Last summer my teammates from Boston Bicycle School and I headed to Coatsville PA for a stage race. We stayed with good friends of mine in Lancaster and after the race I stuck around for the week before Iron Hill to hang with friends, do some training and check out the cycling scene in Pa.
Two or three nights a week there are massive group rides and training races (think 50+ people). The races are run on a course about 2.5 maybe three miles long with all right hand turns and a bunch of wind in the Pennsylvania Amish Country. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t show up with carbon race wheels. The races and group rides are fast and furios and a good ride there feels like winning a real race. Training races are funny though because no body wants to look like they are trying too hard; most people stifle their breathing and do their best to look like it is no effort what-so-ever, but I’ll be the first to admit that those rides were hard.
The other thing you notice when you ride in Lancaster is the huge number of riders in Green and Black kits from Lancaster Regional Cycling. Lancaster Regional Cycling is a relatively new cycling outfit in Pennsylvania founded in 2010. The Team is managed by Seth Gunderson and is composed of riders who compete across a range of disciplines and ages. I was initially introduced to LRC by Kyle Penny, a ski racer and bike racer who I have had the opportunity to mentor a little bit and become friends with.
For this season the team has a bunch of really great sponsors, and Blindato Group is proud to be one of them. Sponsorship is a two way street, and as I am happy to be able to help the LRC guys to some quality stuff I am also hoping to get some good feedback from guys race and train hard.
If you are ever in Pa and find yourself on a bike ride in Lancaster have a look at their calendar and see if you can hop into one of the 3 training races happening in the area every week, and link up with the Lancaster Regional Cycling crew.