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Join us at our weekly Hains Point Workout (Ride or Run) starting at 5:30 pm. Arriving later is totally fine, just let us know when you arrive and the group will drop by and pick you up. You are also free to do your own ride or run at Hans Point. Around 7:15 pm we will regroup for a small happy hour and watch the sunset at 8:12 pm.
🌅🍻 Sunset Happy After The Ride, 7:15pm
Bring your own beer and camping chair. As it is Tuesday, we are having Tacos and Mexican hot chocolate. Since the pandemic, I greatly prefer eating outside and skipping the large restaurant bill by cooking my own food. Plus, no restaurant can match our view of the Sunset!
🌮💰 To pay for Tacos drop me $10 on Venmo or PayPal. We are using high quality cuts of grass fed beef, 93% lean. We also have chips, salsa, side dish and a small dessert.
I'm starting the ride at the last restroom before the turn. Restroom 4 See Map. https://goo.gl/maps/n7u6KyV6cmYT29XK9
🏃♂️🚴♂️ Ride and Run details:
Hains Point ride is a 3-mile loop around the island. It enables members with different fitness and cycling goals to ride together. Many times we practice group riding techniques with a strong cyclist out front eating the headwind, while other riders practice drafting. However, the ride really changes depending on who attends.
Tuesday ride is not always a training or workout ride. Our group is very social, and at times members ride alongside each other at a casual pace chatting away.
COVID-19 Safety: 🤧
Do Not attend if you are sick, or show any symptoms.
Please wear masks when not eating or drinking, and keep the usual social distance.
We'll be taking temperatures and provide masks if you need one.
There are plenty of open grass to keep social distanced when eating. I'll also provide camping chairs to sit 6 feet away.
Please do not congregate around tables with food. Let people serve themselves food in a safe social distance fashion.
It's mandatory to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after the ride and before handing any shared food utensils.
COVID-19 contact tracing apps:
I strongly recommended everyone attending our events to download a contact tracing app. These apps work with together, so you only need to download one.
VA - https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covidwise/
DC - https://covidlink.maryland.gov/content/mdcovidalert/
MD - https://coronavirus.dc.gov/dccan
Layman's COVID-19 Test: Our bike ride is basically a very unscientific, inaccurate, layman's COVID-19 test. If you feel great after a workout, then it is reasonable to think that you have a lower probability of having COVID-19.
I take no responsibility, nor can be legally accountable for your safety on the bike, at the BBQ, at the happy hour or with COVID-19. By attending, you are agreeing to give up any legal rights you may have in such matters. By attending, you agree, you are solely responsible for your health and safety of your person and bike.
DC COVID-19 guidelines for cookouts.
CDC guidelines for gatherings
With the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains as your backdrop, there’s a ride for everyone: 49, 75 and 100 mile options along with non-mountain rides of 27 and 45 miles. The mountain is a challenging ride with a 12.6 mile climb of Thunder Ridge and several smaller climbs up to 9,000+ feet of climbing.
This supported ride is one of my favorites and is very well organized and staffed. Swag is great, t-shirt that you'll actually wear and a custom SOTR beer glass. It's without doubt worth paying for.
Your registration helps fund the Community Support Campaign of the YMCA of Central Virginia.
Cost is $75 and increases May 7th.
*** A Good Cause
“ALL proceeds from SOTR go towards our YMCA's Outreach programming - this year we are sending 1000 children to our Achievement Gap Program this summer. This is 600 MORE children than in 2019 !!!! We need your support :)”
*** Day Before (Saturday)
Packet Pickup from 2PM to 7PM & Sunday 6:45AM to 8AM
We are heading down early to hike Sharp Top in the Blue Ridge Mountains at 1pm which has been called the best hike in the area: "Amazing 360 degree views from the summit give you some of the best views in Virginia." It's a perfect difficulty for the day before a long bike ride, only 3.4 miles round trip. Additional details: https://virginiatrailguide.com/2010/10/23/sharp-top-and-buzzards-roost/. Trailhead and parking location: https://goo.gl/maps/zWuYrQR4NUcxbkLd8
For dinner, we are meeting as a group at Neighbors Place at 6:30pm, which is within walking distance of the YMCA. We will have a table reserved for outdoor seating. Even if you're not interested in eating, stop by and say hello to the group!
Indoor ($10) and Outdoor (free) Camping is available on Saturday night, May 22nd. Restrooms are located in the pavilion, and the YMCA will close Sat night at 8PM and reopen at 6AM for showering.
Showers are available after the ride and we have access to the YMCA swimming pool and hot tub. Bring a swimsuit and a towel.
*** The Ride (Sunday)
Included are cue sheets, fully stocked rest stops (fantastic assortment of high-energy snacks), SAG support and monitoring of riders along the course.
27 mile - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/2442652
45 mile - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/2442679
49 mile - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26861360 (the mountain only)
75 mile - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/2442705
100 mile - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/2442798
The Challenge Ride is an amateur, non-competitive, fun ride/race, open to cyclists of all abilities. The route is approximately 10km (6.5 miles) in and around the Pentagon, Crystal City and Rosslyn, closed to traffic. Participants can complete as many laps as they can, for up to 3 hours. You do not have to start at 7am, as you can check in up to 8am - it just all depends on how many laps you want to complete by 10am. All riders must be off the course by 10am.
Riders that complete 9 or more laps receive Gold, riders that complete 6 to 8 laps will receive Silver, and riders that complete 5 or fewer will receive Bronze. Gold >= avg 19.5mph. Silver >= avg 13mph.
More info here: https://cyclingclassic.org/challenge-ride
An oldie but goodie, the Dry Mill Run (aka Loudon Loop). This is a fairly scenic ride on rolling terrain. None of the hills are all that steep or long, but there are quite a few of them. This is a No Drop ride so if you find the pace difficult and fall behind, just keep pushing those pedals and we'll wait for you at the next turn. Stronger riders can feel free to ride ahead if they know the route.
Location: Loudon County High School
Safety Brief: 8:10am
Ride Start: 8:15am
Distance: 37.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1870ft
Ride Time: Approx. 3 hours (with stops)
Rest Stop: 7-11 at 14.2 Miles
Helmets are mandatory. Lights are optional. Double-check your bike the day before