Video & Photo Epic: Riding in Turkey Looks Like a Fairytale

Sep 28, 2018 at 3:04
by Serkan Yalniz  


CAPPADOCIA DREAMING
The adventure of a lifetime in the middle of Anatolia



Riders: Burak Uzun & Serkan Yalniz
An Adventure Project by Mudfolks


Photography work from Cappadocia Dreaming video project from Turkey 2018. Copyright Mudfolks.


We started the trip with a calm and peaceful night at Seki Cave Hotel, unpacking the bikes in a room which had been carved into the ancient rock formations of Çavuşin. After a good rest, it was time to enjoy the famous terrains with our bikes. We loaded the bikes to our trustworthy Defender and started to explore Cappadocia. It is easy to figure out that the landscape is not the only thing to get lost in. The deep cultural background of the location also embraces you, with ancient caves and churches, friendly local people, tasty wines and delicious cuisine.


Photography work from Cappadocia Dreaming video project from Turkey 2018. Copyright Mudfolks.

Photography work from Cappadocia Dreaming video project from Turkey 2018. Copyright Mudfolks.

Photography work from Cappadocia Dreaming video project from Turkey 2018. Copyright Mudfolks.


Day after day, we became more familiar with the natural terrain and the various shapes of it. Although there is not much of an altitude change in the location since the whole Goreme area is fairly flat, it's not hard to find fast and flowy lines. The trails are generally hard packed and super fast, making it like a bike park riding type an experience, yet some dusty sections to slide on can also be found within valleys.

The Red Valley, which is one of the most recognizable and elevated parts of the Cappadocia, offers the most uninterrupted and long singletracks. The valley also has some great freeriding spots, many of which are closely located to each other. Considering that it took earth thousands of years to shape this beautiful location, it's not legal to do any building and shaping work, but you will hardly find yourself needing to do so. Mother Nature has already created every type of shape you may need.


Photography work from Cappadocia Dreaming video project from Turkey 2018. Copyright Mudfolks.

Photography work from Cappadocia Dreaming video project from Turkey 2018. Copyright Mudfolks.

Photography work from Cappadocia Dreaming video project from Turkey 2018. Copyright Mudfolks.


The routine in Cappadocia is something you dream about it. Getting up very early to see hot air balloons take off, riding alongside them while travelers cheering you when their balloons come close by, spending some time in chilly ancient caves when the sun is hot, then go riding again until it goes dark. Spending the night in the same location is also possible if you have a tent and sleeping bags. You will find yourself amazed by seeing the starry skies brighten up this majestic place. It is definitely​ a dream journey for any mountain bike enthusiast.


Photography work from Cappadocia Dreaming video project from Turkey 2018. Copyright Mudfolks.

Photography work from Cappadocia Dreaming video project from Turkey 2018. Copyright Mudfolks.

Photography work from Cappadocia Dreaming video project from Turkey 2018. Copyright Mudfolks.

Photography work from Cappadocia Dreaming video project from Turkey 2018. Copyright Mudfolks.








31 Comments

  • + 46
 If only political situation was equally dreamlike
  • + 14
 Spent some time here a few years back, and in an amazing place called Ölüdeniz (Google the blue lagoon there, and you'll get the idea!) really cursed the fact I didn't have my bike with me, as every where you looked there was a line that NEEDED wheels on it! place looks epic even without balloons, but with, looks ridiculously good!

The political situ is sucky out there, Mr Erdoğan could do with opening his ears a little more to his people. (much like most political figures should!) however the people of turkey I came across were fantastic hosts, nothing was too much to ask, which when you take in to account there no where near close to a western economy, and money is hard to come by outside the city's, (a situ that isn't improving due to those politics) they do try there hardest to please.
Turkish people are very aware they need tourism to get back on track, as it's one of the few things they really do benefit from locally, money wise. (doesn't hurt when two different cultures meet up either)
This adventure reminds me I must get back out there with the bike this time, and not let the political bullshit get in the way of a good trip.
  • + 5
 Sounds like we were on similar travels...but spaced apart by a few years (15+ for me).

I was able to rent a clapped out MTB in Goreme and ride some of the same ridges as these gents. So many good times!

We too headed down to Oludeniz, camped on the blue lagoon, and hiked/climbed into butterfly valley. The best though was getting away from these spots and into “locals” territory. The people we met were as you say and more. Amazing hosts both generous and welcoming. In 2 years of living on the road, our favorite country/people was Turkey.

Now, my kids are almost old and groomed enough to handle travel in this region. When they are, you can bet we will be back. Political climate or not.
  • + 13
 Is it only me who thinks Cube bikes look really sh*t? I'm sure they're great, they just look so ugly!
  • - 2
 From what I heard they are like they look.
  • + 5
 Lived in Turkey for 4 years (half my family is there). Such an amazing place and seeing these kids of vids makes me want to go back so badly. The political situation is so unfortunate because the Turkish people are amazing hospitable, humble, warm and steeped in culture.
Great to see MTB picking up steam here, I'll be going back with my bike one day for sure!
  • + 3
 Great to see others have had experienced the delights of turkey like me Smile
Been thinking all day about the paragliding off the cliffs at Oludeniz over the blue lagoon. Fu*king A-mazing!!! really doesn't get even slightly close to summing that up! (though a pretty unlucky guy whom did the same jump a few hours later, had his chute fail, and we watched him drop into the water at god knows what altitude, breaking both his legs. did kill the vibe a tad that!)

I get that we live in dangerous times etc. and we all want to keep ourselves and family safe, sensibly so. but .. we as mountain bikers know better then some, that to enjoy living life you gotta take a risk or two in order to get that enjoyment. Unless folk take more leaps of faith regarding places in the world that might not be strictly best buddy's with our powers that be, then the world is going to get that much more dangerous and unstable, as time goes by.

In the words of Lieutenant Hanna (Al Pacino) "you can get killed walking your doggie!"
  • + 3
 Back in the late 90s there was a there was a show on the Outdoor Life Network called "Bike Magazine TV", and one of the episodes showed Brett Tippie, Wade Simmons, and Ritchie Schley riding in Cappadocia. I wish I could find a copy of it because it is one of the coolest mtb videos I've ever seen.
  • + 6
 İşte bu.. süper... I love Turkey.. I love Cappadocia...
  • + 4
 Cool riding! Reminds me of this video from earlier this year:

www.pinkbike.com/news/mark-matthews-cappadocia-turkey.html
  • + 5
 One of the best pieces of content to come out on Pinkbike in a LONG time!!!
  • + 3
 Man, I love Turkey! The people there are fantastic. I went this year un January. Never felt unsafe. Looking forward to come back and bring my bike.
  • + 3
 You can free ride but you can't take a shovel or build ramps. Yep that genuine free riding. Greats that you respect the locals. Exelent photography and cinematography.
  • + 5
 Wonderful scenery, good riding.
  • + 2
 One of the best places on earth to ride a bike!
  • + 3
 Every time i see pictures of riding there I immediately think of Kranked 3 and the Froriders.
  • + 0
 GOV.UK travel advice for Turkey. Just so everyone is aware.

"Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Turkey. Terrorist groups, including Kurdish groups, Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) and far left organisations, continue to plan and carry out attacks. Further attacks could be indiscriminate.

Most terrorist attacks have taken place in the south and east of the country and in Ankara and Istanbul. Attacks are most likely to target the Turkish state, civilians and demonstrations. Nevertheless, it’s likely that some attacks will also target western interests and tourists from western countries, particularly in the major cities."
  • - 4
flag kanasasa (Sep 29, 2018 at 9:50) (Below Threshold)
 Thanks for sharing. I would never leave Canada, so dangerous out there.
  • + 5
 UK travel advisory for USA, just so everyone is aware:
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in the USA. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. You should monitor media reports and remain vigilant at all times.
UK health authorities have classified the United States as having a risk of Zika virus transmission in Florida, Texas (Cameron County and Hidalgo County only)
You should be alert to the dangers of car and street crime. See Safety and Security
  • - 2
 @kanasasa: You know Turkey borders Syria right?
  • - 1
 @jclnv: visited Turkey a couple of times. Close frend of mine who was raised in Vancouver moved to Istanbul a couple of months ago. I'd dare to say I'm quite informed about that country's issues and i wouldn't feel less safe than visiting or neighbors.
  • + 4
 All I can say is that is my dream truck
  • + 4
 Great photos, greating riding , great country, even better people
  • - 1
 Hey guys I I have been riding in this area and it was truly some amazing riding and amazing scenery riding through those valleys and between the fairy towers. Cappadocia is truly an amazing place with great cultural heritage as well. If anybody has any questions about visiting and riding in Turkey please feel free to ask me. I would love to share my insights. The current exchange rate is tremendously favorable.
  • + 1
 Looks like the video will have to do for most of us. I don't see myself going there any time...ever. Looks beautiful and like the riding is fun.
  • + 5
 You should. There are heaps worth discovering in this beautiful world!
  • + 3
 @t1000: sadly, most people are not fortunate enough to afford seeing the heaps around the globe
  • + 3
 I cannot untherstand why you would leave this country?
  • + 1
 With terrain and beauty like that how is this video only 2 minutes!! 30+ seconds of which isn't even riding! Frown
  • + 1
 one of the place you must see!!
  • - 2
 Why no announcement of the new evil?

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