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Cape May Weekend

There will be a variety of rides on scenic roads with many water views and visits to Cape May Point State Park and Lighthouse, Cape May Bird Observatory, an Alpaca Farm, Wineries, the Wetlands Institute and the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary. Terrain is flat, but it can be windy. Other fun filled leisure activities (great for non-cycling partners) are visits to the above attractions as well as Historic Victorian District Walking, Trolley and Mansion Tours, the Cold Spring Historic Village, the Cape May Zoo, and an Aviation Museum. Cape May is well known for bird watching, especially during the fall migration. Also shopping in quaint boutiques, and plain old strolling on the promenade and relaxing. The package includes maps and cue sheets, 2 night’s accommodations, 2 full breakfasts, Saturday sunset dinner cruise, a Friday night welcome party and all taxes and gratuities in an oceanfront motel with a swimming pool and wireless internet.

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Potomac Pedalers

Touring Club, Inc.

August 2010

“Back Roads Century” Ride 25, 30, 50, 65 and 100 Miles

October 1 - 3, 2010

After an absence of 20 years, the PPTC is again sponsoring the Cape May Weekend for cycling and socializing. Cape May, New Jersey is designated a National Historic Landmark – with an abundance of picturesque Victorian gingerbread style architecture. You can get to Cape May by driving to Lewes, DE and taking the Ferry to Cape May, NJ or you can drive on Interstate 95 North, cross the Delaware Memorial Bridge and continue on Routes 40/55/347/47/Garden State Parkway South.

The Official

September 19, 2010 Berryville, VA

By Mark Alpert, Century Chair Come celebrate autumn in the Shenandoah Valley with Potomac Pedalers! Our annual “Back Roads Century” ride is September 19th in Berryville, VA. This is the Club’s largest and most popular event every year, and all cyclists are invited to attend. We’ll have rides of 25, 30, 50, 65 and 100 miles to accommodate riders of all abilities. Each course will have fully stocked rest stops with a variety of delicious food items. The Back Roads Century isn’t just about cycling; it’s also about having a good time. After the ride you’ll enjoy a barbecue cookout; a DJ to keep the party going; door prizes and more. Event information and registration is at Register by August 31st and you’ll receive a free Back Roads Century long sleeve logo t-shirt! If you’ve ridden in the Back Roads Century before, you know what a great event this is. If you’re new to the Club, come join us to learn why the Back Roads Century is so popular with Potomac Pedalers members, and is considered the “must do” event of the year. Enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll see you in September…


Club Information


PPTC Bulletin Board


Airforce Classic & the Crystal Ride


Release Form


Allenberry Weekend


A New International Pedal Patter Event


Are You a Potomac Paddler Too?


Ride Schedule


PPTC Events Calendar; PPTC Membership Form 1

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Chair Greg Drury, Chair-elect Rudi Riet, Treasurer Dale Hunt, Membership Secretary Craig Falk, Recording Secretary Neal Grotenstein, Members-at-Large Bob Bernstein Carol Linden Joe Wible Richard Doege

RIDE COMMITTEES & COORDINATORS Road Captain Dan Lehman 703.241.9113, Ride Schedule Editor Joe Stusnick 301.365.3135, Sign-Up Sheets Issuance Joan Oppel, Doreen Dotzler Sign-Up Sheets Archives Dan Lehman 703.241.9113, Cue Sheets/Map Librarian Eric Pilsk, Ride Coordinators–Area Wide Tandem

Bob Doyle 703-222-9240, Rich Tepel 703-845-8235, Family Rides Team Brugman 703.339.3948, Sunday Picnic Rides Tom Doerr Ride Coordinators–Maryland/DC D Chris Moriarity 301.270.3416, C Scott Zelazny 410.525.2591, CC Brenda Ruby 301.602.4683, B Bob Bernstein 240-593-2539 BB Karen Berlage, 301.963.1482, A/AA Karen Berlage, 301.963.1482, Ride Coordinators–Virginia D Woody Lipinski 703-203-4934, C Teresa Brooks H 703-971-3617, CC John Ordway 703-518-8941, B Deborah Reynolds 301-346-1755, BB David Whitaker, 703-439-0046, AA/A Dan Lehman 703.241.9113,

OTHER COMMITTEES Government Affairs VA Chair MD Chair DC College Park Howard County Frederick County Montgomery County Northern Virginia Fairfax County Loudoun County Prince William County

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Web Team Acting Web Master: Greg Drury Assistant Web Master: Denise Cohen Content: Joe Stusnick, Dave Robare, Denise Cohen Editorial: Steve Palincsar, Eric Pilsk, Neal Grotenstein, Dale Hunt Membership: Richard Doege, Joe Wible, Craig Falk

10378 Democracy Lane, Suite A, Fairfax, VA 22030 PPTC ExCom Meeting Schedule The Executive Committee meets in the evening on the third Monday of every month. Locations of the meeting may vary. Members of the club who wish to attend should contact a Committee member the week before to get the exact location and time of the meeting. ExCom meeting minutes are available on our website.

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Communications Committee Eric Pilsk, Bob Bernstein, Kate Schwarz, Tom Humphrey

Message Committee Ed Brandt, Janet Cyphers, Irmgard Dugge, Lynn Johns, Lois Lightfoot, Beth Merricks, Matt Nelson, Eva Rand, Kathy Stieglitz, Kirk Walder Asset Management John Rossi, Keith Sargent, Neal Grotenstein, John Lynn, Ed Brandt and Craig Falk Special Events Committee Gary Nooger 703-521-5333,, Carolyn Dockins Century Committee Mark Alpert, Advocacy Committee OPEN PR/Marketing Committee Karen Bescher, Pamela Moore Bike Case Coordinators Rita Zeidner, 703-998-7489,; Bob Bloomfield, 301.253.9481, Volunteers Carolyn Dockins (240) 389-1427, Neal Grotenstein For questions regarding Ride Committees please call the Road Captain. For questions or changes regarding other committees please call the appropriate committee chair listed above or any ExCom member. For changes regarding this listing please e-mail Julia Rosenbaum at


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Charges: Free for current members, ads will run for one month in the “Pedal Patter,” and for one month on the clubs website. Non-members pay $5 per ad (no refunds) in check form (payable to PPTC), send legible ad copy (no more than 30 words) and $5 check to Jo Keister at the above address. No ads accepted from commercial establishments. Only bike-related ads from individuals are accepted.

FOR SALE ROAD BIKE: Specialized Sirrus, 18” frame, black, 700x28 tires, bar end shifters, Shimano Deore components, Biopace triple chainring, very gently used, garaged. Best offer, contact: [jafried39 at]. THULE “RAC N LOC” BIKE RACK: Holds two bikes, fits 2” receiver. Locks to vehicle and locks your bikes. Good condition, best offer, 703 627-8152. RHODE GEAR SHUTTLE RACK: Used but in good condition, $20. Call, 703 627-8152.

WANTED HALO BIKE SEAT. These are not made anymore. I have an old orthopedic injury that prevents me from using a regular bike seat. Have tried many seats in the past and this seems to work the best. Please contact Carol Miller at [bcarol_miller at].

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Airforce Classic and the Crystal Ride More fun than Meet the Press By Maxine Hillary When I was seven years old, we lived in a little army post eight miles from the Goshute Reservation and 15 miles from the nearest town. There wasn’t anyone for me to play with, and life was pretty boring, until one day Mom brought home a 21 inch blue Radio Flyer. I never had training wheels. Mom took me out every night after dinner and held onto the back of the seat. About two weeks later I said “let go”. That was the last time that summer that she saw me. I spent the rest of my childhood racing around on a bike and didn’t get off it until I was eighteen and bought a car. I still rode bikes (three speeds, ten speeds) now and then, but it went from being the way I got around and how I saw the world to a lonely friend waiting for me in the garage while college, grad school, romance, and career took up my time. In 2007 I underwent cervical spine surgery for an old injury that had become unbearable. It had slowly denied me not only cycling, but running, ballet, weights, and throwing my head back in laughter. I gradually returned to dance class and this spring, with the help of a bike racing friend, I bought a new bike. The Scott S60 is a sweetie—fast, light, and cool to look at. With a few adjustments to accommodate my less than flexible neck later, we were on the road. I’ve always loved bike races, so you can bet when the Air Force Classic and Crystal Ride came up, I was at the front of the line. I showed up at 6:30 to help with registration for the races, and that meant a great view, but the best part was when the guy who drives the motorcycle that takes the photographers up close volunteered to give me a ride on his cycle so I could get some good shots. I was thrilled. That and the cool volunteer T-shirt. But the real treat was the Crystal Ride. I’d been going on the Shirlington Ride every Sunday and riding around Sligo Creek Parkway, but I had no illusions that the 15 or so miles I do on Sundays and the few I get in during the week were going to prepare me for the gold medal. I figured that if I got around the 7.75 mile course four times in three and a half hours, that would be a personal best and for someone who’s barely been back on the bike a couple of months, and staggered at that, (let’s not even talk about age), I’d be doing great. But about the time the sun was beating down on me on that hot, humid day, I’m telling myself, “What were you thinking? You could be curled up on the couch, coffee in hand, watching the Sunday morning pundits!” Now, of course, I’m watching all the Lance Armstrong wannabes zoom past me and here I am still trying to find the toe clips, all the while reminding myself that I didn’t pray that morning and coming from an American Indian family, it would have been proper for me to have tied a small feather to my helmet—neither of which I did because I was more focused on the concoction in the blender—fruit, yogurt, flaxseed, peanut butter, soy milk, and lest I forget, FRS, that magic potion Mr. Armstrong uses—whatever, the same friend who helped me get the bike swears by it. Mixed up a bit in the water bottle too. The first time I tried to get up the hill by the Air Force Memorial, all I could think of was how I could save face by turning back. I was convinced that this was all a big mistake. I belonged on the bunny slope, and had no business even being there. Then a voice echoed in my head. It was one of the folks who regularly goes to the Shirlington Ride each 4

September 4, 2010

Northern Middle School, Owings MD

Hosted by the Annapolis Bicycle Racing Team, the 15th annual Bay Country Century features four scenic routes (100, 62, 50 or 25 miles) in southern Maryland with rest stops, SAG support and a post ride party! Join us in helping to promote the new Maryland 3 foot passing law.

Information and registration:

Sunday telling me I was a “good spinner” – someone who pedals their heart out. And the really tall guy who told me how impressed he was when he whizzed by me and I gave it all I had just to see if I could pass him, which I did. Then I heard the ghosts of all those people who tell me that I should “take it easy” and thought I’d taken it easy enough. I dug in and got up that hill. Somehow I did it again, and again, and again, and again. And each time it got easier. I was singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic on the last charge. Somewhere on the third lap, I looked down and saw a crow feather sticking up in the grass. Now some may tell me I lost focus, but I just had to jump off the bike and get it. Wouldn’t you know it, the front wheel had gotten loose and if I hadn’t jumped off the bike, I might possibly have lost that wheel on the next bump. Okay I lost two minutes. Oh well. For some reason, I stopped for a break, which I really didn’t need because I wasn’t that tired – but we always break at these rides and I thought I should – down another five minutes. As the ride went on, I got more energy and more enthusiasm. My bike went from being the Scott S60 to that old Radio Flyer 21” and I was no longer the baby boomer on the bike, but that raggedy kid on the back road of a Utah Army post, racing at warp speed – because freedom comes on two wheels and I’ve got to cover a lot of ground before the sun shifts. My body never even knew it was on the bike, because my mind had put wings on the tires and I was flying. Maybe not as fast as the guys in front of me, but faster than I’d ever gone before, and I knew I was going to touch the sun and I WOULD NOT MELT! I finished in a sprint. Five laps, average speed a little over 11 miles an hour. I was the last of the Potomac Pedalers who participated—might have done a little better if I hadn’t made those two short stops. If you count the distance to and from the parking lot along with the actual ride, I went over 40 miles that day. Not bad for someone barely trained at 15 with a neck full of plates and screws. My friends think I’m a hero and my racing friend says I should think about doing time trials. Whatever… I can say this, the Crystal Ride is the greatest thing I’ve done in the last decade. It not only benefited people suffering from traumatic brain injury, it showed me what I have inside. I’m not afraid to go on longer rides or to push myself to go faster or further. I’m sure I could have done fifty miles, and next year I will. I am certain that I’m good for at least 60 when the Century Ride comes up in September. I wasn’t sore the next day and I have only one regret. I would have loved to celebrate with other PPTC riders. I didn’t see anyone after the ride. If anyone knows of other events like the Crystal Ride coming up this summer and wants to participate, please let me know. This was a privilege. I can’t wait to try it again. And one more thing… The folks I’ve met at PPTC are great. Special thanks to Neal G for helping me adjust my bike, and to all of those who have dragged me away from the pundits on Sunday mornings.

Companies Giving PPTC Discounts Many cycling-related companies offer discounts to PPTC members. If you don’t see your favorite store or tour company listed here, just ask them!

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on (dates)____________________, an event sponsored by Potomac Pedalers Touring Club, Inc., I, myself, my personal representatives, assigns, heirs, and next of kin:

Dave’s Bright Bikes Paul R. Wiesenfeld, Attorney at Law Viking Automotive, Washington Area Bicyclist Association,

Bike Shops and Retailers A&M Cycles, Bowie, MD A-1 Cycling, All American Bicycle Center, Arrow Bicycle, Bicycle Outfitters, The Bicycle Place, Big Wheel Bikes, Bike Doctor, The Bike Lane, Bike Stop, Black Bar Bicycles, Bob’s Bikes, City Bikes, College Park Bicycles, District Hardware/The Bike Shop Griffin Cycle, Hudson Trail Outfitters, Just Riding Along, Mt. Airy Bicycles, Oasis Bike Works, OnCore Fitness,

Papillon Cycles,

Pedal Pushers Bicycle Shop, Severna Park, MD Sampson Frames and Components, Silver Cycles, Spokes Etc., Takoma Bicycle, Tandems East, The Bike Rack, Trails End Cycling Company, Wheel Base, Wheel Nuts, Alexandria, VA

Tour Companies Adventure South, African Bikers, Atlantic Bicycle Tours, Bike Switzerland, Bike the Sites, Blue Coast Bikes, CANUSA Cycle Tours, Escapades Bike Tours, Euro-Bike and Walking Tours, Freewheeling Adventures, Great Explorations, Grouseland Tours & Bike Shop, Ibike/International Bike Fund, In Situ Travel, Isle Inn Tours, Laurel Highlands Cycling Tours, New Zealand Pedaltours, Pedal PA, Pedal Power Vienna. Randonnee Tours, Russian Cycle Touring Club, Senior Cycling, Sirocco Road Cycling Adventures, Timberline Adventures, Tour de Spokes, Tri-State Wheelers, Vermont Bicycling Vacations, Virginia Bicycling Adventures,

Hospitality Best Western Leesburg-Dulles, Hamburger Hamlet Bethesda, Villa Bella Vista,

1. ACKNOWLEDGE, agree and represent that I understand the nature of Bicycling Activities and that I am qualified to participate in such Activity. I further acknowlege that the Activity will be conducted over public roads and facilities open to the public during the Activity and upon which the hazards of traveling are to be expected. I further agree and warrant that if at any time I believe conditions to be unsafe, I will immediately discontinue further participation in the Activity. 2. FULLY UNDERSTAND that: (a) BICYCLING ACTIVITIES INVOLVE RISKS AND DANGERS OF SERIOUS BODILY INJURY, INCLUDING PERMANENT DISABILITY, PARALYSIS AND DEATH (“RISKS”); (b) these Risks and dangers may be caused by my own actions, or inactions of others participating in the Activity, the condition in which the Activity takes place, or THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE “RELEASEES” NAMED BELOW; (c) there may be OTHER RISKS AND SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC LOSSES either known to me or not readily foreseeable at this time; and I FULLY ACCEPT AND ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS AND ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSSES, COSTS, AND DAMAGES I incur as a result of my participation in the Activity. 3. HEREBY RELEASE, DISCHARGE, COVENANT NOT TO SUE, AND AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND SAVE AND HOLD HARMLESS the Club, its administrators, directors, ride leaders, volunteers, agents, and employees, other participants, any sponsors, advertisers, and, if applicable, owners and releasers of premises on which the Activity takes place (each considered one of the “RELEASEES” herein) FROM ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, DEMANDS, LOSSES, OR DAMAGES ON MY ACCOUNT CAUSED OR ALLEGED TO BE CAUSED IN WHOLE OR PART BYTHE NEGLIGENCE OF THE “RELEASEES” OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING NEGLIGENT RESCUE OPERATIONS. I HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT AND HAVE SIGNED IT FREELY AND WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT OR ASSURANCE OF ANY NATURE AND INTEND IT TO BE A COMPLETE AND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF ALL LIABILITY TO THE GREATEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW AND AGREE THAT IF ANY PORTION OF THIS AGREEMENT IS HELD INVALID THE BALANCE, NOTWITHSTANDING, SHALL CONTINUE IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT. Participant’s Signature:____________________________________ Printed Name:___________________________________________ Date:__________________________________________________


Your Chance to Give Feedback to PPTC About Pace Inflation PPTC Members, We have heard your complaints regarding pace inflation for some time. The committee has been listening to your concerns. In order to address your concerns, we are taking action. At the June ExCom meeting we formed a committee made up of Bob Bernstein, Rudi Riet, and Deb Reynolds. We have charged Bob, Rudi, and Deb to come back to the ExCom with a proposal for changing the ride class table. Please feel free to contact them directly at the e-mail addresses below to give them your input. We will keep you apprised of their progress and explain any approved changes. Respectfully, Your ExCom Their contact addresses are: Bob-Â Deb- Rudi-


Allenberry Resort Bicycling Weekend August 20-22, 2010

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PRICES: Non-members must include an additional $25 non-member fee or you can join PPTC for $32 per individual or $37 per family and not have to pay the non-member fee Single:

$358 per person

Double: $298 per person

Allenberry Resort Bicycling Weekend August 20-22, 2010

PPTC is once again sponsoring a beautiful and relaxing biking weekend at the Allenberry Resort & Playhouse. The resort is located in Boiling Springs, PA, only 100 miles from Washington, DC and 115 miles from Philadelphia. Enjoy scenic rides past historic stone houses and barns surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. Rides range in length from 11 to 75 miles providing variety for all types of riders. Choose a ride to the Amish store for browsing, a short ride for a cool snack, or a leisurely paced ride along the shady Yellow Breeches Creek. The routes vary from flat streambeds to serious climbs. There will be featured rides each day led by the trip leaders. This year’s theater production is Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical. There is no cure for the “mid-life crisis,” but the premise is, that it is easily managed with therapeutic laughter! The 57-acre Allenberry property has a large swimming pool, hot tub, and lighted tennis courts for our use. Attendance is limited to the first 80 people. Most rooms have double beds, and all have private baths. If three/ four share a room, only two beds are provided. Indoor bicycle storage is available. PRICE INCLUDES: Friday and Saturday night lodging, two buffet breakfasts, Friday night barbeque, Saturday night buffet dinner, reserved theater ticket, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon lounge parties with healthy and not so healthy snacks and refreshments, map packet, all taxes and gratuities. Also included at no extra cost, Darwin’s jokes and meatballs, Cheryl’s yummy horsdoeuvres, and lots of kibbitzing. We may even play adult charades. CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refund before July 20th (minus admin charge). Refunds after July 20th, only if a replacement is available from the wait list. No refunds after August 6th. All cancellations subject to a $20 per person administrative charge.


$259 per person


$249 per person

Total Enclosed: $_________________ Make check payable to PPTC or register on-line w/credit card (preferred method) I wish to room with________________________________________ Please arrange a roommate for me ( ). If you want a triple or quadruple, please arrange your own roommates before registering and let us know who your roommates are. Signature(s) _____________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ If not paying on-line (recommended), send payment to: Cheryl Phipps, 20459 Crescent Pointe Place, Ashburn, VA 20147 Remember to include: 1) Check made out to PPTC 2) A signed and completed registration form. 3) A signed and completed Release & Waiver Form for each person. Form located in either the Pedal Patter or, go to web site www.bikepptc. org for a copy. 4) Stamped and self-addressed long envelope to receive confirmation or an e-mail address.

EVENT TELEPHONE CONTACTS: Cheryl Phipps, 703/298-7406, email address: or Darwin Roberts, 703/785-2876, email address:


A New International Potomac Pedalers Event By Carolyn Dockins Potomac Pedalers goes to Tuscany! We are planning to spend the week of September 4 through 10 -11 riding the idyllic back roads of Tuscany. We will be based at Hotel Zi’Martino (www.zimartino.con/en/hotel_ in_castegneto -carducci.htm) that caters to bikers and families. This is family run and owned by Carlo Guarguagline, who was a professional racer in the 50’s and 60’s. It is on the western coast of Italy, 75 kms south of Pisa and 264 kms north of Rome. It is patronized by amateur and professional biking teams and reports backroads cycling with low traffic. These roads go along the coast, through the Metalfere hills, and even down the Strada del Vino. There are warm springs nearby that allow for swimming outdoors all season. The hotel has 23 air conditioned rooms situated around an inner garden, with private bathrooms and a well known restaurant . They offer B&B, half board, and full board at some of the best prices I’ve seen. There are mountain biking areas, horseback riding, and water sports. During our stay there will be local Renaissance and jousting festivals in nearby towns. Since this is a first time event, it will be loosely organized with each person arranging their own transportation. I will assist with lodging as I have already made contact with Hotel Zi’Martino. There may be a minimal charge paid to the club or the arranger (about $50), for expenses I incur calling, buying maps, making routes, etc. We do not know how this will work out per our club insurance. A waiver will be signed by participants. We may also be able to prearrange transport from the airport. September has been selected because it falls partly in the shoulder season, temperatures are in the 70’s F. and the rains are still infrequent. This should be a great trip for training bikers, tourist bikers, as well as accompanying families. Check your passport and let me know if you are interested. Carolyn,

The Ultimate Base Camp for Two Wheel Adventure • Located only eight miles east of Cumberland, where the Canal Tow Path meets the new Great Allegheny Passage - Maryland cycling trail. • Only 10 miles from great mountain biking in Green Ridge State Forest • We operate Bike Shuttle and Outdoor Adventure Services • Over 20 great outdoor adventures including off-road Segway Tours, whitewater rafting, climbing and horseback riding. • You can create your own adventure at • And, by the way we’re a Four Diamond AAA Resort with a Jack Nicklaus Golf Course and Spa in middle of Rocky Gap State Park $50 GIFT CARD WITH TWO NIGHT STAY FOR CLUB MEMBERS To receive your Gift Card, please mention promotional code “PPTC” at the registration desk.

Just two hours west of the Beltway on I-68!

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Cape May Weekend, Continued from page 1. Sign up early, as space is limited. If you need to cancel, you will receive a refund if there is a replacement from the waiting list. Refunds subject to a $25 charge. You may register online at or send a completed registration form accompanied by a signed release and waiver form to: Gary Nooger, 728-B South 15th St, Arlington, VA 22202 Phone: 703-521-5333


Cape May Weekend October 1 - 3, 2010

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Are You a Potomac Paddler Too? By Jake Chesson This year I bought a new kayak and started paddling to expand my outdoor horizons beyond biking. There are many beautiful places to go kayaking around the Washington area where I can experience the same joy of being outdoors in a natural setting as I do while biking to get some relaxation and exercise. In fact, many of my favorite places to ride are also wonderful kayaking destinations that allow me to launch and get a different view from the water. As the leader of PPTC picnic rides at Mason Neck, Va and Indian Head, Md, I soon discovered that other PPTC members are also enthusiastic kayakers looking for good companions to go paddling. We discussed how we might find ways to combine our interests in biking and paddling at these venues, or just get together informally to go kayaking. For example, the Mason Neck PPTC ride near Occoquan features a large National Wildlife Preserve and state park that is a protected home for bald eagles, in addition to many more species. Affordable kayak rentals and public launching ramps are available at both Mason Neck State Park and the nearby Pohick Bay Park run by the NVPA. Our PPTC ride on the Indian Head Trail starts at Mattingly Park where there is an excellent public boat ramp and fishing dock facing the famous nature preserve at Mattawoman Creek, as well as a friendly and well-stocked kayak/ bike rental shop for those who need it (see for details). The C&O canal towpath is another popular biking trail which offers public kayak launching ramps to the Potomac River at Rileys Lock, Edwards Ferry, Whites Ferry, and several other spots. In order to plan a combined bike/kayak event or an informal kayak outing, we need to find out who is interested in joining us. If you are a Potomac Pedaler who also likes to paddle, send an email to Jake Chesson at jack.chesson@ and we will include you on an email discussion and notification list of upcoming activities. Our goal is to develop an active community of PPTC members who are interested in participating in some enjoyable kayak outings as well. Biking and kayaking are a great combination for sharing your outdoor fun with like-minded companions.

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3) A signed Release & Waiver Form located in the Pedal Patter for each person (whether they will be cycling or not). 4) Stamped Self-Addressed Long Envelope to receive confirmation, directions, ride schedule; or E-mail address where info can be sent. 5)

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PPTC rides are described according to a standardized, easy-to-read format that always lists: (a) ride classification, (c) distance, (d) locality, (e) start time, and (f) start location. B a








You may also see (b) a (F) “Flat” or (H) “Hilly” terrain indicator, (g) a start location code, and (h) weather notes. Directions for ride starts given in the Reference Manual. The ride listing above is read a “B” class ride over hilly terrain (expected overall pace of about 12, 13 miles per hour), about 45 miles long, with a ride start time at 9:30am in Maryland from poolesville High School. The ride will go if the forecast high temperature is 40˚F or higher, AND the chance of rain is less than 35%.

Ride Classification Table This table shows the range of average riding speeds, the range of typical ride distances, and typical intervals between rest stops. (Miles)


Ride Class (H)illy (M)oderate (F)lat

Route Length

Rest Stop Use of Intervals Pacelines










10.0–11.9 12.0–13.9





10.0–11.9 12.0–13.9 14.0–15.9





12.0–13.9 14.0–15.9 16.0–17.9





14.0–15.9 16.0–17.9 18.0–19.9





16.0–17.9 18.0–19.9 20.0–21.9





18.0–19.9 20.0–22.0 22.0–24.0




Average Riding Speed (ARS)

R Randonneuring is long-distance (endurance) cycling over scenic and challenging terrain. Randonneur rides often leave early in the morning and require lights, go under most weather conditions, and typically are challenging all-day affairs with distance and speed determined by the participants. This includes the annual Brevet series of qualifying rides between 125 and 625 miles in length. ATB These are rides for all-terrain or mountain bikes. the individual ride descriptions should be read for specific information regarding terrain (e.g., single-track, double-track, or gravel roads), distance, and equipment, requirements (e.g., type of bike or tire with). T Specialty rides for bikes with two or more cyclists. Tandem ride leaders often choose routes that are particularly well-suited to these types of bicycles, as they typically go much faster downhill and flat sections, and slower uphill, than single bikes. Weather Notes A ride description may contain minimum GO conditions– limits of temperature or chance of rain, given as “temp/chance” e.g., “40º/35% or less. Otherwise, the ride will be cancelled. Temerature is a maximum in the summertime. A general rule is that a ride is cancelled if there is rain at start time, or if it is winter, snow is falling, or roads are covered with ice and/or snow. The National Weather Service number is 703.260.0405. Call the Ride Leader if you’re in doubt.


B/BB * 30ish * MD * 9:30 AM * Glen Echo Park (GLE) The Usual Monday Ride From Glen Echo. Moderately hilly ride through Potomac, with a probable stop at a cafe near the end. No go in rain or on wet roads. Please park in the lower portion of the lot farthest from Macarthur Rd. Warren Farb [wfarb@comcast. net] 301/320-4942 Cathy Wilson [] 703/328‑1029.

August ‑‑ Tuesdays (C) * 30ish * VA * 9:30 AM * Belle Haven Picnic Area (BEL) Mid-week Morning Belle Haven. Come on out for this mid-week ride through pleasant neighborhoods, with just a short time on the bike path and a few slightly busier streets. Bring your driver’s license or other picture ID should the ride go to Fort Belvoir. Ride may include lunch afterwards and possible option to National Harbor. If weather looks doubtful check the web site or call ride leader to confirm ride is a go. Lois Lightfoot ( 703/451-2361 or Teresa Brooks ( 703/971‑3617 or C: 703/728‑7635. D-CC(MF) * 10-20 * VA * 6:10 PM OR LATER * Wakefield Park, Annandale (WKP) Training for PPTC or Other Bicycling Clubs Century. Note that any later riders have an easy intercept path -- no matter how late! The ride stays within 3 miles if the park. Restrooms & live entertainment at the park.” “D-CC” riders start behind “B-AA” riders and follow the same route up to I-495 and continue on Heming Ave (due to possible traffics would be better not to bike on Leesville Blvd). For “CC”s, I can extend route for few hills (when off and on Heming and Queensberry Aves). If you are later please bike straight on Queensberry Ave to Heming Ave and turn right and bike up to U turn. Sign the PPTC waiver with the PPTC road captain Dan Lehman who collects all signatures and contact with me by phone if you need. The route cue sheet upon request I can email to you. Public transportation: From Pentagon Metro Station Metro Bus Stop take any bus with numbers 17G, 17H, 17K, and 17L to Queensberry Ave bus stop (Wakefield Park). Between 4 and 6 PM every few minutes bus departure and 25 minutes to arrive at the Wakefield Park. Return buses to Pentagon are17A or 16B or other bicyclists may take you to metro station. Woody Lipinski [orsbicycling@gmail. com] 703/745‑2988 or 703/203‑4934. CC * 14 * MD * 6 PM * Capital Crescent Trail (CCT) Looking for a Relaxed, Social Midweek Ride?. If so come join us for this year’s rides from Bethesda to Georgetown and back on the Capital Crescent Trail. We go to dinner afterwards at a moderately priced Bethesda restaurant. The ride leaves promptly at 6 PM from the far corner of the parking lot at Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues. Bring quarters!! The meter maids are out until 10 PM. No go if it’s raining, pavement is wet or storms are seriously threatening. Helmets required. Patrice Coss 703/521‑6159 or Polly Choate [] 202/966‑5571. CC/B/BB/A * 20-34 * MD * 6 PM * Layton Village SC (LAV) The Slurpee Ride. Aka The Tuesday Night Ride. Yes, the front group is a bunch of hammer heads, but the Tuesday night gang has riders from all classes and we welcome more anytime. Plus, we all go to 7-Eleven and get Slurpees afterward. We will be riding into Howard County via Riggs, Zion, and Howard Chapel roads and coming back via Hipsley Mill Rd. There will be multiple length options of the same basic route. No go if raining or wet roads. Please Note The Earlier Start Time. CC: Johanna Nathanson [] 202/210-8599 B: Geng Chan [] SND/EEE‑MAIL. B-AA (MF) * 25 * VA * 6 PM * Wakefield Park, Annandale (WKP) Annandale Evening Speedworks. This is a multi-paced ride around the quiet residential streets of Annandale. The ride rolls out at 6:10, but please note that later riders should find it easy to intercept the ride en route, as the route is never farther than 3 miles from the park (!). There are rest rooms and water at the park. We park in the first lots on the left of the entry drive; the park is located off of Braddock Rd immediately outside of the Beltway (I-495). Dan Lehman [] 703/241‑9113.

B/BB (MH) * 22 * VA * 6:30 PM * Cameron Run Regional Park, Alexandria Tuesday Night Ride. The route loops through Alexandria and around Lake Barcroft over flat, rolling and hilly terrain. All levels of riders are welcome to join us and set your own pace. We’ll ride unless it’s raining at start time. (Directions from the Beltway in Virginia: Take Exit 174 to the Eisenhower Ave Connector. R on Eisenhower @ light. L into Cameron Run Park after 0.5 mile). Please bring your helmets. Ed Weadon [] 703/261-4269 and Brad Kuhn [] 703/967‑3544.

August ‑‑ Wednesdays ALL * 20-25 * MD * 6:30 PM * Ivy Lane Office Complex (IVY) Midweek Madcap. It is time once again for hump day fun. August 4th is Coast Guard Day so wear your red, white and blue. Special dispensation to those wearing international orange! Come out and enjoy a mid week ride through the Ag Center and Old Town Bowie. Terrain is flat to rolling. There will be several routes to choose from with no rest stops. There is certain to be someone who rides your pace or use this as training and find a faster wheel for a challenge to speed you up. No go in rain/wet roads. Dinner at Mamma Lucia’s after the ride or at 7 PM if the ride is rained out. Ride Leader schedule as below: 04 Aug (Special Coast Guard Day edition) CC: Amy Odegaard [] 301/518-5996 B: Bob Bernstein [] 240/593-2539 11 Aug CC: Amy Odegaard [] 301/518-5996 B: Kirk Walder [] 301/210-5914 18 Aug CC: Amy Odegaard [] 301/518-5996 B: Jim Cline [] 301/509-1986 25 Aug CC: Amy Odegaard [] 301/518-5996 B: Kirk Walder [] 301/210‑5914. C (MF) * 17 or 19 * VA * 6 PM * South Run Rec Center * 95o/50% Burke Lake & Lake Mercer. This ride is a pleasant jaunt to Burke Lake along a shaded bike path. Then we take one of several alternate routes. We return on neighborhood streets and a bike path along Lake Mercer. The beginning and finishing legs are very peaceful with only the sounds of birds and an occasional sighting of deer. (Directions: South Run Rec Center, 7550 Reservation Dr, Springfield VA. Go through the paved parking lot adjacent to the Rec Center and park in the gravel lot next to the lower field house.) Questions? Call either ride leader. Len Wilkinson [] H: 703/455-0368 or C: 703/350-9209 Teri Larriva H: 703/644‑0884 or C: 703/629‑8847. CC (MH) * 16/20 * MD * 6:15 PM * Rockville Regal Center Rockville Rambler. See Rockville like you’ve never seen it before. Explore the many neighborhoods in and around Rockville on secondary streets, utilizing little known connector trails to avoid major roads along a variety of routes. We’ll try to maintain a cohesive group through a few hills and tight turns. Convenient parking in the lot immediately in front of The Regal Theatre for $1 after 5 PM. Meet on the left hand side as you are facing the theatre, near Giuseppi’s, where we’ll regroup post-ride for pizza and drinks. Their address is 199-L East Montgomery Ave Rockville MD 20850. Try this ride and see what you’ve been missing. No go in rain or if wet roads. Reggie Beard [] 240/899-4391 Bob Bloomfield [] 301/922‑9796. B/BB/A/AA * 25-42 * DC * 6 PM * Mitchell Park (MIT) Downtown Breakaway. Come join us for this urban/suburban adventure! Did you know that you could ride in DC at rush hour and not be in the midst of cars? Come join us on this is beautiful ride, through the tree-lined streets of NW and out to Potomac. The ride goes up and down many hills between Dupont Circle and Potomac (between 1,600’ and 2,100’ of climbing, depending on route). The return, as the daylight is fading, is flat and fast along MacArthur Blvd. Something for everyone - the division between “A” and “BB” usually happens closer to the return stretch, which most people (hopefully) know, though the cues are easy for said stretch. The “B” group enjoys its own camaraderie, adjusting their route to make it back to the park by dark. Plenty of short cuts along the way to finish by dark or make your evening date, though during the early season it’s advisable to bring front and rear lights, just in case. Ride leaves from Mitchell Park, S St NW, between 22nd and 23rd Sts. Parking in the neighborhood, but please be mindfulof zone regulations, as ticketing crews are known to enforce as the ride distances lengthen. Leaders may alternate week to week, alternating according to availability. No go in steady rain or impending thunderstorms - late-breaking announcements on Pedalers Google Group and PPTC website. B: Matt Birnbaum [] BB: Mark Hemhauser [] 202/834-9309

A: Jonathan Mirsky [] 202/320-1310 and Rudi Riet[] SND/EEE‑MAIL. A(MH) * 28 * MD * 6 PM * Sandy Spring Fire Station (near-SES) Sandy Spring Trainer. Expect a good work-out traversing the many hilly roads of the area. We’ll try to hang together (strong riders can repeat part of a climb). Call if the weather’s dubious. The Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department Station 4 is located at 17921 Brooke Road in Sandy Spring, MD 20860 - (off of Rt 108 between Sherwood ES and Sherwood HS). Alan Muldawer [Alan AT] 301/996‑2526.

August ‑‑ Thursdays C/CC * 10-20 * DC * 6:30 PM * Tenley Circle (TEN) Thursday Tenley Ride. Meet the regular group on the East side of Tenley Circle on Yuma street and ride with us every Thursday until the end of September. Friendly, social ride through side streets down to the river or into the park and back up the hill to Tenley Circle. Then on to Armand’s for pizza, beer, and salad and more socializing! New people are welcome and will soon be part of the regular group, so come on down and share your experiences! No go if raining or wet roads. Paul Fegelson 202/966‑8191. B(MH) * 18-25 * VA * 6:30 PM * Belle Haven Picnic Area (BEL) Belle Haven Blast. This long-running and social training ride has a bit of everything: a relatively flat first half which offers a lot of opportunities for serious speed work; then almost unrelenting hills for the last 10-12 miles. The ride usually breaks into several different groups, with a punishing pace at the front. Brad Kuhn [] 703/967-3544 and Kathy Momot [] H: 703/979‑3448 or 703/200‑3113. B-AA (MF) * 25 * VA * 6 PM * Wakefield Park, Annandale (WKP) Annandale Evening Speedworks. This is a multi-paced ride around the quiet residential streets of Annandale. The ride rolls out at 6:10, but please note that later riders should find it easy to intercept the ride en route, as the route is never farther than 3 miles from the park (!). There are rest rooms and water at the park. We park in the first lots on the left of the entry drive; the park is located off of Braddock Rd immediately outside of the Beltway (I-495). Dan Lehman [] 703/241‑9113. B/BB/A * 30ish * MD * 6 PM * Layton Village SC (LAV) The Thursday Trainer. This is generally a fast paced 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 also may request the group break up into two or more smaller groups if more that 15 people show up. The roads are simply too narrow to accommodate very large groups. We will leave promptly at 6. No go in rain or on wet roads. Please park in the far corner of the parking lot near the donation bins. Tim Guilford [tim @] 301/704‑2723.

BB-AA (MH) * 18-25 * VA * 6:30 PM * Belle Haven Picnic Area (BEL) Belle Haven Blast. This long-running and social training ride has a bit of everything: a relatively flat first half which offers a lot of opportunities for serious speed work; then almost unrelenting hills for the last 10-12 miles. The ride usually breaks into several different groups, with a 11

pub downtown after the ride. Parking is free. No go in active rain. 30 min before start call cell: 240/357-0862. Darius Mark [] 301/418‑6370.

August 1 Sunday D * 24 * MD * 9:30 AM * Wheaton Regional Park Sligo Creek Trail Ride. We’ll ride south on the Sligo Creek trail to trail’s end in west Hyattsville (where it meets the Northwest Branch Trail) and back, with an optional stop for lunch in Silver Spring. Please bring lock and money for the lunch stop. A shorter distance option is available for those who skip the optional lunch stop. Meet at Wheaton Regional Park, Wheaton, MD, at the parking lot by the carousel. (Directions: from I-495 travel north on Georgia Avenue. Turn right on Shorefield Rd. Park at the lower lot at the road’s end. Park map available online at: facilities/regional_parks/wheaton/documents/wheaton_regional_park The ride start is accessible by bicycle from the Wheaton Metro station.) Margaret Chapman -- evenings -- 301/977‑8988. CC * 58 * VA * 9:30 AM * Boyce ES (BES) Quiet, Rolling, Bucolic. A long version of this classic ride featuring roads known to one and all as part of our Club’s Century, and some you might not know so well. The ride loops north from Boyce into West Virginia and then returns via Berryville and Millwood, crossing U.S. Rt. 50 to White Post. The roads are quiet (for the most part), the terrain is rolling, and the rural scenery is bucolic. Unlike the faster, shorter version you’ve known for the past few years, this is meant to be an honest “CC” ride, not a “B” ride in disguise. It’s not too early to start riding long to get ready for September’s centuries, and this ride is a great preview of September 19th’s Back Roads Century. Steve Palincsar [] 703/548‑1585 or 703/655‑8959.

punishing pace at the front. But if you can keep a “B” pace, you’ll almost certainly find someone to ride with. Brian Dixon [brian@popconnect. org] 202/489-5247 and Todd Nedorostek [] 571/436‑6128.

August ‑‑ Fridays CC * 35 * MD * 10 AM * Buddy Attick Park (BUD) Weekend Warmup. Join our great crew for this “CC” paced rolling ride with a few nice climbs for your trouble. Lunch after ride at the greenbelt center. NOTE: park in the Buddy Attick parking lot and not across the street at Ivy Lane. Also note that only vending machine food is available at rest stops. Harold Goldstein [mdbiker@goldray. com] 301/854-0388 C: 202/997-2376 George Schneider [] SND/EEE‑MAIL. CC+ * 18/21/25 * MD * 6:01 & 6:16 PM * South Germantown RC (SGR) 6:16 Scenic Social!. This ride rolls from Germantown into Poolesville on lightly traveled roads with green pastures and orchards along the way. Varying route lengths to accommodate many riding abilities and desires. This ride invites pace levels from “CC” on up and naturally splits into smaller groups. WE LEAVE PROMPTLY AS DAYLIGHT BURNS QUICKLY. Though ride leaders will make an effort to encourage group togetherness, there is no sweep because of varying route lengths. RIDE START: We meet on the south-east side of the circle on Schaeffer Rd where there is a real bathroom and tons more parking! Watch the speed cameras on Schaeffer Rd. No go in inclement weather or wet roads. Dinner afterwards is often an option and all are welcome. CC 6:01 PM: Brenda Ruby * 301/602-4683 B 6:16 PM: Bill Hermach [] A 6:16 PM: Ken Rowe [] SND/EEE‑MAIL. BB+ * 30 to 50 variations * MD * 5 PM * Frederick City - 5th & Market St Frederick’s Friday From Fifth @ Five. This ride is an every Friday ride. This ride begins in Historic Frederick and heads out into the County on various routes that include light traffic, rolling hills, covered bridges, and sometimes hard pack dirt. Join us to burn some calories before the weekend and you can conveniently hit a great restaurant/


CC/B * 30/40/50 * MD * 9/8:45/8:30 AM * Calvert Street Parking Garage, Annapolis RAAM Rides Revisit. No we are not racing across America again, but I had to use up all these leftover cues from RAM weekend, with necessary corrections. All rides leave from Calvert Street Parking Garage (19 Saint John St, Annapolis, 21401) at staggered start times. Longer rides will go through Crownsville to Sandy Point Park, shorter ride to Quiet Waters, Thomas Point, Greenbury Point and Jones Point Parks. There is a street festival today on West St with crafts, food and music in addition to restaurants on West, Main and City Dock all within walking distance of parking garage after rides. Plan to come for the day. No restroom at start. CC 30: Paul Bankerd 703/548-8232 B 40: Linda Bankerd [] 703/548-8232 B 50: Jerry Collins [] 301/741‑0962. B (MH) * 69 * VA * 8:45 AM * Amissville P&R lot (AMI) Old Rag Views. This is one of our favorite rides, worth the drive. We’ll get a head start on Mark and our faster friends, and they can come sweep us up over the hills of the 2nd half. The first half of the ride is relatively mild, but note that the rest stop is at mile 39 -- bring 2 bottles. In case of dubious weather, please check the PPTC Rides forum for news of delay or cancellation. Doreen Dotzler [] 301/325‑6325. BB/A * 50ish * MD * 8:30 AM * Riley’s Lock (RIL) Counterclockwise Around the Loaf. Given it is Sunday, and I will probably go too hard on Saturday, this would be a good time for an easier spin. Typical ride up to the Buckeystown for our rest stop. Tim Guilford 301/704‑2723. A/BB (MH) * 69 * VA * 9 AM * Amissville P&R lot (AMI) Old Rag Views. This is Rick Bidstrup’s classic cue sheet through Rappahannock County into Madison County and the base of Old Rag. The rest stop is in Syria, at mile 39. The first half is relatively fast, with most of the climbing after the rest stop. The rider leader might be taking it easy after Saturday’s Skyline Century. Really!! Check the on-line forums if weather is dubious. Mark Hemhauser [] 202/834‑9309.

August 6 Friday C/CC (MF/MH) * 38&50 * VA * 9:30 AM * Brentsville Historical Park, Brentsville *95o/50% Through Church Parking. Mostly downhill and always a tailwind. This interesting ride takes us through the tranquil countryside north of Nokesville. Traffic is light and the route is flat for many stretches with only a few ascents and breezy descents. The

long route has new and interesting roads and even 2/10ths of a mile of gravel - it is well packed, slightly uphill, and dries quickly - skinny tires are okay. Ascent for the shorter route is about 31 feet per mile. The longer route has a few more hills but ascent is much the same. Toilet not available at ride start, but there are numerous rest stops along the way. (Directions: Brentsville Courthouse Historical Park, 12291 Bristow Rd, Bristow, VA, behind the Brentsville Presbyterian Church - use GPS or Mapquest for directions.) Questions? Call me at home NLT 2 hours prior to ride start or after on my cell thereafter. Len Wilkinson [] H: 703/455‑0368 or C: 703/350‑9209.

August 7 Saturday D * 14-16 * VA * 10:30 AM * Great Marsh Trail Parking Lot In Beauty and Shadows of Mason Neck. Join flat, casual, recreational and social ride in heart of the Mason Neck. Possible a lunch after biking. See http://www.dcr.virginia. gov/state_parks/mas.shtml LOCATION: The park is in southern Fairfax County, about 20 miles from Washington, D.C. Access to the park is via U.S. 1, then five miles east on Rt 242 / Gunston Rd to the park entrance. From Rt 1 / Richmond Hwy turn onto Gunston Rd / Rt 242 and drive 6 miles on Gunston Rd / VA-600 you will get on the right the Great Marsh Trail parking lot. Drive Time: Northern Virginia, half an hour, Washington, D.C., 45 minutes. Shirley Lipinski [] 703/203‑5084. C * 22 * MD * 10 AM * Fletcher’s Boathouse Lido Loop. The Capital Crescent/Rock Creek loop done counter-clockwise with the lunch stop close to the end of the ride. Lunch at Lido Pizza on River Rd right off the CCT. Park in the large gravel parking lot between the C&O Canal and the Potomac River (you will need to go through the tunnel under the canal). We will meet at the top of the stairs leading up from the parking lot. BRING LOCKS AND MONEY. Mike Divine 301/258‑7820. C * 51 * VA * 9 AM * Daingerfield Island * 95o/90% Ten Trails to Lake Artemesia. This ride has three objectives. First, now that we’re really getting back in shape, this ride provides some extra distance while still maintaining a comfortable C pace. The second objective is to visit one of the prettiest spots in the Washington area: Lake Artemesia in northern Prince George’s County. Third is to combine several of our best bicycle trails into a single ride; this ride includes ten of them. We begin by riding across DC to the Anacostia River, then north to Lake Artemesia. After a loop around the lake, we ride through the University of Maryland campus to Sligo Creek and follow it to downtown Silver Spring for lunch. Finally, we return via the Capital Crescent Trail. Most of the ride is on paved bicycle trails, with some on-road bike lanes or quiet roads, and even a bit of sidewalk. There are two moderate hills on this ride, but we’ll stop to make sure everyone catches up. If you want to try this ride but you’re concerned about the distance, we pass near several Metro stations along the way, so you can bail out if you get tired--make sure you’re familiar with Metro’s Bike ‘N Ride Guidelines ( guidelines.cfm). The ride starts from Daingerfield Island, which is at milepost 12 on the Mount Vernon Trail; access for cars is from the George Washington Parkway between Reagan National Airport and Alexandria; meet at the overflow parking lot (after turning from MVT/GWP, bear right until you reach the ‘Do Not Enter’ sign, then turn left into the parking lot). No go if predicted high is greater than 95 o or chance of rain is more than 90%; call leader if in doubt. George Saxton [] 703/243‑8284.

CC * 43 * MD * 8:30 AM * Rileys Lock (RIL) Counterclockwise. This is an adaptation of a ride out of “Scott & Jim’s” which they have unimaginatively titled “Rileys Lock #2”. Counterclockwise describes the direction we’ll go on the usual roads, with a variation at the north end. There are always options to add, subtract, multiply CC * 34 * VA * 9:30 AM * Great Marsh Trail Parking Lot In Beauty and Shadows of Mason Neck. See “D” ride for description and details. Woody Lipinski [] 703/745‑2988 or Cell: 703/203‑4934 CC * 56 * VA * 8:30 AM * Warrenton Municipal Lot - A (WAR) Warrenton-Remington Wanderings. I am attempting to lead new rides, and this is one of them. In addition to the Wonderlust, there are other routes out of Warrenton that people might enjoy. This ride was featured at the end of May, and the terrain is far gentler and more varied than many rides out of Warrenton. The ride loops south towards Remington and takes in the farm country of Culpeper and Fauquier counties, including beautiful areas around Nokesville, Bealton, Midland, and Casanova. The route re-approaches Warrenton on quiet roads the “back way”: via the Warrenton bike trail. You should be done by 1:30 PM or so, and you would be welcome to join me at Molly’s in downtown Warrenton for Irish pub grub. For this ride, please bring plenty of sunscreen (most of the ride is in full sun), water, and snacks. The only designated rest stop is at the 32 mile mark. No go in steady rain or definite forecast of thundershowers before we’ would finish. Please contact ride leader before the morning of the ride with questions. Ernie Hazera [] 571/332‑2571. B * 48/41 * MD * 9 AM * Davidsonville P&R (DPR) Davidsonville to Galesville. Both rides go to the “new” store in Galesville. A few hills but we go down St. George Barber! No go in rain. Kirk Walder [kirkwalder@comcast. net] 301/210‑5914. B(MH) * 61 * VA * 9:30 AM * Loudoun Co. HS, Leesburg (LOU) Twice Across the River without a Ferry. We will visit Hamilton, Purcellville, Hillsboro, Lovettsville, Brunswick, Petersville, Jefferson, Point of Rocks, Taylorstown, & Waterford. We get about 4,700 feet of climbing, and if you need more you can climb Taylorstown and Stumptown hills, adding about 3.5 miles and 460 feet of serious climbing. There will be planned rest stops at miles 25 and 44, so two bottles of water should be enough. The planned rest stops do not generally allow the use of their rest rooms, so you may have to fend for yourself along the way. Check the Forum for cancellations or late-breaking information. No go if a significant amount of rain or other severe weather conditions. Ken Widmaier [] 703/346‑2864.

August 8 Sunday D/C (MF) * 16 * VA * 10 AM * Shirlington Village, Arlington, VA (SHR) Lunch in Shirlington. Join us for lunch at one of the many restaurants in Shirlington (free parking in garages and lots on weekends). We meet at 10 AM on the brick plaza in front of the Shirlington Library / Signature Theater on Campbell Ave (formerly named 28th St South), Arlington 22206, to select a restaurant, then go to lunch at about 12 PM. See you there!!!! [P.S. Between 10 AM and 12 PM 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 at Starbuck’s in Lyon Village, and a brief regrouping at Gravelly Point (cue sheet on PPTC website, and passed out at ride). 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!). If raining, icy or wind speed is greater than 15 MPH: ride is no go. Check the “Ride News” Forum on the Potomac Pedalers website for last minute cancelation information. If you need special help w/directions, please contact the ride leader for careful guidance. Ron Trueworthy [Ron_] SND/EEE‑MAIL. CC(H) * 40 * MD * 9:30 AM * Glenwood MS (GLW) Fair Ride. Enjoy a 40 mile ride from Glenwood MS around through Woodbine and then to the Howard County Fair. The fair is at mile 35 with a short trip back to Glenwood Elementary school. The admission to the fair is $5 so if you plan to go, bring money and a lock. Information about the fair and the fair schedule is available at This is a hilly ride but there are two rest stops excluding the fair. I will not ride in the rain so call if the weather is doubtful. Alison Andrews 301/208‑0515.


CC * 68/51 * MD * 9 AM * Bryans Road SC Annapolis Woods and Riverside. A new take on “Around Maryland Point” featuring rolling terrain with a few easy hills (2350 feet of climbing) lightly traveled roads and rural scenery. This ride has three rest stops and an easy way to shorten it to 51 miles. It’s time to start riding long to get ready for September’s centuries, and this ride is a good intro to Oxon Hill’s Indian Head 100. Joint ride with Oxon Hill. (Directions to ride start: From Beltway Exit 3-A take Md 210 / Indian Head Hwy south for 14 miles to town of Bryans Road. Turn right onto Md 227 / Marshall Hall Rd and left into shopping center. Park on the left toward Safeway. Ride start is approximately 20 minutes from the Wilson Bridge at Rt 210.) Steve Palincsar [] 703/548‑1585 or 703/655‑8959. CC(MH) * 40 * VA * 8 AM * Burke VRE Station (BVR) Where the Heck is Annandale? This ride takes runs through several neighborhoods in Annandale and North Springfield, returning along mostly lightly traveled roads. Call the ride leader on the morning of the ride if weather conditions are doubtful. On day of ride only, please, C: 571/212-0867. Jim Houghton [] SND/ EEE‑MAIL. B/BB * 52/38 * MD * 8:30 AM * Allen Pond Park (ALP) Allen Pond to “Deale” or “No Deale”. Join us for one of our favorite rides through mostly quiet, shaded roads with both rolling and flat terrain. Something for everyone. Multi-level, multi distance combined ride with the Oxon Hill Bike Club. Map, Garmin download and cue sheet for the 52 mile “Deale” at ride/united-states/md/bowie/747787610231 Map, Garmin download and cue sheet for the 38 mile “No Deale” at bowie/401109899925. No go in wet weather. BB: Nancy Avitabile [ ] 301/908-6303 B: Richard Edelman [ ] 301/518‑9575.

August 14 Saturday D * 18 * VA * 10:30 AM * Vienna Community Center (VCC) On the W&OD Trail to Herndon. Enjoy a lunch and conversation after biking at “Anita’s Mexican Restaurant” 521 East Maple Avenue, Vienna VA 22180. Public transportation: Take Metro train toward Dunn Loring or Vienna Metro Stations. From Dunn Loring left on Gallows Rd (better on the sidewalk) to the W&OD Trail (0.7 mile) and turn left on W&OD Trail (2 miles). You can turn left on Cottage St (.3 mile) and bike to Vienna and right on Battle St to get VCC (3 miles). From Vienna Metro Station take exit left and any street toward Vienna and after crossing Nutley St turn left on Cottage St (2.5 miles). Greg Basheda [] SND/EEE‑MAIL.

D/C * 20/23 * MD * 10:15 AM * Veirs Mill RC (VMP) Lunch at the Ale House. Bring helmet, ID, lunch money, and lock. Brief stop in Olney Manor Park. Detours/portaging may be required due to ICC construction. No go if wet roads, call ride leader between 8:15 AM and 8:30 AM on the morning of the ride if the weather is marginal. Cue sheet available online at . Chris Moriarity -- before 8 PM -- 301/270‑3416. C * 26 * MD * 10:30 AM * Mattingly Park in Indian Head Indian Head Trail Picnic Ride. Join us for a relaxing social ride on the new Indian Head Trail in Charles County that runs 13 miles through natural woods and farmland where spotting blue heron, deer, beavers, eagles, and other wildlife is part of the adventure. Starting just 20 miles south of Washington at Indian Head, MD, the trail is wide, flat, and paved with excellent facilities. We start and end the ride at Mattingly Park which has parking, picnicking, and toilet facilities. This is an up and back ride on the trail, so nobody will be left behind. Following the ride, we will celebrate with a BYO picnic at the town park which faces the renowned nature preserve of Mattawoman Creek, a quiet tributary of the Potomac River. As a plus, there is a fishing dock, small boat ramp, and an


excellent kayak/canoe/bike rental shop there for anyone interested (full details at www. Call the ride leader on the morning of the ride if the weather looks doubtful. (Directions: From the Beltway at National Harbor, take MD Rt.210 S to Indian Head for 20 miles where it ends at the navy base gate. Just before the gate, turn left on Mattingly Ave across from the post office. Then go one-half mile to the end of the road at Mattingly Park.) Jake Chesson [] Cell: 703/798‑8435. C * 30/36 * VA * 9 AM * Nokesville Community Park (NCP) * 95o/50% Nokesville Standard. Join us for this popular Virginia ride. We are able to stay relatively close to the Metro area, while still enjoying a rural setting. The ride is mostly flat to rolling with no serious hills to contend with. There are two rest stops to allow for regrouping, but only the first has a store. Lunch afterwards for those interested. If weather looks doubtful or forecast is for a high of 95 o or more, check the “Ride News” Forum on the Potomac Pedalers website or contact. Cell 703/851-2274 to confirm the ride is a go. Peter Dassira [] 703/273‑5408. CC * 44 or more * VA * 9:30 AM * Vienna Community Center (VCC) On the W&OD Trail to Leesburg. Biking on W&OD Trail to Douglass Community Center. Enjoy a lunch and conversation after biking at Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant - Vienna, VA, 2531 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna, VA 22181. Woody Lipinski [] 703/745‑2988 or C: 703/203‑4934. CC * 45 * MD * 8 AM * Layton Village SC (LAV) Watersville Road Route. A moderately hilly ride to Lisbon via Hipsley Mill and Watersville Road. Rest stop at mile 25. Ride leader will ride a true “CC” pace. NCLB (No Cyclist Left (too far) Behind will rule. Riders at any level who don’t need a formal ride leader are always welcome. No go if roads are wet. Occasional re-grouping will be encouraged during the ride. Optional lunch at Pistachio’s after the ride. Restroom at start. Lanny & Linda Evans [ 301/590‑0088 or 240/423‑4998. B(H) * 67 * MD * 8:30 AM * Layton Village SC (LAV) Criss-Cross. A great meander and them some, on some roads that you’ll know, and on more that you may not. We’ll head north to and past the Damascus area, which isn’t exactly pancakeville, to Lewisdale Rd and on in to a stop in Clarksburg. Next is a noodle to New Market on Ijaamsville, Mussetterr and others to a stop in New Market. 25 miles back in, and, voila. All done. Richard Kodl [] 240/383‑7739. BB/A * 100 * MD * 8:30 AM * Monocacy MS (MMS) Tour du Gatorade. A relatively flat ride to Hanover PA. Get ready for century season with a relatively easy 100 mile ride on mainly lightly traveled roads. Three rest stops, including a detour to Detour. Only one climb. Not much shade on the first half of the ride so bring two water bottles. The pace will be closer to an “A” because of the flat terrain. Tim Guilford 301/704‑2723. A/BB * 61 * VA * 9 AM * Middleburg School (MID) Middleburg Foxhunt 61. The end of this ride is over some exposed roads and can be unpleasantly hot, so we’ll go with the 61 mile version instead of the 71 mile route. With the Atoka store closed our first (and only) rest stop is at mile 35 in Airmont. We ride over many of the best roads in the area, my favorite being Halfway Rd and we hit it with fresh legs. Some rolling hills and everyone’s favorite, St. Louis Rd up from Rt. 50. Check the Google group Pedalers or PPTC forum Ride News for cancellation notice if weather’s dubious. Mark Hemhauser [] Cell: 202/834‑9309.

August 15 Sunday D/C (MF) * 16 * VA * 10 AM * Shirlington Village, Arlington, VA (SHR) Lunch in Shirlington. The ride is on the bike trails of Arlington, followed by lunch at one of the many restaurants in Shirlington (free parking in garages and lots on weekends). See August 8th ride description for details. Ron Trueworthy [Ron_] SND/EEE‑MAIL. CC(H) * 32/42/52 * MD * TBA AM * Schooley Mill Park Highland’s Horsey Hills. Pleasant Howard County roads on this hilly route to Lisbon. After the ride all are invited to our place a mile away for a dip in the pool and/or hot tub (bring appropriate wear for pool/tub and carrots for the horses). (Directions: (a) follow directions to SES but continue East on 108 about 5 miles to Hall Shop Rd (about 0.5 mile AFTER crossing Patuxent River). Turn right and in .3 mile turn right into park or (b) take I-95 north to 216 west 4 miles to a left on Hall Shop to a left into Park. The address is 12975 Hall Shop Rd - see HoCoParksSchooleyMill.htm. Once in park make immediate right to first parking area.] Cell on day of ride: 202/997-2376. The start time is TBA - to be assigned. It will be posted to the Google group and to the website forum a day or two before the ride. Or just email us. Harold Goldstein [] 301/854-0388 Cell: 202/997-2376 Janet Young [] 301/854‑0388. B(MH) * 50 * MD * 8 AM * Layton Village SC (LAV) A Nice Ride From Laytonsville. Just a nice jaunt up to Lisbon and back. Geng Chan [] SND/EEE‑MAIL. B/BB (MH) * 60 * VA * 9 AM * Warrenton Municipal Parking Lot A (WAR) * 50% Blue Ridge Views. Join us for this club classic that starts on rollers out of Warrenton to a rest stop in Flint Hill. Along the way we’ll pass horse and cattle farms and see awesome views of the Blue Ridge (duh). A faster, flatter middle stretch runs through beautiful Ben Venue to the 2nd rest stop in Rixeyville, and then some more rollers bring you back into Warrenton via a little climb up Springs Rd -- past some rolling green farms and old homes around Fauquier Springs Country Club. “B” ride leaders will be cycling on well oiled machines operated by fit femmes, and the “BB” ride leader will be sluggishly recovering from Saturday, so look for a casual Sunday group ride with lots of chatting. I will bring Blue Ridge Views Awash cue sheets 73 miles for any “A”s

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August 20 Friday CC * 36 * VA * 10 AM * Nokesville Community Park (NCP) South of Nokesville. A scenic ride through flat country with a rest stop at mile 18. No go in rain or wet roads. On day of ride only, please, C: 703/477-7169. Roger Cubbage [] SND/EEE‑MAIL.

August 21 Saturday D/C * 22 * VA * 10:30 AM * Great Marsh Trail Parking Lot Mason Neck Picnic Ride. Join us for a relaxing social ride along lightly-traveled roads and paved bike trails on this scenic peninsula near Occoquan. We will ride through Mason Neck State Park, the adjacent National Wildlife Preserve, Gunston Hall historic plantation, and some lovely neighborhoods facing the Potomac River. There is even a covered bridge along the route. This is a flat ride (only one short hill) with lots of shade and natural beauty the whole way. Good toilet facilities are available. Nobody will be left behind. At the end, we will celebrate with a BYO picnic at Gunston Hall. Call ride leader that morning if weather looks doubtful. Directions: Take I-95 South to Lorton Exit 163. Go left on Lorton Rd. to Richmond Highway (Rt. 1 South). Turn right on Richmond Highway and then turn left onto Gunston Rd at the traffic light at the top of the hill. Keep going straight about 5 miles on Gunston Rd. to the entrance of Mason Neck Park and then go another 1.5 miles to the ride start at the Great Marsh Trail parking lot on the right off Gunston Rd. Jake Chesson [] C: 703/798‑8435. CC * 24/35 * MD * 10 AM * Poolesville HS (POO) All Sides of Sugarloaf. (From Cycleways III.) This route has two variations, both of which go through Dickerson. A couple of good hills, but not overly hilly. Mike Divine [] 301/258‑7820. CC(H) * 77 * VA * 8 AM * Warrenton Municipal Lot (WAR) * 95o Warrenton Wonderlust: The Full Monty. So, in the past, we’ve done the “WW-Lite,” but now it’s time, just one month before the Club Century, to do the second hardest “CC” ride of them all: The Wonderlust in its full glory -- all 77 miles of it. For the uninitiated, this ride is not for those riders who have reservations at all about being able to complete the ride safely, those who are not comfortable doing hills, those who cannot do the distance, or those who are looking to do their first long ride of the year. But, mostly, it is NOT for people who are not good at riding in the heat. The rough route of the ride is twelve miles west to Orleans (all of them hilly), then southwest and south to Flint Hill, Rixeyville, to the flatlands around Culpeper and Remington, before turning north and home. The last five to seven miles are a slow, continuous climb before a onemile steep climb into Warrenton. (For the curious, I consider Joan Oppel’s PurcellvilleShepherdstown ride to be the most difficult “CC” ride in the Club.) This ride won’t go in heat projected to exceed 95o by noon or in the event of showers at the time of ride start or predicted by noon. Please call number below no later than 6:30 AM on day of ride for a message indicating a final go/no-go decision. Note: ride leader does not check email after 5 PM on Fridays. Ernie Hazera [] 571/332‑2571.



CC(MH) * 42 * MD * 9 AM * Layton Village SC (LAV) Ford Foundation. (NOTE: GRAVEL/WATER CROSSINGS ON THIS RIDE.) The foundations of this ride are the fords on W. Old Baltimore Rd and Price’s Distillery Rd. In olden days, roads commonly crossed streams by going right through. In modern times, all but the most out-of-the-way and untraveled crossings have been bridged. Join us for an exploration of two of these bucolic anachronisms. There are mile-long STRETCHES OF GRAVEL right at the ford, so SKINNY RACING TIRES ARE NOT ADVISED. Ride leader will be on 28mm tires. Bring a pair of flip flops for WADING THROUGH THE FORDS, and a small towel to dry your feet. Ride leader’s pace will be 12-13 MPH. No go if raining or if flood warning/watch in effect at ride start time. Pat O’Neil [] Cell: 301/335‑0883. B * 57 * MD * 8:30 AM * Riley’s Lock (RIL) Who Said Matt Does Not Ride outside DC?. This ride will bring back fond memories of rides along time-honored roads past Riley’s Lock. For the adventurous, Marlu will be there for the taking. For those looking to omit this thrill, there is a detour to miss it. Either way, there are two rest stops along the route. People who go on this ride are encouraged to ride hard. They also should not be ashamed to socialize and be merry. The ride leader is promising to jump in the water for a swim at the ride’s end. All are encouraged to stay for an old-fashioned tailgate at ride’s end, featuring beer and authentic Wisconsin brats (with, of course, veggie options). Please bring a dish/ refreshment to share. Matt Birnbaum [] 202/895‑0979. BB/A(H) * 71 * MD * 8:30 AM * Points of Rock (POR) Wild and Wonderful. Up Gapland, Hoffmaster to Shepherdstown. Return via Reno so save some legs for second half. Ride leader might be tired since he has just returned from vacation. No go in rain. Will stop at all rest stops on Cue. Martin Green [] 301/802‑4841. BB/ATB * ?? * VA * 9 AM * Tyler ES, Gainesville (TYL) UpWest and Off-pavement!. We were rained out last month, so here’s another shot at a mostly shady ride along the “roads in-between” our usual haunts. Four nice climbs plus rollers here and there. About 45% of the ride is on gravel and dirt roads; conditions vary: sometimes the roads are really smooth; sometimes the gravel is a bit rough. We go up Bust Head Rd --aptly named for the descent after the second climb--, and return on Bull Run Mountain Rd --a shady, moderately graded dirt climb back to Hopewell--, where we speed down to Gainesville with a tail wind. Check the Google group Pedalers or PPTC forum Ride News for cancellation notice. Mark Hemhauser [] C: 202/834‑9309.

August 22 Sunday D/C (MF) * 16 * VA * 10 AM * Shirlington Village, Arlington, VA (SHR) Lunch in Shirlington. The ride is on the bike trails of Arlington, followed by lunch at one of the many restaurants in Shirlington (free parking in garages and lots on weekends). See August 8th ride description for details. Ron Trueworthy [Ron_] SND/EEE‑MAIL. C/CC(MF) * 31&50 * VA * 9 AM * Brentsville Historical Park, Brentsville * 95o/50% Unpainted Country Lanes. Perfect for “C” riders who hate hills, “CC” riders who love a pace line, and tandems. I always get great compliments about this ride. It goes on paved but many unpainted roads and twists around country lanes like a colander full of spaghetti. And yet there are plenty of long, uninterrupted stretches. Traffic is minimal and the route hardly has hills. Ascent for both distances is a flat-ish 30 feet per mile. Toilet not available at ride start. Rest stop at 15 miles in Nokesville Park - no snacks, some water - and another for the longer route at the Bristerburg store. Ride start: Brentsville Courthouse Historical Park, 12291 Bristow Rd, Bristow, VA, behind the Brentsville Presbyterian Church - use GPS or Mapquest for directions. Questions? Call me at home NLT 2 hours prior to ride start or after on my cell thereafter. Len Wilkinson [] H: 703/455‑0368 or C: 703/350‑9209. CC * 24 * MD * 10 AM * Candy Cane (CAN) North Start Beach to Creek. A nice in-town ride with an emphasis on natural scenery. We’ll ride up Beach Dr, through nice neighborhoods with some long hills, and down Sligo Creek Parkway. There will be no sweep but ride leader will go an honest CC pace. We’ll regroup when we stop at the Takoma Park Co-Op. Since it’s Sunday, you may want to enjoy the great Takoma Park Farmer’s Market. No go in rain, call if iffy. Lunch afterwards could be a nice end to the ride if there’s interest. Brenda Ruby 301/602‑4683.

CC(MH) * 50 * VA * TBA AM * C. Hunter Richey ES (CHR) Fauquier Frolic. A rolling excursion thru the piedmont, with lots of little hills, but no real “gaspers,” with rest stops in Warrenton and Marshall. Start time will depend on forecasted weather conditions. An announcement will be posted on the club website by 7 PM on Saturday August 21. On day of ride ONLY, please, C: 571/212-0867. Jim Houghton [] SND/EEE‑MAIL. B(H) * 40 / 60 or so * MD * 10:30 AM * Bollman Bridge ES (BOL) The Hills of Ellicott City. A fairly easy ride from Savage to Ellicott City and then we will do the loops. How far we go will depend upon the weather. The ride from Savage to Ellicott City is about 13 miles and so even if we turn around and head back, we will get in about 25 miles and one set of hills. However, I guarantee Illchester Rd and we may then do Bonnie Branch, College Ave, Winchester Rd, Hilltop Rd, and Rogers Ave. If it’s not too warm, we may add the Grist Mill Trail to Gun Rd and a loop into Baltimore County on some picturesque roads that I have rediscovered. A rest stop is scheduled for Fisher’s Bakery (or whatever they call it now) in Ellicott City. There are also a few coffee shops around for those needing a caffeine fix. Bathrooms and water are not available at start so hit a gas station or convenience store before arriving at BOL. There is a Weis south on US 1 about half a mile. Leader plans on averaging 14 mph including the hills and about 16 mph on the way to the hills. Bob Bernstein [] 240/593‑2539. BB/A * 50ish * MD * 8:30 AM * Layton Village SC (LAV) Variation of 50 miles to nowhere. Given the hard ride the day before, this would be a good time for an easier spin. I will change up the cue sheet a little bit to avoid duplication. Typical ride up to the Woodbine High’s. One rest stop. Tim Guilford 301/704‑2723. A/BB * 85ish * VA * 8:30 AM * Marshall P&R (MAR) Marshall to Millwood. Straight down Rte 55 to Dismal Hollow to quickly get to some territory we usually only see on the club century around Millwood and Boyce. This should be reasonably gentle until the return through Front Royal with the climb of Chester Gap the easy way, and then rollers back on Hume. Rest stops in Howellsville and Front Royal. No go in rain or on really wet roads; call if in doubt. Jim Sherman [] C: 571/232‑0164.


August 25 Wednesday CC * 29 * MD * 9 AM * Layton Village SC (LAV) Hipsley Mill Loop. An early weekday jaunt to get us back before noon. Terrain is moderately hilly. Self-supported rest stop at mile 20. Will opt for low-traffic roads. Lanny & Linda Evans [ 301/590‑0088 or 240/423‑4998.

August 28 Saturday D * 15-20 * VA * 10:30 AM * Old Town Village (The City of Fairfax) Kings Park West. The rides will start at corner of North St and Chain Bridge Rd / Rt 12 will meet at Panera Bread Restaurant. These are not flat streets rides but have been proven to be proper for “D” riders. Biking from the City of Fairfax on gently hilly streets thru GMU to King Parks West. Enjoy a lunch and conversation after biking at xxx Restaurant. Free Public Parking in the same building. (Directions: From I-66, Rte 29 / 50 or Braddock Rd take Rte 123 to the City of Fairfax. Public transportation from Vienna Metro Station using any Cue Bus: Green or Gold. Then take exit left from Metro if exit right bike right toward East Blake Lane Park to Lee Hwy (0.9 mile) turn right and cross the Fairfax Circle intersection and continue on Old Lee Hwy biking trail (2.5 miles). Steven Jones [] 703/716‑4929. C * 27 (MH) * VA * 9 AM * Gunston ES (GES) Lorton Springfield Loop. Here’s a challenging ride that’s half rural, half Northern Virginia suburban. Follow up and down hills with part of the route going past the old Lorton Penitentiary in the latter half. Lunch afterwards at a nearby eatery. In the event of questionable weather, a cancellation will be posted on the web site an hour before the ride start. If you need directions, do an internet map search on Gunston ES, Lorton, VA. Jeff Mankie [] C: 571/332‑2130. C/CC * 27-30 * VA * 9:30 AM * Old Town Village (The City of Fairfax) Kings Park Park and NVCC. The rides will start at corner of North St and Chain Bridge Rd / Rt 123. We will meet at Panera Bread Restaurant between. See the D/C ride description for details. Woody Lipinski [] 703/203‑4934. CC * 39 * VA * 9:30 AM * Middleburg ES (MID) Meandering to Marshall. I can promise you one of the best routes I’ve seen for this mileage -- rolling hills, stacked stone fences, beautiful horse farms and white-faced Herefords. If you don’t enjoy Zulla Road, it’s time to think about listing your bike on Ebay. There are two rest stops with stores and toilet facilities (one’s a portable, but come on, this isn’t Butterfield and Robinson). Then we finish in one of those full service towns. You know, the kind with good food and cold beer (Salamander Market). Sympathizers of all causes welcome. John Wannen [] 202/454‑6701 or 202/374‑1523. CC * 45/52 * MD * 8:30 AM * Thurmont Community Park (TCP) Fairfield Loop. We will head north to Emmitsburg and Fairfield (and Gettysburg on the longer ride) on scenic rolling back roads in a rural setting. A rest stop is planned at mile 21. No go on wet roads. Ride leader will ride a true “CC” pace. NCLB (No Cyclist Left (too far) Behind will rule. Riders at any level who don’t need a formal ride leader are always welcome. Suggest you bring two water bottles. Occasional re-grouping will be encouraged during the ride. Please park inside the park where we will congregate - not in the front lot. Lanny & Linda Evans [ 301/590‑0088 or 240/423‑4998. B(H) * 40 ish / 50 ish * MD * 8:30 AM * Damascus HS (DAM) * 40% Dam-New Market (the East Version). The ride heads north just west of Mt Airy up to Glissan Mill Rd. It then heads southwest to New Market for the one rest stop (at mile 24 or 28) via Dietrick Rd. The return loops on Ed McClain, Weller, through Kemptown and back to Damascus. The long route loops to Clarksburg and back via Burnt Hills and Stringtown roads. The Hilly designation comes from many rollers that equal about 80 feet of climbing per mile. But there are no long up hills...just short ones with long engineering miracle. Ride leader will ride near the back at about 14 mph avg. As usual, CC and BB riders are welcome if you can follow a cue sheet. Call Cell 240/491-2409 after 7:45 AM morning of ride. Jim Quinn [] 301/916‑8868. BB * 75 * MD * 8:30 AM * Davidsonville Park & Ride (DPR) Summer Cruise. If you aren’t at the beach, at least you can ride near the beach. No real hills; just many miles of rollers, pastoral views and a few glimpses of the Bay and Patuxent River as we wind our way from the din of Route 50 to the quiet shore at the North Beach boardwalk and then back. In addition to the traditional rest stops, we have


the option for a sugar/carb/caffeine fix at Sweet Sue’s in North Beach at about Mile 40. If the heat index is predicted to get into the upper 90s I may shorten the route to something in the 50-60 mile range. Check the Forums or Pedalers Group Friday night, or call my cell after 6:30 AM. No go in steady rain. Eric Pilsk [] 240/893‑3499.

August 29 Sunday D/C (MF) * 16 * VA * 10 AM * Shirlington Village, Arlington (SHR) Lunch in Shirlington. The ride is on the bike trails of Arlington, followed by lunch at one of the many restaurants in Shirlington (free parking in garages and lots on weekends). See August 8th ride description for details. Ron Trueworthy [Ron_] SND/EEE‑MAIL. C(F) * 32 * VA * 9:30 AM * Margaret M. Pierce ES (MPS) Between The Rivers. The largest cavalry battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Brandy Station, occurred on June 9, 1863 and involved nearly 17,000 horsemen under Confederate Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and Union Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton. Amid rumors of a possible major Confederate offensive, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker (famous for “Hooker’s Girls” and you know the rest of the story), commander of the Union Army of the Potomac, assigned a reconnaissance-in-force to Pleasonton’s 11,000 man cavalry. Though the Confederates could claim the victory, the Battle of Brandy Station, remarked one Confederate, “made the Federal cavalry.” Along with this new-found confidence, Union horsemen discovered the position of the Army of Northern Virginia. The Confederates were slipping west, to the Shenandoah Valley on Lee’s last great offensive, which would end a month later at Gettysburg. Lee’s strategy that fateful day in July included a flanking maneuver by JEB Stuart, but he had his hands full with the newly formed Union cavalry and oneCaptain Custer who distinguished himself at Kelly’s Ford. You’re going to like this ride and six miles before the end we stop for lunch at the Inn at Kelly’s Ford. The Pelham’s Pub (Maj. John Pelham commander of Stuart’s horse artillery - Stuart wrote Pelham’s mother, “I loved him as a brother; he was so noble, so chivalrous, so pure of heart, so beloved.”) downstairs invites us with outdoor seating and a grand vista of an equestrian meadow. “Now, of my three score years, my friend, twenty will not come again, And take from 50 springs a score, It only leaves me 50 more.” John Wannen [] 202/374‑1523.

CC * 70/60 * MD * 9:30 AM * Chopticon HS Morganza MD The Long Way to the Piney Point Light. A scenic St. Mary’s County tour including the Amish farming community near Loveville, downtown Leonardtown, the riverfront community at Breton Bay and the historic lighthouse at Piney Point. It features gently rolling terrain with 3350 feet of climbing. It’s time to ride long to get ready for September’s centuries, and this one includes some of my favorite places on the Amish 100 (now the Southern Maryland Century). Joint ride with Oxon Hill. (Directions: From Beltway take Rt. 5 south. Continue on Rt. 5 12-13 mi into Charles Co. Turn left to stay on Rt. 5 south. Continue 3.1 mi. to stop light. Turn left to continue on Rt. 5 south to St. Mary’s Co. Go 17.3 mi and turn right at the WaWa to stay on Rt. 5 south. Go 4.6 mi. and turn right on Rt. 242 (just past St. Joseph’s Church). Continue 2-3 mi to HS on left. Ride start is approximately 1 hr from Beltway and Rt 5.) Steve Palincsar [] 703/548‑1585 or 703/655‑8959. B(H) * 62ish * MD * 8 AM * Bollman Bridge ES (BOL) The Cue-less Ride. Yes, that is correct. This ride will have no cue sheets. No, Richard. You can not get a Garmin download of the ride either. We will travel at a moderate “B” pace, 14-14.5 mph and stay together. I have a rough idea of where we will be going but the group will decide on the actual route based upon my, and other’s input. I made this a (H)illy ride so no one would complain afterward but how hilly depends on where we head. I am looking to ride on some roads that most have not seen before from the saddle of a bicycle. With the early start time, we will hopefully be able to avoid the hottest part of the day. No facilities at the ride start but there are a few gas stations with facilities a bit further south or north on US 1. Bob Bernstein [] 240/593‑2539. BB/A * 60 * MD * 8 AM * Rileys Lock (RIL) A Spin Up Towards Buckeystown. The exact cue sheet will be dependent on the heat or lack there of on ride day. If it’s a “nice” August day, maybe a little tougher cue sheet. If it’s typical August weather, then a little easier. Either way, we’ll have fun. Karen Berlage [] 301/963‑1483.

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PPTC 2010 Events Calendar Contact Tom Humphrey at to get an event on the calendar.

August 13 - 15 Tour de Frederick August 20-22

Allenberry Weekend Darwin Roberts & Cheryl Phipps

Sept. 4 - 10/11 Tuscany Carolyn Dockins Sept. 19, 2010 Back Roads Century Berryville, VA Mark Alpert Oct. 1-3, 2010 Cape May Weekend Gary Nooger

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