Ride Reports

Ride Leaders are encouraged to post reports on their rides. Members can comment on ride reports and anyone can read the reports and comments. Instructions for posting a report

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  • Fri, May 29, 2015 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Ride leader: Jackie & Randy Schoch 

    Members: Steve Palinscar, Vicki Garlock, and Larry Peed.

    Guests: None

    Weather: A beautiful morning.

    Route: Same as posted on 8/8/14

    Mishaps and mechanicals: None

    AMS: 12.1 mph.

    It's a great and moderately easy route with one long climb of approx. 1/2 mile ("granny" is not necessary) up Mt. Pisgah on Hawthorne Rt. 225. Hawthorne has a wide shoulder that is marked as a bike route and the rest of the ride is on lightly traveled rural roads. Vicki and Larry rode ahead of our group in order to get a good workout. Steve rode ahead of us a little and we could see him most of the time so we could chase. Jackie and I rode together for the whole ride at a very moderate pace bringing up the rear. At the rest stop at the Pisgah Store, we had a nice visit with snacks, drinks, and Mega Million tickets. There were many trail users today but we didn't see much wild life. We dined at George's for lunch. It was a great day for a bicycle ride.

  • Thu, May 28, 2015 10:30 AM | Samuel Perry

    Route: Hard Times In The Country- Miller Farms 41 miles

    Ride Leader : Sam Perry

    Members : Sonja Newman, Jan & Ron Tucker, Tom Short, Alan Kurzweil, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Vernon Dailey, Charles Sidwell.

    Nine Riders and myself rode the above mentioned route.  The weather was very humid and hot.

    I would describe today's route as less climbing than usual but the hills we did climb did make up for it as far as intensity. I think we were just under 1300 Ft in total climbing today. (1254 ft. ascending)

    The route to the rest stop at Miller Farms started out quickly with the front group moving at max B pace.

    The Ride Leader was sweeping at 15 AMS.  We all slowed down at Thrift RD as the heat/humidity and the road grade slowed us down. Because of the heat we took a longer rest break at Miller Farms than usual.

    Some of the riders decided to continue the second half of the ride with the CC class riders. The rest of us continued on to the next leg of the route. At the second rest stop at the WAWA in Cedarville a vote was taken to shorten the route due to the heat and humidity.  We completed 39 miles instead of 41 miles.

    The faster riders came in at 15.7 and 15.3.  The Ride Leader swept the rear with an AMS of 14.5.

  • Thu, May 28, 2015 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride Leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Ron Altemus, Lisha Peacock, Stacie Rourke, Loretta Troen, Barry Winkleman, Dana Trevas

    Guests: Tim Ahern

    Weather: It was hot and humid, the sort of day that makes you think of places where they train Marines in jungle warfare and exhibit flesh eating tropical flowers, places with spanish moss hanging everywhere in long green tendrils, 80 at least when we started, and according to the guy in the WaWa "It's 98 out there!" but I think he was exaggerating.  A little.

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7878251  A few months ago we would have thought this route on the long side at 41.5 miles, but we've broken the glass ceiling (thanks, Rita!) and these days, 41 is the new 37.   At least, it was for the CC group: some of the ABs decided at the WaWa to skip the excursion through Pinefield and come straight back all the way on Cedarville and never mind the potholes.  We actually enjoyed Pinefield.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13.2

    We had three new riders on today's Best of Brandywine.  Lisha lives close to Brandywine and rides the Casey Jones ride, but today was her friend Stacie's first ever road ride, as well as her longest ride ever.   Tim lives near me in Alexandria and rode with us on the Milk Run to Chesapeake Beach.  It was fun riding with you, and you're all most welcome to join us in future!

    Today's theme song should have been "Hard Times in the Country (Down on Penny's Farm)" [ performed here by the Bently Boys in 1929 ] but the mental juke box served up "Summer in the City" (Lovin' Spoonful, from 1966) instead.  At least we had some shade every now and then, but yes, at times definitely "hotter than a match head".  And just think, it's only May.  July is going to be great! 

  • Wed, May 27, 2015 8:01 PM | Shane LaBrake

    Ride Leader:  Shane LaBrake

    Date:  27 May 2015

    Ride Name:  Tour de Accokeek

    Ride Distance:  About 17 miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  The ride leader averaged 15.5, and the group stayed close together.

    Ride Class:  CC - Touring

    Guest Riders:  None.

    Member Riders:  Denise Moore; Delane Rouse; James Denmark; Lynne Blake-Hedges; Wayne Blake-Hedges; and William Bryant.

    Weather:  Partly sunny, warm and muggy with puffy storm clouds around.  87F at ride start/81F at ride finish.

    Mechanicals and Mishaps: None to report.

    Report:  A severe storm watch for the area through 7:00 pm may have accounted for a small turn out tonight.  In a post to the club, I said we would decide at 5:30, and at that time all was calm and so we rode!

    Welcome to new Tour riders Lynne and Wayne Blake-Hedges, and to second time riders Denise Moore and William Bryant.  Denise and William rode the tour for the first time last week while I was away.

    And on that subject - Thanks to Delane Rouse for posting and leading last week's Tour.  And thanks to Ryan Steadman for offering to lead in my stead.  There was a little confusion over who was going to post the ride (i.e., me or Ryan), and Delane cleared that up by posting it himself!   Thanks Delane and Ryan.

    We enjoyed a great ride tonight.  The group stayed close for the duration. 

    This was impressive on two counts:  One, William was riding a single speed bike with cross tires.  Two, both William and Denise were not wearing cycling shoes.  Both stayed tight with the multi-speed /clipped-in riders the entire ride.  Kudos! 

    Here's wishing for better weather next week.

  • Wed, May 27, 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%

    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, Ken Meredith

    Riders: Dan Hoefert, Brad Buzby, Douglas Carter, Brad Francisco, Mike Wilson, Paul Bales, John Choate, Andrew Harris, Doug Cline, Robert Smith, Jason Hendricks, Anthony Carter, Michael Blaine, Sean Neilson, David Kemp, Gordon Schrader, Alan Canfield, Broderick Pascual

    Weather: Partly sunny and warm at 91degrees. Popup storms to the Southwest (moving Northeast across the course) and to the North. Winds from the SSW at 8.

    AMS: Leaders      23.4 mph

            Sweep        18.0 mph

    Mishaps: None

    Mechanicals: None

    Report: Another fast evening with the leaders (Dan, David and Andrew) cruising well into the 23mph range.  Welcome back to Brad Buzby who returned to the CJE last week after conquering physical injuries he sustained last year.  Brad is prepping for his return to the Tri’s. Great to have Sean Neilson back with us again this year as well, along with a special showing from Broderick Pascual, who often frequents Shane's Wednesday night Tour.

    Thanks to Ken Meredith for leading and sweeping the A’s in Holly’s stead.  Holly injured her knee doing Crossfit and was unable make it.  We hope you feel better soon Holly!

    Trying to anticipate the weather on the Course was interesting tonight with the storms to the Southwest popping at the last minute.  We caught a few very large raindrops working our way across Rt-6 into Dentsville, but otherwise had no weather related issues.

    Blake and I rode together in the Chase-2 position for much of the Express chasing Brad F. and Robert’s taillight about a half mile up.  Anthony and Doug Cline pulled Blake and I back in at the ride’s end and were reportedly chasing my taillight up 301 and the Fairground rollers.  Michael B. was taking it easy in prep for his upcoming Tri event this weekend, dropping back from the leaders to Chase-1, Chase-2 and so on, just sampling the riding styles of one group to the next.

    Special thanks to Paul Bales, who was hosting a group of triathletes this evening at the CJR and extended an invitation to the CJE riders to join in the festivities and hors d'oeuvres.  A wonderful evening!

    The Burn:











    14 lbs

    4.0 mph























    Robert S.




    5 lbs

    1.8 mph























  • Tue, May 26, 2015 3:09 PM | Michael & Yuyin Bivens

    Ride Leader: Mike Bivens

    Distance:  35.0.  AMS for the group was high to mid B, and for the sweeping ride leader, 15.0.

    Members:  Larry Peed, Jim Hudnall, and Dan Zavorka

    Weather:  Warm (approaching hot) with higher humidity than recent weeks. Temperature at ride start was in the low 80s and rose to the upper 80s.  Mostly sunny with a slight breeze that was refreshing when not in the shade. 

    Ride Report:  Smaller group than usual today.  Not sure whether the threat of a hot day, or too much riding over the past three day weekend were factors.  Due to higher forecasted temps and higher humidity, this mid-range route was chosen for its shade, but still included some hills. We left the shopping center late (see below) and went down Livingston to Hawthorne, Chickamuxen, and then an almost immediate left up Mason Springs.  We turned left on Poorhouse, right on Burch and right on Port Tobacco before a left on Mill Swamp taking us to the rest stop at the Goose Bay Marina.  We waited for the CC group to arrive and we all left together retracing back to Blossom Point, Port Tobacco, and then up Rose Hill and Bumpy Oak to Livingston and the return.

    Mechanicals: None.    

    Incidents: At the start, one rider noticed that his rear tire was not only bald in spots, but threads were visible.  Rather than abandon, he borrowed a rear wheel from another bike, whose rider who was not present.  Thus the group incurred a 10 minute starting penalty as the “unauthorized” swap took place.

    After cresting Rose Hill, Jim scouted potential alternate rest stops for the Indian Head 100 since the Thomas Stone National Historic site will be closed on Labor Day.  Possible alternatives, if needed, were identified.

    Photo album

  • Tue, May 26, 2015 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader: Ron Altemus

    Members: Steve Palincsar

    Route:   We did a slower take on Mike Bivens' Goosing the Hills 35 mile r/t.  Started off down Livingston to Hawthorne, Chicamuxen, and up Mason Springs.  A quick stop at the Pisgah Firehouse and then continued on Poorhouse, right on Burch and right on Port Tobacco before a left on Mill Swamp (which was particularly lovely all nice and green and shaded).  Rest stop at the Goose Bay Marina where the B group had awaited our arrival.  Leaving together we retraced back to Blossom Point, Port Tobacco, and then up Rose Hill and Bumpy Oak to Livingston.  However, both Steve and I had started at the Accokeek fire station so we got a total of 10 extra miles coming and going...

    Weather: Sunny, warm - 73 at the start, 85 at the finish.  Hot going up Bumpy Oak with direct sun and no breeze, but when either riding much of the shade covered route or with the 9+ mph SW breeze, it was comfortable.

    AMS: 12.7

    Report:  Another nice ride with good conversation, though going up Rose Hill seemed to have quite a bit of traffic whereas the rest of the route had been quite serene.  Starting and ending at Accokeek, and riding across the "top side" to Bryans Road makes for a nice warm-up and cool down - with the added benefit of extra miles for the NBC leader board!

    Photo album

  • Mon, May 25, 2015 9:45 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Janell Saunders, Walt Roscello, Ron Altemus, Bob Howell, Henry & Yvonne Hoyle (on trikes), Randy Schoch, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Delane Rouse, Denise Moore, Mike Bivens, Pat Walthers

    Guests: Walt Fink

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2187878 -- 16 mi, starting at the Jefferson Memorial with side trips to Union Market and Eastern Market (which was closed).  The ride started in Jones Point Park in Alexandria and went down to the Jefferson Memorial by way of the Mount Vernon Trail; the return followed the Mount Vernon Trail to Four Mile Run and from there the Wayne Anderson Trail and Commonwealth Ave. to Mount Vernon Ave. and a stop at the Dairy Godmother in Del Ray.  From there we went south on Mount Vernon to Braddock, then Pendleton across Old Town to Royal and Royal back to Jones Point Park.  Just over 30 miles total distance.

    Weather: a perfect summer day.  Sunny, windy, ~ 70 at 9:45 and the mid 80s most of the day.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: a tube replacement before the ride that turned out to be a bad pump head; and on K st after leaving the Arboretum two riders bumped into each other and at least one fell.  No bike damage only and minimal road rash.  It's a blessing the streets were virtually empty, because in traffic it could have been complicated.

    AMS: doesn't count at all on a ride like this.  We left at 9:45 and returned at around 3:15.  We regrouped often to make up for many separations caused by traffic lights, and spent an appropriate amount of time (for a holiday tour) at rest stops.

    Ride report: Jones Point Park was as full as I have ever seen it, and it was pretty busy on the Mount Vernon Trail heading towards DC, but once we left the Jefferson Memorial it turned out to be one of those beautiful "morning after the night before" holidays in DC.  There were signs of an impending parade or festival on Jefferson St through the Mall - barriers closing the road, didn't stop us, of course, and plastic fencing around the Capitol Reflecting Pool that didn't stop us either.  Once past the Capitol it was nearly empty streets all the way to the Arboretum. 

    In the Arboretum, we encountered an equally large group of cyclists from the Northern Virginia Casual Cycling group.  Azalea Drive was closed on account of an active eagle nest, so we blundered about on the Arboretum roads, stopping at the Capitol Columns and the Bonsai exhibit.

    We stopped at Eastern Market on the way back, but they're closed on Monday.  A few left us at Four Mile Run to return straight back to Jones Point, but most of the group went up Commonwealth to the Dairy Godmother for custard.

    In all, it was an exceptionally enjoyable holiday ride.

    Photo album

  • Mon, May 25, 2015 9:00 AM | Blake Altman (Administrator)

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date May 25, 2015

    Ride Name:  Doncaster & Nanjemoy

    Ride Distance:  46 miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  19.1-20.2 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3 Sport

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather: Upper 70’s to lower 80’s, breezy, very nice

    Guest Riders: Eric Williams

    Member Riders: Kevin Toups, Mike Wilson, Michael Blaine, Pete Czapiewski, David Kemp

    Ride Report:

    As some readers might know from the rider list, there was a lot of “horsepower” on this ride.  Given that, it isn’t too surprising that the ride split into two groups by the time we started on Port Tobacco Road (Route 6).  As a member of the back group it was sort of fun in a slightly demoralizing way to watch the front group recede from view on the long straight sections of the route.

    We regrouped a various places on the route, including the rest stop, when the front people waited.  However, we always split into the same two groups within a few miles of regrouping, generally on uphill sections.  This was not a problem as both the fast and “slow” groups had very respectable moving averages.

    Kevin, David, and Michael B. rode from home and Michael split off early from the ride to head back home.

    It was another nice ride; thanks for joining me guys!

  • Sun, May 24, 2015 1:00 PM | Holly Carr (Administrator)

    Sunday's ride was warm and wonderful.  I was joined by Diane Harris, Broderick Pascual, Kirk Saunders, Ken Meredith and Samson Samson. 

    My husband met us in the parking lot to "ride his own ride."  He almost caught us on 228, when Kirk had to repair a flat, but the light held him back.

    After the climb up Route 6, the ride took us to Scotts Store at mile 21.9.  From there we meandered over to Riverside to ride it from one end to the other.  This excursion up and down the rollers combined with the extra trip down Chicamuxen, gave us the 9 additional miles.

    On the way down Durham Church, down 425 to Baptist Church--Steve Perakis passed us complete with his backpack.  Our paceline caught up to him for a draft.  Little did we know--the right on to Baptist Church was sudden.  Several of us missed the turn.  A woman drove up to the corner.  Her mouth and eyes were wide open--as we came right at her and barely made the turn.  Steve kept going as we waited for the others to catch up.  All was well and safe, and we laughed at the woman's surprised face.

    When the weather gets warmer, we will have to start this ride sooner.  Next week, we will Join Diane  at Mattaponi for her ride. 

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