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A Successful Triathlon Race for Attorney Landau

It was a wonderful day for racing, with the sunny sky, light breezes, clean course, and beautiful weather the evening before the VTS MTS Rock Hall Mid-Atlantic Club Championship race last month. This is a very competitive race in the DellMarVa area, and the seafood & crab restaurants around this Maryland venue are outstanding.
Team Sportfit was out to represent their hard training and smart coaching. Doug Baumgarten was even there for his “stunt double” Doug Landau, with a spare bike when lawyer Landau broke his electronic shifting ride taking the seat off of his Quintana Roo QR6 tri bike! Lesson learned. The mechanics at the race, courtesy of Bonzai Sports, were unable to fix Landau’s electronic shifting, and were not even able to change the gear to make it a “fixie.” Landau nevertheless was able to average over 20 miles an hour on the bike, and put in a strong run, for fourth in the age group. More results here.

‘Lids on Kids’ Featured in Trial Magazine + More Helmet Donations!


A snippet of the article featuring Lids on Kids in Trial Magazine!
A snippet of the article featuring Lids on Kids in Trial Magazine!

The July 2017 edition of Trial Magazine featured the Lids on Kids program!  The Lids on Kids program has been active for over eight years and works to spread awareness on brain injuries and aid in preventing brain trauma and injuries. This program, started by Herndon lawyer Doug Landau over eight years ago, involves visiting public elementary schools, presenting a presentation on brain injuries and safety measures, and donating helmets to over a hundred students. The helmets are made sure to fit each and every student and even come with stickers which will allow for free replacement helmets to be received if needed.

In addition to the Lids on Kids program, attorney Doug Landau recently gifted helmets to the Hotchkiss Cycling Society of Canaan, CT which benefitted the Pilgrim House Bike Mission. The Hotchkiss School was donating bicycles to its local communities and now they also have helmets to give to those in need of them!

Attorney Landau with store manager of the Hotchkiss School
Attorney Landau with store manager of the Hotchkiss School

Whether through the Lids on Kids program or through donations to local communities, the ultimate goal of spreading awareness on brain injuries and aiding in preventing brain injuries can and should be advanced!

If you know of a school or local group that could benefit from our helmet giveaway program, please email us at, or call our office (703-796-9555).

Herndon Elementary School

Teaching Bike Safety and Brain Injury Prevention at Herndon Elementary School

Just in time before school ended and summer break started, the Abrams Landau team stopped by Herndon Elementary School last week to present its Lids on Kids brain injury prevention and bike helmet giveaway program to its sixth grade class. We were joined by Delegate Jennifer Boysko, a couple of her interns, Herndon’s community policing officer Denise Randles and The Connection’s writer Mercia Hobson. We definitely needed the extra hands in order to properly fit helmets for more than 100 students!

Lids on Kids bike helmet program
Lawyer Doug Landau with Herndon police officer Denise Randles, The Connection writer Mercia Hobson, and Delegate Jennifer Boysko with her interns.

After lawyer Doug Landau of Abrams Landau gave his presentation to Herndon Elementary School’s sixth grade class, the students lined up in front of our volunteers to be fitted with complementary Bell Herndon Policebike helmets. Each helmet has a special sticker on the inside to show that it was from us, so that if the helmets ever get damaged, the students can bring it to our Herndon office for a free replacement helmet. Each student was also given an Abrams Landau sport bag to put their helmets in with another sticker to write their contact information on it in case they lose their helmet.

With the help of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Foundation, lawyer Landau created the Lids on Kids program almost eight years ago now. The Abrams Landau team has gone to an average of 3-4 different local public schools each year since to teach children about the importance of brain injury prevention and to giveaway helmets.

Doug is passionate about teaching bike safety and brain injury prevention not only because he has represented many clients with traumatic brain injury but also because he is an avid cyclist and competitive triathlete who has suffered a concussion himself a few years ago. He often says, “If we can save one child from brain injury, then all the effort will be worthwhile.”


Hutchison Elementary School Lids on Kids

Putting More Lids on Kids in the Herndon Area

The Abrams Landau team was back at another local public elementary school last week for its Lids on Kids brain injury prevention and helmet giveaway program. Lawyer Doug Landau successfully showed his presentation to Herndon’s Hutchison Elementary School’s sixth grade class in their large cafeteria. He explained the importance of always wearing a bike helmet and showed real life examples of the injuries his former clients incurred while cycling.

Lids on Kids

Fairfax County police volunteered their time and services as well, answering some questions from the children and helping to fit them with helmets. Interns from Delegate Jennifer Boysko’s office were also able to help out during this special event. With the help of the community, we were able to give out free bike helmets to more than 100 students at Hutchison Elementary School!

Later that same day, the Abrams Landau team took its Lids on Kids program to Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center’s Family

A snippet of our feature in this week's Herndon Connection.
A snippet of our feature in this week’s Herndon Connection.

Night. The topic for this Family Night was Summer Safety, and we presented on bike safety. We were able to fit and give out helmets to dozens more children at that night’s event.

Lawyer Landau’s work at Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center was featured in this week’s issue of Herndon Connection. You can find it on page 8 here.

We’ll also be at Herndon Elementary School this Tuesday, June 20 to present our Lids on Kids program! Stay tuned!

If you know of a school or local group that could benefit from our helmet giveaway program, please email us at, or call our office (703-796-9555).

Guilford Elementary School

Back Again for Guilford Elementary School Bike Rodeo

Guilford Elementary School

For the fifth year in a row, Abrams Landau, Ltd. presented its Lids on Kids brain injury prevention and free bike helmet distribution program at Guilford Elementary School in Sterling, Virginia. Attorney Doug Landau, Melissa Landau, physical education teacher Mark Pankau and parent volunteers helped fit students of all shapes and sizes in Bell bike helmets, donated by the Virginia Trial Lawyers Foundation and Herndon law firm Abrams Landau, Ltd.

Former assistant principal Janice Jennings, not head of the Safe Routes to School program in Loudoun County, also helped fit helmets for this Guilford Bike Rodeo. Safe Routes to School is a national program that “promotes and encourages walking and biking to school safely.”

Melissa Landau giving out helmets at Guilford Elementary School May 31, 2017.
Melissa Landau giving out helmets at Guilford Elementary School May 31, 2017.

After the students heard about brain injury, safe cycling and were fitted with bike helmets, they went outside on the playground to practice their skills and learn safe biking techniques. Abrams Landau also gave out sport backpacks to put the helmets in and guaranteed the students that if they are in an accident and their helmet breaks, they can come into our office anytime to receive a free replacement helmet.

If you know of a school or local group that could benefit from our helmet giveaway program, please email us at, or call our office (703-796-9555).

Later this week, lawyer Landau will be presenting and giving away bike helmets again at Hutchison Elementary School in Herndon, Virginia where principal Ray Lonnett is very proactive about student safety and safe cycling.

BRATS podium 5.27.17

“Salute to the Military” Triathlon

The Memorial Day weekend “Salute to the Military” Sprint Triathlon was greeted by sunny skies and dry roads after a week of rain and cold weather.

Despite the construction, the new course worked well with plenty of route markings and volunteers. With an Abrams Landau cycling-crash client finishing on the overall podium, many friends participating and lawyer Landau’s 14th overall finish (easily topping the over 50 crowd), it was a great way to spend the morning in Warrenton, Virginia.

The pool swim was bracing and a bit congested, but once on dry land, things sorted themselves out. Landau managed to pass 50 fast swimmers on the bike (~22 mph) and another dozen runners running just under a 7 min/mile pace before he “ran out of real estate!” People must’ve thought that the 100M time self-seeding signs were “aspirational!”

The Vint Hill station is a safe venue for racing, especially the little kids’ races that follow since the base has little weekend traffic and spectators can watch much of the action. Not a bad training race in the lead up to the Spring Duathlon National Championships in 3 weeks!

Reston Bike Club

Reston Bike Club Making It Easier to Bike After Work!

The Reston Bike Club (RBC) mid-week rides are now leaving from both the Reston and Herndon locations on Tuesdays AND Thursday evenings. Doug Landau joined the RBC group April 12th in order to get some miles under his legs outdoors before racing on the weekend. The weather was magnificent, and the route map pick-up and sign-in was expedited by the new online sign-up available on the RBC site. In other words, you can sign up for the 1, 2,3,4,5 or level 6 ride, download the route map and preview where you are going before you even get to the Reston Shopping Center or Herndon Parking lot. With SIX levels of rides, ride leaders, and reflective slap bands for additional safety, it makes sense as to why these rides are so popular. Herndon lawyer Landau was able to catch up with friends and get used to riding the roads of Western Fairfax County and Loudoun County.

Prior to the start of the ride, the President of the Reston Bike Club, Chip Magrogan, announced that there were 4 bike-on-bike crashes on the W&OD Trail last week. Riders need to be aware of not only vehicular traffic when crossing at intersections, but also exercise care when passing on the trail itself. While Landau uses a bell to signal when passing, an audible warning is essential, as many walkers, bikers, joggers and dog-walkers have ear buds and cannot hear a cyclist coming up from behind. When startled, they may step directly into the path of a biker, causing injury to both the cyclist and the pedestrian. Give loud warnings well in advance of passing, make sure that motorists make eye contact and stop when crossing a road, and do not assume that all the lanes will stop for you just because the first one or two are polite and are waving you through.

Remember that slower moving pedestrians have the right of way. Just because you are on a bike and can go 25 mph does not mean that you get to blow walkers off the trail. Just don’t do it. Be safe and let us know if you’ll be at a RBC ride!

phoenix bikes makers ball

“Makers Ball” Celebrates Ten Years of Building Bikes in Arlington

The Phoenix Bikes Makers’ Ball and 10th Birthday Bash was held in Arlington, Virginia a few weeks ago as a fundraiser for the Phoenix Bikes program. Phoenix Bikes “educates youth, promotes bicycling, and builds community.” Teenagers are taught skills such as bicycle mechanics. They build a bike for someone in the community and after they complete this project they can build a bike for themselves.

Doug and Melissa Landau were invited guests. The Landaus were introduced to the young cyclist/mechanics, who proudly showed off their work on recycled bikes. Lawyer Landau even noticed one young biker had a Schwann “Varsity” model, which is the same model Landau used to deliver newspapers as a boy in Northern New Jersey.

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Doug Landau Richmond Triathlon

Thanks to Race, Volunteer Landau Gets Onto the Podium

The Richmond Tri Club Sprint was to be Landau’s first three-sport race of the season. Starting with this Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series (VTSMTS) event, he had hoped the indoor “open water” swim would help gauge his condition after a double hernia surgery in December.

Doug Landau VTSMTS Richmond Triathlon

The Richmond Tri Club Sprint is put on by the wonderful folks at VTSMTS along with the Richmond Triathlon Club. It is a very competitive race and also the club championship (with an enormous trophy with the winning team members’ names engraved on it for posterity!), so bragging rights were on the line. While Landau is still missing his top end speed, he was hoping to survive the swim, pick off the field on the bike and then finish off those that remained ahead of him in his category on the 2-loop run course around the Richmond Kickers complex. Last year, he popped his soleus muscle after coming out of the second transition (hopping the rest of the race to the finish!), which took several months to heal, so Landau was approaching this first triathlon of 2017 with some trepidation.

This year, Landau had a slow swim, but a blazing fast first transition. However, not a quarter of a mile out, he noticed something rubbing and a strange sound coming from the rear wheel. Apparently the QR toolbox holder was rubbing against the wheel. He stopped cold to see if he could fix it, and a race volunteer came over to see what was the matter. While his competition was whizzing by, Landau studied the problem: this rubbing could cause a flat, a crash and a season-ending injury. The volunteer eventually diagnosed the problem, and they used rubber bands from lawyer Landau’s wrist to try to hold down the offending loose piece that could’ve caused a flat tire. Landau soldiered on, with only a slight rubbing against the wheel when he shifted his weight back from the nose of his saddle. Fortunately, the wet conditions also helped ameliorate the friction and heat problem. Landau normally likes dry roads, high temperatures and wide-open roadways.

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Supporting Madison High School Track & Field

Fairfax County Public School’s Madison High School held a 5K a few weeks ago to raise money for its Boys & Girls Track teams. After driving back from the annual Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s convention in West Virginia, lawyer Doug Landau was eager to see where his fitness was on the 5K (3.1 miles) gently rolling course with every mile marked. The finish line was on the school’s track.  Times were slow despite the light breeze on this rolling loop course; the overall winner holding a 6:30/mile pace. Lawyer Landau broke 22 minutes.  Race results will be posted here.

By winning the “over 50 category,” and finishing 4th overall at the local high school in Vienna, Landau won gift certificates to “Glory Days” restaurant. Upcoming events in April include: the Hagerstown, MD Duathlon on April 15th; the Virginia Triathlon Super Series Richmond Sprint Triathlon at the Collegiate School April 22nd; and the Westfields Sprint Triathlon at Cub Run Recreation Center in Chantilly, VA on April 30th. These races will help Landau get faster for the following Age Group races: the US Sprint Duathlon National Championships in June, the US Sprint Triathlon National Championships in August, and a return as a member of TeamUSA for the ITU World Championship Sprint Duathlon. We’ll see if lawyer Landau improves over the next several months!