O che bello! – mountain biking in Romania
One year after spending a ski-touring week in the Bucegi and Făgăraş, Mario kept his promise of returning to the Romanian mountains. Together with five friends from Switzerland and Italy, this time he came for six days of pedaling on the dirt roads and trails of the mountains near the city of Braşov.
Combining my long experience in organizing tours for mountaineers from all over the world with Horia’s comprehensive knowledge of the mountain biking routes around Braşov, we put together a complex and fulfilling program for our guests. They cycled across the Baiului ridge, along the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului massifs, on the hills, pastures, and villages near the famous Bran Castle, through the magnificent gorges of Zărneşti and Dâmbovicioara, in the majestic forests covering the Postăvaru mountain on the outskirts of Braşov, totaling more than 6000 meters uphill and more than 200 kilometers distance. The weather was generally good, we only had to change the route on one day – switching from going up to the 2000 meters of the Bucegi plateau, to a simpler but playful route in the forests surrounding Predeal.
There was also time for visiting the famous Bran Castle – people keep going there to find Dracula and end up fascinated by the charm of the old summer residence of Queen Mary of Romania. The group also visited the old sparkling wine factory in Azuga and, not in the least, enjoyed delightfully quiet evenings and gargantuan home made dinners and breakfasts at Madam Jebac’s pension at the footsteps of Bucegi mountains. The last two evenings in the lively and cheerful city center of Braşov were like a return from a trip into a different world, one where you forget about all your daily issues.
Oh che bello, oh che bello! Grazie mille Barbara, Claudio, Sergio, Kalina, Mario!
Enjoy the photos Horia took during this trip.
Best regards from Brasov,