MTB Trips 2011/2012

January 2011: El Garraf, Sitges / Castelldefels, Spain
Yes, yes, this trail AGAIN! Hey, this is January and my friends in Rochester are freezing their butts off...

Posing at the Milan Memorial.
No smog over Barcelona.
The art of over-compensating: lunch at the Maresqueria in Castelldefels.

January 2011: East Bay, Rochester, NY. January turned out to be tropical in Rochester!

In the reeds of Irondequoit Bay.

April 2011: Genesee Valley Greenway Trail, Rochester, NY. A chilly family outing to Avon, NY

On the railway trail to dinner.
Jan, not very motivated.
Nadja, slightly more motivated.
Loni, providing motivation support.
Family picture on the old railway bridge, junction to Lehigh Valley Trail)

May 2011: El Garaff, Sitges / Casteldefells, Spain. NOT AGAIN, NOT AGAIN, NOT AGAIN!

Jan Renger, 'el buldozer aleman'.
Jan found a friend.
Ugly, ugly show-off.

May/June 2012: Back home in NY. Spring was wonderful back home in Rochester!

Looking down on Irondequoit Creek from Eastbay Trail, the most technically challenging trail in the region.
On top of Fort Hill, just off Dryer Road Park

July 2012: Still Hill, Bristol NY. A signature ride. Belongs to the standard inventory!

Barbara whizzing by.
Back by the Midget.

August 2012: Finger Lakes Trail through Letchworth Canyon, NY. A magnificent 25 mile ride with Ragna Krueckels from Germany.

Just a warm-up at Eastbay.
BEFORE the ride.
AFTER the ride.
Ragna - in good mood and good shape.
Enjoying the eagle view.

September 2011: Highlander Cycling Race, Bristol, NY. The classic Highlander takes you through beautiful Finger Lakes Region. The MTB version is the Mountaineer: Stid Hill - Gannett Hill - Camp Cutler - Bristol Mountain. And much more if you get lost

Ahead of everyone! But unfortunately in the wrong direction :-(
At the jump-off on Cutler.
The elevation profile.

November 2011: Finger Lakes National Forest between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, NY. A family outing. The trail was wet and swampy, but fortunately ended at Dano's Heuriger

Everybody still smiling!
Nadja - still thinking about the TV show that she's missing...
Jan - yes, my feet are wet and cold, and it's no fun at all!!!!
Loni - where the heck are we?
Queen of the swamp.
Friends again!
And even the TV shows are forgotten :-)

March 2012: Sitges, Olivella, Garraff, Castelldefels (Spain): A series of beautiful rides in sunny Catalunya.

Yes, it's Jan Renger again. Every ride makes him stronger, faster, and more dangerous.
The Milan Memorial.
Conquistadores de la montana!
Jan is relaxing with a puro gigantesco.
Posing in front of an ancient silo near Olivella.

March 2012: Benasque, Pyrenees (Spain): What a memorable conference that was!

Plowing through the snowfields up Val d'Estos. This GR 11.
As the sun warms, the snow softens...
There is life beyond the ruins. Pleta de Tormo.
Reaching the top of the world.
Two days later - climbing uphill with Luis Martin-Moreno.
Lukas and Luis. A well deserved rest below Pico de Cerler.
The downhill. A few rocks too many...

June 2012: Countdown in Rochester: Final rides before moving to CH. These are the most memorable trails in the area - they define my bond to Rochester!

Big pose on Stid Hill.
Big pose on Cutler (with Rainer Benz).
Big pose on Fort Hill (with LoniToni).
Big pose on Gannet Hill (with Handy and Simon).
Big pose on Gannett Hil (alone).
Big pose in Letchworth Canyon (alone again).