DC Bike List for 12/13

[this is a copy/paste of the e-mail newsletter. to read the whole thing in its properly-formatted glory, click here.]
Quite a bit going on this week as we roll toward the holidays! Obviously the biggest thing is the Hains Point 100. This is always one of the best parties/fundraisers of the year, and you will severely regret missing it. See you there! And another good annual event happening this week is the Holiday Lights Ride in Alexandria. A few other odds and ends:

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

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Alexandria Holiday Lights Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 12/15 @ 5:30pm-7pm
Festoon your ride with holiday lights and join this eighth annual ride to see the lights of Del Ray, led by Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Alexandria Spokeswomen, and Phoenix Bikes. Meets behind the George Washington Middle School, about an hour and a half of easy rambling. Rain date is Sunday, 12/16. [details]

Hains Point 100 (DC)
SUNDAY, 12/16 @ 8am-3pm
Now in its seventh year, this is one of the bikeDC community’s great annual events. The Hains Point 100 is a fundraiser for WABA’s Women and Bicycles program in which hundreds of people gather at Hains Point to ride laps and generally just have a big ol’ party. You can do all 100 miles worth of laps, or just a few, whatever you’re comfortable with! This is an event for everyone (young, old, roadies, commuters, e-bikes, cargo bikes, kids, everyone). Be sure to register and donate! [HP100]

bikeDC Happy Hour (DC)
THURSDAY, 12/20 @ 5pm-9pm
Regular gathering of bikeDC folks, all comers welcome! This one is at the Velo Cafe on the Wharf, and you are encouraged to wear your ugliest bike jersey (although I’m told particularly holey sweaters are allowed as well). [Facebook]

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

Spokes Etc. Vienna shop ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 12/15 @ 8:15am
Leaves from the Vienna shop. Easy pace, no drop, covers about 15 miles. Join the Google group for updates by sending an e-mail to vienna-shopride@googlegroups.com. [Spokes Etc. calendar] 

Nice & Easy (DC)
SATURDAY, 12/15 @ 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, 12/15 @ 10am
Weekly ride for kids, youths, and adult volunteers led by Phoenix Bicycles from their shop in Arlington. Easy-going, usually ~10 miles. Check social media for route and updates. [Facebook]

Cupcake Ramble (DC)
SATURDAY, 12/15 @ 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]

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Hill rides
often social, can be challenging 

Hills of Anacostia (DC)
SATURDAY, 12/15 @ 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. Note that the time has changed to winter hours, so they’re rolling at 9am now. See our Ride Review here!

Hills for Breakfast (VA)
SATURDAY, 12/15 @ 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, 12/16 @ 9am
Led by BicycleSPACE. A beautiful and sometimes challenging ride along the rolling mostly car-free roadways of Rock Creek Park. No-drop ride. Note that the Adams Morgan shop has closed, so the ride now leaves from the K St. location. This week, it will probably be heading down to do some laps at the Hains Point 100, keep an eye on social media for announcements.

Tuesday Hills (VA)
TUESDAY, 12/18 @ 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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Long rides
30+ miles, exploring new routes and interesting destinations

City Explorers (DC)
SUNDAY, 12/16 @ 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]

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

Hooky Ride (VA)
FRIDAY, 12/14 @ 9:30am
Led by Bikenetic, this is the best regular gravel ride going in the area. This week’s Hooky Ride will be a little quicker than usual, as they try to beat a rain storm. ~60 miles, 3000ft of elevation, starts in Leesburg. [Facebook]

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

7am Ride (MD, DC)
SATURDAY, 12/15 @ 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, 12/15 @ 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, 12/15 @ 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.

Bicycle Place Advanced Road Ride (DC, MD)
SUNDAY, 12/16 @ 8:00am
Advanced road ride led by The Bicycle Place Club. Meets at 8am at their shop in Silver Spring, wheels rolling by 8:30, the ride snakes through Rock Creek, Chevy Chase, Bethesda Potomac, and Kensington. About 40 miles in all, pace is fast (20-24mph). [details]

Sunday Morning Social Ride (DC)
SUNDAY, 12/16 @ 8:30am
Heads out from Conte’s in Navy Yard. Social paced but quick (15-17mph) ride. No indication of distance on the event, but I would say figure at least 20 miles. [Facebook]

Bike Rack Intermediate/Advanced rides
SUNDAY, 12/16 @ 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, 12/16 @ 8:30am
Departs from the Quaker Lane shop in Alexandria. Quick pace (15-20mph) for a good distance (30-40 miles). More details on the events calendar. [Spokes Etc. calendar]

Arrow Bicycle road ride (MD)
SUNDAY, 12/16 @ 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, 12/16 @ 2pm
Meets at the Belle View shop for a solid 25-30 miles of riding at a moderate 15mph pace. More details on the events calendar. [Spokes Etc. calendar]

Wheel Nuts Road Ride (VA)
TUESDAY, 12/18 @ 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.

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Looking ahead

1/10: Bike Hack Night X! Show-and-tell of bicycle-related apps, data, etc.
5/18: DC Bike Ride! Save the date.

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