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”.
Saturday Group Ride
Time: 8 am (summer – Daylight Savings Time), 9 am (winter – Standard Time)
NOTE: We have moved the start location to the Davidsonville Rd Park and Ride at Rt 50 and the start time is an hour earlier than in the past. 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 travels to south to North Beach in Calvert County, mostly on smaller roads, and back. The pace is anywhere from 18-21+ mph (2:45 to 3:15 pedaling time) and is nominally 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 in the winter we will have a dedicated slower group which will let the faster riders go. Regardless of group, these are decidedly drop rides so there should never be an expectation of anyone waiting, so you should always bring your gps enabled device. The time change happens at the beginning/end of daylight savings time.
Monday Parvilla Shop Ride
Time: 6:00 pm April through mid-October
The Monday ride leaves from Parvilla Cycles and rolls through 23 miles of Owensville and Harwood back roads. It is ridden at several paces but the focus is on recovery and enjoyment. There are a few hills on the ride and a few bail outs to shorten it. 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.
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 is a very fast paced 34 mile training ride most often done at race pace and averages 21-25 mph. Often there is very little warmup and the group often splits within the first 5 miles 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. There is often a smaller group on Thursdays that does the same ride. Once the daylight starts to wane in September, we cut the off the Polling House loop, then move the start to 5:30 and then to 5 until the end of daylight savings time.
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, 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 as well as on the public Parvilla Cycle&Multipsort Social Facebook group.