Our Rides

PPTC rides are open to current members and you must login to sign up for a ride. Please read the new ride guidelines outlined below to ensure that you understand and will follow the following guidelines.  

 

RIDE GUIDELINES DURING COVID-19

1. Access to the ride calendar will be limited to PPTC members. Thus, group rides will be limited to club members to help limit overall group size.

2. Groups size will be limited to no more than 10 riders per group.  If a larger number of riders show up for a ride, they will need to split into separate groups, and allow for maintenance of separation throughout the ride. The limit on the number of riders in a group may depend upon local restrictions.

3. Riders will be required to sign in electronically before the ride and provide their emergency contact information.  This will include an indication that they agree to the PPTC Waiver of Liability which includes informed consent for COVID-19.

4. Each rider will be required to carry a mask/face covering with them and wear it when inside a rest stop facility (like a convenience store) or in group situations where physical distancing is not possible. Social/physical distancing MUST be practiced at the ride start, at regrouping points, and at rest stops. At all stops, including rest areas, riders must maintain at least six feet separation and don a mask or neck gaiter.

5. Face coverings must be worn if a rider is assisting another with a mechanical problem. Assistance should be limited to one person helping with the problem. [There also may be local/regional requirements for wearing face coverings outdoors when physical distancing is not possible.]

6. Pacelines are not allowed; riders must distance themselves from each other on the road by as great a distance as practical.

7. Riders must not share food or hydration with any other rider. Riders must wash their hands either with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer, before touching any shared off-bike surface such as door handles to bathroom facilities, etc.

8. No spitting, snot rockets, etc on a group ride.

Pick Your Ride

Distances for Potomac Pedalers rides can range from 10 miles to 75 miles and average speeds range from 8 to more than 20 miles per hour. That is a wide spread and choosing a ride that fits you is important to your enjoyment. A good place to start is the RIDE CLASS TABLE which shows average distances and riding speeds. Potomac Pedalers organizes rides by pace and the Ride Class Table will help you see where you might fit. We generally recommend new riders to the Club start with a ride paced a level or two below where they think they are.

Check out the HOW TO'S section under Our Rides to learn how to read the riding schedule.

If you have no idea where to start, please don't hesitate to CONTACT US! We can even help find a buddy for your first ride or two until you are more familiar with the Club. Our members are our strength!

Other Types of Rides

The ride schedule will also list specialty (Tandem, Women's) and special event (multi-day) rides. Check the website often for mention of our upcoming special rides and weekends!

Lead a Ride!

Potomac Pedalers has so many ride options because people like you lead rides! There would be no rides if not for our volunteer ride leaders. We always need new ride leaders! Please consider offering to lead a ride you would like to do. You can co-lead a ride until you're ready to fly solo. For more information on how to lead or how to get a ride on the schedule, click here.


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