IMG_6604Daryn Cambridge

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Favorite bike trail/route in the DC area: Anacostia River Walk trail. Start it right across the river from Nats park and ride it all the way to College Park. Beautiful!

Tips for ensuring a successful bike ride: If you see something beautiful, amazing, interesting or inspiring, stop to really take it in or take a photo.

What I love most about cycling: It’s meditative. You focus the mind on pedaling, breathing, the sounds around you, and the 20 feet of road in front of you. Each hill, turn, intersection, fellow rider, is an opportunity to re-calibrate that focus. Also, I love how a bike lets your body experience all the weather – the wind, the rain, the sun, the humidity, the snow, the darkness. On a bike you can swim in all the gifts being outside provides.

Why I decided to participate in the Peace Ride this year: There is no more important work, particularly right now, than what OCU is doing at a local, grassroots level, with young people, tapping into their positive creativity, building thriving community, and fostering a culture of peace! This is why I am riding and fundraising!

Miles I plan on cycling during this year’s peace ride: Dare I say, 108?! Looping it up 6 times!


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Favorite bike trail/route in the DC area: I LOVE rock creek park, especially Beach Drive when it is closed to cars over the weekend. From where I live, within just a few minutes — I can drop down onto the Rock Creek Park trail from behind the National Zoo and I can scale back and forth between the end of Beach Drive (which takes me close to Maryland) and back in the other direction to the Lincoln Memorial.  I always stop to stretch out my legs and do some pull-ups and handstands at the exercise area (the bottom of Woodley Park Hill) where they have the rings and high gymnastic bars, etc…

Tips for ensuring a successful bike ride: I just gotta keep my mind right. I focus on my breath while I ride. I loosen my muscles and treat my bike seat like a meditation cushion. I listen to the sounds around me.  I don’t even listen to music – I love the silence when I’m riding.

What I love most about cycling: I feel free.  The wind on my my face… the opportunity to be isolated and feel the strength of my legs.

Why I decided to participate in the Peace Ride this year: In my life there has been nothing more important than leaving the world a little better than I found it. This PEACE RIDE is so special because it is combining my love for adventure, exercise, being outdoors, being of service, and being surrounded by positive and caring people!

Miles I plan on cycling during this year’s peace ride: Last year I rode about 55 miles in the Peace Ride… this was a brand new record for me.  My goal this year is to do the loop 6 times and ride 108 miles!


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Favorite bike trail/route in the DC area: There is nothing better than an open road, closed to vehicle traffic, for a nice long ride – that’s why I love riding on Rock Creek Parkway/Beach Road on weekend mornings. There is such an active community of cyclists, runners, and rollerbladers taking advantage of the open road on weekends and you can easily get in a 40-mile ride from D.C. and be home in time for lunch.

Tips for ensuring a successful bike ride: Be aware of your surroundings. When biking in the city, that means watching out for drivers and biking defensively. BUT, when biking outside of the city, that means admiring nature around you – i.e. listening to running water and taking in the fresh air.

What I love most about cycling: When you’re really in a rhythm with your ride and can focus on each breath and each rotation – it is the most fun meditation that I have found.

Why I decided to participate in the Peace Ride this year: Bicycles, peace and new friends are my three favorite things!

Miles I plan on cycling during this year’s peace ride: One loop, in addition to my commute and other casual cycling, will put me around 25 miles for the day. As a ride leader, I am mostly excited about spending the afternoon hearing about others’ rides and watching the Fly By Light performers.


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Favorite bike trail/route in the DC area: There are so many great routes! The fondest memories I have are of biking from DC to Mt. Vernon and back with friends.

Tips for ensuring a successful bike ride: Get your bike checked out before the ride! Nothing worse than having the seat at the wrong height or the tires flat to start.

What I love most about cycling: Mix between how awesome it feels to glide from place to place and how incredibly practical it is for getting around cities.

Why I decided to participate in the Peace Ride this year: 1) Commitment to OCU’s mission and familiarity with their work/opportunity to support OCU 2) Awesome experience on the ride last year! 3) Opportunity to bike a beautiful route with fabulous people.

Miles I plan on cycling during this year’s peace ride: Somewhere between 30 and 54!


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Favorite bike trail/route in the DC area:  One of my favorite areas to ride is between where I live in Springfield out to Clifton, Va. Taking Hampton Rd. past Fountainhead State Park gives an awesome balance of steep climbs and thrilling descents! Plus I can do my 30 mile loop in enough time to come home and make Sunday brunch!

Tips for ensuring a successful bike ride: Plenty of hydration, some caffeine (most of my rides start before dawn), and a good pre-ride snack.

What I love most about cycling: It’s one of the few times during my week when the noise and the chaos of the day to day goes quiet and I can be in the moment.

Why I decided to participate in the Peace Ride this year: I had a great time last year so couldn’t pass up the chance to reconnect with the group to raise money for the organization.

Miles I plan on cycling during this year’s peace ride: I plan to do 54 miles but might extend to 72 if i can reach my fundraising goal!


Anna PollackAnna Pollock

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Favorite bike trail/route in the DC area: I love to go out and ride on the country roads in Virginia.

Tips for ensuring a successful bike ride: Always wear a helmet!

What I love most about cycling: Getting outside and feeling the wind in my face.

Why I decided to participate in the Peace Ride this year: To support OCU!

Miles I plan on cycling during this year’s peace ride: 2 laps, or maybe 3 if I can manage.


Robyn Ringgold

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Favorite bike trail/route in the DC area: I live closer to Maryland so I love to do the B&A Trail from BWI to Annapolis. However, I love the adventure of seeking out new trails.

Tips for ensuring a successful bike ride: Get plenty of rest the night before, stretch, and have plenty of water and snacks and most importantly, remember to have fun.

What I love most about cycling: I love being out in nature and cycling provides awesome exercise in addition to being in nature. It also allows me time to just be.

Why I decided to participate in the Peace Ride this year: I love OCU’s mission and work promoting peace via the arts! It’s a unique organization and I wanted to show my love and support!

Miles I plan on cycling during this year’s peace ride: I plan to complete the loop twice for a total of 36 miles.


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Favorite bike trail/route in the DC area: I live in Arlington about a mile from the Key Bridge so it’s super convenient to get to the Mt. Vernon trail. I love this trail because it rides along the water and once you get through Old Town there are some great spots to pull over by the water and feel like you’re in another world. I try to get out on the trail at least 2-3 days a week during the Spring/Summer/Fall. For my 40+ mile rides after I’ve completed the trip from Georgetown to Mt. Vernon and back I hop on the Capital Crescent trail and ride up to Bethesda and back, which makes for around 60 miles total. The C&O trail is another wonderful trail to ride especially in the Fall when the leaves are changing colors.

Tips for ensuring a successful bike ride: The biggest thing I’ve noticed with my friends that like to bike is that they don’t have the proper tools for the ride and don’t really know how to properly maintain their bikes: (1) Check your tire pressure; (2) Bring a spare tube, pump and tire lever. Even if you don’t know how to change a tire there’s a good chance someone will stop if you get a flat and at least having the proper equipment if they don’t is a life saver; (3) Get bike tuned up ever year; (4) Bring enough water and food based on the weather and how far you plan to ride; (5) Obey the traffic laws!

What I love most about cycling: I love the feeling of using your own body to propel yourself forward. Cycling was my “yoga” before I discovered yoga. Nothing beats the feeling of going for a long ride in 100+ degree heat with some good House music.

Why I decided to participate in the Peace Ride this year: Combining my love of cycling with supporting the amazing work of One Common Unity…it was a no-brainer 🙂

Miles I plan on cycling during this year’s peace ride: I pretty much just go with the flow these days but 100 sounds fun!


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Favorite bike trail/route in the DC area: Kingman Island is my favorite trail, though admittedly I haven’t biked it yet. I’m fairly new to biking in DC but I’m hoping to add some variety to my otherwise standard routine of rowing (not that rowing isn’t the best!).

Tips for ensuring a successful bike ride: I’m hoping that my pre-regatta strategies help me here — stay relaxed, bring more sunscreen and water than you think you need, eat a peanut butter sandwich for breakfast, and HAVE FUN!

What I love most about cycling: Being outside! (and the spandex, obviously).

Why I decided to participate in the Peace Ride this year: Because One Common Unity is an amazing organization and I want to get the word out to as many people as I can.

Miles I plan on cycling during this year’s peace ride: Let’s start w/ one loop this year (so 18 miles) and next year we can reassess 🙂


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Favorite bike trail/route in the DC area: So many, where do I start? Anacostia River Walk, Rock Creek Park, and Hains Point.

Tips for ensuring a successful bike ride:  You can’t go wrong with coconut waters, snacks, music, and a camera. Don’t forget to stretch before and after.

What I love most about cycling: The burn in my  quads while cycling up inclines, checking out new scenery to snap some pictures, and the opportunity to stop and to read a book or grab food at a cool cafe.

Why I decided to participate in the Peace Ride this year: It is an opportunity to participate in one of my favorite activities while also supporting my one of my favorite organizations.

Miles I plan on cycling during this year’s peace ride: At least 36 miles.


brafmanDaniel Brafman

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One Common Unity is my service anchor. The organization is transforming lives of students, their families and communities throughout DC during class hours and after school with a genuinely empowering Peace Education Curriculum.

 


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Favorite bike trail/route in the DC area: Rock Creek Park, Potomac C&O Canal, and many others.

Tips for ensuring a successful bike ride: No headphones, enjoy the ride and scenery, carry water, and (for me) learn how to change your tires.

What I love most about cycling: Being outdoors and a sense of closeness to nature…freedom.

Why I decided to participate in the Peace Ride this year: It is my first collective ride, so my decision to participate was first to support the mission of OCU which is very close and dear to my heart…second to be in the company of like-minded people and to finally do my first Ride and experience what it’s like.

Miles I plan on cycling during this year’s peace ride: I am a very slow rider, so I would say I will start with 18 miles and push myself for another round.


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Favorite bike trail/route in the DC area: DC to Mt.Vernon — a hard one but always a good one!

Tips for ensuring a successful bike ride: Relax your shoulders, breathe, stretch, and have fun!

What I love most about cycling: It is a universal hobby and I can do it anywhere. I’ve biked from Vienna, Austria to Budapest, Hungary, in Iceland, Ireland, Costa Rica, and more!

Why I decided to participate in the Peace Ride this year: I’ll never pass up an opportunity to support an initiative making social impact!

Miles I plan on cycling during this year’s peace ride: 19


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