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    Winter Off Road Tandem Rally Adventure?

    WORTA - by MTBtandems

    On behalf of MTBtandems, we are looking to see who all would be interested in a Winter Off Road Tandem Rally Adventure in Ocala, FL.

    If there are enough teams interested, we will begin putting it together with MTBTandems!

    Let us know,
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    Chris and Monica Judd

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    We would be listed as interested.. Keep us in the loop. One part of me says YEE HAW and another part of me thinks we have such a good time in the spring that perhaps more isn't necessarily better. If the dates work out we could be persuaded though.
    Ed and Pat Gifford
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    How could we say no? I suppose Jennifer and I may even be considered local hosts for San Felasco. Definite maybe.

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    definitely interested. We are taking five tandems to do the White rim trial in Utah in October and would welcome another excuse for a trip in the winter. We will have 2 fandangos and 3 EDCM on the White Rim. Any idea of dates or at least a month?

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    I hope to meet you Akexpress. I wouldn't mind inviting myself on your White Rim trip. My buddy Gus from Mr Goodbike did the trip last year or the year before. The images look like they had a great time.

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    Sounds like a great time. Please put us on the interested list.
    Any idea of dates yet?

    strow

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    Worta

    I think we may be looking at January or February... I'll work on confirming.

    Mean while, check out Ocala Mountain Bike Association - Home

    Will keep you all in the loop and when will throw some dates out there when we have a few ideas!

    Monica Judd

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    Thanks for the info and the link to OMBA.

    I see a road trip to Ocala coming up.........

    strow

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    FWIW, Ocala and the Santos trails are tandem friendly, fast and flowing.

    Santos is a designated IMBA epic ride. The tandems can easily handle every mile. I am not certain what the current distance is, though it should be over 50 miles. The nice thing with Santos is, many variations exist to allow varied distance. The most popular ride is one of leaving the Santos Trailhead, riding to the Landbridge and back to the trailhead. This is a loop of 25 miles with one trail outbound and a different trail inbound.

    With some luck, maybe Monica or maybe myself can get a ride video, filmed from behind both tandems by a friend of mine, posted so folks can actually see what the trail is like.

    Also, within a couple of hours driving from Santos, there is San Felasco State Park to the North, and to the Southwest is Alafia State Park and Balm Boyette. These are both trails built on remnants of shell pit mining that has since grown forrest type cover.

    San Felasco is a great tandem friendly xc ride. Even the hill that is supposedly not ridable on a tandem can be ridden.

    Alafia is a trail system of varied levels, the range from beginner trails to death grip expert stuff. Most of Alafia can be ridden on a tandem, most sections will keep your attention focused. Not all the expert trails can be ridden on a tandem, close but not all.

    Boyette is a huge 4000 plus acre preserve. This place, like the others has a multitude of trails, and multiple ability levels. Once neat thing about Boyette is that some of the difficult trails run exactly parallel to easy trails or connector double tracks. This allows for different skill levels to still stay together for the most part. The Boyette Ridgeline trail is one of the more exciting with a continuous run of short sometimes steep climbs, accompanied by riding atop the ridge of excavated shellrock, that will find a short descent often followed by and immediate climb back up.

    I believe all of these trails are listed in the trail section here. These are just to show more options for anyone that would come for a few days.

    Don't forget, about 20 minutes south of the Santos trails is the Villages, a community that has a road tandem club that rides several times per week.

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    What's the weather like in Santos in Jan/Feb?

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    Good question Okayfine. It could be low 20's w/a windchilll in the teens or it could be mid-60 w/glorious sunshine. The rainfall pattern here is bi-modal: afternoon thunderstorms and tropical weather in the summer and frontal rainfall 7 to 10 days apart during the winter. Spring and fall are our dry seasons. The almanac helps but based on historical observations it appears you should expect weather between 44 and 68 mid-Jan to mid-Feb.
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    We are definately interested. We did a FL trip last winter with BigBird (Goldwing GL1800) and our ECDM and LOVED it. We will definately be down sometime again this winter.

    sam of GAIL, Bandit & sam

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    Alex, could you possibly pick something farther away from us?? Too far this time But White Rim sounds good, when is that trip?

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    Glad to see this! I wish there were more tandem friendly stuff around here to make something like this worthwhile.
    We would be interested. It is just a matter of the usual- work, time, expense, etc.
    Trey & Haydeť

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    Wishing you guys the best out there.

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    Just wondering if WORTA is still in the works? Looking forward to it!

    strow

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    Smile Florida offroad fun

    We might be able to haul our tandem down for the ride if it is early enough in January. We hope to spend a little time for a break in Florida in January. We would love to join the group if you don't mind a couple of old farts joining the ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tndmnuts View Post
    We might be able to haul our tandem down for the ride if it is early enough in January. We hope to spend a little time for a break in Florida in January. We would love to join the group if you don't mind a couple of old farts joining the ride!
    FWIW, My wife and I, CLJ with his wife and malaclemys with his wife have signed up for Tour De Felasco 2012.

    We are planning to once again ride as a three Fandango group, taking abuse and wise alleck remarks from single riders (Mostly Jamies hometown friends).

    The ride entries sell out within a few hours on opening day of online registration. You may find a pair of tickets, but don't hold your breath.

    With luck the three tandems can settle in to a moderate pace capable of doing the entire 60 pus miles. 2011 had us helping some single riders which cost us time and not making the cutoff. Also, being honest, our bike some chain issues also and slowed us too.

    March is a great time also, the Santos FTF is a fun weekend on excellent tandem friendly trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trails4two View Post
    alex, could you possibly pick something farther away from us??
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    Smile Ride in Ocala

    The initial start to this thread was a ride in Ocala Florida. Since we have not ridden anything off-road in Florida is this different than the Tour De Felasco 2012? If so when is the tandem ride in Ocala?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by tndmnuts View Post
    The initial start to this thread was a ride in Ocala Florida. Since we have not ridden anything off-road in Florida is this different than the Tour De Felasco 2012? If so when is the tandem ride in Ocala?

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    Tour De Felasco 2012, Santos FTF, and any of the other Florida posts so far are not tandem specific events. Rather events where tandems are signed up to ride with other tandems, and also the single bikes.

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    The Judds are also doing Croom and Ididaride!

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    FWIW tandemnuts, having been on a tandem less than a month we did all the aforementioned rides on our Fandango lat year. All are pretty tandem friendly. Sadly we can't make Ididaride this year but we will be at TdF and Croom.

    I assume tandemnuts knows that the Santos FTF that PMK referred to is near Ocala. I think the 2 names referring to the same place may have added some confusion. TdF is between Gainesville and Alachua.

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    Smile Warm up ride

    My wife and myself could not get into the Tour De Felasco 2012 but maybe next year now that we know about it. If anyone is interested in doing a pre ride between Jan 1st and the event let us know. We are about a 45 minute drive from Ocala but have never ridden any of the mountain bike trails in Florida but would love to get together with any locals who know where to tandem ride

    Thanks John and Arienne

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    We would be up for a ride tndmnuts. San Felasco is only a few minutes from home for us but our plans are pretty hectic atm. After the 1st will work though. We have mostly been on our road tandem and need to put some miles on the Fandango.

    Don't give up on TdF if you really want in this year. There are always last minute spots through sponsors as well as posting on GCC and Craiglist. If/when I see any spots open I will post them here.

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