Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Donny "DJ" Brew Wins the Trifecta at Bunny Hop and RSR

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

123 Race Podium at RSR (l to r): Nima Ebrahimnejad, Donald Brew, Sait Arana.

35+ Podium at RSR (l to r): Curtis Southern, Donald Brew, Gregory Abbott (notice who stayed on the top step - wait where's the little man?)


In what has to be thought of as one of the more dominant performances in recent memory, DJ Brew, a.k.a. Officer Brew, a.k.a., the Fastest Man on Two Wheels started the weekend with a 1st and a 3rd place finish in the 35+ and 1-2-3 races, respectively, at the Bunny Hop Criterium in Clarksburg, MD (https://www.usacycling.org/results/?permit=2017-1491) on Saturday May 6th.


DJ left a successful, albeit chilly and rainy, day of racing on Saturday, and reportedly went home, drank some 2% milk, played with his son, rested, stretched the legs, played some Mario Kart, got a good night sleep, woke up and did it all over agin at the Ride Sally Ride Criterium in Sterling, VA (http://www.usacycling.org/results/index.php?year=2017&id=1324).  

Only this time the results were slightly more favorable: first and first in the same two events, only one short day later.


What a weekend!  2 days, 4 events, 3 W's, 4 podiums!  DJ Brew, Congratulations you are the #1 STAR of the weekend!




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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Nick Taylor Captures a 2-Up Sprint for the 35+ Win at the AVC Road Race

Sunday, April 30, 2017
On a hot, humid, 90+ degree day that more resembled August than April, Nick Taylor joined DCVelo's Brian Marchionini and 4 others in a move that went clear of the field shortly after the first of five trips up the Mt. Nebo climb.  This would prove to be decisive first move of the day as the group rolled well and gained as much as a couple-minute advantage over the field by the midway point of the race.  

The second deciding move came with several miles to go when Nathan Coleman (Catoctin Cycling Club) attacked the breakaway group on a slight uphill section and Taylor was the only one with an answer.  The two rode it in together with Taylor proving to be the more worthy closer for the first win of the 2017 campaign.

DC Velo's D.J. Brew book-ended the top 5 by taking the field sprint. 

The 35+ podium (L-R): Nathan Coleman, Nick Taylor, Baby Church and Grayson Church


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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Will Reynolds Silvers in TT at Para-Cycling Road Nationals

Sunday, April 30, 2017
Will Reynolds made the home team proud last week at Paralympic Nationals in Grand Junction, CO.  


Here's a brief write-up from local strongman:

Hardest TT of my life coming off injury, and in 45 degrees with 35 mph wind, but managed second! Had the National Champ Jersey in my sights for lap one of 2 with the fastest split but got worn out since the half of us that chose to ride a disc could not handle well in aero with the sustained crosswinds. The champ was actually doing some good work out of the saddle which seemed to work for him fighting the winds. 2 more chances to redeem myself. 

Congratulations, Will on another great result!


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Perkins+Will Lunchtime Fitness Ride

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Lunchtime fitness program riding with Perkins+Will staff; Conte's Clarendon store manager, Stefan Hartman; and DCVelo's own strongman, David Kay (also a Perkins+Will architect).  

Huge thanks to Stefan for the support from one of the participants:

Thank you so much for your support for our lunchtime fitness bike ride.  The goal was to get more people out on bikes and in that respect we were very successful. Most of the participants were inexperienced cyclists who were initially wary of riding in DC, and we were able show what a great time it is. Everyone had a fantastic time.  Thank you again. It would not have been such a perfect experience without you.  See you in the shop soon. 


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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.


PRIZES:

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 www.ryanmckinneycyclingcamp.com

 

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.

Location:

Conte’s Bike Shop

3449 N. Wilson Blvd. | Arlington, VA 22201
www.contebikes.com






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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. 

Sweet.
 
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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