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  • Sun, July 01, 2018 9:00 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Steve Palincsar, Alan Kurzweil, Jan Tucker

    Guests: None

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/11416967 - 40 miles and 1900 feet of climbing, with numerous possible shortcuts if needed. Essentially a counterclockwise loop through the Brandywine area, heading down Martin, Molly Berry and Baden Naylor to Baden Westwood, Westwood and Bald Eagle School, then a big descent and ascent on Croom to Tanyard, Nottingham, Fenno and a stop at the Merkle Visitor Center. After leaving Merkle, Steve and I continued on the original route up St Thomas Church and Croom to Mount Calvert, then down Duvall and Croom Airport to the Jug Bay Visitor Center. Our final stint went up Croom Airport to Croom, then right on Duley Station, Cheltenham, Old Indian Head and Van Brady to Molly Berry and N Keys. Opting to skip the ride to Jug Bay, Alan and Jan rode with us from Merkle to the top of St Thomas Church and then turned left from Croom to Duley Station, for a total distance of 30 miles.

    Weather: Very hot and humid. Hello, July!

    Mishaps and mechanicals: A dropped chain, and a handlebar adjustment needed after riding over a big bump.

    Average speed: A bit over 12 mph.

    Park upgrades: The picnic table in front of the Merkle visitor center has been moved. They plan to take down the two trees there and plant a flower garden. There is a path leading along the side of the building to several tables under the trees. At Jug Bay, they have replaced the water fountain with a new multi-function fountain that includes a bottle refill.

    Report: This ride was just right. We started at 9 am, a bit late for such a hot day, but necessary to ensure that we reached Merkle after the visitor center opened at 10 am. We rode at a comfortable pace, as half our group are just getting back to cycling after dealing with injuries and everyone was happy to avoid overdoing it in the heat. The first part of the route provided a lot of shade from the morning sun, and the visitor center at Merkle provided A/C, cold water and picnic tables in the shade. As the sun rose in the sky the unshady parts of the route became more numerous, but there was still enough shade to keep us feeling okay. The A/C was turned up to 11 in rest rooms at Jug Bay, offering another chance to cool down. Steve and I finished around 1 pm, just as the afternoon sun was becoming too much. When we returned to N Keys Park, Alan and Jan had already left (as expected). I sat in the shade of the picnic pavilion for a while to cool down, and actually felt a nice breeze.

    Thanks very much to Jan, Steve and Alan for joining me today!

  • Sun, July 01, 2018 8:30 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: July 1, 2018

    Ride Name:  White Marsh - Scotterly

    Ride Distance:  54 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  19.5 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3 Sport

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather: Upper 70’ at the start mid 90’s by the end, humid, sunny, no wind

    Guest Riders:  Rob Golding

    Member Riders:   Brad Francisco, Steve Koegle

    Ride Report:

    I haven’t ridden with Steve or Rob in a while; it was good to see them.  It was obvious that they have been busy riding since I couldn’t keep up with either of them.  In fact, it was pretty obvious that I was the slowest rider in the group. 

    The temperature wasn’t too bad when we started although the humidity was up.  By the time we reached the rest stop we were enjoying riding in the shade and wishing for it when out in the sunny areas.  We all enjoyed the air conditioning at McKay's; it was freezing in there – great.  We all bought ourselves a bottle of Power Aid (on sale); we downed them in short order.  After that Rob suggested we get going since it was only going to get hotter.

    There was new chip seal on Sandgates Road and we briefly considered cutting it out; however, we continued and it wasn’t too bad.  Eventually we reach the new smooth asphalt pavement which we appreciated all the more after the rough chip seal.

    A section of the Three Notch trail was marked as closed; however, there was no reason for it and we just went around the barricades like everyone else.  (Note that they are staging pipe and equipment so there may be construction and a real closure soon.) 

    We didn’t ride together though-out the ride as various faster riders would pull away on hills (and occasionally the flats as well).  However, there was frequent regrouping and we all rode together for the most part.  The stated average is for the ride leader so everyone else would have had something higher.

    It was another nice ride but hot ride!  Thank you for joining me gentlemen.

  • Sun, July 01, 2018 8:30 AM | Pete Czapiewski

    Leaders:  Pete Czapiewski, Laura Clauser

    Members: Jim Durham, James Davenport

    Guests (PPTC):   Mike McCarley, Glen Worrell / Liz Milor (tandem),  Keith Blinn, Clara Martinez, Terre Simpson, Dave Simpson

    Route:  From the Tourism Center in Front Royal, VA to Elk Wallow, or Skyland and back along Skyline Drive. 53 miles/ 5914 ft, or 86 miles/ 8720 ft. https://ridewithgps.com/trips/25010471

    Weather:  Hot at the base (90+ degrees) but nice at elevation (77 degrees). Calm wind.

    AMS:  11.5-13.5 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   Bee sting (not serious) 

    Wildlife Sightings:   Mama bear with cub near Matthew's Arm campground.

    Report:  This was another joint ride with PPTC. Yes, we just rode here last weekend, but some could not make it then, and the cooler mountain temperatures were inviting. Roads were much less crowded than the previous week, maybe because of the warm weather. 

    We started at the Tourism Center in downtown Front Royal in order to get a better warm up before hitting the mountains. However, we found that parking there is limited to 4 hours, so some found other parking nearby or drove directly to the base of Skyline drive.

    Because of different abilities, we split up into groups of 1-3, regrouping at Dickey's Ridge and at Elk Wallow. Most of us turned back a mile past Elk Wallow, but James continued another 6 miles to Panorama and super-human Mike, Keith, and Clara rode way up to Skyland for a 86 mile ride. Thanks to everyone who came out. We will be leading another Skyline ride later this month as we prepare for the Mountain Mama ride in August.

  • Sun, July 01, 2018 8:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    It's going to be hot and humid today with a Heat Advisory starting at noon.  A perfect day for a relatively short ride that starts early so we'll be back before the advisory begins.  Monica Irmler, Tom Short, Ron Leak, Phil Mitchell (rode to the start), Douglas Carter (rode to the start), and Sonya Newman (talked into doing this ride after her initial reservations about joining this group!), joined me on this ride.  As usual, the group stayed together until the initial climb up Berry Rd separated us into the climbers and the better climbers.  We regrouped off and on throughout the ride, with all of us meeting at the rest stop at the 16 mile point.  We were off again for the rest of the ride.  The temperature and humidity were not unbearable.  Sonya and I rode together while the rest of the group went on but we caught up to Tom and Monica on the side of the rode with Tom was changing his rear flat.  Sonya went on, then Monica, then once the tube was changed, Tom and I continued on, not to see another rider until we got back to the parking lot.  Everyone else went on their way while Ron, Sonya, Monica, and I enjoyed drinks from Starbucks before heading home to enjoy the rest of the day indoors!!  Ride leader's ams 14.6 with 1,013 feet of elevation.

  • Sat, June 30, 2018 10:00 AM | Belinda Acre

    Leader:  Belinda Acre

    Attendees:  Steve Forman, Alan Kurzweil, Larry Stirling and Wayne Sweet (guest)

    Because of the anticipated heat, we rode at a leisurely pace.  Alan and Steve did pick up the pace and rode out of sight.  While it was indeed warm, there was a cool breeze much of the time and the ride was pleasant.

  • Sat, June 30, 2018 9:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel, Harry Kidd, Fred Robbins, Dave VanAmeyden, Chris Roell

    Weather: Sunny, hot and humid: high 70s-low80s at 9am rising to over 95 in the sun (but more like the mid to high 80s in the plentiful shade)

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16403357  52 miles (extended to 54 with two bonus miles thanks to wool gathering -- and perhaps a bit of heat stress showing its hand -- at the turn from Sansbury onto Wilson.  Yes, definitely easy to miss, especially if your attention is wandering, and "The GPS did keep saying we were off course..."

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none, unless you count those two bonus miles as a "mishap."  I'm content to consider them a bonus: I'd never been on that stretch of Sansbury and it was quite pretty.

    AMS: 12.5

    A hot day, but a beautiful, mostly shady route.  We were a small group, but we did see several other cycling groups out today, riding in the opposite direction -- not surprising, today's route is mostly backwards from "the usual."   Chris was taking photos all day, and has posted an album on Oxon Hill's Facebook site.

  • Thu, June 28, 2018 8:49 PM | Alan Canfield

    Leader:   Alan "Anchor" Canfield

    Members:   Sue Estes "Park",  Mike "Grand" Kenyon

    Guests:  none

    Route:  IH 25 Ironsides  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23491151 

    Weather:  85°F, 70% RH, wind 0 mph

    AMS: 18.6 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  None

    Report:   Great jaunt through upper Nanjemoy from the IH Pavilion on low-traffic smooth roads frequented on the IH century and other rides.  Mason Springs is super-smooth and Smallwood Church provides some great canopy.  The riders pushed the "A" ride into low "AA" territory and the ride leader had to call for a truce!  

    Everyone finished strong and made plans for other Tue or Thur night ride options.

    Strava results:  https://www.strava.com/activities/1668641074

  • Thu, June 28, 2018 9:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Harry Kidd, Sonja Newman, Harold Datz, Rita Z, Jane & Jim Hudnall

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    Bs & CCs together at the ride start

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27860384  At least, that's what was planned: North Keys and Molly Berry (on fresh new pavement for part of it, anyway) to Nelson Perrie, Bald Eagle School, Westwood and Baden Westwood to Croom; the Croom Rollers across Brandywine to Covington to the Five Points and a rest stop at the Moreland Market. 

    From there the route took Gallant Green to Bassford,  Celestial and Wilkerson back to the Five Points and a second rest stop at the Baden store.  And then everyone, ABs and CCs alike, voted to throw away the script, skip the hills and come straight back on Brandywine and Gibbons Church, for a total of 35 miles.

    Weather: sunny, humid, breezy; high 80s in the shade to 91 in the sun.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13.7

    After five days in the New River Valley at Bike Virginia 2018, it's amazing how mellow and flat this route seems.  Even including in the elevation gain at the end we didn't do, it still came to only 50' per mile -- half of what we'd been experiencing ("gotten used to" is rather a stretch too far: none of us had come close to getting used to the long granny climbs and the screaming downhills, one after another) in the past five days. 

    Note to all Best of Brandywine attendees: the detour on Brandywine Rd we were warned of a week or two ago is now in effect.  If you're coming from the Beltway and MD-5 a good way to avoid it all is to go left on Surratts and follow the May Metric route to US-301, then take Cherry Tree Crossing and Old Indian Head.

  • Thu, June 28, 2018 9:30 AM | Michael Saizan

    Ride Leader: Mike Saizan

    Members: (5) La Tasha Banks, Regina Saizan, Barb and Ron Haney, Tom Roberts

    Route: For 1st leg, major roads were N Keys, Molly Berry, Nelson Perrie, Baden Westwood and Croom.  Rest stop was at the Moreland store. For 2nd leg, we covered Gallant Green, Bassford, Celestial, Wilkerson and Horsehead Rds. A 2nd rest stop was at the Baden Store.

    Weather:  Mostly sunny, mid 80s with a heat that seemed to be more fatiguing than normal.

    Ride Report:  Small turnout today for B/A group but still a good day of riding.  Having a good turnout for the CC group added to the experience since there was a lot of overlap of the two groups for much of the ride. The hills and heat for the 1st lap took its toll on several of us.  La Tasha decided best to short cut back as she was not feeling well.  At the Baden rest stop, my group decided to just go back via Brandywine Rd, enough of these conditions.  It seems the CC group did the same. Checking with La Tasha later in the day, she got back safely and was filling better.

  • Wed, June 27, 2018 5:30 PM | Bruce Wright

    Leader:  Bruce Wright

    Members:  , Ken Lemmert, Eric Williams, Tim Murphy, Mike Kenyon, Jason Hendricks, and Gordon Schrader

    Guests:  Kevin O'Clair

    Ride Distance: 25 

    Weather: Mid 80’s, Cloudy 

    AMS: 17.4 MPH

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None 

    Report:  Group left with AA rider, while Bruce and Ken was securing roll sheet because of last minute rider show up.  Bruce and Ken hit rain on top of hill on Rt. 6 and it stop on Kentucky and started back after the sharp turn on Kentucky, continued raining hard till we turned onto Newport Church Rd.   The A/B were in three groups, the first group AMS was 20.1, second group AMS was 17.6 and third group AMS was 17.4 but the third was last starting.  Good ride except for the rain.  

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