Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

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Even 15 years ago it would have been unimaginable to think of package mountain biking holidays, resorts staying open all summer long, and bike parks, purpose-built trails and northshore being common-place across Europe. But there you go - progression has been quick indeed. Those in it from the beginning are starting to reap the rewards. Morzine, Les Gets, and others in the Portes du Soleil are now considered the hub of the European scene, rivalling their counterpart over in Whistler, BC. Other ski resorts in Europe are either trying to play catch up, or are eyeing up the interest in this summer activity. Along with the ski resort crowd, there are a number of smaller hills that have embraced the mountain bike scene. Tenerife, Portugal and Spain are littered with forward-thinking resorts that can see the potential in the sport. In Germany and Austria, smaller resorts with centenary-celebrating funiculars and cablecars are being given a new breath of life and, last but not least, there is Britain, blessed with some of the best mountain biking in the world which can be found within an hour's journey of every major city. It's a great time to be riding bikes, with every year bringing new trails, new bike parks, new equipment to try, and new countries to explore.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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