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Thu April 24, 2014 - Thursday Night Hill Ride.
Level C+, 13-14 mph, 20-25 miles. Meet at Italian Fountain behind the Art Museum. The ride leaves at 5:45 pm. A moderately hilly ride conquering 3 Main Line hills that regroups at the top of each climb. As the days lengthen, so does the ride and we should be nearing 30 miles by July. This year we will make a conscious effort to maintain a true C+ pace. No riders will be dropped. 50% chance of rain between 6:00 and 8:00 cancels the ride. Cue sheets will not be available.
Leader: Joe Lubeck, 610-291-3014             

Thu April 24, 2014 - Conshohocken Multi-Level Rides.
Level C/C+ and B-, 13-14 and 14-15 mph, 20-35+ miles. Meet at Jacobs Engineering Parking Lot. The ride leaves at 6:00 pm. Meet at 5:45 for a prompt start. Rain cancels. Note, no bathroom facilities. Check this listing for updates should one or more paces not be available any given week. See Weekly Rides for detailed description. Cue sheets will not be available.
Leaders: Howard Hochheiser, 215-913-3246  Peter Velletri, 484-368-6102 and Thomas G. Madle, 215-233-2578            

Fri April 25, 2014 - Friday Frolic w/Linda. Jenkintown to Lake Luxembourg and Newtown.
Level B-/C+, 13-14.5 mph, 48- miles. Meet at Jenkintown Whole Foods Market, on The Fairway, ~1 mile east of Old York Rd/611. Park at far end of lot, near Rydal Park Apts. The ride leaves at 9:50 am. For 4/25: Pretty route from Jenkintown through Bryn Athyn, into Bucks County. Cycle past Springfield Lake and Lake Luxembourg in Core Creek Park. Sit-down lunch break in quaint Newtown at mile 21. Return via Richboro, Northampton, and Huntingdon Valley. On the return, there are places for optional rest breaks at mile 36 (Tanner's Market), or mile 40 (Wawa). Total elevation gain 2659 feet. We will regroup as needed. No one dropped, but we will try to maintain at least 13mph, as advertised. Lovely scenery on this route. GENERIC DESCRIPTION: Scenic adventures by bike on most Fridays, throughout the year. Explore pretty, peaceful roads in suburban counties -- Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, etc. Starting points will vary, so that we can cycle through different regions. Please check the daily calendar for details of each Friday's route -- terrain, mileage, rest stops, etc. Cue sheets and on-line route map will be provided for each ride. If weather conditions are not conducive to cycling, this ride may be replaced by a hike/walk (on foot). As long as we are enjoying outdoor physical exercise, and Mother Nature, in the company of friends, we'll have a memorable outing. Cue sheets will be available. The on-line route map is http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1174835 It is optional, but you may preregister until Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 11:59 pm.
Leader: Linda McGrane, 267-251-7862 . Optionally Preregister.  ?            

Sat April 26, 2014 - Main Line Cycles Brisk Ride.
Level B+, 16-17 mph, 40-55 miles. Meet at Main Line Cycles back parking lot, Narberth, PA. The ride leaves at 8:00 am. New start time, Great roads with low traffic. Narberth through Bryn Mawr and out to Waynesborough Country Club. Then south to Ridley Creek State Park. Back through Villanova (and Gladwyne if the group wants more hills). No one gets dropped. Speed determined by the group. Bring a snack for brief mid-ride break. Rain cancels. Consider the on-line route approximate. Leave at 8:05AM. Cue sheets will not be available. The on-line route map is http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1940076
Leaders: Jeff Diacik, 215-783-8537  and Derek Barnes, 610-246-3917            

Sat April 26, 2014 - Early Morning Ramble (before BCP Spring Kick-Off party) Jenkintown to Doylestown .
Level B-/C+, 13-14.5 mph, 46 miles. Meet at Jenkintown Whole Foods Market, Baederwood Shopping Ctr on Fairway, ~1 mile east of Old York Rd/611. Far end of lot near Rydal Park Apts. The ride leaves at 8:30 am. Early to ride, early to party, stay longer at party. Pretty route from Jenkintown to Del Val College Farm Market, just south of Doylestown. Outbound route via Abington and Horsham, return via Chalfont and Ambler. We'll ride on new 202 Parkway for part of the way. Sit-down rest stop at Del Val College is at the halfpoint. Rolling terrain with some climbs, but nothing too steep - total elevation is 2465 ft. We will stop to regroup at needed. No one dropped, but we will try to maintain at least 13mph average, as advertised. Note: there are rest rooms in Whole Foods. Cue sheets will be available. The on-line route map is http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1945368 It is optional, but you may preregister until Friday, April 25, 2014 at 11:59 pm.
Leader: Linda McGrane, 267-251-7862 . Optionally Preregister.  ?            

Sat April 26, 2014 - Saturday B/B+ ride from the Art Museum. Ride ends at the BCP Spring Kick Off BBQ.
Level B/B+, 16-17 mph, 60-75 miles. Meet at Italian Fountain behind the Art Museum. The ride leaves at 8:45 am. We are a friendly B ride that stops at traffic lights and does not drop riders who can ride the advertised pace. Our rolling speed on flat terrain is 18-20 mph. Bring $ for a snack near the midpoint. Route will be posted on Thursday. Cue sheets will not be available. It is optional, but you may preregister until Friday, April 25, 2014 at 11:00 pm.
Leader: Raymond P Wynman, 215-816-6211 . Optionally Preregister.  ?            

Sat April 26, 2014 - April's D Ride Progression - Phoenixville.
Level D, 10 mph, 55 miles. Meet at Azalea Garden's formal entrance, behind the Art Museum. The ride leaves at 9:00 am. Come cycle each Saturday in April a little bit farther and a little bit faster and become a little bit stronger and get to be a little bit more confident cyclist. This Saturday of April's D ride is to Phoenixville, 55 miles most entirely on the Schuylkill River Trail. Challenge yourself to do them all! Rain one hour before start cancels. Cue sheets will not be available. It is optional, but you may preregister until Friday, April 25, 2014 at 3:00 pm.
Leader: Tim Carey, 267-414-9037 . Optionally Preregister.  ?            

Sat April 26, 2014 - Saturday C/C+ Ride - Spring Kick Off Ends at BCP BBQ.
Level C/C+, 13-14 mph, 36 miles. Meet at Italian Fountain behind the Art Museum. The ride leaves at 9:15 am. Bring your legs. We are going to kick it up a notch with ~20 miles of hill training, but will cut the total ride short at 36 miles in lieu of the 40-50 miles we usually do. We will end up back at the Art Museum, but for those who are interested, we will continue the ride into town, ending up at the BCP Spring Kick Off BBQ for lunch, located at 740 S. 13th St. (corner of S. 13th & Fitzwater Sts.). There will be one or two brief water breaks, but will not be stopping for lunch since we have the BBQ at the end. We'll keep a steady pace and regroup at the top of all major hills. Wet roads or rain at 8:00 AM or over 50% forecast for rain between 8:00 and noon cancel ride. Check the web site for up-to-date information. Cue sheets will be available at the ride. Also check out the web link for the route. Cue sheets will be available. The on-line route map is http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4513470 It is optional, but you may preregister until Friday, April 25, 2014 at 12:00 am.
Leader: Bill Wright, 610-592-4477 . Optionally Preregister.  ?            

Sat April 26, 2014 - Back to the Trails!! Mountain Bike rides…continue!.
Level C, 3-5/12-14 mph, 25-30 miles. Meet at Lincoln/Forbidden Drive trailhead parking area. The ride leaves at 10:00 am. , …well this one is actually, a “combo” ride…we will again meet at Lincoln/Forbidden Drive trailhead parking area. The ride leaves at 10:00 am. This remains a Beginner/No Judgments ride - goal is to build into something more and we are still building! This is a No Drop ride so we will be looking for the friendliest trails possible but be prepared to know where your skills are in relation to terrain (and when you need to walk a section). We will start on the trails of Wissahickon but since the BCP Spring Kick-Off is happening on the same day, we will be cutting our “play” time in the dirt a bit short and then head down to the BCP Spring KickOff event [ http://phillybikeclub.org/newbcp/events/kickoff2014.html ]. We will have bathroom breaks (Valley Green Inn and elsewhere as needed). AND NOTE: After our time on the trail we return to the start point, you would not be obligated to join us for the ride down to the BCP Kick-Off event After the Kick-Off event I will lead the group back to MLK Drive or to the Art Museum. Total mileage will be 25-30 miles. Muddy trail conditions or rain at 8:00 AM or an over 50% forecast for rain between 8:00am and noon cancels the ride. Check the web site for up-to-date information. Required: Mountain bike with knobby tires (please, no hybrids; your call for cyclocross bikes); a way to fix problems trailside (spare tube(s), pump, patches, multi-tool or allen wrench and chain tool); cash for snacks; trail permit; ...a sense of humor optional but strongly recommended... Cue sheets will not be available. It is optional, but you may preregister until Friday, April 25, 2014 at 4:00 pm.
Leader: John A Petty II, 215-847-6476 . Optionally Preregister.  ?            

Sat April 26, 2014 - Ride to BCP Spring Cycling Kickoff Party .
Level C+/B-, 13.5-14.5 mph, 40 miles. Meet at Ft. Washington State Park, Flourtown Picnic Area. The ride leaves at 11:15 am. Join me as we ride into Philadelphia for good food, drink and company at the club's annual Spring Cycling Kickoff party. Flat to rolling hills on the way out, with a hillier, but shorter, return. Will regroup as needed. Be sure to wear your club's colors. Check back as other paces may be added. Note that Sunday the 27th is a rain date. Cue sheets will be available. The on-line route map is http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2390297 It is optional, but you may preregister until Friday, April 25, 2014 at 11:00 pm.
Leader: Howard Hochheiser, 215-913-3246 . Optionally Preregister.  ?            

Sun April 27, 2014 - Ringing Rock Park.
Level B-ish, 15.5 - 16.5 mph, 58 miles. Meet at Whites Road Park between Broad St and Valley Forge Rd, Lansdale. The ride leaves at 8:45 am. We're off to Ringing Rock Park in Pottsgrove to see the basaltic rocks that intruded into the surrounding red shale. A hammer is best to hear the sounds (different hammers will produce different sounds when hit against the same rock - wow!) but since that's impractical riders may wish to bring their favorite bike tool. I'm not sure that'll be sufficient to produce sound but it's worth a try. Rolling hills with a few climbs. We'll regroup as necessary but please be prepared to maintain the average pace. Rest stop at Wawa just after Ringing Rock Park. Please consider using the pre-registration facility. If interested in cue sheet please e-mail me. The on-line route map is http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1410983 It is optional, but you may preregister until Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 5:00 am.
Leader: Howard Haber, 610-715-2881 . Optionally Preregister.  ?            

Sun April 27, 2014 - Sunny D Ride.
Level D, 8-11 mph, 14-28 miles. Meet at Azalea Garden's formal entrance, behind the Art Museum. The ride leaves at 12:00 pm. OWLS (older, wiser, longer, slower) paced ride for any age. We will go through Fairmont Park and beyond depending on the experience of the riders. Bring helmet, extra tube, smiles, and money for a snack stop about 1/2 way. All ages and experienced riders welcomed. There will be discussion of safety and riding with a group. This ride will go to the Kickoff Party if there is a rain delay for the Saturday party. Cue sheets will not be available. It is optional, but you may preregister until Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm.
Leader: George L. Yarnell, 610-626-3338 . Optionally Preregister.  ?            

Sun April 27, 2014 - Sunday C Spinoff.
Level C, 25-35 miles. Meet at Italian Fountain behind the Art Museum. The ride leaves at 12:15 pm. A friendly C ride which cheerfully waits to regroup. Usually 25-35 miles, usually with a lunch stop. All welcome.
Leader: Michael J Olszewski, 215-932-8586             

Mon April 28, 2014 - "COS" Multi-Level Group Rides in Wayne, PA.
Level D thru A, 10-20 mph, 10-40 miles. Meet at Church of the Saviour, Wayne, PA. The ride leaves at 6:00 pm. Ride with the largest evening cycling group in the Delaware Valley ( over 100 riders). Seven different ride groups to choose from including a "hybrid" group. See weekly ride section for additional details Cue sheets will be available.
Leaders: Thomas G. Madle, 215-233-2578  John W. Moser, 610-630-8078 and Michael Lefkowitz, 610-687-2923            

Tue April 29, 2014 - Ride yer Bike Tuesdays.
Level C+ and B, 13.5 +/- and 15.5 +/- mph, 35-50 miles. Meet at Ft. Washington State Park, Flourtown Picnic Area. The ride leaves at 10:00 am. Bring yer bike and sense of adventure. Some days we'll ride familiar favorite routes, other days we'll scope out some new routes. Check back a few days prior to the ride for an updated listing for the ride's details: destination, distance, terrain and whether both paces will be offered. Will regroup as needed, but must be able to maintain the average pace. Will usually have a sit-down lunch stop. Check with ride leaders if forecast is iffy. Cue sheets will not be available.
Leaders: Howard Hochheiser, 215-913-3246  and Howard Haber, 610-715-2881            

Tue April 29, 2014 - Tuesday Morning Ramble.
Level C, 12.2 mph, 32 +/- miles. Meet at Whites Road Park between Broad St and Valley Forge Rd, Lansdale. The ride leaves at 10:30 am. Generally, we'll stop for a short food break but bring a snack and plenty of water just in case. This ride will definitely be at a slower pace than Howard's team. Cancellations for whatever reason will be done by 8:30 a.m. Cue sheets will not be available.
Leader: Walt Spadt, 215-855-8480             

Tue April 29, 2014 - Teusday Night Bull Dog ride.
Level B, 15 to 16 mph, 30 miles. Meet at Bulldog Statue, 25th St. and Pennsylvania Ave.. The ride leaves at 6:00 pm. Ride north thru Shukll park to Stenton Rd Make our way to Cochshahocken and onto the bike path Cue sheets will not be available.
Leader: Bruce Taubman, 215-735-7935             

Tue April 29, 2014 - Monthly QR Mailing Party.
Level All. Meet at Cozen O'Connor, 1900 Market St.. The ride leaves at 6:30 pm. All welcome to help mail the newsletter, snacks and good company guaranteed along with some light work.
Leader: Tom Witt, 215-665-5578             

Wed April 30, 2014 - Wednesday Phoenixville Dog Ride.
Level C+/B-, 13 mph, 25-32 miles. Meet at Reynolds Dog Park, Longford Rd, Oaks, PA. The ride leaves at 6:00 pm. Join us every Wednesday evening for beautiful rides on low traffic roads. The route lengths will increase as daylight increases. The rolling terrain of Chester County provides an excellent mid-week workout. No one is dropped, but please be prepared to average 13 mph on rolling terrain. Rest rooms and fresh water are available at the starting location. Cue sheets will be available.
Leader: Rick Christie, 610-787-1985             

Wed April 30, 2014 - NW Philly/Flourtown Multi-Level Rides.
Level C+, B-, B/B+, A, 12-20 mph, 20-35+ miles. Meet at Flourtown Shopping Center. The ride leaves at 6:00 pm. Meet at 5:45 for a prompt start. Rain cancels. Check this listing for updates should one or more paces not be available any given week. See Weekly Rides for detailed description. Cue sheets will not be available.
Leaders: Howard Hochheiser, 215-913-3246  John A. Dwyer, Tae Kwak, 215-317-9394 and Howard Haber, 610-715-2881            

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