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This is the last in our series of places to ride for families, couples and road cycling.

We all love to ride with our families, partners and many of us enjoy road riding. All of these recommendations are based on personal rides from the staff. These recommendations have been made to riders just like yourself and have received lots of positive feedback.

Of course all of us in the store love to learn what your riding needs and preferences are and then we can make recommendations based on your needs and riding preferences. Just come on by.

I hope you enjoy these rides. Let us know what you think and what other rides are your favorite.

When thinking road rides we are thinking about rides that are geared towards road bikes but would certainly be appropriate for fitness bike cyclists that want longer rides.

There are so many great places to ride road bikes in our area.

No matter which direction you want to head you can build a ride using roads that motorist are used to seeing people on.

South County down to North Beach and Chesapeake Beach

When talking to local road cyclists you’ll find that most enjoy riding in South County. With all of the side roads in southern Anne Arundel County you can generally have routes that are not full of cars. Many of these roads are narrower and lack wide shoulders or any shoulders. Roads like RT 2 and Muddy Creek offer generous shoulders in many areas.Lots of cyclists ride in this area and I have always felt that if you hang out at popular stopping points for cyclists in South County that you will meet every cyclists in the Washington DC Metro area.

Popular destinations in South County are Deale, North Beach, Chesapeake Beach, and Rose Haven. Chesapeake Market and Deli is a popular stopping point in Rose Haven and if you want to make a weekend out of it check out the Inn at Herrington Harbour. Sweet Sue’s Bake Shop and Coffee Shop is cyclist friendly and a frequent destination in North Beach. The Chesapeake Beach area as places for the cyclist to refuel whether they are heading south to the famous rollers or beginning to work their way back north.
Lots of groups ride in this area the Annapolis Bicycle Club has some popular routes with Cue Sheets on their website here.

If you’re looking for a more tailored route swing by the shop and I can help you plan a great route.

If you’re a road cyclist you’ll definitely want to explore the great cycling that South County offers.

Eastern Shore

The Eastern Shore is full of great places to explore on your bike. People enjoy the flat roads and low volume of cars that are the norm.
One popular route for cyclists and triathletes is the EagleMan Ironman bike course. The route starts in Great Marsh Park in Cambridge and is a 56 mile loop with 700 feet of elevation change. You can find a route for this on one of ride programs like Strava, Map My Ride or Ride with GPS. A quick Google search will provide a bunch of resources. A Cue Sheet is linked below.
The Six Pillars century route is also a very popular with 37, 56 (the EagleMan Route) and 100 mile routes. Here are the Cue Sheets for all three of these routes from the 6Pillars site.

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This is the second in a three part series of places to ride. We all love to ride with our families, partners and many of us enjoy road riding. All of these recommendations are based on personal rides from the staff. These recommendations have been made to riders just like yourself and have received lots of positive feedback.

Of course all of us in the store love to learn what your riding needs and preferences are and then we can make recommendations based on your needs and riding preferences. Just come on by.

I hope you enjoy these rides. Let us know what you think and what other rides are your favorite.

When thinking about couples rides we were thinking about rides that would make for a fun date or a weekend adventure. Riding is fun but making a weekend out of riding with other activities is even better.

Great for a day trip or a weekend St. Michaels won’t disappoint.

The St. Michaels town limit sign is almost exactly 60 miles from the center of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Make a day of it or check into one of the many Bed and Breakfasts in the area and create a weekend of cycling and sightseeing.

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This is the first in a three part series of places to ride. We all love to ride with our families, partners and many of us enjoy road riding. All of these recommendations are based on personal rides from the staff. These recommendations have been made to riders just like yourself and have received lots of positive feedback.

Of course all of us in the store love to learn what your riding needs and preferences are and then we can make recommendations based on your needs and riding preferences. Just come on by.

I hope you enjoy these rides. Let us know what you think and what other rides are your favorite.

When thinking about family friendly rides we are thinking about rides that have kid friendly things to do along the way and are safe for children to ride.

Cross Island Trail

The Cross Island trail runs west to east for six miles across Kent Island. One of the things we love about this trail is that it doesn’t feel like a typical multi use trail. It feels more like you are riding at the beach as the trail meanders along and crosses water allowing a great opportunity to spot wildlife. The cool thing about this trail is all the great things to do along the way with your kids.

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I’ve had this blog in my mind and even outlined for some time. The original plan was to post this in January but here we are in March. Better late than never right?

Ironically I wrote this on the first full day of spring in a snowstorm. Yet unlike January consistent good cycling days are right around the corner.

It is always a good thing to look back at the previous season or year of any activity and think about what worked and what didn’t work for you. Cycling is no different. A new year should mean more adventures and more fun.

So over the next few blogs we are going to dive into just that. The goal should be to make this year even more fun than last year. Plus if you have things to look forward to it makes it even easier to stay motivated for those things. I don’t know about you but I always am happier and stay a little more focused when I know my next activity, event or vacation.

Creating a plan makes everything easier. You know what you have to look forward to. You think about it once and then you know you are going to get to do what you want to do.

It is always a good idea to ask yourself some questions to help make your next year of riding even better.

So the first question is:

What worked and what didn’t?

Obviously you want to keep doing more of what worked and address the areas that didn’t.

If it is a ride that is easy – just don’t do it again. Simple I know.

Before the climb. Tucson trip November 2017 Mt Lemmon

Memories from great rides last a lifetime!

What were your favorite rides? Do you want to do them again?

Most organized rides happen on the same weekend each year. Look them up mark your calendar and register early to save some money. Then invite some friends come along and ride with you. Riding with friends and family members is always more fun.

What came easy?

It is likely you’ll want to continue doing more of this. Make sure you keep it in the plan for your year. The easy stuff elevates the fun factor for your cycling.

Did you ride enough? – Mileage Goals – Do you track your rides?

Planning your riding season early and getting the rides on the calendar is the first step to making sure you get the rides in you want and don’t miss anything.

If you have a mileage goal which I know many people do. Do you have enough time to meet that goal with the riding you do?

Sometimes it is hard to find the extra time but if you include riding in stuff you already do you can often find extra time.

When you hang out with friends what do you do?

Could you do that on a ride on the local bike trail? You can still talk and maybe you stop for lunch or food along the way. Could you commute a few days a week to work? You’ll arrive at work more energized for sure. Maybe you couldn’t ride both ways. My Uncle used to rideshare with a friend. They would drive in together and then one of them would ride their bike home, taking turns driving. That way they arrived for work clean and ready to work and had the ride home to look forward to. They would leave their cloths in the office and then bring everything home on Friday. Many offices have locker rooms making riding round trip even easier.

Finding local group rides, typically weekly, is a great way to meet new people to ride with and to increase your riding mileage.

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The Mount Vernon Trail is 18 miles long and runs between George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Theodore Roosevelt Island with a whole lot to see and do in between.

We recently rode it and started in Old Town Alexandria and headed up towards Theodore Roosevelt Island.

The Lincoln and Washington Monuments


We ended up doing street parking in Old Town Alexandria since I couldn’t find a lot specifically for the trail. Along the ride we came across Gravelly Point Park which would be a great place to park and also watch the planes coming from and leaving Reagan National Airport. Once we had been to the end and back we headed a little further south and found a huge parking lot located underneath the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Jones Point Park. This was especially nice because it had air conditioned restrooms. Our ride was an afternoon during the week. So I imagine that this lot may be pretty busy on the weekend but can’t say for sure.

The Ride

We followed signs to the trail from where we had parked and promptly found that section to be closed. So we rode around a little and just ended up following South Union Street to where the trail really resumed. There are lots of parks in this section and it doesn’t appear that the trail is super continuous along the river here. South Union Street has a marked bike line and was easy to ride. I think from looking at maps and more research after the ride that this is actually the intended route for the Mount Vernon Trail but it is just poorly marked.

Once that was sorted out it was super easy to follow. The trail is actually very well signed with points of interest and distances to them along the route. You could certainly grab your bike and spend

The trail is well marked.

a full day using the Mount Vernon Trail to site see.

There is access to Arlington National Cemetery from the trail. Of course Mount Vernon on one end and Theodore Roosevelt Island on the other end. Bikes aren’t allowed on the Island but there is a bike rack to secure your bike to. Lady Bird Johnson Park, downtown Rosslyn, VA, the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial and Old Town Alexandria are a few more places of interest to explore. You can also ride your bike across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge to National Harbor. Which is what we are planning on doing during our next ride in this area. Access is also available the Washington and Old Dominion Trail that will run you 45 miles outside of town to Purcellville.

Mount Vernon Trail Boardwalk

A section crossing wetlands on the    Mount Vernon Trail

I was quickly impressed by the diversity this trail offered during the ride. Out of the city and I was soon on a path paralleling the Potomac with residential high rises. Then before you knew it I was on a boardwalk riding in a wet land area which then opened up to a public park. Shortly after that we were passing a marina followed by Reagan National Airport. Often we stopped to take in the sites and snap a few pictures. National Monuments are in almost every direction you look. Each view better than the next. Then we came across Gravelly Point Park. Which as I mentioned

Flying overhead

before has lot of parking but more interestingly this park is literally part of the approach to Reagan Nationals Airport. The planes fly directly overhead. So if you are looking for peace and quiet this may not be the place for you but there is plenty to see.

The trail is rolling but certainly should be able to be ridden by anyone who can ride a bike. It isn’t as flat as a rail to trail trail but I wouldn’t let that scare any rider away. It also has a convenient yellow strip down the center to remind users where they need to be on the trail.

The trail comes to an unceremonious end at Theodore Roosevelt Island. There is a ramp there that looks like it heads into Rosslyn so you can continue to explore.

The trail wasn’t super busy but as we got later in the afternoon more people commuting on the trail started showing up and more people were using it for their afternoon workout. I imagine based on its location it could be busy but it is still worth checking out.

After our return towards the car we headed a little further south from our starting point and rode a few miles south of Old Town. Here the trail started to become less city in nature and more open space. We didn’t ride all the way to Mount Vernon but returned to our car where we did drive all the way to the end to check out the rest of the trail.

The further south you get from Old Town Alexandria you certainly get out of the city and come across some parks and then end up riding thru residential areas before the trail reaches Mount

Vernon. This section looked to be very enjoyable in many cases you lost sight of the trail from George Washington Memorial Parkway. As the trail hides it’s self in the “woods” and does cross the Parkway in a few places. You also pass by Fort Hunt Park.

Our next ride on the Mount Vernon Trail we plan to park at National Harbor and ride across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and head south to Mount Vernon. If you haven’t explored the Mount Vernon Trail I encourage you to do so.

The Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT) is 22.5 mile long rails to trail that runs from Pearre Station, Maryland on the west end to Fort Frederick on the eastern most end.

The trail is paved and being a rails to trail trail it is relatively flat. During our ride we saw cyclists, walkers and an in line skater. I imagine in the winter this would also be a good cross country ski trail. (Not sure if they clear it of snow.)

Canal access in Hancock from the Western Maryland Rail Trail

My wife and I chose to start in Hancock and ride to towards Pearre Station. We had learned from talking to friends that this was the more scenic portion of the trail. The portion heading east parallels 70 much more closely. You can see the trail from 70 in several sections. Yet this section also has more access to services so if you are a thru traveler this section may come as a welcomed relief, as may a paved trail. The Western Maryland Rail Trail should certainly be considered as a route option for those riding the Great Allegheny Passage and C & O Canal between Pittsburgh and Washington, DC.

Parking and Access

Access to the trail is very easy with parking just off of Interstate 70 in Hancock. We parked at the first WMRT lot that was signed off 70 in Hancock. We rode during a weekday and the lot looked to be used primarily as a Park and Ride lot. Access to the trail was easily found at the end of the lot. As we rode into Hancock there was more parking, free parking looked limited but there was a metered lot. This was about .4 miles from where we parked.

Heading in this direction Hancock is one of the last places to access services. The services are marked by signs on the trail which is super convenient. On the western end of Hancock is C & O

Services Signage

Bicycles in case you need anything. Others who have ridden the trail tell me services are more plentiful east of Hancock but the section we rode is much more scenic. We did pass a trail side B&B during our ride and some houses had coolers with bottled water if you needed to top off.

Hancock provides access to both the Western Maryland Rail Trail and the C & O Canal. It is also home to a visitor center for the Canal with a lot just prior to the one we parked in for the WMRT.

The Ride

The view just gets better.

This is a unique rail trail as it is very scenic with cuts through stone etc. following the old rail bed. Lots of energy was used in creating this trail when it is was being built. The trail is in pretty good shape with the usual ripples in the trail from roots breaking the pavement but it isn’t terrible. There are lots of historical markers and even a B&B along the way. Distances are marked with white posts in one mile increments.


We rode to Pearre on the western end of the trail and returned the same way. We had a little side trip down a road to a valley to view a waterfall we could hear from the trail. The trail end is a crossing over place to the canal at Lock 56. There aren’t many places to cross between the trails in this section but it is possible in some areas.

Western Maryland Rail Trail

Enjoying the scenery on the western Maryland Rail Trail

The WMRT runs “above” the Canal in this portion and it does so for the entire length. While we rode an out and back on the WMRT one ride option would be to ride the C & O Canal for part of your ride and then “loop” back on the WMRT. This would make your return ride a little easier on the paved Western Maryland Rail Trail versus the gravel surface of the C&  O Canal. Plus you would get two perspectives from your ride.

The trail is on the narrower side then some rails to trails but plenty wide to ride and pass other cyclists. We saw lots of wildlife along the way and had a great day of riding. While this Western Maryland Rail Trail would be fun to ride any time of year I imaging the fall foliage would be spectacular. We’ll certainly be back to check out the rest of the trail and enjoy the foliage.

From Jon Korin of Bike AAA:

The weather is perfect so if you’re not already out riding, now is the time to dust off your bike, pump the tires, strap on your helmet and ride!    There are a variety of events coming up so pick one or more and start pedaling!

Bike 2 Work May 15 Ride to work on National Bike to Work Day!    There will be a variety of meetup points and pitstops around the county with a main event with County Exec Steve Schuh, Mayor Mike Pantelides, County Councilman Chris Trumbauer (all biking) and others  at Market House Annapolis at 8:30 AM.   More details at – Editors Note: Crofton Bike Doctor will be at the Odenton MARC/Amtrak Station

Ride of Silence LogoMay 20 Ride of Silence.  a global event in memory of cyclists killed or severely injured.    Our first Annapolis Ride of Silence in memory of Trish Cunningham and Tom “Doc” Heslin, both lost
in 2013, will begin at Bates Middle School in Annapolis with meetup at 630pm and a slow, silent 10 mile ride to Bay Ridge and back.    An important way to remember the fallen and convey a message of safety to drivers and cyclists.   Details and free registration at


Lifeline LogoLifeline100 Earlybird Registration until June 1.   The second annual Lifeline100  on October 18, 2015 offers 100 and 65 mile scenic rides through the county as well as 30 and 15 mile trail-only rides plus a free children’s bike rodeo and Make Health Happen health fair, all at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville.    Discount registration is open until June 1.     For details visit . Editors Note: Bike Doctor is a proud sponsor of this ride and I we are looking forward to it this year!



National Bike Challenge.  Every year from May to September, People for Bikes runs the National Bike Challenge – free registration at   This is a fun way to log your miles and participate as our county competes with other areas of the country .    Prizes are randomly drawn from participants, but you have to score more points to be able to win the top prizes. This isn’t a speed contest, as points are awarded for daily riding and total miles.  You can manually log your rides, or the challenge can now sync with your Strava, Endomondo, or Map My Ride accounts.  You can look at where you stand within your city, county, or state, as well as nationwide.



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