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Click the “Add Post” button. For the Date and Time, enter the date and start time of the ride

For Subject, enter the Month/Day - Ride Name - Class and number of miles; for example: “6/30 - No Deale Ride - B 45 miles”.

In the Body box, enter your ride report. You can enter it directly into the text box using the word-processor features on the tool bar. After you enter the report, click the “Post” button at the top or bottom of the page and your ride report will be posted on the web site. As the author of the report, you will be able to edit or add to the report.

For a good article on Ride Reports and adding photos to Ride Reports, see pages 7 and 8 of the March 2018 "Spoke-n-Word" .

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  • Sat, May 07, 2016 9:00 AM | Mia Haynes

    Leader:  Mia Haynes

    Members:  Melissa Watson, Jerry Watson, Randy Schoch, Jackie Schoch, Paul Bankerd, Polly Choute, and Rod Barnes

    Guest:  Gay Rogers and Woody Rogers

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  Paul became a little lightheaded on the return route.

    Today, although it was cloudy and chilly, turned out to be a great day for a ride.  I find that the club event rides are like a family reunion, you get to see people you haven’t seen in a while and it makes for a happy occasion. So of course when I saw Randy and Jackie we had to go in for a group hug, and it was good to see Paul again as well.  The Oxon Hill Bike and Trail Club is like family, another reason I like riding with this club.

    The ride was going along smoothly until we came upon an accident on Surratts Rd. past the hospital - an ambulance rode into the ditch towards the bottom of the hill.  We contemplated taking Poplar Hill Drive but quickly discovered that we would be allowed to walk our bikes down the hill thus staying on the original path.  When we passed the accident, I soon realized Rod and Paul were not with us, so Polly and the others decided to go ahead and we would regroup at the Nottingham Store - our rest stop.  It didn’t take long for the guys to catch up, and we trekked forward.  Rod and I decided to ride, but wait for Paul at the turns as we noticed he was not riding as strong as he usually does.

    When Rod and I made it to the rest stop, the rest of the group was there.  Paul was bringing up the rear and arrived roughly 5 minutes later.  Polly and her guest pulled out, Randy and Jackie soon followed suite, then Melissa and Jerry left.  Paul assured Rod and I that he was okay and said he knew a short cut so we didn’t have to wait – the three of us pulled out together. 

    As we were going along, Rod said it’s time to get your summer legs and we rode the ride like we do.  We caught up with and passed Jerry and Melissa; then we caught up with and passed Randy and Jackie.  As we were scaling one of the many hills, we noticed Randy and Jackie up ahead – they knew a short cut.  Rod and I made it back to the start point; Polly, Gay, and Woody were there packing up; Randy and Jackie returned soon thereafter; then Jerry and Melissa arrived.  I hung around to make sure Paul made it back.   

    As Melissa was packing up a group of us started talking and Mike and Regina Saizan pulled up and informed us that Paul was having trouble and that Sam was with him.  Mike went to retrieve the pair and Regina stayed with us.  We quickly learned that Mike and Sam were following Paul as he did not want to be sagged, he wanted to finish the ride - they were 2 miles out.  We were happy to hear Paul was being feisty. 

    Thank you ladies and gentlemen for coming out to another Oxon Hill Bike & Trail Club ride.

  • Sat, May 07, 2016 9:00 AM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Only one official rider in my group: Ellen Goodwin.  However, we conglomerated with the large group of B's & CC's following Ken Meredith on a detour around Suratts Rd due to an accident-caused road closure. Up to the first rest stop at Merkle, some CC's were actually leading the group........one rider asked "how did that happen"????

    We picked up a B rider at the Reindeer Grill, who had become separated from his group.  He rode with us for a while and, then met up with another B rider and took off.  We met up with Steve and Loretta as we stopped at the community center (very friendly staff), rode with them for a while.  Waved at a group at the picnic tables at North Keys.  And somehow we arrived back at Cosca ahead of the A 58 group -- ??? 

    Cloudy, intermittent sun, warm, generally low traffic, no problems - and we did end with 61.6 miles. A fun and satisfying ride.

  • Sat, May 07, 2016 9:00 AM | Norman Lisy

    After the rainy days the past week, it was good to get in a longer ride without getting wet.  This ride was well managed.  Sherwood Byers, our road captain, organized the rides, and Michael Saizon printed cool signs for each ride leader to post at sign in.  Eight people signed in for this ride:  Linda Bankerd, Tom Short, Liam Healy, Andrea Nosek, Sherwood Byers, Terri Simpson, Michael Lizarraga, and Carol Torgan.  We lost two riders at the Merkle stop. At various points we rode with or met Vernon's, Joan's, and Steve's groups.  And the clouds gave way to the sun, then clouds again and back.  Finally we returned to the parking lot and the last rider arrived slightly damp having cycled through a downpour.  My apologies to the Liam and Tom for missing them at Merkle.  Thanks to all for a great ride.

  • Sat, May 07, 2016 9:00 AM | Michael Saizan

    Ride Leader:  Mike Saizan

    Members:  (10) Regina Saizan, Jan Tucker, Jane and Jim Hudnall, Larry Peed, Sam Perry, Dawn and Douglas Carter, Carole Harris and Randez Hadden

    Weather: Mostly cloudy at start but soon became mostly sunny. A bit chilly at start but it warmed up nicely by ride end.  Finally a great day for riding. 

    Route: The standard May Metric route from Cosca Park to Merkle and back.

    Ride Report: Nine B-40 riders started off from the park in a tight group separated from the other groups (Jim and Jane stayed back to take pictures).  Good, now I can more easily keep track of everyone (so I thought).  After waiting for the light on Surratts Rd at Rt-5, we started up the hill near the hospital and I started counting my group: 8,9,10,12,14…  What?  The two CC groups had caught up at the light and now we are all mixed in. OK.  We get to the top of the hill on Surratts Rd; there is a group of faster riders standing at a corner signaling to stop.  “Road closed ahead, you must detour here.” OK.  Now we have a long line of AA, A, B and CC riders heading down Dangerfield Rd not sure where they are going.  Fortunately, Ken Meredith took the lead to reroute us to Woodyard Rd, Rosaryville Rd, Frank Tippet Rd and back to the cue sheet route.  We added 4 miles.  From there, the A riders flexed their leg muscles and the B and CC groups continued on together to Merkle.

    At Merkle, B’s and CC’s decided to depart together with me and CC leader Majesta doing the sweep.  We tended to separate into smaller groups soon. We regrouped at the North Keys Park, than headed out again.

    On Cherry Tree Crossing Rd, we encountered Paul on his trike (from another group) stopped on the shoulder not feeling well.  A dose of medication and hydration got him back on the road again determined to finish the ride.  Sam (The Prez) graciously decided to escort Paul for the remainder of the ride allowing the ride leaders to continue their sweep duties.

    Upon returning to Cosca Park, I decided to SAG back to check on Paul and Sam. I found Paul with Sam at the bottom of Thrift Rd still determined to finish the ride but Sam decided he had enough and loaded into my SUV.  As we headed off, we noticed that Paul had run out of leg gas part way up the hill (with no shoulder).  What now?  Well, I jumped out of the vehicle and started pushing him.  Pretty soon, Paul was on level ground and could power himself.  I then dropped off Sam at Cosca and returned to check on Paul again.  He had stopped before the last climb near Cosca and decided one more climb was too much.  We loaded his trike into my SUV for the SAG home.

    The May Metric always seems to be an adventure. Special thanks to Sam for his assistance with Paul and other ride support. It was an enjoyable day of riding with so many club members and guests.

    Mechanicals: No reports of mechanicals from my group, not even a flat. The road closure on Surratts Rd was due to an ambulance sliding off the road at the bottom of a hill.  That was the spot where I was concerned riders may have a problem negotiating.

  • Sat, May 07, 2016 9:00 AM | Majesta Hartley

    Leader: Majesta Hartley

    Members: 1 Guests: 2.....Lost sign in sheet

    Weather: Cool and cloudy at the start

    Report:  Fun ride!!  The CC riders stayed close with the B riders eventually becoming one group....some faster, some slower.  The 40 mile ride turned in to a 44 mile ride due to a detour because of an accident.  The names of the riders are missing because I misplaced/lost the sign in sheet.

  • Wed, May 04, 2016 5:30 PM | Sherwood

    Today, my intention was to  ride with Steve and his group to the Arboretum, but the weather forecast was too iffy for me to take the chance.  As it turned out, Weather Forecasters know not enough about Mother Nature (She Is Definitely In Charge) and it actually was a good day to ride.

    I decided to do the Tour de Accokeek ride only to find out it was cancelled for personal reasons with the caveat if someone else wanted to lead the ride, I took on the ride as leader.  Hence forth, the ride was on.

    Jim and Jane Hudnall were the only riders to join me for this cool light breezy ride, each sharing the lead throughout the route.  The pace was a moderate 15.6 AMS with a maximum speed of 39.9 MPH and no incidents or mishaps.  The clouds were of some concern, but not enough to skip the rest stop.  We rested a few minutes with some light conversation before the clouds began to darken.  At that time, it was time to complete the ride and the challenge of Barry's Hill, and only a final few miles to complete the route.

    The weather tricked a lot of cyclists today, who really missed out on probably the best day of this week to enjoy a ride.

    This was a very good/safe ride. 

  • Wed, May 04, 2016 5:30 PM | Scott Walker

    Class: AA/3

    Category: Express

    Description: Hammerfest

    Speed Limit Imposed: None

    Gain: 701ft

    Distance: 25.8mi (TT segment 25.1mi used for CJE records and PRs)

    Max Grade: 5.1%

    Rest Stops: None

    Founders: Benny Budd and Joni King

    Support: OHBTC and Paul Bales/Casey Jones Restaurant

    Motto: “For the love of the people and the ride” - Michael Blaine

    Course Record: David Kemp / Andrew Harris (June 13, 2013 – 1:00:57, 24.7 mph average)

    Course QOM: Claire Chiamulera (Aug 22, 2012 – 1:07:56, 22.2 mph ams)

    Course KOM: Davey Hearn / Robert Golding (September 23, 2015 – 1:02:43, 24.0 mph ams)

    Ride Leader: Scott Walker

    Riders: Michael Blaine, Travis Proctor, Blake Altman, Ian Altenderfer, Holden Hudson, Chris Zabriskie, Robert Golding

    Weather: Overcast, rain threatening, 61 degrees, winds from the ENE at 7

    AMS: Leaders 21.8 mph

            Sweep 18.0 mph

    Mishaps: One of the two Big, white dogs (maybe Samoyed or similar) out of his fence on Bowling Dr.  He was NOT happy to see us!  No incident but a close call as we passed.

    Mechanicals: Flat tire at the top of Spring Hill-Newtown Rd

    Safety Topic: General safety

    Report: Travis flatted as he reached the turn onto Bel Alton Newtown (his third flat in three days, actual punctures through the tire were heard and located for each occurrence –not a rim tape issue).  Robert and I stayed back with Travis as he made the repair.  Once complete, the three of us had fun hunting riders and finally making it back to the chase-1 position (finishing w/the same ams as the lead pace-line). Good times (w/no rain).

  • Wed, May 04, 2016 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Norm Lisy

    Wednesday Irregulars: Joe, Jill

    Weather: The forecasts were all over the place this morning, all predicting some chance of rain varying from slight to better than even, making it hard to decide whether to go or not. Most, obviously, decided not to take the risk. As it happened, it never rained.

    It stayed overcast and in the 50s for almost the entire ride with no change other than a very gradual brightening that reached my threshold for sunglasses while we were at the Jefferson Memorial. It began to get a little warmer in the last few miles. Streets weren't wet, and the only sign there had been rain earlier in the day was a few puddles on the Mount Vernon Trail. If you were dressed for it, it turned out to be a perfectly fine day for riding.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/9992300 modified ever so slightly at mile 6.8 (intersection of Louisiana Ave and D St) by a visit to the Memorial to Japanese American Patrotism in WWII, one of the best concealed memorials in downtown DC, followed by at stop at Union Market, a ride through the National Arboretum and a stop at Eastern Market for lunch on the way back. A total of just over 25 miles, 800' of elevation gain (almost all of it concentrated on a few hills inside the Arboretum itself).

    Mishaps & Mechanicals: None

    AMS: Irrelevant.

  • Mon, May 02, 2016 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Tom Short, Jim & Jane Hudnall, Joan Oppel, Tom Roberts, Linda Bankerd

    Weather: initially, cool and cloudy -- very low 60s and heavily overcast -- with roads that had only just dried from early morning rain and fog, brightening to what the old photo film exposure guides used to call "Cloudy Bright" and warming, until by early afternoon we had bright sun, blue skies, no clouds at all and 80 degree temperatures.  Pretty much what was predicted, except for the 80: it wasn't supposed to get nearly that warm.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13453011  41 miles and 1800' of elevation gain, some of which was distinctly challenging.  Starting at the Accokeek Firehouse, we headed east on Accokeek Rd, then took Livingston down past Accokeek Academy. 

    We turned off Livingston at Taylor Ave., trading the traffic and constrained riding space on Livingston Rd. for low-traffic suburban residential streets and at least one serious climb (about 1/4 mile long, 200' elevation gain and a grade over 12%) that had us removing a sweat-soaked layer at the top.  After a tour through the neighborhood (punctuated by a driver who abruptly backed out of his driveway nearly running into me -- thanks for warning, guys!!!) we crossed Indian Head Highway only to find Linda had a flat, reported on below.

    After the flat was fixed we headed into Fort Washington, first visiting the Lighthouse (for the view and for the climb back up) then taking a break at the Visitors Center.  We left the Fort and replicated a bit of the old Tour de Tantallon route with a diversion on streets east of Fort Washington Rd, then crossed 210 and climbed Livingston and headed north on Old Fort, taking Allentown and Steed opposite to the "usual" direction to a lunch stop at Miller Farms.

    After that break we went down Thrift Hill and took Floral Park to Old Piscataway and a direct way through The Preserve to Danville.  Tom was in a hurry to get home to cut his grass, so he elected to go straight up Danville instead, shortening the ride by a mile and a half at the cost of that well known and little loved climb up Danville.  The rest of the route was straight back, with a couple of us taking a brief portolet break at Accokeek East Community Park.

    Mishaps & Mechanicals: Linda Bankerd had a flat tire just at the crossing of Indian Head Highway at Old Fort Rd.  Joan with her usual aplomb took charge of the situation and soon disposed of the problem.

    AMS: low 12s for me, higher for everyone else (as you'd expect, considering the riders).  Although they were obviously faster, the group did a great job staying together, regrouping as necessary. 

    In all, an excellent day for a bike ride and a surprisingly nice break in what looks to be an extended siege of dismal weather.

    Jim took photos.

  • Sat, April 30, 2016 9:30 AM | Walt Roscello (Administrator)

    Leader: Walt Roscello

    Members: Chantal Briere

    Guests: none

    Route: From Accokeek, up Floral Park then over to Cross Rd Trail, right on North Keys, then Brandywine Rd to the Baden store.  Return on Cedarville and Accokeek roads.

    Weather: Overcast and mid-50s from start to finish

    AMS: 14.6

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: I had a water bottle jump out.

    Report: I started with no one to lead on my CC 37 version of Diane's ride, but after 8 miles Chantal decided to drop back and reduce her mileage with me.  The roads were quiet most of the way, and the overcast kept it cool but not cold, so it was a pleasant day for a relaxed ride.  Chantal and I stayed close throughout the ride, and the relative flatness allowed us to still have a decent pace.

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