Thursday, August 11, 2005
Sometimes you end up living in a place for most of your life, yet you miss
some interesting developments just around the corner. However, in this
particular case I will claim the excuse that I spend so little time in Austria.
<s> Anyway: As it turns out, they built Europe's larges Mountain Bike
center in Leogang, which is just a few miles
from my hometown of Saalfelden. This
caught me off guard, because Leogang isn't exactly the world's most exciting
place. But this is rather cool!
Mountain biking is very popular around here, and in fact, I enjoy riding
myself. Yesterday I even biked up a real mountain again for the first time this
year. Not all that far, just about 90 minutes of relatively steep uphill climb.
There are people here that go twice as far every morning before they go to work,
just for fun. Me, I almost ran over my own tounge a few times, it was
hanging out so far, due to exhaustion. <s>
But anyway: Bike-World Leogang is
quite a bit different. It is more about action than endurance. For one, they
keep the lifts open all year just for mountain bikers. This makes for a quick
ride up the mountains and miles and miles of downhill biking from there.
Lots of options. Some are used as world-cup downhill courses I am told. They
also have a "bike parcour" with lots of ramps and bumps and jumps.
Some of them pretty scary. 10-15 feet high. Here's a picture Ellen took
from the distance:
These are some pictures from their homepage:
Personally, I think the ramp-stuff is nuts. <s> I will keep with uphill
biking. Nevertheless, this is pretty cool stuff...
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