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VeloDCity Challenge-Ride#5-Poo­lsville/Sugarloaf w/a twist- 54 mi, 3200 ft

Event #5 of the VeloDCity Challenge -Urbana to Poolsville & over Sugarloaf - 57 miles & 4200 feet of climbing.

NOTE THE START AT THE PARK & RIDE IS ACTUALLY BEFORE (AND ON OPPOSITE SIDE OF ROAD FROM) THE EXXON GAS STATION (off I-270-W exit go straight at light into parking lot)

This is will be a B/A pace ride.

NOTE: A LIABILITY WAIVER WILL NEED TO BE SIGNED BEFORE THE RIDE - If you don't sign one you will not be allowed to participate in the ride - I will have waivers at the ride start.

For those of you that have ridden one of the various around Sugarloaf rides out of Poolsville, this ride will be along many of the same roads, but tackled in a different direction, as we will be starting in Urbana and heading south to Poolsville.

Expect a lot of rolling terrain along the way. From the start we will head south along rolling roads but steadily up for the first 10 miles or so before an ever slow slight downhill into Poolsville near mile 20, where we will have our 1st rest stop.

Rerouted due to bike race this weekend we will head back north to Bealsville then back down to Whites Ferry,  before looping back north, past the Dickerson Conservation Park, loop back to Bealsville and then over to our 2nd rest stop at around mile 40. From there we'll rather then circle around Sugarloaf we will attack it. A couple miles after the rest stop we'll reach Sugarloaf Mountain Park at around mile 42 where we will ride the 3 mile loop up and down the mountain.  The climb itself is about 1.5 miles, climbing about 460 feet (about a 6% average grade). After the climb comes a technical but nice descent.

Once the main climb of the day is done we will meander our way back to Urbana along familiar roads such as Old Hundred and the punchy Thurston Road.

Total distance:approx 54 miles

Total elevation climbed: approx 3200 ft
Pace: Medium: 14-17 mph avg; Category B/A ride
Terrain: lots of rollers, one nice climb up Sugarloaf Mountain
Start/Finish: Urbana Park & Ride off of I-270

We can grab some food post ride in Urbana for those that want to.


The route can be viewed at the link below:

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4581407

Garmin - 

http://connect.garmin.com/course/6418373


HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION:
- ID, spare tube, portable tire pump, bike lock (in case of lunch) recommended

- clip in or cage pedals highly recommended
- This is a two (2) stop ride so bring enough drink/food to get you through 20-25 miles - 
- The event will be cancelled/postponed in event of heavy rain

- email me if you have any questions

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  • bud

    Any body interested in a skyline ride on Mem day weekend? Ft Royal to the wayside lunch station and back 50 mi RT?

    May 12, 2014

    • David

      I'm doing the Mountains of Misery double metric century ride Memorial Day weekend. Is anyone here doing the MoM?

      May 12, 2014

  • bud

    Any body interested in a skyline ride on Mem day weekend? Ft Royal to the wayside lunch station and back 50 mi RT?

    May 12, 2014

  • Matt

    Following up on Rick's post and reviewing the various weather sites, given the high probability of thunderstorms I'm canceling the ride for today. Rain is one thing thunderstorms is another. For those that don't have Mom Day plans given tomorrow looks like a nicer day I plan on riding the route tomorrow, same time, same start place - 9 AM. If you want to join please just respond to this post and let me know so I can get a head count

    1 · May 10, 2014

    • David

      I finished the Poolesville RR about 2 hrs. ago. Mostly overcast with no rain or lightening . Afternoon races are going on so if you want to ride later you should be OK.

      May 10, 2014

    • Ted ".

      I'll be there by 9. Was on my way this morning when I saw the email.

      May 10, 2014

  • Charles V.

    Any call on the weather? Are we a go?

    May 10, 2014

    • Matt

      Charles, just sent not canceling b/c high likelihood of the rain being via thunderstorms. I don't mind getting wet but dealing with thunderstorms is a different story

      May 10, 2014

  • Rick B.

    Poolsville weather forecast not looking good for Sat:
    Saturday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9am, then showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

    May 9, 2014

    • Ryan

      You have a very good point Rick

      May 9, 2014

  • Noel I.

    If anyone has room in their car for a lift from DC to the Poolsville metropolitan area, I have gas money and will throw in great conversation for free.

    May 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      See my post--I've got a carshare reserved.

      May 8, 2014

    • Ryan

      I hope the weather works out - wet road group ride could get a bit dangerous - ill keep my eye on the conditions.

      May 9, 2014

  • Rayne W.

    Matt, good to run into you the other day at HP; are you going to make a call on whether we ride Saturday morning? 60% chance of rain in the forecast. Do you have a postponed rain date? Sunday's forecast looks good but Mother's Day.

    May 9, 2014

    • Matt

      I'll make the call in the AM, prior to time folks will start having to drive out there.

      May 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone is leaving from the Logan Circle area or feel they'll be driving by en route to the ride please let me know. Alternatively, if Keith or Ivey gets back to me if and wants to split the carshare cost, I'm happy to give you a lift. Please be in touch!

    May 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Keith- I think you should take Ray up on his offer. Even fitting two people and two bikes in this car will be interesting. That said, let's all of us carless people talk offline as I have some thoughts for carsharing for future rides. -Tish

      May 9, 2014

    • Keith

      Thanks, I coordinated with Ray.

      May 9, 2014

  • Keith

    Also looking to car pool from DC, DuPont area.

    May 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      See my post--I've got a carshare reserved.

      May 8, 2014

  • Scott

    I can also provide a ride, will be coming up GW Pkwy to the beltway, could make a stop at Roosevelt Island.

    May 7, 2014

  • Warren

    If anyone needs a ride or wants to carpool, let me know. Leaving from Fulton/Columbia MD and driving west towards Urbana on I-70

    May 7, 2014

  • bud

    Doing tosrv sat and sunday

    May 5, 2014

  • David

    FYI. There's a bike race May 10th starting from Poolesville HS. The races run most of the day. I don't know if the race course includes part of this ride but I thought I'd give everybody a heads up.

    https://www.bikereg.com/2014-poolesville-road-race-20th-anniversary

    I've decide to give the race a try. The race course includes a couple mile dirt section on River Rd.

    April 26, 2014

    • Tom A

      The ncvc website shows the (a) course which is an ~11 mile loop SW of poolesville hs. I'm not certain if that's this year's course but it's probably close.

      April 26, 2014

    • David

      Here's the course map. http://www.ncvc.net/p...­

      1 · April 27, 2014

  • Scott R.

    FYI The date conflicts with Cap2cap century.

    April 25, 2014

  • Catherine N.

    Cannot wait for this one!

    April 25, 2014

  • Andres L.

    Matt, any chance of rescheduling since 11 May is Mother's Day?

    April 24, 2014

    • Matt

      I actually had it on my personal calendar as being on the 10th for just that reason - changed it to a Sat 10th ride rather than Sun. thanks for catching

      1 · April 24, 2014

    • joe

      Good. I'm not going crazy about the dates then. Cheers!

      April 24, 2014

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