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Beginners Ride #1 - Wakefield (Technical Trails)

ANNANDALE, VA -- The sun is coming out this weekend and its time for our first Beginners Ride to get the shine off your new bikes, and the dust off your old ones! Kyle Bondo will be hosting a Beginners Ride - Easy Pace - starting at the first parking lot on your left coming into the Audrey Moore RECenter at Wakefield Park (park in front of the baseball field area). This ride is sponsored by MORE -- No charge -- the first 20 riders are welcome!

Who This Ride Is For...
This is a beginner ride! That means that you should think of yourself as a beginner rider. Terms like "choosing good lines", "log hopping", and "hucking" are foreign to you. Maybe you can ride a mountain bike and have a moderate level of physical fitness, but climbing hills are still tough, your brakes are always on when descending, and a "creek crossing" may mean it's time to get off the bike. If any of these things describe you, then you are most likely a "beginner"!    

Who This Ride is Not For...
If you know how to bank a turn, counter steer, accelerate into a corner, or only use your front brakes, this is probably not your ride. This ride will be considered SLOW from your point of view, and unless you would like to ride along to help new riders, this ride will certainly test your patience. There will be other riders for your skill level, but this ride is really for those who are new to the sport. We will welcome those who just want to "learn the trails", but only if you have a smile the whole time and can tell a good joke!

Ride #1 (Technical Trails)
The objective will be to leave the parking lot at 8:10 AM, do one-loop of the Wakefield Mountain Bike Course at a nice, easy pace (approx. 3.1-miles) making frequent stops to pick up stragglers if needed and returning to the parking lot around 9:30 AM-10 AM.

Ride #2 (Fire Road Trails)
The objective will be to leave the parking lot around 10:10 AM, do one-loop of Lake Accotink at a nice, easy pace (approx. 6.0-miles) making frequent stops to pick up stragglers if needed and returning to the parking lot around 11:45 AM - 12 PM.

You are welcome to join both rides (please RSVP separately), or meet us for one or the other. Each loop will bring us back to the parking lot to rest up, send some on their way, and pick up new folks for ride #2. You are always welcome to ride ahead of the group if you feel like going faster than the pace or mix back in when you need to.

For those who would like it, I'll be going over basic hill climbing techniques, obstacle avoidance techniques, and answering any questions you have to get you comfortable riding the trails!

Rules
The main requirements for this ride is that all riders must have a good helmet, have their bike in moderate working order (to check your tires and bring a spare), and bring some water!

NO HELMET - NO RIDE!

Additionally, we now use the waiver system provided by MORE. You will be required to sign the waiver before you can join the ride.

More experienced riders willing to help out are always appreciated, and we look forward to riding with you guys and gals at Wakefield on Saturday!

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  • Andrew P.

    Hi Kyle, when is the next meetup like this?

    May 2, 2014

    • Kyle B.

      Hey Andrew -- Soon! Most likely May 24th or 25th

      May 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great ride thanks to Kyle and the crew .

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • Roger W.

    Love it

    1 · April 20, 2014

  • Jorge R.

    Great ride! Special Thanks to Kyle, Ernie & Tom for organizing and the trails work.

    1 · April 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great ride and excellent sportsmanship .

    1 · April 20, 2014

  • Jose Luis M.

    It was a great ride,

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Evan W.

    Awesome ride, great riders, very helpful ride leaders.

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Evan W.

    Great meeting all of you; I had a lot of fun. Thanks to the organizers and ride leaders--I learned a ton!

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Jose Luis M.

    It was nice meeting you all had a great ride...

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Marina

    Great ride guys!

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Henry C.

    I've also just found out I won't be able to make it but thank you for organizing this. I went riding out there this evening and it was a bit muddy but overall great conditions. Look forward to riding with everyone in the future

    1 · April 18, 2014

    • Kyle B.

      We'll see you at the next one!

      April 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I signed up for the advanced ride by accident.

    April 18, 2014

    • Kyle B.

      There both easy rides... you should be ok on either one!

      April 18, 2014

  • Sophia

    ahhh.. just found out had to go into work on Saturday :( really was looking forward to this.. :( hope you all have a great ride.

    April 18, 2014

    • Kyle B.

      Bummer, Sophia. If you can't play hooky, there will be more rides soon!

      April 18, 2014

  • Byron

    Hope you do hear rides again...I am a roadie biker and hiker looking to ride off road this year more than on the road....gotta hike commitment this weekend,..

    1 · April 18, 2014

    • Kyle B.

      Hey Byron -- Yes! Expect to see more soon!

      April 18, 2014

  • Jorge R.

    Kyle - I know Wakefield pretty well. I can help you guys keeping the group together. Cheers!

    1 · April 16, 2014

    • Kyle B.

      That would be great!

      April 16, 2014

  • Kyle B.

    Opened the RSVP settings to 30. 2 riders from MORE will be out to help with the group, so it should be well managed! Looking forward to seeing lots of smiling faces!

    April 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hoping to join the 10 AM ride.

    1 · April 16, 2014

  • Joe H.

    would love to go, but I have my son this weekend.

    1 · April 10, 2014

    • Evan W.

      Sorry you can't make it. I live close to these trails so if you ever want to ride them with someone just let me know. I can go most evenings and weekends.

      April 13, 2014

    • Joe H.

      Thanks, Evan. I don't live very close, but I'll def keep that in mind. Cheers!

      April 13, 2014

  • fred

    Training with Team in Training until we do the Jamestown Gran Fondo on June 8th. Will probably join in with your Saturday rides (if on an intermediate level) thereafter.

    April 10, 2014

  • Casey

    I am definitely looking forward to this! I have never ridden these trails, so this is going to be a great introduction. :)

    1 · April 7, 2014

  • Evan W.

    Thanks for organizing this. I am looking forward to it.

    1 · April 1, 2014

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