Ride Reports

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  • Thu, June 18, 2015 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel, Ron Altemus, Pat Walthers (and, covering her bets just in case, Sonja - but she rode with the Bs and we saw her only at rest stops today)

    Weather: Sunny, hot and humid.  Temperature was down a little (80s to low 90s) but that only meant the humidity could be higher -- and it was.

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8485374  40.6 miles and 2132' of elevation gain.  The theme for today was "Not the Rural Legacy"  because the route did its best to avoid the roads used in the Rural Legacy, and where this was unavoidable (and considering how much terrain the Legacy ride covers and how small is the Rural Tier, total avoidance is simply impossible) we went in the opposite direction.  But, plenty of roads not in the Legacy: Cross Road Trail, Old Indian at Brandywine, all of Marlton, Trumps Hill, South Osborne and William Beanes, Croom between 301 and the Mt Calvert Spur.  We saw farms and fields, forest and suburban golf course development.  Lots of shade going in this direction, too.

    AMS: 12.5

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none.

    Either folks are getting adjusted to the "new normal," or it wasn't as hot as it's been lately.  A big shortcut was offered, but there were no takers and no reports of heat-stressed riders either.


  • Wed, June 17, 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: Douglas Carter, Brad Francisco, John Choate, Jason Hendricks, Chris Zabriskie, Chuck Coe, Darin King, Mike Dent, Lisha Peacock, Robert Smith, Clayton Douglas

    Weather: Overcast and 79 degrees. Winds from the ESE at 5.

    AMS: Leaders      22.9 mph

             Sweep       18.0 mph

    Mishaps: None

    Mechanicals: Jean flatted while sweeping.  Jason was in the vicinity but didn’t notice when Jean stopped.  Jean left me a voice mail shortly after informing me that she had flatted, had made the repair on her own, and was back on her way. Well done Jean!

    Report: There was rain in the area, with some threatening over the course, but it turned out to be completely dry and very pleasant. Chuck and one other (I didn’t get his name) and later Lisha decided to depart early to reduce the possibility of a wet ride.  The lead pace line caught up to Lisha on Budd’s Creek and Chuck was just pulling out as we made it back to the CJR parking lot.

    Lots of fun in the lead pace line today with eight riders hanging on until the final effort on St Mary’s.  Great job to Douglas Carter and Clayton Douglas who both set new course PRs (I set one as well, with help from Douglas and Clayton and the other riders in the lead pace line).  I don’t know how Chris Zabriskie did w/respect to his own PRs but I personally have never seen him faster (his pace today was 22.8), and the front line took notice during his 27mph pull up 301.  Way to go Chris; from my vantage you’re a new man on the bike this year!  This is actually true for Douglas and Clayton as well; Douglas keeps getting faster on every ride and Clayton stayed with the leaders over the entire course today!  On another note, I also want to welcome Clayton to OHBTC; He’s planning to join this week, get a jersey, and officially ride as one of us.

    Scott and Robert’s Burn:











    15 lbs

    5.1 mph





























    Robert S.




    10 lbs

    1.9 mph

























  • Wed, June 17, 2015 5:30 PM | Judy Mutty

    Leader:  Judy Mutty

    Members: None

    Guests: Linda Conboy

    Weather: 80 degrees entire ride; skies gray, air heavy

    Route: We rode along the Northeast Branch, Anacostia River Trail and bits of Indian Creek and Paint Branch trails. Sights included Bladensburg Waterfront Park, College Park Airport, and Lake Artemesia. All on paved trails and no steep hills! 

    Mishaps/mechanicals: None

    AMS: 7.3

    Report: Ride leader Judy Mutty and guest Linda Conboy lucked out that the rains stopped and the heat let up a bit. Not many folks on the trail – I think the weather being iffy discouraged folks. We saw a few bunnies. Near the Bladensburg Waterfront we saw such a large flock of grackles that we thought we were in an Alfred Hitchcock movie!

  • Wed, June 17, 2015 10:41 AM | Michael & Yuyin Bivens

    Distance:  34.0.  AMS for the group was low As to mid Bs.  Darryl started from and returned home adding an additional 20 miles, while Jon deviated from route ridinhttps://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1128308293851832.1073742242.147336598615678&type=1g approximately the same distance since he too started from and returned home.

    Members:  Larry Peed, Jim Hudnall, Darryl Lowery, Tom Short, Regina and Mike Saizan, Darryl Watson, Jon Agazzi, and Diane Harris.

    Weather:  No need for tape since it was “sticky.” At ride start it was in the low 90s with very high humidity.  Breezes of up to 10 mph helped.  While at the second rest stop, dark clouds started to roll in bringing a “cold front” and a dramatic drop in temperatures to 89! 

    Classification: B Sport/Touring

    Ride Report:   Todays route was chosen with the weather in mind – relatively short and as much shade as possible: down and up Bumpy Oak; right on Hawthorne to Ripley, Annapolis Woods, Fire Tower and Welcome for the first rest stop at Scott’s Store.  Heat was beginning to take a toll and Jon decided to return a shorter way.  We continued down Port Tobacco Road and then left to climb Durham Church.  At that point Rita, who had joined us from the CC group, decided to turn around and return to the start.  We turned right on Ironsides to Mason Springs and the second rest stop at the Pisgah Store.  From there we returned on Bicknell, Chickamuxen and up Livingston back to the start. 

    Mechanicals: None    

    Incidents:  A big welcome back to Regina and Mike Saizan, who were riding with the group for the first time since last year.  As we turned on Fire Tower, a dog jumped out to enthusiastically greet Regina and although there was a “vision” of a crash, everyone remained upright and alright.  Mike, who had been leading the Southern Exposure rides before his injury, helped sweep and allowed the Ride Leader to “stretch” and finish with a 15.7 AMS.

    Richard Harrington, who recently sustained a broken wrist in a bicycling accident, was at the start greeting everyone he has ridden with on Tuesday morning for the past few years. Following surgery and insertion of a plate and screws and removal of his cast, he fully intends to be back on the bike in a couple of weeks.  Unfortunately for us, it will be in Florida as he and his wife are moving soon.  As witnessed by Joan Oppel’s recent return, the recuperative power of our members continues to amaze.


  • Tue, June 16, 2015 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Steve Palincsar, Walter Carr, Joan Oppel, Rita Zeidner

    Route:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8535173   34 mi.  A quick recap:  Livingston, Bumpy Oak, Hawthorne, Ripley/Annapolis Woods, Fire Tower, MD-6, Durham Church, Ironsides/Mason Spring, Bicknell, Chicamuxen, Livingston.  Scheduled rest stops at Scott's Store and Pisgah Country Store.

    Weather:   mid 80s at ride start, peaking at 94 mid-ride, before cloud cover reduced it to 88 for a bit before recovering at the end.  Slight 9 mph breeze from the SW

    AMS:  approximately upper 12's for the core group.

    Report:  Another fine day suitable for mad dogs, Englishmen, and OHBTC riders.  The CC group started out together until we got to the IHRT on Bumpy Oak and Rita keep riding.  The rest of us did our own set of soil compaction tests - ambled over to the currently dirt/unpaved trail and jumped up and down a few times.  We didn't detect any seismic tremors and deemed the ground ready for paving.  We can only assume that the contractors have more sophisticated testing devices or higher quality control parameters.

    Once riding again, we leisurely made our way to Scott's Store and briefly rendezvoused with the B group.  Rita left with them and Walter decided to head back because of the heat, shortening his sojourn by about 4 miles.  At some point, Rita also cut her ride short, reconnected with Walter, and the two of them successfully navigated back to Bryans Road.  The remaining three of us again met up with the B's at Pisgah store before they were off once again chasing whatever.

    As a group, we appreciated the shaded parts of Mike's route, particularly Durham Church, sections of Ironsides/Mason Spring, and the incline up Livingston.  It was during the latter that clouds darkened and the temp fell about 6 degrees, which was noticed and enjoyed.  Conversational topics (CC = conversational cruising) included:  an evaluation of author John Irving's body of work; memorable rides in the rain; the upcoming Bike Virginia tour; and, numerous other too varied and obscure to relate.


  • Sun, June 14, 2015 9:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: none

    Guests: 2 riders from Potomac Pedalers

    Weather: sunny, humid and hot.  80s at the start rising to the low 90s at the end.

    AMS: 13.8

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none.

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/892606

  • Sun, June 14, 2015 9:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Hot and humid.  That was the forecast for today.  Between yesterday's Patuxant Rural Legacy Ride, the Pro races in Crystal City (which are always fun to watch), and the weather, I wasn't sure if I'd have any riders for today's ride.  However, members Phil Mitchell, Tom Short, Ken Meredith, Eric Peterson, and guests, Chris Bradshaw, Nigel Samaran, Bobby Thompson (all the way from Baltimore!), J.C. Wills, Andron Alston, Ivan Bunns, Carole Harris, John Clark, and Eli Allen joined me for this ride.  What a pleasant surprise!  At ride start, I was already sweating from the heat and hadn't even started riding.  There was some talk about cutting the ride short depending on how we felt at the point where we could cut the distance to 38 miles.  It felt better once we got going and by the time we reached the short cut point, everyone had decided to do the full distance.  The group split into 2, with us meeting up at the rest stop.  There was 1 mishap, a broken chain, that fortunately the member was able to repair, as he had the necessary tools.  However, Ken, Eric, and I decided to cut the ride short, just in case the chain didn't hold and we'd need to pick the rider up.  Our "short cut" had us finish with mileage of 53.1 miles (as opposed to the ride mileage of 52)!!  Anyway, everyone got back safely, including the rider with the chain issue.  Thanks to everyone that came out, braved the heat and humidity, and did the full distance.  (Distance 53.1 miles, 16.1 ams, 2083 ft of climbing) 

  • Sun, June 14, 2015 8:30 AM | Jean Wright
    Leader: Jean Wright (Scott had a family event to attend)

    Members: Blake Altman, Douglas Carter, Claire Chiamulera, Kevin Toups, Mike Blaine

    Guests: none

    Route: Varied from Scott's new route a bit (Hard to teach old dogs new tricks)

    Weather: HHH (hazy, hot, and humid) - started off in the low 80s and ended in the low 90s.  

    AMS: 19.1  (Great job of riding the advertised pace!!!)

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report:  The weather is the big news on this ride.  

    Since Scott had family plans, Jean stepped in to lead this awesome group of riders.  With the exception of Jean, this group could easily set a AA/1 pace, even on this oppressively humid day.  During the safety brief, Jean asked the group to keep to the advertised speed of AA/3 and the group agreed.  The ride was billed as a recovery ride; however, Blake and Jean were the only ones recovering.  The humidity was high right from the start.  

    The group formed a steady paceline (18-20 mph, 21-22 on the flats) and stayed together the entire time.  Jean dropped back on the large hills and the group quickly regrouped at the top.  Everyone was courteous.  So much to learn by watching these seasoned riders.  Mike left the group in Port Tobacco.  We did our best to cool down at Scott's Store, but the humidity was too high to adequately cool down.  

    We continued the route with some minor variations, missing the scheduled second stop.  We met up with some of the 8AM riders on Chicamuxen and Livingston Roads.  Jean did not make the light at Hawthorne and Chicmuxen, nor the construction flag at Hawthorne and Livingston, but the group waited on Livingston.  The bridge near the intersection of Hawthorne and Livingston was being worked on.  Jean rode up to the flagman who had the traffic stopped and chatted a bit about the weather.  He let Jean get a head start go over the bridge before he flagged the westbound traffic to go.  Thanks!!!  Kevin headed home from Bryans Road.  And then there were four.  We returned thirsty and drenched in sweat, but glad we got out early.  (As I prepare this report, the weather is much more pleasant than it was this morning.)

  • Sun, June 14, 2015 8:00 AM | Sherwood

    Ride Leader(s): Sherwood Byers, Sr. and Linda Bankerd

    Member(s):  Sherwood Byers, Sr., Linda Bankerd, Randy Harden, Jay Lewis, Sonya Newman

    Guest(s):  None

    Mishap(s):  None Reported

    After riding the Rural Legacy on Saturday, I felt the need for a recovery ride.  While sitting at the picnic table under the pavilion, I was talking to Linda Bankerd when I shared my idea with her.  She was in for the idea.  I had no idea where I would ride at the time so I said to her that I would think more about a route to ride and call her later.  Thinking more and more of what could be a good recovery route, I seemed lost and continued to ponder.  Finally it hit me like a rock.  I asked myself what was wrong with the Manokeek, Welcome, Pisgah route that John Gorman (The King Of The Flats) had designed.  It was perfect, with just enough elevation to appreciate the ride as a recovery ride.  When I brought this to Linda's attention, she also thought it was a great idea.  From there, the ride was posted.

    This ride had a moderate turnout.  Although the ride was classed as ALL, the group of cyclists were all able to maintain.  We pulled out of the Manokeek Shopping Center to begin the when some riders asked us to hold on.  I immediately asked myself what had gone astray before we could get off the ground and and had to abort.  It turned out to be nothing as two riders had forgotten something.  We had a new club member to join the ride and was a very good rider interested in the proper etiquette of cycling with the OHBTC .  We all took turns pulling and holding a comfortable pace-line.  This was pretty much the line as we continued through the rest stop at Ollies and through Ripley, Fire Tower, around Welcome while returning to Poorhouse to the Pisgah Store for the next rest stop.  It was an interesting ride up to Hilltop where we all stayed together climbing the hill before making the right returning to Poorhouse, It was a thing of beauty.  Our pulling speeds was averaging  18 to 20. MPH easily with all riders taking their turn at the lead.

    As we approached the Pisgah Store we began to recognize familiar faces (Reggie, Rodney, Herman, & Janell) also riding.  It was very humid and hot as we all wanted a break and the welcomed company of the other riders.  We did lose one rider as that person wanted to shorten their ride.  But as in most cases we had replaced that rider with one of the riders we had met up with at the Pisgah Store. The temperature was rising quickly and the humidity was beginning to become unbearable as our hydration supply was continuing to threaten us.  There was nowhere that we stopped that someone did not resupply.

    When we embarked to continue the last 18 miles of the ride, we slightly modified the route by taking Bicknell directly Chicamuxen and staying off the side roads.  Our mileage did not change much, but our Pace-line did not stay as tightly together either, although all were never out of sight.  Once the group started up the Livingston Road hill, some of the riders were met with a disorderly driver with a car load of arrogant passengers yelling and cursing at the  cyclists to get off the road (I am being kind now about this, arrogant is not the language I wanted to use referring to the passengers in the car).  I believe the cyclists kept their composure as we headed to the next rest stop (The Golden Arches) where we rested under a tree and riders re-hydrated their selves with liquids and ice.  The ride continued to the end where we all sat in the air conditioning of Starbucks relaxing and having cool drinks and deserts during our conversation about the ride.  All of the cyclists thought this was a very enjoyable ride.  And to the question as to if summer was here, I believe was answered with an overwhelming and empathic, YES IT IS HERE.

  • Sat, June 13, 2015 9:00 AM | Scott Walker

    Class:  AA/3

    Category: Training

    Description: AA Century-Team Event

    Speed Limit Imposed [on the flats]: 22mph

    Gain: 3kft

    Distance: 64mi

    Max Grade: 8.9%

    Team: Robert Golding, Robert Smith, Cynthia Anderson, Pete Czapiewski, George Valenzuela, Mike Wilson, Matthew Lewandowski, Brad Francisco, Dana Middleton, Scott Walker

    Weather: Overcast and humid with temps climbing to the upper 80’s and winds from the NW at 7.

    AMS: 19.2mph

    Mishaps: Brad fell and skinned up his arm pretty good.  He went off the pavement and nearly recovered; he successfully got his front wheel back on the pavement, but lost control and went down as his rear wheel subsequently slid out from under him (thankfully, bike and bones seemed ok)

    Mechanicals: Concerns regarding noises coming from Robert Smith’s beautiful new bike, which I believe Bike Dr. quickly resolved during Robert’s visit following today’s ride

    Report: Some fun and peaceful riding was had today, save Brad’s mishap (which fortunately did not result in serious injury to Brad or otherwise adversely affect his bike or the line).  With 3k ft/gain, it was truly a joy to ride within the team’s unison efforts over rollers and small ascents (e.g., when the line is really click'n on the ascents, riders stay tight and many seem to come out of, and then retake their saddles at the same time, adding to team cohesion with the additional sensation of just gliding over the rollers and ascents together).  The pace today was on the mark during the entire ride with a 19.2 ams and a 22 mph limit honored on the flats.  But, we suffered some fragmentation during the second half of the ride because of my lapse in concentration; a few were slower to “warm-up” after the second rest stop and couldn’t quite make the jump back onto the line.  Had I been paying closer attention, the lead group would have simply waited at the next turn for the others to rejoin.  If this happens again, we’ll regroup whenever needed or, more formally, split the line.  All said, I really enjoyed this ride!  I also want to thank you all for assisting with parking.  I hope to continue the AA parking tradition at future OHBike Rural Legacy rides.

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