Archive for the DC category
In which I express my frustration with the House GOP turning non-motorized transportation into some silly symbolic part of their culture war. Sure, go on about art funding, or abortion, or imaginary people coming to take your guns away. But really, making streets safe for all users is now for liberals only? Christ.
So it turns out there was no official photographer for the 2012 Air Force Cycling Classic Crystal Ride this year. I wasn’t out shooting it, but I did end up with hundreds of photos as I was out there looking at locations for shooting the pro races later in the day. So, in case you know anyone who was looking for photos, here’s more than a few. Simple copies from the site? Free. Something that requires more work from me? Not free (but not expensive).
(I got a great interview with the fellow pictured above. It’ll run as one on my Clarendon Cycles columns, soon.)
At the Air Force Cycling Classic. UnitedHealthcare’s Jake Keough (far right) wins, and Team Type 1′s Alexi Schmitt . . . doesn’t:
Want the whole story? Check out this gallery (and be sure to scroll for the full captions).
My latest Clarendon Cycles piece is about e-bikes, prompted in part by my meeting with the Trans-America Electric Bike Tour crew. I’m being quite honest when I’m describing it as a *click* moment, where I finally move from e-bike skeptic to e-bike appreciator (if still not quite an outright embrace).
Boris and Anna’s tour covers all sorts of interesting things. Check ‘em out.
Took the morning off to shoot the DC fly-by of the Space Shuttle Discovery on its way to Dulles. I’d originally planned to head to DUlles, but changed my mind at the last minute, deciding that the Air Force Memorial would be the perfect spot. Here’s a slideshow of the results.
Shot it with a 70-200 f/4, which gave me some nice pictures like the above. Still, if I’d really wanted to manage some better context to the photos, I should have gone with something wider right under the Air Force Memorial, and perhaps rented a 400 prime to get it as it passed the Washington Monument & Capitol. In the end, my favorite shot of the day from others? Is a silly little Instagram photo.
New Clarendon Cycles piece up at the Clarendon Patch about getting to National airport on your bike. It really is a fantastic way to get there for weekend/quick trips. And so long as your return flight doesn’t drop you back at DCA in the middle of rush hour, you can always punk out and return via Metro if you find yourself not really feeling like riding home.
DC’s Dandies & Quaintrelles, in partnership with the Crystal City BID, held the Diamond Derby over the weekend. All I knew before I showed up was that it involved bikes, a parking garage, and a course set up by this guy. So this is what I learned on the first lap (motion starts at :40):
That was fun. The idea was to earn a point for every lap completed and collect points along the way. The part I obviously didn’t get was how to collect points along the way, so I finished way down in the standings. I did, however, figure out that we got points for dismounting and carrying the bike through a VéloCity minivan. Hope we didn’t do too much damage to it.
There were several other races in the evening, ranging from a kid’s event to a real race with qualifying heats and everything. In between there was great food and drinks and people.
In any event, it was a great use of a parking garage that usually sits empty on a weekend. Lots of credit to D&Q and the forward-thinking folks at the Crystal City BID for making this happen.
(I’ve put up an unedited set of photos here, if you were there and looking for photos of you. I’ll get an edited slideshow up later this week. Sorry, I missed the kids’ race, so no photos of that.)
Hey, WABA friends (and you’re *all* WABA members, right?):
‘The Glass That Gives’ Program: WABA Happy Hour
Thursday, November 17th, 2011
A glass filled with beer is joyous any time of year, but add a splash of philanthropic giving and it tastes even better. New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale, is giving back during the gift-giving season by donating to nonprofit organizations across the U.S. and WABA has been selected.
Join New Belgium Brewing this Thursday at Brasserie Beck and you’ll walk away with prizes and support WABA during the holiday season. For every New Belgium draft you purchase, you will receive a New Belgium Globe (a classy piece of glassware), be entered for a chance to win a company jersey(s), AND New Belgium will donate $1.00 to WABA. The world-class drafts of the evening will be the Ranger IPA & Kick Sour Ale.
DATE: Thursday, November 17, 2011
TIME: 5pm, Giveaways at 7:30pm
LOCATION: Brasserie Beck, 1101 K St. NW Washington, DC 20005 (Google Maps)
RSVP: To our Facebook event page (not required to attend, but you can promote it to all of your facebook friends)![/QUOTE]
While I think Fat Tire is overrated, I happily give my personal endorsement to the Ranger IPA. Please take this opportunity to come argue the merits with me on Thursday.
Hope to see you there.