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Avoid DC Beginner Ride at Burke Lake Park (New Time)

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Avoid DC on Monday
Ok -- Washington DC is going to be crazy this Monday! Its time to explore some of the other parks in the suburbs -- like Burke Lake Park!! Hidden away in the wooded community of Burke, VA, is a nice MTB trail fit for those who (a) have never had actual dirt on their mountain bike, (b) don't to hills, or (c) just need a group that can go their pace! No worries -- this ride is for you! And since Fountainhead seems to close even for morning dew, BLP is a hardy trail system that drys quick.

Beginners Ride - Easy Pace - 3 to 5-Miles (No Drop)
It's time for a Beginners Ride for those that need some dirt on that new mountain bike! This ride is to get to know the MTB tails of Burke Lake Park in Fairfax Station! I (Kyle Bondo) will be hosting a Beginners Ride - Easy Pace - starting at the parking lot next to mini-golf course -- found by going left at the fork when you come into the park off of Ox Road. Look for me next to my black Jeep and sporting the ever-so-stylish green/white/black Potomac Velo Club (PVC) jersey. The gate charge for non-county residents on weekends and holidays is only from April through late October -- so right now, you can visit Burke Lake Park for no charge -- all are welcome!

Main Group Ride -- The objective will be to leave the parking lot at 12:30pm Monday morning, and complete the first main loop to the dam (and possibly the back sections depending on the groups level and strength) of the Burke Lake Park MTB course at a nice, easy pace (approx. 3 to 5-miles depending what sections we do) making frequent stops to pick up stragglers if needed and returning to the parking lot around 2:30pm.

Fitness Level -- BLP is an easy trail that can be ridden by most new riders. I plan on stopping often, picking up stragglers, and keeping it to an "easy pace" as advertised. You should be in enough shape to ride for at least one hour, but we will stop after every big feature (which is kind of funny considering how flat BLP is) for everyone to catch their breath. I have tons of patience, so if you're worried about being left behind -- don't be! Check out my other rides to see that "no drop" means "no drop"!

Rules: The only requirements is for all riders to have a good helmet -- NO HELMET, NO RIDE --, have your mountain bike in moderate working order, have tires with some tread, bring some water, and something to keep you warm (e.g. dress in layers). Temperature will be cold (it is winter after all) but inside the treeline of near the lake is about 10-degrees colder.

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!

Directions:

Northerners heading South to Fairfax Station:

1. I-66 West Bound
2. Exit onto Rt. 123 SOUTH (turns into Ox Rd.) for approx. 2 miles.
3. Left into the park after Burke Lake Road.
4. Left at the first fork.
5. 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. 5.5 miles.
3. Right into park.
4. Left at the first fork.
5. Parking lot on the right.

Maps:

GPS Trail Source Maps of Burke Lake Park MTB Trails (http://www.gpstrailsource.com/parks/virginia/burke-lake-park/map)

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

BLP Trail Hotline
You can call the Burke Lake Park hot line anytime for trail conditions (703-323-6600). If they are closed, we don't ride -- but it should ok for Monday!

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