We aim to post cancellation notices on our Facebook page as early as possible, typically not later than 2 hours before the ride. A ride can be canceled at the ride start if conditions warrant. Conditions may include:
RBC organizes a variety of group ride types to meet a range of cyclist objectives including fitness, training, and social fun
There are two women-only rides on Monday evening.
The faster ride begins at 6:00 PM at the Green Lizard Bike Shop (718 Lynn St, Herndon, VA 20170) This is a DROP ride that will range from 18 to 32 miles and average approximately 15 to 16 mph. Lisa Mackem will lead most of the rides. Additional ride leaders will include Karen Palino, and Erin Schultz.
The second women-only ride begins at The Bike Lane (11150 Sunset Hills Rd, Reston, VA 20190) at 6:00 PM. This is a NO DROP ride which welcomes women of all abilities and speeds. The route uses the roads as well as short segments on the W&OD. The focus is on encouragement and teaching.
Rides are not held on holidays or when the risk of rain is greater than 50%. Ride cancellations will be posted on Social Media.
Hunter Woods Shopping Center2304 Hunter Woods PlazaPark in the two far-west lanes near Colts Neck RoadReston, VA 20191
Art Space Building parking lot750 Center StHerndon, VA 20170
This is a social ride held all year. Rides start at the Art Space Building parking lot (750 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170). Start time will vary.
There are a couple of Sunday rides - one is the Last Sunday Brunch Adventure, similar to the Wednesday Ramble above. The other is a longer, endurance training ride which will start at various locations. These rides do not take place every week, so be sure to check the events page.
1.3.1 Route Coordinator
RBC routes are reviewed and cue sheets are edited by Route Coordinators to ensure consistency and safety. Routes are then published to our Ride with GPS RBC Library. Club members have premium privileges to download any club route including turn-by-turn and safety annotations. If you would like to add a route to the club library, please send your request to a Route Coordinator, Ken Thompson, or Chip Magrogan before the day of the planned route.
1.3.2 Event Coordinator
Every event requires preparation and coordination before, during, and after a ride event. The Event Coordinator is responsible for selecting the route(s) and groups to be included, ensuring Ride Leaders are assigned to groups, rider signup sheets are distributed to Ride Leaders, providing overall guidance to the Ride Leaders, and cancelling the event in advance if weather is threatening. Any member can be an Event Coordinator. The event coordinator is typically present at the beginning of the ride and may or may not be present at the ride completion. On some rides, the Event Coordinator and Ride Leader will be the same person.
1.3.3 Ride Leader
Ride Leaders are the heart of RBC's Ride Safe / Ride Fun strategy. Ride Leaders are primarily responsible for coaching and ensuring safe conduct during the ride so that all participants get the most enjoyment possible from each ride. Any member can become a ride leader. We encourage all ride leaders to attend RBC's ride leader training. In addition, we encourage ride leaders to familiarize themselves with the Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) rules, shareVAroads guidelines, and RBC Ride Safe / Ride Fun guidelines. Ride leaders are also responsible for completing and/or collecting ride documents and getting them back to the RBC board.