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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.

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.









  • Sat, October 26, 2013 10:00 AM | Darin King

    Ride Leader:  Darin King

    Riders:  Broderick Pascual

    Planned Route:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3570331  Since only Broderick showed up, we decided to ad-lib.  We went in search of Steve P.'s Laurel Grove-Chaptico group and found them milling about on New Market Rd.  We rode with them for 20 miles or so before resuming the back half of our planned route.  No mishaps among the two of us.

    Weather:  Low-40's at the start, rising into the mid-50's.  We soon forgot about the temperature as the wind increased in ferocity to ~15kts with higher gusts...brutal.

    Finals stats:  55 miles @ 16.2 AMS

  • Sat, October 26, 2013 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar
    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
    Members: Bob Howell, Sharon Miller, Samson Samson; joined en route by Darin King and Broderick Pascual
    Guests: Michael Best, Terry Butler, Stephen Cohen
    Weather: Sunny, windy; low 40s at 10:00 rising to low 50s after noon.  As the temperature rose, so too did the wind, and unfortunately it was the strongest when we were riding directly into it.
    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3576837, 52 mi and 1781' of climbing.  We shortened the ride by 3 miles at Avenue, skipping the (once more, into the wind) loop from the store up Abell and down Hatchett Thicket and right back to the store.
    Mishaps & mechanicals: one of the guests had a flat tire on Rt 6, about a mile from All Faith Church Rd.  Another of the guests helped with the flat, while the rest of us waited at All Faith Church (described by Darin as "milling around").  We mistook Darin and Broderick for our two stragglers and made the turn, but returned to the church once we realized our mistake.   Darin and Broderick joined us at Three Notch Highway and stayed with us until Chaptico.
    AMS: a lot less than Darin.

    In all, a nice ride.  Windy, to be sure; not perhaps up to the Seagull, but not far off.  Amazing how different our conditions were from those Desiree experienced at Smallwood Park (I assure you, we would have been thankful indeed for "no wind").  Even so, the bright sun and clear skies made everything look very pretty, and our route took us to some very scenic places.

  • Fri, October 25, 2013 10:00 AM | Jackie Schoch

    Leaders were Jackie and Randy Schoch and riders were Bob Howell, Daren King and Mia Haynes.  Mia had the day off, so she came out to join us.  Great job Mia, hope to see you next time you are off.  The temperature at 10 AM was 44 degree which is getting on the chilly side for riding.  The sun was out.  We saw 3 deer today.  I guess we will be seeing more once hunting season starts and they know they are safe on the trail. :o) The only thing that was wrong with the ride today was the WIND.  Boy was it blowing hard on us in our face on the way back.  Doesn't the wind know it is suppose to be blowing at our backs so we can get back fast and have lunch.

  • Fri, October 25, 2013 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar
    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
    Riders: Holly Carr, Loretta Troen, Larry Peed, Ken Williams, Ron Altemus, Jim & Jane Hudnall
    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2187878 and the Mount Vernon Trail to and from Jones Point Park & the Jefferson Memorial, with diversions to visit Union Market on the way to the Arboretum and Eastern Market on the way back
    Weather: high 40s and windy at 10, rising to low 50s by mid-day, moderated by clear skies and bright, warm sun -- in all, a perfect fall cycling day
    Mishaps & mechanicals: none
    AMS: no point in even looking.

    What a grand time!  This was a real change of pace: fairly brisk riding on the Mount Vernon Trail from Jones Point Park underneath the Wilson Bridge through Old Town and across the 14th St. bridge to the Jefferson Memorial, and then a leisurely tour up Raoul Wallenberg Place, through the Mall and across town on D St and north on 6th through a very pleasant townhouse neighborhood up to Union Market, one of the more interesting food courts I've visited lately, where we stopped for coffee and raisin buns.  After a leisurely break we went up to the Arboretun on West Virginia Ave to the east of Gallaudet University and past Mount Olivet Cemetery.  It's an industrial-looking area, but, as with the rest of the route, surprisingly low traffic volume and low intensity as well.

    As always, the Arboretum is beautiful and a lot of fun to ride through.  It's not very large, but several roads wind through it, almost entirely without road markings.  Even with a map and a cue sheet you never really know exactly where you are once you leave Azaela Drive, but it doesn't seem to matter much because sooner or later you end up finding a sign that leads you to the Capitol Columns (Joan Oppel's photos, taken on a trip to the Arboretum this spring).  Some think it's hilly in the Arboretum, but nothing too severe - a bit like the Gettysburg Battlefield at Little Round Top and the Wheatfield.  (What a marvelous criterium course it would make!)   We stopped at the columns for a while, and Jim and Holly took photos and Larry tested out the camera he found on a ride a few weeks ago.  I hope there will be links to these photos soon.

    The way back retraces West Virginia Ave, then heads south on Tenth and turns onto North Carolina, which runs right by the corner of Eastern Market.  We stopped there for lunch, then continued past the Congressional office buildings and back through the Mall, over 14th St Bridge and back to Alexandria on the Mount Vernon Trail, this time passing through the Wilkes St. tunnel.

  • Thu, October 24, 2013 10:30 AM | Patricia Walthers
    Riders on this somewhat cloudy fall day were Joan Oppel, Lois Lightfoot, and ride leader Pat Walthers.  A compatible group, we did a lot of socializing along the way with Joan sharing some welcome tips on bike equipment.  We enjoyed meeting up with Sam Perry's B group at the Moreland Store and Nottingham Store rest stops. 
  • Thu, October 24, 2013 10:30 AM | Samuel Perry
    Half Flat... But Don't Get Used To It
    Class B 39.5 miles

    Participants: Diane Harris, Mike Saizan, Jan & Ron Tucker, Steve Palincsar, Richard Harrington, Loretta Troen, Alan Kurzweil, Jim & Jane Hudnall, Teresa Martin, Karen Fitzgerald, Linda Bankerd, John Early.

    14 riders were with me on a route created by Steve Palincsar.  The first half of the route was fairly flat, Sunny with a slight breeze. The second half was hilly with rollers and of course the weather had to play along by getting cloudy and windy with 20mph gusts. We spent a good deal of time getting warm and drinking coffee or hot chocolate at the second rest stop in Nottingham. 
    The Ride Leader came in with an AVS of 14.1.
    2559ft Ascending and 2575ft Descending.

  • Tue, October 22, 2013 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar
    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
    Riders: Darryl Lowery, Jay Lewis, Alan Kurzweil, Tom Short, Holly Carr, Robert Golding, Larry Peed, Jim Hudnall, Teresa Martin, Joan Oppel
    Guests: Granville Lee
    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3565443   37 miles, 1636' of climbing
    Weather: Clear when we started, 54 degrees, rapidly clouding over, breezy.  Spitting raindrops for a few minutes shortly after noon, eventually clearing and warming up to the low 60s.
    Mishaps & mechanicals: see below.

    As we were about to set out, Robert discovered his rear brake cable had seized up.  A determined effort to lube the cable and free up the brake failed, so he abandoned the ride.  It was rather dark and gloomy when we arrived at Fort Washington and the view wasn't its usual spectacular self, but that did not matter because the surprise highlight of the day came after we left the Fort: we toured the Tantallon neighborhood and stopped in at Calvin Conyers' for a visit.  I imagined us riding by ringing our bike bells and waving, with Calvin answering our waves from the balcony, but instead he welcomed us in and provided us with cookies and fruit.  We visited for almost a half hour.  It was really good to see him again. 

  • Mon, October 21, 2013 9:00 PM | Anonymous
    Ride Leader: Robert Smith
    Riders: Larry Peed, Jan & Ron Tucker, Bob Howell
    Weather: Clear & Sunny
    Mechanicals: None
    Mishaps: None

    Thanks to everyone that came out for the Rare Monday Morning Ride!! Our ride started out around 45 degrees and finished at 65 degrees. The parking lot conversation before the ride revolved around how much and what to wear. Turned into a beautiful day for a ride and the route Dan Donahue picked for us was great. The five of us stayed together the entire route, everyone taking turns up front. The group enjoyed an AMS of 15.7mph and enjoyed great conversation the whole way. Wonderful Ride!
  • Mon, October 21, 2013 9:00 AM | Dan Donahue

    Class- CC to slow B

    Distance:  38 mi.

    AMS-14.4 mph

    Members:  None

    Guests:  Larry, Curly & Moe (imaginary guests)

    This ride was set up to dovetail with Rob Smith’s 38 mi. B category ride.  Our idea was to configure the 2 rides as a “rolling bridge” for strong yet unsure CC pedalers who wanted to try a B pace.  If unsuccessful at hanging with Rob’s B group, a rider could ease back to a CC speed.  Another possible outcome might have a rider able to maintain a slow B speed, but not keep up with a faster B (15.5 to 16 mph AMS) group.  Again, my ride would then adjust speed to absorb those riders.     

    No one dropped off of Rob’s B group.*   Larry, Moe & Curly, riding a recumbent triple (imaginary guests, imaginary bike), were able to finish with a slow B AMS of 14. 4 mph.  They could have ridden faster, but they wouldn’t stop slapping, poking and hitting each other.  Water bottles were used to squirt one another, while a frame pump was used to whack helmeted heads (imaginary behavior).  No flats, mechanicals, or other incidents occurred.   The ride was successful in that it demonstrated that  a “rolling bridge” can be utilized. 

    *See Rob Smith’s ride report.

  • Sun, October 20, 2013 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar
    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
    Riders: Jan Tucker, Lou Dallorso and in a cameo appearance, Darin King (who joined us in mid-route, rode with us for perhaps 10 miles, and then went off on his own)
    Weather: Clear blue skies, a 10 mph wind and temperatures ranging from 51 at the start to perhaps 63 when we finished made for an absolutely perfect fall riding day, perhaps the first true autumn day of the season. 
    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3548075  56 miles, 2364' of climbing
    AMS: 13.7 - 14.0
    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    A grand day for riding, a small but congenial group who rode together, and an interesting and scenic route.  I was delighted with the rest stop at Gilbert Run Park, and will certainly use it for rest stops in future (but only between March - November: that's when it's open).  As Darin reported, the shoulder has been eliminated in the construction zone on Budd's Creek Road as they replace the temporary bridge over Allen's Fresh Run but although there was plenty of traffic we had no difficulty getting through.  However, between the construction and the challenging turn onto Rt 301 at the top of the hill, this part of the route is unsuitable for novices or unconfident riders.  Of course, it's also unlikely such riders would enjoy the climb on Pope's Creek Road.

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