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Monthly Rides for August, 2014

August 2 (Saturday) Riding Through Dogtown
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A 8 am 62 miles 4 1 Mike & Kim Moore 358-0935
B+ 8 am 62 miles 4 1 Ken Robertson,

Description: Join the Moores for their summer season favorite of riding various parts of the East End and then eating at Camden's Dogtown Market Cafe after the ride. Other paces are welcome to lead the 62 mile or shorter distances like 20-31-40. If interested, please contact the Moores.

Directions: The address is 201 West 7th St (corner of Porter and 7th Streets), Richmond, VA 23224. The restaurant is located south of the James River, in the Old Manchester District, on the first floor of the Corrugated Box building. Free parking is available on the street or directly behind the restaurant. Cue sheets will be provided.

Aug 2 (Saturday) Group Rides for New Riders
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
All 8:30 am 20-32 3 One Chuck Jajesnica, 804-543-8967,

Description: This is the fifth of 5 rides for new riders, to be held on the first Saturday in April, May, June, July, and August. This ride is aimed at attracting new cyclists to RABA and getting more riders into the sport. 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 would like to volunteer to help Chuck, please arrive at 8 am. Contact Chuck for details.

Directions: This ride leaves from the Laurel Park Shopping Center at the corner of Woodman and Hungary Roads.

August 2 (Saturday) West Point Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B 9:30 am 31/43 3 One Rich Thompson, 757-291-2548,
C 9:30 am 31/43 3 One Jack Huber, 804-282-3872,

Description : Rich Thompson & Jack Huber invite you to join them for a scenic ride through King William County along its rolling country back roads. This ride features rolling terrain and a 12 mile extension for those rides wanting a few extra miles and climbs.

After the ride, Rich and Jack invite you to join them for lunch at Anna's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria. To reserve your spot on this scenic ride, please confirm with Rich or Jack by NO LATER THAN 12:00 PM on Friday, Aug.1.

Directions: The ride starts and ends at West Point Elementary/Middle 1040 Thompson Ave, West Point, VA 23181. Meet in the School Parking Lot next to the tennis courts and water tower

August 3 (Sunday) Spring Run/Beach Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 7:30 am 42 3 One Kris Van Allen,

Description and Directions: We're doing this ride with an early start to try to beat the heat. Meet at the VDOT parking lot at the intersection of Beach and Spring Run Roads in Chesterfield. The ride will go through the Spring Run, Beach and Woodpecker Road areas of Chesterfield County.

August 3 (Sunday) RABA Annual Picnic Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A 8:30 am 49 4 One Mike and Kim Moore, 804-358-0935
B+ 8:30 am 49 4 One Ken Robertson,
B 8:30 am 49 4 One
B 9:30 am 34 4 One
C 9:30 am 27 4 One Chuck Jajesnica, 804-543-8967,

Description: Join us for our annual bike ride and picnic from Dorey Park. Get your appetite charged with a morning ride followed by a tasty picnic at 12 noon. Rides start at staggered times so that riders will finish riding at approximately the same time. Please contact Gregg Hillmar at if you are interested in leading a ride. Cue sheets will be provided. See picnic notice on for more information.

Cue Sheets:

Directions: The event will start at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd: Take I-64 East. Continue on I-64 East until you reach the Laburnum Ave exit. Take a right at the stoplight onto Laburnum Ave. Continue on Laburnum Ave, crossing Williamsburg Rd, then Charles City Rd, and then pass the Nabisco factory. Continue on to Darbytown Rd. Take a left onto Darbytown Rd and stay on it for approximately 1.5 miles. Dorey Park will be on your right. Drive to the back of the park; shelters are on the right,

August 9 (Saturday) Waverly Watermelon Metric
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
C+ 9 am 62 4 Two Jack Huber, 804-282-3872,

Description: Come on down to Waverly for another summer ride! This is a joint ride for RABA and Williamsburg Area Bicyclists. The route will pass through Claremont and Surry, two quiet villages in Surry County. The terrain is mostly flat and the traffic volume is very low. There will be a rest stop at Jack's place on the James river and another hosted by Shirley Cockes, Surry County's "Watermelon Lady." All pace levels are welcome, please contact Jack if you would like to lead a B or faster group. After the ride join members of the group for lunch in Waverly at Giuseppe's. Download the cue sheet here.

Directions: Meet at the parking lot behind (now closed) La Hacienda Mexican restaurant (101 South County Drive, Waverly, VA 23890).From Richmond take I-95 or I-295 to Route 460 East (toward Norfolk). The parking lot is at the intersection of Routes 460 and 40 (Main Street) in the town of Waverly. Please remember that speed limits are strictly enforced in Waverly.

August 10 (Sunday) Zoar State Forest
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B 8 am 63 3 2 Larry Skalak (757-871-6198),

Description and Directions: Get some training miles on the legs for the "Heart of Virginia" club ride in September by riding the route out of Zoar State Forest. The area offers good riding on roads with mostly light traffic. Will shoot for a finish average pace of 15 mph picking the pace up on the flats if needed and adjusting the pace DOWN if we get too far above that target number. Other paces are welcomed. Zoar State Forest is in Aylett just off of West River road. Other paces are welcomed. Cue sheets for the route (and the shorter 43 mile version) will be available. Note the early start time to avoid the hotter temperatures.

August 10 (Sunday) Bouncing Dogs Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 9 am 36 3 None Jan Waldron, 804-938-9181,

Description: Meet in the Food Lion parking lot (towards the rear) at Broad View Shopping Center for a ride into northern Goochland County horse country. Long ago, club riders encountered some of the area's friendlier dogs on this route and named the ride in their honor. The route is divided into two distinct halves by Route 250. The terrain consists of rolling hills. There is no store stop so bring water and snacks.

Directions: To get to Centerville, take Interstate 64 west of Richmond to the Rockville/Manakin exit, then south on Route 623 about a mile, to a right on Route 250. The shopping center is a short distance on your right. Alternatively, if you come out West Broad Street (Route 250), the shopping center is on your right about 1.5 miles west of the Route 288 interchange.

August 17 (Sunday) Spring Run/Beach Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 7:30 am 42 3 One Kris Van Allen,

Description and Directions: We're doing this ride with an early start to try to beat the heat. Meet at the VDOT parking lot at the intersection of Beach and Spring Run Roads in Chesterfield. The ride will go through the Spring Run, Beach and Woodpecker Road areas of Chesterfield County.

August 17 (Sunday) Blue Ridge Parkway Tour

Time: 6:15 am for Car Caravan; 8:30 am at Inn at Afton Mountain

Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
Varies See above 30 to 60+ 1 One Mike & Kim Moore, 804-358-0935

Description and Directions:The Moores have gone to the BRP many times over the years to get climbing fit and ready for the centuries coming up in September. You may ride as long as you like, the route is an out and back. Note: you should be physically fit enough to withstand climbing for multiple periods of time, lasting 30 minutes to 1 hour per time. Speed is not a factor, endurance and perservance are. Please make sure that your bicycle is geared for long climbs and is in good working condition as there are no bicycle shops nearby; bringing extra tubes and a small tool set are strongly suggested. Also bring plenty of fluids and food/snacks as rest areas on the Parkway are limited or may be closed. Please contact the Moores by phone or email by Friday, August 15, if you would like to join so that they have a headcount of who will be riding.

For the car caravan, please meet at 6:15 AM at the Einstein Bros Bagels shop at 3320 Pump Rd, in a shopping center near the intersection of W. Broad St and Pump Rd. Car pools can be put together to help save gas money. Otherwise, you may meet at the Inn at Afton, Exit 99, at the junction of I-64 West and U.S. Rt 250. Please arrive in time so that the ride may depart by 8:30 AM. Since this is an out of town trip, please be aware that the ride and drive will take up most of the day.

August 21 (Thursday) Downtown Happy Hour Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B/C 6 pm 20 3 None Michael Todd, 908.419.7322 , -

Description and Directions: Start Location: 600 East Main Street (Main Street Center Courtyard). Starting downtown, we'll cross the river on Belvedere/US 301 and head west on Riverside Drive, we'll continue on Riverside after a brief connection point over the Powhite via Forest Hill, we'll cross back over the river via the Huguenot Bridge, take a short excursion through UofR campus before connecting with Grove Avenue, which we'll take all the way back downtown.

What to Expect: This ride is meant to be a quick workout after a day in the office. It is an urban route with traffic expected, we'll stay on an easier pace on the heavily trafficked roads to maximize safety and hopefully push ourselves a bit on the stretches of Riverside, UofR's campus and Grove, which are all bike friendly routes. With total mileage of just under 20 miles, it shouldn't take any more than 1.5 hours. (bring a light).

August 23 (Saturday) Tour of Powhatan
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 8 am 62 3-4 1 David Stuart, (804) 387-9766,

Description: For those who enjoyed the Historic Tour of Powhatan this Spring, here is your chance to ride the route again. If you missed it, here is your chance to experience the beautiful roads and scenery of Powhatan County. Powhatan features some of the best riding in the greater Richmond area. Most of the roads are blissfully smooth and many are tree-lined. There will be 1 store stop at the 26 mile mark. The ride leader will plan on leading a B+ pace. If you are interested in riding [or leading] a different pace, let David know and hopefully we can get several pace groups organized. Cue sheets will be available.

There are two very nice restaurants directly across the street from the Court House for those who would like to have a bite to eat after the ride.

Directions: We will meet at the Powhatan County Courthouse on Route 13. If you are using a GPS, use 3880 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, VA 23139. Parking is available in front of the courthouse.

August 23 (Saturday) RATS Tandem Picnic
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B 9 am 38/28 4 Two Reed & Karen Nester, 757-869-2949,
C 9 am 38/28 4 Two TBD

Description: The RATS (Richmond Area Tandem Society) Annual Picnic is on Saturday, August 23. The rides start at Lawrence Lewis, Jr. Park in Charles City County. The rides are open to everyone, and will be on the quiet roads of Charles City County. This is a 38 mile ride with an option to shorten to 28 miles. Riders will start together, separating out into B and C paces as we go along.

The RATS Picnic will begin when the rides end between 12:30 and 1:00. Sizzling grills, utensils and condiments will be provided. Please bring something to grill, something to drink, and a side dish to share. Come out and enjoy a great summer ride, friends and good food. Please call Reed and Karen Nester at 757-869-2949 or email to let them know you are coming.

Directions: The ride start, and the picnic, will be at Lawrence Lewis, Jr. Park, 12400 Wilcox Wharf Road, Charles City, VA 23030. The Park is located two miles west of Charles City off of Route 5. From Richmond, turn right on Wilcox Wharf Road, which is just past Charles City Tavern, and follow the road to the Park. Parking is very limited at Lawrence Lewis, Jr. Park, so if you are just coming for the ride we suggest that you park at Charles City Courthouse and ride the Capital Trail to Wilcox Wharf Road and then to the park, which is a 3 mile ride [from Charles City Courthouse, turn left onto Courthouse Road and proceed to the Capital Trail; at mile 2.1 turn left onto Wilcox Wharf Road (Rt. 618) and ride to the Park for the ride start].

August 24 (Sunday) Spring Run/Beach Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 7:30 am 42 3 One Kris Van Allen,

Description and Directions: We're doing this ride with an early start to try to beat the heat. Meet at the VDOT parking lot at the intersection of Beach and Spring Run Roads in Chesterfield. The ride will go through the Spring Run, Beach and Woodpecker Road areas of Chesterfield County.

August 24 (Sunday) 2014 Cap to Cap Route-50 Miles Re-do
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B/B+ 2 pm 50 4 1 Coleen Moore,

Description: Please join Coleen on Sunday afternoon for a re-do of the 2014 Cap to Cap Route-50 Miles. She plans to do B-B+ average pace. The group will try to stay to together as much as possible; however, this is not a no drop ride so please bring a cue sheet with you. There will be a few printed copies available. Bring a helmet, water, and snacks.

Other pace hosts are encouraged. If you're interested, please let Coleen know.

Happy Hour and/or Dinner after at Conch Republic.

Download the cue sheet here: -

Parking/Departing/Returning: Rockett's Landing 5000 Old Osborne Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23231. Meet in the public parking lot across from Conch Republic. Departing promptly at 2pm

August 31 (Sunday) Frog Level Metric
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A 8 am 62 3 One Mike and Kim Moore, 358-0935

Description: The Moores are doing a club classic of riding through relatively light traffic roads and pretty scenery. The route will also go through some of the same roads as the Heart of Virgina routes, so join us if you want to get a preview! As of press time, the Moores are looking for other pace leaders for the metric or shorter options, please contact them if interested in leading. Please bring plenty of food and fluids as stores tend to be closed on a Sunday.

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

August 31 (Sunday) Rappahannock River Tour
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B 10 am 43/30 3 Three Hugh and Laura Aaron,
C 10 am 43 3 Three Jack Huber, 804-282-3872,
C (no drop) 10 am 43/30 3 Three Chuck Jajesnica, 804-543-8967,

Description: RABA is once again teaming up with Northern Neck Cycling, (the bike club on Virginia’s Northern Neck) and the Richmond Area Tandem Society (RATS) for a leisurely ride through Lancaster County on Virginia’s Northern Neck. The route starts at the Steamboat Era Museum in Irvington and then heads out to Windmill Point beach for a great view of the mouth of the Rappahannock River. The route then travels around Fleets Bay into downtown Kilmarnock. All pace groups will meet up in Kilmarnock for a very casual lunch on the patio at Savannah Joes (formerly Smokin Joes). After lunch, the shorter route returns to Irvington and the longer route travels down to the Corrotoman River, then into the historic village of Weems with two view stops – one on the Carters Creek side of Weems and another on the Corrotoman River side. From Weems, the route heads back to Irvington. Both routes pass historic Christ Church, which is a great stop if you feel like walking the grounds or taking the tour.

Steve Reiss and Juliellen Sarver have once again invited all riders back to Steve’s house on Carter’s Creek in Irvington for an informal post-ride drink and watermelon gathering. As in past years, because of limited parking in Steve’s neighborhood everyone is asked to bike or walk to Steve’s house. To get to Steve’s house from the Steamboat Museum, follow Chesapeake Drive (which is the street on the other side of Commons area from the Steamboat Museum) to the cul-de-sac at the end of the street. Steve’s address is 729 Chesapeake Drive.

Paper cue sheets will not be available at the ride start. Consequently, you should print your own cue sheet prior to coming to the ride. Click here to download and print the cue sheet (which includes all three routes). If you have any trouble finding the cue sheet on the RABA web site, email one of the ride leaders for a copy.

Directions: Irvington is about 1 hour and 15 minutes from the Richmond Airport so make sure you get an early start, especially if you are coming from the West End or the Southside. To reach Irvington, take Interstate 64 east to exit 220 for Route 33 East to West Point. Continue 17 miles past West Point to a stoplight at the crest of a hill in Glenns and turn left onto Route 33/US 17 North. Stay on Route 33/US 17 North for 2 miles and bear right at the Hardees into Saluda. At the traffic light at the courthouse in Saluda, turn right onto Route 33 and proceed 6.8 miles to the stoplight at the Route 3 intersection. Turn left onto Route 3 West and continue for 7.4 miles over the Rappahannock River (on the Norris Bridge) into White Stone. Turn left at the first traffic signal in White Stone onto Route 200 North (Irvington Rd – might be “Chesapeake Drive” at the turn) and drive 2 miles into Irvington. Turn at the second left on Route 634 (King Carter Drive). The Steamboat Era Museum (156 King Carter Drive, Irvington, VA 22480) will be on your right just past the bank. Find a parking place anywhere you can in the vicinity of the Steamboat Museum. There is some on-street parking along King Carter Drive.

2014 Monthly Road Ride Director: Kim Moore, 804-358-0935, 2014 Weekly Road Ride Director: Jim Venning, 550-7250, New Riders: Please call the ride leader ahead of ride time to be sure that the ride will be at your pace and skill level. Ride Leaders: Please submit 2014 Monthly Ride sign-up sheets to Kim Moore, 2007 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA  23220. Ride times listed are departure times. Check RABA  E-mail distribution lists for latest updates

Today is: Saturday, August 23, 2014

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