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    Balto -- thanks for the links. The family is always big on possible bike routes without killer hills.
    God grant me the serenity to accept the hills and winds I cannot change;
    courage to challenge the cagers I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
    (with apologies to AA)
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    Yay! Spring is here. It almost felt like summer.

    Hope everyone enjoyed their rides today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derath
    Yay! Spring is here. It almost felt like summer.

    Hope everyone enjoyed their rides today.

    -D
    I did. Earlier I was out with TeamBBC. We had an impromptu "training ride" around Loch Raven. I got to meet some of the other racers who were more than happy to share what they knew.

    After the Loch Raven ride, I drove to Oregon Ridge Park. From there, I did a solo ride to Hampstead.

    Great day.
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    I pulled off another century today. Not the most demanding century, but a nice ride on a great day. My final time was 8.66 hrs with an average speed of 11.5 mph -- not very impressive, but not bad for my second century.

    If anyone from the DC area is interested I went down the Capital Crescent Trail to the C & O and then rode out to Edwards Ferry Rd. I took Edwards Ferry Rd up to Poolesville and then did a loop around Poolesville. (Its the Western Montgomery loop on bikewashington.org if you want the details.) And then finished off with a long haul back down the C & O to the CCT and home. Since I missed a turn I had to make up a few miles on the C & O and I think I wound up doing more hill climbing than the original route. I wasn't sure I'd make it, but I ultimately was able to ride up every hill. I guess I will have to ride it again in the future (the right way) to see how the two routes stack up. I think I may have also made a mistake of taking on a century on a brand new saddle. I didn't have a choice since my old saddle broke on Thursday night, but it did make a sore bottom on those final 30 miles..
    God grant me the serenity to accept the hills and winds I cannot change;
    courage to challenge the cagers I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoRacer
    I did. Earlier I was out with TeamBBC. We had an impromptu "training ride" around Loch Raven. I got to meet some of the other racers who were more than happy to share what they knew.

    After the Loch Raven ride, I drove to Oregon Ridge Park. From there, I did a solo ride to Hampstead.

    Great day.

    Dude,

    So some time in the future when you ride within 5-10 miles of my house you gotta warn me. You can stop by for lunch at least, or I can pick up the ride somewhere along the way and practice hanging on your wheel until my heart explodes

    MarylandNewbie- any century ride at any speed is impressive.

    -D

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    Quote Originally Posted by derath
    Dude,

    So some time in the future when you ride within 5-10 miles of my house you gotta warn me. You can stop by for lunch at least, or I can pick up the ride somewhere along the way and practice hanging on your wheel until my heart explodes

    MarylandNewbie- any century ride at any speed is impressive.

    -D
    I know. The ride was done on impulse. I didn't think I could 'scare up' anyone else for the ride on such short notice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marylandnewbie
    I pulled off another century today. Not the most demanding century, but a nice ride on a great day. My final time was 8.66 hrs with an average speed of 11.5 mph -- not very impressive, but not bad for my second century.
    Sounds nice. Good job for a second century.
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    Thanks for the encouragement guys. The ride out on the C & O and around Poolesville was really nice and was a great sale pitch for biking. The ride back on the C & O was not that exciting -- too many stupid peds and other obstacles as well as too many miles of bumpy gravel. I'm already looking at some future routes that I think I can handle. Hopefully I'll be able to make a little progress each ride.
    God grant me the serenity to accept the hills and winds I cannot change;
    courage to challenge the cagers I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by derath
    So some time in the future when you ride within 5-10 miles of my house you gotta warn me. You can stop by for lunch at least, or I can pick up the ride somewhere along the way and practice hanging on your wheel until my heart explodes
    -D
    derath - going close by you Tuesday so come out and play

    Date: Tuesday, April 24, 9:30 am
    Speed: 15-17 mph
    Start: ORR - Oregon Ridge Park
    Distance: 45 miles
    Description: Hampstead Loop, rolling with hills, snack at Hampstead Jiffy Mart - Come join the fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by texmurphy
    derath - going close by you Tuesday so come out and play

    Date: Tuesday, April 24, 9:30 am
    Speed: 15-17 mph
    Start: ORR - Oregon Ridge Park
    Distance: 45 miles
    Description: Hampstead Loop, rolling with hills, snack at Hampstead Jiffy Mart - Come join the fun!
    Thanks for the heads up. Hmm tuesday tuesday. I know I have something tuesday. Oh yea.

    WORK!

    Now any other day of the week and there would be a chance, since I work from home whenever possible. But tuesdays is staff meeting day and I will be in Columbia at 8am.

    But don't stop asking.

    -D

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    I have been wanting to post all weekend since Saturday. but one thing or the other has kept me from it. I did the Fenwick / Bethany Ocean to Bay ride on Saturday and had a great time. It was a nice flat ride with nice scenary along the way. I only missed two turns on the que sheet but did good otherwise. I wound up doing a little over 50 miles in 3.5 hours witb two breaks in there.

    I'll post a ride link later

    http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/i...kValue=2555845
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    Nothing momentous, but I was really pleased to have a good, though short ride yesterday. I'm especially pleased with my self for riding up Park Heights Ave. from Garison Forest to Walnut Ave, without any real difficulty (Though I was absolutely cooked when done.) Good to get up an intimidating hill, for a newb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texmurphy
    derath - going close by you Tuesday so come out and play

    Date: Tuesday, April 24, 9:30 am
    Speed: 15-17 mph
    Start: ORR - Oregon Ridge Park
    Distance: 45 miles
    Description: Hampstead Loop, rolling with hills, snack at Hampstead Jiffy Mart - Come join the fun!
    Hey! That looks like a Baltimore Bike Club ride that I just saw posted on BBC Talk!
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    Great ride with 12 cyclists. We had a 10-15 mph headwind up to Hampstead, especially a slog on the climb up St Paul to Houcksville. Too bad Simmons Ice Cream wasn't open at Cascade Lake. Very fast on Maple Grove and Brick Store. Got back with overall of 17. Counting commute from Towson for 62 miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texmurphy
    Great ride with 12 cyclists. We had a 10-15 mph headwind up to Hampstead, especially a slog on the climb up St Paul to Houcksville. Too bad Simmons Ice Cream wasn't open at Cascade Lake. Very fast on Maple Grove and Brick Store. Got back with overall of 17. Counting commute from Towson for 62 miles.
    Are you with the BBC? Did you lead the ride?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoRacer
    Are you with the BBC?
    I should really think about joining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derath
    I should really think about joining.

    -D
    You can use PayPal, now, to pay your club dues. It's so easy, if you have a PayPal account that is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoRacer
    You can use PayPal, now, to pay your club dues. It's so easy, if you have a PayPal account that is.
    <---Red Star would probably give that away. I keep meaning to. But I probably should check out some club rides first.

    So how is the racing NoRacer?

    -D

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    Quote Originally Posted by derath
    <---Red Star would probably give that away. I keep meaning to. But I probably should check out some club rides first.

    So how is the racing NoRacer?

    -D
    Nothing yet. I have my race license and I borrowed one of the older team jersey's from a guy on the team. There's a series of training races in Greenbelt, but it's on Wednesdays at 6pm starting May 2. The "C" races (read: newbie, beginner races) start at 6pm and you can't pre-register online (sux), so with the time of day and traffic being what it is at that time of the day around D.C., I'd probably have to leave work early to do a race. I really should start with these before doing something more advanced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donhaller
    I have been wanting to post all weekend since Saturday. but one thing or the other has kept me from it. I did the Fenwick / Bethany Ocean to Bay ride on Saturday and had a great time. It was a nice flat ride with nice scenary along the way. I only missed two turns on the que sheet but did good otherwise. I wound up doing a little over 50 miles in 3.5 hours witb two breaks in there.

    I'll post a ride link later
    Here is the Ocean to Bay route if anyone is interested

    http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/i...kValue=2555845

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    Weather looks good for a heavy Wednesday Night Ride turnout at Oregon Ridge Park in north Baltimore County. Ride leaves promptly at 6 PM (don't be unloading bike or suiting up at 6.....)for 31 miles of high-velocity fun! Front of the pack will average 22+ MPH but there is always someone to ride with and cutting the course is permitted! Short cuts are going strait @ Yeoho and taking left at Lower Glencoe (instead of right to Upper Glencoe), then right on York and left on Belfast. Loop is clockwise.

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    22 mph would leave me in the dust fast, plus had family commitments. Now it's Thursday, and the weather is back to depressing. Only good thing about not riding tonight is I really have to do some work.

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    Is anyone planning on doing the Tour De Carroll and interested in meeting up and riding together?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indyv8a
    22 mph would leave me in the dust fast, plus had family commitments. Now it's Thursday, and the weather is back to depressing. Only good thing about not riding tonight is I really have to do some work.
    I would have been right there with you since I commuted to work and to make it to Oregon Ridge in time, I'd have to drag all of my commuter crap with me--about another extra 20 pounds of non-aero stuff. But, at least it's not "rotational weight"
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    Here's the rides available from the Baltimore Bike Club. You do not have to be a member to ride (reference - http://www.baltobikeclub.org/index.pl/schedulec for contact information)

    Saturday - April 28
    CASUAL - 10:30 am - 6 or 10 or 15 miles
    START: CMP - Carroll Manor Park
    THE THRILLS AND SKILLS OF HILLS - Tips and strategies for riding hills (both up and down) with opportunity to practice on residential roads with no traffic prior to the ride. Call me before April 25 to guarantee a copy of a packet of ideas from the experts.

    10/12 MPH - 10 am - 36 miles
    START: MSM - Marley Station Mall
    Flat to rolling ride to Sandy Point State Park with lunch at Red, Hot, & Blue. 1/2 paved trail, 1/2 road.

    10/12 MPH - 9:30 am - 26 miles
    START: HCV - Harpers Choice Village Center - Park far end of Safeway parking lot.
    "Villages and Country" - Easy ride connecting four Columbia village centers to south-central Howard County. Quiet roads; no paths. Only 3 or 4 short climbs. Opportunities for snacks/ lunch at Hickory Ridge or Harpers Choice Village Centers.

    13/15 MPH - 10 am - 50 miles
    START: MHP - Manchester Park & Ride
    Ride to the lakes. Rolling with a few hills. Lunch at Clair's or Rutters convenience store.

    15/17 MPH - 10 am - 49.5 miles
    START: WES - Westminster Elem. School
    The "Spokes" Ride. Enjoy the lightly traveled roads of Carroll County.

    18 MPH - 10 am - 52 miles
    START: CMP – Carroll Manor Park
    Steve Fair's ride to Fawn Grove with a different route back through Rocks State Park.

    TANDEM - 10 am - 42/33 miles
    START: SHS - Southern High School
    Ride to Deale--Southern Anne Arundel County Tandem * 42/33* Joint WABITS/CRABS ride to Deale with lunch at a restaurant in Deale on the water. A nice ride with some pretty overlook views of the water on the longer route. The ride has some hills, but is not too difficult. The ride back after lunch is the same for both rides and is about 10 miles. The ride leaders will be doing the 42 mile ride. Call ride leaders if weather is doubtful.



    Sunday - April 29
    CASUAL - 9:30 am - 11 miles
    START: DOA - Dixon Observation Area (BWI)
    A gentle loop around the airport on the BWI trail. Bring a drink and a snack.

    10/12 MPH - 10 am - 25 miles
    START: CRN - Cranberry Square Shopping Center
    Bachman Valley Ride w/lunch at Pizza Hut Bistro after ride.

    13/15 MPH - 9:30 am - 41 miles +/-
    START: EHR - Earleigh Heights Ranger Station - Directions: I-695 to Exit 2 - Rt. 10 South. Go approx. 7 mi. to end, then Left on Rt. 2 South. Go 1 mile to 2nd traffic light then Right on Earleigh Heights Rd. Go 0.2 mi. to the B&A Trail Ranger Station on left. Parking lots are on both sides of the road.
    "Circle the Scenic Severn". Catch a glimpse of the waterfront before the leaves come out and enjoy the 50-cent tour of Annapolis; lunch at the Annapolis City Dock. Anyone who thinks A.A. Co. is flat hasn't done this ride! The hilliest part is between miles 6 and 10; the rest is easier, including many flat sections, but with an occasional "surprise" hill. And, oh yeah, on the way back you get to pedal up what has to be the steepest hill in the county (steep, but short!), so bring your "granny gear"! (Please note new start location.)

    15/17 MPH - 9 am - 84 miles
    START: MTV - Mt. View Middle School
    Ride to Point of Rocks. Rolling first half; moderately hilly second half. Pizza or convenience store lunch, plus a couple other rest stops.

    18 MPH - 10 am - 65 miles
    START: Rowlandsville Elem. School - RT 1 North over Conowingo Bridge. Go 1.0 mile then Right on Rowlandsville Rd. Right into school.
    Strasburg Ride, Moderately hilly. The ride is in my top 10 for favorites. Could be number 1! Lunch at Strasburg - If we are lucky & it’s warm, can eat in back of restaurant!
    Directions to Ride Start Locations can be viewed from this PDF file:

    http://www.baltobikeclub.org/uploads...703MarAprS.pdf
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