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Be advised that Utica Park in Frederick County is undesirable for ride start location due to rangers once again harassing bicyclists, even small groups, upon returning to their cars after rides in the areas. A BBC member reported that escalation to the Frederick County Parks, resulted in confirmation of ranger feedback that 'Parking is intended for patrons using the park amenities.' Special use permits are required for group rides (with a 14 day lead time). BBC ride leaders are encouraged to use school parking lots, like Lewistown Elementary and Monacacy Middle School, as well as other locations.

There is a quirk with many Garmin devices that course names are limited to 15 characters in the RideWithGPS course name. Note that the course name is embedded in the file and does not change if just the name of the exported file is changed. It was not possible to load more than one Corn Roast Roast route in my Garmin because the courses were not unique within the first 15 characters.

I took the initiative to edit the Corn Roast course names in the RideWithGPS club library by deleting the 'BBC 2019' prefix in the name, and copying the full name into the course description block. The course links are unchanged. Several of the routes can be loaded in my device in order to make a day of event course decision.

I now recall that this was an issue on Bike Virginia a few years ago. … t-festival

I posted the references to the picnic rides in as a club event at

I wanted to expose more of the features included in our club account. Comments are welcome.

Confirming that we are doing this ride today! It may be a bit windy and the roads may be damp, but there is a low probability of additional rain.


Due to 100% chance of rain at the time of the ride start in Harwood, Maryland, today's ride is cancelled. We will do this another time! The weather map shows wet weather south of Baltimore, even though it does not look bad at my house just North of Baltimore. Weather looks more favorable North and West of Baltimore.

With the Corn Roast rides cancelled, I added Gary Brandon's PA Flatlands ride for Saturday morning. I will keep an eye on the weather and make a go/no-go decision by 7 am Saturday morning. Please advise if anyone knows of road issues on the route.

Advertised as a 10-12 ride, but all are welcome.

Confirming that this ride is on - It's dry now and chances for a storm increase early in the afternoon when the ride should be wrapping up. Bring plastic bags to keep your phones dry just in case!

New ride added for those not on the KCSF... fingers crossed that the improved weather forecast holds out.


Feb-16-18 09:50 pm
Ride Start Parking Issue
Forum: Road Problems

Club members may recall that in July 2017 there was a kerfuffle over parking at Utica Park resulting in stern signs being posted about parking being restricted to park patrons with the threat of citations and towing for violators. Folks may recall that the root cause may have been the coincidence of a ride that I led coinciding with a PPTC ride that crowded the parking lot where the cluster of potties is located. While in Thurmont today on CWC business, we checked out the park and that unwelcome signage is still prominently posted. We also took note that there has been a significant expansion of the park, with both new fields and more parking available.

Within the BBC, do we have any Frederick County taxpayers that could encourage some detente with the county park system that would allow us to use the park as a ride start location again? The park is a desirable start location with its central location and abundant potties. Perhaps we could negotiate some coordination so that we don't have the coincidence of two local clubs hosting a popular ride on the same day agian. Any volunteers?

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