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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.









  • 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!?!  

  • Sun, October 21, 2018 9:00 AM | Blake Altman
    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: October 21, 2018         

    Ride Name: White Marsh-Sotterley

    Ride Distance: 54 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  18.2 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3, Sport

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather:  Mid 40’s rising to mid 50’s, mostly sunny, very windy

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Brad Francisco, Pete Czapiewski

    Ride Report:

    The big story of the day was the wind.  It was blowing at about 20 MPH fairly continuously and gusting to about 30 MPH.  Since the wind was out of the northwest and we started out heading southwest and then east, I expected the wind to be mostly at our backs heading out.  This seemed to be the case.  Conversely, I expected the wind to be mostly against us heading back.  Once we did start back, the reality was different.  The wind seemed to be swirling about such that we could have head wind, side wind, and tail wind all with in the space of a mile or less.  Don’t get me wrong, we did have significant sections of unrelenting head wind particularly on Route 235 and coming back on Thompson Corner Road but it could have been far worse.  Handling the bike in the cross winds was definitely an issue and you had to be careful about your road placement because the wind could easily shove the bike over a foot when it was gusting from the side.  Brad reported his high-profile wheels were especially problematic in the side winds.

    Enough about the wind, we all rode together throughout with only some slight regrouping after a few hills.  Our average speed was just over into the AA category; given the weather conditions I’m surprised we rode as fast as we did.

    Today’s ride was a case of riding despite the weather conditions and I’m glad we did.  After all, perfect conditions are going to be rare as we head into winter.  Thanks for joining me Brad and Pete!

  • Sat, October 20, 2018 3:02 PM | Sherwood

    Barb Haney, Tom Roberts, Jay Lewis,(Members), & Megan Livak (Guest) joined me(Sherwood Byers, Ride Leader) for this Saturday morning jaunt.  Then, the flat tires started showing their ugly face. This ride was shortened because the flats were coming  frequent enough that they were becoming a nuisance to the time allowance for the ride.  Ten miles was trimmed from the route.  One rider quit and went on their own to return to the start.  An AMS (Average Moving Speed) of 15.5 was recorded after the frustration.  But, even with that, all agreed it was a nice ride (The road shoulders do need cleaning).

    Thank you to all for enjoying this ride with me.


  • Fri, October 19, 2018 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Leaders - Jackie and Randy Schoch

    Members - Larry Stirling, Yvonne & Michael Dong, Belinda Acre, Ron Altemus, Robin Garnett, and Don Gardner.

    Guests - Walt Fink

    Route - IHRT

    Weather - Very nice - mid 40's to start and not much wind.

    AMS - Varied according to riders preference. Leaders did 12 AMS.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None

    Report - A good turn out of riders this morning. The trail was in good shape considering the flooding of last week. Many trail users today. We saw Bev White on our return. After our rest break at White Plains, we experienced some head wind on the return to the parking lot. We had lunch in the sun on George's porch. A great ride, good company, and tasty food.  

  • Thu, October 18, 2018 5:08 PM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Jay Lewis (who rode with the Bees), Ron Altemus, Joan Oppen, Pat Walthers

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26074572  A route chosen by Sam to celebrate his birthday, 37 miles and 1215' of elevation gain - continuing his tradition of flattish rides to Malcolm whose names feature roads that are not included in the route (today it was Bassford, but let's not forget the Gallant Green ride that doesn't go on Gallant Green -- unlike this one, which does).  On today's route the elevation gain all came at the end, along with a second rest stop at the Nottingham store.  We did the elevation gain but skipped the second stop.

    Weather: Mike Saizan calls North Keys Park the South Pole of Brandywine.  No doubt about it, it's the coldest, windiest place in the entire county and today showed that off.  40s to at most 50 at 10:30, with a brisk and chilling wind, and we all still acclimated to the 80s and 90s.  It warmed up and in the sun was quite pleasant, especially in the lee of the Moreland Market, but the wind brought the felt temperature down by 5 -10 degrees.  It was in the mid-50s when we finished at 2 pm.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: None

    AMS: 12.8

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