What we're about

We are a group of friends that met through mountain biking. We hope we have a chance to meet you too. We mainly do mountain bike rides, but trails tend to get messy and we hit the roads at times. With that being said, the trails are waiting for you! Let's ride!

Upcoming events (5)

Fairland Advanced Ride (Parking @ The Ice House)

The Gardens Ice House

Wheels rolling at 6:00pm unless you let me know you're a little behind. (Call me at 240-FOUR.TWO.ONE-4254) With the Governor allowing Phase 2 to start, so will this ride again! We still ask that if you are not feeling good, that you do not come to the ride. We will also ask that when we stop that we give each other more room than normal to maintain the recommended 6' social distancing. Same goes for the start of the ride and after the ride. The ride will be limited to 10 people, so please sign up before all the spots are taken. If all 10 spots fill up. I would love for someone to volunteer to lead a second group. You would start on the MC county side, and my group would start on the pg side. 🙂 We normally do 10-12 miles, and average 9-10mph. This ride is more for intermediate/advanced riders due to the fast pace. About Fairland: 95% non-technical ride with few major climbs and no mandatory obstacles (they all have ride-arounds). Promise, no rocks. None! (there is one section of busted-up concrete, but it's not rocks, and it's only 10-15 feet long). Anyway, there are a couple good places to stop and practice log-overs, and balance on the boardwalks, and some good flow trails. We wait up at intersections to let all riders catch up. If you have a good amount of rides under your belt and can average 8mph or better on singletrack trails, and take small brakes, then you will probably will be able to hang. Video of our ride at Fairland: https://youtu.be/-3YEKDsjnQo What to bring: Plenty of water, helmet (no helmet no ride), your mtb of course!, multi-tool (although you can borrow mine), patch kit, extra tube (make sure it has the same valve you need for your wheel), a snack if you're doing both loops. Here at MVD MTB'ers meetup page, we always appreciate any feedback, write a group review!( Here (http://www.meetup.com/MVDMountainBikers/about/comments/?op=all) Waiver: Mountain biking is a risky sport, By signing up for this meetup you are agreeing to our waiver located here: http://www.meetup.com/MVD-Mountain-Bikers/pages/Standard_Waiver_for_Meetup_Rides/

MVD/PAD Hump Day in Patapsco (From Rockburn Elementary)

Rockburn Elementary School

With the Governor allowing Phase 2 to start, so will this ride again! We still ask that if you are not feeling good, that you do not come to the ride. We will also ask that when we stop that we give each other more room than normal to maintain the recommended 6' social distancing. Same goes for the start of the ride and afterride. Waiver: Mountain biking is a risky sport, By signing up for this meetup you are agreeing to our waiver located here: http://www.meetup.com/MVD-Mountain-Bikers/pages/Standard_Waiver_for_Meetup_Rides/ , as well as you will need to sign the standard MORE waiver prior to leaving on the ride, as we will be legally riding in the park at night. Where/Directions: Rockburn Elementary School What time: Meet between 5:45 and 6:00 at parking lot. Wheels rolling by 6:00. We will not wait past 6:00. Pace: Pace will be Intermediate, approx. 7-9 mph. Appropriate for intermediate to advanced riders, but not for beginners, or people who are not riding at least twice a week. Attitude is laid-back and friendly, but please ensure you can handle the pace and length of this ride before committing. This is a no-drop ride, i.e., we wait up for everyone at intersections. (Please survey your current fitness, as no one likes to be the one person holding up a larger group). Please also note Ptap rides tend to be about 1 mph slower than Rosy, or Fairland, due terrain. Terrain: Ranges from Easy to Difficult. Most trails are in great shape, but plan on some mud spots. There are a few very steep climbs, rocks and technical sections, log overs (up to 10" logs, and 3' stacks), tight single track (12" wide in spots), and a stream crossing or two. A strong/advanced rider will be able to clean most sections, others will need to get off of their bikes in spots. This is a friendly ride, so we will wait up for everyone, just be advised that the terrain can be somewhat difficult in places. This is a video edit I made of a ride this year. We won't hit all of this terrain, but gives you a feel for Patapsco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwi7H68iljI&t=664s Distance: With days starting shorter, the rides will be a little shorter, but I'm still trying to maintain about 15 to 17 miles. Exact route will change depending on group dynamics, trail conditions, daylight, etc. I will typically have route planned in my head at the beginning of the ride, but will modify as needed to get us back at a reasonable time. Distance will grow with more daylight. Duration: I shoot to have us back around 8:30, so around 2 1/2 hours. This can change with mechanical issues, and group dynamics though. As this is a weekday ride, the stops will be just long enough for the last rider to catch their breath. Note: wheels roll at stated time, so please don’t be late. Bring: Helmet (required), water (as much as you can carry), spare tube/patch kit, pump/CO2, multi-tool, I.D., emergency contact info where it can be easily located on your person, and a good attitude, as this ride is as much about camaraderie as it is about riding. Take a look at your bike and make sure it is in good working condition (Ptap will take its toll on the bike). Bring a light, as you will need it with the days starting off shorter, and the eventual start in the dark. There are ton of acceptable lights under $20 on Amazon right now. Just look for a T6 Cree LED Bike light, with minimially 1000 lumens. Weather: Shine Only (there will undoubtedly be some mud, but no ride if it’s raining or the trails are too muddy). Protect our trails and don’t ride them when they’re fragile. There may be days where I make a last minute call, so watch our MVD Mountainbikers meetup event, our Facebook group, as well as the Patapsco After Dark Facebook page, as I will cancel and cross post on all three. Ride Organizer(s): Craig P. Craig P, 4four3-5zero9-zero8one1; skibum616 at yahoo dot com

Tour De Patapsco - Day 4 - McKeldin / Woodstock Loops

Patapsco Valley State Park- McKeldin Area

This will be a paid event, with money going to Friends of Patapsco, a non profit who supports all park operations, trail building, etc. I wanted to post on our meetup, but make sure you register on Bikereg to guarantee your spot, as we are limiting the number of riders. Here is the Bike Reg Link: https://www.bikereg.com/ptf2020 Other pertinent links: Trailfest Webpage: https://pvsptrailfest.com/mountain-biking-3/ Tour De Patapsco Overview and FAQs: https://pvsptrailfestdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/tour-de-patapsco-overview.pdf Let's talk this ride: So I’m hoping to not get us lost this day. LOL Of all the trails systems in the park, Mckeldin is the area I know the worst. For this ride expect some long downs but also some long ups, along with a new connector trail to get us to and from each loop. There will be some technical sections but also a lot of flow and fast downs. This should be a fun day! What’s the schedule? I will give a brief overview of the ride around 10:00 / 10:15, with the plan to roll between 10:15 and 10:30. Please realize the park opens at 9am, and it will take you about 10 minutes to get to the parking area, and you will also need to sign a waiver before going, so arrive early to allow for parking, getting ready, signing the waiver, etc. We will have the standard MORE waiver for everyone to sign. What’s the Terrain? This one will have a little bit of everything, but mostly large climbs, flow, and some technical sections thrown in for fun. Nothing too aggressive, but will require intermediate fitness, and we will be in intermediate terrain. Also, keep in mind, I will be stopping a lot, as there are multiple turns on this route and want to keep everyone together. Just be forewarned. Mileage / Speed? Day four will be 18.1 miles and 1,760’ feet of climbing. Due to the terrain, the front of the pack will be moving at a moderate pace on this ride (i.e. 7.5 to 8 mph average, but expect fast on the down hills). Don’t be scared of the pace, as we will stop a lot, give people a chance to breathe, and keep this super casual. So, what’s the route? It should be fun! We’ll start in McKeldin, and head down the new Switchback/NTD trail, to switchback, to plantation, then back onto Switch back down by the river. Since we had all that fun, we will then be climbing backup the hill on that same trail, and then will turn left on Marriottsville road, cross the river, then left onto the new Wood Mar trail (i.e. Woodstock Connector). We’ll cross the river on wood stock road and then do the Woodstock Loop (Quarry trail to Joes Trail, Church back to Quarry, Chevy Trail, then back the thru trail to woodstock road). We’ll then cross the river again, take Wood Mar the opposite direction, make a right on Marriottsville road, then a right onto switch back, back to the pavilions. Here is the Strava Route. There is a button under the title to “Export GPX” for those who want to pull this down for their mapping devices: https://www.strava.com/routes/26556828 What to bring? Standard pack stuff: food, water, multi tool, tube, helmet, etc. No Helmet, No Ride. I can be reached at 44three5zero9zero8one1 if you need me the day of.

Fairland Advanced Ride (Parking @ The Ice House)

The Gardens Ice House

Wheels rolling at 6:00pm unless you let me know you're a little behind. (Call me at 240-FOUR.TWO.ONE-4254) With the Governor allowing Phase 2 to start, so will this ride again! We still ask that if you are not feeling good, that you do not come to the ride. We will also ask that when we stop that we give each other more room than normal to maintain the recommended 6' social distancing. Same goes for the start of the ride and after the ride. The ride will be limited to 10 people, so please sign up before all the spots are taken. If all 10 spots fill up. I would love for someone to volunteer to lead a second group. You would start on the MC county side, and my group would start on the pg side. 🙂 We normally do 10-12 miles, and average 9-10mph. This ride is more for intermediate/advanced riders due to the fast pace. About Fairland: 95% non-technical ride with few major climbs and no mandatory obstacles (they all have ride-arounds). Promise, no rocks. None! (there is one section of busted-up concrete, but it's not rocks, and it's only 10-15 feet long). Anyway, there are a couple good places to stop and practice log-overs, and balance on the boardwalks, and some good flow trails. We wait up at intersections to let all riders catch up. If you have a good amount of rides under your belt and can average 8mph or better on singletrack trails, and take small brakes, then you will probably will be able to hang. Video of our ride at Fairland: https://youtu.be/-3YEKDsjnQo What to bring: Plenty of water, helmet (no helmet no ride), your mtb of course!, multi-tool (although you can borrow mine), patch kit, extra tube (make sure it has the same valve you need for your wheel), a snack if you're doing both loops. Here at MVD MTB'ers meetup page, we always appreciate any feedback, write a group review!( Here (http://www.meetup.com/MVDMountainBikers/about/comments/?op=all) Waiver: Mountain biking is a risky sport, By signing up for this meetup you are agreeing to our waiver located here: http://www.meetup.com/MVD-Mountain-Bikers/pages/Standard_Waiver_for_Meetup_Rides/

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MVD/PAD Hump Day in Patapsco (From Rockburn Elementary)

Rockburn Elementary School

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