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

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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.

Here is suggested template for the body that you can copy (control-c) and paste (control-v) into the body of your ride posting.









  • Wed, August 02, 2017 5:30 PM | Bruce Wright

    Ride Leaders:  Bruce Wright

    Member Riders:   Joel Carney, Lynne Blake-Hedges, Ken Lemmert, Mike Mullinaff, and Mike Wilson

    Guest Rider: none

    Mechanical Issues/Mishap:  none

    Weather:  Low 90's at start of ride

    AMS: 18 mph (A leader)

    Ride Report:  A/B riders started with AA riders, riding an alternate route due to "chip and seal" on Spring Hill and Newtown Road.  A/B riders split into two groups.  First group was Mike Mullinaff, Lynn Blake Hedges, and Mike Wilson and second group with Bruce Wright, Ken Lemmert, and Joel Carney. Very good pace and very pretty ride, first group ended with pace of 19.2 mph and second group with pace of 18 mph. 

  • Wed, August 02, 2017 5:30 PM | Michael Blaine

    Leader:  Michael Blaine

    Members: Mike Dent, Eric Williams, Robert Golding, Jill Patterson, Chris Zabriskie, Jason Hendricks (who rode with the A class), and Blake Altman.

    Guests: Dan Hoefert

    Route: CJE alternate

    Weather: Clear

    AMS: Leaders:  22.7, Chase 1:  21.1

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Rob and Jill stopped on Chapel Point to adjust her handlebars.

    Report:  Any ideas that this would be an easy ride to lead quickly dissipated when I arrived and Bruce informed me that Springhill -Newtown was freshly chip-sealed.  The discussion was quite spirited, but we eventually settled on the CJE Alternate route which travels down Popes Creek.  After some monster pulls by "Diesel" Dan (check the Strava segments), we broke into two main groups (Rob, Jill, Chris, and Blake in the lead group, and Erik, Mike, Dan, and myself in the chase).  We regrouped after Edge Hill Rd. and the lead group took off again.  We regrouped in the parking lot to compare averages.  Allow me to publicly thank Jean who grabbed the sign-in sheet because in all the excitement over the road conditions, I forgot to secure it!  Also thanks to Blake, who brought CJE Alternate cue sheets.

    Thanks to everyone who came out.

  • Tue, August 01, 2017 9:00 AM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Harry Kidd and Pat Walthers joined me for today's ride to Mt Carmel Monastery. We enjoyed a few miles on the Indian Head trail in the (somewhat) cool of the morning and then headed for the monastery for a brief stop. 

    Then on to Pisgah by way of Rt 6 and Poorhouse.  Pat and I stopped at the Pisgah firehouse to use the bathroom and had a nice conversation with one of the firemen. The location is volunteer-owned but some of the staff are county employees (we let him know that the club donates in support of the volunteers). 

    At the Pisgah store, Jim Hudnall was chatting with Harry and so the 4 of us rode back together from there.  A pretty hot day but enough shade off and on to keep the heat in check - somewhat.


  • Tue, August 01, 2017 9:00 AM | Michael Saizan

    Ride Leader:  Mike Saizan

    Members:  (16) George Chiamulera, Mike Bivens, Alan Kurzweil, Sonja Newman, Tom Roberts, Tom Short, Bob Howell, Barb & Ron Haney, Chantal Briere, Bob Thompson, Regina Saizan, Chris Fairhall, Jim Hudnall, Joe Embree, Lou Dall’Orso

    Weather: Comfortable at start, mid 80’s by ride end.

    Route: A good warm-up on the IH Rail Trail.  Next the big rollers to the Mt Carmel rest stop.  We looped around Rt 6 to a 2nd rest stop at the Pisgah Store. 

    Ride Report: The fast group maintained a moderate pace on the early flats allowing the whole group to stay together for the 1st 9 miles.  Then the rolling hills separated us into our normal groups until the Mt Carmel rest stop - always a pleasant place for a stop.  For lap 2, the climb on Rt 6 separated the group again. By the time we arrived at the Pisgah Store, the heat was becoming an issue but we all made it back safely.

    Kudos to Joe Embree for riding with us for his first significant distance hill training ride. He did great.

    Mishaps: Sonja had a flat tire at ride start.  Thanks to Tom Roberts for stepping up for a quick fix.

  • Mon, July 31, 2017 5:30 PM | Mia Haynes

    Ride Leader:  Mia L. Haynes

    Members: Reggie Stokes, Rod Barnes, Majesta Hartley, John Riconda, and Daryl Stinnett

    >Mechanics/Mishaps:  None

    Today’s ride was fun.  John had started at the Indian Head side of the trail and met us in White Plains.  He must have gotten a good amount of rest because when we headed out, he led the charge and boy did he. At one point as I was leading from the rear, my speed was at 21 – I believe Reggie noted we averaged a moving speed of 17.  We started a pace line and kept up that pace all the way to the Indian Head side, where John bid us farewell.  Thanks John for the challenge.

    On the return trip, we kept up the momentum, but not as vigorous.  We noticed Daryl on our return trip and he soon caught up with us and rode the rest of the way back with the group.  We finished the trail in 1:36 - great job guys.

    The trail was abuzz today, there were plenty of people and animals on the trail.  We even encountered a lone pit bull walking himself.

    Thank you guys for coming out for another great ride.

  • Mon, July 31, 2017 9:30 AM | Norman Lisy

    Leader: Norm Lisy

    Members: Jim McDermott

    Guests: 0

    Route: Washington Mall, Anacostia River Train (East and West), Frederick Douglass Historical Site, Congressional Cemetery, Eastern Market

    Weather: Sunny and upper 80's

    AMS: 11.5 MPH

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: 0


    Truly DC is becoming one of the finest cities in the country.  We rode the Anacostia Trail...newly extended and enhanced.  The Frederick Douglass Historical Site is immaculate and features stunning views of DC and environs.  Jim suggested we detour to the Congressional Cemetery where we found the marker for John Philip Sousa and a memorial to the victims of 9/11.  This was an amazing find and certainly will kick the final route and ride up a notch.  Good ride, good company, good weather.  Cheers

  • Sun, July 30, 2017 9:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Members: Alan Kurzweil, Eric Williams, Lynn Blake-Hedges, Diane Harris, Lisha Peacock, Laura Clauser, Kirk Saunders, Tom Roberts, Brian Dupuy, Brian Dixon, Carol Torgon, Chris Fairhall, Lou Dallorso, Phil Mitchell, Chantal Briere, Bob Thompson, Darrell Meyer

    Guests: James Davenport

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/8649019 doing southbound Riverside counter clockwise as far as Holly Springs, then returning north via Ironsides and Welcome

    Weather: FABULOUS i.e 70s, not humid, sunny, somewhat breezy

    AMS:  since this was an A/B ride, with several pace groups, there were many; leader had 17.6 but it ranged higher and lower 

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: only a couple navigational errors. It was amazing that on a ride this long with so many riders there was not one mechanical or other problem.

    Report: We had a big turnout, probably due to washed-out plans of the last few days and the fantastic conditions today. Despite the addition of a shorter route, most people opted to go long, with a few even adding extra miles before/after. The two routes were identical up to the first rest stop at Nanjemoy Store (not yet open for the day but no one needed anything), so we were more or less one big group, then we parted ways. The next segment was notable for two individuals making (separate) navigational errors, but eventually meeting up and riding into the rest stop together; and the fact that Durham Church Rd was surfaced with fine, loose gravel due to repaving. (Mostly) regrouping before the descent, we took a quick poll and it was decided to circumnavigate on Mason Springs, which added 1.5 miles. The sweep rider reached the intersection a bit later, decided to stay on course, and reported that it was not very safe to ride. After a break at Scott's Store, the majority of the A riders left together and reportedly had an uneventful final segment; the ride leader and the sweeper waited a bit longer for the latecomers to take their break before continuing, slightly varying the end of the route by skipping Barry's Hill. Upon leaving Scott's, we crossed paths with Randy and Jackie Schoch out riding in their club jerseys; they looked very happy and it was great to see them out together. Thanks to Alan K for volunteering to sweep, and to all who came out to enjoy a fun and safe day of riding.

  • Sun, July 30, 2017 9:00 AM | Deborah Bowman

    Members: Pat Sanders, Rita Zeidner, Tasha Harris, Bob Howell, Jule Thorne, Holly Carr, Janell Saunders, Pat Walthers, Karen Morgan, John Murray, Novelette Murray, Bill Silva

    Guests: Harold D., Stephanie Williams

    Weather: Choose your favorite superlative. Clear skies, temps in the 70s reaching 80 just as we finished, light wind from the north, low humidity.

    Storm damage: a few trees down on the side of the road, but no other evidence of the recent deluge.

    Animal roll call: some horses in the fields and a few pulling buggies, a few cows, a yard full of goats, a couple of ponies, three white grown-up llamas with a brown baby llama, a friendly bloodhound who really wished his leash was long enough to allow him to play with us.

    Colors: A perfect deep blue sky. Lush greenery, in the trees and shrubs lining the road as well as the corn and soybeans growing in the fields. A brown undertone to the river, likely due to storm runoff. Pink and dark red crape myrtles in bloom.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23582934. 49 miles, mostly flat with a few climbs. A reversed variation on Bob Howell's Water Views ride. We began by heading east on Oaks Rd and then riding the 3NT all the way to Baptist Church. I think this was my first time riding down Baptist Church Rd -- usually we use it on the return north. After a stop at the Chaptico Market, we rode down Hurry and Manor School to a scenery stop at the Chaptico Wharf on the Wicomico River. Then we headed north up Maddox Rd, around the circle at Chaptico and up Budds Creek Rd to the long downhill on Aviation Yacht Club Rd and another stop on the Wicomico. The final stint took us on Thompson Corner, Ryceville, Trinity Church, Dubois, Charles and Keech on our way back to the park.

    Important questions of the day: What is an Aviation Yacht? And what is the correct pronunciation of "Wicomico"?

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none.

    AMS: 13.5 mph at the back.

    Report: We enjoyed a great bike ride today, with a great turnout due to the perfect weather and the promise of a scenic route. Our group consisted of Bs as well as CCs, and we split up in the first stint but regrouped again at the Chaptico Market, where the ice cream window was open (though no one partook) and a man from the Seventh District Optimist's Club was selling raffle tickets for a drawing to take place at the 50th Blessing of the Fleet at St. Clement's Island on October 7-8. We stayed closer together as we rode to the two river stops, but spread out again toward the end. We encountered more impatient drivers than usual in the last few miles, but otherwise the ride was uneventful in a good way -- just an enjoyable bike ride with plenty of pleasant conversation.

    Thanks to Bob for originating the route and helping to make sure no one missed a turn, and thanks to everyone who joined me today!!

    p.s. More about the Blessing of the Fleet at St. Clement's.

  • Sun, July 30, 2017 9:00 AM | Blake Altman (Administrator)

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: July 30, 2017

    Ride Name:  Oak Ride Water Views Reversed

    Ride Distance:  49 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  18.6 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3 Sport

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather: Lower to Upper 70’s, Partly Sunny, Low Humidity, Breezy

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Brad Francisco, Sue Estes, Matthew Lewandowski, David Kemp

    Ride Report:

    We joined a big group of CC riders at the start and left just before they did.  We picked up David on Chaptico Rd.  We took a longish break at the first rest stop and the CC riders were arriving just we were getting ready to leave.  We got to the first river view which was nice but we didn’t linger since something in the air was bothering Brad’s breathing.  The second water view was also nice and we spent longer there.  We saw the front of the CC group as we were leaving Aviation Yacht Cub Rd.  David went straight to head home when we turned on to Thompson Corner Rd.  After that we had a quick and uneventful trip to the ride start.  We spent some time at the end chatting but we didn’t see any of the CC riders before we left.  I suspect that was mostly because they were spending more time at the water views.

    It was a really nice day for a ride and we mostly stayed together through out.  We had some minor splitting on some hills but we always regrouped quickly thereafter.  All-in-all one of the most enjoyable group rides this year.  Thanks to everyone who came.

    Also, I want to thank Debby, who led the CC, ride for sharing the route with me.

  • Sun, July 30, 2017 9:00 AM | Jean Wright

    Ride Leader:  Jean Wright

    Member Riders:  Ken Meredith, Steve Koehle

    Distance:  48 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:   17.3 MPH (leader)

    Ride Class:  A

    Mechanical Issues/Mishaps:  Riders off course

    Weather: Delightful - low 70s, Sunny

    Ride Report:  Great to see Ken and Steve.  It had been a while.  

    This ride is a shortened version of Barb's posted ride.  Before the ride, a couple of B riders wanted to join this version of the ride. Jean made it clear that this ride would be an A pace.   We agreed that they would assumed responsibility for themselves, given that the ride is posted at the A pace and the leader needed to return in time to go to work.

    The two groups started out together and split after the first rest stop.  This group quickly divided into two groups, an A pace and a slower group. Ken dropping back and accompanied one of the B riders.  After checking in with Ken, and based on the discussion prior to the ride, Jean proceeded and caught up with the A riders.  The faster riders made a wrong turn and were making their way back on course when Jean met up with them.  

    Lesson learned from this ride: one leader can only reasonably manage one group of riders.

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