Thanks to all who came out on a sunny and brisk April morning. Thankfully it warmed up nicely by the time most of the 120+ riders went off. We did have some timing issues that were sorted out after the fact. Technology is a real time and labor savior but isn’t always perfect. Fortunately the judges still do hand recorded results as a backup which helped verify the results:
These will also be part of the 2022 MATTS series. We are back to the traditional larger gap between races – spring and summer – which lets you see your progression over the season if you do both. And it is likely to only be hot for the second event. As we get closer to the events we will open the registration on BikeReg and additional information will be posted on the individual race pages. It is envisioned that the races and fields will run in a similar manner as 2021. Mark your calendars!
We were really bummed the Inaugural Harwood Classic had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic but understand it was necessary at that time. For the June Church Creek Time Trial, we delayed opening of registration to June 1 and have held out hope the improving situation with the pandemic would allow us to hold the June Time Trial, but we have just heard from our permitting authorities (Dorchester County and the Maryalnd State Highway Administration) that they will not allow us to hold this event on June 29. As a result, we are forced to cancel the June event. We will keep an eye toward the August Event based on the situation on the ground.
If you have ever looked at the ABRT History Timeline, you will notice ABRT has only run a few road races over the last 30 years. Those included the Tour de Crofton (aka Crofton Classic Bike Race or Chris Strader Memorial), The Annapolis Classic (the only ABRT race actually run in the City in West Annapolis), the Snow Valley Grand Prix (a UCI level criterium in Bethesda) and the Tour of Walkersville out by Frederick. As is typical in urbanized areas, these kind of races raise the ire of locals as they are inconvenienced by traffic and lack of access in their neighborhoods and to make matters worse multiple field typically span almost a full day. So often these events only happen for a few years and then move on.
We have always wanted to have a namesake race close to where we ride. After the demise of the Tour of Walkersville, which became too logistically difficult so far away, in 2011 we attempted to move the race to our weekly “Tuesday Night World Championships” group ride course in Harwood, Maryland just west of Annapolis. Stu Waring and Iain Banks worked really hard to set the race up and get it permitted with Anne Arundel County. The planning and promotion for the race was spot on and we had 357 people registered in a large set of fields. Unfortunately, the County denied the permit two weeks out as this race got all twisted up with polemics around complaints from a recent triathalon and we had to cancel it. Since then, we have talked about another road race, but have not been able to make it happen.
Fast forward to 2020 and Team Bike Doctor has taken up the challenge to host this race and ABRT is proud to be a major sponsor. Fortunately, the conditions in Anne Arundel County are much more favorable to cycling (thanks in large part to Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County which we sponsor) so Pat Hogan was able to get the permitting approval. We are all very excited for this race, which takes place on April 4th (BikeReg opens on March 2nd) and we hope the MABRA community will come support this race.
The Tuesday group ride starts early this year on March 10th at 6pm for those who want to get some race pace experience on the course. If you do come to the ride, please familiarize yourself with the route so you don’t get lost or have any miscommunications that cause a safety problem. We gather around the park and ride before so just introduce yourself and then stick around afterward for a post ride chat or bragging rights 😉 Here is an annotated course preview video we made in 2011 and it is still accurate:
ABRT had an active cross season with Alex Pline, Antonia Abadia, Charles Valade, Mickey Thaxton and Mike Roth participating in most of the MABRA races. Our own AACX At South River Famrs race hosted with Parvilla Cycles was a success as the course continues to improve every year. Antonio made good progress as a new cross rider and Alex hit his stride, steadily moving up the rankings in his second active year. Mickey Thaxton was always a strong performer and was on the 40+ 3/4/5 podium for Rockburn CX and the Season finale at the Capital Cross Classic. Alex reflected on the Cross season with an essay about the Art of Riding A Bike posted on his blog.
Cross season is well under way! For a nice change of pace, the 2019 season so far has been quite a bit drier. Our AACX co-hosted with Parvilla Cycle & Multisport was a huge success and ABRT riders have been hitting the dirt at Charm City Cross and DCCX races. We’ll be at most of the MABRA races throughout the rest of the season through Capital Cross in December. Cross is such a fun discipline to ride and the environment at races is family friendly party, not to mention watching the amazing ability of the UCI level pros at these two races. It’s fun to watch and analyze the tactical choices.
The 40+ 2/3/4 crew at DCCX enjoying a post race beer on a beautiful day.
The registration for the Church Creek Time Trial on August 17, is now open.
Discounted Fee Deadline: Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET
Online Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET
New for 2019: The Mens and Womens category 4 and category 5 now have a “non aero” option. Prizes will be awarded for category 4 and 5 aero and non-aero categories, but will the aero/non-aero fields will be combined for USA Cycling reporting purposes.
Non-Aero requirements are no: time trial or triathlon bikes, aero helments, shoes covers, clip on bars, skinsuits (jersey and shorts must be separate garments) wheels deeper than 40mm, or foil shaped tubes/bars. The event organizer reserves the right to determine specific eligibility based on equipment.
The professional photographer Ted Morgan will be back taking on course pictures with free full resolution downloads!
The registration for the Church Creek Time Trial on June 29, is now open.
Discounted Fee Deadline: Saturday, Jun 15, 2019 at 12:01 AM ET.
Online Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET
New for 2019: The Mens and Womens category 4 and category 5 now have a “non aero” option. Prizes will be awarded for category 4 and 5 overall (all aero and non-aero riders together) and for the subgroup of non-aero riders, but will be one field per category for USA Cycling reporting purposes. Non-Aero requirements are no: time trial or triathlon bikes, aero helments, shoes covers, clip on bars, skinsuits (jersey and shorts must be separate garments) wheels deeper than 40mm, or foil shaped tubes/bars. The event organizer reserves the right to determine specific eligibility based on equipment.
The only lost and found reported was an umbrella…..although on course takedown we did find a few lungs and broken dreams on the hills! As always if you have any feedback or comments please contact Race Director directly firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Contact Us form on our web site.
AACX couldn’t happen without our many sponsors – Parvilla Cycles, Bobs Red Mill (hands-up if you love the gluten free pizza crust!), Shimano, SRAM, Hawley, Tifosi, Saris/Cyclops, Gu, Felt.