Pedal Patter May 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.

Well, maybe, just maybe, Spring has arrived. I got out on my favorite bike today (the yellow Litespeed). It was a hard ride, not because of the roads (my usual training ride) or the wind (hardly any), or the weather (beautiful). It was a hard ride because I do not have many miles in my legs....

Did you know the after-work rides have started? Check them out!
Registration is OPEN! Jersey Design Revealed!!
by Sallie Williams, VP - Century

We’ve hit 70 degrees and your calendar is filling up for with rides for the year! There’s an event you won’t want to miss – the annual Back Roads Century in Shepherdstown, WV held on September 16th!

The Back Roads Century is much more than a Century. There are rides for all levels – distances from 23 to 101 miles – so invite your friends and family to join in and make a weekend of it!

You can expect all the best from last year plus some new features...

(A few volunteers are needed May 12 to help us go through our storage locker - get your rebate early ! )

(NEW—Please register to help us in planning for food/drinks!)

Only a few days left to REGISTER for the annual Nokesville Picnic in the Park Ride on Sunday May 20th. This classic ride is in its 21st year! Four routes will explore the gently rolling Virginia country-side. NEW this year is the addition of a “casual” 12 mile route. Each route (12/30/42/53) is covered by our experience Ride Leads (Levels A through D). 

The ride finishes with our club picnic at the Nokesville Community Park. This free event is open to all club members and their family/friends! Checkout the Ride Schedule for more information.


Volunteer for Nokesville!

We are looking for two excellent/fun ride leads (30 miles B and 30 miles CC) and 1-2 more Mary Ann Breunig to volunteer ( ). See you on May 20th at Nokesville! 

On May 18th, thousands of area commuters will enjoy a change of scenery on their commute on Bike to Work Day . Potomac Pedalers is a Bronze Sponsor of the event, and will be present at several sites to welcome and encourage riders on their journey.

Join in the fun! Can you volunteer to introduce yourself to cyclists on behalf of PPTC either en route to work or at one of our booths? We'll be at the following pitstops:
  • Virginia: Roslyn and Ballston 
  • DC: Freedom Plaza
  • Maryland: Bethesda

We'll have rack cards with a schedule of our events and a club introduction, as well as free tire levers, to give out to riders.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer , please contact Anne Hyman , VP Special Events. Join us!
by Robin Sparer, Women's Ride Coordinator
Promoting Our Bike Shop Partners

May is here and we have all dusted off our bikes and started riding have you?

Remember we have many local shops that want us to start and end our rides at their locations. They support us and we support them - and they have plenty of parking, parts and supplies, and bathrooms!!
by Mary Ann Breunig
Adventure Cycling's FREE Events

As an inaugural sponsor of our club’s annual meeting (December 2018), Adventure Cycling Association supports and advocates for cycling for every day people. [...] Adventure Cycling continues their outreach with two world-wide signature events:  Bike Travel Weekend  (June 1-3) and  Bike Your Park Day  (Sept. 2). 

Saturday & Sunday, June 9 & 10
by David Whitaker
Potomac Pedalers Touring Club is partnering with the Armed Forces Cycling Classic for 2018. This year marks the 21 st year for the Armed Forces Cycling Classic, the premier Washington area professional bicycle race event. If you want to see the best in North American bicycle racing or experience riding a closed bicycle race course at your own pace, this is the event for you! 
Potomac Pedalers Calendar of Events

  • MAY 9  Women's Night at Trek Rockville
  • MAY 18  Bike to Work Day (DC, MD, VA sites) (Need volunteers!)
  • MAY 20  Nokesville Picnic ride (Nokesville, VA) (Need volunteers!)
  • JUNE 16-17  One-Night Overnight Ride: VA Countryside CANCELLED
  • JULY 13-15  Shenandoah Weekend (Mt. Jackson, VA) RETURNS 2019
  • 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) (Need volunteers!)
  • SEPT 29-30  One-Night Overnight Ride: Amish Country (Lititz, PA)
  • OCT 13-14  One-Night Overnight Ride: Northern Neck, VA CANCELLED
  • late OCT  Howard County Farm & Art Tour (Laytonsville, MD)
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