Get In The Mind Of Geisskopf!
8 May 2014
(photos courtesy of Geisskopf Bikepark) (rider above: Johannas Hauder)
(rider: Patricia Rupp)
Q&A: Bikepark Geisskopf!!
Who are you and what do you do at Bikepark Geisskopf?
Hey, I'm Manu and I'm doing the marketing for the MTB Zone Bikepark Geisskopf. So I talk to magazines, organize events and of course riding my bikes there!
(rider: Manu Bechert)
How long ago was Bikepark Geisskopf developed? Who or what was the driving force?
This year the park is 15 years old, so it is the oldest bikepark in Germany. Diddie Schneider has been building tracks for 30 years now and so it wasn’t that far to go to build the bikepark 15 years ago.
How many visitors do you get in a weekend/season at the bikepark?
At our opening this year on Easter we had 1,300 visitors over the whole long weekend.
What is the most popular trail at your bikepark?
Easy question, it’s the FLOW COUNTRY trail, because everybody can ride this fabulous trail. Everybody has so much fun on it that it really doesn't matter if you are a pro or beginner. I promise a smile on your face on that trail!
(rider: Paul Freudenmacher)
Will there be any new trails added this season or will you be re-developing any existing trails?
We will make the FLOW COUNTRY Trail longer, so that it will go all the way down to the lift station. Of course, we are working on all of our tracks the whole year to keep it perfect and sometimes to make it better.
Describe the predominant “style” of riding at your park? (Natural vs. Manmade, DH/Tech/Steep vs. Flow/Features) Typically, what kind of terrain do you have? (Rocky, Dry-dusty, Tacky, Roots)…
What is special and unique about our park is, that we have all that kinds of different terrain. For example, the DH Track is very technical and full of rocks and big jumps (over rocks mostly). The freeride track is full of roots, especially on the second half of the track. The FLOW COUNTRY is completely without roots, rocks, and technical stuff. It has corners, pumps and little jumps that give it flow. Then we have the Evil Eye Track, it’s a typical Canadian type track, with a lot of North Shore type lines, and Jumps. To make it complete, we have a 4x track, a tabletop line, a dirt jump park, kids-track, and much more.
(rider: Nils Verhoeven)
What is the mountain bike scene/culture like at your bikepark?
Difficult to say, because of the FLOW COUNTRY we have every kind of mountain biker in the park, but on the other side we have the Downhill Pros there as well.
Tell us a little bit about Geisskopf’s mountain town. Are there any restaurants or bars that mtb-ers like to spend their time?
Directly on the mountain we have two restaurants, one on the top, the other one at our bike station. In Bischofsmais you can go out for dinner and beer for sure and the hotels are not that expensive.
(riders: Sarah Eckhard and Manu Bechert)
Tell us about any big events that are happening this summer at the bikepark?
Because we have 15th anniversary this year, we planed 3 big events.
First of all, our
-OLDSCHOOL DH Race on the 13th-14th October.
-Kidscamp from 13th-17th of august
-Ladies Weekend on the 3rd to 5th October, where girls can ride for free and a lot of specials. 5th oktober a girlsrace on the FLOW COUNTRY Trail
When is your typical season? Do you have an opening date yet?
We are open from Easter till end of October.
What does the future hold for Bikepark Geisskopf?
Hopefully we will add a new lift and showers in the camping area.
(riders: Michael Grunzer and Thorsten Schafer)