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Old 03-13-08, 05:32 AM   #1
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Reston, VA riding?

I'm going to be in Reston for training for a week at the end of the month, and I was thinking of driving down from NYC so I could bring my bike. I don't want to miss a week of riding when the weather finally starts getting better.

I'd call myself a fast (19-20+mph on the flats) recreational rider, but not a racer by any means. Most MUPs are too slow for that kind of riding.

Any advice on where to ride there?

(and I didn't really know where to post this, Northeast or Southeast, so yeah, we need a mid-atlantic forum.)
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Old 03-13-08, 08:28 AM   #2
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(and I didn't really know where to post this, Northeast or Southeast, so yeah, we need a mid-atlantic forum.)
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If you don't mind a mup, the W&OD trail is a nice ride out to Leesburg or into DC. I'ts wider and in better condition than many mup's. Shouldn't be crowded on weekdays.
I don't know the good road routes around Reston, but if you get past Ashburn (on the W&OD) there are good roads around and past Leesburg. If you're interested, I can post more later.
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I would highly recommend the W&OD trail, especially west to Purcellville. Here's a site w/ map:
http://www.wodfriends.org/map1.html
The NW quadrant from the Fairfax Co. site will get you around Reston:
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nmtc/maps.html
If you have some time and want a scenic ride along the Potomac w/ monument vistas, the Mt. Vernon Trail is also nice-- you can park at the Theodore Roosevelt Island:
http://bikewashington.org/trails/vernon/vernon.htm
Definitely bring your bike. Spring is here! Enjoy your stay!
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Riding is good in the area, just stay away from major roads as traffic is stupid in DC. They tend to not pay attention to what is going on around them vs the phone and normal what's happen in the car. But that is the the US as a whole now.

Weather has been getting better as well.
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Reston is a great place to launch a bike ride!

Given your average pace, the MUPs aren't the best place for you. The W&OD Trail will be lightly traveled on the weekdays, and should be okay for some faster riding and as a way to get to Leesburg (about 10 miles west/northwest of Reston, and the end of the suburban sprawl to the west of DC). If you take the W&OD toward DC, it gets a bit more used, as it is a commuter and recreational path for the greater DC/NoVA area.

Click this link for a cue sheet and starting point for a 40 mile ride that starts at the Reston Parks & Rec Center. It's provided by the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club, one of the big clubs in the area. They also have a lot of cues that start out in Leesburg. The PPTC cue sheets are well-tested routes.

And it's worth dropping a line to the Reston Bike Club - you'll be in their stomping ground, after all. They have a series of weekly rides that just started up this week with the return of DST.
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W&OD is fine west of Reston - in fact it's best out that way. I was riding out that way today at speeds > 25mph for many stretches. (couple times up over 30 mph with a great tailwind today). Pretty much all of the roads west of Reston will be fine for cycling provided you're not on the major connectors (29, 28, 50, 7)

Even weekend rides on the W&OD will be fine for anything short of interval training.

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Riding is good in the area, just stay away from major roads as traffic is stupid in DC. They tend to not pay attention to what is going on around them vs the phone and normal what's happen in the car. But that is the the US as a whole now.

Weather has been getting better as well.
As chaotic as NYC traffic is, it never seems as crazed as other cities when you're on a bike. Manhattan traffic generally moves slowly, if at all, and is mostly people that drive for a living (livery, cabbies, trucks, messengers...). The outer boroughs don't really have bad traffic.

To everyone else, thanks for the advice. I will check out the W&OD if I get down there. I won't have much time to do anything else.

(edit) I checked the map and where my training sessions were going to be and I don't think I'll be more than a 1/2 mile from the trail so that sounds like a plan. It appears the closest hotel (Hyatt Regency) is right on the trail.

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By all means bring the bike.

There is a side trail in back of the Hyatt (at the footbridge over the trail to the Microsoft and Northrup-Grumman buildings) that runs down to the W&OD. From there, you can ride east towards Vienna (also some nice hilly loops on the side streets in Reston) or west as far as Purcelville (about 26 miles each way from Reston Town Center).

There are 3 Reston Bike Club group rides you could consider if you have time and weather permits. Tuesday's leaves from the Hunter Woods Shopping Center at 6PM. Thursday's leaves from the Herndon Municipal lot near "the caboose" on the W&OD. Both rides have speed-sorted groups ranging from recreational pace to "are we racing today?". A new no-drop social ride (rec pace) is on Wednesdays at 6PM from Herndon.

If you head west from Reston on the W&OD and don't want to go just out and back, most of the roads in the Ashburn area are bikeable and you can put together some nice loop routes (Belmont Ridge north of Hay Rd and definitely between the W&OD and Rt 7 being the MAJOR exception!).

If you need services of a bike shop, Performance's Reston store is walking distance off Sunset Hills Rd near Whole Foods, A-1 Cycles is in the town next door in Herndon, Pedal Shop is on the W&OD at Ashburn (MP 27.5).

Have a great trip. PM me if you want suggestions of loop routes out of Town Center thru Reston or around Ashburn.
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If I'm there I'd like to check out the 6pm rides. they sound like a bit more than I do in the evenings here once I get going, which is usually just an hour doing loops in Prospect Park. It takes an hour just to get anywhere else worth riding.

First I have to find out if I'm going at all. I thought it was the week of the 24th, but I checked the schedule and it is the week of the 31st when my class is offered at Oracle.
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Zacster: Sent you a PM with details and directions to the RBC rides and suggestions on loops in Reston and Ashburn areas.
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