June 2008 - Spokes Magazine

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IN THIS ISSUE [ CYCLING VIRGINIA'S HORSE COUNTRY + RAAM COMING + COLUMBIA TRI ]

Serving Cyclists in the Mid-Atlantic States JUNE 2008

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ON

COVER

THE

Cross the Bay Bridge with your bicycle and release the

tensions of your life.

FAILURE.

We rarely like to talk about failures in our lives.

Editors like to write about it in public even less. But

failing at something is every bit if not more important

than succeeding at something. I failed miserably at

something yesterday. And I’d like to share it with you.

As those of you who read this column know, I’ve been

training for my first triathlon which was held yesterday.

Yes, I was one of the first of nearly 2,000 participants

in the water at the 25th anniversary running of

the legendary Columbia, Md., Triathlon. I was also

perhaps the first finisher. No, I did not say winner. To

me, the word finisher means finishing an event. And

when I climbed out of that frigid, murky lake after 20

minutes in it, I was finished.

Keep in mind folks I trained for the swim more than

the bike or run portions. Two weeks earlier I had no

problem completing my first half marathon, and 25

miles on a bike ride is no big deal for me. So, I decided

to focus on the swim portion.

For almost two years now, I’ve been swimming in one

of those wonderful heated swim spas, as well as in our

community pool. I’d worked up from a quarter of a

mile to the point where I was swimming nearly a full

mile three times a week. I could swim a mile in my

sleep. Maybe that's what I should have done – zoned

out and just swam – when I jumped into Centennial

Lake along with hundreds of other age groupers the

morning of May 19. But I didn’t. Instead, I paid close

attention to everything around me and I panicked.

No, not right away. It took a couple of minutes for

everything new to sink in to my skull. The water was

cooler than I expected, probably around 60 degrees,

but I had a new (used) wetsuit on. But I didn’t pull

the wetsuit up from the legs enough, forcing it to

chock me a bit around my neck. But I didn’t notice

that until too late. More on that in a moment.

Treading water at the start, everything seemed fine,

but the surroundings were very foreign. I was clearly

not in my element -- a swimming pool. I’d never

swum in open water before (other than a few yards

at the beach or nearby lake). But swimming is swimming,

right?

As the start for my wave was announced, like others

around me I began to swim. For about a minute

everything was fine. But then, I bumped into

someone ahead of me. I stopped for a moment then

stroked again. I bumped into someone a couple more

times. So I slowed just a tad. Then I got bumped from

behind, once, and again several times. I looked up

to say sorry, when I realized I was in the midst of a

swarm of thrashing arms and legs.

I tried moving to my right, but bumped someone,

then to my left, same result. Maybe I should allow

these folks to get around me, then I could swim at my

pace. Meanwhile my adrenaline began pumping and

my heart began racing.

I tried breast stroke (which I don’t like, and didn’t

train for). Then, I tried side stroke (same result).

The folks behind me never seemed to end, they were

only slower. In fact, some were in clusters, teams that

seemed to be swimming as a group.

By now, my stroke, any stroke, was gone and I was noticing

how dark the water was. Couldn’t see my hands in

front of me. Sort of like swimming in chocolate milk.

I’d swallowed a bit of it and couldn’t stop coughing. By

now I was only doing doggie paddle and not moving

forward at all. And I was in full panic mode.

I began thinking something was going wrong with my

body. Was I having a heart attack? Every fear I have

was happening to me all at once. Would I drown,

without anyone noticing?

I raised my hand. A boat pulled next to me. We spoke

and he agreed it appeared my wetsuit seemed a bit

tight around my neck. I unzipped it and pulled it

down to my waist, and tried swimming again. By now I

was frozen. Couldn’t feel my hands. The heart attack

was certainly happening now.

I raised my hand again and a kayaker towed me close

to shore where I climbed through the muck to the

shoreline. I walked back to the start when I found my

wife (whose start time was an hour after mine) searching

the swim finish line for me.

“What are you doing here?” She said startled. I explained.

After watching her wonderful swim (she had no

problem) I went to the minivan and rolled into a

ball in the back, listening to all the congratulatory

announcements being made over the public address

system for all the folks who were out there actually

completing this wonderful event.

A full hour and a half later, I climbed out of the van

after my body’s shaking subsided. I caught up with

my wife after her bike ride, and joined in for the run.

She pulled away after a mile. I did manage to finish

the run. I felt drained.

On the way home, we stopped for groceries, but I was

embarrassed for folks to see the numbers painted on

my legs and arms. I feared someone would ask me

why I had them painted on my body, I would have to

explain. Fortunately, no one did.

When we got home, I gave my wonderful Columbia

Triathlon shirt to my wife’s father. “I can’t wear it,” I

told him. “What will I tell folks when they see it on

me, and congratulate me for doing the Columbia

Triathlon? ‘Yes, I swam for 20 minutes and then

quit.’” I told my father-in-law he should wear it and

tell folks he was proud of his daughter for finishing

the triathlon.

I showered, put on some bike clothes, and went to

the van. I pulled out my bike (still equipped with the

untouched Gatorade and water bottles set up for the

race), and pealed off the race number from the bike.

I headed out for a solo 25 mile ride.

Okay, my pride was severely damaged. I’d done two

and one-third of a triathlon (sort of).

My initial reaction is to pull out of the next triathlon

I’ve entered. But I’ll not act too hastily. I’ve got to

conquer this open water, mass start fear. So I’ll figure

how to do that and we’ll see from there.

But I’ve got to admit folks, being set back on something

like this can be quite a shock to the system.

Hasn’t happened to me in decades. I hope (intend)

to learn something positive from it, but as I write this

I am still shaking a bit from the shock of it all.

Happy Trails,

Neil Sandler

Editor & Publisher

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A Biker’s Guide to St. Michaels,

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Oxford, and Beyond

by BRENDA RUBY bruby@verizon.net

nity to enjoy the waterscapes, landscapes

and natural beauty of the area. There is so

much to see as you move along the scenic

roads—a skipjack under sail, log canoes

racing, Blue Heron, Eagles, and possibly

a turtle slowly crossing the road.” As one

experienced Washington cyclist on my trip

put it, “turn your speedometer off and

enjoy the view.”

St. Michaels

St. Michaels, situated on a peninsula

between Tilghman Island, Easton, and

Oxford, is the ideal home base for any

weekend of cycling. There are obviously

plenty of accommodation choices in those

nearby towns, but St. Michaels is central to all of

them, giving you more and different options in

terms of riding. While filled with historical sites,

fine dining, quaint shops, and restored homes,

its claim to fame is being “the town that fooled

the British.” Curious as to how? Spend part of

your day in St. Michaels on their self-guided walking

tour www.stmichaelsmd.org/about/what2do.

html) where you’ll discover this fact and have

the chance to visit such sites as “The Cannonball

House.” While the town bills it as a walking tour,

you can tool around on your bike to see the

Deborah Dodson, director of the Talbot County

Office of Tourism, confirms that bicycling is a favorite

activity for visitors who are offered “a golden opportusites.

As a bonus, you’ll get good views of the Bay. Stop

by the St. Mary’s Square Museum between Mulberry

Street and East Chestnut Street for a good orientation

to St. Michaels history and to pick up the map.

Another main attraction is the Chesapeake Bay

Maritime Museum (www.cbmm.org). While you probably

won’t be able to get in for free like I did because

I was there on Bay Day, the Chesapeake’s version of

Earth Day, it’s worth the cost of admission. Dedicated

to preserving the Bay’s maritime history, this waterfront

museum covers 18 acres of land with nine buildings,

a lighthouse, and vistas of Miles River. While it

does have the nation’s most complete collection of

Bay artifacts, it’s popularity stems from the fact that it

is a living museum—you can be an apprentice for a

day helping to build a boat, learn about historic vessel

preservation in the working boat yard, or meet any

number of Chesapeake people who make their living

on the Bay. (Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. June through

September; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. April, May, October,

November; Admission: $13/adult; $6/child over 6)

At this point, you could easily while away the entire

day in St. Michaels, lunching at a street-side café like

Key Lime (www.keylime-cafe.com), finding the perfect

new decorative something for your home (or yourself)

in one of the many boutiques or galleries, visiting

the St. Michaels winery, or even taking a sailing

tour out on the river or Bay. A boat ride on the Miles

HEADING OUT to “the Hamptons of the Chesapeake

Bay,” as St. Michaels in Talbot County is known, one

should be filled with a sense of freedom and escape.

But, thanks to the traffic that inched along in gridlock

the Friday morning I was trying to leave, I wasn’t

exactly feeling free; I was feeling frustrated.

Finally, as I approached the Bay Bridge, I could start

to feel “it” happening. I’ve heard it said that as you

cross the Bay Bridge, your cares just seem to slip away

and by the time I had traversed that beautiful bridge

“it” had happened to me; the morning craziness, the

work deadlines I had been fretting about just the night

before—somehow the scene of the open Bay and

glimpses of sailboats melted it all away. I decided then

and there that I don’t cross that bridge nearly enough.

The flat country roads surrounding St. Michaels have

wide shoulders and are ideal for any type of cyclist.

Even novice cyclists who just want to tool around will

probably be able to go longer and farther because

of the gentle terrain, while experienced riders more

interested in training won’t be disappointed by the

long smooth stretches of road, begging for you to

pump away in your highest gear. Likewise, this area is

also popular with tandems who will enjoy the opportunity

to do their own kind of sailing. If you’re biking

with friends or family of varying abilities and interests,

this area is it.

An aerial photo of Oxford, MD

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River with Patriot Cruises (berthed at the Maritime

Museum) offers 60 minute or 90 minute narrated

tours. You’ll see waterfront mansions, osprey nests,

and more. (Cost: $22.5/adult; $18.25/child) (www.

patriotcruises.com)

Before moving on, if you’re hankering for a mid-day

crab cake sandwich, stop by Big Al’s on the way out

of town. They’ll fry you up one to order, made fresh

from crab caught in the adjacent Miles River. With so

much going for it, it’s hard to believe until you experience

it that St. Michaels retains its small town pace

and charm.

Tilghman Island

After your (long or short) stop in St. Michaels, the

next logical destination is Tilghman Island (www.

tilghmanisland.com). You’ll be continuing along the

main road, Route 33, for approximately 14 miles.

(Note that in St. Michaels Route 33 is called Talbot

St. and towards Tilghman Island becomes Tilghman

Island Road.). Biking along in long, straight stretches

out onto the finger of land leading to the Island, you

will be treated to incredible views of the Chesapeake

Bay, while being reminded by the wind that you are

indeed on a slight sliver of land; you WILL greet the

one hill, the drawbridge at Knapps Narrows crossing

onto the Island, with great enthusiasm.

The draw of Tilghman Island for me was not so

much the ride there, but the experience once there.

Unspoiled. Authentic. Unhurried. This is the way

Tilghman Island bills itself. To wit, St. Michaels seems

to bustle in comparison. Sparsely populated, this is a

true working watermen’s village with excellent fishing

and fresh seafood. It’s also home to the last commercial

sailing fleet in North America, the skipjacks,

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which are on display at Dogwood Harbor. Skipjack

Tours (www.skipjack.org) offers a 2 hour cruise on a

working skipjack.

After you pass over the drawbridge, refuel at the

Country Store three streets down to the left. Sure you

can get a drink or sandwich, but if you’re lucky they’ll

have a slice of Smith Island cake. Enjoy a piece of

that eight-layer confection Islanders are lobbying to

become the official state cake of Maryland and you’ll

see why they’re so proud of it.

Don’t stop there; since you’ve made it this far, be sure

to bike all the way to the end of the road and Island—

Black Walnut Point. Located there is an Inn by the

same name which sits on the outermost point, giving a

three-sided view of the Bay. It’s also a spectacular place

to view an approaching storm. Of course, that’s if you’re

staying there, if not, an approaching storm means you

need to high-tail it back. A storm and the increased

winds it brings can make the length back to St. Michaels

seem to double, as it did for me. Fortunately, you know

you’re almost home when you get to The Inn at Perry

Cabin, one of the more luxurious and famous accommodations

St. Michaels has to offer.

Spend the rest of the day enjoying St. Michaels, but

by now all that work biking to and from Tilghman

Island probably has you a little hungry. Dinner time

in St. Michaels generally means dining on the deck

of a waterside restaurant like Town Dock (www.towndock.com)

or cracking crabs at the popular Crab Claw

Restaurant (www.thecrabclaw.com). Dodson reminds

us, “We have the best chefs in the Mid-Atlantic Region

and they set the stage for your all time favorite and

memorable meals.”

Oxford

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Another ride opportunity not to be missed is taking

the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry (www.oxfordferry.com) to

Oxford, where the well-maintained homes and gardens

beckon you down side streets to discover small

coves and docks. The trip from St. Michaels to the

ferry is an easy seven miles by taking Route 33 to a

right on Route 329 (Royal Oak Road) to a right on

Bellevue Road. Established in 1683, it is believed to

be the oldest continuously operating ferry. The 3⁄4-

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pastoral rolling farms. Route distances

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mile trip crosses the Tred Avon River and takes 7-10

minutes. It’s a quick trip not only because of the short

distance, but because the ferry is small, holding only

nine cars plus walk-on passengers. Bicycle fare is $3/

one way; $5 round trip.

Once in Oxford, grab a snack from the Oxford Market

& Deli located in the center of town and picnic across

the street at Town Park where you can relax along-side

the Tred Avon River. Continuing through town you’ll

be treated to meticulously cared-for historic houses

and mansions. Though most are private residences,

you’ll appreciate the spectacular gardens, making the

trip down Oxford’s main street a quaint delight.

A good ride from Oxford is an approximately tenmile

trip, through the town of Trappe to Jamaica

Point. Follow Route 333 though Oxford to Almshouse

Road, then White Marsh Road. You’ll cross over Route

50, taking Piney Hill Road to Koogler Road, which

becomes Jamaica Point Road. Enjoy the view and the

breeze and return on Schoolhouse Road, turning

onto Chancellor Point Road. You’ll rejoin Koogler

Road and return to Oxford on the same route.

On waiting for the ferry back, don’t miss a stroll along

The Strand, an area which lies on the right as you’re

heading out of Oxford. With its small, yet delightful

beach and impressive homes you’ll have one last

chance to enjoy the quiet scenery.

Easton

Even though you may be staying in St. Michaels, don’t

miss out on the offerings of Easton. This historic town

(founded in 1711) has been named the “8th Best Small

Town in America,” and is filled with charming colonial

and Victorian architecture, interesting streetscapes,

unique shopping, and fine restaurants. Take their walking

tour (by bike) and soak even more area history.

(www.eastonmd.org/download/walktour.pdf)

Consistently voted one of the nation’s top arts communities,

Easton’s galleries are respected for the

quality of their collections. You can pay a visit to

The Academy Art Museum (www.art-academy.org/),

which bills itself as the anchor for the visual arts on

the Eastern shore and houses a permanent collection

of 19th and 20th Century works by European and

American artists.

Any mention of Easton would be incomplete without

a mention of their annual world famous Easton

Waterfowl Festival. Taking place the second full weekend

of November, around the time when migratory

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waterfowl arrive in the area, the festival features paintings,

carvings, sculpture, decoys, crafts, kids activities,

great food, and music throughout the historic town.

An out and back to Easton from St. Michaels is just a

22-mile roundtrip, taking Route 33 to a left on Route

370 to a right on Glebe Road which will take you

into town. You can easily make a 36-mile loop of it by

heading to Oxford after Easton. Head out of Easton

on Dutchman’s Lane, take a right on Manadier Road,

a right on Landing Neck Road, a right on Almshouse

Road, then a left on Route 333 into Oxford and take

the ferry back into St. Michaels. Extend the trip even

more by detouring to Jamaica Point as described

above. (Online cue sheet of 36-mile route available at:

www.eastonmd.org/ebmasite/biking.htm)

Aside from boutiquing, antiquing, and eating, the

St. Michaels area offers nature lovers a laid-back

paradise—just look around and you may spot heron

and osprey, geese, deer, foxes, and other creatures

that city-dwellers never see. To commune even more

closely with nature, visit the Jean duPont Audubon

Sanctuary (mddc.audubon.org/centers.html) near

Bozman. This is a former fox hunting ground of the

duPont family and has eight miles of shoreline and

950 acres of forests, meadows, and wetlands. You can

make this a 15-mile roundtrip detour on your way to

or from Tilghman Island via turning off onto Bozman

Neavitt Road from Route 33, then a left onto Wells

Point Road.

Pickering Creek is another Audubon Center near

Easton, with 400 acres of forests and wetlands, offering

shelter to foxes, deer, and river otters. You can

walk short easy loops exploring the area after an easy

13-mile ride from St. Michaels (take Route 33 from

St. Michaels, a left on Unionville Road/Route 370, a

right on Todds Corner Road, and a right onto Sharp

Road). You can combine an outing here with your

trip to Easton simply by making the left at Route 370,

rather than continuing on into Easton on Route 33.

On your continuation to Easton, just keep going on

Route 33 once you get back to that intersection.

Whatever you do, however you ride, whether you’re

tooling or training, allow yourself plenty of time

to explore and relax. Unless you give yourself the

chance to feel the Bay breeze, hear the lapping of the

surrounding water, follow one of the many different

types of birds in flight, you’ll be missing out on one

of the real charms of this area—a slower pace. Your

troubles are just a Bridge away so enjoy the freedom,

however temporary, our Maryland “Hamptons” offer.

Suggested Rides from St. Michaels:

Trip 1: Explore St. Michaels / Tilghman Island—Ride

to Black Walnut Point on Tilghman Island and back

for an approximate 32-mile trip.

Trip 2: Explore Oxford—Take the Oxford-Bellevue

ferry and ride to Jamaica Point and back for an

approximate 43-mile trip.

Trip 3: Explore Easton & Oxford—Ride 22 miles for an

out and back trip to Easton; make a loop of it by traveling

on to Oxford and returning by ferry (36 miles).

Farther Afield:

Cambridge—located in Dorchester County to the

south, Cambridge is about a half-hour drive from

Oxford and Easton (forty minutes from St. Michaels)

and is home to the Blackwater National Wildlife

Refuge, a waterfowl sanctuary of 27,000 acres.

Blackwater offers several bike routes for the novice to

experienced cyclist. Visitors can choose to complete

an approximate 4-mile or 7-mile-loop route along

the paved Wildlife Drive. Blackwater also has a 20-

mile and 25-mile route that runs along county roads

through the varied habitats of the Refuge. (www.fws.

gov/blackwater/cycling.html)

Schedule of Area Events:

(Note that this is a very partial listing of upcoming events.

Visit www.tourtalbot.org/events.asp for a complete list.)

June 7– Tour de Talbot Bicycle Ride (Easton)

Benefits the Special Olympics and Cure Autism Now;

$25/$30 registration

June 13-15– Antique Classic Boat Festival

(St. Michaels)

June 14– First Annual Summer Art Festival

(St. Michaels)

June 21– Cardboard Boat Race (Oxford)

June 28– Tilghman Island Seafood Festival (Tilghman

Island)

July 25-27–Plein Air Festival & Competition (Easton)

July 26–Chesapeake Folk Festival (St. Michaels)

Sept. 20– Ferry Boat Race (Oxford)

Nov. 14-16– Waterfowl Festival (Easton)

Premier wildlife art and sportsman’s expo; features

world-class wildlife paintings, photos, carvings, collectibles,

and gear.

Nov. 15– Antique Show & Sale (Oxford)

Bike Shops:

Easton Cycle & Sport (410-822-7433); Wheel Doctor

Cycle & Sport in St. Michaels (410-745-6676); Oxford

Bike Shop (410-820-8222)

Rentals:

In addition to the above, you can rent bikes from St.

Michaels Marina (410-745-2400) and Tilghman Island

Marina (410-886-2500)

Getting there:

St. Michaels is roughly a one hour, forty-five minute

drive from downtown Washington, Baltimore, or

Alexandria and a two hour, fifteen minute drive from

downtown Frederick.

Directions:

US-50E to MD-322 for two miles; right on MD-33/St.

Michaels Road for nine miles.

Lodging:

Bed & Breakfasts abound or you can splurge and

treat yourself to a stay at the Inn at Perry Cabin (for a

mere $330-$770/night), but I found the St. Michaels

Best Western (410-745-3333) ($160/Friday & Saturday

night; $103/weeknight), located one mile outside of

the historic area, fit the bill just fine.

June 2008

7


BLUSTERY WINDS CONFOUND PROS AT AIR FORCE CYCLING CLASSIC

WITH A WARM 75 DEGREE SUNSHINY DAY, it should

have been perfect for a breakaway to dominate the

May 4 U.S. Air Force Cycling Classic men’s pro race,

but a Blustery wind kept the field mostly together

until the punishing final lap.

Twenty-five year old Sebastian Haedo (Colavita Olive

Oil/Sutter Home) followed a perfect team leadout

and took first place in an exhilarating sprint to the

finish in the last seconds of the 3 hour, 27 minute

race. The field averaged just over 29 miles per hour

over the 101 miles raced.

Relatively unknown on the pro circuit, Haedo’s surprising

win came over last year’s winner Kyle Wamsley

(Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home) and other prerace

favorites. Wamsley took second place, and Alex

Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast) took

third, with Andrew Randell (Symmetrics) ahead of all

three medalists until the final 50 meters. Randell was

named “Most Aggressive Rider” of the day.

While the course stretched from the Air Force

Memorial to the urban corridors of Arlington’s

Crystal City, the wind kept the riders from any successful

breakaways. Riders also had to contend with a difficult

chicane and many sharp turns. Only about half

the competitors completed the entire race.

Local pro team Kelly Benefit Strategies of Baltimore

had a chance to make its mark, but burned out on

the final few turns. They did manage to work with

riders on the Colavita squad to bring back solo breakaway

Andrew Randell (Team Symmetrics)

Earlier in the day, prior to the thrilling Men’s Pro

Race, the Military Academy Shoot-Out was held. The

Academy races pitted the U.S. Air Force Cycling Team

against the U.S. Naval Academy Team and Military

Academy at West Point Cycling Team. The Air Force

won the Team Time Trials, while the U.S. Military

Academy at West Point won the sprint competitions.

However, based on total points, the U.S. Naval

Academy Cycling Team won overall.

In a competitive ride held prior to the day’s racing,

over 320 riders turned out the first ever Crystal Ride.

The top three finishers, were Jess Lightner, of

Washington, who completed eight laps of the 12.5

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RAAM ARRIVING HERE THIS MONTH!

Cyclists racing in the legendary 3,008 mile Race Across America

(RAAM) from the Pacific Coast will arrive in Maryland from June

16 through June 20. Pedaling solo and on teams, the cyclists

ride 24/7 coast to coast in as little as eight days! (12 days

maximum.) Most solo riders average 90 minutes of sleep a day.

Starting in Oceanside, California on June 8, the finish line will

be on the harbor of Annapolis, Md.

Volunteers are needed to help man a designated penalty station

in Mt. Airy, Maryland. Penalties for such violations as drafting or

not stopping at stop signs must be paid at the Mt. Airy stop.

Mt. Airy Bicycles will serve joint duty as both Time Station 52

and the Penalty Box, where racers have to wait out their penalty

as directed by Race Officials – your best chance to be near

these phenomenal ultra marathon bicyclists!

You may know a cyclist or two who has bicycled coast to coast

across the United States. Imagine racing on a bicycle, pedaling

from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic Coast in only eight days.

RAAM bicycle racers who do not reach the 3,008 mile Atlantic

destination twelve (12) days after their Pacific start are listed

DNF (Did Not Finish). Those racers who do complete within the

12 days will have pedaled an average of 250 miles EVERY Day,

continuously. They pedal day and night! By the time they reach

the end of the race, they are sleep deprived.

To be a qualified solo cyclist finisher of the 12 day coast to coast

bicycle race, time allows an average of less than four hours

of sleep per day. Racers hallucinate. Their reality shifts. They

have been known to be ‘sleeping,’ yet still pedaling forward on

their bikes. For some of them, their bodies are consuming more

energy than they are able to nutritionally replenish. For them,

their bodies have begun depleting the very muscle mass they

so vitally need.

Unlike cycling stage races, as is the Tour de France, RAAM is

an Ultra Endurance Cycling Event. The governing body for the

RAAM event is the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association (UMCA).

These bicycle racers have no rest days. They will sleep a few

hours as needed. The first solo cyclists to arrive at the finish

line sleep as little as 90 minutes a day. They are extremely

driven to their goal of winning the race and sleep interferes

with that goal.

Volunteer staffing is needed for: Time Station and Penalty Box

tables where race teams check in, RAAM website monitor to

know what penalty time a racer must wait, time keeper to track

the penalty time served and release the racer, communications

with Race Officials as required, provide hydration and general

assistance to race team.

Volunteers are needed 24/7, Monday – Friday. For more information

and to sign-up online: www.BikeRAAM.com or contact

Georgia Glashauser at georgia2006@yahoo.com or Larry Black at

Mt. Airy Bikes larry@bike123.com (410) 795-2929 or (301) 831-5151.

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THE ROOKIE +1 by MATT COOKE youvebeencooked@yahoo.com

SHATTERED? Hardest day ever on the bike? Absolutely

dead to the world right now? Yes, yes and yes.

We finished stage four of the Mt. Hood Stage Race

four or five hours ago and I’ve had a massage then a

Reuben, a pasta and sausage dinner, too much water

to count and a McFlurry and I still can’t function

properly. I don’t even think I should be typing in this

state but this article does have to go out.

Rory Sutherland won the time trial yesterday and

took yellow which means we would be riding the front

in defense of it. We knew we would be doing that but

we were not expecting was the hour long $^*% fight

before a break got away. I was shattered from the

beginning but the truth is no matter how bad you feel

you can’t give up because there are seven other guys

relying on you. When attack after attack kept going

up the road I so felt like giving up and truth is I can’t

put into words why I kept going.

After a break got established

we road tempo at the front

for the rest of the 101 miles

and it was pretty much the

opposite of fun. We still have

yellow so it was worth it.

It was a different story two

days ago when I got in the

break on the first lap and

went solo 80 miles later. I

held it until 2k to go. And

even though I didn’t win it

felt good to do something in the race and know that I

was making other guys hurt to chase me down.

This afternoon is the crit and I can predict that we

will be riding in formation at the front which is truly

the safest and easiest place to be in a crit.

I also did Tour of Georgia three weeks ago. That went

as you would expect with lots of riding flat out every

day until a break went. Brasstown Bald is actually as

hard as people say it is and I am happy I only have to

do it once a year. Part of the problem is that there is

a 1k wall a few k’s from the bottom of Brasstown and

that is a big challenge in itself as Astana drove that

section in order to whittle down the field.

For better or worse I made it with the lead group

there but then once we made the turn to the actual

climb, I came right off the back. What it comes down

to is you have to ride your own pace up the climb,

not the leaders, it is so steep that is the only way you

can ride it with out blowing up. I tried to stay with the

guys who ended up winning and I blew early but my

teammate Rory rode within himself and got 4th. Of

course he is the best rider in the America but he still

had the right idea.

Georgia ended on a good note when I got in the

break on the last day’s circuit race through Atlanta.

That day especially was easier in the break than the

bunch because of all the wet roads and pot holes. I

had pretty much had nothing at all that day after riding

so hard on Brasstown and after pulling through

hard to get the gap established I had to sit on the

back of the group and save every once of energy I had

lest I get dropped.

I’m back in Boulder as of this morning and I think I

am going to nap for a few days and completely avoid

the bike. I think I have earned a break.

EDITOR’S NOTE:

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

youvebeencooked@yahoo.com

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volunteering include a colorful Cycle Across Maryland t-shirt,

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percent reimbursement on your registration fee if you serve as

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Registration: Help get everyone on the road for Cycle Across

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and thirsty riders.

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will have no trouble finding lots of accommodations

along this route. However, motels are only found in

Leesburg, Warrenton, and Front Royal. By using

B&Bs you will have greater flexibility in controlling

the length of your riding days. Restaurants, cafés, and

other food stops are found in all the towns that we

cycled through.

EXPLORING

AFTER CYCLING ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, circumnavigating

Switzerland, and exploring Spain, I

often wonder “where to” for my next cycling journey.

SPOKES’ editor suggested that I explore Virginia,

my home state. What a novel idea! I have cycled the

trails and roads in Northern Virginia and crossed the

length of the southern part of the state—a long and

hilly ride—when I cycled across the United States.

Usually, I have been going “somewhere else” on my

cycling trips. In the spring I took my first “cycling

closer to home” trip into Virginia’s horse country.

Overview

Since I planned a local trip I decided to actually start

cycling from home (no cars, trains, or planes on this

trip) by taking the Washington & Old Dominion Rail

Trail (W&OD) west out of the metropolitan area

to Purcellville before hitting the roads. From there

I planed to head south to Middleburg, The Plains,

Marshall, and on to Warrenton. After that I would

head northwest to Front Royal then head northeast

Virginia’s Horse Country

by JEFFREY HEIL

to Paris (Virginia not France), Bluemont, and then

back to Purcellville before hopping on the W&OD for

the final leg home. I planned to cycle about 200 miles

over four days.

My local cycling friend Larry and his cycling friend

Dave from York, Pennsylvania decided to join me. Larry

wanted to try his new recumbent on a tour and Dave

wanted a shake-down ride in preparation for his upcoming

ride from Astoria, Oregon to his home in Pa.

I used Google Maps to find a route that consisted of

mostly country roads with low traffic volume. I knew

that the terrain would be hilly so I did not even look

at that feature of the program. I left home with a

print-out of the narrative directions but wished that

I had also printed the larger sections of the detailed

maps. The level of detail on Google was greater than

the state road map that I carried. It would have been

helpful to connect the narrative with a map to avoid

some of the confusion we had at several unmarked

country roads.

Google is also helpful in finding lodgings, restaurants,

and bike shops. If you want a Bed and Breakfast you

Heading West on the W&OD

Our trip started in less than ideal conditions. The

weekend weather prior to start of our trip was a torrential

downpour. Despite the continuing rain, we

started our journey on a very wet Monday. However,

we anticipated better weather for the rest of the week

as we left Falls Church (mile 7 on the W&OD trail)

and headed west.

Surprisingly, we encountered other foul-weather

cyclists, joggers, walkers, etc. on the trail. With all the

rain a section of the trail near Leesburg was flooded

and closed; necessitating a detour onto the roads.

Otherwise the trail was in good condition and riding

to the end in Purcellville was easy. The W&OD railroad

first ran to Purcellville in 1871 but terminated

operations in 1968 and later becoming a rail tail.

Purcellville has several restaurants in this part of

town. Just make a left off the W&OD onto N. 21 St.

and go to Main St. While we were having coffee

in Purcellville, one local resident told us that they

see lots of cyclists on route VA-690 heading towards

Middleburg and that most drivers took their time

passing the bicyclists. We had no trouble with the cars

and made several stops to look at the wildflowers and

horses. We were still on the fringe of “horse country”

but my untrained eye saw lots of good looking horses.

Falls Church to Middleburg: 55 miles

W&OD Trail to Purcellville

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We arrived in Middleburg in time for lunch.

Middleburg was established in the late 1700s and supposedly

got its name because it was midway between

Alexandria and Winchester. This little town has several

good meal options ranging from a grocery store

bag lunch to fine dining. We chose a café called

Mello Out on E. Federal St. and had interesting sandwiches

and drinks while we relaxed and listened to

several local horse owners talk about the trials and

tribulations of owning a horse. Based on what they

said, we were thankful that we only had bicycles to

contend with. You may want to plan your cycling trip

to Middleburg to take advantage of its horses, fox

hunting, and steeplechases. Or plan your trip for May

when the town hosts the “Hunt Country Stable Tour.”

I took this tour several years ago and was amazed at

how well the horses lived. In fact, one stable even had

a swimming pool for its horses.

Middleburg to Warrenton: 30 miles

Right on US-50

Left on VA-626 to The Plains

Right on VA-55 to Marshall

Left on US-17

Right at Carters Run Rd.

Left at Wilson Rd

Left at Cannonball Gate Rd.

Continue on Bear Wallow Rd

Right at Norfolk Dr.

Left at Gold Cup Dr. into business district

Next, we headed south to The Plains. The W&OD

was flat but the further south we got the more rolling

hills we cycled. None of them were difficult and the

change of pace was nice. We were now in the heart of

Virginia’s horse country which made stopping by the

side of the road very enjoyable. We also noticed that

the number of wineries was increasing as we headed

south. It would be fun to plan a cycling trip that

incorporated stops at several of them. In hindsight I

wondered why I chose to tour the horse country and

not the wine country.

The Plains is a very small town but you won’t go hungry

as the town has several cafés where cyclists are welcome.

In The Plains we met a man interested in our

ride. While in his professional life he is a mine inspector,

his and his wife’s passion is competing in long

distance cycling races. We were definitely not racing

since we only averaged 12 mph. However, as with

most cyclists we found a common bond as we swapped

cycling stories.

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HORSE continued from p.13

From the Plains we headed about five miles west to

Marshall. In case you are wondering, Marshall got

its name from our first Chief Justice, John Marshall.

If you did not want to do a horse or wine tour of this

area, you could do a history tour. Many of these towns

were founded in the 1700’s and later saw action during

the Civil War.

Leaving route VA-55 we headed south for a short

distance on Winchester Road (US-17). While this

highway has more traffic it also had a shoulder. Just

after crossing over Route 66 we made a right turn

onto Carters Run Road and quickly into the calm of

another good country road. This was great cycling

until we neared Warrenton and had to climb Viewtree

Mountain. While the climb was only several hundred

feet in elevation, it was steep. I rationalized that a

short walk would do my legs good and ended up

pushing my bike up the steepest part. Since Dave and

Larry were also walking, they must have wanted to

stretch their legs as well.

One of Warrenton’s “claims to fame” is that it hosted

Virginia’s first Gold Cup Race in 1922. Like most

towns we visited, Warrenton has maintained its historic

district with many early American buildings still

intact. That is amazing considering that during the

Civil War the town “changed hands 67 times.”

Warrenton to Leesburg: 75 miles

Left from Gold Cup Dr. at Blue Ridge St.

Right at Waterloo Rd

Continue on Old Waterloo Rd

Left at Old Waterloo Rd

Right on Leeds Manor Rd

In Hume, left on Hume Rd

Right on Fiery Run Rd

Stay on Fiery Run Rd (several miles of unpaved surface)

Right at VA-55

Left at VA -688

Left at US-17

Left on US-50

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We left Warrenton early in the morning and experienced

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few miles the traffic disappeared and we were again

cycling on country roads. Before we got to Hume we

found a café and stopped for a break.

After we got on the road again we were thankful for

the stop because we did not find another place until

we reached VA-55. While we had originally planned to

go into Front Royal we got confused when we reached

Fiery Run Road. Where was the detailed Google map

when I need it? We should have gone straight because

Hume Road became Fiery Run Road going west but we

chose to go right on Fiery Run Road heading north. If

we had gone straight on Hume Rd it would have taken

us to US-522. From there we would have made a right

and headed north into Front Royal. However, our right

turn on Fiery Run Road took us directly to VA-55 but

over several miles of unpaved road. Yes, that became

just another part of the “adventure.”

Front Royal is the gateway to the Shenandoah’s with

access to Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park,

and the Shenandoah River. However, I later learned

from the town’s web page that by missing Front Royal

I missed a great piece of baseball trivia. The Front

Royal Cardinals play in the Bing Crosby Stadium;

named for the singer because of his donations of land

and money.

After turning onto VA-55, we passed a crossing for the

Appalachian Hiking Trail that would run parallel to

our ride north on VA-688 and VA-601. Dave recently

hiked the entire trail and Larry has hiked a good portion

of it.

After leaving VA-55 we encountered our first big climb

of the day. We headed north on VA-688 toward Paris

and had a 600 foot climb over the mountain. We

reached this point in our trip after cycling 35 miles

over rolling hills and on dirt roads. However, it was

very scenic with farms and more horses along the

way. We also passed the 4,000 acre Thompson State

Wildlife Management Area (which hosts seven miles of

the Appalachian Trail) and the Green’s Mill site (the

mill was built between 1818 and 1823). What bothered

us was that we knew that we had another climb facing

us as we cycled up Blueridge Mountain Road.

The Blueridge Mountain Road climb seemed steeper

and the three of us ended up walking our bikes up

the worst part as we swatted away the mosquitoes

and gnats. Once we got back on our bikes we cycled

for several miles along the top of the ridge before

heading down to route VA-7. We had been paralleling

the Appalachian Trail during most of this climb

and hoped to stop at the nearby hostel. However the

hostel was about half way down the mountain and we

chose not to interrupt our great down-hill ride. Once

we hit VA-7, we literally had a long down hill ride all

the way to Leesburg--about 20 blessed miles!

We reached Leesburg after cycling 75 miles on loaded

bikes and climbing two big hills. Surprisingly, we all

felt that we could continue the rest of the way home.

However, we had reservations to stay in Leesburg and

decided to keep to our original plan. While all the

towns we visited were very nice, Leesburg has always

been one of my favorite towns. I like the feel of the

town, its historic district, great restaurants, and bike

shops. The town also has horses, wineries, and was the

home of George Marshall of WWII fame.

The next morning was just a short-flat ride of 26 miles

on the W&OD trail. Within a few hours I arrived

home in Falls Church.

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Jeff is a frequent contributor to Spokes. More of his cycling

stories can be found at http://yellowbiketales.blogspot.com/

14 June 2008


SPOKESWOMEN by LISA KILDAY kildaylisa@yahoo.com

COLUMNS

…a look at women’s cycling issues in the

mid-Atlantic

DC has a lot to offer women triathletes

DC has been named the third fittest city for men by

Men’s Health. Surprisingly, there has not been a poll

analyzing how hard and how often women work out

in DC. However, based on the number of female

triathletes in DC and their talent, I would rank DC

among the likes of outdoorsy, athletic-loving San

Diego, San Francisco, and Denver and triathlons

seem to be the female sport of choice.

Many women in DC began racing triathlons by competing

in an all-woman race, such as, the Irongirl triathlon

or the Danskin triathlon series. This trend has

grown in our region.

Now in its third year, the IronGirl Triathlon in

Columbia, Md., on August 24 (0.62 mi. swim - 17.5

mi. bike - 3.4 mi. run) is already full. Columbia

Triathlon Association has tentatively planned the

“Dress Rehearsal” for the Iron Girl race to be on

Friday, August 1st. This is a chance to practice your

swim in the lake, and your run on the actual course

(some people cycle on their own). It is a great opportunity

to listen to speakers concerning the race, setting

up transition areas and obtain answers to overall

questions that you may have. It’s also a great way to

meet some of your fellow competitors. The Iron Girl

Columbia Triathlon 101 Workshop in Columbia, is

being offered on July 19-20. For details log onto www.

tricolumbia.org

There are also two women-only triathlons in

Philadelphia this summer – the Philadelphia

Women’s Triathlon and Duathlon on July 13, and

the SheROX Women’s Triathlon on August 3. The

Inaugural Zooma’s Woman’s Half Marathon and

10k races are also being held in Annapolis on June

1, 2008. This race features food, wine tastings, mini

spa treatments, demos, and shopping to pamper

runners after the race. Perhaps the posh post-race

atmosphere helped the event to quickly fill up, even

before the course was announced.

Although there are no major female only triathlon

clubs in the DC area, local clubs including

DC Triathlon Club, Team in Training, and Team

Z provide great experiences for the rookie female

triathlete. DC Triathlon Club has a New Triathlete

Program (NTP) that includes a training plan

designed to give first-time triathletes the knowledge

and support needed to complete their first Sprint or

Olympic distance triathlon.

NTP ‘08 filled in a record 35 minutes with 100 newbies

on February 1. NTP features a series of workshops,

training events, mentoring program, and social

events along with their own website. This year’s goal

race for NTP is the NJ Triathlon on July 27, which

includes sprint and Olympic distances. The NJ State

Triathlon is also the Club Championship this year

and DC Tri is gunning for their fourth straight title.

To date, DC Tri and NTP are bringing over 200 racers

plus many volunteers and spectators. The cost of

NTP is a bargain at less than $75 for the entire training

season plus the club membership fee of $35.

DC Tri hosts numerous clinics each year on training,

open water swimming, bike selection and maintenance,

nutrition, and flexibility. DC Tri also offers

women’s cycling clinics and Ladies’ Tri night at local

triathlon stores. DC Tri’s extensive message board

features a special forum only for women where the

topics range from bike rides to Kona to women’s film

festivals.

Team in Training (TNT) is the largest endurance

sports training program in the U.S. where over

360,000 people have raised money for Leukemia

& Lymphoma Society while training for triathlons,

marathons, and cycling events. TNT is featuring the

Nike’s Women’s Marathon in San Francisco and our

own Nation’s Triathlon as goal races this year. In

exchange for raising several thousand dollars for their

charity, TNT participants receive personalized coaching,

team training sessions, and airfare and lodging at

their goal race.

Former Team in Training head coach, Ed Zerkle,

founded Team Z in 2005 with the aspiration to coach

triathletes for their goal race and compete as a team.

Because Team Z has a training component, there is a

monthly fee for several levels of instruction that is based

on the goals of each athlete and their race calendar.

Like many clubs in the area, Team Z kicked off the

season with participation in the Columbia Triathlon

May 18th. Priscilla Demeo of Fairfax, Va., is in her

second year in triathlon and joined Team Z earlier this

year. She has a few races under her belt and began

triathlon because she enjoys running but kept getting

injured. With the help of a coach, she has begun

heart rate training and taken steps to improve her

running. She told SPOKES, that her biggest obstacle

in triathlon is getting used to clipless pedals. Still taking

advantage of Team Z’s philosophy of training and

socializing together, Priscilla plans to compete in several

sprint and Olympic distances this summer.

On a personal note, I am looking forward to racing

in the NYC, Timberman, and Nation’s Triathlons. I

am traveling to the Big Apple with over 50 DC tri

members and to Timberman with 15 DC Tri members.

To train for Timberman, I am planning to hit

the hills on the roads around Poolesville, Md., as

many weekends as possible and to suffer through the

Savageman course during a girls’ biking weekend in

June. My season is going to wind up with the Ragnar

relay, which is a new race from Cumberland, Md., to

Washington, D.C., for relay teams of 6 or 12. Have a

fun summer training!

June 2008

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Wassner Smashes Course Mark at Columbia

Failing to perform her best at the Olympic Trials in

Tuscaloosa earlier this Spring was a disappointment;

the silver-living is that pursuing the 2008 Beijing

Summer Games got Rebecca Wassner in the best

shape of her life.

The 32-year old Gaithersburg-native, who won

last year’s second IronGirl event held on much of

this course, smashed former U.S. Olympian Susan

Williams course-record in winning the women’s side

of the 25th Columbia Triathlon, held May 18th in

Howard County, Md.

Wassner took the 1.5K swim, 41 K bike and 10 K run

in 2:04:49, cutting nearly five minutes off the previous

women’s course record of 2:07:22 set by Williams in

2005. The women’s professional leaders had a strong

local flavor, with Margie Shapiro of Northern Virginia,

and Desiree Ficker, originally from Potomac, Md. now

training out of Austin, Texas, finishing third and fifth,

respectively, behind Wassner. Amanda Lovato and

Fiona Docherty, both of Boulder, Colo., took second

and fourth, respectively, while Wassner’s twin sister


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The top pro female finishers

Laurel, rookie pro this year, grabbed sixth-place overall

for the women.

Wassner’s record-breaking performance was matched

on the men’s side by Chris Lieto of Danville, Calif.,

who also set a new mark, crossing the finish line in

1:51:13. Lieto topped 2008 U.S. Olympic team qualifier

Matt Reed’s previous best, 1:51.46, set last year.

“The conditions were perfect,” said Lieto, referring

to the cloud cover and comfortable temperature. “I

swam a little a slow, three guys off the front, and took

a little while to get in rhythm on the bike, but felt

strong on the hills. I just keep pushing myself.”

Lieto said he didn’t know he was on record pace until

he saw the clock coming down the back stretch of the

running path that encircles Centennial Lake. And,

in fact, one more key mark was broken at Columbia

as 18-year old Andrew Yoder, a high schooler from

Lancaster County, Pa., amazingly took second-place

overall, shattering the 19-and-under mark with a time

of 1:54:31.

Not to take anything away from Lieto or Yoder’s

record-breaking performances, but two top male

triathletes expected to compete for the overall victory,

San Diego’s Chris McCormack, and Richie

Cunningham of Brook line, Mass., suffered from some

confusion and poor course direction on the bike portion

of the race and missed a crucial turn. They took

third and fourth, respectively on the men’s side.

Course director Robert Vigorito told SPOKES that the

mistake caused both riders, who finished third and

fourth, respectively, to ride roughly an extra two miles,

costing them several minutes and a shot at winning.

“It’s too bad, obviously Lieto made the correct turn,”

Vigorito said. “We had someone there, but apparently

they didn’t signal or stop them. Otherwise, I think it

would’ve been a dogfight until the end.”

16 June 2008


Race director Robert Vigorito with

82 year old relay runner Bob Gralley.

“Rice and some pasta, a little chicken, the usual,” he

said, with a shrug. “I don’t change anything. I try to

keep to the same schedule and don’t interrupt what I

usually do. If I have any advice, that’s it. Eat what you

normally eat, do what you normally do before a race.

That’s what you’re

body is used to

and that’s what it’ll

respond to.”

Racing injury-free

after some bumps

in the road in

recent years, Lieto

won Columbia

on the heels of

another victory at

the Nautica South

Beach Triathlon

in Miami over

McCormack, a

former world

champion.

Lieto has set several

Ironman-course

biking records, and is one of the most powerful

cyclists in the sport. He finished third at the traditional

season-starting Wildflower Triathlon at Lake San

Antonio in California behind McCormack, who won

that event for the fourth time.

High schooler headed to Boulder

Meanwhile, Yoder, the teenage runner-up, is looking

toward graduation from Hempfield High School

and planning to attend the University of Colorado

in Boulder (where else?) this fall. He’s already qualified

as a USAT

professional after

finishing in the

top eight spots in

three sanctioned

events over the past

12 months, including

Columbia and

the Philadelphia

Olympic-distance

triathlon last year.

Yoder started doing

triathlons as a 12

year-old, running

the last leg as a

part of a relay with

two 30-something

friends of his

parents.

“They took me out running with them and then we

did the race together and I got hooked,” he told

SPOKES. “And then I found out I was a natural on

the bike.”

TRISPOKES continued on p.18

Rebeccah Wassner, who won is on the left,

and her twin sister Laurel, who took sixth.

Chris Lieto, left, won on the men’s side, and 18

year-old Andrew Yoder, who took second overall.

(Much later, in an unrelated accident, a male competitor

took a bad spill on the bicycle course and was

rushed to the hospital, causing a 20-minute delay on

the course for some athletes.)

Lieto off to fast start in 2008

For his part, Lieto said the key to his performance

was simply sticking to his routine and staying relaxed.

He is a three-time Ironman winner and former U.S.

National Ironman champion. Last year, he took sixth

at the 2007 Ironman World Championships and said

he hopes to improve on that finish later this season.

Several people approached him shortly after finishing,

quickly asking what he’d eaten the morning of

the race and the night before – as if a secret nutritional

plan propelled the affable 36-year old.

“I had a bagel,” he responded.

“What kind?” a woman queried.

“Wheat, I think,” Lieto said.

And for dinner?

June 2008

17


TRISPOKES continued from p.17

Yoder, who doesn’t run track or cross country for his

high school to focus on triathlon, said he likely will

study one of the health sciences at Colorado and is

considering a nursing degree program. However, he

also said, he plans to maintain a manageable course

load to continue pursuing triathlon. He described

himself as “a slow-twitch guy” and that he needs a

“two-hour event” like Columbia to be competitive. He

said eventually, he’d like to make it to Kona to race in

the Ironman World Championships and picked a college

with his triathlon dreams in mind.

“I chose Colorado because there are a lot of elite

triathletes there, and I’m going to start with a new

coach out there,” said Yoder. “Plus, there is the altitude,

and obviously, the USAT is located there, too.”

Twins have remarkable day

Wassner said she had trained hard for four months for

the recent Olympic Trials and though was disappointed

in her attempt to qualify for the Summer Games

later this year, the work clearly paid off in Columbia.

“I don’t think I raced up to my ability there, but I

was really happy to see my training partner, Julie

Ertel (who won one of the Olympic Trials events in

Tuscaloosa in mid-April), make the team,” Wassner

said. “We pushed each other in training and made

each other faster.”

At Columbia, she posted the fastest swim split on the

women’s side and never looked back.

“Today was one of those rare days when I put everything

together,” said Wassner, whose closest competitors

getting out of Centennial Lake were Shapiro

— and her twin sister, Laurel.

“After the swim I had a one minute advantage which

I’m not used to and I told myself not go do anything

crazy. I knew what the record was, and I knew it

wouldn’t’ be easy.”

Wassner, a former CPA, now lives in New York City.

She trains mostly, she said, at Cadence Cycling and

Multisport in TriBeca.

“Very-high tech, state of the art,” Wassner said. “They

have 24 CompuTrainers hooked to televisions where

you can watch yourself ride and there are five classes

a day. They also have Endless Pools and treadmills

– everything you need. That’s really made a difference

for me.”

She also lives not far from her sister Laurel, a former

swimmer at George Washington University. Laurel

Wassner, diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma nine

years ago while still at G.W. Her recovery has taken

years, and today she is the first cancer survivor in the

United States to earn a USAT professional certification.

She lives in Hoboken, N.J., won the inaugural

Nation’s Triathlon in Washington, D.C., last year,

took second in the amateur field at the U.S. Open

Championships, and finished third at the New York

City’s elite amateur event.

“It’s exciting to be able to train together with her and

go travel to events with her,” Rebecca Wassner said.

“We get together and will do some long weekend

rides in upstate New York. Hopefully, we’ll get to that

at least once a week all during the summer.”

Silver anniversary proclamation

In recognition of Columbia’s 25th running of the

county’s marquee sporting event, Howard County

chief executive Ken Ulman and the county commissioners

officially proclaimed Sunday, May 18, 2008

“Silver Columbia Triathlon Day,” recognizing Vigorito

for his commitment to advancing health and fitness in

the county and his dedication in organizing the event,

which included some 2,400 athletes this year.

The proclamation also highlighted the $3 million the

event has raised for local charities over a quarter of a

century and the incredible diversity of athletes competing

– ages 15 to 82 this year.

Bob Gralley, the octogenarian who ran a relay leg,

said he’d never participated in a triathlon event previously,

and was very impressed with the entire affair.

“It may not be my last triathlon,” he said.

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TRISPOKES continued from p.17

Yoder, who doesn’t run track or cross country for his

high school to focus on triathlon, said he likely will

study one of the health sciences at Colorado and is

considering a nursing degree program. However, he

also said, he plans to maintain a manageable course

load to continue pursuing triathlon. He described

himself as “a slow-twitch guy” and that he needs a

“two-hour event” like Columbia to be competitive. He

said eventually, he’d like to make it to Kona to race in

the Ironman World Championships and picked a college

with his triathlon dreams in mind.

“I chose Colorado because there are a lot of elite

triathletes there, and I’m going to start with a new

coach out there,” said Yoder. “Plus, there is the altitude,

and obviously, the USAT is located there, too.”

Twins have remarkable day

Wassner said she had trained hard for four months for

the recent Olympic Trials and though was disappointed

in her attempt to qualify for the Summer Games

later this year, the work clearly paid off in Columbia.

“I don’t think I raced up to my ability there, but I

was really happy to see my training partner, Julie

Ertel (who won one of the Olympic Trials events in

Tuscaloosa in mid-April), make the team,” Wassner

said. “We pushed each other in training and made

each other faster.”

At Columbia, she posted the fastest swim split on the

women’s side and never looked back.

“Today was one of those rare days when I put everything

together,” said Wassner, whose closest competitors

getting out of Centennial Lake were Shapiro

— and her twin sister, Laurel.

“After the swim I had a one minute advantage which

I’m not used to and I told myself not go do anything

crazy. I knew what the record was, and I knew it

wouldn’t’ be easy.”

Wassner, a former CPA, now lives in New York City.

She trains mostly, she said, at Cadence Cycling and

Multisport in TriBeca.

“Very-high tech, state of the art,” Wassner said. “They

have 24 CompuTrainers hooked to televisions where

you can watch yourself ride and there are five classes

a day. They also have Endless Pools and treadmills

– everything you need. That’s really made a difference

for me.”

She also lives not far from her sister Laurel, a former

swimmer at George Washington University. Laurel

Wassner, diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma nine

years ago while still at G.W. Her recovery has taken

years, and today she is the first cancer survivor in the

United States to earn a USAT professional certification.

She lives in Hoboken, N.J., won the inaugural

Nation’s Triathlon in Washington, D.C., last year,

took second in the amateur field at the U.S. Open

Championships, and finished third at the New York

City’s elite amateur event.

“It’s exciting to be able to train together with her and

go travel to events with her,” Rebecca Wassner said.

“We get together and will do some long weekend

rides in upstate New York. Hopefully, we’ll get to that

at least once a week all during the summer.”

Silver anniversary proclamation

In recognition of Columbia’s 25th running of the

county’s marquee sporting event, Howard County

chief executive Ken Ulman and the county commissioners

officially proclaimed Sunday, May 18, 2008

“Silver Columbia Triathlon Day,” recognizing Vigorito

for his commitment to advancing health and fitness in

the county and his dedication in organizing the event,

which included some 2,400 athletes this year.

The proclamation also highlighted the $3 million the

event has raised for local charities over a quarter of a

century and the incredible diversity of athletes competing

– ages 15 to 82 this year.

Bob Gralley, the octogenarian who ran a relay leg,

said he’d never participated in a triathlon event previously,

and was very impressed with the entire affair.

“It may not be my last triathlon,” he said.

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COLUMNS

MY BIKE SHOP by RON CASSIE photo SARAH CASSIE

WHITE'S BICYCLES –

25 YEARS YOUNG

BACK IN 1978, 1979, Brad White recounted recently,

his parents, on their way to church, used to drive past

a now-defunct raceway off route 70 near Monrovia

and New Market, Md., that staged BMX events.

A teenager then, attracted by the excitement of the

track, he started “begging them to buy me a bike.”

They did, of course.

“Those were pre-WalMart days, it was Sears, and

they’d buy me a bike and then have to take me

back a month later to buy another one,” White, told

SPOKES, with a laugh.

“Finally, I found out about Fred Kestler’s bicycle shop

in Hanover, Pa. – it’s been there like 60 years and

we went there.” White, now 40, recalled Kestler as a

grumpy old bike dealer behind the counter, but he

bugged him enough to let him test drive the latest

BMX machines and he fell in love with the sport. Not

long after, White saw a listing entitled, “dealer inquiries

wanted” in a BMX magazine and asked his dad

what that meant.

Pretty soon, the 14-year old was hustling bike parts,

accessories and gear at races as a small vendor from

a distributor in California. By 1982, his parents were

renting a vacated jewelry store lot on Main St. in

Westminster, Md.

“On a shoe string,” White said. “Probably $5,000 -

$8,000 of start-up money.”

The lease was only $300 - $400 a month.

“I don’t remember ever sitting down and having a

conversation and debating whether or not to go into

the bicycle business,” he added. “It’s just like the next

thing you knew, we had a store.”

They hooked up with two distributors around the

Laurel-area and carried the bikes and products from

there to Carroll County in a beat-up van. His older

brother, who goes by his initials, L.A., was a touring

bike enthusiast, and returned from Idaho at this time

and got started running the store, too. Between the

two White boys they had enough knowledge of the

sport to help buy, sell and repair what they sold.

Twenty-five years later, last fall officially, they passed

a quarter century in business at the same location.

L.A. arrived in January of 1983, his father Lester

said, eventually took over from his dad and mom,

Shannon, until about 1995.

For the past dozen years, White, the former-BMXer, has

been managing the shop, but it’s still a family shop.

“Mom does the books and pays the invoices,” White

said, on a recent busy day from behind the counter.

Dad, however, has another store next door, a gold,

silver and coin business, called White’s Emporium. It

shares the same phone as the bicycle store.

“I opened the coin shop after I retired,” said the 73-

year White said, adding, “I think I work more hours

now than I did when I was working.”

They launched in a recession, but rode the BMX

trend into the mountain biking boom and outlasted

two other bicycle stores in town.

Brad White went to art school after graduating from

Francis Scott Key High School in 1985 before recognizing

it wasn’t really his calling and eventually came

back to the family business full-time.

Today, the shop remains a traditional, downtown family

bike store. They cater to everyone from high-end

road bikes to bikes for kids. They’re a full-service

store that handles all sorts of repairs and restorations.

“I think the key to lasting 25 years has been to give

the customers what they need, not want you want to

push on them,” Lester White said. “Find out what

they’re looking for, present several choices, and let

them make the decision about what works for them.”

The younger White, Brad, is also an avid collector of

antique bicycles. He’s also does custom framing and

along with Larry Black of nearby Mt. Airy Bicycles,

plans to begin building special needs bicycles, some

intended for customers with disabilities. It’s something,

White said, he’s been getting more calls for,

and will help stir a little new excitement into the mix.

Tom Bruni, who died several years ago, and John

Hollands, of Reisterstown, who retired a half-dozen

years ago, Black said, used to do a lot of this work in

the past.

“We’re not going to make a lot money from the project,

but it’s important to put people over profits.”

White said he has the room to do the welding in his

Main Street location. While still a downtown shop,

Westminster, of course, remains close to excellent

mountain bike venues, like Gambrill State Park and

Patapsco State Park, the Hashawa single track trails

nearby, and plenty of rural road riding.

A local group of mountain bikers typically depart

from his store on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and there is

another group of regulars that do a Saturday morning

road ride together.

Brad White, owner of White’s Bicycles, inside the shop

Although no where near retirement, White’s Bicycles,

it’s easy to imagine the shop remaining a “Mom and

Pop” operation for decades to come. Brad White’s

three older children, Emily, 17, Jack, 15, and Thomas,

13, have all sort of grown up around the business.

The boys, in particular, have expressed interest in the

business and their father said it’s a probably “a good

time to get a wrench in their hands.”

His youngest daughter, Camille, 6, appears to have a

natural inclination for small business.

“We were out walking our dog together recently, he’s

a ‘shop’ dog,” Brad White said, “and she came back

with a pocket full of rocks. She got this box, this tin

can, and placed about a half-dozen of them inside

with a sign that said, 25 cents each’. A born entrepreneur.”

Must be in the genes.

EDITOR’S NOTE:

A good independent bicycle shop still remains one of the

treasured resources of bicycling–among the best places

to learn about places to ride, meet locals to ride with, and

learn about new products. Oh, and they also do a super

job fixing the bike stuff you break. “My Bike Shop” is a

regular feature of SPOKES in which we give you a look into

a local shop and the folks behind it.

20 June 2008


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FAMILY CYCLING 101 by KEVIN BRUGMAN kbrugman@cox.net

“IT IS GREAT TO BE BACK ON THE BIKE!” What a

great thing for a dad to hear from his 11-year-old son.

It had been far too long since we had been biking

together. With Little League Baseball taking up four

nights a week and all day Saturdays and Sundays occupied

with church and rained out make up games, we

have not had much time for riding this spring.

The boys and I had once again made our trek down to

Mathews, Virginia for the Tour de Chesapeake. I had

given my eight-year-old son, Jason, the option of staying

home and playing ball as he would be missing several

baseball games if he came along. He decided that

he would rather come on a father-son bike weekend

instead. This left poor mother all alone for three days.

This was the tenth year that Bike/Walk Virginia has

supported the ride and the fifth time that we have ridden

the ride over the 10 years. The ride has grown to

over 800 riders enjoying routes varying from 17 to 100

miles. Instead of running this event from the Bike/

Walk headquarters, the event is organized locally with

sponsoring support by Bike/Walk Virginia. This year’s

excellent event was coordinated by Rebecca Grow and

Lynda Smith Greve. The coordinators get the entire

town involved from the local schools to the police to

provide safe crossings at some of the busy intersections.

The Principal of the Elementary School was

even drafted to drive the SAG truck.

Going south from Washington, D.C., on a Friday

afternoon can be an exercise in either patience or

frustration. So I pulled the boys out from school

early and we hit the road about 1:30 in the afternoon.

The start of the trip was not a good omen. We

drove through frequent rain all the way to Deltaville.

The one problem with the TdC is the lack of nearby

hotels. We were able to find a room at Deltaville Inn

and the rain broke as we got to the hotel.

Early the next morning we headed down to Mathews

for the ride. As we came into Mathews, we saw lots of

riders heading out for some of the longer rides. We

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quickly registered and visited folks that we have met

on previous years rides. As we got out on the road,

Jonathon expressed his happiness with riding again.

We planned on starting out on the family ride and

then hook onto one of the longer routes. The first

stop on the family ride was only five miles into the

ride. But this is a location worth stopping. In addition

to fruit and banana bread, the stop is also a working

art gallery. There are a number of different glass

blowing and blacksmith displays and some active work

in progress. We then headed out to Bethel Beach.

One of the things that I often see on organized events

is for the riders to take the roads hostage. The riders

will ride four or five abreast and not let cars pass. It is

almost like the riders seem that they are getting back

at the motorized vehicles for all the time they have

been crowded off the roads or felt threatened by car

and truck drivers. Here the courtesy of the area seems

to infect everyone. The cars were very careful and

courteous around the bikers and the cyclists always

scooted to the right whenever they heard the words

“Car Back!”

Shortly after we arrived at Bethel Beach, my boys

met up with a little nine-year-old girl named Anna

as they played in the surf. Anna and her mom were

riding along with several other nurses from the

NICU section from a Richmond hospital. After taking

their picture we met Collin and his parents, Paul

and Tammi Klaco . The Klaco’s started Tek Cycling

to provide bike clothes for the entire family. They

have bike clothes for children, men and women. In

addition, they have developed a women’s outfit that

includes a jersey and a skirt wrap. Their web site is:

www.tekcycling.com.

As we left the beach Jonathon was feeling really well

and pedaling strong. He caught up with a pack of

adults and was working hard to stay with the pack

while Jason and I hung back a bit enjoying the scenery.

All of a sudden we heard a huge crack behind

us and the back wheel went all squirrelly. Fortunately

another rider was able to shoot ahead and reel in

Jonathon and let him know about our flat tire. At first

I could not find any thing that would have caused

a hole in the tire and then I saw it. A six-inch slit in

the sidewall where the bead had separated from the

sidewall. We did not have another tire with us and no

way to repair the tire. Finally I found an old children’s

plastic license plate from an earlier Bike Virginia

activity. I was able to wrap the license plate around

the inner tube and then fit the entire mess into the

tire providing a boot to hold the tire together.

When we got air into the tire, the license plate boot

was sticking out and rubbing against the seat stays as

the tire went around. We started out slowly going down

the road. I was expecting the boot to give way at any

point. The way I looked at it, every wheel rotation the

boot lasted was a little less that we would have to walk.

I sent Jonathon ahead to the lunch stop to see if the

SAG mechanic had any tandem tires that we could

put on the bike to get us home. Slowly and carefully,

we pedaled for five more miles until we got to the

lunch stop.

After we hobbled into the lunch stop, Jonathon had

just gotten to the mechanic and was ready to see if he

had any tires. The mechanic did not have any tires

but was ready to try and boot the tire until he saw

the cut and the boot bulging out of the tire. He was

surprised to hear how long that the boot had lasted

and very strongly recommended that we SAG it back

to the start of the ride. This was the first time I had

ever had to get a ride on a ride, but the next couple

of miles were on the only busy road with a minimal

shoulder. So my fatherly protection of my boys overrode

my pride and I signed up for a ride home back

to the start. Jonathon was a little bummed, but he

knew that I would not let him ride the last couple of

miles alone, so he reluctantly rode in the truck back

with us as well.

We were able to divert our sorrows at the end with the

Tour de Chesapeake classic finish, fresh strawberry

shortcake. This has been a hallmark of the ride since

the beginning and expected by all.

In addition to the organized rides on Saturday there

were other events over the weekend. They had a dinner

and family movie on Friday night. After the ride

they had a block party with nominal fees for food and

drink or you could go over to the sausage and beer

fest. Then later in the evening there was music and

dancing at the block party. On Sunday there were

several no frills rides with route guides but no amenities

such as organized rest stops of SAG support. There

were also kayak tours available and many of the shops

were open offering special made in Mathews items.

The ride organizers have gone to local talent over the

past few years to get the t-shirt designs. This year the

winner was eighth grade Lindsey Brown from the local

Thomas Hunter Middle School. Ms. Brown’s design featured

the classic elements, a beach ball, fish and a bike.

The school displayed the over 20 different designs that

were submitted for the riders to see. I was very happy

that I was not on the selection committee having to

decide on just one of the very good designs submitted.

Riding through Mathews County, you realize just

how relaxed it is. Mathews is a very small county, just

98 square miles. I spoke to a local triathlete and he

shared how spoiled he was living in the area. He says

that they can go out running or biking and they are

very seldom pressured on the road. The drivers are

very patient and courteous of all the users. Besides

bikes, there are slow moving farm vehicles on the road

and everyone just waits their turn. Besides farming,

there is an active waterman’s life style in the area. It

seems that almost everyone has a boat and many have

several. All the local marinas are full of boats of all

types, from pleasure cruisers to active fishing boats

and it is enjoyable to just sit on the dock and watch

the boats go by. We also saw several folks heading out

in their kayaks going into the smaller waterways. The

excitement of catching a good size striped bass in a

kayak should keep the adrenal flowing for several days.

There is also a sizable artistic community in the

Mathews area. In addition to the glass blowing and

Blacksmith work at the first rest stop, the Poddery has

developed some wonderful pottery. At the Poddery,

one can find a delightful mix of practicality, functionality

and whimsy in many of the same pieces. Who

ever said that practicality had to be boring or art

hung on a wall?

If you are looking for a quiet weekend to get away

from it all the dates for the 2009 Tour de Chesapeake

have already been announced, May 15-17, the weekend

before Memorial Day. The Brugman boys plan to

be there once again and we hope to see Anna, Collin

and all the other folks that we saw this year.

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It’s sharing the fun and experience with

a partner, a child, a parent, or a friend.

Sharing exercise, sharing adventure,

sharing the joy of accomplishment, and

creating a shared memory.

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BMX MID-ATLANTIC by BRIAN CARON coolbmx2c4me@aol.com

The Groove Merchant heads over the

Mason-Dixon Line

The folks at Groove Merchants BMX/Skate Shop

hosted their first contest on May 4th at Cluggy’s

Skatepark in Chambersburg, Pa. Although the event

was held nearly 40 miles away from the shop, which is

located in Martinsburg, W. Va., they had a huge turn

out and was an overwhelming success. Classes consisted

of: 13 and under, 14-15, 16-29, and 30+ in the

amateur division, as well as a 16 and over PRO division.

On top of that, a separate best trick contest was

held for big prizes as well as bragging rights.

Thirty six riders filled the classes and filled the afternoon

with excitement. It was set up as a multi run jam

format as opposed to a strict regimented time limited

format which the riders like better and it keeps the

excitement at a peak level all day long. Some of the

highlights include 18- year-old Justin Johnson blasting

huge airs out of every ramp on the course and riding

as smooth as ever, and 16-year- old flyboy Dan Depre

lofting a hefty 720 air to fakie about four feet above

a seven foot quarterpipe winning the best trick award

by far!

Other standout riders were Joey Richards hailing

from Hagerstown, Md., and destroying the 16 and

over PRO class with a crazy repertoire of dazzling

tricks from multi-trick grinds to technical lip tricks

that would make your head spin trying to keep up

with him.

Tony ‘Slow’ Shumaker received the ‘oldest rider’

award at 38-years-old, nearly three times as old as the

youngest competitor. He can still hold his own performing

pegless and relying on stylish skill and using

creative lip tricks and airs to take the 30+ win. For

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13 & under- Zack Dawson

14-15-Steven Gordon

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The outdoor skatepark located at Cluggy’s Family

Amusement Center is the closest facility to the shop’s

Eastern Panhandle location which really shows the

need for a bicycle oriented skatepark along the I-81

corridor in West Virginia, Maryland or South Central

Pennsylvania.

According to Mark Eaton, ring leader of the Plywood

Hoods out of York Pa., this May marks the 20th

Anniversary of the Dorkin’ in York video series which

really started the trend of BMX videos and changed

freestyle riding forever. This group of former break

dancers innovated in ways nobody else dreamed of

and introduced rolling and technical tricks to the

sport which has remained the style ever since. Later,

in 2005 Mark headed up a project called Joe Kid on a

Sting-Ray which was a video documentary portraying

the evolution of BMX from it’s early days in the late

70’s in southern California all the way through its current

state of an Olympic sport for 2008.

Woodbridge, Virginia’s NOVA BMX hosted the

Freedom National BMX race on April 25-27th.

Despite some bad rainy weather during the week

prior to the event and a downpour on Saturday night

they were able to pull off a great weekend of racing.

Who would have known so many national caliber

events were going on right in your own back yard?!

Richmond BMX played host to a Virginia State BMX

qualifier over the weekend of May 17-18th. As of press

time I was unable to get results together and offer

a full report. They escaped the rainy weather long

enough to pull off another leg of the well-established

Virginia State BMX Series.

The story with BMX racing in our area is really the

weather and all of the rain we’ve been getting. Local

tracks are canceling as many races as they are able

to hold. It seems like the skies are opening up every

weekend and definitely have put a damper (pun

intended) on almost every Mid-Atlantic BMX track.

There are very few races completed without being

affected by weather in some way or another. We’ve

only been able to complete 1/3 of our scheduled

races at my local track. Hopefully our luck will change

with the upcoming summer months!

Upcoming area events Riverside BMX, located in

Cumberland, Md., has had good luck in the past with

their special races and events including last month’s

Mother Day Challenge. They will follow it up with a

Father’s Day Race on Saturday June 14th. Dad’s, it’s

time to grab your bike and gear and put your coaching

skills to the test.

Due to the success of last year’s venue at Camden

Yards the AST Dew Tour will be heading back once

again to Charm City on June 19-June 22nd. BMX

related classes consist of Park, Dirt Jumping, and

Vert. Along with these bicycle related events there

will also be Skateboard and Freestyle Moto-Cross

events as well. In addition, attendees are treated to

the Action Zone which includes games and prizes for

the kids, plenty of free samples from event sponsors,

and maybe meeting some of your favorite extreme

sports athletes face to face. You haven’t experienced

the impact of an event like this until you witness it in

person, and of the five stops on this year’s tour, the

Panasonic Open held in Baltimore MD will be the

closest venue for folks in the Mid-Atlantic to attend.

There will be a festive atmosphere throughout the

weekend starting Thursday afternoon at 2pm when

the gates open. Headlining the music side of the

weekend will be Friday night’s performance by the

band Good Charlotte. Ticket prices vary depending

on the event or number of days you will be attending.

For the most up to date schedule and pricing info

check out www.AST.com.

Also happening that weekend is the G-Town BMX 5th

Adam Piece street riding in DC

annual Summer Jam. The crew from Gtownbmx.com

have been putting on crazy, talent packed jam sessions

and events for almost 10 years now. The 5th Annual

Summer Jam will be no exception. In addition to the

dirt jumps available on site, and riding all day long,

there will be food and beverages provided as well.

New this year will be the addition of an Old-Skool/

Vintage/-Mid-Skool BMX bicycle show. So bring one

bike to ride and one to show! The location for this

year’s session is in Greencastle, Pa., and the event is

scheduled for Saturday June 21st at 3 p.m. The rain

date will be July 12. For more info check their website

at www.gtownbmx.com.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s South Park BMX track will

be hosting the NBL Stars and Stripes National BMX

race on June 28-29. The track, located in the steel city

is always a great stop on the national NBL tour and

brings some high-caliber riding from the amateur

classes all the way through the elite Pro class. Check it

out and maybe give National level racing a try, as spectating

is only half of it.

Rider Profile - Adam Piece

It’s an often overlooked form of cycling and sometimes

its riders are synonymous with destroying property

with their axle pegs, or putting a skid mark on

a fresh concrete planter. These riders are sometimes

the reason new “no bicycles or skateboards” signs

are hung on walls in urban areas that have attractive

nuisances like arched walls, smooth steel handrails on

a long shallow staircase, or a challenging long “gap”

that just needs to be cleared.

The act of “street” riding has been around since the

late 1980’s when Freestyle/BMX riders veered away

from the classic clean uniforms that coordinated

with their bikes and began using natural terrain to

boost off of, jump over or do foot plants or stalls on.

Wearing some blue jeans, an old t-shirt, maybe some

knee pads and gloves these riders began “creating”

a new spin-off of the sport of Freestyle/BMX. Most

of the riding is done during non-peak hours, meaning

at night when the streets and sidewalks are not as

crowded.

These reasons may explain why you haven’t caught

up with Adam Piece, at least during the evenings and

weekends when he’s piloting his Take Time Frame

BMX bike around Montgomery County, Frederick or

even the Nation’s Capital searching for a new challenge

to ride onto or leap off of, maybe spinning an

occasional 180 or 360 down a set of stairs.

Street riding is this 30-year-old’s preferred form of

riding, at least at the moment, as he’s also known

to tool around town on a fixie road bike or grab his

Ellsworth MTB and hit the trail as well. His quiver of

bicycles includes an “all time low” of just three bikes

at the moment. If you’ve been involved in any facet of

cycling you know how easy it can be to acquire a collection

of different styles of bicycles, one specific to

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COMMUTER CONNECTION by RON CASSIE ron_cassie@yahoo.com

Women’s Garden Cycles Bike Tour

Liz Tylander, also known as “the tree lady,” Kat

Shiffler, renowned for her accapella rendition of

“Holy Diver,” and Lara “Lightning Fast” Sheets, are

three friends who met in Washington a few years

back and last summer organized a three-month-long

bicycle journey to tour and document food-producing

garden projects from the nation’s capital

through Baltimore to Philadelphia, upstate New York,

Montreal, Boston and Providence. And back again.

They also carried a lot of video equipment along

the way. They maintained a blog on their adventure,

took a variety of terrific journalistic, artistic, personal

and funny photos and shot a lot of digital footage

— enough, in fact, that they’re producing a documentary

film of their experience.

Last month, they screened the working version of

their 36-minute film project at Letelier Theater in

Georgetown. The inspiring documentary, the trailer

of which is online at YouTube.com (type: gardencycles

into the search box), is a compilation of profiles of

the “new farmer,” what the women call “a critical

profession in this day and age when peak oil, climate

change, issues of international trade and general

nutrition are all topics coming to a head at once.”

Their objective in biking from their homes in

Washington to Montreal was to meet and interview

people up and down the East Coast who are involved

with urban agricultural, food security organizing,

youth programming, immigrant farming, local food

networks — all of whom define themselves as farmers.

“We’re all avid cyclists and we all care about where

food comes from, like gardening and farming,” Shiffler

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explained. “We’re friends and we have a lot of different

skills. We started planning about nine months before

we left (in July of 2007) — and obviously, with the film,

we’re still finishing up the project.”

These women take their environmentalism, gardening

and bicycling seriously, but a collective irreverent

sense of humor remains intact. It’s evident on their

website, in their blogs, and in the film, too, where

they join in the merriment at carnival somewhere up

north and take turns playing at the dunk tank.

In her bio at www.womensgardencycles.wordpress.

com, Liz is described not just as “the tree lady” but

also as someone “who enjoys wearing spandex more

than most people and has an uncanny appetite for ice

cream.” Professionally, Tylander has done everything

from birthday party gigs as “Princess Barbie” to community

organizing around tree plantings. Her continued

passion, however, is found in “the connection

between people and plants.” She currently is employed

by the Urban Forestry Administration in D.C.

BMX continued from p.25

nearly every occasion. Adam is no exception and his

‘collection’ has varied over the years and contained

almost a dozen at one time.

His bike oriented life began more than 15 years ago

in Lincoln, Massachusetts, just a short jaunt across

I-95 from Lexington where he was born. Adam was

into bikes like most teenagers at the time, and began

helping out at a friend’s family bicycle shop. The

exposure to the various disciplines of cycling led to

Adam’s growing interest in mountain biking which

was the big thing at the time. This was during the mid

1990’s when companies began experimenting with

suspension forks, aluminum frames, full-suspension

and anodized parts.

He ended up getting into MTB racing and continued

to race through his late teens. While attending

the University of Massachusetts his interest in biking

swayed from mountain bikes and leaned more toward

BMX street and park riding. Adam does admit that

his transition from MTB to BMX riding is “a bit backwards”,

as most riders tend to start on the smaller 20”

or 24” wheeled BMX bike first and move onto road or

mountain bikes from there.

While he was attending college he and a friend ran a

small BMX influenced clothing company by the name

of EC-4130 which helped pay some bills and buy bike

parts as well. The Northeast region of the US seems

to breed some quality street riders, the likes of which

include Van Homan, and Garret Byrnes among others.

Adam’s riding style is influenced by these riders as

well as Taj Mahelich, Joe Rich and Jason Enns which

are on his list of favorite riders. As with most street

riders the appeal of discovering new places and personally

overcoming obstacles means more than entering

contests and performing for judges on a closed

course. He tends to ride solo or in small groups for

Shiffler, originally from Nebraska, has worked

researching international labor rights, apprenticed

doing strawbale construction, lived in the Himalayan

kingdom of Bhutan, been employed as a bike

mechanic and landscaper, and experimented in community

radio and freelance journalism. She currently

works with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Sheets,

meanwhile, has been busy, too, in a wide-range of

work/recreational/and activist endeavors. She made

her way to the capital city to work for the Smithsonian

after college and she’s known “to be quite the puppeteer

(again, according to her womengardencycles

bio), a green roofer, musician, natural builder, dancer,

and storyteller.”

Supposedly, the strongest cyclist of the group, Lara

nonetheless set the record for most spills on the

bike trip. She currently works with the Capital Area

Foodbank’s youth program. Shiffler noted, “we

change jobs a lot.”

She said the group raised money for their trip with

some local fundraising efforts and donations from

friends. They camped and lived frugally along the

way. Typically, she said they logged between 50 and

80 miles a day in the saddle, covering probably

2,000 miles all totaled. They explored the idea of

“new farmer” by visiting inner city and suburban

farms, meeting immigrant farmers in New York and

Massachusetts, and interviewing young adults returning

“back to the land” in search of an authentic living

experience.

the most part, as Adam describes, “Riding for me is a

like a balance of creativity and athleticism, that’s what

keeps me motivated.”

Adam relocated to the Gaithersburg area about five

years ago and has continually pursued his passion for

cycling whether he’s mountain biking at Gambrill

Park or Shaffer Farms or turning wrenches on bikes

of all styles at one of the local bike shops. He’s currently

working at the Bicycle Escape in Frederick,

Md., where he’s a man of many hats. He is the buyer

and merchandiser for all of the BMX related products,

a mechanic and salesperson. He is the ‘go to

guy’ when parents or kids come in to check out the

latest offerings from the many BMX related products

the store currently carries.

His advocacy on cycling and more specifically BMX

doesn’t end at his ‘day job’, as he is establishing a

group of enthusiasts to bring a bicycle specific skatepark

to the Frederick area. The goal is to have an

open public park where riders can come and go at

any time rather than ride within the confined hours

and space allotted specifically for bikes at most area

parks, if they allow bikes at all.

When he’s not riding or working on bicycles Adam

extends his creativity by making music. His style of

music is much like his riding style as he’s a one man

band of sorts, known to produce several separate

tracks on each instrument and assemble them together

on his four track recorder. He isn’t much into the

bar scene but enjoys going out to hear a band play,

when he’s not performing with his own band named

Usuario, which plays out around the area. He added,

“For as much trouble as BMX riding gets you into

sometimes, it keeps you out of just as much, in regards

to choosing to go out and ride on a Friday or Saturday

night instead of being out partying with your friends.”

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Favorite stops included the Forest City Garden in

East Baltimore, “a really beautiful garden among all

these abandoned houses,” Philadelphia’s inner city,

Mill Creek Farm youth program, the Just Food project

in New York, the Interval Center in Burlington,

Vermont, and meals on wheels program in Montreal

that delivers organically, grown fruits and vegetables

to the elderly there.

“We wanted to paint a positive picture of the future of

food,” Shiffler said. “A portrait that is an alternative to

the industrial farming and industrial land use today.”

The women garden cyclists hope to make the final cut

of their film available to groups that promote healthy

sustainable living, gardening and farming. They’re

also considering entering their documentary in film

festivals. They plan to screen it again in D.C., too, and

suggest visiting their website and getting on their e-

mail list for the next showing.

DC’s Bike to Work Day

Over 7,000 cyclists registered for the 35th annual

Washington area Bike to Work Day celebration on

Friday, May 16th. The event is organized by the

Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). In

spite of the often soggy weather, turnout at the 26 pitstops

were strong.

“I think it’s an amazing show considering the weather,”

said WABA Executive Director Eric Gilliland. “It

really shows that cyclists are a very hardy lot.”

At the biggest gathering of cyclists at D.C.’s Freedom

Plazas, D.C.’s Department of Transportation Director

Emeke Moneme displayed one of more than 100 bikes

that will be part of the city’s new bike sharing program.

“It really is to make it a legitimate and impactful way

to reduce congestion in the city,” Moneme said. Smart

Bike D.C. gets under way in early June. It will cost

$40 for an annual membership, and cyclists can keep

a bike for up to three hours for free. For details log

onto www.waba.org

Charm City’s Bike to Work Day and free clean car clinics

In the greater Baltimore region, a key transportation

advocacy organization — along with citizen groups

like One Less Car and the Baltimore Bicycling Club,

just to name two, is led by the Baltimore region’s

elected executives, representing Baltimore City and

Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and

Howard counties.

The council’s mission, to “improve the quality of

life and economic vitality in the Baltimore region”

includes more and more bicycle, pedestrian and mass

transit concerns each year. By identifying regional

interests, and with every county represented on its

board, the council collaborates on strategies, plans

and programs around issues involving air and water

quality, building permits data systems, computer mapping

applications, cooperative purchasing, economic

and demographic research, emergency preparedness,

public safety, and — ride share coordination and

transportation planning.

The council, said staff member Russ Ulrich, who

works on a variety of Baltimore Metropolitan Council

projects, is heavily involved in fostering a host of

alternative commuting arrangements, including mass

transit, car-pooling, cyber commuting, walking and

bicycling. In fact, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council

organizes the growing Bike-to-Work Day events in the

region, and other ongoing programs, such as the free

annual Clean Car Clinics which will be held for the

third summer throughout the region.

“Well, I’m sure you remember what the weather was

like on Bike to Work Day,” said Russ Urlich of the

Baltimore Metropolitan Council. “We had nearly 800

registrants this year, where as in previous year’s we typically

topped out around 500. And we had hundreds

of riders show up – some at everyone one of our stops

— despite the rain.”

Ulrich also noted that this was the first year that

Baltimore and all five of the surrounding counties

had events scheduled, with Howard County and

Carroll County joining the effort this year. He said

that although the rain knocked down the number of

bicycle commuters expected, it did not dampen local

elected officials enthusiasm for the events.

“Sheila Dixon (Baltimore mayor) led a ride down

the Jones Fall Trail, Howard County executive Ken

Ulman rode to the event at the Columbia Mall, and

Baltimore County executive Jim Smith spent about 45

minutes at the gathering in Towson, encouraging the

bicycle commuters,” Ulrich told SPOKES.

“I’d love to have 800 smiling bicycle commuters out

there on a nice warm day, but in a lot of ways I’m happier

that elected officials were out there demonstrating

their support of bicycling and alternative commuting.”

Ulrich said that with gas prices rising steeply, more

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“I wish that (higher fuel costs) wasn’t the reason,

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“because of where they live, and a lack of mass transit

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car alone to their jobs each day.

He noted motor vehicles obviously create a significant

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Yet, he pointed out, much can be done to lessen environmental

impact from the automobile. Individual

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regularly, engines are tuned properly, worn belts are

replaced, and tires are inflated to the correct pressure

– are important. These basic measures are often overlooked,

which is where the Clean Car Clinics come

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the Environment, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council

and Precision Tune Auto Care have teamed up to

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“The technicians don’t do anything invasive, except

maybe pull out the dipstick and check the oil,” Ulrich

said. “They check the tire pressure, tire wear, the belts

and hoses, and they do a safety inspection of the turn

signals, lights and horn. The whole thing takes about

ten minutes.” The clinics, at mostly community and

senior centers, provide an opportunity for motorists

to have their vehicles inspected for free by Precision

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maintain their vehicles to keep them running cleanly,

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County, Md. Routes of 24, 46, and 64 miles from the

Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary will take you to scenic rest

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by the Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club. For details,

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JUNE 7 – SIX HOURS OF PATAPSCO

This mountain bike challenge begins at 11 a.m. at

the Avalon area of Patapsco State Park near Elkridge,

Md. A six hour endurance race for solo or two-person

teams. The race has been permitted by the Maryland

Department of Natural Resources and sanctioned

by USA Cycling. All proceeds from the race will be

donated to the American Cancer Society. There are

only 99 race slots so sign-up soon! The last lap must

be started by 5 pm. For details visit www.sixhours

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JUNE 14-21 – 20th GREAT OHIO BICYCLE ADVENTURE

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

a different part of Ohio each year. Bicycling the daily

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

for sightseeing and other tourist activities. See Ohio

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

Advance registration is required. For registration

materials and fees visit www.goba.com or call (614)

273-0811 ext. 1.

JUNE 15 – BAY TO BAY RIDE

23nd annual ride from Betterton, Md. Start 7 - 9 a.m.,

tandems at 8 a.m. Ride 50, 78, 86 or 104 flat miles

or a 27 mile loop to Chestertown. $20 until May 15,

$25 after. Bring your father and he rides FREE (it

must be Father’s Day)! Six food stops, fully supported,

swimming in the Chesapeake Bay at ride’s end.

Proceeds benefit Lions Club Leader Dog Program

for the Blind. Blind riders ride free. For details email:

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JUNE 7-8 – WELLS FARGO MS TOUR DE SHORE

Join the Maryland Chapter of the National MS Society

for a one or two day ride on Maryland’s Eastern

Shore. Routes range from 30 -100 miles on Saturday

and 30 & 50 mile on Sunday. Overnight at Salisbury

University. Route is fully supported with rest stops,

bike techs and support vehicles. To Register or find

out more, visit www.marylandmsbikeride.org or call

(443) 641-1220.

JUNE 8 – RESTON TOUR DE CURE

The American Diabetes Association again hosts

this very popular series of bike rides, ranging from

a Tour de Tots youth ride, to a 12 mile family fun

ride, a 32 and 64 mile fitness challenge, and a full

century. Starting and finishing at the Reston Town

Center Pavilion the longer rides head through scenic

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JUNE 7-14 – BICYCLE RIDE ACROSS GEORGIA

Come discover Georgia by bicycle on the 29th annual

Bicycle Ride Across Georgia. The 2008 edition will

ride from Atlanta to St. Simons, and will feature

beautiful scenery, historic sites, street festivals, ice

cream socials, an End-of-the-Road party, and more!

Great fun for the family, groups or individuals. Daily

rides average 60 miles, approximately 400 miles total.

Longer Hammerhead options for serious cyclists.

Fully supported with rest stops every 10-15 miles. For

more information, please visit our website at www.

brag.org, or email info@brag.org

JUNE 7-8 – SUZUKI 24 HOURS OF BIG BEAR

Coming up on its 17th year, the 24 Hours of Big

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

Snowshoe and 24 Hours of Canaan) is rolling out

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

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

place at Big Bear Lake Campland. While the racing

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

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

shadow of the legendary 24 Hours of Canaan, THE

original 24 hour mountain bike race, and then the 24

Hours of Snowshoe, this Laird Knight, Granny Gear

Productions event returns to the roots of the original

event, with great all around riding, fun camping venues

and a festival atmosphere. The location is about

three hours from Washington/Baltimore. For details

or to register visit www.grannygear.com

JUNE 20-25 – BIKE VIRGINIA

Twenty one years ago, 117 men, women and children

embarked on an adventure crossing Virginia

on bicycles. They rode from Charlottesville to our

nation’s colonial capital in Williamsburg, establishing

what has become the largest, multi-day, recreational

bicycle event in the Commonwealth. In

2008, Bike Virginia is moving west! The cities of

Bristol and Abingdon, Virginia along with Kingsport,

Tennessee will play host to an influx of 2,000 cycling

enthusiasts. Bike Virginia has partnered with The

Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail for

this year’s event. The Crooked Road celebrates the

roots of Appalachian and mountain music through

festivals, concerts, radio shows, and jam sessions.

Visit www.bikevirginia.org for details and to register

online. For inquiries, call (757) 229.0507 or email

info@bikevirginia.org.

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JULY 7-12 – RAINSTORM

Challenge yourself with five century rides over five

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

160 miles back to your point of departure. Stay in

Indiana State Park inns along the way, with catered

meals designed for athletes. If you’re a recreational

rider hoping to reach new fitness goals, a triathlete

in search of intensive time on the bike, or an ultra

marathon cyclist, this tour is for you. For more information,

see www.triri.org , email triri@triri.org, or call

(812) 333-8176.

JULY 20-26 – BONTON ROULET

This legendary event is a festival on wheels through

New York State’s Finger Lake region. Limited to 400

riders, visit dozens of wineries, quaint shops, beautiful

lakes, and plenty of historic sites. For details call (315)

253-5304 or log onto www.bontonroulet.com

JULY 20-26 – FANY RIDE

The Great Big FANY Ride will spin Five hundred

miles Across New York – for it’s 8th annual ride.

Explore Niagara Falls, visit farm stands near the Erie

Canal, sample wines at Finger Lake region vineyards,

ride over 100 miles without a traffic light in

the Adirondack Mountains, and arrive in Saratoga

Springs at the peak of horse racing season. SAG support,

marked roads, cue sheets, luggage transfer to

overnight campsites, optional bus to parking at start/

finish. In honor of each biker the FANY Ride makes

a donation to the Double H Ranch – a camp for children

with chronic illnesses. No pledges are required.

www.FANYride.com (518) 461-7646

JULY 25-27 – CYCLE ACROSS MARYLAND RIDE

One Less Car’s bike tour and annual fund raiser is

back! This year the CAM Tour will move to Mount St.

Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Md. Rides will cross

many of the most scenic parts of Frederick and Carroll

Counties. Contact cchatman@onelesscar.org for

more information. All proceeds go to One Less Car,

Maryland’s campaign for better walking and bicycling.

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

www.bikecvcc.com

AUGUST 30-31 – SEVEN SPRINGS 24 HOUR

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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,

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BOB MOORE, 73, MARYLAND CYCLING LEADER

by RON CASSIE

BOB MOORE, THE WELL-KNOWN AND BELOVED

Maryland bicycling advocate and former president of

the Baltimore Bicycling Club, died Friday evening,

May 16, at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore

of pancreatic cancer. He was 73 years old.

Born in 1934 in Los Angeles, Bob later moved with

his family to New Jersey, graduating from Rutgers

University in 1958 and then serving in the U.S. Army

Intelligence Corps for two years. In 1966 he moved

with his wife Nancy and son Rob to Baltimore for

work at the Social Security Administration and earned

an MBA from George Washington University.

It wasn’t until later in life, in the 1980s, that Bob started

bicycling, his son Rob Moore told SPOKES. That

led to two decades-plus of bicycling advocacy and

work with the Baltimore Bicycling Club.

“He had a zest for life, a tireless and enthusiastic activist,

he was at meetings every night,” his son recalled.

“We’ve heard from a lot of people. We’ve received a

lot cards and e-mails. He had a lot friends in his life.”

He remained passionate about both bicycling and the

advocacy work right up until his diagnosis.

“He had tried swimming for fitness for several years,

maybe when he was in his late 30s or early 40s,” Rob

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Moore recalled. “I don’t think he ever really took to it.

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he wouldn’t be able do any long rides anymore.”

Also an avid cross country skier and Life Master

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and events like Cycle Across Maryland, Bike Virginia,

and his club’s Kent County Spring Fling, which he did

regularly over the years.

He had a collection of 18 bicycles and kept doing centuries

until last year.

“He’d go 13-14 miles an hour, but he’d get them

done,” his son recalled. “I couldn’t keep up with him.”

In 1999, after retiring, Bob biked solo from Maryland

to Oregon and then on to his birthplace, Los Angeles.

After having served as president of the Baltimore

Bicycling Club for several years, he continued to create

and lead numerous BBC rides and became a dedicated

cycling organizer and activist. He served on the

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and Pedestrian Advisory Board and more recently on

the Baltimore City Mayor’s Bicycle and Pedestrian

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and the Tour du Port. He served on the Gwynn Falls

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ride, was a member of the Potomac Pedalers, the

Potomac Area Hostel Council, the Parks and People

Foundation and the Roland Park Civic League and

campaigned enthusiastically for former congressman

and current U.S. Senator Ben Cardin over the years.

Bob spent many hours working on the Gwynn Falls

Bike Trail and the Baltimore Youth Hostel which

reopened last year.

Bob Moore is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy

Hood, his son Robert Hood Moore of Baltimore, his

sister, Marilyn Moore Wood of Cottonwood, Arizona,

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