Gothenburg, Sweden offers a perfect mix of XC and AM mountain biking near the city. The enormous trail network of several hundred kilometers is the result of arduous mountain biking discovery and joyful exploration. Many of the demanding trails require technical skill and will challenge you with fantastic riding.
There are 10 main areas for mountain biking in Gothenburg, and in this photo essay we have covered five of them. Each area has a huge trail network, and some of them would require weeks of exploration.
Norra Långvattnet, Mölndal, Sweden
Norra Långvattnet. This is where you’ll find one of Gothenburg’s most diverse trail networks. Personally, I think the trail that winds its way around the lake is the most fun. It’s chunky and undulating, so don’t get carried away enjoying the view across the lake or you may end up in the drink.
You can ride to Norra Långvattnet from almost anywhere in Gothenburg since the majority of the trails are interlaced–and that’s what makes the riding so nice. No need to sit in traffic to get to these trails.
The Delsjö area, Gothenburg, Sweden
The Delsjö area is the mountain biking hub in Göteborg–it’s centrally located and very diverse. Just 10 minutes from the city center and you’ll find yourself in a fantastic trail network suitable for all skill levels. There are more lakes in this area than any other and there are trails running around each of them in all directions. Most of the trails are unmarked, so to get the most out of it, it’s best to pedal with a local. There are no proper mountains in Gothenburg, but the terrain is so undulating that it’ll wear you out. Some sections are so technical that they seem impossible at first look–strength and technique are required; this is trail riding at its finest!
The Kåsjö area, Partille, Sweden
The Kåsjö area is Delsjön’s bonus level. The trails are similar, but here they are longer and have more flow. There are lots of lakes here too. We don’t count sheep to fall asleep in Gothenburg, we count lakes. The trail around Kåsjön itself is one of the most technical in Gothenburg. It’s about 10km long and is the place to be if you are seeking a true challenge.
Sandsjöbacka, Kungsbacka, Sweden
Along the rolling plains of Sandsjöbacka you’ll pass curious cows and sheep, fields of black berries, and fantastic forests. As is always the case in the Gothenburg area, you’ll be close to a lake, this one known as Sandsjön. There is a broad spectrum of trails here, sure to suit all types of riders. I guide an Extreme Ride the first Saturday of each May, where we ride about 100km over 12 hours. When we reach Sandsjöbacka the sun has started to illuminate the landscape and the fatigue has started to set in after a whole day in the saddle. In spite of the fatigue, it’s magical to ride through this unique landscape.
The Slickrocks area, Mölndal, Sweden
The Slickrocks are totally unique. When the glaciers receded 12,000 years ago, they left the outcroppings we ride today. Riding the rocks is fast and guaranteed fun! It’s a favorite spot for many–suitable for both beginners and experienced riders. There are are spots along the cliffs that give breathtaking views of large portions of Gothenburg. In addition to Slickrocks itself, which is about 10km, the area offers loads more trails.
Psst–there’re lots of lakes here too.
For more information about Gothenburg mountain biking, be sure to check out Greg’s article, “Gothenburg, Sweden’s Maze of Singletrack Is a Technical Mountain Biking Playground,” and HillsideCycling.com.