Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C./Baltimore Area: An Atlas of Northern Virginia and Marylands Greatest Off Road Bicycle Rides 4th Edition

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Overview

The standard bearer for nearly a decade, this guide provides everything cyclists need to know to enjoy off-road adventures in a region layered in more than its share of pavement. Plunge down steep, rugged singletrack over the Allegheny Mountains in Maryland, relax along leisurely lakeside trails minutes from the Beltway, or travel off-road through Virginia's scenic horse and wine country. Local mountain bikers Scott Adams and Martin Fernandez show both novice and experienced cyclists how to get out of the gridlock and into the woods. Also included: detailed ride descriptions; GPS-quality, digitally designed relief maps; elevation profiles; accurate directions, difficulty ratings, trail contacts, and more; tips on riding, trip preparation, and bicycle maintenance.
Mountain Biking the Washington D.C./Baltimore Area delivers the goods like no other book on the market. It's not just a mountain bike guide to Northern Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. It's a guide to the entire region by mountain bike.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is such a valuable resource for mountain bikers that it probably should be included as a part of the sale of any new mountain bike in the region. The maps are phenomenal!"
—Spokes Magazine

"There are trail guides, and then there's the real deal. Trail descriptions are top-notch."
—Bike Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762726578
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Regional Mountain Biking Series
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Adams has written several mountain biking guidebooks, including Mountain Biking Virginia (now in its third edition) and Mountain Bike Madness in Central Pennsylvania. He is a regular mountain bike contributor to MetroSports Magazine and has competed in more 24-hour races than he likes to remember. A native Virginian, Scott lives with his wife and growing family in Charlottesville, Virginia. Few things reward him more than a long hike to the top of a mountain or an early-morning bike ride with no particular place to go.

Martin Fernandez is a native of Lima, Peru and now lives in Virginia. When he's not riding his FAT in the backcountry trails of Maryland and Virginia, Martin is hard at work designing publications and web sites or trying to come up with an award winning homebrew recipe. He is a graphic designer who enjoys the freedom of cycling more than anything.

Biography

Back when he was a lowly office worker slaving under fluorescent lights and drinking bad coffee at an unsatisfying string of office jobs, Scott Adams would try to stave off some of the mind-numbing boredom he faced each day by doodling a little comic strip about a hapless office drone he called Dilbert. As he worked, Adams filed away the fodder for his fledgling comic strip. Today, Dilbert is officially an empire -- and Adams is the CEO.

Adams didn't start his career path intending to become a workplace warrior. As he told FamousVeggie.com, he graduated high-school as valedictorian "because the other 39 people in my class couldn't spell ‘valedictorian.'" After earning a B.A. in economics at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, Adams went on to earn an M.B.A. at the University of California at Berkeley. Adding an interesting twist to his education, he also managed to pick up a Certified Hypnotist diploma from the Clement School of Hypnosis in 1981.

After college, during his often-brief tenure at a series of low-paying, low-on-the-totem-pole jobs at corporations from Crocker National Bank in San Francisco to Pacific Bell in San Ramon, Adams started to wonder if his sanity-saving doodles really could rescue him from a life spent working for The Man. Acting on a tip from a kindly fellow cartoonist, he picked up the 1988 Artist Markets guide and simply followed the instructions on how to get syndicated. He mailed out fifty sample Dilbert strips, and was offered a contract by United Media within weeks.

Adams's first attempt writing an actual book was 1996's The Dilbert Principle, which became a number one New York Times bestseller and one of the top-selling business books of all time. More than just a compilation of Adams's cartoons, the book included essays on the trials and tribulations of corporate culture. "Each one is on target and deliciously sardonic," said Booklist in its review. "Sometimes too true to be funny." Today, the strip continues its clip as the fastest-growing cartoon of all time, and is enjoyed daily by 150 million people in 1,900 newspapers, in 56 countries.

Transitioning from comic compilations to full books was a challenge for Adams. As he admitted to Salon.com, "Drawing the comic strip is fun -- it can actually increase my energy. I feel good when I'm doing it, and I feel good when it's done. But writing just sucks the energy right out of me. I find that after about an hour of writing sometimes I have to jump on the floor and fall asleep, right now. It's so much harder than it looks."

When he's not helping Dilbert bring a smile to the faces of the working wounded, Adams moonlights as a restaurateur, running two successful Stacey's Cafés in Northern California. He has also founded the Scott Adams Foods company, home of the Dilberito™ -- a protein-packed burrito perfect for the office microwave.

Good To Know

Adams describes himself as a "a cat-loving, vegetarian tennis player."

His past jobs include bank teller, computer programmer, financial analyst, product manager, loan officer, corporate strategist, and pseudo-engineer. Says Adams, "I was incompetent in each of those fields, but for some reason no one ever noticed."

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    1. Hometown:
      Danville, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 8, 1957
    2. Place of Birth:
      Catskill, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Hartwick College, 1979; M.B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1986

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