Mountain biking is one love, but when combine with travel if becomes a whole new exciting activity. Here are 5 MTB destinations to tempt you to take the plunge in 2018.
#1 – Norway:
The fabulous geography of this country puts at your disposal some of the best biking trails in the world. From the Sunnmøre Alps to the world-famous Hafjell Bike Park, there are many reasons to book your next ticket to Norway as soon as possible. Dodging roots and rocks while enjoying some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world is enough to make any mountain biker truly happy…
Where to Bike?
You have several option at your disposal. For instance, many skiing resorts like Geilo, Trysil and Hafjell have parks that are awesome for mountain biking.
The Hafjell Bike Park is especially important, because it is the home of the Norwegian World Cup racing. Here you will also find 15 different slopes:
1. White (1)
2. Green (3)
3. Blue (4)
4. Black (4)
5. Double Black Diamond (4)
You can enjoy of a pretty easy trail like the Familieløypa or venture yourself into one of the hardest and most exciting like the Rollercoaster with a distance of 1.6 KM, a 6-meter climb and a 238-meter descend.
And of course we cannot conclude this section without mentioning Åndalsnes. The terrain is excellent and you can take many tracks. Moreover, the natural beauty of this place will leave you speechless and you will be accompanied by a staggering waterfall that makes Åndalsnes even more magical.
#2 – New Zealand:
One of the favorite destinations for mountain bikers around the world and it is easy to understand why: a great diversity of trails and a stunning and exotic scenery accompanying you all the way.
For many NZ is a dream come true because you can do practically anything you please thanks to the several trails you can travel, be it into the deepness of the forest, alongside abandoned railways or in any of the many farm tracks.
Where to Bike?
It seems like this country was created with mountain biking in mind, because there are so many trails… so many where to choose from!
The Whaka Forest is one of those places you need to visit before you kick the bucket. This forest full of beautiful California redwoods has 128+ KM of trail with areas of different difficulty, so that every rider can enjoy it.
An hour south of Queenstown you will find Welcome Rock Trails, a hand-built trail of 22 KM of extension following a historic water channel. This amazing place is a must-visit, and yes, more trails are in the making.
Described as a real paradise in earth, the Otago Peninsula Trail won’t fail to surprise you with its beautiful beaches, mysterious yellow-eyed penguins, lush forest and exotic farmland. This trail is excellent for beginners and intermediate-level bikers.
#3 – Wales:
This country, similarly to NZ, is another hot destination for mountain bikers from all parts of the world. When it comes to trails there is plenty of variety and especially back country escapes for those who love them.
If you are craving for adventure and want to feel your heart pumping at its max, then you need to visit Wales. The riding scene is very active, the country is beautiful and its geography makes it a paradise for bikers around the world!
Where to Bike?
You have one of the best places in the world: BikePark Wales. This one is United Kingdom’s premier mountain bike park and for a fair reason: it has a 1200-acre extension and over 28 exciting descending trails. Everything is well-organized here and resembles of a ski resort.
But if you are looking for something different, then the Afan Forest Park is perfect for you. There are so many trails that it’d take us a complete post to post them all, but amongst the easiest you have the Blue Scar. If you are up for something more challenging, then the Penhydd trail will be great for you. And finally, for those craving an extreme adventure, the W2 is the perfect choice.
#4 – Canada:
This country is another gem when we talk about mountain biking, because the conditions, the terrain and the variety are more than enough to keep any rider happy and completely entertained.
Therefore, if you are looking for some of the most exciting trails in North America (and the world), then you need to visit Canada, and we will share with you some of the hottest spots.
Where to Bike?
If you are a downhill fan, then you are going to love Sun Peaks in British Columbia. Here you will be able to enjoy more than 38 trails full of adrenaline and excitement, and you just need to know that the Canadian National Downhill Championships were held here in 2014 to understand why you need to come here if you LOVE downhill trails.
On the other hand, if you prefer a cross-country experience, then Vernon and Silver Star is the place to be. It is in British Columbia like Sun Peaks, but here you will be able to enjoy a huge and rich mix of different trails.
And finally, we cannot conclude this without talking about Fernie. This is the real paradise for any cross-country lover due to the almost-endless kilometers of trails you will have at your disposal. Moreover, here you will be delighted by 37 extraordinary descents you can only access by lifts.
#5 – Peru:
Not many riders talk about Peru, but it is about time this country starts getting more attention from the community.
If you are looking for real diversity in terrain, weather and trails, then this country won’t disappoint. Here you can find coast, mountains and jungle. Therefore, there’s plenty where to choose from. But in this opportunity we are going to focus on just two trails.
Where to Bike?
The Lares Trail is something you do at least once in your life. It is a real challenge as you start at over 4,400 meters above sea level, you will feel short in breathe but this situation will improve as you descend. Here you will have the chance to enjoy the unique and stunning Andes landscapes and the emotion of riding in one of the hardest trails in the world.
The Inca Avalanche DH is another trail that you must do if you visit Peru. It is near the town of Ollantaytambo. You will start at over 4,800 meters above sea level so it is normal to feel out of oxygen and very cold at the beginning, but just like the Lares Trail, this situation will improve as you descend. If you are up for a challenge, then you can compete in the Inca Avalanche Trail Festival, just be aware that most riders complete this trial in just 25 minutes!
So these are the 5 mountain biking destinations you need to visit before kicking the bucket. Now go ahead and make your list with your favorite trails, because the clock is running and you only have one life!