by Mike Divine
While the club offers many fun fast-paced rides on country roads, they are not for everyone. I have been the Ride coordinator for the D level beginner rides and I often lead C or CC level rides as well. Many new riders start on slower, shorter rides so it is part of the lifeblood of new memberships so it's important to provide these opportunities. It's also great fun to help new riders gain skills and enjoy the benefits and fun of cycling.
For many years, I led a few different road rides in the Ag Reserve in Poolesville, MD and a loop thru Rock Creek Park and the Capital Crescent Trail at a more moderate pace. But in the last few years, I have tried to create more variety for my rides in city environs. Two of these rides start in Glen Echo. The first goes for 27 miles through various neighborhoods including Bethesda, Kenwood, Kensington, Garrett Park, and Glen Echo.
On Saturday, August 8, I lead a brand new ride which utilized bike routes and trails from Glen Echo up through Potomac, mostly on MacArthur Boulevard. The ride included a short ride through the quiet Brookmont neighborhood, then went up MacArthur to switch to the C & O Towpath up to Swain’s Lock, and along paved side trails through Potomac back to Glen Echo. Very few rides include the towpath which made this somewhat unique.
The Washington metro area is very fortunate to have many interconnecting paved pathways and trails through beautiful neighborhoods. Even if you regularly ride a more challenging pace, leading the occasional leisurely ride is a great way to enjoy our interesting environment and towns, and a great way for new members to try out our club.
Want to lead a ride but not sure what to do? We can pair you with a Ride Leader Mentor or someone to co-lead a ride with you. Contact Martine Palmiter or Linda Kolko for details.