The sport of mountain biking is one of self-reliance, skill, and of course, endurance. Mountain biking offers never-ending fun and thrills, whether you are trekking down narrow forest trails, small fire roads, majestic mountain slopes, or just biking through the countryside.
Below, we have listed some of the greatest places to go mountain biking in the world:
1. Lake Garda, Italy
For those who enjoy bike riding, Lake Garda, may well be one of the best places to enjoy your ride. You will find over 1000 km of trails that are well marked for all abilities. Whether you are just a beginner and want to take it easy on your outing, or you are more experienced with a higher level of commitment you will find trails for your enjoyment. As you savor your complete freedom, you will see unparalleled scenery in all of its natural beauty. Lake Garda is guaranteed to leave all enthusiasts with an experience that is unforgettable.
2. Mustang, Nepal
With the breathtaking Himalayas as your background, here you will enjoy single trails that flow, incredible down hills, and cross-country routes for you to experience. In the shadows of Annapurna, you will find Mustang, where they still maintain traditional Tibetan culture. You will find a small airport at Jomson, however the closest large airport is located at Kathmandu. This is where, with the help of guides, you will start your journey.
3. Finale Ligure, Italy
Another great spot in Italy for bike riding is the Mediterranean resort of Finale Ligure. This location is one of the best known riding locations on this list and deserves its spot among the best. Getting there is about as easy as getting to the French Alps. There are a multitude of trails nestled along the rolling hills that are located near the coast.
4. Fort Collins, Colorado
Located in Colorado’s Northern Front Range, there are many mountain bike trails that offer a great deal of enjoyment for everyone, whether one is an expert or a beginner. There is an entrance fee required at the Lory State Park. Here you will find three biking areas; a dirt jump area, a pump area, and a skills area. These areas support both beginners and experts and everything in between. There is a more challenging skills area located in the Spring Canyon Park; this area is not for the beginner.
5. British Columbia, Fraser River, Canada
For the mountain biker, there may be no greater natural playground than the wilderness trails in British Columbia. The drive, northeast of Vancouver, of approximately 7 hours, will bring you to Williams Lake, the starting point for your ride. The Fraser River, which meanders for more than 850 miles, is your backdrop from the Rocky Mountains to Vancouver. This is the location Darren Berrecloth referred to in one of his blogs and can only be reached by boat.
6. The Dolomites in Italy
When mountain biking here, you will hear it referred to as “DoloBiking”. The Dolomites consist of steep terrain, and you will undoubtedly be doing a lot of climbing. Although this may not always be so, the down hill trails tend to be fairly easy, or extremely steep and rocky; nothing in between.
7. Chamonix, France
Chamonix is known throughout the world to be one of the better places to ski during the winter, but during the summer, it is also a great place to spend your time. The French people are very fond of trekking and hiking and there are those who are very serious about road and mountain biking. Because most of the slopes are open during the summer months, this makes Chamonix one of the best places to go mountain biking.
8. Almaty, Kazakhstan
Right in the heart of the Tien Shan Mountains, you can get off the grid and view the marble pyramid of Khan Tengri (23,000 feet/7010 m) or perhaps Pobedy Peak (24,406 feet/7439 m). Your mountain biking adventure will include magnificent backdrops of majestic snowcapped mountains.
9. Grimentz, Switzerland
This is where the annual Verbier to Grimentz Grand Raid race is held. This race is said to be the toughest mountain bike marathon in Europe. Mountain biking enthusiasts are drawn to Val d’Anniviers like a magnet, for their many attractions. You can enjoy the scenery as you bike along many routes that have been well defined, and have sign posts to help you test your skills.
10. South Africa
There are unlimited opportunities for adventure in South Africa’s Western and Eastern Cape, and Garden Route. You will enjoy spectacular and breathtaking scenery as you travel by waterfalls, mountains, fynbos (natural scrubland), forests, and the sea. You can cycle through magnificent ravines and nature reserves with an abundance of wildlife. As you make your way through the nature reserve, don’t be surprised if you sight one of the famous Baviaanskloof Rhynos.
11. Saalbach, Austria
Within Austria, this all-terrain mountain biking area is quite large. There are hundreds of miles of bike routes located here. All those in this area agree that Saalbach Hinterglemm is without a doubt the best area to go mountain biking. You will find a cable car network, valleys, mountain trails, and many biking parks in Saalbach Hinterglemm. You will only have to buy one ticket to enjoy all there is to offer here, and as an added bonus, because it is not a tourist location, it will not be crowded.
12. Park City, Utah
Nestled along the mighty Rocky Mountains along the western edge, Park city offers not only some of the best bike trails in the world, as you would expect from this mountainous location, but also scenery that is simply spectacular. If you enjoy high altitude riding, this is the spot for you. Park City is at an altitude of 2100 m and some of the trails reach a couple thousand meters higher. You will find some of the best technical, singletrack, trails anywhere in the world, here in Park City. There are trails here for all levels of ability and the large network of trails are all well signposted and easy to find
If you enjoy forest tracks to mountain rides and gentle rolling hills, the various landscapes around Lillehammer and Hemsedal in Eastern Norway might just be what you’re looking for.
In South America, Ecuador is well known as the greatest place to go mountain biking; it is considered by some as the absolute premier location. Because of the many trails and amazing mountains, Ecuador is the home of mountain biking areas that have very challenging terrain.
15. Whistler, Canada
Whistler really does not need an introduction. It is widely considered as one of the best destinations in the world for mountain biking. Positioned along the beautiful coast mountains of British Columbia, it has over 120 miles of bike trails. During the ski season, many of these trails can be accessed by chair lifts. The Whistler Bike Park has over 50 runs all way-marked. These trails vary in their design and complexity. The trails have been designed for beginners, all the way through those with more experience. There are even coaching courses for those who wish to learn or just brush up on their skills. The Bike Park has a great deal more to offer than just trails, so be sure to explore other areas, or hire a guide to help you with your visit so you do not miss any of the beauty and adventure the area has to offer.