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    I have never seen conditions on the MVT both so crowded, and so smooth. Usually the most crowded times are evenings and weekends, when the combination of rambling pedestrians, and unpredictable bikers (both slow newbies and fast Freds) creates chaos and stress. This AM was as crowded as that, but was all either BTWD cyclists, or US Army runners. It was a sight to behold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    I have never seen conditions on the MVT both so crowded, and so smooth. Usually the most crowded times are evenings and weekends, when the combination of rambling pedestrians, and unpredictable bikers (both slow newbies and fast Freds) creates chaos and stress. This AM was as crowded as that, but was all either BTWD cyclists, or US Army runners. It was a sight to behold.
    I've seen it this crowded, but not this crowded and smooth. I think that's a sage observation. Literally I only saw one person not call and make a bad pass. I also observed people I presume are newer to it carefully observing the more seasoned vets and mimicking their behaviors (I say that because I watched a rider get passed with calls/bells and then she passed another rider saying "to the left").

    It also helped that it was a beautiful day. Now if only we could convince them not to mow the grass on a heavy biking day for the trail.

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    Was probably the first day in quite a while the grass was dry enough to mow! I avoided the trail because of how crowded I knew it would be. Still was great seeing 3x the number of cyclists out as normal, although it's probably a combination of me leaving at 7:15 instead of around 8, and 2x the normal people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terpfan View Post
    I also observed people I presume are newer to it carefully observing the more seasoned vets and mimicking their behaviors...
    I told you Subby! Scofflaw.

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    Happy Bike to Work Day! At least the weather is nice.

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    Rolled out around 7 AM, nearly an hour earlier than my usual morning departure time. I woke up earlier than usual without the alarm and was having trouble going back to sleep anyway. It was the first time I began the ride heading west on Huntington, in the direction of the Eisenhower overpass. Traffic wasn't bad at that hour. Visited the pit stops at Carlyle, Del Ray, and Crystal City. I saw cyclists at every stop but not much of a convoy, other than a handful heading towards Crystal City after Del Rey. There was one guy in red kit who passed me twice because he took a longer route than the one suggested to me by Google Maps - consularrider perhaps?

    Four Mile Run Park Trail was fine, as promised by the forum. The trail it led to in Crystal City was a bit strange - it was pretty much a sidewalk, just like Potomac Ave Trail north of Glebe. I got a bit lost and somehow ended up riding past some "No Bicycles" signs on the bus lane (Crystal Drive?).

    Crystal City's pit stop was the most happening of the three - not a surprise given all I've heard.

    There seemed to be a bit more cyclist traffic on the MVT than I've seen before, but I'm not sure it's because I was commuting earlier than usual. The largest number I encountered was between Gravelly Point and 14th St. Bridge. The majority of the ones who passed me called their passes. Just about everyone seemed well behaved.

    NOMA BID's pit stop was a party scene but no swag as legendary as Crystal City's.

    My biggest surprise was Cyclemeter logging just under 13 miles, despite the pit stops. I love riding by the Potomac in the mornings, but going up Commonwealth to Four Mile Park Run Trail seems quite a bit shorter for me than my usual jaunt through Old Town Alexandria.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC View Post
    Had to be in to work a little early today, so I was too early for any stops. The one by my house didn't open until 7am, and the one in G-town that was my alternate didn't open until 730. I wouldn't complain if at least the bigger BTWD stops in DC opened at 630am next year.
    Both Rosslyn and Ballston were open at 6:30, with people there setting up around 5:30. Should have swung by!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Kelley View Post
    Both Rosslyn and Ballston were open at 6:30, with people there setting up around 5:30. Should have swung by!
    It's partly my fault for not checking the schedule for Rosslyn. I assumed that it would be open at 7am like the other major stops in DC. I would've gotten a up a little earlier to make the detour otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GovernorSilver View Post
    ... There was one guy in red kit who passed me twice because he took a longer route than the one suggested to me by Google Maps - consularrider perhaps? ...
    Not me, I was sporting my Ukraine long sleeved jersey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terpfan View Post
    Literally I only saw one person not call and make a bad pass.
    Sadly, that was not my experience on the CCT. Including two riders on racing bikes passing at easily 28-30 mph.

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