Getting Ready to Hit The Cycling Trails
Don’t let the cool weather fool you. Spring is officially here and it’s time to experience Washington by bike. If you’re raring to go — you’ve got your bike tuned and your helmet on your head — but don’t know what route to take, check out www.bikewashington.org. The Web site is a great resource for local bike trails. Routes are listed by name and include a description, mileage and road conditions — paved vs. crushed stone. The site even recommends trails based on ability, routes within an hour’s drive, other trail Web sites and a list of events. You also can sign up for the message list and meet other local riders.
For road and mountain bikers who are all warmed up and ready to compete, check out these two events taking place in April.
Bike Annapolis: Ride for Shelter — Third annual bike ride to raise money for the homeless in Annapolis. Courses range from one to 40 miles. Family activities include face painting, bike decorating, tuneups and an obstacle course. All proceeds benefit the Light House Shelter in Annapolis. Rides begin at 7:30 a.m. next Sunday; registration opens at 7 a.m., Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Gate 5, Taylor Avenue, Annapolis. For information, call 410-263-3962 or visit www.rideforshelter.com.
Greenbrier Challenge — The Potomac Velo Club will again sponsor the Greenbrier Challenge on April 29. The Greenbrier Challenge, in its fourth year, is one of the biggest mountain bike races in the mid-Atlantic region. Race organizers expect about 400 amateur racers to compete on wooded trails that pass lakes and through wild landscapes. There are races for 50 different classes divided by gender, age and ability. All classes have a chance to qualify for a spot in the National Mountain Bike Championship in Mount Snow, Vt., July 17-22. With the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing around the corner, the Greenbrier Challenge is one of three races on the East Coast for pro bike racers to gain credits to earn a spot on the U.S. cycling team. About 60 elite racers are expected to compete in the event. Proceeds benefit local youth charities. Organizers are seeking volunteers to set up the course, direct traffic and clean up after the race. The races take place on the grounds of Greenbrier State Park, 21843 National Pike, Boonsboro, Md. The first race begins at 8:15 a.m. Riders can register on-site on race day. For information, call 703-569-9875 or visit www. potomacvelo.com/greenbrierchallenge.htm. To register, visit www.bikereg.com/events/ register.asp?eventid=4279 by April 25.
— Lauren Wiseman