Giba Blue Trail
The Giba Blue Trail in Pinetown, South Africa isn’t quite 20km long, but clearly local mountain bikers are quite passionate about it. The trail is said to include “switchbacks, bridges, [roots], rock, and drop offs,” with many ride-around lines available for less advanced riders. Ann du Plessis says Giba Blue is “such an awesome trail with great climbs; amazing, flowing descents; and some fun technical sections.”
Kinnekulle Trail System
Located in the western half of Sweden, the Kinnekulle Trail System boasts 45km of scenic, cross-country mountain bike trails. Not only that, Kinnekulle is one of the highest points in the region, offering some of the best opportunities for climbing and descending in the area. Leo Ranta, whose tour company Hillside Cycling offers guided tours and transportation to Kinnekulle, tells us “the trail is well-suited for beginners, since it’s not too technical and difficult.”
Switzerland is renowned as the epicenter of the Alps, with epic mountain peaks in seemingly every direction. With that in mind, there are no end of epic rides in this landlocked and mountain-rich country, but here’s one that you can’t go wrong with:
The Welschtobel Valley trail is on one of the GPS tours that originates in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, passing through the town of Arosa. You can easily download the GPS track from either Singletracks or the Lenzerheide website, buy a couple of lift passes for the three different lift rides, and access this epic backcountry descent. While perhaps not as well known as the Biketicket 2 Ride GPS tour in the same area, the Welschtobel valley is unparalleled–incredible mountain views, gnarly singletrack, all located along a rushing mountain river. Singletracks Editor in Chief Greg Heil says, “not only is Welschtobel the best trail that I rode when visiting Lenzerheide, but it is hands-down one of the most visually-stunning locations I’ve ever seen in my life. But the quality of the singletrack backs it up, too–the descent is worth flying around the world for.”
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