DC Bike List, 4/26

Thank god this work week is almost over. Let’s get right to it:

  • A li’l reminder that Bike to Work Day is fast approaching. Go register if you haven’t yet so we can get a big fat turnout. There is free stuff! Everyone loves free stuff!
  • Friday morning’s Coffee Outside ride is CANCELLED due to scheduled nasty weather. It has been rescheduled for May 4.
  • Did you know there was going to be an alley cat race on Saturday? I did not, but there is!
  • Oh and hey, cheers to Capital Bikeshare for hitting 20 million rides! *clinks coffee mug* and may this be only the beginning.

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.

– Peter



End Hunger Ride
SATURDAY, 4/28 @ 7am
Fundraiser ride in Calvert County, MD. Several route options, from beginner 16 miles to a metric century. Late reg is still open if you want in! [End Hunger]

Vanity is a Deadly Sin – alley cat race (DC)
SATURDAY, 4/28 @ 2pm
Bike messengers and whoever else wants to join in will depart from the Arboretum on an alley cat race, with an afterparty at Emissary. There is some photo project involved here, so any and all pics you want to take would contribute to that cause. [Facebook]

AnchorSlow Roll (DC)
Gather at 6:30pm in the gravel lot next to One Love Massive (Florida + T NW) for this weekly 10-mile social roll through DC. “Ride bikes with good people and good things happen. You can ride with us.” Join the Facebook group here for updates. [Facebook]

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

AnchorTandem Bike Ride – for visually impaired stokers and volunteer captains (DC, MD)
THURSDAY, 5/3 @ 5:15pm
Note the date. That’s a week from today. The Metropolitan Washington Association of Blind Athletes (MWABA) and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association are teaming up to offer this ride for volunteers interested in riding captain (front seat) on a tandem bicycle with a visually impaired stoker (rear seat). The ride alternates between Bethesda and the Eastern Market Metro and covers 10-15 miles. MWABA provides the tandem bicycles, you just bring yourself and a helmet. If this sounds interesting to you, contact Karla at 202-631-2426 or email her at karla.gilbride@gmail.com NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, 4/24, so they can make sure they have enough bikes. [Volunteer form]

Spokes Etc. Vienna shop ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 4/28 @ 8:15am
Leaves from the Vienna shop. Easy pace, no drop, covers about 15 miles. Check Facebook for updates and cancellations. [Facebook]

Nice & Easy (DC)
SATURDAY, 4/28 @ 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]

Youth Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 4/28 @ 10am
Weekly ride for kids, youths, and adult volunteers led by Phoenix Bicycles from their shop in Arlington. Easy-going ~10 miles. Check social media for updates! [Facebook]

Casual Coffee Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 4/28 @ 10:30am
Easy-going ride for beginners and cyclists who just want to chill. Starts at Papillon Cycles in Arlington. This week, they’re heading to Alexandria for coffee/lunch. Then back to the shop. [Facebook]

Cupcake Ramble (DC)
SATURDAY, 4/28 @ 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, 4/28 @ 11:15am
A casual ride led by Proteus Bicycles from their College Park shop. This week, they’re testing out the Bike to Work  Day route! Mostly on paved trails, then back for a treat in College Park or Hyattsville. [Facebook]

Nice & Easy II (DC)
SUNDAY, 4/29 @ 10am
Same deal as the Saturday Nice & Easy, but this one leaves from the Adams Morgan shop. [BicycleSPACE]

AnchorHill rides
often social, can be challenging 

Hills of Anacostia (DC)
SATURDAY, 4/28 @ 9am
Hosted by BicycleSPACE. Meet at the downtown shop. A fun, brisk 20-25 miles of some good climbs and nice views east of the river and dipping into MD. No-drop ride. See our Ride Review here!

Falls Church Hills Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 4/28 @ 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, 4/29 @ 9am
Led by BicycleSPACE. A beautiful and sometimes challenging ride along the rolling mostly car-free roadways of Rock Creek Park. No-drop. Leaves from the Adams Morgan shop.

Tuesday Hills (VA)
TUESDAY, 5/1 @ 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.

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

Loop out of the Plains (VA)
SATURDAY, 4/28 @ 9:30am
Outriders, a group of LGBTQ folks and allies, is doing a nice 40-mile scenic ride in Fauquier County. Moderately hilly, with less than 2,000 feet of elevation. Join the Meetup group to join this and future rides. [Meetup]

City Explorers (DC)
SUNDAY, 4/29 @ 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]

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

Hooky Ride (VA)
FRIDAY, 4/27 @ 8am
Led by the Bikenetic folks. This is the area’s best regular gravel ride. This one is VERY LONG this week, like 135 miles, with an option to make it 80 miles. Weather gonna be nice! [Facebook]

Sunday Mountain Bike Ride (MD)
SUNDAY, 4/29 @ 9am
It’s a mountain bike ride! Led by the folks from Proteus Bicycles around Fairland Regional Park in Laurel, MD. Bring a helmet, and you’ll need to sign a waiver. No-go if it’s muddy, Check social media before you head out to make sure it’s on this week. [Facebook]

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

Women’s Training Ride (VA)
TONIGHT, 4/26 @ 6pm
Gather at 5:45pm at ProBike FC in Falls Church and roll out at 6pm sharp for this no-drop yet race-paced women’s training ride… 18-22 miles of rolling and punchy hills, with a leader and a sweeper, regroup at the top of each hill. [Facebook]

7am Ride (MD, DC)
SATURDAY, 4/28 @ 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, 4/28 @ 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]

Proteus Road Ride (MD)
SATURDAY, 4/28 @ 9am
Leaves from Proteus in College Park. Quick 22-mile ride at a brisk 14-16mph, and back in time to join the social ride at 11:15. Road bike required. [Facebook]

ProBikeFC Saturday Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 4/28 @ 9am
Gathers at 8:30am at the shop in Falls Church, rolls at 9. Quick but social ride, no drop, rolling hills. Join the shop’s Strava team to follow along. [Facebook]

Introductory Road Ride (DC)
SATURDAY, 4/28 @ 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, 4/29 @ 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.

Spokes Etc. Quaker Lane shop ride (VA)
SUNDAY, 4/29 @ 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, 4/29 @ 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, 4/29 @ 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]

Wheel Nuts Road Ride (VA)
TUESDAY, 5/1 @ 6pm
Meets at the shop in Alexandria at 5:45pm, wheels rolling by 6pm. For people with road and tri bikes, tho it’s only a 13-mile ride and the pace is moderate. Check social media to see if it’s on. [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.

what’s up this week with the DMV area cycling clubs

[NOTE: this is only a SAMPLE of the MANY rides these clubs do every week. also, these rides may require registration or membership to join in, check their sites for details!]

Oxon Hill Cycling Club
[full ride schedule]
Celebrate May Day (May 1) with a ~36-mile road ride starting at 10am in the little Maryland town of Brians Road. Details available on the full ride schedule.

Potomac Pedalers
[full ride schedule]

  • A good one this week and every week is the Thursday Evening Ride, which is happening TONIGHT and every Thursday evening until September. Meets at CityBikes in Tenleytown at 6:15pm for an easy-going tour of rolling roads in NW, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Rock Creek Park.
  • Another regular ride that is in full swing is the Downtown Breakaway, a hard-charging but friendly road ride that meets on Wednesday nights at Mitchell Park and explores the quieter parts of NW. There’s also a slower version!

Reston Bicycling Club
[full ride schedule]
Saturday is the Books & Bikes women’s ride, gathering at 10am at the Vienna metro station and heading to the spring used book sale at the Reston Regional Library. [RBC]

AnchorLooking ahead

– 5/5: Tour de Cookie. Montgomery County ride to raise funds for The Tree House, which helps child victims of abuse.
– 5/12: Campfire Grind, with The Bike Rack!
– 5/18: Bike to Work Day 2018
– 5/19: DC Bike Ride. Registration now open! Use BIKELIST18 for $10 off.
– 5/20: 4th Annual DC Bike Swap and Expo. Hosted by Gearin’ up Bikes, Great opportunity to find a new or used bike.
– 6/2: Tour de DCPL! Ninth annual bike ride to visit several of DC’s wonderful public libraries.
– 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.
– 6/16: Bike MS! Annual fundraising ride for MS research.
– 6/22: Yo!!! Not Cool Bro Ride 2018, to advance civility and decency on bikes.
– 6/22-27: Bike Virginia Tour 2018. “Ride the River,” a week of adventure cycling. Registration now open.