Long time Norco Fans and North Shore Legends Lee Lau and Sharon Bader recently took a trip through the Swiss Alps where they saw the sights aboard Norco bikes. Here is their story:
We call North Vancouver and Whistler our home, they are awesome places to ride. But the world is huge. So much to offer, it’s great when you get an opportunity to travel further and see what else is out there.
This year we returned to some less travelled mountain bike destinations in Switzerland and South Tirol.
We checked out the touristy area of Grindewald, home of the Jungfraujoch. We did manage a few rides there that were pretty fun. I’d say checking out the Jungfraujoch is worth it, especially if you haven’t been on a glacier before. They’ve done a really good job to give you that experience. Some of the nicer riding is at the other end of the Glacier that starts at the Jungfraujoch – Aletsch Glacier in the area of Fiesch, Riederalp, Bettmeralp, Bellwald. This area of Wallis is quite well known for skiing and even road riding. But the riding on the Wanderwegs wasn’t bad! Neither were the views!
Our first stop was at Trail Rider Bike Shop in Ungeraegeri, Switzerland one of the Norco stores in Europe. Here Rene and Guide received our Norco Sight and Norco Shinobi 29r bikes that were lent to us by Felix of Indiansummer for our vacation.
The trails there are fast and steep! See more photos here.
Norco Sight on Unteraegeri steep slick trails
The Aletsch Glacier, makes even a 29r look small!
Norco Shinobi looks on
The snowy slope in the background to the right is near the Jungfraujoch, pretty cool. I don’t think you can ride from there to here though!
Norco Sight patiently waits to get moving.
The mountains of the Eiger loom. Check out more photo’s at Pinkbike.com.
After a trip up the Bergbaunen the Norco Shinobi is itchen’ to go!
After riding in Wallis we took the train to Sud Tirol to check out the Dolomites. This area is in a valley between the Austrian Alps to the East and North, the Swiss canton of Graubünden to the west and Dolomites of Italy to the East. The valley is at about 900m elevation which gives it much warmer, drier riding season. We started in the middle of the valley at Bruneck, and made our way to Brixen, Latemar Rosengarten and finally to Latsch.
Many photo’s maps, elevation profiles can be found at this link -> Sud Tirol.
Shinobi and Sight taking in the Dolomites view
These Wanderwegs have been around for YEARS! They’re in such great shape since you can only use them from July to Sept or October and they are more traversing then typical mountain bike trails.
Norco Sight is well suited to rocky technical trails
We stayed in some great Bike Hotels in Sud Tirol. One was Bike Hotel Steineggerhof, we were guided by the owner Kurt Resch
Norco Sight lovin’ the lead
Near Brixen is another great riding area and Bike Hotel Golden Krone.
Norco Shinobi gliding along the singletrack
Here we were at Stelvio Pass at 2750m and an area where you can access some epic alpine riding ( and hiking). This area has an interesting history since it used to be in Austria, it is not the border of Austria/Italy and Switzerland.
Norco Sight has no problems at 2750m!
Daniel Schaefer also guided us around.
Highly worthwhile trip! Can’t wait to go back! Thanks to Norco for the bikes that worked GREAT on these trails that were rocky, fast, and had a good variety of fast and technical climbing and descending.