Archive for January, 2016

Rescheduled to 2/6/16: DCR Annual Meeting and Populaire

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

I know that all of you who just bought fat tire bikes with 5″ wide studded tires will be disappointed, but it seems pretty clear that the roads will not be passable on Saturday, either for bikes or for cars!

So … both the DCR Annual Meeting and the Populaire are being rescheduled to February 6, 2016.  We’re jumping ahead two weeks because with the forecast snow, it seems likely that there will still be significant snow and ice on the roads on the thirtieth.  All other details are the same: Pop starts at 9am; Meeting starts at 4pm.

On the “good news” front: the new “Nokesville Nomad” brevet (and permanent) has been approved by RUSA and is planned to be our March 19th 200km.  It’s intended to be a “moderately difficult” brevet to start the season, with low-traffic roads and a Virginia ride start that might help somewhat to avoid snowy conditions.  RWGPS is here:

The route is a figure-8 that starts in Nokesville and heads roughly west to and through Warrenton, descending Piney (Pukin’) Mountain and passing by the Orleans Store to Crest Hill Rd.  From there, it heads north-east up to Marshall and The Plains, and then heads back to and through Warrenton (passing the Sheetz) and continuing to Brandy Station and eventually the Algonquin Trail.  The final leg heads roughly northeast back to Nokesville.  Parts of the route are somewhat hilly, parts pretty easy-going.

Meanwhile:  Look forward to seeing you all on February 6th at the populaire (9am) and the annual meeting (4pm) in a couple of weeks.


2016 Glen Echo Populaire, January 23rd, 9am

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Like last year, the populaire will start from the Glen Echo Town Hall, 6106 Harvard Avenue, Glen Echo, MD.  Parking is at the Glen Echo Park at the “P” on the map.  The neighbors will complain if we park in the neighborhood or the Town Hall and then we might not get invited back … don’t be that person!

Starting time is January 23rd at 9 am.  There is no ride fee, but please pre-register so that we can plan for the correct number of riders.

The route heads up roads that start in suburbia but eventually become rural, to an info control at mile sixteen at what used to be Poole’s Store at Seneca Creek State Park.  This store was founded in 1901, and was the oldest continuously operated country store in Montgomery County.

After Poole’s Store, there is a sharp but brief climb, after which the terrain moderates and the roads become very rural (and increasingly hilly).  Some of the roads are also quite shaded, so watch carefully for icy spots.  The next control is at Denise Bakery and Deli (formerly Hyattstown Deli), which is your first lunch opportunity.  (Alternative: grab a quick something at Hyattstown and eat a more substantial sit-down lunch at Cugini’s in Poolesville.)

Returning to Peach Tree road, the route passes its high point, 700′, at about mile 46, just south of Comus Road, and enters the town of Poolesville. A final stretch along River Road will return riders to the DC Randonneurs meeting in Glen Echo, starting at 4pm.  The final twenty miles have a net descent of around 600 feet, helping them go by more quickly, though there’s enough up and down to keep your attention.
(About 4600 feet of elevation gain, which is a fairly typical rate of climbing per mile for DCR brevets.)

Cue sheet and GPS Files for Jan. 23rd Glen Echo 106km

Monday, January 18th, 2016

The Glen Echo 106km populaire starts from the Glen Echo Town Hall at 9:00 AM on January 23rd, 2016.  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: Like last year, we are taking 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.