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    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

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    Checking in from Sarpsborg, Norway.

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    Northeast Italy, Vicenza to be exact.

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    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.

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    I am Costa Rican and checking in from Saarbrücken, Germany (about 1 hour away from Kaiserslautern )

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    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...

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    Norwegian in Vicenza, Italy
    "Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants won't help."
    Bill Watterson's "Calvin & Hobbes"

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    Checking in from Hokksund (near Oslo), Norway.

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    Slovenia, check.

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    Riding in and around Heidelberg, Germany on SS 29ers.

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    Helsinki, southern Finland...

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    Leipzig Eastgermany - look here for our local thread.

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    Lausanne, Switzerland, next to the Alps, Jura...

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    Zaragoza,northeast Spain....close to the Monegros desert.

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    I check in from Vicenza...and I see that we are at least three checking from here...
    Better afoot than without My C'Dale

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    I'm American, in Vienna...getting to know the area better by riding in local XC races and various marathons around Austria.

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    Portugal

    Sintra to be more precise.

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    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.

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    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"?
    Better afoot than without My C'Dale

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    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..

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    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!

    Paaitsi
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    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!

    Paaitsi
    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    France

    From france for my part,

    Paris and Saint Tropez are my loops

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    Checkin in from Maastricht, Holland. (only piece of Holland with "hills")

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    An American service member checking in from Stuttgart, Germany.
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    Slovakia, Central Europe here. Amazing rides throughout whole country

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    France
    du Voyage Tout Tranquille
    au Vraiment Très Turbulent
    en passant par le Vélo Tous Temps,

    On fait tous du VTT*

    *french Mountain bike

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    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...

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    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 ;-)
    So Much is Dangery

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    Austria, Vorarlberg. Near the Swiss Border.

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    Cheshire UK, not far from the Dark Peak, North Wales or the Lake district.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Checking in from Switzerland (Montreux area)
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    Checking from Italy, Milan zone.

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    Riding in Girona, Catalonia, betwen France and Spain...where Lance Armstrong and the others riders of US Postal training before Tour de France
    From Barcelona, Catalonia

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    Czech Republic, Prague

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!)

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    Biel, Switzerland. Mainly singlespeeding the Jura on a 29er.

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