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PERFECT AUTUMN DAY OUT #valeacernei #shapingthesouth

After this ride, we know where we will be each year for first of November, no doubt about it 🥰.

Valea Cernei is a delight for the sight in this period, and combined with the beautiful single tracks along the way it makes for an perfect day out. I strongly recomand to go visit this place and Mehedinti county in general, it’s a region in Romania like no other with a lot to offer. #shapingthesouth hashtag must be replaced with #gosuth because slowly it becomes a must ;). Thanks Pufi for the great ride and see you soon! Cheers!

Trails on trail forks, but don’t resume to this 2, look for more 😉 https://www.trailforks.com/trails/inele–valea-cernei-pt-1/ https://www.trailforks.com/trails/inele–valea-cernei-pt-2/

Also check out the ride we took in the beginning of the year: Shaping the south, Muntii Cernei edition

Shaping the south, Muntii Cernei edition

Shaping the south, Muntii Cernei edition.

This county is just awesome, has so much to offer in terms of enduro mountain biking, all mountain and trail riding. You just have to move your ass from the couch and explore. Any part of this beautiful country has its charms for sure, but I always come back and find joy, peace and thrill in this place in a strange mixture… And yes, people still wear opinci here (traditional sandals) and not for touristic purposes… They are made from recycled rubber but they look the same… a few years back, I was at Isverna and saw an old lady wearing some authentic ones made from pig skin… it’s a free entrance museum of any kind, you just have to pay attention.

This time we got to ride some fresh dirt, or rocks right in the heart of Cernei Mountains. We did one of the gnarliest descents right from the top of peak Vlascu and all the way down to Cernei Valley. In the middle we ran into the trail we did a few years back, you can find it in this article Mehedinti FTW.

The trail is still in pretty good shape because people from the villages use it for commute. You can find some cow shit along the path but it’s ok, makes the ride all more natural :))).

When we reached our tents we were exhausted after 40km with over 1800m elevation and quite some pushbike.

Totally worth it and having the tents at the bottom of the descent was such a joy. We jumped right into the river to revive our bodies and we shared the cold beers to everyone.

This trip is one to be repeated, but next time we have to end it up in a hot spring in Băile Herculane, that’s a wish yet not fulfilled for me :))) so stay tuned because it’s gonna happen one of these days X).

Next day the forecast kicked in and we had some fresh rain right in the morning. We gathered our tents and stuff, made a fire and cooked some eggs and potatoes but not after checking out a fresh trail, an easier alternative to the Tesnei descent. Worth the pushbike and it was a great way to end up a beautiful post pandemic trip

You can find the track of the epic trail here Muntii Cernei epic track, and also check out Mehedinti Enduro that we did on Saturday trails on trail forks.

Also check out the videos and pictures bellow and ride safe until next time!


This year will be a year of firsts. First Mehedinti Enduro, first Ciocanu Enduro, first Semenic Enduro, first Ebike enduro contest and the list will go on.

The whole Romanian cup is looking pretty good and it’s all thanks to this people, Bike Attack Resita and the ones that they engaged in their youthful ambitions :D.

In this short movie you can see a glimpse of Mehedinți Enduro and what’s to come. Things are happening, good things.

Mehedinți is an area that deserves much more attention. If you pay some attention to this county you will find a place of tales not long forgotten and you will ride trails that tell stories…

For us is one of those magic places that we want to visit each year, a peaceful and friendly place. Good memories were built here and that made our bond with this place strong :).

Okay, now back to some more accurate information :D.

The contest was awesome, and all thanks to Alexandu Pufan and the guys from Bike Attack Resita! Cheers mates for making it happen, not just Mehedinti but the hole cup!

The 5 special stages from the first edition of Mehedinti Enduro are located on the Topolnite Valley, a very varied area from a geographical point of view, this aspect making each route quite different from the others.

The first route is the rockiest and longest (and also the hardest to reach, with a transfer of almost 7km), with several exposed and loose areas. Completely natural, this is in fact an old tourist trail brought to life on the occasion of the event.

On the other hand, the second special stage will be the shortest, but especially interesting. It will pass through the ruins of a fortress and descend along a natural roller coaster, and at the end a rocky and open area will be crossed.

The next two routes have the same starting point, being built from scratch over the last 3 years. Much easier from a technical point of view, they will probably be to the liking of bike parkers. Thus, the route no. 3 will test the skills of riders with several tens of berms, while the next one will show us who is best in the air, here being built the biggest gaps in the entire competition.

The last route, completed this month, is actually a combination of everything you have encountered so far. The technical areas alternate with the flow areas, including particularly tight switchbacks, straight portions of speed, drops and gaps, on unpredictable terrain.

The total distance to be traveled is somewhere at 28km, of which 8 are downhill, along the special stages :D. That sounds like fun right! For exact map of the contest trails, check out trail forks here :D. With this new format cup, Romania will appear on the map with some awesome trails ;).

This be said, make sure you don’t miss it next year because it will be better :D.

Cheers mates and enjoy the rest of the cup! Also check out this articles for more footage from the area ;).

Photo credit: Cornel Pufan


Mehedint FTW!

Some years back we’ve been to Isverna, an remote village in Mehedinti county. Going there was like a time travel. 2 years back we sow people still wearing “opinci” traditional shoes made from pig skin, and they ware not wearing them because of any touristic purposes.

This year we decided to go back but to explore more of the place.

Wee look up trail forks only to find out that our trail forks ambassador in Romania has his headquarters in Mehedint county. Good!

Our trip took 3 days and we ridden 3 different places.

First day we ride near Isverna, where we also stayed. We go to Beletina meadow and traverse Mehedinti mountains. We followed 3 trails that you can find on trail forks, Starway to Beletina, Beletina – Pigs neck and Springs Face, all tied up and all beautiful trails. We climb on fire road up to Beletina then you follow Pigs neck on animal trails and then descent back to Isverna on an wild raw trail!

We sleep well the first day, dreaming about the awesome track that we did.

Next day we meet up with Pufalot, the trail forks ambassador and did another awesome track in Cerna Valley. We visit the remote villages in Cerna Valley, and the awesome single tracks that unites them. On the descent we did 2 trails that you can find on trail forks, Prislop – Dobraia and Dobraia – Dumbrava. The whole second day track can be found here.

The descent was just awesome, long, over 10k and combines technical terrain with speed and flow. The ground is loose in this period and you must be careful of the offcamber corners :)).

We ware so tired after the second day that we did not dream about anything, just a long deep sleep…

Last day we made it short. We meet Pufalot on his home ground, Sindrilei hill, near Izvorul Barzii just to Blame Canada :)))).

Man, this guy is a crazy trail builder! 🤘 Cant wait for him to finish all the trails. Blame Canada trail its awesome. starting from the top it has 8 jumps one bigger then the other. The last 2 are a gap and a droop with an insane landing !

Next year he will have 3 trails and if the others will be as sick as Blame Canada, then we will spend double the time in Mehedinti county! Maybe a new enduro contest is in sight 😍.

Until next year we leave you some photos and an edit to better understand the beauty of Mehedint county, form our point of view ;).

Enjoy and ride safe! 🚵‍♂⛰🎥📷👊

Calatorie in timp, in Isverna

Comuna Isverna, Mehedinti, este un loc de poveste din punctul nostru de vedere. Oricine vine din mediul urban aici, isi va da seama de ce spunem asta. Daca stai si esti atent la ce se intampla in aceasta comuna, si nu spunem ca doar in aceasta comuna se intampla lucrurile asa, ci in multe altele din tara, dar nu avem nici timp nici ocazia sa le vizitam si sa le analizam pe toate, iti vei da seama de ce spunem ca este o lume de poveste. Parca te intorci in timp, fara exagerare. Am vazut oameni in opinci, si nu pentru ca aveau o pensiune si vroiau sa faca impresie turistilor, cum se intampla in alte locuri din tara, ci pentru ca alea le erau incaltarile, atata isi permiteau si nici nu aveau nevoie de altceva.

Am vazut copii fara de facebook, care se joaca asa cum ne jucam si noi cand eram mici, acum 20 de ani, facand cazemate, alergand pe vale, fugarind cate un caine sau o pisica, spargand nuci pe marginea drumului sau incropind cate un teren de fotbal din 4 pietre si o linie trasa in tarana.

Se vede clar ca acesti oameni traiesc din ce le ofera pamantul si animalele si prea putin depind de sistemul “social capital” din tara asta.

Anul acesta am ajuns la isverna cu ocazia zilei de nastere a lui Tiberiu, sa ne traiasca! 😀 si datorita curtoaziei lui Matei, care detine si casa batraneasca la care am stat si care organizeaza tabere de copii inclusiv in zona, ceea ce ni se pare genial, copil fiind sa descoperi astfel de locuri. Trebuie neaparat sa vizitati pagina si sa cititi articolul urmator pentru a va da seama despre ce vorbim 🙂 – http://himalayatravel.ro/isverna-2015-mehedinti/

Si de data aceasta, ca si acum 2 ani, ne-am distrat de minune la Isverna. Locul acesta magic iti ofera o multime de facut si de descoperit. Te poti bucura de frumoasele drumuri parcurgandu-le cu bicicleta sau de frumoasele carari umblandu-le la picior. Gasesti trasee marcate care te poarta pe langa izvoare, prin poieni, doline si prin crovuri spre varfuri albe ce parca spun povesti. Da, parca randurile sunt mai siropoase decat de obicei dar parca si zone te indeamna sa scrii altfel.

Activitatea principala, si de data aceasta a fost voia buna la focul vatrei, un gratar bun si sanatos la vreme de seara si multa licoare magica adusa fie de acasa fie de la oamenii din sat. Oamenii din sat care il stiau pe Tibi si care il conosc foarte bine pe Matei ne-au adus in permanenta cate ceva, fie ca a fost lapte fie ca a fost o tuica buna, o ciorba de branza, de care nu am mai mancat nicodata, o placinta cu branza sau un gem de prune, in permanenta am primit cate ceva si parca am dat prea putin inapoi, ba chiar deloc.

Ocazional am mai dat si cate o tura de bicicleta. Cea mai faina tura este cea pana la poiana Beletina, spre Crovu Mare. Traseul marcat care leaga mare parte a crovurilor si poienilor de prin creasta muntii este cruce rosie. El trece prin Valea Cernei (Piatra Puscata) – Valea Timna – Crovu Mare – Saua Bruscan – Isverna. Traseul facut de noi pe biciclete pleaca din sat si urca frumos pe deal si spre munte cu o mica parte de pushbike inainte de poiana. Partea finala te poarta printre copacii batrani, parca pe un drum al druizilor. In poiana Beletina te asteapta o stana mare care este parasita de prin luna octombrie. Din poiana poti cobora pe marcaj triunghi albastru direct in sat, pe o ruta mai putin ciclabila dar care merita facuta. Daca atunci cand ajungi in poiana mai ai energie si timp, poti “escalada” si varful lui Stan care iti va oferi o frumoasa priveliste atat asupra Beletinei cat si spre Piatra Closani, spre Poienile Porcului, defileul Cernei si frumoasele lapiezuri ce impodobesc intreg peisajul. Daca iti planifici traseul bine poti continua pe cruce rosie spre Valea Cernei si spre Herculane.

Spre Herculane mai poti ajunge si pe bicicleta daca urci din Isverna pe DJ671 care este mai mult un drum forestier ce te urca pana in Godeanu de unde faci stanga spre Herculane si te bucuri de o lunga coborare de kilometrii buni si cu asfalt relativ bun.

De asemenea, daca tot te afli in zona ar fi pacat sa nu iti planifici o zi si pentru cheile Tesnei, un loc superb parca rupt dintr-un film fantasy. Daca vrei sa vezi ce iti pote oferii acest loc, viziteaza pagana de facebook Parcul Naţional Domogled-Valea Cernei.

Mai jos va lasam cateva poze care sa exemplifice frumusetea zonei, de care am incercat sa va convingem si prin randurile de mai sus. Daca nu ati fost niciodata in aceste locuri, ar trebui sa va ganditi serios sa mergeti iar daca ati fost, sa va ganditi lafel de serios ca ar trebui sa reveniti prin aceste locuri. Enjoy!

Link Traseu bicicleta catre Poiana Beletina aici.

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