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, 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 50-60 km, with around 1200-1500 m of total uphill climbs (that might include steep sections). Minimal technical requirement is "intermediate", but it surely can make more advanced bikers happy too! Our deep knowledge of the area allows us to include new trails each year.

 

All kinds of bikes are welcome, from hardtails to e-bikes, but a standard, all-suspension machine with 120-140 mm of front travel will be the most suited. Rental test bikes from S-cape are available at 25 EUR/day.

 

Links to albums: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2018bis

 

 

 

Organizational aspects

 

The camp which is open to home sleepers or with 1 overnight stay is based around the drink water lake of Esch-sur-Sûre. The overnight stays are planned in Lultzhausen, in the Youth Hostel which lies on the shore of the lake, or in Esch-sur-Sûre, in a **** Hotel just under the ruins of the medieval castle.

 

The Stau trail camp starts on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 9h00 and ends on the following day at 16h00.

 

Prices (registration deadlines):

 - guiding only: 85 EUR (13.6.2019)

- Youth Hostel (4 pers. / room): 115 EUR (26.5.2019)

- **** Hotel (double rooms): 245 EUR (6.6.2019)

 

 Prices include the guiding, the overnight sleep and 1 breakfast, but are exclusive of any lunch or dinner. Please ask for single or double room options.

 

 

Programme

 

Day 1:

- 9h00: meeting at Lultzhausen Youth Hostel (20, an der Driicht, L-9666 Lultzhausen, Tel. +352 26 27 66 600); welcome, introduction and briefing. We will ride in two groups.

- 16h00: end of the guided tours (50-60 km / 1200-1500 m of climbing).

 

Day 2:

- Same as day 1, but groups may be reshuffled. End of the camp at 16h00. Showers, Bike wash, drink.

 

NB: distance and meters of climbing are indicative. The organizer reserves the right to change whenever appropriate or necessary.

 

 

Registration

 

Please register through this link (code: "STC 2019"). Registration is not binding at this stage. An additional form will be sent to the participants with payment details and general conditions. This form will have to be signed and sent back (by email) to the organizer. Registration is effective upon payment of the full fee.