The Pedalers classic ride is back for 2022! A prompt 6pm departure will take us on an ever-changing route (due to sunset times) out to Montgomery County and back, taking myriad turns, climbs, descents, and views in along the way. Our ride takes a circuitous route outbound but a more direct route back - it's easy to shortcut if you need to get back sooner than the rest of the group.
Post-ride we typically gather for food and drinks at select local DC cafes and breweries that support bicyclists. Post-ride gatherings are weather dependent as we congregate outdoors.
August 3: Great Falls
(A/BB/fast B - 34.5 miles, 1,950' climbing) or Avenel Short
(slower B/CC - 31.7 miles, 1,750' climbing)
August 10: CANCELLED
due to rain, thunderstorms, and potential flooding
August 17: City State
(all groups - 31.5 miles, 1,600' climbing - lights mandatory!
August 24: Mountain Gate
(all groups - 27.3 miles, 1,500' climbing)
August 31: Mohican Hills Extended
(all groups - 24.5 miles, 1,800' climbing)
The CC group will often ride shorter variations of these same routes to avoid being caught out after sunset. Said routes are announced on the ride's email list.
(NOTE: RideWithGPS links go public one week before posted ride date. Want to see them sooner? Become a Potomac Pedalers member and get full access to the club's RWGPS library!)
It is required that you sign our liability waiver and emergency contact form before
participating in the Downtown Breakaway - thank you!
Also: if you participate in more than three DTBs and are not already a member of Potomac Pedalers we kindly ask that you join the club
Note that front and rear lights are required for safety
. In the case of rear lights, they need to be on a solid beam mode unless you're riding solo.
If the weather takes a turn (thunderstorms, rain, ice, snow, windstorms), the air quality is unhealthy (AQI of 100 or more), or the heat index is over 100°F the ride will not go. Any late-breaking news about this will be posted to the club website, to the club Twitter feed, and to the club email list (email Rudi to be added).