Oct 26

It’s 10PM and I’m pretty tired, which means this post will have to be in my beloved mother tongue. Today I finally made it to the Pfalz for a tour on my Canyon Nerve XC. Trails and tribulation in every direction. Read on…

A first taste of the Pfalz

A first taste of the Pfalz

This week is school holidays again, and so I’ve taken the week off. When S. said that she was planning a tour in the Pfalz for Monday, well I just couldn’t pass up the chance. I knew that I was in for a challenge, riding with someone that skilled, but hey, who wants to spend all their life down a hill, as the song goes.

Today was all about uphill on small trails. With all the training I’ve been getting, uphill is not a problem anymore. (When I think back to those first climbs in the Kinzig!) However, riding uphill on small trails takes a lot more skill. For me that meant three things – riding slowly, tight cornering and looking in the right place.

Easy when you know how, right?

Easy when you know how, right?

Now S. wanted to toss me in at the deep end and have me try and make it around this curve. I’m keen to learn, but know my limits, so I contented my self with taking action shots. I wont forget this spot though, and one day I am going up and around it! There’s a bit of practicing to do first on slightly wider and less unforgiving terrain.

In the Pflaz there is a lot less gravel and more single trails that in the northern regions of the black forest. You also spend more time going up and down. In total we rode around 850 meters of altitude, but spread across a number of hills. The single trails down are enormous fun. Hiding amongst the autumn leaves are rocks and slippery roots, so it pays to keep your mind on the task. As I said before, I knew I was going to be pushed – and here’s another challenge I’m yet to master.

This looks easier from below looking up

This looks easier from below looking up

This was an excellent debut for me in the Pflaz. Now that I can transport my bike by car I will be back here for sure. (Like in two days time ;-) ) It just seem like the natural place to be as a mountain biker. I leave you with an uphill trail, surrounded by autumn.

Surrounded by Autumn

Surrounded by Autumn

Elevation Profile
Leinsweiler Tour

written by OzJeff \\ tags: , ,


Leave a Reply

i2theme sponsored by Best Web Hosting, Web Site Hosting, and Best Web Hosting