Of all the locations used on the UCI Downhill Worldcup circuit over the years Maribor doesn’t jump into the mind at the moment as it has been absent but not forgotten. After watching Steve Peats new film, “Won’t Back Down. We thought we would pay a visit to the track and bike park, breakout the new Ghost Downhill bike we had been given to test and see if we could conquer the track first go. Oh how wrong we were, what a track, one of the hardest things we have ridden in years. How pro riders get down it at the speed they do is a mystery to us, we are just a normal experienced rider with maybe more bike time than most. We also took a look around the rest of the park and saw what else was on offer, which was great fun to ride for most skill levels.
Maribor is currently used for the IXS European cup. But there is more to the park than one trail, however no matter what we did we were always drawn back to the DH track, trying to challenge ourselves each time to push ourselves, go a little bit faster and have fun without falling off. Due to the nature of the track we didn’t bring our normal camera as riding with it wasn’t an option. Instead we tried to do everything with a helmet camera.
Overall we found the bike park fun to ride, but if you want to get the most out of it you need a bike with enough travel and or a big pair of balls. Fear was the word especially when the tracks were wet. The trails were well maintained and there weren’t many braking bumps, they also stood up to the wet conditions incredibly well. We did find directions a bit sketchy to the trails, finding the DH track wasn’t that easy at first, eventually we got the idea of where we had to go. If its wet you have to wash your bike before each run. Ticket prices are ok with a day ticket costing 28 euros. Definitely worth a visit if you have an Enduro Bike or a DH bike, we would avoid riding a trail bike down the trails, the trails will wear out the bike and you, as it is very rough in places and won’t be kind to small rotors and punny brakes, unless of course you are a rider that doesn’t brake. Maribor do or die.