More Than Just Racing
2nd Oct 2014 Posted in: Blog , Community , Events , Featured , Fun Comments Off
More Than Just Racing
Gripped Racing lends a hand to keep our roads (and streams) clean

We ride a lot. We also run, kayak, hike and walk around our neighborhoods here in Northern Virginia. Giving back to the community we live in is a big part of being on this team so Gripped Racing decided it was time to adopt a section of road and maintain it through the Adopt A Highway program.

We hope to get our “Adopt A Highway” sign placed here soon

After having a tough season battling through health issues, Alex Rapavi never wavered on his participation with the team. If he couldn’t race, he found other ways to contribute. Adopting a highway was a great idea and nearly everyone on the team chipped in to help.

Alex overseeing the entire operation, from coordinating with DOT to handing out safety vests

This past weekend we banded together and walked both sides of Military Road from Lorcom Lane down to Old Glebe and even down the steep, dangerous hill to Chain Bridge. We swept, cleared and cleaned every inch.

Although fresh out of shoulder surgery Jason Harris (left) was still motivated to help out. Alex and Tim filling bags quickly.

We took it one step further and checked the streams that cross under this road to be sure road-side trash wasn’t making its way downstream into the Potomac.


Rob takes to the Potomac Heritage Trail to make sure it too was clean

Considering there is no shoulder on the hill down to Chain Bridge the danger factor was at a 10 but we still got every step of the road and ditch cleaned.

Out of sight isn’t out of mind for Claudia – she went off piste to get every bit of trash she could

Vas took to the watery ditch to score some car parts

Stephanie was amazed that so many smokers still toss their butts, “It’s SOOO GROSS!”

We even relocated this turtle to a safer spot on the path!

Tim Abbott and Alex at the hill above Chain Bridge

Tim Walker comes back to the team car to hydrate

JB scored the best find of the day – complete with license plate (shouldn’t they be fined for this?)

We left no stone unturned and filled over a dozen large trash bags. A special thank you to both Lindsay VW for our team car which followed the group as a support vehicle as well as for providing the motivation to finish hard and recover with 60 Minute IPA.

Rob hosted a post-pickup BBQ complete with Dogfish Ale

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