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Friday, September 21, 2018

Location:Silver Spring, MD
2018-09-21 09:00:00 2018-09-21 09:00:00 America/New_York Leave from VMP & join Friday Lunch Ride We will be going to Bethesda this week. 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)
Location:Greenbelt, MD
2018-09-21 10:00:00 2018-09-21 10:00:00 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)
2018-09-21 10:00:00 2018-09-21 10:00:00 America/New_York C * 30 * MD * 10:00 am * Friday Lunch Ride We will be going to Bethesda this week. 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)
AA/A/BB/B * 26 * MD * 5:30 PM * AA/A/BB/B (MH) * 26 * MD * Scenic Social
South Germantown Rec. Park - Adventure Playground (SGRAP)
Location:Germantown, MD
2018-09-21 17:30:00 2018-09-21 17:30:00 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. A/BB/B: David Evans [evans_us@hotmail.com] A/BB/B: Lance Wolin [lance.wolin@verizon.net]  (202) 449-2554 South Germantown Rec. Park - Adventure Playground (SGRAP)

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Location:Laytonsville, MD
2018-09-22 08:00:00 2018-09-22 08:00:00 America/New_York Karen's Birthday Ride It's Back! Just in time for Karen's Birthday.  Come join me to ride up to Taylorsville and back.  It takes in my favorite road, Bloom Road.  There is some moderate climbing but no mountains.  It should be a great day for a ride.  two rest stops; Taylorsville and Lisbon (on the way back). Layton Village Shopping Center (LAV)
Location:Rockville, MD
2018-09-22 08:00:00 2018-09-22 08:00:00 America/New_York Rockville Wootton Ride Rockville Saturday Morning Ride In its 6th year, the Wootton ride is a regular fun group Saturday morning event, suitable for seasoned A/BB/B/CC riders. We will be mostly riding from Rockville to Germantown/Poolesville/Clarksburg with frequent variations to keep it interesting. Our typical ride length will range from 40 to 60 miles and will be 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 length of the ride. The group generally divides into two 3 groups – (A/high BB – average 17-20 mph), (BB/B – average 16-17.5 mph), and (B/CC – average 13.5-15 mph). Our attempt will be to not drop anybody as long as you can ride with the respective groups average speed for the length of the ride. We are highly conscious about safety, so if you plan to ride in this group, please make sure that you follow the ride leader safety cues and safe riding practices. Please consult the club website (www.potomacpedalers.org) or the ride Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/rockvillewoottonride/) to confirm the start time and download the cue sheet. 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. Please sign up for each ride at the club website. Come join us and enjoy the ride. We will bring limited cue sheets and expect regular riders to print their own cue sheet.   Contacts: Dana Sippel [dgsippel@gmail.com] - (703) 624-9269 Jonas Tahardi [jtahardi@gmail.com] (703) 472-7658 Thomas S. Wootton High School (TWHS)
2018-09-22 09:00:00 2018-09-22 09:00:00 America/New_York 53.5 - 3,224 ft -12.7% Bear Wallow & all of Piney Mtn Join us! Download the course or bring your cue. It's going to be a beautiful day! PLA-Piney Mtn & Bear Wallow I made a mistake when I posted the ride last night. Please update your cue and GPS. The file below has been updated to reflect the correction.       The Plains (PLA)
Location:Davidsonville, MD
2018-09-22 09:00:00 2018-09-22 09:00:00 America/New_York St. George Barber - Hard Way/Easy Way Join us for this ride on flat, moderately hilly, and mostly shady roads in Davidsonville and Crownsville. No restrooms at the ride start location. Rest Stop at Mile 25.5. Although this is listed as a CC/B class ride, all ride classes are welcome, as long as you can read a cue sheet and fix a flat tire. No go if rain or wet roads. If canceled, we will post on the Potomac Pedalers site. Or, contact one of the Ride Leaders, after 6 am please, day of ride.   Davidsonville Park & Ride (DPR)
Location:Seneca, MD
2018-09-22 09:00:00 2018-09-22 09:00:00 America/New_York Western Montgomery Circuit The usual route, but turns off River Rd early Partnership Rd.  Ride with rolling terrain toward Poolesville and the Ag Reserve with a rest stop @ the Dickerson store.  Leader will average 13-14 mph. CANCELLATION: if the ride needs to be canceled for any reason, including weather, I will make every effort to post a cancellation no later than 8am on the day of the ride.  The ride title will start with the word “canceled”. NOTE: if you need a paper cuesheet, please print it prior to the ride from the attached PDF for this ride listing.  I plan to only have a few cuesheets for those who forget to bring one or might not have access to a printer. Riley's Lock (RIL)
Location:Bristow, VA
2018-09-22 09:30:00 2018-09-22 09:30:00 America/New_York BVP Vint Hill Farm CC (MF) * 33&53 * VA * Brentsville Park (BVP) * 45° or 95°/50% VINT HILL FARM Mostly downhill with a tailwind.  This route from Brentsville is an amalgam of rides from BVP and my Hill and Dale ride from TYL – all said, it is a beautiful ride through the countryside.  The short route is relatively flat with a few ascents while the long route is noticeably hillier.  Vertical gain is 1,003’ (30’/mi) and 2,161’ (41’/mi) respectively, but the long route is about 90’/mi in the parcel purloined from the Hill and Dale route.  Both will be enjoyable whichever distance you choose or your money back!  The decision point is shortly after the 15-mile point. Short:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17334988 Long:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17334528 PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN CUE SHEET.  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 degrees or chance of precip is 50% or more.  Always check the PPTC ride forum if weather looks marginal or for other factors.  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.  Len Wilkinson [len.wilkinson@verizon.net] Home 703/455-0368 or Cell 703/350-9209 Brentsville Park (BVP)

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Location:Walkersville, MD
2018-09-23 08:00:00 2018-09-23 08:00:00 America/New_York Historic Bridges Century & Metric Historic Bridges Century & Metric.  Both rides take in the three historic covered bridges in Frederick County.  The century also takes in the Sachs covered bridge adjacent to the Gettysburg battlefield.   There are 3 rest stops on the Century (Taneytown, Gettysburg, and Thurmont).  The Metric stops in Taneytown and Thurmont). The terrain is flat to rolling, no real climbs.  The only typical "problem" can be headwinds. Walkersville High School (WHS)
Location:Springfield, VA
2018-09-23 08:30:00 2018-09-23 08:30:00 America/New_York South County Parks, Lakes, Rivers and Trails Come join us as we traverse the beautiful parks and bike trails of south county.  This no-drop ride will take us across the Lake Mercer dam, into and around the stunning Occoquan Regional Park adjacent to the Potomac River, and through Burke Lake Park.  Most of the course will be on bike trails, park roads, or on quiet residential streets.  We will average 12-14 mph (moving time).  For those who wish, we plan to gather for lunch at a local eatery after the ride. Meet at the South Run Rec Center, first parking area on the left. South Run Recreation Center (SRR)
CC (MH) * 25/20 * VA * 10:00 AM * Hills in Arlington
Shirlington Library / Signature Theatre (SHR)
Location:Arlington, VA
2018-09-23 10:00:00 2018-09-23 10:00:00 America/New_York Hills in Arlington *** WARNING: This is NOT THE OLD D-level ride from Shirlington Library which rode down the hill on the Custis Trail and had 3 rest stops in 16 miles. This ride CLIMBS the Custis trail from the Key Bridge to the W&OD trail connection. The pace is CC (14-16 mph on the flats). There is 1 brief rest stop at 13 miles to allow everyone to come together after the long hill climb. PLEASE EMAIL THE RIDE LEADER at adepristo@me.com WHEN YOU SIGN UP. Both MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS are welcome to join us for this ride, followed by lunch or snack if desired. There is free parking in local garages. WEBSITE SIGN UP is encouraged but you can also just show up and register at the ride start. We meet at 9:55 am for a 10:05 am departure on the brick plaza in front of the Shirlington Library / Signature Theater on Campbell Avenue in Shirlington (in Arlington). For last minute bathroom use, the library opens at 10 am and Harris Teeter is next door and open 24 hours. There are two possible rides, depending upon the wind and the interests of the riders. RIDE #1  25 miles: If the wind speed is >10 mph, we will ride the “counter clockwise Custis Trail Loop.” Start East on Four Mile Run Trail to the Mount Vernon Trail.  Follow Mt Vernon towards DC (not towards Alexandria/Mt. Vernon). Continue to the Custis Trail which you ride till the intersection with the W&OD Trail. Make a RIGHT on the W&OD trail, follow out for 4.5 miles to the top of a short steep hill, turn around and follow W&OD all the way to the start. You will NOT need a cue sheet but you will need to climb 3-4 miles of hills on the Custis Trail. RIDE #2 20 miles: If the wind speed is <10 mph, we might ride over the Wilson Bridge to the corner of MGM National Ave and Oxon Hill Rd and return. Start East on Four Mile Run Trail to the intersection with the Mount Vernon Trail. Follow Mt Vernon towards Alexandria/Mt. Vernon. Continue through the Alexandria waterfront to the area underneath the Wilson Bridge. This area has a nice view of the Potomac and has a water fountain and clean toilets. Continue over the bridge, go past the MGM and climb the path all the way to the intersection with Oxon Hill Rd. There are 3 reasonable good climbs:  Wilson bridge (both ways) and MGM National Ave to Oxon Hill Rd.   To participate, you must wear a helmet and not use earphones during the ride. It would be wise to bring water, picture identification, a bike lock, money for lunch, and a bicycle in good repair with properly inflated tires. Remember, please email the ride leader at adepristo@me.com when you sign up. The ride leader will cancel the ride if the chance of precipitation is greater than 30%, the temperature is below 50 or there is ice/snow on the trails. If the weather looks doubtful it is particularly important to check the Ride Schedule on the PPTC website for a late cancelation notice. Alternatively, you may email the ride leader on Saturday to see if the ride is a go. Shirlington Library / Signature Theatre (SHR)

Monday, September 24, 2018

2018-09-24 09:30:00 2018-09-24 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 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)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

CC * 40 * MD * 9:00 AM * LAV40to45
Layton Village Shopping Center (LAV)
Location:Laytonsville, MD
2018-09-25 09:00:00 2018-09-25 09:00:00 America/New_York LAV40to45 A nice rolling ride with little time on Rt 108. Some climbing, but nothing significant. Cue sheets available at start. Layton Village Shopping Center (LAV)