Spring is at our doorstep, long distance riding beckons. I’ve got a slew of dates for you to drop into your calendar.
1. March 24, 2013. We’ll start with a jaunt up to Havre deGrace on the 24th. I shortened Charm and Grace slightly this year. It’s down to 102 miles with a little less than 6,000ft climbing. This is a nice wandering, woodsy roll up along the northern reaches of the bay. I love arriving in quaint and scenic HdG by bike. Great views of the water. A nice tavern lunch and then the long, hard climb on level road. The climbing stays difficult for the second half, but the beautiful roads will distract you from the pain. (note: I will still be absent from this ride. I’ll ride to the start and meet you in HdG) Here are the ride details:
- Date/Time- Sunday, March 24th 7:45 meet up. 8AM push off
- Start- Canton Park MAP
- Cue sheet- Charm and Grace Cue
- GPS files/Map- RWGPSCharmGrace
- 102 miles. 5950′ of climbing.
- 2011 BikesN Coffee ride report RR_CharmGrace
2. April 7, 2013. If all goes well, this will be my re-arrival to the Rambles. I’m choosing a fairly easy one to start on: the Point to Point ride. We explore 12 (or 13, I can’t remember) peninsulas on the western shore of the bay, from Baltimore to Chase, MD. Out to the scenic tip, back to Eastern ave and repeat. If you haven’t tried this route, it’s a great first century. We begin from Ft. McHenry, have a waterfront lunch at Island View Cafe in Essex, turn around at Gunpowder Falls S.P. and head home further inland. This one’s a little less than 100 mi. and low climbing (although we can get dogged by winds). More details on that ride later.
3. May 5, 2013. The big baby of Rambles: the Monument to Monument ride. Baltimore to DC and back. Depending on your disposition, this ride can be a blast or your worst nightmare. It is very unlike my other rides. Over the last years, I’ve been encouraging almost anyone to pump up the tires and give this route a try. And, since we’re never far from assistance, not doing too much climbing and have a lot of daylight, it mostly works out fine. We had fifty last year, many of whom I was meeting for the first time.
There you have it. Put ’em in ink on calendar. Be sure to sign up for email updates from the blog. A big thank you to all of the Ramble regulars who’ve been patient with my injuries this season.
Questions? Bring ’em.