What we're about

Greetings Everyone !!!

Welcome to the Northern Virginia Casual Biking Group (NOVA-CBG). For your cycling pleasure, please join us for various casual bicycle rides around the area.

Now, how do we define "casual"?

Well, we really don't pressure anyone to be a professional cyclist.

We don't ask you to own any special gear (except for a helmet).

We don't ask you to wear special outfits (unless you want to of course).

All we ask is that you come as you are comfortably with a bike that is in well-tuned shape and a helmet.

We ride with a "no man left behind" philosophy so that everyone can enjoy themselves without fear of getting lost or left behind. So the ride may have a few extra "re-grouping" stops if that is required due to various riding skills. Because of this philosophy we really try to ask that the cyclist's riding skill matches the ride they are on.

We try to accommodate all levels of cyclists with different types of rides. We just ask that you come to the ride that suits your current riding ability the best.

If you haven't ridden a bike in a number of years (or are uncertain of your abilities on a bicycle) you should come to the "Introductory Level" rides to get yourself reintroduced to your bike seat (10 mph).

If you can easily ride your bike for 10 miles (distance) with some minor hills at a comfortable pace (10+ to 12+ mph) then a "Beginner Level" ride would probably suit you the best.

If you can do 20 miles pretty easily at a moderate pace (13 to 15+ mph) then the "Medium Level" rides would be for you.

If you are an avid cyclist, you will probably be bored by our slower pace (unless you're coming for a recovery ride) but we welcome anyone to ride with us since there is also a social and fun aspect to all or our rides!

To see a full description of the types of rides we offer, please see our "About" page at this link : http://www.meetup.com/NOVA-CBG/about/

Just like every other group we DO have some riding requirements:

1) Helmets are mandatory for every ride we do, no exceptions... period.

2) All riders ride at their own risk and with the understanding that cycling is an inherently dangerous activity. Participating in a NoVA-CBG ride is voluntary and riders must be ready and able to participate in the ride as described in the meetup and under the conditions of the day. Riders have read and acknowledged by an RSVP 'YES' MEETUP.com's "Terms of Service : Section 6.2 " found HERE (http://www.meetup.com/terms/) ( http://www.meetup.com/terms ) and NOVA-CBG's "Assumption of Risk Agreement" found HERE (http://files.meetup.com/1557670/NOVA-CBG_WAIVER.pdf) ( http://files.meetup.com/1557670/NOVA-CBG_WAIVER.pdf ).

3) Just in case there is an emergency situation you should always have on you Identification, Insurance, and any other important medical information.

4) All riders must be at least 18 years of age.

5) No music is allowed on any of the rides. Headphones or otherwise.

6) We have a pretty serious "No Show" policy. Please read the "ABOUT" page for complete ride descriptions and policies. http://www.meetup.com/NOVA-CBG/about/

7) Money - Your annual "Suggested Donation Fee" of $10.00 is always appreciated to help defer the cost of the MEETUP and EVENT fees (like our Annual Picnic or Holiday Party). However, I would never want that to get in the way of someone coming and riding with us so I'll let you and your pocketbook decide.

Upcoming events (5+)

[RSVPs OPEN] Tour(s) de Talbot - Oxford/St.Michaels & School Days Loops

***************** The Ride: Summary ***************** * NAME: Tour(s) de Talbot - Oxford/St.Michaels & School Days Loops * ARRIVAL: 8:45am * BREAKFAST: 9:00am * THE SPEECH: 10:15am * ROLLING: 10:30am * LEVEL: Medium(+) 34mile / Advanced 50mile * DISTANCE: 34 or 50 miles * PACE: 34 mile = 13-15mph / 50 mile = 15+mph * TERRAIN: Flat country road riding (with and without shoulder) * START: Robert Morris Inn * GPS DIRECTIONS: https://goo.gl/maps/W2K2yVrVKw12 * ROUTE(S): See meetup body for cue/Garmin (1) 34 = https://goo.gl/G6op78 (2) 50 = https://goo.gl/izTHdA * ADDITIONAL INFO: (1) Sat of Memorial Day Weekend (2) Cue Sheet / Garmin ride (No lead or sweep) (3) Don't park directly in front of the Robert Morris Inn (4) All rendezvous at the Crab Claw for lunch (5) Need snacks, tubes, tools, bike lock, and $4 for the ferry ***************** The Ride: Details ***************** For your riding pleasure NoVA CBG presents The Tour(s) de Talbot Ride - Oxford/St.Michaels & School Days Loop routes. * This is one of NoVA CBG's "Crown Jewel" rides that we only do twice a year. It is a very scenic and flat ride that takes us to the Eastern Shore from Oxford through Easton and St. Michaels MD. * It is a Cue Sheet/Garmin Ride so you must know how to use either of those to participate as there is NO LEAD or SWEEP. * The Robert Morris Inn is directly next to the Oxford Ferry. Please park by the ferry or up the street from the Inn. * I've made breakfast reservations @ 9:00am but the kitchen has a HARD CLOSE @ 10:00am. We will be rolling @ 10:30am. * The Oxford/St.Michaels 34 mile riders will get to St. Michaels first and will have to wait for the School Days 50 mile riders to join them. * We all rendezvous at the Crab Claw and have lunch together. http://thecrabclaw.com • It is only 8 miles to the Historic Oxford Ferry. The ferry takes us directly back to the Robert Morris Inn. We all make this trip back together. • You will need $4 in cash for the ferry ride. **************** Routes : **************** Cue Sheets : * Oxford Loop (34 mile): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1j9ac3wzisxG_21FXZs88U-2xvo60sjc2 * Oxford Loop / School Days (50 mile): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NeFuHohDnJJzf8WG8jUPCznihj4XPz8G GPX Files: * Oxford Loop (34 mile): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28734084 * Oxford Loop / School Days (50 mile): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28734087 **************** The Meeting Spot: **************** Robert Morris Inn 314 North Morris Street Oxford, MD[masked]http://www.robertmorrisinn.com GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/W2K2yVrVKw12 Make SURE your GPS takes you around via Easton and NOT TOWARDS BELLEVUE. If you end up in BELLEVUE you are on the other side of the Tred Avon River (this has happened before). Don't park directly in front of the Inn. Please park by the ferry or up the street from the Inn. **************** The Ride After The Ride: **************** Robert Morris Inn sampling some of their cooler beverages. **************** Relative Links : **************** http://tourtalbot.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/TCOT-Bike-Trails.pdf http://www.robertmorrisinn.com http://www.oxfordferry.com/ http://thecrabclaw.com/ **************** Ride Level Chart **************** NoVA CBG tries to accommodate all levels of cyclists by offering different types of rides. We just ask that you come to the ride that suits your current riding ability the best. * Beginner Level : You can easily ride your bike for 10 miles with some minor hills at a comfortable pace of 10+ to 12+ mph. * Medium Level : You can do 20 miles pretty easily at a moderate pace of 13 to 15+ mph. * Advanced Level : You can do 20++ miles easily at a 15+ pace and / or handle various challenges as rain, night riding, or other odd cycling situations. ************** The Fine Print: ************** An RSVP of 'YES' is your digital signature and means you have read and understood MEETUP.com's "Terms of Service : Section 6. Release " found at https://www.meetup.com/terms/ and NOVA-CBG's "Assumption of Risk Agreement" found @ https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/pages/1942951/NOVA-CBG_Waiver/. Helmets are required to participate in all NOVA-CBG rides. NO Helmet, NO ride, NO exceptions. All riders ride at their own risk and with the understanding that cycling is an inherently dangerous activity. When coming to the meetup you do so voluntarily and are ready and able to participate in the ride as described under the conditions of the day. Be on time for the "pre-ride" preparation. If you do not attend the pre-ride preparation you will not be allowed to participate on the ride, there will be NO exceptions.

[RSVPs OPEN] Advanced Level: The HOLLEYW&OD Ride of Fame (23 Mile Edition)

Do you fancy yourself a bicycling superstar or at least a single-speed dynamo who has a good shot at getting into Sundance? Then stuff that celebrity ego into a jersey, slather on some chamois cream and join me for a spirited ride on the W&OD Trail where we can be fabulous together. ****************************** The Audition (Summary): ****************************** "IS THIS WHERE I READ FOR THE PART?" *8:00am: Arrival at the Shirlington Library ---- "WHAT IS MY MOTIVATION?" *Ride the W&OD Trail for 23 miles @ 15+ mph ---- "HERE ARE YOUR LINES" *8:15am: The Speech ---- "AAAAAAAND ACTION !!" *8:20am: Rolling ****************************** The Script and Story-line (The Ride): ****************************** * NO personal assistants allowed on this ride (a.k.a. This is a no-sweep ride). * All the rides are on the W&OD trail (out and back). * The early "episodes" of the season will be 23 miles each. * As the season progresses (and the stars demand more money) the mileage will increase, 23 to 40 to 55...maybe more! * This is a solid workout and growth ride for those who think they can ride an advanced pace. * If you feel you can ride 15mph for 23miles I encourage you to give this ride a try. * If you sign up for this ride you must know how to take care of yourself and your bicycle. * You must have a spare tube and the appropriate bike maintenance and tire changing tools (tire levers, pump, etc.) and you know how to change a tube. * You will have Uber money and be able to get yourself home if necessary. * If you actually want to be a bike mechanic (not just play one on TV) and learn how to change a tube/tire for future rides our Executive Producer, Gary, hosts tire-changing classes the third Tuesday of every month nearly year-round, check one out. * I will be signing autographs and handing out my agent's phone number at the beginning of each ride. If you are separated from the group for any reason and do not make it back to Shirlington within a reasonable time-frame, please send me a text, voicemail or insert a comment to this ride that you are okay. I am a compassionate director and want to make sure everyone makes it back to their trailers safely. ****************************** Commercial Break: ****************************** At 11.5 miles we will stop at: Whole Foods 143 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180 W&OD Mile Marker 11.5 (the store is literally a building to the right of this mile marker). They have water, bathrooms, and food if needed. The Whole Foods stop will be about a 15 minute break, after fifteen minutes it is back on the trail to continue the ride. If you arrive after everyone has already departed, please take a rest stop, remember that there is no sweep, do not feel rushed. After the Whole Foods break we head straight back to Shirlington, just the way we came, on the fabulous W&OD! ****************************** The Production Studio (The Meeting Spot): ****************************** Shirlington Library 4200 Campbell Avenue Arlington, VA https://goo.gl/maps/7yVCbL1S1vu We will meet in front of the Shirlington Library. ****************************** The Wrap Party (The Ride After The Ride): ****************************** No craft services table here, we are on our own dime at one of the Shirlington eateries, if you cycling celebrities think you can spare the calories... ****************************** Other Fine Programming (Ride Level Chart): ****************************** NoVA CBG tries to accommodate all levels of cyclists by offering different types of rides. We just ask that you come to the ride that suits your current riding ability the best. * Introductory Level : If you haven't ridden a bike in a number of years (or are uncertain of your abilities on a bicycle). * Beginner Level : You can easily ride your bike for 10 miles with some minor hills at a comfortable pace of 10+ to 12+ mph. * Medium Level : You can do 20 miles pretty easily at a moderate pace of 13 to 15+ mph. * Advanced Level : You can do 20++ miles easily at a 15+ pace and / or handle various challenges as rain, night riding, or other odd cycling situations. ****************************** Closing Credits (The Fine Print): ****************************** An RSVP of 'YES' is your digital signature and means you have read and understood MEETUP.com's "Terms of Service : Section 6. Release " found at https://www.meetup.com/terms/ and NOVA-CBG's "Assumption of Risk Agreement" found @ https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/pages/1942951/NOVA-CBG_Waiver/. Helmets are required to participate in all NOVA-CBG rides. NO Helmet, NO ride, NO exceptions. All riders ride at their own risk and with the understanding that cycling is an inherently dangerous activity. When coming to the meetup you do so voluntarily and are ready and able to participate in the ride as described under the conditions of the day. Be on time for the "pre-ride" preparation. If you do not attend the pre-ride preparation you will not be allowed to participate on the ride, there will be NO exceptions. ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

[RSVPs OPEN] Medium Level: "B-Movie" Edition - The HOLLEYW&OD Ride of Fame

Do you think you're meant for the bright lights of HolleyW&OD but need to catch your "big break" first? Then come on out for this "B-Movie" acting role (ride). Every great movie needs its "B-Movie" for the drive in Double Feature and this is it. This "B-Movie" Edition of The HOLLEYW&OD ride is a growth ride. Gary will be directing this "Creature Feature" for those that want to try The HOLLEYW&OD Ride at a slightly slower pace. Just like on Thirsty Thursday Gary will pace this ride at no faster than 15mph so you can see just how well this suits you and your acting ability. Gary will also be there (lead / sweep / etc..) to assist if anyone has any bicycle issues or forgets their lines. ****************************** The Audition (Summary): ****************************** "IS THIS WHERE THE 'SCREAM QUEENS' ASSEMBLE?" *8:00am: Arrival at the Shirlington Library ---- "WHAT IS MY MOTIVATION?" *Ride the W&OD Trail for 23 miles @ 15 mph. ---- "WHAT'S MY LINE AGAIN!?! ... 'OH NO GODZILLA!'" *8:15am: The Speech ---- "AAAAAAAND CUE THE MONSTER!!" *8:30am: Rolling ****************************** The Script and Story-line (The Ride): ****************************** * Gary will be your acting coach to familiarize you with the route and be there in case you need any assistance. * All the rides are on the W&OD trail (out and back). * This "growth" ride will be 23 miles (Whole Foods and Back) at an approximate pace of 15 mph. * You must have a spare tube and the appropriate bike maintenance and tire changing tools (tire levers, pump, etc.). * If you actually want to be a bike mechanic (not just play one on TV) and learn how to change a tube/tire for future rides our Executive Producer, Gary, hosts tire-changing classes the third Tuesday of every month nearly year-round, check one out. * I will be signing autographs and handing out my agent's phone number at the beginning of each ride. If you are separated from the group for any reason and do not make it back to Shirlington within a reasonable time-frame, please send me a text, voicemail or insert a comment to this ride that you are okay. ****************************** Commercial Break (Turn Around Point): ****************************** At 11.5 miles we will stop at: Whole Foods 143 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180 W&OD Mile Marker 11.5 (the store is literally a building to the right of this mile marker). They have water, bathrooms, and food if needed. The Whole Foods stop will be about a 15 minute break, after fifteen minutes it is back on the trail to continue the ride. After the Whole Foods break we head straight back to Shirlington, just the way we came, on the fabulous W&OD! ****************************** The Production Studio (The Meeting Spot): ****************************** Shirlington Library 4200 Campbell Avenue Arlington, VA https://goo.gl/maps/7yVCbL1S1vu We will meet in front of the Shirlington Library. ****************************** The Wrap Party (The Ride After The Ride): ****************************** We will grab a coffee & pastry from Peet's Coffee or Best Buns and relax in front of the library patting ourselves on the back for an acting job done well. "Did you hear how loud I screamed when the Blob attacked me?" ****************************** Other Fine Programming (Ride Level Chart): ****************************** NoVA CBG tries to accommodate all levels of cyclists by offering different types of rides. We just ask that you come to the ride that suits your current riding ability the best. * Introductory Level : If you haven't ridden a bike in a number of years (or are uncertain of your abilities on a bicycle). * Beginner Level : You can easily ride your bike for 10 miles with some minor hills at a comfortable pace of 10+ to 12+ mph. * Medium Level : You can do 20 miles pretty easily at a moderate pace of 13 to 15+ mph. * Advanced Level : You can do 20++ miles easily at a 15+ pace and / or handle various challenges as rain, night riding, or other odd cycling situations. ****************************** Closing Credits (The Fine Print): ****************************** An RSVP of 'YES' is your digital signature and means you have read and understood MEETUP.com's "Terms of Service : Section 6. Release " found at https://www.meetup.com/terms/ and NOVA-CBG's "Assumption of Risk Agreement" found @ https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/pages/1942951/NOVA-CBG_Waiver/. Helmets are required to participate in all NOVA-CBG rides. NO Helmet, NO ride, NO exceptions. All riders ride at their own risk and with the understanding that cycling is an inherently dangerous activity. When coming to the meetup you do so voluntarily and are ready and able to participate in the ride as described under the conditions of the day. Be on time for the "pre-ride" preparation. If you do not attend the pre-ride preparation you will not be allowed to participate on the ride, there will be NO exceptions. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

[RSVPs OPEN] Beginner(+) Level: Memorial Day National Cemetery Ride

PUT YOURSELF ON THE WAITING LIST IF INTERESTED. ONCE I KNOW AN ORGANIZER COUNT WE WILL UPDATE THE ATTENDANCE NUMBERS ACCORDINGLY. THANKS!! GARY We ride to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. Two hours will be spent exploring the rich history found within the Arlington National Cemetery grounds. ******************* The Ride: Summary ******************* * NAME: Memorial Day National Cemetery Ride. * ARRIVAL: 8:00am * THE SPEECH: 8:15am * ROLLING: 8:30am (Prompt) * START LOCATION: Jones Point (meet under the bridge) * GPS DIRECTIONS: https://goo.gl/maps/KXeaZJdNzyK7Pe7UA * PARKING INFO: Ample parking in the parking lot. * LEVEL: Beginner(+) : "+" for distance * DISTANCE: 18 miles * PACE: 12 to 14 mph * TERRAIN: Paved Trail, Bike Lane, Street Riding. * ROUTE: TBD * ADDITIONAL INFO: (a) Please bring comfortable shoes. (b) Bring a bike lock !! ****************** The Ride : Detail ****************** NoVA CBG presents the Memorial Day National Cemetery Ride. We ride to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. The ride will begin and end at Jones Point Park. We will begin our Memorial Day respects with a visit to our own Alexandria National Cemetery +. + Alexandria National Cemetery is one of the original 14 national cemeteries established in 1862. By 1864, the cemetery was nearly filled to capacity, which eventually led to the planning, development and construction of Arlington National Cemetery. We will then ride our bikes 9 miles up the Mt. Vernon Trail to "Honor, Remember, & Explore" the Arlington National Cemetery ++. ++ In[masked] acres of Arlington plantation was set aside as a military cemetery allowing for the first military burial to take place on May 13, 1864 for Private William Christman of Pennsylvania. On June 15, the War Department officially designated this burial space a national cemetery, thus creating Arlington National Cemetery. By the end of the war, burials included thousands of service members as well as African-American Freedmen. The arrival time at Arlington National Cemetery should be approx. 10:00am. By the time we lock up our bikes and get through security I'm going to say will be 10:30am. This will allow us 2 hours to explore the rich history found within the cemetery grounds. Some events are listed below: * Flags In https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Visit/Events-and-Ceremonies/Ceremonies-and-Traditions/Flags-In * Memorial Day Observance (11:00am) https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Explore/Memorial-Amphitheater * The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Explore/Tomb-of-the-Unknown-Soldier * The Changing of the Guard (every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour) https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Explore/Changing-of-the-Guard * Arlington House https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Explore/History/Arlington-House * Monuments and Memorials https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Explore/Monuments-and-Memorials * Arlington National Cemetery's app: ANC Explorer, enables families, visitors and the public to locate gravesites, events or other points of interest throughout the cemetery; view front-and-back headstone photos and points of interest; and receive directions to these locations. The latest version also includes self-guided tours, easy access to general information, and provides the ability to save searched burial records to a mobile device. https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Explore/Find-a-Grave ****************** The Meeting Spot: ****************** Jones Point Park Jones Point Dr. Alexandria, VA[masked]https://goo.gl/maps/KXeaZJdNzyK7Pe7UA We will meet under the bridge. ****************** The Ride after the Ride: ****************** Southside[masked] S Washington St. Alexandria, VA[masked]http://www.southside815.com/ **************** Ride Level Chart **************** NoVA CBG tries to accommodate all levels of cyclists by offering different types of rides. We just ask that you come to the ride that suits your current riding ability the best. * Introductory Level : If you haven't ridden a bike in a number of years (or are uncertain of your abilities on a bicycle). * Beginner Level : You can easily ride your bike for 10 miles with some minor hills at a comfortable pace of 10+ to 12+ mph. * Medium Level : You can do 20 miles pretty easily at a moderate pace of 13 to 15+ mph. * Advanced Level : You can do 20++ miles easily at a 15+ pace and / or handle various challenges as rain, night riding, or other odd cycling situations. ************** The Fine Print: ************** An RSVP of 'YES' is your digital signature and means you have read and understood MEETUP.com's "Terms of Service : Section 6. Release " found at https://www.meetup.com/terms/ and NOVA-CBG's "Assumption of Risk Agreement" found @ https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/pages/1942951/NOVA-CBG_Waiver/. Helmets are required to participate in all NOVA-CBG rides. NO Helmet, NO ride, NO exceptions. All riders ride at their own risk and with the understanding that cycling is an inherently dangerous activity. When coming to the meetup you do so voluntarily and are ready and able to participate in the ride as described under the conditions of the day. Be on time for the "pre-ride" preparation. If you do not attend the pre-ride preparation you will not be allowed to participate on the ride, there will be NO exceptions. ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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