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Tim Kelley
08-28-2013, 11:55 AM
Upcoming Rides:

Bay Country Century - 8/31 http://abrtcycling.com/events/annapolis-bay-country-century

Civil War Century - 9/7 http://www.civilwarcentury.com/

Indian Head 100 - 9/8 http://www.ohbike.org/century/

Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Family Bike Ride – 9/14 https://sites.google.com/site/alexandriabpac/

Heart of Virginia Bike Festival – 9/14 http://heartofvabikefestival.org/

Kidical Mass Arlington Harvest Ride – 9/15 http://kidicalmassarl.blogspot.com

WABA 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride – 9/21 http://www.waba.org/events/50states.php

Back Roads Century – 9/22 http://www.backroadscentury.org/

Frederick Gran Fondo - 9/22 http://www.granfondonationalchampionshipseries.com/frederick-md/

YSC Tour De Pink 9/27- 9/29 http://www.ysctourdepink.org/

St Mary's Century - 9/28 http://paxvelo.com/index.php?page=smc

Diamond Derby – 9/28 http://www.diamond-derby.com/

Alpine Loop Gran Fondo – 9/29 http://alpineloopgranfondo.com/

Arlington Fun Ride – 10/5 http://www.arlingtonfunride.org/

Culpeper Century – 10/5 - http://www.culpepercyclingcentury.com/

Virginia Tech Gran Fondo – 10/5 http://www.vtvgranfondo.com/

Martin’s Tour of Richmond - 10/5 http://www.sportsbackers.org/events/tour-richmond

Seagull Century – 10/5 http://www.seagullcentury.org/

MoCo Epic - 10/12 - 10/13 http://mocoepic.com/

The Great Pumpkin Ride - 10/26 http://www.fauquiertrails.com/the-great-pumpkin-ride.html


So, what have I missed?

Honeybadger6
08-28-2013, 11:56 AM
So, what have I missed?

While I don't know what you've missed, I would like to say that anyone heading to the Martin's Tour of Richmond should let myself and TwoWheels know. We'll be there riding with my pops!

TwoWheelsDC
08-28-2013, 11:59 AM
Culpepper century is 10/5, not 9/28. Civil War Century is 9/7, but already sold out. I believe Back Roads is sold out too.

Brent
08-28-2013, 12:01 PM
Indian Head Century - 9/8 http://www.ohbike.org/century/

Brent
08-28-2013, 12:07 PM
The Great Pumpkin Ride - 10/26 http://www.fauquiertrails.com/the-great-pumpkin-ride.html

Tim Kelley
08-28-2013, 12:23 PM
Thanks all--keep them coming!

JimF22003
08-28-2013, 12:25 PM
Bay Country Century - 8/31 http://abrtcycling.com/events/annapolis-bay-country-century

eminva
08-28-2013, 12:27 PM
Moco Epic? Various cyclocross events? Or are you limiting this to road bike stuff?

Liz

Tim Kelley
08-28-2013, 12:42 PM
MoCo is a good one. I'm thinking more group rides and less races.

Subby
08-28-2013, 01:00 PM
I believe Back Roads is sold out too.
I was able to sign up just now but there are less than 250 spaces left, according their site.

vvill
08-28-2013, 01:51 PM
As I'm sure many here know, the Oxon Hill club maintains a great list of events:
http://www.ohbike.org/events/index.htm#september


This is not really that close, but I might try it next year:
9/29/13 Michaux State Forest, PA
http://www.ironcrossrace.com/

consularrider
08-28-2013, 01:54 PM
A few more

Lakes and Grapes, Fredericksburg, VA (http://beta.active.com/fredericksburg-va/cycling/lakes-and-grapes-century-ride-2013), 9/7,
Amish Country Bike Tour (http://www.amishcountrybiketour.com/), Dover, De, 9/7,
St Michaels Century, St Michaels, MD (http://beta.active.com/st-michaels-md/cycling/st-michaels-century-p-b-bike-doctor-2013) 9/15,
Larry's Ride, Reisterstown, MD (http://bikemd.org/page.php?id=513), 9/15
Tour de Talbot (http://www.tourdetalbot.org/), Easton, MD, 9/21
Tour du Port, Baltimore, MD (http://bikemd.org/page.php?id=573) 9/29,
Ride & Run to Remember, National Harbour, Oxon Hill, MD (http://support.nleomf.org/site/PageNavigator/rrtr2013_ride_details.html), 10/12
Shelter Century Fall Folliage Tour, St Michaels, MD (http://www.sheltercentury.org/), 10/19
Camphill Challenge, Phoenixville, PA (http://www.camphillchallenge.org/), 10/20,
Between the Waters, Nassawadox, VA (http://www.cbes.org/events/events_biketour.asp), 10/26

I thought someone was passing out flyers at the Reston Century on Saturday for a Gran Fondo in Vienna, VA on October 5, but I don't find it online.

I'm signed up for both the Seagull Century and Martin's Tour of Richmond that day. I expect I'll opt for the Richmond event so I can go harass my son at VCU.

Hancockbs
08-28-2013, 02:25 PM
Cannonball 9/29 https://www.bikereg.com/Net/19147
Crop Hop 10/19 http://thecrophop.com/index.html

PeteD
08-28-2013, 02:36 PM
Boys and Girls Club Cycling Challenge (http://www.bgcchallenge.org), Crozet, VA 9/15
David Luedtke Memorial Tour Du Shore (http://www.crisfieldtourdushore.org/), Crisfield MD, 9/21
7th Annual Lymphoma Research Ride (http://www.lymphoma.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1056741), Montgomery County, MD 9/22
Gears for Good 2013 Charity Bike Ride (http://www.hemophiliafed.org/programs/meetings-events/gears-for-good/#.Uh5P1rzD-Ul), Paw Paw Canal, WV to Washington DC, 9/27-9/29
Northern Neck River Ride (www.riverride.org), Windmill Point, VA 9/28
Savage Century (http://whiteclaybicycleclub.org/events/savage/), Newark, DE, 10/12

dasgeh
08-28-2013, 02:47 PM
The Kidical ride is September 15th

Not Tim's fault: I apparently can't count at times. I put on the original schedule that it would be "3rd Sundays" and then wrote 9/22. On every schedule since then, I've put 9/15.

So executive decision: stick with 3rd Sunday - 9/15

KS1G
08-28-2013, 03:51 PM
A few more

I thought someone was passing out flyers at the Reston Century on Saturday for a Gran Fondo in Vienna, VA on October 5, but I don't find it online.

I'm signed up for both the Seagull Century and Martin's Tour of Richmond that day. I expect I'll opt for the Richmond event so I can go harass my son at VCU.

They were, it starts in the Fairfax Mosaic District, and it is already on the list in the 1st post: Virginia Tech Gran Fondo 10/5 http://www.vtvgranfondo.com/

I'm signed up for Seagull, so I'd switch only if the forecast was for epic weather (done that) on the Eastern Shore but relatively benign around here. And they had day-of registration.

PotomacCyclist
08-28-2013, 09:01 PM
Doesn't seem like that many choices. I mean, there's only like two century rides available every weekend. :)

NicDiesel
08-29-2013, 07:25 AM
Alright, if you were a ultra heavy rider (350lbs) that struggles with big hills but can keep a decent pace otherwise (think ~15mph) which of these would you recommend? I could definitely do a metric century and, if the hills are rolling and not long climbs, an actual century. The Silo (metric) Century looks pretty much perfect but I'm curious if there are any others you'd suggest based on experience.

Tim Kelley
08-29-2013, 07:51 AM
Alright, if you were a ultra heavy rider (350lbs) that struggles with big hills but can keep a decent pace otherwise (think ~15mph) which of these would you recommend? I could definitely do a metric century and, if the hills are rolling and not long climbs, an actual century. The Silo (metric) Century looks pretty much perfect but I'm curious if there are any others you'd suggest based on experience.

Seagull is perfectly flat.

Brent
08-29-2013, 07:54 AM
Seagull is perfectly flat.

It can be windy, too. If you're comfortable in a pace line, Seagull is a breeze!

Pun intended.

TwoWheelsDC
08-29-2013, 08:08 AM
Alright, if you were a ultra heavy rider (350lbs) that struggles with big hills but can keep a decent pace otherwise (think ~15mph) which of these would you recommend? I could definitely do a metric century and, if the hills are rolling and not long climbs, an actual century. The Silo (metric) Century looks pretty much perfect but I'm curious if there are any others you'd suggest based on experience.

Back Roads is pretty flat...or I guess I should say that the roads in the Berryville area are pretty flat (I haven't actually done Back Roads) with some nice rollers to keep your butt from getting sore. I'd wager that the century can't be much more than about 2k feet of climbing based on the couple rides I've done up in that general area. I did the CASA century last year, which is essentially the same terrain, just north a few miles in WV, and it was like 2400 feet of climbing, and the wife and I did 45 miles in Berryville a couple weeks ago and I think it was maybe 1200 feet of climbing.

vvill
08-29-2013, 08:24 AM
Back Roads is pretty flat...or I guess I should say that the roads in the Berryville area are pretty flat (I haven't actually done Back Roads) with some nice rollers to keep your butt from getting sore. I'd wager that the century can't be much more than about 2k feet of climbing based on the couple rides I've done up in that general area. I did the CASA century last year, which is essentially the same terrain, just north a few miles in WV, and it was like 2400 feet of climbing, and the wife and I did 45 miles in Berryville a couple weeks ago and I think it was maybe 1200 feet of climbing.

Backroads for me was about 2300k ft of climbing. All rolling but it adds up.
http://www.strava.com/activities/9832665

I have not done it but I'd do Seagull if I didn't want any climbing, and were ok with potentially windy conditions. I would guess most people riding it would average > 15mph though so it might be hard to find a decent paceline to hide from the wind.

NicDiesel
08-29-2013, 06:24 PM
Boo, can't do the Seagull due to some work nonsense. Anyone here done the Tour du Port in Baltimore?

rcannon100
09-08-2013, 06:46 PM
The Kid and I are going to do the 43 m route of the Great Pumpkin Ride. Not too much information from the website but there are some good (http://www.runthisamazingday.com/2010/10/great-pumpkin-ride-race-report.html) blog (http://alltrails.com/events/2012/10/great-pumpkin-ride-2012) reviews (http://martinsj2.wordpress.com/2010/10/24/the-great-pumpkin-ride/). Here is a 2011 map (http://www.mapmyride.com/us/warrenton-va/the-great-pumpkin-ride-route-55372858).

We may also do the Rappahannock Rough Ride, even in spite of MB's old blog review (http://blacknell.net/dynamic/2007/09/23/ride-report-rappahannock-rough-ride/). Prob the 33 m route.

http://www.fauquiertrails.com/uploads/1/9/3/8/19381961/5968795_orig.jpg

JimF22003
09-09-2013, 08:14 AM
The Great Pumpkin Ride is a lot of fun. I first heard of it through my family doctor. He's not a hard-core rider at all.

What I did last year was to start in Marshall, ride to the ride, and then back at the end so I could round it out to a century.

consularrider
09-09-2013, 08:37 AM
I give the Great Pumpkin Ride two thumbs up, I plann to be back for the fourth time this year. We had a true ELITE rider with us last year, Joe Dumbrowski (http://www.strava.com/pros/joe_dombrowski). Just two caveats, be patient at the mass start along the MUP, and the access to the first rest stop at the winery is unpaved. Has great pumpkin themed food at the rest stops (pie at every one!).

dasgeh
09-09-2013, 09:07 AM
Yeah, the Great Pumpkin Ride looks awesome. the flyer (http://www.fauquiertrails.com/uploads/1/9/3/8/19381961/2013.pumpkin.flyer.finalb_august_26th..pdf)says there are 3, 24, 43 and 71 mile routes.

We're looking into it. Does anyone have a sense of if/when registration fills up?

Thanks

consularrider
09-09-2013, 09:30 AM
Yeah, the Great Pumpkin Ride looks awesome. the flyer (http://www.fauquiertrails.com/uploads/1/9/3/8/19381961/2013.pumpkin.flyer.finalb_august_26th..pdf)says there are 3, 24, 43 and 71 mile routes.

We're looking into it. Does anyone have a sense of if/when registration fills up?

Thanks
For the three years I've ridden they've were able to accommodate day of ride registration. But don't quote me on that of this year. Note that the flier does include a higher fee for day of ride registration. ;)

vvill
09-09-2013, 09:36 AM
Pumpkin pie at every stop? Mmmm...

dasgeh
09-09-2013, 09:45 AM
By the way, the Kidical Mass Arlington Harvest Ride is THIS SUNDAY, Sept. 15, 2013 at 10:30am leaving from Alcova Heights Park. You should come.

In case you were wondering.

vvill
09-09-2013, 09:51 AM
By the way, the Kidical Mass Arlington Harvest Ride is THIS SUNDAY, Sept. 15, 2013 at 10:30am leaving from Alcova Heights Park. You should come.

In case you were wondering.

Thanks - I saw the thread, but I have family visiting so I can't commit to it yet. I definitely need to make one of these rides though!

consularrider
09-09-2013, 10:07 AM
By the way, the Kidical Mass Arlington Harvest Ride is THIS SUNDAY, Sept. 15, 2013 at 10:30am leaving from Alcova Heights Park. You should come.

In case you were wondering.
Are you serving pumpkin pie?

dasgeh
09-09-2013, 11:25 AM
Are you serving pumpkin pie?

If BikeArlington is paying... :-)

More reasons to get sponsorship.

rcannon100
09-09-2013, 01:08 PM
Another ride that looks good,

The Potomac Pedalers MD Farm Tour on Sept 29 with picnic

http://www.potomacpedalers.org/?page=farmtour

OutsideTheLaw
09-16-2013, 05:41 PM
September 28 -- Northern Neck Century -- http://www.riverride.org/

JimF22003
09-23-2013, 08:15 AM
Here's one I hadn't heard of, out of Luray, the "Page County Grown" century on october 12th. Just signed up for it

https://www.bikereg.com/Net/21440

jpetty1
09-23-2013, 12:07 PM
The Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival, October 18-20
http://shenandoahbike.org/registration/

KLizotte
09-30-2013, 03:07 PM
The Famous Three Covered Bridges Ride from Frederick, MD this Sunday (October 6)

http://www.meetup.com/Bike-Brunch/

JimF22003
10-23-2013, 08:00 AM
Any updates? I might do the Great Pumpkin ride again, but I'd like some options :)

rcannon100
10-24-2013, 08:12 PM
Great Pumpkin Ride 43 Mile Route

This is the RidewithGPS map (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3579426) which you can download to GPS or print the cuesheet for the 43 mile route, based on their published map. This is a guess and they could change the course.

It sounds like it is going to be very crowded.

jhr
10-25-2013, 09:03 AM
If anyone else is thinking about doing the Pumpkin Ride tomorrow, it's apparently currently like 10 degrees colder in Warrenton than DC, so you may want to make sure you're looking at the right weather forecast in the morning and dress accordingly!

http://i.imgur.com/OHhJD6A.png

Brent
10-25-2013, 09:04 AM
Great Pumpkin Ride 43 Mile Route

This is the RidewithGPS map (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3579426) which you can download to GPS or print the cuesheet for the 43 mile route, based on their published map. This is a guess and they could change the course.

It sounds like it is going to be very crowded.

I'm doing the 24 mile route with my wife (starting to get her into cycling! yay!) and made my gps cue here: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3581082

consularrider
10-25-2013, 09:20 AM
If anyone else is thinking about doing the Pumpkin Ride tomorrow, it's apparently currently like 10 degrees colder in Warrenton than DC, so you may want to make sure you're looking at the right weather forecast in the morning and dress accordingly!

http://i.imgur.com/OHhJD6A.png
Freezing when you check in and starting temperature for 9 am 72 mile route is predicted by MSN (http://local.msn.com/48hours.aspx?q=Warrenton-VA&eid=35801&zip=20186) to be about 37F. Unfortunately, the wind is supposed to pick up about the same time.

rcannon100
10-25-2013, 10:02 AM
Ah, but finishing the course, the wind will be at your back (mostly). All good.

BTW NOAA does not agree with MSN (and NOAA is the source data). NOAA puts the two temps closer together. 9 am DC temp is 42 and 38 for Warrenton. So, um, that's much better (not sure how that really helps - Warrenton will still be cold)

Again, they are expecting 1000 cyclists - and the start is 1.5 miles on an MUT. Patience will be in order.

DismalScientist
10-25-2013, 10:25 AM
At a bare minimum, the term "Insanely cold" should not apply to any temperatures above freezing.:cool:

consularrider
10-25-2013, 10:51 AM
Hey, it's the first "cold" weather of the fall so nobody is acclimatized yet. Come January we'll all be lauding the "insanely warm" weather when the highs are in the 50s. ;)