the dan milner photography blog: tales of an adventuring photo chimp

December 21, 2011

P.O.M: Nov ‘011

Filed under: bike — Tags: , , — danmilner @ 12:40 pm

Photo Of the Month: Revisiting the Mar-e-mar north trail, Corsica.

Leica M8, Voigtlander 12/5.6

Seven years ago I rode this trail on my Titanium hardtail. Back then having 110mm of fork suspension was almost a luxury for us XC-riders and the four day point-to-point we attempted along this trail dealt us out a drubbing. Seven years later it was time to go back armed with our “everyday” rides -150mm travel Yeti 575 bikes. The trail, a long distance, rugged hiking path between coastal Porto and mountainous Corte, was as technical as I remember and more, but a whole lot more fun on these bikes, and dare I say it with hindsight and planning, especially when approached in the opposite direction to give us the net benefit of gravity. Deep in the beautiful forests of this Mediterranean island, we found ourselves alone with our bikes, riding trails that thread along some of the most spectacular gorges of Europe. This shot is deep in the Tavignano gorge, reached via a 700m climb and 300m tech descent. It runs via some 20Km of ancient paved mule track to Corte. The story is running in MBUK (UK) and Bike mag Germany in February.

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