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Downtown Breakaway -- CC/B/BB/A --20-40 miles

  • Mitchell Park

    1801 23rd St NW, Washington, DC (map)

    38.914494 -77.050240

  • Did you know that you could ride in DC at rush hour and not be in the midst of cars? It's true! Come join us on this beautiful ride, through the treelined streets of NW and out to Potomac.

    The ride goes up and down many hills between Dupont Circle and Potomac, great for building up for the season's big event rides like Mountain Mama, Eat A Peach and the Civil War Century (and it beats the pants off the repetition of laps at Hains Point).

    The return, as the daylight is fading, is flat and fast along MacArthur Blvd, good for working on speed and paceline skills.  As we get closer to solstice, we will ride for longer distances with a return through Rock Creek Park.  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.

    Plenty of short cuts along the way to finish by dark or make your evening date, though it's STRONGLY advised to bring front and rear lights, just in case. There will be one person sweeping.

    Still, too speedy for your tastes? There is a "B/CC" group as well.  This is the same basic route as the "BB/A", but for riders that don't keep up with the front pack all the way.  A regroup or two along the way for some and plenty of shortcuts for others, designed to return to the start before dark.  This group generally rides about 5-7 miles fewer than the A/BB group.

    Ride leaves from Mitchell Park, S St NW, between 22nd and 23rd Sts. Parking in the neighborhood, but please be mindful of zone regulations, as ticketing crews are known to enforce as the ride distances lengthen (there is limited free parking in front of the Textile Museum and Wilson House).

    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.

    Note: this is a longstanding PPTC ride with many people riding who do not register on Meetup.


    Event Guru: Rudi Riet (A/BB): [masked]

    A: Jonathan Mirsky [[masked]][masked]

    A:  Mark Hemhauser [[masked]] 201/[masked]

    BB:  Keith Barron [[masked]]

    BB:  Matt Birnbaum [[masked])

    B/CC:  Monique Sears [[masked]][masked]

    B/CC:  Liz Milor 301/[masked]

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