Pedal Patter April 2018
by Bob Bernstein

This message is so important the PPTC President wants to run it again!

Planning for Special Events and for the Back Roads Century are well underway.  By the time you read this, the weather should be warmer and the ride schedule will lose its winter doldrums and blossom into its usual, glorious fullness.

All this leads me to this month’s theme: volunteerism.  In this issue of the Pedal Patter and on our website, you'll find different reasons to volunteer and opportunities to do so.
Did you know the after-work rides have started? Check them out!
Get Ready to Snag Your Early-Bird Discount!!
by Sallie Williams, VP - Century

Save with Early Bird Registration discounts if you register before May 31!

Now in its 21st year, this ride is open to all our Members & their Family & Friends and is geared toward brining cyclists of all skill levels together and to welcome new cyclists to Potomac Pedalers!

This classic ride takes you through the rolling Virginia rural country-side and finishes with a picnic at a local park! NEW this year is a “casual” route of 12 miles—targeted for new cyclists and for families! We'll also have longer route options of 30, 42, and 53 miles. 

by Stephen Krill, BRC Sponsorship Coordinator
Throughout the years the Club cultivated relationships with local bike shops. We also focused from time-to-time on sponsorships for Special Events. This year the Club planned and will execute a deliberate approach around sponsorship, reaching out to every local bike shop, former and current sponsors, and a long list of new prospects. But why?

Once again Potomac Pedalers will be a bronze level sponsor of Bike to Work Day. We'll have a presence at SIX locations throughout the region. Come be a friendly face and let the region know about the benefits of biking with PPTC!

Last year, PPTC introduced a new ride category - “Triathlon.” Our intent was to open our rides to cyclists who participate in triathlons and who might be looking for new routes and new riding partners. This also has the potential to increase the range of cyclists interested in joining our Club, expanding our membership ....

by Robin Sparer, Women's Ride Coordinator
The Importance of Being a Bike Ambassador: proactively reaching out and helping to create positive experiences is a great way to keep our membership growing.

Don't forget: we have two Women Friendly (WF) regional rides - April 14 Spring Classic and April 28 End Hunger Ride.
by Mary Ann Breunig
Let's Ride! Planning for Bike Month

What are you doing the weekend of May 18-20th? We have a terrific opportunity to spend the weekend riding and supporting our local events and cycling organizations. With a little bit of advance planning, you can take advantage of three fantastic events!

Potomac Pedalers Calendar of Events

  • APRIL 27-29  Lewes Weekend (Lewes, DE) (SOLD OUT!)
  • MAY 9  Women's Night at Trek Rockville
  • MAY 18  Bike to Work Day (DC, MD, VA sites)
  • MAY 20  Nokesville Picnic ride (Nokesville, VA)
  • JUNE 16-17  One-Night Overnight Ride: VA Countryside (Charlottesville, VA)
  • JULY 13-15  Shenandoah Weekend (Mt. Jackson, VA)
  • SEPT 8-9  Women's Wild Goose Chase Ride (Cambridge, MD)
  • SEPT 15-16  Back Roads Century Weekend (Shepherdstown, WV)
  • SEPT 16  Back Roads Century (Shepherdstown, WV)
  • SEPT 29-30  One-Night Overnight Ride: Amish Country (Lititz, PA)
  • OCT 13-14  One-Night Overnight Ride: Northern Neck, VA
  • late OCT  Howard County Farm & Art Tour (Laytonsville, MD)
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