torsdag den 4. september 2014

MTB Elba, Mt Capanne and an unique lift

Second part from riding MTB on Elba. This time we drove from Lacona on the coast up to Marciana located in the central hills of the island. Above Maciana we'll find the summit of Monte Capanne, the highest point of the island - and the highest point of the days ride. Some time ago I saw Dan Milners Trail Ninja episode from Elba http://www.epictv.com/media/podcast/trail-ninja-shreds-elba-island-%7C-trail-ninja-ep-8/262292?header_b=1&b=1, where they try to make their traverse of the island shorter, by using a peculiar looking lift to the summit of Mt Cappane. So - naturally I had to locate the Cabinovia, as it's called, and see it for my self. The consequence; not having to ride the 600 vertical uphill was a nice bonus.

Note to people wanting to attempt the ride: Dan Milner found out, that the upper parts of the mountain is not very rideable - I also learnt the definition of bike n' hike. In other words, it's memorable.

MTB Elba Mt Capanne from Christoffer Larsen on Vimeo.

tirsdag den 2. september 2014

MTB on Elba, riding in Lacona bay

I've been so lucky to be able to spend the entire month in Italy. A month where the only job, was to be together with my wife and our son. And of course to see what the riding was like in the area. The first week was spent on the island of Elba, off the Tuscan coast in the Mediterranean. The remaining part of the month was spent in the small medieval village of Cardoso on the edge of the Alpi Apuane. More about Cardoso later, here comes the first video from the Lacona area of Elba.

MTB Elba - Lacona from Christoffer Larsen on Vimeo.

tirsdag den 29. oktober 2013

Summers End

The past weekend marked the end of daylight savings time for this year. The weather was pretty nice Saturday and Sunday, but yesterday definitely brought an end to that feeling, with the arrival of the first big storm (some say it rivals the legendary storm of 1999, the roads this morning surely witnessed that some damage occurred to buildings, threes and scaffolding etc.).
So I thought it was fitting to call the short movie I made while playing around with the new Garmin Virb action cam (more on that later) for Summers End.


Summers end from Christoffer Larsen on Vimeo.

onsdag den 9. oktober 2013

Kongesporet 2013 and Narrow/Wide chainring follow up.

Today is Tuesday. My bottom only hurts a little now.
Sunday evening it was a bit worse. Crossing the finish line Sunday afternoon it didn't really feel that bad. The pain came creeping in after I'd relaxed for a couple of hours.

Sunday morning 9 a.m. I was ready on the start line of the inaugural version of Kongesporet (Kings trail) 2013.
For the last two months I've been training to start racing again, planning to debut in the Slushcup in November. Despite that plan I was ready on the start line of Kongesporet this Sunday. Thinking it might be a good opportunity to test my fitness and finally do some racing again. I'd signed up for the marathon distance of 105 km, as the shorter distances of 42 and 21 km are for kids and rookies.
I've ridden marathon races before, but it's been a couple of years, so I didn't really know what pace to set. But I had a plan.

2nd or 3rd loop in Boserup.
Photo: Mikkel M Beisner, Grip Grap

søndag den 22. september 2013

Race Face Single Ring Narrow/Wide - initial impressions

Are the XX1 style narrow/wide chainrings worth the money?
The answer pretty much comes down to their ability to keep the chain from falling off, when running without a chainguide.
I thought it might be interesting to isolate the narrow/wide effect, too see what it really does.

 Narrow/wide and standard version of the Race Face Single Ring.

I've been riding a standard Race Face 34T Single Ring since spring, and have so far put 1400 km on it.
Today I changed to the 34T Narrow/Wide version of the Race Face Single Ring.

mandag den 16. september 2013

Moroccan climbing

Back in the spring of 2010 Jonathan Mathiesen, Jens Arne and I wen't to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco for some african skialpinism.
I've since had 900+ photos that I want'ed to get sorted and perhaps share a few of.
Anyways now it's autumn '13 and the Danish Climbing Federation are organizing a climbing trip to Tafroute in Morocco, so what better reason to put of some pictures.
This first post from our trip three years ago, is primarily climbing orientated. Later post can cover skiing and culture.

Trekking in from Imlil. 1600 vertical meters + food and gear for two weeks = mule - good idea.

torsdag den 13. juni 2013

Take care when clipping high.

Take care when clipping high. Especially at the beginning of the route or close to ledges etc.
Illustration from the Petzl techtips section.