Pedal Patter March 2018
by Bob Bernstein

I hope that this finds you all enjoying the pleasures of your wheeled, human powered conveyances, regardless of the number of wheels; regardless whether you are leaning forward, sitting upright, or sitting back; regardless of whether you are wearing spandex or a tee shirt and jeans.

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.
April 27-29, 2018
Get an early jump on spring 2018 by joining Potomac Pedalers for a weekend at the beach. Lewes is a small, picturesque, and historic town near Rehoboth Beach.This weekend is noted for its sociability and ease in meeting new people, so come alone or with a friend or spouse. 

M  eet the Steering Committee
by Sallie Williams, VP - Century
Please mark September 15 & 16 on your calendars! The Back Roads Century will be back for a fourth year in lovely Shepherdstown, WV! Ed Hazelwood (Deputy VP-Century) and I are working together to plan and deliver a gold-plated experience for our members and guests in September! Needless to say, we need many volunteers to put on the Century.

by Paul Huey-Burns

I’m serving as Volunteer Coordinator for the BRC this year, and we’ll be soliciting volunteers early and often! There are plenty of volunteer opportunities the day of the event, of course, but also plenty of opportunities in the weeks leading up to the event, if you prefer to keep the BRC weekend open for riding.

The reasons to bike are many: being in fresh air, to get places, to see the world, the sense of freedom, to save money, plus, a reason to wear lots of spandex! The reasons to join a club are many also: meeting new friends; a chance to socialize; gaining new skills, knowledge and experience; and getting to know your local community.

by Carol Linden, MD CC Ride Coordinator
Have you ever looked at the Pedalers ride schedule for the upcoming weekend and thought “darn it, there’s nothing for me”? Well, there’s a very easy way to fix that! Lead the ride you want to ride! Those of us who are Ride Coordinators are still here to help you be, or become, a ride leader...

by Robin Sparer, Women's Ride Coordinator
Get your bike ready and put these events on your calendar.

We have two Women Friendly (WF) regional rides coming up in April, so mark your calendars! The PPTC Women's group will have riders at these events to mentor and meet those who are interested.
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)
  • MAY 9  Women's Night at Trek Rockville
  • MAY 18  Bike to Work Day (DC, MD, VA sites)
  • MAY 20 (tent.)  Nokesville Picnic ride (Nokesville, VA)
  • early JUNE  Black Hill Picnic Ride (Boyds, MD)
  • 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)