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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.









  • Fri, November 16, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:   Steve Palincsar, Robin Garnett, Jane & Jim Hudnall; and riding in the opposite direction, Clay Hashimoto

    Route:   Indian Head Rail Trail from Livingston Rd parking lot to White Plains and return.

    Weather:   better than expected!  Temps warmer/WNW breezers  less than forecast making for a enjoyable ride.

    Report:  yesterday's snow probably frightened some riders away from venturing out to the IHRT today, but their fears were groundless.  No evidence of ice or snow though the Mattawoman was flooding it banks, thankfully nowhere's near as bad as last month.  The first three of us were returning and encountered Jane & Jim at Middletown - they turned and rode with us back to Livingston.  We didn't see any other cyclists until getting back to the parking lot at Livingston where there was a solitary rider doing only a mile or so.   No wildlife encountered on the trail but there had been a huge flock of blackbirds at Livingston when I arrived there before the ride start.  The birds were a bit to far away to easily identify:  smaller than crows, bigger than starlings, I assume they were common grackles though they might have been migrating rusty blackbirds.

  • Wed, November 14, 2018 6:03 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader: Joan Oppel

    Members: Jay Lewis and Mike Saizan

    Route: Roundabout Pomfret/Bensville to the IRT, then Mitchell to Mt Carmel, Rt 6 to Shirley Blvd and climb! Then Burch, Poorhouse, Pisgah Marbury etc to Chix, Livingston back to the parking lot

    Weather: Cloudy, with a clouded over orb that was probably the sun, about 38 for the entire duration, occasionally noticeable wind

    AMS: we all stayed together

    Mishaps/Mechanicals: None

    Report: As usual, it was colder in the parking lot at the start than on the entire rest of the ride.  A very nice route with some flat, some hills and one bear of a hill up Carol Road from Shirley Blvd, a tenth of a mile in "that's really steep" category. It was great to get out, said Mike and Jay and I concur.

  • Mon, November 12, 2018 5:10 PM | Thomas Roberson

    Leader:  Tom Roberson

    Members in attendance:  Clay Hashimoto, Ron Altemus

    Guests:  None

    Weather: Beautiful seasonal day.

    I was pleased to welcome new member Clay Hashimoto on his first club ride, and was pleased that veteran member and ride leader Ron Altemus came. The ride went smoothly without any mechanical mishaps, and the visit to Fort Ward was appreciated by all. Ron couldn't stay for lunch, but Clay and I were joined by my SO Patrice Coss for a fine lunch,. I went to the concert alone only to discover that I had glitched the date and the concert happened on Saturday, the day before. 

  • Mon, November 12, 2018 10:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    It's Veterans Day!!  A good day for a ride even though it's cold (low 40's at ride start).  First, to all Veterans,  a very sincere Thank You for your service and sacrifice.  There were 2 Marine Corp veterans on today's ride, Barb and Ron Haney.  Others that joined me were Kirk Saunders, Alan Kurzweil, Ken Meredith, Sam Perry, Pete Czapiewski, and Theresa Rowell.  Michael Dong met us early on the ride, having ridden from home. As usual, the faster riders formed their group and went ahead.  The rest of us caught up to them as they were stopped at roadside to wait for Ron to take care of a rear flat.  We knew they would have no problems catching us, so my group of 5 continued on.  Only to be passed by the faster group as we were stopped at roadside to repair Theresa's rear flat!  We continued on, catching up to the faster group as they were leaving the rest stop.  The rest of the ride was uneventful with Michael turning off early at Livingston Rd to head home.  Everyone returned to the start location where some of us enjoyed hot drinks at Starbucks before going home to enjoy the rest of the day.  Ride leader's ams was 14.3 miles while the faster group was > 16 ams.

  • Sun, November 11, 2018 11:30 AM | Christopher Roell

    Leader: Christopher Roell

    Members: None

    Guests: Lou Hansen (Potomac Pedalers Member)

    Route: https://goo.gl/itHcA3

    Weather: 40's. Sunny with clear blue skies. Mild breeze that required light full fingered gloves

    AMS: 10-12 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: A Veterans Day ride to the American Civil War Forts of Stanton and Reno in honor of the Veterans from the Civil War who maintained the Forts that protected Washington, DC during the War. We rode in a big 40 mile counter clock-wise loop to one end of DC to the other. Rode took us along the Marvin Gayle, Anaocostia Riverwalk, Northwestern, and Sligo Creek Trails. With the weather being mild and a holiday weekend in DC, we had the trails pretty much to ourselves. Many leaves on the trail, but they were dry to ride over, and it was nice to see the new bridges and up keep that is currently being done on the Sligo Creek Trail. One of the best things about the ride was the various views of DC we saw as each Fort is on the high ground. We decided to deviate from the planned route by taking Wisconsin Ave down from Fort Reno through Georgetown to Q St bike lane which took us a straight shot back to the start of the ride at the BicycleSPACE shop. Overall, ride came in around 4 hours, but it felt a lot shorter in time if only for the fact that the ride had to eventually end!

  • Sun, November 11, 2018 11:00 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)
    Leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Pat Sanders, Steve Palincsar, Jay Lewis, Barbara Butcher, Susan Golonka

    Guests: none

    New bikes: 2 - Barbara was riding a new Domane, and I was taking my new Checkpoint gravel bike out for its first real road ride. 

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26760642 - 35 miles from N Keys Park to Merkle and the picnic area at Jug Bay. We began by heading south down Martin, Molly Berry, Baden Naylor and Nelson Perrie, then turned east on Bald Eagle School. After one big hill on Croom Rd we took Tanyard, Nottingham and Fenno to a rest stop at the Merkle visitors' center. Then we climbed St Thomas Church, took Croom to Mount Calvert Rd, and headed down Duvall and Croom Airport all the way to the picnic area for another break. The final stint went up Croom Airport Rd and down Croom to the Duley Station-Cheltenham-Van Brady loop (with an ad hoc diversion on Bellefield), then took Molly Berry and N Keys Rd back to the park. 

    Average speed: 11ish at the back

    Weather: A very pleasant fall day. Cloudless blue skies, sunshine and no wind with temps in the high 40s. We needed a few layers, but didn't have to bundle up too much to be comfortable.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: A missed turn, a misbehaving cycle computer and a flat tire a few miles from the end.

    Wildlife: A deer ran across the road in front of us as we rode through Merkle, reminding us to be more alert for them this time of year.

    We enjoyed a nice bike ride on this Veterans Day. Jay and Pat were in the breakaway for much of the day, while the rest of us rode closer together, with several stops to regroup. We were never too far apart and were all together at the rest stops. Topics of conversation were wide-ranging and included bike bags, disc brakes, tire pressure and activities with Washington Women Outdoors. When Jay had a flat tire at the turn from Molly Berry to N Keys Rd, we all stopped for the repair. Pat provided a fresh tube and Steve shared his tip for lining up the tire logo with the stem in order to make it easier to find any sharp object remaining in the tire after locating the hole in the tube.

    The start time of 11 am  on November 11th was a nod to the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. My grandmother's birthday was on November 11th, and she always referred to the date as Armistice Day. Many thanks to all who have served in our armed forces and to those whose family members have served.

  • Sat, November 10, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: None

    Guests: None

    Weather: Sunny, 45 degrees with 15 mph winds resulting in wind chill temps in the mid 30s evidently deterred all riders.  Disappointing but not surprising.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 0

  • Thu, November 08, 2018 10:30 AM | Michael Saizan

    Ride Leader:  Mike Saizan

    Members:  Regina Saizan, La'Tasha Banks, Linda Bankerd, Lou Dall'Orso, Tom Short, Larry Peed, Ron & Barb Haney

    Route:  From North Keys Park, we covered Molly Berry, Nelson Perrie, Baden Westwood and Horsehead to Moreland Store rest stop.  Next we rode Gallant Green, Bassford, Celestial Manor, Woodville, Covington with a straight shot on Brandywine back to North Keys Park.  Thanks Steve for the route.

    Weather:  A cold start in the low 50s with clouds, but it did not feel that bad.  After the rest stop, it was still cold but not uncomfortable now with the sun out.

    Report:  The A riders - Lou, Ron, Barb and Tom - did the A thing.  They were soon way ahead and out of sight.  The remaining B group of 5 stayed together for the whole ride with some rotation of positions at various times.  For the first half, Jay Lewis (CC group signee) joined the B group part of the time.  It was a good day with the good company.  And it turned out to be a fairly comfortable cold day.

  • Thu, November 08, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Harry Kidd, Jay Lewis, Pat Walthers, Joan Oppel and Tom Short (who arrived before Mike arrived and signed with us but rode with the B group)

    Weather: Low 50s at the start rising to the high 50s by early afternoon.  Sunny, breezy.  Cold-feeling in North Keys Arctic Park but it wasn't long before the layers started coming off.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26718788?beta=false  A somewhat different Malcolm ride, this time going over Nelson Perrie and up Westwood before heading to the Moreland Market.  After the break the route went down Gallant Green to Bassford, then Truman Manor, Celestial and Wilkerson back to the Five Points, taking Covington to Aquasco and straight back on Aquasco/Brandywine.  33 miles, 1080' of elevation gain.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12-something

    Tom and Jay set off with the AB group, so it was the usual CC group sticking together as usual for a nice ride on a pleasant day.

  • Wed, November 07, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:   Joan Oppel, Tom Short, Steve Palincsar, La' Tasha Banks, Donaro Gardner, Alan Kurzweil, Pete Czapiewski, Barb & Ron Haney

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28874627?beta=false    Livingston, Hawthorne, Ripley/Annapolis Woods, Fire Tower to a rest stop at Scotts; MD-6, Durham Church, Ironsides/Mason Springs, Smallwood Church, Sweetman/Bicknell to a second rest stop at Pisgah Store; final leg Mason Spring, Hawthorne, Lower Wharf, Chapmans Landing, Hungerford, and Livingston back to our start.  36.6 miles, 1224' elevation change.

    Weather:  brilliant sunshine at the start, giving way almost immediately to overcast skies as we traveled down Livingston Road.  Aforementioned sunshine had us starting  in the upper 50s but the overcast, with occasional breaks of sun, caused the temps to yo-yo up to the mid 60s and back down to the mid 50s repeatedly.  All the same, much more pleasant than having it rain on us.

    AMS:  swept at 12.5.  Without doubt, all of the "friends" were faster than the CC contingent.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   Flat tire on Annapolis Woods just before Fire Tower is the only known difficulty encountered today.

    Report:  Tuesday's rains made it necessary to reschedule if year-end mileage goals were to be kept in the reasonable chance of achieving range.  So a decent turnout of adaptable club members rode today.  Can't really report too much on the "friends" ride(s) but the CC contingent had a nice, leisurely pedal.  Steve cut his ride short by taking Chicamuxen and Livingston back to the start so he could attend to other matters.  Joan and your faithful correspondent added a bit extra by going down to Stuckey after Pisgah Store.  For our efforts, we were rewarded with a pet peacock crossing the road in front of us, and then a bit farther down along, wild turkeys evidently on the move to avoid Thanksgiving dinner. 

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