This Meetup is cancelled

Sunday Leisure Ride

  • Le Pain Quotidien

    7140 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, MD (map)

    38.980755 -77.100737

  • Meetup in the courtyard directly in front of the bakery/restaurant
  • This up-to-38-mile ride is geared for every type of rider, but is especially sensitive to beginners.  Whether you are brand new to cycling or are “returning” to cycling, this ride will likely suit you.  As the name implies, this is a leisurely-paced ride along generally-flat, partially-shaded, mostly car-free trails between Bethesda, Georgetown, Rosslyn, Shirlington, Crystal City, and Hains Point (East Potomac Park).

    We will make good use of the region's extensive trail systems: Capital Crescent, Custis- Four Mile Run, Mount Vernon, and Washington & Old Dominion.  Along the way, there will be plenty to see.  Sites along the way include the Potomac River, Key Bridge, Georgetown, Kennedy Center, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, East Potomac Park, and National Airport.  As many of the trails pass through local parks, there is much flora and fauna to see as well.  The ride will also include a mid-ride snack break, and time to talk about bike related topics.

    In short, this is four-rides-in-one, so you can choose to ride the distance that fits your fitness level.  The route is composed of four segments; feel free to ride as few or as many segments as you like.  Alternately, feel free to join the ride at any of the segment starting points.  Be sure to indicate your starting point when you RSVP.  The ride will maintain a 10 mph pace, and depart each segment starting point according to schedule listed below:

    Segment 1: Bethesda to Georgetown (7.5 miles) -- departs Bethesda promptly at 9:00

    Segment 2: Georgetown to Shirlington (11 miles) -- depart Georgetown promptly at 10:00

    Segment 3: Shirlington to East Potomac Park (7 miles) -- departs Shirlington promptly at 11:30 (to allow for a smoothie snack at Robek's)

    Segment 4: East Potomac Park to Bethesda (12.5 miles) -- departs East Potomac Park promptly at 12:30

    There are public restrooms at Shirlington (public library) and East Potomac Park (golf club house).  All locations have shops with beverages, snacks, and restrooms.

    Segment Starting Points...

    Bethesda Lane pedestrian courtyard in front of restaurant/bakery Le Pain Quotidien (7140 Bethesda Ln, Bethesda MD 20814)

    Georgetown Waterfront Park's water fountain near the intersection of K St. and Wisconsin Ave., NW; beneath Whitehurst Fwy (3200 K St., NW, Washington DC 20007)

    Shirlington pedestrian plaza in front of the Signature Theatre and public library (4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington VA 22206)

    East Potomac Park Golf Course's club house (972 Ohio Dr., SW, Washington DC 20024)

    Important Notes: HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION; no one will be left behind; water, photo ID, spare tube, and bike locks are highly recommended; the ride will be cancelled or postponed if the Weather Channel iOS app calls for 50% chance of rain an hour before the ride's start time; please contact me via Meetup if you have any questions

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  • Danielle

    Bummer guess I'm going to the gym instead :(

    July 28, 2013

  • Colin

    The forecast for rain is 50%. I'm canceling today's ride.

    July 28, 2013

  • Danielle

    Good Morning Colin, we still a go for today, heavy rain is moving in

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Colin - Have a great ride. Wish I could join you and the others but friends are still in town. We will be running instead.

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Starting in Bathesda

    July 27, 2013

  • jody

    I'll be starting at Segment 2 or Segment 3, depending when my swim practice finishes! This IS round trip, correct?
    First ride with this group. Looking forward to it.

    July 27, 2013

  • Raghu

    Starting in Bethesda

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will do some portions of it, most likely either to or from Bethesda. How's that for vague?

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you do the full ride, when do you think we will be done?

    July 27, 2013

  • Terri

    Starting in Bethesda. Will do the whole ride.

    July 27, 2013

  • Vi

    Starting in Georgetown! See you all tomorrow @ 10am.

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Starting in Bethesda :)

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    IF...it doesnot rain

    2 · July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Starting in Bethesda.

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Live in Arl, will meet in G'town and then peel off before the leg back up to Bethesda.

    July 27, 2013

  • Lori B

    Starting in Bethesda.

    1 · July 27, 2013

  • vicky

    Starting in Bethesda, and hoping for good weather!

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Guest is Laura McDaniel.

    July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Starting in Bethesda and leaving you guys at Haines Park.

    July 25, 2013

  • Neelam

    Starting in Bethesda

    July 25, 2013

  • Danielle

    See you in Bethesda :)

    1 · July 25, 2013

  • Erin

    Hopefully will ride up to Bethesda to meet you.

    2 · July 25, 2013

  • Terrence W.

    Bethesda circuit

    July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to do the whole ride but you never mentioned the starting point in Bethesda. That's where I would like to start.

    1 · July 24, 2013

    • Heidi

      It is at Le Pain Quotidien -7140 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, MD

      1 · July 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, see you there.

      July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm exited about this ride beginning in Bethesda. I will have to cancel though if the heat index gets to high.

    July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be starting in Bethesda and I am planning to do the entire 38 miles. This will be my first time riding with this Meetup group. I'm looking forward to the bike ride and meeting some of the members of this group. Cheers!

    July 24, 2013

  • Heidi

    Starting in Bethesda.

    July 24, 2013

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