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VeloDCity Challenge-Ride #7- Charles/St Mary's - 56 miles, 1800 ft of climbing6

56 miles and 1,800 feet of climbing, all via rollers; i.e. a fairly flat ride by my standards

NOTE: I recently changed the route to add a few miles and have a better starting point than a grocery store parking lot.  New Start is just slightly further south off of Route 5


NOTE: A LIABILITY WAIVER WILL NEED TO BE SIGNED BEFORE THE RIDE - If you don't sign one you will not be allowed to participate in the ride - I will have waivers at the ride start.

For something new lets head east into Maryland and explore the rolling countryside of Charles and St Mary's Counties.

This ride will require carpooling/driving. Start is about an hour from DC area

This will be a looping tour the farm land of Charles County and into St Mary's County through primarily countryside, farmlands, and trees. We'll veer off our counter clockwise loop for a quick excursion to Golden Beach and the Patuxent River before heading back west toward whence we came.

Given remoteness of area there is only 1 stop at around mile 30. We can also stop at Golden Beach for views of the Patuxent River at mile 46 (but this will be just for the scenery).

Total distance:approx 56 miles

Total elevation climbed: approx 1,800 feet
Pace: Medium: 17+ mph avg Category B/B+/A ride

Terrain: flatish to some rolling hills
Start/Finish: Fifth District Park (off New Market Turner Rd & Route 5) (off Rte 5 South heading toward Point Lookout) - carpooling recommended. 1+ hr from DC, closest metro is Branch Avenue 25 miles away. For those that want to co-ordinate carpooling from metro
Highlights: rolling farmland, Patuxent River, maybe some Amish horse & buggies.

The route can be viewed at the link below (subject to change):


I will have cue sheets available but it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the ride route prior to the ride in case the group splits.


- ID, spare tube, tools to repair flats, are highly recommended .
- Snacks and liquids can be purchased at the rest stops.
- The event will be cancelled/postponed if it rains heavily.
- Email me if you have any questions



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  • Steve M.

    Sorry for the no show, y'all. PT recommended I keep to rides at my own pace for the time being.

    June 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I catch a ride with anyone? I live near Logan Circle. Please let me know--thanks!

    June 2, 2014

    • Ted ".

      I'll be driving from Takoma, DC.

      June 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I just got a great Priceline deal on a rental so will get myself to and fro but appreciate both your offers of a lift!

      June 5, 2014

  • bud

    Claredon race sat! Really great race to watch and plenty of spots to eat!

    June 1, 2014

  • Charley B.

    i'm a bit of a slowpoke (avg 14-15 mph on flats) so If I fall behind, I won't want to hold up others.

    May 24, 2014

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