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Monthly Rides for September, 2015

September 6 (Sunday) Rappahannock River Tour
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B 10 am 43/30 3 Three Sara Page,
C 10 am 43/30 3 Three Jack Huber, 804-282-3872,

Description: RABA is once again teaming up with Northern Neck Cycling, (the bike club on Virginia's Northern Neck) and the Williamsburg Area Cyclists 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. Both pace groups will meet up in Kilmarnock for a casual lunch on the patio at Savannah Joe's Bar-B-Cue. Those who prefer burgers or vegetarian options may go across the street to NN Burgers.

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 invites all riders back to his 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.

We need a head count for the restaurants and for Steve's party. Please notify one of the ride leaders no later than noon Friday, September 4 if you plan to come.

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.

September 7 (Monday) Labor Day Ride and Picnic
B (16 mph) 8:30 am 49 3 One Jeanne Minnix
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A 8:30 am 49 3 One Andrew Mann
B+ 8:30 am 49 3 One Dee Nuckols, 804-749-3400,
B 8:30 am 49 3 One Jim Lee
B/C 9:30 am 26 3 One TBD

Description : Come out and join Dee and Suzanne for their annual Labor Day Ride and Picnic on Monday, September 7. There will be a 49 mile route that starts at 8:30 and a 26 mile route that starts at 9:30. Cold cuts and liquid refreshment will be provided, please bring a side dish or desert and a lawn chair. Lunch starts at 12:30. Please RSVP if you are attending the picnic.

Cue sheets: 49 mile route and 26 mile route.

Directions: The Nuckols' address is 11301 Cedar a Glade Lane, Rockville, Va. 23146

September 12 (Saturday) Heart of Virginia Bike Festival
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
all 8 am 101 3 several self directed - English Century
all 8:30 am 64 3 several self directed - Metric Century
all 9:00 am 34 3 one self directed - Half Metric Century
all 9:30 am 10 3 none self-directed—Family Ride

Description: Join us for the annual Heart of Virginia Bike Festival! There’s something for every rider. Saturday’s rides feature a 10 mile Family Ride, a 34 mile Half Metric Century, a 64 mile Metric Century and the Bon Secours Orthopaedic Institute Century (101 mile). The rides are supported with rest stops featuring high-energy refreshments. Upon returning, join us for an outstanding lunch. Cue sheets will be provided.

Note: There is a registration fee for this ride.

Visit for more information or to register online.

Directions: The rides start and finish at the Hanover County Government Complex (7497 County Complex Road, Hanover, VA 23069) on US Route 301 at just south of the intersection of Routes 54 and 301.

September 17 (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).

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: Friday, September 4, 2015

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