Looking back on 2020, there was clearly one thing missing from your MTB calendar this year – trips to distant lands. You didn’t go trail hunting in Whistler or ride your fat tyres through jungles in Thailand. You didn’t ride over the sandy hills of Israel or through the endless expanses of Utah. But, what held you back? Staying at home opened up a new realm of possibilities. All of a sudden, your own backyard became a mountain bike paradise as you hunted for new routes and stretches of forest. Pedaling along technical trails in the lowlands, crossing streams, and following steep paths to rubble heaps in the heart of the city – you can discover a lot of adventure close to home.
Shimano is looking for the best MTB Tours outside of your front door. Show us your favourite routes, take some photos, and bring us on your Tour. We will choose the ten most exciting Tours and include them in a ‘Best of’ Collection – ‘The trail on your doorstep’. The ten winners will receive a free subscription to komoot Premium for one year. In addition, all winners will be entered into a raffle to win a DEORE XT M8100 groupset worth £900!
So hop on your bike and discover adventure on your doorstep. Don’t forget that we also want to be there. It couldn’t be easier to take part in our challenge:
- Register on Shimano with your email address (the same one you use for komoot) and you will unlock a free region on the app.
- Follow the Shimano profile on komoot
- Go on Tour
- At the end of your Tour, upload the best photos and tag Shimano as a participant.
- Alternatively, you can choose a Tour you’ve already completed and tag Shimano.
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We already sent our athletes ahead – not participating in this challenge, of course. From Scotland to the Alps, Spain to Poland, and Sweden to France – across Europe, they got on their bikes and warmed up trails in their home country.
Obviously, if you live in the Highlands or on the edge of the Alps, you don't have to worry too much about trail quality. But, even in these places, our athletes discovered corners, paths, and trails that they had overlooked for years.
That’s what we’re all about: pausing and looking at your home turf in a new light. With your eyes wide open, the dump becomes a training centre for steep climbs, an old dirt road becomes a muddy trail after rain that demands all your skills, the forgotten campsite in the neighboring village becomes a stopover on your bikepacking trip, and the next hill is the perfect place for a sunrise ride.
This Tour was planned as a film shoot but unfortunately as we neared the top, the weather came in.
This is a round trip version of Ben Ledi up via Stand Glen and back down through Stank Glen.
It extends the descent by quite a bit, and is more 'raw' than the tourist trail of going directly up and down. The hike-a-bike on the way up can be challenging in places but visiting the lochan is definitely worth it.
Ridden in one go, this Tour on the edge of the Scottish Highlands is a long, challenging gravel bike adventure that will keep you on the road for a whole day. But, if that's too much for you, you can easily break it up into smaller rides. The ‘Southern Loop’, which is almost 33 kilometres (20.5 miles) long, takes you from the small village of Aberfoyle through the traffic-free Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and onto the shores of Loch Ard, one of the most picturesque lakes in Scotland. North of Aberfoyle, more stunning lakes await as you pass no less than six lochs, each beautiful in its own right. From the road, you don’t catch many glimpses of the water, but you can expect wide views from the remote gravel paths. You can easily shorten this ‘Northern Loop’ at various points to suit your timetable and fitness level.
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What could be nicer than getting on your bike after work and letting the day fade away on a relaxed, enjoyable tour? That is exactly what we asked Guido Tschugg, which is why he sent us this relaxed tour through the landscape of the beautiful Eggstätt-Hemhofer lake district northwest of Chiemsee. Mirror-like lakes, typical German farmland and shady forest areas await you here.The tour is relatively short and you will have a lot of fun if you are not that experienced on the bike. The focus here is clearly on nature, which you can enjoy wonderfully on the way. So take your time and stop by one of the lakes - in summer it is also worth taking a bathing break.
Dave Spielmann, mountain bike guide from the Engadine, takes us on one of his absolute favorite tours: the Bernina Express. The short tour is wonderfully varied and inspires you with many partly natural, partly laid out single trails, stony hiking trails and gentle flow trails. At the top of the Bernina Pass you have the choice: you can turn around and enjoy the trail back to Pontresina or continue the tour with a "loop" in high alpine terrain. So if you fancy steep climbs, open meadows, small lakes and stream crossings, just add a loop!If, on the other hand, you would rather save a little energy, there is also a great alternative: The Bernina Express runs to the Bernina Pass, from which you can relax and enjoy the view of the magnificent landscape. You can already see whether it's a high alpine adventure or a relaxed trail circuit: everything is possible here.
Mary Moncorgé brought us two routes. This tour is a leisurely weekend round - even if you get up late, you will be back home in the afternoon. It starts in L'Escarène - a very typical, idyllic French mountain village. There are a few houses, a church and a bakery here. And that's exactly where you can get some goodies and provisions for the tour before you start.As soon as you leave the village, you are already on the narrow paths that once the cattle were herded. Again and again you can enjoy a wonderful view that extends to the Mediterranean Sea and Corsica. Take it easy, because the climb is long and demanding.Your reward is not just the good view and the fresh mountain air - after you have reached the highest point of the tour, a great descent awaits you, including a trail called “Disney Land”. The name says it all: you enjoy the finest bike action, which ensures that you come back to the starting point of the tour with a big grin on your face.
Mary Moncorgé's second tour is not exactly an everyday weekend excursion - it is her training program for the Transvésubienne race. 85 kilometers and 3,500 vertical meters, almost the entire route of narrow, steep single trails - that needs to be properly prepared.And so she put together a route at home that combines all facets of the race: sweaty climbs, narrow single trails over scree and boulders and of course incredibly fast, steep descents that would look good in an enduro race. So all in all a tour for experienced mountain bikers who want to take their skills to the next level.From Sospel there is a short walk over narrow streets, then the route turns onto increasingly steep serpentines. Sometimes on old asphalt, sometimes on loose gravel, you gain height before you start your first single trail. The view is fantastic high above the valley, but thick roots and gravel the size of a fist don't leave you much time to enjoy the view.At the highest point of the tour you treat yourself to a short break before you head into the forest and briskly downhill. Fast, curvy trails bring you back towards the valley. Sometimes more of a rocky hiking trail than a MTB trail, the route demands all your skills on the last third of the tour. After the final descent on rooty forest trails, the route spits you out right at the Peille train station - and after you've finished your work, you let your bike roll out easily.
Pro mountain biker David Cachon shows us one of the most unreal landscapes in Spain: The Bardenas Reales. His tour takes you through the rocky semi-desert in the autonomous region of Navarre, high up in the north of Spain. You start at the small reservoir Embalse del Ferial on a gravel road that takes you directly into the national park. The paths get narrower and narrower until you finally find yourself in an unreal desert landscape that inspires you with bizarre rock formations, deep gorges and moon-like rock formations.The highlight of the route is the legendary “Deer Pass”, a curvy trail through one of the canyons, on which you drive between eroded, almost undulating gray rock faces.Tips:
The starting point of the tour is around 40 kilometers from the small town of Tudela and around 70 kilometers from the capital of Navarre, Pamplona. From there it is a great day trip. Just remember to take enough provisions with you, because you won't have any shopping opportunities on the way.
On this compact circular, you experience truly exhilarating trails. The excitement begins from the get-go, when you set off on your bike from the car park next to the Derwent River. To start, you warm up on a nice, flat trail along the Cromford Canal, and off you go!
The route takes you through the hilly landscape of Derbyshire. With names such as ‘Jackass Descent’, ‘Black Rocks’, and ‘Kelly’s Trail’, the trails are as fun as they sound. With wonderful views, the rock formations along the Black Rocks Trail (after which the trail is named) are a particular highlight.
Since the area is a small mountain biking paradise, you can easily extend your adventure by trying out a few other trails that you pass time and time again as you ride.
Starting in the heart of Edinburgh, this Tour proves two things: you can have fun at home and you don't need a car to reach the trails. The Tour begins with a relaxed warm-up through the streets of Edinburgh and into the southern outskirts of the city, reaching the greenery of Hillend Country Park. Next, you are tested by a steep climb, interrupted with a few fences where you have to dismount and carry your bike. The trail brings you to the top of the Hillends ski run the fastest way possible, which is where the fun really begins. The various trails and forest paths here are surrounded by such beautiful green nature that you will soon forget your ride through the city. You cycle a short, but very enjoyable, section through the countryside via a network of trails before pedalling along the Water of Leith back to the starting point – the perfect cool-down for your short workout.
The legendary trail center “Coed-Y-Brenin” is a real institution in Wales - and that is exactly where Anna Glowinski is heading on her evening round. On this tour you will explore a piece of real mountain bike history - the Trail Center is the first of its kind in the world. All kinds of well-built and well-marked trails await you in the Trail Center. There is something for every level of ability, so boredom is guaranteed.This tour combines artificially created mountain bike routes with natural mountain bike trails to create a varied round that leaves nothing to be desired. And if that's not enough for you, just add a few more trails - the selection here is really impressive.Incidentally, the starting point of the tour is the visitor center, where you can not only strengthen yourself: there is also a bike shop and even a bike rental.
Ex-racing cyclist Emma Johansson takes us to Trysil. Around the Norwegian city near the Swedish border is a true mountain bike Eldorado with trails and routes for every taste. From the built downhill route to the natural single trails, everything is included and this tour is a kind of "best of".You start at the base station of the Bike Arena, from where it first goes uphill for a while. Once at the top, you can treat yourself to a little break with the best view before a real dream trail awaits you. The "Magic Moose" is a 7.5 kilometer long flow trail with many artificial obstacles, rock gardens, bordering and northshore elements. He spits you out again at the Bike Arena, where part two of the tour begins.This part of the tour is completely different because you are only on natural trails. So you can gain experience on very different terrain and immerse yourself in the beautiful nature of Norway.
To the west of Sheffield lies the Peak District, an awesome destination for mountain biking in the UK.
To reach this Tour, you can easily hop on the train from Sheffield which has rail connections to Hope. You set off from the Café Adventure in the village. As the Tour also ends here, you can tuck into a delicious cake or hearty sandwich and enjoy a coffee before heading home.
But first, it’s time for adventure! You can expect 19 easy kilometres (11.8 miles) of up and downhill riding which are anything but boring. Again and again, you ride along varied single trails with great views over the surrounding countryside. Following trails named ‘Ladybower Woodland’ and ‘Hagg Farm Descent’, you follow a flowing descent down to Ladybower Dam. Here, at the very latest, you can enjoy a well-earned break complete with epic views.
If you want to extend your ride, you will find endless great trails in the area if you keep your eyes peeled. Alternatively, you can simply cycle back to Sheffield.