3 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket List

Climate and geography are just two factors that play a role in finding that next bucket-list ride. Whether you are seeking a muscle-burning climb, an adrenaline-rushing descent, an obstacle-dodging challenge, or heart-pounding speed, you’ll find it at one of these top mountain biking destinations, all of which will test your  skills the moment your tires hit the trail.

Oh! And, don’t forget your helmet!

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

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Located in the spectacular coastal mountains of British Columbia, Whistler is widely considered to be one of the premier mountain bike locations in the world. Doubling as a skier and snowboarder’s paradise, the three-season Whistler Mountain Bike Park offers over 100 miles of trails ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert. If you prefer to primarily bomb down the mountain, many of the trails are accessible via the same chair lifts that serve the slopes in winter. If you visit, save time to explore, because Whistler is but a blip on the map of stellar opportunities that exist within this stunning Canadian province.

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The Alps, France

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It’s no wonder that this region is so popular among European mountain bikers. Aside from the scenic vistas, The Alps are easily accessible. The diverse network of trails provides something for everyone; there are even options for those seeking longer trails with cross country loops crossing into Switzerland and back to France. If you prefer to avoid the uphill climbs, utilizing the system of chairlifts at Morzine will allow predominately downhill riding in this alpine environment (the lifts are open mid-June until mid-September). If you prefer the complete, all-mountain package, consider Chamonix.

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Moab, Utah, United States

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Moab is often recognized as  the mountain biking capital of the United States, if not the world. The red rock landscape provides one of the most unique locations on the planet. Riders from all over the world make the pilgrimage to this outdoor mecca to ride trails like Porcupine Rim, Poison Spider, Slickrock, and the Whole Enchilada. While the region is accessible year round, spring and fall are the most favorable seasons due to high summer temperatures. The region is also highly coveted by off-road enthusiasts and is the gateway to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

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