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By Joe Surkiewicz and Joe Surkiewicz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | March 5, 1996
In the laid-back world of professional mountain biking, Charles "Chucky" Aaron stands out in a crowd: At bicycle trade shows, he's the guy in the double-breasted suit, a shine on his shoes. . . and no visible pierced body parts or tattoos."At the Anaheim [Calif.] bike show, I went up to this Italian manufacturer's booth and introduced myself," recalled Aaron, who was recently named director of the Ross/Jeep/Barracuda pro mountain-bike race teams."The guy said, 'No way, you're not Chucky Aaron!
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November 1, 2011
Bicyclists have been riding at Loch Raven Reservoir for more than 20 years while the water quality at the reservoir has consistently improved. Although the existing trails used by hikers, fishermen, cyclists and equestrians do not conform to the outdated "approved" trail system, they have evolved without detriment to the water quality. The cycling community is asking for a comprehensive review of the trail system in order produce a state-of-the art, sustainable trail system that can accommodate all. My organization, MORE (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts)
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August 22, 1996
Someone stole a $779 mountain bike from a Parole bicycle shop Tuesday, county police said.An employee of the Bike Doctor in the 100 block of Jennifer Road called police to the shop shortly after 3 p.m. and told an officer that a man had taken the bike during a test ride.The man entered the store about 2: 30 p.m. and asked to ride the Trek 21-speed mountain bike. An employee allowed the man to ride it in front of the business. No one was watching the man because the store was busy, police said.
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September 12, 2011
The following is compiled from police reports from the Towson and Cockeysville precincts. Our policy is to include descriptions when there is enough information to make identification possible Cockeysville Quiet Stream Court, unit block, at 12:30 a.m. Sept. 6. A man in a dark hooded sweat shirt approached another man, placed an unknown metal object to his body and demanded money. After searching man's pockets, he ran away. Beaver Run Lane, unit block, between 3 p.m. Sept.
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By Joe Surkiewicz and Joe Surkiewicz,Contributing Writer | July 25, 1993
Summertime in Baltimore . . . and the living is right out of Dante's "Inferno."But it won't last forever. Trust me: The cooler weather of late summer and early fall is on its way, bringing us some desperately needed relief.That's the time we can pull out our fat-tire bikes and set sail for the mountains -- and enjoy one of the best-kept secrets in American mountain-biking: the panoramic alpine views and lush forests of nearby West Virginia.Consider: With almost a million acres of peaks and ridges soaring to nearly 5,000 feet, the Mountain State's Monongahela National Forest is in the same class as distant cycling meccas such as Colorado, Northern California and New Zealand.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | March 16, 2004
As many as 450 cyclists will bring their mountain bikes and environmental issues to Carroll County in June. The International Mountain Bicycling Association, which has 32,000 members worldwide, has chosen McDaniel College in Westminster for its 2004 IMBA Mountain Bike Advocacy Summit. "This was a real coup to get this group here," said Barbara Beverungen, county director of tourism. "They are international and will be bringing people from all over the country and the world." The conference is set for June 4 to 8 at McDaniel College, with many participants staying in college housing and nearby hotels.
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By Janet Gilbert and Janet Gilbert,Special to the Sun | January 26, 2007
"I have a little bit of a daredevil in me," said Chris Eatough of Ellicott City. "I like to go fast - very fast." But it takes more than speed to be a six-time winner of the World Solo 24 Hours of Adrenalin championship mountain bike races, held once a year at grueling courses in the United States and Canada. "Most of the race, to be honest - you're fighting the instinct to want to stop, to quit," Eatough said. "You're in some pain - it's not an easy thing. The good moments are few and far between.
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By Eileen Ogintz and Eileen Ogintz,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE | July 20, 1997
The next time the teens and preteens start whining on the second day of vacation, throw them in the car and head for the hills.The nearest ones will do -- as long as there's a mountain-bike rental shop in the area and an off-the-road bike trail, preferably one with plenty of twists and bumps along the way."All of us remember the freedom and joy of riding a two-wheeler. It's even more fun when you're not sharing the road with cars and not so worried about the kids and traffic," says Tim Blumenthal, an ardent family mountain biker and executive director of the fast-growing International Mountain Bicycling Association.
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By Rasmi Simhan and Rasmi Simhan,Contributing Writer | August 16, 1998
Think about biking 20 kilometers. Add in a two-kilometer stretch of granite boulders. Now add in 100-degree temperatures.John Call did it, and won a bronze medal.After eight years of bicycle road-racing and two years of mountain biking, the 33-year-old Belair engineering technician finished in third place in the Beginner class last month at the Grundig/UCI World Cup Cross Country mountain-bike race in Conyers, Ga. His next race is today, at Susquehanna State Park in Harford County - more hills, more rocks, more challenge.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | August 23, 2005
Mountain biker Chris Eatough is an overnight sensation. Fighting inky darkness and trees with mayhem in their roots, overcoming freeze-frame hallucinations that visit in the wee hours, Eatough pedals alone until 24 hours have elapsed. Then, more often than not, the slender, intense cyclist from Ellicott City crosses the finish line first. Five years running, Eatough has beaten the world's best at the 24 Hours of Adrenalin Solo World Championship. On Labor Day weekend in Whistler, British Columbia, he will try for No. 6. But he can win without making it an all-night affair, too. He leads the National Off-Road Bicycle Association national marathon series with one event to go this weekend.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2011
A recent Sunday afternoon at the normally sleepy Loch Raven Reservoir played out like an episode of "Cops. " At its eastern point, a young man and woman who had been hiking made their way down to the infamous Loch Raven cliffs and jumped into the calm, beckoning waters to cool off. They were blissfully unaware that across the water, reservoir Ranger Simon Phillips was watching, just waiting for the splash to spring into action. "We have swimmers in the water," Phillips radioed a fellow ranger and jetted off to cite the swimmers $200 each.
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May 24, 2011
The following is compiled from police reports from the Towson and Cockeysville precincts. Our policy is to include descriptions when there is enough information to make identification possible. Towson York Road, 7100 block, between 7 p.m. May 15 and 6 a.m. May 16. Schwinn mountain bike stolen from detached garage at residence. Dulaney Valley Road, 800 block, between 6:11 and 6:17 p.m. May 16. Man seen on security video attempting to steal 2004 Honda Odyssey from parking garage.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2011
A private group will be allowed to build a mountain bike training course in Rockburn Park in Elkridge, following a unanimous Wednesday vote by the county's Recreation and Parks Board to go ahead with the contested project. The board had delayed a March vote on the matter after a contentious two-hour hearing in which people opposed to the project said it would bring more traffic, parking problems and loitering, as well as nighttime activity and drug use. Opponents also complained that the project had been rushed through without sufficient notice.
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By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2011
An offer by a group of mountain bikers to build and maintain a $30,000 skills course in Elkridge at no cost to Howard County is drawing opposition from neighbors and others concerned about the activity it might attract. The course at Rockburn would be the first of its kind in Maryland. But some neighbors say the project would invite more traffic and parking overflow into their communities while increasing trespassing, illegal night riding and drug use. Supporters, some of whom also live near the park, express excitement that the course is being offered for free, and criticize opponents for not wanting to share the park with mountain bikers.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2010
Walmart announced Tuesday that it has donated $25,000 to the Baltimore Police Department to buy a fleet of mountain bikes, even as the retailer awaits a crucial City Council vote on whether to rezone land needed to build a new store in Remington. Officials said at a news conference attended by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake that the gift, made through the nonprofit Baltimore Police Foundation, was an act of a good corporate citizen and independent of any action pending before city officials.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,candy.thomson@baltsun.com | August 5, 2009
EMMITSBURG -- Like hundreds of other runners and walkers, Elizabeth DiNunzio pounded out her exercise miles at danger's edge - local roadsides near the campus of Mount St. Mary's, where vehicles and people often come within inches of each other. In April, a pickup truck crossed into DiNunzio's safety zone along Old Emmitsburg Road, striking and killing the 22-year-old Spanish major as she trained for the Pittsburgh Marathon. Police say she followed all the rules: running without headphones, facing traffic and staying as far from traffic as possible on a road with no paved shoulder.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | April 26, 1996
Jousting ain't what it used to be.Forget the knight in shining armor atop his fiery steed and brandishing a deadly lance.Here comes Jason Heath, cutting a dashing figure in his T-shirt and jeans astride his tangerine Fuji Discover SX mountain bike. His eyes narrow as he draws a bead on his target. Lowering his head he charges -- whoosh -- and snags his prey on his lance, a foam rod attached to the top of his bicycling helmet.Saturday, Jason and five other members of Boy Scout Explorer Post 101 in Pasadena will put on two one-hour mountain bike jousting demonstrations at a rally for Cycle Across Maryland at Liberty High School in Carroll County.
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By Janet Gilbert and Janet Gilbert,Special to the Sun | January 26, 2007
"I have a little bit of a daredevil in me," said Chris Eatough of Ellicott City. "I like to go fast - very fast." But it takes more than speed to be a six-time winner of the World Solo 24 Hours of Adrenalin championship mountain bike races, held once a year at grueling courses in the United States and Canada. "Most of the race, to be honest - you're fighting the instinct to want to stop, to quit," Eatough said. "You're in some pain - it's not an easy thing. The good moments are few and far between.
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By JANET GILBERT | January 26, 2007
I have a little bit of a daredevil in me," said Chris Eatough of Ellicott City. "I like to go fast - very fast." But it takes more than speed to be a six-time winner of the World Solo 24 Hours of Adrenalin championship mountain bike races, held once a year at grueling courses in the United States and Canada. "Most of the race, to be honest - you're fighting the instinct to want to stop, to quit," said Eatough. "You're in some pain - it's not an easy thing. The good moments are few and far between.
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