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    Man, I love the cycling community. Thank you all so much for the great tips, recommendations and concerns!

    Quote Originally Posted by gibby View Post
    Welcome to DC and hopefully it's not too brutally hot while you're here.
    I'm so jealous that you're going to do this. Before my M-F 9-5 days, I rode those routes several times during the week and it was light traffic-- but that was several years ago so I don't know what kind of development may have sprung up in the meantime.

    Another option, if you want to experience the Virginia side also, would be to take the W&OD trail out to Leesburg, Rt 15 up to the Point of Rocks crossing and Rt 28 down to your Strava route.

    Enjoy!!
    Thanks! Just did a quick google on the W&OD trail - such a gem you guys have here! Will definitely ride this.

    Quote Originally Posted by KLizotte View Post

    Just be prepared to bring lots of water and riding a little slower than normal if you aren't used to the humidity. You will probably find that it is a lot greener here than you are used to which may or may not be a nice change depending on preferences.

    There are mountains west and north-west of DC.
    We tend to have scorching heat(up to 104 ℉) but no humidity at all. Thanks for the tip RE:water, I'll make sure I have 2x bottles. I also love green scenery, we do get beautiful trees and bush as soon as you're 30-40km out of the city. You can see some shots here - https://www.instagram.com/p/BTV7aiqlir0/

    Quote Originally Posted by KLizotte View Post
    Also, are you comfortable riding on the right hand side of the road? I presume Australians drive on the left.
    Yep, this is one of my concerns however, my US friends have advised me that it may take a couple of hours to adjust to, so I think it may help even more if I ride with a few experienced folks at first!

    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    Here are a few route variations that do include the W&OD and avoid the most unpleasant parts of Rt. 15.

    Finally, shoot me a PM and I can get you added to a Facebook group that coordinates rides (usually 6am rides) throughout the week. There's also the 6am/7a NCVC club ride on Saturday if you're looking for a good & fast ride -- I think they probably average around 20mph, so you get a good 60 miles or so by 9am.
    Brilliant, thank you so much for the list of routes. I will also PM you as I much prefer to ride with a bunch at the start.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    If you want to start your ride after a fine cup of coffee and socializing with a fine group of cyclists, there are several options on that Friday morning.

    If you were thinking of getting an early start, you could ride out to the Green Lizard at milepost 20 on the W&OD and stop there for FCC III partway into your ride. I believe it's a small group, and I think they meet about 7:30am.
    Otherwise you could start later and meet in downtown DC or close-in Arlington. The downtown one generally attracts some people who belong to DC Randonneurs, and they know all the roads. Click on link above for the whole coffee club list.
    Pre-ride coffee sounds amazing. Will look these up now.

    The full story is that I will have these 4 days all to myself while my wife attends a conference and I can't think of a better way to spend my time other than being on a bike exploring DC, so if any of you are free for any long or even short rides i would love to tag along .

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    Quote Originally Posted by petefromaus View Post
    The full story is that I will have these 4 days all to myself while my wife attends a conference and I can't think of a better way to spend my time other than being on a bike exploring DC, so if any of you are free for any long or even short rides i would love to tag along .
    Friday you have coffee clubs and Bikenetic often has a hooky ride--sometimes road; sometimes gravel. Check their Facebook page
    Saturday there are a couple of morning shop rides I know of: Conte's in Falls Church does an Arlington/McLean hills ride and the Mighty Hills of Anacostia in DC. Good people on both these rides. Also the Beach Drive ride (see below)

    Potomac Pedalers has a pretty full calendar of rides, and I'm sure they would be pleased to have a guest.

    DC Paceline has a number of rides posted, including the Saturday morning Rock Creek/Beach Drive and some DC exploring rides at more relaxed pace.

    Bikenetic also often does a Sunday coffee ride, usually posted just a few days ahead of time.

    Your problem won't be finding a ride; it will be choosing among all your options. Hope to meet you while you're here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petefromaus View Post
    The full story is that I will have these 4 days all to myself while my wife attends a conference and I can't think of a better way to spend my time other than being on a bike exploring DC, so if any of you are free for any long or even short rides i would love to tag along .
    Wow! I think I will be doing the exact opposite of you in a couple of months. I'll be going to a conference in Hobart and my wife wants to tag along to make it a vacation. I hear there's organized tourist rides to do near Mt. Wellington, but I need to look into it still. I don't plan on going through the hassle of packing a bike so we'll hopefully rent something. Have you been to Tasmania? Anything you consider a must do whether it's in or outside of Hobart?

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    Quote Originally Posted by petefromaus View Post
    Man, I love the cycling community.
    Hey, one of us is now one of you (again). vvill (real name Will Lynn) is just now arriving back in Sydney after several years here infiltrating (and improving) our community. I don't remember his exact schedule: either he's already there or he will be in the next week or two.
    You should look him up.
    Here's his Strava identity:
    https://www.strava.com/athletes/120192

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    Vvill is already there. I don't think he's riding much yet, though. Soon, I am sure!

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    You should plan on spending a few hours riding around DC itself. Lots of cool monuments and architecture. Slow going because of cars, lights, peds but it's a fun way to see the city. The NW part is where the rich folks live (also quite hilly). DC isn't very big so you can see a lot in a day. Along with the usual tourist sites you can add in Rock Creek Park (go on the weekend when they close the road; it also passes right by our free zoo).

    The Capital Crescent Trail is absolutely wonderful too (11 miles I think). Goes from DC to Bethesda and only crosses two roads. Very green and you get good views of the Potomac River. The Bethesda end is touristy with restaurants/shops.

    The Mt. Vernon Trail is great too for a newcomer but I would only go during the week because it gets super busy on weekends. You could visit Mt. Vernon at the end if you want to be a tourist. Be very careful on the boardwalks though. They get covered in green algae muck that makes them very slippery (at least the ones that have some tree cover). Seriously, don't underestimate how slippery the tree covered boards can be. If you are careful, you will be fine and it is a beautiful ride (22 miles one way).

    Poolesville area is a heavily cycled area. C&O canal is beautiful; best if you have thicker tires though since it's rough gravel.

    Also we have Capital Bikeshare if your wife wants to join you for an hour or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLizotte View Post
    You should plan on spending a few hours riding around DC itself. Lots of cool monuments and architecture. Slow going because of cars, lights, peds but it's a fun way to see the city.
    Another option is to do a monument tour at night, which is absolutely gorgeous and uncrowded. Even out-of-town visitors that don't bike much are much less intimidated to ride in the city after dark because there are hardly any cars around at night nor crowds to fight through. It's also a lot cooler, which can be a relief during the summer.

    I created a GPS route here that you can download if interested. I also added the usual stops I take, peppered with some of my pics (with the exception of the FDR one):

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22569777


    Memorials at Night by ricky d, on Flickr

    (The pic above was taken 4 years ago, and the Washington Monument is no longer covered in scaffolding )
    Last edited by drevil; 06-27-2017 at 11:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    Your problem won't be finding a ride; it will be choosing among all your options. Hope to meet you while you're here.
    Thanks for the links to these shop rides! You're right, it's starting to look like there are too many options, ha! I'll start doing some more planning and "homework" so when the date is closer I'll have a better idea and report back

    Quote Originally Posted by creadinger View Post
    Have you been to Tasmania? Anything you consider a must do whether it's in or outside of Hobart?
    No, unfortunately I haven't been myself. However, a good friend of mine has done a decent bike packing trip around Tasmania and she blogged her entire journey that you can check it out here: http://www.jullietta.com/cycling/category/tasmania

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    Hey, one of us is now one of you (again).
    You should look him up.
    Here's his Strava identity:
    https://www.strava.com/athletes/120192
    Sweet! Followed. If you guys chat and Will wants weekend long rides and or weekday training rides, let me know!

    Quote Originally Posted by KLizotte View Post
    You should plan on spending a few hours riding around DC itself. Lots of cool monuments and architecture.
    Great tip! Thank you. As the conference shouldn't take up the entire day I'm sure I could convince her to join in on a ride or 2.

    Quote Originally Posted by drevil View Post
    Another option is to do a monument tour at night, which is absolutely gorgeous and uncrowded.

    I created a GPS route here that you can download if interested. I also added the usual stops I take, peppered with some of my pics (with the exception of the FDR one):
    Brilliant! Thank you for the GPS route. Added to my list now.

    I have also joined BikeArlington's Strava group as I believe the "Recent Activity" tab will be a great resource for some research

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    There's def a great cycling community around DC. Chances are you'll want to do a faster paced ride (based on looking at a few of your Strava activities). If you don't mind a crit-style pack weekday midday loops around Hains Pt will keep you on your toes - kind of similar to Centennial Park in Sydney except with some stop signs and mixed in with more traffic and in summer, tour buses/coaches

    http://dcpaceline.weebly.com/ seems fairly up to date, although note Revolution Cycles was bought out by Trek Bikes this year and I'm not sure if those rides are still going ahead.

    Your route looks fine, especially if you're used to riding across Spit Bridge, on Pacific Hwy, etc. in Sydney.

    Sat/Sun there are plenty of groups. The Coppi Sunday ride is usually a good pace (with competitive racers) and open to all. http://squadracoppi.com/events/ride/...pi_sunday_ride

    Thursday's Reston Bike Club (RBC) ride may be up your alley too. You can warm up on the W&OD and then join the A or B group for a good workout. Free to first-time riders I believe.

    Bikenetic in Falls Church usually (but not always) does Friday all-day rides but they aren't fast and are often gravel/MTB.

    If you can rent a car and fit your bike, I'd also recommend Skyline Drive out west starting from Front Royal. You can easily spend a day there out and back, with lots of climbing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vvill View Post
    Your route looks fine, especially if you're used to riding across Spit Bridge, on Pacific Hwy, etc. in Sydney.
    Thanks for the tips vvill!

    I'm seriously loving the rides here in DC. Have done two rides so far:

    Thursday: https://www.strava.com/activities/1115686664
    Friday: https://www.strava.com/activities/1117192880

    Learnings from the past 2 days:
    - Drivers are pretty friendly compared to the ones we have in Sydney. Everyone has given me a lot of room on the road.
    - It does take 2 to 4 hours to get use to riding on the opposite side of the road
    - Good to map out where you may get water from before you head out for a long ride in 80+f heat.
    - Everyone that I've bumped into whilst cycling are always keen for a chat!

    Will be looking for a nice recovery ride tomorrow morning, if I can tag along with anyone please let me know!

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