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Cycling team in Washington, DC area?(3 posts)

Cycling team in Washington, DC area?milsk8888888
Dec 28, 2001 11:41 AM
Hey, I live in DC and I'm interested in starting racing (especially time trials) this season and I was wondering if anyone knew of any teams in the DC area that might have two open spots (I have a friend who is also interested).

I've also thought about starting a team or club and would anyone be interested in joining? Any age and skill level is fine.

I'll be 18 this season (as of Feb. 10) and I've been seriously riding for a couple of years.
There are a bunch...Greg Taylor
Dec 28, 2001 1:13 PM
A few that come to mind --

Squadra Coppi

National Capital Velo Club (NCVC - Spokes)

Potomac Velo

Gold's Gym

Yadda, yadda, yadda... Go, check these guys (and girls) out on the web, and see what shakes. If you want to get a flavor for time trials, etc., check out the Calander section of Spokes (the free newspaper that clutters up your local shop. They usually have a listing of events in the area. If you are in the Mt. Vernon area, come ride some Sunday with the dinosaurs at Team Lardbutt...

You ought to hang out with some of the clubs first,bill
Dec 29, 2001 11:46 AM
to see whether you like the folks, if the rides/group activities are your style, and if the group rides meet at a convenient place for you. They're all a little different. Some are small, some are huge (NVCC is huge). They are usually reasonably accommodating to people checking them out (most have at least one more or less open ride per week). I've ridden a few times with the Coppi team, mostly because they ride out of Arlington (and they seem like nice folks). As Greg says, there are a number of clubs; some are more focussed on racing than others, some expect lots from you, some almost nothing at all.
Team Lardbutt, by the way, is nothing to be trifled with. None of those guys race, as far as I know (Greg races a little cyclecross), but they can hang with lots of guys who consider themselves racers. I love to ride with the 'Butts, but it requires getting my own lard butt out of bed too very early on Sunday a.m.'s.