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Monthly Rides for July, 2014


July 2 (Wednesday) Rocketts Landing
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 6 pm 26/32 4 1 David Stuart, (804) 387-9766, dabbytoo@hotmail.com

Note: If you are interested in leading a different pace, please let David know, or just show up.

Description: Please join David Stuart for an afternoon ride through the beautiful east end July 2. The ride departs from Rockett's Landing. Once we get a few miles away from Rockett's the roads are smooth and the traffic is typically light. One of the highlights of this ride is the trip down Battlefield Park Road. For those who would like a drink and maybe a bite to eat after the ride, The Conch Republic Rocketts is a great place. We can belly up to the bar or sit on the balcony overlooking the rivah. Download the cue sheets here (26 mile) and here (32 mile) .

Location: For those using a GPS to navigate to the ride you can use the restaurant's address: 11 Orleans Street, Richmond, VA 23231. Use the parking lot on the corner of Orleans and Route 5/Old Osborne Turnpike, in front of the Conch Republic Restaurant. If the lot is full, there is also parallel parking available on Orleans Road across from Rockett's, on the other side of the railroad tracks.

July 5 (Saturday) Riding Through Dogtown
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A 8 am 62 miles 4 1 Mike & Kim Moore 358-0935

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.

July 5 (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, cervelo55@verizon.net

Description: This is the fourth 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.

July 5 (Saturday) Cul's Courthouse Grille and Celebration Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B 10 am 40 3 1 Rich Thompson, 757-291-2548, LeMondRdr@gmail.com

Description and Directions: Come to Chickahominy Riverfront Park (1350 John Tyler HWY Williamsburg, VA 23185) for a 40 mile lunch ride celebrating the opening of another of section of the VA Capital Trail in James City/Charles City Counties and the birth of our country to Cul's Courthouse Grille located near the historic Charles City County Courthouse. To confirm your spot on this beautiful and historic ride please contact Rich By No Later Than 12 PM on Friday, July 4. Remember, NO CONFIRMATION = NO RIDE!!!

SPECIAL NOTES: If you are coming from outside of the Williamsburg/James City and Charles City Counties areas, why not come a day earlier and enjoy our spectacular 4th of July festivities that we have to offer in beautiful Williamsburg, VA. Yes, we do know how to throw a party for our Nation's Birthday!!! More information here: http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/plan/calendar/fourth-july/.

July 6 (Sunday) Spring Run/Beach Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 7:30 am 42 3 One Kris Van Allen, krislva@hotmail.com

Description and Directions: We'll be doing this ride every Sunday in July 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.

July 12 (Saturday) South to Stony Creek
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
C+ 9 am 52 4 One Jack Huber, 804-282-3872, jhuber1111@yahoo.com
C (No Drop) 9 am 52 4 One Chuck Jajesnica, 804-546-8967, cervelo55@verizon.net

Description: Come on down to Waverly for a mid-summer ride in Sussex County! Meet behind the now closed La Hacienda restaurant in Waverly to ride to the quiet town of Stony Creek. There will be a rest stop in the middle of the ride and a stop to check out the cannon barrel left at Stony Creek by retreating Confederates in 1864. As with all Jack's rides in this area, the terrain is flat and the traffic is very light. After the ride many from the group will have lunch together at Giuseppe's in Waverly . This ride is a joint ride for RABA and Williamsburg Area Bicyclists. Download the cue sheet here

Directions: Meet at the parking lot behind 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.

July 13 (Sunday) Spring Run/Beach Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 7:30 am 42 3 One Kris Van Allen, krislva@hotmail.com

Description and Directions: We'll be doing this ride every Sunday in July 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.

July 13 (Sunday) Zoar State Forest
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B 8 am 63 3 2 Larry Skalak (757-871-6198), Lskalaks@aol.com

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 (and to be back for the Tour De France broadcast in the afternoon).

July 13 (Sunday) West End Loop Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 8:00 am 54 2 1 Steven Herzog, 337-1450, sp_herzog@verizon.net

Description: This ride combines elements of Tuesday's Deep Run High School Options Ride, Thursday's West End Manakin Ride, and Steve's Training Ride. You should be comfortable riding with traffic to come on this ride as we will be riding on some busier roads such as Patterson Avenue for several miles. There are lots of rollers and a few good hills on this ride.

Directions: Meet at the Shoppes at Wellesley parking lot which is located at the corner of Lauderdale Drive and Park Terrace Drive in western Henrico County at 3434 Lauderdale Drive. It is located at the second intersection of Lauderdale Drive and Park Terrace Drive if you are heading south from Broad Street on Lauderdale Drive

July 13 (Sunday) Rocketts Landing-38
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 8 am 38 4 1 David Stuart, (804) 387-9766, dabbytoo@hotmail.com

Note: If you are interested in leading a different pace, please let David know, or just show up.

Description: Please join David Stuart for ride through the beautiful east end. The ride departs from Rockett's Landing. Once we get a few miles away from Rockett's the roads are smooth and the traffic is typically light. Download the cue sheet here.

Location: For those using a GPS to navigate to the ride you can use the restaurant's address: 11 Orleans Street, Richmond, VA 23231. Use the parking lot on the corner of Orleans and Route 5/Old Osborne Turnpike, in front of the Conch Republic Restaurant. If the lot is full, there is also parallel parking available on Orleans Road across from Rockett's, on the other side of the railroad tracks.

July 17 (Thursday) Downtown Happy Hour Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B/C 6 pm 20 3 None Michael Todd, 908.419.7322 , mtodd@richmond.edu -

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).

July 19 (Saturday) Reedville Lunch & Ice Cream Ride (Joint Ride with RATS and NNC)
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
C/C+ 10 am 42 Some hills 3+ Jack Huber, 804-282-3872, jhuber1111@yahoo.com
C (No drop) 10 am 42 Some hills 3+ Chuck Jajesnica; 804-543-8967,cervelo55@verizon.net

Description: Meet in Heathsville on Route 360 on the Northern Neck for a fun July 4 ride. From Heathsville, the route travels to Fairport where we will have lunch at T-Bones Dockside (formerly Fairport Marina) overlooking Cockrell's Creek. After lunch, we will head into Reedville for ice cream at Chitterchats. From Reedville, we will take back roads up to the Little Wicomico River, cross the river on the Sunnybank Ferry and head back to Heathsville.

We will probably linger awhile at the various stops. Plus, it can take awhile for everyone to get across the river on the ferry. So, riders should plan to spend most of the day enjoying the beautiful Northern Neck.

Click here to download the cue sheet and click here to download the GPX file for your bike GPS.

This is a joint ride with our friends from the Richmond Area Tandem Society (RATS) and Northern Neck Cycling (NNC).

Directions: The ride starts and ends at the Northumberland County courthouse/administrative offices in Heathsville (set your GPS for 72 Monument Place, Heathsville, VA 22473). From Richmond, take Route 360 East to Tappahannock. Turn right on 360 East in Tappahannock towards Heathsville. Once in Heathsville look for the old courthouse on 360 on the right. Turn right onto the road beside the old courthouse and proceed to the large parking lot adjacent to the new courthouse. Heathsville is approximately 75 miles from downtown Richmond and the drive typically takes about 1.5 hours. phone at 804-690-9720.

July 20 (Sunday) Spring Run/Beach Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 7:30 am 42 3 One Kris Van Allen, krislva@hotmail.com

Description and Directions: We'll be doing this ride every Sunday in July 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.

July 20 (Sunday) Doswell Dreamin’
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A 8:30 am 68 3 One Andrew Mann, 804-266-9048, rabamann@aol.com
D 8:30 am 32 3 One John Nelson, jnelson5277@comcast.net

Other paces are encouraged. Options for 54 miles and 32 miles are available. Contact Andrew Mann if you are interested.

Description: Yes, we are starting at 8:30 am in order to beat the July heat. We will follow the regular route out to Ashland and then go out the Three Sisters to Doswell, Andrew's birthplace. We will cross over Route 1 and wind our way back through central Hanover and have a store stop in Doswell. Please bring lots of fluids as it will be hot out there!

Directions: Take I-295 to Staples Mill Road and head East, back towards Richmond, take a left onto Mountain Road and a left onto Mill Road at the Firehouse. The school is on your right.

July 20 (Sunday) Herring Creek Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 8:30 am 55 3 1 David Stuart, (804) 387-9766, dabbytoo@hotmail.com

Note: All paces welcome but will be self led unless ride leaders volunteer, please contact David if you wish to lead a different pace.

Description: Come out and enjoy a beautiful ride from the Capital Trail, Herring Creek trailhead to Chickahominy State Park and back again. The ride starts at the parking lot at the Herring Creek trailhead. It follows the trail for about 7 miles before heading off into the countryside along quiet winding roads. The route is fairly flat, smooth, and reasonably scenic. We will make a stop at Chickahominy State Park before heading back to the Herring Creek trailhead. Light refreshments will be provided when we all get back to Herring Creek so leave a little time in your schedule. Please be sure to bring extra water as it is hot this time of year. At the half way mark we will refuel with a store located at Chickahominy Park. Download cue sheet here.

Location: The ride starts at the parking lot at the Herring Creek trailhead.The Herring Creek trailhead is 14 miles past Portabellas Restaurant on Route 5. If you are using a GPS, use 5100 Herring Creek Road, Charles City, VA 23030.

July 20 (Sunday) Goochland-Cobblestone 20
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
C 9 am 16/20 2 0 Ed Mekalian,, ride@rvacycleinc.org

Description: Great combination of ride elements : smooth country road, some rolling hills, wide-open on the flats, some extended incline and ONE KILLER HILL!! Feels great when you beat it!! There's a 16 mi alternate route for those who prefer to leave off the HILL challenge.

Directions: Broad Street ( Rt. 250 ) @ Shallow Well Rd., Manakin Sabot, VA 23103 ( 7 miles west of Short Pump )

July 26 (Saturday) Hanover County Meander with the RATS (Richmond Area Tandem Society)
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A 8:30 am 26 3 1 TBD
B 8:30am 26 3 1 Jinx Lucas & Paul Walaskay, 358-1155, jinxl@verizon.net
C 8:30 am 26 3 1 John & Lea Emory, jcemoryjr@yahoo.com

Note: Other paces welcome

Description: Join the RATS on a ride through Hanover County. Some roads we will travel are Old Ridge, Rocketts Mill, and Scotchtown. The only possible stop on the route would be for water and bathrooms at Patrick Henry home if it is open that Saturday. Lunch will be at Homemade by Suzanne's afterward. Cue sheets will be provided.

Directions: Meet at the parking lot of the Henry Clay Elementary School at the corner of S. James St and Hanover Ave. in Ashland.

July 26 (Saturday) The Surry Steamer
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
C+ 9:15 am 50 4 Two Jack Huber, 804-282-3872, jhuber1111@yahoo.com
C (no drop) 9:15 am 50 4 Two Chuck Jajesnica, 804-543-8967, cervelo55@verizon.net

Description: Meet Jack and members of the Williamsburg Area Bicyclists behind the Surry Government Center, located on School Street just off Rt. 31/10 in the town of Surry. We will ride on the quiet back roads of Surry and Sussex Counties to Waverly. There will be a rest stop in Waverly at a store with rest rooms available and another stop on the return trip at Union Church. . The "Steamer" in the ride name does not indicate the riding pace, but refers to the heat and humidity we sometimes encounter in late July. If you are heat sensitive, please check the weather forecast before joining this ride. After the ride all riders are invited to have lunch at Anna's in Surry.

Directions: From Richmond take I-95 or I-295 to Rt. 10 east. Continue east on Rt. 10 through Hopewell. The town of Surry is about 30 miles east of Hopewell. Shortly after you enter Surry turn right on School Street (route 1002). The parking lot is on the left behind the county government building.

July 27 (Sunday) Spring Run/Beach Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 7:30 am 42 3 One Kris Van Allen, krislva@hotmail.com

Description and Directions: We'll be doing this ride every Sunday in July 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.

July 27 (Sunday) East King William Ride (Historic Aquinton Church)
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A 9:30 am 35 3 1 Cheryl Mitchell, 240-0881, croakn12@gmail.com
B+ 9:30 am 35 3 1 Bob Mitchell, 640-7029, bmit16@gmail.com
B 9:30 am 35 3 1 Need Leader
C (No drop) 9 am 30 3 1 Chuck Jajesnica, 804-543-8967, cervelo55@verizon.net

Description: Join us for a ride through the beautiful farmland of King William County where we will pass by old farms and Indian Reservations as well as view the restored Aquinton Church. After the ride everyone is invited to Bob and Cheryl Mitchell's house for a cookout and swim in the pool. Bob and Cheryl live a few minutes from the ride start in King William. For most of us, their house is on the way back home from the "Historic Aquinton Church" start/finish. If you are planning to join the group for the cookout, please bring a side dish to share and your beverage of choice. Also, don't forget your swimsuit!

The cue sheet for this ride as well as directions back to the Mitchell's house will be available at the ride start. There will be 1 store stop available at approximately the 20 mile mark.

Directions: Meet in the parking area at the old Aquinton Church located at Aquinton Church Rd and Jacks Creek Rd. From the south and west take I-295 onto Route 360 east (Mechanicsville Turnpike) towards Tappahannock. Proceed approximately 14 miles to RT 618 (Mt Pleasant Rd.) Turn right onto Rt 618 Proceed approximately 1/4 mile to Aquinton Church Rd. Turn right onto Aquinton Church Rd, Proceed approximately 6 miles and look for the old restored Aquinton Church on your left at Jacks Creek Rd . Please make sure you give yourself enough travel time to get to the Historic Aquinton Church (which is about 20 minutes northeast of Mechanicsville) in time for the ride start.

2014 Monthly Road Ride Director: Kim Moore, 804-358-0935, luvs2cycle@yahoo.com 2014 Weekly Road Ride Director: Jim Venning, 550-7250, jalisvenn@gmail.com 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
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