August 2008 - July 2009: El Costa del Garraf. This is a summary of MTB highlights during sabbatical at ICFO in Castelldefels (Barcelona). Most of the rides started in Sitges and ended 3-4 hours later at the Marisqueria in Castelldefels. In between is 'El Garraf', an arid mountain range made of limestone, with some rather technical single tracks, splendid views of the mediterranean sea, and bewitching scents of rosemary and pine trees.

Family outings always start with an annoying uphill.
Some fun on top of an ancient silo.
Everybody is pooped!
And the cook takes far too long.
Vino made in El Garraf.
An abandoned town. Quarries are draining the sources and water is getting scarce.
Finally some food.
And wine.
Downhill after lunch.
Not too bad after all. Happy girls.
Happy Jan'o'Man.
Some challenges after all.
Hey, where the heck are we?
Single track continues.
Nadja cooling down in the cave.

Los Ranzos are visiting. Papa Ralf and son Ruben joined a ride over the Garraf.

More Ruben.
Ruben's stunt.
Not so fit anymore.
Ralf's stunt.
Ralf cruising around 'El Bolet'.
Just beautiful.
Refueling at the Marisqueria!

Puig les Agulles. Before the descent down to Castelldefels you have to face the Puig les Agulles at 552m. Up there, the Mediterranean is at your feet.

El Puig.
Loni fighting the last few meters uphill.
The world at Loni's feet.
Downhill from the Puig.
Stillleben with Bike.
Stillleben with Bike and Clown.
A happy couple.
The earth is curved!
El Puig from below.
Rosemary in bloom.
Loni's favorite little pet…
…makes her pedal very fast!
El Bolet.
The downhill starts.
Loni Thunderbird.
NOT funny at all!!!
El Bolet #2.
Turtles on the Garraf.
Snow on the Garraf.

Le Visiteur. Guess what? Alex Bouhelier came for a ride. And it rained (again).

Not sure if it's the rain or the bike, maybe the seat is too high, maybe the spokes are too tight; but this is the last picture of Loni's 'Forrest Dwella', as it was stolen a week after.
Good mood before 'La Madre' of all downhills.
The rain really don't matter...