The Harwood Classic

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:

Church Creek TT 2 Results

Thanks to all who came out for the quintessential hot and humid August time trail. We had a lot of new racers out today as this edition saw the largest number of one day licenses ever. Great to see so many new people.

The links to results, podium pictures and free downloadable high resolution on course pictures are available on the Church Creek Time Trial 2 page.

Church Creek TT #2 Registration

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!

More Details: http://www.abrtcycling.com/events/church-creek-time-trial-2/

Registration link: https://www.bikereg.com/church-creek-time-trial-no-2

Church Creek TT #1 Registration

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.

More Details: http://www.abrtcycling.com/events/church-creek-time-trial-1/

Registration link: https://www.bikereg.com/church-creek-time-trial-no-1

AACX Results Posted

Thanks to all that headed out to AACX today! The Results are posted at usac: https://legacy.usacycling.org/results/index.php?year=2018&id=2725 Although we couldn’t deliver on a dry course we hope that everyone enjoyed the course.

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 iainbanks1@yahoo.co.uk 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.

Photos of podiums and others shots and videos are on the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AACXcyclocross

See on you the race course!

Church Creek Time Trial #2 Registration is Open

The BikeReg registration is OPEN for the Church Creek Time Trial #2 – MABRA Masters TT Championships on August 18. Same Bat time, Same Bat channel.  And just think, it can’t be any hotter than it was a week ago!

  • Discounted Fee Deadline: Friday, Aug 3, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET
  • Online Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET

Registration and event details: https://www.bikereg.com/church-creek-time-trial-no-2

Church Creek Time Trial #1 Start Times

The weather is looking much cooler for the Church Creek Time Trial #1 on Saturday. The start times are here: 2017 Church Creek 1 Startlist

Be sure to note your start time and keep in mind the Approximate Transfer Times. Please allow ample time to ride from the middle school to the start line. The following table should help you determine the minimum amount of time your transfer will take. Do not overestimate your average speed during your transfer as traffic and wind conditions may adversely affect your transfer time. Obey all traffic laws while riding to the start line. The event staff will supply a synchronized clock at the exit of the middle school parking lot to assist riders.

Parking: Parking will be provided at the Mace’s Lane Middle School, 1101 Mace’s Lane, Cambridge, MD 21613. No participant parking will be allowed at the Start / Finish Areas. Parking along either Route 355 / Route 16 may result in receiving a parking citation from the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Department. The Park & Ride area will be reserved for Event Staff, Emergency Personnel, and USAC Officials ONLY. Time trial participants who park in the Park & Ride will be disqualified and will forfeit all awards and prizes. Parking will not be allowed in the Church Creek volunteer Fire Department parking area.