Lousã Bike Trip

October 25, 2010

So we went to rip Lousã trails again. This time we took 4 new AMA crew members and explore new trails.

Here´s a little teaser

This report is about the second time that the All Mountain Addict crew got together in Lousã. This is one of the best places in Portugal for mountain biking. Team Santa Cruz Syndicate made the first rides with their carbon V10 on Lousã tracks! The crew is composed by 7 riders from different geographical places of Portugal that just gather around two or three times a year to explore new trails and have a good time.

Day one “The gathering”

Friday night, packing things, eat something at “Italiano” restaurant and the beer machine drops dead in the middle of dinner. Not a good thing because not all like chocolate milk! And after the meal we start the road trip to the village. One and a half hours to the rented house in Lousã, unpacking things and out for a beer to talk about every kind of crap!

Saturday morning with “Saturday night” wake up!

Took the 4×4 truck stuffed with bikes, gear and riders up the mountain and the first run was divided in three groups to recognize the different trails in the area called “Terreiro das Bruxas”. This is group of singletracks with a lot of roots and a soft compound created by tree leafs. The trails are very fast have small drops and berms and provide a well spend morning.

In the afternoon, after a grilled chicken lunch, we went to a different set of trails that end in a small mountain village called “Gondramaz”. We spend some good time there jumping a small roadgap, but sadly the local vegetation as started to cover the singletracks and it was hard to see the right way, but still a good time.

After this afternoon of joy, we return to the house to get some rest and some food in our bellies because the chicken was long gone!

Sunday “Mondraker bikepark”

We went to explore a project called ”Mondraker bikepark”. It’s a group of trails created by some locals to explore another part of the mountain in a more professional way.

We had some trouble finding the trails at the beginning, because they are all covered in pine needles, but once we find it and get to know the right way to go it was a lot of fun, definitely a  place to return!

The end is in an old mountain guard house, and as I said they are worth of some runs!

It was a great weekend, with great trails and moments! Hope forward to the next trip!

more photos are available on Flickr [Lousã Bike Trip set].

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having fun

November 14, 2009

The winter is coming, days are shorter and Sunday mornings are colder.

Anyway, some weeks ago I managed to kill some bike hunger: packed the bikes, photo and movie cameras and joined André and Filipe to a little tour around some of our trails from the past century (the hardtail times) looking for some fun.

It went something like this…

The video is too short to exemplify how much we enjoyed the ride.
It’s amazing how easy and simple is to get some great fun. That’s why I love MTB!

One of the things that was missing in this little project called All Mountain Addict was the photos and videos that allow us to remember the great moments we had (and still have) with our bikes and friends.

In the beginning of the summer the focus was 100%  training for Megavalanche (whenever possible for a guy that doesn’t  pay the bills with the bike), then after the big event of the year it was time for Holidays, afterwards it was full power in the daily job to get back on track… no extra time for nothing (well, almost nothing, I still manage to participate in a Avalanche type race in September 🙂 ).

It was about time to get things done: Multimedia section is now updated with the right links to our little Pandora box.

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Megavalanche

July 15, 2009

Long time no see… why?  first we were busy getting ready for the Mega, then we were riding it!!!  Soon we will post a brief summary and some photos/videos from the unique  Megavalanche Alpe D’ Huez  (race results here).

mega

This is Enduro…

May 21, 2009

AVcup_logoUndoubtedly one of my favourite MTB race concepts, too hard for a XC bike and too soft (?) for a downhill monster. What you need is a All Mountain (or Enduro) trail bike, light enough for the uphill sections but at the same time strong and effective for the downhill sections.

Bike Enduro races are mainly composed of downhill timed stages interconnected by several kilometers of (normally) uphill trails, the winner is the fastest rider in the downhill sections which also completed the interconnection stages within the established limit times.

Have a look at our All Mountain Addict Delicious bookmarks for the video coverage of the Avalanche Cup 2009 / round#2 –  Kielder Enduro (race results here).

Friends are Everything

January 28, 2009

Lousã

I just love the feeling of blasting through the dream singletrack, the never ending one, just me against the nature. Nothing and nobody can stop me. Such instants are magical moments that makes us feel in the eternal glory of the Gods.

Some other times we need the restlessness, the rush of riding with our friends, share sensations and states of mind.

For someone who has friends spread all over the country, what can we do?
It can’t get much better than enjoying a full day with our bike and more importantly, with our friends.

North, South, West or East it doesn’t really matter from where they come, just come!
On the 28th February we will be there, and Lousã will be waiting for us.

Because this is the spirit which makes us go further. Because this is the feeling which unites us. Because this is our passion.