Shaking Off the Rain

When I reached the small trail bridge the weather started to change. The wind kicked up and the rain came down steadily.

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Map of Virgina Key MTB “Pine Switchback” trail

Here is an aerial GPS map that shows the fast singletrack switchbacks in the southwestern corner of Virginia Key’s North Point trails.

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The Long Trail

A man stopped his red Ford pickup beside me as I was pumping air in the tires. I had my head down trying to get the bike setup quickly so I would had a good two or so hours on the long canal trail at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, before I pedaled back with the orange sun fading beyond the everglades. “Pardon. How far does that trail go?” he asked.

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Virginia Key Mountain Bike Trails

I got my first chance to hit the trails at Virginia Key Park’s North Point, and it was a great 6.5-miles in the sandy dirt. I rode one of the singletracks, a half-mile trail I called Pine Switchback, three times. It was fast, hard-packed and had two sweet upsy-downs.

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Upsy-downs at West Delray Park’s MTB trail

This singletrack is fast and fun, and it has some decent changes in elevation for South Florida. Check out the upsy-downs at the beginning of the clip, and the switchbacks through the trees (starting at 50 seconds into the video).

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Hitting the MTB Trails at Oleta (Video)

Getting air on Oleta State Park’s Volunteer Trail:

Greg defies gravity on Volunteer Trail

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Virginia Key Mountain Bike Trails to open to the public February 20

On Sunday February 20th, the Virginia Key Mountain Bike Trails will finally be open to the public. Located on North Point, Virginia Key, this trail system features spectacular views of Fisher Island and downtown Miami. The word I’ve heard is that about half of the trail system is designed for beginners, while the remainder is for intermediate or expert riders.

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The Joy of Mountain Biking

There are essays and poems on the Joy of Fishing that go back centuries, and I recall seeing The Joy of Cooking mixed in with my mom’s cookbooks. But how many Joys of Riding on Two Tires Down a Twisting Singletrack as the Sun Sets are there?I had a good ride today, and I came up with the idea to pen my (blog) ode to mountain biking. Let me start by setting the scene.

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Long live Marzocchi MTB shocks

After nine-plus years and thousands of rough miles, my Marzocchi front fork is still alive, to the dismay and bafflement of the bike-shop mechanic.

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Sunset bike ride

As I stretched and got ready for tonight’s bike ride this little Loggerhead Shrike was perched close by.

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