Pictures are becoming a little more scarce as the road racing season begins to fade out and cross season is right around the corner. However, some photos from this past weekend's races can be found below:
One of the largest races in the north east during the month of August is the Tour de Millersburg. A number of MABRA riders rolled up to PA this year to participate in the race. The MABRA hill climb championships were also this weekend bringing out the best of our climbers for some fun and serious. Check out the photographers below who were able to capture some of the action from this past weekend:
Little delayed on our end ... but better late than never (said your boss never). Here are some pictures from races around the region this past weekend. Special shout out to Jon Winters for photographing literally every race at the VA RR championships.
Props to Kelly/LSV for rolling 15 deep, controlling the entire race and bringing home the Jersey. Also big shout out to Lindsay Bayer for killing it while out at Tour of Elk Grove. Former XO rider turned to wattz dropping, heart smashing women's professional cyclist.
In other news ... the freshbikes ride was really really really really really hard tonight. Baja fresh rules.
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This weekend saw multiple state championship races as well as the professional crit national championships. HUGE congrats to Allison Powers and Eric Young on their national championships! Watch out for them over the next year as they will be sporting the red, white & blue jerseys.
Here are some pictures from the races over the past few weekends. Road season is slowly fading BUT dun dun dunnnnn CROSS season is almost upon us.
* If you have other pictures feel free to shoot them to us and we will throw them up!
A few pictures from this past weekend of racing can be found below. Glad to have the Tyson's race come back to the region!
If you have any additional photos shoot us a link and we'll add them!
Everyone talks about the Reston Grand Prix as being one of the hardest races in the MABRA series. It doesn't receive the hype of Wilmington or Clarendon, nor is the course design as technical. It seems to be one of those races that just makes. you. slowly. painfully. suffer.
For those of you who were unable to make the course it is an 8 turn crit somewhere within the 1k to 1mile distance. The first 5 turns of the course take you around a primarily downhill stretch where maneuvering the peloton is striaght forward. The kick in the _____ comes during turns 6, 7, 8 and back to turn 1. This stretch consists of slow and painful uphill. The P 1,2,3 field progresses anywhere from 25-28mph through this section while the other fields come in
somewhere slightly slower. Any time you go uphill at that speed for prolonged periods of time and you are NOT (even though you believe to your inner-most soul you could have made the tour given a separate set of life circumstances) Eddy Merkcx, Jens Voigt or Fabian Cancellara... you are going to hurt.
The day saw a flurry of attacks, crashes (3/4 men), hot temperatures, rain, and simply awesome racing. The MABRA is a stupid hard conference to race in but never fails to disappoint. Each venue has been well-run and the competition is always stand-up. Reston Grand Prix fell in the exact same category.
The men & women in the MABRA are just fun to race against. While they may leave you red lined around a 190 HR pushing 800 watts... post-race, they are some of the best guys/gals to have a beer & laugh with.
In other news... the bird above tried to steal a cyclist's manly quiche at Baked & Wired Friday morning. The bird has been reported missing and no one has seen it since the encounter. If you have any news as to the birds where-a-bouts please contact someone... anyone. Never try to take a cyclists pastry, cupcake or quiche from Baked & Wired.
We have posted some of the photos from some of the local photographers who were at the race:
As always ... if you have any pictures shoot us a link and we'll throw them up for you!
This past weekend the Tour of Washington County (ToWC) was the main event of the MABRA race series. It brought out the likes of Battley-Ducati, Kelly Benefits, Clean Currents / Beyer Kia and Sevas / Haymarket and of course NCVC. All teams in the 1-2-3 field were rolling deep all weekend long with their heavy hitters.
The race series also attracts many of the up-coming riders in the category 3 through 5 fields. The race series gives riders a chance to experience a two day stage race with 3 completely different races (RR, TT, Crit). All three races require different skills on a bike and truly test each athlete's ability to race in separate disciplines.
So how does one describe a weekend at the Tour of Washington County. Some of my thoughts consisted of ... "OUCH." "Please DJ stop attacking." "Mother of pearl is Beyer Kia off the front again?!" "Oh ... that's a familiar sight ... my bar stem." "Where's my HR now (175) ... ok let's relax a bit ... 5 min later (185)." "HEAD WINDDDDD." "I hope Frick doesn't gain 5 minutes on me in this TT." "All i want is a chik-fil-a milkshake after this race." "Go GO GOOOOOO." "What's that sound? ... motorcycle engine revs ... andddddddd i'm at the back of the pack." "(While at twilight crit) ... Holy moly he just did a flip on his bicycle."
Despite all the above, the ToWC county is one of the best races I have been a part of. There are few races where cyclists have an opportunity to compete in stage-race events and are able to avoid traveling 8 hours to the race. Any cyclist cat 1 through 5 looking to compete in a multi-disciplined weekend SHOULD do the ToWC. Also, sign up to do the twilight crit. Many riders skip this event to save themselves for the overall competition; however, the twilight crit is probably the most exciting race of the entire weekend. Absolutely nothing like racing under the lights on busy streets filled with people.
Thankfully we had some AWESOME photographers & bike cameras capturing the action this weekend. See below for more pics (we also included some from the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic in NYC this weekend as well):
Kick-off / Twilight Crit
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2013 brought the return of the Air Force Cycling Classic to the streets of Clarendon and Crystal City. Clarendon Cup is known for it's technical course design. It is well known by riders that if you do not start the race near the front, you WILL get dropped. Crystal Cup seemed to have a few common buzz-words throughout the weekend: Sprint, Flat, Crash, Pothole, Lead-Out-Train.
Two very different courses requiring two very different cycling skill sets. Nonetheless, with all of the excitement and buzz surrounding these events, it made for an awesome weekend of cycling pictures. We've compiled a few resources below for you racers who were able to compete this weekend.
* If you would like us to add your pictures let us know and we will throw them in as well!
*Updated 4:40pm - 6/10/2013
Memorial day weekend brings a slew of races every year. Many racers travel home to spend time with families, but for many, it is one of the largest weekends of racing all summer as most people have a 3 or 4 day weekend.
The three largest races this past weekend were the notorious Tour of Somerville, Mountain Massacre and Tour of Tucker County. Somerville is always nororiously hard as it falls within the NCC racing calendar. Mountain Massacre & Tucker County is what the climbers of MABRA have been waiting for. Hills, Hills ... Hills ... some more Hills ... Did I mention there were Hills? Needless to say, these are two of the hardest road races as there are plenty of no joke climbs in these two races.
We've assembled a listing of some of the pictures from these three races below:
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