OK, yeah, we don't have any mountains.
Or any hills, really, within about a thousand miles from here.
But what we do have in South Florida is some world-class "mountain" biking. You just need to know where to find it, and with the list below, now you do.
BIKE WITH A VIEW
Virginia Key used to be a segregated beach and then a hangout for the homeless — now, it's home to trails that snake through pine forests, with a view of the bay and Fisher Island. Hang with the Virginia Key Bicycle Club for the insider's tour.
Arthur Lamb Jr. Rd., Miami
Maybe nowhere around has tougher trails than Markham Park. Beginners take comfort, the 11 miles of trails here also include some easy rides. For the insider's view, tag along with the stone-crushers of the Eclipse Racing Team.
16001 State Road 84, Sunrise (954-357-8868).
ENTER THE EVERGLADES
Maybe you're not the type to enjoy the challenge of going head-over-handlebars after hitting a stump. In which case, the Everglades Levee Loop might be your speed — 28 miles of flat, scenic trails on the earth that holds back the River of Grass.
Atlantic Avenue where it dead ends west of the Sawgrass Expressway, Sunrise.
OLD FLORIDA ADVENTURE
Nowhere gives bikers a look back to the old Florida before we all got here than Jonathan Dickinson State Park — scrub brush, old-growth forests, and beach-soft sand everywhere. That partially paved path? The old Dixie Highway built by pioneers.
16450 S.E. Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound (772-546-2771).