DC Bike List for 3/1

Welcome to March, we’ve made it through the winter months! Such as they were. There is quite a bit going on this week, if we all don’t blow away in the nor’easter. The Proteus Bicycles Saturday social ride will tour 3-4 breweries, so that’s fun. And the Phoenix Bicycles youth ride is going to see BLACK PANTHER! You will note there are no cars in Wakanda, which is very inspiring. Two more tidbits worth highlighting:

  • Registration for Bike to Work Day 2018 is open! It’s scheduled for May 18. Pick your pit stops for a T-shirt, food, goodies, etc.
  • The first Wednesday night Garage Race is set for this Wednesday, March 7, in Crystal City. The beginners and open races are full, but the women’s race still has slots available, so get in there! Also, even if you’re not racing, my understanding is there will be pie, grilled cheese, beer, and a pretty good race to watch.


AnchorRambles
not about speed. enjoy the journey, get some coffee on the way

Spokes Etc. Vienna shop ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 3/3 @ 8:15am
Leaves from the Vienna shop. Easy pace, no drop, covers about 15 miles. Check Facebook for updates and cancellations. [Facebook]

Youth Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 3/3 @ 10am
Weekly ride for kids, youths, and adult volunteers led by Phoenix Bicycles from their shop in Arlington. Easy-going ~10 miles. This week they’re heading to the movies to see Black Panther! And they have 10 free tickets. [Facebook]

Nice & Easy (DC)
SATURDAY, 3/3 @ 10am
A BicycleSPACE ride. Leaves from their downtown shop. This is a ride for everyone, and great for beginners: 8-10 miles at a pace that’s, well, nice and easy. [BicycleSPACE]

Cupcake Ramble (DC)
SATURDAY, 3/3 @ 11:30am
A chill ride hosted by BicycleSPACE, 20-30 miles, with a stop for some kind of sweet treat halfway through. Leaves from the downtown shop. [BicycleSPACE]

AnchorTour de Brew (MD, DC)
SATURDAY, 3/3 @ 11:30am
The Proteus Bicycles Social Rides gets sloppy! The rescheduled Tour de Brew will hit four breweries in DC and MD over the course of about 28 miles. [Facebook]

Nice & Easy II (DC)
SUNDAY, 3/4 @ 10am
Same deal as the Saturday Nice & Easy, but this one leaves from the Adams Morgan shop. [BicycleSPACE]

Slow Roll (DC)
MONDAYS @ 7pm
Gather at the African American Civil War Museum (11th and U) for this weekly 10-mile social roll through DC. “Ride bikes with good people and good things happen. You can ride with us.” It was on hiatus for the winter, but with this early spring I would look for it to start up again very soon. Join the Facebook group here for updates.


AnchorHill rides
often social, can be challenging 

Hills of Anacostia (DC)
SATURDAY, 3/3 @ 9am
Hosted by BicycleSPACE. Meet at the downtown shop. A fun, brisk 20-25 miles of some good climbs and nice views east of the river and dipping into MD. No-drop ride. See our Ride Review here!

Falls Church Hills Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 3/3 @ 8:30am
Hosted by Conte’s in Falls Church. Gather there for 20+ miles of VA hills. Fairly hardcore group that moves at a brisk pace, but it’s a no-drop ride. Cancelled in the event of rough weather or ice. Join the ride’s Facebook group and check the shop’s social media for updates. [Facebook]

Hills of Rock Creek Park (DC, MD)
SUNDAY, 3/4 @ 9am
Led by BicycleSPACE. A beautiful and sometimes challenging ride along the rolling mostly car-free roadways of Rock Creek Park. No-drop. Leaves from the Adams Morgan shop.

Tuesday Hills (VA)
TUESDAY, 3/6 @ 6am
Bikenetic’s weekly hills ride. Meets at the shop in Falls Church. Can be somewhat brutal. Route changes every week, check the shop’s Facebook page for announcements and details.


AnchorLong rides
30+ miles, exploring new routes and interesting destinations

City Explorers (DC)
SUNDAY, 3/3 @ 11:30am
A BicycleSPACE ride. Leaves from their downtown shop. A loooong rambler, 30 miles and up, with decent pace and a different route/theme every time. Lots of local history in this one, learn something about the city and get some exercise. [BicycleSPACE]


AnchorRoad rides
skinny tires, quick pace, use of group riding techniques

7am Ride (MD, DC)
SATURDAY, 3/3 @ 7am
Hosted by no one. Pure road ride, very fast. Gather in Rock Creek Park, at the intersection of Rt. 410 and Beach Drive. This ride is hard and fast, a 40-mile loop on MacArthur Blvd, along the Potomac, through Great Falls Park, an back to the top of Rock Creek Park.

Spokes Etc. Vienna shop rides (VA)
SATURDAY, 3/3 @ 7:15am, 8:15am
Two rides rolling from Spokes, Etc.’s Vienna shop. The first departs at 7:15am, moves at a good 16-18mph clip in a 15 mile loop, then back to the shop, where you can hop on the second ride, departing at 8:15am for another 20-25 miles at a slightly more relaxed pace. Check Facebook for updates and cancellations. [Facebook]

ProBikeFC Saturday Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 3/3 @ 9am
Gathers at 8:30am at the shop in Falls Church, rolls at 9. Quick but social ride, no drop, rolling hills. Join the shop’s Strava team to follow along. Updates posted on Facebook as well. [Facebook]

Introductory Road Ride (DC)
SATURDAY, 3/3 @ 10am
Hosted by The Bike Rack. Gather at the Logan Circle shop. This is a moderately-paced 25/30-mile ride intended as an introduction to group rides. You must have a road bike. Bring water and a spare tube. This ride will NOT take place if the temperature is below freezing. More details here.

Bike Rack Intermediate/Advanced rides
SUNDAY, 3/4 @ 8:30am
Hosted by the Bike Rack from the Logan Circle shop. The intermediate ride is 40 miles at an average of 16-18 mph. It’s no-drop, but you have to move quickly. If you want something more challenging the advanced rides take place at the same time. It covers 60 miles at an average speed of 18-20 mph, and you have to be able demonstrated excellent bike handling skills. Both rides are canceled in the event of wet conditions.

Spokes Etc. Quaker Lane shop ride (VA)
SUNDAY, 3/4 @ 9am
Departs from the Quaker Lane shop in Alexandria. Quick pace (15-20mph) for a good distance (30-40 miles). Check out the Facebook page for updates and cancellations. [Facebook]

Arrow Bicycle ride (MD)
SUNDAY, 3/4 @ 9am
Gather at Arrow Bicycle in Hyattsville for this 32-mile no-drop ride that emphasizes group riding techniques. Ride heads out 52 weeks a year, rain or shine.

Spokes Etc. Belle View Co-ed Road Ride (VA)
SUNDAY, 3/4 @ 9am
Meets at the Belle View shop for a solid 25-30 miles of riding at a moderate 15mph pace. Check Facebook for updates and cancellations. [Facebook]

Goon Ride
TUESDAY/THURSDAY @ 5:30pm
Hosted by no one. The Goon Ride is maybe the hardest ride around. Riders gather informally at Garret Park Road and Beach Drive. Average speed is 25mph. Good luck.


AnchorGravel and mountain bike rides
thick tires. trails. back roads. get dirty.

Friday Hooky Ride on a Saturday (VA)
SATURDAY, 3/3 @ 8:30am
It’s your lucky weekend! Bikenetic’s regular Friday hooky ride is on a Saturday this week, so you can join in and ride the gravel without blowing off work. Two possible routes this time, a long (86mi) and a short(er) (55mi). [Facebook]

Sunday Mountain Bike Ride (MD)
SUNDAY, 3/5 @ 9am
It’s a mountain bike ride! Led by the folks from Proteus Bicycles around Fairland Regional Park in Laurel, MD. Bring a helmet, and you’ll need to sign a waiver. Cancelled in the event of too much mud, so check social media before you head out. [Facebook]


AnchorLooking ahead

– 3/8: Adventure Cycling Association meetup. In Hyattsville.
– 4/7: The Last Vasa Ride 🙁
– 4/28: 2018 End Hunger Ride. Proceeds go to non-profit End Hunger in Calvert Co (MD) Early-bird reg is open!
– 5/5: Tour de Cookie. Montgomery County ride to raise funds for The Tree House, which helps child victims of abuse.
– 5/18: Bike to Work Day 2018
– 5/19: DC Bike Ride. Registration opens Feb. 1.
– 5/20: 4th Annual DC Bike Swap and Expo. Hosted by Gearin’ up Bikes, Great opportunity to find a new or used bike.
– 6/9-10: Armed Forces Cycling Classic. Registration now open.
– 6/9: 2018 Patuxent River Rural Legacy Bicycle Ride. Early registration open until February 28.
– 6/16: Bike MS! Annual fundraising ride for MS research.
– 6/22-27: Bike Virginia Tour 2018. “Ride the River,” a week of adventure cycling. Registration now open.

OK, that’s all I’ve got. If you like this newsletter, feel free to forward it along to friends and tell them to sign up or follow on Twitter and on Facebook. Also, if you have a ride you want added to the list, you can submit it via this form. Stay safe, ride fast.

– Peter