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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Location:Alexandria, VA
2019-04-25 18:00:00 2019-04-25 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.    BB: Pete Czapiewski [czapmk@verizon.net] [(703) 216-6114]  BB/B: Brian Dixon [dixonbri@gmail.com] Belle Haven Picnic Area (BEL)
Location:Annandale, VA
2019-04-25 18:00:00 2019-04-25 18:00:00 America/New_York Everyone Evening Rides Ride Start Details: Wakefield Park (WKP), 8110 Braddock Road, Annandale, VA 22003. 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. Welcome beginners, re-starters, intermediate and advanced cyclists, members and non-members of the club. For this ride you can use all types of bicycles. The terrain is mostly flat with a few short ups or hills. We ride the neighborhood streets in North Springfield and/or on new paved flat 9 miles part of Cross Country Trail, if desired or requested. You can join small groups or peers with pace comfortable for you. Wakefield Park (WKP)
Location:Laytonsville, MD
2019-04-25 18:00:00 2019-04-25 18:00:00 America/New_York 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:Washington, DC
2019-04-25 18:30:00 2019-04-25 18:30:00 America/New_York Tenley Top of the Town Leaving from City Bikes 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 evening through September. Come for the ride and then join us afterwards at Angelico’s for pizza (or salad!), beer, and socializing.   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. The ride is typically no drop. Routes vary each week; check the day’s listing at https://www.meetup.com/PotomacPedalers for the planned ride.   Where: City Bikes 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 and sometimes 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. If weather is if-y the day of, for an update go to https://www.meetup.com/PotomacPedalers and find that day’s ride page.   Parking is available in the City Bikes parking lot.   The shop offers the use of their rest room and air pump to those participating in the ride.   HELMETS ARE REQUIRED.   Tenley Circle/City Bikes (TEN)

Friday, April 26, 2019

Location:Silver Spring, MD
2019-04-26 09:00:00 2019-04-26 09:00:00 America/New_York Leave from VMP & join Friday Lunch Ride The plan for 4/26: We'll be headed to Ledo Pizza on River Rd. It should be just under 30 miles for the round trip. If you want to join the “Friday Lunch Ride” but want most of the miles before lunch (and/or find that an earlier more southern starting point is more convenient), 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”. Please check here weekly for distance/destination info and any possible cancellations due to weather.  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
2019-04-26 10:00:00 2019-04-26 10:00:00 America/New_York Friday Lunch Ride We'll be headed to Ledo's pizza on River Rd. It should be about 30 miles round trip. 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. Lake Needwood (NEE)
Location:Greenbelt, MD
2019-04-26 11:00:00 2019-04-26 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)
Location:Germantown, MD
2019-04-26 18:15:00 2019-04-26 18:15:00 America/New_York Scenic Social Germantown Rec Park Friday Night ride This is the Friday night scenic social ride.  The rides run from end of March and go as long as daylight and start times allow (Sep/Oct).  Start times will vary to accommodate the changes in sunset times and to try and start as late as possible but allowing enough time to complete the ride before dusk. Please check the calendar for the latest start times. Ride is about 26 miles and we typically aim to complete in 90 minutes. Ride length is ~26miles with several regrouping points along the way. We usually wait at these points for others to catch up.  The ride does not go if there is precipitation (snow or rain) or if the roads are very slick due to recent precipitation.  Check this listing on any given Friday to see if the ride has been canceled. 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 Ag Reserve. Some of these roads are rough (Sugarland for example) so please make sure you have a spare tube along just in case.   South Germantown Rec. Park - Adventure Playground (SGRAP)

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Location:Washington, DC
2019-04-27 09:00:00 2019-04-27 09:00:00 America/New_York Georgetown Tailgate Ride Note:  the various group rides generally start at different times so we are all more likely to end at around the same time. See below for starting times for the groups.  To minimize our collective footprint, please print your selected cue sheet and/or download its GPX file onto your bike computer.  This awesome multi-class ride caters to every type of recreational bicyclist. All rides typically enjoy Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park, with routes varying based on distance and speed of the group. The CC through A routes favor quiet roads in DC, Maryland and/or Virginia and generally return to Georgetown on Beach Drive with one to two rest stops along the way; the C group routes blend great trails with quiet residential streets, including, of course, Rock Creek Park. For this month's March ride, we have ride leaders offering these group rides: C/CC (10:30 Ride Start):  Tim Bouquet (27 miles) CC/B (10:00 Ride Start):  Monique Sears (34 miles) B/BB (9:00 Ride Start): Matt Birnbaum and Bill Schulz (50 miles) At ride's end, all are welcome and encouraged to stay around for a post-ride lunch at Mr. Smith’s pub across the street from the park, and where we can bring our bicycles inside!  And for those looking for pre-ride caffeine, there are a suite of options in the neighborhood, including the Blue Bottle Cafe around the corner at 1046 Potomac Street. We also highly encourage folks to leave their vehicles at home.  The Rosslyn Metro Station is around a 1/2 mile away, and the Farragut North station is about a 1-mile trek.  For those needing to drive, you can probably find free parking on residential streets above Q Street or otherwise try www.spothero.com for discounts at the local parking lots. Georgetown Water Park (GWP)
Location:Rockville, MD
2019-04-27 09:00:00 2019-04-27 09:00:00 America/New_York Rockville Wootton Ride In its 7th 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 safety conscious, so you are expected to follow 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. The ride will leave promptly at the designated time. Please sign up online by clicking the green button at the top left at the club website. Come join us and enjoy the ride. Please bring your own cue sheet. Thomas S. Wootton High School (TWHS)
Location:bURKE, VA
2019-04-27 09:30:00 2019-04-27 09:30:00 America/New_York Causal Farmers Market Ride Both members and non-members of the Potomac Pedalers club are welcome to join the socializing ride.  Use any type of bike: road as well as hybrid or mountain bikes. Beginners, re-starters, lower speeds enthusiasts welcome but for CC and higher riders always possible extra extensions and hills. Bring a helmet and drink. Rest-stops or turning points at Burke Lake Marina or Starbucks/Five Guys Shoppes of Lorton Valley, 8971-G Ox Rd, Lorton, VA 22079.  Occasionally with or without leader at Brickmakers Café 9751 Ox Rd Lorton, VA 22079 of at Occouqan Park for long distance riders. Before starting time, the farmers market is available at VRE station or after ride if return before 12:00 PM. The portable restroom at the start and end of the rides is available. Burke VRE Station (BVR)
Location:Thurmont, MD
2019-04-27 09:30:00 2019-04-27 09:30:00 America/New_York Thurmont - Gettysburg loop (long ride) Please join us for this low traffic early season ride based on Chuck & Gail's Leisurely Pleasures, ride #24. Starting in Thurmont, we will pass through rural countryside including many farms and ranches. The long route will go to Gettysburg, passing by the Round Tops, numerous monuments, the town of Gettysburg, and Confederate Avenue. Next up are some rolling hills before we visit Emmittsburg and Mount St. Mary's University. Then through more rural countryside and a covered bridge as we return to Thurmont. The medium and short routes do not visit Gettysburg but are still enjoyable. We will have lunch in Thurmont after the ride. Thurmont Community Park (TCP)
Location:Seneca, MD
2019-04-27 10:00:00 2019-04-27 10:00:00 America/New_York Riley's thru Poolesville SIGNING UP: due to the usual low winter turnout for C [and some CC] rides, I will need those planning to come to do one of these: register online for the ride at the Potomac Pedalers website, sign up for the ride on Meetup, or send me an email indicating that you plan ride.  In the event nobody signs up or contacts me by 8am Saturday morning, I will cancel the ride. CUESHEETS: If you need a paper cuesheet, please print it prior to the ride from the PPTC website for this ride.  I will only have a few cuesheets for those who forget or might not have access to a printer. THE RIDE: relatively easy ride without any significant hills.  Rest stop in Poolesville at Cafe 107 at the 17 mile point.  Relatively flat route afterwards Riley's Lock (RIL)

Monday, April 29, 2019

2019-04-29 09:30:00 2019-04-29 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)
Location:, MD
2019-04-29 17:00:00 2019-04-29 17:00:00 America/New_York Frederick's Monday EZ Weekly road ride from the 7th Street Starbucks in Frederick every Monday at 5pm.  30-50 miles depending on when the sun sets.  17-18 average pace with frequent use of pacelines, no big climbs, but the whole County is full of little hills.  No go in active rain. - Other Start Location MD