In Marin / fyi
Going With the Flow
A new type of biking trail offers riders a chance to glide or fly down
the mountain. By Nate SelteNrich • Photo By jaSoN vaN horN
High in the quiet hills above fairfax last spring, mountain bikers toiled away. they weren’t riding, but working — building a new trail for bikes featuring tight, bermed turns and undulating rollers that allow riders to gain speed without pedaling, like pumping on a swing set. it’s known as a flow trail, combining elements of breakneck technical downhill trails and tamer cross-country trails, and it’s the first of its kind in
the Bay Area, where mountain biking got its start in the 1970s. Suffice to say, riders are psyched.
“i wanted to provide some newer experiences for bicyclists, and to improve the sport,” says Jim
Jacobsen, who first conceived of building the flow trail last summer. A few feet wide on average, it
takes a serpentine path down a hillside forested with redwoods and pines at a gradual enough grade
that advanced riders needn’t even tap the brakes.