Finding the Flow (Trail) – Riding Santa Cruz

The Loam Ranger rides the famous Flow Trail

Finding the Flow

When you finally find The Flow, you will know it.

When finding the Flow (Trail) turns into a journey not unlike Frodo’s epic to Mount Doom. But when you’re with you buds riding bikes the journey itself is equally fun. Maybe Frodo and Sam would have had more fun if they were on bikes.

Finding the Flow

My bike is bigger than your bike… BKXC comparing the length of his Rallon to Brian’s Pole. Boys will be boys.

It’s not always about going fast or pulling off the biggest tricks. Simply being on bikes with your buds is enough to make for a great day. Riding blind on new and exciting trails ups the fun factor. With so many “ohh! I should have hit that” and “damn you d%$& fingers, let off the brakes”, or “next time I’ll take the other line” moments that require focus it’s really easy to forget about your troubles and put aside stress, anxiety and depression. Riding is therapeutic and riding with friends is healing.

Finding the Flow

Santa Cruz is renowned for its flow. The mountain bike culture is huge here and with hundreds of quality trails for all rider levels it’s a bucket list location for most riders.

Ryan (The Loam Ranger) is joined by Mtbr forum regulars like Ryan Boardman, Alex Chamberlin, BKXC, MTB Flowrider and a host of other locals on his first visit to ride Santa Cruz/Soquel trails. In this video they (eventually) hit parts of the famous Flow Trail. Check out his YouTube channel for other sections and trails including Braille.

Check out more videos on Mtbr.

About the author: Justin Wages

As a stage 4 colon cancer survivor, Justin Wages got into the cycling world in an effort to increase his endurance after losing his left lung. As a California native and growing up with a skateboard and snowboard beneath his feet it wasn’t long before the thrill of mountain biking gripped him. Justin’s day job as a Land & Recreation Manager helps him understand the balance between conservation and trail use. He also works with his fiancé, Jeni, to bring more women into the mountain bike world with certified skills clinics and education. “My goal is to get more people on trails for health and enjoyment,” he says. “I want to help them overcome their mental or physical limitations and be the best person they can be, while expanding their appreciation for our natural world.”

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