A delectable selection of orange bikes. movie theatre where you could catch a cold water and watch Erzberg on the big screen. Too flippen cool. After that was the split for red or green. And you could choose how brave you were feeling. In our opinion, the green route was perfect for testing these bikes, but if you were feeling tough, the red route offered a bit more of a challenge. Mike Wessels, our more advanced (read younger, faster) rider and the Ed and weekend wobbler Glenn Foley each opted to start on smaller bikes for the day – and to test out the green loop first. That went quite well, but as happens you end up getting separated and you grab whatever is available at the next stop… Glenn Says: Invariably, you move up the ladder and about halfway through the day, I found myself on the big 450. By now you are starting to get a bit tired after three or four laps. It’s funny how things work out. I got down to the cave halfway through, after negotiating that giant hill – this time, thankfully not falling on my pip - and discovered the 250 TPI just sitting all alone at the entrance to the mine. It looked so tempting… and I knew it would be easier than the 450 in the rocks, so I looked left, looked right, made sure that no-one was watching and swapped bikes… But karma is a sod! As I got to the green/orange split, there sat the pretty KTM photographer. “Hi Glenn – are you going green or orange?”, Ummm Green! Was my reply with visions of an ice cold Coke just around the corner. “But Glenn, you are an orange rider you should take that loop!” Hmm OK, PRESSURE! No prob lets give it a shot! Chest puffed out off we go! Orange loop. Suffice it to say that about an hour later, I still had no Coke. Anyway, I was very grateful that I’d hijacked the 250. What a cool day of riding it turned out to be. Such a variety of cool trails to explore with like-minded people. “What a cool day of riding it turned out to be. Such a variety of cool trails to explore with like-minded people.” 46 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2019
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