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Paul's Ride for Life 2014

  • Apr 26, 2014 · 7:00 AM
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A fun bike ride for everyone!




Paul Rossmeissl was 54 when he died on June 7, 2006, from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident on the Washington and Old Dominion trail, a favorite biking route.  As a result of this tragedy, Paul gave the gift of life to three individuals who received his liver and both of his kidneys.  Many other individuals benefited from the donation of his heart valves, bone and tissue.  This bicycle ride is dedicated to his memory.

WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2014

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.   Registration open
7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   Ride (rolling start)
11:30 a.m.  Closing ceremony & raffle drawing

Rain or shine!

Please note:
1/2 Century riders–you MUST start the ride by 7:30 a.m.
All other riders—10 and 20 milers—MUST start by 9:00 a.m.
Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.
No helmet = No ride

WHERE: Registration, ride start and finish, closing ceremony, and raffle drawing are all at the Reston Town Center on Library Street in front of Uncle Julio’s in Reston, VA. Download a pdf map of the Reston Town Center for location and parking garages. Following Paul’s Ride, riders may enjoy participating in the Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival beginning at Noon. Both Paul’s Ride and the Reston Wine Festival are rain or shine events.

ROUTE: Start at Reston Town Center on Library Street. All rides are out and back heading west along the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail. The route is paved asphalt. The ride includes 10, 20, and 1/2 Century +2 mile options.

DIRECTIONS: The ride will begin at the Reston Town Center on Library Street in front of Uncle Julio’s in Reston, Virginia. There are several parking garages at the Reston Town Center.

WHY: Memorial ride honoring Paul Rossmeissl.
Proceeds benefit the Washington Regional Transplant Community.

REGISTER: Online registration is open now at  When registering, be sure to select the option to register as part of the Bike Me DC! team.

VOLUNTEER: If you are interested in helping out with the ride, please send an email to [masked]. Our volunteer coordinators will contact you. Thanks!

RAFFLE: We’re holding a raffle again this year! Tickets are $5 per ticket or 10 tickets for $20. Buy your tickets on ride day, and see if you win any prizes at the closing ceremony at 11:30 a.m. The Bike Lane has generously donated a Trek bike for the raffle. The Trek 7.3 FX (retail: $699) is the perfect bike for weekend riding along the W&OD, commuting to work, or tackling the rolling terrain. It is the perfect combination of road bike speed and city bike comfort.

What to Bring:

• Helmet - Mandatory!

• Liquids - And plenty of them!

• Photo ID

• Money - Cash or credit card for food or emergency

• Bicycle Emergency Kit - (cash, mini tool, inner tube, CO2 cartridge or hand pump, etc.)

• Bike lock

• Camera - It's always nice to have pictures to remind us of the fun we have!




As always, if you have a question, please email me.

(My cell # will be emailed to you the night before the event)

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  • Warren G.

    Really enjoyed the ride in prep for the 5 Boroughs in New York. Chatted with John at Purcellville and rode with three guys from anaother group.

    April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great ride today!!

    April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Couldn't find the group, but the ride was great.

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • joe

    Nice riding with you Nicole. Sorry we didn't run into anyone else. Y'all have a great sunny Saturday.

    April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone else doing 20 today?

    April 26, 2014

    • joe

      Yes. I've go a light green plaid shirt

      April 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think I saw you ride away. I've got a blue jacket & white Scott road bike

      April 26, 2014

  • Susana

    Thanks John!

    April 26, 2014

  • Susana

    Felt down and broke a bone in my foot! Will miss the ride!


    April 25, 2014

    • John

      Pedal with your other foot! Who cares if one leg becomes twice as big as the other? No one will notice... just kidding of course. We all wish you a speedy recovery!

      April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member


    April 24, 2014

  • Warren G.

    Yep in for the 50.

    April 23, 2014

  • joe

    I think I'll be there. Probably doing 50 in baggy shorts and sandals on the single-speed.

    2 · April 23, 2014

    • Risa

      Rub it in :-P

      April 23, 2014

    • joe

      Rub what in? I didn't say anything about riding fast. It's not like there are big hills on the W&OD.

      April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not signed up for this event, but plan on doing a round trip on the W&OD that day. I may see ya'll in Purcellville.

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • Dave


    April 14, 2014

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