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    I'm coming New Years holiday and enjoy the reads of what I found about this place Markham park, quite the hike from New Jersey. I plan using a hammock or tent, is it possible in there?

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    Markham Park Info

    There is a dedicated camping area... Call the main office for details...

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    Been a while but the holidays are family time so I took a bit of a hiatus... In any case, we will have the grand opening of the AMTB trail system on Jan 24 and the Markham 360 fundraiser race for the trails on the 11th of Jan and trail maintenance on Sunday Jan 4!!!!
    The new trail map is in the process of being printed so that they will be up the kiosks in the trails and at the trailhead. Several trails have been repaired and WarmUp loop has a new entrance and exit so take it easy first time around. See you on the trails and have a Happy New Year!!
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    What is the A in AMTB?

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    Markham Park Info

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    Markham Trail Map

    The new trail map for 2014.

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    This past Sunday there was a huge turnout for trail maintenance and the amount of trash removed was stunning! Are mountain bikers the trashiest riders ever? No wonder wilderness areas get closed to cyclists...
    Anyway the trails will be closed this Sunday for the Markham 360 race. Trail setup is Friday AM and please follow the race course markers. There will be a big contingent of patrollers out as most of them are on notice to do more than just ride..., lest they want to lose their privileges...
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    I rode Markham last week for the first time in about 4-5 years. The amount of work you guys have put in is amazing, its like a whole new park. I'd say its a little less technical than I remember... but the flow of the trail is top notch... The Freeride/DJ area has come a long way too. Nice work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayjudy13 View Post
    I rode Markham last week for the first time in about 4-5 years. The amount of work you guys have put in is amazing, its like a whole new park. I'd say its a little less technical than I remember... but the flow of the trail is top notch... The Freeride/DJ area has come a long way too. Nice work.
    Thanks!! Things have been busy for me so alas I have neglected this and other forums for a bit..
    The grand opening of the AMTB trails was a big success and now the rebuilding of the trails is starting in earnest. There is a lot of flow but there will be some serious technical challenges built back in the trails that need them again. We have taken over a year to complete the AMTB trails and barring some minor repairs on them it will be full steam ahead on the rebuilding of the trails starting this Sunday March 1. I am picking up a second Muck Truck with a friend of mine this Thursday. Having two Much Trucks will improve the speed of the repairs.
    The free ride area is going to be crazy good as we have a few former BMX pro's working on that. These guys are so skilled in riding and building that part of the park, it is scary..
    So all in all the future is looking good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    Thanks!! Things have been busy for me so alas I have neglected this and other forums for a bit..
    The grand opening of the AMTB trails was a big success and now the rebuilding of the trails is starting in earnest. There is a lot of flow but there will be some serious technical challenges built back in the trails that need them again. We have taken over a year to complete the AMTB trails and barring some minor repairs on them it will be full steam ahead on the rebuilding of the trails starting this Sunday March 1. I am picking up a second Muck Truck with a friend of mine this Thursday. Having two Much Trucks will improve the speed of the repairs.
    The free ride area is going to be crazy good as we have a few former BMX pro's working on that. These guys are so skilled in riding and building that part of the park, it is scary..
    So all in all the future is looking good.
    Hi Oscar. First off I just want to thank you and the whole crew for the out standing work you guys do at Markham. I have lived in Davie since 87' and have been riding Markham for the past couple of years but have always been going to that park for whatever reason. I just wanted to know what you guys are planning on doing to make the trails more technical. I have noticed the past year (2014) alot of technical areas and obsticals have been drummed down. I always assumed you guys did it just to make the flow better for novice riders or because of accidents... who knows. But I am happy to know you guys have put in consideration into making it more technical. I ride at least 2-3 times a week so it will be a pleasant surprise to see new stuff added. Will there be new trails added? I know there is limited space but what about that area in between rock garden and armadillo?

    By the way congrats on the adaptive trails. I usually try to get those in after doing the whole park as a cool down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JWorld127 View Post
    Hi Oscar. First off I just want to thank you and the whole crew for the out standing work you guys do at Markham. I have lived in Davie since 87' and have been riding Markham for the past couple of years but have always been going to that park for whatever reason. I just wanted to know what you guys are planning on doing to make the trails more technical. I have noticed the past year (2014) alot of technical areas and obsticals have been drummed down. I always assumed you guys did it just to make the flow better for novice riders or because of accidents... who knows. But I am happy to know you guys have put in consideration into making it more technical. I ride at least 2-3 times a week so it will be a pleasant surprise to see new stuff added. Will there be new trails added? I know there is limited space but what about that area in between rock garden and armadillo?

    By the way congrats on the adaptive trails. I usually try to get those in after doing the whole park as a cool down.

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    Hi Juan. Tanks! Well the dumbing down of some of the trails wasn't done by the trail crew but by other riders who illegally took it upon themselves to "help" out. This gives us more work of course but rest assured that it will change again. Our main concern for right now will be refilling the lost elevation just about everywhere. We just bought a second MuckTruck to help us do that work. It will take time!! The park manager has given us the OK to make the trails as hard as possible while being safe as well. Technical and safe can go hand in hand and we now have help from the Virginia Key and Amelia crews as well! We are going to exchange labor and idea's to enhance all the trails in these 3 parks. When you can lend a hand on the first Sunday of every month or check the FB page for extra projects going on outside the regular TM day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    Hi Juan. Tanks! Well the dumbing down of some of the trails wasn't done by the trail crew but by other riders who illegally took it upon themselves to "help" out. This gives us more work of course but rest assured that it will change again. Our main concern for right now will be refilling the lost elevation just about everywhere. We just bought a second MuckTruck to help us do that work. It will take time!! The park manager has given us the OK to make the trails as hard as possible while being safe as well. Technical and safe can go hand in hand and we now have help from the Virginia Key and Amelia crews as well! We are going to exchange labor and idea's to enhance all the trails in these 3 parks. When you can lend a hand on the first Sunday of every month or check the FB page for extra projects going on outside the regular TM day.
    Take Care!!
    Thanks for the quick reply Oscar.

    How does unauthorized riders take it upon them selfs to take the sod and bricks to middle of trails and lay it down perfectly? I guess those camel backs hold more than we thought. LoL. I rode VK this weekend and spoke to some riders out there about the same things you mentioned. They did a nice job on the added features to Wild Thing...still not as fun as Markham but they are limited on what they can do out there. One of the guys was super excited about the stuff they want to do at Markham. Anyways good luck on all the future projects for all three trail systems. And thanks again for all the hard work you guys do to keep our trails maintained!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JWorld127 View Post
    Thanks for the quick reply Oscar.

    How does unauthorized riders take it upon them selfs to take the sod and bricks to middle of trails and lay it down perfectly? I guess those camel backs hold more than we thought. LoL. I rode VK this weekend and spoke to some riders out there about the same things you mentioned. They did a nice job on the added features to Wild Thing...still not as fun as Markham but they are limited on what they can do out there. One of the guys was super excited about the stuff they want to do at Markham. Anyways good luck on all the future projects for all three trail systems. And thanks again for all the hard work you guys do to keep our trails maintained!
    those "bricks" are present because they control erosion. With the amount of riders on the trail, and the lack of volunteers, "bricks" are used so that what elevation on the trail that is left, is kept.

    If you find the trails arent very challenging, you arent riding fast enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JWorld127 View Post
    Thanks for the quick reply Oscar.

    How does unauthorized riders take it upon them selfs to take the sod and bricks to middle of trails and lay it down perfectly? I guess those camel backs hold more than we thought. LoL. I rode VK this weekend and spoke to some riders out there about the same things you mentioned. They did a nice job on the added features to Wild Thing...still not as fun as Markham but they are limited on what they can do out there. One of the guys was super excited about the stuff they want to do at Markham. Anyways good luck on all the future projects for all three trail systems. And thanks again for all the hard work you guys do to keep our trails maintained!
    You want more roots / erosion / natural, ride Oleta.... and as SandSpur already mentioned, ride faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfdog93 View Post
    You want more roots / erosion / natural, ride Oleta.... and as SandSpur already mentioned, ride faster.
    Roots + Natural = Technical Mountain Biking ( am I missing something here )

    Might as well put in some carpets and call the place Amelia pt.2.

    And I honestly do not think its humanly possible to ride any faster than I already ride.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JWorld127 View Post
    Roots + Natural = Technical Mountain Biking ( am I missing something here )

    Might as well put in some carpets and call the place Amelia pt.2.

    And I honestly do not think its humanly possible to ride any faster than I already ride.....
    Popcorn....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JWorld127 View Post
    Roots + Natural = Technical Mountain Biking ( am I missing something here )

    Might as well put in some carpets and call the place Amelia pt.2.
    Yea, youre missing something

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    And I honestly do not think its humanly possible to ride any faster than I already ride.....
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    It's not about riding as fast as you can...I love climbing rocky/rooty trails and love bombing down them...it's nice to come up to a section and pick your way down instead of riding down a basically paved trail.

    Don't smooth it out, learn to ride what you can't...progression...not regression

    I blame the 29'rs and the roadies

    I really hope we don't start seeing carpet at Markham
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    Im just glad I am only 3 1/2 hours away from Alafia. I went there on Sunday morning was back home by 4pm....it was like leaving your little local fair to go visit six flags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JWorld127 View Post
    Im just glad I am only 3 1/2 hours away from Alafia. I went there on Sunday morning was back home by 4pm....it was like leaving your little local fair to go visit six flags.
    I really need to do that too
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    I really need to do that too
    Yea man I live in South West ranches so I leave at 4 am...on the trails by 8:30 leave by 12 30 get home by 4...its perfect.

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    Some of the fixes are done by the understaffed trail crew to minimize the amount of work in the future. The pavers in Bermuda were done by the crew during TM day. I have been away for a while due to work... Anyway ride on!!
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    I just rode here for the 1st time. I 2nd the amount of work that went into these trails are amazing. Thank you!!!! Some much good to say about this park. I will definitely come back to ride these trails again.

    Also, I rented bike from Alex's bike shop. They were great!

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    Been away too long but work has priority., sadly..
    Anyway we have the 'Rumble of the Jungle' race coming up on August the 9th!! Many great additions have been made in Alligator/Blacksnake after Hight Point. The big gully/rut has been filled in at Gunrange and now has big rocks to climb over too. The trail was becoming more intermediate than expert and many more repairs are planned for this trail and others in the area. The lack of rain is showing in many dusty and loose spots as well as the continuously open rte66 trail.
    Hope to see you all on the trails!
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    As an FYI, this coming Sunday the 12th we are having a trail maintenance day to do some cut back on several trails and some trail work in Alligator.
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    Is it me or is it quiet around here???
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    Whats up Oscar? How's Markham last few days? Am I gonna have to trade my bike in for a jet ski like here in Miami? Or are they good? Lol

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    Trails have been good all week but may get soggy this weekend...I'm sure that Rte66 will be closed soon if the rains persist. The AM has been great riding though..
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    Heading out there now. Wet or dry! Who cares?
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    Hope you had a great ride! It was a bit damp but not really bad at all!!!
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    Just got back.... and lets just say I don't remember what color my bike is
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    Lol!^
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    Quote Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    Lol!^
    It was pretty wet but not unridable wet. We had an amazing time. Only thing bad i can say is "damn them sneaky wet bridges will get ya if you aren't paying 100% attention I know you guy's know what im talking about! LoL
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    Looking to go out there tomorrow. Anyone know how the conditions are?
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    Pretty dry already!
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    Yea I just left. Rear derailer cable snapped half way through my ride! SOB !!!!! I always have tools with me and today I didn't bring my bag and this happens. Had to single speed to the car. Lol Going to bike shop to get it fixed and hitting Amelia on the way home. Great day to ride Markham today. Cloudy and no rain. Im pretty bummed.
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    Oh man that sucks! At least you'll get to ride again in Amelia..! I haven't been there in over a year....Steve has been bugging me to come over and have a look.
    Markham is keeping me busy though. This weekend we have TM day and we hope to get a few projects finished before the "Rumble in the Jungle" race on the 9th..
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    Good job!

    I'm happy it didn't actually snap. The bolt that holds it on the rear derailer got loose. And you kniw when that gets loose the derailer automatically sends it to the smallest cog.. Luckily I still have my granny gear on my bike. I'd like to help some day but my job has got me on a screwed up schedule. But at least I get to ride more early in the day. But they are killing me on weekends here at U.M.... Trails look really good. You can tell you guys are staying busy. Haven't been there in a good while until a few weeks ago and man all those bridges !
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    Glad you were able to ride a bit still!

    We had a phenomenal turnout for TM day. All the trails got some TLC and we are almost done in Alligator revamping the berms. Pipeline got another bandaid too...Big Gulp's reconstruction is on the way too and it will be 6 feet higher than before. Next will be Redneck and Black Hill drop.. All trails are on the way to get redone according to their designations and that is why we aren't touching CrimeScene and the OutBack climb as you come from GunRange... Peeps are already either loving or hating it..
    Next Sunday is the Rumble race!!
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    Just rode their for the first time today and had a blast!

    Really sweet trail system! Thanks for the work!

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    Gunrange is one thee best trail at Markham IMO (at least it's one of my faves). "Probably" South Florida. I'm not kidding. I tell everyone that i think is not ready not to bother with Gunrange.
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    I like Gunrange too. We are looking to increase elevation changes and have permission to go through the fence in a few spots to get dirt on that trail.
    It will be a few months though.. Too hot to get all worked up...
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    Hey Oscar do you know how it is out there after these last few showers? Thinking about tomorrow morning.
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    Sorry to get back so late but 3 12 hr days in the trails for the race wore me out! Trails are in great shape even after last nights rain. The race was a big success too!
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    I heard it was really sweet out there for the races. Keep up the good work. Even though i don't go as much as i would like to i really appreciate what you guys have done with the place. Just got a new bike that i'm dying to test there . Unfortunately i wont be able to get out there for about another 2 weeks. I'll be biking local till then. Can't wait !!!
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    Good job!

    It's been a while since my last update but a lot of great things are happening right now. There is a new Pavilion and Bike-wash that are is the last stages of construction. There is a new shower tower on order with three shower heads, we will have a bike repair station underneath the Pavilion and a bottle fill station will be installed near the old bike wash. The fences around the trails have been redone as well a new fence along GunRange has been installed as part of a future major rebuild in that trail. Alligator/ Black Snake is finally finished no thanks to the rain delays.
    Currently Armadillo is getting 5 major and 5 minor berms rebuild or installed. So far we have added over 300 tons of dirt in the trails. The next major repair will be the AMTB Turtleslide trail as that is getting too hard for most of the riders it was build for.
    We hope that all the work is done in time for the Markham 360 on January 10 next year.
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    Markham is sweet right now! Some rad stuff. Mosquitoes are as big as vultures and HUNGRY!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TAOS1 View Post
    Markham is sweet right now! Some rad stuff. Mosquitoes are as big as vultures and HUNGRY!
    Yeah the skeeters are ridiculous! We spray for them where we do trail work but I have to apply twice for it to make enough of an impact as not to let too much blood...
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    Hows are the trails week? Are they rideable

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