Author: Horia Mărușcă

Transylvanian Alps, the Dutch connection

Four mighty mountain bikers from The Netherlands came to Romania this September to do the “Transylvanian Alps”, our advanced six days tour. Karin, Yvonne, Angelique and Henk packed their bikes, jumped the plane in a rainy Eindhoven and arrived in a perfect autumn evening on Otopeni airport, eager to test the Romanian trails. We biked… Read more »

Freeride in Bucegi and Piatra Craiului

Three days of all-mountain and freeride biking in Bucegi and Piatra Craiului with Sigge and Mike – a feast for the soul, for the eye, and also for the lens. I didn’t mind carrying an extra of almost two kilos of photo and video equipment, as my two riding buddies had plenty to show (off)…. Read more »

Mountain biking photo session

We rode this weekend the trails of Postăvaru and Piatra Craiului, and it was great fun. We were also able to dodge some of the terrible heat of this Mediterranean summer by staying under the trees for as much as possible. And as an extra-bonus, an unexpected but quite thrilling photo shooting with a Swedish… Read more »

Empty single trails

I recently spoke with a German mountain biker who told me that it is very difficult for them to find empty trails on their hills, forests, mountains. All the tracks are filled with trekkers, hikers, and, of course, mountain bikers. He also complained about their single trails being “over prepared”, meaning that every single little… Read more »

Braşov XCM preview

Ten minutes video with footage filmed this spring on the trails of Postăvaru, home of the Braşov XCM marathon.

Kithyra Island, Greece

A new episode in our Greek series. This time about mountain biking in the island of Kythira, South of Peloponnese, a place we visited back in 2009. As usual it was in September, June-July-August is to be avoided anywhere in Greece if you plan to go out and about, away from the beach umbrellas or… Read more »

Testing the Go Pro HD Hero2

A sunny and frozen ski touring day in Postăvaru Mountain. The ideal opportunity to study future mountain biking trails, and also to test the recently awarded Go Pro HD Hero 2 video camera (more here). The results were equally encouraging. On one hand a very promising route from Postăvaru down to Poiana Braşov seems to… Read more »

The dirt roads of Sithonia

If the Romanian mountains are filled with sheep, rural Greece is the land of the goats. Both are generously equipped with equally noisy dogs, always angered by cyclists roaming around their premises. Their barking needs no Romanian (nor Greek) translation. However, this shouldn’t prevent people from cycling into the wilderness, enjoying the nature, the sun,… Read more »

Ski good or eat wood

So what do we do when the snow keeps us from cycling up to Poiana Braşov? We go on skis – and then descend through the deep forest. I recently saw ”All.I.Can” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1zc2Mwz_bg). Amazing footage: helicopter shots, super slow-motions, time-lapse sequences, incredible scenery and outstanding skiing. It’s like watching a 90 minutes video commercial. Still,… Read more »

Cross-Country & freeride in Bucegi

Finally a sunny week-end in Braşov, after three weeks of snowing like in the good old days. We celebrated it up in the Bucegi mountains, for some cross-country and free ride skiing. A happy bunch of nine skiers, four from Braşov and other five coming from Bucharest, all eager to fully enjoy the fresh powder… Read more »