June 21, 2016 at 6:50 am #191216
Which European countries and places have you been visited recently and what are your thoughts about it? Are you more into trekking, allmountain, downhill? What kind of biking do you prefer?
My favorite riding spot so far… Big mountain, Slovenia
June 21, 2016 at 10:29 am #191223
I live in Scotland so most of my riding is done here or in Northern England; a mix of trail centres and natural trails, mainly Enduro type riding because the terrain we have leans that way.
Morzine in the French Alps is pretty good for DH with km after km of gondola and ski-lift serviced descents. Easy to get to from Geneva airport and most of the local guiding companies do transfers.
Kitzbühel is a brilliant free-ride/AM destination in the Austrian Tyrol, a little to difficult to get to as there aren’t really any local airports but it is well worth the journey.
June 21, 2016 at 4:04 pm #191267
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.
Slovenia looks positively gorgeous!
June 21, 2016 at 5:02 pm #191276
Slovenia is a gem of Europe. A paradise for mountain bikers and all other nature lovers. It is also the cheapest among other European countries.
June 24, 2016 at 7:39 pm #191567
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
May 23, 2018 at 2:18 am #240682
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! 🙂
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