During Labor day weekend, I set out with a plan to race in the Armed Forces MTB Race in Garmisch. I was warned by a few folks that the race would be sorta lame. After a month of Germany MTB, I already knew that American MTB is much different. I’m not even a picky rider. I was just looking for some single track or single trail as they call it here. But I’ve discovered that Germans do not like bikes on their single trails. I decided to at least give the race course a pre-ride. Garmish is beautiful but the course was a disappointment. I drove 5 hours for this! Half of it wasn’t even on trails. It was just grass that was taped off. What a waste of beautiful landscape. To make light of the situation, I decided to take a 30 minute drive to Leemoor, Austria. I had heard of some bikeguides at www.bikeguiding.at. After a 5 minute interview with Georg Mott, he determined that I needed to be in their number 1 group which he described as a free-ride tour. Since I don’t do jumps and trips, free-ride sounded intimidating. I met up with the group on Saturday morning at 0915 at the Sporthotel Loisach. There were several groups and everyone broke off into their abilities.
Using a bike guide was genius. I didn’t have to pull out any maps or worry about getting lost. We took breaks at a few nice restaurants. I was the only English speaker in the bunch but everyone was very friendly. And the price couldn’t be beat! 55 euro for 2 full days of all mountain singletrail riding. Wow! I couldn’t tell you where he took us but it was a lot of climbing and a lot of technical decents. I would call the trails more All mountain/ Enduro versus Free-ride. There were no jumps. Tons of natural single track which I was very happy that I finally found some great singletrack in Europe. I’ll definitely be back.
Here are some pictures of the weekend.