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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | February 11, 2012
“How you guys doing?” a perky instructor shouted into a microphone from a stationary bike. The faces and postures of the roughly 90 people indoor cycling before her expressed a variety of responses. One woman in the front let out a spirited “Woohoo!” and even danced to the thumping music with her upper body as she pedaled with her legs. Dozens of others leaned forward, gazes resolute, determined to finish the job. Still others slumped over their bike handles, sweat pouring from their brows, occasionally glancing toward the instructor with eyes that begged her to stop.
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by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | June 26, 2002
dank@herald-mail.com A weekend of bicycle races is coming to Hagerstown. Part of Hagerstown's North End will be turned into a bicycle course on Saturday, July 6, for the Hagerstown Trust Criterium races. On Sunday, July 7, racers will take to the Hagerstown Community College campus for the Clifbar Age-Graded Championships. The two days of races are being organized by the Antietam Velo Club, a Hagerstown-based cycling club. About 400 cyclists will compete in both days of races, which will begin around 8 a.m., and wrap up by 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., said Tim Lung, co-director of the races.
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July 30, 2013
Members of the Franklin County Cyclists made donations totaling $5,600 to the Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women's Center and the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance following the group's third annual Franklin County Metric Century, held June 22. This was the third annual ride, and the group's third donation to support breast cancer programs in the Franklin County area. More than 160 bicyclists road through Franklin County on routes totaling 12, 18, 42, and 62 miles to benefit the two area breast cancer programs.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 9, 2006
HAGERSTOWN The blood spilled Saturday morning along the leafy route of the Hagerstown Challenge Criterium cycling race likely didn't come as a surprise to Cumberland Valley Cycling Club President Richard "Dick" Cushwa. "Bicycle racers really have to enjoy pain," Cushwa said about an hour before several cyclists collided into one another in the third of eight races presented by the club's racing branch, the Antietam Velo Club. "Everybody gets a little crazy on the last lap," said Steve Powell, who sought medical treatment for a possible dislocated shoulder after the New York City man tumbled onto Woodland Way with at least five other cyclists.
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By CONNER GILBERT | June 21, 2009
WILLIAMSPORT -- It's not every day that a person can simply walk out of his or her front door to watch athletes competing in a sport centered on speed, stamina and precision. But some Williamsport residents had to look no further than their own streets to find this, as the town hosted the third and final stage of the 2009 Tour of Washington County cycling event Sunday. "The people who live here can sit on their porches and watch a race," said event promoter Joe Jefferson. "You don't have to pay anything.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | July 2, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com More than 300 cyclists, some nationally known, are expected to compete in a two-day bike event in Washington County this weekend, organizers said. The Hagerstown Trust/Clif Bar 2-Day Challenge is sponsored by the Antietam Velo Club, a Hagerstown-based cycling club. The races are in Hagers-town's North End on Saturday and Hagerstown Community College on Sunday. About 10 Antietam Velo Club members will race in the event, including event co-directors Tim Lung and Joseph Jefferson.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | July 7, 2003
pepperb@herald-mail.com Since eating classifies as one of Sheba Farrin's hobbies, bicycling takes its place in the living and breathing category. Farrin, 29, of Washington, D.C., won the gold medal in the Women's Masters Championship in the age 30-39 bracket on the last day of the Hagerstown Trust/Clif Bar 2-day Challenge, which was held at Hagerstown Community College on Sunday. Farrin, a bike messenger by day, will turn 30 in September, which placed her in the age 30-39 bracket for the event.
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By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | July 7, 2012
The morning sun is an hour old when a handful of cyclists appear on the streets of Hagerstown's North End. They're doing a bit of reconnaissance - checking out the course that later will test their endurance. As the neighborhood sleeps, the riders take practice laps, humming down straightaways in a streak of color and a burst of adrenaline. Even before the race begins, there are spills, sometimes so bad you can hear them - the wrenching shriek of metal on concrete.
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August 31, 2005
The Potomac Center welcomed the Push America/Journey of Hope Team of bicyclists Aug. 11. This was the 16th consecutive year that the center has provided overnight accommodations for the Northern Route team of cyclists. The center's volunteer association hosted a picnic for team members and those who live at the center. Following an overnight stay, the team completed the final leg of its journey to Washington, D.C. Push America (People Understanding the Severely Handicapped)
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by Alicia Notarianni | August 23, 2004
alician@herald-mail.com CLEAR SPRING - Motorists in Washington County may have noticed an unusual number of bicyclists along the roads Saturday. As most of the bicyclists were dampened by intermittent rain showers throughout the day, it clearly wasn't sunny August weather that drew them out. The dedicated biking enthusiasts braved the unfavorable weather for the Cumberland Valley Cycling Club's annual century bicycle tour of Washington County. About 150 cyclists from throughout the region strapped on their gear and took to the roads for their choice of a quarter century (25 miles)
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July 30, 2013
Members of the Franklin County Cyclists made donations totaling $5,600 to the Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women's Center and the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance following the group's third annual Franklin County Metric Century, held June 22. This was the third annual ride, and the group's third donation to support breast cancer programs in the Franklin County area. More than 160 bicyclists road through Franklin County on routes totaling 12, 18, 42, and 62 miles to benefit the two area breast cancer programs.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | June 14, 2013
The crowd lining South Potomac Street in Hagerstown grew anxious Friday night awaiting the first of a series of bike races to begin the three-day Tour of Washington County. Rhythmically pounding on the metal gates that separated them from a .0.8-mile course through downtown streets, the spectators produced a sound that would soon not be heeded by the cyclists in the women's open race. At least according to the cyclists. “Some people say it's like tunnel vision - I guess that's the best way to describe it,” said cyclist Rik Lee, noting the focus a race requires that causes a rider's surroundings to fade away.
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May 23, 2013
The 18th annual Catoctin Challenge Bicycle Ride will be held on June 22 and 23. “This year brings an entire new route to the ride,” Catoctin Challenge organizer Phil Heffler said. “Riders will not be disappointed with the challenging, scenic and fun journey.” Proceeds will benefit the Camp Greentop program in Catoctin National Park and the League for People with Disabilities. Since 1937, Camp Greentop has been giving campers, regardless of their abilities, friendship, adventures and just plain fun that summer camp brings.
SPORTS
By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com | April 21, 2013
As Freddie Mercury said, “Bicycle races are coming your way, so forget all your duties.” Well, at least for one day. More than 600 riders from all over the United States and Canada gathered at Greenbrier State Park on Sunday to race in the 10th annual Greenbrier Challenge. The event was sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau and organized by Potomac Velo Club. According to the Potomac Velo Club website ( www.potomacvelo.com )
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | July 28, 2012
Many take it for granted that the refrigerator will be stocked with plenty of food for dinner and there will be milk ready to pour over the family's morning cereal. But for thousands of Franklin County, Pa., residents, the cupboards are bare. For American Legion Rider member Joe Cocco of Chambersburg, Pa., that is unacceptable. So, he gathered American Legion Riders from across the county and organized a 75-mile Food Pantry Ride to benefit South Central Community Action Programs' six county food pantries, each of which was visited by the riders.
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By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | July 7, 2012
The morning sun is an hour old when a handful of cyclists appear on the streets of Hagerstown's North End. They're doing a bit of reconnaissance - checking out the course that later will test their endurance. As the neighborhood sleeps, the riders take practice laps, humming down straightaways in a streak of color and a burst of adrenaline. Even before the race begins, there are spills, sometimes so bad you can hear them - the wrenching shriek of metal on concrete.
SPORTS
By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent | June 16, 2012
Stage 1 of the 2012 Tour of Washington County got rolling Saturday afternoon as cyclists in the Pro I, II, III category competed in a 64-mile road race around the hinterlands of Smithsburg. Ryan McKinney pushed Nathan Wilson for the lead as the two crested the final hill, but Wilson hung on to claim the victory. “It was close,” Wilson said. “Ryan's strong, but it was nice to come out with the win.” Wilson, 21, rides for California Giant Berry Farms and is familiar with the three-stage race.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | February 11, 2012
“How you guys doing?” a perky instructor shouted into a microphone from a stationary bike. The faces and postures of the roughly 90 people indoor cycling before her expressed a variety of responses. One woman in the front let out a spirited “Woohoo!” and even danced to the thumping music with her upper body as she pedaled with her legs. Dozens of others leaned forward, gazes resolute, determined to finish the job. Still others slumped over their bike handles, sweat pouring from their brows, occasionally glancing toward the instructor with eyes that begged her to stop.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 12, 2011
John Rodenhausen and Beth McGee of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation stopped for a rest day in Williamsport Thursday in the middle of a 1,300-mile bike ride around the Chesapeake Bay watershed. "We started in Maryland, went up to Pennsylvania and then all the way to New York, and we are now on our southern route going back through Maryland," Rodenhausen said. "We plan to go through West Virginia, Virginia and then head up the eastern shore on into Delaware. " Rodenhausen and McGee said they were making the bike trip to raise awareness and money for health and environmental issues.
SPORTS
By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent | June 20, 2011
Following the time trial stage in Boonsboro Sunday morning, the final stage of the 2011 Tour of Washington County was the Williamsport criterium, run on a 7/10-mile loop through the heart of downtown. The feature race of the afternoon was the 42-lap Senior I/II/III race, which was won by Jared Babik. Babik also won the Kick-Off Classic Criterium that led off the tour on Friday. “I’m a criterium specialist. I can sprint pretty well,” said Babik. “But my team was key. They held off other riders and let me save my energy until the end.” The big win, however, belonged to Keck Baker of New Kent, Va. Baker came into the Williamsport criterium as the general classification leader in points and earned the Senior I/II/III title by finishing in ninth place.
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