Update: Feb 23, 2015
On June of 2014, the first two segments (of six) of the Demo Flow Trail opened to the public. The flow wasn’t quite there yet as the two segments, segment Three and Five were disconnected from each other and were in the middle of a big hill. There was no easy way to access these two segments and one ended up riding quite a bit of fire road up and down to try out these new trails. There was excitement but a hint of doubt as well as a lot of time, labor and money were spent developing these two parts. It was mid-summer too of a dry year so the soil conditions weren’t quite dialed to showcase the trail. Many riders checked it out a couple of times but it did not become a staple on most riders’ weekend routes.
Fast forward a few months and rumblings from trail workers this winter started circulating about the great progress and quality of the subsequent segment builds, sections One and Two. Bouts of heavy rain and long, dry periods allowed good progress to be made on the build. In addition, the trail builders were learning as they went along and the lessons of the first two segments allowed a more efficient and better build. Feb. 20 of 2015 rolled around and the the builders felt it was ready to ‘soft-launch’ the new sections. Mtbr went out there on Sunday Feb. 22 and we were absolutely floored by the quality of the trail.
We were blessed of course with ‘hero dirt’ conditions but we were still stunned by the quality of this trail. There was minimal pedaling but plenty of opportunity to gain speed by pumping terrain and maintaining speed through corners and rollers. Berms were impeccably built and the trail was predictable yet exhilarating. There was quite a bit of opportunity to catch air as well as jump lines were incorporated well in the trail. One of the shocking attributes of these sections of the trail is the length. The video above is purposely unedited to show that it is about a nine-minute run at a good clip. And every second rewards the rider with pump track elements, corners, rollers and jumps. There are no dead spots in this run it demand’s the rider’s full attention. “If this is only half the trail, I don’t think we are ready for the full serving.” remarked one rider.
Mark Davidson of MBOSC explains, “The trail was designed with progression in mind as segment One meanders with the flatter terrain and gets the rider loosened up and ready for what’s to come. There’s no big jumps and the berms are not too high. Segment Two then starts ramping it up as terrain gets steeper and the berms pick up in size. And then segment Three gets rowdier with faster speeds and more creative lines.” And then Mark’s eyes really light up as he talks about what’s to come in the next segments. “They’ll get more aggressive and we’ll have the opportunity to build a skills area.
But money and volunteer effort are needed to complete this project. Check here to learn how to donate funds and/or help build the trail. http://www.mbosc.org/current-projects/4-mile-flow-trail-at-demo/