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HomeBackyard Boogie 23 Recap

GII's 2nd Annual Backyard Boogie took place in Prince George's County, MD August 11-13, 2023.  The support grew from 2022 and we had an amazing time from the rides, fellowship, competitions, food, dancing, and races. 

Here is a recap of the exciting weekend that took place.

Clubs Represented

413, Artemis Racing, Bank City Bike Club, Black Girls Do Bike, Blood Sweat & Gears Bike Club, Brothers Bonding Thru Biking, Chester Cycling MTCC, Come Get Your Bike On, Cyc Therapy, District Cycling Collective, DIVA Cycling, DMV Caribbean Ridazz, Each One Reach One, Fast Chix, FEAR Cycling Club, Grit, Kings & Queens Rule Together, Major Taylor, Major Taylor Capital City Cyclist, Major Taylor Louisville, Metro Atlanta Cycling Club MACC, Motherland Cycling Club, MTC3DE, MTCC Philly, MTSCCC, Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club,  Phase, PushNPedals, RABA, Ride Pedal Movement, Smoking Wheels, Team RWB, Trendsetters Bike Crew, Triple B, Urban Cycling Group, Velo Velo Cycling Club, VeloCity Cycling, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Washington Women Outdoors, Wheelsuckerz, Wolfpack, and Getting It In Cyclists (GII).


Friday, August 11
Cycling Symposium
Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774


Cycling Clinics | Coach Brian Pace presented a clinic on using technology and supplements to train.  Matt Onojafe presented on bike matinenance tips.

10 & 20 Mile Ride | Cyclists went on a ride around the community.  The 20- mile ride included a Strava climbing challenge for an award.  

Lunch |A delicious BBQ meal was catered by RX Catering to accommodate both vegans and meat eaters including chicken, meatballs, vegan pulled meat, mac n cheese, potato salad, cheese bread, salad, baked beans, string beans, and more.  

Bike- Off | Participants competed for an award in two categories: relay races and sprints.  The relay race theme was "Getting to the ride start on time".  Riders were in teams of four and had to get through fun obstacles the fastest to win.  

2023 Backyard Boogie Friday Competition Winners
Backyard Peach Strava Segment
QOM-Dianne Harris
KOM-Anthony Carter & Jamaal Torrance

Relay Race Team-Jackie Bradshaw, Ralph Bradshaw, Curan Swint, and Stefan Ruff
Men's Sprint-Isaiah Morrison
Women's Sprint-Amira Kinlaw


Saturday, August 12 

Boogie Ride Day
Capitol Technology University, Laurel, MD 20708


Boogie Ride | Participants selected routes from 103, 63, 46, or 25 miles.  Yes, there was  a little elevation, but nothing these riders couldn't handle. Rest stops were fully supported with snacks, beverages, and some even with bike mechanics.  Routes included Strava sprint and climbing challenges.

Saturday Backyard Boogie Competition Winners
Backyard Briggs Strava Segment
KOM-Cleavon C
QOM-Diane Harris

That Dam BYB Strava Segment
KOM-Greg Masterson
QOM-Toni Moore

The Boogie Burner Strava Segment
KOM-Cleavon C

Track Stand Competition
Anthony Carter

Lawn Party | After the ride, GII hosted the Lawn Party at Capitol Technology University. Music by DJ SinCity and live music by Suttle.  All of the guests got a chance to unwind and fellowship with the riders from differerent areas-  dance, eat, shop, and talk bikes all afternoon. 

Saturday Vendors

Food and shopping available by the local vendors on site including Spizzy, Luvplates, Monica Creates Daily, The Kneading Well, Susie's Sweets, Kings Rule Together, Wagon Wax, Cricket Wireless, Trek, Cycling Out Loud, Posh Cycling & Fitness, and BTC Jewels.

Bike Mechanic Service

Onsite mechanic services provided by Trek, Conte Bike Shop, and Jafe Cycling. 


Sunday, August 13
Backyard Boogie Race
Melford Town Center, Bowie, MD


GII hosted our 2nd annual USA Cycling sanctioned circuit race that was well supported with 418 registered racers.  It included categories for juniors from ages 9-18, women, men, masters, and all level races.   All men's races were SOLD OUT!  Midway through the competition, the young kids tried their hands at racing and the crowd cheered them on.

Sunday Vendors
Guests were able to purchase items from Tacos R Us & More, J n B Chicken, CookieLyn Catering, Sincerely Fitness, and Manna Nutrition. 
Onsite Mechanic by Trek

Charity Raffle
Tickets were sold to raffle away donated items.  All proceeds went to local charities.  Charity Raffle Winners were:
Godwin Clarke won the GURU Bike Fit donated by Richardson Bike Fit
Stephen Vogel won the Sherpa 2.0 Hitch Bike Rack donated by Kuat
Jeremy Norris won the FX 2 Disc Trek Hybrid donated by Trek

Junior Boys 9-10 |Jacob Zhang
Junior Boys 11-12 
| 1st Warrick Underwood, 2nd Leland Richardson, 3rd Malachi Franklin
Junior Boys 13-14 
| 1st Damonie McArthur
Women's Masters 35+ | 1st Taundra Marshall, 2nd Rachell Gehr, 3rd Keshia Roberson
Women's Masters 45+ | 1st Becca Brown, 2nd Crystal Carey, 3rd Stacie Kemp
Women's Masters 55+ | 1st Carole Harris, 2nd Tammy Benton-Porter
Men's Masters 35+ | 1st Donald Brew, 2nd Christopher Jones, 3rd Michael Fair
Men's Masters 45+ |  1st Geraldo Peralta, 2nd Jeff Chun, 3rd David Fuentes
Women's Pro 1/2/3 | 1st Margherita Cina, 2nd Tarah Romano,  3rd Maize Wimbush
Men's Pro 1/2/3 | 1st Andre Souza, 2nd Alexander Hedrick, 3rdRobert Orr
Men's 3/4 | 1st Todd Burns, 2nd Andre Campbell, 3rd Timothy Herman
Women's 4/5 | 1st Taundra Marshall, 2nd Desiree Peterkin, 3rd Rachelle Gehr
Men's 4/5 | 1st Laverne Eberly, 2nd Kidane Esrom, 3rd Julio Coreas
Men's 5 | 1st John Dawes, 2nd Rodney Johnson, 3rd Mario Hoo


Photos from the weekend are available for purchase at 2023 Backyard Boogie Photos.  Proceeds from the photo sales go towards the GII Youth Scholarships. Photos by Lloyd Mason and Joe Bleach.