Mountain biking is becoming increasingly popular particularly in terms of adventure holidays. Many ski resorts turn into mountain biking destinations in the summer once all the snow has melted and make some great trails for mountain bikers looking for a thrill. Mountain bikes can be hired along with all the safety equipment such as helmets and pads at most resorts so you can pack your bag and head straight there without worrying about transporting your own. We have researched the best mountain biking destinations worldwide and come up with a list of the top 5 to help you decide where to get your adrenalin pumping this year!
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5. Manly Dam, Sydney
Somewhere we like to think of as a bit of hidden gem of mountain biking. Although not greatly known worldwide the Manly Dam Trail is one of Sydney’s best mountain biking routes for all abilities. Over 20km of trail set in the bush offering one of the most exhilarating routes including downhill sections, rocks, steps and ladder bridges as well as spectacular views of the peninsula.
4. Breckenridge, Colorado
The western US state of Colorado provides the perfect location for mountain biking and with so many spots to choose from we were hard pushed to pick just one to feature. Breckenridge has 53 trails with around 672 miles of track for mountain bikers to push themselves to the limit on. The Peaks Trail comes highly recommended from many mountain bikers as the best in the area so well worth checking out!
3. Whistler, Canada
Typically, a ski resort, this is where you find some of the best ski come mountain biking tracks in the world. Located in the coast mountains of British Columbia is 120 miles of trail with access made easier to the top by the ski lifts. There is a host of routes differing in difficulty to suit every riders needs and ensure everyone has an incredible trip.
2. Morzine, France
Another ski resort destination which turns into a mountain biking hotspot during summer months. This is a popular location for British bikers with it being so close to home and only a short plane, train or car ride away. Chairlifts, in place for the wealth of winter sport fanatics which flock to the resort every winter, make it easy to navigate around the mountains. All abilities are catered for with runs of differing technicality and there are even coaching courses and lessons which can be taken to brush up your riding skills.
1. Park City, Utah
A feature on most mountain biking lists of dream locations is Park City in the Rocky Mountains of Utah. A favourite of high altitude riders, the 36 trails and 408 miles has some of the most stunning scenery as well as the ultimate network of trails for all abilities. The Prospector Area is considered the best trail system in the area however with so many to choose from we recommend trying a few!