Babes on Bikes is a group of women who enjoy bicycling and meet regularly to bike the paved trails and quiet roads in northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland.
We range in age from mid-20’s to mid-80’s. Many of us are stay-at-home moms, have flexible work schedules, or are retired, so we can ride during the weekdays. Others can ride only on weekends and have found ride partners in the group or join us when they can take a weekday off. Weekend rides are coming soon.
Currently we lead rides every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (except holidays).
Monday’s Hill Ride is a short but intense workout usually starting at 9:30 am in Arlington, VA. We have a ride leader, but sometimes we break into groups, as some are experienced hill climbers and others are beginners. We rotate between two routes: the traditional route is 10 miles and the alternate route is 14 miles. Some of us ride the 25 mile route occasionally. Speeds vary, but usually average 10-12 mph over the whole route. This is an efficient workout, and a great way to start the week.
Wednesday’s Trail Ride is mostly on trails, and riders of all speeds are welcome. Sometimes we spread out along the trail, but we always keep a buddy in sight. Typical routes include riding to Bethesda on the Capital Crescent Trail, riding to Vienna on the W&OD, riding to Old Town Alexandria on the Mount Vernon Trail, and riding the loop around Arlington. Usually 20-30 miles, approx 2-3 hours.
Friday’s Ride is a sociable but speedy 13 – 18 mph when cruising, typically 2.5-4 hours (30-45 miles) and usually meets at 9:30 am somewhere in Arlington, VA. The riders usually take one short break.
Early Morning Rides(eBabes) MWF 5:30-7am mid-May thru late August, 20-25 miles on roads with rolling to hilly terrain at a pretty good clip. Reflective clothing recommended.
We take turns leading the rides. The leader for a ride announces the ride and the start point via e-mail. We encourage ride leaders to sign up ahead of time. Go to our Ride Leader Sign Up Page for more information.
We do not announce the rides on the website. We communicate the ride schedule ONLY via the private e-mail list. Sign up using the form on the right to join our list.