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    Planning a super Europe and UK adventure

    So I am planning on traveling around Europe and the UK for a long period of time in order to ride as many trails as possible. I am thinking I will start in the middle or near the end of spring.

    I want to begin in Southern Germany, probably Munich, then go up to central Germany, go east into the Czech Republic for a bit, then north into Poland, go west into Northeastern Germany and north into Denmark, north into Sweden and west into Norway, then south back into Denmark, south into Northwestern Germany, west into the Netherlands, south into Belgium, south into France, go west and then into the UK, north into Scotland, then southwest into Wales, west into Ireland, then back east into England, east into France, southeast into Luxembourg/Liechtenstein/southeastern France, east into Switzerland, east into Austria, east into Slovenia, south into Croatia, take a boat from Croatia into Northern Italy, west into Southern France, west into Andorra, south into Spain, and south west into Portugal, and then I go home.

    Hell of a trip, right? Anyway, so I want to know where some great trails are beforehand. I am sure I will learn of great places to ride while I am there, but I want to have somewhat of an idea where to go. I'd also really like to meet up with some local riders.

    I am also planning on staying in hostels. Do any of you have any experience/recommendations for hostels? What about staying in a hostel with a bike? Do you think it would be safe or will it get stolen when I am out at night? I am trying to do this for as cheap (but still safely) as possible because I am a recent college graduate who doesn't have a lot of money.

    Any help and tips would be extremely helpful. Thanks!

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    Hell of a trip is right... Do you have time to stop for the riding too?

    What kind of riding do you prefer? XC, Technical, FR/DH?

    In Sweden, http://www.arebikepark.com/en/ is probably worth a couple of days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    Hell of a trip is right... Do you have time to stop for the riding too?

    What kind of riding do you prefer? XC, Technical, FR/DH?

    In Sweden, http://www.arebikepark.com/en/ is probably worth a couple of days.
    Thanks for the link! I ride everything. I would like to ride more FR/DH because my area does not have much of it, but any and all trail suggestions are welcome.

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    There should be many threads here about places in France, UK, Italy, and more. I am not familiar with that scene myself...

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Quote Originally Posted by zenkem
    Oh man that looks like so much fun, but I don't think I will be there in time for it. But it does have a link to the bikepark, so I will definitely try to ride it when I get there.

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    You may ask the user stuntzi in the mtb-news.de/forum , he has done trips like this quite often and has a lot of experience. I think it will be ok if you ask him via PM (log in necessary).

    Here are some of his threads, he has posted them from on the road:

    http://www.mtb-news.de/forum/showthread.php?t=396385
    http://www.mtb-news.de/forum/showthread.php?t=302563
    http://www.mtb-news.de/forum/showthread.php?t=276199
    http://www.mtb-news.de/forum/showthread.php?t=236710
    http://www.mtb-news.de/forum/showthread.php?t=328846

    www.bikeparkmap.com will give you some more information.

    I dont know where you are from, and if you have been to Europe before. This sounds like a trip over 2 or 3 years? Do you want to do this on bike or will you travel with a car or whatever? Maybe you should put some more quality int it instead of quantity?

    If you want to ride it all on your bike, and are looking for AM/FR (not endless fireroads and paved cycling paths), then you should put your focus on the higher mountains (Alps). There are some nice trails in the lower mountain regions of middle Germany and Czech/Poland/France etc., but not too many.

    Edit: thx @clemson, her the ultimate book:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mountain-Bik...dp/190609831X/
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxfahrer
    You may ask the user stuntzi in the mtb-news.de/forum , he has done trips like this quite often and has a lot of experience. I think it will be ok if you ask him via PM (log in necessary).

    Here are some of his threads, he has posted them from on the road:

    http://www.mtb-news.de/forum/showthread.php?t=396385
    http://www.mtb-news.de/forum/showthread.php?t=302563
    http://www.mtb-news.de/forum/showthread.php?t=276199
    http://www.mtb-news.de/forum/showthread.php?t=236710
    http://www.mtb-news.de/forum/showthread.php?t=328846

    www.bikeparkmap.com will give you some more information.

    I dont know where you are from, and if you have been to Europe before. This sounds like a trip over 2 or 3 years? Do you want to do this on bike or will you travel with a car or whatever? Maybe you should put some more quality int it instead of quantity?

    If you want to ride it all on your bike, and are looking for AM/FR (not endless fireroads and paved cycling paths), then you should put your focus on the higher mountains (Alps). There are some nice trails in the lower mountain regions of middle Germany and Czech/Poland/France etc., but not too many.

    Edit: thx @clemson, her the ultimate book:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mountain-Bik...dp/190609831X/
    Wow, thank you very much! This is extremely helpful. Yes, this trip will be very long. Perhaps a minimum of 1 year. I want to travel to the destinations via train or maybe even cheap flights like Ryanair. I'm not looking to only ride AM/FR/DH. I also want to ride XC, and maybe a few paved trails once in a while. I am definitely going to put a lot of thought into this trip. The list I gave was the ideal amount of countries to go to, but plans always change.

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    Are you traveling with your own bike, or want to rent bikes?

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    i rode at bullhead mountain aka Ochsenkopf, in Fleckl Germany last summer. i stayed at the bullhead pension. it was 20 euro a night. here's my review:

    http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/trails-ar...4_4537crx.aspx

    i also went to Lermoos, Austria. i stayed in a mountain bike hotel. there were mtb tours offered at http://www.bikeguiding.at/entrance.html. i rode 2 freeride tours. it wasn't was more like all mountain than free ride. it was epic.

    both places mentioned above have lifts. i used human power to ride up. it was painful but good for me. all in all, i had a great time! i live in Wiesbaden, Germany and there is a lack of technical singletrack in my area.

    have fun planning and riding!

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    Are you traveling with your own bike, or want to rent bikes?
    I am seriously debating between bringing my own bike and renting. There are positives and negatives for both. I am leaning more towards bringing my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pangster
    i rode at bullhead mountain aka Ochsenkopf, in Fleckl Germany last summer. i stayed at the bullhead pension. it was 20 euro a night. here's my review:

    http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/trails-ar...4_4537crx.aspx

    i also went to Lermoos, Austria. i stayed in a mountain bike hotel. there were mtb tours offered at http://www.bikeguiding.at/entrance.html. i rode 2 freeride tours. it wasn't was more like all mountain than free ride. it was epic.

    both places mentioned above have lifts. i used human power to ride up. it was painful but good for me. all in all, i had a great time! i live in Wiesbaden, Germany and there is a lack of technical singletrack in my area.

    have fun planning and riding!
    Awesome, thank you so much! You mentioned in my other thread about staying away from hostels in big cities, why is that? Also, do you remember the mountain bike hotel that you stayed in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cicatrix
    Awesome, thank you so much! You mentioned in my other thread about staying away from hostels in big cities, why is that? Also, do you remember the mountain bike hotel that you stayed in?
    i don't remember the name but it was in Ehrwald. i originally went to Garmisch and i hated it. i wanted something more technical and more single track. someone told me to go to Austria. since it was last minute, i just stayed at what was available. there was a bike hotel right in Lermoors. it cost more. i'm cheap.

    as for big cities, i've stayed in plenty of hostels in big cities in my lifetime. people are great. i usually only bring a backpack and tour the city. i just don't like my stuff being stolen. and i sure as hell don't want my bike stolen. hostels also don't have a place to store bikes.

    since you’re planning a mtb holiday, i have a dilemma of my own and would like an opinion. I’m currently planning some trips of my own in Europe this July. I’m already booked 7 days of riding in Croatia/Slovenia and a 9 day diving vacation in Gozo, Malta where I’m bringing my bike. I’m torn between Scotland, Transylvania, and Greece. Which would you pick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pangster
    i don't remember the name but it was in Ehrwald. i originally went to Garmisch and i hated it. i wanted something more technical and more single track. someone told me to go to Austria. s
    ....

    since you’re planning a mtb holiday, i have a dilemma of my own and would like an opinion. I’m currently planning some trips of my own in Europe this July. I’m already booked 7 days of riding in Croatia/Slovenia and a 9 day diving vacation in Gozo, Malta where I’m bringing my bike. I’m torn between Scotland, Transylvania, and Greece. Which would you pick?
    Too bad you missed all the great technical trails at Garmisch - they are not lift assisted, but easy to find.
    Did you mean the CUBE Hotel at Lermoos? Lermoos is only 15minutes from Garmisch anyway. For a cheap and mtb friendly stay I can recommend the Naturfreundehaus (Ms. Forelle) at Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

    I havent been to Scotland or Transsylvania yet, but very often to Greece. I dont htink you can compare those three places in any way. What do you want? For MTB I think Scotland is best. Hanging around at a beach with other people and occasionally try some MTB trails, thats Greece.
    Transsylvania is Romania - there is very little info and what I read in a mag there a no trails worth riding but wolves and bears ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by pangster
    i don't remember the name but it was in Ehrwald. i originally went to Garmisch and i hated it. i wanted something more technical and more single track. someone told me to go to Austria. since it was last minute, i just stayed at what was available. there was a bike hotel right in Lermoors. it cost more. i'm cheap.

    as for big cities, i've stayed in plenty of hostels in big cities in my lifetime. people are great. i usually only bring a backpack and tour the city. i just don't like my stuff being stolen. and i sure as hell don't want my bike stolen. hostels also don't have a place to store bikes.

    since you’re planning a mtb holiday, i have a dilemma of my own and would like an opinion. I’m currently planning some trips of my own in Europe this July. I’m already booked 7 days of riding in Croatia/Slovenia and a 9 day diving vacation in Gozo, Malta where I’m bringing my bike. I’m torn between Scotland, Transylvania, and Greece. Which would you pick?
    Scotland. I've looked into it and talked to people, and everyone tells me I have to go to Scotland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxfahrer
    Too bad you missed all the great technical trails at Garmisch - they are not lift assisted, but easy to find.
    Did you mean the CUBE Hotel at Lermoos? Lermoos is only 15minutes from Garmisch anyway. For a cheap and mtb friendly stay I can recommend the Naturfreundehaus (Ms. Forelle) at Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

    I havent been to Scotland or Transsylvania yet, but very often to Greece. I dont htink you can compare those three places in any way. What do you want? For MTB I think Scotland is best. Hanging around at a beach with other people and occasionally try some MTB trails, thats Greece.
    Transsylvania is Romania - there is very little info and what I read in a mag there a no trails worth riding but wolves and bears ....
    Thank you for the recommendation!

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    Scotland...
    ... did you already find:

    http://www.7stanes.gov.uk/

    and

    http://www.ridefortwilliam.co.uk/

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxfahrer
    Too bad you missed all the great technical trails at Garmisch - they are not lift assisted, but easy to find.
    Did you mean the CUBE Hotel at Lermoos? Lermoos is only 15minutes from Garmisch anyway. For a cheap and mtb friendly stay I can recommend the Naturfreundehaus (Ms. Forelle) at Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

    I havent been to Scotland or Transsylvania yet, but very often to Greece. I dont htink you can compare those three places in any way. What do you want? For MTB I think Scotland is best. Hanging around at a beach with other people and occasionally try some MTB trails, thats Greece.
    Transsylvania is Romania - there is very little info and what I read in a mag there a no trails worth riding but wolves and bears ....
    If you can tell me where the Garmisch trail starts, i'll be more than happy to check it out. It wasn't the cube. i did ride by it.

    i'm looking for more technical trails. there was a great article in a Germany mountain bike magazine on Transylvania. That's the only reason why i am considering it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    Scotland...
    ... did you already find:

    http://www.7stanes.gov.uk/

    and

    http://www.ridefortwilliam.co.uk/
    I saw the first one, but not the second. Thank you. I also found some trails in Wales that look really interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pangster
    If you can tell me where the Garmisch trail starts, i'll be more than happy to check it out. It wasn't the cube. i did ride by it.

    i'm looking for more technical trails. there was a great article in a Germany mountain bike magazine on Transylvania. That's the only reason why i am considering it.
    Ah, you have read it in the FREERIDE mag.
    Why don´t you ask Dimitri Lehner himself (there should be a email contact in the mag)?

    Garmisch-Partenkirchen:
    1. google for the two downloads of the FREERIDE mag
    2. buy the KOMPASS map Nr.5 "Wettersteingebirge"
    3. look on the map for Notkar, Schafkopf (Farchant), Fricken (not up to the peak!), Stepbergalm, Bernadeinsteig, Höllental from Osterfelderkopf, Herzogstand. More trails that are on my list are: R+B-stein, Schachenhaus (very extreme!), Hohe Kisten, Daniel, and many more. All these trails are not allowed for mtb, so do not ride them on a sunny summer day, when they are too crowded by hikers. To find the trails, just look on the map - the more zigzag, the better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxfahrer
    Ah, you have read it in the FREERIDE mag.
    Why don´t you ask Dimitri Lehner himself (there should be a email contact in the mag)?

    Garmisch-Partenkirchen:
    1. google for the two downloads of the FREERIDE mag
    2. buy the KOMPASS map "Estergebirge"
    3. look on the map for Notkar, Schafkopf (Farchant), Fricken (not up to the peak!), Stepbergalm, Bernadeinsteig, Höllenklamm from Osterfelderkopf, Herzogstand. More trails that are on my list are: R+B-stein, Schachenhaus (very extreme!), Hohe Kisten, Daniel, and many more. All these trails are not allowed for mtb, so do not ride them on a sunny summer day, when they are too crowded by hikers. To find the trails, just look on the map - the more zigzag, the better.
    I did post some fotos of last time I was there here:
    Just riding around in Germany - pix

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxfahrer
    I did post some fotos of last time I was there here:
    Just riding around in Germany - pix
    That looks fun!

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    I've read that the DH World Cup was moved from Schladming to Leogang (both in Austria) because of construction for some ski event in 2013, does anyone know if that means Schladming is closed for all riding or just for the competition?

    Also, from more and more research, it looks like I will be spending a lot of my time in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. I keep finding more places to ride there every time I look online.

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    Found this website, I am very happy to have found it!

    http://www.dh-rangers.com/bike-parks/

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    If you still manage to go North, go as far North as you can. And go in the middle of Summer.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_sun

    Norway probably has the most rugged terrain in the North:

    http://www.petefagerlin.com/norway.htm

    http://www.google.fi/search?q=mtb+no...ed=0CDEQqwQwAQ

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    If you still manage to go North, go as far North as you can. And go in the middle of Summer.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_sun

    Norway probably has the most rugged terrain in the North:

    http://www.petefagerlin.com/norway.htm

    http://www.google.fi/search?q=mtb+no...ed=0CDEQqwQwAQ
    I'm definitely going to try to make it to Norway since I am already planning on going to Sweden.

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    I should really advertise my home country, Finland, but it would mean a ferry trip or quite a bit of driving from Sweden. And you'll never find any good routes without local voluntary help. Unless you are at an event like http://www.tahkomtb.fi/ at http://www.tahko.com/index.php?cId=386&pId=0

    This year it is on 02 July. They have starts for 60 and 120 km, and 240 if you can convince the powers that be, that you can do it. It is a race but most just go to participate or see if they can beat their own time from last year.

    A few pics at:
    http://ristoantikainen.photoshelter....00IDkGQk7.AIE/

    Videos:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZVDCRyIIC0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkitRR04gWg

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    I should really advertise my home country, Finland, but it would mean a ferry trip or quite a bit of driving from Sweden. And you'll never find any good routes without local voluntary help. Unless you are at an event like http://www.tahkomtb.fi/ at http://www.tahko.com/index.php?cId=386&pId=0

    This year it is on 02 July. They have starts for 60 and 120 km, and 240 if you can convince the powers that be, that you can do it. It is a race but most just go to participate or see if they can beat their own time from last year.

    A few pics at:
    http://ristoantikainen.photoshelter....00IDkGQk7.AIE/

    Videos:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZVDCRyIIC0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkitRR04gWg
    I'd probably die doing that race

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    Nah, you could just take your time doing the 60km. Or sign in for 120km and see if you feel like continuing after 60. If you cannot make the first lap by 2:15 PM (about 7 hours from start), they don't let you continue anyway.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aldern...77741258925365

    This is the trip im doing this summer, no trails planned but if I stumble upon some then I will do them.

    If u have FB "like" the page please.
    "If this doesn't work, my back-up plan is failure!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tzrcruzer
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aldern...77741258925365

    This is the trip im doing this summer, no trails planned but if I stumble upon some then I will do them.

    If u have FB "like" the page please.
    that seems interesting, thanks for the link

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    Hey there,

    I am from Czech republic, even eastern part of it. So if you really plan on staying here for day or few, hit me up through PM and I'll do my best to help you to choose the best trails possible around here or hook you up with anyone else around these parts of the world who can help you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chmur
    Hey there,

    I am from Czech republic, even eastern part of it. So if you really plan on staying here for day or few, hit me up through PM and I'll do my best to help you to choose the best trails possible around here or hook you up with anyone else around these parts of the world who can help you
    cool, thanks!

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    I came across this by accident but if you're coming to the uk the best place to ask questions is single track world dot com (am I allowed do that - Im being genuine here?)

    ie search / ask on the forum.

    Strangely I'm from the west of Ireland originally and I'd be pretty surprised at someone going there on a "mtb" holiday. Dont get me wrong - it's lovely, but Ireland has a big issue with cyclists off road (its only allowed officially in a few areas and theres little encouragment for it). On the other hand, Scotland, where I live now, has open access to anywhere (well, no nuclear power plants, military bits etc) along with fab trail centres and mountains. Within 2 hours of Edinburgh you can be cycling / cable-cared up a 3000ft mountain that will seem that it's never had a mtb up it.

    Wales is also great, not with the same 'right to roam' access but still very worth it.

    Anyways - we're over on above said forum. You'll get a welcome - sometimes tongue in cheek - but always welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronanb
    I came across this by accident but if you're coming to the uk the best place to ask questions is single track world dot com (am I allowed do that - Im being genuine here?)

    ie search / ask on the forum.

    Strangely I'm from the west of Ireland originally and I'd be pretty surprised at someone going there on a "mtb" holiday. Dont get me wrong - it's lovely, but Ireland has a big issue with cyclists off road (its only allowed officially in a few areas and theres little encouragment for it). On the other hand, Scotland, where I live now, has open access to anywhere (well, no nuclear power plants, military bits etc) along with fab trail centres and mountains. Within 2 hours of Edinburgh you can be cycling / cable-cared up a 3000ft mountain that will seem that it's never had a mtb up it.

    Wales is also great, not with the same 'right to roam' access but still very worth it.

    Anyways - we're over on above said forum. You'll get a welcome - sometimes tongue in cheek - but always welcome.
    Thank you for the info. I will check it out

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    Hey!!!

    Hey...

    I'm an American who's been living in Germany the past 11 years. Have done a lot of trail-finding around where I live, and a few AM type trans-alps (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy).

    I live about 30 minutes from the Bullhead (Oschenkopf) mountain, and about 2 hours north of Munich, near the Czech border. There's nothing epic up here, but lots of good riding and plenty of fun trails.

    The Alps, on the other hand, is TRUELY EPIC. Tons of custom made singletrail, fast, technical, flowing, gorgeous!!! Some is life served, some not, but its really just amazing!!! There are decent, bike-friendly hostels or mountain huts in nearly every little skitown, and you're fairly safe leaving your bike there while you rack out (safer than in the states at least). Hell..you can ride around any one of the Ski towons in Austria for a good 3-4 days without getting bored for a second!

    If you decide to come up my way, let me know and I'll show you some cool trails. Also, let me know when you'll be in the Austrian Alps...I may have to make a trip down there too!!!

    Adam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sighsmatrs
    Hey...

    I'm an American who's been living in Germany the past 11 years. Have done a lot of trail-finding around where I live, and a few AM type trans-alps (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy).

    I live about 30 minutes from the Bullhead (Oschenkopf) mountain, and about 2 hours north of Munich, near the Czech border. There's nothing epic up here, but lots of good riding and plenty of fun trails.

    The Alps, on the other hand, is TRUELY EPIC. Tons of custom made singletrail, fast, technical, flowing, gorgeous!!! Some is life served, some not, but its really just amazing!!! There are decent, bike-friendly hostels or mountain huts in nearly every little skitown, and you're fairly safe leaving your bike there while you rack out (safer than in the states at least). Hell..you can ride around any one of the Ski towons in Austria for a good 3-4 days without getting bored for a second!

    If you decide to come up my way, let me know and I'll show you some cool trails. Also, let me know when you'll be in the Austrian Alps...I may have to make a trip down there too!!!

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    Very cool! I will definitely let you know. It would be great to ride with people who know the trails and explore new trails with.

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    For the UK, I very much liked the Glentress area in the Sottish Borders region and the Lake District. I am not much of a downhiller, though.
    Wales has the greatest smooth scenery.

    In Germany I'd recommend the Harz mountains around the Brocken (highest mountain there). Rocky. Muddy. Fun.

    In Southern France: Make sure you don't miss the Verdon Canyon! And go for a canoe tour on the Ardeche - no sense in just cycling everywhere.

    In Northern Italy Finale Ligure is a must.


    Or just cancel everything and spend the whole time on Corsica.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pooh Bear
    For the UK, I very much liked the Glentress area in the Sottish Borders region and the Lake District. I am not much of a downhiller, though.
    Wales has the greatest smooth scenery.

    In Germany I'd recommend the Harz mountains around the Brocken (highest mountain there). Rocky. Muddy. Fun.

    In Southern France: Make sure you don't miss the Verdon Canyon! And go for a canoe tour on the Ardeche - no sense in just cycling everywhere.

    In Northern Italy Finale Ligure is a must.


    Or just cancel everything and spend the whole time on Corsica.
    I will add those places to my list, thanks! I don't want to just do downhill. I want to ride everything, except miles and miles of uphill. Nothing is more annoying than climbing for 2 hours! Maybe I will be able to stop off in Corsica, but that is pretty far, isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cicatrix
    Corsica, but that is pretty far, isn't it?
    It is not all that far if you are in Italy or southern France:
    http://www.lonelyplanet.com/france/c...ing-there-away

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Corsica is a 2h ferry from Northern Italy. It's French, though. I liked the landscape so much I spent 3 weeks there without getting bored. I won't post pictures now, not to derail this thread.
    But: It's HOT there in the summer, July-August especially.
    You get everything from mediterranean beaches to alpine mountains and remote forests within one 35mile ride.

    Damn, I have to go there again.

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    That is a hell of a trip... not sure where in central or northwest germany, but if you're interested in a detour to Kaiserslauterrn, it might be worht your time. We are in southwest Germany, Rhineland Pfalz area (actually I think most english-speakers call it Rhineland Palatinate). We have a very active cycling comminyt and a cycling club here: KMC cycling www.kmccycling.com We have an extensive trail network here, and with the folks int he club here, there's quite a bit of trail knowledge as well. Also we are located with the largest concentration of Americans in German, so there are a lot of businesses etc. that cater to americans etc. etc.

    As far as staying at a hostel, you might be able to find someone in our club that might be able to help you out or recommend something in the area.

    Anyway, come check out the site (and sign up for our forum) and take a look and see if you think it's worth making K-Town (as we Americans call it) a part of your trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonesy33
    That is a hell of a trip... not sure where in central or northwest germany, but if you're interested in a detour to Kaiserslauterrn, it might be worht your time. We are in southwest Germany, Rhineland Pfalz area (actually I think most english-speakers call it Rhineland Palatinate). We have a very active cycling comminyt and a cycling club here: KMC cycling www.kmccycling.com We have an extensive trail network here, and with the folks int he club here, there's quite a bit of trail knowledge as well. Also we are located with the largest concentration of Americans in German, so there are a lot of businesses etc. that cater to americans etc. etc.

    As far as staying at a hostel, you might be able to find someone in our club that might be able to help you out or recommend something in the area.

    Anyway, come check out the site (and sign up for our forum) and take a look and see if you think it's worth making K-Town (as we Americans call it) a part of your trip.
    I am definitely going to Kaiserslautern. I've already read a lot about the numerous trails. I will check out your site. Thank you.

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    Betws y Coed in wales has some great rides including the great Marin trail

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    You can ride in Spain from Mediterranean sea to Atlantic ocean by closest to the Spain-France frontier if you following the Transpyr (transpirenaica) route; check it.

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    Found this one last night. Anyone ever been to Warsteiner Bike Park? It looks pretty amazing. http://www.warsteiner-bikepark.de/warsteiner-bikepark/

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    Try Croatia

    After I have seen that Croatia is within your schedule let me give you some advice:
    1. Cozy alternative: Come to the seaside (Rijeka, Zadar or Split) and tour the islands. It is not much of cycling but swimming, food and vine is beautiful. Recommended in May-June and September-October.
    2. Sportly alternative: Step down from train in Delnice and cruise in the forests where timber exploitation has produced narrow but most suitable roads for cycling. Visit Fužine, Bijelolasica, Ogulin, Jospidol, Plitvice, Gospić, Smiljan, Otočac, Kuterevo, Krasno polje and take a good swimm in Sveti Juraj.
    If you are short of time come on Saturday June 18th to Senj www.tz-senj.hr and take part in the most popular amateur MTB race "9th Hillclimb to Zavizan from 0 to 1594 m"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by akan
    After I have seen that Croatia is within your schedule let me give you some advice:
    1. Cozy alternative: Come to the seaside (Rijeka, Zadar or Split) and tour the islands. It is not much of cycling but swimming, food and vine is beautiful. Recommended in May-June and September-October.
    2. Sportly alternative: Step down from train in Delnice and cruise in the forests where timber exploitation has produced narrow but most suitable roads for cycling. Visit Fužine, Bijelolasica, Ogulin, Jospidol, Plitvice, Gospić, Smiljan, Otočac, Kuterevo, Krasno polje and take a good swimm in Sveti Juraj.
    If you are short of time come on Saturday June 18th to Senj www.tz-senj.hr and take part in the most popular amateur MTB race "9th Hillclimb to Zavizan from 0 to 1594 m"!
    Cool, thank you for the information!

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    I'm from W Slovenia (Tolmin), so if you're coming through, I could probably show you a cool trail to ride here.No lift assisted stuff here to be honest (for that you have the bike parks in Kranjska Gora, Maribor, Javornik,...), but some really nice technical trail riding.Uphills are paved/gravel roads a lot of the time, with around 1000 m or more of altitude gain, so you'll have to work a bit for the downhills, but they are worth it.The singletrack here ranges from smooth & speedy to really rocky & steep slo-mo stuff and everything in between.Most every trail has a little of this and a little of that.
    There are a couple of DH runs, too, and a shuttle could probably be arranged for those.
    As for other locations, Nice in France has some nice riding, same for San Remo and Finale Ligure, Italy.You can get shuttles there, too.As for bike parks, I really liked Livigno in Italy and Leogang & Wagrain in Austria.

    If you'll need info on Slovenia, just PM me and I'll try to help.
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    Here is a list of just some of the places I will be going to in Europe. This list does not include local trails, rather mainly bike parks and cities near some riding spots. Let me know if any of you can add some more.


    http://www.dh-rangers.com/bike-parks/

    Leogang, Austria
    Champery, Switzerland
    Bad Wildbad, Germany
    Are, Sweden
    Bullhead Mountain, Germany
    Kaiserlautern, Germany, mountain bike pflaenzerwald
    Hannover, Germany
    Winterberg, Germany
    Heidelberg, Germany
    Garmisch, Germany
    Neuchatel, Switzerland
    Alpe D’Huez, Switzerland
    Todtnau, Germany
    Les Deux Alpe, Switzerland
    Wagrain, Austria
    Semmering, Austria
    Warsteiner, Germany
    Willingen, Germany
    Hahnenklee bike park, Harz mountains Germany
    Filthy Trails, Belgium

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