Creating Sustainable Flow

Creating Sustainable Flow

Flow trails have become popular, as they provide a unique and exciting riding experience. However, not all flow trails are created equal. Here are some hints how to create sustainably.

What

Flow describes the feeling of weightlessness when a mountain bike rider is on a well thought-out trail.

A flow trail enables this feeling. It maximizes the given attributes of the existing landscape while minimizing sudden interruptions caused by tight turns or abrupt braking maneuvers.

Why

The search for flow is what draws mountain bikers back to a trail. And it allows for escape and immersion in the here and now.

How

Flowtrails generally lead downhill, although uphill sections cannot be ruled out. They create a rolling rhythm by gently stringing together various obstacles such as approach curves, waves and jumps.

A quick check of a flow trail can be it's overall slope in % (However: This check does not replace any planning or design work)

0 - 3 %: Your flow trail covers a lot of distance with a small slope. Great set up to build a sustainable flow trail! Just make sure you avoid flat areas and apply a constant side slope.

4 - 8 %: You've hit the sweet spot! If you get water management right and your design includes grade reversals at the right place, your flow trail will need very little maintenance and bring joy to many riders.

9 - 11 %: Adapt your design and make your trail longer. Your flow trail will need substantial armoring at the steepest sections. Breaking bumps will turn up on multiple spots and depending on your water management, annual maintenance costs could be high.

12 - 15 %: Rethink the design of your flow trail. It should be half as steep to keep maintenance costs low and cause less breaking bumps.

15 % and more: Your trail is a race course. That‘s awesome, but if your trail is intended for the masses, go back to square one before it's too late.

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developing trail-based tourism

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switzerland

japan

developing trail-based tourism

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austria

switzerland

japan

developing trail-based tourism

finland

austria

switzerland

japan