Trailforks Trail of the Month: The Never End Trail
The Never End Trail, Flims-Laax, Switzerland
Nestled in the Swiss canton of Graubünden lies the community of Laax and the mountain resort of Flims. For any Mountain Bikers making the journey to the Swiss Alps, whether it's across the pond from North America or a neighbouring country in Europe, go and ride the new Never End Trail. You won't regret it!
Back in '96, a recent DH convert from XC racing, rode the early incarnation of the Never End Trail. Claudio Caluori, team manager of Gstaad-Scott, and the man behind Velosolutions, rode it from the beginning and it was always his favourite. He described it as a rough sledge hammer but could only be ridden 100% when it was taped for a DH race. It wasn't ready for the public and no match for a Bikepark. Claudio wanted to change that.
|I contacted Laax in the early days, but as I was still a pro racer, they didn't quite believe I could build something that suits the non-world cup riders. They contacted me again in 2012 for a pump track, and we've worked together since then. - Claudio Caluori|
Velosolutions started construction in June of 2014, with the trail opening on June 26th. It's a wide open trail covered with jumps and berms. For those concerned with tech turning to flow, the trail was completely built with natural materials found onsite, no gravel or extra dirt was brought in. Caudio says it still takes skill to ride fast. And if that's too easy, you can always try talking while you do it.