Sunday, July 23, 2017

Ben Fogle Hits the Top Step of the Podium at the Tour de Tysons

Sunday, July 23, 2017
photo: Brian Marchionini.  Pictured L-R, Jose Escobar, Matt McLoone, Ben Fogle, Chris Weddington, Thomas Humphries

Race day, Saturday, July 22 started hot and got hotter for the Tour de Tysons.  By mid-day temperatures had reached the upper 90's and racers - mostly in the juniors and masters events - looked for ways to stay cool while racing. 

But relief came in the form of a strong, mid-afternoon storm that brought high winds and heavy rains and by the 3:50 p.m. start of the premiere men's event, temperatures were much more reasonable.

All of the area teams, and most of the best riders, showed up for the start and the racing was aggressive throughout.  

In the end, DCVelo's own Ben Fogle out sprinted the talented field of riders for the win.  Another successful day in what is turning out to be a great season for Ben!

Here's what Ben had to say about the day:

From the whistle, the Battley squad set their sights on becoming a seven man wrecking crew...but DJ (Donald Brew), Marchio (Brian Marchionini), and myself were constantly on the tail end of any attack setting up for the inevitable sprint finish.

Jose Escobar sought to change the outcome going into the bell lap with a fresh set of legs and hit the front for the first time all day. Jumping immediately, I still wouldn't make the capture until the downhill. Looking back, it was apparent that we had a significant gap and thoughts of this move sticking began to emerge. So, I hit the front but not quite ready to go all in. This proved to be a sensible tactic as the field caught us shortly after rounding the corner to begin climbing.

I readied myself for the inevitable surge and was able float in the top 5 going into the final straightaway. I patiently waited for someone to make the first move and the rest, as they say, is history.




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Monday, July 17, 2017

I am Beyer Auto - Adriann "Ad" Bax

Monday, July 17, 2017

http://www.iambeyerauto.com/riders/ad-bax  #TeamBeyerAuto #DCVelo #IamBeyerAuto

Round 3 of our Beyer Auto campaign.  Meet Ad Bax!


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Monday, July 17, 2017

Fenty, Kingery 2 and 3 at Miller School Road Race, 50-54

Monday, July 17, 2017

And Marvelous Mike Kingery is the 2017, 50-54 Age Graded Champion of Virginia!

Rick Norton of Baltimore, MD (not pictured, apparently camera shy) took overall honors.

Good day in the saddle, gentlemen.



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Friday, June 30, 2017

Sommers Ties for the W in the Points Race at Masters Track Nationals

Friday, June 30, 2017

In characteristic fashion, DCVelo President and Team Captain, Mark Sommers went all in Tuesday evening in the 60-64 points race at Masters Track Nationals in Baton Rouge, LA.  Mark and 2 others lapped the field and Mark finished tied in points for first overall with 25 but ended up with the silver medal to the eventual winner, who had a higher placing on the final lap.  

We say, "Blammo"!  About as good as it gets, tough guy.  Great ride, Mark. 

To those racing in the scratch and points races, one warning: watch out!  :)
  

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

I am Beyer Auto - Andrew Baird

Sunday, June 18, 2017

http://www.iambeyerauto.com/riders/andrew-baird  #TeamBeyerAuto #DCVelo #IamBeyerAuto

Round 2 of our Beyer Auto campaign.  Meet Andrew Baird!



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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Big day at Clarendon for the DCVeloers!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

In a season for the record book, DJ Brew takes another "W" in the Master's 35+ at Clarendon Cup on Saturday, June 11 and then pinned on another number and joined his teammates, Kevin Gottleib, Mark Hyatt and Ben Fogle for the Men's Pro-1 race where he finished a super impressive 18th against the elite crew!  

Have a look!  Thanks, Aziz Elhallou for the pro-quality photos. 

 

DJ at the Front.


Ben relaxed in the thick of the action.


Kevin in an early move.


Mark playing the role of supportive teammate.



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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Donald "DJ" Brew 2nd at 35-39 Masters Nationals in Augusta, GA

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

After having already placed 10th in the road race, I was surprised to find that I was still feeling pretty good and the Georgian heat and humidity didn’t crush me too much. I was super pumped for the crit. Our field was smallish with about 40 riders and there weren’t a lot of guys with teammates which can make for some pretty interesting racing. 

We would soon find that out when the eventual winner took off on the 2nd lap and we all just looked at each other and said “There’s no way he going to stay out there by himself long.” We were so wrong! Our field still had some strong guys in it but instead of trying to work together to bring the solo rider back, they just attacked and were brought back then attacked again.  So while the solo rider just rode hard and steady, the field was pretty erratic. 

I took as many pulls as I could without jeopardizing my chances of getting as high as I could on the podium. With Bahati sitting in pretty much the entire race, I figured he would be the biggest challenger in the sprint.  Throughout the race it was starting to get windier and windier and with about 6 laps to go, the skies opened up and just dumped on us. At this point the solo rider had 40 seconds so we weren’t going to bring him back. I kept good field position the whole race thinking that I didn’t want to get caught in the back when it started raining because it would be hard to move up.  I was either 2nd or 3rd wheel once it started raining and I held it. After watching how the field was taking the corners in the rain, I had already picked the spot I wanted to attack which was through the last two turns on the course.  

With one lap to go, I jumped out of the group 100m before the second to last corner.  Because of the rain I completely misjudged my angle of attack and hit the corner way hotter than I was expecting.  I don’t know how I kept my bike upright but I did everything short of unclipping to keep from sliding out.  I came within two inches of hitting the curb! When I looked back I saw that no one else had enough nerve to follow me through the corner and I had opened a pretty good gap. I sat back down and drilled it to the last corner which was 200m from the finish.  I hit that corner perfect and sprinted to the line for 2nd. 

All the results for all Masters Nationals races are here.


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Sunday, May 28, 2017

I am Beyer Auto - Andrea Bozak

Sunday, May 28, 2017

  

We're excited to be taking part in a project with Beyer Auto about celebrating values.  It's not often you get to work with a group of people so tightly aligned with what we believe.  


Over the next few months, we'll be sharing stories about Team Beyer Auto members around what brought them to cycling and the team.


Our first team member is Andrea Bozak.  

http://www.iambeyerauto.com/riders/andrea-bozak #TeamBeyerAuto #DCVelo #IamBeyerAuto




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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Greenfield Family Dominates at Kelly Cup, Baltimore

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Dan and Family Greenfield were out in full force on Sunday, May 21st at BikeJam / Kelly Cup for an exciting day of racing.  


Dad was a high-wattage, at-the-front contributor to Ben Fogel's win in the P-1-2-3 race (see related) while Tiny Greenfields 1 and 2 took up the slack in the Under 9 race, scoring some extra sweet participant medals for the home trophy case.


photo credit: Tom Godfrey




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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Big Day @ Bike Jam / Kelly Cup, 2017 Edition

Sunday, May 28, 2017

In a great day of racing at the 2017 BikeJam / Kelly Cup, the crowd of loyalists on hand saw, among other sensations:

Stuart Ross, Matty Parker, Jim Wagner sweeping the podium in the Men's 65+ race
DJ Brew gathering a hard-earned "W" in the Men's 35+ 
Ben Fogle leveraging the all-in support of his comrades to win the P-1-2-3 race in a field sprint ("podium" photo below)


Bike-length Ben for the W!



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