To foster camaraderie and help children realize their potential in a fun and constructive mountain bike environment. Along the way emphasize the importance of living a healthy life style and respect for our environment, so that future generations can continue to enjoy it.
The sMORE's Mission
About the sMORE's
MORE, with the help of The Bike Lane, and volunteers in Montgomery, Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties is working to develop fun and safe environments where parents and their kids can have the opportunity to learn, grow, appreciate, and love the sport of mountain biking.
MORE has four participating sMORE’s programs in the region:
The NoVA sMORE's, also known as The Bike Lane Juniors at Wakefield and Lake Fairfax Park
The BaltisMORE's in Baltimore,
The MoCo sMORE's in Montgomery County, MD
Bacon Ridge sMORE’s in Anne Arundel County, MD
Each one of the programs is structured a little differently, but they all have one common goal in mind: to provide a fun and safe opportunity for kids and families to enjoy and learn more about the sport of Mountain Biking.
The overall mission of our family and kids programs is to foster camaraderie and help children realize their potential in a fun and constructive mountain bike environment. Along the way we want to emphasize the importance of living a healthy life style and respect for our environment, so that future generations can continue to enjoy it.
Each sMores program holds weekly or bi monthly rides in one of many parks around the region, including Northern Virginia, and Montgomery, Howard, Prince George’s and Baltimore Counties in Maryland. Check the sMores ride and events calendar regularly for upcoming rides and events near you.
In addition to this website, the sMores program manages a FaceBook page where we share information about upcoming and past rides. In addition, the Bike Lane Juniors program has established a yahoo group to facilitate communications with The Bike Lane Junior Team members,
Although the programs are slightly different at each location, you can definitely expect the following at all three:
1. All participants must wear a helmet (adults, this also means you).
2. All participants must have a bike in good working condition.
3. All participants must sign either the MORE waiver or the Bike Lane Juniors waiver (you must RSVP for the NOVA sMORE's/Bike Lane Juniors).
4. With the exception of the Bike Lane Juniors Program, all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (these rides are about riding with your child as much as it is about getting kids to ride). The BaltisMores and MoCo sMores may make an exception on a case by case basis.
5. Rides are weather permitting; Please check the calendar or contact one of the ride POC’s prior to heading out if you are in doubt.
6. All rides will be led by an adult and have a responsible sweeper. Depending on participation rides may end up breaking up into two or more groups so everyone can ride at a pace and distance that suits their ability.
7. Allocate some extra time after the ride. In most cases the groups will convene for ice cream or treats after every ride to make the experience even “sMORE's” fun.
8. Be prepared to have fun and enjoy riding with your child.
The Bacon sMORE's
The Bacon sMORE's are led by a group of dedicated MORE volunteers who lead a twice-weekly ride.
The Bacon sMORE's rides, as its name implies, generally take place in and around Anne Arundel County focusing on the Bacon Ridge trail system. The emphasis of the Bacon sMORE's rides is to get families out, and riding together. Parents are encouraged to participate to help lead or sweep rides, regardless of your riding ability, come on out!
Starting in March the Bacon sMORE’s rides take place every other Wednesday and every Thursday evening at 5:45 pm & 5:30 pm respectively (weather permitting). We rotate around each week to one of several great up-county MTB trails. Join our Bacon sMORE's Facebook page for trail conditions and updates.
For information on upcoming rides, or if you have question on what to expect at one of the Bacon sMORE's rides, please do not hesitate to contact the ride POCs.
The Balti sMORE's, are a MORE youth riding program in Baltimore area and is operated and managed by MORE volunteers.
Beginning in April, the Balti sMORE's get together on certain Monday nights at St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Catholic Church, in Woodstock and certain Friday nights starting at Rockburn, Patapsco State Park.
Monday evening rides will begin at 5:45 and it will last for 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the group’s ability. Friday evening rides will begin at 6:00 and it will last for 1 – 1.5 hours, again depending on the group’s ability. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the ride, so we can get organized, and possibly go over a few skills. In addition, water and a snack are necessary, as well as a well maintained mountain bike and a helmet. Each rider needs to have enclosed sneakers, not sandals.
We make an attempt to keep the groups small depending on the ability levels, and number of volunteers. Statuses of all rides are posted on the Balti sMORE's Facebook Page. Please friend Donna McNutt, so she can add you to the group.
The MoCo sMORE's
The MoCo sMORE's are led by a group of dedicated MORE volunteers who lead a weekly ride.
The MoCo sMORE's rides, as its name implies, generally take place in and around upper Montgomery County, MD. The emphasis of the MoCosMORE's rides is to get families out, and riding together. Parents are expected to participate. Exceptions to this rule have been made. But, we encourage parents to participate.
The MoCo rides take place every Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm, weather permitting. We rotate around each week to one of several great up-county MTB trails. There are several parks which are ideal for kids to ride, including Schaeffer Farms, Hoyles Mill and Black Hill Regional Park, to name a few. Check the calendar, thesMORE's Facebook page, or join the MoCo sMORE's Google Group for specific locations prior to heading out. Ride locations are based on trail conditions, and variety. Our goal is to rotate venues to keep it “interesting” for the kids and parents who attend regularly.
For information on upcoming rides, or if you have question on what to expect at one of the MoCosMORE's rides, please do not hesitate to contact the ride POCs.
The NoVA sMORE's
The NoVA sMORE's, also known as The Bike Lane Juniors is MORE’s youth riding program in Northern Virginia and it is operated and managed by The Bike Lane and MORE volunteers.
All rides begin at 5:45 pm and last about 1 -1.5 hours depending on the group’s ability and time of year. We ride in small groups with similar ability levels, so your child has the best chance of fitting in and feeling comfortable with the pace and challenge. Each ride group is guided by at least two experienced adult mountain bikers. The number of groups will vary depending on turnout, but usually include at least one beginner and one advanced ride. Statuses of all rides are posted on the NoVa sMORE's Facebook Page.
To join our NoVA sMORE’s group please email: Elaine Hess (could we build a MORE email for me?)
Where We Ride
MORE has a huge portfolio of trails in the greater Mid-Atlantic region, however not all of those trails are entirely suitable for kids. Our sMORE's ride leaders have hand picked a few of MORE’s most popular destinations that are suitable for family and kid rides, below are some of the destinations most generally used by our sMore programs.