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  • Over-to-Ladiesburg-with-Doctor-Disc03-09-2024 09:0011 Registered

    03-09-2024
    09:00
    EST
    03-09-2024
    15:40
    01-22-2024 20:19
    03-11-2024 05:00
    100
    RUSA 100
    Rolling
    6:40
    Sunrise at 6:27:46 AM Sunset at 6:12:09 PM
    Ride Leader(s):
    Emily RANSON

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    Gravel and Grind
    15 E 6th St
    Frederick, MD 21701


    Social Gathering Before/After



    Join us for International Women's Day! Based heavily on Crista's Over the Hill with Doctor Disc, this route will tour some very lovely low-traffic roads in Frederick County with a mid-route jaunt to Ladiesburg. RBA Emily did quite a bit of research for good spots celebrating Women's History. For whatever reason, Ladiesburg is on a list of notable spots, but unfortunately the PDF of Maryland's Women's Heritage Trail includes no context. What we do know is Ladiesburg, in one census, had a population of seven women and one man. They used to have a post office. But there is still a sign announcing "Ladiesburg."

    Either way, this will be a fun ride starting at Gravel and Grind, a coffee shop in Frederick. Across the street is Olde Mother Brewing, which will provide ample opportunity for randonneurs looking to continue to celebrate International Women's Day.

    Also, did you know that the first "Women's Day" was organized by the Socialist Party of America in New York on February 28th in 1909? March 8th didn't become a holiday until women gained suffrage during the Russian Provisional Government in 1917. Women's suffrage in the United States happened after the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920. Maryland and Virginia, the states most covered by our region, had no suffrage prior to the 19th amendment. Maryland did not ratify until 1941 and Virginia did not ratify until 1952, long after the amendment went into effect. 

    RIDE WITH GPS IS PRELIMINARY.

  • Mountain-Church-20003-16-2024 07:008 Registered

    03-16-2024
    07:00
    EST
    03-16-2024
    20:30
    01-22-2024 20:27
    03-18-2024 03:00
    200
    ACP 200
    Hilly
    13:30
    Sunrise at 7:15:31 AM Sunset at 7:18:08 PM
    Ride Leader(s):
    Emily RANSON

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    Palisades Starbucks
    5185 MacArthur Boulevard #104
    Washington, DC 20016

    $7.00

    The Mountain Church 200, first ridden by DC Randonneurs in 2017, is Roger Hillas's reworking of Lynn Kristianson's Coffee Quest permanent. It starts from the Starbucks at 5185 MacArthur Boulevard in the Palisades neighborhood of DC. Plenty of street parking is available nearby, especially between MacArthur and the Potomac River, but check the signage for restrictions (you cannot park on the block directly in front of Starbucks on Saturdays).

    The ride begins gently, but the rollers grow quickly after Potomac, Maryland. Back roads take us around Poolesville to Maryland 28 near Dickerson, then on to the control at Stups Market in Adamstown. Instead of continuing west across Marlu Ridge, the route heads south and crosses the Potomac River at Point of Rocks. A gradual climbs takes us to the second control in Lovettsville, Virginia (to the new 7-Eleven), and an equally gradual descent leads to Brunswick, where we cross the Potomac back into Maryland. After climbing out of the Potomac basin, the route wanders through farmland and far suburbs to Burkettsville. This time, instead of making the familiar climb up to Gapland, it skirts the base of South Mountain north to the informational control that gives the ride its name.

    From there, moderate rollers take us to the open control in Middletown. The Main Cup will be a great place to stop for a sit-down lunch with your fellow riders, or the Subway nearby for something a bit quicker. Then come the formidable rollers between Middletown and Jefferson. We climb Marlu Ridge the easy way, with its spectacular view west towards Harper’s Ferry and south into Virginia as far as Old Rag, if the day is clear enough. If a tailwind is blowing, we’ll speed home on a route that is more exposed and somewhat hillier than the outbound route. After Potomac, the road levels out, with only the descent back down to the Potomac basin and a flat ride along MacArthur between us and the finish at Del Popolo SPK Pizza at 4885 MacArthur Boulevard.

  • The-Lady-and-the-Barons-20003-30-2024 07:00None Registered

    03-30-2024
    07:00
    EST
    03-30-2024
    20:30
    01-22-2024 20:29
    04-01-2024 03:00
    200
    ACP 200
    Rolling
    13:30
    Sunrise at 6:51:12 AM Sunset at 7:29:39 PM
    Ride Leader(s):
    Michael BINNIX

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    Big Bean
    558 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
    Severna Park, MD 21146

    $7.00

    The Lady and the Barons takes advantage of cycling roads and trails in Anne Arundel and Calvert counties.  The name of the route is derived from the namesakes of the two counties, Lady Anne of Arundel and the Barons Calvert.  The terrain is gently rolling with a few steep pitches along the way, as it travels from Severna Park to the Chesapeake Bay and then touches the Patuxent River twice.  These are some favorite cycling roads that only see the big towns of West Annapolis (early in the morning) and Chesapeake Beach.

  • Warrenton-30004-06-2024 05:00None Registered

    04-06-2024
    05:00
    EST
    04-07-2024
    01:00
    02-21-2024 19:29
    04-05-2024 13:00
    300
    ACP 300
    Hilly
    20:00
    Sunrise at 6:45:36 AM Sunset at 7:41:07 PM
    Ride Leader(s):
    Emily RANSON
    Paul DONALDSON

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    Hampton Inn
    501 Blackwell Rd
    Warrenton, VA

    $35.00

  • Michaux-Meander-300k05-04-2024 05:00None Registered

    05-04-2024
    05:00
    EST
    05-05-2024
    01:00
    02-21-2024 19:12
    05-03-2024 13:00
    300
    ACP 300
    Hilly
    20:00
    Sunrise at 6:04:53 AM Sunset at 8:07:52 PM
    Ride Leader(s):
    Emily RANSON
    William SMITH

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    Fairfield Inn and Suites
    5220 Westfield Drive
    Frederick, MD 21703

    $35.00

    This is a return to a 300km Nick Bull designed out of Frederick.  It follows part of the first day of the Pigeon Hills 600.  The name of the brevet comes from the lovely Michaux State Forest.

    Check in is at the HOTEL TBD but likely the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott in Frederick (or one of the hotels immediately in that area). Check in opens at 4 AM and will require a bicycle safety inspection requiring lights and reflective gear.

    Leaving Frederick, the route heads north to Thurmont, climbs up MD550 and then picks up the Ye Olde Frederick 300km route through Fairfield and Arendtsville. In the Michaux State Forest, we forego the grinding climb over Big Flat for a slightly more mellow route through the woods in Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Once across South Mountain, the route heads past a Sheetz where riders should resupply, then up to an info control in Newville.  Turning south and west,  riders begin the reverse of the “Four States” 400km route. After a control in Mercersburg, riders continue due south through Williamsport to Sharpsburg and a control in Shepherdstown.  From there, they head back to Frederick, climbing over Gapland and MarLu on the way.


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