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Austria 5 years 10 months ago #960

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I was on holiday in the Austrian Alps a little while ago and managed to get permission from my better half to hire a plush bike and ride it down some hills for a day. Turns out downhill is a shit load harder than it looks but twice as much fun. Even in the rain, which I was.

Highly recommend the area - loads of official and unofficial trails to ride, and most of the hotels in the area give you a free lift pass.

This is the easiest line - I figured I'd session this until I felt I knew what I was doing (I didn't). My rear brake failed half way down on my third run which made things a little bit more exciting.
Not me in the video, but this is the trail - when I rode it it was wet and a bit more rutted, but still good fun.

I got the (avid :/) brakes bled at one of the repair places, then I rode to the other blue trail. This was harder than the first, and had a red that runs sort of parallel to it. Half way down I nearly hit a cow that was grazing on the trail and a bit further on managed to throw myself and the bike into an electric fence - nothing like trying to untangle yourself while being shocked!
Again not me, and I rode most of it inside the cloud line, which was somewhat terrifying in places.

Grabbed some lunch at the hotel then the weather started to clear, so I figured I'd go for broke and head up the nearest red to see what it was like. It was hard, steep, rocky, wet and horrible - I rode most of it with my brakes on (they only seemed to work when they were hot) which prevented the suspension from doing its job. The bits after the second wall ride were the most fun, everything further up I felt like I was going to lose the front wheel in the mud or fly over a berm. Even on the north-shore it was tempting to go too fast. These guys make it look like a piece of piss.

Bike proved not to be plush enough - I should have got a Voltage rather than a Genius, and I didn't feel confident on it. Lesson for next time there. And better weather - next time I want to do it in the dr - and probably get a guide for the unmarked trails.

Had an awesome but exhausting day - would certainly like to give it a go again.
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Austria 5 years 10 months ago #963

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Some super nice trails there, got bit of exposure to deal with too.
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