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Beginner(+) Level: LAST ONE 6:30PM - The "AFTER DARK" Custard Cruise
* NIGHT RIDE * MUST HAVE HEADLIGHT OF 150 LUMEN OR GREATER. * POTOMAC YARDS ROUTE and in no rush to get back. * LAST CUSTARD RIDE OF THE SEASON. ******************** The Ride : Summary ******************** * NAME: The Custard Cruise * ARRIVAL: 6:30pm * THE SPEECH: 6:45pm * ROLLING: 7:00pm * BACK AT SPOKES: 8:00(ish) pm * LEVEL: Beginner(+) * PACE: 12+ mph * DISTANCE: 10.5 miles * TERRAIN: It is a growth ride, Trails, Streets, & a Hill named Medusa. * START: Spokes Etc. (Quaker Lane) * GPS DIRECTIONS: https://goo.gl/maps/niKVZwjGVfK2 * ROUTE: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22555936 * ADDITIONAL INFO: ~ Every Wednesday we cruise for custard. ~ You never eat custard alone as custard by its very nature is meant for sharing. ******************** The Ride: Detail ******************** For your riding pleasure NoVA CBG and Spokes presents The Custard Cruise. This is a casual paced ride of about 12 mph pace / 10 miles distance and is a "No Drop" ride. The route is a loop that takes quiet neighborhood streets from the Spokes Etc. bike shop to the I-395 fly-over through Shirlington and on to the Four Mile Run Trail where we will meet up with the Mount Vernon Trail. We then cross over to Slater's Lane and down the Potomac Yard Trail arriving in Del Ray for our custard. We head deeper into Alexandria to face the hill MEDUSA... and then back to the store along King Street using the new bike lanes. This type of ride is called a "growth" ride since as the weeks continue we hope to build endurance and confidence. This route has a little bit of everything, some flat riding, some hill riding, some riding on bike trails, some riding in bike lanes, and some riding in the street (with light traffic). ******************** The Dairy Godmother ******************** 2310 Mount Vernon Ave. Alexandria, VA[masked]http://www.thedairygodmother.com/ Closed Tuesdays Wednesday – Saturday – 12-10pm Sunday and Monday – 12-9pm Regular Custard Flavors: * Vanilla * Chocolate * Flavor of the Day (What will it be ???) : http://www.thedairygodmother.com/flavor-of-the-day-forecast/ ******************** The Meeting Spot: ******************** Spokes Etc. 1545 N. Quaker Lane Alexandria, VA[masked]http://spokesetc.com/ ******************** The Ride After The Ride: ******************** Ramparts Tavern and Grill 1700 Fern St, Alexandria, VA[masked]https://www.rampartstavern.com/ ******************** Ride Level Chart: ******************** A note about our ride levels. 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. * 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 : If you can easily ride your bike for 10 miles (distance) with some minor hills at a comfortable pace (10+ to 12+ mph). * Medium Level : If you can do 20 miles pretty easily at a moderate pace (13 to 15+ mph). * Advanced Level : If 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/photos/26152775/467307124/. Remember that 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. This is when we check to make sure you have all the required equipment and that your bike is ready for the ride. We will review basic safety instruction for group riding as well as other important topics. If you do not attend the pre-ride preparation you will not be allowed to participate on the ride, there will be NO exceptions. Please also keep in mind the group's cancellation policy when you RSVP.

Spokes Etc.

1545 North Quaker Lane · Alexandria, VA

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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.

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