Stausee (Esch-sur-Sûre) trailcamp

 

Two day mountainbike trailcamp around the picturesque Ardennes lake of Esch-sur-Sûre. High singletrail content, many switchback bends.

 

The artificial lake of Esch-Sauer ("Stau" in Letzebuergesch, i.e. "dam") was built as a drink-water reservoir in the 1950s. Over the years, the harsh landscape with its precipitous valleys and poor soil has become a paradise for hikers and mountainbikers, home to a homonymous Nature park.

 

Its Luxembourg’s area that concentrates the most downhills with switchbacks, many rather difficult, sometimes 5-10 in a row. There exist dozens of km of other singletrails, some steep and/or with stones and roots, giving sometimes way to unexpected views over the lake and the surrounding pastures. It is hence a perfect spot for a trailcamp and there will be plenty of time to exercise and to increase your skills.

 

The underlying idea of the trail camp is to do as many singletrails as possible and to adapt to the respective levels of the riders (intermediate and advanced only - no beginners!). Hence, if there are enough participants, we will ride in 2 differently levelled groups: one comprising intermediate bikers that will want to exercise on the sharp bends and narrow hiking paths, and another one with the more experienced bikers will ride enduro-like around the lake.

 

Average distance per day is about 40 km, with around 1000 m of total uphill climb. Our deep knowledge of the area allows us to include new trails each year.

 

Links to albums: 2015, 2016

 

Organizational aspects

 

This camp is planned for the weekend of Sept. 30 / Oct. 1. The price is 120 EUR and it includes the guiding as well as 1 night with 2 breakfasts (2/4-bed-rooms in the Lultzhausen Youth Hostel). It does not include meals (lunches, dinner) or drinks. Single rooms upon request (15 EUR extra per person). The event is open for home sleepers (or those that want to book their own accommodation) for EUR 85 (including 2 breakfasts). Minimum number of participants is 6, maximum is 12. Registration deadline is Sept. 15 (payment).

 

Recommended Hotel: Hotel de la Sûre in Esch-sur-Sûre (book your own + 85 EUR participation fee for home sleepers).

 

The camp starts on Sept. 30th, at 8h30, at the Lultzhausen Youth Hostel with a common breakfast followed by a briefing. It ends, at the same place, on October 1st, at 16h00. Address of the Youth Hostel: Rue du Village, L-9666 Lultzhausen; Tel.: (+352) 26 27 66 600.  A detailed road-map will be sent to the participants 1 week before the start. 

 

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, as for all other trips, a standard cross-country bike with 100 or 120 mm front travel is sufficient. Bikes with rear suspension provide more comfort but are not needed. Participants can rent test bikes from S-cape Sports (25 EUR / day).    

 

 

Link to registration page (not binding at this stage; please use reservation code: STC 2017)