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  • Sat, July 25, 2015 9:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Sarah Clement, Pat Walthers, Mark Garrison (on his first ride with Oxon Hill) and the Trike Duo, Yvonne and Henry Hoyle.

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9433989  Backwards on the approach and return from the way we've done it before (i.e., we came down by way of South Polling House, Bayard, Rt 2 and Nutwell) and returned on Plantation Drive and Sudley/Owensville Sudley.  There were some changes inside the developments too, and some impromptu improvisations, largely in search of additional water views.  And scenic views is one thing this route abounds in.  Flatness is another, but with around 140 cues for 50-odd miles, flatness buys you nothing.

    Weather: mid 70s at the start, rising to the high 80s/low 90s by late afternoon, breezy, and returning to more normal (i.e., clinging and enveloping) humidity.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: we almost made 12, finishing with an 11.9 AMS. 

  • Sat, July 25, 2015 8:30 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)
    Weather wise, it was a very good day for a ride.  I rode to the starting location from home which was uneventful until I got to Rosaryville Rd, when I heard something that sounded like a running, panting dog.  It wasn't a dog, I had a rear flat.  Oh no!!  Would I make it to the start on time?  I changed the flat (without the use of tire irons, thank you very much), used my CO2 inflator without error (I usually somehow discharge it without inflating the tire), and continued on, making it to the start with time to spare.  There were 2 B rides listed on the schedule, giving riders a choice of areas to ride, so I wasn't sure if I'd have many riders.  I was joined by Sherwood Byers, Ken Meredith (who also rode from home), Gordon Meuse (sp?, guest), Kirk Saunders, Holly Carr (thanks for the tube!), Vernon Daley, Calvin Holmes, Sam Perry, Phil Mitchell, Steve Perakis, Alfred Jemmott, Linda Bankerd, and Liam Healy.  There was concern expressed about there being no restrooms or port-a-potties at the start location.  In the future, I'll try to add a reminder to this effect in the ride description so people can make arrangements before arriving at the ride start.  The ride, as described, criss-crossed and rode along Croom Rd.  There was climbing on either side as well as on Croom Rd, but also included Dr. Bowen, immediately after the rest stop at the Reindeer Grill (which also had no restroom).  Ken to the rescue!!  He has a new home construction site that was on the route and he graciously allowed us to use its (clean!!) port-a-potty, in addition to allowing me and Holly to tour the inside of the house - it was beautiful.  Thanks Ken!!  We continued on, adding a second rest stop at the Nottingham Store/Restaurant.  I'll remember to add this to the cue sheet to allow for 2 rest stops on this ride.  At this point the group split up, with the faster riders going ahead and the rest of us keeping a moderate pace.  Trumps Hill towards the end of the ride adds a little more "umph" to our legs, reminding us that there's a little more work to be done before the finish.  Sam remarked that he thought this was about the 3rd time he'd done Trumps Hill, to which I replied if he could count how many times he's done it, he hasn't done it often enough.  He begged to differ!  All in all, a very enjoyable ride with a good group of people, with no adverse events.  Thanks to all who came out.  
  • Sat, July 25, 2015 8:00 AM | Darin King

    Leader:  Darin King
    Riders:  Matthew Lewandowski, Brad Francisco, Karen Fitzgerald, Chuck Coe, Claire Chiamulera, Scott Walker, George Valenzuela
    Route:  Oak Ridge-Abell 50
    Class:  AA/3 Sport
    Weather:  Beautiful:  70's, with low humidity and light winds.
    Mishaps and mechanicals: None
    AMS: 19.5mph (leader)

    It was a lucky weather day for late July in Southern Maryland:  Cool(ish), low humidity, with light winds.  Scott and Claire rode to the ride, so they were targeting some serious mileage for the day.  Our nicely compatible group of riders kept a consistent pace down to the our only rest stop in Abell, MD (mile 26).  That also completed the downhill portion of our ride.  Heading back to Oak Ridge park, we found some hills on Budd's Creek Road and Dubois, causing a little splintering of the group.  Not to worry, everyone made it safely back to park.  Did I mention that the weather was awesome?

  • Fri, July 24, 2015 9:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Ride leader: Jackie and Randy Schoch

    Members: Vicki Garlock, John Riconda, Larry Peed, and Steve Palincsar.

    Guests: None.

    Weather: Very nice morning with low humidity. 

    Route: Descending Mt. Pisgah #2.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: None.

    AMS: 13.3 mph for the leaders riding sweep.

    Our route (Descending Mt Pisgah #2) was designed by Steve as a sort of reverse of the "standard" combo with an adjustment suggested  by Jackie. The ride is on lightly traveled rural roads except for descending Mt. Pisgah on Rt. 225 (Hawthorne Rd) on the shoulder marked as a bike route. This was a pretty good turn out probably because the weather was so great. John was feeling much better after getting over his "jet lag" of the week before. Our group stretched out with Jackie and I riding sweep. Larry left us at Marbury to check on his daughter. At the rest stop at the Pisgah Store, we had a nice visit with snacks, drinks, and buying Mega Ball tickets. We saw a few trail users today and we got to see a lot of wild life (many squirrels, young and adult turtles, rabbits, and a large snake). It was a great day to get in a bicycle ride. Jackie and I dined at George's on fish. Remember, we start at 9 AM (because of the hot summer temps). 

  • Thu, July 23, 2015 9:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel, Tom Roberson, Tim Ahern (who joined last night!) and signing with the CCs but riding with the A/Bs,  Norm Lisy and his guest Dan Stoltz, who extended the ride to 74 miles.

    Weather: Simply glorious!  Low humidity, sunny skies, gentle breeze, mid 70s at the start rising to the mid 80s by early afternoon.  A very pleasant day for riding, and I'm glad the ride was on the long side to take advantage of it.

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9126150   41 miles, 1877' of elevation gain, all but 400' of which was in the first 25 miles.  Although we did go up Baden Naylor and Molly Berry the hard way, most of the real work came between the break at Nottingham Store and the five points intersection in Malcolm: Croom all the way.  Admittedly, this is the relatively "easy" way to do the Croom Rollers (the grade is much steeper heading north just before Mill Town Landing Rd) but it's still 750' of elevation gain in those 10 miles between the Nottingham Store and the Five Points.  However, today no one on the CC ride had any difficulty there -- a welcome change from the stifling, clinging heat the last time we were there, that left some riders on the verge of heat-related exhaustion.  And today we rode parts of Croom Rd we haven't been on in several years.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13.6

  • Thu, July 23, 2015 9:30 AM | Alan Kurzweil

    Ride leader: Alan Kurzweil

    Members: Barry Winkleman, Bob Howell, George Chiamulera, Regina Saizan, Mike Saizan, Jan Tucker, Larry Peed, Linda Bankerd, Sam Perry, Vernon Daley

    Guests: Jean Otto, Steve Cohen

    Weather: What a break from heat advisories. Mid 80's and low humidity.  PERFECT!

    Route: Thanks to Steve P for another great route!  Thankfully there are no hills in Southern Maryland. (;-)

    Mishaps & mechanicals: The Breakaway group quickly missed a turn and had to chase back.  Somewhere along the route Sam lost his rhythm.  Luckily he found it and was able to pull the Gruppeto for many miles.  Thanks, Sam.

    AMS: 15.3 for Ride Leader, the Breakaway Group around mid 16's
  • Wed, July 22, 2015 5:30 PM | Scott Walker

    Class: AA/3

    Category: Express

    Description: Hammerfest

    Speed Limit Imposed: None

    Gain: 701ft

    Distance: 25.8mi (TT segment at 25.1mi)

    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 KOM: Dan Hoefert / Robert Golding (September 17, 2014 / 24.0mph)

    Course QOM: Claire Chiamulera (Aug 22, 2012 / 22.2mph)

    Ride Leaders: Scott Walker, Blake Altman, Jean Wright

    Riders: Robert Golding, Douglas Carter, Brad Francisco, Mike Dent, Chuck Coe, Mike Wilson, Michael Blaine, Charles Sidwell, Holden Hudson, John Choate, Chris Zabriskie, Mike Mallinoff, Jay Budd, Paul Bales, Darin King, Karen Fitzgerald, Anthony Carter, Mark Wimbush, Mel Alston, Baird Sills

    Weather: Beautiful, lower humidity and sunny. 86 degrees with winds from the WNW at 8

    AMS: Leaders      23.2 mph

            Sweep        18.0 mph

    Mishaps: None

    Mechanicals: Holden flatted; Jean was there to assist.

    Report: A gorgeous evening for a ride.  Sunny and cooler than it’s been lately with less humidity, and moderate winds from 270 degrees, relative, as we returned up 301 (which, from that direction, didn’t seem to impact us much at all).  Chris is getting ever faster on his newish Cervelo (a P3 I think) and this evening averaged 23.1 (putting him in the no 6 position, overall, for the CJE 25.1mi TT Segment).  Douglas and Mike D are also looking very strong this year both riding in the mid 22’s today (Douglas PR’d the TT Segment with a 22.4).  Nice to have Mike M, Mark and Mel back with us again today and welcome to first timers Jay and Baird! (Baird stayed with the leaders throughout, finishing with a 23+ average).  Jean is also ramping it up bringing in a 19.2.  I had a wonderful time today riding in the chase-1 position with a large group, all of whom shared the work up front, keeping the lead pace-line in the crosshairs.  Chase-1 lost a couple of riders up the ascent on Budds Creek but we still managed to complete the course with seven intact.  Great times; strong riders!
  • Tue, July 21, 2015 9:29 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    The CC group tagged onto Mike's 38 mile route, just three plus the ride leader.  Steve Palincsar and I rode together and Yvonne and Henry Hoyle went off on their recombent trikes to follow the route but at their own pace.  Steve and I rode with each of them for a short distance and saw them at the rest stop.  The cloud cover was very welcome, it kept the air temperature moderate but the humidity was still thick.  

    Mike's route climbed near the highest point in Charles County, which is to the west of Mill Hill Rd, near Bolton Farm Rd. Mill Hill is short but does ask for a bit of effort. The extra couple of miles through Simmons Acres development surprised us with how extensive the development is, complete with a couple of parks and fully hidden from Indian Head Hwy and Berry Rd. 

    Nice day on the bike!

    Joan Oppel

  • Tue, July 21, 2015 9:00 AM | Michael Saizan

    Ride Leader:  Mike Saizan

    Members:  (8) Larry Peed, Regina Saizan, Bruce Wright, Jan Tucker, Darryl Lowery, Norm Lisy, Troy Eddy, Vernon Daley

    Weather: The full cloud coverage throughout the ride made the high 80 temps feel reasonably comfortable.

    Route:  A little bit of back and forth. From Bryan’s Road Shopping Center to Marshall Corner Rd via Bumpy Oak Rd to Bensville Rd (one of my favorites) to Rest Stop at the Berry Rd BP Station.  Then return to Marshall Corner Rd via Middletown Rd.  Next was Pomfret Rd the hard way.  Instead of straight back to the parking lot, it was a right turn at Hwy-210 to circle around the Simmons Acres housing development.  A suitable route for an advanced B pace.

    Report: We had a fairly uniform group of 9 riders today.  For the first half, we quickly separated into a faster group of 6 with the remaining 3 not too far behind. A few riders were surprised by the quick climb facing them when turning onto Mill Hill Rd. For the second half, all 9 formed a nice pace line until the mean hill on Pomfret. From there, we split into two groups again until the end.

    From the rear, pre-climb speeds average around 17 mph.  Post-climb averages were about 16.5 mph.

    Mishaps:  No mishaps, however!  Early in the ride on Livingston Rd, a large iron gate fell off a truck directly in front of us.  The gate bounced on the road and fortunately landed in the ditch off the road.  All riders were safe but that was a scary moment.

  • Sun, July 19, 2015 9:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Eric Petersen

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6269227  One of Debby Bowman's routes - she called it "Back to Baden Naylor Remix 3" on RWGPS, but she might well have called it "Rural Legacy" or "Best of Brandywine" because that's what it was: a tour of the heart of the Rural Tier.  2497' of elevation gain, which made for less climbing than yesterday's Calvert/Anne Arundel route, but certainly more than any of the various "Flatlanders Delight" routes scheduled today.

    Weather: Here's what they said about today's weather in the Fairfax City Patch: 

    Sunday may be our hottest day so far this year. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from 1-8 p.m. Sunday.

    The heat index, or “feels like” temperature, is expected to head over 100 degrees early this afternoon and maintain those dangerous temps until nightfall.

    There’s also an air quality alert Sunday for parts of the region, including D.C. and communities in the areas of Prince William, Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Loudoun, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.

    It was hot and it was humid.  I briefly saw 100 in the car on the way home, but mostly it hovered at 98-99 out in the sun.  The good news is, very little of today's route actually was out in the sun.  Easily 80% of the route was in the shade, which made for much more comfortable riding than you'd expect given the weather advisory.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.2

    I see from email delivered after I left this morning that Debby had to cancel her B version due to illness.  Neither Eric nor I got the word, and I'm glad for that, it was getting mighty lonely out there by myself.  As it was, we two rode together and had a good time.

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