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Northern Virginia and ThanksDukede
Jun 26, 2003 4:15 PM
FIRST...I'm new to cycling
I just bought a Fuji Cross and I love it. I was wondering if there is anyone out there from Northern Virginia. I'm looking for a club or someone that that knows some good places to go and maybe even want someone to ride with.
Also I posted a few questions over the past couple of weeks and I want to say thanks for everyone that responded. Everyone's imput,help, and advice was priceless.
Charlottesville hereCoolhand
Jun 27, 2003 4:43 AM
We will have at least 2 cross races this fall- and I will try to make the VA state series this year (in the lowly newbie class). Have you ridden the C&0 tow path, WO&D rail trail yet?

Charlottesville hereDukede
Jun 27, 2003 5:16 PM
NO I've had the bike a week and I'm just getting back into cycling. I'm up for anything though.
Potomac Velopauly
Jun 27, 2003 6:35 AM
These guys put on the Northern Virginia races in the state series. They also sponsor CX clinics in the Fall. (Many of which were unfortunately cancelled last year due to sniper fears.)
Potomac VeloEric Marshall
Jun 27, 2003 11:07 AM
FYI, their web site is
Best NoVa Cyclocross Club:ElvisMerckx
Jun 27, 2003 9:16 AM
Pedal-N-Spoke/Evolution Cycling is building a strong group of CXers for this fall's B and C groups. Oh, and we've got cowbells.
Squadra Coppitriangleforge
Jun 30, 2003 5:30 AM
We've got a strong core of cyclocrossers on Squadra Coppi, though most of us are focused on the road season right about now. Starting in August or September, I'll haul the portable barriers out of my basement and we'll start practicing on grass one morning a week, usually alternating between Bluemont Park for skills and Gravelly Point (right underneath the planes at National) for soul crushing intervals in deep, soggy grass. We're planning to pull together a 'cross training series this year, and would like to bring at least one new course into play. Check us out at -- you can find my e-mail there through "The Team" link; I'm Brad DeVries.

As for places to play, you'll definitely want to start with a trip out the C&O canal towpath, though go really early as it tends to get crowded on nice (or even ghastly) weekends. Ride all the way out at least to Great Falls, where it switches from scenic gravel road to a bit more challenging terrain.

Once you're a little more comfortable, take your 'cross bike out to Wakefield & Accotink parks, right near Braddock Road and the Beltway. It's a mountainbike playground, but not too challenging so I've taken to riding there mainly cyclocross or singlespeed MTB. Plenty of log crossings to practice your dismounts.

Come racing season, it's hard to beat All Hallows Cross (one of the Potomac Velo Virginia series races) as a season opener. I love the new course, and it's right near by in Reston at Lake Fairfax. Then you've got the rest of the VA series and the MAC (Mid Atlantic Cup -- mostly PA & Delaware, some of the coolest courses around) races to choose from.