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About Potomac Pedalers
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Potomac Pedalers is a non-profit educational, recreational and social organization for bicycling enthusiasts. We are one of the largest bicycle clubs in the United States, and the largest in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area. Potomac Pedalers is affiliated with the League of American Bicyclists. 


We are a tax-exempt, non-profit organization recognized under IRS code 501(c)3.  Click on the link to view our certification.


Our energies are directed primarily toward providing a weekend ride schedule to accommodate the experience and ability of each member, whether novice or veteran.


Saturday and Sunday rides number more than 1,000 each year, comprehensively covering the variable terrain of the National Capital metropolitan area and the surrounding countryside. Distances typically range from 10 miles to 75 miles, and average speeds range from 8 to more than 20 miles per hour.


After-work rides are offered each weekday evening during the summer, and on or or two weekday evenings during the off-season. We also sponsor several overnight, out-of-town special weekend events and an annual Back Roads Century (with ride distances up to 100 miles).


The purpose and organization of Potomac Pedalers are described in our Bylaws. The Club is governed by an Executive Committee. Its nine members are elected to one- or two-year terms at the Annual Meeting, held each January. The Executive Committee meets monthly. Members are welcome to attend these meetings; if you wish to do so, please contact the chairman for information about the next scheduled meeting.


Volunteers also participate in bicycle education, safety instruction, and advocacy. We sponsor a Community Services Program that provides funding to public agencies, non-profit organizations and individuals for bicycle-related community programs. In keeping with PPTC's charter, the program focuses on bicycle education, public safety, the development of facilities that benefit cyclists, and the promotion of bicycling as a positive, healthy activity. Applications are screened and awards are based on merit. Since 1992, PPTC has distributed over $75,000 for more than 70 projects in the Washington area.

The Club produces a monthly newsletter, the Pedal Patter, whose primary purpose is to announce Club rides and events. Starting in May 2017, the Pedal Patter will be only available as an electronic newsletter.
Pedal Patter provides an open forum for members to communicate about cycling-related activities, a lively column of tales from the road, and a listing of regional events. Submissions are welcome and encouraged. If you have an item of interest, opinion, idea, or photograph, please send it to our Communications Director.

Receiving Pedal Patter: Starting in May 2017, members will receive the e-Pedal Patter to their member email address. Members may update their email at any time by logging in and "editing bio" information. The e-Pedal Patter will also be posted online for easy reference and for any members who wish to opt-out of receiving it via email.

Potomac Pedalers Business Office
Since 2001, Potomac Pedaler's membership services and financial records are supported by Core Association Services, Inc. in Falls Church, VA. Sherri Core is our primary contact.


If you need to get in touch with us, please see our Contact Us page so that you'll reach the proper department to answer your question.


more Ride Schedule

C (MH) * 21-29 * MD * 10:00 AM * Glen Echo Loops * Glen Echo (GLE)

B/BB * MD * 15-25 * 12:30PM * Thursday Noon Training Ride Bethesda * Marriott HQ loading dock

Featured Members
Linda B. KolkoLinda is the C Ride Coordinator for MD & DC.