Training Rides

There are several impromptu group rides Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday/Thursday. These are “open” rides wherein cyclists of all calibers and team affiliations may show up to participate. These rides are not sponsored by ABRT, and thus are not officially sanctioned by ABRT. No support whatsoever is provided on these rides and cyclists participate in them at their own risk.

These rides are typically fast paced training rides, although the pace will be determined by the time of year, weather conditions, upcoming races, and who shows up. There should be no expectation that dropped riders will be waited for and as such all riders are expected to know the route. If you do not know the route, print off a cue sheet (i.e., description of roads and turns) and bring it and/or a gps device on the ride. You can find a link for the cue sheets next to each map. If you are new to riding in a group on open roads and in a paceline, somebody from ABRT would be more than willing to give you some advice. Just ask before the ride starts or, better yet, submit a question using our contact form. No question is a dumb question, and it could possibly prevent a crash.

These rides run in all weather, although participation, especially in the winter may vary greatly depending on conditions and since these are not sanctioned rides, there is never a formal “cancellation”.

Ride Map Overview

Click on a route to see more about it.

Saturday Group Ride

Time: 8 am (summer: Memorial Day-Labor Day), 9 am (fall/spring: Labor Day-December/March-Memorial Day, 10 am  (winter – December-March)

This is the “premier” ABRT group ride. This ride has been in existence since before the formation of ABRT over 30 years ago. The ride is 60 miles and travels to south to North Beach in Calvert County, mostly on smaller roads, and back (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27264690). The ride takes 2:45 to 3:15 pedaling time (18-21+ mph, slower in winter) and is about 60 miles. The first part of the ride usually stays together for the most part and very often on the second half the ride will split into various groups.
Often there will be a dedicated slower “B” group (16-18 mph) which will let the faster riders go and this group typically does a shorter ride of 42 miles to Deale (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28219047) and there are often regroup spots.
Regardless of group, riders should always be prepared to ride alone of they can not reasonably maintain the group pace, so should always bring a GPS enabled device if the route is not familiar. The time change happens after memorial/labor day weekends.

Sunday No-Drop Ride

Time: 8 am (summer: Memorial Day-Labor Day), 9 am (fall/spring: Labor Day-December/March-Memorial Day, 10 am  (winter – December-March)

A number of ABRT riders and other local area cyclists meet in downtown Annapolis for a no-drop ride of between 35-45 miles depending on weather and conditions. The route is out to Sandy Point, College Parkway and slow roll home via the B&A trail or northwest weaving through Crownsville to Severna Park and  and slow roll home via the B&A trail. While the ride does go fast in places, there are many regroup points and the average speed is about 16-18 mph. The start location is on Prince George Street at the USNA Barry Gate behind city dock.

Tuesday Davidsonville (“Dville”) Group Ride

Time: 6:00 pm April through mid-October

The start finish is at the Davidsonville Park and Ride at the intersection of Rt. 50 and 424. The Tuesday/Thursday, affectionately known as the “Tuesday Night World Championships” (what club does not have one??) is a very fast paced 34 mile training ride most often done at race pace and averages 21-25 mph. The ride is typically composed of the strongest area riders in the lead group with a B group and on occasion a C group after that. The A/B/C splits typically happen on Harwood Rd. There are several “short cuts” for riders that get dropped and want to rejoin the group. Expect many attacks and breakaway attempts during the ride. Once the daylight starts to wane in September, we cut the off the Polling House loop, then move the start to 5:30 until about the end of daylight savings time. Occasionally, riders will meet and ride on Thursday over the same course, but it is not a scheduled ride.

Tuesday/Thursday Cue Sheet

Thursday Parvilla Shop Ride

Time: 5:30 pm April through mid-October
The  ride leaves from Parvilla Cycles in Edgewater and rolls through 23 miles of south county back roads. It is ridden at several paces but the focus is on recovery and enjoyment. This ride is open to everyone and can split quickly within the first 5 miles. There are a couple of places where the group stops and regroups but these are short. There is a beer and tacos gathering at Stan and Joes afterwards.

Sunday BWI-Ellicott City Ride

Time: 9 am (summer) & 10 am (winter)

On some Sundays ABRT riders do a loop from the BWI Observation Area Parking Lot on the south side of Dorsey Road to Ellicott City, up and down a few of the hills, a coffee stop, and back. Throughout the ride, the riders will typically regroup at various locations when hills split up the pack. Contact us before heading to the ride because participation is very dependent on weather and other schedule considerations.

Other Organized Rides

Many ABRT Riders participate as a group in rides sponsored by other clubs, such as the Artemis Memorial Day/Labor Day rides, Ivy Lane or Bike Doctor Annapolis rides on Wednesday evenings,  Larry’s Ride, The Seagull Century, The Civil War Century, The Lifeline 100 Century and the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club Memorial/Labor Day rides. In addition, ad hoc spur of the moment rides on holidays or warm winter days are announced on our members only e-mail list and Facebook group.

Using the Ride With GPS App On Your Phone

The routes above are include in the BikeAAA library which allows any user with the free Ride With GPS (RWGPS) app and a free account to enjoy all of the paid account features with any ride in our RWGPS Library. This allows you to use the free app/account for turn by turn directions on your iPhone or Android device. The directions are audible so the phone could be located in your jersey pocket or if you have a handlebar mount, you can view the map and see visual and hear audible instructions. Here’s the process, it’s simple!

  1. Download the Ride With GPS app from the Apple or Google Play stores
  2. Create a free account on the phone or on the RWGPS web site (ridewithgps.com) and sign into the app on your phone
  3. Navigate to this page on your mobile phone browser and click the RWGPS link for the route you are riding
  4. The link should open in the ride with GPS app (make sure it says “by BikeAAA“)
  5. Click the menu on the route (the three dots on the upper right) and select “Download (Map&Route)”, which will download the entire route to your phone so you won’t use data during the ride
  6. Click the menu on the route (the three dots on the upper right) and select “Ride This”

Go ride the route! The app will give turn by turn directions. There are other options you can select from the menu to control the behavior of the app during the ride. The app will also record your ride details such as speed, elapse time and other data. As always make sure you have a cue sheet in case your battery dies!