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Biking Rating Scale

Rock Hall Ramble Bike Ride

Crossing the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Bike Ride

Waterford Cruise Road Bike Ride

Exploring the Anacostia River Trail Bike Ride

Montgomery County Farm Bike Ride

Anne Arundel Adventure Bike Ride

Between the Rivers Bike Ride

Historic Prince Georges County Bike Ride

Bike Committee Meeting & Social

Indian Head Rail Trail Bike Ride

Marshall Magnificence Bike Ride

The Best Poolesville Roads in the Ag Reserve Bike Ride

Nokesville Rural Bike Ride



Rating Scale:

Classification Miles Range Elevation Range Road Type Average Speed or Pace
Novice 0-20 0-500 Mostly Flat, Paved & Hard Packed Trails Slow 8-10 mph
Beginner 15-35 350-1,000 All Roads / Mostly Flat / Mostly with shoulders Easy 8-13 mph
Intermediate 20-40 750-2,000 All Roads / Gently Rolling Hills (Shorter) to Rolling Hills (Longer) Moderate 11-15 mph
Advanced and above 30-100 >1,500 Hills & Climbs - Steep/Long Brisk 13-16 mph
  • Our rides are not paced. We provide a "sweep" so you will not ride alone
  • We encourage you to ride at your own pace.
  • Plan to arrive at ride start at least 15 minutes prior to start time so we will leave on time
  • In the event of inclement weather we will contact you by 7 am the morning of the trip
  • The ending times are approximate and allow plenty of time for stopping

Rock Hall Ramble Bike Ride
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Chestertown, MD
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 33.0 miles
Intermediate to advanced riders.

This ride starts in historic Chestertown and takes us along country roads of Kent County to Rock Hall, a maritime community on the Chesapeake Bay with a rich history. Along the way, we will pass a nature preserve with field, woodlands and marshes, and visit the grave site of the famous 1930s-40's actress Tallulah Bankhead who is buried at the historic St. Paul's Church, built in 1713. We've chosen this particular weekend because it coincides with Rock Hall's annual Pirates and Wenches Weekend where the whole town gets into the spirit with costumes, entertainment and a decorated dinghy contest.

We'll stop for lunch at a seafood restaurant in Rock Hall. You can also bring your lunch and still sit with us at the table.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, August 9, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Crossing the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Bike RideNovice Program
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Belle Haven Marina
Alexandria, VA
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 7.0 miles
Suitable for novice and patient experienced riders.

We welcome novice riders and above to ride with us along the Mount Vernon trail to the protected bike lane across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge for an incredible experience and view. We will meet at Belle Haven Marina -- those interested in a longer ride can begin their ride elsewhere on the trail and meet us at Belle Haven or extend their ride afterwards.

This ride is suitable for all bike types. Please arrive by 8:45 in time to be ready to roll at our departure time of 9:00 AM.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, August 16, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Waterford Cruise Road Bike Ride
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Purcellville, VA
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 35.0 miles
Rolling hills to moderately hilly country roads. Suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.

One of our most stunning rides. This ride explores the gentle farmlands and villages of the Catoctin Valley. We'll start with a pleasant ride on the W&OD Trail, when we turn to start our golden ride through incredible countryside. We'll stop in the charming city of Waterford, which has been preserved with many old homes and is listed as a National Historic Landmark. It's considered to be one of the prettiest villages in Virginia. Our route will take us through one or two more small Loudoun County communities before reaching the base of Short Hill Mountain. From there, it's a scenic ride back to Purcellville.

Halfway through the ride there is a rest stop is at the slightly less historic Shell gas station (But the bathroom is 4 star!).

Registration Deadline: Thursday, August 23, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Exploring the Anacostia River Trail Bike RideNovice Program
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Washington, DC
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 26.0 miles
Mostly flat paved trail, suitable for beginners and above.

We will explore the new Anacostia River Trail that recently joined the Anacostia Tributary Trail System, a network of a half-dozen connected trails. We will start in College Park and head south along the Northwest Branch Trail until we join the Anacostia River Trail. Along the way we will pass through the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. We will ride along the Southwest Waterfront to the new Wharf area in Southwest DC and then retrace our route back to the start, deviating for a spin around the beautiful Lake Artemesia, concluding a most enjoyable ride.

We will cross the Martin Luther King and Frederick Douglas bridges with separate and protected bike & pedestrian lanes to get from Maryland to Southeast DC and back. This will be exhilarating for beginning bikers.

This ride is suitable for all bike types. Please arrive in time to be ready to roll at our departure time.

Registration Deadline: Friday, August 31, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Montgomery County Farm Bike Ride
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Poolesville, MD
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 21.0 miles
Advanced beginner and above.

This ride is a great introduction to some of the most beautiful roads in the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve passing by active farms, orchards, woods and streams. We'll ride on paved country roads with light traffic. Mostly rolling hills with a couple of decent climbs. Good for beginners ready to try a more challenging ride and learn why everyone loves to ride in the reserve. Ride at your own pace, with leader and sweep.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 13, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Anne Arundel Adventure Bike Ride
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Davidsonville, MD
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 33.0 miles
Rolling hills. Suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.

This is one of our favorite rides! Come and join us for a beautiful ride past working farms, country homes, and grazing horses as we ride to the waterfront. After the ride, we usually return in our cars for lunch in the waterside town of Galesville and watch the sailboats in this quaint Chesapeake Bay port. Please arrive by 9:45 a.m.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 20, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Between the Rivers Bike Ride
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Remington, VA
10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 32.0 miles
Flat roads, suitable for in-shape beginners and intermediate riders.

Pedal through history in the beautiful Virginia countryside surrounding Remington. We will ride through Civil War history, through fields,, farms and forests. This is a great ride if you're looking to try something longer but not too hilly. Please arrive by 9:45 a.m.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 27, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Historic Prince Georges County Bike Ride
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Parking lot of College Park metro station
College Park, MD
9:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 35.0 miles
Advanced beginner and above.

Prince Georges County is rich in colonial history. This ride will take us to several historic sites now owned and preserved by the county including Riversdale, a restored, stucco-covered brick plantation home built in the early 1800's and Montpelier, a Georgian estate from the late 1700s that sits on approximately 70 acres of beautiful parkland. We'll wander the grounds of these sites and maybe even tour inside. Bring a lunch as we'll picnic during the ride. This ride promises to be a lot of fun!

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start so we can roll out on time.

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 11, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Bike Committee Meeting & SocialNovice Program
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Bethesda, MD
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free!
Level: Everyone welcome!

Do you have some ideas for WWO bike rides? Would you like to help create WWO's biking program? Do you want to meet some of the biking leaders or learn how to become a bike leader yourself? This event is your opportunity! We'll gather at a member's home to eat pizza and salad, socialize, and put together WWO's bike schedule for the Winter season. Bring your friends and your ideas!

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 19, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Indian Head Rail Trail Bike RideNovice Program
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Indian Head, MD
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 26.0 miles
Flat trail, suitable for beginners and above.

The Indian Head Rail Trail offers a unique natural outdoor experience. It is far removed from development and life's often chaotic pace. The trail was a generous gift through the Department of the Interior's Federal Lands to Parks Program. The 13-mile (26 miles round trip), paved trail traverses roughly halfway across Charles County, connecting the town of Indian Head to State Route 301 in White Plains. Along the trail, there are interpretive signs that highlight various natural habitat areas and wildlife species, giving visitors the opportunity to view beaver dams, bald eagles, wild turkey, deer, and herons.

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 25, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Marshall Magnificence Bike Ride
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Marshall, VA
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 35.0 miles
Rolling hills. Suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.

Join us for 35 miles in the stunning Virginia countryside starting in Marshall, Virginia. This route takes us through beautiful farmland, horse farms, cattle farms, and vineyards. A few miles in the beginning and end is on a highway with a roomy shoulder. The rest of the ride is through quieter rolling hills. There are some breathtaking (literally!) climbs, with a total elevation of 2100''. Like all WWO rides, this is a NON DROP ride with a leader and a sweep. However, it is designed for more experienced cyclists.

We will stop for lunch at mile 21 at Orleans Cafe, but pack water and a snack for an earlier rest stop. Please leave PLENTY of TIME to drive out and arrive 15 minutes early. It is not available by public transportation but we can help arrange carpools.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, November 1, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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The Best Poolesville Roads in the Ag Reserve Bike Ride
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Poolesville Village Center
Poolesville, MD
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 34.0 miles
Rolling hills to moderately hilly country roads. Suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.

We will meet in Poolesville, MD and enjoy the scenic rustic roads of Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve, a nationally acclaimed area that was established in 1980 in response to the rapid disappearance of Montgomery County farms. We will cross one lane bridges and ride by farms and through forests in view of Sugarloaf Mountain. Bring snacks and we will end the day with an optional late lunch at Bassetts - a Poolesville favorite.

Please arrive in time to be ready to roll at our departure time of 10:00.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, November 8, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Nokesville Rural Bike Ride
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Prince William County
Nokesville, VA
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 36.0 miles
Rolling hills. Suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.

Come explore the rural community surrounding Nokesville, VA, which was once the center of a farming community with cattle and dairy farms. In the 1950s it was cut off from passenger trains and remains a rural community today. Although there has been a lot of development in this area in the last few years, this remains one of our favorite rides, with only 3.5 mile section having heavy traffic. Most of the ride is over rolling hills and through beautiful scenery. (931' Elevation Change).

Please arrive 15 minutes early to be ready to roll at our departure time of 10:00 am.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, November 15, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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