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    Quote Originally Posted by Firemedix911
    Do it. The trail is perfect. No more mud. You'll love it.
    Thanks. I've ben out there twice in the past month - it's my new favorite spot. The flow and speed beat Oleta, my former favorite.

    I'm there tomorrow morning - will see if my legs can take 4 laps after the short absence.
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    We added an awesome new section next to the Key Biscayne climb! [1pm on Sat Nov 13th 2010]- That miserable right-handed hairpin turn before magic carpet has been eliminated! Now, a jump/drop-off takes you straight out towards the lake, thru a new berm (still have to fine tune it) and back into a new climb into magic carpet. Its seems to be a 1000% improvement over the previous section......someone give me some feedback!.....enjoy!!

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    I will be there 1st thing tomorrow morning
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    Quote Originally Posted by EXPERTRIDER
    We added an awesome new section next to the Key Biscayne climb! [1pm on Sat Nov 13th 2010]- That miserable right-handed hairpin turn before magic carpet has been eliminated! Now, a jump/drop-off takes you straight out towards the lake, thru a new berm (still have to fine tune it) and back into a new climb into magic carpet. Its seems to be a 1000% improvement over the previous section......someone give me some feedback!.....enjoy!!
    Can't quite picture in my mind what you are talking about, but then again I'm retarded. It sounds fun though. Will get back to you as soon as I can get out there.

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    hated that hairpin... thought it was a useless part of that track... cannot wait to ride it..
    thanks again..

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    I will be out there mon. morning for sure, but if you say you got rid of that hairpin turn..I am nothing but sad faces Yah right...that was definitely the worst part of the part, it really didn't flow with the rest of the park what so ever! I wanted to get out there this morning and help w/ maintenance, but a friend asked me to ride Markham.. Very excited to see the improvement on hairpin and magic carpet!!!!
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    EXPERT, what about putting trash cans around to keep up with ppl throwing trash everywhere? I guess they'd have to be hauled out every now and then though... Is there a place close to Amelia to dump trash at?

    Edit: next time i go riding, I'm hitting Amelia up with everyone else I can muster

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    Really there is no reason why you can't take your trash with you. The only think you should be leaving is tire tracks and foot prints! I know in theory that's how its suppose to work, but but its a trickle effect, it starts with you and I...but then again, I don't litter or leave trash.
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    i ride markham ~4 to 5 days a week.... i been wanting to ride amelia but i am unsure how to get there... i live in broward next to FLL.... someone post up directions from I95/I595...

    would like to know how to get to oleita and quiet waters also......

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    We have a few trash cans in the trails: top of Chupacabra hill, picnic benches in lil Razorback, the old playground in the swamp, etc.... It's a pain because the park doesn't really have a way to get back there to empty those cans, so we have to do it!
    I emptied all of the cans this week and put double trash bags in the cans. Hopefully we can keep up with it going forward! After the cleanup last week, any little piece of garbage really stands out now! If everyone could please just try to help with picking up anything really obvious, it helps so much. Once someone sees trash on the ground, they have no problem just throwing more down....and it keeps going...

    I think things are really looking nice and pristine in the trails right now! I haven't even been able to ride the new section that we just built next to KB climb!
    WE also starting putting the fill in place for the new berm for the last corner in Coffee trail (its the one that gets really muddy).
    I've also starting moving some dirt around in the BMX extension at the hairpin in lil Razorback. Once complete (maybe 2 weeks away) you will continue straight thru the hairpin turn and out into the open area, over some new jumps, back up onto the area where the white fill is, then down and back into lil Razorback at the top of where the hairpin turn is now....
    Everything should be ready to go for the December race!!!! Enjoy....

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    Im goin to go ride Amelia in a few minutes.. Expert, do you have a trail map with the names on the trail. I would love to give you feedback on the new climb, but honestly im not sure what trail it is.

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    ... and if we just ...

    I don't know any of the trails by name, but I am sure to check out the trails again soon!!!
    Maybe this week
    Thanks for all the hard work guys!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EXPERTRIDER
    We added an awesome new section next to the Key Biscayne climb! [1pm on Sat Nov 13th 2010]- That miserable right-handed hairpin turn before magic carpet has been eliminated! Now, a jump/drop-off takes you straight out towards the lake, thru a new berm (still have to fine tune it) and back into a new climb into magic carpet. Its seems to be a 1000% improvement over the previous section......someone give me some feedback!.....enjoy!!
    I don't know which section of the trail is called "Magic Carpet", but I think I know which hairpin turn you're talking about...the one where you have to brake going through it because it's angled downward towards the outside of the turn, and then goes straight into a mound. If it's the turn I'm thinking of, then THANK YOU! I hated that little turn!

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    I rode the new section that we opened Saturday afternoon (next to KB climb, by the lake), it's a million times better than the old hairpin turn! The new berm still needs a good rain and some re-shaping, but it's a huge improvement!
    If you get a chance, take a peek out into the BMX area (at the hairpin turn in lil Razorback)
    We started the rough draft of the first giant double-jump...it's around 6' high!
    The second double will be identical, just about 30' further down the trail.
    We will be out of town at the Alva race this weekend, so the BMX extension may take another week to complete, but it'll be awesome!!

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    Yeah my same exact thoughts expert. It looks like it may rain tomorrow so that should do it for that berm. It'll be a good test as well for the work you did on filling trick or treat. That hairpin used to kick mu you know what. On my SS it was a hard turn although the one I can never make on my SS is the Lil Razorback. That one still gets me. I saw the down trees and stuff so I suspected that some work had been done but I've been having issues dropping the chain so I just wanted to get out of there. I'll make sure I check it out tomorrow.

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    I am not trying to sound like a hater, but I can just see it now...more ambulances at Amelia. Oleta got rid of the jumps at Area 52 for that reason. I don't mind jumps, and like the ones already on the trail, but adding big BMX jumps will just attract kids. They will most likely be riding a bike inadaquite for jumping, and many might not even have helmets.

    If you wanted to do something for BMX, i'd say put in a pump track with some sort of wooden start ramp and let them race on that..impliment some large berms and some table tops and stuff.

    The main thing is to make it safe, that is one of the greatest traits of Amelia that I tell everyone wanting to improve at MTB or get into it as a sport. The trails at Amelia can provide that.

    I do appreciate all the hard work that has been put into the trails, but I am not sure that it is in the park's best interest to have a bunch of big jumps that there is a lot of potential for people to get hurt on, and I am not refering to avid riders that are capable of doing it. Im speaking of the inexperienced kids that are on sub-par bikes and novice skills.
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    Dub,

    A few things to note about the jumps:
    I am HUGE on safety and making sure no one gets hurt! I've been a paramedic for over 23 years (wow!) and both me and the park manager want things to be SAFE!
    The jumps are only built in that area because it is already an advanced section with signs indicating such. Also, the jumps can simply be "rolled thru", which seems to be what all beginner-level riders do anyway. I have only seen more advanced riders clearing all of the doubles.
    The open area at the end of lil Razor is planned to have a full, red-clay NBL/USA cycling sanctioned BMX track built very soon! The developer is working thru the extensive approval process with the County to get the required approval and contracts.
    A BMX-themed MTB trail will surround the BMX track....but,
    Since we have several MTB races scheduled for the next several months, I wanted to put some "temporary" features in the area to eliminate that miserable hairpin in Razorback!
    The BMX-themed trail will actually begin where we are working now, it will just follow a little closer to the fence-line and around the center area.
    As for a pump-track...my idea is to make the BMX themed trail around the BMX track a full pump track style trail!! I have the tools and material, I just need some more time to finish clearing the garbage and crap piled up along the fence area. My worked got stopped because we found giant piles of concrete light poles and concrete parking curbs....those suckers are seriously heavy. You may have noticed that I have begun to use some of that material in the trail.
    After I get that stuff moved, I'll continue to clear that land, and start work on the absolutely coolest and most bad-ass pump-track trail anywhere!!!! ...
    As for the dumb-asses with Wal-Mart Bikes and no helmets going into the advanced sections....I let them know that they have to leave the trail....now....and I explain the rules...unfortunately me and the other (very few) MTB patrol members are the only ones that seem to enforce the helmet required policy...and everywhere seems to have the same problem....

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    Well it sounds very promising, and based on the work done to the park, I have no doubts that it will compliment the rest of the trails really well. In my book, Amelia is most well maintained park in S. FL. and I know it has made a difference. Every day I show up to the trails there is at least 4-5 other cars, and another 5-6 when I leave. One year ago, there might be one other car, and that was it! So the work that has been put into the park is nothing short of exemplary!

    I don't doubt your ability to make the trails safe, and I do say something if I see riders w/o helmets on, regardless of what kind of bike they are riding, but it is Hialeah, and there is always kids being kids in the park.

    One thing that I would like to mention, and I don't know if there is some way to make it happen is to slow people down hauling ass down the gravel road. Posted speed limit in the park is 15 MPH, and people average 20-25 some well over 30 on an unimproved road, at this rate, it will have to be regraveled again by spring. I just hate to see all the money put into making that gravel road nice get tore up.

    Either way though, Great Job by the maintenance crew, and keep up the great work!
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    i asked once before and got no answer.... i go to oleta and markham... but i do not know where amelia is....

    would someone PLEASE tell me where amelia is??

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    Quote Originally Posted by paco664
    i asked once before and got no answer.... i go to oleta and markham... but i do not know where amelia is....

    would someone PLEASE tell me where amelia is??
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    Amelia is in Hialeah at 65st and east 4th ave,google it so you can have an idea of how to get to the park but is really easy to get there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RSANT994
    thanks... i work at MIA and take the palmetto to get to 36th and the backside of the airport....

    so i will take 68th the whole way to 65th and 4th..... sweet....

    i may run by there in the morning after work... thank you!!

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    East 4th ave end right at the entrance of the park.Good luck
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    i think u said you're coming from broward,well get palmeto and get off nw 37 ave make a left toward the opa-locka Airport then make a right at 65st the park is two blocks ahead.!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_Ant
    i think u said you're coming from broward,well get palmeto and get off nw 37 ave make a left toward the opa-locka Airport then make a right at 65st the park is two blocks ahead.!!!!!!
    perfect!!! thanks...

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    if you work in MIA just take Lejeune Rd North and you'll run straight into the park...
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    If you are coming from the Palmetto, its easier to take Gratigny Parkway.

    Exit Red Road (first exit). Head south (meaning make a right from the offramp)

    Make a left at the first major intersection (W. 65th St.) there will be a Chevron and Shell station on both sides of the intersection.

    Take that through the curve and go down about 1/4mile. During that time, you will see Amelia Earnhart park on the left hand side.

    Make a left at the intersection of W.65th St and E. 4th Ave into the park.

    You will continue down until you get close to the Dog Park.

    Turn Right down the the gravel road just after the Dog Park. You then have a choice to park at the bike wash, or continue down to the trailhead and park.
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    Pacco if u can't find the park now,you'll never gonna find it.lol
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    I'm going to have to read this thread more tomorrow, so subscribed ...

    Being that this track is in the ghetto; how's it safety wise leaving your car alone for a while while riding vs oleta or markham? The location is very central, so that is a plus.. and obviously having somewhere other than oleta and markham is always a plus, for a change, lol..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReD_tomato
    if you work in MIA just take Lejeune Rd North and you'll run straight into the park...
    Can't get simpler than that.. OR take 122 street from west Hia and it'll be on your left..
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    I don't think you will have a problem, I haven't heard of any cases of theft or vandalism, and I have been going to Amelia 2-3 times a week for the last year.

    The nice thing about Amelia now, is that there is a lot more people riding there than before. Last year this time, there might be 1-2 cars for MTB. Now there's usually 6-10, and the trails aren't that long, so there is always people going in and coming out. Now if you are showing up in a car that costs $100k or more, well you are always looking for trouble regardless of where you are at in S. FL.
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    Thanks for doing so much work down there..... I'll be taking the 29er SS there today for a few laps.....
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    Thanks everyone for noticing the work we've been doing!!

    As for the previous comment about Amelia being "in the ghetto"....

    First, it may come as a surprise, but there are no ghetto areas in Hialeah. The area around Amelia has a small section of low-income housing along the west border, but the area is safe.
    I've been working in Hialeah for 20 years. I used to work for another Fire department in Broward, and I can certainly tell you that Hialeah is not ghetto! Places in Miami, deadly ghetto! Some places in Broward, fairly ghetto...but in Hialeah, not really...

    In the past 3 weeks, several cars have been broken into at Markham Park (2 of my wifes friends included- by the dog park).
    Amelia has had 3 break-ins into cars in all of 2010. 1 was at the trail head, and that was in Feb, before the crowds starting showing up.
    Another was parked way over by the lake (alone), and another was up by the bathrooms- far away from the trail-head.

    We now have park officers patrolling not only the parking area, but also driving thru the trail service roads all day, and all night.

    I think Amelia is certainly as safe as any park, but none are perfect!

    We are placing borders along the trail access road this week. This will make it much more difficult for anyone to sneak around by the lake to create problems. All vehicles will have to travel the full length of the road until they are near the trail head.
    I think this will further help with security.
    I see many elderly people walking thru the trails, and a fairly large group of cars there every day, all day.
    It's a big change from a year ago!!

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    I'll be out Saturday - black rigid SS Karate Monkey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLightGo
    I'll be out Saturday - black rigid SS Karate Monkey.
    Hope to see ya there man . We will be there at around 10 am
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biohazard74
    Hope to see ya there man . We will be there at around 10 am
    I'll be there shortly after. Picking up my riding buddy at 9:30ish. We'll both be on singlespeeds.
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    Kool man ! See ya there
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    Quote Originally Posted by EXPERTRIDER
    The open area at the end of lil Razor is planned to have a full, red-clay NBL/USA cycling sanctioned BMX track built very soon! The developer is working thru the extensive approval process with the County to get the required approval and contracts.
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    THIS is music to my ears!! While the BMX track will be cool, the part that has me dancing is that the park will clearly be getting a large shipment of red clay!!!

    While I love Amelia, and sooooo greatly appreciate all the hard work you guys have been doing. My only real complaint is the white "gravel" used for fill, its a bit of a mess to ride on especially on some of the early berms and sections where you have to do any turning (I've already washed out a few times... my fault of course).

    Please, please, PLEASE! Can we start a fund raiser NOW so that when the red clay is ordered we can order a few TONS more for the MTB trails to use as fill and berms in the future?? That would put Amelia over the top because even some of the surfaces at Oleta and Markham are horrible sometimes because of the rocky limestone crap we use for fill down here in South Florida.

    One of the best parts about MTB riding anywhere north of Orlando in the rest of the country is that you're riding on real black dirt or some sort of clay with real grip and not many rocks.

    I'd put down money towards the fund raiser RIGHT NOW!

    BTW, I rode the trail today for the first time since the bridge section has opened an I loved it! As someone who was riding it about 2 times a week I see work done to the trail each time I ride it lately and I'm loving it!
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    I'd also chip in right now for the clay for the trails.
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    The clay is a really fun surface that grips great.....BUT....it washes away like nothing else...
    That's why all of the BMX tracks have to cover everything after every race..
    When I'm riding in N Georgia or the Carolinas, they have entire mountains made of red clay! If the surface washes away, no big deal, there's 1000 more feet still there.

    We actually have a pretty big stash of red clay at Amelia now (about 40 cu.yards).
    I thought about covering the berms, but I'm not convinced that it'll hold up.

    I like the idea though........you just might see a test berm VERY soon made from red clay....stay tuned.............and if you DO see a new red-clay berm...I want feedback!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EXPERTRIDER
    The clay is a really fun surface that grips great.....BUT....it washes away like nothing else...
    That's why all of the BMX tracks have to cover everything after every race..
    When I'm riding in N Georgia or the Carolinas, they have entire mountains made of red clay! If the surface washes away, no big deal, there's 1000 more feet still there.

    We actually have a pretty big stash of red clay at Amelia now (about 40 cu.yards).
    I thought about covering the berms, but I'm not convinced that it'll hold up.

    I like the idea though........you just might see a test berm VERY soon made from red clay....stay tuned.............and if you DO see a new red-clay berm...I want feedback!!
    Looks like we just missed each other today, You passed by Key Biscayne today while we were finishing up right? I was driving the black Ford Ranger that we had to squeeze by each other on the fire road when I spoke to Frenchy.

    Oleta has a few clay berms and they have been holding up pretty well, though they do need eventual reshaping after some time in the elements. We built the berm for the new Area 51 at Oleta and it did take a pounding after the first rain, but after another reshape it seems to be holding up now that its nice and packed. It does get pretty dusty in the dry though, but it rides great with no worries of wash outs.

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    Expert, I rode a few days ago Bio and a few other frieds... Wow... What a change. What you're doing is incredible... I mean, the bridge alone... LOL! Looked like something built by an entire professional construction crew. Trail maint wise, you're putting the Markham and Oleta crews to shame!

    I only get to ride once a week, so I usually opt out of doing maint because that would be my only day to ride... but I'd help ya out in Amelia any day!

    Not sure if you have a FB group going, but if you don't, you should.

    Anyway, just wanted to write a few lines to say THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

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    A gentleman was out grooming the pedal berms (dont remember the name of the trail) but they were absolutely fantastic! All the gravel on the base was removed. I think once the rain hit those it really helped concrete them in and will be pretty durable from here on out! Great work guys!
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    Thanks everyone for the comments about our work!!
    Our goal is simple, to make Amelia the best trails around, with lots of exciting and challenging features, and create the entire trails area to look like a true park setting!!
    Our first step is to get the trail surface really nice and fast. (no mud, smooth, good drainage, etc..) Next, we're trying to open things up to make it very easy to maintain.
    Invasive weeds and junk plants need to go, and every trail needs to be accessed by commercial mowers and equipment. We need to make it so that the trails can be keep clear and groomed with minimal effort (I DO like to ride too!!)
    Me, my brother Frank, and Mikee Pedrera have been the guys that you see working on the trails this year. Some other volunteers have been out to help with some of the projects : Allain, Javier, Ulysees, and many others!
    We're really trying to show off the trails at the December 5th Florida CC race that is coming up.
    I'd love any help with cleaning up any trash that any of you may encounter during your ride.
    I have a good list of things that we need to finish before the Dec race, but I'm always open to ideas if you have something in mind!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EXPERTRIDER
    Thanks everyone for the comments about our work!!
    Our goal is simple, to make Amelia the best trails around, with lots of exciting and challenging features, and create the entire trails area to look like a true park setting!!
    Our first step is to get the trail surface really nice and fast. (no mud, smooth, good drainage, etc..) Next, we're trying to open things up to make it very easy to maintain.
    Invasive weeds and junk plants need to go, and every trail needs to be accessed by commercial mowers and equipment. We need to make it so that the trails can be keep clear and groomed with minimal effort (I DO like to ride too!!)
    Me, my brother Frank, and Mikee Pedrera have been the guys that you see working on the trails this year. Some other volunteers have been out to help with some of the projects : Allain, Javier, Ulysees, and many others!
    We're really trying to show off the trails at the December 5th Florida CC race that is coming up.
    I'd love any help with cleaning up any trash that any of you may encounter during your ride.
    I have a good list of things that we need to finish before the Dec race, but I'm always open to ideas if you have something in mind!!!
    I'm racing the 5th - yellow wave SS class. I'll be the guy in last place come finish time

    I've got a few days off coming - am able to help 29th or 30 of Nov if you need a hand.
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    SS class is fun! It's a LOT faster then many people realize! I just did the Alva race in SS...fun and fast!! It's really an expert-level class. SS gives up a couple of minutes on the straights, and if you look at the last race times, the laps between expert and SS were close!!
    We'll be dabbling with a little work over this week, and a big workday is the 27th...maybe even the 28th if we really decide to do something crazy!! I'll probably be off of work on the 30th....just finishing touches stuff (spreading much, mowing anything that needs it, prettying things up...) I could always use a hand...
    I'll do the main course marking and taping on Friday evening the 3rd of Dec....It'll be a really fun course that should make for some exciting racing!!

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    Just rode it Sunday again.. Loved it trails are in such great shape!.. I see you added cement barriers at some of the forks like I had mention a few weeks ago. Great work!

    Do you have a trail map?

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    New Trails at Amelia Earheart

    Expertrider - Thank you. I rode the trails last sunday when I was in Miami for the weekend and can say that these are the best trails in S. Florida. The trails flow very well and are not confusing like they used to be. The new features are great. At 9:00 am, there were quite a few cars in the parking lot. I don't know what happened to the park attendant that day, but no one was collecting money at the gate......another reason for a great day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YaMon
    Expertrider - Thank you. I rode the trails last sunday when I was in Miami for the weekend and can say that these are the best trails in S. Florida. The trails flow very well and are not confusing like they used to be. The new features are great. At 9:00 am, there were quite a few cars in the parking lot. I don't know what happened to the park attendant that day, but no one was collecting money at the gate......another reason for a great day.
    I don't know at what time the park start collecting money at the gate but if anyone gets to the park before 9:30 you don't have to pay i think the person at the gate start at 10:00 i've been as late as 9:45 and the gate had been opened and nobody to collect the cash.
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    Weekdays are free all day. Saturday and Sunday is free before 9 or 10 am I think and after 5pm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_Ant
    I don't know at what time the park start collecting money at the gate but if anyone gets to the park before 9:30 you don't have to pay i think the person at the gate start at 10:00 i've been as late as 9:45 and the gate had been opened and nobody to collect the cash.

    It's great that you didn't have to pay,,,,,,BUT, the money collected at the gate is helping to fund all of the trail building activities!!
    The Park Manager is able to justify some expensive spending because of the newly expected revenues from gate fees.
    Things such as: Amdro to kill the ants, RoundUp to kill weeds, the Toro off-road cart, the tractors, BackHoe, weekly mowing, fuel, supplies and manpower assistance, etc...

    They never did much with the trails before because there was no money for it.....now, the trails are providing significant revenue. This allows the park to give us pretty much everything that we are asking for.....

    I know the gate fee sucks.....but if you realize that it directly helps the trails, then it should seem more worthwhile!!
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EXPERTRIDER
    It's great that you didn't have to pay,,,,,,BUT, the money collected at the gate is helping to fund all of the trail building activities!!
    The Park Manager is able to justify some expensive spending because of the newly expected revenues from gate fees.
    Things such as: Amdro to kill the ants, RoundUp to kill weeds, the Toro off-road cart, the tractors, BackHoe, weekly mowing, fuel, supplies and manpower assistance, etc...

    They never did much with the trails before because there was no money for it.....now, the trails are providing significant revenue. This allows the park to give us pretty much everything that we are asking for.....

    I know the gate fee sucks.....but if you realize that it directly helps the trails, then it should seem more worthwhile!!
    Thanks!
    Expert i really apreciate all the hard work you're doing and the 6 dollars are not a big deal since that money is been used for the trails plus they only charge on wknds and im not inviting riders to go early but the thing is that for some reason there's no body to collect the money untill around 10 am.
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    I left around 11:00...

    Got there at nine and did 2 laps. Left around 11:00 and the attendant was still not there. Thought it was strange, next time I'll jump out and start collecting money.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by EXPERTRIDER
    It's great that you didn't have to pay,,,,,,BUT, the money collected at the gate is helping to fund all of the trail building activities!!
    The Park Manager is able to justify some expensive spending because of the newly expected revenues from gate fees.
    Things such as: Amdro to kill the ants, RoundUp to kill weeds, the Toro off-road cart, the tractors, BackHoe, weekly mowing, fuel, supplies and manpower assistance, etc...

    They never did much with the trails before because there was no money for it.....now, the trails are providing significant revenue. This allows the park to give us pretty much everything that we are asking for.....

    I know the gate fee sucks.....but if you realize that it directly helps the trails, then it should seem more worthwhile!!
    Thanks!
    When I lived in Texas, I sat down with a park manager and had a talk along the same lines about revenue from mountain bikers. I've actually seen mountain biking make a local economy boom! I just wish other's would see it that way!
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    We're going to work on Friday morning (ride at 7, work on trails at 9), and Saturday from 9 to noon. We meet all the way down by the dumpsters in our storage yard. Plans will probably be to fix the Razorback peak (the one thats totally eroded and ready to collapse!) We'll also nee to finish up the BMX section at the end of razor.
    We finished the 2 new giant jumps in the BMX extension, and started putting down fill for the big berm that will bring riders back into Razorback......
    Also, I might need to start a new thread, but I'm looking for 5 course marshalls (that are NOT racing) for the Dec 5th race at Amelia.....

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    I don't mind paying at all. I actually feel bad when I go on weekdays and don't pay anything. I feel like I owe something. Wish others felt the same. The machines and the manpower aren't going to pay themselves people.
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    I left a bag in the MTB parking lot today around 3:30. It's a black AIG bag. Should of had a silver helmet and a camel pack in it. Hopefully someone didn't steal it. If you scooped it up or know who did please let me know. Thanks guys.

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    What a nice work,i haven't ride Amelia for about a month went yesterday in the morning and the trail is AWESOME rode two laps.Thanks to all voluntiers for such a hard work
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    love the new addition to the razer back section

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    Thanks! The newest addition is actually just the start...and the very end of what will become a really awesome trail around the big, cleared land at the end of Razorback!! We have LOTS of area to work with...and I have some pretty good tools to help make the trail-building happen quickly!! Now...I just need some good plans for a giant pump track/MTB trail!! Enjoy..

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    Expert, I road Amelia for the first time in 6 months and my car wants to thank you.

    The new gravel back to the trails is much appreciated. I always thought I would drop my gas tank or something on the way in and out of there.

    Nice flow improvements.

    Thanks for the work.

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    I just wanted to let everyone know, the race course at Amelia for this weekends Coconut Cup / State series race is fully marked and in PERFECT condition! (Dec 3rd 2010)

    If anyone finds 1 thing that they think needs work....let me know!!!

    Enjoy!!

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    Expert what time are the races? And what time will the non racers like me be able to ride ?
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    Small video of the new section in razer back, great job EXPERT and volunteers.


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    Hey expert Just left The trail and it is awesome. The only place I could see and issue is on the BMX section after the second big hump on the left turn there's some sugar sand accumulated on the right side of the turn. I can see a couple of people going fast there and having trouble but then again it is also part of the sport. I loved it. The trail flows awesome and the berms are in excellent shape. Great job man. I've heard nothing but good things about it. Take care. Be safe on Sunday.

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    Nice little video of the new section!! ...and remember- that's only the beginning part...and the very end of what will be the full BMX extension!! When we finish that area, the big jumps, berms, and pump section will goo all the way around that big cleared area...it'll be a blast!!

    As for the trail schedule on Sunday: the races begin at 8am (kids) and the trail will be closed for general riding until the final wave finishes (probably around 1pm). There's lots of tape marking the course already in place, and by Saturday evening, all of the race course tape will be in place. You might be able to sneak a lap in before 9am, just make certain to follow the race course direction....Also- make sure you're OFF the course before the yellow wave starts at 9:30.....we will be moving fast...and racing for money!! So, stay clear!! Thanks!

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    Just saw the video. Expert was the 2nd steep climb in Lil Razorback filled in or made less steep? Im not sure how to explain it but it kind of looks like that in the video.
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    Actually....we completely removed the clay surface that was left of the climb- the top 7 or 8 feet...(it was only about 1' wide), then I piled a huge amount of road-rock back on top. I tried to re-create the height and angle of the previous climb, but made it about 8' wide for safety and sustainability. We threw a couple of carpets on it to prevent any immediate erosion, and staked those down well. Because of the extreme pitch, it will have to be covered, or it will wash away in a single summer.
    We also widened the path after the climb and reinforced the sides to make things a bit more durable.
    With the backhoe, it took about 1 hour to do everything!! And we used about 15 yards of fill on that hill alone!!

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    @Expertrider, when do you guys do trail maintenance?, i know you are there almost everyday cuz I see u working on the trails, but me and some friends always try to volunteer for trail maintenance in Oleta and right now at Virginia Key, we want to see if we can help you with trail maintenance.

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    Rode it saturday and raced it yesterday. Gotta say, you guys have done an incredible job there. Definitely SoFla's most improved MTB park this year.

    I like the Persian Area Rug on the camelback. Give the trails a touch of elegance. Widening that peak also gives a little more confidence. I always wondered how many people ate ***** if the went slightly off the trail there before.

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    Our trail work day is usually Saturday mornings from 9a to noon. Occasionally, we do little projects during the week.
    This coming Saturday I'll be away at the State Championship race at Santos trail, so there won't be any major earth-moving work. We will have a large volunteer group at the trails doing the potato-vine eradication project. The vine is a major problem all summer, so the way to eradicate it is to collect all of the little potato balls that are everywhere!! We'll have 50 or so volunteers collecting the potatoes and putting them in trash bags!! The process actually works...IF you can collect nearly all of them....lets hope!
    In 2 weeks, we'll continue 2 areas of work: the BMX extension, and the re-opening of car trail. Also, in the next few weeks, we will be reversing the entire trail direction!!!
    The January race will travel in reverse direction, and we wanted to provide some opportunity for everyone to practice the new course. All signs will be reversed, and additional barricades will be placed at the trail-head. We will very publicly and boldly advertise this!! Stay tuned!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EXPERTRIDER
    Our trail work day is usually Saturday mornings from 9a to noon. Occasionally, we do little projects during the week.
    This coming Saturday I'll be away at the State Championship race at Santos trail, so there won't be any major earth-moving work. We will have a large volunteer group at the trails doing the potato-vine eradication project. The vine is a major problem all summer, so the way to eradicate it is to collect all of the little potato balls that are everywhere!! We'll have 50 or so volunteers collecting the potatoes and putting them in trash bags!! The process actually works...IF you can collect nearly all of them....lets hope!
    In 2 weeks, we'll continue 2 areas of work: the BMX extension, and the re-opening of car trail. Also, in the next few weeks, we will be reversing the entire trail direction!!!
    The January race will travel in reverse direction, and we wanted to provide some opportunity for everyone to practice the new course. All signs will be reversed, and additional barricades will be placed at the trail-head. We will very publicly and boldly advertise this!! Stay tuned!!
    Reverse the whole trail!!!! That should be awesome maybe you guys can do that one or twice a year so is like having two trails in the same park.
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    I'm working on the logistics of the 2-directional trial system. The basic plan is 2 full sets of trail signs, keeping one direction covered when not in use.
    The frequency of the change is still a discussion. I could be every other month, every 2 months, quarterly, or 6 month rotation....
    I think I favor every 2 months, but we'll see how much work the change-over is...
    I'd love to just be able to securely cover the not used signs, and keep everything bolted in place....

    We'll see during next months test run......

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    I rode the park last saturday man what a nice job everytime i go i see a lot of new things i have to say that i could not find anything to complaint of,the trail was awesome,great job i can't wait to ride the park in reverse it should be great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EXPERTRIDER
    I'm working on the logistics of the 2-directional trial system. The basic plan is 2 full sets of trail signs, keeping one direction covered when not in use.
    The frequency of the change is still a discussion. I could be every other month, every 2 months, quarterly, or 6 month rotation....
    I think I favor every 2 months, but we'll see how much work the change-over is...
    I'd love to just be able to securely cover the not used signs, and keep everything bolted in place....

    We'll see during next months test run......
    i like the idea of a 6 mo rotation so you have time to get used to the flow of the trail:thumbs up:
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    +1 for 6 months. Sounds like a lot of work to do more often than that.

    6 months seems like it would give everyone time to learn the trail real well and just when it start to become routine, it gets switched up. I guess it depends on how much you ride though.

    Point is, I love the idea. You guys definitely do a great job down there!

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    +1 for 6 months also...

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    Here is a race video I took when we raced at Amelia a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed the trails. It was my 1st time at the park, but from what all the others were saying the trails got a hudge upgrade.

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    Great video smace. You can tell how fast the course is in the video. Good job!
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    Quote Originally Posted by smace
    Here is a race video I took when we raced at Amelia a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed the trails. It was my 1st time at the park, but from what all the others were saying the trails got a hudge upgrade.
    I think your son and I duked it out on the home stretch in the novice class. We finished within a second of each other. He's a good rider! Unfortunately for me, he's only going to get better, I on the other hand...well...we'll see.

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    The video is awesome! Thanks for sharing! Spread the word: January 1st we will reverse the entire trail direction! Signs will be in place..... and please be patient...we understand that some new berms will be required, some new spots will have to be filled, maybe a few trees may need to go...we will get to it....!!! It looks like it'll be a 2 month trial run in reverse!!

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    Just got home from there now. Track felt so damn good. Tires rolled really fast and gripped really well today. Everything is nicely packed. I guess it must be all the traffic it got this past weekend. Expert im loving the track more and more every time i go. Was that you in the big black 4 x 4? I see that truck there every time im there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GDubT
    I think your son and I duked it out on the home stretch in the novice class. We finished within a second of each other. He's a good rider! Unfortunately for me, he's only going to get better, I on the other hand...well...we'll see.

    We caught that on video. It is on his blog if you haven't seen it. Check it out. He thought that was the highlight of his day. You will get better. Just stay with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smace
    Here is a race video I took when we raced at Amelia a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed the trails. It was my 1st time at the park, but from what all the others were saying the trails got a hudge upgrade.
    great job dude... you were picking them off like flies... a better start and you would have been top 3 easy...


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    Thanks I am looking forward to the next race in January.

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    If you see me out there, it'll be in one of 3 different vehicles: white Suburban, Big yellow backhoe, or my Redline 29er SS!! I was there today, but just to ride. My big trail work of the day was a morning meeting with County Commissioner about new heavy equipment for trail building!!! (It went very, very well!)
    I noticed that the trail got a really heavy workout from the race traffic! Lots of little places where someone went off the course and moved some dirt... and LOTS of potato's on the ground from the air-potato vine! We have several days scheduled with big volunteer groups to collect and remove the potato's. That vine is a giant problem during the summer, and the only way to get rid of it is to collect the potato's now! (I've soaked the vine with RoundUp only to have it grow back in 2 weeks!)
    This Saturday you'll see us working in the BMX extension building several new jumps and berms....9am to noon....we can use help!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smace
    We caught that on video. It is on his blog if you haven't seen it. Check it out. He thought that was the highlight of his day. You will get better. Just stay with it.

    http://mountainbikemike2000.blogspot.com/

    Haha! Yup, he called me out. I was completely out of gas when those two passed and then it seemed they slowed just a bit and I came up with a little extra to save one spot. My wife said "Good job...you beat an 11 year old...you must be proud"!

    Looks like your son is really loving the sport. I wish I would have known how much fun this was a younger age. I've got a 3 and a 1 year old and I'll be sure to expose them to mountain biking as soon as they're ready.

    Tell him to keep up the good work...I'm sure he'll have me in his sights next time around!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GDubT
    Haha! Yup, he called me out. I was completely out of gas when those two passed and then it seemed they slowed just a bit and I came up with a little extra to save one spot. My wife said "Good job...you beat an 11 year old...you must be proud"!

    Looks like your son is really loving the sport. I wish I would have known how much fun this was a younger age. I've got a 3 and a 1 year old and I'll be sure to expose them to mountain biking as soon as they're ready.

    Tell him to keep up the good work...I'm sure he'll have me in his sights next time around!!

    I just let him read your post and he told me tell you he is only 10. Thanks for the complements and yes make your your kids start racing young. Maybe we can meet if you going to the next race in January.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smace
    I just let him read your post and he told me tell you he is only 10. Thanks for the complements and yes make your your kids start racing young. Maybe we can meet if you going to the next race in January.

    Just rub it in why don't ya? lol. I'll let me wife keep thinking he's 11...a little white lie isn't going to hurt anyone.

    I'll see you there.

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    The last downhill section of Chupacabra hill was rebuilt today! We used about 50 cubic yards of fill and completely redirected the route down!!
    Let me know what you think.... It needs a little riding in still....but it looks a lot better!!

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    2 awesome new berms added this week! Check out the course.... also, lots of work continues in the BMX area. Look of the new trail direction right around the 1st of January-ish..... Also, the new Chupacabra section has some added road-rock before the new berm....enjoy!!
    Let me know what you all think!!

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    ... and if we just ...

    My ride last Tuesday was quite nice and I did the whole course twice .
    I did find a few broken plastic boards on top of one of the bridges. This one is after riding through an area that looks like a huricane hit it. Sorry I don't know the trail name as it is only my second ride out there...
    I must say that Amelia is becoming a favourite ride as I like the park like setting and the smooth flow of the trails.. to all the volunteers!!!!!
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    The old remaining wood bridges are fast moving up on the priority list! The volume of riders at the trail lately has pushed some of those projects up much higher on the rebuild list. We finished the basic layout of the BMX extension today, but it's still flowing in the normal forward direction. Friday we will work on changing the entrance signs (and making it very well-marked!!) and we'll be changing all of the trail direction signs. The BMX area will be a lot more fun in the reverse direction!
    We encountered a "fun" hive of wild Africanized bees during the construction of BMX! They really do chase after you for a VERY long time! We ran over 200 yards away with a strong, cold wind blowing and they were still all over us!!

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    That is really bad to say the least. I see a can or two of bug-be-gone in their future...
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    Killer bees? If we see people riding straight in to the lake with their bikes we will know why. Lol
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    Any idea how long the whole trail is?
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    About 10 miles?? Someone correct me if I am wrong, known to happen...
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    The last race was 7.25 miles....for one lap.
    We still have to open car trail, and a few others....so we can easily make it 10+.....
    but what's the hurry??

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    Hey Expert the trail is looking great. Now I hope we get some rain to settle the newly surfaced spots. Now what I've been not too happy with is the fact that there seems to be a lot of people violating the rules as far as ridding w/o helmet and going the wrong way.

    But today I left very upset. As I'm leaving the trail I look forward and see a lot of dust at the beginning of the gravel road. The I see this olive green suv it was either a Kia or a Mazda and this guy is doing at least 30mph on the gravel road. I pull my truck right on the middle of the road he kept coming I veered at this point on to his lane hopping he'd get the point. But nope the guy goes of the gravel slows down enough to go around me, looks at me and acts like I'm crazy. Gets back on the gravel road and speeds off to the trails.

    Is he serious? I hope he's on this board and reads this. I almost turned around and went back but knowing myself and my anger management issues I just kept going. There's kids, dogs, old people, park workers and riders on this road all the time how come this guy just does something so stupid. That without mentioning the erosion to the newly filled roar. If any of you here know him please tell him to start using his brain.

    That's my rant for the day.

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