Saddle pressure mapping now available at Bike Doctor Waldorf

The mapping technology was created by a company called GebioMized. So what is GebioMized and what’s up with the weird German name?

The brand name is a combination of the company’s name ‘GeBioM’ and ‘customized’. The system results from an investment in over 10 years of intensive research. Bike Doctor Waldorf recently purchased their saddle pressure mapping technology to assist their expert bike fitters in finding the right saddle and saddle adjustment for you during your bike fit.

The technology enables a three-dimensional heat map based on the body’s interaction with the saddle. Use of the tool requires a high degree of skill, because all aspects of bike fit present variables that can impact the pressure distribution on the saddle. It is not as simple as swapping from one saddle to the next. For example, extending a person’s reach–a seemingly unrelated variable-can rotate the pelvis in a way that significantly changes the distribution of weight on a given saddle.

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Well done Team Integrity!

A few of us (McCollum, Warner & Bickling) headed out to a new event promoted by Team Integrity Cycling in Hedgesville, WV on Sunday. We weren’t sure what to expect, but we instantly became delighted once we inspected the course. Wow, what a perfect venue! The registration team was well organized and it had that laid back feel which is perfect for a training race to dust off the cobwebs. As a new member of MABRA, it’s great to have another team excited and putting a tremendous amount of energy into promoting races for us. So, a big Thank You to all of the volunteers, Integrity team and officials for making this happen!

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Matt Albanese – 2015 Team Announcement

Name: Matt Albanese
Racing Age: 49
Family: Wife – Jennifer; Daughter – Olivia
Profession: Pilot – Southwest Airlines
Hometown: Long Island N.Y.
Residence: Lived in Annapolis since 1998
Nickname: “Captain” 

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Why and how did you start cycling?
I started cycling to do Triathlon but liked cycling the most.

Why is cycling so much fun to you?
Cycling is fun to me because it’s freedom, it challenges me, and I like the way the world looks from a bike.

What is the most memorable moment you had in your career?
Most memorable moment in my racing career is winning Giro Di Coppi 2 years ago. It was truly exhilarating.

What do you do when not competing?
When not competing, I spend as much time with friends and family as I can.

How would you describe your style of cycling?
As a cyclist I am a typical all round cyclist.  I love to climb but I’m not the fastest climber. I love to sprint. I am known to take long pulls for teammates.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?
I secretly want to be Jeff Chun. [ed note: Don’t we all!]

Personal Hero:
I have a few. Thomas Voeckler, Jens Voight, Thomas Jefferson.

What gets you motivated?
Reading training files from the team is very motivating for me.  Seeing what is possible with hard work and discipline is incredible.

What’s your “go-to” nutritional product?
Nutritional products I use are Cliff products.  The Builder bars are great for post ride, and the Blocks and Gels work well on the bike.

Tell us about your favorite training workout:
I’ve been using 5 minute interval workouts during my build phase lately. Other than that I love the challenge of hills.

What’s your favorite race?
My favorite race is the Tour of Washington county RR.

2015 Cycling Goals: My Goals for 2015 are to upgrade to Cat 2, support the team in whatever capacity I can. Id like to podium a few races that I’m targeting.

Subterranean Pie

Crystal City BID and Crosshairs Cycling are putting on the Wednesday Night Spins in the Crystal Drive Parking Garage every Wednesday this month. Held in the bowels of the parking garage, this 10 turn criterium is unlike anything else. The low ceilings, slick surfaces, tight turns, and columns make for some hair-raising racing. It’s a good vibe down below, and there are refreshments for the spectators and Acme Pies for the prizes.

After hearing the buzz from the first event, team rider Steve Fife attended the second installment to see what the hullabaloo was all about. After warming up and taking a few sight laps, it was clear there was a risk/reward factor involved in negotiating the entire lap. Go too fast, risk sliding out or hitting a column or wall.

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Lucas McCollum – 2015 Team Announcement

Name: Lucas McCollum
Racing Age: 35
Family: Wife and two step daughters 12 and 10 years old.
Profession: Physical Therapy
Hometown: Frederick, MD
Residence: Frederick, MD
Nickname: [I think we are going with “Nuke” (Bull Durham theme)]

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Why and how did you start cycling?
7 years a triathlete, 1 year as a cyclist.

Why is cycling so much fun to you?
Pushing my fitness to new levels.

What is the most memorable moment you had in your career?
So far, lapping the field in my first criterium.

What do you do when not competing?
Spending time with my family and dog. After that I am training and working out a lot!!!

How would you describe your style of cycling?
Targeting GC results with my Time Trial background.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?
I used to play professional baseball.

Personal Hero:
Jesus Christ

What gets you motivated?
Heavy Metal Music.

What’s your “go-to” nutritional product?
Osmo’s Preload and Active Hydration.

Tell us about your favorite training workout:
That would be a toss up between either hill repeats or Kelley Acres Speed Shop.

What’s your favorite race?
Ironman World Championship, Kona, HI

2015 Cycling Goals: Have fun and kick ass!

Nick Vita – 2015 Team Introduction

Name: Nick Vita
Racing Age: 28 
Family: Oldest of five
Profession: Acquisition for the Department of Defense
Hometown: Davidsonville, MD
Residence: Crofton, MD
Nickname: [We are working on this one!]
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Why and how did you start cycling?
My dad was a MABRA-ite and got me on a bike before I could walk. Also ended up taking developmental classes on the track up in Trexlertown and raced track for a while before racing on the road.

Why is cycling so much fun to you?
Freedom, open air, and mental clarity. 

What is the most memorable moment you had in your career?
Winning Morgantown in 2013. 

What do you do when not competing?
Read, cook, hike, ski. 

How would you describe your style of cycling?
Peter Sagan-esque: great on punchy climbs and uphill finishes.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?
I was the first person to ever crash on the Los Angeles velodrome. 

Personal Hero:
You know, I don’t really have one.

What gets you motivated?
Warm weather, winning, food.

What’s your “go-to” nutritional product?
Pure Vermont Maple Syrup.

Tell us about your favorite training workout:
Put me in the mountains and set me loose. 

What’s your favorite race?
Green Mountain Stage Race

2015 Cycling Goals: Top five in a MABRA road race. 

Summary from The 2nd Annual Richmond Endurance Symposium

By: Michael Tabasko (Physical Therapist at Capitol Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation)

Richmond Virginia is fast establishing itself as a hub of east coast cycling. The city is rallying around the 2015 UCI World Championships, and recently hosted the second annual Richmond Endurance Symposium.

I had the opportunity to hear talks by a great line-up of  health care professionals, top athletes and field experts.  Here’s a quick recap of what they had to say:

Andy Potts/Champion Ironman Triathlete: 

Andy was a really funny guy and an engaging speaker. He spoke about positive thinking and how it relates to mind/body/spirit. A cliche topic? Maybe, but his perspective was on how you process and perceive your athletic experiences. Positive or negative, these experiences have a cumulative layering effect on your mental game.

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Team Bike Doctor Wins the Mid-Atlantic’s Best All-Around Rider Award!

The Mid-Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association (MABRA) hosts a Best All-Around Rider (BAR) competition each year. The BAR series consists of the majority of the region’s road racing events including criteriums, road races, time trials, stage races, and other events. Points are earned based on the classification of event, with larger events such as championship and stage races earning higher levels of points. The award is separated by gender, age and racing category. Bike Doctor’s Nicholas Taylor won the award in the Men’s Category 1/2 individual “Senior” BAR, which is the highest level of racing competition that the series offers. While the award is on an individual level, like most results in road racing, it comes as a result of a concerted team effort rather than a one-person achievement. The points results can be seen here, tabulated across the entire season of racing. Winning the series confers the privilege of wearing the Championship jersey in the subsequent year, along with other benefits.

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