I actually think he had some good points...
Yeah but they were really "moot points" IMO. Core riders aren't going to be the ones riding the DH "bunny trails" and as has been noted, (...by guys who ride these places & trails,) They are still building plenty of really technical trails to accommodate those "core" riders.
His point about asking "do we really want to get more people on MTB's?" And somehow linking that to the demise or "taming" of the technical side of the sport? That doesn't seem to be a valid point to me either.
I started out riding my MTB because it was a lower impact exercise with my arthritis. (...a fast paced walk of anything over 4-5 miles puts me in agony.) I started out just doing 10-15-20 miles of road riding on it, but gradually got more and more interested in the trail riding side! And while I'm not going to be rock hopping or riding log rails and dropping cliffs on gnarly DH runs, I have gotten more and more technical with my skills! (...we do have good sized hills to ride even here in S.E MI! Just not the, 5-8-10K vert. DH runs you guys r doing!)
It didn't take long before I wanted to learn more. Go faster into my turns! ...Ride harder, longer, steeper trails! So I would certainly presume that a great many people who might start out only doing those easy bunny trails, would eventually progress into wanting to ride more and more difficult, technical terrain. Thus creating a demand for more of those types of trails! Again
,... Much like any Noob's progression with their snowboarding! (...Just Awesome how snowboarding anaologies fit so perfectly into many of life's situations and conundrums! Innit?
Just my opinion, but there it is!!!
dammit! All this bike talk!! I need to get this back shit straightened out so I can get out on my