What we're about
WHO WE ARE
The District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) Rollers is a group of recreational road cyclists who appreciate and enjoy the fellowship and health benefits associated with our sport -- and we love riding our bikes! All skill levels of cyclists are welcome to join us, however most of our members do have at least a few years of road riding experience and are "B+/B" riders (16 -18 mph group pace on flat roads).
Therefore we strongly encourage new riders ("newbies") to join our rides very early in the season as each week the rides will increase in length and intensity. Although our rides are "no drop", meaning we will never leave a cyclist alone on the road, if a rider is deemed unable to maintain the group pace and/or complete the ride, we will ensure only that the rider is appropriately safeguarded (friend/SAG pick-up, rest stop drop-off, etc.).
Additionally, the DMV Rollers take pride in giving back to the community via participation in numerous charity rides throughout the cycling season. For example, at the national level in June 2018 members participated in "Bike MS: Chesapeake Challenge 2018", raising nearly $3,000 in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. And, local causes supported recently include the April 2018 "Ride to End Hunger in Calvert County" (Food Pantry's in Calvert County, MD), the October 2017 "In The Saddle In Pink – Riding To A Cure" (The Madra Cochrane Foundation, breast cancer awareness and support of Medstar Washington Hospital), and the June 2017 "Bay to Bay Ride" (Lions Club Leader Dog Program for the Blind, Betterton, MD).
HOW WE ROLL
Safety First: Please keep in mind that in order to accomplish a successful day of group road cycling, rider safety must be first and foremost. The DMV Rollers encourage and welcome fellow cycling enthusiasts to ride with us. However, the DMV Rollers assume no liability for any of our posted rides: each participant rides at their own risk, bears personal responsibility for their own safety and is expected to be respectful of the safety of others. In order to participate in the DMV Rollers' rides, cyclists must familiarize themselves with and adhere to the following:
· Always wear a helmet (proper fitting/adjusted)
· Keep your ears clear (no ear buds playing loud music)
· Pay Attention: keep your eyes and mind on the road and maintain awareness of your surroundings. It only takes a few seconds for something very bad to happen.
· Obey all traffic signs and signals (act like a car)
· Ride no more than two abreast (when safe to do so)
· Call out car "back”, "up”, "right", "left" etc. to alert fellow riders to vehicular traffic
· When a motor vehicle is behind you and/or trying to pass, ride single file
· Call out your intentions to riders immediately behind you: “slowing” “stopping” “turning”
· Call out to riders/pedestrians ahead of your intentions to pass: “on your left”
· Use traffic hand signals when appropriate to alert riders/motor vehicles/pedestrians
· Point to road hazards and/or call out to riders behind you: “gravel”, “hole”, "roadkill" etc.
· Ride defensively and use common sense and courtesy toward motorists, pedestrians, and others
· Stay Visible: use lights when biking at night or in low-light conditions.
· Properly fitting and adjusted helmet
· Cycling gloves
· Protective cycling eyeglasses
· Spare tubes
· CO2 cartridges and/or bicycle pump, tire levers, patch kit
· Operational safety lights
· Water bottle(s)
· Food: bars, gels, fruit, etc.
· Identification (such as Road ID)
· Emergency money
· Do a quick test of your bike to ensure that it’s in proper working order