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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- 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:

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
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
C 6 pm 15 3 1 Edwin Sulc, 804-731-4399,

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 cookies!

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
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
C+ 9:30 am 38 5 One Jack Huber, 282-3872,

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 Hill
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
All 4 pm 15+/- 4 Many Champe Burnley, 405.6444,

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
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
All 6:30 pm 15+/- 4 Many Champe Burnley, 405.6444,

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:

Directions: Meet behind the Westhampton Theatre (5706 Grove Ave, Richmond, VA 23226) at Grove and Libbie Avenues.

December 18 (Thursday) Downtown Happy Hour Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A/B+ 5:30 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).

December 31 (Wednesday) Sixth Annual New Year's Eve Cattle Drive
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
C+ 12 noon 37 3 1 Bill Britton 804-347-5114
B+ 12 noon 42 3 1 Jim Denoon 804-370-6252

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.

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: Monday, December 22, 2014

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