Downtown Miami is just across Biscayne Bay from the new Virginia Key trails.
Photo copyright Tyrone Minton.
Hundreds of mountain bike enthusiasts, maybe even 1,000, turned out on Sunday for the inaugural day of the Virginia Key mountain bike trails. The weather was picture-perfect and the trails a satisfying mix of sweeping scenery and challenging ups and downs. Congratulations to trail advocates John Voss, of the Oleta River Adventure Association and now the Virginia Key Bicycle Club, and Mary Jane Mark, the farsighted owner of Mack Cycle & Fitness.
Read her account on Facebook of how technical advice from the International Mountain Biking Association, and the sweat of a couple dozen volunteers, carved the new trails out of a wasteland created by the dredging of the Port of Miami decades ago. Thanks to Tyrone Minton for the stirring photo here. He shot many more on Sunday, and says he'll sell copies for the benefit of the Virginia Key club.