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Weekly Rides for December, 2014


Sunday Spring Run/Beach Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 8 am 47 3 One Kris Van Allen, krislva@hotmail.com

Description and Directions: Meet at the VDOT parking lot at the intersection of Beach and Spring Run Roads in Chesterfield. The ride will go through the Spring Run, Beach and Woodpecker Road areas of Chesterfield County.

Sunday Powhatan Courthouse
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 1 pm 30 to 45 3 to 4 see below Barry and Martha Pullen, 561-3950
B 1 pm 30 to 45 3 to 4 see below Barry and Martha Pullen, 561-3950

Description: Meet at the Powhatan County Courthouse on Route 13. There are many nice rides from the Court House, mostly with good scenery and low traffic. The ride leaders will select a route that will be at least 30 miles with a longer option usually available. There may be no store stops. Maps and cue sheets will be available for those wishing to ride at their own pace. If the weather is doubtful, call the leaders to confirm if they will be riding.

Sunday Sunday Portabella Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
Various 1 pm 19-52+ 4 Various See list below

Leaders:

Description: This weekly ride starts at the rear of Portabella Ristorante located in the Varina Food Lion Shopping Center. It is a show and go ride like the Saturday ABC ride. There will be no pace group ride leaders; riders will form their own groups. Ride leaders for each Sunday, listed above, will provide a sign-up sheet and help new riders match up with riders of a similar pace. Riders will choose their own route. Cue sheets and maps for over a dozen rides ranging from 19 to 52 miles are available by clicking here. Print and bring your own cue sheet as none will be available at the ride.

Parking: Please park behind Portabella Ristorante in the rear of the shopping center. If this area is filled, park on the west (Richmond) side of the shopping center. Do not park in front of Portabella Ristorante or other areas in front of the shopping center.

Directions:Portabella Ristorante is located at 2627 New Market Road (Route 5 and Strath Road), Henrico, VA 23231. Park in the lot behind the building (See note above).

Monday New Kent Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
C+ 9:30 am 30-40 3 Varies Deana Sun,MaElDsun@aol.com

Description and Directions: This ride meets at a different location each week for a ride of 30-40 miles, often followed by lunch. Each week's location will be announced on the RABA message board on the preceding Friday or Saturday.

Monday Mondays with Mary
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 10 am 30-40 3 Some Mary Falterman, 741-2116, Barry Pullen, 561-3950

Description: The ride starts at a different location every week. Each week"s location will be announced to the RABA e-mail list. If you are not on the list, please contact one of the leaders.

Tuesday Tuesdays at Rockville
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 9 am 33 to 62 3 one Dee Nuckols,804-749-3400, sdnuckols@yahoo.com
Dick Hilliard, 273-6578,rhilliard1@verizon.net

Description: Please join us for a great ride through western Hanover, Goochland, and eastern Louisa. We leave from what is popularly referred to as the "Rockville Little League Fields". Cue sheets are always available. Often, we divide into more than one group as both faster and slower riders attend. The ride varies weekly and on the day before each ride, Dee or Dick sends out a message on the club email list announcing the distance and other particulars of the ride.

Directions: Headed west from Richmond, take the Rockville/Manakin exit off of I-64. Go right at the top of the ramp onto Route 623 toward Ashland. Turn left at the first stoplight onto Pouncey Tract Rd. The little league fields are 3.8 miles to the left. The address is 17347 Pouncey Tract Road

Wednesday Retiree's Midweek Ride and Lunch
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B 10 am 25 to 40 Varies Varies Barry Pullen, 561-3950
C 10 am 25 to 40 Varies Varies Bud Vye, 262-9544

Description: This ride meets at a different location each week for a ride of 25 to 40 miles, followed by lunch. All riders are invited. Each week"s location will be announced to the RABA E-mail lists. If you are not on the list, please call Bud Vye, 262-9544 or Barry Pullen, 561-3950.

Wednesday Stratford Hills Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
Various 2 pm 18-32 2 None Dave McMillan, mcmillanmail@comcast.net

Description: This ride begins at the Stratford Hills Shopping Center, located at the corner of Forest Hill Avenue and Hathaway. The route follows Bicycle Route 1 west along Riverside Drive, Cherokee, and Old Gun to Robius Road, a distance of nine miles. Make a U-turn and retrace the route for an 18 mile ride or follow the cues for an 14 mile loop through Salisbury and back to Old Gun for the return and a 32 mile ride. Download the cue sheet here at http://www.raba.org/map/Stratford-Hills-to-Salisbury-32.pdf.

Wednesday Endorphin Fitness Wednesday Indoor Training Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
5 pm Andy Welch (804) 741-1599

Description: The Wednesday night ride is going to move indoors to Endorphin Fitness' cycle studio. There are 40 trainers and everyone is welcome to come and hook his or her bike up to one of them. The ride will start at 5 pm and go until 7 pm each week. There will be a movie playing on the screen each week as well. These movie rides are free for everyone.

Directions: Endorphin Fitness is located at 8908 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23229

Wednesday Ashland Dinner Club
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
C 7 pm 20 5 None Bill Britton, 804-347-5114, billbritton@comcast.net

Description and Directions: This nighttime ride leaves from the Laurel Park Shopping Center at the corner of Woodman and Hungary Roads. We ride to Ashland and have dinner before returning to Laurel Park.

The group will ride at a C or faster pace depending on the pleasure of the group.

Note: The ADC is a nighttime ride. It is not recommended for novice riders! You must be comfortable with group riding and be confident with your bike handling skills. Adequate lights, blinkies and reflective clothing are absolutely mandatory. Two rear blinkies and a primary plus spare headlight is strongly recommended.

Remember to bring:

  • at least one headlight which provides enough light to illuminate the road in front of you. A second, spare light with charged batteries is strongly recommended.
  • at least one bright-red blinkie for the rear of your bike. (Two are recommended.)
  • fully charged and/ or spare batteries for all lights.
  • lots of reflective clothing, vests, legbands, and/or armbands.

CHECK ALL LIGHTS AND BATTERIES BEFORE YOU GET TO LAUREL PARK. CALL THE RIDE LEADER IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

Thursday Unemployed Cyclists Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+/B 10 am Varies 3 Varies Jerry McGuinn, 291-8468, jerrymcguinn@gmail.com
Bob Gore, 804 370-9906, gorerm0715@gmail.com

Description: This ride covers parts of central Hanover County and the surrounding areas, which offer a lot of beautiful countryside. Most routes include a few good hills. Some routes do not have a store stop, so bring plenty of water. Notwithstanding the name of the ride, everyone is invited to join us, whether employed or not.

Directions: The ride starts and finishes at the Hanover County Government Complex (often called the "Hanover Courthouse"). The Hanover County Government Complex (7497 County Complex Rd., Hanover, VA 23069) is on US Route 301 just south of the intersection of Routes 54 and 301. From I-295, take Exit 41 onto Route 301, travel north for approximately 10.5 miles and turn right onto County Complex Rd. From I-95, take Exit 92 (Rt. 54 East) towards Hanover. Travel approximately 5 miles to the intersection with Rt. 301. Turn right onto Rt. 301. Travel approximately one-half mile and turn left onto County Complex Rd.

Friday Fridays at Hylas
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A/B++ 10 am 30-35 2/3 1 Dennis Conrad, 804-366-9317
A/B++ 10 am 30-35 2/3 1 Joe Kent, 804-301-4018, jfkent3@gmail.com

Description and Directions: The ride will start and end at the Berea Baptist Church at the intersection of 623 (Ashland Road) and 271 (Pouncey Tract Road). To get there, take I-64 West to Exit 173 (Rockville/Manakin), go right (north) on 623 and travel 2.5 miles to the Berea Baptist Church on your right just before the intersection with 271. The ride will vary each week. Maps and cue sheets will be available for those wishing to ride at their own pace.

Saturday The Ashland Breakfast Club (ABC)
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
Varies 8:30 to 9:00 am 20 to 50+ 5 Some See list below

Leaders:

  • Dec 6    John Moore
  • Dec 13    Gregg Hillmar
  • Dec 20    Gregg Hillmar
  • Dec 27    Chuck Jajesnica

Description and Directions: This ride leaves from the Laurel Park Shopping Center at the corner of Woodman and Hungary Roads. The basic ride is ten almost flat miles to Ashland where riders stop at Hardees or Ashland Coffee & Tea for breakfast or hot or cold drinks before retracing the route back to Laurel Park. There are a number of variations to this ride with many riders choosing a 30 mile route to the Coffee Shop while others prefer the basic route where they then meet up with other riders interested in doing additional miles before returning to the starting point. Riders may join the ride leader"s group or form a group of their own based on preferred pace and distance.

Unlike most RABA rides, this ride does not have a group start. Riders may sign the ride sheet and depart anytime. If you are new to this ride, please introduce yourself to the ride leader and he or she will assist you in finding other club members who ride your pace. Maps and cue sheets are available for those wishing to ride at their own pace. Riders arriving after the ride leader has left will find the sign-up sheet and route maps on the ride leader"s car.

Saturday Centerville Saturday Ride - [Food Lion]
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B/B+ 9:00 am 35-45 3 Some Robert Mullins, 338-2782 , rsm.mullins@gmail.com

Description:Come out on Saturday mornings and enjoy a ride through the rolling, rural countryside of Goochland, Hanover, and Louisa counties. We ride a variety of routes in the 35 to 45 mile range at an honest B+ pace. We also usually have a few riders who ride a faster pace on their own. A reminder including the cue sheet for the week's ride is typically sent via the mailing list on Thursday or Friday.

Directions:The ride leaves from the parking lot of the Food Lion in the Broadview Shopping Center in Centerville. The Food Lion is about 8 or 9 miles west on Broad Street from the Parham Rd intersection. If you're coming via I64 take exit 173 and turn left. In less that a mile turn right on Broad St and then the shopping center will be a few hundred feet on the right. Click here to see the shopping center location in Google Maps.

Saturday Bottoms Bridge Saturday Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A/B+ 9 am 37 2 None Lee Lamb (804-229-0015 or llamb@greenrock.net) & Gregg Johns

Description and Directions: Ride starts at the Food Lion in Bottoms Bridge on Route 60 (7300 Market Place Drive, Quinton, Va). From Richmond , take 64 East and get off on Exit 205. Bear right off the exit and go to the stop light. Make a left turn on 60 east. Food Lion is about 1/2 mile on the left. We will meet in the front of the parking lot facing Route 60. There is another Food Lion 1 mile away on 249, don't get confused. The ride incorporates most of the Black Creek ride, through eastern Hanover and western New Kent counties. It is about 37 miles. There are some hills and no stops. We will have cue sheets if needed. Contact Lee Lamb 804-229-0015 or llamb@greenrock.net

Saturday The Ashland Lunch Club (ALC)
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
Varies 11:30 am to 12:00 pm 20 to 50+ 5 Some See list below

Leaders:

  • Dec 6    John Moore
  • Dec 13    Gregg Hillmar
  • Dec 20    Ann Kaplan
  • Dec 27    Chuck Jajesnica

Description and Directions: This ride is held in fall/winter months only and is identical to the Ashland Breakfast Club (ABC) ride above except that it starts a little later so temperatures have a chance to warm up.

Maps and cue sheets are available for those wishing to ride at their own pace. Riders arriving after the ride leader has left will find the sign-up sheet and route maps on the ride leader's car.

Saturday Molly's Women Beginner Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
C 3 pm 16 3 None Amy Ballard, 214-957-2898, Amy.ballard@mollysbicycleshop.com

Description: This is a beginner C paced ride in Chester. Great for women who are training for triathlons and learning to ride in a group setting or anyone who starting riding and wants to get better at it. We can also use help from experienced riders who want to support more women getting out there and enjoying a group ride.

Directions: The ride starts at The Bucket Trade, 13131 Rivers Bend Blvd, Chester, VA 23836

2015 Monthly Road Ride Director: Kim Moore, 804-358-0935, luvs2cycle@yahoo.com 2015 Weekly Road Ride Director: Charlie Thomas, 804-747-3428, charlievthomas@gmail.com 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 Weekly Ride sign-up sheets to Charlie Thomas, 11901 Hunton Crossing Ct, Glen Allen, VA  23059 Ride times listed are departure times. Check RABA  E-mail distribution lists for latest updates
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