NODES: Searching for Corridors of Flow
The latest video gem by Sam Needham isn’t about bikepacking; it’s about the process of linking landscapes through a vast network of natural terrain… and this is at the core of bikepacking.
Sponsored rider Lyle Barton traveled to South France for the latest Mission Workshop and Acre Supply field test. Along with Lyle, riders Sven Martin, Anka Martin, Ash Smith, Wes Siler, and Bryan Watt, tested their mettle and gear on some of the best trails Europe has to offer and found monumental lines through unsurpassed terrain.
Photography by: Sven Martin
Videography by: Sam Needham
Here’s what Mission Workshop and Acre Supply had to say…
Trails can’t be measured on a universal scale. There doesn’t exist a comparison of flow to stoke that equates to a universal metric—no ‘trail spectator’ out of 100, no simple charts or graphs. Rather, the experience of the trail, as related to euphoria, is a continuous collection of multitudes extending in all dimensions. There are too many variables to include in the equation, and a limit to the math. It takes a special cultivated knowledge of proximal landscapes to understand and create the right experience. And to maximize this experience it’s not just about finding amazing trails, but the process of linking landscapes through a vast network of natural terrain.
“Yes, you’re looking for awesome trails, but you’re also looking — on a bigger scale — for corridors of flow, through this network of nodes and edges. Through this network which we’ve been blessed with from the agricultural past and trading past. It’s all there; we just need to find the best ways through it.” – Ash Smith
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