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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.

Leader: 

Members: 

Guests: 

Route: 

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Mechanicals/Mishaps: 

Report: 
 


  • Wed, July 11, 2012 6:00 PM | Janell Saunders (Administrator)
    This was the easiest ride I've lead so far....all I did was post the ride and show up!  Everyone else did all the work....A large group was already at the start since it was a half hour later and Calvin et al had everyone already signed in.  As I was riding into the firehouse parking lot, a half dozen riders were already on the road, wanting to get a head start.  A new rider, Ceceila Oh, came to the start, but just as we were ready to start out, her rear tire blew and we determined it was at the stem, and without a spare tube to replace it, she packed up the bike and headed home. Note: ALWAYS carry a spare tube!  So the rest of us took off and spread out quickly, meeting up with the rest of the gang at the rest stop.  We headed back and met up at BJs for sandwiches and ice cream. Discussion ranged from rider technique on hills, rider classification, ride leader customs, past rides, etc.  Riders were Peter and Jeanne Ulrich, Azalia and Michael Butler, LaTasha Banks, Jimmy Bartlett, Calvin and Celeste Conyers, David King, Pat Colvin, Jim and Jane Hudnall, Gary Swartz, Michael Chandler, and 2 others whose names I couldn't make out....penmanship counts!  
  • Tue, July 10, 2012 9:00 AM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)
    17 riders on a Tuesday! Quite a big crowd and cool weather - because today mid-80's felt cool.  The group separated quickly into a large crowd off the front, the ride leader and David King in the back and Tom Roberson and Richard Harrington in the middle and Paul Bankerd somewhere in between.  I enjoyed David's company all the way to the rest stop at the Welcome Store and then rode with Richard and Tom the rest of the way.  In front were Jon Agazzi, Linda Bankerd, Mike Bivens, Jim Hudnall, Alan Kurzweil, Darryl Lowery, Dana Middleton, Sonya Newman, Steve Palincsar, and Mike and Regina Saizan and Loretta Troen.  There was some mild grumbling about too many hills but we only went up Chapman's Landing, Chicamuxen, Bicknell, Blossom Point, Rose Hill and Pomfret.  We went down all the other roads.....

  • Sun, July 08, 2012 8:30 AM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)
    Ride leader Jane Hudnall rode with Tim and Dee McChesney on a casual 15 mile ride to the Wawa and back to the school. We enjoyed the newly paved Accokeek, the shade on McKendree and visiting while we rode. After returning to the school we started cutting the watermelon and watching the other groups roll in. Co-ride leader, Liz Willis, was not able to ride due to a family emergency.
  • Sun, July 08, 2012 8:00 AM | Jim Hudnall (Administrator)

    Ride Leader Jim Hudnall with David Schnirel, Darin King, Chris White, Richard Harrington, Larry Greene, Claire Chiamulera and Rob Golding. Several other riders signed the sign-in sheet, but rode with one of the B groups.

    Before the top of the hill on Berry Road, I dropped my chain and had it get stuck between the frame and small chain-ring. Rob waited at the top of the hill. The others were doing a comfortable A pace of 16 mph, so Rob and I were able to catch up with them. The group stayed together at a reasonable A pace for about 11 miles until we turned onto Brandywine Road, then the pace quickened to over 20 mph. The A ride turned into an AA ride, with David and me dropping back. 

    When we got the Aquasco IGA store for our rest stop, we found the store closed. Fortunately, they open at 9:30 am on Sundays, so we only had a short wait. Dan and some of his B group arrived while we were waiting. The cold drinks and ice were worth the wait.

    The next rest stop was the Wawa on US 301. By then, the "AA" riders were well in front of Richard, David, Larry and me. We stopped at the Wawa, but the "AA" riders kept going. Those of us who stopped were greeted by Michael and Azalia Butler who had cold water and ice for riders. 

    Back at the school, cold watermelon tasted terrific. Thank you to Randy, Michael, Jimmy and Jane for the watermelon and ice.

    More than 55 of us enjoyed riding and visiting with fellow club members. Most have not been in the club long enough to have known Bob McMaster, but those who have fondly remember Bob and are glad we can carry on the tradition he started of having a Watermelon Ride each year on the first Sunday after his birthday (and the birthday of our country.)

  • Sun, July 08, 2012 8:00 AM | Randy Schoch
    Celeste Conyers, Ani Hortini, and Amy Werking joined Jackie and me for the C Ride 26+ mile portion of this multi-class ride at 8 am this morning.  Because of the heat, we had an early start for our ride.  We stayed together for the whole time and made three rest stops (Gwynn Park High School, Ash Box Deli, and the Wawa on 301).  Our riding time was about average for a C Pace considering the weather conditions and we got back to the start (Eugene Burroughs Middle School) in plenty of time for lots of watermelon furnished by Mike & Azalia Butler, Jimmy Bartlett, and the club and Pita Chips graciously supplied by Calvin Conyers. These multi-class rides are a great way to meet and schmooze with riders that are rarely together at the same event.  It was a great event with a large turnout.  As Jane Hudnall mentioned when we were cleaning up at the end of the event, "Bob is looking down from heaven with a big smile on his face".  AMEN!
  • Sun, July 08, 2012 8:00 AM | Calvin Conyers

    The club's annual salute to former founder Bob McMasters continues to grow each year.  Talk about a festive occasion from start to finish.  If for some reason you could not make it today, you certainly want to plan to attend the Annual Club Picnic in a few weeks.  Kudos to all the officers, planners, Randy and Jackie Schoch (watermelons and snacks), Jimmy Bartlett (watermelon), Ride Leaders, and  special voluteers Mike and Azalia Butler (sag support).

    On the CC ride, Leaders Herman Young and Calvin Conyers were pleased to have 12 participants and the group seemed to grow with every rest stop from persons catching up or dropping back.  This group stayed together for most of the ride thanks to Ruth Ann Cumberland setting a very nice pace of around 14.5 ams.  At the final rest stop, WAWA, we were met by the B group led by Walt Chalmers and John Early.   There was a lot of shared talk about routes, bikes, and niceties.  Both groups decided to leave the Wawa together and ride the final 7 mile stretch together, but at the higher pace.  So some of my CC group were last seen cruising back on Accokeek road near the front of the pack doing about 19 to 20mph.  Blue Stars earned by Gary Swartz, Sharon Seaward, Reggie Fowler, and Carl Jones.  Thanks Carl, Gary, Sharon, Reggie, Lea Pyne, Ruth Ann, Amy Werkins, Herman ?, Carol ? (and any one I might have missed) for coming out today.  You are all tremendous.

  • Sun, July 08, 2012 8:00 AM | Walt Chalmers

    On Sunday’s (7/8/’12/Sun.) 38-mile B Watermelon ride we had the following riders: John Early & Walt Chalmers (ride co-leaders), Patricia S., Steph C., Wayne W., Regina & Mike S., Tedd R., Michele C., Michelle D., Ron & Jan T., Sonja N., Larry G., Siggy, Steve O,. Dana T., & Lea P. The ride went well in spite of the close to 100 degree heat. Walt led from the rear for the first half then John took over for the second half. We had no mechanical problems & even managed to avoid the pot holes entering

  • Sun, July 08, 2012 7:30 AM | Dan Donahue

    This B ride version of the A 45 mi. route departed ½ hour ahead of the A riders. A total of 16 members and 2 guests signed up for the ride, including Mike Bivens, Joan Opel, Lisa Oken, Deb Reynolds, Alan Goodwin, Steve Palincsar, Ken Meredith, John Agazzi, Linda Bankerd, Janell Saunders, Loretta Troen, unreadable, Eric Petersen, Danzi Seaward, Dayton Reese, Jocelyn Herrington, Michele Williams, and Linda Molesworth. With such a large turnout of riders, the group spread out as each person found their pedaling groove and riding companion.

    Around the 15 mi. mark, a rider went down, but she wasn’t on her bike. We had made a bathroom stop at the Baden VFD. She slipped and fell on an oil slick on the floor of the engine bay area. Luckily, she wasn’t hurt.  As riders attempted to exit the bathroom corridor, the way we came in, we found the door locked!  Fortunately, there was another door that exited the building without setting off an alarm.

    A few miles after leaving the Baden VFD, we picked up a rider who had dropped off the back of the A ride. I didn’t get his name, but he was a good friend of Bob McMasters and spoke of Bob’s fondness for and commitment to our cycling club. >

    With riders so spread out, I didn’t have the opportunity to share my new coping techniques for cycling in extremely high heat and humidity conditions. The technique is called “synchronized shade breathing.” For me, it works well in triple digit heat index conditions as long as you have some shade at least every couple hundred yards. I have been able to ride 70 + miles in a heat index of 112 using the technique. Of course, I was also drinking 1 large water bottle every 10 mi. I would like to share this technique with interested club members and get your feedback. Let me know if you’d like to check out synchronized shade breathing.

    DAN DONAHUE

  • Sun, July 08, 2012 7:30 AM | John Gorman

    I offered this the last minute to those who wanted a quick shorter distance B- ride of 30miles to beat, once again the High HEAT forecast of 100. Life is about options, (Chevys vs BMWs), especially w/ these extreme temps.   

    Joining me were guests Teresa Martin & Bill Babiuch (recent transplants from FL, who enjoyed this flat route), and wanted an earlier/shorter distance. They let me lead, due to my experience of the route, and the faster pace we had of 16.08, matched (probably slow for them actually), our riding styles, (I'm sure they enjoyed drafting all day right behind my wheel...lol). We completed the ride in 1:55, w/ a quick pull over @ the Baden School, and @ the WAWA, leaving us happy and not totally exhausted w/ less tiime spent baking in the mid 90s temps by 9:30am.  No mechanical issues.  

  • Sat, July 07, 2012 7:30 AM | John Gorman

    Ride Leader John Gorman was joined by member John Riconda, for a 7:30am start (high 80s) for a the flat/semi-shaded conditions the trail offers & to give respect to the excessive heat warnings that were posted for the 100 degree forecast. Well the IHRT White Plains parking lot was near full @ my 7:10am arrival, there's a regular all female running club that apparently meets there each week.

    None the less, the IHRT and it's wide path and nice canopy of trees, afforded us a near 17ams pace getting up to the first reststop @ the Village Green. We then headed up MD-210, turning left onto Chapman's Landing, to seek additional shade, crossing over to Hungerford Rd and then down Livingston onto Bumpy Oak and back on the trail. Well by now the sun was higher, and humditiy was creeping up, w/ temps over mid 90s, so our pace fell back some, and we each were eager to see the parking lot.  Our totals were  15.50ams, 30miles, 1:57 riding time.

    Just to share here for HEAT conditions and riding experience: even for us, who are fitter than avg for ea of our respective ages, and having had a good breakfast, consumed food/liquids constantly (me CamelBack and Gatorade), ate as needed on the ride itself, on about the 26-mile mark on we each began to feel the heat within our bodies, and took a quick break to cool down, and still were eager to have it done.  So if others out there, are just your weekend only rider, PLEASE be respectful when HEAT Alerts are posted, and get an early start, and hydrate well before, during, and after the ride.  Also this route as about as overall flat as you could get, so any climbing will only be more challenging for the body.

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