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RABA News and Events

August 1 (Saturday), 8:15 am New Rider Ride

Location: Laurel Park Shopping Center at the intersection of Woodman and Hungary Roads

This is the last of our New Rider series for 2015.

The ride will depart from Laurel Park and follow the normal ABC route with a stopover at Ashland Coffee and Tea. For stronger riders, there will be a 12-mile extension.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help, please contact Chuck Jajesnica, 804-543-8967, cervelo55@verizon.net or Charlie Thomas, 804-747-3428, charlievthomas@gmail.com.

More information here.

August 9 (Sunday), 8:30 am (Rides) and Noon to 2 pm (Picnic) RABA Picnic

Location: Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd, Henrico, VA 23231

Please join us at the Annual RABA Picnic for food, fun and rides. We'll start the day off with rides of various lengths and paces. Rides are started at staggered times so that all riders will finish at approximately the same time and everyone can eat together. See the monthly ride schedule for more details.

More information here.

August 15 (Saturday), 4pm-7pm Craft Brew & Bikes for Kids Fundraiser Too!

Where: Center of the Universe Brewery, 11293 Air Park Rd, Ashland, VA 23005 (804) 368-0299

Join Richmond Area Bicycling Association at the Center of the Universe for pints, food truck eats, and live music! This event will support RABA's charity, Bikes for Kids. The event is free to attend. No RSVP required.

More information here.

Daily Rides for July 28, 2015

Tuesday Tuesdays at Rockville
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 9 am 33 to 62 3 one Dee Nuckols,804-749-3400, sdnuckols@yahoo.com
Dick Hilliard, 273-6578,rhilliard1@verizon.net

Description: Please join us for a great ride through western Hanover, Goochland, and eastern Louisa. We leave from what is popularly referred to as the "Rockville Little League Fields". Cue sheets are always available. Often, we divide into more than one group as both faster and slower riders attend. The ride varies weekly and on the day before each ride, Dee or Dick sends out a message on the club email list announcing the distance and other particulars of the ride.

Directions: Headed west from Richmond, take the Rockville/Manakin exit off of I-64. Go right at the top of the ramp onto Route 623 toward Ashland. Turn left at the first stoplight onto Pouncey Tract Rd. The little league fields are 3.8 miles to the left. The address is 17347 Pouncey Tract Road

Tuesday Deep Run High School Options
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A+ (20-21 mph)/ A++ (22-23 mph) 5:50 pm 32-42 2 None Mike & Kim Moore 358-0935

Description and Directions: Riders should have a strong fitness level, be very comfortable riding in a group, have experience in fast pace lines and have good bicycle handling skills before attempting this ride at these fast paces. However, other paces are welcome to ride on their own as maps will be provided. Because this area of town is choked with houses and traffic, obeying traffic laws and riding single file are a must! To get to the start, take I-64 West to I-295; take the Nuckols Road North Exit. Go approx 3/4 mile, left turn onto Twin Hickory Rd (traffic light/intersection). Go approx 3/4 mile, high school will be on your right. Please park on the right side of the school, as you face the entrance of the school

Tuesday Hanover Courthouse After Work Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A++ 6 pm Varies 3 None Matt Satterwhite, 357-7490, giantbls@comcast.net
Wayne Flood, 804-297-5040, sept1flood@comcast.net
A 6 pm Varies 3 None Ken Kolb, 357-6076, kwkolb@verizon.net
Andrew Mann, 266-9048, rabamann@aol.com
B+ 6 pm Varies 3 None Gregg Hillmar, 804-683-2503,bike@hillmardesign.com
C 6 pm Varies 3 None John Moore, 338-9668, jmoore216@comcast.net

Description: The route varies from week to week with routes with multiple mileage options starting and ending at the Hanover Government Center (i.e., Hanover Courthouse) parking lot. The slower pace groups will ride one of the shorter options and the faster pace groups will ride one of the longer options so that everyone finishes around the same time. The pace group leaders will announce the mileage for their group at the ride start. The pace groups will be spaced out at the ride start to avoid large groups of cyclists on the road.

Important Safety Note: This ride is often very well attended which creates the potential for large pace groups. Large pace groups tend to yo-yo increasing the likelihood of wheel bumps. Also, large pace groups are frustrating to motorists trying to get home from work on curvy country roads. That can result in frustrated drivers passing in an unsafe manner. Consequently, the ride leaders may group riders into smaller groups at the ride start in order to minimize large pace groups. Please cooperate with the ride leaders if they ask you to break into a smaller group. Also, do not regroup at stops if that will result in a large pace group. Pace groups should be no larger than 6 to 10 riders. Groups of less than 6 are preferred. The pace groups are spaced out at the ride start to avoid large groups of cyclists on the road.

The routes for this month are:

Date Route Dinner
July 7 Mt. Gideon Options- 19, 24, 31 or 36 mile options and GPX files. Marty's Grill
July 14 Dabneys Mill Options- 21, 22, 28 or 33 mile options and GPX files. Marty's Grill
July 21 River Road Options- 18, 24, 29 or 33 mile options and GPX files. Marty's Grill
July 28 Mt. Gideon Options- 19, 24, 31 or 36 mile options and GPX files. Marty's Grill

Paper cue sheets are not provided. You should print your own cue sheet prior to coming to the ride.

New members and those just getting started (or re-started) with cycling are encouraged to come out. After the ride, everyone who is interested has dinner at a local restaurant (cycling clothes are fine for dinner).

Directions: The ride starts and finishes at the Hanover County Government Complex (7497 County Complex Road, Hanover, VA 23069) on US Route 301 just south of the intersection of Routes 54 and 301.

Tuesday Tuesday Portabella Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
Various 6 pm Various 4 None Ken Robertson, robertson12001@gmail.com

Description: This weekly ride starts at the rear of Portabella Ristorante located in the Varina Food Lion Shopping Center. It is a show and go ride like the Saturday ABC ride. There will be no pace group ride leaders; riders will form their own groups. Ride leaders for each Tuesday will provide a sign-up sheet and help new riders match up with riders of a similar pace.

Riders will choose their own route. Cue sheets and maps for several routes from 19-33 miles are available on the RABA web site. Go to http:/www.raba.org/raba-cue-sheets-and-maps/. Pick "Portabella" from the drop down box with the "Any Start Location" prompt at the top of the page. Print and bring your own cue sheet as none will be available at the ride.

Parking: Please park behind Portabella Ristorante in the rear of the shopping center. If this area is filled, park on the west (Richmond) side of the shopping center. Do not park in front of Portabella Ristorante or other areas in front of the shopping center.

Directions: Portabella Ristorante is located at 2627 New Market Road (Route 5 and Strath Road), Henrico, VA 23231. Park in the lot behind the building

Richmond Area Bicycling Association Home Monthly Rides Weekly Rides Non-RABA MMS RABA Main A 18-20+ mph B+ 16-18 mph B 14-16 mph C 12-14 mph D 8-12 mph Paces:
Note: Club Members should check the Message Board or their email for notices regarding ride changes or cancellations.