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VeloDCity: a Washington Area Bicycling Group Message Board › VeloDCity Newsletter - July 2011

VeloDCity Newsletter - July 2011

Gregg
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Group Organizer
Washington, DC
Greetings All,

Happy Summer Time! Hope you're all taking advantage of the long days that summer offers. If not, seek a little inspiration to bike no further than your television set throughout the month of July. Cycling's most grand tour: The 2011 edition of the Tour de France will start Saturday July 2nd and finish Sunday July 24th. While watching one the most exciting stage races in the comfort of your home is great, don't neglect your own cycling. We're now at the point in the cycling season where we all should be actively preparing for the Fall Century Season which kicks off with the Reston Century Ride in August. There have been several group rides and events scheduled to aid in your individual preparations, so please read on.

News & Announcements:

Early Start Times
It's official: the dog days of summer are here. Excessively high temperatures and humidity cause code orange/red days which makes for difficult and even dangerous riding conditions. Event times will be scheduled earlier than normal to take advantage of the cooler morning temperatures. More importantly, events can possibly be rescheduled earlier if circumstances call for it. Please monitor the website and your email inbox for any announcements or changes.

2011/2012 VeloDCity Jersey Order Status
Since the initial announcement, the group jersey order has been on a bit of hiatus. I'm happy to report that the process has actively resumed and is currently going through a series of design approvals with the manufacturer. This will determine product choice(s) and more importantly cost. More news to follow soon.


Upcoming Rides & Events:

2011 Tour de France
July 2nd - July 24th, 2011
Will Alberto Contador achieve the rare same season Giro/Tour wins? Can Andy Schlek shed his bridesmaid's status and take that final step on the podium? How many stage wins can Mark Cavendish win this year? Can old man Chris Horner improve upon his last year's top ten performance? To find out, check out the live broadcast of the ultimate show on wheels with multiple airings throughout the day.


Movie: "Hell on Wheels"
Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 at 6:30pm
Just in time for this year's Tour de France, the folks of the Goethe Institute is showing the classic film "Hell on Wheels" which features some of Germany's finest cyclists such as Erik Zabel, Andreas Kloden and Rolf Aldag on cycling's grandest race.


Ride: Hains Point
Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 at 6:00am
Our good friends at Sassy Sisters is hosting the first of series of sunrise rides at the area's criterium track: Hains Point. Learn more at the link above.

65 Miles of Davidsonville
Saturday, July, 9th 2011 at 9:00am
Join your fellow group members for some lush forests, farmlands, beaches, suburbia, golf courses and furry creatures galore on the roads of Anne Arundel County. This 65 mile ride will start/finish from Southern High School. To learn more, please click the link above.

Metros'n'Ferries­
Sunday, July 17th, 2011 at 9:00am
Stephen and the Cartmandua host another edition of Metros' N Ferries which will take place on the roads of Montgomery County, Northern VA and of course the Potomac River. Learn more at the link above.

Purcellville Run
Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 at 8:00am
Plan to this year's Reston Century Ride? Then properly prepare yourself. The group returns to Purcellville, VA via the WOD Trail and the optional and dreaded "Hamilton Detour" which involves the hilliest sections of the Reston Century Ride. Learn more at the link above.

Ride on Indian Head
Sunday, August 7th, 2011 at 8:00am
From the pages of "Scott and Jim", VeloDCity proudly presents 'Ride on Indian Head'. Similar to last month's 'Poolesville Ramble', there will be a choice of 23, 37 or 41 mile route options. More importantly, the terrain will be slightly easier on the legs. To learn more and to sign up, please click the link above.

29th Annual Reston Century
Sunday, August 21st, 2011 at 7:00am
This is it folks, the first century of the Fall Calender. Choose between multiple distance options on this fully supported event. To learn more and to register, please click the link above.


Cycling Tips: Stay Cool!


Staying cool during 90°+ weather while exerting yourself is often easier said than done but not impossible. Please consider using some the following strategies for your next ride.

1) Drink, hydrate, consume, irrigate, swallow, etc. No matter which term you prefer to utilize, it's important that you consume fluids approximately every 15 minutes during your ride. Use a minimum of a two bottle strategy containing plain water and Gatorade to replenish your internal fluids and electrolytes that is lost through perspiration.

2) Slow down. This is not the situation that you want to ride at your maximum physical effort. Lower your physical exertion by approximately 20% or average riding speed by 2-5 mph.

3) Cover up. Consider wearing long-sleeved, light colored(ie white) jerseys or sports undergarments. The light color in combination with the synthetic material will reflect much of the excessive heat that plain old skin tends to absorb and will even save you some money by consuming less sunblock lotion .

4) Enjoy that ice slushie. Scientific studies have shown that consumption of an ice cold beverage before the ride; improves physical performance by maintaining core body temperature cooler just little bit longer than without. So enjoy that slushie both before and after your ride.

That's it for now folks. As usual, if you should have any questions, comments or suggestions then please feel free to contact me through email. Until the next time, please enjoy the ride.

Many Regards,
gregg







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