The Thursday evening tour from Tenley Circle is a decades-old Pedalers' tradition. Join us each Thursday, from April through September, weather permitting, as we explore some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in D.C., Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Rock Creek Park. Most routes go through neighborhoods with light traffic but all include short connections on roads with heavier traffic. Comfort with road riding is a must. Ride leaders will choose one route from the club’s collection of classic routes, then meet afterward for pizza, beer, salad and socializing.

When/where: Meet us on the 3900 block of Yuma Street NW (east of the circle) and ride every Thursday until the end of September. We meet and leave promptly at 6:30PM.

Distance: Ride distances are between 10 miles to 20 miles, depending on available daylight. Rides include many rolling hills.

Level: Most participants have done group rides in the past and have road bikes. This ride is rated C/CC in the Potomac Pedalers ride table. The pace is 12-16 miles per hour on flat ground and 8-12 miles per hour on hills. If you are a beginner to group rides or don’t know your speed, check out the Potomac Pedalers’ ride schedule for other options: http://www.potomacpedalers.org/events/event_list.asp Beginners are recommended to first try out one “D” class ride to ensure comfort level before moving to a higher level.

More details: Friendly, social ride through side streets down towards the river or into Rock Creek Park and back uphill to the start. Then on to a nearby restaurant for pizza, beer, salad and more socializing! You may even get free pizza courtesy of Potomac Pedalers.

Bring: A well-tuned bike with inflated tires, a couple of spare tubes, frame pump or CO2 cartridges, water and a little cash.

No go if raining or wet roads.

Contact Ron Tripp (ron.tripp@yahoo.com) with any questions.