One of our most favourite things to do is get out on our mountain bikes and explore the world. There is no better feeling than coming over the top of a hill and seeing a beautiful expanse of countryside, stretching out as far as the eye can see. It is great exercise as well, one that you can do at your own pace and for as long as you like – you can cycle for half an hour or 6 hours: it’s entirely up to you.
Preparing for your mountain biking trip
Before you grab your bags and head off to the glorious outdoors, you need to make sure you have everything you need for a successful trip. If you are taking your own bike with you, make sure that it is reliable and will be able to handle any terrain. You would also be wise to make sure you have all the gear you need for your trip, as it can be hard to find good cycling gear abroad. As with any mountain biking trip, pack appropriate clothing and protective gear and don’t forget the smaller items such as a good key strap, a dirtbag and a changing towel.
Once you have sorted all the things you need for a safe trip, you can head off on your adventure. But where should you go? Here are our top five places to mountain bike…...in the world!
If you know anything about mountain biking, then you will know that the 9.6-mile trail named ‘Slickrock’ at Moab is believed to be the ultimate biking experience by some. Slickrock is worth doing just to experience riding on a petrified stretch of dunes: when else are you going to do that? It gives your bike an awesome grip that helps you get up some steep inclines that you wouldn’t necessarily think are possible. Don’t worry, though; if you want something a bit less challenging, there are lots of other extremely scenic yet easy trails as well.
Rodalben is perfect for those mountain bikers who are looking for a small trail intimate mountain biking experience in a beautiful setting. It is not too small though; there are 40km of trail sprawling around the area. It runs right through a forest and is quite long in length - so make sure you are physically prepared to tackle it before you set off.
The Seven Summits trail in Rossland, Canada is considered to be one of the best single track courses in the world and it has even received an IMAB award. As the name suggests, it consists of seven peaks along the route, from which you have amazing 360-degree views of the whole area from the top. It isn’t for beginner riders, unfortunately, but even if you are intermediate you may find that you have to get off and walk for some of the sections as they are quite steep. It is worth it though, as the views are unparalleled.
Rotorua, New Zealand
If breathtaking scenery is what you want, then you need to get on a plane to New Zealand. Not only is it famous for its beautiful scenery, but there are lots of free bike trails nestled amongst this great scenery for you to enjoy at your leisure. You might be interested to know that one of the oldest bike trails in the area is located in Whakarewarewa Forest which contains a diverse range of exotic tree species as well as 130km of bike trails for all levels from beginner to intermediate.
If you are looking for proper mountain trails with a variety of difficulties to overcome and lots of different conditions to challenge you, then set your course for Tirol in Austria. There are over 1000km of trails in the area, broken up into smaller segments, so you can pick your trail of choice and head off. One of the most popular is Ischgl, which has over 40 different routes ranging in difficulty from easy to difficult.
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