Serving Cyclists in the Mid-Atlantic States APRIL 2008
IN THIS ISSUE [ TRADING THE OFFICE FOR THE PRO LIFE + A TNT CELEBRATION + MORE ]
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SPENT LAST WEEKEND IN SEATTLE, Washington one
of the finest places to live in the world if you love the
outdoors. Great place to bike too, if you can locate a
bike to ride (but more on that in a moment).
I was on a work trip, and happened upon Seattle’s
huge bike expo held inside a pier along the magnificent
Puget Sound waterfront. Thousands of visitors
to the expo had opportunities to hear and learn from
sponsors of numerous local cycling events, as well as
examine the latest and greatest products from local
bike shops and vendors. I even met my counterpart,
the publishers of the 37-year-old The Bicycle Paper,
the longest running regional cycling tabloid in the
country. (If I may boast for a moment, their current
issue was 20 pages long, while the March issue of
Spokes I handed them was 40 pages long!).
For a couple of days I was able to marvel over the
sights, sounds and smells (i.e. fishy bouquet) of
Seattle. As much as I could easily live there, the maddening
traffic, the very steep hills of the inner city,
and the persistent rain (literally sunny one moment,
sprinkles the next, followed by a heavy downpour)
made me long for home.
But, I needed to try and ride their magnificent trails.
So I began calling bike shops to rent one for a couple
of hours. They don’t rent bikes there this time of
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year, I found out. Some shops won’t rent at all. Just
great! So Seattle is supposedly a wonderful place to
be a cyclist. Maybe next time, I’ll bring my own bike,
and I’ll be able to report back to you.
Speaking of rain, I know my miles are way off this
year and I am longing for some spring time sun and
warmth to soothe my bike legs.
In years past I’ve made a point of seeing the cherry
blossoms in the nation’s capital by foot or bike. This
issue’s cover story has some wonderful tips (and
recent additions) to make viewing the blossoms by
bike more doable than ever before.
If you happen to see a man and a woman captaining
tandems with a seven year old girl and five year old
boy on back, make a point of saying “hi.” We’ll be out
there with all the other tourists. It’s a mid-Atlantic tradition
we love, and if you’ve never done it, grab your
bikes, read this month’s story, and then brave the
crowds... I promise you won’t regret it!
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family/novice rally (8 mile) rides.
Radio sag and sweep on all routes until 12 noon.
Rest stops, maps, cue sheets.
Plenty of free parking and nearby motels.
Easy location at Dutterer’s Family Park in Westminster, MD
(just off Rt.140; 25 miles W of Baltimore, 20 miles E of Frederick).
$25.00 Registration includes:
30 day pass to Westminster
Family Center, full service
gym. ($55 value)
Entry into drawing for door
prizes (totaling $1,000.00).
Winners posted at Noon.
50/50 Cash Drawing.
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To register and for further information go to or call:
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Call 410-848-2433 ext. 221
Check at your local bike shop. Same day.
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(Carroll County’s only private, non-profit
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Blossoming of the cherry trees serves as the beginning of
the bike riding season for many.
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6 April 2008
EVERYONE KNOWS WASHINGTON, D.C., in the springtime
is lovely. Everyone. And that’s the problem.
Each year throngs of tourists pack the Tidal Basin and
Mall for a glimpse of those petal-producing trees. But
should locals simply resign themselves to getting their
blossom fix from the breaking “bud watch” reports on
the local news?
As much as locals disdain the rapid influx of tourists,
and the way they always seem to be standing on the
left of Metro escalators, the tourists snap us back into
realizing our good fortune. If ever there was a reason
not to be jaded about what D.C. has to offer, the sublime
beauty of the cherry blossom trees is it.
But locals (who, thanks to ever-expanding urban
sprawl reside anywhere from D.C. and out to
Loudoun and Frederick counties) know a thing or
two about avoiding the cringe-inducing crowds cherry
blossom season brings.
“Driving the Tidal Basin is madness! Absolute insanity!”
rants one Silver Spring resident. “Why drive when
you could bike?”
Indeed, the best way to enjoy the blossoms is to avoid
driving downtown all-together.
“With all the bike routes available, there’s no reason
not to bike downtown; it’s the best alternative to
driving,” echoes Henry Mesias, program assistant for
WABA (Washington Area Bicyclist Association).
Because WABA believes, as Mesias notes, “having a
safe and convenient place to park your bike can really
make a difference,” WABA will once again be offering
their free bike valet program on weekends during
the Cherry Blossom Festival (March 29-April 13). This
year, the bike valet will have two locations: the south
side of the Jefferson Memorial grounds and the southwest
corner of Independence Avenue and 15th Street
(near the Washington Monument). Hours of operation
are 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays.
At either of these locations you simply drop off your
bike and pick it up whenever you’re ready to leave.
So yes, if you want to bike into town, you can unload
your bike, walk around the Tidal Basin, have a picnic,
go to a museum, heck, even see an IMAX movie, all
the while knowing your bike is safe and secure.
If you’re towing a trailer or using a longer bike such
as a tandem or recumbent, Mesias adds that the valet
Photo: Washington Area Bicyclist Association
areas will have space for these. The valet areas will
be open for use during the entire festival, but only
staffed on the weekends.
Along with the bike valet areas, bike parking racks are
available along the Mall, by the Lincoln and Jefferson
Memorials, and the Smithsonian. Additionally, temporary
bike racks have been set up at the following locations:
the National Building Museum (401 F Street,
NW), the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H
Street, NE), and the corner of 12th and Pennsylvania
Avenue, NW. Not staffed, you will need to bring a
lock, but these also offer the convenience of parking
Stumped how to get in to town? Ellen Jones, Director
of Transportation for the Downtown Business
Improvement District (and former WABA executive
director), says “People really need to think about
their transit plan and have a strategy; the worst thing
would be to do it on a whim.”
No matter where you live, there’s always the option of
biking (or driving) to your nearest Metro stop and taking
the train. Metro allows bicycle riders to bring their
bikes on Metrorail cars anytime during the weekends
and during off peak weekday hours. Riders with bikes
must enter the rail cars from the end set of doors.
The closest Metrorail station to the Tidal Basin is the
Smithsonian (on the Blue & Orange lines), but dur-
by BRENDA RUBY
Photo: Bike & Roll Washington, D.C.
ing the peak blooming period of March 27 – April 3,
and during the entire Festival, you should plan for
this station to be overly congested. Jones advises, “To
avoid a less than optimal transit experience, people
should consider the L’Enfant Plaza station (on the
Blue, Green, Orange & Yellow lines) as an alternate.”
She adds, “Taking a bike to the Smithsonian stop
on weekends in the peak bloom period would really
be questionable judgment” and notes that going to
L’Enfant Plaza adds less than a half-mile walk/ride
and avoids many of the headaches associated with the
At either of these locations you’ll be just minutes
away from the heart of the action and can easily bike
around town or over to one of the bike valet areas or
racks. Jones adds, “Once you have your bike downtown,
the city is very bikeable.” While city traffic won’t
move as fast as it does in the suburbs, “people need to
be cognizant of opening car doors and jaywalkers.”
If you’re feeling more adventurous, WABA can also
help determine a safe biking route into the city, no
matter where you’re coming from. Their website,
www.waba.org, offers area maps to buy or download.
The official website of the National Cherry Blossom
Festival (www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org) also
offers the Bicycling Information Map (displayed with
this article), which shows routes into and through
town, along with the bike parking areas. Their FAQs
section also gives specific biking/walking directions
from Metrorail stations.
Though not shown on this map, a great way to get
into town, especially for families, would be to take
the Capital Crescent Trail (CCT), which starts in
Bethesda. While this paved trail can be crowded, the
safety for children is in knowing you won’t encounter
any cars on it. According to WABA’s Mesias, “you
would take the Capital Crescent; follow it as it turns
into the C&O Canal Towpath. Hang a right onto the
Rock Creek Park Trail and then exit the Rock Creek
Park Trail at the Lincoln Memorial and you are on
It’s worth noting that the CCT trailhead is in the
heart of Bethesda on Bethesda Avenue, has many
parking lots nearby, is Metro accessible, and is easily
reached by the connecting Georgetown Branch Trail.
For a trail map visit www.cctrail.org.
Do be aware that though this is a rail trail with a
small grade along the entirety (and only one hill in
the form of an overpass), the trip into town is slightly
downhill, making the return trip up an ever-so-slight
incline. Little legs can make it just fine, but allow
extra time on the way back for a stop or two.
If you’re not sure your youngster can make it the
whole length, consider parking in one of the neighborhoods
along the trail and join the route closer into
town. One option might be to park along MacArthur
Boulevard, NW, near Norton Street (Loughboro
Road is on the other side); bike along Norton Street;
once this short road ends, there is a dirt trail off to
the right, running behind the Dalecarlia Reservoir
facility, which quickly leads down to the CCT. It will
put you on the trail just one mile from the trail’s end
and another two miles from your actual destination.
Again, the trail map online will help you plan your
Another option, from the Virginia side, is to take the
Custis Trail, which intersects the WO&D trail at almost
exactly the 4.0 mile marker. This trail follows along I-66
and takes you into Rosslyn, at which point you can go
left, crossing the Key Bridge and head into Georgetown
or continue straight onto the Mt. Vernon Trail towards
Arlington National Cemetery. If you cross the Key
Bridge you may want to hop onto the C&O Canal
(access it immediately after crossing the Key Bridge-
Photo: Washington Area Bicyclist Association
you’ll loop down and need to carry your bike down
some stairs) or if you picked up the Mt. Vernon Trail,
you can take Memorial Bridge over to the memorials.
Another good resource showing these trails and others
can be found at www.bikewashington.org.
Once you’re set on getting into town you’ll need a
plan. Just because you’re avoiding the drive doesn’t
mean you’re avoiding the crowds; having a plan, no
matter how minimal, will curb your crowd frustration.
Whether you park your bike or decide to navigate the
area, consider any of the following:
Park your bike at the 15th Street bike valet, walk
up to Independence Avenue and hop on the DC
Circulator bus to grab a bite to eat at the muchlauded
café in the National Museum of the American
Indian (or visit any of the other museums). The
Circulator bus runs on the weekends from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. and can be picked up at many points along
Constitution and Independence Avenues. (www.dc
A good option if you don’t want to park your bike is
the National Park Service ranger-led bike tours. These
free tours start at the Jefferson Memorial at 1 p.m.
during all weekends of the Festival.
View the annual Cherry Blossom Regatta from East
Potomac Park on April 5, noon – 5 p.m. View WABA’s
area bike maps, or the Bicycling Information map to
plan your route there.
Witness the Lantern Lighting Ceremony at the Tidal
Basin in April 6, 2:30-4 p.m.
Everybody loves a parade! The annual Cherry
Blossom Festival Parade will be April 12, 10 a.m. –
noon. It runs along Constitution Avenue from 7th to
17th Streets. Go early, park your bike and stake out a
space along the parade route. Afterwards, bike down
to East Potomac Park to see that Park’s usually laterblooming
trees. Want to leave your bike at the valet?
Get yourself to the free parking shuttle pickup/dropoff
point by the Jefferson Memorial and let the shuttle
take you to Hains Point. Hop back on at any of the
shuttle’s stops to return.
Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival—after the
parade, the Japan-America Society presents the
nation’s largest Japanese street festival, stretching for
six blocks through downtown DC. Takes place April
12, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue between
14th & 10th Streets.
While these events are fun for you and your biking
buddies, they also lend themselves to quality family
time. But not everyone in your family has a bike, so
what to do? You can rent adult or kids bikes from
many area bike shops. Or you can rent from Bike
the Sites (www.bikethesites.com), located at The
Old Post Office Pavilion (12th Street, NW, between
Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenue; Federal
Triangle Metro). Rentals for adult bikes are a minimum
$15, maximum $35 per day while children’s
bikes rent for $10, up to $25 per day.
If you don’t want to navigate on your own, sign up
for one of their Blossoms by Bike tours. This 5-6 mile,
two-hour ride bikes to the Tidal Basin, East Potomac
Park and beyond.
Stuart Naranch, Marketing Manager for Bike & Roll
Washington, D.C. says, “The guides have different
routes depending on the crowds” and if needed the
tour guides will have participants walk their bikes
through congested areas. The regular price of the
tour $32 (adults) and $22 (child) is reduced by $5
if you show up with your own bike—making it an
ideal way to share an outing with friends who haven’t
brought their bikes out of storage.
If you simply want to see the blossoms and not partake
in any festival activities, it’s well known among
bikers familiar with the area that East Potomac Park
and Hains Point tend to be free of the pedestrian con-
Photo: Bike & Roll Washington, D.C.
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gestion which plagues the Tidal Basin. Though sadly,
the Awakening sculpture has been recently removed,
the 3.3 mile circuit is usually remarkably less crowded
than the Tidal Basin. This may change, however, as
the National Park Service and Festival organizers promote
motorist parking in this area by offering a free
shuttle service to the Jefferson Memorial.
Still, while the Tidal Basin in mobbed, East Potomac
Park should be an equal draw with its nearly 1,700
trees. And if you’re visiting the blossoms a bit after
the predicted peak, you’ll be pleased to know that
the deeper pink double-blossomed Kwanzan trees
which dominate this area, peak a little later than the
Yoshinos, the majority of which surround the Basin.
If you’re short on time or can’t be persuaded by the planned
festivities and the picture-perfect photo opportunities a visit to
the Mall would bring, many local neighborhoods offer a tamer
cherry blossom experience.
Since trees bloom a little later in the suburbs as well, you don’t
have to miss out on the blossoms-by-bike experience if you
need slightly warmer temps to be coaxed to ride. But remember,
while the cars may be going slowly, it’s because they’re
looking up at the trees, not necessarily for you.
Kenwood neighborhood in Bethesda—this not-so-secret gem is
located right off of the Capital Crescent Trail (barely a mile after
the trail starts in Bethesda; turn off on Dorset Avenue which
crosses the path). Biking up and down the tree-lined streets will
leave you understanding why this is a favorite for many locals.
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No matter your approach, while setting out on your
quest of sakura hanami, the tradition of blossom
viewing, remember that the cherry blossoms are not
only harbingers of Spring, their fleeting beauty also
cookies from some of the neighborhoods enterprising kids. You
can also join fellow bike enthusiasts on the Potomac Pedalers
popular Tenley ride (Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., April – September)
who ride their 10-mile Cherry Blossom Special route during the
first few weeks in April (www.bikepptc.org).
Foxhall Village—west of Georgetown at Foxhall and Reservoir
Roads, the story-book Tudor-style houses are made all the
more enchanting by bursts of cherry trees throughout the
Stanton Park on Capitol Hill—off the beaten path in northeast
Washington at the intersection of Maryland Avenue and
Massachusetts Avenue, you’ll find mostly neighborhood children
and dog walkers beneath the cherry tree canopy.
Birdsong Lane near Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg—
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Sligo Creek Park in Silver Spring—meander along the parkway,
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Watts Branch Parkway & College Gardens in Rockville—if you
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HELLO LOYAL OR NOT SO LOYAL READERS. The last you
heard from me I had just gotten back from Health
Net presented by Maxxis Team training camp with
two duffle bags full of gear and high hopes for the
season. I was in Tucson then and still am as I write
this now. I still have the gear and the high hopes and
exactly nothing else has changed. I haven’t raced. I
haven’t left Tucson and I haven’t done my taxes.
I went to camp with the thought that I might be
picked to race the Tour of California but the fact is
the team had already been chosen. A lot of my friends
back home in DC think “Hey you’re a pro. You’re
good. What do you mean you’re not racing?” It comes
down to this; there are 12 guys on Health Net-Maxxis
and only eight spots for the California team so some
guys have to stay at home.
The management considers the strengths and weaknesses
of each guy and picks the team that will race
best against the competition at that race and the terrain
there. So you won’t see a climber like me doing
very many crits and you won’t see some of the crit
specialists doing the long hilly races at altitude. It’s
really very simple. And as much as I would have liked
to race in California I believe we did have a great
team there. To prove my point look at what myself
and most other observers consider the most exciting
day of racing, the final stage. On yet another rainy
day there was a five man break up the road including
George Hincapie from High Road and my teammate
Rory Sutherland. Rory who was already wearing the
Most Aggressive Rider Jersey from the day before was
only just beat by George in a sprint for the line but it
was still an amazing finish for our team. Rory was my
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roommate at camp and to see him battling with the
ProTour riders fired me up for a few days.
Although Redlands is getting closer I still have yet to
race and in a way it makes me miss the opportunity to
race every weekend like in DC. In the winter we had
Tradezone every weekend and then as of the Jeff Cup
it seemed like there was a race every week.
I actually have a pretty funny story about me in Jeff
Cup. I am always the first to make fun of myself and
now that I am pro I am even more likely to tell about
my follies as an amateur, of which there were many by
the way. I think it was in 2004 when I was still a triathlete
but I was doing Jeff Cup for training. I was in the
Pro1/2/3 field I believe and halfway through the race
I had to take a natural break very badly. Some guys
can go off the bike and it makes a huge difference if
you can do that in a four plus hour race rather than
stopping. But at the time I couldn’t do this. So when
the field seemed to be slowing down I stopped at the
side of the road, relieved myself and then started a
chase that had no end. After a lap of riding in vain
I rode back to my car with my tail between my legs,
packed up and got outta there before anyone could
come back and ask me what happened. To date, that
was one of my least pro moments.
I have exactly four more days before I move to
Boulder for the season and I aim to soak up as much
of Tucson as possible in that time. Before I leave I’ll
do the Saturday morning Shootout and climb the 27
mile Mt. Lemmon one last time. I’m going to miss the
constant 70 plus degree weather but it’s time for me
to get the season started.
Wish me luck and email any questions you think I
might be able to answer. See you on the roads and
don’t forget to wave.
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
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France’s dethroned 2006 champion Floyd Landis
might have actually won last year’s Shenandoah
100 mountain bike race in the mountains near
Harrisonburg, instead of coming in second after
Schalk, who set a course record in winning.
But the former college rowing champion did get
smashed by a trolley while riding his bike from a job
site to his office in San Francisco four years ago, and
although his bike and helmet were destroyed, he was
lucky. He “only” suffered two separated shoulders, a
gash in his shin that required stitches and a mild concussion.
Fortunately, for Schalk, the time he spent in the hospital
enabled him to ponder his life at the ripe old
age of 30, and helped him make some strategic life
“You know how life always looks greener on the other
side? Well, I had it made. I was living the yuppie
life, but it’s not what I wanted. At least not after the
divorce hit me,” the 6’1, 160 pound Trek East Coast
factory team pro confided in SPOKES.
Born and raised in the Bay area of California, Schalk
studied engineering at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo,
where he was a member of the West Coast champion
lightweight four man rowing squad.
After graduating in 1998, he joined some fellow rowers
who were recreational mountain bikers.
“We didn’t race. I figured my competitive athletic
career was over when I graduated at the age of 22,” he
recalls. Two years later he married his college sweetheart,
also an engineering graduate, and they worked
as engineers and bought a fixer upper in trendy
Marin County across the Golden Gate Bridge from
“Two years into our marriage my wife came to me and
said she didn’t want to be married anymore. For me,
it was totally out of the blue. I thought we had the
ultimate yuppie life.”
They divorced, sold their home, and Schalk moved
into San Francisco, where he continued to work as
an engineer. He continued riding with friends and
commuting to work by bike. By now, he’d gotten into
racing, albeit very gradually. But his athletic skills took
hold and he quickly rose through the amateur ranks.
“I really didn’t think I had much of a chance at a
professional career in sports since I wasn’t into basketball,
baseball or football,” he recalled. But once again,
Schalk was broadsided. This time by a trolley. Or
more accurately, Schalk broadsided the trolley.
The front wheel of his road bike got caught in a trolley
track and Schalk vaulted across the roadway into
the path of an oncoming trolley. “I hit the trolley,
rebounded into traffic, and I hit the car of an undercover
cop before I landed on the pavement.
“People were gathered all around me. I was nauseous
and felt awful.” His examination of his life began during
the ambulance ride to the hospital and continued
during his hospital stay.
“That’s when I decided to pursue my dream of living
the life of a professional athlete, and to try and make
it as a pro mountain bike racer. I decided I would live
on the nest egg I’d gotten from the sale of our house.
I figured, worse case scenario, even if I got no spon-
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sorships I could race for two years while living off the
money I made from selling the house.”
For the next year, Schalk kept working in San
Francisco and he raced as a semi-pro. During this
year, he became very encouraged by winning both
the California state series and national mountain bike
“Everything went perfectly. At the same time, my
girlfriend (who was earning her doctorate degree
from UC San Francisco) got a job offer from NIH
(National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.). I
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photos STEVEN HOOVER
That's Jeff Schalk on the right.
decided it was time to quit my job and follow her to
the East Coast.”
Having never so much as visited the mid-Atlantic
area, Schalk packed his bags and he and his girlfriend
moved into an apartment in D.C.’s Dupont Circle
“It was a complete bold adventure. I had no idea what
riding here was like, and even less of an idea what racing
here was like. D.C. seemed to be a nice city to live
in and had lots of nearby parks to ride in. I also knew
that (Trek pro mountain bike racers) Chris Eatough
(seven time 24-hour national solo racing champion)
was based in Baltimore, and Jeremiah Bishop (one
of America’s top cross country pros) was based in
Harrisonburg. So, I knew it was doable.”
A year earlier, at Schalk’s first pro race at the
Mammoth ski resort in California, Schalk had introduced
himself to Bishop and picked the veteran pro’s
brain about the life of a pro mountain biker.
“I don’t know if he thought I was serious, but when
I got out here I contacted him right away. Jeremiah
agreed to meet me for a ride. We went out to Front
Royal and rode the trails at Elizabeth Furnace. It
was winter and it was the first time I’d ever ridden in
snow! It was only about an inch of snow but I thought
it was so strange, but at the same time fun. Trails back
here are generally much more rocky and technical
than I was accustomed to. As a West Coast rider I had
no idea what to do with mud or rocks. Truthfully, a
hard tail bike (with no rear suspension) was all you
needed on the West Coast. I can’t compare the heinous
rocks of Elizabeth Furnace with anything I’d
ridden before. I also remember the first time I rode at
Gambrill (State Park in Maryland). I had no idea how
difficult riding could be.”
Just prior to this first ride with Bishop, Schalk had contacted
Steven Hoover, the manager of Trek’s East Coast
factory team. Schalk described his experience as a racer
and discovered there was an opening on the squad.
“My dream was falling into place, quickly. A few
months earlier I’d won the California series and now
here I was on a pro team getting ready to live the life
of a professional athlete. That’s as good as it gets.”
Schalk quickly immersed himself into the highly
competitive world of Harrisonburg’s Shenandoah
Mountain bike culture. He rode regularly with Nick
Waite (also a mountain bike pro, currently riding
for Kelly Benefit Strategies) Bishop, Chris Scott of
Shenandoah Mountain Bike Tour, and others.
Schalk attributes his rapid climb in the sport to his
dedication and to his methodical nature. “I’m incredibly
meticulous about my training. I keep training logs
that document pretty much every aspect of what I do
and how I train. I have spread sheets upon spread
sheets. I can tell you within five minutes how much
riding and training I’ll do in a week. Everyone who
knows me knows I’m over the top ridiculous.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty laid back as a person,
and I’m not a neat freak, but when it comes to my
training I try to control everything.
“I guess it has a lot to do with the fact that I turned
pro at 33 and I knew the clock was ticking on my pro
career. I couldn’t and wouldn’t waste time.”
No question, the highlight of his short pro career
was winning last year’s Shenandoah 100 race in the
mountains near Harrisonburg on September 2. He’d
had good results early in the year, coming in second
at Greenbrier in Western Maryland behind national
champion Todd Wells, a first at Big Bear Lake in West
Virginia, and first in the two man open division at the
seven stage British Columbia Pacific Traverse (teaming
with Chris Eatough).
Reigning Tour champion Floyd Landis had been
challenged earlier last year by mid-Atlantic mountain
bikers who wanted to see Floyd return to the mountain
bike fold by entering the legendary 100 mile
“Floyd came in a couple of a days early to pre-ride the
course with a couple of us, Chris Scott and myself.
Floyd had no idea who I was, but after riding together
I think I left him with the feeling I could be tough to
beat. On one pre-ride it was just the two of us, and
we raced each other up those hills. We both had our
poker faces on. He kept talking on the climbs, and I
remember being worried. I mean here I am working
pretty hard on the climbs and he’s still talking.
“Now admittedly, his skills seemed a little rusty. It had
been probably ten years since Floyd had ridden competitively
off-road. He seemed especially rusty in the
rock gardens. So I thought the only way to beat him was
to pull away on the technical sections, because he was
going to be hard to pull away from on the fire roads. I
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“On race day I was really on. I was riding as good as I
can ride. I don’t care if it was 100 percent fire roads. I
was going to be hard to beat. I attacked like hell from
the start. I rode the first 30 miles at the front, just
me and two others. Floyd was about a minute back.
I attacked again at the 30 mile mark hoping Floyd
wouldn’t be able to bridge back to the front. I ended
up riding solo for the final 70 miles!”
Schalk’s time of seven hours, five minutes, set a new
course record by 10 minutes.
“After the race, Floyd came up and congratulated me
and shook my hand. He ducked out pretty quickly.”
Schalk knows his skills are improving every year and
intends to compete for the coming few years. He
recognizes that his strength is more as an ultra-endurance
racer than in cross country. This year he intends
to do more 100 mile events, and defend the BC stage
“I’m just going to see how it goes. I’m still doing a
little bit of engineering work for (a few) West Coast
companies (this past winter designing a canopy for a
high rise office building going up in downtown San
“It’s important for me to keep my mind sharp and
keep my foot in the other world. I can’t believe I’m
going to say this in public, but you know how it’s
always greener on the other side, and I’m sure people
who have office jobs are always thinking how cool to
be able to ride your bike for a living, but as much as
I like mountain biking, on those really tough days,
when you have a killer five or six hour ride in freezing
rain, the wind blowing and nothing feels right, I
dream of sitting in a nice warm cubicle, peering into
that computer screen and sipping coffee. I can tell
you I didn’t necessarily see that happening when I was
sitting in that cube working as an engineer.”
Where does he see himself in five, or ten years? “I
have no idea. But I can assure you that whatever it is,
I’ll be in it 100 percent. When I decide to do something
I give it everything.”
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A CELEBRATION – LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND by NEIL SANDLER
THIS MONTH, SHARON ROBINSON of Bethesda, Md.,
celebrates her 26th year of living with and successfully
What better way to celebrate than with bike rides with
her cycling friends at Team in Training (TNT), the
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s training program to
raise money to help the battle against cancer?
Robinson, 48, a former competitive country western
dancer, took up cycling in the mid-1990s with the
popular Jewish cycling club Bike & Brunch. By 2000,
she was looking for a cycling challenge and joined
“I was celebrating my 18th year as a Hodgkins (lymph
node cancer) survivor,” she recalls. “My friend Caren
Thaler had been battling cancer since the mid 1980s,
so she and I decided to train (with TNT) for the
Santa Fe century.”
Thaler had breast cancer, was treated and went five
years in remission. But it returned. She fought it
again, and it returned a second time. That’s when
they did the Sante Fe ride. Sadly, two years after that
ride, it returned a third time and Thaler died in
“Caren fought as long and as hard as humanely
possible. She was the one who encouraged me to
get involved and do something positive,” Robinson
In 2000, Robinson told friends and family she would
“take them with her on the Sante Fe century for
$118.” What that meant was she would write their
names on her legs, for $118. The 118 represented
one dollar for each mile of the century, plus one
dollar for each year Robinson was cancer free at the
time. Robinson had two legs full of names and raised
In 2007, Robinson trained and rode in the Tour de
Tucson century with TNT. This time her legs were full
of names of contributors who donated at least $125,
representing a dollar for each mile plus one dollar
for each mile of being cancer free. Robinson raised
an incredible $14,275, the ninth highest amount of
the nearly 600 participants from around the country.
This year she is currently in training for the June 1
TNT century ride in Lake Tahoe. She will serve as a
team captain for the first time.
“My role is to keep all my teammates motivated and
help them achieve their goals in both riding and fund
raising. Not everyone is a strong rider but we will all
cross the finish line. Nobody is left behind.”
Robinson, who is a graduate of Milford Mills High
School in Baltimore, Catonsville Community College,
Towson University, and Johns Hopkins (with a masters
degree in behavioral sciences) is administrator of the
American Board of Medical Genetics in Bethesda.
She stresses how battling cancer changed her life forever
and she is forever diligent about getting medical
“Everyone goes through that ‘why me’ phase, but for
me it comes down to someone had a purpose for me.
It only made me a stronger person. As the saying goes
‘that which does not kill me only makes me stronger.’
“It’s those tough days, say a cold rainy and windy
Saturday morning, when you are out there riding
your bike, that you think for a moment: ‘I could be
at home in my warm, dry bed.’ But you quickly catch
yourself, and remember how lucky you are. A lot of
my fellow riders (in TNT) ride in honor of someone
who has passed away. I’m a little different. I ride in
celebration of life. The fact that I, and many others,
have been lucky to live through all this.”
16 April 2008
THE BIKE RACK
The inspiration to start a full-service bicycle store
initially began more than ten years ago, Wayne Lerch
said, when the Metropolis Bike Shop closed on
Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
“We went there all the time,” Lerch said, referring to
Chuck Harney, his longtime cycling pal — and now
business partner at The Bike Rack in D.C.’s Logan
Circle. They wrote a business plan, but struggled to
find the right location and financing. Ultimately, they
let the idea go.
“I think the timing just wasn’t right,” Harney recently
Instead, Lerch, 50, founded Capitol Home Inspection,
a company which he still manages successfully.
Harney, 46, who had a background in business, decided
to go back to school and become a social worker.
He wanted to work counseling alcohol and substance
“I came about it honestly, I’ve been sober myself
since 1991,” he said. “But after 10 years I was getting
Eventually they decided to re-visit the old business plan.
The Bike Rack grand opening: May, 12 2007
A decade ago, it was questionable whether or not the
14th St. N.W. neighborhood where Harney lives was
well-situated for a bicycle store. Whole Foods hadn’t
arrived yet, neither had the high-end furniture stores,
the theaters, the galleries, the coffee ships — or the
condos. It was still a little rundown in parts and a little
sketchy once the sun went down.
In the meantime, they either rode up to City Bikes
in Adams Morgan, out to Revolution or the Bicycle
Pro in Georgetown for gear and repairs. The former
District Hardware store in Dupont Circle was nearby,
however for Lerch, a former road racer, and Harney,
a competitive multi-sport athlete, that shop (since
moved near the George Washington University campus
in Foggy Bottom) didn’t offer high-end accessories
Capitol Hill Bikes soon took over where Metropolis
left off, but meanwhile the revitalization of the 14 St.
N.W. and Logan Circle-area had begun. It linked with
rejuvenated building on historic U St. N.W. — ethnic
restaurants, clubs, condos, shops and niche retail —
with an ever-expanding Dupont Circle gentrification
past 16th St. N.W.
With young urban professionals moving in, plus green
and recreation-minded couples, a need for a local
bike shop arrived as well.
“The demographics changed,” Lerch said.
“It was a no-brainer,” Harney added.
They re-wrote their business model about two years
ago and by the summer of 2006 they had signed a
lease at 1412 Q St. N.W and Harney had quit his job.
“We thought finding a place would be tough, but we
lucked out,” Lerch said. The previous tenant had
been a problem and the landlord wasn’t interested in
doing any of the repairs,” Lerch said. “We were able
to negotiate a fairly favorable lease. We did the demolition,
knocking down doors, peeling paint and carrying
trash ourselves, and hired a general contractor to
do the repairs.”
They left exposed the natural brick and designed the
exterior of 1920-1930-era Federal-style in classy gray
and black to match the feel of the neighborhood.
18 April 2008
MY BIKE SHOP by RON CASSIE
“It’s 1,000 square feet and we have 500 square feet of
storage out back,” Lerch said. “It’s small, little shop.”
The former tenant, a doggy day care business, was
pretty much driven out by neighborhood complaints,
Lerch and Harney said. They wanted to make sure
they’d be welcome before they actually inked the deal
and knocked on doors around the block to introduce
themselves and listen to concerns. It sent the tone
immediately for the kind of bicycle store they looked
“Essentially, we wanted to become the bike shop of
choice for the area,” Harney said. “We wanted to
emphasize our commitment to the community. And
be a warm and friendly and create a non-intimidating
environment — which is huge,” Harney said. Despite
its relatively small quarters, they set out to serve the
high-end customer while not losing track of the average
rider or newbie. So far, they been able to attract
everyone from road racing and multi-sport crowd, to
the local D.C. bike messenger business (there are the
closest downtown shop), to commuters, to women
looking to join their first group ride.
“In about 6 and 1⁄2 months, we achieved our sales
goal for the entire year,” Lerch said.
The repair team is led by David Fike, a USA Cycling
licensed race mechanic. Fike was recommended by
several cycling friends and recruited from Peloton
Bicycle Shop in Rhode Island where he was the lead
mechanic/shop manager. Previously, Fike had served
as the director of North East Racing Services for Fuji/
ASI and race mechanic for Pedros/Mavic. Fike is a
respected master wheelbuilder and in the last 14 years
he has provided support for numerous races and special
events including the Empire States Aids Ride and
Braking the Cycle.
“They got a hold of me just before New Years in ‘07,”
said Fike, who added about 3/4 of the service at the
shop has been coming from neighborhood with the
other 1/4 consisting of high-end wheel building and
“race-ready type stuff.”
“It’s was a good opportunity for me,” he said. “The
shop is great. The city works for me, too. I met a girl
in D.C. and got married. I can’t complain.”
Quickly last year the store began to sink roots and
grow weekend rides from the shop. They support
local cycling-oriented organizations and have held
workshops on bike maintenance as well as techniques
for beginning triathletes and competitive cyclists.
Store manager Dave Fike, Wayne Lerch, and Chuck Harney.
Their website, www.bikerackdc.com offers an events
page calendar to check for upcoming rides and workshops.
They also maintain a 2008 “Race and Train”
calendar and a e-mail discussion group that now has
signed up more than 200 people.
On Saturday mornings at 7:45, they organize a race
pace training ride intended for those who race or
intend to. The ride meets at Pierce Mill in Rock
Creek Park and the distance is approximately 40
miles. On Sunday mornings as the weather warms
they will again begin offering group rides for new and
lower level riders, which last year attracted as many as
35-40 people on good days.
“I think now that we’ve been opened a year, we’re
learning what we like, and what will work and won’t,”
Harney said. “We want people to ask a lot of questions,
so we get to understand what they need. We’re
in this for the long haul.”
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.
…a look at women’s cycling issues in the
According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, 210,000 women are diagnosed with breast
cancer every year. Unfortunately for Nicole Weaver, a
sports enthusiast from Annapolis, she is one of those
210,000 women. Fortunately for Nicole, she has a
fighting spirit and a strong group of friends who are
fighting right along with her.
Nicole has always been very active and enjoyed the
outdoors. She and her friend Judy Acosta met sailing
and also enjoy mountain biking and road biking
together. Last year, Nicole decided to race the
IronGirl Triathlon in August and recruited Judy to
race and train with her.
In preparation for her training and racing, Nicole
bought new road and mountain bikes and jumped in
to training on a more serious level.
The IronGirl went well for both Nicole and Judy;
both finished their first ever triathlon smiling, in a
little over two hours, and immediately resolved to do
another. Unfortunately, one week after the IronGirl
tri, Nicole found a lump in her breast and was diagnosed
with Stage II breast cancer in September 2007.
Not one to take things lying down, two weeks after
having a lumpectomy on October 1 of 2007, Nicole
and Judy hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim in one
day. They covered 21 miles and about 8,000 feet of
elevation in 12 hours and 25 minutes!
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Nicole returned from her trip to start her first
round of chemotherapy treatment in November. In
December, Nicole’s determination to continue doing
what she loves through her treatment lead her and
Judy to sign up for the 2008 Columbia Triathlon,
which takes place on May 18.
Even though the race is two weeks after her final chemotherapy
treatment, Nicole is determined to race
and do well.
Not only does Nicole continue to fight to maintain
her active life, she and her friends have taken on the
challenge of raising $30,000 to help fund breast cancer
research. Nicole is grateful for recently released
medications that help her cope with the side effects
chemotherapy and that help her maintain her active
lifestyle, and wants to contribute funds to continue
this valuable research.
To that end, Nicole and her group of friends created
the Blister Sisters. One of their main fundraising
activities is to participate in the Avon Breast Cancer
Walk in Washington, D.C., in May.
The Blister Sisters, which is now 14 members strong,
are raising money for the walk, as well as training
together for the two- day event. So far, they have
carried out two Stairway To A Cure events at the
Annapolis Athletic Club. Members and non-members
of the gym donate money in exchange for a 15 to 30
minute stair stepping workout. These two events have
raised close to $5,000.
Another fund-raising activity the Blister Sisters organized
is a raffle of a Trek Wasabi Cruiser bike donated
by the Bike Doctor Waldorf. Raffle tickets are $10
each and can be purchased on the Blister Sisters website
(www.blistersisters.org) or at their many fundraising
activities. The final drawing for the bike will take
place on May 31 at the Coconut Ball at the Maritime
Museum in Annapolis. Between their Stairway to A
Cure events, the bike raffle, the sale of t-shirts, and
the fund raising for the Avon walk, the Blister Sisters
have already raised $31,000 for the Avon Fund.
Nicole truly is an inspiration She continues her
full-time work as a technology and operations advi-
sor for a non profit called Women for Women
International while receiving her treatment and taking
on the job of creating Blister Sisters and leading
its fundraising activities along with her friend Judy
Acosta. Oh, and don’t forget that she’s also training
for the Columbia Tri in May! She is another
example of one of the many amazing women in the
mid-Atlantic area doing great things. Check in at the
Blister Sisters website (www.blistersisters.org) for upcoming
fundraising activities and to track the progress
and activities of the Blister Sisters.
Theresa Richardson is a Pro XC Racer for Bear Naked
Cannondale, and co-owner of the Bike Doctor, Waldorf, Md.
USAF CYCLING CLASSIC TO BENEFIT OUR WOUNDED WARRIORS
Arlington Sports, Inc., the promoting organization for the
United States Air Force Cycling Classic, May 4th in Crystal City,
Va., will help members of the United States military who have
sustained Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) during their service to
our country. Funds raised at the race will go to the Raisin Hope
Foundation, established to help individuals who have suffered
TBI by providing critical funds for research and medical care
Cycling enthusiast of all abilities will be able to participate in
the Crystal Ride event to be held just prior to the racing, and
thus support this cause. Beginning and ending at the US Air
Force Memorial, participants will be able to ride on a 12 1⁄2
kilometer circuit in and around Crystal City that will challenge
them for 100km.
Professional teams will follow the ride, including a separate
Service Academy race.
Registration for the amateur participatory ride is now open
through the events website. Active duty and reserve military
personnel receive a $10 discount.
The Raisin Hope Foundation was founded by professional
cyclist Saul Raisin, who suffered from TBI following a racing
accident in France in 2006. Saul’s remarkable recovery from
his injuries inspired him to begin this effort to help others with
“If I ever ride a bicycle again, I want to help people like me,”
Saul told his family while still recovering in the hospital. He has
inspired others through his extraordinary return to competitive
cycling and a book sharing his amazing story, Tour de Life: From
Coma to Competition.
“Many of our country’s military members returning from Iraq
and Afghanistan suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury. As a premier
athlete who also suffered from TBI but has recovered from
his injuries, Saul Raisin is an inspiration. I am very pleased that
he is associated with the Air Force Cycling Classic,” said the
Honorable William Anderson.
“We are excited by Saul’s commitment to support military members
and their families who have been affected by TBI, and look
forward to participating with him at this event.”
Saul is committed to supporting the United States Air Force in
the month’s leading up to this event and beyond to determine
how his foundation can best assist those members of the military
who have suffered from TBI.
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Annapolis Triathlon is ON!
22 April 2008
After some concern that the
Annapolis Triathlon might not
come off this year, registration
for the second annual race,
scheduled, for September 7,
2008 has officially opened on
the www.tricolumbia.org website.
The 1.5K Swim, 40K Bike, 10K Run inaugural race in
2007 in the historic city is not only Maryland’s state
capital, but home to the United States Naval Academy
and one of the top collegiate triathlon squads in the
country. but it is now the site of what will become one
of the nation’s premier triathlon events.
The 1500 m swim takes place in the Chesapeake Bay,
in brackish water (a mix of salt and fresh water).
Water temperatures in September are typically in the
mid 70’s, depending of course on summer precipita-
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tion. USAT wetsuit rules will be in effect (no wetsuits
allowed if water temps exceed 78’ F). The swim route
is anticipated to be a beach start, point-to-point, style
course marked by orange and yellow Day-Glo buoys
with participants exiting for the transition.
The scenic 40k bike route traverses rolling countryside
and farmlands of Anne Arundel County with
several moderate climbs along well maintained
paved roads including the historic, brick streets of
Annapolis. There is professional motorcycle support,
but the bike course is not closed to traffic. The yellow
centerline rule is always in effect.
The 10k run course map is still being finalized. The
course will be primarily out and back, flat and fast,
according to the tricolumbia website. There will be
aid stations providing support both in hydration and
spirit approximately each mile of the run.
This event is produced in cooperation with Anne
Arundel County, the City of Annapolis and the State
of Maryland and has been ranked by Inside Triathlon
Magazine as the 13th “Best New Race.”
The race starts at 6:30 a.m. The minimum age to compete
is 15. The race limit is 2,000 participants.
Frederick and Hagerstown Youth Triathlons
has been and
athlete for years,
and has completed
last year her
11, did the
Hagerstown Youth Triathlon and the experience really
opened her eyes.
“They had 72 kids participating and a wait list for 72
more,” Herman said. She had organized some events
in the past, like local 5 Ks, talked to race coordinator
Ken Racine and thought, “Why not in Frederick?”
And so, now Maryland kids (and those from D.C.,
Virginia and West Virginia, too) from ages 7 to 13 will
have another chance to participate in the multi-sport fun.
The Frederick Kids’ Triathlon on Saturday, May 24,
at Frederick High School. The youth event consists
of 100 meter swim, a 2 mile bike and 3/4 mile run.
It costs $35 before April 1 and $40 until the event.
Online registration closes May 14. The website can be
found at http://www.fredericktri.com
The race course is designed for the youth athlete
in mind and offers many viewing opportunities for
moms, dads and other spectators. Each competitor
will have their own swim lane. The swim will be in an
indoor pool and will consist of 2 laps (4 lengths). The
bike course loops around the high school and middle
school. Each competitor will make 3 laps on their
bike. The run will be on the track and each competitor
will complete 3 laps.
Each youth triathlete will receive a T-shirt, cap, water
bottle and a medal afterwards.
“The goal is to encourage kids and get them to think
about fitness as a lifetime goal,” Herman said. “Once
they cross the finish they’ll feel great. They might
now swim well, or run well, but they’ll do one of three
events well and that’ll make it worthwhile.”
Herman said that she noticed when her children
(she also has a 14-year old son named Sam) got to
middle school age that if they or their friends weren’t
involved in a team sport like lacrosse or soccer, they
likely weren’t getting enough exercise.”
“That’s the age they start watching too much television
and playing computer games,” Herman said. “P.E.
twice a week for an hour in school doesn’t cut it.”
Her daughter Emily is scheduled to compete in both
triathlons, and she expects Brian, her 9-year old will, too.
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ANNAPOLIS & NATION'S TRI: FOCUS OF FILMMAKERS' PASSION by KAREN GARDNER
Reprinted with permission of the Frederick News-Post and
Randall Family, LLC.
MATT BARRETT AND JOHN STANN have set out to film
the limits of human endurance. The pair grew up
in the Myersville, Md., area, running track and cross
country in high school. Since then, they’ve run marathons
and recently began competing in triathlons.
Now they want to film others as they compete.
“We used to watch Kona (Hawaii Ironman) in the
early days, and seeing these iconic people crawling
across the finish line literally in heat exhaustion was
fascinating,” Barrett said.
For their first project, they documented the Annapolis
Triathlon on September 9, 2007,
Barrett and Stann wanted the film to show that finish
line drama, plus other highlights, in their documentary
series, Race Day Films DVD Series. They have
also completed a second DVD about the Nation’s
Triathlon, in Washington on September 29.
Both those triathlons were inaugural events.
Participation in marathons and triathlons has
increased exponentially in recent years. Barrett and
Stann reasoned that expanded participation in these
events meant burgeoning interest. They haven’t quit
their day jobs, but they thought there might be a market
for films about major endurance events.
“We try to show these are normal people with lawns to
mow and bills to pay,” Barrett said. “They are teachers,
nurses, research scientists, engineers. We want to
Barrett and Stann are familiar names in the mid-
Atlantic running community. Both took part in track
and cross country at Middletown High School before
graduation in 1992.
In college, Barrett was a walk-on at Virginia Tech’s
track and cross country team. Stann attended Virginia
Military Institute. He did not take part in collegiate
sports, but trained for road races, and talked Barrett
into running the Shamrock Marathon with him in
1993. They ran the race in 3:10.
After college, they stopped competing for a while.
Barrett, now 34, has two young children, and Stann
has five children. Barrett works at the National
Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaitherburg
and Stann is a civil engineer in Front Royal, Va.
Barrett, who lives in Ellicott City, resumed competition
a few years after college. He had always been a
runner, but he took up cycling, and found his niche.
He participated in criterium races, and quickly
became ranked 40th in the nation.
In 2000, he took part in the Columbia Triathlon, and
then the Eagleman, a half-Iron distance triathlon in
Cambridge. Since then, he has focused on Olympic
distance and half triathlons. The past two years, he
and Stann also completed the Chesapeake Man, a full
Iron distance triathlon in Cambridge.
Barrett said he’d like to one day qualify for the Hawaii
Ironman. But it isn’t the athletes at the top end he
wants his films to focus on. Instead, it’s the effort, the
pain, the fatigue, the sheer joy of finishing, whether
it’s a 10K run, a two-hour sprint triathlon or a 17-hour
Plans are to film documentaries on several major road
races as well as triathlons.
The camera captures the early morning starts, the
mass of swim caps bobbing through the water, the
focus of the cyclists and the rhythm of the runners. At
the finish line there is exhaustion and relief.
The DVDs also offer viewers a video feel of the bike
and run course. The filmmakers tested the course
with a camera, and hill grades are provided for those
who want to try out the course on their bike trainers
and treadmills. A triathlon-certified coach narrates
the course and offers tips, and also shows examples of
what people do right and wrong during races.
“It’s a chance to visualize,” Barrett said, something
many experienced athletes find valuable when preparing
Barrett and Stann are executive producers for
the films. Kevin Hershberger is the director. Kera
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O’Bryon, an Emmy-nominated actress who has done
projects for Discovery Channel, National Geographic
and Fox Family Network, serves as the interviewer and
narrator of the documentaries. She weaves the action
For more information on the DVD series and to see
future developments, check the website, www.raceday
WHEN MY WIFE AND I GOT MARRIED, we knew that we
wanted children and we knew that we wanted them
to be involved our active lifestyle. With the canoe it
was not a big problem, we just had to plan on small
life jackets. And when a friend offered up his used
child trailer, I snapped it up even though my wife was
not even pregnant. Then after we had our first son I
was at the bike store and saw another trailer on sale
at almost give away prices, I snapped that up on the
assumption that we were going to have a second child,
which we did.
A number of manufacturers now make a variety of
trailers and trail-along bikes that act like a second
bike hooked to the lead bike. These trailers and tagalongs
have been the saving grace for a lot of families
that wanted to keep riding. They provide a great way
to get the kids involved in biking and then keep them
with you until they can ride well on their own.
I often hear folks talk about how much of a hassle it
is to go out riding with their children. Getting all the
bikes, trailers or tag-a-long bikes and helmets packed,
getting water bottles filled then going somewhere to
ride. Then only riding 5 to 10 miles and then packing it
all up again and then going home. I agree it is a lot of
work, but our children are only going to be young once.
I grew up in South Dakota where I could go out for
the full day and ride all over and have fun. I remember
going out on fishing trips. I had a single speed
Sears bike with dual baskets on the back. I would
strap my fishing rod to the top bar on the bike, put
lunch and my tackle box in the baskets and put a
bucket over the handle bars. Going out was not that
bad. Coming home after a successful day of fishing
with the bucket full of fish could cause some interesting
gyrations as I would ride down the road. These
are the memories I have of growing up.
Making the time to ride with my boys and then flying
kites will be the things that my boys remember.
One of the ways to maximize the memories and minimize
the packing is to find someplace to ride and
camp. Riding on the Mason Neck Trail in Fairfax
County, Va.., is a great way to make those memories.
The campground at Pohick Regional Park has always
had plenty of camping spots and have added a number
of camping cabins for folks who want to get away
from it but not too close to the ground. Staying at
Pohick Park allows for biking to George Mason’s family
home. This spot has gotten a lot more attention
since the NCAA tournament a couple of years ago
and is a pleasant visit.
Most folks visit Mt Vernon and will stand in line for
some time to get in the house. At Gunston Hall, it is
possible to walk right in with no wait. The tour groups
are very small; sometimes you may even have a per-
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sonal tour with just your family. Being in an intimate
setting also allows for children to ask questions about
how things were. Ask about the faux oak doors.
Mason Neck State Park requires an entrance fee
for folks to drive in, however biking in is free, even
encouraged. There is a small visitor’s center with
some exhibits. They also schedule guided canoe trips
back up into Kane’s Creek. These waters are generally
quiet, just the place to introduce a budding paddler
to the joys of backwater canoeing. If the tide is coming
in, you can make it all the way back to a beaver
dam and have good chance of seeing lots of wildlife,
some of it relatively close up.
Pohick Park also gives children of all ages things to
do. There is a miniature golf course, and a Frisbee
golf course as well as lots of hiking trails to wander
on. The campground has a large open meadow to
play on. The best thing is that the park is seldom
crowded except for the major holidays.
What was once old, is new again!
For those not familiar with the history of the tandem,
the early tandems would place the female stoker in
front and the male captain in the back. At the time it
was not considered polite for a woman to have to look
at the back of the man and of course it was not allowable
that the woman be allowed to steer. Building
upon that idea, there are some neat bike ideas coming
out for riding together.
A few years ago the Love Bike was designed for parent
and child biking. This bike has the parent sitting in
the back with the child sitting in front. The handlebars
are swept back to surround the child and allow
the parent to steer. While the design does not allow
for sharp turning, it does allow the parent to cocoon
the child. This would be a great for children that are
afraid of falling and hesitant about riding. While I
would not do a 50 mile ride on this bike, it is a great
beach bike or short trail riding. You can find more
information about the Love Bike at
Another idea is the Kidz Tandem, similar to the old
style traditional tandem where the steering mechanism
was designed so that steering, breaking, gearing
are in the back, allowing the child to pedal freely
while easily talking to the parents all while enjoying
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front to a pet carrier or cargo. The design allows for
better control of the bike in traffic although it may
take a little experience to get used to the steering that
would be similar to a long wheelbase recumbent. This
is a bike that I would not hesitate to do a 50 mile bike
ride on. More information can be found at http://
A quick plug to keep your bikes in good repair and
to build a relationship with your local bike shop, you
never know when it will be helpful. I recently had the
front seatpost of one of the tandems seize. I tried all
the standard fixes, soaking in penetrating oil, dribbling
in ammonia, and even some heat. Nothing
worked. I took it into by local shop and they took
on the challenge. After a couple of weeks of trying
all the tricks in their book, they finally had to cut out
and chisel out the seat post. Well I now have the bike
back complete with an overhaul and as good as new
thanks to Bikes@Vienna.
After giving back my tandem, John showed me an
adaptable tandem trike coupler that they recently
put in stock. I often wondered who would ride a trike
and then I met up with some riders on various rides.
Some of the folks just enjoyed the notoriety of a trike,
while others had never learned how to balance on a
regular bike and enjoyed riding a fast high tech trike.
However in some cases there are long time bike riders
that have had a stroke or suffer from a disability that
affects their fine motor skills. They can still pedal,
steer and brake fine, but they are still want to go out
riding. A trike gives that capability and freedom.
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Coupling two trikes together provides many of the
benefits of a tandem without the weight and expense
of a tandem trike while retaining the ability of independent
biking. Check out the following location for
more information: http://bikesatvienna.blogspot.com/.
One last thing before I close. I recently came across
a web bike cartoon strip that really hits the spot,
Yehuda Moon and the Kickstand Cyclery. Yehuda is a
retro cyclist and part owner of the Kickstand Cyclery.
Yehuda experiences all the joys and pitfalls of bicycling
and the general relationship with the public.
The web site is http://yehudamoon.com/
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Clydesdales Need to WatchTheir Weight Too
This article is being written poolside on Marco Island in
Southern Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. The wind is blowing,
the sun is bright, and I am many miles from my mountain
This morning the family went for hike on a trail that was
labeled “mountain bike trail.” On that three and a half
miles of flat sandy trail we saw two black snakes, all sorts
of lizards, a wide variety of birds, a few small alligators,
but not one mountain bike... there were tire treads... but no
It is hard for me to write an article about mountain biking
when I am so far from my bike, but being on the beach will
make any person, cyclist or not, think about their fitness,
their form, and their weight. It is the onset of the mountain
bike season and I am starting to think about my weight.
Being a 40 year old adult I am finding that my baseline
weight has started to increase each year. I need to take control
of my weight instead of just letting things bulge out of
control. This is not about dieting, this is about common
sense. It is not so much about sacrifice as it is about moderation.
Yes, it is about change, change that will take discipline.
Change is an active process that will involve a conscious
effort to alter previous behavior and previous bad habits.
These changes will be for the better and the results will have
a positive ripple effect upon my life.
This is not a diet... just monitoring my consumption by
using some common sense and exhibiting some will power.
Clydesdale Mountain Bikers
In the sport of mountain biking there are an assortment
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MattyD: mud splattered after PVC’s
Greenbrier Challenge, a popular spring classic.
of classes. Classes are broken down by sex, age, ability,
and weight. The race category that measures weight is
called the Clydesdale Class. The term Clydesdale is borrowed
from large heavy draft horse. In mountain biking
to quality for this class each racer must weigh more than
200 pounds. I am one of these racers.
It was roughly a decade ago at the Granny Gear
24 Hours of Canaan where I raced on a four man
Clydesdale team with my brother called Boxer’s
Revenge. It was the Clydesdale Class that really got
me exciting about racing. This was a small class where
I was able to compete against other racers with similar
body types. It is hard for a six foot four inch male
weighing over 220 pounds to identify with the skinny
140-150 pound expert racer.
It was in the Clydesdale Class that I learned the competition
and camaraderie of mountain bike racing.
But, just because I am a Clydesdale it does not mean
that I should not be conscious of my weight and monitor
what I am eating.
Winter weight is not uncommon among cyclists,
but for me last season I did not ever shed my winter
weight, which has me realizing that I need to be more
pro-active about my weight by controlling my diet.
Over the past few years I witnessed many of my teammates’
bodies change as they grew more focused, more
fit, and faster on the bike. Rather than hire a coach or
read a book on weight loss I decided to consult them
for some guidance on proper diet and keys to weight
loss in the form of short answer bullet points.
Being Mindful of What I am Eating
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Solutions mountain bike team captain Matt Donahue
said that weight loss was not his goal but rather a
pleasant side effect to his elevated training plan. For
MattyD it was about following an exercise training
plan which involved better food.
Eating fruits and vegetables instead of processed
foods and fatty snacks was one simple suggestion that
MattyD offered. This is a matter of minding what I am
eating rather than dieting.
Weight is about a balance between calories burned
and calories ingested. To lose weight is simple... burn
more calories than are being taken into your body.
My activity levels are increasing at a good early spring
pace with some preparation for the rapidly approaching
mountain bike race season. For me, minding what
I am eating will be a cumulative effort of many small
things. These small changes are as simple as getting
the burrito without cheese and pouring less sugar in
my coffee. There will still be the occasional chocolate
bar with almonds and there is now way that I would
sacrifice pizza, but I will monitor the quantity of these
things. Like so many things this process is about common
Talk is nothing without action. That is why things
need to move to a conscious level. My efforts will
involve intentionally adding healthy foods into my
daily meals while consciously removing/decreasing
other less beneficial foods.
My older wiser brother Marc, who is also a teammate,
shared with me the obvious wisdom of portion control.
My brother stressed that we do not need to eat
until we are stuffed. So often I eat for pleasure and
eat until I can eat no more. That behavior needs to be
modified. Those habits were fine when I was a growing
boy, but this boy does not need to grow any more.
Last race season I watched Marc drop ten pounds.
This weight loss was not only visible in the shape of
his body but also in his race performance. The physics
of strength to weight ratio or power measured in
wattage is not really how I think. But we all know that
it is easier to carry less weight up a hill than more,
this means that if you are the same strength but weigh
less you will move faster.
In addition to these recommendations on portion
control and being mindful of the solids that I am
consuming it is also important to be conscious of what
fluids are being put into my body. Fluids are an easy
area to start with the minding of the consumption. Again
this is more about moderation than dieting, working
at rational levels of consumption.
LESS SODA is a quick and easy change to implement.
The consciousness of consumption goes beyond the
limiting of all of those cans of Coke. The minding of
the consumption extends to sport drinks. So often after
a ride or a run I go to the fridge and grab a bottle of
Vitamin Water or my all time favorite Gatorade when all
the body really needs is water. Water is precious.
Consume greater quantities of water in place of these
other drinks. Coca Cola will still be chilled in the fridge,
but the consumption will be less frequent. The natural
impulse to crack open a Coke with every meal must be
stopped. The increase in water consumption is a natural
habit as my riding picks up, but the frequent ingestion
of sports drinks is a habit that I need to break. It
is important to reach for regular old water rather than
colored water with unneeded calories. After all... it is all
about calories... calories consumed and calories burned.
It is easier to consume fewer calories than it is to work
out more and burn more calories.
Being lighter would mean being faster. Cyclists do not
only seek lighter bikes but it is desired to have lighter
bodies. Due to the basic strength to weight ratios
lighter racers are better climbers. Which means it is to
the advantage of any cyclist to be as light as they can
be so that they are not carrying any extra weight up
I will always be a Clydesdale... but I do not have
to carry all this excess weight around. Clydesdales
need to weigh over 200 pounds, I do not need to be
over 230. Never do I expect to weigh less than 200
pounds... but I could most certainly afford to be a few
pounds less than my current weight.
With all the focus that riders put on getting a lighter
bike some of us other cyclists could do better to
focus on carrying less weight on our body. My older
and faster mountain biking cross racing brother also
shared this pearl with me: finding a healthy weight is the
TRISPOKES continued from p.22
For more information, Martha Herman can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org (301-667-2518) or
Ken Racine at email@example.com (301-991-0461).
You can use the Contact link above.
This race supports the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma
Foundation whose mission is to promote prevention,
early detection and research to end melanoma.
The 2008 Hagerstown Youth Triathlon is scheduled
for Saturday, July 26, at Martin L. Snook Memorial
Park. That race is similar in format with 100 meters
swim, 2 mile bike and 3/4 mile swim. This race is
supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Washington
County and Ken Racine at firstname.lastname@example.org (301-
991-0461) can be contacted for more information.
Mid-Maryland Triathlon Club and Howard County
Sadj Bartolo, of Columbia, an enthusiastic 65 - 69 age
group triathlete has stepped down as president of the
Mid-Maryland Triathlon Club, turning the leadership
responsibilities over to Chip Warfel.
“I did it for three years, I felt like it was time,” said
Bartolo, who competed in her first Half-Ironman
last year at Timberland in New Hampshire. She said
she’s only registered so far this year for the Columbia
Triathlon and IronGirl race, also in Columbia. She
has several vacation trips planned with her husband
goal; it is not necessarily about being as light as possible.
Be assured... I am not trying to get skinny. Skinny is
not part of my future... but I do not need to be fat.
Snacking on carrots may be a better option than a
bag of chips. In fact decreasing the amount of processed
foods is lumped right into the obvious with less
soda. Less processed foods and an increase in fruits
and vegetables just as MattyD suggested. I truly love
fruits and vegetables. I just need to train my mind to
reach for those things rather than all those junk food
junky options I have been lunging for over the past
Team mate and friend Kent Baake recommended eating
a salad with each meal for the pleasure of salad
and to aid in decreasing the amount of the main
course consumption, again it is about portion control.
Kent snacks on apples, nuts, or enjoys a PB&J with a
dash of honey or maple syrup. This is a fight that can
be won through small efforts.... efforts as simple as
selecting sorbet instead of ice cream.
Kent also mentioned avoiding hydrogenated oils and
high fructose products. In the last few seasons Kent
has been focused on increasing workout times and
decreasing eating. Again... that obvious balance of
burning more calories than the number of calories
ingested. This is all done by being mindful what is
This is not so much about sacrifice as it is about moderation.
Portion control is the key. What I select to eat
and drink is as important as how much I choose to eat
and drink. Riding and exercise are part of the equation
as well. I need to be consistent in my workouts.
This will aid in the burning of calories.
As mentioned it is not imperative for a mountain bike
event to offer a Clydesdale category for me to compete
but it does often add to the fun.
Potomac Velo Club (PVC) is not only offering a
NORBA/UCI quality mountain bike race at the
Greenbrier Challenge just outside of Hagerstown,
Maryland on April 27th, but there are also Single
Speed and Clydesdale Classes. While in some of
the multi-lap night relay events in the Mid-Atlantic
neither The Baker’s Dozen on April 19th as hosted
Robert, also a Mid-Maryland member, and may fit in
an end-of-the-season race or two.
A self-described recreational triathlete for over 20
years, Bartolo has said she most loves getting new people
into the sport and has been putting on one day
triathlon clinics with two friends for three years. She
is also a certified Level I USAT triathlon coach.
Bartolo added that the Mid-Maryland Triathlon has
club has joined with several other Howard Countyarea
groups to form the Bicycling Advocates of
Howard County (BAHC). The Bicycling Advocates
of Howard County is a coalition of the representatives
of the Baltimore Bicycling Club, Howard County
Cycling Club, Mid-Maryland Triathlon Club, The
John Hopkins University APL Cycling Club, as well as
representatives from the Columbia Association, The
Columbia Triathlon/Iron Girl Triathlon and other
community groups and individuals concerned with
road safety issues in Howard County.
The goal of the organization, which already has had
several meetings is to work with the Howard County
Government, and other government agencies when
needed, on improving the safety of roads in Howard
County that are the most heavily used by bicyclists.
Their next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 14.
For more information contact Jack Guarneri at jack.
email@example.com or e-mail BAHoCo@gmail.com.
More information can also be found at http://sports.
by Plum Grove Cyclery out of Leesburg, nor the
Team Bike Works’ The 12 Hours of Lodi Farms in
Fredericksburg Virginia offer Clydesdale classes... but
these rolling courses with no significant climbs tend
to disadvantage the larger rider less.
Later in the season in June, Granny Gear’s 24 Hours
of Big Bear in Hazelton West Virginia will host its
third race of its six race 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race
Series with a Clydesdale class.
Then locally in Northern Virginia there are plenty
of Clydesdale race options; PVC hosts its summer
training series. Wednesdays at Wakefield in late June
will have a Clydesdale class while the folks at EX2
Adventures have added a Clydesdale class to their
four race Cranky Monkey Series and the 12 Hours of
More information on any of these races can be found online
with the assistance of GOOGLE.
LEESBURG BAKER’S DOZEN OVERFLOWING
One of the area’s newest mountain biking races is bursting at
the seams, and sponsors report more than double last year’s
registration, and the race isn’t until April 19th.
The Leesburg Baker’s Dozen, a 13 hours mountain bike race
held on a privately owned farm just north of Leesburg, Va., off
Rt. 15, has 332 preregistered racers as of March 25, and sponsors
at Plum Grove Cyclery expect quite a few more to sign up,
making it the largest mountain bike race in the state of Virginia.
The race begins at 11 a.m. and ends at midnight. Categories
include solo, two and three person teams. Last year’s solo event
was won by Steve Schwartz.
The course is a 7.6 mile loop, mostly flat, winding, singletrack,
not very technical, but over sections of limestone outcroppings.
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HAROLD ROSS, THE FOUNDING EDITOR of the New
Yorker magazine, famously used to yell at writers who
were at loss for words, “that nothing is indescribable.”
Well, Ross never met Chris Rhoten.
Words just don’t seem like enough. You want video
and music, too. And mud and paint.
Rhoten is the lead singer and guitar player in a 20years
and running hard rock/punk band called Iron
Boss. But he’s never smoked a cigarette, taken a drink
or drug (except for once at the Burning Man festival
when someone slipped him mushroom tea.)
He’s raced motocross professionally and has broken
his shoulders, ankles, feet, toes, ribs and nose in the
process — as well as his back and neck in an industrial
accident at work. But at 39, everything works pretty
well and he swims, bikes or runs every day.
He’s has had bit parts in the movies “Cry Baby” and
“Avalon” and has done some television commercials,
but never took an acting class in his life. He’s built
bicycles for the likes of Russell Crowe.
A mechanic by trade, Rhoten’s worked at the Carroll
County landfill for the past 10 years. He makes the 30mile
commute by bike.
He often doesn’t sleep at all on Saturday nights,
preferring to go out for 75-mile bike rides from
Westminster to Frederick or Gettysburg and then
come home and work in his enormous shop on
Frizzelburg Road until the sun comes up.
“I always try to include a ride up Gambrill Road (a
huge climb in the state park by the same name),” he
recently told SPOKES.
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Green-conscious, he built a vegetable oil furnace to
heat the place through the winter, collecting used oil
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open a bike shop in Martinsburg, W. Va.
He began entering triathlons several years ago, and
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Former Carroll County professional motocross rider Chris Rhoten
has done well, except however, race officials have a
hard time finding some bare skin to write his number.
He’s covered in tattoos.
Oh yeah, he’s married and has a three-year old son.
He takes the boy for 40-mile rides in his bike seat on
the C & O Canal.
Rhoten, obviously, isn’t one to take the easy or conventional
path and that includes his daily commute to
First, he gets up and leaves by 5 a.m. everyday. To
increase his mileage, he doesn’t take the direct route
along Reisterstown Road, but winds through back
roads and dirt trails — which is why he doesn’t typically
use one of his road bikes, instead peddling a
Cannondale hybrid so he can ride fatter tires.
He packs his saddlebags with tools, patches, tubes,
tape, a thermos of coffee, food and change of clothes.
However, this isn’t some fancy white collar job he’s
heading to on K St. with an employee locker room.
“No, there is no where to shower,” Rhoten said, with a
laugh. “I try to drink a lot of water and get clean from
the inside out."
“I’m just filthy at work anyhow,” he continued. “I work
at the landfill. Believe after I get off, people standing
in line next to me at the Wawa would never guess I do
He’s ridden in the snow, in zero degree days, on rare
days when he’s had to change three flat tires, but he’s
About four years ago, he said, he went on his annual
mountain biking trip with his buddy Dick Burleson,
a former motorcycle racing national who turned 60
years old recently and what he said changed Rhoten’s
life. Well, turned it up another notch at least.
“He had broken all these bones, too, over the years,”
Rhoten recounted. “And what he told me was you
got to keep moving your body. You’ve got to exercise
like crazy and never stop because the minute you do,
those things will stiffen up on you, and then you won’t
ever be able to do the same things again.”
Rhoten had been mountain biking since he was a
teenager and racing motocross. He said he did it, like
a lot of the motorcycle guys did, to stay in shape. And
he eventually started road riding, commuting to an
earlier job with Carroll County for several years in the
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and on – other than his mountain biking — for years
until Burleson pushed him to do more.
In 2006, he said he kept a log and documented riding
His wife Jessica has done some marathons in the past,
still is a pretty avid runner herself and supports his
bike riding and commuting, he said.
“But, yeah”, he laughed again, “she told me, ‘You’ve
got a problem’, when I was doing that much riding. I
Rhoten said one day, about eight months ago, he just
stopped keeping count. The batteries in his bike’s
computers died and he didn’t bother to replace
“I do what I can now and don’t worry about it anymore,”
Rhoten said. “There never is enough time to
do everything anyhow.”
Yes, and with his wife in nursing school, the ever-busy
mechanic is opening up a bike shop, the Eastern
Panhandle Bicycle Company, with an old BMX buddy,
Ryan Webber, at a new shopping center April 2.
“It’s huge, 3,200 sq. feet,” Rhoten said. “It’s definitely
something neither one of could have done alone. It’s
too much business for me and it’s too much manual
labor for him.”
Rhoten said he’’ll split time between his day job at
the landfill where he can retire with benefits in six
and 1⁄2 years and will work at the shop as the lead
mechanic on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and
Meanwhile, he’ll avoid driving his truck and his car –
even though he’s converted them to run on vegetable
oil like the furnace — as much as possible.
“I don’t ever see a reason to jump in there and turn it
on if I can ride a bike,” he said.
He also offers some advice for people who think they
want to start bicycle commuting. Or mountain biking
or doing triathlons – or starting a punk band or making
steel sculptures for that matter.
“Just do it,” he said. “People spend all this time preparing,
telling themselves they’re starting slowly, and
then they never get around to doing it.
“It’s not what the doctor will tell you, but jump right
in, I say,” he continued. “You’re body will get use to it.”
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House Bill 143, known as the “3-foot bubble bill”,
One Less Car executive director Richard Chambers
acknowledged recently appears to be dead in the
Maryland state assembly. The legislation, with 11 cosponsors
in the House, that requires a driver of a
motor vehicle, when overtaking a bicycle or a motor
scooter, not pass unless the driver can do so safely with-
out endangering the rider; and requires a driver of a
motor vehicle to yield the right-of-way to a person who
is riding a bicycle or a motor scooter in a bicycle lane.
The bill has strong support of Baltimore County
Delegate Jon Cardin, for example, and the support
of Delegate Maggie McIntosh of Baltimore City, the
chairman of the Environmental Matters committee,
among others, Chambers said. The major obstacle
in getting the bill out of committee, however, seems
to be Delegate James Malone, the vice-chair of the
Environmental Matters committee and whose district
includes Baltimore and Howard Counties.
“The fear that legislators say they have is that legislating
a safe passing distance will create confusion for
drivers,” Chambers said. “The law-makers who have
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Malone told me he didn’t want to bring it forward
(for a vote).”
Chambers added that 10 states now, including Florida,
Wisconsin, Minnesota, Utah and Arizona, have
enacted similar legislation, with at least two states,
Utah and Florida, writing citations for violations. He
also noted that the bill has the support of AAA Mid-
Chambers added that he hopes to work with the State
Highway Administration to come up with a safety
campaign, if the bill remains stalled. However, pulling
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tough challenge as well.
The One Less Car executive director said that Senate
Bill 492, which could allow bicyclists and pedestrians
to use state-owned bridges, has better chance of success
As the law stands now, bicyclists and pedestrians
are not allowed to use the Bay Bridge or the Hatem
bridge over the Susquehanna River or the Nice bridge
over Md. Route 301 and the Potomac River.
“This would at least eliminate the prohibition and
allow the state to give access if, for example, sidewalks
and bike lanes are put in place,” Chambers said. “And
if passed, it would allow the state to plan differently in
future construction efforts – that’s where the real benefit
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“I think that will be a big win as long as the house
agrees to it,” Chambers said. “We seem to have more
success in the Senate than the House, however.”
One Less Car and bicycling advocates in the state
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legislation that would stiffen the penalties for reckless
drivers who hurt or kill pedestrians and bicyclists.
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Right now, Chambers said, the largest penalty some
could receive under state for, say reckless driving or
extreme speeding, that lead to death of a bicyclist or
pedestrian is a $500 fine.
Record-setting National Bike Summit
The eighth National Bike Summit concluded on
Capitol Hill Thursday, March 6 with a call to action
from Representatives James Oberstar (D-MN) and Earl
Blumenauer (D-OR), and with the announcement that
Congressional staff themselves will benefit from a pioneering
bike-sharing program later this Spring.
Rep. Blumenauer introduced House Congressional
Resolution 305, supporting the creation of a national
bicycling strategy, immediately prior to the Summit
with the co-sponsorship of Oberstar. More than 200
visits with Congressional offices by the record number
more than 500 Bike Summit participants yielded
immediate results with several new co-sponsors coming
on board, including the influential Rep. John
In their Senate visits, bicycling advocates urged support
for Senator Harkin’s (D-IA) newly introduced
Complete Streets Act of 2008 (S. 2686) and welcomed
Senator John Kerry to the ranks of the Senate Bike
Caucus. The caucus also gained new leadership with
Senator Olympia Snowe (R-RI) agreeing to co-chair
the group with Senator Durbin (D-IL).
The highlight of the three day Summit, however,
may have been the announcement of a Capitol Hill
bike sharing program by House Chief Administrative
Officer Dan Beard. Under the program to be
launched “no later than bike week in May,” staff and
members will be able to use a fleet of bikes to get
between House office buildings, to run errands and
Beard was recognized by the League of American
Bicyclists for his leadership in promoting bicycling as
part of his “greening” the Capitol initiative.
“We are delighted the Summit exceeded last year’s
record attendance figures by almost 100 people, and
that for almost half the participants this was their first
Summit ,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League
of American Bicyclists. “More than 70 local bicycle
dealers, the CEOs of the biggest brand names in bicycling,
on- and off-road bicyclists all join together at
this unique event to speak up for bicycling,” continued
“We heard a consistent message from the opening
speaker, David Jones Jr., Chairman of the Board of
Humana Inc., to the heads of AASHTO and APTA, the
Director of the District Department of Transportation
Emeka Monomee, and our Congressional champions
that this is a perfect time for our message to be heard.
Gas prices are rising again, the effects of climate
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BOOK REVIEW by KEVIN BRUGMAN
Momentum is Your Friend, or…How to Self-
Propel Across America Pulling Your Family
Joe Kurmaskie (the Metal Cowboy), top right, rode cross
country with his 5 and 7 year old sons last summer.
Author Kevin Brugman and family welcome them to D.C.
MANY OF US HAVE DREAMED that once we retire, or
hit the big lottery, we will have the time to ride across
the country. For others, the thought of long distance
riding with our children or parents is likewise a
thought that we often focus on. Unfortunately for
many of us these opportunities are never realized.
Joe Kurmaskie, an adventure writer, decided not to
wait and in 2005, embarked on a cross country trip
pulling his five and seven-year-old boys and the ashen
remains of his father across the country.
“Momentum Is Your Friend: The Metal Cowboy and
His Pint-sized Posse Take on America” is a journal of
interesting stories from their journey. Often I would
read and wonder if the chapter I had just read had
really happened just the way Joe told it or if it was the
product of an over-active imagination. Then I would
think about my own boys and realize that these could
This story starts off with the realization that many
folks probably questioned his sanity. He tells of his
maiden ride through the neighborhood:
Neighbors stop weeding their flower beds and let hoses
spill water down porch steps as we wobble by. “Feels like
a parade,” Enzo calls from the trailer. I can barely hear
him at this distance, but I’m glad he’s enjoying himself.
“We are the parade,” Quinn points out. … Speed seems
to level out our ride so I increase it. More reactions from
front porches and other pedestrians. A blind man could
read their expressions. “Would you look at that! He
thinks we haven’t thought about some foolish jailbreak
from the daily grind? But what sort of man acts upon
such things? And with kids in the bargain?!
Joe walks a careful balance between describing the
fun and excitement that they had riding through
places like Yellowstone National Park and painting the
pain that he sometimes felt going through the mountains.
One of his chapters deals with a chance encounter
with a BMX bike rider. The rider regales them in
stories of jumping in the rock quarries with landings
in the water, then looks out over Joe and his boys’
rig and exclaims that if what he does is considered
extreme then what Joe is doing is truly extreme.
He devotes another chapter to riding through
Yellowstone National Park, being chased by a bison,
and the hospitality that was extended by other
cyclists. Another chapter deals with the exhaustion
that sometimes accompanies long distance touring
as he lies fetal on the roadside just outside his childhood
hometown in Kansas and his boys try to revive
“Come on, Dad,” Quinn pokes at me with a bike pump
in the same fashion I’ve seen him use on roadkill. “Get
up! We’re almost over the rainbow.” I’m lying yards
from afternoon rush hour traffic. The mercury tops
106 degrees and Quinn’s reference is to both the Judy
Garland classic and the name of the steepest hill in
Kansas City . . . “No one’s out of gas around here until
I say so,” Quinn barks, parroting one of my favorite
self-help seminar lines. He gets in close, eyeing me with
the disappointed glare of a high school football coach.
“Get up. We’re in the Emerald City.” I don’t even make
an attempt. “Emerald City for you two, maybe,” I say.
My breathing is reminiscent
of someone locked
inside an iron lung.
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Tucked away in the grassy foothills of Pennsylvania
about 15-20 miles from anywhere is a place that most
BMX riders and fans would consider a Mecca of
sorts...or is that sports? If you are into Extreme sports
like BMX, skateboarding, FMX, or even more socially
acceptable sports like cheerleading and gymnastics
you may have heard of Camp Woodward. It is located
in the middle of Amish Country, where daily life has
a slower pace and proves to be a lot less hectic than
any urban area that you’re familiar with. It’s about
30 minutes from State College, Pa., and Penn State
The camp has been in operation since the early
1970’s where it was conceived and built as an Olympic
level Gymnastic Training Center originally. It wasn’t
until the early 1980’s that they developed a summer
camp program for the new sport of BMX. Now teenage
boys had a “summer camp” other than band
camp or soccer camp to look forward to when school
let out in June.
Camp Woodward has really grown over the years and
now has expanded to a total of three locations across
the USA. Woodward East remains in the same location
it began over 35 years ago, and there are newer
camps in Wisconsin, and California.
During the mid 1990’s BMX/Freestyle jumped into
the limelight with the introduction of the Extreme-
Games, which was later shortened to X-Games. The
camp grew right along with the crazy non-traditional
sports tagged Extreme Sports, like skateboarding,
BMX, Inline skating, and freestyle moto-cross.
These days the amount of space dedicated to gym-
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nastics is fairly small in comparison to the 17 parks/
buildings dedicated to skateboards and bikes. The
camp offers week-long sessions in the summer months
mostly comprised of teenagers, although any child
from age 7-18 is permitted.
During week #12 and throughout the winter they
offer riding sessions for those 18 years and older.
These Action Sports Getaways allow older enthusiasts
to take advantage of the indoor ramp parks on a winter
weekend while everyone else is home shivering
from the cold.
It’s amazing after being involved in almost every facet
of BMX/Freestyle bikes over the past 20 years that I
never took the trip a few hours north of the Mason-
Dixon Line to experience what Camp Woodward
had to offer. That changed in late February 2008
when I was asked to attend a Weekend at Woodward,
accompanying Team Slacker that has team members
from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
Unfortunately I was nursing a lower back injury at the
time and wouldn’t be able to ride much but I felt it
would be a great opportunity to see the place that really
put the East Coast on the map for BMX, and I could
put together a first-hand account for SPOKES readers.
Because of its location there are no Interstate highways
that lead directly to the camp so the journey
there is mostly comprised of two lane roadways that
wind around and over the farmlands. It’s located
about 40 miles from Interstate 81/ Route 15 in the
Harrisburg, Pa., area. It’s not uncommon to pass several
horse drawn buggies along the way. Of course
getting there is only half of the fun! Due to the number
of riders in our group (around 10 or so) we had
a caravan of three cars loaded up with anxious riders
ready to brave the frigid outside temps to spend a few
days at this Action Sports retreat.
Shortly after arriving I realized that pictures just don’t
do this place justice. To say I was a bit overwhelmed
would be an understatement. They had as many or
more ramps, jumps, and obstacles than I had seen
in a lifetime of riding, and that’s just the ones that
weren’t buried under a foot of snow!
During the summer months this place is completely
carpeted with riders from all over the world, with
sometimes as many as 1000 campers at a time! Team
Slacker was only going to have to contend with about
30 other riders on this weekend.
Although they only have two warehouses open (Lot
8 and Cloud 9) during the winter weekends, there is
more than enough room for everyone. Lot 8 is comprised
of a maze of ramps, wooden bowls, vert walls,
and box jumps. One of the unique features of this
facility is the foam pits and ‘resi’ jumps. The foam pits
make for a proving ground for new tricks, with a pool
full of eight inch cubed compressed foam blocks,
riders can land any way they have to with or without
their bike and not risk any serious injuries if they bail.
If they feel confident they can take the tricks to the
resi-ramp which is a four foot high box jump with a
plastic type surface on a foam foundation to land on,
like a huge wrestling mat or gym crash mat. Falling
or sliding on this surface sure beats hard concrete or
splinters from wood.
My buddy ‘Afro’ Tony Smith learned back flips in
about 30 minutes! In fact probably half of the riders
in our group progressed by leaps and bounds
solely due to these ‘training’ ramps. Joey ‘Poke’
Richards pulled off a huge double back flip into the
foam. Slacker/Groove Merchant/Haro rider Dan
Depre just about mastered front flips but didn’t have
the initiative to take them to the wood ramps. Dan
has REALLY progressed over the last few years and
impressed everyone in attendance with his HUGE 360
and 720 variations.
Cloud 9 is what the name suggests; it’s like being on
top of the world. There are even recliners on top of
the ramps to chill and watch other riders from the
video game lounge. It has a total of three foam pits
including two huge ones off to the side of their monster
12 foot halfpipe. It’s not uncommon to meet up
with some pros from time to time while you’re there
too. Steve Mccann was hittin’ up the halfpipe, blasting
12 foot airs like nothing. Jamie Bestwick was in
the house and I got to meet him. Kevin Robinson was
away for a competition though.
After the initial couple hours of warm-ups and riding,
some serious shredding took place on Saturday evening
after dinner. The team members range in age from 14-
36 but everyone is like a kid in a candy store and on a
level playing field when they ride together. The main
thing I realized is that it’s all about the nick names.
Midget, Slow, Rope, Poke, Nate-Dog just to name a few.
I don’t even know Midget’s last name but his actions
speak louder than words! He blasted trick after trick
with ease stalling airs out on the 12’+ vert wall and
launching out of every ramp in the place. He hails from
Falling Waters, W. Va., and has been an outstanding
rider since he was 12 years old and got the nick-name.
Look for a rider profile on him in an upcoming issue.
Bryan ‘Rope’ Ropelewski set his goals to learn no-handers
over the weekend and did just that. Nate Horner
not only proves his skills time after time on a bike but is
an outstanding photographer as well!
My first trip to Woodward was impressive, not only
because of the talented cast of riders but the setting
and staff at the camp as well. Nobody came home
hurt and everyone learned something and progressed
in some way or another, and even made a few new
friends as well. So whether you are 7, 17, or 37 give
Camp Woodward a chance. If you have the opportunity
check it out for their summer camps or their
weekend riding retreats during the off-season. You will
be as impressed as I was for sure.
Dan Depre 360’s over the spine in Cloud 9
Joey “Poke” Richards on the monster spine ramp/halfpipe
The upcoming 2008 Olympics still have the industry
and the sport in top gear. For up to date information
on the Olympics or any facet of BMX it’s easy
to check out www.genesbmx.com. They have daily
updates to keep you informed locally, nationally and
Tracks around the area are all noticing more interest
and new recruits to the sport. Richmond BMX has
recently added a paved starting hill and first corner
just to raise the level of competition and decrease the
time spent on track prep for sure. Check them out
this season: www.richmondbmx.com
Rainy weather during March pushed back several
tracks opening days in Virginia and Maryland, but by
the time you read this, the 2008 season will be in full
swing I’m sure.
In bike shop news Germantown Cycles and Avalon
Cycles have changed their name at both locations to
Avalon Cycles. They will still house and operate the
skatepark at the Elkridge location as well as continue
running their BMX demo program with free bike
loans for beginning BMX riders. Contact either location
for info or on the web at www.avaloncycles.com
River City Cycles in Williamsport, Md., has noticed
the increase in BMX consumer traffic and is now
dealing S.E Racing as well as KINK BMX bikes to
answer the call.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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Bethesda, MD 20814
APRIL 25-27 – SPRING TUNE-UP
All cyclists and their families are invited to join this
15th annual weekend ride held in Madison, Ga.,
hosted by BRAG (Bicycle Ride Across Georgia). Flat
to gently rolling hills. This is a fun time for the whole
family and a great time to get in shape for BRAG!
Various ride options available daily as well as daily
rates for those who cannot ride all weekend. Plenty
of food, music and entertainment. For more info visit
www.brag.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
APRIL 26 – 4th ANNUAL TOUR DE CARROLL
Check out the scenery of Carroll County, Md., and get
those winter-lazy legs in shape for the summer. Ride
the 4th Annual Tour de Carroll and enjoy the beauty
and great rides that the county has to offer. All proceeds
benefit West End Place, Carroll County’s only
private, non-profit service for low income seniors.
There are rides for all skill levels ranging from a full
metric (63 miles) 36 miles, and 8 miles. Check out
this event and register at active.com. Call (410) 848-
2433, ext. 221 for details.
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APRIL 27 – ROAR
Following a record-setting biking and hiking event in
2007 that saw fundraising and participation numbers
increase by over 150 percent, the Kennedy Krieger
Institute’s 2008 ROAR: Ride on for Autism Research
event will grow again this year. In addition to the 25
and 10-mile recreational bike rides, from Oregon
Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville,
Md.., serious cyclists will have now the opportunity to
tackle the challenging 50-mile route, while families
will enjoy the low-mileage, youth fun ride and one of
the areas best playgrounds. Registration begins at 7
a.m.; 50-mile and 25-mile routes begin at 7:30 a.m.;
10-mile, kids ride, and hiking trails begin by 8:30 a.m.
For details or registration log onto www.ROAR.kennedykrieger.org
or call 443-923-7300.
APRIL 27 – GREENBRIER CHALLENGE
One of only 18 high-level mountain bike races on
the USAC National Calendar (one of only 2 in northeast
U.S.) Includes Maryland State Championship
titles, plus qualifications to attend the U.S. National
Championships in Mt Snow, VT in July. In 2007, more
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than 550 racers participated. Located at Greenbrier
State Park near Hagerstown, Md. For details log onto
www.potomacvelo.com or contact James Carlson at
MAY 4 – AIR FORCE CYCLING CLASSIC
Cyclists of all abilities from rank beginners to
America’s top pro racers will be able to participate
in U.S. Air Force Cycling Classic in Arlington,
Va.Participants will be able to ride on a 12 1⁄2 kilometer
circuit in Arlington, Va., that will challenge
them for up to 8 laps or 100 kilometers. Following
this amateur ride, a series of amateur and pro races
will be held on route in Arlington and Crystal City.
Registration for the amateur participatory ride is now
open. :Log onto www.arlingtonsports.org. Active duty
and reserve military personnel receive a $10 discount.
MAY 10 – JAMESTOWN TO RICHMOND
A new ride for this year, the Virginia Capital to Capital
ride follows the proposed trail route that will connect
Jamestown to Richmond. The ride will have starts in
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both Richmond and Jamestown. There are parts of
the trail that have been completed at both ends and
a new section is scheduled to open about the time of
the ride. Gov. Kaine has committed to complete the
Capital to Capital Trail by the end of his administration
in 2010. Families can ride from Jamestown for
shorter distances on a paved off road trail or continue
on the road for different distances. Registration and
information can be found at www.virginiacapitaltrail.
MAY 16 – BIKE TO WORK DAY
Join thousands of area commuters for a celebration
of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to
work! Meet up with your neighbors at one of 26 pit
stops all over the Washington metro region, ride into
the city with experienced commuter convoys and meet
your colleagues at Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania
Avenue. Washington Area Bicyclist Association and
Commuter Connections invite you to try bicycling
to work as an alternative to solo driving. Help the
Washington region become a better place to ride. Bike
to Work Day is a FREE event and open to all area commuters!
For details log onto www.waba.org
MAY 16-18 – TOUR DE CHESAPEAKE
Celebrate the arrival of spring with a bike tour
through the wonderful, scenic and flat Mathews
County backroads along the Chesapeake Bay. Join 800
cycling enthusiasts on this tour, perfect as a family’s
first biking adventure, or maybe the intermediate
rider’s, and even the experienced veteran’s, season
warm-up. Choose tours of 17, 40, 60, or 80 miles.
Families especially will enjoy the abundant quiet,
scenic lanes winding down to forgotten coves on the
Chesapeake Bay, the East River and the North River.
Pedal in and out of the beautiful salt marshes instead
of traffic. Visit www.bikechesapeake.org for details and
to register online. For inquiries, call (757) 229-0507
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAY 17 – NATIONAL CAPITAL CENTURY
Young Life Metro DC hosts this 100 mile ride, with
shorter rides of 25 and 50 miles, to benefit Metro
Washington teens with special needs, teen moms,
disadvantaged and typical teens. Rides begin and end
near the FDR Memorial in West Potomac Park, D.C.
and loops into Virginia and Maryland. Food, support,
and T-shirts for all riders. Details and registration
at ww.NationalCapitalCentury.com or by phone at
MAY 17-18 – BIKE MS: BEYOND THE BELTWAY
Join over 750 participants from across the mid-
Atlantic to celebrate the National Capital Chapter’s
26th Anniversary Bike ride. Presented by the
Washington D.C. area Land Rover retailers, this
year’s ride begins and ends from Franklin Park in
Purcellville, Va. The ride takes you through beautiful
Northern Virginia wine country over a one or two day
period. Choose from a variety of mileage options, and
enjoy this unforgettable experience complete with
live entertainment, great food, picturesque views and
more. For details log onto www.MSandYOU.org; call
(202) 296-5363, or email MSBike@MSandYOU.org
MAY 17 – BIKE & BOAT DEMO DAY
From 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Lake Needwood Park in
Rockville, Maryland. Hudson Trail Outfitters invites
you to this popular event at which representatives from
Giant, Felt, Rocky Mountain and Fuji, as well as well as
a number of boat manufacturers to permit test rides.
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Admission is free. For details and directions to the park
go to www.hudsontrail.com for more information.
MAY 18 – COLUMBIA TRIATHLON
Celebrating its 26th year, the Columbia Triathlon is
famous for its outstanding race organization and its
fun and extremely challenging race course. Held in
Centennial Park, Ellicott City, Md. Consists of a 1.5k
swim, 41k bike, and 10k run. For more info call (410)
964-1246 or visit www.tricolumbia.org
MAY 21 – BIKE REPAIR 101
From 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Rockville, Fairfax, Tenley
Circle, Pentagon Row, and Annapolis locations of
Hudson Trail Outfitters. Learn how to change a flat
tire and clean a chain. Join HTO’s bike experts and
learn the basics of bike repair. Learn how to fix a bike
on the trail, how to make sure your tires are patched
correctly and how to degrease your chain. We will
teach you what repairs you can do yourself, and how
to know when you need a mechanic. Go to www.hudsontrail.com
for more information.
MAY 24-27 – KENT COUNTY SPRING FLING
Join the Baltimore Bicycling Club and Washington
College as they host this 26th annual weekend event
along Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Rides range from
11 to 100 miles on flat to rolling terrain. Stay at
Washington College’s dorm and enjoy great food, an
ice cream social, live music, blue grass on the square,
contra dancing, sock hop, and much more. For details
contact Frank and Kathy Anders at (410) 628-4018 or
MAY 30-JUNE 1 – CHESAPEAKE BAY ASTHMA TOUR
This bike tour is a American Lung Association event
to benefit children with asthma through programs
and desperately needed pulmonary research efforts in
order to find treatments and cures for lung disease.
Routes go through Wicomico and Worcester Counties
to Assateague Island or along the shorelines. Saturday
rides are 20, 40, 62.5 or 100 miles; Sunday rides are
10, 20 or 40 miles. Chose between one or both day
tours. Start/finish, lodging, and activities are held at
Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md. A crab feast follows
Saturday’s ride. For more info or to register visit
www.asthmaride.org or call 1-800-642-1184, ext. 221.
JUNE 7 – PATUXENT RIVER LEGACY RIDE
Celebrate National Trails Day with a bike ride on
country roads in the Rural Tier of Prince George’s
County, Md. Routes of 24, 46, and 64 miles from the
Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary will take you to scenic rest
stops overlooking the Patuxent River. Fully supported
by the Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club. For details,
visit www.ohbike.org or call (301) 567-0089.
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
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 email@example.com
JUNE 7-8 – 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 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:
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
LUTHERVILLE WEEKLY ROAD RIDES
Lutherville Bike Shop will lead two weekly road bike
rides. Both rides will leave from the shop at 5:30 p.m.
Proper riding attire required. Easier Ride: Monday
nights at 5:30 p.m. 14-16 mph Approximately 30 miles
A scenic road ride through Loch Raven Reservoir and
surrounding areas. We keep the hills to a minimum
and invite all riders to the sport. Racers recovering
from the weekend are welcome as well. We’ll ride as a
group and no one will be left behind.
Fast Ride: Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m. 18+ mph
Approximately 40 miles A fast ride through Loch
Raven Reservoir and northern Baltimore county. This
is a hilly ride with sprint points to keep the heart rate
up and the competition fierce. The goal of this ride
is to ride fast and ride hard. Great for racers training
during the season. We will set a few designated wait
points. Call the shop for details (410) 583-8734. www.
THURSDAY EVENING FREDERICK RIDES
A 15-19 mph road ride out of Frederick Bike Doctor,
5732 Buckeystown Pike, just off Route 355. Meet every
Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for a 25 mile +/- ride. No one
will be dropped. Beginning May 1 the ride time will
change to 6 p.m. Rides cancelled if roads are wet, it
is raining, temps are below 40 degrees or winds are
20 mph or above. Contact (301) 620-8868 or log onto
www.battlefieldvelo.com for details.
BIKE ALEXANDRIA FUN RIDES
Every Sunday at 2 p.m. meet at Cameron Run
Regional Park, 4100 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria,
Va.,. for a free family fun ride. Trail is paved, two ride
options: 5.6 or 6.9 mile loops. Both lead to nature
area. Visit bike.meetup.com/288 or contact Susan
Schneider at (202) 403-1148 for details.
HUDSON TRAIL OUTFITTERS RIDES
Join “HTO’s Cycling Club” for local touring and mountain
biking rides. Rides will be lead by experienced
HTO staff and will range from 10-20 mile trail rides to
20-30 mile road rides. Arrive at 8:30 am for pre-ride
group stretching, rides will start promptly at 9:00 am.
Go to www.hudsontrail.com for more information.
April 14 - Rock Creek Park: Family Ride: A 16 mile
road ride from DC to Maryland. A paved bike trail
and a few light traffic streets. Road or mountain bikes.
Meet at Foggy Bottom Metro Station.
May 18 – Loch Raven Reservoir Mt. Bike Ride: Enjoy
14 miles of logs, creek crossings and fast downhills
on this intermediate to advanced mountain bike ride.
Meet at the church on Seminary Road, corner of
Seminary and Delaney.
June 22 – Rosaryville Beginner Mountain Bike Ride:
Ride an eight mile smooth groomed track loop. Mt.
Bike is a must. Meet at Rosaryville State Park, $3 parking
COLUMBIA TUESDAY ROAD & IRONGIRL RIDES
Spirited Tuesday evening road rides, 25.5 miles (or 18
for Iron Girl Triathlon participants) from the parking
lot of Princeton Sports, 10730 Little Patuxent
Parkway, Columbia, Md. Ride is same as that used in the
Columbia Triathlon (25.5 mile) or IronGirl competition
(18 miles). Weather permitting. Call (410) 995-1894 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
NIGHT RIDES AT GAMBRILL
The Bicycle Escape, in conjunction the Mid-Atlantic
Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE), is hosting night mountain
bike rides at Gambrill State Park on the 1st and
3rd Wednesday of each month through the end of
April. The rides begin at 7 p.m. Because Gambrill
offers some of the most technical terrain in the region
these rides are for experienced mountain bikers only.
It is also necessary to have a high quality lighting system.
Due to the extreme popularity of these rides and
the group’s agreement with Maryland’s Department
of Natural Resources riders must register to attend.
More information and registration is available at www.
thebicycleescape.com or call (301) 663-0007.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MT. BIKE RIDES AT LOCH RAVEN
Lutherville Bike Shop will lead a weekly mountain
bike ride every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. from
the shop. The ride will leave from the shop and go
through Loch Raven Reservoir. Distance and speed
will vary based on rider skill level. Call the shop for
details (410) 583-8734. www.luthervillebikeshop.com
SPIRITED SUNDAY ROAD RIDES
Join the folks of the Bicycle Place, just off Rock Creek
Park, every Sunday morning (beginning at 8:30
a.m.) for a “spirited” 36-40 mile jaunt up to Potomac
and back. This is a true classic road ride that runs
year round. While the pace is kept up, no one is
left behind. No rainy day rides. The Bicycle Place
is located in the Rock Creek Shopping Center, 8313
Grubb Road (just off East-West Highway). Call (301)
588-6160 for details.
THE BIKE LANE in Burke and Reston, Va., is now
hiring for full time mechanic, sales, and assistant management
positions. We are looking for enthusiastic self
motivated people who love cycling and enjoy working
with people. Experience is preferred. Excellent pay
and benefits. Please fill out an on line application at
www.thebikelane.com or email email@example.com
for more information.
BIKES FOR SALE
ROAD BIKE – Bianchi Eros, men’s 23 inch frame, 21
speeds, excellent condition, all original, early 1990’s
model. $225. Cash. (301) 797-1713.
FOR SALE – 1955 racing bike Frejus Toreno, all
Campagnolo, 1960 two California choppers. 2006 Trek
Madone 5.2, all Dura Ace. Best offer. Call Dutch (410)
208-1497 in Ocean Pines, Maryland
YAKIMA ROOF RACK – Carries two bikes with a special
rail to hold a tandem bike. For car without roof
rails. $200. (301) 371-5309.
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BALTIMORE SATURDAY RIDE
A fun but spirited group ride through Baltimore
County every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Depending
on turnout there are usually 2-3 different groups of
varying abilities. When the weather doesn’t cooperate,
we will have the option to ride indoors. Call Hunt
Valley Bicycles at (410) 252-3103 for more information.
BIKES FOR THE WORLD - Collection Schedule
Bikes for the World collects repairable bicycles in the
United States, for donation to charities overseas, for
productive use by those in need of affordable transport.
Note: $10/bike donation suggested to defray
shipping to overseas charity partners. Receipt provided
for all material and cash donations. Bikes for the World
is a sponsored project of the Washington Area Bicyclist
Association, a 501 c 3 non-profit charity. Collections
will take place rain or shine. For further info, visit www.
bikesfortheworld.org or call (703) 525-0931.
Bicycles may also be dropped off for Bikes for the
World during store hours at selected bicycle retailers:
Bikes of Vienna, 128-A Church Street, Vienna VA;
Bob’s Bike Shop, 19961 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville MD;
Race Pace, 8450 Baltimore Natl Pike, Normandy
Shopping Center, Ellicott City MD;
Pedal Pushers, 546 Baltimore & Annapolis Road,
Severna Park MD.
Please remember to leave a $10 donation (check
preferred, payable to “BfW”) with each bike; BfW will
mail you a receipt good for tax purposes.
WEBSITE NUTRITION FOR ATHLETES
Whether you want to analyze your sports diet, get
an answer to your questions about creatine, or find
a new recipe for chicken, you can get an amazing
amount of high quality food, nutrition and health
information on the Web. The trick is, what’s quality
information and what’s hokum? Here are some of my
favorite websites; perhaps this information will be a
helpful resource for you, as well.
If you have questions about fueling for exercise, The
Australian Institute of Sport (whose mission is to
help educate Olympic athletes and coaches) offers
abundant sports nutrition information. Click on Sport
Science/Sport Medicine and you can find out how
to fuel for your particular sport (triathlon, running,
rugby, rowing, etc.), as well as fact sheets and articles
that offer answers to your questions about sports supplements,
including antioxidants, bovine, colostrum,
Wonder how your sports diet stacks up? This website
lets you analyze the protein, carbohydrate and fat
content of your diet, and helps tract your food, exercise
and weight goals. Just enter into their nutrition
calculator what you typically eat in a day, and you’ll
learn how well you eat. Note: The key to getting accurate
nutrition information is to measure the true portion
sizes of what you eat. That is, how much granola
do you actually consume--one cup? two cups? Measure
food; don’t guess!
Wonder about caffeine? aspartame? chocolate? You’ll
find the answers to your food questions on this site
sponsored by the International Food Information
Council Foundation, a non-profit organization who’s
mission is to communicate reliable information about
food, food safety and nutrition. Just go to “search”,
enter the topic, and enjoy articles that answer your
Do you have questions or concerns about how to eat
to lower your cholesterol? Either search for information
about your food of interest (soy, fish, eggs etc.)
or click on Healthy Lifestyle. Also explore Delicious
Decisions for abundant heart-healthy recipes.
Wonder about the nutritional needs of infants?
your grandparents? your children? yourself? The
National Agricultural Library’s Food and Nutrition
Information Center provides abundant information
about nutrition throughout the lifecycle, food safety,
the Food Pyramid, a search tool to look at the nutritional
value of the foods you eat, plus a wealth of
If you are struggling to find the right balance of food
and exercise, this site offers helpful information as
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well as videos of professionals who can help you find
peace with food. There’s no need to struggle on your
own; this site can help you develop a better relationship
with food and your body.
Are you really getting what you pay for when you buy
nutritional supplements? ConsumerLab.com monitors
the quality of vitamin and mineral supplements,
herbs, nutrition bars, protein powders and numerous
other health products so you can learn which brands
offer you the best for your money. Some of the information
is free; some comes with a fee. An annual subscription
is $29.95; a single product review is $12. The
site could likely save you that much money...
Just about everyone knows someone who is afflicted
with cancer. This website helps translate the latest
research into healing food suggestions to help cure or
www.nlm.nih.gov The National Library of Medicine
offers easy-to-understand medical information for
the general public (click on Medline Plus) as well
as access to the latest research published in medical
journals (click on PubMed). If you want the latest
news on creatine, vitamin C and exercise, or carbohydrate
loading, simply search the topic of interest and
wade through the abstracts.
Have no idea what’s for dinner but want something
tasty? You’ll find lots of food ideas on this website-not
only 8,000 recipes but also nutrition information
about each recipe and a customized food shopping
list. You can look for recipes according to health
needs (low cholesterol, diabetes), time available to
cook, nutrition, and taste (that is, are you hankering
for comfort food, gourmet food, holiday foods, taste
of the world, chocolate?). You can also choose from
the list of the most popular recipes. The Spinach
Stuffed Chicken Breasts (preparation time: 10 minutes;
cooking time: 35 minutes) sounds good to me!
If you are thinking about a vegetarian lifestyle,
this website, sponsored by Vegetarians Unite!, was
designed to create an Internet vegetarian community.
It offers over 4,300 recipes including kid-friendly
foods, plus chat rooms, articles, books, even veggie
poems. A fun site!
Looking for a local sports dietitian who can help
answer your personal nutrition questions? This
site, sponsored by SCAN, the American Dietetic
Association’s dietary practice group of Sports &
Cardio-vascular Nutritionists, offers a referral network.
Just click on your state, and you’ll get a list of
sports nutrition professionals who can give you personalized
attention. Don’t let nutrition be your missing
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See the line of Felt bicycles at the
following authorized Felt dealers:
ALL WHEELS BIKE SHOP
4100 Highway One
BIKE DOCTOR OF
160-C Jennifer Rd
415 S. Broadway
9217 Baltimore Blvd
6925 Oakland Mills Rd
Weis Market Center
229 N. Market St
21540 Great Mills Rd
9930 Reisterstown Rd
12085 Rockville Pike
Felt is available at
all HTO locations
459 Baltimore Blvd
2826 Fallfax Dr
24511-3 Centreville Rd
7705 Sudley Rd
19 Catoctin Circle, NE