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.









  • Mon, November 10, 2014 3:12 PM | Polly Choate

    This ride was a last minute piggy back on Holly's and Linda's A and B rides. Such a beautiful day, how could you resist! Well the only non A and B who showed up were the ride leader and Paul Bankerd, so off we went to enjoy the weather and the ride. Hopefully we will get a few more riders next time. The ride leader passed Lee from the B ride as he was walking his bike along Rt 210 to meet Jim at McDonalds for a sag.  He said his regular wheels were in the shop which loaned him wheels to use, but with tubeless tires. Tough luck. There were a few riders still at Starbucks when we got back so the ride leader enjoyed a cookie and pumpkin spiced latte.

  • Sun, November 09, 2014 6:44 PM | Barry Howard

    We held our Sunday Morning mountain bike ride at Rosaryville. We were treated to great weather, and were able to start on time. We followed the course counter clock wise, at the split in the trail, Matt and I went right, and Tommy and Doc went left. Just after the split Matt had a flat, so we took time out to repair the flat. We all met at the end of the course, and finished up the ride. Riders included Matt, Tommy, Doc and Barry

  • Sun, November 09, 2014 5:09 PM | walter carr

    Ride Leader:  Holly Carr

    Members:  Jocelyn, Pano, Duffy, Jay, Norm, Darryl, Samson, Chris, Ken Meredith, Sherwood, and Broderick

    Route:  32 miles

    Weather:  glorious

    AMS:  17+

    Mishaps and Mechanicals:  Broderick's cable broke, giving him one gear with which to climb Berry Hill.  He did so with panache.

    This was my first "A" ride, and, of all things, I was leading it...We were one of several groups who gathered at Starbucks.  It was wonderful to see all the OHBIKErs once again.  I knew things were serious when I saw that Pano arrived with his fast wheels.  I was relieved to seen Ken Meredith who always helps me maintain my sanity on a ride.  How nice to see Jocelyn after many months.  I had to lead out, so I did.  Down hill was nice and easy, and then up again onward to Middletown.  Apparently, I was later told we tackled the first half of the ride with mucho gusto.  We left Half Way Liquors together, but then, the faster folks headed with great haste onward.  The rest of us, tho, stuck together and we enjoyed the route.  I could not stay for the Starbucks toast, since Walter wanted my bike to show up at his bicycle repair class at Spokes.  So, I had to say good by and take off--hopefully to see everyone again next week.

  • Sun, November 09, 2014 12:30 PM | Linda and Bankerd

    Sometime before the photo the A's were gone, never to be seen again until we were back at Starbucks. OK, Jay did ride with us for a while after the Halfway rest stop, only to go off the route at Livingston.  We were: Janell, Sherwood, Majesta, Jim, Jane, Lee and myself. Lee suffered a flat near the end.  Jim was kind enough to sag him back as he had a strange tire that was difficult to change; tubular? tubeless? 

  • Sun, November 09, 2014 9:49 AM | Nancy Avitabile

    Since the temperature was predicted to go up the the 50's by 11 AM, I posted a late addition to the ride schedule. I had 5 members show up and we had a great ride in pleasant temperatures over beautiful roads in Bowie. Big news - they just paved Harwood Road and it's a delight to ride. We had a total of 7 riders and all kept together and enjoyed the day. 

  • Sun, November 09, 2014 9:00 AM | Karen Fitzgerald
    Ride leader: Karen Fitzgerald

    Ride class: AA

    Ride AMS: 18.1 

    Riders: Chris White, Mike Wilson, & Darin King

    Weather: Mid-fifties with mild wind

    Mishaps: 1.5 flats: Mike flatted and started to go flat again, but made it to the ride finish just in time

    A great route to enjoy a nice social ride with good talk and fall weather.  Darin and I thought we may be riding solo, but Mike and Chris showed up just in time to make it a perfect club ride with old and new friends alike.  Thanks for coming out our way from Springfield, Chris, and we hope to see you out there again soon. 

  • Sat, November 08, 2014 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: This was a joint ride with PPTC and everyone said they were "members," and sorting out the OHBike members from the PPTC members and the illegibles proved challenging.  I'm certain Janell Saunders, Holly Carr, Pat Walthers, Lisa Oken, Ron Altemus, Jim McDermott, Loretta Troen, Andrea Noseck, Tasha Harris, Steve Forman, Joan Oppel, Roger Cubbage and Karen McMillan were there, along with a dozen Pedalers.

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4391634  1774' of elevation gain in 49 rolling miles in Fauquier County's farmland.  There was a shortcut option that skipped going to Remington and brought the route down into the 30s, and several riders including Roger, Steve Forman and Joan took that option.

    Weather: Sunny, mid 40s at the start rising to the low 50s and much windier than forecast.  A glorious late fall/early winter day, and for several in the group their first genuine winter ride.

    AMS: 12-something fighting the wind in the first half, 13.0 at the finish after almost 20 miles of glorious tailwinds in the second half.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: Joan had some shifting issues at the start and unexpectedly took the short cut, but no other problems I'm aware of.

    It was a wonderful ride.  Many familiar faces, some I haven't seen in quite a while.  Challenging but not too challenging weather, pretty scenery, a nice group: what more could a person wish for?  I was especially happy about the way we coalesced and came together at the Remington rest stop.  For a while it was really starting to feel like we were living Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, as one by one riders disappeared and the group I was riding with kept getting smaller and smaller... but suddenly, there everyone was at the rest stop in Remington, except the fast people, of course, and those who had set out with a 30-something ride in mind.  And for all the effort the wind cost us when we were riding into it, having it for a tailwind on the way back was simply glorious!

  • Sat, November 08, 2014 9:30 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    This was one of those mornings where you're not quite sure what to wear because of the cold start with the gradual warming, so you bring lots of options.  I was fine with a base layer, a long sleeve jersey, tights, a light jacket, toe covers (although I did have fleece socks...I hate cold feet), glove liners and light gloves, and a headband.  Others were similarly dressed in layers, allowing them to remove clothing as needed once the temps warmed up.  I was joined by Jan and Ron Tucker, Larry Peed, Robert Smith, Ken Meredith (who rode from home to the ride start), Chuck Coe, Michie Sidwell, and guest Tony Harris!  The ride was uneventful with the faster riders going ahead but regrouping with the rest of us at turns and the rest stops.  This is a nice route that includes Croom Rd and others that had us at ~1600 feet of climbing, and I felt every bit of it (still working on building my base).  Thanks to those that pulled, pushed, and waited for me.  Ride leader ended with an ams of 15.4mph (an honest B pace!).

  • Fri, November 07, 2014 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Ride leader: Jackie and Randy Schoch

    Members: Larry Peed, Robert Smith, Steve Palinscar, and Vicki Garlock
    Guests: None
    Weather: A cold and blustery Nov. day, low 40's at the start to mid 50's by early afternoon

    Route: Same as 8/8/14

    Mishaps & mechanicals: Steve had a front flat at the end of the ride.

    AMS: 11.7 mph

    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. Larry, Robert, Steve, and Vicki road ahead while Jackie and I rode sweep. Vicki pointed out the broken auto window glass on the small parking lot at the trail and Rt.224 where she had parked. If that criminal is not stopped and the word gets out that vehicles are being broken into and robbed, it will certainly put the "ca bosh" on trail use from that area. So Sad! It was good to see Steve come out for the first time in a long time. He wanted to see if he could climb Mt. Pisgah. Larry rode his "older" bike again in order to get more of a workout. Vicki is such a strong rider that she gives the guys some fast training trying to keep up with her. There weren't many trail users today probably because of the low temps and high, gusty winds (15 mph with gusts up to 35 mph). Lots of wild life scurrying around. After the ride, Robert (the drummer) had to get home to prep for a "gig" this evening. Vicki and Steve also headed home while Jackie, Larry, and I dined at George's (inside today).

  • Wed, November 05, 2014 5:00 PM | Scott Walker

    Class: AA/A/B
    Category: Express
    Description: Hammerfest
    Speed Limit Imposed: None
    Gain: 528-701ft
    Distance: 25.8mi (TT segment at 25mi)
    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)
    2014 Ride Leaders: Blake Altman, Karen Fitzgerald, Brad Francisco, Scott Walker, Robert Smith, Larry Peed, Dan Donahue
    Starts: 24
    Weather Cancellations: 8
    National Points Earned: 64,154
    Riders:  70  See the Final Tally for 2014

    Report:  Another fantastic season!  70 riders accumulate 24 trips on the CJE over three different courses.  During the year, Express riders rack-up over 64k points helping to put Team OHBike in the top-10, nationally for the 2014 National Bike Challenge.  Well Done!

    Season Highlights:

    March 12 Blake, Brad, Michael and I bring in the 2014 CJE season riding our vintage rain-cruisers on wet roads with winds gusting to 35.
        “…At that moment -- while I'm feeling the rush from the old steel-framed velo as it glides almost effortlessly within the pace line at 21,22,23 mph -- I’m instantly reminded why I love this Ride.  There are few things finer, more pleasing to the senses, than riding in a well-tuned, evenly-matched pace line slicing through the wind!  For me right then, the ride is made and the season is set…”

    [The Alternate-Route]
    April 9 Blake and I begin co-leading the CJE.  Due to repaving on U.S. 301, we’ve been on the CJE Alternate-Route since April 2nd.
        “...just as I’m taking Rob’s wheel, Michael attacks a third time and is quickly 25m off the front again (many expletives are invading my thoughts now)...”

    [Josh and Karen]
    April 16 Karen takes her inaugural read leader cruise on the CJE as the third co-lead.  The Express is growing with 13 riders this week. 
        “...while Blake and I are blathering back-and-forth, Darin passes on the left with a half-smirk; 'you guys are dog’n it!'  As everyone recovers from the laughter, the pace intensifies behind Darin’s pull...”

    [the Original]
    May 7 marks the beginning of class-B contingent with Robert and Larry alternating the ride leader duties.  17 CJE riders are ready to test the new pavement on U.S. 301 back on the original course!  
        “...onto 301 I’m still breathing hard from the climb.  But, the roll resistance on my tires seems to drop off with the new silky-black pavement...”

    May 28  Dan Hoefert and Michael Blaine bring in the year’s first CJE KOM this evening with a 23.5 AMS. 
        “...Michael verifies the leaders’ KOM in Strava and his displeasure for the award, which he pronounces is directly attributable to Dan’s herculean efforts...   ...We regret Dan doesn’t get the Strava recognition he deserves for this ride (due to his Garmin's malfunction) but we’re also sure he’ll set the record straight soon...”

    June 11  We got a window!
        “...I leave the bike in the car and head across the parking lot to do some forecasting with Paul. We discuss the radar, unstable atmosphere, possibility for lightning and hail, and the northbound storms already popping up around Richmond.  Dan arrives and confirms Ryan Steadman’s earlier reporting [from the Tour] about a tornado watch issued for our area..."

        "...More riders trickle into the parking lot and everyone is talking weather.  ...I continue studying the radar and the partial clearing to our south, and then finally think I detect a possible window.  “Wait a minute; this might be possible; I think we got a window!”   Larry busts out laughing and shakes his head, but he heads towards his bike..."

        "...Now I push the ride leader bravado to the fringes “I think we can do this, we’re going!”  ...The mood begins to change, and with more riders pulling in, everyone begins to scramble.  Brad laughs ‘yeah, if we get pounded by hail it’s open-season on the ride leader!’  Jean is still contemplating an alternate route...   ...but we talk her off her ledge and back onto ours...   ...the ride is on...”

    July 9 The CJR parking lot is awash in smart-phones and weather apps, but to no avail, we finally run out of luck and get clobbered by heavy rain, wind, and even a bit of “warm-ice!”
          “...we can see the red-return on five different smart phones using everyone’s weather app of choice...   ...By 5:30 the forecast has gone from bad to worse.  There’s a mean looking front strengthening just across the Potomac and it’s moving directly for us...   ...‘we’re gonna get pounded on this one.’  Everyone looks at me in astonishment.  Wow! I hesitate for a moment and look at everyone around the parking lot; they're all staring back at me...  ...‘Ok folks, we’re going.’  -- Instant traction; everyone quickly lines up for the photo.   Note to self:  If the roads are still dry and everyone’s here, there better be a hurricane coming before I call off this ride..."

          "...As we warm-up down a dark, surreal St Mary’s I discuss the black front to our right with Jean.  She smiles ‘yep, we’ve been asking for it for weeks and here it comes..."

          "...On Allen’s Fresh I start to feel warm-ice (warm-ice? don’t ask me what it is, but that’s what it feels like)...   ...A few minutes later the air-temp drops...   ...I’m expecting to be waylaid by lightning and baseball-sized hail...   ...We ease across Budd’s Creek and onto 301 and there begins the battle. The rain is really coming down now..."



    July 23 With milling eastbound on Rt-6, 21 riders are out to give the new ALT-2 through Port Tobacco and Welcome a try.

    Aug 13
    and we’re back on the original course with 27 riders!

    Aug 27  A night of records!
        “...a CJE record turnout with 33 riders ready for some serious, late August fun...   ...The AA’s capture 25 segment-places in Strava, and with the assist from the ever-strong Michael Blaine and Brad Francisco, the mighty Diesel-Dan Hoefert and OHBTC’s own breakaway man, Robert Golding set a new course KOM with a 23.7 AMS.  Robert also hits a segment KOM on Budd’s Creek from Allen’s Fresh to U.S. 301 with a 20.6 AMS over a 1-mile stretch w/139’ elevation gain..."

    September 17 The season's fastest with the All-Stars! David Kemp, Michael Blaine and Brad Francisco give a strong assist and help Dan Hoefert and Robert Golding breakthrough their record from last month, setting a new course KOM with an AMS of 24.0 MPH.  Although in the chase-1 position at the end, David and Michael also best Dan and Robert’s previous KOM with a 23.9 average.

        “...this evening I drive into the CJR parking lot and see Dan Hoefert’s car, 'gonna have some speed tonight.'  It's a beautiful evening. Warm, but not too hot with light winds.  Great conditions for a fast ride.  After talking with Robert Smith for a while, I see Michael Blaine riding into the lot, 'more speed.'   A few minutes later I notice that Brad Francisco has arrived, 'looks like the party is on.'  As I’m talking with Brad about his flat tire, up drives Robert Golding, music rockin' and already drippin' in adrenaline, 'here we go.'   Then, as I’m checking to see if anyone else needs to sign-in, I turnaround and David Kemp is standing behind me.  2014’s fastest CJE riders are in the lot and looking all-to-happy to prove it...”

    October 22 Although the ride is cancelled, Paul Bales hosts the third annual CJE social at the Casey Jones Restaurant.  It’s a wonderful evening with Hors d'oeuvre, drinks and many CJE riders in attendance!
           “…I really enjoyed riding with all of you.  See you in 2015..."

    See the Season Video

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