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Black Hill Picnic Ride - June 20, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mark Alpert
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by Harold Goldstein


Our annual ride from Black Hill Regional Park has long been a club tradition; this year, the 20th annual edtition will take place Saturday, June 20th. This multi-grade, pot-luck picnic ride has attracted almost 200 riders in recent years; it’s a great time for all. 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. Rides are planned to end around 1:00-1:30 p.m.


We list a ride for everyone, from A through D, from 20 to 65 miles. I will leave cue sheets at every distance on my van windshield so you can come anytime and do your thing. 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.


This year there will be some changes. The rides will start at pavilion F which is on your left across from the visitor’s center. But that lot will only accommodate about ½ of our group. When it fills up park in the lower lots we usually use. Then grab your bikes and come up to the ride start. We’ll delay the start by 10-15 minutes to allow everyone to regroup. Ride leaders should park at the pavilion.


Note that West Old Baltimore is presently closed west of the park but SHOULD be fine well in advance of the ride. Check the Maryland ride forum or email me the week before the ride.


The real fun starts after the ride!! The pavilion seats 40 so bring some extra chairs to share. There are plenty of tables and you can use the provided grills (bring charcoal). Now take out the goodies and munch on the dishes we all will bring to share. We are counting on the usual (and unusual) great and original fare that you bring. Extra ice and cold drinks are always appreciated. 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 ( - cell (202) 997-2376. Or call any of the ride leaders listed. Most cue sheets are online at


Directions ... several options, but easiest is: I-270 North, to exit 16, Rt 27N (Father Hurley Blvd), go 0.8 miles to a left at Rt 355 (Frederick Road), go 0.9 mile to a left onto West Old Baltimore Road, then 1.5 miles and left at the Park Entrance (Lake Ridge Rd.). Then go about 2 miles to the pavilion on the left or the upper visitor center lot on your right. No water/rest rooms by the shelter.

address: 20930 Lake Ridge Road, Boyds, Md. 20841

Website Ride Listing 

D/C/CC/B/BB/A * 26-63 * Black Hill Picnic Ride * Black Hill Regional Park


Ride Listing Summary


 A: 63/54 (H) * MD * 9:00 AM * Black Hill Regional Park
Jonathan Mirsky []
Tim Guilford [tim @] 301-704-2723

BB * 63/54 (H) * MD * 9:00 AM * Black Hill Regional Park
Karen Berlage [] 301/963-1482

B * 54/46 (H) * MD * 9:00 AM * Black Hill Regional Park
Jerzy Lamot []

CC * 44/34 (H) * MD * 9:00 AM * Black Hill Regional Park
Denise Cohen []

C * 34/26 (H) * MD * 10:00 AM * Black Hill Regional Park
Mike Divine [] 301/258-7820

D * 26 (H) * MD * 10:00 AM * Black Hill Regional Park
Linda B. Kolko [] [cell 301-785-1342]


more Ride Schedule

C (MH) * 21-29 miles * MD *10:00 AM * Glen Echo Loops * Glen Echo (GLE)

B/BB * 15-25 * MD * 12:00 PM * Thursday Noon Training Ride Bethesda * Marriott HQ loading dock

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