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Monthly Rides for April, 2014

April 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,

Description: This is the first 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.

April 5 (Saturday) Riding Through Dogtown (Prep Ride for Cap2Cap)
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A 9 am 62.4 4 1 Jan Waldron 804.938.9181
B+ 9 am 62.4 4 1 Ken Robertson 804.201.6839
B 9 am 62.4 4 1 email Ken if willing to lead
C+ 9 am 62.4 4 1 email Ken if willing to lead
C 9 am 62.4 4 1 email Ken if willing to lead

Description: Camden's Dogtown Market, was the starting point of several great rides last year. I'm going to keep the tradition going, and hope some B, C+, & C riders will volunteer to lead rides as well. Either the Metric, or the shorter 40 mile version.

Lunch afterward is always a treat! To read a review of the restaurant and get an idea of its menu, go to:

Directions: Free parking is available on the street or directly behind the restaurant. The address is 201 West 7th St (corner of Porter and 7th Streets), Richmond, VA 23224, (804) 745-6488. The restaurant is located on the first floor of the Corrugated Box Building

April 6 (Sunday) West End Loop Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 9:00 am 54 2 1 Steven Herzog, 337-1450,

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

April 12 (Saturday) A Ride Back in Time
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
C+ 9:00 am 40 5 Two Jack Huber, 282-3872,
C (no drop) 9:00 am 40 5 Two Chuck Jajesnica,543-8967,

Description: This is a joint ride for RABA and Williamsburg Area Cyclists and is a continuation of the monthly Waverly ride series. Chuck will lead a "no drop" group for those who prefer a leisurely pace. We will start in Waverly and head north on peaceful country roads into Surry County. A special attraction this month is a stop at the Surry County Historical Society"s restored country store at Carsley. Restrooms will be available across the road from the museum courtesy of the Carsley Methodist Church. Come and see what a rural general store was like 100 years ago. After the ride all participants are invited to have lunch together at Giuseppe"s in Waverly. You can download a map/cue sheet here.

Directions: Meet at the parking lot behind the now closed La Hacienda restaurant (101 S County Drive Waverly, VA 23890) at the corner of Routes 460 and 40 (Main Street) in the town of Waverly. From Richmond go south on I-95 or I-295 to Rt. 460 east (toward Norfolk). Please watch your speed as you enter Waverly by car -- speed limits are strictly enforced.

April 13 (Sunday) Maidens Adventure Loop
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A 9:30 am 50-60 2 One Kim and Mike Moore, 804-358-0935
B+ 9:30 am 54 2 One Noah Kaatz, 804-955-0582
B+ 9:30 am 38 2 One Jeanne Minnix, 405-6433,
B 9:30 am 38 2 One Marcio Elio Manique, 804-728-9212,
B 9:30 am 38 2 One Sara Page, 819-0168

Call or email Jeanne if you're willing to lead an C or D pace. Description: Here's a chance for adventure, some hills and a double crossing of the James River! NEW starting location: Goochland High School. The route follows Carl Armstrong's Maidens Adventure cue sheet, finding some sturdy ups and downs on the way to the Cartersville river crossing. The route returns along Cartersville/Cosby on the south side of the James crossing over Maidens boat landing before returning to the starting point. Make sure to download the cue sheet HERE bring it to the ride.

Directions: To get to Goochland High School (3250 River Road West):

  • from Interstate 64 take the Goochland exit at Rte 522, follow 522 south to River Road/Route 6 and turn right; the HS is on your right in less than a mile; or
  • follow Patterson Avenue/Route 6 west from Richmond; or
  • take Midlothian/Route 60 or Huguenot Trail/Rt 711 west to Route 522, follow 522 north to its merge with Route 6, and stay on River Road/Route 6 when Route 522 splits off to the right.
April 13 (Sunday) Mount Vernon Trail
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
D 9:30 am 38 3 several Bud Vye, 804-262-9544,

Description: Here's our annual quest to catch the cherry blossoms in full bloom. All gone two years ago, not fully out last year, maybe this year we'll catch them.

We'll stop at Balducci's Gourmet Deli in Alexandria to get sandwiches and drinks to take with us, so no need to bring your lunch from home, but better have a pannier or backpack to carry it in. As usual, we'll have lunch in front of the Lincoln Memorial, and will stop at the Vietnam Wall, the Einstein statue, the Korean War, World War II, FDR, George Mason, Jefferson and the new Martin Luther King Memorials, plus whatever special event may be taking place that day. Bring your camera! Road bikes, hybrids, and mountain bikes are all OK on this one, but I wouldn't try it with a tandem. If you are interested in carpooling, call Bud prior to the ride, since he may be able to take you in his car, or hook you up with someone else.

Directions: Meet at the Mount Vernon parking lot: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121 (approximately 1 hr. 40 min. driving time from the north side of Richmond). North on I-95 to Ft. Belvoir/Mt. Vernon exit, (do not get on the HOV lanes, since they have no exit for Ft. Belvoir/Mt. Vernon). North on Route 1 thru Ft. Belvoir to a right on Mt. Vernon Parkway.

April 16 (Wednesday)- 7 to 8 pm RABA April Monthly Meeting

Location: Dumbarton Library 6800 Staples Mill Road, Henrico, VA 23228

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, RABA and the Richmond Triathlon Club ( will hold a joint membership meeting. Our guest will be Sgt. Tim Kehoe of the Chesterfield County Police. Sgt. Kehoe is an experienced triathlete who regularly runs and bicycles on roadways. He will be addressing the need for balance between safety and rights of motorists, pedestrians, runners and bicyclists on the road and answering questions about what is -and- isn't the law.

Please come and join us!

April 19 (Saturday)Charles City Cruise
B+9:00 am 414TwoTed Moreland, 757-258-0715,
B9:00 am 414TwoReed & Karen Nester, 757-869-2949,
C+9:00 am 414TwoJack Huber, 804-282-3872,

Description: Join us for a cruise around the scenic back roads of Charles City County. This is a joint ride for RABA, Williamsburg Area Bicyclists (WAB) and Richmond Area Tandem Society (RATS). The route starts at the historic Charles City Courthouse, loops through Ruthville, then heads west to the Malvern Hill battlefield before returning to Charles City. Less than two miles of the ride is on Route 5. There will be store stops at the Horizon store on Charles City Road, and at Colonial Mart on Roxbury Road. 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.

April 21 (Monday) Bike Virginia Training Rides in New Kent
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
C 9 am 27 3 Varies Deana Sun,

Description: One of 5 rides (April 21- 27 miles; May 5- 53 miles; May 19- 64 miles; June 2- 53 miles; June 16- 27 miles) to help get ready for Bike Virginia though everyone is welcome. Other paces and distances are welcome. Maps are cue sheets are available at the kiosk outside the NK Visitor's Center, for 27, 53, 64, 77 & 103 miles. Routes are well marked. Deana can provide information about possible rest stops on all routes.

If you are interested in leading a different pace and/or distance, please contact Deana and she will add your information to the announcement.

Directions: Ride starts at the New Kent Visitor Center (just off I-64 exit 211 towards Talleysville -double back on the round about to reach the visitors center)

April 26 (Saturday) Smithfield Lunch Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B 10 am 45+ 4 One Rich Thompson, 757-291-2548,

Description: Rich Thompson invites you to join him for a joint RABA/WAB Spring ride to historic Smithfield, VA for lunch and back. The ride will originate at the historic Jamestown Settlement and ride highlights will include passage on the Jamestown/Scotland Ferry followed by beautiful panoramic views of country farmland/scenery as we pedal through Surry County to our ultimate destination of Smithfield, VA. We will dine either at the Smithfield Bakery in the historic section of town or at Smithfield Station on the waterfront. Restaurant selection will be based on the size of our confirmed group and seating availability? Therefore, if you decide to join in on this fantastic ride, make sure that you bring some cash and or your credit card.

Also, please confirm your spot on the ride by NO LATER THAN 12 PM on Friday, April 25 so that he can make the appropriate lunch reservations. Remember, NO CONFIRMATION, NO RIDE.

Directions: Meet at Jamestown Settlement Parking Lot/Across The VA Capital Trail Trail Head/Information Kiosk 2110 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Special Note: We will leave the Jamestown Settlement Parking Lot By No Later Than 10:15 AM to Catch the 10:30 AM Ferry Over To Surry County!!!!

April 26 (Saturday) Cannon Run Trail and Earth Day Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
C 11:30 am 25+/- 3 several Bud Vye, 804 262-9544,

Description : As we've done in past years, RABA riders will ride from Laurel Park shopping center downtown to take part in the Earth Day events. Wear your RABA jersey and join Bud for the ride down to Shockoe Bottom Farmers Market, by way of the Cannon Run Trail (where we will check out the recently completed upper section), see what the new jail looks like (from the outside), ride the western section of the Capital Trail over to Shiplock Park to check on the condition of my bench, and stop at Carl Armstrong's monument for a brief remembrance of Carl before heading over to the Farmer's Market to check out the music, exhibits and food vendors, before riding back to Laurel Park by a different route. Join us for a very interesting ride and to help RABA make a good showing on Earth Day.

For those looking for more mileage, you've got time to do the ABC Ride, before joining us to head downtown.

Directions: Since the festivities are scheduled to run from 11:30 am all afternoon, we will leave from Laurel Park SC at 11:30 in order to give ABC riders time to ride to Ashland and back and then join the group.

April 27 (Sunday) Steve’s Training Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 9 am 50 2 1 Steve Herzog, 337-1450,

Description: You should be comfortable riding with traffic to come on this ride as we will be riding on Patterson Avenue for several miles as we make our way from western Henrico to eastern Goochland and back again. There are lots of rollers in the middle of this ride and a few good hills.

Directions: Meet at the Shoppes at Wellesley parking lot located at the corner of Lauderdale Drive and Park Terrace Drive in western Henrico County at 3434 Lauderdale Drive.

2014 Monthly Road Ride Director: Kim Moore, 804-358-0935, 2014 Weekly Road Ride Director: Jim Venning, 550-7250, 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

Today is: Friday, April 18, 2014

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