See you on the race course!
At the regional and state levels, the planning for 2012 is well underway and features a very full schedule. MABRA's schedule can be viewed here and the Virginia Cycling Association can be viewed here. Racers will notice that there is very little white space on the calendar and -- for the first time -- it includes an aggressive track schedule. Details about track and, of course, cyclocross are forthcoming.
To make it all a reality, new officials are needed! Desperately!
According to Jim Patton, MABRA Officials' Coordinator, last year's "response was outstanding and the class of 2010 was one of the best we've ever had." Despite this quality, nearly 50% of the clinic attendees never worked an event due to the transient nature of the MABRA region. Thus, there is always a need for new recruits. This year there is a special need for help in the following areas to help keep promoters' costs down: north in the I-95 corridor (especially Delaware); north in the Frederick and Hagerstown areas; and west along the I-66 corridor.
The entry level USA Cycling Official's training takes one day plus a little study preparation -- and there is NO cost to the new official. The first Entry Level Official's clinic is scheduled for February 4 in Odenton, MD -- and there will be other options for training. Check out this link to learn all you'll need to know and send any candidate information directly to Jim Patton. He'll make it easy for you to make it easy for racers to make it hard on race day.
- by Jay Morali
The Sportif Cyclocross Cup was kicked off Saturday in Fort Ritchie at the Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge. The race, presented by Antietam Velo Club, was the first of a 5 race series that will end on Thanksgiving weekend at the annual Turkey Chase in Taneytown. Racers were greeted to cool temperatures and muddy conditions not seen around here in quite some time. The course tested all of a rider's ability with sections demanding bike-handling, power, speed, and a whole lot of running. Patrick Blair of Adventures for the Cure, winner of the 2/3 Men's race said, "I loved the course! Maybe some of the reason I liked it so much was the extreme conditions/mud but regardless the course design was far superior to that of BCA last year. There were quite a few interesting features that I attacked differently each lap, trying to figure out the best way to approach them." Patrick also went on to say that he hasn't seen conditions like that since Granouge 2009 and 2010 CX Nationals.
The 3/4 35+ race saw George Schulz, Jr. of The Bike Lane take the Sportif CX Cup Leaders Jersey with Cory Smith finishing up in 2nd. The Sportif Coaching Group rider was working hard to try and catch up to Schulz, Jr. but was forced into the pit with a mechanical that needed a rear wheel change. Speaking to George after the race it was clear he was having his own little game of angels & demons during the race. "I really like the mud...but I really hate to run!" He does plan on defending his jersey this coming weekend at Psycho Cross in Sykesville, MD at Race #2 in the series.
District Velocity's Patrick Dolan looked to be very comfortable in the muddy conditions as he took a convincing win in the 3/4 Men's race. Dolan powered away on the first lap and never looked back. A group of chasers jockeyed for a few laps until Eric Krause of Antietam Velo found a gap and held it for a runner-up finish. Krause, an established roadie still young in his cyclocross career, is looking forward to trying to move up one step on the podium this week in Sykesville.
Other winners on the day include:
Ron Huebner - Men's 1/2/3 35/45+
Karl Kensinger - Master's 3/4 45+
Jim Bronson - Master's 1/2/3/4 55+
Elizabeth Harlow - Women's 1/2
Samantha Rynas - Women's 3
George Schulz, III - Junior 10-14
Will these folks hold on to their series lead or will we have a shake-up on the leaderboard this week at the Psycho Cross? The course is destined to be an instant favorite among racers in the area with its varied terrain which will include two run-ups. It will be set on the campus of abandoned 1900 era buildings that were formerly the Springfield Medical Hospital, a state run mental institution. We all know you have to be a little crazy to do this sport anyway!
Who will walk away with the cash and prizes? $1000 cash is up for grabs to five fields plus we have prizes from various restaurants in town (including 100 free beer coupons to give away and gift certificates), coffee from Furnace Hills Coffee in Westminster, 150 pounds of oatmeal from Bob's Red Mill (Train with Grain), various microbrews and Belgian ales for the Masters and goodie bags from Roots Market for the first 150 participants. And don't forget - every time you register for a Sportif 'Cross Cup event you are entered into the raffle for one of TWO Fuji Altimira cyclocross framesets!
Be sure to sign up for the raffle for TWO ROUNDTRIP AIRLINE TICKETS on JETBLUE. The raffle is open on Bikereg now or at registration on the day of the event. $5 buys you one chance, 5 chances for $20.
So come on out, bring the family and enjoy what looks like will be a beautiful day (fingers crossed!).
This Wednesday, 21 September, DCMTB will be hosting its 2nd Cyclocross clinic. The clinic will be instructed by C3-team member Wes Schempf (former MAC and MABRA Elite Men Champion) who will cover techniques key to find and keep speed on the course- cornering, momentum, run/ride decisions, keeping speed thru barriers. The instructors will be assisted by DCMTB and Sticky Fingers team members.
Due to cancellation of the first clinic on Sept. 7th, Marc Gwadz will instruct attendees who wish to go over 'cross basic skills including an intro to 'cross, dismounts and remounts, carries, equipment. All Wednesday clinics start promptly at 6:00 pm at the Fort Reno Park bandstand (Chesapeake St NW, between 40th ST, NW and Nebraska Ave, NW) and attendees are asked to arrive at least 5-10 min early to register.
All levels of riders are welcome. First timers are encouraged. All you need is a bike with knobby tires and a desire to learn. Please arrive early to register. This is a USA Cycling non-competitive event.
To offset the costs from USA Cycling, we're asking attendees with a USAC license to pay $1 for insurance. If you don’t have a USAC annual license, the fee will be $5 for a one-day non-race license. All riders under 18 years old need to be accompanied by his/her parent/guardian to sign their waiver.
The Capital Criterium presented by Events DC, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, has been canceled.
The Oct. 2 date was one of very few options available for the CapCrit in the 2011 season given the addition of new Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) races, including the US Pro Cycling Challenge. These additions caused events such as the Univest Grand Prix to be pushed back later into the season. In the end, the October date of the CapCrit presented difficulties for teams and riders (both men and women), as they face fatigue and injuries from an already long race season and/or depleted budgets and travel monies at the race year’s end. In addition, overlap and conflicts have surfaced for riders competing in multiple disciplines, such as the Elite Track Nationals, which are being held in Los Angeles during this time, and the Cyclo-cross season, which will be in full swing by Oct. 2.
While the decision was especially difficult given that the CapCrit was positioned as the men’s and women’s finals for the 2011 USA CRITS Series, the final race of USA Cycling’s 2011 National Racing Calendar, and the finals of the 2011 US Handcycling Series, it was made with the best interest of spectators, the local community, the event’s numerous partners and sponsors, and, of course, the riders, in mind. We also did so knowing that, because of the substantial amount of financial, human, and city resources needed to secure and close a course in the heart of Washington, D.C., full fields of competitors are required to ensure the long-term success of the event.
We are presently working with various governing bodies and agencies to find a more desirable date during the 2012 professional race season and look forward to welcoming a critical mass of teams, larger fields of riders and top-cycling talent next year. We remain very grateful for all of the support we have received from our presenting sponsor Events DC, the DC special events task group (who were instrumental in securing one of the world’s most spectacular courses), the USA CRITS Series (who have been a very supportive partner over the years), and our many other event partners and sponsors.
Source: USA Cycling
Giro di Coppi p/b Vapiano USA
Promoted by: Squadra Coppi
July 16, 2011
Place BIB FIRST NAME LAST NAME TEAM
1 175 Rick Norton Kelly Benefits Strategies/LSV
2 130 Keck Baker XO COMMUNICATIONS / BATTLEY HARLEY-DAVIDSON
3 131 Sean Barrie XO COMMUNICATIONS / BATTLEY HARLEY-DAVIDSON
4 190 Mark Warno AVC/Team Hagerstown
5 133 Blair Berbert Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV
6 145 Pete Custer North Tek-Aria
7 134 Tom Blonkowski NCVC/UnitedHealthcare
8 157 Kevin Gottlieb Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV
9 151 Zac Felpel HAYMARKET BICYCLES
10 148 Win Elliot Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo
4th Annual Fort Ritchie Classic Criterium p/b Corporate Office Properties Trust
Promoted by AVC Cycling Team
May 7, 2011
Masters 35+ 3/4
PLACE LAST FIRST TEAM
1 BRIAN RIST BIKE DOCTOR
2 DAN UNDERWOOD SAROFF RACING TEAM
3 BRIAN SJOBERG BIKE DOCTOR
4 VICTOR PRADEL
5 TODD BICKLING BIKE DOCTOR
6 ROBB HAMPTON BIKE DOCTOR/BAYSIDE VELO
7 STEVE FIFE BIKE DOCTOR
8 DENNIS SHORT CAPITAL REGION FIRE & POLICE / POWER
9 GONZALAZ HECTOR COLIVITA
10 PATRICK DOLAN DISTRICT VELOCITY RACING P/B BICYCLE PRO SHOP
11 ERIC HANSEN ABRT
12 BRIAN MITCHEL RICHMOND VELO SPORT
13 JOE MAZZA WWVC RACING
14 JEFFERSON JOE AVC/TEAM HAGERSTOWN-WASHINGTON CO
15 FERROTTI GUY COLIVITA
16 JEFFREY NALLS BIKEWORKS RACING
17 CHAS OFFUTT DISTRICT VELOCITY RACING P/B BICYCLE PRO SHOP
18 KIRK NIEMI NCVC/UNITEDHEALTHCARE
19 BENDER DAVID DISTRICT VELOCITY RACING P/B BICYCLE PRO SHOP
20 SIMON KIM WWVC RACING
21 CHRIS DOERFLER WWVC RACING
22 JAMES-SEBASTIAN BYERS GS GAMJAMS
23 CHRISTOPHER HALL WWVC RACING
24 JEFFREY SANDERS AVC/TEAM HAGERSTOWN-WASHINGTON CO
25 GREG HOFFMAN HAVE BIKE LETS TRAVEL
DNS ANDREAS GUTZEIT NCVC/UNITEDHEALTHCARE
DNS ROBERT HELMS LSV
DNS CHRIS HUHN EVOLUTION CYCLING CLUB P/B LONG & FOSTER
DNS JAMES LEES SYN-FIT RACE TEAM
DNS FRANK RAMOS BIKE DOCTOR/BAYSIDE VELO
DNS JEFFREY SCHNUR ARTEMIS
JOHN CLARK ARTEMIS
ERIC MARSHALL WWVC RACING
ANTHONY MONACO ABRT
BRIAN SJOBERG BIKE DOCTOR
Carl Dolan Memorial /Howard County Library Spring Classic
Presented by DC Velo Ltd./Clean Currents/Don Beyer Volvo Cycling Team
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Junior 10-12 (combined with junior 13-14)
Place Overall FIRST NAME LAST NAME TEAM
1 6 Thomas Donigan Patuxent Velo
2 12 Jake Vickers ABRT
3 13 Kent Hardart Annapolis Bike Racing Team
4 15 Jared Yates Team Integrity
5 17 Nathan Wilcox Rock Creek Velo
6 21 Harrison Hefner ABRT
7 23 Natalia Mobille Rock Creek velo
8 24 Corbin Stottlemyer Team Integrity
9 25 Timothy Wilcox Rock Creek Velo
10 26 Julia Skinner-Grant Rock Creek Velo
11 27 Aidan Dixon Rock Creek Velo
12 28 Jack Valentine Rock Creek Velo
Junior 13-14 (combined with junior 10-12)
Place Overall FIRST NAME LAST NAME TEAM
1 1 Jake Thompson Squadra Coppi
2 2 Nathan LeBauer Rock Creek Velo
3 3 Benjamin Wilcox Rock Creek Velo
4 4 Samuel Lear Adventures f/t Cure
5 5 Sam Nussenzweig Rock Creek Velo
6 7 Sophie Mittelstadt Rock Creek Velo
7 8 Katriona McNeill Rock Creek Velo
8 9 Adam Fulcher Rock Creek Velo
9 10 Zachary Berkow Rock Creek Velo
10 11 Adam Hull Team Integrity
11 14 Lucas Heinzerling Rock Creek Velo
12 16 Svetlana Mack Rock Creek Velo
13 18 Simon Yeo Rock Creek Velo
14 19 Inaya Chapman Rock Creek Velo
15 20 Anastasiya Mack Rock Creek Velo
16 22 Emma Hull Team Integrity
DNF Liam Panero Rock Creek Velo
Men Cat 5
1 65 Phil Ghiwan* Kenda
2 64 Joe Dombrowski Trek/Livestrong
3 45 Paul Mica NCVC/UnitedHealthCare
4 51 Robert Sheffield NCVC/UnitedHealthCare
5 12 Michael Cohen Kelly Benefit Strategies / LSV
6 49 Brian Sacawa HAYMARKET BICYCLES
7 21 Evan Fader Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV
8 14 Pete Custer North Tek-Aria
9 43 Ryan McKinney Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo
10 20 Francois Fabiato 3sports/RVS
11 25 Nick Garcia USMA cycling team
12 34 Steven Kendall Kelly Benefit Strategies / LSV
13 40 Justin Mauch HPC/LIST
14 35 Matt Latyszonek NCVC/UnitedHealthCare
15 47 David Osborne Artemis
15 48 Yanni Papadopoulos ABRT
17 10 Donald Brew North Tek-Aria
18 54 Nicholas Taylor North Tek-Aria
18 55 Andrew Troy HAYMARKET BICYCLES
19 32 William Hilsman North Tek-Aria
20 28 Jason Hall Squadra Coppi