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An interesting some-what hilly 31 mile route (mostly roads, some of Matthew Henson Trail, and a few short connector bike trails) to El Andariego [Mexican] Restaurant in Ashton (http://elandariegomexicanrestaurant.com/). A few challenging hills will slow our average C pace for the whole ride to about 11 miles per hour (slower when uphill and faster when downhill or flat roads). See the Ride Class Table (https://www.potomacpedalers.org/ride-class-table ) for more info on ride classes and average speeds. If you would to prefer to ride at your own pace (e.g., significantly slower or faster than leader), then please let me know and I will bring a printed cue sheet for you. Don't forget lock, helmet, and lunch money. Please arrive in time to be ready to roll at our departure time of 10:00. Norman Rasmussen [masked]
Leaving from City Bikes Tenleytown, this social Potomac Pedalers’ ride explores some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in D.C., Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Rock Creek Park. Join us each Thursday evening through September. Come for the ride and then join us afterwards at Angelico’s for pizza (or salad!), beer, and socializing. Most routes go through neighborhoods with light traffic but all include short connections on roads with heavier traffic. Comfort with road riding is a must. Routes vary each week. We'll update the Meetup listing with the planned ride closer to the date. Time: Plan to arrive no later than 6:15 pm to sign in and hear announcements. The group rolls promptly at 6:30 pm due to limited daylight. So seriously, show up at 6:15 and not 6:35. At 6:35 we are already riding. Distance: Route of 10 to 20 miles, depending on available daylight. All routes include rolling and sometimes steep hills. Level: Most participants have done group rides in the past and have road bikes. Ride leaders maintain a pace of 12-16 miles per hour on flat ground and 8-12 miles per hour on hills (C/CC in Potomac Pedalers’ ride class table). For those at that pace, the ride is no-drop. Some riders go ahead of the ride leader at their own individual paces, which sometimes depend on the strength of their desire for beer and pizza. All riders who stay on the cue sheet route will be swept up by the ride leader who will head for Angelico’s for post ride group dinner. No go if raining or wet roads. If weather is if-y the day of, we will update the Meetup listing. Parking is available in the City Bikes parking lot. The shop offers the use of their rest room and air pump to those participating in the ride. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED.
If you want to join the “Friday Lunch Ride” but want most of the miles before lunch (and/or find that an earlier, more southern starting point is more convenient), then try this ride. We will start at Veirs Mill Park (VMP) at the North end of Beach Drive and ride up the Rock Creek Trail to Lake Needwood in time for a short break before joining Deborah’s “Friday Lunch Ride”. Please check here weekly for distance/destination info and any possible cancellations due to weather. This ride will be the same length as the “Friday Lunch Ride” if lunch in Bethesda and could be a few miles longer if lunch in a more northern city, such as Olney or Rockville. This ride will be at a C pace, averaging 10-11 mph on the Rock Creek Trail and 12-14 if on flat roads (such as Beach Drive); see the Ride Class Table (https://www.potomacpedalers.org/ride-class-table) for more info on ride classes and average speeds. Please remember to bring helmet, bike lock, and lunch money. Please arrive in time to be ready to roll at our departure time of 9:00. Norman
I'll be starting out at Lake Needwood in Derwood and biking to lunch in Bethesda, Rockville, Olney or points elsewhere. I’ll let you know by Thursday of each week where we are going, so check the weekly listing for more information. We try to keep the distance at 30 miles. If the ride will be hilly that week, we usually shorten the distance.