MORE’s Summer Mountain Biking Festival

 

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MORE’s Summer Festival is going all out for 2015! The day’s celebration will be chuck full of awesome activities that are fun for the whole family. With an organized poker ride, skills clinic, mini-skills competitions, on-site grill, beer, and the best mountain bike community around you can’t beat MORE’s Summer Festival! It’s MORE’s way of giving back to our thousands of dedicated members, volunteers, land managers, and supporters who work hard throughout the year maintaining and expanding the local trails.

The Summer Festival is FREE to attend but we do ask that you bring a side dish for the potluck lunch as your “entrance fee”. Some Summer Festival activities are limited on space and pre-registering for the activities of interest will help ensure you’re spot is reserved. All registration is first come, first served.

Rosaryville State Park

7805 W Marlton Ave,

Upper Marlboro, MD  20772

Demo Bikes

A world-class leader in bicycle design, engineering and manufacturing, Germany-based GHOST bikes are now available in the US. These premiere mountain bike bikes will be available for test riding at MORE’s Summer Festival compliments of REI, the exclusive US retailer.

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Poker Ride

The Poker Ride is a fun social ride that allows you to enjoy the trails at your own pace while still having some friendly competition for awards. There will be a 4 hour window of time for you to complete the 11 mile poker ride at your own pace. All riders will start and stop by the card stop stationed by the Rosaryville pavilion for their first and last cards. You will find the remaining cards at 3 additional stops along the course. The course twists through 11 miles of Rosaryville’s perimeter and interior trails. Upon completing the course with a total of 5 poker cards, the riders with the top 5 poker hands will win some sweet prizes. Riders must pre-register on Bike Reg to ensure enough supplies.

Top Five Poker Hands Win Your Choice of:
– 2 Vredestein 29″ Black Panther tires (compliments of the Bike Doctor of Waldorf)
– Camelbak MULE hydration bag (compliments of Spokes, Etc)
– Cycling Helmet (compliments of Bikenetic)
– Specialized Floor Pump (compliments of A1 Cycles)
– 2 Jack Rabit 26″ Tires (compliments of Trek)

Group Rides

Kid’s Group Ride 10:30 am- Youth looking to hit the trails or families looking for a group family ride, meet by the MORE tents at 10:30 am for a group led/swept youth friendly ride offering a variety of paces.

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Meet the MORE Board Group Ride 11:30 am- Here’s your chance to play poker with the MORE Board. Join the MORE Board for a Poker Group Ride that rolls out exactly at 11:30 am. Meet up be under the MORE tent and plan to arrive a few minutes early to connect with this group if you’re interested in riding.

Skills Clinics

A variety of skills clinics will be offered from advanced to kid friendly.

– Advanced Skills Clinic with Hillary Elgert Marques, IMBA Certified Level 2 Instructor
This clinic will cover foundational techniques of advanced skills, including rear wheel lift, proper bunny hop and manual. Flat pedals are strongly recommended. This clinic is currently full, but spots are available for the intermediate skills clinic.

– Intermediate Skills Clinic with Rebecca Bafford, IMBA Certified Level 2 Instructor
This clinic is for riders that are comfortable with basic body positions, breaking, shifting and climbing.  We will focus on honing more intermediate skills such as riding straight lines, tight turns, front and rear wheel lifts and will introduce high speed cornering.  Flat pedals are highly recommended.  15 rider limit.

– Kid’s Skills Clinic with 304 Biking
Fun and educational at the same time, your youth will love this chance to improve his or her mountain bike skills over small obstacles and on the trails.

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Skills Competition

Team XXL hosts the official Summer Festival Skills Competition featuring the following:

Bunny Hop- We have to kick off the skills competition with a crowd favorite as riders compete to see who can successfully jump their bike over the tallest height.

Wheelie Contest- Are you a master of riding with just the rear tire on the ground?  This competition will find out who is the best.  

Skinny Skills- Can you ride in a straight line?  This competition will test your biking balance.  Expect some twist and turns, so ignore the straight line part.

Log Hop- Name says it all.  Who can hop the largest log? (Ramp Fairies need not apply)

We ask that you pre-register for theses events so that we can schedule enough classes to give everyone- including youth of course – a fair competition. Awards will be presented for the top 3 riders of each class.

Potluck Lunch

MORE’s Summer Festival is a great time to socialize at potluck lunch. MORE provides the main course of hotdog and hamburgers on the grill and ask that you bring a side dish as your “entrance fee” to the event. So, what about refreshments? Oskar Blues has you covered and will be serving a variety of their crowd pleasing cold ones.

Pre-registration is appreciated so we can ensure we order enough food for everyone. RSVP at https://www.bikereg.com/mores-summer-festival

MORE (The Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts), Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit representing thousands of area mountain bikers. Founded in 1992, MORE maintains more than 400 miles of natural surface trails in 44 state and county  parks in the region. MORE members contribute more than 7,000 volunteer  hours annually and have constructed over 100 miles of new, sustainable trail.  The club also leads hundreds of rides each year at local parks, ranging from  beginner to advanced. Visit www.more-mtb.org.