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Raymo853
12-23-2014, 07:06 AM
Does anyone want to try to get some group rides on Jan 01? I was thinking something CX/gravel focused. Maybe 60 miles out and 60 miles back on the C&O with diversions onto Seneca, Mt Nebo, Elmer School, ... I assume 120 will still be too little for the Golden Nugget.

Sunyata
12-23-2014, 07:54 AM
Potentially... Usually I try to do a mountain bike ride, but if the trails are too wet, I may be up for a gravel grinder (although, I do not have CX bike, I will have to use my hard tail, so I may be a bit slower than everyone else...).

Steve O
12-23-2014, 12:08 PM
Meet me at the Starbucks here:
https://goo.gl/maps/2tqni

We'll do a quick Coffee Club and then take a spin around the lake.

KLizotte
12-23-2014, 12:37 PM
Meet me at the Starbucks here:
https://goo.gl/maps/2tqni

We'll do a quick Coffee Club and then take a spin around the lake.

Steve O is purchasing airline tix for all!!! Thanks Steve ;)

rcannon100
12-23-2014, 01:17 PM
Meet me at the Starbucks here:
https://goo.gl/maps/2tqni

We'll do a quick Coffee Club and then take a spin around the lake.

Damn son. That aint Cancun. That's Playa del Carmen! Mucha mejor! (I am bilingual in bad gramhar). Swim across the pond to Cozumel. There is a scuba park there; probably too touristy for your skills. Tulum is just a potatos throw down yonder. Prob another excellent place to dive. When I was a wee lad, we use ta sleep in hammocks along the beach right about here. http://goo.gl/maps/NCsJj It's where I proposed to The Wife on a full moon night along the beach (she werent impressed; she said if I hadnt proposed to her that trip she was going to belt me). Got to ride out a hurricane in a shack in a place called Capitan Lafitte - a good part of our roof was gone by morning.Fun.

Steve O
12-23-2014, 01:23 PM
Steve O is purchasing airline tix for all!!! Thanks Steve ;)

Yep. Meet me there and bring your receipt.

Raymo853
12-23-2014, 02:14 PM
I am thinking a more appropriate place and time to meet is under the Chain Bridge on the C&O around 9 AM.

Raymo853
12-23-2014, 03:20 PM
My starting idea for a route:
http://www.strava.com/routes/1255103

Ends with a few Haines loops if that will still be a variable this year.

hozn
12-23-2014, 05:22 PM
I am thinking of doing a long-ish Jan 2 ride. Probably ~100 miles, starting early -- like 6am, back by noon -- if anyone is interested in doing a longer ride but can't ride on the 1st.

Edit: and I was thinking of a similar route. Definitely to include Berryville Rd.

americancyclo
12-23-2014, 09:43 PM
I am thinking a more appropriate place and time to meet is under the Chain Bridge on the C&O around 9 AM.

The correct time for meeting under the chain bridge is 3am

Raymo853
12-29-2014, 07:18 AM
My starting idea for a route:
http://www.strava.com/routes/1255103

Ends with a few Haines loops if that will still be a variable this year.

My hope for such distance is gone. I messed up my wrist in the Bikenetic CX race and it is still questionable. Still planning an early start and that basic route if anyone is interested.

Rod Smith
12-29-2014, 08:24 PM
I'm trying to get some riders to go with me to Baltimore for Paul Palermo Memorial Ride. I think if we leave from Hains Point at 11:30 we can get to Bishop Square Park by 3:30 (45 miles). If you want to come along but need more time, we can leave earlier. The ride back will be in the dark so bring lights.

Raymo853
12-30-2014, 10:18 AM
I'm trying to get some riders to go with me to Baltimore for Paul Palermo Memorial Ride. I think if we leave from Hains Point at 11:30 we can get to Bishop Square Park by 3:30 (45 miles). If you want to come along but need more time, we can leave earlier. The ride back will be in the dark so bring lights.

I just saw the postings about that ride and was thinking of going. Is it really possible to get there leaving at 11:30? Also what sort of time do you think we'll get home? Only have about 3 hours of headlights.

Rod Smith
12-30-2014, 06:08 PM
No it's not possible. I thought it was a little closer. 51 miles. Experience tells me it's best to allow for ten miles per hour average speed. It sounds slow, it is slow but stuff happens. That means we should leave at 10:30. The ride home may take 5 hours. I'm having a little knee pain and second thoughts about this ride.

Raymo853
12-31-2014, 08:02 AM
No it's not possible. I thought it was a little closer. 51 miles. Experience tells me it's best to allow for ten miles per hour average speed. It sounds slow, it is slow but stuff happens. That means we should leave at 10:30. The ride home may take 5 hours. I'm having a little knee pain and second thoughts about this ride.

As much as I want to go to this memorial ride, it is just not in the cards. Still doing my plan of the C&O but starting from the Chain Bridge earlier at 8:00

consularrider
12-31-2014, 11:19 AM
No it's not possible. I thought it was a little closer. 51 miles. Experience tells me it's best to allow for ten miles per hour average speed. It sounds slow, it is slow but stuff happens. That means we should leave at 10:30. The ride home may take 5 hours. I'm having a little knee pain and second thoughts about this ride.

If you do it, I will join you.

rcannon100
12-31-2014, 11:35 AM
I wonder if we could do something symbolic at Circle of Cycles - even black arm bands.

Boomer2U
12-31-2014, 11:57 AM
Hey Raymo853, I and 2 other FZ2015 newbie wannabes would be interested to join your ride tomorrow morning, but probably only good for 50 miles or so. Can you accommodate us? Also, is there an inaugural FZ2015 ride at Hains Point tomorrow? Thanks.

TwoWheelsDC
12-31-2014, 12:03 PM
I may do a long Arlington loop and would certainly be interested in making it a group thing, but 100, or even 50 miles ain't happenin'.

Boomer2U
12-31-2014, 12:18 PM
I may do a long Arlington loop and would certainly be interested in making it a group thing, but 100, or even 50 miles ain't happenin'.
Can you tell me more about the route and distance for your "long Arlington loop?" Thank you.

Boomer2U
12-31-2014, 12:20 PM
As much as I want to go to this memorial ride, it is just not in the cards. Still doing my plan of the C&O but starting from the Chain Bridge earlier at 8:00
Would you welcome tag alongs that might only make half or less of your Strava century route?

Raymo853
12-31-2014, 01:14 PM
Would you welcome tag alongs that might only make half or less of your Strava century route?

Yes please join us. Meeting one non-forum person under the Chain Bridge at 8. We are both bringing CX bikes and planning to diverge up onto the trails at Blockhouse Point. As long as it is not muddy, we plan to ride the lower MoCo course backward-ish then come back on the C&O.

http://www.strava.com/routes/1038432

Boomer2U
12-31-2014, 01:18 PM
Yes please join us. Meeting one non-forum person under the Chain Bridge at 8. We are both bringing CX bikes and planning to diverge up onto the trails at Blockhouse Point. As long as it is not muddy, we plan to ride the lower MoCo course backward-ish then come back on the C&O.

http://www.strava.com/routes/1038432
Thanks, Raymo853. I have a few others who may want to ride, too, but we are all roadies and not all comfy on mud & grit, so I think I'll pass on this invite. But let me know of any pavement rides you plan in 2015. Happy new year.

Raymo853
12-31-2014, 01:44 PM
Thanks, Raymo853. I have a few others who may want to ride, too, but we are all roadies and not all comfy on mud & grit, so I think I'll pass on this invite. But let me know of any pavement rides you plan in 2015. Happy new year.

You could always stay with us on the C&O and then we could split at Blockhouse.

Harry Meatmotor
12-31-2014, 02:08 PM
i'm pretty sure I'll be at hains point. and hains point. and hains point. and hains point.

Boomer2U
12-31-2014, 02:42 PM
You could always stay with us on the C&O and then we could split at Blockhouse.
Regrets, again, this time around, but I'd be interested in knowing of your future rides so that I can contribute to FS2015. Thank you.

Arlingtonrider
12-31-2014, 03:17 PM
I plan to go to Hains Point around 11 a.m. or so to ride a few laps, practice peloton avoidance skilz and maybe cheer on some century riding friends. Will probably head out to Del Rey or Old Town afterwards. Anyone is welcome to join me.

Rod Smith
12-31-2014, 04:38 PM
If you do it, I will join you.

Look for me at the end of Hains Point where The Awakening used to be at 10:30.

Arlingtonrider
12-31-2014, 05:07 PM
I'm not riding to Baltimore, but will be with you in spirit. It's nice to know that we may be represented there in some way.

Rod Smith
12-31-2014, 05:30 PM
We're going to stop at Proteus to pick up riders. There maybe refreshments. If you start the ride there it will be 15 miles shorter each way. ETA Proteus 11:45. Rolling again at noon...

Boomer2U
12-31-2014, 06:17 PM
I plan to go to Hains Point around 11 a.m. or so to ride a few laps, practice peloton avoidance skilz and maybe cheer on some century riding friends. Will probably head out to Del Rey or Old Town afterwards. Anyone is welcome to join me.
I'll plan to be there, and hopefully greet you for the new year at Hains Point.

Arlingtonrider
01-01-2015, 07:54 AM
I'll plan to be there, and hopefully greet you for the new year at Hains Point.

Great! And Happy New Year everyone! I'll try to be at the point of Hains Point around 11:30. Anyone else?

For those who might not know, riding laps at Hains Point on New Years Day is an annual tradition started by Potomac Pedalers 31 years ago. Called the "Circle of Cycles," it has also been adopted by many other area cycling clubs and individuals. People of all abilities are invited to ride as many or as few laps as they would like anytime during the day. Potomac Pedalers and other groups encourage people to bring snacks or hot beverages to share from tailgates or picnic tables. It's a lot of fun to see so many out riding and a nice way to start the New Year and get some miles in for FS. (There's also an FS prize for most Hains Point loops during the competition. I'm a past winner but recusing myself from that this year.)

(Just fyi - there are quite a few people who ride a good luck century there, starting early and typically finishing around noon. The pelotons can get large during the morning hours - very cool to watch, but some riders not in the peloton have found them to be a little intimidating. Riders not in the peloton need to use a little extra care and thought, such as riding single file close to the right and exercising special care at the turns if a peloton is coming up. Also, it is important to be able to listen to what is happening behind you.)

p.s. This isn't a group ride per se, but more of an event. If you're out at the point around 11:30 or see any of us riding, please say hi!

Starduster
01-01-2015, 10:59 AM
Hi Arlingtonrider!

Great info, merci. I've been sufficiently far away from serious riding that I didn't know about this tradition. Too late today, but...

My wife and I will still be out & about this afternoon in south Arlington. She has rediscovered her inner http://bikeyface.com/, thanks to her new Breezer Uptown EX-LS, now named *Snowflake*. Hains point will come soon, once I resolve a minor transport issue- Snowflake does not have a top tube, and that doesn't play well with the traditional trunk mounted bike carriers. The crew at Papillon Cycles say they have a solution...

hozn
01-01-2015, 01:45 PM
Yes please join us. Meeting one non-forum person under the Chain Bridge at 8. We are both bringing CX bikes and planning to diverge up onto the trails at Blockhouse Point. As long as it is not muddy, we plan to ride the lower MoCo course backward-ish then come back on the C&O.

http://www.strava.com/routes/1038432

Hey, lemme know how this was today. I might ride your route tomorrow if it wasn't too muddy today.

Steve O
01-01-2015, 06:34 PM
Meet me at the Starbucks here:
https://goo.gl/maps/2tqni

We'll do a quick Coffee Club and then take a spin around the lake.

Where was everyone?

Raymo853
01-01-2015, 07:46 PM
Hey, lemme know how this was today. I might ride your route tomorrow if it wasn't too muddy today.

We did not end up going on the trails and stuck to the C&O.

My ride: http://www.strava.com/activities/235382924

This guy road part of those trails today and called his ride muddy:
http://www.strava.com/activities/235335169#5546340125

hozn
01-01-2015, 07:52 PM
We did not end up going on the trails and stuck to the C&O.

My ride: http://www.strava.com/activities/235382924

This guy road part of those trails today and called his ride muddy:
http://www.strava.com/activities/235335169#5546340125
Thanks for the report! Yeah, I don't like riding them muddy. I had kinda figured asich given how soft our yard is still. I think frozen-only for awhile. I put on the road tires and will do River Rd to Whites Ferry and back down W&OD.

cyclingfool
01-02-2015, 09:32 AM
Where was everyone?

Sorry. I was on my way, but I got a flat somewhere around Corpus Christi. ;)

ShawnoftheDread
01-02-2015, 11:13 AM
Where was everyone?

I was at Java Shack with a Christmas light fixer ready to be loaned out.

Well, today I was. Yesterday I was sleeping.

PotomacCyclist
01-02-2015, 12:59 PM
I didn't sign up for Freezing Saddles, but I decided to test my quads and ride yesterday. I managed a 75-minute leisurely ride on Capital Bikeshare, my first ride in 5.5 weeks! Seems that my current problems had more to do with scar tissue in my quads than continued muscle damage and injury. (In case you're not aware, I strained both quads during a run hill sprint workout, way back in June. I probably didn't warm up enough that day, and my overall base training was sub-par during the previous winter and spring.) Once I broke up the scar tissue (which was a painful but brief process), my quads sort of cleared up.

A day later and so far, so good. My quads feel OK for now. That's the first time that my legs have felt normal after a bike ride or run or strength workout since July or August! That's such a big relief, knowing that I can go for a casual ride anytime I want (unless there are tornadoes or winter Sharknados outside), without worrying that it would take me a week to recover from even an easy 30-minute ride. Happy New Year indeed!

dasgeh
01-05-2015, 09:17 AM
Hains point will come soon, once I resolve a minor transport issue- Snowflake does not have a top tube, and that doesn't play well with the traditional trunk mounted bike carriers. The crew at Papillon Cycles say they have a solution...

The solution is something like this (http://www.rei.com/product/670346/yakima-top-tube-adapter). We have one (not this brand, but similar) and it works great for not-too-heavy bikes.

Raymo853
01-07-2015, 07:47 AM
In the end my Jan 1st ride was very bad for me. I really got hit hard by the flu Friday and today (Jan 7th) is the first day I am back at work since. I bet during the ride I was very infectious so you should be happy you did not join me. The ride did not cause this but did weaken my ability to deal with it and heal. Might try a sleaze ride today but won't be up for anything longer for days. Sad to know that I was 3rd overall Jan 1st and now have dropped to nearly 70th. Any plans I had to be a high scorer this year are out.