The Feartaker – Downhill Transfer w/ Mr. Schmid

[The Feartaker, span. "El quita miedos" - people say that this trail will take all fear off you. Try to believe.]

Well, the Transfer sessions with Mr. Schmid are by nature a great adventure, but this was by far the funniest ever.
First snow (15cm/6″)at Puerto Navacerrada (1800m altitude) made us first stop and think if we really should go downhill… and we were so happy to have chosen the right decision that we made the same trail twice that day.

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Camino Schmid in fall #cercedilla #madrid #spain

We’ve done this trail – Camino Schmid – a bunch of times before, but never in Fall/beginning winter so now we can give you some (wet) details about it.

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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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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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