Top 5 Places for Mountain Biking
By Kylie G.
There’s speculation about what the best mountain bike destination in the world is, so here are the top 5.
Everyone seems to have their own opinions about what the best mountain bike destinations are. However, they all agree on a few, and here they are: Alps, France; Whistler, Canada; Park City, Utah; Rotorua, New Zealand; Finale Ligure, Italy. These were picked due to their terrain, destination, and difficulty.
Alps, France happens to be the most common destination for British cyclists. It’s easy to access from the UK, and has multiple trails for different styles of riding such as downhill to all-mountain. There is a system of chairlifts that makes the exploration of the mountain easy since no one has to climb up the mountain. The center of the festivities would be Morzine, you can find dozens of chairlifts operating, large groups of riders all summer, and lots of bike-friendly accommodation.
Whistler, Canada is widely considered to be one of the absolute best mountain bike destinations in the world. You can find this beautiful mountain filled with amazing trails located in the coastal mountains of British Columbia. You can find 120 miles worth of wonderful trails for every difficulty and skill level that can be accessed by chairlifts. Inside the bike park there’s 50+ trails that are marked that vary in technicality and difficulty, everything from beginners to experts. There are coaching courses in case any of the riders wanted to fix their technique or brush up on their skills. Whistler is also home to the final event in Crankworx, the biggest mountain bike event in the world.
Park City, Utah sits on the western edge of the dangerous Rocky Mountains. Not only does Park City offer scenery that can take your breath away, it also offers some of the best mountain bike trails in the world. If you like high altitude riding, you’ll enjoy Park City since it sits at 2,2100m and the trails go a couple of thousand meters higher. These trails have some of the best technical singletrack you can find in the world. There’s a large network of trails and they’re all marked well so you can find them easily, so you have more time to ride rather than being lost. All skill levels will be able to enjoy these trails since they cater to everyone’s level of skill and ability.
Rotorua, New Zealand was placed on the map when it hosted the 2006 world championships. It has been described as one of the hottest places to ride. It has a very impressive claim for the title of the “best trails in the world.” It has a network of over 100km of trails built in the Whakarewarewa Forest, which also coincide as the oldest trails in the country. It can be described as a rich playground of trails that are featured in lush surrounding.
Finale Ligure, Italy this Mediterranean resort is one of the best known riding spots in the 5 I’ve listed, it sits comfortably next to the top ones and remains to keep the others on their toes for the number one spot. It’s as easy to access as the French Alps and has a great network of trails resting on the hills near the coast. The highest hill tops out at 1,400m, it can’t compete with the sheer altitude of other places. However, what it lacks in altitude, it makes up for with the flowy, stunning trails. There are no chairlifts however, but there are companies that can run shuttle services. The average bike that it can suit ranges from 120mm to 160mm, so the crop of lightweight trail to all-mountain bikes makes the perfect choice for your ride. The trails are carved straight out of the earth, very natural, full of roots and rocks, and it can get very tight and twisty in places.