The Big Picture | Full throttle through the snow with Tibor Simai
For skiers the greatest joy is half a meter of fresh powder, but in the middle of January a mountain biker’s dream is a southern slope almost totally free of snow. At the start of last year we were out for a ride with Tibor Simai and discovered just such a jewel surrounded by snow and ice.
The snow crunches under our tires, our breath freezes in the icy air. Again and again during the climb we have to get through sections of trail which are completely iced over. Under these conditions it is hard to believe that just a few hundred meters on a trail awaits us which is almost free of snow.
At the bottom of the trail we look down at ourselves- all clean. What a difference compared to the muddy Fall! High Five! Now it’s time to get back in the car quickly to get back home before the skiers start blocking the roads after the lifts close. Driving home, we all agree: even in winter there are days when it is better to leave the skis at home and take the bike.
Words & Pictures: Christoph Bayer