Archive for January, 2015

Populaire proceeds as rescheduled.

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

The populaire is proceeding as rescheduled: Saturday, January 31st at 9am.  See here for details about the populaire.

Reports are that the roads are clear but there may be rare icy patches.  Be cautious and watchful for ice.  Many roads have shady spots; overnight seepage could create ice.  In particular, Peach Tree is shady and has steep downhills that end in sharp corners.

Cue sheet and GPS Files for Jan. 24th Glen Echo 106km

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The Glen Echo 106km populaire starts from the Glen Echo Town Hall at 9:00 AM on January 24th, 2014.  HOWEVER, please park in the Glen Echo Park parking lot, NOT in residential streets in the neighborhood. Details about how to get to the Glen Echo Park parking lot, and how to ride your bike to the Town Hall are here

Registration  starts at the Town Hall at 8:00 am.

The cue sheets are now posted at

NOTE: We are trying a variation on the route that does _not_ take River Rd on the way out.  So old-timers, when you ride up Persimmon Rd, you’ll come to a stop sign at River Rd.  Instead of turning left, you’ll cross River Rd onto something that looks a bit like a driveway, S Schultz Lane.

The link to the GPS files is posted below. But please read this information before downloading them. Always get a copy of the final cue sheet. That final cue sheet contains the official route, so in case there is a conflict with the GPS file, you should resolve the conflict in favor of the cue sheet. Use the GPS as a handy-dandy adjunct. Keep your wits about you, as the GPS cannot notify you of road hazards — it is up to you to ride safely.We strongly recommend that you set your GPS to the settings below. We cannot guarantee that these will keep you on the official route, but if you have your GPS set some other way, it is entirely possible that it will take you off route, possibly onto unsafe roads. Go to the Setup->Routing page and set as follows:Guidance Method: Follow Road
Follow Road Method: Shortest Distance
Next Turn Pop-Up: On
Follow Road Options:
Off Route Recalculation: Prompted
Calculation Method: Best Route
Calculate Routes for: Car/Motorcycle
Avoid: (set to none – the route itself should control this)

By the way … make sure that your GPS either has maps already downloaded, or select the relevant maps around the routes. The GPS files are posted in a zip file at

The route is also posted to RidewithGPS.  Don’t use the “cue sheet” generated by RWGPS … use the official cue sheet posted above.