There will NOT be an official July Ramble. Instead, I’m substituting two little un-official rides. The dates are June 24th and July 15th.
Our first little ride is Sunday, June 24th going to Annapolis to see some of the Race Across America finishes. We will meet at Carroll Park at 9AM. The route down is about 30 miles, two thirds of which is on beautiful bike trails. I will not be pushing the pace (13-15mph) HOWEVER I also will not be stopping on the way down. There is also NO cue sheet but the route is THIS up and back. Once we get to Annapolis you can decide how long you want to stay and who to return with. If the RAAM finishes are exciting, or if I start drinking lots of beer, I could stay for several hours.
Little ride number two will be starting from Glen Rock, PA. at 8:30AM on July 15th. This ride will be a VERY HILLY 65 miler that is mostly dirt road riding. I have been stealing route designs and dirt riding mojo from my friend Andy Hanson for several years now and would like to try out my route as a group ride. These roads vary a bit in condition, but generally they are similar to the crushed gravel of the NCR/Heritage rail trails. (see this month’s header pic above) The biggest difference with these roads is that they are very secluded (ie. no nearby services) and they can be very hard climbing. This ride climbs about 100′ per mile. I recommend riding cyclocross bikes, hard tail MTBs, steel all-rounders or durable hybrid bikes with 32-40mm tires. Maximize your capacity for carrying water. It will be hot. I will have a shortcut available, but there is only one rest stop for the long ride. We end at Glen Rock for a beer and possibly an option for a cookout. (!)
I will give more details about the dirt road ride as we get closer, however, if you’re interested in it, PLEASE ASK QUESTIONS NOW.
Take care Ramblers. -Bob