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    Any advice for Alafia & Balm Boyette?

    Going to Florida for a couple days and will be riding Alafia and hopefully find time for Balm Boyette too. Any advice from others familiar with those trails or Florida mountain biking in general?

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    I haven't ridden Alafia or BB but I hear great thing about them. I do know that there are some serious techy trails there too, so just take it easy on your first lap(s). If you're in the 'hood than Santos near Ocala deserves a look too, the Vortex trail is gnarly in a cool way and most other trails are easy, fast and nice to ride. The place has 70 miles of trails so you can ride all day and not do the same twice...Have fun!!
    Current ride(s) 2011 Santa Cruz Blur LT and a Norco Threshold SL with Di2

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    just finished 2 days of riding Alafia and Balm-Boyette, so not a thorough situation, but we rode the black diamond trails which gave a good picture of what the trails had to offer. would highly recommend balm-boyette, but would take a pass on alafia as it just wasn't that technical or fun, and was very sandy. balm-boyette had plenty to challenge any rider for hours, just watch out for the wild pigs (we came across 3 that quickly ran into the bush to watch us) and alligators (we didn't see any on our 2 days but were told many times to keep eyes open for them as they sometimes lay on the trails). we didn't get a chance to check out santos, so it's on the to-do list trail for next time we make our way to florida.

    we rented bikes from AJ's Boards & Bikes (dealt with Darrin/Mike/Jeremy) -- great place and would highly recommend any travellers drop by if you're looking for advice, repairs or bikes.

    thanks to all that took the time to give advice, it was much heeded and helpful. had a great time at balm-boyette! clearly should rank ahead of alafia, but it's indeed secluded with no amenities or facilities and has a 2-mile ride to get to the trail. all that said, still really worth it.

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