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Summer 2014 - That's A Wrap!
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Summer 2014 – That’s A Wrap!
Cheers to a memorable, beautiful summer!

After a particularly harsh Winter the Summer of 2014 seems to have gone even faster than normal. Here’s a quick recap of our FAT summer.

Back in May the Tour de Fat arrived in DC

Amidst the hoopla JB was at the People for Bikes booth helping get e-mails for the cycling cause. If you want your voice included when People for Bikes talk to law makers, add it here! It only takes a second.

Is that wedding bells we hear??

Long-time member Alex Rapavi got hitched

A sure sign of summer is the start of the Wednesday at Wakefield race series hosted by Potomac Velo . Going strong for over 15 years this local series attracts talent from all over the Mid-Atlantic. Gripped Racing had podiums each of the 4 weeks of racing.

Twingo hammering through the creek crossing.

Twingo had his best season of racing ever with a string of podium appearances and 4th overall for the series!

Some days you have it, some days you …

After lawn darting off a drop at Fountain Head, JB broke his shoulder and had time to do some video editing. The is here:

As June ended the Tour de France began, JB jumped the pond to deliver Racedots to Team BMC!

After returning from the Tour JB had plenty of great stuff to raffle off for our team fundraiser . All our sponsors donated fantastic gear and prizes helping GR to raise over $3,000!

Commentating legends Paul Sherwen and Phil Liggett sign a Racedots t-shirt for the raffle.

The money went to AutismSpeaks.org through Bike 2 The Beach , a fundraiser introduced to our team by our new sponsor Lindsay Volkswagen . We had a fantastic day of biking to the beach and plan to make it a team event next year.

Harris keeping it fun, 110 miles on his mtb

With our fundraising goals met, 5 from GR pedaled from Arlington to Dewey Beach, Delaware in one of the best group rides ever. We highly recommend you join us next year!

Alex Manente finishes his first century in style!

Lindsay Volkswagen of Sterling let us shoot our team photo on their front step – thanks also to Jay Westcott for snapping such a fantastic image!

Not pictured: Claudia Gonzalez Martinez, Anthony Douglas, Jared Janowiak, Devon Haley, Tim Walker and Aron Kansal

For most of us things slowed down a bit in August, but Jason Harris found his form and began snatching up podiums at the local Mountain Bike races.

Harris nearly won the Cranky Monkey at Rosaryville and then …

Just as he was peaking, Harris took a nasty fall and broke his collar bone. So far he’s had one surgery and we hope that’s it.

Heal fast Harris!

Matt Lee was busy putting in long miles at the Assault on Mount Mitchell read his words in this separate post . He then took on the Shenandoah Mountin 100 and found it … well you can read about that in a few days.

Matt takes on the Shenandoah Mountain 100

Worth another mention is our awesome new sponsor Lindsay VW. Everywhere we go the new team wagon attracts attention.

Matte is the new Black

It’s been a fantastic summer and while we hate to see it go we embrace Fall and all the riding/racing we plan to pack in before another Winter. Look for us at the following events:
September 27th Team Cleanup of Military Road (Adopt a Highway Program)
Mabra Cross Series http://www.super8cx.org/
Oct 5 Iron Cross
Oct 12 Moco Epic
Oct 18th Oktoberfest at Lindsay Volkswagen in Sterling
Oct 26th Racedots will have a booth at the Marine Corp Marathon Expo
Date TBD: Skills Clinic at Schaeffer with dinner at Dogfish Alehouse

Au Revoir Summer!

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