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Monthly Rides for July, 2015

July 3,(Friday) Cul's Courthouse Grille Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 8:30 am 40/56 3 1 Ken Robertson, 804.201.6839,

Description: Ken will lead a B+ pace 40 mile ride with an option for 56 miles to Jamestown and return (the additional 16 mile option is continuing west beyond the Courthouse for 8 miles where the trail now ends and then returning to Cul's. Since the route is on the Cap to Cap trail the entire ride, anyone can ride at whatever pace they choose and for whatever distance they decide. It's mostly flat terrain, with a few minor hills. Riders are welcome to stay for lunch after the ride.

Directions: The ride will start at Cul's Courthouse Grille, located just across the street from the Charles City Courthouse at 10801 Courthouse Rd., Charles City, VA . Please park in Courthouse parking lot.

Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
Your Pace 8:45 am 44/64 Mountainous 1 Mark Hoerath,

Description and Directions: Watch as the iconic 611 climbs the Blue Ridge grade at Villamont, VA approx 10:30am. Info and pics of the 611.

After that we drive to the Rt 460 Parkway entrance (10 mins) or drive to the N&W Overlook to park.

We'll ride up to Peaks of Otter and return, total of 44 miles and 1100 ft climb and 1100 ft descend. Riding to the highest VA point on the Parkway is 64m roundtrip/2800 ft climb with 2800 ft decent for those who desire and your car mates agree. Suggest you pack a brunch. Food/water is available at Peaks of Otter.

We meet at 7:45 am and depart 8:15 from Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Brandermill-Hull St, 5030 W Village Green Dr, Midlothian, VA 23112).

July 3 (Friday) Reedville Lunch, Ice Cream and Ferry Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B 10 am 42 some hills 3+ Jinx Lucas and Paul Walaskay;
C+ 10 am 42 some hills 3+ Jack Huber;, 804-356-7018

Description: Meet in Heathsville on Route 360 on the Northern Neck for a fun holiday 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.

This is a joint ride with our friends from the Richmond Area Tandem Society (RATS) and Northern Neck Cycling (NNC). The cue sheet is available here and the GPX file for your bike GPS is here.

Directions: The ride starts 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.

July 4 (Saturday) Independence Day Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A 8 am 62 3 1 or 2 Mike & Kim Moore 358-0935 and Jo Ann Gordon

Description and Directions: Let's celebrate the Fourth of July AND the start of the Tour de France by riding through the East End. The start / finish is at Legend Brewing Company, 321 W 7th St, Richmond, VA 23224, so that riders may gather after the ride to enjoy food and libations on the infamous deck. The Moores will ride at upper end of the A Pace (19.5-20 mph average), while Jo Ann will ride a "compassionate" A Pace (18.5-19 mph average). Other leaders are wanted for different paces and/or distances like 20-31-40-51 miles. If you are interested in leading a pace and distance, please contact the ride leaders. Cue sheets can be found on the RABA website, under Maps/Resources, Cue Sheets/Maps, scroll down to "Dogtown".

Note: please do NOT park in the Legend parking lot, this should be left open for business patrons. There is parking on the street or in the Thurston Spring lot across from Legend

July 4 (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 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 11 (Saturday) South to Stony Creek
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B 9 am 52 4 2 Sara Page
C+ 9 am 40 4 1 Jack Huber;, 804-356-7018

Description: Come on down to Waverly for a mid-summer ride in Sussex County! Meet behind the 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 left at Stony Creek by retreating Confederates in 1864. The 40 mile route will not go all the way to Stony Creek but will visit Sussex Court House with a stop at bike-friendly Thornton's store.

As with all Jack's rides in this area, the terrain is relatively 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. The 52 mile cue sheet is here and the 40 mile cue sheet is here. paper copies will be available at the ride start.

Directions: Meet at the parking lot behind La Hacienda Mexican restaurant (101 South County Drive, Waverly, VA 23890). Please do not park in the unpaved portion of the parking lot. 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 16 (Thursday) Downtown Happy Hour Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A/B+ 6 pm 20 2 (some steep) 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).

July 18 (Saturday) Surry Steamer
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B 9:15 am 50 4 2 Rich Thompson; 757-291-2548,
C+ 9:15 am 50 4 2 Jack Huber;, 804-356-7018

Description: Meet Jack and Rich 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. Rich will lead the B group and Jack will follow with the C+ riders. 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 the town of Surry turn right on School Street (route 1002). The parking lot is on the left behind the county government building.

July 19 (Sunday) Doswell Dreamin'
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A 8:30 am 68 3 One Andrew Mann, 804-266-9048,

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: The ride starts at Glen Allen Elementary School (11101 Mill Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060). 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 (Monday)- 6 pm Bikes for Kids Fundraiser and Tour de France Celebration

Location: Answer Brewpub, 6008 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230

Come out to this celebration of Le Tour and a fundraiser for Bikes for Kids. More information here

Please come and join us!

July 25 (Saturday) Elko Excursion
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B 9 am 42 3 Two Reed & Karen Nester, 757-869-2949,
C 9 am 42 3 Two Jack Huber, 282-3872,

Description: Join us as we ride the scenic back roads of Charles City County and eastern Henrico County. This is a joint ride for RABA, Williamsburg Area Bicyclists (WAB) and Richmond Area Tandem Society (RATS). The route commences at the historic Charles City Courthouse, rides through Roxbury, extends to Elko, then cruises back to Charles City via Old Union and Lott Cary Roads. There is an opportunity for an 8 mile shortcut for those desiring a shorter ride. Store stops are at Horizon Food Store and Adkins Store. After the ride join the group for lunch at Cul's Courthouse Grill in Charles City.

Directions: Meet at the parking lot at Charles City Courthouse, 10780 Courthouse Road, Charles City, VA 23030. From Richmond take I-295 to Exit 22A and follow Route 5 East for approximately 19.5 miles to Charles City Courthouse; or take I-64 to Exit 214 (Providence Forge), turn right on Route 155 (Courthouse Road) and go south approximately 11.5 miles to Charles City Courthouse. From Williamsburg, take Route 5 to Charles City Courthouse, or take Route 60 West to Providence Forge, turn left at the traffic light onto Route 155 (Courthouse Road) and go south approximately 7.5 miles to Charles City Courthouse.

July 26 (Sunday) Blue Ridge Parkway Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
Your Pace 8 am 45-70 Mountainous One Mike & Kim Moore 358-0935

**Car Caravan at 6 AM at Einstein Bagels (3320 Pump Rd, Richmond, VA 23233)**

Description and Directions: The ride will start promptly at 8 AM at the Inn at Afton, on Afton Mountain, I-64 / Exit 99, where Route 250, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive meet.

The basic ride is an out and back and will head south on the BRP to Route 56 where we will go down to Crabtree Falls. There will be a store stop at the Montebello Store. But please bring plenty of fluids and food as there will not be many places open. This route is approximately 60 miles. However, you may ride shorter or longer (Mike may do an extension) as the BRP is accessible for those relatively new to mountain terrain. if you get tired, just stop and turn around. You should be fit enough to sustain repeated climbing efforts lasting 30 minutes to 1 hour. Bicycles should be in very good working order as there are no repair shops nearby.

If anyone is interested in carpooling, please meet at the Einstein Bagel shop ((3320 Pump Rd, Richmond, VA 23233) by 6 am to be paired up with others

2015 Monthly Road Ride Director: Kim Moore, 804-358-0935, 2015 Weekly Road Ride Director: Charlie Thomas, 804-747-3428,  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 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: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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