We are pleased to share this note from the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC NV).
Hello fellow cyclists,
Please join us on Sunday, September 11, 2016 for our 7th Annual Northern Virginia Cycle Fest Charity Ride.
For the past 6 years we have supported our military and first responders through our annual charity ride and this year we will continue that tradition. We are planning to make this year’s ride an opportunity to remember those who lost their lives on that very sad day — September 11, 2001 and remember those military who continue to defend our country.
This year’s ride will depart and return to Molon Lave Vineyards, situated in the middle of 50 acres of land, south of Warrenton. The ride begins at 8:30 am and offers four ride options:
Advanced 62 miles
We are continuing to reach out to our Wounded Warriors local contact in order to receive up-to-date information on their corporate structure and veteran support. Our ride will acknowledge the great importance and responsibility we have in taking care of our veterans who have served us so proudly.
If you registered for last year’s October 4th ride and requested that your registration be transferred to this year’s ride, we will send out an e-mail confirming the transfer within the month.
We hope to make this a very memorable day for all. Please share this with fellow riders.
Chased by a pair of “Pac Man” machines, a “Richard Simmons” impersonator and what looked like the band “DEVO,” Virginia lawyer Doug Landau ran the “Awesome ’80s Run 10km around the Rose Bowl this morning like he was being chased by the caste of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video !
Always in the top 10, lawyer Landau cruised through the first 5km lap in under 7 minutes per mile, but had to dodge, weave and go around thousands of costumed competitors for the second lap. The race took place under a “red sun” due to the haze from the ash from Southern California wildfires and smog from the Los Angeles area pollution. A number of participants wore face masks, and the condition were far from optimal. Nevertheless, the venue was able to accommodate a large field and there was plenty to drink before, during and after the race.
The Pasadena Awesome ’80s Run gave all finishers “a Totally Awesome ’80s Finishers Medal, Circa 1980s Style T-shirt, and Free Race Photo Downloads at this Rad 5K / 10K Run – Walk.” Landau was joined by his wife and eldest daughter. They were entertained by entrants in the “Team Challenge & Costume Contest for Gnarly Prizes & Way Cool Entertainment at the Pasadena Rose Bowl.” Race organizers encouraged participants “to dress up in their favorite ’80s gear! – Wacky costumes, neon shorts and leggings, wild colorful hairstyles, big glasses, headbands and scrunchies, and stylish leotards,” The race directors promised, “You won’t be the only one dressed like a weirdo !” The variety of costumes, makeup and gear did not disappoint. The Landaus enjoyed the people watching, music and entertainment as much as the running and the post-race treats.
Doug Landau treated this as a “train thru” race, putting in longer, less intense runs, swims & rides this week, after the prior week of racing (3 races in 6 days !). So he was pleased with winning his age group, being the top grand master & challenging younger runners while working hard on the West Coast for the national trial lawyers Continuing Legal Education program.
After a challenging week culminating with an injured workers trial in Berryville, VA and then an all-day Mediation of a Manassas car crash cash, Landau flew to Los Angeles to give several presentations at the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) Annual Convention, meet with local and co-counsel on ABRAMS LANDAU law firm cases, and network and learn from the best trial lawyers from all over the world. Lawyer Landau intends to be back in the office next Tuesday.
Sports injury lawyer Doug Landau has zip lined on professionally supervised courses, and encourages anyone thinking of using a “home” kit to carefully inspect the equipment and follow all manufacturers instructions. Even when doing so, however, defective or faulty equipment can cause harm to innocent users.
If you or someone you know or care for has been injured while using defective recreational sports equipment like a zipline kit, and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).
The Abrams Landau team will once again distribute free bike helmets to children at local elementary schools who could not otherwise afford them.
In keeping with his firm’s mission of “putting lids on kids,” bike safety lawyer Doug Landau is scheduled to give two bike safety presentations and distribute bike helmets at schools in Fairfax County this spring:
“The Safe Routes to School program is a terrific initiative administered by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in conjunction with our schools, to encourage biking and walking to school. This serves the dual purpose of helping reduce traffic congestion around schools and getting kids more physically active. It dovetails perfectly with our mission of promoting brain injury prevention through consistent helmet use when riding a bike, rollerblading, skateboarding, etc.,” notes Landau.
On May 24, Landau and his team will make a return appearance at Guilford Elementary School’s Bike Safety Rodeo in Sterling, VA, where he expects to distribute 140 helmets to students in grades one through five.
In addition to brand-spanking new bike helmets, students receive information packets explaining traumatic brain injury and the benefits of wearing a helmet every time they ride. They also receive a contract that they — and their parents — will sign committing to consistent helmet usage. And finally, they will get a tote bag in which to carry home their new loot!
The kids will be given stickers to place inside their helmets and instructed to come back to Abrams Landau if their new headgear is lost, damaged, or outgrown. The firm will gladly provide a replacement!
The helmets are provided by the Abrams Landau law firm, in conjunction with the Virginia Trial Lawyers Foundation.
If you know of a school or other local organization where needy children would benefit from a bike helmet giveaway, please contact Abrams Landau, Ltd. at 703-796-9555.
W&OD Trail accident lawyer Doug Landau was saddened to learn of an accident in which a cyclist was injured on the W&OD Trail last month.
Most troubling was the fact that it was the injured cyclist who received a citation for failing to yield the right of way.
Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB)’s Bruce Wright provides an excellent analysis of the situation. His original post appeared on the FABB Blog site (http://fabb-bikes.blogspot.com/) and is reprinted here:
We learned that a cyclist was involved in a bike/car crash at the intersection of Michael Faraday Dr and the W&OD Trail at around 7:45 a.m. on Monday, June 13. The cyclist was riding through the crosswalk and a motorist drove in front of him. The cyclist struck the side of the motor vehicle. The cyclist has no memory of the crash. If you witnessed the crash on Monday, June 13 at around 7:45 a.m. or heard anything about it, please contact email@example.com.
The cyclist suffered a concussion, a broken rib, and various bruises and road rash. The cyclist was unconscious when he was taken to the trauma center at Inova Fairfax Hospital, where the police issued him a ticket for failure to yield right of way.
At this location there is a very short distance between the nearest road intersection and the trail crossing. A fast-moving motorist could come upon a cyclist very quickly, which may have been the case in this situation. Traffic volume on Michael Faraday Ct is very low, approximately 210 vehicles per day, which is much less than traffic volume on the trail. Fairfax Co recently counted trail users within a mile of this intersection and the daily totals ranged from 887 to 2709. A strong argument could be made for installing STOP signs for motorists traveling on Michael Faraday Ct.
According to the crash report, the VA code used for the citation was 46.2-826, “Stop before entering public highway or sidewalk from private road, etc.; yielding right-of-way.” There is some confusion about whether this is the proper code to use in this case. According to a VDOT report about the zig zag markings on Sterling Blvd, they commented on this confusion:
With regard to language in the Code regarding vehicles entering a public highway from a road other than a highway, § 46.2-826 states: “The driver of a vehicle entering a public highway or sidewalk from a private road, driveway, alley, or building shall stop immediately before entering such highway or sidewalk and yield the right-of-way to vehicles approaching on such public highway and to pedestrians or vehicles approaching on such public sidewalk.” Again in this case, however, bicycles are not considered “vehicles” by § 46.2-100 because “a private road, driveway, alley, or building” does not meet the Code’s definition of a “highway.” Therefore, this code provision does not appear to apply to bicyclists on the W&OD Trail.”
On the other hand, on June 14, 2013 the VA Attorney General’s office issued an opinion on the enforcement of STOP signs on the W&OD Trail: “Accordingly, it is my opinion that law enforcement officers may enforce against trailer [sic] users stop signs installed on the W&OD Trail if such signs represent a rule or regulation adopted by NVRPA under the Virginia Park Authorities Act.” The opinion does not state which code should be used for writing a citation.
The bottom line is be very careful when crossing road intersections. We know that most trail users don’t come to a complete stop (including Fairfax Co bike police). But if you don’t stop, and are involved in a crash with a motorist, there’s a good chance you will either be found to be at fault or the contributory negligence law in VA will prevent you from winning in civil court.
Lawyer Landau always urges caution when using the W&OD Trail, whether you are on foot, bicycle, rollerblade, etc. After all, you don’t stand a chance if a motorist is not paying attention and strikes you!
If you or someone you know are involved in an accident on the W&OD Trail and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).
If you’ve ever had a concussion, or known or cared for someone who has, then you know that objective measures seem to be lacking when it comes to diagnosing and treating traumatic brain injury (TBI).
That may be about to change.
TBI lawyer Doug Landau was intrigued by an article about a new device called EYE-SYNC. Manufactured by SyncThink out of Boston, EYE-SYNC is a medical device used for “rapid, reliable recording, viewing and analyzing of eye movement impairment through the use of virtual reality. ”
EYE-SYNC recently gained FDA clearance for concussion testing.
Landau was further intrigued to learn that this new device is being used by some college football teams to provide a more objective analysis for concussions, as opposed to the subjective testing currently done.
Objective evidence of TBI following an accident or injury is a critical piece of an injury lawsuit or workers’ compensation case. Often an injured victim or worker is rendered unable to work or resume normal daily activities, yet there is no clear cut way to prove the deficit to a judge or jury.
“EYE-SYNC may prove very useful for Abrams Landau clients who are suffering symptoms of TBI,” notes Landau. “I look forward to seeing where this exciting technology goes.”
If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident and is suffering from traumatic brain injury, and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).
A sunny race day greeted duathletes with temperatures in the 30s, winds gusting so hard that several port-o-johns were knocked over and the Finish Line becoming airborne ! With the long descent on the middle, bike portion of the USAT Duathlon National Championships, the wind would be buffeting athletes all over the scenic road leading back to Summit High School in Bend, Oregon.
Luckily for Landau, who races poorly in cold temperatures, the sprint race was to be contested at 1:00, when the temperatures were in the mid-70’s. He watched the morning Standard Distance race, where there were several falls, even on the run, and some DNFs. Getting taped up pre race by the folks at K-T Physio Tape, and making use of the Race Day Transport equipment, Landau was going to give full value with the level of fitness he had. Lining up for his race, he heard his name over the PA system as podium finisher last year, and, with his signature “Lawyer Landau” kit, was immediately recognizable by his competition, many of whom also wore World Championship TeamUSA uniforms.
When the gun went off, Landau’s heart rate shot up due to the altitude, and he tried to keep the top runners in his category within range without re-injuring his soleus or “blowing up.” A fast transition put him on the bike pedaling at over 90 RPM in order not to make the mistake of trying to “grind” up the ascent. However, his Cervelo P3 racing bike is not equipped with “Granny Gears” for steep climbs, and so he had to monitor his cadence, effort, heart rate and hydration carefully, while ignoring the pedestrian pace he was holding up the hill.
After getting up to the turnaround point, Landau threw his chain into the big gear, went into the drops and held on for dear life. The winds pushed him all over the road, and with oncoming bikes to his left and motor vehicle traffic on his left, it was like running a terrifying gauntlet ! Landau pedaled a bit to keep his speed, heart rate and body temperature from falling too precipitously, and went through the second transition almost as fast as the biker he had just passed who was utilizing “pyro platforms.” The pyro platforms allow duathletes to wear their running shoes of the entire race, as they provide a hard surface to push off on when cycling, that are secured with straps. That athlete had the fastest combined transitions of the day. Landau was out of his bike shoes before the “Dismount Line” and into his running shoes in less than a minute. He passed the athlete ahead, and was running well for the first half mile, but then his hamstring seized up at the top the first incline, and he could not bend the leg. Stopping to try to counter stretch, and even trying to run backwards did not help. Other runners were now passing Landau, who struggled to try to keep moving forward. Eventually he was able to jog a bit, and leaning into he down hill to the water station, he re-passed several duathletes. However, the leg kept locking up and he was not able to get near racing speed. After crossing the finish line (sans Finish banner because of the winds), Landau went to the ice bath, not because he was overheated, but because it helps reduce post-exercise soreness.
Finishing in just under 74 minutes, some 5 minute slower than he had anticipated, Landau then went to the computerized results board that could instantly reveal placings at each stage of the race via the computer chip affixed to every athlete’s ankle. The instant finisher’s receipt showed that he had finished 10th in his category; not good enough for an automatic World Championship spot. Several of the athletes ahead of him in the listings were within a minute of Landau’s finishing time.
However, athletes were told results were not official until penalties were assessed for unsafe conduct (i.e., passing on the right, drafting, dangerous equipment, failing to wear helmet properly, etc.). Landau then re-hydrated, turned in his bike to the great team at Race Day Transport for shipping back to Virginia in his hard plastic bicycle case, and headed back to the hotel to clean up before the official awards and TeamUSA selection ceremony. Just as was the case after the New England Regional Championships, where his hamstring seized up after the bike portion of the race, Landau was not sore or in pain after the race. However, he was disappointed with his performance and finishing place.
While Landau went to celebrate friends podium finishes, he was told to check the Worlds final listings. When he did, his name was 8th, as other athletes had aged up and others had aged out of the men’s 55-59 category. Landau quickly went to the USA Triathlon staff to register his intent to compete for his country at the sprint duathlon World Championships again next year. So, while no podium or additional medals this year, it was “mission accomplished” for lawyer Landau. He will return to the law Shop in Virginia this week before going to Connecticut for a much anticipated July 4th Independence day (& birthdays) celebration with his extended family.
After struggling with injury, and unable to train at top speed in preparation for the 2016 USAT Sprint Duathlon National Championships, Herndon Virginia lawyer Doug Landau nevertheless made the trip to Bend, Oregon in order to once again qualify for the ITU Duathlon World Championships. A windy, hilly course, at altitude, would present a challenge for lawyer Landau, who has done well in local and regional competition, but was not at the level of fitness he had planned for when setting his goals for 2016. Remembering the phrase, “half of winning is just showing up,” and relying on his experience at top level competitions, Landau ran (and drove) the 2-lap “up & down” run course. Landau also drove and biked the 6 mile uphill (at 4% grade, climbing 1,200 more feet in addition to being at 3,700 feet above sea level & Washington, D.C.) and then 6 mile down hill bike course in the days leading up to the big race, so that he would be familiar with the terrain. While biking from the transition area several days before the big race, Landau passed dozens of young, extremely fit cross country skiers on rollers training on the slope and altitude!
Once again the experts at Green Lizard Bike Shop in Herndon had adroitly packed the “Lawyer Landau” Cervelo racing bike for shipping to the West Coast, and the pros at Race Day Transport re-assembled the carbon frame and wheels so that Landau’s bicycle would be “race ready.” Additionally, he underwent taping of his legs by professionals at the K-T physio tape expo booth, bought some warmer clothes and made sure to stretch, nap, taper, hydrate and load up on salts in anticipation of a difficult competition. As Landau noted to his mates back in Virginia, “the hay is in the barn, no use worrying about what could’ve or should’ve been, the work that’s done is done.”
The USAT rotates venues for national championship events, so Landau has competed in the Duathlon’s top Run-Bike-Run races in Ohio, Richmond and Minneapolis/St.Paul. Having this year’s event in the Pacific NorthWest would be a good prequel to the 2017 World Championships in Penticton, Canada. The top 8 in each age group automatically qualify for Worlds. After that, there is a”roll down” process, but slots are not announced until the late Fall, and none of the finishers after the top 8 are assured of making TeamUSA. So while Landau was not expecting to be on the podium like last year, when he finished 3rd, his goalfor 2016 was to finish in the top 8.
Doug Landau was scheduled to spend Fathers Day in Connecticut after trying three difficult Social Security cases in Washington D.C. in the week prior. Having signed up for the Sharon Mudge Pond Triathlon, he was looking forward to seeing friends, family and “training through” the event on the nearby sprint distance course. However, the race was cancelled and Lawyer Landau went looking for another event to test his healing soleus. The Pat Griskus triathlons in Middlebury, CT were the same date. Landau had done the very challenging and hilly Olympic distance race, usually coinciding with his reunions at the Hotchkiss School, and he had competed in the evening mid-week sprint race July 4th week as well. When he saw that a Duathlon was added for this year, and that it would serve as the New England Regional Championships, he knew he had to give it a shot. However, the distances were daunting. The race started with a 2-mile run, then went into a 40 km. hilly, technical bike ride on an unfamiliar course, ending with a 2-loop steeply hilled 10 km. run. Would Landau’s recovering leg be able to manage over 8 miles of hilly running ?
Further complicating Landau’s last minute preparation for this race was the fact that his racing bike, helmet, shoes, etc. were already shipped to Bend Oregon for the USAT Duathlon National Championships in Oregon at the end of the month. Because he was taking the Amtrak train North to visit his sister, nieces & nephews, Landau arranged to borrow his brother’s road bike and bring his own pedals and clip on aero bars. However, trying to reach the aero bottle straw on his borther’s 6’2″ sized frame was difficult. Nevertheless, Lawyer Landau kept a ceiling on his efforts in the opening run and bike portions of the race. Then, going out at 7:30/mile pace, his hamstring started cramping such that he stopped 7 times on this hard “ally- oop” run course. Nevertheless, his car work on the bike resulted in a 2nd place finish in the age group and the 8th overall spot. Now let’s see if his aerobic fitness can carry over to a speedy performance at the USAT National Championships in Bend, Oregon on June 26th.
While his swim was abysmal, and his overall time was 11 minutes slower than his 3rd place Age Group finish in 2014, Landau kept his effort below the “red line.” Lawyer Landau ran with his leg taped up, flat-footed and finished with a kick that garnered the last spot on the podium. Greg Hawkins, Janie Langford and the rest of the VTS crew did an outstanding job on a very hot day (wet suits were not legal). There was food, beer, games and music after the race, and a festive atmosphere made for all age family fun. For full results, click here. A podium spot for Landau at the USAT Mid-Atlantic Olympic Distance Triathlon Regional Championships was not expected, but bodes well for the National Sprint Duathlon Championships the end of the month.
This years Mid-Atlantic Region Olympic Distance Triathlon Championship was contested in Jamestown Virginia. Hosted by the Virginia Triathlon Series, top multi-sport athletes from Maryland, the Carolinas, Delaware, Virginia and the District of Columbia came for top level competition on the safe Tidewater area course. Returning to Williamsburg to test his fitness at this longer distance race, Doug Landau hoped to see if his healing Soleus could hold up. This was only Lawyer Landau’s second race in the Virginia and Maryland Triathlon Super Series, as he has been concentrating his training and racing on Duathlon.
While his swim was abysmal, and his overall time was 11 minutes slower than his 3rd place Age Group finish in 2014, Landau kept his effort below the “red line.” Lawyer Landau ran with his leg taped up, flat-footed and finished with a kick that garnered the last spot on the podium. Greg Hawkins, Janie Langford and the rest of the VTS crew did an outstanding job on a very hot day (wet suits were not legal). There was food, beer, games and music after the race, and a festive atmosphere made for all age family fun. For full results, click here . A podium spot for Landau at the USAT Mid-Atlantic Olympic Distance Triathlon Regional Championships was not expected, but bodes well for the National Sprint Duathlon Championships at the end of the month.