La Pinilla Bike Park
, located in the lush forests of Riaza valley, in central Spain, was the place chosen to celebrate Specialized Days
. It was the first time in Specialized history where they brought together so many top riders and world champions in the same event.Read on
(note - this article has been translated from Spanish
During the weekend of 11-12 September there took place camps, shows and different events with the top riders from Specialized.
The downhill camps had as instructors the recent downhill world champion Sam Hill
, and one of the best freeriders of the moment, Matt Hunter
, together with the local rider Chus Castellanos
, whom gave the best advices the whole the weekend.
On Saturday morning there was a mountain bike route with over 300 participants, who enjoyed riding with his idols during the 49km of singletracks alongside Ned Overend
, Christoph Sauser
and Burry Stander
Specialized brought all the news for 2011, even being able to test the full range of mountain bikes free of charge on the best trails of the bike park. The new Demo 8, was the most bike on demand during the weekend.Victor Esplugas
, from Specialized Spain, flew high with his new Specialized P2 at the Dirt Jump shows.
On Sunday it was time for the road, where the three times winner of Tour de France, Alberto Contador
(Astana) was the star. But all the attention was on Sam Hill
, who along with Matt Hunter decided to make the road course in the morning and leave the Bike Park lines for the afternoon. The interesting thing was to see Sam Hill
, dressed in his baggy green Troy Lee DH shorts, his Fiveten’s and flat pedals, riding on a road bike and completing the 120km of the road track
was the instructor of the Four Cross camp, teaching the best tricks learned during her long years as a world cup racer, and the difficult Four Cross track of La Pinilla Bike Park was the best place for practice.
It has been a great weekend, where everybody could ride and learn with his idols, try the new bikes and have fun at this wonderful Bike Park in the center of Spain..
Text and photos by Juan Angel Triguero
Video by Pira Diryflows.com La Pinilla Bike Park