Nestled in the rolling hills of Switzerland, about halfway between Zurich and Lucerne is the small town of Altbüron. The town has one hotel, and a handful of restaurants, and is only a couple of kilometers wide, like most of the towns in the region. It is also surrounded by rolling hills. There are a plethora of roads to ride out here, running through farms and grassy hillsides.
The road we ran was just over a mile long, and the best way to explain it, is as a smaller version of Hot Heels, minus Hells Gate. There are three hairpins at the top followed by a long fast run out. Immediately after the start was a right hand turn. A short straight later leads to the first hairpin.
Friday, July 5
I spent the day in Zurich, doing some site seeing. I left the city a bit too late, and a bit too close to rush hour. Between not being able to find the freeway, and rush hour traffic, it took be several hours to make my way to Altbüron. Fortunately the road I chose to take was the road the course was on! I got to to the camp in time to see hay bales being prepped for rain.
Saturday, July 6
I woke up to the sounds of cars driving on wet pavement. I hoped for the best, and hoped that the course was dry, as it was the day before.
Several people arrived in the middle of the night
We finally got some practice runs in. At the bottom of the course was a roundabout and a water fountain (if only all race courses had a water fountain at the bottom.) We waited for the shuttle here.
The beginning of our second run, the weather wasn't looking good.
Richard Hod and I decided to head to Lucerne for dinner. On the way we spotted a Lego factory.
Sunday, July 7
I woke this morning with light streaming into my room, and no squishy noises. With the sun shining,
We finally got underway. I don't remember how many practice runs I got, it wasn't enough, but it was more than I get some places. We gathered underneath a cross before starting the run.
Just before lunch time, Spiderman showed up.
Streetluge was the first to go.I was doing decently, and though I had a chance to get into the finals, when I tapped to enter the first hairpin and my foot stuck to the ground, slowing my way more than I intended.
After the buttboard race, we headed down to the second hairpin
Today was a very hot day, especially compared to yesterday. Immediately after racing, I jumped back on the shuttle to the top. I was thirsty. We went down to the second hairpin and watch the race. I was really thirsty, and hot. We hopped on our boards and road to the fountain at the bottom, for a refreshing drink and dip.
Its time to clean up and head to Hot Heels. Some peoples jobs of cleaning up were hard than others.
While we got rained out on Saturday, the weather on Sunday was more than perfect. The course was fun to run, surrounded by grass. There were no major injuries this weekend!