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Racing bicycles is an invigorating field of cycling that some ABC cyclists are or have been engaged in. Others have shown an interested or expressed curiosity. The following is a primer of information for our members who are interested.

Note - ABC does not hold racing events at this time. We do offer regular events that are vigorous workouts and training that can also help racers or aspiring racers prepare for competitive road rides or rehabilitate. We welcome racers to join ABC and work out together. We can learn from racers. Our Club insurance does not provide coverage outside of ABC. USA Cycling does offer insurance plans.

From MABRA -

"Bike racing in the Mid Atlantic region is a thrilling and vibrant scene, attracting cyclists and enthusiasts from all walks of life. Spanning across diverse landscapes and terrain, the Mid Atlantic offers an exhilarating mix of challenges and breathtaking scenery for riders. From the bustling urban centers to the tranquil countryside, bike races in this region cater to various preferences and skill levels."

"Cyclists can participate in criteriums, circuit and road races. The close-knit and passionate cycling community in the Mid Atlantic ensures that every race is not only a test of physical prowess but also a celebration of camaraderie and shared passion for the sport. Whether you are a seasoned competitor or a casual rider looking for a thrilling experience, bike racing in the Mid Atlantic promises an unforgettable journey through the heart of cycling culture."

Key sources of information and to obtain race licenses, insurance, train, tips, safety, and register for training events and competition:

 USA Cycling  ABC is official club 25423 of USAC 

USA Cycling (USAC) is the national governing body for the sport of cycling in the United States. Memberships as low as $20, $110 for a race license, and additional options for insurance.

  Mid-Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association (MABRA) to see events and gain additional information.

ABC is an affiliated Club of MABRA.

   BikeReg to register for race events, including introductory and training races for those new to the subject.

 Parvilla Cycles in Edgewater, MD for race gear, clothing, bike fittings, recommendations, networking, Mallorca trip, and their training rides that are on the ABC Event Calendar. ABC members participate in these Other Supported Rides (OSR). ABC members register on our calendar when they ride. Occasionally, ABC furnishes the post-ride beverages. 

"Our Thursday Bikes and Beers Ride starts in early April and runs through late September. Start time is 5:45pm all season long."

"Our ride is different than most. Rather than the typical free-for-all, our ride is governed by a guide who controls the pace for the majority of the route. Speeds vary from 15-17mph on rollers to 20+mph on the flats. Not to worry, at no time will you be required to ride at the front. For those that have the need for speed, there are 4 "Free Ride" sections throughout the ride, all of which include an uphill where you can test your fitness. Riders are allowed to go as hard or as easy as they like through these sections and then stop and regroup at the end of each. There is plenty of recovery pacing with a few hard efforts. Average speed for the entire ride is approx. 20mph."

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