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    best mountain bike destinations in the world?

    Hi folks:

    I own a mountain bike adventure company (Sacred Rides), and we're looking for new destinations to add to our current trips in BC, Utah, Guatemala, Peru, Chile, New Zealand, and Croatia/Slovenia.

    Any suggestions? We're looking for places with something unique to offer, perhaps some interesting culture or other adventure opportunities. Spectacular scenery a must.

    If you have any stories to share about a great riding destination, please let me know.

    We have a very strong social and environmental responsibility mandate, and all of our tours are designed to support the people and the communities where we ride:

    http://www.sacredrides.com/sustainab...ponsibleriding

    Thanks for your help!

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    Tahoe

    Lake Tahoe! Plenty of trails, close to Downieville and hard to beat the scenery. Many photos, videos, etc. on my site.


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    wow

    nice scenery. What's the riding like - technical? Smooth? Steeps? Big epics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sacredrides
    nice scenery. What's the riding like - technical? Smooth? Steeps? Big epics?
    Tahoe has every type of riding. About 2/3 of the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT), which encircles the lake, is open to mountain biking. And there are many other very easy to very technical rides above the lake. You can also string together several sections of the TRT to make 40 - 60 mile epics. But I would say the majority of the rides are nice XC.

    I describe and document several rides on my site, but there are many more. Every ride has breathtaking views and perfect weather in the summer and fall. For more on the TRT go here: http://www.tahoerimtrail.org/

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    Mike,

    I've been checking out telepherique assisted riding in the Alps. Zermatt area. Spectacular scenery and wicked downhills. Recently featured in Bike Mag.

    Oregon has some beautiful river trails. Mackenzie, Willamette and Umpqua rivers have big day rides or multiday possiblities Not too technical but the scenery makes up for it. I was in the Oakridge area last summer and would recommend it as a destination. Easily a week's worth of riding there. The Alpine Trail deserves special mention.

    Copper Canyon, Mexico?

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    Sedona, AZ. Awesome views. Technical XC and some easier rides. Vortex zones and magic crystals with healing powers. Plus, you have high end resorts for a great massage or just relaxing in a jacuzzi after a long hard ride. Also, it is 45 mins from some great downhill in Flagstaff, which is a laid back, hippie/college town with a great downtown and super-friendly locals.

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    Check out this link to a couple in central Japan. http://www.onelifejapan.com/

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    looks pretty cool, badbrain! I like their philosophy.
    Keep ridin',

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    Idaho - Sun Valley Mccall
    Oregon Mackenzie River/N. Umpqua/Bend

    I was going to suggest BC but never mind.

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    there´re some amazing riding spots all over europe.....

    for slowenia look at http://www.mtb-slowenien.de/, okay it´s in germanbut you got some nice images

    there´s also a nice book from uk
    footprint mountain biking europe,,it gives you a good short overview over some nice locations in europe

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    Hi Clemson:

    we are already offering a trip in Slovenia (and Croatia):
    http://www.sacredrides.com/tours/croatia

    I agree, it is a very beautiful place. I am from Croatia so I have been to that part of the world many times.
    Keep ridin',

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    How about Liguria, Italy?

    The maritime alps that cascade into the med, mediavel villages untouched by tourism and the most diverse and stunning mountain ranges in Europe,

    And of course Italian food and hospitality.

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    MTB mountain bike routes in Croatia and neighborhood

    In addition to the MTB routes in Croatia at the link

    http://www.takeadventure.com

    you can find routes in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro and Slovenia too. All routes include GPS tracklog, elevation profile and photo gallery.

    For real adventure I recommend the routes in Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Croatia and Slovenia are too easy .

    I attached 2 images from Brac Island (Croatia) and Volujak mountain (Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina).
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    Wow, beautiful pics.

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    Hi LadyP:

    I actually just had a request earlier this week from someone who wanted to do some biking in the Italian Alps. I was in Cortina D'Ampezzo a few years back and blown away by the scenery.

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    Croatia

    yes, I know the riding in Croatia and Slovenia well - we do a trip there: http://www.sacredrides.com/tours/croatia and I was just there in September. Quite spectacular. You are the 2nd person to tell me about Bosnia this week. Looks stunning, but it's a bit too far to include in the Croatia trip. Might have to be another trip entirely one day!

    We do most of our riding on the Istria peninsula, but I may have to do some more exploring around Rijeka and the islands. Looks amazing.

    Yours,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velebit
    In addition to the MTB routes in Croatia at the link

    http://www.takeadventure.com

    you can find routes in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro and Slovenia too. All routes include GPS tracklog, elevation profile and photo gallery.

    For real adventure I recommend the routes in Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Croatia and Slovenia are too easy .

    I attached 2 images from Brac Island (Croatia) and Volujak mountain (Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina).
    Keep ridin',

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    Whitefish or Kalispell Montana
    We have it all and we are only 1.5 hrs from Fernie.
    This is the trail I would guide someone on. Its about 4-5 miles of up for about 15 down. We have a ton of others.










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    Check out Grenada in Spain.

    I was surprised by the terrain and scenery plus the town is pretty cool. There is a small bike rental business in town and many ancient trails.

    Lots of history and the food was great too...you need to refuel.

    Perfect place to bring a non-biking significant other without them being bored.
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    A spring, fall, and wintertime (Jan - Jun & Oct - Dec) option could be the Hot Springs / Mt Ida, Arkansas area. There is the IMBA epic Womble trail (37 miles), the new Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (25 miles), The Ouachita National Recreation Trail (91 miles), Little Blakely (18 miles), and Cedar Glades (14 miles). Most of the trails here are all about big climbs, flowing bench cuts, and fast downhills. The Ouachita Trail and Little Blakely offer technical riding and the Womble is pure hand benched bliss. The Hot Springs area has long been a regional vacation destination and Lake Ouachita is one of the cleanest lakes in the country. The best part is there really isn’t that many people riding here, yet. If you want to see, some pictures follow this link.

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/al...3317761&page=2 and here
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    Couldn't agree more:

    http://www.hermosatours.net/ozarks_and_ouachitas.html


    Quote Originally Posted by story mt biker
    A spring, fall, and wintertime (Jan - Jun & Oct - Dec) option could be the Hot Springs / Mt Ida, Arkansas area. There is the IMBA epic Womble trail (37 miles), the new Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (25 miles), The Ouachita National Recreation Trail (91 miles), Little Blakely (18 miles), and Cedar Glades (14 miles). Most of the trails here are all about big climbs, flowing bench cuts, and fast downhills. The Ouachita Trail and Little Blakely offer technical riding and the Womble is pure hand benched bliss. The Hot Springs area has long been a regional vacation destination and Lake Ouachita is one of the cleanest lakes in the country. The best part is there really isn’t that many people riding here, yet. If you want to see, some pictures follow this link.

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/al...3317761&page=2



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    These threads want to make me cry.. I look outside and there is a foot of snow, and to top it off, the scenery near me is nothing like that whatsoever..

    I need a vacation!!!!!
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    Hey FisherCraig:

    great to connect with you on mtbr. I'm in Toronto so I know what you mean about the snow!

    We're doing a bunch of stuff here in Ontario this summer, including 2 weekend skills camps (1 at Hardwood Hills and 1 at Buckwallow). I'm also about to announce a monthly coaching series we're doing for people serious about taking their skills to the next level: meet at a different MTB location 1 Saturday a month for 6 months and work on skills for racing, downhilling, climbing, trials, etc... At the end you'll be a pro!

    If you want more information, give me a shout at 888-423-7849 or visit our website

    Hope to ride with you this summer!
    Keep ridin',

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    i wish it wasn't so rainy here... i'm ready to ride!!

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    Nepal has some good places to offer. quarry ride just out of Kathmandu


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    And New Zealand has plenty of places. This is Nelson south Island

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    What about the last frontier? Alaska. We have a few 20-40 mile singletrack trails all within the same area for easy shuttling. Beautifull mountains, rivers, glaciers, and wildlife.

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    Hey AKmojo:

    I've always thought about riding up in AK. I've never been that far north. What's the singletrack like where you are - enough to occupy a fella for a week? XC? Lots of climbing? Where do you live?

    I hope to get up there one day soon!
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    I sent you a PM but for everyone else, yes you could easily spend a week here and pedal 100 miles of singletrack through Alaskan wilderness.

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    i will have to second the motion on Tahoe. best riding spot i have ever been. every type of trail and riding you have ever dreamed of. best scenery and yes it is close to the mecca of AM riding, Downiville, if i remember right it was about a 2 hour drive from my old house in Tahoe City. I'm gonna move back after college. only 5 years to go after school gets out this summer. It's that great!! I would defiantly take a tour if you guys were there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerdodger
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    wow

    i definitely approve...do you have that in a higher resolution that i can use as a desktop?
    I ride a 26'er with tubes and rim brakes.
    Yeah, I'm basically living in the stone age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bucksaw87
    wow

    i definitely approve...do you have that in a higher resolution that i can use as a desktop?
    sorry I do have the high res ones, but I'm still traveling and dont have them with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerdodger
    sorry I do have the high res ones, but I'm still traveling and dont have them with me.
    sounds good...you do take great pictures though
    I ride a 26'er with tubes and rim brakes.
    Yeah, I'm basically living in the stone age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bucksaw87
    sounds good...you do take great pictures though

    Weeeell Id like to take credit for them but honestly with a backdrop like the Himalayas, its really just a matter of point and shoot and the pic is going to turn out awesome. But I'll take the complement anyway, its just what I need right now to give me incentive to get off my ass and write up my ride reports from a really fun couple of night rides I just did in Malaysia in the jungle!

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    New Mexico - Can't beat it. Lots of Riding options. From the Rocky Mountains Up North (Taos, Angel Fire) Down through the Rio Grande Valley (Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Albuquerque) or down south in the Desert Mountains (Las Cruces, El Paso).

    Check out the New Mexico Thread. Lots of pics and vids from the locals

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    if you choose tahoe i will guide the tours. any possibility?
    Ride & Smile

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    Hey Matt:

    Tahoe is definitely on the radar, but not for 2009. Too many things on the go right now. Perhaps in 2010? Feel free to drop me a line: ride@sacredrides.com with your thoughts, ideas, qualifications,etc...
    Keep ridin',

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerdodger
    Weeeell Id like to take credit for them but honestly with a backdrop like the Himalayas, its really just a matter of point and shoot and the pic is going to turn out awesome. But I'll take the complement anyway, its just what I need right now to give me incentive to get off my ass and write up my ride reports from a really fun couple of night rides I just did in Malaysia in the jungle!
    *snort*
    you haven't seen my camera take long-distance pictures
    I ride a 26'er with tubes and rim brakes.
    Yeah, I'm basically living in the stone age.

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    Consider having something in the United Kingdom? Plenty of gorgeous places around here.

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    Yes, I was just at a tourism conference where NOrway did a presentation. It looks absolutely stunning. We might head there in summer 2010!
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    What about rides around Seattle WA?

    Haney Meadow - National Forest land and bikes are allowed


    Buck Creek - Near Mount Rainier with epic views


    Teanaway - 80 miles from downtown Seattle and epic views as well

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    those are great pictures..
    a very relaxing to look at..
    btw, i found a site where you can find a list of mountain biking destinations
    see here

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    Quote Originally Posted by khelzy09
    those are great pictures..
    a very relaxing to look at..
    btw, i found a site where you can find a list of mountain biking destinations
    see here
    That list doesn't include St. George, Utah with many world class trails such as Gooseberry Mesa, Little Creek Mountain, JEM, Zen Trail, the Red Rock Rampage site and much more. Truly the most fun area I've ever found to mountain bike
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    Moab, it really lived up to my expectations!

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    A super 18 day trail in South Africa was developed and is named 18 days around Lesotho.
    Links to enter the first three tours for 2010:


    http://www.cyclelab.com/default.asp?...ntent#Lesotho1

    http://www.cyclelab.com/default.asp?...ntent#Lesotho2

    http://www.cyclelab.com/default.asp?...ntent#Lesotho3



    Also the website with all the info:
    www.groep7.co.za/bunduwebsite/index.html

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    Think about Chile and the Andes.....
    Serious trails, fantastic food, and scenary ...breath taking...

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    hey killerdj72:

    we've already got a great trip in Chile, mountain biking and surfing:

    http://www.sacredrides.com/tours/chile/surfsingletrack

    I agree - it's pretty awesome!
    Keep ridin',

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    Quote Originally Posted by akmojo
    What about the last frontier? Alaska. We have a few 20-40 mile singletrack trails all within the same area for easy shuttling. Beautifull mountains, rivers, glaciers, and wildlife.
    So true! There are trails near Bear Glacier, outside Seward Alaska that seem like a Fairytale.

    Tiny perfect flowers on waving fields of green with snow-capped gorges and mountains in the distance. Meadows that you just take off your shoes and walk on the dry moss until you see a little rock rimmed pond filled with ice cold water (in the Summer) maybe 2 feet deep.

    Zero litter, and not a soul in sight. I am spoiled rotten living in Santa Barbara, California, and Alaska has us beat in some regards.

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    Wow, very poetic. I'm packing already. You should write copy for travel companies...
    Keep ridin',

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