On June 29, 1880, the Capitol Bicycle Club sponsored their first annual races. There were four races - a quarter mile, a half mile, 5 miles and a 100 yard slow race ("for amusement"). This was at Iowa Circle - now known as Logan Circle. Winners got medals.
● All-day cyclocross races sponsored by local club Adventures for the Cure. Cyclocross is a
spectator-friendly race discipline and enjoys broad participation ● Recreational bike rides: The Bike Advocates of Howard County and Howard County Police Bike Patrol Unit have agreed to host recreational rides. BAHC’s ride would focus on recreational cyclists, while the Police Bike Patrol would focus on rides for families with children. ● Music – regional, well-known acts playing upbeat, danceable music o Kelly Bell Band o Sweet Leda o Mend the Hollow (Jimmie HaHa’s new project) o Higher Hands ● Vendors selling items related to active lifestyles o Local Bicycle Shops o Bicycle related arts and crafts ● Beer – local breweries ● Local restaurants and food trucks ● Kids activities ● Advocacy Area - Safe Streets, Department of Transportation, Bicycle Related Business’
Before he was the most unusual presidential candidate in US history, Donald Trump was the sponsor of what was intended to be the American version of the Tour de France. Dreamed up by future entertainment tonight co-host John Tesh, and organized by college basketball commentator Billy Packer, the Tour de Trump (later the Tour DuPont) featured cyclists such as 1995 and 1996 winner Lance Armstrong (who won in 1995 and 1996) and 1992 winner Greg LeMond and it passed right through the DC area.
“I’ve never been to a cycling event in my life. I don’t even know how to put air in the tires,” admits Packer, who announced every NCAA Final Four from 1975 to 2008. But when Tesh gave him the idea, he was intrigued. “I thought: Hell, Jersey’s got some mountains, and I had business investments in Atlantic City, so I know that the casinos would possibly be a sponsor,” the 76-year-old says of his original concept, which he planned to call “Tour de Jersey.”
Trump offered to be the cycling competition’s primary sponsor and partner with Packer on the new venture. As for the name, Packer threw out the suggestion of calling it the Tour de Trump. Trump agreed.
The Tour DuPont ran for five years, from 1991-1996. In 1993, a young rising cycling star named Lance Armstrong finished second. But DuPont pulled its sponsorship at the end of 1996 after planning delays for the 1997 race and after a legal fight caused a rift between Packer and Plant. (The end of the sponsorship also happened to come months after DuPont heir John du Pont murdered wrestler Dave Schultz.)
In 1992, the Tour DuPont held, on the "rim-jarring streets of Washington, D.C.", a time trial for the final stage. It appears to be a ride from RFK Stadium up to the northern portion of Rock Creek Park and back. LeMond won the race, but not the stage.
Two from the historical record for this week. It's Bike to Work Week after all.
First, this is the oldest record I could find of a bike race in DC (though surely not the first bike race). It's from Feb 22, 1879.
Clearly Krauskopf was doping, no?
And then here's a 1994 article that is about a subject familiar to anyone following the Purple Line/Georgetown Branch Trail stories lately. "Arlington Seeks to Reclaim Land on Bicycle Trail; Encroachments Spark Disputes Over Extended Use of Property"
I haven't paid for highbeam membership, so all I have is the lead-in, and I have no idea how this was resolved. I assume it was done the Arlington Way, aka, sumo wrestling.
There are roses and stones and statues in Donna and Gerardo Rivero's Mediterranean villa-style garden in Arlington, and there is a garage.
And winding beside the garage there is a paved and wildflower-trimmed lane, part of Arlington County's 85-mile-and-growing bicycle and walking trail system. Some people think the garage shouldn't be there because a corner of it is on county property and they want it torn down. And the Riveros are angry about that.
I get - and delete - a lot of publicity emails, but this one actually stood out
It’s an epic race that last took place 25 years ago, and now it has returned to take on a new group of challengers. Man (or woman) vs. Machine. Steam vs. Muscle. On Saturday, September 26, 2015the Grand Canyon Railway, in partnership with Grand Canyon Racing, will fire up its venerable steam engine #4960 – a 310-ton behemoth built in 1923 – to take on hundreds of intrepid bicyclists on a 54-mile course that will climb 2,023 feet starting at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to iconic Williams, Ariz.
Last held in October 1991, the race has become the stuff of legend.
The race will begin on Highway 64 in Tusayan, Ariz., departing the Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon at 1 p.m. PDT. From there the course will travel 50 miles south on Highway 64, before merging onto historic Route 66 for the last four miles. The finish line will be at the intersection of Second Street and Route 66 in Williams.
Hosted by Grand Canyon Racing, and sponsored by the Grand Canyon Railway, the event is fully permitted by the Arizona Department of Transportation, and traffic control and law enforcement will be on site for the entirety of the event.
Adding to the excitement and festivities, spectators will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets to ride the train the day of the race and as it competes against its two-legged and wheeled competition. Round-trip tickets are available for the train, which will depart the Williams Depot on September 26 at 8:00 a.m. PDT, arriving at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon at about 11:30 a.m. The train will depart the Grand Canyon at 12:30 p.m., and the race will officially begin at 1 p.m. The train will be composed of Pullman Coach Class cars, a café car, and a Luxury Parlor car. A photo run-by will be featured on the North Bound trip for rail enthusiasts. Rates will be $75 for adults and $45 for children 16 and under.
Registration is now open for the race, and participants may register for the race at www.GrandCanyonRacing.com. Race fees are $60 until July 14, and $80 from July 15 through September 24. Registration will close on September 24 at 10 a.m. PDT. Race registration will include a link for discounted lodging at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel.
For more information on the train, visit www.thetrain.com. For more information on the race, watch the official race video here.
Universal Sports Network will presentGeorge Hincapie: The Loyal Lieutenant, an exclusive, in-depth personal interview with former professional cyclist George Hincapie, this Friday, August 22, at 8 p.m. ET and PT. In the one-hour special, the 17-time Tour de France veteran, three-time national road champion and five-time Olympian offers an insightful account of his esteemed career through an era plagued by performance-enhancing drug use.
Sitting down with veteran sportscaster and co-author of Hincapie’s memoir The Loyal Lieutenant, Craig Hummer, “Big George” covers everything from his humble beginnings in Queens, New York to his role in one of the world’s biggest doping scandals that brought down his former teammate, Lance Armstrong.
“George Hincapie is one of the most successful cyclists and well-respected teammates in American history,” said Universal Sports Network SVP of Production Dean Walker. “His story remains a relevant topic of discussion as fans continue to struggle with the reality of a dark period within the sport and as George continues to be an advocate of racing ‘clean’. We hope this program can serve as a catalyst to foster conversation around doping for future generations.”
Born to Colombian parents and a cycling-loving father, Hincapie began racing at the age of 10. After a successful junior career in which he captured 10 national titles and two world championship medals, he graduated to the professional ranks with some of the sport’s top teams and became known as America’s top Classics rider. His supporting role to Lance Armstrong in all seven of his Tour de France victories made Hincapie a legend in his own right and the most acclaimed domestique in history. (Domestique refers to a rider who works for the benefit of the team leader.)
“There is a point when you become a professional athlete when you realize that talent can only get you so far,” said Hincapie about his stellar reputation as a loyal teammate. “You realize everybody at that level is amazingly good, and the small difference is your mindset, your desire to work, your work ethic - those are the things that make a difference.”
Hincapie also explains in detail how his personal involvement with performance-enhancing drugs began and the pressures that led this ultimate teammate to turn against his friends and associates.
“I thought it was going to be this really big deal, and it ended up being like going to the pharmacy and buying a pack of gum or a pack of cigarettes,” Hincapie recalls about the first time he went to buy EPO (Erythropoietin) from a pharmacy in Switzerland in 1996. “I ordered the box, she handed it to me, took my money and that was it. It's crazy how easy it was. And when I went to go inject myself, I was convinced that [doping] was the only way to continue on doing what I was doing.”
After narrowly dodging a 2006 drug test, Hincapie decided to quit doping altogether. In 2012, he retired from professional racing after a 19-year career that saw him become one of the most respected cyclists in the peloton. Following his retirement, Hincapie released a statement admitting to doping and was among 11 former teammates of Lance Armstrong who testified during the investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that led to Armstrong’s downfall.
Since his retirement, Hincapie has taken a more active role in family business interests alongside his brother, Rich, including Hincapie Sportswear, Gran Fondo Hincapie, Hotel Domestique and the professional Hincapie Sportswear Development Team.
With regard to his current involvement with the cycling community and in developing professional cyclists, Hincapie said, “Who better than me to know what's wrong and what's right because I've done both. I think that I could be a strong advocate for cycling in the future.”
Along with personal photos and TV footage from Hincapie’s professional racing days, George Hincapie: The Loyal Lieutenant also includes interviews with pro cyclist Mark Cavendish, Hincapie’s wife, Melanie, and brother and business partner, Rich Hincapie.Encore presentations will air throughout August and September. Check local listings for times. To find Universal Sports Network on your channel finder, please visit universalsports.com.
The Air Force Association’s Wounded Airman Program (WAP) was the designated beneficiary for this year’s Air Force Association Cycling Classic, held June 7-8, 2014, in Arlington, Va. At a ceremony held Saturday, June 7, 2014, AFA received a check for $20,000 in support of WAP initiatives. The funds were raised through pledges made by those participating as part of Team Sabre in the Cycling Classic's Challenge Ride as well as individual donations.
The 2014 AFA Cycling Classic was held in partnership with Arlington Sports, Inc., a business dedicated to the promotion and development of professional and amateur cycling.The annual event, sponsored by The Boeing Company, encouraged cyclists of all abilities to participate in its various events, which included competitive and noncompetitive races – for professionals and amateurs and adults and kids!
Individuals and corporate teams helped raise the funds for WAP.
More than 2,000 riders participated in this year’s two-day event, and it had more than 55 individual and corporate fundraisers.
Lockheed Martin received the Thales Corporate Challenge Team Award for being the top fundraising team, raising nearly $4,500. Clinton Randolph received the Team Sabre Top Fundraiser title for individual fundraising, raising more than $1,300.
This year, AFA invited three airmen, all active participants in the Air Force Wounded Warrior community, to participate in the weekend events. Capt. Mitchell Kieffer, a Purple Heart recipient for Traumatic Brain Injury; SSgt. Melissa Garcia, a breast cancer survivor; and SSgt. Daniel Crane, now medically retired after a shooting that left him with loss of function in his right arm and hand, helped demonstrate how cycling and other adaptive sports have played a role in their journey to recovery, from injury or illness to rehabilitation. They all serve as mentors to other wounded, ill, or injured airmen. AFA gives a special thanks to the Key Bridge Marriott, in Arlington, Va., for hosting the airmen.
“It’s truly an honor to host this event each year and see cycling enthusiasts, local businesses, and the Arlington community come together in support of our Wounded Airman Program,” said Craig McKinley, AFA’s President. “Additionally, this year’s participation from the Air Force Wounded Warrior community was immensely important as each airman illustrates strong resiliency, inspiring their families and other wounded warriors. With this event, the airmen helped demonstrate how sports and other activities assist in improving quality of life in ways modern medical treatments can’t.”
AFA's Wounded Airman Program began in 2011 to provide care to airmen where needed. Using its network of chapters and members, and resources through restricted fundraising, the WAP supports the work of the Air Force Wounded Warrior office and aims to fulfill needs for equipment, care, and quality of life items for wounded airmen, under the expanded definition of seriously ill, wounded, or injured. As WAP is operated and administered by AFA, 100% of donations made by individuals restricted to use for the WAP goes directly to supporting the nearly 3,400 wounded airmen on record. For more information, click here.
“To be honest, it’s not a statement, it’s not an experiment,” Armstrong told the Register. “It’s just me wanting to go ride my bike with what in the past has been a friendly group of people who share the same interests.”