Finale Enduro Stage 3
Cromagnon

Moving onto the next trail, we get to understand how it was built by its architects himself. Cromagnon is a reference to Cro-Magnon, the early modern humans of the European Upper Paleolithic, the last portion of the Old Stone Age spanning between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago.
Ivo is a trail builder and fossil collector, and Cromagnon is his creation. With a deep respect for the ancient past and an appreciation for beautiful, challenging bike racing trails, Ivo incorporated manmade structures from long ago into the natural features that make up Cromagnon.
On the antiquated walls that feature in portions of the trail, Ivo says:

“The walls were built to survive forever. They are part of the territory from before 1000. I wanted to bring to light those who, for me, are an artistic part of the frame of this path.”

Ivo enjoys bringing the past back to life, and that thought process funnels directly into his trail making.

“To find the best place and to decide where a corner has to pass, you have to be very creative and patient at the same time. I always try to rediscover old tracks and then shape them with rocks and earth that are part of the forest,”

says Ivo on his trail design philosophy.

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Tools of the trade.

Finale Enduro Stage 3 Cromagnon

The man himself.

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Ivo's canvas. Natural features, utilization of his surroundings and ancient walls create a work of art and a challenge for riders.

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An old trail brought back to life.

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Corner to be built.

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Rocky terrain features heavily in cromagnon…

Finale Enduro Stage 3 Cromagnon

...as well as forested trail.

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Ivo’s home and workshop built amongst the trees and hills.

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