Video: Lincoln celebrates prematurely, Washington wins Capital Bikeshare race

Capital bikeshare Washington Nationals presidents race photo finish

Capital bikeshare presidents race Nationals Park

Perhaps the closest presidents race ever (Image/MASN)

Capital bikeshare Nationals presidents race Abe celebrates

…and Lincoln celebrates prematurely

Abe Lincoln thought he had his second presidents race victory of the season, but it turns out he celebrated prematurely.

The Nationals returned to town Tuesday night and got down to the business of protecting their turf, dealing a home brewed walk-off win vs. the New York Mets.

Abe Lincoln, who’s had a rough start to the 2013 season, also sought a return to his old winning ways in the fourth inning presidents race, as the mascot team pulled out an old favorite gimmick, riding aboard Capital Bikeshare bikes.

Teddy had the early lead, but was overtaken by George Washington and Abe Lincoln, who sprinted for the finish line neck and neck.

In possibly the closest photo finish in presidents race history, the bikes hit the tape seemingly simultaneously. Lincoln raised his fist in triumph, but though TV replay suggested that his front wheel may have been a hair in front of Washington’s, it was George who had leaned forward with his ten foot frame and taken the victory.

Lincoln remains in sold possession of last place in the season standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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One Response

  1. I think Abe was robbed! USA Cycling rules say that the winner is determined by whose front wheel crosses the finish line first (see http://www.usacycling.org/usa-cycling-rule-book.htm chapter 1, p.38).

    But last night’s game was great and I got on the dancecam, so even this is not going to dampen my enthusiasm for the Nats.

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