Overcoming fear and disappointment in the Swiss Alps
It is nine o’clock on our first morning in Davos, Switzerland, and Radek and I are standing at the base of the cable car station, bikes in hand, waiting. Our accommodation package includes a free lift ticket for the Davos Klosters ski area, and we have paid 10 Swiss francs each for a bike pass. We have never biked in Switzerland, although Radek has spent hours reading internet commentary posted by Czech mountain bikers who’ve ridden these trails. I have tried to mirror his enthusiasm, although the overwhelming emotion I feel is fear.