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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Location:Rockville, MD
2017-05-27 08:00:00 2017-05-27 08:00:00 America/New_York Rockville Saturday Morning Ride In its 5th year, the Wootton ride is a regular fun group Saturday morning event, suitable for seasoned A/BB/B/CC riders. We ride from Rockville to Germantown, Poolesville, or Clarksburg with frequent variations to keep it interesting. Typical ride lengths range from 30 to 60 miles and are moderately hilly (MH). Actual ride length and route for each week will be posted in advance. We make 1-3 rest stops depending on the ride length. We generally divide into two 3 groups – (A/high BB – average 17-20 mph), (slow BB/B – average 15.5-17 mph), and (slow B/CC – average 13.5-15 mph). Our attempt will be to not drop anybody as long as you can ride with the respective group’s average speed. We are highly safety conscious, so if you plan to ride in this group, you are expected to follow the ride leader safety cues and safe riding practices.  Please consult the club website (www.potomacpedalers.org) for ride start times or the ride Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/rockvillewoottonride/), but generally we will start at 9 AM in spring and 8 AM in late spring/summer. The ride will leave promptly at the designated time. The cue sheets will be posted on our FB page and sent via email to those who provide their email address. We will bring limited cue sheets and expect regular riders to print their own cue sheet. Thomas S. Wootton High School (TWHS)
2017-05-27 09:30:00 2017-05-27 09:30:00 America/New_York Express and Fast Train to Chesapeake Beach The traditional "Memorial Day Saturday" ride through scenic, rolling terrain. Rest stop will be at Chesapeake Beach. Choose your ride length and speed. There will be leaders for various groups from A to BB to B to CC. Joint ride with Potomac Pedalers and Oxon Hill Clubs. Rest room at nearby gas station. No go in wet weather. Call or e-mail by 7:30 AM if uncertain. Map, cue sheet and Garmin download for the 61 mile "Express Train" at: www.mapmyride.com/ride/united-states/md/harwood/828573130094 and http://ridewithgps.com/routes/428107 Map, cue sheet and Garmin download for the 47 mile "Fast Train" at: www.mapmyride.com/ride/united-states/md/harwood/254376518 and http://ridewithgps.com/routes/428082 Directions: From the Beltway, take Route 50 east toward Annapolis.  Exit onto Route 424 toward Davidsonville and continue to Route 2.  Turn right onto Route 2.  Continue south on Route 2 to Southern High School, (Anne ArundelCounty), in Harwood on the right at 4400 Solomon’s Island Road Harwood, MD20776 Southern High School (HAR)
Location:Harwood, MD
2017-05-27 09:30:00 2017-05-27 09:30:00 America/New_York Local to Chesapeake The traditional "Memorial Day Saturday" ride through scenic, rolling terrain.   The As, BBs and Bs have the Express train that stops only at Chesapeake Beach; this one's the Local, that makes all the stops (four rest stops for the 62 miles).   Route map and GPS files are here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21433428  and the cue sheet is in the Cloud: https://goo.gl/j2eWNI Note: this is a BYOQ (Bring Your Own Cue Sheet) and printed copies of the cue sheet will be available only by prior arrangement. Southern High School (HAR)
2017-05-27 09:30:00 2017-05-27 09:30:00 America/New_York Ten Trails to Lake Artemesia * Crystal City Water Park * 50% This extra-long C ride combines ten DC-area bicycle trails to visit one of the prettiest spots in the Washington area: Lake Artemesia near College Park. We ride across DC to the Anacostia River and north to Lake Artemesia.   Then we ride through the University of Maryland campus to Sligo Creek and follow it to downtown Silver Spring for lunch. Finally, we return via the Capital Crescent Trail. Though longer than usual, we maintain a comfortable C pace. Most of the ride is on paved bicycle trails, with some on-road bike lanes or quiet roads, and even a bit of sidewalk. There are two moderate hills, but we’ll make sure everyone catches up.  Please be aware that this ride takes more time than usual; we generally finish sometime between 3:30 and 4:30 PM.   If you want to try this ride but you’re concerned about the distance, we pass near several Metro stations along the way, so you can bail out if you get tired.  Make sure you’re familiar with Metro’s Bike ‘N Ride Guidelines [www.wmata.com/getting_around/bike_ride/guidelines.cfm]. We will meet in South Arlington at Crystal City Water Park, by the bicycle repair vending machine. The parking garage across the street at 1750 Crystal Drive is free on weekends and holidays.    DIRECTIONS: From either direction on US-1 (Jefferson Davis Hwy) take the '15th St S  Pentagon City' exit but turn east (toward the river) on 15th St S, turn right onto Crystal Drive, then right again into the 'Visitors' entrance of the parking garage.  Allow enough time to find a parking space and bring your bicycle across to the Water Park.  For those riding to the ride, Crystal City is easily accessible from Four Mile Run or Mount Vernon Trails; call leader if you have questions. No go if rain is likely, in which case cancellation will be posted on the web site by 8:00 AM. - Other Start Location VA
Location:Lorton, VA
2017-05-27 10:00:00 2017-05-27 10:00:00 America/New_York Pohick Bay Social Ride * 50% This relaxing social ride goes along lightly-traveled roads and paved bike trails on this scenic peninsula near Occoquan. We will ride through Mason Neck State Park, the adjacent National Wildlife Preserve, Gunston Hall historic plantation, and some lovely neighborhoods facing the Potomac River. There is even a covered bridge along the route.   This is mostly a flat ride (only one hill towards the end) with lots of shade and natural beauty the whole way.   There is no charge to get into Pohick Bay Park if you have a driver’s license showing you live in Alexandria, Arlington, City of Fairfax, Fairfax County, Falls Church or Loudon. If you live outside these member jurisdictions, there is a $7 entrance fee per car to get in the park.   Once inside, continue straight to the first parking lot on the right. I may cancel the ride if the chance of precipitation is 50% or more. If the weather looks questionable, check the ride schedule or call me to confirm the ride is a go. Pohick Bay Park (PBP)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

CC (H) * 60 * MD * 8:30 AM * Sort of Wild and Wonderful
Point of Rocks Rail Road Station (POR)
Location:Point of Rocks, MD
2017-05-28 08:30:00 2017-05-28 08:30:00 America/New_York Sort of Wild and Wonderful This is a truncated version of Wild and Wonderful - 60.1 miles.  Route credits: Jim Quinn. I will be riding it at a hilly CC pace, which means crawling up the climbs and bombing down the other side.  You are welcome to ride this at any speed you choose if you don't feel like doing the longer version of the official ride. Point of Rocks Rail Road Station (POR)
A/BB/B/CC (H) * 71 * MD * 8:30 AM * Wild and Wonderful
Point of Rocks Rail Road Station (POR)
Location:Point of Rocks, MD
2017-05-28 08:30:00 2017-05-28 08:30:00 America/New_York Wild and Wonderful It's time to pull this beauty out of the files. This is a classic ride covering 3 states, and boasting big climbs, blasting descents, speedy flats, plenty of rollers, and great scenery all around. We can enjoy a sinful baked treat at the Sweet Shop in Sheperdstown and a post-ride ice cream at the new Rocky Point Creamery just east of POR on Rt 28. We will tackle Gapland, Hoffmeister, Reno Momument, and Marlu (the easy way). This is a fun but challenging ride that includes 4 Potomac river crossings and about 5500 feet of elevation.  No go in rain. Point of Rocks Rail Road Station (POR)
Location:Washington, DC
2017-05-28 09:00:00 2017-05-28 09:00:00 America/New_York Beginner Georgetown Loop This is a training ride for beginning women riders with the goal of riding one of the Back Road Century routes in September. We’ll take it easy as we go up the Capital Crescent trail and then loop through some of Bethesda and back down the trail. There is one block on Bethesda Ave with much traffic, but you can walk that if you’d like to. We won’t drop anyone along the way. This month, I've added mileage and some more hills to go with that mileage. If you have time during the month, practice your hills. We’ll meet at the bottom of Wisconsin Ave in Georgetown Waterfront Park. Have your bike ready to go before you leave the house and plan on arriving a few minutes early so we can leave on time. Please bring a helmet and a lock in case we want to take a break in Bethesda. Georgetown Water Park (GWP)
Location:Bristow, VA
2017-05-28 09:00:00 2017-05-28 09:00:00 America/New_York Creek Crossings * 45°/95°/50% Mostly downhill with a tailwind. This fantastic ride uses some familiar country lanes and then goes south of Bristerburg on roads that PPTC does not usually frequent. If you are pondering the short or long options, GO LONG - the additional miles are really great cycling. The short route ascends 1,200 feet - a flat-ish 35 feet per mile. The long route ascends 2,400 feet - 45 feet per mile with two short, steep climbs after two creek crossings. IMPORTANT NOTE: Ride start is in the gravel lot behind the Brentsville Presbyterian Church. HELMETS REQUIRED. I may cancel if the forecasted high is above 95 or below 45 or chance of precip is 50% or more. Please check the PPTC ride forum if weather looks marginal. On Sundays only, toilet available at BVP Presbyterian Church. Questions? Call me at home NLT 2 hours prior to ride start or on cell thereafter. Brentsville Park (BVP)
Location:Washington, DC
2017-05-28 09:00:00 2017-05-28 09:00:00 America/New_York Women's Beginner Georgetown Loop This is a training ride for beginning women riders with the goal of riding one of the Back Road Century routes in September. We’ll take it easy as we go up the Capital Crescent trail and then loop through some of Bethesda and back down the trail. There is one block on Bethesda Ave with much traffic, but you can walk that if you’d like to. We won’t drop anyone along the way. This month, I've added mileage and some more hills to go with that mileage. Please make sure your bike is in good working order and you can bike 15-20 miles at a time. Arrive about 10 minutes early so we can roll at 9 am. We'll meet in the park at the bottom of Wisconsin Avenue. Georgetown Water Park (GWP)
C/D (MF) * 16 * VA * 9:45 AM * Lunch in Shirlington
Shirlington Library / Signature Theatre (SHR)
Location:Arlington, VA
2017-05-28 09:45:00 2017-05-28 09:45:00 America/New_York Lunch in Shirlington Another great ride from the original Ride-To-Eat™ production team! Both MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS are very welcome to join us for this social ride, followed by lunch at one of the many restaurants in Shirlington (free parking in garages and lots on weekends). NO REGISTRATION is needed – just show up. We meet at 9:45 AM for a 10 AM departure on the brick plaza in front of the Shirlington Library / Signature Theater on Campbell Avenue in Shirlington (in Arlington).   We select a restaurant, then go to lunch at about noon. See you there!!!!   [P.S. Between 10 AM and noon you are welcome to join the leader on the bike trails of Arlington (the Arlington Loop: traveling first on a portion of the W&OD Trail, then the Custis Trail, the Mount Vernon Trail, and the Four Mile Run Trail) with a rest stop in Lyon Village, and a brief regrouping at Gravelly Point. (Cue sheet on PPTC website). The 3-4 miles on the Custis Trail are hilly; the rest of the ride is pretty flat.   Leader rides a slow “C” pace; all levels welcome (those wanting more or fewer miles may wish to continue up the W&OD and return to join us for the main event: lunch!)   The ride leader is very likely to cancel the ride if the chance of precipitation is greater than 30%, the temperature is below 40 degrees, or the wind speed is greater than 10 MPH. If the weather looks doubtful it is particularly important to check the Ride Schedule on the PPTC website for a late cancellation notice. Alternatively, you may email the ride leader on Saturday or before 9:00 AM Sunday to see if the ride is a go. Shirlington Library / Signature Theatre (SHR)
2017-05-28 10:00:00 2017-05-28 10:00:00 America/New_York Beginner * Nice & Easy * BicycleSPACE (Adams Morgan) The Nice & Easy ride is just that: nice and easy and easy and nice! This ride is for beginners and those looking for a relaxing start of the day. The ride helps beginners to feel more secure riding in a group while learning to ride safely and comfortably on DC bike lanes and streets. The ride is 5 to 10 miles and travels at a pace of 5-10 mph that is on flats; the ride will always cater to the more novice riders who attend, so don’t be afraid that we’ll go farther than you are ready to go. Ride leaves at 10:00 AM and returns no later than 11:30 AM. Ride cancels in case of inclement weather- if the forecasted ride-time wind chill is for freezing or below &/or if precipitation is creating wet roads; cancellation notices are posted on Facebook/Twitter using the #BSPACErides and will show up on the ride page on our website. Shop address: 2424 18th St NW Washington, DC 20009. For more information on ride see: http://www.bicyclespacedc.com/weeklyrides/ - Other Start Location DC
2017-05-28 11:30:00 2017-05-28 11:30:00 America/New_York BicycleSPACE City Explorers * BicycleSPACE (K Street) The BicycleSPACE City Explorers ride has no set route, but typically runs between 25-35 miles and rarely strays far beyond the Beltway in any direction as we all stick together in a social on-the-bike setting. We aim to provide a unique perspective of urban riding that visits all areas of the city and helps participants learn about the best ways to get around the inner metropolitan area by bike. We will sometimes link this ride up to other events/activities, including the School Garden and Mural tours we do to support the groups running those efforts; this will usually result in fewer miles but feature visits and presentations about the projects involved; occasionally we will ask for donations to support the non-profit cause. We ride in most weather conditions except steady precipitation and when high temps are forecast to be below freezing; cancelation notices are posted on Facebook/Twitter using the #BSPACErides hashtag and will show up on the ride page on our website. The ride starts/ends at our downtown shop. Shop address: 440 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. For more information on ride see: http://www.bicyclespacedc.com/weeklyrides/ - Other Start Location DC

Monday, May 29, 2017

Location:Washington, DC
2017-05-29 08:30:00 2017-05-29 08:30:00 America/New_York Beach to Creek Peirce Mill is in Rock Creek Park;  meet at the corner of Park Rd/Tilden & Rock Creek Pkwy, by the building behind the mill near the crosswalk.   This is a nice in-town ride with an emphasis on natural scenery.  We’ll ride up Beach Drive, through some nice neighborhoods with some long hills, and down Sligo Creek Parkway. This ride invites ALL pace levels, in the hope that everyone will find someone to ride with.  The ride leader will ride a C or CC pace; cue sheets, maps, and hopefully some of the former regulars will help those who are faster or slower.   There will be no sweep. We’ll stop at the Takoma Park Co-Op for a quick bite.  Ride to the ride start to save the planet and get in a few extra miles. No go on wet roads. Pierce Mill (PIM)
Location:Glen Echo, MD
2017-05-29 09:30:00 2017-05-29 09:30:00 America/New_York The Usual Monday Ride From Glen Echo Moderately hilly ride through Potomac with a probable stop at a cafe near the end. Leaders regroup periodically with an average speed of 16 - 18. Cue sheets and a longer ride options are usually available only on holidays. No go in rain or on wet roads. Please park in the lower portion of the lot off Oxford Rd farthest off MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo Park (GLE)

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