Some of us are always looking for exciting experiences to share over champagne at parties. For these misfits, the real fun in life is to be found offroad, on offbeat paths seldom walked. We are fond of travelling, and we love feeling close to nature. For those of us adventurous at heart, the mountains have extraordinary allure! What can be better than taking a mountain bike down narrow bike trails in valleys surrounded by snow-clad mountains? Here are the seven best mountain bike destinations that should be on your bucket list.
Whistler Mountain Bike Park, Canada
Whistler Mountain is a beautiful mountain in the south-east of Canada. It attracts huge crowds from all over the world who come to Canada every year to enjoy taking mountain bikes down Whistler Mountain’s rocky terrain. You can take a lift (the Fitzsimmons Chair and the Whistler Gondola) to the top from Skier’s Plaza in Whistler Village and then just let gravity pull you back to the base. You can roll gently down one of the five trails on your mountain bike that were recently opened up in The Creek Zone. You can also explore any of the seventy other bike trails in the park that cover an astounding eighty kilometres.
Julier Pass, Switzerland
The Julier Pass is a mountain pass in the Albula Range of the pristine Swiss Alps. It is one of the most stunning bike trails in the world. The winters here are super cold and snowy, and mountain biking here in this season is only for the truly ambitious. On the other hand, summer comes with a cavalcade of astounding views! PostBuses are available to carry your mountain bike up the bike trails. As you take your mountain bike down the gently curving roads of the Julier Pass, you can see faraway mountains capped with snow or hidden by clouds that seem so close. Tallgrass grows on either side of the road and at some places, little streams of clear water emerge. The greenery of Julier Pass is sure to make your bike ride memorable.
South Tyrol, Italy
South Tyrol is a small autonomous province in the northeastern regions of Italy. The people of South Tyrol are famously friendly. The cuisine here is delicious! South Tyrol is a haven for mountain bikers! The riding season extends up to October, in contrast to the riding season in the Swiss and French Alps which does not go beyond May. The mountainside is alive with spring blossoms from April to June. You can see traditional huts by water on bike trails. South Tyrol has many bike trails to explore in the Dolomites, Brixen, Vinschgau, and Alta Badia for experienced bikers.
Ullswater is the second largest lake in the mountainous Lake District in North West England. Set up a car roof tent UK and appreciate the natural beauty of the ‘ribbon lake’! This place is famous for housing some of the best mountain biking trails in the UK. The trails take you for a joy ride around the lake; whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, Ullswater has something fun in store for you. The slopes and rock gardens here are a challenge even for riders with honed technique. You can also set up a tent by the lake and enjoy views of the mirrored sky.
Zillertal Valley, Austria
Zillertal Valley in Western Austria boasts of breathtaking views of the glaciated Zillertal Alps. This region is famous for its variety of biking trails, for novice riders as well as for expert ones. You can also hire electric mountain bikes at Zillertal. Lifts are available for assistance with your bike. The downhill runs on your mountain bike will give you an adrenaline rush! There are over 150 inns and restaurants along the bike trails here that will offer you tasty Austrian treats to satisfy your hunger.
Marmolada Mountain, Italy
If you are looking for something extreme, or if you want to put your technique to the test, head to Marmolada. Situated in northeastern Italy, Marmolada is the highest mountain of the Dolomites. There are many guided mountain bike trails that you can take here. The terrain is mostly very rocky and the slopes are steep. You can carry your mountain bike to Malga Ciapela or the Pettorina valley to get jaw-dropping 360-degree views of the pristine Marmolada Glacier.
Col de la Bonette, France
Col de la Bonnette is a high mountain pass in the French Alps. It is on the ultimate mountain biking bucket list, because not only is it a stunning bike trail, it is also one of Europe’s highest! A road sign here claims that it is the highest paved road in Europe, but it is not! At an elevation of 2802m, it is the third highest road in Europe and the highest in France. The air is thin; it is also chilling cold. This mountain bike trail is only for the very determined.
These are the seven amazing mountain bike destinations to hit on your next trip! Mountain biking is a great way to exercise your body outdoors while enjoying the beautiful views. It can be adventurous and fun! It can also help you connect with nature, and more importantly, with yourself. Take your mountain bike out today!