My visions of mountain biking by way of the alpine forests of Austria concerned sitting down on the bike and possibly navigating a couple of tree roots and twist or flip right here or there with a bit adrenalin enjoyable.
The minute I used to be handed the complete face safety helmet grime bike riders put on alongside a pair of knee and elbow pads, I knew I used to be completely out of contact with what mountain biking in Austria meant.
That is downhill mountain bike driving within the freakin Austrian Alps.
Ready to be thrilled.
BIKE REPUBLIC SOLDEN
We have been heading as much as the Bike Republic Solden, which on their web site, is described as a curler coaster on wheels!!
With path names that imply “head-strong”, “strong-willed and stubborned”, I discovered myself as soon as once more wishing I had completed some analysis into what kinda path this was.
Bike Republic was opened in 2015 and has over 20 pure trails and three formed traces consisting of steep curves, wallrides, scooters and in addition spirals.
The tougher trails even have jumps! Labelled like ski runs, the paths vary from blue to black, the blue being the simple “household” path.
That’s Austrian household, not Australian household.
This was essentially the most intense and scary adventurous exercise I’ve ever completed as a result of the chance was so excessive.
I’ve completed bungy leaping, white water rafting on the Nile and loads of zip traces and impediment programs. All of which you’re fairly secured right into a harness and can be very unfortunate to harm your self.
Regardless that we have been getting flipped off the boat on Grade 5 rapids referred to as the BAD Place on the Nile River, I felt fairly secure.
However not on the mountain biking, it was one thing that concerned a excessive quantity of focus, intense bodily exertion, steadiness, agility energy and fearlessness.
This was mountain bike driving the place the seat was actually low and bouncy – this didn’t matter as this was not sit down mountain bike driving. We have been standing up the whole time driving down the hill.
It was solely the depth of the standing that modified – virtually straight leg coasting, or crouched down tense muscle tissues engaged.
Pump observe coaching with Trip On
Studying to journey
I used to be exhausted after the coaching and scared.
The coaching type the crew at Trip On bike faculty was wonderful. They have been very thorough in educating, modelling and serving to us get the technical strikes earlier than we went up the mountain.
Though I dealt with the dips of the Pump observe and taking place a barely steep incline on the coaching observe, I nonetheless felt shaky and regarded pulling out.
Veronika Practising on the pump observe
I’ve no images or movies.
I didn’t need to take something that will distract my consideration or add any further weight. A few of my fearless associates on the journey took theirs so I thank them for using their images!
Beautiful views from the highest of Solden
The journey began off fantastically – taking the gondola as much as the highest of the mountain – my mouth aghast, not solely on the unbelievable view of the Austrian Alps but additionally on the realization that the upper we went the additional down we’d have to return on our bikes.
The crew having enjoyable earlier than the joys
That is Critical Mum. Fortunate Mum didn’t know I as doing this or she’d be freaking out.
We pulled on the very high on the ICE Q restaurant on high of Gaislachkogl peak. I’d have cherished to sit down down with a beer or espresso and absorb these views and play a bit longer within the snow, but it surely was path bike driving time and I used to be prepared.
Views from the highest
Scooping up the snow earlier than we go
The mountain bike crashes
Becki, Sabrina and I started on the simpler highway hill to get to the primary observe. The others took a barely tougher path to fulfill us.
I began down the hill behind the others and the following factor I knew I used to be flying over the handlebars and crashing onto the bottom –first influence chest, adopted by jaw after which head.
Thank goodness for the intense helmet.
I wasn’t even on the intense path but and my nerves obtained the higher of me, by some means making me press a bit too arduous on the entrance brake and sending me catapulting by way of the air.
The women didn’t hear my cries for assist as they have been in entrance and already transferring rapidly down the mountain. So I needed to decide myself up, brush myself off, with out hurting my scraped up hand and shakily stroll down the mountain to fulfill them firstly of the path.
I used to be so irritated that I got here off proper initially.
Simply after my fall. Gathering up the braveness to journey once more
I made a decision to breathe deep and tackle the path – I Can Do This.
I used to be having fun with it and our information from Trip On behind us saved calling out wonderful directions to me to assist me bear in mind how you can stand and maintain my physique to information myself by way of the twists and turns down the mountain.
The depth of it was full on – the focus that was required, the managing of my worry, and the bodily pressure.
Regardless of being excessive up the mountain the place we had simply noticed snow I used to be scorching and sweaty.
I used to be virtually down the hill of this part when Sabrina got here off her bike in entrance of me narrowly lacking falling off the sting.
Oh My God. What are we doing? That is loopy. My confidence eroded much more.
I made a decision to skip the following part and journey down the highway as a substitute, gathering up my braveness to try the following part which they stated was the best of the lot.
I felt like I might do it.
I did deal with the opposite a part of the path okay. If I didn’t come off on the very starting I’d in all probability have been okay to maintain going.
However as we have been ready down the underside for the others to return off the path, Becki misplaced her steadiness and did a spectacular backward fall and a number of rolls together with her bike down the hill and landed on her again narrowly lacking a huge rock.
Proper that’s it. I’m taking a taxi again!!
Becki nailing it earlier than her fall
Having fun with the risk-free lunch views
She was fully shaken up and we determined to stroll the remainder of the way in which to the 300 yr outdated mountain hut Gampe Thaya the place we had organised to have lunch.
It was then I made a decision I used to be undoubtedly taking the cab down.
Weighing up the chance rewards I noticed the probabilities – on account of my talent degree and confidence – of me crashing once more and actually hurting myself have been very excessive and never well worth the reward of the journey.
With my life-style and work I can’t handle accidents, and I don’t need something like that to get in the way in which of my enjoyment touring with the ladies and doing barely much less adventurous, however enjoyable issues with them.
I used to be pleased with my resolution and relaxed on the solar terrace with a scrumptious farm lunch and unbelievable valley views.
Excellent spot for lunch
It’s all a narrative to inform in the long run
Boy did we’ve some tales to share and snort over for the remainder of the day.
The remainder of the crew continued on with the journey and met us down the underside of the mountain in a single piece and extremely glad.
They stated it was the mountain biking in Bike Republic, Solden was their favourite exercise of our time in Otztal and undoubtedly value it. They have been planning to return again and do it once more.
In case you are visiting Austria, and in search of journey that is the factor so that you can do!
Regardless that I had the spills and an undesired untimely finish I cherished the expertise and the joys of it.
It’s all a narrative to inform in the long run, and we obtained some good ones.
Becki and I needed to go to the docs. Many because of Holger for taking nice care of us. Becki was checked over for concussion and any inner accidents.
I needed to have the gravel and stones embedded into my hand from my fall scraped out. Yeah. That was enjoyable. I wished to maintain them in there and allow them to develop out to keep away from the ache, however Holger wouldn’t let me!!
Practically a month later, I’m nonetheless discovering it difficult to do push ups and downward canines. Regardless that my wound is healed, it actually hurts once I put strain on the heel of my hand. It’s very bizarre.
I visited Austria for the Social Journey Summit held in Kitzbuhel. I spoke on a panel referred to as Standing out in a Digital Panorama. After it, I had the pleasure of becoming a member of a hosted tour to the Otztal Valley area for 3 nights with a bunch of seven different journey bloggers.
We had a blast collectively and I’m so glad our group dynamic was optimistic and enjoyable.
Take a look at Space 47 – essentially the most excessive water park on this planet that we visited the day earlier than.
Take a look at extra within the journey video of my time in Austria:
The cool running a blog crew I traveled with:
Really feel Austria crew on high of Austrian Alps Solden
We had such a cool crew. Make sure you try their blogs beneath:
- Becki Enright from Borders of Journey
- Sabina Trojanova from Woman Vs Globe
- Peter Parkor from Journey Unmasked
- Guilherme Tetamanti from Quero Viajar Mais (Portuguese weblog)
- Claudia Beatriz from Aprendiz de Viajante (Portuguese weblog)
- Lucie Aidart from Voyages et Vagabondages (French weblog)
- Veronika Tomanova from Veronka’s Journey
Additionally within the picture is Holger from Tourism Tirol and our instructors from Trip On Bike Faculty.
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- We stayed in close by Oetz on the Nature Resort. Verify different locations to remain within the Otztal Valley right here.