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Veliko Tarnovo enduro MTB trails, Bulgaria

Last weekend we’ve been to Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria to ride again the trails there, but this time was different. Why?! because we get to ride with the locals :D. And you know is best to ride with the locals, we can confirm this saying :))).

Veliko Tarnovo (BulgarianВелико Търново, “Great Tarnovo”) is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province.

Often referred to as the “City of the Tsars“, Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. The old part of the city is situated on the three hills Tsarevets, Trapezitsa, and Sveta Gora, rising amidst the meanders of the Yantra (Source: Wikipedia).

Ok, so we’re gonna stop here because we have the important part and that is “situated on the three hills Tsarevets, Trapezitsa, and Sveta Gora”… 3 hills…downhills :)))

So we meet at Veliko Turnovo with the crew from Turnduro and Old Mountain MTB Holiday an did some laps on the trails there and it was sick. The guys really did put some work into some of the trails and you could see it right away and also they have some natural trails or sections that are just beautiful.

So, at this time we can name 4 of the trails, Rodopa, Garga, Ksilifor and Off camber trail. You can find some tracks with our rides here: Track from day 1, Track form day 2.

All of them have from 1.2 km to 2 km and lets say around 200m elevation. Ok, they are not to long and not to steep but its not downhill we’re talking abut and its not Enduro either, its FUNDURO :))). Yes the term is borrowed but we like it and its perfect to describe the trails there, and the guys we’ve been riding with there, Nedko, Petar, Constantine, Ivan and Portokal, cheers mates!

Besides the above 4 named trails there are others, we know 2 more but after discussing with Nedko and the guys we realize that you can stay there for a few days and have a great time and discover new trails, but the key is to ride with the locals :)).

We liked it so much that we think tomorrow we’re gonna go back there and shred those trails.

For more information about the trails you can also check out freerider.ro article at this link, or our article from the first visit there witch includes more videos with the trails.

Until next time, ride safe @ Veliko Tarnovo! Enjoy!

Postavaru mountain bike Trails, Brasov, Romania

This is a quick post about Postavaru trails near Brasov City, Romania :D.

Brașov is located in the central part of the country, about 166 kilometres (103 miles) north of Bucharest and 380 kilometres (236 miles) from the Black Sea. It is surrounded by the Southern Carpathians and is part of the Transylvania region.

The city is notable for being an important centre of Transylvanian Saxons in the past, and a large commercial hub on the trade roads between East and West. (Source: Wikipedia).

Also for us, Brasov is important because of its potential in mountain bike and ski activities.

Near Brasov is Postavaru massive, an almost 1800m height mountain with some awesome trails just waiting to bi ridden.

Also, Brasov is a beautiful chill city, with an nice old city full of activity and beautiful people.

In order to ride there you have to get yourself and you’re bike up to Poiana Brasov, which is a bit higher positioned then Brasov. To get there you have to bike there (around 45min-1h by bike) or take a shuttle bus from the city center. For this check out NH Bike guys witch offer professional shuttle services there, taking riders every each hour from Brasov to Poiana Brasov.

From poiana Brasov are like 4 trails that get down to Brasov, but also from there you can take a cabin up to the peak of Postavaru mountain and from there you have a beautiful over 1200m descent to town witch we really recomand. Also you can take a break at Postavaru mountain Hut and enjoy the view and the bear there :D… oh, and the cookies :))).

Without further ado, we leave you some tracks with 2 of the trails there, and also a movie to better comprehend the fun you will face on Postavaru Trils :))).

Trail tracks: descent from Postavaru peak, descent from Poiana Brasov on yellow triangle mark trail. Enjoy and ride safe!

Iezer-Papusa Enduro Singletrack

De ziua Mariei am plecat in Iezer-Papusa la vanatoarea de singletrack-uri. Ne-am dus la sigur, dupa coborarea de la 4 munti. Fiind din ce in ce mai lenesi am ales o urcare alternativa ce implica vreo 2 ore de pushbike dar care te scoate mai repede aproape de coborare si cu ceva mai putina diferenta de nivel adica vreo 1600m in loc de 2000. La finalul articolului o sa lasam trackul si aca cumva il aveti si pe cel original, le puteti compara voi :D. Oricum, coborarea este…. incerc sa imi gasesc cuvintele dar ii greu, prea multe vorbe de lauda imi vin in minte :P. Oki, hai ca exagerez ca de obicei, dar serios, este tare rau.

As imparti-o in 3 segmente. Segmentul alpin, ce pleaca de la 2000 metri altitudine pe un singletrack super fain cu super priveliste asupra Craiului si Bucegilor, apoi un segment de trecere care nu este asa fun, intre poteca mai sus mentionata si poteca din padure, cu putina balaureala la limita padurii si apoi segmentul final prin padure pana in Rucar.

Partea de sus, cum am spus, este super faina si se vede ca cineva a muncit ceva la ea. Parca si pietrele erau asezate asa cum trebuie :D, vedeti primul filmulete de mai jos 😉

Apoi vine trecerea intre aceasta poteca si padure, unde mergi pe smocuri de iarba pana ajungi la o stana. Asta nu e chiar asa de fun. Odata ajunsi in padure, a trebuit sa balaurim putin caci si aici au aparut exploatari forestiere si automat inceputul potecii s-a cam dus…. dar, dupa ce am gasit continuarea, i-am dat salbatic pana in Rucar, sau cel putin pana la forestierul de ne-a scos in Rucar. Este super faina si coborarea prin padure, are super flow si poti lua diferite linii, ce sa mai a meritat din plin si recomand cu incredere acest traseu. Am aflat apoi ca am ratat parte din coborare, deoarece cand am dat de o bucata de forestier am coborat pe ea pana la raul din vale. Trackul ar fi continuat pe muchie si ne-ar fi scos mult mai aproape de Rucar. Asta e, acum ne simtim obligati sa o mai facem odata :)).

Dupa ce iesi in Rucar daca ai lasat masina in Campulung sau Leresti, o sa ai putin de mers pe asfalt asa ca recomandam sa va incarcati cu rabdare, eventual sa beti o bere in Rucar si apoi sa ii dati usor. Noi am avut getaway driver :D, thanks Ion!

Acum, linkul cu traseul il gasiti aici, iar mai jos aveti materialul foto/video de rigoare. Enjoy and ride safe!