Cycling Tips – How to Ride in Heavy Winds

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Attorney J. Christopher Llinas practices law in Ocean Pines, Maryland. When not tending to his professional duties, Christopher Llinas can often be found running or cycling. He enjoys triathlons, and most recently completed a remarkably windy Ironman in Maryland.

Whether you are battling severe headwinds in a competitive race or just trying to ride around town, windy conditions can complicate any bicycle ride. For best results, consider these tips.

1. Pay extra attention to aerodynamics. Pull your elbows in, lower your head, lean forward, and tuck yourself down as much as you can. Tight clothing can be beneficial as well. Any reduction in drag improves speed and safety in the wind.

2. If riding in a group, consider riding single-file. Even if you do not draft aggressively, taking turns facing the headwind makes it easier for everyone. In severe crosswinds, riders can drop back and to the side. This formation is known as an echelon, and it protects cyclists from sudden gusts.

3. If crosswinds are particularly hazardous, consider using shallower rims, no larger than 50 millimeters. The further the rim extends, the greater its surface area becomes, and the more it catches wind like a sail.


Tips for Applying for Scholarships


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Delmarva Educational Foundation

Attorney Chris Llinas has practiced law for two decades and currently runs his own firm, J. Christopher Llinas, Attorney at Law, in Ocean Pines, Maryland. Chris Llinas also provides legal support to such charitable organizations as the Delmarva Education Foundation, for which he drafts memoranda about its scholarship programs.

The Delmarva Educational Foundation assists high school students wishing to pursue higher education through a number of scholarship programs. Seeking a scholarship can be a challenge, but there a few things students can do to navigate the process more effectively.

The first task is finding scholarship opportunities. Resources such as a high school guidance counselor or an online database can be valuable in finding suitable scholarships, and parents’ workplaces, civic organizations, and extracurricular clubs are also frequent sources of partial scholarships.

The second task is completing and submitting the application. The content and presentation of the actual application is vital for scholarship success, so students should read the instructions and requirements carefully. Choosing a personal, relevant topic for the essay part of a college application will help a student stand out, and asking teachers or parents for their review and construction criticism can help improve the piece. Be sure to proofread the application carefully to avoid overlooking typos or mistakes.