Fairlandpalooza is an adventure waiting to happen! It will highlight the great community we have with the DC Mountain-Biking Meetup! Be ready for food, folks, and fun!
Here's the tentative schedule, which, as always, is subject to change:
9:00 - Beginning Skills Clinic - Explore the basics. Don't be shy!
10:30 - Rides - Multiple groups. There's a ride for you!
• Casual - For the riders that want a casual, low-stress environment.
• Moderate - For the precocious and ambitious.
• Moderate/Fast - For the speed demons. (officially cancelled)
12:00 - Basic Maintainance – Covering changing tires & tubes, cables, and so on.
1:00 - Food Time! We'll need help with this. Please consider bringing something from the list, or of your own creation. When you RSVP, please comment on what you're bringing to avoid duplication of effort. Unless it's cookies. Then duplicate. A lot. Or cupcakes.
brats (Athena & co.)
chicken (Daniel Kim - Fried chicken)
weeners (kem-16 along with buns, Travis)
burgers (Ed will bring a few)
corn on the cob (?)
chips (Kem - tortilla chips)
salad (Paul & Suzy)
condiments (Kem-Mayo, Nikki)
cookies & snacks (Cookies - Leah)
DRINKS (A FEW IDEAS):
soda pop (Ed-a few, Kem 24)
cold ones (?)
warm ones (?)
Sports drinks (molly)
ice (Kem - 1 Bag)
cups (If you're bringing juice or bottle soda)
We will need volunteer help with the clinics, the rides, and the food (supplying and cooking). Please post or email if you want to volunteer!
Ride Leaders: Brian & Kem
Numbers: (seven-o-tree...tree-too-tree...for-for-o-fife) & (240+421+=425FOUR)
Please call me or post here if you suddenly can't make it or are running a few minutes late. 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.
This will be a beginner-friendly ride (no-drop) with mostly smooth, packed-dirt trails. There are a few small climbs. We're really patient with pace, etc, so you won't feel lots of pressure. BUT, realistically evaluate your fitness, and if you feel like you can ride for a few hours without too much trouble, you're good to go. If you have questions about this point, post below.
A few bits of 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 1.5 hours of on-the-bike time.
Directions: When you get to the park, go to the end with the bathrooms, playground, and basketball courts. That's where we'll meet.
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)
Finally, a word on etiquette. It's an issue that's come up recently, so give this a read:
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.