Yesterday, I went on another spontaneous trip to the Alps. After a 2 hours drive from Constance nine of us headed off at 9.30 am in 33°C. Forecast: rising temperatures. The first hour of climbing on a tarsealed road through the shady and cool forest went by quickly. The second climb from Brand demanded a bit more energy with it's steep (up to 25% incline) gravel road winding it's way up to 1800 meters in the baking sun.
The Melkboden restaurant offered plenty of fluids (this includes beer, of course) and brezels to refuel. As soon we arrived they turned on the Austrian folk music, yikes! After admiring the jaw-dropping panoramic view we continued climbing a little longer before hitting the first trail through beatiful alpine meadows.
To reach the bike park, more climbing was on the cards. But we were rewarded with great views down the Brandernertal and of course the descent through the brandnew bike park (bikepark-brandnertal.at). At this stage the bike park offeres 3 trails ranging from easy to hard which are named accordingly: Tschengla Unchained, Tschaeck the Ripper and Tschaek Norris. Due to the mix of people we took the blue trail (Tschengla Unchained)which wasn't any less fun. As promised you didn't need to pedal at all on this flowy trail which had still plenty of tables, berms and northshore elements to keep you on your toes.
On the way home, we passed by some ancient stonehenges- a perfect stop for afternoon tea. The final descent incorporated a couple of natural, gnarly trails. A perfect ending to a fantastic day out with some great company.