Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-20-10, 08:48 AM   #1
rmanla
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Annapolis, MD
Bikes: 09 Gary Fisher Piranha (XC), 07 Kona Major Jake(CX), Cannondale Road Bike
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
CX capable trails in maryland

I know people ride at rosaryville and i heard most of the sections in Schaeffer were ok too. I was wondering if anyone knew of any other places where riding a cross bike would be enjoyable. If anyone knows of places near annapolis that would be great too. Thanks
rmanla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-10, 09:49 AM   #2
NoRacer
Isaias
 
NoRacer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Essex, MD
Bikes: Ridley X-Fire (carbon, white)
Posts: 5,182
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
I ride my cross bike mainly on the road these days:



...but, someday I'd like to put some fatter tires on it, lower the gearing, and do some cross biking off-road.
NoRacer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-10, 02:08 PM   #3
SpongeDad
Overacting because I can
 
SpongeDad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: The Mean Streets of Bethesda, MD
Bikes: Merlin Agilis, Trek 1500
Posts: 4,552
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The C&O canal is perfect for a cross bike if you want a scenic, non-technical, dead flat ride on dirt/crushed pea gravel. And let's face, sometime you do.

It starts in DC, by the Capital Crescent Trail, and runs west. Once you get past Bethesda, the crowd thins out.
__________________
“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm." (Churchill)

"I am a courageous cyclist." (SpongeDad)
SpongeDad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-10, 02:39 PM   #4
rmanla
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Annapolis, MD
Bikes: 09 Gary Fisher Piranha (XC), 07 Kona Major Jake(CX), Cannondale Road Bike
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
@noracer i'm definitely looking forward to my first ride at rosaryville on my cross bike. You should give it a go! really nice place to ride if youve never been there. Smooth flowing singletrack like i like.

@spongedad - a nice scenic trail isn't a bad thing at all. Have you ever ridden the NCR? Definitely hope to give C&O a ride this year.
rmanla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-10, 07:36 AM   #5
Kevin Baum
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hi,
Cross the bridge and check out Tuckahoe state park. It's pretty much the best place on the shore. The parts around the arboretum are fun too. Also on Kent Island there is a short trail at Terrapin Park, and you could ride the whole Cross Island Trail (paved) to get a little more of a workout. But Tuckahoe is the best over here.
Have fun.
Kevin Baum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-10, 10:08 AM   #6
NoRacer
Isaias
 
NoRacer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Essex, MD
Bikes: Ridley X-Fire (carbon, white)
Posts: 5,182
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by rmanla View Post
@noracer i'm definitely looking forward to my first ride at rosaryville on my cross bike. You should give it a go! really nice place to ride if youve never been there. Smooth flowing singletrack like i like.
If you're up to a -looooooooooooooong- ride--you can join me on a ride up the NCR. You can meet me in Essex or White Marsh and ride from there or meet me at the trailhead on Ashland Rd. Then we can ride up the NCR to Glen Rock.

I'll probably be leaving Essex at about 8am, passing White Marsh at about 8:45am, at the trailhead by about 9:45-10am.
NoRacer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-10, 10:54 AM   #7
lmentop
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 28
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Cedarville is a little farther but should be ridable on cx too.

In VA down by Woodbridge most of the loops at Lorton are good for CX, most of Wakefield (Braddock Rd. exit off of 495) should be fine on CX too.
lmentop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-10, 05:21 AM   #8
NoRacer
Isaias
 
NoRacer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Essex, MD
Bikes: Ridley X-Fire (carbon, white)
Posts: 5,182
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
I found this little jewel on Friday:

http://bimactive.com/ba/journal/post/10783/32157
NoRacer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-10, 05:23 AM   #9
NoRacer
Isaias
 
NoRacer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Essex, MD
Bikes: Ridley X-Fire (carbon, white)
Posts: 5,182
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by NoRacer View Post
If you're up to a -looooooooooooooong- ride--you can join me on a ride up the NCR. You can meet me in Essex or White Marsh and ride from there or meet me at the trailhead on Ashland Rd. Then we can ride up the NCR to Glen Rock.

I'll probably be leaving Essex at about 8am, passing White Marsh at about 8:45am, at the trailhead by about 9:45-10am.
Here's the blog/ride report from this ride on the NCR/York Heritage Trails (3 parts):

http://bimactive.com/ba/journal/post/10783/32177
http://bimactive.com/ba/journal/post/10783/32178
http://bimactive.com/ba/journal/post/10783/32179
NoRacer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-10, 10:48 AM   #10
rmanla
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Annapolis, MD
Bikes: 09 Gary Fisher Piranha (XC), 07 Kona Major Jake(CX), Cannondale Road Bike
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by NoRacer View Post
I found this little jewel on Friday:

http://bimactive.com/ba/journal/post/10783/32157
@NoRacer - I just saw this post! awesome! Do you think it would be good for a beginner, im thinking about taking my gf there, looks more fun than the ncr or ba trail.
rmanla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-10, 11:57 AM   #11
NoRacer
Isaias
 
NoRacer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Essex, MD
Bikes: Ridley X-Fire (carbon, white)
Posts: 5,182
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by rmanla View Post
@NoRacer - I just saw this post! awesome! Do you think it would be good for a beginner, im thinking about taking my gf there, looks more fun than the ncr or ba trail.
Yes, it would be perfect for a beginner. There's nothing very technical about the trails for the most part.
NoRacer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-10, 11:38 AM   #12
rmanla
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Annapolis, MD
Bikes: 09 Gary Fisher Piranha (XC), 07 Kona Major Jake(CX), Cannondale Road Bike
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
ever ride any of the trails in gunpowder? Im wondering what to expect and which one to go to
rmanla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-10, 12:37 PM   #13
NoRacer
Isaias
 
NoRacer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Essex, MD
Bikes: Ridley X-Fire (carbon, white)
Posts: 5,182
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by rmanla View Post
ever ride any of the trails in gunpowder? Im wondering what to expect and which one to go to
I know there was riding at one time at Gunpowder park just south of RT 152 on the east side of the park, but I'm not sure of it's status these days since MD Parks and Recs have started patrolling some areas.

You may want to check out this link for current discussions:

http://www.more-mtb.org/forum/index.php
NoRacer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-10, 08:17 AM   #14
rmanla
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Annapolis, MD
Bikes: 09 Gary Fisher Piranha (XC), 07 Kona Major Jake(CX), Cannondale Road Bike
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
thanks noracer, i didnt realize that the gunpowder trails might be bike unfriendly these days.
rmanla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-10, 10:10 AM   #15
NoRacer
Isaias
 
NoRacer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Essex, MD
Bikes: Ridley X-Fire (carbon, white)
Posts: 5,182
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by rmanla View Post
thanks noracer, i didnt realize that the gunpowder trails might be bike unfriendly these days.

I'm not saying that they are. I just don't know. Personally, I spend 99% of my time on roads, but there were issues about mtb'ing in the Loch Raven reservoir area due to trail run-off into the reservoir. I'm not sure if the Gunpowder is being looked at for the same.
NoRacer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:31 PM.