Posts Tagged ‘rides’
Here’s the latest video from the German company Vandeyk and for some reason, “winter is coming” suddenly got stuck in my head. So rad.
Los Angeles has been incredible. In fact, I think it’s safe to say it was my best trip here to date. We did big, big rides, got fast and loose, all the while having fun.
Once I develop my film and pull together all my digital shots, a torrent of content will continue. For now, I leave you with this photo I shot of Andy on our sunset ride last night. The iPhone’s not such a bad camera, is it?
LA is a callin’ and this time, a friend is there to join me in the radness that awaits. My flight leaves in a little bit, so I’ll see you on the other side.
Enter day 05 of nothing but Alpine mountain biking with Mission Workshop. My body is still sore, almost a week later and all I can think about is how much fun we all had. The morning was cold, damp and silent, save for the cow bells that somehow echoed through the valley all night, barely being muted by the drunken Swiss wine-tasting party that erupted outside my open hotel window.
Lyle and I awoke at 7am and ate breakfast with Stefan (owner of Stilrad Zurich) and Alberto. 7:30am we rolled out into the misty mountains. From the onset, today was supposed to be quite easy, with a few technical sections and one nasty, nasty climb. At this point, the extra rain clothes and merino base layers I brought became a burden. Every ounce of extra weight in my backpack seemed to pull me back down each climb. Not to mention the 5Dmkii and 24-70mm lens… But hey, that’s my job right?
We made it out just fine, save for a few spills, a few flats and loose legs. All I could think of was drinking a sparkling water and a Radler… 30 miles and 4,000′ of climbing at altitude, on a MTB is no joke.
Check out more narrated photos in the Gallery!
Side note: I want to thank everyone who made this trip possible. Stefan, Alberto, Mission Workshop, Santa Cruz Bicycles and anyone else who helped us out along the way. THANK YOU!
Ace Boogie from the Sleepers worked on a video project for Trophy Club, documenting the cyclists they met along their tour of the Pacific Coast. It’s not too late to get a quick tour in… I miss that ride so much!
Mavic really captures the beauty of the Alps in this web miniseries called “Les Alpes – A non-stop Journey from Évian-les-Bains to Nice”. I’d love to ride the French Alps on the road bike but I gotta say, the trails look like even more fun. Here’s part one and check out part two below.
… and I’m not bringing my laptop. See you late Friday afternoon! If I have a signal, I’ll update on Instagram, but it’s not likely. Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll manage to take a few good photos and have a few stories to tell post-ride!
For the past seven years, Scott and Dickon from Santa Cruz have spent their post-Eurobike recovery in the hills and mountains of the Black Forest, just outside of Freiburg, Germany. Coincidentally, when Lyle from Mission Workshop and myself had a few extra days laying around before our Alps tour began, they invited us to join them.
That meant traveling from Glarus to Freiburg, before heading back to Zurich on Wednesday. That meant a lot of driving but surely it would be worth it. All the details and accommodations were made. Scott and Dickon knew were to stay, where to eat and were mostly familiar with the trails… What other reasons did we need? Back to Germany we go!
Yesterday morning, we engorged ourselves with one of the best hotel breakfasts I’ve had before beginning our journey. I suited up in the new Acre gear, tuned my bike and hopped off through town before we all found ourselves in a tower of switchbacks up and out of the valley.
The Black Forest is a sacred place, filled with lore and mythology. While we saw no Slender Man, or nymphs, I could feel the presence of something the whole day and it wasn’t the eggs from breakfast… Nature still owns the forest. The trees hummed and resonated with the wind. If you break yourself off here, there’s no telling what would happen to you once the sun settled in for the evening.
After a mild case of “lostness” and bordering on bonking, the whim to “take the other trail” turned our planned 3-hour jaunt into an 8-hour expedition through the absolutely stunning trail system. Some were extremely technical and steep, while others were fast and smooth. Then we hit the backside of Kandel with its fast, steep and rocky descents. We all wished we had pads…
We got a taste of everything and for me, the technical, rocky terrain was just a teaser for what awaits in the Alps. The total for the day was about 35 miles and 4,900′ and today, my legs are thanking me.
Check out some narrated photos in the Gallery!