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Old 03-03-01, 05:30 PM   #1
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I am planning out my first MTB vacation. I live in Florida and we have limited trails and no scenery.

I am looking for suggestions on the best place to visit for an intermediate MTB rider coming from flat land. I am checking out places like Cali, Utah, or Colorado. Any suggestions?

I am also looking at some different camps (mtb clinics). Do you think I should go to one of these or just hit the trails myself. Help me out?
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Try gettin' in contact with stillrockin', he is one of the forums members and lives near the smokey mtns in Tn, from what I understand there are lots of good trails there and beautiful scenery !!
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If you like gambling all night and riding some sweet singletrack all day, go to http://www.bikeoutpost.com
They over 125 miles of singletrack in the Red Rock canyon. It is about 20 minutes from the strip in Vegas. I just got back from there and it was awesome. Talk to Louis at the LBS. He will rent you a nice Trek Fuel 90, or bring your own, he has all the topo maps for you. You can see my pictures and check out the wild mustang horses I saw on the trail at:
http://www.satechnology.com/pics.htm

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Old 04-03-01, 09:44 AM   #4
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closer to home(translates: less time traveling more time riding) check out WV.
Elk River Touring Center (www.ertc.com last time i checked) makes an AWEsome "base camp".
the food is delicous, the bike shop handy, the hot tub sublime. plenty of trails adjacent, plus you can ride Snowshoe, and Davis(Canaan valley) is w/in a days drive.

i also like the riding in NC. Asheville is a nice small city, with riding in Pisgah and Tsali close by. If you wanted more guidance and instruction(plus a chance to do some rafting) do a search for NOC.

i'm a west-coast native, but i think the eastcoast single track rocks!

if you're still set on heading west, don't forget Brianhead(UT). cooler in the summer than Moab!

have fun :-)
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I am hopefully going to Moab, Utah this summer! I cant wait, it'll be my first biking trip ever. We are taking a bus out there and riding for 4 days and then coming back. The drive out there wont be so hot and I am not sure if we they are just going to let us loose on the trails or if they are going to give us a guide or something. But for $175 who cares!

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In colorado they have trails all over. One of the most poplar places I would say would be in Creste butte, they hold the Fat Tire race. Aspen has a lot of trials but things there are pretty expensive. One of my favorite places is Ouray, CO. Its a small old fashioned town but really pretty scenery. They have jeep trails all over the place. The do have mt bike rentals there. It makes a great ride but there is a lot of hills there.
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Where in FL are you?

I'm over in Sarasota and do a lot of riding all over. Ocala area has some of the best trails in the state. Tallahassee has a great trail called Tom Brown Park and from what I hear, a mountain cross course there.
There are some trails in the Tampa area as well.

As far as trips, a lot of riders from FL head up to Western NC for long weekends and even week long trips. My wife and I usually head to the Asheville area as there is a lot of different riding in the Pisgah Nat'l Forest. You will find a lot of other good spots in and around NC, like the DuPont Forest and the infamous trails at Tsali. A recent "hot spot" has been Elijay, GA. About 1.5 hours NW of Atlanta. I'm a member of a Tampa area club that is planning a long weekend trip there in late spring. Check them out at www.swampclub.org for more info.

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Sorry guys, didn't realize how old this thread was. I'm closing it!

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