Potomac Pedalers News  June 2017
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Do you know about (and have you registered for) these great Club events? Don't miss out!

And after you're registered for these great events, check out the featured rides and our NEW member benefit

maintenance** Bicycle Maintenance Workshop THIS Saturday**

WHEN: Saturday, June 17, 10 AM
WHERE: Spokes, Etc., Vienna, VA

Join us for a great time and a chance to learn how to get your bike ready for summer! In the morning, e xperienced PPTC members will present the basics for taking care of your bicycle including cleaning and lubing the gears and chain, adjusting brakes and shifting on the road, and noticing problems before they develop. After noon we'll discuss intermediate / advanced steps in bicycle care including how to remove, clean and change cassette cogs, how to inspect, clean, measure and change a chain and inspect, adjust, and change brake pads, and much more! Snacks and drinks will be provided. The workshop will be followed by an optional ride.

Click here to read more and RESERVE YOUR SPACE! 
** Early-Bird Registration Set to Close Monday!**

WHEN: September 17, 2017
WHERE: Shepherdstown, WV

Don't miss out!  Save $10 through June 19  with early-bird registration and be sure of riding in one of the premier cycling events in the mid-Atlantic region - there's  a route for everyone  and a  whole weekend of fun  so plan to come Saturday, too! Make your hotel reservations now and save with the special event discount pricing.

Jerseys & T-Shirts Now Available for Purchase!

We are proud to release the new jersey and t-shirt designs for the 2017 Back Roads Century. Order by July 6 to guarantee delivery in time to wear on the BRC.  We will take orders from July 7 until September 30, with delivery in late October or early November.  

** Don't Miss the New Women's Ride June 24th **

WHEN: Saturday, June 24
WHERE: Rocklands Winery, Poolesville, MD

Potomac Pedalers and Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA) are co-sponsoring this friendly ride for women, to raise money for their Women and Bicycles (W&B) Program. What better way to do this than to combine a great ride in the country with a wine tasting afterwards?

There are two rides for women: a 20 mile ride (8-10 mph) and  a 34 mile route (12-14 mph) with a rest stop in Dickerson at mile 15.  There will a place to keep your bicycle after the ride and a wine tasting of 10 different wines. Both routes should return to the farm between 11 and 11:30 for the wine tastings. We will have volunteers who will be able to drive any of your purchases back to the parking lot.
You can also order a pizza for lunch or chocolates for dessert to have with any wine you purchase. 

Click here for more information and to register!
Shenandoah2** Don't Miss Out - Register NOW!**

WHEN: July 7-9
WHERE: Mt. Jackson, VA

Dreaming of summer, a cool mountain breeze, and spending some time poolside? Then mark your calendars for the Potomac Pedalers Shenandoah Valley Weekend, July 7-9. Based in Mt. Jackson, Virginia, the area is a fabulously bucolic place for cyclists - no sprawl, little traffic and plenty of corn! Enjoy  scenic rides, mountain views, creeks, and a top-notch covered bridge.  You'll have the opportunity to explore nearby vineyards, the Mt. Jackson Arts Museum, the Rt. 11 Potato Chip factory, antique stores, Bryce resort, Shenandoah Caverns, Civil War battlefields; go duckpin bowling; or just lounge by the pool! Come see why we call it summer camp for adults!
Carlisle2** Registration Open! **

WHEN: August 11-13
WHERE: Carlisle, PA

Carlisle weekend registration is open.  The rides will remain in the same idyllic location of rolling farms, where you will have choices of a number of mileage options, with big climbs or just the lovely rolling country-side. We will also be riding through Boiling Springs! We had fun riding to a local brewery last year on Friday afternoon and seeing a historic Molly Pitcher monument.

If you have a non-cycling partner attending with you, there is LOTS to do! The Appalachian Trail is very close by, as well as the Guilford Pinchot state park.
Carlisle is the county seat for Cumberland County, it's a very attractive town for cycling and walking. 

benefit** NEW Member Benefit**

We are very pleased to announce a new benefit to Club members: Ride with GPS Club Membership!  The RWGPS Club Membership will provide a convenient place to store and access routes, GPS (e.g., Garmin) files, and cue sheets for Club rides. The Club Membership allows all PPTC members access to full RWGPS Premium Membership features for rides listed on the Club page. The key benefits include:
  • Download GPS files to Garmin and other GPS devices
  • Print customized cue sheets
  • Print route maps
  • Download routes to smartphones with free RWGPS App and get turn-by-turn prompts, including optional voice prompts (i.e., use your smartphone like a Garmin-device)
  • Download routes and maps to access them without Internet coverage
Please note that Club Membership does NOT give you Premium benefits for your personal account or for rides not listed on the Club Membership page.  All Club members can access routes posted on the Club Page, generate and customize cue sheets, download GPS files, and access the other Premium features for Club Rides. 
Ride Coordinators and Ride Leaders have additional rights to add routes to the Club Page and to edit routes already posted. 

Saturday, June 17
Come out and celebrate the re-opening of the Roddy Road covered bridge in Thurmont by riding across it on your bike. Both the Century and the Metric cross all three covered bridges in Frederick County.
Women & Wine Ride
Sa turday, June 24
We'll start at end at  Rockland's Farm Winery and Market in Poolesville.  You must preregister and pay in advance by June 21 for this ride. The cost is $25 per rider and includes the ride, cue sheets, and wine tasting. 

Saturday, June 24
RIDE LEADERS NEEDED for C, BB, & A LEVELS! Typically this is a full multi-class ride but we need ride leaders this month! All are welcome and encouraged to stay around at ride's end for a post-ride lunch at Mr. Smith's pub across the street from the park. 
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About Potomac Pedalers
The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club, Inc. is a non-profit educational, recreational and social organization for bicycling enthusiasts. We're one of the largest bicycle clubs in the United States, and the largest in the Metropolitan Washington DC area. Potomac Pedalers is affiliated with the League of American Bicyclists and we're recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization.