After a long an snowy winter in Europe, Katja, Kathi and Michèle decided to start their first roadtrip of the season together and escape to some hopefully sunny places in Switzerland and Italy. Steffi couldn`t join because she had to guide for a week in South Tyrol. So the three girls escaped their normal business life and took a few days off to get into the bike mode and kick off the 2013 bike season.
Well here it is, "Hugo the Bus", the perfect Roadtripmobile. The trip started at Katja`s home in Flumserberg, Switzerland, with a view of the Churfürsten mountain range above Lake Walensee. The first destination for the girls was Ellhorn in Liechtenstein.
The girls enjoying the view in the Rhein Valley.
Katja said, "For the first ride of our road trip I wanted to show my two teammates my favorite spring trail. It´s one of the first trails without snow in the region. We had to hurry a little bit on the uphill because we wanted to be on the highest point before sunset. We arrived just before, enjoyed the sunset and then went down on a trail near the Krete. The perfect end of the day was a nice evening at my home with a typical Swiss raclette.“
Michèle enjoying the trail at Ellhorn in the evening sun
The next stop was Monte Tamaro in the beautiful Ticino, the southern part of Switzerland. Monte Tamaro is one of the earliest opening Bike Parks in Switzerland. So it was time for the girls to get the big bikes out. And yes, it looks like the Trek Session and it is a Session. Local ripper and photographer Marco Toniolo joined the girls for two days of awesome shooting and riding.
All about Monte Tamaro Bike Park: http://www.montetamaro.ch/tamaro/mountain-bike/mountain-bike/?&lang=en
Kathi sending it at Monte Tamaro.
Katja getting some air time.
Just a girl train down Monte Tamaro, Kathi following Katja.
Kathi on the gas, down the downhill track at Monte Tamaro.
Michèle enjoying the corners on the track.
The perfect Trek Gravity Girls roadtripmobile. Hugo the bus from Michele.
"Once upon a time there were people who played Tetris on their first computer. It was about to sort and shelve bulky packages in very little time. It turns out to be very useful on a roadtrip. Tetris artists also hide bikes in camping showers within a second." - Kathi
We know, life on a roadtrip is hard. We enjoyed every moment.
The next day the girls and Marco went on an enduro ride at Monte Bar.
The view at Lugano Motto della Croce.
Katja, Kathi and Michèle on the peak.
Along the descent towards the Alpe Davrosio landscape reminds us that it was a long winter in the European Alps but summer is fighting its way in the mountains
"I think it was Eric Zabel who said 'Mountains are the natural enemies of humans.' Nevertheless, the beautiful view over Lago Maggiore and Lago di Lugano made everything up for the raw downhill." - Kathi
Katja leading down Michèle and Kathi as the trails becomes really flowy.
The rough side of Ticino...a little bike and hike..more water than normal in the region after the long and snowy winter.
The next mountain on the plan was Monte Lema.
A little support on the uphill.
Today there was an even brighter view on the lake. Awesome place.
The mountain in the background is Monte Rosa, still covered with a lot of snow.
Dolce vita in Switzerland`s Ticino...In Malcantone Palm trees are growing.
After spending a few days in Ticino, Hugo the bus had to work again.....The next stop would be "ocean and trails." Sounds good, so Finale Ligure here we come.
All about Finale Ligure: http://www.finaleligure-bikeresort.com/en/Home.html
Michèle at the Varigotti trails in Finale Ligure, just an amazing place for riding
“Finale Ligure is one of my favorite riding spots. Normally good weather, palm tries and beaches and a real single track paradise. For the first day we had booked a shuttle and we rocked the classic shuttle trails like Madonna, Hunter , H-Trail. For the second day it was endure time. Getting in shape on the uphill and then enjoyed the Varigotti trails. Unfortunately the weather god changed his mind and we also got a little bit of rain…but that didn't stop us. Then it was time to pack Hugo again and return to normal life and work.” - Michèle
Shuttle day with rideonoli at Finale Ligure.
Nice trip and safe at home with "Hugo the Bus."
A big "Thank you" goes to our supporters Trek Bicycle, Bontrager, IXS, adidas eyewear, Dakine (Katja and Steffi), ION Bike wear (Kathi and Michèle), GoPro Germany, FiveTen, Deuter (Kathi and Michèle) for making our dreams possible.
You can follow the girls on their adventures athttps://www.facebook.com/TrekGravityGirls
The man behind the lense at Ticino. Marco Toniolo, thanks for shooting and guiding in your backyard.