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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.

For a good article on Ride Reports and adding photos to Ride Reports, see pages 7 and 8 of the March 2018 "Spoke-n-Word" .

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, October 14, 2018 8:30 AM | Blake Altman
    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: October 14, 2018         

    Ride Name: MV 45 Manokeek Espresso

    Ride Distance: 45 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  20.0 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3, Sport

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather:  Mid 40’s rising to mid 50’s, Cloudy, a few rain drops, little to no wind

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Pete Czapiewski, Lynne Blake-Hedges, Tom Roberts, Phil Mitchell

    Ride Report:

    We managed to avoid a multi-bike pile-up when photo bombing the B ride’s pre-ride photo so we started with a success of sorts.

    We had a quick ride to the rest stop with the group staying together.  Once at the stop we hung-out for about 15 minutes.  That may have been too long with some of the riders (including this one) complaining about being cold and it taking a long time to warm up.  Eventually we did warm up.

    After the rest break we had another quick ride to the end.  Again everyone stayed together throughout.

    It was a fun ride with a good group of riders; everyone seemed to enjoy it.  I know I did.

  • Sun, October 14, 2018 8:30 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Ask me again why I started this ride at 8:30 am in October?  It was cold (relative to recent temperatures), 48° when I left the house, going up to the low 60's.  I dressed in layers knowing I could remove one if needed.  I didn't need to.  Two other members joined me, Theresa Rowell and Liam Healy.  The A group who was doing the same route had 4 riders.  That made 7 Oxon Hill riders enjoying the beginning cooler temps of Fall.  The ride was uneventful.  We traded places pulling at the front with Liam doing a good bit of it.  I didn't have a bike computer so I rode at what I assumed was an appropriate pace.  The rest stop was at Ollie's.  Fyi, the interior of the store part has changed with the shelves that used to hold snacks changed to holding alcohol (wines) and most of the refrigerated drinks were beers, wines, wine coolers, etc and finally sports' drinks and soft drinks.  There was a small section of snacks, mostly candy, no energy bars and there was also a section of chips.  They do have a restroom that they allow us to use.  Something to keep in mind when planning your rest stop.  We got back to the parking lot where Blake and Lynne had waited for us to make sure we got back okay.  They were concerned because they expected us back sooner and thought something might have happened.  No, we were just slower than expected!!  After ride coffee made riding in the "cold" worth it.

  • Sat, October 13, 2018 6:51 PM | Sherwood
     Holly Carr and Linda Bankerd  (Club Members) Joined Sherwood Byers (Ride leader) on a pleasant 70 mile ride to visit Cobb Island.  Although a bit wet and rainy at ride start, as predicted, and windy later into the ride, the rain gave way at ride start to somewhat cloudy and azure blue skies throughout the ride, while providing weather appropriate for the fall season and a pleasant ride. No flats or mechanical mishaps were reported. Thank you Linda and Holly for joining me on this ride, it was fun.
  • Sat, October 13, 2018 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel, Debby Bowman and Doug Lesar

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    Joan, Debby & Steve at the Sachs Covered Bridge

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28723331?beta=false  modified slightly by eliminating the stop at the Battlefield Market and skipping the section of the route that went past the Devil's Den

    Weather: 49 at the start rising to the mid to high 50s, finally settling on the mid 50s.  Cloudy with occasional intervals of sun, humid and windy.  The rain stopped right on schedule at 9:30, although when driving through the heavy rain at Thurmont it didn't seem likely.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: Deb went off the pavement and went down when her front wheel steered into the pavement "ledge" - fortunately, no real harm other than some bruises, a small scrape and some black smudges on her white windbreaker. 

    AMS: 10.8

    I listed the ride with Oxon HIll and PPTC, and Deb listed the ride with BBC.  Half a dozen BBC riders turned up, and they rode as a group with Doug joining them.  They left us about a mile from the ride start, shortly before Deb's mishap, and we saw them again only once, in the Battlefield when they appeared from an unexpected direction to turn onto Granite Schoolhouse.  

    Joan, Debby and I had no difficulty following the route even though there were many turns and much of the ride was in a part of the Battlefield we'd never seen before, but obviously the BBC group got lost somewhere.  It was a long ride (we got back to Emmitsburg just before 5 pm) but an interesting one. 

    This was a one-off.  I won't lead it again; it's pretty clear everyone found Emmitsburg to be too far away, even though it's only 10-12 minutes farther away than Thurmont.

    Debby found an article explaining and illustrating the symbols found on the many monuments in the battlefield.

  • Fri, October 12, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Susan Altemus, Fran Jezisek, Randy Schoch, Don Gardner, Belinda Acre, Jane & Jim Hudnall

    Guests:  not riding with us, but presence felt, H. Michael

    Route:  Indian Head Rail Trail - Livingston Rd parking lot to White Plains trail head and return

    Weather:   Quite a difference from the last week or so:  cool temps starting in the upper 50s and rising only to the low 60s, plenty of sunshine, wind out of the NW gusting to 20+ mph, and NO humidity.  Thus a quite delightful ride!

    Report:  your faithful correspondent, as leaving the house to head over to the ride start, remarked that "today might be an adventure!"  He was thinking the winds might be too much, though they didn't pose much of a problem at all.  Rather, SW Prince Georges and NW Charles County got lots and lots of rain last night along with higher gusts of wind.  The trail reflected the storm.  Don rode from Bensville to the Livingston Rd parking lot and alerted us to downed trees and high waters flooding the areas alongside the trail, plus some muddy stretches right past the parking lot.  By the time we got underway, Juliana and other Dept of Parks personnel had cleared the downed trees .  Talk about service!  As we rode along the trail heading up to Bumpy Oak, we were amazed at the amount of water on either side of the rail bed.  At the Bumpy Oak crossing, some water from the pond/lake was beginning to come onto the trail.  Between there and Pomfret, the water was very high and rushing past quickly.  The culvert intakes along the trail were under water.  Pomfret Road was closed to traffic because of flooding.  Since Mattawoman Creek heads NE past Pomfret, there wasn't as much water to observe though Old Woman Creek was running high as we continued on to Bensville.  The remainder of the ride up to White Plains and back to Bumpy Oak was uneventful.  However, when we returned to Bumpy Oak an hour or so later, the water now covered the trail and road.  We pedaled through carefully, not only because of the rushing water and debris, but also because turtles were moving from the pond to the other side of the trail.  Fortunately, the water wasn't quite up to our bottom brackets, but wet shoes were still a result for some of us.  Not too many other trail users; wildlife included the aforementioned turtles, several snakes, and deer.  Today's ride was indeed an adventure and the sight (and sound) of so much water rushing past will be a memory not soon forgotten.

  • Wed, October 10, 2018 9:29 PM | Sonja Newman

    Leaders:  Sonja Newman & Linda Bankard

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18768138 MV 36 Manokeek Espresso

    Weather:  Partly cloudy, peaks of sunshine and rain

    Temps upper 70s low 80s

    AMS:  15 - 18

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Flat tire at end of ride/Tom Roberts

    Members: Regina Saizan, Mike Saizan, Ron Haney, Barbara Haney, Tom Roberts, Don Gardner  

    REPORT: What a pleasant day for a bike ride and it may be the last warm day we'll have for a while before more extreme rain and cooler temperatures.  

    Today we rode many of our usual roads making our way to Laplata  where we took a Rest Stop at or around mile 16. It was raining during our stop so to pass time while watching and listening to the rain we engaged in lively chit chatter. Once the rain began to lessen, we quickly got back on bikes and continued our route.

    I can't say enough good things about the combined effort of the group to stay together throughout most of the ride. KUDOS TO ALL!!!

    “Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel.

    But ride" - Eddy Merckx




  • Wed, October 10, 2018 4:30 PM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leaders:  Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Sheryl Romero, Matthew Schwaller, Dick Patton, Michael Dong, Troy Eddy 

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    Dick, Matt, Troy, Sheryl, Michael and Jane

    Route:  The usual 16 mile loop from the fire station in Accokeek down to the Potomac River and back.

    Weather:  Warm and humid with the threat of rain showers, but we stayed dry.

    AMS: Front group 17+, Back group 14

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: none

    Report: In spite of the threatening skies, 6 members showed up to ride with us on Wednesday evening.  Troy arrived early and got in some miles before the ride start. Michael rode from home and took off toward the end to complete his ride. It was good to have Dick join us as he recovers from illness. Sheryl and Matt joined Jim and Jane for sandwiches at B and J 's after the ride.

  • Wed, October 10, 2018 7:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Member Sam Perry joined me for my (unpopular!) hill repeats ride that starts from my house early in the morning.  At this time of year the sun is just barely up so front and rear lights are definitely needed.  Today's route after our 2+ mile warmup was Rosecroft Rd hill repeats, 2 sets of 3 plus 1 more before heading up Bock Rd southbound to the cool down loops.  My stats were 24.4 miles (I usually do a mile or 2 before the official ride start), 11.1 ams, 1627 ft of climbing.  Not a bad workout before coffee and breakfast!!  Note: after the ride when going up the steps to my front door, I noticed the soft feeling of a tire going flat.  Sure enough my rear tire was spongey.  I know what I'll be doing later today!!

  • Tue, October 09, 2018 3:36 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader:  Joan Oppel

    Members:  Ron Altemus, Chantal Briere, Chuck Coe, Barb Haney, Jim Hudnall, Jay Lewis, Steve Palincsar, Larry Peed, Sam Perry, Randy Schoch, Bob Thompson, Jan Tucker, Pat Walthers

    Route: Hawthorne, St Ignatius, La Plata, Quailwood, Hawthorne, Bumpy Oak

    Weather: High 70's, humid, sunny

    AMS: Whatever is needed to manage ride leader responsibilities
    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Steve had a flat entering the bad S-curve on Chapel Point Road: ssssssssssssssssssssssss heard loudly from behind.

    Report:  Several different levels of riders showed up, as befits a ride labeled CC & Friends. The riders broke up into small groups. As noted above, Steve had a flat. He decided there was a possibility that the flat was caused by an issue with brake pad rubbing on tire. He accepted an offer by Pat to return to get her car and pick him up.

    Jim, Jay, Larry, Randy, Jan, Sam, Ron and I regrouped at St Ignatius, visited the La Plata gas station for an official rest stop and more or less finished the ride around the same time (the "less" part is that Ron went off on the IH trail to add more miles).

  • Sun, October 07, 2018 9:30 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Steve Palincsar, Jay Lewis, Joan Oppel, Janell Saunders

    Guests: Stephen Cohen, Emily Helmes, Dennis Benson, Carol Torgan

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28719562. 58 miles, ~2500 feet of climbing, from Utica Park in Frederick up to Emmitsburg and bit of Pennsylvania. A zig-zagging meander using some favorite roads and some rarely (or never before) used, with brief stops to look at the WWI Memorial in Emmitsburg and a historical marker noting the earliest settler in the valley. Planned rest stops were a rest room break at Loys Station Park, a store in Emmitsburg and another store in Thurmont. One rider shortened the route after the stop in Emmitsburg by skipping the loop into Pennsylvania, and two others opted for a more direct route that cut a couple of miles after Thurmont. We also added an impromptu stop at the Mount St Mary's student center due to the heat.

    Weather: Summer in October! Early morning clouds burned off to blue skies, sunshine and humidity.

    Average speed: somewhere between 12 and 13 mph at the back.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: Ride leader noticed an error on the cue sheet after the last rest stop. One rider missed a turn and then had difficulty using his Garmin to get back on track due to difficulty seeing the screen in the bright sun. Fortunately he encountered another cyclist on Wilhyde Rd who directed him back to Utica Park.

    Overall we enjoyed a great bike ride! The heat was more oppressive than expected, and we were glad to have the chance to add the extra stop for cold water, vending machine snacks a bit of A/C at Mount St Mary's. We rode through miles of farmland, with plenty of creek and river crossings to add to the scenery and add a bit of climbing, too.

    Many thanks to all who came out for the ride!

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