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Visiting from NC
« on: June 01, 2014, 07:31:44 PM »
My brother lives in Tampa. I'll be visiting from late June into July. I'm hoping to get in a challenging morning ride sat 6/28. Maybe another on 7/2. I'm looking for 30+ miles of fast paced technical single track. I'd appreciate all recommendations or anybody who might want to join me. 
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Re: Visiting from NC
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2014, 08:03:00 PM »
croom or boyette

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Re: Visiting from NC
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2014, 07:37:00 AM »
Thanks, is there much elevation? Trying to decide whether to bring SS or not.
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Re: Visiting from NC
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2014, 10:27:54 AM »
Watch some videos, but there are plenty SS riders local.

Basically, short descents and short climbs - constantly.  :P

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Re: Visiting from NC
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2014, 07:40:53 PM »
I think ill stick to gears and try to hit all of Croom one day for a big ride and then check out Boyette another day on the single speed. Anybody want to join me?
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Re: Visiting from NC
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2014, 08:48:31 PM »
All of Croom is a big task, especially in the summer. There is over 60 miles of continuous trail out there. Bring a TON of WATER. It is hot and humid as hell these days and there aren't many places to refill. Also, get a map before you go. It is easy to get turned around there. That said, there are a couple bail out points along the way if it gets to be to much.

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Re: Visiting from NC
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2014, 07:36:01 AM »
Good point, that might be a bit ambitious. I was looking at the 2 loops, 35 and 12 miles. I didnt consider the additional mileage of the connectors. I think ill just tackle the big loop. Ill get an early start to help beat the heat.
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Re: Visiting from NC
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2014, 08:33:28 AM »
Drop me a line when you get it town and want to hit up Croom. I'll ride out there with you, though not both loops (I'm not in that kind of shape). But I can show you around at least. I am not sure if you can send personal messages being that you are not a SWAMP member so shoot me an email to j.souza82@yahoo.com.

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Re: Visiting from NC
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2014, 08:27:05 AM »
Thanks, Ill definitely hit you up.
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Re: Visiting from NC
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2014, 08:46:03 AM »
I looking for a place to ride as well, but I am looking for a place in NC. I will be in the Charlotte, Asheville and Franklin areas from the 15-23. And also spend some time in Mt Pleasant, Tennessee for a day or so. Can you suggest anything?

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Re: Visiting from NC
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2014, 09:20:46 AM »
There are riding opportunities abound in all of those areas. Asheville is near Bent Creek, Dupont, and Pisgah National Forest. Franklin is near Tsali and the Nantahala Outdor Center Flint Ridge Trail. You will have a harder time narrowing it down than anything else.

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Re: Visiting from NC
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2014, 03:13:06 PM »
Any ideas for places in Tennessee near Mt Pleasant? And out of the places you mentioned which would you suggest that have the widest range of trail experience? I don't always ride double black but sometimes, I'm not a beginner by any means but don't want to go it alone on strange trails in a strange area for my first time.

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Re: Visiting from NC
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2014, 06:30:41 PM »
I have never been to Mt Pleasant and don't know anything about their trails. You could, however, use singltracks.com to do a little research on what is near there. All of the trails I mentioned have a good array of trails from beginner on up. I think Dupont and Pisgah have more technical options but all have excellent flow trails. If you are going alone I suggest Tsali or Bent Creek as they are more populated and they are both among the nations best trail systems.

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Re: Visiting from NC
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2014, 06:26:15 PM »
Croom can be fast paced but maybe 5% of it is technical (and not very challenging technical at that). Croom supplies miles of sweet flowing singletrack with somewhat challenging (for FL) elevation. I rode all of north blue and yellow a few weeks back and it netted 36 miles. Adding south blue with the red connector may get you an additional 6 or so miles. If you ride everything you will be under 50 miles. Starting at parking lot 1 will get you at tucker about half way through for water resupply.

If you want more challenging technical trails check out Santos. The Landbridge parking lot is approx 30 mins north of Croom. Riding from Landbridge through Vortex to Santos should get you about 30 miles with some of the best technical trails FL has to offer.

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Re: Visiting from NC
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2014, 07:49:37 AM »
Thanks, That place looks cool. Apparently, The founder of Ray's Bike Park has been building features out there.
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