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  • Wed, September 17, 2014 5:15 PM | Scott Walker

    Class: A/AA
    Category: Open
    Description: Hammerfest
    Speed Limit Imposed: None
    Gain: 701ft
    Distance: 25.8mi (TT Segment at 25.1mi)
    Max Grade: 5.1%
    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 (August 22, 2012 / 22.2mph)
    Ride Leaders: Blake Altman and Scott Walker
    Riders:  Brad Francisco, Steve Wilk, Jason Hendricks, Jean Wright, Michael Blaine, Charles (Michie) Sidwell, Mike Wilson, John Choate, Douglas Carter, Darin King, Dan Hoefert, David Owens, Joni Owens, Allan Canfield, Robert Golding, David S. Kemp, Clayton Douglas
    Weather:  79 degrees with light winds
    AMS:    Leaders    24.0mph (Robert G, Dan)
               Chase-1    23.9mph (David K, Michael B)
               Chase-2    22.2mph
               Chase-3    21.4mph
               Chase-4    20.4mph
               Sweep      19.7mph
    Mishaps: None
    Mechanicals:  Flat, two flats and then one more.
    Report: A fast evening with the All-Stars! With a strong assist from David Kemp, Michael Blaine and Brad Francisco -- Dan Hoefert and Robert Golding breakthrough their record from last month, setting a new course KOM with an average moving speed of 24.0mph.  Although in the chase-1 position at the end, David and Michael also best Dan and Robert’s previous KOM with a 23.9 average.

              
                                                         Douglas prepares for a speedy ride!

    For the record, there are two Strava segments established for the overall course.  I’m using the 25.1mi TT Segment, which begins and ends on St Mary’s Ave at La Grange, as this segment best represents the main portion of the course (e.g., it purposefully omits the short transit between St. Mary’s Ave and the CJR parking lot).

                
                      Welcome back to longtime CJE veterans, David and Joni Owens.  Nice to have you with us!      

    This week’s Play-by-Play:  This evening I drive into the CJR parking lot and see Dan Hoefert’s car…hmmm, gonna have some speed tonight.  It's a beautiful evening. Warm, but not too hot with light winds.  Great conditions for a fast ride.  After talking with Robert Smith for a while, I see Michael Blaine riding into the lot…more speed.   A few minutes later I notice that Brad Francisco has arrived…looks like the party is on.  As I’m talking with Brad about his flat tire (more on that below), up drives Robert Golding, music rockin' and already drippin' in adrenaline…here we go.   And then, as I’m checking to see if anyone else needs to sign-in, I turnaround and David Kemp is standing behind me…2014’s fastest CJE riders are in the lot and looking all-to-happy to prove it.

    We get out of the parking lot, down St Mary’s and begin across Spring Hill Newtown.  Halfway to Bel Alton, I take a quick check of the Garmin and it’s reading 28.8 behind Dan Hoefert’s wrath.  One, and then two riders signal off from the middle of lead paceline as we continue our flight across Spring Hill.

    When we begin the climb into Dentsville on Rt-6, I’m right behind David kemp's pull.  Halfway up, I signal off and move right, no longer able to handle David’s pace.  Michael B, Blake, Brad, Darin, Robert G and Dan immediately go by me and take David’s wheel.  I take a quick look back and see no one else.   20 more meters and Darin signals off the line.

    Halfway to Penn’s Hill I’m back at speed and pass Darin on his left.  At Penn’s Hill, the leaders take the yellow but I’m trapped at the red, 20 seconds behind.  Darin arrives at the light right behind me.  We get the green just as the leaders turn onto Kentucky.  We don’t see them again (save one).

    Darin and I trade pulls and make decent time to Allen’s Fresh (Strava shows a 24mph segment).  As we cross onto Allen’s Fresh, he decides to ease back and tells me to “go get em.”  The thought of even attempting a solo run at the dream-team ahead, which is at full-gait, makes me laugh out loud.

    When I make the turn onto Budd‘s Creek, I can still see Darin who is only 60 meters back.  I contemplate easing off and staying with him.  But my AMS is still 22.8 so I decide to try to hold a 22 average to the end.  As expected, the climb up budd’s Creek  is brutal (with a solo trip north on 301 as the reward).  At the turn onto 301, my AMS is down to 21.9.  So I concentrate on reclaiming the 22 average.  

    I finally make the turn onto Bel Alton and then lineup with the fairground rollers.  My AMS is back up to 22.  As I continue, I can just make out a single rider ahead.  We seem to crest the rollers in unison a half mile apart.  At the top of Fairground I’m still at 22.    Shortly after making the turn back onto 301, I pull Blake in.  We work together back up St Mary’s.  On the final hill we see we see Brad on the side of he road.  We yell out to see if he’s ok.  He gives us the thumbs-up and says he's just fixing a flat.  We continue and make it back to the parking lot in the chase-2 position (with my 22 average intact).

    We talk awhile with everyone as they come in.   After a few more minutes, Blake and I head back out to see what's become of Brad.   We find him still on St Mary’s. 

    Earlier, when Brad arrives at the ride start, he discovers his rear tire is flat.  He opts just to pump it up and go.  But at the final sprint with leaders, he feels the rim hitting pavement.  He pulls off and finds both tires flat.  First he fixes the rear, caused by a failed self-adhesive patch, and then the front, which is a simple puncture.  But when he gets ready to depart, the rear is deflated again from a pinch-flat.  He quickly changes the rear tube and is finishing about the time Blake and I return.  A minute more and we all head back to the parking lot together.

    Quite the ride!

  • Wed, September 17, 2014 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Riders: Erica Kane

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6024200  35.7 very scenic miles in the Charles County "Hidden Amish" area, of which we ended up doing 29.9, having taken a short cut

    Weather: 65 at start, rising to 73 by noon; sunny and breezy.  Another beautiful early fall day.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.something

    Ride report: we had a great ride.  Erica's had trouble shaking off a virus, and after it kicked in 2/3 of the way through we skipped the second rest stop at Gilbert Run Park and headed back on Keech when we came to it.  It was nice to have company today.  Looking for an interesting and pretty ride in the mid 20 to mid 30 mile range?  Come here, you won't regret it.


  • Tue, September 16, 2014 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Tom Short, Tom Roberson, Joan Oppel, Ron Altemus, Jay Lewis

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5966293  37.7 mi, shortened by around 10 miles for Tom R, extended by just over a mile for Joan, Ron & Steve (the Last Three Standing)   RWGPS says this route has 1251' of elevation gain, with a maximum grade of 9.9%, on Carol Rd off Shirley Blvd near the Port Tobacco Restaurant.  Joan and Tom S are prepared to dispute that number, having recorded 14 and 12% respectively on that little 150' rise.

    Weather: sunny, breezy, 70 at the start, 77 by early afternoon -- a fine early autumn day.  Although it's still technically summer, there was little doubt Summer is over.  Fall was in the air.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: not really, but almost.  It's been at least a year since we went down Shirley Blvd, and a year since I've been on a grade that steep.  In fact, it's been a year since I shifted that bike into the granny ring, and it was immediately clear that I need to tweak that front derailleur adjustment and had better refresh my "shifting into the lowest gear while heavily loaded on a steep hill" skills, because I blew the shift and had to dismount, clear the jam and start up again on the grade.  At least, that provided some valuable refresher training.  It all should come in handy when Tom R leads his Mosby Heritage gravel road ride later this month: there are some pretty wicked short hills in the Piedmont.  Real hills, double digit grades, on gravel.

    AMS - I finished at 12.9.

    Ride report: Tom Short joined the CC's today because he was testing a new GPS unit, set up for turn by turn navigation, and already loaded with today's route.  When we turned from Rose Hill onto Rt 6 it got confused and offered to recalculate, and when we got up to Blossom Point Rd it told him to turn left on Cedar something.  Either that little gravel driveway a few feet before the turn has a name that's not shown on the maps today, or it got lost.   Tom R turned off on Poorhouse before we got to that point, so we were five at the rest stop at Goose Bay.

    Somewhere on the way to Pisgah, Jay disappeared, and then at Pisgah Tom S realized he need to get back home to do some garden chores.  And now there were three.

    At the Pisgah Firehouse they seem to be doing some major construction.  Somebody told Joan and Ron they couldn't use the rest room because it was being torn down; I didn't ask and when I used it, the rest room was just fine.  

    We were meant to go up Livingston Rd., but when we got to the turn Ron wanted to extend the route to Chapman's Landing; Joan and I went along.  We ended up at 38.8 miles.


  • Tue, September 16, 2014 10:00 AM | Michael & Yuyin Bivens

    Ride Leader: Mike Bivens

    Class: B

    Members: Jay Lewis, Henry Stancil, Tom Short, Jim Hudnall, Richard Harrington, Robert Golding, Sam Perry and Vernon Daley

    Ride Name: Southern Exposure (No Indian Head 100 #2)

    Distance: 42 miles.  AMS ranged from lower 17s to high 15s.  Ride leader, sweeping the group from the rear, averaged 15.7. 

    Weather: For the last Tuesday ride of the summer, the heat was not a factor with temps at ride start in the mid 70s and reaching a high in the low 80s.  Humidity was moderate.  The winds did gust up to 12 MPH.

    Ride Report:  Since last week’s ride was canceled due to 60% chance of showers at ride start and cells popping up south and west of the ride location (even though it didn’t rain at all), today’s ride was longer than usual to make up for the “lost” week.  Last week’s scheduled route would have used McDaniel Road before it was closed for several months, to connect the two separate sections.  Unfortunately construction started on September 12th, so we had to deviate.  This was another route that did not use any of the roads making up the Indian Head 100.  We left the shopping center and went down Marshall Hall to Barry’s Hill.  We crossed 210 and detoured to 228 via Dusty Lane and Manning Road.  From 228 we turned on Bunker Hill Road, back to 228, and then onto Middletown Road.  Turning left onto Billingsley took us to the rest stop at WaWa after crossing 301.  Leaving WaWa we stayed on Billingsley to Piney Church and used the new section, past Regency Stadium, to La Plata Road.  Right on La Plata, Radio Station, and St. Charles Parkway (discovered more parallel drainage grates at the bottom of the “dip”) took us to Demarr and back across 301. We turned left to Marshall Corner and then right on and up Pomfret and Livingston back to the start.  While there was a “hill” near the start and end, the long flat stretches provided opportunities for breakaways.   From the start there were two groups again, a faster one and one less fast.  After the rest stop, and once we reached the La Plata “rollers”, Bob and Vernon had the rest of us eating their dust as we kept each other in sight on Marshall Corner.  Richard and Henry missed the turn on Pomfret and had to circle back to catch up and pass the rest of us on Livingston.  

    Mechanicals/Incidents: No incidents or mechanicals.

  • Sun, September 14, 2014 9:30 AM | Scott Walker

    Class: AA/3
    Category: Training
    Description: Posted as a relaxed AA recovery team-ride.
    Gain: 995ft
    Distance: 37.9mi
    Max Grade: 5.7%
    Start: Starbucks at the Manokeek Village Center
    Ride Leader: Scott Walker
    Riders:  Steve Wilk, Jean Wright, Mike Wilson, Steve Koegle, Matthew Lewandowski, Todd Sprang, Blake Altman, David Kemp
    Weather:  Sunny, 57 degrees at the start and quickly warming to near 70.  Winds from the NW at 6.
    Speed Limit Imposed: 21.0 on the flats
    AMS:    19.1 (all riders)
    Mishaps: None
    Mechanicals:  Steve dropped his chain on the climb up Rt-6 just before the Post Office.  Everyone momentarily paused, turning into the parking lot for a circle or two, and then Steve was back rolling.

                                                                       http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5963755/full.png

    Report:  Beautiful weather and a fantastic team effort!  Everyone remained together in a single pace-line throughout the course, even while climbing.  The speed limit was honored and riders were careful not to surge when taking over the pull.  Even better, everyone worked to keep their effort-level in check while pulling uphill.  Great fun and terrific weather.  We’ll do this again in a couple of weeks. 

  • Sun, September 14, 2014 9:00 AM | walter carr

    Ride Leader: Holly Carr

    Riders: Tom Short, Phil Mitchell, Walt Rosello, Richard Harrington, Tasha Harris, Linda Bankerd, Peter Klosky, Pano Ganmiotis

    Weather: Autumn arrived today, a week early.  High 50s at ride start, rising to low 70s on a breezy, beautiful sunny day.  Lots of interesting clouds, bright blue sky, and the sort of golden light that would make even a trash heap look beautiful.

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2844275  We just had a wonderful ride and thanked Steve all the way for the scenic route and the great rest stops.  Everybody remarked to me how nicely planned the route was.  We all stayed together and discussed the art of wheel making.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: None.  Things could hardly have gone better.

    AMS: 15-16-17.


  • Sun, September 14, 2014 9:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride Leader: Steve Palincsar

    Riders: Those who rode with the CC group (as opposed to those who signed up on the CC sheet) included Joan Oppel, Doug Lesar, Sarah Clement, Dana Trevas and guest Jim Houghton. 

    Weather: Autumn arrived today, a week early.  High 50s at ride start, rising to low 70s on a breezy, beautiful sunny day.  Lots of interesting clouds, bright blue sky, and the sort of golden light that would make even a trash heap look beautiful.

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2844275  the route Sharon and I used for our birthday ride in 2013.  We started at Northern Senior Center and went down to a rest stop in Chaptico on Locke's Crossing and Baptist Church, then took Hurry, Manor, Maddox and Bushwood down to Quade's Store on the shores of the Wicomico River, where we caught up with Holly's B group.  From there the route follows Bushwood Wharf, left on Colton Point Rd, then Sugar Hole to Oakley and back to Colton Point Rd, over to Budd's Creek and Bayside down to Compton.   The ball field was empty today, unlike the last time we were down here.  Traffic was fairly heavy on Newtowne Neck -- either church had just let out, or there's a new ferry running down to Newtowne Neck State Park or thereabouts, because it was one car after another until we got to the rest stop at the Rt 5/Maypole intersection, where we again met Holly's B group.  We then took Maypole into the heart of the Loveville Mennonite area and then up Loveville, Kavanaugh and Laurel Grove Road to our last rest stop in Laurel Grove Park.  The last leg took the Three Notch Trail and Old Village Rd up to Old Flora Corner, where Dana and Sarah took a short cut, staying on Old Village while Jim, Dough, Joan and I followed Flora Corner and Rt 6 back.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: None.  Things could hardly have gone better.

    AMS: The low 14s for the first 20 miles or so, i.e., as long as we had the wind behind us, but of course that couldn't last.  We finished at 13.7.

    It was an easy call postponing the ride to Sunday.  Today's lovely weather was forecast with complete accuracy, and yesterday's rain -- although not as bad as anticipated, at least not in Alexandria or on Calvin and Reggie's Bagel Run to Bethesda -- would surely have made the ride far less enjoyable than it was today.  And today's ride could hardly have been more enjoyable. 

    Photos here

  • Sun, September 14, 2014 9:00 AM | Deborah Bowman

    Ride Leader: Debby Bowman

    Riders: Karen McMillan, Chantal, Bob Thompson

    Weather: Sunny, cool, in the 60s

    Route: A figure 8 -- we started by going clockwise and south from the Davidsonville Park and Ride, down to Galesville, then across Harwood Rd and up Patuxent River Road back to Davidsonville, then up Bell Branch to Crofton, across Underwood and down St Stephen's Church, taking Rutland Rd back to the start. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5996299.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: None. 

    AMS: 13 mph

    The park and ride was crowded when I arrived, with NFL fans, golfers and cyclists from the Annapolis club meeting up for a day of fun.  Karen and I rode a CC pace; Chantal and Bob rode ahead at a faster pace and we didn't see them again after leaving the start. We stopped for a break at the High's in Galesville, then stopped for a second break at the Davidsonville Park on Patuxent River Rd. The concession stand was not open at the park, but the bathrooms were open.  We passed many cyclists along the way, including the folks from the Annapolis group that we'd seen at the start. We also saw an old Rolls Royce with the steering wheel on the right. There was quite a bit of traffic on the latter portion of the ride, on the roads north of Rt 50, so I think those roads are better for riding very early in the morning. But overall it was a pleasant ride. Many thanks to Karen for joining me, and I hope Chantal and Bob also enjoyed their ride.

    Afterwards I grabbed some lunch and headed up to Kensington to the finish line for the Ride to Conquer Cancer. I saw Jule just as she was leaving with her family, and had a chance to talk with Janell and Sherwood while they enjoyed their post-ride food. Then I went to work, helping to break down and pack up the site. It was lots of fun.


  • Sun, September 14, 2014 7:42 AM | Barry Howard

    We held a combination mountain bike ride at Rosaryville. OH Bike and the Brew Thru joined together and held a ride, there was a lot of excitement with several new riders to mountain biking, but all of the riders survived the ride. A watermelon treat was provided by the Brew Thru crew. Riders included Barry, Tommy, Randy, Ken, and the Brew Thru Crew. 

     

    Barry 

  • Sat, September 13, 2014 9:22 AM | Reginald Stokes

    Leader: Reggie Stokes

    Members: Anthony Williams, Mia Haynes, Steve Palincsar, Leslie Tierstein, Rodney Palmer, Calvin Conyers, Reggie Stokes

    Guests: 

    Route: Jones Point to The Bethesda Bagel Shop

    Weather: Cloudy and Showers at end of ride

    AMS: 12 AMS

    Distant: 41.71

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: NONE

    Report: Calvin, Rodney and myself rode from the top of the hill at National Harbor to meet the rest of the group at Jones point. 

    We all enjoyed the great bagels before our return ride back. Leslie and Anthony took direct routes back home since they also rode to Jones Point from home and it was beginning to rain.

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