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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”.

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  • Sat, August 25, 2018 9:00 AM | Blake Altman
    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: August 25, 2018           

    Ride Name: White Marsh-Sotterley

    Ride Distance: 54 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  19.5 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3, Training

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather:  Mid 70’s to Mid 80’s, Sunny to partly cloudy, a beautiful day!

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Brad Francisco, Matthew Lewanowski, Sue Estes

    Ride Report: 

    The average is between the Blake’s (19.2 MPH) and Brad’s (19.7 MPH); the difference seems to have more to do with the bias of the respective computers than an actual average speed difference.

    This ride went just a I wanted.  Everyone rode together and worked as a team to keep up the speed of the whole group.  I really enjoyed the ride and I think everyone else did too.  Plus Sue bought a delicious chocolately snack at the rest stop and shared with everyone; thanks Sue! 

    Fun times.

  • Sat, August 25, 2018 9:00 AM | Rita Zeidner

    We had nine participants, including Walt on a recumbent. It was a great route made possible by the recent re-opening of a bridge that had been closed for several years. The group pretty much stayed together -- a good thing because there were a few errors in this newly designed route. Will lead this ride again, with a corrected cue sheet.

  • Thu, August 23, 2018 9:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Harry Kidd, Joan Oppel, Jay Lewis, Pat Walthers

    Guests: Don Berry from Canada, who rode with the B group

    Weather: Breezy, sunny, low humidity; temperature at 9 a very chilly-feeling 70 degrees (Mike and I needed light windbreakers in the North Keys parking lot, well known as the coldest, windiest place in Brandywine) rising to a thoroughly delightful 80 degrees during the ride.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/5580959  Around 36 miles, down to Mount Calvert and over to the Jug Bay Visitors Center for a rest stop, then Duley Station and down Van Brady, up North Keys and Cross Road Trail (and be sure to watch for potholes in the first couple of miles, because the pavement's badly deteriorated again, especially in the first big downhill section) to Cherry Tree Crossing and Old Indian back to North Keys.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.3

    In all, a great day for riding -- it's a good thing I didn't cancel the ride on account of the cold this morning -- even though we were slow enough today to cause a bit of consternation in the B group.  My old phone drowned after 69 miles of riding in the rain at the Covered Bridge Metric; the new one's got a rudimentary camera with IQ that is about what you'd expect of 2 mpx, but simply awful color, hence the B&W view of Jug Bay.

  • Thu, August 23, 2018 9:30 AM | Michael Saizan

    Leader: Mike Saizan

    Members: (6) Tom Short, Regina Saizan, Sonja Newman, Lou Dall'Orso, Linda Bankerd, Don Gardner

    Guest: (1) Don Berry-Graham (from Ontario, Canada)

    Route: From North Keys Park to Mt Calvert via familiar roads including Mattaponi and St Thomas Church Rds. Next onto Jug Bay via Duvall and Croom Airport Rds.  Then we looped back to the park using Duley Station Rd and Cross Road Trail.

    Weather: Just a perrrrfect day for riding. Sunny with a slightly cool start and warming up nicely.

    Report: Don from Ontario, being unfamiliar with the club, wasn't sure how to join in with the ride. He initially signed with the CCs but started out with the B group (later he signed the B sheet).  Part way to Mt Calvert, there was some minor separation of the group with Don B-G hanging in there.  The group stayed a little closer for the short route to Jug Bay.  On the last leg with the more confusing turns, ride leader made sure Don B-G didn't get off track.  Everyone completed the ride at a respectable B pace.

    Mishaps: The worst part of Cross Road Trail has been repaved but there are still some scary areas that need a serious repair.

  • Wed, August 22, 2018 5:30 PM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: August 22, 2018

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  21.8 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/2 Express

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather: Lower 90’s, humid, partly cloudy

    Guest Riders:  Alex Cox, Orlando Howard, Kevin O’Clair, Gordon S., Mike Mallinoff, Antony Carter, Julie Woodburn

    Member Riders:   Brad Francisco, Mike Wilson, Douglas Carter, Eric Williams, Douglas Carter, Joel Carney, Tyler Hill, Tom Roberts, Michael Blaine, Jason Hendricks, Phil Mitchell, Paul Bales

    Ride Report:

    It was good to see Paul back for the CJE for the first time this year.  He seems to be enjoying a more relaxed life style since selling the Casey Jones Restaurant and although he claims he hasn’t been riding much, he rode strong today.

    Some of the A/B riders signed-in with the AA ride since the A/B ride was canceled this week.

    Events were fairly typical for this ride.  There was a break at the hill on Route 6 with some riders rejoining the lead group at the light at Penn’s Hill Rd.  The (large) lead group stayed together until the hill on Budd’s Creek Rd. where the ride again split into a small lead group with a larger chase pack.  The trailing group was able to catch with the lead group on Route 301 after a long chase.  The lead pack split again right after entering La Plata but sort of regrouped by the end of the ride.

    I was able to wait and the end to ensure everyone made it back to the ride start including the A/B riders.

    It was another enjoyable ride.

  • Wed, August 22, 2018 5:30 PM | Randy Schoch

    Leader - Jackie & Randy Schoch

    Weather - beautiful - dry, cool breeze - high 70's

    Members - Denise Davis, and Troy Eddy

    Guests - None

    Route - the standard Tour d'Accokeek - 16+ miles

    AMS - varied 

    Mechanical s/Mishaps - None

    Report - Only 4 of us came to ride. The heavy downpour of rain earlier in the afternoon probably scared off some of our riders but we lucked out. The sky cleared and the cool northern breeze make for a very pleasant ride. Troy did his usual A pace for the whole ride before we started the regular ride and then he did the A pace on the second time around. Denise rode with Troy at an A pace down to the Marshall Hall rest stop and then waited for Jackie and I for the return leg. Barry's Hill is no longer a struggle for me riding my E-Bike. After the ride, Denise, Jackie, and I went to BJ's for sandwiches and ice cream. Nice evening and nice ride.

  • Wed, August 22, 2018 7:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Didn't receive any texts letting me know that anyone was joining me so I started the ride a little earlier than the posted time.  My route started with the usual warmup of 2 miles followed by climbs in the Apple Grove neighborhood  (Den Meade, Lumar, Kingsway, and Jaywick).  Each street 3 times with the ride ending with a climB of only half of Bock Rd southbound.  Cool down was the same as the warmup.  I think these repeats helped with riding in Vermont. 

  • Mon, August 20, 2018 2:01 PM | Norman Lisy

    Leader: Norm Lisy

    Members: Steve Forman, Roger Cubbage, Alan Kurzweil, Steve Palinscar, Dan Stoltz, Beth Baynes

    Route:   Start at Bellhaven Picnic Area.  Cycled up the Mt. Vernon/Potomac Yard Trails to Columbia Island and LBJ Memorial...across 14th Street bridge to Haines Point to Ohio Street and Virginia Ave to Watergate and Kennedy Center...across Teddy Roosevelt bridge to Mt. Vernon Trail and return

    Weather: Cloudy and cool around 77 degrees.

    AMS: 11.5

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None


    Cloudy and cooler weather provided an appropriate background for nice ride on both sides of the Potomac with lovely views of this international city.  Great conversation with affable people.  Cheers.

  • Sat, August 18, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Sherwood Byers, Larry Peed, Patricia Sanders, Karen Morgan, Stuart Morgan, Taylor Morgan,  Joan Oppel, Linda Bankerd, Walt Roscello, Jessica Hirschhorn, Linda Blackman

    Guests: Len Wilkinson, Lynda Hunberg, Sophie Howard, Edward Miller, Catherine Miller

    Weather: 80s, humid.  The weather forecast showed a moderate chance of thunderstorms throughout the day, but it was sunny, partly overcast with fairly dramatic clouds instead, right up to the very end.   The rain began just after I put my bike back into my car.  A small group was still out on the route when it rained; they appreciated the big drop in temperature when the rain came.

    Route: Because of the forecast I decided we'd all do the shorter, two bridges, route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/5202815  41 miles, 1525' of elevation gain and one memorable climb up Summitville Rd.  RWGPS says it's 130' of elevation gain and a maximum grade of 8.5%, but riders with GPSs were seeing 15% at the steepest point.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none, other than one or two riders overheating.

    AMS: ~ 12.0

    Once again, the prelude ride had significantly better weather than the official Covered Bridge Classic: we had a few minutes of showers on Saturday, compared with a full day of rain on Sunday, at times heavy enough to cause roadway flooding.  Riders enjoyed the route and the visit to the Lapp dairy farm and the wonderful ice cream.

    At Bitzer's Mill Covered Bridge

  • Sat, August 18, 2018 8:30 AM | Brad Francisco

    Leader:  Brad Francisco

    Members:  Phil Mitchell,  Matthew Lewandowski

    Guests:  None

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13194797

    Weather:  Upper 70's at start, 90 by the end.  Humid.  Overcast most of the ride, so didn't seem too hot when moving.  Moving means air conditioning!

    AMS:  19.5

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   None

    Report:  Roads were a bit rough at the start, but vehicular traffic was light so we were able to miss the nasty spots.  A good bit of shade on the route, but we were glad to replenish fluids in Avenue.

    Skipped the ice cream on the way back.  We did stop though, Phil needed some more fluids.

    One questionable pass by a car on Thompson's Corner Rd. that caused the oncoming traffic to slow to  a crawl and had Phil and I shaking our heads.  I might need to buy come bicycle cameras.

    Great ride.  Great group (but small).  Legs are tired.

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