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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.

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How Do We Define "Casual"? :
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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).* 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.

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Ride Levels:
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NoVA CBG tries to accommodate all levels of cyclists by offering different types/levels 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 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.

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Riding Requirements:
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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. 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/.

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 "three strikes" NO SHOW policy, so please honor your RSVP or change it accordingly as soon as your situation changes.

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Membership Dues:
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Your first two months in the group are free, after that we have an annual $10.00 membership fee. This fee helps defer the cost of the MEETUP fees and facilitates our Annual "Company" Picnic and Annual Holiday Party. In addition these dues allow us to perform our Tire Changing and Gear classes and our Bike In Movies series during the winter.

Upcoming events (5)

Medium(+): The Ghosts of Alexandria (a CBG After Dark Haunted Jaunt)

Washington Sailing Marina

This is a CBG After Dark "Haunted Jaunt"! We will visit various "spirited" spots here in Alexandria with a recounting of that locations ghost story. Come join us, IF YOU DARE!! *********************** The Ride: Summary (Must Read) *********************** * RIDE NAME: The Ghosts of Alexandria * START LOC: Washington Sailing Marina * START GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/eXSCWHW6C2GN5sm97 * START PARKING: Park in the main lot, if full park in overflow lot. * ARRIVAL: 6:00pm * SPEECH: 6:15pm * ROLLING: 6:30pm * LEVEL: Medium(+) (the "+" is for a night ride) * DISTANCE: 15 miles (but many stops) * PACE: 12-13+ (casual pace) * TERRAIN: Alexandria bike trials / lanes / sharrow streets. * RIDEWITHGPS ROUTE: CBG_GHOSTS_OF_ALEXANDRIA_2020 https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34479791 * NOTES: a) SUNSET: 6:18pm b) Halloween face coverings will be supplied. c) RSVP'ing is acceptance of NoVA CBG's COVID-19 Policy found @ https://bit.ly/NoVACBG_COVID19_POLICY. *********************** The Ride : Detail *********************** For your cycling pleasure NoVA CBG presents: The Ghosts of Alexandria. Where are we going? Wherever the grim reaper takes us ... we will visit various "spirited" spots here in Alexandria so the ride will have many "start" and "stops". Of course there will be a recounting of that locations ghost story. Some examples are ... * The Ghosts of Abingdon Plantation * Captain's Lady of Red Hill * Ghosts at the Prescott * Pink Lemonade * The St. Asaph Slasher * The Keeper of Jones Point Lighthouse * The Wilkes Tunnel Murders * The Burning Bride (Parts I & II) * The Female Stranger (Parts I & II) *** and maybe more *** *********************** The Meeting Spot: *********************** Washington Sailing Marina - Overflow Lot 1 Marina Dr. Alexandria, VA START GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/eXSCWHW6C2GN5sm97 START PARKING: Park in the main lot, if full park in overflow lot. *********************** The Ride after the Ride: *********************** No Ride After The Ride *********************** Ride Level Chart *********************** NoVA CBG tries to accommodate all levels of cyclists by offering different types/levels 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 ride for 10+ miles at a pace of 10+ to 12+ mph with potentially minor hills involved. * Medium Level: You can ride for 20+ miles at a pace of 13+ to 15+ mph with potentially moderate hills involved. * Advanced Level: You can ride for 20++ miles at a pace of 15+ mph with potentially major hills involved. Both Medium and Advanced Levels might require handling various challenges such as reading cue sheets, using a Garmin or navigation app, night riding, out of town travel, or any 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/ * NOVA-CBG's "Assumption of Risk Agreement" found @ https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/pages/1942951/NOVA-CBG_Waiver/ * NoVA CBG's "COVID Policy" found @ https://bit.ly/NoVACBG_COVID19_POLICY Helmets are required to participate in all NOVA-CBG rides. 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. Again, no exceptions. ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Beginner(+) Level: Pink Ribbon Ride to the Eastern Market (Get Your PINK On!!)

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!! Please wear PINK clothing on this ride to show that CBG is supporting the cause!! *********************** The Ride: Summary (Must Read) *********************** * RIDE NAME: Pink Ribbon Ride to the Eastern Market (Get Your PINK On!) * START LOC: Columbia Island Marina / LBJ Memorial Grove * START GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/8t6o5ZWsQps * ARRIVAL: 11:00am * SPEECH: 11:15am * ROLLING: 11:30am * LEVEL: Beginner(+) * DISTANCE: 16 miles (but many stops) * PACE: 12-13+ (casual pace) * TERRAIN: DC bike lanes / sharrow streets. * RIDEWITHGPS ROUTE: CBG_PINK_EASTERN_MARKET_2020 https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34483985 * NOTES: a) Please wear PINK clothing to show that CBG is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. b) You do NOT have to dress up your bicycle, but you can if you want. c) This is a classic Gary "stop and go" ride... a true "Casual Ride" at its finest ... a "Ramble" in every sense of the word. Bring smiles and plan on taking some time and enjoying the sites of DC on this ride. ***************** The Ride : Detail ***************** For your riding pleasure NoVA CBG presents the Pink Ribbon Ride to the Eastern Market (Get Your PINK On!) For the past number of years NoVA CBG has done a Pink Ribbon ride to promote October as breast cancer awareness month spear-headed by CBG organizers Debi Sweeney and Sharon Tucker (who are breast cancer survivors in addition to many other members of CBG). We would ride around DC in the shape of a giant pink ribbon while wearing all our finest PINK clothing. Given Covid, Debi and Sharon are "on the bench" as they say and CBG simply doesn't have enough active organizers to pull off the "ribbon" route of years past since it is fairly complicated. Of course CBG still wants to show our support soooo, Plan B it is! CBG will ride our bikes through DC and use the Eastern Market as our rest/stop and turn around point. The Eastern Market is open until 3pm on Sundays and has a very good Covid setup. Masks required to do any shopping / snack buying. We will be there for about a half an hour (give or take). The route will still hit some of our traditional "ribbon" stops and a few new ones. Of course I ask you to dress yourself up in PINK as much as you can (don't worry about dressing up the bicycles this year unless you REALLY want to). This will be a fun day riding our bikes in DC all dressed up in pink! Stops/Group Pictures will/may Include: 1) Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove 2) Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial 3) Lincoln Memorial 4) Vietnam Women's Memorial 5) Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial (NEW!) 6) First Ladies Water Garden 7) Capitol Building (West Side) 8) Eastern Market (our rest stop and turn around point) 9) Supreme Court (Respects to RBG) 10) Capitol Building (East Side ... best view of the mall) 11) White House South Lawn (maybe) ***************** The Meeting Spot: ***************** Columbia Island Marina / LBJ Memorial Grove George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Arlington, VA 22202 * START GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/8t6o5ZWsQps IMPORTANT: Give yourself ample time to find this location. We are starting from Columbia Island Marina/LBJ Memorial Grove. The location can be difficult to find because it has no exact physical address. USE THE GPS LINKS !! ***************** The Ride after the Ride: ***************** There will be no RAtR. The Eastern Market will be our fun stop. *************** 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 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Beginner(+) Level: C&O Canal Fall Foliage Ride (Fletcher’s Boathouse)

Boat House At Fletcher's Cove

RSVP'ing is acceptance of NoVA CBG's COVID-19 Policy found @ https://bit.ly/NoVACBG_COVID19_POLICY. Face coverings required when not cycling. *********************** The Ride: Summary (Must Read) *********************** * RIDE NAME: C&O Canal Fall Foliage Ride (Fletcher’s Boathouse) * START LOC: Fletcher’s Boathouse * START GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/ixg971vR9H62 * START PARKING INFO: Lower Parking Lot (go through tunnel) * START PARKING PIC: https://goo.gl/DKc1Br * ARRIVAL: 11:30am * SPEECH: 11:45am * ROLLING: 12:00pm * LEVEL: Beginner(+) * DISTANCE: 22.5 miles * PACE: 12-13+ (casual pace) * TERRAIN: Packed dirt/rock * RIDEWITHGPS ROUTE: CBG_C&O_FLETCHERS_2020: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28875481 * NOTES: 1) Weather dependent 2) No Skinny tires 3) Bring a bike lock 4) If you're driving to this meetup location I'm warning you right now .... if you don't give yourself enough time to find (and get down into) this location you will miss the ride. *********************** The Ride : Detail *********************** Our destination (and turn around point) is the Great Falls Tavern and Visitor Center. However, the real reason for riding there is to see whatever fall foliage is available along the way plus viewing the Great Falls themselves. We will park our bikes up at the visitor center (plenty of bike parking) and walk down to oooooh and ahhhhhh at the falls. We will enjoy the sites and once we've had our fill, we will go back the way we came. The ride is scheduled to take advantage of the warmest part of the day. This isn't a "hurry up and ride" sort of ride, it's a very relaxed and enjoy the day sort of ride. Bring a bike lock and your cameras (it's very scenic). *********************** The Meeting Spot: *********************** Fletchers Cove Boathouse 4940 Canal Rd NW Washington, DC 20007 * START GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/ixg971vR9H62 * START PARKING INFO: Lower Parking Lot (go through tunnel) * START PARKING PIC: https://goo.gl/DKc1Br *********************** The Ride after the Ride: *********************** TBD *********************** Ride Level Chart: *********************** NoVA CBG tries to accommodate all levels of cyclists by offering different types/levels 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 ride for 10+ miles at a pace of 10+ to 12+ mph with potentially minor hills involved. * Medium Level: You can ride for 20+ miles at a pace of 13+ to 15+ mph with potentially moderate hills involved. * Advanced Level: You can ride for 20++ miles at a pace of 15+ mph with potentially major hills involved. Both Medium and Advanced Levels might require handling various challenges such as reading cue sheets, using a Garmin or navigation app, night riding, out of town travel, or any 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/ * NOVA-CBG's "Assumption of Risk Agreement" found @ https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/pages/1942951/NOVA-CBG_Waiver/ * NoVA CBG's "COVID Policy" found @ https://bit.ly/NoVACBG_COVID19_POLICY Helmets are required to participate in all NOVA-CBG rides. 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. Again, no exceptions. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

LAST ONE (FREE CUSTARD): The After Dark Custard Cruise [Arrive @ 6:00]

* NOTE: a) Arrive @ 6:00 / Sunset @ 6:12 PM / Rolling 6:30 b) FRONT LIGHT AND TAIL LIGHT REQUIRED c) Full Route RSVP'ing is acceptance of NoVA CBG's COVID-19 Policy found @ https://bit.ly/NoVACBG_COVID19_POLICY. Face coverings required when not cycling. *********************** The Ride: Summary (Must Read) *********************** * RIDE NAME: The Custard Cruise * START LOC: Shirlington Library * START GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/YRwKLeAPqq6mHZaT6 * START PARKING: Any Parking Garage * ARRIVAL: 6:00pm * SPEECH: 6:15pm * ROLLING: 6:30pm * LEVEL: Beginner Level (But All Welcome) * PACE: 12 mph * DISTANCE: 10 miles * TERRAIN: No Hills, Trail and Street Riding. * RideWithGPS Route: CBG_CCRUISE_TRL_2020: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33191539 *********************** The Ride : Detail *********************** Let's go back to the basics shall we. I would like some Custard, yummy yummy Custard. Maybe some of you want to join me? New Routes for 2020: * Shirlington, to Four Mile Run to Potomac Yards * Potomac Yards to King St. Metro to Commonwealth * Commonwealth to DelRay to the Dairy Godmother * Commonwealth back to Four Mile to Shirlington No Hills, 10 miles, hopefully no surprises. No Ride after the Ride (but I would suggest swinging by your local restaurant on your way home and getting some take home). ****************** The Meeting Spot: ****************** Shirlington Library 4200 Campbell Ave Arlington, VA[masked]https://goo.gl/maps/YRwKLeAPqq6mHZaT6 We will meet in front of the Shirlington Library by the fountains. ****************** The Ride after the Ride: ****************** NONE (but I would suggest swinging by your local restaurant on your way home and getting some take out). *********************** Ride Level Chart *********************** NoVA CBG tries to accommodate all levels of cyclists by offering different types/levels 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 ride for 10+ miles at a pace of 10+ to 12+ mph with potentially minor hills involved. * Medium Level: You can ride for 20+ miles at a pace of 13+ to 15+ mph with potentially moderate hills involved. * Advanced Level: You can ride for 20++ miles at a pace of 15+ mph with potentially major hills involved. Both Medium and Advanced Levels might require handling various challenges such as reading cue sheets, using a Garmin or navigation app, night riding, out of town travel, or any 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/ * NOVA-CBG's "Assumption of Risk Agreement" found @ https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/pages/1942951/NOVA-CBG_Waiver/ * NoVA CBG's "COVID Policy" found @ https://bit.ly/NoVACBG_COVID19_POLICY Helmets are required to participate in all NOVA-CBG rides. 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. Again, no exceptions. ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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