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Black Hill Park Rides - June 7th

Thursday, May 1, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mark Alpert
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Our annual ride from Black Hill Regional Park has been a club tradition since 1992; this year, the 19th annual edtition will take place Saturday, June 7th. This multi-grade, pot-luck picnic ride has attracted almost 200 riders in recent years; it’s a great time for all - meet new people, meet old-timers; a time for ATBers to meet tandem duos; for C riders to meet B riders; for AA riders to meet other AA riders. If you haven’t been out much, this is the time to come back to the club. And, you can bring the family and let them play by the lake or hike the park trails while you blast the hills. Or have friends and family meet you after the ride. All rides are planned to end around 1:00-1:30 p.m.

We'll try to list a ride for everyone, from AA through D pace groups, from 20 to 65 miles, and even ATB and tandem rides (check ride schedule for times and start location). If, by chance, a ride isn't listed in your favorite category, come anyway and ride in an adjacent category - you'll find someone to pedal with. I will leave cue sheets at every distance on my van windshield so you can come anytime and do your thing. Or bring that friend who doesn't quite stay with you - they'll find a ride that works!

The scenery is great, the ride start is one of the easiest to reach – only a few minutes off I-270. The riding is spectacular; hilly, yes, but spectacular. We should ride here more often!

But the real fun starts after the ride!! We will set up a few tables, take out the goodies and munch on the dishes we all will bring to share. Bring your favorite dish. (Note: No cooking facilities!) Watermelon and beans, chocolate cupcakes, standard munchies and soda will be provided, but we are counting on the usual (and unusual) great and original fare that you bring. It is a great opportunity to socialize with riders we know only by helmet color. Ask anyone who has done this event before – it is a great time!

If the weather is uncertain, call your ride leader, but as long as there is no rain by 9 a.m. the rides should go. If rain is light at 9 but stops, there should be shortened rides at 10:30 – again, check with your ride leader.

For information call or email Harold Goldstein (301) 854-0388 up to the day before the ride. Or try my cell at (202) 997-2376 on the day of the ride. Or call any of the ride leaders listed. Most cue sheets are online at

Black Hill Park
20930 Lake Ridge Road
Boyds, Md. 20841

Directions ... several options, but easiest is: 
  • I-270 North, to exit 16, Rt 27N (Father Hurley Blvd), go 0.8 miles 
  • Left at Rt 355 (Frederick Road)
  • Go 0.9 mile to a left onto West Old Baltimore Road
  • Then 1.5 miles and turn left at the Park Entrance (Lake Ridge Rd.). 
  • Go about 2 miles to the upper visitor center lot on your right. This is the ride start and the picnic site. Water/rest rooms are here also.

Click here for the Black Hill ride listings
Click here
for the Black Hill Park website
Click here
for the Black Hill Park map (PDF)

more Ride Schedule

B/BB * 30ish * MD * 10:00 AM * The Usual Monday Ride from Glen Echo * Glen Echo Park (GLE)

C/CC (MH) * 27 * VA * 10:30 AM * Loop de Loops * South Run Rec Center (SRRC) * 45°/50%

Featured Members
Matthew BirnbaumMatt is Chairman of Potomac Pedalers
Linda B. KolkoLinda is the D/C Ride Coordinator for MD & DC