5 Reasons To Cycle Around The Globe

Cycle around the globe

Although cycling may not be the instant go-to form of transportation that the majority of people tend to think about when they consider trotting the globe, it certainly should be. By cycling, you don’t miss out on your journey as you’re ever-present and exposed to the elements, surroundings and adventure continuously.

If you need a push to get you on your bike and around the world, here are 6 reasons you should do it.

Cycle For Charity

If you seek adventure and you want to help those who are less fortunate than you, you may wish to enrol on to one of the many Global Adventure Challenges to raise money for charity. Whether you want to experience South East Asia and ride from Vietnam to Cambodia or cycle across Costa Rica from the Pacific to the Caribbean, you are sure to find a journey you would live to be a part of.

Cost Effective

Apart from purchasing the bike, and maybe paying for a few repairs here and there, (some of which you can learn to do yourself before your journey), the bike is powered solely by you, thus no requirement for fuel or costly repairs in comparison to driving or flying to a set destination. Therefore, if you don’t want to spend an unnecessary amount of money on travel, your bike is the perfect pair of wheels to carry you around the globe.

Health Benefits

No matter where you cycle, be it the local shop, the next town or to another country, the health benefits are always present as you cycle. As a low impact exercise, riding your bike is kinder to your joints, it’s great cardiovascular exercise, and it also decreases your stress levels. The same probably can’t be said for sitting in a car or travelling on an aeroplane, which is why you should choose your bike for travelling to reap the health benefits.

The Environment

If you’re conscientious about the environment, you already know the damaging affects pollution from other transport has on global warming. Protecting the planet is vital, and it starts with you. By making a choice to travel by bike, you are making a decision to reduce your carbon footprint and be kinder to the world.

Feel Accomplished

How many people can say that have travelled by bike from one country to another? Not very many at all. Cycling to different destinations is an exciting and different way to travel in comparison to other peoples transport options, for that you can feel a sense of accomplishment. Of course don’t forget that every path you meet whether it be mountain trails or national parks will not be smooth and without its bumps and hills, causing you to really put some effort in and push yourself from time to time to overcome a tricky route. However, once you’re over the hill, you will feel a sense of satisfaction and confidence to take on more cycling challenges.

This is a list of just a few reasons why you should embark on your travels with your bike. So what are you waiting for?


3 Bike-Friendly Cities to Visit

Bicycle friendly cities to visit

Many of you know all about our long distance bike trip (how has it been a year since we finished?) and you’ve probably guessed from the blog name that we’re all about the two wheels. So, we think we’re pretty knowledgeable when it comes to what makes a city bike-friendly!

For example, a place with accessible public transport is a bonus, so it pays to do your research before booking somewhere. A lot of places will be able to tell you if they have anything in place for those in wheelchairs, so this should give you some idea of how easy it will be to wheel your bike around.

Seeing the world or a new city via bike is such a great option, as it keeps you active and reduces your carbon footprint. Here are three of the best cities to do this in.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Often considered the most bike-friendly city in the world, there are around 242 miles of bike lanes around the city, as well as a Cycle Super Highway which runs from Copenhagen to Albertslund. Just like a car highway, has amenities on the route such as air pumps, as well as specialised traffic lights that are geared up to the average cycling speed.

There is so much to see and do in Copenhagen, from The Little Mermaid sculpture to Tivoli Gardens theme park, and Amalienborg, the Queen’s winter residence. You will want to bike between them all to make the most of this fantastic city.

I’ll be in Copenhagen in a couple of weeks, before heading off to Greenland to run the Polar Marathon. I’ll be sure to pop on a bike while I’m there, and explore the city.

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Amsterdam: Source

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

One of the iconic things about Amsterdam is the number of bikes that are whizzing around the city at any one time. Almost 60% of the population cycle every single day, and cyclists have a free-for-all in this city, in that they are able to ride almost anywhere.

There aren’t any special infrastructures for cycling as there are in Copenhagen, so things are a little rougher and harder to keep up with if you are a novice tourist rider. However, Vondelpark is a beautiful place to cycle around and get your bearings until you feel a bit braver and want to cycle across the city.

It’s true what they say, bikes in Amsterdam will stop for no one, so it’s important to be really aware of others around you, whether you’re a cyclist or a pedestrian.

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My sexy green bike!

Utrecht, The Netherlands

Another win for The Netherlands. Utrecht has been working particularly hard over the past few years as part of a project called “Utrecht Attractive and Accessible”. This flagship project boasts an incredible 12,500 bike parking facility which is the largest in the world, and by 2020 the government hopes to have doubled the capacity.

Again, they are placing infrastructure specific to cyclists across the city in a bid to encourage more locals to choose a bike as their preferred form of transportation, but it’s clearly working as the numbers are soaring!

There are so many cities that are good for bike-riders, but these are three of the best, worked out by the Copenhagenize Design Company index. Each city is judged on 14 different categories and they can earn between 0-4 points in each of them, as well as a bonus of up to 12 points if there is anything a city has done that is particularly impressive.

The index is updated every year which is interesting as it allows cities to see whether they have moved up or down — for example, this year Utrecht has overtaken Amsterdam for the number two spot, so Copenhagen should keep working hard to stay at the top!

Have you been to any of these cities? What do you think about their bike-friendliness? Let us know in the comments.

 

 

Five Things to Consider Before Your Bike Trip

Five Things to Consider Before Your Bike Trip

Whether you would like to spend a few relaxing or challenging days at a new destination, it is important that you plan your trip in advance. You need to make sure that you are ready for the trip, and you have everything covered, from accommodation to protein bars and transport. The following tips will help you get your priorities right and book the perfect getaway that will make you feel satisfied and accomplished.

The Weather

Rain or shine, you’ll be outside biking in it, so the weather will have a huge impact on your trip, and is something you need to plan for. Just keep in mind that old saying, “there is no bad weather, just bad clothing!” It is important that you check out the weather forecast and get plenty of waterproof items in your backpack. If you are planning a tropical trip, ensure that you have adequate sun protection, and have the ability to carry sufficient water. You may even want to plan your day accordingly, resting during the hottest part of the day, so to avoid the heat and potential dehydration, or even sunstroke. A perfect excuse for a siesta!

The Accommodation Options

You might want to find a hotel or guesthouse that is conveniently located close to all the routes you would like to complete. Or, you might prefer pitching a tent, under the stars, in an unplanned location. Whatever you preference, you need to consider this before the start of your trip. If you are heading to a big beautiful city, such as Panama, you might want to splurge on a hotel like the Marriott Executive Apartments Panama City. However, if you are budget conscious you could always try finding a host through the amazingly useful Warmshowers website; a website dedicated to cycle touring, and finding hosts for travelling cyclists.

Rentals and Repair Availability

Before your trip, you may need to check whether there are recommended and affordable bike rental places. Sometimes renting a bicycle locally is more economical, as well as efficient, compare to bringing your own bicycle with you. If cycling in the summer month in Europe, and considering local bicycle rental, it is recommended booking your bicycle in advance, to ensure you secure the best bike at the best price. Arguable even more important to this, is researching bike repair stores along your route.

Travel Insurance

When going on a cycle trip, no matter the length or location, you will need to get adequate insurance. If you suffer an accident or fall ill, you might not be covered for medical treatment. If your bicycle is stolen or damaged, you also might not be covered. Compare the prices online before your trip, and make sure you ask the relevant questions. Some insurance companies consider cycling a dangerous sport, and will not cover you for long distance cycling. When it comes to travel insurance for cycle trips, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Local Guides and Groups

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Planning a bike and hike trip! Image via Matt Heaton

There are two main options when going on a bicycle tour;

1) Independently, arranging your own transport, accommodation and route. This option suits those who love the adventure and freedom of making their choices and not having to follow a set plan.

2) Joining an organised hiking and biking trip, with a tour company. This option is great for those first time cycle tourists, or those that love touring in groups. Leave the planning and stress to someone else, and just enjoy the ride!

Whether you are looking to cycle across Europe, or bike and hike across the Scottish highlands, and cycle trip will involve a level of preparation and planning. Treat this planning as part of the journey, and use it as a way to build up the excitement for your up and coming trip. Safe bike trails!

5 Best places to ride a bike in 2018

Best places to ride a bike

As soon as you leave the bike racks in Gas Works Park, it becomes clear that the Seattle Urban Loop is one of the best places to ride a bike in 2018, but there are many more, from Arizona to Maine, and all the way down to Florida. In fact, the United States is home to some of the most incredible biking routes anywhere in the world, and the following are the 5 best places to ride a bike in 2018:

The Seattle Urban Loop

The Seattle Urban loop in Washington is the ultimate place to ride your bike, from the stunning vistas across Puget Sound and Seattle seafront, to the perfectly maintained trails and cultural encounters.

Pleasant scenery and easy riding ensue once you depart from the bike racks in Gas Works Park, and cycle onward to Magnolia Boulevard. The Seattle Urban Loop eventually reaches Lake Washington, before passing the University of Washington and returning to the original starting point in Gas Works Park.

However, it is only upon reaching the ocean at Alaskan Way, when the appealing nature of the route is clear. Fishing boats, and cruise ships take to the open seas while the sun reflects from the incoming waves, and cycling along the Seattle waterfront is suddenly a cultural experience, as well as being a most enjoyable adventure into the outdoors.

The Cadillac Challenge Loop, Acadia National Park, Maine

Rugged cliffs form a natural barrier against the marauding Atlantic Ocean in Acadia National Park, home to the best cycling route in Maine, and one of the most scenic regions on the west coast of the United States. The Cadillac Challenge Loop is a 27 mile route with a seemingly never ending series of bends that wind their way past soaring ocean views, isolated coves, luscious landscapes and romantic lighthouses.

However, the real attraction of cycling in Acadia National Park, is the Bike in Acadia month, a government initiative in which the roads at the park are closed. There is simply no better place to see the sun rising, or going down, in Maine and the opportunity to cycle in pleasant surroundings without the distraction of traffic, makes Acadia one of the best places to ride a bike in 2018.

Moab Mountain Biking, Utah

Experience the splendor of Moab by bike, an unforgettable mountain bike route with stunning views through magnificent canyons, and a series of trails for all levels of experience.

Moab has some truly awe inspiring scenery, from the Amassa Back Trail which climbs to the top of a giant mesa perched out over the Colorado River, to the immense sandstone walls which tower high on the Arizona skyline.

Another highlight is the varying levels of experience required to visit Moab on a bike, the Slickrock rock trail is a world famous and highly technical route, whereas the Bar-M Loop Trail has a much easier terrain, while still offering the same incredible views of the other routes. A proper bike rack for SUV or car will allow you to carry multiple bikes and secure them properly until the destination.

Miami to Key West, Florida

While it may be a distance for more experienced riders, the 160 mile stretch between Miami and Key West is a highly rewarding cycle route with tropical landscapes, wildlife and a relatively flat terrain.

Few places in the world can boast the views between Miami and Florida, with palm trees lining both sides of the road, and sweeping ocean views providing an unforgettable backdrop. The route is also known for having a reasonably flat terrain and a refreshing tail wind which only adds to the enjoyment, and allows for the possibility of completing the 160 miles in a single day.

Unique and treacherous, the variety of experiences is obvious when you must keep a look out for alligators and snakes, which often take to the roadside for the heat of the pavement. Regardless of the obstacles, cycling from Miami to Key West is one of the most entertaining cycle routes, and a ride with a wide variety of things to see.

Black Canyon Trail, Arizona

While not as famous as the Moab, the Black Canyon Trail is another mountain bike trail in Arizona which makes this list with no apologies. The trail stretches for more than 60 miles through desert, cacti and sandstone canyons with thrilling downhill’s and challenging riding.

Beginning in the overgrown Prescott Forest, Black Canyon is mostly a descending trail which leads across dramatic views of giant mesas, past the Bradshaw Mountains, and through a series of inspiring canyons.

Even though this trail was purpose built a number of years ago, the surroundings are entirely natural and a day spent in the depths of the Arizona wilderness, offers an isolated adventure which is every bit as enjoyable as the more popular trail in Moab. Do not forget that choosing the best hitch mount bike rack is the key to safely transport your bikes to the destination and keep them intact.

 

Gorgeous Mountain Trails in the US to do on a Bike

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So, you now have a bike and can’t wait to ride in on a unique mountain trail? It’s really hard deciding on a good enough trail, though, isn’t it? Well, if you need awesome research fast, we’re here to help you with 5 best picks of breathtakingly gorgeous mountain scenery you can enjoy while cycling.

1. The Whole Enchilada, Utah

This is definitely a five-star ride, encompassing 26 miles on various side trails which will take you in the ballpark of 5 hours total. The level of difficulty is an intermediate one, so chances are most people can do it. We love the landscape most of all, it looks pretty rugged and has plenty of views you’ll want to stop and admire for longer.

You’ll already going to start at quite an elevation of about 10,000 feet, which means you’ll be cycling very near the edgy peaks. You even have to gain some 1,400 feet more up to the narrow Burro Pass, but that’s nothing compared to the descent.

So get the best high-power binoculars because you won’t want to miss a detail. The aspen forests are imposing, and the old pines look like giant soldiers that guard the entrance to the prairie. The fast flowing creeks and slippery tracks of Hazard County explain why this portion of the trail has this particular name.

Then, the Porcupine sections are a challenge as well, but the view when you get to the Colorado River is totally worth it. The terrain is very diverse, you’ll get to try different technical skills from thru to single track, so that’s why it won the gold medal.

2. Trail 401, Colorado

If you’re a real mountain biking fan, you must visit the place where it all began. And that will prove very insightful because Crested Butte in Colorado offers plenty of trails to enjoy taking you through some of the most enchanting alpine landscape you have ever seen. The trails that wax and wane here are all nearby bucolic mountain towns too.

Among the 750 miles of trails, one still stands out. Trail 401 is another intermediate ride stretching of about 14 miles at an elevation of about 9,700 feet. The ascent starts on Gothic Toad to what is called Schofield Pass. The views are outstanding and the faraway Maroon Bells look spectacular.

This will mostly be a singletrack, which explains the intermediate level. However, there are whole green fields that stretch before your eyes and patches of aspen forests to roam through, so this trail looks amazing even during the fall.

3. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, California

You might think we’ve selected this trail purely based on its peculiar name, but you’d be wrong. Lake Tahoe is an amazing area, it’s a huge alpine lake with crystal clear waters and plenty of interesting biking trails around it. So while this is an already popular destination, its southern part is what’s considered the cherry on the cake.

That’s exactly where you’ll find the Mr. Toad’s Ride, which is indeed very wild since it encompasses 20 miles of advanced single tracking at an elevation of about 6,300 feet. That’s what makes it very technical, therefore more appropriate for experts.

You’ll feel a real adrenaline rush coursing through your veins as you’ll be going downhill as well. Granted, you have to do quite a bit of vertical climbing before that, but once you get to Tucker flat you’re in for a real roller coaster ride. There’s also the Saxon Creek portion with its quite challenging singletrack descent.

All that takes place among the most breathtaking vistas of forested areas and through plenty of meadows. The overall distance is 20 miles, so make sure you get enough water and snacks for the ride.

4. Cache Creek – Game Creek, Wyoming, and Idaho

Traditionally called the Wydaho area, this is where the Jackson area is located. Jackson Hole is remarkable among the nearby Teton Mountains, so that’s another great place if you’re into the thrill of the downhill ride. That’s because these mountains have very abrupt walls, and they’re really huge.

Biking around here is a thing just as of late, though, so the trails are very new and look well and they’re quite diverse from downhill to cross country, to single track. So you can choose your poison, but the trail between Cache Creek and Game Creek is really a game changer.

Apart from the fact that it looks incredible, with amazing views of the massifs, this intermediate 10-mile loop ride runs through a semi-wilderness of immense valleys, and you’ll get to experience an isolated cross-country run.

5. Hangover Trail, Arizona

Located in Sedona, which doesn’t boast as many trails as other regions, the Hangover Trail is one of the few precious gems in this area. That’s because it combines an accessible and technically difficult terrain with its heart-throbbing landscapes with red rocks that will make you think your cycling on Mars.

The vortexes in Sedona look quite eerie too, and the single track trail that stretches on 3 miles can nevertheless be considered for experts only. At 4,400 feet, the Hangover trail is very technical but also very dangerous because of its abrupt rocks and rolling terrain, combined with narrow trails and a massive exposure.

But the views are indeed amazing, considering you’ll go up on a saddle-like formation and then keep riding about 200 feet on the rim of the abrupt canyon. You’ll ride on slick rock for the most part, but there are different sections too like dirt trails, step-ups, roll-off portions and the treacherous off cambers.

The ride of your life

With so many thrilling mountain trails to do on your bike, we’re curious where you’ll be heading next. What trails have you tried so far? What did you love? What did you hate? Leave us a comment and share your story.

 

How to Pack for a Hiking Trip with Your Bike

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Need an expert’s advice on what to pack for a hiking trip with your bike? Well, you’re on the right page. Apart from the bike and the helmet which you can’t leave home without, there are quite a few items that should be on your list too.

Gear storage

You’ll need quite a few bags to ensure that all the weight you’re carrying is evenly distributed and that it doesn’t destabilize your bike. The first thing you should consider is a hydration pack because you need to stay hydrated on the trail, so you can add to your miles without getting a headache.

Besides this, you’ll also need a very light backpack, with padded straps that can be worn for prolonged periods of time. Make sure you get a water-resistant item that can also withstand possible scratches from all the tree branches on your way.

You can also get other types of bags, like a saddle bag for bigger equipment, and a handlebar bag for the gear you really need to have at hand. A trunk bag can also be of use if you’re carrying a tent with you. And if you’re cycling across paved forested paths, a trailer can become your best friend, though it might slow you down a bit.

The actual gear

Now that you’re prepared with the optimal gear storage, you need the actual equipment too. Since you’ll be on your bike most of the time, you need ultra-light hiking gear, even if you’re dealing with a tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad. And yes, there are such items which, despite their low weight, they’re still insulating, waterproof and scratch-resistant.

Make sure you get compact items too, not just light ones. You need to make sure you can set them up and take them down pretty fast since you’ll mostly be on the move.

Clothes

Apart from that, you should consider the right clothes for both hiking and biking. Even if you’ll be cycling, you might also like to take some short hikes around the camp. The first thing to start with is a moisture-wicking first layer, consisting of a top and underwear that don’t absorb moisture.

You can think of merino wool for that because it’s a bacteria-killing, odor-proofing and insulating material, which keeps your body temperature constant, unlike cotton. You should also look at padded tights that offer insulation combined with breathability.

Make sure you get water-resistant and padded gloves, so your hands don’t have to absorb the shock of the rugged terrain. A pair of bike shoes is essential, but you should take some ankle-supporting sports shoes too for those side-hikes. Don’t forget moisture-wicking cycling shoes as well as a skullcap to protect your head from the sun.

Personal protection

If it’s raining, you’ll need rainwear that’s also windproof, and an insulating second layer possibly made from fleece or wool, depending on the temperature. If it’s really cold and windy, you’ll need both arm and leg warmers, and a visibility vest is a real life-saver for foggy weather, especially if you’re cycling somewhere near a hunting ground.

Sunglasses are great for keeping your eyes safe from the strong sun, but they can also be great for rocky terrain, where small pebbles can get in your eyes. Don’t forget sunscreen against the dangerous UV rays and lip balm to keep your lips from cracking because of the wind.

Of course, a First Aid Kit is a must, but make sure you have it complete and up to date. Stash your medical info card inside it, in case of an actual accident. Add some insect repellant to make sure you’re safe from bugs too.

Accessories

In terms of accessories, the first things you need are the lights. So make sure your headlight and taillight are working well, but you can likewise get a helmet light with strobe mode in case you get lost. Don’t forget your mirrors and taillights, so there are some cool-looking cycling gloves with included turn lights on the market.

You’ll need a resistant lock too, even if the camping spot seems safe. You can even get a smart lock that lets you know when someone tries to steal your bike, while it emits a deafening alarm too.

But your bike isn’t the only thing you need to secure. The water bottles you carry should also be kept safe, or otherwise, you might end up with no potable water for the road. That’s why water bottle cages are essential for rugged terrain. Don’t forget some paracord or straps – you never know when you’re going to need these for a rough ascent or descent.

Repair tools

The essential repair tools start with a patch kit that’s compact and lightweight enough to carry. This should include a spare tube or several of those, a pump to inflate your wheels and tire levers so you don’t have to improvise a support while you’re working on your bike.

A multi-tool doesn’t hurt either, but make sure it’s specifically designed for cycling and that it has an Allen wrench included there too. If you want to be more prepared than that, you might also need a couple of wrenches and a general multi-tool.

You should also consider a pressure gauge if you have the room, and duct tape is a definite must. You can think of a spare brake cable too, that can be pretty important for rough terrain, but there are plenty of other spare items to take if you have the room, like spokes, tire, cleats and other components.

Miscellaneous

Don’t forget cleaning supplies and toiletries like soap, toilet paper, a quick-dry towel, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Some of these might be accessible at different camping spots though.

Of course, you’ll also need a camera to capture the beautiful landscapes, your phone, and GPS with the maps of your trail. Don’t forget to get enough money and an ID.

All that gear is bound to make your trip more fun and also safer, so we hope we helped with a comprehensive checklist. So now, it’s your turn: where are you going? What will you be taking? Leave a comment below.

 

Top 5 European Countries to do on a Bike This Fall

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Biking is exciting regardless of where you’re doing it, but have you ever thought about going on a trip through Europe? Having a different venue to bike it offers a lot of challenge, new terrain and excitement of discovering trails. You can also enjoy the new scenery and vegetation! In this article, we are going to show you the top 5 European countries in which to bike!

Sweden

The Kinnekulle Trail System is a 5 star rated area that is known for Kinnekulle, which is one of the tallest hills in the western part of Sweden. Over 300 meters above sea level, you will have amazing views of the surrounding area and of the largest lake in the country, Lake Vanem.

Besides the views, the biking here is awesome and has the longest downhill trails in the area. While many of the tracks here are great, you will find some with flatter areas on this advanced single track.

Orange Trail in Gatene is also located within the Kinnekulle Trail System and is a 45 km intermediate single track with an elevation of 265 meters. This trail goes all around Kinnekulle, and will take you through farms and all the way up to the top of the mountain and down the opposite side.

Once you get farther along the track, you will see a double track, as well as dirt roads, some paved areas and more. There are a ton of terrains from one side to the other that you will experience.

Austria

Take along your best ultralight backpack because there is a lot of mountain biking to do here! Head to Hinterglemm for Bike Circus Saalbach Hinterglemm, which is the best place for mountain biking in all of Austria. There are hundreds of miles of trails, from cross country to downhill and freeride.

In the Austrian Alps, this is an entire valley with trails of all difficulty levels and many obstacles. If you prefer downhill biking, check out the famous Hacklberg Trail that has many jumps, single trails that will test your limits.

Visit Bikepark Leogang, located in Leogang, Austria. Great for bikers of all ages and skill levels, you can enjoy nature and hit the various trails. The trails are marked and tell you what the difficulty level will be. You can hit up the Flying Gangster Trail or either Hang Man Trails. Bikepark Leogang is home to Europe’s largest bike park for beginners called Riders Playground, which is 10,000 meters squared and has a free ride course.

France

If you want an assortment of terrain and trail types, then Peisey and Les Arcs in Bourg St. Maurice, France, has you covered! With fire roads, single tracks, downhill areas, you will have an adrenaline filled time here! Between trails, take the awesome lift system that gives you a full view of nature, as well as the various villages below.

Haute Route in Chamonix is another great place to bike. This expert trail is over 100 miles long and takes you from this region in France to Zermatt, Switzerland. This is an alpine trek and you will be on a single track. Experts say that you need to take your time and have good weather here, as well as the skills, to make it through Haute Route!

Spain

Morcat Trail is located in Ainsa, Spain, and starts out near an ancient village that has torn down buildings. This trail was used for centuries as a transportation road to go from the village to the valley and back. This is a technical single track that is very steep but tons of fun. It offers lots to see in terms of foliage and scenic views, and takes you downhill.

Camino De Santiago is a trail that is in Santiago De Compostela that is 966 km long and is great for beginners. You will find that most of this trail is a double track that has a lot of gravel, but, as you go along you’ll discover more terrain. The countryside is amazing and stunning, and there are lots of places where you can rest, get a drink or food, and take in the beauty around you.

While you will find this trail has a lot of hills at the start and finish, the middle section is a bit flat. Everything is marked, and easy to access.

Norway

Hafjell Bike Park boasts many trails and has quickly become a haven for all types of cycling enthusiasts. The MTB portion of the park is exhilarating and you can find many heart-pounding downhill trails. The Buldreloypa trail is a bit rocky and has jumps and wall rides and is located in a forest area. Moe’Town Trail is smooth and has many pump sections, rollers, berms and more! It is known as a fun trail that you won’t forget!

Trysil Bike Arena is the largest winter sports place in Norway. It has new biking facilities and already has over 100 km of single tracks that are in the mountain and forest. Great for families, you can experience a wide range of trails in this park.

 

There is a great Flow Trail here as well as a skills course an pump track. You can find items to balance on, jump off of, and many banked curves. The Mountain Circuit offers trails for all skill levels and has many high mountain trails and some harsh terrain, too. If you take the route around the mountain, you will find it family-friendly, and a good fit for all!

Conclusion

Now that you are aware of not only the best European countries in which to bike, you know specific areas in which you can do so. From beginner to advanced, your skill level can be accommodated with various trails and terrains. Not only are you getting a heart-pounding experience, but you can do so within the beautiful mountains and landscapes that Europe has to offer. Happy travels!

5 of the World’s Most Epic Bike Rides in the Southern Hemisphere

Epic Bike Rides in the Southern Hemisphere

Biking can be a great way to connect with nature and even discover a new city. Still, many of those who enjoy cycling also like to try out various types of trails in all season. From muddy trails in the spring rain to snowing trails in the winter, biking can be a great way to explore and stay healthy. In this article, we are going to show you 5 of the most epic rides you can take in the southern hemisphere, so you can hit up one of these places while on vacation to challenge yourself!

New Zealand

New Zealand is already known as a place where extreme sports thrives. In New Zealand, you can choose either the North or South Islands for mountain biking. On the South Island, you can head to Queenstown for one of the best locations in which to bike in the entire country.

If you head to the Queenstown Bike Park at Ben Lomon Recreational Reserve, you will find some of the best trails out there. Here, you can find many specialist outlets for biking that will inform you about the trails and various bikes.

You can head to cities near Wellington for some awesome trails to bike. You will have your choices of many, including heading to Auckland for the Woodhill Bike Park, or Napier at the Pan Pac Eskdale Mountain Bike Park. You won’t be disappointed!

Australia

If you have an Enduro bike, then head to Australia for the competitions and events they have for Enduro racing, such as the annual Cross-Country Marathon National Series, which is only held in Australia. This race spans 4 states and 2 territories, at nearly 600 km long!

If you don’t want to compete, you can head to Stromlo Forest Park for some great trails by yourself or with friends. This 5-stars rated park boasts a network of trails that are perfect for beginners or those who are advanced. You can find this bike park in Canberra and you can explore every bit of it!

Sparrow Hill, also in Canberra, is another great park that has many trails to explore. This is an intermediate skill area that has single tracks about 32 km long. The Hillside Dams area of this park is great for those that like a different terrain as it has many rocky areas and winding paths with lots of shrubberies.

Bolivia

If you are an avid mountain biker and you have heard of biking in Bolivia, then you may have heard of Death Road. Located in La Cumbre, an hour from La Paz, Death Road is known as the world’s most dangerous road. You will start out in an area in the Andes that is located over 15,000 feet above sea level. You will see Huayna Potosi, which is the highest peak, and it’s snowcapped.

You will start on Death Road on a 40-mile trek that will decrease your altitude by nearly 12,000 feet. You will be riding through rain, on a mountain where the road is very narrow and only fits 2-way traffic. Safety is a concern, but with a guide, you will be lead safely.

Most of this trail is downhill, and you will pass through villages and see various animals like llamas. You will pass by cliffs, rock overhangs and a ton of beautiful vegetation. Luckily, there are places to stop and rest and get something cool to drink. Just before your biking ends, you will pass by a beautiful, cooling waterfall. Just past that is the end, where you can relax at a wildlife refuge!

Argentina

Argentina is known for its beautiful landscapes and scenery, which you will get a lot of if you go mountain biking here. In San Juan, you will find Tres Marias, an advanced single track that starts at the bottom of the mountain and goes east or west, depending on where you want to go. The trails range in terrain and you will enjoy getting to the top of Tres Marias!

If you choose to take a biking tour, you can go around Buenos Aires, specifically the districts of San Telmo and La Boca. This tour will take you to various landmarks around Casa Rosada and Plaza de Mayo. You explore many of the popular areas as well.

Chile

Head to Santiago, Chile, and bike at Cancha Carrerra! This is a difficult circuit for advanced bikers as it has many types of terrain. It is touted as one of the best downhill trails in Santiago. In many areas, there are rocky areas and rock gardens and many curves. As you continue, you will encounter gaps, jumps, zigzags and sharp turns.

Once you get to the end, you will pass through the forest, where you will continue to zigzag and enter rocky territory. Take your GPS with you as it is easy to miss a turn, and there are several roads that go in other directions!

Enjoy the beautiful views this circuit has to offer. You can see the fog that enters into the mountains, and on clear days you can see for miles and miles!

El Huinganal is also in Santiago and is an advanced single track that is nearly 1,000 feet in elevation. You will start off around Establo el Huingal, where you will pass by horses! On this trail you will cross 3 creeks and enjoy a flat area to bike on that has some rocky parts to it.

Conclusion

Are you ready to plan a trip yet? Hitting up these trails and the many others in the southern hemisphere will excite you and test your limits. Going mountain biking is not only a great way to stay in shape, but to explore nature and different areas. With these trails, you will surely enjoy yourself and maybe learn a thing or two! See you on the trails!