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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.

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.









  • Tue, October 30, 2018 10:00 AM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader: Joan Oppel

    Members: Randy Schoch, Jackie Schoch, Larry Peed, Alan Kurzweil, Tom Short, Sam Perry, Steve Palincsar, Don Gardner, Jay Lewis, Ron Altemus, Patricia Sanders, Dick Patton, George Chiamulara

    Route: Searching for ghosts at Marshall Hall, Colonial Farm and roundabout Charles County

    Weather: Cool but pleasant - mid 50s

    AMS: As needed 

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: A rider (Dick) fell climbing too slowly up Bryans Point Road from the Colonial Farm. George and Ron took care of getting him out of the road and leaning on the road barrier. I called 911 to get EMS care. Dick was conscious, lucid but in pain and was taken to the hospital. Randy and Jackie stayed as well to offer help if needed.

    Report: We had quite a large group today, which split up after we left Marshall Hall. After the accident, George and Ron arranged the logistics of getting all bikes and cars to the right places. After seeing Dick off, I called other riders and found some were waiting for us. Arriving at the store, only  Steve and Alan were waiting and we rode a further piece of the original ride and then cut the rest short. All other cars were gone when we returned to the parking lot so that was a good sign. 

  • Tue, October 30, 2018 10:00 AM | Pete Czapiewski

    Leader:  Pete Czapiewski

    Members:  Barb Haney, Tom Roberts

    Route: AKA The Ghost (Shaped) Ride. Bryans Road Shopping Center to Indian Head and return. 37.8 miles, 1210 feet elevation gain. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28851535?beta=false

    Weather: Low to mid 50s. Clear and moderately windy.

    AMS: 18.1 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None.

    Report:  Three A riders started with the CC and Friends group, but opted for a different route, which avoided the out-and-back segments (as well as the spooky sites).  The first 16.8 miles were relatively hilly, and were completed in just under an hour.  New speed bumps on Chatsworth Drive made that climb a little more difficult. After a quick rest stop at the gas station near Berry and Middleton, we headed out for the relatively flat 21 remaining miles to complete the ride. We were able to up the pace, but had to work to cut through the headwinds that seemed pervasive. Thanks to Barb and Tom for coming out riding cooperatively throughout, and to Barb for the route.

  • Sun, October 28, 2018 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Land's End at MD-520

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel, Janell Saunders, Walt Roscello, Pat Walthers and joining us at Chaptico (and departing while we were taking pictures at the end of Monfort Road, Jay Lewis)

    Guests: none

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28846021?beta=false  58 miles, 1135' of elevation gain.  While this route works just fine as a straightforward loop 3NT to Chaptico, Hurry and Bushwood to Quade's, Bushwood Wharf and Colton Point Rd to Avenue, etc. -- in fact, we do routes like this down to the 7th District all the time -- today we did more, exploring MD-520 (a Highway to Nowhere you may have passed dozens of times on Bushwood Wharf Rd over the years, wondering as I've done where could that possibly go, there's nothing down that way but farms and the water) and the legendary Oscar Hayden Road that Google Maps thinks goes all the way to Colton Point (but doesn't).  Then after the break at Avenue, we turned off Oakley Rd onto Cobrum's Wharf and took Maycroft down to St Clements Bay.  Great fun, and pretty scenic views.  We even managed to find ourselves in the middle of a convoy of Mennonites in their buggies on the way home after church on Pincushion Road, arriving at MD-5 just in time to see a car come to a screeching halt at the corner when he realized he couldn't pass a slow-moving van on the right because Mennonite buggies were in the way at the corner!

    Weather: a lovely fall day, with temperatures in the low 50s at the start rising to the high 50s by mid-afternoon.  Heavy cloud cover and wet roads at the start (we talked about fenders all the way down the Three Notch Trail to Baptist Church Road) gave way to sunny skies as the morning went on.  A stiff breeze accompanied us all day.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.6

    I posted a photo album on Flickr of pictures I took on our various excursions down to the water.  Joan's photos  are posted on the club's Facebook page.

  • Sun, October 28, 2018 9:30 AM | Pete Czapiewski

    Leader:  Pete Czapiewski

    Guest:  Bill Pinney

    Member:  Barb Haney

    Route: Fort Hunt to Mason Neck and return. 46 miles, 2080 feet elevation gain. https://ridewithgps.com/trips/29110533

    Weather: Low 50s and cloudy at start. 59 and mostly sunny at finish. Winds W 7-10 mph.

    AMS: 16.7 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: No injuries or damage, but a 6" diameter limb from an old oak tree fell and landed where the ride leader had been standing a few minutes earlier. This was less than a foot from where his bike was still parked.

    Report:  It turned out to be a beautiful day for riding, although a little cold and damp at the start. We took it easy heading out on the Mount Vernon Trail  due to wet pavement and leaves on the path. After that, it was nice roads the rest of the way. The last stretch of Telegraph Road was recently repaved, and has a bike lane marked all the way. Along the way, the three of us made an impromptu  decision to change the route to go to Mason Neck State Park instead of Lorton as originally planned. By the time we approached the park, the clouds had cleared to a blue sky and lots of sun. On the return trip, we continued riding as a well balanced  team, taking turns cutting through the decent headwind. Thanks to Barb and Bill for coming out!

  • Sun, October 28, 2018 9:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    I  was a little concerned that there would only be 3 people on this ride because at 8:50 there were only 3 of us at the start, guests Rick Rick Paukstitus, Ed Caldeira, and myself.  By 9:00, members Phil Mitchell and Darryl Lowery who both have birthdays tomorrow, October 29th, Lou Dall'Orso, and Theresa Rowell were there ready to ride.  The weather was cool and overcast but thankfully no rain and by the end of the ride we actually had sunshine.  The ride was uneventful until the climb up 227, when Ed had a rear flat.  He was fine changing it and asked me to catch up to the group (who was ahead) and ask Rick to go back and help pace him back to the group.  I was able to do this only because the group waited at the light at 210 and 227.  The rest of the group continued on with the faster ones going ahead, Rick and Ed catching up, and Theresa and I riding our pace.  The entire group met up at the first rest stop, resumed the ride and split up into our respective groups for the rest of the ride.  Thanks go out to whoever developed this route as it is a beautiful one.  Most of the roads are lightly traveled, tree lined, rolling terrain, well spaced rest stops, and probably the best part is the 13 miles on Riverside Rd.  Now, on to celebrate my birthday!  Pictures of the ride are on the club's Facebook page. 

  • Fri, October 26, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Susan Altemus, Fran Jezisek, Randy Schoch, Larry Stirling, Belinda Acre, Donaro Gardner, Beverly White

    Route:   Indian Head Rail Trail, Livingston Rd parking lot to White Plains and return

    Weather:   overcast, easterly breeze, temp at ride start 48 dropping to 44 at White Plains.  Felt much, much colder.

    Report:  A languid  ride today, with everyone riding either in pairs or trios.  Not a lot of other trail users outbound, a few more seen on our return.  Reports of a good number of deer (not witnessed by your faithful correspondent) crossing the trail at various points.  Some color beginning to show in the trees while underbrush on both sides of the trail has died off proving views deeper into the woods.  Item of note:  work being done on the trail between Livingston and Hawthorne was in the process of being completed today and that section will now be open to cycling every day of the week.

  • Thu, October 25, 2018 4:20 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader:  Joan Oppel

    Members: Ron Altemus, Barb Haney, Ron Haney, Jay Lewis, Steve Palincsar, Sam Perry, Pat Sanders, Randy Schoch and Pat Walthers

    Route:  Round in a circle to Crossroad Trail to Martin, Nelson Perrie, Bald Eagle, Croom, Baden Naylor, Croom again, Merkle, Duley Station, Van Brady, Ms Berry and "home" on N Keys.

    Weather: Slightly chilly at the start - enough to warrant a winter coat or layers, head covering and a very few foot coverings. Warming up a lot and very sunny.

    AMS: Whatever allowed leader to sweep

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None known

    Report:  The speedier group rode off at the beginning and about 4 of us stayed together, enjoying the weather and the scenery. The Nottingham store was the designated rest stop but it was closed with no indication of why. We went to Merkle instead to use the bathroom and eat a snack there. Most notable item of the day is that the Brandywine bridge is repaired and open to traffic (no more 301/Missouri detour).

  • Wed, October 24, 2018 4:30 PM | Michael Dong

     Great ride with the 3 Amigo's; Troy E., Larry P. and Michael Dong who lead the ride today. Gusting wind made the descent down Livingston very unremarkable, as 30mph was about as fast as one could go with the headwind. A 3 minute break at the boat launch, and the trio scurried up Barry's Hill and back to the start in fine fashion before the temp dropped to 50f. 13.5 AMS, no mechanicals, lot's of chatting and smiles. Cheers

  • Wed, October 24, 2018 7:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)
    So far Sam Perry has been the only club member joining me on my Wednesday morning hill repeats. Yes, the ride starts at 7:00.  At this time of year it's still dark outside and now the temperatures are a lot lower than those of the summer, requiring layering to keep warm.  The route chosen for today included side streets of Apple Grove, crisscrossing Kingsway without climbing it and using the flat part of Lumar to get to the side streets.  Up and down, down and up, over and over, with short recoveries between the climbs.  This resulted in 19.7 miles at an ams of 9.9, 1 hr 59 minutes, for 2031 feet of climbing.  My numbers tend to be a little off from Sam's because I generally get started before Sam arrives.  A good workout. 
  • Tue, October 23, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Alan Kurzweil, Randy Schoch, Harry Kidd, Jan & Ron Tucker, Jay Lewis, Patricia Sanders, La' Tasha Banks, Pat Walthers, Fred Robbins, Tom Short, Barb Haney, Joan Oppel, Pete Czapiewski, Cynitha Anderson, Sam Perry

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26784172  39 mi/1430' elevation change.  A route of Joan's devising - a simple outbound via Livingston and Chicamuxen to MD-6 and the Nanjemoy Community Center for a rest stop.   Returning wasn't too much more complicated either - Poseytown/Bowie/Baptist Church and then Ironsides/Mason Springs and up MD-210.

    Weather:   a great fall day.  Temps were already in the low/mid 50s at ride start necessitating decisions as to how much to wear, rising to near 70 by ride end.  Lots of sunshine (and thus shade) and a SW wind that became stronger as the day progressed, which was fine since it was a tailwind for most of our return.

    AMS:   swept at 12.8 mph.  Since there was an A "friends" group and a B "friends" group, their rate of travel was much faster.  Some members of the CC contingent thought the riding conditions and route were so delightful that they wanted to go even slower simply to enjoy the day and make it last.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   none known

    Report:  guess this was the only game (or ride) in town witness the number (16) that turned out to enjoy the weather and the route.  A few of us made an unscheduled stop at the Pisgah store to get ready for tonight's Mega Millions drawing.  Someone's gotta win it - why not one of us!?!  

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