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.









  • Sun, February 01, 2015 8:50 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Ride title refers to the several roads we enjoyed with either "springs" or "point" in the name.  Richard Harrington, Majesta Hartley and Lisa Oken joined me as we wandered around from Pisgah to Nanjemoy and Riverside - 41 miles, and a very decent winter weather day.  Cloudy with peeks of sun and high 30's for temperatures.  We all stayed together and enjoyed chatting on the empty roads west of Rt. 6.


  • Sun, February 01, 2015 9:30 AM | David Kemp

    Leader: David S. Kemp

    Members: Blake Altman, Karen Fitzgerald, Jean Wright, Darin King, Steve Koegle, Matthew L.

    Guests: None

    Distance: 48.2 Miles

    Weather: Overcast.  Mid 30's ride start; low 40's at end.

    AMS: 16.4 at back to 16.8AMS at front

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: A little apprehension before the start of the ride as there was a chance for showers predicted, but it was all for naught.    Ride went off without a hitch and all had a good ride.  Weather cooperated and even got a bit warmer by the end.  Thanks for coming and the company.

  • Fri, January 30, 2015 3:12 PM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Ye of little faith...unexpected snow showers/flurries might have influenced some decisions but at 11 am on the Indian Head Village Green, temps were in the low 40s and the sun was shining.  Unfortunately, the ride leader was the only one to show up.  But the trail and roads beckoned, so ride we (I) did.  It was a bit windy, and the wind couldn't decide which way to blow, so a fierce tailwind make the ascent of mighty Mt Pisgah effortless and an unexpected tailwind again had the descent on Chicamuxen popping the radar guns.  A rare ride where with every turn, it seemed there was a tailwind instead of the usual headwind!  Weather was a mix of clouds and sun, with a brief flurry on Ripley, temps varied from 35-41 degrees, and the really blustery wind gusts didn't arrive until the ride was over.  All in all, another great January ride.

  • Thu, January 29, 2015 3:50 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Three riders joined me today, Ron Altemus, Richard Harrington and Larry Peed.  According to Ron's on-bike thermometer, the high for our riding time was 37.  Although we later admitted to each other that it was a bit chilly at ride start, there were no complaints, we warmed up after about 10 minutes of riding from the start and we were all really glad to get to ride!


  • Sun, January 25, 2015 5:22 PM | Jean Wright

    Leaders: Bruce and Jean Wright

    Members: Brad Francisco, Pano Giannlotis, Blake Altman, Mike Wilson, Karen Fitzgerald, Darin King, and Sue Estes

    Guests: Dennis 

    Distance: 45 miles, 1,519 ft elevation

    Weather: Partly cloudy, 40s, slight breeze

    AMS: Covered the full range of A pace - Front riders 18.5, End riders 16.3

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report:  The group was excited to get out for a ride between two days of winter precipitation.  With partly cloudy skies and temps in the 40s, we felt like it was a perfect day for a Winter ride.  Most of us tried to reduce our riding clothes in some way. 

    The group rode in two groups most of the way with individuals scattered in between the two groups at times.  Overall, an enjoyable ride.  Thanks for coming out and joining the ride.  

  • Sun, January 25, 2015 1:00 PM | walter carr

    Riders:  Alan Kurzweil, Ken Meredith, Sherwood Byers, Janell Saunders, Larry Peed, Dan Zavorka, Steve Penchis, Majesta Hartley, Diane Harris, and Pete Czapiewski.

    All riders enjoyed the great weather and sunshine.  Our pace varied.  Everybody had a good time.

  • Sat, January 24, 2015 5:41 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    The ride leader of the year is recovering well from partial knee replacement surgery and joined 3 friends** for a tour of the Port Tobacco historical site.  It was fun ...... but no bikes were ridden.

    Photo here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/30856149@N04/16171077440/

    **Joan Oppel, Steve Palincsar, Walter Carr and Holly Carr

  • Fri, January 23, 2015 11:00 AM | Jackie Schoch

    Ride leader: Jackie Schoch

    Members: Larry Peed, Vicki Garlock, Ron Altemus, Alan Kurzweil, Sherwood Byers, Sr., Robert Smith,

    Guests: None

    Weather: A cold and sunny day until we got to the rest stop and then the sun stayed behind the clouds.. Temp.s low 40's and no wind for once.

    Route: Same as 8/8/14

    Mishaps & mechanicals: None

    AMS: 12.3 mph for the leader leading from the rear.

    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. Some of the riders road ahead while I rode sweep. After the rest stop Vickie rode with Jackie.  Robert Smith rode on to Nanjemoy to add more miles. There weren't no trail users today probably because of the low temps. There was no wild life scurrying around today.  Were they trying to tell us something? Other than our small group of 7 we didn't see another cyclist.  Even though it wasn't ideal cycling weather, it was nice to get out for an "early" 2015 ride before the rain and snow.  
  • Thu, January 22, 2015 9:48 AM | Michael & Yuyin Bivens

    Ride Leader: Mike Bivens

    Class: B

    Members: Larry Peed, Darryl Lowery, Alan Kurzweil, Sam Perry, Linda Bankerd, Richard Harrington, Ron Leake, Charles Sidwell, and Alfred Jemott

    Ride Name: Southern Exposure

    Distance: 35.3 miles (except for Darryl who rode from and returned home).  AMS ranged from low 16s to mid 14s.  Ride leader, sweeping the group from the rear, averaged 14.7

    Weather: The promise of milder weather and no (or little) wind, brought out a larger than normal winter contingent today for the first Tuesday morning Southern Exposure of the year. The Bike Doctor staff was well represented, with more than one asking who was minding the shop? The temp at ride start was only 39 under a heavy cloud cover, but the sun did peek through on occasion making for a pleasant morning in the saddle. 

    Ride Report:  This was supposed to be the reverse of the last Southern Exposure of 2014 and the cue sheet listed it as 38 miles.  However, the ride leader inadvertently inserted a two and half mile short-cut that confused some as they arrived at the intersection of Annapolis Woods and Port Tobacco Road.  Apologies to all and increased attention to detail is a "new" resolution. In continuing the norm for this ride, the group broke into at least two and probably three groups.  All met at the rest stop (Ironsides Store) where again, we were denied use of the restroom. The faster groups left and the sweeper group remained to await the arrival of the CCs.  We continued to the alternate "comfort station" at the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy (only open M - F), where we were permitted to use their indoor facilities.  As we returned on Chickamuxen, Hawthorne and Livingston, the sun was peeking through for longer periods and the temperature at ride end was near 50.

    Mechanicals: Linda dropped her chain on the "hill" after the Durham Church turn on Port Tobacco Road and in turn her bike dropped her. No injury or damage. 

    Incidents: About a half mile after leaving the academy, Linda realized she left her gloves and had to back track to retrieve them. Let all incidents this year be so minor



  • Wed, January 21, 2015 4:57 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)
    An unusually large winter group gathered, mostly B riders (and some A's I think).  The CC group started off with Tom Roberson, Ron Altemus and me.  Tom broke off at about mile 11 to head back for a shortened version.  Ron and I met up at the Ironsides store with the tail end of the faster group - Mike Bivens, Linda Bankerd, Richard Harrington, Rita Zeidner.  Once again the Ironsides store did not allow use of the bathroom so we left there and took our break at the Southern Maryland Police Academy (I think that's the right name), where we used the nice indoor facilities and had a snack.  

    Mike has put together a great route, whether 37 planned miles or 35 actual miles and with sun and mid 40's temperatures, it felt practically balmy for this time of year.



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