BielTrail Downhill Track
"The text messages had been sent! We were meeting at the bottom of the Magglingen funicular for a biking session among friends. The keys in our pockets and the bikes were loaded into the compartment. Now we were just a few minutes away from our dose of adrenaline. The higher we got, the more we focused. In Magglingen at last! We made a few final adjustments to our equipment and off we went. In our sight, we could see Biel/Bienne. After the access road to the Biel Trail we had to dismount on the bridge for safety reasons and ride slowly to the start of the trail. The first third runs over rough terrain and includes two technical passages. Then the track becomes a little smoother with one subtle detail: a transfer coming out of a left-hand bend that is difficult to negotiate. Our muscles were starting to burn but there was no time to stop. The second third has its fair share of stones. There are also two jumps there, but there is always the option to take the chicken line*. The final third is a single-trail* between the trees with a few raised bends, this was a real pleasure to ride. From start to end, this is a demanding trail. So there we were, in Biel/Bienne already. We only had to ride down the Alpenstrasse, and (we are part of the normal traffic here) return to our starting point, ready for another dose of adrenaline."
*Chickenline = easy line
*Single-trail = small path
Route: Magglingen - Biel/Bienne
Distance: 1.85 km (1 mile)
Gradient : 440 m
Access: from Biel/Bienne take the funicular to Magglingen. Option: you can buy a daily (CHF 30.00) or half-daily ticket (CHF 20.00).
Different jumps with short, steep and rocky passages. This has fast flowing sections with lots of bumps. There are 15 jumps (2 – 9 m, doubles, step-ups and tables) along the route. However, all obstacles can be bypassed.
Good to know
Bike-Wash is located behind the lower station of the Biel/Bienne-Macolin funicular.
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