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  • 12-05-2013
    SandSpur
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    Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    You're welcome:D. I heard that up to 40.000 bikes could show up.:eekster:

    after last year and seeing how the park looked like a garbage dump the day after, I believe it....
  • 12-08-2013
    OscarW
    I was working inside the trails and heard the helicopters and bikes and music all day long! I guess it was busy… The high school kids, volunteering to clean up the garbage, were being prepped for a thankless job.. I was getting fuel for the dozer when I saw them getting ready to work.
  • 12-17-2013
    OscarW
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    Update!
    After 9 days of reconstruction, we reopened Armadillo trail and I must say it is really nice! We also finished the third section of the AMTB trail and had one of our AMTB riders out riding to see if we needed to change/add anything and it is all good l! We also have a new sign for this trail system and hope that IMBA will pick up on this design.

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    Watch for these signs to pop up soon on Warm-up loop, Fishing-hole loop, Red-back Bypass, the new AMTB section after Traverse and other places these bikes can ride. The AMTB riders will have right of way on any trail designated for their specific use!! These trails will also get the green designation as beginner trail and fall between green and blue in all reality. We are building the AMTB trail in such way that there are some challenges ,so these guys and gals can get stronger and better and not get bored by just riding fire-roads. Total mileage when all is said and done is about 4+ miles. Markham Park will be among the first municipal parks in Florida (maybe the country?) to have a dedicated trail designed and built for the AMTB riders within an existing trail system.
  • 12-24-2013
    THX-1138
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    Hello Oscar,

    Yes, I have seen you guys working the trails and creating magic! Again I thank you for the dedication you and the team of volunteers provide to these trails. I enjoy each and every ride no matter if it is sunny or raining, hot as hell or cold as hell, full of Florida's national birds (a.k.a. The Mosquito) or green riders it just brings a grin to my face. Here is a shot from one of my recent rides (last Saturday I had a flat and had to retire early from my regular 3 hour ride):

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  • 12-26-2013
    OscarW
    Glad you're enjoying the trails. My brother just bought himself a Niner Jet9 last weekend and he will start riding also!
    I guess I rubbed off some enthusiasm for the sport and got him going too! :D
  • 01-05-2014
    OscarW
    We rerouted the Washing Machine trail today which is now longer and a little more challenging than before. It will still put you out toward Alligator Alley and Rte.66. Some other minor fixes were taken care off as well. Next weekend there is the Markham 360 race and the trails will be closed during the race and reopen in the late PM… Pre-riding can be done Friday PM and Saturday all day. We hope peeps will stay in the marked trails like that did last time!!!
  • 01-08-2014
    OscarW
    This coming Sunday the 12th, the trails will be CLOSED for the Markham 360 race. It is a fundraiser for us and we have amazing sponsors and raffle prizes. The race course will be set up this Friday in the AM and you can ride the course in the PM and all day Saturday.
    Hope to see some of you out there!

    Markham 360
  • 01-10-2014
    OscarW
    Race course is set-up!
    The race course has been set up today and we ask that everyone PLEASE follow the course arrows.
    The entrance of the trails start at the East Gunrange Trail Gate north of the 8th Street Gate.
    Follow the arrows and you will end up at the trailhead. Some trails are reversed and we like to keep everyone safe by not allowing anyone in the regular way. The Pump-track and Skills area are CLOSED to keep people from randomly riding around…
  • 01-12-2014
    OscarW
    The race was a great success today. Everyone had a great time and besides the usual mechanicals we had no emergency's and we raised the funds needed for the trails.
    A big thank you to our sponsors and all the racers for supporting our trails! :thumbsup:
  • 01-12-2014
    A DuB
    Great to hear! Thanks for the dedication
  • 01-17-2014
    OscarW
    You're Welcome!
  • 01-27-2014
    OscarW
    Trail maintenance is this coming Sunday Feb 2
  • 01-31-2014
    Cem757
    Markham Park Info
    Im planning on riding here this weekend for the first time. What should I expect for trail conditions? I see there has been a good amount of rain in the area the past few days. Thanks.
  • 01-31-2014
    MrHat
    i'm expecting everything to be great. we needed some rain. there maybe some areas with some mud, but generally i think they should be fine. route66, which is one of my favs is prone to getting muddy. Oscar will know better then me what the current conditions are. i'll be out there Saturday for a personal inspection ;)
  • 01-31-2014
    OscarW
    Markham did get 2" of much needed rain and yesterday the trails were wet but not too bad. The usual spots will have mud and, as I didn't ride today, I expect 66 to be very wet possibly needing to be closed. I will ride tomorrow and the group will make a decision about the 66 trail. Just remember that the wood features are slippery when wet.
    This Sunday we also have trail maintenance day to address overgrowth and various issues on the trails in order of urgency. The big county dozer broke this week and we couldn't stage fill where needed so we are limited in what will happen..
  • 02-01-2014
    navysarchris
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    Markham did get 2" of much needed rain and yesterday the trails were wet but not too bad. The usual spots will have mud and, as I didn't ride today, I expect 66 to be very wet possibly needing to be closed. I will ride tomorrow and the group will make a decision about the 66 trail. Just remember that the wood features are slippery when wet.
    This Sunday we also have trail maintenance day to address overgrowth and various issues on the trails in order of urgency. The big county dozer broke this week and we couldn't stage fill where needed so we are limited in what will happen..

    I was there testing my new Santa Cruz Heckler in that rain, was fun! Didn't ride Route 66 although the intermediate warm-up trail was pretty overgrown, but that's part of the fun! lol

    How does the volunteer trail maintenance impact the availability of trails?
  • 02-02-2014
    OscarW
    A little late, but usually when we do trail work we try to minimize closures but sometimes we have to close one entire trail if there aren't any bypasses in that trail. Today Pipeline was repaired but the rest of Area 51 remained open. We also worked on Rte.66 but that trail is closed due to mud and standing water. When we work on Armadillo we also have to close part of RockGarden as the exit drop shoots you into Armadillo. Today we closed the second Outback trail as we rebuild the big berm and the drop leading into it. Doing that work required partial closure of the AMTB trail that also got fixed near the end of it. We never got around to doing any cutback so that will happen in March I guess.. :smilewinkgrin:
  • 02-02-2014
    HOLLYWOOD33
    Markham Park Info
    I for one appreciate all the hard work out there... Thank you!
  • 02-03-2014
    OscarW
    You're welcome!! I like riding as much as building and the new berm in the Whale trail (before Gun-range) came out beautifully! Dropping in makes for such fast flow that the only pedaling needed is just before the exit drop. Next major fix in there will be the climb after the wooden berm.
  • 02-03-2014
    HOLLYWOOD33
    Markham Park Info
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    You're welcome!! I like riding as much as building and the new berm in the Whale trail (before Gun-range) came out beautifully! Dropping in makes for such fast flow that the only pedaling needed is just before the exit drop. Next major fix in there will be the climb after the wooden berm.

    I rode this afternoon... The berm is awesome!
  • 02-05-2014
    OscarW
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by HOLLYWOOD33 View Post
    I rode this afternoon... The berm is awesome!

    Glad you like it!!! It took 6 peeps, 20 tons of fill and the Dingo to get it build…
  • 02-28-2014
    OscarW
    This Sunday there is the usual TM day. There is lots of cutback to do and also trail repairs that are overdue. The crew can use some help as our trusty Dingo is in the shop for a leaky seal in the hydraulics..
  • 03-06-2014
    OscarW
    This weekend we will have two races. The one on Saturday PM is a short track race put on as a fundraiser for Cory Zimmerman who was involved in a car wreck. Cory is one of the main guys in the free ride area and has helped us numerous times in the regular trails as well. Check out this site… Home

    The Markham 100 on Sunday is our trail fundraiser. It will be great fun while we help out a fellow rider and the trails all in one nice weekend.
  • 03-07-2014
    OscarW
    5 hours left to register on-line! You can also register tomorrow at the scoring tent near the trail-head.
  • 03-30-2014
    THX-1138
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    Some awesome trails at Markham! Enjoying them all since 1997! :thumbsup:

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  • 04-10-2014
    HOLLYWOOD33
    April 19/20
    Any events at Markham this weekend?

    I don't do FB... ;)
  • 04-10-2014
    MrHat
    i dont think theres anything special happening other then perfect weather
  • 04-10-2014
    OscarW
    Not that I am aware of either, but I am also not in town or haven't been in 5 weeks. I had my first ride this AM and it looks like my only one for quite a while. Fishing business has been busy after an extremely slow slow-season… The trails are in good shape and all that needs to be done is cutting back of the vegetation.
  • 04-10-2014
    HOLLYWOOD33
    Markham Park Info
    Thanks guys!
  • 05-02-2014
    Jfondell
    Are the Trails going to be open on Sunday? Heading over for the 1st time.

    Thanks
  • 05-03-2014
    OscarW
    Yes the trails will be open except for those that will be worked on. I have no idea what is being done as I haven't been in town for several weeks. Just keep an eye out for the trail crew and enjoy the ride!
  • 06-15-2014
    JCsMamba
    Careful entering Fishing Hold loop from the fire road. Huge tree knocked over in the storms last week. Feel over at the roots.
  • 06-18-2014
    OscarW
    Has been cleared up last Saturday already. My brother and I, with another guy, took care of it and Iguana Ridge too. Warmup was cleared as well. I guess the 40MPH did gusts were too much for these trees..
  • 07-14-2014
    OscarW
    Mark your Calendars as the Rumble of the Jungle is on August 3rd and the trails will be closed during the race.
  • 07-14-2014
    HOLLYWOOD33
    Markham Park Info
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    Mark your Calendars as the Rumble of the Jungle is on August 3rd and the trails will be closed during the race.

    Saw the flyers this past weekend... Thanks!
  • 07-30-2014
    johnj2803
    Does Markham mountain bike trails have a Facebook page that updates the trail status?
  • 07-30-2014
    SandSpur
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by johnj2803 View Post
    Does Markham mountain bike trails have a Facebook page that updates the trail status?

    Yes. surprisingly, its called "Markham Park Mountain Bikers".. I dont know how they came up with the name..
  • 07-30-2014
    MrHat
    Yup!
  • 08-02-2014
    OscarW
    ^^LOL! The course has been laid out and so far 99.99% of the riders like it. It does have some surprises in it as well. It is flowing, fast and suddenly a bit technical. However not too much so newer riders should have fun too.
    The weather has been kind so far and if the rains hold off until after the "race" we should be fine. Most of the course is on higher ground after we reevaluated the initial lay-out yesterday because of potential rain. However it is MTB after all and who doesn't like a bit of mud?? See you out at the trails tomorrow!!!
  • 08-04-2014
    OscarW
    Almost 300 riders showed their support for the trails yesterday and the race was a great success! The weather was great as the rain stayed away until well after the clean-up was completed. A big thanks to all our sponsors, donors and riders for a great fun day at Markham!!
  • 08-13-2014
    thegweed
    Hey OscarW, I'm trying to join the Facebook group but I'm not getting approved for some reason. I'm just a guy down here in Boca Raton, ride at Markham once in a while. Can you help me out? I'm not a spammer, I belong to the Virginia Key Bicycle Club and do a lot of maintenance at Quiet Waters.
  • 08-14-2014
    johnj2803
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by thegweed View Post
    Hey OscarW, I'm trying to join the Facebook group but I'm not getting approved for some reason. I'm just a guy down here in Boca Raton, ride at Markham once in a while. Can you help me out? I'm not a spammer, I belong to the Virginia Key Bicycle Club and do a lot of maintenance at Quiet Waters.


    Same here I have asked to join the group since I posted but I cannot get approved. I'm also a paying member of the VK mtb club.
  • 08-14-2014
    OscarW
    Ok guys PM me your names and I will get you on the page as I am an FB admin also..:D
  • 08-18-2014
    THX-1138
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    Ok guys PM me your names and I will get you on the page as I am an FB admin also..:D

    Hello OscarW,

    Please add me as well!
  • 08-18-2014
    OscarW
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by THX-1138 View Post
    Hello OscarW,

    Please add me as well!

    Can do!

    Please remember, this is to all folks who want to join, that we will boot spammers and peeps who stir the pot too much. It is about Markham trails and not about your personal life, GF issues and alimony payments etc…:D
  • 08-18-2014
    SandSpur
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    Can do!

    Please remember, this is to all folks who want to join, that we will boot spammers and peeps who stir the pot too much. It is about Markham trails and not about your personal life, GF issues and alimony payments etc…:D

    Really wish youd delete all the stuff that people post about trails outside the state, and every and all bike/parts for sale too!
  • 08-19-2014
    OscarW
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SandSpur View Post
    Really wish youd delete all the stuff that people post about trails outside the state, and every and all bike/parts for sale too!

    We are keeping an eye on that, and I have deleted some of the most blatant stuff. There are 6 admins and we all have different opinions on what goes and what not ;)
    We don't mind MTB stuff from other places as we are all about the sport but when it gets out of hand I will apply the hammer..:D
  • 09-06-2014
    OscarW
    Tomorrow is Trail maintenance in Markham. We are doing a lot of cut back so expect workers all over the trails and even some temporary trail closures..
  • 09-09-2014
    THX-1138
    I was on the trails the previous weekend and enjoyed it fully after being on hiatus for about two months. Great new trails I am finding! Keep up the superb dedication and workmanship OscarW and volunteer groups!
  • 09-09-2014
    OscarW
    TM was a great success with 25 peeps showing up. Some even bringing their own trimmers too!! Most of the trails got a much needed shave.
    We are now going 'gangnam' style on the AMTB trails as the grand opening of the full 4.5 mile system is planned for Saturday OCT 18. There will be a full press core, event tent and all kinds of activities for that day. More details will follow!