Friday, April 29, 2011

"2 Weeks 'til the Ride!"

Hey Riders!

You should have received our latest News Bites, Ride Edition from Amanda on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

With just a few weeks left before the Ride for the Feast, this week's e-newsletter covered some important items - including ensuring transportation for yourself and your bike, a brief overview of the Ride weekend, and this Saturday's excellent outdoor training ride on the Eastern Shore. 

Topics Included:
1. Bus Transportation Deadline
2. Ride Weekend Overview 
3. Saturday's Training Ride
4. Reading Orientation Guide 
5. Outdoor Training Rides 
6. Family & Friends
7. Ride Stats
8. Coming Up This Week
9. Save the Date
10. Fundraiser Photos

Click HERE to visit the eNewsletters section of our website to view the April 27th News Bites, Ride Edition and previous ones in the archive.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Training Ride on the Eastern Shore

This Saturday's ride on the Eastern Shore will give you a good feel for what the actual Ride for the Feast will be like in terms of flatness (very flat) and windiness (really quite very windy).

The route gives you a number of mileage options: you can choose to do the full distance of 75 miles, a 45-mile version, or a 25-mile version; all are beautiful.  

We will start in Easton and ride to Oxford where we’ll catch the ferryboat to Bellevue. (You will need CASH for the ferry ride.) From Bellevue we head to St. Michaels and then out to Tilghman Island and back. Just after passing back through Easton, we will leave the main roads behind and hit some very pretty areas traveling along quiet back lanes and even past an original Little Red Schoolhouse.

Due to the length of this ride and the amount of time it will take us to finish it, we’re starting early. We will meet at the Easton starting point (about 1.5 hours from Baltimore) at 7:30AM with a ride out at 8:00AM sharp.

We will have two volunteers as our SAG drivers. Please bring a couple of bucks to help her cover the cost of gas.

TIMES: Ride out at 8:00AM sharp; please be there at 7:30AM to get ready.

WHERE: Food Lion Store parking lot in Easton, MD (about 1.5 hours from Baltimore).  

  • Take Rte. 50 east, across the Bay Bridge and continue to Easton 
  • Bear right onto Rte. 322 (the Easton Bypass). 
  • Go about 1.8 miles to the light just after the Food Lion.
  • Turn left onto Marlboro Road and enter the Food Lion shopping center.
  • We need to park at the edge of the parking lot closest to Rte. 322 and farthest away from the stores. I’ll be in a red Nissan Versa hatchback with a bike rack on it.
Up to 75 miles. The cue sheet has several shortcuts to reduce the miles to as low as 25 miles if you want. The most scenic route option gives you 45 miles to which you can add as much as you want of the out-and-back portion to Tilghman Island.

  • Cash for the ferryboat. 
  • A few bucks for the SAG driver.
  • A bike, helmet, and water bottle are musts.
  • A spare tube, and/or patch kit, and a working pump might come in very handy.

Wear clothing appropriate for the temperature. Dress in layers so you can remove or add layers as necessary to stay warm but not get overheated. It will probably be chilly at the start and warm up as the day goes on. As of right now, the forecast is a little uncertain—bring sunblock and a rain jacket. You will be able to shed layers and leave clothing with our car sweep. There are bathrooms at the starting point and at various points along the route. There are a number of options for food along the route. Usually riders stop at Mile 18.5 for coffee at Blue Crab in St. Michaels, and then have lunch in St. Michaels on the way back through town.

This ride will only be canceled if it’s raining very hard. 

If you have any questions, please call Becky Abernathy at 410-736-3970 or email at

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tomorrow: Bike Tune-Up Day!

Tomorrow, Thursday April 28th, come to Joe's Bike Shop in Fells Point (723-B South Broadway) at 7:30PM and get a full tuneup for only $50 - a $75 value! (Joe's Bike Shop is also a Ride for the Feast bike sponsor this year.)
A tune-up is not all you'll get - you'll also enjoy music, food, drinks, and fun with the rest of the Ride for the Feast gang.

Not sure if your bike REALLY needs a tune-up? Check out these bike readiness tips from Rider Jim Ventosa. We suggest that if you're not sure, get it tuned-up - better safe than sorry on the roads from  Ocean City during the weekend of the Ride.

All of tomorrow's tune-up proceeds will be donated to Ride for the Feast.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Christopher Williams Benefit Concert

On Friday, April 29th 2011, enjoy a buffet dinner and concert featuring Nashville recording artist Christopher Williams. His music is known for its “lush guitar work, and sweet soaring vocals,” (Boston Phoenix) punctuated by the percussive vulnerability of a single African djembe hand drum.

Christopher Williams is currently on his nationwide tour, making a stop in Towson this Friday. Tickets are $50 and include the dinner, concert, Tango Wines, and Baltimore Craft Beer. This event benefits Riders Sarah Batley and Debbie Foreman.

To reserve your ticket and RSVP, contact Sarah Batley at

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Team Atomic at Dr. Sketchy's - Success!

Team Atomic's fundraiser at Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School was a great success, raising around $400 for Ride for the Feast.

The event featured the lovely ladies of Team Atomic posing in this unique carabet-style drawing class.

Read the full story at the Dr. Sketchy's wordpress blogpost.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Next Saturday: Zumba for a Purpose

Team With A Purpose presents...


You've heard about it, your friends have been raving about it - and now Team With A Purpose is offering you a chance to get a taste of the hottest group fitness movement in the country! ZUMBA is a fast-paced exercise class which combines Latin and international beats with enthusiastic skilled instructors who will get you moving and dancing your way to ultimate fitness. The 2011 TWAP Zumbathon will be led by TWAP rider Andres Bujanda, along with a team of other trained Zumba instructors from the Baltimore area. Get ready for an intensely fun three hour Zumbathon!

As with all TWAP events, the proceeds of the Zumbathon will go directly to Moveable Feast to support your Maryland neighbors affected by catastrophic illnesses. We ask that every registrant make a $20 donation to support this great cause ($25 after April 23, 2011) to support the fantastic mission of Moveable Feast.

To see how to register for this event, please click here: Team With A Purpose blog post

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Play for the Feast: Success!

Play for the Feast, held at Silo Point's game room on Saturday, raised over $3,000 for Team Shirley Temples! 

We're thinking that's gotta be a NEW RECORD for the most money raised in a single evening! 

Monday, April 18, 2011

BIG PIMPIN' SALE with Fierce Chicks

Come one and come all to the Fierce Chicks Rock BIG PIMPIN' YARD SALE on Saturday, April 23rd.

The yard sale will be at 329 E. 31st Street from 8:00AM to 1:00PM. Check out clothing, CDs, furniture, books, and anything the mind can think of.

Right by the Waverly Farmers Market!

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Friday, April 15, 2011


Hey Riders!

You should have received the latest News Bites, Ride Edition on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011.

First things first - Tomorrow's training ride with David Andrews in Washington, DC has been CANCELLED due to inclement weather. However, the Ride is only a few weeks away and you should try to shoot for a 50-miler training ride this weekend to ensure you are on track to ride 100 miles on May 14th.

Team Atomic will be holding two 50-mile training rides this Sunday - one on the Eastern Shore, and one in Baltimore. See below for details, and don't forget to check the outdoor training ride schedule for complete information.

Crab Route -- Eastern Shore
Team Atomic teammates Misty and Taj are coordinating driving from Hampden to @ 8:30 on Sunday to go to the Eastern Shore and doing a 50ish mile ride there. The start point is N. Cross Street and Maple Avenue in Rock Hall. Driving directions: take 50 South across bridge to 301, take Centerville /RT 213 (North or East) Bears Left @ Churchill stay on 213 cross water turns into Maple. If you have any questions you can call Misty at 443-610-9680.

Tour Du Port 2010 50 Mile Route
If you want to ride closer to home, a few of us are planning to do one of the Tour Du Ports routes Sunday. We're planning to do the 2010 50 mile route. We'll meet at the corner of Boston and South Clinton Streets at 9AM! Also, Alfredo wants to ride to the start point from his house off Keswick. So if you want to join him, get in touch with him ( Call Lisa at 410-419-2445 if you have questions.

This News Bites edition also covered a neat tactic that you might want to employ in your fundraising endeavors - premium offers. Incentivize your donations! Offer potential donors a gift or prize in return for donating a specific amount. You'll be surprised at how many more people you'll encourage to donate.

Topics Included:
1. 50-Miler Training Ride
2. Premium Offers
3. Meet the Feast

4. Bus Arrangements
5. Hotel Reservations
6. Outdoor Training Rides
7. Family & Friends
8. Ride Stats
9. Coming Up This Week
10. Save the Date
11. Fundraiser Photos

Click HERE to visit the eNewsletters section of our website to view the April 13th News Bites, Ride Edition and previous ones in the archive.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

50 Miler Training Ride this Weekend

CANCELLED! Sorry! Click here for other options this weekend.

Meet Time and Location: 9:00AM at David Andrews's home.
  • 4308 Yuma Street, NW, Washington, DC.
  • There is plenty of safe, on-street parking. 
  • Ride out at 9:30AM.

 Details: The 50 mile ride will begin by heading down Rock Creek passing the National Zoo and Georgetown to cross the Potomac and follow the Mt. Vernon trail along the river, through Alexandria, and down to the Virginia countryside to historic Mount Vernon. Then head back, having lunch in either in Alexandria or crossing back to DC into Georgetown. This is one of the most beautiful training rides we have to offer, especially given it is Cherry Blossom season. You will ride mainly on paved paths but there is some road riding and some rolling hills. 

What you will need: A bike, helmet, and water bottle. Wear clothing appropriate for the temperature. 

Questions? Contact ride leader, David Andrews, at or on his cell at 443.570.6803 

Cancellation: David is a fair-weather rider, likely only to do the ride if there's no rain. Current forecast for Saturday is rainy and cool, so make sure to contact David to confirm he is leading the ride.

Click here to see the full outdoor training ride schedule and cue sheet for this ride.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"Welcome, RFTF Crew!"

Hey CREW! 

You should have received your very FIRST News Bites, Ride Edition e-newsletter yesterday. It contained important information about the newly-posted Crew Orientation Guide, lodging/hotel reservations, special trainings for SAG drivers, and the Meet the Feast event. 

We are still looking for a few more Crew volunteers, so if you know of anyone, send them on to the RFTF website to register! (Remember, registration is required for ALL crew members). 

Topics Included:
1. Crew Orientation Guide
2. Lodging Reservations
3. Meet the Feast
4. Did you sign up as a SAG driver?
5. More Crew Needed
6. Current Ride Stats
7. Coming Up This Week
8. Save the Date

Click HERE to visit the eNewsletters section of our website to view the April 12th News Bites, Ride Edition and previous ones in the archive.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

"Meet the Feast on April 20th"

Hey Riders!

You should have received the latest News Bites, Ride Edition last Wednesday, April 6th, 2011. 

This edition was pretty exciting - it introduced the Meet the Feast event. Riders and Crew, how much do you REALLY know about Moveable Feast? Here is your chance to see exactly how valuable your $1,300 and 140-miles are to us. Meet the Feast on April 20th! 

Remember, as you fundraise, please snap a few pictures and send them to Emily at! We can't be present at every single fundraiser to document and take pictures, but we'd still like to be able to add your snapshots to our official albums.

Topics Included:
1. Meet the Feast  
2. Saturday's Training Ride
3. Family & Friends

4. Travel Arrangements
5. Vote for the T-Shirt Design
6. Ride Stats  
7. Coming Up This Week
8. Save the Date 
9. Event Photos 

Click here to visit the eNewsletters section of our website to view the April 6th News Bites, Ride Edition and previous ones in the archive.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Bmore Fixed Movie Premiere & Auction

Like the blog Bmore Fixed? This Friday, join Rider Maggie Sabo and Team Atomic at the Windup Space (12 W. North Ave.) for the premiere of two fixed bike movies at 7:00PM:

Tokyo to Osaka: A group of Americans fly to Japan and ride their bikes from Tokyo to Osaka over the course of a week, covering 50 to 100 miles a day. Follow them as they explore the cities and countryside, meet new people and deal with the trials and joys of their once in a lifetime journey.
Line of Sight: Explore filmmaker/cyclist Lucas Brunelle's methods of filming the fastest alleycats in the world. His unique helmet cam setups and fearless riding technique allow viewers to see what it's like to keep up with the fastest guys on the street.

This double-feature movie night is free, but Maggie will also be auctioning off various bike-related items to raise money for Ride for the Feast. 

Royal Bike Sprints will take place following the movies at 10:00PM (entry: $5).

See you there!

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pop-Up Training Ride this Sunday!

Hey Riders! This Sunday, April 10th, join Rider Steve Esmacher on a pop-up training ride in Anne Arundel County. See his letter below - the weather is going to be great, so definitely consider attending! 

Don't forget - Ted Blankenship is also leading a training ride this Saturday. Click here for the full list of Outdoor Training Rides this season. 

Hello fellow riders and volunteers,

I will be leading the Ride for the Feast cycling trip THIS Sunday, April 10th at 10AM from Davidsonville, Md. We will be riding a very popular and bike route to Galesville, MD and back.

Our rest stop at Galesville is right on the West River.  This is a beautiful spot with a scenic view of the river, a small art gallery and an antique shop.

At this point the weather forecast is splendid for Sunday so come out and ride. 

All the facts about Sunday’s ride:
  • WHEN:  Sunday, April 10th. Ride out at 10AM.  Please be there at 9:30AM to get ready.
  • WHERE: Meet at the Davidsonville Park and Ride.
    • From the north:
      • Take Rte 97 south and exit at Rte 50 west (towards Washington) 
      • Follow route 50 to the first exit at Davidsonville Road, route 424 (one exit)
      • Make a left at the stop sign at the end of the ramp
      • Make a left into the Park and Ride just after going over route 50.
    • From the south:
      • Take MD Rte 50 east and exit at Davidsonville Rd, route 424 (one exit). 
      • Go straight at the top of the exit ramp to proceed to the stop sign.
      • Continue across route 424 into the Park and Ride parking lot. 
  • ROUTE: Anne Arundel Adventure. Nice ride with moderately rolling hills. Great rest stop in Galesville, MD.
  • DISTANCE: 35 miles.
  • WHAT YOU WILL NEED: A bike, helmet, water bottle, a spare tube or patch kit, and a pump or cartridge kit.  Wear clothing appropriate for the temperature. Dress in layers so you can remove or add layers as necessary to stay warm but not get overheated. 
  • RSVP: Please email me at to let me know if you will be riding.
If you have questions please email me at or call me at: 410-923-4230.

See you there,

Steve Esmacher

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Team Atomic at Dr. Sketchy's

Next Monday, April 11th, join Team Atomic at Dr. Sketchy's at the Windup Space (12 North Ave.)

From 7:00PM to 10:00PM, partake in a cabaret life-drawing art class using charcoal or ink - with the lovely ladies of Team Atomic as your models!

This "anti-art school" will charge $8 for cover, with all proceeds going to Ride for the Feast.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Team DragonFLY Bike Raffle: Extended!

The Team DragonFLY bike raffle has been extended to May 1st!

Team DragonFLY is raffling off a brand-new 2011 Fuji Absolute 3.0 Hybrid bicycle, which is worth $600. See below for an example. 


Entering yourself into the raffle couldn't be easier: simply donate $10 to their online team donation page and type "bike raffle" in the comments area. 

The winner will be chosen on March 1st, 2011! Will it be YOU?!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Success: 80s Roller Disco!

Last Sunday, March 27th, the 80s Roller Disco to benefit Team BikeCurious and Fierce Chicks Rock was a great success!

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The event was held at Dundalk Skateland from 7:00PM to 10:00PM.

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Teams BikeCurious and Fierce Chicks Rock held the fundraiser with a suggested donation of just $20 - and scored about $1000 at the door alone!

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Sales of BikeCurious merchandise at the lobby made about $150 - and the team had fun selling their t-shirts, panties, and manties!

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Around 75-100 people in all attended - a great turnout for Teams BikeCurious and Fierce Chicks Rock. 

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One of the best parts of the evening were the 80s-themed costumes and clothing

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Skate rentals usually cost around $3. 

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But for the second year in a row, Kenny, the manager at Dundalk Skateland, surprised the teams by saying that Skateland would donate all skate rentals for that evening!

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Kenny & Skateland's generosity helped to raise a few extra hundred dollars for Ride for the Feast!

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Thanks to the Charm City Roller Girls who spread the word about this fundraiser and attended! Many CCRG fans were attendees and were excited to see some stars of the rink out and about! 

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All in all, it was a great fundraiser for Moveable Feast, Ride for the Feast, and Teams BikeCurious & Fierce Chicks Rock!