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    Central Florida Night Ride

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    It seems you don't have real winter then! May I add our night ride for comparison?

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Archie- View Post
    It seems you don't have real winter then! May I add our night ride for comparison?
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    Haha no not really if you compare this area to other parts of the country! Riding in short sleeves and mid 60 degree F temperatures in January! 👍


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    Thanks for the video's guys! I'm off the bike for medical reasons for a few weeks so the vicarious experience of a good ride video is a great help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MRMOLE View Post
    Thanks for the video's guys! I'm off the bike for medical reasons for a few weeks so the vicarious experience of a good ride video is a great help!
    Mole
    Oh man....sorry to hear that! Hope you get better quickly and are able to get back to shredding soon!
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    I've often wondered if there was any good MTB'in down in Fla. Just wondering if the place you are riding is open and legal to ride at night...(?). I take it most of it is somewhat flat?? How many miles were ridden during the group ride? Just wondering how many miles of trails were in the area you were riding. If I ever get a chance to ride near Orlando I'll be looking for a place to ride MTB. Thanks for the video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    I've often wondered if there was any good MTB'in down in Fla. Just wondering if the place you are riding is open and legal to ride at night...(?). I take it most of it is somewhat flat?? How many miles were ridden during the group ride? Just wondering how many miles of trails were in the area you were riding. If I ever get a chance to ride near Orlando I'll be looking for a place to ride MTB. Thanks for the video.
    Hey man thanks for watching! We've got a lot of good locations to offroad throughout the state. We do have a few small hills (relatively speaking) here and there, but for the most part the state is pretty flat except for the Tallahassee area which is actually pretty hilly in parts. Most of our trails are quite technical in nature and can be rooty and rocky at times. Then there are areas that have soft sand, but thankfully while that's somewhat common here the sand traps make up a very small overall percentage of our trail surfaces.

    The trails at the location shown in this video are on county and state property and are maintained by SORBA Orlando (www.sorbaorlando.com). SORBA Orlando works direclty with the State parks and forestry division here and has permission to build new trails and has also been granted permission to use the property at night to conduct night rides like the weekly ride shown in this video. Otherwise the park is normally closed after dark.

    The "Wednesdays at Markham" night rides like the one shown in the above video have been seeing increased attendance and so the crowd has been split up into multiple groups of riders. Because of this, mileage may vary depending on the group but usually range from around 12-16 miles down to about 8-10 miles.

    This is another video I created recently about the same location, which talks more about the trail itself:



    There are approximately 9-10 miles of trail at this location but depending on how a ride is routed there and/or if multiple laps are done then a 14-20 mile ride can easily be done.

    This trail (Markham Woods) is 1 of 5 different mountain bike trail locations in the immediate Orlando area that are maintained by SORBA Orlando. 3 of the other locations are relatively very small in area & length while the last one is actually longer & covering a larger area.

    There are other great trail systems further away from Orlando (about 1.5 hrs by car), but still well within the Central Florida area. One of the best known and most popular mountain bike trail systems in the state is the Santos Greenway trail located in Ocala, about 65 miles northwest of Orlando. There you will find over 80 miles of mostly technical singletrack covering an area over 80,000 acres.

    Come on down for a visit! We love visitors!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adventure-Biker View Post
    Hey man thanks for watching! We've got a lot of good locations to offroad throughout the state. We do have a few small hills (relatively speaking) here and there, but for the most part the state is pretty flat except for the Tallahassee area which is actually pretty hilly in parts. Most of our trails are quite technical in nature and can be rooty and rocky at times. Then there are areas that have soft sand, but thankfully while that's somewhat common here the sand traps make up a very small overall percentage of our trail surfaces.

    The trails at the location shown in this video are on county and state property and are maintained by SORBA Orlando (www.sorbaorlando.com). SORBA Orlando works direclty with the State parks and forestry division here and has permission to build new trails and has also been granted permission to use the property at night to conduct night rides like the weekly ride shown in this video. Otherwise the park is normally closed after dark....
    Cool...Thanks for the informative feedback. Those trails look nice. Just wondering....Anyone ever run across an Alligator while riding at night? Heck, for that matter anyone ever run across one of those during the day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    Cool...Thanks for the informative feedback. Those trails look nice. Just wondering....Anyone ever run across an Alligator while riding at night? Heck, for that matter anyone ever run across one of those during the day?
    It's a really fun trail and is doable by most anyone.

    I've never seen a gator at night anywhere. I'm no wildlife expert, and I could be wrong, but I don't think gators come out at night.

    The trail in the above video isn't really close enough to any body of water for gators to be present, so no I've never seen one there at any time in over 3 years riding at the location. There are lots of deer and the occasional black bear here however.

    About 10 miles away to the east, and 15-20 miles to the southwest are 2 other trail locations that WILL have alligators however, because they are right next to large lakes. The Lake Apopka Trail for example (very popular with gravel bikers) goes around the northen side of Lake Apopka which is literally infested with gators. Sometimes you can see their eyes by the dozens just poking up through the water and very often you will see one on the banks of the lake next to the gravel road where we ride. It's a very common occurence there. And once in a while you might even see one crossing the gravel road if you're lucky. Here in Florida we sometimes call that Rush Hour Traffic. But once again I have only seen them during daytime hours and have never seen one after dark. Not that it's not a possibilty... I've just never seen one at night.
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