Monthly Rides

Monthly Rides for September, 2017

September 3 (Sunday) Rappahannock River Tour
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 10 am 43/30 3 Three Kenny Boles,
B 10 am 43/30 3 Three Sara Page,
C 10 am 43/30 3 Three Jack Huber,

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. All 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.

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 restaurant and for Steve's party. Please notify one of the ride leaders no later than noon Friday, September 1 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 20 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 on-street parking along King Carter Drive.

September 4 (Monday) Labor Day Doughnut Run
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
C-/D 6:30 am 27 4 Several Wes Surina, 687-3117 ,

Description and Directions: Come join me on Labor 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).

Link to cue sheets and GPX files of full route: Doughnut Ride 27 miler.

Links for two shorter return options: Doughnut Run 23 WoodmanDoughnut Run 23 Glenside.

September 4 (Monday) Labor Day Ride and Picnic

Join Suzanne and Dee Nuckols for their annual Labor Day Ride and Picnic from their home (11301 Cedar Glade Lane, Rockville, Va. 23146) on Sept. 4. Come on out and ride and picnic, or just join us in picnicing and socializing. They will have some hand-turned wood bowls and honey for sale to benefit "Bikes for Kids.

The rides start at 8:30 or 9:00 am and lunch at 12 noon. Cold cuts and liquid refreshments will be provided. Please bring a side dish or desert and a lawn chair. Please RSVP to Dee at by Saturday, Sept. 2, if you are attending the picnic.

There will be rides of 26, 39, and 49 miles with different paces. The pace group informationis shown below:

  • Mike Moore. A pace, 49 miles, 8:30 am start
  • Ray Reed. A- pace, 49 miles, 8:30 am start
  • Konrad Orta. B+ pace. 49 miles, 8:30 am start
  • Dee Nuckols. B+ pace. 49 miles, 8:30 am start
  • Robert Mullins. B pace. 39 miles, 8:30 am start
  • Randy Wendell. B pace. 26 miles, 9 am start
  • Margaret Maslak. C pace. 26 miles, 9 am start

Directions; West I-64, exit Oilville, right on 617, straight on 620, right at Cedar Glade Lane, 2.8 miles from I-64. Note that the road may change names but just continue on same road.

September 9 (Saturday) Waverly Big Woods Tour
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B 9 am 40 4 One Sara Page,
C 9 am 40 4 One Jack Huber, 804-356-7018,

Description and Directions: Come down to Waverly for a late-summer ride through Sussex, Surry and Southampton Counties. The roads in the area are generally flat with light car traffic. The route will pass through the Big Woods Wildlife Management Area in Sussex County and past some plantings of the endangered long-leaf pine. Rest stop at the Circle K store in Wakefield. This is a new route, copies of the cue sheet will be available at the ride start or contact Jack for an advance copy or the GPS file. After the ride, everyone is welcome to have lunch together at Giuseppe's on Main Street in Waverly.

Meet behind the closed La Hacienda 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.

September 9 (Saturday) RATS Tandem Picnic
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B & C 9 am 32 3 Two Reed & Karen Nester, 757-869-2949,

Description: The RATS (Richmond Area Tandem Society) Annual Picnic is on Saturday, September 9. The rides start at Shelter 1 at Osborne Park and Boat Landing. The ride is open to everyone. Parts of the ride will be on the Virginia Capital Trail and Fort Harrison Battlefield Park. Riders will start together, separating out into B and C paces as we go along. The RATS Picnic will begin around noon when the ride ends.

Directions: The ride start, and the RATS picnic, will be at Osborne Park and Boat Landing, 9530 Osborne Turnpike, Henrico, VA 23223. We will be at Shelter 1, the shelter closest to the James River.

September 9 (Saturday) Scottsville Loop
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 9:30 am 64 2 1 Steve Carter-Lovejoy 640-9501

Description: This is an excellent ride to see more of the western reaches of the area, with 2 crossings of the James and some hills to get you up out of your seat. We'll stop for a good break in Scottsville. Please plan for longer than usual drive times to get to the start. I will be doing the 64 mile loop, there is a 41 mile option as well. Other ride leaders are encouraged - please contact me ASAP.

Directions: Meet in the town of Columbia, which on Rt 6, 36 miles west of the Parham Rd./Patterson Ave intersection. Park at the Columbia Corner Market (1 St James St, Columbia, VA 23038).

September 10 (Sunday) Lake Anna Loop
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A 8:30 am 66 2/3 One Mike & Kim Moore 358-0935

**Other Pace Leaders for same or shorter distances wanted**

Description: It's the last tune-up ride before the club's signature event, the Heart of Virginia metric century and English century on Sept 16. The ride leaders hope to have a good turnout to see the scenic areas around Lake Anna and to finish their training. Please bring plenty of fluids and extra food just in case stores are closed. If there are others who would like to co-lead a shorter route and/or more social pace, please contact Kim Moore by Friday, 9/8, so that she can get the word out. Cue sheets will be provided at the start.

Directions: The start / finish is in the center of Ashland, in the parking lot across from the AmTrak station, 112 N Railroad Ave, Ashland, VA 23005. Please plan for extra driving time due to Ashland being approximately 20 miles north of the Richmond metro area.

September 21 (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).

September 30/October 1 (Saturday/Sunday) RATS Eastern Shore Weekend
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B/C+ 10/9 am 32/39 3/3 One/One Reed & Karen Nester, 757-869-2949,

Description: Join the RATS (Richmond Area Tandem Society) for their Eastern Shore Weekend on September 30 and October 1. The rides are open to everyone, but lodging is on your own. The 32-mile Saturday ride will start at the Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge and will go to Cape Charles and back. The 39-mile Sunday ride will start at Wachapreague at 9:00 a.m., and will loop to Onancock and back, with an option to shorten the ride to 34 miles. Riders will start together, separating out into B and C+ paces as we go along.

Directions: The ride start for Saturday will be the Eastern Shore Wildlife Refuge, 32205 Seaside Road, Cape Charles, Virginia 23310 - please park in the portion of the parking lot closest to Seaside Road. The ride start for the Sunday ride will be Atlantic Avenue in Wachapreague, a block south of the Island House Restaurant located at 17 Atlantic Avenue, Wachapreague, VA 23480. From Richmond, take I-64 and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to reach the Eastern Shore.