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For most of us, mountain biking is divided into two categories: On the one hand there are the after-work and weekend rounds, which clear your mind in everyday life, let you breathe deeply and challenge your body in the most fun way. And then there are the rides that require complete concentration; rides where the trails leave no wishes unfulfilled, where bikes become one with the roots and rocks. Maybe you've only been to such a mountain bike paradise once or twice, or maybe you’ve never been.

Whatever your experience, however, one thing is certain: What you experience during these rides is enough to make your heart beat faster for months on end and to make the same stories seem more and more great over time — and rightly so, of course. To make sure you don’t run out of stories, we've picked out some incredible places that are just waiting to be discovered by you and your bike.

To make sure you don’t run out of stories, we've picked out some incredible places that are just waiting to be discovered by you and your bike.

Mountain bike paradises for you

Choose from our ready-to-go Collections with handpicked Tours and lots of handy information, created by passionate people like you.

Trans-Slovenia Alp crossing – on lonely trails towards the Adriatic Sea

Mountain Biking Collection by komoot

Boundless trail and E-MTB paradise Ischgl

Mountain Biking Collection by Paznaun - Ischgl

Europe's longest Flow Country Trail in nock/bike region Bad Kleinkirchheim

Mountain Biking Collection by Region Bad Kleinkirchheim

Paradise for everyone — mountain biking in the Dolomiti Paganella

Mountain Biking Collection by Dolomiti Paganella

Trails and Tales in Sheffield - The Outdoor City

Mountain Biking Collection by The Outdoor City Sheffield

Four new trails! Bike bliss in Saalfelden Leogang

Mountain Biking Collection by Saalfelden Leogang

Adventure and nature — a bikepacking weekend in Wales

Mountain Biking Collection by Martin Donat

A 3-day bike adventure in Arberland

Mountain Biking Collection by komoot

Shredding trails on the island of Mallorca

Mountain Biking Collection by komoot

The Stoneman Trail in the Ore Mountains

Mountain Biking Collection by komoot

The right season

The best time for you to visit a mountain bike paradise depends entirely on your own priorities. If you go during warmer periods, your days will be a little more pleasant — something you’ll be especially thankful for in the mornings and evenings. If you go during colder periods, you’ll have to take more equipment with you stay to warm around the clock. Unfortunately, however, it tends to get busier the warmer it gets and you’ll always find more people in summer than in spring or autumn. That being said, it’s often not advisable to head out into higher altitudes in the winter at all — unless you’re into the extreme. No matter when you go, just make sure you take more water with you when it's warm and more food when it's cool as the cold weather also consumes more calories.

How do I go about it?

The Way Up

The way up takes some serious strength and endurance, but that’s what you’re here for, right? Challenging yourself and overcoming that internal monologue telling you to turn around is the reason we head to the mountains. And as soon as you arrive at the top, the strains, the sweat, the swearing; it’s all behind you—now it’s all about the long way down. Therefore, we recommend intelligently rationing your strength on the way up, as getting down safely is tougher on wobbly legs. Start comfortably and in a low gear and climb your way ever upwards at a consistent speed. Allow yourself to stop when the going gets too tough, but try not to do so too regularly as that can drain your motivation by making the way up seem never-ending. And remember to drink plenty and enjoy the views—you should be as conscious of your environment as you are on the way back down; only this time it’s at your own tempo.

The Way Down

First things first: Approach it slowly. Try to start on gravelled tracks before heading on to the more challenging trails, culminating with those steeper, stonier singletracks when your confidence is as high as your heart rate. In terms of technique, take it step by step. It takes a fair amount of ability to weave your way around a switchback or to hop over rocks—and even correct braking technique requires practice. Therefore, start with easier trails and ease your way into it, as the most important thing is that you enjoy the ride.

Safety In The Mountains

Weather

Just like a hearty breakfast, checking the weather forecast is an important part of your daily mountain morning routine. At high altitudes, you may experience heat, rain, high winds and even snow — all in the same day. When packing, check the weather and take equipment for every possible outcome.

Dangers

Rough terrain, narrow and steep paths, falling rocks – all are risks when traversing the mountains and along the coast. Thorough preparation, suitable equipment and an honest evaluation of your own skills are key to staying safe. If you don’t have any experience in certain environments, it's best to bring someone who does.

Respect

Whether you are on a popular trail or off the beaten path, make sure to show respect toward other people and the environment. Beware of other people around – below steep slopes there are often other trails, so don't kick down any rocks. Always leave a place as you found it and show respect for your companions, people you meet and the environment.

Emergency Numbers

Research and keeo the phone number of the local mountain rescue on hand. Make sure you always have some battery left on your mobile device and be cognisant of where you are at all times so you can accurately communicate your location in case of an emergency.

  • Call 999 and ask to be put through to mountain rescue in case of an emergency. Mountain rescue Germany: 112
  • Mountain rescue Austria: 140
  • Mountain rescue Italy: 118

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