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.









  • Sun, November 12, 2017 2:00 PM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    This was my first afternoon ride since turning the clocks back one hour and I wasn't sure how much daylight we we'd have to complete the ride.  It was a little overcast at the start.  And it was cold, with the temperature being ~45° at the start.  Mike and Regina Saizan, Ken Meredith, Janell Saunders (rode from home), Randy Sim, and Ron and Barb Haney joined me for this ride.  We stayed together until Janell altered her route to get home sooner, and some of the climbs separated the rest of us.  We regrouped at the rest stop for a short time before continuing on.  Everyone made it back with no incidents and before the sun set.  Ending temperature was ~43°.  Thanks to all who came out.

  • Sun, November 12, 2017 1:08 PM | Laura Clauser

    Weather: Overcast in the 40s, but negligible wind

    AMS: 16.3 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: none

    Report: Last Sunday was our first winter training ride in conjunction with PPTC.  It was cold at the start (low 40s) but 10 of us decided to brave the 42 mile route.  We pushed one another and warmed up with rollers on the first half of the ride and then enjoyed a speedy pace line along Gunston Road to Mason Neck Wildlife Refuge.  The river views were breathtaking for our rest stop at the refuge.  We also enjoyed a great pace line back to beer at Wegman's.   Thanks for everyone who came out.  Hope to see you again soon!




  • Sun, November 12, 2017 11:30 AM | Christopher Roell

    Leader: Christopher Roell

    Members: Joan Oppel

    Guests: Tim Bouquet, Jim Gould, Lou Hansen, Joe Pixley (all PPTC) Emanuel Feld (BicycleSPACE)

    Route: https://goo.gl/VS6KbP

    Weather: Sunny with slight breeze. Low 40's to high 40's duration of the ride. Very nice Fall riding weather, - almost glove free riding!

    AMS: 10-12 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Jim Gould dropped his chain in Rock Creek Park and lost contact with the group but ended up getting back safely to BicycleSPACE shop ride start location.

    Report: A nice pleasant Fall ride touring the President Abraham Lincoln Civil War Forts running up the northern boundary of DC. The ride departed from BicycleSPACE shop in Downtown DC, and was a special edition City Explorers ride the shop runs on Sundays that was tailored for Veterans Day. The ride made its way through 7 of the 8 wards of DC and along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, through Rock Creek Park and into Georgetown. We stopped at each fort and took a group picture of the sign/marker noting the existence of the fort. The forts were made out of earthworks and you can still see some of the remains of the forts. The forts are a hidden gem in DC and are hard to find if you are not looking for them. Of course, where there is a fort there is a hill! And there were some nice steady hills to ride up on, especially when we made our way up to Fort Reno the highest point in DC at some 400 feet above sea level. Whole ride topped out at around 1,900 feet of climbing. Happy to report we made it to all the forts on the ride, - Mahan, Lincoln, Bunker Hill, Totten, Slocum, Stevens, DeRussy, Reno and Battery Kemble. Only downside of the ride is that it took some 4 hours to complete but it didn't really feel as long as it really was almost like a scavenger hunt ride trying to find the forts! Some riders suggest the ride be a Memorial Day and Veterans Day annual club ride that departs an hour or so earlier. And I must say, I think that point is some good thinking there Lincoln! 

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

    Facebook photos linkhttps://goo.gl/LwZEGr

    Twitter photos link: https://goo.gl/za7u1t

  • Sun, November 12, 2017 10:00 AM | Alan Kurzweil

    This is a new joint OHBTC and PPTC Sunday weekly Training ride from close-in Northern Virginia (about ten miles from the Wilson Bridge).
    A benefit is that the Wegman's Supermarket has let us use their parking lot, as well as post ride options for lunch, beers, and shopping.
    Despite the sub 40 degree start temperature, a good sized group assembled.
    Half the group elected to do the 35 Mile route while the faster riders chose the 42 Mile loop.  All routes converge on the Mason Neck area with out and backs to many of the area's scenic parks.
    I led the CC group on the 35 mile option.  With me for the first part was George Valenzuela and Karen McMillan for the most of the ride.
    It was an enjoyable and pretty ride, with sightings of a fox and deer. Not together!

  • Sun, November 12, 2017 10:00 AM | George Valenzuela

    10:00 AM start from Wegmans 7905 Hilltop Village Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22315.

    Leaders: Todd Sprang, Laura Clauser, Alan Kurzweil, George Valenzuela

    Members: Kirk Saunders, Bryan Van Gild, Dian Tersak, David, Tersak, Katie Cherry, Lynne Blake Hedges,

    Guests: Karen Millan, Paula, Tom J, Darrell Meyer

    Route: Wegmans 42, 35, 28 - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26446516 GPS file for 35 mile route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26437938 GPS file for 28 mile route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26437883

    Weather: Cloudy, start temp 39

    AMS: Various (had 3 groups go out)

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: First group ride for Ride and Suds (out of Wegmans) joint bike with the ride with Potomac Pedalers Good. We had 14 riders including leaders. All routes head south to explore beautiful and relatively quiet roads in Mason Neck. All routes had a rest stop at Mason Neck. After the ride, a few of us had lunch and beers at Wegman's.

  • Fri, November 10, 2017 10:00 AM | Michael Dong

    Nearly cancelled today's ride, as the Deer Rut is in full tilt, and priorities matter! Met up with Matt S. and Yvonne D. for a fun, albeit quite chilly and windy ride along the IHRT. The temp was nice; however, the wind chill pushed the real feel at least 10-15 degrees colder when riding (full gloves and foot covers are a must have.) BBQ at George's was well deserved. Good job, and stay motivated! Cheers

  • Thu, November 09, 2017 10:30 AM | Thomas Short

    Ride Leader: Tom Short

    Members: (Group 1) Barbara Haney, Ron Haney, Tom Roberts, Leisha Peacock. (Group 1.5) Eric Neilson. (Group 2) Linda Bankerd, Bob Howell, Tom Short

    Weather: About 50 degrees, weak wind, no rain. There was a slight concern at ride start as we all had passed through light rain or mist on our way to the start. But, being a sturdy group, we started in full confidence of an excellent day and we had it. If you, dear reader, had considered coming but did not, we missed your company and you missed ours. 

    Ride Details: This was a flat route with less than 1000 feet of climbing over 40 miles. Group 1 (see above) took advantage of the terrain and enjoyed some very fast riding. Group 2 rode fast but not VERY fast. Group 1.5 rode with Group 1 for the first half and with Group 2 for the second half.

    AMS: Group 2’s AMS = 16.8. Group 1’s = ???

  • Sun, November 05, 2017 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    It was misty/foggy/drizzly and even sometimes rainy at breakfast, but the weather forecast said it would clear up before 10.  Well, that didn't happen; and it was supposed to be a 54 mile ride to Nanjemoy, and that didn't happen either.  It's not hard to conclude that the former was responsible for the latter. 

    When nobody showed up at 10 I rode the IHRT to White Plains and back in the mist and sometimes drizzle, and it was actually quite fine.  20 miles on the IHRT is at least 20 times better than no miles at all, and if you're worried about slipping out in turns on wet leaves and pavement on the IHRT there aren't any turns. 

    Somebody in a car on Bensville Rd had a bad morning; when they got to the IHRT they left the road, crashed in the ditch on the left side of the road and broke off their right rear wheel.  Two state police cars were there eyeing the situation when I got to Bensville.  On the way back the car was gone.

    "Clothes make the man," according to Shakespeare; whether that's true or not, what is true is that the right clothes (and fenders, of course) make the happy cyclist on a day like this.

  • Sat, November 04, 2017 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders

    Weather: breezy, chilly, overcast at the start and temperatures in the low 50s, becoming sunny at mid-day but clouding over again after 2, for a high in the mid-50s.  But, with the right clothing, a splendid day for cycling!

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26436844  56 miles, 1711' of elevation gain  

    MIshaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.6

  • Sat, November 04, 2017 9:00 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: November 4, 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:  Overcast mid 50’s to perhaps 60, breeze out of the north

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Lynne Blake-Hedges, David Kemp

    Ride Report:

    We picked up David early in the route at Stage Coach Road.  This was one of those rides where everyone stayed together and worked together with the group; these are always fun.  The only exception to this was some very minor splitting on some hills; we always regrouped quickly.  Also, there were a couple of “necessary” breaks were one rider caught up to the group (which eased off the pace).  The breeze was a bit of a factor at various points during the ride but no problem.

    We skipped the Cobb Island “tour” but since everyone rode from home we still ended up with 54 miles; Lynne and David had a few more miles than this since they live further from La Plata.

    It was a fun ride and I particularly enjoyed it since I haven’t ridden with anyone in a while.  Thanks for coming out Lynne and David!

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