In order to close 2012 in great style, around one month ago (Dec.9th), we arrived at Lousã for what was going to be one of the most magical rides of the year. With an alignment of 20 riders plus guides and local pro DH rider Luis “Socio” Ferreira, we had some of the most exciting singletrack action on what are for sure, some of the best trails in our country.
This trip was epic from the moment we put our buts on the vans that took us to the top, that cold morning breeze, the astonishing views that rose upon us as we gained altitude and the pretty blankets that made the trip a little bit warmer (yes, we had polar blankets for the lifts!) were just some of the many little details that made us realize, this day was going to be a special one.
With the first trail came the first flats, which was ok as it gave us the chance and the time for some communication, get in touch with the other riders! the first set of singletracks were a mix of super fast and slippery fresh trails that weave between the pine trees. Really great downhill action with a bit of hiking in the middle and always with a great view as we dropped onto some of the old Extreme Riders and Avalanche race trails.
The next assisted lift took us up to the top of the stage that would (later) take us to the lunch place (and what a place). The trails became gnarlier and that gave us the chance to experience what would be one of the greatest moments of the day as “sócio” made this freaking gnarliest drop ever, where no one was expecting, landing on a flat and steep off-camber left turn. For a few seconds there was nothing but silence in the forest as everyone was just amazed how out of this world is this guy’s handling, just made our day!!!
Eventually the trails passed through these ancient little mountain villages where Élio had a small crash into a sharp rock that opened a hole in his left arm but with the help of one of the riders’ medical skills and some bandages later, the day was not to be over yet.
Some of these historical villages are just connected (and accessible) by trail where the scenery is consistently breathtaking which really makes a biker’s day.
Next was lunch, but not before a last couple of hundred metres where the singletrack seemed to be carved from rocks such was the wet slippery rounded and sharp rocks everywhere that forced you to ride with conviction! later we got to know it was once again from an old famous downhill track! we earned our lunch.
Winter time means short days and time was running, we needed to move on and that’s what we did by getting all the stuff in the vans for one last trip to the top of the mountain (Trevim).
This time we went on the opposite direction from the first descent and quickly got some huge speed on a large fire road (having some pretty big loose rocks around to make it more fun). Another puncture, wait wait… and here we go into the deep forest trails near the famous “terreiro das bruxas” tracks. Here, where all of us feel a bit home since we all know this track, we witnessed another great moment as once again “Sócio” escaped a very hard section of rocks as he jumped high as hell (from nowhere) made an amazingly cool tail whip and landed perfectly on the berm some metres down and shooting himself forward right after the turn like if he had a motorbike or something and basically disappear in front of us. The true “BRAAAAP” moment of the day. If there was one thing we all got the chance to learn was the meaning of “world cup class rider”.
Besides the always great singletracks near “Terreiro das bruxas” we were introduced to a new trail built by Montanha Clube (a local Mountain Club) and the locals (including “Sócio” and his colleagues), starting with tight turns it then opened to a super flowy trail section with super fun turns, perfectly shaped berms and small drops everywhere that just seemed to never end! (hence the trail name, “the endless”). Really, this was for sure one of the best trails we ever rode in Lousã and showed us that riding with the locals is the key to get the best of the best all packed into a single day.
Once in the village we packed the bikes and went together to the bar, get a drink and some hot-chocolate, everything included in the package. Even the hot chocolate was perfect! And it strangely seemed so much logical for this place than the usual beer after the ride. What a day!
We Really want to say a big “thank you” to our friends involved in the organization of such a great day, especially Francisco, José and Nuno that made it possible and of course Luis “Sócio” to show us all how to ride it in great style. Also thanks to Miguel Fonseca from AllMountainElite who shared some of the nice pics you can see above.
There you have it, a great day with so much good moments it’s hard to describe, would call it a great mountain biking day.
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