Racing Tips

Tour of Washington County Stage Race

The Smithsburg RR course is an exciting circuit with plenty of ups and downs all the way around. For the climbers, this is an opportunity to put the hurt on the rest of the field. For non climbers, conserve everything you can when the going might seem easy so that you have a full tank when the road goes up.

BikeJam / Kelly Cup

Big race for the DC Baltimore area. Pro teams are here for the NRC points and everyone else is there for the festival and fast fast racing.

Carl Dolan Memorial Circuit Race

The Carl Dolan Circuit Race at the Columbia Gateway Center has been going on so long it's become a MABRA classic. We originally raced the other direction on this course, but only for one year and the race was called something else back then.

Tyson's Corner Circuit Race

It may sound like a broken record, but the warm up for this race is super important. With an uphill start leading into a fast descent before tackling the climb of the finishing stretch, if you are not warm and ready to rock from the gun the gaps will open.

Putting some Training in your Training Races

The start of the season is approaching and the early spring training race series are about to begin. Many riders see these inexpensive crits and road races as the start of the racing season and they approach the training races the same as they would any other event in the calendar. This is fine to a point, but ideally, training races should act as an extension of your normal training program to help prepare you for the big events in the heart of you racing year.

Giro di Coppi Road Race

Delayed but not forgotten. The Giro road race is a great and selective course. There are enough tough rollers and hard little pitches to ensure a deserving winner.

The thing about bike racing is that the strongest and fastest riders are not always the ones that win the races and on this course, the deserving winner will be the rider who is not only strong enough to get up the climbs, but also smart enough to save their energy until it counts.

The Hunny Bop

This is a super easy course. That is good and bad. Good if you are not technically skilled and want to finish. Bad if you hope to reduce the size of the field with some hard riding.

There is no hill and the corners are wide open and you can usually pedal through all of them.  The surface can be rough, so keep your head up.

Hagerstown Challenge Criterium

This is a great neighborhood course with fast front and back stretches and some challenging bits on the ends.

The course starts easy enough with a drag race to the first left hand turn which leads into a bit of a rise. The flyer says a slight uphill, but this starts to feel more than slight after a few laps. Not terrible, but you will be working on this part even sitting in.

Reston Town Center Grand Prix

This is one of my favorite events of the calendar, even though I have never done well at this race.

The course has always been the story with this race with the six corners and that killer fifth corner that has been the site of more than one crash every year. This year the course gets even more interesting with eight turns instead of six due to the ever expanding construction around the Reston Town Center.

Tour of Washington County Stage Race

The Smithsburg RR course is an exciting circuit with plenty of ups and downs all the way around. For the climbers, this is an opportunity to put the hurt on the rest of the field. For non climbers, conserve everything you can when the going might seem easy so that you have a full tank when the road goes up.