Brother in the Wild – Germany 2018 | Photo Journal

Earlier this month we ran the first international edition of our bikepacking event ‘Brother in the Wild’ over in Germany. Our partners for this were Guten Biken in Munich – an independent bike shop run by Davo and his awesome team of bike aficionados. Their bike knowledge is second to none and, as we’d soon find out, so is their knowledge of the surrounding trails.

After a beer fuelled (thanks Tilmans Biere) party on Friday 50 riders met at the shop Saturday morning to make some final adjustments to their rigs and for a quick briefing before setting off. Within 10 minutes of leaving the shop we hit the smooth gravel trails that follow the Isar River towards the impressive peaks of the Bavarian Alps.

From this point onward it was 48 hours of gravel tracks, forest roads and even some technical single-track – only interrupted by beer & food stops at the many restaurants along the route…

… and the chance to cool down in the ice cold river.

That night we made camp in a stunning nature reserve just south of the mountains. A BBQ feast was cooked up, ice cold beer was flowing and everyone relaxed around the fire – discussing which of the 3 ride options they’d take on the next day – the longest of which was a grueling 130km loop through the mountains back into Munich.

Sunday’s route was nothing less than brilliant. The trails were a perfect mix of fast rolling gravel and challenging forest tracks, all with a jaw-dropping mountain backdrop.

Congratulations to the hardcore few that made it the full distance – my ride finished at the 100km mark with a well-earned kebab and beer.

All in all it was a fantastic weekend, one that I won’t forget anytime soon. Thank you everyone that joined us and brought such a positive energy to the event and especially all those involved in organising it, you know who you are.

Keep your eyes peeled for future ‘Brother in the Wild’ events!