

Division III athletes in a NY State college. It contributed

to a 30% drop in both excessive alcohol consumption

and the negative consequences of drinking. Among student-athletes

with the highest exposure to the program,

personal alcohol misuse dropped 50%. (1) Given that

athletes are often role models, this change can have a

positive impact on the entire campus and potentially

(eventually) our entire sports society.

Minimizing negative consequences

If you are among the athletes who chooses to drink

large amounts of alcohol, take note:

• Alcohol is a depressant. Apart from killing pain,

it offers no edge for athletes. You can’t be sharp,

quick, and drunk. Pre-competition alcohol has a

deleterious effect on reaction time, accuracy, balance,

eye-hand coordination and endurance. It will

not help you exercise faster, stronger, longer.

• Late night partying that contributes to sleep deprivation

before the next morning’s event hurts performance.

• Alcohol is a poor source of carbohydrates. You can

get loaded with beer, but your muscles will not get

carbo-loaded. A 12-ounce can of beer has only 14

grams of carbs, as compared to 40 grams in a can

of soft drink. Eat pretzels, thick-crust pizza or other

carbs along with the beer.

• Alcohol on an empty stomach can quickly lead to

a drunken stupor. Be wise; enjoy the natural high

of exercise rather than get brought down by a few

post-exercise beers.

• Alcohol has a diuretic effect--the more you drink,

the more fluids you lose. This is bad for recovery

and the next exercise bout. While low-alcohol

beer allows for proper rehydration, regular beer

sends athletes running to the bathroom. One study

showed that athletes who drank beer eliminated

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about 16 ounces more urine (over the course of 4

hours) than those who drink low-alcohol (2%) beer

or alcohol-free beer. (2)

• Your liver breaks down alcohol at a fixed rate (~1

can beer or 4 ounces wine per hour). Exercise does

not hasten the process, nor does coffee. Caffeine

just makes you a wide-awake drunk.

• Drinks that contain congeners—whiskey, cognac,

and red wine—are more likely to cause hangovers

than other alcoholic beverages. The best hangover

remedy is to not drink excessively in the first place.

But if you have a hangover, drink a salted beverage

with carbs, such as Gatorade or brothy chicken

noodle soup.

• The calories in alcohol are easily fattening. People

who drink moderately tend to consume alcohol

calories on top of their regular caloric intake. These

excess calories promote body fat accumulation.

• Alcohol stimulates the appetite, making it harder

to feel full. If you are trying to maintain a lean

machine, abstaining is preferable to imbibing.

The good news

Alcohol in moderation can have health benefits. Red

wine, for example, contains health-protective phytochemicals

that may reduce the risk of heart disease.

What’s “moderation”?—two drinks per day for men,

and one for women. And have at least one glass of

non-alcoholic beverage for every drink...

Laurel Bicycle Center

Laurel Bicycle Center

14805 Baltimore Ave.

US Rt.1 across from Laurel Mall


Monday-Friday 10 am-7 pm

Saturday 9-6/Closed Sunday

August 2008



Griffin Cycle

4949 Bethesda Ave.

Bethesda, MD 20814

(301) 656-6188

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To be listed, send information to Spokes, 5911 Jefferson Boulevard, Frederick, MD 21703 or e-mail:


The Cumberland Valley Cycling Club again hosts

this very popular (over 300 riders last year) tours of

Washington County, Md. Rides include a 25, 65 and

101 miler over low traffic roads going over stone

bridges and by green, picturesque farmscapes. Rides

start in Boonsboro, Md., about 1.5 hours from D.C.

and Baltimore. Great food! Portions of the proceeds

go to San Mar Children’s Home (last year over $2,000

was contributed). For details, or to register go to


The Brain Injury Association of Maryland presents

the 12th Eat a Peach ride, a series of routes ranging

from 12 to 100 miles starting and ending at the Peach

Festival at the Carroll County Agricultural Center in

Westminster, Md. On line registration at

or call (410) 448-2924.


The White Clay Bicycle Club hosts this popular day of

rides on routes of 35, 65 and 100 miles. Registration/

departure from 7-10 a.m. at the Middletown,

Delaware, High School. Marked routes, cue sheets, sag

wagon, food stops, etc. For details email Mike Katz at or log onto www.


Custom, classic, vintage BMX bikes will be on display

in conjunction with the Warwagon’s Simple

Transport Air-Cooled VW show at the Hagerstown,

Md., Fairgrounds, from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit

Hagerstown BMX. For details call (301) 582-1452

or email


The Reston Bike Club will host its annual Century

starting and finishing at the Reston Towncenter in

Reston, Va. Rides of 30, 60, and 100 miles throughout

Western Fairfax and Loudoun Counties will offered.

Fully supported ride with rest, mechanical, and SAG

support. Tee shirts available for those who pre-regis-

ter. Registration limited to first 1,500. Post ride party

at the towncenter with food, music, and massages.

More info at



In its 9th year, the Subaru 24-Hour Champion

Challenge combines recreational fun and a challenging

adventure, while creating good-natured competition

for teams of friends, co-workers and individual

racers who compete for prizes and glory. The goal is

to complete as many laps as possible on the 12-mile

Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pa., course in 24

hours. Competitors can race as a part of team or on

their own. The race begins at 12 p.m., Sat., Aug. 30,

and ends at 12 p.m., Sun., Aug. 31. Endurance, teamwork

and the ability to have fun are required! For

more information and to register call (800) 452-2223,

ext. 7757. For more information on Seven Springs,

visit or call (800) 452-2223.


24 Hours of Booty, Inc., which runs the Official

24-Hour Cycling Event of the Lance Armstrong

Foundation and the only 24-hour road cycling charity

event in the country, will be hosting the 24 Hours of

Booty of Columbia, Md. on the “Booty Loop” at the

Gateway Business Park from noon, Saturday, Sept. 6 to

noon, Sunday, Sept. 7. A registration fee of $45 per participant

and minimum $150 fundraising are required

by August 22. Proceeds from the 24 Hours of Booty

of Columbia will benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for

Young Adults and Lance Armstrong Foundation. The

24 Hours of Booty is a non-competitive charity cycling

event that is geared for teams and individuals and is

open to participants of all ages and skill levels. For

more information, visit or call

toll-free at 1-877-365-4417.

The 18th annual Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival

October 17 -19, 2008

New rides for all skill levels from easy family rides to a challenging century

Enjoy spectacular cycling in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley

For more information and to register go to:

Call 540 885-2668 or Fax 540 885-2669


Tour the bucolic farmlands of Delaware’s flat Amish

countryside in this popular 22nd annual event. Nearly

1,400 riders participate in this tour. Loops range

from 15 to 100 miles. Food & entertainment. “Surf &

Turf” packages available for the entire weekend! Kent

County Tourism (800) 233-5368; or register at www. Ask for free bicycling map of the area.


Since its inception in 1997, this event has raised more

than $1.2 million to fund promising research and

services for those who suffer from Alzheimer. This

series of very popular rides, ranges from a challenging

but fully supported two day tour of the entire 184

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

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

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

Here your chance to do the canal with support. For

28 August 2008

details log onto or

contact Linda Hadley at or by

calling (800) 728-9255, ext. 115.


The Indian Head 100 has routes of 16, 30, 63, and

100 miles through the scenic Potomac Heritage Area

of Southern Maryland. Register and go 7-9 a.m. from

the Village Green in the Town of Indian Head, 20

miles south of the Washington Beltway. Fully supported

by the Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club. For

details, visit or call (301) 567-0089.


This first annual event, hosted by the Deal Island/

Chance Volunteer Fire Company, is a series of fully

supported road rides past beautiful marshlands, harbors

and wildbird sanctuaries. Rides begin and end at

the Deal Island Harbor. Rides, which run from 8 a.m.

to 3 p.m., include 15, 30 and 50 mile routes. From

Princess Anne, Md., go 14 miles west on Rt. 363, right

after bridge at harbor. Pre-registration is $30 before

Aug. 30. Register online at or


A Festival of Women’s Cycling, She Got Bike was a

huge success last year. Held beginning at 8 a.m. at

Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Md., this is the

area’s largest women-only bike ride around – a full

day of fun and activities in celebration of women’s

cycling. You’ll ride Baltimore County’s scenic roads

and then enjoy a women’s-specific cycling expo, fashion

show, yoga class and a lecture on cycling training

and nutrition and more. The rides are for women

cyclists of all abilities and rides of varying lengths are

available. All rides are on mixed terrain – flat, rolling

and hilly – challenging, but fun and doable even for

beginners. Rides are for women; festival is open to all.

$22 (includes t-shirt, lunch, festival and complimentary

subscription to Lifestrength’s e-newsletter). Preregister

at For more information visit


A relaxed tour of central Indiana hosted by the state

park inns. This six-day tour will visit three state parks,

with two layover days that allow time for hiking,

browsing stores and art galleries, or more cycling.

Catered breakfasts and dinners are served in the inn

dining rooms. Bring a camera to capture the scenes

you’ll see along the way, from historic covered bridges

and barns to old stone carvings and unusual street

signs. For more information, see , email, or call (812) 333-8176.

15 to 100 mile routes for all

ages and abilities. Join us again

this year or for the first time.

Register online at:



or call for a brochure. 800-233-5368

What has:

Over 3000 wheels

More than enough spandex

Hundreds of Amish pies

Over 1400 satisfied stomachs?

Sept. 6, 2008


“Surf & Turf”

Packages for the

w e e k e n d .



and Hotel Package.

Call us to reserve.


Enjoy the quiet rural charm of St. Mary’s and Charles

County. Steeped in history and culture, the Amish

area of Southern Maryland is laced with quiet country

roads made for cycling. Donations support the Three

Notch Trail. Preregister by Aug. 31, 2008 to receive a

T- Shirt. Ride day registration is from 7 - 10 a.m. Visit or email


Includes a century and metric century bicycle ride.

Registration fees vary by ride, but include: lunch,

snack/drink stops, souvenir photos, “goody” bags and

dessert. For more information, visit www.cedarridge.

org or call (301) 582-0282 x122.


Bike4BreastCancer is partnering with the Harford

Velo Cycling Club and the Chesapeake Cancer

Alliance for the 6th Annual Harford County

Pink Ribbon Ride. The ride will kick off at the

Susquehanna Center on the campus of Harford

Community College in Bel Air, Md. Family rides of

4 miles and 12 miles, as well as a 25 mile, metric

century and full century ride are offered. Start time

is 7 a.m. for the longer rides with starts planned for

family rides between 7 – 9 a.m. All funds received

from this event will go to The Chesapeake Cancer

Alliance organization

For details contact Adele Snowman,


Virginia’s Northern Neck, “the Garden of Virginia,”

serves as the host for the Third Annual Northern

Neck River Ride. Tour this special and unique peninsula,

located between the Rappahannock and

Potomac Rivers, with 700 cycling enthusiasts and

experience the heritage, culture and incomparable

scenery that this region has to offer. Celebrate

National Century Month with an English, metric, half

or third century along the scenic back roads of the

Northern Neck. Visit for details and

to register online. For inquiries, call (757) 229-0507

or email


The Fredericksburg Cyclists’ 11th Annual Cannonball

Century starts at Curtis Park in Hartwood, Va.

The ride, offering 35, 62 and 100 mile routes,

goes through flat to the beautiful rolling hills of

Faquier County. Support service provided by Olde

Towne Bicycles and a free lunch at the end of the

ride. Portions of the proceeds support the Friends

of the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail and the

Fredericksburg Pathway Partners. Registration from

7-8:30 with routes opening at 7:30. Sign up on active.

com, or at For details

contact Morgan Jenkins at (540) 372-7055 or e-mail at


One of the East Coast’s most delightful inner city fun

rides, the Tour Du Port provides cyclists with a largely

car free experience in and around the most scenic

parts of Baltimore’s inner harbor and Ft. McHenry

areas. Over 1,500 cyclists converge on Charm City

for this event hosted by One Less Car. Routes range

from 10 to 22 miles. Call (410) 235-3678, or email for details.

CALENDAR continued on p.30

Every 71 seconds someone in the

United States develops Alzheimer’s disease.

Join us on the adventure of a lifetime to help save

the memories of a lifetime!

184-miles: tackles the entire length of the C&O Canal

over two days beginning in Cumberland, MD and ending

in Washington, DC. It’s the longest off-road charity bike

ride in the country.

100-miles: takes in the most scenic stretches of the

C&O Canal over two days.

20-mile Memory Ride: an afternoon excursion

that allows less experienced riders to participate in

the fun and join all of the tour riders at the finish line

celebration. If you are looking for a ride you and your

family can enjoy together, this is it!












September 6 - 7, 2008

C&O Canal

Get Involved! For more information on the 184-mile or

100-mile rides or the 20-mile Memory Ride, visit or call 800.728.9255/ 703.359.4440.

Thank you to our sponsors:

August 2008


August 2008


CALENDAR continued from p.29



Enjoy spectacular cycling in the beautiful Shenandoah

Valley of Virginia at this very popular 18th annual

event. Featuring all new routes on Saturday with rides

each day for all skill levels from easy family cycling

to a challenging century. Delicious food--Saturday

(lunch, afternoon apple dumpling social) Sunday

brunch. Saturday night dance. Sag support on every

route. Visit Grand Caverns (with discount on route),

and historic attractions in Staunton and the valley.

Family friendly and group discounts. Please check our

website or call (540) 885-

2668, fax (540) 885-2669


Looking to ride near Ocean City, Md., during your

visits to the beach? Join members of the Worcester

Wheelmen Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Rides

go 30-40 miles averaging 15-16 mph. Meet 8:30 in

the parking lot in front of Happy Harry’s on Manklin

Creek Road near the south gate of Ocean Pines. No

one gets left behind. For details call Dutch at (410)



All Wednesdays are mountain bike race evenings at

Wakefield Park, along Braddock Rd in Annandale,

Va. Fun, fast, 1 hour races in the evening. Great

for new riders to try the sport, plus classes for good

competition for seasoned racers. 5:30 pm Junior

race with 6 classes for 14 and under. 6 pm race for

beginners, single speeds, 35+, 45+, 15-18 Juniors. 7

pm race for sport, expert, clydesdale. For details, log

onto or contact Jim Carlson at


A Festival of Women’s Cycling

Sunday September 14, 2008

Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD

Join us for a full day of fun in celebration of women’s

cycling. Ride Baltimore’s scenic roads and then enjoy a

women’s-specific cycling expo, including fun activities,

informative exhibits and a cycling fashion show. The fully

supported rides are of varying lengths and are for women

only of all abilities. Trek will be on-site with their line of

women’s bikes for you to see.

Cost: $22 in advance (includes t-shirt, ride, lunch and expo); $30 day

of (does not include t-shirt)

Rides: Five spectacular routes through casual to challenging terrain

Pre-registration is suggested via

or in-person at Joe’s Bike Shop at 5813 Falls Rd (410/323-2788)

for more info visit


Lutherville Bike Shop will lead two weekly road bike

rides. Both rides will leave from the shop at 5:30 p.m.

Proper riding attire required. Easier Ride: Monday

nights at 5:30 p.m. 14-16 mph Approximately 30 miles

A scenic road ride through Loch Raven Reservoir and

surrounding areas. We keep the hills to a minimum

and invite all riders to the sport. Racers recovering

from the weekend are welcome as well. We’ll ride as a

group and no one will be left behind.

Fast Ride: Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m. 18+ mph

Approximately 40 miles A fast ride through Loch

Raven Reservoir and northern Baltimore county. This

is a hilly ride with sprint points to keep the heart rate

up and the competition fierce. The goal of this ride

is to ride fast and ride hard. Great for racers training

during the season. We will set a few designated wait

points. Call the shop for details (410) 583-8734. www.


A 15-19 mph road ride out of Frederick Bike Doctor,

5732 Buckeystown Pike, just off Route 355. Meet every

Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for a 25 mile +/- ride. No one

will be dropped. Beginning May 1 the ride time will

change to 6 p.m. Rides cancelled if roads are wet, it

is raining, temps are below 40 degrees or winds are

20 mph or above. Contact (301) 620-8868 or log onto for details.


Women’s only bike rides for beginners or those interested

in casual rides. DC Cycling Chicks offers weekday

and weekend bike rides. Visit http://bike.meetup.

com/340 or contact Susan Schneider at (202) 403-

1148 for details.


Lutherville Bike Shop will lead a weekly mountain

bike ride every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. from

the shop. The ride will leave from the shop and go

through Loch Raven Reservoir. Distance and speed

will vary based on rider skill level. Call the shop for

details (410) 583-8734.


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.


A fun but spirited group ride through Baltimore

County every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Depending

on turnout there are usually 2-3 different groups of

varying abilities. When the weather doesn’t cooperate,

we will have the option to ride indoors. Call Hunt

Valley Bicycles at (410) 252-3103 for more information.

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



THE BIKE LANE in Burke and Reston, Va., is now

hiring for full time mechanic, sales, and assistant management

positions. We are looking for enthusiastic self

motivated people who love cycling and enjoy working

with people. Experience is preferred. Excellent pay

and benefits. Please fill out an on line application at or email

for more information.


ROAD BIKE – Bianchi Eros, men’s 23 inch frame, 21

speeds, excellent condition, all original, early 1990’s

model. $225. Cash. (301) 797-1713.

CUSTOM MADE ROAD BIKE – Top quality components,

56 cm, 21-speed. Black with chrome trim. Frame-Raleigh

531 steel. New was $1,200. Asking $425 OBO. Contact Jeff

at (410) 526-4850.

PINARELLO – 54cm; aluminum frame; carbon fork,

seat stays; 10-speed Campy Record group; Eurus wheels;

beautiful pain; excellent condition. $2000 firm. Call (443)



French, 52 cm. Original components. 2 chainrings x 5-

spd. Cro-moly frame. Very good shape. $199. Call Dutch

(410) 208-1497.

RALEIGH RELIANT – men’s 3 chain rings X 5 spd, 54

cm, road bike. Made in England. Very good condition.

$199. Call Roelof (410) 208-1497.


YAKIMA ROOF RACK – Carries two bikes with a special

rail to hold a tandem bike. For car without roof

rails. $200. (301) 371-5309.





Details: NO PHONE ORDERS. Ad listed in next

issue. Limit of 25 words. Add 50¢ per word over.

Print or type message, including classification.

Send to:

Spokes Classifieds

5911 Jefferson Boulevard

Frederick, MD 21703

will take place rain or shine. For further info, visit www. or call (703) 525-0931.

Bicycles may also be dropped off for Bikes for the

World during store hours at selected bicycle retailers:

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

Bob’s Bike Shop, 19961 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville MD;

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.

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