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Monthly Rides for August, 2016

July 2 (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 our last New Rider Ride for the year. It 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.

August 13 (Saturday) Waverly Watermelon Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B 9 am 43 4 One Sara Page,
C 9 am 43 4 One Jack Huber, 804-282-3872,

Description: Come on down to Waverly for a traditional summer ride! There will be a special rest stop hosted by Surry County's Watermelon Lady featuring local watermelon and cantaloupe plus other refreshments. The terrain is mostly flat and the traffic volume is very low. This year the route has been revised. Cue sheets will be available at the start of the ride, contact Jack if you'd like a copy beforehand or if you want the GPX file for your Garmin. This is a joint ride for RABA and Williamsburg Area Bicyclists. After the ride join members of the group for lunch in Waverly at Giuseppe's.

Directions: Meet at the parking lot behind the former 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 park in the paved portion of the parking lot and remember that speed limits are strictly enforced in Waverly.

August 13 (Saturday)Tour de COTU
B+9:30 am423OneAndrew Mann
B9:30 am423OneEd Hellermann

Description and Directions: Meet at the Center of the Universe Brewery (11293 Air Park Rd, Ashland, VA 23005), aka COTU, for a ride through Hanover County. The route is here: Enjoy the ride, come back to COTU, and have a libation or two.

August 14 (Sunday) RABA Annual Picnic Rides
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A 8:30 am 50 3 One Mike & Kim Moore 358-0935
B+ 8:30 am 50 3 One Andrew Mann and Gregg Hillmar
B+ 8:30 am 41 3 One Ken Robertson
B 8:30 am 32 3/4 One or two Jim Lee and Deb Young
B 8:30 am 30 3/4 One David Miller
C 9 am 25 3/4 One Wayne Davis (Capital Trail Route)
D 9 am 20 3/4 One or two Peggy Merritt and Wes Surina, Trail Route)

Description: There is a little something for everyone to ride, with staggered start times so that most groups will finish about the same time to go the picnic together! Ride leaders may go on the Virginia Capital Trail for some or all parts of their rides as the new connector from Dorey Park to the VCT opened some weeks ago. Please get to the ride in plenty of time to prep yourself, your bike and your food dish (if you are staying for the picnic at 12 Noon). Parking may be tight as this is a popular park in the East End. Please bring lots of fluids as it is hot this time of the year and stores may not be open.

Directions: The event will start at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd: Take I-64 East. Continue on I-64 East until you reach the Laburnum Ave exit. Take a right at the stoplight onto Laburnum Ave. Continue on Laburnum Ave, crossing Williamsburg Rd, then Charles City Rd, and then pass the Nabisco factory. Continue on to Darbytown Rd. Take a left onto Darbytown Rd and stay on it for approximately 1.5 miles. Dorey Park will be on your right. Drive to the back of the park; shelters are on the right.

August 18 (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).

August 28 (Sunday) RATS Roxshire-to-Tredegar on Bike Route 1 Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B/C+ 9 am 31/20 3 Two Frank Zwemer and Laura Brewer; 804-379-9120,

Description: Join the RATS (Richmond Area Tandem Society) for their Roxshire-to-Tredegar Ride along Bike Route 1. The ride starts in Roxshire (near Old Gun and Robious) at our house, and is open to everyone. The ride follows Bike Route 1 along the James River. Along the way we will ride by Pony Pasture, and potentially continue all the way to Tredegar Iron Works across the James River. Potential stops include coffee on Huguenot Road, stores at Stratford Hills, as well as store stops near VCU main-campus and the Jefferson Hotel. Or turn around anywhere along the ride. There will be potluck lunch at our house at the end of the ride.     Directions: The ride start is at our house in Roxshire—2413 Auger Place, Midlothian, 23113. (near Robious Road and Old Gun). Park in the cul-de-sac.

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: Saturday, August 27, 2016

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