[RSVPs OPEN] Beginner Level: Pedal to the Petals (The Tulip Ride)

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The Ride: Summary
* NAME: Pedal to the Petals (The Tulip Ride)
* ARRIVAL: 10:30am
* THE SPEECH: 10:45am
* ROLLING: 11:00am
* START LOCATION: Columbia Island Marina / LBJ Memorial Grove
* GPS DIRECTIONS: https://goo.gl/maps/8t6o5ZWsQps
* PARKING INFO: Parking lot, ample parking.
* LEVEL: Beginner
* DISTANCE: 14 miles
* PACE: 12mph
* TERRAIN: Trail / Minor Street Riding
* ROUTE: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29745980
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The Ride : Detail
This 13-mile ride uses paved bike paths to visit several large, diverse tulip gardens in the DC area:
* NPS Tulip Library

* Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

* The Netherlands Carillon
We will pedal at a casual beginner pace (approx 12 mph). The route is relatively flat with one substantial (but walk-able) hill coming out of Rock Creek Park at the midpoint.

This is one of NoVA CBG's most photogenic rides -- bring your cameras!

Thanks to Carl for this annual favorite.

The Meeting Spot:
Columbia Island Marina / LBJ Memorial Grove
George Washington Memorial Pkwy,
Arlington, VA[masked]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:
Shirlington if there is any interest.

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.