trail-business We give you inspiration and show you how to organize your perfect mountain bike holidays besides a full-time job. Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:33:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 trail-business 32 32 365 days of trails beside business Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:08:16 +0000

We have been online for 365 days now. It all started out as a quick idea. Our intentions were a mix of sharing our experience and inspiring other mountain bikers.

Sure, we are no bike magazine, journalists or professional riders. But that is the whole point of this blog: We are working full time and try to integrate our hobby in everyday´s life: trail and business!

Looking back at the last year of we are very proud that our intentions were recognized and you seem to like our stories.

Now it is time to thank you and all the people who supported us over the last 365 days!

Thank you…

  • …Marcel for guiding us in Davos
  • …Jan from DirtLej, Andre from Droneking and Bjørn from for your support on our Norway trip
  • …Carlos from Bike Safari Tours for the great experience on the Azores
  • …to all of our friends on our hometrails in Germany (destination reports coming soon!)
  • …feedspot for adding us to your TOP 100 Mountain Bike Blogs 
  • …to all the people on facebook and instagram who like our blog and help us to grow step by step

We are looking forward to the next 365 days with you: More pictures, videos, gps tracks and travel reports – all for free!

And our next destination will be: …..announced soon  ;p

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How to get rid of bike shoe odor Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:32:31 +0000

The first post in 2018 starts with an amazing topic: smelly shoes… 😛

But honestly: this time a year it is almost impossible to get around muddy tracks and puddles. Moreover, I don´t know many mountain bikers who really care about getting dirty. I cycle to work everyday and can´t avoid getting soaking wet.

Every mountain biker knows the feeling of coming home covered in mud, stuffing the dirty clothes into the washing machine and then leap into the shower. What´s left? The wet and dirty shoes. Most of us rinse the dirt off and put them on the radiator, stuffed with old newspapers and take out the soles. So far so good, but they will start smelling after a couple of dirty experiences. The reason for the odor is bacteria that like the wet environment in the bike shoes and start growing there. Yuk!

After having tried different options of getting rid of the smell the first finding was: forget all the sprays and gadgets you can buy. The solution is much easier and healthy as well! No, it is not buying new shoes…

How to get rid of bike shoe odor:

Always start with washing and drying the shoes properly. The best way to remove bike shoe odor afterwards is:

  • Peel and eat 2-3 tangerines or 1 orange (also try different citrus fruits)
  • Put the peels inside your shoes overnight
  • Remove the peels in the morning and take a smell (I know you would do that anyways! 🙂 )

The most ugly smell is removed already after one first night. As a side effect you probably won´t suffer from vitamin deficiency that easy!

How does it work?

I really have no clue! In case there are any chemists or biologists in our audience please leave a comment with the explanation for us.

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Davos Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:28:28 +0000

Davos – 09/2016


Tschuggen trail


Brämabüel – Clavadeler Alp and Jakobshorn Flowtrail


1st section Alps Epic Trail




Höhenweg – Klosters


Weissfluhgipfel Trail

driving skills

What did I think as Daniel and his wife were on honeymoon and a friend asked me to go mountain biking in Davos, Switzerland? – I thought: mountains, great views and nice trails – YES I´m in!

The only thing I had to do was to find more friends to join, in order to occupy the empty seats in the car. That´s is how a very spontaneous bike & road trip to Davos began! And really sorry there is no cool video today 😉


This time my friend Sebastian did “the planning” before asking me. He has some friends in Switzerland: one who rents apartments and another one (Marcel) who works at bike-academy as a mechanic and bike instructor. Fortunately Marcel had the weekend off and offered to show us the trails around Davos! My job was to find more bikers to join for the trip to Davos, buy drinks and supply for the weekend. Easy!

Even though we didn´t do too much planning you will find everything you need in this article.

Ok, I had some more planning to do: Two week before the trip a branch ruined my rear derailleur, rear wheel and broke the derailleur hanger out of the frame. It was a hassle trying to get all the parts replaced, especially the rear swing arm of the frame. But Bernd from Nobelhobel helped me getting all the parts and fixing it before we drove off to Davos – thank you Bernd! 😉

Best travelling time

Best travel time for mountain biking in the swiss canton Graubünden is between May and the middle of September. Hence the end of September was a bit of a gamble. But I was lucky and the weather was really nice! After September you usually get snow on the top of the mountains and the weather can change rapidly!

Getting there

Getting there by plane is pretty difficult. The nearest airports are Zürich (CH), Stuttgart (D) and Munich (D). From there you have to take the train or a car to reach Davos. Depending on where you start you may have to change train quite often. Going by car is definitely the easiest way.

Remember you have to get a motorway sticker (highway toll) in Switzerland BEFORE entering. Don´t forget – otherwise it takes way more time and money until you ever reach Davos.


You can find a lot of accommodation on airbnb or hotels on other platforms. The price ranges from budget accommodation (about 25€/p.P. per night) to more luxurious places (100€/p.P. per night). It is up to you whether you need a fully equipped gym and spa or a comfortable bed is all you need.

As mentioned we rented an apartment near down town from a friend. The interior was coming with a fully equipped kitchen and the design was held in the styles of the 70s. Everything was clean and there was even a pool. We should have brought our swimming trunks. For four people over two nights the size of the apartment was good. For a longer stay maybe a bigger apartment is better.

If you need a contact feel free to give us a shout.


Yeah, well – that is a thing in Switzerland. If you speak German, French or English you should be fine in Davos. When they speak German theay tend to put an “i” at the end of every second word, what makes it sound really cute (I know German and cute is a contradiction in itself).

The language Swiss German is spoken in all parts of Switzerland and developed in the 1960s to distinguish from the Germans. In the 1980s together with the radio and TV the Swiss German become more and more popular in Switzerland. Swiss German is has influences from French and Italian, depending on the canton you go in Switzerland.


Similar to Norway everything in Switzerland is far more expensive than in the rest of Europe. Hence, we brought most of our supply for breakfast and dinner from Germany. If you don´t import your own food there are plenty of supermarkets. Usually the open from 9 AM -10 PM seven days a week. You are not going to starve in Davos 😉

We recommend taking a rest at the restaurants on the top of the mountains or in the valley during your bike trips. You will enjoy great meals combined with stunning views over the mountains. But remember to bring enough cash (it is expensive)!


During two amazing days biking in Davos, we enjoyed beautiful landscape, alpine regions, forest and wide open areas. The range of tracks from flowy to technical was extraordinary and we hope to inspire you with our description below:

Day 1:

Track 1: We took a bus from “Davos Dorf” up the “Flüelapassstrasse”. From there we had to follow the road until we reached the river “Inn” in the next valley. After a few kilometers we arrived at the first trail head. This track was perfect for starting the day – not being too difficult, with a very nice rythm and escorted by the creek “Flüelbach”. As the track is a famous hiking trail we had to bike carefully. After a few wider track sections we finally arrived at “Chalet Velo”. We purchased snacks and thought about improving our technical skills on the pump track or the small bike park, but decided to save our energy for the next tracks.

Track 2: After going up to the Jakobshorn by cableway and a few meters cycling on gravel road we turned onto the next track. It started with very challenging short and steep turns – eyes on the track! Luckily, the last section rewarded us with a beautiful view on the wide open landscape and much easier biking.

Track 3: Again we went up the Jakobshorn by cableway. Our goal: biking the first part of the “Alps Epic Trail“. The whole Alps Epic Trail is about 35km long with almost 80% singletracks! It all started with pedaling to the trail head on gravel road. After entering the Alps Epic we found ourselves on an uphill that changed quickly into an incredibly flowy downhill. Fast curves and almost no pedaling staying on the same contour line made this track really awesome to ride. We left the Alps Epic at the “Sertigerstrasse” and rolled down the road very happy. A perfect first day in Davos!

Day 2:

Track 1: Early in the morning we took the “Parsennbahn 1” half way up. As we exited the gondola we found ourselves in dense fog with visibility below 20 meters. Despite the bad conditions we decided to give it a go. We managed biking down the slippery track and tough switchbacks with fogged up googles. After many turns mixed with flowy sections the poor conditions got a bit better and we enjoyed the ride through the forest down to “Davos See”. We crossed the road and made our way down to “Klosters” on hiking trails and narrow paths.


Track 2: From “Klosters” we realxed on our way up with the “Gotschnabahn” to the peak at 2,250 m. Right after a quick lunch we got onto a natural single track down to Davos. The first part of the ride was slippery and extremely muddy. It was hard to control the bike and stay on track. After only a few meters the ground filled with gravel and rocks and got much easier to bike. For mountain bike beginners we recommend to be careful and get off the bike at some spots that we would declare as no fall zones. But don´t worry you can also enjoy the stunning view carrying your bike!

Following the track into a forest it lead us directly to the “Davos See” the perfect place for a refresh in the lake – if it was only summer!

Next time we hope for better weather conditions and may even check out the bike park in “Klosters” as well 😉


Track 3: Our last ride of day 2 started at the top of the “Parsennbahn 2” at the Weisflujoch at 2,600 m. Going down the ski-slope we crossed over to the other side of the Weisflujoch and the Schiahorn for the Strelapass. From here the trail went up and down (but mostly uphill) passing a small mountain lake. We reached the “Chörbschhornhütte” for a first rest. Luckily we brought our own lunch as the cabin is not serviced. It was a good idea taking a long break before we started for the 6 km downhill track. The trails begins rocky and technical with steep sections interrupted by amazingly  flowy parts. Approximately half-way down we got into the rythm of a smooth track joined by a few rocks and natural jumps. Thereafter, the track gets pretty curvy and fast so both our hands and brakes had to work hard. Before we arrived in the valley we slowly biked through a forest looking for a tooth one of our buddies lost a while ago. Send us a message when you find it 😉

Day 3:

Before we headed back to Hamburg, Sebastian took us up the”Flüelapassstrasse”. Three of us biked the first track of day 1 again. Still remembering the tricky sections we had a lot of fun speeding down the track. A superb conclusion for the weekend in Davos.

And now stop reading and get take your bike on the tracks in Davos!

What we learned

Cheese fondue tastes amazing after a long day on the bike!

Bring a good Enduro bike to Davos and the tracks are thrilling. As most of the paths are natural hiking trails, cycling can be very exhausting, especially climbs up to 2,500 m – you would die with a Downhill bike 😉

Trail-tolerance works great in Davos. Hikers and mountain bikers get along pretty well – please respect and help supporting it stays that way.

Don’t crash your bike at home before going on a mountain bike trip! Well maybe crashing is always a bad thing, but it really sucks right before bike holidays.


All costs per person:

Fuel (Hamburg to Davos): 35,- €

Accommodation incl. Davos-card and tourist tax: 63,80,- €

Bus-ticket in Davos: 8,80,- €/tour

Lift pass for the bike: 8,80,- €/day/bike

Food: ~20,- €/day

Total: ~165,- €

Our conclusion

It was a great and spontaneous short trip to Davos we can highly recommend. Let´s try to sum up some advices and highlight for you:

  • The area gives you the chance to choose from bike parks with tables, jumps or drops and almost natural trails for both hikers and bikers.
  • Davos offers a perfect range from easy to hard and short to long tracks gives you the opportunity to tailor your own bike experience. The “Alps Epic Trail” is about 35 km with almost every meter going on singletracks.
  • You can chosse from biking up every mountain or going by bus and lift.
  • An Enduro or All-mountain bike is the best choice. Bringing a Downhill bike will eat up all your energy pedalling the uphills inbetween and during the tracks.
  • Many locals bike around Davos. Therefore, feel free to ask the friendly people for advice and the best tracks.

Special thanks to Marcel (a friend of Sebastian) from bike-academy for guiding us in Davos!

Please leave a comment for us and feel free to ask us for assistance planning your own trip to Davos.

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Mountain biking green – carbon offset Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:42:17 +0000

For sure biking is much more environmental friendly than driving a car – not a big secret 😉

But mountain biking and especially taking your bike on holidays probably isn´t that environmental friendly? Together with the Ekos Group, a social enterprise charity, we had a closer look at the carbon emission we produce with our environmental friendly passion.

The basics

Firstly it is very hard to find good and reliable information about this topic when it comes to mountain biking. Especially the production of a mountain bike varies heavily, depending on the material, the parts and the sustainability effort of the manufacturer. Moreover it is not possible to calculate an exact carbon equivalent for everything like spare parts, crop damage riding trails or individual equipment. As offsetting a ton of carbon costs only about 23 € it is fair to over-estimate the emitted carbon slightly for offsetting. We stick to rough values in this article based on multiple resources, studies and correspondence with EKOS from New Zealand.

But now let´s try to give you hand with mountain biking green(er) by carbon offsetting.

The bike

According to many bike companies the customers still care mostly about the price. That makes environmental friendly production pretty hard for them. One step towards mountain biking green is to have a closer look at the brand you buy. The following numbers can be taken as a guideline to carbon offset a brand new fully equipped mountain bike:

  • Mountain bike with aluminum frame (can be recycled): 350 kg CO2 eq.
  • Mountain bike with carbon fibre frame (very hard to recycle): 200 kg CO2 eq.

Also bear in mind the CO2 emissions for shipping when you order online.

The spare parts

Calculating the CO2 equivalent for spare parts almost makes no sense. Unless you burn down your tyres every week 🙂 We think smaller spare parts can be covered by the over-estimation when you offset your mountain bike holidays. Anyways we try to give you an idea for some parts:

  • front wheel (Al): 10 kg CO2 eq.
  • rear wheel (Al): 20 kg CO2 eq.
  • chain: 10 kg CO2 eq.
  • tyre: 5 kg CO2 eq.
Mountain bike holidays

Again totally depending on where, how and for how long you are going your emissions have to be calculated. We always try to offset our holidays and the calculations are not too hard. In our bike holiday planner we already included the calculations of CO2 eq. based on your mode of transport. Here is what´s behind the calculations:

  • 1 liter of gas for a car: 2.64 kg CO2 eq.
  • 1 kilometer/person in a train: 0.041 kg CO2 eq.
  • 1 kilometer/person in a bus: 0.032 kg CO2 eq.
  • 1 kilometer/person in a plane: 0.211 kg CO2 eq.
  • 1 kilometer/person on a ferry: 0.1 kg CO2 eq.

If you take your car and/or bike on the ferry add 0,002 kg CO2 eq. for each kilogram per kilometer on top.

For using the bike you can roughly calculate:

  • 1 kilometer/person on a bike: 0.01 kg CO2 eq.

During mountain bike holidays you also consume food, water and electricity. Probably some a bit more (food) than on an average work day and some a little less (electricity). A typical and average split in everyday energy consumption looks like this:

  • Cleaning the dishes 7%
  • Light 9%
  • Cooking 11%
  • Washing/Drying 13%
  • Fridge 17%
  • Electronics 27%
  • Else 16%

The easiest way to calculate your consumption with an averge CO2 eq. on a daily basis using 3 kg CO2 eq. per person.


For our last mountain bike holidays in Norway we calculated the following carbon emissions:

  • Car – appr. 175 liters of Diesel – 462 kg CO2 eq.
  • Ferry – 330 km (3 persons): 99 kg CO2 eq.
  • Car, bikes and supplies (~2 tons) on the ferry – 330 km: 1188 kg CO2 eq.
  • Food, water, electricity (8 days/3 persons): 72 kg CO2 eq.
  • 100 km on mountain bike (3 biker): 3 kg CO2 eq.

Total: ~1750 kg CO2 eq.


In order to be on the safe side we offset 2 t CO2 eq. for less than 50 € with our new partner EKOS! We are aware that carbon offsetting is a modern selling of indulgences. But not doing this is far worse. As mountain bikers we have a natural interest in maintaining nature – we hope you support us and offset at least your mountain biking together with us for mountain biking green. 🙂

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Holiday planner for mountain bikers Sun, 16 Jul 2017 13:33:27 +0000
Mountain bike holiday planner and the theory of organizing mountain bike travels

Planning mountain bike travels can get very sophisticated and confusing quickly. During planning you will come across many options asking yourself whether to go by ferry or plane, sleep at a campground or in a cabin, stay 6 or 7 days or even take a guide? Which combination is now the best in regards of your budget and travel time?

Imagine yourself planning mountain bike holidays for you and five of your friends. Now you try to find the best combination out of hundreds of solutions with respect to cost, time and environmental impact. Not an easy task! But we have been through this a few times by now and want to share something with you:

The trail-business holiday planner!

How does the holiday planner work?

It is an excel spreadsheet that can easily be used by everybody (who has Microsoft Excel running on the computer…). Download a blank version and an example file. After opening one of the files simply follow the steps in the 8 tabs along the bottom of the sheet:

  • Starting Tab: Start with entering your basic travel data (dates and people joining the tour)
  • Tab 1: Enter daily costs (assumption for food and maybe bike rental)
  • Tab 2: Enter transportation options (car, train, bus, ferry,…)
  • Tab 3: Enter accommodation (hotel, campground, cabin,…)
  • Tab 4: Enter services you want to use (guides, tour packages,…)
  • Tab 5: optionally you can enter equipment you need to purchase for this travel
  • Tab 6: Build 3 combinations based on the tabs 2-4 using the dropdown menus
  • Final Tab: In this final calculation you get an overview. Based on travel time, costs and environmental impact you can then choose you best option

The holiday planner is totally flexible and you can edit every cell colored in blue. Every tab comes with an important notice colored in red at the top of the sheet.  Don´t worry, even without substantial knowledge in excel it can easily be mastered. We are currently thinking about recording a tutorial video for you, let us know if you need it.

How much does the holiday planner cost?

It is 100 % free! is a private project so far without any monetarisation in mind. The only thing that is not free is the improvement of the holiday planner. This is where we need your input! You found mistakes, typos or have a question? Let us know and we can make the holiday planner better together.

Please download, use, like and don´t forget to leave a comment below!

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Norway Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:41:38 +0000

Norway – 06/2017


driving skills

Norway? Why should you go to a destination so far up north only for mountain biking? Well, after having biked three different areas in Norway we found a thousand reasons why. Here are just a few:

  • awesome landscape,
  • beautiful natural trails,
  • daylight from 4 AM til 11 PM in summer,
  • very friendly people,
  • and the weather is better than what Norway is known for.

This time we rented a drone at droneking to capture the amazing landscape. Enjoy our report, pictures and video about mountain biking in Norway (and prepare for weird food combinations).


Inspired by Dustin´s hiking holidays in Norway we wanted to experience the trails on our bikes. Having agreed on the week right after Daniel´s wedding in June it was on Dustin to organize the trip to mountain bike in Norway. Luckily we where already in contact with Bjørn from who seems to be famous all of over Norway 🙂

With his help we narrowed our options down to three different spots:

  1. Hallingdal – to meet Bjørn and bike together with him.
  2. the Fjords – for epic singletracks in stunning landscape.
  3. Gautefall – for biking on large rock areas created by glaciers during iceage.

After having set the destinations we used our cost calculation sheet to compare different accommodation and transportation options. Finally, we decided to go by ferry and car and book accommodation on AirBnB.

There is thing to bear in mind if you plan your budget: Food and drinks (especially alcohol) is pretty expensive in Norway. Therfore, we brought food and a portable cooler in order to save some money.

Best travelling time

As Norway stretches up over about 1750 km from north to south there is maybe no general “best” travelling time. But there are some things to consider: The further you go north the colder it gets (what a great finding ;)). Especially far up north climate is arctic all year long. In the fjord and coastal regions the weather is pretty mild, but often rainy in the mountains. Anyhow, prepare for snow even in summertime!

Most locals we met told us that the best travelling time is between June and September. Most mountain passes open already by the end of May until October.

We came to Norway at the beginning of June and were not really lucky with the weather. Hence, we were very happy about our sponsored dirtsuits light by dirtlej we used almost every day.

Getting there

Depending on where you start you can either go by plane, train, ferry, car, on a bike or even walk if you have time.

By plane:

Norway has almost 100 airports, but Oslo is by far the largest, followed by Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger. If you fly to Oslo you can easily start your mountain bike adventure from there or rent a car or take a train to other areas.

By car from Europe mainland:

Driving through Denmark you can cross the bridges to Kopenhagen and Malmo. From Malmo you can then make your way up the coast. Be aware that the roads in Norway have many turns, uphills or bottlenecks and often a speed limit of 80 km/h. During planning you consider that driving by car sometimes takes longer than expected.

By ferry and car from Europe mainland:

There are three major ferry lines going to scandinavia:

Depending on where you start you can drive all the way up to the ferry ports at the northern tip of Denmark. Another option is to go in a cruise from Kiel, Ruegen, Rostock or Gdansk. In any case start planning early to not miss early booking offers. Try to keep you car within the dimensions of 5m in length and 2m in height to not pay extra.


All we were looking for was a place to sleep, cook and put our bikes during our roadtrip. Therefore, we booked self-catered cabins via airbnb, which turned out being a really great solution.


Appartment at Ligia on an old farm. Very warm welcome with delicious selfmade waffles and fruits!


Norway Norway

Hafslo at the Fjords:

A spacious and well-equipped self-catered cabin in the woods. The host Ernst even brought us wood for the fireplace.




We stayed in a basic rural cabin about 400 metres of walking distance to the parking spot at the road. The host Henrik prepared the place for us. Hence we had a warm cosy place with enough water and beer 😉



As Norway has the “right or roam” you are allowed to camp in the wilderness and even on private ground after permission. For more info check the website from Visit Norway.


Guess what, they speak Norwegian in Norway 🙂

It is nice to learn some very basic words like “takk” for “thank you”, but you get along with English very well. Most of the Norwegians switch to English anyways, as soon as they recognize you are a tourist.


Already mentioned in the planning section above, food can be pretty expensive in Norway. If you like to drink a cold beer after a long bike ride, you will find yourself paying 8 € easily, even in supermarkets.

Hence, we decided to bring a cooler and fresh vegetables, food in cans and drinks from Germany. If you plan to do so either, double check on what you are allowed to bring into Norway.

For meat lovers try to find a place where they serve reindeer, tastes very nice, even on pizza.

Moreover, if you bring a fishing rod, you are allowed to go fishing in seawater places. For fishing in rivers and lakes you can buy a fishing license for only a few crowns.

But most importantly we discovered great receipes involving chocolate covered peanut (known as M&Ms). You can have them on bread, in milk, pasta and almost every dish you can imagine. For 1 week you will need at least 2 kg for 3 bikers.



After an early start for our Friend Andi coming up from Frankfurt to Hamburg we started driving to Hirtshals in Denmark by car. During the few hours on the ferry we only got little sleep until we Larvik in Norway at 2:00 AM. The rest of the night we spent with driving towards of Gol in heavy rain. A short stopover for a powernap and we arrived at our first mountain bike destination (Gol) where we met Bjørn from Let the biking in Norway begin!

Day 1: Gol

Still tired but motivated we started our first bike ride at our appartment around 11 AM. About. First we had to pedal up to about 680 m above sea level on the northwest side of Gol. An easy uphill on tarmac and dirt road an off we went into the misty forest. Beginning with roots and muddy sections the single track offered a great mixture technical passages and flow trails. The spooky setting due to the fog in the dense forest gave us a feeling how thext days are going to be. At least that is what we thought.


Day 2: Gol (again)

Our second day in the area around Gol our group got bigger. Bjørn brought two really cool fellows Adrian and Andreas along. Without any idea on how the biking would be today we got into the car and drove up to the Nystølfjellet (no clue how to pronounce it properly). A fjell is a mountain range often spreading over large area – being our biking zone for the day. Starting above the tree line we cycled up to three different peaks with flowy trails in between.  This turned out being a great area to test our DJI Mavic Pro drone we rented at droneking for our new video. After a long break due to some technical issues we got some great aerial shots and continued on the fjell.


The Norwegian landscape did just not want to stop showing us his best facets. At the last plateau we had to cross an outflow of a lake as suddenly low clouds started to veil the view. After a short break the sky started to clear up again and offered an amazing view: To our right was an old hut right at the lake shore and to our left we saw the flank of the hill dropping into a valley surrounded by more mountains. We had no other option than letting the Mavic take off again to capture this stunning scenery. The way down the hill was pretty challenging and technical but a lot of fun!


Taking advantage of the long days of summer we started a second tour later that day. Bjørn led us up to the northeast of Gol via a tarmac uphill. About about 650 m above sea level we arrived at the trailhead. Winding down the single track towards Gol we crosses enjoyed a mix of forest, open and rocky slopes with some technical passages and some very fast and flowy parts. Later in the evening we could hardly believe the diversity of tracks we biked that day. In order to get an impression check out the scenes in the first minute of our video.

Day 3:

During a full day of driving from Gol to Hafslo at the Sognefjord through beautiful landscape we quickly stopped at a massive waterfall. Somehow Dustin´s mood was incredibly well, even though it was a large waterfall dropping down 155 meters. There is the assumption that only waterfalls between 5 and 50 meters cause bad feelings for him – nobody knows, we will keep on observing!


Back to biking! After the long drive to Hafslo the next day was mountain biking day number three. It turned out more being a hike and bike. This trip was the hardest of the Norway adventure: Up the mountain called Molden.


By car we drove up to parking spot and started our trip up the mountain. Some parts were okay to cycle but after a while it got way steeper, muddy and slippery. On the last section up to the peak at 1100 meters we shouldered the bikes and literally climbed up. Every meter was hard work but interrupted and rewarded by amazing lookouts.


Having defeated the climb up the mountain we started our descend down into the valley. Going down track of the 80/20 Enduro Series we had to cross snow- and mudfields. Later on we found out that they cancelled the last sections of the Enduro race last year due to bad track conditions. Well, after a while the trail became more rideable going back to very technical on the last kilometers. It is definitely a lot of fun for more advanced riders. Only one of us three was able to bike the whole track. Technically Daniel was the only real finisher of the race 🙂


At the end of the track almost at sea level we had to pedal up all the way back to the car. For the last 300 meters we took advantage of a very nice transportation concept: hitchhiking! Thanks to the Lady and her daughter who took one of us up to the car. Only a few minutes later Daniel was back with our car and we drove to our cabin.

Day 4:

During our fourth day of biking we rode many different tracks in the fjord area. There seem to be some ongoing discussions with some landowners about the behavior of some bikers (e.g. shuttling up all day with many bikes). Therefore, we respect the wish of the locals to not drag too much attention on this special area.

All we can say is that we pedaled up every meter we descended and stayed on the beautiful tracks. Besides amazingly flowy natural trails we also enjoyed a man-made section with steep curves and jumps. Later that day we met the local Vegard who showed us the really amazing green single tracks down to the fjord.  We enjoyed the fantastic panorama and the amazing ride, hoping the area will settle it´s discussion and bikers support the locals in finding a reasonable balance between tourism and nature conservation. Until then we hope you understand we don´t upload the GPS tracks of the area here.


Back in the car we drove to Nissedal, our last destination at Gautefall. Driving over the ice and snow covered Aurlandsfjell was an amazing experience. Norway´s landscape is just beautiful. It took us a full day until we arrived our cabin in the woods (hang on isn´t this a title of a movie? Well it didn´t get that bad!).

Day 5:

Next day (bike day number five) we took the bikes to the “Himmelrike”. Bjørn gave us the advice to cycle up the hill at the Gautefall skisenter on the bedrock. After having reached the top you will understand why the granite valley formed by the glaciers of the last ice age is called Himmelrike (kingdom of heaven).


Riding down the bedrocks it started raining and got more slippery every minute. On the last 10 meters of the track Daniel slipped on his bike and crashed into the rocks. The trip to Norway ended with a broken hand for him. Luckily he is almost recovered by now and will hopefully be able to enjoy the rest of the season on the bike.

What we learned

First finding: There is no need to carry cash money. You can pay everything by credit card.

Roads in Norway have many turns, uphills or bottlenecks and often there is a speed limit of 80 km/h. The time in the car can easily exceed the time spent on the mountain bikes.

You can find more mountain bike GPS tracks on the internet than we expected during planning. Pretty often they turn out to be much harder to ride than expected 🙂

It is not only a rumor: You can easily hitchhike in Norway (as long as you don´t want to take your bike inside the car 😉

Another finding is described in the food section of this article. All food lovers should prepare for an M&Ms cookbook by trail-business…


Costs for the three of us:

Ferry: 285,- € (car limited to 5 m length and 2 m height, 3 passengers)

Diesel:  200,-€

Rental roofbox: 55,- €

Accommodation: 600,-€

Food: 350,-€

Total: 1490,- € 

(about 500,-€ per person)

Our conclusion

An great destination for every mountain biker who loves nature. The landscape seems to change every few kilometers and offers magical sceneries (e.g. Himmelriket). When you are going to Norway bring enough time. The week for our trip was a bit short, we could have stayed longer at almost every spot.

Norway is a large country and you can mountain bike almost everywhere. As long as you do not expect a touristic infrastructure like in the Alps you can experience amazing natural single tracks. Prepare for all kinds of weather and you will have a lot of fun!

Be careful, because some tracks can get very tricky and you may need advanced biking skills to master them. But even if you just get off the bike at these sections you will love every minute in this beautiful country.

Which brings us right to the final point: Take some time to enjoy the nature and the beautiful scenery. Our impression is that Norway is not the country for shredding down the hill (except for bike parks like Hafjell maybe). It is more for advanced rider who love biking in rural and natural areas. Perfect for unique mountain bike holidays.

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Dirtsuits from dirtlej Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:46:11 +0000

Dirtsuits in summer? Well, during final plannings to visit Norway we wanted  to prepare against changing weather conditions and…

…we heard there are quite a few waterfalls in that area. Last time Dustin saw a waterfall he got in a really bad mood – nobody knows why. But it was clear we needed a solution to protect Dustin from the nasty waterfalls!!

We decided to contact dirtlej to get their brand new dirtsuit light edition that was not on the market yet. They just introduced the new series and we were lucky to get some in advance for testing in Norway. Dirtlej insured us the bad-mood-waterfall protection is being built-in. 🙂

And today we received the package! Inside the parcel we found two incredibly lightweight dirtsuits from dirtlej in orange with blue zippers. They seem to have a good quality and we are going to test them on the trails and under waterfalls in Norway next week. Daniel was really hoping for the pink version for matching his neon yellow Orbea Rallon, but unfortunately there is a supply problem at the moment. Dirtlej you can be sure he will continously check your website for the neon pink 🙂

Besides the dirtsuits dirtlej sent us their extended bike protection set. Looks like very reliable protection for our bikes being tied on the car´s bike rack. It appears to be like a full protection suit for our bikes including:

  • 2 forkprotector
  • 2 rearprotector
  • 2 frameprotector
  • 2 pedalprotector
  • 4 rimprotector

We will keep you updated with images and our experience with both the dirtsuits and the bike protection during our trip to Norway. Please root for Daniel the bad-mood-waterfall-protection really works. Otherwise he may be never seen again….

Thanks a lot to the dirtlej team for supporting us with your products!

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Preparing to visit Norway Fri, 05 May 2017 17:50:47 +0000

Yeah!! We are going to take our mountain bikes far up north!

Visit Norway, the country of…

…trolls? Maybe. But we are way more interested in the trails Norway has to offer. We are currently planning the trip after having booked the ferry 2 months ago. This appeared to be a good idea to do quite early as they are almost fully booked by now. Going in June will hopefully bring us some decent weather for mountain biking. Especially the fjords around Kaupanger usually has little rain in June. Let´s hope for the best.

Visit Norway with..

…our mountain bikes and a video drone. Well, it looks like we are bringing a drone this time to spice up our videos with some aerials. At the moment we are waiting for good weather here in Germany to test the gadget before feeling confident taking it out in the wilderness 🙂

Visit Norway, meeting…

…the guys from in Hallingdal. You probably realized we support them by uploading our GPS-tracks to their website. In June they are going to show us their favorite single tracks in their area personally! We are very much looking forward to biking together.

Visit Norway for…

…awesome landscapes.

…waterfalls (Dustin hates waterfalls!).

…serious mountain biking and new single tracks.

…having a great time with friends.

…making new friends.

… there are so many other options to finish this sentence. If we did not pick the right ones for you: then please

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Azores Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:22:48 +0000

Azores – 04/2017


Indiana Jones


Bandeirinha Downhill


16 seconds


Ridge to Coast

driving skills

Going mountain biking on the Azores was more a coincidence. Being the first time the dudes from trail-business did not go biking together. Due to the fact that Daniel had some days from his annual leave of 2016 left, he booked a one week trip to the Azores with his girlfriend Luisa. The next mountain bike destination for was born. This time with a new supporter:

Read about our impressions, after scouting out single tracks on the Azores.


It all started with planning normal holidays for me and my girlfriend. We wanted to be close to the sea and a destination that is warmer than Germany in April! After finding a cheap flight to the Azores we booked for the Portuguese island of São Miguel in the Atlantic Ocean.

Funny it wasn´t me but my girlfriend who had the idea of mountain biking for one or two days during our holidays. No need to ask me twice! To include biking into our holidays without too much effort and pre-planning, we decided to look for guided tours on the Azores. This turned out to be the best decision. After a short internet search we found At first, we wondered how they came across that name? But after meeting Carlos from bikesafaritour, it was easy to imagine him and his friends having a crazy night at the bonfire making up funny names. And this is actually the true story 🙂

After introducing trail-business to Carlos, he offered us his support. We were invited to bike with Carlos for two days on Enduro rental bikes. Awesome! Hence no further planning for us was necessary.

Best travelling time

The Region of the Azores (Região Autónoma dos Açores) is a volcanic archipelago composed of nine islands.  Approximately 1400 km west of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean the climate is subtropical with only moderate changes in temperature over the year. From September until March you can expect 10 or more raining days on average, this is why we would recommend mountain biking on the Azores from April to August.

Insider tip: This period is also the best if you want to go out for whale watching and see the big whales like humpback, sperm whale or even blue whale!

Getting there

The main travel hub on the Azores is Ponta Delgada on the main island São Miguel. Depending on where you are live it can be a bit tricky and even expensive to get there. Most connections are coming and going from or to Portugal or Germany. Check on websites like skyscanner or directly with the following airlines for flying to the Azores:

  • TAP Portugal
  • Air Berlin
  • Azores Airlines (SATA)
  • Ryan Air


Finding accommodation on São Miguel, the main island of the Azores, is fairly easy. In a way it is up to you and your budget if you prefer to stay in a hotel or a six-bed dorm. A friend from Portuguese told me that many locals own property. Therefore the offers of private guestrooms are enormous. Moreover, the government on the Azores supports the locals to set up private guestrooms. We booked via airbnb and stayed in Rabo de Peixe, a small village approximately 15 minutes drive by car from Ponta Delgada. The place itself turned out to be quite luxurious at a rather moderate price of only 33,- Euros a night.


The Azores being a part of Portugal, Portuguese is the language spoken on the archipelago. Nevertheless it seems that almost everybody speaks English. As soon as people realized our Portuguese is not really good (not to say practically non-existent) they immediately switched to English. We’re still going to equip you with some basic sentences in Portuguese on our blog that can be useful for your mountain bike holidays on the Azores.


As soon as you set foot on Sao Miguel you’ll realize there’s lots of cattle. A variety of local dairy products is available wherever you go. In addition the cows spend their days hanging around on lush green hillsides. Feeding on nothing but fresh grass, you won’t be surprised that both the cheese and the steak you get are outstanding in taste and quality. Steak is typically served with fries and a fried egg on top. You’ll get great quality at a reasonable price at the Restaurante O Galego in Ponta Delgada. Attention: you need a reservation, because it is very much frequented by locals!

Obviously, an island in the Atlantic Ocean is perfect for fresh seafood. So if you are more the fish kind of person you’ll just love the local “Cataplana”. An incredibly tasty hotpot of various fish, shrimp, clams and vegetables. We had an amazing Cataplana at the O Pescador in Rabo de Peixe.

Luckily we were invited by our host to try another local speciality. The “Cozido” is a dish cooked by the geothermal heat of the volcanic ground. Pots of variable meats and vegetables are buried in the ground near the hot springs, the “Caldeiras”. It is cooked for several hours, solely by the heat provided in the volcanic soil.

Furthermore the Azorean Pineapples make a great dessert. If you feel more like a less healthy option there’s also tons tasty Portuguese pastries. For instance our favorite the famous Pastéis de Nata.


The weather on the Azores is unpredictable, so we were lucky to have our local mountain bike guide. Carlos from always had a few options to choose from, depending on the weather at a given time or location. He also told us the most reliable weather forecast for the Azores can be found on windguru. But also that there is no such thing as a reliable forecast for the Azores.

However, during our 2 days of mountain biking we enjoyed four totally different trails. Ranging from natural and very technical downhill tracks to beautiful and easy to cycle flow trails:

Day 1

Indiana Jones trail

We started our first trip, the Indiana Jones trail, at the Lagoa do Fogo in dense fog. The Indiana Jones is a natural trail without any man made obstacles (except electric cow fences). It is pretty challenging to ride and surely something for the advanced biker – especially when it rains.

Starting with a short uphill from a parking lot at one of the lookouts, we crossed fresh and green meadows through steep and muddy washed-out trails. As the fog finally lifted it revealed a breathtaking panorama across the island and the ocean. Daniel crashed already on the first 200 meters and went down the slope landing on the soft green grass. His second crash is well documented and you can see him going over the bar in our video…


Only 500 meters later Daniel decided to take an unintended and refreshing bath in one of the muddy puddles (with a touch of cow crap). All good things come in threes and off we went into the forest. Followed by his smell – urghs! Anyhow, the almost surreal fauna of giant ferns and intense shades of green gives you the feeling of entering Jurassic Park. Sadly, we could not spot any dinosaurs.


Following a narrow and mossy path we passed small bridges, waterfalls, steep cliffs and an ancient lava river. Compared to the first section the terrain became a easier to ride with less slippery and steep sections.

Overall the Indiana Jones trail is a very beautiful trail. It is extremely diverse on its 9 km for both landscape and difficulty, but an amazing experience you should not miss biking on the Azores.

Bandeirinha Downhill track

After the Indiana Jones trail Carlos took us to the Bandeirinha Downhill track. The entry in a curve on the road is marked only by a small sign saying “Trelho Downhill” and as you can tell by the name it is a downhill track. Due to the rain over the last days the trail was very muddy and demanding. Anyways, even Luisa, being the first time on a full suspension bike, made it down. Rich on drops, doubles, root sections and narrow switchbacks you can have a lot of fun on the 2.4 km long Bandeirinha. According to Luisa it is easily possible to go around the obstacles and enjoy the ride. No need to be a downhill pro!

Day 2

16 seconds

On our second day of mountain biking on the Azores we started with a ride through a forest close to Furnas. It is called 16 seconds. According to Carlos the name derives from a challenge of two bike buddies: The first one, a skinny and well-trained guy, the other one a bit more chubby and less trained. They made a bet who manages the trail faster after only one week of training. Long story short, the chubby guy won 16 seconds ahead of the skinny guy.


Entering the 16 seconds trail we got a feeling of being part of the movie Jurassic Park again. Still no dinosaurs but dense fern, moss and full of old trees. Short but beautiful is the best description for the 16 seconds. It is probably the best trail for everybody who wants to get into mountain biking on the Azores. If you start here you will love it forever!

Ridge to Coast

Our last trail on the Azores before heading back to Germany was a smooth flow trail east of Furnas. About 4.5 km of beautiful trail winding down from 400 m high mountain ridge down to Ribeira Quente at the south coast. Not only is the trail beautiful and easy to ride, it also offers exciting sections. At about half the way we went down a couple of switchback curves with both wooden and slippery stairs, roots and washouts. In the lower part of the trail we crossed an about 1.5 m wide and 10 m long concrete bridge without any side barriers. For accessing the bridge we had to descend about 4 meters on a concrete staircase. Sounds simple but when you sit on your bike in front of the stairs to the bridge your heart will for sure beat a bit faster than your resting pulse.

What we learned

First thing we learned is more a cultural thing: You can get along with English very well on the Azores.

Secondly, you can never trust the weather forecast on the Azores. It is not only a saying that you can experience four seasons on one day – we had at least three on every day.

As this was our second mountain bike holidays with rental bikes there is another important learning: Take your time for a proper setting on the rental bike. Always check the shocker pressure and don´t forget the rebound setting, like Daniel did on his rental bike.


Our costs per person:

Flights: 245,- €

Accommodation: 130,- €

Rental bikes: Sponsored by

Food: about 25,- € /day

Total: ~ 575,- €

Our conclusion

We have to come back! Due to the bad weather we probably biked 2 % percent of what is possible on the Azores. Yes, we got a first impression of the main island São Miguel, but the other islands offer more great mountain bike trails to explore.

Moreover, the Azores provide trails for every category of mountain biking. Nevertheless we think the most intense experience is going for All Mountain and Enduro bikes to experience a taste of the Jurassic Park-like single tracks.

Furthermore, this is the first time we highly recommend going on the trails with a local guide. Sure you can bike the obvious trails, like the 16 seconds and the Bandeirinha Downhill without a guide. But on the other trails we would have had no chance finding the hidden entrances or junctions, even with a GPS track. In our case we were lucky to get support from Carlos from, who we can highly recommend.

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