Pinkbike Poll: What's On Your Summer Riding List?

May 22, 2018 at 15:06
by Daniel Sapp  
Trails like this, in Aosta, Italy, are worth a vacation day or three.


With snow lines climbing ever higher in the Northern Hemisphere, the summer riding season is finally upon us. While some have traveled during the winter, seeking out warmer trails in drier destinations, others have hunkered down, working away to finish a semester at school, build up vacation time at work, or fasting...all to save up for the highly anticipated summer riding trip.

Barely over a decade ago, unless you were a professional athlete or somehow affiliated with the bike industry, it seemed that the most common road trip in North America either involved heading to the Utah desert, or up to British Colombia to ride Whistler and the North Shore. The trails in both diverse locations were the top in the world, and the most common way of getting there was loading your buddies in the car, packing it full of bikes, and scraping together gas funds while living off of ramen, fast food, and whatever else you could find.

Times are a changing. Every year, the number of destinations and locales with quality trail systems seems to grow - there's even singletrack worth riding in Kansas, of all places. Along with it, mountain bikers' enthusiasm for exploring new terrain is constantly stoked with a seemingly endless supply of media promoting those places. Whether it's a quick edit on Movies for your Monday, a social media post from a pro rider, an advertisement from a region's tourism board, or a photo montage highlighting an epic trip, it seems that there's an endless supply of bucket-list worthy destinations.

The desert and British Columbia are both still at the top of the list for many people, myself included, but options for riding destinations have grown. With mountain biking becoming a little more mainstream and consisting of a wider demographic than your average dirtbag, the ways to get there seem to have multiplied as well. Depending where you want to go or how you want to get there, if you can dream it, you can make it happen.

 300 in bag fees one direction right here.
Flying is easy with a nice bike bag but you still risk your bike being damaged or lost...and likely $150 each way in baggage fees.
 Vanlife
#Vanlife is all the rage, and pretty awesome. Borrowing a van is good too, just make sure you return Etta Lou clean, oil changed, and full of fuel.


There's still the good 'ol fashioned road trip in a car that may or may not make it without a mechanical, but there are other less stressful options. You could fly with your bike in style thanks to a host of well made travel cases, or, fly without a bike and rent a near brand new steed from a local shop. Search the forums and Pinterest if you want to get in on #vanlife and build out your own perfect road trip machine, or, just rent a full size RV online just about anywhere in the world. Or you could try hitchhiking, which comes with some added risk, but a near guarantee of a good story.

Once you're at a destination, options for getting out are endless as well. You can choose your own path and explore singletrack that's been mapped out by riders before you, hire a guide, buy a lift ticket, get a shuttle, charter a helicopter...or a float plane to get you out into the backcountry. No matter your desire, it's as easy as ever to get out and have a good time on the bike in a new or favorite spot close to or far away from home.


Roadtripping in 07
The start of my first summer riding trip with good friends Steven and Scott fresh out of high school some years back. No GPS, Trailforks, hashtags, or Instagram but we had bikes, a paper map, a Chevy Tahoe full of camping gear, and two months of junk food from Costco.


So... let's hear it. Where are you stoked to go ride to this summer? How are you going to get there? Are you bringing your bike with you? Shipping it? Flying it? Renting? Where will you stay?

What's on your summer bucket list?

Where will your mountain bike vacation take you this year?



How will you travel to your mountain biking vacation destination?



What's your bike situation?



Where are you staying?




164 Comments

  • + 71
 california is not a riding destination apparently
  • + 7
 belgium neither
  • + 41
 No multiple choice.... i'm riding in cali and go to multiple other destinations listed... survey fail
  • + 9
 Well New Mexico doesn't count for US West? Good, more for us!
  • + 3
 @Jsmoke: agreed
  • + 27
 @adrennan Sorry you had to find out this way.
  • + 10
 Isnt Cali in the US west?
  • + 4
 Being a native Californian it is actually not a very good place to ride. I guess the proper term/description would be "overrated" because it is by no means horrible.
  • + 5
 We're losing trail in Southern California like crazy. Frown
  • + 2
 @CaliCol: If you only ride in your end of California, then you'll keep thinking that.
  • + 4
 @danstratplr: yep. Thank all the idiots obsessed with Strava & Instagram blowing places up. The neighbors get over the crowds of people, cars & trash then the land owner finds out & boom, gone.
  • + 1
 @codypup: I have lived all over CA and all over the U.S. for that matter and CA is not that great but I respect your opinion. Maybe I just hate Jerry Brown that much but who knows? hahaha
  • + 5
 So cal is definitely the winter time spot along with utah and az. The tahoe-Oregon-WA trip is the way many of us socal riders beat the heat of summer
  • + 0
 Keep it that way please, thanks!
  • + 5
 Leave California like I did and you will never want To go back. I don't know anyone who has broke out of that place that looks forward to returning for any reason.
  • + 3
 @Klainmeister: I know. I recommend that no one go to New Mexico I will just suffer through the awesome I mean horrible riding myself.
  • - 3
 I'm going to ride my girlfriend all summer.
  • + 1
 @Klainmeister: Was wondering where Angel Fire was. . . as I'll definitely be hitting it and Trestle.
  • + 0
 @dwmetalfab: I’m only 14 and went to Idaho 2 months ago, and holy crap please get me out of California.
  • + 2
 Hmm. They didn’t mention anywhere on the entire continent of Asia, home to more than 60% of humans...

...meanwhile you’re feeling left out because they didn’t specifically mention your state in the list of four geographic regions of the United States that included “Western States”?!
  • + 1
 No mid-Atlantic region either.
  • + 7
 @Jsmoke: "Survey Fail". Designed by poorly paid bro with a quota to hack together. Not surprising
  • + 1
 @dwmetalfab:
Same. Gone for nearly 25 years and don't miss it a bit.
  • + 3
 Because SoCal is best ridden in the winter :-)
  • + 1
 @fecalmaster: it takes two..work on those neck muscles!
  • + 1
 @CaliCol: Gotta laugh at your comment. You clearly haven't been to Santa Cruz or Downieville. But hey, different strokes....
  • + 34
 6 dudes, 6 bikes in a 3 bed AirBnB with a hot tub, 10 pounds of beef jerky, 10 flats of beer and a whole lotta stoke, YYYEEEWWW
  • + 4
 beer and jerky, watch out for gout.
  • + 7
 You don't want to be anyone but the first to poop every morning in this house.
  • + 0
 So wide open on that one...
  • + 24
 No Austria?
  • + 70
 Austria? Well then... g’day mate! Let’s put another shrimp on the barbie!
  • + 3
 @g123: don’t you go dying on me
  • + 29
 @g123: I used to do a lot of work with Austrians (Atomic Ski), we said that joke regularly... and they never appreciated or found it funny, which just made it more funny.
  • + 7
 True, I think there might be a grand total of six or seven people in the entire Germanic tribe that can laugh at ones self, or laugh period. The rest take themselves far too serious and laughing might hurt their fragile yet well displayed ego which I find hilarious.
  • + 0
 @g123: Lol, I got that , awesome film;
  • + 2
 @g123: haha
  • + 19
 The wife.
  • + 3
 ^amen brother
  • + 8
 Oh ya.....giggity giggity alllright
  • - 3
 I'll be over in 20-30 minutes.
  • + 11
 In all seriousness though, Austria is missing, plus some of these need as I’ll be driving to 2 of them and flying to one!!!!
  • + 10
 No multiple choice and BC is a big province not just Whistler and the Shore.
  • + 1
 Indeed. I'll be hanging on the Sunshine Coast for a couple of weeks.
  • + 1
 @JackSB: Nothing to see here.
  • + 2
 Yup. From northern BC, and I dare say much of the riding there is better than the sea-to-sky. May get flak for that, but particularly if you don't like blown out trails or dodging other riders it's the best.
  • + 1
 @ldhbaker: got any tips on areas to check out?
  • + 2
 I thought the same... BC the only listed zones are South Coast... Like the interior is just a waste land??? Orrr.... Yes... Nothing to see here in the interior, please move along! Wink
  • + 1
 @ratbastard: a little from column A and a little from column B.
  • + 1
 Pg, burns lake, Smithers, and valemount are all gems! @quacker13:
  • + 2
 It's funny how people act when tourists wanna ride their trails. Bike tourism saved a lot of small town in BC and gel thrive most community and most of those people complaining are working in tourism driven industry same with surfing nobody love tourists surfing in tofino but those people work or own hotels and surf shop or surf school. Embrace it don't try to fight it
  • + 7
 Have always done mainland BC trips in the fall. This year going to visit Vancouver Island. Will miss Fergies breakfasts and Blackcomb trails, but time to find new zones. Looking forward to home trails too!
  • + 2
 Uterbraten on south Benson outside of Nanaimo. Suuuper fun DH track. Lots of nice dirt.
  • + 1
 @jayacheess: is Trailforks going to be fairly decent in getting us in the right zones? Thanks!
  • + 1
 @JDFF: No idea! I've only had a little bit of experience with Island riding myself. That said, the locals pointed me toward a lot of the stuff that seems to be high on the Trailforks heatmaps, so you'll probably be okay. Though, there's probably some of the big gnarly stuff missing from Trailforks on mount Prevost where Stevie used to ride *speculation*.
  • + 2
 FYI Fergies burned down, so your not missing anything this summer.
  • + 1
 @Squamishboz: no way! So bummed. When?
  • + 1
 @jayacheess: That's pretty much exactly what i would expect. My experiences in mainland BC are spot on to what you just described. Ride tons, get in with locals, find the goods the year before they get on Strava/Trailforks. Thanks!
  • + 3
 @JDFF: Cumberland is a 100% must ride on the island. Trailforks will sort you out, check out the BC Bike Race routes from the last few years.
  • + 1
 @gramboh: sweet thanks
  • + 1
 @JDFF: few months ago. My understanding is that they're rebuilding though.
  • - 4
flag jamesbrant (May 25, 2018 at 14:45) (Below Threshold)
 @jayacheess: no need to be so specific mate, if they want to find it they will but no need to make these trails any busier than they already are FFS. keep the Island low key, don't talk about the Island.
  • - 6
flag jamesbrant (May 25, 2018 at 14:46) (Below Threshold)
 @gramboh: yeah, sweet thanks for the tip, now shut the f*ck up it's already too f*cking busy with tourists here.
  • + 2
 You must do Cumberland but drop in at a local bike shop (Dodge city cycles will sort you out) as there are a lot of trails out there. If you are in the greater Victoria area harbourview in sooke is my favourite and it’s not too busy as it is out of the way. Tzouhalem and maple mountain in Duncan are also amazing and it would be hard to choose one over the other if I had to.
  • + 3
 @JDFF: coast gravity park
  • + 2
 @jamesbrant: Good news! I have an extra two weeks. Loading up the RV with my cousins and heading your way! They don't ride (yet), but I'm getting them sorted with fat E-bikes, should work out fine. Yankee doodle dandy!
(PS- I'm a disgruntal surfer from a depressed coastal logging town, don't worry, i get it. Calm down, it's all good we ride bikesSmile
  • + 1
 @isaacascadia: yeah, just watched a news clip. Looked like early April. Hopefully, they are able rebuild and keep the funky rustic charm.
  • + 3
 @JDFF: @jamesbrant I'm a surfer as well and that shit is getting old I got denied acces by douche bag in Oregon to surf a spot, trails and ocean are for everyone let it go.
  • + 0
 Cumberland sucks. Tell your friends
  • + 7
 big van trip starting in Malaga, Spain, across France, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland, back to Italy, France and home in Malaga
  • + 6
 I live in Whistler so I don’t need to go anywhere plus I am retired so I’m always on vacation. I think I’ve ridden 35 days or so this year in Squamish earlier and here on valley trails.
  • + 8
 i want your life, someoldfart.
  • + 5
 Just back from Sedona. Headed to Kernville to ride the Cannell Plunge next weekend, Whistler in July with stops in Ashland, Oakridge and Vancouver. Downieville in September. Durango & Moab in October.
  • + 1
 I love ashland and oakridge! Already booked oakridge in August. Ashland is great too and Right up from far northern ca. Scratched Bellingham off the list last week. So much good riding up north.
  • + 7
 Shout out to the poor parents out there. I'm just staying home and riding with my kids.
  • + 7
 Roadtrip with wife and kid counts as "Roadtrip with friends"?
  • + 3
 depends on how much you like them :p
  • + 6
 LOL no Midwest either (UP Michigan for my trip).
  • + 2
 Marquette and Copper harbor are absolutely amazing!
  • + 1
 make sure you stop for a pie at the ambassador in houghton on your way to copper harbor
  • + 2
 Been off my bike since last July after tearing 2 tendons and displacing my long bicep tendon, with MRI and consultants, and the NHS putting back all nonemergency operations back 5 months last January. I'm finally getting it done June 25th, so I can't do Whistler (1st time) as planned this year, or a return trip to Morzine. So anyone who's not quite happy where they're riding, just be thankful you can. Enjoy people, you don't know how much ya' miss it when ya' can't;
  • + 5
 The question is, why can I only click one box???
  • + 2
 Might take a trip to Penticton/Silver Star or Revelstoke/Nelson. Other than that, after work rides on the Shore and weekend trail rides in Squamish/Whistler plus the bike park. #blessed to live here.
  • + 4
 Scotland, a Van, a DH bike and a Trail bike... I dont need or desire any more than i have on my doorstep.
  • + 1
 ..a bottle of semiskimmed, a newspaper and some moss?
  • + 1
 @zorba73: a bottle of buckfast more like
  • + 4
 #staycationwhenyouliveintheRockies
  • + 4
 no where im broke as shit
  • + 2
 I went to Highland MTB park ! it was on top of my list. must go back though not all trails were opened but still an amazing place, great vibe.
  • + 1
 Man, did Iceland last summer and it was outrageously cool. Lots of other worthwhile places on this "poll", but for areas to ride with a totally different feel and terrain, Iceland can't be beat.
  • + 4
 Not Bellingham. Bellingham is closed. No more bikes. Or Beer.
  • + 1
 Pisgah. There are tons of camping options and affordable airbbs, great bike shops right at the entrance of the forest, plenty of restaurants and grocery options, and enough trail to keep you entertained for months.
  • + 2
 Jasper,Banff,Revelstoke,Sun Peaks,Pemberton,Whistler,Squamish,Vancouver,Bellingham..car camping/roof top tent.
  • + 1
 Yo PB! Where's Welsh Wales on yo list!!
My plan for the summer, si an wait for my flayed ribs, phnema thorax an dislocated ACJ to heal up
:/
  • + 3
 Can you please speak English. They have online courses if you need help.
  • - 3
 @Boardlife69: Ooohh look at you with no understanding of sarcasm..... Or is it just irony that your Swiss AND a grammer nazi
  • + 5
 @nojzilla:
you're
  • + 0
 @cvoc: yep there it is Big Grin too dumb to know when yo Brin trolled
  • + 1
 Last four weeks in Italy, coming up is Slovenia, croatia, Austria, switzerland, France, germany, Spain, Andorra, and maybe more. #vanlife
  • + 1
 Some of my favorite spots are missing on the list, but we don't realy want to share anyhow. Is a vintage pull behind camper part of van life?
  • + 1
 "Is a vintage pull behind camper part of van life?" only if the vehicle pulling it is a van.
  • + 1
 Bend, Hood River, Carcross, Burns Lake, Penticton, Revelstoke, Valemount, Kamloops, Prince George, Terrace, Williams Lake... and?
  • + 2
 Excited to tick a couple of bucket list items off by riding The Dolomites and Yukon this year.
  • + 2
 I live in BC and will be road tripping with the wife. I hope I can keep up with her this season!
  • + 2
 Moving to Japan in July.Looking forward to exploring the culture and mtb scene there.
  • + 2
 #Vanlife so I'll be visiting about 6 countries in Europe.
No way of opting for multiples in the pole though
  • + 2
 Been to Aosta the last couple of years, anyone know the name of trail in first picture? I don't BTW.
  • + 1
 @Wilburfied..... you challange for the summer..... it should be easy enough to find on a topo map/opentreetmap.... look at the lay of the land and compare it to the map..... it's a major valley with a airport in it by the looks of it.....
  • + 1
 I was being led around...don’t know the name of the trail. Was a shuttle up, hour or so pedal, then a short hike and then a descent from there to town. Stellar riding. The crew at Aosta Valley Freeride was guiding us.
  • + 1
 @danielsapp: Cheers ...will have to look up Aosta freeride since we will be out that way this summer
  • + 2
 I just want to ride more often than I did the previous year. Reignite the stoke; brah! \m/
  • + 2
 Riding whatever the Trans BC Enduro race puts us on. Looking forward to it!
  • + 2
 A lot of good destinations missing from the locations list...
  • + 4
 I also did not know that Vans are the only remaining form of RV.
  • + 1
 The praries especially
  • + 2
 Andorra ???????? this year for me
  • + 2
 Spending the entie summer in Colorado's collegiate peaks region so....
  • + 1
 Only allowed one choice? What if I’m having more than one holiday this year?
  • + 0
 What's with N.Mex getting dropped off the 'US Western States'? Three out of the 4 corner states represented. Angel Fire, Santa Fe, Gallup area all have the goods.
  • + 1
 A true dirt bag road trip with your bike crew is a right of passage for the mountain bike lifer!
  • + 3
 Nelson!
  • + 1
 Goal: 3000K of singletrack!
3Stage
SCMBC
Copeland
Midhurst
Buckwallow
Mansfield
  • + 1
 Good thing that new Mexico isn't on the list. Hopefully everyone avoids Angel fire this season
  • + 1
 Staying at home in NZ and will get the occasional ride in between skiing as much as I can.
  • + 2
 Love living in Grand Junction Co!
  • + 1
 I figure I'll go riding in Japan, planning on walking the journey. Should be pretty epic.
  • + 1
 I live in utah so... the best trails are my backyard, but I will also be riding in the U.S. western states
  • + 2
 Heck I’d settle just for dry weather honestly
  • + 1
 Some of the best riding I have enjoyed is the Yukon... Overshadowed and overlooked by its big brother to the south though.
  • + 1
 I don't care where, as long as I'm riding with my good mates from up north across the channel Smile
  • + 1
 Paganella (new to me) and Kronplatz. Maybe one more trip but nothing planed till now.
  • + 1
 No asia?? Come on Pinkbike
  • + 1
 no love for da yooper trails? don't sleep on copper harbor, y'all.
  • + 1
 Crested Butte and Telluride for some Momentum Concepts goodness
  • + 1
 Nelson bc...first time here!
  • + 1
 France is the European capitol of MTB
  • + 1
 Blue Derby and Maydena, Tasmania
  • + 1
 I cant choose multiple destinations? Who only goes on one holiday?....
  • + 2
 Exactly! I'll be in NVan next week ... Whistler for June... then Finale Ligure to start July!
  • + 1
 @iain: Nice! I'll be in Finale beginning of August. Enjoy!
  • + 2
 In usa, majority of full time workers may only get 2 weeks vacation time. But, usa does have numerous holiday's which are great for 3-4 day trips or stay-cations.
  • + 1
 @jrocksdh: 8 weeks holiday here.... means even after family holidays are had there's till plenty of time for multiple mtb missions..

Those 3-4 day trips can bring good times though!
  • + 1
 @SillyTorque: nice! Im fortunate to get close to a month and half off in total which is unheard of. 60-70 hour work weeks average. Mtb vaca in Washington this August then Utah October!
  • + 1
 west coast for me but oh I live in Squamish Wink
  • + 2
 #teamlitty
  • + 2
 Canadia ?
  • + 1
 Mangler sighting! yeah dude!
  • + 1
 @Daniel Sapp, woah App Sate tshirt and a Stephen sighting. Nice!!!
  • + 1
 Don't come to Arizona it's horrible!!!!!
  • + 1
 My destinaton are nevegal,Livigno and ....WHISTLER ????
PANIC ATTACK
  • + 1
 MY BIKE IS BROKEN!!!!! Hurry up crash replacement
  • + 1
 Baller bras du Nord coming up soon!
  • + 1
 The Yukon and Utah!!!
  • + 1
 Slovenia it is
  • + 1
 Whistler then squamton
  • + 1
 Norway mate!
  • + 1
 Schladming!!!
  • + 1
 The Kingdom of Keycaps.
  • + 1
 Whistler...
  • + 1
 Hard to find cold beer though Frown

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