Video & Photo Story: Sam Reynolds, Adrien Loron, Rob Heran & Iven Ebener Shred Bikepark Winterberg

Jul 2, 2022 at 8:55
by Christoph Bayer  

What brings top pros to a region not exactly known as a mecca for riding? In the case of Sam Reynolds, Adrien Loron, Rob Heran and Iven Ebener, it originally had something to do with the iXS Dirtmasters Festival which takes place in Winterberg. The name of the town literally translates to "winter mountain", but even with grey weather, the guys had tons of fun on this modest hill.

The boys with their toys

He is fitter than you – Adrien Loron is a privateer without a frame sponsor, so he stays true (and fast) to his old faithful Norco Range.
Iven Ebener with the ultimate park setup: a Focus Sam with 180 mm at the front end with his double crown fork.

Sam Reynolds needs no introduction. For the park in Winterberg he went full enduro with the NS Enduro instead of rocking his DH rig.
Rob rides and drives only the best vehicles. Exhibit A: the VW T3 that graces the Syncronicle videos. Exhibit B: his Evil Wreckoning. Because normal is boring.

While it might sound like a hip Alpine town, Winterberg most definitely isn’t. First off, it's almost smack dab in the middle of Germany and only has 170 metres of elevation to play with. But weirdly, Winterberg boasts a white-hot standard of lifts that would turn any self-respecting Alpine town green with envy. Why so, you’re wondering. Winterberg is Northern Germany’s first ski resort, drawing people from far and wide. And despite its name, Winterberg knows how to draw in the crowds come summer too, with up to 600 riders hitting the bike park each day. Then there’s the matter of the iXS Dirtmasters Festival, which rocks up to the resort each summer and brings in some big-name riders to do what we all love: turning potential energy assisted by gravity into grins and braking dust.

Winterberg draws in thousands of tourists in the summer and even more when the snow falls.

For what it lacks in high mountains, it makes up for in its lift network – there are more than 20 state-of-the-art chair lifts in Winterberg. In summer there are running two of them for bikers.
Laps, laps, laps – Low mountains + a fast lift = tons of runs. Often you're back at the start of the next run before your heart rate has dropped from the last. Iven has been known to tick off more than 20 runs in a day.

High berms get you pushing the Gs!

One roller, three different styles. Scrub it à la Iven, table-top like Rob or full-send for Sam (gas to flat?). Wondering where Adrien is, well the auto-focus is still looking for him too ...

Winterberg-local Iven knows every single jump. You’ll find him here almost every weekend in spring.

Who doesn’t like loam? The boys stumbled across a brand-new section on the trail called Black Line, created by Christian ‘Texi’ Textor. Par for the style of Germany’s fastest enduro racer, Texi threw in off-camber sections and plenty of tricky tight turns, which made the guys love this trail even more.

What was once a thick forest is now open mountainside due to bark beetle infestations, giving the current national champion Texi his canvas. Tight and off-camber, who’s not going to smile?

Fresh flying dirt is a great indicator for fun
Every run counts as training for Rob, who headed off directly to Trans Madeira from Winterberg.

Whips don’t lie! Iven showing his skills here, a few days out from the iXS Whip Off but there’s no jury in sight, mate.

Refuelling ready for the next round…

Always one more lap! This time we’re leaving the camera behind. Who’s full send?

Text & Photos: Christoph Bayer
Video: Louis Eder


  • 2 0
 "a fast lift" are you kidding? and also laps laps laps, have you been there on a regular weekend with waiting lines of one hour and a new but totally slow lift … ok, you are down in just a few minutes, but being up to ride the next lap takes forever
  • 2 0
 Seems you and I are one of the few who don’t skip the lift line. These guys are actually doing laps, laps, laps. Really annoying and no one speaks up, what’s going on in Germany?
  • 1 0
 Christoph Bayer works for a marketing agency these days. This is an advertisement.
  • 4 0
 How on earth can someone like Adrien Loron NOT have a frame sponsor?
  • 1 1
 Maybe he's just so good, he can do great on the stuff he already owns and he thinks it is not worth the fancy gear to deal with all the requirements and demands these sponsorships come with. He's doing great already and he is free. What would he gain with a frame sponsor?
  • 1 0
 @vinay: money
  • 1 0
 @JohSch: Kinda depends on the sponsorship deal. The deal could indeed be frames plus money, it could be just frames, it could even be a discount on frames (but no free frames). To me he comes across as one of these amazing riders who could do great on anything with half decent geometry, getting results in disciplines where suspension is of little (or no) importance. I feel those who add value to a frame sponsor are those who are being photographed discussing and tweaking suspension adjustments with their mechanic, both looking dead serious.
  • 2 0
 I was in Winterberg last year - this video must have been filmed somewhere else.
  • 1 0
 nope, that was all shot in Winterberg during the iXS Dirtmasters Festival.
  • 1 0
 Well, you dont see much of the Park ^^
  • 2 0
 @Rob-J: joking. It is all in the writing above - the missing trees, the tiny elevation, and the masses of riders.
It is so well filmed and ridden, it is way off of that every summer weekend reality.
  • 1 0
 Winterberg is actually a pretty cool bikepark. The key is simply to avoid the weekends. Take a day off from work, go on a weekday and you can make lots of laps.
  • 4 1
 Video shows as private..
  • 1 0
 It’s working now. Sorry for the delay!
  • 2 0
 Video is so good us mere mortals are not allowed to see it?

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