There are several impromptu group rides Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday/Thursday. These are “open” rides wherein cyclists of all calibers and team affiliations show up to participate; however, many ABRT members participate in these rides on a regular basis. 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 at the bottom of this page. 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 an accident.
These rides run in all weather, although participation, especially in the winter time may vary greatly depending on conditions and typically, there is never a formal "cancellation". Check the ABRT Twitter feed for time changes in the spring and fall. Also see the http://abrtcycling.com/calendar/rides-and-events for details.
Monday Parvilla Shop Ride
Time: 6:00 pm April through mid-October
The Monday ride leaves from Parvilla Cycles and rolls through 25 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.
Tues/Thurs D'Ville 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 32 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.
View an interactive map of the ride on Bikely.com or download a printable cue sheet below.
Saturday Group Ride
Time: 9 am (summer), 10 am (winter)
The Saturday ride is about 60 miles depending on the route which rotate on a monthly cycle (check the calendar for details). The start locations are the Davidsonville Park and Ride, Kahve Cafe (155 Mitchells Chance Rd in Edgewater in the South River Colony Shopping Center). The rides travel to south county, mostly on back roads, and back. The pace is anywhere from 18-21 mph (2:45 to 3:15 pedaling time). 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. These are decidedly drop rides so there should never be an expectation of anyone waiting, so if you are not familiar with the route, print it out or bring your gps enabled device.
View an interactive map of the Davidsonville ride on MapMyRide.com .
Sunday BWI-Ellicott City Ride
Time: Typically, but not always 9 am (summer) & 10 am (winter)
On many 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.
View an interactive map of the ride on Bikely.com
Other Organized Rides
Many ABRT Riders participate as a group in rides sponsored by other clubs, such as the Seagull Century, The Civil War 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 e-mail lists and on our twitter feed.
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