Weekly Rides

Weekly Rides for March, 2017


Sunday Sunday D Pace
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
D 8:30 am 22 5 1 Wes Surina, (804) 234-4030, wessurina@gmail.com

Description and Directions: Start at Four Mile Creek parking area on Rt. 5. ( across from the Dairy Queen at I295 and Rt.5). Ride eastward 11 miles along the Capital Trail to the flashing light at Route 5/ Roxbury Rd. Then return back along the same route. This is a great ride for new riders wanting to ride with a group. All paces are welcome

Sunday Sunday Portabella Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
Various 1 pm 19-52+ 4 Various Ken Robertson, 804.201.6839, robertson12001@gmail.com, coordinates various ride leaders for the Sunday Portabella rides. Please contact Ken if you would like to volunteer as a ride leader.

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 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.

Monday Monday Ashland Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B/C+ 10 am Varies 3 Varies Trevor Calame, trvr.calame@verizon.net
Steve Bolte, sebolte@yahoo.com

Description and Directions: This ride leaves from the Laurel Park Shopping Center at the corner of Woodman and Hungary Roads. Routes and distances will be determined at departure and will vary from 10 to 20 miles or more to the Ashland rest stop at The Caboose Market & Cafe, 108 S. Railroad Avenue.

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.

Monday & Thursday Prince George Courthouse (Fort Lee) Rides
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A/B+/B 5:30 pm 22-34 4 None Chip England, cbe89usma@comcast.net
Jason Aileo, jason.p.aileo.civ@mail.mil
Stefan Muldez, muldezs@googlemail.com

Description and Directions: Rides depart weekly on Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 pm from the Prince George County Courthouse parking lot (Laurel Springs Road & Courts Drive). It's a mostly level rural ride with a few gentle hills. Currently riding A, B+, and/or B paces with other paces welcome to form. Route option distances average between 22 to 34 miles.

The routes vary from week to week selected by the ride leader. Routes start and end at the Prince George County Courthouse parking lot (public restrooms available). The slower pace groups may 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. Pace groups will be spaced out at the ride start to avoid large groups of cyclists on the road.

Paper cue sheets are not provided. You should print your own cue sheet prior to coming to the ride. GPX files and cue sheets are available on the RABA website, or provided by contacting the ride leader. New members and those just getting started (or re-started) with cycling are encouraged to come out. You will not be dropped and left behind.

Contact Route Leader's for route specifics

Date Route Leader Contact
Mar 20 & 23 Chip England cbe89usma@comcast.net
Mar 27 & 30 Jason Aileo jason.p.aileo.civ@mail.mil
Apr 3 & 6 Stefan Muldez muldezs@googlemail.com
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

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

Tuesday (Note: Ride Starts March 14) Hanover Courthouse After Work Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A See below Varies 3 None Matt Satterwhite, 357-7490, giantbls@comcast.net
B+ (Starts March 28)) Varies 3 None TBD

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
March 14 Start 5 pm River Road Options- 18, 24, 29 or 33 mile options and GPX files. Marty's Grill
March 21 Start 5 pm Mt. Gideon Options- 19, 24, 31 or 36 mile options and GPX files. Marty's Grill
March 28 Start 5:15 pm Dabneys Mill Options- 21, 22, 28 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 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
Brian McCahill, 389-6067
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 (Note Last Date of Ride is Mar. 8) 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.

Thursday Unemployed Cyclists Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A/B+ 10 am Varies 3 Varies 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.

Thursday (Note: Ride Starts March 16) BDR (Before Dinner Ride)
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B/B+ 5:15 pm 20-30 3 None Gary Thabet, 804-402-9105, gethabet@gmail.com
Gregg Hillmar, 804-683-2503, bike@hillmardesign.com
David McMillan, 804-337-2710, mcmillanmail@comcast.net
John Moore, 804-338-9668, jmoore216@comcast.net
D 5:15 pm 20 3 None Patti Faini & Monty Allen, 804-516-5672, monty.allen@gmail.com

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. The C pace is a no drop ride, but for other paces, leaders will generally try and 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 head-light and a rear blinkie. After the ride join your fellow riders for dinner, usually at Franco's on Staple's Mill Rd or another local restaurant.

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

Monday & Thursday Prince George Courthouse (Fort Lee) Rides
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A/B+/B 5:30 pm 22-34 4 None Chip England, cbe89usma@comcast.net
Jason Aileo, jason.p.aileo.civ@mail.mil
Stefan Muldez, muldezs@googlemail.com

Description and Directions: Rides depart weekly on Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 pm from the Prince George County Courthouse parking lot (Laurel Springs Road & Courts Drive). It's a mostly level rural ride with a few gentle hills. Currently riding A, B+, and/or B paces with other paces welcome to form. Route option distances average between 22 to 34 miles.

The routes vary from week to week selected by the ride leader. Routes start and end at the Prince George County Courthouse parking lot (public restrooms available). The slower pace groups may 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. Pace groups will be spaced out at the ride start to avoid large groups of cyclists on the road.

Paper cue sheets are not provided. You should print your own cue sheet prior to coming to the ride. GPX files and cue sheets are available on the RABA website, or provided by contacting the ride leader. New members and those just getting started (or re-started) with cycling are encouraged to come out. You will not be dropped and left behind.

Contact Route Leader's for route specifics

Date Route Leader Contact
Mar 20 & 23 Chip England cbe89usma@comcast.net
Mar 27 & 30 Jason Aileo jason.p.aileo.civ@mail.mil
Apr 3 & 6 Stefan Muldez muldezs@googlemail.com
Friday Fridays at Hylas
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
A/B++ 10 am 30-35 2/3 1 Dick Hilliard, 804-337-1217 , dlhilliard43@gmail.com

Description and Directions:The ride starts at Aw Shucks Country Store,6100 Pouncey Tract Rd., Hylas, VA. Please park to the right of the store beside the propane tank. The ride will vary each week. Maps and cue sheets will be available for those wishing to ride at their own pace.

Friday Hylas 'B' Ride
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B 11 am 24-29 2/3 1 Dave Miller dialdave@aol.com
Trevor Calame, trvr.calame@verizon.net

Description and Directions: For the winter,this ride is a " SHOW and GO" ride, similar to the ABC and Portabella's rides on Sat. and Sun. mornings, where the group will determine the route at ride time. This ride is at a B pace averaging 15 (+/-) MPH. The route varies each week and distance is determined by the group at the start of the ride. Depending on attendance, we may break the ride into different pace groups.

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.

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

Description and Directions:The Ashland Breakfast Club (ABC) ride is one of the more popular RABA rides and is one of the best opportunities for riders new to group riding to experience this form of road cycling.

Most groups depart Laurel Park Shopping Center at the posted ride time. Riders may join the ride leader's groups or form a group of their own based on preferred pace and distance. Riders may also sign the ride sheet and depart anytime after the posted ride time. 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.

The basic ride is ten almost flat miles to Ashland where riders stop at Ashland Coffee & Tea for refreshments and socializing before retracing the route back to Laurel Park. There are a number of variations to this ride with many riders choosing longer routes at the descretion of the ride groups with distances of up to 35 to 40 miles for faster paces.

This ride leaves from the Laurel Park Shopping Center at the corner of Woodman and Hungary Roads, which is at the next traffic light north of the intersection of Parham and Woodman Roads.

Saturday Centerville Saturday Ride - [Food Lion]
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
B/B+ 9 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 The Ashland Lunch Club (ALC)
Pace Time Miles Terrain Stops Leader
Varies 12 pm 20 to 50+ 5 Some See below
Leaders:
    Mar 4    Konrad Orta Mar 11    Amy Tankoos Mar 18    Gregg Hilmar Mar 25    Trevor Calame

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.

Most groups depart Laurel Park Shopping Center at the posted ride time. Riders may join the ride leader's groups or form a group of their own based on preferred pace and distance. Riders may also sign the ride sheet and depart anytime after the posted ride time. 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.

The basic ride is ten almost flat miles to Ashland where riders stop at Ashland Coffee & Tea for refreshments and socializing before retracing the route back to Laurel Park. There are a number of variations to this ride with many riders choosing longer routes at the descretion of the ride groups with distances of up to 35 to 40 miles for faster paces.

This ride leaves from the Laurel Park Shopping Center at the corner of Woodman and Hungary Roads, which is at the next traffic light north of the intersection of Parham and Woodman Roads.

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