Our tours are classified according to technical and physical difficulties (endurance). Contrary to other tour operators, we do not overstate the respective levels, they are true descriptions of the actual situation and are to be taken as per day averages. Please do take your real capacities into account as well!
A tour can be demanding from the technical side, but feature relatively few kilometers and/or total climbing. On the other hand, some tours might exhibit long distances, say 60-80 kilometers, but less technical stuff. Longer distances that entail less climbing tend to have an easier grading (and vice-versa).
Endurance (4 levels):
- Level 1 = max. 30 km and some 500 m of total climb;
- Level 2 = max 40 km and some 750 m of total climb (or up to 50 km and at most 500 m of climb);
- Level 3 = 50-60 km and 1000-1250 m of uphill;
- Level 4 = over 60 km and 1250-1750 m of total ascent.
These indications are of course not to be taken with scientific precision.
We distinguish 3 levels with respect to the technical difficulties:
A beginner, logically, started mountain biking recently, but at least six months ago. (S)he has had some first riding experience, is moderately sportive and typically rides once per week. (S)he may do other sports, but not necessarily, and has the will to learn and to progress. (S)he knows what a "singletrail" is (i.e. small, narrow hiking path - see pictures below), is not afraid to ride on it but only if it is not in too steep terrain. Please note that our beginners tours may feature some singletrails, but without putting participants into danger. If in slightly steep terrain, then without additional risk (sharp bends, roots, rocks, deep falls, …). As a matter of fact, beginners shall expect mostly large forest roads. If singletrails are included, then they shall be of type S0 on the official singletrail skala.
Typical beginner tours in our program: Castle Tour, Larochette Bike Camp
Intermediate bikers have been practicing for some years, let's say three at least. Ideally, they have taken part in one of our "beginners" tours (see above), if they feel uneasy about their true level. They ride at least two times per week during the gentle seasons, and can do this for at least 50 km and 1000 m uphill. Often, they practice other sports, typically endurance-like, like road cycling, running, cross-country skiing, or action-like (downhill ski, snowboarding, …). They are mayby not the most versatile, technically speaking, but they know perfectly when to step off the bike. They are able to approach an obstacle and stand 1-2 seconds on their bike to judge its degree of difficulty. They can also without any problem get off their bike to the rear (see picture). They must be able to master S1 trails from the singletrail skala, and even maybe easy S2 trails. Again, the key is their ability to be under control of their bike in any situation and to avoid excessive risk taking.
Tours for intermediate bikers: 3 Countries 2 Days, Translux (North/South), Rocking the Red Earth, Batle of the Bulge, Ancient
Advanced bikers are biking for more than three years. Often they are judged by others,
non-bikers, to be slightly crazy (!), with respect to the amount of biking or the kind of trails they ride. In many cases, they practice some road cycling in order to increase their fitness on
the mountain bike. Normally, they have done at least one "Transalp", maybe also with their luggage in the backpack, that means, without an assisting vehicle. Their technical level lies somewhere
inbetween S1 and S2, some S2 parts might however be beyond their reach. As for the intermediate biker, they control their bike and their speed in any situation. Sharp bends (switchback bends -
see picture) do generally not have any secret for them, except the most narrow ones.
Trailcamp for advanced bikers exclusively: Müllerthal Trailcamp
In any case, whatever respective levels are, there might be some interest to take part in professional training courses...
- very close to Luxembourg: trailtouren.de by Oliscout;
…or to watch online tutorials that are really well done: http://www.fahrtechnik.tv/videos/
Do not hesitate to contact me for further questions (why not join me for a ride): firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have still doubts, I can help you evaluate your level if you answer the following questions:
- How long have you been mountainbiking?
- What is your weekly biking frequency?
- What is the range of distances you usually ride (i.e. 20-40 km)?
- What would be the average climb during a ride (i.e. 300-500 m uphill in total...)?
- Are you doing some road cycling on a regular basis? If yes, please indicate distance & climb?
- Are you doing other endurance-based sports on a regular basis, for ex. running, cross-country skiing, etc...
- Have you been biking several days in a row (e.g. during a biking holiday)?
- Have you been biking in a mountainous area (Alps, Black Forest, etc...)?
E-bikes are very welcome on my tours but only on the beginner's and intermediate levels.
3 Countries 2 Days
3 Countries 2 Days brings to an area not so much explored by our guides so far, namely the southwest of Luxembourg, and includes the neighbouring countries, Belgium and France. It will be offered for the first time in 2018, and is still in elaboration, by our 2 guides Luc and Christian.
On the first day, we will take a train ride to Steinfort/Kleinbettingen, on the belgian border. The guides will then bring you south, biking along the border, aiming for Esch/Alzette where we plan the first overnight stay (Hotel or Youth Hostel). The ride is not very technical, surely less then day 2, but there will be as many singletrails as possible, passing Messancy, Aubange and Pétange. The good thing about this area is, that even though it is not a top destination (like the Müllerthal or the Esch-sur-Sûre lake), there is a high population density and hence many mountain bikers. Our challenge - that or our guides - is to explore the region and to hunt for the smallest bit of trail. So there will be surprises, even for the acquainted.
On the second day there will be more fun, while crossing the Red Rock Area, and later, heading to Luxembourg-city, where we include the nice Hesper trails, a kind of fun park at the doors of the capital (5-10 km of singletrails to end the journey).
The endurance level is 3, meaning 50-60 km per day and up to 1250 m of uphill (more details later,
when the scouting is finished). The technical skills, necessary for this event are "intermediate", meaning that it is accessible for bikers with
some experience, but more demanding in terms of physical level.
This trip is planned for June 16-17, 2018.
Starting point is the Luxembourg-city Youth Hostel (2, rue du Fort Olisy, L-2261 Luxembourg, Tel.: 26 27 66) where we will drop our luggage and meet for a coffee or an optional breakfast at 8h30. We will start on our bikes from there and head for the train station where the journey begins. The trip ends at 16h00 on the second day, at the same spot.
Prices are as follows, they include the guiding, the transport of the luggage, the overnight stay and the breakfast on the second day:
- Youth Hostel (double room): 140 EUR;
- Hotel, double room: 155 EUR
Single rooms upon request and availability. Evening meals and lunches are not comprised. Registration deadline (payment received) is May 25 for the Youth Hostel and June 13 for the Hotel.
Please use the following link to the registration page (reservation code 3C2D 2018): not binding at that stage, you will be sent a
registration form to be filled in, scanned and sent back. Once the payment is done, your registration is effective.
Every participant will be responsible for the biking gear and the bike - participants without a helmet or with a clearly insufficient bike will be refused. For this trip, we recommend a normal cross-country bike, with up to 120 mm of front supension. A full suspension bike with at least 130 mm of front travel is not mandatory but can be useful. Participants can rent test bikes from S-cape Sports (25 EUR / day).