Date(s) - October 2, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Join us for a morning bike ride on the W&OD from the Ashburn Rd. W&OD access parking lot out to Purcellville and back a round trip distance of about 34 miles. This part of the trail is much more rural, scenic and fairly shady as compared to heading East towards Alexandria. We’ll stop briefly few times along the way as needed.
***IMPORTANT*** Please be certain you plan on attending before you RSVP. If you RSVP and your plans change… no worries. Just be sure to update your status so someone else on the wait list can jump in if they want. Your cooperation is very much appreciated.
RIDE INFO: The focus of this ride is meant to be a nice brisk workout based on the will of the group as a whole. This is a NO DROP ride and our pace will follow the will of the group. I encourage paceline riding and for those who are new to it, I’m happy to help where I can. Using a paceline for group rides is a good way to help groups of varying rider skill levels stay together. I’ve included a few links below that offer tips and pointers on riding in a paceline. If your looking for something a bit more relaxed and casual where the point of the ride is to simply have some fun, check out the “Beer Biking and Belly Laughs” ride I host.
34 miles round trip
ELEVATION GAIN: The W&OD is generally flat except for some easy gradients in places. Some longer then others but nothing very difficult.
DURATION: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes
ROUTE DESCRIPTION: We’ll be starting at the W&OD access parking lot off of Ashburn Rd and head out to Purcellville. After a short rest, we’ll turn around and retrace the route back to Ashburn Rd.
PRE RIDE DETAILS:
Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks.
If the W&OD parking lot off of Ashburn Rd. is full, there is a small shopping center just across the street that people sometimes park in.
We depart the Ashburn Rd. parking lot at: 9:00 am
It is highly recommended that you carry the necessary tools and equipment to repair a flat on your own bike and preferably know how to do the repair. If you’re a little iffy on the repair… (getting the tire back on the rim can sometimes be a pain) folks will be more then happy to help out.
POST RIDE MERRIMENT:-)
Afterwards, for those interested, we’ll gather at near by Finnegan’s Grill for lunch.
ABOUT THE EVENT HOST:
Ron has been a lover of nature and an outdoor enthusiast for the last few decades and back in 2009, left an 18 year career in information technology so he could pursue his dreams and passions in nature and the outdoors on a full time basis. Currently, he works as a Sr. Park Ranger for NOVAParks at Algonkian Regional Park. In addition to his day to day duties, he runs all of the parks guided kayak tours and also started the Algonkian Nature Preserve which is a long term labor of love of his. You can read more about the ANP by going to http://potomactrail.org scrolling down a little ways and clicking the graphic of a little girl looking through a magnifying glass.