Mountain Bike Enthusiasts Build Gravity Flow Trail

By KBJR News 1

September 22, 2012 Updated Sep 22, 2012 at 10:37 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland’s NewsCenter) --- Advanced trail builders and mountain bike enthusiasts are designing a trail that will allow riders to get a max amount of flow.

Thirty people from as far as New Mexico are designing and building a gravity flow trail at Spirit Mountain.

During the trail school this weekend, The International Mountain Bicycling Association teaches enthusiasts-flow trail planning, design, construction and maintenance.

Students also learn risk management, development costs and funding strategies.

In addition, instructors are building a new beginner flow trail that will be about 2 miles long, include a 600 foot vertical drop as well as about forty bermed turns.

The flow trial will be the first in the region and riders will eventually be able to take a lift to the top.

I kind of joke about this trail as being the fuse that is going to blow up and really sort of spread the type of riding we are trying to do,” Hansi Johnson, Midwest Regional Director of IMB Association said. “This is unique to the region. It's unique in the country and it's a thing that Duluth can really hang its hat on."

Classes will continue tomorrow, but the trail is closed to the public until it officially opens.

Jennifer Walch
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