Ride Reports

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  • Wed, June 10, 2015 5:30 PM | Shane LaBrake

    Ride Leader:  Shane LaBrake

    Date:  10 June 2015

    Ride Name:  Tour de Accokeek

    Ride Distance:  About 17 miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  The ride leader averaged 15.0.  I'm sure there were may riders at 17.0 - 18.0, maybe faster.  There were also some in the 12.0s.  The ride leader was average indeed.

    Ride Class:  CC - Touring

    Guest Riders:  Glenn Burroughs; Brenda Baker; and Barbara Wright (for the record, Brenda & Barbara are sisters).

    Member Riders:  Bob Howell; Sherwood Byers; Ron Leak; Denise Moore; Walter Carr; Daryl Stinnett; Adrienne Stinnett; Majesta Hartley; Jane Hudnall; Jim Hudnall; Nancy Hankin; Sonja Newman; James Denmark; Phillip Mitchell; Dan Zavorka; Mark Wimbush; Maize Wimbush - age 9 (you go girl!); Troy Eddy; Sheryl Romeo; Matt Schwaller; Broderick Pascual; William Bryant; and Chris Backhaus.  (Whew!)

    Weather:  Partly sunny, warm and kind of muggy.  84F at ride start/77F at ride finish.  Bit of a stiff breeze too!

    Mechanicals and Mishaps:  Two first time tour riders took a hit.  Barbara Wright had a flat tire near mile 9.5.  Daryl Stinnett had a fall and lost his seat!  (More on this in the report.)  Thanks to Walter and Jane for helping Barbara fix her flat and get back on the road. 

    Report:  First:  Wow!  A warm summer night in June and 27 people come to ride.  Wow!  Thanks for coming out everyone. 

    Second:  A warm welcome to six first time Tour riders:  Brenda, Barbara, Glenn, Daryl, Adrienne, and Maize.

    Third:  What happens when two riders show up wearing the same jersey?  A jersey that depicts a very, very fine IPA that your dear author might be sipping while writing this report.  Yep.  Me and Chris Backhaus both showed up wearing Stone Brewery Ruination IPA jerseys.  Does the fact that two people were wearing jerseys with the word "ruination" portend ruinous results?  Or does it simply mean that's what we should be sipping Ruination IPA at the end of the ride?  One has to wonder.  

    Fourth:  Thanks to Walt for riding sweep, and to Jane for staying back with some of the D-into-C riders.

    Fifth:  Thanks to Majesta for inviting so many new riders to the Tour!

    So, whereas in the last Tour two weeks ago everyone stayed tight, this week riders were all over the ride classification spectrum.  I'm certain that some of the riders up front were riding at least an A pace (sport?, training? touring? whatever!)  Chris and Broderick were definitely there, and probably Ron, and Dan and Phil, and quite likely Bob and Troy, the latter two certainly riding a B clip, along with Sherwood and Sonja - but I'm guessing, as I was behind.  There were other riders riding at CC and C for sure!  Jim would have been with the A group if he weren't stopping all the time to take the pics that accompany this report.

    Also notable:  Nine-year-old Maize Wimbush.  What can I say?  Awesome!  Amazing!  Is it too silly to call her Amazing Maize?  On 24" tires and and a tiny frame, her father Mark and I rode alongside her into the rest stop pushing 22 mph.  She made it up Barry's Hill hardly breaking a sweat.  Had we all started to ride that way so young!

    And also notable:  Majesta and Phil joined me in the two times up BHRoad club.

    And notable too:  Daryl literally was "riding the rails" - from the bottom of Barry's Hill Road to the firehouse.  He experienced an unfortunate clipping issue (he just got clipless shoes and pedals - we've all been there) - just as he started to climb Barry's Hill.  The quick spin is that he lost his balance and fell, and the seat popped off the rails.  We tried in vain to get it right, and in the end he was literally sitting on the rails (I know, all of us male riders are wincing).  His words:  "I'm a trooper!"  Indeed! 

    At this point the Ruination is ruining my writing, and I'm tired to boot.  If I have failed to remember any other noteworthy happenings on this ride, I apologize.

    Hope to see all of you again next week!


  • Wed, June 10, 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, Jean Wright

    Riders: Brad Buzby, Douglas Carter, Brad Francisco, Mike Wilson, Paul Bales, John Choate, Doug Cline, Jason Hendricks, Michael Blaine, Gordon Schrader, Alan Canfield, Ken Meredith, Chris Zabriskie, Chuck Coe, Diane Harris, Darin King, Karen Fitzgerald, Mike Dent, Josh Hettel, Holly Car, Holden Hudson

    Weather: Sunny and warm at 84 degrees. Winds from the SW at 7.

    AMS: Leaders      23.0 mph

            Sweep        18.0 mph

    Mishaps: None

    Mechanicals: None

    Report: A splendid turnout on this gorgeous evening with 24 riders.  By 5:20 the parking lot is swimming in beautiful TT and road machines with their deep wheels, and aero frames and bars beckoning. Soon, St Mary’s is engulfed in the hollow sound of carbon wheels and the sharp echo of shifting chains biting hard their cogs as speed quickly takes the line.  Tonight my tank is empty; Mistress Rose taking her toll 15 times the day before. But in the finest traditions of the CJE, lead riders give no quarter this night easily stretching to the 23 mark.  Karen, Paul and Douglas pick up my 301 ruins, ensuring our return; this and her riders always the honorable engagement, especially desirable when off one’s game.

    The Burn:











    16 lbs

    3 mph


























    Robert S.




    9 lbs

    1.8 mph






















  • Wed, June 10, 2015 10:37 AM | Michael & Yuyin Bivens

    Distance:  36.0.  AMS for the group was low A to mid B, and for the sweeping ride leader, 14.4.  Darryl started from and returned home adding an additional 20 miles.

    Members:  Robert Smith, Larry Peed, Jim Hudnall, Alan Kurzweil, Darryl Lowery, Sam Perry, Tom Short and Vernon Daley.

    Guest: Paige Wroble

    Weather:  Warm (approaching hot) with enough humidity to take a toll. Temperature at ride start was in the low 80s and rose to the upper 80s.  Another mostly sunny day with a breeze that was refreshing when not in the shade. 

    Classification: B Sport/Touring

    Ride Report:   In anticipation of the upcoming Patuxent River Rural Legacy Ride this Saturday, tried to mimic some of the ups and downs on today’s route, and with heat and humidity use as much shade as possible (no shade on that short climb and only a view of the cemetery on your right). We went down and up Bumpy Oak; down Rose Hill; and then up Chapel Point to the rest stop at St. Ignatius Church.  Crossing 301 we hit the rollers on Bel Alton-Newtown and Springhill-Newtown; crossed 301 to come down Locust Grove and then up Rose Hill and Bumpy Oak to finish.  Except for the sweeping group, it appeared that everyone else stayed together and rode a reasonable low A pace.  For a few, a recovery ride from some very recent hard riding.   

    Mechanicals: Tom had a flat on Livingston near the ride end and rather than change the tube elected to walk back to the start.  Larry arrived in Rescue 1 to SAG him back.    

    Incidents: Higher humidity took its toll with two riders cramping and one bonking. Having almost completed my internship at Bike Doctor, I’m authorized to and did dispense electrolyte capsules. This emphasizes the need to stay adequately hydrated and fueled as the days get warmer.

     Delighted to see Joan Oppel return to the Tuesday morning ride for the CC version, but disheartened to learn of Richard Harrington’s accident and broken wrist. Jim reported he recently spoke with Richard who anticipated being back on the bike within two weeks!

  • Tue, June 09, 2015 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Steve Palincsar, Joan Oppel, Loretta Troen

    Route:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8348225  Over to St. Ignatius Church and its wonderful ice machine via Bumpy Oak and Rose Hill.  Return looping to Johnny Boys via Bel Alton-Newtown/Springhill-Newtown and then back to MD-6 via Locust Grove and Chapel Point.  Instead of climbing Rose Hill, the CCers went across Valley and up Hawthorne before the final push via Bumpy Oak back to our start.  Total of 36+ miles instead of the advertised 35.  (Steve and I once again started/ended at Accokeek Firehouse and finished with 50 miles for the day.)

    Weather:  Very nice - extra low humidity, SW breeze about 9 mph, start temp of 73, end of 85.

    AMS:   12.3 for the rear; 13 for the lead

    Report:  Working her way back, Joan joined a Southern Exposure ride for the first time since her mishap.  As she builds strength and stamina, her pace isn't what it use to be - though her hill climbing abilities appear to be fully intact.  Joan and I followed Steve and Loretta for most of the ride - the lead two were always in sight and we regrouped often.  The short steep up to St. Ignatius proved no problem but we decided that instead of going back via Rose Hill, we'd take Valley/Hawthorne as the wide shoulders offered a bit more latitude in case the ascent proved arduous.  That final push up Bumpy Oak was also conquered without any trouble.  The CC contingent today was quite the congenial group and it was great having Joan riding with us again.

    Photo of B and CC groups

  • Sun, June 07, 2015 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leaders: Steve Palincsar & Joan Oppel

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7319330  990' of elevation gain -- at least, that was the ride for all except the B contingent, who changed things up in aid of extra miles, riding the full length of Rt 6 down to the end and Riverside straight back.  Debby rode to the ride start from Pisgah, extending it to 50 miles.

    Members: Jay Lewis, Sherwood Byers, Janell Saunders, Pat Walthers, Linda and Paul Bankerd, Barbara Klieforth, Debby Bowman and Joan Oppel.  Sonja arrived without helmet, shoes etc. and had to abandon without riding.  Here we are, in a photo by Debby.

    Guests: Eileen Nivea

    Weather: 70s-low 80s, occasionally sunny but mostly overcast and cloudy bright

    Ride report: We all stayed together for the first 6 miles, regrouping as necessary, and then Sherwood, Linda and Janell took off.  We saw them again at mile 25 heading towards the park just after we left it, and then again at the end.  We stopped at the Nanjemoy store after the first stop at Mallows Bay Park and talked to a woman who lives on Adams Willet who was out searching for her dog Trixie, and lost Joan and Pat for a while when they turned around at Adams Willet.  They texted us as we were waiting at Hancock Run and 6 saying they were OK and had been pursuing a phantom rider and that we should go on.  They rejoined at the second stop at Mallows Bay Park.  Roads were quiet - almost no traffic out today and Nanjemoy was pretty as usual: it doesn't take much effort to convince yourself you're riding in the George Washington National Forest when you're out there.   Of course, the big news is Joan's back - riding strong, too, and sporting new Ergo brifters and a new handlebar on her Ti Seven.
  • Sun, June 07, 2015 9:30 AM | Barry Howard

    We held our weekly ride at Cedarville state park, starting at 9:30am. We decided to mix up the course so we headed out counterclock wise. At the Coal furnance we were able to pick up the newly cut trail which allows us to follow the course in a figure 8 pattern. After a short break at the lake we were able to finish up the ride in about 1-1/2 hrs. Everyone had a great time, riders included Randy, Barry, and Jason.


    Barry Howard 

  • Sun, June 07, 2015 8:30 AM | Scott Walker

    Class: AA/3

    Category: Sport

    Description: SMECO recovery

    Speed Limit Imposed: None

    Gain: 1406ft

    Distance 44.6mi

    Max Grade: 5.6%

    Ride Leader Scott Walker

    Riders: Claire Chiamulera, Mike Wilson, Sue Estes, Den Scanlon  

    Weather: Partly sunny, 67 at the start warming to 74.  Winds from the ESE at 8.

    AMS: 19.7

    Mechanicals: None

    Mishaps: None

    Report:  Beautiful morning for a spirited little recovery ride.  Holly brought her Irish Setters to see everyone off.  Very pretty (and friendly) animals Holly.  Small group today, but everyone was well matched – making for a tight, and very efficient line.  Mike rode to the start and departed for home early before we reached the first stop in Welcome.  The group decided to pass on the second stop in Marbury, and it seemed like the ride was over a few minutes later…a very fun little pace-liner!

  • Sat, June 06, 2015 8:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:   Ron Altemus

    Members:  Roscoe Williamson, Sherwood Byers, John Gorman, Tom Short, Linda Bankerd, Andrea Noseck, Lisha Peacock

    Route:   45 miles:  East on Barry to Bunker Hill/Davis and then Lexington to Middletown.  All the way down Middletown to Marshall Corner and on to Hawthorne.  Continuing on Ripley/Annapolis Woods to Fire Tower and west on MD-6 to Hilltop/Annapolis Woods over to Poorhouse into Pisgah.  Picking up Bicknell to Sweetwater and then north on Chicamuxen for the quick zigzag on Hawthorne/Livingston for a brief bit of the IHRT.  Back on Hawthorne to Lower Wharf, up MD-210 to Chapman's Landing then Hungerford and Livingston to Bryans Road.  Final stretch via Mathews/Carroll/Gospel Union to Livingston and then Dusty/Manning back to the shopping center.

    Weather:   Very pleasant:  temperature at the start was 66; 77 upon our return.  A northerly wind of 8-10 mph was occasionally noted.

    AMS:   almost 15 for the sweeping leader.  Assume those out in front were close to 16.

    Report:   The ride/route was very similar to one John Gorman had posted for May 30 which he had to cancel but was ridden all the same (see Sherwood's report below).  Today's was advertised as a CC Touring but given the relatively flat nature of the route, wide shoulders and/or lack of vehicular traffic, and that northerly wind, everyone moved along at a brisk clip.  Almost immediately at the start, we broke into two groups:  Sherwood, Tom, Linda, Andrea, and Lisha out in front; Tom, Roscoe (on his new Trek Domane w/disk brakes), and me a bit behind.  We regrouped at the rest stops before again starting off together only to quickly separate (I think B riders only ride at that pace so they can have really long rest stops).  The slower group eschewed the final rest stop/bio break so we actually beat the fast group back.  Sherwood, Linda, and Andrea were so psyched by the lack of elevation that they left the final rest stop with plans to do an additional 15 miles.

    From a novice ride leader's perspective, it is always nice to have a group of riders show up that you have ridden with before at various times and know their riding styles.  Makes it very easy to act as a ride leader.  Thanks to all for joining me this morning.

  • Sat, June 06, 2015 7:50 AM | Scott Walker

    Class: AA/3

    Category: Training

    Description: AA Century-Team Event; SMECO 75

    Speed Limit Imposed [on the flats]: 22

    Gain: 1791ft

    Distance 74.7mi

    Max Grade: 6.4%

    Team: Brad Francisco, Scott Walker, Robert Smith, George Valenzuela, Robert Golding

    Weather: Mostly sunny, 64 at the start warming to 75.  Winds from the NW at 9.

    AMS: 20.0mph

    Mechanicals: Flat

    Mishaps: Leg cramps


    Report:  The weather was questionable during the week leading up to the SMECO, but ended up being sunny and warm.  A nice tailwind pushed us for the first half and offered challenge on the return.   Some harmless speeding violations were incurred today (smile) but everyone seemed to enjoy the fun, and Jean said her AA group would be happy to pick-up any “casualties” from our line; thanks Jean! George flatted immediately following our traverse of the half-complete, chip sealed section of the 75 mile course (the flat was presumably caused by sharp aggregate still remaining on the road).  We all stopped and chatted while George made the repair and then we were off again.  Other than maybe George’s flat, everyone seemed amused during our ride over the aggregate often in the 23-25mph range.  We opted to take the last rest stop (we normally skip this stop) because Robert S. was beginning to cramp (calf) towards the end of the ride.  So, Robert took the opportunity to quickly pound his calf back into submission.  Fun was had by all, and I especially enjoyed the AA recharge on the grassy knoll following the ride!

  • Sat, June 06, 2015 7:45 AM | Walt Roscello (Administrator)
    Leader: Walt Roscello

    Members: Melissa Watson, Don Porada, Jule Thorne, Bob Howell

    Guests: about 400, but they signed in with SMECO

    Route: SMECO's 2015 50 mile route

    Weather: 70-80 degrees with variable cloudiness

    AMS: around 14 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: none, but I did help another rider re-seat a chain

    Report: With no mishaps and no rain, we were free to enjoy the weather and the ride.  We took leisurely rest stops to take advantage of the support and remain well rested.  We were close enough to the B 50 riders of OHBike that we saw them at the first two rest stops, and had the pleasure of seeing the A+ riders as they passed us on the road two or three times.  We were generally in two groups depending on the hilliness of each stretch, but never more than a few hundred yards apart, and we regrouped frequently.  Overall, it was a very enjoyable touring-paced ride.

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