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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Location:Washington, DC
2018-04-25 18:00:00 2018-04-25 18:00:00 America/New_York Downtown Breakaway Did you know that you could ride in DC at rush hour and not be in the midst of cars? It's true! Come join us on this beautiful ride through the tree lined streets of NW and out to Potomac. The ride goes up and down many hills between Dupont Circle and Glen Echo, great for building up for the season's big event rides like Mountains of Misery or the Garrett County Gran Fondo (and it beats the pants off the repetition of laps at Hains Point). The return, as the daylight is fading, is a non-hammering group roll along MacArthur Blvd, good for working on group riding skills this early in the season. Something for everyone - the division between A and BB usually happens closer to the return leg, which most people (hopefully) know, though the cues are easy for said stretch. Plenty of short cuts along the way to finish by dark or make your evening date. Tonight's ride will feature our Mountain Gate route, which skips last week's Chain Bridge Road climb but adds in the short-but-steep Mountain Gate Road. April's DTB's are NON-HAMMERING rides! We are all getting used to riding in a group again, so while it's OK to turn up the pace on the climbs, we will regroup frequently and all flat-to-rolling sections will be ridden in a social group. The leaders will help acclimate both veteran and new DTB riders to our signals, acceptable group ride behavior, and safety considerations. Thank you! This early in the season, it's MANDATORY to bring front and rear lights for safety, as we can get caught in the dark if delayed by mechanicals or road conditions. Too speedy for your tastes? There is a B group as well. Ride leaves from the stairs and "Speed Hump" sign at Mitchell Park, S St NW, between 22nd and 23rd Sts. There is street parking in the neighborhood, but please be mindful of zone regulations which are in effect until 8:30 PM and somewhat strictly enforced (there is limited free parking in front of the former Textile Museum and Wilson House). Leaders may alternate week to week, alternating according to availability. No go in steady rain or impending thunderstorms - late-breaking announcements on Pedalers Google Group and Potomac Pedalers website. Please email the ride organizer to be added to the DTB email list (used to distribute cues, GPS files, etc.). Organizer: Rudi Riet * [rudi@songfta.com] Mitchell Park (MIT)
Location:Washington, DC
2018-04-25 18:00:00 2018-04-25 18:00:00 America/New_York Downtown Breakaway (B Edition) This is a slightly modified, often shorter version of the “BB/A” route for riders who don’t keep up with the front pack. With little traffic at rush hour downtown, it’s a moderately paced ride through the hills of upper Northwest, stretching out toward Potomac as the daylight increases. Smooth rolling along MacArthur for return to Mitchell Park. Please see the listing for said ride for map/GPS and cue sheet info. It's MANDATORY to bring front and rear lights for safety, as we can get caught in the dark if delayed by mechanicals or road conditions. Additionally, for safety reasons (and because it's the law in Maryland), no headphones will be allowed on any Downtown Breakaway rides. Ride leaders will ride at a by-the-books “B” pace with a regroup or two along the way for slower riders to catch up. See details about parking, etc. in the “BB”/”A” description. Organizer: Rudi Riet * [rudi@songfta.com] Mitchell Park (MIT)
Location:Rockville, MD
2018-04-25 18:15:00 2018-04-25 18:15:00 America/New_York Rockville Rambler Please join our weekly ride from Rockville Town Center through greater Rockville, sometimes reaching Olney or Bethesda. We use a mix of roads and paved trails and cover 12-25 miles depending on the amount of daylight. No go in rain or significant threat or thunderstorms.  Rockville Regal Center (RRC)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Location:Glen Echo, MD
2018-04-26 10:00:00 2018-04-26 10:00:00 America/New_York GLEN ECHO LOOPS This ride goes out flat MacArthur to start but becomes hillier as it climbs up and goes thru the Avenel and Potomac neighborhoods, on low traffic and scenic residential streets. The exact route varies from week to week, with a rest stop at Starbucks in Potomac Village.  This is a no drop ride friendly ride. We generally stop for optional lunch at a MacPlaza on MacArthur Blvd, about 2 mi from the end back a Glen Echo. On occasion the ride will go the other way on MacArthur into the Palisades DC and Bethesda. Ride Leader provides cue sheets.      Glen Echo Park (GLE)
Location:, MD
2018-04-26 12:30:00 2018-04-26 12:30:00 America/New_York Thursday Lunch Ride Break up your workday and come join our friendly crew for a lunchtime ride. 15-25 miles, dependent on weather conditions and time constraints. The front runners keep a zesty pace ;) but the ride leader always sweeps, and all are welcome.  12:30 pm every Thursday from the bike racks at the Marriott HQ loading dock. 10400 Fernwood Road, Bethesda, MD. Please email me if you'd like to be added to the group list for this ride- we occasionally ride longer on Thursdays or meet on the weekend. For Strava users, please find us at https://www.strava.com/clubs/306398   Hope to see you one Thursday.  ruthsheridan@msn.com 202 258 0788    - Other Start Location MD
Location:Alexandria, VA
2018-04-26 18:00:00 2018-04-26 18:00:00 America/New_York Belle Haven Blast This long-running and sociable training ride has a bit of everything. A relatively flat first half gives way to nearly unrelenting hills in the second half.  The ride will focus on team building techniques with members riding together in pace lines. Riders will stop in case of mishaps or mechanicals. Ride leaders rotate in the pace line working to keep the team riding as a single unit and may establish or adjust speed limits for flat terrain. Rides will generally be broken into two groups, an A and a B/BB, depending on turnout. The A group will be limited to those who have demonstrated that they know the route and have the necessary fitness and group riding skills. The B/BB group will focus on developing fitness and group riding skills.   Both groups will ride together until the Fort Hunt Park entrance, then separate into two groups going into the park. If needed, each group will stop and regroup with its own members at the top of Rebecca Drive. We'll have a post-ride outing on the last Thursday of the month, so bring a change of clothes.  Belle Haven Picnic Area (BEL)
Location:Laytonsville, MD
2018-04-26 18:00:00 2018-04-26 18:00:00 America/New_York The Thursday Night Trainer This is generally a fast paced cooperative training ride through the Laytonsville area and Patuxent River valley. Same route as in previous years. The ride leader will make no attempt to keep the group together for the ride, so make sure you have a cue sheet and know where you are going. Ride leader will insist on single file riding until the top of Howard Chapel Rd. because of the traffic and narrow roads. No go in rain or on wet roads. Please park in the far corner of the parking lot near the donation bins. Layton Village Shopping Center (LAV)
Location:, DC
2018-04-26 18:30:00 2018-04-26 18:30:00 America/New_York DC Thursday Evening Ride Leaving from CityBikes Tenleytown, this Potomac Pedalers’ ride explores some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in D.C., Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Rock Creek Park. Join us each Thursday through September.   Most routes go through neighborhoods with light traffic but all include short connections on roads with heavier traffic. Comfort with road riding is a must. Ride leaders will choose one route from the club’s collection of classic routes, then meet afterward at Angelico’s for pizza, beer, salad and socializing.   Where: CityBikes Tenleytown, 4810 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016   When: Each Thursday until the end of September.   Time: Plan to arrive no later than 6:15 pm to sign in and hear announcements. The group rolls promptly at 6:30 pm due to limited daylight. So seriously, show up at 6:15 and not 6:35. At 6:35 we are already riding.   Distance: Route of 10 to 20 miles, depending on available daylight. ALL ROUTES INCLUDE ROLLING, SOME STEEP, HILLS.   Level: Most participants have done group rides in the past and have road bikes. The pace is 12-16 miles per hour on flat ground and 8-12 miles per hour on hills.   No go if raining or wet roads. This page and the Meetup page for that date will be updated if the weather one day is if-y.     - Other Start Location DC

Friday, April 27, 2018

Location:Silver Spring, MD
2018-04-27 09:00:00 2018-04-27 09:00:00 America/New_York Leave from VMP & join Friday Lunch Ride If you want to join the “Friday Lunch Ride” but want most of the miles before lunch (starting earlier and further south), then try this ride. We will start at Veirs Mill Park (VMP) at the North end of Beach Drive and ride up the Rock Creek Trail to Lake Needwood in time for a short break before joining Deborah’s “Friday Lunch Ride”. This ride will be the same length (usually about 30 miles) as the “Friday Lunch Ride” if lunch in Bethesda and could be a few miles longer if lunch in a more northern city, such as Olney or Rockville. Please remember to bring helmet, bike lock, and lunch money. Please arrive in time to be ready to roll at our departure time of 9:00. Feel free to use the “Sign Up For This Ride” button above, but at the start of the ride you will still be required to sign the waiver and provide emergency contact info. Veirs Mill Park Recreation Center (VMP)
2018-04-27 10:00:00 2018-04-27 10:00:00 America/New_York C * 30 * MD * 10:00 am * Friday Lunch Ride I'll be starting out at Lake Needwood in Derwood and biking to lunch in Bethesda, Rockville, Olney or points elsewhere. I’ll let you know by Thursday of each week where we are going, so check the weekly listing for more information. We try to keep the distance at 30 miles. If the ride will be hilly that week, we usually shorten the distance. Deborah Turton d.turton@verizon.net 301-482-0675 Lake Needwood (NEE)
Location:Greenbelt, MD
2018-04-27 11:00:00 2018-04-27 11:00:00 America/New_York Bud Bike Friday Join us on this rolling ride with a few nice climbs for your trouble. We’ll do the Tuesday route backwards. There are 2 rest stops but only vending machine food. You can take shortcuts for a shorter ride or add a couple of miles for a longer one. Park in Buddy Attick Park, not at Ivy Lane. Lunch afterward, alfresco, at Greenbelt Center with several food options. Buddy Attick Park (BUD)
2018-04-27 14:00:00 2018-04-27 14:00:00 America/New_York Lewes Delaware Weekend 2018 PPTC Lewes Delaware Weekend 2018 April 27-29, 2018 Beacon Motel 514 E. Savanna Rd. Lewes, DE 19958 ​Get an early jump on spring by joining us for a weekend of cycling at the beach. Lewes is a small, picturesque, and historic town near Rehoboth Beach. This weekend is noted for its sociability and ease in meeting new people, so come alone or with a friend or spouse. Attendance is limited to 85 people so sign up early to reserve your spot. (Registration will open soon!) Rides range in length from 20 to 65+ miles and are flat, although there are usually headwinds at the beach. Many rides visit nearby wildlife refuges, Nassau Valley Vineyard, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, and remote beaches. We also have rides that stay east of Route 1 and tour Lewes or travel to Rehoboth Beach via bike paths. Some of the rides begin at the Beacon Motel and some have a remote start after a short drive to a beach or nearby town, depending on the rides you choose. PRICE: PPTC member price for the weekend is $275 for single occupancy; $430 for a double room ($215/person); and $540 for a triple room ($180/person); non-members add $25. The prices are the same for non-cycling spouses or guests. If you are coming alone but would like to share a room, we can assign a roommate (double occupancy only). Hotel rooms have two double beds, or a queen bed, or a king bed. All have refrigerators. The Beacon Motel does not allow pets. INCLUDES: 2 nights lodging at the Beacon motel two blocks from the center of town and .4 mile from the beach. Locked storage room for bikes or store in your individual rooms (elevator available). Cue sheets will be available at the Beacon Motel starting Friday at noon. Rides of various lengths available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Ice Cream Social/Welcome Party Friday night at the motel. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning at the motel. New! Yoga class taught by Lorraine. Lunch fixings for a bag-lunch on Saturday to take with you on the ride. BYO Wine and Beer party on Saturday at the motel before dinner. Snacks provided. Buffet dinner Saturday night in downtown Lewes, short walk from motel (cash bar available). Free late checkout on Sunday with advance notice to hotel personnel. CONTACT: Your hosts again this year are Lorraine McCall and Cindy Marisch. Cindy is responsible for registration and cue sheets. If you have questions about your registration please contact Cindy. Lorraine is responsible for the food catering. If you are vegetarian, vegan, or have any other special dietary needs, please contact Lorraine at least two weeks prior to the ride weekend so we can accommodate your needs accordingly. Note: Your registration will be under the PPTC group and not your individual names. The cost for the weekend includes food and lodging and cannot be separated. Registration at the Beacon for this weekend must be completed through PPTC online, not directly through the Beacon. If you have questions about the Beacon Motel itself, please check their website. CANCELLATION POLICY: Before April 13th : Full refund (minus $25 per person cancellation charge). After April 13th: No refunds. TO REGISTER: Registration will open soon! Beacon Motel (LEW)
AA/A/BB/B * 26 * MD * 6:00 PM * AA/A/BB/B (MH) * 26 * MD * Scenic Social
South Germantown Rec. Park - Adventure Playground (SGRAP)
Location:Germantown, MD
2018-04-27 18:00:00 2018-04-27 18:00:00 America/New_York AA/A/BB/B (MH) * 26 * MD * Scenic Social This ride rolls from Germantown into Poolesville on lightly traveled roads with green pastures and orchards along the way. The ride usually stops to re-group at the top of Whites Store, the end of Peach Tree, etc. This ride invites pace levels from "B" on up and naturally splits into smaller groups though ride leaders will make an effort to encourage group togetherness. There is no sweep because of varying route lengths. RIDE START: We meet at the Adventure Playground located at 17920 Germantown Park Drive. There is a real bathroom that is open year round and ample parking! Watch out for the speed cameras on Schaeffer Rd. No go in inclement weather. Dinner afterwards is often an option and all are welcome. AA/A/BB: Kenneth Rowe [investorken@yahoo.com] [(301) 367-2600]  A/BB/B: David Evans [evans_us@hotmail.com] South Germantown Rec. Park - Adventure Playground (SGRAP)

Saturday, April 28, 2018

2018-04-28 08:00:00 2018-04-28 08:00:00 America/New_York Lewes Delaware Weekend 2018 PPTC Lewes Delaware Weekend 2018 April 27-29, 2018 Beacon Motel 514 E. Savanna Rd. Lewes, DE 19958 ​Get an early jump on spring by joining us for a weekend of cycling at the beach. Lewes is a small, picturesque, and historic town near Rehoboth Beach. This weekend is noted for its sociability and ease in meeting new people, so come alone or with a friend or spouse. Attendance is limited to 85 people so sign up early to reserve your spot. (Registration will open soon!) Rides range in length from 20 to 65+ miles and are flat, although there are usually headwinds at the beach. Many rides visit nearby wildlife refuges, Nassau Valley Vineyard, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, and remote beaches. We also have rides that stay east of Route 1 and tour Lewes or travel to Rehoboth Beach via bike paths. Some of the rides begin at the Beacon Motel and some have a remote start after a short drive to a beach or nearby town, depending on the rides you choose. PRICE: PPTC member price for the weekend is $275 for single occupancy; $430 for a double room ($215/person); and $540 for a triple room ($180/person); non-members add $25. The prices are the same for non-cycling spouses or guests. If you are coming alone but would like to share a room, we can assign a roommate (double occupancy only). Hotel rooms have two double beds, or a queen bed, or a king bed. All have refrigerators. The Beacon Motel does not allow pets. INCLUDES: 2 nights lodging at the Beacon motel two blocks from the center of town and .4 mile from the beach. Locked storage room for bikes or store in your individual rooms (elevator available). Cue sheets will be available at the Beacon Motel starting Friday at noon. Rides of various lengths available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Ice Cream Social/Welcome Party Friday night at the motel. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning at the motel. New! Yoga class taught by Lorraine. Lunch fixings for a bag-lunch on Saturday to take with you on the ride. BYO Wine and Beer party on Saturday at the motel before dinner. Snacks provided. Buffet dinner Saturday night in downtown Lewes, short walk from motel (cash bar available). Free late checkout on Sunday with advance notice to hotel personnel. CONTACT: Your hosts again this year are Lorraine McCall and Cindy Marisch. Cindy is responsible for registration and cue sheets. If you have questions about your registration please contact Cindy. Lorraine is responsible for the food catering. If you are vegetarian, vegan, or have any other special dietary needs, please contact Lorraine at least two weeks prior to the ride weekend so we can accommodate your needs accordingly. Note: Your registration will be under the PPTC group and not your individual names. The cost for the weekend includes food and lodging and cannot be separated. Registration at the Beacon for this weekend must be completed through PPTC online, not directly through the Beacon. If you have questions about the Beacon Motel itself, please check their website. CANCELLATION POLICY: Before April 13th : Full refund (minus $25 per person cancellation charge). After April 13th: No refunds. TO REGISTER: Registration will open soon! Beacon Motel (LEW)
Location:Washington, DC
2018-04-28 08:30:00 2018-04-28 08:30:00 America/New_York Georgetown Tailgate Ride This awesome multi-class ride caters to all bicyclists in the Club. While all rides will enjoy Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park and scenic northwest DC neighborhood roads, the routes vary based on ride class. The CC through A routes favor great quiet roads to Potomac and adjoining areas before heading back to DC along Beach Drive with one to two rest stops. These latter rides will feature rolling hills and periodic lung-inhaling climbs. All are welcome and encouraged to stay around at ride’s end for a post-ride lunch at Mr. Smith’s pub across the street from the park. Note: we highly encourage folks to leave their vehicles at home with the Club helping with securing of the bikes at post-ride lunch. For those needing to drive, you can probably find free parking on residential streets above M Street or otherwise try www.spothero.com for discounts at the local parking lots. IMPORTANT NOTE: THERE ARE ONLY A FEW INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE AVAILABLE TO LEAD GROUP RIDES ON JUNE 24 SO WE WILL BE RESTRICTING GROUPS TO CC AND B UNLESS OTHER RIDE LEADERS STEP UP TO THE PLATE! IF YOU CAN LEAD A RIDE FOR ANOTHER GROUP, PLEASE CONTACT MATT BIRNBAUM. Georgetown Water Park (GWP)

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