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Intermediate Ride at Patapsco

What: Intermediate Pace at Patapsco State Park (with a possible side trip out to the Rockburn Skills Park for some play time).

Where: Patapsco State Park, Avalon Area, via the CCBC Catonsville Tennis Court Parking Lot #6.

Pace: Approx. 6 to 8 mph, the easier side of Intermediate. Good for most average riders, not so much for beginners, mainly due to terrain. This is a no-drop ride, i.e., we wait up for everyone at intersections. (Note: if you don't want to wait up for slower riders, this is NOT the ride for you. It is not a training ride, and Racer X will be disappointed).

Terrain: Ranges from moderate to difficult. Most of the trails are fairly smooth, but there are a few steep climbs, rocks and technical sections, and a stream crossing or two. This is a friendly ride, so we will wait up for everyone, just be advised that the terrain can be difficult in places.

Distance: Approx. 10–15 miles (not sure of exact route yet). At least half of it is down hill (ha-ha!).

Duration: Approx. 2.5–3 hours, depending on group dynamics, trail conditions, wait-ups, mechanicals and/or number of breaks (we will take at least one 10–15 min. break). As mentioned, no-drop, which adds to total time.

Directions: CCBC (Community College of Baltimore County) Catonsville Campus, 800 South Rolling Road, Baltimore, MD 21228-5317. Meet at back parking lot (#6), near the tennis courts and ball fields. At CCBC entrance, take Campus Drive to the back of the campus, where the tennis courts are. Look for bikes. This link is real close:  +39° 15' 0.00", -76° 44' 9.61"

Bring: Water, helmet (required), spare tube/patch kit, multi-tool, I.D. and emergency contact info where it can be easily located on your person.

Weather: Shine Only (no ride if it's raining or the trails are too muddy). Protect our trails and don't ride them when they're fragile, dammit.

Ride Leader: Peter A, 410-9six7-sixsix83; trekfueler at comcast dot net.
Call/text ride leader if you have any questions.

Note: Please read the document "Meetup Ride Waiver" (found under menu: More > Files > Meetup Ride Waiver) before attending this event. Mountain biking is an inherently dangerous sport, and by attending this ride, you acknowledge and have read, agree to and fully understand the aforementioned waiver.

Hope to see you there!


Peter A

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  • Kem C.

    I think I'll sit this one out, rained a lot :/

    May 10, 2013

  • David S.

    How are the trail conditions up there? Fountainhead is closed due to wet conditions and forecast says rain tomorrow.

    May 10, 2013

    • Peter A

      Good as of today, but looks like rain tonight. See my post above.

      May 10, 2013

  • Peter A

    Hey all, I have to bail out on this one, not for rain, something else came up. I am not going to cancel the ride, as most of you know the trails well, and are totally capable of leading. So, if it doesn't rain, you boys should get out and ride! See you next week, and don't forget your mom on Sunday! +peace+

    May 10, 2013

  • Thomas

    Hey Pete, would love to go ride with you again. Has been a while :-)
    Going down to the Keys (FL) that day for a week, will see you maybe the weekend after next.

    May 6, 2013

    • Peter A

      Hopefully you have NOT been riding for awhile, give the rest of us a fighting chance at keeping up! LOL!

      2 · May 6, 2013

  • Peter A

    Someone asked about skill and fitness level for this ride, and I realized that I forgot to put this in description: Fitness Level 2–3 (see
    Skill Level 5–6 (see

    May 6, 2013

  • Peter A

    Doug, this is the right place to ask, but alot of times people don't sign up until the day before, so keep checking back. You will get email alerts now that you've written on this board.

    May 3, 2013

  • Doug J.


    Anybody attending this from the DC area and have an extra space on their bike rack? (Oh and sorry if this is not the appropriate space for this question. I am completely new to this forum.)

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My tire's all better now, thank you.

    April 29, 2013

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