Here’s a look at eight exceptional mountain biking destinations that are guaranteed to give you an adrenaline rush.
Are your calves feeling antsy? It’s time to get on your VTT and see the world! Musement takes a look at eight destinations around the world that are great for mountain biking.
1. Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Throughout the year, Whistler is a hub for all types of outdoor sports. In winter, the snow that generously covers the two mountains makes it the perfect destination for skiers and snowboarders. Once the weather starts to warm up, Whistler becomes a paradise for hikers and mountain bikers with more than 70 “bike park” tracks.
2. Finale Ligure, Italy
Just 62 miles from Nice and 31 miles from Genoa, Finale Ligure is an ideal spot for mountain bikers from all over the world. The exceptional setting features mountains on the edge of the Mediterranean offering trails suitable for all levels. Some itineraries cross small towns nestled into the hillside, allowing you to enjoy countless descents to the sea or to explore paths in the heart of wild nature.
3. Vermont, United States
Vermont is a nature lover’s paradise. This tiny agricultural New England state advocates the environmental preservation and local consumption. Local shops are preferred over large distribution supermarkets, which still have not put roots down here. If the winter’s heavy snowfalls make Vermont an interesting destination for skiing or snowboarding, then it should be discovered by mountain bike the rest of the year, especially in autumn when the colorful foliage is literally breathtaking. Be sure to visit a local maple syrup farm or a craft beer brewery.
4. Sardinia, Italy
With wild nature, breathtaking landscapes, the turquoise sea and incredible local gastronomy, Sardinia is a dream. The steep itineraries on limestone seaside cliffs, mountain ranges with wild high plateaus, paradisiacal beaches and hidden coves will make your escapade unforgettable.
5. The Fjords of Norway
Norway also offers exceptional landscapes and daring descents where freeriding is a real pleasure. In fact, it is even possible to take the ski lift to some trails during the summer. The beauty of the landscapes and the grandiose nature will make you forget the difficulty of the effort in getting there.
6. The Andes of Peru
Lake Titicaca, the Andes mountain range, the pampa, the alpacas, Machu Picchu and the Inca remains make Peru a particularly interesting destination for mountain bikers. A mountain bike tour in Peru satisfies your thirst for discovery and provides a feeling of freedom as well as quite an adrenaline high.
7. Dachstein Tour, Austria
The Dachstein, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a very popular spot and recognized as one of the world’s best mountain bike routes. This three-day, 112-mile tour runs through three Austrian provinces: Salzburgerland, Upper Austria and Styria. The peaceful and relaxing nature is replete with enchanting landscapes.
Dachstein, Styria, Austria
8. North Shore, British Columbia, Canada
With routes specially designed for mountain bikes–which make the itineraries even more fun– British Columbia is a dream destination for mountain bikers. This impressive travel destination is outfitted with accommodations, shuttles, information centers, specialized shops, is north of Vancouver. North Shore offers a wide choice of routes, mountain trails in an exceptional setting at the foot of gigantic trees.