Just A Girls' Trip

May 16, 2013 at 1:09
by Clemens Capeller  
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.

pic by Trek Gravity Girls
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.

pic by Trek Gravity Girls
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.“

pic by Trek Gravity Girls Trek Gravity Girls roadtrip no.1
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.

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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.

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Michèle enjoying the corners on the track.

Katja focused.

The perfect Trek Gravity Girls roadtripmobile. Hugo the bus from Michele.
pic by Marco Toniolo
"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

pic by Marco Toniolo

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.

Trek Gravity Girl images for the 2013 recap article
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

pic by Trek Gravity Girls Ben Heim
Michèle at the Varigotti trails in Finale Ligure, just an amazing place for riding

pic by Trek Gravity Girls Ben Heim

“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

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Shuttle day with rideonoli at Finale Ligure.

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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.

Trek Gravity Girls Steffi Marth Katja Rupf Kathi Kuypers and Michele Quint by riders-illustrated.com

You can follow the girls on their adventures at

The man behind the lense at Ticino. Marco Toniolo, thanks for shooting and guiding in your backyard.


  • 42 5
 I tried to take my gf riding. didn't get me laid.
  • 21 0
 Women + mountain biking = awesomeness. Would be great to see more of them out on the trail enjoying this great activity!
  • 2 1
 With their tits out?
  • 17 2
 " If it has tits or tires its going to cost money" love that quote and the crazy part is my wife rides so I have to spend double the $ lol
  • 14 2
 The trick is, how do we make this cool for young women? Tons of teenaged girls ski, snowboard, surf, but only a small minority of teenaged girls get into mountain biking. For dudes you can be like "yo bro it's like motocross without the motor, you need to get ripped!" and dudes generally like the physical challenge of mountain biking. The same approach doesn't work for women. We need to make it cool. We need an all girls "where the trail ends" to show to our wives, girlfriends and daughters.
  • 10 1
 In B.C all the cool girls ride.
  • 20 7
 In the U.K all the cool girls love to ride......... just not bikes Big Grin
  • 9 3
 Typical that a British man (or should I say boy) would make a comment like that! Cool girls do like to ride in the UK. That comment was probably just made by a guy who all MTB women (and probably women in general) would avoid!!!
  • 2 2
 Ha ha very true he prob still very young
  • 2 0
 Oooops! Looks like the painters are in......
  • 6 0
 Epic adventure, rad story! Thanks for the share and stoked it made front page!
  • 4 1
 How can you not love women's cycling? Singletrack, road, cyclo-cross, velodrome, whatever. Beautiful pic's. Hope the UCI get's their head out of their collective asses and moves womens cycling forward.
  • 2 0
 It looks amazing!! But it's something I can only dream of. I love riding my local welsh trails and mountains (not quite Switzerland but its still pretty sweet) but that road trip looks mighty expensive, the big name sponsors, all the top biking gear, even Hugo!! This sort of article only makes me jealous of all the kit I can't afford and of the places I long to ride. Where are the girls who ride your average MTB? Lobbing their bike in their car :-D
  • 2 0
 Hugo is a 20 year old Volkkswagen LT...sleeping in a van is not so expensive.....and you can have the same fun on bikes which are not the top models....but yes the girls are happy to have the material support from some amazing companies,,,,,,,but most important they just want to enjoy shredding the trails and having a good time together as often as they can excape their normal day job.....
  • 3 0
 So that's what you can do with the extended wheelbase eurovans.... no way I'd fit a shower into my westfalia that didn't involve hanging a water bag outside.
  • 4 0
 I'm saving for something similar, with enough room for my bike and a bed. Might stick a beer fridge in there as well Smile
  • 2 0
 Awesome pics, would love to be able to ride like that! Shame about the immature trolls on here i guess they don't know much about real women hence their lame attempts at innuendo.
  • 2 0
 Have you seen the girth on me have you?
  • 1 0
 Looks like an epic trip! Good write-up too... but how big is Katja's front tire? that shot of crossing the burn (stream) makes it look like a fat bike...
ps Hugo looks awesome!
  • 3 0
 look at that 40,bet those girls wouldn't want a 32
  • 6 0
 Truth hurts but size does matters.
  • 3 0
 Real Betty's change their own flats
  • 3 0
 haha...sorry but Marco is only changing his very own flat tyre :-) the girls prefered to enjoy the sun instead helping him .-)
  • 1 0
 I have a buddy that did that all the time! he didnt do very well with wimmen.
  • 2 0
 The chrome Session takes the cake.
  • 1 0
 I think that's a Remedy
  • 2 0
 Slash 9
  • 6 0
 You know how it is on Pinkbike. If it looks like a Session, it's a Session.
  • 1 0
 I bet it smells of quif on that bus I'd pay top dollar to spend a night in there
  • 1 0
 Girls I was just wondering if you were selling any of your saddles the older the better cheers
  • 1 0
 Que linda son______0^0______
  • 5 4
 you should put my house on your list of places to visit
  • 2 0
  • 2 1
 i wonder if there van smell like a gym locker room or like flowers?
  • 1 0
 I love to see this kind articles!!!
  • 1 0
 Dang, those handlebars look crazy wide on those Trek Slashes. 750mm?
  • 2 0
 Yep 750mm bontrager rhythm pro carbon
  • 1 0
 Clearly great riders on an amazing trip!
  • 1 0
 In all seriousness great article, now we're did I put those tissues?
  • 1 0
 Ya girls who ride
  • 1 0
  • 5 8
 I could only think about pillow fights and scissoring when i saw this article
  • 6 9
 Looks like a Trek session. Sorry had to say it.
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