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In the heart of the Black Forest in Germany is Hausach, a small, beautiful, and unassuming town in the Kinzig Valley.
On the outskirts of the town is a fabulous little loop, unknown to many.
The town's ski club also doubles up as a mountain bike club and has built a series of short trails, which link together to form a short but very punchy and fun loop. Don't be deceived by the shortness in distance: this loop will raise your heart rate from the get-go, and there are some challenging features along the way. Most of the route is natural singletrack through a forested area, with the exception of the final downhill section where there is a series of manmade features.
The natural trail makes ingenious use of natural forest obstacles as trail features.
You'll find technical tree stumps to negotiate, fallen tree drop-offs, and fast banked berms weaving tightly between trees.
The final section provides line choice options with differing difficulty levels: an awkward corner into a natural root section and root drop, a manmade rock garden with "baby head" boulders, and a steep chute to finish.