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Wash. DC Riding(9 posts)

Wash. DC RidingHENRY K
Oct 9, 2003 3:34 AM
I will be going to Washington DC and the Virginia area, and will have a few extra days (also bringing cyclocross bike with, with road tires and bigger cross tires). Any recomendations for riding in the area. I hear that there are some nice paths in the area.
All this and a bag of chips....Gregory Taylor
Oct 9, 2003 5:57 AM
For the skinny on local bike trails, try --

The Mt. Vernon Trail bike path took a pretty good hit from hurricane Isabel. It's mostly open (just a bit dirty and stinky) down to just past Tulane Drive (near Belle View). After that, its partially closed and, if you go around the barriers and ride anyway, it's a bit rugged.

The W&OD trail is nice once you get beyond suburbia. It's heinously crowded on weekends. There is a brewery just off of the trail at Ashburn, with a bar/lunchroom that serves good sandwiches, etc.

Did you mention cyclocross? If you are in town Oct. 26, there is a 'cross race in Reston, at Lake Fairfax - the "All Hallows Eve" race put on by Potomac Velo. It's a fun race...
I'd adddjg
Oct 9, 2003 6:19 AM
that the WABA website has some good info at

Also, if you want to find a group ride you might check out the Potomac Pedalers web site.
And one thing morepmf1
Oct 9, 2003 6:56 AM
Since you're bringing your cross bike and some wide tires, consider riding on the C&O canal. You can catch it from Georgetown and ride out to Great Falls and back -- maybe 30 miles round trip.

The towpath itself is packed down rock. You can ride road tires on it if you want, but cross tires would be perfect.
C&O and Great Fallscyclopathic
Oct 9, 2003 7:18 AM
as I recall it is ~18mi one way and it is pretty enjoyable on road tires. No bikes allowed on path connecting C&O to Great Falls overlook, but rangers only enforce it on weekends, when it is pretty crowded.

Parking available off GW parkway at Theodore Roosevelt Island, just cross the Key bridge and at Rock Creek.
There's always the metro toopmf1
Oct 9, 2003 8:19 AM
Go to Rosslyn on the Orange Line, cross the Key Bridge, turn right and right again and you're there. I guess you could use road tires, but I'd choose cross tires myself.

You can leave your bike at the overlook entrance while you check out the falls. I doubt anyone will steal it. Mostly tourists there. The falls are worth checking out.
How did the C&O fare with Isabel? (nm)Gregory Taylor
Oct 9, 2003 7:33 AM
Suburban MD!DrPete
Oct 9, 2003 11:19 AM
Can't say enough about the road rides in suburban MD... I would second the vote for for good group rides, and a pretty nice cue sheet library that's open to the public. Some wonderful road rides in the area!

Thank youHENRY K
Oct 10, 2003 7:09 AM
for all of the nice responses. Very helpfull!