Thursday, May 30, 2013

El Zur DH tour **NEW TRIP**

A few years ago some of our friends bought a mega swath of the south slope of Agua Volcano.  Being real estate developers, the idea was to create a mountain community much like the ones that we all covet back home.  These guys had the vision to take an immense piece of a giant volcano and turn it into an outdoor enthusiasts playground.

The vision was robust, the landscape enormous but the possibilities endless.  They got in touch with Old Town as they knew we were the premier mountain bike outfit in Central America to help create the mountain bike park aspect of the project.  Over the course of the next 2 or 3 years we toiled to carve out epic world class single-track bliss from as high up on the mountain as we could get our machines all the way down to the highway.  The trail was thoughtfully planned and cut in following IMBA trail building standard and concepts.

The result, over 25 kilometers of Downhill and Cross-country flow, so fun you might forget your on a bike and mistakenly take your hands off the bars as if you were on a roller coaster as a kid.
Starting this summer El Zur will be opening its doors exclusively to Old Town Outfitters to start running DH and XC tours there.  Our idea to make a day of it so we'll be packing a cooler full of beer and snacks for the end of the ride.

Call or come by the shop, or even email us for more information, tour departures and prices.
This really is a one of a kind place, not just by Guatemalan standards either.  Come with us and check out what 25 KM.s of handmade, purpose built mountain bike trail feels like.

See ya there,

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Hike for Water

You hike. We hike
Last week Old Town teamed up with the good lads at Eco Filter to help sponsor a hike up Acatenango Volcano to raise money to take life saving water filters out to rural Guatemalan communities.
More than 20 hikers trekked up to the summit and raised more than $20,000 for the Eco Filtro: One project. 

With the average cost of each filter at roughly $35 you can see that the fund raising will get quite a few water filters into the homes of lots of Guatemalans.  

 This was hike number one of four with Pacaya, Fuego and an overnight return trip on Acatenango on the calendar for the summer.  You can join these future hikes by registering on the Eco Filtro: One site or by stopping by the Old Town Outfitters office on the of 5th ave and 6th Calle in Antigua, Guatemala.

Help Guatemalan families, get out and hike and have lots of fun. 

Black Tie service: Steve Johnson and Brian Zimmer serve up Wine on the summit.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Antigua Bicycle Co-op!!

 A good local bike shop for Antigua.  We blew out the wall between Old Town and the space next door and got the Co-op going.
  We have a full inventory of all the bits and bobs your bike could ever need.  The new Guatemalan National XC jersey is in too.  Stop in and see what we have or just come in to say hello and have a cold Brooklyn IPA or Lager.

 We have plenty of new Kona 29'ers in stock and a few used bikes as well.  Look for us on Facebook to find out about up coming events, rides and specials.

See ya on the trail!