We have several rides/events we do every year and some that are impromptu.
Chili Lunch and Annual Meeting
In February we gather at Nancy’s to warm up with a brisk walk around north Arlington hills and afterwards eat chili. There is a very short business meeting with plans for the year’s events.
Cherry Blossom Ride(s) (March/April)
Washington, DC is famous for our cherry blossoms, and biking is the best way to enjoy them. The babes usually schedule several rides to see the blossoms around the Jefferson Memorial, along Haines Point, and through Kenwwod (our favorite). These rides often attract large groups, and some of us feel like they are the beginning of the babes biking season.
May Marshall Ride
Usually scheduled in May, Marla designs routes of 20 -35 miles beginning and ending at her lovely farm just outside of Marshall Virginia. It is followed by a copious lunch – Babes are GREAT cooks.
White’s Ferry Loop (late summer to early fall)
In preparation for area fall centuries – or occasionally as a cool down to them – we ride out from Arlington through hilly Montgomery County, cross into Virginia on White’s Ferry, enjoy a leisurely lunch and hustle back to Arlington – downhill with a tailwind.
So far, only the eBabes have indulged in this 100 mile ride, starting from Arlington and looping through the less hilly sections of Montgomery County. Some year we are hoping to displace the Sea Gull and Back Country.
Holiday Lights Ride
Weather and road conditions permitting, this is a short ride in mid-December of 10-15 miles after dark to enjoy festive holiday decorations around various Arlington neighborhoods.
To mark a momentuous birthday, a Babe will sometimes lead a ride of equal distance to her age. Our founder and guiding light, Beth, led a 55 circuit ride to Clifton several years ago.
Many Babes use the list to form groups of riders for the fall centuries in the area.