MBoSC’s crew leader training class took a field trip to Camp Tamarancho, near Fairfax in Marin County, this weekend to ride and learn about the new Endor Flow Trail that opened there this spring.
The Endor Flow Trail is the first of its kind in the Bay Area. The trail has over ninety trail features in less than a mile—that’s ninety rollers, jumps, and berms. Jim Jacobsen and Kevin Smallman, who were both instrumental in construction of the trail, walked us through the project and gave us a feature by feature breakdown of design and construction techniques. Key points of interest included massive redwood crib walls, built to support berms on steep side slopes, custom contoured bridges and progressive drainage design.
The field trip wasn’t strictly observational, however—crew leaders conducted some hands on research by putting their rubber to the dirt and got after several laps on the flow trail themselves. Hoots and hollers were punctuated by the sound of cornering knobs being pushed to their limits in the deep, deep, berms of Endor. Hella Gs achieved. Brraappp.
This field trip marks the culmination of the first session of the crew leader training class. Now that crew leaders have received formal training in trail construction techniques, and have seen and ridden a proper flow trail, they will be prepared to lead volunteers during the construction of the new flow trail in Demo Forest.
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