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Weekly Rides for April, 2014


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).

Sunday (Note: Time Change) 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

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.

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.

MondayChesterfield County Ride
PaceTimeMilesTerrainStopsLeader
A6 pm253NoneSee below
B+6 pm253NoneDouglas Macauley, ddmacauley@comcast.net

Description: Come ride on some smooth, and scenic back roads in Chesterfield County. Only 4 stop signs. I will be leading an aspiring A-/B+ group pace. We don't have any riders designated other paces (please contact me if interested!) but I will insure that no one is left behind! Maps will be available to those wishing to ride at their own pace. The ride will be cancelled if there is a high probability of rain so check your email if the weather is questionable. Please note that on the first Monday of each month I will not lead but use the cue sheet for self guided ride.

Directions: The ride leaves from the Clover Hill Athletic Complex on Gentio Road. The Clover Hill Athletic Complex is on the south side of the road 4.4 miles west of the intersection of Charter Colony and Genito. We will meet in the parking lot.

Monday Start the Week at West Creek
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
Varies 6:00 pm 6-30 3 many Chris Cook, 804-512-8207 chrisck@aol.com

Description: Riders can ride this 6-mile loop for as many miles as they want up to and beyond 30 miles. All ride levels are invited to attend. Be sure to have one white front light and a red blinkie for the rear of your bike.

Directions: Meet at the Virginia Farm Bureau parking lot (the one closest to the parkway) at 12580 West Creek Parkway. Take the Patterson Ave., exit off of Route 288 and head west (away from Richmond) for approximately one mile, turn right on the West Creek Parkway.

Tuesday Tuesdays at Rockville
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B+ 9 am 33 to 62 3 one Bill Whitworth, 708-0932 , whitworth2@verizon.net
Jim Denoon, 370-6252

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, Bill or Jim 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

TuesdayPortabella Ride
PaceTimeMilesTerrainStopsLeader
Various5:45 pmVarious4NoneSee below

Leaders:

  • April 1- John Senn
  • April 8- Ken Robertson
  • April 15- Randy Rosemond
  • April 22- Chuck Jajesnica
  • April 29- Dave McMillan

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 Tuesday, 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 several routes from 19-33 miles are available at http://raba.org/cuemap.php?rname=&start=7. Print and bring your own cue sheet as none will be available at the ride.

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

Tuesday Deep Run High School Options
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A+/A 5:50 pm 29-32 2 None Mike & Kim Moore, 358-0935

Description and Directions: Riders should have a strong fitness level, be very comfortable in fast pacelines and have good bicycle handling skills before attempting this ride. However, other paces are welcome to ride on their own as maps will be provided. Because this area of town is choked with houses and traffic, obeying traffic laws and riding single file are a must! To get to the start, take I-64 West to I-295; take the Nuckols Road North Exit. Go approx 3/4 mile, left turn onto Twin Hickory Rd (traffic light/intersection). Go approx 3/4 mile, high school will be on your right. Please park to the right side of the school, in the parking area furthest away from the football field.

Tuesday Hanover Courthouse After Work Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A++ 6 pm Varies 3 None Matt Satterwhite, 357-7490, giantbls@comcast.net
Wayne Flood, 641-0556, sept1flood@comcast.net
A+ 6 pm Varies 3 None Rick Whittington, 363-4861, rick@rickwhittington.com
A 6 pm Varies 3 None Ken Kolb, 357-6076, kwkolb@verizon.net
Andrew Mann, 266-9048, rabamann@aol.com
B+/B 6 pm Varies 3 None TBD
B 6 pm Varies 3 None Tom Hesel, 405-4053, t.rush@greenupturf.com

Description: The route varies from week to week with routes with multiple mileage options starting and ending at the Hanover Government Center (i.e., Hanover Courthouse) parking lot. The slower pace groups will ride one of the shorter options and the faster pace groups will ride one of the longer options so that everyone finishes around the same time. The pace group leaders will announce the mileage for their group at the ride start. The pace groups will be spaced out at the ride start to avoid large groups of cyclists on the road.

Important Safety Note: This ride is often very well attended which creates the potential for large pace groups. Large pace groups tend to yo-yo increasing the likelihood of wheel bumps. Also, large pace groups are frustrating to motorists trying to get home from work on curvy country roads. That can result in frustrated drivers passing in an unsafe manner. Consequently, the ride leaders may group riders into smaller groups at the ride start in order to minimize large pace groups. Please cooperate with the ride leaders if they ask you to break into a smaller group. Also, do not regroup at stops if that will result in a large pace group. Pace groups should be no larger than 6 to 10 riders. Groups of less than 6 are preferred. The pace groups are spaced out at the ride start to avoid large groups of cyclists on the road.

The routes for this month are:

Date Route Dinner
April 1 Dabneys Mill Options- 21, 22, 28 or 33 mile options and GPX files. Marty's Grill
April 8 River Road Options-18, 24, 29 or 33 mile options and GPX files. Marty's Grill
April 15 Mt. Gideon Options- 19, 24, 31 or 36 mile options and GPX files. Marty's Grill
April 22 Dabneys Mill Options- 21, 22, 28 or 33 mile options and GPX files. Marty's Grill
April 29 River Road Options- 18, 24, 29 or 33 mile options and GPX files. Marty's Grill

Paper cue sheets are not provided. You should print your own cue sheet prior to coming to the ride.

New members and those just getting started (or re-started) with cycling are encouraged to come out. After the ride, everyone who is interested has dinner at a local restaurant (cycling clothes are fine for dinner).

Directions: The ride starts and finishes at the Hanover County Government Complex (7497 County Complex Road, Hanover, VA 23069) on US Route 301 at just south of the intersection of Routes 54 and 301.

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 Endorphin Fitness Wednesday Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
Various 5:30 pm 30 3 None Andy Welch (804) 741-1599

Description: The ride starts at Endorphin Fitness and heads out toward River Road and into beautiful Goochland horse country before looping back to the start. Total distance approx 30 miles. All ride paces are welcome. Please bring plenty of fluid and food with you as there are no store stops on the loop. Parking will be in the Endorphin Fitness parking lot. The route is here. Be sure to bring your blinkies this month as we're going to be racing a quickly setting sun!

Directions: Ride start is from Endorphin Fitness, 8908 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23229

Wednesday Chesterfield County Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A 6 pm 25 3 None See below
B/B+ 6 pm 25 3 None Al & Lois Farrell 744-9306 lojafarrell@verizon.net

Description: Join Lois and Al for this ride on some smooth, scenic, and generally little traveled back roads in Chesterfield County. We will be leading an aspiring B+ group pace (i.e., in the low 16s). There is nearly always a group of faster (A/A+) rid ers to join if you are so inclined, but currently no designated A pace leader (please contact us if interested!). Maps will be available to those wishing to ride at their own pace. Shorter options are available. We generally do not ride if there is a high probability of rain so check your email if the weather is questionable.

Directions: The ride leaves from the Bethia Methodist Church at the corner of Winterpock and Beach. Take Hull Street 2.2 miles west of 288. Turn left at the light just past Lowes onto Winterpock. The church is 2.8 miles on the right just before the Stop sign at Beach. Please park in the front parking lot away from the church. Be sure to allow time for traffic on Hull Street on your way to the ride.

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 9 am Varies 3 Varies Jim Denoon, 370-6252

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.

Thursday BDR (Before Dinner Ride)
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B/B+ 5:45 pm 20-30 3 None Gary Thabet, 402-9105, gethabet@gmail.com
Gregg Hillmar, 683-2503, bike@hillmardesign.com
David McMillan, 337-2710, mcmillanmail@comcast.net
C 5:45 pm 20-30 3 None Chuck Jajesnica, 543-8967, cervelo55@verizon.net
D 5:45 pm 20-30 3 None John Moore, jmoore216@comcast.net

Description: This ride leaves from the Laurel Park Shopping Center at the corner of Woodman and Hungary Roads. The twenty mile route follows the ABC route which is almost flat to Ashland and back to Laurel Park Shopping Center. Longer routes have a few hills. Leaders will make sure that no one is dropped from their group, regrouping as often as needed. This ride is open to all cyclists. Due to the possibility of returning in low light, each rider should have a working headlight and a rear blinkie. After the ride join your fellow riders for dinner at Maria's or another local restaurant.

Directions: Laurel Park Shopping Center (9500 Woodman Rd, Richmond, VA 23228) at Hungary and Woodman Roads.

Thursday West End Manakin Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B/B+ 5:45 pm 28/30 3 None Mike Dieter, 804-314-6616; Godieter@aol.com,

Description: Enjoy a ride with lots of rolling hills, a few climbs, and nice scenery in eastern Goochland and western Hanover. We will start with shorter options until daylight allows us to do the 29 and 30 mile options. The 30 mile option includes a mile climb on Patterson Avenue at the end of the ride, the 29 mile option avoids this climb. This is a great way to get your legs in shape quick! Remember your blinkie.

Directions: Meet at Dover Baptist Church, 635 Manakin Road, Manakin-Sabot, VA. Take Patterson Avenue (Route 6) west. Once you pass the traffic light at the intersection of Patterson/Lauderdale in western Henrico, continue west on Patterson approximately 4.6 miles. Turn right on Manakin Road (Route 621) which is just after the fire station. Go about mile on Manakin Road to Dover Baptist Church which is on the right. The church has asked us to park on the right hand side of the parking lot, as far away from the church as possible

Thursday Crump Park Options
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A++ 6 pm 24-38 2-4 None Mike Moore, 358-0395; mike_moore@yahoo.com
A+ 6 pm 24-38 2-4 None Jeff Nicklas 833-5382; jnicklas@shoneysofrichmond.com
Jan Waldron; 938-9181; alienaardvark@gmail.com
Kim Moore, 358-0395; luvs2cycle@yahoo.com
A 6 pm 24-38 2-4 None Andrew Mann; 266-9048; rabamann@aol.com
Nick Morgan 912-0363; mrgn.nick@gmail.com
Dave Murray; 804-240-0891; dmurrayva@gmail.com
B+ 6 pm 24-38 4 None Self-led
Description: This evening ride features multiple distances beginning in Henrico county progressing through Ashland and western Hanover County. We have prepared cue sheets of 4 distances on roads familiar to all RABA riders. The shortest ride is 24 miles and basically flat. The longest is 38 miles and ascends 3 Sisters, Rocketts Mill, and Horseshoe. Each week the ride leaders will choose the distance for their group.

Download the cue sheet here.

Directions: To get to the start, please take Staples Mill Rd/Rt 33 West. Turn right onto Mountain Rd. Remain on Mountain Rd for approximately 1.3 miles - park entrance will be on the left. Look for bicyclists in the back lot, in the rear of the park.

Friday Fridays at Hylas
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A/B++ 10 am 35-40 3 Some Dennis Conrad, 804-366-9317
A/B++ Mike Wallace, 804-514-9580

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 8:00 to 8:30 am 20 to 50+ 5 Some See list below

Leaders:

  • Apr 05     Sara Page
  • Apr 12     Gregg Hillmar
  • Apr 19     Gary Thabet
  • Apr 26     Dave McMillan

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 Endorphin Fitness Saturday Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
Various 8:00 am 30 3 None Andy Welch (804) 741-1599

Description: The ride starts at Endorphin Fitness and heads out toward River Road and into beautiful Goochland horse country before looping back to the start. Total distance approx 30 miles. All ride paces are welcome. Please bring plenty of fluid and food with you as there are no store stops on the loop. Parking will be in the Endorphin Fitness parking lot. The route is here

Directions: Ride start is from Endorphin Fitness, 8908 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23229

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.

2014 Monthly Road Ride Director: Kim Moore, 804-358-0935, luvs2cycle@yahoo.com 2014 Weekly Road Ride Director: Jim Venning, 550-7250, jalisvenn@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 2014 Weekly Ride sign-up sheets to Jim Venning, 9136 Fox Hill Race Court, Mechanicsville, VA  23116-3179 Ride times listed are departure times. Check RABA  E-mail distribution lists for latest updates
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