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HMBA Forum News and Information / Re: Forum Issues
« on: September 03, 2013, 10:27:07 AM »
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Trails don't just happen.  It takes lots of money and lots of volunteer hours.  Without the membership dollars and volunteer hours none of the trails at the top of the forum would exist

While this may be a valid statement for most of the trails listed above, Ferdinand has existed long before anything to do with HMBA was involved. French Lick paid to have their trails.

I can understand the reasoning behind this. I also see a catch 22 to the problem. I have been around a lot of forums over the years. The active ones are the big ones. Once they try to censor or not offend everyone, the traffic always drops off. If the traffic drops off, there is little to read. This will make other users drop off too. I have seen several thriving forums fade and disappear.

While I see being a member of the group is a very good thing for the trails. I think it will hurt getting new users with limited access. What needs to be done is educate and sell the reasons to be members to potential users. I see enough complaints on here about trail users that don't know correct etiquette.

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Great shots!! Thanks for sharing

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Harmonie State Park / Re: Are Trails Becoming Too Manicured
« on: July 12, 2013, 08:49:33 AM »
I should have been more clear...  my Ferdinand trip was roughly 3-4 years ago.   If it's improved since then, that's awesome and sorry for the misunderstanding.

Edited... not 6.. maybe 3 or 4 years back.

I was not being serious. I know most think Ferdinand is horrible, but it is actually the easiest it has ever been. You should have rode it 20 years ago. New sections get done every year to "improve" the trail, but you will still be climbing.

I like that old school trail. I guess that is because that was all there was back then.

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Find a Ride / Re: mtb destinations outside of Indiana
« on: July 11, 2013, 10:03:16 AM »
Laurel Lake around London, KY would be two good days if you go both directions. Two complete different kind of trails

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Find a Ride / Re: mtb destinations outside of Indiana
« on: July 10, 2013, 05:05:47 PM »
Louisville has several good trails and Cinci has some too.

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Harmonie State Park / Re: Are Trails Becoming Too Manicured
« on: July 08, 2013, 11:43:12 AM »
"Ferdinand was a mix of good and horrible, mostly horrible"

I'm hurt  >:(

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Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: VSP DINO XC race
« on: June 21, 2013, 02:13:19 PM »
We will be going up Shadow Run in the race tomorrow for anyone who loves to climb, you can do it 4 or 5 times in the 6 hour event!

I expect 6 laps out of you!

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Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: VSP DINO XC race
« on: June 20, 2013, 11:50:01 AM »
Not sure how a longer course that will take a longer time to do can be considered as less pain.

More of the complaints seem to be that it will be too long not that it is too flat.

If everyone loves climbing so much, than why was the turnout for the Ferdinand races so poor? Too many complained it was too hard and won't make the trip.

I would have to assume that with Shadow run and the longer loop, it will still be more climbing than any of the trails around Indy or farther north.

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Advocacy / Re: Group Photos... then and now
« on: June 19, 2013, 09:57:14 PM »
Very nice!!!!!!!!!!  8)

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Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: VSP DINO XC race
« on: June 19, 2013, 01:02:56 PM »
I'm not scared of longer races and longer times. I'd be down for two full laps for Cat 2

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If everyone started at the same time at FL, then there would be one heck of a bottle neck on the singletrack climb. It is bad enough with the groups being separated.

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French Lick Resort / Re: Dino Race - Noob Questions
« on: June 13, 2013, 11:40:25 AM »
Your numbers seem to be a little high to me. Strava shows the race loop at 778 ft.

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O'Bannon Woods State Park / Re: Adventure Hiking Trail conditions?
« on: June 05, 2013, 10:22:17 AM »
I would think they would be good.

Watch out for ticks

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Check out the prize table!! It is worth the drive to Louisville to check out some races. Good people and good venues with some tough competition.


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