Don’t worry if you don’t understand Flemish because “ongleooflijk” means exactly what you think it should mean and the only words we have in return are thank you. This year heralded the 10th edition of the AACX cyclocross race and the 8th edition held at South River Farm off Lock Raven Rd in Mayo on October 29th. The weather was perfect, albeit slightly warm for CX, with a fairly dry course except for the traditional boggy sections. We spent a lot of time up front this year mowing, trimming, and raking to make the course as nice as possible given that much of it is in a “wild” field most of the year. Not only did we reverse the course direction from prior years, but we changed the layout in the field a bit to reduce the “slog”, but we also added some new features including a double set of ridable stairs going up the hill, a “bullpen” at one end of the field, a new flowy single track section on top of the hill, flowy turns in the other end of the field, a set of chicanes on the backside of the maintenance yard and a faster approach to the “goat hill” which put is solidly on the ride/run line.
Riding the “goat hill”.
Riding or running the new stairs.
The customary way to measure the success of an event like AACX is through a profit & loss statement, but that’s boring so we’ve come up with our own list of key performance indicators that we believe will accurately represent the true experience of AACX!
||# of Total Riders
||# of True Flandrians who doubled up at AACX
||Total Lap Count
||Total Junior Racers
||Percentage of Riders who Rode the Goat Hill every lap
||Percentage of Riders who Ran the Goat Hill
||Percentage of Riders who Tried to Ride the Goat Hill but ended up Running
||Combined hours spent building the course
||Combined hours spent tearing down the course
||Number of course laps driven on the Jacobson Mower
||Number of parking spaces available during peak AACX
||Size in diameter of the CX-tape ball from tear-down
||Tree(s) worn smooth from people swinging around a turn
|Lost count during the Juniors
||Number of bad words said while trying to ride the Goat Hill
||# of Pictures available online by Ted Morgan
||Reported Bee Stings
||# of Beers Consumed
Speaking of 1700 pictures, we paid Ted Morgan a flat fee to make all the shots he took free high resolution downloads for personal use for all competitors. Please head over to his site to grab your glam shots and post them on social media. Of course he’d love it if you tagged and followed him (@tedmorganphoto on Instagram or @tedmorgan on Facebook) to see more of his great work.
ABRT would like to thank the Anne Arundel Parks & Rec South County maintenance team for their amazing support! Every year we have a hard time imagining the prospect of a field with 7’+ high brush transforming into the soft grass you experienced on Saturday, and every year that crew makes it come true. Additional thanks to AACO Parks & Rec Superintendent, Karen Jarboe, for her partnership. Bikes take a heavy toll on walking trails, so our use of the wooded section was a special treat. Thank you to Bob’s Red Mill for sponsoring the CX Sportif Series and MABRA for making sure that we had a fully loaded CX trailer (the tire was already like that when we got it). Thank you also to the amazing crew of USAC officials who all quietly shared the sentiment that they enjoyed the 10th edition of AACX more than the Maryland Cycling Classic. Finally, a very special thanks to Iain & Sarah over at Parvilla Cycles in Edgewater for providing the prize packages and generally herding the cats that go into putting on a race for 320+ riders. Miss you mate and wish you were able to be here to see it all come together.
ABRT President Mike Roth not only ran the event, but put in a good race performance!
On behalf of ABRT and Phase Cycling, thanks for coming out to another successful Church Creek Time Trial. We had a gorgeous day with light winds and moderate temperatures, a rare treat for August in Maryland! You can see all the results and links to the podium pictures and the photo album from our on course Photographer Ted Morgan (all full resolution images should be available on Sunday) on our web site:
Also be sure to give him some love on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tedmorganphoto/
Look for next years Time Trials as soon as the MABRA Calendar is finalized in the spring.
For those interested in Cyclocross, we are again hosting our annual AACX cyclocross race at South River Farm in Edgewater MD. See the web site for more details! http://www.abrtcycling.com/events/aacx/
Alex Pline/ABRT and Michael Levesque/Phase, Race Directors
With the fall comes cyclocross and the 2021 edition of AACX. Clearly there is pent up demand for racing on the backside of the pandemic and AACX had a record turnout of over 300 registrations and 290 unique riders. The weather was sunny, dry and a bit unseasonably warm in the low 80s which made for fast, dusty laps until the last race of the day where it sprinkled a bit with the passing of cold front.
Thanks for all who came out to the second Church Creek TT of the season.
Final results are available at USA Cycling or you can download the full PDF Results including the Mens and Womens Aero and non Aero fields and download full resolution podium pictures.
We split the Mens and Womens 65+ fields into 5 year increments for medals:
1 – JOHN NEWTON
2 – PAUL GRUENBERGER
3 – PHIL HOWE
4 – RICK PAUKSTITUS
5 – KEITH SHUEY
6 – STEVE ESMACHER
7 – ANDREW HEPBURN
8 – CHRIS BARRITT
9 -GARY KUCHEL
10 – PETER CZAPIEWSKI
11- MIKE COPPERTHITE
12 – ERIKA GRIFFITH
13 – LOU VINER
14 – RICHARD HANDLEY
1 – MARK HOLT
2 – KIM BUTLER
3 – WESLEY SCHOLZ
4 – DON FORGIONE
5 – JAMES HARTNETT
6 – JERRY YETTER
7 – MYRON LEHTMAN
8 – MYRON SEGAL
1 – DOUGLAS MCCLELLAN
2 – JOHN COX
3 – PHILIP SAMAWICZ
1 – RICHARD SHAFFER
1 – TRACY LEA
2 – ANNETTE MASKER
1 – MARY ARNOLD
Thanks to the nearly 200 riders that came out for the return to time trial racing for the 2021 Church Creek Time Trial #1. As with many things this year, the weather was a bit atypical with cooler temperatures. Our on-course photographer extraordinaire Ted Morgan captured great shots of the action and they are all available for full resolution download. We compensate him for his photography but offer this as a perk to the racers! The registration for the 2021 Church Creek Time Trial #2 on August 28 will be open soon. Come back and best your time!
Links to results and pictures:
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.
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 email@example.com 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!
It was another hot August Church Creek Time Trial, but luckily the forecast thunderstorms never materialized and all racers were treated to the quintessential August experience. As with last year, we paid photographer Ted Morgan come over from Annapolis and shoot pictures of all competitors and make them available to all competitors at full resolution free of charge without watermarking. We think this is a very welcome perk we can easily offer competitors.
The results are posted on the event page in both PDF and at USA Cycling along with links to the on course and podium photos. Thanks again for coming out to the Eastern Shore, we know it can be a bit of a hike, but we try and reward you with the best experience possible!
Another Church Creek Time Trial is in the books. The collaboration between ABRT and Phase Cycling for this year’s event was great and big thanks to the volunteers who support this event. We couldn’t do it without you. Thanks to the competitors who came out on a very hot day to test their skills against this true, speed time trial. The results in PDF form are posted on the event page along with podium pictures (mostly Juniors). Get ready for the late summer edition on August 18. Look for the bike reg page opening soon.
The team of Captain Sue McQuiston, Ainhoa Perez-Diez and Dori Buckethal was a powerhouse duo or trio in most races in MABRA in 2017. They worked tirelessly as a team to set up one another, which kept the other teams guessing who would get the win on any particular day. In fact another team commented after yet another win that it was like ground hog day!
Ainhoa Perez-Diez (L) and Dori Buckethal (R) sporting their custom national championship jerseys.
At the Masters National Championships in June, Ainhoa and Dori won their criterium races, capping off a hugely successful spring racing season for the team.”Two of our Pactimo sponsored Elite Women’s teams won their Masters Criterium Championship races in June 2017. Ainhoa Perez-Diez (45+) and Dori Bucketful (35+). They also both also placed very well in the Road Race with Ainhoa 2nd (44+) and Dori 4th (35+). In addition, Ainhoa also placed well enough in the Time Trial to win the Best All Around (BAR) rider in the 45+ category.
To date this year in addition to their Nationals results, Ainhoa had eight wins, notably in the Jefferson Cup Road Race in Charlottesville, VA and the Navy Yard Criterium in Philadelphia against a very tough field, the MABRA 45+ Criterium Championships, the Giro del Cielo stage race (pro/1/2) and the Page Valley Road Race (1/2/3). Team Captain Sue McQuiston had nine wins including the MABRA 35+ Criterium Championship (and MABRA 35+ BAR) and Dori Buckethal had one win in addition to her National Championship.
We thank Pactimo for the great clothing sponsorship, we could not do it without the generous contribution to the Elite Women’s Team. The team has been especially happy with the women’s specific skinsuit designs as well as the custom stars and stripes and MABRA designs to celebrate their accomplishments.