WorldBikeParks URT Photo Special

Sep 19, 2011
by David Scorer  
The summer of 2011 and the Ultimate Road Trip around the Alps - more than 2 months on the road (67 days to be exact), 19 bike parks, countless incredible trails, stunning mountain scenery, friendly locals and some pretty cool mountain bikers. You can check out the full URT blog here and these are some of the best images from the trip...

1. Les Deux Alpes, France
Kicking it all off at the Mondial du VTT in Les Deux Alpes, there is just so much riding on offer here. A local rider no-hands the step up jump.

Here local rider and professional freestyle skier Steven pulls some moves in the Bike Park.

2. Tignes, France
An evening photo-shoot gives some great light conditions - this is Dan from WorldBikeParks down the last few turns of the Black Metal trail.

WorldBikeParks rider Dan Smith rides a line on the black-graded Black Metal trail.

3. Alpe d'Huez, France
Stormy conditions in Alpe d'Huez as riders practice for the 2011 Megavalanche race, but fortunately the rain held off.

Riders practicing the Megavalanche course high above Alpe d Huez.

4. Verbier La Tzoumaz, Switzerland
A panorama shot looking out at Verbier and the St Bernard valley. Taking a break at the top of the 'Wouaiy' trail.

WorldBikeParks.com riders Dan Smith and David Scorer and photographer Tim Winterburn were shown around the incredible Verbier Bike Park by Fabrice Tirefort AKA Trifon World Cup rider and Bike Park Chief.

5. Wiriehorn, Switzerland
Race action from the iXS Swiss DH Cup, this is the only trail at Wiriehorn but it's a cracker and there are more on the way.

A rider takes the jump near the top of the course during Saturday practice.

6. Todtnau, Germany
The famous iXS DH race course at Todtnau in Germany, here David chases Dan into the berm.

With an infamous downhill course on the iXS circuit Todtnau lived up to its reputation Here WorldBikeParks.com riders Dan Smith followed by David Scorer race down the downhill course amidst stunning scenery.

7. Bad Wildbad, Germany
More race action, this time the iXS German National Championships. Image courtesy of our friend Thomas at Extreme Pics, showing the huge root sections to be found in the Black Forest.

iXS German National Championships race action showing the huge root sections to be found in the Black Forest.

8. Bellwald, Switzerland
Dan follows David through the rocks at Bellwald, which has 2 cracking DH tracks in the heart of chocolate-box Switzerland.

David Scorer and Dan Smith pick their way between the rocks on the downhill course.

9. Livigno, Italy
Riders discuss the trail options at the top of Livigno - no need to hurry with views like that!

A group of riders discuss the trails near the top of the Livigno bikepark

10. Leogang, Austria
On the 'Freeride' trail at Leogang, a rider gets it just about high enough over the bridge jump.

A rider gets it just about high enough over the bridge jump.

11. Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria
Locals Sasch and Sabine on one of the northshore sections of the awesome X-Line trail - one of the best trails of the entire URT.

Locals Sasch and Sabine on one of the northshore sections of the awesome X-Line trail - one of the best trails of the entire URT.

12. Wagrain, Austria
The huge 180 degree wallride at the top of the 'Upper On Air' trail.

Local rider Lukas on the huge wallride at the top of the Upper On Air trail.

13. Planai-Schladming, Austria
David from WorldBikeParks rides the roots on the famous UCI course at Planai-Schladming.

David from WorldBikeParks rides the roots on the famous UCI course at Planai-Schladming.

14. Fassa, Italy
Incredible views in the Dolomites - David follows Fassa rider Mauro down the ridge line.

Situated in the heart of the dolomites at the foot of the Sella massif. Here Fassa Marketing manager ex-snowboard professional and general cool dude Mauro AKA Ninja leads WorldBikeParks.com rider David Scorer down a phenomenal ridgeline high above Pozza.

15. Val di Sole, Italy
Eating dirt - one of the race course 'sweepers' bites the dust in the monstrous rock garden at the top of the Val di Sole UCI World Cup course.

Eating dirt - one of the race course sweepers bites the dust in the monstrous rock garden at the top of the Val di Sole UCI World Cup course.

16. Bardonecchia, Italy
Riko gets high in a huge berm on the beautifully named '25D' trail.

Riko gets high in a huge berm on the beautifully named 25D trail.

17. Les Gets, France
Ian from Alpine Elements drops the big one on the 'Jump Park' trail at Les Gets.

Ian from Alpine Elements drops the big one on the Jump Park trail at Les Gets.

18. Chatel, France
Some great northshore sections in the woods pretty much everywhere at Chatel. David from WorldBikeParks on one of the easier sections of the 'Shore 1' trail.

Some great northshore sections in the woods pretty much everywhere at Chatel.

19. Champéry, Switzerland
Had to be this really - it will be talked about for years. Danny Hart on his Friday afternoon practice session, 2 days before one of the greatest DH race rides of all time!

It will be talked about for years. Danny Hart on his Friday afternoon practice session 2 days before one of the greatest DH race rides of all time



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