Now that we complained about trails, TEAM ROBOT is sort of the go-to forum for everyone’s trail complaints. I recently received this email from a friend who, given TEAM ROBOT’s recent stance on flow trails, thought I might be sympathetic to his position:
“Because when I think of VT I don’t think of classic amazing single track… No, I think of paved dirt sidewalks. Go IMBA… Worst use of trail building money ever.”
-Charlie’s random friend who used to live in VT but doesn’t anymore but still cares because East Coast for life, dude
So first of all, as soon as I see Randy Spangler in a video, all sins are forgiven. Superheroes, Kranked, hell it could be the latest web edit from Kali Protectives, my hard-fought sense of objectivity goes right out the window as soon as Rippin’ Randy starts going off, talking about rippin’ and shreddin’. He’s like a forever coupon for instant forgiveness from me.
And besides, whenever I hear East Coasters, or worse, former East Coasters, argue or complain or brag about their trails, I’m sort of like:
Guys, everyone knows the East Coast sucks anyway. You’re not tricking me into caring, no matter how much you talk up “classic” this or “rooty, rocky” that. To me, a shitty 400 vertical foot sidewalk flow trail doesn’t seem a whole lot worse than a shitty 400 foot awkward “technical” one mile per hour “classic East Coast singletrack.”
Here’s your typical East Coast ski area: