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SUNDAYS RIDE MOVED TO CROOM #1
« on: March 12, 2010, 11:59:20 AM »
With the all day rains Boyette has received, and even Squiggy getting canceled - Sundays SWAMP Group Ride will be moved to Croom #1 North Blue.

The pits and slicker trails will be avoided as best as possible.  Still should get in 18 - 20 miles of riding without trashing the trails.

No matter what, have a great weekend everyone!

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Re: SUNDAYS RIDE MOVED TO CROOM #1
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2010, 05:26:52 PM »
Garry,
How are the trails at Croom in terms of beginners? I was planning on making my first mountain bike ride down at Boyette with you all on Sunday. This kind of works out better since I'm in Pasco Croom is closer then Boyette.


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Re: SUNDAYS RIDE MOVED TO CROOM #1
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2010, 05:30:08 PM »
They should be no problem for you... some fun areas that you can either take slow or walk, but nothing too hard..


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Re: SUNDAYS RIDE MOVED TO CROOM #1
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2010, 05:31:29 PM »
Garry,
How are the trails at Croom in terms of beginners? I was planning on making my first mountain bike ride down at Boyette with you all on Sunday. This kind of works out better since I'm in Pasco Croom is closer then Boyette.

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Re: SUNDAYS RIDE MOVED TO CROOM #1
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2010, 05:58:29 PM »
Croom isn't often thought of as a beginners trail system.  But, with that said, Croom's North Blue should be in good condition.  Bring hydration and have fun.  As PE said, pure cardio normally, but with packed trails, I think it won't be too bad.

Garry,
How are the trails at Croom in terms of beginners? I was planning on making my first mountain bike ride down at Boyette with you all on Sunday. This kind of works out better since I'm in Pasco Croom is closer then Boyette.


Thanks,

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Re: SUNDAYS RIDE MOVED TO CROOM #1
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2010, 06:10:23 PM »
It's not a beginner trail because of the physical fitness aspect of the hills more than the actual technical difficulty. If you don't take the hard options and you don't bomb down the hills full speed it's pretty much just a fun workout and a great way to learn.
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If you haven't ridden in years I wouldn't do it. Your butt will thank you. It'll take some time to get acclimated to riding even if you're otherwise fit enough. If you're a roadie or recreational cyclist that's already used to time on the saddle and reasonably fit then should be an easy first MTB ride.

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Re: SUNDAYS RIDE MOVED TO CROOM #1
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2010, 06:52:30 PM »
If you are doing the Blue loop, you are gonna hate it!  If your cardio is not up to the whole thing, your gonna be pissed that you have to miss any of it!  The Blue loop is quickly becoming one of my favorite trails.  You will enjoy as much as your endurance will let you.  If you can do the whole 32 miles, you will go home totally stoked!  Have fun.
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Re: SUNDAYS RIDE MOVED TO CROOM #1
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2010, 08:37:54 PM »
Thanks guys! I have plenty of road miles put in pulling my kid on a trailer. This is with a 50 lb walmart bike as a tow vehicle. I see there are bailout points at 8 and 12 miles. Are those well marked? I don't see my self doing 32 miles 1st  time on dirt.

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Re: SUNDAYS RIDE MOVED TO CROOM #1
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2010, 08:44:19 PM »
if you ride with the C group they will not be doing 32 miles and they will point you in the right direction when you want to bail.

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Re: SUNDAYS RIDE MOVED TO CROOM #1
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2010, 09:13:11 PM »
I'll be doing the blue loop 8 mile bail out with my 7 yo son tomorrow. If you go past the 12 mile bail out its a long ride.

Did I just hear Coach say blue loop is his favorite trail? WOW!!!!
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Re: SUNDAYS RIDE MOVED TO CROOM #1
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2010, 09:17:42 PM »
The wife and I want to try Croom for the first time in a long time!

Any suggestions as to which trailhead we should hit for a good mixed ride of about 15 or so miles? And we'll take all the technical that Croom offers! Thanks for your suggestions :D

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Re: SUNDAYS RIDE MOVED TO CROOM #1
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2010, 09:50:59 PM »
The wife and I want to try Croom for the first time in a long time!

Any suggestions as to which trailhead we should hit for a good mixed ride of about 15 or so miles? And we'll take all the technical that Croom offers! Thanks for your suggestions :D
Park in lot #1 where croom road crosses the Withlacoochie paved trail(about 4 or 5 miles off 52) Enter the Blue loop on the SW corner of this area and ride Blue North. You can then bail at the well marked 8 mile bail out or enjoy the next 4 more miles of the best tech croom has to offer in the pits area, then hit the well marked 12 mile bailout. Cross over the limestone road and ride 100 yards thru the patch of woods where you will be deposited on the Withlacoochie paved trail. Hang a right on the trail and enjoy a nice 2 mile ride back to the car. This ride is around 14 miles and courtesy of the croom terrain is a good work out.

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Re: SUNDAYS RIDE MOVED TO CROOM #1
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2010, 10:06:26 PM »
Excellent, thanks Scott. I was just looking at the map to see what the best route might be studying that exact route, so thanks for clarifying which direction to take. :D

It's a relatively short ride by most standards but it's been a while for us so we need to get acquainted with Croom again.

I hope to see some of you out there and say hello.

 

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