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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!

    Yours,

    Mike Brcic, president/owner
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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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    Everything

    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',

    Mike Brcic, customer happiness manager,
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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.

    www.rivierabike.co.uk

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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.

    Mike Brcic, president/owner
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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,

    Mike Brcic, president/owner
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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',

    Mike Brcic, customer happiness manager,
    Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Adventures
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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
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1203317761



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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



    Happy Trails
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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',

    Mike Brcic, customer happiness manager,
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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


    The Annapurnas



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

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