Yearly Archives: 2003
The 2003 race season has ended for Furlong. As winter sets in, he sits down to think about potentially great and feasible ideas for the future of the sport as well as reflect on past events. This is what you do when you can’t go out and ride!
One of the biggest fun runs ever held on the East Coast. Some of the places that we hit up included the park road, airport road, and Dallas Pike. Big thanks goes to Wally Hoffman for organizing a stress-free weekend for everyone involved! L-R (back): Tony Mistretta, Kelli Fultz, Wally Hoffman, Abdil Mahdzan, Roland Morrison, David Dean, Kim Trader, Victor Schumacher L-R (front): Neil Orta, Eric Eisenberg, Jason Breault Photographer: Erika Morton
Venue: Ansted, West Virginia, USA Date: September 6, 2003 The final race of the 2003 season for Team Hardcore Pavement Racing rider Abdil “Furlong” Mahdzan was in West Virginia. The event was revived 4 years later after the last race was held at Ansted by the now defunct NSLA in 1999. Racers who had raced there in the past mentioned how it was the most technical race course in America! As such, some new racers decided to take on the challenge of racing down 1.1 miles with 19 turns of twisty hardcore pavement. X-Games veterans such as Darren Lott and … Continue reading
I won my very first street luge race! First place in the amateur street luge class at Fire on the Mountain 2003, Ansted, West Virginia.
Venue: Franklin, New Hampshire, USA Date: August 16, 2003 One week after MCGF, Furlong continued to travel to New Hampshire to get a taste of the local hill that has spurred success for Tim Cayer in putting on the GSI race series. For a half-mile course, the racing offered its technical aspect with the Turn 2-3 chicane. This event can be considered to be a regional event, similar to the IGSA West LA Championship Series, in terms of number of participants. It was a pretty small scale event, with more racers than there are spectators, according to some of the … Continue reading
Venue: Eaton, New York, USA Date: August 9-10, 2003 The second event of the year for Abdil “Furlong” Mahdzan was in upstate New York. This race was where he first met Dave Rogers. Although the road wasn’t that technical, it provided the thrill of going 70 mph and the race itself required a lot of drafting. This race was the first GSI race that Furlong attended. As such, he appreciated the different rules and formats used in the racing organization. The races are held in 4 heats: 1st place gets 1 point, 2nd place gets 2 points, and so on. … Continue reading