Riding the Sierra of El Escorial #Madrid #Spain

A little less like an hour by train you can easily reach this nice village and the famous cloister of El Escorial (world heritage) and similar to the area of Cercedilla the mountains offer a nice variety of trails and difficulties.
The trail we rode starts right at the cloister and you can basically climb the mountain following the road which further converts into a country road with gravel.

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Naturpark Pfälzer Wald

The Pfälzer Wald is one of the most MTB firendly regions in Germany. The whole area is open for MTB riding – downhill, uphill, cross country… you can even push your bike if you want!
Also amazing is the fact that hikers are so friendly and greet you all the time. I’d say thats the proof of an fantastic coexistence and the potential for lots of fun.

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Riding the warmest April ever in Heidelberg

If somebody would have told us a while ago that Heidelberg has such a cool spot to ride… we wouldn’t have believed that. But it’s true! The Fun starts (if you dont shuttle) with an 30 minute climb through some nice forrests on gravel and paved roads. The Hill is a bitch (sorry for that expression), because it starts with a slighter slope and gets steeper and steeper the further up you go. An amazing experience since the more tired you get the harder the fight gets, too.

Though, the reward is amazing. Many freeride bikers must have contributed to the trail systems that welcomed
us in Heidelberg. Well developed track with a pretty clear to find way. A few small jumps, great burms and flowy sections.

Definitely a great place to go for the Summer, to be connected with an after ride picknink @ the Neckar river beleow the castle!

We’ve posted a second trail from Heidelberg here…

Downhill Cercedilla/Spain with Mr. Schmid

Friends from us run a bike store called Mr. Schmid in Cercedilla. Cercedilla is a little village about 1h by car north from Madrid right at the “Sierra” (the chain of mountains of the Madrid region).
Cercedilla is very easy to reach by train from Madrid. You can hop on a train from Atocha main train station and 1h20min later you’re right there.
During the summer, bikers are allowed to take the special Mountain train up to “Puerto Navacerrada”, which in winter is also a little skiing area (and bikers are not allowed on the train – boooooooooh!). In any case it’s more fun to go with Mr. Schmid and the “Transfers” they do: give them your bike and they’ll bring you and your metal horse uphill to enjoy fully downhill.

If you aren’t a downhill PRO, yet, don’t worry, they will teach you as shown in the video.

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Heidelberg Part II

Basically the same trail as seen on the “Warmest April ever” post.

Enjoy the video!

Odenwald Germany…

…or lets shred the “Melibokus” hill. Well, looks like the guys on boths sides of the Rhine valley got the
coolest and most tolerant hikers around. As in Pfaelzer wald mentioned in the other trail – but now on the east side of the Rhine valley an awesome trail system welcomes bikers.

The Ride starts at “Felsenmeer” – an amazing geological structure whith huge monoliths lying around in the woods.
It’s looking magic. The trail is fast, very fast, curvy and flows just down. We will update the description soon with more details.

But for now… get out and try it out!!!

Madrid City – Casa de Campo – Cercedilla – Cotos

This post isn’t a real description of a trail rather than a story about two guys riding in the city of Madrid, the nearby outdoor area Casa de Campo and the mountains of Madrid “Sierra de Madrid” (about 1h car ride, 1h20min by train from the capital).

Unfortunately Madrid isn’t really a bike city, but you can still go for it doing some sightseeing by bike and, it’s been two times now that bike-loving friends came over and were amazed by Casa de Campo’s variety of trails, so you should definitely come over and ride with us.

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