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Group mountain bike rides held weekly at Comite River Park

Source: BRAMBA

The Baton Rouge Area Mountain Bike Association, or BRAMBA, hosts group mountain bike trail rides twice a week for both beginner and experienced riders.

Each group ride is held at BREC’s Comite River Park at 8900 Hooper Road in Baton Rouge. The cost of each ride is free.

Robbin Gibb Diamond, who is BRAMBA’s Group Ride Coordinator, says participants are encouraged to join the organization. BRAMBA’s membership fee is $25 per year.

The organization maintains the mountain bike trails in the Baton Rouge area and hosts weekend rides at other trails throughout the state.

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Casual Group Rides (beginner-level)

Casual group rides for new and beginner mountain bikers is held every Thursday weather permitting.

Those familiar with the mountain bike trail can meet up for a quick nonstop lap around the trail for 4:45 p.m.

The “Casual No Rider Left Behind Lap” meets at 5:30 p.m. This lap is geared toward new and beginner riders and is a great way to meet others and learn some tricks of the trail.

BRAMBA experts can also help riders who are having problems with certain areas of the trail.

Superloop (experienced-level)

Group rides for more experienced mountain bike riders are held every Tuesday, weather permitting.

These advanced rides are called “The Superloop” because the group starts at the Comite River Park and rides the trail over to the BREC Hooper Road Park Trail.

The group rides a loop at Hooper Road before biking the connection back to Comite and finishing a lap on the Comite trail.

The total “Superloop” ride is about 14 miles round-trip.

Rabbit Rides (Spring-time only)

Group rides for more experienced mountain bike riders are held every Tuesday in the spring.

are called “Rabbit Rides.” Riders who will be the rabbits start pedaling at 5:20 p.m.

The hunters (who are trying to catch up to the rabbits) start pedaling at 5:30 p.m.

Diamond says this ride is particularly fun because the rabbit riders will see how far they can get before the hunters catch them.

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What To Bring

Mountain bikes and helmets are required for each ride. Diamond encourages riders to carry plenty of water, especially when biking in the summertime.

If you’re exploring the Comite River Park trail on your own you can download a map on BRAMBA’s website.

For more information visit BRAMBA.org.

BRAMBA’s Rules Of The Trail

PLAN AHEAD

  • Check websites for trail conditions and closures
  • Helmets Required / Check Bike / Tire Pressure etc.
  • Carry Map and Necessary Supplies for Hydration and Trail Side Bike Repair

OBEY ALL SIGNS (RIDERS VS HIKERS)

  • Riders enter to the Left (Ride Clockwise)
  • Hikers enter to the Right (Walk Counter Clockwise)

LEAVE NO TRACE

  • Carry out ALL trash / Stay on existing trails / Leave Wildlife & Vegetation alone

STAY IN CONTROL & NEVER RIDE BEYOND YOUR ABILITIES

  • No Shame in Walking – Start Small – Go Big

STOP & LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP

  • Make sure path ahead is clear of debris and/or other trail users

SLOW DOWN FOR BLIND CORNERS

  • Shout out to let other trail users know you’re coming

DON’T TUNE OUT

  • If you wear headphones, keep the volume down or only wear one earpiece so other trail users don’t startle you

NEVER BLOCK THE TRAIL

  • If a rest or bike repair is needed – find an appropriate place (not a blind corner) and pull off to the side of the trail

PASSING 101

  • Passing cyclists:  Announce your intention to pass with a friendly “On your left” and  “Let me know when it’s safe to pass” and then pass on the left
  • If being passed: Acknowledge rider behind and stay as close to the right as you can – no need to stop your ride – just communicate when you are comfortable to be passed