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

You must be logged in to post a ride report. To log in, enter your Email and Password in the upper right corner and click the "Login" button. If you need a password, click Forgot Password. After you login, you will see an "Add Post" button.

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.

Here is suggested template for the body that you can copy (control-c) and paste (control-v) into the body of your ride posting.









  • Thu, October 16, 2014 3:47 PM | Anonymous
    Joan wrote a great report.  Crazy late start to a ride.  11:15 for the last to arrive Virginians who missed the heads up about the accident, stuck in traffic for 45 minute average.  So Tom and Linda and I caught up to the rest of the gang just as they were arriving at Millers Farm.   Thanks everyone for being so flexible with departure time.  

    The weather was cooperative with only a few rain drops.   

    No accidents or mishaps on bike that day.  

    Nice ride

  • Tue, October 14, 2014 6:30 PM | Ronald Leak

    Ride Leader: Ronald Leak

    Date: 14 October 2014

    Ride Name: Cedarville State Forest Night Rides

    Ride Distance: 11 miles

    Average Speed of the Ride: 8.7 mph

    Ride Class: MTB

    Ride Route:

    Elevation Profile Image:

    Guest Riders: Tommy Garrison

    Member Riders: Barry Howard

    Weather: Started out nice in the 70s.

    Mishaps and Mechanicals:  None.

    Report:  This is probably the last time it will be warm for this ride.  We stayed together, and stopped at the major brakes in the trail to decide which way to go.  We decided to go clockwise on the Orange Trail and hit the Blue Trail from there.  We also hit the Green and Brown Trails.  We finished up with the Blue and Orange Trail and back to the parking lot.  There were some trees down on the trail, and some muddy spots.  It is a lot different riding these trails at night from what you see during the day.  The perception of elevation change is different, and just how the trail feel is different due to the reduced visibility.  But it is a fun and enjoyable time to be on the trail.

  • Tue, October 14, 2014 4:11 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    After yesterday's rain and the weekend's cool temperatures, we were back to sun and humidity and 82 today.  Great ride and the group pretty much stayed together - fun! We went up to St Ignatius, then across 301 to check out the nice paving on Bel Alton.  At Johnny Boy's, we changed the route so Jim could check out St Mary Ave/Rt 6 as part of the long pre-planning process for next year's IH100.  Some groaning was heard about Rose Hill and Pomfret but we all arrived at the end together.

    Today's riders: Mel Aiska, Vern Dacey, Richard Harrington (who had to leave early to meet the plumber), Diane Harris, Jim Hudnall, Alan Kurzweil, Teresa Martin, Larry Peed, Jan Tucker.  And Randy and Jackie Schoch started out on the same route but then made it their own.  



  • Mon, October 13, 2014 3:00 PM | Shane LaBrake

    Ride Leader:  Shane LaBrake

    Date:  13 October 2014

    Ride Name:  Tour de Accokeek

    Ride Distance:  About 17 miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  Ride Leader averaged 17.2 over 18.22 miles.  All of us averaged 17.0 or better.

    Ride Class:  C and Up

    Ride Route:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5440782

    Elevation Profile Image:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5440782/elevation_profile

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Broderick Pascual; Dan Zavorka; and Ryan Steadman.  

    Weather:  Gray, gloomy, and damp.  Rain had passed through a few hours earlier, and the roads were still a bit wet at the start, though drying as we rode.  The temp was 64F at the start, and 66F at the finish.  Warmer and more humid air was moving in during the course of the ride.

    Mishaps and Mechanicals:  None reported or observed.

    Report:  Four club members came to ride on this October-Monday-Holiday edition of the Tour de Accokeek.  Broderick and I were the first ones at the firehouse, and we discussed passing on the ride.  But then Dan showed up, and Ryan shortly after, and at that point we had to ride.  

    Ryan and Shane both rode to the ride start, though Ryan had a few more miles to ride from his house.

    While the skies were gloomy, our riding cadence was spirited, and we all put in a good ride.  In fact, the weather actually made for an excellent ride.  Neither hot nor cold, nor too dry either.  It made for good riding conditions. 

    Welcome to first time Tour rider Dan.  He typically rides at a slightly slower pace, but he kept with us, and I'm guessing he may have noted his personal best ams since starting to ride this past August.  Kudos to you Dan!

    All in all a very good ride.  Thanks for coming out gents!

  • Sun, October 12, 2014 9:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Yesterday was cool and rainy so I was happy to have dry, although, very cool weather for today's ride.  Sherwood Byers, Tom Short, Jan and Ron Tucker, Ken Meredith (who rode to the start from home), Chuck Coe, Dana Middleton, Liam Healy, Danzie Seaward, Alfred Jemmott, Brian Mosley, Teresa Martin, and Bill Babiuch all dressed in cold weather clothing and joined me for this ride.  Teresa and Bill had a van mishap - flat tire - but made it to the start with minutes to spare.  I started with my usual brief review of the route and instructions that included to feel free to go at your own pace but follow the cue sheet.  Within the first few miles all but 5 of the group missed a turn, not to be seen again until the rest stop.  So much for following the cue sheet!!  A torn toe cover got caught in a chain causing an unexpected stop but no fall, otherwise no significant mishaps.  (do you count keys being locked in the car as a mishap?  Resulted in having to wait for a spouse to bring the other key!). After the rest stop, the group again broke up with 3 opting to cut the ride short and everyone else making it back to the start uneventfully.  For me, this was a challenging route even though we didn't ride Croom Rd from end to end.  There were enough other hills to make up for Croom.  My legs definitely felt it!

  • Sun, October 12, 2014 9:00 AM | Blake Altman (Administrator)

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date October 12, 2014

    Ride Name:  Doncaster and Nanjemoy

    Ride Distance:  47.0 miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  19.1

    Ride Class:  AA

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather: Partly sunny, upper 50’s to 60’s

    Guest Riders: None

    Member Riders: Jean Wright, Darin King, David Kemp, Matthew Lewandowski, Steve Koehle, Michael Blaine

    Ride Report:

    We got a good turn-out for an AA ride in southern Charles County.  I think everyone was looking for a ride after Saturday’s rain.

    Michael had to turn around on Route 6 about 10 miles into the ride to make a late morning engagement; he rode to the start so he probably got in a pretty good ride.

    We had a good group of solid AA riders and we all pretty much stayed together throughout the ride.  There were some occasional breakaway groups but everyone always stayed in sight of each other and we always regrouped.

    It was a very enjoyable ride and I enjoyed the group comradery.


  • Thu, October 09, 2014 4:23 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Outstanding fall day for riding!  We rode 36 miles on a rolling route, first to Merkle and then around Croom and Bald Eagle Roads, Baden Westwood, and looping on Croom/Covington.  We then levelled out for the remaining 8 or 9 miles.

    The CC group was tight today!  Ron Altemus (on a new bike), Bob Howell, Jim McDermott, Tom Roberson and Pat Walthers all stayed together for the duration of the ride.  Riders even waited at corners and we all waited at Merkle, even though we couldn't see him, while Bob fixed a flat.  It was a fun ride.

    Jim and Jane Hudnall started out with the group but took off early to go to a meeting in Nottingham related to the upcoming Crop Hop ride.

    PS - Tail light update: I stopped on the shoulder of 301 to pick up a nice Planet Bike tail light lying on the ground (Ron actually grabbed it).  No one in either group claimed it at Merkle, but at the end, Teresa was waiting for me, having realized that she indeed was missing one. Mission accomplished.

  • Thu, October 09, 2014 10:30 AM | Samuel Perry

    Ride Leader: Sam Perry

    Members: Larry Peed, Jay Lewis, Teresa Martin, Dan Zanurett, Vernon Daley. 

    Well it was bound to happen. I ran sweep for the fastest riders today. We kept together for the most part the first 11 miles. The second portion was more challenging, with the rolling hills causing me to become further behind the group.  Linda Bankerd had signed CC but kept up with us the majority of the ride.  Since both groups were using the same cue sheet, it hardly matters.  The Ride Leader swept with a finish of 15.5 AVS.


  • Wed, October 08, 2014 5:30 PM | Shane LaBrake

    Ride Leader:  Shane LaBrake

    Date:  08 October 2014

    Ride Name:  Tour de Accokeek

    Ride Distance:  About 17 miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  Ride Leader averaged 15.7 over 20.6 miles.  Most riders were in the 14.0 - 17.0 range.

    Ride Class:  C and Up

    Ride Route:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5440782

    Elevation Profile Image:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5440782/elevation_profile

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Sherwood Byers; Diane Harris; Bob Howell; Majesta Hartley; Chris Backhaus; Dana Trevas; Jane Hudnall; Jim Hudnall; Sharon Miller; Broderick Pascual; Sheryl Romeo; and Matt Schwaller.  

    Weather:  A beautiful autumn evening.  Low humidity and the temp at 75F at the start and 67F at the finish.  There was a mild breeze that was just right.

    Mishaps and Mechanicals:  None reported or observed.

    Report: A great ride for the last Wednesday evening ride that I can lead for the season - perfect weather and a great group of riders.  We had a minor diversion early in the ride when an excavation project across Biddle Road forced us to dismount and walk around the trench in the road.  Other than that, it was smooth pedaling the entire distance.   

    It was the first time in a long time that we were honored by having Jim and Jane Hudnall back on the ride.  It's wonderful to see Jane healed from her injury and riding again.  Both Jim and Jane were riding as strong as ever, despite Jane's injury and reduced riding time this season. 

    And a welcome to first time Tour de Accokeek rider Sharon Miller.  Nice to have you along!

    Sheryl and Matt were late to the start, but caught us as we were just leaving the river. 

    Chris added a few miles riding round trip from home.

    All in all - a great ride.  Maybe I'll do it again on Monday afternoon - Columbus Day.  It would be sweet to have 20 ride leads for the season!

    Thanks for coming everyone - tonight, and throughout the season!


  • Wed, October 08, 2014 5:00 PM | Brad Francisco
    Ride Leader:  Brad Francisco

    Ride Distance:  25.8 miles

    Average Speed:  20 to 23.5 mph

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather: Low 70s and sunny

    Guest Riders: Mike Hinassy, Gordon Schrader

    Member Riders:  Paul Bales, John Choate, Douglas Carter, Blake Altman, Darin King, Michael Blaine, David Kemp, Charles (Michie) Sidwell, Jason Hendricks, Mike Wilson, Chris Zabriskie

    Ride Report:  The 14 AA riders headed out at a minute or so after 5:00PM along with the B riders.  A Charles County Sheriff in his cruiser stopped and waved us through the left hand turn onto St. Mary’s Ave.  The ride leader led the way until partway down Spring Hill - Newton Rd.  He pulled off and David Kemp took off.  The chase began.  Michie, Chris, and Michael pulled Blake and myself closer to David.  The group began fracturing.  David slowed up and permitted a few of us to catch up before he got to Rt. 6.  Then off he went again!  The back group lost sight of the front group about then and didn’t see most of them until back at the parking lot.

    The ride leader along with Michael and Blake caught David as we went down the hill on Rt. 6 at 40 mph.  The four worked together the rest of the ride until the last part of St. Mary's Ave. where David blasted ahead of us.  We rolled into the parking lot together with a 23.5 mph average.  Michie rolled in with a 21.2 average, with the main group coming in with a 20.9 average. 

    Perfect weather for a ride.  Lets hope that we can get a ride or two more in, this was fun!


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