2011 ACP Frederick 300 km

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On May 7  2011 was my first 300 km ride in USA. It was the ACP Frederick 300 km.

We started from  Fort Detrick Hampton Inn at 5 am sharp. I checked in at 4:45am.

Credit for the pictures to William Smith and William Beck

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It was still dark out there for the first 2 hours. You can see plenty of bike lights , vests an so on…  41 riders were ready to start. That is a pretty good number for a 300 km brevet .

The ride heads north to South Mountain all the way to Thurmont . We climbed up the bridge on MD77 –  Catoctin Mountain State Park( Such a hill I thought !!! ) After the peak , we were heading towards  Adams County. Same beatiful county that was part of one of the 200km  I did this year. Followed by the real climb to the summit of Big Flat (altitude 2040 feet).

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Credit William Smith .Shippensburg control

After 9  miles of descending we were at the next  control in Shippensburg. On the picture we can see Chris Mento taking a photo. He was such a good riding partner and a story-teller. Just what you need for a brevet. I remember my knees giving me  hell the last 50 miles or so and with Chris things just went smoothly

Chris mento Credit William Smith

Credit William Smith6 Rocco Pizza 132 miles , 55 to goAt around mile 130 we were at the next control – Rocco`s Pizza. Just 55 miles to go. It was well deserved rest. I remember a rider there, that sustained injuries during a crash not long before the control.  I believe he was not allowed to continue.

My goal was to finish before dark , just like any 200km and 300km. I ended riding it for 15h 35m , finishing at 8:35 pm .6

Unfortunately the knee issues I had during this ride and the earlier 200km that year prevented me from continuing cycling . I was so sad since it was Paris-Brest-Paris year and I dreamed about it. But you know what – I knew I had to listed to my body. I decided to play it safe and go to the doctor. My MRI was clean , so was the X-Ray. The best option was physical therapy at John Hopkins. I was still in pain, but  took my time off to sell the old bike and build me a rando specific one. After dealing with knee issues , I did second set of therapy following a minor car crash that re-aggravated that left knee. It wasn’t until the  summer of 2013,  when I started actual training.


  1. What i enjoy most about your blogs, is that you keep pushing towards your goals! “No pain, no gain!” Thanks for sharing! Good read!


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