Mountain Biking

Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Mountain biking in France

Mountain biking in France

Imagine yourself whizzing down a dirt trail with the wind whistling past your ears as you turn from the right to the left jumping over logs and rocks that would try to slow you down. You’re not sure what could be around the next bend so you’ve got to stay focused.

As you scan the obstacles in front of you, split-second decisions must be made one after the other.

It’s almost like a video game, but the adrenaline and the toll on your body are very real.

When the ride is done and you come to a stop you may be out of breathe, and you’re muscles may be burning, but you’ve just had the ride of your life, and you can’t wait to share this adventure with family and friends.

Now that’s a mountain biking story just waiting to be told.

As far as adventure travel sports go, mountain biking continues to grow in popularity. And if this is something you enjoy doing at home you should definitely think about taking it on the road.

Why not turn your mountain biking adventures into overseas experiences where you can explore and discover a different culture, and see how others from around the world attack a challenging course?

You might learn some new tricks and techniques that will help you turn your skill set up a notch or two.

Risk Factor
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I don’t think I’ve met any mountain biker that hasn’t had their share of bumps and bruises. If you’re passionate about this sport chances are you’re going push the limits from time to time and take a tumble. It’s part of the deal.

You can certainly stick to the low-risk trails and courses, but once you start to step it up with the degree of difficulty you’re going to increase the odds of getting some injuries. Especially if you progress to the more dangerous activities like downhill biking.

Make sure you wear all of the protective gear available to you, especially a helmet. Showing a little wisdom here will save you a lot of unnecessary pain and greatly reduce the risk of serious injury.

If you have a low tolerance for pain or discomfort, find another sport. There’s no whining or crying allowed on mountain biking.

Skill & Physical Factors
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There is a wide range to choose from when it comes to the difficulty of courses for mountain biking. Some are easy, and some would challenge the best riders in this sport. So, that means you can find a course perfectly suited for you.

This is a sport that requires some skills, and the more challenging the course, the more skills you’ll need with a higher level of proficiency to go with them.

To begin with, you’ll need a good sense of balance. After that you must develop solid bike handling skills for a variety of situations. You should also learn how to deal with mechanical issues for your bike.

Fitness is a big factor for mountain biking. You need to have good cardio, strong legs and good core strength because fatigue is a significant issue for safety. Riding on a bumpy course when you’re tired can lead to accidents, so get yourself in good shape before trying a run that’s going to challenge your bike handling skills.

Fun Factor
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Mountain biking adventures can take many forms. Most of them fall into the trail riding categories, but there are other types that may interest you, and they all add to the fun factor.

Cross country mountain biking tours are popular, but if you like more thrills you can try dirt jumping, downhill or a freeride. Or, you can mix them up.

Mountain biking really gets fun when you take it international where you can experience the sport from a different perspective.

However, whether at home or abroad, there’s a rush of adrenaline around every corner, and mountain biking is a great way to stay in shape while having a lot of fun in the great outdoors.

Popular places for mountain biking

If you’re looking for great places to take a mountain biking vacation, start by checking out some of the destinations below. Travel and adventure opportunities for this sport abound on all continents, so this short list is just a beginning for you.

  • Anywhere in Ecuador
  • Asheville, North Carolina, USA
  • Chamonix, France
  • Coed Llandegla, North Wales, UK
  • East Burke, Vermont, USA
  • Fort William, Scotland
  • Fruita, Colorado, USA
  • Glentress, Scotland
  • Les Deux Alpes, France
  • Park City, Utah, USA
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
  • Rossland, Canada
  • Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Saalbach, Austria
  • Santa Cruz, California, USA
  • Sedona, Arizona, USA
  • Slickrock Trail, Utah, USA
  • Swinley Forest, Berkshire, UK
  • The Garfagnana region, Tuscany, Italy
  • Tucson, Arizona, USA
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