Ride Reports

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.

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, February 25, 2017 7:30 AM | Scott Walker

    Class: AA/3
    : Sport
    Description: Sprint before the storm
    Speed Limit Imposed: None
    Colors: None
    : 7:30
    Location: Pisgah Firehouse (changed from Pisgah Park)



    The Course

    Distance: 35.6 miles
    : 1211 ft
    Rest Stops: None
    Max Grade: 5.0%


               Brad was a hero at the pull today on his pretty 454s (slippery-fast)!

    The Ride

    Riders:  Five – Brad Francisco, Blake Altman, Pete Czapiewski, John Hartsfield, Scott Walker
    : Sunny, 57 degrees warming to 66, winds from the SW at 10
    Moving Time
    : 1:41:09
    : 21.1 (off-pace, but the boys were willing)
    Mishaps/Mechanicals: None
    Report:  We lost Blake in the location change (he missed the ride update and notification email) but we caught up with him a couple of miles into the ride (headed south on Mason-Springs just before crossing Rt-6).  From there, it was a fun gallop to the bottom of Charles and back up the silky-smooth Riverside rollers with a cooperating tailwind.  Sunny, warm, quiet, tight, fast.

    Click for John's Video

  • Fri, February 24, 2017 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    The original/standard Friday IHRT ride saw Steve Palincsar, John Riconda, Belinda Acre, and Robin Garnett enjoy another fantastic and unbelievable February day.  With temps starting in the mid 60s under cotton puff clouds and climbing to the mid 70s, it was a day that allowed Steve to proclaim "if anyone doesn't think this is perfect cycling weather, I don't know how one could ever please them!"  It was the kind of day that you think you could ride forever.  John rode faster than the rest of us so we really only saw him at the White Plains trailhead rest stop.  We averaged a bit more than 13 mph so he was considerably higher.  Signs of impending spring were everywhere:  butterflies on the trail, a chorus of frogs in marshy areas, a snake observed (unfortunately, dead from being run over, but it had been out enjoying the warmer temps at some point), and turtles near the Hawthorne crossing.  Unlike the last several Friday rides, there were lots and lots of other trail users today - walkers, joggers/runners, and other cyclists.  Finally, trail news of note:  the White Plains facilities will resume normal operational status on Wednesday, March 1st - water will be running.

  • Thu, February 23, 2017 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Bob Howell, Holly Carr, Mike Bivens, Alan Kurzweil, Ron Altemus, Sam Perry, Lou Dallorso, Jane and Jim Hudnall, Joan Oppel, Darrell Meyer

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19107370, 1900' of elevation gain

    Weather: another unbelievable spring day.  Clear blue skies, brisk breeze, low 60s at the start rising to 78 degrees by 2 pm.  Fantastic cycling weather for any time of year, but utterly astonishing for February.  The groundhog sure had his head up his burrow this time around!

    Mishaps & mechanicals: Ron broke a spoke and cut the ride short.

    AMS: 13.0 for the leader, but no idea at all about anyone else.

    By mile 3 the As and Bs had pulled away and were no longer in sight, but neither were Ron and Joan.  I waited at the turn where Cherry Tree Crossing intersects with Cross Road Trail, and when they finally arrived Ron told me they were following some kind of Tabata training regimen: riding at a C pace interspersed with maximum effort AA pace intervals.  Not my thing at all, but especially not the day after a ride in the hills of Arlington, so I rode alone to the first rest stop.

    Holly was on her touring bike and riding at a CC pace and I was tired of riding solo, so when she left Merkle I followed and we rode together until we got to River Airport.  She was anxious to get back and skipped both River Airport and the rest stop at Magruders Ferry, so I was back to riding alone again.  I crossed paths with Bob, Lou and one other on River Airport, but turned onto Croom before the B segment made it that far.  We all regrouped at Magruders Ferry except for Ron, Sam and Holly (all of whom had shortened the ride) but finished by ones and two's.

    Photos on Facebook

  • Tue, February 21, 2017 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Joan Oppel, Diane Harris, Steve Palincsar, Darryl Lowery, Holly Carr, Tom Roberts, Jim Hudnall

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19024407  To recap:  Chapman's Landing, the IHRT, Chicamuxen, and Pisgah Marbury to a rest stop at the Pisgah store.  Then Poorhouse/MD-6 over to the Ann Harbor area of Port Tobacco for a dealer's choice as to routing.  Return via Shirley, Valley, Hawthorne, Marshall Corner, and Bensville to the greater Accokeek area.  Biddle, Manning, two Hollys, and Livingston/et al/Mathews returned us to our start.

    Weather:  Not the fabulous Monday that preceded nor the expected Wednesday/Thursday to follow, but still a great day for the end of February.  Temps were in the mid-40s at ride start and had climbed to mid-50s upon our return.  A combination of sunshine, hazy overcast, and partly cloudy, with breezes out of the SE made for enjoyable riding.

    AMS:  swept at 13; faster riders reported 15s.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  Joan flatted on Berry approaching Dusty Lane.  Lots of help with the changing of tire/tube though the culprit was never identified nor the leak located.

    Report:  Billed as a scouting trip of Ann Harbor Drive near the Port Tobacco River, the route was planned so that it would be a descent rather than 10% grade climb on the titular road.  Joan and Tom, looking for some hill work, went straight down MD-6 to Shirley and then climbed Ann Harbor before enjoying its downhill.  The majority of the other riders followed the cue sheet and simply went down it, too.  The ride leader, looking to get an accurate understanding of the roads in the area, went right on Ann Harbor from Howard and then down Carol to connect to Shirley.  Shirley's grade isn't as bad as Ann Harbor so any future expeditions going uphill in that area, if led by today's leader, will use Shirley.

    The group split into a faster trio (Darryl, Holly, Tom) and the rest of us, but we regrouped quite often.  Once on Bensville, Darryl powered off and altered his course to head directly home (having ridden to the ride start), while the others rode as a group all the way back to Bryans Road, paying homage to Holly having both a road and a way named after her in Accokeek.  Other items of note:  Spring is definitely on the way.  One of Mattawoman Creek's tidal pools on Hawthorne was afrenzy with small fish; numerous trees, particularly Maples, were showing buds; and, a flock of pink flamingos were observed on Valley.  Thanks to all who rode today.

  • Mon, February 20, 2017 3:42 PM | Robert Howell

    Ride Name:  Hughesville and Moreland Market.

    Leader:  Bob Howell.

    Members:  Larry Peed, Alan Kurzweil, Ron Haney, Ken Meredith, Sam Perry, Andrea Noseck, and Lou Dall'Orso.

    Guests:  None.

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17707700.

    Weather:  Great!  Low 50's at ride start.  66 degrees at end of ride.

    AMS:  16.6 at the back.  17.3 at the front.

    Distance:  37.2 miles.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  None.

    Report:  As you can tell from the ride that I posted this past Saturday and the ride for today cycling on Gallant Green Road is one of my favorite areas to ride.  And the weather that we had on Saturday and today rated 4 stars for the end of February.  It was a great route, great weather, and above all else a great group to ride with today.  Not too much more can be said about today's ride.  Take care.  Later. 

  • Sun, February 19, 2017 2:00 PM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    As of yesterday (Feb 18th) there was not a B ride on the schedule, so I planned this ride, hoping that people would check the schedule and be willing to come out for an afternoon right.  Four riders joined me - Tom Roberts, Phillip Mitchell, Lou Dall'Orso, and Theresa Rowell.  Tom had ridden earlier so this was his second ride for the day.  The ride started off uneventfully, until we made the turn onto McDaniel, but without Lou.  Somehow he missed the turn, never to be seen again.  (We did notice his car and was gone when we returned to the parking lot ).  We continued without other incidents.  This ride included Rose Hill and Pomfret (which I now believe isore challenging than Bumpy Oak) but otherwise included a lot of flat roads.  We returned with plenty of daylight left.  Thanks to all that joined me on this ride. 

  • Sun, February 19, 2017 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Melissa Watson, Randy Sim, Holly Carr, Janell Saunders, Sarah Clement, Ellen Goodwin, Joan Oppel, Bill Lowe, Sheila Harron and, joining us en route for part of the ride, John Gorman.

    Weather: Another fantastic spring day in the middle of February.  Windy to breezy, overcast skies clearing before we'd gone 10 miles; around 60 at the start (but rather chilly feeling due to the wind) rising to 72 by early afternoon.  It's amazing, it's wonderful, and you can't help but wonder if winter is like this, what's summer going to be like?

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18883418  40 miles, under 1,000' of elevation gain   Basically a variation on the short ride to Deale from Harwood via Ed Prout, but significantly altered by going off the main routes into the neighbourhoods along the water that the usual Deale rides pass by. 

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13.6

  • Sun, February 19, 2017 10:00 AM | Brad Francisco

    Leader: Brad Francisco

    Members: Blake Altman, Matthew Lewandowski, Darin King

    Guests: Corey Wells, Mountain Bike Dave

    Route: 55 miles in central Calvert County

    Weather: 60's

    AMS: 19.38 in the front and a bit lower in the back (ride leader)

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: During Blake's Saturday ride Matthew and Darin expressed an interest in my ride Sunday but wanted a shorter distance.  They planned out their shortened routes and followed them.  Matthew is regaining strength as part of his recovery from last year's crash and Darin has been riding the indoor trainer a bunch.

    I had invited members of the Fab Brew Crew to join the ride.  Two joined us.  Corey started out with us and Dave joined us at the first rest stop (he was running a couple minutes late).  Corey was running very deep section Chinese wheels which were a handful in crosswinds.  Dave had a new cross bike with 40mm tires on it (not that it slowed him down any).

    Darin headed back to the start after 25 miles and Matthew headed back after he finished the hardest part of the ride (shortening the ride by about 9 miles).  Blake was waiting for the ride leader after Matthew shortened the route and we rejoined the group at the next rest stop (resisting the need to purchase Girl Scout cookies).

    The remaining 4 riders finished together.  What a nice day to be out riding!  What month is this?  No it can't be February!

  • Sat, February 18, 2017 4:56 PM | Robert Howell

    Ride Name:  Gallant Green starting from Oak Ridge.

    Leader:  Bob Howell.

    Members:  Terry Dogan, Janell Saunders, Larry Peed, Karen Morgan, Stuart Morgan, Sam Perry, Holly Carr, Pano Gianniotis, and Ron Haney.

    Guests:  None.

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18908429.

    Weather:  Spring like day in the middle of February.  45-50 at ride start.  65-70 at ride end.

    AMS: Varied between 14.5 to 16.0.  Sometimes groups would form and separation occurred.  But for the most part all stayed within sight.

    Distance:  45.5 miles.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  Yes.  We were challenged by flat tire issues today.  But with group participation  we prevailed.  I would like to thank all members for the huge effort that was displayed today.

    Report:  To me it was a 4 star day even with the mechanicals. How often do you experience the weather that we had today in the middle of February and the turn out of club members who came to ride.  We started from Oak Ridge and headed to Moreland Market.  The pace was a little brisk on this leg of the ride but I believe we just wanted to as they say "stretch our legs" a bit.  Leaving rest stop #1 we headed down Gallant Green Road to Hughesville, down Rt. 5 toward Deborah Drive, 3NT to Mechanicsville Road to Chaptico and Chaptico Market for rest stop #2.  From Chaptico onward to Baptist Church Road, Old Village Road, Lockes Crossing Road, Thompson Corner Road, Keech Road, Oaks Road, and ending at Oak Ridge Park.  I would like to thank all members who attended the ride today.  No matter how great the route is riding solo on a club ride is no fun.  Also a shout out to Ron Haney who performed "SAG" duty today.  Thanks Ron!  Take care.  Later. 

  • Sat, February 18, 2017 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Chris Roell, Sarah Clement, Walter Measday, Lou Dallorso, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Deb Reynolds

    Guests: Hans Hauke

    Weather: an amazing spring day.  Sunny, breezy, Low 50s at the start, quickly warming up to the 60s and beyond: by the time we finished, it had reached 71 degrees.  People go to far away tropical countries to find such weather in February, and all we had to do was go to Brandywine.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18507578  35.5 miles, just under 1500' of elevation gain.  After a little initial noodling around on Gibbons Church and through the neighbourhood between Cheltenham and Dyson Roads, we took a fairly standard route on Old Indian Head, Duley Station, Mt Calvert and Duvall down to the pavilion at Patuxent River Park, where we had a rest stop. 

    What followed next was anything but "fairly standard" as we took the Critical Area Driving Tour along the Patuxent, stopping to visit the woodland Indian village and climb the observation tower on the bridge, then followed two miles of gravel road to a second rest stop at Merkle.  Only 6 miles from the first to the second rest stop, but those six felt about as hard as the first 17...

    Leaving Merkle we took Fenno to Nottingham and Tanyard, then took Croom down and back up the big dip at Spice Creek to Bald Eagle School and back on Nelson Perrie to Molly Berry and a final stretch on North Keys -- which basically meant we more than half the elevation gain happening in the final third of the ride.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.3

    Great news: the portolet is back at North Keys Community Park!  Thanks to all those responsible, it was wonderful to have it there today.  It's been perhaps 10 years since I was on the CADT, and I couldn't help but wonder what the surface was going to be like.  No ruts, no puddles, no muddy spots, no washboard, but lots of .  A fair amount of loose over hard; I think most everyone did a certain amount of sliding around, and I wasn't the only one who dismounted and walked a few yards on especially loose rises.  Still, everyone made it just fine, including the riders on 23 and 25mm tires. 

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