DC Bike List for 1/18!

[fyi, the DC Bike List is also on Facebook and Twitter]

Welcome to the middle of January! How are you feeling? Even as we sit here with ~20-degree winds howling past our windows, an interesting thing is happening, which is that the broad strokes of summer cycling are starting to take on their shape. So for example, the DC Bike Ride has a date. The Armed Forces Cycling Classic registration is open. Hagerstown is hosting the national amateur road cycling championship in July. And some longer tours like Bike Virginia Tour 2018 are open for registration.

Along those lines, this week the Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club opened up registration for its 2018 Patuxent River Rural Legacy Bicycle Ride. Set to take place on Saturday, June 9, this gorgeous ride on paved rural roads offers routes of 22, 35, 44, and 64 miles through Maryland farms, wetlands, and woods. Early registration is $25 through February 28, which includes a marked route, SAG support, cue sheets, rest stops with food and drinks, and a picnic afterwards.

Just a little reminder that winter is… uh… going. Two more things for this week:

  • Both of the BicycleSPACE hills rides (Anacostia and Rock Creek Park) are beginner rides this week. It’s irregular, but that’s the deal, and it looks like the perfect balmy weekend to try them out if it’s your first time.
  • TONIGHT is BikeDC happy hour! This informal gathering will take place at the Velo Cafe at the Warf, with drink discounts. Please join us!

OK, that’s all I’ve got. If you like this newsletter, feel free to forward it along to friends and tell them to sign up or follow on Twitter and on Facebook. Also, if you have a ride you want added to the list, you can submit it via this form. Stay safe, ride fast, ride on.

– Peter

not about speed. enjoy the journey, get some coffee on the way

Spokes Etc. Vienna shop ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 1/20 @ 8:15am
Leaves from the Vienna shop. Easy pace, no drop, covers about 15 miles. Check Facebook for updates and cancellations. [Facebook]

Youth Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 1/20 @ 10am
Weekly ride for kids, youths, and adult volunteers led by Phoenix Bicycles from their shop in Arlington. Easy-going 10 miles. This week they’re heading to the MLK Memorial! [Facebook]

Sligo Creek Bike Ride – Short and Chili (MD)
SATURDAY, 1/20 @ 10am
The Washington Women Outdoors women’s ride this week is for beginners, a relaxed 15-20 miles on the Sligo Creek trails. Starts at the host’s house in Takoma Park, vegetarian chili afterward if you want some! Registration closes Friday. [WWO]

Nice & Easy (DC)
SATURDAY, 1/20 @ 10am
A BicycleSPACE ride. Leaves from their downtown shop. This is a ride for everyone, and great for beginners: 8-10 miles at a pace that’s, well, nice and easy. [BicycleSPACE]

Cupcake Ramble (DC)
SATURDAY, 1/13 @ 11:30am
A chill ride hosted by BicycleSPACE, 20-30 miles, with a stop for some kind of sweet treat halfway through. Leaves from the downtown shop. [BicycleSPACE]

Saturday Social Ride (MD)
SATURDAY, 1/20 @ 10am
A chill ~10 mile ride on trails from Proteus Bicycles in College Park to different local food spots and sites of interest. [Facebook]

Nice & Easy II (DC)
SUNDAY, 1/21 @ 10am
Same deal as the Saturday Nice & Easy, but this one leaves from the Adams Morgan shop. [BicycleSPACE]

Slow Roll (DC)
Gather at the African American Civil War Museum (11th and U) for this weekly 10-mile social roll through DC. “Ride bikes with good people and good things happen. You can ride with us.” Seems to be on hiatus for the winter, but join the Facebook group here for updates.

AnchorHill rides
often social, can be challenging 

Hills of Anacostia (DC)
SATURDAY, 1/20 @ 9am
Hosted by BicycleSPACE. Meet at the downtown shop. A fun, brisk 20-25 miles of some good climbs and nice views up through Anacostia. They’re mixing up the scheduling a bit to do the beginners ride this week. No-drop ride. See our Ride Review here!

Falls Church Hills Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 1/20 @ 8:30am
Hosted by Conte’s in Falls Church. Gather there for 20+ miles of VA hills. Fairly hardcore group that moves at a brisk pace, but it’s a no-drop ride. Cancelled in the event of rough weather or ice. Join the ride’s Facebook group and check the shop’s social media for updates. [Facebook]

Hills of Rock Creek Park (DC, MD)
SUNDAY, 1/21 @ 9am
Led by BicycleSPACE. A beautiful and sometimes challenging ride along the rolling mostly car-free roadways of Rock Creek Park. They’re mixing up the scheduling a bit to do the beginners ride this week. No-drop. Leaves from the Adams Morgan shop.

Tuesday Hills (VA)
TUESDAY, 1/23 @ 6am
Bikenetic’s weekly hills ride. Meets at the shop in Falls Church. Can be somewhat brutal. Route changes every week, check the shop’s Facebook page for announcements and details.

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AnchorLong rides
30+ miles, exploring new routes and interesting destinations

City Explorers (DC)
SUNDAY, 1/21 @ 11:30am
A BicycleSPACE ride. Leaves from their downtown shop. A loooong rambler, 30 miles and up, with decent pace and a different route/theme every time. Lots of local history in this one, learn something about the city and get some exercise. [BicycleSPACE]

AnchorRoad rides
skinny tires, quick pace, use of group riding techniques

7am Ride (MD, DC)
SATURDAY, 1/20 @ 7am
Hosted by no one. Pure road ride, very fast. Gather in Rock Creek Park, at the intersection of Rt. 410 and Beach Drive. This ride is hard and fast, a 40-mile loop on MacArthur Blvd, along the Potomac, through Great Falls Park, an back to the top of Rock Creek Park.

Spokes Etc. Vienna shop rides (VA)
SATURDAY, 1/20 @ 7:15am, 8:15am
Two rides rolling from Spokes, Etc.’s Vienna shop. The first departs at 7:15am, moves at a good 16-18mph clip in a 15 mile loop, then back to the shop, where you can hop on the second ride, departing at 8:15am for another 20-25 miles at a slightly more relaxed pace. Check Facebook for updates and cancellations. [Facebook]

Introductory Road Ride (DC)
SATURDAY, 1/20 @ 10am
Hosted by The Bike Rack. Gather at the Logan Circle shop. This is a moderately-paced 25/30-mile ride intended as an introduction to group rides. You must have a road bike. Bring water and a spare tube. This ride will NOT take place if the temperature is below freezing. More details here.

Bike Rack Intermediate/Advanced rides
SUNDAY, 1/21 @ 8:30am
Hosted by the Bike Rack from the Logan Circle shop. The intermediate ride is 40 miles at an average of 16-18 mph. It’s no-drop, but you have to move quickly. If you want something more challenging the advanced rides take place at the same time. It covers 60 miles at an average speed of 18-20 mph, and you have to be able demonstrated excellent bike handling skills. Both rides are canceled in the event of wet conditions, or if the temperature is below freezing.

Spokes Etc. Quaker Lane shop ride (VA)
SUNDAY, 1/21 @ 9am
Departs from the Quaker Lane shop in Alexandria. Quick pace (15-20mph) for a good distance (30-40 miles). Check out the Facebook page for updates and cancellations. [Facebook]

Arrow Bicycle ride (MD)
SUNDAY, 1/21 @ 9am
Gather at Arrow Bicycle in Hyattsville for this 32-mile no-drop ride that emphasizes group riding techniques. Ride heads out 52 weeks a year, rain or shine.

Spokes Etc. Belle View Co-ed Road Ride (VA)
SUNDAY, 1/21 @ 9am
Meets at the Belle View shop for a solid 25-30 miles of riding at a moderate 15mph pace. Check Facebook for updates and cancellations. [Facebook]

Goon Ride
Hosted by no one. The Goon Ride is maybe the hardest ride around. Riders gather informally at Garret Park Road and Beach Drive. Average speed is 25mph. Good luck.

AnchorGravel and mountain bike rides
thick tires. trails. back roads. get dirty.

Hooky Ride (VA)
FRIDAY, 1/21 @ 8:30am
Led by Bikenetic folks, starts from Leesburg, VA. This is one of the area’s premier regular gravel rides. This week is 39-miles of riding on beautiful Loudoun County gravel with ~2,500ft of climbing. Weather looks good! Call in sick imho. [Facebook]

Sunday Mountain Bike Ride (MD)
SUNDAY, 1/21 @ 9am
New Proteus ride! It’s mountain bikes, around Fairland Regional Park in Laurel. Bring a helmet, and you’ll need to sign a waiver. Cancelled in the event of too much mud, so check social media before you head out. [Facebook]

AnchorLooking ahead

– 1/27: Ride to the Rink! Cycling PLUS ice skating, what a great combination!
– 5/19: DC Bike Ride! Registration isn’t open yet
– 5/20: 4th Annual DC Bike Swap and Expo! Hosted by Gearin’ up Bikes, Great opportunity to find a new or used bike.
– 6/9-10: Armed Forces Cycling Classic! Registration now open.
– 6/9: 2018 Patuxent River Rural Legacy Bicycle Ride! Early registration open until February 28.
– 6/22-27: Bike Virginia Tour 2018! “Ride the River,” a week of adventure cycling. Registration now open.