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  • #32869
    RunBikeDavid
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    Announcing the Tour de DC Tri where we will highlight some different routes every week to try for those that would like to continue riding outside. This is a good time to branch out from the usual Saturday ride and try some different roads in the area. If you have any suggestions please post here and we’ll pick some for future stages. We’ll have some awards at the end including who participated the most.

    Without further ado, here is Stage 1. This is a variation of our Georgetown ride except doing Persimmon first before Great Falls and then Mohican on the way back to add some hills. The ride starts at PNC but ends by Francis Scott Key park near our partners Trek Bikes and Bicycle Pro Shop. If you’d like to, you can go to them afterwards for any bike needs or to District Donuts in the alley to replenish any lost calories.

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32301057

    Start: PNC back parking lot
    Finish: 34th and M St by Francis Scott Key

    Tricks:

    Watch out for the left turn to Oaklyn at the stop sign on Persimmon
    Watch out for the left turn to Mohican a little after the Irish Inn and before the Swim Club

    Rules:

    1. No group rides. Please ride solo or in a pair with good social distance.
    2. Course starts from today and closes Wednesday night

    Please take extra precaution. With Emergency Rooms about to be overwhelmed, this is not a good time to go.

    Have at it! If you like, post here afterwards and let us know what you think (e.g., “Whee”).

    #32876
    mosered
    Participant

    Thanks for posting this.

    #32877
    RunBikeDavid
    Participant

    Hopefully a fun way for us to stay connected. Feel free to share any routes Ed–I’m sure you have some good ones!

     

    #32906
    Juene Rader
    Participant

    Thanks for posting.  I did some of this route today with Elise, before running out of time/light/energy.  Took the C&O back instead of the hills.  The mud was kinda fun to play in.   I’ll go back and do the entire route, later.  I look forward to more routes.  Thanks again!

    https://ridewithgps.com/trips/47144168

    #32907
    mosered
    Participant

    Two more months and you’ll be a true June raider.

    #32937
    RunBikeDavid
    Participant

    Nice Juene. Partial credit–kudos to riding in the mud! We might have to look into a C&O and MacArthur loop as a future stage.

     

    #32938
    RunBikeDavid
    Participant

    For Stage 2, this will be a choose your own stage where you can either do another variation of the Georgetown loop or the Germantown Bricknic loop in commemoration of the Spring Bricknic!

    For those in DC/NoVa, let’s do another popular variation of the Georgetown loop this time coming back through Tuckerman. To make things interesting, we’ll add that hill by the Mormon Temple and Western Ridge. Beach Dr is closed to vehicle traffic everyday through end of April so you don’t have to worry about rush hour!

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32345581

    Start: Reservoir + 34th
    Finish: Western Ridge + Broad Branch

    Highlights for the Germantown Bricknic loop include riding past the orchards from the Fall Foliage Ride. Also watch out for the goats by Homestead Farm. Big thanks to Jeff Halper for making sure the route is ridable and that there is parking. Although the parking lot for the picnic areas are closed, the other parking lots are open including the Adventure Playground and the ones by the traffic circle for the softball and baseball fields.

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29699491

    Start/Finish: Schaeffer Rd, by the traffic circle

    Rules:
    – No group rides. Please ride solo or in a pair with good social distance.
    – Course starts today (Thu 16) and closes next Wednesday

    #32940
    Juene Rader
    Participant

    WAIT, wait, wait.  You can’t move on yet.  I went back to get my full credit.  Wow, that was a smoker.  

    https://ridewithgps.com/trips/47279323

    Okay, I’ll look at phase 2 now.

    #33033
    RunBikeDavid
    Participant

    For Stage 3, let’s head over to Anacostia to show some love to the other side of the city! This is a modified version of the WABA cider ride except in reverse where we will take the Anacostia Riverwalk trail to College Park and then the Rhode Island Trolley Trail on the way back to Brookland.

    Alas there is no cider but if you’d like to turn this into a mead ride, stop by Maryland Meadworks at the turn onto the NW Branch Trail back to Brookland. They are giving free tastings (very carefully) and you can also pick up a growler to go.

    Watch out for:
    – the bridge underpasses
    – detour when you get to Riverdale Community Park. Follow the detour signs and they will take you back to the trail
    – on NW Branch Trail, at the first street crossing take a left. This will be 38th St.

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32412629

    Start: Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, by the Roller Skating Pavilion
    Finish: 8th and Kearney St, by Dance Place in Brookland

    Since the finish is in Brookland, if you live around Cap Hill or points south you can take the Metropolitan Branch Trail back.

    Rules:
    – No group rides. Please ride solo or in a pair with good social distance.
    – Remember to upload your ride by next Wednesday, April 29

    #33036
    Juene Rader
    Participant

    Did anyone complete Stage 2?  I’ve been staring at it all week.  It looks like a killer. Stage 3 looks more my pace.
    thanks David for sharing these.

    #33042
    RunBikeDavid
    Participant

    No problem, you can move onto the next one Juene! There wasn’t as many for Stage 2 but that might have been a combination of the longer route and the weather.

     

    #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!

    #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!

    #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!

    #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!

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