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Someone to ride with in DC...(8 posts)

Someone to ride with in DC...jtkirk15
Jul 3, 2002 6:35 AM
I'm looking for some people to ride with in the Washington, DC, area. I live in Arlington, specifically Ballston. I know I could hook up with a club but with my schedule it makes it difficult to make their meeting times. So, really I'd like to find a person or two to pedal around with. Once I build up some miles I hope to join an amateur racing team (any ideas for which one? NCVC? TSV? Evolution?), not that I'm a speed demon, but I like the idea of a structured training program to build my skills. Post if interested.
Potomac Pedalers has a number of rides every week tobill
Jul 3, 2002 9:22 AM
fit every level and every schedule. They have a monthly publication (that you may even be able to pick up at an LBS) listing the rides, and you also can get the rides off of their website.
Squadra Coppi has rides every Sunday from the Java Shack in Arlington at 9 a.m. You would have to be the judge of whether you could handle the pace -- the average, on a relatively hilly course for much of the 50 mi ride, is about 19-20, so that you're generally cruising in the low 20's up to the high 20's in spots. some people really hammer, some not so much. Lanterne Rouge, a much smaller team, has rides Saturday from the Java Shack, also at 9 a.m.
What is your schedule?
Potomac Pedalers has a number of rides every week tojtkirk15
Jul 3, 2002 9:43 AM
Really my schedule is that I don't have a schedule. During the week I don't ride until about 7pm, when I'll do a quick 20 mile ride. On the weekends I never know what will come up so that one day I can do 9am and another I cant. I definitely will look into your suggestions but I guess mostly I was hoping to find a cyclist near me that I could call at a fairly random time and say "Let's go riding!" Are you familiar with any of the clubs I mentioned? Thanks Bill.
Your "schedule" tells me that you have neither spouse norbill
Jul 3, 2002 1:55 PM
offspring, in which case you live in a different world from moi, a world that I used to inhabit but no longer. Can't help you there, but, much power to you.
The clubs you mentioned -- NCVC is positively huge -- 200+ riders, BROAD spectrum of experience and abilities, everything from sponsored guys to rank beginners. I think it's a pretty good club, where you can find clubs within the club. Evolution I know little about, except that I've run into some of them here and there and they seem like nice fellas. A smaller club (although they just ran a crit out in Reston that drew from all over the place -- I thought that it was well done, too). TVS or whatever you mentioned, I don't believe I ever have heard of.
Your "schedule" tells me that you have neither spouse norjtkirk15
Jul 3, 2002 6:11 PM
Hey Bill. You hit the nail on the head. I don't even want to think about having a spouse or offspring right now. I'm 23 by the way. I just got a really nice email from Squadra Coppi and I am going to ride with them Friday morning. I think I'm going to ride with NCVC on Sunday. As for TVS I meant to write TSV which is short for Team Snow Valley. I was at the Reston crit and loved it. Rai Sanchez won it and is from Snow Valley. Thanks for your replies and I would love to ride with you sometime if our schedules matched.
check out restonbikeclub.org. Has a schedule for rides.Paul
Jul 3, 2002 9:55 AM
MB1 rides all over the place here ...Humma Hah
Jul 3, 2002 1:41 PM
... MB1 posts here. He and his wife ride 300+ miles a week, and just love showing folks their favorite riding places. He's shown me a nice loop, up to 105 miles if you're in the mood but with shorter options, SE of DC, out in the countryside.
Calling MB1...jtkirk15
Jul 3, 2002 6:15 PM
I've seen his posts but actually felt a bit intimidated by his riding. I would hate to be a hindrance to him. However, if you're out there MB1, I'd love to learn some unique routes around DC. I found the Capital Crescent Trail and I am wearing that thing out. I like riding on the road I just don't know where to go. If you can help me MB1, shoot me an email at jtkirkland15@hotmail.com. The same applies for others who would be interested in riding.