Video: Claudio Caluori Takes a Run Down the World's First Fully Electric Built Trail

Jun 27, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
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Velosolutions joins forces with Flims Laax Falera to build Nagens. The visionary mindset, the overwhelming natural beauty, the endless mountain bike trails and an initiative called Greenstyle were the reasons for Velosolutions to move to the Swiss holiday destination in 2018.

Two years later, Velosolutions is able to announce a big milestone on its way to the goal of becoming a fully electric construction company:

Nagens - the world’s first mountain bike trail that is built with 100% electric machinery, all charged with renewable energy.

What this means:

• No combustion engines are allowed on the mountain.
• Electric excavators and compactors, electric dumpers and chainsaws.
• All transport of the crew, including visits of the authorities, photo-graphers, officials, supervisors etc. is done by e-cars or e-bikes.
• All batteries are charged with sustainably produced electricity from hydro or solar power.

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  • 95 13
 remember when people made trails with shovels and picks?
  • 11 0
 I guess in many places somewhere it was today
  • 52 3
 You mean like the children working in a Cobalt mine?
  • 1 0
 @dark-o: yes?
  • 14 0
 5 months year i have no budget in Jamaica and the scant crew builds by hand, mostly Trail Boss, machete and various saws and the odd sledge hammer. If I had a sponsor I would be using a small Kabota for sure but mostly by hand.
  • 18 1
 And it took a year to do what can now be done in a month.
  • 16 2
 Handbuilt trails are 10x better dont @ me
  • 12 0
 Pepperidge Farms does
  • 11 0
 one of the best trails ive made was with a swiss army knife
  • 1 0
 Hand built ends up being my fav stuff but I do respect the time that goes into something like that. Really encourages a builder to find a way to build in flow with as much natural terrain as they can leave.
  • 1 0
 Only because I just got home from working on a trail with a shovel and pick.
  • 3 0
 @ibishreddin: agreed ... Wink
  • 1 0
 @dark-o: I like this... Dark, ironic and sarcastic all in one.
  • 2 0
 The wife and I have been hand building a climb trail for almost 2 years and it will likely be another year before completion. Some places don't have access for machines and you have no choice but to hand build. Nothing wrong with either method, but there is an immense satisfaction in doing it by hand and the trails do carry a different charm to them.
  • 2 0
 Machine-built trails tend to be epic and picturesque. There's a sort of meditative/spiritual feel to them.

Hand-built trails tend to be cult-like in comparison, especially if there are many local builders continually transforming it, keeping it fresh.

I tend to see poor planning done with hand-built, with a number of trails spidering everywhere and signs of abandoned efforts that perhaps proved unsustainable. Can turn into an ugly mess that has me following locals to learn how to make a fun route that samples some of the best, which tend to be short in length, and having me wonder how many other routes I need to link together to sort of be filling, without it feeling repetitive. Some builder personalities are reflected too, as if they wanted an outlet for anger/aggression.
  • 48 3
 Trail looks great, and it's cool to see people trying something new with trail building equipment. So bored of all the sad little reactionaries populating Pinkbike comments section.
  • 14 1
 @roma258 But we're in the age of outrage!
  • 4 0
 @Dustfarter: Outrage Du Jour.
  • 4 1
 Yes, for many the glass is always half empty.
  • 32 4
 I cant wait to hear those electric chainsaws when the dh wc starts......oh hang on Wink
  • 17 1
 He should come ride my fully burrito built trail
  • 15 1
 electric, diesel, or shovel and pick, the true fuel behind most builds is weed and beer.
  • 12 0
 or most beer fuelled trail builds that have taken place. Mhmmm, I need a beer sponsor!
  • 9 2
 They should name the trail "Battery".
  • 16 27
flag PtDiddy (Jun 27, 2020 at 10:29) (Below Threshold)
 Or Virtue, as in Virtue Signaling.
  • 3 2
 @PtDiddy: how dare you
  • 1 1
 Wonder why nobody used that Metalica song for an Moped Ad
  • 5 0
 @PtDiddy: Oh man, somebody has a dangerously thin skin. You wear body armor while riding I hope?
  • 1 0
 @Chuckolicious: I would be happy if he just started wearing a mask, but we have a clue that he won’t
  • 1 0
 @Chuckolicious: well I broke my collar bone a couple months back so I may be weak bones too.

It was supposed to be a joke, but it doesn’t look like anyone took it that way.
  • 2 0
 @PtDiddy: and a good one too
Even if I support renewable power sources it's still funny.
  • 7 0
 I thought the trail looked great. I know, not a very exciting comment.
  • 2 0
 Not a very exciting hillside is more like it. Perfect place for a flow trail.
  • 3 0
 @friendlyfoe: there is already a very good flow trail at this place called Runca trail. and then there is lots of enduro stuff. very nice destination..also one of the best for snowboarding.
  • 5 0
 I wonder what kind of tension he felt before hitting the trail the first time.
  • 5 1
 I work as a heavy equipment operator. I would love an electric excavator! That means I get sent home with pay when the battery dies, right?
  • 3 0
 No you still have to wait while the mechanic comes to fix it. Just like now.
  • 2 0
 @friendlyfoe: but the mechanic can't charge a dead battery! Time to go home
  • 5 0
 @ThunderChunk: was just a bad connection. Machine works now. Back to work
  • 2 0
 Don’t you get sent home for good when you run out of diesel?
Any operator on my crew who ran out of diesel would get reminded of it every day for at least a couple of weeks.
  • 2 0
 @deadtime: haha that never happens. We get fueled up at exactly 1 pm everyday. Running out of diesel means the fuel pump is most likely fried. Yikes.
  • 5 1
 Looks like a nice trail and a great initiative, would be great to see more bike parks/ski areas adopt a sustainable approach
  • 9 6
 Well, it might be the dreaded camera effect, but that trail looks like wasted effort. Make natural trails great again!
  • 5 2
 Thats a hiking path not a mtb trail lol
  • 2 0
 You mean real mountain biking mccozzy. Big Grin
  • 2 0
 I guess I do. Real mountain bikers... Wearing their shoes out quicker than their tyres Smile
  • 3 0
 Hoppala, geil!
  • 1 0
 must have taken a while, since electric excavator have for most of them, not more than 4h runtime in the "tank"...
  • 2 0
 Great now we can sustainably run the planet into the dirt Big Grin
  • 4 5
 Yeah let’s ban combustion engines on the mountain, even though the production of the batteries used on this project put out far more pollution, but I guess it’s somewhere else so it doesn’t matter right?
  • 3 3
 That’s such a silly lie. Come on man, you can be better than that.
  • 2 2
 @Chuckolicious: it isn't. You would need to educate yourself though to realize that it is true. People how promote batteries/solar panels will never mention environmental impact during productionneedless to say the difficulties with recycling.
  • 5 0
 @milkdrop: Ok, I’ll dial it back a little bit. I don’t think you’re lying, but I’m certain you are totally misinformed. And yes, I’m very educated on the subject. So here’s the deal with electric cars, which is the best analogy for electric construction gear right now. Many LCA studies are now out there and they all show the same thing. An EV has a greater footprint at creation. But it quickly makes that back and pulls ahead of an equivalent ICE within 4 years. Then drops precipitously. Makes sense, actually. An ICE forever keeps burning gas, so it’s footprint can only go up. An EV, even charged by the oldest dirty coal plant, is far more efficient. Then through in a reasonable mix of cleaner energy like Nat Gas, hydro, nuclear, then zero impact wind and solar, and its a mic drop.

As for solar panels, dude, come on. That data has been available for over a decade. Average panel makes back the energy it took to create within 2-4 years. Then 25 more years of nothing but bonus.

So I’m turning it right back on you, educate yourself. It’s literally 2 seconds of Google and you’ll have it all in front of you. And it’s all super straight forward. No reason to be hobbled by nonsense anymore.
  • 1 1
 Great showcase for electric machinery powered with renewable resources. Enduro trails today... infrastructure tomorrow?
  • 1 0
  • 1 1
 Yo Claudio, are you still on a Gambler or are you riding a new brand?
  • 6 6
 I don't have an e-bike.
  • 6 9
 That looked pish TBH.
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