HTDF Mountain Biking in Ocala, Florida

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B-ROLL MOUNTAIN BIKING

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VO: When you think of Florida, you don’t think much about mountain biking.   After all, the highest elevation around here is just 300 feet above sea level. Well, it turns out there are places all over the sunshine state that offer great trails for down hilling, dirt jumping, racing – even the occasional aerial maneuver.
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CHAD: Today on the show, we’re gonna

show you how to do mountain biking, yeahhh!

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VO: This week we travel up to the Ocala area to the Santos trailhead, part of the Majorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, which stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Johns River. These are some of the best trails on the east coast. The Santos trailhead alone offers over 81,000 acres of everything from smooth strolls to double black diamond courses.   Pure off-road riding bliss.

CHAD: Originally, the state had plans to build a canal through this entire area. Well, that project got cancelled, and then the mountain bikers moved in and built a playground.

B-ROLL TIM WITH DAD AND KIDS

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Tim Mulhall is the President of the Ocala Mountain Bike Association. He is part of three generations of mountain bikers and leads a dedicated crew of volunteers that maintain bike trails all over Central Florida.
CHAD MEETS TIM

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ENTER/EXIT BIKE SHOP – CHAD NOW IN BIKE SHORTS

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CHAD: Hey, Tim. How you doin’, buddy? I’m ready to Mountain Bike.

TIM: Not like that.   Let’s go shopping.

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TIM: Now you’re ready to go mountain biking.

CHAD: Seriously?   They’re a little snug.

TIM: You’ll be all right.

CHAD AND TIM

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CHAD: Is there any mountains where we’re going, Tim?

TIM: Not in Florida.   No mountains. Lotsa hills.

CHAD: It’s more “mount” biking.

TIM: Mount biking.   That’s a good one, yes.

B-ROLL CHAD HAVING BIKE ADJUSTED,

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[03:16-3:19] CHAD TALKING TO CREW

GUY ACCIDENTALLY PINCHES SKIN CLASPING HELMET TO CHAD

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VO: Once I had my height on my bike adjusted…

CHAD: I like mine about 3 degrees to the left. [laughter from the crew]

VO: …and helmet *owww*, there was just one more thing.

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TIM: Alright, Chad.   I’ve got this advanced piece of safety equipment for you.

Chad: What’s so advanced about that?

TIM: Well, high viz…(squeaks pink horn)…little squeak.

CHAD: You’re kidding me, right?

TIM: No, that way you can tell people you’re coming around the corner.

TIM: We give that to all newbies.

CHAD: So, that’s my one safety feature.

TIM: This will get you through the day. Try it out.

CHAD: It’s already started.

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Chad: These mountain bikers are cruel. You’re cruel, Tim, wherever you are, your cruel. This is evil. (squeaks horn) Get used to that sound, Tim. All day long. That’s what it’s going to be. All day long.

CHAD AND TIM

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CHAD: Coming in hot, Tim.

TIM: Alright.   We’re here at the skills part.   This is where we practice going over obstacles.

CHAD: This is the kiddy pool.

TIM: This is the kiddy pool. This is where you’re going to learn some skills. But, before that, let’s teach you about the bike. What we have here, first of all, let’s start with size of the bike. Go to a bike shop. Let them size a bike to you. That’s the best way to get a bike that fits, that way you’re more comfortable on the trail.   After that, you have your gears.

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TIM: Brakes.   Right. Rear, left front.

CHAD: Not the other way around.

TIM: Not the other way around.

CHAD: But, that’s the sequence you brake. You start with the back, and then you go to the front.

TIM: If you go with the front, it’s going to be butts and elbows over the handlebars. Not going to be pretty.

CHAD: Especially from the back.

TIM: These are hydraulic brakes, just like in your car.

CHAD: Yeah, they feel good.

TIM: They’re not going anywhere.

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CHAD: I’m ready to rock a mountain, Sir.

TIM: Let’s do this.

B-ROLL CHAD BOUNCING ON SEAT OR OTHER GOOFY ACTION
VO: I was SO ready.

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CHAD AND TIM

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CHAD: So, I need to gain a few skills before we’re ready for like the big trails, right? Can we roll black diamonds, today? What do you guys got out there?

TIM: Black diamonds? I’ll get you to that edge, but them I’m going to pull you back. I’ll let you see it, but I probably won’t let you ride it.

Tim: You wanna be able to walk home tonight, don’t you?

CHAD: That would be nice, yeah. Ok, well, let’s rock the baby pool first.

TIM: Okay, let’s do it.

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B-ROLL OF TIM GOING OVER ROCK

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CHAD GOES OVER ROCK, FALLS

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CHAD GOES OVER ROCK AGAIN

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CHAD TRIES FOR THE 3RD TIME

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TIM – MS

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Chad: Tim’s gonna show me how to do it. Clear an obstacle 101. Go, Tim!

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Tim: Here comes the blooper reel.

Chad: So, it’s my turn?

Tim: You’re turn.

Chad: Ready, boss? Argggh! You got a smaller obstacle, Tim?

Tim: Clear your petals. You give it a nice little burst there at the end. That’s your pushing motion. That’s your arms.

CHAD: Alright. Let me try that.

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TIM: Pull it in, push it out.

CHAD: Aaahhhh! Coming at you!

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TIM: Ahhh. Much better.

CHAD: Woo hoo!

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TIM: Great clearance of the petals! Let’s try the next one.

TIM INSTRUCTS CHAD

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TIM GOES OVER ROCK, CHAD DOESN’T

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CHAD GOES OVER SUCCESSFULLY

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TIM: Same sort of obstacle, just a little bit more height. It’s important to pull the bike toward you, and again we’re pushing over the top. If you don’t clear the petals, you’re going down. There’s going to be some blood involved. Ready?

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TIM: Butter.

CHAD: Argggh!

TIM: Speed is your friend.

CHAD: Speed.   Alright.

Tim: Remember, momentum is your friend. More speed.

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TIM: Nice. Nice.

CHAD: Two-parter.   But, I got over it.

CHAD AND TIM GO OVER BRIDGE

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TIM: A common mistake when people are riding a mountain bike: People look down at their tire. You notice the bike and your tire, you’re gonna turn a lot more You want to pick a point and ride to it. The way we’re going to practice that…we have a bridge.

Chad: Oh, wow.   Kinda a narrow bridge.

Tim: All you have to do is look to the end. Let’s try it.

Chad: Let’s do it.

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TIM: Remember, look forward. Look to the end of the bridge.

CHAD: Whoa! Good goo! Holy mackerel!

TIM: Nice work!

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CHAD: That really works…looking forward like that.

TIM AND CHAD GO OVER HUGE ROCK

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CHAD GOES OVER ROCK

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TIM (audio only)

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CHAD GOES OVER ROCK AGAIN AND CRASHES INTO BUSHES, HONKS HORN

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TIM: That’s the ticket.   Now, we’re going to use the same momentum, and try some of the pumps.

Chad: You got pumps, rollers, berms. These are all industry terms?

TIM: Industry terms.   Pumps and rollers are sorta the same thing. Same motion as when you’re going over a log, you’re going to pull the bike to you and push it out. What it’s going to do to you…it’s actually going to create speed for you, so sometimes you don’t have to petal, sometimes you’re rolling the bike. You’re using the bike for momentum. Chad: Let’s do it.

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CHAD: Holy mackerel.   Yeah, get me going over this thing. What’s the best way to approach it?

TIM: Head first.   It’s all about line choice.   You’re coming here, you’re rolling just like this, making sure you’re clearing your petals here, and you’re down.

CHAD: Got it. I’m on it, Tim.

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CHAD: Arrrgh!

TIM: Not bad. More momentum.

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TIM: Try it one more time.

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TIM: Man down!

CHAD: I made it over, right?

TIM: I made it over.

CHAD: Woo hoo! I’ll take it.

TIM: Do we need a new trail?

CHAD:   I think you need a new trail that runs right through here.

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CHAD: So, what. Is that a good accomplishment or what?

TIM: That’s a good accomplishment!

CHAD: Not bad.   Respectable?

TIM: My 8 yr old son does it.

CHAD: That was smack. That was a cold smack.

CHAD AND TIM

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CHAD: So, what do you think? Are we ready to hit the trail?

TIM: I think we’re ready.   Let’s do some trail riding.   Kiddy pool’s done. We’re ready to roll.

CHAD: Let’s go trailing.   Ha!

CHAD AND TIM TALK AND RIDE

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CHAD: So, Tim, what an absolutely gorgeous setting back here. You know.

TIM: Great place.

CHAD: It’s great exercise. You’re outdoors, seeing Florida. It’s a pretty good combination, right?

TIM: Fitness with a view.

CHAD: Fitness with a view, you’re right.

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CHAD: So what kinda trails do you have out here?

TIM: Currently, we have yellow, blue and red trails. Yellow being more of a family casual ride, blue being a little more aggressive, a little bit more turny, and then you have the red trails – real aggressive if you want to indulge in some mountain bike experience.

CHAD: And, is it red because the color of blood is red?

TIM: There might be some blood involved at the end of the day. That’s where we plan on getting you towards the end of the day after you get comfortable on your bike.

CHAD: You have sent me down a red trail.

TIM: We’re gonna send you down red trail.

CHAD: You nasty, nasty man.

TIM: Ahh…you’ll be alright.

CHAD: Aaaahh….

CHAD AND TIM TAKE A SINGLE TRACK

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CHAD: I’m gonna split off.

TIM: Alright, let’s shoot off to some single track over here to the right.

CHAD: You ready?   One, two, three.

CHAD AND TIM BIKING

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CHAD: So, Tim, what are some things you don’t want to do out here.

TIM: Definitely don’t come out here without any water and a little bit of food. We are in Florida. It’s hot. It’s humid. You don’t want to dehydrate out here.

CHAD: So, a couple power bars and I got this rockin’ (puts tube in mouth).

TIM: Yeah. I’ve got a water bottle with me. Even a cell phone, in case you get hurt. You can call for help.

B-ROLL CHAD SLIDING ON BROWN ICE
VO: So far, so good. Then it hit me.
CHAD SLIDES OFF TRAIL

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CHAD: Tim!

TIM: What’s up, man?

CHAD: Man, you hit those corners hot and I tried to follow you but….

TIM: No go? Brown ice.

CHAD: Is that what they call it?

TIM: Leaves on the ground? Brown ice.

CHAD: That’s exactly what I hit. I just couldn’t stay on the trail. I just started sliding and kept going. Brown ice. Just hit some Santos brown ice.

CHAD: This is awesome.

TIM: Good stuff?

CHAD: Yeah, I went down right there, but it’s fun. You totally get into it and you’re just zoned out on the trail.

TIM: All of sudden everything goes black and you’re just riding it.

CHAD: Let’s do some more.

CHAD GOES DOWN HILL AND GETS TIRE MARKS ON SHORTS

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SHOT OF MARK ON SHORTS

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CHAD: Oh, man! I was riding the tire a little too much!   The tire caught my pants and sucked me up underneath the tire and the seat hit me in the gut.

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CHAD: You didn’t warn me about that!

Tim: I don’t sit back that far!

Chad: There’s the brown ice, this, what else you got, Tim?

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TIM: Ha ha!   Turnaround!

TIM TURNS CORNER, CHAD FOLLOWS AND CRASHES

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CHAD: Tim! (honks horn)

TIM: Coming!

CHAD: Having some trouble staying on the trail.

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CHAD: Tim, what am I doing wrong, man? I feel so sketched out going on these hills.

TIM: You’re paying attention to what your front tire is doing. Look down the slope, look around the corner, and you’re body will naturally drag you to the corner. Don’t look down. Look out. Kinda like when you’re afraid of heights, you shake. Same concept. Look down, dive through the corner.

CHAD: You’re right.   I’m looking at every little bump I’m hitting. And when I look down, I look up and oh, I gotta turn and it’s too late.   I just go right off the trail.

TIM: That’s what the suspension is for. Let it do the job, you drive the bike. Let the bike do the work. You’re already off…the bike’s gonna maneuver and pivot.   Drive right through it.   This is red trail riding.

CHAD: I know. We’re on the blood trail here. He throws me right on the blood trail.   It’s red for a reason.

CHAD AND TIM ON CLIFF

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CHAD:   Ho, oh my gosh!

TIM: Must extreme thing you can do in this sport. Remember, ride with your head, not over it.

CHAD: I think I want to keep my head. So, people actually go off this?

TIM: Yup. Got a 20 foot fall.

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CHAD: I think I’d want a helicopter ready to go.

TIM: Yep. Have to a have a helicopter here to even jump it.

CHAD: Alright, I’m backing up. I don’t even like being on the edge here.

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CHAD: Wow. This is gorgeous up here.

TIM: This is the old limerock mine. Starting to take the limerock out of the hole. Some great elevation.

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CHAD: I can see where all the trails are winding all down there. Absolutely gorgeous up here. I never realized how extreme this sport can be. These rock cliffs and these little thin trails. It’s pretty sketchy up here.

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CHAD: What an awesome sport, though.

TIM: We definitely took you through the gauntlet.

CHECKLIST GRAPHICS:

√ THE RIGHT BIKE

√ HELMET

WATER AND FOOD

 

√ FIRST AID KIT

 

√ CELL PHONE

 

√ MAP AND COMPASS

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VO: Okay, before you even think about taking on a trail, make sure to get the right bike — one that fits you and is adjusted properly to your height and weight. Wear a helmet — bikers call these “brain buckets” for good reason. Bring plenty of water. It’s also important to have food, first aid kit, cell, map and compass in case you get lost or hurt.
WEBSITE
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For more on Mountain Biking and Florida trails, go to our website at How To Do Florida dot com.
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