Andy Jordan’s Bicycle Shop hosted the FATS (Forks Area Trail System) Flowmaster on October 13th of last year, raising over $6,300 for much needed trail maintenance on the renowned course.
The Flowmaster was held on the four main trails which total 19.37 miles with an overall elevation gain of 956 feet, as well as an elevation loss of 828 feet. (Hence the name Flowmaster. The rising and falling elevation give the trail it’s distinct “flow”.)
“I imagine if it’s nice this weekend, that place is going to be super packed.”
The brainchild of Drew Jordan of Andy Jordan’s Bicycle Shop, the 2nd annual Flowmaster winner was Jamie Babcock of Aiken, who tore through the course in an hour and twenty nine minutes.
Jordan said Wednesday afternoon that many improvements had been completed. Unfortunately as soon as they were the weather turned south and the trails had to be closed on December 8th.
“They went in and cut the trail so that the water will drain better, so the track will divert the water off the trail, not down it.”
“They also armored the low lying areas that had bad seeps” Jordan stated.
(Digging out low lying areas and then filling back in with rock to assist in drainage, which helps keep the trail from washing away.)
“We’ve gotten so much rain and a lot of it happened all at once” said Jordan. “It was cold, then it’d warm up, then it was cold again, then it’d warm up again. So much rain all at once, it was really the perfect storm for the trails needing to be closed”
With the weather turning this week, Jordan was excited to report the trails were finally reopened Wednesday.