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Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by coach417, Nov 17, 2015.
Hmmmmm. Tempting. I'll try to make it out. Look for the minivan towing a white trailer.
It was an epic day. perfect conditions. There's a GNCC on sunday nearby, so lots of racers tuning up. Perfect weather perfect soil. Good day.
Cooks hills are great, when the clays wet it gets really fun.
How bad is the sand at Croom?
I am newish to offroad and brand new to sand plus old and slow.
Thinking of leaving the cold north in a couple of weeks and heading south for a chance to get a little riding in as most of the trails up here will not open until May 1.
Safe to assume midweek would be less busy.
You should have tons of fun in the millions of tons of sand at Croom... Have your friends run their gopros whilst you learn and you might become famous on YT.
FWIW, if you only have a few days and only ride slow, Croom will be tough. FL is a big sand bar, with LOTS of sand everywhere. You can putt-putt through the woods. Much fun there and you can do so, all day for many days. However, to get to the woods, you have to ride through deep, soft sand and you will encounter much deep soft sand throughout the day. If you are in MN, I might look to another destination to get your dirt legs firmed up...
Let thou Navin be thy guide...
Sugar sand is what lies beneath any grass in Florida. So Croom is just like anywhere else in this God forsaken state, sugar sandy! People either love it, hate it, or learn to deal with it. Good luck!
Never ridden sand or Fl but have read some parts of the state are worse than others, Where does Croom fit in?
It covers all of possible FL terrain, except when it has been really dry for a long time. Then you will not see any water holes or water crossings or ponds or puddles.
2600 acres of hill climbs, tight singletrack, deep sand, MX type circuit at the entrance, and plenty of whoops.
One of the better places to ride in Florida IMO.
If you bring the Beta X-trainer and the trials bike in your sig, you'll have a great time.
Fees to ride the area are here (click). More info on the park here.
Are the ride fees per rider or per bike?
Main idea was to bring the LXR 250F as a means to break it in and the XTrainer as a backup didn't really see a need to bring a trials bike.
Fees are per bike.
X-trainer would be best at Croom. Trials bike is lots of fun there too. Lots of hill climbs!
Just remember the use of the term "hill" in Florida is relative to what the rest of the state looks like...
Meet at Pines Parking Lot...just when pavement ends...every Sunday. Look for a bunch with red/white/blue jerseys, they'll show you around. Make sure you eat your Wheaties.
Yes, Mid-week would be less busy. Croom is sandy. There are plenty of WMA and State/national Forest options in the northern half of the State. If you're gonna be down for a few days move around a bit, there's no way to avoid the sand, but there's less of it in the Forests. Croom is fun, you should check it out, but it'll wear you out over a few days.
Anyone want to ride Croom Saturday morning ? I would say I am a B- to C rider so don't expect much woop wheelieing .
Brad.... will be riding Trials event Sunday at Croom & testing a KDX 200 I bought to race Pre Modern...come out & try the Trials deal
Thanks for the heads up , I have a prior commitment on Sunday morning . I did dabble in "trials" many years ago on a DT175 . The height of my trials career was when I was practicing my wheelies and wound up in a "mousetrap" with the bike on top of me and my leg folded up underneath me . Probably the worst 1.5 mph crash ever .
Now everything has changed . My mountain bike buddy had to cancel for Sunday and another buddy wants to ride Sunday at Croom , so …... will get some riding in and watching some trials .