What we're about

Welcome to Bike Me DC!

If you live in the Washington D.C. metro area, love cycling, enjoy meeting people, making new friends, and want to have lots of fun, this group is for you! Our members include cyclists of all skill levels and interests, from the beginner just starting out to those in training for races or 100+ mile century rides. Some members are mostly interested in road cycling, others prefer trails, while others enjoy mountain biking most. Whatever your cycling interest, Bike Me DC! offers a wide variety of events for your cycling pleasure.

Bike Me DC! riding events are defined by a number of parameters, which include type, distance, pace, terrain, course.

Type: Indicates the degree of organizational support for the ride (e.g. impromptu, organizer led, or an event organized by a 3rd party such as a century ride) and what type of bicycle is most appropriate; e.g. road bike, hydride, mountain bike, etc.

Distance: One of the most obvious parameters is how far we’ll ride. Distance is measured in miles (unless specified otherwise) and rides will vary from 15 to 100+ miles. Mid-week rides, due to time constraints will typically be between 15 – 35 miles. Weekend rides may be anywhere between 15 – 100 miles.

Pace: Describes how fast we’ll ride and is measured in miles per hour. Leisure rides will be in the 12-14 mph range. Moderate paced rides are 15 – 18 mph, while a fast paced ride will be 18+ mph. Some riding events will be targeted at a specific pace, while other rides will accommodate all paces.

Terrain: Indicates the type of surface the ride will be on; e.g. road, dirt, paved trail, unpaved trail, flat, hilly, mountain, etc.

Course: Describes the path or route of the ride. Some rides will need and include maps & cue sheets. Other rides (e.g. a ride along the W&OD Trail) will not and will be guide by the ride leader. Anyone is encouraged to participate in our rides regardless of skill level or bike.

All rides are No Drop which means you will not be left behind. All rides include one or more rest stops allowing everybody a chance to catch up, stretch and catch their breath. Remember, no matter what other goals you might have for a particular ride, having a fun and safe ride is our most important goal. So come on out, meet some new friends and enjoy the ride!

A few other things to keep in mind…

Risk of Injury: Like any athletic activity, cycling entails an inherent risk of injury and you acknowledge and accept that risk, and agree that Bike Me! and its group leaders are not responsible for rider safety and/or injury (a signed waiver must be completed before your first ride with the group).

Photos: For security purposes, all members are required to have a good quality profile photo that is,

a) current or very recent,
b) a close up facial shot, and
c) includes ONLY yourself.

Additionally, photos will be taken of events and posted to the groups web site.

No Show Policy (http://www.meetup.com/Bike-Me-DC/pages/No_Show_Policy/) Please click this link to read the groups policy on no shows.

Upcoming events (5+)

Easter Sunday Middleburg Ride (Blue Ridge Splendor)

Middleburg Elementary School

This 38-mile cruise will bring you close to the Blue Ridge Mountains, past stables and foxhunting country, steeplechase tracks, and gorgeous stone homes. The terrain is certainly rolling and hilly, but on a sunny day with a gentle breeze this ride can be as much of a pleasure cruise as a workout. The Ride This ride is recommended for those who are able to maintain a 12 - 14 mph or better pace over hilly terrain. Distance: 38 miles Total Ascent: Approximately 2300 feet Terrain: Rolling hills Surface: Paved two-lane roads Approx pedaling time: 3.5 hours (including breaks) Bicycle Type(s): Road, hybrid, or cyclocross (mountain bikes NOT recommended!) Things to see: Views of Blue Ridge Mountains, stables Traffic & hazards: Light traffic Route: Cue sheets will be provided. A route map and GPS downloads are available at: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2361763 (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2344299) Comments: Virginia Hunt Country is not flat! Rides in this area are rolling to hilly. After The Ride After our ride is over, we can get a bite to eat at one of the local restaurant. There are several wineries nearby too. When & Where Location: Middleburg Elementary School (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=101+North+Madison+Street%2C+Middleburg%2C+VA) 101 North Madison Street, Middleburg, VA Start Pedaling:9:45AM What to Bring Helmet - Mandatory! Liquids - And plenty of them! Photo ID Money - Cash or credit card for food or emergency Bicycle Emergency Kit - (cash, minitool, inner tube, CO2 cartridge or hand pump, etc.) Bike lock Camera - It's always nice to have pictures to remind us of the fun we have! Other Things to Keep in Mind Please review the group's No Show Policy (http://www.meetup.com/Bike-Me-DC/pages/No_Show_Policy/). If you RSVP "yes" and you are unable to attend due to unexpected circumstances, please call or text the event host. If you are running late, please call or text the event hosts w/ your ETA! No go if conditions are bad. This includes rain, wet roads, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, earthquakes, locusts, or cats & dogs falling out of the sky.

The Great Falls Ramble

Louise Archer Elementary School

Join us for an early spring bicycle ride through scenic Great Falls Virginia! This 39 mile ride which starts and ends in Vienna, Virginia will include portions of the Washington and Old Dominion Trail (https://www.novaparks.com/parks/washington-and-old-dominion-railroad-regional-park) through the historic towns of Vienna and Herndon, Virginia, scenic roads past The Barns at Wolf Trap (https://www.wolftrap.org/about/venues/barns.aspx), a ride through and rest stop in Riverbend Park (https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/riverbend), and sometimes hilly two lane roads past the magnificent estate homes of Great Falls, Virginia. Cue Sheets - Members are responsible for printing their own cue sheets using the links provided below. Ride Details... Ride A Length: 39.8 miles Total Climb: 2210 ft Max Grade: 10.6 % Surface: Paved multi-purpose trail and roads Terrain: Scenic, flat to hilly Rest Stops: Great Falls National Park, Sunoco at (Great Falls Plaza), Green Lizard Cycling (Herndon) Hazards: On the W & OD Trail – crossing intersections, runners, pedestrians, kids, moms withy strollers, other cyclists, and occasional furry creatures. On roads – automobile traffic & crossing at intersections Recommended Bicycle: Road (including cyclocross) Map for Ride A: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4288588 Comments: The portion of this route through Great Falls is hilly, with a few of the hills being rather steep. Unless you are a super fit athlete, or a super masochist, you should not attempt this route on anything other than a road bike or cyclocross! Ride B If you don’t like hills, this is the ride for you! Length: 33.1 miles Total Climb: 1113 ft Max Grade: 5.2 % Surface: Paved multi-purpose trail and roads Terrain: Flat to slightly hilly Rest Stops: Green Lizard Cycling (Herndon), Carolina BBQ (Ashburn) Hazards: Crossing intersections, runners, pedestrians, kids, moms with baby strollers, other cyclists, and occasional furry creatures. Recommended Bicycle: Any Map for Ride B: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19622901 Comments: You can make this a shorter (17.3 miles) ride with less climbing (688 ft) by turning around at Herndon. You can make this a longer (45 miles) ride with more climbing (1789 ft) by riding to Leesburg. Post Ride Lunch After our ride we'll drive over to Caboose Brewing Company (http://www.caboosebrewing.com/) for lunch and refreshments. What to Bring · Helmet - Mandatory! · Liquids - And plenty of them! · Photo ID · Money - Cash or credit card for food or emergency) · Bicycle Emergency Repair Kit - (cash, mini tool, inner tube, CO2 cartridge or hand pump, etc.) · Bike lock Other Things to Keep in Mind · Please review the group's No Show Policy (http://www.meetup.com/Bike-Me-DC/pages/No_Show_Policy/). · If you RSVP "yes" and you are unable to attend due to unexpected circumstances, please call or text the event host. · If you are running late, please call or text the event hosts w/ your ETA! · No go if conditions are bad. This includes rain, wet roads, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, earthquakes, locusts, or cats & dogs falling out of the sky.

Walsh Family Wine Cycling Tour

Walsh Family Wine

Walsh Family Wine (formerly Northgate Vineyard) Enjoy views of scenic countryside, horse farms, estate homes, and tree covered bike trails on this ride between the historic towns of Hamilton, Waterford, Lovettsville, and Purcellville, VA. To better accommodate our members varied riding needs and abilities, two different routes are available from which to choose (see details below). Both rides will start and end from the same location and are no drop provided you are able to maintain the minimum average pace advertised for the route. Ride A (10:00 AM pedal time) Distance: 47.9 miles Terrain: Rolling hills, to hilly with some long and steep climbs. Total Climb Elevation: 2671 ft Max Grade: 8.4% Minimum Avg. Pace: 14 mph Map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2840366 Ride B (10:00 AM pedal time) Distance: 28.9 miles Terrain: Mostly rolling hills, to hilly with some steep or long climbs. Total Climb Elevation: 1662 ft Max Grade: 8.4% Minimum Avg. Pace: 12 mph Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15121720 After the Ride After the ride we'll enjoy an afternoon picnicking and wine tasting at Walsh Family Wine (http://www.walshfamilywine.com/). Bring along a change of clothes and a dish to share with your cycling buddies. Store bought is OK. Homemade is even better! Seating is available both indoors and out. Walsh Family Wine offers a variety of white, red and desert wines which you may sample and or purchase. Please check out the Walsh Family Wine (http://www.walshfamilywine.com/) web site for more information. What to Bring... Helmet - This is Mandatory! -Bicycle Emergency Kit - (cell phone, mini tool, spare tubes, tire levers, CO2 cartridge or hand pump, etc.) -Liquids - plenty of them! -Money -Cell Phone -Camera - It's always nice to have pictures to remind us of the fun we have! -Change of Clothes -Dish to Share Other Things to Keep in Mind Please review the group's No Show Policy (http://www.meetup.com/Bike-Me-DC/pages/No_Show_Policy/). If you RSVP "yes" and you are unable to attend due to unexpected circumstances, or you are running late, please call or text the event host (Please include your name with any voice or text message). No go if conditions are bad. This includes rain, wet roads, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, earthquakes, locusts, or cats & dogs falling out of the sky. By Virginia law, no alcohol other than wine purchased at the vineyard, may be brought onto the premises. Violators will be asked to leave. Questions & Contact Info As always, if you have any questions, you may email the organizer(s) for the event or post your question as a comment. The cell numbers for the event organizers will be emailed to you the day before the event.

The Oxford Loop!

Saint Michaels Middle School

The Oxford Loop is the classic Maryland Eastern Shore ride! On this very flat ride you will pedal mostly over sleepy country roads with little traffic through the quaint and historical little towns of Saint Michaels, Easton, and Oxford, Maryland. The two roads with traffic (RT 33 & 333) have VERY wide shoulders that are used as bicycle lanes. The highlight of this route is the visit to Oxford, MD (http://oxfordmd.net/) and the ferry crossing over the Tred Avon River. The Oxford-Bellevue Ferry (http://www.oxfordbellevueferry.com/) is billed as the "Nation's Oldest Privately Operated Ferry Service". It began operation in 1683, and has run continuously since 1836. While waiting for the ferry, enjoy a bite to eat from the Oxford Market & Deli (locate just a few blocks before the ferry). The 10 minute ferry ride will cost you $4.00 per bike ($11.00 for cars plus $1.00 for each additional passenger). Ride Details Route 1 Distance: 44.1 miles Elevation: 477 ft Max Grade: 1.8% Estimated Pedal Time: 3h (@ 15 mph avg. pace) Route Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/10671899 Route 2 Distance: 35 miles Elevation: 346 ft Max Grade: 1.7% Estimated Pedal Time: 3h (@ 12 mph avg. pace) Route Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17020698 Additional Info: Post Ride We'll meet for lunch at one of the local restaurants in St. Michaels. What to Bring • Helmet - Mandatory! • Liquids - And plenty of them! • Photo ID • Money - Cash or credit card for... food, ferry, and/or emergency • Bicycle Emergency Repair Kit - (cash, mini tool, inner tube, CO2 cartridge or hand pump, etc.) • Bike lock - (You know why) • Camera - It's always nice to have pictures to remind us of the fun we have! • Change of Clothes - For after the ride. Other Things to Keep in Mind • Please review the group's No Show Policy (http://www.meetup.com/Bike-Me-DC/pages/No_Show_Policy/). • If you RSVP "yes" and you are unable to attend due to unexpected circumstances, please call or text the event host. • If you are running late, please call or text the event hosts w/ your ETA! • No go if conditions are bad. This includes rain, wet roads, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, earthquakes, locusts, or cats & dogs falling out of the sky. Contact(s) As always, if you have any questions, you may email the organizer(s) for the event or post your question as a comment. The cell numbers for the event organizers will be emailed to you the day before the event.

Past events (655)

RBC 2019 Ride Season Launch Ride and Party

Old Ox Brewery

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