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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.









  • Sat, May 04, 2019 9:03 AM | Pete Czapiewski

    Leader:  Pete Czapiewski

    Members:  Darryl Lowery, Eric Nielsen

    Guests:  None

    Route:  Cosca Regional Park to Merkle, McGruders Landing, Aquasco, Baden, and Cedarsville. 65 miles, 2,888 feet. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29754670

    Weather: Partly sunny and humid. 69-73 degrees. 4-5 mph winds.

    AMS: 17.2 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Eric flatted on the rough pavement a couple of miles before Merkle. Quickly changed without fuss.

    Report: A few of the regular A riders opted to do the shorter B ride. Nevertheless, the three of us enjoyed a steady ride, working well together in a smooth paceline.

    We rode by the first rest stop at Merkle, then did the full stop at McGruders Landing. Other than a couple who were  kayaking from McGruders, we were the only souls there.

    Darryl opted to take a shortcut back after the next rest stop at the Baden Community Center, having ridden an extra eight miles from home to the start. Eric and I continued past the fourth rest stop at North Keys. At about mile 52, we started getting hunger pangs but continued on the next two miles before stopping at the WaWa for food and drink. We saw a few of the AA riders going home on the last few miles on Thrift Road, but returned to an empty parking lot. 

    All in all, this was a solid ride with a mix of challenging hills and extended flat sections. Thanks to Eric and Darryl for riding and to Barb Haney for organizing the event.

  • Sat, May 04, 2019 9:00 AM | Brad Francisco

    Leader: Brad Francisco

    Members: Brad Francisco, Sue Estes, Tom Roberts, Michael Blaine, Rob Golding, and Phil Mitchell.

    Guests: George Wilson, Demetris Taylor, and Carole Harris

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29754670 out of Cosca Regional Park

    Weather: Low 70's, light winds, overcast at the start

    AMS: Something close to 18.0 for the group, 17.9 for the leader. I should round up!

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Rob Golding lost a water bottle on the rough roads at about mile 12. He said not to wait and went back to retrieve it. By the time that the rest of the riders found out about it, he was back with us.

    Report: This was a ride that didn't seem ready to happen this weekend, but the weather gods took pity on us and gave us a really nice day to ride.

    The potholes and patched pavement made the ride interesting. Also several bridges are higher than the roadway. I hit one very hard. Good thing that you can't get a pinch flat with a tubeless tire!

    At Merkle Wildlife center we made a pass by the Visitors Center. Their parking lot was almost full but it was before the regular opening time, so we didn't stop. Two of the riders skipped that loop and were caught a little ways down the road. About that time the trusty ride leader thought it best to again drop off and pace himself. Another rider dropped off and our riding styles were totally incompatible, but we kept each other in sight.

    We stopped at McGruders Landing, kind-of. Most of the riders stopped at the gravel road. Three of us went down the gravel road and then rejoined the main group. After a bit of a rest we were on our way. Water was running low so the plan was to stop at Baden Community Center. At the left out of the Landing onto Croom Rd, I noticed as the rest of the riders passed me that one was missing. I waited further on down the road (before the next turn) and rode with that rider to the community center and then onto WaWa. We stopped at the community center for ice cold water (the rest of the riders were not in sight) and to talk to a family unit hanging out at a picnic table. Low and behold as we were waiting at the traffic light to get to the WaWa, the missing riders joined us. They had stopped at a store instead of the community center.

    We rode as a group until the dreaded Thrift Rd. All the riders went at their own paces up Thrift and drifted into the parking lot within a minute or so of each other.

    Thanks to all that came out, with a special thanks to Barb Haney for making this happen.

    PS: When signing in, if I can't see how your name is spelled it might be wrong in the ride report. But if I can't read the phone numbers, I can't contact you during the ride or reach the emergency contact. Not that I needed to today, but one member didn't provide an emergency contact and two guests plus one member need to practice their handwriting.

  • Sat, May 04, 2019 9:00 AM | Mia Haynes

    Ride Leader:  Mia L. Haynes

    Co-Leader:  Charles Williams

    Member:  Reggie Stokes

    Mishaps:  None

    Another great morning for a ride.  Although it was cloudy, the temps were great for riding.  We cheered Army soldiers that were running in their Physical Training (PT) Test; Members of Getting It In (GII) were out enjoying the trail; dogs walking their owners; turtles, squirrel, birds, ducks and their babies all were out and enjoying the trail.  The trail was alive with activity.

    We averaged ~14 during the ride.  On the last 2 miles of the trail's return trip, Charles let go and did his thing while Reggie and I maintain our speed and chit chatted.

    Great ride guys.

  • Sat, May 04, 2019 9:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara and Ron Haney

    Members: Larry Peed, Kirk Saunders, Brian Dixon, Sherwood Byers, Linda Bankerd, Sue Gunter, Ken Meredith, Ron Leak, Alan Kurzweil, Tom Short, Sam Perry, Laura Clauser, Liam Healy

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29754652?beta=false the same route as 2018. Start at Cosca Park, go east and south. Planned stops at Merkle, North Keys Park, Wawa

    Weather: After some uncertainty in the preceding days, it turned out very nice, with temps in the 70s, overcast but DRY

    AMS: in the B range

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: No problems, but a close call with an impatient motorist on Cedarville

    Report: Fortunately by Friday evening the weather forecast had stabilized, so by Saturday morning there was no doubt it would be great riding weather, so we had an healthy turnout of B riders. We had a leisurely first rest stop at Merkle, then skipped the North Keys one only 7 miles later, opting for a second stop at Wawa. There were a few nice hills to confront, the highlight being the double-digit climb three miles from the end on Thrift, followed by the rather unpleasant grade right before the entrance to Cosca. Everyone finished the ride in good spirits; it was a nice day on beautiful roads in excellent company.


  • Fri, May 03, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Steve Forman, John Riconda, Donaro Gardner, Belinda Acre, Vicki Garlock, and joining us on the trail, Michael Dong, Diana and Don Donahue

    Guests:  Steve Brown, Andrew DePristo

    Route:   the original edition, Indian Head Rail Trail, Village Green to White Plains and return

    Weather:  another fine day w/plenty of sunshine, blue skies, not much wind, and a tad bit of humidity

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none

    Report:  we resumed starting at the Village Green and had a nice turnout of riders, augmented by two guests.  As usual, we rode in small groupings:  John with our guests out front, the rest of us in various combinations allowing for conversation.  Large number of other trail users, especially other cyclists.  Main wildlife seen were box turtles crossing the trail, a few of which received assists from riders or walkers.

  • Thu, May 02, 2019 4:58 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Ride Leader:  Joan Oppel

    Date: May 2, 2019

    Ride Distance:  36

    Route: Up and down, out and back. Down and up Baden Naylor and Nelson Perrie. Then down and up Magruders Ferry, White's Landing and River Airport. Rest stop at Merkle, return via Croom, Molly Berry and North Keys.

    Mechanical Issues/Mishaps:  None

    Weather: 80's and sunny but low humidity

    Member Riders:  Ron Altemus, Linda Bankerd, Don Gardner, Barb Haney, Ron Haney, Harry Kidd, Alan Kurzweil, Michael Lizarraga, Karen Morgan, Larry Peed, Sam Perry, Patricia Sanders, Randy Schoch, Tom Short, Pat Walthers

    Ride Report: A mixed crowd of fast and not so fast riders, though most of us met up at Magruders Ferry. Some appreciation was expressed for the early season inclusion of hills in this route. We again met up at Merkle at the picnic tables under the trees. It was a truly nice day to go for a ride.

  • Wed, May 01, 2019 5:30 PM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: May 1, 2019

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  21.7 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/2

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather: Upper 70’s, sunny, some wind

    Guest Riders:  Orlando Howard, Holden Hudson, Josh Hettel

    Member Riders:   Mike Wilson, Douglas Carter, Scott Walker, Phil Mitchell

    Ride Report:

    It was cloudy most of the day but the clouds parted for a beautiful afternoon in time for the CJE.

    The pack was together until the hill on Route 6.  At that point the ride broke-up into a lead group, 2 chase groups, and a trailing group that was out of chase range.  The 2 chase groups coalesced into a single chase group at the top of the hill and barely made it through the traffic light at Penn’s Hill Rd.  At that point it was 3 riders in the chase group to 2 riders in the lead so the odds favored the chase group catching.  They did but it took until near the end of Kentucky Ave.

    The combined group was together until the hill on Budd’s Creek Rd. where the ride split into lead group of 3 and a chase group of 2.  The chase group caught the lead group on Route 301 in short order – an impressive effort.  Following this the lead group stayed together until the end with each rider pulling at the front as fast and for as long as they were capable.

    The trailing group of 2 came in short order with an impressive 20.2 MPH average.

    Somehow we lost Holden.  We went looking for him down St. Mary’s Ave. but we never sighted him.  I tried calling him later but the number went to a voicemail that hadn’t been set up so I couldn’t leave a message.  I’m assuming he headed for home at some point near the end of the ride.

    It was an another fun ride.

  • Wed, May 01, 2019 4:27 PM | Donaro Gardner

    Leader: Donaro Gardner

    Members: Sue Estes,Tim Murphy,Ron Leak,Troy Eddy

    Guests: None

    Weather: 68 degrees

    AMS: 15.5

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: This was a very pleasant ride with some very strong riders.We all kept up, with Sue Estes as the head of the pack! Ron Leaks showed us his new cycling accessory (a rear camera).There was no wildlife spotted.I did see many people walking and or walking their dog.One warning Berry Hill is flooded across the entire road.

  • Tue, April 30, 2019 5:30 PM | Sherwood

    Linda Bankerd, Lou Dallorso, & Beth Dushman  joined me (Sherwood Byers, Ride Leader) on this ride.  Great weather.  The AMS at the was 15.5 at the rear.  At the front, who knows? Welcome Beth, who by the way is an excellent and very fast rider, also a new member to Oxon Hill Bike & Trail Club.  The route was in fantastic condition and no mechanical issues were reported.

    Thank you to all who joined me on this ride and look forward to riding each Tuesday during the summer riding season.

  • Tue, April 30, 2019 10:00 AM | Thomas Short

    Leader: Tom Short

    Riders: Kirk Saunders, Alan Kurzweil, Larry Peed, Randy Hadden, Tom Roberts, Don Gardner, and Sam Perry.  Also Patricia Sanders and Karen McMillan rode with the B group to the first rest stop at Nanjemoy Community Center (mile 19)

    Mechanical Issues/Mishaps:  None

    Weather:  Could not be better.  Great temperature, no wind, clear sky.

    AMS:  15.8 mph

    Ride Report:  Ron Altemus developed the route and it is superb.  The B group rode together for the entire route except for Patricia Sanders and Karen McMillan who opted to ride with the CC group at the mile 19 rest stop.  We are beginning to get our riding legs working well which is evident by the AMS increase and hill difficulty decrease.  There were at least 3 members of the B group who could, if they wanted, ride faster but they chose not to and that it made it an even more enjoyable ride.

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