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, November 25, 2017 10:00 AM | Norman Lisy

    Leader: Norm Lisy

    Members: Lisa Oken, Sue Gunter, Christina Campbell, Patricia Sanders

    Guests: None

    Route: Started at Belle Haven Picnic Area, looping around Ft. Hunt, Mt. Vernon, Ft. Belvoir, and Fairfax County

    Weather: Started in 40's and warmed up to 60.  At the end of the ride we could feel the cold front arriving.

    AMS: 11.5


    Report: Rode through the hills of historic Tauxemont, Fort Hunt, Mt. Vernon Trail and Ft. Belvoir areas.  Fall colors are just about over, but still visible   This a great route in every season.  So at Peet's coffee we got to sample the Holiday Blend.  Bold but smooth.  After three "hills" and a gain of about 1200 feet, we coasted down to Old Town Alexandria. Traffic was light.  Cheers to all. 


  • Fri, November 24, 2017 10:30 AM | Christopher Roell

    Leader: Christopher Roell

    Members: Barbara Butcher, Jessica Hirschhorn 

    Guests: Lahaja Furaha, Sophie Howard, Lesley Jones, Brian Kravitz, Elayne Reiss

    Route: https://goo.gl/wL67qv

    Weather: Sunny with temps low 40's to mid 50's duration of the ride. 

    AMS: 10-15 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: A fun way to spend a Black Friday day with an #OptOutside 40 mile bike ride around the boundary of the mighty District of Columbia. The ride took on us such trails as the Anacostia Riverwalk, Northwestern Branch, the ever beautiful Sligo Creek, the Georgetown Branch detour, which includes some of the North Bethesda trail, the Capital Crescent, Rock Creek Park and the new Southwest Wharf bike lane. 

    We also did the traditional 3 mile loop around Hains Point in East Potomac Park, which to our surprise was wind free! Stopped for eats mid point of the ride in Bethesda which has a great selection of different places to choose from. 

    Took many pictures on the ride which, truth be told, really tell more than any words can of how much an enjoyable ride it was. (See links below for pictures). 

    But for me, one of the best things of a ride like this, it never truly feels like a "40" mile ride with all the beauty, places and things seen along the ride. Big thanks to all who came out for the ride. Just a great mellow group to ride with... #bikedcloop

    I posted pictures of the ride on the Club's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

    Facebook photos link: https://goo.gl/jVJ8qe

    Twitter photos link: https://goo.gl/xbJk7E

  • Fri, November 24, 2017 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch
    Fri, October 27, 2017 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch
    Ride Leader: Randy & Jackie Schoch 

    Members: Michael & Yvonne Dong, Donaro Gardner, Janell Saunders, and Jane Hudnall.

    Guests: None.

    Weather: Very cool morning.

    Route: IHRT 

    Mishaps & Mechanicals: None

    AMS: 12+ mph (leader)

    Light turnout of riders this morning. Our riders split up right away to ride at their own pace. We saw a few walkers, dogs, turtles, squirrels and birds. Most of the riders had a nice break and visit at White Plaines. Jackie got very cold and wasn't feeling well and she turned back at the 3 mile marker. I turned after a short break at the "Jane & Jim Bench". After the ride, we all went separate ways for lunch. Jackie and I had to clean up and go to synagogue.

  • Tue, November 21, 2017 10:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Members: Ron Haney, Mike and Regina Saizan, Holly Carr, Tom Roberts, Alan Kurzweil, Sam Perry, Pere Czapiewski

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17686251 La Plata Loops, a nice trip over low-traffic PG and CC roads, one stop at La Plata Dash In

    Weather: Sunny, 50 to about 60, quite a bit more windy than expected, but we did have a nice tailwind in the final miles

    AMS: in the B range for most everyone

    Report: What a great surprise to see Pete C out on his first club ride since his MTB incident this summer. He rode with us for about 10 miles and then returned on his own, adding the Bumpy Oak climb to his route. Holly also turned back at that point, citing crossfit-induced fatigue. The rest of us continued on the route; it was pretty pleasant out so we didn't hurry, keeping everyone in sight by regrouping often. Back at the cars we chatted a bit in the sun before wishing each other a happy holiday. Thanks for riding today! 

  • Sat, November 18, 2017 9:00 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: November 18, 2017     

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones to Cobb Island

    Ride Distance: 54 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  18.7 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3 Sport

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather:  Sunny to mostly cloudy, 45 degrees at the start, almost 60 degrees by the end, windy

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Brad Francisco

    Ride Report:

    The wind was a factor during the ride; it was out of the south and we initially headed south so we got the head wind out of the way early.  We definitely improved our average on the return trip.

    I felt that Brad led more than me; Brad says I led more than him.  Perhaps that indicates we took equal shares?

    We skipped the Cobb Island “tour” as we generally do on this ride.  Other than that there isn't much to report except it was good to get out and stretch our legs.

  • Fri, November 17, 2017 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)
    Leader:  Ron Altemus
    Members:  Michael & Yvonne Dong, Don Gardner

    Guests:  Gene Villiva

    Route:  the Friday IHRT "Special" - Village Green to White Plains and return

    Weather:  lots of sun, seasonal temps, breezes out of the south

    Report:  an unexpectedly small group - perhaps fear of ferocious winds kept some riders away.  Yvonne set the pace in both directions.  At Bensville, Michael headed back to Livingston to supposedly rendenevous with his training partners.  After our rest stop at White Plains and heading towards Middleton, Michael (solo) went by in the opposite direction.  He didn't have any riders show up for the training session.  He caught up with us again shortly after Bensville and we rode as a strung out group back to the start.  Sightings:  only three other cyclists, two of which only rode from Middleton to White Plains and back.  Guess the rest of the world thought it was too breezy also.  A few more pedistrians.  No wildlife except crazed squirrels.  Highpoint of the ride:  all five of us when to George's for a most enjoyable lunch.
  • Fri, November 17, 2017 9:00 AM | Holly Carr (Administrator)

    Friday turned out to be a great day for a ride on Skyline. The leaves had already fallen, so traffic on the drive was sparse.  Diane, Barbara and I took off fairly early and rode out I66 to Erasmus State Park.  After a “false start” when I realized I forgot Walter’s Senior Park Pass we rode to the entrance where the Ranger was happy to tell us about his bike.  Barbara inquired about bears, and he said he hadn’t seen any lately.  So, off we went.

    We rode 6 miles up to the Visitors center for a quick break and proceeded on for 20 miles to the top of a hill above the Elkwallow picnic area—where there was a scenic overlook.  We sat against the rock wall block the wind and take in the warmth of the sunlight.  There we enjoyed a leisurely snack.  Afterwards, we decided not to go down the hill to Elkwallow because it was closed.  Instead, we turned around and rode back to the start.   

    Most of our climbing was completed in the 20 miles out to the scenic overlook.   All three of us forgot how much descending we do on the way back, but fortunately, we were all properly dressed for the chilling breeze.  We were glad to be back after 4700 feet (plus) of climbing.

    On the way back we stopped at the Apple House restaurant, which is very much like Cracker Barrel, but very individual and not a franchise.  They have everything from sauces, socks, lunch and wines to taste.  Barbara had a delicious bowl of Brunswick Stew; Diane and I had eggs and home fries.  They also sell homemade doughnuts!

    Anyhow, we got back in time for rush hour on the DC beltway.  The traffic was what traffic is, but the ride made it bearable.  Can’t wait for an opportunity to go back again!

  • Wed, November 15, 2017 9:19 AM | Thomas Roberson

    Leader:  Tom Roberson 

    Members: Norm Lisy, Jim McDermot, Ken Williams, Steve Forman,

    Guests: Barbara Klestzick

    Route: Belle Haven-Fort Ward via MVT-FMR -Shirlington-Holmes Run Trail-Eisenhower Ave trail

    Weather: Overcast in the 40s, but negligible wind

    AMS: C pace

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: none

    Report: This ride was in conjunction with PPTC, and some of the regulars of the warm seasonal PPTC Tuesday Belle Haven group were there. I actually had two routes in mind, if fewer than eight showed up the route would have been on the Alexandria old town street grid, connecting with the full length of Del Ray Commonwealth Ave on the way to Fort Ward. However the combined group was 15 riders and I did the Mount Vernon Trail-Four Mile Run trail on the way to the Fort (easier to keep a social big group together).  We had a long break at the Fort, (always fun to see, even if you have been there before), and spent some time on the Holmes Run trail looking at the old "witness" Willow Oak that has been there since the Revolutionary War and U.S. Independence. It was a short ride, but perfect for sight seeing and socializing.

  • Tue, November 14, 2017 10:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Members: Ron Haney, Darryl Lowery, Tom Roberts, Mike and Regina Saizan, Bob Howell, Tom Short, Alan Kurzweil

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14239364, courtesy of Ron Altemus, taking us on a counter-clockwise sort-of-loop as far as Welcome and back via Ironsides/Pisgah

    Weather: Extremely grey, not a bit of sun, temps 40s topping out around 50, a northerly breeze

    AMS: in the B range for leader

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: broken spoke but still rideable

    Report: It was one of those days that really wasn't very inviting you to be outdoors, but you go anyway because you know you'll at least be in good company and not stuck in the house. And that's how it went today. We bundled up and did the miles, stopping twice to regroup/chat/refuel at Scott's and Pisgah Store. Tom Roberts went temporarily missing after Pisgah Store; it turned out he was delayed by a broken spoke but caught the group before the end and was also able to ride the extra miles home from Bryans Road. Good thing his wheel had plenty of spokes! Besides that, pretty uneventful; it never really warmed up but we didn't regret coming out. Thanks for riding today!

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  • Tue, November 14, 2017 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Joan Oppel, Don Gardner

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14239364  35 mi, 1240' elevation. Bumpy Oak/Hawthorne to get over to Welcome; then up Durham Church working our way to Smallwood Church; Chicamuxen, Sweetman/Bicknell and Mason Springs (with a couple of short excursions as explained below) to Livingston for the final return.

    Weather:  Extremely grey and somewhat damp, a brief bit of sun at Pisgah, temps 40s topping out around 50, a northerly breeze forecast at 7 mph but at times, seemed to be gusting to 8 mph.

    AMS:  13ish

    Report:  A leisurely ride for Joan, Don, and your faithful correspondent.  As is usual for a CC Touring ride, lots of Conversational Cruising.  Once again, parts of our routing were devoid of vehicular traffic making for most pleasant cycling.  The high point of today's ride was our locating Araby off of Mason Springs Road, about .3 mile before the intersection with Chicamuxen.  We then hit the exacta by taking a brief detour eastbound on Hawthorne and found the historical marker a bit beyond Scooter's garage.  Check the club's Facebook page for exciting pictures! (Joan's comment contains an alternative link to Facebook if mine doesn't work...)

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