2022 Church Creek Time Trial #1 Results

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:

M/W 65+ results breakdown by 5 year increments are on the event page.

We look forward to seeing everyone again on August 20 for the second race! No doubt will be a little warmer. 😉

MABRA Road Calendar Finalized

The Mid Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association 2022 annual road calendar has been finalized. The Church Creek Time Trials dates on the calendar are:

  • CCTT #1 – Saturday April 30, 2022
  • CCTT #2 – Saturday August 20, 2022

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!

ABRT Jerseys Over The Years

We have always had a random collection of jerseys over the years due to excess stock, but recently I ran into a stash of older jerseys. Every few years we do a jersey collection to donate to Bikes for the World. This year, a huge collection of old Team Snow Valley jerseys were included from a few long time members. I guess people must be cleaning out closets during the COVID-19 pandemic!

I took the opportunity to get our stash of jerseys from the ABRT storage unit and fill in the missing years from the donated pile of jerseys. Turns out I was able to fill in almost every year I have seen a jersey, except for the first five years. I am not sure if there was a jersey for the first two unsponsored years (1986-1987). I found jerseys for all but the first five of the Team Snow Valley years (1988-2006), the Latitude (2007-2009), and finally all of the latest ABRT years (2010-2020).

It’s kind of a fun walk down memory lane and since there is no racing or group riding due to the pandemic, might as well record all of the jerseys visually. I was able to match the sponsors with research I’ve done in the past using the internet archive to view old web web sites as well as from team member recollections. It’s also interesting to note how much lighter the materials have gotten over the last 30 years. If I had to indicate a favorite design of all, I think it would be 2017.

If anyone has corrections to my dating, has pictures of other jerseys or even has some that I don’t have please let us know! I think pretty much anyone who was anyone in the 80s and 90s probably wore one of these. Enjoy!

2020 CCTT 1 Is Canceled

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.

Cross Season is a Wrap

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 Underway

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. 

Weekly Ride Updates

The Saturday ride start time moves to 9am on SEPTEMBER 7.

The Tuesday Ride starts at 6pm through September 24. As we progress through September, we will shorten by removing the Polling House loop, depending on how sunny it is for daylight towards sunset.

See the training rides and team calendar pages for more details.

Saturday and Tuesday Ride Updates

Now that spring is here as indicated passing of Daylight Savings Time, the Saturday Ride shifts to 9am until after Memorial Day when it will shift to 8am. With Daylight Savings Time, we again have enough daylight to reconvene the Tuesday Evening World Championships. On March 20 and 27 we have enough to do one loop and on April 3 with sunset at 7:30 we can do the full ride. Get ready!

Bobby Phillips Awarded MABRA Lifetime Achievement Award

Bobby Phillips and Rob Kelley

MABRA President Rob Kelly presents the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Bobby Phillips.

At the 2017 MABRA Awards night, Bobby – The Baltimore Bullet – Phillips was awarded the MABRA Lifetime Achievement Award. We’re proud to have Bobby as a long time member of ABRT. Well deserved. He received a signed letter from USA Cycling outlining his contributions.

On behalf of USA Cycling, I write in recognition of your lifetime of contributions to the Mid-Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association (MABRA) and your truly remarkable career in the sport of cycling. With a cycling career spanning more than 60 years, you have left an indelible mark on our sport. I was thrilled to learn that after decades of excellence as a competitor, you are still active and racing today. Your message is one of resilience_ and dogged perseverance, which I truly hope is heard by generations of bike racers to come. The foundation for the sport of cycling you have built in MABRA serves as a roadmap for cycling involvement nationwide. This foundation includes:

• Organizing the Turkey Day Criterium for more than 25 years
• Multi-time Masters National Champion across various disciplines
• Induction into T-Town Track Cycling Hall of Fame in 2016
• Two-time National Best All-Round Rider
• Service on the USCF Board of Directors

Your commitment and dedication to the sport deserves to be recognized and honored. It is my heartfelt desire that you continue to ride and race for years to come, and I look forward to seeing you at coming USA Cycling events. Congratulations on your success and best wishes on all of your future endeavors.

My Best Regards,

Derek Bouchard Hall President & CEO
USA Cycling

2018 Membership is Open

Are you a local cyclist that is interested in stepping you game up? ABRT is a group of accomplished riders who train and race together throughout the Mid Atlantic region (MABRA) and are always looking for cyclists who want to improve their group skills and compete in cycling events, such as road races, time trials, cyclocross races and local grand fondos. While we are a racing team, racing is not mandatory and we do have a number of members who like to train to keep at top form and enjoy the competitive environment of group rides. We also enjoy various after ride social events and non-competitive rides throughout the season.

“ABRT has been a great experience for me. I joined in 2007 after riding recreationally for many years because I wanted to ride with racing cyclists so I could get faster and learn about group riding and racing. Yes, I got dropped a lot on the Saturday ride initially, but the ABRT members and the group rides taught me how be smart about conserving energy, riding smart in a group and racing tactics. I have matured greatly as a cyclist in the years since thanks to my association with ABRT. I’ve also met and ridden with some awesome people throughout the years.”

–Alex Pline, ABRT President

If this sound like a match with your goals, or if you have more questions about ABRT, please contact abrtmembership@gmail.com and check out our membership page.