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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, January 27, 2019 10:30 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: January 27, 2019         

    Ride Name: About Nanjemoy

    Ride Distance: 47 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  18.6 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3, Sport

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather: Mid 30’s at the start, mid 40’s at the end, sunny, wind 6-8 MPH from the SW

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Barb Haney, Mathew Lewandowski, Brad Francisco, Steve Koegle

    Ride Report:

    We had almost the same cast of characters as my ride earlier in the month; the only difference was George Valenzuela joined us for that ride.

    We stayed more or less together throughout the ride; there was only some temporary splitting on some hills with the gaps quickly closed.

    Brad had new carbon wheels with tubeless tires.  I think he likes them; they certainly didn’t slow him down.

    Although I reported the weather as sunny, it actually clouded up a bit after the break and got a bit chillier as a result.  However, by the end of the ride the sun was out again.

    All-in-all it was a very nice mid-winter ride with some nice weather for a change.  Thanks to all for joining me.

  • Sat, January 26, 2019 1:00 PM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Because it was so nice yesterday and today was going to be as nice, I decided to add a ride to the schedule but start it later in the day when temperatures were warmer.  Two club members took advantage, Theresa Rowell and Sam Perry.  Start temperature was 39° with the ending temp at 35°.  It was cold, breezy, and dry for this uneventful ride.  Thanks to those who joined me!

  • Fri, January 25, 2019 10:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:   Ron Altemus

    Member:   Donaro Gardner

    Route:   the IHRT, Livingston Rd parking lot to White Plains and return

    Weather:   not bad - partly cloudy, temp range of 37-40, the latter occurring when the sun wasn't obstructed by the stray cloud, winds calm at the start developing into WNW breezes under 10 mph on the return.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   none

    Report:   Guess with all of the rain or snow and cold, riders have either forgotten how to ride or where they stored their bikes or both...  Don was a late show and your humble ride leader didn't encounter him until the return at Middletown.  He continued on to White Plains and we met again in the parking lot.

    Only encountered 3 other trail users, all walkers.  Items to note:  the trail closure from Hawthorne east has gone into effect.  And there is still an awful lot of water coursing through the Mattawoman Creek watershed.  The creek itself was over its banks east of Bumpy Oak; there was lots of standing water as far up as where Old Woman creek goes under the trail east of Bensville.

  • Fri, January 11, 2019 10:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:   Ron Altemus

    Members:   Kevin Foley, Donaro Gardner, and Larry Peed present at Livingston Road only (see below)

    Guests:   Erick Satchell

    Route:   Indian Head Rail Trail, Livingston Rd parking lot to White Plains and return

    Weather:   Plenty of sunshine, temperatures in the low 30s, and NW winds 12-15 mph which made for a terrific tailwind to White Plains, a bit of a slog at times returning to Livingston Rd.

    AMS:   swept at 13

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   Larry arrived a bit early so took off riding and suffered a flat a mile or so east of the parking lot.  He walked back and met us as we were headed out.  Given the cold conditions and his tubeless tires/wheels, repairs were not going to be attempted until he was in warmer surroundings.

    Later, after crossing Middletown first, Erick turned back to see if the rest of us made it and the fence jumped out in front of him, causing a minor collision.  A bit of straightening of the handlebars and he was back riding quickly.

    Report:   A surprisingly "large" turnout given the temperatures.  I think most of us would agree that it wasn't that cold nor that windy.  We saw maybe a half dozen walkers on the trail (mainly at the White Plains end) but no other cyclists.  No wildlife either.

  • Thu, January 10, 2019 3:43 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader:   Joan Oppel

    Members:   Ron Altemus, Don Gardner

    Route:   "Across the Wind" - designed to lessen a typical NW wind impact by utilizing tree-lined roads, sunken roads, wind-favorable directions. So, Old Indian Head, Cherry Tree to Crossroad Trail. Then over to Croom via Candy Hill and Baden Naylor to the Tanyard/Nottingham loop/Merkle. St Thomas Church to Duley Station, Van Brady to Molly Berry.

    Average speed: Group more or less stayed together

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: At Merkle, Ron parked his bike in the bike rack. Don and I tested our bikes there, didn't feel stable so we parked our elsewhere. Getting back on our bikes, Ron discovered his bike had fallen/blown over and riding it caused significant rubbing of wheel rim on brake. A definite wobble developed in the wheel and we could not open the brakes enough to solve the wobble. It appears that when the bike fell over, the rim might have been damaged as it torqued in the rack pipes. Ron took a shortcut after trying to ride for about 2 miles. He encouraged Don and me to finish the ride route.

    Report:  VERY windy in the North Keys parking lot - of course. But as soon as we left, we experienced only occasional wind issues. The route, designed by Steve P, is really outstanding for a winter northwest/west wind situation. The difficult windy sections were few and not long. Don reported that he enjoyed the ride. At one point, along Nottingham, I waited for Ron and Don to catch up and remarked that they were riding and chatting as if it were 65 degrees. Ron said, "I'm just enjoying the wind on my face."

    Weather:   Temperature was about 32 at the start, then hovering around 34 or so. Very sunny and that made a big difference in how cold it felt. Wind was about 17-20 mph, when we could feel it. 

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  • Tue, January 08, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:   Ron Altemus

    Members:   La' Tasha Banks, Donaro Gardner, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Alan Kurzweil, Joan Oppel, Larry Peed, Sam Perry, Patricia Sanders, Jackie & Randy Schoch, Tom Short, Pat Walthers; and seen on the IHRT between Livingston and Hawthorne, Barbara & Ron Haney

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29124113  34 miles, 1069' elevation change.   Pomfret and Marshall Corner to get to Valley, then MD-6 to Burch and Poorhouse for a rest stop at Pisgah Store. Return via Bicknell, Marbury Run, and Chicamuxen to the IHRT off of Livingston. A brief jaunt westward on the trail to Woodland, then Strauss and Chapman's Landing to Laurel. This route will took us down Laurel; Hungerford and Livingston back to the start.

    Weather:   a cloudy start with temps in the mid 40s, the sun making an appearance midway through the ride zooming temps into the mid 50s.  Southerly breezes, not too bad.

    AMS:   swept at 11.9

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   Barbara Haney had a flat on the IHRT just west of Hawthorne.  The ride leader picked up a 1/4" glass shard in the shape of a stiletto somewheres in the same area and realized he was getting a flat when turning off the IHRT onto Woodland.  Coincidence?  I don't know.  Additionally, the ride leader was totally unprepared today as he was without a spare tube.  Fortunately, Joan, aka the Flat Queen, was quick to the rescue, we put a 700x25 tube in my 38 tire, and rode on.  

    Report:   Lots of friends today, so a number of groupings along with the standard CC contingent.  Traffic was very light on a several of the roads - I don't believe we were passed by a car on Valley, Poorhouse, or Chapman's Landing.  For a bit of touring, we stayed on Laurel after crossing MD-210.  It was a quiet, residential street with one nice dip, similar to Chapman's Landing.  The road was an interesting excursion but once is enough; if nothing else, those that did ride it can now cross it off of their bucket list. 

  • Sun, January 06, 2019 5:21 PM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Debby Bowman, Jackie & Randy Schoch, Patricia Sanders, Ron Altemus, Kevin & Noel Foley and joining us en route, Sarah Clement

    Weather: Sunny, 55, windy.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29118777  35 mi, 850' of elevation gain.  We started from Chaptico Park and went up Hurry to Manor, then down to Maddox and a stop at Old Chaptico Wharf, where we waited for Sarah (who'd arrived at the park as we were leaving) to join.  We continued on Maddox to Bushwood and a rest stop at Quade's store, then headed

    towards Avenue, making a detour on MD-520, Oscar Hayden and Monfort Rd where we stopped to enjoy the view at the end of the pavement at White's Neck Creek, before arriving at Murphy's Store for another break.  The route continued on Oakley, Sugar Hole and Colton Point Rd to Hurry, fighting the wind all the way back to Chaptico and the Park.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none, other than Randy & Jackie missing a turn and making an unintentional shortcut.

    AMS: 11.3 and up

  • Sun, January 06, 2019 10:30 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: January 6, 2019           

    Ride Name: Casey Jones – Cobb Island

    Ride Distance: 51 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  18.0 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3, Training

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather: Upper 40’s at the start, mid 50’s at the end, sunny, windy from the NW

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Barb Haney, Mathew Lewandowski, Brad Francisco, Steve Koegle, George Valenzuela

    Ride Report:

    The winds were calm until about 9:45 and then, of course, they picked just in time for the ride.  No matter, the wind was at our backs for the first half of the ride – so why worry?

    We stayed more or less together for the ride to Cobb Island; there was some splitting and regrouping at the hills.

    Once we got to Cobb Island we took a break at the store and (as usual) decided to forego the island “tour”.  Our average at the turn-around point was 19.0 MPH.  After the break the ride really started since now we were into the wind; the first part of the ride was just a warm-up with the wind at our backs.

    We all stayed together until the hill on Rock Point road.  After that the ride split and never regrouped.  By the end of the ride we had 3 or even 4 “groups”.

    I have to say the Training aspect of the ride was a failure since we did not ride and work together as a group throughout the ride.  It was still an enjoyable ride and despite some wind the weather was really great for a winter ride.

  • Fri, January 04, 2019 10:30 AM | Randy Schoch

    Leaders - Jackie and Randy Schoch

    Members - Belinda Acre, Steve Forman, Ron & Susan Altemus, Fran Jezisek, and Larry Peed.

    Guests - None

    Route - IHRT

    Weather - cold, overcast, and breezy. high 30's to mid 40's

    AMS - 12 mph+

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - Steve was concerned about his rear brake pads being too tight.

    Report - Any day of bike riding is better than sitting at home even if the weather isn't ideal. There were very few other's on the trail. Larry saw a large group of wild male turkeys (Jackie calls them the "breakfast club"). After our rest stop at White Plains on the return leg, we saw at least 4 adult eagles flying above our heads and then roosting in the trees. We went to George's for lunch. 

  • Thu, January 03, 2019 4:16 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader:   Joan Oppel

    Members:   Ron Altemus, Alan Kurzweil, Larry Peed, Patricia Sanders, Randy Schoch and Jackie Schoch

    Route:   Flat first half, Gibbons Church, Rt 381, Ashbox, Cedarville, then to ride around the Pinefield neighborhood, return to Cedarville. Stop at WaWa, on to Accokeek, S Springfield (who put that hill there), Floral Park to Thrift, around Cosca, Surratts to F Tippett, 301 to the Indian Head, Van B, Molly B, N Keys return.

    Weather:   Temperatures hovering just under 50. Mostly overcast (again, third day in a row without real sun) but the sun could be seen as a pale orb through the clouds so not so gloomy. A little wind occasionally

    Average speed: Group more or less stayed together

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report:  A flat first half to the WaWa, then a few hills and then all the elevation gain is in the final 19 miles, so 1320 feet of gain in 19 miles. A good stat for a route in Prince Georges/Charles Counties. The route was not planned for hills, it was chosen so we went some place different for a rest stop than Moreland or Merkle. 

    Until we got to Cosca Park, we stayed together, then Larry broke off at some point and Randy and Jackie went on past Cosca. Pat, Alan, Ron and I finished more or less together. Lots of standing water on several roads, due to some overnight rain and completely saturated ground. One car passing too fast on Dent Rd managed to splash puddle water right on Jackie. Aside from that, all in all, a really good day in January to ride. 

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