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CX-friendly singletrack in DC/MD/VA?(2 posts)

CX-friendly singletrack in DC/MD/VA?pauly
Aug 6, 2002 11:51 AM
Like a lot of folks on this board, I recently put some fatties on my CX bike (Mutanoraptor 44's front / Alfa-Bite 40's rear), and have been having a good time on the local singletrack (Cabin John trail in Potomac). I'd like to try some new ones and am open to suggestions from folks familiar with the area. (I recall others here mentioning they ride singletrack in MD or VA.) I feel pretty confident on 'moderate' or 'semi-technical' trails. (ie: no gnarly rock garden DH stuff, but no C&O towpath stuff either) Thanks. -Paul
Wakefield is fun on CXtriangleforge
Aug 7, 2002 7:48 AM
Wakefield/Accotink parks are right near the intersection of the Beltway & Braddock Road, about 20 minutes' ride from my house, and I'll often pop over there for a couple of hours. I'll grab the mountain bike or the 'cross bike, depending on my whim.

The trails are generally moderate in difficulty, so you can find plenty of challenging but doable stuff for a 'cross bike. There are lots and lots of log crossings to practice your dismounts as well. Occasional rock gardens, but nothing like Gambrils or Patapsco, and nothing too crazy. I run much narrower tires there than you've got (28c-35c, mostly tubulars), and haven't had a problem there with flatting, though some of that may be the tubulars + Tufo sealant...

You might want to find someone who knows the trail network there, since there are a lot of good trails you're not likely to find there on your own. Check on the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE) website - http://www.more-mtb.org/index.php - for their regular Wakefield rides. You could also pick a sunny weekend morning and go park near the recycling bins (the traditional Wakefield/Accotink MTB mustering spot, in the parking lot of the Wakefield Rec Center) and hook up with someone there.

Cheers!