What we're about

NoVA CBG About Page (https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/about/)

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+)

[RSVPs OPEN] Medium Level: "B-Movie" HOLLEYW&OD Ride of Fame (23 Mile)

VARIETY AD READS: Road Bike riders wanted with desire to push themselves @ 15mph (when not climbing hills) for 23 miles. No Pay but great benefits!! 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 of Fame is a growth ride. Gary will be directing this "Creature Feature" for those that want to try The HOLLEYW&OD Ride of Fame 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] Advanced Level: The HOLLEYW&OD Ride of Fame (30 Mile)

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. VARIETY AD READS: Road Bike riders wanted with desire to push themselves @ 17+mph (when not climbing hills) for 30 miles. No Pay but great benefits!! ****************************** 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 30 miles @ 17+ mph ---- "HERE ARE YOUR LINES" *8:15am: The Speech ---- "AAAAAAAND ACTION !!" *8:30am: 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). * 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): ****************************** 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. ****************************** 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: Loop the Lakes (15.0) w/North Lollypop (CCW)

******************** The Ride: Summary ******************** * NAME: Loop the Lakes * BIKE STYLE: Hybrid or Mountain (NO SKINNY TIRES or ROAD BIKES) * START: South Run Rec Center * GPS TO START: https://goo.gl/maps/tac8sEttpFm * PARKING INFO: https://goo.gl/pz8LWb --- Drive all the way to the very end and park directly in front of the South Run Field House. * ARRIVAL: 6:00pm * THE SPEECH: 6:15pm * ROLLING: 6:30pm * LEVEL: Medium(-) skill, entry level mountain biking. * DISTANCE: 16 miles. * PACE: 10+ mph * TERRAIN: dirt & paved trails * ROUTE: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30207106 * ADDITIONAL INFO: (1) Hills (2) Gravel (3) Roots ****************** The Ride : Detail ****************** For your riding pleasure, NoVA CBG presents Loop the Lakes. Come on out and try a Medium(-) skill level but an entry level mountain biking ride. Please note, this is not your normal CBG ride. If you are unsure of your riding ability in general, then this in NOT the ride for you. However, if you are a solid beginner(+) cyclist and you can handle some hills and gravelly situations ... you will have to "up your game" a little but please come on out and give this ride a try!! It's really something different and fun!! 1) This ride loops around the mostly paved but hilly Lake Mercer (clockwise) but halfway through at the Dam we.... 2) Split off to do a lollipop trail through South Run Stream Valley Park (the north section, counter clockwise) and then we.... 3) Rejoin Lake Mercer at the Dam (where we left it, still going clockwise) and finish Lake Mercer and when done we... 4) Head over to Burke Lake to do a loop there (also clockwise) and then we ... 5) Finish it all up back to where it started. A hybrid or mountain bike is required (NO SKINNY TIRES / ROAD BIKES). ****************** The Meeting Spot: ****************** South Run Rec Center 7550 Reservation Dr Springfield, VA 22153 * GPS TO START: https://goo.gl/maps/tac8sEttpFm * PARKING INFO: https://goo.gl/pz8LWb Drive all the way to the very end and park directly in front of the South Run Field House. ****************** The Ride after the Ride: ****************** Anita's 9278 Old Keene Mill Road Burke, VA 22015 (703)[masked]https://www.anitascorp.com/burke GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/CXhFASMNC2UqfVFT9 **************** 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] Medium Level: Tuesday Evening - Hains Point

Shirlington Library

Let's hop on our bikes, cross a bridge, do a loop, flip around and then go drink a beer. Sounds like a perfect Tuesday evening to me :) ******************** The Ride: Summary ******************** * NAME: Hains Point * ARRIVAL: 6:30pm * THE SPEECH: 6:30pm * ROLLING: 6:45pm * LEVEL: Medium * PACE: 13-15+mph * DISTANCE: 18 miles * TERRAIN: Mostly Flat * START: Shirlington Library * GPS DIRECTIONS: https://goo.gl/maps/GXU2cMAG7672 * PARKING INFO: Every garage in Shirlington is open for public parking at this hour. ******************** The Ride: Detail ******************** For your riding pleasure NoVA CBG presents Tuesday Evening - Hains Point. We'll start in Shirlington and head east on the Four Mile Run Trail and then head north on the Mt. Vernon trail. We cross the 14th Street bridge and head up Ohio Drive to say "Hi" to Mr. Lincoln. We will then run back down Ohio Drive to do a loop on Hains Point. Once done, we'll head back to Shirlington the way we came. This is a Medium level ride because we're going to keep a pace of 13-15 mph on flat stretches, and the total distance is approximately 18 miles. This is a NO DROP ride so you will not be left behind but you are expected to try to keep pace. ******************** The Meeting Spot: ******************** Shirlington Branch Library 4200 Campbell Ave Arlington, VA[masked]https://goo.gl/maps/GXU2cMAG7672 We will meet directly in front of the library. ******************** The Ride After The Ride: ******************** TBD *************** 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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