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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.

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, December 24, 2017 11:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Leslie Tierstein

    Weather: low 40s, breezy, partly sunny at the start quickly becoming overcast, clouds gradually becoming thicker and grayer.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17040817  35.4 miles, ~550' of elevation gain, with 20 miles having but 180'.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.0

  • Fri, December 22, 2017 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Ride Leader: Randy & Jackie Schoch 

    Members: Ron Altemus, Steve Palincsar, Donaro Gardner, Belinda Acre, and Jane & Jim Hudnall.

    Guests: None.

    Weather: Very cool morning.

    Route: IHRT 

    Mishaps & Mechanicals: None

    AMS: 12+ mph (leader)

    Good turnout of riders this morning considering the questionable temps. Our riders split up right away to ride at their own pace. We saw a few walkers, dogs, turtles, squirrels and birds. We had a nice break and visit at White Plaines. Jim enlisted a dog walker to take our group photo. The weather prediction for next Friday is "very cold" so this might be the last Friday ride until next year. We will ride through the winter if the temp. is 40 or above.

  • Thu, December 21, 2017 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Pat Walthers, Barb Haney, Bob Howell, Donaro Gardner

    Weather: 38 degrees at the start (felt like 35 in the parking lot, which as you know is the coldest place in all of Brandywine) rising to 45 by early afternoon; sunny, which made a big difference, and 2-3 mph winds.  Chilly feeling at the start, but a lovely day for riding on this first official day of Winter.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14933095  30.5 mi, just under 800' of elevation gain.

    AMS: 13.7

    Mishaps & mechanicals: Jane's bike wasn't shifting in front, which kept her speed down.  Donaro was riding too close to the right hand edge of the pavement on Gallant Green and went off onto the soft shoulder.  Fortunately, he did everything right - stopped, dismounted, got back on the pavement thereby saving himself a very nasty crash and a pain-filled holiday.  I'm glad: we've had enough mishaps for the year!

    It's the Winter Solstice, the Longest Night.  We did no singing or dancing and built no fires (all traditional ways to celebrate it) but we did have a bit of feasting, with the holiday chocolates Jane brought to the ride start.  From here on, every day will be longer - but remember what the Farmers' Almanac says: "As the days lengthen, so the cold strengthens."  And we'll be out in it!

  • Tue, December 19, 2017 6:30 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Thirteen riders gathered for this annual event, on an unusually warm December evening. We saw many otherworldly creatures, including a Star Wars dragon, Darth Vader, several Grinches, a human-sized green dragon with a Santa hat - and a 5 foot long very large-mouth=bass fish, unhappily wearing a Santa hat. 

    The most spectacular spectacle was the house on Collingwood (Google it & drive or bike over there for the best display in the metro area). The van next to us was tuned into the dedicated radio station, the display was mesmerizing: an acre of lights on grass, trees, animated deer -- no description could suffice.

    Seven of us went to an Italian restaurant after the ride, and finished dinner by passing around a 4 pound tin of cookies provided by Darrell!

    The only mishap was in the parking lot overlooking the Collingwood house when Belinda's seatpost rack attachment came apart in the dark - spewing parts on the tarmac. A bit of a challenge but all the bits were eventually located and it was all put back together.

    Joining in were: Gil Dutchover, David Donahue, Harley DiCook, Jim Hudnall, Jane Hudnall, David Goldberg, Darrell Meyer, Belinda Acre, Althea as well as the 4 ride leaders, Ron Altemus, Lois Lightfoot, Tom Niedbala and me.

    It was quite a fun evening!

  • Tue, December 19, 2017 10:30 AM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Sunny in the parking lot felt a lot warmer than the mid-40s thermometer reading. Temps got up into the 50s for the ride with continued sun. Great day to visit the riverside at Smallwood State Park. Thanks to all who came out:

    Jan Tucker, Jim Hudnall, Steve Palincsar, Sam Perry, Bob Howell, Alan Kurzweil, Barb Haney, Ron Haney, Ken Meredith, Janell Saunders, Don Gardner, Mark and Kisha. 

  • Sun, December 17, 2017 5:54 PM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Janell Saunders

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12529274  We did the 32 mi route.

    Weather: Cloudy, 40s.

    AMS: low 12s

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    It may not be meteorological or astrological winter yet, but in every meaningful respect -- temperature, closing schedule for restrooms and their replacement by portolets (at Pisgah Park) or the removal of portolets and their replacement by trees (at Mallows Bay Park) -- it's winter now, and this was a fine, pleasant winter ride. 

  • Sun, December 17, 2017 9:00 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: December 17, 2017     

    Ride Name:  46 Mile Hidden Amish

    Ride Distance: 52 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  16.5 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3 Sport

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: No one else came

    Weather:  Sunny about 35 degrees at the start, upper 40’s and cloudy at the end

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  None

    Ride Report:

    I guess the ride was too early and the weather was too cold because no one else came.

    I purposely dressed a bit lightly for the starting conditions since I knew it would warm up before the end of the ride.  I was somewhat cold at the beginning and too hot by the end but not excessively so for either.  To me this means I got it right.

    My average continues to fall and I barely made the A ride category on this ride.  Perhaps I need to start leading A rides until spring?  On the other hand I might have had a better average with other riders  J.

    I added a few miles at the end to get over 50 miles for the day.  I enjoyed the ride and I may qualify under rule #9; I will let you be the judge:


  • Sat, December 16, 2017 5:58 PM | Stephen Palincsar

    According to Jim, there were 9 of us who left from Jones Point Park (or, more accurately, left Jones Point Park on account of black ice in the parking lot and drove a couple of blocks to a safer parking spot) to rendezvous with at least 30 others at Wheel Nuts.  We got there as their open house was concluding, arriving just in time to see the award of (very generous!) prizes for best lighting and best costume. 

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    Best costume winner

    The Wheel Nuts contingent got to GW Middle School at 5:30 well before everyone else started arriving, so small groups went off to the 7-Eleven or Lenas for refreshments while we waited.  By 6 pm, according to one count 110 people massed in the Middle School parking lot.

    Last year, a string of Christmas tree lights draped on your bike frame was an impressive decoration.  Things have evolved, making last year's impressive display seem a bit like a Sopwith Camel confronting an F16 in a dogfight.  There were riders with lights all over their bodies, and numerous bikes with illuminated rims and spokes as well as frames.

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    With over 800 people expressing interest on the Alexandria Spokeswomen's Facebook site, the organizers decided to simplify the route and make use of ride marshalls to control the intersections as the riders crossed Mount Vernon Ave, Del Ray's business Main Street.  Drivers we encountered didn't seem to mind waiting: we were an impressive light show, well worth seeing.

    It was a cold night, temperatures quickly dropping from the low 40s into the 30s once the sun went down, and we rode fairly slowly, averaging well under 10 mph, stopping on several occasions to better see the decorated houses, but everyone had a marvelous time.

  • Sat, December 16, 2017 3:30 PM | Leslie Tierstein (Administrator)

    There was only one rider besides for me, but we did it. Ride on trails and neighborhood streets to the Wheel Nuts Bike Shop. From there we rode to the Delray Holiday Lights ride with the group, then did the ride, and headed back to Shirlington, with a stop at a Thai restaurant in Delray on the way. 

  • Fri, December 15, 2017 10:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)
    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Route:  a variation on the gold standard - started/ended at the Livingston Road Parking lot shortening the ride to a bit over 20 miles

    Weather:  temps only in the upper 20s with overcast skies, minimal wind, and snowflakes at the end

    Report:  I only checked one of the big four online weather prognosticators (weather.com) which forecast temps in the low 30s so considered the ride ON.  Evidently, other possible riders looked at additional sites and determined that temps below freezing were a bit too cold for riding.  But suitably attired, the cold wasn't that bad though my toes were feeling it by the end of the ride.  Couple of other cyclists and a few dog walkers rounded out today's trail users.  BTW, there was ice on most of the non-moving bodies of water.

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