Europe has A LOT to offer and when it comes to MTB trails there is barely a region of the world that has more to give. With so many destinations to choose from, it can be hard to choose the best of them for your holiday or your weekend trip. With this series we would like to give you a heads up on this topic. All destinations have been chosen by our team members Innes Graham, Manon Carpenter, Steve Schneider, Lukas Schäfer and the one handed hero Tommy Wilkinson.
As winter begins to fade and we look to summer, a trip to La Poma (Spain) bike park near Barcelona, with a sojourn to the amazing Pure Riding bike park in Girona was just the ticket to fire up the love of bikes.
For part 1 of this year long series we met German trail king Lukas Schäfer and his dog Foxy in the balmy warmth of a Spanish winter. Joining us, a returning Innes Graham showed us that his sabbatical to BMX for three years hasn't slowed him up one bit.
Manon Carpenter is joined by Vero Sandler, Monet Adams and local pinner Al Bond for a wet weekend riding some of the UK's steepest trails. Wales in winter might not be your idea of a dream destination, but riding bikes in wet conditions is something the Brit's specialise in.
What's more, finding a venue with a public road uplift, over 15 trails combinations and everything from steep tech to big triple jumps is not that easy - hence why Llangollen, North Wales is episode 2 of Europe's Dreamtrails.
Our full crew meet up in Europe was canned - but that didn't mean we couldn't bring three of our riders to one of Europe's most legendary mountain towns - Schladming. Riding a wave of positive energy and celebrating the simple things in life, Stevie Schneider, Luca Hagger and Lukas Schäfer spent three days making shapes on Schladming's unreal new creations before venturing to Saalbach (coming soon).
After the intensity of Schladming, the motly crew of Stevie Schneider, Lukas Schäfer and Luca Hagger headed over to Saalbach. As the Home of Lässig, the boys knew to mix up finding tasty hidden bike park gaps with some full-on, zen mode chill times, and some moments of heartwarming bromance.
Despite the rain, Saalbach delivered on all fronts.... ride what's in front of you, enjoy the moments and build positive energy.
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