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.

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  • Sat, May 09, 2015 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Pat Walthers   (Sharon's ride had many more riders)

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4906684  58 miles, 1643' of elevation

    Weather: Ground-level clouds depositing mist on the windshield on the way down, heavy overcast and a rather chilly-feeling 70 degrees at the start, burning away about six or seven miles into the ride and transforming into yet another sunny summer day in the mid-80s.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13-something

    Observations: Newtowne Neck State Park is really beautiful.  So too is Breton Bay and the view coming down Society Hill.  Society Hill is another one of those "Don't Look UP!" things - it looms over you like the Empire State Building as you approach it and you remember how you hit 34 mph on the descent, but it's surprisingly only 1/10 of a mile going back up and the grade is only 7%.  And once your heart rate goes back down you realize, it actually was fun.  This is an extremely scenic route.  No baseball today, but the restaurant at Laurel Grove Park is open again under a new name, and still selling ice cream.  An ice cream stop at mile 48 really works!

  • Sat, May 09, 2015 9:30 AM | Samuel Perry

    Ride Class CC

    Ride Leader: Sam Perry

    Prior to the ride start there was some misting which burned away when the sun came out. Temps at start were in the mid sixties. Nine showed up for a short casual touring ride on local roads. A sort of "quickie" because we had other demands on our time for today.

    We had started out together and for the most part stayed together, except when climbing which separated the strong climbers from the not so strong climbers.  I did appreciate that the riders would wait for the slower riders at route turns or the top of a climb. 

    Mechanicals; only one, a recumbent with an electric assist motor.  The battery became disengaged on the bumpy portion of Floral Park Rd. A quick adjustment and we were again on our way. 

    Roster: Jim & Jane Hudnall, Jon Agazzi, Harry Kidd, Walter Roscello, Reginald Stokes, Bill Blankenship, Dan Zavorka.

    Pace up front between 12-14 AMS. The Ride Leader swept with a pace of 12.8 AMS.

    Photo album

  • Sat, May 09, 2015 9:00 AM | Sherwood

    Riders: 12

    Members(s): Sherwood Byers, Sr., Linda Bankerd Sheila Harron, Bill Loewe, Kirk Saunders, Scott Rollins, ???

    Guest(s): Cecilia Grillo, Mark Toliver, Letitia Byers (Daughter), Tony Scarano, Chris Kubeluis (Tony's friend)

    Mishap(s): None Reported


    WOW!  What A Ride!

    The "A Great May Day Ride" with its more than 3000 feet of climbing was just as reported, A Great May Day Ride

    This ride started as scheduled.  There were riders still coming as we were pulling out.  I left extra cue sheets on my rear window of my car and only a few were there when we returned.  It is not known if other cyclists took them looking for a ride or what (Will Never Know!). 

    Most of the riders rode the 55 mile course with a couple not sure if they were up to it.  When we arrived at the first rest stop, all except two riders (who opted for the 38 mile course from the onset) continued on with the 55 mile course not regretting their decision.  The weather was perfect cycling and the scenery was surreal.  The climbs were "A Plenty" with one rider joking that they really enjoyed the "Downhill" portions of the ride.  There were many riders out training, some whom I recognized from "The Ride To Conquer Cancer" which I participated in "2014", wearing their "2015 jerseys and T-shirts.  This is a great training/cycling/touring course with many options to choose from.

    We regrouped in Poolesville at the rest stop with 2 riders leaving before the rest of the group because of a prior commitment, but did not want to miss out on this ride. Once we finally embarked to return, we started out onto Cattail only to be met with a massive hill just before Darnestown Road (My Garmin said 17% at one point during the climb). So proves the theory that when you get that long ride down the hill, you gotta go up the hill. Many many long ascending rollers on this ride.  Some riders thought of taking some of the short cuts but did not. There were options!

    By the time we arrived at the optional rest my right quad was starting to get sore (That is the lquad I injured last fall and had to have it put through some therapy in order to be able to ride this season), so I decided to eat a pickle and drink the pickle juice in the bag that that I had brought along with me.  I do believe it prevented my leg from cramping.  I was worried that I had re-injured it (It was really sore). When I woke up Sunday morning there was no soreness what so ever.

    All of the riders regrouped at the last rest stop and talked about the ride. All seemed in favor of the ride and talked about what they enjoyed about it before venturing to the end. 

  • Sat, May 09, 2015 8:30 AM | Rita Zeidner

    Leader: Rita Zeidner

    Members: about a dozen. This ride was listed with both Oxon Hill and Potomac Pedalers. Participants came from both clubs.

    Route: The Blue Ridger, an extremely hilly, 61 mile ride out of Marshall, Va.

    Weather: Perfect for a difficult climb like this cloudy, with a slight mist at times. Low 80s.
    I offer up this report just as the long-awaited riding season is getting underway. On the off-chance that anyone is reading it, I'd like to spotlight the extreme risks of 1.) making an extremely hilly ride your first nonflat ride of the season and 2.) undertaking a lengthy ride with a spanking new bike.  Rides will undoubtedly be getting a bit longer and hillier and we can count on the weather getting much hotter. Not taking environmental factors into account when picking a ride can ruin what would have been a really nice day.

    The good news is every one made it back from my ride alive. But barely. Despite the many caveats about the difficulty of this ride, it was necessary to cut this ride short to accommodate a rider who should have known from the get-go (advertised 4,000 feet of climbing) that he was biting off way more than he could chew. Never mind that his spanking new bike, not surprisingly, had some issues. Not surprising, given that my ride was his maiden voyage on said bike.

    And so, in the unlikely event that anyone is reading this, I offer up a coupla tips for avoiding problems:

    Happy and safe riding!

  • Sat, May 09, 2015 7:30 AM | Darin King

    Leader:  Darin King
    Riders:  Matthew Lewandowski, Karen Fitzgerald, Jean Wright, Rob Smith, Scott Walker, Blake Altman
    Route:  Oak Ridge 50
    AMS:  17.9

    We arrived at the start under heavy fog (or was it light drizzle).  Blake and Rob rode to the ride, so they were already lathered up and ready to roll.  Temperatures were perfect and the overcast skies kept us comfortable through the finish.  The route meandered from Charles County into PG county.  We touched down briefly in Charlotte Hall for a chat break before soldiering on through the trafficky roads of St. Mary's County (what's up with that?).  The group stayed together throughout and there were no mishaps, so let's call it a success.  We had fun and stayed within the advertised 17-19AMS pace.  For extra fun, Matthew tacked on another 47 miles for a total of 97.  I guess he's ready for Thunder Ridge!

  • Fri, May 08, 2015 10:45 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Larry Peed, Randy Schoch, Jim McDermott, Wayne Blake-Hedges, Don Parada, John Riconda, Bob Howell, Steve Forman, Deborah Cureton, Jan Tucker, Ron Tucker, Walter Carr, Tom Roberson, Pat Walthers, Brad Francisco, Barbara Klieforth, Ron Altemus, George Martin, Joan Jackson, Lester Jackson and joining us on the Memorial Bridge as a pedestrian, Joan Oppel.

    Guests: George Saxton, Jonathan Oliver

    Weather: Sunny, 80s, gentle breeze, some clouds but plenty enough visibility for the flyover.

    Route: Pretty straightforward to the flyover: down the Mount Vernon Trail with a rest room break at the Columbia Island Marina en route to the Memorial Bridge.  We picked a spot about 3/4 of the way over the bridge that happed to be exactly in the middle of the flyover's flight path, with some to our right, some to our left, and most going directly overhead.  After the flyover, some headed straight home while most of us made our way through West Potomac Park to the Jefferson Memorial for a rest room break (some others dropped off and made their own way home from here as well) while most of us made our way - slowly, due to a lot of traffic and pedestrians in downtown DC - across town and north to Union Market, where we stayed for quite a while for lunch.  Upon returning to Jefferson Memorial we took a poll and decided to skip the excursion through Alexandria's North Ridge and Rosemont neighborhoods (it was 3:30 and people were tired after a long, hot day).

    AMS: Irrelevant today; somewhere greater than zero.  By effort level it was a CC ride.

    70 years.  You did good, history will never forget.  Thank you.  And thanks to those who keep these birds alive and flying to help us remember.

    Photos from Larry Peed

  • Thu, May 07, 2015 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Ron Altemus, Bob Howell, Pat Walthers and signing with the CCs but riding with the Bs, Jim McDermott.

    Route: One of Joan Oppel's routes: down Martin and up Baden Naylor to Horsehead & Malcolm, then left on Iowa and left on Woodville to Wilkerson and down Celestial, then up Bassford and Gallant Green to the Moreland Market.  After the break, return on Dr Mudd, St Thomas Church and Cedarville Pothole Road.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none, a real testament to the sturdiness and reliability of our bicycles, considering the roughness of the pavement on Cedarville Pothole Road, "Where even the patches have patches (TM)."

    Weather: 80s, sunny and humid.  Or, you could just play this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K83wjzF36Nc   Someday, and it probably won't be long, we're going to look back on this and call it "cool" - not "way cool" - but we'll be acclimatized to tropical conditions by then, I hope. 

    AMS: We finished with 14.0, not far behind the B group.

  • Thu, May 07, 2015 10:30 AM | Samuel Perry

    Route Bassford Excursion

    Ride Leader: Sam Perry

    Members : Sonja Newman, Larry Peed, Jan & Ron Tucker, Linda Bankerd, Alan Kurzweil

    A small tight group for this route of small Hills and Rollers. Better weather today than the last time I led in March.

    For the most part we kept together with the lead moving at plus 16mph and the rear moving just under 16 mph.

    Gallant Green Road is always fun, particularly figuring out the rhythm on this rolling road. Only one rest Stop today, at the Woodville Store. The Ride Leader swept the rear with a 15.8 AMS.

  • Thu, May 07, 2015 10:00 AM | Rita Zeidner

     
    LONGER, EARLIER BEST OF BRANDYWINE: NORTH KEYS BASSFORD Class B 46 mi. 10:00 AM from North Keys Community Park.

    I'm trying to offer a bit longer rides, so we started a bit earlier than the usual BoB. Just Norm, me, myself and I. A good time was had by all on a glorious route. Please join us as we continue to increase our distance and (unfortunately) our speed.

  • Thu, May 07, 2015 9:05 AM | Brian Raines
    Leader: Brian Raines

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/4588297

    Weather: 70's with approaching rain

    AMS: 11

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None - Yay!

    I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of leading the Fab Brew Crew C riders on their regular Tuesday night ride this week heading out of Nagoya in Prince Frederick.  With the promise of good sushi at the end of the ride everyone was ready to go.

    We had 5 riders including myself, Jerry, Bev, John, and one more I can't recall her name (sorry).

    Our route for the night included Leitches Wharf Rd. (which I had never been on before) - a very nice, partly shaded out and back for 4 really nice miles.  At the end of LW Rd. we did begin to sense some rain on the horizon but according to the radar check we would be OK to finish.

    I strongly recommend for all A/B riders to take the time to lead a C group - you see things traveling at a lighter pace that you may otherwise miss.  I very much enjoyed our ride.

    We just beat the rain back to Nagoya (our timing could not have been any better) and the sushi delivered.

    Fab Brew Crew rides every Tuesday night from a different location with A, B, and C classes with varying routes at 5:30pm. You can find out where/when on the facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/fabbrewcrew/



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