EWS Trail of the Year Award Presented by Specialized

Sep 22, 2017 at 8:19
by Enduro World Series  
If you’ve ever wondered what goes into the creation of an Enduro World Series race stage, that’s an easy answer – a lot of hard work. Which is why the Enduro World Series has created a new award to recognise the people behind the scenes who wield the tools that create the trails we love to race. The Trail of the Year Award presented by Specialized will be voted for by the riders and team managers who have been at every EWS round in 2017, with the winning trail builders awarded $2000 to go to a trail association or charity of their choice, and all the nominees will be given a Trail Boss tool as well. With just one round left before the end of the season, seven of the eight nominees have been revealed. To find out more about each of the trails nominated read on to hear from the trail builders themselves – and don’t forget to tune in to Finale next weekend to find out which stage from the race the riders will choose as the final nominee.



Rotorua, New Zealand – Stage 5: Frankfurter – Riff Raff – Rocky Horror


Richie Rude taking on Stage 5 at round one of the EWS 2017 in Rotorua New Zeaand
Richie Rude gapping up sections of stage 1 in Rotorua, New Zealand


Trail Builders: Mark Thompson, Robert Metz. Volunteers; Richard Caldwell, Weazel, Sam and Steve the dog. Mark Upscale on the chainsaw.

Trail Distance: 3km.

How long did it take to build: 6 weeks.

Hours of Labour: Total build time was about 170 hours. Plus ongoing work to keep it running well.

Did it get built for the EWS: The 2015 EWS was the motivation for the trail and a driving force in getting the required permission to make it happen. However, a fun trail for locals and visitors to ride was higher on our agenda than the EWS when it came to the actual build.

Was it volunteer built: Mark and I were paid for our time.

How many people were involved: 98% of the build was by Mark Thompson and myself. The remaining 2% was friends coming along to help out on occasion.

How did it impact the town: I think this trail played a small role in the shift from groomed and machined built trails that Rotorua has in abundance, to a more raw trail. The vision for the Rotorua trail network has changed to include a healthier portion of this type of trail. I think word has got out about this and we are seeing more capable mountain bikers from all over NZ and the world come here to ride. Previously a lot of these people stayed away, you get groomed, flow and machine built trails in every bike park around the world. If you are going to travel to ride your bike I think you want to ride trails that are specific to the local terrain, soil, riders and builders. You now get this is in Rotorua.

What was your inspiration: Fun! Like I said, we want good trails for locals to ride so we keep this in mind every time we move dirt. The terrain dictated the overall feel of the trail. We choose the gradient and the surface treatment but a start and finish point dictated that we have some traversing across steep faces and a crazy gully to ride through at the bottom. We are just trying to get from A–B, find interesting features, keep a good flow, throw in a few steep bits and rowdy sections. All so we get a fun trail to ride – Rob. We named the track for all the huge house sized rocks in the lower section. There’s not a lot of rock around Rotorua so it’s unusual for us. Also the movie gave us a lot of other names for surrounding tracks – Mark.

Hardest part: To be honest, I really like being in the forest building trails. It never feels hard – Rob. A year after it was finished the top section (Frank n furter) was logged so we had to rebuild it through the cut over. Clearing the slash by hand was probably the hardest part of the job – Mark

Describe trail in your own words: My favourite part of this entire trail would be the Rocky horror section. I would have to say it is “engaging.”



Tasmania, Australia – Stage 2: Detonate


The infamous rock gap in Derby Tasmania
Brian Regnier squeezing those 800m bars through the rock slab on stage 2 in Tasmania

Trail Builders: Main designers were Rhys Atkinson, Max Connor and myself, Ryan De La Rue.

Trail Distance: The new section of trail was about 700m and shoots into Flickety Sticks which is about 1.6 km long.

How long did it take to build: The Detonate trail took a day to explore the natural rock features and link them up, then flag the alignment for approval. Once construction started it took two weeks to cut in. The lower half of the trail, Flickety Sticks, was built in early 2015 and took roughly four weeks to build.

Hours of Labour: Just Detonate itself took about 240 man hours to cut in by hand. That’s not including Flickety Sticks which was machine built.

Did it get built for the EWS: Detonate, which is the top half of the stage was specifically built for the EWS, we decided to take advantage of some of the extra elevation and natural features above the existing trail – Flickety Sticks.

Was it volunteer built: All the trails in the Blue Derby network have been professionally designed and built by World Trail.

How many people were involved: We had a three-man team building the trail, it was all hand built so some sections were easier where we scraped lines on the massive granite rock slabs. Other sections required some heavy work moving rocks into place by using hand winches and chain slings.

How did it impact the town: Detonate has added a new flavor of trail to the Blue Derby network, it has some very raw natural features and is one of the few advanced black trails. Whereas Flickety Sticks is a perfect intermediate trail that allows beginner riders get up to speed and really start feeling some flow.

What was your inspiration: We were inspired by the massive granite rock slabs and boulders we found while exploring the hillside. We had a high point we needed to start at that had an amazing view of the Derby township and a finish point on Flickety Sticks where we wanted to join in. We aimed to challenge racers with the natural rock features and left a lot of the corners raw so the riders themselves would define the ride lines. We were really stoked to be able to incorporate the unique gap between two massive boulders that was only just wide enough for handlebars to squeeze through.

Hardest part: We winched some massive rocks to allow us to make natural boulder lines rideable. We pushed our hand winch to its limits but there’s always a huge sense of satisfaction when the crew moves massive rocks into a rideable line. All the trails specifically built for the EWS were handbuilt and were incredibly physical on the crew but we were all so stoked to be building trails for the world's best to come and enjoy.

Describe trail in your own words: Detonate starts up on a ridge overlooking Derby, a few pedal strokes in and you're pointing straight down a massive granite rock slab that’s slightly off camber and has you guessing whether or not your tires are going to grip or slip. You get catapulted off the slab into some trademark World Trail whoops before hitting a couple of nice loose flat corners. You then have to keep your eyes up while picking your way over a bunch of natural boulders and loose right corners. Then you turn down into the signature feature of the trail, the handlebar width chute that gets you stressing about scraping your pinky fingers off. A few more tight steep corners then spit you out onto the Flickety Sticks trail where you can pedal and pump your way down some sweet Derby style flow.



Madeira, Portugal – Stage 8: “Boca do Risco”


Jerome Clementz in Madeira
Jerome Clementz wasn't bothered by the exposure on stage 8 in Madeira.

Trail Builders: 8 builders. Master trail builder: Alexandre Gouveia. Others: Roberto Chaves, Vitor Freitas, Marcelino, Ruben Gouveia, João Fernandes

Trail Distance: 2.82km

How long did it take to build: 3 months divided over 2 years.

Approx. hours of Labour: 360 hours.

Did it get built for the EWS: No, but it was updated to meet the EWS standards.

Was it volunteer built: No, it was 100% founded by Freeride Madeira and the Council of Machico.

How did it impact the town: This trail was crucial for the organisation of an EWS in the town of Machico as it was the one that linked the upper part of the venue into town allowing riders to end the day at sea level, at their place of accommodation meaning a positive economic impact to the Town of Machico all year round.

What was your inspiration: “Boca do Risco” – “Mouth of Risk” was initially an ancient footpath maybe over 300 years old where two-thirds of its length was a straight line up a super steep ridge just on the side of a 200 meter cliff that could perfectly be a scene of Jurassic Park. It never became a signed recommended footpath as it was even too hard and dangerous for hiking. Back in 2012 when we first tried riding the line it was super hard to ride even for a very experienced DH rider but the beauty of the place was jaw-dropping and allowed us to finish at sea level so from there we knew we had a very valuable diamond waiting to be shaped.

What was the hardest part: To avoid the line being straight down the ridge and on the edge of a cliff we had to hand cut our way in the dense vegetation (Acacia trees) towards the opposite side of the cliff and bench cut the trail, gently snaking down the hill with a few switchbacks creating a completely new mountain bike line. The last third of the trail is flatter and remains as original where we only did a bit of groundwork removing some awkward rocks and made it a bit wider in parts.

Describe the trail in your own words: Our Trail Crew at Freeride Madeira has travelled to ride in BC and the Alps a few times and we must say that “Boca do Risco” is one of the most impressive and special trails we have ever ridden. We would consider this trail at double black level considering how steep it is in parts and the exposure that also prevails in a couple of sections becoming quite demanding when wet. We must say that after hundreds of riders rode it at the EWS it still remained in perfect conditions. It is one of the trails in better shape in Madeira to date!



Wicklow, Ireland – Stage 1: “Full Gas”


Caro Gehrig tucked in at the Ireland EWS
Anita Gehrig keeping things low on stage 1 in Ireland.

Trail Builders: Niall Davis, Conor Lavelle, Brendan Davis, Howie Miller, Dave Carroll Trail.

Distance: 2.2 km.

How long did it take to build: About 15 digging sessions.

Approx. hours of Labour: 150 hours.

Did it get built for the EWS: Mostly yes.

Was it volunteer built: Mostly.

How many people were involved: 6 to 10 people

How did it impact the town: N/A as it’s unsanctioned.

What was your vision/inspiration: We wanted to make a trail that was relatively high speed, as a lot of the other stuff in Carrick is quite tight. So just lots of fast fun sections, trying to link in as many features as possible.

Hardest part: Seeing an entire day of digging destroyed by timber harvesting. But in hindsight, it’s probably one of the best sections now!

Describe trail in your own words: So the trail is called Full Gas for a reason! It’s a pretty intense ride from top to bottom with no rest points, which is exactly what we wanted. Starting in mature pine forestry, the trail is bench cut across the hill which slopes from right down to the left. It meanders through the wide spaces though is pretty linear with the exception of one or two hairpin corners. Next section is like threading a needle, riders drop off a tricky section of rocks, straight into a pitch black forest full of whoops. Across the road and the speed really picks up in the felled section, wide fast corners, switching back up the hill to keep the height, but not losing speed. Across the road and into the gully section, this was an old classic which the motorbike guys used to ride. We cut it back and shaped it up, threw in a few nice turns over crests and fadeaways to make it interesting. At the midway point now, three small doubles and straight into the ‘double drop’. This is a super steep section dropping onto a small forest road and steep again off the road. It works perfectly, just let the bike float off the road midway through and you’re getting some serious air time! The speed is used to fire you back up a punchy little climb, then onto the motorway which is a grown over hardpack logging road, now a perfect singletrack with wispy grass either side. The very last section was fresh cut and pretty much untouched before the race, so lots of lines and different options appeared there. A nasty surprise for some, but what a way to end a full on 4 minutes! The trail is now riding mint post EWS, the heavy rain during practice helped tear up that top layer of muck and it’s now down to the hard pack red clay that Carrick is famous for.



Millau, France – Stage 8


The tricky rock section of stage 8 at a very wet Millau France
Greg Callaghan's kit pops amongst the rock scree on stage 8 in Millau, France.

Trail builders: Papik, Paul, Christophe Chaplain, Dorian soulié, the TVB team.

Distance: 2.30 km

How long did it take to build: 10 full days

Approx. hours of Labour: 100 hours.

Did it get built for the EWS: No it is an already existing trail, we created it (all the first part) for the enduro regionale

Was it volunteer built: Yes.

How many people were involved: 4 to 5 people

How did it impact the town: It is a mixed trail around Millau, it is excellent to train and allow new riders to have a trail of quality a few steps from the house.

What was your vision/inspiration: We made a lot of changes to make the trail as complete as possible. So we rode on several types of surface. We also wanted to pass the way in original zones (the bed of a dried stream, a rock …) Finally, we wanted the public in this special race that is why we arranged the stone at the end of the trail.

What was the hardest part of this track: Getting the stone at the end of the track onto the course.

Describe this course in your own words: A complete trail, flow on the beginning a little new school with successions of turn in support. It continues its course in the bottom of a dried brook with a great break of slope, short nervous relaunch. It ends on an impressive stone, to finally take riders on 300m in a stream!




Aspen, USA. Stage 4: Trail 16



Casey Brown in Aspen Snowmass
Casey Brown keeps it low on stage 4 in Aspen Snowmass, which she won.

Trail Builders: Matt De Stefano, Christ Branstetter, Curt Clemetson, Michael Rainwater, David Klebes, Scott Mackie, Jaz Dowling, Bryan Paul, Aaron Paul, David Bennet, Nicole Kennedy, Louis Neil, Ryan Lipari, Robert Tood and the Help of Gravity Logic and Yannick Rioux.

Trail Distance: Approx. 1.6 miles (2.6 km).

How long did it take to build: Approx. 5 weeks.

Hours of Labour: 2000 hours.

Did it get built for the EWS: Yes.

Was it volunteer built: No.

How many people were involved: 15 trail crew.

How did it impact the town: Very good, did not have a new expert trail for a long time and its serviced by the Snowmass chairlift also.

What was your inspiration: From comments, feedback and promotor of the EWS. The need of that kind of trail for the advanced locals.

Hardest part: Moving the big rock in place.

Describe trail in your own words: Rowdy, technical and fast, fun, expert



Whistler, Canada – Stage 1: Top of the World into Ride Don’t Slide


The iconic Top of the World Stage in Whistler
The ever iconic Top of the World in Whistler.

Trail Builders: I am not entirely sure of the original builders of Ride Don’t Slide (RDS) besides Dan Swanstrom. Below are the names of Gravity Logic crew: Jenny Liljegren, Gregg Winter, Jesse Saunders, Adam Billinghurst, Andrew Gunn, Kenny Smith, Alex Prochazka, Rob Cocquyt, Ollie Hingley, Lyle and a couple more who I can’t remember. Alex and I designed Top Of The World (TOTW) together and I designed the RDS reroutes.

Trail Distance: 10km – Top of the World 5.5km and Ride don’t Slide 4.5km Approx.

How long did it take to build: We (Gravity Logic) built TOTW in two summer seasons – about five months. That trail is about 5km. RDS has been an ongoing project. Since it was an existing trail it was rideable but it was gnarly. We built about 2km of reroutes which took about three months over the last three summers. Gravity Logic also does yearly maintenance on this trail.

Hours of Labour: TOTW has approximately 6000 man/woman (we had a Swedish girl, Jenny, on the crew) hours in it. RDS reroutes have approximately 2200 man (no girls on this crew) hours in it.

Did it get built for the EWS: No. It’s actually two separate trails – Top of The World and Ride Don’t Slide. Top of The World was a trail we built for Whistler Bike Park and RDS was an old gnarly trail which we rebuilt and built some reroutes around the real gnarly lines.

Was it volunteer built: TOTW was paid for by WB as were the reroutes on RDS. WB also pays for the maintenance of RDS which is technically part of the bike park. The original RDS was completely unpaid labor.

How many people were involved: TOTW was built by a crew of about five. I am not sure how many people built the original RDS, but the main builder was Dan Swanstrom who built a few classics around Whistler – Danimal and Industrial Disease. His trails were actually trials moto trails. The reroutes which we built were built by a crew of two to five people, depending on which section.

How did it impact the town: TOTW has become a signature trail for Whistler Bike Park and has really opened up the upper part of the mountain. You can access a few of the out of bounds trails such as RDS or Khyber Pass, Kush and Kashmir from this trail so it has really opened up the mountain beyond the bike park. Because the trails is an additional fee to access, it has generated additional revenues for the bike park. But more importantly, it has attracted more riders which are seeking the alpine euro experience. I think that the trail has paid for itself many times over since it opened. Having RDS accessible from the Peak Chair Lift has opened up the out of bounds, deep woods, true west coast gnarly trail experience but with the reroutes if has made it more rideable for a greater variety of riders. This gives more people a chance to experience this unique trail and the amazing old growth forest (never been logged) through which it snakes. When you combine the alpine feel of TOTW with the deep woods of RDS you get the true west coast MTB experience.

What was your inspiration: For TOTW the mandate was to build an alpine experience trail which most people can ride – not gnarly, but not XC. The original RDS has some extreme sections which only expert riders can clean, so the object was to find routes which could be safely ridden by a greater segment of the riding public. Basically, make the trail more enjoyable for more people. We did that but we still left the gnarly sections for the more adventurous riders.

Hardest part: TOTW starts on a really rocky ridge and it was the easiest route off the mountain, but no matter how hard we tried to make it easier, it still remains the hardest part of the trail. We would have preferred to make it a bit easier, but the terrain just was not there. We also battled snow, rain and mosquitoes – typical alpine trail building conditions. We had some pretty tough sections on RDS as well. There is a 100-meter traverse through a cliff section which is entirely built up from rock. It was the only keyhole though this cliff and if we didn’t get through it we would not have a trail. Had to be conquered and it was.

Describe trail in your own words: Riding TOTW is like going to therapy. When I ride this trail I shed all stress and life burdens and I just enjoy the ride. Whether you want to pin it full gas or just cruise and enjoy the views you can do it. It is never crowded, but the people you meet there are happy to chill and chat. That does not happen on A-Line. I have my favorite spots to stop, enjoy the views and just chill. It is also fun to reflect on the times when we were designing the trail with my son Alex and all of the funny stories which accompany building a trail. Every section of the trail has a story. The feeling of pride is definitely there. I am thankful to Dan Swanstrom and all of the locals that put hard work into the build of the original RDS. This trail is definitely more in your face than TOTW but it still has flow. I also have my favorite chill spots among the giant cedars on this trail. The forest here is magical – top to the bottom. RDS also seems never-ending. It just keeps going on and on. The variety of terrain is amazing. One minute you are cruising a pretty easy loamy track, next you are bouncing over giant roots and then you are thankful for your suspension as you drop off a cliff. You can drink the water out of the creek when you get thirsty. It comes straight out of the West Bowl glacier. Can’t beat that. No need for water bottles. I do ride with a spare tube, tools and a pump because it is a bitch of a hike out if your bike breaks. TOTW to RDS to Creekside is by far my favorite line on Whistler. I ride it almost daily when I am at home.




So there you have it, seven of the eight stages up for this award. Tune into the last race of the year in Finale – the Bluegrass Finalenduro powered by SRAM – on September 30/October 1 to see which of their seven race trails makes it onto the list. The winning trail will be announced on Monday, October 2nd.


MENTIONS: @EnduroWorldSeries / @Specialized




53 Comments

  • + 112
 EWS, driving the stake into the UCI even further with stuff like this. Awesome feature and award for the behind-the-scenes heroes of the sport!
  • + 39
 this is nice and all, but without any sort of live coverage, or at least better video recaps, most of us have no idea what these trails are like. I see the results on the internet the next day, and I'm like, "Oh, Hill is fast again. I guess." There is no frame of reference, just a cool highlight video sometime later that mostly shows crowds and very little of what the trail system is like.
  • + 9
 They usually post a 15-20minute on board preview of the stages a few days before the race.
  • + 4
 They need Freecastor, Waner, Page and a media booth full of beer and BANG! EWS is TOTW!
  • + 3
 The preview of each stage gives a decent idea of the riding of each stage, even if the entire trail isn't included in the video. The after race highlights coverage is decent as well, its just so much riding in a day its tough to fit into either live or video format. But just check out the EWS youtube channel to get more videos of it all.
  • + 4
 I'm not really sure what you're looking for in terms of coverage - remember that each race covers a huge amount of terrain, over generally a very long day, often in places that are not easily accessible. It's just not going to be feasible to do any kind of live coverage of something like that without the sort of budget that is way out of the league of mountain biking as a sport. And even then it may simply not be possible in some locations just due to the physical restrictions in place.

Even if the economic and environmental restrictions were somehow overcome, do you think there's really that many people who would sit and watch a race being live streamed for 8+ hours?
  • + 2
 Re: video: it's true that w/ a thorough search, a motivated fan can scrounge up enough footage to get a sense of what an EWS course looks like but I have to agree w/ @hamncheez - would-be fans of the EWS currently suffer from a lack of video coverage that would provide a satisfying & cohesive race overview. The logistics would be tough, but perhaps a start would be a 30-min post-race broadcast that interweaves race narrative & stats w/ footage from racers' POV cameras?
  • + 3
 Coming back full circle to the "Trail of the Year" article above, EWS & Specialized are right on point here in promoting trailbuilders, but a couple of photos don't come close to telling the story of the trails they want to spotlight. A minute or two of decent video that speaks to the character of each of the trails in question, now *that* would really connect with the broader mtb audience.
  • + 1
 @Veloscente: Other than the ones I've seen being 20 minutes and not 30, isn't that basically what the EWS videos already are?
  • + 3
 A billion people watched Le Tour last year. I realize that road biking has a ton of strategy, and riding in the peloton for more than ten seconds without crashing into everyone around you takes a lot of skill, etc. I enjoy watching road biking. HOWEVER, the minute-to-minute action isn't exciting, but the overall race is still enjoyable to watch. Not unlike road racing, I very much think that a live coverage of EWS could be done and would be watchable and enjoyable. It wouldn't be the same as DH, of course, which is like having pure caffeine injected straight into your brainstem, but it would be its own format and its own style of enjoyment.
  • + 1
 @delusional: you may well be right on some of the longer recaps. My recollection of most EWS footage I've encountered is the bulk has been "previews" or "highlight" clips around 3-5mins. Ironically, the ones that have conveyed the most visceral sense of what each unique EWS course demands have been the unedited "raw" segments I've seen on Vital MTB.
What I'm trying to get at is less a question of quantitative screen time & more a qualitative issue of cohesive & compelling narrative. The strategy for narrating an enduro race is going to be closer to that of an XC stage race than WC DH, albeit w/ the happy benefit of pure gravity action visuals.
Equipping say the top 20 pros in the EWS ranks w/ GPS transceivers & GoPros would give producers the raw material they need to produce an immersive recap of the best racing action at each event. Maybe it would take more than 30mins to narrate a multi-day event consisting of a 1/2 dozen+ stages. Whatever it takes, I'd sure like to see them try.
  • + 28
 This is the best article posted on pinkbike in weeks.
  • + 7
 I know! No ebikes!!!
  • + 1
 ..bust just missing the key point.. proper POV for each one.
  • + 12
 Top of the World to Ride Don't Slide truly is a classic. Nice work by GLI on some of the blown out parts of RDS also that got beaten over time (RDS is over a decade old). And a nice tip of the hat to the Whistler MotoTrials people who did so much pioneering work in the valley and who are still hard at it
  • + 2
 Did that sunday in a snowstorm with no visibility. Im glad to see the builders think the roll in to TOTW is the hardest lol I almost shat my pants riding those rockfaces covered in snow. But then it gets "mellower" and I really enjoyed it. Now I'm bit bummed that they say they rerouted the "real gnarly lines" on RDS lol I thought the trail is gnarly enough even with the reroutes! Still my sickest lap of the year hands down.
  • + 2
 @mollow: the gnarly lines on RDS are still in play. Nothing was touched; alternative lines were created so you can still get the steeps on if that's the choice of the day
  • + 1
 @mollow: D'oh! Snow already? After reading this, I was going to try and sneak in a last minute ride this weekend. Oh well, July isn't that far awayFrown
  • + 1
 @woofer2609: Top of the world is closed as of last Sunday. Whistler and Garbo still open tho
  • + 3
 also Ryan Bowland and Smokey did a bunch of work on the intervening years between original and GL re-build, probably almost 10 years ago now
  • + 1
 @flipfantasia: what dies original and GL stands for?
  • + 1
 @mollow: original is self explanatory. GL is Gravity Logic ie the people with the rebuild
  • + 1
 @leelau: thanks
  • + 1
 @leelau:
Rds has been around for about twenty years.
The tip of the hat towards the trials motorbikers is likely returned with a middle finger.
  • + 6
 It's great to read about the origins of these trails and how hard people worked on it. This should inspire a lot more trail builders all over the world to get more creative and build more trails.
  • + 4
 Is it just me, or does anyone else have a strong urge to go to Tasmania via Portugal after seeing those AMAZING photos?
(Thank God TOTW is 2 hours from me, guess I'll ride that until I save up enough AirMiles.)
Madeira kinda reminds me of Gooseberry mesa in a way...
  • + 1
 It's not just you. Madeira and Derby are on the list
  • + 3
 “Boca do Risco” is killa. It has 3 insane switchbacks in there that make me very nervous minutes before they actually appear...! Nevertheless the view is just perfect when you come out our the woods. Kudos to all the builders!
  • + 2
 lucky me, I rode boca do risco in madeira years ago, the original one, before madeira become popular...and I rode it again after the EWS this year...I can judge the ones oversea..but I doubt Europe has something better to offer..highly highly recommended along with the rest of the island
  • + 2
 I'm gonna be a bit biased here, but the Wicklow trail gets my vote.....it's those hills that I learnt to mtb on when I was a kid. And if the winner is based on how wild the crowd gets, I think Wicklow is an automatic shoe in!!!
  • + 1
 Two things I felt were left out: 1) Is the trail on public or private land? 2) Can you ride it for free? To me, building a trail for an event on private land, with or without volunteer help, is a totally different ballgame than building a trail on public land that anyone can ride.
  • + 3
 Pretty sure that rider in the Millau image is not Callaghan. It looks like a Rocky Mountain / Urge rider. Could be Melamed but I can't be certain.
  • + 1
 I would really like to see some follow cam with a speedometer to get some sense of how these trails are. Especially interested in the full gas from ireland but couldn't really find any POV of it.
  • + 2
 I'm biased because Carrick is my local! "Full gas" (never even knew its name until now!) is a really fun trail and those steep bits they talk about are very very steep!
  • + 1
 Just got back from a trip to Rotorua and rode Frankenfurter - Riff Raff - Rocky Horror in the wet and i concur that the further down the trails you go the more "Engaginging" it becomes. Awesome run of trails
  • + 3
 Trail Porn!!!! Yes please!!!
  • + 1
 Trail porn ... I love it!
  • + 3
 Rob Metz, building bikes and trails
  • + 2
 What the photos of Detonate don't show, is how steep that chute between the rock slabs is.
  • + 1
 i'm going to have to disagree I agree that that trail is awesome and heaps of fun, but I feel the 'techyness' of the chutes got overhyped. By far one of my favourite trails though
  • + 2
 Great article and shout out to the people to allow these events, and legacy trails, to happen!
  • + 2
 This looks like the itinarary for the perfect holiday
  • + 1
 Interesting that every trail was paid for except for parts of Ireland that were volunteer built
  • + 2
 Top 5 places I can't afford to go, let alone ship a bike...
  • + 10
 Why, Whistler is an 8 hour drive from Portland and you can bring your bike with you. You should try Lord of the Squirrels when you're there. It is FREE but you need to earn your ride down. Your USD is strnger than the Canadain $ so that should be an even bigger bonus for you to get to TOTW. It will be less than $100 Cdn to ride that and more park trails.

There was also an article earlier (a month ago perhaps) where some guys were even camping in their car. They came up from Portland.
  • + 6
 @MMOF: Top 4 trails I can't afford to go, let alone ship a bike...
  • + 2
 @shaowin: Aah. Yes, I agree with you there. We will just have to enjoy the ones in the US and Canada. too bad ;-)
  • + 2
 @MMOF: LOTS may be free to ride but WORCA would sure appreciate trail karma dollars to pay for its upkeep!
  • + 1
 @paulskibum: Agreed. If you look, I paid up front to WORCA and SORCA.
  • + 1
 those 800m bars were a bit too overkill i guess
  • + 2
 Portugal ftw
  • + 1
 Having never ridden any of these, the most appealing to me is TOTW.
  • + 1
 How do we tune in to watch the ews?

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