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Biking Rating Scale

Indian Head Rail Trail Bike Ride

Waterford Cruise Road Bike Ride

3-Day Long Weekend Bike Ride in PA Dutch Country

Montgomery County Farm Bike Ride

Marshall Magnificence Bike Ride

Lake Needwood Pedal and Paddle

The Plains Bike Ride

Bike Committee Meeting & Social

Bike to the Nationals Game

Lake Artemesia and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Bike Ride

Montgomery County Ag Reserve Bike Ride

Rock Hall Ramble Bike Ride

Crossing the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Bike Ride

Waterford Cruise Road 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

Indian Head Rail Trail Bike RideNovice Program
Saturday, May 5, 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, May 4, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Waterford Cruise Road Bike Ride
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Loudoun Valley High School
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.

This ride explores the gentle farmlands and villages of the Catoctin Valley. We'll start with a pleasant ride along the paved W&OD trail and then take country roads to Waterford, VA. This town, which is listed as a National Historic Landmark, is 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 the Short Hill Mountain. From there, it's a scenic ride back to Purcellville.

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

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

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3-Day Long Weekend Bike Ride in PA Dutch CountryNovice Program
Saturday-Monday, May 26-28, 2018
Lancaster, County, PA
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$25 members, $35 non-members, plus hotel and meals
Level: Intermediate to advanced. Generally rolling terrain with a few decent climbs.

This will be the third WWO Memorial Weekend trip through the beautiful countryside of Lancaster County. We'll ride by pristine Amish and Mennonite farms, through historic covered bridges and alongside horse-drawn buggies. There is relatively little car traffic, and many opportunities to stop at interesting places. We will drive up on Saturday, May 26 (carpooling encouraged) and ride about 30 miles. We will ride Sunday and Monday, and drive home Monday afternoon. All distances will be between 25-45 miles.

Specific details and prices to follow.

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 11, 2018 5:00 p.m. TRIP IS FULL

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Montgomery County Farm Bike Ride
Saturday, June 2, 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. Unpaced, with leader and sweep.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Marshall Magnificence Bike Ride
Sunday, June 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 can help arrange carpools.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 30, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Lake Needwood Pedal and Paddle This event is Metro accessible
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Bethesda, MD
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 32.0 miles
Paved, relatively flat trail. Suitable for in-shape beginners as well as more experienced riders.

What's better than biking on a shady trail and paddling around a lovely lake? Lake Needwood, is a 75-acre reservoir located at the end of the north end of the Rock Creek hiker-biker trail in Derwood MD. We will meet in Bethesda, MD and ride on Beach Drive and the Rock Creek Trail to the lake, where we will have a picnic lunch and rent kayaks, canoes or rowboats for an hour or so ($14.00/hour). Bring a lunch, sandals or boat shoes and a sense of adventure!

Registration Deadline: Thursday, June 14, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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The Plains Bike Ride
Saturday, July 7, 2018
The Plains, VA
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 34.0 miles
Rolling hills to moderately hilly country roads. Suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.

This is an incredibly scenic ride and tour of of The Plains and Middleburg, VA. We'll ride through beautiful rolling countryside in Virginia's famed horse country where we'll pass gorgeous farms and charming villages. There are a few moderately challenging hills that are well worth the effort!

Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 5, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Bike Committee Meeting & SocialNovice Program
Sunday, July 8, 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 Fall season. Bring your friends and your ideas!

Registration Deadline: Friday, July 6, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Bike to the Nationals Game This event is Metro accessible
Sunday, July 8, 2018 (rescheduled from June 24)
Bethesda, MD
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 22.0 miles
Paved, relatively flat trail. Suitable for in-shape beginners as well as more experienced riders.

Let's all go to the BALL GAME! We'll ride down the Capital Crescent Trail, along the river, past the new Wharf development on Maine Avenue, and continue to the Nats Stadium for a Nats/Marlins game. Bring money for a ticket ($25) and stadium food. The stadium has a very secure bike valet where we can safely park our bikes. After the game we will re-trace our steps back up the Crescent trail. (Very mild uphill going home.)

Please arrive at 10:45 AM so we can leave at 11:00 AM.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 5, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Lake Artemesia and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Bike Ride This event is Metro accessible
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Herbert Wells Ice Arena
College Park, MD
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 15.0 miles
Flat, paved trails and streets. Suitable for beginners as well as patient experienced riders.

We will ride portions of two trails (Northwest Branch Trail and the Anacostia River Trail) to visit Lake Artemesia and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, both largely undiscovered gems. At Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens we can expect to see acres of pools of lotus blossoms and lily pads in bloom, as well as a variety of birds and other wildlife. We will be joined by a local art teacher who will instruct us on how to do quick drawings to help sharpen our powers of observation and preserve our memories.

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. The ride start is less than 1/2 mile from the College Park Metro Station for those who would like to arrive by public transportation.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 12, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Montgomery County Ag Reserve Bike Ride
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Poolesville, MD
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 35.0 miles
Rolling hills. Suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.

For those who have not yet seen this hidden gem in Montgomery County, you are in for a TREAT. The development in this area is limited by law, and it is still home to many working farms, vineyards, and orchards. Are we in the peach orchards of Georgia ? Are we in the cornfields of Kansas? This 35 mile ride has lots of beautiful rolling hills that will take your breath away.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 19, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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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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