One of the most important techniques in mountain biking is a safe descent during steep passages
. Most crashes occur when the cyclist gets scared by the Alpine or high mountain terrain and wants to get down as quickly as possible.
To descend safely, you must reduce speed (even braking) and shift the weight behind the saddle. The pedal directed to the valley side is the one that should go down. While standing still, the foot on the mountain side is removed from the pedal. If the biker climbs behind the bike, this avoids rollover.
Always lower the saddle when riding downhill and stand upright on the bike. The pedals should be horizontal, the posture loose, with elbows pointing outward. Brake regularly so that neither wheel becomes blocked. The steeper the descent, the more the weight needs to be shifted backwards.
After technique training, it is finally time to hit the trails. The Vinschgau Valley region in South Tyrol offers a wide variety of routes. There is the classic mountain biking tour up to the Naturnser Alm mountain pasture, which rewards those who make the ascent with panoramic views of the Vinschgau Valley, the Texelgruppe mountain range, the Ötztal Alps, the Dolomites and the Ortler Group. There is also the new Bike Highline Meran/o, which connects the individual mountain pastures on Nörderberg mountain. At an altitude of 1,450 m to 1,900 m, bikers can cross the Nörderberg from both the west and the east.
By the way: there is also a bike taxi service
from Naturno to Merano/Meran, or up to Glorenza/Glurns or Curon/Graun on Reschensee lake.