If this doesn't make you want to grab your bike and head to the trails, then we don't know what will? Tyler Horton gets groovy on the new Kleeway trail in Post Canyon, Oregon for Lance Koudele's
lens and does so in memory of Matt Klee, who the trail was named after.
Things change, I guess.
Climbing a trail that the builders recommend going double mach speed to ride properly seems less than ideal. This looks like the kind of trail that should be one way.
I think climbers having right-of-way is a throwback to old narrow roads. Wagons, cars, right? I love it when I know I'm on a one-way trail, or at least one where descenders have right-of-way. Way more better.
I dunno. Physics and opinion seem to have shifted to the descending rider these days, especially with speederbike trails like this. I'm onboard.
Go ahead and assert "climbers' rights!" as you wag your finger from the stretcher though. No way I'm climbing up this thing!
Post canyon used to be a lot more challenging and stunt specific on every level- we've made them as "all around" tourist user friendly as we can without sacrificing too much fun, but of course folks still gotta bitch. I personally think we should bring back the skinnies and the tourists can just deal.
For me, it's just poor planning / construction that will ultimately lead to injury. Rock Crusher at Steven's Pass Bike Park is a flow trail that everyone can ride and enjoy. Templates for true flow trails are everywhere, it doesn't take a genius to know the difference.
I agree, clearly you can roll every feature on this trail. My point is this trail doesn't offer much progression for those looking to learn to jump (further or with more style). Coming up short on 99% of the jumps could very likely result is injury. Given this trail was created as a tribute to such a rad guy (who self admittedly I didn't know)—who tragically lost is life in a bike accident—why wouldn't the jumps be filled in to limit the likelihood of injury when riders come up short in an attempt to progress?
I realize this is a new trail. Clearly it's a starting point and much can be done to improve it and I'm sure that will be the case. In 10 years when the entire trail is under the canopy of trees I'm certain it will be the crown gem in Post.
But there are countless flow trails in WA and OR that are absolutely amazing. Tyler's Traverse in Bend, wow! As mentioned above, Alsea Falls is excellent, a worthy weekend destination even. Also, flow trails don't have to be smooth and wide as a car lane - Thrillium in Battle Ground, or Dry Hill in Port Angeles for example, some of the best flow you'll find.