Earlier this summer time we requested Singletracks readers to appoint their favourite mountain bike vacation spot and we obtained over a thousand nice responses. Whereas most Singletracks readers are in the USA, virtually 40% dwell and journey outdoors the USA, and we’re stoked to get your suggestions for the perfect international mountain bike locations to go to. Most of the high nominations are well-known already due to worldwide UCI and EWS competitions, whereas others are merely nice locations to journey due to an abundance of top of the range trails.
I’ve grouped these mountain bike locations by area, or you should use the next hyperlinks to leap forward on the record. Honorable mentions are included as nicely, so control these up and coming locations or go to them as a substitute to keep away from the crowds.
- Derby, Tasmania, Australia
- Fernie, British Columbia, Canada
- Finale Ligure, Italy
- Morzine / Les Will get, France
- Quebec Metropolis, Quebec, Canada
- Rotorua, New Zealand
- Stellenbosch, South Africa
- Tweed Valley, Scotland, UK
- Whistler and Squamish, British Columbia, Canada
North American mountain bike locations
Along with the next Canadian MTB locations, you should definitely take a look at the perfect mountain bike locations within the USA, revealed earlier this 12 months.
Whistler, British Columbia
If one have been to select the perfect place on the planet for mountain biking, it’s virtually actually Whistler, significantly if we increase the world to incorporate Squamish which is positioned about 60km (37mi) away. The Whistler Bike Park is world-class and units the requirements for path design and development that bike parks across the globe search to emulate. The park itself is huge and mountain bikers can simply spend a complete journey on the bike park alone. However that’s simply the beginning.
The pure trails within the surrounding space function every thing from loam to slabs, and vary from darkish and ferny forest romps to excessive alpine traverses. It looks as if half of the mountain bike edits that come out yearly are filmed on this comparatively small space, and with numerous professionals and trade of us calling the Squamish / Whistler space dwelling, the mountain bike neighborhood right here is robust. Plan your go to for summer time to expertise the complete number of trails.
Québec Metropolis, Québec
To be clear, Québec Metropolis isn’t precisely a mountain bike vacation spot. Sure, there are a number of trails accessible from the town, however the true attraction are two main driving areas, every inside about an hour’s drive of the town middle.
Mont Sainte-Anne is a resort space that’s hosted World Cup XC and DH races for greater than 20 years. The lift-served downhill trails are amongst a few of the most difficult within the nation, although there’s undoubtedly one thing for everybody from weekend warriors to professionals. The realm additionally options loads of pedal-friendly XC and path rides to discover underneath your personal energy.
Heading northwest from Québec Metropolis, riders will discover Vallée Bras-du-Nord, dwelling to an enormous, 110km community of principally pure singletrack trails by way of the forest. Gravity riders will discover nice driving right here as nicely with trails like Godzilla, and the Crankworx Summer season Sequence Canada lately hosted their Air DH competitors at Vallée Bras-du-Nord.
One nice method to expertise the driving within the space is to join the Québec Singletrack Expertise stage race held in the summertime every year. Based mostly out of the town middle, riders expertise six of the perfect path routes over the course of six days.
Fernie, British Columbia
Fernie isn’t actually positioned close to something (it’s a 2-hour drive from Kalispell and a 3-hour drive from Calgary), which is a part of what makes it such a real and nice mountain bike vacation spot. This traditional mountain city offers riders entry to lift-served trails at Fernie Mountain Resort, and likewise 100 plus miles of singletrack spreading in each route. The unimaginable alpine surroundings is as a lot a draw as the paths themselves with the Canadian Rockies hovering concerning the city. Like Whistler, Fernie is greatest skilled in summer time months, although in shoulder season riders can discover much more solace.
Dawson Metropolis within the Yukon Territory of Canada continues to develop in reputation with mountain bikers. Cumberland, British Columbia is one other under-the-radar vacation spot that’s been a preferred cease on previous BC Bike Race occasions. Golden, Revelstoke, and Kelowna are additionally fashionable BC mountain bike locations, and the Banff / Canmore space in Alberta options limitless miles of high quality singletrack for path driving whereas serving because the official begin of the unofficial Tour Divide bikepacking race every year.
Just a few spots in Mexico are starting to emerge as mountain bike locations as nicely, together with elements of Baja and within the state of Oaxaca.
European mountain bike locations
Finale Ligure, Italy
Finale Ligure, Italy is considerably distinctive amongst international mountain bike locations as a result of there’s no snow snowboarding there in winter. Basic mountain bike locations are typically mountain cities, however Finale Ligure is each steep and beachy, with driving obtainable 12 months spherical. Gerow describes Finale as “Whistler-by-the-sea” and with so many high quality trails to select from, it’s straightforward to see why.
Mountain bikers are seemingly aware of Finale from current Enduro World Sequence competitions there, and the native mountain bike neighborhood is lively in constructing and sustaining trails for everybody to journey. There are seemingly limitless shuttle choices and pedal-friendly loops within the area providing unimaginable wide-ranging views and quick, tree-covered sections alike.
Tweed Valley, Scotland
The UK is full of nice mountain bike path networks and path facilities, and the Tweed Valley in Scotland stands out for getting access to two of the perfect, Glentress and Innerleithen. Singletracks readers report that Glentress is among the better of the 7 Stanes path facilities, and the Spooky Wooden descent is alleged to be a should journey. As a path middle, Glentress has dozens of miles of trails to discover, rated for newbies to consultants.
Innerleithen is positioned southeast of Glentress and is one other fashionable 7 Stanes journey middle. Riders will discover shuttle service at Innerleithen, together with spectacular views and well-maintained trails. Innerleithen is thought for a few of the greatest downhill driving within the nation, and there are additionally nice XC routes as nicely. The city of Innerleithen makes for an important base to go to the Tweed Valley.
Morzine / Let Will get, France
The city of Morzine, France sits smack dab in the midst of the French Alps, providing a few of the greatest mountain biking on the Continent. Regardless of being such a preferred mountain bike vacation spot, riders want solely pedal out a couple of minutes to have the paths all to themselves. Many come to journey the lift-served, resort-style trails however there’s additionally a large community of backcountry trails to discover too.
Among the best identified routes within the space is the Grand Tour Portes du Soleil which hyperlinks collectively a couple of dozen resorts. The Morzine Valley is a daily cease on the UCI World Cup mountain bike tour, internet hosting each DH and XC races.
The Tyrol area in Austria is a should go to for mountain bike vacationers due to the numerous bike parks and the 1,000km-long Bike Path Tirol, which circumnavigates the world and is alleged to be the longest mountain bike path within the Alps. Ainsa, Spain is positioned within the Spanish Pyrenees and has dozens of miles of trails to discover. Lenzerheide, Switzerland and Vallnord, Andorra each supply world-class bike parks and are frequent World Cup mountain bike tour stops. Afan Forest Park in Wales, UK is among the high MTB locations within the nation and contains a bike park together with dozens of miles of pure singletrack trails.
Australia / New Zealand mountain bike locations
Over the previous a number of years there’s been a concerted effort to construct mountain bike trails and infrastructure across the city of Derby, Tasmania, and the trouble is clearly paying off. The Enduro World Sequence is making its second cease of the 2023 world tour there, and the native authorities continues to pour funding into selling MTB tourism. Like many mountain bike locations across the globe, Derby is transitioning away from an extractive economic system based mostly on logging to at least one based mostly on out of doors recreation.
Nearly the entire greatest driving could be present in an space referred to as Blue Derby, with 125km of trails snaking by way of the forest. Right here riders can discover shuttle providers, bike leases, and tenting among the many sprawling purpose-built path community.
Rotorua, New Zealand
Rotorua, New Zealand could also be in a category all its personal so far as mountain bike tourism goes. Town has hosted world occasions together with the World Cup, EWS, and Crankworx, and in 2021 alone mountain bikers reportedly spent almost $140M NZD within the area. The mountains and volcanic soil make for wonderful driving situations 12 months spherical, and the surroundings is among the many greatest on the earth.
Guests will need to journey the paths in Whaka Forest for positive, and Skyline Gravity Bike Park boasts lift-served terrain that’s bikeable all 12 months lengthy.
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Stellenbosch is a bit Jekyll and Hyde as a mountain bike vacation spot, identified for internet hosting each World Cup cross nation racing and the Darkfest freeride competitors. It’s positioned lower than an hour east of Cape City, making it simply accessible for worldwide guests and native riders alike. The Jonkershoek path community is among the hottest locations to begin, providing 20km of scenic and rugged singletrack.
Asia and South America
Indubitably there are nice locations to journey in Asia and South America, although we didn’t obtain sufficient nominations to make any definitive alternatives. Through the years our employees and freelance writers have lined driving in a number of places together with:
Manizales, Colombia has hosted EWS racing, and Petrópolis, Brazil lately hosted a World Cup race on a path system designed partially by Henrique Avancini. We’ll be holding an eye fixed out for rising mountain bike locations in Asia and South America, and welcome ideas and options by way of the feedback beneath.