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The Bike Lane recently donated a bike to the Capital Area Food Bank to help provide a fun way to show kids how to eat healthy! We are excited that a bike can be such a great tool for awesome education. It’s just another example of how bikes can save the world!
Bike Blender Impacts Communities with New Perspective on Healthy Eating
My name is Jeremi, I am the Family Market Coordinator at the Capital Area Food Bank located in Washington, DC. My role at the food bank is to help supply food to schools that are in high-need, and under-served areas around the DC, MD, and VA regions. I really enjoy what I do, especially knowing that a hungry child may have an extra meal or two because of the generous donations of others.
One thing we are trying to implement this year into the program is educating those we serve in areas of nutrition, and healthy eating. A fun way to help teach students and families about these topics is with our brand new Rock the Bike Smoothie Blender, also known as “Green Machine” or “Sweet Pea” because of the vibrant color! The bike will travel with me to several of my school sites, that host these emergency food pantries, periodically throughout the year and will be used as an educational tool as well as an exciting way to engage the students and the families. That is me in the picture below powering a smoothie for our regular food pantry agencies that wake up early in the morning to come pick up food from us to distribute to the community throughout the day. What better way to start the morning, right? We are very excited about our new toy that will have an impact on our communities perspective on eating healthy! Thank you!
As autumn approaches, poisonous Copperhead snakes have been seen in growing numbers around local bike and walking trails.
Copperhead snakes are pit vipers or crotalids (family Crotalidae); poisonous snakes that are named for the two heat sensing pits used to locate prey that are positioned between the eyes and the nostrils.
According to copperhead-snake.com, “Their venom is hemolytic; it destroys the red corpuscles of the blood and releases the hemoglobin into the surrounding fluid. The resultant hemorrhaging destroys the snake’s normal prey, mostly small mammals.”
Bites on humans can be very painful for adults but potentially dangerous for small children and pets.
County employees at Lake Accotink Park say there have been some reports of copperheads there. Neighborhood patrols in Accotink Creek drainage areas have reported the snakes, as well.
As daytime air temperatures fall, the snakes seek sunny rocks to warm their bodies. They blend easily into fallen leaves.
There have been no reports of bites on humans so far, but walkers, runners and bicycle riders should check out their surrounding as they navigate trails. Look closely at the trail before you stop, especially if you are reaching for an object on the ground.
Copperheads are usually colorful and strikingly patterned snakes, according to the copperhead-snake.com website. The background color of the back and sides is tan to pinkish. There are darker, chestnut colored bands across the back and sides. Each hourglass shaped band is of varying width.
Bite symptoms include intense pain, tingling, throbbing, swelling, and severe nausea. Damage can occur to muscle and bone tissue, especially when the bite occurs in the outer extremities such as the hands and feet, areas in which there is not a large muscle mass to absorb the venom.
Immobilize the bitten area and keep it lower than the heart. Get medical help, the website suggests. Do not attempt to drive yourself. Most of all try and stay calm to keep from pumping the poison around your system. The main thing is to get to a hospital.
If you suspect that your pet has been bitten by a Copperhead, keep the animal calm – carry to your car if possible, and drive to a veterinary clinic.
Do not apply ice or try to suck the poison out. Wrap a bandage firmly around the affected limb as often more than one bite occurs.
For more information on Copperheads, go to copperhead-snake.com.
Recently our dear friend, teammate, and former employee Scott Scudamore (AKA: Scud) was in a serious mountain bike accident that fractured his C1 vertebrae. Scott is in serious condition at UVA hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are constantly with Scott and his family during this time. It’s going to be tough road ahead but if anyone can get through this, it is Scud.
Scott is a lover of life! There is truly no one I know who embraces life more than Scud. He has touched many many lives with his enthusiasm and it has been amazing to watch the community that he is so much a part of come together during this time. Check out Scudfries.org to help out during Scud’s recovery.
Below is an article that our friend Joe Foley wrote for Spokes Magazine in 2011 about Scott…
A Mountain Biking Life: Scott Scudamore
Sometimes it’s hard to tell which is bigger, the impact mountain biking has had on Scott Scudamore or the impact Scott Scudamore has had on mountain biking in the Mid-Atlantic.
Known to just about everyone as ‘Scud’, if you’ve done a Wednesday’s at Wakefield race, you probably know him. If you’ve been a member of MORE or ever done a MORE trail work day, you’ve probably met him. If you’ve ever done a night ride at wakefield or accotink, you probably know Scud. Have you raced the SM100? Well then you probably saw him running the kitchen the night before and the night after the race. If you’ve been active in mountain bike advocacy in the last 15 years, well you’re probably getting the picture by now. And if you’ve been to one of the MORE Douthat camping trips, you definitely know Scud.
Even if you don’t know him, you’ve almost definitely ride on a trail that he helped save or get built. But this this story isn’t just about how much impact one person can have on a sport, It’s also about how much this sport, mountain biking, can have on a life.
Scudamore took up mountain biking in the early 90s after taking a trip to cape cod with friends. There were some old bikes at the house and he took one out for a ride. In his early 40’s at the time and an avid soccer player the ride rekindled a childhood love of bikes. Later that year when looking through a rewards program catalog he saw a Raleigh mountain bike that he had enough points for, so he ordered it. Early excursions were on paved trails like the Mount Vernon trail and the Washington and Old Dominion, but soon a neighbor suggested taking a spin through the woods on singletrack trails. After playing around in the woods and fields behind his house, he started heading to local parks.
Soon after starting to ride, with a bike computer and camelbak, but still no clipless pedals, he signed up for a race at Gambrill State Park in Frederick. “I thought I was the bomb “ said Scudamore, “it was a beginner race, about 12 miles… I started the race and I’m going and I’m going and I’m so tired and I’m ready to quit and I look down at my bike computer and I’ve done 1.4 miles.” So began a cycle of bike upgrades and an odd pattern of injuries right after upgrading.
In 1995 Scudamore discovered MORE. Riding almost every weekend at that point his first MORE ride was a ride at Cedarville State Park led by Dan Hudson who was president of MORE at the time. “[Dan] really was a mentor to me. I loved the way he led rides [and] I learned a lot of the way I do rides based on Dan.” said Scudamore. After attending a board meeting and when he complained about the lack of updates on the website and pretty soon found himself being encouraged to join the board. He became a board member of MORE in 1998, soon becoming the president-elect and the president in 2000. “At that point it started taking over my lifestyle. I quit playing soccer because I wanted to ride my bike more.”
Seeing the permanent closure of the trails in greenbelt where he worked, Scudamore realized how important advocacy was. The trails in Greenbelt had been lost because there was no one to speak out for them. In addition to his work with MORE, Scudamore became more and more involved with IMBA, becoming the WashinfronDC IMBA rep in 2004. “That was about the time that Mike Van Abel took over as the executive directoor of IMBA and I ended up with a major personal relationship with IMBA and Mike that continued to change my life.”
In 2004, a friend introduced Scudamore to Xterra. Xterra are off road triathlons consisting of swimming, trail running, and mountain biking . “That was another major change … that became yet another group of social friends, not just in Washington, DC but across the country.” In his first year of Xterra racing he won the regional championship and in 2006 he became an Xterra Ambassador. In 2007 he went to Xterra world championships for the first time. He’s been back to worlds 2 more times since and will be going back again this year.
When looking back at a life in mountain biking, he said he “first did it for exercise, but then I discovered it was just fun … and it provided the opportunity to travel all over the world. I’ve met all these great people and I’m as fit as i’ve ever been.” When stationed in Germany with the Air Force he didn’t ride, but when he went back he said that he “found that a lot of my friends had started to mountain bike too.”
On the advocacy front, Scudamore says the key is “don’t be complacent. There are still people who believe that mountain biking is bad for the environment. 99% of mountain bikers just want to experience the same things as hikers and horseback riders.” He points out that while mountain biking is making inroads and developing a reputation in the equestrian and some of the hiking communities that we are hard workers and build great trails, but there’s still the mountain dew effect. “I’ve had an opportunity to make a difference in advocacy and that’s been great. I wouldn’t have done any of this if it wasn’t for mountain biking.”
Now retired with a move to underway to the Charlottesville area he’s already been receiving inquiries from mountain bikers in the area eager to tap into his advocacy talents. “I’ve already met with the director of Parks and Rec” He already knows where to ride. “CAMBC is a great organization… The core group of friends are mountain bike related. If not for mountain biking we might not know that many people.”
Every new chapter of his life in mountain biking has widened his social circle. “I just keep riding my mountain bike. My granddaughter just got her first geared bike as a 6 year old because the singlespeed was holding her back.”
Not many pundits predicted that a Team Radio-Shack Leopard rider would win the 2013 Vuelta a’ Espana, the season’s final Grand Tour. No one predicted that the winner would be that team’s oldest rider, 41-year-old Chris Horner.
Horner turns 42 next month, making him the oldest rider to win one of cycling’s three most prestigious races. He also won three stages, at the Vuelta, each time breaking the record for oldest rider to win a stage in a Grand Tour.
He did it with tremendous performances in the mountain stages, riding his Trek Madone 6.9 SSL road bike with panache rarely seen in riders his age.
His final margin over main rival Vincenzo Nibali of Italy was 37 seconds.
Horner is in the last year of his contract with the RadioShack team, which will transfer its UCI racing license to the new TrekWorld team in 2014.
His exploits at the Vuelta have excited the cycling world, but the big question remains about his ability to repeat his amazing performances at age 42-plus next season.
But for now, Chris Horner has shown the world that age is just a number: No. 1.
Autumn will soon be here with a whole new set of maintenance problems for your bike. In addition to mud and water on the trails, those beautiful falling leaves will appear, often stuck in the rear cog-set of your bike.
The leaves have a tendency to gum up the spaces between the gears, making shifting more difficult and sometimes causing problems with your rear derailleur.
Those problems are easily solved with a Park Tool Gear Cleaning tool. The thin, plastic gear brush has a stiff plastic end with a set of pointed teeth that pull gunky tree matter out with ease. It also has a set of long bristles that let your sweep debris from the pulley wheels.
A gummed-up chain can be a real bummer, causing mis-shifts and general irritation. Put a gear brush in your hydration pack and “leaf” your shifting problems behind.
Once your home and make sure you have the right brushes and a chain cleaner to get into all the nooks and cranny’s. These handy Park Tools will keep your gears leaf and grit free throughout the Fall.
RadioShack-Leopard’s Chris Horner is in position to take his first Grand Tour victory after Friday’s 19th stage of the Vuelta a’ Espana (Tour of Spain).
The 41-year-old American Horner edged Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali at the finish of Friday’s stage to take a slim, three-second overall lead going into Saturday’s penultimate stage on the mountainous Alto de L’Angrilu, a horrific route studded with 25% grade climbing sections.
The stage winner was Joaquim Rodriguez of Katusha.
As in the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, Sunday’s final stage is mostly ceremonial with the overall leader going into the stage retaining that position.
Horner’s overall lead gives him yet another record as the oldest rider to lead a grand tour. He is 41.
“Today was our last chance,” Rodriguez told VeloNews after the finish. “Tomorrow is such a hard stage and Horner is on such good form. The podium will be hard, but the Angrilu will put everyone in their places. The Angrilu never pardons.”
For the Angrilu stage, Horner is likely to get a powerful lead out from teammate Fabian Cancellara, whose big engine has been a factor in Horner’s success in this Vuelta. Cancellara has already signed for next season with the Trek WorldTeam, which will take over RadioShack-Leopard’s racing license. Horner does not have a contract for the 2014 season, but his exploits in the Vuelta should stir some interest despite his age.