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.
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 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.
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!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and check out our membership page.
Thanks to everyone who came out today. The final results are here: 2017 CCTT2 Results
We had a professional photographer on the course name Ted Morgan and he will post all of the pictures on his Flickr site full resolution for free downloads for non commercial use.
Pictures of podiums (sorry many competitors just did not stick around after getting their medals so we were not able to get group pictures):
The weather is looking great for Saturday’s Church Creek Time Trial #2. Rain should clear out Friday night and be very sunny and warm. The start times are here: 2017 Church Creek 2 Start List
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.