ABC Adventure Rides

Besides the numerous local bicycle rides that Annapolis Bicycle Club leads, ABC also has a number of
Adventure Rides each year. Some of our Adventure Rides are very popular annual events (Like the St.
Michael’s / Oxford ride).

What is an Adventure Ride?

An adventure ride is simply a ride, outside of the local area, that is planned and led by one of our ABC
members. An adventure ride typically is designed to explore areas we do not typically ride, and often are
based on exploring one or more locations or themes, such as the Wicomico River Ferries, the
Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, or the Savage River. The rides may also have planned lunch spots
during or afterwards.

The rides are given the term ‘Adventure’ for multiple reasons. Sometimes the locations the ride passes
are areas the riders want to stop and explore a little more. Sometimes the roads may be new roads to all
the riders…and occasionally a RideWithGPS road is no longer there… But all adventure rides see areas
where we don’t typically ride.

In 2020, ABC riders biked on 21 Adventure Rides (12,000 miles!), due in part to the cancellation of many
of the typical SAG supported sponsored rides that ABC members participate in, and all in accordance
with COVID guidelines. ABC will continue to follow all state and local guidelines as they evolve.

The 2020 Adventure Rides can be found on the map below.

Typical Annual Adventure Rides include:

  • St Michael’s / Bellevue / Oxford Ferry Ride
  • Western Maryland Rail Trail
  • Thurmont covered Bridges
  • Cherry Blossom Ride
How to prepare for an adventure ride:
  • Confirm your level of fitness / ability matches the ride. Some rides are mountainous, some are centuries. All adventure rides have a ride leader and they would be happy to answer questions.
  • Check the weather and dress accordingly, in layers as appropriate. The Ride leader may cancel the ride base upon a grim weather forecast.
  • Make sure you are comfortable riding on the road and in a group
  • Download the route on your bicycle computer, or print out a copy of the cue sheet
  • Bring a spare tube or two, air, and a bike tool to repair any mechanicals that may arise
  • Charge your bike lights / check your batteries. Both a rear light and a front light are highly recommended.
  • Bring ID, cash to purchase food / fluids along the route.
  • Bring your phone for emergency calls or taking photos of the ride
  • Bring your water bottles and food that you would need
  • Wear your helmet and your ABC jersey!
  • Get to the starting location prior to the start time in time to prepare and attend the pre-ride meeting (normally 15 minutes prior to riding time)

2021 Adventure Rides:

 Month Ride
 JanuaryPrettyboy 50
 MarchAn Eastern Shore Metric & Century
 April Cecil Ride Lots / Chesapeake & Delaware Canal
 MaySavage River Run
Harford Howler
 JulyAnnual St. Michael / Oxford Ferry Ride - ~45 Miles
Annual St. Michael / Oxford Ferry Ride - 61 Miles
Columbia Rita’s Ride
 AugustNational Harbor to Vienna Inn
St. Mary’s Metric & Century
 SeptemberWestern Maryland Rail Trail
 OctoberFrederick Oktoberfest
 NovemberBlack Friday Hill Climb (Catoctin Mtn)
Chestertown Downrigging


Weekday St. Michael’s / Oxford Ferry

Seneca – Sugarloaf
Thurmount Covered Bridges
Hagerstown 70 & 100
Western Shore Wicomico
Ferry Spectacular (Eastern Shore Wicomico)

Interested in leading an adventure ride? Keys to a good adventure ride:

  • Give the ride a theme
  • Prepare a route on RideWithGPS, and if they are unfamiliar roads, verify the roads are roads using satellite views of the route and/or heatmaps. The Adventure Ride Coordinator will be
  • happy to assist reviewing or helping to plan the route.
  • Plan routes to have a food/ water stop about every 20 to 25 miles
  • Let the ride coordinator know to add it to the ABC calendar.

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