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  • Fri, August 14, 2015 10:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Mark Garrison

    Route:  North Central Rail Trail - Cockeysville, MD, to New Freedom, PA, and return.  41.7 miles total

    Weather:  Gorgeous day: sunshine, mid 80s, absolutely no humidity

    AMS: 12.1 (11 mph outbound so we must have come back at 13 mph to get an AMS of 12)

    Report:  The North Central Rail Trail is a real delight to ride.  It has some paved sections but mostly is very hard packed stone dust.  From the Cockeysville/Paper Mill parking lot, the old rail bed goes slightly uphill to the MD/PA line near New Freedom, PA.  We rode uphill to New Freedom, had a great lunch, and then coasted back down to our starting point.  For the majority of its length, one rides under a canopy of trees with the Big Gunpowder Falls river paralleling the trail on one side or the other.  Mark had ridden parts of the trail previously, but not for several years, and was surprised at the number of people out riding or walking the trail.  A float trip on the river is an alternative outing and there were small groups walking up the trail with their inter-tubes/flotation devices to float back downstream.  We preferred cycling and it was a most enjoyable day!

  • Fri, August 14, 2015 9:30 AM | Vicki Garlock

    Ride leader: Vicki Garlock

    Members: Jackie Schoch, Larry Peed and Jim Hudnall

    Guests: None

    Weather: start of the ride was low 70's and low humidity

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9282301  Took the rail trail via the newly reopened section all the way to Bumpy Oak, then worked our way over to Pisgah via Bumpy Oak/Hawthorne/Ripley/Poorhouse.  A brief rest stop at the Pisgah store and then return via Bicknell/Sweetman/Chicamuxen/Livingston back to the trail and on to Indian Head Village Green.

    Mishaps and Mechanicals: None

    AMS: 13.0 mph 

    Our riders split this morning at the start in Indian Head with Jackie and myself following the cue sheet and Jim and Larry heading off to Fort Washington for a second set of keys for Jim's car.  It was a beautiful day to ride and we were surprised there weren't more people out on the trail.  We took our break at Pisgah Store and while we were there Jackie let me ride her bike so I could try out her Terry saddle. (I came home and ordered one...yay me) The rest of the ride was uneventful. We got back to Indian Head just before Larry and Jim although they had about 10 more miles logged then we did. 

  • Thu, August 13, 2015 9:30 AM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    I think this will be a one sentence ride report: great weather for a bike ride, 2 good companions for the CC version, Ron Altemus and Steve "Jukebox" Palincsar, mostly shady route, good times were had.


  • Wed, August 12, 2015 5:30 PM | Bruce Wright


    Leader: Bruce Wright

    Members:, Lisha Peacock, Ken Meredith, Wesley Meredith, and Chuck Coe

    Route: Casey Jones Express

    Weather: 82 degrees, wind N 6 mph

    AMS: 18.5

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Flat Tire

    Report:  We started at the same time as the AAs.  All A riders stayed together at a very fast pace.  Chuck had a flat tire after passing the bridge on Budds Creek Road. Lisha continued with Jean and the rest of the A riders stopped to help Chuck.  After flat was fixed, crew started back at a fast pace.  The A group finished at a pace of 18.5 with a moving average speed of 18.9, my personal best.  Very good ride and very fast. 


  • Wed, August 12, 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)

    Tonight’s PRs (CJE 25.1mi TT Course): Pete Czapiewski, 22.9 mph (now 9th overall, all-time), Anthony Carter, 22.5 mph, Zach Peacock, 22.1 mph, Bruce Wright (leading the A's) 18.9 mph

    Ride Leaders: Scott Walker, Blake Altman, Jean Wright

    Riders: Brad Francisco, Zach Peacock, Robert Smith, Chuck Coe, Paul Bales, Douglas Carter, John Choate, Karen Fitzgerald, Darin King, Marcus Jones, Anthony Carter, David Kemp, Pete Czapiewski, Mike Wilson, Steve Wilks

    Weather: Sunny, 84 degrees with winds from the NW at 6

    AMS: Leaders      22.9 mph

            Sweep        18.9 mph

    Mishaps: None

    Mechanicals: My right cleat became loose on the return up 301. At the time I wasn’t sure of the exact problem (cleat, pedal, pedal arm, etc.) but kept going. The issue turned out to be a lot less than it felt like (I thought my pedal might fall off at any moment but there was only about 1/16th inch of play).

    Report: I'm delighted to welcome first-timer Marcus Jones to the Casey Jones Express. As Marcus pulled back in the parking lot following the ride, with a big smile and shaking his head he yelled out: "You've got to be kidding!  I was dropped just after eight miles; I was solo and on the cue sheet after that."  Still smiling: "That's okay; I'm not scared; I'll be back."  Marcus, you rock!  Welcome to the CJE and do, absolutely, keep coming back; you'll just get faster and faster from here-out.

    We missed Rob Golding tonight, but we all want to congratulate him for his fantastic showing at his first sanctioned race at the Greenbelt Training Series.  Rob took first place for a cat-5 win! 

    The CJE was pretty tame tonight all the way to Rt-6.  The lead pace-line didn't make its breakaway until the Dentsville climb.  Following the climb, Chase-1 was pretty well formed-up by the turn South onto the Kentucky-Bowling segment (4.6mi) and kept the leaders in range for the duration with a 25.1 mph segment average. Chase-1 subsequently split because of traffic on the Budd's Creek turn, leaving three behind (and becoming Chase-2).  Chase-2 later picked up two riders on the return up 301 and then remained intact to the end, finishing with a 22.1 mph average.  Tonight was a tough one for me, personally, following last week's vacation in Seattle (having fun, goofing off and off the bike).  But, nonetheless, as always this was terrific ride!
  • Wed, August 12, 2015 4:37 PM | Shane LaBrake

    Ride Leader:  Shane LaBrake

    Date:  12 August 2015

    Ride Name:  Tour de Accokeek

    Ride Distance:  About 17 miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:   The ride leader averaged 17.30 over 19.56 miles.  There may have been a few faster speeds around 17.5 or higher. Slower speeds were in the 12.0s.

    Ride Class:  CC - Touring and up

    Guest Riders:  Rashad Terry

    Member Riders:  Sherwood Byers; Majesta Hartley; Bob Howell; Mike Bivens; Sonja Newman; Sheryl Romeo; Mark Wimbush; Maize Wimbush; Mark Garrison; James Denmark; Randy Schoch; Jane Hudnall; Jim Hudnall; Walter Carr; Holly Carr; Phil Mitchell; Dan Donahue; Diana Donahue; Sam Perry; Lou Dallorso; and Dan Zavorka.

    Weather:  A mix of sun and clouds; a light breeze; and low humidity!  84F at ride start, and 76F at ride finish.

    Mechanicals and Mishaps:  None observed or reported.

    Report:  Twenty-one club members and one guest rider joined the ride leader for a great ride on a pleasant August evening.  The ride leader rode to the ride, and Phil Mitchell, Majesta Hartley and Lou Dallorso all rode longer distances from their homes to the ride and back home again.

    Guest rider Rashad Terry (cousin of Mark Wimbush) arrived late, and Maize and Mark stopped mid-route to wait for him to join them.  They cut the ride short bypassing the leg to the river rest stop from Barry's Hill Road, and made the turn for the hill.  Rashad had some cramping issues on the hill that persisted to the end of the ride.

    Walter Carr opted for a variation on the route, doing the Tour in reverse (sort of), though skipping the river rest stop in favor of climbing the hill on Marshall Hall Road, then turning around and coming down the hill, and then making the climb on Barry's Hill Road.

    Dan Donahue noted this was his fourth ride of the day, giving him 41 miles total for the day's efforts. 

    Welcome back to Lou who had a work stint abroad for the past year.  Also welcome back to Dan Zavorka - getting back on the bike after a 4-week trip to the UK. 

    And it's always great to have past-presidents (of OHBTC) Sam Perry and Mike Bivens join us for the Tour.

    Some of us in the front had a very strong ride to the river clocking over 19.0 for the first 11 miles. 

    And it's nice to see all of the regulars riding stronger every week.

    A great ride on a great early-August evening.


  • Tue, August 11, 2015 3:00 PM | Michael & Yuyin Bivens

    Ride Leader: Mike Bivens

    Classification: B Sport/Touring

    Distance:  36.3 miles.  AMS for the group and the sweeping Ride Leader was 15.5. 

    Members:   Tom Short, Larry Peed, and Jim Hudnall

    Weather:  Overcast and threatening skies, together with damp roads, apparently kept many of the regulars away today.  A half hour into the ride, the sun starting peeking out of the clouds and by the end, it was one of the best riding days since early spring.  Temperatures were in the high 70s and low 80s with a 10 mph breeze that, contrary to popular belief, was not always a head wind.  

    Ride Report:   Today’s route was an evaluation/recon of the start of the Indian Head 100 and an assessment of two of the five scheduled rest stopes (100 mile route). Rather than follow the cue sheet to Hawthorne, via Chapmans Landing, we went down Livingston to Hawthorne, Chickamuxen, up Mason Springs and then right on Bicknell.  This took us back to Chickamuxen where we turned left and then right into Smallwood State Park and the location of the first rest stop, or the home of the ever popular egg muffin sandwiches.  We retraced out of the park; went right on Chickamuxen, and then left on Smallwood Church to Mason Springs. A right at that intersection and crossing Port Tobacco Rd, put us on Ironsides and one of the new rest stops at Durham Church.  After a short assessment of how the stop will be reorganized, we continued down Durham Church Rd and then back up Port Tobacco.  We turned right on Masons Springs to our second rest stop at the Pisgah Store.  The return was via Masons Springs, Hawthorne and Livingston.  

    Mechanicals: None

    Incidents:  One crossing deer and two chasing dogs on Bicknell.  The latter solidifying the notion it is relatively easy to increase at least one, and possibly two, riding categories depending on the size and speed. 

  • Sun, August 09, 2015 9:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Bill Lowe, Sheila Warren, Joan Oppel

    Weather: another glorious late summer day: overcast at first with temps in the 70s, becoming sunny and rising to the 80s.

    Route: Well, it was supposed to be http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9720287, a 40 mile counterclockwise ride through the Montgomery County Ag Reserve, using less frequently ridden roads such as Berryville and Black Rock Road.  I could say, "and then Karen wrote to the list saying the elevation gain was off by a factor of 10, that instead of 2158' of elevation gain for the entire 40 miles we'd gain that much in the first two; and fearing for our lives, we changed our plans and rode a flat route instead."  (But if you believe that, there's a Nigerian prince who would dearly love to transfer some funds into your bank account, just let me know and I'll put you in touch -- because there aren't any flat routes in the Montgomery County Ag Reserve.)

    We did change the route, though: one of the riders fell ill in the night and was still feeling poorly at ride start, so we modified the route and instead of going right on River Road, went left pretty much following this route: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/189934.  According to RWGPS, 2371' of elevation gain, which roughly accords with Joan's GPS after the ride.  Like all the routes in the Ag Reserve, this one travels many very pretty rustic country roads and has lots of shade.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.5

  • Sun, August 09, 2015 8:30 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date August 9, 2015

    Ride Name:  Hidden Amish

    Ride Distance:  45

    Average Speed of the Ride: 19.6

    Ride Class:  AA/3 Sport

    Mechanical Issues: 2 flat tires

    Mishaps: None

    Weather:  Low 70’s to mid 80’s and sunny

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Brad Francisco, Darin King, Mike Wilson, George Valenzuela

    Ride Report:

    This was a really nice ride with a strong group of riders who were well matched.  Plus we had really nice weather so it was a most enjoyable ride.

    The only downside was Brad’s two flats that occurred simultaneously after he hit a hole in the road really hard.  We all worked as a team to repair the flats and we were soon on our way again.

    Thanks for joining me guys!

  • Sun, August 09, 2015 8:30 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    A beautiful day.  I was joined by Holly Carr, Jan and Ron Tucker, Alan Kurzweil, Steve Perakis, Tom Short, Ken Meredith (who rode to the start), and Vernon Daley.  I wasn't sure how many people would come to this ride, as there was another A/B ride also scheduled for today.  We had a good group with all of us staying together.  There was one missed turn but it only altered the route by about a mile and we were able to continue without incident and get back on our way.  The first rest stop didn't have a restroom but Ken came through again by showing us a usable port-a-potty in one of the new developments along the route.  Thanks Ken!  The trip to the port-a-potty had us making up the mileage we lost by missing the turn.  We were looking forward to the newly paved Cedarville Rd but as it turned out, we got onto the part of Cedarville that hadn't been repaved.  No incidents or mishaps.  

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