13800 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel, MD
Disclaimer: Mountain biking is a risky sport, By signing up for this meetup you are agreeing to our waiver located here: http://www.meetup.com/MVD-Mountain-Bikers/pages/Standard_Waiver_for_Meetup_Rides/
Bring lights! Second loop may be dark by the end of the ride. Bring something bright enough for you to see, 1000lm or so will do. If you want to get a proper light and cheap click Here. Colder temperatures will cause numbing of toes and fingers, shoe covers (booties) are advisable, and layers of clothing.
For directions: We will be parked behind The Gardens Ice House, look for a pepper white mini cooper. The map will show the wrong place, but as soon as you get into the driveway, the ice house will be on your left.
Please comment on what time you will be attending when you RSVP
About Fairland: 95% non-technical ride with few major climbs and no mandatory obstacles (they all have ride-arounds). Promise, no rocks. None! (there is one section of busted-up concrete, but it's not rocks, and it's only 10-15 feet long). Anyway, there are a couple good places to stop and practice log-overs, and balance on the boardwalks, and some good flow trails.
Video of night riding (This is the 5:30pm moderate/fast pace)
First loop (About 5 Miles) Moderate/Fast:
This pace will try to not stop often, only to let the last rider catch up or mechanicals. This pace is for those that are intermediate riders wishing to push themselves a bit further the average pace of that category. Normally I average 9mph on this loop. So you've been warned!
2nd Loop will be beginner friendly and as much as 8-9 miles total, depending on group, pace will be Casual/Moderate (but it depends on how many beginners we have attending):
This pace of for regular riders who consider themselves slower than the intermediate category. At times the pace will be a bit faster than casual rides. We wait up at intersections to let all riders catch up. True beginners may find this pace a bit faster than a casual ride. We're really patient people, at least most of us. Please keep in mind that this loop is to encourage beginners to join us, patience is needed from the faster riders, if you wish for a fast competitive pace, this is not the ride for you.
2nd loop shooting for wheels rolling at 6:30pm.
Group splitting is very likely if we have 15+ riders joining us. Riders with leading rides knowledge are welcomed to help me out leading or sweeping.
What to bring:
Lights! Plenty of water, helmet (no helmet no ride), your mtb of course!, multi-tool (although you can borrow mine), patch kit, extra tube (make sure it has the same valve you need for your wheel), a snack if you're doing both loops.