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.

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About dpangster

The Earth is my playground and my goal is to explore its entirety. This is my adventure blog. If I could, I would spend all day outside. My lifestyle revolves around living healthy and being fit.

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  1. […] ratings are not standard across Europe.  This has been a chronic problem for me.  When I was in Leemoors, Austria, the guide described the trails as freeride but there were tons of climbing!  I brought a Pivot […]

  2. […] ratings are not standard across Europe.  This has been a chronic problem for me.  When I was in Leemoors, Austria, the guide described the trails as freeride but there were tons of climbing!  I brought a Pivot […]

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