Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Carl Dolan 2017 Race Day Draws Nigh

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

No one will want to miss this 24-year-old rite of passage.  

Please join us for Race Day 2017.

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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Marchionini is No Fool @ Hyattsville

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Brian Marchionini dropped a McKinney style first-lap attack (2nd turn, 400 meters into the race, at the bottom of the climb) that shattered the 35+ field at the "Route 1 Rampage" hosted in South Hyattsville by the University of Maryland Cycling Team.  

This was no April Fools' stunt but Sean Barrie and Nate Coleman gamely countered Marchio's bold move and rode away to lap most of the field for the 1-2 spots.  

Brian, not to be outdone, bookend attacked the balance of the chase group on the last lap - exact same spot - and rolled it in unchallenged for the 3rd slot on the podium.

The real winners of the day were the City of Hyattsville and the University of MD Cycling Team, who teamed up for a great day of cycling in an exciting downtown / residential setting.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ryan McKinney Cycling Camp, Junior Racer Raffle at 2017 Carl Dolan Memorial, April 9!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hello Junior Racers,

This year we have something special for all of you! Register for the 9-14 races at the 24th Annual Carl Dolan Memorial/Howard County Library Spring Classic on April 9th and receive a FREE raffle ticket to WIN awesome prizes in the Ryan McKinney Cycling Camp Raffle.


Each 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 race registration will get a FREE raffle ticket. Bring it to the Ryan McKinney Cycling Camp table to enter. Prizes will be announced and awarded after the 9-14 races, prior to podiums.


1st prize

Oakley Radar EV XS Path (Youth Fit) PRIZM field Sunglasses

provided by Conte’s Bike Shop 

2nd prize

a full set of rechargeable bike lights provided by Conte’s Bike Shop 

3rd prize

A BikeReg gift pack


Plus Conte’s Bike Shop water bottles and more!


The Ryan McKinney Cycling Camp focuses on the whole junior cyclist  — helping to develop life balance with racing, training, nutrition, positive mindset and personal growth. We believe small groups learn best so we have limited the camp to 12 cyclists. Join us July 16-July 21, 2017 at The Foxcroft School in Middleburg, VA for a full week of riding, training and learning for cyclists aged 10-14. Learn more at


Come by to learn more about the Ryan McKinney Cycling Camp and to enter to win awesome prizes!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Conte's Bikes in Arlington Delivers the 2017 Giant Propel to President Sommers

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
DC Velo President and reigning masters national criterium champion Mark Sommers picks up his 2017 Giant Propel aero-road bike for the upcoming race season from the super service-oriented folks at Contes Bikes in Arlington—Mark is joined by Charles Conte and Stefan Hartman.  Mark words were brief and to the point when asked for his first impressions on the Propel.  "I'm Not Worthy!"

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Sunday, February 05, 2017

2017 Conte's Bikes, First Responders Course

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Please join us on February 26th at 10:00 a.m. for our FREE First Responders Course led by Dr. Matthew Parker, MD., to learn cycling-specific emergency management and first aid. Open to ALL cyclists and recreational enthusiasts.


Time: 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Conte’s Bike Shop

3449 N. Wilson Blvd. | Arlington, VA 22201

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Sunday, January 08, 2017

Capital Cross and a Series Win for David Kay

Sunday, January 08, 2017
The Capital Cross Classic, held under cloudy skies on Sunday December 4th, 2016 at Lake Fairfax in Reston, was the final race in the MABRA Super 8 cross series. This year's course was different than in past years and unlike past years there was no mud or snow. It was a fast hard course with pavement, gravel, a ridable stair run-up, and some really fun chicanes and drops. 

I hadn't preregistered, so I had the last start number. However, thanks to a no-show, the promoter gave me a spot on the second row. 

The start was uphill on tarmac and then grass, into a series of sharp turns before a fast paced downhill. By the first turn I was up into 5th, and then torched the downhill to slot into second on Curtis Southern's wheel. That's where I stayed for the first two laps. I attacked in the third lap and lead for most of that lap, but I was just pulling Curtis around the course. He attacked up the long inclines, putting the power down. Eventually, he got away at the top of one of the climbs when I was maxed out. 

The Fresh Capital Cross 55+ Podium for 2016 

I was recovering when a guy I'd never seen before went by fast. I thought he was in the 45+ race, but then I realized his number made him a 55+ rider. I tried to catch up but he was flying. I could see he was gaining on Curtis and had got onto the tail of the same 45+ group Curtis was in. And then suddenly on the last lap the gap to Curtis was way down and I was closing fast. He got going and held the gap, but i couldn't see the other guy who had passed me. At the finish, it was the other guy, Curtis and me. I'd pushed hard the whole race and couldn't have gone much harder. Third place, but I was psyched because I held onto the points lead by three points to become the series winner!

It turns out Curtis had dropped his chain and the group of 45+ riders (and one 55+) slipped by. Curtis didn't even realize he was second and not first until the podium presentation. The winner was Thomas Richeson from Montpelier, VA, doing his first MABRA series race. Well, he helped me out. 

Ryan McKinney schooled almost everyone in his race, taking second in the 35+ race. Great to see him out there racing and promoting his junior race camp. 

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

David Kay Turf Tests the Team Giant TCX Pro

Sunday, November 20, 2016

I was sporting my recently acquired Verge Mabra Super 8 leader's jersey and my new Giant TCX Pro 1 a couple of Sundays ago at the Ed Sander Memorial Cyclocross race at Lily Pons. I picked the bike up on Saturday afternoon from the fantastic folks at Conte's and raced it 24 hours later. 

See how sweet it looks, even if it's not in official black and red team livery. 

I admit that I was a little wary of racing a new bike with completely different brakes, shifting and tires/wheels, especially after said wheels are a bunch heavier than my 303's. However, one lap on the new bike vs. a half lap on the old bike just prior to the race convinced me to go with the Giant. It was so much smoother on the rough and dry course, the braking so much better, and the steering so precise that I risked it.

After a not so hot start because I hit the downshift instead of upshift button as we accelerated off the line (the downshift button is in front of the upshift button, which just doesn't make sense. Forward =faster). 

Anyway, I was back up into second as we caught the back end of the 45+ field by the drop in. Curtis Southern was able to slip by a backup at a slippery off camber that unsettled the less experienced riders. I had to stop behind the guy in front of me, but Roger Massie somehow slipped past the blockage. It was full gas to catch up to him, but at the end of the lap I was in the red zone and had to let him pull away. I stayed close, just a few seconds down on Roger for much of the race, but by one lap to go I was struggling. Fortunately, the new Giant was so easy ride I didn’t make any big mistakes in the closing laps (last year I got tangled up in the course tape on the last lap due to fatigue, which cost me a couple of places) to hang in for third place, which lets me keep the leaders' jersey another week and try to defend it at Rockburn.

Favorite things about new bike: upshifting (or downshifting) under full load while powering up the short, steep climbs.  Not sure how long the thing will last, but I love that aspect of the Di2. Braking: now I know why everyone wants discs when weight isn't the most important factor. Comfort: not totally beaten up at the end of the race. I wasn't faster, but was much more comfortable while suffering.

Looking forward to seeing the roadies crushing it in the spring!

Race notes: Curtis Southern's elapsed time was faster than the 45+ race winner's time despite having to fight through traffic most of the way. This season he currently owns or has worn the leader's jersey in the Sportif Cup, MAC series, and Mabra Super 8 series. He has won 3 of the 4 races he did in Super 8. John Rogers started the series with a W, but has had bad luck since, but still sits in 3rd place.
DC Velo's own Jim Wagner was out there, besting his cohort, sporting a quiver of wheels. I want to give a big shout out to the folks promoting and putting on the races this year – fantastic job!

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

DC Velo/Team Beyer Auto Announces Deal with Conte’s Bike Shop and Giant Bicycles

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Photo Credit: Paul Morse

The team prepares for big wins in 2017, having recently entered into a new partnership with Giant Bicycles and Conte’s Bike Shop

Washington, DC - October 19, 2016 | DC Velo/Team Beyer Auto today announced that it is teaming up with Giant Bicycles and Conte’s Bike Shop for race equipment and performance needs for 2017 and beyond.  The deal gives the team access to Giant’s top racing bikes, Wheelsystems, helmets, shoes, and other equipment, as well as the top-flight services and support of one of the country’s leading independent bicycle shops.

The announcement comes following a strong 2016 season by the team, with 20+ wins and top podium places. The team also continues to be a top contender on the national and world stage, having won a 2016 Master’s National Criterium Championship and placings in various national calendar events.

“I’m excited about the synergy for the upcoming season,” said Mark Sommers, President of Team Beyer Auto. “Conte’s runs a world-class bike shop and we know we’re in very capable hands. Giant is top-shelf in terms of cutting-edge technology, product development, and uncompromising quality. The team is totally amped about racing Giant product and working with Conte’s.”

“Giant is very excited to partner with DC Velo/Team Beyer Auto,” said Mike Abrams, Giant USA Regional Manager – East. “We have a history of working with the very best teams, from UCI and World Cup international competition, right through to top performing grass-roots and local squads in the US. By working with these teams, Giant is constantly innovating, improving, and refining our bikes and gear. We’re the world leader in bicycle technology, and successful teams like DC Velo/Team Beyer Auto help us showcase that fact.”

Beyer Auto, one of the areas premiere dealerships in the Washington Metropolitan Area, continues to be the title sponsor and will work closely with the new sponsors to help push the team forward.

“We continue to believe in connecting with community businesses, organizations, and events that reflect what we believe in,” said Jon Holl, General Manager of Don Beyer Volvo in Falls Church. “The people at DC Velo have really been great and an inspiration for us at Beyer. We look forward to working with the new sponsors to learn from such top caliber organizations and expand our network of like-minded individuals.”

Team Beyer Auto is on the nation’s premiere cycling teams. The club was first formed in the mid-1980s by Century Bicycles, a Silver Spring, Maryland bicycle shop once located on Bonifant Road. Originally named Century Bicycle Racing Club, the club was primarily a juniors team that expanded to include a seniors team. Century Bicycles went out of business in January 1995. Shortly before then, the club registered with the USCF (United States Cycling Federation) under the name DC Velo, which is the team’s official registered name, though the team proudly rides under the “Team Beyer Auto” banner. More information can be found at

Beyer Auto is one of the region’s largest family-owned dealerships. Founded in 1973 when Don and Nancy Beyer bought a small, struggling Volvo dealership in Falls Church, the company has grown over four decades to nine locations covering five brands: Volvo, Subaru, Kia, Land Rover, and Volkswagen. Still family run, Beyer Auto continues to be one of the area’s top dealerships both in terms of vehicles moved and overall customer service and satisfaction. More information can be found at

Charles R. Conte, Sr. opened the first of the Conte’s family-owned bicycle stores in Newport News, Virginia in 1957. Conte, the son of Italian immigrants, was a machinist at a nearby shipyard when he opened his small, neighborhood bicycle and repair shop. He ran the shop based on his love of bicycles and his vision of providing personal service, and top quality products that he could personally guarantee. Conte’s became famous for providing customers with a one-of-a-kind buying experience that made Conte’s customers, not only repeat customers, but customers for life. Conte’s has nine locations in Arlington, Chesapeake, Falls Church, Midlothian, Newport News, Short Pump, Virginia Beach, Washington, D.C. (The Yards) and Williamsburg. More information can be found at

Giant started in 1972 with one goal: Create a better cycling experience for people around the world. The founders of Giant were craftsmen and engineers. They understood their strengths. So to make cycling more enjoyable and accessible to people around the world, they did what they knew best. They set out to improve the cycling experience by following three guiding principles: craftsmanship, innovation and inspiration. Over the last four decades, Giant has grown well beyond its manufacturing roots to become the world’s leading brand of quality bicycles and gear. With more than 12,000 retail partners worldwide, Giant aims to inspire adventure in all riders, from casual to competitive. More information can be found at

Media Contact: Shaw Fici, (703) 304-9843

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Monday, June 20, 2016

The best kind of laundry...

Monday, June 20, 2016

Coming soon, for newly crowned Criterium Champion, Mark Sommers!

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Mark Sommers - National Masters Criterium Championship Ride

Friday, May 27, 2016
When you commit to a solo attack, you must commit everything.  Everything.  I have lived that creed pretty much my entire race career.  This race-style has won me races—big and small.  But mostly, it has bought a glut of heart-wrenching near-misses and confidence-crushing disappointment.  But when it does work, there is nothing—absolutely nothing—in the world like the last 200m to line.  One of those rare race-career moments came yesterday in the criterium at masters road nationals in Winston Salem, NC, when I soloed off the front just shy of 30 minutes left in the race and held it.  Yep, it hurt.  But oh-so-good were those absolutely precious and exhilarating final 200m, as this particular jersey had long eluded me and is now a very humbling addition to the wardrobe. 

Photo credit - Paul Mica

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