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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

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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”.

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, April 19, 2019 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Leaders - Jackie & Randy Schoch

    Members - Josh Sieben, Diane Harris, Belinda Acre, Jim & Jane Hudnall, Ron Altemus, and Pres. Donaro Gardner

    Guests - None

    Weather - 60's - 70 - overcast

    Route - IHRT

    AMS - Varied by rider

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None

    Report - Not a bad turnout of riders considering it was raining early and rain storms threatened for later. We had a very pleasant and uneventful ride to the White Plains rest stop. Jim and Jane caught up with us there (they had Food Pantry duty earlier) and we all had a nice visit. We tarried on the way back under the arch for a photo opt. by a nice tail user using Jim's phone. As usual, we had a fast return to the parking lot anticipating lunch. We went to a Good Friday Fish Fry lunch at the Bee Hive Masonic Lodge on Livingston Road near Bryan's Road. With Lent over, we probably won't be getting fish lunches for a while. See you next time.

  • Thu, April 18, 2019 10:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Barry Winkelman, Jay Lewis, Harry Kidd, Pat Walthers

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17707700  37.2 miles, 740' elevation change.  First leg:  Gibbons Church, Brandywine Rd, Horeshead/Mt Pleasant, Woodville, and Gallant Green to a rest stop at the Sunoco on old Rt 5.  Second leg:  Burnt Store, Olivers Shop, Bryantown, and Woodville to another rest stop at Moreland Market.  Final leg:  Woodville, Iowa, Covington, and basically Brandywine Rd back to N. Keys park.  This route is flat - the only "climb" of note is an incline on Bryantown Rd.

    Weather:  sun appeared as we gathered at N. Keys park and remained with us for the ride, temps increasing from the mid 60s to the high 70s, and a pesky wind out of the southern quadrant.

    AMS:   swept at 13 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none

    Report:  The CC edition of today's BoB ride was a piggyback on a route Tom Short had chosen with the hopes of attaining best AMS of 2019.  Our group eschewed speed and rode at a more civilized pace, with the exception of Jay, who emboldened by Tom's rhetoric, rode with the B's.  The four of us pretty much rode together, meeting up with a slower B contingent at both rest stops.  After Moreland Market, there was a bit more separation, as traffic was very light on Iowa, Covington, Cedarville, and Ashbox, and Pat and your faithful correspondent fell into a conversational cycling mode.  True CC riding at its best. 

  • Thu, April 18, 2019 10:30 AM | Thomas Short

    Leader:  Tom Short

    Members:  Larry Peed, Alan Kurzweil, Regina Saizan, Mike Saizan, Linda Bankerd, Sam Perry, Don Gardner

    Weather:  Short sleeves, short pants riding temperature. Headwind on the way to the first rest stop at mile 13 but tailwind for 8 miles on the way to second rest stop at mile 24.  

    AMS:  Ride Leader had 16.9 average achieved by trying to catch Sam Perry (but could not).  In what seemed like only seconds after Sam and I arrived at North Keys Park, Alan Kurzweil arrived followed shortly by Larry Peed and Don Gardner. 

    Ride Report:  Ron Golden, an AA rider, joined us at the Moreland Market for awhile. It was interesting to ride with Ron as he could ride seemingly without effort at speeds we were struggling with. Perhaps myself or one of you will lead this ride next month to see if we have improved. 

  • Wed, April 17, 2019 5:30 PM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: April 17, 2019

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  22.7 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/2

    Mechanical Issues:  Flat Tire

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather: Upper 60’s, partly sunny, south wind

    Guest Riders:  Orlando Howe?, Dan Hoefer, Reginald Forbes, Josh Hettel

    Member Riders:   Brad Francisco, Robert Golding, Douglas Carter, Scott Walker, Tyler Hill, Michael Blaine, Mike Wilson, Lynne Blake-Hodges, Charles Sidwell

    Ride Report:

    I was informed by a rider that Spring Hill-Newtown Rd. was being paved.  I decided to take Glen Albin Rd. in hopes that we could bypass the paving.  It didn’t work – we should have taken Route 6 instead.  We had to wait about 10 minutes for the pilot van to return.  Once we started up again I felt terrible; something about a short hard effort followed by a 10-minute break and then hammering again didn’t set well with an old guy.  Somewhere on Spring Hill Newtown the lead group broke away and were not seen again until the end.

    As usual once we reached the hill on Route 6 the remaining riders broke-up into various groups.  Some of these groups coalesced into chase groups and some did not.  By the time we hit Bowling Rd. we had Chase 1, Chase 2, and Chase 3 all in sight of each other.  Chase 2 was slowly gaining on Chase 1 (thanks to Brad’s infinite pulls).  Meanwhile, Chase 3 was more rapidly gaining on Chase 2.  I could see Chase 3 was led by Lynne since I could see her pink helmet in my mirror.  By midway down Bowling Scott from Chase 3 had caught-up to Chase 2 but Lynne had dropped back – evidently the long pull was too long.  By the end of Bowling Chase 2 caught Chase 1 partly helped by a slow moving piece of farm equipment.

    The farm equipment slowed us down from the end of Bowling Rd. until it turned right on Budd’s Creek Rd.  (I’m not sure about the wisdom of driving such a slow moving and wide piece of equipment on such a fast and busy road – but not my problem.)  By the time we lost the farm equipment at Alan’s Fresh Rd. many of the trailing riders had regained Chase 1.

    On Alan’s Fresh the pace again accelerated and I’m really not sure if people came off the back there or not.  I do know that by the time we reached Route 301 many of the riders were off the back.  A few of these riders regained the group but most did not.  The reconstituted Chase 1 remained together until near the end of Fairground Rd. where a sudden acceleration by the lead riders caused the group to split and remain this way until the end.

    Here are the ride statistics I have:

          Lead: 22.7 MPH, 2 riders

      Chase 1: 21.6 MPH, 4+ riders

      Chase 2: 21.1 MPH, 1 rider

    Kudos to Brad for his long fast pulls; also to Lynne for her valiant efforts on Bowling Rd. and to Scott for catching Chase 2.

    Speaking of Scott, he got a flat somewhere on the second half of the ride.  He wasn’t able to fix it but got a ride home.

    It was an another fun ride.

  • Wed, April 17, 2019 5:00 PM | Donaro Gardner

    Leader: Donaro Gardner

    Members: Randy Schoch and Jackie Schoch,Ron Leake,Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Guests: None

    Weather: Late 60's early 70's

    AMS: 14, Ron Leake was doing around 16.5

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: The temperature started in the late 60's However by the time the ride was over it began to drop. The trip was very scenic, I saw many people exercising enroute to the rest stop. I also saw a bull frog that was suprised  and jump into the ditch.It was a pleasant ride. After the ride several of us went to B J's to have a bite to eat.

  • Tue, April 16, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Patricia Sanders, Larry Peed, Alan Kurzweil, Karen McMillan, George Chiamulera, Jackie & Randy Schoch, La' Tasha Banks, Jay Lewis, Pat Walthers, Tom Short, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Sam Perry.  And visiting briefly at Bryans Road, Darryl Lowery prior to heading over to the Bike Doctor in Waldorf.

    Guests:   Kenneth DeGraff, staying for the week in Accokeek and cycling from there to join us.

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26630223  32 miles, 1332' elevation change.  Outbound we rode Bumpy Oak, Rose Hill, and Chapel Point to a rest stop at St. Ignatius.  Onward via Chapel Point/Bel Alton Newtown, Fairgrounds, St Marys, Glen Albin and Oak to supposedly a second rest stop at the La Plata Dash-in.  Final leg traversed MD-6, Quailwood, Hawthorne, and Livingston.

    Weather:  a cool low 50s start rising to the mid 60s by ride's end with a bit more WNW wind than advertised, all under sunny skies.

    AMS:  swept in the mid 12s.  Others were much faster.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  La' Tasha had a flat on Hawthorne just before Mattawoman Creek.  Sam Perry adroitly fixed it.  Thanks, Sam!

    Report:   Lots of friends joining the CC regulars today so it is assumed there were plenty of small groups riding at paces that met their cycling style.  We did all meet up at St Ignatius and the ice machine is in good order.  There was no rest stop at the La Plata Dash-In as the driveways were under repair with areas of fresh concrete making it hard to enter the store.  Thanks to all that came out today!

  • Sat, April 13, 2019 11:09 AM | Pete Czapiewski

    Leader:  Pete Czapiewski

    Members:  Scott Walker, Ron Haney

    Route: Indian Head to Goose Bay and Pisgah and back.  47 miles, 1460 feet elevation gain. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29553579

    Weather: High 60's - Low 70's, partly sunny with light winds

    AMS: 17.8 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: none

    Report:  Road captain Barb Haney assured excellent weather and roads for us by moving the start time ahead two hours. I was fortunate to have two experienced and skilled riders (and overall nice people) join me for the ride. All three of us are former/recovering AA riders, who are coming back from injuries, in addition to experiencing the normal aging process.

    We started out on the IHRT with the four AA riders, and planned to hang with them until the first hill on Bumpy Oak. However, that didn't work out, and we dropped off before mile three -- still on the trail -- in order to slow the pace a couple miles per hour.

    Our trio worked well together steadily to the rest stop at Goose Bay Marina, averaging a bit above range at 18.3. We spent awhile at the stop, lounging in comfortable chairs and chatting with the AA and B riders who were there. No one really wanted to get up and get back on the bikes after that, but we did.

    The return trip was a little slower due to more up hills and maybe the wind. Approaching Durham Church, it felt like rain was coming, but luckily that didn't happen. Ron decided to drop off at about mile 36 and take it easy for the last leg, this being only his third outdoors ride this year. Scott and I continued, skipping the last rest stop with 6 miles to go, and keeping up a good effort to finish with a high A average of 17.8 for the ride.

    Kudos to Scott and Ron for their great comeback recovery. At this rate, they will again be riding with the AA's soon. Thanks to Barb, Jim, and Jane for organizing this all-class event.

  • Sat, April 13, 2019 11:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Leader - Randy Schoch

    Members - Diana Donahue, Carl Hattery, Lester Jackson, Gil Dutchmen, and Belinda Acre.

    Guests - None

    Route - Ripley Roundabout

    Weather - 70's 

    AMS - 12/13 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - Diana has a flat near the start

    Report - We had a very thin turnout probably because of the early rain and threatening rain later in the day but our ride was in between the rainy weather and was beautiful and warm with some sun. As we were getting started on the IHRT, Belinda rode to the front to tell us that Diana had a flat and was going back to the start. Diana caught up with us as we were climbing Mount Pisgah on Bumpy Oak Road and told us a man fixed her flat. It was a pleasant uneventful ride through Ripley and on to the Pisgah Store for our rest break (although we took several breaks along the way). At the store, there were riders form other classes of rides which gave us a chance to visit and chat. On our return leg and soon after getting on the IHRT, we spotted a snake trying to avoid us as it went into the vegetation on the side of the trail. We didn't see much wild life probably because there were so many people out and about on this beautiful part of the day. 

  • Sat, April 13, 2019 11:00 AM | Michael Saizan

    Leader:  Mike Saizan

    Members:  Sue D Gunter, Don Gardner

    Route:  Starting from Indian Head Village Green, we took IHRT, Bumpy Oak, Rose Hill, Rt-6 to Goose Bay.  On the return, we traveled Fire Tower, Annapolis Woods, Mason Springs, and IHRT.

    Weather:  The 2 hour delayed start worked well allowing the roads to mostly dry out nicely.  Temps were pretty good not requiring any significant layering.

    Report:  The three of us joined up with the B-47 group of three from the start and stayed together riding at a respectable B pace until the route separation at Hawthorne Rd.  After the rest stop at Goose Bay, we joined up again with B-47 riders until the route separation at Annapolis Woods Rd.  The second half was a little more casual B pace.  A good day with the three of us staying pretty close throughout the ride.

    AMS:  15.1 for the ride leader

  • Sat, April 13, 2019 11:00 AM | Thomas Short

    Leader:  Tom Short

    Members:  Linda Bankerd and Fred Sawyer

    Weather:  Ride start was postponed from 9:00 to 11:00 due to early a.m. rain. Postponement for 2 hours was a great decision as we had perfect riding temperature (in short sleeves) and a clear blue sky. 

    Mechanicals:  Linda was losing air from her back tire and was down to about 20 psi when we stopped to look at it. Our first thought that it was a slow leak and if we just added air we could ride the remaining 6 or 7 miles back. Linda added air and when she removed the pump the tube’s valve stem blew out. Just then a car stopped to offer assistance and Linda decided to load her bike in his car and ride with him. I then continued the ride. 

    Ride Report:  Beautiful day, good roads, nice route, and courteous drivers.  As reported above, Linda had a flat but did not lose very much mileage as it was relatively close to ride end. I had never ridden with Fred Sawyer before and he was a very good riding companion. He was riding a new bike that was designed for gravel, rough roads, and smooth dirt trails. He was very happy with his bike. 

    Lesson I hope to learn:  Fred is a strong rider and was ahead of Linda and me.  I tried to telephone him to let him know that we were delayed but I could not decipher his phone number. The lesson is if you are the ride leader make sure you can read what others wrote. 

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