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  • Sun, May 12, 2013 10:00 AM | Polly Choate

    Ride Leader: Polly Choate

    After days of rain, this day was beautiful and perfect for a ride....sunny blue skies and temps in mid-60's. The parking lot at Bryans Road was packed as cyclists from Oxon Hill and PPTC gathered for the joint B/CC/C rides. As the B and CC riders took off, 10 cyclists joined for the 26mi ride to Pisgah. With the leader Polly were PPTC members/guests Teresa Noonan, Fred Vital, Teresa Brooks, George Valenzuela, Dane Watts, and Oxon Hill members/guests Stacey Lauren, Edwige Stephen, Jennie Swartz, and Barbara Klieforth. Riders enjoyed the Indian Head Rail trail and were undeterred by headwinds all along the route. Five riders ;enjoyed lunch at the Lunch Box diner, and several riders from the B/CC rides joined later.


  • Sun, May 12, 2013 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar
    Ride name: Antietam Scout
    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
    Class: B/CC
    Members: Lisa Oken, Joel Katz, Holly Carr, Loretta Troen, Sarah Clement, Linda Bankerd, Rita Zeidner, Deb Reynolds
    Guests: Eric Sahre, Carol Linden, Emily Helms, perhaps others (see below)
    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2467057
    Distance: 59 that became 61.5 due to a confusing street sign
    Elevation: 4877'
    Weather: sunny, cool (downright cold at the ride start) and windy
    AMS: 11.9
    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    This was a Bike Virginia Training Ride, originally scheduled for Saturday May 11, but postponed due to predictions of thunderstorms, planned in conjunction with A/BB/B Potomac Pedaler rides. A number of Potomac Pedalers turned out, many for the faster classes and longer (67 mile) route, although several PPTC CC riders came with cue sheets for a 49 mile version that skipped the two climbs over South Mountain, others with cues for the original 56 mile route that didn't include the rest stop at 12 miles I added prior to the climb up Old Swimming Pool. It was hard to tell guests intending to do my route from those riding with PPTC.  (Darin King and Scott Walker also came, but for the longer/faster PPTC ride.)

    It was very chilly at the ride start and quite windy throughout the day, which persuaded several riders to change their plans and ride the 49 mile version. In the end, I think only Linda, Holly, Loretta and I of the OHbike B/CC group did the entire 59 mile route (plus bonus miles thanks to a misleading sign at Mount Zion/Cap Stein and incorrect information provided by a local cyclist who came upon us checking the map at the turn). Here we are at the War Correspondents Memorial at Gathland State Park.

    This route was very similar to a typical day at Bike Virginia in the New River Valley (the orange jerseys that should have had a "We Survived..." logo) and judging from the hill profiles, similar to the Pink routes at Bike VA 2013. The terrain is a mix of rolling Piedmont similar to the Croom Rollers (only longer, steeper and more of them) and long climbs over mountain passes with descents on the other side.
  • Sun, May 12, 2013 9:00 AM | Anonymous
    May 12 - Pedaling to Pisgah 35 mi CC ride
    Wed, May 15, 2013 11:09pm | Ed Hazelwood

    Ride Leader: Monique Sears

    Finally a beautiful and perfect day for a ride....sunny blue skies and temps in mid-60's. As this was a joint Oxon Hill/PPTC ride the Bryans Road parking lot was packed with cyclists for the joint B/CC/C rides. As PPTC does not do separate signup sheets for different ride classes I will not attempt to list riders in this report. Headwinds were strong, especially coming up the hills on Rt. 6 feeling the 7.5% grade and then hitting the wind. As always the B riders were strong and the group divided up into several slightly differently paced pelotons. 

    Several members of the B Group and the CC Group joined the C's at the Lunch Box for a great country meal after the ride.
  • Fri, May 10, 2013 11:00 AM | Jackie Schoch
    John Riconda, Jack Hammond, Steve Palincsar, Darin King, Calvin Conyar, Larry Reed, Blake Altman, Vicki Garlock, and long lost Jimmy Bartlett joined leaders Jackie and Randy Schoch on a beautiful day for a ride on the trail.  We saw lots of creatures on the trail today and they were 2 snakes, 1 large box turtle, a badger, a deer, some squirrels and 1 member of the Breakfast Club (Turkey).  Last year we would always see about 6 male turkeys together so we named them the Breakfast Club. Wonder what happen to the other 5?
    Larry, Calvin, Randy and Jackie stop at George's BBQ for lunch/dinner.  It was a great day.
  • Thu, May 09, 2013 10:30 AM | Samuel Perry

    Cloudy at the start, the sun made its way during the second half of today's 37 mile ride. A total of 14 riders plus the ride leader did a variation of the Gallant Green route with rest stops at the Moreland Store and at the Wawa in Cedarville.

    Roll Call: Steve Palinscar, Jay Lewis, (welcome back), Janell Saunders, Jim McDermont, Larry Peed, Tom Roberson, Phil Greer, Richard Harrington, John Early, Erica Kane, Sharon Miller, Darryl Lowery, L. Perkins,  Lou Dallord.  The route was flat with some rollers so the average speed picked up for a Thursday ride. One mechanical, Steve, had a rear flat on Iowa Rd. Ride Leader had an average speed of 15.4 sweeping the rear.

  • Mon, May 06, 2013 10:35 AM | Anonymous
    Nice day for riding even if the wind was a bit high making the temperature a little cooler than optimal. I was joined by members Darin King, Scott Walker, Mike Blaine and guest Robert Golding. The whole group pushed hard during the ride and we ended up way above the listed pace at 20.2 AMS, I might start having to list these rides as AA but I always encourage As to come. Mike pulled off at the trail head on Livingston Road and the rest of the group pushed on up the hill and down 210 where we saw about 8 police working to control motorcyclists. Robert left after the ride to join up with the D pace ride to support his mother and the rest of the group, Darin, Scott and myself, did Janell's ride at 2pm. 

  • Sun, May 05, 2013 9:30 PM | Herman Young
    This was another beautiful day for a bike ride.  The ride was attended by John Riconda, Jackie Schoch, Randy Schoch, Calvin Conyers and Dan Donahue.  Dan joinned us a few miles down the IHRT.  The usual ride to Smallwood Park was modified to give a few extra miles.  The ride took us off Chicamuxen Road to Sweetman to Bicknell to Pisgah Store.  Thanks to Randy for that modification.  The ride was incident free except for the joy of riding.  This is a ride we will use in the future when our usual Sunday ride needs a few more miles.  At the end of the ride Calvin wanted to tack on a few more miles and I had to accommodate him.  Highly motivated to ride, maybe it had something to do with him being pictured with the A/AA group on Saturday at Costa Park.  Just maybe.        
  • Sun, May 05, 2013 2:00 PM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)

    Ride Leader: Jane Hudnall

    Riders: Jim Hudnall, Katie and Evelien Dinsbach, Robert Golding, Mike and Darleen Moore

    It was a beautiful afternoon - cool in the shade and warm in the sun. Jim pulled our grandchildren in a Burley borrowed from the Ulrichs. Rob brought his mother and stepfather for a first time ride on the trail. All went well except for a flat the leader had at the Temple Hills end of the trail. Electrical tape supplied by Mike made it possible to continue the ride. Time for a new tire! This is a great trail for casual cyclists - not too long and with great scenery along the creek. New underpasses at Bock Road and Brinkley Road are impressive improvements.

  • Sun, May 05, 2013 2:00 PM | Janell Saunders (Administrator)
    Class: B
    Ride Leader: Janell Saunders
    Distance: 32.5
    Gain: 1086
    Riders: Scott Walker, Larry Peed, Jocelyn Herrington, John Agazzi, Ken Meredith, Broderick Pascal, Monica Irmler, Darin King, Michael Levesque, Kevin L.
    Weather:  sunny and 60s, breeezy
    Mishaps: None
    Mechanicals: None
    AMS: Around 16 for me, give or take during the ride.
    Since I missed the May Metric, I was looking forward to this ride and the weather co-operated. Darin's group joined me as they have in the past, and a couple new attendees showed too; Monica and Jocelyn (yay!). Michael invited his friend, Kevin, and then proceeded to leave him in the dust to bring up the rear with Ken (pulling, thanks!!), Monica and myself. He was more than happy to do so. We all caught up at the rest stop before continuing.  A couple folks headed back on the IHRT as they rode to the earlier ride, while the rest of us made it back with no problems to report.  It was half priced Frappucinos at Starbucks, so a few of us indulged.  I asked for a banana in my mocha frap; that makes it a healthy recovery beverage, right??
  • Sun, May 05, 2013 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar
    Ride Leader: Steve Palincsar
    Members: Deb Reynolds, Linda Bankerd, Paul Bankerd, Sarah Clement, Rita Zeidner
    Guests: None
    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2453361 (with a little detour that brought the total mileage up to 47.9)
    Elevation: 1739'
    Weather: 52, heavily overcast, damp and chilly with a 10 mph wind making things feel rather cold at the start, but as we started warming up the sky began to clear and by the time we had gone 20 miles the sun had come out, skies brightened and it felt much warmer. It got up to 62 by the end of the ride. Doubtful at the start, became absolutely delightful by the end.
    AMS: 13.9
    Mishaps & Mechanicals: Just because you got a flat in your back tire yesterday doesn't mean you aren't going to get a flat in your back tire today, even if it's a completely different bike. This time, it was a wire, vs yesterday's thorn. Found and fixed in an even better place than yesterday: on a park bench in Mallows Bay Park. If you've got to have a flat, it's much better to have a great place to fix it, and to have company as well. As they did the day before, the folding reading glasses came to the rescue today. If you can but bring it into focus, a wire sticking out of the middle of your tire tread is easy to see... but if you're farsighted that's easier to say than to see.

    You simply can't go wrong riding on Riverside. It's one of the most scenic areas in the whole metro Washington DC area. Today's route was a bit different, taking Gilroy across Rt 6 onto the "unknown" section of Chicamuxen between Riverside and Rt 6, then off Riverside on Sandy Point to Greenleek Hill and 6 to a "water stop" at the Nanjemoy Community Center. It's closed on weekends, but the water spigots are available; as it turned out today, we didn't need them, but it's good to know where they are.

    After leaving the Community Center we detoured off the planned route by going right from Liverpool Point on Riverside about 0.4 to the entrance to Mallows Bay Park (gravel road, and there's a big sign). Jim and Jane told me this morning that a portolet had been put up near the park entrance just for cyclists, and we wanted to "check it out". It's exactly where Tim Roland of Charles County told Jim it would be, about 25 yards down past the park entrance "Don't you dare back up because it's going to eat your tires" thing, on the left in the tree line.

    We waited a bit for Paul and Linda, but they never came into the park. After a while, we decided to take the gravel road (perfectly ridable, even for 23mm tires, just as Tim Roland said) all the way down to the Bay to check out the Ghost fleet of Mallows Bay. It was worth the look (even if mostly what I saw had to do with finding and fixing that flat in my back tire). There are two more portolets and some benches down by the park as well. Note to leaders: it's worth adding the diversion to Mallows Bay to your Riverside rides as a way of adding a bathroom stop.

    Riverside never disappoints, no matter what the season; neither did Holly Springs. Even Rt 6 and Ironsides looked pretty today. We took a third break in Friendship Landing Park, and this time I found the portolet (other side of the wooden rail fence just at the park entrance sign) unlike the one other time I've been to Friendship Landing. We stayed a while and had snacks, and all agreed that the appearance of Guu is thoroughly revolting and it shouldn't be considered a "foodstuff" at all.

    The break at Friendship Landing seemed to refresh us and made the rolling section on Ironsides seem of little consequence (definitely not always the case), a nice warm-up for the delights of Durham Church Road, which was simply thrilling today. The remaining miles flew by, and we arrived at Pisgah just before 3.

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