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Now it’s been a while since Denise and I had visited Uri in Israel – it was in November last year … Uri, thanks again for the superb hosting and tour guiding!
Here just some of our numerous impressions – just contact me for a detailed travelogue!
As you could have read in one of the older posts, Denise had crushed her old bike by jumping over a tiny bump. So the logical consequence was to buy a new one! 😉
It’s a Canyon Nerve XC 8.0 – for detailed specifications check the manufacturer home page (www.canyon.de)!
Here just the hard facts: 120 mm travel at ca. 12 kg total weight – sounds like fun!
… of my avarage pulse (160 bpm – usually it’s below 120 on an ordinary mtb tour)!
On Sunday the 8th, there will be a mtb race in Seiffen (ebm – erzgebirgs bike marathon) and therefor I was on a test ride this afternoon. Maybe the unusual high pulse is due to a serious cold I had last week or it’s simply because I’m in a really bad shape (or both of it) …
Check the facts:
Distance: 27.25 km
Meters in hight: 762 m
Time: 01:38:41 h
Av. speed: 16.56 km/h
Max. speed: 45.90 km/h
Av. pulse: 160 bpm
Max. pulse: 181 bpm
For the race I really need to slow down, otherwise I won’t survive two rounds of that!
Right after the previously reported bike skill training we made a trip to Mittenwald (Karwendel mountains) – of course for mountain biking! There we tested the before learned techniques and enjoied the beautiful landscape.
For our tours through the mountains we were well prepared since we had downloaded the most promising (and classic) routes on a Garmin GPS device (thanks to Doreen for lending it to us). Regrettably, the part of real single trails was very low and most of the ways were forest or alp roads. So for understandable reasons we searched for every little path (dashed line in the map) close to our route. Sometimes we were successful and in other cases we were crawling down some creeks w/o any trace of a track (except a warning sign for risk of life at the end of the creek).
By using the new technique for stepp descents (propably not in a right way) I had a littly accident with a rollover which caused some scratches and a dent in the bike frame! Thx Tobi 😉 … usually I use to be far behind the seat so that rollovers are impossible!
To go on with bike damages – Denise broke her bike frame by jumping over a tiny bump. Luckily not so far away from our flat … So for the next tour we had to rent a new bike, which was really heavy and therefore a bad example for a full-suspension mtb.
A few weeks ago Denise made me a great birthday present – a bike skill seminar – a thing I allways wanted to do!
At the first day we had some basic lectures at a parking ground, which means relatively flat area but tricky gravel ground! We got some instructions in basic position on the bike, right braking w/o leaving skid marks, and curve techniques. Advanced skills were lifting the front wheel and back wheel, and combining it to a “bunny hop” as well as handling switchbacks.
At the second day we tested the before learned tricks at real trails in the woods close to Kempten. The day ended with a superb trail along a so called “Tobel” (some kind of gorge).
Tobi, our teacher, was a really good one – allways relaxed and funny and very professional with a good didactical style at the same time! Thx for the great seminar …