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Disclaimer: This 23-Mile Mount Vernon to DC Loop Spring Tour recap contains affiliate links…   Riding Along the Monuments and Memorials It was a glorious day for a roundtrip ride with our friend Barb into DC from Mount Vernon. With the sun shining brightly and the temperature rising from 61° to 68°, we couldn’t have […]

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Disclaimer: This 37-Mile Gravel Loop from The Plains to St. Louis recap contains affiliate links…   A Little History Before Starting Our Ride I had planned to sleep in, but FOMO won out and I agreed to join Bill and our friend Ed for a gravel ride on a course Bill had raved about for […]

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Disclaimer: This 27-Mile Bull Run Mountain Brutal Gravel Grinder recap contains affiliate links…   Climbing a Mountain on Loose Gravel The thought of climbing a mountain on my gravel bike was just intriguing enough for me to agree to join Bill on the 27-mile route he offered up for our Saturday riding adventure. Short, sweet, […]

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Disclaimer: This recap, 30-Mile Loudoun and Fauquier Gravel Grinder Loop from Civil War Era Goose Creek Bridge, contains affiliate links…   A Little History Before Starting Our Ride My husband, a history buff, created a loop route of mostly gravel roads starting and finishing at the parking near the Civil War era Goose Creek Bridge […]

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Disclaimer: This recap, 30 Miles of Leesburg Gravel and Hills, contains affiliate links…   When the Course Turns Out to be Much More Than Anticipated I set out without any great expectations on our 30 Miles of Leesburg Gravel and Hills ride which started in the town of Leesburg at 9 AM, but the course […]

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Disclaimer: This recap of Deb’s 63-Mile LoCo Birthday Tour contains affiliate links…   I’m Barely Older Than a Metric Century Back in the fall after I completed my first metric century, it dawned on me that if I could ride 62.13 miles, I could certainly ride my age on my birthday, a mere .87-mile farther. […]

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Disclaimer: This recap of our 45-Mile White’s Ferry Sugarloaf Tour contains affiliate links…   Climbing a Mountain, but First Let’s Ride a Ferry To say that I was excited to ride White’s Ferry across the Potomac River from Virginia to Maryland for the first time after living in Loudoun County for 36 years is an […]

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Disclaimer: This recap of our 27 Miles of Loudoun County Gravel Perfection ride contains affiliate links…   265 Miles of Historic Gravel Bill and I had several group options for our Saturday ride, but ended up doing our own thing. After a relaxing morning while giving the temps a chance to move out of the […]

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Disclaimer: This recap of our 42-Mile Fauquier County Longhorn Ride contains affiliate links…   Longhorns in Virginia Not only does the map of the 42-Mile Fauquier County Longhorn Ride course look like a Longhorn’s head, but if cyclists are lucky (we weren’t), Longhorn cattle can be seen grazing along the road in the fields at […]

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Disclaimer: This recap of our 36-Mile Dry Mill Vineyard & Winery LoCo Tour contains affiliate links…   Cold Start for the Weakest Link The anticipation of some rides is greater than the experience and that was the case of the 36-Mile Dry Mill Vineyard & Winery LoCo Tour. I talked Bill into joining in on […]

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Why a Metric Century Now Those who know me know I’m very competitive, especially with myself, and when I take up a new sport or hobby I feel a need to give it all I’ve got and that’s exactly what came into play when I started riding more seriously this summer. A self-declared cardio junkie […]

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Disclaimer: This recap of our 55-Mile Harpers Ferry Tri-State Tour contains affiliate links…   Three States, One Ride After a fun ride last weekend with the Prince William Cycling Club, I decided to join the group once again, this time for a scenic ride from Leesburg to Harpers Ferry. About a dozen cyclist showed up for […]

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Disclaimer: This recap of our 44-Mile Loudoun Meander contains affiliate links…   First Ride with a New Group The thing I’m learning about cycling is that in our area every weekend there are dozens of rides to choose from depending on the distance, speed, and type of ride that tickles my fancy. I recently joined […]

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Disclaimer: This recap of our 28-Mile Down to the River: Lake Anne to the Potomac Tour contains affiliate links…   Where’s the River? While Bill and I were vacationing at the beach, my friends went on a ride called Down to the River. Later when they told me about it, I asked if they would […]

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Disclaimer: This recap of our 40-Mile Great Falls Ramble contains affiliate links…   Back to Some Hills and Notable Landmarks After a couple of weeks of cruising along on wide open and relatively flat roads, it was time to challenge myself on the rolling hills winding their way around Great Falls, VA. On Sunday morning, […]

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Disclaimer: This recap of our 30-Mile Greater Ashburn Bike Tour contains affiliate links…   Choosing Pavement over Gravel As the weekend approached, my husband Bill and I began discussing our cycling options. He was organizing a 44-mile gravel ride and even though it wasn’t all gravel, it was a little too much for this girl […]

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Disclaimer: This recap of our 30-Mile Tour de Ashburn contains affiliate links…   A Little Backstory: Forming a Cycling Club While out on a solo early morning ride in late July I mentally went through my list of friends who I could have cajoled into riding with me. Betsy, my regular weekday riding friend, wasn’t […]

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Disclaimer: This recap of our 30-Mile LoCo Gravel Grinder contains affiliate links…   Back on Some Gravel After enjoying riding my new road bike for a few weeks, I left it behind as I pulled out my Salsa to join Bill and two other friends for some gravel grinding on the less traveled roads of […]

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Disclaimer: This recap of our 30-Mile Clifton Breakfast Ride contains affiliate links…   A Less Rural Ride Our 20-mile Clifton breakfast ride started at 7 AM on Saturday at Chantilly High School in Fairfax County, Virginia. The temperature was in the low 70’s and the forecast promised that the rain would hold out until the […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Initiated by Hills During the previous few Saturday rides, I was teased and told that sooner or later I’d have to climb the Taylorstown and Stumptown Hills located just 4 miles apart in northwestern Loudoun County. Apparently, they’re legendary in the local riding circle because I’d already heard […]

 
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