Every time I ride a “flow trail” the entire time I’m pissed because of how flat and wide and boring and poorly built they all are. The saddest thing in the world is a flow trail with “jumps” on it.
And it felt like no one else saw what I was seeing. I’d finish rides and everyone would talk about how fun or flawy or chill the trail was, and for me it felt like Ambien in trail form. I felt like the only one who noticed that IMBA is slowly but surely killing everything I ever loved about mountain biking. That they would close down or sanitize every fun trail on the planet, until there was nothing left to ride but flat traversing machine-built sidewalks.
Was I the only one seeing this? Every trail, THEY’RE ALL THE SAME.
And then I read this article. Apparently I’m not completely alone:
And this one, too:
Flow trails are not a thing. On second thought, if “flow trails” are a thing, this is what they are:
1. A debased, distorted, or grossly inferior imitation.
2. Something that is shocking, upsetting, or ridiculous because it is not what it is supposed to be.
Ex: The trial was a travesty of justice.