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Pedal Patter October 2017

Hello Pedalers! Read on for Club events & news...

Consider leading a ride for the Club - an original one or one you've done with the Club before! Contact a ride coordinator who can help!
Sunday, October 22

Galleries, farm stops, and routes now posted!
Come to the FREE Howard County Farm & Art Tour this Fall! Mark your calendars for October 22nd and come explore the bounty of Howard County, MD. You'll ride picturesque roads past and to area farms and even have an art gallery stops! With routes between 27 to 100 miles, there's something for everyone! 
A Potomac Pedalers Sag driver will pick up all purchases and bring them to the ride start, so no worries about how to transport your farm-fresh produce or gallery purchases! The event is pot luck but as a special bonus for riders who choose to ride the full 100 miles, we'll take your deli sandwich orders at the 75 mile rest stop and have them waiting for you at the finish.

We'll start at 8:30 at Laytons Village Shopping Center (LAV). (Century riders can start earlier. We will be there by 8.)

Just Riding Along Bicycle Shop  (JRABS), in the Layton Village Shopping Center, will be opening at 8:00 just for the ride! Edward will be there in case you need any quick fixes, air, etc. There will also be water, coffee, hot tea, a clean bathroom and even a shower for after the ride.
Gallery & Farm Stops:

Thanks to EVERYONE who volunteered, biked,
and supported the Back Roads Century!
Applications Needed by Tuesday, Nov. 28th!
Do you want a leading role in the largest cycling club on the East Coast? Join the Potomac Pedalers Executive Committee! 
Help plan the course for the future of our Club by bringing your ideas and experience to this dynamic group. Please join us!
Open positions:
  • Vice-Chair, Century
  • Vice-Chair, Special Events
  • Recording Secretary
  • Member-at-Large

by Deborah Turton
A Woman's View of the Back Roads Century

This year I started planning early in the spring and held training rides out of Georgetown to show women how to ride hills. All of the women who came with me were just wonderful to ride with. By doing these rides, I extended the fun of the BRC from April to September. 
“Powering Up by Clipping In”

As a new cyclist you may have decided to ride using platform pedals. This gave you the flexibility of riding with any shoe and allowed you to focus on learning how to use your bike’s gears and brakes. It also eliminated of the added stress of worrying about how to use clip-in pedals. As you become comfortable riding, you might be curious about riding “clipped-in”.

For the third year running, I have gone to South Portland Maine in early September for the Maine Lighthouse Ride. This ride is the most scenic and enjoyable experience on my cycling calendar.