The Ramble has awakened. It is Monument to Monument’s tenth anniversary, and you will not be denied your ride.
SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, June 17th
I will post again soon with this year’s route, cue and details. If you have no idea what this ride is, here’s Details from 2017’s M2M and 9 yrs of M2M ride reports
WHAT’S THE RIDE LIKE? M2M is a little of everything. There will be fast and slow riders, skinny and fat tire bikes, racers and bike party people. There has been groups of only 10 riders in rain and groups of 100 in nice weather. M2M goes rain or shine. We ride a steady average pace of about 13MPH. There are hills, but none more strenuous than a long ride through your neighborhood. The roads to DC are as safe as riding in Baltimore. Most of the route is surprisingly scenic and the DC trail system is very relaxing. We’ll stop 3 times: a break at the 25 mile point, a lunch at Union Station in DC and a break at the 75 mile point. I will bring cue sheets, but mostly you will be following ride leaders.
Are you in this pic from M2M2008? I’ll buy you a beer at Irish Times if you make the 10th anniversary. I’ll even extend the offer to anyone who rode with Boson the same year!
I’m using the same cuesheet from a few years back:
CUESHEET Print one for yourself, I won’t bring but a few extras.
All of the turns are still correct. Disregard the 1st lunch option. They’re closed.
We’ll lunch at Subway (mi. 48.3)
8AM start from Dixon OR 7AM start from Carrol Park.
See ya tomorrow. -Bob
This route is always a nice followup to M2M. It usually attracts a sizable group of speedy riders who start from BWI. I like to ride in from Baltimore and take it easy. There are a couple hilly sections on this route, but mostly it’s a flat and fast tour of Anne Arundel county roads and the western Chesapeake coastline. Coming?
- The Chesapeake Beach Ride 102 mi., 4400ft.
- Date/Time: Sunday, June 4th @8AM (SEE NOTE BELOW FOR EARLIER START)
- Start: Dixon/BWI STARTMAP
- Route Map (click EXPORT for GPS files): ROUTEMAP
- Cue Sheet (print one, or ask me to bring an extra): CUESHEET
IMPORTANT: There will be an earlier alternate start for those wanting to begin from Baltimore. Meet @7AM at Carroll Park (south corner). We will ride 11 miles to the BWI start.
I had a blast riding Monument to Monument last Sunday: great riding weather, lots of daring bike riders, excitement riding up to the Washington Monument. The afternoon was even more fun, riding easy with a group of Ramble regulars, taking our time and enjoying the day.
How’d your ride go? Got some pics or a ride report? I can post a link to them here.
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I counted 60 riders at the start. There were at least 15 more who joined along the way.
Socks of the M2M
3 fixed gear bikes. lots of happy long distance riders.
along the way
smiles and beer at the end.
Print a copy of the CUESHEET if you can, or download the GPX files from the MAP.
Bring a bike bell if you’ve got one. I’ll see you Sunday morning.
I noticed some great comments on the site from previous M2M rides:
In 2016 after riding the entire route in cold rain, Charlie wrote:
Kudos riders, tough day and you rode strong.
In 2015 Kwesi wrote:
This will be my first Century…. CAN’T WAIT!
In 2013 Charlie wrote:
Excellent as always. i really enjoy running sweep on this ride because the proudest ramblers are in this group. They amaze themselves that they rode all the way to the monument. The “baddest” rambler of the day goes to Jack, 75 year old cyclist finishing his 2nd century ever. And he wasn’t in the back of the pack either.
In 2013 we had a group riding simultaneously from DC to Baltimore. Justin wrote:
We had a great time doing the ride in reverse from DC. Good catching up with you for a few moments in Laurel there! The chipwich from the 7-11 in Jessup on the way home was delicious.
And patrick in 2013 wrote:
Great route, Bob; great ride, everyone. That was a fantastic way to spend a Spring Sunday.