The project involved a week-long trip to Mike Hopkin's home base of Rossland, British Columbia where he has been working in what he dubs the "Loam Factory." The loose soil is the mountain biking equivalent of a powder day, but before Mike can slash his trail to bits, it's time to prove that the freerider can hold his own on the streets...
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Zillertal was the starting point for our Tirol trip, James McKnight and Alex Evans made the trip by road from Morzine which took them the best part of 8 hours. I flew into Munich airport and grabbed a transfer taxi which took around 1.5 hrs door to door.
We spent 2 days riding and filming in the area and discovered some amazing trails. A great start to riding in the area would be the Penken mountain as it has a couple of way marked trails that start off relatively easy and gradually get more technical as you descend towards the valley floor. I would grade them using UK trail guide lines as Red with more demanding Black sections, our guide was riding a XC hard tail and made it down most however he did walk down quite a lot of the technical sections.
The second part of the edit highlights the other side of the valley from the Penken, this started with a bit of a road climb to the tele cabin which took us up a further 500m, we basically traversed in a southerly direction across the hillside which brought us out above the town of Brandberg. The decent was amazing in places with some really unique trails that don't look like they have been ridden.
Again we only scratched the surface of what was potentially on offer in our two days of riding, we were well looked after by our hosts and guides who couldn't have been more friendly or helpful.