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Sunset Hills Vineyard Summer Solstice Bike Ride & Picnic
PLEASE READ ENTIRE DESCRIPTION! Join us for a bike ride through the bucolic country side of Loudoun County's wine country followed by a relaxing afternoon of wine tasting and picnic at Sunset Hills Vineyard. Sunset Hills will be hosting a Summer Solstice event this day which is open to the public (no tickets required). There will be live music, and a fantastic food vendor, Denson's Market at the vineyard that day. The Rides - Note: Route details are subject to change. - Please use the links provided to download and print your own copy of the cue sheets and/or load the route map into your GPS device. Ride A Length: 42 mi Total Climb Elevation: 2977 ft Max Grade: 11.7% Terrain: Rolling hills to hilly, a couple of long and/or steep climbs Surface: Paved roads and or multi-use trail Pace: 14 mph avg. Recommended Bicycle Type(s): Road or cyclocross Route Map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1398797 Comments: Many of the roads on this route will be part of the upcoming Reston Century in August and therefore is a good choice for anyone planning to do that or other century rides. The average pace for this ride is due to the steepness of some of the climbs. On flatter ground this would be an 18+ mph pace! Ride B Length: 35 mi Total Climb Elevation: 2354 ft Max Grade: 6.4% Terrain: Rolling hills to hilly Surface: Paved roads and multi-use trail Pace: 12 - 16 mph avg. Recommended Bicycle Type(s): Road, cyclocross. Route Map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2808719 Comments: Compared to Ride A above, this is a shorter and less hilly route than and the hills you do encounter are much less steep. Those in excellent cycling condition have done this route with hybrid and even fixed gear bikes! This is also a good choice for those working up to doing a century ride. Ride C Length: 27 mi Total Climb Elevation: 1347 ft Max Grade: 6.7 % Terrain: Mostly flat with gently slopped climbs Surface: Paved roads and multi-use trail Route Map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2809696 Pace: Doesn't really matter Recommended Bicycle Type(s): Any Comments: This is about as flat of a ride as your going to find in Loudoun County. Since it is mostly along the W&OD Trail it's pretty hard to get lost and therefore no cue sheets needed. This is a great choice for those who are just getting started in cycling or just plain don't like doing hills. Post Ride - Summer Solstice Wine Tasting and Picnic Upon our return to Sunset Hills, putting away our bikes, and cleaning ourselves up (there are plenty of bathrooms), we will spend the afternoon sipping wine and picnicking. If the weather is nice, we will sit at the picnic tables in a shaded space next to the corn crib. If the weather isn't favorable we will move to the Stone Library in the barn. Wine: Sunset Hills is offering our group a 20% discount on sales of bottles of wine and items from their kitchen. Wine tastings are also available on an individual basis. Food: Denson's Market The tentative menu will include a raw oyster bar, grilled oysters with garlic, butter, herbs, pepper and imported parmesan, fried oysters and award-winning crab cakes. They'll have drinks and sides as well. What to bring: • Your bike & bike gear (cyclometer, pump, emergency kit, etc) • Helmet (mandatory for all rides with this group!) • Cell phone (you should never ride without one) • Appropriate cycling attire • Change of clothes (for those who don't like sitting around in their wet smelly cycling attire) • Cash and/or credit card (for emergencies and whatever beverage and/or food purchases you wish to make) • Photo ID • Camera (you'll want to take lots of pictures for this event!) What NOT to Bring: No alcoholic beverages other than Sunset Hills wines are permitted on the property. This is an ABC law, and a matter of retaining our liquor license. Please respect this policy; those who don't will be asked to leave. Contacts John (https://www.meetup.com/Bike-Me-DC/events/238677792/) As always, should you have any questions please contact us via the MeetUp email system. We will email our cell phone #s to everyone a day or so before the event.

Sunset Hills Vineyards

38295 Freemont Overlook Lane · Purcellville, VA

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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!

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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).

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a) current or very recent,
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