Monthly Archives: March 2017

Utica Park Wednesday Night Rides 2017

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017 the “Utica Park Wednesday Night Rides” return for the season. In April and September, the ride starts at 6:00 PM. In May, June, July and August, the ride starts at 6:15 PM. We would like to have four different rides on Wednesday nights.

Please contact Terry Eskuchen at if you would like to lead a Utica Wednesday Night Ride this season.

Utica Park area is mostly moderate terrain

Slow and Easy (Moderate is 8 – 10 mph)
C (Moderate is 10 – 12 mph)
CC (Moderate is 12 -14 mph)
B (Moderate is 14-16 mp)

Ride of Silence

When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (Meet at 6:30 PM for a 6:45 PM ride start)

Where: Monocacy Middle School, 8009 O’Possumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702


Ride of Silence Pace-ALL 12 miles, Note- This ride will replace the regular Utica Park Ride. The Frederick Pedalers will participate in the national Ride of Silence by leading a ride in Frederick. Please see the Ride of Silence website for details about this ride. Join us as we raise cycling awareness during Bike Safety Month and honor those cyclists who have been injured or killed on our nation’s roads. This ride will proceed in silent memorial at no more than 12 mph through the streets of downtown Frederick obeying all laws and traffic controls to demonstrate cyclists intent to safely share the road with other vehicles. Please arrive and be ready for pre-ride instructions at 6:30 PM as we will try to depart promptly at 6:45 PM. Ride Leader – Bill Smith

Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day

On Friday May 19, 2017 Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association invite you to celebrate bicycling as a clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work. Attend one of 83 pit stops in D.C., MD, and VA to receive refreshments, and be entered into a raffle for bicycles being given away. In Frederick the pit stop is the MARC Station on East Street.

Register now at:


Annual Club Meeting Will Be Held March 18

Please join us for the annual club meeting on March 18, 2017 at 1:30 PM.  It will be held at The William R. Talley Rec Center, 121 North Bentz Street, Frederick, MD 21701. Pizza and drinks will be provided.  Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Club Elections

We will be holding elections for the club officers at the meeting. We are still open to nominations, and we will accept nominations from the floor at the meeting. If you know someone who might make a good officer, please nominate them.

Annual Awards to Ride Leaders

As in the past, we will give awards to the top three ride leaders of the year. In addition, this year, two additional awards will also be given to others who have led rides this year.  If you have led rides, you will get one chance per ride led.  Two names will be picked and given gift cards.  If you have not turned in your sign in sheets (waivers) please email now to Diana Rabideau at


Phil Hefler will speak about the rides and tours he has organized over the years. Phil has been running the Catoctin Challenge and Pedal Pittsburgh for about 20 years now.  The former raises money for Habitat for Humanity, the latter is a really lovely and challenging tour he runs each year.  Phil also runs the early-June Dr. Laura Ride to benefit Autism Speaks – in honor of the son of the late Dr. Laura Chaffiotte, club member and bicyclist extraordinaire, who died of ovarian cancer in early August 2013.

Other activities

There will be pre-meeting rides as usual. Watch the website for details.  An “accessory swap” table will be set up to accommodate items.  No bikes please. A few club jerseys will be available for sale.


Utica Park Rides November 2016 – March 2017

Ride Title:  Afternoon Delight (a.k.a. Afternoon Utica C Rides)

When: March 15, March 22, March 29 Wednesdays,  at 4:00 PM

Where: Utica Park

Length: 15-25 miles at a C pace

Leader: Paul Lentz 301-845-0658,

Ride Description: THIS RIDE HAS CHANGED FROM 3:00 PM TO 4:00 PM ON MARCH 15, MARCH 22 AND MARCH 29.  Think Wednesday evenings, but earlier. We will spend mid-afternoons during the late Fall, Winter and early Spring searching for the ever-elusive “all down-hill” ride while waiting for the evening rides to return in April. The format is pretty much the same as the summer rides, just earlier. Cue sheets will be available, and the ride pace may vary depending on who shows up. If you’re a strong D rider working to become a C rider and the distance is agreeable, you’re welcome to come and we’ll encourage you along. Call or EMail the ride leader if in doubt. Rides are cancelled if there is significant snow or ice on the roads (also if it’s raining). I will post cancellations on Facebook when possible. One last thing: we’ll be back in time for you to do the “Lights and Pizza” ride.

DC Bike Ride

The club received this from DC Bike Ride:

DC Bike Ride, the region’s premier scenic urban bike ride, invites your members to cruise through the District on May 14 as part of ongoing National Bike Month celebrations. 

Make the drive to D.C. for the perfect family-friendly activity on Mother’s Day.  DC Bike Ride offers a unique, recreational car-free tour of our nation’s capital. Riders will pedal by some of the capital’s most-recognizable sites, including the Washington Monument, the White House and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Participants will conclude their journey with a post-ride celebration on Pennsylvania Avenue near the United States Capitol. (The 2017 course can be found at

The ride is short only 20 miles but the streets are cleared for the ride. I may go and bring my camera for some riding and shooting.