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  • 02-11-2009
    Jerk_Chicken
    European Member Check In
    I figured just so we get to know one another here, one of these threads could be useful.

    This thread can help us find other riders in our area, military bases, or those familiar with the areas.

    I'm out in Dresden, but go back and forth monthly to NRW. From the US :thumbsup:
  • 02-11-2009
    Dazed
    Checking in from Sarpsborg, Norway.
  • 02-11-2009
    serfur1
    Northeast Italy, Vicenza to be exact.
  • 02-11-2009
    Jonesy33
    I live in Heidelberg right now, but will soon move to Kaiserslautern.

    I'm in the US Army, married with kids, pets etc. etc. I ride mostly 29er, tyhough I do still have a 26er... for the time being. I ride SS, geared fully rigid, full-suspension... whatever, just ride.
  • 02-11-2009
    crisillo
    I am Costa Rican and checking in from Saarbrücken, Germany (about 1 hour away from Kaiserslautern ;) )
  • 02-12-2009
    perttime
    Tampere, Finland.

    no mountains here, but lots of forest trails with smaller ups and downs.
    I've been mainly riding SS, recently, but should really take a look at my Big Bike too...
  • 02-12-2009
    -Calvin-
    Norwegian in Vicenza, Italy
  • 02-12-2009
    hbakken
    Checking in from Hokksund (near Oslo), Norway.
  • 02-12-2009
    Corvette
    Slovenia, check.
  • 02-13-2009
    marty_hd
    Riding in and around Heidelberg, Germany on SS 29ers.
  • 02-13-2009
    dropadrop
    Helsinki, southern Finland...
  • 02-14-2009
    cxfahrer
    Leipzig Eastgermany - look here for our local thread.
  • 02-15-2009
    boredwitless
    Lausanne, Switzerland, next to the Alps, Jura...
  • 02-15-2009
    Taylor_Made
    Zaragoza,northeast Spain....close to the Monegros desert.
  • 02-16-2009
    Bomber70
    I check in from Vicenza...and I see that we are at least three checking from here...
  • 02-16-2009
    dbarrett
    I'm American, in Vienna...getting to know the area better by riding in local XC races and various marathons around Austria.
  • 02-16-2009
    Cholopolitan
    Portugal
    Sintra to be more precise.
  • 02-17-2009
    rinseflow
    Pori, Finland checking in.

    Nothing resembling a mountain here, not even close, but at least we have small dunes that are frozen solid in the winter.
  • 02-17-2009
    Bomber70
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rinseflow
    Pori, Finland checking in.

    Nothing resembling a mountain here, not even close, but at least we have small dunes that are frozen solid in the winter.

    Hi,
    Do you have up there some MTB race like the "thousand lakes rally"?
  • 02-17-2009
    rinseflow
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Bomber70
    Hi,
    Do you have up there some MTB race like the "thousand lakes rally"?

    I'll need to think about that. I don't think anything compares. Definitely nothing that big exists.

    Päitsi is the closest thing I can come up with right now, but that's mx not mtb. Hmmm..
  • 02-17-2009
    Bomber70
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rinseflow
    I'll need to think about that. I don't think anything compares. Definitely nothing that big exists.

    Päitsi is the closest thing I can come up with right now, but that's mx not mtb. Hmmm..

    Being yours a country of GREAT drivers, I hope sooner or later a couple of interesting international MTB competitions should come out!

    :thumbsup: Paaitsi:thumbsup:
  • 02-17-2009
    rinseflow
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Bomber70
    Being yours a country of GREAT drivers, I hope sooner or later a couple of interesting international MTB competitions should come out!

    :thumbsup: Paaitsi:thumbsup:

    I sure hope we do get big weekend long MTB events. That'd be awesome.

    Some pics from Päitsi last year. If only we had something similar for MTB... damn.
  • 02-17-2009
    perttime
    This may well be the biggest Finnish MTB event:
    http://www.tahkomtb.fi/index?page=5
    an endurance race that some take seriously, some less so. 25, 45, 60, 120 and 180km races. The English and Estonian pages only have contact information...

    ... I am sick at home today. Let's see if I can translate some samples from the Tahko MTB FAQ...
    1. My neighbor says I'm an awsome rider. Can I take on the 180km distance?

    - What the neighbor says doesn't actually prevent you from entering the 180km race. For the Full Distance, you have to write an application stating adequate facts to convince us you can survive such madness. Agreement from your SO (in writing) also has an important role in deciding whether you qualify or not.

    2. My friend says that it is impossible to make Tahko MTB on the bike I have. He says I need to buy his old bike.

    - Sounds like he needs money for something. Tahko MTB 60km route has been done on 32" monowheel, kickbike, garden variety trekking bikes. One couple did two laps on a rigid tandem (but don't plan to repeat the experience). It is not about the bike. Attitude... you may need an attitude.
  • 02-17-2009
    rinseflow
    Yeah, Tahko is probably the biggest.

    Then there's Lohja 24hrs, but that's much easier trails I believe. Never been there so no first hand experience. Riding it solo would still be tough for sure.
  • 02-17-2009
    Sunnmax
    France
    From france for my part,

    Paris and Saint Tropez are my loops:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
  • 02-18-2009
    x3ro
    Checkin in from Maastricht, Holland. (only piece of Holland with "hills")
  • 02-18-2009
    Solomon76
    An American service member checking in from Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 02-18-2009
    Vlad01
    Slovakia, Central Europe here. Amazing rides throughout whole country ;)
  • 02-20-2009
    Baptiste
    France
  • 02-22-2009
    j.king
    Venlo, The Netherlands

    Don't have a bike together yet, I've been spending all winter trying to decide on a 29er or regular 26" wheeled bike...
  • 02-22-2009
    mr so much
    Lancashire in the UK, right next to the Lakes and the peak district. awesome riding round here.

    I vacillate between a hardtail hack and a full susser, depends on how pure I'm feeling ;-)
  • 02-22-2009
    zweigelt
    Austria, Vorarlberg. Near the Swiss Border.
  • 02-24-2009
    ratty2k
    Cheshire UK, not far from the Dark Peak, North Wales or the Lake district.
  • 02-25-2009
    zweigelt
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ratty2k
    Cheshire UK, not far from the Dark Peak, North Wales or the Lake district.

    Snowdonia?
  • 02-26-2009
    Uzzi
    Montreux at the Lac Léman in Switzerland.

    Moved here from the Netherlands about 6 years ago don't think I will be able to move back again. All that good mountain biking, snow boarding and skiing right in the back yard.
  • 02-26-2009
    MarkFu
    Herford, NW Gemany.

    UK armed forces, i'm out here for a couple of years. The riding here has potential, no huge hills or mountains, but there's rolling heavily forested countryside everywhere. It does however seem very cut up at the moment. I have a lot of exploring to do, as i've not been out much since i've moved in.

    Willingen and Winterberg are just over an hour South of here, so i'll be checking them out once the last of the snow has gone.
  • 02-26-2009
    Jerk_Chicken
    Mark,

    You'll enjoy both. Too much riding there and not enough time! You gotta budget a lot of time to ride up at Willingen.
  • 02-27-2009
    MarkFu
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Jerk_Chicken
    Mark,

    You'll enjoy both. Too much riding there and not enough time! You gotta budget a lot of time to ride up at Willingen.

    I have heard a lot of good things about both. It seems that Winterberg is more DH oriented, which may well be my intro to DH.

    What's the score with trails at Willingen? Is any of it waymarked? Or is it just a matter of exploring? I've had a look around a few websites and have found a couple of routes to download, but i'm thinking that popping into a bike shop down that way may be the best bet.
  • 02-27-2009
    Jerk_Chicken
    I can't remember what I did last summer, but we got there, parked near the mini FR track by the house, then headed by the path nearby that runs parallel to the mountain. We crossed under the lift, and then continued and even rode on the road a bit. Kept following the markers, then finally got to the up trail, by the little gravity race track. Once up, we rode across to the radio tower, saw some fighter jets do a fly-by, then found the marked dh trail and followed it a bit and rode the course down. This is where the lift brings you up.
  • 03-11-2009
    RJJ
    Checking in from Switzerland (Montreux area)
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  • 03-28-2009
    numken
    re:Slovenia
  • 03-31-2009
    MaxAug
    Checking from Italy, Milan zone.
  • 04-01-2009
    Tourgmenthon
    Riding in Girona, Catalonia, betwen France and Spain...where Lance Armstrong and the others riders of US Postal training before Tour de France
  • 04-08-2009
    Archer13
    Czech Republic, Prague
  • 04-08-2009
    Jerk_Chicken
    Any riding in or around Prague? I have headed down for day trips. Beautiful city.
  • 04-08-2009
    Archer13
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Jerk_Chicken
    Any riding in or around Prague? I have headed down for day trips. Beautiful city.

    Sure :)

    http://www.pbase.com/archer13/prokopak
    http://www.pbase.com/archer13/20070923
    http://www.pbase.com/archer13/kunratice

    Those photos are all in Prague or 10-15km around.
  • 04-08-2009
    Jerk_Chicken
    Nice! And where are the good places to eat and what's good to eat? The last time our family went, we didn't have time to eat due to a snowstorm on the way back, so we had to leave early.
  • 04-08-2009
    Archer13
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Jerk_Chicken
    Nice! And where are the good places to eat and what's good to eat? The last time our family went, we didn't have time to eat due to a snowstorm on the way back, so we had to leave early.

    Czech cuisine is not so far from the Austrian or German. In the center of Prague you may go ~100m in any direction, and you will find a restaurant :)

    My favorite places with traditional cuisine are on the west side of Prague, where I'm living:
    http://www.nafarkane.cz/ (get the "Gulash soup" for the first, it's very good!)
    http://www.pivovarskydvur.cz/ (the local brewery, very good beer!)
  • 04-14-2009
    collideous
    Biel, Switzerland. Mainly singlespeeding the Jura on a 29er.
  • 04-16-2009
    TheUnit
    Amberg, Germany