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Paltinis epic trails

This came as a pleasant surprise. I knew that Cindrel mountains holds a bunch of great trails but this one was fantastic. Is the type of trail that you could ride a hole week around and not get bored.

And is not the only trail. For those of you loving the all mountain sections and want to explore a bit, the ride to Cindrel peak its a must. The trail runs right on the ridge of the mountain offering a pleasant view over the surroundings. From Cindrel peak you can take a ride down to Canaia refuge and then head back to Paltinis and link the return with the descent from Batrana cole. Last year we did a cool ride with electric bikes around Cindrel mountains that you can check out here: Cindrel electric bikepacking trip, thanks to NevAcademy.

You also get a nice small bike park at Arena Platos where you can practice a bit and get dilled with your bike and skills. The bike park has 3 lines with perfect build elements.

Also having Sibiu city near, makes for a great weekend trip! All trails in videos are on trail forks ;). Enjoy and ride safe!

Fagaras from peak to creek #barcaciu

Fagaras from peak to creek, a weekend to remember @barcaciu mountain hut. The plan was on for this year, we wanted so bad to visit Barcaciu hut and ride some fresh trails in Fagaras mountains. The trigger was some post on NUFO BIKE TRIP YouTube channel and we ware certain we want to ride those trails as soon as possible.
We made a quick plan and booked some places @Barcaciu even tow the weather was not looking friendly. But as I say (ain’t always true) gods favors the strong ones and this weekend was so true. We had some small showers on Saturday, just enough to keep us cool, and on Sunday we had the perfect weather, chill, a bit cloudy for good pictures and no rain.
And the trails, let me tell you about the trails, they ware in perfect conditions. You recognize a good mountain hut by the trail that access it, and this one was clean as a bike park trail.
On Saturday we send it down from the hut on the same trail we push-biked on and it was amazing. It’s a 4km trail in perfect conditions with some technical bits in the first half, roots and stones and lots of lines, and at the end some nice flow with some tight switchbacks just to keep you on your toes ;). Then pushbike back at the hut for some drinks and a good meal. We had a nice evening, even build up a ramp and jumped it in the sunset light for some cool pictures, thanks Mihai for the good idea, and keeping us in shape for them trails.
Next day we woke up in the morning for a beautiful breakfast in front of the hut. Mrs Mariana kooks up some great food and we leaved the hut with our energy levels restored. The target was Scara peak and some epic descent on an unmarked trail. We had 3h of pushbike until the peak and after that over 90% descent, and a long one, around 12km of descent on a epic trail with and unique view overt the west part of the country with Olt river sneaking in the horizon. Once we entered the forest, we passed the trail that links Barcaciu to Negoiu hut and stayed on an unmarked trail that was in rather good conditions.
The trail is incredibly beautiful on a loamy terrain. It’s good to have a GPS track with you. We put it on trail forks so check it out if you’re in search of new trails to shred.
Overall it was one of those epic rides that will remain pinned in our memories for a long time. Check out the pictures and the clips bellow for a clear verdict ;). Enjoy and ride safe!

BALEA LAKE POWDER DAYS

An experience of some weekends ago, probably the only powdered days of the year.
Balea Lac and Fagaras mountains remain one of the coolest back country and freeride areas in RO and probably the only mountains with serious lines. Easy to admire but dangerous to approach 😆😅💪… I m glad we chose to go there. In the first day we skin our way up from Capra cottage to Balea Lac, then ski down to Doamnei valley, skin up again and made a final descent on Balea Valley, just under the cable car. We had fresh snow and was nice to remember how that feels. Then we took the cable car up and parked out skis at Balea Lac.
We sincerely liked to stay at Balea Lac or Balea Lac 2 cottage, clean rooms, clean bathrooms, hot water and good food, we clearly recommend it.
The second day spent at Balea we skin our way up vaiuga , near Vanatoarea lui Buteanu peak, made a descent to Capra lake, skin up again and then chose to go down the south part, in the sun and at a later hour, following a group of austrian skiers that had a guide. I would honestly  recomand to avoid this area on clearer days and with temperatures over 5-6C degrees, especially when there is fresh snow accumulations. I found the snow quite heavy…
Ofcourse, we had to go down anyway because we had our car at Capra and we would either go down now or later…The transfer to the south part during the heating periods is very debatable.
Until next time, ride safe!

Cindrel electric bikepacking trip, thanks to NevAcademy

Ok, so the season had to end with some quality bike packing trip, and all had gone down thanks to NevAcademy and their great bikes.

We wanted to go back to Cindrel mountains because last time we came here we had 48h of rain which made us cut short the track we wanted to do. This time, thanks to Adrian and his electric bikes, we managed to do the track in a record time and we had some great fun going uphill, not only downhill.

Let me tel you, its something else with the electric bike, a totally different kind of ride, you have loads of fun going uphill, you cover a lot more ground, and you work out quite the same. As I see it until now, if you live next to a mountain, don’t hesitate to buy an electric bike, its exactly what you need. The electric bike will not replace you old trusty nonelectric bike but it will complete “the ride”, trust me.

As we live in Bucharest, and have to go 2h minimum by car to reach any mountain, the electric bike is not yet an option but we shell talk in a few years…

Ok, so our trip was already planed from last year, we knew the track we wanted to do and where we want to sleep.
We wanted to reach Cindrel peak, and then Frumoasa peak, and then descent on the rocky road down to the road that takes you to Gura Raului and then go up to Cindrel mountain refuge. Only on the way up we stumble upon a nice hut belonging to the forester in the area, and it had a room open. It looked to good to be true and decided to spend the night there. It was so warm and cozy that we didn’t even inflate our mattresses… It was the best sleep I had in a while ☺

Next day we did some inventory on our equipment, see the movie bellow, and then up on the bikes and up the mountain, back to the ridge of Cindrel mountains. We passed Cindrel refuge and then did some electric push bike until we reached the ridge. From there we descended to Canaia refuge on the other side of the ridge and then back to Paltinis on an awesome trail that goes from Batrana Cole. Man it was fun, so fun that we ware howling like wolfs on the descend 🤭🤙.

This weekend made me reconsider the possibility of owning an electric bike in the future and opened up some new ideas of rides in the future, some hybrid ones, just you wait 😜.

Thanks Adrian and NevAcademy for the ride, we had a great time and cant wait to ride together again.

Until then, we leave you with the material bellow to take you’re own conclusions. Ride safe!

Cabana Suru and Chica pietrelor. Enduro bikepacking trip

This weekend we remade a track from last year, the one from Suru mountain hut and rocky ridge in Fagaras Mountains. It’s a must do for each year, really is one of the most beautiful and epic ride we took lately.

It’s a 2 days experience and you get to ride 2 awesome trails, one of 7km with 1000m descent and the next of 12km with over 1500m descent, and you get to stay at one cool mountain hut (Suru mountain hut) in the Romanian Carpathians, Fagaras Mountains. It’s just epic, you don’t have to take our word for granted, just watch the videos and the pics bellow and you will convince yourselves :D.

Also check out our last year trip to Suru, here: Cabana Suru si Chica Pietrelor enduro singletracks.

You can download the tracks here: day 1, day 2. Enjoy the bellow material and ride safe!

Barcaciu skitouring camp VIII edition

When March comes, we know is time for Barcaciu ski touring event! This year it come in the last weekend of March, on an not so skier friendly weather… but how cares, like we say, make haven of what you got, so that’s what we did :D.

We ware pretty happy just before the weekend because some fresh snow was in the forecast, but by the time of the event, the sudden warm up of the weather screw up the conditions and we had a consistent layer of heavy melting snow that made our skis not want to turn when we did :))).

But that didn’t ruin our skiing, at least the snow didn’t but the wind… trying to ski at almost 100km/h winds its something you must try :)))).

But, even that didn’t stop us and we almost made it to Puha Valley :D… but it was beautiful. The hut, the food, the friends and the whole picture of the event make it that way. We had a great time and new experiences like all the years before.

Barcaciu mountain hut is situated at 1550m altitude, in the west part of Fagaras mountains. It’s the second mountain hut in Fagaras, starting from west, and a very casual and welcoming one. Mihai and his parents make it like that, oh, and the food, so great :))).

From the hut you can reach, very easily Scara peak, or Serbota peak and you can ski some pretty nice lines from there right in Puha valley and then all the way down to the trail that goes from Barcaciu hut to Negoiu hut. It’s a beautiful descent that offers lots of lines and is easily accessible if the snow conditions allows it!

Ski touring at Barcaciu is an event held by Mihai in order to develop the ski touring practice in the area. There are marks pointing to the hut and above and you can always count on Mihai to give you some advice about the routes and the conditions there, the guy knows the area like the back of his hand!

The event usually is held during 2 or 3 days and includes a bed over night, food and guiding thru the area as the weather allows it. His main purposes is, as I said, to develop the ski touring in the area and the costs merely covers the goods and the trouble needed for the event.

As these been said, please feel free to check out Barcaciu Mountain Hut whenever you want, summer or winter, it’s always there waiting for you to discover all skiing and biking routs 🙂 . Oh, have we mentioned biking? check this trip out to 😉 you might enjoy it: Fagaras enduro and freeraid tracks.

Bellow we leave you some foto/video material to better get a feel of Barcaciu ski touring event and here are the links for some of the routes we take day 1, day 2. Enjoy!

 

CIOCANU MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS DAY AND NIGHT RIDE

Last weekend we have been to Ciocanu mountain bike trails, near Campulung, Bughea de Jos, Arges county.

There, you can find some nice trails done by the local riders community. There are a sum of 4 tracks there, that average from 2 to 3 km long and with an elevation between 300m and 400m meters.

Are dirt trails, with some nice features done to them, like small drops, switchbacks and some natural roots section. Because of the altitude (starts at 800m), and that all tracks run thru forest, they are a good alternative to a bad weather day.

There is no shuttle there or cable for that matter but there is a forest road that takes you right to the starting point of the tracks.

We did a day and a night descent there. It is nice to descent a track at night. It’s like the track is totally new, like you discover it then, way more fun than the day descent. So, when you get tired of doing a trail, try to do it by night, rediscover that trail :D.

Bellow you will find movies and pics from there, and at this link, an older article that includes track and other footage. Enjoy!

Grohotis and Ciucas XC to enduro and road trip

Grohotis XC to enduro and road trip! Acesta ar fi cel mai adecvat titlu pentru tura din weekend. A fost prima tura in care am folosit toate pinioanele bicicletei mele enduro, chiar toate. Nici nu credeam ca pot sa ii dau cu 30km pe plat pe sosea :))) cui ii trebe cursiera :P.

Dupa Resita (Metal Enduro) parca vroiam o tura usoara, eventual ceva nou. Accidental am dat pe calculator peste un track din muntii Grohotis. Nici nu stiu de unde il aveam, probabil ca l-am salvat cine stie cand. Urcand trackul pe bikemap si cautand putin pe net, mi-am dat seama ca este ce trebuie, aproximativ :P. Trackul era clar de XC, o urcare din Valea Doftanei pana in apropierea varfului si apoi coborare inapoi pe un drum putin mai accidentat dar nu carare. Dupa mai multe negocieri cu colegii de tura, in speta Cosmin, am venit cu o derivatie, ceva mai hardcore a acelui track. Uite asa am ajuns sa facem 2 munti la pachet, in aceasi tura, si undeva la 90 de km cu ceva mai multa diferenta de nivel.

Planul final era sa plecam din Homoraciu, sa urcam in muntii Grohotis, sa ii traversam coborand in Bratocea de unde sa urcam in Ciucas si sa ii traversam si pe acestia pana in pasul Boncuta si apoi la final sa bagam si 20km de asfalt pana la masina. Practic incepeam cu ceva XC prin Grohotis, o dam in Enduro prin Ciucas si bagam si ceva asfalt in pluton pana la masina. Zis si facut si asa plecam noi de la masina dimineata pe la 8 in Homoraciu.

De aici se merge mult pe forestier pana aproape de creasta muntelui. Drumul este frumos si foarte putin umblat, ca doar deaia a vazut Alex 2 ursi de am rupt-o la fuga instant cand l-am vazut ca se intoarce in viteza spre noi. Am tras o spaima dar ne-am facut curaj si am continuat urland si facand ca toate cele doar doar sa se sperie ei mai tare decat eram noi deja. Dupa ce am urlat vreo 30 de minute de nu dureau gaturile, ajungem la capatul forestierului si incepe o usoara balaureala pana in creasta. Marcaj este dar se pierde rapid cum iesi din padure. In creasta dam de forestierul ce vine din Valea Doftanei si il urmam pana in Bratocea. Coborarea pe el nu este chiar plictisitoare, ai unde sa ii dai viteza si ai o multime de dropuri micute cu care te poti distra. La un moment dat devenise chiar scary din cauza vitezei :P.

Pe finalul coborarii, Cosmin reuseste sa taie cauciucul spate, exact inainte sa dam in DN1A. Stam sa il reparam si apoi ne indreptam spre celebrul pushbike din Bratocea. Daca exista ceva care ma face sa urasc pushbike-ul, pai atunci asta e. Te chinui sa impingi bicla printre niste braduleti care parca incearca sa te traga inapoi la fiecare pas….

Ajungem morti de sete si fara apa sus in culme. Stiti vorba aia, cere si ti se va da… merge, asa am facut si noi si am cerut apa la drumetii de coborau, altfel cred ca muream de sete pana la cabana :D.

Ii dam constant pe creasta pana la cabana unde ajungem la ora 5, insetati si morti de foame. Bem fiecare cate o cafea, o cola si o apa minerala si mancam ce mai avem prin ghiozdane si off we go spre pasul Boncuta. Distractia continua pe potecuta faina pana acolo, probabil cel mai fain segment al turei, dar deja cand dam in forestier se lasa intunericul si este chiar dificil sa il coboram mai ales ca este presarat cu muuulte crengi si pietre.

Intrun final ajungem la asfalt unde ne asteapta 20km de sosea pana in Homoraciu, de unde am plecat de dimineata. Se pare ca porcii astia enduro (la bicle ma refer :)))) sunt destul de polivalenti, am tras un pluton pe sosea si i-am dat o viteza prin bezna noptii … :D.

Linkul cu traseul, mai putin partea de asfalt de la final, il gasiti aici. In total, conform trackului lui Alex, ne-au iesit cam 93 km cu vreo 2700m elevatie, o gresala pe care nu o vom repeta prea curand :)))).

Va lasam mai jos filmuletul si pozele de rigoare si pana data viitoare, ride safe!

METAL ENDURO RESITA CNE 2017

Foto credit: Mihai Lupsan

Metal Enduro Resita is the final stage of romanian National Enduro Chanpionship #CNE, and probably the coolest one, but don’t take my opinion for a fact because is the second and the same enduro contest that I took part :D.

As I see it, the stages from our #CNE (national enduro championship) are starting to look more like the stages from enduro contests in western Europe with 8 specials and 2 days of competing and awsome trails. Who wold not want more, more trails, more fun, more riding!

Metal Enduro is held in Resita city in SW part of Romania. It is an old  and industrial city that has his charm because of it. At one time it was consider to be one of the biggest industrial centers of Romania with big factories in steel industry and metal processing (Combinatul Siderurgic Reșița) and in motor and train factory (Uzina Constructoare de Mașini Reșița).

That is why, this stage is called Metal Enduro, and the name suits it well.

As I said, this is the first year that metal Enduro has 8 stages and 2 days. There are lots of trails here that are build and maintained by the rider community in Resita, that we are grateful to.

All trails are hand maintained and well build, they are narrow, dirt singletracks that have cool elements like switchbacks, drops, ramps and the best rockgardens ever :D.

All singletracks run from the top of the hills that surround the city thru a beautiful mapel forest and get down near city center where you can stop and have a beer after a nice flowy descent.

There are no chairlifts here, but the scenery is so beautiful and all singletracks have forest roads access that takes you to the top all the way on your bike from where you can brrraaaapppp your way down to beer :D.

The contest in the last 2 years was held in the middle of October, with stable weather and good riding conditions. When it hasn’t rained for over 2 weeks, the tracks are lose, and you can skid your way down easily but be careful.

If it has rained recently the tracks seem to become more grippy and you can ride faster.

All trails are shared between riders, trail runners or hikers. Here in Romania we do not have any grudges sharing the trail, just look up ahead on the trail, slow down if you see hikers, salute them and move on. The trails are not crowded, and there are lots of trails so you will have an nice continues descent.

This time I took one day off from work and reach Resita on Frayday. I managed to ride 5 of the specials then and I was as fit as I could be for the contest, to bad I had a cold that was fed by these 3 days of riding :). The thing is that, when you’re having fun and ride such nice singletracks you kind off forget about the cold and keep on riding. It’s not the smartest thing to do but who wants to miss 3 days of riding :))).

For me was 13th place in hobby category. This contest comes also as a confirmation of my riding skills and level and I get to ride some of the best trails along some of the best riders in RO so it’s an win, win situation for me :D. For contest I teamed up with the guys form BikePoint team, best team ever. They are the guys that organised BAISOARA ENDURO, another stage, and they ware the most fun team to ride along. I had a blast riding with them and lots of fun while transferring from one PS to another! Cheers guys and hope to team up again next year!

For now I can say that for sure I will be attending Metal Enduro next year to, and hopefully at least 2 other stages form #CNE.

Here are the track for the 2 days of contest: DAY 1 METAL ENDURO 2017 (25km with 1200m elev) , DAY 2 METAL ENDURO 2017 (35km with 1400m elev). You also have 2 pics bellow where you can see the tracks and the transfers on the map.

You can find more informations on event page here www.metal-enduro.ro.

Also you have pics from contest and 8 clips with all stages so enjoy and until next time, ride safe!

 

Tour du Mont Blanc Enduro Bikepacking Trip #TMB

Tour du Mont Blanc Enduro Bikepacking Trip #TMB, an spectacular track that goes around Mont Blanc (4810m).
We biked around the tallest peaks in Europe that rises between green valleys and white glaciers.
We sow marmots all over we looked, big bearded vulture and ibexs.
We biked around 200km (80% rideable and 20% pushbike) in 3 countries and climbed over 8500m elevation in 5 days, 20% paved, 30% forest road and 50% singletrack !!!
If this not determined you to go on an adventure like this, then maybe the video and pics below will: D.
This is the intro that we had in mind from the start, and what we found there did not let us down :D. It was a trip to remember that just opened our appetite more for this kind of enduro bikepacking trips :D.

As we said, we biked little over 200km, between 32km and 57km per day and with elevations between 1400m and 2100m per day. We started in Courmayeur and did the trip clockwise as we advice you to do.

Trip Journal:

First day we passed thru Col de la Seigne and we slept in Les Chappieux near an abandoned house, after 37km with 1800m elevation and an awesome singletrack on descent. First day track here!

Seccond day we passed near peak Tete Sud des Fours thru Col de la Croix du Bonhomme, it was the highest altitude reached in this trip, 2537m. If the first day descent was flowy and very fun, this one was the most technical and challenging one. We could not do it all on our bikes. We biked around 32km with 1400m elevation and finish the day near Le Champel a little higher on the track. We slept in an abandoned treehouse. Seccond day track here!

Third day we passed thru Chamonix where we washed our bikes and bought some tubes. After, we passed thru Col de Balme and into Switzerland. We took a different descent here than the #TMB route, more technical and with lots of switchbacks, it was nice. We biked around 53km with 2050m elevation and stopped in Trient. Third day track here!

Fourth day we passed thru Col de Forclaz and Champex Lac. We slept in an abandoned animal stable  near La Fouly, after 43km with 1700m elevation. The singletracks this day ware nice, flowy but with rocky parts.  Four day tarck here!

Fifth day we reached again 2500m elevation in Grand Col Ferret and we passed back into Italy. Beautiful view here over Aosta valley and probably the nicest descent in the hole track, technical at start with beautiful alpine landscapes and then with lots of flow and fun. This day we biked 43km with 1800m elevation. Last day track here!

The hole track as we had it at the start of the route you will find in here, #TMB FULL TRACK, but we slightly modified it along the way.

Statistics:

  • 200km  (20% paved road, 30% forest road, 50% singletrack)
  • 80% rideable and 20% pushbike
  • 8500m gained elevation and descent
  • 2537 highest point 900m lowest point
  • 100% trailfun

Costs (starting Romania):

  • 900 EUR total expenses of the trip for 3 persons;
  • 580 EUR for gas and road taxes from Bucharest to Courmayeur and back (4000km)
  • 50 EUR for camping and car parking
  • 270 EUR for food, beer and other small stuff 😀

Equipment and stuff:

  • 1 enduro/trail bike – recommended 150m travel for more trail fun 😀
  • 1 backpack evoc fr trail 20L
  • 1 mattress foreclaz 550 gr
  • 1 sleeping bag milet baikal 750 gr
  • 1 bivouac bag 110 gr
  • 1 knife
  • 1 multi tool cranckrbrothers 19
  • 1 gas cylinder and burner
  • 1 fork and spoon
  • 1 knee protectors
  • 1 gloves
  • 2 spare tube
  • 1 sun cream!
  • 1 first aid kit!

Electronics:

  • 2 powerbanks in total 15000mah
  • 1 headlight
  • 2 GoPro cameras session 4
  • 1 garmin fenix 3
  • 1 phone with good camera (lg g6) and viewranger app having track uploaded
  • 1 mp3 player

Clothes:

  • 1 pair of bike shorts
  • 2 fast dry short sleeve T-shirts
  • 2 fast dry long sleeve T-shirts one wool for sleep
  • 1 wind stopper
  • 1 rain jacket
  • 1 light feather worm jacket
  • 1 pair of long trousers for sleep
  • 2 neck tubes (Buff)
  • 3 pairs of socks and underwear

Food from day to day:

  • sandwiches
  • 4 energy gels for entire trip
  • chocolate and energy bars
  • 1L of water in 2 bottles
  • coffee and tea for mornings and evenings 😀

*Not all fitted in the backpack so I had a bike bag on my top tube and the mattress was tied up beneath it.

Good to know:

  • Try to do this track off season, around the end of September. In season is very crowded by hikers and you may as well get a ticket for riding the hiking trails… do it in September and watch for good weather!
  • Wild camping is not generally encouraged, but is tolerated so be discreet.
  • Do not worry about food and water. There are many rivers along the way where you can refill your water tanks so don’t carry more then 1L of water. Regarding food, there are many locations (towns and villages) where you can buy food so carry food to last you the hole day and next morning.
  • We recommend to do the trip clockwise. It seems more fun and flowy but you can do it the other way around to :D.
  • Check your break pads before you leave. Long descents and heavy bikes will eat them alive 😀

Riders and content creators:

VLAD BOGDAN, PETRE PARASCHIV and BOGDAN ANDORA

Cabana Suru si Chica Pietrelor enduro singletracks

Cum ar fi sa te trezesti de dimineata, sa iti bei cafeaua si sa mananci o ompleta buna, sa te sui pe bicla si sa ii dai la vale… suna cunoscut?! doar ca de data asta nu am dat la vale, ci la deal, pushbike vreo 2 ore :))). Hai nu 2 dar 1.5 ore tot am impins la ele, dar ce a urmat dupa, doar noi stim si voi o sa va faceti o idee din filmuletele si imaginile de mai jos :D.

Weekendul ce tocmai a trecut am facut o vizita la Cabana Suru si de data asta am si dormit acolo, fain loc, atat cabana cat si cabnierul nea Popa care ne-a cinstit si ne-a cantat la chitara pana tarziu in noapte :D.

Pana seara ne-am dat pe cararea de coboara de la Cabana pana in Sebesul de Sus, marcata cu triunghi rosu. Este una dintre cele mai faine coborari, portiunea de final, ultimele 5 minute is deliciul, un canion cu multe contrapante numai bun sa iti creasca adrenalina. Toata coborarea iti ia cam 20min cu tot cu opriri dar merita tot efortul. De urcat inapoi la cabana am urcat pe bulina rosie ce merge pe un forestier pana undeva sub cabana si apoi vine mama tuturor pushbikeurilor sau mai bine zis carrybike caci poteca devine dintr-o data foarte abrupta.

Ajunsi la cabana am inceput in a ne cinsti la un paharel de vorba cu nea Popa si apoi ne-am pus pe basculat ciorba si tocana proaspat date jos de pe foc. Am stat pana tarziu ascultand acorduri de chitara.

De dormit am dormit intr-o camera noua ce arata cel putin bestial :D. Dimineata ne-am bucurat de ompleta Suru care este de asemenea bestiala, am baut ceai cat am putut si o cafea buna si am fugit spre creasta.

Pana in creasta dar si acolo, vant puteric dar si soare cu putini nori. Odata ajunsi in creasta Fagarasilor am urmat traseul de creasta, dunga rosie, pana am dat de cruce rosie, chica pietrelor. Toata coborarea mi s-a parut bestiala, atat cararea care alterneaza intre tehnica si singletrack cu flow cat si privelistea ce ti-o ofera. Fiind capatul crestei, ai o priveliste bestiala pe un unghi de 180 grade cel putin! Poteca are si portiuni foarte grele, una chiar imposibila de abordat pentru noi, poate o fi cineva dispus sa o incerce dar nu noi, nu acum :))).

Este si lunga si te scoate intr-un forestier ce duce la manastirea Turnu Rosu. De aici inca 6-7km pana inapoi in Sebesul de Sus. Bestial traseu, recomand, mult mai ciclabil decat ultima bucata de creasta pe care am facut-o in Fagaras desi si aceea a fost cel putin spectaculoasa. Regasiti acel articol aici.

Mai jos va lasam materialul foto video iar linkurile cu traseele celor 2 zile le gasiti aici: traseu ziua 1, traseu ziua 2. Pentru gpx, just ask!

Pana data viitoare, ride safe and have fun!

Fagaras enduro and freeride singletracks

Weekendul trecut am plecat in Muntii Fagaras la vantoarea de singletrack-uri si am fost socati de ce am descoperit… :))) suna ca unul din titlurile acelea de te fac sa dai repede unlike la o pagina…

Totusi, fara nici o exagerare, am avut parte de toate tipurile de poteci si ne-a placut mult, desi va zic sincer ca nu as mai face acest traseu, trase pe care l-as incadra usor la seria “ambitii prostesti”. Daca credeam ca pushbike-ul de anul trecut de pe creasta estica a Fagarasului a fost greu, uite ca weekendul asta am resit sa facem de 5 ori mai mult pushbike/carrybike, adica gen 10 ore de asa ceva :)).

Pe scurt traseul nostru a implicat urcarea din Avrig la Cabana Barcaciu, apoi urcarea in creasta spre varful Scara, coborarea inapoi la Barcaciu si a 2-a zi urcarea in creasta, coborarea la lacul Avrig, urcarea unapoi in creasta, si coborarea pe la Cabana Suru in Sebesul de Sus.

Am facut traseul in 2 zile, cu dormit la cabana Barcaciu, unde ne-am odihnit si am mancat bine, ca de obicei caci altfel nu se poate la #barcaciu. In prima zi ne-a insotit si Mihai, Alex si gasca lor de biciclisti fanatici si ne-am bucurat cu totii de frumosul singletrail ce cobora dinspre vf. Scara. A 2-a zi ne astepta agonia si extazul :D.

Acum, hai sa intram mai in detaliu :). Daca ar fi sa impartim traseul, vorbim de o super coborare din platou de sub varful Scara pana in poteca de uneste cabana Barcaciu cu Negoiu. Sunt peste 10 min de super coborare (2h pushbike de la cabana) pe un singletrail ca in povesti dupa cum se poate observa si in primul filmulet de mai jos.

Apoi, ar fi drumul de creasta, coborarea la lacul Avrig, si urcarea inapoi in creasta care este segmentul ce incadreaza tura la “ambitii prostesti”. Sectiunea este foarte putin ciclabila, putin pe langa vf. Scara si dupa, vreo 20m pe coborarea la lacul Avrig si dupa urcarea inapoi in creasta devine ciclabil.

Apoi ar fi coborarea dupa vf Budislavul care este una grea dar faina pe niste pietre maricele si care tot continuau sa o ia la vale odata cu rotile bicicletei :D.

La final incepe coborarea din creasta din dreptul vf Suru spre cabana cu acelasi nume si apoi spre Sebesul de Sus. Aici vb de doua segmente distincte si total diferite. Coborarea din creasta pana la cabana Suru este daca nu grea, foarte grea, cel putin asa mi s-a parut mie. Iti trebuie skilluri serioase de trial ca sa stai toata coborarea pe bicla. Sunt bolovani mari si odata ce te apropii de padure sunt pietre desprinse care o iau cu tine la vale si daca mai iei in calcul si panta abrupta, coborarea noastra enduro/freeride se transforma in proba de supravietuire :).

La final, precum cireasa dupa tort, vine coborarea de la cabana Suru pana in Sebesul de sus. Aici vorbim despre cel mai fain singletrack pe care m-am dat pana acum. Chiar mi-a placut si nu cred ca exagerez. este plin de contrapante naturale si toate radacinile si pietrele sunt fain asezate parca plasate sa iti faca coborarea mai faina. Poti sa pompezi peste tot, mai ai 2-3 gaturi de pedalat dar in rest este vorba de singletrack de cea mai buna calitate!

Se interesecteaza la un moment data cu un forestier proaspat sapat dar pe care il pierde la scurt timp. Chiar a meritat tot efortul coborarea asta, dar, sincer, data viitoare daca mai vrem sa dam aceasta coborare urcam fie direct din Sebesul de Sus fie pe marcaj triunghi albastru ce vine dinspre Avig pe forestier. Nicicum pe creasta :).

Traseul din prima si a 2-a zi le gasit la acest link respectiv acest link. Mai jos va lasam cate un filmulet cu segmentele interesante ale turei si pozele ce s-au adunat. Pana data viitoare, ride safe!

Cabana Barcaciu ReReloaded, skitouring Fagaras

HAHA, nici nu am postat bine experienta de la Ski de tura la Cabana Barcaciu ca nu am putut sta departe de locul asta prea mult.

Vremea buna si gasca de la Barcaciu ne-au adus iara in muntii Fagaras si nimic nu ne-a putut tine departe ;).

Planul l-am incropit rapid in timpul saptamanii dupa ce Mihai ne-a activat cu cateva poze faine de la cabana si cu prognoza nesperat de faina, pt weekend. Imediat temerarii s-au activat asa ca vineri dupa munca plec acasa sa imi iau bagajul, cu mici obstacole :D, si apoi fuga sa ii culeg pe Alex si Gabi. La cabana ne mai asteptau Mihai cu Ovidiu si alti cativa doritori de adrenalina.

Ajungem… greu, mai ales cu iesirea din Bucuresti, orasul capcana, care ne-a luat peste 1h. Pe la ora 10 si ceva seara eram in Poiana Neamtului si pe la 10:45 cu rucsacii si schiele in spate 😦 gata de urcarea vietii… o placere. Nici nu am ajuns la cabana mai devreme de 1 noatea :))). Totusi, drumul ii faini cand il imparti la mai multi :D. Si racoarea noptii ne-a facut urcarea mai placuta desi ultimele 45 de minute parca au durat o vesnicie :P.

Ajungem la cabana si suntem intampinati de nea Petre care ne astepta cu ceai cald si bere :)) tot ce e nevoie.

Mai stam la un pahar de vorba si peste 1 ora ne bagam la somn… noapte buna.

Dimineata la 7, Mihai da trezire… nu ma misca din pat decat gandul la omleta buna facuta de tanti Mariana si ceaiul la halba, ca altfel, nici ca ma ridicam, aveam si motiv de data asta.

Incepem sa ne echipam, facem cunostinta care cu care nu ne stiam si pe la 9 cred ca ne punem si in miscare. Urcam de-a dreptul printre jgheaburi ca sa mai scurtam putin. In ciuda prognozei favorabile, zapada la primele ore ale diminetii este bocna si ma chinui cu urcarea in zig-zaguri pe zapada inghetata de la fiecare intoarcere ma incordam din tot corpul ca sa nu o iau la vale. Gata, urmatoarea investitie, cutite la schie ca nu mai tine! Ajungem cu greu in paltou si aici incepe negocierea, care ce vrea sa faca pe unde vrea sa se dea. Incepem de incalzire cu o coborare clasica in Puha, apoi urcam pana in creasta, negociem o coborare in Serbota dar o lasam pe alta data si ii dam iara la vale in caldare dar de data asta cu plecare din creasta. Faina coborarea, este prima data pt mine si chiar mi-a placut. Lasam planurile mai marete pentru ziua urmatoare :D. Coboram pana sub pragul glaciar in cararea de Negoiu si apoi o luam iara in sus spre platou ca sa facem o ultima coborare la cabana. Faina zi si faina zapada! Seara stam iara la povesti iar oboseala acumulata ne doboara pe rand, repede. Eu cred ca am cedat primul :D.

A 2-a zi incepe lafel de… matinal. Ma dau jos prin rostogolire din pat si astept sa ma dezmeticesc. Curand se trezeste si Alex si iesim afara sa bem un ceai. Dupa, incepm sa ne echipam, luam micul dejun si la deal cu noi. Aceasi urcare pe zapada inghetata… as da orice pentru niste cutite de schie, Tiberiu, sper ca citesti :))).

Totusi, parca ajungem mai repede in platou si de aici la ultima urcare in creasta unde ne si punem coltarii. Ajung pe varful Scara in urma lui Gabi si tocmai cand ii fac semn sa ma astepte, o si ia la vale. Asta e, echiparea si hai la vale. Am facut o mica coborare, pe partea sudica de Scara dar apoi am urcat iara in creasta si am coborat in Puha unde restul grupului tocmai ce urcau dupa ce au dat o coborare in caldare. Cobor cu Gabi pana in cararea de Negoiu si apoi urcam iara in platou pentru a face o ultima coborare spre cabana. Curand ne-au urmat si restul. Caldura mare isi cam spune cuvantul si abia astept sa ajung la cabana si sa imi deschid o bere rece … the end :P.

Cam ce ati citit mai sus este una din retetele unui weekend reusit. Printre ingrediente se numara vreme buna, gasca faina, un hobby minunat si un loc pe masura care sa le lege pe toate ;).

Incercati si nu veti regreta. Plecam pe la 4 de la cabana si nu dupa mult timp si cu ajutorul lui Mihai ajungem la masini in poiana Neamtului si apoi plecam spre Bucuresti refugiul temporar pana la venirea weekendului. Va lasam mai jos pozele si filmuletele care sa ateste cele de mai sus. Photocredit eu, Mihai and Jean pe numele sau de scena. Pana data viitoare, ride safe! Enjoy!

Ski Sureanu

Ski Sureanu, asta am facut weekendul trecut, si chiar ne-a placut.

Stateam in cumpana daca sa dam o fuga la Voineasa sau la Straja dar pana la urma am zis sa incercam o “statiune” noua, chiar daca am condus cam 6.5h pana acolo. Regrete nu sunt caci zona este absolut superba, seamna putin cu Voineasa dar parca are ceva in plus. Pare a fi un rai al backcountry-ului si chiar are cateva fete unde poti face freeride in toata regula, iar legat de partii, suntmai mult decat ok. Astfel, relatam mai jos aspectele de retinut.

Cazarea: Cazarea, daca vreti sa mergeti la Sureanu, ar fi bine sa o aranjati cu cel putin 2 saptamani inainte. Cele mai apropiate pensiuni sunt in Luncile Prigoanei, localitate aflata la 7-8 km distanta de domeniul schiabil. Am impreisa ca este un hotel ceva mai aproape, sf Petru parca ii zice, dar destul de scump, cel putin pentru gusturile mele.

Daca nu gasiti cazare in Luncile Prigoanei, mai gasiti la Oasa, la 22km distanta de partii. Noi aici am gasit dar doar cu cateva zile inainte, deci a fost mai multe decat ok. Am gasit cazare la cabana Oasa, o pensiune mai mult decat cabana, cu camere faine si mancare buna, deci o recomandam cu incredere. Camera a fost 120 ron pe noapte cu mic dejun inclus, paturi comfortabile, caldura din plin si dush in camera… lux ;). Cazarile la pensiunile din Luncile Prigoanei incep cam de pe la 240 ron pe noapte, asta din cauza ca si distanta pana la partie se injumatateste :P.

Drumul: Drumul daca e sa pleci din Bucuresti, este, lung…. dar frumos. Ultimii 22 km de la barajul Oasa sunt neasfaltati, drum forestier. Totusi, am impresia ca este mai bun iarna decat vara. Noi l-am prins inghetat si inzapezit. S-ar putea ca in conditii de zapada abundenta sau de polei, sa trebuiasca sa va puneti lanturile la roti. Totusi, este perfect ca este neasfaltat caci esti nevoit sa te deplasezi cu o viteza mica care iti permite sa observi frumusetea locului ;).

Partiile: Domeniul schiabil Sureanu are cateva partii, cea mai lunga avand 1.6 km. Are 1 telescaun si 2 teleschiuri sau mai bine zis tragalete asa cum le numesc localnicii :))) sa mor de ras cand am auzit, tragalet :))), adica te trage….

Partiile sunt rosii spre albastre si nu sunt batute chiar bine. Am impresia ca in zona asta chiar nu prea stie lumea cum sa le bata si lasa niste santuri pe partie de iti poti rupe usor fashul daca vi mai adormit pe partie… Una dintre partii este marcata ca si neagra dar asta petru o singura portiune de 5 mentri putin mai abrupta :D. Totusi, intre partii te cam poti da pe oriunde iar daca prinzi si cativa centimetrii de zapada proaspata, poti avea cea mai faina distractie prin afara partiei. Optiunile de offpiste sunt nenumarate. Copacii sunt rari si iti va face o placere deosebita sa te dai printre ei.

Exista mai multe baruri/apreskiuri in preajma partiilor si toate is faine si pline de voie buna. Skipassul este 100 lei pe zi si 65 pe 4 ore, o cartela de 20 puncte este 80 de lei iar o urcare cu teleschiul este 1 punct iar cu telescaunul 2 puncte.

Backcountry: Asa cum am mentionat la inceputul postului, Muntii Sureanu ofera nenumarate posibilitati pentru ski de tura si chiar freeride. Are atat dealuri domoale cat si fete abrupte si pare sa fie o zona care tine chiar bine zapada. Am avut timp sa incercam si putina tura pe langa schiatul printre partii si chiar am descoperit o zona in apropierea partieii care ofera multe coborari faine. Dezavantajul ar fi ca este cam batuta de soare si ar fi fost bine sa o exploram in prima parte a zilei ci nu la finalul acesteia cand, dupa o zi insorita, zapada era grea si necooperanta :P. Totusi, asta este doar un loc incercat de noi dar zona are atatea locuri ce asteapta sa fie descoperite, veti observa singuri din pozele de mai jos ;).

Ca si concluzie, ne-a placut mult la Sureanu, vom reveni, eventual cu mai multe zile de concediu ca sa avem timp sa exploram cum trebuie zona :). Pana atunci va lasam mai jos cateva poze si filmulete din zona ce surprind experienta noastra de weekendul trecut. Enjoy!

Weekend cu ture ratate, duminica :D

Ca sa inchidem ciclul de ture ratate, hai sa relatam si ce am reusit sa facem duminica.
Ca sa reamintesc sambata am incercat sa ajungem pe Vf. Cindrel dar dupa ce am incurcat traseul de 2 ori ne-am dat batuti.
Cu gandul la tura de duminica iesim in oras seara sa bem o bere si sa vedem daca s-a schimbat ceva prin Sibiu. Din fericire chiar ne-am limitat la o bere la cat de obositi eram iar apoi ne-am indreptat catre Cisnadie unde stau colegii mei Cristi si Anca, Cristi fiind cel care a planificat in mare parte tura de duminica. Tura planificat era de 110km cu ceva urcari dar nu a fost tocmai asa.
Dupa ce am stat la povesti cu Cristi ne-am bagat la somn la putin dupa 12 doar ca sa ne trezim la 6AM pentru a prinde trenul de 7:30 catre Miercurea Sibiului.
Tura noastra pleca din Miercurea Sibiului si trecea prin Garbova, Drumbava, Sasciori, Sugag, Jina, Tilisca, Orlat, Poplaca, Sibiu, Cisnadie.
Dupa ce reusesc sa inchid putin ochii in tren, si ajungem la destinatie si incepe frumoasa tura.
Ca sa stiti, este genul de tura care te face sa treci de la MTB la semicursa. Totusi, la modul la care am facut noi, tura, pe unii s-ar putea sa ii faca sa nici nu se gandeasca la semicursa :))), cazul de fata.
Traseul incepe frumos pe plat si curand incep urcarile, si incep, si continua, si continua, cu cateva coborari frumoase dar care se termina scurt ca sa faca loc urcarilor, si urcarilor si….
Dupa ce ajungem in Sugag ma gandeam ca este ok si ca deja am facut jumatate din traseu aproape. Ma gandeam ca ajungem devreme in Sibiu doar ca sa ne odihim putin, eventual sa mai iesim la un suc si apoi sa plecam spre Bucuresti….dar nu a fost asa.
Pe la Sugag, ca si grup ne hotaram sa urmam traseul spre Barajul Oasa, 40 km numai urcare. Dorinta colegilor de tura era ca de la Oasa sa continuam traseul spre Cindrel, Valea Frumoasa, Valea Sadului etc. Dupa primi 10 km deja regret decizia, dupa urmatorii 10 ma tot gandeam cat mai avem iar dupa inca 10 ma hotarasc sa ma opresc ca sa trag un pui de somn, resemnat cu gandul ca nu mai ajung la Oasa. Deja vb cu colegii de tura si am stabilit ca de la Oasa ne intoarcem si o luam pe traseul prestabilit.
Cu aceasta idee in minte pa pun sa dorm pe marginea drumului asteptand ca restul grupului sa coboare de la Oasa care era la 10 km distanta, urcare.
Dupa 1h ma gandeam ca au ajuns, se odihnesc putin si apoi coboara. Dupa inca 30 min deja ma gandeam daca sa ma ridic sa o iau in sus…sau in jos. Aleg sa mai dorm putin. Dupa inca 30 de minute opreste o masina langa mine si doamna din dreapta ma trezeste cu intrebarea:
-Sunteti Bogdan?! :))). Mi s-a parut nefireasca asa ca am zis:
-Poftim?
-Sunteti Bogdan?
-Da.
-Vedeti ca prietenii dumneavoastra va asteapta jos. Adica jos de tot! :)))

LOL, am dormit si grupul a trecut pe langa mine, cum naiba…
Alarmat ma imbrac, ca deja faceam plaja, ma incalt, sar pe bicla si dau la pedale, la vale. Dupa 10 minute deja obosesc. Dupa inca 20 min ajung jos si ma intalnesc cu Cristi care deja urca dealul sa ma caute. Se pare ca restul grupului nu s-a mai dus pana la Oasa si s-au intors la scurt timp dupa ce m-am oprit eu numai ca au trecut glont pe langa mine dormind pe marginea drumului.
Ei deja isi faceau griji de 90 min pe jos, sunau in stanga si in dreapta si daca nu apaream curand probabil ca anuntau si politia. Ba chiar au sunat la restaurantul de la barajul Tau -Bistra si au cerut cu orice biciclist din restaurant pe care il cheama Bogdan. Au vorbit cu 2 :)))). Dupa lamuririle de rigoare ne punem pe drum spre Jina. Ne oprim la scurt timp pentru a face loc ciclistilor din turul Sibiului. Dupa ce ii vedem, pozam, aclamam ne punem pe urcat. Ca si idee, urcarea din Dobra pana la Jina este cea mai crunta urcare de care am avut parte, facuta pana la urma mai mult pe langa bicla decat pe ea.
Odata ajuns sus la #GhitaCiobanul in sat ingurgitez rapid ceva dulce si ma pun pe bicla pentru a ma bucura mai repede de coborarea meritata.
Pb e ca inca de la inceperea urcarii ma tot uit la ceas. Sus deja era 19:30 si noi mai aveam 60 km pana in Sibiu si pe urma ma asteptau 4 ceasuri de condus pana in Bucuresti. Deja ma gandeam ce sa fac si regretam putin decizia de a urca la Oasa.
Dam tare la pedale bucurandu-ne de coborari si numarand urcarile ramase. Cei 60km au trecut destul de repede si la ora 22:00 eram deja in Cisnadie, acasa la Cristi. Ne schimbam repede, ne facem bagajul, stam sa onoram ospitalitatea lui Cristi si Anca, btw Anca, delicioasa a fost masa :D, si apoi ne punem la drum.
Intrun final ajung si eu acasa la 4:00AM doar ca sa fiu a 2-a zi dimineata la munk :(. Din fericire ziua a fost scurta si a trecut repede.

Bilantul zilei, 170KM si o elevatie pozitiva pe care nu am avut inca cum sa o aflu dar urmeaza.

Uite si niste poze de pe traseu. Enjoy.

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