Biking at Lago di Garda…

Last week – long weekend and four motivated bikers… But it took some time until we finally got to Lago di Garda πŸ˜‰

But from the beginning…

Actually it was planned that Sandy and me drive down to Lago di Garda but due to the bad weather forecast, Sandy cancelled but in the afternoon I got a call from Sabrina, what my plans were… We talked already about going down to the Lago, so new plans and the go for 6 p.m. 6.30 p.m. still noboby here… Around 7 p.m. Sabrina showed up with Philipp and Lulu and a full Mercedes bus – 4 people, 4 bikes and sooo much stuff – would we be able to get down there… It took us another hour to pack the van, Philipp fixed Lulu’s bike and somehow we decided it would be better to stay in Ibk for the night and get up early in the morning…

That’s what we did…

6 a.m. Taxi Sabrina arrives and we drive down to Lago di Garda… That was on Friday… We arrived atΒ  Malcesine and wanted to take the cable-car up to Monte Baldo… Somehow we managed to take soooo much time that the crowd of bikers in line where quicker than us… So not going up to the mountain before 2 p.m… Waiting and chilling at the lake instead…

Finally 2 p.m. and we could take the cable car up to Monte Baldo… Inbetween the weather got increasingly worse and by the time we started biking it started raining… So very, very slippery trails where waiting for us…

Before biking all the way down another uphill was waiting for us – we arrived at a mountain hut and stopped there as the weather was, well, let’s say, not good πŸ˜‰ Our plans hiking further up and riding down the famous trail “601” had to be postponed, the worse conditions were against us… At the hut we met some bikers who just wanted to ride down, so Lulu decided to follow them and wait for us at the car…

So we split up and Sabrina, Philipp and me took some german bikers with us to explore another trail down… Okay, we didn’t know where to go but the guys would have been lost without us πŸ˜‰

A labyrinth of uphill and downhill and a bad trail map gave us a looooong journey back to where we started… In the dark we had to bike along the main road back to Malcesine and finally around 10 p.m. we arrived at the starting point where Lulu was waiting for us… Our car was parked in the garage of the telecabine so lucky us we were able to get inside the garage… The 4,50 € car parking was now over 20 € so we decided to stay inside the garage, leave the bikes outside and sleep in the van… Unlucky us, the security was informed and a security guy came to friendly show us the way outside ;-)… So no cosy night inside the garage, we had to stay outside… Also no problem because there was a parking place just near there… At 11 p.m. we finally were able to cook some noodles and eat in the van :-)…

We were all very tired so bedtime around midnight… And where did we sleep? All four of us in the Mercedes van πŸ˜‰ Lulu, Sabrina and me at the back and Philipp in front at the driver’s seat… Needs to get used to πŸ˜‰

Saturday 4th June 2011, Trail Nr 6 was our goal for today… We just had a short description from the trail out of the MTB-Freeride Magazine but managed to do well to find the way up… The sun was extraordinary hot and biking uphill with the heavy bikes – it’s a mission πŸ˜‰ Hours later we finally got to the entrance of the trail where we met a Swiss and Canadian guy… Fun with them :-)… They took the “601” whereas we tried our “6”… They laughed at us as we were fully equipped but just a normal trail was greeting ;-)… But soon it changed and 1000 hm downhill with lots of flow and nice challenges waited for us… Here’s the short video edit…

Good times πŸ™‚

Pizza time in the evening, meeting some fellows and another night, this time at a different parking lot πŸ˜‰ I wasn’t able to stay another night in the van, so I set up the tent and slept outside… Not the best idea but who cares πŸ˜‰

Sunday chilling day and while driving back to Ibk, ohhh, what a surprise, traffic jam πŸ˜‰

But such a fun weekend – Thanks Philipp, Lulu and Sabrina πŸ™‚ It has been great πŸ™‚

Some more impressions…

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...back in Torbole... Full of dirt but happy :-)... Mel... Philipp...