Coppi Sunday Ride
one of the the best group rides in the DC region
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From Java Shack, it’s about 49 miles with 2,500ft for the full ride. We usually stay together at a brisk pace for the first 15 miles, until Seven Locks road and Bells Mill, where breakaways should be expected. At the one-lane bridge where Glen Rd meets Glen Mill Rd, there's a shortcut option (41 miles, 1,700ft) for those who don't want to do the rollers. At the 23-mile mark, we head back along Travilah Rd, then circle back toward DC via Glen Rd, Piney Rd and River Rd. We regroup at the top of Great Falls Park (33-mile mark), and return together on MacArthur.
This ride comprises experienced riders who value their training time. The ride is open to everyone, but expect a challenge. Expect speeds from 16-18mph during warmup, 20-25 mph for much of the ride, and 25+ mph during more challenging sections. Riders should be comfortable in a fast pace line, and be prepared to support themselves if they are separated from the group.
Come One, Come All
Not all riders have their fitness year round. Nor do our training goals always call for a hammerfest every Sunday. For that reason, we make an effort to designate a "B-Ride leader" at the Starbucks stop. This is a Coppi team member who's taking it easy for the day. This person will lead a more moderately paced no-drop ride. If it's your first time or you want a slower pace, you should not hesitate to ask who the B-ride leader is.