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Beginner/Intermedia­te Ride - Fountainhead

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  • Fountainhead Park

    10876 Hampton Road
    Fairfax Station, VA 22039
    Fairfax Station, VA (map)

    38.721603 -77.305115

  • Ride Leaders: Brian & Kem

    Numbers: (seven-o-tree...tree-too-tree...for-for-o-fife) & [masked]FOUR)

    Please call or post here if you suddenly can't make it or are running a few minutes late. Since we're expecting a pretty good-sized group, try to be ready to ride on time (good idea to get there 15 minutes early). If you've never been here, it's a good idea to get here even earlier so you're not late and stressed out. We will try to accommodate everyone, but will leave the lot promptly 15 minutes after the listed time.


    Beginner/Intermediate Ride – Moderately Easy Pace - 5 to 9-Miles (No Drop)
    It's time to get to know the MTB tails of Fountainhead Park in Fairfax Station! We will be starting at the main parking lot to the right after driving into the park off Hampton Road. Please park near the pavilion and the mini-golf course and look for a black Miata and/or a white Mini Cooper.  We will gather in the field by the trailhead across from the parking lot and split into group from there.


    Main Group Ride - The objective will be to leave the parking lot at 10:00am Saturday, and complete the first main loop to the picnic table (and possibly the back sections depending on the groups level and strength) of Fountainhead at a nice, easy pace (approx. 5 to 9-miles depending what sections we do) making frequent stops to pick up stragglers if needed and returning to the parking lot around 12:00 noon.


    Group Splitting Is a DEFINITE! - We will split up into two groups – slow and fast. So don't be intimidated.  Give some thought into which group you likely belong.


    Fitness Level - Fountainhead is a moderate trail that can challenge most seasoned riders. We plan on stopping often, picking up stragglers, and keeping it to a "moderate pace" as advertised. You should be in enough shape to ride for at least two hours, but we will stop after every big feature for everyone to catch their breath. I have tons of patience, so if you're worried about being left behind - don't be!


    Advice for True Beginners:

    We will NOT be riding on pavement!  It's all DIRT, gravel, sand, etc.  Again...we will not be riding on paved trails!

    Dress appropriately (No sandals, wear a helmet, dress for the weather, etc) IS mountain biking, after all!

    Bring water and a little food (even if you don't think you'll need it).

    Evaluate your fitness level before you sign up, because even beginner-level mountain biking is a good workout, and you'll need to be able to ride for at least 9 miles over undulating terrain. Prepare for at least 2 hours of on-the-bike time.


    What to bring:

    Helmet (no helmet, no ride)

    Mountain Bike (Hybrid bikes are usually sketchy on trails)


    Snack (salty will help avoid cramps)

    Multi-Tool (although you can borrow one)

    Patch Kit

    Extra Tube



    Northerners heading South to Fairfax Station:

    1. I-66 West Bound
    2. Exit onto Rt. 123 SOUTH (turns into Ox Rd.) for approx. 3 miles.
    3. Right onto Henderson Rd.
    4. Left on Hampton Rd.
    5. Right into park.
    6. Parking lot on the right.

    Southerners heading North to Fairfax Station:

    1. I-95 North Bound 
    2. Exit onto Rt. 123 NORTH (turns into Ox Rd.) for approx. 4.5 miles.
    3. Left on Hampton Rd. for approx. 3 miles.
    4. Left into park.
    5. Parking lot on the right.

    Look for a "pepper white" Mini Cooper, a black Mazda Miata, or a blue Volkswagen Golf.


    GPS Trail Source Maps of Fountainhead MTB Trails


    Trail Conditions
    I am looking forward to riding with you guys and gals at Fountainhead this coming Saturday! Not all rain is equal and some light rain will not stop us unless they close the MTB tails Saturday morning. If you have concerns about the trails, I will post a cancellation ASAP.


    Trail Hotline
    You can call the Fountainhead Regional Park hot line anytime for trail conditions [masked] -- Press #1). If they are closed, we don't ride.


    Volunteers: Volunteers are always appreciated! We are always looking for Ride Leaders in the more experienced riders willing to help out our beginner cadre learn the trails and gain some single-track skills!


    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.

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  • Jose T.

    So what is plan B?

    1 · July 12, 2013

    • Kem C.

      Road bike lol

      July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel, but Kem and I talked it over and decided that it's gonna be way too muddy wherever. We're gonna hope to reschedule for next week. Like Milli Vanilli said...


    July 12, 2013

  • james

    I guess I'm outta this one. I'm in for another FH ride whenever it dries out!

    July 12, 2013

  • fred

    Not that I am a pessimist, but.... FH has a tendency to close trails when they are a little wet. Looks today like more of the 'stuff' will be falling today (Thursday) from some pretty overcast skies. Past FH history indicates that you'd have to go renegade on Saturday to ride there. I hear the Park Rangers are armed and dangerous

    July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good idea. I'm in. I'm sure FH will be closed. It's been dumping all day.

      July 12, 2013

    • Jose T.

      You guys, how about Laurel Hill?

      July 12, 2013

  • Khalid

    Since it's still raining in Fairfax, are there any backup plans for tomorrow?

    July 12, 2013

  • fred

    I'd love to joiin in but the bike is in my LBS. Upgrading the rear hub from Deore XT to Chris King. Had CK on another bike so the Deore hub always felt a little sloppy.

    July 12, 2013

  • Rob1035

    I'll mosey on down there, Kem keeps talking up FH!

    1 · July 10, 2013

    • Kem C.

      It's about time you check it out! Hope to see you there.

      1 · July 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think you'll dig it. I'm probably bringing my SS for the first time...not sure if I can make it, but I'm gonna try.

      July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in... yes :-)

    July 11, 2013

  • Din V.

    Oo. No or just remembered that I have to work on Saturday :-( , do not feel bad always good to hear about this trail will see you guys next time have fun much :-)

    July 7, 2013

  • Pete

    Will be out of town but looking forward to upcoming similar events.

    July 7, 2013

  • Colleen

    Intermediate / beginner rider, have done the W@W race and interested in seeing Fountainhead

    July 7, 2013

  • james

    Looking forward to this ride. I bailed out on last ride that was switched up to Gaithersburg, MD. Not opposed to area just had things going on and didn't have time...

    July 6, 2013


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