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Alexandria to Fort Washington and beyond - 61 miles

Let's ride through historic Old Town Alexandria and across the river via Wilson Bridge up the hill at Washington Harbor (probably the worst of the climbing all day). Head down to Fort Washington for a quick bit of history and nice view of the Potomac. From there we continue our southward trek with two more view of the river including Colonial Farm and some surprisingly quite roads. Meander our way back from where we came with a lunch stop in Old Town (mile 60) by the river.

Est. Distance/Terrain - Mostly rolling terrain with stretches of flat and a few short hills. Nothing too difficult as only 3,000 ft of climbing over 61 miles.

Rest Stops - Breaks along the river at Ft Washington, Colonial Farm, and one more are more scenic stops, only Ft Washington has restrooms. There will be two food/drink pit stops during the ride but 1st food/drink stop is not until mile 37 & next at mile 53 so highly recommend 2 water bottles. There could be an optional stop at a gas station at mile 9.

NOTE: If Ft Washington Park entrance booth is manned there is a $3 per person/bike cost to enter this national park.

Pace - 15 mph + (i.e. a B pace and higher ride, while there is nice scenery, its not meant to be a scenic stroll)

- Ride is METRO accessible from King Street Station.
- Road Bike with clip in pedals is HIGHLY recommended
- Helmets & ID mandatory
- Recommend that you bring spare tube and bike lock.
- The event will be canceled/postponed if it rains.
- Email me if you have any questions

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  • Erin

    Crazy heat but super nice group and leaders kept it together and made sure we all made it to the next water stop and home - thanks to Matt for all the planning - and historic tour !!

    July 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Matt for leading an interesting, challenging ride - cool scenery on a hot day - plenty of steep, but fortunately not too long - climbs. The only problem was those hills stretched the group out, leaving us out in the sun a little too long as we regrouped.

    Sorry I had to bail on the post-ride refreshments - I would have liked to have had a chance to get to talk to you all, but when I realized I had been out in the sun for 7+ hours I realized I needed to get started on my ride home.

    This was my first group ride with you all - great group - I look forward to seeing you soon.

    July 2, 2012

  • Dino

    It was a really HOT day for riding. Most of us were running low on hydration. But it was an awesome ride. This is a ride that we all must be proud of. Thank you Matt for leading and organizing the group well.

    July 2, 2012

  • Gregg

    Thanks to everybody who came out in spite of the drastic post storm damage and debilitating heat we experienced. This had all the ingredients of an epic ride; great ride leader, wonderful company, scenic destinations, three digit temperatures and did I mention the hot weather? Great ride! Special thanks to Matt for all the invaluable effort into planning and leading this event.

    July 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was truly a tough day for riding! Beautiful route and really enjoyed Fort Washington. Thanks Matt for leading and organizing the ride!!

    July 2, 2012

  • Chuck

    Only rode 31 miles - heat was fierce.
    I was pleased that PG County drivers were generally accommodating toward cyclists.

    July 2, 2012

  • Mac

    Weather was pretty crazy but otherwise the route and terrain is perfect. Thanks to Matt for organizing the pack and Thanks to Franz also for the pictures.

    July 1, 2012

  • Stephen_N

    That was one tough ride. During which I learned that fixed gear and 100 degree weather don't mix. Look forward to doing this route again, on a balmier Fall day.

    July 1, 2012

  • Stephen_N

    We have power out at home and I'm writing this from work. Tentatively hopeful of coming, but a bad night of trees down and power out, and potential Metro closure might well cause a 'No Show'. Sorry I can't be more definite. Can't give an update from home in the morning due to no Internet.

    June 30, 2012

  • Matt

    With forecasted heat for Sun, considering shorting ride to 44 mi. I will have both 61 & 44 mi cue sheets. Group can decide on Sun if want shorter ride (unless earlier concensus via comment response to shorten ride now)
    -Reminder-please bring 2 water bottles. Hydration is key
    - FYI if driving to start-limited parking at metro. Parking avail. across street @ office/Embassy Suites complex garage (entrance off of Diagonal Rd)

    PLEASE BE PROMPT - WANT TO LEAVE AS CLOSE TO 8:30 as possible

    June 29, 2012

  • Matt

    Group - as this will be my 1st time "officially" leading a group ride and it'll be a little faster pace then some of the groups other rides, and there's a lunch component at the end, unfortunately I want to maintain the # of riders at 20 so I won't be opening up the ride for more people. If folks like the ride and its not too bad keeping the pack together I will likely schedule the ride part 2 in the fall and open it up to a larger group

    June 26, 2012

  • Ian

    Hi Gregory, usually they would open up the list to accommodate more riders if there are popular demand for it.

    June 26, 2012

  • Gregory S.

    This is the first ride I have signed up for since joining the group and I am on the "waiting list". Does this mean I can't ride or that I can. How does that work?

    June 26, 2012

  • Stephen_N

    Matt, Have you a gdb or a gpx file of the ride?

    June 25, 2012

  • ChrisR

    Have fun, I think July 1 will be a rest day for me after the Total 200.

    June 14, 2012

  • Matt

    The plan for the ride is to get back to Old Town for lunch no later then 1:30-2pm. There will be an extended stop at Fort Washington to tour the fort.

    As I'll be on vacation for the next week I'll be responding to any questions about the ride the week prior to the ride when I return.

    June 12, 2012

  • Matt

    Below is a link to the route saved on ridewithgps.com. Hope it works. Stephen the route 3000ish feet, or in your case a little over 900 meters of elevation gain. No real steady long climbs but more a few lumpy rollers. I'll leave the gearing up to you

    http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1219195

    June 11, 2012

  • Erin

    Hey Matt - Is the route available online ? I'm curious the overlap with the MS Ride I just did this weekend (National Harbor down to the Indian Head area the group rode last year)

    June 10, 2012

  • Stephen_N

    Looks like a possible fixed gear course. What gear should I use: 50x19 may be comfortable for the hills there, but then I'll have to pedal like a blue-a@$ed flea keeping up with y'all. Maybe 50x18 and walk if any hills are too much?

    June 9, 2012

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