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Thursday, December 14, 2017

B (MH) * 50 * VA * 9:30 AM * Walmart Wanderers CANCELLED
Haymarket Village Center - Walmart (HVC)
Location:Haymarket, VA
2017-12-14 09:30:00 2017-12-14 09:30:00 America/New_York Walmart Wanderers CANCELLED Sorry. Too cold for me. Join us for a lovely ride through the Virginia countryside. Rides are about 50 miles, hilly or hillier, with one rest stop at a cafe or store. Meet in the Walmart parking lot, garden center end, away from store, near Rt. 55 Ride out at 930 am Please let me know if I should expect you. I will post each week's route by Wednesday 7 pm. Print your own cue sheet, please. Check this listing at 8 am day of ride for weather cancellations.     Haymarket Village Center - Walmart (HVC)
Location:Glen Echo, MD
2017-12-14 10:00:00 2017-12-14 10:00:00 America/New_York GLEN ECHO LOOPS RIDE CANCELLED TOO COLD Please come out and join us! The ride goes on flat MacArthur Blvd but becomes more challenging as we go uphill and loop through Potomac and Avenel neighborhoods on low traffic but moderately hilly scenic streets. Route will vary each week, between 21 and 29 miles, and may extend off MacArthur into Bethesda and Palisades DC before returning to Glen Echo. Rest stop at Potomac Village (restrooms). Friendly group ride! Optional Lunch close to Ride end. Note: GLE address is 7300 MacArthur Blvd, but we meet in back parking lot off MacArthur to Oxford Rd, not in lot directly in front of park. Ride leader cell (202) 538-5715. Cue sheets provided.   Glen Echo Park (GLE)
Location:Annandale, VA
2017-12-14 11:15:00 2017-12-14 11:15:00 America/New_York Emeritus Winter Rides Non-emeritus, members and non-members of the club, students 18 or more years old are welcome. For this ride you can use road as well other bikes type: hybrids, mountain, folding, etc. The terrain is mostly flat with a few short ups. We ride the neighborhood streets in North Springfield. The Route is about 10 miles. Please download the route Google map and create your own que sheet. From Braddock Road after you turn into Wakefield Park, take the 2nd left into the parking lot. Park restrooms are located at the end of the parking lot by the baseball field. Woody Lipinski orsbicycling@gmail.com 571-309-2053 Cell Online route map for 10 miles http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7161613 Wakefield Park (WKP)
Location:, MD
2017-12-14 12:30:00 2017-12-14 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:Annandale, VA
2017-12-14 18:00:00 2017-12-14 18:00:00 America/New_York Wakefield Park Evening Ride We ride the neighborhood streets in North Springfield. The Route is about 17 miles, mostly flat but also has some uphills about 825 feet of climbing. Please download the ride with gps file and print your own que sheet. We typically have riders ranging from C to BB on this ride depending on the weather condition.  This is a year around ride including at night time in winter. After day light saving time ends, bring lights and warm clothing and ride at night with us. The group is much smaller during these night rides but it is a lot of fun.  After you turn into Wakefield Park, take the 2nd left into the parking lot. Park restrooms are located at the end of the parking lot by the baseball field.   ​(P.S. This is the ride that Peter Klosky has been leading for many years. I am just posting it to let everyone know that this ride is still going on every week) Wakefield Park (WKP)

Friday, December 15, 2017

Location:Silver Spring, MD
2017-12-15 09:00:00 2017-12-15 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 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:Rockville , MD
2017-12-15 10:00:00 2017-12-15 10:00:00 America/New_York Friday Lunch Ride We'll be headed to Bethesda this week. With the construction closing the Georgetown branch trail, we've decided that we will be going to Bethesda only once very two weeks. The rest of the time we'll head to Olney, Rockville or wherever you want to go (we don't want to go much more than 30 miles round trip) Therefore, please check every week to find out where we're going.     Deborah Turton d.turton@verizon.net 301-482-0675 Lake Needwood (NEE)
Location:Greenbelt, MD
2017-12-15 11:00:00 2017-12-15 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)

Saturday, December 16, 2017

CC (F) * 23 * MD * 1:00 PM * Harriet Beacher Road
Veirs Mill Park Recreation Center (VMP)
Location:Silver Spring, MD
2017-12-16 13:00:00 2017-12-16 13:00:00 America/New_York Harriet Beacher Road Note: if the high temperature for the day is below 45 degrees, the ride is canceled.  --- It’s back!  This ride honors the author of Uncle Tom’s Derailleur.  It was on hiatus due to the terrible condition of the DC section of Beach Drive.  This new version only does the MD section of Beach Drive with added loops in Kensington.  The start time for the ride will depend upon the weather forecast though most rides will probably start at 1 pm.  In the event of a warmer day, the start time on the PPTC website will changed to an earlier start.  Any changes to the start time (or cancelation due to weather) will be made before 8 am the day of the ride.  Cuesheets: 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.   Veirs Mill Park Recreation Center (VMP)

Sunday, December 17, 2017

2017-12-17 08:45:00 2017-12-17 08:45:00 America/New_York Hains Point 100 http://www.hainspoint100.com/ Ride to support WABA's Women & Bicycles program on December 17th! Choose your own adventure as you ride the 3 mile loop around Hains Point- 100mi, 100k, 100min, 100 On Your Lefts, etc., and hang out with your PPTC friends in the Pit. Please register here to give us an idea of headcount for the Pit area, as well as on the HP100 website- when you register on the HP100 website you are eligible to win a TRUNKLOAD of amazing door prizes donated from local and national sponsors.  Hains Point (HAI)
C (MF) * 16 * VA * 9:45 AM * Lunch in Shirlington
Shirlington Library / Signature Theatre (SHR)
Location:Arlington, VA
2017-12-17 09:45:00 2017-12-17 09:45:00 America/New_York Lunch in Shirlington Another great ride from the original Ride-To-Eat™ production team! Both MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS are very welcome to join us for this social ride, followed by lunch at Capital City Brewery (free parking in garages and lots on weekends). NO WEBSITE SIGN UP is needed – just show up (registration is done at the ride start). We meet at 9:45 am for a 10:00 am departure on the brick plaza in front of the Shirlington Library / Signature Theater on Campbell Avenue in Shirlington (in Arlington).  See you there!!!! [P.S. Between 10:00 am and noon you are welcome to join the leader on the bike trails of Arlington (the Arlington Loop: traveling first on a portion of the W&OD Trail, then the Custis Trail, the Mount Vernon Trail, and the Four Mile Run Trail) with a rest stop in Lyon Village, and a brief regrouping at Gravelly Point. (Cue sheet on PPTC website). The 3-4 miles on the Custis Trail are hilly; the rest of the ride is pretty flat. Leader rides a slow “C” pace; all levels welcome (those wanting more or fewer miles may wish to continue up the W&OD and return to join us for the main event: lunch!).  It would be wise to bring a helmet, water, picture identification, a bike lock, money for lunch, and a bicycle in good repair with properly inflated tires.   The ride leader is very likely to cancel the ride if the chance of precipitation is greater than 30%, the temperature is below 40 degrees or greater than 90 degrees, or the wind speed is greater than 10 mph, 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 or before 9:00 am Sunday to see if the ride is a go. NOTE:  Please ignore any phone number shown below; it is non-functioning.  It is there only because the website is incapable of leaving the phone number blank when creating multiple instances of a weekly ride. Shirlington Library / Signature Theatre (SHR)
AA/A/BB/B/CC/C (MF) * 50/48/45/40 * MD * 10:00 AM * The Winter Ride
South Germantown Rec. Park - Adventure Playground (SGRAP)
Location:Germantown, MD
2017-12-17 10:00:00 2017-12-17 10:00:00 America/New_York The Winter Ride Welcome back to a PPTC tradition, the Winter Ride.  We have been going strong for a decade.  This year we are running the series from December through March.  This is a multi-class ride, with a variety of lengths to suit your preference on any given Sunday.  We have multiple ride leaders (see below) and can have up to 50 riders on a good day, so you are very likely find someone riding your pace and distance. The ride does not go if the there is precipitation (snow or rain) or if the roads are very slick due to recent precipitation.  Check this listing on any given Sunday to see if the ride has been cancelled on a particular day. The ride starts at the Adventure Playground at South Germantown Recreational park.  One of the reasons for the ride start location is the heated bathrooms available year 'round.  In addition, we will be riding on low traffic roads in the Montgomery County AG Reserve. Note: The 32 mile route is here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/6623422 and Carol will bring some cue sheets.       South Germantown Rec. Park - Adventure Playground (SGRAP)
Location:Alexandria, VA
2017-12-17 10:00:00 2017-12-17 10:00:00 America/New_York Winter Training Ride & Suds The holidays are here.   Enjoy the parties and extra calories!  You can work them off with us on Sunday mornings.  We'll meet at Wegman's and enjoy roads close to home.   All routes head south to Mason Neck.  The 42 mile route has a little of everything (moderate climbs, river views and fast flats).  The 35 mile route is less hilly but spends more time in scenic Mason Neck.  All routes enjoy a rest stop in the park along the river.  There are no stores in Mason Neck park so please bring food.  Water will be available.  After the ride, grab beer ( I know. I know.  More calories) and lunch with us at the pub and/or shop at Wegman's.   If the weather is questionable, ride leaders will decide whether to cancel the ride and update the website by 8:30 on Sunday. Wegman's: Alexandria, VA (WGV)
Location:Washington, DC
2017-12-17 11:30:00 2017-12-17 11:30:00 America/New_York Southern DC Civil War Forts Ride Join me on the BicycleSPACE City Explorers 30 mile C/CC class ride as I lead it to Southeast DC to explore and tour the U.S. union earthwork Civil War Forts, commonly referred to as Mr. President Lincoln's Forts. The ride will take us on the way to Lincoln Park, RFK Stadium, the newly paved Oxon Run Park Trail and the Civil War Forts of Chaplin, Dupont, Davis, Foote, Carroll, Stanton and Ricketts. The ride will also feature a great skyline view of DC. On way back to shop, we will ride through Chinatown.  Meet 11:15 AM BicycleSPACE Downtown DC. Wheels roll at 11:30 AM sharp. Water, restrooms at ride start and bikes can be brought into the shop for those thinking they need to bring a lock. Bring riding snacks as there are no scheduled plans for stopping for food, but there will be restroom breaks. However, for those that return to the shop after the ride coffee and food available at A Baked Joint Cafe right next store to the shop. Note: For those looking to do the whole ride from beginning to end I would say the ride will be in the 3-4 hour range with time allowed for riding in the city and stopping along the way for group pictures and breaks. I will have some cue sheets for the ride. For those traveling to ride by vehicle, please take note parking is meter free on DC's streets on Sunday and there are various parking garages and lots within the immediate radius of BicycleSPACE. For those traveling by Metrorail, take the Green line and it is best to get off at the Gallery Place Chinatown station. Exit the station on 7th St NW and head north 3 blocks to K St NW. Make a right on K St NW and BicycleSPACE is 3 blocks on the right. For directions to the BicycleSPACE, please feel free to call the shop at (202) 962-0123, or use Google Maps.  Ride social media hashtags: #CityExplorers #bspacerides #bikedc #bikedccivilwarforts #dccivilwarforts #sedc #sedccivilwarforts #findyourfort #findyourpark #nps #potomacpedalers  BicycleSPACE - Downtown (BSD)

Monday, December 18, 2017

2017-12-18 10:00:00 2017-12-18 10:00:00 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)