The Tour de Madison rest stop was full of treats, hydration choices, volunteers and happy bikers.

Tour De Madison takes Bikers Through Bucolic Madison County Virginia

Tour de Madison startVirginia bikers awoke to a beautiful day in Madison County. Cyclists were treated to smooth roads and rolling vistas along Rose River and the Old Blue Ridge Turnpike. Tour de Madison riders started and ended at Graves Mountain Lodge. Ride organizers planned for participant safety and enjoyable routes. There was plenty of police protection, rest stop treats and camaraderie.

The Tour de Madison rest stop was full of treats, hydration choices, volunteers and happy bikers.
The Tour de Madison rest stop was full of treats, hydration choices, volunteers and happy bikers.

The routes for the 3 rides were well marked and while the Landaus did the intermediate 45 mile loop, the Metric Century and Family Route riders were also all smiles. The 2014 Tour de Madison drew 413 cyclists and brought in over $17,000 dollars to local civic groups that provided volunteer support. The Post Ride Party at the Graves Mountain Lodge had live music and a traditional picnic. Riders could enjoy local Madison County wines that were available from Early Mountain, Prince Michele and DuCard Vineyards. Regional micro-brews were also be available for the beer lovers in the crowd.

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Herndon’s Bike to Work Day Pit Stop Popular with Loudoun and Fairfax County Cyclists

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Virginia biker & lawyer Doug Landau is flanked by Dave & Brad of the Green Lizard Bike Shop at the Herndon pit stop on “Bike to Work Day”

Perfect weather greeted Herndon Virginia bike lawyer Doug Landau and thousands of D.C. area bikers during the annual Bike to Work Day on Friday. This FREE event that aims to boost the number of people commuting on two wheels around our Nation’s Capitol. According to the Washington Post, as many as 4.5% of D.C. residents bike to work. The event’s planners estimated approximately 17,000 people had registered to ride.

There were 79 pit stops in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. At the pit stops, bikers could expect all kinds of fun —from refreshments to music and free T-shirts. One location was rumored to offer massages and another will have superheroes. There were mechanics at the Herndon Depot stop, as well as free bike trail maps, food, safety information and commuting advice. Unlike years past, there was no pit stop at the Reston Town Center, but Landau was advised that there was a stop in Reston closer to the new Metro Station.

Lawyer Landau thanks the folks at the Green Lizard Bike Shop for their support of our Town’s pit stop and other local biking events, and hopes to see even more friends out next year.

 

Athletes Lawyer Doug Landau came in 3rd place in his age group on a cold day in Richmond.

Richmond Sprint Triathlon: Olympic Trials Pool & Podium for Lawyer Landau

Athletes Lawyer Doug Landau came in 3rd place in his age group on a cold day in Richmond.
Athletes Lawyer Doug Landau came in 3rd place in his age group on a cold day in Richmond.

The Olympic trials swimming pool was a draw for athletes from all over Virginia to compete in the Richmond Sprint Triathlon.

Billed as an “open water indoor swim” event, athletes were able to experience the US Olympic trials pool, which had been moved to Richmond, Virginia and is home to the Collegiate School aquatics program.

Instead of flip turns off the walls, multisport athletes had to navigate around bouts while spectators in the stands cheered them on, wave after wave. Race Director Greg Hawkins got all the athletes in this sold-out event into the pool in a half hour!

Doug Landau was in Richmond to visit with clients from Chesterfield, so this was an excellent opportunity to combine races AND cases.

This Virginia Maryland Triathlon Super Series race sold out, as 500 athletes assembled on a cold, dreary, drizzly day south of the river in Richmond.

The first group of swimmers had clear smooth water, but after that, it was “arty barge” as athletes made the sharp turns around each bout and overtook slower swimmers from prior heats, much like a real open water swim. Landau got out of the water in one piece, and then hopped on his bike for what turned out to be a very cold ride on some narrow roads. He managed the 20 Km bike course in 33 minutes, for an average speed of over 22 MPH.

With very fast transitions despite chilled extremities, Landau came out of the second transition with champion DUathlete Marty Steigman, running stride for stride. However, the local champ pulled away, and Lawyer Landau averaged just under seven minutes per mile for 23rd overall, and third place in the age group. His feet were so cold that he had difficulty getting his shoes on; in fact his hands were so numb he could not not unsnap his helmet!

After showering at the Collegiate School facility (with soap), he visited with clients from Chesterfield, who had been struck while a pedestrian in front of a courthouse!

The triathlon trial lawyer then drove to Orange, Virginia to help a dog attack victim and her son prepare for their day in court.

Landau frequently makes multiple stop trips in order to visit with disabled clients who cannot travel to the Herndon law firm’s building near Dulles Airport.

 

Although road cameras and other surveillance equipment may be present, an experienced bike crash lawyer can help secure the proper evidence in an accident case.

Cameras, Cameras Everywhere!

Although road cameras and other surveillance equipment may be present, an experienced bike crash lawyer can help secure the proper evidence in an accident case.
Although road cameras and other surveillance equipment may be present, an experienced bike crash lawyer can help secure the proper evidence in an accident case.

Unlike in many car crash cases, when a biker is in an accident, there are usually no passengers to serve as eyewitnesses supporting the cyclist’s side of the story.

So how do the best bike crash injury lawyers prove their injured clients’ cases?

The best bicycle injury lawyers know to go to the scene, “walk the walk,” interview people who live, work and travel to the area regularly and — in this day and age –  keep an eye out for intersection and other surveillance camera or equipment.

While surveillance and traffic and intersectional cameras often provide the “best evidence” of a bike, car and/or truck crash, these recordings are not kept forever.  So it is critical that special requests be sent out immediately after an accident, so that this vital evidence is not destroyed, copied over, and/or lost.

“It is important for an injured biker to secure experienced, competent legal counsel immediately,” notes Landau.  “While I believe the cyclist’s version of events, the recording of the impact can be critical to the case.   But if it’s not secured right away, it may be no longer available.”

The best lawyers know to get pictures of the debris field, canvas the neighborhood, and send special legal requests to preserve the video tape to digital images.

Landau also points out that some cameras seen outside commercial buildings in retail shops are actually “dummy cameras” which are inert and do not record anything; they are installed simply to give the impression of heightened security and dissuade would-be criminals from theft, vandalism, or graffiti.

“Therefore, I never assume we will get images from every single camera that may be available, and I always seek information from eyewitnesses, neighbors, and post crash investigators,” notes Landau.

If you are someone you know have been injured while cycling and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

After running the cross country 5km course TWICE, with a stationary bike ride in between, brain injury prevention lawyer Doug Landau was all smiles after the GiddyUpAndGo events in Middleburg Virginia

Giddy Up for Healthy Heads! Lawyer Landau Nearly Bests the Field the SECOND Time Around !

After running the cross country 5km course TWICE, with a stationary bike ride in between, brain injury prevention lawyer Doug Landau was all smiles after the GiddyUpAndGo events in Middleburg Virginia
After running the cross country 5km course TWICE, with a stationary bike ride in between, brain injury prevention lawyer Doug Landau was all smiles after the GiddyUpAndGo events in Middleburg Virginia

Despite giving the field a head start and having run the challenging cross country course less than a half hour earlier, Herndon lawyer Doug Landau nearly won the 2nd Annual Giddy Up for Healthy Heads in Middleburg Virginia. The off-road horse farm course helped raise funds for healthy heads, including stroke, brain tumor and brain injury awareness and research.

Why did lawyer Landau run the course twice ? He is preparing for the USAT Duathlon Championships, so running, then biking and running some more mimics the conditions he will face next month at Nationals. As the Giddy Up had a 15 km race at 8:00 AM and then a 5 km at 8:45 AM, Landau decided to run the first 5 km of the earlier race, then ride his stationary bike near the finish line until the later race was sent off, to practice his transitions and give full value at all three stages.

How did this multisport and multistate trial lawyer do ? He would have finished second overall in the first race and was 4th in the second event, winning the over 50 age group. Landau hopes to replicate this kind of workout again next weekend in Herndon and then do an actual Duathlon in New Jersey over Memorial Day weekend.

Giddyup 1At the 2nd Annual Giddy Up Race for Healthy Heads Landau raced for Team Tyler, which won the team category. Proceeds from this event benefit brain tumor/cancer research and Dr. Linda Liau’s brain tumor research at UCLA, The Help our Wounded Foundation whose mission is to improve public health by raising awareness of hyperbaric oxygen treatment and assisting individuals in obtaining hyperbaric oxygen treatment for brain injury, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and ongoing research, awareness and prevention of brain disease. As Doug Landau has helped clients who have sustained traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) and benefited from hyperbaric oxygen treatment, he was keen to take part in these fundraising events.

After over an hour of racing, Landau enjoyed the post-race party and a glass of Loudoun County brewed CIDER! After sampling non-alcoholic mimosas, Landau opted to take home some of the Corcoran Vineyards excellent vintages. Lori Corcoran is wonderfully knowledgeable about ciders, and cider fan Landau learned Loudoun has 45 wineries, and just one Cidery! Hosted by the Brad Kaminsky Foundation, the HOW Foundation of South Florida and KatMac Events, these races wound through the beautiful Locust Hill Farm trails, fields and paths in Middleburg, Virginia.  The Landaus hope to do these fun Mothers Day events next year.

Doug Landau shown here with Abrams Landau intern Isaac, was happy to participate in the GMU Vicitms' Rights Run & Walk.

George Mason University Victims Rights Run and Walk

Doug Landau shown here with Abrams Landau intern Isaac, was happy to participate in the GMU Vicitms' Rights Run & Walk.
Doug Landau, shown here with Abrams Landau intern Isaac Moore, was happy to participate in the GMU Vicitms’ Rights Run & Walk.

The Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU supported the George Mason University Victims’ Rights Run & Walk to help spread the word about preventing violence on campus.

Doug Landau has participated in this terrific on-campus event a number of times, and this year he joined Abrams Landau intern Isaac Moore, a GMU Junior from Stafford, Virginia, as a member of Isaac’s fraternity team.

Every April, the George Mason University Police Department and the Office of Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education and Services join the National Victims’ Rights Week in promoting victims’ rights and to honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.

While lawyer Landau averaged just seven minutes per mile on the new campus course, he was most impressed by Isaac’s tremendous kick at the end of the race.

Lawyer Landau noted that George Mason University continues to grow, and has improved campus safety by use of walkways under the main thoroughfares, so it is possible to get to the athletic complex and field house without crossing busy Route 123 to get there.

As always, there was terrific participation and school spirit, with a large contingent from the ROTC.

The Abrams Landau team is delighted to have Isaac helping us , as his mother was a terrific legal assistance for the Landau Law Shop when we were located in the Courthouse Plaza on King Street in Old Town Alexandria.

Spring LOCO Ride

loco rideThe 3rd LOCO ride is scheduled for Sunday, May 17.

A ride, not a race, the proceeds from this events will benefit Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA).

FOHA strives to bring an end to the unnecessary killing of companion animals by providing a safe haven for abused and abandoned animals. They provide food, shelter, medical care, rehabilitation, and compassion to homeless animals. All this in hopes finding permanent, loving homes for the animals in their care. But most importantly, bring about a time when there will be no more homeless pets and every dog and cat can be guaranteed a loving home.

Riders will choose from three routes of 25 to 70 miles through Loudoun County.  There will be beautiful scenery, great support stops along the way with tasty homemade nutrition, and a choice of challenging or easier course options, depending on your goal.

Registration and more info here: http://transitiontri.com/loco-ride/

DC Bike Swap

A Bike Swap is a great way to pick up a new bike.
A Bike Swap is a great way to pick up a new bike and other cycling and fitness gear at a discounted price.

Looking for a new bike for the 2015 season?

Try out the D.C. Bike Swap on Sunday, May 17th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The swap is hosted by Gearin Up Bicycles – 314 Randolph Place, N.E., Washington, DC  20002. Gearin’ Up Bicycles’ purpose is to create career development opportunities and teach essential workplace skills to teenagers from underserved communities, while encouraging cycling as a practical, healthy means of transport. Gearin’ Up provides access to quality, affordable, used bicycles for those in need and hosts various community outreach programs throughout the year.

What’s at the SWAP? Hundreds (thousands?) of discounted cycling and fitness products, prizes, giveaways, special events and so much more. Get ready for the summer and pick up all your cycling needs at the DC Bike Swap!

Admission is a requested $5 CASH donation at the door.

Whether you’re looking for road, mountain, triathlon, BMX, vintage, new or used, there’s something for everyone!

For more details visit Gearin Up Bicycles Facebook page.

L- R: quite the triathlon triumvirate ! editor-in-chief of Spokes magazine, Neil Sandler, East Coast sports injury lawyer Doug Landau, and Virginia & Maryland Triathlon Super Series director Greg Hawkins. Lawyer Landau has signed on to be a sponsor of the combined DC area triathlon race series again in 2015!

Athletes Lawyer Doug Landau Attends Washington DC Multisport Expo

L- R: quite the triathlon triumvirate ! editor-in-chief of Spokes magazine, Neil Sandler, East Coast sports injury lawyer Doug Landau, and Virginia & Maryland Triathlon Super Series director Greg Hawkins. Lawyer Landau has signed on to be a sponsor of the combined DC area triathlon race series again in 2015!
L- R: quite the triathlon triumvirate! Editor-in-chief of Spokes Magazine, Neil Sandler, East Coast sports injury lawyer Doug Landau, and Virginia & Maryland Triathlon Super Series director Greg Hawkins. Lawyer Landau has signed on to be a sponsor of the combined DC area triathlon race series again in 2015!

Constantly looking to improve his skills as both an advocate and an athlete, Oak Hill Virginia lawyer Doug Landau attended the 2015 Washington DC and Multisport Expo at American University. Attending lectures, networking, comparing notes with other athletes and lawyers, Landau says this is one of the highlights of the winter “off-season.”

At the DC Multisport Expo, lawyer Landau complimented Neil Sandler on an exceptionally good issue of Spokes Magazine. Spokes Magazine is Landau’s “go to” source for information regarding the mid-Atlantic biking, charity ride, century, and multi-sport event scene.

Neil Sandler, who does a great job not only with timely articles, engaging interviews, and timely coverage of cycling in multi-sport events, is also responsible for much of the excellent photography seen in this periodical. If you don’t get Spokes Magazine, and do any cycling anywhere in the mid Atlantic states, make sure you get a subscription today.

Herndon Virginia injury lawyer Doug Landau has known Maryland Virginia Triathlon Super Series Director of Greg Hawkins for years. Landau has even hitched a ride home from the Jamestown Gran Fondo with the affable North Carolina resident.

When the Landaus met up with Hawkins at the Washington DC Multisport Expo, it was unclear whether they would be able to renew sponsorship of the VTS MTS Super series as the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU had committed to “putting lids on the kids” to prevent brain injury in children, and lawyer Landau would be out of the country this Fall.

The Northern Virginia biker lawyer will be representing the United States at the Duathlon World Championships in Australia in October.

Given the training requirements necessary for success at the championship level, Landau has planned to focus on racing well in the Sprint Duathlon & Triathlon Nationals this summer. This means he will not be racing nearly every weekend as has been his custom in past seasons. Because the VTS MTS Super Series requires at least 5 races to qualify for overall series awards, it is unlikely Landau will compete in the requisite number of events.

Lawyer Landau will do the occasional sprint or road race in order to test his training and speed, but the focus in 2015 will be on peaking for the big races. This strategy led to a gold medal in 2005 representing the USA in Israel. So now the question is, “will history repeat itself ?!!?”

Stay tuned…

Rachel Carson Middle School Students Do it Again!

Doug Landau at We the PeopleThe students from Rachel Carson Middle School in Herndon, Virginia have done it again!  They placed in the final three of the national We the People competition held at George Mason University on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

Next up was the National Invitational at the Fair Oaks Marriott in Fairfax, Virginia on Monday April 20.

Placing in the top three heading into Monday’s event meant the team could, at worst, come in third place at the National Invitational, meeting or exceeding their third-place Nationals finish in 2014.

During Sunday’s competition, several of the judges commented on the students’ outstanding prepared remarks as well as their ability to think on their feet and respond to questions from professors, lawyers, and government executives from all over the country.

Athletes lawyer Doug Landau (shown above) does not usually get nervous prior to a competition. However, you can see he was quite serious just before entering the university lecture hall at GMU on Sunday night.

Landau had spent the months leading up to the event helping the students prepare by coaching them on topics in constitutional law, as well as tactics on being formidable competitors against teams from all over the country.

“I have grown quite fond of these students, so I must admit I was a bit nervous on their behalf.  But their efforts have paid off yet again,” says Landau.  “I am — and they should be too — very proud of their accomplishment.”