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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.









  • Tue, May 08, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)
    Birthday boy (leader):  Ron Altemus

    Revelers (members):  Steve Palincsar, Chuck Coe, Darryl Lowery, Kirk Saunders, Sam Perry, Joan Oppel, La'Tasha Banks, Tom Roberts, Ron & Barb Haney, Karen Morgan

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27422060  44.4 miles/1491' elevation gain.  Recapping the route:  Bumpy Oak, Hawthorne, and Ripley/Annapolis Woods/Fire Tower to Scott's for a rest stop. Onwards to Durham Church, Ironsides, Baptist Church, Bowie, Mason Springs, Smallwood Church, and Chicamuxen to a 2nd rest stop at Sweden Point Marina. Final leg was Chicamuxen/Hawthorne/Lower Wharf over to Chapman's Landing, then Hungerford and Livinston back to Matthews and a quick jog up to Shiloh Church and Gospel Union before u-turning back to the start.

    Weather:   Delightful!  Blue blue blue skies with plenty of sunshine, temp range of mid 60s to mid 70s, gentle NE/ENE zephyrs, low humidity, and less pollen than previous days.

    AMS:   swept at 13; undoubtedly faster for everyone else.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   two chain drops and one flat, all of which were remedied in short order.

    Report:  Thanks to all that came out for my birthday ride, albeit a day early and my years in kilometers instead of miles.   It was a great day for riding - various shades of green everywhere one looked occasionally interrupted by bursts of other colors from flowering plants.

    A couple of items of interest:  1)  the Safeway at Bryans Road is closing (https://bit.ly/2jJ54Jz); and 2) Grinder's on Chicamuxen just east of the entrance to Smallwood Park makes for a good stop if in need of foodstuffs or cold beverages.

  • Sat, May 05, 2018 9:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leaders: Barbara and Ron Haney

    Members: Darryl Lowery, Tom Roberts, George Valenzuela, Larry Malone (Matthew Lewandowski joined the route after the start)

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27270795 May Metric 65, new route to avoid construction on the traditional route

    Weather: Excellent, despite much prior uncertainty and an abundance of caution: 70s, light breeze, overcast. 

    AMS: 17.6 for leader

    Report: Since all who signed in as A riders left with the AAs, all that were left to start as the A group were the two leaders. We had a nice warmup, then caught up to Darryl, and were soon joined by Sue Estes, who had signed with the B-41, and Matthew, who had ridden from home. We rode together to the first stop at Merkle, then Sue left our group to wait for the 41. The Haneys, Darryl and Matthew stayed together the rest of the ride. It was a good, cohesive group and a great ride. 

    If you are a AA rider, please sign the AA sheet when available. If you're not sure, or want to try AA but are afraid to commit by signing with them, at least tell your A ride leader your intentions so we know what is going on, otherwise if we aren't aware you started before us, and don't see you, we'd wonder what happened to you. 

  • Sat, May 05, 2018 9:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel, Doug Lesar, Ellen Goodwin

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27270795  the 65 mi route, with no short cuts (although we did check the weather at Croom & Brandywine and at the Community Center just in case a shortcut might be necessary)

    Weather: Overcast, cloudy-bright, mid 60s at the start rising to no more than 72.  In practical terms, it was perfect: not too hot, not too windy, not too much sun, and in spite of all the weather forecasting drama, it didn't rain.  There was a lot of pollen, but fortunately not the kind that bothers me.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: nothing worse than a chain drop at the start of the climb on Thrift Rd.

    AMS: 13.5

    Because Joan was taking pictures, we rolled out with the CC 32 and the CC 41 groups, a merger that was further reinforced by the traffic light at Surratts and MD-5.  We rode together until the 32mi group turned off after the turn onto US-301 and the 41 mi group stopped to help a rider from the A or B group who'd pinch-flatted on Cheltenham. 

    We joined up with Sherwood's B 65 after we left Merkle -- they left first and we caught up on Tanyard, and certainly not because we were riding faster -- and rode together with Sherwood, Linda Bankerd and Karen McMillan from that point on, until Sherwood and Linda put the hammer down after leaving the WaWa.

    I think the revised routes were well received, a virtue born from necessity.  

  • Sat, May 05, 2018 9:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Leader - Randy Schoch

    Members - Mia Haynes, Reggie Sikes, Rod Barnes, Belinda Acre, and Tim Murphy

    Guests - None

    Weather - Beautiful (70's)

    AMS - Leader 12+

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None

    Report - This was the first time the C/D ride for the May Metric didn't start from Cosca Park. Because of the route difficulty and road construction, it was decided to use the IHRT. The trail was very busy today with many people, bikes, dogs, etc. enjoying this fine weather. The riders rode at their own paces. We saw members Bob & Carleen Moye riding today and other OHBC members doing their own rides on the trail. Great day and good ride.

  • Sat, May 05, 2018 9:00 AM | Brad Francisco

    Thank you all for putting this ride together.  I think that the all class rides are very important.  Not only do we get to mingle with other riders that we would seldom see otherwise, but we get the chance to ride with riders of other ride categories, if we so choose.  I will have a ride report to follow this, I promise.

    Please riders, our sign up sheets are a ride waiver.  But they are much more than that, they are a way for the leaders to know who is riding with them and who to contact in an emergency.  If you are riding with me and did not sign my signup sheet, the only thing that I can do is call 911 in case of a problem.  If you are riding up a class, let both the ride leaders know what you are doing.  If you sign both the sign up sheets, we will both have the critical information needed in case of an emergency.  We don't get points for each rider that signs our sheet, we just want to get everyone home safely.

    On to the ride report:

    Leader:  Brad Francisco

    Members signed on sign up sheet:  Steve Koegle & Michael Blane

    Borrrowed members from "A" sign up sheet:  Darryl Lowery (was with us for a little bit, so I have heard), Tom Roberts, George Valenzuela, and Larry Malone (has become a member after I rode with him on the End Hunger Ride last weekend) - welcome!

    Guests:  Rob Golding - Please renew!

    Route:   65 miles

    Weather:  Low 70's

    AMS:  19.1 for the leader who became more of the follower

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  None

    Report:   We were the last ones ready to go and we needed to be the first to go.  But we got it done!  The ride leader tried to keep a manageable AA pace for the first 5 miles.  Then Rob passed saying that I needed a break.  Followed by Steve.  Then the ride leader went to the back with 6 riders ahead.  How could that be, there should only have been three?

    We were trading places a lot, but the ride leader was getting dropped.  I really appreciate Michael for watching out for us weaker ones when he could have been mingling with Rob and Steve.  Those long pulls of his were very much appreciated.  Tom, your riding was awesome.  You could keep up with anyone that you wished to.  Larry, I don't know if you were holding back to keep me company or not, but thank you.  George, you may not be the fastest on the hills, but your stamina is amazing!

    Thank you all for coming out to ride today.  It was very enjoyable.  Well, except the potholes.

    I need to credit the drivers of the vehicles on the road.  A very considerate bunch.  Not that they will read this, but it makes me feel good to give them positive credit.  There are a lot of bicycle friendly drivers out there.

  • Sat, May 05, 2018 9:00 AM | Michael Saizan

    Ride Leader:  Mike Saizan

    Members:  (10) Regina Saizan, Bob Howell, Ken Meredith, Morris Hymes, Fred Sawyer, Sam Perry, Broderick Pascual, Ken Roman, Warren Smith, Sue Estes

    Guest:  (2) Ann Sawyer, Stephen Cohen

    Weather: Not too cold, not too hot, cloudy but no rain.  Weather was just great.

    Route: This was the B-41 version of the May Metric ride, modified to avoid the extensive road work at Rt-5 and Brandywine Rd.    

    Ride Report: There is always some confusion with riders on these multi-class rides.  Ten riders originally signed up on my B-41 signup sheet.  As we started the ride, there seemed to be way more than ten in the group.  Riders tended to string out somewhat on the first leg and I lost sight of the faster riders from the sweep position.  On Cheltenham Rd, Broderick got a flat but ensured me he was OK so I could keep track of the main group.  Fortunately, he was able to hook up with the CC-41 group after the repair (Thanks JuliaAnn for stopping for Broderick).  After the Merkle rest stop, for the most part, 12 of us road as a unit to the WaWa 2nd rest stop.  From there, Ken headed home since he started from home.  On the 3rd leg, I again lost sight of the faster riders but it appears everyone returned safely.

    RMS:  16.1 for the ride leader (group did pretty good today)

    Mishaps: Broderick’s flat tire on bumpy Cheltenham Rd

  • Sat, May 05, 2018 9:00 AM | JulieAnn Dertz

    Ride Leader:  JulieAnn Dertz

    Members:  (3) Sue Gunter, Randy Sim and our tagalong,Broderick Pascual, 

    Guest:  (0) 

    Weather: Not too cold, not too hot, cloudy but no rain.  Weather was just great.

    Route: This was the CC-41 version of the May Metric ride, modified to avoid the extensive road work at Rt-5 and Brandywine Rd.  

    Ride Report: The CC 41 was a last Minute add on for riders who were looking for a few extra hill climbing miles. Sue is going on a tour of Italy where she will ride no less that 45 miles a day. Randy had a ton of great and helpful information and touring. We picked up Broderick  On Cheltenham Rd, Broderick got a flat And forgot his tools. Thanks to Steve P. and his tire pump Broderick tire was fully inflated at the Merkle rest stop. We should call this ride pollen and pothole's. 

    RMS: 14.3 Great JOB!!!


  • Sat, May 05, 2018 9:00 AM | Deborah Reynolds

    We had 5 riders, 4 members and 1 guest.  1 got there a little late and didn't sign in, Dana.

    We started off together with Walt going a little fast in the beginning, but he slowed and waited.  We then rode together, we stopped at the park, North keys and had a break, and finally at the Wawa.  Everyone was enjoying the route.  Near the end Dana stopped at home and Walt went to check out a bike path, but he caught back up.  

    Finally Ron went to add extra miles and Walt caught us on the climb up Thrift road.

    Ron, Walt, Kim and myself all finished and enjoyed the ride.

  • Fri, May 04, 2018 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Leaders - Jackie and Randy Schoch

    Members - John Riconda, Ron & Susan Altemus, Fran Jecisek, Rodney Cobb, Larry Stirling, and Robin Garnett.

    Guests - None

    Route - IHRT

    Weather - Very hot (90's)

    AMS - Leaders did 11mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None

    Report - This was our first very hot ride but it was OK. As usual, riders of different speeds did their thing. We all took our rest break at White Plains except for Susan and Fran who turned around sooner. Very few others on the trail today. We saw a fully grown but young eagle watching us near the rain shelter. We worked up a sweat and enjoyed the ride.

  • Fri, May 04, 2018 10:00 AM | Thomas Short

    Leader: Tom Short 

    Members: Don Gardner, Barbara Haney

    Weather:  Blue sky, light winds, 84 degrees at ride end

    Route:  Very low traffic, good roads and only 950 feet of climbing.  As a result of the route, the weather and the encouragement of two riders stronger than myself we accomplished an overall mph average that was 1 mph more than I had hoped for.

    Rest Stops:  Rest stops are very limited. There is a portable toilet at the entrance to Mallow Bay.  The Nanjemoy Community Center is closed on Saturday and Sunday however a water faucet is located on the north side of the Center.  There is also a water faucet at Durham Church.  There are no stores.

    Mishaps/Mechanicals:  None.  Our bikes ran perfectly.

    AMS: 16.6 mph

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