Good technique maintains flow. Trails with switchback turns are a constant feature in mountainous areas, and without the right riding technique they can quickly interrupt the flow – and the fun. They generally appear in steep or seriously exposed areas of terrain. A safe and neat technique is essential. During the three days of our Switchback Turns camp you learn how to ride around these “kinks” and also how to negotiate them by swinging the rear wheel around. We’ll be doing training exercises (usually in areas that are nice and green) and then going up into the mountains to put our new skills into practice.
Does this sound like you?
You are an advanced MTB rider, who wishes to add very specific skills to your repertoire. If you can maintain your balance on a stationary bike for several seconds, and enjoy technical sections up to level S3, then this camp is just right for you. Good balance is a basic requirement for our Switchback Turns camp. We recommend taking one of our advanced courses beforehand.
What you’ll learn
- Balance on flat terrain
- Stationary jumps
- Rear wheel lifting, various versions
- Extreme position on front wheel NO TURN, TOTALLY ISOLATED
- Lifting and shifting the rear and front wheels
- Controlled braking technique on extremely steep terrain
- Balance on extremely steep terrain
- Choosing rims, tyres and air pressure for extremely steep terrain
- The effect of geometry on switchback turn technique
- Making switchback turns in realworld conditions: level, steep and exposed ground
- Day 1: Learning the basics and a short ride (approx. 600 m climb)
- Day 2: Let’s do it: learning the switchback turn, including a short ride (apprx. 500 m)
- Day e: Day ride with lots of switchback turns (approx. 1.000 m)
Depending on the weather, we choose our routes at the evening before or on short notice in the mornings, also taking the abilities and preferences of the group into account.
- 2 nights accommodation including halfboard
- Qualified bike guide for three days
- Personal travel to/from the Hotel Stern
- Lunch meals during the rides
You should be comfortable with daily rides on a normal bike that include a climb of up to 1.000 m. Technical demands are S2-Se.
- Wellmaintained mountainbike: full suspension with at least 140 mm suspension travel
- Flat pedals, no clickies
- MTBspecific protective clothing (helmet, eyewear, gloves, knee protectors, other body protectors if available)
- Waterproof gear and multiple changes of clothing
- Rucksack for day rides (drinks bottle, spare inner tube, pump, energy bars, lights for riding on the road, …)
- Appropriate and sufficient spare parts.
A detailed kit list will be provided after booking.
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Unless otherwise stated, all our trips need to be booked at least two weeks before the day of departure. At that point it will be ascertained whether the minimum number of participants has been reached and the trip is able to take place.