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Monthly Rides for July, 2017

July 1 (Saturday) Group Rides for New Riders
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
All 8:00 am Varies 4 one Wes Surina, 804-687-3117,

Description and Directions: This year we are going to be making some changes to the New Rider Ride. We are moving the ride out of Laurel Park Shopping Center. We will be hosting the ride at Dorey Park (2999 Darbytown Rd, Henrico, VA 23231). The ride will start at the rear of the park near the lake and picnic shelters. The D and C groups will be riding on the Trail while the C+, B and A will be riding the routes that we have for the RABA picnic. We are looking for volunteers to lead all of the pace groups. This is where RABA shines, welcoming new riders of all levels into our club. If you are able to help lead a pace and distance, we have several from which to choose.

Pace Distance Description
D 10 miles 5 miles out on the trail and come back
D 25 miles Go to the Roxbury Road intersection and return
C 25 miles Go to the Roxbury Road intersection and return
C+ 30 miles Dorey Park to Horizon & Warriner Rd Loop - 30 Mile Route
B 30 miles Dorey Park to Horizon & Warriner Rd Loop - 30 Mile Route
B+ 48 miles Dorey Park--Black Creek Loop - 48 Mile Route
A 48 miles Dorey Park--Black Creek Loop - 48 Mile Route

Please contact me if you are able to help. Even if you do not want to lead please come out and support new riders and enjoy a different ride.

July 1 (Saturday)- 8:15 a.m. Adopt a Highway Trash Pick Up and Ride

Information: Bud Vye, 262-9544,

Description: This is our second trash pickup of the year. Lets have a big group out there so we can continue our recent practice of knocking out this task in about an hour and 20 minutes. After the job is completed, the club will treat the pickers to a muffin and coffee at Ashland Coffee & Tea, following which the pickers who wish to do so may ride. As always, bring your gloves and wear long trousers over your riding outfit.

Directions: Meet at the south end of RABA’s adopted highway segment, which is on Route 626 just across the railroad tracks from the old Elmont Market, at the intersection of Elmont Road and Old Elmont Road on the ABC Route.

July 3 (Monday) Reedville Lunch, Ice Cream and Ferry Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 10 am 41 some hills 3+ Kenny Boles (Northern Neck Cycling club)
B 10 am 41 some hills 3+ Sara Page,
C 10 am 41 some hills 3+ Jack Huber, 804-356-7018,

Description: Meet in Heathsville on Route 360 for a fun ride on the Northern Neck. From Heathsville, the route travels to Cockrell's Creek Seafood and Deli for lunch. 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 Sunny Bank ferry and head back to Heathsville. The cue sheet and GPX file for your bike GPS are on the RABA website. We will probably linger awhile at the various stops. Plus, it can take some time for everyone to get across the river on the ferry (Coast Guard regulations only allow six passengers per trip). Therefore riders should plan to spend most of the day enjoying the beautiful Northern Neck. We expect to be joined by some members of the local Northern Neck cycling club and the Williamsburg Area Cyclists.

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 at least 1.5 hours.

July 4 (Tuesday) Independence Day Doughnut Run
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
C-/D6:30 am274SeveralWes Surina, 687-3117 ,

Description and Directions: Come join me on the 4th of July, Independence Day, for an early morning ride. This is a casual ride to enjoy being on the bike, being with friends, and...aww, who am I kidding. It's about the DOUGHNUTS and riding "hole"-istically! The ride starts and ends at Laurel Park Shopping Center (Hungary and Woodman).

July 4 (Tuesday) July 4 Parade Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A 8:30 am 51 3 One Mike & Kim Moore 804-358-0935
B+ 8:30 am 44 3 One Dee Nuckols 804-749-3400
B 8:30 am 44 3 One Robert Mullins 804-338-2782

Description: The Deep Run HS evening ride is cancelled so that the Moores can join Dee and his Tuesday morning Rockville Ride crew to go to Beaverdam to see the annual 4th of July Parade! Once they arrive at Beaverdam, they may get some ice cream from the Amoco station and definitely enjoy the spectacle of fire trucks, truck floats and other fun. It's been some years since the Moores led this holiday ride. Thanks to Dee for allowing this joint ride to happen!

Directions: Take I-64 West, get off at the Rockville/Manakin exit. Go right at the top of the ramp onto Route 623 toward Ashland. Turn left at the first stoplight onto Pouncey Tract Rd. Drive 3.8 miles, fields are on the left. The address is 17347 Pouncey Tract Road

July 8 (Saturday) South to Stony Creek
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B 9 am 52 4 Two Sara Page,
C 9 am 52 4 Two Jack Huber, 804-356-7018,

Description: Come 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 quick stop to check out the cannon left at Stony Creek by retreating Confederates in 1864. As with most of the Waverly rides, 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 cue sheet is on the RABA website and 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 9 (Sunday) Frog Level Metric
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A 8 am 62 2 One Mike & Kim Moore 804-358-0935

**38 mile route available - Ride Leader Wanted**

Description and Directions: It's a classic ride, in a figure 8 pattern, using a route developed years ago, with some challenging hills of Hanover, Caroline Counties and beyond. The route is similar to the one being used for the Heart of Virginia metric, so come out and get a taste of what is to come on September 16. Please bring extra food and fluids as it may be quite warm this time of the year. **The ride leaders are looking for other pace leaders for a shorter route of 38 miles or the metric. Please contact the Moores by Thursday, July 6, if interested so that they can advertise to the club.**

Start and end at Hanover County Government Complex, 7497 County Complex Rd., Hanover, VA 23069, off of Route 301, near the junction of Route 301 and Rt 54.

July 15th (Saturday) Mount Vernon Trail
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
D 10 am 38 3 several Diana Nunez, 804-317-4779 (text)

Description: Come and see the Nations Monument and have lunch on the Mall

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, email or text Diana prior to the ride, since she may be able to take you in her car, or hook you up with someone else. Those wanting to meet and ride up together meet at the Martins in Ashland, VA at 8 AM.

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.

July 20 (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 23 (Sunday) Andrew's Birthday Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 8:00 am Various 3 1 Andrew Mann 804-266-9048,

Description and Directions: Come out and wish Andrew Mann happy birthday with a ride out of Glen Allen Elementary school (11101 Mill Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060). The ride will work it's way up to a meeting in Ashland for a short break and returning to the elementary school.

July 29 (Saturday) Surry Steamer
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B 9:15 am 50 4 Two Sara Page,
C 9:15 am 50 4 Two Jack Huber, 804-356-7018,

Description: Meet behind the Surry Government Center (45 School St, Surry, VA 23883), located on School Street just off Rt. 31/10 in the town of Surry. This is a joint ride with the Williamsburg Area Bicyclists (WAB). We will ride on the quiet back roads of Surry and Sussex Counties to Waverly. There will be a rest stop in the middle of the ride at a store with rest rooms 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. Or take Rt. 5 east to Rt. 106, cross the Benjamin Harrison Bridge and turn left on Rt. 10. 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 30 (Sunday) Beaverdam Ice Cream Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A 8 am 58 3 One Mike & Kim Moore 804-358-0935

Description: The Moores are digging up rides from the past to share with newer members. Let's head out from the Far West End to the small town of Beaverdam in Hanover County by way of lesser traveled roads. The Amoco station will be our rest stop, but please bring extra fluids and food just in case it operates on "country hours" (aka whenever the workers feel like opening). We are starting a little early so that we can beat the heat!

Directions: 4801 Twin Hickory Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23059. Take I-64 West to I-295; get off on the Nuckols Road North Exit. Go approx 3/4 mile, left turn onto Twin Hickory Rd (traffic light/intersection). Go approx 1 mile, high school will be on your right

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, July 24, 2017

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