Monrue has invited to one of his home rounds. But you have to put on your shoes, the guy goes full throttle. :)
To drive in at full throttle on the Schlosshubel Trail before crossing the motorway in Oberbuchsitten and starting the 6km uphill behind the village. First with a pleasant climb 5km on asphalt, then 1km steep on a natural path with coarse gravel bid to the restaurant Tiefmantt. Then the hiking path leads more or less over the Krete to the Schlosshöchi and then briefly through the forest before reaching the stairs. The stairs form the beginning of the ascent to the Höchi Flue. You then have to carry your bike for a short distance before the steep climb is basically passable again. In the pulpit of the Höchi Flue you can expect a wonderful view of the Swiss plateau and the Egerkingen logistics ghetto. The trail down to Egerkingen is mostly very flowy and not very demanding. Three tight switchbacks offer the only major challenge, but when it is dry, they are easily drivable. Then you roll quickly downhill. The rest of the way back is just going out. But who thinks with Monrue is simply a loose pedaling is wrong. You have to see that you can keep the pace even in the slipstream. Thank you Monrue for the nice tour and the training effect!
2 days ago
After work, have a quick workout in the nearby forest. Really great if you have a playground next door that contains almost all technical finesse. You only have to do without long steep uphills and long descents. For a short trip to empty your head, it is always enough.
4 days ago
Today's moto was to discover another place again. Start of the tour in Mümliswil Solothurn. There is no time to drive in right at the start, the path climbs steeply towards the Mittlerer Passwang and includes a few steep to 18% steep ramps. Then it climbs comfortably to the Vogelberg restaurant. Once there, it is only a short climb over an alpine pasture to Passwang 1148m. There is also the start of the approx.1.5km long and partly demanding Cretan trails to the Rochus chapel. It is interspersed with roots, pointed stones and steps and requires full concentration. At the Rochuskapelle it is short but steep on the trail back to Mümliswil. In the middle part, countless cow gates stop the flow. In the lower part you pass the Limmeren chapel embedded between the Gennet flowers and then return to Mümliswil through the imposing Limmeren gorge. I actually wanted to go up to Passwang again to test another trail. Because of the cool weather, I saved this part for another time.
6 days ago
In the morning you might think you still have the Jura heights to yourself. But not if it's a holiday and there are corona restrictions. The Roggenfluh was a real attraction this morning. Almost like there would be something free up there. This morning it was true. There is free of charge the fantastic view over the Mittelland, which extends to the Alps. With the necessary caution not to send the hikers down on the downhill, we left the hotspot towards the rye restaurant and the Wildsau trail to Neu Bechburg. Then our Dutchman showed us a short section of the trail on which you can improve your technique on three switchbacks. Thanks ever wel Perry!
May 22, 2020
Evening out with the fitness team of the gymnastics club Vordemwald around the Boowald. For this purpose, I once again brought my venerable Garry Fisher out into the fresh air. Every time I sit on it again, I wonder how, for God's sake, I could get down the mountains earlier. But it is still ideal for a leisurely ride. But I always enjoy sitting on it; there are many wonderful experiences associated with it.
May 22, 2020
Today's tour starts at the bottom of Lake Maggiore near Tenero and up to the Alpe Gardada there are hard 1300 vertical meters in one piece spread over 23 km. On the fourth day of this single trail camp, this ascent demands the deepest muscle fibers. You will be rewarded with an almost fairytale view of Lake Maggiore. The grotto on the alp awaits us where we can fortify ourselves on the garden terrace with a hearty polenta baked with gorgonzola for the final descent. This section, which is quite demanding, gruff and blocked and peppered with serpentines, calls for full concentration again. At times you are almost devoured by the vegetation. Small Alps and rusticos are on the way. Suddenly you come out of the forest above Minusio and look straight down to the lake. Until you arrive at the lake you drive down a number of staircase sequences that seal the ultimate chassis test. You will be chipped out directly at the lake. And what a miracle, the well-deserved gelati, which we enjoy on the beach, is already waiting there.
May 19, 2020
Today we were in what is perhaps the most classic smuggler territory in Ticino. Probably it would also have been an ideal day for smuggling if the slopes above Lugano were covered with clouds. And it started to rain at the beginning of the 1,100-meter climb and almost 14 km long climb. Customs patrols could have been encountered on the lonely paths up to Monte Cucco. Crossing the border was not always welcome. Today we drove around 500m on Italian soil and actually illegal due to the closed borders, but today nobody was interested. At Capanna s Lucio I was able to fortify us with pasta again on Swiss soil and dry the wet clothes at the fireplace. It continued with almost limitless trail fun. Although the rain stopped, the trails were more like small stream beds than paths. Nevertheless, the rock and the ground are surprisingly handy. So we enjoyed perhaps the longest continuous single trail in Ticino for almost 4 hours at a time. We cross several passes and mountain ridges on this path and cross 3 valleys. From the presumably fantastic view we unfortunately only got small bites through cloud holes. One more reason to tackle this incredibly diverse tour again.
May 19, 2020
Just above the village of Comano, the first trails on our tour today begin on soils soaked in the rain. It quickly became clear to us that today we are neither dry nor clean. We cross the valley brine and start in our trail area with a 600 vertical meter uphill. In the completely winding valley of the Malcantone we move on narrow smuggler paths. Almost like in a labyrinth there are innumerable small valleys with streams, pass crossings and ridges. One trail after the other follows. We pass sleepy little villages that often remind us of times long past. This is how the vertical meters add up in this picturesque valley. Due to the heavy rain last night, many of the stony trails often show up as small stream beds that make driving quite demanding. At some point after what feels like dozens of trails, we are picked out directly above Ponte Tresa on Lake Lugano. I survived the most difficult sections of the trail without damage. An automatic bollard brought me to the center of Agno, which juste started up the moment I was at its height. A bang and I was on the floor. It wasn't until I looked back and saw that my bike was being lifted that I realized what had happened. Apart from a small abrasion on the elbow and a bollard trauma for the future, I got away without damage. But richer by another great Ticino trail experience.
May 18, 2020
bikeverrückter Trailfinder mit dem Moto: Der Trail ist das Ziel!