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April 2012 VeloDCity Newsletter(the very late edition)

Group Organizer
Washington, DC
Greetings Good Folks,

Many apologies for my online absence in the past few weeks and the now very delayed newsletter posting(s).  Things are slowly returning to normal with some exciting things finally being addressed.  Need some incentive to log in some training miles?  Check. Want to sport the coolest looking jersey in the entire region? Check.  Looking for something to do with that used innertube?  Covered. Without further delay: the April 2012 VeloDCity newsletter.

News and Announcements
More Behind the Scene Changes
Starting this month, group event RSVP will open for a specific duration prior to the start of the ride.  Events will continue to be announced and scheduled in advance but now RSVP will open 10 days from the event date and close 24 hours prior to start time.  he exception will be the organized events such the century rides and races.  Hopefully this will reduce the number of 'no shows' and ensure that the limited space will be filled  by folks who are fully committed to attending the event. 

Impromptu Rides
Not enough group rides to satisfy your bike's hunger?  Starting in May, there will be a number of impromptu rides that will primarily serve as scouting expeditions for future group rides.  This could be a fun opportunity for those that enjoy some surprises on two wheels.  Destinations includes Adamstown, the Catoctin Region, Baltimore, Annapolis and a few more locations.  Please monitor the website for any news and developments.

Event Schedule
Fondos, Crits and TT's: The Competitive Experience
Thursday, April 26th at 7:00pm­
You diligently participate in the century ride(s) and cycling tour(s) but still find that you need that special 'something' on two wheels. Then consider pursuing the thrill of competition. Learn about the competitive options(or at least three anyway) and experience the thrill of competition for yourself.

Group Jersey Order #2
May 1st - May 18th 2012­
Question: What's red?  Very red ...with black/white race stripes and it's the coolest looking jersey in the entire DMV(District, Maryland and Virginia) region? Answer: The 2012 VeloDCity jersey. If you missed it the first time around, good news: you have another opportunity to own your very own 'coolest looking jersey' of the entire region.  Similar to the last group order, there will be a minimum order size but fortunately smaller than the initial order. 

Tour de Carroll
Saturday, April 28th at 7:00am­
Join Stephen and your fellow group members in the first cycling event of the year.  This fully supported event includes a very beginner friendly 8 miles, 25miles, 39 miles routes and very challenging 100km/63 miles routes.  More information can be learned from the link above.

Poolesville Ramble
Sunday April 29th at 9:30am­
From the pages of Scott and Jim's: presenting the Poolesville Ramble.  This event has little of something for everyone(aspiring beginners, intermediates and the hammerheads).  Choose from 23, 35 or 42 miles of rolling Montgomery County's most pristine roads.

Triadelphia Trek
Sunday, May 6th at 9:00am­
Rescheduled from 4/21/2012.  Furry creatures, a few farmlands, Resevior dam and of course ...the 'Salvation Circuit' are the highlights of this 44 mile trip on some of Montgomery County's finest roads.  Reservations open 4/24/2012. 

2012 Bike DC
Sunday, May 13th at 7:00am­
The good folks of WABA(Washington Area Bicycling Association) hosts another edition of the Bike DC.  Similar to the New York City's "Five Burroughs Ride": the route is completely closed to traffic which provides the rare opportunity to experiences some the iconic roadways such as the GW Parkway by bike.  More information can be learned at the link above.

65 Miles of Davidsonville
Saturday, June 2nd at 8:00am­
Farmlands, forest, suburbia, North Point Beach, guaranteed furry creature sightings and funnel cakes all in single 65 mile long ride.  For more information, please click the link above.  Reservations open 5/18/2012. 

Air Force Cycling Challenge - Crystal Ride
Sunday, June 10th at 7:15 am­
Join your fellow group members and "Be all that you can be.." in the 2012 edition of the Air Force Classic.  Similar to past year editions: you have the options of going for the gold, silver or bronze medals this closed circuit.  The registration is finally open so sign up already. 

Cycling Tips Earth Day Edition: Don't throw away that innertube yet.
As avid cyclists, we inevitably go through our share of innertubes. Regrettably, we often discard the tubes contributing to an already full local landfill.  In keeping with this past weekend's celebration of Earth Day, here are some suggestions for that discarded inner tube.

1) Insulation - Inner tubes can be used to reduce the air drafts from doors and windows. Simply measure the dimensions, cut and apply(with screws, nails).  
2) Road Shoe heel covers - Not fortunate enough to have replaceable heels for your road shoes(ie: Sidi and Specialized?  Then extend the heel life with a small section of innertube and glue.
3) Yoga Mat Strap - Show your bike love at the next yoga session.  A used innertube makes a great yoga mat carrier that will permit you to carry a rolled mat on your shoulders or hands.  First cut, then tie one end around your rolled mat and then tie the other end of the mat.  Be sure to give yourself enough length for shoulder carrying. 
4) Yoga Stretch Strap - A stretch strap can aid in active muscle stretching and help hold some of the leg poses.  Cut two or possibly three innertubes and tie them together. 
5) Handlebar base wrap(vibration reduction) Experiencing too much road vibration from your handlebars?  Then prior to wrapping your regular handlebar tape, wrap your used tube on the bar first. Next wrap your regular bartape over it
6) Water Bottle Grip - Give yourself a better grip the next time you take a drink.  Depending on the dimensions of the innertube(700c x 35c or larger) and water bottle in question.  You can cut a section of inner tube and stretch over the middle portion of a bottle. 
7) General Tie Wraps. Think bungie cords but less flexibility but far more resilient to harsh weather conditions. 
8) Light Leak - If you're still using a photographic darkroom or have vampiric tendencies, innertubes are very effective in blocking light along window and door sills. 
9) Furniture Coasters - Protect your floors.  Measure, cut and apply to the feet of your furniture.  Apply talcum powder to reduce some of the natural traction of the rubber material.
10) Chain Stay Guard - Protect your bike's chain stay tube with a tube and duct tape.

There are many more elaborate options available.  Some a bit silly, some mind bogglingly beautiful.  Just remember to do your part to reduce, reuse, recycle and help save the planet.

Germantown, MD
Post #: 347
>Starting in May, there will be a number of impromptu rides that will primarily serve as scouting expeditions
> for future group rides. This could be a fun opportunity for those that enjoy some surprises on two
> wheels. Destinations includes Adamstown.....

In fact if you start on the lower Salvation Circuit then go up the back of Sugarloaf in a big 'S', you can take in both Gregg Road (off of Zion) and Adamstown (off of Buckeystown Pike/Route 28).

And no need to stop at Adamstown, but carry on up and over Mountville Road to the Jefferson Bakery. Mountville Road is definitely the surprise on this leg, as it is more 'Mount' than 'ville'.

user 18107341
Bowie, MD
Post #: 10
I'm sorry Gregg, but being an Air Force Veteran, I have to address this.

"Air Force Cycling Challenge - Crystal Ride.....
Join your fellow group members and "Be all that you can be.." in the 2012 edition of the Air Force Classic......."

That's an Army quote on an Air Force event.shock "Aim High" will work better . smile
Group Organizer
Washington, DC
Post #: 545
Thanks Demetrius for pointing that out. My apologies and thanks to all the Air Force folks out there. I'll be more careful next time.

Stephen, ... Very funny.

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