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Thursday, September 21, 2017

B (MH) * 51 * VA * 8:30 AM * Walmart Wanderers
Haymarket Village Center - Walmart (HVC)
Location:Haymarket, VA
2017-09-21 08:30:00 2017-09-21 08:30:00 America/New_York Walmart Wanderers Join us for a lovely ride through the Virginia countryside. Rides are between 40 and 59 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 830 am Please let me know if I should expect you. I will post each week's route by Wednesday 6 pm. Print your own cue sheet, please. This week's route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24012736   Check this listing at 7 am day of ride for weather cancellations.     Haymarket Village Center - Walmart (HVC)
Location:Glen Echo, MD
2017-09-21 10:00:00 2017-09-21 10:00:00 America/New_York GLEN ECHO LOOPS 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:Laytonsville, MD
2017-09-21 17:30:00 2017-09-21 17:30:00 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:Alexandria, VA
2017-09-21 18:00:00 2017-09-21 18:00:00 America/New_York Belle Haven (not so) Blasty 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 CC group attempts to stay together, though we do ride at a hard pace. We don’t do as many climbs as the B/BB/A groups, and that allows us to finish at approximately the same time. No go in rain.  The final Thursday, 09/28 we will go to a local restaurant for food and drinks. Deb Reynolds    Cell: 301-346-1755 Belle Haven Picnic Area (BEL)
Location:Alexandria, VA
2017-09-21 18:00:00 2017-09-21 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/AA and a B/BB, depending on turnout. The A/AA 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.  Our usual AA/A leader is injured so that group will be self-led.  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)
CC/C * 10 * DC * 6:30 PM * Tenley Circle
Tenley Circle/Tenley Metro (TEN)
Location:Washington, DC
2017-09-21 18:30:00 2017-09-21 18:30:00 America/New_York Tenley Circle Meet us on the 3900 block of Yuma Street NW (east of the circle) and ride every Thursday until the end of September. Ride distance varies with available daylight. Friendly, social ride through side streets down towards the river or into Rock Creek Park and back up hill to the start. Then on to a nearby restaurant for pizza, beer, salad and more socializing! Beginners and newcomers are welcome. No go if raining or wet roads.   Tenley Circle/Tenley Metro (TEN)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Location:Silver Spring, MD
2017-09-22 09:00:00 2017-09-22 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”. For 9/22 we will be riding to Rockville Town Center for lunch.  It will be hillier than the old usual route to Bethesda, but a couple miles shorter (several miles shorter for those starting at Needwood).  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
2017-09-22 10:00:00 2017-09-22 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)
Location:Rockville , MD
2017-09-22 10:00:00 2017-09-22 10:00:00 America/New_York Friday Lunch Ride 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. This week we're going to Rockville. Not sure of the route, but it should be a little less than 30 miles. We'll have lunch at the town center. If the weather is nice we'll eat outside.   Deborah Turton d.turton@verizon.net 301-482-0675 Lake Needwood (NEE)
AA/A/BB/B (MH) * 26 * MD * 5:30 PM * Clone of Scenic Social
South Germantown Rec. Park - Adventure Playground (SGRAP)
Location:Germantown, MD
2017-09-22 17:30:00 2017-09-22 17:30:00 America/New_York Clone of 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. South Germantown Rec. Park - Adventure Playground (SGRAP)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

2017-09-23 08:00:00 2017-09-23 08:00:00 America/New_York A/BB/B/CC * 30/40/50/60 * MD * Rockville Saturday Morning Ride In its 5th year, the Wootton ride is a regular fun group Saturday morning event, suitable for seasoned A/BB/B/CC riders. We ride from Rockville to Germantown, Poolesville, or Clarksburg with frequent variations to keep it interesting. Typical ride lengths range from 30 to 60 miles and are 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 ride length. We generally divide into two 3 groups – (A/high BB – average 17-20 mph), (slow BB/B – average 15.5-17 mph), and (slow B/CC – average 13.5-15 mph). Our attempt will be to not drop anybody as long as you can ride with the respective group’s average speed. We are highly safety conscious, so if you plan to ride in this group, you are expected to follow the ride leader safety cues and safe riding practices.  Please consult the club website (www.potomacpedalers.org) for ride start times or the ride Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/rockvillewoottonride/), but 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. The cue sheets will be posted on our FB page and sent via email to those who provide their email address. We will bring limited cue sheets and expect regular riders to print their own cue sheet. BB/B: Ajit Baid [baidajit@gmail.com] [(267) 421-1438] Thomas S. Wootton High School (TWHS)
Location:Washington, DC
2017-09-23 08:30:00 2017-09-23 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)
2017-09-23 08:45:00 2017-09-23 08:45:00 America/New_York Golden Beach, Morganza & Chaptico Tour A tour of gently rolling Southern Maryland farmland starting from Oak Ridge Park in Charles County.  We'll start out by touring seldom seen (unless you live there) Golden Beach, then head south to Morganza and a rest stop at Chaptico.  From there we'll take Budd's Creek to Thompson Corner, Ryceville and Dixie Lyon, then head west on Rt 6.  The long route stops for a rest stop at Gilbert Run Park, then continues through the agricultural area often known as the "Hidden Amish" before heading back to Oak Ridge Park, while the 56 heads directly back to Oak Ridge Park.  2319' of elevation gain for the 75, 1823' for the 56 mi version.  Route map and GPS files for the 75 are here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25391365 and for the 56 mi route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18764764   75 mile cue sheet is here: https://goo.gl/9Z5vNa while the 56 mi version is here: https://goo.gl/ml9gFP   This is a BYOQ (Bring Your Own Cue Sheet) and printed copies of the cue sheet(s) will be available at the ride start only by prior arrangement. Directions: From Beltway Exit 7-A, take Branch Ave/MD-5 S toward Waldorf. After 13 miles, turn left on Mattawoman Beantown Rd to stay on MD 5. After 3 miles, turn left at Leonardtown Rd/MD-5 S. After 4.9 miles, turn right onto Oliver's Shop Rd. After 2.6 miles, turn left onto Oaks Rd and go 1.3 miles to Oak Ridge Park on the right. [13675 Oaks Rd, Hughesville, MD 20637] - Other Start Location MD
Location:Springfield, VA
2017-09-23 09:00:00 2017-09-23 09:00:00 America/New_York Orange Hunt Elementary School to Occoquan Park On Paved Trails  Orange Hunt Elementary School* to Occoquan Park On Paved Trails   This ride is between a level D (avg. 10 mph) 17 miles and C (a few hills)   Parking and starting the ride at the Orange Hunt Elementary School, 6820 Sydenstricker Road, Springfield, VA 22152.   Orange Hunt Elementary School to Occoquan Regional Park. The ride is for members and non-members of Potomac Pedalers club. It is a socializing ride with an optional lunch at nearby restaurants at half way point.  You can use road bikes as well as hybrid or mountain bikes. Confirmation by an email is recommended.  A mostly flat ride with 1 long and 4 short moderate hills.  A helmet is required; sports drink (water), inner tube, pump, lock, and money for lunch, is recommended.   Directions: Take I-95 to Exit 169A Old Keene Mill Rd. Go west for approximately 4 miles then Left on Huntsman Blvd for approximately 1 mile then make a Right for 0.15 miles to 6820 Sydenstricker Rd. - Orange Hunt Elementary School. Alternate - can take Fairfax Co. Pkwy to Sydenstricker Rd. then go North for approximately 1 ½ miles. Make a left into Orange Hunt Elementary School.   No ride if it’s raining or chance of rain is 40 percent or greater. Doug Palo[ dfpalo@verizon.net]    Orange Hunt Elementary School (OHE)
Location:Point of Rocks, MD
2017-09-23 09:00:00 2017-09-23 09:00:00 America/New_York 2 Crossings 4 Taylors, Crystal, Stew & Ice Cream This is another variation of twice across the river from POR with none of the big mountain climbs. You can expect a moderately hilly ride with two rest stops with & an optional stop for Ice Cream at South Mt. Creamery. 2 Ride distance options offered. No go in rain or wet roads. Please sign in online right here, and a print cue sheet in advance. Thank you!    Point of Rocks Rail Road Station (POR)