Event | Fun times at Trail Days in Latsch

What makes mountain bikers happy? Last weekend more than 800 mountain biking addicts found the answer to this pressing question at Trail Days in the paradise of Latsch in South Tyrol.

So muss ein perfekter Biketag enden: Freunde, Bier und Lagerfeuer!
A perfect day’s riding: Your mates, some beer and a campfire!
Alles Banane – dieser Hashtag bestimmte die Trail Days. #Trailparty fasst dieses Wochenende wohl ebenso gut zusammen.
‘Utterly bananas’ pretty much defined Trail Days – as did the hashtag #Trailparty that captured up the festival.

What are they on about, you might be wondering. But if you follow certain Instagram accounts of certain festivalgoers then you might have noticed that there seemed to be a banana at the centre of the goings-on! Or, rather, more precisely, a hashtag-emblazoned banana: #DestinationTrail. And what was implied by this, might be your next question. This wasn’t a festival about chasing seconds, causing mayhem at the festival or sitting through nerve-racking tech talks. So what was it then?

If anything, bike festivals tend to be pretty stressful. The gangways are packed and you can’t get through the crowds. You wait an eternity for a test bike that you’re then only allowed for a short time, on some rubbish trails. Then you’re stuck in rush-hour traffic to get home. Usually that is…

Bestes Wetter, feinste Trails und dicke Beats – Bikerherz was willst du mehr?
The best weather, trails and beats were all provided at Trail Days in Latsch!

This is why Trail Days just had to be something special. And not just in Austria either! Trail Days, as a festival actually happened in loads of places all at once – the USA, Australia, France, and the UK to name but a few. So when Specialized asked us earlier this year whether we like to act as the partner for this event, it didn’t take us long to decide. Basing our decision on the coolest trails in South Tyrol, tasty food, well-known musicians and bands, access to free chairlifts, camping and test bikes for those interested, this sounded like the perfect recipe for an incredible weekend. After 6 bands, greetings from 1,500 festival goers, 900 test rides and God only knows how many beers, one thing was for sure: those who weren’t at Trail Days in Latsch, definitely missed out on something pretty special – and not just from the festival, but from us too…

Offensichtlich hatten diese Teilnehmer gar keinen Spaß: ENDURO-Bier, Turntables und atemberaubende Ausblicke – mitten auf dem Trail.
These guys are obviously hating every minute of it: ENDURO beer, turntables and incredible views – right in the middle of the trail!

… I mean, come on, we held the very first ENDURO Trail Party! One of us launched a super last-minute surprise on all the festivalgoers on the middle of the mountain! With a live DJ, free beer (and alcohol free too we should add!), the hashtag banana and I Love Enduro sun loungers, it was a pretty special event.

Egal ob geführte Touren, oder Fahrtechniktrainings – für die Besucher gab es jede Menge Angebote!
Guided rides and skills workshops – the festivalgoers had the pick of the crop. Photo: Daniel Schäfer and his group.

Trail Days kicked off last Thursday, on a bank holiday that most of Europe had the pleasure of enjoying. This meant that most visitors could have the luxury of a four-day weekend and only one day taken as leave. As the sun beat down, the test bikes were up for grabs as early as 9am – and the brilliant and well-signposted trails were more than ready to be ridden.

Trotz großem Andrang gab es keine allzu langen Wartezeiten am Lift.
No worries when it came to waiting for the lift despite the crowds.
Sonnenschein – Zeit für eine entspannte Pause. Südtirol ist bekannt für unzählige Burgen und atemberaubende Ausblicke.
A good dose of vitamin D and a well-deserved break to revel in South Tyrol’s amazing views and countless castles.
Dennoch herrschte auf den Trails Hochbetrieb. Besonders das neue Specialized Fuse und Stumpjumper waren super beliebt, schließlich war es die erste Möglichkeit die beiden brandneuen Modelle zu testen.
Even on rainy Friday the trails were seeing their fair share of action, with the new Specialized Fuse and Stumpjumper the standout favourites for test bikes. After all, test rides are your chance to try the newest and the best.
Alle die mit ihrem Bike bis nach Latsch abgefahren sind wurden mit einem eigens eingerichteten Shuttle-Service kostenlos zurück zur 400 Höhenmeter höher gelegenen Talstation transportiert.
Those who hammered down the trails to Latsch were treated to a shuttle service back to the much higher chair lift station (saving them the 400m to climb!).
Dunkel Wolken hoch über dem Tal kündigten bereits am Donnerstag Abend das schlechte Wetter an.
The looming presence of the dark clouds on Thursday evening were a sign of what was to come.

The weather Gods were slightly less kind on Friday and their constant rain meant that the trails were more than a little slippery. But despite the dirty, wet conditions, the festival spirit was alive and kicking. And once the live acts took to the stage on Friday evening, the sun reared its head once more.

Ride hard - Party hard!
Ride hard – Party hard with Atomique | P.tah | Con!

“Party until the cows come home!” was definitely Saturday’s motto! Right from the offset, the sun was up high in the Vinschgau and the trails were rightly thronged with riders.

Rießen Spaß für groß und klein – die Trail Days waren der Hammer!
Trail Days weren’t just for us big kids!
Time to chill! Nach einem harten Tag am Bike schmeckt das Bier umso besser! #techtalk
Time to chill! After a hard day in the saddle, beer tastes that bit better! #techtalk
Am Abend sorgte erst die österreichische Rapperin YASMO mit ihrer Band Klangkabine  ...
The Austrian rapper YASMO and her band Klangkantine took care of the audio fun …
... und dann Klumzy Tung zusammen mit Mr. Dero für mächtig Stimmung.
… and then Klumzy Tung and Mr. Dero got the party started.
Daniel Schäfer fährt nicht nur verdammt gut Rad, er geht auch auf dem Dancfloor mächtig ab!
Daniel Schäfer isn’t just a damn good rider – he’s got moves too! #breakdancepro

As if you hadn’t got sunburned enough on Saturday (the proof is more than visible), the Sunday’s brilliantly dry and once again dusty trails were there for the taking. Over the course of the morning, almost every rider was out enjoying themselves – apart from those who’d had a little too much fun on the previous night. As the afternoon began and the final high-fives in the expo were bashed, it was time to bid goodbye to our mates, our new friends and this now legendary weekend. But no one went home empty-handed: the almost permanent grin, the memories to get you through this week at work and –if you were lucky – your own highly sought-after ENDURO cap. See you next time!

Trail Days 2015

Wir möchten uns für die perfekte Stimmung und ein Hammer-Event bedanken. Ihr habt die Trail Days zu dem gemacht, wie es wir es uns vorher nur in unseren kühnsten Vorstellungen haben träumen lassen!DANKE!Euer Trail Days Team

Posted by Trail Days on Sunday, May 17, 2015

We’d love to use this opportunity to thanks to the event organisers, all the volunteers, staff and of course everyone who came to Trail Days. We loved the atmosphere, the riding and the sunshine. So thanks for an amazing few days in the Vinschgau. #youguysrock #Thisisenduro #TrailParty #DestinationTrail


Words: Christoph Bayer | Photos: Christoph Bayer, Sebastian Hermann, Ulf Beckmann