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Best bike resort in Czech Republic

I had just found out the jewel of the bike resorts in Czech Republic. Simply called: TRUTNOV TRAILS..

 

 

Stunning view 

Stunning view 

Trutnov bike resort is located two hours away from Prague in the Čížkovy kameny and Jestřebí hory area. Because of the rocky walls the area of Čížkovy kameny is a frequent destination among locals for weekend getaways and it is very similar with one of the most famous places in Czech Republic, Adršpašsko-teplické. Here the reason why Čížkovy kameny is called also the little Adršpach.

The geographical features of the area with undulating landscape and rocky terrain have created a natural network of trails perfectly suited for biking. The single trails are suited for all levels, from green to black, every rider will find something that will push his limits.  

The GREEN trail is an easy uphill path with a few technical places, but there are also a few challenging elements. It is no too long just 3 km but I would say it's highly recommended for warm up. The key points of the "Starting trail" are the rocks similar with the one presented in the photo below. 

Rocks on the green trail.

Rocks on the green trail.

After you finish the green trail you definitely need to continue with the BLUE trail. It is a nice and smooth trail recommended to less experienced riders. You will enjoy around 7 km split up in 2 parts. Besides the entertaining technical section you will have the opportunity to stop of one of the best places for taking unforgettable photos.

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For more advanced riders...

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You certainly can have a lot of fun here... :D

You have all the elements, table tops. berms, walls. Everything made to put a big smile on your face.

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Always something new to try..

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This nice and memorable trail it's ending with a catchy surprise..  ;)

Gain confidence on narrow path

Gain confidence on narrow path

Fast line

Fast line

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Fun everywhere

Fun everywhere

The RED trail it's a different kind of beast. The main feature of this area is the rock garden. This medium difficult trail is suitable for bikers that enjoy technical riding. I personally advise to hit this trail if you feel like it's time to upgrade your skills. You will be surprised how challenging it is. 

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Best view over the bike resort

Best view over the bike resort

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The BLACK run in Trutnov is considered one of the most difficult trails in Czech Republic. It has around 2 km of perfect balanced technical parts suitable for advanced riders.  There is a section called Whistler....and this says all about this trail ;) 

The famous black run (Image taken from http://trutnovtrails.cz/en/ web site)

The famous black run (Image taken from http://trutnovtrails.cz/en/ web site)

 

With the great help of the local community the bike resort will open a few more interesting trails in 2017. 

Looking forward for the 2017 biking season!!! 

 

I forgot my front wheel home

...this is a true story...

Sunday morning, usual day at SinglTrek Pod Smrkem. I take the bike out from the car and things go wrong.

"Me: I forgot the front wheel home :| "

"The guy from the bike center:......it happens"

"Me: Do you have a wheel that can fit into my fork?"

"The guy fro the bike center:....uhhhh, no, but I have a new Trek Fuel Ex 9.8 27-5+ bike that you can try."

And this is how I end up riding the new wheel size that every mountain biking magazine is praising about: the new  "Bontrager Chupacabra, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 27.5x2.80" tire.

The bike industry is presenting this new tire size like it is the best thing in the universe, you can't ride without it.

I was expecting big things from this new tire, I believed the adverts, but the reality was a very different story.

Difficult to jump, the bike was nose diving. Even tubeless the tires are too heavy.

Difficult to jump, the bike was nose diving. Even tubeless the tires are too heavy.

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I had to pump a lot even for a small jump.

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More speed is required for jumping.

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Cornering is something very random, you want right, bike is going straight ahead(again inertia)

Cons:

  • Heavy, nose diving all the time when jumping. Bike manufactures will try to make components lighter. the rims for example, just to keep things in  balance. There will be a lot of unreliable products on the market.
  •  Difficult to handle when cornering. The bike feels very numb, and  require a lot more effort to steer.
  •  In mud, the tires are floating.
  •  Big tires means a lot of traction, a lot of pedalling is needed to keep a decent speed. Slower on climbs and more sluggish to accelerate.
  •  Precise pressure adjustment is required. Tire pressure matters more with big tires. The plus size tires feel very bouncy, this affects also how the suspension is working.
  • Big tubeless tires, a lot of sealing is going in, fun to fix a flat tire. Yuck
  • Expensive.

Pro:

  • Easy to go over big rocks. For a beginner that will boost the confidence.
  • A lot of grip.
  • Heavy tires, more stable bike.

I believe this new tire is still at the beginning and more adjustments and improvements needs to be done. Maybe in a while this plus tire will be the standard, but at this moment  2.4'' tire is more than enough, unless you ride on snow or on sand. Everything bigger in size than this is too much.

Nevertheless, we had tons of fun on the trails.

Lessons learned:

  • Try not to  sleep when you put the bike in the car. Count the wheels(and the axle also) :)
  • Don't trust bike magazines reviews about new stuff, go out and try it yourself.

All mountain trails in Prague

Are you looking for more technical MTB trails in Prague? Do you like to take some air?

Not far away from the city center we can find a few challenging trails that will put a big smile on every rider face.

If you like technical descents or fast and flowy trails with a few jump, this is the place where you should be.

Nice forest-park most of the time. with a few steep trails, the Točná hill is the favorite place among the local downhillers.

 

Also, if you are looking for some  hiking trails this is a great place to spend an afternoon.

History facts: the area t is the most extensive Celtic settlement in the Czech Republic, and one of the biggest in Europe.

Beautiful view over the city as reward after a short ascent

Beautiful view over the city as reward after a short ascent. One of the greenest city in Europe, plenty of natural parks around.

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Fun on the trails. Taking some air is always fun.

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Downhillers will love this place. Drops and berms all over the place.

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Technical descents, roots and rocks all over the place.

Točná hill is one of the best places to ride in Prague.

Easily accessible from city center, this place has it all, fast and flowy trails, technical descents with rocks and roots,  jumps, drops and berms.

Cross country trail to Karlštejn castle

Just only 30km from Prague, Karlštejn castle is one of the most famous and most visited castles in Czech Republic.

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Some history facts: Karlštejn is a gothic castle,  founded around 1348 by Charles IV. It was used for safekeeping of the crown jewels, relics and royal treasures.

 
Karlštejn offroad

The trail from Prague to castle is a pure XC trail, crossing the suburbs of Prague, fields and small forests. The perfect way to discover the beautiful Czech country side.

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Gentle path takes us out of the city and get us to the first descent of the trail. Some rocks and roots, nothing scary or technical. Beginners can tackle this trail without issues.

Also if you ride a Cyclo-cross bike, this is something that can be done.

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Rocks and roots, not too scary.

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Getting our shoes wet in a small creek. No worries, there is a small bridge which can be passed.

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Trail is taking us through small villages and endless green fields. Beautiful Czech country side.

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First long uphill on tarmac, mind over body.

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Taking a short brake just enough to recover after the long uphill on tarmac.

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Some nice looking peace of machinery resting in the shadow. Would you ride this beast?

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Best reason for a short break, cherries. 

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It takes around 4 hours to get to the castle, the trails is not very difficult, but some level of fitness is required to enjoy this trail. There are two long uphills, one is on tarmac, the second one is going trough the forest. The descents are not very steep nor very technical. Any type of bike is suitable for this trail.