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Petzen, Austria, sits at about 1,000 meters high and provides about 6 miles of flowing riding terrain in a beautiful countryside setting. Photo courtesy IMBA

2014 FLOW TRAILS

As the sport of mountain biking has evolved over the past decades, it has driven the development of a new style of trail with features and concepts that push the limits of traditional singletrack. Flow trails are what you make them: leisurely rides with your kids where beginners can roll over dirt features and bypass technical ones, or an exploration of skills and airtime for fast, talented riders. (Text descriptions courtesy Mark Eller/IMBA.)

FLOW COUNTRY TRAIL PETZEN, KARNTEN, AUSTRIA
Petzen sits at about 1,000 meters high and provides about 6 miles of flowing riding terrain in a beautiful countryside setting. The trail was purpose-built for bikes and designed to stand up to serious rain while being environmentally and socially sound.

KASHMIR, WHITEFISH SKI RESORT, MONTANA
Kashmir is the highlight of the new trails at Whitefish. At 2.5 miles long, the trail descends 1,684 vertical feet along the western ridge of the mountain, joining several existing trails. Kashmir intersects the Summit Trail six times, meaning you can start small and work your way up to including more advanced sections.

SADDLE UP, SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
A world-class ride at a world-class ski resort, this 4-mile trail was created to provide a fun and friendly experience in the Sawtooth Mountains. The grades are tame and the rollers are smooth, but experienced riders seeking airtime need only to stay off the brakes.

SUPERFLOW TRAIL, CZECH REPUBLIC
In about 6 miles, Superflow provides eight unique sections, each with their own character. Big grade reversals, berms, rollers, drops, jumps and stone steps pepper the constantly changing terrain.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympics, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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