10876 Hampton Road
Fairfax Station, VA 22039
Fairfax Station, VA
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)...it 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)
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.
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.
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.