Aug 29, 2010

Hobbies, Interests & Passions, Part 5: Mountain biking by Chris Hafner

I was asked by Linda if I could do a blogpost on biking. Of course I can and I am happy to share my experiences of one of the best sports you can do. 

Mountain biking has to do with concentration, action, technique and endurance and the best thing about it is that when you are doing it you are out in nature relaxing your mind. 

When you ride, especially downhill, there is nothing to think about! You cannot think you gotta focus otherwise you crash.... It happened to me too. 

The fascinating thing about Mountainbiking is the connection between endurance or cardio workout and skills when riding downhill on the trails and steps. It combines fun with a hard workout and that is the main reason why I love biking. Besides that, it helps to recharge the batteries and to balance the life. 

I bought my first bike when I was 16 years old. At 17 years I started cross country racing. This continued until I was 19. This was fun but also hard, especially because one of my best friends was always faster than I was:-) and because you have to eat good food and be careful that you sleep enough. Since that time up to now, biking has been a part of my free time.

One of the best things I did was the bikecamp in Valle Maira (Piemont, Italy) in 2009. If you ever have the chance to bike in the Piemont GO!! Try to get a good guide and enjoy the stunning and beautiful nature and the amazing trails of this valley. When you meet somebody it is a shepherd...nobody else. Besides the Mountain biking, you can enjoy fantastic food and good wine of the region, which is also a plus when going on holidays. 

Last year I bought my first full suspension bike. It is a lot of fun to ride! Not as fast as a hardtail (uphill) but.....who wants to be fast all the time? The world is turning fast enough so when riding I just want to have fun and enjoy. At least it is really fast when riding downhill :-).

If anybody of you ever wants to join for a bike ride....let me know. Mountain biking is also a great way to meet people. 

Thanks for reading and enjoy the ride! 



  1. Switzerland must be the perfect place for mountain biking :-)
    Really nice photos!

  2. What kind of bikes do you ride? I'm thinking of getting a new one. Can you recommend something?

  3. Hej Lydia, yeah indeed it is really a nice place for mountainbiking.

    Hej Johan, I have a BMC supertrail (2008) with a 160mm travel fork and 140mm rear suspension. I can definitely recommend it. A 140mm platform (front and rear) is also nice to ride (e.g. BMC Trailfox or Rocky Mountain Altitude).



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