I just returned from a couple weeks in Europe. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to ride (part of the trip was work and part was vacation with my wife), but I’m dying to go back and ride. I’m particularly jazzed about mounting up in the Dolomites (Northern Italy) or the Julian Alps (Slovenia), but I’m sure I’d also be pretty happy with some of the riding in Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland or Austria. I love all mountain/enduro and trail riding.
Amazing how no one mentions Spain, the 2nd more mountainous country in Europe only after Switzerland. You have Pirineos, Sierra Nevada, Sierra Bética, Picos de Europa, hell of a lot of places to ride. I’m living now in Dominican Rep. due to work relocation, but I usually live in Mallorca and Málaga. Both places have tons of trails to ride, technical, rocky, flowy trails, all kind of them. Catalunya is also known as a popular mtb destination as it is near to southern Pirineos and Andorra. And don’t forget the known Ainsa destination, not far from Huesca and Andorra too. Past year the Enduro World Series celebrated one of its races in Ainsa.
Andorra: you have Vallnord, one of the most visited bikepark, were one of the DH world cup races takes place each year, maintained by the legendary rider Cedric Gracia
The Alps (France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland): Morzine, Les Gets, Alp d’Huez, Les Deux Alpes, all known alpine bikeparks…should I continue? have you heard about the MegaAvalanche Alp d’Huez? or Mountain of Hell?
Italy: lake Garda surroundings, La Thuile (usual EWS race location) and lot more
….add each european country you want, all have tons of places to ride, enduro, all mountain, DH, mention it, you have it
I come from <Slovenia, a small country and mountain biking is farely new thing here but the whole country is just pure nature, with 65% of the country being forests and we have a lot of mountains, especially the Julian Alps and Karavanken mountain range to Karst and seaside region to Panonic plains. We have quite some bike parks like Kranjska Gora, Krvavec, Vogel, Rogla, Maribor Pohorje, Cerkno etc and really endless natural trails in the countryside, you just have to ride outside the cities and towns for mere minutes. Personally I never go to bikeparks, I enjoy too much in the countryside wich is the most of the country. We even have slovenian bike trail wich extend all over the country total lengh of 1900 km, devided into 41 shorter one day trails and you can still take side tracks and go to the other mountains that aren’t on this trail plan. Just pure nature! 🙂 http://pzs.si/ktk/wpstkp/en/