Monthly Rides for December, 2014
| December 6 (Saturday)
|| Bikes for Kids Delivery
We will distribute the bikes on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Please e-mail Andrew Mann if you can help- firstname.lastname@example.org. We are delivering to Richmond City(over on Midlothian this year) Henrico, Chesterfield, Powhatan, Goochland & Louisa. He need trucks and trailers!
Marc Chimento is buying bikes to donate to the Amelia Christmas Mother and is looking for help to put the bikes together. Their assembly party will be on Saturday, December 6 starting at 8am. It will take place at 2929 Hendricks Road, Midlothian.
It is not too late to make a donation to Bikes for Kids. Do it here: http://www.raba.org/bikesforkids.html
Or you are welcome to mail a check made out to the RABA Foundation to
Bikes for Kids
c/o RABA Treasurer
P.O. Box 6565
Ashland VA 2300
We have a total of 277 brand new bikes. Now we need a helmet to go with each of them
|December 12 (Friday)
||RABA Christmas Caroling
Description and Directions: Warm up your vocal
cords, decorate your bikes and come join us for an evening of cycling and Christmas
Caroling followed by a post ride social including hot chocolate, coffee, and sugar
The ride will take place on Friday December 12 beginning at 6pm. We will meet at
the Warsaw Compound at 1409 Floyd Ave. The Warsaw is a gated community of about
30 condos. One of which one of our members, Jay Davis resides at. It was built in
1832 and rehabbed in the early 80's as group of condos from its former life as a
Convent. There is a party room at the Warsaw Compound which Jay has reserved from
7-10pm for our post ride social. There is an adjacent area to the party room where
bikes can be stored during the post ride social. It's inside a fenced in area inside
a gated community, so our precious bikes should be pretty safe.
We will head out towards the Fan district to sing some classic Christmas carols
and spread some holiday cheer. Feel free to decorate your bikes or dress up yourself
for the festivities! Song books will be provided. Feel free to request songs for
the book. The song book will be 5-6 songs.
We will return to the Warsaw Compound's party room to warm up with some hot chocolate,
coffee, cookies, and fellowship.
Edwin will provide more event details on the message board as the event approaches.
Please feel free to contact him if you have any questions. His contact information
is listed above.
This event will be a no drop ride (unless your singing is REALLY bad) and will occur
after the sun has set. Please make sure that you have headlights and rear blinkies.
|December 13, (Saturday)
||Pumpkin Pie Ride
Description: The ride will start in Waverly and
head north through the forests, fields and swamps of Sussex and Surry Counties.
There will be a special rest stop hosted by Surry County's Watermelon Lady at her
home. Don't expect watermelon this time, but something more fitting for December:
homemade pumpkin pie and church basement coffee! Maps and cue sheets will be available
for those wishing to ride slower or faster than a the C+ pace. This is a joint ride
with the Williamsburg Area Cyclists. After the ride all participants are invited
to have lunch together at Giuseppe's on Main Street in Waverly.
Directions: Meet at the parking lot behind the former La Hacienda
restaurant (101 S County Drive, Waverly, VA 23890) at the corner of Routes 460 and
40 in the town of Waverly. From Richmond take I-95 or I-295 to Route 460 east (toward
Norfolk). Please watch your speed as you enter Waverly by car - the speed limits
are strictly enforced
|December 13 (Saturday)
||James River Parade of Lights Ride and Feast on LIbby
Description: Each year, hardy cyclists ride from
Richmond's Westhampton Theatre to Historic Libby Hill to see the annual James River
Parade of Lights. Boaters decorate their vessels and take to the river at dusk in
a dazzling spectacle of lights. The James River Parade of Lights, which is sponsored
by the James River Advisory Council, is one of the region's most cherished holiday
events. Spectators line the shorelines at several official viewing sites to take
in the parade and other festive entertainment. See
The cue sheet is here:
After arriving at the Hill, join fellow outdoor enthusiasts for a barbecue while
enjoying some of the best views and holiday spirit of Richmond.
Directions: Meet at the Westhampton Theatre (5706 Grove Ave, Richmond,
VA 23226) at Grove and Libbie Avenues. at 4:00 pm. Bud will shuttle a cooler
to Libby Hill so bring hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, etc. to share. Please
bring appropriate lights, reflectors, spare batteries and blinkies.
|December 17 (Wednesday)
||RABA Annual Christmas Ride and Tacky Light Tour
Description: Join your fellow RABA members for
a RABA holiday tradition, a casual cruise through the city to enjoy all of the spectacular
holiday lights. We'll ride to various locations around the city and take in as many
of the tackiest decorations as we can. Appropriate costumes and holiday regalia
are encouraged. Grinchs need not attend. At the end of the ride, we will celebrate
the spirit and fellowship of the season with dinner/drinks at Palani Drive Restaurant
around the corner from the Westhampton Theatre. Please bring appropriate lights,
reflectors, spare batteries and blinkies. The cue sheet is here: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6510156
Directions: Meet behind the Westhampton Theatre (5706 Grove Ave,
Richmond, VA 23226) at Grove and Libbie Avenues.
|December 18 (Thursday)
||Downtown Happy Hour Ride
||2 (some steep)
||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
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).
|December 31 (Wednesday)
||Sixth Annual New Year's Eve Cattle Drive
Description: Join Bill & Jim for a RABA favorite,
the annual celebration of the outgoing year! Enjoy a scenic ride filled with pastoral
settings, milking barns, and the occasional lovely whiff of bovine presence in the
Manquin section of Hanover. The longer option is offered for those with knee replacements
or fear of a certain hill. All paces are welcome.
Direction: The ride starts and finishes at the Government Center
Parking Lot at Hanover Court House, 7497 County Complex Road, Hanover, VA 23069,
just South of the intersection of routes 301 & 54.