A Fat-Bike Needs No Trails
for sunday i had hopes to take the fat-bike out of its usual backyard and hit a few climbs in the western part of the jura. it rained through the night and kept raining on and off in the early morning. i killed some time on my macbook while having breakfast and when i noticed the weather improving, i waited some more to finally head out of the house a little bit after 11am. not to waste any time driving west, i pedaled away right from my doorstep.
with changed plans, sunday’s fat-bike loop was a trail-heavy and climb-heavy adventure across the mont sujet. on my way towards evilard i ran into raph, another heavy local strava mileage collector. he was on his way back and we chatted for a while. shortly after meeting him, i ran into something else - a brand-new trail cut into the underbrush - a huge wooden sign marking its entrance. obviously, i had to check it out.
once i was beyond evilard, i steered towards a steep trail that pops out right below the funicular to magglingen. it’s a trail i rarely take as it’s only borderline single-speedable. on sunday’s moist limestone even a fat-bike had to be precisely navigated. twannberg, lamboing anddiesse followed to drop me at the foot of the straight climb up to the combe robin. this is another climb where a geared fat-bike excels. i followed the hiking trail to the combe d'enfer and said good-bye to the trail by going fully off-road for the remainder of the mont sujet west-to-east crossing. the main western peak was the first one to be climbed, then the most eastern peak with the large wooden cross had to be conquered.
had i been able to start earlier in the day, i would have probably descended north to climb to the place centrale and i was thinking about it for a minute, but ultimately i skipped that extra loop and went down east going off-trail once more to find a passage to the spaghetti trail. i made it to that trail fairly easily - a fat-bike rides across anything as long as it isn’t being stopped by dense undergrowth or large fallen trees.
via jorat i returned to the trails i had started on and hit that new trail one more time. more single-trail and less gravel - on a fat-bike that’s always a welcome thing. at home the fatty got its first shower after a week’s riding and was put away for this week’s adventures.
a reblog from a fat-bike needs no trails.