During our bike trip to the Harz (a 4.5-hour drive from Arnhem) we combine a visit to Bikepark St. Andreasberg and Bikepark Braunlage. From the campsite at Braunlage we can easily roll to the lift of the bike park. We are surprised at how many small ski areas are located here in central Germany, which we encounter along the way in the Harz. But if we look at the elevation profiles, we see that the highest peak of this area is at 1142 meters; So here is a bit of snow. And the bike park runs will therefore also have good potential.
In Bikepark Braunlage you do not buy a day pass, but a ride ticket. Remember that the gondola lift is 2.8 km long (the longest in Germany apparently) and cover 400 meters in hight. The rides in the lift are therefore quite long. And pressing more than 10 runs in one day is quite a challenge. If you already drive 10 runs, it means that you will run all runs multiple times. The bike park has 3 lines, which can easily be combined into one run from the middle lift station.
From a steep starting plateau you drop in on the first hundreds of meters on a natural trail with rocks and then followed by endless root sections. It no longer runs steep down there, so it’s a matter of stairs not to fall silent behind high roots.
We picked this up after the enduro line. Also a natural trail, but not steep. So kick over roots to keep flow.
Our favorite. At the top, flowy high bends, long straight sections with channels and stones, a northshore that suddenly sends you into the forest where it is full of large (green!) Boulders; which luckily give you a grip. And there are drops and table jumps all over the downhill line. Nothing is too crazy not to drive.
Freeride / North Shore
The wood in this line seems brand new. And almost all wooden rollers split – after you ride it – into two lines: one with drop-off and one that rolls back to the ground ‘safely’. The drops are shaded with a red / white marking. Already in your first run you can easily assess which line you want to ride. This line is the only one with a road gap. Not high, but far!
From the middle lift station, the FR line runs almost parallel to the DH line. Both with the same flow and the same amount of fun.
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