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Chipps takes on a mountain orienteering event in the Italian Dolomites, organised by Germans, where the idea is to hunt for dumplings that don’t actually exist, but which everybody gets at the end.


And with that, our event was over almost as soon as it had begun. Within sight of the first checkpoint (with another eight to go) we had totalled a bike – the derailleur hanger smashed beyond repair. What now? This was going to be a long old day… but, as we discovered, one of the best days on a bike ever.


Dumpling what?

The Dumpling Hunt is one of three events organised by Holger Meyer and friends. Holger is a chiselled blonde German who’s been a mountain bike guide, a photo model, racer and event organiser. Think of him as a sort of German Ed Oxley or Guy Martin. The Dumpling Hunt, or ‘Knöedeljagd’, to give it its proper name, is part of a three-race series that takes in Switzerland (for the Schnitzelhunt), Austria (the Hörnli Trail Hunt) and this event in Val Gardena in the Italian Dolomites, just over the border from Innsbruck in Austria. You’d not know that this was Italy, though, the whole pretty mountain resort was full of Germanic riders, dressed in a rainbow of enduro colours, ready to take on the 2018 Dumpling Hunt.

The idea of the Dumpling Hunt will be familiar to anyone who’s done a Trailquest, or Polaris or any other bike orienteering event. A marked-up map was distributed a halfhour before the mass start. We were gathered at the chairlift station on top of the mountain, while hundreds of metres below us the town of Selva still sat in shadow. All around us soared sheer mountains slopes and scattered around a fairly wide area were checkpoints. The idea was to navigate your way around the mountains, collecting checkpoint stamps (in any order, and in some cases, doing forfeits or games of skill to earn them) before returning to the valley below with your ‘passport’ stamped in time for the prize-giving and dinner (naturally, of dumplings…).

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