Driving towards Tibidabo brought back amusing memories of my last visit, when our tour coach had to navigate the narrow, steep, and winding road that leads from the city to the park. The same journey was relatively trivial in a rental car, though it was still a trip best taken at less than twenty miles per hour. I found myself wondering how much fun it might be to do the downhill journey on a bicycle, assuming one was brave and/or suicidal enough to attempt such a thing.
My first port of call was the new Muntanya Russa (#1525), installed eighteen months ago as a replacement for a run of the mill carnival ride of the same name. The new ride is a custom terrain hugging design from Vekoma, and in three words, it's a winner. The first drop is the only substantial one on the ride, roughly one hundred feet into an intense course of sharp turns and helices spread around some otherwise inaccessible land in the middle of the park. The lap bar only trains trains negotiate the layout with a effortless grace that is more than a little reminiscent of a similar ride in Sweden. I tried various positions in the train, with the back having the edge for me, albeit only just; there is no bad seat on this ride.
As it was, I'd given myself up to five hours at Tibidabo to enjoy the park fully, but I ended up using almost all of that time repeat riding the new coaster, despite the fact that there was no queue to speak of. This is not something I've felt the need to do in quite some time, but in this case it was really worth it. I caught a quick lap on the Tibidabo Express on the way out.