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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.

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  • Tue, June 05, 2012 4:06 PM | Stephen Palincsar
    A cool day - perhaps 60 when we left Bryans Road, reaching a chilly 70 by the time we finished - and windy. They said "partly cloudy," but that didn't begin to describe the large puffy clouds, some with dark blue and gray bellies that seemed to promise rain, interspersed with areas of clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine.

    In the group today were Jon Agazzi, Randy and Jackie Schoch, Jay Lewis, Darryl Lowery, Mike Bivens, Jane and Jim Hudnall, Paul and Linda Bankerd, Loretta Troen, Richard Harrington, Dana Middleton and Sam Perry, and guests Thane and Robert.

    Today's route was a counterclockwise loop to Goose Bay: Pomfret and Bumpy Oak to Ripley, Annapolis Woods, Fire Tower and Mill Swamp to the rest stop, followed by climbs on Blossom Point, Rose Hill and Bumpy Oak for the return, and as you'd imagine, faster in the first half than on the way back.

    The group split in two early on, a small A contingent going off the front and long gone by mile 3, with a fairly cohesive large group of B riders arriving at the Marina with 15.something averages. Neither the average nor the cohesion would survive Rose Hill and Bumpy Oak, of course. Still, the last one in finished with a 14.1 mph average.

    Jay Lewis' rear shift cable broke at the shifter on the way to Goose Bay, and not the first time for him. It seems his cables last around 1 year, perhaps 2,000 miles, and then a brief warning of gears auto-shifting is quickly followed by complete failure at the shifter. Much the same happened to Jim last year.

    Do you change your cables before they fail? I don't use STI - my bikes have bar end shifters, and when those start to go the frayed strands poke you in the finger, like getting stuck with a pin - hard to ignore, even with full finger gloves on. Unless you notice the auto-shifting (and even there, you may only get a few minutes advance warning) a failing cable may take you completely by surprise. How's your luck holding?

  • Sun, June 03, 2012 10:00 PM | John Gorman

    Rider leader, John Gorman, was joined by his wife Diane, member Bernie Cohen, and returning guest Judie Artman. For those of us that live in northern PG, or for Bernie coming way over in VA, the 65 mile trek from Annapolis over the Bay Bridge and then north/east bound  MD-301 @ the RT 50E split (which you never stop for lights, etc), is an enjoyable auto ride to experience the wide-open shoulders of these nearly flat rural farmlands, for cycling.  Not to say that riding often into head and/or cross winds (similar to the Seagul), coming across the corn fields, doesn't offer some nice continuing endurance, but doesn't put you thru the heavy chest breathing of super climbing.

    Today was one of those post-card cycling days of temps in the low 70s w/ breath taking clear blue (smog free!) skies w/ white puffy clouds. The route used was a tweeked one from the annual "Ride-to-See" Galen event, w/ a few GPS mapped out cut thrus of corn fields to get you off the N/S E/W major roads. A stop & U-turn at the end of Turner's Creek, offered a photo shot (see FaceBook) @ mile 27. We all enjoyed a comfortable and steady CC pace, w/ some going ahead and others ensuring no one got dropped. No problems of any kind were noted and we all returned to the Galena Middle School lot together. Seeing some different scenery is nice time to time. The Chestertown, Galena, Rock Hall towns in Kent County, would offer a nice future overnight B/B trip in the future for OHBC.  Lots of pre-published cycling routes, to choose from and 85% low or non-traffic conditions w/ wide shoulders.  

  • Sun, June 03, 2012 5:00 PM | Calvin Conyers
    Ride Leaders Calvin Conyers & Herman Young were pleased to be joined by 12 members and guests on this nice Sunday evening ride to the Smallwood Park Marina.  Although cloudy at the start, the skies cleared completely and gave a wonderful view of the waterfront .  Riders shared good stories and suggestions.  Everyone was very impressed with our youngest rider, Nate Faucht, age 10, performance (+13AMS).  This polite young man is the grandson of member John Riconda.

    Thanks to Jimmy Bartlet, Janell Saunders, Ruth Ann Cumberland , Larry Perkins, John Riconda, Nate Faucht, LaTasha Banks, Gigi Talastar, William and Laquinia Beale, Ani H. , and Ron Leak for coming.
  • Sun, June 03, 2012 9:00 AM | Claire Chiamulera

    Leader Claire Chiamulera with John Choate, Blake Altman, and George Chiamulera. It was a beautiful morning to ride to the Leonardtown Criterium, an annual short-circuit race held on the town square. We rode at a strong clip for the first 25-mile leg through St. Mary’s County. Bayside Road, a quiet, shady back road with some fun rollers was a highlight and Blake's favorite St. Mary's road. As we rolled into Leonardtown, a race was underway (Cat 4 women). We spotted OH member Diane Harris leading a pack of racers. What perfect timing to arrive and be able to cheer for her. Diane met us after and said she’d heard us and saw my red ride leader jersey. She’d also had her best race on this course (congrats Diane!). We stayed for an hour, watching the men’s masters race before leaving to complete our ride. On the 20-mile return, the wind picked up on a few roads but we still finished strong. We all had a great time!

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  • Sun, June 03, 2012 7:30 AM | Sylvia Pope (Administrator)
    Ride Leader: Larry Pope. A beautiful morning for a ride. Thank you Larry for substituting as ride leader for me, since I was unable  to lead the ride. Participating in the first early bird ride of the season was: Mike Bivens, Ken Meredith, Jay Lewis and guests Sharon and Danzie Seaward. Thanks for coming out!
  • Sat, June 02, 2012 8:45 AM | Calvin Conyers

    This ride was posted by co-ride leaders, Calvin Conyers and Herman Young, for members and guests not participating in the Smeco 75.  Although it was posted on only 2 days notice, 19 riders joined the leaders.  We also had our first pooch--Teeny--sharing the ride.  Once the group warmed up on Berry Rd Hill, they enjoyed rollers, flats,  and just enough remaining climbs to keep things interesting.  All found the first rest stop at Cedarville Deli well placed.

    All riders completed the route without any mechanical problems. However, one rider did miss the turn at Ash Box.  She did not panic, but stopped immediately and with quick thinking phoned the ride leaders, making possible to quickly return to the group at the rest stop.  After the Wawa stop, 6 riders decided to extend the route by 5 miles by returning to the start via Floral Park Road.  Thanks Sam Perry for accompanying that group.  Thanks Jackie and Randy Schoch, Ann-Marie and Byron Harris, William Beale, Ani Hortini, LaTasha Banks, Mike Beshe, Nancy Ruth (Teeny's owner), Sam Perry, Walter Carr, Ken Meridith, Belinda Acre, Chris Sega, Gigi and Juan Talasta and Ryan Bond for coming.

  • Sat, June 02, 2012 8:00 AM | Judy Mutty
    Leader Judy Mutty, Diana Brown, and guest Yoku Shaw-Tylor ventured out the day after our big storm. The weather was very pleasant, a bit cool when we started out. The biggest challenge was the amount of debris on the trail. In fact, we stopped along the boardwalk of the Anacostia Trial extension to toss larger branches out of the way. Photo ops this week included a turtle along the trail and the WWI décor at the former 94th Aero Sq restaurant.
  • Thu, May 31, 2012 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar
    It was a lovely day today, sunny and much cooler than Memorial Day weekend, 80s rather than the 90s. Maybe we're getting accustomed to the weather faster than it said in the Post the other day?

    It was quite a large group, too: members Patricia Sanders, Larry Peed, Alan Kurzweil, Jim McDermott, Linda and Paul Bankerd, Jim and Jane Hudnall, Dave VanAmayden, Dana Middleton, Richard Harrington, Regina and Mike Saizan, Holly Carr, Joan Oppel, Tom Roberson (Happy Birthday, Tom!), Sam Perry, Calvin Conyers and guests David Osterwan, Fred Warwick and Matthew Huch. 22 all told, including leader Steve Palincsar, and 4 more than the number of cue sheets available (we shared, and everyone who needed one had one).

    We did this route last in late March, when Dave VanAmayden had a flat tire. There were no flats reported today, although a few riders had issues of one sort or other with the route, missing turns and adding bonus miles, or taking shortcuts to eliminate terrain features falsely claimed to be "hills" (you know who you are...).

    Although it's well known "There Are No Hills In Southern Maryland(TM)," there are a few elevation gains on this route that might get your attention, including 1.5 miles on Van Brady (189 feet of elevation gain, mostly 2-5% but perhaps 50 feet at 5%); a mile or so on Surratts with around 300 feet of elevation gain and four spikes of grades of between 5% and 7%; 0.3 mi on Thrift Rd, the dip after you leave the park, with 200 feet of elevation gain and grades between 5% and 11%; and of course there's Danville.

     It's about 2 1/2 miles on Danville from the turn off Floral Park to the turn on Accokeek Rd. You gain 235 feet in those 2 1/2 miles, half of it in the first 0.3 miles, the grade briefly getting as high as 11%, and staying above 4% for those 0.3 miles. Although while you're riding it, it seems as though you're climbing for the entire 2.5 miles, in reality the final 2 miles are actually almost flat.

    In the entire 36.6 miles, the route gains a total of only 1425 feet.  Two rest stops, one at Cosca Park and one at the WaWa on McKendree at Rt 5.  As usual, we really enjoyed the shade at Cosca Park.  If you only know Cosca as the start/finish of the May Metric, you haven't seen it to its best advantage.

  • Wed, May 30, 2012 5:30 AM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)
    Leader Jane Hudnall with Jim Hudnall, Ruth Anne Cumberland, Gigi Talastas, Richard Harrington, LaTasha Banks, Jimmy Bartlett, Delane Rouse, Shane LaBrake, Kirsten Watts, Daniel Thompson, Sam Perry, and Calvin Conyers enjoyed a pleasant ride through Accokeek and down to the Potomac River. 

    Welcome to new member Gigi on her new bike and thanks to Calvin who helped her with gearing and riding skills. This ride is for all classes from fast riders who race to the river to casual cyclists new to group riding. The Wednesday afternoon Tour de Accokeek is a great ride if you are a new club member.
  • Tue, May 29, 2012 7:40 PM | Stephen Palincsar
    It was a hot one, and a windy one.  Well beyond "cooling breeze" and into "mighty windy."  As predicted, the so-called 50% chance of rain didn't materialize during the day; instead we had sunny skies, humidity, 90 degree temperatures and wind.

    Today's group consisted of Darryl Lowery, Larry Peed, Alan Kurzweil, Jon Agazii, Randy and Jackie Schoch, Regina and Mike Saizan, Mike Bivens, Jimmy Bartlett, Richard Harrington, Joan Oppel, Tom Short and guest Thane.

    The route went up Mason Springs (about the only route we've done in years that goes up that incline off Chicamuxen) to Poorhouse, Annapolis Woods and Firetower to a rest stop at Welcome Rd., then up Durham Church and Ironsides to Baptist Church and Bowie back to Mason Springs to the Pisgah store for a second rest stop.  Return to Bryans Road was up the climb on Livingston.

    Another fast one today - I was dropped before mile 2, saw the group at the two rest stops, but it was a bit like meeting people in a NY City elevator.   If we're going to have an A ride, maybe we need an A leader as well.


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