The Lares Trail

The Lares Trail in Peru is typically ridden as a shuttle route, since the starting elevation sits all the way up at 14,500 feet above sea level. Mike Brcic from Sacred Rides says, “it’s often cold and drizzly at this high altitude, where there is little vegetation, and most people find themselves short of breath.” However, “the climate quickly improves and the oxygen gets more plentiful as you descend, passing through spectacular Andes landscapes and Inca villages and dropping almost 5,000 vertical feet over 13 miles.” Sacred Rides offers a guided ride of the Lares Trail as a part of their Inca Adventure Downhill and All Mountain trips.

Inca Avalanche DH

Located within the same region as the Lares Trail near the town of Ollantaytambo, the Inca Avalanche DH route starts at an elevation of almost 16,000 feet and drops nearly 6,000 feet along the way. Top riders, like those competing during the annual Inca Avalanche Trail Festival, have been known to complete the entire run in under 25 minutes.



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With nearly 100km of trails claimed to exist in the Timberland network, it’s no wonder some call this the capital of mountain biking in the Philippines. Timberland is one of the few places riders can find purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Philippines, and the venue regularly hosts races and mountain bike events.


El Gallinero

photo: TrackMTB

photo: TrackMTB

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Nathan Powell, a guide with TrackMTB in Spain, tells us the Lost Valley of Benasque, located in northern Spain, is an “Enduro heaven [offering] breathtaking landscapes, as well as jaw-dropping technical treats.” And for travelers visiting this zone, the 30km El Gallinero route is not to be missed. Nathan says, “you’ll find everything on this trail, from high alpine plains, fast flowy singletrack, hairy technical sections, and woody dirt goodness.” Visitors can experience El Gallinero and some of the other excellent Benasque area trails as a part of TrackMTB’s Big Mountains Pyrenees Trip or MTBDreams’ Enduro Tour Pyrenees.

Next up: South Africa, Sweden, and Switzerland.

# Comments

  • el Iron

    On Mexico, near Mexico City is the trail… Nevado-Valle an epic trail. From a Volcano Nevado de Toluca to the nice little town of Valle de Bravo, a great place to practise MTB and expend a few days

  • ridemtb2004

    Stromberg flowtrail in germany is an absolute must ride. Between the wild hog and the no jokes trails there is something to challenge everybody

  • saranat

    Inforgivenl! You forgot Portugal. It may be a small country, but with lots of tracks for mountain bike, for all kind of users.
    There are beautiful tracks in Arrabida and Sintra, next to Lisbon, and several other mountains were you can still ride freely.
    There are also some bike centers that are responsible for over 42 tracks with 1472 kms of well maintained tracks.

  • s.dolcerocca

    I know that France is already in the article, but you’ve forgotten the Cradle of Enduro: The Maritime Alps, with Epic trails such as Red Earth , Chamoussillon, Col des Champs…. and many many more!

    Have a nice Ride

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