Serving Cyclists in the Mid-Atlantic States AUGUST 2008
Highwheel 'Ro und
IN THIS ISSUE [ CYCLING CAROLINE COUNTY + SHENANDOAH MTN 100 + EVENTS + MORE ]
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.
WHY DO I PUBLISH SPOKES?
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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This book remains a perfect reminder of why I love
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...
Thanks Joff, and happy trails.
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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: www.crazyguyonabike.com).
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
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
“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
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
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
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!”
6 August 2008
by BRENDA RUBY
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
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-
padcafe.net), 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
(www.adkinsarboretum.org), 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 (www.aerosports.net) 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
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
There’s so much more...dinner at Harry’s in
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 (www.firehousecoffeecafe.net),
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
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
county will show you why pride in the past ensures
their bright future.
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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-
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
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. 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
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include Columbia, Md., and support the organization
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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
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 VeloNews.com or
CyclingNews.com 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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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
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
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
THE ROOKIE +1 by MATT COOKE email@example.com
TAKING CHARGE OF MY SEASON
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,
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
BMX MID-ATLANTIC by BRIAN CARON firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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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18 August 2008
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!”
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
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! www.winchesterbmxracing.org
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
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 www.riversidebmx.org
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: www.hagerstownbmx.com
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
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
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
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.
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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SavageMan Triathlon Truly Savage
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone
at (410) 984-8170. Or log onto www.savagemantri.org
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
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
“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.”
20 August 2008
In Maryland, Coates has been active with Community
Commons (www.communitycommons.org) , 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
qualified for the Duathlon World Championships in
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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
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
since picking up cycling several years ago.
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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
“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
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
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 www.waba.org.
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 www.onelesscar.org through links
to Adobe Flash video files.
INVESTIGATION CALLED FOR IN
DC CYCLIST’S DEATH
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
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
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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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
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
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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
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
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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CONFESSIONS OF A LOCAL WOMAN BIKE RACER
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
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
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 www.mabra.org, www.bikereg.com,
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
THE CYCLIST'S KITCHEN by NANCY CLARK, MS, RD
ALCOHOL, ATHLETES & PRESSURE TO DRINK
ASK ANY COACH OR COLLEGE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR,
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
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
• 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
• 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
• The calories in alcohol are easily fattening. People
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Alcohol in moderation can have health benefits. Red
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that may reduce the risk of heart disease.
What’s “moderation”?—two drinks per day for men,
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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
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
4949 Bethesda Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Road, Hybrids, Mountain, Kids
Parts & Accessories for All Makes
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FEATURING BIKES FROM:
To be listed, send information to Spokes, 5911 Jefferson Boulevard, Frederick, MD 21703 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
AUGUST 9 – CUMBERLAND VALLEY CENTURY
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
AUGUST 9 – EAT A PEACH CHALLENGE
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 www.charmcityrun.com
or call (410) 448-2924.
AUGUST 23 – SHOREFIRE CENTURY
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
email@example.com or log onto www.
AUGUST 23 – CUSTOM & CLASSIC BIKE SHOW
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
AUGUST 24 – RESTON CENTURY
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 www.restonbikeclub.org.
AUGUST 30-31 – SEVEN SPRINGS 24 HOUR
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 www.7springs.com or call (800) 452-2223.
SEPTEMBER 6 – 24 HOURS OF BOOTY
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 www.24hoursofbooty.org 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: www.shenandoahbike.org
Call 540 885-2668 or Fax 540 885-2669
SEPTEMBER 6 – AMISH COUNTRY BIKE TOUR
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.
visitdover.com Ask for free bicycling map of the area.
SEPTEMBER 6-7 – TOUR DE CANAL
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 http://tourdecanal08.kintera.org or
contact Linda Hadley at email@example.com or by
calling (800) 728-9255, ext. 115.
SEPTEMBER 7 – SOUTHERN MARYLAND CENTURY
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 www.ohbike.org or call (301) 567-0089.
SEPTEMBER 13 – SKIPJACK BIKE TOUR
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 www.visitsomerset.com or
SEPTEMBER 14 – SHE GOT BIKE!
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 www.active.com. For more information visit
SEPTEMBER 14-19 – SEPTEMBER ESCAPADE
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 www.triri.org , email
firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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.
SEPTEMBER 20 – AMISH 100
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
www.paxvelo.com or email email@example.com.
SEPTEMBER 20 – CEDAR RIDGE RIDE FOR YOUTH
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.
SEPTEMBER 20 – BIKE4BREAST CANCER
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 www.chesapeakecanceralliance.org.
For details contact Adele Snowman,
SEPTEMBER 26-28 – NORTHERN NECK RIVER RIDE
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 www.riverride.org for details and
to register online. For inquiries, call (757) 229-0507
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEPTEMBER 28 – CANNONBALL CENTURY
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, bikereg.com or at www.bikefred.com. For details
contact Morgan Jenkins at (540) 372-7055 or e-mail at
OCTOBER 5 – TOUR DU PORT
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
email@example.com 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
Get Involved! For more information on the 184-mile or
100-mile rides or the 20-mile Memory Ride, visit
www.alz.org/nca or call 800.728.9255/ 703.359.4440.
Thank you to our sponsors:
CALENDAR continued from p.29
OCTOBER 17-19 – SHENANDOAH FALL FOLIAGE
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 www.shenandoahbike.org or call (540) 885-
2668, fax (540) 885-2669
RIDES IN OCEAN CITY
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)
WEDNESDAYS AT WAKEFIELD
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 www.potomacvelo.com 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 www.active.com
or in-person at Joe’s Bike Shop at 5813 Falls Rd (410/323-2788)
for more info visit SheGotBike.com
LUTHERVILLE WEEKLY ROAD RIDES
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.
THURSDAY EVENING FREDERICK RIDES
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
www.battlefieldvelo.com for details.
DC CYCLING CHICKS
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.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MT. BIKE RIDES AT LOCH RAVEN
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. www.luthervillebikeshop.com
SPIRITED SUNDAY ROAD RIDES
Join the folks of the Bicycle Place, just off Rock Creek
Park, every Sunday morning (beginning at 8:30
a.m.) for a “spirited” 36-40 mile jaunt up to Potomac
and back. This is a true classic road ride that runs
year round. While the pace is kept up, no one is
left behind. No rainy day rides. The Bicycle Place
is located in the Rock Creek Shopping Center, 8313
Grubb Road (just off East-West Highway). Call (301)
588-6160 for details.
BALTIMORE SATURDAY RIDE
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
www.thebikelane.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
BIKES FOR SALE
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)
WOMEN’S REFURBISHED MOTOBECANE - Leaf green
French, 52 cm. Original components. 2 chainrings x 5-
spd. Cro-moly frame. Very good shape. $199. Call Dutch
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.
5911 Jefferson Boulevard
Frederick, MD 21703
will take place rain or shine. For further info, visit www.
bikesfortheworld.org 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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