MORE’s passion for building and maintaining trail starts with our passion for riding our bikes. MORE group rides give us a chance to share this passion with new and experienced riders alike. Every week MORE holds a wide range of organized rides across the region. Our dedicated group of ride leaders offer everything from a casual spin around Schaeffer to more challenging rides in the mountains of Frederick.
With such a diverse group of trails and ride leaders there is literally something for everyone on the MORE ride calendar. In addition to reguarlly schedule group rides, keep an eye out for special events like basic and advanced skills clinics. We are also particuarlly proud of our SMORES program that encourages families to get out and ride together.
You can always find our most current list of rides on our event calendar.
When choosing a group ride there are two important categories to consider. The first is pace and the second is terrain.
Pace for MORE rides are generally classified as follows:
- Beginner/Casual: This is a very casual pace and completely beginner friendly. Someone who has little to no experience on a mountain bike should be able to stay with the group. Casual rides generally have many stops to allow everyone to rest as needed and to regroup. This is the pace often used for kids and beginner rides. The goal is to keep the group together and encourage / assist our new riders as needed.
- Casual/Moderate: While still laid back and “casual” in nature this pace will have fewer stops/breaks along the way. Often times stronger riders will lead and attend a casual/moderate pace if the aim of the ride is more social in nature. Riders with an average level of fitness and at least a few months of regular riding under their belts should do fine on this level of ride.
- Moderate: This pace is for the average rider with a season or more of experience under their belt and the desire to push the pace a bit. Riders at this level are often starting to further refine their bike handling skills. While not a race pace moderate rides are considerably faster than casual rides and tend to offer few if any regular rest breaks.
- Moderate/Fast: This pace is intended for the experience rider who wishes to push themselves above the average pace. These rides will seldom have regular breaks and require a significant level of fitness and bike handling skills in order to stay with the group.
- Fast: This is intended for the “hammer heads” of the club. These rides can and often will be done at a full on race pace. Pushing yourself to your limits is what a fast pace is all about
If you have never been on a MORE group ride before, it is best to choose a pace conservatively. It’s always easier and generally more fun to slow down and take it easy rather than hanging off the back for the whole ride. Casual rides are also a great way to get to know the club and make new friends.
Terrain is used to describe the type of trail you’ll be riding:
- Easier: An entry-level MTB trail. Minimal obstacles (roots & rocks) on the tread. Most climbs and descents will be gradual. A step up from the towpath. Cedarville and Cabin John are examples.
- Intermediate: Assumes the rider has basic MTB skills. There will be obstacles which require the rider to get their front wheel off the ground to clear successfully. Short steep climbs and descents may be encountered. Many intermediate trails may be successfully ridden by more fit entry-level riders. Schaeffer and Fountainhead are examples.
- Adanced: Assumes the rider has mastered fundamental MTB skills. Significant obstacles will be present (rock gardens, large and/or suspended logs, drop-offs). Climbs and descents will be long and/or steep. There may be sections where even experienced riders will need to portage their bikes. Gambrill and Elizabeth Furnace are examples.
- Extreme: A mastery of fundamental MTB skills is required along with good fitness. Slow riding or “trials” skills may be required to “clean” some sections. Areas of trail may be “exposed” (i.e. large dropoffs to one or both sides). Even the most skilled and fit rider should expect to portage their bike through sections. Tibet Knob and East Massanutten are examples.
As with pace it’s always best to choose a terrain conservatively.
If you every have questions about a ride we encourage you to contact the ride leader ahead of time and or post up in our community forums.
Attending a MORE group ride is a great way to get to know what MORE is all about, make some new riding buddies, learn a new trail and just have an all round great time. We are fortunate to have some amazing trails in our region. We hope you’ll join us for a ride and let us show you why we work so hard to take care of them!