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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.









  • Wed, October 10, 2018 9:29 PM | Sonja Newman

    Leaders:  Sonja Newman & Linda Bankard

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18768138 MV 36 Manokeek Espresso

    Weather:  Partly cloudy, peaks of sunshine and rain

    Temps upper 70s low 80s

    AMS:  15 - 18

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Flat tire at end of ride/Tom Roberts

    Members: Regina Saizan, Mike Saizan, Ron Haney, Barbara Haney, Tom Roberts, Don Gardner  

    REPORT: What a pleasant day for a bike ride and it may be the last warm day we'll have for a while before more extreme rain and cooler temperatures.  

    Today we rode many of our usual roads making our way to Laplata  where we took a Rest Stop at or around mile 16. It was raining during our stop so to pass time while watching and listening to the rain we engaged in lively chit chatter. Once the rain began to lessen, we quickly got back on bikes and continued our route.

    I can't say enough good things about the combined effort of the group to stay together throughout most of the ride. KUDOS TO ALL!!!

    “Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel.

    But ride" - Eddy Merckx




  • Wed, October 10, 2018 4:30 PM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leaders:  Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Sheryl Romero, Matthew Schwaller, Dick Patton, Michael Dong, Troy Eddy 

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    Dick, Matt, Troy, Sheryl, Michael and Jane

    Route:  The usual 16 mile loop from the fire station in Accokeek down to the Potomac River and back.

    Weather:  Warm and humid with the threat of rain showers, but we stayed dry.

    AMS: Front group 17+, Back group 14

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: none

    Report: In spite of the threatening skies, 6 members showed up to ride with us on Wednesday evening.  Troy arrived early and got in some miles before the ride start. Michael rode from home and took off toward the end to complete his ride. It was good to have Dick join us as he recovers from illness. Sheryl and Matt joined Jim and Jane for sandwiches at B and J 's after the ride.

  • Wed, October 10, 2018 7:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Member Sam Perry joined me for my (unpopular!) hill repeats ride that starts from my house early in the morning.  At this time of year the sun is just barely up so front and rear lights are definitely needed.  Today's route after our 2+ mile warmup was Rosecroft Rd hill repeats, 2 sets of 3 plus 1 more before heading up Bock Rd southbound to the cool down loops.  My stats were 24.4 miles (I usually do a mile or 2 before the official ride start), 11.1 ams, 1627 ft of climbing.  Not a bad workout before coffee and breakfast!!  Note: after the ride when going up the steps to my front door, I noticed the soft feeling of a tire going flat.  Sure enough my rear tire was spongey.  I know what I'll be doing later today!!

  • Tue, October 09, 2018 3:36 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader:  Joan Oppel

    Members:  Ron Altemus, Chantal Briere, Chuck Coe, Barb Haney, Jim Hudnall, Jay Lewis, Steve Palincsar, Larry Peed, Sam Perry, Randy Schoch, Bob Thompson, Jan Tucker, Pat Walthers

    Route: Hawthorne, St Ignatius, La Plata, Quailwood, Hawthorne, Bumpy Oak

    Weather: High 70's, humid, sunny

    AMS: Whatever is needed to manage ride leader responsibilities
    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Steve had a flat entering the bad S-curve on Chapel Point Road: ssssssssssssssssssssssss heard loudly from behind.

    Report:  Several different levels of riders showed up, as befits a ride labeled CC & Friends. The riders broke up into small groups. As noted above, Steve had a flat. He decided there was a possibility that the flat was caused by an issue with brake pad rubbing on tire. He accepted an offer by Pat to return to get her car and pick him up.

    Jim, Jay, Larry, Randy, Jan, Sam, Ron and I regrouped at St Ignatius, visited the La Plata gas station for an official rest stop and more or less finished the ride around the same time (the "less" part is that Ron went off on the IH trail to add more miles).

  • Sun, October 07, 2018 9:30 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Steve Palincsar, Jay Lewis, Joan Oppel, Janell Saunders

    Guests: Stephen Cohen, Emily Helmes, Dennis Benson, Carol Torgan

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28719562. 58 miles, ~2500 feet of climbing, from Utica Park in Frederick up to Emmitsburg and bit of Pennsylvania. A zig-zagging meander using some favorite roads and some rarely (or never before) used, with brief stops to look at the WWI Memorial in Emmitsburg and a historical marker noting the earliest settler in the valley. Planned rest stops were a rest room break at Loys Station Park, a store in Emmitsburg and another store in Thurmont. One rider shortened the route after the stop in Emmitsburg by skipping the loop into Pennsylvania, and two others opted for a more direct route that cut a couple of miles after Thurmont. We also added an impromptu stop at the Mount St Mary's student center due to the heat.

    Weather: Summer in October! Early morning clouds burned off to blue skies, sunshine and humidity.

    Average speed: somewhere between 12 and 13 mph at the back.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: Ride leader noticed an error on the cue sheet after the last rest stop. One rider missed a turn and then had difficulty using his Garmin to get back on track due to difficulty seeing the screen in the bright sun. Fortunately he encountered another cyclist on Wilhyde Rd who directed him back to Utica Park.

    Overall we enjoyed a great bike ride! The heat was more oppressive than expected, and we were glad to have the chance to add the extra stop for cold water, vending machine snacks a bit of A/C at Mount St Mary's. We rode through miles of farmland, with plenty of creek and river crossings to add to the scenery and add a bit of climbing, too.

    Many thanks to all who came out for the ride!

  • Sat, October 06, 2018 9:15 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Sherwood Byers, Linda Bankerd, Joan Oppel, Walt Roscello, Karen Hass, Harold Datz, Rita Z and joining us at Baggett Park, Sarah Clement and Pat Walthers

    Taking a break at Cuckold Creek.  Sherwood and Linda had gone on ahead.

    At Cuckold Creek, on Steer Horn Neck

    Weather: cloudy/overcast, very humid, high 60s at the start rising to the mid 70s by mid-morning.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28717528?beta=false  64 miles, 2066' of elevation gain

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13.4

    We tried a few new things today.  Having a shorter route join at Baggett Park wasn't exactly new, but it worked brilliantly, providing a 40 mile route that included the most scenic parts of the route.  We also went on Old Hollywood Rd after leaving McKay's, and not only was it interesting, we also got to see a herd of miniature donkeys including several with unusual pinto(?) coloring.  There was a big festival at Sotterley, the 16th Annual Riverside WineFest providing a festive atmosphere and many visitors but also a lot of traffic on the way to Sotterley.  Some enjoyed the crowds, some didn't.

  • Sat, October 06, 2018 9:00 AM | Brad Francisco

    Leader:  Brad Francisco

    Members:  Phil Mitchell, Matthew Lewandowski, David Kemp (joined in route)

    Guests:  None

    Route:  Northern Senior Center to Avenue:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28646988

    Weather:  Nice!  68 degrees at the start and 74  degrees at the end with an intermittent breeze.

    AMS:  19.9

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  Phil had a flat tire about half way into the ride.  The object that caused it wasn't found, but the tire looked like it had a slight cut where the puncture was found in the tube.  A new tube was produced from his back pocket, installed, and CO2 was used to inflate.  Nope.  Tube had a split near the valve.  Another new tube was produced from his back pocket.  This one was a good one!  Phil's pump fit, but not well.  Used mine instead.

    Report:  New route.  Fairly flat with a little over 1400 feet of elevation change.  David Kemp found us on Dubois Rd and rode with us until we got to Chaptico on the way back to the start.

    A little more vehicle traffic in spots than usual.  There was an event going on in Budds Creek that attracted quite a crowd (it looked like an extreme obstacle course) and a large softball game with a store carrying adult beverages across the street (lots of traffic going back and forth between the two) about 3 miles before we got to Avenue.

    A good bit of roadkill was detected.  We didn't cause any of it!

    Nice ride with great company.  Thanks for coming out.

  • Fri, October 05, 2018 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Leaders - Jackie and Randy Schoch

    Members - Steve Forman, Ron & Susan Altemus, Yvonne & Michael Dong, Robin Garnett, Don Gardner, Jim and Jane Hudnall.

    Route - IHRT

    Weather - Cloudy and overcast in the high 70's

    AMS - varied according to the riders. Leaders did 14 mph.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None

    Report - A good turnout of riders this morning. We had a very pleasant ride but didn't see much wildlife except for a few squirrels. We saw member Bob Moye on the trail and several walkers and a few dogs. After a nice lengthy rest stop at White Planes, as we headed back to our parking lot on RT224 we saw Bev White riding. At the parking lot, we called in our lunch orders to George's to see if this would expedite the service. It did and we had our lunches already being prepared when we got there. The weather was nice enough to eat on the porch picnic tables. 

  • Thu, October 04, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel, Randy Schoch, Fred Robbins, Jane & Jim Hudnall.  Mike Saizan brought a B sign-up sheet and most of the fast riders rode with his group.

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    Weather: Summer made an encore appearance today, with early morning fog giving way to sunny skies, high humidity, strong breezes and temperatures ranging from the mid-70s at the start to the high 80s, possibly even touching 90 by early afternoon.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13839010?beta=false  40 miles, just over 1300' of elevation gain.  We went out Cedarville to Dent, St Peter's Church, Poplar Hill and Dr Mudd to a rest stop at the Moreland Market, where all congregated in the cool interior.   Much of the group stayed more or less together on Young, Celestial and Dr Bowen, but a group of riders elected to take a break at the IGA, skipping Eagle Harbor and the Cedar Haven Fishing Area entirely.  After the break it turned into every man for himself, the group spread out so wide no one could see anyone else and each thinking they were riding alone.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none noted

    AMS: 13.3 somewhere near the back; certainly very much higher for the fast folks.

  • Thu, October 04, 2018 10:30 AM | Michael Saizan

    Ride Leader:  Mike Saizan (stepped up on ride day since no B leader signed up)

    Members: (6) Regina Saizan, La'Tasha Banks, Sam Perry, Lou Dall'Orso, Alan Kurzweil and Randy Schoch (part time CC/B)

    Route:  The St Peters Church /Dr Mudd Rds route to the Moreland Store rest stop. Next came the Celestial Ln nieghborhood and Dr Bowen Rd route to the Eagle Harbor rest stop.  The route back took Dr Bowen and Woodville Rds.

    Weather:  Temps were warmer than expected for October getting up to an uncomfortable 80s. 

    Ride Report: A real mix bag for the day.  Riders tended to get into small scattered groups throughout the ride depending how they felt at any given time.  Some mixing of the B & CC groups.  Sam cut ride short to get home early and La'Tasha cut short due to heat.  Ride Leader had trouble keeping track of the B group today.

    Mishaps:  Regina dropped a chain on the rough patch on Dr Bowen Rd. Then a few miles later, she gets a flat on Woodville Rd. (We were somewhat late getting back to the parking lot)

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