20 European Riding Spots We Want to Visit in 2018

Feb 9, 2018 at 8:40
by Alex Evans  
Vink Line in Ch tel Bikepark

Bucket List European Riding Destinations

Europe's a vast continent with some of the best riding on the planet. It's got huge mountains, small hills and every other type of terrain in between. With resorts vying to get you to visit and spend your hard-earned cash, it's tough to know where you should go to get the most bang for your buck. We've compiled a list of European riding destinations we'd love to hit up in 2018, and although this list is by no means exhaustive, we think these are some of the biggest and most established places that you really should visit at least once! The list will be updated with new locations when we've either been there or found out about a hidden trail Nirvana!



United Kingdom
Coming out of the woods half way down Stage 5. Photo by Dialled In UK.

Although it would be fair to say the UK isn't the most glamorous riding destination in the world, it does offer some of the best and most varied riding in Europe with its purpose-built trail centres and miles of off-piste routes. There are uplift services across the country (that replace gondolas and chairlifts more commonly found in Europe) that rely on vans to shuttle riders to the top of the hill to help them get their gravity fix. Famed for its wet weather, it's almost guaranteed the UK will throw up a mixed bag of conditions throughout the year, but the trails normally run well during the winter without the risk of closing because of snow or ice.


BikePark Wales
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Nestled away in South Wales, BikePark Wales is just a short drive from the M4 motorway which connects it to some major airports (such as Cardiff, Bristol and, further away, London and Birmingham). Boasting 37 trails that range from green to pro-line, there are plenty of descents to keep you entertained and busy for a couple of days of riding. You can get to the top of the hill under your own steam or take the dedicated uplift service, but make sure you book early – it can get full well in advance, especially at the weekends.
BikePark Wales mountain biking trails


Innerleithen/Glentress
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Located in the Scottish Borders, Innerleithen and Glentress make up two parts of the 7Stanes trail centre network. Just a short distance from each other, it's possible (if you've got the legs, at least) to ride both in one day. Glentress has over 60km of official, waymarked trails and plenty of hidden, secret tracks that are dotted around the woods. It's best ridden on a trail or enduro bike.

Glentress mountain biking trails

Innerleithen has a dedicated uplift service run by Adrenaline Uplift that'll whisk you to the top of the downhill trails, whilst the trail centre remains accessible with a loop that takes you to the top of the mountain if you fancy pedalling up under your own steam.


Fort William

Quite possibly the toughest track in the UK, Fort William's world cup downhill track is a high-speed, rock-filled white-knuckle ride that'll chew you up and then spit you, and your bike out at the bottom. At around 5-minutes long for the fastest World Cup riders, your average Joe is going to take quite a bit longer to get down. Downhill bikes are recommended, and the gondola uplift service means that the lugging a DH bike around isn't going to be an issue. There are other trails at Fort William, including a massive XC loop, should you fancy punishing yourself!
Nevis Range mountain biking trails





France
Banging Laps of Chatel Bike Park with Olivier Cuvet - Video

With more mountains than you can shake a stick at, if you're planning on going to France for a riding holiday you're spoilt for choice. France has some of the longest descents in the world that are effortlessly accessed by gondola or chairlift, so it's quite likely you'll have the time of your life wherever you choose to go in the French Alps. In the mountains, the summer seasons are usually three months long, so there isn't a huge window of time to go riding, but at least you're guaranteed to get a lot of time on your bike whilst you're out there. Most of the French Alps are served by Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon airports.


Morzine / Les Gets
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Along with Whistler, Morzine and Les Gets are some of the most well-known riding spots in the world. And for good reason – with more interlinked chairlifts and trails than you can count, it's possible to ride more and further than your body can handle. The Les Gets bike park's tracks are nucleated around two chairlifts which means it's easy to get in loads of laps in quick succession. You can access the rest of the Portes Du Soleil with your bike using the lifts from Morzine or Les Gets, widening the possibilities of where you can ride.

Morzine's Le Pléney is famous for its full-on off-piste trails and Super Morzine, opposite Le Pléney, has an ever-growing selection of great trails and that function as the portal to the rest of the Portes Du Soleil domain.

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Châtel
Although it's existed for years, Bike Park Châtel has more recently become the place to ride in the Portes Du Soleil. The trail crew have spent a lot of time updating their network of tracks with help from Nico Vink and other Scott-sponsored riders. The effort they've put in and the work they've done is obvious to see – berms now tower above riders' heads and the trails can be enjoyed by seasoned pros and beginners alike, thanks to some clever building techniques that hide massive senders amongst gentle rollers. If you don't believe us, check out the Vink Line for yourselves:

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Chatel Bike Park mountain biking trails


Méribel
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Thrust into the mountain biking spotlight in 2014 when the small alpine town hosted the final round of the UCI MTB World Cup, Méribel has more to offer than just the full-on downhill track. Forming one part of Les Trois Vallées (The Three Valleys), Méribel alone boasts 25 official trails. You can head over to Courchevel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens by bike, too. So, if the 25 tracks at Méribel aren't enough you've always got access to more. But don't come here expecting Morzine-like nightlife – the village is very quiet in the summer months so make sure you've got your own entertainment sorted.


Alpe d'Huez
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Hosting the famous Megavalanche event, where riders race from a lofty 3300m atop the Pic Blanc down to Allemont at 700m above sea level, the 2600m altitude difference makes the Mega's descent one of the longest and gnarliest (almost entirely downhill) descents in Europe. Although the top half of the Mega track isn't open outside of the race, you can still make the most of loads of amazing riding with some incredibly varied terrain. Higher up the mountain, the landscape is lunar-like, while lower down, you'll wind your way through alpine pine forests on purpose-built trails.





Andorra
It happens its racing. Tracey Hannah will have to regroup and go again in Lenzerheide. Photo Ross Bell

Between Spain and France, Andorra enjoys cultural influences from both sides of its borders. With plenty of mountains, this land-locked Pyrenean country has plenty to offer the experienced mountain biker. To get there, you can either fly to Toulouse in France or Barcelona in Spain and then catch a transfer to the area. Although there isn't a sprawling network of resorts like the Alps, the type of riding on offer is intense and well worth travelling for. Andorra is home to Cédric Gracia, Production Privé and Commencal Bicycles – and for good reason!


Vallnord

Vallnord first hosted a World Cup event in 2008 and has become a regular stop on the race calendar for the world's best. The general consensus is that the riding here is rad, rowdy and gnarly. You'll have to take their word for it, and why wouldn't you? Vallnord has great weather, epic views and relatively traffic-free trails, so if you're looking to get away from the madding crowd check it out!





Spain
Few photos for a photo article on riding in South Spain Malaga with RoostDH. Photo Jacob Gibbins

Best suited to spring or autumn riding, Spain's dry and warm climate attracts mountain bikers like moths to a flame. Although there's riding across the whole country from the western Basque Country, over to Catalonia and down South, when the winter hits the Northern Hemisphere you're most likely to want the sunniest and warmest riding experience you can get. For that reason, it's best to head as far south as possible to Andalusia – flying into either Málaga or Granada. Although that isn't to say the weather is going to be crap in central and northern Spain, but you're more likely to get a tan the further south you go.


Málaga and Granada
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Made famous by Martin Whitely's 23-Degrees HQ, Granada and the surrounding Alpujarras mountains have some world-class riding, including the famous "Greg Minnaar Test Track". Best ridden with a guide (there are plenty on offer), trail and enduro bikes are most suited to the type of terrain here, and the likelihood of gaining altitude by pedalling rather than shuttling means that you need to be relatively fit to access to the least-ridden descents.

Whilst on the Mediterranean coast in Málaga, there's a bustling hot-spot of downhill riding. With plenty of companies offering fully-catered holidays where they'll take you to the best tracks and shuttle you up all day long, you're bound to have a great time if you choose to go here during the winter months.
La Zubia mountain biking trails

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Portugal
Some riders just do it with more style. Iago Garay is one of those riders. Photo Dave Trumpore

Much like Spain, Portugal enjoys great weather through the winter months, helping to make it a perfect destination if you're looking for a top winter getaway. You can fly to either Porto or Lisbon which should give you access to the rest of the country. There are loads of riding spots scattered across Portugal, but the most focused and developed riding destinations are Lousã, which is in the centre, and Madeira, located in the Atlantic Ocean.


Lousã

First discovered in the late 2000's by pro world cup riders as a must-go winter training destination, Lousã's popularity has grown along with its amazingly crafted network of downhill trails. The trails have been lovingly created by a handful of devoted locals and now a number of holiday companies offer uplift services and accommodation along with all the usual luxuries we've come to expect, so you can take advantage of their amazing trails. Even though Trailfork's map doesn't list many trails, don't be fooled – Lousã is teeming with tracks to ride on both your downhill and enduro bikes.


Madeira
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Located in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Morocco, Madeira has become one of mountain biking's hottest destinations – and for good reason. With mountainous terrain that varies greatly from the north to south and west to east, Madeira is a real dream destination to go riding. Thanks to its increasing popularity and media attention it's been thrust into the public eye by edits made by pro riders. The Enduro World Series also visits the island, and it now has several companies that offer holiday packages to mountain bikers looking to get a taste of the trails ridden by their heroes and stars.

Madeira mountain biking trails





Switzerland
Photo Gaetan Rey

Switzerland is a country loaded with epic mountain biking terrain, great infrastructure and easy-to-reach resorts. Fly to Geneva, Zürich or Bern and you'll have instant access to the mountains – very little of Switzerland is flat. With trains, buses and gondolas connecting almost every village and town, there are no shortages of ways to easily get your gravity fix. Although there are too many resorts to list, Champéry stands out as the most recognised riding destination in Switzerland.


Champéry
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Famed for its ultra-steep downhill World Cup and World Championships track, Champéry's course is a real test of skill, nerve and strength. For average riders, the epic descent can take up to 10-minutes if tackled in one go, although we're sure some of you have gone faster and some quite a bit slower! Close to Les Crosets, which also forms part of the Portes Du Soleil, you can either drive to Champéry or make your way there from another resort within the massive network of lifts. Although it's probably wise to bring a downhill bike with 200mm disk rotors, it is possible to negotiate the track on an enduro bike – you just might not have as much fun!





Italy
Ride of the weekend from Yoan Deniaud The young Frenchman took some big scalps and ended up 12th. Photo Ross Bell

Italy's varied terrain and southern location mean that it's possible to ride in the mountains all year round. In the summer, the Alpine ski resorts are open for bikes, and then when winter comes you can head further south to the Mediterranean coast to get your fill of dusty, dry Italian dirt. With loads of international airports dotted across the country, you can normally get cheap flights that'll take you pretty close to your chosen riding spot. Oh, and whilst the biking is amazing in Italy, the food is even better. Make sure you come with an empty stomach because you're going to want to just keep on eating all of the pizza and pasta!


Pila
Bikepark Pila mountain biking trails

Starting at 2300m above sea level, it's possible to ride a trail that'll take you all the way down to Aosta on the valley floor, some 1700m further down. This epically long descent is a real test of mind over matter and can take up to 40-minutes if you're taking it easy. There are no shortages of tracks either, and the Pila bike park has enough trails to keep you entertained for more than a day's riding. Some holiday companies that operate out of Morzine, just the other side of Mont Blanc, offer day trips to go and ride the characteristically dry and dusty trails in Italy.
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Punta Ala
Just an hour's drive further south down the coast from Pisa, Punta Ala, is surrounded by amazing scenery. The region hosted a round of the 2013 Enduro World Series, so the trails are flat-out, rocky and pretty gnarly. The local camping resort operates an uplift service and provides amazing accommodation on the seafront. There are several groupings of trails but most are accessible by bike and you can pedal to the trailheads if you've got the legs.

Punta Ala is a family-friendly location, so if you fancy going riding for a few hours, your family won't get bored waiting for you to eventually return.

At the Specialized SRAM enduro race at Lake Garda a couple of weeks ago Joe Barnes won the second stage and scored a couple of seconds against guys like Barel Clementz and Lau. He looks at home here in the rock channels of Punta Ala and the easy-going Scot may just surprise a few people this weekend.


Finale Ligure
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Probably one of the most famous Italian riding spots, it has been the venue for many EWS and Italian national enduro races. Finale is now a firm favourite for holidaymakers, team training camps and media companies to visit – and for good reason – the trails are well maintained, there are good uplift services that run regularly and you can pedal to the top of most trails if you want. The close proximity of the mountains to the sea means that snow very rarely falls and you'll be unlucky to visit the Ligurian coast when it (infrequently) rains.

Finale Outdoor Resort mountain biking trails





Austria
Schladming delivers the good with an epic scenery. Photo Rick Schubert

As another mountainous country, Austria has, much like a lot of its Alpine counterparts, plenty of big and small resorts where you can ride your bike during the summer months. Made famous by downhill world cup racing, places like Leogang and Schladming are considered must-visit locations if you're planning a European road trip. One of the European stops of Crankworx visits Innsbruck – a city with mountains full of trails that tower above it. Austria is, quite simply, a mountain biker's paradise.


Sölden
Sölden's a relatively new resort on the European bike park scene, but don't assume that the trails are underdeveloped or just muddy ruts down the mountainside. Sölden has spent inordinate amounts of money creating their very own bike park with plenty of trails that vary in nature from flowy blues to gnarly blacks. Their summer season is fairly long, from mid-June until the end of September, so you can always head there in search of some Autumn shredding.



Schladming

Known by world cup racers as a 'real track' – Schladming's most famous downhill race track is an absolute blast to ride. It is flat out, rough and full of technical features like roots and rocks. That's not all, though, the rest of Schladming is one of Europe's best bike parks – although lacking in volume of trails like Châtel or Pila, the trails are fantastic fun and the mountain's elevation means that they're not short, either!





Slovenia
racing to qualify for the 2010 Maribor World Cup Downhill Race in Slovenia. Photo Colin Meagher

Although Slovenia isn't at the top of everyone's list of mountain bike destinations, that doesn't mean it isn't a solid contender for your attention. First hosting a UCI downhill World Cup in 1999, Slovenia quickly became one of those places that everyone wanted to visit because of the gnarly riding Maribor has now become well-known for. With bike parks dotted around the country, it's possible to do a week-long road trip and not ride the same destination twice. There are plenty of cheap flights that fly directly to the country's capital, Ljubljana, in the geographical centre of the country.


Maribor
On the list with Schladming and Champéry, Maribor's downhill track is a true test of ability – the way most mountain bikers love it to be. Although Bike Park Pohorje only has three official tracks, we've been assured that plenty more exist in the vast woods that surround the recently-refurbished gondola.

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Norway
R my M tailler in Hafjell. Photo Commencal

Norway isn't your typical go-to destination if you're looking to book a summer mountain biking holiday. But with beautiful scenery, amazing mountains and fewer people and more space than most other European resorts, Norway should be high on your list of places to visit. Tour operators organise trips around the country's other riding spots, so don't think you've got to stick to the bike park.


Hafjell
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Although Hafjell's been around in one form or another as a riding venue since 2001, it wasn't until 2012 when it hosted the final round of the downhill World Cup that it was thrust to the front of our minds as a place we wanted to ride and visit. Now with 16 individual trails and a dedicated gondola uplift, it's hard to ignore Norway's premier riding spot as a hot riding location. A three-hour drive from Oslo, it's not too far into the Norwegian wilderness but is far enough to make you feel like you're heading towards the back of beyond.

Hafjell Bike Park mountain biking trails






237 Comments

  • - 3
 Well, the author of the article is from the UK... so there is that.
  • + 90
 Ahhh, bit of a moan here, sorry....
I opened this link with great anticipation, which was sadly followed by disappointment.
90% of these riding destination suggestions are completely obvious and well-trodden venues that the vast majority of European based PB readers will already be well aware of, and to some degree will probably already have visited.
There's a missed opportunity here - what I'd much rather read while my house is buried in snow, is places that aren't completely obvious and we're unlikely to have visited.

MTB road trips are mega popular these days in Europe - we're hungry for new suggestions
  • + 18
 Anyone wanna put in some suggestions here for my road trip this year?

My persoanl tip for any Brit's doing a road trip is ALWAYS hit Lac Blanc on the way.
It's 4 hours from Calais so really breaks the first leg of the trip up nicely.
The tracks are great and varied, they allow ghetto-camping, have a cheap canteen and cheap showers.
What more could you ask for?
  • + 5
 Get yourself a copy of Steve Mallet's Alps mountain biking (vertebrate publishing) it'll soon have you stringing a roadtrip together
  • + 1
 @PB-J: Good suggestion, but it doesn't seem very DH orientated
  • + 8
 There's the EVO bikepark in south France. Really cool trails, but it can get hot in the summer (btw it should open on March 24th). You can also find nice spots near Grenoble, like le Col de l'Arzelier and les Sept Laux. I'd also recommend les Orres and Cormaranche-en-bugey. Then it also depends on the kind of trails you ride!
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 @bombastus: Great suggestions - although already been to them all!
I even did a race at Col de l'Arzelier years ago with their local club "Men In Bike" lol

The chairlift there is SKETCHY!
  • + 6
 @IllestT: ha, then probably it is you that could teach us about unpopular locations!

And that chairlift is also one the slowest I've ever been on... but definitely worth it.
  • + 12
 IllestT: You should check out Spicak in the Czech Republic. One of my favorite parks for the last three years. Camping is free. Food is plenty, beer and showers are super cheap. Trails are well maintained.
On the downside: the lift is one of the slowest ever.

Cheers
  • + 2
 @IllestT: wouldn't necessarily say that although it does cover a wide range of spots, one thing I like is the map in the front helps with route planning. Probably the best £20 I've spent regarding mtb road tripping
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 @IllestT: Lac Blanc is great. Check out Bikepark Todtnau for old school DH. Last year we were in Bourg-Saint-Maurice/ Les Arcs. Ghetto camping is allowed. Great natural terrain. Ghetto lines in White8. Suitable for both DH and endurobikes. Highly recommended. You should also visit Samoëns just east of Taninges, south of Les Gets. The trails are like Morzine was 10 years ago. Well worth a visit.
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 @bombastus: agree on les Sept laux/Prapoutel the best trails I rode in France. Bourg st Maurice/les arc had some great trails too, but the layout of the mountain is terrible
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 @chals: Great, thanks!

@bombastus: I probably will get a copy then. It's £14 on Amazon. Thanks for the tip!
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 @IllestT: Can't believe Col de l'Arzelier is getting a mention. Great cult resort that is so screwed for snow that DH is actually propping it up. And it opens later in the year than anywhere else. Head up there everyone cos our mates who live there need the place to survive.
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 @BenPea: Yeah like @bombastus said, there's quite a few good places around Grenoble. I went to Chartreuse (spelling? sorry) a couple of years ago, which was also really good near Grenoble. It has a STEEP black run!
  • + 1
 @catweasel: I don't mind the layout tbh but sort of know what you mean, I once managed 110km with nearly 10k meters of descending in one day ????
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 @IllestT: Was it St Pierre? I remember a horrific black run in the woods. Uk mate came over for the weekend and went home minus a collar bone. That was 2008 so it must have evolved quite a bit. Grenoble is ace. City center enduro/DH at my door.
  • + 1
 @BenPea: YES it was! Yeah the steep, dust-world track in the woods was pretty hard!
I think it was quite a few years ago though
  • + 1
 Keep the best trails secret Wink
  • + 1
 @IllestT: you can basically visit any town that hosted a superenduro event or something similar in southern france, course maps are often still available online and you often have the trails for yourself.
Not an option if you don't like uphills, but some sites are lift operated like Canazei in the dolomites (which will be an EWS stop this year). Amazing trails, amazing scenery and amazing food: fassabike.com
Places on my bucket list I haven't visited yet are Sauze d'Oulx, Latsch, Reschen/Nauders...
  • + 4
 @IllestT: Lac Blanc near Colmar? My favourite 'local' playground Wink
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 @jzPV: great thanks. Yeah Sauze d'Oulx is definitely on this year's hit list. Good tip on the superenduro venues
  • + 2
 @nojzilla: often that is true, but many of the smaller bike park resorts in Europe struggle to get enough people in summer, not the opposite.
  • + 1
 @IllestT: and when in lacblanc drive 15 minutes over to la bresse.. Since they have the WC this year they have been building new stuff the whole year. It has become a really good Park during last year too
  • + 4
 Agreed, a pretty straight forward and unimaginative list. How about Verbier, Sauze, Les Orres, Sospel, Canazei, Ainsa, Les Arcs, La Thuile, Les Carroz or La Clusaz? Plus he's mentioned Meribel but excluded to mention the best track there being the long run down to Les Meuniers which is insanely good.
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 @IllestT: La Bresse is just around the corner, like 30 minutes away from Lac Blanc. By car.
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 St Piere Flan is amazing, the black is savage, the red super fun.

Massive central is decent, Super Besse and Le Lioran (sp). You can hit them on the way to Andorra where you should go Les Angles as well as Vallnord, Les Angles is epic, mint Lake there too. You should also go Lourdes, its 5hrs from anywhere else but another level of difficulty riding wise!

We did a road trip around Andorra, around the above, vid below

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LQYaq_7CPk&t

Le Lioran www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKvpdRnUxmk
  • + 1
 @BenPea: Col de l'Arzelier is a gem. One of the best days I’ve had ridding a resort. Great place, well worth a visit.
  • + 1
 Agreed this list is way too safe, just take any Ews spot and you would probably be having a great time.

South of France is amazing, there are a ton of smaller bike parks which would easily keep you entertained for a full day or two, so you could alternate bike park and all day transprovence type epics.

In the alpes maritimes you have Isola, auron, roubion and Valberg lift Access stations all whithin an hour of each other and you can buy a vtopo book with 100 route suggestions.

Otherwise Allos and praloup each have a small lift access bike park and some of the best backcountry loops I've ever ridden (think 1 hour descents with nothing but switch backs and Mach speed flowy stuff in between)
  • + 2
 @IllestT: Lac Blanc ? Nice, but you have La Bresse Too, just 20 minutes away from Lac Blanc !
  • + 2
 Sorry, while your point is valid, I'm too busy being pissed off about the fact I haven't been on 1 single road trip or MTB holiday ever... I started mountain biking in 1991 ffs.
  • - 3
 @clarky78: There is unknown area in Switzerland that has some of the most EPIC, beautiful and hands down some of the best trials in the world and its some where on a map.
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 @Boardlife69: Planning to head there asap.
@Ricter: Yep, I need to get up to the Col for more than just eating and sledging. My god daughter lives there and I already suggested taking her for a bike sesh at some point. Knowing my luck, she'll probably be going home in a helicopter though....
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 @clarky78: You should come and join us for 3 days of epic riding. People usually think that one day only is plenty enough but 3 days of 80 km, 6000 m of dh and 1000 m uphill is 3x better Wink

en.passportesdusoleil.com
  • + 4
 @clarky78: you need to take a good hard look at yourself
  • + 1
 Yep, it's all about the Vosges. Two bike parks and a shed load of enduro trails 4 hours from Calais. Plus German beer and icing covered croissants
  • + 2
 @pakleni: passportesdu fireroad? epic? 80% BS, 20% good trails... the food along the trails was the only good thing......
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 @pakleni: of the Swiss places I've ridden I've never had a bad time (special mention to Crans Montana) but riding & driving in Switzerland is never cheap.
€13 for a Maccers, even though its with a beer, is crazy!

I was once just passing through Switzerland and bought breakfast. I used a 50 €uro note because its all I had..... They gave me change in SF.
Not my finest move
  • + 5
 @IllestT the piece came from us bugging our EU content manager Alex to share intel with us North Americans, but agreed there's an opportunity to dig into some lesser known places as well. So many good suggestions here!
  • + 1
 @clarky78: No time like the present dude!
  • + 0
 @IllestT: for something news visit Poland

m.facebook.com/trasy.enduro.srebrna.gora
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 I do AM tours in Bulgaria... not very popular, great land scape, people (hikers) on the trails actually love us, and the weather is great. You don't have to go with me, but Bulgaria is worth looking at!
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 @IllestT: Do you mean Lac Blanc? A quick google puts it at 7hrs not 4hrs from Calais haha.
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 @anguscroudace: I second this query! Google does indeed put it 7hrs away which is pretty much Morzine. Maybe there's another Lac Blanc we don't know about!?
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 @IllestT: great tip. just avoid the early season weekends, they are completely zooed out
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 May I suggest a trip to the center of France. First at the north of Limoges (and If I am right, there's a plane cheap plane to Limoges), the Single Track Bike Park (www.facebook.com/Singletracks.Bike.Park ). A small but, intensively shapped bike park. Yu could the move to the Lioran Bike Park www.facebook.com/lioranfreebikepark with it's awsome shape, and then try the Lioran (upper station) and Super Besse DH tracks.
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 @anguscroudace: try googling Lac Blanc Bike Park Wink
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 @brianpark: yeah I do also realise that the title of this is "Bucket List" so on one hand the suggestions are valid; but on the other hand telling a bunch of gravity mtbers to visit Fort William is a bit like telling a Manchester United fan that he should go to visit Old Trafford!

If you do fancy doing a series of bike park "spot light" features, I realise your journos can't be expected to go to every one (although I know Paul Aston will probably have been to a LOT of them in Europe) but I'd be happy to contribute if you're interested!?
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 @IllestT: it has every riding destination in the alps. Every single one.
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 @brianpark: the task is impossible.. Not only does every European country have a deep bucket list. Every region is deep.

You could have a list for say Western Valais that lists 10 that would be jaw dropping
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 @Kirky86: I've a feeling there's one in Alpe d'Huez.
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 @IllestT: that throws back some great memories too, muddy like hell and so enjoyable !! Did 2nd ;-)
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 @IllestT: We visited Bardoneccia last year. It is not worth a visit. Only boring trails, blown out berms, dusty.
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 @BenOnTrek: "muddy like hell and so enjoyable" Does not compute, please resubmit data.
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 @smittypete: Yes, great Bikepark and only one hour from the Park in Bischofsmais ! The lift in Spicak might not be the fastet, but it´s still a solid and comfortable lift. Maybe you had bad luck with long waiting ?
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 Hi, if you like dirt jumping, last summer I did a whole documentary series called Worth it with unknown/less known riding locations in central Europe. It has 20 episodes and they are all on Youtube - www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLobYC-DxO61rA4pFow-jftX5LOzX6-cQg. My premise was the same as your comment. Promote the locations and riders that are doing a great/awesome job but are less recognized for it.
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 @pauldh: doh, shouldnt just trust google maps hey. thanks a lot!
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 @fossydh: nope...the park is so good, but never crouded. never had to wait long for the uplift, but everytime I am there the lift seems to be slower, than the last time.
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 @IllestT I concur. I was hoping for something much more interesting/less well known.

Here are some places I know of
Les Saisies
Sixt fer a Cheval (near Samoens, it's years since I went, but I can only assume it's been developed. It was like riding Morzine secret tracks of old, definitely homegrown)
Les Carroz if you haven't already.
Samoens is obvious as an ex-EWS location.
Val d'Isere and Tignes
Les Arcs, but not so DH orientated (you can ride DH here, but I got rid of my DH bike cos a 160mm bike was better suited).
Valloire. Have only done an EWS there in 2014, but might worth some investigation.
Livigno
Engadin St Moritz if you like swiss flow trails (I find them quite boring!).
Other places too, but have already been mentioned by others.
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 @gravitysgirl: forget the flowtrails in livigno and go ride the black trails! The black steeps and jump trails are amazing! No traffic and not beaten up like the others...
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 @IllestT: Lac Blanc is awesome, a bit down there's Jura (French-Swiss theritory). Then there's Massif Central (I know some places around Millau viaduct but the area is huge just google it).

Malino Brdo is amazing bike park in Slovakia (not Slovenia Smile ), and there are many awesome trails (legal) around Banska Bystrica. Great value for the money if you can make it there.

From Spain I was invited to explore mountains around Madrid. My dream is to explore Bilbao/San Sebastian area, it's the greenest part of Spain and mountain range is climbing from sea level towards Pyrenees.

Personally I'm avoiding the Alps with exception of Italy(Garda lake, Val di Sole). Everywhere else you have to sell your kidney (I don't do camping I'm older dude who needs a good bed) for an average bike trip and there are too many rocks for my weak hands Smile
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 @philippec555: +1 for each of these. Especially Lioran. There are endless possibilities in the Massif Central Smile
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 One for the list: Winterberg, Germany.
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 Morzine rocks. So does Switzerland. So does Germany. So do the Alps. So does Europe.
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 They forgot VERBIER !!!!!
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 @RedBurn: and Tignes, they are doing free lift passes!!!!
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 @RedBurn: Stunning trails in Verbier!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Need more convincing? Go to the 2 minutes mark on this video and f-ing enjoy!!! www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m6RcpNeMWg&t=2s
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 Yeah, but the drive from California is really long.
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 @cunning-linguist: Are they still doing that? Thought it was going to start charging.
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 @BenPea: not sure mate, but saw an ad only in the last few months staying free lifts. Trails look decent enough.
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 @cunning-linguist: nice one. my to do list is growing...
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 'without the risk of closing because of snow or ice'..... as the entire country is shut down due to snow and ice
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 For me of the places I've ridden. Les Gets is overated. Morzine has some good stuff but it's quite disjointed. Chatel is good if you like the moto style and are a shredder. Vinc line gets very torn up though. Pila is mint, just rides so naturally. Not the place if you are looking for jump lines. Finale so good, great trails and all around experience. Gets a little pricey but worth it. Alpe d'huez is basically worth it for the mega not much else stood out for me. Best trails I rode in France were probably at Prapoutel, too of the mountain sucks but the woods are mint. Cheap too. Evo bike park was impressive. I was well underskilled for a lot of the trails, stained my pants a few times. Probably amazing if you are a highly skilled rider.
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 Now you have a new blue line to try and the complete Whip it ;-) The park is growing up not only for the highly skilled rider.
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 @tomadigio: to be honest I'd probably of been fine if the conditions weren't so dry and dusty, though I imagine that is pretty common. Nothing wrong with a park with gnarly trails, plenty of others geared more towards the beginner/intermediate crowd.
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 Good post!
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 Les Gets is indeed overrated. It suffers from being where all the clueless "tourists" on rental bikes end up. There's some good bits of trail and a good jump/skills area with a boner log and other wooden features which is pretty fun - but by mid season most of the trails are rife with breaking bumps to an extent that they are unpleasant to ride. But Port du Soliel has so much more riding than Les Gets. Le Pleney and Super Morzine are both better and there's a lot of off piste "locals" stuff on both of those mountains that's worth being in the know about. I know what you mean about it being disjointed - but you just have to learn your way around. Staying in Morzine is definitely a better option than staying in Les Gets (even though they're very close together) because there's more of a scene and you have a great lift at both ends of the small town. There's also Chatel and Morgins in that valley which are also mint but require some skills.
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 Little help please... I will be one of those bike-renting tourists come late August. I was planning on Morzine and Les Gets for a day or two each (staying in Chamonix during an running ultra race) but you guys aren't selling it too well, but perhaps it is the popular jump lines that suffer from all ailments you describe? I prefer the natural lines. For example, in Whistler about dozen years ago I pretty much ignored A-Line and Crank It Up etc. in preference of the technical trails like In Deep and Goats Gully (which I loved). Rocks and roots > berms and jumps IMHO. Should I just steer clear of the parks and earn my turns in the valley?
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 @iamamodel: I think they're doing them a little down. The bike parks are good for a day or two early season but the braking bumps in them all just piss you off. In les gets there is some awesome off piste stuff right next to the main trails, one is called canyon and there is one to the left which is rooty tooty techy.
Chamonix is very good for off piste stuff too. You can ride a week there and not scratch the surface. Make sure you buy the Chamonix Bike Book before you go.
If you are hiring a bike be careful where you go in terms of if you front brake moto. The English speaking shops hire moto style.
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 @yeti-monster: I really appreciate that. Staying in Chamonix Valley means I don't have to hire a car. Will get that book. I was worried about brakes - good beta from you there.
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 @iamamodel: I definitely would ride the parks - but spend most of your time on Le Pleney. You'll love that uplift if you like natural downhill stuff. Start on the Blue and then progress to the red and the black. I wouldn't recommend pedalling up in the valley for more than 1 day. I'd stay in Morzine the whole time if I was you. You can get over to Les Gets from Morzine easily enough but most of the good riding is on the Morzine side.
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 @iamamodel: Basically Morzine/Les Gets/Chatel/Champery are all the same place (the Portes du Soleil), all the same lift system you're on and can access all trails from any of them. The vast majority of the main trails are hanging due to the volume of traffic they receive, they are good, well designed tracks in the most part but there is no way the very limited trail maintenance can keep up with the number of riders, which means it's mostly like riding a staircase (think braking bumps up a take off or an uphill pedal section for example).

If you are staying in Chamonix there is a downhill track in the Chamonix valley at Vallorcine which I haven't ridden for a few years but was decent, albeit just the one track. There's a closer spot to Chamonix than Morzine called Les Carroz which is excellent, technical, rooty downhill, Samoens is also closer than Morzine/Les Gets and apparently now has good riding and one hour from Chamonix (through the Mont Blanc tunnel, 55E return toll) is Pila which if you haven't been out there before is absolutely phenomenal, mainly for the 15 minute track down to Aosta (do not miss this, it starts at the bottom of the main Pila bike park lift and descends to the valley floor).

Morzine is iconic, it has the atmosphere if that's what you're looking for and definitely worth visiting if you have plenty of time but the majority of non-hidden trails are haggard and if I were you I'd ride Carroz (or maybe Samoens) and Pila.

If staying in Chamonix you will absolutely need a car.
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 @iamamodel: Other side of Morzine / Les Gets you have Samöens - loads of natural trains. Try www.ridethealps.com they really know there stuff and Jamie is a great guy.
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 I've got no idea so thank you all.
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 @iamamodel: on the comment that you need a car.... When you stay in chamonix you get a free bus pass and train pass. You can get your bike on the train to all the parks both ends of the valley.
You pay a few euros per day tourist tax so make sure you get your pass
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 @yeti-monster: Sorry my comment was meaning if you are staying in Chamonix and intending to visit Morzine/Carroz/Pila or anywhere outside of Chamonix valley you'll need a car.
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 In Swiss only Champery? How about Verbier or Crans Montana...
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 +1 for Verbier and Crans Montana.

Les Gets and Morzine are both breaking bumps world all season and too busy with loutish British riders!

The best riding venues in continental Europe are the smaller less well-known places that host IXS or French cup races. E.g. Les Angles, Bad Wildbad, Monte Tamaro...
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 @hookso: how's Monte Tamaro? Been living in Switzerland for years but only heard from this place about 4 months ago...

..oh and pray for Morgins!
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 Also Flims/Laax I really loved that place
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 @bombastus: Yeah Morgins is a top spot, well it was. Lets hope they build a new gondola soon.
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 @bombastus: Monte Tamaro is RAD. Its a really long, really difficult, rocky track with a massive big jump in the middle of it. We went there last year and it was the highlight of our roadtrip (www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BXbcrn_e_4&t=399s 5mins onwards is Monte).

There is also an awesome waterpark at the bottom of the hill.
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 @hookso: awesome, thanks for your feeback!

@kusa : actually the problem was about getting the money to replace the lift's cable. It wasn't even sure that Morgins would open for the winter, but they managed somehow to find the funds and the lift has been running all season. The only question remaining now is if they are going to open it in the summer. It would be a real shame if this is the end of Morgins...
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 @bombastus: would that screw PDS if it’s shut?
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 @korev: I don't know, but my guess is that for such an event they're going to make an exception
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 A lot more great spots for riding in Slovenia besides Maribor. Come and check it out. Great trails are possible to ride even in Ljubljana.
  • + 1
 I'm planning a trip to Slovenia this year, but I couldn't find too much information about the trails. I'm interested in the area around Bled Lake. Could you suggest me where should I look for more info? I'm riding enduro,btw (blues and blacks).
  • + 1
 @tedii : Hey Mate, I have recently moved to LJ. Would you mind telling me a bit more about where to ride during the winter ?
I had a great time in krvavec and Kranjska Gora but that's about as much as I know. Cheers !

@pufi : I don't know if there's much around lake bled..But Kranjska Gora and Krvavec are absolutely awesome. Very natural terrain ! good stuff there.
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 @pufi: Technically almost all of the out-of-park riding in Slovenia is in a legal grey zone limbo at best, or illegal at worst. That is why you will not find a lot of official information on it and even Trailforks probably only has about 5% of all the trails that are out there. However, the trail network is absolutely huge and there is trails everywhere. If you are not an idiot and observe trail etiquette, respect hikers and private property, you will never have any trouble. Connecting with the local bike shops and clubs is the way to go. If you are friendly and passionate to ride, perhaps even bring a six-pack with you when you drop by, pretty much every bike shop will be happy to direct you or offer to take you out for their local favorites. Virtually every region of the country has awesome trails and the diversity you will find as you move around is off the charts for such a tiny country. I am subjective because of where I come from but some of the best riding to my taste (big mountains, raw and techy) is actually found in one of the least-visited regions of Carinthia, up along the Austrian border. If you end up there connect with Bikenomad and they will show you around.
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 @ibex-rider: Western Slovenia is usually the place to ride in winter. As most of the country is covered in snow, the west has Mediterranean climate (a bit colder than real mediterranian but still better than other parts - no snow ). For example there was FIS ski race in Kranjska Gora today while tomorrows forecast for coast is 10°C.

Two most popular destinations are Ajdovščina and surroundings of Koper/Trieste (in Italy, but the two are few km apart and some trails share start). You can find both on trailforks, for Ajdovščina a lot of trails are missing but they run close to trails on TF and considering plenty of people you should have no problems finding them. You can even get shuttles but they have amazing access roads and trails. These trails will also host first race of national enduro series. For Koper region everything is online and crew actually updates trailforks with statuses. Also these trails were built and maintained by small group of very dedicated people so if you get to ride there please contribute/donate/help them because the traffic there gets really heavy...

Almost forgot, Grožnjan in Croata is also not far!

For summer Cerkno bikepark is a must and this year Javornik bikepark will reopen, both are less than 1hour drive from Ljubljana and offer amazing riding. Petzen in Austria is a must and it is not that far (google petzen flow trail), joined with Jamnica trail center nearby they will actually host EWS race this year (black hole bike fest for info)!
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 Jap... so much more to ride in Slovenia besides Maribor. I dear to say it is possible to spend a whole season without riding the same trail twice.
According to law, most of the (best) trails are illegal, that is why there is hard to find more info online.
My advice is to find an experienced bike guide to enjoy Slovenia's riding in full.
????
  • + 8
 VERBIER.

I live in Chamonix for the summer, so ride Les Gets/Morzine/Chatel/Champery/Pila, but everyone misses off Verbs. The race run (Tyres Fire or something) is THE best top to bottom bike park downhill run I've ever ridden, period.

Oh and it's quiet too.
  • + 2
 YES YES YES !!!! verbier is supposed to replace Lenzerheide !!
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 @RedBurn: That would be such a good fit! Makes sense as they aren’t holding a round of the IXS this year, potentially prepping for 2019.
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 @jamesdunford: Would be so awesome!
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 They call it "Tire's Fire" for a good reason Wink
  • + 11
 United Kingdom - Revolution Bike Park
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 I would say revs is one of the best, if not the best uplift in the UK. The tracks are just too much fun.
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 Serious question, is this attracting anyone from outside the UK?
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 Best park I've ridden in the uk too, never seen a foreigner there tho...
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 This, Stiniog and Cwmcarn. I wouldn't be putting Bike Park Wales on this list, especially if you're a DHer. More a beginners trail park IMO.
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 @BenPea: Saw Ragot there once. As much as I love the place I probably wouldn't make a trip from Europe just to go to Revs but if you were visiting a few places here it should definitely be on your list and Antur Stiniog as well.
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 @cains08: Could be that the domestic market is big enough anyway. If it gets too costly to come to the continent and some more spots open up, UK trail centres are going to be rammed. There's too many bikes in the UK to not have a vibrant scene if the facilities are there. Just need to sort out the weather. Fortunately, purebred Brits are braver than me on that front...
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 @BenPea: Within a couple hours drive for me (south wales) i have Bike park wales, revo, stiniog, cwmcarn, BMCC, FOD, Gawton and Caersws. Also some local lads WDMBA uplift Rheola and Mt Ash a good few weekends of the year. There's plenty uplifting spots around already ;-)
I don't think that's what were known for tho, you look on most hill sides down here and you'll find some of the best natural riding about! The weathers just an added bonus lol
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 @willaasss: Anything around Swansea? We're spending a week near there in July (father-in-law country). Will need to borrow a bike though ;-) You're right, uplifts aren't necessary.
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 @BenPea: Think you can hire bikes at Afan, BPW or Cwmcarn, depending on what sort of riding you want. All within an hours drive.
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 @LemonadeMoney: Afan looks real close. Cheers boy bachs, this has been a fruitful conversation. I only found out we're going an hour ago!
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 @BenPea: I live just outside of Swansea fella, I'm in the Alps for most of July tho lol. If you look at my last but one vid "Afan natural" you'll get a little glimpse of whats in store ;-) If you want some more info send me an inbox and ill do my best to explain.
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 @willaasss: Video's sold it to me. Now for the logistics. Cheers bud.
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 @BenPea: that's just the tip of the iceberg too fella ;-)
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 @willaasss: Well just know that you're in the process of creating some serious family conflict !
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 Austria here, i'll just add that Vienna got its first trailcenter (Hohe Wand Wiese) last year within city boundaries, and has several smaller trails scattered over the south/west of the city. which is huge news for us locals because there were exactly zero legal trails until 2016.
it's not comparable with the big bikeparks obviously but awesome nonetheless and definitely something to check out when you're around. more for the curious: www.wienerwaldtrails.at oh and since we're about to build a crowd-funded jumpline (900m already paid for, going for double the length now) here's a link for those who want to ride here and support the new jumpline: www.startnext.com/trail4you?utm_source=startnext&utm_medium=extwidget&utm_campaign=projectwidget&utm_term=projectpromo
  • + 1
 You are the real MVP!
  • + 5
 This has been a well debated topic, fueled by many pints and many personal preferences for a long time. There are so many factors that make a destination epic for one person and not so for another.

Morzine and the PDS - If you are looking for an all round, epic holiday that combines some of the best DH tracks in the world, along with a buzzing Alpine town for a few post ride beers and good food then Morzine is unbeatable. Tignes, Les Arc etc offer great riding but they do lack the size and variety on offer in the PDS, no other destination has over 55 DH trails plus hoards of secret, local tracks which are some of the best in the world. Morzine is also extremely easy in terms of logistics, fly to Geneva and it's just over an hour to resort, or 8 hrs from Calais if driving. It provides the perfect destination for your first, second, third or any MTB holiday. Yes there are breaking bumps in Les Gets, Just avoid Les Chavannes or ride Super Morzine which provides something for everyone! Even venture over to Les Crozets in Switzerland, taking an epic chair lift upto 2277 metres with some of the best views in Europe.

Morzine is also located so close to many epic resorts which are within 2hrs. Pila, La Thuile, Crans Montana, Verbier, Le Carroz and so on! It's a great base. It all depends if you want a pure 100% riding experience or an all round experience.

Any questions re Morzine, Finale, La Thuile, Pila, Aosta etc just ask we have been to all of these and more a few times! Europe has sooo many sick spots which offer such a huge variety or riding and experience, just get out an explore as many as possible.
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 yeh if anyone comes to Scotland please only ride Fort William and Innerleithen/Glentress... it will mean fewer people on all the other epic trails!
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 Yeah glad they only list bike parks. Keeps the best stuff quieter, even if you have to get off your arse, put some effort in an actually ride up the hill as well as down.
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 can you suggest these other epic trails, so that i can actively avoid them? cheers.
  • + 2
 Pretty standard guide etiquette. Everyone says “come to whistler” but no one comes to Whistler to ride WBP for two weeks. They come shred the park for a couple days, meet some cool people and move off into the woods to ride real trails.
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 I'm lining up a trip to Scotland within the next year. I rode with some people from Scotland a couple of years ago, and I see the trails they're riding back in Scotland look sick. Isle of Skye is on the list but I'm pretty sparse on other places at the moment. Would like to check out some castles too.
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 Hey guys,
I've got to say that I feel that starting the article with GB is a bit unfair Smile
I understand that maybe the majority of you is from the UK, but:
Dolomites, Alps, Pirenees, Sardinia, Tenerife, South Poland Smile

have fun and keep riding!
  • + 1
 bro, they missed so much from the UK that would make it punch up to Europe. The Lakes, Peaks, Scotland and many more places come pretty high. Would of like to see Massif Central and the Balkans too.
  • + 1
 The UK is a mountainous little island with a lot of gnarly trail cut into it. There's a reason why so many world class riders emerge from these shores. My average Sunday ride has 1200m of decent without any uplift on either natural rocks or loam. Ireland is the same.
  • + 1
 @yeti-monster: Are we talking Snowdonia?
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 @BenPea: pennines. Yeah not continous decent....up down up down up down.... Smile
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 @yeti-monster: Brenduro. Not sure that word works.
  • + 5
 Surprised the Spanish Pyrenees never got a mention, amazing variety of trails and not as high as the Alps so acclimating isn't as difficult. Basque MTB's backcountry was superb.
  • + 1
 I did that trip too. Stellar trails and really cool guides. I'd love to go back to the area around Ainsa and ride those trails again.
  • + 3
 How can Poland not be on the list?!

Some of my favorite riding in the world is in Biesko-Biala.

I've been riding in both Poland and Wales at least 4 times.

Sure, Wales has great trails, but there's never been a time of year I've been there that it hasn't been pissing rain. Last time it was 1 day of riding out of 5... only a slight drizzle then.

Bielsko-Biala (BB) has always been awesome.
  • + 4
 Funny how little any of the riding in Germany and Poland is known else where... both have amazing riding but you have to know the language or a local to find almost any of it...
  • + 5
 Don't forget Czech republic. I guess you have a better chance when speaking English in Germany than you have in France. In Poland of course it depends on where you are.
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 @vinay You're right. I met an english guy once who lived in Munich for five years. He could barely speak a full german sentence. He didn't learn the language because there was no need.
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 @Ruggd: I have a brother in law in Berlin in IT and he says the problem there now is finding programmers who can actually speak German haha... I kind of like that German trails stay locally known though, keeps the morzine or moab vibe away.
  • + 1
 @conomad I'm visiting Garmisch in August for a wedding, any riding suggestions? My wife and I do everything from XC to DH, it would super helpful! We can't find anything online of much use. Vielen dank!
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 @Klainmeister: How long can you stay there? Maybe you can go for the south side of the alps. Southtyrol is not that far from Garmisch. I will be there in August too. Paganella, Kronplatz, Plose, etc. - yes, kind of a roadtrip!
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 @Werratte: august 4th -18th. I speak decent German (lived in Landsberg) but still struggling to find much info. Tyrol isn't that far, that could work. Was looking at Davos too, perhaps.
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 @Klainmeister: Do not mistake Tyrol for Southtyrol. The latter is the northernmost province of Italy. Maybe Saalbach-Hinterglemm is an option. Most hotels include a daily pass for the bike park, making it a great deal. Leogang is also part of that bike park.
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 @Ruggd: I know English speakers who lived in France for years and didn't learn the language. Because they essentially avoided French people.
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 For France you can pin Allos as well. The lift access tracks are good but the area shines if you are willing to do a bit of hike-a-bike. Same goes for the Champsaur area. Of course, in those cases, making the most of the area will require a guide or a local.
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 Greece should be on your radar also...

In the past two-three years leaps have been made in the MTB scene...
Check out:
Hellenic Mountain Bike Association
Aegean Trails
Arcadian Trails
Vasilitsa MTB Park
Molista Riding area

and many more riding desitnations

Go to Trailforks for more info.

Imagine combining awesome riding in a startup scene, with the well established Greek country side and island network, and the excellent food and hospitality.

What more could you ask for. Smile
  • + 2
 I'd love to see some riding from Greece! Such an exotic place
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 @Ramon1901:

Run the following searches on YouTube
Gravity Freaks (Greece)
Molista MTB (Part I, II, III, IV, V)
Vasilitsa Bike Park

You will get a glimpse Smile
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 @hellequine: Thanks bro!!! Smile
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 @Ramon1901:
Anytime mate.

If you ever find yourself in Greece I' be happy to show you around.
  • + 5
 La Thuile should be on there. Epic, long, technical trails with no crowds and braking bumps.
  • + 2
 Speaking as French person there is so much more to discover in France than the usual suspects featured in this article (albeit interesting destinations). From the title of the article I was anticipating places much more off the beaten track.
Food for thoughts for another PB article?
  • + 2
 Switzerland- Chur, soooo good.

Austria- Wurbauerkogel, at any weather!

Slovakia- Kalnica, flow, big and steep jumps, haven't found anything so good in europe now. If it's wet, it gets super muddy, but as far as the layer of mud sticks completely to the bikes its dry again.

Slovakia- Malino Brdo, so steep, flowy and sometimes scares the shit out of you. The gondola sucks tho. Goes every half hour. Which fits pretty good if you go down fast, but if you slowpokin or wanna do a break, you have to wait for the next one.

France- Evo Bikepark? Haven't been yet but planning this year because it looks amazing. Any reports?

Poland- Kasina Wielka, everything from huge af jumps to small jumps, roots, steep stuff and probably the only reliable cable car in Poland, which is not just open if anybody is up to work.

Czech- Klinovec, fast and flowy, lot of super long flow trails and a downhill track that makes you grin if you like speed and jumps.

Czech- Kouty, haven't been there but a lot of people recommend it. Might be good then.
Belgium- Malmedy, the heaven of jumps and single trails. Oh and the cable car of death! It has Hürtgenwald (germany) close to it, might be good to hit this as well. Pretty flowy.

Just to add some to the already great list.
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 Yeah PORTUGAL!!
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 www.3laenderenduro.com/the-race-infos.html

Some of the finest "official" trails i have ever ridden ...
So versatile, from easy flowtrails to really rocky sketchy black DH stuff!
And the best part: you can do really great "high mountain" stuff
around the corner if you're willing to "carry" your bike ;-)
  • + 1
 Just watch out not to go there on the "enduro race" weekend, the best trails will be closed to the public ...
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 If you are in that area, then should add Livigno, Serfaus Fiss and possibly Latsch. Latsch is not a bikepark though. I heard something is being done also in Innsbruck..
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 Yes, love this place! One of my favourite spots.
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 Hey guys! Smile I have one more sugestion - visit Bulgaria! We have what to show you and for sure you'll love it. The prices here are much cheaper than in central Europe and you have many good options in a short distance. Best think is to come atleast for 1 week, to visit Pamporovo, Borovets, Vitosha, Petrich... we have many nice places that are not that popular, but for sure they are really good Smile Check Pamporovo - www.trailforks.com/region/pamporovo-resort, www.pinkbike.com/u/VeloParkPamporovo/blog/pamporovo-bike-season-2018.html and also Borovets www.trailforks.com/region/borovets-mountain-bike-park and if you need some more info or help to plan your Bulgarian Bike trip don't be hesitate to contact me. Hope to see you there! Smile Just one example how cheap is here - the daily lift pass cost aprox.12 euro and in Pamporovo you have special Bike offer for accommodation in 5* hotel full of extras for around 30 euro you can sleep and eat (brekfast & dinner) and have daily lift pass for whole bike zone and all 4 lifts.
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 Greece?
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 Yeap. We are in the fisrt steps as far as bike parks concern, but we have thousands of miles of natural trails and the usual hospitallity you yould expect!
  • + 1
 @antdiam: I rode in Crete last year and the terrain was awesome as well as the people and the beaches. I'd love to see them develop some more trails for when I go back, which I most certainly will.
  • + 5
 Some bucket list,more like a p**s pot list.... all the honey pot venues , lacking in imagination this article is ????
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 Don't complain it keeps the good stuff less busy.
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 @Denning76: fair point bud, that is true....i just like to moan these days !
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 Been to most of those places, and I wouldn't have Meribel anywhere near that list.
Are in Sweden and Verbier should definitely be included.
BPW is for beginners, so a decent rider will be disappointed.
Some places like Pila and Crans Montana are day trips IMO.
Would have thought you'd put Les Deux Alpes on the list rather than Alpe d'Huez (and use your lift pass for a day trip there).
  • + 1
 Crete Greece is one of the best places for cycling in Europa. Unfortunately there no bike parks but the offroad network is Huge. Big mountains and perfect weather all year round.
My favorite tour is
cyclingcreta.gr/our-tours/transcrete
  • + 5
 Switzerland doesnt need a bike park, Switzerland is a bike park.
  • + 1
 You got it my friend!! You can generalized that to any european mountains, that is the main difference with america where the wilderness makes them have to build tracks.
  • + 1
 Welcome to Italy, Bergamo and one of the smallest valleys in the north, without general tourism and a great bunch of trails over 1000m. Check my friends www.guidemtb-valbrembana.it and they will help you to create a great weekend!! Hope to see you in my backyard!!
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 If you are a competent rider don't bother with Bike Park Wales its really not that good. Highly recommend Revolution Bike Park. A few of the 50 to 01 crews clips have been shot there too.
  • + 2
 There is a mistake in the article for the Alpe d'Huez. The complete track is open outside the race.
We can do the whole track from 3300m to 720m when you want during the summer season (July and August).
  • + 1
 We are so happy that our home town of Lousã Portugal is on the list. Working closely with Louzan park we try to dedicate most of our year into bringing the best out of the beautiful mountain in Lousã. We offer holidays all year round and live and breath mtb.
  • + 1
 @alexcgevans Access to Pic Blanc and therefore the top of the Megavalanche track is open to any rider after and before the race dates. One of the best 30km of trail out there as you well know.
  • + 2
 It looks like author of that post not from Europe, the are multiple bike parks at morzine, also Andorra have more, I assume other locations not presise as well
  • + 1
 Is this article just a list of the popular destinations in Europe? It’s almost like someone has googled ‘Mountain Biking in Europe’ and Listed the top search hits
Very little effort has been put in here
  • + 2
 Virtually every country has beautiful natural trails and locations. Narrowing all this down to some artifical bike parks is a shame.
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 Verbier - Switzerland! Amazing bikepark + biggest Singletrail network in Switzerland!
  • + 1
 Can t believe they didn't put Verbier! Amazing place.
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 Sometimes I'm happy to be a european guy .. .can travel in multiple country and explore a incredible variety of trails without any passeport...
  • + 1
 Dont forget to drop by in Iceland on the way over the ocean. We are all so part of Europe ; )
There is even a clever Stopover program at some airliners ; )
  • + 1
 Well you forgot Are, in Sweden. That bike park is just a full blast from top to bottom and you can lap on pumptrack and dirt jumps by the lake once the lift are closed.
  • + 1
 Awsome spots! Unfortunately they are all very far from my country, but if I lived in Europe I would certainly try to get to know some of these places!
  • + 1
 AVoid glen tress trail centre in Scotland. Super blown out trails. Loads of climbing rewarded with more climbing. Was very disappointed.
  • + 1
 Glentress and Inners don't make up 2 parts of the 7 Stanes. Both only class as 1 location. Technically it should be called the 8 Stanes.
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 VERBIER!! Verbier bike park in is has one of the best downhill tracks I've ever ridden, as good if not better than schladming!
  • + 3
 No canary islands, no good
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 If you are crazy enough to come to France for bike parks, you should consider the one in Lioran lioranfreebikepark.com
Awesome tracks and super nice team.
  • + 1
 Malmedy and Hürtgenwald have some of the best jumps in Europe.

Like mentioned before Spicak also an awesome place.

Brandnertal is missing too.
  • + 1
 As well, I used to live in Scotland, Innerleithen/Glentress, and these are places very difficult to get if you have no car or on holiday: no buses and no trains nearby.
  • + 1
 How could the Porsmork region of Iceland not make this list?

www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=6-aIM3sIALk
  • + 1
 Oddly accessible from America as well.
  • + 3
 Add Poland with Srebrna Góra and Bielsko-Biała Enduro trails.
  • + 1
 Are there any bike parks or rad trails on the north (west north or east north) of the Poland?
  • + 1
 @Vyckinis: no mountains there.
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 Spicak in Czech Republic!
  • + 2
 Pretty obvious picks. Revolution is the best place I've ridden in the UK. BPW has a rubbish uplift
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 Laax, St. Moritz, Verbier. In Norway it is hike a bike mountain top or Nesbyen.
  • + 3
 The dh race track in pila is worth a trip on its own.
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 So basically all World Cup tracks?
  • + 1
 Going to Paris this summer. What close DH wise? I am with my family and need to make the trip no more than two days.
  • + 1
 Nothing close. The closest would be The Lac Blanc or La Bresse, at least 4h drive. But we do have some dirt trails and enduroish trails 30mn from Paris.
  • + 1
 No mention of cyprus?! What a ahame! Summer all year round, and a lot of great natural trails!
  • + 3
 best post ever
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 I will never tell you about my secret spots haha.....
  • + 1
 Help! I can’t get to any of these places. I’m stuck in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
  • + 1
 Molini di Triora in Liguria, Northern Italy gets my vote, Non commercial and epic trails..
  • + 2
 It has some very good trails that's for sure!
  • + 1
 Should do this for all the continents/Countries.
Australia, USA, Canada, South America, Asia, Africa etc.
  • + 3
 no la grave and zermatt?
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 Bormio and Livigno...the area of big climbing road Stelvio and Gavia
  • + 1
 Only a pom could have so much good riding so close and still piss and moan.
  • + 1
 And we have many other trails to make you discover in Andorra! www.mtbaventures.com
  • + 1
 Think you may need to go.... deeper
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 In Switzerland you must come see the Verbierbikepark too !!!!!
  • + 1
 No Czech? Atleast i know where my country lie ..
  • + 1
 Nothing in Sweden... Åre is incredible with 30+ DH trails and no mention?
  • + 1
 Golfie tracks. Inners. comparable to squamish.
  • + 1
 Yeeeeeee Hafjell bikepark is sick, really recommend going there!!!!!
  • + 1
 It seems that the EVO Bike Park has been forgotten \m/
  • + 1
 Does that mean that Mike or Mike or Vernon can eventually come to Hafjell?
  • + 1
 Pila is amazing, barely anyone there and so flowy
  • + 1
 Sorry guys but you missed the Canary Islands!!!
  • + 1
 Are all of these places lift or shuttle assisted destinations?
  • + 1
 So cool. Do one for Asia next.
  • + 1
 Bernex !
  • + 0
 Can't believe Dalby isn't on here Razz
  • + 1
 Madeira & Lousã!!!!
  • + 1
 I noticed losinj
  • - 2
 Wasn't on the list

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