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  • #33691
    RunBikeDavid
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    Here are the results for the last stage, Champs-Georgetown or should we say Champs-MacAuthur.

    It was indeed a sprint to the finish with Rob starting first and throwing down a gauntlet with a blazing time to the BP. Then Chris and Ryan responded. Unfortunately Strava didn’t quite catch Chris on the way out despite his blazing time back–seems the GPS may have had trouble with the trees–and it looks like Ryan may have had to make a pitstop on the way back–hopefully not a mechanical. Congrats to Rob for winning the last stage!

    We also saw some folks doing variations to the BP including Seb who went a bit further past and also set a speedy time back.

    And both Chelsey and Mark doing variations to the T. Honorable mention to Chelsey for starting around noon at the hottest time of the day!

    Good job to everyone that participated. We hope you had fun with the Tour de DC Tri. We’ll give a week or so to tally up all the stages so let us know if we missed you on any of them.

    If you are interested, we are resuming the weekly Sat group rides starting this weekend. Yes, these are in person, not virtual! If you’d like to join, we do ask everyone to practice good physical distancing and bring a mask/gaiter for when you are stopped. If you don’t feel safe gathering for a group ride, we totally understand and encourage you to still get out there and train with your quaran-family.

    Happy riding!

    #33671
    RunBikeDavid
    Participant

    Last stage for the Tour de DC Tri! It’s the home stretch, the Georgetown ride to the BP station or the T in preparation or celebration for resuming the Sat group rides next week.

    We’re still tracking participation if you’d like to try the ride for this week or a previous stage to see how many you can complete. You can find the previous ones in the forum (https://www.dctriclub.org/forums/topic/tour-de-dc-tri/).

    Since the last update, we did see the following:

    – newcomer Nick T trying the first couple of stages. He many not have enough days to complete the remaining stages!
    – Brian who once again did the General Smallwood loop. Unfortunately no additional points for repeating a stage but kudos–he must really like this loop!
    – And Chelsey who did the rather hilly loop to Olney/Elder Pine not once but twice! Another repeat offender like Brian.

    Here’s the leaderboard. For the men, Alex is currently in the lead with the most no of stages. Brian and Chris are not far behind. For the women, we have a tie at the top with Melani and Chelsey! And Melanie has been slowly creeping up.

    Rider # Stages
    Alek Pochowski 7
    Melani Robinson 5
    Brian Lee 5
    Chelsey B 5
    Joe Shields 4
    Chris Knight 4

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dRi3_jC4Cb-M8pVNxkVm_rHhoTKt-CgPCkjpZPHWTdI/edit?usp=sharing

    We’ll be giving some participation prizes at the end so let us know if we missed you!

    #33667
    RunBikeDavid
    Participant

    Tour de DC Stage 14: Champs-Georgetown

    Good news–we will be resuming the Sat group rides starting Saturday August 1st. For those that aren’t familiar with the route or would like a refresher, that will be the route for the last stage as we wrap up the Tour de DC Tri.

    Here’s the shorter route to the BP:

    https://www.strava.com/routes/2721373541754326180

    And if you’d like to go longer, the route to the T where River Road intersects Seneca. There are many variations of this route including staying on River Road the whole time, River Road out and Glen back, or Glen out and River Road back as in this case:

    https://www.strava.com/routes/2721374341468691620

    A few notes:
    – The routes posted start at 34th and Reservoir but the Sat group ride starts from the PNC bank at the corner of Wisconsin and M St
    – The hill down and then back up from Great Falls Park is optional on the group ride
    – On the group ride, everyone will stop to re-group at the BP station to refuel and pair up if you’d like to go further
    – A lot of times the group ride will come back along Canal but when riding by yourself, would recommend coming back on Reservoir where there is less traffic

    The cue sheets for all the Sat group ride routes including further out to Poolesville are on the website:

    https://www.dctriclub.org/training/cue-sheets/

    Some rules:
    – You can ride the route anytime
    – Please bring a mask and practice good social distancing if riding with others

    Happy Riding!

     

    #33554
    RunBikeDavid
    Participant

    And the ones for July 4th weekend. We’ll give everyone a couple of weeks to do or you can do them all this weekend!

    Tour de DC Tri Stage 12: Up to Waredaca and Elder Pine

    Another long weekend–this calls for another long ride! This is another great route from Eric Pilsk from Potomac Peddlars that will show you how to get from Rock Creek all the way into northern Montgomery County and Howard County. This one is a little longer and hillier. This time we’ll cross over into Howard County to ride the western edge of the Columbia Tri course before heading back into Montgomery County to pass by both Waredaca and Elder Pine Brewery. They are both close by, about a mile apart, so if you’d like to make an optional stop, you can pick which one you’d like to stop at.

    Here’s the route:

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33191720

    If you’d like to shorten the route, you could start from a number of schools and parks along the way. You could try parking at:
    – Olney Swim Center / Olney Manor Recreational Park for ~33 mile loop
    – Winding Creek Local Park or Viers Mill Local Park where Beach Dr intersects Garrett Park at the “T” for ~46 mile loop
    – French International School by Beach Dr + Woodbine for ~62 mile loop

    Make sure you have enough nutrition as there very few gas stations or convenience stores on the route particularly once you get pass Olney/Sandy Spring.

    Best place to stop:
    – Passion Bakery or Valero in Sandy Spring

    Some other places:
    – Olney on the way back. You’ll have to make a little detour to go into Olney.
    – Aspen Hill Road where there’s a Shell and Giant.
    – Mormon Temple. You’ll have to go up Stoneybrook and then there is a BP.

    Watch out for:
    – crossing on Viers Mill. Please use the bike/pedestian crosswalk
    – traffic on Olney Sandy Spring/MD 108. A little trafficky for under a mile.

    Some rules:
    – You can ride the route anytime
    – Please ride solo or in a pair with good social distance

    Happy Riding!

    Tour de DC Tri Stage 13: Up to Waredaca and Elder Pine

    There’s some good riding in PG County! For anyone that would would prefer something shorter, here’s a shorter and perhaps a more July 4th themed route to Fort Washington from club member Juene. This one does involve a little bit of trail crossing the Wilson Bridge and going up/down Oxon Hill but after that it is all road. If you like, you can stop in Fort Washington to wander around the fort or by National Harbor on the way back to replenish those lost calories.

    Here’s the route:

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33191894

    If you’d like to extend, you could start from DC and combine with the Anacostia loop to make it ~40 miles:

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32594335

    Parking:
    – There is lots of parking around Jones Point. Alternatively you can park at Oxon Cove Park or National Harbor.

    Some rules:
    – You can ride the route anytime
    – Please ride solo or in a pair with good social distance

    Happy Riding!

    #33553
    RunBikeDavid
    Participant

    Sorry forgot to post the previous stage.

    Tour de DC Tri Stage 11: Georgetown – Rock Creek loop via Kensington

    For this stage, let’s try one from Chuck Pena who leads a weekly ride. It’s a short route where you’ll get to explore Wilson, cross Beach Dr on the way to Kensington, then go along the western edge of Silver Spring to wind back into Rock Creek. If you’ve ever wondered where Cedar one of those streets that cross Beach Dr on the Maryland side goes to you’ll wonder no more!

    Here’s the route:

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32954466

    Start: 34th and Reservoir
    Finish: Beach Dr and Tilden

    Some notes:
    – There’s a long light at Wilson and River. You may need a car to trigger the green light or hit the crosswalk button.

    Some rules:
    – You can ride the route anytime
    – Please ride solo or in a pair with good social distance

    Happy Riding!

    #33472
    RunBikeDavid
    Participant

    Opps wrong link to Wolf Trap. It should be this one:

    https://www.strava.com/routes/28599527

     

    #33469
    RunBikeDavid
    Participant

    Tour de DC Tri Stage 10: Wolf Trap the hard way

    Here’s a nice loop from Pro Bike FC to Wolf Trap. It’s a great route with a nice little descent to Little Pimmit Run near the beginning and lots of McMansions to see along the way. It was part of their DMV Classic that they did over Memorial Day Weekend. We’ll cut out the Maryland side since most of us are familiar with this side of the river. There are some good hills so if you like hills this one is for you!

    Here’s the route:

    https://www.strava.com/routes/28267575

    If you like you can either start in Georgetown or in Falls Church. We’ll start the segment at Chain Bridge and stop the segment at Pro Bike FC. That way, folks in NoVa can start from Falls Church.

    If you’d like to start by Pro Bike FC, there’s lots of street parking around there.

    If you’re coming back from Georgetown you can either take MacAurthur to Arizona or to Reservoir and the C&O if you’d like to avoid cars to Chain Bridge. The suggested route is to take MacAurthur on the way out and C&O on the way back.

    Segment Start: Chain Bridge Road and Glebe Rd (Virginia side of Chain Bridge)
    Segment Finish: Annandale and Washington (near Pro Bike FC)

    Watch out for traffic by Chain Bridge at the beginning. The road up the hill is narrow and can be trafficky. Once you turn off Chain Bridge Road there’s little traffic throughout the remainder.

    Make sure you have enough nutrition. It’s pretty residential in the first half so there are few gas stations until you get back towards Vienna.

    Some rules:
    1. No group rides. Please ride solo or in a pair with good social distance.
    2. Finish by Wednesday night if you’d like to count towards the leaderboard

    Happy Riding!

    #33428
    RunBikeDavid
    Participant

    Tour de DC Tri Stage 9: Georgetown – Bradley loop

    How many variations of the Georgetown ride can we do? Apparently a lot!

    This week let’s try the Bradley loop from Stage 6 in reverse. However, instead of Persimmon, let’s turn on Oaklyn Dr which turns into Bradley. For folks without a bike computer, there’s only a couple of turns so it’s very hard to get lost!

    Here’s the route:

    https://www.strava.com/routes/28267575

    Start/Finish: Reservoir + 34th

    If you’d like to extend, you could take MacAurthur on the way out and Bradley on the way back.

    Some rules:
    1. No group rides. Please ride solo or in a pair with good social distance.
    2. Finish by Wednesday night if you’d like to count towards the leaderboard

    Happy Riding!

    #33394
    RunBikeDavid
    Participant

    Tour de DC Tri Stage 8

    We’re overdue for another NoVa or Cap Hill ride so this week let’s do a fun Anacostia loop that covers both sides! It’s a fast and mostly flat loop with a couple of hills. We’ll avoid as many trails as possible and go along Potomac Ave which if you’ve never tried runs parallel to the Mt Vernon trail and is a great alternative. Then on the Anacostia side we’ll go parallel to Oxon Run Park. If you prefer, you can also take the trail in Oxon Run Park but at one point you will have to cross the stream. Tag us on social media if you decide to do some fjording!

    Here’s the route:

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32594335

    We’ll have two segments so that way folks from NoVa or Cap Hill can enter or leave at any place. Make sure you pass both if you’d like to be counted.

    Segment Start/Finish:
    1. Washington Monument (Independence + 15th St) to entrance to Jones Point (Royal St + Jones Point Dr)
    2. Start of Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail in Alexandria to end of 11th St Bridge by Navy Yard (11th St + O St)

    Some notes:
    – watch out for gravel on the down hill in Oxon Cove Park
    – glass on the Oxon Cove Park Trail particularly as you leave the park to Blue Plains
    – just before the 11th St Bridge at Good Hope Road, cross to the left side if you’d like to cross the bridge on the sidewalk trail

    Some rules:
    1. No group rides. Please ride solo or in a pair with good social distance.
    2. Finish by Wednesday night if you’d like to count towards the leaderboard

    Happy Riding!

    #33299
    RunBikeDavid
    Participant

    Tour de DC Tri Stage 7

    Since it’s a long weekend, let’s try a longer route to Olney! This is a great route from Eric from Potomac Peddlars that will show you how to get from Rock Creek all the way to northern Montgomery County and Howard County. No it’s not the beach but the route will pass by Brighton Dam so you’ll get some water views as well as passing by Brookeville Beer Farm on the way back if you’d like to stop for some beer or pizza. Note that Brookeville Beer Farm is only open for carry-out so you won’t be able to consume on premise.

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32675538/

    If you’d like to shorten the route, you could start from a number of schools and parks along the way. You could try parking at:
    – Olney Swim Center / Olney Manor Recreational Park for ~20 mile loop
    – Winding Creek Local Park or Viers Mill Local Park where Beach Dr intersects Garrett Park at the “T” for ~36-38 mile loop
    – Rochambeau French International School by Beach Dr + Woodbine for ~50 mile loop
    – or you can turn around whenever you like

    Make sure you have enough water as there are no gas stations and convenience stores directly on the route except:
    – Sandy Spring at mile 24, either at Passion Bakery or Valero gas station

    Some other places:
    – Olney at mile 38. You’ll have to make a little detour to go into Olney.
    – Aspen Hill Road at mile 47 where there’s a Shell and Giant.
    – Mormon Temple at mile 55. You’ll have to go up Stoneybrook and then there is a BP.

    Watch out for:
    – crossing on Viers Mill. Please use the bike/pedestian crosswalk
    – traffic on Olney Sandy Spring/MD 108. a little trafficky for under a mile.

    Segment Start/Finish: French International School by Beach Dr + Woodbine

    Route starts from Pierce Mill but that way anyone from MoCo can join without starting from DC

    Some rules:
    1. No group rides. Please ride solo or in a pair with good social distance.
    2. Finish by Wednesday night if you’d like to count towards the leader-board

    Happy Riding!

    #33267
    RunBikeDavid
    Participant

    This week we have two routes for you to try. You can try either one or both!

    Tour de DC Tri Stage 6: Georgetown – Goldsboro

    Back to the flats. Or something less hilly. This week we’ll be back in Georgetown with another variation of the Georgetown ride! This time we’ll be climbing earlier via Goldsboro. Pro Bike FC recently did this for their Tour. We will overlap with their segment and that way those of you speedy riders can compare to see how well you do with their speedy riders!

    Here’s the route:

    https://www.strava.com/routes/27157954

    Segment Start/Finish: MacAurthur + Loughboro Rd (by Sibley Hospital)

    Some rules:
    1. No group rides. Please ride solo or in a pair with good social distance.
    2. Finish by Wednesday night if you’d like to count towards the leader-board

    Tour de DC Tri Stage 6 – Durham Church

    For those of you that would like to go out of town, we have another route for you to try from Glenn. This one is around Indian Head where you’ll get to ride some of the hills around The Indian Head Century and Total 200. There are long stretches through forested wilderness area with big rollers and the “roads going down to church are totally dope!”

    Here’s the route:

    https://www.strava.com/routes/27153151

    Parking:
    There is parking at the intersection of Hawthorne Road (Rt 225) and Livingston Road (Rt. 224) at a dirt parking lot which is a PUBLIC boat launch to Mattawoman Creek.

    Some rules:
    1. No group rides. Please ride solo or in a pair with good social distance.
    2. Finish by Wednesday night if you’d like to count towards the leader-board

    Happy Riding!

    #33183
    RunBikeDavid
    Participant

    Tour de DC Tri Stage 5

    The mountain stages continue. This week we’ll be showing some of the hills off Rock Creek with a variation of the BicycleSpace Hills of Rock Creek Ride. The first third is slow going, then once we get back into the park it flattens out for a nice break-away to and back from the Mormon Temple.

    Here’s the route:

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32527882/

    Start/finish: Entrance to Pierce Mill Parking lot on Shoemaker St

    Optional finish: If there’s little traffic, continue south on Beach Dr and then make a left on Piney Branch for a more gratifying finish on top of Mt Pleasant!

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32560975

    Some notes:
    – need to go around the gate or take the pedestrian path on the side for Morrow Dr
    – there is construction when you get out of Rock Creek from Wise Road and turn left on Oregon. The right hand side is blocked. It’s technically one way for that short block so wait for any oncoming cars. Otherwise you can go around the block.

    Watch out for:
    – potholes. DC streets aren’t as silky smooth as Arlington
    – people on Klingle or leaves when it’s wet

    Parking: There’s a parking lot by Pierce Mill, street parking on Tilden as you go up the hill, and also street parking a bit further on Blagden

    Some rules:
    1. No group rides. Please ride solo or in a pair with good social distance.
    2. Finish by Wednesday night if you’d like to count towards the leader-board

    Happy Riding!

    #33099
    RunBikeDavid
    Participant

    It’s the start of the mountain stage. If you love hills, this one is for you! This week we’ll be showing some love to the folks on the other side over the river and taking on some of the hills that Arlington has to offer. This is a mash-up of the Freshbikes Tuesday Night Ride with the Conte’s Falls Church Saturday Hills for Breakfast Ride. We’ll be starting and finishing in Ballston like the Freshbikes ride but doing two loops like the Conte’s ride. The loops are a bit confusing as they overlap that even your bike computer may get confused.

    1st loop: 31st which becomes 26th / Yorktown / Powhattan / Kirby/ Chesterbrook/ Glebe
    2nd loop: 35th / Williamsburg / Westmoreland / Kirby / Powhattan / Williamsburg / Old Glebe

    Just remember:
    – for the first loop: turn on 31st, go down on Powhattan, and then take Glebe and then the ramp for Military (the long way back)
    – for the second loop: turn on 35th, go to the left at Williamsburg so that you will later come back up Powhattan, and then turn on Old glebe (the shorter way back)

    Here’s the route:

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32467687

    If this is way too confusing or too hilly, you can also do the Freshbikes ride:

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/2880185

    Start/finish: 15th St and Quincy

    For those that would like to start from Georgetown, you can take the Custis trail all the way to the start and add some extra hills!

    Some rules:
    1. No group rides. Please ride solo or in a pair with good social distance.
    2. Finish by Wednesday night if you’d like to count towards the leader-board

    Good luck!

    #33101
    RunBikeDavid
    Participant

    Tour de DC Tri Stage 3 Results

    Here are the results for Stage 3, from Anacostia to Brookland. Probably should have warned that this stage was mostly trails so it can be hard to go fast, particularly on a nice day when the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail can get crowded and how narrow the Rhode Island Trolley Trail can be in some spots. The top 3 men were only 4 minutes apart for the first half to Lake Artemesia with Joe S being 30 sec faster than the next rider. It looks like once the trails opened up to roads in the second half, he pulled away for the win. Congrats to Joe and Alek P the runner up!

    For the women, looks like Kirsten H started off faster in the first half but unfortunately ran into some GPS problems at the end so Melani R rolled in for the win. Melani apparently also stopped along the way at Street Car–they probably appreciated the business! Congrats to both Melani and Kirsten for representing.

    A shout-out to Mike S for being the most photogenic! If you do take photos along the way, tag us on Instagram and we may repost.

    Good job to everyone that participated! Hopefully everyone enjoyed the water views of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and exploring the Rhode Island Trolley Trail.

    Stage 4 has been posted. If you like hills, this one is for you!

    #33043
    RunBikeDavid
    Participant

    Here are the results of the first two stages

    Tour de DC Stage 1 Results

    Congrats to everyone that participated in Stage 1! We had about 10 riders but it seems quite a few people veered off on a different road on the Mohican climb or skipped 34th St for the finish so Strava only picked up Jason G and Mason G for doing the whole route. Congrats to Jason G for winning stage 1 and Mason G the runner up! Patrick S was also pretty close but seems to have just missed a turn on Mohican. Also congrats to our females Mary P and Melanie C for representing! Hopefully everyone had fun. Stage 2 is now up if you’d like to continue playing along and for those that would like to join.

    Tour de DC Tri Stage 2 Results

    Results for Stage 2 are in. Some of you may recognize this as a variation of the Bicycle Rack Sunday ride. It started off as a wet and windy weekend and it was a longer than usual route but that didn’t stop some folks from riding. Good job to everyone that participated!

    Congrats to Alek P for winning the Georgetown-Tuckerman loop and runner up Justin P! We also had a number of people that came close like Jason G and Melanie R representing for the women.

    Congrats to Mary P for winning the Germantown Bricknic loop! In addition to cows and goats, she also found some llamas along the route!

    Let us know if the routes are too long or too short. This was a longer one but will try to keep them around 25 miles or so, so that anyone can participate.

    This week’s route will be along the Anacostia Riverwalk trail, a flat stage before we switch to a mountain stage!

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