Like every year I headed to the Eurobike exhibition, this time together with Martin and Mihi.
To shorten the long journey we did some biking before and after the fair.
We headed to the Ötztal, a valley surrounded by some of the highest mountains in Austria.
Weather was great, the whole days we just had sunshine, even above 3000 m it was quite hot.
The first uphill to a hut was easy, on a not to steep gravel road. After a rest we left for another
500 m of uphill. Most of the singletrack was ridable for us. The scenery is quite amazing,
high mountains with glacier everywhere.
I didn´t sleep very well in the camp, also my back was aching. So much that I wasn´t sure
if I could make it to the planned summit this day. I walked and carried my bike very carefully,
not to make any wrong movement, but in the end it got better, after 1000 m with the bikes
on our shoulders we stood on the summit. I´ve never been that high - 3455m!
The downhill had it all: steep sections with high steps, tight turns, loose gravel, easy parts
with higher speeds, but also a non rideable section with car sized rocks to cross.
(Maybe Danny Macaskill would have fun there!)
Martin had his heavy DSLR camera with him, so we did a lot of photos.
Exhausted but happy we were back at the hut, grabbed the rest of our gear and headed down
for the rest of the dowhill.
The last 2 days of our trip we spent in Sölden riding the bikepark there.
Despite having no uphills, it was more exhausting than the 2 days before!
Thanks to Martin and Mihi for your company! :-)