380 riders gave us some feedback on the August 26 event.
Distance you rode 82.5 (average mileage)
Overall EVENT 7.9 (1-9 scale)
ROUTES rating 7.0
REST STOP rating 8.1
TOWN CENTER PARTY rating 7.7
T-SHIRT rating 7.2
ADMIN rating 8.6
First 11 comments:
- We finished the
half-metric by 10:15am meaning that we would have to stick around for >2
hours to get lunch. Since we were done, we headed home - the lunch thing
doesn't work for the short routes. I don't have a solution other than timing
departures for the short route to start later? But then you miss the coolest
part of the day to ride (if this remains in August). It's a puzzle. Also, not
happy about the route going by Lowes, etc in Sterling - that is a dangerous
area to ride on the street - glad I went by before 10:00 am. Suggest figuring
out some alternative. W&OD might have to be used for a bit there to avoid
that. I did appreciate keeping W&OD to a minimum - thank you for that!
The route marking was so good that you really didn't need to be hooked into
RideWithGPS (but I was). T-shirt size for women ran a bit small in my opinion
and I think the 2017 design was better.
I really enjoyed the day - next year I promise to volunteer to mark routes!
- Last few miles
(before W&OD) at the end seemed very unsafe. Would rather just got on
- The last ~11mi
were rather congested with vehicle traffic. More time on the trail would have
- Route was nice
but very hilly. I don’t ride so many hills so am exhausted. Hard to keep in our
group. But it was very nice otherwise.
- Good overall.
Street markings were excellent and rest stop was awesome (although it should
be better marked - too easy to pass it). For those finishing earlier, should
offer basic "box lunch" option because we finished early in cooler
weather by 10:30 and zero food options at the Reston Pavilion. Having that
would help stagger "traffic" within the pavilion as well. Great
experience overall though. Thanks!
- Taylor’s town
and stumps town we’re way too hilly for our enjoyment. The distance to the
first rest stop was too long. Otherwise the ride was very pretty
- Much better
route than in past, hardly any Bike Path - Thanks!!
- Really enjoyed
most of the rout today, other than the stretch from Smiths Switch road
through Dulles Town Center/Crossing and Sterling. I know the RBC is under
pressure to stay off of the W&OD, but at the end of the groups are
smaller and and riding at slower speeds. Would have really liked the route if
we had joined the trail at Smiths Switch.
- Some of the
routing (e.g. Landsdown area) had high vehicle traffic and red lights at turn
that didn't recognize cyclists.
- The route
markings should be a lot more visible and more frequent. A number of the
markings were so worn there was almost nothing to see. During our ride we
missed one near the end and had to find our own way back. My wife helps run
BikeMS and they use signs whenever possible.
- Please try to
find a route with more shade!