Freeride Expedition to Erciyes Bikepark and Cappadocia

Jan 8, 2017 at 0:30
Jan 8, 2017
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Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia

So here we are in Turkey. First time for most of us, in quite unusual scenery for the tourists. Most of them rather prefer crowded streets of Istambul or the warm beaches of Antalya.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia

But this is the iconic Erciyes Mountain, a 3906 meter, old volcano in the south central of the country. The biggest Turkish ski resort - Erciyes Kayak Merkezi seems like a really good place to be in the winter time.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia

So why don't we use it in the summer season? That was the Emrah Ozbay's (bald beardy man on the right) idea to bring Erciyes Bikepark to the map and this is what he actually did last fall.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia

And here we go with a little test of Turkish tastes in a bikepark located over 2100 meters above sea level. Nine riders with different backgrounds from four countries, 12 bikes, seven GoPro's, two drones, three cameras and two VW Amaroks. Let the good times roll!

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
This crash may look good from the drone angle.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
Express VW Amarok shuttles were quite useful at the jump line.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
But yet too slow to beat some of the guys going down.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
Two lines going down the Erciyes hill contain some different features like those tiny off-the-rock jumps with a little pop.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
...or wooden constructions, which you can boost with style for miles like Kraja.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
Dusty volcanic dirt in here is way different than a typical European mountain.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
What goes up...

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
...must come down. That's what they say. It is always better to drop an avalanche of old TV sized rocks before your run than during it.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
Just to go for a proper ride down the volcanic ridge at 3400 meters.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
Or to make some other ideas happen, like this wooden mini jump brought to 3100 meters above sea level for one single picture.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
Riding down the hill may also bring some good memories just before leaving to another spot which some may say is another planet.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
Welcome to planet Cappadocia!

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
Some also say that those pictures with balloons over Cappadocia are fake stock photos...
Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
...upside down

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia

..but here is a proof that they're not stock. However, all the expedition members confirm that watching the sunrise over those incredible natural sculptures from a balloon deck was one of the best views in our lives.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
Then you need to touch the ground, change the point of view to the only proper one and find the correct lines for a ride.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
Lovely angles gave us places to have fun.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
It is good to have some free time on a trip to take postcard shots for the family.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
...or for the girls.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
But sometimes you need to think a while..

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
...before droppin in.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
Over hour of hiking up the highest hill in the hood..

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
..brought us to some natural features like this drop,

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
or that concrete pumptrack going down the hill between rocks.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
One thought came to mind for all of us while the expedition was coming to an end.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
None of us expected to be a part of such a pure 'Kranked-style' trip while watching the first VHS tapes dozen years ago.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
But we did it, we want more and all of you can join us.

Freeride Expedition - Erciyes Bikepark amp Cappadocia
Thank you, Turkey and see you again in spring.

Still not enough? Here it is - compressed action pack in GoPro edit!
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Video: twosix.pl
Music: Fertile Hump
Photography: staronphoto.com


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50 Comments

  • + 47
 I'm very happy to see first bike park openning here in Turkey. Hope it will encourge the younger generations to ride a mountain-bike.
  • + 22
 we did our best =) for turkish people.. pls go and ride there..
  • + 3
 Amazing Natural Terrain!! Looks like something out of a old Star Trek episode-
  • + 2
 I've been to Cappadocia to ride...it's other worldly. Fun times.
  • + 19
 The world is full of wonderful places! Awesomeness!
  • + 13
 Such a great place to ride!! Reminded me of Kranked III with the fro riders!
  • + 11
 Its first gravity park in my country.. I feel honor after seen this.. Its so important to grove bike market in turkey..
  • + 6
 ...well, by the sheer looks of it and without touching the actual dirt, if we ever run out of fresh locations for Rampage in Utah, this seems to be a very close second and not as remote as the Chinese Western desert, just sayin'... Smile
  • + 9
 Erciyes Bikepark is amazing, I will be there soon Smile Cappadocia is awesome place, like a natural bikepark Smile Good job !
  • + 5
 Istanbul is very pretty ad Antalya is lovely too, but Cappadocia is definitely my favorite place in Turkey! so beautiful! All those amazing sunsets, and the magnificent old sandstone features with all the houses and passsageways carved into them are so cool!
  • + 5
 Emrah is one of the most hard-working and dedicated guys I have seen among mountain bikers. Happy to see his dream came true in very short time and hope his efforts will pay off soon. I kindly encourage all pinkbike community to put Cappadocia in their agenda for next summer, enjoy one of its kind place in the world and help the park grow.
  • + 2
 Heya Imdizdar, thx for your all kind words.. ım honored to serve my country and all riders.. building is my life, now! And I hope I will be make most spesific and different trail in my life time.. And my vision, want to show all Turkey to global riders and bring them here.. Smile pls come and ride with us...
  • + 7
 I want to be there again =)
  • + 2
 Cappadocia and Erciyes are some of the funnest places I have ever skied and ridden bikes. I have some of my best memories in this area. It's been awhile since I was living near there and it was really good to see all those memories brought back from this video.
  • + 7
 That looks awesome!!!!
  • + 4
 so amazing place for ride... all volcanic place to much challange for riders.. I hope much more riders will some and test in our country..
  • + 6
 Cappadocia is truly a natural playground.
  • + 4
 ıts very special place for freeride.. but u need to find perfect spot in there.. Its so hard to doo..
  • + 5
 A great and yet unique example of what can be done, to build the one and only bike park in the country. Way to go!
  • + 3
 I visited Cappadocia a few years ago and it's truly amazing; like being on another planet when you get away from the towns. Shame I didn't have my bike with me at the time. Hopefully I'll make it back some time.
  • + 1
 Erciyes and cappadocia is brother city like 50km far each.. when u come kayseri, u can visit all of themm..
  • + 2
 This would not only be so banned if this were here in the land of the "free", you'd have rangers who would at the very least have a 9mm or .45 sidearm drawn and arresting you, if not worse.

Ride it while you can!
  • + 2
 Awesome! Cappadocia is such a mind-blowing place. Just please keep the riding to the park and developed trails and don't shred the irreplaceable cultural and geological wonders.
  • + 1
 I love riding in Cappadoccia, I was there for 3 days, but only had a bike for one, but did over 40km that day, every descent fun single track! If I went back, I'd go from the top of Love Valley, down through White Valley. Some great trails.
  • + 2
 Turkey is so rad! I hope they keep sharing this content. Perfect mix of exotic and technical terrain. Awesome edits on the vids too.
  • + 3
 One of the better movies i've seen in a while... gives off that crew having fun vibe...
  • + 2
 Hey, @pinkbike! You could've been more generous with the photos on this article. They are great, but too small. Too bad... Frown
  • + 3
 What is the song for the GoPro video edit - it is awesome!
  • + 2
 @emrahozbay: thank you!
  • + 1
 @Ricardo-Sa: always ????????
  • + 2
 Erciyes is currently all under snow, right?
When will the snow melt, when is the 1st opportunity to come and ride this parl?
  • + 1
 After april.. snow will be gone (: then it will be ready...
  • + 2
 Free ride lives. Wicked pics BTW.
  • + 2
 Great article, magnificent photography Smile
  • + 2
 wow. That is awsome!!!!!!
  • + 3
 Looks like a good time!
  • + 2
 For everyone (: I hope we will ride with much more global riders
  • + 2
 this place looks amazing to ride
  • + 3
 Soo goood
  • + 1
 this place is absolutely breathtaking.
  • + 1
 I can't wait to ride there next season!
  • + 2
 Good job dude !
  • + 1
 Thx mate (: its for us and for all turkish riders
  • + 1
 Phenomenal. Thankfully gravity logic did not build those trails....
  • + 1
 have you seen something falling from the sky in 3:02 ?
  • + 1
 Fertile Hump. That could be life changing.
  • + 1
 That's awesome buddy
  • + 1
 Awesome!
  • + 1
 Amazing trip!

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