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    All this rain today (and tomorrow, looks like) has me wondering - do they close the trails at all for this? I'd doubt it, as erosion isn't an especially big problem down here, but just a thought to save me a long hike out there to get skunked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BarryGXNZ View Post
    All this rain today (and tomorrow, looks like) has me wondering - do they close the trails at all for this? I'd doubt it, as erosion isn't an especially big problem down here, but just a thought to save me a long hike out there to get skunked.
    Anyone?
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    Route 66 will most likely be closed, must most all others should be open, prepare to get muddy. I was going to head out myself this afternoon, but don't feel like mud in my @ss crack today.
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    From past experience with this much rain, 66 will be closed soon if it hasn't already.
    The park will remain open but it is in the best interest of the trails not to ride them while it is raining to avoid erosion. It is better to ride after the rain has passed. The plans are to fill in most of the lost elevation but that depends on $$ and manpower.
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    Surprise surprise! Rte 66 is still open and the trails are pretty dry and fast considering the rains of late.
    A few riders and I will be doing some cut-back on Warm-up, Gunrange and other trails tomorrow in the early AM, so please ride carefully as we will use power tools... The vegetation is now out of control in a few area's..
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    Cutback on Gunrange is complete and a few minor growth issues on Outback have been addressed also. There were 5 of us and even with power tools it took over 3 hours just to clear Gunrange!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    Cutback on Gunrange is complete and a few minor growth issues on Outback have been addressed also. There were 5 of us and even with power tools it took over 3 hours just to clear Gunrange!!
    AwesomeToo bad its raining cats and dogs and won't last long..
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    Quote Originally Posted by toofdoc View Post
    AwesomeToo bad its raining cats and dogs and won't last long..
    I have high hopes it lasts for a few weeks at least. So far the rain has not been too bad and I hope that the Fakawi event/race tomorrow will go on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    I have high hopes it lasts for a few weeks at least. So far the rain has not been too bad and I hope that the Fakawi event/race tomorrow will go on.
    Do you know the route? I wanted to ride early tomorrow am if that is possible...
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    Quote Originally Posted by toofdoc View Post
    Do you know the route? I wanted to ride early tomorrow am if that is possible...
    No alas I don't. I know the guy that organizes it and he was mum about it...I do know that a levee is involved and that's all..
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    About the event tomorrow, what type of riding is it? Please let me know so I can attend

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    Quote Originally Posted by KinGisPro View Post
    About the event tomorrow, what type of riding is it? Please let me know so I can attend
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    KinGisPro..
    Sorry I got back so late...I didn't ride but got to see about 200 peeps who did and all had smiles on their faces despite the wet weather...
    I hope you got out and rode today too!
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    Rode this AM and the trails are in great shape despite the rain in the weekend . It looks like we're drying out a little, so the few mud puddles that are present should be gone shortly.
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    gonna ride this afternoon.....BIG THANKS to all the people that keep the trails in great shape despite the **** weather that we have been having letely! AWESOME JOB! Also, thanks for always adding new trails!

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    Good job!

    ^^ Hope you had a great ride!

    This coming Sunday July 1st is trail maintenance day in Markham and we sure can use a few peeps with cut back of the overbearing vegetation... There will be some trail repair too, but personally I will focus on cutting the veggies which in turn will reduce the bugs too...
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    Amazing that when work is mentioned a thread slows way down.....
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    We did a lot of trimming and added a new little trail as well. Also fixed were a few of the log-overs/drops like the one at Iguana trail leading into Fisherman's Loop. It was quite warm so unfortunately not too many people showed up... Oh well next time around
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    Just went to this place for the 2nd time today. Ate s*** 4 times today. outch
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    Quote Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    We did a lot of trimming and added a new little trail as well. Also fixed were a few of the log-overs/drops like the one at Iguana trail leading into Fisherman's Loop. It was quite warm so unfortunately not too many people showed up... Oh well next time around
    unfortunately, my paperwork was not approved in time but I did see you guys out on the trail. Thanks! I will definitely be there next month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reedfe View Post
    unfortunately, my paperwork was not approved in time but I did see you guys out on the trail. Thanks! I will definitely be there next month.
    Cool!!
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    Who is planning on heading out this afternoon? I may be bringing a cooler full of cold ones...
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    love this trail system...

    I forgot my shades last time I went and had my left contact lens snatched off my eye by some vegetation...had to get rid of the right one too because it's too weird to have one eyesight blurry and the other normal...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MysticKJ View Post
    love this trail system...

    I forgot my shades last time I went and had my left contact lens snatched off my eye by some vegetation...had to get rid of the right one too because it's too weird to have one eyesight blurry and the other normal...
    Oops. I had to use my cheap spare glasses yesterday as I forgot my riding glasses too. I won't ride in any trail system without glasses as an eye is easily lost....
    We have been trying to cut down as much vegetation as possible, but there is always something growing back pretty quickly.
    The trails should be totally done for the 'Rumble in the Jungle' race in early August.
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    The 15th we will be trying to cut back the remainder of the trails. Last Friday, only Warmup loop was done, so there remains lot's to do before the Rumble in the Jungle race in early August

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    Quote Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    The 15th we will be trying to cut back the remainder of the trails. Last Friday, only Warmup loop was done, so there remains lot's to do before the Rumble in the Jungle race in early August

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    Do you know anyone that needs one for on their team? I'm not looking to finish first, just looking to have a good time and drink some beer after, if you know a team like that let me know..
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    Quote Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    The 15th we will be trying to cut back the remainder of the trails. Last Friday, only Warmup loop was done, so there remains lot's to do before the Rumble in the Jungle race in early August

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    50 miles of Markham ? How long does that take you guys? I do 1-2 hours and am dead, lol..
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexplantman View Post
    50 miles of Markham ? How long does that take you guys? I do 1-2 hours and am dead, lol..
    I believe the route includes some areas around the trails, its not 100% trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toofdoc View Post
    I believe the route includes some areas in around the trails, its not 100% trails.
    Correct, because only a few peeps would be able to ride 5 laps on all the tails..
    This doesn't include me BTW..
    If you do a team effort of 4 riders, than all one person does is about 12.5 miles and that is doable for most IMHO.

    Keep in mind too that it is a benefit 'race' so it is mostly about the camaraderie and a great cause.
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    So the total length of the race (lap) is like 12.5 miles and its done 4 times?
    ... Or its a 50 mile (lap) and each member of the team does a section?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    Correct, because only a few peeps would be able to ride 5 laps on all the tails..
    This doesn't include me BTW..
    If you do a team effort of 4 riders, than all one person does is about 12.5 miles and that is doable for most IMHO.

    Keep in mind too that it is a benefit 'race' so it is mostly about the camaraderie and a great cause.
    I am one of those that COULD NOT do it five times around, lol...

    I am in if it's a team and each rider does 12 - 15 miles...If a new team needs to be created for MTBR users I am in...I won't be the fastest though , lol...
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    I have a few friends who may want to ride it but I don't know for sure how many would do a team effort. I won't ride the solo thing either as 30-35 miles is about it in the heat for me...
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    Be prepared for some trail work tomorrow as we NEED to cut back the vegetation. Anyone who wants to help out, we start at 8:30 AM and meet at the gate. bring work gloves, water and bug spray. We have machetes, but if you have a gas powered weed trimmer that would be huge...
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    With only 5 people showing up and the massive rain we had at the park, the plan is to get the work done next Sunday July 22nd. Hopefully we will have more peeps and better weather..
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    When does everyone think the trails will get back to normal. The rain has been relentless. Might get a brake tomorrow and Thursday, but right back to the monsoons after that. I hate this time of year...
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    Quote Originally Posted by toofdoc View Post
    When does everyone think the trails will get back to normal. The rain has been relentless. Might get a brake tomorrow and Thursday, but right back to the monsoons after that. I hate this time of year...
    The trails are in awesome shape, but the vegetation is annoying as heck. All it takes, is some people with weed-whackers......
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    Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that there are large rocks that have been dug up and placed in the middle of many trails? Looks like some kids have been bobby traping the trails. They are large enough to send someone over their handlebars...
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    Quote Originally Posted by toofdoc View Post
    Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that there are large rocks that have been dug up and placed in the middle of many trails? Looks like some kids have been bobby traping the trails. They are large enough to send someone over their handlebars...
    are the rocks visible enough to avoid them or are they in blind spots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MysticKJ View Post
    are the rocks visible enough to avoid them or are they in blind spots?
    I managed to avoid them, but some may not be so lucky. I also picked up a few that we're especially dangerous, but there are more.
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    I will be riding again tomorrow as I was doing cutback today. Hopefully we don't have some morons messing with the trails as we are getting so close to getting the trails in good order. I have noticed in rockgarden that some material is being removed or replaced. Those peeps run the risk of being permanently banned when, not if, they get caught. I'll make sure there will be more patrols out there to keep it safe.


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    I have noticed this as well, especially in rock garden. There is also another area on twisted trail, a 5 foot very rocky climb, that someone keeps screwing with.

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    I will be riding again tomorrow as I was doing cutback today. Hopefully we don't have some morons messing with the trails as we are getting so close to getting the trails in good order. I have noticed in rockgarden that some material is being removed or replaced. Those peeps run the risk of being permanently banned when, not if, they get caught. I'll make sure there will be more patrols out there to keep it safe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by toofdoc View Post
    I have noticed this as well, especially in rock garden. There is also another area on twisted trail, a 5 foot very rocky climb, that someone keeps screwing with.
    Ted's or Twisted trail was actually being repaired when we had that cloud burst and all the material washed away. It will be repaired this Sunday as it is part of the Rumble route albeit in reverse....

    Today everything seemed to be in order , even in RG, and I ended up doing 2 laps. The loose rocks may also be from riders hitting them and working them out over time. It seems to happen a lot on Armadillo and Area 51 before Pipeline.
    There will be more Patrol peeps out there too keeping an eye out. Folks who think they can wreck the trails can/will be prosecuted as trespassers and be perma-banned from Markham.
    If there are issues, riders can inform the front office in Markham and it will be taken care of.
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    Loose rocks in the trail, oh my.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayjudy13 View Post
    Loose rocks in the trail, oh my.
    The ones I was talking about where strategically placed want to hurt someone rocks. I rode today as well, and they all seem to be gone...
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    Online registration for the Rumble in the Jungle (August 5th) has been slow. Please register now! It really helps the volunteers putting on the race (the same people you ride past while they're slaving away on Trail Maintenance Day.) Early registration is important. They can plan for port-a-lets, food, drinks, race numbers, medals,etc .... Yes, it may snow, or your bike breaks or your cat has puppies and you don't get to ride.So what? You donated $25 to the trails. Big deal. Markham is the oldest and perhaps the best trail in SoFla and we don't get a dime of County or other public money; yep, we supply all the labor, tools and materials! This race helps fund that and 100% of the money raised goes into the trails. Plz sign up today.
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    Are you still adding sponsors?
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    Quote Originally Posted by toofdoc View Post
    Are you still adding sponsors?
    Yes, you can sponsor the race and thus the trail fund at any time!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    Yes, you can sponsor the race and thus the trail fund at any time!!
    Can you please PM me your e-mail to discuss details? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toofdoc View Post
    Can you please PM me your e-mail to discuss details? Thanks.
    PM sent
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    What is the difference between novice and sport? does the race have a different trail/distance for novice?

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    Novice is the Beginner category. Then Base (also known as Intermediate) is the next one up, Then Sport is one notch below expert, then Expert. In reference to the Rumble in the Jungle, its the same course, since its a endurance race.

    In other types of races like the typical cross country race, Novice would be the shortest distance and easiest competition, with the categories increasing in difficulty and length through Expert.

    In sanctioned races you would get promoted to the next level by winning or placing in the top 5 for a certain number of races.

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    Thanks for the explanation!
    This will be my first race, so I registered the team as novice. Bit didnt want to do a shorter easier race...

    Quote Originally Posted by MHodges View Post
    Novice is the Beginner category. Then Base (also known as Intermediate) is the next one up, Then Sport is one notch below expert, then Expert. In reference to the Rumble in the Jungle, its the same course, since its a endurance race.

    In other types of races like the typical cross country race, Novice would be the shortest distance and easiest competition, with the categories increasing in difficulty and length through Expert.

    In sanctioned races you would get promoted to the next level by winning or placing in the top 5 for a certain number of races.

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    So is there going to be trail maintenance this Sunday? I was planning to come with a friend but I'm just wondering because of the race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reedfe View Post
    So is there going to be trail maintenance this Sunday? I was planning to come with a friend but I'm just wondering because of the race.
    No there will not be any trail work done. I just got back from setting up the race course and most of that is clear to ride. The next repair day will be in Sept.
    My friends and I have been trimming stuff on the side and that has been about it.
    There will be a TON of work in Sept though so please stay tuned....
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    Quote Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    No there will not be any trail work done. I just got back from setting up the race course and most of that is clear to ride. The next repair day will be in Sept.
    My friends and I have been trimming stuff on the side and that has been about it.
    There will be a TON of work in Sept though so please stay tuned....
    Alright. Guess I'm going to need to find some other volunteer work then. You can count me in for September though. Maybe I'll get my friend to do the race with. If we race as a team do we race at the same time or does the first person do 25 miles then the next person do 25 miles after the first racer returns? If this is my first race should I register as novice? And what does "package pickup" mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by reedfe View Post
    Alright. Guess I'm going to need to find some other volunteer work then. You can count me in for September though. Maybe I'll get my friend to do the race with. If we race as a team do we race at the same time or does the first person do 25 miles then the next person do 25 miles after the first racer returns? If this is my first race should I register as novice? And what does "package pickup" mean?
    Hope to see you in September too!

    If you decide to race as a team of two, I'd ride two laps, than your buddy rides two laps and so on. It is better to switch it up a bit and get some rest while your buddy rides. You can pick up your race package at Markham Park tomorrow between 10 AM and 2 PM and register there as well if you didn't on-line. It will contain some swag and your race # to be put on your bike / jersey.
    I'd register as a novice since it is you first race. You will still do the same race route however. Even if you don't finish the whole thing it is a good way to get your feet wet and have a great time with all the other folks out there!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    Hope to see you in September too!

    If you decide to race as a team of two, I'd ride two laps, than your buddy rides two laps and so on. It is better to switch it up a bit and get some rest while your buddy rides. You can pick up your race package at Markham Park tomorrow between 10 AM and 2 PM and register there as well if you didn't on-line. It will contain some swag and your race # to be put on your bike / jersey.
    I'd register as a novice since it is you first race. You will still do the same race route however. Even if you don't finish the whole thing it is a good way to get your feet wet and have a great time with all the other folks out there!!
    Hope it helped.
    Thanks for clearing that up. Sounds exciting! Let's hope I can convince him to do it with me. And one last question. I live up in West Palm so Markham is about 1 hour away. Is it possible to get the package on Sunday or do I have to pick it up Saturday. If it is Saturday, I'll scope out the course a little.

    And you will definitely be doing it September 2nd even though that is labor day weekend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by reedfe View Post
    Thanks for clearing that up. Sounds exciting! Let's hope I can convince him to do it with me. And one last question. I live up in West Palm so Markham is about 1 hour away. Is it possible to get the package on Sunday or do I have to pick it up Saturday. If it is Saturday, I'll scope out the course a little.

    And you will definitely be doing it September 2nd even though that is labor day weekend?
    You're welcome! I believe that Sat would be the day to pick up the package in Markham and to register if you haven't yet. I'd definitely would want to pre-ride the route as well, since it is all new even for the veteran riders.

    On the maintenance day I would check in a little later, since it is a holiday weekend but that hasn't stopped us before..
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    I rode the race-route this AM and it is great! There is some climbing in it but nothing really bad. There are a few more wood bridges in it than I initially thought, but again nothing crazy. Take it easy on the trail and enjoy!!
    There are 85 solo riders and 55 teams so far in the race and this doesn't include people registering today!! Thanks to all for participating!!!
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    Good job!

    There were a total of 330 riders in Markham today and so 'Rumble in the Jungle' was an enormous success!
    A big thanks to all the participants and the sponsors
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    Great race today. The course was perfect imo.

    Saw a handful of people taking pics. Any idea where we might be able to view some of them?

    Thanks again Oscar, cant wait to race there again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammy56 View Post
    Great race today. The course was perfect imo.

    Saw a handful of people taking pics. Any idea where we might be able to view some of them?

    Thanks again Oscar, cant wait to race there again.
    Your Welcome ! Glad you enjoyed he event and course.
    Probably tomorrow pics will be posted on the trail-build site as well as on FB.
    On FB look for the Markham Park mountain bikers page. I can add you to the group if need be.
    The next race will be the 12 Hours of Markham on Dec 15th... That will be the first time to ride there at night!! I will race in that one...
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    I joined the fb group. And we'll be there in dec for sure!

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    ^^ Cool! This way you can keep up with what is going on at the park.
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    To everybody involved in one way or another in the Rumble in the Jungle,
    THANKS!!!!

    You guys outdid yourselves! great event. count my team in for the next race!

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    since Markham is in Broward i'm asking this here...anyone do any track racing at the Velodrome in Broward?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MysticKJ View Post
    since Markham is in Broward i'm asking this here...anyone do any track racing at the Velodrome in Broward?
    Don't know about that. There are folks who ride both street and Mtb but I personally don't know anyone going to the velodrome in Broward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pablobaq View Post
    To everybody involved in one way or another in the Rumble in the Jungle,
    THANKS!!!!

    You guys outdid yourselves! great event. count my team in for the next race!
    Thanks for your support The next race is the 12 hour of Markham on Dec 15 2012.

    The whole affair was somewhat overwhelming in a very positive way. There were 334 riders and between the riders and generous contributions from sponsors, close to $10 K was raised for the trails. This was way beyond expectation.
    There is a lot that can and will be done with that money. All we need now are more people to physically help on the trail-build days so that we can quickly fix trails like Outback extension and Rte 66. The latter needs to be raised in places for it to stay open all year or at least more than it is now.
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    Trails are in great shape this AM. Just some puddles in the usual spots, nothing too muddy, unless you aim for it...
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    Trails are dry and fast! It was actually pretty muggy this AM and when you were out of the shady area's, pretty fricking hot too..
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    Trials were in great condition today! Rte 66 was still closed though :/ . I rode 2 loops on my new singlespeed and conquered more hills than when it was geared! I finally grew a pair and did all of the drops that I chickened out on the previous 2 times. What a great way to spend the last day of summer before school starts!

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    Great report and ride for you!



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    A bit muddy this morning after the deluge we had around 5 AM.
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    Trails are pretty dry and kudos to whom ever has been cutting the veggies!!
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    Hopefully we won't need kayak's to get around the trail system...
    For sure Rte 66 will be a flood zone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    Hopefully we won't need kayak's to get around the trail system...
    For sure Rte 66 will be a flood zone.
    I'm sure there will be lots of trail maintenance to do as well this coming Sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reedfe View Post
    I'm sure there will be lots of trail maintenance to do as well this coming Sunday.
    Yes I am sure we will have our hands full with cleaning up, not to mention what the pooh-bah's may have had planned for repair...I can only hope that there will be a bigger crew coming out this time around...
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    Quote Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    Yes I am sure we will have our hands full with cleaning up, not to mention what the pooh-bah's may have had planned for repair...I can only hope that there will be a bigger crew coming out this time around...
    Well I'm hoping I will have the car this weekend. Then you can add 2 maybe 3 to that equation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reedfe View Post
    Well I'm hoping I will have the car this weekend. Then you can add 2 maybe 3 to that equation.
    That would be greatly appreciated!!
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    I tried to ride Markham this AM and the situation is as follows.
    There is a lot of debris on all the trails and some are blocked or impassable because of that and the flooding that has occurred. There is 14 inches of water between Puma trail and Gunrange, 6-8 inches in Rockgarden and the approach to Crimescene also. I have never seen this much water in Markham ever. Rte 66 has enough water to float the QE II in..
    The good news is that the trails themselves faired very well with minimal damage. When the debris is cleared and the water has receded all should be well soon. This weekend is trail-build day and now is definitely the time to come out and help to clear the trails as it would take way to long with the usual small crew....
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    Quote Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    I tried to ride Markham this AM and the situation is as follows.
    There is a lot of debris on all the trails and some are blocked or impassable because of that and the flooding that has occurred. There is 14 inches of water between Puma trail and Gunrange, 6-8 inches in Rockgarden and the approach to Crimescene also. I have never seen this much water in Markham ever. Rte 66 has enough water to float the QE II in..
    The good news is that the trails themselves faired very well with minimal damage. When the debris is cleared and the water has receded all should be well soon. This weekend is trail-build day and now is definitely the time to come out and help to clear the trails as it would take way to long with the usual small crew....
    I actually rode very early Saturday am before the rain started. I had to clear a small fallen tree from obstructing a trail in washing machine. The trails were very soggy then, i can't imagine what they are like now, I'm assuming pretty UN-rideable. I'll do my best to make it out this weekend to help out..
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    Hope Markham is CLOSED!!

    Markham is CLOSED till further notice!!!!

    This coming Thursday from 2 PM till dark, there will be an effort to clean up the debris from the trails and determine which trails are rideable and which ones will need more work. Among the damage is that a huge boulder came down on Crimescene and it is blocked with trees too.
    Go on Facebook Markham Park Mountain Bikers group for more info.
    I am sure that the trail-build days will be very interesting as we may have to keep some trails closed depending on what closer inspection will reveal.
    If you can come out Thursday 2 PM or Saturday & Sunday 8:30 AM any and all help will be appreciated. This is your park!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    Markham is CLOSED till further notice!!!!

    This coming Thursday from 2 PM till dark, there will be an effort to clean up the debris from the trails and determine which trails are rideable and which ones will need more work. Among the damage is that a huge boulder came down on Crimescene and it is blocked with trees too.
    Go on Facebook Markham Park Mountain Bikers group for more info.
    I am sure that the trail-build day will be very interesting as we may have to keep some trails closed depending on what closer inspection will reveal.
    If you can come out Thursday or Sunday any and all help will be appreciated. This is your park!!
    What time will you be there Thursday?
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    What time will you be there Thursday?
    I will be there at 2 PM. I think we will have a small core group of peeps, but you are very welcome to join in!!
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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Trail build days @ markham park

    This week the trails will be closed for riding!

    Work will start on Thursday@ 2PM and on Saturday and Sunday @ 8:30 AM due to the huge amount of work needed to reopen the trail-system.
    Markham can only open when all trails are cleared and repaired. Please come out and help to open up your trails.
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    Good job! Markham will be OPEN

    Markham will open in time for the holiday weekend. We did a ton of work this afternoon and even though Gunrange remains closed the rest will open up. There will be some trail closures. Here's a list;

    Crimescene is CLOSED. The boulder on the climb will be used to build a new feature and to help reinforce the fragile hillside. That will happen this weekend if all goes well.

    Outback extension is still CLOSED as there is too much damage. We intentionally left the downed trees in place so STAY OUT!

    We cleaned of the debris of Pipeline which will be CLOSED due to the slippery conditions as most of the roof shingles are gone. It will be re-decked with new roofing material this weekend.

    There will be TWO days of trail work going on this Saturday and Sunday, so please keep in mind there are people at work with either sharp tools or other implements.

    If a trail is marked closed PLEASE STAY OUT you will be in the way unless you want to lend a hand which would be great!!

    I will ride tomorrow AM and update the latest conditions.
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    Markham will open on Saturday!!!!!

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    No trail work on Saturday!

    There will be no trail work today! Tomorrow at 8:30 there will be regularly scheduled trail work.
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    Trails are open and fast!! Pipeline got re-shingled and some trees got removed there. It is now open and airy there. Outback had been filled in for the most part so there won't be any more puddles on the trails there , I hope .
    Enjoy the weekend!
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    Since the park closure, been riding the levees. Early this morning on the south leg of the levee loop a bobcat ran out in front of me. I have seen deer, armadillo, snakes, but a bobcat is a first in all my years. Very cool. Just wanted to share.
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    Great!! That is a rare sighting since they are pretty shy! Nice.


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    Quote Originally Posted by toofdoc View Post
    Since the park closure, been riding the levees. Early this morning on the south leg of the levee loop a bobcat ran out in front of me. I have seen deer, armadillo, snakes, but a bobcat is a first in all my years. Very cool. Just wanted to share.
    I happened to see a bobcat myself at Markham a few weeks ago. None of my buddies believed me so I'll have to show them this thread! The little fella was right in the middle of the trail, next to the DNA bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PannikAttk View Post
    I happened to see a bobcat myself at Markham a few weeks ago. None of my buddies believed me so I'll have to show them this thread! The little fella was right in the middle of the trail, next to the DNA bridge.
    Very cool. Doubt it was the same one since the one i saw was on the levee. The one i saw was about 2.5 times larger than domestic cat. I wouldn't doubt they are hanging out in the park too with the amount of rodents in there, plenty to eat.
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    Markham appears to be hosting the firs race for the 2012-2013 Coconut Cup race series starting in late October...

    I'm a novice rider for sure; I don't even know the course paths for any of the trails used for this series. My girlfriend is also a novice, but we are not sure if that "novice" category is for men and women, or just men. The previous results really only show men's names in the results, i'm not sure if novice women are not there by design or choice. Do novice women riders ride in the novice group or the women's base group? She really doesn't want to start off the race against guys, but I guess that's better than being blasted in the base group...

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    I don't know how the situation will be for the race in as far as the classes of riders is concerned, but I am sure there will be some separation. What I do know is that the race course will be parts of the current trails with some of those trails reversed as well. I don't race myself but have set up the courses in the past and from what I understand, everybody liked the 'Rumble in the Jungle' track so that may be used again. Just keep an eye on the Markham Park FB pages and the Coconut cup site.
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    Any update on which trails are open? Trying to decide if to head back to Markham or try out Amelia (if all is dry) this coming weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reedfe View Post
    Any update on which trails are open? Trying to decide if to head back to Markham or try out Amelia (if all is dry) this coming weekend.
    All trails are open and actually have been except for Outback Extension (the one with the stupid wooden wall and dangerous drop). OB ext. is going to get a major overhaul next trail-build day in October. It will take 3 days and 4-5 dump truck loads of fill.... The wood wall will be replaced with a clamshell design with a better radius making it a better ride.
    Pipeline has been resurfaced last Sunday so it is safe again even if it were to rain.
    Enjoy!
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    Bring bug spray!! The skeeters are bad!!
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    Bring bug spray!! The skeeters are bad!!
    I can only imagine! The water around my house has brought tons.

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    Forgot bugspray last weekend, my room mate quit halfway through and went back to the car the bugs were so bad. I didn't make it up a few climbs that I usually do because you couldn't slow down at all between trails to take a breather or the bugs would eat you alive. I need to get in better shape.

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