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11/27/2014
BB * 40 * MD * 9:30 AM * Pre Turkey Day Meal Spin * Laytons Village SC(LAV)CANCELLED

11/28/2014
B (MH) * 50ish * MD * 9:30 AM * Dam-Bloom'n Clearview, Fannie Dorsey, etc. * Damascus HS (DAM)

11/28/2014
C * 30 * MD * 10:00 AM * Lake Needwood to Bethesda * Lake Needwood (NEE)

11/28/2014
D/C * 19-32 * VA * 11:00 AM * Winter's West on W&OD promotional Ride * Vienna Community Center (VCC)

11/28/2014
C/CC * 27/35 * MD * 11:00 AM * Bud Bike Friday * Buddy Attick Park (BUD) * ~49

11/28/2014
C/CC * 20 * VA * 3:45 PM * Late Fall's One Mile One Hill * Oak View ES (OVE) * 50 deg.

11/29/2014
CC/B/BB (MH) * 20-40 * MD 9:00 AM * Cabin John Weekend Fever * Cabin John Regional Park

11/29/2014
A/BB/B * 50 * MD * 10:00 AM * Variation of 50 Miles to Nowhere * Laytons Village SC (LAV)

11/29/2014
D * 19 * VA * 11:00 AM * Beginner and Re-starter Nice and Easy * Vienna Community Centre (VCC)

11/30/2014
D/C (MF) * 16 * VA * 9:45 AM * Lunch in Shirlington * Shirlington Library/Signature Theater (SHR)

11/30/2014
C/CC(MH) * 30-36 * VA * 10:00 AM * Late Fall Rides from Old Town Plaza * Old Town Plaza (OTP)

12/1/2014
B/BB * 30ish * MD * 10:00 AM * The Usual Monday Ride From Glen Echo * Glen Echo Park (GLE)

12/2/2014
C/CC * 15-19 * VA * 10:15 AM * Towards and On Park Trails in Fairfax County * David Pinn Comm Ctr

12/2/2014
CC * 16 * VA * 6 PM * Wakefield Park (WKP) * Winter Night Rides

12/4/2014
CC * 16 * VA * 6 PM * Wakefield Park (WKP) * Winter Night Rides




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All of Potomac Pedalers rides are listed in our Ride Schedule.  This is where you'll search for a ride that matches your ability and/or geographic location.

At the top of the ride schedule page you can search for rides in the following categories -
  • Geographic Location
    • DC
    • Maryland
    • Virginia
  • Ride Classification - See our Ride Class Table for details on each classification
    • D
    • C
    • CC
    • B
    • BB
    • A
    • AA
  • Special Events - These include weekend cycling trips, Century rides and the like
You can also view an interactive calendar of our ride schedule by selecting the "MONTH VIEW" icon at the top of the Ride Schedule page.  This will give you a visual calendar so that you can filter by day, week or month.. The calendar also has the ability to filter by categories.


Ride Classifications
Below is a brief description of each of our ride classifications.  These aren't hard and fast rules.  They're simply a guideline to assist you in making the right choice.  If you're unsure or you're new to the club, we always recommend trying a ride below your cycling ability, and then moving up once you become more comfortable with the process.

D Ride
If you're an inexperienced cyclist, than you'll want to choose a "D" level ride at first.  They're very social rides and usually include a trip to a local restaurant or coffee shop afterwards.  D rides are generally 10-20 miles in length on bike paths and quieter streets, at a slow pace of 8-10 mph.  Many of our members enjoy D rides so much, that  they never aspire to move up in ride class.  That's great because we want to be sure that we offer the appropriate ride for every ability level.

C Ride
If you've been riding for a while and you're comfortable riding on the road, then you can try one of our "C" level rides.  Whereas our D rides are typically held on bike paths and quieter streets, our C rides are on surface streets with traffic.  C rides are a perfect way to become acclimated with street riding in a group setting.  They're generally 20-30 miles in length at a pace of 10-12 mph.

CC Ride
CC rides (along with B rides) tend to be the most popular rides in our club.  They're usually around 30-50 miles in length at a pace of 12-14 mph.  These rides can include more challenging terrain (hills).  CC rides are where you'll really start to see improvement in your cycling and cardiovascular fitness.

B Ride
This is the level where the pace really begins to pick up.  B rides may cover the the same approximate distance as CC rides, however the pace will be more aggressive.  Our typical B ride is 40-60 miles and the pace will rise to 14-16 mph.  You'll encounter some very fit cyclists here.

BB Ride
The BB level and above is where you'll find the strongest cyclists in our club.  BB rides average 40-60 miles at a pace of 16-18 mph.  This is a hard pace to keep up with unless you've been cycling for quite a while.

A Ride 
Our "A"  level (and AA level) rides are for the top cyclists in our club.  "A" level rides are typically 60-80 miles in length, averaging 18-20 mph.  This is quite a fast pace and very hard to keep up with.  "A" riders will typically "paceline" (ride in straight lines and draft).

AA Ride
Our "AA" level rides are typically 60-100 miles at 20-22 mph.  We'll usually combine our A and AA rides because these elite groups will ride and train together.

Terrain
The terrain that you encounter on your ride will also determine your average speed.  You'll go much faster on flats and a lot slower on hills.  Each of our ride classifications takes this into consideration and has separate ratings for Hilly, Moderate or Flat terrain.

For example, a CC ride on Flat terrain would average 14-16 mph.  On Moderate terrain (an average number of hills) the ride slows to 12-14 mph, and on Hilly terrain the pace would slow to 10-12 mph.

So it's important that you take into consideration the terrain you'll be riding as well as the distance and speed.  Nothing slows down a cyclist more than a steep hill.

Learn More
To learn more about what to expect on a ride, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.  Here you'll find details on just about everything pertaining to Potomac Pedalers rides.

We'll see you on the road!


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