Last week, since we missed the usual group weekend ride, me and Ribeiro went for a little spin in the backyard.
It was Monday, after work so we had little time and decided to go for a turn/jump training ride right here in Lisbon. The place is called Jamor and it’s a part of the city’s sports facilities. But, what we thought it would be a 45min ride to stretch our legs, ended up being a nonstop uphill/downhill ’til the sun was set. This was due to the (so called) “Jamor freeride track”. It’s a single track of about 3mins downhill with lots of crazy jumps, switchback turns with enormous side banks and even a road gap that asks you for a 8 inch since the landing is almost to flat! The track also has a few “special” jumps, or should I say launching platforms since they’re pointed up high and have no receptions. We were a bit calculous to try them out, but as always, we end up saying “what the heck let’s do it!”. After the jump section, comes the carrousel section with a series of left/right turns with these really high banks (or relevés as we called them here). Since we wanted to test and improve our turning ability we focused mainly on the final section of the track where the banks in the turns are gigantic! The feeling of pushing as hard as you can on a turn and still feel that you’re going safe is just amazing, making you push harder and harder, and the flow… beautiful, specially for us used to run fast over technical stuff filled with roots and rocks! That being said…. we spent a few minutes with our geeky smart phones and “place-made” tripods to improvise a “first take short film” to show our friends what the place was about and make them jealous (as they do with us when we’re apart) and just for fun because that’s what all mountain is about. We only shot the final section of the track where there’s a sequence of really cool turns. here’s a photo of the place and the short film as result.[vsw id=”29995385″ source=”vimeo” width=”750″ height=”422″ autoplay=”no”]
note: This week we’re thinking in going there again to train the jumps and whips and stuff!